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‘Still Alice,’ ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘The Middle’ Win Humanitas Prize Honors

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“Still Alice,” “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Orange is the New Black” and “The Middle” won the top prizes Thursday at the 41st annual Humanitas Prize awards. “Still Alice” screenwriters Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer topped the feature film category, while “Me and Earl and the Dying Girls’s” Jesse Andrews nabbed the Sundance feature film prize. Jim Danger Gray… Read more »

Obama Movie ‘Southside With You’ Sells to Roadside Attractions and Miramax

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Roadside Attractions and Miramax are closing in on a deal to acquire North American rights for the Obama movie “Southside With You,” <em>Variety</em> has confirmed. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 24, re-imagines the 1989 first date between Barack and Michelle Obama. “Southside With You” was directed by Richard Tanne… Read more »

Katy Perry, Elton John to Headline Hillary Clinton Fundraising Concert

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Katy Perry, Elton John and Andra Day will be perform at a concert at Radio City Music Hall for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on March 2. The concert, called “I’m With Her,” will feature Clinton, former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton. Tickets will start at $125 per person. Clinton is scheduled to return to… Read more »

‘Scandal’ Star Reacts to Abortion Episode, Teases More Political References as Election Heats Up

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“Scandal” is no stranger to making political statements — as seen in a recent episode, which tackled the defunding of Planned Parenthood and saw Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope getting an abortion — but in the midst of the presidential election cycle, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC show is going to up the ante. “Shonda and the ‘Scandal’ writers… Read more »

Sundance Horror Film ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ Sells to Magnet Releasing (EXCLUSIVE)

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Magnet Releasing, the genre division of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the Sundance horror thriller “The Eyes of My Mother,” Variety has learned. There were several bids on the table for the buzzy project by first-time filmmaker Nicolas Pesce, which was shot in black and white. The movie will receive a theatrical… Read more »

‘Sleepy Hollow’ Sneak Peek: Meet Abbie and Jenny’s Dad (VIDEO)

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Tonight’s episode of “Sleepy Hollow” will give fans a first look at Abbie and Jenny’s father. Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) gets help breaking into a house owned by Ezra Mills, played by James McDaniel, by Joe (Zach Appelman), who poses as a potential homeowner in the area and asks about the neighborhood. Jenny sneaks into the house and… Read more »

Matthew Perry’s Playwriting Debut Slammed by West End Critics

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Matthew Perry’s playwriting debut “The End of Longing” opened on the West End last night — and many London critics weren’t kind. The play, in which Perry also stars, seems to bear a superficial resemblance to “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” the David Mamet comedy in which Perry appeared on the West End in 2003 —… Read more »

‘Deadpool’ Blowing Up Box Office With $90 Million Debut

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Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool” could score between $80 million and $90 million at the U.S. box office over Presidents’ Day weekend, early estimates showed Friday. The film grossed $12.7 million at 2,975 locations during screenings that started at 7 p.m. Thursday evening, setting a record for Thursday night preview openings for an R-rated film — easily… Read more »

Hannibal Buress Joins Dwayne Johnson in ‘Baywatch’ Reboot

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Comedian Hannibal Buress is in negotiations to join the cast of Paramount’s “Baywatch” reboot starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, “Quantico” actress Priyanka Chopra and Ilfenesh Hadera are also on board to star. Seth Gordon is directing the film. Johnson will also produce the movie with his partner Dany Garcia through… Read more »

Tales From the Oscar Luncheon: The Alternate ‘Stepbrothers’ Ending, Mark Ruffalo’s Silence Retreat

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Mark Ruffalo was on a “silence retreat” the morning of the Oscar nominations and had to whisper congratulations to his director, Tom McCarthy. One of Sam Smith’s favorite James Bond films is “Quantum of Solace,” also known as “the one nobody else likes.” Hank Corwin had never seen an Adam McKay movie before the director… Read more »