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Dustin Hoffman argues that the film industry has reached its artistic nadir, and as a star of "Ishtar," he should know from bad movies. "I think right now television is the best that it's ever been and I think that it's the worst that film has ever been," he told Britain's Independent newspaper. He says movies based on toys, video games and comic books are to blame, crowding out smaller dramas such as "The Graduate."
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A stand-alone movie about Han Solo will be made by Chris Miller and Phil Lord ("The Lego Movie," "21 Jump Street"). … Paul Thomas Anderson will write and direct a live-action "Pinocchio" starring Robert Downey Jr. … Producer Brian Grazer says he regrets making a certain movie: "I don't like cowboys or aliens," he admits. … Ava DuVernay ("Selma") has shot down rumors that she will direct Marvel's "Black Panther," starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role. … Disney is pondering a live-action movie focusing on Prince Charming. … Fox will make "21 Years to Midnight: The Promise That Brought Marriage Equality to America," based on the case heard by the Supreme Court.
Laurence Fishburne will play Alex Haley in an A&E remake of "Roots." … Marisa Tomei is joining "Empire" as a "lesbian billionaire." … Giuliana Rancic is leaving her position as co-host of E! News. … Netflix has set its original film lineup: Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" (Oct. 16); Adam Sandler's "The Ridiculous Six" (Dec. 11); "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend"(first quarter of 2016), and Judd Apatow's "PeeWee's Big Holiday" (March 2016).
Stephen Colbert reveals he would have stopped doing "The Colbert Report" even if he hadn't been offered "Late Show." He tells Jerry Seinfeld in "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" that he was tired of his own shtick. "I play a character on my show, and he's modeled on punditry, and I no longer respect my model," he said. "That's my problem. … You have to be invested in your model. And I really am not. I can't watch that stuff anymore."