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Lola Albright, Sultry Actress in 'Peter Gunn' and Kirk Douglas' 'Champion,' Dies at 92
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
Colin Farrell in Talks to Star in Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’
Colin Farrell is in negotiations to star in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1941 animated classic, “Dumbo,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. If the deal goes through, he will play the role of Holt, a widowed father of two kids from Kentucky. Eva Green and Danny DeVito already star. Tim Burton is set to direct and will reunite with Green for their third effort after previously working together on “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” and “Dark Shadows.” Also Read: Eva Green to Reteam With Tim Burton for Disney's 'Dumbo' Remake Ehren Kruger »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Lionsgate Plotting Six-Movie Arc For Power Rangers, Sequel May Enter Production Imminently
If you’re reading this on March 24th, you’ll likely find that there are two main options at theaters this weekend: Life, Sony and Daniel Espinosa’s starry space thriller in which Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal make first contact, and Power Rangers, the budding franchise-starter from Lionsgate and director Dean Israelite.
And make no mistake, Israelite’s revival is aiming to jump-start an entire series of live-action movies. Echoing previous comments made by Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Power Rangers co-creator and producer Haim Saban told Variety (via Cbm) that plans have been drawn up for “a six-movie story arc.”
When asked about the creative process involved in rebooting a dormant ’90s icon, Saban went on to talk about the cutting-edge VFX coursing through the movie, and why audiences hold films to a higher standard »
- Michael Briers
‘Power Rangers’ Morphs to $3.6 Million at Thursday Box Office
“Power Rangers” earned $3.6 million at the Thursday previews, with the Mighty Morphins on track for a $35 million weekend. Heading into the weekend, independent trackers predicted the film will make $35 million in its 3,693 screen opening, while Lionsgate’s predictions were a tad lower, at $30 million to $33 million. Back in 2014, the live-action reboot of another classic kids TV show, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” had a preview gross of $4.6 million and went on to earn $65 million its opening weekend. Last summer’s “Tmnt” sequel “Out of the Shadows” grossed $2 million at the Thursday box office for »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Amy Schumer Drops Out of ‘Barbie’ Movie (Exclusive)
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”
The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” which opens in May.
Sony, however, needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 release date as Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion–shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on other partners on the film, according to insiders.
“We respect and support Amy’s decision, »
- Justin Kroll
'Beauty and the Beast' to Repeat at #1 Over 'Power Rangers', 'Life' and 'CHiPs'
As has been the case over the last three weekends, this weekend is looking to outperform last year and, once again, by a significant margin. The big story, of course, is Disney's Beauty and the Beast as it continues to blow the doors off, becoming one of the fastest films to top $200 million at the domestic box office and, by the end of this weekend, will have topped $300 million in just ten days of release. In addition to Beauty and the Beast's second weekend, three new wide releases make their debut including Lionsgate's Power Rangers, Sony's R-rated sci-fi Life and WB's R-rated comedy CHiPs, all of which will have varying degrees of success as the top twelve should top a combined $180 million, making it the second largest weekend of the year. As of Wednesday, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has brought in $217.6 million domestically and another $244.3 million internationally. This »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Jake Gyllenhaal, ‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa to Reteam on ‘The Anarchists vs ISIS’
Gyllenhaal is attached to star with Espinosa on board to helm the film adaptation.
The article tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists, and outcasts, who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia, known as the Ypg, to beat Isis in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.
“Jake and I are thrilled to partner with Daniel Espinosa on Seth Harp’s daring story. Thematically, »
- Justin Kroll
Cuban-American Actor Tomas Milian, Italian Genre Movies Star, Dies at 84
Rome – Versatile Cuban-American-Italian actor Tomas Milian, known for the intensity he brought to disparate roles, whether in dramas by directors like Bernardo Bertolucci and Steven Soderbergh or as the Roman lowlife character that made him a household name in Italy, died Thursday. He was 84.
Milian died of a stroke in his Miami home, according to Italian news agency Ansa.
A Method actor who studied with Lee Strasberg, Milian played in about 120 movies during a career spanning six decades. Most of the films were shot in Italy, where he worked with directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti and Pier Paolo Pasolini besides acting in Spaghetti Westerns, cop movies, and the franchise based on his Roman lowlife character “Er Monnezza” (“Mr. Trash”).
Later in his career, Milian moved to the U.S. where, among other films, he appeared in Sydney Pollack’s “Havana,” in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” and played corrupt General Arturo Salazar in Soderbergh’s “Traffic, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Panama Film Festival Unveils Centerpiece 2017 Primera Mirada Slate
The third edition of the Panama Film Festival’s Primera Mirada pix-in-post sidebar has selected four films – from the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama and Puerto Rico- from a total of 48 films submitted from the Central America and the Caribbean.
Primera Mirada is particularly important for the region’s filmmakers who often work miracles to get their projects off the ground and often desperately require post-production completion finance. The number of films submitted to the competition has risen progressively – with 32 films in 2015, 46 in 2016 and 48 this year.
The sidebar attracts leading international sales agents to its screenings – projects will be screened in exclusive private sessions for sales agents, distributors, and film festival programmers – and has served as an important springboard for selected projects.
2015’s Primera Mirada winner, “I Promise You Anarchy,” by Guatemalan director Julio Hernandez Cordon, had its world premiere at Locarno a few months later, followed by screenings in Toronto, »
- Martin Dale
Hgtv ‘Fixer Upper’ Star Joanna Gaines Celebrates Spinoff, Teases Sneak Peek
Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the Hgtv show “Fixer Upper,” are clearly psyched about their new spinoff “Behind the Design.” The fourth season of the couple’s home improvement series drew 20 million viewers, placing it at the top of Hgtv’s shows. The Gaines’ take affordable houses and redesign them to fit their client’s needs. And now their spinoff, titled “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design,” will put Joanna in the spotlight, focusing in on how she designs the houses. “ focuses on each project, and you get an inside scoop of how we came up with a lot of the decisions and. »
- Nayanika Kapoor
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Pulls a Kellyanne Conway, Plugs His Own ‘Lego Batman Movie’
Hollywood producer turned Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is facing backlash after urging an audience at a Friday event to check out his latest flick “Lego Batman,” a movie he produced right before taking on his Cabinet post in the Trump administration. “Well, I’m not allowed to promote anything that I’m involved in,” Mnuchin told Axios executive editor Mike Allen. “So I just want to have the legal disclosure that you’ve asked me the question and I am not promoting any product,” he said. “But you should send all your kids to ‘Lego Batman.'” Also Read: Treasury »
- Itay Hod
‘Kong: Skull Island’ Roars to Massive $22.5 Million Opening in China
“Kong: Skull Island” roared to a $22.5 million opening day in China on Friday, including Thursday midnight screenings.
The first-day take represented nearly 76% of China’s total box office haul on Friday. That marks the second-largest English-language film launch of the year in the country, behind “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” and the fifth-biggest Friday debut ever for a U.S. title in the Middle Kingdom.
The international total outside of China has hit $167.3 million, led by the U.K. with $14.8 million, Mexico with $11.8 million, and South Korea with $11.6 million. The monster pic opens in Japan on March 25.
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Brie Larson star in “Kong: Skull Island,” a reboot of the King Kong franchise set on an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. The film, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, carries a hefty $185 million price tag. »
- Dave McNary
‘Last Men in Aleppo’ Takes Top Prize at Copenhagen’s Cph:dox Fest
With the documentary market recently inundated with Syria-themed titles, one title is emerging as the most decorated of the lot. Two months after scooping the Grand Jury Prize in Sundance’s world documentary competition, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s harrowing, immersive war-zone study “Last Men in Aleppo” has also triumphed at Cph:dox, Copenhagen’s eminent all-doc festival.
Fayyad’s film, which follows a hardy group of White Helmets volunteers at the frontline of the conflict in Aleppo, was handed the top prize in the festival’s premier Dox:award section, by a jury whose members included Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (“The Act of Killing”), Sundance programmer Caroline Libresco, Patricipant Media’s Laura Kim, Marie-Pierre Macia and Renata Santoro. It was also something of a home-turf victory for the Danish co-production, which was co-directed by Dane Steen Johannessen.
The jury described “Last Men in Aleppo” as “a film whose devastating emotional immediacy »
- Guy Lodge
Twitter Mocks Trump, Paul Ryan After Obamacare Repeal Fails Bigly
In an embarrassing setback, House Republicans today abandoned a health care bill that would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act, after Gop Speaker of the House Paul Ryan informed President Trump that he was unable to whip up the number of Republican votes necessary for the bill to pass. The bill’s historic unpopularity (it was polling at 17 percent as of this morning) was bad enough, but the fight to get it passed exposed deep divisions within the Republican party. As a result, unsurprisingly, Twitter is having a field day, mocking both Trump and Ryan for failing utterly. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
Did Us Weekly Just Troll Its New Trump-Friendly Owner?
Did laid-off Us Weekly staffers go down fighting the magazine’s new Trump-friendly owner? You might draw that conclusion from its latest cover story, which landed the day before mass layoffs at the celebrity magazine. While many journalists say they don’t care what public figures do in their bedrooms, Us Weekly purported to push open Donald and Melania Trump’s bedroom door — or bedroom doors, if Us is to be believed. “Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Keep Separate Bedrooms: ‘They Never Spend the Night Together,'” blares the cover story of the latest issue, which appeared online Wednesday. »
- Brian Flood
Patton Oswalt to Mike Huckabee: ‘Go Wipe Your Ass With a Corncob’
Comedian Patton Oswalt isn’t done taking shots at former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. After mocking Huckabee’s questionable sense of humor on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday night, Oswalt took a more pointed jab at Huckabee on Friday, telling the politician, “Go wipe your ass with a corncob.” The blunt suggestion came after Oswalt appeared on the ABC late-night show to skewer Huckabee’s joke-telling abilities. During the skit, Oswalt stood in front of a backdrop of a fake comedy club called Yuck Yuckabee’s to repeat three of Huckabee’s jokes. Also Read: Even Patton Oswalt Can't Make Mike Huckabee »
- Tim Kenneally
PepsiCo, Walmart Among Latest Brands to Pull Ads from YouTube
PepsiCo, Walmart, Dish Network and Starbucks are some of the latest companies to pull their ads from YouTube, as Google’s online video behemoth continues to struggle keeping advertisements away from videos showing racist and otherwise objectionable content, according to a Friday Wall Street Journal report. After the Journal discovered their ads on videos containing racist and anti-Semitic content, PepsiCo, Walmart and Dish Network told the newspaper they would suspend all Google advertising except targeted search ads. Starbucks and General Motors pledged to pull all ads from YouTube, while FX Networks said it would suspend all Google advertising altogether. Other companies found. »
- Matt Pressberg
Can 'Life' Overcome That Too-Familiar Feeling?
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
12 TV Shows to Binge-Watch If You Love ‘Big Little Lies’ (Photos)
Sharp Object- HBO ‘Sharp Object,” also directed by ‘Big Little Lies’ Jean-Marc Vallée, will debut on HBO in 2017. Based on Gone Girl, ‘Sharp Object’ tackles the same twister of murder, psychological complication and small town scandal, and is sure to be a hit with fans who enjoy this female-centric genre. Pretty Little Liars Entering its last season, ‘Pretty Little Liars’ is arguably the most successful teen crime drama of the last five years. Passionate but sinful love stories such as Ezra and Aria’s make Pll’s seven seasons are perfect bingeable material between episodes of ‘Big Little Lies.’ 13 Reasons. »
- Nayanika Kapoor
How a Warner Bros. Staffer's Passion Project Helps Female Filmmakers
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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