Lionsgate Sets Holiday Release Date for Charlize Theron’s Roger Ailes Scandal Film

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Lionsgate has set a release date for the untitled Charles Randolph film, previously known as the untitled Roger Ailes Scandal film, for December 20, 2019.

Lionsgate picked up the film after Annapurna dropped it in October of last year over budget issues, just two weeks before the film was set to begin production. The film is expected to tell the story of the Fox News sexual harassment scandal from the point of view of the women who took on the toxic male culture of Fox News, ultimately leading to Ailes’ downfall.

Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Kate McKinnon, Allison Janney and John Lithgow star. Lithgow is playing Ailes. Jay Roach is directing based on a screenplay by “The Big Short” writer Charles Randolph.

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Ailes resigned from Fox News in 2016 after Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit that resulted in multiple women coming forward with similar claims. At the time, Ailes was considered the mastermind behind the success of Fox News and one of the most powerful men in both media and American politics.

Roach, Randolph, Beth Kono, Aaron L. Gilbert, A.J. Dix and Margaret Riley are producing. Theron is co-producing, while Jason Cloth and Ashley Levinson are executive-producing.

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Amazon Prime Video Picks Up All Int’l SVOD Rights For ‘The Upside’, Will Debut The Film In Key Markets

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Meryl Streep Says ‘Big Little Lies’ Domestic Abuse Storyline Fed a ‘Hunger’ in a ‘Ready Audience’

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Meryl Streep, who is joining the cast of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” in its second season, attributes part of the show’s appeal to its honest examination of abuse through the storyline between Nicole Kidman’s character and her physically abusive husband, played in Season 1 by Alexander Skarsgard.

“This exploration of abuse and its provenance, where it comes from, how it continues, how people survive it, all those questions were in the air, and this piece fed something … a hunger,” Streep told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday. “A ready audience, I would say.”

Streep – who is taking on her first major TV role in more than 15 years — signed on to Season 2 last year as Kidman’s mother-in-law who comes to stay with her family following the death of her son.

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“Dave really understood,” Streep said, referring to writer and executive producer David E. Kelley, calling his writing “real, honestly investigated.”

The role came about, basically, because she was such a fan of the series, which also stars Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz.

“I loved this show. I was addicted to it,” Streep said. “I think it was an amazing exercise of what we know and what we don’t know about people.”

“Big Little Lies” is set to return on HBO in June.

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‘Quiet Place’ Star Noah Jupe Joins Nicole Kidman’s HBO Limited Series ‘The Undoing’

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“A Quiet Place” and “Honey Boy” star Noah Jupe is joining Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland on the upcoming HBO limited series, “The Undoing,” an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

Based on the book “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz, the six-episode series follows Grace (Kidman) in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster. Horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

Jupe will play Henry Sachs, Jonathan (Grant) and Grace’s son. Precocious and artistic, Henry seeks to keep his family together as recent revelations tear them apart.

“The Night Manager’s” Susanne Bier is attached to executive produce and direct all six episodes of the series. David E. Kelley is writer, showrunner and executive producing via his David E. Kelley Productions banner.

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Kidman, who is re-teaming with Kelley after two seasons of “Big Little Lies,” and Per Saari will executive produce under Blossom Films, alongside Bruna Papandrea for Made Up Stories. Celia Costas is also executive producing.

Jupe is currently at the Sundance Film Festival promoting “Honey Boy,” in which he stars alongside Shia LaBeouf and Lucas Hedges. His other credits include “A Quiet Place,” “Wonder” and “Holmes & Watson.”

Jupe is represented by CAA, Grandview and Christina Shepherd in the United Kingdom.

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Mr Skin Parent Company Sued Over Miley Cyrus Easter Bunny Spanking Photo

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The people behind celebrity nude-scene site Mr. Skin have been accused of nakedly filching other people’s material for their own gain.

SK Intertainment, the parent company of Mr. Skin, Egotastic, WWTDD and other websites was slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit alleging the wrongful use of a number of photos, including a photo of “Party in the USA” singer Miley Cyrus being spanked by the Easter Bunny.

In the suit, filed in federal court in California on Wednesday, photo agency Creative Photographers, Inc. [CPI] and photographic syndication company Lickerish allege that SK Intertainment infringed on the copyrights of a number of photos featuring Cyrus, Nicole Kidman and “Better Call Saul” star Rhea Seehorn.

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“Defendant Mr. Skin also owns and operates the website www.egotastic.com which is the ‘leading online celebrity and entertainment destination site for the male audience 18-49’ and specializes in celebrity gossip,” the suit reads. “On information and belief, the site also gets 10 million monthly unique visitors and features extensive advertising. Additionally, Mr. Skin owns and operates the website www.wwtdd.com which provides ‘salacious’ content and gossip, mostly on celebrity women, and also features extensive advertising.”

The suit continues, “Defendants used the CPI Photos and the Lickerish Photos to drive interest to their subscription access website, www.mrskin.com, and to increase the potential for more subscriptions, as well as ad sales to both Mr.Skin.com, Egotastic.com, and wwtdd.com. Thus, Defendants acted with the purpose and goal of financial gain, despite being sophisticated parties, with full knowledge of the strictures of federal copyright law and the basic requirements for licensing the use of copyrighted content for commercial exploitation.”

The suit contends that that the defendants are well familiar with licensing requirements, given that they “are sophisticated parties who depend on the many licenses granted to them by major studios, including Universal and Fox, to publish and distribute nude or revealing clips of women from their films. “

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The lawsuit also cites reports that Mr. Skin has licensed the use of its trademark for the 2007 Seth Rogen-Katherine Heigl film “Knocked Up.”

“As such, Defendants fully expect users of its intellectual property to seek authorization from them when exploiting their intellectual property,” the suit reads. “As such, Defendants actions are particularly wanton, willful and in knowing disregard of Plaintiffs intellectual property rights. “

TheWrap has reached out to SK Intertainment for comment on the suit.

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Exhibits for the suit cite multiple alleged infringements, in posts bearing titles such as “Nicole Kidman Sexy in the Water for Stellar” and “Miley Cyrus Spanked by Easter Bunn…ZZZZZ.”

The Cyrus picture was one of a number of photos taken of he singer taken by photographer Vijat Mohindra and published by Vogue last year, and which Creative says are in its library.

The suit is asking that the defendants be enjoined by the court from infringing on the plaintiffs’ copyrights, as well as unspecified damages.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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‘The Upside’ Opens With $1.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

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“The Upside,” the American remake of “The Intouchables” starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman, opened to $1.1 million in Thursday box office previews on 2,460 screens.

The strong number for a January release puts it ahead of Thursday preview numbers for several other recent family comedies, including Mark Wahlberg’s recent “Instant Family,” which brought in $550,000 in an admittedly more crowded holiday release season.

The film from director Neil Burger and released by STXfilms is projected to bring in $10 million this weekend from approximately 3,080 screens with the hope that strong word of mouth might make for a surprise hit in the early weeks of January, but it does hold just a 34 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

By comparison, the similar dramedy “St. Vincent” starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy opened to $7.7 million and went on to gross $44 million domestically.

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“The Upside” is based on a true story and follows the unlikely friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic (Cranston) and an ex-con (Hart) who is hired as his caregiver. The film was originally meant to open in March of 2018 but was delayed as part of The Weinstein Company’s bankruptcy. The film is now being distributed by STXfilms along with the TWC offshoot Lantern Entertainment. It currently has a 40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Upside” opens opposite holiday releases still holding over, including the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic “On the Basis of Sex” opening in wider release.

But also releasing this weekend are Columbia Pictures’ family adventure “A Dog’s Way Home” and the Entertainment Studios sci-fi film “Replicas,” starring Keanu Reeves.

“A Dog’s Way Home” earned $535,000 from Thursday night previews starting at 5 PM from 2,657. The film stars Ashley Judd and Edward James Olmos in the story of a dog who goes on a 400-mile journey to reunite with its owner. Releasing on 3,090 screens, the film is projected for a $9-10 million opening against a reported $18 million budget. The film has a 71 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“Replicas” stars Keanu Reeves as a synthetic biologist who loses his family in a car accident and rebels against both the government and scientific ethics with a desperate experiment to recreate them. The film is projected for a $4-7 million opening and has just an 11 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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For what it’s worth, “The Upside” is exactly what you think it is: the latest Hollywood effort that aims to show that a black man and a white man with seemingly nothing in common can see past their differences and develop a mutual friendship. It’s just as pat and basic as it looks and sounds.

Maybe as we enter 2019 clinging to ideals of goodness, there is a place for a film like this that doesn’t really have a point beyond which to say that we can, in fact, all get along no matter what. That is, after all, the basis of Dell (Kevin Hart) and Phillip’s (Bryan Cranston) professional relationship-turned-friendship.

When we first meet the two, we’re not really sure how they know each other, because Dell is behind the wheel of a luxury car driving at full speed while Phillip is quietly strapped in on the passenger side, sneering at Dell’s wild road antics. For all we know at this point, Dell is Phillip’s driver, and the latter is not much of a fan of the former. But as the scene progresses, it’s established that Dell took Phillip, who is paralyzed from the neck down, out on a joy ride to lift his spirits. And it’s one of Phillip’s many fancy cars that Dell is driving. Dell, as it turns out, is Phillip’s life aide.

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This is one of many on-the-nose scenes in an after-school-special-esque drama that hinges on the unlikely friendship between the duo. Dell is an African American ex-con who’s so consumed with how life has screwed him over that he’s neglected his duties as a father to his young son Anthony (Jahi Di’Allo Winston, “Everything Sucks!”) and ignored the child support mandate, much to the chagrin of Anthony’s mom Latrice (Aja Naomi King, “How to Get Away with Murder”). In other words, he’s a stereotype; even worse, a stereotype with no other purpose than to illuminate the humanity of his white counterpart.

Director Neil Burger (with a huge assist from screenwriter Jon Hartmere, who adapted the story from the 2011 French film “The Intouchables”) attempts, in vain, to turn Dell’s image around but only through Phillip’s gaze, who ultimately sees Dell for who he could become — a responsible man with apparently as yet unfocused dreams — rather than who he presents himself to be. Dell in turn sees beyond Phillip’s physical disability and hard exterior to the man he really is, devastated over losing the thriving career he once had as a bestselling author as well as the life he had with his now deceased wife Jenny (Genevieve Angelson, “Good Girls Revolt”). Phillip is lonely, sad, and constantly irritable; Dell helps him see beyond his own pain. (It’s as hokey as it sounds.)

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Though “The Upside” is told primarily through Dell’s perspective (his broken relationship with his son and ex is threaded throughout the entire film and other backstory details are pronounced), he still lacks nuance and is mostly just there as comedic relief. It is Phillip who gets a full arc, not Dell. This is particularly irksome because all the characters around Phillip, including Dell, are reduced to mere instruments of his progression despite the fact that at his most basic, he is an angry, middle-aged has-been. But that bottom line is not the core of his character; he gets to have layers while Dell and the other characters don’t.

Nicole Kidman plays Phillip’s former business associate Yvonne, who returns to his side after the accident that leaves him paralyzed and effectively becomes yet another casualty of Phillip’s perpetual grumpiness. But even in her case, Dell is used as a comedic device to soften her steely personality. He’s like the human form of an antidepressant for everyone else in the film.

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“The Upside” mimics the same issues that plagued the critically acclaimed “The Intouchables,” in that it uses its black lead simply as a plot device for the white lead. Much like the similarly praised “Green Book” (which chronicles the unlikely bond between a problematic white man and his black employer, effectively redeeming the former), “The Intouchables” redeems the white man and uses his aide as his narrative prop. (Also like “Green Book,” the French film is based upon an autobiographical story, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo’s experiences with his black male aide.) Unlike “Green Book,” however, “The Upside” does not rely on racial contrast between its characters but rather on their socioeconomic contrast.

After myriad trial and error, Dell and Phillip gain a mutual understanding with the help of the film’s score (by Rob Simonsen, “The Front Runner”), reminding both themselves and the audience that the universality of Aretha Franklin has the power to bring everyone — regardless of race, color, creed, or class — together. “The Upside” assumes that viewers will look past its shortcomings to embrace this idealistic gospel.



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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Teaser: Police Lineup for Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Co. (Video)

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HBO’s Golden Globes trailer for its upcoming slate of shows offered a doozy of a hint about what’s next on “Big Little Lies”: a shot of stars Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern in what looks a lot like a police lineup.

They’re wearing the same costumes they wore to the school fundraiser in the Season 1 finale of the show, in which their characters tag-teamed a coverup of the death of Alexander Skarsgård’s character — the abusive husband of Kidman’s Celeste Wright.

Police interviews with witnesses popped up throughout Season 1, so we knew the crew didn’t get away clean. But the shot of the police lineup hints that the women may not be out of legal peril. (Of course, we got the sense that that wasn’t the case when we saw that a mystery person was spying on them on the beach at the end of the finale.)

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This isn’t the first lineup on “Big Little Lies”: In Season 1, schoolboys had to stand in line after one of them was accused of choking Amabella, daughter of Renata (Dern).

Could it be a dream sequence? A nightmare? There’s definitely a dark, dreamy quality to the sequence. But if one of our leads is dreaming of police lineups, it’s probably a safe guess that she doesn’t feel completely out of the woods in the killing.

“Big Little Lies,” based on Liane Moriarty’s novel, was supposed to be a miniseries, but proved such a hit that HBO opted to give fans what they want.

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As executive producers, Witherspoon and Kidman were the first to announce the show’s second season, with David E. Kelley writing and Andrea Arnold in the director’s chair. This time, the castmates will also be joined by Meryl Streep.

The show doesn’t yet have a premiere date, but Kidman said on New Year’s Eve that everyone is “looking at June.”

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