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'Transparent' Mulls Future Without Jeffrey Tambor Amid Harassment Claims

'Transparent' Mulls Future Without Jeffrey Tambor Amid Harassment Claims
Transparent is assessing its options in wake of sexual harassment allegations being leveled against the show's star Jeffrey Tambor

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that creator Jill Soloway and the writers are fighting to save the show from cancellation after a second allegation, from Transparent co-star Trace Lysette, was made public. Amazon Studios had begun an internal investigation into Tambor after his former assistant, transgender actress Van Barnes, accused the Emmy-winning actor of behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner. 

Lysette, in an interview with THR, alleged that Tambor sexually harassed her on multiple occasions, claiming he "got...
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Noah Baumbach Casts Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern in Next Film

Noah Baumbach Casts Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern in Next Film
As his current film “The Meyerowitz Stories” readies for an awards season push, Noah Baumbach has lined up an all-star cast for his next movie.

Sources tell Variety that the auteur has tapped Adam Driver, Laura Dern, and Scarlett Johansson to star in his next film. Merritt Wever and Azhy Robertson are also on board.

Plot details are unknown at this time, but Baumbach is preparing to write and direct the film. Netflix, who is handling the distribution of “The Meyerowitz Stories,” is handling financing and distribution of this movie as well.
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‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel Taps ‘The Square’ Star Claes Bang as Villain (Exclusive)

‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel Taps ‘The Square’ Star Claes Bang as Villain (Exclusive)
Claes Bang, who broke out in the critically acclaimed Cannes Palme d’Or winner “The Square,” has landed a role as one of the antagonists in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the sequel to the smash hit “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Claire Foy is set to star as Lisbeth Salander and “Blade Runner 2049’s” Sylvia Hoeks is on board as Salander’s twin sister. The new installment of Sony Pictures’ Millennium franchise will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm. The film hits theaters on Oct. 19, 2018.

The studio had no comment on the casting.

The movie will be directed by Fede Alvarez, who helmed 2016’s surprise hit “Don’t Breathe” for Sony.
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Dave Chappelle’s New Netflix Special “Equanimity” Gets a Premiere Date

Dave Chappelle’s New Netflix Special “Equanimity” Gets a Premiere Date
Back in March, Dave Chapelle made his return to television (or at least, streaming television) after 10 years with two Netflix stand-up specials. Both "The Age of Spin" and "Deep in the Heart of Texas" premiered on the same day, giving fans two different shades of his comedy. But the current events humor of "Spin" alongside the more personal stories of "Texas" combined into a worthy comeback for the comedian, which Evan Valentine reviewed last year saying: "Dave Chappelle is back, rising like a phoenix from the ashes of his self imposed exile, with plenty of insight to share." …
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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Soars to $13 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Soars to $13 Million on Thursday Night
Warner Bros.-DC’s “Justice League” has opened with a solid, but not spectacular $13 million at around 3,700 North American locations on Thursday night.

The number for “Justice League” is the fifth-biggest Thursday preview of 2017, following “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” “Justice League” tied “It’s” Thursday preview gross. The figure is also $2 million more than “Wonder Woman’s” Thursday night number in June.

Justice League” expands to 4,051 domestic sites on Friday. It has remained on track for an opening weekend of $110 million since late October.
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‘Nashville’ to End After Season 6 on CMT

‘Nashville’ to End After Season 6 on CMT
The music is finally going silent for “Nashville.”

The CMT drama’s upcoming 16-episode sixth season will be its final run, the network announced Friday.

Season 6 will be split into two parts, with the first half premiering Jan. 4. The series finale for the project from producers Lionsgate and Opry Entertainment will air in the summer of 2018, although an exact air date has not yet been set. [p[ The Callie Khouri-created show released a trailer today providing the first look at Season 6, which can be seen above.
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Quentin Tarantino Chooses Sony Pictures to Produce and Distribute His Ninth Feature Film

Quentin Tarantino Chooses Sony Pictures to Produce and Distribute His Ninth Feature Film
Quentin Tarantino has made his final decision and will be taking his ninth feature to Sony Pictures, Deadline reports. The movie represents the first time in Tarantino’s career that he will be making a film outside of Miramax or the Weinstein Company.

Following multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against Harvey Weinstein, Tarantino announced he would be parting ways with his former studio. Every major studio besides Disney was reportedly in the mix to become Tarantino’s new home, with Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. emerging as the final three contenders on November 14.

Read More: Quentin Tarantino on His Upcoming Film: ‘It’s not Charles Manson, It’s 1969’

Tarantino’s ninth film is still untitled but it’s set in 1969 and has something to do with the Manson family murders. Deadline reported that the script hews closely to “Pulp Fiction.” One of the stories is expected to focus on Sharon Tate,
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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by ‘Transparent’ Actress Trace Lysette

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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by ‘Transparent’ Actress Trace Lysette
Another woman has come forward with accusations of sexual harassment against “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor.

Trace Lysette, a trans actress who has had a recurring role on the Amazon series, issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday accusing Tambor of having made “many sexual advances and comments at me, but one time it got physical.”

In the statement, Lysette detailed an encounter she had with Tambor while filming a Season 2 episode of the show, saying that Tambor thrusted himself against her on set after sexualizing her with an “over the top comment.”
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Michelle Williams Eyes ‘Rio’ With Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal

Michelle Williams Eyes ‘Rio’ With Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal
Michelle Williams is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal in the StudioCanal pic “Rio.”

Call Me By Your Name” helmer Luca Guadagnino is directing from a script by Steven Knight.

The film follows a financial reporter (Gyllenhaal) who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

Studiocanal will finance and produce along with Cumberbatch and his Sunny March production company with Adam Ackland.

Williams is currently filming Sony’s “Venom” as well as reshoots for “All the Money in the World” after Christopher Plummer replaces Kevin Spacey in the pic.

Her upcoming films include Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” Fox’s musical “The Greatest Showman on Earth,” and Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” all of which could figure in the awards season conversation.

She is still attached to star in the Janis Joplin biopic “Janis” as well
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‘Get Down’ Star Justice Smith Lands Lead in Live-Action ‘Pokemon’ Movie for Legendary (Exclusive)

‘Get Down’ Star Justice Smith Lands Lead in Live-Action ‘Pokemon’ Movie for Legendary (Exclusive)
Legendary has tapped breakout talent Justice Smith to star in the first-ever live-action “Pokemon” film titled “Detective Pikachu,” based on the titular character, sources tell Variety.

Rob Letterman is on board to direct from a script by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch.

First introduced in Japan in 1996, Pokemon has spawned more than 295 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Tcg cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons. The hugely popular “Pokemon Go” app saw the pocket monsters surge back into the pop culture consciousnesses last year.

Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside Japan, as it has done with Legendary’s other films for years. The Pokémon Company’s long time movie collaborator, Toho, will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan, as it had similarly done in its partnership with Legendary on “Godzilla.”

Smith recently broke out on the Netflix musical drama series “The Get Down” after director Baz Luhrmann handpicked
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‘Stripes’ TV Adaptation in Development at CBS

‘Stripes’ TV Adaptation in Development at CBS
CBS is developing a new series based on the comedy movie Stripes.

Inspired by the 1981 film starring Bill Murray, the single camera comedy will follow a perennial rebellious outsider who ultimately finds his purpose in life when he joins the U.S. military and must unite a group of ragtag eccentrics. The original film, directed by Ivan Reitman, grossed over $85 million during its run.

The television reboot will be written by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, and Zach Cregger, who are known for their sketch comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’Know. They later turned the troupe into a TV series...
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George Clooney to Star in 'Catch-22' Adaptation From Paramount TV (Exclusive)

George Clooney to Star in 'Catch-22' Adaptation From Paramount TV (Exclusive)
George Clooney is returning to the small screen.

The Oscar winner and Emmy nominee for his time on ER is set to star and direct a limited series based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.

The six-episode series, produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, does not yet have a network. The package — co-written by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michod (War Machine) will be shopped in December. With a proven star in Clooney, it's expected to land a sizable fee at a deep-pocketed outlet.

Catch-22— originally adapted into a feature film in 1970 from Paramount Pictures and...
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'Justice League' is Coming Together for $110+ Million Opening While 'Wonder' Looks to Surprise

'Justice League' is Coming Together for $110+ Million Opening While 'Wonder' Looks to Surprise
This weekend Marvel's latest hit Thor: Ragnarok is looking to top $250 million after 17 days in release while Warner Bros. and DC Comics unveil their latest entry into the DC Extended Universe, Justice League looking to make a splash globally, though that's not all this weekend has to offer. Lionsgate will debut the highly anticipated adaptation Wonder while Sony is debuting their faith-based animated title The Star. All-in-all we should be looking at a strong weekend in which the top twelve should combine for over $200 million for the first time since early July. Looking at a #1 finish, Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Justice League will debut in 4,051 theaters with industry expectations right around $105-115 million. Given Wonder Woman debuted with $103.2 million earlier this year, Suicide Squad opened with $133.6 million last year and Batman v Superman opened with $166 million, those expectations might seem low given this is essentially DC's equivalent to Marvel's The Avengers.
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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Takes Off in First International Markets

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Takes Off in First International Markets
Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” launched with $8.5 million on Wednesday in nine overseas markets.

Brazil led the way with $3.7 million at 1,509 screens on its Republic Day holiday for the biggest opening day of all time, with a 74% box office share of the top five films. It’s the industry’s widest release ever in that market.

South Korea generated $1.1 million on 1,195 screens in previews, taking a 50% share of the top five films in the market. France also saw $1.1 million in first-day grosses at 687 screens, 19% ahead of “Wonder Woman.” Indonesia opened strong with $895,000 on 888 screens, exceeding “Thor: Ragnarok” by 8% in the highest opening for a Warner Bros. title.

An additional 38 markets open Thursday, including Germany, Italy, Russia, Korea, and Australia. The U.S. debut is on Friday amid forecasts of an opening weekend of $110 million at 4,040 North American locations.
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‘Mad Men’ Producer Calls Matthew Weiner ‘Emotional Terrorist’ After Harassment Accusation

‘Mad Men’ Producer Calls Matthew Weiner ‘Emotional Terrorist’ After Harassment Accusation
Former “Mad Men” senior consultant and producer Marti Noxon is not pulling punches when it comes to backing Kater Gordon, who has accused Matthew Weiner of sexual harassment. On Friday, Noxon took to Twitter to describe the Emmy-winning show creator as an “emotional terrorist, who will badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs me.” The writer-producer added, “everyone at ‘Mad Men,’ regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere.” Also a former exec producer of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Noxon unleashed her opinion of Weiner and his behavior on the public — and it.
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How Japan’s ‘In This Corner of the World’ Captures 1940s Hiroshima Before the A-Bomb

Sunao Katabuchi pulled a book out of his bag and held it up to the audience at a recent screening of his film “In This Corner of the World.” It was ratty, folded and in pieces, because for six years, he took diligent notes and was painstakingly accurate in recreating 1940s Hiroshima before the atomic bomb dropped. Katabuchi interviewed Japanese survivors kept out of the city, all of whom are now in their eighties. He got a glimpse of how people in Japan lived in the months leading up to that fateful day. Katabuchi wanted to know what parks children.
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Don Pedro Colley, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Actor, Dies at 79

Don Pedro Colley, 'Dukes of Hazzard' Actor, Dies at 79
Don Pedro Colley, an actor who appeared in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, in the first film directed by George Lucas and on the 1980s CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard, has died. He was 79.

Colley died Oct. 11 in his hometown of Klamath Falls, Ore., following a long battle with cancer, his friend William Sowles said.

Colley also had roles in The World's Greatest Athlete (1973), Herbie Rides Again (1974) and Piranha (1995) and in blaxpoitation films including The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972), Black Caesar (1973) and, playing a voodoo lord of the dead, Sugar Hill...
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Rupert Murdoch Made $585 Million on Friday as Fox Suitors Line Up

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Rupert Murdoch Made $585 Million on Friday as Fox Suitors Line Up
Even if he’s not selling, Rupert Murdoch is still cashing in on the rumors that certain 21st Century Fox assets are on the auction block. Dude’s fortune rose nearly $600 million on Friday for doing nothing — how much did you make today? Murdoch owns 8,838,376 shares of Class A Common Stock and 310,889,98 of the voting class, Class B. Foxa stock closed up $1.83 per share today, which represented a 6.24 percent increase. Doing a little math, that means Rupert Murdoch made more than $585.1 million today. Yeah, he’s gonna have a better weekend than you. Also Read: Kiss Frontman Gene...
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Gene Simmons Doubles Down on Working Mother Comments: ‘I Stand by Every Word I Said’

Gene Simmons Doubles Down on Working Mother Comments: ‘I Stand by Every Word I Said’
Gene Simmons isn’t holding his famously elongated tongue when it comes to his thoughts on working women. The Kiss frontman, who drew wrath on Twitter earlier this week for asserting that women can’t have it both ways when it comes to children and careers, stood by that stance in an interview with Harry Connick Jr., scheduled to air on Monday’s episode of Connick’s show “Harry.” In the interview, Connick brought up the attention-grabbing stance, telling Simmons, “There are certain things in the book that I think are valuable but I did take issue with a couple of them and I just.
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CAA Fires Agent Accused by Actress of Sexual Harassment and Assault

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CAA has fired Cameron Mitchell after actress Demi Mann accused the agent of multiple instances of sexual assault and harassment in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The agency has also denied accusations in the lawsuit that it rejected Mann’s attempts to bring Mitchell’s behavior to its attention, but says it moved to fire Mitchell after it “received new information not previously revealed during the agency’s investigation.” Also Read: CAA Sued After Actress Accuses Agent of Sexual Assault, Harassment “CAA’s policy is not to comment on pending litigation. However, given the nature of Ms. Mann’s allegations, we
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