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Jennifer Hudson to Perform at the Oscars

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Oscar and Grammy-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson will be performing on the 87th Oscars, 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.

“We’re creating several musical sequences for the Oscars and we couldn’t be happier that our friend, Jennifer Hudson, will be performing in one of them,” says Zadan and Meron.

Hudson won the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for the 2006 film Dreamgirls. Her other acting credits include Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees, Winnie Mandela and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. Hudson’s self-titled debut album won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album and was certified Gold, as was her second album, “I Remember Me.” This year she was nominated for Best R&B Performance for the song “It’s Your World,” from her 2014 album, “JHUD.”

Hudson is the latest name to be revealed by the Academy as part of whatever surprise musical segments they have in store. Previous names include Jack Black and Anna Kendrick.

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 7:00pm ET/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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New Poster for Child 44, Starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace

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Summit Entertainment has just released a new propaganda-style poster for director Daniel Espinosa’s latest, Child 44, which you can check out in the gallery below! The film, based on Tom Rob Smith’s 2008 bestseller, stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel.

A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”

Produced by Ridley Scott and featuring an adapted screenplay by Richard Price, Child 44 opens in theaters on April 17.

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The Trailer and Poster for Netflix’s Newest Series, Bloodline

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“We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing,” is the line Netflix is using to tease their latest original series, “Bloodline,” set to hit the service on March 20.

The show, which has just released both the trailer and poster art that you can check out below, follows the Rayburns, a contemporary American family who are hard-working pillars of their Florida community. But when the black sheep and eldest son, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) comes home for the 45th anniversary of his parents’ hotel, he threatens to expose the Rayburns dark secrets and shameful past, pushing his siblings to the limits of family loyalty.

Created and executive produced by the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated writers/executive producers Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, the series stars Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (“Mad Men”), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Norbert Leo Butz (Dan in Real Life), Jamie McShane (“Sons of Anarchy”), Jacinda Barrett (“Suits”) and Enrique Murciano (“Without a Trace”). The series also includes Chloe Sevigny, Steve Pasquale, Mia Kirshner, and Katie Finneran.

All 13 episodes of “Bloodline,” will launch only on Netflix on Friday, March 20th, and be available in 4K. The Netflix original family thriller will also have its worldwide premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on Monday, February 9th.

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The Final Unfinished Business Red Band Trailer

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With the film hitting the big screen in a little under a month, the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy Unfinished Business has released both a final Red Band trailer and a new TV spot. Check them both out in the players below!

Unfinished Business re-teams Vince Vaughn (Wedding CrashersDodgeball: A True Underdog Story) with director Ken Scott, who directed him in last year’s Delivery Man (and who also helmed Starbuck, the original French-Canadian film upon which Delivery Man was based). Vaughn is joined by Tom Wilkinson (Batman BeginsMichael Clayton) and Dave Franco (NeighborsNow You See Me).

In Unfinished Business, Vaughn plays a hard-working small business owner who, along with his two associates, (Franco and Wilkinson), travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

Hitting theaters March 6, 2015, Unfinished Business also stars James Marsden (X-MenThe Best of Me), Sienna Miller (StardustG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Nick Frost (Snow Whit and the HuntsmanThe World’s End) and features a screenplay by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Pursuit of Happyness).

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Lady Sif Set to Appear Once Again on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Marvel Entertainment (via TV Insider) has announced that Jaimie Alexander will reprise her role of Lady Sif in an upcoming episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” having previously appeared in Episode 15. The character will appear on Earth without her trademark armor or memory, having no idea who she or Thor is.

“Sif has no idea who Thor is or that she serves a king, and we’re going to have fun with that,” says executive producer Jeffrey Bell. “It’ll give us some much-needed humor in a season that’s been full of betrayal and death. Sif can’t even recall who she came here from Asgard to stop, but Agent Coulson [Clark Gregg] and his team will try to help her figure all that out…We’ve been dealing a lot with space aliens and Inhumans in our last few episodes—things our Earth-bound heroes just don’t know much about. They need help understanding what’s really going on. Sif’s memory—what’s left of it—will come in very handy.”

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will return to ABC on March 3. The series airs Tuesdays at 9 P.M. EST. Though unconfirmed, Sif will likely also appear in Thor: Ragnarok, which is scheduled for release on July 28, 2017.

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Check Out Two New TV Spots For Chappie

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Sony Pictures aired two new TV spots for Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie during the midseason premiere of “The Walking Dead” last night and you can now watch them below!

Opening in theaters on March 6, the film stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.

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New Promo for Showtime’s Happyish, Starring Steve Coogan

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Showtime has given us a first look at their new series “Happyish,” starring Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Bradley Whitford, which you can check out below!

Coogan stars in the lead role of Thom Payne, a 44-year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25-year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things like “digital,” “social” and “viral.” Is he in need of a “rebranding,” or does he just have a “low joy ceiling?” Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool’s errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect.

“Happyish,” which shoots in New York, will premiere on April 26th at 9:30 p.m. ET./PT, immediately following “Nurse Jackie” airing at 9 p.m.

“Happyish” was created, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular “This American Life” contributor Shalom Auslander. Emmy Award-nominee Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You, A Walk in the Woods) will executive produce and direct the pilot. Kwapis’ producing partner Alexandra Beattie will co-executive produce, under their In Cahoots banner.

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Zoolander 2 to Shoot in Rome This Spring!

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Derek Zoolander is bringing Blue Steel on a European fling according to Italian site Bad Taste (gratzi to Andrea Bedeschi for the tip), who report that the Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino has announced that the sequel Zoolander 2 will shoot for 12 weeks in and around the famed Cinecittà Studios this spring.

The Mayor met with star Ben Stiller, who is set to reprise his role as the dimwitted male supermodel, with Justin Theroux co-writing and directing.

“Rome returns to the center of the international destinations of great cinema,” Ignazio stated.

Additionally, Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are all-but-confirmed to return as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively, with Stiller’s wife Christine Taylor also coming back as Matilda and Oscar-winner Penélope Cruz along for the ride as well. Jonah Hill and supermodel Cara Delevingne have also been rumored for roles in the past.

The original film grossed only $60 million worldwide in 2001, but the film became a fast hit on DVD and plans for a sequel have been discussed for years. Stiller will produce Zoolander 2 alongside Stuart Cornfeld for Paramount Pictures.

(Photo Credit: Bad Taste)

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