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'The Last Jedi' Power Duo on the Key to Tackling a New Trilogy and Carrie Fisher’s Performance

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A decade before Disney handed them the keys to Lucasfilm’s Star Wars galaxy, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman met when the Israeli producer got hold of a script for Brick, a teen noir Johnson had been trying to make for seven years. Bergman, now 47, still recalls how smoothly Johnson, 44, handled the first day on the 2005 film, which shot largely at San Clemente (California) High School, the helmer’s alma mater.

“I said, ‘Well, I don’t really need to be here.’ This guy knows what he wants,” the producer says with a laugh. “The world is »


- Aaron Couch

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'Bad Santa' Director Says He Was Also Discouraged From Hiring Mira Sorvino

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Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff is echoing statements made by Peter Jackson that said that he was told not to hire actress Mira Sorvino, saying that he had a similar experience.

On Friday, Zwigoff tweeted, "I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I'd hear a Click. What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! I guess we all know what type of person now. I'm really sorry Mira."

In a recent interview with New Zealand's Stuff, »


- THR Staff

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Paul Haggis Sues Woman Over Alleged Fake Rape Claim

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Paul Haggis is suing a New York publicist who says he raped her, claiming the woman is an extortionist who is capitalizing on the trauma of genuine victims of sexual assault.

The Crash writer-director sued Haleigh Breest in New York State court Friday afternoon, and she followed with her own lawsuit a few hours later.

Breest claims Haggis raped her in his SoHo apartment in January 2013 following the premiere of Side Effects. She says he insisted she come over for a drink, and she relented despite not wanting to go. Breest claims the unwanted sexual advances began »


- Ashley Cullins

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Top Hollywood Execs Unveil Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Chaired by Anita Hill

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Kathleen Kennedy’s proposed industry commission to combat gender inequality is coming to fruition, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Two dozen top entertainment executives have come together to form and fund the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which will be chaired by Anita Hill. The attorney and Brandeis law professor was one of the first whistleblowers on sexual harassment, when she testified against Clarence Thomas during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court. She sits on the boards of directors for the National Women’s Law Center and the Boston Lawyers Committee for »


- Rebecca Sun

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Manhattan's Lincoln Plaza Cinemas to Close

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Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, the long-running art-house fixture on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is scheduled to close its doors at the end of January.

“We lost our lease, and they are not willing to extend it,” Ewnetu Admassu, general manager for the six-screen multiplex, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re not closing because of lack of business.”

Located at 1886 Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets since 1981, the six-screen multiplex has been run and programmed by Dan Talbot and wife Toby, operating as a joint venture between the Talbots, France’s Gaumont and Millstein Properties, which owns the building in which the »

- Gregg Kilday

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