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Harrison Ford confirms new 'Indiana Jones' movie to begin shooting this summer

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- That new Indiana Jones movie is one step closer to becoming a reality.  Harrison Ford himself confirms that shooting on it is scheduled to begin this summer.

The actor provided the update Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying "We hope to start soon, this summer, this late summer" when Ellen pressed Ford for details.

Ford also confessed that he was "excited" to begin work on the film, declaring, "They're great fun to make."

The as-yet untitled Indiana Jones movie will be the fifth in the 39-year-old franchise.  Disney's already announced a premiere date of August 9, 2021, which gives the studio about 18 months to do their thing.

This will also probably be the last Indiana Jones film -- at least, the final one starring Ford.  The Indy 5 premiere date is about a month after Ford's 79th birthday, making the prospect of him donning his trademark fedora for a sixth Indiana Jones film unlikely.

Ford can next be seen starring in The Call of the Wild, debuting Friday, February 21.

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'Queen of Katwe' actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies at 15 of a brain tumor

Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) -- Nikita Pearl Waligwa, the Ugandan teen who starred as a chess whiz in the 2016 Disney film Queen of Katwe, died over the weekend from a brain tumor, according to her school.

Waligwa, 15, had been attending Gayaza High School in Kampala during her illness. The school tweeted a heartfelt announcement on her passing late Saturday night.

"You were a darling to many and we have lost you to [a] brain tumor at such a tender age," the school tweeted. "Rest in Perfect Peace dear."

Queen of Katwe is based on real-life Ugandan chess player Phiona Mutesi, who came from the slums to be one of the top players in the world. Waligwa played Gloria, Mutesi's friend and fellow chess player who says of chess, "the small one can become the big one."

The movie was a hit among Ugandan audiences, who saw local actors on the same screen as fellow Queen of Katwe Hollywood stars Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo.

Oyelowo shared his condolences on Instagram Sunday.  "She was a ball of light in @queenofkatwemovie and in life," he wrote.

For her part, Nyong'o posted on her Instagram that Waligwa was a "sweet, warm, talented girl.... May she truly rest in peace. May it be well with her soul."

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'SNL's' Kenan Thompson to host White House Correspondent's Dinner

NBC/Mary Ellen Matthews(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Saturday Night Live veteran cast member Kenan Thompson will host this year's White House Correspondents Dinner.

The announcement comes after the White House Correspondents Association took a year-long break from comedy following comic and former The Daily Show contributor Michelle Wolf's incendiary performance in 2018, during which she lambasted President Trump and his White House staff, to mixed reviews.  In response, the WHCA in 2019 tapped historian Ron Chernow to deliver a more sober lecture on the history of the presidency and the news media.

Also appearing as featured entertainer at the WHCA dinner will be Patriot Act host Hasan Minaj, who did the same in 2017.

Through presidents traditionally attend the White House Correspondents Dinner to show they have a sense of humor by taking a few shots from comics, and then delivering their own from the dais, President Trump has boycotted the annual event during his presidency and isn't expected to attend this year's.

The White House Correspondents Dinner happens Saturday, April 25.

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Jury gets Weinstein sex assault case after dramatic trial

Harvey Weinstein arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday, February 18 as jury deliberations begin; David Dee Delgado/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After hearing from 35 witnesses over more than two weeks of testimony, the New York City jury in Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault case began deliberations this morning.

Weinstein is facing five felony counts of rape and sexual assault, based on the testimony of two complaining witnesses: former Project Runway production assistant Miriam ‘Mimi’ Haleyi, who claims the Hollywood producer sexually assaulted her in 2006, and an accuser who claims Weinstein raped her in a Manhattan hotel suite in 2013.  ABC News is not naming the rape accuser because she has never publicly identified herself. The other five women either did so, or their lawyers gave ABC permission to name them

The account of a third accuser, Annabella Sciorra, is too old to prosecute, but a judge allowed her to testify in support of two predatory sexual assault charges, which require prosecutors to prove that Weinstein attacked at least three women.

In order to convict on either of the two predatory sexual assault charges, the jury must believe either Sciorra and Haleyi’s accounts, or Sciorra and the rape accuser’s account.

Three additional women – Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff and Lauren Young -- testified as “prior bad acts” witness to demonstrate the prosecution’s contention that Weinstein engaged in a pattern of predatory behavior, essentially seeking sexual favors in return for providing career opportunities.

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to the five counts of rape and sexual assault on which he's being tried, claiming all sexual encounters were consensual.  He faces a possible life sentence in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors portrayed the accusers in opening arguments as unsuspecting women who sought out professional opportunities but got more than they bargained for.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast's opening arguments spotlighted some of the extraordinary challenges prosecutors face in seeking to convict Weinstein for crimes that took place years ago and include no physical or forensic evidence.

Hast outlined the accounts of numerous witnesses allegedly overpowered by Weinstein who -- nervous, upset and confused -- sometimes gave up the physical struggle against him and simply stopped resisting. In some instances, the accusers returned to Weinstein time and time again, despite emotionally and physically devastating alleged sexual assaults.

Both complaining witnesses maintained contact with Weinstein after their alleged assaults, and defense attorneys portrayed all of Weinstein’s six accusers at trial as ambitious women navigating a ruthlessly competitive industry, who “relabeled” consensual sexual encounters as assaults once allegations about Weinstein were published in the fall of 2017 in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

"We're not victim-shaming," defense attorney Damon Cheronis said in opening arguments. "'Victim is a conclusion attained only after trial. These are complaining witnesses."

"What you are going to see throughout this trial is that they wanted to have it both ways," Cheronis said. "You can't say, 'I'm afraid of this man, I can't get away from him,' and then reach out to him to see if he'll be in L.A. for your birthday."

Prosecutors contended that the accusers were “tricked” into being alone with Weinstein, and then suddenly sexually assaulted.

Of scores of women who have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual assault or misconduct, only six were subject to public testimony and the withering cross-examinations that followed.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi underscored their commitment in closing arguments.

"They didn't come for a beauty contest. They didn't come for money. They didn't come for fame. They came to be heard."

"They sacrificed their dignity, their privacy and their peace for the prospect of having that voice, and their voices would be enough for justice," she said.

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Therapist Amie Harwick, former Drew Carey fianceé, killed at her Hollywood Hills home

Drew Carey and Amie Harwick in 2017; Michael Bezjian/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- A Hollywood therapist once engaged to actor Drew Carey was killed at her home this weekend, allegedly by an ex-boyfriend, according to police.

When officers in the Hollywood Hills responded to a radio call of a woman screaming around 1:15 a.m. Saturday, a roommate of Dr. Amie Harwick met them in the street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The roommate said Harwick -- a well-known marriage and family therapist who worked with people suffering from domestic violence, according to her website -- was being assaulted, so he jumped a wall and went to a neighboring home to call for help, police said.

Officers found Harwick on the ground under a third-story balcony, said police. She was unresponsive and "gravely injured" with "injuries consistent with a fall," said police.

Harwick was taken to a hospital where she later died, said police.

Authorities found possible evidence of a struggle, police said, as well as evidence of an intruder going into Harwick's home and leaving after the crime.

Harwick "recently expressed fear about a former boyfriend" who she had filed a restraining order against, according to police.

The restraining order had since expired, police said.

Harwick's ex, 41-year-old Gareth Pursehouse, was arrested for murder on Saturday afternoon, police said.

"Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime," Carey said in a statement Monday. "She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist."

"I am overcome with grief," Carey said. "I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation."

A court date has not yet been set for Pursehouse. 

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'Sonic the Hedgehog' speeds to record $68 million Presidents Day weekend debut

Paramount Pictures and Sega of America(NEW YORK) -- Sonic the Hedgehog got off to a fast start, racing to an estimated $57 million between Friday and Sunday -- the largest three-day opening weekend ever for a video game adaptation.  The CGI/live-action adventure, featuring Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz s the voice of the titular character, along with Jim Carrey, James Marsden and Tika Sumpter, could rack up between $68-$70 million over the long holiday weekend, which would be the fourth-largest President's Day opening ever.

Overseas, Sonic brought in an estimated $43 million, for a worldwide tally of around $100 million.

Two of the weekend's other new major releases, Fantasy Island and The Photograph, finished almost neck-and-neck, with the scary Michael Peña, Maggie Q and Lucy Hale-led film adaptation of of the 1970s TV series holding a slight edge with an estimated $12.4 million and $14 million for the three and four-day weekend, respectively.  The Photograph, the romantic drama starring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, collected and estimated 12.27 for the three-day and $13.4 million for the long weekend.

The fourth and final wide release, the Will Ferrell/Julia Louis Dreyfus comedy Downhill, beat expectations, grabbing 10th place with an estimated $4.6 million for the three-day weekend.  It's expected to top $5 million over the four-day stretch.

Birds of Prey slipped to second place in its second week of release, grabbing an estimated $17.1 million over the three-day and $19.6 for the four-day weekend.

Bad Boys for Life rounded out the top five, delivering an estimated $11.3 million over three days and $12.8 for the entire holiday weekend.

In limited release, the drama Ordinary Love, starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville, earned an estimated $24,874 and $29,999 from three theaters for the three and four-day weekends, respectively. 

Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Sonic the Hedgehog, $57 million
2. Birds of Prey, $17.1 million
3. Fantasy Island, $12.4 million
4. The Photograph, $12.27 million
5. Bad Boys for Life, $11.3 million
6. 1917, $8.1 million
7. Jumanji: The Next Level, $6 million
8. Parasite, $5.68 million
9. Dolittle, $4.85 million
10. Downhill, $4.6 million

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'The Bachelor' recap: Victoria’s hometown meltdown leads to an ending no one saw coming

ABC/Maarten de Boer(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday’s episode of The Bachelor, it was time for Peter to visit each of the remaining four ladies’ hometowns for the daunting task of meeting their families.  However, a shocking allegation leads to his toughest elimination yet.

Peter’s first stop is Hannah Ann’s hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, where he’ll meet her very protective father.  She helpfully warns Peter that her dad’s requirements for a potential son-in-law are “good character” and that he should be “a tough man.”  She preps the Bachelor by taking him to an axe-throwing bar.

The conversation with her father goes well, for the most part, but when Peter says he’s falling in love with Hannah Ann -- her dad make him swear not to tell her unless he’s absolutely certain of it.  Later, when the two are alone on her porch, he decides he’s ready to take that next step in their relationship.

Next, it’s off to Des Moines, Iowa, where Kelsey treats him to some messy fun: Stomping grapes at a local winery before they're off to meet her folks.  But, before that, she confesses to Peter that she has fallen in love with him.  Her family, while concerned that Kelsey could get her heart broken, are behind her every step of the way.

At Madison’s hometown of Auburn, Alabama, where her father coaches at Auburn University, Peter is treated to a sports fan's dream: a day at Auburn Arena, home of Auburn University’s basketball team the Tigers, which he and Madison have all to themselves.  Pilot Pete is also greeted with a prerecorded video message from NBA basketball great and Auburn alum Charles Barkley, who warns him to “treat that girl right.”

Later, after exchanging pleasantries with Madison’s family, Peter faces a tough conversation with Madison's dad, who wants assurance that his daughter is “the one.”  Madison’s dad isn’t pleased with Peter’s response that he “can’t give…an answer right now.”  When Madison asks for her father's blessing, he tells her he’s not sure Peter is the right man for her, but added that he's “not willing to close the door either.”

Madison, addressing the camera, also reveals that she has been saving herself for marriage, though she has yet to tell Peter.

The final stop on the Bachelor's tour of hometowns is Virginia Beach, where Victoria F. surprises him with a concert by country superstar Hunter Hayes, who performs “I Want Crazy.”

Unfortunately, their “perfect” day hits a snag when Peter runs into an old friend, who warns him to “be careful” about Victoria and accuses her of breaking up “many relationships.”

When Peter confronts Victoria with the allegation, she tearfully tells him, "I am so done with this conversation right now.  I can't do this."  The following day, she attempts to right things by revealing that she’s in love with him, but it’s up to Peter to decide whether the relationship can move forward.

Victoria’s last ditch effort seems to work when, at the rose ceremony, she, Hannah Ann and Madison each get roses.  Afterwards, a stunned Kelsey learns that, after professing her love for Peter, he “wasn’t there” with her.

However, with Fantasy Suites week looming, Madison is finally ready to tell Peter about her no-sex-before-marriage pact, a revelation that “could change everything.”

The Bachelor returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Former 'Bachelorette' Hannah Brown reveals she can't join celebrity dating app Raya

ABC/Ed Herrera(LOS ANGELES) -- After winning Dancing with the Stars and breaking hearts on The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown should be a shoo-in for celebrity dating app Raya, right?  Wrong.

The 25-year-old comically revealed on Monday that the exclusive dating app is standing in her way of finding true love. 

"Guys, I don't know if you know this, but, I was The Bachelorette... and I can't get on Raya," Brown hilariously explained on her Instagram stories as friend Elyse Murphy giggled uncontrollably next to her on the couch.

"I've been on the waiting list for months now," Brown confided with a wry smile before pointing the camera at Murphy to add that, not only did her friend get on Raya, but that "she's a pastor!"

Murphy quickly clarified she's off the app now, but sweetly offered to give Hannah her account. 

Unfortunately, the former Bachelorette was not interested.

"Nope, I'm done," Hannah declared, revealing that she will instead pledge her membership to another exclusive dating website by cracking, "Christian Mingle, here I come."

As Murphy explodes in laughter, Hannah quickly backpedaled on her assertion by sheepishly admitting, "I might not be allowed on Christian Mingle at this point." 

During Brown's season of The Bachelorette, Hannah famously shut down former frontrunner Luke Parker when the two engaged in a heated argument about sex and religion.  During the exchange, Brown boldly challenged, "I have had sex...yeah! And Jesus still loves me."

Turns out, Murphy agrees with Brown's sentiment and assured her friend that, should Christian Mingle reject her account, it's because "they don't know the gospel."

Delighted, Hannah agreed, "That's right.  Jesus still loves me."

The two friends then hilariously distract themselves by looking up "Christian pickup lines" for Hannah's forthcoming account.  

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Taylor Swift’s dad fights off home intruder

Rick Diamond/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM(ST. PETERSBURG, Fl) -- Taylor Swift’s father, Scott Swift, started off the New Year with a moment he won't soon forget by fighting off a burglar at his St. Petersburg condominium.

The incident occurred on January 17 when 67-year-old Swift returned home to the Vinoy Place towers around 10 p.m. only to find a stranger, later identified as 30-year-old Terrance Hoover, in his home. According to Pinellas County court documents, a scuffle ensued between the two before Hoover ran out of the residence.

It seems Hoover gained access to the highly secure home through an emergency stairwell which "remains locked at all times and automatically locks, unless someone exits the stairwell and doesn't fully close the door," as described by the documents. The only other way to gain access to the condo is by an elevator that "requires key card access."

Hoover’s motives behind the invasion are unknown, however, his mother Donna DeNapoli insisted it is all a misunderstanding.  She claims her son didn't know where he was and that he was looking for his estranged wife, along with their three children, who had left him six months prior.

“He was lost and should be charged with only trespassing,” she said.

Hoover was arrested on February 12 and faces a burglary charge, but it's been revealed that this isn't his first rodeo.

Records show that some of his previous arrests include domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated battery, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Hoover is currently in jail awaiting trial on $50,000 bail.

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Jordyn Woods has moved on from Tristan Thomson cheating scandal by staying busy

Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s been a year since the cheating scandal involving Jordyn Woods, Tristan Thompson and Khloé Kardashian made headlines.  Turns out, a lot has changed in a year.

In February 2019, when news broke that Woods had allegedly hooked up with Thompson, the father of Khloé's daughter True, she denied the rumors and attempted to clear her name by appearing on Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk and even took a lie detector test on camera.

However, none of her efforts could salvage her relationship with the famous family, including her longtime friendship with Khloé's sister, Kylie Jenner.

Many thought the two would become pals again, however, a friend of the Woods’ family recently told People that they are not in touch and that Jordyn has moved on.

"Jordyn’s position now is she’s going to just let it be what it is," the friend revealed. "She said what she had to say."

As for what the 22-year-old has moved on to, the friend shared just that, "She’s working. She had a stint on a TV show and she has a couple brand deals coming up. She’s not doing too, too much, but is staying busy."

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Tiffany Boone opens up about Quitting "The Chi"

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It’s been over a year since Tiffany Boone quit Showtime’s The Chi and now she’s opening up about that difficult decision in a lengthy Instagram post.

“The weight of what I was leaving behind felt like a ton, but the weight of my responsibility to speak up was even heavier,” she shared on Monday. “I felt that if I didn’t speak up, other voices that were trying to be heard would be silenced."

Boone added that "not everyone was interested in creating a work environment that was conducive to each person feeling safe, seen and heard.”

The 33-year-old actress left The Chi in November 2018 after alleging that she was harassed by co-star Jason Mitchell.

Subsequently, in May 2019, Mitchell was fired from the series and also was dropped from Netflix's upcoming Western film Desperados.

Boone admitted that, at the time, she and others were unsure of how the decision would affect her acting career moving forward and recalled crying on her couch in Chicago after realizing what she was being called to do. But she said she had “faith,” and it seems it has paid off.

Since working on The Chi, Boone has appeared on Jordan Peele’s Amazon series Hunters and Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere, which was produced by Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon's production companies.

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Ozzy Osbourne cancels tour to seek medical treatments

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Live Nation(LOS ANGELES) -- Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled his 2020 North American tour, No More Tours 2, to seek treatment for his various health issues. 

The news was announced on Monday and, according to the press release, the decision was made "to accommodate fans who've been holding tickets for rescheduled shows." As fans likely remember, in February  2019, the 71-year-old rock legend postponed his tour dates after he suffered a fall and once again after coming down with pneumonia.

“I’m so thankful that everyone has been patient because I’ve had a s**t year,” Osbourne said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April and the treatment takes six-eight weeks. I don’t want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it’s just not fair to the fans."

During an interview in January, the Black Sabbath frontman and his wife, Sharon Osbourne, sat down with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America and revealed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that progresses slowly in most people that currently has no cure.

Despite the unfortunate news about No More Tours 2, Osbourne plans to make it up to ticket holders. Not only will fans be issued a refund, they will also be first to have access to purchase tickets when the next tour is announced.

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Amanda Bynes announces engagement and shows off massive diamond ring

kuppa_rock/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Amanda Bynes shocked fans over the weekend by announcing that she is engaged. While she didn't reveal her fiancé's name, she did show off his face in several selfies.

On Valentine's Day, the 33-year-old quietly uploaded a photo of her sporting a massive rock on her ring finger with the sweet caption, "Engaged to tha love of my life."  Fans and friends were quick to congratulate the former Nickelodeon star, but also begged her to spill the details about her mystery man.

While the former actress chose to keep his name quiet, Bynes posted a selfie of her standing next to her future husband -- only identifying him as "Lover."

She also treated fans to another romantic selfie on Monday of the two snuggling together on the couch.  This time, the photo remained without a caption and the comments were turned off.

While Bynes may not have publicly named her fiancé, E! News did some digging and confirmed his identity -- a man in his 20s named Paul Michael. 

E! reports that the two have been dating for about two to three months and originally met while Bynes was in rehab.  

The former actress has since left rehab and is now living in a sober living house.  Also since leaving rehab, Bynes revealed on December 30 that she got a new tattoo -- a small heart underneath her left eye.

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S.O.S.: Orlando Bloom's Morse code tattoo honoring his son spells his name wrong

Paul Archuleta/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Lesson be learned, when you're about to get a tattoo in another language, have an expert check it out before you ink it up. 

Orlando Bloom's heart was in the right place when he got a new tattoo in honor of his nine year old son Flynn.  However, there's one glaring issue with it -- somehow, Flynn's name is spelled wrong.

Showing off his new tat on Tuesday, the Pirates of the Caribbean star teased in the caption, "new #tattoo can you guess who?"  In a subsequent photo, Bloom poses proudly with his tattoo artist, Balazs Bercsenyi.

The tattoo features a series of numbers and Morse code between two thin black lines.  After fielding some incorrect guesses, the 43-year-old later replied to a fan "It’s Flynn in MORSE CODE and his dob and time."

Unfortunately, the sweet gesture was quickly overshadowed by the fact that the tattoo spells out "Frynn" instead of "Flynn" in Morse code.

Thankfully, it appears the minor error will soon become a thing of the past.  On Bercsenyi's personal Instagram, the tattoo artist admitted, "yes, a dot is missing, we know, it will be fixed" along with a smile emoji.

Bloom shares Flynn with ex-wife Miranda Kerr, who has since welcomed another son -- Myles -- with her husband, CEO Evan Spiegel.

As for the actor, he's about to walk down the aisle with fiancé Katy Perry.  

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Samuel L. Jackson tapped to play a retired hitman in new feature film

ABC News/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) -- Samuel L. Jackson has teamed up again with Soul Men co-writer Matthew Stone for his newest role as a retired hitman in a currently untitled feature film.

Deadline reports the film will be directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra from Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Predator and I, Robot's John Davis will produce the film.

In the film, Jackson will play Morris Stokes, who's "got more kills under his belt than he can count and has earned his time out of the game" and acts as a trusted hitman for mob boss Easy-A.  Upon his retirement, Stokes's final job is to help his nephew, Leslie, return some lost money, or kill him. Stokes takes Leslie on a ride-along to clear up his mess, while sharing life lessons. 

You can find Jackson shouting one of his many epithets in a slew of upcoming films this year, such as the sequel The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, the Saw reimagining Spiral, and the long awaited Apple TV film The Banker, expected in March.

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