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Can 'Life' Overcome That Too-Familiar Feeling?

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Life hits theaters Friday, with Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and space crew facing off against… something in orbit above the Earth. Trailers for the movie left the exact details about that something purposefully vague, but instead clarified one thing: just how much the movie looked like other space movies.

It's not merely that the plot — what little was revealed in the trailers, at least — is highly reminiscent of Alien, although that can't be ignored. When you're telling a story about a crew of a space ship that has to deal with a monster onboard, Ridley Scott's 1979 movie »


- Graeme McMillan

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How a Warner Bros. Staffer's Passion Project Helps Female Filmmakers

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Many nights a year, after Diana Means finishes up her work in production and creative services at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, she stays in the office until midnight to work on her passion project: the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, which kicked off its 13th edition last night.

Means says her impetus for the festival, which runs through March 26 at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live, was an accumulation of continuously noticing disproportionate representation for women in media. “In film school, all the films we watched were made by men, and I was very sensitive to being forced »

- Rebecca Sun

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Lola Albright, Sultry Actress in 'Peter Gunn' and Kirk Douglas' 'Champion,' Dies at 92

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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

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'Slamma Jamma': Film Review

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Combining its inspirational and sports movie tropes in hackneyed, unoriginal fashion, Timothy A. Chey’s Slamma Jamma seems to be anticipating its own bad reviews. One of the film’s minor characters is an obnoxious “sports critic” who gets a tongue-lashing from an observer who questions his credentials for commenting about basketball even though he’s never played the game himself. Well, most people have never made a movie but they know a bad one when they see one, and this is it.

Not that this effort isn’t earnest and well-meaning. Telling the story of a former college basketball star who tries to »


- Frank Scheck

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Colin Farrell in Talks to Star in Live-Action 'Dumbo'

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Colin Farrell is in talks to star in Disney's live-action take on Dumbo, being directed by Tim Burton.

Ehren Kruger penned the script for the project, which is based on Disney's classic animated 1941 movie about a baby circus elephant who is made fun of for his large ears and is separated from his mother. Eva Green and Danny DeVito are already signed on to the project.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but sources say that one thing the new version does is expand and deepen the circus aspect of the story.

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- Rebecca Ford

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'Sinister 2' Helmer Ciaran Foy to Direct Psychological Horror Film 'Eli'

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Sinister 2 helmer Ciaran Foy has signed on to direct Broad Green Pictures’ psychological horror film Eli.

Based on a 2015 Black List screenplay by David Chirchirillo, the film 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. Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing have been tapped to pen a rewrite.

Intrepid Pictures' Trevor Macy has come on to produce alongside Bellevue Prods.' John Zaozirny. Broad Green founders Gabriel and Daniel Hammond will executive produce. Melinda Nishioka is shepherding the project for Intrepid.

Production is »


- Tatiana Siegel

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Poster Puts Peter Parker in View of Avengers Tower

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Peter Parker is just your average teenager. He likes listening to music, hanging out ... and avoiding homework.

The tone-perfect Spider-Man: Homecoming poster captures all of this, with it showing Spider-Man listening to some tunes in view of Avengers Tower.

"Homework can wait. The city can't," reads the tagline promoting the poster on Twitter. 

Tom Holland reprises his Captain: America role as Peter Parker Spider-Man. The Marvel Studios/Sony film also stars Robert Downey Jr.Zendaya, Michael Keaton and Marisa Tomei.

The film from director Jon Watts opens July 7. Here's a closer look:

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- Aaron Couch

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'Power Rangers' Gets Strict Age Restriction in Russia, Presumably Over Lgbtq Character

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On Friday, Wdsspr, the Russian distributor of Power Rangers, informed theaters that the age restriction for the movie has been changed from 16+ to 18+, meaning that only viewers over 18 will be admitted to the screenings.

The distributor provided no explanation for assigning the stricter age restriction, but it followed harsh criticism from several legislators over the movie's Lgbtq content.

On Thursday, hard-line legislator Vitaly Milonov criticized the movie and called for banning it, speaking on the air of conservative television network Tsargrad.

Milonov, who penned a controversial law "against gay propaganda among minors" several years ago, said he »


- Vladimir Kozlov

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Netflix Doubles Down on Adam Sandler With New Four-Film Deal

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Netflix is staying in the Adam Sandler business.

The company has inked a new four-film deal with Sandler to create original projects for its streaming service. Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions will produce each film, which will premiere exclusively on the streaming service.

Netflix first inked a four-film deal with Sandler in October 2014. The first two films released under that deal — The Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over — are the biggest film releases ever for the service.  

"Adam Sandler is one of the leading comedians in the film world, and his movies have proven to be extremely »


- Rebecca Ford

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Edward James Olmos Joins Shane Black's 'Predator' Reboot (Exclusive)

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Edward James Olmos is suiting up for The Predator, Shane Black’s reboot of 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi action franchise.

The movie is shooting in Vancouver with Boyd Holbrook leading a cast that also includes Room breakout Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Yvonne Strahovski and Olivia Munn.

The movie once again features unsuspecting humans who slowly realize that fierce hunter-aliens are in their midst, this time in a suburban setting.

Olmos will play a military character.

Black is directing from a script he co-wrote with Fred Dekker.

Olmos is a veteran actor who »


- Borys Kit

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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in April

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Here are the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in April.

All of the seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will no longer be available starting April 1. The Usual Suspects, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Princess Bride are also some of the films Netflix users should stream in the next few weeks if they want to watch them before they expire. 

Netflix's April additions were just announced. 

Check out the full list below to see what is leaving Netflix in April.

Leaving April 1, 2017

Ally McBeal: Seasons 1 - 5

Angel: Seasons 1 – 5

Better Off Ted: Season »


- THR Staff

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Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Sued by Family of Man Depicted in 'The Great Debaters'

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"Life rights" is something that is often discussed, but rarely understood. It refers to the notion that a movie studio has some obligation to get the consent of an individual if that person's name and life experiences are to be adapted into a television show or feature film. However, there's no explicit law requiring that. Instead, there are some state laws protecting one's name or likeness from being commercially misappropriated, and that's what the family of Melvin B. Tolson is attempting to use in a lawsuit over the 2007 film, The Great Debaters, directed by Denzel Washington.

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- Eriq Gardner

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Patrick Stewart's Tale of Accepting His Baldness Involves a Physical Altercation with a Judo Master

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Patrick Stewart would look strange with hair. After all, his baldness is his iconic feature. 

And while he agrees these days, he felt mortified when he began losing his hair at 19. 

In an interview he gave to the BBC in 2007, Stewart, currently starring in Logan, said he had a horrendous comb-over, which even changed the way he walked because he didn't want to bring attention to his thinning hair. 

"I wore hats all the time, caps, especially if it was windy," Stewart told Michael Parkinson

The day he finally accepted his baldness — although he would still wear a toupee »


- Ryan Parker

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'Zombieland' Director to Tackle Action-Comedy 'Archer & Armstrong' for Valiant (Exclusive)

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Valiant Entertainment, the independent comic publisher behind Harbinger, Bloodshot and X-o Manowar, is continuing its move into movie production. Heat Vision has learned that the big screen version of action-comedy comic book Archer & Armstrong has found its writer and director.

The adaptation is quickly moving forward with Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer on board to direct, according to sources close to the project. Terry Rossio is attached as a writer. Rossio is known for work on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and was recently named the leader of Legendary's MonsterVerse writers room. Joining Fleischer as producers on the project are Jason Brown, The Mummy's Sean Daniel and Valiant »


- Graeme McMillan

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Warner Bros.' Kevin Tsujihara Among Hard-to-Get Candidates for Sony Studio Job

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As Viacom appears to be wrapping up a deal with former Fox studio chairman Jim Gianopulos to run Paramount Pictures, industry insiders are turning their attention to Sony Pictures, the other troubled studio currently in search of new leadership.

Speculation over who will replace outgoing Sony CEO Michael Lynton has involved a couple of major names that may prove to be ungettable. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Sony had its eye on Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, 52, for the top job, but complications in extricating him from his present position have caused him to fade, for now at least, from »


- Kim Masters

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Motley Crue Biopic 'The Dirt' Landing at Netflix (Exclusive)

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Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt is kickstarting its heart.

The long-gestating project, which at one point called Paramount and Focus Features home sweet home, is in negotiations to land at Netflix, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Jeff Tremaine, the helmer of the Jackass movies, is attached to direct the project, which has a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos.

The project is based on The New York Times bestselling autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band, which was written by Mötley Crüe members Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx, as well as author Neil »


- Borys Kit

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'Beauty and the Beast' Short Imagines How Gaston and Le Fou Met (Exclusive Video)

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Ever wonder how Beauty and the Beast's scene-stealing duo Gaston and Le Fou met?

So did one very creative 12-year-old. Ahead of the release of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, the studio teamed up with Tongal (an independent creative network with a global community of more than 120,000 writers, directors and animators) and Young Storytellers to give a group of children a sneak peek of the film on the Disney lot. Then, they were paired with their mentors to write scripts inspired by their favorite characters from the film. Tongal then matched these Young Storytellers' scripts with its network »


- Rebecca Ford

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'The Boss Baby': Meet the Voices Behind the Animated Characters

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This baby runs the household.

From DreamWorks Animation, The Boss Baby stars the voice of Alec Baldwin as a briefcase-carrying, suit-wearing baby that partners up with his 7-year-old brother. The two team up to to overturn the CEO of Puppy Co. Along the way, they must save their parents and prove to the world that love is an undeniable force.

Below, see who voices the characters in the movie, which hits theaters Friday.

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- Kara Haar

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Was Chuck Barris a CIA Assassin? "There's a Possibility," 'Dangerous Mind' Producer Says

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Two decades ago, producer Andrew Lazar acquired the rights to Chuck Barris' memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Biography. Stranger than fiction, the 1984 book detailed The Gong Show host's hidden life as a CIA assassin in the 1960s and '70s. Lazar enlisted Charlie Kaufman to adapt the wild story, which would mark George Clooney's directing debut. The resulting 2002 movie, which depicts star Sam Rockwell killing 33 people, has been largely viewed as fantastical fiction.

But Lazar, who remained a close friend of Barris' and visited him just six weeks before his death on March 21, says »


- Tatiana Siegel

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In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Power Rangers,' 'Life,' 'CHIPs' and More

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Teenage superheroes, aliens and cops are headed to theaters this weekend in Power Rangers, Life and CHiPs. Also in theaters are Woody Harrelson in Wilson, jazz documentary I Called Him Morgan as well as basketball drama Slamma Jamma and The Leveling.

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

Power Rangers

The Power Rangers are back on the big screen — color-coded power suits and all — after 20 »


- Arlene Washington

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