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Lady Gaga to Perform at the Oscars

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Six-time Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Lady Gaga will make a special tribute performance at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“Lady Gaga is a once in a lifetime artist whose musical evolution keeps growing,” say Zadan and Meron. “We are proud to have her perform on the Oscars for the very first time.”

Since breaking in 2008, Lady Gaga has sold over 27 million albums, 130 million singles, and over 4 million tickets globally to her award-winning live performances. Her most recent Grammy was received this week for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Cheek To Cheek,” her 2014 collaboration with Tony Bennett which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Gaga is the latest in a series of names recently announced by the Academy as part of the upcoming Oscars presentation. Also be on the lookout for musical segments from Jack Black, Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Hudson.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

(Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN.com)

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Banshee Season Four is on the Way in 2016

Cinemax today announced that their hit series “Banshee” has been renewed for for a fourth season of eight episodes, which will shoot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will air in 2016. The Emmy-winning show is currently in its third season, with episodes debuting Fridays at 10:00pm ET/PT. The fourth season of “Banshee” will be executive produced by Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen.

Debuting in Jan. 2013, “Banshee” stars Antony Starr (Wish You Were Here) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice.

In addition to Starr, season three leads include Ivana Milicevic (Aloha, “Mind of the Married Man”) as Carrie Hopewell, a notorious jewel thief who lives in Banshee under an assumed identity with her family, which has recently learned of her criminal past; Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration) as Kai Proctor, an intimidating, wealthy businessman who believes he is above the law; Frankie Faison (“The Good Wife,” “The Wire”) as Sugar Bates, a powerful and wise former boxer and ex-con who is now the owner of the local watering hole; and Hoon Lee (“The Blacklist”) as Job, a dangerous transvestite computer hacker who assists Lucas and Carrie in their criminal enterprises.

Returning cast and crew for season four will be announced when they are confirmed.

The recipent of a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role, “Banshee” was created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler. Executive producers include Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper and Peter Macdissi with Robert F. Phillips serving as producer.

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The Trailer and Poster for Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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Warner Bros. has debuted the trailer and poster for director Guy Ritchie’s big screen adaptation of ’60s TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., featuring super spies Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill), Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) and Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander).

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

The film stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Jared Harris, Elizabeth Debicki, Luca Calvani and Hugh Grant. The script was written by Ritchie and Lionel Wigram, and the action adventure was produced by Ritchie, Wigram, John Davis, Steve Clark-Hall and executive produced by David Dobkin.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will be released in theaters on August 14, 2015.

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The Trailer for Cameron Crowe’s Aloha

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Sony Pictures has debuted the trailer for writer/director Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin.

In Aloha, a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him.

Academy Award-winner Cameron Crowe is the writer-director behind such films as Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. Produced by Scott Rudin and Crowe, Aloha opens in theaters on May 29.

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Adam Shankman to Helm Peter Dinklage Leprechaun Comedy O’Lucky Day

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Adam Shankman, the director behind films like A Walk to Remember and the Hairspray remake, has signed on to helm O’Lucky Day for Paramount Pictures. Deadline has the news, also confirming the new title for the Peter Dinklage-led project, first announced last fall.

Andrew Dodge, the scribe behind Jason Bateman’s Bad Words, provided the first draft of the screenplay, which is currently being rewritten by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. The plot of the film is said to be decidedly R-rated in nature and follows a conman (Dinklage) who tells people that he’s a leprechaun… and who may or may not be telling the truth.

Shankman’s comedy credits include 2003’s Bringing Down the House, starring starring Queen Latifah and Steve Martin, The Pacifier, starring Vin Diesel, and Bedtime Stories, starring Adam Sandler, among others. His most recent film was the 2012 musical Rock of Ages, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Malin Akerman, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta.

Dinklage, meanwhile, recently starred in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and is about to return as Tyrion Lannister for the fifth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” He’s also set to star in this summer’s comedy adventure Pixels and was recently rumored to have been offered the antagonist role in Michelle Darnell, opposite leading lady Melissa McCarthy.

Cale Boyter and Mary Parent are attached to produce O’Lucky Day.

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Knights of the Round Table Finds King Arthur’s Father in Eric Bana

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Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Round Table (formerly King Arthur) has added Eric Bana to its cast. According to a report today from Variety, the Deliver Us From Evil star will play Uther Pendragon, the father of Charlie Hunnam’s once and future king. He joins a cast that also includes Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere with Jude Law still in talks to play the film’s antagonist. Djimon Hounsou’s was previously said to have been cast as a Merlin-like figure, but his name is mysteriously absent from the trade.

Ambitiously planned to potentially span six films, Knights of the Round Table will offer a re-imagining of Arthurian legend. Believed to have been a 6th century King, Arthur defended Britain against Saxon invaders. The key source material for the film will be Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur,” published in 1485 as a compilation of French and English tales.

Bana, whose credits include films like Hulk, Munich and Star Trek, can next be seen in The Finest Hours opposite Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Chris Pine and Holliday Grainger.

Already scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release, King Arthur was written by Joby Harold, who is producing with Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell and Ritchie himself. Cate Adams and Niija Kuykendall are overseeing for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow.

(Photo Credit: WENN.com)

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Filming Starts for the Taliban Shuffle Adaptation, Starring Tina Fey

taliban shuffleParamount Pictures today announced that principal photography has commenced on the Untitled Tina Fey – Margot Robbie – Martin Freeman Project (AKA “The Taliban Shuffle”), starring Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” This is Where I Leave You), Margot Robbie (Focus, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” franchise, “Sherlock”).

Based on the autobiography “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan” by Kim Barker, which the New York Times called “hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time,” the film is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Focus, Crazy, Stupid, Love) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”). The producers are Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live,” Three Amigos, Mean Girls), Tina Fey and Ian Bryce (“Transformers” franchise, World War Z).

The film also stars Alfred Molina (“The Normal Heart,” “Law & Order: LA,” Spider-Man 2), Nicholas Braun (Get a Job, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Christopher Abbott (A Most Violent Year, “Girls”), Sheila Vand (“State of Affairs,” Argo), Stephen Peacocke (“Home and Away,” Hercules), Evan Jonigkeit (Bone TomahawkX-Men: Days of Future Past) and Billy Bob Thornton (The Judge, “Fargo”).

Shooting in now underway in New Mexico.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Movie to Become One of Fandango’s Top Five Pre-Sellers

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Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t open until Thursday night, but it is pacing to become one of Fandango’s top five advance ticket-sellers in the company’s 15-year history, joining the elite domain of the “Harry Potter,” “Hunger Games” and “Twilight” franchise movies, which currently dominate the list.

Pre-Order Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Tickets

Fandango’s top five pre-sellers, at the same point in their sales cycles (two days before release date), are:

1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
3. The Hunger Games (2012)
4. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011)

“The worldwide phenomenon that is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is resulting in more buzz for an adult-skewing film than I’ve seen in many years,” says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. “It’s enticing fans who are looking for an exciting girls’ night out, as well as a date night for Valentine’s weekend.”

“Fifty Shades” is also on track to break more Fandango ticket sales records as the company’s:

- Top seller among all films released during Valentine’s Day, beating, respectively, Valentine’s Day (2010), Safe Haven (2013), About Last Night (2014) and The Vow (2012);
- #1 February pre-seller, topping The LEGO Movie (2014);
- Biggest R-rated ticket-seller in the company’s history.

Fandango is reporting hundreds of sold-out Fifty Shades of Grey showtimes across the country, while theater owners are continually adding new screens and posting new showtimes on Fandango to meet the fan demand.

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