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‘Pacific Rim 2’ Starring John Boyega Gets Release Date

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“Pacific Rim 2,” starring John Boyega of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” fame, has gotten a new release date. The sequel hits theaters on Feb. 23, 2018; it’s the first film slotted for that date. The movie is the follow-up to 2013’s sci-fi actioner, which grossed more than $410 million at the worldwide box office on a $190 million budget…. Read more »

Sumner Redstone Competency Hearing Ends with No Ruling

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After a daylong hearing about the mental competency of Viacom mogul Sumner Redstone, a Massachusetts judge told a packed courtroom that he needed time to consider the issues at hand. Judge George Phelan of Massachusetts Probate Court in Canton, Mass., asked for a transcript of the trial that unfolded in Los Angeles Superior Court in… Read more »

Jessica Williams’ Departure Points to Bigger Problems at ‘The Daily Show’

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Yesterday, longtime “The Daily Show” correspondent and fan-favorite Jessica Williams announced that she would be leaving the show to work on a scripted pilot with “Broad City” and “Difficult People” writer Naomi Ekperigin. With her, she takes one of the finest voices at “The Daily Show.” Williams was an important hire for the Comedy Central… Read more »

Olivia de Havilland Turns 100: How ‘Gone With the Wind’s’ True Rebel Fought the Studio System and Won

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July 1 marks the 100th birthday of Olivia de Havilland, an actress who made Hollywood history in more ways than one. She is best remembered as Melanie in the 1939 “Gone With the Wind,” as well as her roles opposite Errol Flynn, including “The Adventures of Robin Hood”; she’s also one of the few to have… Read more »

Oscars: Academy Issues Rule Changes for Awards and Campaigns

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has tweaked its rules on Oscar awards and campaigns., with the most significant changes centering on qualifying runs and on parties and concerts during the Oscar campaign period. In terms of eligibility, the Academy is now more specific on the number and times of screenings. It has… Read more »

‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Movie Moves to Paramount

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Paramount Pictures is developing a movie adaptation of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” — a live-action/CG hybrid. Paramount has tapped Justin Malen to write the screenplay about of the 25-foot-tall dog. Scholastic Media’s Deborah Forte will produce the film, based on Scholastic’s book series by Norman Bridwell. The first book was centered on a young girl receiving a… Read more »

Brenton Thwaites, David Strathairn Starring in ‘An Interview with God’

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Brenton Thwaites and David Straithairn are starring in the faith-based drama “An Interview with God,” which is wrapping shooting in the New York City area. Perry Lang (“Weeds”) is directing from a screenplay by Ken Aguado. The cast also includes Yael Grobglas (“Jane The Virgin”), Hill Harper (“Concussion, CSI: NY”) and Charlbi Dean Kriek. Aguado… Read more »

Woven Digital, Owner of HitFix and Uproxx, Banks $18.5 Million Round Led by WPP

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Woven Digital, a digital-media firm that has rolled up several online publications with a focus on millennial males, has raised $18.5 million in Series B funding led by WPP Ventures, the investment arm of ad giant WPP. The funding brings Woven to $42 million raised to date. The latest round included participation from existing investors… Read more »

NBC Boosting ‘The Voice’ and ‘Superstore’ with New Episodes During Rio Olympics

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NBC is capitalizing off of its biggest programming event of the year — the Olympics — by airing new episodes of “Superstore” and “The Voice” during the global sporting event. Ahead of both show’s fall premieres, a new episode of America Ferrera’s comedy “Superstore” will air on Friday, Aug. 19 (10:30 p.m.) in an Olympics-themed… Read more »

Oscars: With Massive Invite List, Academy Redirects Diversity Debate

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This year’s robust class of Academy invitees is an exciting first step in addressing the industry’s diversity problem. Yet it’s one already being criticized in some quarters, with the rage pendulum having swung from “too exclusive!” to “too inclusive!” Certain names, whether they made their mark in television or trigger a “too soon” response, are… Read more »