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Roger Moore Dead: James Bond Actor, 89, Battled Cancer

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Roger Moore, the beloved actor best known for playing James Bond in the ’70s and ’80s, died in Switzerland on Tuesday. He was 89.

The star’s children broke the news in a statement uploaded to Twitter, noting that Moore passed away after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”

“We are all devastated,” Moore’s family tweeted alongside the statement.

“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified with words alone,” his three children — Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian — wrote in the statement.

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- Char Adams and Ale Russian

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22 People Killed, 59 Injured at Ariana Grande’s Manchester UK Concert After Suicide Bomb

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A single male suicide attacker set off a homemade bomb in England’s Manchester Arena on Monday, setting off an explosion that killed at least 22 people and injured 59 more. The bombing — which British Prime Minister Theresa May denounced as an “appalling, sickening terrorist attack” — occurred toward the end of a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. In a statement, May said the authorities believe they have identified the attacker but have not yet confirmed it, the BBC reported. It is not yet known if he had any accomplices. Also Read: Ariana Grande Is 'Broken' After Concert Bombing: 'From »


- Debbie Emery

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Joss Whedon To Guide ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy

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The superhero wars, the constant pitting of Marvel versus DC Films, doesn’t seem abate in the social media sphere, as both sides lob fiery tirades about why their team is better than the other. But let’s face it, these are just movies, and while that’s not to diminish the talents involved or the passion of the creatives, the responsibilities and realities of real life are always the number one priority, and today comes a bracing reminder of that fact.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jordan Peele’s New Social Thriller Set for 2019 by Universal

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After signing Jordan Peele to a first-look deal following the success of his directorial debut, “Get Out,” Universal has dated his next film for March 15, 2019.

Currently untitled, the movie’s plot details are being kept under wraps. Peele will write, direct, and produce the social thriller based on his original idea.

The pic will face stiff competition from Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel,” which opens the week before, and Millie Bobby Brown’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which launches the following week.

Get Out” opened at the top of the domestic box office in February, and the thriller has since become both a commercial and critical success, grossing almost $230 million worldwide. Under his new deal, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through his Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, »


- Justin Kroll

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‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script

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Exclusive: More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few. The Wan brandname is a strong one and should give a boost to the reboot. Also producing are Constantin Film and… »


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A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o to star in film based on tweet

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Selma director Ava DuVernay will direct film for Netflix after joke movie pitch about photo of stars goes viral, with a script from Insecure breakout Issa Rae

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are set to star in a buddy movie for director Ava DuVernay after a tweet of the two went viral.

The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was then used as part of a joke movie pitch on Twitter in April.

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Universal’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ To Open February 2019 as Part of Studio’s ‘Dark Universe’

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Universal has dated “Bride of Frankenstein” for Feb. 14, 2019, with Bill Condon on board to direct.

The pic is the studio’s second entry in its newly announced “Dark Universe,” which kicks off with “The Mummy” — Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella — on June 9.

The studio has also announced a logo for the new initiative (pictured above). A musical theme for “Dark Universe” composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding “The Mummy.”

The enterprise is relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema. While “The Mummy” and “Bride of Frankenstein” are the only two films in the initiative to be dated, the studio is currently developing “The Invisible Man” with Johnny Depp set to star, and a “Frankenstein” film with Javier Bardem on board to play the classic monster. “Van Helsing” and “Creature From the Black Lagoon” films are also planned. »


- Justin Kroll

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Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

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Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.

Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.

Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.

In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill »


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Comedy Writer Marsh McCall Dies At 52

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Veteran comedy showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly this morning. He was 52, just weeks away from his 53th birthday. McCall, who was beloved in the creative community and remembered as a true gentleman, was working as co-executive producer on Netflix’s popular comedy series Fuller House at the time of his death. McCall started as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before segueing to primetime. He worked on the NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me!, rising to… »


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Trump’s Budget Calls for Elimination of Funding for Arts, Public Broadcasting

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President Donald Trump’s budget for the fiscal year 2018 calls for the eventual elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, a proposal that was expected and will likely lead to a furious round of lobbying to save the agency this summer.

The budget proposal calls for providing $29 million in funding “to conduct an orderly closeout of the agency beginning in fiscal year 2018.” That is just a fraction of the estimated $158 million outlay for the Nea this year.

Trump’s budget also calls for the elimination of funding for the Nea’s sister agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Also on the chopping block is funding for public TV and radio stations via the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Cpb received an advanced appropriation for its 2018 fiscal year, but the White House budget calls for canceling much of its $445 million in funding. It requests just $30 million to conduct “an orderly closeout” of Cpb funding »


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Independent Filmmaker Project Selects 10 Documentaries for 2017 Ifp Filmmaker Labs

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The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced the 10 documentaries selected for the 2017 Ifp Filmmaker Labs, which will include Lucas Millard’s “Baato” and Juliane Dressner’s “Personal Statement.” The Ifp Filmmakers Labs is Ifp’s annual yearlong fellowship for first-time feature directors. The creative teams of the selected films are currently attending the first week’s session taking place through May 26 at the Made in New York Media Center by Ifp in Brooklyn. The Ifp Filmmaker Labs support first-time feature directors with projects in post-production, helping them complete, market and distribute their films. Ifp Filmmaker Labs is now in its 13th year. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Carrie Fisher Stands Tall, Captain Phasma Unmasked in Vanity Fair Covers (Photos)

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Check out Captain Phasma unmasked for the first time, one of the final shots of General Organa, and more in Vanity Fair’s special “Star Wars” covers, unveiled Tuesday. The magazine is celebrating two events: the upcoming release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and the 40th anniversary of the franchise’s debut in theaters. Vanity Fair will be rolling out more exclusives in the coming days, including a story on the making of the new film. So far it’s released four covers, showcasing the main players in the upcoming film. One cover, for example, showcases all the villains, »


- Carli Velocci

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‘Twin Peaks’ Posts Soft Linear Ratings, Drives Record Showtime Streaming Sign Ups

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The long-awaited return of “Twin Peaks” may not have been a ratings breakout during its Sunday premiere, but the show will most likely see the lion’s share of its viewership in delayed viewing.

According to Nielsen data, the two-hour premiere averaged 506,000 viewers in its initial airing and a 0.2 rating in adults 18-49 in live-plus-same day viewing. That is of course a fraction of the 34 million viewers the initial series debut pulled in back in 1990, but that was also before the rise of cable, let alone streaming.

Showtime won’t be sweating those numbers, however. The premium cabler announced that Sunday was the single biggest sign up day for their Showtime streaming service ever. The show also generated 4.7 million total impressions on Twitter, trending both in the United States and worldwide and ranking number one in prime time among all series.  In addition, the show has already averaged 1.1 million viewers, when »


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‘Twin Peaks’ Ratings: Showtime Rebirth Lands Soft Start

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Twin episodes of “Twin Peaks” drew more than 1.1 million viewers on Sunday, per Showtime — though that sum is a bit deceiving for sticklers of traditional TV ratings. The grand total breaks down to 626,000 linear audience members, which includes a replay of the two-part premiere. The 9-11 p.m. telecast alone drew 506,000 total viewers. Another 450,000 views came from on-demand and streaming. Those numbers count both Part 1 and Part 2 of the reboot; Episodes 3 and 4 — which are online now — are not factored in. Also Read: 'Twin Peaks' Revival: Here's What the Critics Are Saying It’s extra-important »


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Amazon Orders ‘Hanna’ Series From NBCUniversal International Studios

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Amazon Studios has given a straight-to-series order to Hanna, adapted from the 2011 film directed by Joe Wright. The series hails from NBCUniversal International Studios.

David Farr, who wrote the feature film and as well as last year’s “The Night Manager” for the BBC and AMC, will write the new series. The Amazon drama is described as a high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama which follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.

Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will executive produce with Scott Nemes and JoAnn Alfano for NBCUniversal International Studios.

“From the moment JoAnn Alfano and I saw Hanna it was evident that the film would make an incredible TV series,” said Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios. “Fortunately, David Farr felt there was more Hanna story to tell and wanted to revisit this extraordinary »


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Michael Bay’s Furry Friend Appears in New ‘Transformers’

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If you want any insight into the mind of Michael Bay, just look to his canine companions. “If you understand how he feels about his dogs, you’ve got it,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “He’s nuts about them, they’re like his kids.”

Currently, Bay is father to three English Mastiffs: Rebel, the oldest, and puppies Nitro Zeus and Bumblebee. Many of his past pups have been named after characters in his films, such as Bonecrusher, named after a Transformer, and Mason, for Sean Connery’s character in “The Rock.” Both dogs even made appearances in the “Transformers” franchise.

That love isn’t just limited to his own dogs. His producing partner at Platinum Dunes, Brad Fuller, recalls a day he and his wife were in a car with Bay. “A dog kind of jumped in front of us,” Fuller says. “He pulled over immediately, put on the hazards, »


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Michael Bay Reflects on His Career as He Receives Hands and Feet Honor

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On May 23, Michael Bay will have his hands and feet encased in cement outside the iconic Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, alongside classic stars from Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep.  While Bay is thrilled, he does have one hesitation. “I just remember as a kid, going to see the handprints and I always thought the people who got this honor were so much older,” he says with a laugh.”

For the record, Bay is a youthful 52, but it’s a credit to his career that his accomplishments over the past 20 years have put him in the ranks of his mentors Steven Spielberg and super producer Jerry Bruckheimer, both of whose imprints are also in the Chinese forecourt. And it’s full circle for Bay, a native Angeleno who  discovered he wanted to be a director at that very theater.

At age 15, Bay was working at Lucasfilm, filing storyboards for “Raiders of the Lost Ark. »


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‘Wonder Woman': Director Patty Jenkins Says ‘Superman,’ ‘Casablanca’ Inspired Blockbuster

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Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins used three famous movies as her inspiration for the upcoming female superhero film: “Superman,” “Casablanca” and “Indiana Jones.” Jenkins told Fandango that Richard Donner’s original 1978 “Superman,” starring Christopher Reeve, was the main source of inspiration for “Wonder Woman.” “I worked really hard to have that happen,” she said. “I miss that kind of movie and this felt like a perfect place to be old and new again in that way and say, ‘Here’s the grandam of superheroes and here’s her story and here’s how she made us feel as little girls and here’s how she. »


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Cannes: 'Room' Director Lenny Abrahamson to Tackle Ghost Story for Focus

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Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, except for the U.K., France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. 

The new film from the Oscar-nominated director of Room is a ghost story which will star Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. It begins shooting this summer in the U.K. for release in 2018. Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ The Danish Girl has adapted The Little Stranger from Sarah Waters’ 2009 novel of the same name. Set in a remote English village after the close of World War II, the »


- Gregg Kilday

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TV Ratings: ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 13 Premiere Holds Solid on ABC

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The season premiere of “The Bachelorette” was steady enough to help ABC claim a win in the key demo on Monday night.

According to Nielsen data, the Season 13 opener of the ABC reality series, which features the show’s most diverse cast ever, opened to a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.7 million viewers. That was down slightly from the Season 12 premiere (2.0, 6.6 million) last May, but was still good enough to tie for second in the demo for the night, behind only “The Voice” (1.9, 9.5 million) on NBC.

Earlier on ABC, “Dancing with the Stars” (1.8, 10.4 million) was up in the demo from last week.

On NBC, “The Voice” was followed by the season premiere of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (0.9, 3.7 million), which was up from last summer’s premiere but down from the last original episode in September.

CBS aired the special “Princess Diana: Her Life, Her Death” (0.8, 6.1 million), followed by James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special »


- Joe Otterson

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