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Spike Lee to direct Chadwick Boseman in Netflix veteran drama ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Lorenzo Bevilaqua, Randy Holmes/ABC(NEW YORK) — Spike Lee has set his first post-BlacKkKlansman project and he’s tapped a Wakandan king for the lead role.

According to Variety, Chadwick Boseman will star in Lee’s Vietnam vet drama Da 5 Bloods, which has been set at Netflix. The film centers on a group of Vietnam vets who, “go back to the jungle to find their lost innocence and put their broken selves back together.” Delroy Lindo and Jean Reno are also in talks to star.

The film, co-written by Lee, marks the director’s first directing job for the streamer. Lee currently executive produces the Netflix TV adaptation of his 1986 film, She’s Gotta Have It, and will also produce the time travel tale See You Yesterday.

As for Boseman, he’s set to star in the next Avengers: Endgame and the action film 17 Bridges, which are both coming out later this year.

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Number of female-led films hit record high in 2018, study finds

Warner Bros. Pictures/Barry Wetcher (LOS ANGELES) — From Lady Gaga’s Oscar-nominated turn in A Star Is Born to the female-led cast of Oceans 8, 2018 was a great year for women in movies, according to a study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

The study, obtained by Variety, shows that of the year’s top 100 highest-grossing movies, 40 featured women in either leading or co-leading roles — an increase of eight films from 2017 and 20 more than in 2007.

That bump also featured more women and people of color, whose inclusion in blockbuster films like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians helped draw huge audiences.

Of course, women and minorities still have a way to go to gain parity with their male counterparts, but at least Hollywood seems to be getting the message. In fact, 28 of the top 100 movies of 2018 featured an underrepresented lead or co-lead, according to the report. That’s a net gain of seven films from 2017 and a 15-film gain from 2007.

The news wasn’t good, however, for Native women and women from the Middle East, who had leading roles.

Hollywood also seems to be casting older women. The study shows 11 of last year’s top 100 films, including Jamie Lee Curtis and Sandra Bullock’s respective turns in Halloween and Ocean’s 8, featured a woman 45 years of age or older. That’s more than double the number in 2017.

Additionally, the study found that each of the seven major studios had at least one woman of color in a leading role in 2018, and all but three were closely proportionate to the U.S. population when it comes to movies with female lead characters. The top performer was Sony, followed by Lionsgate, Paramount and Universal.

USC Annenberg’s Inclusion Initiative examines diversity in media.

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Glenn Close says she’s “open to” working with Lady Gaga someday

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) — Lady Gaga and Glenn Close may be competing against each other at the Oscars this year, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work together in the future.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Close – who’s up for Best Actress in The Wife – says she’d be open to acting alongside Gaga.

“We haven’t talked about working together, but I would certainly be open to that,” she says. “She’s remarkable, incredibly courageous and creative. A prodigy. So many gifts.”

She recalls participating in The Hollywood Reporter’s The Actress Roundtable with her and sensing Gaga’s “nervousness.”

“I tried to put myself in her shoes,” Close says. “Even though she’s accomplished incredible things, as a personality, performer, artist, writer, she’d never been in that particular combination of women before, who are actresses. I tried to put her at ease as much as I could.”

She adds, “I was just thrilled that she was there. She’s very articulate and smart. I felt like that was almost a rite of passage for her around that table. I’m very proud of her.”

Close says that while she hasn’t seen Gaga’s Vegas residency show, Enigma, yet, she “can’t wait.”

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Let ‘Let It Go’ Go: Teaser trailer hits for ‘Frozen 2’

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — For many parents, a day long hoped for has come: when their kids might start letting go of “Let It Go” from Frozen.

That’s because there’s finally a teaser trailer for the sequel to the hit 2013 movie, which earned Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for the oft-repeated show-stopper — and inspired a Broadway show, to boot. 

Details of the plot are scarce, but it appears ice-controlling Queen Elsa is trying to use her powers to escape an island’s breaking waves, but her sister Anna is also imperiled.

Their respective human counterparts, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell return for the sequel, as does Josh Gad, who plays friendly snowman Olaf, and Jonathan Groff, seen riding his trusty reindeer Sven as the heroic Kristoff.

However, these damsels clearly aren’t in need of any rescuing — as evidenced by the last shot, when Anna unsheaths Kristoff’s sword to swing it at the camera, at an unseen threat.

This Is Us and Black Panther star Sterling K. Brown and Westworld‘s Evan Rachel Wood are new to the cast.

The movie is expected to hit theaters in November from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Robert Rodriguez got to “make a James Cameron movie” with ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

(l-r) Producer James Cameron and Director Robert Rodriguez on the set of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL/Rico Torres(NEW YORK) — Alita: Battle Angel, a new film based on a beloved graphic novel series, opens Wednesday. The movie was a passion project developed for decades by Oscar-winner James Cameron, who became too busy with his Avatar series to shoot it himself. 

Stepping into his shoes was his fan — and friend — Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez, famous for the micro-budget hits like El Mariachi, its spin-off Desperado, and the Spy Kids movies, told ABC Radio what drew him to Alita.

“I usually stayed away from bigger movies because I liked the freedom that I had on a lower budget…but this was a chance to make a Jim Cameron movie,” Rodriguez said. “And [I’ve] known Jim for many years, we tried to work together before and and I always loved this idea of him doing Battle Angel.”

“When I found out he couldn’t do it, I looked at the script and just loved what he had written,” he continues. “I thought, ‘I could go do it in your place because I just want to see this movie — I want to see this missing Jim Cameron movie!'” 

Set in the far future, Alita’s title character is a cyborg, a computer generated character brought to life by actress Rosa Salazar using cutting-edge performance capture technology.

“I think that you need to have a character if she’s going to be photo-real CGI, I think she needs to be warm,” Salazar explains. “If you don’t like her, then everything tends to alienate the viewer.

“So for me…I was really proud to see that I made those choices,” she continues. “I felt like, ‘OK good. You do want to stand next to her. You do want to reach out and touch her. You do want to go on this journey with her.'”

In the film, Alita is brought back to life by a gifted cybernetics doctor, played by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, however she soon discovers her true identity: as a fearsome soldier from an apocalyptic war long ago.


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“I’m freaking out!” Miley Cyrus to guest judge on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season premiere

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — It seems like such a perfect fit, it’s a wonder it hasn’t already happened.  Miley Cyrus will be a guest judge on the season 11 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“Are you freaking out?  Because I’m freaking out,” Miley says in the promo for her appearance.

According to VH1, Miley will go “undercover in the workroom to spy on the new cast of queens. The first test is to create signature looks from materials belonging to former RuPaul’s Drag Race legends.”

RuPaul and judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews will  return as well when RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 premieres Thursday, February 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

 

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Watch now: Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in gender-bent ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ reboot ‘The Hustle’

Christian Black/© 2018 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — The first official trailer for The Hustle, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, just debuted.

The comedy, a female take on the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, centers on a pair of scam artists, one low-rent and the other high class — played by Wilson and Hathaway, respectively — who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.

Alex Sharp co-stars in the comedy, which opens nationwide May 10.

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‘Isn’t It Romantic’ and ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ opening Wednesday

Rebel Wilson in “isn’t It Romantic”; Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Here are the movies opening nationwide Wednesday:

* Happy Death Day 2U — This sequel to the 2017 sci-fi-slasher movie Happy Death Day once again finds Tree Gelbman, played by Jessica Rothe, repeatedly reliving the same day after being hunted and killed by a masked assailant — only this time her friends are also targets. Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, and Ruby Modine also star. Rated PG-13.

* Isn’t It Romantic — Rebel Wilson stars in this film about a woman who gets hit on the head and, upon waking up, finds herself trapped in a romantic comedy. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine and Priyanka Chopra. Rated PG-13.

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Octavia Spencer thriller ‘Ma’ gets summer release date

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is embracing a new, creepy persona in her upcoming film Ma.

Spencer took to Instagram to share the new animated poster for suspense-thriller, which now has a release date of May 31. “So ready to take you on the wildest ride from @blumhouse that is @MaMovie2019,” she wrote.

In the film, Spencer plays Sue Ann, a loner in a small Ohio town.  Soon, she befriends a teenager who asks her to buy her and her friends alcohol. But their “friendship” soon turns into an obsession, after Sue Ann invites the young people to hang out in her basement — and follow some important “house rules.”

In addition to Spencer, Ma also stars Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, McKaley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo and Dante Brown.

Blumhouse is the production company that brought us Get Out, The Purge and Split, as well as BlacKkKlansman and Whiplash.

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Miley Cyrus fills in for husband Liam Hemsworth at ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ premiere

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — People magazine reported kidney stones were what sidelined star Liam Hemsworth for the premiere of his latest film Isn’t It Romantic on Monday night.

However, he found an A-list substitute to walk the pink carpet in New York City: his wife Miley Cyrus.  

The couple, who were married in December 2018, posted messages of appreciation for one another on social media. “Sorry I couldn’t make it to the @isntitromantic premier tonight guys,” Hemsworth posted. “Been dealing with some pretty annoying health stuff the last couple days…Lucky I have the best girl in the world to represent for me!” he continued.

“Thanks for the support babe! I hope everyone enjoys the movie! It’s a perfect Valentine’s Day flick so if ya ain’t got nothin better to do then go see it! Love to all!”

Cyrus also shared several snaps of her red carpet look, a glamorous red Valentino gown, commending her husband for his work on the film in the caption of her post.

“So proud of my hunky hubby @liamhemsworth & his newest movie #IsntItRomantic,” she wrote. “He…he is recovering and taking this time to rest / heal.”

She explained that actors and actress often want to put their health aside for their work.

“It’s hard for entertainers to put themselves before the project but this time it was crucial,” she wrote. “I am proud to represent him and his incredible work. So happy to see him shining in this comedy!”

“He is the funniest person I know, and the world now gets to see the Liam I wake up to every day…. luckiest,” she added.

In another snap, she posed in front of Hemsworth’s movie poster in which he’s playing a sax. “Getting sick blows,” she wrote. “Get well soon babe. I love you.”

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