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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Producer Hints at End of Sony-Marvel Collaboration After Next Movie

28 March 2017 6:38 PM, PDT

Spider-Man fans excited about the webslinger’s second outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — might be in for a rude awakening. Co-producer Amy Pascal said at CinemaCon Tuesday that the titular character may not be part of the MCU for much longer.

Speaking with Cosmic Book News, Pascal — who was formerly Sony’s studio chief — speculated that after the already agreed-upon “Homecoming” sequel, Spider-Man might be restricted to appearing only in films from Sony, which holds the rights to the character.

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- Matt Pressberg

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Donald Trump, Fan of Libel Suits, Says He’s Immune From Them as President

28 March 2017 6:34 PM, PDT

Donald Trump likes libel lawsuits. He has filed seven in his lifetime (losing or settling six) and said as a candidate that he wants to “open up” libel laws to make news outlets easier to sue. But now that he’s in the White House, he claims he’s protected from defamation lawsuits filed against him, at least for the length of his presidency. In court papers filed in New York late Monday, Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, argued that a defamation lawsuit filed against Trump by a former contestant from NBC’s “The Apprentice” reality television show must be »


- Susan Seager

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Leonardo DiCaprio Remembers ‘Gilbert Grape’ Co-Star Darlene Cates as His ‘Best Acting Mom’

28 March 2017 6:27 PM, PDT

Leonardo DiCaprio took to Facebook on Tuesday to honor his deceased “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” co-star Darlene Cates, calling her “the best acting mom I ever had the privilege of working alongside.” “Darlene was the best acting mom I ever had the privilege of working alongside,” he wrote. “Her endearing personality and incredible talent will live on in the memories of those who knew her, and those who loved her work.” The actor concluded, “My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.” Also Read: 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' Mom Darlene Cates Dies at 69 News broke Monday night that. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Matt Damon’s ‘Downsizing’ First Footage Puts American Life Literally Under a Microscope

28 March 2017 5:55 PM, PDT

Paramount surprised CinemaCon audiences on Tuesday with 10 minutes of Alexander Payne’s new drama “Downsizing,” a surprisingly high-concept movie from a filmmaker known for more grounded, down-to-earth moviemaking. How high-concept? Think a Payne-like version of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” In the clip, which got a very warm reception from the crowd in Vegas,  Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a married couple who attend a presentation about literally shrinking themselves. The pitch is made by Neil Patrick Harris’ character, who has already shrunk himself and now lives in a stunning home, bigger than he could’ve ever dreamed of in the. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Paramount’s ‘Amusement Park’ Movie to Become Nickelodeon TV Show After Theatrical Release

28 March 2017 5:23 PM, PDT

Paramount’s Motion Picture Group President Marc Evans announced that the studio’s 2018 animated release “Amusement Park” is headed to Nickelodeon as a TV series. The TV series is aiming to launch in 2019, said Nickelodeon Chief Marketing Officer Pam Kaufman, who joined Evans on stage at CinemaCon 2017 in Las Vegas Tuesday. The project is a Ilion Animation Studios production that Paramount will distribute, and has a voice cast that includes Mila Kunis, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Jeong and Jeffrey Tambor. Also Read: Dwayne Johnson Calls 'Baywatch' Cast the 'Avengers of the Beach' Viacom CEO Bob Bakish gave »


- Matt Donnelly

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Matt Damon, Julianne Moore Prove a Dangerous Duo in George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ Footage

28 March 2017 5:14 PM, PDT

Paramount Pictures showcased George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” on Tuesday  — which will release in the awards strike zone this year — and Clooney himself introduced the footage with stars Julianne Moore and Matt Damon at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Damon and Moore play in-laws who share a dead woman in common – her twin, his former wife — and Oscar Isaac is a detective who finds something very fishy about the way she met her demise. The period piece has a very noirish feel with some comedy wedged in — Damon took a brutal punch to the nose, and Moore sits for an excruciating »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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15 White Actors Miscast in Non-White Roles, From Mickey Rooney to Emma Stone (Photos)

28 March 2017 5:12 PM, PDT

Rooney as Japanese? Stone as native Hawaiian? TheWrap looks at history of racially misguided castings   Katharine Hepburn in “Dragon Seed” (1944) Caucasian Hepburn played a Chinese woman in this big-screen adaptation of the Pearl S. Buck novel. Marlon Brando in “The Teahouse of the August Moon” (1956) Brando starred as an Okinawan translator for the U.S. Army in this comedy about the American occupation of the island nation. John Wayne in “Conquerer” (1956) Wayne was cast as Mongol conquerer Genghis Khan in what’s considered by many to be one of the worst films of all time. Charlton Heston in “Touch of Evil »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Has No ‘Concrete Return Date’ for ‘DWTS’

28 March 2017 5:09 PM, PDT

Sorry, Maksim Chmerkovskiy fans, this “Dancing With the Stars” pro will be keeping his dancing shoes in the closet for the foreseeable future. Chmerkovskiy, who was forced to bow out of this week’s episode after suffering a calf injury, took to Instagram on Tuesday to give fans an update on his well-being, and to make it known that he won’t be on next week’s episode either. He added that he doesn’t “have a concrete return date” for the ABC competition series. Also Read: Nancy Kerrigan Told to 'Break a Leg' on 'DWTS' by Kristi Yamaguchi »


- Tim Kenneally

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Oscar Isaac Is Dark and Chilling in First Look at Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’

28 March 2017 5:07 PM, PDT

Paramount has released a first look at Alex Garland’s “Annihilation,” in which Oscar Isaac’s character is deeply troubled until the scene ends in a bloody blackout. In the clip, screened Tuesday to movie theater operators and press at CinemaCon in Las Vegas,  Natalie Portman receives her husband back (Isaac) after he mysteriously disappeared for 12 months. However, he seems different and won’t tell her where he’s been or how he came home, and soon, an ambulance is called to save Isaac who is now spitting blood. Next thing she knows, Portman’s character wakes up in an institution, »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Trailer: Watch the 9/11 Memorial Flood in Al Gore’s New Doc (Video)

28 March 2017 4:58 PM, PDT

Former Vice President Al Gore is back with a follow-up to his 2006 Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which takes a look at the progress made in environmental issues over the last 10 years — and the amount of work left to do. On Tuesday, Paramount Pictures released the trailer for “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” which was produced by Participant Media and opens with President Donald Trump joking about global warming during a campaign rally on what was apparently a cold day. The video then cuts to Gore talking about how one of the most poorly received parts »


- Matt Pressberg

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‘Rogue One': 35 Characters Ranked, from Worst to Best (Photos)

28 March 2017 4:55 PM, PDT

When it comes to most major movie franchises (especially within the sci-fi and action genre), there’s always an argument after the film’s release about who the break-out star of the film may be. While most Star Wars films introduce lesser-known actors, “Rogue One” aimed high with Oscar contenders like Felicity Jones and prolific actors like Forest Whitaker. Under the direction of Gareth Edwards, the characters came to life for a high-stakes battle between good and evil, where action reigned supreme and everyday “Star Wars” heroes shined without being hindered by the glow of the lightsaber. Well– for the most part. »


- Catrina Dennis and Phil Hornshaw

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Dwayne Johnson Calls ‘Baywatch’ Cast the ‘Avengers of the Beach’

28 March 2017 4:52 PM, PDT

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson premiered “Baywatch” footage at the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, calling the cast the “Avengers of the Beach.” In the clip labeled “Fuchsia” band with the caption “Fu — F—in’ unbelievable: pervasive hotness, comedy and action,” we see more of Zac Efron‘s swimming capabilities, described as if a “jetski f—s a human.” There is also an extended look at the scene in which Alexandra Daddario, Johnson and Efron are in the morgue, where former “High School Musical” hunk is forced to check a dead man’s private parts for needle marks  — much to the enjoyment of his co-stars. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Takes Us to a Souped-Up Yet Familiar Future

28 March 2017 4:22 PM, PDT

Marshaling the very latest in digital photography, stereoscopic imaging and cutting-edge effects, “Ghost in the Shall” is a technical knockout, a here-and-now valentine to what design wizardry Hollywood can pull off in 2017. At the same time, it does so in service of a tired tale full of repurposed visual tricks, storytelling clichés and big-studio concessions, to the extent that the film offers a sleek modern polish to a story that feels about 15 years too late. In that sense, form really matches content. For those who don’t already know, director Rupert Sanders’ 2017 “Ghost in the Shell” is a remake of. »


- Ben Croll

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The Weinstein Co.’s ‘Leap!’ Jumps Back to Labor Day Release

28 March 2017 4:02 PM, PDT

The Weinstein Company’s animated comedy “Leap!” will have a nationwide release Labor Day weekend, the company announced Tuesday. The movie was originally slated for an April 21 release. The film follows an 11-year-old orphan (Elle Fanning), who dreams of moving to Paris and becoming a dancer — but faces plenty of obstacles. “Leap!” also stars Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler, along with Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon, and Mel Brooks. Jepsen, Demi Lovato and Sia provided original music for the movie. “Leap!” was directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin and produced in partnership with Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou of Quad Productions, »


- Matt Pressberg

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Ondi Timoner Didn’t Want to Make Documentaries Anymore – Then Came ‘Jungletown’

28 March 2017 3:28 PM, PDT

Ondi Timoner arrived at Kalu Yala — a town in the middle of the Panamanian jungle — for a short consulting gig. She wasn’t expecting to jump into a multi-year documentary project. She actually didn’t want to film anything, having decided she was going to be leaving documentaries to make feature films. But there was something about the tiny town that compelled her to not just film a documentary, rather a series called “Jungletown.” It wasn’t just that it was a unique town. It was an evolving one. It was new. “You’re looking at a town in its nascent stages, »


- Carli Velocci

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Bret Easton Ellis’ 9 Biggest Feuds, From Meryl Streep to ‘Glee’ (Photos)

28 March 2017 3:19 PM, PDT

American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis is not one to hold back from airing his often-controversial thoughts — over the years, he’s cultivated the personae of an expert rabble-rouser. Here are seven people (and two TV shows) he’s unleashed his wordy wrath upon. Barbra Streisand Ellis tore into the icon for saying she’s gained weight after Trump’s election. “Really?,” he said on his podcast. “You’re blaming the president for your own problems and neuroses?” Lena Dunham He attacked the “Girls” star for that same reason on the podcast. Dunham famously declared she’s lost weight because of the president. »


- Nigel M. Smith

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NBC’s 2018 Olympics Coverage Will Air Simultaneously in Every Us Time Zone

28 March 2017 3:02 PM, PDT

For the first time ever, NBC will broadcast all of the 2018 Winter Olympic programming at the same time across all time zones, the broadcast network announced Tuesday. The Xxiii Olympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, and all events will be be broadcast simultaneously across all Us timezones in daytime, primetime and late night. “Nothing brings America together for two weeks like the Olympics, and that communal experience will now be shared across the country at the same time, both on television and streaming online,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production & Programming, in a statement. »


- Linda Ge

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Producers Dealt Blow in Court, Can’t Return to Company

28 March 2017 2:54 PM, PDT

Despite receiving good news last week, “Duck Dynasty” producers Scott and Deirdre Gurney are still out at their company. A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge denied the Gurneys’ request for an Order to Show Cause on Tuesday, which supports ITV America’s view that they shouldn’t return to the heads of Gurney Productions after being accused of fraud. “We have held from the very beginning that we are extremely confident of success in the merits of our case,” a spokesperson from ITV said in a press release obtained by TheWrap. Also Read: Judge Says 'Duck Dynasty' Producers »


- Carli Velocci

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FilmRise Picks Up Sundance Hit ‘Marjorie Prime,’ Plans Fall Awards Push for Lois Smith

28 March 2017 2:43 PM, PDT

FilmRise has acquired U.S. rights to Sundance winner “Marjorie Prime” and is planning a mid-summer release and a fall awards push for star Lois Smith, the distributor announced Tuesday. “Marjorie Prime” is a sci-fi drama that stars Smith as Marjorie, an 86-year-old widow who spends time with a holographic likeness of a younger version of her deceased husband, Walter (Jon Hamm). The hologram version of Walter provides companionship and stimulates Marjorie’s memory as she lives with dementia. Michael Almereyda adapted the film from Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play of the same name. Uri Singer of Passage Pictures produced. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Kelly Ripa’s 183 Guest Co-Hosted ‘Live’ Episodes, Ranked by TV Ratings (Photos)

28 March 2017 2:39 PM, PDT

“Live!” has had 67 different guest co-hosts across 183 episodes since Michael Strahan bailed on Kelly Ripa. Here’s how those syndicated TV Ratings stack up so far, per Nielsen. Strahan announced in the spring that he would leave “Live!” for “Good Morning America.” Since then lots of celebrities, from Fred Savage to Jimmy Kimmel, have sat beside Ripa. Some are obviously not available — Kimmel has a late-night show — but others could potentially become Ripa’s new co-host. The question is, who? Here are some of the co-hosts who have joined Ripa, listed by dates they guested on “Live.” Date: May 16, »


- Tony Maglio

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