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Priyanka Chopra to star in 'Wild Wild Country' movie. Priyanka Chopra is developing a feature film based on "Wild Wild Country," the hit Netflix docu-series following the Rajneesh cult. Chopra will star as the Indian religious guru Bhagwan Rajneesh's (also known as Osho) highly influential (and polarizing) assistant Ma Anand Sheela. The "Quantico" actress announced the plans during her appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday, revealing that she's partnering with director Barry Levinson to make the movie. "We're developing it as the character of Sheela, who was this guru who originated from India, [Osho's] right-hand woman. And she was just devious and created a whole cult in America, brought people here," Chopra told DeGeneres. "[The doc] was amazing, and I'm developing that next for me to star in and produce, which I think would be really cool." The Emmy-winning, six-part documentary series premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim before launching on Netflix in March of 2018. The show followed the Rajneeshpuram community in Wasco County, Ore. Chopra also discussed "Isn't It Romantic," her upcoming comedy hitting theaters on Feb. 13, in which she stars alongside Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth. She also accepted a wedding gift from DeGeneres following her recent nuptials to singer Nick Jonas. (PageSix)

Locarno Festival Sets Blake Edwards Retrospective. The Swiss festival will showcase 37 films from the director of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and 'The Pink Panther' franchise. Switzerland's Locarno Film Festival will pay homage to U.S. director Blake Edwards with a career retrospective at its 72nd edition this summer. The retrospective is the first announcement from new Locarno artistic director Lili Hinstin who has taken over from outgoing director Carlo Chatrian this year. Edwards, winner of a career Academy Award, is best known for directing Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Party, The Pink Panther franchise, Days of Wine and Roses, The Tamarind Seed, 10, and Victor Victoria among numerous other critical and box office hits. His 37 films, over a career running from 1955 to 1993, will be screened at the GranRex theater along with other screenings, including his written works and TV films. Throughout his career Edwards worked with some of Hollywood's top stars, including Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Audrey Hepburn, Lee Remick and, of course, Peter Sellers. From 1969 on he collaborated on seven pictures with his wife Julie Andrews, including Darling Lili. Composer Henry Mancini wrote the scores for the majority of his films. "A paradoxical auteur, Edwards could put his hand to anything from romcom (Bring Your Smile Along, Mister Cory) to thriller (Experiment in Terror) to western (Wild Rovers), creatively rethinking and subverting each genre in just the way that caused his violent break with the Studios and their final cut privilege," said Hinstin. "He left Hollywood for exile in Europe, in Switzerland to be precise, where he spent eight years and wrote some of his greatest screenplays before returning to direct one of his finest films, also the box-office hit of its time: 10." After Locarno, the retrospective will travel internationally until 2020, with stops including the Filmpodium in Zurich, the REX theater in Bern, Geneva's Les Cinemas du Gretli, and the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna. The 72nd Locarno Film Festival takes place Aug. 7-Aug. 17. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Bohemian Rhapsody' director Bryan Singer to expected to make $40M despite firing. Although he was fired from "Bohemian Rhapsody," director Bryan Singer is still expected to make tens of millions of dollars from the Oscar-nominated film. Singer, who has been accused of having sex with underage boys, remains the credited director on the Freddie Mercury biopic, despite the fact he never finished working on it, and stands to make at least $40 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Two sources told the trade publication that his hefty payday is a result of years of hitmaking with the "X-Men" franchise and a "strong backend provision" in his deal. Singer, 53, was fired from the movie with only two weeks left of filming. Producers ultimately replaced him with Dexter Fletcher. Because Singer retained his directing credit, he'll most likely receive backend compensation, though sources told THR that Fox, the studio that co-financed and released the movie, is exploring its legal options in terms of its financial obligations to Singer. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is nominated for five Oscars, and star Rami Malek won a Golden Globe and SAG award for his performance as Mercury. (PageSix)

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