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Anne Hathaway's 'Barbie' Movie Moves to 2020

Anne Hathaway's 'Barbie' Movie Moves to 2020
Sony is moving the Anne Hathaway-starring, long-in-the-works Barbie project to 2020.

The fish-out-of-water tale, directed by Australian director Alethea Jones, will now premiere on May 8, 2020, kicking off the summer that year, after moving from the original launch date of Aug. 8, 2018, Sony announced Tuesday.

Amy Pascal, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing the project based on the classic Barbie mythology and putting a contemporary spin on the toy, with an emphasis on feminism and identity.

The script, now to receive more work, portrays a woman that slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit into...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 88

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Ursula K. Le Guin, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 88
Acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin has died, her agent told TheWrap Tuesday. She was 88.

Le Guin died at her home in Portland, Oregon, on Monday. Her son told The New York Times she had been in poor health for months. Her agent had no further statement at this time.

Le Guin has sold millions of copies of her books, which have been translated into 40 languages, many of which have been in print for the better half of a century. Le Guin...
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Missing Plane Thriller 'Manifest' Scores NBC Pilot Order

Missing Plane Thriller 'Manifest' Scores NBC Pilot Order
NBC is moving closer to finding its version of Lost.

The network has handed out a formal pilot order to Manifest, a thriller written by Jeff Rake (The Mysteries of Laura) and described as a high-concept mystery thriller in which a plane disappears from radar and returns years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea.

Manifest landed at NBC in August with a sizable put-pilot commitment. The Robert Zemeckis- and Jack Rapke-exec produced drama follows what happens after the plane's passengers return: No time has passed for those on the plane, but for their loved ones at...
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Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations

Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations
The film academy’s best fit is “The Shape of Water.” Guillermo del Toro’s whimsical period romance about a custodial worker and fish-man hybrid who fall in love stacked 13 Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, more than any other film this year. Those nods included Best Picture, Best Director for Del Toro, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, and Best Supporting actor and actress for Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer, respectively. It also landed a healthy mix of below-the-line categories like Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Sound Mixing. Also Read: Oscars Nominate First Female Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison for 'Mudbound' Trailing behind was Christopher...
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Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs

Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs
While a number of Oscar hopefuls are cheering after their names were read during Tuesday morning's nominations announcement, other individuals and films considered to be contenders found themselves out in the cold.

Wonder Woman was completely shut out by the Academy, even in the technical categories, despite being one of the highest-grossing films of the year and receiving acclaim from a number of critics groups and awards organizations. Also shut out despite receiving early-season awards attention and Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Critics' Choice nominations was Battle of the Sexes, about the historic tennis match between Billie Jean King and...
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Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director

Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director
Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman ever nominated for a best director Oscar on Tuesday morning.

The Lady Bird helmer was the only woman nominated in the otherwise all-male field made up of Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Jordan Peele (Get Out).

Gerwig's nomination comes after she landed a Directors Guild nomination and a best director nomination from the Critics' Choice Awards for her feature directorial debut. The National Board of Review and National Society of Film Critics also named her best director for her work on the film.

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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105

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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105
Actress Connie Sawyer passed away at age 105 over the weekend, multiple outlets report. She was the oldest working member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy.

Among Sawyer’s many roles are as James Franco’s godmother in “Pineapple Express” and as a member of one of the couples interviewed in the documentary portion of “When Harry Met Sally…

She died peacefully in Woodland Hills, California, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House, a community for retired entertainers. A representative for Sawyer did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie

John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie
John Cena is in talks to star in Paramount’s “Duke Nukem” movie, a big-screen version of the long-running video game franchise.

The project is set up at Paramount-based Platinum Dunes, which is operated by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller. No director or writer is attached yet.

Duke Nukem first appeared in the 1991 eponymous video game, developed by Apogee Software, as a muscular cigar-chomping man who always wears Ray-Bans and sports a flat-top haircut as he fights aliens to save planet Earth by using enormous physical strength and his expertise in firearms. He’s appeared in 19 video games as the title character, most recently in “Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour.”

Platinum Dunes franchises include “The Purge,” “Ouija,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” It’s a producer on John Krasinski’s horror movie “A Quiet Place,” opening April 6.

Cena made his name as a WWE star before starting another career as a movie actor more than
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'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development

'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development
The Mighty Ducks may take the ice again as a television series about Disney's underdog Minnesota hockey team is currently in development.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that while the live-action series is still a long way from firing knucklepucks, screenwriter Steven Brill – who penned 1992's The Mighty Ducks and the sequels D2 and D3 – and producer Jordan Kerner have concocted a new story about the ragtag youth hockey team.

As there is not yet a script for the project, it's unclear if Emilio Estevez's Gordon Bombay or any
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Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee

Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee
After 90 long years, another glass ceiling has finally been broken at the Motion Picture Academy.

“Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history Tuesday by becoming the first female director of photography to receive an Oscar nomination. The recognition comes on the heels of a similar milestone with the American Society of Cinematographers, which nominated Morrison’s “Mudbound” work earlier this month.

“I’m glad that people are recognizing the craft of it and not making decisions based on tokenism; Rachel’s work is on the screen,” “Mudbound” director Dee Rees said on a recent episode of Variety‘s “Playback” podcast. “Go to Sandi Sissel, go to Ellen Kuras, go to Rachel Morrison — women have been making interesting images for a long time.”

Morrison won the New York Film Critics Circle’s cinematography prize in December. She was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award along with recognition from the Chicago and North Carolina film critics organizations.

“Mudbound” was also
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Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact

Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact
Starz is taking a big step in its plan to expand internationally, striking a deal with Bell Media to launch the first Starz-branded service in Canada.

Bell Media’s The Movie Network Encore is to be rebranded next year, likely with Starz in the moniker although Bell Media did not get specific. The channel will also be made available as a standalone app for streaming.

As part of the deal, Starz parent Lionsgate has also set a theatrical pay TV output deal with Bell Media covering future releases. Lionsgate’s existing movie output pact in Canada is with Entertainment One.

“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz president-ceo Chris Albrecht. “Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth
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2018 Oscars: Timothee Chalamet (‘Call Me by Your Name’) and Daniel Kaluuya (‘Get Out’) inject young blood into Best Actor race

2018 Oscars: Timothee Chalamet (‘Call Me by Your Name’) and Daniel Kaluuya (‘Get Out’) inject young blood into Best Actor race
It’s hard for one young actor to break through at the Oscars, let alone two, but 22-year-old Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) and 28-year-old Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) defied the odds in the Best Actor race. They are now the first pair of twentysomething Best Actor nominees in 28 years and each would become the category’s youngest winner.

The academy notoriously prefers rewarding young women and not young men — the entire top 10 youngest Best Actress winners were in their 20s — so it’s nice to see two young male actors who aren’t big names get singled out for their breakthrough performances in the same year instead of the “reserved young person spot” going to just one person. There’s no empirical data, but the academy’s push to diversify membership the last few years likely helped as well.

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Sony Pushes ‘Barbie’ Release Date to May 2020

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Sony Pictures has moved “Barbie” from its August 8 release date this summer to May 8, 2020, the studio announced Tuesday. Anne Hathaway is slated to play the lead role in the film based on the famous Mattel doll, with Alethea Jones (“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street”) set to direct. Hathaway was cast in the film this past July, replacing Amy Schumer, who signed on for the role in December 2016 but dropped out three months later, citing scheduling conflicts. The script for “Barbie” has been worked on by various writers, with Diablo Cody, Lindsey Beer, Jenny Bicks, Kim Caramele, Bert...
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2018 Oscar nominations: Would the 10th Best Picture nominee have been ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘The Big Sick’ or … ? [Poll]

2018 Oscar nominations: Would the 10th Best Picture nominee have been ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘The Big Sick’ or … ? [Poll]
The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning, and nine films are sitting pretty as this year’s Best Picture nominees: “Call Me By Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But what would have been the 10th? Since the Academy Awards changed the number of Best Picture nominees to be between five and 10 back in 2011, there have been either eight or nine contenders each year, but never 10. Of this year’s notable also-rans, vote in our poll below to let us know which film You think was #10 on Oscar voters’ ballots.

Based on Gold Derby’s combined predictions, “I Tonya” and “The Florida Project” just missed out on earning Oscar noms for Best Picture as they came in eighth and ninth places, respectively. “I, Tonya” skated up three Oscar notices: Best Actress for Margot Robbie,
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Minnesota Public Radio Disputes Garrison Keillor’s Claim That He Was Fired for Touching Woman’s Back

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Minnesota Public Radio released a lengthy statement on Tuesday disputing “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor’s account of the reasons he and his shows were dropped by the public radio network. In the note signed by Mpr president Jon McTaggart, Mpr pushed back on Keillor’s claim that he was fired for putting a “hand on a woman’s bare back.” According to Mpr, the allegations of misbehavior by Keillor were far more extensive than that and were outlined in a “12-page letter” from his anonymous accuser’s attorney. “If the full 12-page letter or even a detailed summary of the alleged incidents...
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How 'Peter Rabbit' Scales Beatrix Potter's Beloved Tales for the Big Screen

The phrase “party animals” is taken literally in an early Peter Rabbit scene: squirrels and porcupines partake in dance battles, bunnies slide down banisters and foxes and pigs, though well-dressed, run wild through a messy manor.

It’s one of many contemporary facets seen in Peter Rabbit, Sony’s feature-length take on Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s stories. Out Feb. 9, the PG-rated family film sees James Corden voicing the titular, anthropomorphized animal as he attempts to outsmart Mr. McGregor and steal vegetables from his garden. Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley and Sia are also part of the voice cast.

“We didn’t...
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‘Get Out’ scares up 4 Oscar nominations, joining past horror movies ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘The Sixth Sense,’ ‘Black Swan’

‘Get Out’ scares up 4 Oscar nominations, joining past horror movies ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘The Sixth Sense,’ ‘Black Swan’
“Get Out” rose out of the Sunken Place on Tuesday, January 23 by scaring up four 2018 Oscar nominations, a rarity for a horror movie. With top bids for Best Picture, Best Director for Jordan Peele, Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya and Best Original Screenplay for Peele, “Get Out” could go all the way at the Academy Awards, something no horror flick has done since Hannibal Lecter ate a liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

Twenty-six years ago “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) earned a whopping seven Oscar bids and took home five including the coveted prize of Best Picture. That was the first and only time a horror film ran off with the top Oscar, in part because scary movies are mostly seen as popcorn fare instead of pieces of art that awards groups can rally behind. “Silence of the Lambs” also won Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins,
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WWE’s ‘Raw 25’ Pins Down Top ‘Raw’ TV Rating in Nearly 3 Years

WWE anniversary show “Raw 25” just wrapped up (small-packaged?) the top TV rating for a “Raw” in nearly three years. Your move, “SmackDown Live.” With 2.2 million viewers coming from the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic (and also in 25-54 demo, for what that’s worth), the USA Network-hosted “Raw 25” was the top show on all of cable for the night. The tally made this the highest-rated “Raw” since March 30, 2015, which was the night after “WrestleMania 31” from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The 25-year “Monday Night Raw” celebration, which took place at the Barclays Center and Manhattan Center (to...
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TV Review: ‘Bellevue,’ Starring Anna Paquin

TV Review: ‘Bellevue,’ Starring Anna Paquin
In the town of Bellevue, Annie Ryder (Anna Paquin) is a detective with boundary issues. Specifically, she doesn’t have any: In the first scene, she smashes a stranger’s car window and makes amends by pressing herself against him until he stops shouting and starts kissing her. A few minutes later he is snorting cocaine off of her cleavage in his motel room, and she’s reaching for a bottle while he pulls off her pants. And only then — way past what seems like the point of no return — does the door slam open to make way for two police officers brandishing guns.

In some ways, it’s a clichéd scene: The romance of the undercover cop getting too close to the other side of crime is a frequent subject for film and television. “Bellevue” is less about the romance, though, than it is about Annie herself — and what it means to keep blurring the lines
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‘Today,’ ‘Good Morning America’ Slug it Out in New Battle

Broadcast TV’s battle for morning viewers is reaching a new extreme.

Since mid-2012, ABC’s “Good Morning America” has largely held the distinction of being TV’s most-watched morning-news program. It’s not the most important credit in the business, where NBC’s “Today” has long dominated the sunrise shows among the audience Madison Avenue wants the most, people between 25 and 54. But the networks use the most-viewed measure to brag about whose show matters more in the A.M. And it can help woo audiences as well as in the effort to book newsmakers and celebrities.

In recent weeks, the dynamic has appeared to be on the cusp of change.

For seven consecutive weeks, “Today” has been TV’s most-viewed morning program. And season to date, it is leading its ABC rival in total viewers by the slimmest of margins – just 16,000 viewers. While “Gma” took back the most-viewed honor for last week’s run of shows, there
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