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Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie

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Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie
Sony Pictures is getting the wheels in motion for the next installment in the “Ghostbusters” franchise, and it knows who it’s going to call to direct: Jason Reitman.

Sources tell Variety that Reitman, whose father, Ivan, directed the first two “Ghostbusters” movies, will direct the latest pic in the famous franchise.

Reitman has also co-written a screenplay with Gil Kenan and plans to shoot the film this summer, with Sony planning to release the latest sequel in summer 2020. Insiders say this film will be a continuation of the 1984 sequel and will not be connected to the 2016 film. Sources couldn’t say if that means that the original cast members will be back, as exact story details are still being kept under wraps.

Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures is producing and insiders close to Ivan say he believes this film is a passing of the torch.

Sony and Jason Reitman
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Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24

Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray are set to reunite for the first time since Murray’s Oscar-nominated turn in her 2003 film “Lost in Translation.”

The two will work together again in “On the Rocks,” which Coppola is writing and directing with Murray to star opposite Rashida Jones, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.

“On the Rocks” will also be the first film under the recently formed partnership between A24 and Apple.

Produced by Coppola and Youree Henley, “On the Rocks” follows a young mother (Jones) who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father (Murray) on an adventure through New York City. Production begins this spring on location in New York.

Also Read: Bill Murray Isn't Sure What Harvey Weinstein Is Accused of, Apparently

Back in November 2018, Apple and A24 entered into a multi-year agreement in which the studio will produce a slate of several films for the tech giant,
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Carol Channing, Iconic Broadway Star of Hello, Dolly!, Dies at 97

Carol Channing, Iconic Broadway Star of Hello, Dolly!, Dies at 97
Carol Channing, the saucer-eyed, gravelly voiced Broadway barnstormer whose offbeat personality and marquee value fueled such Golden Age musicals as Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly!, has died, her publicist B Harlan Boll confirmed in a statement to People. She was 97.

Boll said that Channing died at 12:31 A.M. on Tuesday, at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, of natural causes.

“It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon – Miss Carol Channing,” the statement said. “I admired her before I met her, and have loved
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Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel

Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel
Danny Glover has joined the cast of Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sequel.

His role is being kept under wraps, as is the storyline. Glover will star opposite Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, all of whom are set to return.

Awkwafina is in final negotiations for a significant part in the film and Danny DeVito has also joined the cast.

Jake Kasdan returns to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Kasdan is also producing with Matt Tolmach and Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.

The untitled movie will open on Dec. 13, a week before Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” launches.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” earned $404 million domestically and $557 million internationally. After coming in second during its opening weekend to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jumanji” accomplished the unusual feat of climbing to No. 1 in its fifth weekend,
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"Veep" Star Matt Walsh to Lead ABC Comedy Pilot "Happy Accident"

Matt Walsh has been tapped for a lead role in the upcoming ABC single-camera comedy pilot “Happy Accident.”

In the series, two Pittsburgh families – a father (Walsh) with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son – are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.

Walsh currently stars in the acclaimed HBO comedy “Veep,” which will launch its final season this year. His other notable roles include appearances in comedies like “The Hangover,” “Ted,” “Role Models,” and the “Ghostbusters” reboot. He is also known for being a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade along with Matt Besser,
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DJ Khaled Joins ‘Bad Boys’ Sequel (Exclusive)

DJ Khaled Joins ‘Bad Boys’ Sequel (Exclusive)
DJ Khaled has rounded out the cast of Sony’s upcoming “Bad Boys” sequel “Bad Boys for Life,” joining returning stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

Khaled will also join series newcomers Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, and Paola Nuñez. Joe Pantoliano is on board to return as Captain Howard.

Production is currently under way.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are on hand to direct the sequel from a script by Peter Craig with Joe Carnahan also doing a rewrite. Chris Bremmer is the current writer.

Jerry Bruckheimer returns as producer. Doug Belgrad will also produce, as will Smith. Barry Waldman, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, and James Lassiter are executive producers.

The story revolves around a modern, highly specialized police unit that collides with the old school Bad Boys (Smith and Lawrence) when a new threat emerges in Miami. The pic will bow on Jan. 17, 2020.

It
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Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen Join ‘Sopranos’ Movie Prequel (Exclusive)

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Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen Join ‘Sopranos’ Movie Prequel (Exclusive)
Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen are set to join the ensemble of the “The Sopranos” movie prequel, “The Many Saints of Newark.”

They join Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, and Vera Farmiga, who had previously been added to the cast. More players from the “Sopranos” lore are expected to be coming on board.

New Line could not be reached for comment on the casting.

The film is set during the Newark riots in the ’60s.

Series creator David Chase co-wrote the script with producer Lawrence Konner. Alan Taylor is directing “The Many Saints of Newark,” while Nicole Lambert and Marcus Viscidi are executive producing. Chase has been hands on from the get-go in the casting process, hand-picking Nivola to play Dickie Moltisanti, along with Stoll and Magnussen in their mystery roles.

Stoll has been busy on both the big and small screens, most recently appearing as Buzz Aldrin in “First Man.
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Christopher McQuarrie Turned Down a Number of DC Film Projects To Direct The Next Two Mission: Impossible Films

Christopher McQuarrie Turned Down a Number of DC Film Projects To Direct The Next Two Mission: Impossible Films
Yesterday we learned the exciting news that Christopher McQuarrie would return to direct Tom Cruise in two more Mission: Impossible sequels that he would shoot back-to-back. I expected at least one more sequel, but getting the news that there would be two of them was pretty cool!

McQuarrie is obviously very committed to the franchise. He’s so committed, in fact, that he turned down several offers to direct other movies for various studios that courted him. According to THR, Warner Bros. "even tried to seduce him with DC projects." But, McQuarrie ended up choosing to turn down these opportunities so that he could continue to work on the M:I franchise, which he obviously loves!

While it would have been great to see McQuarrie take on a DC project, the DC films aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and WB will still be making DC movies when McQuarrie is done working on the M:I franchise.
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Berlin Competition Film ‘The Ground Beneath My Feet’ Sold to Germany’s Salzgeber (Exclusive)

Salzgeber has acquired the German rights for Berlin Film Festival competition title “The Ground Beneath My Feet” from sales agent Picture Tree International. Variety has been given exclusive access to the film’s trailer. Salzgeber will release the film, directed by Marie Kreutzer, mid-May.

Trailer for Berlin Film Festival competition title “The Ground Beneath My Feet”

Picture Tree describes the movie as a “contemporary female led drama touching on complex family ties and the way we deal with long buried secrets.” The film, which incorporates thriller and suspense elements, follows Lola, a jet-setting business consultant who excels at the aggressive tactics and nonstop work her job requires. She travels back and forth from Vienna, where her tasteful apartment serves more as mailbox and laundromat than home, to the headquarters of the latest corporation she’s restructuring. Her routine is one of late nights at the office, fancy client dinners and
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Drg Boards Sales on Scandi Sci-Fi Mystery Series ‘The White Wall’

Scandinavian sci-fi series “The White Wall” is coming to the international market, starting at Natpe, after Drg picked up international rights to the upcoming project. Finland’s Fire Monkey and Nice Drama, part of the Nordic Entertainment Group, are making “The White Wall” for Swedish pubcaster Svt and its Finnish counterpart, Yle.

It will feature a roster of well-known Scandi talent, including Aksel Hennie (“Headhunters”), Vera Vitali (“Arne Dahl”), Ardalan Esmaili (“Greyzone”), and Eva Melander (“The Bridge”). It was created by Aleksi Salmenperä (“A Man’s Job”), Mikko Pöllä (“Easy Living”), and Roope Lehtinen (“Black Widows”).

The series follows events
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Warner Bros.' 'Shazam!,' 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' to Get ScreenX Format Releases

South Korean cinema technology company Cj 4Dplex and Warner Bros. Pictures will release up to six new films in the immersive, 270-degree ScreenX format globally this year, up from five in 2018. 

Financial terms of the multi-picture agreement weren't disclosed.

Under the deal, Warner Bros.' slate of ScreenX releases will include New Line Cinema's Shazam! on April 5 and The Curse of La Llorona on April 19, followed by Warner Bros.' and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla: King of the Monsters on May 31.

Three additional titles are set to be announced in the coming months, according to Cj....
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Childish Gambino Surprises Beverly Hills Crowd With Reimagined ‘Redbone’

Childish Gambino Surprises Beverly Hills Crowd With Reimagined ‘Redbone’
Donald Glover made an unexpected appearance at Film Independent’s “An Evening With…” series tonight (Jan. 15), held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and presented by the HFPA. Joining “Black Panther” composer and Childish Gambino collaborator Ludwig Göransson, who was the subject of a Q&A conducted by “The Treatment” host Elvis Mitchell, Glover emerged wearing a burgundy track suit and sunglasses to rousing applause and launched into the hit song “Redbone,” which had been rearranged by Göransson’s wife Serena to include a string quintet along with African conga in addition to the traditional electric bass, guitar and keyboards.

The performance was the last in the hour-long event highlighting Göransson’s work. Earlier in the evening, a drum ensemble performed score music from pivotal scenes in “Black Panther,” as did the quintet. Göransson also led band members in music he composed for the movie “Creed,
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Alex Jones’ InfoWars Removed From Roku

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been removed from Roku after the streaming platform faced fierce criticism from users, The New York Times reports.

Last year, Jones’ InfoWars channel, as well as his other media projects, were scrubbed from most major social media platforms and streaming services for violating various rules and standards. However, this week, Jones’ free channel became available on Roku devices, which are used by about 27 million people.

“After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform,
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The Last 15 Oscar Hosts Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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The Last 15 Oscar Hosts Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)
1. Steve Martin

He’s smart, classy and relaxed, an effortless performer with a sharp wit who knows how to hit the right tone, even when he hosted a show that began a few days after the Iraq war began. Plus the crew all say he’s the most low-maintenance host imaginable.

2. Hugh Jackman (2009)

When it seemed as if the standup-comic-as-Oscar-host tradition was becoming awfully tired, producers Bill Condon and Lawrence Mark brought in a singing, dancing, charismatic movie star to show what a new kind of host could do. Since then, no other star has come close to doing what Jackman did, maybe because none could.

10. David Letterman (1995)

You have to feel bad for Letterman, who followed his idol Johnny Carson onto the Oscar stage but didn’t adapt to the job the way Carson had. Some of his stuff was actually pretty funny, but his Oscarized version of the
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Jason Reitman to Direct New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Set in Original Universe

Jason Reitman to Direct New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Set in Original Universe
Jason Reitman is directing and co-writing a new Ghostbusters movie that will be set in the same universe as the original two films, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Sony Pictures has tentatively scheduled the film for a summer 2020 release. Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman, who directed the original 1984 Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel, will produce the film.

“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a six-year-old visiting the set,” the younger Reitman told EW. “I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans. This
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‘This Is Us': Sterling K Brown Says You’ll Know Why They Are Going to See ‘Her’ By the End of Season 3

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‘This Is Us': Sterling K Brown Says You’ll Know Why They Are Going to See ‘Her’ By the End of Season 3
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the midseason return of “This Is Us” Season 3, which aired Tuesday.)

While offering up an overload of emotional information to Pearson family fans back in November, the midseason finale of “This Is Us” Season 3, called “The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning,” finally gave us the answer to the question viewers have been asking since the second season finale’s shocking flash-forward ending aired last spring: who the “her” is that Future Randall and Future Tess are preparing to visit.

The answer: Randall’s mother, Rebecca Pearson (played by Mandy Moore).

Yes, just as “This Is Us” wrapped up the first half of its third season, it was revealed that decades from now, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and his adult daughter — along with Toby and now Beth — are going to see “Randall’s mother,” as Beth puts it to her employee (apparently she
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‘This Is Us': Sterling K Brown on What That Election Result Means for Randall and Beth – And Future Randall and Future Beth

‘This Is Us': Sterling K Brown on What That Election Result Means for Randall and Beth – And Future Randall and Future Beth
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “The Last Seven Weeks,” Tuesday’s midseason premiere of “This Is Us” Season 3)

Well, you got what you wanted Randall Pearson, how does it feel?

In the final moments of “The Last Seven Weeks,” the midseason return of “This Is Us,” Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechie Watson) found out, while lying in each other’s arms in bed, that he had actually beat out longtime incumbent Soloman Brown for the Philadelphia City Council seat he’s spent a good amount of his — and his family’s — time vying for on Season 3 of the Dan Fogelman-created drama.

But now that Mr. Pearson has won the election — after pulling a 180 and deciding to focus more on his family due to the amount of stress the campaign put on his wife and daughters, not to mention the amount of time it kept him
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All 13 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Directed by a Woman, From ‘The Piano’ to ‘Lady Bird’ (Photos)

All 13 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Directed by a Woman, From ‘The Piano’ to ‘Lady Bird’ (Photos)
In the history of the Academy Awards, only five women have gotten a Best Director nomination. But a dozen films with a female director have scored Best Picture nods — particularly since the Academy expanded the lead category to include more than five nominees.

Randa Haines’ “Children of a Lesser God” (1986) • Haines’ drama about a teacher at a school for the deaf earned five nominations, and won one for Marlee Matlin’s breakout lead performance. But Haines herself didn’t get a nod.

Penny Marshall’s “Awakenings” (1990) • The Robert De Niro-Robin Williams medical drama picked up three nods, including for Steven Zaillian’s script — but no love for Marshall.

Barbra Streisand’s “The Prince of Tides” (1991) • The directing snub for Streisand, who also produced and starred in this tear-jerking drama, prompted that year’s Oscar host, Billy Crystal, to quip: “Seven nominations on the shelf, did this film direct itself?
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Film News Roundup: Glenn Close Selected for Oscar Wilde Award

Film News Roundup: Glenn Close Selected for Oscar Wilde Award
In today’s film news roundup, Glenn Close gets an honor, AFI names its Directing Workshop for Women participants and Teri Polo gets cast in a Christmas drama.

Close Honor

Glenn Close will be honored on Feb. 21 by the Us-Ireland Alliance at the 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards, held at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot in Santa Monica, Calif.

Melissa McCarthy, the recipient of an Oscar Wilde Award in 2012, will present Close with her award. Abrams, a previous honoree, will emcee.

A six-time Academy Award nominee, Glenn Close stars in the title role of the film adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s bestselling novel, “The Wife,” with Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater for Swedish director Bjorn Runge. Close has won a Golden Globe Award and a Critics Choice Award for in a tie with Lady Gaga. Close received her sixth Academy Award nomination in 2012 for “Albert Nobbs.”

Close has also been nominated for Oscars for “Fatal Attraction,
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Tokyo Film Fest and Market Dates Split by Enthronement Ceremony of Japan's New Emperor

Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced its dates for 2019, with the event running from Oct 28. to Nov. 5, it will not overlap with its market, which will be held from Oct. 22 to 24 this year.

With Emperor Akihito set to abdicate on April 30, becoming the first Japanese emperor to do so in more than two centuries, his son Crown Prince Naruhito will be ceremonially enthroned on Oct. 22.

To avoid clashing with the ceremony and associated events, which will bring large numbers of guests from overseas and strain Tokyo's hotel capacity, Tiff has pushed ...
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