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'The Creator' tops Visual Effects Awards with five wins, 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' snags 4

'The Creator' tops Visual Effects Awards with five wins, 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' snags 4

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Director Gareth Edwards' sci-fi film The Creator led the pack for live-action films at Wednesday night's Visual Effects Awards, with the Oscar-nominated movie snagging five trophies.

The Visual Effects Society's 22nd annual event honored the movie starring John David Washington with the night's top prize for a live-action film, Outstanding VFX in a Photoreal Feature.

Other winners included the team that brings Rocket Raccoon to life in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3; in addition to winning Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature, the James Gunn hit was awarded with the Outstanding Virtual Cinematography trophy.

Director Christopher Nolan was adamant that his Oppenheimer shy away from digital effects, and the heralded historical drama earned a trophy instead for Outstanding Practical Effects.

Other Academy Award nominees that were represented at the Jay Pharoah-hosted show included Nyad, which won the trophy for Best Supporting VFX in a Photoreal Feature, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which took home four awards, including the night's top prize for visual effects for an animated feature.

On the TV side, HBO's The Last of Us earned four technical awards, as well.

Additionally, actor-producer-director and real-life space traveler William Shatner was honored with the VES Award for Creative Excellence for his work both in front of and behind the camera, as well as his philanthropic endeavors. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane presented the award to the Star Trek icon.

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Wendy Williams diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, frontotemporal dementia

Wendy Williams diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, frontotemporal dementia

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Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia, according to a press release from the former talk show host and her medical team.

Williams, who hosted The Wendy Williams Show for more than a decade, has been open in the past about her health conditions, which included Graves' disease and a thyroid condition.

She was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia in 2023, and those diagnoses have "enabled Wendy to receive the medical care she requires," according to the press release.

"The decision to share this news was difficult and made after careful consideration, not only to advocate for understanding and compassion for Wendy, but to raise awareness about aphasia and frontotemporal dementia and support the thousands of others facing similar circumstances," the press release noted.

"Wendy is still able to do many things for herself," the press release continued. "Most importantly she maintains her trademark sense of humor and is receiving the care she requires to make sure she is protected and that her needs are addressed. She is appreciative of the many kind thoughts and good wishes being sent her way."

Primary progressive aphasia is a neurological syndrome that slowly impacts language capabilities, according to the National Aphasia Association. Primary progressive aphasia it is caused by the "deterioration of brain tissue important for speech and language," not a stroke or brain injury.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dementia is an umbrella term used to describe an impairment of a person's ability to "remember, think or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities. Though dementia mostly affects older adults, the CDC notes it's "not a part of normal aging" and projects there will be as many as 14 million people with dementia by 2060.

Frontotemporal dementia is the most common form of dementia and is caused by degeneration of the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain, according to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. There is currently no known cure.

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Hollywood auction sees 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' R2-D2 selling for more than $587,000

Hollywood auction sees 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' R2-D2 selling for more than $587,000

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A sale of Hollywood props and other memorabilia recently fetched a fortune after Studio Auctions put the treasures under the hammer.

The numbers are now in from the company's The Force is Strong with Studio Auctions event, and the top-selling item was an R2-D2 seen in the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi. It sold for $587,500, five times its estimated price.

Aside from being a screen-used prop, the droid was autographed by the show's producer-star Ewan McGregor, as well as co-stars including Hayden Christensen and Liam Neeson.

Another Star Wars piece, Yoda's Gimer Stick from 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, sold for $125,000.

In spite of the name of the event, there were other treasures up for grabs from a galaxy closer to home: Michael J. Fox's iconic hoverboard from 1989's Back to the Future: Part II fetched $187,500.

Anthony Hopkins' iconic Hannibal Lecter mask from 1991's The Silence of the Lambs sold for $204,000, while Draco Malfoy's Nimbus 2001 Quidditch broom ridden by Tom Felton in 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets went for $75,000 when the hammer fell.

Other items that were up for grabs included the famous brass balls swung by Alec Baldwin's brash Glengarry Glen Ross character, which went for $13,750; a three-piece suit worn by Al Pacino as Tony Montana in 1983's Scarface, which rang up at $12,500; and Clint Eastwood's sunglasses from 1971's Dirty Harry, which sold for $10,200.

Studio Auctions' next event is slated for October 2024 and will center on props and wardrobe pieces used and worn by Hollywood icons Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe.

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"Did you hear that?" Apple TV+ releases trailer to nature series 'Earthsounds'

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On Thursday, Apple TV+ revealed the trailer for the new 12-part natural history docuseries Earthsounds, featuring narration from Golden Globe winner and Emmy Award nominee Tom Hiddleston.

The English star lends his dulcet tones to some 3,000 hours of audio, with the series "using cutting-edge technology to record our planet in brand-new ways," its producers tease. 

Filmed across 20 countries on all seven continents, Earthsounds is "something totally unique," Hiddleston says in the announcement. "To see, and hear, the natural world in such extraordinary, intimate detail is utterly thrilling. It inspires wonder and awe."

According to the streamer, the "immersive" series "reveals our planet like never before – a world buzzing with unexpected, unfamiliar and untold sonic stories that we have never been able to capture – until now."

Earthsounds will premiere all episodes globally Friday, February 23, on Apple TV+.

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Wendy Williams' niece shares glimpse into the life of her aunt in new doc

Wendy Williams' niece shares glimpse into the life of her aunt in new doc

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Ahead of the upcoming Lifetime documentary Where Is Wendy Williams?, Wendy Williams' niece, Alex Finnie, opened up in an interview with Good Morning America.

Williams became a household name from her daytime show The Wendy Williams Show, which she hosted for 12 seasons.

Known for her signature greeting, "How you doin'?" Williams entertained a massive audience with her famous "Hot Topics" gossip segment on the show and her celebrity interviews.

Wendy's public appearances, as well as her show, came to a rather abrupt end after producers announced the end of the talk show in February 2022, due to Williams' prolonged health struggles, which included Graves' disease and a thyroid condition.

Speaking to ABC News' Deborah Roberts, Finnie admitted that the upcoming documentary detailing the reality of Williams' life is hard to watch.

"[W]hat people are gonna see is a broken woman who has had the world on her shoulders for so long -- and just cracked," she explained.

During the two years of filming the documentary, Finnie spent days and nights with Williams where she witnessed some of the star's low moments, including an excessive drinking habit and moments of incoherence.

When asked about criticism that the film could be exploiting Williams, Finnie told Roberts, " ... some people will look at it and think that. But I will say this, first and foremost, my aunt is the executive producer of this documentary."

She continued, "I said to her, 'Aunt Wendy, why are -- do you wanna do this? ... Is now the right time?' And she said, 'Now is the perfect time because I wanna take ownership of my story.'"

Where Is Wendy Williams? will debut on February 24 and February 25 on Lifetime.



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In Brief: Josh Brolin loads up for horror pic 'Weapons', and more

In Brief: Josh Brolin loads up for horror pic 'Weapons', and more

Dune star Josh Brolin is in talks to star in Weapons, Zach Cregger's follow-up to his 2022 horror thriller Barbarian, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Pedro Pascal was previously set to star in the film, but the writers strike created a scheduling conflict with his commitment to Marvel's Fantastic Four, which starts shooting this summer. Weapons is described as "an interrelated, multistory horror epic that tonally is in the vein of [Paul Thomas Anderson's 1999 film] Magnolia," per the outlet. Brolin will next be seen in Dune: Part Two, opening March 1. He reprises his role of war master Gurney Halleck ...

Variety reports America Ferrera, who's up for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Barbie, has found her next project. She's been tapped to star in Paul Greengrass’ upcoming drama The Lost Bus alongside Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey. The film is based on Lizzie Johnson’s book Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire, about the devastating 2018 California wildfires — the deadliest in the state’s history — that resulted in over 100 deaths and destroyed most of the town of Paradise. Filming kicks off this spring ...

Saturday Night Live alum Jay Pharoah has signed on to host Fox's new game show The Quiz with Balls, according to Deadline. The quiz show, per the outlet, "pits brains against balls combining a high-stakes quiz show with a large-scale physical competition," featuring two families competing for $100,000 in a “battle of the balls” ...

 

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Jenna Ortega dishes on her 'Beetlejuice' sequel character, Astrid

Jenna Ortega dishes on her 'Beetlejuice' sequel character, Astrid

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Jenna Ortega is opening up about her role in the forthcoming Beetlejuice sequel and why she's excited to bring "weird, strange, off-putting stories" back to theaters.

The Wednesday actress stars in the Tim Burton film, titled Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, as Astrid, the daughter of Lydia Deetz (Winona Ryder).

Ortega described her character as "weird, but in a different way and not in the same way you'd assume," when chatting with Vanity Fair about the role.

"I wouldn't say she's bright and sunny at all. She doesn't go to the opposite end of the spectrum, but any kid who becomes a teenager wants to be removed from their parents," she said.

"I think they instantly just fight whatever it is that their parent loves. So I think it's a little bit of that. I'm not wearing pink and a cheerleader, but I am a little bit against my mom's history or past. We butt heads quite a bit."

The scream queen also reflected on the impact Ryder's character in the 1988 original film has had on her, calling her "the coolest ever."

"So then to play her daughter and also have to be like, 'Mom...' and roll your eyes was definitely more challenging for me as an actor, but super fun to play," she gushed.

Ortega added of the franchise's comeback, "of course [studios] want people in seats and you've got to do reboots or sequels or things like that ... but to bring Beetlejuice back — of all of the stories — is so good because people need to revisit weird, strange, off-putting stories again."

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'Oppenheimer' struts on Peacock, with debut beating 'Super Mario Bros.' for streamer

'Oppenheimer' struts on Peacock, with debut beating 'Super Mario Bros.' for streamer

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Christopher Nolan's Oscar-nominated epic Oppenheimer has another record to boast about: Variety reports the acclaimed movie's debut on Peacock beat the streamer's previous record holder, The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

As reported, the R-rated historical drama launched on the streaming service on February 16, and while the trade explains exact numbers were not released — a common move with streamers — the Universal film managed a bigger opening weekend viewership for Peacock than did Mario, which hit the streaming service in August.

It took nearly seven months for Oppenheimer to make what's known as its "pay-one" streaming debut on Peacock — that is, an exclusive run on a single streaming platform — and evidently audiences were eager to watch, despite the movie making more than $957 million worldwide in theaters since it debuted on July 21, 2023.

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"Destiny awaits": Kevin Hart, Cate Blanchett and Jamie Lee Curtis rock out in new 'Borderlands' trailer

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On Wednesday, Lionsgate dropped the snarky, shoot-'em-up trailer to Borderlands, the action-comedy movie based on the bestselling video game franchise.

For the big-screen bow, Kevin Hart and Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Jamie Lee Curtis team up, respectively, as the franchise's mercenary Roland, Lilith the Siren and archeologist Dr. Patricia Tannis.

Joining their party are Ariana Greenblatt — a veteran of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Barbie and Ahsoka — as demolitions expert Tiny Tina. Creed II heavy Florian Munteanu plays her mysterious masked protector, Kreig, and Jack Black voices the game's wise-cracking robot companion Claptrap.

Set to Electric Light Orchestra's "Do Ya," the trailer shows the hunt for a mysterious vault located on the wasteland Pandora.

Blanchett's character calls it "the weirdest, most dangerous dumpster fire of a world in the universe." But for all of its monsters, ravaging bands of marauders and gulleys apparently filled with urine, Pandora's vault hides real treasure: a jackpot of alien tech and other assorted priceless loot.

The problem is, pretty much everybody in the universe is willing to kill to get their hands on it.

"Well, destiny awaits," Hart's Roland sighs.

Horror director Eli Roth directs Borderlands, which also features Édgar Ramírez as the baddie Atlas.

The Borderlands games have sold more than 66 million units worldwide, according to Gearbox Software, which co-produced the movie. The sneak peek says the film is "coming soon" to theaters.

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Robert Downey Jr., Brendan Fraser, Sterling K. Brown among Screen Actors Guild Awards presenters

Robert Downey Jr., Brendan Fraser, Sterling K. Brown among Screen Actors Guild Awards presenters

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On Wednesday, 30 presenters were announced for the 30th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be held at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles on February 24.

Two-time SAG Award winner Idris Elba will open the ceremony, the organization announced. This year's presenters will include Oppenheimer's Robert Downey Jr., Cillian Murphy and Emily Blunt; Barbie's Michael Cera and America Ferrera; Killers of the Flower Moon's Brendan Fraser; and The Color Purple's Taraji P. Henson.

The full list can be found here.

Additionally, Barbra Streisand fan Jennifer Aniston will present the 59th SAG Life Achievement Award to the legendary performer and director.

For this year's event, Barbie and Oppenheimer lead the competition on the movie side with four nominations apiece. On the TV side, HBO's trophy magnet Succession leads with five.

This year's telecast will be streamed live by Netflix for the first time.

 

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Marvel Studios reportedly drops

Marvel Studios reportedly drops "Kang" from forthcoming 'Kang Dynasty' film

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A new The Hollywood Reporter article details the reported "retooling" underway at Marvel Studios after several disappointments, including Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and the Disney+ project Secret Invasion.

One of the behind-the-scenes changes that was revealed was that the studio has apparently retitled one of its major upcoming movies.

2026's Avengers: The Kang Dynasty was to feature Jonathan Majors' Kang The Conqueror, a character he portrayed in variant forms in Loki and Quantumania, but the trade says the movie will be retitled.

According to THR, the move was already in play before Majors was convicted in December in connection to an altercation with Grace Jabbari, which led the studio to sever its ties with the actor. Instead, the poor reception of the Ant-Man threequel was the motivation behind the title change.

Another change mentioned in the article is the addition of The Bear's showrunner Joanna Calo to retool the script for Marvel's forthcoming team-up movie Thunderbolts, which will star Sebastian Stan, Florence Pugh, and David Harbour, among others.

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Research shows women were underrepresented in Hollywood in 2023

Research shows women were underrepresented in Hollywood in 2023

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Despite the blockbuster success of Barbie, a new report from the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative shows that 2023's movies featured the lowest percentage of female leads and co-stars in a decade.

Just 30% of the top 100 films of 2023 featured a female star or co-lead, according to the study as quoted by Variety, as major movie productions focused on male protagonists.

The researchers found that 2007 had the lowest percentage of female protagonists, at 20%, and 2022 had a record high of 44%.

The initiative's founder, Stacy L. Smith, called 2023's 30% mark a "catastrophic step back for girls and women in film."

Her statement added, "These numbers are more than just a metric of how often girls and women are in protagonist roles. They represent the career opportunities offered to women in the industry."

Smith continued, "Even by looking at the films that were moved to 2024 because of the strike, we cannot explain the collapse of women leads/co-leads in 2023," categorizing it as "an industry failure."

Further, only three movies in 2023 — not counting ensemble movies like 80 for Brady — featured actresses who were 45 or older. In that same year, 32 movies starred men in that age group. 

On a related note, a January report from the initiative showed the lack of gender diversity also applied to work behind the camera in 2023: Of the 116 directors evaluated in 2023, just 12.1% were women.

Further, looking back 17 years and taking into account the work of 1,769 directors, just 6% were women. The researchers noted that back in 2007, just 2.7% of directors were women — but by 2022, that needle only moved to 9%.

 

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Trial begins Wednesday for 'Rust' armorer Hannah Gutierrez

Trial begins Wednesday for 'Rust' armorer Hannah Gutierrez

More than two years after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot on the New Mexico set of Rust, the film's weapons handler is set to go on trial in the high-profile case.

Armorer Hannah Gutierrez was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the October 2021 on-set death. She faces an additional charge of tampering with evidence, with state prosecutors claiming she handed off a small bag of cocaine following her interview with police the day of the shooting.

Gutierrez has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence. She has not been charged with any drug offenses.

Actor Alec Baldwin, who was practicing a cross-draw with a Western-style Colt .45 revolver when the gun fired a live bullet that struck Hutchins, was also recently re-charged with involuntary manslaughter after prosecutors initially dropped the case. Baldwin has pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection in Gutierrez's case is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Santa Fe County after the judge denied the defense's latest effort to dismiss the charges.

Jury selection could be challenging for such a high-profile case, Kate Mangels, a partner at Kinsella Holley Iser Kump Steinsapir LLP in Los Angeles, told ABC News.

Potential jurors knowing general information about the case wouldn't be enough to disqualify them, she said. But both the prosecution and defense will "pay very close attention in jury selection to make sure no one ends up on the jury who already has feelings about this."

Potential jurors' opinions about firearms and drug use could also factor in, she said.

 

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Kevin Costner and ex Christine Baumgartner finalize divorce

Kevin Costner and ex Christine Baumgartner finalize divorce

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Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner have officially finalized their divorce.

The Notice of Entry of Judgement regarding the dissolution of the former couple's marriage was officially filed on Tuesday, February 20, according to documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight.

Costner and Baumgartner have agreed to share custody of their three children, Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13, per the documents.

Baumgartner filed for divorce from the Yellowstone actor back in May, after 18 years of marriage. The divorce continued to make headlines for months afterward, with Baumgartner initially asking for nearly $250,000 a month in child support "to maintain the children in their accustomed lifestyle" according to People.

They reportedly settled in September, with Costner reportedly moving on with singer-songwriter Jewel.

 

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Jimmy Kimmel credits 'Barbie' for his return as Oscars host

Jimmy Kimmel credits 'Barbie' for his return as Oscars host

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Three-time Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel reveals the movie Barbie convinced him to return for a fourth go-round.

The host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! tells the Los Angeles Times in an interview published on Tuesday, February 20, that after hosting the awards show in 2017, 2018 and 2023, he wasn’t sure he would “ever” do it again.

“I did two of them, and they went well -- something crazy happened at one of them with a story I’ll have for the rest of my life,” he joked, referring to La La Land accidentally being announced as the Best Picture winner instead of Moonlight at the 2017 telecast.

Then, says Kimmel, "I am sitting in a movie theater watching Barbie and thinking, ‘Well, maybe I’ll do this again, because at least I have a point of reference with everyone.’”

Kimmel recently reunited three Barbie cast members -- Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera and Kate McKinnon -- for an Oscars promo inspired by the film.

Only three people have hosted the Oscars more times than Kimmel. Bob Hope did it 19 times, Billy Crystal nine, and Johnny Carson five times.

As for how he found himself in such esteemed company, Kimmel tells the outlet, “So much of my life makes no sense, I’ve stopped trying to make sense of it.”

 

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In Brief: Emma Stone to re-team with 'Poor Things' director, and more

In Brief: Emma Stone to re-team with 'Poor Things' director, and more

A new trailer for Civil War, the new action drama from Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland, was revealed on Tuesday, February 20. The film, set in the not-too-distant future, depicts a U.S. where 19 states -- including unlikely allies Texas and California -- have seceded from the union. The remaining states are ruled by a tyrannical three-term president -- played by Nick Offerman -- who orders the military to stamp out the rebellion. Civil War, also starring Kirsten Dunst, opens April 12 ...

Emma Stone, an Oscar nominee for her performance in Poor Things, is in talks to reteam with director Yorgos Lanthimos for his remake of the Korean comedy Save the Green Planet, according to Variety. The film, set to start shooting in the U.K. this summer, follows "a disillusioned young man who captures and tortures a businessman whom he believes to be part of an alien invasion," per the outlet. "A battle of wits ensues between the captor, his devoted girlfriend, the businessman and a private detective" ...

Paramount Pictures has tapped The Goldbergs director and executive producer David Katzenberg to helm Sam and Victor's Day Off, a followup to the beloved 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The spinoff film centers on Sam and Victor, the two valets from the original film who take the Ferrari belonging to the father of Alan Ruck’s character, Cameron Frye, for a joyride. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which starred Matthew Broderick in the title role, grossed $70 million in its theatrical run ...

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Speculation begins about who’ll star in Sam Mendes’ Beatles films

Speculation begins about who’ll star in Sam Mendes’ Beatles films

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Now that it’s been announced that Sam Mendes will direct four separate movies about The Beatles — one for each band member — the speculation about who'll play Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr has begun.

Variety has offered up some of suggestions, including Daisy Jones & The Six’s Sam Claflin as Lennon. Its other Lennon suggestions include Heartstopper’s Kit ConnorAaron Taylor-Johnson, who played Lennon in 2009's Nowhere Boy; and Love & Mercy's Paul Dano.

Jacob Elordi, who played Elvis Presley in Priscilla, is one of its picks for McCartney. Other suggestions include Billy Elliott's Jamie Bell, although the publication notes that at 37 he could be too old; and Tom Holland, although it points out his Spider-Man schedule could get in the way.

For Harrison, it offers up Timothée Chalamet — although with him already playing Bob Dylan in an upcoming movie, Variety says that could be "one too many trips through the counterculture" for the actor. Other picks for Harrison include Sex Education’s Asa Butterfield and even Harrison’s son, 45-year-old Dhani Harrison, although it questions his age and whether he can act.

Saltburn’s Barry Keoghan and Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe are suggested for Starr, although it also mentions Daniel Day-Lewis to play the drummer, even though it notes he’s too old and already retired from acting.

Of course, it isn’t just Variety offering up suggestions. Vulture has a couple, as well, including Harry Styles as McCartney and Masters of the Air actor Callum Turner as Lennon.

Mendes' planned films mark the first time Apple Corps Ltd. and The Beatles have granted a studio the rights to the life stories of band members and their legendary catalog of music. The films are due out in 2027.

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Sydney Sweeney to host 'Saturday Night Live' as Mark Ruffalo says he'll

Sydney Sweeney to host 'Saturday Night Live' as Mark Ruffalo says he'll "never" host

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Saturday Night Live announced on Tuesday that Madame Web and Anyone but You star Sydney Sweeney will be making her debut on the long-running sketch show on March 2.

Her musical guest will be Kacey Musgraves.

Meanwhile, one person you won't see hosting SNL is Mark Ruffalo, at least according to the Poor Things actor.

He told Marc Maron's WTF podcast on Monday that he turned down Lorne Michaels once, and for that reason, "I'll never be asked back."

Ruffalo blamed his dyslexia — and the show's reliance on cue cards — as the reason the prospect of hosting "scared the living s***" out of him. "I've been watching that my whole life and like, I don't want to be the guy, the host who sucks. I owe Lorne Michaels more than that," he said.

On February 24, SNL's host will be Shane Gillis, who was fired from the sketch show in 2019 before he even took the stage at Studio 8H after some offensive stand-up made headlines. 21 Savage will be the musical guest.

On March 9, Dune franchise star Josh Brolin returns to host SNL for the third time, with Ariana Grande also returning for the hat trick as the show's musical act.

 

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Giancarlo Esposito is a

Giancarlo Esposito is a "man of integrity" in new sneak peek to crime series 'Parish'

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AMC has dropped a sneak peek of Parish, its forthcoming six-part crime series starring Emmy-nominated Breaking Bad and Mandalorian star Giancarlo Esposito.

The new thriller features Esposito as Gracian "Gray" Parish, the proud owner of a luxury car service in the Big Easy whose son is brutally murdered.

His business soon collapses, and Gray returns to his life as a wheelman for crime jobs that set him "on a high-stakes collision course with a violent criminal syndicate," according to the network.

The clip offers a glimpse of one of Gray's early meetings with a group of criminals led by Zackary Momoh as a New Orleans-based gangster known as The Horse.

Apparently in the crook's eyes, a job has gone wrong. But Gray assures The Horse, as well as his overprotective older sister Shamiso (Bonnie Mbuli) and brother Zenzo (Ivan Mbakop), that he's adequately covered his tracks.

"Nobody saw me. This won't come back to you," Parish says confidently.

And as for the mysterious duffel he was charged to deliver? "What's in the bag is none of my concern," Parish says, to which Zenzo comments, "A man of integrity. A rare quality."

The show, which also stars Get Out's Bradley Whitford, Paula Malcomson, Skeet Ulrich and Dax Rey, premieres Sunday, March 31, at 10 p.m. ET on AMC and AMC+.

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The one who got away doesn't in Lindsay Lohan's romcom 'Irish Wish'

The one who got away doesn't in Lindsay Lohan's romcom 'Irish Wish'

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Netflix has released the trailer to Irish Wish, the forthcoming romantic comedy starring Lindsay Lohan, her second movie for the streamer following the holiday hit Falling for Christmas.

In the movie, LiLo plays Maddie, who has traveled to the Emerald Isle to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of her friend, who is about to marry "the one who got away," played by Alexander Vlahos.

She tells her mom, who is played by Jane Seymour, "I can't help but think that things would be different if I had told Paul how I felt."

As Netflix teases, Maddie gets her chance when "a spontaneous wish for true love causes her to wake up as the bride-to-be."

However, the wish isn't what Maddie bargained for, after she meets-cute with a snarky but charming photographer (Ed Speleers) tasked with taking some shots of the bride-to-be against some "idyllic Irish backdrops."

As they bond, he asks her of the upcoming event, "Is it everything you imagined?" to which she answers, "I'm not sure this is supposed to be my life."

The trailer ends with a "will she or won't she" cliff-hanger, as Maddie's wished-for groom and the assembled wedding party awaits her arrival at the church.

Find out when Irish Wish comes to Netflix March 15.

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'Aquaman' sequel set to dive onto Max February 27

'Aquaman' sequel set to dive onto Max February 27

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will dive onto streaming for Max subscribers on Tuesday, February 27.

The sequel to the highest-grossing DC Comics-based film of all time had a higher audience score on aggregator Rotten Tomatoes than its 2018 predecessor, but it fell flat with critics and ended its box office run with over $433 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

By comparison, the original Aquaman made more than $1.1 billion.

The James Wan-directed sequel has Jason Momoa's King of Atlantis teaming up with brother and former enemy Orm (Patrick Wilson) to stop Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's Black Manta from destroying their bloodline — and the world — with the help of a fearsome new weapon.

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Forgotten Harrison Ford 'Star Wars' script fetches more than $13K at auction

Forgotten Harrison Ford 'Star Wars' script fetches more than $13K at auction

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A draft script from the original Star Wars that Harrison Ford left behind in a rented English apartment in 1976 fetched more than $13,000 when the hammer fell, U.K.-based Excalibur Auctions tells ABC Audio.

The revised fourth draft script — titled The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the Journal of the Whills' (Saga I) Star Wars — was conservatively expected to sell for around 10 grand.

As reported, a then-unknown Ford left the annotated script behind with personal messages and other items held for decades by the family who rented him two floors of their Notting Hill home.

The grandchildren of Han Solo's then-landlords recently put the memorabilia up for sale.

Ford's shooting schedule for George Lucas' 1977 Oscar-winning film fetched more than $6,100 at the same auction — it was estimated to sell for a little over $1,000 — while a letter to the actor from his agent that was expected to sell for $75 went for more than $225.

 

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Sam Mendes to direct four films about The Beatles, one for each band member

Sam Mendes to direct four films about The Beatles, one for each band member

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The story of The Beatles is about to be told on the big screen in a big way.

Sony Pictures just announced that Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes is on board to direct not one, but four movies about The Beatles, each one told from the point of view of a different band member.

The films mark the first time Apple Corps Ltd. and The Beatles have granted a studio the rights to the life stories of band members Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison, and their legendary catalog of music. 

“I’m honored to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies,” Mendes, best known for such films as American Beauty and Skyfall, shared in a statement.

So far, there’s no word on when production will begin or who’ll be cast in each role. The studio promises an "innovative and groundbreaking" release for the films, which are due out in 2027.

While this is the first time The Beatles have supported a movie about the band, it isn't the first time they have been depicted on screen. The 1994 film Backbeat chronicled the early days of The Beatles, and in 2009, Aaron Taylor-Johnson played Lennon in the film Nowhere Boy, which focused on the singer's teenage years. 

The Beatles were also subject of the 2019 comedy Yesterday, about a struggling musician who wakes up after an accident and discovers he's the only one in the world who remembers The Beatles.

 

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'Gwyneth Goes Skiing' musical to bow in the US with help from Emmy winner Darren Criss

'Gwyneth Goes Skiing' musical to bow in the US with help from Emmy winner Darren Criss

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Gwyneth Goes Skiing, the absurdist U.K. musical about the lawsuit that followed a skiing accident involving Gwyneth Paltrow, is schussing to The States, with Glee veteran Darren Criss lending his voice.

On its Instagram, Awkward Productions confirmed a Variety report that the play is coming over The Pond, and into the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah -- the same state in which retired optometrist Terry Sanderson sued the Oscar winner, claiming she seriously injured him on the slopes at a ski resort in 2016.

Emmy winner Criss will provide the singing voice for Sanderson, played by the U.K. production's Joseph Sanderson who is reprising his role; What We Do in the Shadows alumna Cat Cohen will sing for Linus Karp's Paltrow.

The highly-publicized lawsuit -- and Paltrow's countersuit -- led to a jury siding with the star and Goop CEO in March of 2023, concluding that Sanderson was 100% at fault. Paltrow was awarded her requested $1 in damages.

In December of that year, Gwyneth Goes Skiing was staged at London's Pleasance Theatre. It was described as a "musical reimagining" of what took place on the slopes of Utah's Deer Valley Ski Resort that fateful day.

 

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'Oppenheimer' was the big winner at the BAFTAs, and more

'Oppenheimer' was the big winner at the BAFTAs, and more

Oppenheimer was the big winner at Sunday's BAFTAs, taking home seven trophies, including best director and actor for Christopher Nolan and Cillian Murphy, respectively, as well as the prize for best film. Robert Downey Jr. won for best supporting actor. Poor Things was right behind with five wins, including one for Emma Stone as best actress. Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest walked off with three trophies. However, Martin Scorsese's crime epic Killers of the Flower Moon, Greta Gerwig's Barbie and Bradley Cooper's Maestro all came up empty. The complete list of winners can be found at the BAFTA's website ...

Apple TV+ reports its World War II drama Masters of the Air drew more viewers in its opening weekend than any other series in the streaming service's history, according to Variety. While the exact figures weren't revealed, the accomplishment would push Masters of the Air's launch past Apple TV+'s other big original shows, such as The Morning Show and Severance. Masters of the Air is currently launching new episodes, with its sixth installment dropping on February 23. The finale airs March 15 ...

Netflix has dropped the trailer for Shirley, producer John Ridley's upcoming biopic about trailblazing congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's life and career. Regina King plays Chisholm, the first Black Congresswoman, alongside Lucas Hedges, Terrence Howard, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christina Jackson, Michael Cherrie, Dorian Crossmond Missick, Amirah Vann, W. Earl Brown, Brad James, Reina KingAndré Holland and the late Lance ReddickShirley premieres March 22 ...

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'Bob Marley: One Love' tops box office with jamming $34.1 million Presidents' Day weekend

'Bob Marley: One Love' tops box office with jamming $34.1 million Presidents' Day weekend

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Bob Marley: One Love topped the domestic box office, grabbing $28.6 million between Friday and Sunday, and an estimated $34.1 million through Monday. The biopic, starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the legendary reggae artist, which opened on Wednesday, Valentine's Day, is expected to bring in $52 million in its first six days of release.

One Love pulled in an estimated $29 million internationally, bringing its global tally to over $80 million so far.

Sony/Marvel's Madame Web took second place, delivering $15.3 million over the traditional three-day weekend, and an estimated $18 million through Presidents' Day. The Dakota Johnson-led film, which also opened on Wednesday, has earned an estimated $26 million in North America over its first six days of release.

Overseas, the film took in an estimated $25.7 million, bringing its worldwide total to $52 million.

Pulling up in third place was Argylle, snatching up $4.7 million at the domestic box office between Friday and Sunday and an estimated $5.5 million over the four-day weekend. The spy thriller has collected $37.2 million in North America and $76 million globally.

The animated comedy Migration finished the weekend in fourth place, grossing $3.75 million over the three-day weekend and an estimated $5 million through Monday. It now stands at $116 million at the domestic box office and $254 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was Wonka, earning $3.49 million between Friday and Sunday, and an estimated $4.4 million through Monday. To date, the film has grossed $210 million in North America and $604 million globally.

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