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    ‘Little Mermaid’ Live-Action Movie Finds Its Prince Eric

    ‘Little Mermaid’ Live-Action Movie Finds Its Prince Eric
    Jonah Hauer-King will soon be a part of the “Little Mermaid” world.

    The newcomer has been tapped to play Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of the animated classic.

    At one point, Harry Styles was is in early talks for the role, but ended up passing. Hauer-King has had two screen tests, with the most recent occurring on Nov. 9 in London with director Rob Marshall.

    Halle Bailey will portray Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being a human, while Melissa McCarthy will play her evil aunt Ursula. Javier Bardem is King Triton and Daveed Diggs has been tapped to portray Sebastian.

    “The Little Mermaid” will be directed by Marshall and written by David Magee. The upcoming movie will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated classic, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the film with Marshall,
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    Disney+ Adds More Marvel Studios Films Ahead of Launch – Here’s Why ‘Infinity War’ Isn’t Included

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    Disney+ Adds More Marvel Studios Films Ahead of Launch – Here’s Why ‘Infinity War’ Isn’t Included
    Disney+ gave subscribers an early present on Monday, announcing that a bunch more of Marvel Studios films will be available when the streaming service launches on Tuesday.

    The long-awaited direct-to-consumer offering will now feature the majority of its films from Marvel Studios, including all three “Iron Man” films and every “Avengers” film, except for “Infinity War.” The company announced the new titles in a thread of tweets on Monday afternoon.

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe consists of 23 films currently, and Disney+ will have 16 of those films. The only holdouts as of Monday afternoon are films for which Disney not hold distribution rights, such as “The Incredible Hulk” and the two “Spider-Man” films with Tom Holland, which were done in partnership with Sony. It is not clear as to when those films will be made available on Disney+.

    Also Read: 'High School Musical' Showrunner Explains How His Meta Disney+ Series Works

    Additionally,
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    Virginia Leith, Female Lead in Stanley Kubrick’s First Film, Dies at 94

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    Virginia Leith, Female Lead in Stanley Kubrick’s First Film, Dies at 94
    Actress and model Virginia Leith, who starred in Stanley Kubrick’s first film “Fear and Desire,” which he later disavowed, has died. She was 94.

    According to family spokesperson Jane Chalmers, Leith died after a brief illness at her home in Palm Springs, Calif. on Nov. 4.

    Born on Oct. 15, 1925, Leith met Kubrick in the 1950s when he shot her for the cover of Look magazine.

    Fear and Desire,” which received moderately positive critical reviews upon its release, was not a box office success. After distributor Joseph Burstyn died, the film fell out of circulation and Kubrick is said to have destroyed the original negative and any other prints he could find. Some original prints still exist, however, and Film Forum organized a screening in 1994. Kubrick released a statement through Warner Bros. at the time, calling it “a bumbling amateur film exercise” and urging press not to attend.

    Following her appearance in “Fear and Desire,
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    DC Universe Renews ‘Titans’ for Season 3

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    DC Universe Renews ‘Titans’ for Season 3
    Streaming service DC Universe has renewed “Titans” for a third season. The live-action superhero series will return in Fall 2020.

    Titans” debuted in 2018 as the first DC Universe original series. The drama follows Dick Grayson, Rachel Roth (aka Raven), Kory Anders (aka Starfire), Gar Logan (aka Beast Boy), Hank Hall and Dawn Granger (aka Hawk and Dove), Donna Troy (aka Wonder Girl) and Jason Todd (aka Robin).

    The team is still learning to coexist as they battle adversary Deathstroke.

    Also Read: Disney+: All the Original TV Shows and Movies Set for Upcoming Streaming Platform (Photos)

    The series is based on DC Comics’ “Teen Titans,” a superhero team created in 1964 by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani made up, in its original incarnation, primarily of teenagers who served as sidekicks to DC’s adult heroes.

    Titans” is produced by Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The
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    5 Reasons ‘Doctor Sleep’ Snoozed at the Box Office

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    5 Reasons ‘Doctor Sleep’ Snoozed at the Box Office
    For a second straight weekend, a movie from a major studio has disappointed at the box office. But while the struggles of “Terminator: Dark Fate” were somewhat of a surprise, the sluggish numbers for “Doctor Sleep” are a shock.

    Made on a $50 million budget, “Doctor Sleep” was tracking to earn a solid $25 million to $30 million in its opening weekend. But that ended up being way off the mark: It only made $14 million from 3,855 screens.

    The disappointment came despite plenty of positive signs for the film. It had a 75% critics score and 90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and ringing endorsements from Stephen King, who called it one of his favorite film adaptations of his books, and stars like LeBron James.

    Also Read: How 'Doctor Sleep' Star Ewan McGregor Overcame His Worries About Following 'The Shining'

    “I’m really baffled by this one,” said comScore analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
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    Reese Witherspoon's Amazon Drama 'Daisy Jones and the Six' Hires Showrunner

    Reese Witherspoon's Amazon Drama 'Daisy Jones and the Six' Hires Showrunner
    Will Graham is solidifying his future at Amazon.

    The Man in the High Castle and Mozart in the Jungle alum has renewed his first-look deal with the streamer and retail giant. As part of the pact, Graham has also boarded Amazon's Reese Witherspoon-produced drama Daisy Jones and the Six as showrunner.

    Via his Field Trip Productions banner, Graham is also co-writing and exec producing Amazon's new take on Penny Marshall's beloved women in baseball feature A League of Their Own as a TV series. The half-hour comedy stars D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place) and Abbi Jacobson, the latter of ...
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    Chris Pratt’s Sci-Fi Film ‘The Tomorrow War’ Gets Release Date

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    Chris Pratt’s Sci-Fi Film ‘The Tomorrow War’ Gets Release Date
    Chris Pratt’s upcoming sci-fi actioner, which was recently retitled “The Tomorrow War,” has set a Christmas Day 2020 release date.

    The Paramount film was formerly titled “Ghost Draft.” It follows a man (played by Pratt) who is drafted to fight a future war in which the fate of humanity may rely on his ability to correct issues of the past. Yvonne Strahovski, Betty Gilpin, J.K. Simmons and Mary Lynn Rajskub also star in the pic.

    Chris McKay is directing from a script by Zach Dean.

    David Ellison’s Skydance Media is financing. Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Jules Daly, David Goyer and Adam Kolbrenner are producing the project, while Rob Cowan serves as executive producer.

    The Tomorrow War” will face off against Universal’s historical drama “News of the World,” starring Tom Hanks.

    Ellison’s company is best known for the “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek” movie franchises, and it
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    Why Kristen Bell Is ‘Excited’ About Returning as Narrator for HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot

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    Why Kristen Bell Is ‘Excited’ About Returning as Narrator for HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot
    Kristen Bell received an email a couple of months ago from “Gossip Girl” co-creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

    “They just said, ‘We’ve got really good news. It’s looking like we’re going to do another version of ‘Gossip Girl’ and we would for you to return,’” Bell told Variety while promoting “Frozen II.” “I was thrilled because…it was a very easy job for me. I got to come in and play around.”

    Bell was the narrator throughout the run of the original series, which ran for six seasons on the CW before ending in 2012. HBO Max announced in July that the reboot will take place eight years after the original’s finale and will follow a new group of New York private school high schoolers.

    Bell landed the gig the first time around after the CW canceled “Veronica Mars.” “I called Dawn Ostroff, who was running the studio at the time,
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    Virginia Leith, ‘The Brain That Wouldn’t Die’ Star, Dies at 94

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    Virginia Leith, ‘The Brain That Wouldn’t Die’ Star, Dies at 94
    Virginia Leith, the star of Stanley Kubrick’s first movie “Fear and Desire,” has died at the age of 94.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, Leith died at her home in Palm Springs, California on Nov. 4 after a brief illness.

    Kubrick’s 1953 film served as Leith’s acting debut, though the director famously disavowed the work, at one point referring to it as a “bumbling amateur film exercise.” Leith, whose character in the war film is unnamed, appeared as a young girl killed by a soldier.

    Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2019 (Photos)

    After her role in “Fear and Desire,” Leith signed as a contract player with 20th Century Fox, going on to appear in “On the Threshold of Space,” “Violent Saturday,” “A Kiss Before Dying” and “Toward the Unknown.”

    She played the lead role in Joseph Green’s “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” as the wife of a mad
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    The Best Rope Lights

    Nothing brightens up a space like some thoughtful lighting, but the days of bulky lamps and overhead track lighting are long gone, replaced by more subtle and flexible lighting configurations. The not-so-secret hack: rope lights.

    Whether you’re lining a staircase, accenting your vaulted ceilings or showcasing your home theater setup, the best rope lights will help illuminate dark spaces and add a focal point or touch of decor to any room. Unlike traditional lighting setups, which hang or stand in one place, rope lights are made from flexible strips
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    The Best Violin Cases

    The Best Violin Cases
    Aside from learning how to play the notes, one of the most important things for a musician to learn is how to care for their instrument. In the same way that a singer has to stay hydrated to protect his or her voice (Mariah Carey reportedly sleeps in a room full of humidifiers), a musician needs to know how to properly store their instrument for it to keep looking — and sounding — great.

    For violinists, that means investing in a high-quality violin case. The best violin cases will not only protect
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    Variety to Honor Jax Media Chiefs Tony Hernandez, Lilly Burns at New Leaders Event

    Variety to Honor Jax Media Chiefs Tony Hernandez, Lilly Burns at New Leaders Event
    Emmy Award-winning producer Tony Hernandez and Emmy-nominated producer Lilly Burns will receive the Creative Leadership Award on behalf of Jax Media at the Variety New Leaders event presented by City National Bank, taking place Nov. 14 in New York City.

    As founders of Jax Media, Hernandez and Burns have produced shows and specials such as “Broad City,” “Russian Doll,” “Desus and Mero,” John Mulaney’s “Kid Gorgeous,” “Search Party,” “Younger” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”

    The Variety New Leaders event coincides with the annual feature, which profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business, including journalist Ronan Farrow, Hasan Minhaj (“The
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    Auli’i Cravalho Cast Opposite Leslie Mann in Amazon’s ‘The Power’

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    Auli’i Cravalho Cast Opposite Leslie Mann in Amazon’s ‘The Power’
    “Little Mermaid Live!” star Auli’i Cravalho has been cast as Leslie Mann’s co-star in Amazon’s 10-episode “The Power” series based on Naomi Alderman’s novel of the same name, a rep for the streaming service confirmed to TheWrap.

    The Power” takes place in a world where all teenage girls develop the power to electrocute people and then find out they can awaken this ability in older women. Mann will play the charming and ambitious politician Margot Cleary-Lopez in the series, which will be directed by Reed Morano.

    Cravalho will play Jos, Margot’s daughter.

    Also Read: Disney+ Will Be Available on Amazon Fire TV, After All

    Here is how Amazon describes the family dynamic:

    Margot is an American politician on the rise and until now, not only a woman in a man’s world, but one with a questionable taste in jackets according to online trolls. Vital,
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    Virginia Leith, Female Lead in Stanley Kubrick’s First Film, Dies at 94

    Virginia Leith, Female Lead in Stanley Kubrick’s First Film, Dies at 94
    Actress and model Virginia Leith, who starred in Stanley Kubrick’s first film “Fear and Desire,” which he later disavowed, has died. She was 94.

    According to family spokesperson Jane Chalmers, Leith died after a brief illness at her home in Palm Springs, Calif. on Nov. 4.

    Born on Oct. 15, 1925, Leith met Kubrick in the 1950s when he shot her for the cover of Look magazine.

    Fear and Desire,” which received moderately positive critical reviews upon its release, was not a box office success. After distributor Joseph Burstyn died, the film fell out of circulation and Kubrick is said to have destroyed
    See full article at Variety - TV News »

    Virginia Leith, Female Lead in Stanley Kubrick’s First Film, Dies at 94

    Virginia Leith, Female Lead in Stanley Kubrick’s First Film, Dies at 94
    Actress and model Virginia Leith, who starred in Stanley Kubrick’s first film “Fear and Desire,” which he later disavowed, has died. She was 94.

    According to family spokesperson Jane Chalmers, Leith died after a brief illness at her home in Palm Springs, Calif. on Nov. 4.

    Born on Oct. 15, 1925, Leith met Kubrick in the 1950s when he shot her for the cover of Look magazine.

    Fear and Desire,” which received moderately positive critical reviews upon its release, was not a box office success. After distributor Joseph Burstyn died, the film fell out of circulation and Kubrick is said to have destroyed the original negative and any other prints he could find. Some original prints still exist, however, and Film Forum organized a screening in 1994. Kubrick released a statement through Warner Bros. at the time, calling it “a bumbling amateur film exercise” and urging press not to attend.

    Following her appearance in “Fear and Desire,
    See full article at Variety - Film News »

    Hear Janelle Monae’s Swinging Cover of ‘He’s a Tramp’ From ‘Lady and the Tramp’

    Hear Janelle Monae’s Swinging Cover of ‘He’s a Tramp’ From ‘Lady and the Tramp’
    Janelle Monáe stays true to the original Disney version of “He’s a Tramp” in her new swinging cover that appears on the soundtrack for the live-action adaptation of the classic animated film, Lady and the Tramp. The film debuted on Tuesday via the newly launched Disney+ streaming service, alongside the Lady and the Tramp soundtrack.

    Monáe voices the Peg the Pekingese character in the film. Her “He’s a Tramp” rendition opens with a slinky bass line, whereas Peggy Lee’s original features a romping piano melody. The new
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    Film News Roundup: Sarah Bolger’s ‘A Good Woman Is Hard to Find’ Bought by Film Movement

    Film News Roundup: Sarah Bolger’s ‘A Good Woman Is Hard to Find’ Bought by Film Movement
    In today’s film news roundup, “A Good Woman Is Hard to Find” and “After Parkland” find homes, Jack Johnson is honored, Agc closes deals on Neill Blomkamp’s latest and Paramount is in talks for a “Power to the People” project.

    Acquisitions

    Film Movement has bought North American rights to the thriller “A Good Woman Is Hard to Find,” Variety has learned exclusively.

    Sarah Bolger stars as a widowed young mother in Northern Ireland desperate to discover who brutally murdered her husband in front of her young son, rendering him mute. Dismissing the crime as thugs killing each other, the police won’t help. After being coerced into helping a low-life drug dealer, she’s forced into taking drastic action to protect her children, evolving into a take-charge vigilante.

    A Good Woman Is Hard to Find” will be released day-and-date in theaters and on digital and cable VOD platforms
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    Chris Butler Looks At The Magic Behind Animating ‘Missing Link’

    Laika’s latest feature “Missing Link” raises the bar once again for the world of stop-motion, pushing boundaries in scope and visuals. The story of an unlikely friendship between Mr. Frost and his 8-foot yeti buddy Link is one of hope. “Missing Link” producer Arianne Sutner says the message of the film was to “leave people feeling very optimistic,” Sutner continues, “There’s a place for everyone in this world and it’s a big beautiful world where people are different and everyone will find their tribe.”

    Creating that world was no easy achievement as writer and director Chris Butler explains below, breaking down how Laika and the creative team worked to create the gorgeous world of “Missing Link.”

    Creating The Barroom Brawl:

    For this movie, I wanted to do something different. The original idea was “Indiana Jones” meets Sherlock Holmes meets a Ray Harryhausen creature feature. In order to do that,
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