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WGA to Send Strike Authorization Vote to Membership

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Writers Guild of America’s two boards voted unanimously to send a vote to its membership, raising the stakes in the contract wrangling with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The board of the WGA West and council of the WGA East have approved the recommendation from the WGA negotiating committee to conduct a… Read more »

Matt Damon Shrinks in ‘Downsizing’ Footage Presented at CinemaCon

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“Downsizing” seems certain to go down as Alexander Payne’s most bizarre film. The director of “The Descendants” and “Nebraska” specializes in small-scale portraits of Midwesterners. He chronicles their daily lives, peeling back the curtain to show, usually humorously, the quiet desperation that lies behind their stoic facade. “Downsizing” is something different entirely. It’s funny, to… Read more »

Paramount Marketing Chief: Jim Gianopulos Appointment ‘Marks a New Moment’

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Paramount has been through a bruising leadership shakeup, but Megan Colligan, the studio’s distribution and marketing chief, said at CinemaCon on Tuesday that it was a new day for the studio. Colligan said that the appointment of Jim Gianopulos as studio chairman “marks a new moment.” Gianopulos led Fox’s film business for 16 years, and… Read more »

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Director’s Karl Marx Film Lands at The Orchard

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The Orchard has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Raoul Peck’s historical drama “The Young Karl Marx” for a theatrical release in the fall. Peck was nominated this year for an Academy Award for the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.” “The Young Karl Marx” premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Directed, produced, and co-written… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’

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In “Ghost in the Shell,” the mind and soul of a brilliant original being are extracted, preserved and rehoused in a sleek, expensively built, technologically advanced new carapace, enhancing her original abilities at some cost to her identity.

NBC Orders Amy Poehler-Nick Offerman Unscripted Series ‘The Handmade Project’

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NBC is reuniting “Parks and Recreation” alums Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. The network Tuesday ordered “The Handmade Project,” a new unscripted series from Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions. Poehler and Offerman are set to co-host the competition series, which will feature artisans competing to impress judges with their hand-made crafts. NBC has given the series… Read more »

Michael Bay in Talks to Develop ‘Hunting El Chapo’ Film Adaptation at Sony

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Michael Bay is in talks to develop the film adaptation of “Hunting El Chapo” as Sony Pictures closes a deal for the rights to the book. Written by Cole Merrell and Douglas Century, “Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captures the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord” follows the manhunt for the… Read more »

Supreme Court May Have to Rule on Trump Groping Claim

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Twenty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that President Clinton was not immune from a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Paula Jones. Now, the nation’s highest court may yet again be drawn into addressing the president’s alleged sexual misconduct. In a court filing Monday, attorneys for President Trump argued that he should be… Read more »

TV News Roundup: Harry Styles to Make Solo Debut on ‘SNL’

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In today’s TV news roundup, Harry Styles will play musical guest to Jimmy Fallon’s host on an April “Saturday Night Live,” E! serves up a trailer for new series “What Happens at the Abbey,” and more. CASTING When Jimmy Fallon hosts “Saturday Night Live” for the third time on April 15, he’ll be joined by… Read more »

Billy Zane, Alan Ritchson, Kyle Gallner, Shaun Toub Join ‘Ghosts of War’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Kyle Gallner, Alan Ritchson, Billy Zane, and Shaun Toub have joined the cast of “Ghosts of War,” an upcoming psychological thriller. The film follows five American soldiers tasked with guarding a French chateau at the end of World War II. The home was previously occupied by Nazi commanders, and the soldiers soon find that there… Read more »

TV Review: ‘Harlots’ on Hulu

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The climax of the first episode of “Harlots” — the narrative climax, mind you — is less sexy than tragic: Madam and mother Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), in order to raise money for her brothel’s move to Greek Street in SoHo, conducts a silent auction during an opera for her daughter’s virginity. The daughter in… Read more »