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  1. Golden Globes 2018: Here's the List of Nominations  

    (FILES) This file photo taken on January 9, 2016 shows a worker adjusts signage in the arrivals area for the 73nd annual Golden Globe Awards, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.Hollywood's elite hits the red carpet on January 8, 2017 for the 74th Golden Globes, launching a fiercely-contested awards season that looks set to reward escapist fantasy and gritty drama in equal measure.  / AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECKLet's get this party started!

    The 75th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by first-timer Seth Meyers, will air January 7, 2018 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. The nominations were just revealed early this morning (Monday, Dec. 11), honoring the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's picks for the best in movies and TV from 2017.

    The noms were read off in two separate batches, by Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone:
    Without further ado, here are the 2018 nominees:


    Best Television Series – Comedy:

    • "Black-ish"
    • "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
    • "Master of None"
    • "SMILF"
    • "Will & Grace"

    Best Television Series – Drama:

    • "The Crown"
    • "Game of Thrones"
    • "The Handmaid's Tale"
    • "Stranger Things"
    • "This is Us"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:

    • Caitriona Balfe, "Outlander"
    • Claire Foy, "The Crown"
    • Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Deuce"
    • Katherine Langford, "13 Reasons Why"
    • Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:

    • Sterling K. Brown, "This is Us"
    • Freddie Highmore, "The Good Doctor"
    • Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
    • Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"
    • Jason Bateman, "Ozark"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

    • Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"
    • Aziz Ansari "Master of None"
    • Kevin Bacon, "I Love Dick"
    • William H. Macy, "Shameless"
    • Eric McCormack, "Will and Grace"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

    • Pamela Adlon, "Better Things"
    • Alison Brie, "Glow"
    • Issa Rae, "Insecure"
    • Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
    • Frankie Shaw, "SMILF"

    Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

    • "Big Little Lies"
    • "Fargo"
    • "Feud: Bette and Joan"
    • "Top of the Lake: China Girl"
    • "The Sinner"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

    • Jessica Biel, "The Sinner"
    • Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies"
    • Jessica Lange, "Feud: Bette and Joan"
    • Susan Sarandon, "Feud: Bette and Joan"
    • Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

    • Robert De Niro, "The Wizard of Lies"
    • Jude Law, "The Young Pope"
    • Kyle MacLachlan, "Twin Peaks"
    • Ewan McGregor, "Fargo"
    • Geoffrey Rush, "Genius"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

    • Laura Dern, "Big Little Lies"
    • Ann Dowd, "The Handmaid's Tale"
    • Chrissy Metz, "This is Us"
    • Michelle Pfeiffer, "The Wizard of Lies"
    • Shailene Woodley, "Big Little Lies"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

    • Alfred Molina, "Feud"
    • Alexander Skarsgard, "Big Little Lies"
    • David Thewlis, "Fargo"
    • David Harbour, "Stranger Things"
    • Christian Slater, "Mr. Robot"


    Best Picture – Drama:

    • "Call Me by Your Name"
    • "Dunkirk"
    • "The Post"
    • "The Shape of Water"
    • "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

    Best Picture – Comedy or Musical:

    • "The Disaster Artist"
    • "Get Out"
    • "The Greatest Showman"
    • "I, Tonya"
    • "Lady Bird"

    Best Director, Motion Picture:

    • Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water"
    • Martin McDonagh, "Three Billboards"
    • Christopher Nolan, "Dunkirk"
    • Ridley Scott, "All the Money In the World"
    • Steven Spielberg, "The Post"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

    • Steve Carell, "Battle of the Sexes"
    • Ansel Elgort, "Baby Driver"
    • James Franco, "The Disaster Artist"
    • Hugh Jackman, "The Greatest Showman"
    • Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

    • Judi Dench, "Victoria & Abdul"
    • Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"
    • Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"
    • Emma Stone, "Battle of the Sexes"
    • Helen Mirren, "The Leisure Seeker"

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:

    • Jessica Chastain, "Molly's Game"
    • Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
    • Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
    • Meryl Streep, "The Post"
    • Michelle Williams, "All the Money in the World"

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:

    • Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"
    • Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread"
    • Tom Hanks, "The Post"
    • Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
    • Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq."

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

    • Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"
    • Hong Chau, "Downsizing"
    • Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
    • Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
    • Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water"

    Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

    • Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
    • Armie Hammer, "Call Me by Your Name"
    • Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water"
    • Christopher Plummer, "All the Money in the World"
    • Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

    Best Animated Film:

    • "The Boss Baby"
    • "The Breadwinner"
    • "Coco"
    • "Ferdinand"
    • "Loving Vincent"

    Best Original Score – Motion Picture:

    • "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
    • "The Shape of Water"
    • "Phantom Thread"
    • "The Post"
    • "Dunkirk"

    Best Screenplay – Motion Picture:

    • "The Shape of Water"
    • "Lady Bird"
    • "The Post"
    • "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
    • "Molly's Game"

    Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

    • "A Fantastic Woman"
    • "First They Killed My Father"
    • "In the Fade"
    • "Loveless"
    • "The Square"

    Christopher Plummer got a nomination for his last-minute work replacing Kevin Spacey. Amazing.

    Biggest surprise story out of the #GoldenGlobes nods: ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD landing multiple nods. With the nod for Christopher Plummer, it's gotta be the first time an actor was nominated for a role he landed & performed in span of one month

    — ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) December 11, 2017

    Here are last year's winners, for comparison's sake. Awards season is now in full swing, beyond the Golden Globes. Check out the recently released 2018 Critics' Choice Awards nominations, also in both TV and film. Next up are the coveted 2018 Oscar nominations, which will be revealed on January 23.

    The 2018 Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday, January 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

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  2. What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: December 11-17

    At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

    New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital

    Will Christopher Nolan's World War II epic win Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars? We'll have to wait until March to find out. But you can watch the film at home starting this Tuesday, Dec. 12 on Digital HD, and then next Tuesday, Dec. 19 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD. The many bonus features are divided into various categories, including "Creation," "Land," "Air," "Sea," and "Conclusion."

    "The LEGO NINJAGO Movie"
    Watch the battle for NINJAGO City on Digital December 12, then Blu-ray and DVD on December 19. The animated comedy -- featuring the voices of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and Jackie Chan -- will also be available on Movies Anywhere. The DVD and Blu-ray both include deleted scenes and a LEGO NINJAGO TV Series Sneak Peek. The Blu-ray also comes with several more featurettes, music videos, outtakes, and a few mini-movies.

    This modern take on the '90s classic has a great cast, led by Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons. The afterlife experience arrives first on digial December 12 and then on Blu-ray and DVD December 26. Digital and Blu-ray bonus materials include four behind-the-scenes featurettes, plus deleted and extended scenes. The DVD has two featurettes.

    "Jean-Claude Van Johnson" Season 1 (Amazon Original)
    This new Amazon Original Series stars Jean-Claude Van Damme playing "Jean-Claude Van Damme," a global martial arts and film sensation, also operating under the alias of "Johnson" as the world's best undercover private contractor. The first season begins this Friday, Dec. 15, only on Amazon.

    New on DVD and Blu-ray

    "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"
    Taron Egerton's Eggsy returns for this Kingsman sequel, costarring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, and even Elton John. The action comedy is already on Movies Anywhere, and it arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD December 12. There are several behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film, including "Black Cab Chaos: Anatomy of a Killer Chase," which is available on the Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD.

    "Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season"
    Winter is coming! And, just in time, the penultimate season is arriving December 12 on Blu-ray and DVD. The discs come packed with exclusive new bonus content, including audio commentaries on every episode, two new behind-the-scenes featurettes, and (for a limited time) a bonus disc containing "Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms," a 45-minute extension of the award-winning "History & Lore" features included on previous individual Blu-ray season releases.

    Director Kathryn Bigelow's crime drama -- starring John Boyega, Will Poulter, John Krasinski, and Anthony Mackie -- arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 12. The discs include several special featurettes on the history surrounding the events portrayed in the film, including five behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a music video featuring Algee Smith and the real Larry Reed from The Dramatics.

    Redbox: New titles coming to the big red box on Tuesday, Dec. 12 include "Atomic Blonde," "True Detective" Seasons 1 and 2, "Kingsman: The Secret Service," "All Saints," "Cops and Robbers," "Border Cross," "The 13th Friday," "The Heist," and "The Last Rites of Ransom Pride."

    New on Netflix

    "Wormwood" (Netflix Original)"Witness the untold true story of the CIA, LSD experiments, mind control, and the death of a family man."This six-episode docudrama from acclaimed filmmaker Errol Morris defies easy labels, but it stars Peter Sarsgaard -- and several other fantastic actors -- and you can watch it for yourself this Friday, Dec. 15.

    "Christmas Inheritance" (Netflix Original)
    In the mood for a Christmas romance? Netflix is streaming this original film starring Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy, and Andie MacDowell starting December 15. "Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father's gift business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad's former partner in Snow Falls, the hometown she never knew. When a snowstorm strands her at the town inn, she's forced to work for her keep, and in the process, finds romance and discovers the true gift of Christmas."

    "The Santa Clause" (1994)
    "The Santa Clause 2" (2002)
    "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" (2006)

    Also just in time for Christmas, Netflix is releasing Tim Allen's three films in "The Santa Clause" franchise, all available for streaming starting December 12.

    TV Worth Watching

    "The Exorcist" Season 2 Finale (Friday on FOX at 9 p.m.)
    Why aren't more people watching this amazing horror show? It's not too late to catch up. Binge the first nine episodes of Season 2 (and all of Season 1, if you're not up-to-date, although you can watch Season 2 alone) and prepare for the big finale this Friday. Here's the synopsis from FOX: "Everything has led to this moment. As one priest fights for his life in the hospital, another is forced to confront the ghosts of his past. With time running out to save Andy's (John Cho) life, one of the exorcists must make the ultimate sacrifice in the all-new 'Unworthy' Season 2 finale."

    "Mr. Robot" Season 3 Finale (Wednesday on USA at 10 p.m.)
    Rami Malek's mind-trip drama hasn't gotten as much attention this year as the first two seasons, and it's already ending its 10-episode third season this week. In "shutdown -r," USA teases, "elliot tries to save darlene but sh*t doesn't go as planned. mr. robot needs to step up or step back ffs. angela considers the price."

    "The Librarians" Season 4 Premiere (Wednesday on TNT at 8 p.m.)
    This is a big week for midseason/fall finales, but at least one show is actually starting back up. Season 4 of this adventure drama starring Rebecca Romijn and Noah Wyle begins December 13. "And the Dark Secret" has this synopsis from TNT: "When a secret sect of the Vatican Church unearths an ancient map detailing the locations of the four cornerstones of the Library of Alexandria (the original Library), it's up to Flynn and the Librarians - with the help of an unexpected ally - to stop them before the stones can be used to destroy the Library."

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  3. Until 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Opens, 'The Disaster Artist' is a Box Office Success Story

    Here's what box office experts are talking about this weekend: How big will "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" be? Will it top $200 million when it opens next weekend? How much will other movies playing next door at the multiplex benefit from Jedi'''s drawing power? Will 'Jedi' be enough to turn around a dismal 2017 and help it catch up with or surpass last year's total box office?

    Here's what they're not talking about: this weekend's new movies.

    In part, that's because there was only one new wide release, old timer action comedy "Just Getting Started." The Morgan Freeman-Tommy Lee Jones-Rene Russo movie barely got started with critics or audiences, earning an abysmal 9 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes and debuting in tenth place with just $3.2 million.

    Mostly, however, it's because 'Jedi' looms so large. Since the Thanksgiving release of Pixar's "Coco" -- still topping the chart in its third weekend, with an estimated $18.3 million, and a total of $135.5 million to date -- the studios have held off on their big year-end movies, hoping to ride the Skywalker family's coattails to success. Audiences seem to be waiting as well, holding onto their most of their cash until 'Jedi' opens and spending just an estimated $81.4 million at the multiplex this weekend, marking the fourth lowest-grossing weekend of 2017 so far.

    Still, there was plenty going on at the box office among Oscar-hopeful films, taking advantage of the vacuum and drawing grown-up audiences to promising limited-release movies. Most notable was actor-director James Franco's "The Disaster Artist," which is playing on fewer than 900 screens but still cracked the top five at the box office this weekend. After debuting on 19 screens a week ago, Franco's acclaimed comedy about cult-fave filmmaker Tommy Wiseau expanded to 840 theaters on Friday and earned an estimated $6.4 million and fourth place on the chart. At $7,661 per venue, "Disaster" claimed the highest per-screen average of any movie in wide or almost-wide release this weekend.

    Also cleaning up in limited release were several other awards-seeking films. "I, Tonya," which is earning raves for Margot Robbie as disgraced Olympic skater Tonya Harding, opened on just four screens but averaged $61,401 on each of them. "Lady Bird," which has a perfect 100 percent score at Rotten Tomatoes, expanded to 1,557 screens this weekend (up from 1,194 last week) and grossed another estimated $3.5 million, good for ninth place. Frances McDormand's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" enjoyed a similar expansion, up 190 venues to 1,620, and was rewarded with an estimated $2.9 million and the No. 11 slot on the chart. Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water," which premiered on two screens last week, expanded to 41 and earned an estimated $1.1 million, for a terrific $26,829 per-screen average.

    "Darkest Hour," which is generating awards buzz for Gary Oldman's portrayal of Winston Churchill, jumped from four screens to 53 and earned an estimated $777,000, or a strong $14,660 per screen. "Call Me By Your Name," with its romance between Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, is still playing in just nine theaters, but it averaged an impressive $32,345 at each of them, according to estimates. And Woody Allen's period drama "Wonder Wheel" expanded in its second week from five screens to 47, but that move yielded only an estimated $156,000, for a paltry per-screen average of $3,315.

    All these movies are poised to expand nationwide over the next several weeks. Awards buzz, which starts with Monday's Golden Globe nominations, is likely to make most of these modestly-budgeted films profitable by the time the Oscars are handed out three months from now.

    A special shout-out should go to A24, the relatively young independent distributor behind several current awards candidates, including "Disaster Artist," "Lady Bird," and "The Florida Project" (as well as potential dark horse "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"). A24 shocked the world last year by winning a Best Picture Oscar for "Moonlight." At $27.9 million, "Moonlight" remains the biggest domestic hit in A24's five-year history, but "Disaster Artist" (at $8.0 million to date) and "Lady Bird" ($22.3 million so far) are on track to surpass it. You have to give A24 credit for clever marketing, including getting the stars of both movies ("Lady Bird"'s Saorsie Ronan and "Disaster"'s Franco) booked as "Saturday Night Live" hosts on consecutive weeks, and especially for drumming up viral interest in "Disaster," a movie about the making of a film (Wiseau's "The Room") that barely played in theaters in 2003 but whose Ed Wood-like levels of entertaining ineptitude earned Wiseau a fervent cult of puzzled-but-amazed fans.

    Of course, all these movies will get upstaged during the final weeks of 2017 once 'Jedi' opens on December 15 and likely earns more in its first three days than all the movies currently playing have earned over the past two weekends. If 'Jedi' opens anywhere near the $248 million that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" scored in its record-setting debut two years ago, then it will likely become the top-earning release of the year and go a long way toward helping a stumbling 2017 catch up with 2016's total earnings. Currently, 2017 is about 4 percent, or $420 million, behind the grosses earned at this point in 2016. "Jedi" may not be enough to close the gap (remember, at this point last year, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which became 2016's top-grossing film, had yet to be released). Still, the annual-gross race may come down to the wire, and even if "Lady Bird" or "Disaster Artist" makes $50 million, that'll be a rounding error when it comes to calculating and comparing the total earnings of the past two years.

    Still, this weekend's results suggests that several of this year's modestly-budgeted awards contenders are likely to become profitable box office successes on their own terms. And as "Disaster Artist" proves, a movie doesn't have to be a blockbuster -- or even profitable, or competently made -- to generate lasting fame, earn fans, and be talked about for years to come.

  4. Have You Seen the Florida Teen Who Looks Just Like Jennifer Lawrence?

    No, that is not an old brunette photo of Jennifer Lawrence. It's a photo of 17-year-old Alexia Maier of Ponte Vedra, Florida. And here we thought Haley Bennett was a close match!

    Alexia Maier has been getting a lot of attention in the past month, which is probably a good thing, since her Instagram bio says she's a "Signed Actress/Model." Is it a good thing, though, that she looks nearly identical to an already established actress? If someone needs to cast Jennifer Lawrence's younger sister, they need look no further.

    Alexia told the Daily Mail she gets stopped on the street from fans thinking she's the 27-year-old Oscar winner:

    "At first I thought it was a joke when people started saying I looked like Jennifer Lawrence. But when I started getting dozens of comments about my JLaw similarities, I started to realize it myself. In my hometown, people know they're not going to see a real celebrity, so I've been told I look like her, but never confused. But when visiting New York, people will ask me for autographs. I think one of my favorite examples is when a woman said 'Jennifer, I'm your biggest fan!' I told her, 'I'm not Jennifer!' but the woman immediately said, 'are you sure?' I'll never forget her reaction."

    You know what? Send this non-Jennifer Lawrence out to meet Jennifer Lawrence fans, since the real one clearly hates to talk to them.

    Alexia told the Daily Mail she's not even a big Jennifer Lawrence fan herself, but she knows the actress has definitely impacted her life in ways good and bad:

    "I got a lot of attention in the first couple years of high school because of my similarities to her. I was also subjected to a lot of online attention when I was pretty young, good and bad, but both have managed to help shape me as a person."

    You can check out her Instagram to see how much she looks like JLaw -- with blonde or brown hair -- in some photos more than others:

    *posts another selfie bc make up is bomb af*

    A post shared by Alexia Maier (@alxmai) on

    Totally not in the bathroom pretending to be a supermodel 😂😁

    A post shared by Alexia Maier (@alxmai) on

    Outtake from a shoot last year with the absolutely amazing @AntPad for News Dog Media

    A post shared by Alexia Maier (@alxmai) on

    Rainbow - A Light in the Black

    A post shared by Alexia Maier (@alxmai) on

    Maybe Alexia should not only meet Jen's fans for her, she should be the one to start wearing Mystique's blue paint? All of these JLaw problems, instantly solved!

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  5. New Batman Rumor Claims Jon Hamm Is 'Gunning Hard' to Replace Ben Affleck

    The 2013 ESPY Awards - BackstageRumor has it, Jon Hamm "doesn't care whose toes he has to tread on." The "Mad Men" star wants to be Batman.

    Should we believe it? It's not hard to imagine many actors want to play The Caped Crusader, even with the DCEU in its difficult situation. But this new rumor comes from RadarOnline, which -- as Birth.Movies.Death put it, is "cousin to National Enquirer and home to such exclusives as Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck's Big Surprise: A Baby! - Find out the shocking reason why the couple may call off their divorce and Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Visit The Farmer's Market."

    So take this with several grains of salt.

    That said, a "source" told that "Jon's gunning hard for the role" of Batman. Ben Affleck is still officially in the role, but looking for a graceful way out. Hamm and Affleck worked together in "The Town," which Affleck directed. This source said they enjoyed working together and have been good friends since, but this would be a business/career move for Hamm. Nothing personal.

    "Of course, Ben's not officially out of the role yet, but the writing's on the wall, and Jon's desperate for the gig — friend or not."

    This source added that Hamm is "ready to fly in and has been 'carefully courting'" "The Batman" director Matt Reeves for months. The source claims Reeves was a big fan of "Mad Men" and finds Hamm charming. But what about the rumors that Jake Gyllenhaal is also being considered for Batman? The source had a comment on that, too:

    "Jake Gyllenhaal has also been chasing the role, and Matt has definitely been considering him. But Jon is closer to Ben's age and look, and will be a smoother replacement to fit into the plans already in place."

    Here's Radar's toes-treading quote:

    "An iconic part like this would take [Hamm's] career to the next level. He doesn't care whose toes he has to tread on to get there."

    It's not even clear how it would be stepping on Ben Affleck's, or anyone else's, toes when Affleck is already at least one foot out the door. But all of this is coming from some unnamed source. We don't know what's really happening on the Batman front ... although Variety did just add this note in its new DC restructuring report:

    "While Ben Affleck is expected to appear as Batman in a standalone Flash movie, it is highly unlikely he will don the cape and cowl in Matt Reeves' planned standalone Batman movie. The director is said to want to cast the role with fresh talent, according to sources."

    Jon Hamm certainly knows how to play an intense, angry, cold, power-hungry guy with mommy and daddy issues who lives a double life with two identities. Don Draper/Dick Whitman, meet Bruce Wayne. But Gyllenhaal would be a major get in the role. And Reeves may be looking at several other "fresh" faces on the Batman front. One guy we can probably cross off the list is Christian Bale, despite that other juicy rumor.

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  6. Armie Hammer Releases Public Apology Statement to Casey Affleck

    Santa Barbara International Film Festival Honors Judi Dench With Annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film - ArrivalsDid someone get a call from Casey Affleck's team?

    You'll recall Armie Hammer's reference to an Oscars season double standard favoring Casey Affleck over Nate Parker. That's from a recent interview the "Call Me by Your Name" star did with The Hollywood Reporter. Hammer's very candid interview -- defending Parker and questioning Best Actor winner Affleck -- also included the suggestion Hammer knew who leaked information about Parker's 1999 rape case (he was acquitted) during the awards campaign for "Birth of a Nation."

    Hammer knew he was making serious accusations -- and almost caught himself, it seemed, before diving in. THR's reporter even added information correcting Hammer's version of the charges against Affleck.

    89th Annual Academy Awards - BackstageBut now Hammer has issued a public apology statement, with that statement being emailed around to outlets (like ours) that wrote about Hammer's initial THR comments.

    Here's Hammer's full apology statement:

    "I would like to sincerely apologize to Casey and his family for my recent comments about him in my THR interview. Without knowing the facts about the civil lawsuits at issue (which I now understand were settled), I misspoke. I conflated sexual harassment cases with a criminal case involving sexual assault charges. The cases in which Casey was involved were not criminal and instead involved civil claims from his 2010 movie 'I'm Still Here.' While intending to make a social comment about double standards in general, I mistakenly compared reports of prior, public civil allegations that never proceeded to trial with a criminal case that was fully tried. I understand now that this was a poor comparison, which I deeply regret making. I also didn't mean to insinuate, nor do I believe, that Casey or anyone from his camp had anything to do with leaked information that took place during the press for 'Birth of a Nation.' I respect Casey's work, and I've learned a valuable lesson about the need to be more accurate with disseminating information, especially in this age of instantaneous, unchecked communication. While attempting to be part of the solution, I unintentionally made myself part of the problem, for which I am truly sorry."

    How many publicists and lawyers had to go over that statement before it was released? Armie Hammer is an off-the-cuff guy, and we like that about him, but it's true that public figures have to be careful, especially when it comes to legal issues.

    Hammer seems to be on the Oscars campaign trail himself for 2018, aiming to be the next Best Actor after Casey Affleck.

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  7. Amber Heard Accuses Studio of Twisting Her Words to Support Johnny Depp

    'Black Mass' Boston Special ScreeningWarner Bros. is in a tight spot with both Amber Heard and Johnny Depp as franchise stars.

    Amber Heard plays Mera in the WB's DCEU franchise, starting in "Justice League" and continuing in the next film, "Aquaman." Johnny Depp plays Gellert Grindelwald in the WB's Harry Potter franchise, starting in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," and continuing in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald."

    Heard and Depp had a short marriage with a bad breakup. There were abuse allegations, and those allegations have followed Depp into his casting as Grindelwald. Harry Potter author and "Fantastic Beasts" screenwriter J.K. Rowling shared a statement supporting Depp's casting. Director David Yates and producer David Heyman also released a joint statement supporting Depp.

    But it's Warner Bros.'s statement that seemed to upset Heard, because it cherry picked part of her joint statement with Depp after their divorce.

    First, here's Warner Bros.' statement (via THR):

    "We are of course aware of reports that surfaced around the end of Johnny Depp's marriage and take seriously the complexity of the issues involved. This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said 'There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.' Based on the circumstances and the information available to us, we, along with the filmmakers, continue to support the decision to proceed with Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films."

    Amber Heard tweeted a reaction taking aim at their choice of statement quote:

    For the record, this was our FULL joint statement.To pick&choose certain lines & quote them out of context, is not right.Women, stay strong.

    — Amber Heard (@realamberheard) December 8, 2017

    Warner Bros.' is releasing "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," costarring Depp, on November 16th, 2018. The studio is scheduled to follow with the release of DC's "Aquaman," costarring Heard, on December 21st, 2018.

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  8. 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' Trailer Brings Trilogy to Action-Packed End

    Can what was lost now be found in "Maze Runner: The Death Cure"?

    A new, full-length trailer is available for the final movie in the YA dystopian trilogy, which sees Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his gang of Gladers trying to save their friends by breaking into the Last City, a WCKD stronghold with the most dangerous labyrinth yet.

    Along their journey, Thomas confronts onetime friend Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) and may have to make a very tough choice when Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) tells him, "You can save your friends, or you can save us all."

    "The Maze Runner" movies are among the few YA franchises left, after "Hunger Games" concluded and the "Divergent" series faltered.

    The final movie was delayed after O'Brien suffered a serious on-set injury and had to be hospitalized. "It wasn't an easy journey back," he said in September, noting he nearly didn't return to the project.

    "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" opens in theaters February 9.

  9. First 'Incredibles 2' Pic Shows Elastigirl Taking Charge of the Parr Family

    Who's the boss? Mom!

    "The Incredibles 2," the sequel to Pixar's 2004 animated hit about a family of superheroes, is pushing Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) front and center — as seen in this first look image courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Helen Parr looks like a fierce mama bear as she and husband Bob aka Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) glare at some unseen foe.

    Meanwhile, kids Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) appear shocked. And baby Jack-Jack seems delighted by the whole spectacle.

    Incredibles 2With Mr. Incredible a stay-at-home dad taking care of Jack-Jack, it's Elastigirl's time to lead her superpowered family.

    "Helen's appetite for adventure comes to the fore," Hunter told EW. "Whereas before, she was driven to become Mrs. Incredible out of necessity, where she went into it to save her husband, I think this time she really meets her own ambition head-on. The ambition of being an adventure is something that we get to explore."

    It's also nice to see that Pixar seems to be sticking to the less realistic, more comic-book style of the original, rather than update it with the advancements it has made in newer movies.

    "The Incredibles 2" hits theaters June 15.

  10. Bryan Singer Sued for Alleged Rape of 17-Year-Old

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 26:  Producer Bryan Singer attends the premiere of "Legion" at Pacific Design Center on January 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)A new lawsuit over an alleged 2003 sexual assault has just been filed against "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer, who was just fired from the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody."

    People reports that Cesar Sanchez-Guzman claims that while on board a yacht with the director in 2003 when he was 17, Singer "forced Cesar to the floor, shoved Cesar's face against his crotch area and demanded Cesar perform oral sex on him."

    The lawsuit also alleges that Singer said he could help Guzman get into acting, "as long as [he] never said anything about the incident... He then told Cesar that no one would believe him if he ever reported the incident, and that he could hire people who are capable of ruining someone's reputation."

    A representative for Singer released this statement to People refuting the charges: "Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman apparently claims that he did not remember this alleged incident from 2003 until now. Significantly, when Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy only a few years ago, he failed to disclose this alleged claim when he was supposed to identify all of his assets, but conveniently, now that the bankruptcy court discharged all of his debts, he is able to recall the alleged events."

    Singer has previously been sued by two men with similar claims of sexual assault when they were underage. In 2014, aspiring model and actor Michael Egan filed a civil suit against the director over an incident that reportedly took place in the '90s. He eventually dropped the lawsuit, saying he could not find a lawyer to represent him. The next year, he was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to securities and wire fraud, according to Variety.

    Later in 2014, a second lawsuit from an unnamed accuser was ultimately dismissed on the grounds that there was no legal basis for the suit and that it was improperly brought.

    Rumors have long swirled about Singer and many initially assumed that, like so many recently unmasked high-profile Hollywood predators, his firing from "Bohemian Rhapsody" was over pending sexual assault charges.

    Singer's unexplained absence from the set, which he later said was due to an illness in the family, and his clashes with leading man Rami Malik were the reasons cited for his dismissal. Director Dexter Fletcher ("Eddie the Eagle") has been hired to replace Singer.

    [Via People]

  11. Kate Hudson Compares Her Pixie Cut to Leonardo DiCaprio's '90s Do

    Kate Hudson shared a photo of her with shorter hair on her Instagram yesterday and damned if her new 'do doesn't look just like Leonardo DiCaprio's from 20 years ago.

    "Who wore it better?" she asked in her #TBT post, although it's really more of a throwback for Leo, whose spiky-haired picture is from the 1997 premiere of "Titanic."

    Who wore it better? 👆 #Hairspiration @leonardodicaprio

    A post shared by Kate Hudson (@katehudson) on

    Hudson revealed on a recent appearance on "Ellen" that she shaved her hair for a movie called "Sister" that she made with singer Sia. According to IMDb, it's "the story of a sober drug dealer and their disabled sister" and is due sometime in 2018. Sia wrote and directed the movie, which Hudson says is a musical. "It called for me to shave my head and I said, 'Absolutely.' Anything for Sia."

    She joked that she's going to bring back the mullet next, for which we suggest a "who wore it better" with David Spade's "Joe Dirt."

    Leo's on Instagram too, but his feed is mostly about saving the environment. (So, not that many selfies.)

    [Via ET]

  12. DC Films Seeking New Boss After 'Justice League' Disappoints

    After "Justice League" massively disappointed at the box office, Warner Bros. is looking for someone else to head up its DC Films division.

    According to Variety, the guy who held the job of running the comic book's film production unit, Jon Berg, will now be working with Roy Lee, who produced "The Lego Movie" and "It."

    Comic book writer Geoff Johns is expected to continue serving as DC Entertainment's chief creative officer. Although Johns primarily works on DC TV shows and publishing, Variety speculates he could become more involved with upcoming DC films as well.

    Warner Bros. expected "Justice League," which reportedly cost as much as $300 million to make, to net in the neighborhood of the first "Avengers" film" ($1.5 billion). Instead, it stalled out at $570.3 million worldwide, so far.

    "Justice League" had a famously troubled production, with Joss Whedon stepping in after Zack Snyder's departure. Costly reshoots followed. And then there was the expensive and much-mocked business of CGI-erasing Henry Cavill's mustache.

    According to Variety, studio execs understandably hated Steppenwolf, the movie's all-CGI villain, but were stuck with him.

    The only bright spot, for now: Audiences liked The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), so future solo projects with those characters might do better. And, of course, another "Wonder Woman."

    As for the upcoming solo Batman movie? It's not official yet, but it's highly unlikely Ben Affleck will be in it.

  13. Jennifer Lawrence Trapped Herself In 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix': 'I Kind of F---ed Myself'

    Hollywood Reporter/Lifetime WIE BreakfastJennifer Lawrence's reaction to being offered "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" was not what we'd have expected. In fact, according to the actress in an EW interview, her initial response was "Goddammit!"

    Having played her mutant character, Mystique, in two X-Men films at that point, Lawrence was really sick of one aspect of her role: being painted blue. Her deal expired with 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse," so she had a possible out. It also sounded like she had even seriously considered taking it.

    "I love these movies -- it's just the paint," she told EW in 2015. "I was 20 [in 'X-Men: First Class'] and I didn't care about fumes and toxins, and now I'm almost 25 and I'm like, 'I can't even pronounce this and that's going in my nose? I'm breathing that?'"

    And yet, here we are, less than a year away from another X-Men film starring Lawrence. What happened, it turns out, is all the actress's own doing. Lawrence told EW recently that she trapped herself by supporting her friend Simon Kinberg when he was considering directing the film. Apparently, he told her she'd have to be in it if he did helm the flick, and she agreed.

    "I kind of f---ed myself," she said.

    Fortunately, there are aspects of the films that she does love, including a big reason that ultimately brought her back.

    "The other reason was for the fans," she said.

    Aww. We love her, too.

    We'll see Lawrence -- in all her blue glory -- in "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" when it opens in theaters on Nov. 2.

    [via: EW]

  14. 'I, Tonya': Allison Janney Reveals What Tonya Harding Thinks of the Biopic

    NEON and 30WEST Present the Los Angeles Premiere of 'I, Tonya' Supported By SvedkaThe biopic "I, Tonya" has the infamous Olympian Tonya Harding back in the spotlight, but it sounds like she doesn't hate it.

    Allison Janney, one of the stars of the film, recently appeared on "Ellen" and she talked about what it was like to meet the infamous figure skater whose career ended after a high-profile scandal. The two chatted at the biopic's Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday night, and according to Janney, Harding was very happy with how the film turned out.

    "She loved the movie," Janney told host Ellen DeGeneres. "There were parts she didn't like, but I think ... mostly, she was really excited about it."

    One aspect Harding might appreciate is that the movie doesn't paint her as the villain that many saw her as in 1994, when her ex-husband and bodyguard hired a man to attack her chief competitor, Nancy Kerrigan. According to Janney, the film shows that the situation was "a lot more complicated" than it appeared in the media at the time.

    "I think people come away with a lot more compassion for her," the actress said.

    Harding gave Janney her seal of approval for her portrayal of LaVona Golden, the skater's mother. Meanwhile, host Ellen DeGeneres also gave her rave reviews, telling Janney that she is sure to get nominated for an Oscar.

    Watch below.

    "I, Tonya" opens Dec. 8.

  15. AFI's Top Movies and TV Shows of 2017 Include 'Wonder Woman,' 'Big Little Lies'

    "Wonder Woman" just lassoed a place on the American Film Institute's list of the top 10 movies of the year.

    The list includes Oscar frontrunners "Call Me By Your Name" and "Lady Bird," as well as the horror hit "Get Out." Superhero movies rarely get a lot of awards buzz, but "Wonder Woman" received tremendously positive reviews (as well as a ton of money at the box office).

    The TV side has no surprises, with the Emmy-winning shows "Handmaid's Tale" and "Big Little Lies" landing on the list. "The Crown" Season 2, which debuts on Netflix tomorrow, squeaked in at the last minute.

    Here are the full lists.







  16. First Look at 'Aquaman' Shows Jason Momoa About to Kick Ass

    Don't mess with "Aquaman."

    Star Jason Momoa is glowering at something (or somebody) as he strides through an industrial setting in this first look image from Entertainment Weekly. And as director James Wan explains, "Justice League" only provided a taste of who Aquaman really is.

    His solo movie is "going to look very different, it will feel very different — aesthetically, tonally, story-wise — it's my own take. It's a much more a traditional action-adventure quest movie," Wan said.

    And no dialogue bubbles this time!

    "'Justice League' was only a weekend in Arthur Curry's life," Momoa said. "This is a totally different beast. In 'Aquaman,' you see when his parents met and what happened to hem. Then the little boy being raised and finding his powers and going through that and never being accepted on either side. And then becoming this man who puts up all these walls. You just slowly see this man harden up and be completely reluctant wanting to be king and not knowing what to do with these powers he has."

    "Aquaman" opens in theaters December 21, 2018.

  17. J.J. Abrams Reveals Why He's Returning to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

    Keri Russell Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of FameReturning to a galaxy far, far away was definitely not on J.J. Abrams' itinerary.

    But when Lucasfilm fired "Star Wars: Episode IX" director Colin Trevorrow, and turned to the successful director of "The Force Awakens," Abrams found he couldn't say no.

    "I had no intention to return. But when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters, to tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to do it in a way where we could go beyond, and do better than we did in Seven," he told Rolling Stone.

    He'll retake the reins from "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson (who's moving on to create an entirely new "Star Wars" trilogy) and finish the story he started.

    "I learned so much in that movie and I saw that this was a chance to sort of realize something that we hadn't quite achieved — and part of that was it was simply the beginning of these new characters and their story. The opportunity to sort of take what we had learned, to take the feeling of who these characters are and what they are and give them a final chapter that felt in the spirit of what we begun? It was too delicious of an opportunity to pass up."

    While fans may have hoped for a new voice to complete the trilogy, at least one person was ecstatic to see Abrams return — star Daisy Ridley.

    "Everyone was saying it was going to be Rian and everything, so I was genuinely quite surprised and was like 'Oh my God!' and I started crying immediately with three people in the office," she said. "So I emailed J.J. saying, 'Oh my God I am crying.' And he goes, 'Oh my God, me too.'"

  18. 'Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors' Animated Movie to Feature Diverse Superheroes

    Meet the next generation of Marvel superheroes!

    Marvel announced a new animated movie titled "Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors" featuring young, diverse, up-and-coming superheroes like Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, Miss America, and Spider-Gwen.

    Buzzfeed reports that the franchise will launch in 2018 with a series of six, four-minute digital shorts following Spider-Gwen (voiced by Dove Cameron), who is going by her secret new name Ghost-Spider. They will be followed by the feature-length film later in the year.

    "It came out of a desire to be able to tell stories about characters that we think are the next great heroes of the Marvel Universe," said Sana Amanat, Marvel's director of content and character development.

    "I think it's incredibly important that we tell young women and young girls that they have this incredible power within themselves, and that they have heroes out there [who] ... they can look up to, especially in these times."

    Kathreen Khavari is voicing Ms. Marvel, aka Kamala Khan, Marvel's first Muslim hero, while Cierra Ramirez voices the comics' first Latino LGBT character America Chavez aka Miss America.

    Milana Vayntrub, who will play Squirrel Girl on Marvel's live-action series "New Warriors," will also voice the animated character. "Agents of SHIELD." star Chloe Bennet will voice Quake. But Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers will not be voiced by Brie Larson, who will play the character in the movie; instead, Kim Raver will take on the role.

    The team also includes Inferno (Tyler Posey), Patriot (Kamil McFadden), Exile (Booboo Stewart), and Tippy Toe and Lockjaw (Dee Bradley Baker). They'll face off against the villain Hala (Ming-Na Wen).

  19. The First Photos From 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Are Hot & Intense

    Check out Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jessica Chastain in the fiery (but also rainy) first images from "X-Men: Dark Phoenix."

    Simon Kinberg directed the latest "X-Men" movie, which is coming to theaters November 2018. Sophie Turner's Jean Grey covers the new First Look Issue of Entertainment Weekly, with several more photos inside.

    The Dark Phoenix saga follows telepath Jean's battle with her own mind. The movie is set in 1992, EW reports, about 10 years after "X-Men: Apocalypse," and opens with X-Men Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) as national heroes. After the X-Men are sent to space on a rescue mission, "a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean — the Phoenix."

    The cast described the movie as the most emotional X-Men movie yet, with suffering, pathos, and psychological drama. Read more details on the film at EW. Here are the first images, beyond that glimpse of the magazine cover above.

    X-Men: Dark Phoenix 
Sophie TurnerSophie Turner told EW she studied multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia in order to play Jean's duality. "So many scenes I have to go from broken-down Jean — that's when she's most susceptible to Phoenix infiltrating her — to this confident, arrogant, judgmental character within milliseconds."

    X-Men: Dark Phoenix 
Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence's Mystique has a new hairdo and a more mature and even "maternal" outlook, feeling more protective of the X-students.

    X-Men: Dark Phoenix 
Jessica ChastainHere's Jessica Chastain as a "quiet but brutal" villain, an otherwordly shapeshifter who manipulates Phoenix for her own agenda.

    X-Men: Dark Phoenix 
Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan, back to camera), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp)Here's a funeral shot with Professor X (James McAvoy), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp) in mourning.

    "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" opens in theater November 2nd, 2018.

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  20. J.K. Rowling Addresses Johnny Depp Grindelwald Casting: 'Fans Had Legitimate Questions'

    US-ENTERTAINMENT-FANTASTIC BEASTSUltimately, J.K. Rowling is "genuinely happy" to have Johnny Depp in the "Fantastic Beasts" family as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

    Some Harry Potter fans were not happy to see Depp in the role. He had a cameo in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," and now has a lead role in the sequel, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." Many -- but not all -- of the critical fans are upset specifically because of the domestic abuse allegations made by Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard. Some fans just don't think Depp looks right for the role (that weird platinum hair!), or is a good fit overall.

    But J.K. Rowling wrote the scripts, and the Harry Potter universe is her domain.

    Fans wondered where Rowling stood on the whole issue, and she finally broke her silence with a statement/opinion piece ... that immediately crashed her website from traffic overload:

    I'm saying what I can about the Grindelwald casting issue here:

    — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 7, 2017

    If that link gives you a service unavailable message, well, you're not alone. Here's the point she's making:

    JK Rowling speaks about the casting of Depp as Grindelwald, says she's "genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies."

    — Siraj Datoo (@dats) December 7, 2017

    So there you go. She wants to say more about the legal issues, it seems, but can't. And she's standing by Johnny Depp for the role. (Sorry, Christopher Plummer.)

    The movie is coming out next year, and then fans can judge Depp's merit for themselves. Or they can just skip the movie in protest.

    "The Crimes of Grindelwald" will be released in theaters November 16th, 2018.

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  21. One of the 'IT' Kids Is Joining DC's 'Shazam' Movie

    No red balloons this time. Please.

    Jack Dylan Grazer has been cast in the upcoming "Shazam!" movie starring Zachary Levi. Grazer, 14, just played Eddie Kaspbrak in the horror hit "IT," and he played young Alex Riley in the new CBS series "Me, Myself, and I." (That TV show recently got pulled, which may be why he now has more time for film roles.)

    In "Shazam," Deadline reports, Grazer will play Freddy, best friend to Billy Baston (Asher Angel), the teen who can transform into an adult superhero by saying "Shazam." Freddy is the only person who knows the truth about Shazam.

    2017 Summer TCA Tour - CBS Television Studios' Summer Soiree - InsideGrazer only has a few credits on his resume, since he's just starting out, but he's certainly had a big year.

    "Shazam!" is being directed by David F. Sandberg. Levi's lead casting was revealed in late October. At the time, The Hollywood Reporter said "Shazam!" would be the next DCEU movie to go into production, with New Line eyeing a February 2018 filming start in Toronto. According to CBR, "Shazam!" currently has a release date in April 2019.

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  22. Lucasfilm President Wants Taika Waititi to Direct a Star Wars Movie

    Thor: Ragnarok Sydney Screening EventShould the fun, fabulous, creative, brilliant, and wacky "Thor: Ragnarok" director go from Asgard to Alderaan?

    Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has a major say in who directs (and gets fired from) Star Wars movies. Kennedy just had a video interview with Newshub in New Zealand (watch the clip below), and the reporter pitched Taika Waititi to mix the universes, going from Marvel to Star Wars.

    Kennedy needed no convincing at all:

    "I would love for him to direct a Star Wars movie. I think he has exactly the right sensibility. It was very exciting to see him step into the Marvel universe and do such an amazing job with Thor."

    Kennedy even quipped that Newshub should "let him know." She and the reporter laughed, but Kennedy did say "yeah" when Newshub said it was kind of a job offer.

    Exclusive Screening Of Lucasfilm's 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'Marvel and Lucasfilm are in the same Disney family, so it could be an easy transition for Taika Waititi on that front. In terms of joining a massive pre-existing franchise with connected universes -- been there, done that. Waititi made it look easy, as if Marvel wasn't breathing down his neck to get this major sequel blockbuster correct. He still did it his way. So he might have the same relative ease with Star Wars. Or he might not.

    Waititi has addressed the idea in the past, seeming to be on both sides of the fence.

    He told Uproxx he's not an idiot -- who would really say no to Star Wars? However, he also told the New York Times the franchise "seems really hard" and "There's not much room for someone like me." The Star Wars world may seem tough in that there's been some recent director turnover -- from the Han Solo movie to Episode IX -- so he's probably right to be slightly wary.

    The next Star Wars movie on the docket is Episode VIII, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," directed by Rian Johnson, opening December 15. If Waititi has any questions about the franchise, Johnson is knee deep in it now, so he'd be the one to ask.

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  23. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Names Director to Replace Bryan Singer

    'Eddie The Eagle' Press Conference In SeoulThe Queen biopic has a new leader, for the final two weeks and possibly reshoots.

    Dexter Fletcher, director of "Eddie the Eagle," "Wild Bill," and "Smoking Guns," has been tapped to direct "Bohemian Rhapsody." Deadline said Fletcher will resume production next week on the Rami Malek-fronted film that had paused production due to troubles with Bryan Singer.

    Singer was fired as director after failing to return from set after Thanksgiving break and reportedly clashing with Malek, who stars as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Singer shot back that he and Malek had worked out their differences, and he chided the studio for failing to support him in his absence to tend to a sick parent.

    Deadline added an interesting behind-the-scenes note on the director switcheroo. Their sources said the studio was checking out potential replacements even before Singer went missing after Thanksgiving. Fox denied that. But here's more from Deadline:

    "My sources said that the film didn't appeal to everyone. The payday will be big, but it will be a lot of work, and it is entirely up to the DGA whether Fletcher will get directing credit on the film, considering that Singer was almost finished with principal photography when he was removed. The original directors of World War Z and the Star Wars spinoff Rogue One remained the directors of record, even though the reshoots were supervised by others."

    There are only about two weeks left of filming on the schedule, but Fletcher could elect to reshoot scenes. Fletcher will then oversee postproduction, aiming to keep "Bohemian Rhapsody" on schedule for its December 25, 2018 release.

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  24. Chris Evans Pitches a Captain America & Human Torch Spinoff to Disney/Fox

    Fantastic Four (2005)Directed by Tim StoryShown: Chris Evans (as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch)He was joking. But do it. Do it the second the sale happens.

    Before Chris Evans played Steve Rogers/Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he played Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in 20th Century Fox's 2005 "Fantastic Four" movie.

    Evans recently tweeted a link to a new CNBC story claiming Disney and Fox are closing in on deal for Disney to buy Fox's studio and TV production assets. With that tweet he also suggested a superhero crossover buddy movie:

    So who do I talk to about a Cap/Human Torch buddy comedy spin-off? I'm thinking Planes, Trains and Automobiles meets Parent Trap.

    — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 6, 2017

    This is the top reply, and it speaks for most of us:

    — Ghost Crab Way (@Sedna_51) December 6, 2017

    If there's any way we can add a Deadpool/Iron Man crossover to list of options, that would be great, too.

    Ryan Reynolds is on the Fox side of things as Deadpool, and he too tweeted a link to the same story, with his own reaction:

    Time to uncork that explosive sexual tension between Deadpool and Mickey Mouse.

    — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 6, 2017

    Reynolds previously tweeted concern that Disney might want the R-rated character to watch his "language" (as Cap would put it). But we'll see.

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  25. 'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Sophie Turner on 2019 Premiere & Sansa's 'Passionate Fight'  

    Premiere Of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 - Red CarpetYou didn't REALLY think the final season of "Game of Thrones" was coming in 2018, did you? Oh you sweet summer child...

    Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) talked to Variety about filming the end, saying they started in October and are "maybe a tenth of the way through" filming. That was a joke, though, and she added that they have about six or seven months left of shooting, which keeps them on track to end in the summer of 2018 as expected.

    HBO has yet to release a Season 8 premiere date, but here's what Turner told Variety in answer to a question about her future projects:

    Variety: Are you excited for next year, with "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" and season eight of "Game of Thrones" set to premiere?
    Sophie Turner: Yeah, I'm really excited. "Game of Thrones" comes out in 2019. "Dark Phoenix" is in November. Then I have a couple indie movies coming out. I'm a producer on my next movie ["Girl Who Fell From the Sky"]. So I'm really excited about the future.

    (Side note: Speaking of "Dark Phoenix," the first photos of Turner and company just came out.)

    There are only six more episodes left to "Game of Thrones," but they will be intense. On that note, Variety asked Turner how Sansa Stark will handle what's ahead without Littlefinger as her adviser:

    "It's going to be tricky for her, because at the end of last season, she felt that she had everything set up. She had her family back together. They were in control of the North again. This season, there's a new threat, and all of a sudden she finds herself somewhat back in the deep end. And without Littlefinger, it's a test for her of whether she can get through it. It's a big challenge for her, without this master manipulator having her back. This season is more a passionate fight for her than a political, manipulative kind of fight."

    Variety asked if that's because she "faces less a political threat and more an existential, zombie sort of threat?" but Turner wouldn't say. She can't tell us everything.

    The six episodes ahead will surely be filled with White Walker threats, since Season 7 ended with the destruction of The Wall, and Winterfell is the first stop on the way down through the Seven Kingdoms.

    The Lady of Winterfell is going to be tested, for sure. She has to protect her people in the North and her homeland. But if her fight is more passionate than political, that suggests that she's not dragged into whatever machinations Cersei Lannister has planned next. Maybe that will be left to Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow.

    "Game of Thrones" Season 8 will premiere in 2019. Not "officially" from HBO, but just get used to seeing it that way so it hurts less each time.

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