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Showbiz History: On a Clear Day You Can See Peter Dinklage in Jurassic Park?

Six random things that happened on this day (June 11th) in showbiz history

1966 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever starring the great Barbara Harris and John Cullum closes on Broadway shortly before the Tony Awards, where it will lose all three of its nominations. It was snubbed in Best Musical where Man of La Mancha won and Mame, Skyscraper, and Sweet Charity were all nominated. Nevertheless it was quicker than all but Sweet Charity in getting a big screen adaptation. Barbra Streisand starred.

1969 Peter Dinklage is born (Happy 50th!). Do you think he's headed for a fourth Emmy win for Game of Thrones? Do you remember the first time you saw him? For us it was The Station Agent (2003), such a gem from the early Aughts...
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Die Hard on a Shoestring: The Low Budget Die Hard Clones

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at some low budget Die Hard clones…

It may not have been the first of its kind, but when Die Hard came out, from the moment Bruce Willis entered the Nakatomi plaza, a new sub-genre all of its own was launched – ‘The Die Hard Movie’. None have compared, whether it was the sequels to the original, or big budget escapades like Under Siege (Dh on a boat), The Rock (on Alcatraz), Executive Decision, Passenger 57 and Airforce One (Dh on Planes), Sudden Death (at an ice hockey stadium) or Skyscraper (Dh…back in a Skycraper…) to name a few.

There have been innumerable big screen riffs. At the same time, through the video era up until now, many a B movie god, or even Sean Astin (IcebreakerDie Hard at a Ski resort against a villanous Bruce Campbell) have delved into McClane’s territory. Die Hard on a shoe-string.
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Cannes: ‘Skyfire,’ China’s First Big-Budget Disaster Movie, Shopped by Meridian Ent. (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Chinese-based companies Meridian Entertainment and Base FX are shopping “Skyfire” at Cannes, China’s first big-budget disaster movie, about a volcanic eruption. The film is directed by British helmer Simon West and stars Britain’s Jason Isaacs, Wang Xueqi (“Iron Man 3”), Shawn Dou (“Wolf Totem”) and Hannah Quinlivan (“Skyscraper”).

“Just as ‘The Wandering Earth’ was the breakout film for the sci-fi genre, we hope ‘Skyfire’ can do the same for the disaster genre,” Meridian’s CEO Jennifer Dong told Variety. “The China market is finally sufficiently large that it can support the making of a big-budget special effects film like this one just for the local market, yet this kind of VFX-heavy film is also something that viewers worldwide can understand and appreciate. We hope we’ve shot a Chinese film for a global audience.”

The film tells the story of people at a tropical resort who get caught up in a volcanic explosion.
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Rj Mitte Says There’s a ‘Time and Place’ for Able-Bodied Actors to Play Characters With Disabilities

Rj Mitte Says There’s a ‘Time and Place’ for Able-Bodied Actors to Play Characters With Disabilities
Rj Mitte, who starred in “Breaking Bad” and has cerebral palsy, says there are times when it’s appropriate for able-bodied actors to portray characters with disabilities.

Many actors with disabilities have criticized the common Hollywood practice of able-bodied actors portraying characters who have disabilities, instead of actors who have the same disabilities.

Mitte, who spoke with TheWrap on behalf of his role as a judge for the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, said that everyone deserves to be represented, and people should continue to voice their opinions about visibility for actors with disabilities. But, he added, that many projects being made today are part of an evolution toward more visibility.

Also Read: Disabled Actors and Professionals 'Show Our Full Strength' in Easterseals Film Challenge

“If we want people with disabilities not to just be stuck to a disabled role or pigeon-holed into a role, we have to be broader in our decision-making.
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Can ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Lion King’ and Other Summer Movies Rescue the Box Office?

  • Variety
In the summer, as temperatures rise and schools go on break, Hollywood likes to stick to a well-worn formula: Pack the multiplexes with franchises, spinoffs, reboots and remakes. This coming season will be no different — with hopes that the pay off at the box office will help reverse the current turndown in ticket sales.

“The box office is going to rise and fall on the slate of sequels like it has for countless summers,” says Jeff Bock, an analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “If the summer does better, it will be because studios made sequels that people actually wanted to see.”

That formula worked last summer, as tentpoles like “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” propelled ticket sales and seemingly cured franchise fatigue.

Box office prognosticators believe that this summer’s lineup, filled with installments in the “Avengers,” “Toy Story,” “Spider-Man,” and “X-Men” sagas, as well
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‘Defending Jacob’: Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel & Sakina Jaffrey Round Out Series Regular Cast Of Apple Series

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Apple’s Defending Jacob has rounded out its series regular cast as production gets underway in Boston, we hear. Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel and Sakina Jaffrey have been cast opposite Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell in the limited drama series based on William Landay’s bestselling novel. The project hails from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

Created and written by Mark Bomback and directed by Morten Tyldum, the limited series is described as a character-driven thriller based on Landay’s 2012 novel published by Random House. The book tells the story of a father, Andy Barber (Evans), dealing with the accusation that his son, Jacob (Martell), is a 14-year-old murderer.

Jones will play Joanna Klein, a top defense lawyer in the area. Schreiber will portray Neal Logiudice, another Assistant District Attorney
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Neve Campbell Joins Alex Wolff in Crime Drama Castle in the Ground

Neve Campbell Joins Alex Wolff in Crime Drama Castle in the Ground
There has been a lot of talk about The Craft remake this week. Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures are resurrecting the high school witch thriller, which originally starred Neve Campbell. The project was initially set up as a true sequel to the 1996 classic. But those plans fell through. Don't worry, we'll still get our Neve Campbell fix, as she has just joined the crime drama Castle in the Ground. Eh, who needs The Craft 2?

Neve Campbell, Tom Cullen and Keir Gilchrist have joined the cast of writer/director Joey Klein's (The Other Half) Castle in the Ground.

The upcoming crime-drama will star Alex Wolff and Imogen Poots. William Woods under his Woods Entertainment banner and Michael Solomon under Band With Pictures will produce. Andra Gordon of American Entertainment Investors developed the project with Woods and Solomon and is executive producing alongside Tom Spriggs, Rob McGillivray, Ben Stranahan, George Stranahan, John Hansen,
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Neve Campbell, Tom Cullen, Keir Gilchrist Join Indie Drama ‘Castle in the Ground’

  • Deadline
Neve Campbell, Tom Cullen, Keir Gilchrist Join Indie Drama ‘Castle in the Ground’
Neve Campbell, Downton Abbey actor Tom Cullen, and Atypical star Keir Gilchrist have joined Alex Wolff and Imogen Poots in the indie crime drama Castle in the Ground from writer/director Joey Klein.

It follows Henry who, after the untimely death of his mother, befriends his charismatic but troubled next-door neighbor Ana, who embroils Henry in a world of addiction and violence just as the opioid epidemic takes hold of their small town.

William Woods of Woods Entertainment and Michael Solomon of Band With Pictures are producing the film, which is financed by Line 200, Ontario Creates, Nohfc and Telefilm. Executive producers are Andra Gordon of American Entertainment Investors, Tom Spriggs, Rob McGillivray, Ben Stranahan, George Stranahan, John Hansen, Mark Gingras, and John Laing.

Campbell, best known for roles like Julia Salinger on Party of Five and Sidney Prescott from the Scream franchise, most recently starred opposite Dwayne Johnson in Universal’s thriller Skyscraper.
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Kids’ Choice Awards 2019: Complete Winners List

Kids’ Choice Awards 2019: Complete Winners List
Ariana Grande was the big winner at the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards, picking up Favorite Female Artist and best song for her hit “Thank U, Next.”

Avengers: Infinity War” also won multiple awards, as did Adam Sandler’s “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.”

The favorite movies stars were two actors who broke out in Netflix teen flicks: Noah Centineo for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and Joey King for “Kissing Booth.”

DJ Khaled hosted the slime-heavy ceremony on Saturday, which took place at the Galen Center in Los Angeles and aired on Nickelodeon.

Here are the complete winners.

Also Read: 'Dora and the Lost City of Gold' Trailer Shows the Explorer Facing the Jungle of High School (Video)

Favorite Music Group

The Chainsmokers

Fall Out Boy

Imagine Dragons

Maroon 5 — Winner**

Migos

Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Male Artist

Bruno Mars

DJ Khaled

Drake

Justin Timberlake

Luke Bryan
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Dwayne Johnson Jokingly Teaches His Daughter Tiana to Say He's 'Better Looking' Than Barack Obama

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is celebrating International Women’s Day with his daughter Tiana Gia.

On Friday, Johnson shared an adorable video with his 10-month-old baby girl, in which he attempted to teach her about the important issues in life — specifically whether he was “smarter and better looking” than former president Barack Obama.

In the sweet Instagram clip, the Skyscraper actor, 46, holds his daughter in one hand and a pamphlet with all of the U.S. presidents on it in the other, before asking her, “Where’s Dada?”

To Johnson’s delight, Tiana then hilariously responds by pointing at the photo of Obama,
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Universal Pictures Makes Key Changes to Production Development Team

  • The Wrap
Universal Pictures announced on Friday that it has upped veteran studio executive Erik Baiers to senior executive vice president of production development.

The promotion, announced by Universal president Peter Cramer, is part of a number of key moves in the studio’s production development group made on Friday.

In addition to Baiers, Jay Polidoro and Sara Scott were promoted to senior vice presidents of production development and Lexi Barta was promoted to director of development. Baiers, Polidoro, Scott and Barta will all report to Cramer at the top.

Also Read: Universal Signs First-Look Agreement With 'Black-ish' Star Marsai Martin

“These promotions reflect Erik, Sara, Jay, and Lexi’s invaluable contributions to Universal Pictures over many collective years of experience,” Cramer said in a statement. “They have been key members of a strong creative group that consistently helps deliver a wide range of quality, successful films for global audiences, and we
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Riverdale And Transformers Stars In The Running For Black Widow Role

With casting seemingly underway for the long-awaited Black Widow solo movie, That Hashtag Show has been offering quite a few reports lately on actors in the running to join the McU.

In the latest such piece, for instance, it’s said that Marvel Studios is on the lookout for a woman of color in the 15-25 age range for a “small, supporting role.” The report adds that the character was only just recently added to the script as part of the rewrites from The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby scribe Ned Benson.

Though the report stresses that Marvel is still “very early in the process,” it’s said that the studio has so far expressed an interest in Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time), Isabela Moner, Camila Mendes (Riverdale) and Hannah Quinlivan (Skyscraper), among others.

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‘Hello Kitty’ Movie in the Works

  • Variety
New Line Cinema, Sanrio and FlynnPictureCo. are teaming up to develop an English-language film centering on Hello Kitty for the first time in her 45-year history.

New Line said the partnership marks the only time Sanrio, the Japanese company behind the toy, has granted film rights to the silent Hello Kitty and friends, including the cracked egg character Gudetama, the rabbit character My Melody, and Little Twin Stars, to a major film studio. Tuesday’s announcement did not indicate whether the “Hello Kitty” feature film will be animated, live-action, or a hybrid.

The “Hello Kitty” will be produced by Beau Flynn and executive produced by Wendy Jacobson for FlynnPictureCo. A search for writers and creative talent will commence immediately. New Line said it had spent nearly five years pursuing the movie rights.

Hello Kitty was initially designed in 1974 and introduced on a coin purse a year later. She can be
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DJ Khaled Set to Host Nickelodeon’s 2019 ‘Kids’ Choice Awards’

  • The Wrap
DJ Khaled Set to Host Nickelodeon’s 2019 ‘Kids’ Choice Awards’
DJ Khaled had big shoes to fill, in all ways.

The star DJ and music producer will take over from John Cena as host of the “Kids’ Choice Awards” next month, Nickelodeon announced on Tuesday.

Khaled will bring a party atmosphere to the annual slime-filled awards show for his inaugural hosting gig on March 23, thanks to his signature catchphrases and gregarious personality.

Also Read: Nickelodeon to Revive 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader' With New Host John Cena

“Father of Asahd is here to let you know the biggest party of the year is about to go up! That’s right, March 23 – I’m your host, DJ Khaled for the Nickelodeon ‘Kids’ Choice Awards.’ I’ll see you soon!” the musician said in a statement.

This year’s top nominees include “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” Cardi B and “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.”

First-time nominees include Jason Momoa,
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Dwayne Johnson Makes Special Trip to Spend Valentine’s Day with His '#1,' Daughter Simone, 17

Dwayne Johnson Makes Special Trip to Spend Valentine’s Day with His '#1,' Daughter Simone, 17
Daddy’s girl!

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made an extra special trip this Valentine’s Day, so he could spend the holiday with his no. 1 girl, daughter Simone Garcia Johnson.

“Laughin’ at the time back in high school when I got into a Valentine’s Day argument w/ my girlfriend and she so clearly told me where I could shove my roses,” the movie star, 46, wrote alongside a shot of himself aboard an airplane with a box of chocolate in front of him, and a single red rose in his hand.

“Flew from La to Miami so I could spend
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Exclusive: Producer Hiram Garcia on ‘Fighting with My Family’, ‘Hobbs & Shaw’, ‘Shazam’, and More

Producer Hiram Garcia is a very busy guy. As President of Production at Seven Bucks Productions, which was co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, he runs point from a production standpoint on a number of films and TV shows each year, many of which are massive undertakings unto themselves. 2018 alone saw the release of Rampage and Skyscraper, not to mention the continued box office success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and 2019 and beyond is stacked with projects that are big, bold, and even new territory for Seven Bucks. Fighting with My Family, which is a …
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FX Acquires ‘Venom’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’, ‘Green Book’ & More Movies

  • Deadline
FX Networks continues to snap up all marquee movie titles that become available. Over the past six months, the network has acquired such commercial and critical hits as Venom and the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and Green Book.

FX, whose movie deals also include streaming rights to make the films available on the network’s digital platforms, several years ago pulled away from off-network series, opting to spend the bulk of its acquisition budget on theatrical films instead. With a few rare exceptions, most notably The Big Bang Theory, movies significantly outperform off-network series on basic cable, they have longer shelf lives and deliver a wide range of audiences that can sample new original series launching behind them.

The list of recent FX movie acquisitions include Halloween, Bumblebee, Night School, The First Purge, Peter Rabbit, First Man, BlacKkKlansman, Book Club, The Meg, Breaking In, The House with a Clock In Its Walls,
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Demi Lovato Gets a New Tattoo of Her Late Dog Buddy

Demi Lovato Gets a New Tattoo of Her Late Dog Buddy
Demi Lovato is paying tribute to her beloved dog Buddy, who passed away about three and a half years ago. The "Skyscraper" singer, who shared the maltipoo with ex Wilmer Valderrama, announced the heartbreaking news of Buddy's passing with her Twitter followers in July 2015. "We are absolutely heartbroken to be writing this but Wilmer and I are devastated to inform you that we lost our little angel Buddy last Sunday," Lovato wrote. "He was taken from us way too soon in a tragic accident and though I will never know why this had to happen, I do know that God only puts us through situations that we can handle so with that, together we are staying strong." ...
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Dwayne Johnson on Surviving ‘Southland Tales’ and His Big Plans as a Super Producer

Dwayne Johnson on Surviving ‘Southland Tales’ and His Big Plans as a Super Producer
In 2018, Dwayne Johnson starred in global blockbusters “Rampage” and “Skyscraper,” which collectively made around $734 million worldwide, but he spent most of the year watching documentaries.

“I’ve been on this tear lately,” he said in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival. “There’s some outstanding filmmakers making these really provocative documentaries, and when you watch a film through their perspective, you realize there’s something bigger there.” His favorite was current Oscar nominee “Free Solo,” and he’s been intrigued by the notion of enlisting non-fiction directors for narrative projects. “It’s been a lot of fun, finding those,” he said.

Despite his massive commercial enterprises, Johnson’s latest venture points to a tantalizing interest in movies made beyond the studio system. “I always say that the audience is my only boss, other than my lady at home,” he said. “When you have movies that feel like they fit outside of the studio system,
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How realistic are Hollywood’s stunts?

  • Nerdly
Have you ever wondered if it’s actually possible to survive a nuclear explosion by hiding in a fridge? If it’s really possible for an amputee to jump from a crane into a burning skyscraper? Or for a superspy to kitesurf to safety following an avalanche? The folks at Betway have!

In their quest for answers they’ve broken down some of Hollywood’s biggest and best stunts to determine whether or not they could happen in real life – with a little help from industry experts, including a pilot, stunt woman, plastic surgeon and ex-army officer!

The films included are:

Skyscraper (2018) Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018) Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Fast & Furious 7 (2015) Saw VII (2010) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Live Free or Die Hard (2007) Transporter 2 (2005) Bad Boys 2 (2003) Kill Bill Vol 1 (2003) Die Another Day (2002) Face/Off (1997)

The guide below includes information about how each scene was filmed, to explain how the use of prosthetics,
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