Charlotte Rampling to Join the Cast of Dune

The star-studded cast of Dune is shaping up to be pretty impressive. Those already established include Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, and Stellan Skarsgard.

The latest addition to the cast is French actress Charlotte Rampling, best known for her Oscar nominated role in the 2016 film 45 Years and her Golden Globe nominated performance in London Spy.

Dune will be directed by Denis Villenueve, who has given us the films Prisoners, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049.

The Hollywood Reporter gives us this synopsis and description of Rampling’s character:

Dune, considered a sci-fi literary classic, tells the complex story of a fallen noble family's attempt to control a desert planet named Arrakis and its export, a rare spice drug, even as it is betrayed by a galactic emperor.

Rampling will play the Reverend Mother Mohiam, the emperor’s truthsayer, a person who can divine intentions, suss out lies and manipulate people's emotional states.
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‘The Masked Singer’ spoiler: The Peacock is …

‘The Masked Singer’ spoiler: The Peacock is …
The third episode of “The Masked Singer” on January 16 brought back the five acts from the premiere — Peacock, Monster, Unicorn, Deer and Lion — who had won enough votes to stay in the competition. Once again they performed an elaborate production number while covered from head to toe in a costume. One of them, the Deer, did not earn enough support to stay in the competition and was revealed to be NFL great Terry Bradshaw. But we still don’t know who the other four are.

Before taking to the stage to sing “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic, the Peacock offered up several more clues as to his identity. Those, coupled with the ones he gave on the first episode on Jan 2, have us convinced that we have unearthed a spoiler and know who is hiding behind all those feathers: Donny Osmond.

Reflecting back on his first performance, where he sang “The
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Gold Derby offers the inside track to Hollywood leaders at Awards Upfront

Gold Derby senior editor Joyce Eng joined me on stage at the Awards Upfront in Hollywood on Tuesday to discuss the diverse kudos coverage at our website, including the six different kinds of predictions of the 32 awards we cover in depth each year: Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users, Top 24 All Stars, All Users and Combined (Gold Derby’s official racetrack odds). What are the differences? Which ones are most accurate?

We also reviewed our many other editorial offerings – more than 30 articles that we publish every day, 500 in-depth video chats we conduct with award contenders each year, etc. – to an audience of more than 200 industry executives who attended the breakfast at Neuehouse where the kudos coverage of our sister Pmc sites Deadline and TVLine were also celebrated.

The popular, jam-packed Awards Upfront event was produced and introduced by Stacey Farish, who is general manager and revenue chief of all three sites, and
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6 Otherworldly New Tidbits About Men in Black International, Straight From the Stars

Anticipation is building for the all-new Men In Black International, which already boasts an incredible cast and a jam-packed first trailer. Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly we're getting even more exciting tidbits about the film, which is kind of a sequel and a reboot all rolled into one. "[It's] a sort of reinvention, an opening up of the original franchise that aesthetically is a lot different," star Chris Hemsworth said in the cover story. "Like the geography of this one, we're not just in New York - we're in Istanbul, Italy, London."

So, what else have we learned from this piece? As it turns out, it's a mini treasure trove of hints as to what we can expect when the film hits theaters on June 14. Buried in the text are little factoids about the alien critters we'll be meeting, a new cast member, and some hilarious quotes about Hemsworth's difficulty breaking
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Csa to honour Barbara Broccoli, Lucinda Syson in London

Csa partners with Bifa for first time.

Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and casting director Lucinda Syson will be honoured by the Casting Society of America (Csa) in London.

The first European Artios awards will be handed out at Bifa’s most promising newcomer dinner event at The London Edition hotel, alongside simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on January 31. It is the first time the Csa’s European branch have handed out separate prizes.

Broccoli and Nancy Bishop, head of Csa Europe, will receive lifetime achievement awards, and Syson, whose films include Blade Runner 2049 and Wonder Woman,
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Lindsay Lohan plans to “harass her agent” for Ariel role in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

With The Walt Disney Company yet to cast the title role for The Little Mermaid, actress Lindsay Lohan has once again thrown her hat into the ring to play Ariel in the live-action remake.

Speaking to Variety, the Mean Girls star stated that the 1989 animated classic is her favourite movie, adding that: “Whenever I put that move on, it makes me happy. I’m like, ‘Everybody, stop. Watch this movie.'”

Lohan first expressed her interest in the role back in 2017, sharing a side by side comparison photo of her and Ariel, but it seems that wasn’t enough to tempt Disney to get in touch.

“No,” said Lohan when asked whether she’d been approached by Disney about the role. “But I’m going to harass my agent about it after this.”

The Little Mermaid is to be directed by Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) from a script by
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'Aquaman' crosses $1bn worldwide (update)

Bumblebee climbs to early $256.3m; A Star Is Born crosses $400m worldwide.

January 14 Update: Aquaman crossed the $1bn global box office threshold at the weekend and became the second highest Warner Bros film of all time internationally on $733.6m.

Paramount Pictures International

Updated: Meanwhile Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers spin-off Bumblebee remained the international champion thanks to a $37.4m haul from 64 markets, resulting on an early $258.1m tally.

China delivered $26.4m to hold on to top spot and reach $107.3m after two weekends, while the UK generated $1.3m for $13.5m after three. The action adventure stands at $8.5m in France
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The Average Spotify Subscriber Pays $5.50 a Month – and Record Labels Hate It

On the surface of things, New York-based Warner Music Group should be delighted. The company, which owns the third biggest recorded music operation in the world, just posted record full-year results for the 12 months to end of September last year.

Wmg’s annual recorded music revenues grew by $340 million, or 11%, to $3.36 billion – an all-time pinnacle for the major. This growth, predictably, was driven by surging yearly revenues from streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud and Pandora, which hit $1.73 billion. Warner’s biggest money-spinners in the 12 months included records from stars like Cardi B,
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6 Otherworldly New Tidbits About Men in Black International, Straight From the Stars

Anticipation is building for the all-new Men In Black International, which already boasts an incredible cast and a jam-packed first trailer. Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly we're getting even more exciting tidbits about the film, which is kind of a sequel and a reboot all rolled into one. "[It's] a sort of reinvention, an opening up of the original franchise that aesthetically is a lot different," star Chris Hemsworth said in the cover story. "Like the geography of this one, we're not just in New York - we're in Istanbul, Italy, London."

So, what else have we learned from this piece? As it turns out, it's a mini treasure trove of hints as to what we can expect when the film hits theaters on June 14. Buried in the text are little factoids about the alien critters we'll be meeting, a new cast member, and some hilarious quotes about Hemsworth's difficulty breaking
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Meet the ‘Masked Singer’ Costume Designer Behind Those Elaborate Looks

  • Variety
Fox’s “The Masked Singer” is a talent competition with a difference. The series, which drew 9.2 million viewers in its Jan. 2 debut, is not looking to find America’s next big star. Instead, it’s about hiding them as they perform covers of chart-toppers in masquerade.

Twelve celebs compete, with one singer eliminated each week as identities are revealed. Fog machines and backup dancers add to the ambience of this adaptation of a Korean format.

Fooling the audience, as well as the other contestants, requires some intriguing head-to-toe disguises — courtesy of the woman behind the masks of “The Masked Singer,” costume designer Marina Toybina.

The four-time Emmy winner knows a thing or two about adding razzle-dazzle to performers’ wardrobes, thanks to her work on projects like Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and Katy Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl halftime show. She says she was most excited to bring
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Getting Sing-Along Screenings in North America

  • Variety
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Getting Sing-Along Screenings in North America
Prepare to rock while watching “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The Golden Globe winner is getting sing-along screenings at more than 750 North American locations beginning on Friday.

The sing-along version will display song lyrics on screen, allowing viewers to perform the movie’s score. The tracks include Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and the title song.

Bohemian Rhapsody” will jump from its current 1,080 domestic locations to more than 1,300 this weekend, following its Golden Globe wins for best drama and best actor in a drama (Rami Malek). The film has been a massive success, grossing $194 million domestically and another $549 million internationally following its launch in early November.

“We are delighted to give audiences the opportunity to see this outstanding Golden Globe-winning film featuring Rami Malek’s amazing Golden Globe-winning performance in theaters all over the U.S. and Canada
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Warner Bros Taps 20th Century Fox Vet Julien Noble As International Marketing Evp

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Julien Noble is joining Warner Bros. Pictures as Executive Vice President, International Marketing, it was announced today by Blair Rich, President, Worldwide Marketing Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Home Entertainment.

Noble will report directly to Rich and work closely with Jp Richards, Warner Bros. Evp of Worldwide Marketing and Chief Data Strategist.

Noble comes from 20th Century Fox where he was Evp, Worldwide Digital, working on award-winning campaigns for the Deadpool and X-Men franchises as well as The Greatest Showman, Logan and this year’s awards season contender Bohemian Rhapsody.

In his new role on Warner’s worldwide marketing team Noble will help create innovative and strategic international campaigns for all Wbp and New Line Cinema titles, ensuring that the marketing goals of each territory are realized.

“Coming off Warner Bros.’ best year ever at the international box office, the marketing of our films to overseas audiences in creative and
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Sexiest Men Alive at the Grammys: Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds could all be winners this year

Hollywood awards often slap the stud: denying awards to male sex symbols, perhaps because entertainers who are desirable to women aren’t taken as seriously by the predominantly male industry establishment. But the reverse could be true at the Grammys this year. In an unlikely turn of events, three actors who have been named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine over the years could win music’s biggest prize for the first time: Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds.

Cooper is the highest-profile of the three this year since he’s currently a contender for multiple Oscars for writing, directing, producing and starring in the musical drama “A Star is Born.” The lead single from the soundtrack, “Shallow” with Lady Gaga, earned him Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The song is also up for Song of the Year and Best Visual Media Song,
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Warner Bros hires Julien Noble to senior international marketing role

Multilingual executive previously served at Fox, Disney.

Warner Bros has hired former 20th Century Fox executive vice-president of worldwide digital Julien Noble as executive vice-president of international marketing.

Reporting to Warner Bros Pictures Group and Warner Bros Home Entertainment president of worldwide marketing Blair Rich, Noble will work on international campaigns for all Warner Bros and New Line films.

Working closely work closely with Warner Bros Pictures executive vice-president of worldwide marketing and chief data strategist Jp Richards, Noble will also be tasked with applying his background in digital to innovate international marketing operations.

“Coming off Warner Bros’ best year
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Hugh Jackman's Is Back in '#Beastmode' at the Gym — Is He Playing Wolverine Again?!

Hugh Jackman's Is Back in '#Beastmode' at the Gym — Is He Playing Wolverine Again?!
Is Hugh Jackman back as Wolverine?

Not exactly. The 50-year-old actor shared a video of himself Monday lifting weights for what he wrote was a “#cameo.”

“Gym Heckler. #dogpound #Bri #cameo,” he tweeted.

A rep for the actor tells People, “He’s prepping for his world arena tour. The Man. The Music. The Show.”

Despite Jackman gearing up for his tour, which will showcase material from the soundtrack album of The Greatest Showman, fans began speculating he was returning to the role of Wolverine.

“#Beastmode,” one fan wrote with a gif of Jackman as Wolverine.

Gym Heckler. #dogpound #Bri #cameo pic.
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Five Of The Best: Political Dramas

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This week sees the release of The Front Runner, a new political drama from Jason Reitman starring Hugh Jackman in his first appearance on screen since the smash-hit The Greatest Showman. Jackman is in very different territory here, starring as Gary Hart, the front-runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.

One of the first big releases of the new year, the film is also one of the best political dramas in recent years, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the story. To coincide with the release of the film – in cinemas from 11th January, we take a trip back in time to look at five of the best political dramas in recent years.

Lbj (2016)

This little-seen drama first debuted at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival but didn’t hit cinemas until well after a year later. Rob Reiner directs a virtually unrecognisable Woody Harrelson in the title role of former U.
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Hugh Jackman Gym Video Fuels Talk Of A Wolverine Return

It’s now been almost two years since the premiere of Logan, and in all that time, Hugh Jackman has never shown an interest in reprising his role as Wolverine. And yet, even as we kick off 2019, the actor still can’t so much as go to the gym without the fans getting their hopes up all over again.

The Australian star of The Front Runner, The Greatest Showman, and several upcoming projects that have nothing to do with Wolverine took to Twitter with a video of himself lifting weights, and since Logan is a guy who usually looks pretty ripped, Jackman’s followers were all too happy to put two and two together, sharing their suspicions that the actor may have a role in Avengers: Endgame or Deadpool’s next movie:

When Huge Jackman begins uploading fitness pics/vids it usually only means one thing: pic.twitter.com/tQW
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'Mary Poppins Returns' passes £30m in third weekend atop UK box office

Disney feature puts on £4.6m.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.28.

Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (Jan 4-Jan 6) Total gross to date Week 1 Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) £4.6m £34.3m 3 2 The Favourite (20th Century Fox) £2.2m £4m 1 3 Aquaman (Warner Bros) £1.9m £18.3m 4 4 André Rieu’s 2019 New Year Concert In Sydney (Piece Of Magic) £1.7m £1.7m 1 5. Bumblebee (Paramount) £1.7m £9.1m 2 Disney

Mary Poppins Returns has surged to a third straight weekend on top of the UK box office, after engaging audiences all through the Christmas/New Year holiday.

The fantasy feature took £4.6m over the weekend - a drop of 40% on
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The Grinch Is on Digital January 22, 4K Blu-ray Coming in February

Families everywhere can ring in the New Year with Dr. Seuss' The Grinch on Digital and via the digital movie app Movies Anywhere on January 22, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray&#8482, Blu-ray&#8482, DVD and On Demand on February 5, 2019. From Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, the film based on Dr. Seuss' beloved tale about a cynical grouch who goes on a mission to steal Christmas from others only to feel his own heart grow three sizes larger through unexpected friendships is one the whole family can watch and enjoy.

The new home entertainment edition contains more than 60 minutes of bonus content, including three mini-movies: "Dog Days of Winter" starring the Grinch and his heroically loyal dog Max; and "Yellow is the New Black" and "Santa's Little Helpers," both starring the lovable Minions. It also includes stunning featurettes, a how-to-draw tutorial and much more. Narrated by Grammy Award&#174winner and Oscar&#174 nominee Pharrell Williams,
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Lady Gaga Wins Golden Globe For Best Original Song For ‘Shallow’

Lady Gaga Wins Golden Globe For Best Original Song For ‘Shallow’
“Shallow,” the Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper duet from “A Star Is Born,” won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The award was given to Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, the team that wrote the song’s music and lyrics.

“As a woman in music it is really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as a songwriter,” said Gaga in accepting the award. “And these three incredible men, Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando and Mark Ronson, they lifted me up, they supported me… and Bradley [Cooper] I love you.”

“Shallow” beat out four other nominated songs to win the Globe, including “All the Stars” (performed by: Lamar and Sza in “Black Panther”), “Girl in the Movies” (performed by: Dolly Parton in “Dumplin”), “Requiem For A Private War” (performed by: Annie Lennox in “A Private War”), and “Revelation” (performed by: Jónsi & Troye Sivan in “Boy Erased
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