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Power Ranger R.J. Cyler Joins ‘White Boy Rick’ Cast

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R.J. Cyler, who stars as the Blue Power Ranger in the “Power Rangers” movie, has joined the cast of the Sony-Studio 8 drug dealer drama “White Boy Rick.” The film stars newcomer Richie Merritt as Ricky Wershe Jr.and Matthew McConaughey as Ricky’s father, Richard Wershe Sr. Merritt was discovered in Baltimore during an extensive nationwide… Read more »

WGA Negotiators Call for Strike Authorization

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Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have asked their 12,000 members for strike authorization, following two weeks of negotiations. The WGA leaders have asserted that the talks with the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers, which launched March 13, have been unproductive and contain two major rollbacks in the guild’s health plan. The… Read more »

Dakota Johnson’s ‘Suspiria’ Remake Gets Backing From ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Production Company (EXCLUSIVE)

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K Period Media, the production company that financed “Manchester by the Sea,” is co-financing the upcoming remake of the horror thriller “Suspiria” with Amazon Studios, Variety has learned exclusively. The remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 Italian cult classic stars Dakota Johnson as a young ballerina who travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover,… Read more »

Thomas Lennon to Star in ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Thomas Lennon and Udo Kier will star in “Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich,” a new take on the durable horror franchise. The Cinestate production begins principal photography in Dallas next week. Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin,  Charlyne Yi, Alex Beh, Barbara Crampton, Tina Parker, Skeeta Jenkins and Michael Pare are also starring. Sonny Laguna and Tommy… Read more »

‘Power Rangers’ Review Roundup: What the Critics Are Saying

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“Saban’s Power Rangers” (or, simply, “Power Rangers,” though its official title pays proprietary homage to the franchise’s co-creator) is careening into theaters for its March 24 release. Although the bulk of preliminary critiques yo-yo between appreciation for the film’s sugary overtones and apathy toward its lackluster subject matter, it seems as though this live-action reboot of… Read more »

Keira Knightley Presumed ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Would Be a ‘Disaster,’ ‘Love Actually’ Director Says

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As Richard Curtis prepares to launch the upcoming quasi-sequel to his 2003 hit “Love Actually,” he took a moment to reflect on the triumphant careers of the film’s cast. In an op-ed written for The Radio Times, the “Love Actually” writer-director said it has been a “particular delight” for him to see how “brilliantly” the cast has… Read more »

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Showrunner Dave Erickson Steps Down, Inks AMC Overall Deal

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“Fear the Walking Dead” showrunner Dave Erickson will step down from that role after the show’s upcoming third season in order to develop projects under a new overall deal with AMC Studios, the studio announced Friday. Erickson will still serve as an executive producer on the “Walking Dead” spinoff series. “We’re beyond grateful for Dave’s… Read more »

Failed NHL Superhero Franchise Leads to $500,000 Judgment Against Producer

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In 2011, the National Hockey League joined forces with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee to create a team of superheros for each professional hockey team. The idea, dubbed “The Guardian Project,” quickly flopped, but it’s still reverberating in court. On Friday, a judge awarded $500,000 to Filmula Entertainment, which claimed it had been induced to… Read more »

Health Care Plan Problems Take Center Stage in Writers Guild-Studios’ Contract Talks

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The halls of Congress aren’t the only place where a strenuous debate over the fate of health care has taken place this week. The financial strain on the Writers Guild of America’s health care plan has been a central issue during the past two weeks of master contract negotiations between the guild and the Alliance… Read more »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks to Direct, Star in Musical Comedy With Channing Tatum (EXCLUSIVE)

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is eyeing a return to the director’s chair, tackling a movie musical with Channing Tatum by his side. Sources tell Variety that Gordon-Levitt is in early negotiations to direct Universal’s R-rated musical comedy with the running title “Wingmen.” He’s already attached to star in the movie alongside Tatum. Universal landed the pitch that Gordon-Levitt and “21 Jump Street” scribe… Read more »