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Mary J. Blige Signs With Apa (Exclusive)

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Mary J. Blige has signed with Apa in all areas,The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have exclusively learned. She previously split her representation between CAA for acting and ICM Partners for music.

The iconic R&B singer/songwriter and actress has been generating awards buzz for her performance as a long-suffering wife and mother in Dee Rees’ critically acclaimed Jim Crow drama Mudbound, which premiered at Sundance and screened again at Toronto this month. In his review, THR critic David Rooney called Blige “a quiet revelation… a model of understatement and careworn dignity in perhaps the singer’s most demanding dramatic role »

- Rebecca Sun

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'The Lego Ninjago Movie': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character

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Based on the toy line and animated television series, The Lego Ninjago Movie is the third Lego film to hit the big screen, following 2014's The Lego Movie and 2017's The Lego Batman Movie.

Lego Ninjago follows six teenage ninjas as they struggle to balance going to school with defending their island from destruction. The ninjas are trained by their mentor, Master Wu (voiced by Jackie Chan), while the villainous Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) plots against them.

Ahead of the movie's release Sept. 22, check out which stars are giving voice to the film's characters below.

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- Sydney Odman

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'Stronger': 5 of the Film's Stars and Their Real-Life Inspirations

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Inspired by a true story, Stronger follows the journey of Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, as he adjusts to his new life and becomes the symbol for fighting against terrorism.

The film is largely based on Bauman’s book by the same title, and shows the aftermath of the bombing in a way it has not yet been seen onscreen (Patriots Day, starring Mark Wahlberg, focused on the event from multiple perspectives). Stronger, which will hit theaters Sept. 22, has already started generating award season buzz for its star, Jake Gyllenhaal.

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- Kirsten Chuba

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Director Vincent Sabella on Honestly Portraying Schizophrenia in 'Elizabeth Blue'

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With his feature directorial debut Elizabeth Blue, writer/director Vincent Sabella tackles mental illness — specifically schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety — all of which Sabella grapples with personally.

The film tells the story of Elizabeth (played by Anna Schafer), who recently got released from a mental institution and is now planning her wedding. With the love and support of her fiance, Grant (Ryan Vincent) and the help of her new and determined psychiatrist (Suicide Squad’s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Elizabeth is doing her best to maintain a normal life.

In addition to his own experience with mental illness, Sabella also »

- Lauren Huff

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In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle,' 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' and More

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The Kingsman spy agents and Lego toys are back on the big screen in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Lego Ninjago Movie. Anticipated biopics are also hitting theaters this weekend, with Emma Stone and Steve Carell portraying Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, respectively, in Battle of the Sexes and Jake Gyllenhaal as Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman in the drama Stronger.

Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend box office).

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- Arlene Washington

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Weekend Box Office: 'Kingsman: Golden Circle' Earns $3.4M Thursday Night

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Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Golden Circle served up $3.4 million in Thursday-night previews at the North American box office, more than double the $1.4 in previews earned by Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Tracking suggests the cheeky action-comedy from 20th Century Fox will debut in the $40 million-$45 million range this weekend, ahead of the $36.2 million domestic bow of Secret Service in February 2015. A sleeper hit, the first Kingsman went on to earn $414.4 million globally.

Kingsman 2 should easily top the domestic chart, ruling over Warner Bros. Animation's The Lego Ninjago Movie, a spinoff of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lego_Movie" »

- Pamela McClintock

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Ryuichi Sakamoto to Get Samurai Award From Tokyo Film Fest

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The Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) will give the 2017 Samurai Award to acclaimed musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

He starred opposite David Bowie in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence in 1983, as well as scoring the music for the film.

Sakamoto also won an Oscar, shared with David Byrne and Cong Su, for The Last Emperor (1987).

Sakamoto will also give a talk at the festival in a series that will also feature Brillante Ma Mendoza, Naomi Kawase, and Fumihiko Sori, whose live-action take on the Fullmetal Alchemist manga/anime franchise will open Tiff.

Previous recipients of the Samurai Award are »

- Gavin J. Blair

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'Ron Goossens, Low-Budget Stuntman': Film Review | Oldenburg 2017

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A deceptively smart film about proudly stupid people, Ron Goossens, Low-Budget Stuntman is the latest homegrown hit from Dutch writer-director team Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil. The duo are best known in northern Europe for their TV comedy series New Kids, which spawned two big-screen spin-offs and scored significant success abroad, notably in Germany. Their default comic style is loud, lewd and knowingly crude, but leavened with sharp production values and thick dollops of irony.

More conventionally plotted and less culturally specific than the pair's previous films, Ron Goossens could help them break out into English-speaking markets with »

- Stephen Dalton

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Oscars: India Selects 'Newton' for Foreign-Language Category

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Political satire Newton has been selected as India’s entry for the 90th Academy Awards in the best foreign-language film category.

The announcement was made Friday by the Film Federation of India, which said the movie was selected out of 26 contenders.

Directed by Amit Masurkar, Newton stars Rajkumar Rao as Newton Kumar, a government clerk sent on election duty in the conflict-ridden jungles of the country’s Chhattisgarh state, reflecting the political reality of that area. The title refers to the lead character’s justification of changing his original name Nutan (which is usually a female name) to the similarly sounding Newton. »

- Nyay Bhushan

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Oscars: Iceland Selects 'Under the Tree' for Foreign-Language Category

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Iceland has picked Under the Tree to be its contender for the 2018 Oscars in the foreign-language category.

The drama from director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson focuses on a typical suburban dispute: two neighbors arguing over a tree in one of their backyards and the shadow it casts in the backyard of the other. But the spat soon spirals violently out of control.

Under the Tree premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Magnolia picked up North American rights to the movie.

Sigurdsson is a well-known figure on the art house scene. His first feature, Either Way, was remade in English by »

- Scott Roxborough

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'Friend Request': Film Review

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The scariest thing in Simon Verhoeven’s social media-themed horror film Friend Request isn’t any of the frequent gruesome onscreen killings of its young characters. Rather, it’s this warning that keeps popping up on their computer screens: “An unknown error has occurred. Please try again later.” Just typing the words brings on a shudder.

No doubt you’ve encountered a variation of the phrase at some point or another. And you’ve probably also kept careful track of how many friends you have on Facebook, looking on enviously at other members with higher numbers. This film, like such predecessors as Unfriended, taps into »

- Frank Scheck

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San Sebastian Raises Curtain on Pizzazz and Political Debate

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The San Sebastian International Film Festival kicks off Friday as Spain’s only A-list festival and a must for the Spanish-speaking industry. But the rest of Spain has a nervous eye on Barcelona where tensions are mounting ahead of a contentious referendum on independence in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia.

The Spanish government has been escalating efforts to halt the vote, which it says is unconstitutional, and police have arrested a dozen people in recent days. The referendum is scheduled for Oct. 1, the day after the festival ends.

While the two events may seem unrelated, San Sebastian sits in the »

- Pamela Rolfe

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Oscars: Hong Kong Selects ‘Mad World’ for Foreign-Language Category

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Hong Kong has selected first-time director Wong Chun's Mad World for the foreign-language film category at the 90th Academy Awards.

The drama, which explores mental illness and the lack of living space in modern metropolises, was a winner at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards earlier this year. The film boasts the award-winning performances from veteran actors Elaine Jin and Eric Tsang.

The project was particularly a local success as it was funded by the “First Feature Film Initiative” of the Hong Kong Film Development Fund.

Mad World tells the story of a bipolar patient’s attempt to adapt »

- Karen Chu

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'Foxtrot,' Israel's Foreign-Language Oscar Entry, Goes to Sony Classics

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North America rights to Samuel Maoz’s Foxtrot, which Israel has submitted as its entry in the foreign-language film Oscar race.

The surrealist pic revolves around an Israeli couple told that their son, a soldier, has died, and the son himself, seen manning a remote border.

Foxtrot won the Grand Jury prize at the Venice Film Festival as well as eight of Israel’s Ophir Awards, including best film, best director and best director. 

The movie was produced by Eitan Mansuri of Spiro Films, Michael Weber and Viola Fügen of Pola Pandora, Cedomir Kolar and Marc »

- Gregg Kilday

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