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Dierks Bentley Wanted His 'Only the Brave' Ballad to Focus on "Holding the Light" Amid "Unimaginable Grief"

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When Dierks Bentley was writing "Hold the Light," the bittersweet ballad he also performs in Only the Brave, Sony's film based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, his thoughts were focused on the families of the 19 firefighters who perished in Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire.

"I thought, 'If they hear this song, how are they going to feel?' " he says. "My greatest dream would be that somehow they found some tiny measure of inspiration or hope in it."

It's an event the country singer cares about deeply: Shortly after the 2013 tragedy, the Arizona native organized a »


- Melinda Newman

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The Weinstein Company Resolves 'Gold' Lawsuit

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The Weinstein Company is out of one lawsuit. The case has nothing to do with the alleged sexual misbehavior of Harvey Weinstein, but nevertheless, the embattled independent studio will be thankful to rest one legal problem amid many others.

The $15 million lawsuit came in February from Speedee Distribution, a subsidiary of FilmNation Entertainment, which alleged TWC agreed to not release any other motion picture within a week of The Founder, the story of McDonald's mogul Ray Kroc. The agreement was allegedly breached this past January when TWC released Gold, based on a true story that starred Matthew McConaughey, a week »


- Eriq Gardner

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New 'All the Money in the World' Posters Released After Kevin Spacey's Removal

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Just a few weeks after dropping Kevin Spacey from the upcoming film All the Money in the World, Sony has released new posters for its TriStar release that now feature Christopher Plummer's name.

On Nov. 8, it was announced that, following multiple accusations of sexual assault, Spacey would be replaced in the film by Plummer, and all of his scenes, which were filmed over eight days and largely featured him solo, would be re-shot with Plummer stepping into the role of billionaire J. Paul Getty in hopes of still meeting the film's original release date of Dec. 22. Director Ridley Scott »


- Lauren Huff

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Netflix and Bollywood Star Shah Rukh Khan Partner for Indian Series 'Bard of Blood'

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Netflix and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will partner on an original Indian series, Bard of Blood. The espionage drama is based on the book of the same name by author Bilal Siddiqi and will be produced by Khan’s banner Red Chillies Entertainment.

The story revolves around expelled spy, Kabir Anand, who is recalled from his new life as a Shakespeare professor “to save his country and long-lost love.” The eight-episode series, which will be streamed worldwide, will feature dialog in Hindi, Urdu, English and other languages.

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- Nyay Bhushan

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Justice League Unites as Lego BrickHeadz (Exclusive)

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The Justice League is in theaters now, but in January they will take a new form.

Heat Vision has a look at new Lego BrickHeadz versions of Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, and they are as adorable as you'd imagine. They'll be available for $9.99 in January. The Wonder Woman figure has a detachable sword and shield, while the Aquaman figure comes with a detachable trident.

The BrickHeadz line is a fairly recent offering from Lego, which is using it to make inroads into the growing collectibles market side of the toy industry. The line has mostly been characters from »

- Aaron Couch

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How Chris Cornell Found Inspiration for His Song From Armenian Genocide Film 'The Promise'

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Even though the Armenian genocide depicted in Open Road's The Promise took place more than 100 years ago, when Chris Cornell wrote the searing end-title theme, he wanted to bring awareness to similar atrocities going on today.

"Rather than people thinking, 'Wow, what a horrendous thing that happened a century ago,' I'd love for them to realize that it is happening now and the fact that the warning signs are always the same leading up to a genocide," said the late Soundgarden singer in an interview a few weeks before his May 2017 death and shortly before the film, starring Christian Bale »


- Melinda Newman

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'Disaster Artist's' James Franco on Casting Famous Friends, Avoiding Parody Pitfalls

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How had you managed to not see The Room before reading The Disaster Artist?

It's kind of weird! The biggest fans from my circle who went to the early screenings [midnight showings of The Room became cult events in the 2000s and continue around the world] were Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Paul Rudd. But around that time, I wasn't really close with any of those guys. I wasn't in Superbad. I was in »


- Alex Ritman

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Mariah Carey Reveals the Hardest Thing About Being Mariah Carey

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Though it began with a particularly bumpy takeoff — a gaffe-ridden New Year's Eve performance in which she gave up halfway through — Mariah Carey's 2017 has course-corrected in time for Christmas, her favorite time of the year.

Following a scrapped engagement to Australian billionaire James Packer, the 47-year-old siren is now blissfully involved with 34-year-old dancer Bryan Tanaka. The "All I Want for Christmas" singer also has a new single, appropriately titled "The Star." But it's not about Mariah. The tune is the title song to Columbia Pictures' animated film (in theaters Nov. 17) about the birth of »


- Seth Abramovitch

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Willem Dafoe on Capturing "Great Humanity" as a Motel Manager in 'The Florida Project'

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The Florida Project, Sean Baker's follow-up to his cult hit Tangerine, the director gathered together a group of mostly unknown actors and one big name: Willem Dafoe. Known for playing villainous characters in such films as Spider-Man and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Dafoe, 62, takes on a softer role as an Orlando motel manager who helps a group of semipermanent residents, many on the cusp of homelessness. Already nominated for a Gotham Award, Dafoe, a father of one son, reveals how he related to Baker's story and talks about the responsibilities of being the veteran actor »


- Patrick Shanley

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Kumail Nanjiani on How 'The Big Sick' Strengthened His Marriage and Which Joke Made Him Nervous

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ilicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, set out to subvert romantic comedy tropes in penning The Big Sick, their semi-autobiographical account of the dramatic first year of their relationship.

Instead of the typical three-step plot, The Big Sick (released by Amazon and Lionsgate) goes more like this: Pakistani-born boy meets white American girl. Boy breaks up with girl over cultural differences. Girl falls into a medical coma.

Nanjiani, 39, who also plays himself in the film, explains how writing such a personal screenplay (now nominated for a Gotham Award) strengthened his and Gordon's marriage »


- Rebecca Sun

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'The Star': Meet the Voices Behind Each Character

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Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey's animated rendition of the nativity, The Star, tells the original Christmas tale through the eyes of the animals.

From Ruth, the shepherd's sheep, to Deborah and Cyrus, the wisemen's camels, the movie recounts the biblical Christmas story from an unconventional viewpoint.

The movie hits theaters Nov. 17.

Read below to learn more about voices behind these animals.

 

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- Victoria Berggren

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How 'The Florida Project' Cast Its Breakout Kid Stars in Target and a Motel

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The Florida Project, already six years in the works. After seeing nearly 300 girls to play the film's 6-year-old protagonist Moonee, he still had no frontrunner in sight. He continued to pore over headshots and considered expanding his target pool to include kids from Los Angeles and New York, even though he was adamant about casting a Floridian. Then, along came Brooklynn Prince, a Sunshine State denizen who ultimately became the centerpiece of the film about a struggling mother and daughter living »


- Tatiana Siegel

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'Justice League' Star Ray Fisher on Casting Shock and Producing Ambitions

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Justice League, Ray Fisher reacted like the superhero fan he has been since his childhood in New Jersey. "I started rolling around the floor, telling him, 'You're lying!' " the actor recalls with a laugh. But no lie: Audiences will see Fisher's first major big-screen role Friday in Warner Bros.' superhero team-up (reviewed here), in which he plays Victor Stone, a college athlete who becomes the hero Cyborg when much of his body is replaced with machines following an accident.

Justice League sees Fisher hold his own opposite Oscar winners »


- Aaron Couch

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How 'The Florida Project' Cast Its 8-Year-Old Leading Actress

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Where does one find a trio of rambunctious children who can star in a movie about rambunctious children living in a motel outside of Disney World? If you're director Sean Baker, you find them anywhere you can — even at the local Target.

Brooklynn Prince, the 8-year-old who plays the lead character in The Florida Project, had experience as an actress (mostly in commercials), but, this time, an entire film rested on her small shoulders.

"Brooklynn is truly amazing. Before making this film, I was always skeptical about child performances," says Baker. "I truly believe she's in the same camp »


- Rebecca Ford,Patrick Shanley

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Ben Affleck Responds to Rose McGowan Harvey Weinstein Accusations

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In an interview on NBC's Today show, Ben Affleck spoke about the Harvey Weinstein claims, including what he knew about the disgraced movie mogul's alleged inappropriate behavior, and how the growing harassment and assault scandal in Hollywood has caused him to reexamine his own actions.

As for Weinstein, when co-host Savannah Guthrie asked if he knew the "side of him" that allegedly harassed and assaulted more than 70 women over decades, Affleck said, "I knew he was sleazy and a bully, but unfortunately that wasn't that uncommon. I was brand new to Hollywood; I was 24 years old; »


- Hilary Lewis

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Composer Roundtable: The Need for Diversity and the Agony of Waiting for Inspiration to Strike

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Film composers are nothing if not adaptable. Moving from project to project, they are frequently forced to adapt in multiple ways — to new directors, different budgets, punishing deadlines. To hear them describe this process of adaptation, it becomes clear that creating effective and memorable music for movies is really only part of their job. The other part involves a delicate balance between composing music they find personally satisfying but that also, somehow, pleases a director, a studio and, ultimately, an audience. And as they will freely admit, this process isn't just about tinkering with a piano until inspiration strikes »

- Kevin Cassidy

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Sony Wins Worldwide Rights to Next Quentin Tarantino Film

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Sony Pictures has won the showdown for the right to finance and distribute Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, which has the working title #9.

Sony Pictures acquired worldwide rights for an unknown price tag. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Tarantino film has to make $375 million worldwide to break even.

Set in the late 1960s/early 1970s in L.A., the film is an ensemble feature. Its working title comes from this being Tarantino's ninth feature. 

The director is understood to be looking to get a star-studded cast for the film.

David Heyman, Tarantino and Shannon McIntosh are producing, with Georgia Kacandes »


- Tatiana Siegel,Georg Szalai

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'The Lion King': Meet the Actors Behind the Remake

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The 1994 animated film The Lion King was a critical and commercial hit and beloved by families. The Disney movie won two Oscars and has grossed more than $968 million worldwide.

The animated version was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, with a voice cast that included Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin.

In September 2016, it was announced that Disney is doing a CGI remake of the film with Jon Favreau set to direct. The cast of »


- Katherine Schaffstall

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Saoirse Ronan on 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig: "The Girl We Aspired to Be When We Were 17"

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Saoirse Ronan is creating a lot of buzz this awards season with her starring role in Lady Bird, where she plays an opinionated and strong-willed teenager. She sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for the Actress Roundtable — alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Allison Janney, Jessica Chastain and Mary J. Blige — to discuss the film, which is based on director Greta Gerwig's life. 

Ronan said she was "terrified I was going to mess it up I think, since she was there every day. It's not necessarily autobiographical, but I think what we've been saying is when Greta and I came together, Lady »


- Kirsten Chuba

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Allison Janney on Taking a Turn Playing the Villain in 'I, Tonya'

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"It was really, really fun to play her," actress Allison Janney told The Hollywood Reporter during the Actress Roundtable regarding her role in I, Tonya, where she plays the vicious mother of notorious ice skater Tonya Harding, Lavona Fay Golden.

"I have to always find something in my characters that I like, or understand what motivates her. There actually was something positive and good that motivated her, even though her methods of mothering... she's not going to win 'Mother of the Year' at all."

Naturally, the hot button issue of harassment in the industry was at the top of the »


- Annie Howard

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