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Enchanted 2 Script Is Almost Done, Will Include More Songs

After more than a decade, it looks like Enchanted 2 is finally coming together. Disney has been working on this sequel, slowly but surely, for a very long time now and it was starting to feel like the kind of thing that may not ever actually happen. However, we have an encouraging update from the movie's director that makes it sound like Disney is getting serious about making Enchanted 2 happen.

Director Adam Shankman was recently at the TCA's promoting his YouTube Red series Step Up: High Water. He was at one point asked about Enchanted 2, which is officially titled Disenchanted. He revealed that the script is being turned in very soon and that the sequel is going to feature more songs than the original. Here's what he had to say about it.

"We are handing in a script in a couple weeks that I'm super happy with. Then gotta get the music written.
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‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees on Mary J. Blige’s Work in the Film: ‘I’m So Proud of Her!’

‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees on Mary J. Blige’s Work in the Film: ‘I’m So Proud of Her!’
Mary J. Blige had acted professionally before her Golden Globe-nominated turn in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” appearing opposite Tom Cruise in the hair-metal musical “Rock of Ages” in 2012, channeling the Wicked Witch of the West as Evillene in a live production of “The Wiz.” She even played Dr. Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife, opposite Angela Bassett in the TV movie “Betty & Coretta.” Yet even though Rees had only seen her in “The Wiz,” she knew the unproven actress would be perfect to play the weathered Florence. Below, she explains why.

Had you seen Blige act before you cast her in the role of Florence?

I saw her do “The Wiz” live — I grew up on [the original film] and I have the [1978] album with Diana Ross and Nipsey Russell. For her to take on [the role of Evillene, the wicked witch] was huge and risky, and there was a fearlessness in her performance: She wasn’t self-conscious or caring about the audience or any known interpretation of the
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Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound,’ Divorce and ‘Messing Up in Front of the World’

Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound,’ Divorce and ‘Messing Up in Front of the World’
The transition from music to acting has been a bridge too far for many musicians, but Mary J. Blige isn’t just any singer. She brought multiple talents and skills to the daunting role of Florence Jackson in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” the story of a sharecropper’s wife trying to raise her family in the Jim Crow-era South.

Blige had acted professionally before, appearing opposite Tom Cruise in the hair-metal musical “Rock of Ages” in 2012, channeling the Wicked Witch of the West as Evillene in a live production of “The Wiz,” and even played Dr. Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife, opposite Angela Bassett in the TV movie “Betty & Coretta.”

Of course, channeling emotion is an essential element of singing, and as a vocalist, Blige, who is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Jan. 11, is practically without peer: For more than a quarter-century, over a dozen-odd studio albums, nine Grammy Awards,
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Apple Orders ‘Home’ Docuseries From Matt Tyrnauer & Matthew Weaver

Apple has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Home, a docuseries from Matt Tynauer and Corey Reese’s Altimeter Films, Tony-nominated producer Matthew Weaver (Rock of Ages) and Time Inc. Productions. Per the series’ official description, Home takes viewers inside the world's most extraordinary homes and unveils the boundary-pushing imagination of the visionaries who dared to dream and build them. Tynauer (Valentino: the Last Emperor) and Reeser executive produce…
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Mary J. Blige to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Mary J. Blige to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Mary J. Blige will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the recording category.

The ceremony will take place on Jan. 11 at 6201 Hollywood Blvd. in front of Eastown. Sean “Diddy” Combs will join Hollywood Chamber president and CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star.

“Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

The Grammy Award-winning artist has recently been recognized for her acting work. Blige received Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for her role in Dee Rees’ period drama “Mudbound,” as well as a Golden Globe nom for best original song for “Mighty River.”

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Blige got her start in music by signing with Uptown Records
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Mary J. Blige to Be Honored at Palm Springs Film Fest

Blige in “Mudbound

Mary J. Blige delivers a standout performance in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” and the nine-time Grammy winner is set to be recognized for her supporting role in the Southern epic. Blige will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff), a press release has announced.

Mudbound” follows two men as they return home to Mississippi from WWII: Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) and Jamie (Garrett Hedlund). The former is black and the latter is white, and while they bond over their shared experiences abroad, they are welcomed back to very different circumstances in the United States. Blige is unrecognizable in her role as Florence, Ronsel’s mother.

Previous recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jennifer Hudson.

Mary J. Blige is a global superstar in the world of music who continues to make her mark as an actress in both television and film,
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Mary J. Blige to Be Honored by Palm Springs Festival for ‘Mudbound’

Mary J. Blige to Be Honored by Palm Springs Festival for ‘Mudbound’
The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has selected Mary J. Blige for the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in “Mudbound.”

The festival’s awards gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Mary J. Blige is a global superstar in the world of music who continues to make her mark as an actress in both television and film,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her current film ‘Mudbound,’ Blige gives a quiet yet fantastic performance as Florence Jackson, a strong woman supporting her sharecropper family in rural Mississippi.”

Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Mahershala Ali, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike and Jeremy Renner. Ali, Cotillard, Hudson, Larson and Nyong’o went on to receive Academy Awards while Huffman, Pike and Renner received nominations.

Blige has won eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy
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Mary J Blige to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival’s Breakthrough Performance Award

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Mary J Blige to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival’s Breakthrough Performance Award
Mary J. Blige will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala, Psiff organizers announced on Thursday. Blige, who established herself as a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter before acting in films like “I Can Do Bad All by Myself” and “Rock of Ages,” will be honored for her performance in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” in which she plays the mother in a family of sharecroppers in rural Mississippi in the years before and after World War II. In the past, the Breakthrough Performance Award has gone to Mahershala Ali, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Lupita Nyong’o,
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Tom Cruise and the failed United Artists experiment

Simon Brew Dec 14, 2017

In late 2006, with much fanfare, Tom Cruise was announced as headlining a revived United Artists. But what went wrong?

Lurking in the corners of Netflix UK is a not-very-widely-seen Tom Cruise movie, that a decade ago was all set to herald a new filmmaking dawn. Directed by Robert Redford, and with a cast that includes Redford, Cruise, Meryl Streep and a then-relatively-unknown Andrew Garfield, Lions For Lambs looked on paper to be a heavyweight political drama. Its focus is on three stories: an ambitious politician giving an interview to tough reporter, an army platoon being ordered to go on a top secret mission by said politician, and a professor trying to talk a promising student into turning his life around.

It looked like Oscar-bait. It turned out to be a footnote to the failure to resurrect United Artists.

United Artists was originally founded in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin,
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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best

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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best
The 21st century is less than two decades old, but its first batch of Best Picture winners already paint an extraordinary portrait of a world in flux. From a massive historical epic to an intimate digital indies — from a musical that riffs on showbiz standards to period drama that reflects on present crises — these 17 films range from “problematic” to “perfect” and hit all points in between. More than that, they illustrate Hollywood’s evolving definition of greatness, and the relationship between the film industry and the times that forge it.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions

Here are the 17 Best Picture winners of the 21st century, ranked from worst to best.

17. “Crash”

Brokeback Mountain” deserved better, but the Academy didn’t know it. Paul Haggis’ painfully obvious ensemble drama about racial prejudices in Los Angeles was a smug, one-note drama designed to make white liberals feel good about themselves. (It took a
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From Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to Acclaimed Actresses: How Mary J. Blige Conquered Hollywood

From Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to Acclaimed Actresses: How Mary J. Blige Conquered Hollywood
It’s no secret that Mary J. Blige can do it all.

The Grammy Award winner, celebrated for both her singing and songwriting skills, has also been acting for years in TV and film.

But this year the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” has taken her acting career to the next level: Blige is starring in Netflix‘s potential Oscar player Mudbound — a Dee Rees film adaption of the 2008 novel — where she plays a mother-of-four dealing with racial prejudice on a Mississippi Delta farm during the Jim Crow South.

How did the 46-year-old R&B icon become a respected actress? Here
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Mary J. Blige Is Happy People Don’t Recognize Her in ‘Mudbound’

Mary J. Blige Is Happy People Don’t Recognize Her in ‘Mudbound’
Mary J. Blige is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. Her leading role in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” was a breakout at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and shows that the singer has successfully transitioned into a serious acting career. She will receive the IndieWire Honor for Breakthrough Performance (Film).

In “Mudbound,” Florence Jackson is a character who sees everything, but says very little. Yet behind the quiet strength of the wife and mother of a family of sharecroppers – refusing to lose their dreams or dignity in the face of the South’s insurmountable racism – Mary J. Blige delivers a performance in which we see precisely what Florence is feeling and thinking.

“Mary’s able to affect this reserved exterior, but have this very empathetic, alive interior,” said “Mudbound” writer-director Dee Rees in an interview with IndieWire. “Her eyes always are thinking,
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Diego Boneta on Hosting Latin AMAs 2017: 'I’m a Bit Nervous' (Exclusive)

Diego Boneta on Hosting Latin AMAs 2017: 'I’m a Bit Nervous' (Exclusive)
Diego Boneta is hosting the 2017 Latin American Music Awards! Because, let’s be honest, Ryan Seacrest and James Corden can’t host every awards show.

“It’s my first time hosting anything, period!” Boneta tells Et about booking the gig, before admitting, “I'm a bit nervous, but at the same time, it's the good nerves.”

Hopefully, the nerves wear off before Boneta hits the stage as the third annual Latin AMAs go live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood later this month. Boneta will be joined in his emcee duties by singer and actress Becky G, who will also be performing on the show, as part of a lineup that features international superstars like Pitbull, Fifth Harmony, Prince Royce and Camila Cabello.

“We’ve met before, so it’s cool to be doing this with someone I already know and we’ll have a blast,” he says of his co-host.

Exclusive: Becky G Breaks
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Julianne Hough Flaunts Toned Abs, Talks Morning Rituals & Taking Days Off From Working Out

Julianne Hough Flaunts Toned Abs, Talks Morning Rituals & Taking Days Off From Working Out
Gratitude, juice-making and days off from working out are just a few of Julianne Hough's top health and fitness rituals.

The 29-year-old actress and dancer posed for the cover of Health magazine while flashing her impressive abs for the publication’s November issue and opened up about marriage, working out and her struggle with endometriosis.

“I always try to wake up and think about three things that I’m grateful for: something that has happened already, something I’m currently grateful for, and something that I’m wanting that I can achieve that day," the Rock of Ages star shared about how she stays healthy.

“I always wake up and we make fresh juices,” she added about her morning rituals. “It’s mainly kale, cucumber, spinach, sometimes beets, celery, lemon, ginger. For sweetness we’ll do apple or carrots. I have half a protein shake before I work out because I need a little bit of
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Julianne Hough Flaunts Toned Abs on ‘Health’ Cover, Talks Morning Rituals & Taking Days Off From Working Out

Julianne Hough Flaunts Toned Abs on ‘Health’ Cover, Talks Morning Rituals & Taking Days Off From Working Out
Gratitude, juice-making and days off from working out are just a few of Julianne Hough's top health and fitness rituals.

The 29-year-old actress and dancer posed for the cover of Health magazine while flashing her impressive abs for the publication’s November issue and opened up about marriage, working out and her struggle with endometriosis.

“I always try to wake up and think about three things that I’m grateful for: something that has happened already, something I’m currently grateful for, and something that I’m wanting that I can achieve that day," the Rock of Ages star shared about how she stays healthy.

“I always wake up and we make fresh juices,” she added about her morning rituals. “It’s mainly kale, cucumber, spinach, sometimes beets, celery, lemon, ginger. For sweetness we’ll do apple or carrots. I have half a protein shake before I work out because I need a little bit of
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New Celebrity Big Brother USA Cast Rumors Have Already Started Popping Up, New Details

According to a new report from the people over at the Christian Post , some new celebrities names have already started turning up as possible houseguests for the upcoming Celebrity Big Brother edition that's due to air this winter 2018. Before we start running off these names, we want to say that none of these people have been officially confirmed to appear on the show. Some of them are just rumored to possibly be in talks to appear on the show, but no official decisions have been made by CBS. It does make sense that the network would actively be in talks right now with multiple celebrities as they're trying to get the season put together in time for a possible January or February 2018 premiere date. With all that said, the Christian Post is reporting that Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach is reportedly in talks with the show to possibly participate.
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Can Netflix Crash the Oscars With Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’?

Can Netflix Crash the Oscars With Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’?
Mudbound” had hit a raw nerve. On the afternoon Dee Rees’ operatic drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January, it was met with rapturous reviews and Oscar buzz. Surely, distributors would be duking it out for the rights to the picture with a sprawling cast, led by Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell and Jason Clarke.

Yet as the evening wore on, a bidding war never materialized for the epic about race and poverty in the 1940s Mississippi Delta. “I’m surprised it didn’t sell that first night,” Rees says over a recent breakfast with Variety. “Wait, what the f—? It’s undeniable. The audience is into it. What happened?” Her producers told her that maybe buyers wanted to load up on comedies first. Days passed. “Then, at some point, the rationales fall away,” recalls Rees.

Although there were a few initial offers, they were much lower than the film’s
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‘The Only Living Boy In New York’ Is A Lacklustre Coming-Of-Age Dramedy [Review]

Allan Loeb certainly isn’t a household name, but there’s a pretty good chance you’ve might’ve seen one or two of his credited movies. Whether it’s “21,” “The Switch,” “The Dilemma,” “Just Go With It,” “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” “Rock of Ages” or last year’s regrettable “Collateral Beauty,” just to name a handful, Loeb is one of those screenwriters who’s quick to diversify his resume but never able to prove his skills.

Continue reading ‘The Only Living Boy In New York’ Is A Lacklustre Coming-Of-Age Dramedy [Review] at The Playlist.
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‘The Only Living Boy in New York’ Review: Marc Webb’s Romantic Drama Is a Dumb Male Fantasy That’s Dead on Arrival

‘The Only Living Boy in New York’ Review: Marc Webb’s Romantic Drama Is a Dumb Male Fantasy That’s Dead on Arrival
Five films into his feature directing career, it’s growing increasingly clear that Marc Webb loves telling stories about very special boys and girls. If “(500) Days of Summer” and the two “Amazing” Spider-Man movies didn’t make that obvious enough, Webb’s most recent movie prior to this month was “Gifted,” a schmaltzy (but reasonably satisfying) drama about a brilliant child who’s capable of doing college-level math. Still, as the only thing he’s ever made that doesn’t revolve around a super privileged (or super-powered) white guy who expects the world to fall at his feet, it was something of an anomaly in his body of work.

Unfortunately, “The Only Living Boy in New York” gets Webb back on track in such a big way that it borders on self-parody. Song reference or not, the title alone should be a major red flag, but there’s no way
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Julianne Hough Marries NHL Star

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2017-07-09T17:58:29-07:00Julianne Hough Marries NHL Star

Julianne Hough tied the knot to fiancé and NHL star Brooks Laich on Saturday.

“I don’t think I ever really necessarily dreamed about my wedding as a kid,” Hough told People magazine. “But I know I will always cherish and remember it for the rest of my life.”

The couple, 28 and 34 respectively, who held their ceremony at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, welcomed 200 guests to the event. Their wedding weekend officially kicked off on Thursday with a dinner and continued Friday with a day along the lake and concluded Saturday with the wedding and reception.

The main event was held outside, which was important to the couple. “Julianne and I are very adventurous and free and wanted the setting to be in nature,” Laich said.

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Julianne Hough has appeared
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