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‘Franklin’ First Look: Michael Douglas Takes on Benjamin Franklin in AppleTV+ Series

Click here to read the full article. Michael Douglas is taking it back to the 18th century. The Oscar winner returns to the small screen with the upcoming AppleTV+ series “Franklin,” based on the life of founding father Benjamin Franklin. Douglas takes on the titular role, with the series adapted from Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff’s book, “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America.” The eight-episode drama series delves into how, at age 70 and without diplomat training, Franklin convinced the French monarchy to financially support American independence. “By virtue of his fame, charisma, and ingenuity, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies,...
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‘Friends’ Creator, ‘Embarrassed’ Over Show’s Lack of Diversity, Pledges $4 Million to African Studies Program

Click here to read the full article. The One With a Charity Pledge: “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman announced a $4 million donation to her alma mater Brandeis University to establish a fund to support scholars studying Africa and the African diaspora. Kauffman told the Los Angeles Times that she feels “embarrassed” over the lack of diversity in the hit ’90s sitcom “Friends” which ran for 10 seasons and centered on six straight, white singles in New York City. The most prominent person of color cast on the series was Aisha Tyler, who portrayed the love interest of Ross (David Schimmer) for...
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Will the Golden Globes Survive? Here’s What We Know

Click here to read the full article. A funny thing happened on the way to reforming the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The entertainment industry started imagining the permanent demise of the corrupt 79-year-old cabal of Hollywood correspondents. While some publicists, talent, and distributors consider the January Golden Globes telecast as a vital link in the awards ecosystem, others are rooting for the HFPA to disappear forever. Back on February 25, 2021, under pressure from NBC, which broadcasts the annual Golden Globes and is trying to negotiate down the 8-year $500-million TV rights deal signed in 2018, the beleaguered Hollywood Foreign Press...
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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’: Why Darth Vader Was Supposed to Kill Moses Ingram’s Character in Original Script

Click here to read the full article. [Editor’s Note: The following story contains spoilers for “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”] Reva the Inquisitor was supposed to have an ending with real finality. The original script for the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” film, before it became a Disney+ series, included Reva’s death. Writer Stuart Beattie told The Direct that Reva, played by Moses Ingram, was going to fall by Darth Vader’s lightsaber at the hands of actor Hayden Christensen, in order to save Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor). “I wanted her story to end. I wanted Reva to play her part in the Kenobi-Vader story, which was, essentially, at the end,...
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Tim Allen Distances Himself from ‘Lightyear’: ‘It Just Doesn’t Seem to Have Any Connection to the Toy’

Click here to read the full article. At long last, the actor who played Buzz Lightyear the toy has spoken out about the movie that the toy was based on. In a new interview with Extra, Tim Allen broke his silence on “Lightyear,” the new Pixar film that sees Chris Evans (sort of) taking over as the iconic space ranger that Allen voiced in four “Toy Story” movies. Allen, who will next be seen in “The Santa Clause” on Disney+, made it clear that “Lightyear” is entirely separate from “Toy Story.” “The short answer is I’ve stayed out of this because it...
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Ezra Miller’s Icelandic Choking Victim Speaks Out: ‘Fun and Games — but Then It Wasn’t

Click here to read the full article. In 2020, long before Ezra Miller had been accused of grooming minors, was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct at a karaoke bar, and found themselves arrested again in the same month for assault, the actor made headlines for choking a woman in Iceland. The incident took place at Prikið Kaffihús, a pub in Reykjavik that Miller, who uses they/them pronouns, found themselves frequenting in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The actor, who was preparing to shoot “The Flash” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” went viral after a video showed...
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Warner Bros. Defends JK Rowling at ‘Harry Potter’ Press Event Amid Transphobic Statements, ‘Proud’ to Work with Author

Click here to read the full article. Warner Bros. is continuing to stand by controversial “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling after her series of transphobic comments. During an anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” press conference with actor Tom Felton, a Sky News reporter was prohibited from asking about Rowling’s involvement. Felton was interviewed as part of the Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature at Warner Brothers Studios. Sky News reporter Claire Gregory asked, “And you’re sort of, you’re still, you and the other stars of the film, still very much the face of the franchise, if you like. We speak and...
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‘We’re Going to Fly in This Movie’: ‘Elvis’ Cinematographer Mandy Walker on Shooting the King

Click here to read the full article. During his lifetime, Elvis Presley dominated popular culture. Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic “Elvis” — starring Austin Butler as Presley and Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker — focuses on key incidents to illuminate the performer’s influence: Sun Records, the Army, his marriage, a string of movie musicals, the 1968 “Comeback Special,” and his Las Vegas residency all come back to life with the help of cinematographer Mandy Walker. This is Walker’s fourth collaboration with Luhrmann, after Australia and two Chanel shorts; a native of Melbourne, she was made a Member of the...
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How Nexstar Can Buy The CW for Precisely Zero Dollars

Click here to read the full article. It feels like Nexstar has been flirting with buying The CW for longer than some of the broadcast network’s viewers have been alive. The acquisition, which two individuals told IndieWire is likely to close next week after the Fourth of July holiday, will cost Nexstar all of $0 for 75 percent of The CW. Pretty sweet deal, right? It becomes a little more sour when factoring in The CW’s current losses, which sources who spoke with The Wall Street Journal, the publication that first reported details on this round of negotiations, said could exceed...
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Dakota Johnson Hated Being Involved in Depp-Heard Controversy: ‘Please, Take Me Out’

Click here to read the full article. Dakota Johnson was dragged into the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial firestorm on social media after co-starring with  Depp in 2015’s “Black Mass.” A video of Johnson reacting to Depp’s explanation of his bandaged fingers while at a Venice Film Festival press conference went viral amid the Depp v. Heard defamation trial, during which both former spouses claimed domestic abuse. Part of Depp’s testimony included that Heard severed the tip of his finger with a vodka bottle during an argument in 2015, seemingly before the “Black Mass” premiere. The jury ultimately ruled that...
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‘Black Bird’ Review: Apple’s Chilling Prison Drama Explores Pervasive Truths About Misogyny

Click here to read the full article. Like so much of Dennis Lehane’s writing, “Black Bird” is a stealthy piece of storytelling — at first appearing like a simple crow, nested comfortably on the power line next to a dozen others like it, before spreading its wings and revealing a plumage streaked with shades of gray. For decades now, the novelist and screenwriter has married shrewd sociological observations with popular genre fare. His Kenzie/Gennaro series, peaking with “Gone Baby Gone” and its impossible question of how to best care for at-risk children, is stacked with similar quandaries rooted in morality,...
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Lena Headey Sued for $1.5 Million By Former Agency Over Scrapped ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Role

Click here to read the full article. None of the scenes that Lena Headey filmed for “Thor: Love and Thunder” made the final cut, but that isn’t stopping former representatives of the “Game of Thrones” star from suing her. Headey’s former agency, Troika, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the actress owes $1.5 million in unpaid commissions (via Variety), including $500,000 from her “Thor: Love and Thunder” salary. The agency is also seeking a $300,000 commission from the film “9 Bullets” and $650,000 for the scrapped Showtime series “Rita.” Headey had signed on to play the titular character on the show,...
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‘The Legend of Molly Johnson’ Trailer: Leah Purcell Puts an Indigenous Twist on Historical Western

Click here to read the full article. Set in the 1893 Australian Outback, “The Legend of Molly Johnson” gives a new twist to an old classic. Based on Henry Lawson’s 1892 short story “The Drover’s Wife,” the film stars writer-director Leah Purcell in the titular role, now given a name and not just a moniker. A pregnant Molly (Purcell) tries to protect her children while her husband is away droving sheep in the high country. When Molly is confronted by an enslaved Aboriginal fugitive named Yadaka (Rob Collins), her own true identity is revealed. The town sheriff becomes suspicious of Molly...
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‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’ Stars Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù and Freida Pinto Want to Redefine the Regency Romance

Click here to read the full article. Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù never really cared for the Regency era. The British Nigerian actor grew up on sci-fi and fantasy, watching and rewatching “Lord of the Rings” with his father, and was not particularly drawn to period dramas. To prepare for “Mr. Malcolm’s List,” in which he plays the titular choosy bachelor, he dove into the genre. “It’s a really enjoyable period of history and really enjoyable time in England, but I was like, ‘Why have I not connected with this much beforehand?,'” Dìrísù told IndieWire in a Zoom interview. “It was because of the...
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Crowdfunded William Shatner Documentary to Be Fully Owned by Fans, Backers to Receive Profits

Click here to read the full article. Crowdfunding has long been a popular method of indie film financing, as fans frequently donate to their heroes’ passion projects without expecting anything more than a great movie in return. But a new crowdfunded documentary about William Shatner from production company Legion M plans to turn the financing model on its head by giving backers actual equity stakes in the movie. Rather than simply donating out of the kindness of their hearts, Trekkies who back the project can expect to receive a percentage of any profits the film makes. The currently untitled documentary is...
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‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Review: A Messy, Madcap Sequel Strictly for the Kids

Click here to read the full article. The problem at the heart of the bizarrely dense “Despicable Me” mythology — five feature films, another on the way, fifteen short films, books, video games, and even a theme park ride — has always been its true strength: for a series about a nefarious supervillain, it’s adorable. And while the grumbly Gru (voiced by Steve Carell throughout the franchise) turning away from his long-running bad guy schemes in favor of family and fun has made for some delightful, silly features in the past, as the series attempts to mine his younger years, things are...
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Chloe Fineman DM’d with Anna Delvey and Sent Her Money for Art She Still Hasn’t Received

Click here to read the full article. Anna Delvey may have invented one more high-profile dupe. The subject of Netflix’s “Inventing Anna” series reached out to “Saturday Night Live” star Chloe Fineman after her “SNL” impression of convicted con artist Delvey went viral. Delvey, who remotely hosted an art show titled “Allegedly” at the Public Hotel in NYC in May of this year, drew a sketch of Fineman portraying her on “SNL.” Of course, Fineman felt like she had to buy it. “She, on Instagram, made a sketch in ICE. She’s in holding. She’s creative,” the “Father of the Bride” actress said...
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Mubi Podcast Season 2 Unpacks How Famed Theaters Turned Films Like ‘El Topo,’ ‘Harold & Maude’ Into Classics

Click here to read the full article. Distributor and streaming platform Mubi’s award-winning audio-documentary series “Mubi Podcast” kicks off Season 2 today. IndieWire can exclusively announce that the “Mubi Podcast,” hosted by Wall Street Journal journalist Rico Gagliano, returns today, Thursday, June 30 with its first episode of the second season, “Only in Theaters.” The podcast will focus on the surprising stories of individual cinemas that had a huge impact on film history, ranging from the Cinémathèque Française to the Westgate in Minneapolis. Guests for Season 2 include filmmakers Mary Harron (“American Psycho”), Barbet Schroeder (“Barfly,” “Reversal of Fortune”), Peter Strickland (“The Duke...
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South by Southwest Expands to Australia with SXSW Sydney: 7 Days of Film, Tech, and Music

Click here to read the full article. South by Southwest rules Austin, so why not bring that annual celebration of film, tech, and music to the Southern Hemisphere? SXSW has set the first-of-its-kind SXSW Sydney — seven days and nights of the best in music, screen, gaming, technology, and innovation — for October 15 through 22, 2023. South by Southwest made the announcement on Wednesday, promising to “gather the world’s most inspired thinkers, creators, and innovators” to showcase the latest in media and storytelling from across the Asia Pacific region and beyond. SXSW CEO Ronald Swenson said in a statement, “We couldn’t...
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Eva Mendes Begged Ryan Gosling to Give Her His ‘Barbie’ Underwear After Viral Ken First Look

Click here to read the full article. Ryan Gosling fans on Twitter weren’t the only ones sent swooning over his first look as Ken in the upcoming “Barbie.” Eva Mendes, who shares two daughters with the star, said that even she couldn’t contain her excitement at seeing Gosling transform into Ken. “I saw the photo and the 14-year-old in me was like, ‘Ahhh,'” Mendes said on The Talk. “It’s a funny photo, and he’s trying to be funny, so it worked on all levels.” Gosling debuted his beach-blonde hairstyle and tanned abs in an acid-washed denim “suit” showing off his custom Ken underwear...
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