Now we know what to call Apple’s TV service, even if we don’t know how much it’ll cost

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The latest Apple keynote, presented today on its Cupertino, California homebase, was all about services. As sales of the tech giant’s devices slow, it’s seeking ways to make money through the things you can use those devices for: Onstage at a theater n…

Director Jon Stewart’s ‘Irresistible’ With Steve Carell Lands at Focus Features

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“Irresistible,” a new political comedy which is being directed by Jon Stewart and stars Steve Carell, has landed at Focus Features, the studio announced Tuesday.

Focus will partner with Plan B Entertainment to produce and distribute “Irresistible,” a comedy set during a political campaign.

Chris Cooper also joins the previously announced cast of Carell and Rose Byrne. Stewart will also produce alongside Plan B Entertainment.

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“In the age of fake news, Jon Stewart continues to be the real deal. He’s been making us laugh at the bipartisan commitment to bending the truth for years, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with him and Plan B as Jon brings his signature wit to the big screen with the incredibly versatile talents of Steve, Rose, and Chris,” Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Focus’ Josh McLaughlin, president of production, will oversee the film.

This is the former “Daily Show” host’s follow-up to 2014’s “Rosewater,” a drama about the life of journalist Maziar Bahari that starred Gael Garcia Bernal.

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Cooper will next be seen in Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” based on the life of Mister Rogers. He also recently completed production on Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.” He’s represented by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.

Focus is behind the Oscar-winning “BlacKkKlansman” from Spike Lee, and they recently released “Greta” and “The Mustang.” Other films on the studio’s slate include “The Dead Don’t Die” from Jim Jarmusch, “Harriet,” about the life of Harriet Tubman, and the upcoming “Downton Abbey” movie.

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Watch the Big Musical Number Cut From Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ (Video)

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The solemn and gruff Dick Cheney is not someone you would expect to be a chipper, song and dance man, but Adam McKay’s Best Picture-nominated film “Vice” nearly featured a lavish musical number.

McKay directed a sequence in which Steve Carell’s Donald Rumsfeld is showing Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney the ropes inside a D.C. cafeteria, but it was ultimately cut from the movie. Rumsfeld starts to explain that every interaction and meeting could be a win or lose opportunity and chance for advancement, when who should stand up to burst out into song but Brittany Howard, the bluesy frontwoman for rock band Alabama Shakes.

Howard sings about the more underhanded techniques politicians use to get things done, like strategically leaking things to the press but then being publicly outraged about it as a way of preventing people from sitting into meetings.

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“Hear only yes, and never no, and I always have the final say so,” Howard belts out during the scene.

Nicholas Britell composed the music for the scene, and Andy Blankenbuehler, the choreographer for “Hamilton,” choreographed the dancing.

Sadly, the sequence didn’t make it into “Vice,” and the film’s editor Hank Corwin told The Hollywood Reporter back in January that much as he loved it, it would’ve weighed down the film at the wrong moment.

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“Adam directed the heck out of it; it was really entertaining,” Corwin told THR. “But what we found was, in the context of the film, it weighed the film down at the wrong time. The film wanted to move quickly in that area, and it would have slowed it down. It was very painful [to cut it].”

If only we got to see Christian Bale dust off his old “Newsies” dancing shoes, then maybe the scene would’ve made the final cut.

Watch it above.

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This musical number cut from Adam McKay’s Vice sure is something 

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Super Bowl LIII: Here’s Every Ad That Brands Have Dropped So Far Before the Big Game (Updating)

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On Sunday, the New England Patriots will take on the Los Angeles Rams to see who will hoist the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl LIII.

But for the many non-football fans who tune in for the game on Super Bowl Sunday, it also represents the best and funniest from the advertising world. The Super Bowl remains the most expensive ad buy on TV, with CBS getting between $5.1 and $5.3 million for 30-seconds of airtime, an individual with knowledge of the negotiations tells TheWrap.

Last year’s game cast ad buyers an average of $5.2 million for 30-seconds of airtime, according to data from ad-tracking firm Kantar Media. Overall, NBC brought in $482 million in ad time for last year’s coverage, which included pre- and post-game shows (for the game itself, NBC generated $408 million).

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Below, TheWrap has rounded up every commercial, teaser or preview that will air during the Big Game:

Skittles

“Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will star in “Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical,” which will be staged in front of a live audience at The Town Hall in New York on Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. EST.

So is it an actual Super Bowl commercial? Well, yes and no. The play is an actual advertisement for Skittles starring Hall, and it will take place on the same day as the game. But the musical itself is a real, one-time-only performance in lieu of an actual commercial during the game.

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Budweiser

A Dalmatian, Bob Dylan and, of course, the famous Budweiser Clydesdales appear in the beverage-maker’s Super Bowl ad touting that it’s now brewed with 100 percent renewable electricity from wind power.

Pepsi

Lil Jon, Steve Carell and Cardi B will star in Pepsi’s Super Bowl, and they’re all asking the same question.

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M&Ms

Christina Applegate gets locked out of her car at the grocery store and doesn’t appear too amused about it. You’ll have to watch the Super Bowl to find out what M&Ms’ role is here.

Mr. Peanut

Mr. Peanut and Alex Rodriguez: Dynamic duo.

Stella Artois

Now here’s a mashup we would’ve never expected. Jeff Bridges reprised his “The Big Lebowski” character, The Dude, to share a drink with Sarah Jessica Parker, reprising her own iconic role as Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City.”

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Doritos

Chance the Rapper and The Backstreet Boys are teaming up for Doritos’ Super Bowl ad. It looks like Chance is having a tough time fitting (and dancing) in.

Michelob ULTRA

Michelob ULTRA put out a pair of widely-different teasers for its Super Bowl ads. One features a robot and the other Zoe Kravitz in the quietest ad in history. We’re just as confused as you are.

Pringles

Alexa… are you OK?

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Olay

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in Olay’s first-ever Super Bowl ad that plays on her horror film chops in “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Scream 2.”

Expensify

In recent years, the Super Bowl has been home to unknown brands looking to get in front of the massive audience that will watch the game. Expensify, a software company that develops an expense management system for personal and business use, has enlisted 2 Chainz and Adam Scott to talk about finance management.

WeatherTech

We know next to nothing about what WeatherTech — who has become a Super Bowl mainstay in recent years — has planned for its Super Bowl ad. But the teaser has a dog, and that’s good enough for us.

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Burger King

We don’t know what Burger King is preparing to do for the fast food chain’s Super Bowl ad… we just know he’s spending a lot of time getting ready for it.

Super Bowl LIII airs Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on CBS

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Steve Carell, ‘Office’ Creator Reunite for Netflix Workplace Comedy ‘Space Force’ – Right, That Space Force (Video)

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Steve Carell and Greg Daniels are reuniting — but not to reboot “The Office.” The star of the workplace comedy and the creator of said workplace comedy are reteaming to bring you a new workplace comedy for Netflix called “Space Force.”

Per the project’s official logline, “Space Force” is a “workplace comedy centered around the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services…Space Force.”

Yes, they’re talking about that Space Force, created by the Trump administration.

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Netflix released a brief announcement video on Wednesday, which included this text, projected over footage of space and set to the theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey”:

“On June 18, 2018, the federal government announced the creation of a 6th major division of the United States Armed Forces. The goal of the new branch is ‘to defend satellites from attack’ and ‘perform other space-related tasks.’ Or something. This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out.”

Carell, who co-created “Space Force” with Daniels, will star in and executive produce the series. Daniels will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with fellow “The Office” producer Howard Klein also serving as executive producer.

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An episode count and launch date will be announced at a later time, along with character details and more casting announcements.

Watch the teaser above.

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‘Space Force’ Workplace Comedy Series From ‘The Office’s Steve Carell & Greg Daniels Ordered By Netflix

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Co-created by Carell and Daniels…

‘Beautiful Boy’ Cast on How the Actors and Filmmakers Created a Family on Set (Exclusive Video)

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“Beautiful Boy,” the Golden Globe-nominated true story of a family struggling with a son’s heroine addiction, is a heartbreaking portrayal of a family contending with crisis — but a family nonetheless.

While filming “Beautiful Boy,” the cast and filmmakers said in an exclusive featurette given to TheWrap that they created their own dedicated family on set to support each other, much like the real-life Sheff family on which the film is based.

“There was this incredible moment when the Sheffs visited us on set and saw the family we had recreated and there was this deep sense of love and a bond between everybody — Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan,” producer Jeremy Kleiner said in the exclusive clip.

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Directed and co-written by Felix van Groeningen, “Beautiful Boy” is based on the best-selling pair of memoirs “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy” and “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction” from father and son, David and Nic Sheff. The film chronicles Nic’s survival, relapse and recovery, as his family copes with his addiction over many years.

In the featurette, the cast and filmmakers discuss the performances of the actresses portraying the pivotal women in Nic’s life – Tierney, who plays Nic’s stepmother, and Ryan, who plays his biological mother.

“Maura’s performance is extremely subtle and really beautiful,” Kleiner said. “You are aware there is a deep bond between Maura and Nic.”

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Carell said of Tierney and Ryan, “Just love them. Terrific actors.”

Chalamet, who gushed about getting the opportunity to work with Ryan, who also worked for years with Carell on “The Office,” said they all became a team on set.

“I get a definite sense of commitment from everybody to the story and to the real-life people,” Carell said in the clip.

“Beautiful Boy” is now streaming on Prime Video.

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Universal will be relying on “The Grinch” for good box office news this Christmas, as the studio released a second straight bomb in as many weeks with DreamWorks’ “Welcome to Marwen.”

Made on a reported $40 million budget “Marwen” opened to just $2.4 million from 1,911 screens this weekend, well below tracker projections of a $7-10 million opening. It’s tied with Paramount’s “Action Point” for the worst wide opening from a major studio this year, and it is the worst career opening for lead star Steve Carell and director Robert Zemeckis.

The movie is based on the true story of Mark Hogancamp, who was severely beaten by white supremacists and suffered brain damage and amnesia. To help with his recovery, he created a miniature village and populated it with figures representing people in his life, including his attackers. Critics panned the film with a 25 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, and audience reception wasn’t much better with a B- on CinemaScore.

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This opening comes a week after Universal released “Mortal Engines,” a film that has only grossed $12 million domestically through 10 days in theaters and $54.2 million worldwide against a budget reported to be at least $100 million.

Combined, the two films stand to lose $150-175 million for Universal and its financing partners, according to box office sources. “Mortal Engines” was co-produced and co-financed with Media Rights Capital, with Universal sharing financing with Legendary. “Welcome to Marwen” was co-financed 50-50 with DreamWorks. Chinese media company Perfect World also financed the film as part of a slate financing deal with Universal.

“The Grinch,” on the other hand, is still going strong for Universal in its seventh weekend, grossing $8.1 million to push its domestic total to $253 million, easily outgrossing fellow November animated release “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which currently stands at $162 million. Despite a very poor ending, Universal’s 2018 was still good, with a domestic total of $1.71 billion for the year and a 15 percent market share.

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Steve Carell Worked as a Mailman Who Hand-Wrote Responses to Letters to Santa (Video)

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You better watch out, because Steve Carell is about to make you cry.

On Wednesday’s “Late Show,” long-time pals Carell and Stephen Colbert chatted about how “The Office” alum was once a rural mailman in Littleton, Massachusetts who really played into the magic of Christmas.

“I’d get little kids who’d address letters to Santa and there was a special place at the post office that they responded to [those],” Carell said, with Colbert noting obviously they’d then go to the North Pole, which the “Welcome to Marwen” star confirmed was the proper procedure.

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“But what I would do as a mail carrier is I would write a little hand-written note and say, ‘Your letter to Santa Claus has been picked up by special reindeer courier.’ And I’d leave it in the mailbox,” he added.

Cue the “aww” from the audience and Carell’s “Yeah, exactly,” response.

“But it would also take me until 9 or 10 at night to deliver the mail because I was doing this stupid thing,” Carell said, laughing.

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Carell also told the late-night host he went about his mail-delivering in a “REALLY illegal” way.

“I think only like the really senior delivery people had the official trucks, so I had to use my Toyota, which had a bench seat,” Carell said. “And I would steer with one hand with my foot over here on the gas… and I would sit in the passenger seat and deliver the mail out the right side.”

And this was while it was snowing, so about as safe as you’d expect that setup to be.

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Watch the video above.

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The disastrous Welcome To Marwen strands a fascinating true story in the uncanny valley

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Timothee Chalamet to Receive Spotlight Actor Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

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Timothée Chalamet will receive the Spotlight Award, Actor at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, the festival announced Wednesday.

The actor will receive the award at the Film Awards Gala for his role in “Beautiful Boy.” The event will be held on Jan. 3 and will be hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight.

“Timothée Chalamet gives a heartwarming, but tragic performance as a young man struggling with drug addiction in the film ‘Beautiful Boy,’” Festival chairman Harold Matzner said. “Last year Timothée was the recipient of the Festival’s Rising Star Award for his role in ‘Call Me by Your Name.’  He is definitely a rising star.  It is our honor to present the Spotlight Award, Actor to Timothée Chalamet.”

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Previously announced honorees include Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuaron, Regina King, Spike Lee, Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy and “Green Book.”

Past recipients of the Spotlight Award, Actor have included Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, J.K. Simmons and Sam Rockwell, and all recipients received Academy Award nominations the year they were honored with the Spotlight Award.

“Beautiful Boy” also stars Steve Carell, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan. The film is based on two memoirs and follows a family’s love in the midst of their son’s addiction and his attempts at recovery. Felix van Groeningen directed.

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So far, Chalamet has also received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in “Beautiful Boy,” as well as a SAG Award nomination and a Critics Choice Award nomination. Previously, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name.”

His other credits include “Lady Bird,” “Hot Summer Nights,” “Interstellar,” “A Rainy Day in New York” and “Hostiles.” He is currently filming David Michod’s “The King.”

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‘Welcome to Marwen’ Film Review: Robert Zemeckis Shrinks a True Story’s Impact to Doll Size

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“Welcome to Marwen” is, in a word, indescribable. But not in a good way.

Robert Zemeckis, who directed “Forrest Gump,” one of the most iconic underdog movies of all time, returns with another male protagonist with a remarkable story. But this time the filmmaker doesn’t quite seem to connect with his subject, which makes for an even greater disconnect with the audience.

Gaining empathy for a protagonist such as the one in “Marwen” shouldn’t really be an issue, though. This is, after all, the real-life story of Mark Hogancamp (played by Steve Carell), who was beaten so terribly by five men outside a bar in 2000 that it left him without most of his memory of the event and everything before then — horrific details that were previously revisited in the acclaimed 2010 documentary, “Marwencol.”

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They attacked him because he was a cross dresser, making this a hate crime. Mark suffered severe brain damage after the attack, but he found a sense of solace by tapping into his creative skills to assemble an exquisitely detailed 1/6-scale town called Marwen made up of dolls representing himself, friends, and his assailants. (In Zemeckis’ film, which is set about a year after the attack, it’s revealed Mark was an artist in his past life.)

Mark very specifically surrounds himself with women in his toy world, including his physical therapist GI Julie (Janelle Monáe), symbolizing the main people in his life who care about him. Trouble is, Mark almost completely removes himself from the real world for this toy world — in which his doll representative is not a victim but an indestructible WWII hero in Belgium who defeats the Nazis, aka his bar attackers — to the point where, in his mind, the figurines are more real to him than the actual humans.

At its core, “Marwen” tells a story of trauma, and that is what it does well. It’s about a man who’s so badly damaged by his attack, both mentally and physically, that he creates a whole new narrative for himself in which he can exclusively exist. Carell excels in this space, utilizing the awkwardness he’s known for as a comedic actor to illuminate Mark’s social withdrawal and underlying sadness that’s palpable in each scene.

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Threaded throughout the narrative is the looming dread of Mark’s scheduled trial date, when he has to face his attackers again in a courtroom. Mark avoids all reminders about it from his friends, including Roberta (the woefully underused Merritt Wever), a local vintage toy shop clerk, and even his lawyer Darius (Conrad Coates, “Star Trek: Discovery”), quickly shifting the conversation back to some aspect of his toy world before he is encased by terrifying memories.

Zemeckis, with a huge assist from art director Chris Beach (“Altered Carbon”) and cinematographer C. Kim Miles (TV’s “The Flash”), wonderfully captures the world through Mark’s eyes as he drifts between his horrifying past and his fabricated, sometimes animated, present through vivid images of dolls and humans alike. Strangely, even the real-life city in which we meet Mark and his friends — including his syrupy sweet new neighbor Nicole (Leslie Mann) — looks like a bright, storybook world filled with bold colors and smiles. It’s the very antithesis of his brutal attack.

But there’s a whole other facet of Mark’s story that feels shortchanged in the film: the fact that he’s a cross-dresser. It’s not so much that the film should rest entirely on this information, even though Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson’s screenplay does point out that it is the reason for his attack, which is the catalyst for this entire story. It’s just that it’s not treated with any real consideration.

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In the flashbacks, which are primarily shown through doll animation, Mark is proudly wearing black stilettos when he’s confronted by the group of men and boasting about the heel size. (“The higher the better,” he says.) In another animated storyline, the Mark doll is smitten by the Nicole doll (added to the collection because he’s got a crush on her), and explains that, “I collect women’s essence. I wear heels sometimes because they connect me to dames. I like dames.” As in real life, Nicole doesn’t have an issue with this. Though she is madly in love with him in Mark’s make-believe world, however, the two do not have a romantic connection in real life.

But in the present real world, Mark’s cross-dressing isn’t so much a part of his story as something that was in his past, a part of his life he keeps stored in his closet (which houses over 200 pairs of heels). There is one other point when Roberta stops by to bring him a pair of espadrilles for his collection, and he is just about to put them on when Nicole pays him an unexpected visit. It just seems like a missed opportunity to explore an important part of him, since even though the movie spends much of the time deflecting from reality, its climax suggests that Mark can find some sense of closure and freedom if he faces the truth, not only about his attackers but also about who and where he is today.

“Marwen” doesn’t succeed at confronting either of these things. Regarding his love for cross-dressing, or just wearing women’s shoes as he specifies in the movie, it could be taken that it’s just too traumatic for him to live as free, unbothered and confident as he once was, which is totally understandable. Even just one exchange alluding to that, whether it was with real-life Nicole or Roberta, would have been sufficient. Without it, there’s a slight disconnect, making it difficult to discern whether Zemeckis and Thompson’s characterization of Mark is an interpretation of who he is or a full embodiment.

As a result, some parts of “Marwen” just seem empty, and while the filmmakers and Carell earn praise for tackling trauma through animation, the film ultimately has no real impact.



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