Martin Scorsese Shares Filmmaking Knowledge With ‘Masterclass’ Course


If you ever wanted to learn a few lessons in filmmaking, director Martin Scorsese is lending his years of cinematic passion and expertise with MasterClass. The director, whose last film was the critically acclaimed Silence, has also helmed Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, and Casino.

“I was excited by this project because it gave me a chance to pass down my own inspirations and experiences and practices and evolutions ,not as a blueprint for how to make movies but as a guidepost, an offering to young people attempting to find their own way,” said Scorsese. “It was so important for me to have people that passed down their knowledge when I was young, and MasterClass has given me an opportunity to try it myself.”

MasterClass’ roster of instructors include Christina Aguilera (singing), Kevin Spacey (actor), Dustin Hoffman (actor), Shonda Rhimes (writing for television) Aaron Sorkin (screenwriting), and Reba McEntire (singing). Pre-enrollment for the course has already started, and for more information go to www.masterclass/ms.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movie News

The cast has come together for the upcoming Rampage adaptation for the big screen. Dwayne Johnson will star in the film as primatologist Davis Okoye, who works to find a cure after a rogue genetic experiment turns several alpha predators into raging creatures. Collider reports that Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne and Marley Shelton are also part of the cast.

According to Deadline, Palmstar Media has optioned a pair of Mary Doria Russell books based upon legendary gunman Doc Holliday. The books will reportedly serve as the base for a new film based on Holliday with Jeremy Renner set to star in the central role.

The cast continues to grow for the upcoming Bad Moms sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas. Deadline reports Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Peter Gallagher have all joined the cast, with the three actresses appearing as the mothers of the three central characters.

Brian DePalma will direct the upcoming thriller Domino, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Christina Hendricks. Coster-Waldau will play a Danish cop who goes rogue and joins with a fellow officer (Hendricks) to track down a killer after his partner is murdered in Europe while being targeted by terrorists. However, the pair are unaware that the assailant is a CIA operative who is on the trail of an ISIS cell behind the attacks.

Director Antoine Fuqua will reunite with actor Denzel Washington in the sequel to The Equalizer. The film is now on schedule for a Sept. 14, 2018 arrival.

Actor Tyrese Gibson has posted on Instagram that he’ll be reprising one of his past film roles, appearing in Baby Boy: Coming of Age. It is not known as of yet if director John Singleton will return. Gibson starred in the original film as a young bike mechanic with two children who clashes with his girlfriend’s ex.

The futuristic romance Zoe just had a major talent infusion to its cast. Christina Aguilera, Theo James, Rashida Jones and Miranda Otto have joined the film, which stars Ewan McGregor and Lea Seydoux. Deadline reports the film centers on two colleagues who work at a revolutionary lab where they are designing technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships, but their work uncovers discoveries more profound than ever expected.

Melissa McCarthy has signed on for the raunchy puppet film The Happytime Murders. Brian Henson will direct the film, with the movie set to take place in a Los Angeles underworld where humans and puppets co-exist. McCarthy is a human detective paired with a puppet partner who must work together to figure out who has been killing cast members of a classic puppet show.

Brie Larson, recently seen in Free Fire, will star in the feature film adaptation of Jeannette Walls‘ best-selling memoir The Glass Castle. Larson will play the central role of a woman with a dysfunctional and very colorful family. Woody Harrelson will play her alcoholic father, while Naomi Watts stars as her painter mother. The film is expected to premiere on Aug. 11.

Variety reports that Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay and Devon Terrell have all joined the Daisy Ridley-starring film Ophelia. The film starts principle photography later this month with Claire McCarthy directing the romantic tragedy.

The Mindy Project‘s Garret Dillahunt has joined the cast of the Steve McQueen-directed heist thriller Widows. Deadline reports that the film centers on four armed robbers who are killed during a heist, with their widows coming together to try to finish the job. Viola Davis, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson have also been cast in the film.

David Spade and Nat Faxon will star in the Happy Madison film Who Do You Think Would Win? Deadline reports that the movie centers on the playful debate between two friends about whose father would win in a fight, but the ante gets upped when one of the dads takes the bet seriously. Bridgit Mendler, Joey Bragg, Matt Shively and Jackie Sandler have also been cast.

Adam Levine: Christina Aguilera & CeeLo Green Bring Back Fresh New Energy to The Voice


NBC’s hit reality singing competition, The Voice, is off to another great start. The show seems to be as good as ever with the return of original judges/mentors Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green. As many will recall, last season Aguilera and Green stepped away for one season to concentrate on other ventures, and were replaced by music stars Usher and Shakira.
While having new judges helped bring new energy to the show, Adam Levine, who has been on every season, is pleased about the return of Aguilera and Green, and says that the chemistry that the original judges have with each other is very special and can’t be duplicated. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)

Are The Voice Judges the best on reality television? Let us know! The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.

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‘The Voice’ Season Premiere: Will Team Blake Win Another Singing Crown?

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Tonight (NBC, 8 pm et/pt) marks the fifth season of The Voice, and although the last cycle featured a successful run from Usher and Shakira, show regulars  Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green are back as coaches.

Blake Shelton’s devoted country fan base as well as his diverse roster of talent has led to three straight wins, as Team Blake vets Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope, and Danielle Bradbery are all winners of The Voice (Blake’s season one frontrunner Dia Frampton was a finalist, as Javier Colon from Adam Levine’s team took home the coveted crown).

With a total Shelton domination, can the three judges step it up and give Team Blake a run for its money, or will the winning continue for the amiable singer and his new crew?

Sunday night’s Emmy win was a surprise for The Voice, as it beat out awards stalwart The Amazing Race and received the honor for Outstanding reality competition. The Voice executive producer Mark Burnett gave his thoughts during last night’s backstage interviews when asked about the success, as he described the program as a “kind show.” “There’s no humiliation in The Voice,” said Burnett. “People said these types of shows would never work without humiliation, but not true. America loves kindness and freshness and brilliant music.”

With ratings flagging for The X Factor and American Idol at an all time popularity low, The Voice’s momentum is at an all time high. Winning an Emmy also doesn’t hurt.

So who is your favorite coach on The Voice, and do you think Blake Shelton’s dominating run on the show will continue? Tell us what you think!!

In the following clip, Christina Aguilera explains why The Voice can serve as an “amazing school” for singers.

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Christina Aguilera Says Shakira Did a Beautiful Job on The Voice

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Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green are back after they both took a hiatus last season on The Voice. For Aguilera, it was a break that she needed to have.

“I had to step away,” said Aguilera. “2010 I joined the show and it was a time when I sort of dive into something else outside of myself. It was like this train that just kept gaining and gaining and gaining more viewers as each season wore on and I needed a moment to step away. Thank god for Shakira – she did a beautiful job (just) sweet, lovely energy and (also) lovely for the show.

Cee Lo Green admits that watching The Voice as a viewer was “awkward and intriguing at the same time.”

To hear Aguilera and Cee Lo Green talk about taking their respective breaks from The Voice, click on the media bar below:

A new season of The Voice begins September 23rd on NBC.

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