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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 »

‘Sing Street’ Star Ian Kenny Joins Han Solo Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

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Ian Kenny, who broke out with his scene-stealing performance in “Sing Street,” has joined the ensemble of Lucasfilm’s Han Solo stand alone pic starring Alden Ehrenreich, Variety has learned exclusively. Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams, and Emilia Clarke are already set to co-star in the Disney-Lucasfilm feature, directed by… Read more »

Toronto Theater Review: ‘Sousatzka,’ The New Musical Produced by Garth Drabinsky

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Garth Drabinsky may have to wait a while longer before redeeming himself with patrons and colleagues. The infamous producer’s supposed comeback after his conviction of fraud and forgery in 2009, “Sousatzka” assembles an impressive amount of talent but ends up overwhelmed by plot lines, disparate music styles and dated racial representations. The story of an… Read more »

‘Peter Gunn’ Star Lola Albright Dies at 92

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Lola Albright, the glamorous blonde actress best known for starring on the television series “Peter Gunn,” died Thursday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 92. A native of Akron, Ohio, news of her death was first reported by the Akron Beacon-Journal. “She went very peacefully,” her friend Eric Anderson told the newspaper. “She died… Read more »