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Lola Albright, Sultry Actress in 'Peter Gunn' and Kirk Douglas' 'Champion,' Dies at 92
Lola Albright, the charming actress with the smoky voice who sang and starred on TV's Peter Gunn and was spurned by the back-stabbing Kirk Douglas in the classic 1949 boxing drama Champion, has died. She was 92.
Albright died Thursday in a home in the Toluca Lake enclave of Los Angeles, her friend, Eric Anderson, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. News of her death was first reported by the Akron Beacon-Journal; she was born and raised in the Ohio city.
Albright was perhaps best known for playing the sultry singer Edie Hart, the girlfriend of private eye Craig Stevens, »
- Mike Barnes
Adam Sandler Expands Netflix Deal With Four New Movies
Adam Sandler and Netflix expanded a previous deal to release four additional movies for a total of eight on the streaming platform. The original collaboration was announced in 2014.
"Love working with Netflix and collaborating with them," Sandler said in a statement, via Variety. "I love how passionate they are about making movies and getting them out there for the whole world to see." Sandler's first two films with Netflix included 2015's western spoof The Ridiculous 6 and the 2016 spy-comedy The Do-Over. On April 14th, his Hollywood satire Sandy Wexler will »
Colin Farrell in Talks to Star in Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’
Colin Farrell is in negotiations to star in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1941 animated classic, “Dumbo,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. If the deal goes through, he will play the role of Holt, a widowed father of two kids from Kentucky. Eva Green and Danny DeVito already star. Tim Burton is set to direct and will reunite with Green for their third effort after previously working together on “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” and “Dark Shadows.” Also Read: Eva Green to Reteam With Tim Burton for Disney's 'Dumbo' Remake Ehren Kruger »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘Sinister 2’ Director Ciaran Foy Boards Broad Green’s Horror Movie ‘Eli’
The movie, which begins shooting this summer, centers on a young boy who undergoes treatment for a rare disease at a secluded clinic, which becomes a haunted prison with no way out.
After ‘The Infiltrator’ Fizzles, Broad Green Plots Its Comeback
Trevor Macy producing via his Intrepid Pictures banner. John Zaozirny will also produce for Bellevue Productions, and Gabriel and Daniel Hammond will executive produce for Broad Green. Melinda Nishioka will co-produce for Intrepid.
Foy has several projects in the works at Blumhouse Productions, including “The Shee,” which he will write and direct. Foy’s debut feature was “Citadel,” which premiered at SXSW in 2012 and won the festival’s midnighters audience award. Focus Features »
- Dave McNary
Steve Carell, Amy Schumer & Nicole Kidman Team For Rebecca Miller’s ‘She Came To Me’
Rebecca Miller continues to be arguably one of the most undervalued directors — female or not — working right now. Despite assembling an impressive body of work including “The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee,” “The Ballad Of Jack And Rose,” “Personal Velocity,” and most recently, the utterly charming “Maggie’s Plan,” her films don’t tend to breakout beyond the arthouse.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Power Rangers’ Morphs to $3.6 Million at Thursday Box Office
“Power Rangers” earned $3.6 million at the Thursday previews, with the Mighty Morphins on track for a $35 million weekend. Heading into the weekend, independent trackers predicted the film will make $35 million in its 3,693 screen opening, while Lionsgate’s predictions were a tad lower, at $30 million to $33 million. Back in 2014, the live-action reboot of another classic kids TV show, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” had a preview gross of $4.6 million and went on to earn $65 million its opening weekend. Last summer’s “Tmnt” sequel “Out of the Shadows” grossed $2 million at the Thursday box office for »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Cuban-American Actor Tomas Milian, Italian Genre Movies Star, Dies at 84
Rome – Versatile Cuban-American-Italian actor Tomas Milian, known for the intensity he brought to disparate roles, whether in dramas by directors like Bernardo Bertolucci and Steven Soderbergh or as the Roman lowlife character that made him a household name in Italy, died Thursday. He was 84.
Milian died of a stroke in his Miami home, according to Italian news agency Ansa.
A Method actor who studied with Lee Strasberg, Milian played in about 120 movies during a career spanning six decades. Most of the films were shot in Italy, where he worked with directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti and Pier Paolo Pasolini besides acting in Spaghetti Westerns, cop movies, and the franchise based on his Roman lowlife character “Er Monnezza” (“Mr. Trash”).
Later in his career, Milian moved to the U.S. where, among other films, he appeared in Sydney Pollack’s “Havana,” in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” and played corrupt General Arturo Salazar in Soderbergh’s “Traffic, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Amy Schumer Drops Out of ‘Barbie’ Movie (Exclusive)
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”
The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” which opens in May.
Sony, however, needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 release date as Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion–shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on other partners on the film, according to insiders.
“We respect and support Amy’s decision, »
- Justin Kroll
Miles Teller’s War Drama ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Gets Awards Season Release
Based on David Finkel’s 2013 book, “Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. The cast includes Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey, and Jayson Warner Smith.
- Dave McNary
'Beauty and the Beast' to Repeat at #1 Over 'Power Rangers', 'Life' and 'CHiPs'
As has been the case over the last three weekends, this weekend is looking to outperform last year and, once again, by a significant margin. The big story, of course, is Disney's Beauty and the Beast as it continues to blow the doors off, becoming one of the fastest films to top $200 million at the domestic box office and, by the end of this weekend, will have topped $300 million in just ten days of release. In addition to Beauty and the Beast's second weekend, three new wide releases make their debut including Lionsgate's Power Rangers, Sony's R-rated sci-fi Life and WB's R-rated comedy CHiPs, all of which will have varying degrees of success as the top twelve should top a combined $180 million, making it the second largest weekend of the year. As of Wednesday, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has brought in $217.6 million domestically and another $244.3 million internationally. This »
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Jake Gyllenhaal, ‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa to Reteam on ‘The Anarchists vs ISIS’
Gyllenhaal is attached to star with Espinosa on board to helm the film adaptation.
The article tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists, and outcasts, who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia, known as the Ypg, to beat Isis in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.
“Jake and I are thrilled to partner with Daniel Espinosa on Seth Harp’s daring story. Thematically, »
- Justin Kroll
‘Peter Gunn’ Star Lola Albright Dies at 92
A native of Akron, Ohio, news of her death was first reported by the Akron Beacon-Journal. “She went very peacefully,” her friend Eric Anderson told the newspaper. “She died at 7:20 a.m. of natural causes. We loved her so much.”
Albright was a receptionist at Wakr radio in Akron, then left to go to Cleveland’s Wtam, where she wed announcer Warren Dean — the first of three marriages.
Her first film appearance came in 1947 in “The Unfinished Dance,” starring Margaret O’Brien. She then starred with Judy Garland in “Easter Parade” in 1948. The next year she appeared opposite Kirk Douglas in 1949’s “Champion,” portraying a spurned lover. Douglas received an Oscar nomination for his work.
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- Dave McNary
Here Are All of Those ‘Justice League’ Teasers and Posters
The first Justice League trailer arrives tomorrow and Warner Bros. has spent the past two days making sure the entire internet knew about this. A wave of character posters arrived one-by-one and with them, a wave of brief teasers showing each member of this superhero team in action. We have now gathered all of them […]
The post Here Are All of Those ‘Justice League’ Teasers and Posters appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Panama Film Festival Unveils Centerpiece 2017 Primera Mirada Slate
The third edition of the Panama Film Festival’s Primera Mirada pix-in-post sidebar has selected four films – from the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama and Puerto Rico- from a total of 48 films submitted from the Central America and the Caribbean.
Primera Mirada is particularly important for the region’s filmmakers who often work miracles to get their projects off the ground and often desperately require post-production completion finance. The number of films submitted to the competition has risen progressively – with 32 films in 2015, 46 in 2016 and 48 this year.
The sidebar attracts leading international sales agents to its screenings – projects will be screened in exclusive private sessions for sales agents, distributors, and film festival programmers – and has served as an important springboard for selected projects.
2015’s Primera Mirada winner, “I Promise You Anarchy,” by Guatemalan director Julio Hernandez Cordon, had its world premiere at Locarno a few months later, followed by screenings in Toronto, »
- Martin Dale
Why Sundance, SXSW, and Funders Are Falling in Love With This Tiny Collective of Black Women Filmmakers
The New Negress Film Society is small: A five-member collective, formed to feature work by and about black women.
But since its founding in 2013, its members have received filmmaking prizes that include a Gotham Awards grant, the Sundance Institute Director’s Lab, and the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Discovery Award, and their works have screened at festivals including Sundance, SXSW, and Rotterdam.
That’s an extraordinary return rate for the Brooklyn-based group, which began as a screening of short films organized by filmmakers Ja’Tovia Gary and Kumi James. Today, the group comprises Gary, Frances Bodomo, Dyani Douze, Chanelle Aponte Pearson, and Stefani Saintonge. (James left the group when she moved to Los Angeles.)
See MoreWatch: Ja’Tovia Gary’s Award-Winning ‘Cakes Da Killa: No Homo’ Now Streaming Online
“It was such an overwhelming success, and such a life-affirming moment,” said Gary, who said they were inspired by the »
- Andrew Lapin
Treasury Department Defends Steven Mnuchin’s ‘Lego Batman’ Quip
A line at the end of a Q&A session by Hollywood financier-turned-u.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin has raised eyebrows at some ethics groups after he told attendees to go see The Lego Batman Movie. He happens to be an executive producer on Warner Bros’ animated hit via his role as a principal in RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a financier on the film. At today’s event hosted by media company Axios, Mnuchin was asked about his Hollywood past. "Well, I'm not allowed to… »
‘Kong: Skull Island’ Roars to Massive $22.5 Million Opening in China
“Kong: Skull Island” roared to a $22.5 million opening day in China on Friday, including Thursday midnight screenings.
The first-day take represented nearly 76% of China’s total box office haul on Friday. That marks the second-largest English-language film launch of the year in the country, behind “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” and the fifth-biggest Friday debut ever for a U.S. title in the Middle Kingdom.
The international total outside of China has hit $167.3 million, led by the U.K. with $14.8 million, Mexico with $11.8 million, and South Korea with $11.6 million. The monster pic opens in Japan on March 25.
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Brie Larson star in “Kong: Skull Island,” a reboot of the King Kong franchise set on an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. The film, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, carries a hefty $185 million price tag. »
- Dave McNary
Melissa McCarthy Explains How ‘SNL’ Offered Her That Game-Changing Sean Spicer Role
The Emmy-winning actress, however, must have been born to play the role. A friend at “Saturday Night Live” thought she looked enough like the White House press secretary to offer her the gig. In an interview on “Ellen,” McCarthy detailed how that phone call went down.
She also reluctantly acknowledged that she resembled Spicer and had this curious observation: “I look so much like my dad that I feel like my dad and Sean Spicer had a baby, and it’s me, which makes it even stranger.”
Getting prosthetics only completed the process. “You mess with your ears and it really changes the shape of your head,” she said. “I got into it because I was like, ‘Can I have eye bags? »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Last Men in Aleppo’ Takes Top Prize at Copenhagen’s Cph:dox Fest
With the documentary market recently inundated with Syria-themed titles, one title is emerging as the most decorated of the lot. Two months after scooping the Grand Jury Prize in Sundance’s world documentary competition, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s harrowing, immersive war-zone study “Last Men in Aleppo” has also triumphed at Cph:dox, Copenhagen’s eminent all-doc festival.
Fayyad’s film, which follows a hardy group of White Helmets volunteers at the frontline of the conflict in Aleppo, was handed the top prize in the festival’s premier Dox:award section, by a jury whose members included Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (“The Act of Killing”), Sundance programmer Caroline Libresco, Patricipant Media’s Laura Kim, Marie-Pierre Macia and Renata Santoro. It was also something of a home-turf victory for the Danish co-production, which was co-directed by Dane Steen Johannessen.
The jury described “Last Men in Aleppo” as “a film whose devastating emotional immediacy »
- Guy Lodge
Watch Riz Ahmed’s ‘Rogue One’ Audition and Learn Which Planet Was Cut From the Movie
One day, we will run out of news concerning what could have been in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But that day is not today. Star Wars fans are as interested in the making of these movies as they are in the movies themselves, which makes the production of Rogue One so very fascinating – […]
- Jacob Hall
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