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How Sara Bareilles Captured Billie Jean King's Courage in Original 'Battle of the Sexes' Song

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It was a little bit of a cosmic nod," says Sara Bareilles of how she came to write her song "If I Dare" for Fox Searchlight's Battle of the Sexes. Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who were in need of an original song for their finished biopic about Billie Jean King, happen to be the next-door neighbors of Jessie Nelson, Bareilles' writing partner on her Tony-nominated musical Waitress. "The universe was like, 'Hey! Take a look at this!' " Introductions were made and a screening was set.

Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes focuses on »


- Mia Galuppo

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Peter Jackson Says Harvey Weinstein Told Him to Blacklist Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino

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Mira Sorvino recently told The Hollywood Reporter that she couldn't say "for certain" that her career was impacted after she refused Harvey Weinstein's advances when she was a young actress on the verge of stardom and about to win a best actress Oscar for Mighty Aphrodite. "I was not offered any movie roles past 1996," she said, wondering just how Weinstein may have retaliated against her. "Radio silence."

Now she knows. 

In a new interview with New Zealand's Stuff, blockbuster director Peter Jackson addressed the Weinstein scandal and said that he was told by Weinstein's company not to hire actresses Sorvino »


- Chris Gardner

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Eminem to Host Pop-Up With "Mom's Spaghetti" on Menu

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Rapper Eminem is hosting a promotional event in Detroit in the style of a pop-up restaurant with a menu featuring "mom's spaghetti."

Eminem touted the Friday event at the Shelter club to promote his new album, Revival, in a tweet Thursday, saying: "Detroit! Come vomit up some spaghetti with me this weekend at our official #Revival pop up."

He says food and exclusive merchandise will be available.

The spaghetti menu item is a nod to lyrics from his Oscar-winning hit "Lose Yourself" from the movie 8 Mile, in which he's so nervous about competing in a rap battle that "there's vomit on »


- the Associated Press

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'Florida Project' Producer Accused of Sexual Harassment by a Dozen Insiders

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Earlier this year, the upstart June Pictures impressed by taking three films to Sundance and Cannes. One of those, The Florida Project, has since become an awards contender. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter before Sundance, June co-founder Andrew Duncan said one key to the company’s early success was its focus: “We keep outside noise on a minimum,” he said.

But the outside noise cannot be contained. Sources claim that Duncan, who has provided millions in financial backing for June, sexually harassed several people associated with the company and has also instructed a June employee to pay prostitutes. Duncan denies »


- Gary Baum,Kim Masters

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'Sundowners': Film Review

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Exuding such a relaxed feel that it's not surprising that its title doesn't appear onscreen until nearly the half-hour mark, Sundowners never strains too hard for its considerable laughs. Depicting the misadventures of a pair of bumbling videographers assigned to shoot a destination wedding in Mexico, Pavel Moondi's low-key comedy has a plotline that wouldn't be out of place in a mainstream Hollywood effort. But this Canadian indie mostly avoids the sort of vulgarisms attendant to films of that ilk, displaying a slyly droll humor that proves consistently engaging.

The plot concerns thirtysomethings Alex (comedian Phil Hanley) and his best »


- Frank Scheck

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Dying 'Star Wars' Fan Getting Special 'Last Jedi' Screening

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A dying man's wish to see the new Star Wars movie is coming true, thanks to local fire departments and medics.

Ron Villemaire has stage 4 colon cancer and is in hospice care in Bedford, New Hampshire. He's a huge Star Wars fan, but can't get to a theater and sit in a seat.

After a public plea from his daughter, the Bedford and New Boston fire departments say they'll take him Saturday by ambulance to a theater and transfer him to a hospital bed. Medics will be on hand during Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The 69-year-old Villemaire will »


- the Associated Press

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'I, Tonya': Margot Robbie Wore Four Permed Wigs to Turn Into Tonya Harding

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I, Tonya hair and makeup team faced in transforming actress Margot Robbie into the spitting image of infamous figure skater Tonya Harding was the equivalent of a triple lutz, triple toe loop.

Harding herself became notoriously recognizable thanks to her controversial rise — and widely publicized downfall. The 1991 U.S. Women's Figure Skating champion and the first American woman to land a triple axel in international competition, Harding was later banned for life from the competitive sport after pleading guilty to conspiring to hinder the prosecution »


- Carolyn Giardina

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Casting Society to Honor Barry Levinson, Kevin Huvane at Artios Awards

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CAA’s Kevin Huvane, filmmaker Barry Levinson and casting director Victoria Thomas will be honored by the Casting Society of America at its 33rd annual Artios Awards, which will be held Jan. 18 simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and Stage 48 in New York City.

Huvane, partner and managing director at CAA, will receive the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement, recognizing his contributions to the industry. The honor is named after the first casting director in history to win an honorary Academy Award.

Levinson, the Oscar-winning director, screenwriter and producer whose credits range from Rain Man »


- Gregg Kilday

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'Valerian' Leads EuropaCorp to Post $83 Million Loss

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Financial results show the scope of the disaster that was Valerian: The City of a Thousand Planets for Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, with the company posting a half-year loss of $83.1 million.

The company attributed this loss to the poor performance of Valerian, as well as other underperforming films including Tom Hanks starrer The Circle.

It included a write down of films not yet released for $5.5 million, and what it termed “the impairment of the intangible asset relating to the distribution of films” for $15.3 million as a result of the failure of its Red joint venture distribution company with Relativity. »


- Rhonda Richford

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Common and Diane Warren Say "Stand Up for Something" in 'Marshall' Anthem

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Marshall serendipitously came together at 35,000 feet. Songwriter Diane Warren had channeled '60s soul anthems to pen the track for Andra Day (who also appears in the film), but craved another element to make it modern. "I told Andra's manager that Common would be the dream," she recalls. "Less than a week later, I was on a plane to Sundance, and he was sitting right behind me!"

Warren and Common wrote their lyrics before and after Trump was elected, respectively. "Who knew how timely it »


- Ashley Lee

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Terry Crews Signs With UTA

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Five weeks after firing Wme, Terry Crews has signed with UTA.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star dropped his former agency Nov. 9 in connection with his revelation that high-ranking agent Adam Venit allegedly sexually assaulted him at a party in February 2016. The then-motion picture head, who did not represent Crews, grabbed him by the genitals, according to the actor. Crews has filed a lawsuit against both Venit and Wme, claiming that the agency failed to adequately address the assault, and he continues to discuss the matter on his Twitter account. (Wme demoted Venit and suspended him »


- Rebecca Sun

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Oscars: How Top VFX Pros Brought Baby Groot, Wonder Woman's Golden Lasso to Life

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Superhero fare — from Thor to Justice League and Logan — swept the visual effects shortlist Dec. 4, while tentpole sci-fi projects, such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Blade Runner 2049, also were well represented. THR took a dive into how the VFX teams created some of this year's most imaginative effects, including the beasts, aliens and other out-of-this-world creatures that filled their stories.

This story first appeared in a December stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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- Carolyn Giardina

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'Ferdinand': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character

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Ferdinand, from the creators of Ice Age and Rio, tells the story of a gentle bull who is taken from his human family and forced to join a Spanish bullfighting ring. Voiced by John Cena, Ferdinand goes on a journey to escape and return home with the help of a mix of bulls, hedgehogs and a goat. 

Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Anderson and more voice Ferdinand's animal friends in the film, along with original music from Nick Jonas

Below, read more about the cast of Ferdinand, which will hit theaters Dec. 15. 

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- Kirsten Chuba

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Lionsgate's 'Wonder' Lands China Release Date

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Lionsgate's sleeper hit Wonder has landed a theatrical release in China.

The family-friendly drama starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay is set to debut in the Middle Kingdom on Jan. 19. The local release will be handled by state distributor China Film Group, with Tik Films and Joy Pictures providing promotional support.

Directed by Stephen Chbosky, Wonder is an adaptation of R.J. Palacio's acclaimed novel about a young boy with a facial deformity who attends a mainstream school for the first time.

After picking up a rare A+ CinemaScore, the film has earned an outstanding $103 million in »


- Patrick Brzeski

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In What Order Should Kids Watch 'Star Wars'?

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It's one of the more controversial film debates of all time. How should a young viewer first travel to a galaxy far, far away?

Do you start with 1977's A New Hope and just watch the movies as they were released in theaters? Or perhaps chronologically from The Phantom Menace on (even if that means risking prequel boredom)? There are arguments for both sides, but it doesn't end there. Heat Vision has surveyed a number of fans to break it down.

Theatrical release order (IV, V, IV, I,II,III, VII, Rogue One, VIII)

This is the most popular option, with people pointing out that beginning with Episode I would kill part of the experience.<br »


- Dylan Schuck

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Zendaya, Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman Join James Corden for Tense 'Crosswalk The Musical'

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The very amenable cast of the P.T. Barnum musical drama The Greatest Showman graciously agreed to participate in the latest edition of "Crosswalk: The Musical" with James Corden on Thursday night (Dec. 14). But suffice it to say that Zendaya, Zac Efron and Barnum himself, Hugh Jackman, weren't too pleased with the Late Late Show host's diva-like displays as they tried to dodge traffic while singing show tunes on New York's streets.

Jackman, a song-and-dance man with a bit of experience on the Great White Way, was more than willing to share some of his ideas with Corden, who inexplicably kept referring to the actor as »


- Gil Kaufman, Billboard

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Michael Wolff: Why Rupert’s Really Splitting Up the Family Business

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At least since he nearly went bankrupt in the early 1990s, Rupert Murdoch has been obsessed with handing his business to his children. He has navigated this course through vast turmoil in the media industry, multiple marriages, frayed family dynamics, occasional signs of shareholder rebellion at such family entitlement in a public company, and even the resistance of his own children. He seemed to have succeeded in this quest — elevating his oldest son, Lachlan, cajoled back from Australia, and his youngest, James, miraculously rehabilitated for his part in the phone-hacking scandal in the U.K., to the top of his »


- Michael Wolff

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Why Disney Should Add Fox's Fanfare Back to 'Star Wars'

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Here’s a magic trick. I can make you hear something just by reading four words: 20th Century Fox fanfare.

If you’ve seen a movie in your lifetime, chances are your head is now filled with snare drums, timpani and orchestral horns. There’s also a fair likelihood that after that 20-or-so-second score drifts away into the foggy ether of your mind that another tune might creep in on its heels: the Star Wars theme.

Perhaps no film score in history is as iconic, and certainly no studio’s opening credit tag evokes such visceral reaction as that of Fox’s short march. The »


- Patrick Shanley

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London Film Festival Head Clare Stewart Taking Year-Long Sabbatical

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Clare Stewart, head of festivals for the British Film Institute and the artistic director of the BFI London Film Festival, is taking a year-long sabbatical from her position. 

In her absence, announced Friday, a management reshuffle will see Tricia Tuttle, currently deputy head of festivals and the head of the Lgbt-focused BFI Flare, become interim artistic director, while head of business and industry Anne-Marie Flynn will become the festival's interim managing director. 

Stewart has headed up six London Film Festivals, helping transform the event and bring about dramatic audience growth by reinventing the program, shortening the festival, adding U.K.-wide screenings »

- Alex Ritman

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'Star Wars' Fans Left Fuming As Sound Problems Hit Screening of 'Last Jedi'

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After months of waiting and hours of queuing, Star Wars fans at one AMC theater in Burbank, CA. were left fuming after technical problems at a screening on Thursday night left them watching pictures with no sound. 

There was near pandemonium at AMC Burbank 16, as fans who had settled in to be one of the first people to see Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi suddenly had their enjoyment cut short due to sound problems. With seemingly no improvement, and the theater not choosing or unable to restart the movie, fans began streaming out to the lobby to complain to management according »


- Abid Rahman

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