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Ellen Burstyn hasn't seen her new film yet. Ellen Burstyn is in Tribeca Film Festival's "American Woman," a fiction up story about 1974's kidnap of multimillionaire newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst's grandchild. The 19-month siege ended thanks to the FBI. Ellen: "Nobody actually knows what really happened. Assumption being Patty Hearst might've become somehow involved with these people. I've not yet seen the film. We shot in Canada. Anyhow, between shooting and editing, things in moviemaking often change. "In this film, another hiding with her is an Asian woman who later works as my assistant. My character's a person watching heiress Patty, whom I do not know. A special scene is when I realize who she is. "Listen, I already did three films this year -- 'Lucy in the Sky' with Jon Hamm and Natalie Portman and 'Welcome to Pine Grove!', a retirement home love story with James Caan and Ann-Margret. "I must get over to that festival. I have to see 'American Woman.'" (PageSix)

Ashanti nearly 'Stuck' without a seat after woman refuses to move at premiere. Ashanti almost didn't get a seat at her own movie premiere. As Ashanti made her way into the screening room at the Crosby Street Hotel on Tuesday night to watch the premiere of her new movie-musical, "Stuck," she found herself without a seat. Spies told Page Six that a woman working the event asked another woman sitting in a "reserved row" if she could vacate her seat, as the "reserved" rows were designated for cast members and their friends and family. The woman refused and put up a fight with the usher. "We need two seats for Ashanti, who is a member of the cast," the employee was heard telling the stubborn viewer. The "Rock Wit U" songstress and star of the evening, however, had no problem sitting elsewhere. "I'll sit in the back," Ashanti was heard saying. "I'll sit back there. I've seen the movie!" Eventually, three men volunteered to move so that Ashanti could sit with her father and younger sister. As the men exited the row, Ashanti was seen graciously thanking them. The woman never moved except to allow Ashanti and her family into their seats. Fellow cast member Arden Cho and the film's director, Michael Berry, were also in attendance and put on a brief Q&A following the film. We're told that "Stuck" cast member and Broadway star Gerard Canonico rushed from his Broadway performance in "Be More Chill" to attend the reception that followed the screening, where Ashanti was seen posing for photos with fans. "Stuck" also stars Giancarlo Esposito, Amy Madigan and Omar Chaparro, but they were unable to attend the premiere due to scheduling conflicts. (PageSix)

Avengers: Endgame Directors Urge Fans to 'Not Spoil It For Others" After Film Is Leaked. In this day and age, it's hard to avoid spoilers. For example, if you didn't watch the season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones, you didn't need someone like Bran Stark to tell you that someone was going to ruin the episode for you. However, when it comes to unreleased movies, spoilers are a lot more avoidable... or at least they should be. But that wasn't the case with the highly-anticipated film, Avengers: Endgame. Ahead of the Marvel movie's release, huge spoilers were leaked on social media, causing directors, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, to speak out about the issue. "This is it. This is the end," the brothers began their joint statement, which was shared on Twitter. "Please know that the two of us, along with everyone involved in Endgame, have worked tirelessly for the last three years with the sole intention of delivering a surprising and emotionally powerful conclusion to the Infinity Saga." The Russo brothers are also urging fans and viewers to "not spoil it for others" when the film is finally released, which is April 26. "When you see Endgame in the coming weeks, please don't spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn't want it spoiled for you." Not long after, many of the Marvel superhero Twitter accounts, like Black Panther, Captain America and Captain Marvel, began sharing the directors' statement, which was followed by the hashtag, #DontSpoilTheEndgame. It's already trending on the social media site, so it appears their message was loud and clear. As the Russo brothers so eloquently put it for anyone thinking about spoiling the movie, "Thanos still demands your silence." (Eonline)

Minecraft' Lands New Spring 2022 Release Date. The Peter Sollett-directed film was originally scheduled to be released on May 25 of this year. Minecraft fans are going to have to wait quite a bit longer for the latest film adaptation of the beloved world-building game. The film has been rescheduled for release on March 4, 2022, from its original release date of May 25 of this year, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. The news follows turnover in the project's cast and crew in the last few years: Warners first picked up the rights to the cult-favorite game in February 2014, and early on Shawn Levy, who was considering the director's seat, and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney were developing the story, before Levy departed the title about a year later. In January, the studio noted that Peter Sollett (Freeheld) was taking over helming duties from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor Rob McElhenney, who boarded in July 2015. Steve Carrell was once attached to the project but left due to scheduling issues. The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee, Jon Berg and game developer Mojang are set to produce the film, while Jon Spaihts will executive produce. The pixellated, stylistically building blocks-like game allows players to choose either a "survival" or "creative" mode of play. In the "survival" mode, players choose an avatar that they must keep alive by replenishing their food and maintaining their health while seeking to build shelter and avoid nearby threats like zombies and spiders that could deplete their health. In "creative" mode, players can free-build and don't have to maintain the health of their characters. (Hollywood Reporter)

Online Gambling Rights Banner Skyrocket Acquires Millennium Film Content Titles including 'The Expendables' and 'Rambo 4' will now be transformed into content for the lucrative online gambling market. Skyrocket Entertainment, the online gambling film rights company that launched in Cannes in 2018, has acquired the international rights to a number of major Hollywood movies following a deal with Millennium Media. The package includes films such as Rambo 4, The Expendables and the Fallen franchise, which will now be transformed into gaming content and products, such as slot machines, and migrated into the worldwide online gaming sector, an industry valued at $52 billion this year. Following several distribution and output deals recently secured with online gaming platform operators, Skyrocket will ensure global reach for the film-branded gaming content within regulated markets including the U.K., Malta, Eastern Europe, Russia/ CIS and Asia across more than 350 gaming sites. Skyrocket will also oversee the game-building, certification and distribution of these titles to create products with established worldwide audiences for gambling games such as slots, instant games, bingo and lotto. Production of the film-branded gaming content will commence in May with delivery slated for 2020. The deal was struck between Skyrocket CEO Sean O'Kelly and Millennium Media president Jeffrey Greenstein. "We are excited to be working with Millennium Media, adding the crown jewels of their library to the Skyrocket slate for this innovative venture," said O'Kelly. "Millennium recognized the value and vast potential of this new revenue stream from day one and we're looking forward to creating fresh and immersive gaming experiences around these well-loved films, which resonate with existing but also new audiences worldwide." (Hollywood Reporter)

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