Thursday, May 31, 2018

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ to Roar With $140 Million U.S. Debut

Universal’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” should bring in a healthy $140 million to $150 million in its opening weekend in North America, early tracking showed Thursday. The follow-up to the 2015 smash hit “Jurassic World” is set at the abandoned park at Isla Nublar, where the massive creatures still roam. It opens June 22. “Jurassic […]

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Why TV Podcasts are the ‘Director’s Commentary of the Internet Age’

It’s obviously not safe to take your TV in the shower or to watch it while driving, but with podcasts available on smartphones, voracious consumers of all things TV can take conversation about their favorite programs with them anywhere. In addition to a slew of unofficial TV show audio spin-offs — do a Google search […]

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Michael Ford Dies: Oscar-Winning Set Decorator Of ‘Titanic’ & ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ Was 90

Oscar-winning set decorator Michael Ford, who worked on franchises including Star Wars, Bond and Indiana Jones, has died aged 90. During a glittering career, Ford won Oscars for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration in 1982 for Raiders Of The Lost Ark and in 1998 for his work on Titanic. He also received Academy Award nominations for his work on Star Wars films The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. Born in the UK, Ford’s career began in the 1960s. Early movie…

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Brad Bird and Producers on ‘Incredibles 2’ and How Babies Read the Room

Last month, I got to visit Pixar for the Incredibles 2 press day. In the upcoming sequel, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) has to stay home with the kids while Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) heads out into the world to do good deeds and salvage the reputation of the Supers. During my visit, I got to sit down and talk with writer-director Brad Bird and producers Nicole Grindle and John Walker about the movie. During our conversation, we talked about what makes a sympathetic villain, how you craft a story arc for an infant character like Jack-Jack, the position …

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‘The Crow’ Reboot Plummets to Earth Yet Again; Corin Hardy and Jason Momoa Exit

At this point, the production problems plaguing The Crow reboot are bigger than any movie they could possibly make. The film has cycled through countless starts and directors, but it looked like it had finally settled on both a filmmaker and a star with Corin Hardy set to direct and Jason Momoa on board to lead the film about the resurrected vigilante. Back in March it got a release date slated for October 11, 2019, and it was set to start filming in Budapest in about five weeks. And now it’s all imploded yet again. Deadline reports that both …

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Nordisk Film Buys ‘Just Cause,’ ‘Mad Max’ Developer Avalanche Studios

Nordisk Film, one of the oldest movie studios in the world, purchased Avalanche Studios (“Just Cause,” “Mad Max,” “theHunter”) in the single largest acquisition in the company’s 111-year history, the companies announced this week. The deal, which has Nordisk purchasing the remaining shares of Avalanche for 89 million Euro, is part of Nordisk’s strategy of investing […]

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TV Ratings: ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Leads Wednesday, Slow Start for ‘Reverie’

The two-hour return of “American Ninja Warrior” kept the lights on for NBC on a rerun-laden Wednesday but it was a slow start for the premiere of the network’s 10 p.m. sci-fi drama “Reverie.” “Ninja Warrior” won the night in the adults 18-49 demo derby with a 1.2 rating and 5.4 million viewers from 8-10 […]

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‘American Vandal’ Bosses on Bringing Fun Into Their Workspace

The “American Vandal” team of Dan Perrault, Tony Yacenda and Dan Lagana enjoy a fraternal relationship that frequently devolves into joke arguments whether they’re in their writers’ room working on the upcoming second season of their Netflix comedy or preparing for an interview in the offices in the Funny or Die space. Their banter ranges […]

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‘Strike Back’: Jamie Bamber & Yasemin Allen Join Cast As Season 6 Production Begins

Battlestar Galactica alum Jamie Bamber and Yasemin Allen (Water and Fire) have signed on to the cast of Cinemax’s Strike Back, joining returning stars Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson and Alin Sumarwata. Filming has begun on the 10-episode Season 6, which will be shot entirely in Malaysia. In the new season, when a Russian bomber crashes in the South China Sea, the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 20 — Thomas "Mac" McAllister (Brown), Samuel Wyatt (MacPherson) and…

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CNN Blasts Samantha Bee For Calling Ivanka “Feckless C**t” On ‘Full Frontal’

CNN got sucked into a segment on Samantha Bee’s use of the word “c*nt” in a Full Frontal segment on the Trump Administration’s announcement it would separate children from their parents. The Federalist’s Mary Katharine Ham, who is a regular talking head on CNN, seemed to drag CNN into the conversation during a segment about President Donald Trump’s new tweet demanding an apology from Disney CEO Bob Iger.  Two days earlier, Iger canceled Roseanne while apologizing to…

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First ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Poster Has Toothless Finding His Mate

Universal has released the first How to Train Your Dragon 3 poster. The third installment, officially titled How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, has both Hiccup and Toothless facing their destinies as Hiccup ascends to lead Berk alongside Astrid and Toothless as the leader of the dragons. However, their plans are thrown into chaos when they counter the appearance of a female Night Fury. It will be interesting to see where this new installment goes. The How to Train Your Dragon franchise is the best thing DreamWorks Animation has ever done, and I’m curious to see how …

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‘The Chi’ Star Shamon Brown Jr. on the Show’s ‘Family’ Vibe

Shamon Brown Jr. started in the industry at age 5, racking up credits that range from commercials to local plays to guest spots on network dramas including “Chicago Fire.” Now, at just 13 years old, he is getting buzz as Papa, the smart and funny sidekick on Lena Waithe’s “The Chi.” On the show he […]

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EOne Picks Up Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’ for November Release in U.K.

Entertainment One has taken U.K. rights to Mike Leigh’s “Peterloo” and has scheduled a Nov. 2 release, Variety has confirmed. Amazon Studios is handling U.S. distribution on the period film. At Cinemacon in Las Vegas last month, Amazon’s head of marketing and distribution, Bob Berney, revealed that “Peterloo” would be making a play at the fall […]

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Reel Moms Get More Real: The Evolution of the Sitcom Mom (Column)

With all due respect to my mother, I was raised by sitcom moms. A latchkey kid, I grew up in front of the television (small wonder I ended up with this job), and with my own mother working full-time, I soaked up the attention of Mrs. Brady, Mrs. Cunningham and Mrs. Cleaver as soon as […]

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Evan Peters on ‘American Animals’ and Why ‘Dark Phoenix’ Is a “Powerful” X-Men Movie

From writer/director Bart Layton (The Imposter), American Animals tells the wild and unbelievable true story of four young men who attempt one of the boldest and riskiest heists in U.S. history – taking some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of the Transylvania University library in Kentucky. The story unfolds from multiple perspectives and innovatively incorporates interviews with the real men at its heart, as Warren (Evan Peters), Spencer (Barry Keoghan), Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and Chas (Blake Jenner) go on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs while learning that there’s …

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Don’t Dream It’s Over: How ‘The Americans’ Crafted the Perfect Finale

Midway through Season 5 of The Americans, Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) told Elizabeth (Keri Russell) “It’s us, Elizabeth. It’s us.” And in the excellent series finale this declaration of unity truly came to pass. A long time ago this was a marriage of convenience, part of their cover. They made it real. Duty to country, duty to family is inextricably linked. The Jennings family only exists because of this operation. But what happens when that operation is over? Family and the dynamics that exist within this unit have always been the heartbeat of The Americans. It has never …

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‘Star Wars’ Writer Lawrence Kasdan to Write and Direct Movie about Bigot Anita Bryant

Lawrence Kasdan is making a big changeup on his writing projects. After working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Solo: A Star Wars Story, he’s moving out of the realm of space fantasy and into 20th century history. THR reports that Kasdan is set to write and direct a biopic about bigot Anita Bryant for Amazon. For those unfamiliar with Bryant, THR has a brief synopsis of her bizarre career trajectory: Bryant started her career as the second runner-up in the Miss America beauty pageant and rose to fame with songs like "Paper Roses." She would go …

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CAA Signs ’24’ & ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Star Corey Hawkins

EXCLUSIVE: CAA just signed Corey Hawkins, who starred in Fox’s 24: Legacy after a breakout turn in Straight Outta Compton as Dr Dre. Hawkins made the move from ICM Partners after starring as civil rights leader Stokley Carmichael in BlacKkKlansman, the Spike Lee-directed film that just won the Grand Prix at Cannes and is set for release in August by Focus Features. Hawkins will next be seen starring with Annette Bening and Vanessa Redgrave in Christoph Waltz's directorial…

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Eyes $130M-$150M Stateside Start – Early Projection

Forecasts are percolating for Universal’s June 22 release Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and in regards to those figures this far out, know that they can fluctuate wildly for an event film of this size. A safe bet for the dinosaur sequel is an opening range of $130M-$150M range per Deadline sources. Total awareness, unaided, and definite interest are either slightly above or in sync with the first 2015 reboot, with first choice, a few points behind, but not greatly. The…

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Insomniac is Working on an Unannounced Open-World VR Title

Insomniac Games is working on a new, unannounced VR title it plans to fully reveal on June 7, according to a developer spotlight video posted by Oculus Thursday. The studio isn’t sharing many details right now. At the end of the video, there’s an image of a partially illuminated moon on a red background with […]

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Pusha T Versus Drake Isn’t a War of Words, but of Pictures

For all the bluster and verbal clap-backs between Pusha T and Drake, a feud dating back several years that’s escalated to multiple diss tracks just in the last few days, the war between these two rappers is not just one of words, but of images. Pusha, for his part, made sure of that by using […]

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What’s Coming to Netflix in June 2018

Several national treasures are coming to Netflix in June, but only one stars Nicolas Cage and Diane Kruger. Other gems set to hit the streaming service next month besides “National Treasure” include Disney animated classics “101 Dalmatians” and “Tarzan,” as well as Colin Firth-starrer “The King’s Speech” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Incoming television […]

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Team Talks Building a Better Space Whale

When Rainn Wilson’s Harry Mudd makes his entrance into CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery,” he does so in dramatic fashion, stepping onto a cargo bay deck through the mouth of a gormagander. The fictional creature is referred to in the episode and by the show’s creative team as a “space whale” and looks the […]

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‘The Crow’ Remake Grounded Again: Jason Momoa & Director Corin Hardy Exit

EXCLUSIVE: The Crow has seen its wings clipped yet again. Sources tell me Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy formally withdrew from the film this morning. This after Sony was close to exiting as the film's worldwide distributor. I'm told this has to do with creative and financial differences with Samuel Hadida, whose Davis Films holds the underlying rights and who was financing the film. Production was gearing up to start within the next five weeks in Budapest, and the…

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YouTube, Instagram And Snapchat All More Popular Than Facebook Among Teens, Pew Reports

YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat have emerged as the most popular online hangouts for U.S. teens, surpassing the once-dominant Facebook, according to a new study released today by Pew Research Center. Fifty-one percent American teens ages 13 to 17 say they use Facebook. But that number is dwarfed by the 85% who report using YouTube, 72% who use Instagram and 69% who are on Snapchat. That represents a major shift in the social media landscape that Facebook commanded as…

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Bill Cosby Accuser Details Assault In ‘Dateline’ Special: He Said Pills “Are Your Friends”

NBC News has released a teaser clip of its upcoming Dateline interview with Andrea Constand, the victim in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial that resulted in a guilty verdict last month in Pennsylvania. In her first TV sit-down, Constand describes in detail to NBC’s Kate Snow her experience, saying Cosby “had three blue pills in his hand” and told her it would “help you relax”. She said Cosby told her “Just put ’em down,”…’they’re your friends.” She said she took the…

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The Top 10 John Williams Scores of All Time

John Williams is quite possibly the most famous film composer of all time, and undoubtedly the one responsible for the medium’s greatest quantity of iconic themes. The man is a legend, who essentially stumbled onto the profession of film composition after humble beginnings as a jazz pianist, and since his debut in 1960 has been responsible for creating many of the most iconic pieces of music of all time. Seriously, it’s astounding just how many now-classic themes Williams is responsible for, and his body of work is as rich as it is extensive. Which makes whittling it …

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Tom Cruise Teases the Start of Filming on ‘Top Gun 2’ with Set Photo

It very much looks like Top Gun 2 filming has finally begun. A sequel to the 1986 Tony Scott classic has been in the works for a long while, with Scott initially set to return to direct a follow-up starring Tom Cruise before his death in 2012. Cruise didn’t give up, however, and last year set his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski—who's coming off the firefighter film Only the Brave—to take the helm. We haven’t heard too much about the project since then, other than the fact that it’s definitely happening and that Cruise …

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Dan Harmon Explains Why That ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 Renewal Took So Long

During its two first seasons on the air, the Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty became an absolute phenomenon. The brainchild of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland offered up brilliant sci-fi, hilarious jokes, and genuinely moving existentialism all in one go, and fans sparked to the series so strongly that there was a near outcry over how long it took for Harmon and Roiland to create Season 3. That didn’t hold a candle, however, to the intense fan reaction when they discovered that, months after Season 3 had aired its finale, Adult Swim had still yet to …

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Drake Responds to Blackface Criticism From Pusha-T Diss Track Photo

More than 48 hours after Pusha-T went after him with an aggressively personal diss track “The Story of Adidon,” Drake responded Wednesday night in a lengthy Instagram stories post. While Drake did not directly address any of the multiple attacks in the song, he instead explained the startling blackface photo that Pusha used as a […]

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Father of Child in Paris ‘Spider-Man’ Rescue Was Playing ‘Pokemon Go,’ Faces Prosecution

Days after the daring rescue of a 4-year-old boy dangling from a Paris balcony, investigators now say that the child was left unsupervised while the father was playing “Pokemon Go.” French prosecutor Francois Molins revealed in an interview with CNN affiliate BFM TV that the child’s father was playing “Pokemon Go” while the child was […]

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Donald Trump Pardons Dinesh D’Souza, Campaign Finance Lawbreaker

President Donald Trump has tweeted that he’ll grant a full pardon to conservative author/filmmaker and federal campaign finance law violator Dinesh D’Souza. “He was treated very unfairly by our government!” Trump tweeted by way of explanation. Shortly after Trump’s tweet, D’Souza took his moment in the twitter spotlight to plug his upcoming movie. EXCLUSIVE: Be the very first to know about my new movie, due out this summer in time for the midterm elections! The…

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Jimmy Buffett Musical ‘Escape To Margaritaville’ To Cruise Out Of Broadway

Escape to Margaritaville will blow out its final flip-flop at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre July 1, closing shy of the four-month mark after its official March 15 opening. The Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical is planning a 2019 national tour. The parrothead tuner, directed by Christopher Ashley, featuring Buffett’s beachy, breezy, rum-heavy musical reveries and with an ensemble cast headed by Paul Alexander Nolan, has been among Broadway’s lesser performers since opening to…

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Trump Will Pardon Conservative Commentator Dinesh D’Souza

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said that he would give a full pardon to Dinesh D’Souza, the political commentator, author, and filmmaker who plead guilty in 2014 to a felony campaign finance violation. “Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!” Trump tweeted on Thursday […]

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Tom Cruise Shares First Look Photo as ‘Top Gun 2’ Begins Production

Tom Cruise has heralded the start of shooting on Paramount’s long-anticipated “Top Gun” sequel. Cruise tweeted an image late Wednesday featuring his character, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, taking a nostalgic look across to an F-14 Tomcat as seen in the original 1986 film. The teaser image for “Top Gun: Maverick,” which Cruise also posted on his […]

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Robert Pattinson, More Cast Join David Michod’s ‘The King’ for Netflix

Robert Pattinson has joined the cast of David Michod’s Netflix original production “The King,” the streaming giant announced Thursday. It reunites Pattinson and Michod, who previously worked together on 2014’s “The Rover.” The announcement also revealed that Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn and Lily-Rose Depp had joined the production, which starts shooting in the U.K. on […]

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‘Fortnite’ Season 4, Week 5 Challenges Guide

Season 4’s week-five challenges are live in “Fortnite,” and that means new ways to earn Battle Stars and experience. By collecting more Battle Stars and upping their tier (up to a season maximum of 100), players can earn limited-time rewards like cosmetic outfits and XP boosts. Weekly challenges are available for anyone who purchases the […]

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Canal Plus’ Loss of Soccer Rights Sparks Fear of Cuts in French Film Industry

French pay-TV group Canal Plus, a major backer of local cinema, has lost the broadcasting rights to French Premier League soccer matches, raising fears in France’s struggling film industry of deep cuts in investment. Canal Plus lost the rights in an auction Tuesday to Chinese-owned Spanish broadcasting group Mediapro, which is based in Barcelona. Analysts […]

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Tom Cruise Shares A Top Gun 2 Set Photo That Will Get Fans Crazy Pumped

When Tom Cruise shares this photo to announce the start of production on Top Gun 2, tell me your pulse doesn't pick up just a tad as you start to hum Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone?"



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Trump Again Demands Apology From Disney’s Bob Iger

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump again lashed out at Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger, asking for an apology akin to the call he made to an Obama administration aide following “Roseanne” star Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweet. “Iger, where is my call of apology? You and ABC have offended millions of people, and […]

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Vivendi: Has the Beautiful Game Just Turned Ugly for French Giant?

Today in Variety’s International Newswire, it’s all about soccer, with Vivendi losing French Ligue 1 soccer rights, while Zidane’s resignation as Real Madrid manager may just make Spain’s LaLiga rights all the more attractive; in the fast contracting non-soccer universe, as the World Cup approaches, Netflix turns the screws on rivals in Brazil with a […]

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Film Review: ‘Adrift’

It’s tempting to call Shailene Woodley a “sensual” actress, but let’s be clear about what, exactly, that means. Woodley, like Debra Winger, has the gift of making sensuality dramatic; there’s a beautiful severity to her features that allows you to feel the things she’s showing you. That’s a talent, but it’s also an instinct — […]

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Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp, Among Cast Joining Timothée Chalamet In Netflix Pic ‘The King’, Cameras Roll This Week

Robert Pattinson, Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn and Lily-Rose Depp are joining Timothée Chalamet and Joel Edgerton in Netflix’s feature The King, which begins shoot in the UK tomorrow [June 1]. Director David Michôd’s (War Machine) drama is based on classic Shakespeare plays Henry The IV [Parts 1 and 2] and Henry V, in which a young disgraced prince Hal (Chalamet) inherits the crown at a particularly turbulent time in English history and must learn what it means to be a…

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Donald Trump Twitter Attacks Bob Iger Again In Wake Of ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation

Donald Trump continued to attack Robert Iger on Twitter this morning, two days after the Disney CEO called Valerie Jarrett to say he was pulling the plug on ABC’s Roseanne revival. “Iger, where is my call of apology?” Trump tweeted this morning. “You and ABC have offended millions of people, and they demand a response. How is Brian Ross doing? He tanked the market with an ABC lie, yet no apology. Double Standard!” Lot to unpack there. The day Disney-owned ABC announced it…

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Philo Adds Cheddar, Tastemade and PeopleTV Channels to Internet-TV Skinny Bundles

It’s a trend: Philo is the latest internet pay-TV service to plug linear channels from digital-media companies into its low-cost “skinny” bundles. Philo, whose backers include four big cable programmers, is adding three channels to its base packages — Cheddar Big News, Meredith’s PeopleTV, and Tastemade — available to all new and existing subscribers for no […]

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Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz, Founder of Epitaph Records, to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph Records founder Brett Gurewitz will receive A2IM’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s Libera Awards ceremony on June 21, it announced today. While the band, which he cofounded in 1980, is one of the most influential punk bands of its era, the label — along with its sister labels, Anti-, […]

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Hong Kong Court Convicts Props Master For Possession of Fake Cash

The Hong Kong film industry has been quick to condemn a court decision which handed suspended jail sentences to two film crew for possession of counterfeit money. Cheung Wai-chuen, owner of a well-known film properties company, and Law Yun-lam, a logistics firm employee, were sentenced to four months in prison on Thursday by a Hong […]

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See-Saw Films Hires Film4’s Nicky Earnshaw As Head Of Production UK

Iain Canning and Emile Sherman’s See-Saw Films has appointed Nicky Earnshaw as Head of Production for the UK film and TV divisions. The exec is moving to the Lion and King’s Speech producer from Film4 where she has been acting Head of Production. At See-Saw, she is replacing Amy Jackson who is moving into independent producing and will continue to collaborate with the company on various projects. Earnshaw, who at Film4 oversaw physical production on such titles as Disobed…

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Nicky Earnshaw to Head U.K. Production for See-Saw Films

See-Saw Films has hired veteran executive Nicky Earnshaw as head of production for its U.K. film and television divisions, effective July 9. Earnshaw will be responsible for the production and day-to-day operations of See-Saw’s film and TV slate developed and produced out of the U.K. office. In addition, she will oversee productions greenlit through the […]

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U.S. SVOD Service Acorn Developing Biopic About British Comedian Benny Hill

North American SVOD service Acorn is developing a biopic of irreverent British comedian Benny Hill. The digital platform is working up a 2 x 90-minute series about the comic, best known for his wild slapstick shenanigans, with Midsomer Murders writer Caleb Ranson. Lonely Boy: The Benny Hill Story will follow Hill's life from the mid-1930s through his tragic death in the 1990s and will explore his early career as well as his rise to fame and tragic decline in the late 80s…

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Asia Argento To Judge ‘The X Factor Italy’, Calls It A “Bittersweet” Return To Primetime Television In The Country

Asia Argento is to star as a judge on The X Factor in Italy. The xXx star called it a "bittersweet" return to primetime television TV in the country, "where I was slut-shamed for months”. Argento, who has recorded a number of collaborations with rock stars such as Placebo frontman Brian Molko, will join the judging panel alongside rapper Fedez, rock star Manuel Agnelli and record exec Mara Maionchi. The show is produced by FremantleMedia Italy for Sky Italia's Uno…

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Tom Cruise Back In The Danger Zone: Hints ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Production Start

Going by Tom Cruise’s social media accounts, production has just taken off on Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 classic summer blockbuster. Cruise posted a shot of himself as elite Navy flying ace Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (see it below) looking back at a fighter jet and overlayed with part of one of the original film’s most famous tag lines, “Feel The Need.” In the caption, Cruise wrote #Day1 and tagged producer Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison’s Skydance…

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Six Flags Hatches Plan for Eleventh Theme Park in China

U.S.-based theme park operator Six Flags Entertainment has unveiled plans to build its 11th theme park in China. The new Six Flags Kids World is an addition to the three parks to be built in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, that the company and its local partner Riverside Investment Group initially announced in April. The first phase […]

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Pinterest Max-Width Video Ad Format Attracts Paramount’s ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’

Pinterest is stretching video ads across the full width of its app in a new test with a handful of marketers including Paramount Pictures, which will run promos for Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” opening this summer. Pinterest’s Promoted Video at max width will span across the two-column feed on the Pinterest app, whereas […]

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Annecy: Triggerfish Set to Make a Splash With “Seal Team”

South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios has begun production on its third animated feature, “Seal Team,” which the toon powerhouse will announce as part of a packed slate at the Annecy Int’l. Animation Film Festival, where it has a TV film in competition and will screen a short, “Belly Flop,” during the fest’s closing ceremony. Blazing […]

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Asia Argento Returns to Italian TV as ‘X Factor’ Judge

After coming under fire in Italian media for accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape Asia Argento is returning to Italian TV as a judge on “The X Factor” which will air on pay TV service Sky Italia this fall. FramantleMedia Italy, which is producing the show for Sky, has announced that Argento — who besides being […]

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Burgeoning Bulgarian Biz Under the Spotlight in Transilvania

In the fall of 2010, faced with cuts in public financing, Bulgarian filmmakers and other members of industry bodies swept across the capital, Sofia, in a wave of protests against austerity measures introduced by the right-wing ruling party. At the time, the country’s fledgling film industry was in a state of crisis. But eight years […]

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André Leon Talley Bio-Doc ‘The Gospel According To André’ Lands UK Deal With Thunderbird Releasing

EXCLUSIVE: Thunderbird Releasing has picked up UK rights to fashion bio-doc The Gospel According To André from Magnolia Pictures. The deal was negotiated by Edward Fletcher, Managing Director of Thunderbird Releasing, and Lorna Lee Torres, Head of International Sales at Magnolia Pictures. Directed by Kate Novack, the Toronto 2017 doc explores the life and career of fashion journalist André Leon Talley, from his childhood in the segregated South to barrier-breaking…

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Kathy Griffin Unleashes Tweetstorm, Calls Out Donald Trump’s “Abuse Of Power” & Plans “Regular TV Presence”

Kathy Griffin has unleashed a major tweetstorm, one year after the release of her controversial Donald Trump photo, calling out the U.S. President's "abuse of power". The comic has also revealed that she has been "writing and pitching" as she hopes to have a "regular presence on TV again", after becoming "kryptonite" to the entertainment industry. Griffin posted more than 50 tweets on the social media site late on Wednesday evening on the west coast after White House…

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Celestial Tiger Ramps up ‘Extreme Ends’ Original Series

Asian channels operator, Celestial Tiger Entertainment is to produce its second original TV series, “Extreme Ends” in partnership with the Hong Kong Tourism Board. The four-part reality series will shoot in Hong Kong from July. It involves four celebrities from other parts of South East Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand) and their travelling […]

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Spotify CEO Daniel Says New, Tough Content Policy “Rolled Out Wrong”

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek acknowledged that his company botched a new content policy designed to root out hate speech or punish artists for misconduct, which produced backlash from artists and even some employees. The policy, developed in the wake of the #MeToo movement, removed the work of R. Kelly, the R&B singer who has been dogged by accusations of statutory rape, as well as XXXTentacion, a rapper charged with battering a pregnant woman, from playlists. “We rolled this…

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Tom Arnold On ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation: “I Had A Feeling This Was Going To Happen”

Roseanne Barr’s ex-husband Tom Arnold talked with CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the actress/comedian’s recent behavior as of late that eventually led to a racist tweet and the ultimate cancellation of ABC’s revival of her titular sitcom “I had a feeling this was going to happen when I first heard it coming back,” Arnold told Cooper. “When I read her social media, in the very beginning… I just knew that this would not end well.” He went on to say that when he read Barr’s…

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John Goodman Reacts To ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation, Says He Would “Rather Say Nothing Than To Cause More Trouble”

UPDATED with tweet from Roseanne Barr: Roseanne patriarch John Goodman has broken his silence in regards to the recent controversy surrounding his co-star Roseanne Barr and the cancellation of the show by ABC. When approached by ET News about the cancellation in the wake of Barr’s recent tweetstorm, Goodman said that he would “rather say nothing than to cause more trouble.” As far as his well-being is concerned he says “Everything’s fine.” In addition to being canceled…

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What Happens Now To The Spies Next Door?: ‘The Americans’ EPs On Mindblowing Series Finale

Spoiler Alert: The following postmortem contains details about tonight’s series finale of The Americans on FX Imagine you’re FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), and you just learned that the next door neighbors who’ve been your best friends for the last few years are literally Soviet spies, the types you’ve been hunting all this time during the tail-end years of the Cold War. Wouldn’t you just lose it? But, no, Stan kept his cool. And though he had the Jennings spy…

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‘The Americans’ Series Finale: FX’s Cold War Drama Ends More Nyet Than Glasnost

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's The Americans series finale. The Americans will always be one of the greatest television shows ever but tonight's series finale was not one of its greatest moments. Lacking the tension that has defined the show from its 2013 debut up until tonight, hobbled with inconsistencies and stumbling with sentimentality over and over like a roadside sobriety test drunk, the Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg-penned end to the sixth…

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Rose McGowan Responds To Weinstein Indictment: “I’m Validated”

Rose McGowan took to Instagram to respond to Harvey Weinstein’s indictment with a trailer for her E! show Citizen Rose as well as a lengthy post that started with “INDICTED. FINALLY. I've been indicted by the media he's bought out for years to trash me.” The post continues to say  “Who I am has been told to the world for me in magazines, newspapers, blogs, videos, tabloids.” She continued, “The narrative of me—my story—has been sold to you as a work of fiction. The media…

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‘Full Frontal’ Fake Ambien Commercial Warns Sleep Drug May Cause Racism

Roseanne Barr’s tweet about Valerie Jarrett may not have been the best move for the actress/comedian, but for the rest of the comedy world, it is fuel for funny — specifically her tweet blaming Ambien for her racist behavior. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is ahead of the game with a spoof that skewers Barr’s comment about the sleep drug. Using the template for everyday drug commercials, the Ambien spoof says that says the drug will help you sleep and possibly make you…

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‘The Americans’ Stars and Showrunners Break Down That Epic Series Finale

The Americans has completed its six season run, and it is truly the end of an era, comrades. The series was always among, if not the, top TV series every year, as its wonderfully nuanced portrait of a marriage was encapsulated in 80s Cold War spycraft that felt increasingly relevant to our news cycle. FX's The Americans will be remembered for many things, but chief among them was the joy of Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys’ performances as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet spies playing at being Americans to try and bring down a democracy, and yet we …

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Claire Danes on the LGBTQ+ Family Drama ‘A Kid Like Jake’ and ‘Homeland’s Final Season

From director Silas Howard (who has directed episodes of Transparent, This is Us and Pose), the family drama A Kid Like Jake follows Brooklyn parents Alex (Claire Danes) and Greg (Jim Parsons), whose bright and highly creative son Jake just happens to prefer Disney princesses and skirts to toy cars and jeans. And while Jake's "gender expansive" behavior is no big deal to his parents, his gender non-conformity does seem to play a role in the process of navigating New York City's hyper-competitive private school system, leaving Alex and Greg split in their opinions on how …

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Japan Debates the Ethics of Making Films on the Cheap

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or in Cannes for “Shoplifters” seems far away for most Japanese film-makers. Instead, a rare public war of words has now raised the question of whether movies in Japan are being made too cheaply. And is that damaging the industry? In recent years, increasing numbers of filmmakers have redefined low budget to […]

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Hugo Weaving to Star in VR Feature Film ‘Lone Wolf’

Hugo Weaving, who previously starred in technology trend-setting film “The Matrix,” will head the cast of full-length virtual reality feature “Lone Wolf.” He is joined by “Hotel Mumbai” actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey. The Australian film is to be directed by Jonathan Ogilvie (“The Tender Hook,” “Jet Set,” “Emulsion”) as a modern-day adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel […]

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on New Content Policy: ‘We Rolled This Out Wrong’

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted his company fumbled the deployment of a new content policy that sparked considerable controversy within the music industry. Spotify reportedly rethought its controversial decision to ban certain artists from playlists based on their “hateful conduct” and moved to reinstate rapper XXXTentacion, but not another artist, R. Kelly. The initial announcement […]

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‘The Americans’ Bosses on Pivotal Series Finale Scene As Exploration of ‘Six Seasons’ Worth of a Real Relationship’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the series finale of “The Americans” that aired May 30. FX’s period spy drama “The Americans” has officially come to an end. And while the audience may not be as used to it yet as Keri Russell’s stoic Elizabeth Jennings, there are a couple guys […]

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TV Review: ‘The Americans’ Series Finale (SPOILERS)

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read until you’ve watched the series finale of “The Americans.” From the beginning, “The Americans” was a show about two people trying to pull off a balancing act at a precarious time in history — playing at being a typical suburban family while maintaining a complicated loyalty to the USSR. In […]

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Ambien Roseanne Spoof Warns Drug May Cause Racism

Following Roseanne Barr’s misguided attempt to blame Ambien for her racist comments towards former President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” has made an (fake) ad promoting the new side effects of the medication. The narrator says, “Until you know how Ambien will affect you, you shouldn’t drive in urban areas, operate heavy […]

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Film News Roundup: Haley Lu Richardson-Cole Sprouse’s ‘Five Feet Apart’ Set for March Release

In today’s film news roundup, the teen hospital romance “Five Five Apart” gets a release date, Lawrence Kasdan will direct an Anita Bryant movie, and James Ivory joins an Italian film.  RELEASE DATE CBS Films and Lionsgate have set a March 22 release for romance-drama “Five Feet Apart,” starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse. […]

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Film Review: ‘Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché’

There’s an alarming degree of disingenuousness, or perhaps merely naiveté, permeating “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché.” To begin with, there’s that title, “The Untold Story,” which ignores a number of earlier documentaries not to mention the significant amount of scholarship on pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché. Also omitted is any mention of the […]

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Former Trump Campaign Aide Wants Roseanne Barr for New Streaming Platform

WASHINGTON — After she retweeted messages of support for much of Wednesday — a day after “Roseanne’s” stunning cancellation — Roseanne Barr wrote, “You guys make me feel like fighting back. I will examine all of my options carefully and get back to U.” One of those options could be a new online streaming startup […]

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‘Bachelorette’ Becca Kufrin Addresses Garrett Yrigoyen Controversy

Following news that one of the early frontrunners on “The Bachelorette” has a history of liking controversial posts on Instagram, Becca Kufrin, this season’s lead, has broken her silence. On Monday night’s premiere of “The Bachelorette,” Kufrin awarded Garrett Yrigoyen the episode’s first impression rose, only for it to be revealed shortly after that he had recently liked […]

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Donald Trump Finally Gets The “Hot” Kardashian On His Reality Show

Nearly a decade after Donald Trump reportedly complained he’d been stuck with Khloe Kardashian on his Celebrity Apprentice reality TV series, when he really wanted her “hot” sister Kim, Trump finally got the Kardashian of his dreams on his latest reality series, The White House. Kim Kardashian West visited the White House Wednesday to make the case for pardoning 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, who is serving a life sentence on drug offenses and has been behind bars for…

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‘Roseanne’s Alicia Goranson “Devastated” By Cancellation; Denounces Hate Speech & Racism

Alicia Goranson, who played Becky in the original Roseanne series and again in the revival, shared her thoughts Wednesday on the show’s sudden demise. Goranson posted on Twitter that she is “devastated by the cancellation”, adding “But more devastating are the effects of hate speech and racism on individuals and society." She thanked fans for their support, and concluded by saying “in the spirit of our amazing crew, spread love, not hate!” Goranson’s fellow cast members…

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Chef David Chang Calls For Stronger “Moral Compass” In Wake Of Mario Batali Revelations

As several women have come forward to accuse Mario Batali of sexual misconduct, celebrity chef David Chang said the restaurant community needs a “stronger moral compass” when it comes to confronting inappropriate behavior. Chang said today’s report in Eater that seven more women have accused Batali of touching them inappropriately during incidents that took place between the mid-1990s and last October is weighing heavily on him. “For those in the business, we need to be…

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‘Happytime Murders’ Lawsuit: Judge Kicks ‘Sesame Street’ Bosses’ Grouchy Case To The Curb – Update

UPDATED, 5:02 PM: A New York judge has ruled against Sesame Street‘s parent company in last week’s lawsuit against STX Entertainment over the upcoming Melissa McCarthy film The Happytime Murders. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick on Wednesday said that STX can continue to use the tagline “No Sesame. All Street” in its marketing for the film, and rejected Sesame Workshop’s argument. Read details of the case below. As it did Friday when the suit hit the courts, STX…

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‘MacGyver’ Co-Showrunner Craig O’Neill Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

MacGyver executive producer/co-showrunner Craig O’Neill has signed a multi-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios, the studio behind CBS’ action drama series, which was recently renewed for a third season. Under the pact, O’Neill will continue as executive producer and co-showrunner on MacGyver alongside series developer Peter M. Lenkov, in addition to developing new series for broadcast, cable and streaming services. O’Neill has been on MacGyver since the first season…

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Netflix Planning Theatrical Screenings for Orson Welles’ Final Film, ‘The Other Side of the Wind’

Cinephiles have waited decades to see Orson Welles final film, The Other Side of the Wind, which was left unfinished at the time of his death in 1985. But when streaming giant Netflix acquired the global rights to the film last year, it became a pressing reality that the film might never hit theaters at all. Fortunately, producer Frank Marshall has revealed that Netflix is planning a theatrical release for the film. Per Indiewire, The Other Side of the Wind will have numerous theatrical showings, but the details are still being worked out. Marshall worked as a production manager during …

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New ‘Wreck-It-Ralph 2’ Image Unites the Disney Princesses in a Royal Reunion

The internet has been dreaming up a Disney princess shared universe for years, but Disney went ahead and made it a reality (kind of) by staging the ultimate royal reunion in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it-Ralph 2. The long-awaited sequel will bring all the Disney princesses together on-screen when Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) wanders into a room full of the animated icons when she joins Ralph (John C. Reilly) on an adventure through the internet. Disney debuted the footage at D23 last year, and stirred up quite the enthusiastic ruccus among those who were lucky …

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The Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now

It can be tough to keep an account of everything running on a multitude of platforms these days: from traditional broadcast and cable to premium networks to a multitude of streaming options, knowing where to find the best TV and movies can be a nearly impossible task. But we are here to help! For those who are already subscribed to Hulu (or who are thinking about it), we've compiled a list of our favorite series available, from new classics to old favorites, and everything in between. We'll also be updating the list as the library changes, or new …

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Heroes: Potential ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Spoilers Revealed

On this 248th episode of Heroes, Jon Schnepp, Jason Inman, and Ashley Victoria Robinson discuss the following: The panel discusses the plot details for X-Men: Dark Phoenix that appeared online over the last two days and if they sound correct. Blumhouse and Todd McFarlane reveal on their social media that Jamie Foxx is the lead in McFarlane’s Spawn reboot. Zoe Saldana referenced "Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet" during an interview a month ago and it supposedly forced Marvel to change the title to Avengers 4. The panel debates if this is actually what happened. Silver & Black director Gina Prince-…

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‘Adrift’: Shailene Woodley & Sam Claflin on Making the Incredible True Story



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Funimation Rolls out ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 3 Early with Epic Theatrical Event

Titan-sized news for Attack on Titan fans from Funimation today! Funimation Films will present Attack on Titan Season 2 Movie: Roar of Awakening and, perhaps more importantly for some out there, the Attack on Titan Season 3 world premiere as a two-night only event, July 10 - 11, 2018, in select U.S. and Canadian theaters. The Attack on Titan Season 3 world premiere immediately follows the recap movie with a special presentation of Episode 1 of the new season. This North American world premiere will be the first ever for the franchise and is a must-see event …

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‘Our Cartoon President’ Trailer Confirms Release Date for New Episodes

Showtime's animated series Our Cartoon President will return as promised with seven new episodes starting on Sunday, July 15th at 10:30 p.m ET/PT. Whatever side of the political divide you fall on, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this zany, satirical take on the Trump Administration and its stranger-than-fiction antics. Okay maybe it's a lot easier to enjoy Our Cartoon President from the Blue side of things, but what's impressive no matter your political outlook is just how quickly Showtime's team is able to get these new, topical episodes …

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Movie Talk: How Many ‘Star Wars’ Movies Are Too Many?

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Mark Reilly, and Jon Schnepp discuss the following: THR is reporting that due to the disappointing box office returns of Solo: A Star Wars Story Disney is unlikely to release Star Wars movies so close together again. Blumhouse and Todd McFarlane confirm on social media that Jamie Foxx has been cast as the lead in McFarlane’s Spawn adaptation for the studio. Zack Snyder confirms on Vero that Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead will be his next project. Marvel releases a new Ant-Man and the Wasp 30 second ad that …

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Sarah Shahi on NBC’s ‘Reverie’ as “Inception Meets Alice in Wonderland”

Created and executive produced by Mickey Fisher (the creator of Extant) and with the pilot was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, The Shallows), the NBC series Reverie follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who is now working as a college professor while dealing with a terrible personal tragedy. When her former boss, Charlie Ventana (Dennis Haysbert), asks her to enter a highly advanced immersive virtual reality program, created to allow people to live out their wildest dreams, in an effort to save ordinary people who have lost themselves inside of this …

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‘Locke and Key’ Gets a Series Order from Netflix

Though Hulu (somewhat surprisingly) passed on a series order for Locke and Key after commissioning a pilot, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez‘s award-winning graphic novel will getting a TV adaptation after all -- from Netflix. Carlton Cuse will remain as showrunner, but according to THR, the series will be entirely reimagined moving forward, including a new cast and a new director (It director Andy Muschietti, who helmed the Hulu pilot, is now busy with It 2 and won't be able to return, though he is remaining with the project as an EP). Locke and Key was first …

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

‘13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 Premiere Drew 6 Million U.S. Viewers in First Three Days, Nielsen Says

The season 2 premiere episode of “13 Reasons Why,” Netflix’s controversial teen-suicide series, averaged 6 million viewers in the U.S. in the first three days of its release, according to Nielsen estimates. That’s less than half the number of viewers who watched the first episode of “Stranger Things” season 2 in the first three days […]

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‘PUBG’ Vs. ‘Fortnite’ Feud Explained

With millions of players around the world, there’s a good chance that many video game fans enjoyed a round of Epic Games’ “Fortnite” or Bluehole’s “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (“PUBG”) with their Memorial Day hamburger. But in South Korea, “Fortnite” fans suddenly need to worry if they’ll lose access to the world’s biggest game. A copyright lawsuit […]

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‘The View’s Whoopi Goldberg Blasts Roseanne Barr: “You Did This To Yourself”

The View Den Mom Whoopi Goldberg this morning blasted former ABC star Roseanne Barr over one of her morning’s many retweets. Roseanne Barr spent Tuesday night into Wednesday morning manically tweeting and retweeting after ABC canceled her hit comedy revival over her tweet comparing former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape. Barr first apologized to the many people who worked on the comedy series who lost their jobs.  But she also attacked a couple of those same cast…

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Richard Kind, Stephanie March, Jackie Hoffman To Star In Indie Comedy ‘The Social Ones’

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Kind (Red Oaks, A Serious Man), Stephanie March (Law & Order SVU), Jackie Hoffman (Feud) are attached to star in The Social Ones, the first long-form content film from The New Potato Studios. Debra Jo Rupp (That 70s Show) and Peter Scolari (Girls) will also co-star in the indie written and directed by Laura Kosann. The pic is a mockumentary parodying social media and how it is taking over our society. The piece sets out to highlight the pitfalls of the…

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The Orchard Acquires ‘The Song Of Sway Lake’ For September Bow

The Orchard has acquired U.S. rights to The Song of Sway Lake, the Ari Gold-directed pic that premiered at last year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan and Mary Beth Peil star in the jazz-inspired drama that Kew Media Group launched sales on this month in Cannes. The film is set for a September 21 theatrical release followed by a September 25 bow on VOD and digital. Featuring original and classic songs, Sway Lake centers on a young man (Culkin) who…

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Yvonne Strahovski on Serena’s Alliances and New Power Move

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “After,” the seventh episode of the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Yvonne Strahovski’s character in “The Handmaid’s Tale” might be named Serena Joy, but there is very little in her Gilead life that is actually joyful. Although the actress admits that Serena has it […]

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Harvey Weinstein Will Not Testify to Manhattan Grand Jury

Harvey Weinstein has elected not to testify to a grand jury convened by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, his attorney announced Wednesday. Weinstein was charged in a criminal complaint on Friday with two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act. He is free on a $1 million bail, and restricted from […]

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‘The Terror’ Team on Importance of Tuunbaq Attack Coming From ‘Almost Surreal Vantage Point’

The first big dramatic crescendo for AMC’s horror-on-the-ice series comes in the third episode of the anthology series, when, in his quixotic quest to discover the Northwest Passage through the Arctic for the British Admiralty, Captain Sir John Franklin (Ciaran Hinds) is violently killed by the monstrous Tuunbaq. Executive producers David Kajganich and Soo Hugh […]

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Rory Culkin’s Drama ‘Song of Sway Lake’ Bought for September Release

The Orchard has acquired U.S. rights to the jazz-inspired drama “The Song of Sway Lake,” starring Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, and Mary Beth Peil. “Sway Lake” is directed by Ari Gold (“Adventures of Power”), who co-wrote the film with Elizabeth Bull. Culkin portrays a young man who plots to steal a valuable, long-lost jazz record […]

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Oculus Venues App Brings Social Co-Viewing of MLB Games, Live Concerts to Oculus Go, Gear VR Headsets

Looking to make virtual reality (VR) more social, Facebook launched a new app called Oculus Venues Wednesday that allows headset users to watch concerts, sports games and other live events together. Some of the events available on Oculus Venues in the coming weeks include a Vance Joy concert this Wednesday night, a weekly MLB game starting with […]

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Trump Tweets Breaking Silence On ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation, Wonders Why Bob Iger Did Not Apologize To Him

Donald Trump has finally found the searing retort he was waiting for and has weighed in on ABC’s decision to cancel his supporter Roseanne Barr’s hit sitcom after she tweeted comparing former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape. “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr. Gee he never called  President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on…

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‘Solo’ Crew Reveals How That ‘Star Wars’ Villain Cameo Came to Be

Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Solo: A Star Wars Story yet, but what are you waiting for? Folks who ventured out to experience Solo: A Star Wars Story got to meet the new names and faces behind familiar franchise characters Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian, but they also got to reunite with an unexpected villain from Star Wars lore. This is your final spoiler warning! We're speaking, of course, about the reveal that Darth Maul was the boss behind the scenes of Crimson Dawn and made even Paul Bettany's Dryden Vos blanch in terror at …

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Trump Sounds Off on ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation

President Donald Trump responded to ABC’s cancellation of “Roseanne” by noting that Disney CEO Bob Iger called former Barack Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett but did not contact him when ABC aired controversial statements about his presidency. Trump tweeted, “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate […]

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Jim Parsons, Armie Hammer, Zachary Quinto Set To Appear On Tony Broadcast

Jim Parsons, Armie Hammer, Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto are set to appear on the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, to be hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10. The partial roster of appearances released today reflects Broadway’s welcoming of TV and film stars – or maybe film and TV’s welcoming of stage actors. Parsons, of The Big Bang Theory, Bomer (White Collar) and Quinto (Star Trek franchise) are currently performing…

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Harvey Weinstein Won’t Testify To Grand Jury; Claims “Denied Access” To Case Info

In the first major legal move since his arrest on multiple rape charges last week, Harvey Weinstein has decided today not to testify in front of a Grand Jury convened by the Manhattan District Attorney. “After being unfairly denied access to critical information about this case that was needed to defend him before the Grand Jury, Mr. Weinstein's attorneys decided that there was not sufficient time to properly prepare Mr. Weinstein,” said the disgraced producer’s lead…

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Cannes Standout ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ Inks Major Global Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

“Happy as Lazzaro,” a prizewinner at the Cannes Film Festival, has sold widely around the world, including to China, the U.K., Germany and Spain, following Netflix’s previously announced acquisition of North and Latin American rights. German sales company The Match Factory has closed deals for more than 20 territories for the time-bending fable about Italy’s […]

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‘Lego DC Super-Villains’ Drops in October

“Lego DC Super-Villains,” which drops players into the mini-figs of the Joker, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Killer Frost, Sinestro, and others, hits Oct. 16, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced Wednesday. In the game, which is coming to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One X, the Justice League has disappeared, leaving Earth’s […]

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‘Black Lightning’ Boss on How an Artful Life Inspires His Work

“If you bury me in a grave, don’t ever come visit — because you won’t find me there. You’ll find me in the books that I’ve read, the music I’ve listened to, and the art I’ve created,” Salim Akil tells his family. The creator of “Black Lightning” who was previously known for “The Game” and […]

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Who The X-Force Movie’s Main Characters Will Be

Director and writer Drew Goddard has confirmed which characters will be front and center for X-Force.



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Charlie Sheen Pitches ‘Two And A Half Men’ Reboot After ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation

Charlie Sheen, whose epic 2011 meltdown, complete with media rants, led to his public firing from his hit comedy Two and a Half Men, had a message for fellow sitcom star Roseanne Barr whose hit comedy was canceled because of an offensive Twitter rant. “adios Roseanne! good riddance, hashtag NOT Winning,” Sheen tweeted yesterday in his trademark poem format, including his signature “winning” catch phrase that he introduced during the infamous 2011 meltdown. “the runway is…

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Jimmy Kimmel Tackles His Network’s Decision To Cancel ‘Roseanne’

Jimmy Kimmel tackled the big TV story of the day on his ABC late-night show: his network’s decision to yank its biggest hit after star Roseanne Barr issued a tweet comparing former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape. “On the subject of terrible things posted online, the biggest story of the day was Roseanne,” Kimmel began. “You're not going to believe this, but she tweeted something outrageous. I know! The president did it too. It's crazy!” Using comedy to lay…

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‘Trading Spaces’ Renewed For Season 2 By TLC

Just ahead of the Season 1 finale, TLC has picked up a second season of its hit home makeover show Trading Spaces, its tenth season overall. Casting is underway for premiere in early 2019. The revival of TLC’s signature 2000s reality competition series has been a ratings success for the network. The return season of Trading Spaces currently ranks #1 in cable in its premiere time period among key women W25-54/18-49 demos. Driven by the revival series, TLC ranked as the No…

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‘The Good Place’ Star D’Arcy Carden on Evolving Janet and Working With Ted Danson

As the personal assistant to the beings of the beyond in “The Good Place,” D’Arcy Carden’s Janet started off more akin to Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri than a human being. But just because she is an artificial intelligence creation does not mean she cannot grow or evolve. In two short seasons, Carden has drawn […]

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CNN Made Primetime Panels Popular. Chris Cuomo Hopes to Avoid Them

Tough news for Rick Santorum, Joan Walsh, Jack Kingston and the dozens of CNN analysts and contributors who often hold forth during the network’s primetime “panel” discussions: Chris Cuomo wants little to do with you. When Cuomo launches a new CNN show in primetime next week, he intends to rely largely on one-on-one interviews with […]

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Mandy Moore on the ‘Seize-the-Moment’ Fashion Opportunity ‘This Is Us’ Awarded Her

For “This Is Us” star Mandy Moore, beauty and wardrobe are vital tools in portraying Rebecca Pearson from her mid-20s to her 60s. “This is a character who has suffered tremendous loss, had children, remarried, and I think she wears it all on her face and how she chooses to face the world,” Moore says. […]

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‘Westworld’ Timeline Explained: From Arnold to Anarchy and Beyond

Westworld was one of the most talked-about shows of 2016, a weekly must-see series that launched a thousand theories and continues to be discussed, dissected and deciphered even now. But with Season 2 now upon us, it's easy to forget where everything falls in the overall timeline. if you're having trouble remembering exactly what was going on last season, Collider is here to help with a handy timeline of the Season 1 events, as well as updates for Season 2 after each new episode. Be warned: spoilers ahead! This article is updated through Season 2, Episode …

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Logan Marshall-Green on ‘Upgrade’ and If He Knows What ‘Quarry’ Season 2 Would Have Been About



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‘Fallout 76’ Trailer Revealed by Bethesda ahead of E3

After some expert-level trolling that's on the order of Game of Thrones making fans watch a block of ice melt for hours on end or Westworld pulling off an epic Rick Roll, Bethesda finally revealed the first look at their new project this morning. A trailer teaser for Fallout 76 made its way online ahead of the game studio's showcase at the upcoming E3 event where much more information will be made available for this title and the rest of the company's upcoming slate of games and franchises. But before you start getting all revved up …

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Auli’i Cravalho on Transitioning From ‘Moana’ to ‘Rise’: ‘I Experienced a Lot of Firsts’

Both of Auli’i Cravalho’s first two professional credits — the Disney animated feature “Moana” and NBC’s high school theater drama “Rise” — have allowed her to showcase her love of performing as a singer, as well as an actor. It is not a fact she takes lightly. “I’m extremely blessed to have been able to […]

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Lollapalooza to Launch in Sweden Next Year

Lollapalooza announced this morning that it is expanding to Stockholm in 2019. Lollapalooza Stockholm will take place June 28-29, 2019 at Gärdet, a sprawling park in the center of Sweden’s largest city. The city becomes the sixth international edition of the now Chicago-based festival, along with Santiago, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires in South America and Berlin […]

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Independent UK Studio Rebellion Announces New VR Game ‘Arca’s Path’

Rebellion, publisher of the “Sniper Elite” series, announced new VR game “Arca’s Path” on Wednesday morning and released a teaser trailer. “Arca’s Path” follows a young girl who must make her way out of the dangerous labyrinth of Arca to find her way home. She must use skill and intuition to tear down the walls […]

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Romanian Days Unspools Best of ‘New New Wave’

For a movement that announced itself with a proverbial flatline, with Cristi Puiu’s dry, sardonic, darkly comic “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” (2005), the Romanian New Wave seems poised for a dramatic rebirth. More than a decade after Puiu took home the Un Certain Regard Award, and Cristian Mungiu won the Palme d’Or in 2007 […]

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What’s Leaving Netflix in June 2018

With the start of summer comes a refresh of movies and TV on Netflix, and some classic films are leaving the streamer throughout the month of June. On June 1, fan-favorite flicks “50 First Dates,” “8 Mile,” and “Men in Black,” will be removed, and later in the month Netflix will also lose “Captain America: Civil […]

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TV Review: ‘Pose’ on FX

“Pose,” like its own unsung heroes, is revolutionary. FX’s new drama devotes the kind of attention (and budget) that typically goes to conflicted straight male antiheros to the glittering grunge of New York City’s ballroom scene circa 1987. It centers LGBTQ communities whose ambitions are so much bigger than the infinitesimal spaces society affords them. […]

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Moviegoers Can Buy Tickets Off Their TV Sets Thanks To Comcast & Fandango, Starting With ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

Advance tickets for Universal’s June 22 release Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom went on sale today and at the same time Fandango and its parent company Comcast are launching a new voice integration on Xfinity cable systems that allows consumers to purchase tickets right off their TV set. Starting today with Fallen Kingdom, Xfinity X1 customers can say "Get tickets" into their X1 voice remote while watching the movie trailer to search more than 30,000 theatrical screens in…

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‘American Animals’ Review: Stylish Heist Film Blurs the Line between Fact and Fiction



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Netflix Set for More ‘Rain’

Netflix has renewed its Danish sci-fi thriller “The Rain” for a second season, the streaming giant announced Wednesday. The news comes less than a month after the eight-episode first season debuted on Netflix on May 4. The second season will shoot later this year for a 2019 launch. The first Danish original series commissioned by […]

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Stagecraft Podcast: ‘Angels’ Star Andrew Garfield on Difference Between Tonys and Oscars

What’s it like to be recognized for a Tony Award compared to an Oscar? Let Andrew Garfield — the actor currently nominated for a Tony for “Angels in America,” and nominated for an Academy Award last year for “Hacksaw Ridge” — tell you. “With the Oscars, the performance is done,” Garfield explained on the latest […]

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Facebook Funds Comedy Series From Sarah Silverman and Group Nine’s JASH

Facebook is bringing more content to its Watch episodic-video platform, with the release of relationship-therapy spoof series “Please Understand Me” from Sarah Silverman and Group Nine Media’s JASH comedy studio. The five-episode comedy is executive produced and narrated by Silverman and created by Steven Feinartz (“The Bitter Buddha,” “SXSW Comedy with Natasha Leggero,” “Trump vs […]

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Discovery Threatens Blackout in Singapore Cable Spat

Multinational television group, Discovery has announced that 11 of its channels will disappear from StarHub, one of Singapore’s two principal cable network operators. The dispute emerges from recent carriage renewal talks and hinges on a disagreement over fees. “StarHub is not prepared to pay fair value and have announced their decision to cease transmission of […]

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What is ‘Active Shooter’? A Guide to the Video Game Industry’s Latest Controversy

Four days ago, no one had ever heard of a video game called “Active Shooter.” It was an obscure indie first-person shooter that let the player commit a mass killing in a school environment. It was originally scheduled to launch June 6 on Steam, but widespread condemnation led to its removal, along with all of […]

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The Films of Zack Snyder Ranked from Worst to Best



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‘Evil Genius’ Directors on Debating the Culpability of the Players Involved

The four-part true crime documentary Evil Genius is currently available on Netflix. For those unfamiliar with the story, it follows the infamous 2003 case of a pizza delivery man who had a bomb strapped to his neck and was forced to rob a bank. It’s a grizzly, disturbing case filled with twisted characters that lead to more unbelievable crimes. It’s a riveting documentary, and I highly recommend checking it out. Last week, I got to interview Evil Genius directors Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder about the miniseries. We talked about how they landed on the title, the …

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‘Fallout 76’ Teased Ahead of E3

“Fallout 76” is the next entry in the post-apocalyptic role-playing game franchise, publisher Bethesda announced Wednesday. A brief teaser trailer shows a pretty cozy fallout shelter filled with games, outstanding achievement awards, washing machines, and other amenities. A version of John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” plays over it all, which may be a […]

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SZA Claims Her ‘Voice Is Permanently Injured’

SZA returned to the TDE Championship Tour at New York’s Madison Square Garden Tuesday night after taking several dates off to recover from swollen vocal chords, but apparently the performance made her condition worse. In a series of since-deleted tweets after her set, she claimed that her “voice is permanently injured.” “Tonight was the test. That […]

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‘The Rain’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Netflix has renewed “The Rain” for a second season, the streaming giant announced Wednesday. The series is Netflix’s first Danish original series.  The series will go back into production later this year, with the second season slated to launch in 2019. “We’re really excited to team up with the talented cast and our team of […]

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‘Succession’ Review: HBO’s Deliciously Savage Family Drama Is a Series of Power Plays

For those mourning the loss of Game of Thrones this summer, fear ye not. HBO’s new drama series Succession, which comes from Peep Show’s Jesse Armstrong, is a worthy replacement. The setting is less fantastical, and there are generally less dragons, but the power moves, machinations, twisted family dynamics, and oodles of realpolitik in action are a delight. The series follows the powerful Roy family, led by patriarch Logan (Brian Cox), a Rupert Murdoch, media baron-type who controls an international conglomerate. But from the very beginning, the show sets up the complicated power dynamics between Logan and …

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The Best Oscar Movies on Netflix Right Now

If you’re looking to put a little prestige into your viewing experience, Netflix actually has quite a few “Oscar movies” to choose from. It can be tough to find exactly what you’re looking for, however, so below we’ve assembled a list of the very best Oscar movies on Netflix right now. To whittle this list down, we relegated it to films that won at least one Oscar, so while a movie like Gangs of New York picked up a slew of nominations, it came away empty handed. But there’s still a refreshing variety of films that …

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Sundance Exec Katie Doering Joins Women-Centric Production Company Majority

Veteran Sundance Institute producer Katie Doering has joined the four-month-old production company Majority as executive producer. Majority, which has an all-female roster, announced Wednesday that Doering will work closely with managing director Senain Kheshgi and executive producer Jonathon Ker to get directors work in branded content and digital advertising. Previously, Doering was producer of Sundance […]

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Kim Kardashian Visiting White House to Talk Prison Reform

WASHINGTON — Kim Kardashian West plans to visit the White House on Wednesday for a meeting with senior adviser Jared Kushner and President Donald Trump to talk prison reform, according to a report from Vanity Fair. Kardashian has been advocating for the commutation of the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who is in prison for a […]

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Lionsgate Buys Majority Stake in 3 Arts Entertainment

Lionsgate has taken a majority stake in management-production powerhouse 3 Arts Entertainment, a deal that reflects in the entertainment industry’s push to marry premium content providers with global distribution assets. Lionsgate said 3 Arts would continue to be led by partners Erwin Stoff, Howard Klein, Michael Rotenberg, Molly Madden, Dave Becky, David Miner, and Nick […]

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Hotstar Leads India OTT Streaming Market, Google Heads Music Category (EXCLUSIVE)

Hotstar remains India’s most popular OTT video streaming platform, according to data from mobile advertising and Internet service provider Jana. Hotstar is controlled by 21st Century Fox and operates on the freemium model, offering VoD users some content free of charge, and some paid for by annual subscription. Jana’s report uses app installations as its […]

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MoviePass Parent Buys Emmett Furla Oasis, Launches New Film Division

MoviePass parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics announced a new subsidiary, MoviePass Films, and said it is acquiring Emmett Furla Oasis Films, producer of films including Lone Survivor. The deal encompasses the EFO Films library as well as the company’s current slate, which includes Gotti, the John Travolta biopic backed by MoviePass Ventures that is set for summer release. The transaction brings together a known production entity with a company which has riled up…

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Lionsgate Completes Majority Stake Purchase In Management/Production Company 3 Arts

As Deadline exclusively revealed would happen in April, Lionsgate Entertainment has bulked up its asset base of content generating and client representation by completing a majority stake purchase for top management/production company 3 Arts Entertainment. We reported last month that the deal was in the works, and that Lionsgate is in talks to buy 50% of 3 Arts with an option to acquire the remaining 50% in five years. The numbers we heard pegged 3 Arts' valuation at $300…

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Louis Bloom Named President of Island Records U.K.

Louis Bloom will succeed Darcus Beese as president of Island Records U.K., it was announced Wednesday by parent company Universal Music Group. Bloom, who has worked at Island for 16 years most recently as head of A&R, takes over the role with immediate effect. It was announced last week that Beese would move from the […]

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New Fund for Women-Directed Films Launches in France

The French culture minister is preparing the launch of a fund dedicated to backing between 10 and 20 projects by women filmmakers. Venus Victrix was created with the help of Eric Garandeau, the former CNC president, co-finance the development and production of movies from female directors around the world. It will operate like funding schemes […]

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Comcast Starts Promoting Fandango Movie-Ticketing Through X1 Set-Tops

Comcast is finally letting Xfinity TV customers access the movie-ticketing network of Comcast-owned Fandango, starting with Universal’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” However, to complete ticket purchases, Comcast customers will still need to use either Fandango’s mobile app or website.  Comcast acquired Fandango in 2007. Under the partnership, Comcast cable TV subscribers who have X1 set-tops […]

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Plex Adds Podcasts, Revamps Mobile Apps

Media center app Plex is venturing into podcasting: Plex added podcasts to its mobile, Roku and web apps Wednesday, allowing users to subscribe to their favorite podcasts and listen to them across multiple devices. With the addition of podcasts, Plex also revamped its mobile apps to make it easier to consume content from a number […]

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WME Invests in Influential, Plans to Use Startup’s Social-Data Platform for Branded-Content Deals

WME is looking to use Influential’s real-time data-crunching platform to help broker new branded-content pacts for its roster of talent clients — and the agency has made a minority investment in the startup as well. The companies have struck a commercial partnership under which Influential and WME will be co-selling sponsorships to brands and advertising […]

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Fox Sets Shareholder Meeting For Vote On Disney Merger

As it looks to complete a deal to sell off most of the company, 21st Century Fox has convened a July 10 meeting for shareholders to vote on the proposed $52.4B deal set last December with The Walt Disney Company. Fox said this morning that it has established date for a special meeting of its stockholders to, “among other things,” consider and vote on a proposal to adopt the merger agreement with Disney and certain of its subsidiaries. Fox’s board recommends that…

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MoviePass Parent Company Acquiring Emmett Furla Oasis Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Helios and Matheson Analytics, the parent company of MoviePass, has acquired the exclusive option to buy Emmett Furla Oasis Films, the producers of “Lone Survivor” and “End of Watch,” Variety has learned. If completed, the deal will enable the company to buy the entire film library and current production slate of EFO Films. Helios and […]

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Fox Sets Shareholder Vote on Disney Sale

Shareholders in 21st Century Fox will get their chance to determine whether the company sells the bulk of its assets to Walt Disney or instead considers a potential offer for the vaunted properties from Comcast Corp. Fox intends to convene a July 10 investor meeting to vote on a $52.4 billion agreement to sell Fox […]

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BBC One Renews ‘The Split’ Divorce Drama For Second Season

Creator Abi Morgan's The Split has been renewed for a second season on BBC One. Produced by Sister Pictures, the first six-episode season completed its UK run on Tuesday and began airing in the U.S. on SundanceTV last week. The female-led legal drama is set in the fast-paced world of London's divorce law circuit and focuses on the Defoe family of lawyers while exploring modern marriage and the legacy of divorce through their eyes. Nicola Walker, Meera Syal, Stephen…

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Watch ‘Jurassic World Alive’ Trailer For ‘Pokemon Go’ Take On ‘Jurassic World’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Jurassic World Alive,” out today on the App Store and Google Play Store, is a dinosaur-flavored take on games like “Pokemon Go,” letting players use their smartphones to track, capture and later fight a variety of dinosaurs from the upcoming movie “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” The game is a sequel to 2015’s “Jurassic World: The […]

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High School Esports League Adds Free Agent System, ‘Fortnite’ Summer League

The High School Esports League (HSEL) will be the first esports league to offer students a chance to compete in Fortnite in their Summer Open League title under a free agent system. The HSEL is partnering with NRG eSports and The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). NRG eSports is a professional gaming organization backed […]

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Jeff Goldblum to Release Debut Jazz Album on Decca Records

Jeff Goldblum is set to record his first jazz album having signed with Decca Records Label Group, Decca announced Wednesday. The actor’s jazz piano skills caught the attention of Decca executives after he accompanied soul-jazz singer Gregory Porter on a rendition of Nat King Cole’s “Mona Lisa” on BBC talk show “The Graham Norton Show” […]

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‘Team Sonic Racing’ Coming to Nintendo Switch

“Team Sonic Racing,” which pits up to 12 players in online and local races, is coming to the Nintendo Switch, according to a retail listing that popped up on Walmart overnight. The game combines the “best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing as you face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing,” according to […]

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Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Starts Shooting (EXCLUSIVE)

South Korea’s top filmmaker, Bong Joon-ho has begun shooting “Parasite,” his first film since “Okja” which was backed by Netflix and debuted in competition last year in Cannes. It stars Song Kang-ho, Korea’s leading character actor. The film is a drama about a family of four, in which each member has unique characteristics. Bong says […]

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Kin Community Shifts Focus From Digital Influencers to ‘Mainstream’ TV Personalities

Are TV stars — or, at any rate, people who have appeared on television — more reliable magnets for digital audiences than internet-native creators? Kin Community was founded in 2011 as a specialized YouTube multichannel network aimed at young female audiences, aggregating content from creators like Rosanna Pansino (of Nerdy Nummies), Hannah Hart (MyHarto), Jenn […]

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Greg Glenday Exits Shazam Following Apple Acquisition to Join Adspace as CEO

Ad-industry veteran Greg Glenday has departed Shazam Entertainment, the content-identification company recently acquired by Apple, to join shopping-mall advertising network Adspace as CEO. About Adspace, based in New York, operates a network that displays videos ads in 300-plus shopping malls across the U.S. The company’s long-time CEO, Dominick Porco, left in 2015 and is currently […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘To the Four Winds’

It’s rare to find low budget, guerilla-style documentaries at major film festivals in these days of highly polished productions, but “To the Four Winds” hits the right political buttons, especially for France. Using an old DV Cam, Michel Toesca filmed tenacious farmer Cédric Herrou over the course of three years as he welcomed refugees into […]

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Lily Sullivan and Lola Bessis on the Freedom & Sisterhood of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’

From showrunner Larysa Kondracki and adapted from the iconic 1967 Australian novel by Joan Lindsay, the miniseries Picnic at Hanging Rock (streaming at Amazon Prime) tells the story of what happens when a group of schoolgirls from a local college take a day trip to Hanging Rock on Valentine’s Day 1900, and three of the girls and their governess go missing. The disappearance deeply affects the students family and staff of Appleyard College, none more so than enigmatic headmistress Hester Appleyard (Natalie Dormer), who becomes increasingly fearful that her own dark and secret past will be revealed. At the …

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Heroes: What Can We Expect from Marvel and DC in 2019?

On this 248th episode of Heroes, Jon Schnepp, Amy Dallen, and Robert Meyer Burnett discuss the following: After the success of Avengers: Infinity War and with Ant-Man and the Wasp on the horizon, the panel discusses the future of the Marvel Universe. They offer their thoughts on what they'd like to see in Phase 4 of the MCU movies, the Netflix TV series, and any possible future streaming series. With Aquaman and Shazam! around the corner, the panel debates what they'd like to see done about the DCEU going forward. They look at the movies, the current …

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Jamie Foxx to Play ‘Spawn’ in Todd McFarlane’s Blumhouse Adaptation

Ladies and gentlemen, Jamie Foxx is officially your new Spawn. The Oscar-winning actor has signed on to play the title anti-hero in the new adaptation from comic creator Todd McFarlane and Blumhouse Productions. McFarlane is set to write and make his directorial debut on the film, and will also produce alongside Jason Blum. Foxx will star as the character McFarlane originated in the comics, Al Simmons, aka Spawn, a former member of the CIA black ops who is betrayed by his team and murdered, whereupon he’s promptly sent to hell for killing innocents in the field. In …

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Exclusive: Andrew Lincoln to Exit AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ in Season 9

Mild spoilers ahead for folks who aren't caught up on The Walking Dead. We're hearing that, by the end of Season 9 of AMC's hit drama series The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes himself will be walking away. That's right TWD enthusiasts, Andrew Lincoln will be growling his way through the post-apocalyptic setting for just one more season before calling it quits. And while we won't be spoiling just how the series' founding character makes his exit, we do know that fans can only expect to see Lincoln in half-a-dozen episodes of the …

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First ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Images Let Us Revel in Shirtless Chris Hemsworth

One of my most-anticipated films of 2018 is Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale. The first directorial effort from Goddard since The Cabin in the Woods, the plot follows seven strangers in 1969 who end up at the mysterious El Royale hotel and are offered a shot at redemption before everything goes to hell. Now we have a few more details on the plot and characters courtesy of EW: Among the gathered rogues: a down-on-his-luck priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer named Darlene Sweet (Cynthia Erivo), an impressionable Southern girl (Cailee Spaeny) and her …

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Korea’s NAFF Project Market Unveils Genre Picks

“Ong Bak” producer and director Prachya Pinkaew will line up with Singapore’s Sam Loh (“Siew Lup”), Malaysia’s Woo Ming Jin (“The Tiger Factory”) and South Korean genre specialist Oh In-chun (“The DMZ”) to pitch their genre movie projects at July’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films. A five-day project market, NAFF has selected 25 projects from […]

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Roseanne Barr Returns to Twitter: ‘Don’t Feel Sorry For Me’

Hours after Roseanne Barr swore off Twitter and her ABC show “Roseanne” was canceled, the star has returned to the platform. “Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!” Barr wrote in a tweet. “I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my […]

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Sheryl Sandberg Lays Out the Plan to Fix Facebook

Facebook’s apology tour continued Tuesday at the Code Conference as two of its most senior execs laid out their plans to fix the platform in the wake of huge controversies from fake news to misappropriation of user data. COO Sheryl Sandberg and CTO Mike Schroepfer covered much of the same ground their boss, CEO Mark […]

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‘Incredibles 2’ to Make June Theatrical Debut in China

Brad Bird’s long-awaited “Incredibles 2” is set for a theatrical release in China on June 22. The franchise’s first installment was released worldwide in 2004 and in China in 2005. “Incredibles 2” is produced in 2D and 3D versions by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Revenue sharing imports of Hollywood films […]

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Pusha-T Fires Back at Drake With Ferocious Diss Track ‘The Story of Adidon’ (Listen)

Pusha-T has doubled down on Drake with a ferocious and very personal new diss track called “The Story of Adidon” — which comes after Drake fired back at him on Friday night with one called “Duppy Freestyle” that was a response to the track “Infared” on Pusha-T’s latest album “Daytona” which was released on Friday morning […]

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European Film Awards: ‘The Favourite’ Dominates First Winners

The Favourite has scooped four of the the first eight 2019 European Film Awards, which were unveiled this morning ahead of next month’s offi...