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Jennifer Lopez to Star in Romantic Comedy 'Second Act' for STX

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jennifer Lopez is returning to her romantic comedy roots for STX.

The Wedding Planner actress will star in and produce a new rom-com, titled Second Act, which follows a big box store employee reinvents her life and her lifestyle, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree. The project is pitched as Working Girl meets Maid In Manhattan.

Second Act was written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List) and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and was developed »

- Mia Galuppo

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Ups Alexis Bledel to Series Regular for Season 2

5 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Alexis Bledel has been upped to series regular for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2, Hulu announced on Thursday.

Bledel appeared in a guest starring role during the critically-acclaimed show’s first season as Emily/Ofglen. She befriends Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and tells her of a secret resistance group called Mayday.

Bledel is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment, and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein.

The series is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. It tells the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. »

- Joe Otterson

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Ron Howard will direct the Han Solo movie following Lord & Miller’s departure

7 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After yesterday’s surprising news that Disney and Lucasfilm had parted ways with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, The Hollywood Reporter have broken word that Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) has taken over. An official announcement is expected by Disney soon.

Howard was revealed to be the front-runner yesterday.

The split between Lord, Miller and Lucasfilm came from disagreements over the film’s tone, and with the film’s writer Lawrence Kasdan. It was reported that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy wasn’t happy with Lord and Miller’s early cut of the footage they’d shot, and Kasdan agreed, one one source saying it “wasn’t like a Star Wars movie”.

Howard will be meeting with the film’s stars -Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton – today, which THR are describing as a “rattled set”. »

- Luke Owen

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Aims for Production in 2018

12 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The much anticipated “Downton Abbey” movie project is moving forward, with the big screen adaptation of the period series set to head into production next year.

The series, which follows the lives of an aristocratic English family, ended its six season run on ITV in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and the producer of the show, Carnival Films, and its studio owner, NBCUniversal, have frequently spoken about making a “Downton” movie.

Noting a film has been in the works for some time, Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the Associated Press »

- Stewart Clarke

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Henry J Deutschendorf II, Baby Oscar From ‘Ghostbusters II,’ Dies

21 June 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Henry J. Deutschendorf II, one of two twin boys who played Baby Oscar in the 1989 film “Ghostbusters II,” took his own life at his Escondido, Calif., home last week, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office told TheWrap on Wednesday. He was 29.

According to the medical examiner’s office, Deutschendorf died from suicide by hanging.

Deutschendorf shared the role of Baby Oscar with his twin brother William. According to Yahoo, the siblings went on to run a martial arts school in San Diego. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Box Office: 'Transformers 5' Posts Series-Low Opening Day With $15.7M

8 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Paramount and Hasbro's Transformers: The Last Knight easily topped the Wednesday box-office chart with $15.7 million from 4,069 theaters, but that's the lowest opening day for any film in the franchise, including those titles that likewise debuted midweek.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) grossed $37.7 million when launching on a Wednesday, while Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) took in $62 million on its first Wednesday.

Prerelease tracking suggests Transformers 5 will post a five-day domestic debut in the $70 million-$75 million range, notably behind the $100 million North American launch of the last title, Transformers: Age »

- Pamela McClintock

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‘The Bachelorette’ episode 5: Who should Rachel Lindsay send home next? Vote now [Poll]

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Fans of ABC’s reality dating series “The Bachelorette” are eagerly anticipating the next rose ceremony on Monday night. Who will Rachel Lindsay send home next week? More importantly, who should she send home? Make your voices heard down in our poll below, and see if you can correctly predict her romantic future. Last week’s episode […] »

- Zach Laws

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Bed Bug Outbreak at BuzzFeed Prompts Hilarious Staff Reactions

34 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

BuzzFeed’s Manhattan office won’t be sleeping tight tonight as it recovers from a bed bug infestation. According to BuzzFeed news reporter, David Mack, employees were warned about the insect menace via an email sent out Wednesday night at 11:41 p.m. local time. The email reads, “We are acting out of an abundance of caution and asking you to work from home tomorrow to give facilities the chance to deal with this in the fastest and environmentally safest manner. Fumigation will take place as soon as possible tomorrow.” Also, “The office will be open until 11Am/Et to »

- Ashley Eady

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‘Legends of Chamberlain Heights’ Creators’ Passion for NBA Shines Through in Season 2

36 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

LeBron James didn’t repeat as NBA Champion this month, but he’s still a hero to the cast of Comedy Central’s raunchy, basketball-obsessed animated hit “The Legends of Chamberlain Heights,” whose second season premiered last Sunday. Creator Josiah Johnson told TheWrap that the show’s main characters — high school basketball benchwarmers and class clowns Grover (who prays to James every day), Jamal and Milk — were inspired by the experiences he and co-creator Quinn Hawking had while riding the bench as UCLA basketball players. Brad Ableson, Mike Clements and Michael Starrbury also created the show. “As the game was going on, »

- Matt Pressberg

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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in July

45 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

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

Batman, While You Were Sleeping, Two Weeks Notice and The Last Samurai are some of the films subscribers to the streaming service should check out in the next few weeks if they want to watch them before they expire. Seasons 1-6 of Futurama will also no longer be available starting next month.

Netflix's July additions were just announced.

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

Leaving July 1, 2017

9/11: Stories in Fragments

America's Secret D-Day Disaster

American Pie Presents: »

- THR Staff

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Rhea Seehorn interview: ‘Better Call Saul’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ timeline ‘is advancing’ [Exclusive Video]

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During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive interview above), “Better Call Saul” scene-stealer Rhea Seehorn tells our senior editor Matt Noble that the “Breaking Bad” timeline “is advancing.” The actress who plays over-worked attorney Kim Wexler adds that “There are certain rules in place” in regards to the “Better Call Saul”/”Breaking Bad” universe, and […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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Diddy Wants to Give Us a Bad Boy Cinematic Universe With a Movie Trilogy

55 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Hip-hop’s greatest cinematic universe? By far. »

- Hunter Harris

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‘The Beguiled’ Review: Sofia Coppola, Nicole Kidman Deliver a Southern Gothic Hoot

57 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

There’s a moment about an hour into Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” when you just know that things are about to get lurid. Until then, her version of the book that also produced a 1971 potboiler starring Clint Eastwood has been relatively restrained — more slow burn than hysterical, all mood and menace instead of melodrama. But then Colin Farrell, playing a wounded Union soldier who’s been taken in by a girl’s seminary in Virginia during the waning years of the Civil War, beds one of the girls and incurs the wrath of a couple of others … and gets pushed. »

- Steve Pond

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Orange Is the New Black Season Finale Recap: Unnecessary Force

1 hour ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Is it time for Oitnb to hit the reset button? »

- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

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Drake’s New Song ‘Signs’ Is an Ideal Fit for the Louis Vuitton Menswear Show

1 hour ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Drake’s “Signs” soundtracked the Louis Vuitton menswear show, but did it work? »

- Frank Guan

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‘Queen Sugar’ Season 2 Premiere Is Series’ Highest-Rated Episode Ever

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Queen Sugar” came roaring back to television this week, with the Season 2 premiere of the Own series scoring the show’s highest ratings ever.

The premiere episode, which aired Tuesday, averaged a 2.1 rating in the key women 25-54 demographic and 2.3 million total viewers, also making it the night’s number two cable telecast for women and number one with women in its time slot according to Nielsen data. The second episode on Wednesday notched a a 1.6 rating and 1.7 million total viewers, making it Wednesday night’s number one cable telecast for women 25-54 and women 18-49 as well as number »

- Joe Otterson

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'The Bad Batch' Review: It's Social Rejects vs. Cannibals in Dystopia U.S.A.

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If you can't build a Trump-sized wall to stop immigrants and undesirables from "polluting" America the Beautiful, just send them out into a wasteland outside of Texas to fend for themselves. That's the premise driving The Bad Batch, a dystopian fable from writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour, whose stunning 2014 debut feature – an Iranian feminist vampire western called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – showed promise that this follow-up only partially lives up to.

The filmmaker puts the focus on society's rejects, each tattooed with a "bad batch" number and then »

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Federal Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Freeing Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey

1 hour ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Consider this an early spoiler for season two. »

- Dee Lockett

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David Lynch films: We rank all 10 movies from ‘Eraserhead’ to ‘Blue Velvet’ to ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Mulholland Drive’

1 hour ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Love or loathe David Lynch, you have to admit that the former indie filmmaker has had one of the most unusual routes to fame in the history of Hollywood. Once king of the “midnight movies” in the 1970s, Lynch from plucked from that world by the Mel Brooks production company to helm the adaptation of […] »

- Chris Beachum

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Yes, Ansel Elgort Would Like to Star in a Musical, Thank You Very Much

1 hour ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Are you there, Damien Chazelle? It’s Ansel Elgort. »

- Hunter Harris

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