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Hollywood Casting News

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Owen Wilson is in negotiations to join Julia Roberts in Wonder, an adaptation of the R.J. Palacio YA novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Child actor Jacob Tremblay, who had a breakout performance in Room opposite Brie Larson, will star in the film as Auggie Pullman, a young boy who was born with a facial deformity. Wilson would play the boy’s father and Roberts will play his mother.

Fault in Our Stars and Divergent series actor Ansel Elgort is in early talks to star in Dungeons & Dragons, also according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is based on the classic role-playing game.

And Will & Grace’s Megan Mullally and Fresh off the Boat’s Constance Wu have been cast in Hulu’s upcoming sci-fi anthology series Dimension 404, reports Variety. Mullally and Wu join previously announced cast members including Lea Michele, Robert Buckley, Ryan Lee, Sarah Hyland, Joel McHale, Ashley Rickards and Patton Oswalt.

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House-Hunting? “The Amityville Horror” House Can Be Yours

Promotional image from “The Amityville Horror”; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Want to buy a house that’s either guarateed to attract trick-or-treaters — or maybe, frighten them away?

The infamous house that inspired the 1979 film The Amityville Horror is on the market for $850,000.

According to a real estate listing, the home is a “stately center-hall Colonial on Amityville River with large boat house and slip. Two-car garage. Living room with fireplace. Formal dining room, heated sun room. Master bedroom w/bath.”

However, the listing neglects to mention that on Nov. 14, 1974, Ronald “Butch” DeFeo Jr. shot to death his mother, father and four siblings in that house. At trial, Defeo testified he was possessed by Satan when he committed the murders.

That claim inspired the 1977 book The Amityville Horror, and the films and legends that followed.

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Lena Dunham Rips Kanye West’s “Famous” Video

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Looks like Lena Dunham took Kanye West’s bait. No, the Girls creator wasn’t depicted nude in West’s “Famous” video and hasn’t sued the rapper, but she did take to Facebook to excoriate West for what she called “one of the more disturbing ‘artistic’ efforts in recent memory.”

Dunham compared the video’s image of inert wax figures of famous people naked in bed to the recent spate of very public controversies over sexual crimes and allegations.

As convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner “is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat” and as sexual assaults are Periscoped, Dunham writes, “Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they’ve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It give me such a sickening sense of dis-ease.”

She also defended her friend Taylor Swift — who is depicted in the video — writing, “seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift…, a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna [Wintour], reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley, it makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films.”

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“Game of Thrones” Season Finale Scores Record Audience

Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister; image courtesy HBO(NEW YORK) — Game of Thrones aired its sixth-season finale Sunday night to a record show audience.

Some 8.9 million people watched the episode, which featured some of the most ruthless ever dispatching of characters both liked and hated, in a show known for its unsentimental killing off of fan favorites.

That number is the show’s biggest audience ever, according to Variety, which notes last season’s final episode drew 8.1 million viewers, which was then also a record audience.

Indeed, the audience for Game of Thrones has grown steadily in the six years it’s been on the air, beginning with the 2.2 million who watched the series premiere and the three million who watched the first season finale.

When you add in everyone who watched Sunday’s finale on all available platforms, the total audience estimate nearly triples, to 23.3 million, notes Variety.

If you’re not yet a fan, there’s plenty of time to binge-watch the first six seasons. Game of Thrones season seven – which will either be the show’s final season or the next-to-last one, depending on reports – returns in April, 2017.

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Winona Ryder Calls Johnny Depp Abuse Allegations “Hard to Picture”

Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp in 1990; Barry King/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Winona Ryder, who was engaged to Johnny Depp in the early 1990s, says she finds it hard to imagine the actor as violent and abusive. In divorce proceedings the actor has been accused of domestic violence by his estranged wife, Amber Heard.

“It’s just hard to picture. The only word I can come up with is unimaginable,” Ryder tells TIME. “You know with certain people you hear something and go, ‘I can see that.’ But this isn’t that.”

Ryder is quick to add that she’s not necessarily doubting Heard’s claims. “It’s like anybody who says anything about it is a victim-blamer,” she said. “I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I’m not calling anyone a liar. I’m just saying, it’s difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it.”

“He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me,” she said. “I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves.”

But, Ryder added, “All I have to offer is my own experience, which was a very, very long time ago.”

Ryder is starring in the upcoming Netflix thriller Stranger Things, which debuts July 15.

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Chelsea Handler Opens Up About Abortions at Age 16

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the brutally honest way fans have come to expect and admire, Chelsea Handler admitted in an essay for Playboy’s “Freedom Issue” that she had two abortions at the age of 16.

The comedian, now 41, used her own “irresponsible” actions, and the opportunity she had to safely correct them, as the launching point for a fierce defense of a woman’s right to choose.

Handler wrote that as an angsty teen she “wasn’t really playing with a full deck of cards.” With little parental guidance and a boyfriend she admits she probably shouldn’t have been having sex with in the first place, Handler said her first reaction upon finding out that she was pregnant was to keep the baby.

“Of course, the idea that I would have a child and raise it by myself at that age, when I couldn’t even find my way home at night, was ridiculous,” she wrote. Her parents recognized this reality, she said, and took her to Planned Parenthood, where she safely had the child aborted.

But then she got pregnant again.

This time, she was left to collect the $230 needed herself. Once she did, she was once again able to take care of the situation safely.

“I’m grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an abortion legally without risking my health or bankrupting myself or my family,” she continued.

Using her own experiences as an illustration, Handler argued the importance of upholding Roe v. Wade, though she refuses to accept that the ruling is really in danger.

Pointing to other issues such as gay marriage, the comedian noted that, “Once you go forward in history, you don’t go backward.”

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“The Bachelorette” Recap: JoJo Surprises the Men in a Shocking Rose Ceremony

ABC/Veronica Gambini(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette, the competition between the men heated up, and the rose ceremony ended in a shocking twist.

JoJo Fletcher and the eight remaining men moved on to the beauty and history of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.

Wells, who revealed to the other guys that he hadn’t kissed JoJo yet, was put on the spot when she invited him on a one-on-one date. The two took a romantic stroll through the city and participated in a performance art piece called “Fuerza Bruta,” which finally set up the magic moment. Afterwards however, JoJo informed Wells that she “didn’t feel 100 percent” with him,” adding, “I don’t know if you are the person I will spend the rest of my life with.” She told him she couldn’t give him the rose and he went home.

Next, JoJo escorted Luke, Robby, Jordan, James Taylor and Alex for a group date in the La Boca neighborhood of the capital. The guys got involved in a soccer game with some of the locals, who challenged them to a penalty kick-off. The reward: a kiss from JoJo. James managed to sneak one past the goalie, but it was Luke who stole her heart when they shared a passionate kiss afterwards. JoJo revealed to the camera that they had an “emotional connection.”

Next, James Taylor used his alone time with JoJo to throw some shade at Jordan, calling him “entitled” and “snotty.” Jordan denied the claims when confronted about them by JoJo. Afterwards, tempers flared between Jordan and James Taylor in front of the other guys. Ultimately, Luke got the date rose.

The two-on-one date went to Derek and Chase. Noting “It takes two to tango,” JoJo invited the guys to take part in a three-person tango. Afterwards, Derek told JoJo he was falling for her, and then the two made out. During an alone moment with Chase, JoJo doubted how strong his feelings for her actually were. He ultimately gave her the “validation” she needed, which was that he had growing feelings for her, and they too ended up making out. In the end, a stunned Derek — who thought he had the rose in the bag — was sent packing. Chase got the date rose, and he and JoJo danced as South American superstar Soledad Pastorutti serenaded them.

At the rose ceremony, JoJo gave out two of the three remaining roses to Jordan and Robby, but suddenly left the room. She told host Chris Harrison that should couldn’t give the last rose to either Alex or James Taylor. JoJo returned with two roses on her tray, and gave them to both guys, explaining that she couldn’t say goodbye to any of the guys.

The Bachelorette continues Monday night on ABC.

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Happy 90th Birthday, Mel Brooks!

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The man who played the 2,000 Year-Old Man has gotten one year closer: comedy legend Mel Brooks is 90 today.

Born Melvin James Kaminsky in Brooklyn, NY, Brooks started as a writer on Your Show of Shows. Brooks and another comedy icon, Carl Reiner first met in 1950. They delighted audiences and inspired a generation of comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and others with the improvised sketch about a really old man who has seen it all, as well as other now-famous bits.

The pair remain close to this day.

Brooks directed some of the most beloved comedies of all time, with three ranked on the American Film Institute Top 100 Comedies of All Time: 1968’s The Producers and 1974’s Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.

Brooks’ specialty became the spoof, not only the Emmy-winning James Bond send-up Get Smart! on TV, but also on the big screen with the 1977 Alfred Hitchcock spoof High Anxiety, 1987 Star Wars parody Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Brooks credited his second wife, the late Anne Bancroft, for inspiring him to bring both The Producers and Young Frankenstein to Broadway.

The Producers became a 12-Tony-winning hit with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick playing the respective roles originated by Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. The musical, which ran for more than 2,500 performances on Broadway, came full-circle when it was turned into a movie musical with Lane and Broderick in 2005.

A musical adaptation of Young Frankenstein didn’t fare as well; it closed after 484 shows.

Incidentally, Brooks is one of history’s rare EGOTs: that is, a winner of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar — for the screenplay to The Producers — and a Tony.

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Well, That Was a Surprise: “Game of Thrones” Star Spills About Her Character’s Sudden Death

Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell/image courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD!) So many characters died during Sunday night’s Game of Thrones season-six finale, but perhaps one of the most unexpected was when Cersei Lannister blew up the temple of the High Sparrow, killing not only the religious leader, but also Queen Margaery Tyrell, the king’s wife, and her brother, Ser Loras.

Natalie Dormer, the actress who plays Tyrell, tells Entertainment Weekly she learned of her character’s death even before producers intended.

“I pre-empted the phone call because in true Natalie Dormer style, I tried to fit a million projects into a single year. I requested [while making season five that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] release me from working on the show earlier than usual so I could do another project, and they ended up phoning me — and that was ‘The Call,'” she told the magazine.

She also said her character’s death shouldn’t be a surprise to Game of Thrones fans.

“Every year something comes from the left field that no one could have predicted. It’s great they can still shock people six years on. I watch as an audience member as well, you get side-swiped,” she said

Dormer’s last day on set included a visit from Weiss and Benioff.

“Dan and David made sure they were there at the very end. It seemed very fitting Margaery’s last day is shooting a scene with the Queen of Thorns. They gave me a big hug and made a fuss out of me. It was lovely,” she said.

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Judge at Prince Estate Hearing: “We Are in Uncharted Water”

Neil Lupin/Redferns(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — The battle for Prince’s estate continued Monday morning at the the Carver Country District Court in Minneapolis, MN. Five of the late singer’s siblings and their attorneys, along with attorneys from the estate’s trust, attended the hearing that will determine who’s the rightful heir to the music icon’s estate.

Judge Kevin Eide, who presided over the hearing, explained that the case was a crossroads between probate and paternity law, which made it difficult to determine which motions and hearings should be held privately. “We are in uncharted water,” the judge said.

Attorneys from Bremer Trust are handling Prince’s estate in the absence of a will, which has yet to be found, if it exists at all. Trust attorney say they’ve so far searched thousands of documents in four different locations looking for a will, with no success. They said the search will soon be over.

Subsequently, the parties involved are working to interpret Minnesota law in order to determine what factors legally establish paternity, so they can then determine which, if any, of Prince’s alleged heirs are entitled to a piece of his estate.

Attorneys for the potential heirs are requesting that the case be settled quickly, so as not to harm the estate, which they consider a “national treasure.” Judge Eide promised to have the Minnesota Court of Appeals review the case to ensure proper handling, declaring, “I want to do this right.”

Prince died April 21 from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

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