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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‘SNL’: Ben Stiller’s Michael Cohen Faces Off Against Bill Hader’s Jim Jordan (Video)

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Though Alec Baldwin didn’t pop up as Donald Trump on this week’s “SNL,” that doesn’t mean the cold open was without star power. Indeed, we got Ben Stiller popping in to reprise his impression of Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen, and then “SNL” cast member Bill Hader showed up as Republican representative Jim Jordan.

“Thank you for inviting me here today to correct the record under oath. Of course, the first time I testified was also under oath. But this time, I like really mean it,” Stiller’s Cohen said to open his testimony. “I’m here today to tell you that Mr. Trump is a racist.”

Stiller paused for a moment, then continued after realizing he wasn’t going to get the response he wanted. “Wow. I thought that would get a really much bigger reaction.”

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“I know that I was wrong. And I know it, ’cause I got caught,” Stiller’s Cohen continued. “For too many years, I was loyal to a man when I should not have been. Now I know how Khloe Kardashian feels. But now, I’m all out of faith. This is how I feel. I’m cold. And I’m ashamed. Lying naked on the floor. Illusion never changed into something real. I’m wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn. Thank you.”

That last bit was a lyric from the song “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia.

“Now I’d like to open the floor so the Republicans can get angry at everyone except the president,” said longtime “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson as the House Oversight Committee chair Elijah Cummings. “The chair recognizes the congressman from Ohio, Mr. Jordan.”

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Then came former “SNL” cast member Bill Hader as Jordan.

“Good afternoon, Mr. chairman,” Hader said before turning to Stiller. “Good afternoon to you, you lying piece of human trash!

“Mr. chairman, you’re right. I’m angry. I’m angry that I have to sit here through this two-bit dirt bag flee circus. I’m so angry I couldn’t even wear a jacket today. You know something, Mr. Cohen. I’ve never even heard of you!”

“Your mother has,” Stiller as Cohen retorted.

“Hey, hey, hey. You don’t scare me with your liar mouth,” Hader continued. “Oh, I’m about to pop off! You have been working in some of the sleaziest circles in America for years. What other criminals and lowlifes have you worked for?”

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“I was the deputy finance chairman for the Republican party, sir.”

“What?” Hader’s Jordan exclaimed. “Is that true? Oh, damn it. I yield of the rest of my time.”

The bulk of the rest of the sketch saw other members of the committee yielding their time back to Jordan so he could continue to embarrass himself.

Watch some clips from the cold open below:

Let’s get this hearing underway. @RedHourBen #SNL pic.twitter.com/IfPy1DPXQ7

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The chair recognizes the congressman from Ohio, Mr. Jordan. #SNL pic.twitter.com/fLsgqGraC6

— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) March 3, 2019

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Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon In Talks to Join Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’

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Finn Wolfhard and Carrie Coon are in talks to join the cast of Jason Reitman’s “Ghostbusters,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Much of the plot remains under wraps, but it follows a single mom and her family. Coon is in talks to play the mom, while Wolfhard would play her son.

Reitman is directing and also co-wrote the screenplay with Gil Kenan. Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman (who also directed and produced the original film) will produce. The film is expected to go into production this summer and is slated for release summer 2020.

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It will be the second official sequel following 1988’s “Ghostbusters 2.” The film will have no connection to the female-led 2016 film directed by Paul Feig that starred Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Coon most recently starred in “Kin” and “Widows,” as well as the “Fargo” TV series and “The Leftovers.” She is represented by UTA, Foundation Talent Management and Peikoff Mahan.

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Wolfhard is best known for his role in Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” His other recent credits include “It,” “Dog Days” and “Carmen Sandiego.” He is represented by CAA, Velocity Entertainment, Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.

Variety first reported the news. Sony had no comment.

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Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video to Produce ‘Audio Only’ Comedy Programs for Audible

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‘Yesterday’ Trailer: No One Remembers The Beatles in Danny Boyle’s Musical Comedy (Video)

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Universal has officially announced the title to “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle’s musical comedy about The Beatles as “Yesterday.

The studio also released a trailer for the new film on Tuesday morning, confirming its release date as the previously announced June 28.

In “Yesterday,” Jack Malik (Himesh Patel from BBC’s “Eastenders”) is a struggling amateur musician  in England wakes up after a freak bus accident and mysterious global blackout to discover that The Beatles never existed, no one has ever heard their songs — and John, Paul, George and Ringo are nobodies.

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Even a Google search only reveals the bugs “beetles.” Apparently Coldplay are still really big, though.

Jack then sets out to replenish the world of Beatles songs, with the entire world believing that he wrote them and is now the greatest songwriter who ever lived. He’s even put on the spot by James Corden to “write” something completely new, so he “writes”… “Something.” But will he learn how to play bass left handed? And who’s his Yoko?

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“Yesterday” comes from Boyle and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Love, Actually” and “Notting Hill.” It also stars Lily James, Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran as Jack’s record producers, with the latter recommending that Jack call his magnum opus song, “Hey Dude.” Brilliant.

The film also naturally features covers of classic Beatles’ hits. It’s produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner alongside Matthew James Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew. Curtis and Boyle also produce. Nick Angel and Lee Brazier serve as executive producers.

Watch the trailer for “Yesterday” above.

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‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin’s Trump Plays ‘Deal or No Deal: Government Shutdown Edition’ With Congress (Video)

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“Saturday Night Live” opened its first episode of 2019 with a sketch featuring the return of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, and Congress’ desperate attempt to get him to agree end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

As Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson) explained, the only negotiation Trump would understand was with a game show: “Deal or No Deal: Government Shutdown Edition.” (Usual host Howie Mandel was apparently not available due to a germ thing, according to Harvey.)

Members of Congress (played by the “SNL” cast) stood around with numbered cases, ready to offer Trump alternatives to the over $5 billion he wants to build his border wall.

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But he was not a fan of a proposal from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon): “$1 Billion + you say ‘Nancy’s my mommy.’”

He also passed on a case from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Beck Bennett). Schumer offered “Whatever You Want” until Pelosi reminded him they weren’t doing that, then offered “$15 + a pastrami on rye.”

He continued to say “no deal” to Mitch McConnell, Maxine Waters, Alexandra Ocasio Cortez, Cory Booker, and even Cardi B, who offered him “shmoney.”

Eventually he agreed to reopen the government in exchange for “hamberders” from a Clemson football player (Pete Davidson).

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Baldwin has popped up less often in Season 44 than he did in the last two seasons. He’s appeared four times this season.

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‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin’s Trump Channels ‘Evita’ and Mopes About Putin’s Bro-Down With MbS

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During the cold open of the first “Saturday Night Live” of December, Alec Baldwin returned as a very mopey Donald Trump, who is sad about his growing legal problems — but also how Vladimir Putin seems to have a new BFF in Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS).

Baldwin also snuck in a joke at his own expense about being accused of punching someone over a parking space a month ago.

The sketch saw Baldwin’s Trump taking a break from this weekend’s G20 summit in Argentina by stepping out onto his hotel room balcony to mope about this week’s crazy developments. He started, of course, by fretting about how the Mueller investigation has heated up.

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After complaining about having to hang out in Argentina with Europeans — “I’m a nationalist,” he said. “What did nationalism ever do to Europe?” — Trump was visited by his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, played by a very game Kate McKinnon.

McKinnon’s Rudy joked that he “was hanging upside down under the balcony” like a vampire, and gave Trump the good news and bad news about the Mueller investigation. “The good news is it’s almost over. The bad news, it’s almost over.”

Baldwin’s Trump then made a call to Michael Cohen, played once again by Ben Stiller, to try and talk him out of testifying. After failing, Baldwin’s Trump said, “God, I haven’t been so upset since I flipped out over that parking space.”

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The topic turned to what’s really bugging the POTUS — the way Russian president Vladimir Putin bro’d out with the Saudi Crown Prince with that high five-handshake-hug on Friday.

A bare-chested Putin, played as usual by Beck Bennett, arrived and pretended to console Trump. But the moment was ruined when MbS, played by Fred Armisen, showed up to cruelly remind Badlwin’s Trump that he’s no longer Putin’s bestie.

“You’re not my sidepiece,” Bennett’s Putin said. “You’re like my main girlfriend. The Saudi guy is like some random hooker.” Then he turned to Armisen and sarcastically said he couldn’t believe MbS “killed that journalist.”
“Of course I didn’t,” Armisen’s MbS said. “On opposite day.”
Putin and MbS then dropped an exaggerated version of their “secret handshake,” after which Armisen’s MbS joked that “Trump was like ‘please tell me you didn’t do it,’ and I was like ‘bitch, you want oil or not?’”
The two left, but not before Bennett’s Putin twisted the knife further: “You won’t see me for a while. I prefer presidents who don’t get indicted,” he said, then to MbS: “You’re so actually rich. I love you.”

After that, Trump got into the spirit of his Argentina trip — and the fascism joke he made earlier in the sketch — by singing a parody of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from “Evita,” as he was joined by his administration, as well as Stiller’s Cohen.

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Aubrey Plaza to Host 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Aubrey Plaza will host the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced on Tuesday.

On Nov. 16, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan and “Private Life” star Molly Shannon announced this year’s nominees at a press conference. Best Feature nominees include “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Leave No Trace.”

The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Feb. 23, 2019, and will be broadcast exclusively on IFC at 2 p.m. PT.

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“I am truly honored and delighted to host the Spirits Awards this year,” said Plaza. “It is a dream come true to host a show that celebrates my greatest loves… independent film, the people that make them possible and live television!”

“The search for a great Spirit Awards host is never easy,” added Film Independent president Josh Welsh. “This year we said, let’s find someone funny, smart, a cinephile, being a great actor wouldn’t hurt, and it would be an added bonus if they’ve previously won a Spirit Award. Then we realized, oh wait, that’s Aubrey Plaza! So thank you Aubrey, for hosting the Spirits!”

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Most recently, Plaza starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen in “Ingrid Goes West,” which Plaza also produced,” as well as Jeff Baena’s “The Little Hours” and Jim Hosking’s “An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin.” She currently stars in FX’s “Legion” and will next be seen in Lars Klevberg’s remake of “Child’s Play” opposite Brian Tyree Henry.

This year marks the 34th edition of the awards show, which celebrates the very best of independent film. Past Spirit Awards hosts include Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson and Queen Latifah. Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Production will executive produce and direct for the fifth consecutive year. Shawn Davis returns as producer for his 17th year, while Rick Austin will produce for his fourth year in a row. Danielle Federico and Andrew Schaff return as co-producers.

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