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Terry Crews Signs With UTA After WME Battle

Terry Crews Signs With UTA After WME Battle
A month after exiting Wme amid a sexual harassment battle, actor Terry Crews has signed with UTA for representation in all areas.

Crews, co-star of Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” left Wme in early November after going public with his allegation that he was groped by Wme partner Adam Venit at an industry party in February 2016. He subsequently filed a police report on the incident and is waging a lawsuit against Venit and Wme.

“I have never felt more emasculated, more objectified. I was horrified,” the actor told ABC’s “Good Morning America” last month.

In addition to his acting, Crews is a popular TV host and pitchman. He served stints as host of the syndicated “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Fox’s “World’s Funniest” and the Netflix unscripted series “Ultimate Beastmaster.” He has served as the face of Old Spice for the past eight years, and has an upcoming branded entertainment project with Microsoft for the
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry

‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry
James Cameron’s disaster epic “Titanic,” the beloved fantasy “The Goonies,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and 1989’s “Field of Dreams” are among the 25 films selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

The 2017 selections range from obscure documentaries to a Mexican-American family’s home movies from 1920s Texas to Disney’s 1941 animated classic “Dumbo” to the 1979 Luis Valdez-directed drama “Boulevard Nights” to 1960’s “Spartacus,” the Kirk Douglas-Stanley Kubrick sword-and-sandal drama that helped end the era of the blacklist.

The titles will be added to the Library’s collection of films designated as having cultural, social or aesthetic significance.

“Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor
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Richard Donner Talks Up ‘Lethal Weapon 5’ Some More

Richard Donner, director of all four Lethal Weapon movies, has been speaking about plans for a fifth film in the series, and it seems that it’s on track to finally make it to the screen sometime soon. The filmmaker says that both Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are both on board to return to their iconic roles of Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh in another outing. He was speaking to the Spocklight podcast about the plans for another adventure.

“It’s a story I came up with with Channing Gibson, the writer who wrote “Lethal Weapon 4,” and I’m just having to work it out with the studio. If everybody steps up and we all get together, we’ll make it. Mel and Danny are on board. If it doesn’t work out, at least we tried. But there’s a better chance that you will see the movie.
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Justice League star unhappy with theatrical cut, new Ready Player One trailer, Carrie Fisher’s script re-writes on The Last Jedi and more – Weekend News Roundup

More Unhappiness In The League

We’ve heard a lot from the cast and crew of Justice League since the film’s release, with a lot of people unhappy with the final theatrical cut that was released with Joss Whedon’s edits. Cinematographer Fabian Wagner has asked for Warner Bros. to release the Zack Snyder cut of the film, and now its lead villain Ciaran Hinds has also voiced his distaste for what was eventually released. Read more here.

Good News For The League

In some good news, however, thanks to a fantastic opening in China Justice League is performing well at the global box office. By the close of play this weekend, Justice League grossed $212.1 million domestically, and a further $401.3 million worldwide for a total of $613.4 million. Reports say the film will need to gross $650 million worldwide in order to break even, which could be a big test given
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Richard Donner confirms Lethal Weapon 5 plans, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover on board

Back in October it was reported that director Richard Donner and stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were keen to reunite for a fifth instalment in the Lethal Weapon franchise, and now Donner has confirmed that during an interview with the Spocklight Podcast (via Dark Horizons).

“It’s a story I came up with with Channing Gibson, the writer who wrote Lethal Weapon 4, and I’m just having to work it out with the studio,” said Donner, who directed all four of the first instalments in the series. “If everybody steps up and we all get together, we’ll make it. Mel and Danny are on board. If it doesn’t work out, at least we tried. But there’s a better chance that you will see the movie.”

The first Lethal Weapon movie was released in 1987, and sequels followed in 1989, 1992 and 1998. Between them, the movies grossed over $950 million at the box office,
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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors

Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors
The documentary film and television community came together to honor their own at the festive 33rd Annual Ida Documentary Awards celebration Saturday night at the Paramount Studio Theatre. The evening’s top prizes went to Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Sundance-jury-winning love story “Dina” for Best Feature, and Laura Checkoway’s Oscar-shortlisted “Edith+Eddie” for Best Short.

Other winners included Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin’s Oscar-shortlisted “La 92” for the ABC News VideoSource Award, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Curated Series, HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” for Best Limited Series, BBC’s “Planet Earth II” for Best Episodic Series, The New York Times Op-Docs for Best Short Form Series (which boasts three Oscar-shortlisted shorts), and Joel Fendelman’s “Man on Fire” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Charles Burnett presented the Emerging Filmmaker Award to Yance Ford, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling,
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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors

Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors
The documentary film and television community came together to honor their own at the festive 33rd Annual Ida Documentary Awards celebration Saturday night at the Paramount Studio Theatre. The evening’s top prizes went to Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Sundance-jury-winning love story “Dina” for Best Feature, and Laura Checkoway’s Oscar-shortlisted “Edith+Eddie” for Best Short.

Other winners included Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin’s Oscar-shortlisted “La 92” for the ABC News VideoSource Award, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Curated Series, HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” for Best Limited Series, BBC’s “Planet Earth II” for Best Episodic Series, The New York Times Op-Docs for Best Short Form Series (which boasts three Oscar-shortlisted shorts), and Joel Fendelman’s “Man on Fire” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Charles Burnett presented the Emerging Filmmaker Award to Yance Ford, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling,
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Richard Donner claims Lethal Weapon 5 is inches away from go-ahead

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Believe it or not, but we're pushing twenty years since we last saw Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) in Lethal Weapon 4. Since the release of that film, rumblings of a fifth installment have popped up now and again, but it always seemed quite unlikely. At long last, Murtaugh and Riggs truly were too old for this shit. However, just last week there were rumours that Mel... Read More...
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The 10 Must-See Movies At Sundance 2018

Ben Robins on the ten must-see movies at Sundance 2018…

The ridiculously celebrated indie festival to end all indie festivals will return for another banner year in January, and it’s no doubt set to be another big one. Having kicked off the careers of everyone from the Coen Brothers to Tarantino to most recently, Whiplash and La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, it’s a fairly reliable way to get a heads-up on the brightest and boldest new filmmakers in the biz, so it only makes sense to take a closer look at what’s coming up.

We don’t have much to go on – synopses and the occasional still picture – so lets let the casts and crews speak for themselves.

American Animals (dir. Bart Layton)

Written and directed by documentary vet Layton (the BAFTA winning filmmaker behind 2012’s seriously ace The Imposter), American Animals not only boasts an already
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Lethal Weapon 5 Is Almost Ready to Go, Everyone Wants to Return

Lethal Weapon 5 Is Almost Ready to Go, Everyone Wants to Return
Richard Donner has revealed that Lethal Weapon 5 is an active project and that it's "inches away" from getting the green light. There have been rumors of the 5th installment in the franchise for years, but it appears as if it's really going to happen this time around. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are both on board and ready to get to work on a story that has already been written by Donner and Channing Gibson, who also wrote the 4th Lethal Weapon movie. Get ready to hear a very old Danny Glover say that he's literally too old for this...

Richard Donner was recently on the Spocklight Star Trek podcast, and the conversation got to talking about the Lethal Weapon franchise, around the 41 minute mark, to the possibility of a Lethal Weapon 5. Which is when Donner revealed some pretty exciting news. The director had this to say.

"It's a story
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Lori McCreary Learned How to Pivot Early. Then She Met Morgan Freeman

Lori McCreary Learned How to Pivot Early. Then She Met Morgan Freeman
Four years ago, Revelations Entertainment CEO Lori McCreary saw the writing on the wall: the funding for the meaningful mid-budget films she and company co-founder Morgan Freeman favored was drying up. Friend and fellow producer Mark Gordon suggested she consider television, so she set up a lunch meeting with then-cbs Entertainment president Nina Tassler. She had no projects to pitch, only questions about what to do. Tassler told her to find a person or place that viewers could spend 100 hours with, then get back to her.

Initially, McCreary was at a loss. It was hard enough to find a character sufficiently interesting to warrant a 90-minute film. Then she saw Hillary Clinton’s forceful reaction to the controversy surrounding the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and she had her answer. It would be a series loosely inspired by Clinton and the two other women who’ve served as U.S. Secretary
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Official Oscar® Entry from Argentina ‘Zama’

Official Oscar® Entry from Argentina ‘Zama’
Written and directed by Lucrecia Martel, the Argentine auteur behind La Cineaga and The Headless Woman, Zama is the long-awaited adaptation of Antonio Di Benedetto’s classic of Latin American modernism.

Zama transports us to a remote corner of 18th-century South America where Zama, a servant of the Spanish crown, slowly loses his grip on reality. Zama brings a 21st century perspective to bear on the history of colonial catastrophe in the Americas. Marooned in an a colonial outpost, the titular Don Diego De Zama (a soulful yet funny Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Bad Education, Y Tu Mama narrator, Arrancame la vida) waits in vain for a transfer to a more prestigious post.

Martel, in a perfect coupling of literary source material and cinematic sensibility, renders Zama’s world as both absurd and mysterious as he succumbs more and more to lust, paranoia and a creeping disorientation. A fever dream, the
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Hallmark’s Cheesy Christmas Movies Are Already Dominating Cable This Holiday Season — Ratings Watch

Hallmark’s Cheesy Christmas Movies Are Already Dominating Cable This Holiday Season — Ratings Watch
Christmas + romance + cute puppies = A recipe for ratings success at Hallmark. The network known for its sappy made-for-tv movies hit it big over the Thanksgiving weekend with five nights of ratings gifts — making for its biggest week in network history. Among total viewers in cable, only “The Walking Dead” (and its companion “Talking Dead”) and NFL football did better than Hallmark’s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday movies.

The film “Switched for Christmas,” starring Candace Cameron Bure as identical twin sisters who swap lives for the holiday, became the most-watched telecast in Hallmark Channel history on Sunday night. The film averaged 5.8 million viewers after three days of DVR and video on demand usage. Mark Deklin, Eion Bailey, and Happy the Dog — see, it ticked all the Hallmark boxes — also starred.

Close behind, Saturday’s “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentation, “The Christmas Train,” averaged 5.6 million viewers — beating the four broadcast networks on the night.
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Hallmark’s Cheesy Christmas Movies Are Already Dominating Cable This Holiday Season — Ratings Watch

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Hallmark’s Cheesy Christmas Movies Are Already Dominating Cable This Holiday Season — Ratings Watch
Christmas + romance + cute puppies = A recipe for ratings success at Hallmark. The network known for its sappy made-for-tv movies hit it big over the Thanksgiving weekend with five nights of ratings gifts — making for its biggest week in network history. Among total viewers in cable, only “The Walking Dead” (and its companion “Talking Dead”) and NFL football did better than Hallmark’s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday movies.

The film “Switched for Christmas,” starring Candace Cameron Bure as identical twin sisters who swap lives for the holiday, became the most-watched telecast in Hallmark Channel history on Sunday night. The film averaged 5.8 million viewers after three days of DVR and video on demand usage. Mark Deklin, Eion Bailey, and Happy the Dog — see, it ticked all the Hallmark boxes — also starred.

Close behind, Saturday’s “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentation, “The Christmas Train,” averaged 5.6 million viewers — beating the four broadcast networks on the night.
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‘Strong Island’ Director Powerfully Breaks Down America’s Race Problem with Danny Glover and Angela Davis — Watch

‘Strong Island’ Director Powerfully Breaks Down America’s Race Problem with Danny Glover and Angela Davis — Watch
When “Strong Island” won the Gotham Award for best documentary earlier this week, it quickly became a top contender for the rest of awards season. Ford’s deeply personal film attempts to discover the truth behind his brother’s tragic death in 1992 at the hands of a white teenager, unearthing family history as he goes. At a recent screening of the film in San Francisco, Ford sat onstage with Danny Glover Professor Angela Davis, where the group spoke powerfully about the broader implications of the film.

Since the film deals with a personal tragedy, Ford is often asked if making it was cathartic. “I don’t feel like a hero,” he said. “I don’t feel like this is an exercise in catharsis, there’s nothing special about my family. In 1992, 11,195 black men were murdered in the United States. My brother is not counted among that number, because his case
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Emmanuel Lubezki’s Cinematic Eye: 20 Shots That Define His Iconic Career

Emmanuel Lubezki’s Cinematic Eye: 20 Shots That Define His Iconic Career
The iconic cinematographer has won three Oscars and worked with icons like Terrence Malick, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro González Iñárritu during the course of his career. Let’s look back at 20 of his very best shots.

Related storiesHow 'La 92' Directors Sorted Through 1,700 Hours of Footage for Their Sobering FilmAlamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest Announces New Female-Led Board in Wake of Harassment Claims'Strong Island' Director Powerfully Breaks Down America's Race Problem with Danny Glover and Angela Davis -- Watch
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How Pedro Almódovar Pushed Argentina’s Greatest Filmmaker to Make Her Best Movie Ever

How Pedro Almódovar Pushed Argentina’s Greatest Filmmaker to Make Her Best Movie Ever
Sixteen years ago, Pedro Almódovar saw Argentine director Lucrecia Martel’s first narrative feature “La Ciénaga,” the story of teenagers in a bourgeois family driven to madness by their boredom. Almódovar immediately called his brother Agustin, with whom he runs a production company. “We absolutely had to contact the director to be part of her next movie,” Almódovar said by email. “It was an epiphany. When you discover an auteur so original, mature and elusive as Lucrecia Martel, you feel as if you’re witnessing a miracle.”

In fact, there are many miraculous aspects to Martel’s career: She developed an aesthetic out of languid poetry, digging into the contradictions of modern Argentine identity with a near-experimental focus on characters who feel out of sync with their surroundings. She became an internationally revered filmmaker with only a few features to her name, and clung to that identity for nine long years,
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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018

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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018
The fall is often perceived as the launch pad for awards season, as numerous prestige films compete for attention in the final weeks of the year. For much of the film community, however, it’s also the first major window into movies worth talking about next year. That’s because the Sundance Film Festival lineup typically drops in the middle of November, shaking up the holiday season with a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers who could make an impact in Park City this January. With programmers working in overdrive to complete the lineup in the coming weeks, and filmmakers praying to break through as the deadlines loom, we’ve cobbled together as much intel as we can for this extensive preview featuring dozens of promising titles that stand a good chance at making their way to Sundance this year. As usual, we’ve tried to avoid projects that are
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Taraji P. Henson Is Remaking Mel Gibson's What Women Want

Taraji P. Henson Is Remaking Mel Gibson's What Women Want
Paramount Players, the new Paramount Pictures division aimed at developing movies based on properties owned by parent company Viacom, is putting together What Men Want, a gender-swapped remake of What Women Want, the 2000 romantic comedy starring Mel Gibson, with Taraji P. Henson set to star. While it doesn't seem that there is a writer or director on board at this stage, Paramount is already putting this project on the fast track, setting a January 11, 2019 release date. The original movie starred Mel Gibson as a chauvinistic man who begins to hear what women are really thinking about, which will be turned on its ear in this remake.

The story centers on Taraji P. Henson's character, a female sports agent who is always getting bested by her male colleagues. After she gains the power to hear what men are really thinking about, she uses this unique ability to her advantage, as
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Predator 2 Was Originally Set During World War II And Featured Nazis

Predator 2 was a pretty strange movie. Transporting the alien hunter into the urban jungle was a logical step for a sequel, but the bizarre voodoo subplot, replacing Arnie with Danny Glover and the addition of Gary Busey resulted in a rather confused and ambling cinematic experience. Critics and fans agreed, too, with the film failing to meet box office expectations and suffering vicious reviews.

This makes it all the more frustrating to hear screenwriter Jim Thomas explain the initial plans for the project, revealing the following:

“We had an idea where at the end [of Predator], with the burned up clearing where the explosion happens. Predator 2 pens there. Predator’s invisible feet come into view and a hand plunges down into the dust, into the ashes, and brings up the Predator’s arm and then activates the computer and gets a readout to see everything that had happened up to that time,
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