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'Broad City' creators, Paul Feig join forces for big-screen comedy

"Broad City" creators and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are expanding their horizons. Having made the leap from the Web to Comedy Central with their breakout series, the two have now sold an untitled comedy script to 20th Century Fox, a studio spokesperson confirmed to The Times.

Paul Feig, a filmmaker known for collaborating with hilarious women on movies such as "Bridesmaids," "The Heat" and the upcoming "Ghostbusters" reboot, is attached to produce alongside Jessie Henderson.

Though Glazer and Jacobson work both sides of the camera in "Broad City," they are not attached to star in the new film, nor is Feig attached to direct. Plot details for the project have yet to be revealed.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

Glazer and Jacobson aren't the only members of the "Broad City" family to make movie news recently: Last week, show writers Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs were hired by Sony to pen a female-led spinoff of the "21 Jump Street" action-comedy franchise.

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'Magic Mike XXL' trailer: Channing Tatum and the boys strip, tease

The full trailer for "Magic Mike XXL" has arrived with a truckload innuendo and a scant amount of clothing.

The follow-up to the 2012 male-stripper tale finds Channing Tatum's ex-dancer turned entrepreneur agreeing to take a road trip with his former colleagues — including Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez — for one last blowout performance in Myrtle Beach, Fla.

The 2-minute clip starts off coy, with shots of Tatum looking pensive on a bench, Bomer meditating on the beach and a van driving down a two-lane highway. But things get, er, interesting when Manganiello's character (whose full moniker is unprintable in a family newspaper) begins strutting his stuff and dousing himself with water in a gas station mini-mart.

The trailer then delivers a flurry of serpentine dance moves, bared abs and titillating wordplay. Some of the best lines come from Jada Pinkett Smith's new ringmaster, who at one point reminds the guys, "It's not bro time, it's showtime."

Set for release July 1...

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Orson Welles gets 4K restoration of 'The Third Man' for 100th birthday

Just in time for Orson Welles' centennial, one of his iconic films, "The Third Man," is headed back to theaters in a new 4K restoration.

The remastered version of director Carol Reed's 1949 film noir classic starring Welles as a black marketeer in postwar Vienna will make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month before opening in New York (June 26), Los Angeles (July 3) and other U.S. cities.

New York-based distributor Rialto Pictures announced the news Wednesday, on Welles' 100th birthday.

Written by novelist Graham Greene, who subsequently published a novella version, "The Third Man" tells the story of a hack writer (Joseph Cotten) who travels to Allied-occupied Vienna to follow up a job offer from a childhood friend (Welles). Once there, he becomes entangled in a web of murder and deception.

Widely regarded as one of the finest films of all time, "The Third Man" was a critical and commercial hit that won the Palme D'Or at Cannes, the British Film Academy's prize...

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Ellen Albertini Dow, 'Wedding Singer's' rapping granny, dies at 101

Ellen Albertini Dow could bust a rhyme with the best of them, but her life and Hollywood career were far richer than a single rap song.

Dubbed the rapping granny, the longtime actress delighted audiences in the 1998 Adam Sandler film “The Wedding Singer” when she broke out “Rapper’s Delight.” Her performance of the tune was also featured on the film’s soundtrack.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times that year, Dow said she'd never heard of the song before learning it for the film.

“I just sang it and put some movement to it,” she said.

Dow died Monday in her Woodland Hills home, her manager Juliet Green confirmed. She was 101.

Dow appeared in numerous big-screen hits including “Wedding Crashers,” “Road Trip,” “Patch Adams” and “Sister Act.” She also had roles on TV shows such as “Seinfeld,” “ER” and “Scrubs,” and did voice work on the animated series “Family Guy” and “American Dad.”

Dow was fiercely independent and “hated when anyone tried to treat her like an old lady,” Green said in...

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'Mr. Holmes' trailer: Ian McKellen puts his spin on Sherlock

Actor Ian McKellen and director Bill Condon put Sherlock Holmes under the magnifying glass in the first trailer for the upcoming drama "Mr. Holmes," and upon closer inspection the famous detective doesn't quite match up to his public persona.

For starters, you won't find him in a deerstalker cap: "I've never worn one," an elderly Holmes (played by McKellen) says in the video. And the pipe? "I prefer a cigar."

Such trademarks, it seems, were embellishments of Dr. Watson. That said, the film, loosely adapted from Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind," does indeed feature Holmes trying to unravel a mystery — in between reflecting on his life, tending to his bees and grappling with his declining mental faculties.

Set for release July 17 from Roadside Attractions and Miramax, "Mr. Holmes" finds the retired sleuth returning to his seaside farmhouse after a trip to Japan, where he has just witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. As he strikes up a friendship with his housekeeper's...

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L.A. Film Festival announces its world-premiere-studded 2015 lineup

Films starring John Hawkes, Imogen Poots and Luis Guzman, and documentaries about a community of Ukrainian women in Chernobyl's dead zone, actor Andy Whitfield's battle with cancer and men raised by single mothers are set to make their world premieres in competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival next month.

Festival organizer Film Independent on Tuesday unveiled the gathering's full lineup, which includes 74 feature films, 60 shorts and more than 50 new-media works from 35 countries. The fest runs June 10-18 at L.A. Live and is sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.

"I like to think of us as coming of age," festival director Stephanie Allain said in a phone interview about the LAFF, now in its 21st year.

With a new programming team in place, the fest is putting renewed emphasis on world premieres (with 39, more than double the previous year), first-time filmmakers and diversity.

"Our job is to really showcase artists who are diverse and who have a unique point of view," Allain said. "So...

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