James Woods Beats $3 Million Defamation Lawsuit Over ‘Nazi’ Tweet

James Woods can head into the weekend with a victory lap. The “Once Upon a Time in America” actor has emerged triumphant after being slapped with a $3 million defamation lawsuit over a tweet that misidentified a woman as someone who wore a Trump T-shirt and gave a Nazi salute during a March 2016 Trump rally in Chicago.

James Franco Was Digitally Erased from Vanity Fair Cover After Sexual Harassment Allegations

James Franco was digitally removed from the cover of Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue after he was accused of sexual misconduct by several woman. “We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him,”a Vanity Fair spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Natalie Portman Boards ‘Vox Lux’ (Variety)

Oscar winner Natalie Portman will officially join Jude Law in “Vox Lux,” Variety has learned. In addition, Bold Films, which is backing the project and helped develop the film, has joined forces with Andrew Lauren Productions to finance and produce the picture. “Vox Lux” is written and directed by Brady Corbet, an accomplished actors whose credits include “Mysterious Skin” and “Funny Games. He made his feature film directorial debut in 2015 with “The Childhood of a Leader,” a kind of portrait of a fascist as a very young man that won two awards at the Venice Film Festival.

‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ Sets Mike Flanagan as Director

The film will adapt King’s 2013 novel, which follows Danny Torrance, now an adult and battling alcoholism and dealing with the trauma of what happened to him as a child in a certain haunted Colorado hotel. Along the way, he’s presented with an opportunity to use the shining power he discovered in the first book in a way that can help a young girl.

Courtney B. Vance, Mary-Louise Parker to Star in FX Pilot ‘Compliance’

Courtney B. Vance and Mary-Louise Parker have been cast in the lead roles of the FX pilot “Compliance,” Variety has learned. The series is described as a half-hour comedy centered around a private equity manager (Vance) and his government-appointed compliance monitor (Parker). Sarah Burgess will write and executive produce. Scott Rudin will executive produce alongside Garrett Basch and Eli Bush, with Sam Gold serving as director and producer. Scott Rudin Productions will produce in association with FX Productions. Rudin is currently under first-look deal at Fox Networks Group.

Warren Miller, Skiing Documentary Pioneer, Dies at 93

Warren Miller, the adventure filmmaker who was one of the first make skiing movies, died at the age of 93 at his home on Orcas Island, Wash., according to a statement issued late Wednesday on his official Facebook page. A self-taught filmmaker, Miller made over 500 films that focused on his passion for the outdoors, and snow sports in particular.

Charlie Kaufman Set to Direct ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix

Kaufman will also pen the thriller, which is based on a novel by Iain Reid.
For his next feature, Charlie Kaufman is making the jump to Netflix.

The Being John Malkovich filmmaker, who hasn’t been in the director’s chair since 2015’s stop-motion drama Anomalisa, is set to write and direct an adaption of Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things for the streamer.

Helen Mirren to Play Catherine the Great on HBO, Sky Miniseries

Helen Mirren is set to play the eponymous lead role on HBO and Sky miniseries “Catherine the Great.” “Catherine the Great” is a four-part drama that delves into the politically tumultuous and sexually-charged court of the most powerful female monarch in history, per the two networks’ shared description. Catherine wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century – strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated, she was the definition of the modern woman.

Tom Cruise Reveals ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Title in Instagram Debut

Tom Cruise has revealed that the sixth Mission: Impossible film will be titled Fallout.
In his first two posts on Instagram, the actor offered up the title, along with a stunt from the film in which Cruise is hanging off the side of a helicopter.

Drama Series From La La Land’s Damien Chazelle Lands at Apple

Apple has snapped up another Hollywood heavyweight, inking a deal with La La Land auteur Damien Chazelle for what its calling an “innovative drama” series, TVLine has learned. Oscar-winner Chazelle will write and direct every episode of the untitled hourlong project, which has received a straight-to-series order.