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“Mechanic: Resurrection” Director Hopes to Turn Film Into Action Franchise

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The stars turned out for the Los Angeles premiere of “Mechanic: Resurrection” at Hollywood’s Arclight Cinema Monday night. Celebrities such as Randy Couture, Chris D’Elia and Rosie Huntington Whiteley joined cast members Jason Statham, Jessica Alba and Sam Hazeldine on the red carpet, with revved-up fans screaming from every corner of the theater. With the new film… Read more »

Poll: Which TV Reboot Are You Most Excited About?

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In 2016, theaters are filled with reboots, remakes and sequels — but it’s not just film that’s mining old properties for fresh takes. Television has caught onto the trend as well, with reboots of past movies or TV series on their way to the small screen for the upcoming season. From horror to action, film… Read more »

Latest Warner Bros. Video Website Is All About Chilling (EXCLUSIVE)

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A swarm of jellyfish. A time-lapse video of Manhattan’s skyline. A floating rubber duck. The videos featured on Moodica.com, the latest website from Warner Bros-owned digital video venture DramaFever, aren’t exactly chock-full of action. And yet, there’s something to them that makes you watch while your mind starts to wonder — which is exactly what… Read more »

Li Bingbing in Talks for Shark Movie ‘Meg’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Chinese actress Li Bingbing is in final talks to star opposite Jason Statham and Jessica McNamee in Warner Bros. prehistoric shark tentpole “Meg.” “National Treasure” helmer Jon Turteltaub will direct the film. Fan Bingbing had been cast but has departed due to scheduling issues. The film will be co-financed by Flagship Entertainment; Gravity Pictures, a… Read more »

‘Ben-Hur’ Could Lose $100 Million at Box Office

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“Ben-Hur” could lose $100 million after collapsing at the box office last weekend. The biblical epic cost well over $100 million to produce and tens of millions to market and distribute globally. That amounts to a hefty price, one that stands little chance of being recouped following “Ben-Hur’s” paltry $11.2 million domestic debut. The film… Read more »

TV Review: ‘Gomorrah’

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It would be inaccurate to call “Gomorrah” the most recent of “The Wire’s” overseas progeny, given that the former premiered in Italy two years ago. But “Gomorrah” is among the most admirable of the latter-day “Wire” homages, one that throws in hearty helpings of Golden Age classics like “The Sopranos” and “The Shield.” “Gomorrah” is… Read more »

Four Problem Areas the Emmy Awards Need to Fix

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When this year’s Emmy nominations were announced, it was tempting to hand the TV Academy the honor of “most improved awards organization.” Sure, there were some quibbles here and there about notable “snubs,” but reactions to the noms were generally positive. Credit the recognition for new shows (“Master of None,” “Mr. Robot”) and overdue veterans… Read more »

Ryan Lochte Interview Mocked by Stephen Colbert

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Ryan Lochte is still in hot water. The disgraced Olympian — who fabricated his account about being robbed in Rio — was lampooned by Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” Monday night. Colbert edited himself into Lochte’s interview’s with Matt Lauer that originally aired Saturday, in which the swimmer admitted he “over-exaggerated” the part of his story where… Read more »

Lily Tomlin Talks Being ‘Older’ and ‘Grateful to Have a Job’ at Emmy Celebration

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Emmy nominees gathered to celebrate with Television Academy Governors Lily Tomlin and Bob Bergen on Monday night at the Montage Beverly Hills. When Variety asked if she was still in pursuit of the EGOT (an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony win), Tomlin said, “I think it should be a PEGOT because I have two Peabodys and I’d be that… Read more »

Joseph Fiennes to Star in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for Hulu

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Joseph Fiennes has been cast in Hulu’s upcoming drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” opposite star Elisabeth Moss, Variety has confirmed. Fiennes will play Commander Fred Waterford, a founding father of the totalitarian society of Gilead. A powerful, high-ranking official, Commander Waterford rules the household where Offred (Moss) is a handmaid. This marks a returned to scripted… Read more »

HanWay Hires Bloom’s Gabrielle Stewart to Lead World Sales Operation

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Gabrielle Stewart has been appointed managing director of world sales company HanWay Films. Its slate includes Lone Scherfig’s “Their Finest,” starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, Juan Carlos Medina’s “The Limehouse Golem,” and Khyentse Norbu’s “Hema-Hema,” which are all bound for the Toronto Film Festival. Stewart joins the London-based company, chaired by producer… Read more »