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The Dark Tower: Stephen King Series Coming to Amazon

The Dark Tower: Stephen King Series Coming to Amazon
The Dark Tower is coming to the small screen. Deadline reports Amazon is developing a TV show based on the Stephen King book series.

First released in 1982, the fantasy series follows Roland Deschain, a descendent from a long line of gunslingers who is tasked with finding the mysterious Dark Tower. The books were previously adapted as a 2017 film starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.
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Nanette Fabray Dies: Stage And TV Comic Actress Was 97

Nanette Fabray Dies: Stage And TV Comic Actress Was 97
Nanette Fabray, a Tony Award winner at 28 and the TV moms of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and One Day at a Time in the 1970s, died Thursday at her Palos Verdes, California home. She was 97, and her death was confirmed by her son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall. Fabray’s stage successes were many and spanned decades. She won the Tony at 28 for the Alan Jay Lerner/Kurt Weill show Love Life, followed by the Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn High Button Shoes. Other stage credits in the ’40s and ’50s…
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Emily Ratajkowski Gets Married In Courthouse Wedding

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Emily Ratajkowski Gets Married In Courthouse Wedding
Emily Ratajkowski just pulled a fast one -- getting hitched in an NYC courthouse to her boyfriend of just a few weeks -- with only a couple friends there to see it. Ratajkowski and new hubby Sebastian Bear-McClard were spotted at City Hall Friday with friends in tow. In fact, one of those friends who served as a witness to the wedding was social media star The Fat Jewish. Emily surprised fans with the announcement on her page,
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Alex Garland Reveals Another Possible Adaptation of ‘The Beach’ Is in the Works

Alex Garland Reveals Another Possible Adaptation of ‘The Beach’ Is in the Works
Alex Garland has become an exciting filmmaker in his own right with his directorial debut Ex Machina and his second film, the buzzworthy Annihilation, but Garland has been working as a writer for a long while. Garland first began as a novelist, and his first book was The Beach, which was adapted into a film by Danny Boyle in 2000. That movie was dubbed a flop at the time, mostly because it was not was some people were expecting, but now it sounds like a new version of The Beach may be on the horizon. Garland broke the news during …
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Weekend Box Office: 'Black Panther' Bounds Past $300M in U.S. on Friday

Weekend Box Office: 'Black Panther' Bounds Past $300M in U.S. on Friday
Disney and Marvel Studios' Black Panther continues to set records at the U.S. box office, where it scored the best first week for any title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The superhero blockbuster grossed another $14.3 million on Thursday for a seven-day domestic total of $292 million, the fourth-best showing of all time for any film and besting the $280 million earned by fellow MCU title The Avengers in its first week. It is expected to leap past the $300 million mark in North America sometime on Friday afternoon.

Overseas, Black Panther earned $13.3 million on Thursday for an international...
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Stephen Fry Reveals He Has 'Aggressive' Prostate Cancer

Stephen Fry Reveals He Has 'Aggressive' Prostate Cancer
Stephen Fry has had his prostate removed after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The English comedian, 60, revealed in a video on Friday that he’s been battling the disease since a routine physical from his doctor — spurred on him just before Christmas when Fry was getting his flu shot — revealed higher than average PSA levels.

An Mri and transrectal biopsy followed before doctors diagnosed Fry’s adenocarcinoma, a type of cancerous tumor. His prostate as well as 11 lymph nodes were taken out in the first week of January.

On the grading system used to determine the aggressiveness of prostate cancer known as the Gleason Score,
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Brandi Glanville (‘Celebrity Big Brother’) exit interview: ‘Ross Mathews bribed me with free alcohol’

Brandi Glanville (‘Celebrity Big Brother’) exit interview: ‘Ross Mathews bribed me with free alcohol’
Brandi Glanville was not surprised to be walking out of the “Celebrity Big Brother” house during the live double eviction episode on Friday, February 23. Wearing an elegant white pantsuit, Brandi was the only houseguest who was dressed to impress and was clearly prepared to meet up with host Julie Chen. “It doesn’t surprise me,” she said. “I definitely am sad that Ross [Mathews] chose to betray me and stab me in the back. We had a final two from the second day, so when it was between me and Marissa [Jaret Winokur] I assumed he would choose me. He just likes her a little bit more.”

Brandi’s revelation that she had a final two deal with Ross surprised Chen, who asked, “You wouldn’t have taken Ariadna [Gutierrez] to the end?” Brandi explained, “I don’t know. I want Ari to win, but I can’t win sitting next to Ari.” Despite
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Berlin Facetime: Director Pascal Plante of ‘Fake Tattoos’

Berlin Facetime: Director Pascal Plante of ‘Fake Tattoos’
Pascal Plante’s heartfelt and edgy feature debut “Fake Tattoos” makes its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, after winning Best Canadian Film at the 2017 Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema and unspooling in Slamdance. The intimate narrative pivots on Theo (Anthony Therrien), an 18 year old who celebrates his birthday alone at a wild punk rock show. His life changes when he meets Mag (Rose-Marie Perreault), and as romantic sparks fly, must decide what his uncertain future holds.

Where did the idea for “Fake Tattoos” come from?

I’ve always loved romantic films but it’s a genre with a certain recipe, so I wanted to bring my own sensibilities to the table. I enjoy character-driven stories with a looser narrative, where it’s a bit undisciplined but as a result you’re learning something about people. “Fake Tattoos” was born out of the films that I love, but which I wasn’t getting enough of a chance
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Coal Magnate’s Lawsuit Against John Oliver and HBO Is Dismissed

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A West Virginia judge granted HBO’s motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against the network and “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver by a coal industry magnate. Judge Jeffrey Cramer’s decision was dated Wednesday. The suit, filed by Murray Energy CEO Robert E. Murray in June, accused Oliver of defamation for a June 18, 2017 episode of “Last Week Tonight” that featured a scathing critique of Murray’s safety record, including a detailed look at a fatal coal mine collapse, as well as his business practices and political activity. The episode notably featured an actor dressed as a talking squirrel named “Mr....
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Film News Roundup: Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘Kindergarten Teacher’ Sells to Netflix

Film News Roundup: Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘Kindergarten Teacher’ Sells to Netflix
In today’s film news roundup, Netflix buys Maggie Gyllenhaal’s drama “The Kindergarten Teacher” and production starts on Mads Mikkelsen’s “Polar” and the horror film “irl.”

Acquisition

Netflix has bought North America rights to Maggie Gyllenhaal’s drama “The Kindergarten Teacher” a month after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sara Colangelo won Sundance’s directing award in the dramatic film category. Gyllenhaal plays a Staten Island kindergarten teacher who becomes obsessed with a gifted 5-year-old in her class.

The movie is a remake of the Israeli film written and directed by Nadav Lapid. The cast includes Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar, Anna Baryshnikov, Michael Chernus, and Gael Garcia Bernal.

The film was financed and co-produced by Pia Pressure, Farcaster Films, Imagination Park Entertainment, Manhattan Productions, and PaperChase Films. Producers are Gyllenhaal, Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren of Pie Films, and Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray of Maven Pictures.

Production Starts
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Mug’

The asterisks would practically outnumber the alphabet if one were to quote the exact Metallica lyric that blares out intermittently during Malgorzata Szumowska’s “Mug.” Suffice to say, the song is “Hardwired,” and the cut concludes with a treble drumbeat underlining the sentiment “Hard-wired to self! de! struct!” At first it seems to be a choice based on incongruity: The crunching power chords accompany images of our hero Jacek (Mateusz Kościukiewicz) driving a car so rickety it looks like you could peel the roof off with a can opener through the rural farmlands of southern Poland. But soon it becomes clear that Szumowska, despite the satirical bent overall, is not using the song ironically, but suggesting the combined forces of consumerism, Catholicism, bigotry, and parochialism have her homeland on a dangerous path. Don’t let the moments of outright comedy fool you; in “Mug,” Szumowska agrees with James Hetfield’s assessment of the situation: “We’re
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Richard Glickman, Engineer and Fog Machine Designer, Dies at 91

Richard Bruce Glickman, an expert in lighting for film, television, and stage and designer of the industry standard fog machine, died on Feb. 18 in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 91.

He was born in New York in 1926 and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA and began working in rocket science, oil refining, and gas-pilot safety, and became chief engineer of ColorTran Industries in 1959, where he directed innovations in the field of lighting equipment.

In 1965, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave an award to Glickman and two colleagues for advancements in the design and application to motion picture photography of lighting units using quartz iodine lamps. He wrote and presented numerous technical papers for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

In 1971, Glickman went into business for himself, serving as technical consultant to Robert Hagel, president of the
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Ága’

An older Inuit couple are the last members of their ethnic group living on the ice in Milko Lazarov’s handsome paean to a dying culture, “Ága.” Shooting in the Russian republic of Sakha, famed for having the northern hemisphere’s coldest climate, the director largely uses a fixed camera that firmly places his characters within their harsh white environment, capturing the timelessness of a lifestyle that ironically has reached the end of its time. Shot through with melancholy as the husband and wife witness changes around them and in themselves, the film is a more attractively atmospheric piece than Lazarov’s previous feature, “Alienation,” and could see modest festival play.

Nanook (Mikhail Aprosimov) and Sedna (Feodosia Ivanova) lead a solitary, self-sufficient existence in their yurt on a snow-covered plateau with their one sled dog. Spring is coming earlier than usual, ice fishing is no longer bountiful, and airplane exhaust trails cross the sky with ever-increasing frequency
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Facebook Pulls Vr Shooting Game From Cpac Demo After Criticism

After a wave of social media criticism, Facebook expressed “regret” for including a shooting game in its Vr demo at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, and removed it “out of respect for the victims and their families” of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week. The game, titled “Bullet Train,” is a first-person shooter set inside of a train station. According to a from the company provided to TheWrap, the game is part of a set of virtual reality demos the company uses at all public events. “There is a standard set of experiences included in the Oculus demos...
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‘Shape of Water’ Lawsuit Spurs Debate Amid Oscar Voting

‘Shape of Water’ Lawsuit Spurs Debate Amid Oscar Voting
Plagiarism claims are a dime a dozen in Hollywood, but the case of Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-contending film “The Shape of Water,” and a lawsuit alleging that it borrowed liberally from a nearly 50-year-old play, reminds that during awards season, the stakes always intensify.

Some Academy voters question the timing of the suit, which was filed Wednesday, the day after Oscar voting began.

“This feels like a last-minute effort to screw over a film’s chance for the Oscar,” one voter said. Voting ends on Tuesday.

In the suit, filed on behalf of a family trust, playwright Paul Zindel’s son David contends that del Toro’s film, “though presented to the public as a highly original work of fantasy/science fiction, in reality, brazenly copies the story, elements, characters and themes” of his late father’s 1969 play “Let Me Hear You Whisper.” The play, about a cleaning woman who attempts to save a dolphin from a
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'L'Animale': Film Review | Berlin 2018

Austrian writer-director Katharina Mueckstein's well-crafted and appealingly cast second feature, L'Animale, opens with two motocross bikers kicking up dirt as they circle one another in friendly rivalry. Under the full-face helmet and bulky protective gear, one of them is Mati, a high school student about to graduate and leave her rural hometown for college in Vienna. She has dodged true self-knowledge by being one of the boys, as hard-edged as any of them whether on her bike, knocking back beers at the local dance club, or even harassing the haughty blonde beauty who rebuffs the oafish advances of one of...
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Lisa Marie Presley Has Been ‘Untruthful’ About Her Finances, Court Papers Say

Lisa Marie Presley Has Been ‘Untruthful’ About Her Finances, Court Papers Say
Lisa Marie Presley is running a deficit in the truthfulness department, according to court papers filed by her ex-husband, Michael Lockwood. The papers, filed February 21 in Los Angeles Superior Court, come amid a dispute between Presley and Lockwood about how much Presley should shell out for Lockwood’s legal costs. Lockwood is seeking $460,000 in attorney’s fees and costs. Presley is asking that she pay no more than $40,000. Earlier this month, Presley filed papers listing her total debt at $16,752, 081.But the papers filed on behalf of Lockwood this week assert that Presley has been “misleading and inaccurate” in her...
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Olympian Gus Kenworthy Calls South Korean Dog-Meat Farm ‘Saddest Place I’ve Ever Been’

Olympian Gus Kenworthy Calls South Korean Dog-Meat Farm ‘Saddest Place I’ve Ever Been’
U.S. freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy denounced a South Korean dog-meat farm as “inhumane” after visiting one while attending the 2018 Winter Olympics. Kenworthy (above left, with Shaun White), his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas and an Associated Press news crew visited the farm in Siheung, South Korea, on Friday. “It’s one of the saddest places I’ve ever been,” the 2014 Olympic silver medalist said. “I’m honestly feeling heartbroken.” Also Read: German Olympic Figure Skater Ripped for Using 'Schindler's List' Score: 'Bad Music Choice' After his last outing at the Olympics four years ago, Kenworthy rescued five stray dogs from the streets of Sochi, Russia. According to the AP, neither...
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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ episode 11 recap: Did Ariadna Gutierrez & Brandi Glanville both go home during double eviction? [Updating Live]

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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ episode 11 recap: Did Ariadna Gutierrez & Brandi Glanville both go home during double eviction? [Updating Live]
Friday night on “Celebrity Big Brother,” fans were finally treated with the first double eviction episode of the season. The two-hour event began with Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez and “Real Housewife” Brandi Glanville nominated for eviction by Head of Household champ Mark McGrath. His true target was Brandi, and he only nominated Ariadna “by association.” Who went home between this duo? And then who won the live Hoh comp and who did they send packing?

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Celebrity Big Brother” recap of Season 1, Episode 11 to find out what happened Friday, February 23. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite houseguest, who annoys you the most and who you think can go the distance to join the “Big Brother” winners list. Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.

SEEHey, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ cast: You’re ruining the game by quitting

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‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars

‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars
The jury’s still out on whether being a Best Picture nominee gives you an advantage in Best Original Song, but surely being a Best Animated Feature nominee is a huge plus, right? Technically yes, but it’s definitely not a sure thing to win both. “Coco” sits atop our latest predictions in both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Remember Me,” and if the Disney/Pixar film indeed goes two-for-two, it would only be the third time that the two categories went to the same film.

That might sound startling because so many catchy movie anthems have hailed from animated films, specifically Disney films. But the Best Animated Feature category was only added in 2001, right after Disney ruled Best Original Song in the ‘90s — five of the decade’s song winners were from animated Disney films; a sixth, “When You Believe,” was from DreamWorks’ “The Prince of Egypt
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