Bill Skarsgård and FKA Twigs seen in ‘Vanity Fair’ tease of ‘The Crow’

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The first images of a long-gestating reimagining of the 1994 hit The Crow have been revealed.

Vanity Fair just published a feature on Lionsgate’s forthcoming big-screen adaptation of James O’Barr’s classic graphic novel starring It‘s Bill Skarsgård and actress-singer FKA Twigs.

As in the comic and the original film, The Crow centers on musician Eric Draven, who is murdered along with the love of his life Shelly, only to be supernaturally resurrected and avenge their deaths.

The VF piece shows romantic shots of Skarsgård and Twigs, but it also shows Skarsgård’s transformation into the undead hero, as imagined by director Rupert Sanders.

Whereas Lee’s character donned stark white face makeup, his successor’s harlequin look is more subtle.

Sanders says the actor’s tatted-up looks are reminiscent of Post Malone and Lil Peep.

The original The Crow is arguably most famous for the accidental death of its 28-year-old star Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee‘s only son.

On March 30, 1993, the late actor Michael Massee shot and mortally wounded Lee while filming; a revolver that had not been properly checked was blamed for the deadly mishap.

“Obviously, it was a terrible tragedy, and it’s definitely something that we’ve always had in mind through the making of the film,” Sanders says. “Brandon was an original voice and I think he will always be synonymous with The Crow and I hope he’s proud of what we’ve done and how we’ve brought the story back again.”

He adds, “His soul is very much alive in this film. There’s a real fragility and beauty to his version of The Crow, and I think Bill feels like he is a successor to that.”

The Crow flies into theaters June 7.

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Academy Awards reportedly reviving popular group presenter format

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The forthcoming 96th annual Oscars will reportedly take a page from the telecast some 15 years ago, having groups of past Oscar winners in a particular category welcome the newest member of their tribe.

This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which pointed out the popularity of that element from the 2009 telecast.

Traditionally, the previous year’s winner passes the torch to the new one, but the 2009 broadcast saw Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren and Shirley MacLaine get a standing ovation before they gathered to introduce the Best Actress nominees and ultimately presented Kate Winslet with the trophy for The Reader.

That year, Sean Penn was presented with his Best Actor Oscar for Milk after Adrien Brody, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley gathered to salute each nominee.

The night’s supporting categories followed that group format as well.

While the Motion Picture Academy hasn’t confirmed that it’s bringing it back, the previously announced first round of presenters seems to support THR‘s story.

The presenters include last year’s winners, like The Whale‘s Brendan Fraser and Everything Everywhere‘s Best Actress winner Michelle Yeoh, as well as Best Actor veterans Nicolas Cage, Al Pacino, Sam Rockwell and Matthew McConaughey, and Best Actress/Supporting Actress winner Jessica Lange.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 96th Academy Awards will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 10, from Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. This year, the show will begin at 7 p.m. ET.

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Gary Sinise shares tribute to late son Mac, who died from cancer at 33

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Gary Sinise is honoring his late son, McCanna Anthony “Mac” Sinise, who died Jan. 5 from a rare form of cancer called chordoma. He was 33.

The actor, famous for his roles in Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, The Green Mile and CSI: NY, posted a photo of his son on Instagram Tuesday, with text that read, “In Honor & Memory of McCanna ‘Mac’ Sinise 1990-2024.”

In the caption, the Of Mice and Men star directed his followers to the Gary Sinise Foundation website to read his heartfelt tribute to Mac.

“Like any family experiencing such a loss, we are heartbroken and have been managing as best we can,” he wrote in the tribute. “As parents, it is so difficult losing a child. My heart goes out to all who have suffered a similar loss, and to anyone who has lost a loved one. We’ve all experienced it in some way. Over the years I have met so many families of our fallen heroes. It’s heartbreaking, and it’s just damn hard.”

The actor said his son was diagnosed in 2018, the same year his wife, Moira Harris, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer; she is now cancer-free after months of treatment.

Chordoma is a slow-growing cancer of tissue found inside the spine, according to the National Cancer Institute, which states that one in 1 million people worldwide are diagnosed with the disease each year.

In addition to Mac, Gary Sinise is also a father to two other children, daughters Sophie and Ella.

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In Brief: ‘The Young and the Restless’ renewed through 55th season, and more

Deadline reports Emmy-winning Schitt’s Creek co-creator and star Eugene Levy is moving into Only Murders in the Building for its fourth season. The announcement comes just days after it was announced that Eva Longoria has joined the cast of Hulu’s whodunit comedy series, which also stars Steve Martin, Selena Gomez and Martin Short. Incidentally, Levy’s career kicked off via the Canadian sketch show SCTV, where Only Murders co-stars Short and Andrea Martin cut their teeth. The fourth season will also feature Saturday Night Live veteran Molly Shannon and the returning co-star Meryl Streep

CBS has renewed its long-running daytime drama The Young and the Restless for an additional four years. Y&R, the #1 daytime drama for over 36 years and the network’s longest-running series, has been picked up through the 2027-28 television season. The renewal will bring the show through its 55th season. The soap, set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Genoa City, follows the romances and rivalries between the Newman, Winters and Abbott families. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in March 2023 …

Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in The Department, an espionage thriller series directed by George Clooney, according to Variety. Based on the hit French spy show The Bureau, it follows a French Secret Services agent home from a six-year mission in Damascus. As he’s struggling to let go of his false identity and the woman with whom he had an affair, he gets caught between a French foreign intelligence agency and the CIA. The Department has gotten a straight-to-series order from Showtime …

 

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Stephen and Robbie Amell talk Netflix sci-fi thriller ‘Code 8: Part II’

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Netflix dropped the sequel to its dystopian sci-fi thriller Code 8, starring Arrow‘s Stephen Amell and his real-life cousin, Upload star Robbie Amell, on Tuesday.

The first film was born from a short, then crowdfunded to feature-length for the streamer in 2019. 

The film proposes an alternative world where super-powered people literally built this country’s infrastructure. After an industrial and technological revolution, however, their kind are pushed to the margins of society, with some, like Stephen’s Garrett, turning to crime. 

With his mother ailing and no way to afford medical treatment, Robbie’s electricity-controlling Connor joins in on a heist that goes wrong.

Stephen expressed to ABC Audio, “The people really took ownership of the first movie.”

He continues, “One of the news outlets that we did an interview for, the floor manager at the news outlet was a supporter of the first movie, and they popped her on the screen to say hi. So I do think that … if they supported the first movie, they still feel like they have ownership in the second movie.”

He hopes those early backers return to watch the sequel, “So then hopefully we can make a third.”

Robbie teases the plot to the sequel, set five years after the original. “Connor, my character, has been in prison and Stephen’s character, Garrett, has been growing a bit of an empire with some shady people.”

He continues, “The movie starts fast, though, and it kind of becomes a chase movie, and it almost starts to happen in real time. So I don’t want to give too much away, because once you’re in, you’re along for the ride.”  

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Miranda Kerr gives birth to her 4th child

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Model and businesswoman Miranda Kerr announced the birth of her fourth child, a boy, Tuesday on Snapchat.

Alongside a bouquet of flowers, infant socks and a blanket that reads “Pierre,” Kerr, 40, captioned the post saying, “We are so overjoyed by the arrival of our little ray of sunshine, Pierre Kerr Spiegel.”

She continued, “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our fourth son into our family. Feeling so very blessed.”

Kerr announced her pregnancy in September on Snapchat. In a post revealing her growing baby bump, she said, “So excited to announce baby no. 4.” She later added, “And it’s a boy.”

This is the model’s third child with Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel. She shares her first child, Flynn, 12, with ex-husband Orlando Bloom.

Kerr and Bloom were married for three years before splitting in 2013. She married Spiegel four years later.

In 2020, the Kora Organics founder and CEO opened up about co-parenting with Bloom, who is now engaged to singer Katy Perry.

“I adore Katy,” Kerr said on The Drew Barrymore Show in November 2020. “I just feel so happy that Orlando has found someone that makes his heart so happy.”

“At the end of the day, for Flynn to have a happy father and a happy mother is just the most important thing,” Kerr added. “So I’m just so grateful that Orlando and Katy found each other and I’m so grateful that I found my incredible husband and just that we all really respect each other.”

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Alan Ritchson recalls blowing audition to play Thor

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While he recently went on the record saying he’d “love” to play Batman, hulking Reacher star Alan Ritchson says a blown audition for a different superhero inspired him to work out his acting muscles, too.

To Men’s Health, Ritchson explains that once upon a time, he was up for the role of Marvel’s Thor that went instead to Chris Hemsworth.

“I didn’t take it seriously,” Alan admits to the magazine. “I was like, ‘They’ll throw me the part if I look like the guy; nobody really cares about acting.'”

In fact, they did: The casting folks apparently told Ritchson the role was his to lose, but he was lacking “the craft.”

Stung by the loss, Ritchson spent three weeks reviewing his audition scenes with an acting coach before he requested to join an exclusive acting class with a casting luminary named Deborah Aquila.

After weathering other career setbacks, Ritchson eventually hit the mark with Reacher, currently shooting its third season.

“I had about 50 offers the weekend after season 1 of Reacher opened,” the Fast X star says. “I knew my life had changed.”

As for the Caped Crusader, Ritchson is still holding out hope. He recently told the Fortress of Solitude website, “I would love to play Batman. … Dude is loaded and has caves, penthouses, and spotlights that call him.”

The actor called the Dark Knight “cooler” than the more Spartan “Batman without a cape,” Jack Reacher.

That said, he said it would be fun to imagine the military investigator going up against the World’s Greatest Detective: “[Batman] be like, ‘Damn, he’s holding on. It’s been 30 minutes,'” Ritchson joked to the site.

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Oscar nominee ‘Poor Things’ now available on digital

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As reported, director Yorgos Lanthimos‘ quirky dramedy Poor Things snagged 11 nominations ahead of this year’s Academy Awards, and if you haven’t caught up with it yet, it’s now available for rent or purchase on digital.

Producer Emma Stone snagged nominations both in the Best Actress and Best Picture categories for the film from Searchlight. The Frankenstein-esque story centers on the “fantastical evolution” of Stone’s Bella Baxter, a young Victorian woman brought back to life by Willem Dafoe‘s brilliant but unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter.

The studio teases, “Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents.”

Based on the book by Alasdair Gray, Poor Things also earned nominations for Ruffalo in the Best Supporting Actor category, as well as noms for Best Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score and Production Design, among others.

The digital release includes behind-the-scenes featurettes, as well as deleted scenes. 

Poor Things comes to Blu-ray and DVD March 12 — two days after the 96th Academy Awards air on ABC.

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NBC to air 10th anniversary ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ special

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In May, NBC will celebrate 10 years of viral Classroom Instruments remixes, celebrity Water Wars and Whisper Challenges with an anniversary salute to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The special airs May 14 at 9 p.m. ET and will stream the next day on Peacock.

“To be able to sit in the same chair as the iconic hosts before me, it’s been my absolute honor to be a part of The Tonight Show for the last 10 years,” Fallon said in a statement.

“I want to thank all the viewers who have laughed with me, inspired me, and come along for what has been the most joyful journey of my life. I still pinch myself every day and am so appreciative of the opportunity to stand alongside the giants of our business who have made their mark on this great television institution.”

In a statement, NBC notes that the television event will feature “a look back at the many unforgettable moments that have defined the show’s legacy, viral hits, favorite sketches, musical performances and interviews that have shaped our culture.”

Mark Lazarus, the chairman of the NBCUniversal Media Group, saluted Fallon’s leadership of the top-rated late night show, adding, “Jimmy has broadened The Tonight Show with his signature brand of humor and continues to deliver laughs to millions of people night after night. We couldn’t be prouder that this iconic NBC show bears Jimmy’s name.”

 

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Place your bets: Online casino lists potential Oscar records that could be broken

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With the Oscars fast approaching, online casino site USBets has compiled a list of what records could be broken on March 10.

For example, if Cillian Murphy wins Best Actor for Oppenheimer, he’d be the first Ireland-born actor to do so, the site explains, noting three-time winner Daniel Day-Lewis is of Irish descent but was born in London.

Killers of the Flower Moon Best Actress nominee Lily Gladstone could become the first Indigenous woman to nab the prize.

Her co-star, Best Supporting Actor nominee Robert De Niro, could snag a third acting Oscar, something only seven other performers have done.

Also, if Martin Scorsese wins Best Director for Flower Moon at 81, he’d best then-74-year-old Clint Eastwood‘s 2005 record for the oldest filmmaker to win Best Director when he won for Million Dollar Baby.

And also in the “age is just a number” category, 92-year-old John Williams could become the oldest-ever winner of a competitive Oscar if the composer snags a sixth trophy for scoring Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. The record is currently held by James Ivory, who was 89 when he won the Best Adapted Screenplay trophy for 2017’s Call Me By Your Name.

Just nine people have won the Best Picture Oscar two or more times, and that record could tilt to either The HoldoversMark Johnson or Steven Spielberg, who produced Maestro. Both of those are considered long shots with Oppenheimer‘s trophy magnet run.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 96th Academy Awards will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide from Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. This year, the show will begin at 7 p.m. ET.

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