Producer Uri Singer launched Passage Pictures in 2016, taking its drama ‘Marjorie Primes,” starring Jon Hamm and Lois Smith,  to Sundance earlier this year. That film was picked up by FilmRise, which plan an awards push for Smith. Also in its slate: “I am Rose Fatou,” written by Ted Melfi (“Hidden Figures”), “Tesla,” which teams Singer up again with writer/director Michael Almereyda, and “Rich,” based on the book “King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich,” about the infamous billionaire oil trader who died in 2013.


What’s different about Passage Pictures?

I decided I had to sit through movies and watch them and I decided they had to be important to bring to the screen — passion projects that can have a bigger audience, and important stories. Like “Experiementer,” and movies like “Marjorie Prime,” “White Noise,” and Nikola Tesla biopic “Tesla.” That’s a challenge I embrace.



How do you navigate the difficult specialty market?

The market for the arthouse movies is very complicated. It’s very hard to make them so that the larger audience will embrace them. What I am trying to do is have a balance and do bigger movies that can be more commercial.

What kind of material are you attracted to? 

Some kind of a niche — strong characters especially, and most of the times, material about a real, fascinating personality, like Marc Rich, or Nikola Tesla. Strong personalities. Tesla was not in the end a successful person but brilliant; to me, Marc Rich is a fascinating story that had everything. But Rich couldn’t get the most important thing. Stanley Milgram (the real-life social psychologist played by Peter Sarsgaard in the film “Experimenter”) was also a strong character.

How do you attract a high-profile cast?

It is a challenge to attract cast. Actors can be very picky now. So sometimes you go the route where the director attracts the talent. Or the actors are not attracted to a payday but to the content. With “White Noise,” we are finished the script and going out to our wish list of talent. Once you have the cast and the material and the IP and everyone is reading it, you can compete with the big studios.

Surviving the economics of the indie film biz — what’s your secret?

Very challenging. It’s challenging like the Wild West. Producers have a very hard time — it’s getting harder and harder. Producers have to source material, option it, etc.

You have to really believe in what you are doing and if you have a project of quality, doors open. The material has to be unique — a true story, socially relevant. [We are producing] a Brazilian movie about immigrants from their POV, something that’s timley and important.

What’s your favorite place to eat in Cannes?

Bobo is a brassiere there with fantastic food. The last time I was there, Rena Ronson and James Schamus were at a table near me and the waiter started to sing and dance. They couldn’t hear and the waiter wouldn’t stop, and they left, and the waiter just danced and sang. They were not nice and couldn’t care less but it’s just great food. I also love Le Maschou, in Old Town.






The sequel will follow the beloved Peruvian bear who does a series of bizarre jobs to buy a present for Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday.

The Weinstein Company has just set a release date for "Paddington 2". The sequel of the family film "Paddington" is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on January 12, 2018. Returning for "Paddington 2" are Ben Whishaw and Imelda Staunton, who lent their voices to Paddington and Aunt Lucy respectively. Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Brendan Gleeson are also starring in the film. "Paddington" is based on 1958's children books by Michael Bond. The first movie followed a beloved talking Peruvian bear who was lost in Paddington station in London and later met the Brown family, who offered him a temporary home. "Paddington" was released in late 2014 and earned nearly $270 million worldwide. The upcoming sequel, meanwhile, will follow the bear who does a series of bizarre jobs to buy the perfect present for Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday. When the gift is stolen, the bear and the Browns make some attempts to find the thief. Heyday Films and Studiocanal are teaming up for "Paddington 2", with David Heyman producing. Paul King returns to helm the film from a script he co-wrote with Simon Farnaby. Paddington will compete with two other movies on January 12, which include Liam Neeson's action thriller "The Commuter" and Sony's "White Boy Rick".


Hulk's (Mark Ruffalo) lavish bed, which is built from very well-crafted skulls, is seemingly given to him by Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) seemingly will be treated luxuriously in the upcoming "Thor: Ragnarok". Some photos from "Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe" exhibition at Australia's Queensland Art Gallery have arrived online, offering a look at Hulk's glamorous bed which may be featured in the upcoming "Thor" threequel. As we have known, "Thor: Ragnarok" will see the gladiatorial battle between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk in the planet of Sakaar. Fans assume that Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who establishes the gladiatorial contest, seemingly wants to keep his favorite gladiator happy by providing him a lavish bed. We can see in the picture that Hulk's bed is built from very well-crafted skulls and completed with a bunch of red and brown sheets.

Thor's world is about to explode in Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok". His devious brother, Loki, has taken over Asgard, the powerful Hela has emerged to steal the throne for herself and Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe. To escape captivity and save his home from imminent destruction, Thor must first win a deadly alien contest by defeating his former ally and fellow Avenger...The Incredible Hulk! Tom Hiddleston is reprising his role as Loki, while Cate Blanchett will play villain Hela. Tessa Thompson is featured as Valkyrie. It has been confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will make a cameo as Doctor Strange, but how Strange will be involved in the movie is still kept under wraps. "Thor: Ragnarok" will be the third movie set in Marvel Cinematic Universe this year, scheduled after "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming". The "Thor" threequel is set to be released on November 3.



Director Beau Flynn suggests that the potential sequel will bring back Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron as well as the girls.

Poor reviews don't stop the team behind "Baywatch" from planning a movie franchise. Producer Beau Flynn has said that the team is planning to make a potential sequel, which will bring back Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Zac Efron and "all the girls" in "Baywatch". Writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift will return to co-write the script as well. "We have an amazing story already," Flynn told Variety at a New York City screening of "Baywatch". "We're bringing back Shannon and Swift who wrote on the first one, and I know Dwayne would be in, I know Zac and all the girls would be. We just have this really cool idea to put them in this whole new world. We would take it overseas," he added. Cast members gave positive reactions to the possible sequel. Kelly Rohrbach said that she would be glad to return for the potential "Baywatch 2". "Of course!" she said. "I couldn't have asked for a better cast on my first film. These guys are awesome. They're hilarious, they're loving, they're generous. We really were a family and I think that comes though on the screen, as well," she continued. Alexandra Daddario said, "Yes! I would love to. I think it's very cool to be part of a franchise, and I think it helps get other work. It's fun. You get to travel the world and work with these amazing people, and you get to make people laugh, so I'm completely down for it." "Baywatch" follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. So far, the movie has a 18 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences, meanwhile, give the movie a B+ CinemaScore. "Baywatch" is currently screening at U.S. theaters.


Argentinian filmmaker Damian Szifron is reportedly among the frontrunners who may replace Doug Liman to direct 'Justice League Dark', which is also known as 'Dark Universe'.

Following the news that "It" director Andres Muschietti might replace Doug Liman to helm the upcoming "Dark Universe" ("Justice League Dark"), a report about a new possible director emerges. According to the Popcorn Talk video podcast, Argentinian director Damian Szifron is among the possible directors who are eyed to helm the film. Szifron is best known for creating Argentine television series "Los Simuladores" ("The Pretenders"). His anthology film "Wild Tales" won BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language. Recently, Szifron was attached to direct "The Six Billion Dollar Man" reboot starring Mark Wahlberg, but the production seemingly hasn't begun yet. Recent report said that Muschietti was also eyed to direct "Justice League Dark". Should Muschietti nab the directorial role, it is assumed that "Justice League Dark" will have a horror vibe, judging from the fact that Muschietti has specialties in the genre. Muschietti's horror movie "Mama" earned critical praise back in 2013 and he was later hired to direct Stephen King's horror story "It". Before leaving the project, Liman himself told CinemaBlend that "Justice League Dark" would have "real horror elements" from pop culture in the past. "It's going to have real horror elements, for sure. I love early horror films, be it 'The Exorcist', or 'Carrie', 'The Omen'. In the same way that 'Bourne Identity', I went back to the '70s paranoia," said Liman. "Justice League Dark" centers on a dark "Justice League" team, which consists of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon. The movie is included in D.C. Cinematic Universe, with Scott Rudin producing and Michael Gilio writing the script.


Affleck tries his best to do his Batman voice, but a kid asks him to do it the way Christian Bale did instead.

Along with a slew of celebrities, Ben Affleck made an appearance on NBC's Red Nose Day Special on Thursday, May 25, to raise money for children around the world. The Batman depicter answered kids' questions in a comedy sketch and later was asked by a kid to do the Batman voice. Unfortunately, when Affleck did his Batman voice, the kid was shutting him down by asking him to do it the way Christian Bale did instead. As we have known, Bale portrayed the Caped Crusader in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" (2005), "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012). The video from the special has arrived online, featuring the kid asking Affleck to do the Batman voice. "Your wish is my command," Affleck answered by lowering his voice, just like what he did when he played Batman. The kid replied, "No! Do it the way Christian Bale does it." While looking a bit stressed out, Affleck still managed to stay cool. He repeated his previous remark and tried to imitate Bale's voice. It didn't make the boy happier, however, as the kid said that maybe he just wanted Bale to do it himself. "Well, he's not available so...," said Affleck with a grimace. Earlier on, Affleck told PEOPLE that doing his Batman voice in the special would be fun. "I'm doing my Batman voice. No cowl-just the stripped-down, unplugged version," said Affleck. He added, "It's a lot of fun. Batman is such a serious, heavy character, there is the temptation to be funny about it, or at least self-aware. I really enjoy it. Obviously it is a character that means a lot to a lot of people and I'm having fun playing it." Affleck will reprise his role as Batman in superhero team-up movie "Justice League". The movie is set to hit U.S. theaters on November 17.


Kanye West's wife is reportedly considering a career in politics in order to save 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' from low ratings.

Kim Kardashian is reportedly considering a career in politics as the ratings for her family reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" have been falling lately. In order to save "KUWTK" from low ratings, Kris Jenner allegedly urges her daughters to be involved in politics. "In an upcoming episode you will see Kim attending Planned Parenthood with her camera crew," sources tell Naughty Gossip, "Kris is encouraging all the girls to talk about what is going on in the country and is pushing for at least one of her kids to be a Trump supporter." "Kris knows TV, if they all agree it is boring. Kris wants controversy and disagreements and nothing does that more at the moment than talking politics," add the sources. Previous rumor claimed that Kim was focusing on her new show "Glam Masters". The mother of two reportedly wanted to break free from "KUWTK" after ten years of being the main star of the E! series.


The reality star has been hospitalized after undergoing a procedure for an upper body tear she sustained during the competition.

People were wondering why Erika Jayne a.k.a. Erika Girardi didn't participate in any group dances with other eliminated contestants in "Dancing with the Stars" season 24 finale on Monday, May 22. Unlike people's accusation which said that she was being stuck-up, it has been revealed that she has been hospitalized in an L.A. hospital after undergoing a procedure for an upper body tear she sustained during the competition. "She hurt herself while doing the show but never talked about it because she didn't want sympathy. But it's the reason she didn't dance in the finale," an insider tells E! News. According to the source, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star is having the injury fixed this weekend. "She just went in. She'll probably be there a few days," the source adds. On Friday morning, May 26, Erika took to Instagram Story to share photos of her on the hospital bed. Erika joked in one of the photos as she wrote, "The hospital lighting is amazing." Another photo saw the star wearing a surgical head covering. She captioned the shot, "Almost time." On the same day, Erika had a more cordial exchange with Chrissy Teigen on Twitter. The 31-year-old model joked her age was "Icy Hot patch wearer" and the reality star replied, "Same."

Erika and her dancing partner Gleb Savchenko were the fourth pair eliminated on the ABC dancing competition series in mid-April. Although they failed to take home the mirrorball trophy, "Good Morning America" gifted the blonde star a cute unicorn mirrorball trophy.


"The real world is terrible, but if you want to keep running for two-to-six more years, there's always grad school," comedian advises Hannibal Buress doles out some depressing post-college advice for the Class of 2017 in a commencement speech engineered by the 'Late Show.'

Hannibal Buress doles out some depressing post-college advice for the Class of 2017 in a commencement speech engineered by the Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

"I will convey to you through a moving personal anecdote from my life. It will be a story that seems like it won't be immediately relevant to you, and you'll probably tune out for most of it, but by the end, it'll have a really deep message," the comedian says, mocking the commencement speech formula. "It's really gonna hit you. I swear, you're gonna feel it. It's gonna be so dope."

From there, Buress talks to graduates about college loans ("You don't have to worry about the 'Freshman 15' because you most likely won't be able afford food"), jobs and college romances ("This is the end. It's over. It's done. It's not happening.")

Buress then spent roughly eight of his commencement speech's 12 minutes talking about Martin Lawrence character's career arc in the sitcom Martin – "Martin's working for the burger joint first, then he's a mailman, then he started buffing floors, eventually he ended up working on a TV show, which he later ended up hosting because he persevered… none of you will probably get that lucky" – and ruminating on the college's football team.

"The real world is terrible, but if you want to keep running for two-to-six more years, there's always grad school," Buress told the Class of 2017. "Just know, it's statistically impossible for all of you to succeed. That's just life. So good luck, or whatever."


Mike Colter, who plays the titular hero, reveals that the upcoming sophomore season will revolve around Luke's decision to reveal his identity back in the first season.

Mike Colter has spilled the beans about what season 2 of "Luke Cage" will be about. The actor, who portrays the titular street hero on the Netflix series, made a stop at Houston's Comicpalooza and revealed that the sophomore season of the series would explore Luke Cage a.k.a. Power Man's public identity. Of Luke's public identity, Mike said, "It's something that we'll explore in the 'Defenders' and hopefully in Season 2 of 'Cage' which I start very soon." He added, "It's very different. He's out. People know what he looks like. He's not in any kind of disguise." The "Marvel's The Defenders" actor went on saying, "People know where he lives. They know where to find him so its something he has to deal with. Most superheroes don't have to deal with that and can kind of keep it separate." Midway through the first season of "Luke Cage", Luke decided to stop hiding his identity. He revealed his power to members of the public and took his fight directly to the people who were oppressing the people of Harlem. The filming of "Luke Cage" season 2 is scheduled to start next month, with the new season aiming for a 2018 release. In the meantime, fans can see Luke Cage along with Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Iron Fist (Finn Jones) and Daredevil (Charlie Cox) on the upcoming "Marvel's The Defenders", which is set to premiere on August 18 on Netflix.


According to co-creator and executive produce Andrew Kreisberg, Floriana's role as Det. Maggie Sawyer has been reduced because 'she's looking to pursue other opportunities.'

It seems like fans will be seeing more of Echo in "The 100" season 5. Tasya Teles, who portrays the recurring controversial character, has been upped to series regular for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Floriana Lima's has stepped down as series regular and will recur in "Supergirl" season 3. Tasya first appeared in "The 100" season 2 as the Ice Nation warrior, who formed a brief alliance with Bellamy (Bob Morley) when they were imprisoned by the Mountain Men. Echo was deemed as a controversial character on the series as she betrayed Bellamy before killing Ilian (Chai Hansen). Despite the betrayal, Bellamy still offered Echo a spot on the rocket to the Ark which saved Echo's life in the dangerous and deadly season 4 finale. It has been assumed that Echo and Bellamy's relationship will continue growing beyond a mere friendship. When asked about the future of Bellamy and Echo's relationship, showrunner Jason Rothenberg recently told that the two had "always had sparks" and that there would be far more to see from them in season 5. "It's been a long and winding road, and obviously that road's not over yet. They're all together in a group in space, so you never know!" Jason added. Tasya took to Twitter to express her feeling about the promotion. "I am SO honoured, humbled and excited to be a part of #the100 family for another season! THANK YOU @The100writers @TheCW @JRothenbergTV," so she wrote on the micro-blogging site.

Meanwhile, Floriana, who used to be a series regular in season 2 of "Supergirl", will return as a recurring in the upcoming season 3. She portrays Detective Maggie Sawyer, the girlfriend of Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), who proposed to Maggie in the season 2 finale. "We adore Floriana and have loved working with her to tell this inspiring story. Although she's not available to us as a series regular next season, as she's looking to pursue other opportunities, we're happy she'll be returning for multiple episodes in season 3," co-creator and executive produce Andrew Kreisberg says in a statement. However, Floriana will still reprise her role as Maggie in multiple episodes throughout season 3. It seems like Maggie and Alex's story may not be over as we didn't actually hear Maggie's answer to Alex's proposal. "The 100" season 5 will air in 2018, while "Supergirl" will return for season 3 this fall on The CW.



As the Freeform series is nearing its end, the cast also reveals the line in the final episode that made them all cry.

As we prepare ourselves to bid farewell to "Pretty Little Liars", we are treated to some sneak peeks of the series finale. Some photos of the final episode have made their way out via EW, while the cast has talked to the site about the line in the series finale that made them cry. One picture features the Liars, Alison, Aria, Hanna, Emily and Spencer, sharing a group hug. Some of them smile while holding back tears as they appear to be saying goodbye. Another shot sees Jenna and Veronica Hastings walking out of Hastings & Hastings Law Office, with Spencer sitting outside the office.

Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario and Sasha Pieterse have revealed a line in the series finale that made them all cry. "Was it the very first sentence that someone had to say something and we all just started crying?" Benson asks her cast mates. "We couldn't even do it. We almost weren't able to even start the table read because it was just so heavy." The line she refers to was an Alison line, in which she says, "I feel like this is the end of something." Pieterse recalls reading the line during the table read, "I couldn't talk. Marlene was like, 'Okay, that was great, but just a little less crying.' " The cast has another favorite line in the finale, which is a line from "Winnie the Pooh". Spencer says in the finale, "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." "Pretty Little Liars" series finale, which will reveal the identity of "Uber A", will air Tuesday, June 27 at 8 P.M. ET on Freeform.



As the show has killed off a lot of characters, the remaining main performers will now carry bigger part of the show.

You will see more of your favorites on "Game of Thrones" this upcoming season despite fewer episodes. Stars Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington confirm that they get more screen time in season 7. "When I first read this season I thought: 'Damn, I gotta learn some lines!' " Clarke shares to EW. "We're actually filming longer now. I don't know how that's happening." Dinklage similarly says, "I've worked more days this season than I have in quite some time." Showrunner Dan Weiss explains how it can happen, "You kill a couple dozen characters, the people who are left by default need to carry more dramatic weight." As Harington puts it, "Everyone gets a bigger slice of the pie." The second reason is that some main characters are coming together more often than ever before, so you will see them sharing scenes rather than being filmed in separate locations. "As the worlds start to converge the characters who haven't met each other before start to meet each other and there are more main characters together in each other's storylines than ever before," Weiss says. "Every since Tyrion crossed the Narrow Sea and met Dany that's been the general direction. And having them on set together is a real privilege for us." As if it's not exciting enough, Carice van Houten teases about the upcoming season, "These storylines are going to cross and it’s going to be so exciting to watch I think. War has really started. We all know there's no escape. How are we going to run away from what's coming? Everyone is going to get trapped. The heat is on." "Game of Thrones" season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 on HBO.


The debuts of “Love Connection” and “Beat Shazam” claimed the top spots in the Thursday overnight ratings on Fox, according to Nielsen data.

Airing at 8 p.m., “Beat Shazam” with host Jamie Foxx opened to a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers, beating its nearest timeslot competition — NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior Celebrity Special” — in the demo. “Love Connection” with host Andy Cohen aired at 9 p.m. with a 1.1 and 3.4 million, outdrawing NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” in the demo. Although neither show could be said to have broken out in the ratings, they were still the top-rated shows of the night, airing against mostly repeats on the other broadcast networks.


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The shows helped Fox claim its first Thursday night win since April 7 of last year, which was the series finale of “American Idol.”



On NBC, the “American Ninja Warrior Celebrity Special” drew a 1.1 and 4.2 million viewers. “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (0.9, 4 million) followed. The “Red Nose Day Special” (0.7, 2.7 million) was up in both measures from last year.

CBS aired repeats until 10 p.m., when “The Amazing Race” (0.6, 3.6 million) dropped in the demo from last week.

ABC and The CW aired only repeats.

Fox finished first in the demo with a 1.1 but third in total viewers with 3.5 million. NBC was second overall with a 0.9 and 3.6 million viewers. CBS was third in the demo with a 0.7 but first in viewers with 4.2 million. ABC was fourth overall with a 0.6 and 2.4 million viewers. The CW averaged a 0.2 and 728,000 viewers.


On Thursday’s episode of CBS’s hit game show “The Price Is Right,” contestant Ryan Belz broke Plinko records by landing his chips in the $10,000 slot three times.

For those who aren’t rabid “Price” followers, Plinko involves a contestant standing at the top of a large vertical gameboard who then drops chips down into a series of channels. At the bottom of the gameboard are a series of slots, each worth a certain amount of money ranging from zero to $10,000. The contestant is given five chips and attempts to rack up as much money as possible.


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Belz started off his run on top, with his first chip landing in the $10,000 slot. He immediately flipped out and began yelling and clutching his chest in shock and joy. His second scored him an additional $1,000. After his third chip once again landed in the $10,000 slot, the audience began to chant “Ryan, Ryan,” to which the bespectacled Belz happily joined in. His fourth chip landed on $500 and, after giving it a good luck kiss, Belz managed to sink the last chip into the $10,000 slot again, for a total of $31,500.



Running his hands through his hair and screaming in shock, Belz looked like he could hardly believe his fortune. He seemed to be unsure what to do with himself, and started doing a jittery dance on the stage, ecstatically shaking host Drew Carey’s hand.

According to a video on TMZ, Belz is a “Price is Right” fanatic and has been following the show since college, where he would schedule his classes around the show.

Watch the unbelievable clip here or above.

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