Friday, August 31, 2018

iPhone Xs, Google Pixel 3 Make Appearance in New Leaks

Both Apple and Google suffered another round of leaks of information about their upcoming phones this week, with tipsters revealing not only specs but also detailed photos of the two companies’ still-unannounced devices. A first leak detailing Apple’s next-generation iPhone came just hours after the company had sent out invites for the official unveiling of […]

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Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ Cover Pays Homage to Beastie Boys’ Classic ‘Licensed to Ill’

When Eminem dropped his surprise album “Kamikaze” late Thursday night, hip-hop fans of a certain age immediately noticed that the cover was both an homage to and a spoof of the Beastie Boys’ 1986 debut album, “Licensed to Ill.” A rep for the rapper confirmed that the homage was intentional; a rep for the Beasties […]

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‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Star Noah Centineo: ‘We’ve All Talked About’ a Sequel

Don’t be surprised if we get to love some more “Boys.” The stars of Netflix’s latest rom-com hit “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” are pushing for a sequel. “All I know is that every single person involved in the making of that film wants a sequel,” Noah Centineo, who stars as Peter Kavinsky […]

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Veteran TV Producer Chuck Fries on How He Got Into Show Business

Known as the “Godfather of the TV Movie,” producer Chuck Fries cut his teeth in Hollywood at Ziv Television from 1952-60. The Cincinnati native would go on to produce more than 275 hours of TV movies and miniseries, including “Small Sacrifices,” with Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal, and “The Neon Empire,” starring Ray Sharkey, Martin […]

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‘Sons of Anarchy’ at 10: Kurt Sutter Reflects on Biker Drama Worldbuilding and Legacy

Ten years ago, “Sons of Anarchy,” Kurt Sutter’s crime drama about a gun-running motorcycle gang in the fictional town of Charming, Calif., premiered on FX. Over the course of the seven-season run that followed, the show became the top-rated show on the cable network and developed a dedicated audience on social media before concluding in […]

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What’s Leaving Netflix in September 2018

If you wanted to have a romantic comedy movie night, you better get going because a number of classics are leaving Netflix in September. “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and Jennifer Garner’s “13 Going on 30” are departing the streaming service on Sept. 1, as well as “Just Friends” with Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart. For dramatic […]

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Watch Ariana Grande Perform at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

Among the performers at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, which takes place today at the Greater Grace Temple, in her hometown of Detroit, was singer Ariana Grande who delivered a pitch-perfect rendition of “You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman).” Backed by a chorus of gospel singers, the 25-year-old represented the young generation of music makers […]

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Former ‘ER’ Actress Vanessa Marquez Shot and Killed by Police

Vanessa Marquez, an actress best known for her role as a nurse on “ER,” was shot and killed by South Pasadena police on Thursday, authorities confirmed on Friday. Officers were called to Marquez’s home in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue by a landlord to check on her welfare. Once they arrived, Marquez, 49, armed […]

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Jacksonville Shooting Survivor Files Suit Against Bar, Electronic Arts

One of the survivors of the Jacksonville shooting is filing a lawsuit against the GLHF Bar, Chicago Pizza & Sports Grille, and “Madden NFL” publisher Electronic Arts, USA Today reports. David Katz, a 24-year-old esports player from Baltimore, Md., reportedly shot and killed two people and wounded 10 others before taking his own life during […]

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Veteran Makeup Artist Dan Striepeke Has Special Bond With Tom Hanks

In the history of maquillage, few names echo more loudly than that of Dan Striepeke, who has earned a pair of Oscar nominations for his work with Tom Hanks on “Forrest Gump” and “Saving Private Ryan.” A mixture of psychologist and painter, sculptor and actor’s best friend, Striepeke (pronounced STREE-peck), was born in 1930 and […]

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Actress Jing Lusi Cast in Amazon Series ‘The Feed’ (EXCLUSIVE)

British-Chinese rising star Jing Lusi, who appears in the Warner Bros. hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” has been cast in Amazon’s psychological thriller series “The Feed,” alongside Guy Burnet, Nina Toussaint White, David Thewlis and Michelle Fairley. Lusi, who previously starred in “Stan Lee’s Lucky Man,” plays Amanda Ling in “Crazy Rich Asians,” opposite Constance Wu, […]

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Venice Film Review: ‘Non-Fiction’

Olivier Assayas crafts films of marvelous depths, simultaneously cinematic and literary in the richness of their pleasures, where the words people speak — and they can speak a lot — are only part of the picture. As much as Assayas enjoys verbal tangos, he demands that his audience pay attention to the footwork, to the […]

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Domhnall Gleeson & Charlotte Rampling Haunt ‘Little Stranger’; Docs on Collusion, Science and Dogs Set – Specialty Preview

Awards and fall releases are on the mind for industry insiders heading to the Telluride Film Festival this Labor Day weekend, while the final vestiges of specialty summer roll outs head to theaters. Focus Features is taking psychological-thriller The Little Stranger to 500 theaters Friday. The title by Oscar nominee Lenny Abrahamson and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling and Ruth Wilson headlines the weekend's specialty narratives. The weekend also offers…

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‘Doom Patrol’: Alan Tudyk Cast As Mr. Nobody In DC Universe TV Series

EXCLUSIVE: The Doom Patrol has found its villain. Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) has been cast as Eric Morden/Mr. Nobody in DC Universe's upcoming live-action series Doom Patrol, from Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros TV. Written by Jeremy Carver, Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC's strangest group of outcasts: Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man, Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby) and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero). Led by the mysterious…

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Exclusive ‘Hereditary’ Deleted Scene Teases Some Gut-Wrenching Foreshadowing

The movie that traumatized audiences (including yours truly) in theaters earlier this year is about to bring its nightmarish visions into homes. Ari Aster's critically-celebrated horror debut Hereditary arrives on Blu-ray and DVD next week, and the home video release promises a few bonus features including, a photo gallery of the film's intricate miniatures, a behind-the-scenes making-of featurette, and a few deleted scenes. In anticipation of the Blu-ray release, we've got an exclusive look at one of the deleted scenes, and if you've seen the movie, you'll find it …

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Exclusive: ‘The Predator’ IMAX Poster Teases a Bigger Hunt

Today, we’re pleased to debut an exclusive IMAX poster for Shane Black’s The Predator. For those who are unfamiliar with the upcoming reboot, it takes place in small-town suburbia where the universe’s most lethal hunters are up against a team of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher with the fate of humanity in the balance. Like most IMAX posters, this one looks terrific. I really like what they’re doing with the color scheme here and how they’re playing up the iconic Predator design. The larger challenge of the marketing here is not just …

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‘What/If’: Blake Jenner To Star In Netflix Social Thriller Series

Glee alum Blake Jenner is set as the male lead in What/If, a social thriller anthology drama series for Netflix from Revenge and Swingtown creator Mike Kelley and producer Robert Zemeckis. The series already stars Renée Zellweger and Jane Levy and is written by Kelley, directed by Phillip Noyce and produced by Page Fright, Atlas Entertainment and Compari Entertainment in association with Warner Bros Television. What/If explores the ripple effects of what happens when…

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Box Office: ‘Searching’ Finds $425,000 on Thursday Night

John Cho’s thriller “Searching” found $425,000 at 1,119 North American locations on Thursday night. The preview showings began at 5 p.m. Lionsgate’s science-fiction actioner “Kin,” meanwhile, grossed $250,000 at 1,800 sites in preview screenings. Sony is expanding “Searching” to 1,207 sites at the start of the holiday weekend after taking in $483,978 at nine locations […]

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Aretha Franklin Funeral: Hundreds Gather to Honor the Queen of Soul

Hundreds gathered at Detroit’s Greater Grace Church on Friday morning to honor the legendary Aretha Franklin, who died on Aug. 16 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. In the hour before the service began, public figures ranging from the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and Michigan Gov. Rick […]

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‘The Conners’ Production Now Underway: First-Look Photo

The Conners, ABC’s spinoff of its revived-then-canceled comedy hit Roseanne, has kicked off production today on the Warner Bros lot, the network said. It also released a first photo from the set of the new Roseanne Barr-less series, which is set to premiere October 16 in the Tuesday 8 PM slot. The pic shows original Roseanne regulars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson on set at the kitchen table along with Jayden Rey, Ames…

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‘Rocket League’s’ First Season Pass Launches Sept. 5

“Rocket League’s” new Rocket Pass launches next week, developer Psyonix announced on Thursday. The feature goes live on all platforms — PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch — starting at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The Rocket Pass is similar to the season passes found in games like […]

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TV Ratings: NFL Preemptions Throw Off Thursday Numbers

NFL preemptions across much of the country means the current fast national numbers are not accurate and will be subject to significant revision later today. As it stands, “Big Brother” on CBS is at a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers, making it the top show of the night. Only ABC also aired […]

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Could Orson Welles Compete for an Oscar One Last Time?

It’s been nearly 50 years since Orson Welles called up friend and colleague Peter Bogdanovich, just before the young filmmaker flew to Texas to begin production on “The Last Picture Show,” to knock out some of the earliest footage of what would eventually become Welles’ swan song. Thanks to Netflix and a dedicated crew, “The […]

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Best Movies You May Have Missed This Summer

Blockbusters dominate the summer movie seasons, and that’s fine. Blockbusters kind of dominate the whole calendar, but they’re especially prevalent in the summer when kids are out of school. Chances are you saw Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2, and/or Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. But it’s also a place where smaller movies also try to compete, and there were definitely some this past summer that were worthy of your attention. They may have already left your local arthouse or multiplex, but you’ll want to make a note of these movies and make sure you see them …

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Congress Honors John McCain at Capitol Rotunda Ceremony

WASHINGTON — John McCain’s flag-draped casket arrived at the Capitol on Friday, the start of several days of ceremonies and memorials to honor the lawmaker, who died on Saturday. McCain’s family escorted his casket to the Capitol rotunda, where it will lie in state until Saturday morning. Public viewing was scheduled to start early in […]

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Will Poulter on Acting Under Heavy Prosthetics For ‘The Little Stranger’

From director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Frank) and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon, and adapted from the book of the same name by Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger tells the story of what happens when Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson) is called by the Ayres family to Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked, to attend to a patient. The house and grounds of the vast estate has suffered and is now dilapidated from neglect, which adds to the creep factor, as he begins to wonder if mother (Charlotte Rampling), son (Will Poulter) and daughter (Ruth Wilson) are being haunted by something more supernatural …

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The Best Movies in Theaters Right Now

While we're overwhelmed with what to watch at home with so many streaming services offering so many choices, not to mention the age of Peak TV, the theater can be somewhat forgotten. And yet we will always advocate for theaters because they're unique settings where you can truly become lost in a story, free from distraction and letting a storyteller hold your attention for a couple hours. We'll be updating this article weekly, and we've compiled the best movies that are currently in theaters. Some of these are almost on their way out while others will …

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Watch: ‘Jack Ryan’ Looks a Billion Times Better When It’s Jim vs. Dwight

Today, Amazon launches their new Jack Ryan series. I’ve never really been a big fan of the character, since he’s largely a reactionary desk jockey who always gets drawn into bigger situations rather than a man of action. Amazon made a bold casting choice by going with John Krasinski for the series, and while Krasinski notably did action before with 13 Hours, this is the first TV series where he’s played an action hero…or is it? The good folks at Funny or Die did what we were all thinking and took Krasinski’s clips from The …

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‘Jack Ryan’ Review: Tom Clancy’s CIA Analyst Should Stay Behind the Desk

Right off the bat, I will say the one, perfect decision made by Jack Ryan co-creators Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland was casting John Krasinski as their title character. John Krasinski—currently hitting the peak of his well-earned transition from Office Boy to Action Man—is incredibly charming. Jack Ryan the character is not. Over the first four episodes of Amazon's new spy-thriller series—based on a character created by Tom Clancy—Jack Ryan doesn't have much of a personality outside the fact that he's played by John Krasinski. Cuse and Roland bank so …

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Due to Begin Filming as Cast Grows, Director Replaced

The Downton Abbey movie is definitely, officially happening. Focus Features and Carnival Films have announced that the beginning of principal photography on the Downton Abbey movie “is due to begin soon,” confirming that the original cast from the TV series are returning alongside new additions Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Geraldine James (Anne with an E), Simon Jones (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), David Haig (Killing Eve), Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game), Kate Philips (The Crown), and Stephen Campbell Moore (History Boys), among others. Julian Fellowes, who created and wrote Downton Abbey, penned …

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Andrew Lauren & DJ Gugenheim On Natalie Portman In ‘Vox Lux’, ‘High Life’ & Their ‘Shrooming’ Movie With Channing Tatum

EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Lauren and producing partner DJ Gugenheim are behind two of this autumn’s most anticipated movies: Natalie Portman starrer Vox Luxwhich debuts in Venice next week, and Claire Denis’ Toronto-bound sci-fi High Life, starring Robert Pattinson. In writer-director Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux, Portman plays a successful pop star who is also trying to raise a teenage daughter. Jude Law and Jennifer Ehle are among co-stars while Killer Films and Bold are also…

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Pro Hockey Prospects Told To Stop Talking About ‘Fortnite’

“Fortnite” is hugely popular right now, but some professional hockey prospects are reportedly being told to keep their passion for the battle royale game to themselves. “An [Ontario Hockey League] team employee tells me some players have been advised to scrub ‘Fortnite’ references from social media accounts,” The Sports Network correspondent Rick Westhead tweeted on […]

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Songs for Screens’ Synch of the Month: LSD’s ‘Thunderclouds’ and Samsung

Songs For Screens is a Variety column sponsored by music experiential agency MAC Presents, based in NYC. It is written by Andrew Hampp, founder of music marketing consultancy 1803 LLC and former correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs that we […]

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Coen Brothers Confirm Theatrical Release for ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

The Coen brothers confirmed Friday that Netflix had agreed to a theatrical release for their latest film, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” “Theatrical release was important to us, and they were happy to accommodate us,” Ethan Coen told reporters at the Venice Film Festival. “And I don’t even know if it was to accommodate us […]

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In ‘The Predator’ Red-Band Trailer, Bullets, Alien Gore And F-Bombs Fly

Fox has dropped the red-band trailer for franchise reset The Predator ahead of the genre film’s premiere at the start of the Midnight Madness section on Thursday at the Toronto Film Festival. (Watch it above or below.) Connoisseurs of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger original will see some familiar DNA. But director and co-writer Shane Black has taken things in a decidedly Shane Black direction, based on the trailer and footage shown last month at Comic-Con. That means more…

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‘The Bachelor’: Viacom’s UK Net Channel 5 Brings Back U.S. Format For Second Date

EXCLUSIVE: UK broadcaster Channel 5 is bringing back The Bachelor for a second date. The Viacom-owned network broke up with the Warner Bros-owned dating format in 2012 after two seasons but is rekindling its romance as it looks to find a competitor for ITV2's Love Island. Deadline understands that Warner Bros-owned Ricochet is producing the revamped entertainment to air next year. The ten-part series will start filming in the autumn. The show revolves around a single…

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Venice Film Festival Signs Gender-Parity Pledge

The Venice Film Festival followed Cannes and Locarno in signing a pledge on gender parity Friday, but festival organizers insisted that the practices in the protocol are already in place and bristled at suggestions that the Lido had been infected with Italy’s “toxic masculinity.” The pledge was signed at a news conference attended by Alberto […]

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Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga Bonded Over Their Italian Heritage in ‘A Star Is Born’

The chemistry between “A Star is Born” director Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga was palpable during the press conference at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, where the pair said they bonded over their shared Italian roots. “I didn’t know you were Italian. I remember when we first met, after 10 minutes we were eating […]

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China Wants To Combat Myopia With Fewer Game Approvals

China’s Ministry of Education believes the increase in gaming and internet use among minors could lead to higher rates of myopia, or nearsightedness, and it’s laid out plans to address the problem, according to market researcher Niko Partners. The organization put out a notice on Thursday calling for limits to the number of new online […]

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Other Side of the Wind’

Now that the mosaic has finally been put together, what does it look like? “The Other Side of the Wind” tells the story of a legendary Hollywood director, Jake Hannaford (John Huston), who is struggling to complete his latest picture. Considering that it took more than 40 years to assemble Orson Welles’ final film into […]

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If the Oscars Were Held Today, Who Would Be Nominated?

September is nigh, which means Oscar season is about to begin. But before we get too deep in the weeds, it’s important to keep in mind that films from the entire year are eligible for the prestige awards—despite the scheduling logjam that happens during the last few months of every year. Indeed, while the majority of Oscar nominations are given to films that open between September and December, there’s still a bevy of quality film and filmmaking on display throughout the other eight months of the year. So as a bit of an exercise and to remind …

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Final NSFW Trailer for ‘The Predator’ Is Bloody, Violent, and Badass

20th Century Fox has released a final The Predator trailer, this one of the NSFW red-band variety. Co-written and directed by The Nice Guys and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer Shane Black, the film chronicles the fallout when Predators arrive back on Earth, this time in southern Georgia, and the team of messed-up mercenaries who are tasked with taking them out. This is arguably the best trailer for the film yet, even if it does come right up to the line of potentially revealing too much. But the thing about Shane Black movies is they can't …

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New ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Video Reveals the Sequel’s Return to Hogwarts

Warner Bros. has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But instead of focusing on the new Parisian setting or the additional characters, this featurette dials in on one incredibly exciting aspect of the film: the return to Hogwarts. Indeed, while Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them carved out a new corner of the Harry Potter universe by venturing to America in the 1920s, author and screenwriter J.K. Rowling is using the sequel to connect the Fantastic Beasts franchise to iconic parts of Potter lore—including Hogwarts. It’…

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The Coen Brothers Talk ‘Buster Scruggs’ And Why The Biz Needs Netflix: ‘Different Ways Are Important’ — Venice

The Coen Brothers are on the Lido today for the world premiere of anthology western The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, the auteurs’ first collaboration with Netflix. As expected, the movie is a curiosity, which begins with a black-comedy musical bang but gradually settles into a more sombre — but typically off-beat — tone. Coen fans I spoke to after the press screening were pleased, others wished for more of the light and humorous opening skit starring Tim Blake Nelson as a…

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Aretha Franklin Funeral Livestream: Watch The Speeches & Performances

The Queen is dead. Love live the Queen. Soul superstar Aretha Franklin is being laid to rest this morning in Detroit, and you can follow her funeral service live above. The private event will feature performances by Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson and many others over the course of five hours or more. The service for the Queen of Soul, who died August 16 at 76, is being held at the Motor City's Greater Grace Temple, the same church where Franklin sang at civil…

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How To Watch Aretha Franklin Funeral On TV & Online

Fans, friends and family are ready paying their final respects today to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul who died August 16 at 76. On the TV side, BET will have commercial-free live coverage of the funeral on TV and online, starting at 10 AM ET. Bounce also will televise the service, and its Scripps sibling Brown Sugar will livestream it. Speaking of livestreams, another is available from the Greater Grace Temple, the Motor CIty church that’s staging the invite-only…

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7 Big Predictions About Where Movie Subscription Services Are Going

Movie subscription plans look like they're here to stay, especially if any of the following seven predictions pertaining to their future end up coming true.



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Star Wars: Episode IX Cast List: All The Confirmed Actors

Like all of the other films in the franchise, secrecy is at maximum levels surrounding the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX (hell, even the title is being kept hush-hush).



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BBC Cooks Up Baking Contest ‘Celebration’ As Latest ‘The Great British Bake Off’ Rival

The BBC may have lost The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 but it is now cooking up a new baking competition. The British public broadcaster has ordered Celebration from Bristol-based production company Hungry Gap Productions. The show is set to air on BBC Two and emerged after putting out a casting call for contestants. "Do you wow your neighbours with your amazing party food? Are your delicious desserts the star of every special occasion? Does your colleague make the…

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‘A Star Is Born’: Lido Goes (Lady) Gaga Over Bradley Cooper’s Remake – Venice

It's Lady Gaga day here on the Lido. The Gaga-starring, Bradley Cooper-directed A Star Is Born blasted into the Venice Film Festival with the first press screenings this morning and a jam-packed press conference that's just wrapped ahead of tonight's official out of competition red carpet gala. Gaga and Cooper discussed the movie which marks a first for each of them: It's the recording star's first time acting and the actor's first time directing. Said Gaga, “It was a…

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Ariana Grande Returns To The BBC For Live Special One Year After One Love Tribute Concert

Ariana Grande is heading back to the BBC – just over a year after headlining the One Love concert paying tribute to those that lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bombing. The pop star, fresh from her engagement to Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson, is front Ariana Grande At the BBC, presented by The Jump host Davina McCall. The special will see the singer perform new material from her recent album Sweetener, as well as some of her biggest hits, accompanied by an…

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Ariana Grande Returns to the BBC With Studio Special

Ariana Grande is returning to the BBC and will perform songs from her latest album and earlier hits in a one-hour special. It will be filmed September 7 and go out on BBC One this fall. Grande last appeared on the BBC headlining the One Love Manchester concert in June 2017, which was organized as […]

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‘Close Enemies’ Director David Oelhoffen Sets ‘The Fourth Wall,’ ‘Derniers Hommes’ (EXCLUSIVE)

French director David Oelhoffen, whose latest film, “Close Enemies,” is competing at the Venice Film Festival, is preparing two new politically minded, internationally driven films: “The Fourth Wall” (“Le quatrieme mur”) and “Les derniers hommes.” “Les derniers hommes” is being developped by Galatée Films, the company co-founded by French actor-turned-producer Jacques Perrin, whose credits include […]

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Picture Tree Serves Up Zombie Drama ‘Endzeit – Ever After’ at Toronto Film Festival

Berlin-based sales company Picture Tree Intl. has acquired sales rights to Carolina Hellsgård’s post-apocalyptic horror movie “Endzeit – Ever After,” which will have its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival in the Discovery program. Variety has been given access to the trailer from the film. The film is set two years after zombies have overrun […]

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British Broadcasters Plot Low-Budget Drama Drive As Battle With Global SVODs Rumbles On

British broadcasters are going back to drama basics as they line up a swathe of lower budget scripted series to counter the multi-billion spend of the global SVODs. Broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 are preparing for a drama future where the likes of Netflix, which spends around $6.5M per episode of The Crown, for instance, and Amazon, which is expected to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on its adaptation of Lord of the Rings, are looking…

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‘AKasha’ Trailer: Sudanese Comedy Is Venice & TIFF-Bound, But Its Stars Are Not

EXCLUSIVE: Kamal Ramadan and Mohamed Chakado, the stars of Venice Critics' Week entry aKasha, have been refused departure from Uganda and will be unable to attend the world premiere screening of the debut feature here today, and possibly not at TIFF on September 9. The Sudan nationals arrived in Kampala on April 30 and applied for refugee status on June 11, we are told by representatives of the movie, but have not been granted the necessary papers. We are also told the…

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‘Kingsman’ Star Sophie Cookson To Play Controversial Party Girl Christine Keeler In BBC Profumo Drama

Kingsman: The Secret Service star Sophie Cookson is set to star as controversial party girl Christine Keeler in a BBC drama about the Profumo Affair. Cookson, who also starred in the Kingsman follow-up The Golden Circle and Netflix drama Gypsy, leads the line-up of The Trial of Christine Keeler, produced by Fleming producer Ecosse Films for BBC One. Production on the six-part drama, which is expected to air in 2019, starts in October. The show takes a look at the infamous…

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BBC Orders Modern Slavery Drama ‘Doing Money’ From ‘The Girl’s & ‘Vanity Fair’s Gwyneth Hughes

Gwyneth Hughes, writer of the BBC and HBO's The Girl, has created a feature-length drama about slavery in modern Britain for the BBC. Doing Money will star Romanian actress Anca Dumitra (Las Fierbinti) and Downton Abbey's Allen Leech. It tells the story of Ana, a young Romanian woman snatched in broad daylight from a London street, trafficked to Ireland and used as a sex slave in a series of ‘pop up' brothels. The 90-minute thriller exposes just how big business ‘doing…

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Film Review: ‘Reprisal’

In a previous iteration of the movie business, a derivative B movie such as “Reprisal” would have provided gainful employment for actors such as Eric Roberts, Ice-T, and Gary Busey — who, truth to tell, likely would have delivered more than a fair share of down-and-dirty cheap thrills — and premiered on the New Releases […]

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‘The Little Stranger’ Review: The Real Horror Is the Social Climbing We Did Along the Way

A ghost is something that should not be, intruding on a world it does not belong to. A ghost is an interloper. The same could be said of rigid social hierarchies, especially like the mid-20th century ones depicted in Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of The Little Stranger. It’s a movie obsessed with class and the shifting power structures of post-war England where the aristocracy has largely faded and professionals like doctors are rising. The subtext is certainly interesting, and it’s clever to tell this shift within the context of a ghost story, and yet the movie …

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Movie Talk: Chris Hemsworth to Lead Russo Brothers-Scripted Netflix Thriller

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff, and Jeff Sneider discuss the following: Deadline is reporting that Joe Russo and Anthony Russo have negotiated a deal with Netflix for a kidnap extraction drama titled Dhaka starring Chris Hemsworth. THR is reporting that Michelle Yeoh and Awkwafina are in talks to star in Everything Everywhere All at Once, the next feature for directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Exclusive: Collider's Jeff Sneider reports that Damon Herriman, who is playing Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, will also be playing Manson …

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Jedi Council: Matt Smith and Dominic Monaghan Report for Duty in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

On today’s Jedi Council, Kristian Harloff, Ken Napzok, and Emma Fyffe discuss the following: Variety reports that Matt Smith has been cast in Star Wars: Episode IX in a key role. Deadline is reporting that Dominic Monaghan has joined the cast of the film as well. Rian Johnson replied to a Twitter follower that he is still working on his new Star Wars trilogy. Discussing Film reported on Twitter that Greg Grunberg's representatives confirmed to them that Grunberg will be returning as Snap Wexley in Star Wars: Episode IX. The Solo: A Star Wars Story novelization will include …

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Eminem Teases New Original Song on the ‘Venom’ Soundtrack

Well if this isn't the most symbiotic bit of on-brand pairing that ever was. Eminem has debuted a teaser for a new song, and it looks like that new song is going to be on the Venom soundtrack. It’s a match made in the profanity-laden heaven of late-90s provocation. Eminem shared a snippet of the new song on social media with no title, caption or commentary, just a tag to the official Venom moevie account. “Venom! Knock knock let the devil in,” goes the riff, which played over a video of the film’s title …

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The Best Drama Shows on Netflix Right Now

Sometimes you just need an immersive drama, and thankfully, Netflix delivers. From what are now TV classics (like Breaking Bad and Mad Men) to Peak TV gems (Hap and Leonard, Mindhunter), Netflix is home to some of the most wonderfully crafted and engaging television of our time. Over the next several weeks, we'll be rolling out more lists of TV subgenres on the streaming giant, including the Best Crime Series, Best Fantasy, Best TV Comedies, and more. So if you don't see you favorites here, keep checking! And of course, for a full list of everything Netflix has …

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Disney’s ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Attraction Adds Oga’s Cantina; There Will Be Booze

If you're going to step into a Star Wars story, you're going to need a Cantina. Fortunately, the folks at Disney know that better than anyone, which means both Disneyland and Disney World are getting a Cantina of their own -- Oga's Cantina -- when the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction opens in 2019. In between visiting the Millennium Falcon and battling the war with the First Empire, you can swing by Oga's for some of the best drinks in the galaxy and unique interstellar musical entertainment, provided courtesy of of RX-24 -- a familiar face …

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Ruth Wilson on ‘The Little Stranger’ and Returning to ‘Luther’ for Season 5

From director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Frank) and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon, and adapted from the book of the same name by Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger tells the story of what happens when Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson) is called by the Ayres family to Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked, to attend to a patient. The house and grounds of the vast estate have suffered and are now dilapidated from neglect, which adds to the creep factor, as he begins to wonder if mother (Charlotte Rampling), son (Will Poulter) and daughter (Ruth Wilson) are being haunted by something more supernatural …

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Best Animated TV Series on Netflix Right Now

When it comes to streaming content on Netflix, you have a lot of choices. A lot. We're here to help you narrow the vast library down to something a little more manageable. And if you're looking for classic cartoons, world-famous anime series, or the latest in computer-generated animation, then you've come to the right place! Each month, we'll comb through Netflix's collection of animated series, from traditional childhood favorites to the streaming provider's own original series. If you're an anime fan, there's a lot here to be excited about, though …

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‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’: Full Cast and Synopses Revealed for Coens’ Anthology Western

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was originally supposed to be a 6-part TV series for Netflix. Then the Coen Brothers said, “Nah, we’re the Coens and we’ll do what we want,” and they turned it in an anthology movie that’s over two hours. The anthology consists of six shorts, and now on the eve of the film’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, we have details [via The Playlist] on the six shorts, what they’re called, and who stars in them: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Tim Blake Nelson (Buster Scruggs) Willie Watson (…

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Michelle Yeoh and Awkwafina in Talks to Reunite for New Movie from ‘Swiss Army Man’ Directors

Swiss Army Man is a joyous, delightful experience, and it’s kind of a wonder the movie even exists. We haven’t heard much from directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka Daniels, although their next movie will be Everything Everywhere All at Once. The film is an interdimensional action movie that would reunite Crazy Rich Asians stars Michelle Yeoh and Awkwafina. THR doesn’t have any details on what the plot would entail, but Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo will produce via their AGBO production company. Hopefully both Yeoh and Awkwafina, who didn’t really …

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Chris Hemsworth to Star in Action-Thriller ‘Dhaka’ Directed By Chris Evans’ Stunt Double

Tough as it may be to remember that Chris Hemsworth is not an Australian Thunder God in real life, the man does have an MCU adjacent slate to fill (Sorry, Star Trek). THR reports that the next project on the Thor actor's schedule is Dhaka, a Netflix action-thriller set in India written and produced by Avengers: Infinity War directors The Russo Brothers. The film will mark the directorial debut of Sam Hargrave, a longtime stunt coordinator who also served as stunt double for Chris Evans in both The Avengers and Captain America: Civil War. According to THR, Dhaka "…

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First ‘ROMA’ Reviews Praise Alfonso Cuaron’s Epically Intimate Drama

Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s long-awaited new film ROMA made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and the reviews are unsurprisingly rapturous. The Oscar-winning director behind Gravity and Children of Men took his time in crafting his next project, opting to dig into his own past to create a semi-autobiographical story about a family living in Mexico City in the early 1970s, seen through the eyes of their housemaid. Presented in stunning digital black-and-white, Cuaron also served as co-editor and cinematographer on the film (his regular DP Emmanuel Lubezki was unavailable due to …

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Movie Talk: Alec Baldwin Drops Out of ‘Joker’ Movie; Breaking Down the ‘First Man’ Trailer

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Mark Reilly, and John Rocha discuss the following: In an interview with USA Today and on his own Twitter account, Alec Baldwin confirms that he is not in the Todd Phillips Joker movie. Paramount announced that they have moved the release of Top Gun: Maverick to June 26, 2020 instead of July 12, 2019. The studio also announced that May 15, 2020 is the release date for their sequel to A Quiet Place. Universal released a new trailer for Damien Chazelle's First Man starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. Deadline …

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New ‘Suspiria’ Poster Is Full of Bloody Eyes

Have you had enough of Suspiria yet? Of course not. Earlier today, filmmaker Luca Guadagnino teased that he already has ideas for a sequel to his remake of Dario Argento’s iconic horror film, and now Amazon Studios has released a downright disturbing new Suspiria poster. While some were a bit disappointed with the early marketing materials for the film—namely the lack of the color red—this poster reveals that it was all for the sake of building to this insanely creepy, very red poster. The film stars Dakota Johnson as an ambitious young dancer who succumbs to a …

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Kevin Feige to Be Honored by the PGA with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award

The Producers Guild of America announced today that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will be receiving the prestigious 2019 David O. Selznick Achievement Award, which recognizes a producer’s body of work in motion pictures. Past recipients include David Heyman (who spearheaded the entire Harry Potter franchise), Charles Roven (who produced Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and produces many current DCEU films), veterans like Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Scott Rudin, and Brian Grazer, and producing directors like Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood. Whatever you think of the Marvel movies or the current superhero glut, Feige’s …

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Haley Lu Richardson and Joe Alwyn on Filming the Most Emotional Scenes in ‘Operation Finale’



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Luca Guadagnino on Possible ‘Suspiria’ Sequels and the Film’s After Credits Scene

Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake is doing a pretty fantastic job of fucking up the film world's heads—and stomachs—before it even premieres. But anyone only tangentially familiar with Dario Argento's original candy-colored bloodbath might not know it's part of a trilogy, known as "The Three Mothers" (or "Le Tre Madri" if you're fancy and/or Italian), that began with Suspiria and continued on into Inferno (1980) and The Mother of Tears (2007). Speaking with Deadline, Guadagnino hinted at his own possible triptych, which would possibly delve into the backstory of Tilda Swinton's …

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Janet Jackson Honored by Missy Elliott, Aretha Franklin Remembered at BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards 

The 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall on Aug. 30, honored Janet Jackson with the BMI Icon Award and featured a surprise appearance by Missy Elliott. The event recognizes the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs. Metro Boomin was named Producer of Year for the third […]

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Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Met With Emotional Welcome At Standing-O Premiere – Venice

Alfonso Cuaron’s highly personal drama Roma received a joyfully teary-eyed response at its official world premiere screening here at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday night. The black-and-white movie which marks the Oscar winning Gravity helmer’s return to the Sala Grande was met by a seven-minute standing ovation that lasted through the credits sequence and was punctuated with cheers for Cuaron’s three lead actresses, Yalitza Aparicio, Nancy Garcia and Marina de…

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Brit Comedy ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ Nets UK Deal With Entertainment Film Distributors, First Look Image

EXCLUSIVE: Brit comedy Fisherman's Friends, from the writing and producing team behind UK box office hit Finding Your Feet, has netted a UK deal with Entertainment Film Distributors. The film, currently in post-production, has an ensemble cast featuring Daniel Mays (Atonement), Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game), James Purefoy (Solomon Kane), David Hayman (Finding Your Feet), Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) Sam Swainsbury (Thor: The Dark World), Maggie Steed (Paddington…

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‘The Good Doctor’ Season 2 Trailer Is In, Showcasing Lisa Edelstein’s New Character

The first trailer for Season 2 of ABC’s acclaimed medical drama The Good Doctor has been released, showcasing the introduction of Lisa Edelstein, who is joining as recurring character Dr. Blaize. The Good Doctor is built around Shaun Murphy (played by Freddie Highmore), a young autistic surgeon who has savant syndrome. His integration into San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital at the instigation of mentor, Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) is one of the key focuses of the…

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‘Big Brother’ Contestant JC Mounduix In Trouble Again

Mon deux!  Once again, Big Brother contestant JC Mounduix is in trouble with his housemates and fans of the show. This time, it’s for footage that shows him kissing another houseguest while that person was sleeping. US Weekly is reporting that Mounduix was sharing a bed and was seen kissing Tyler Crispen on the show’s 24/7 online feed. The footage shows him rubbing Crispen’s face and arm, then kissing his armpits. The next day, Crispen told fellow houseguest Kaycee Clark…

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Madden NFL 19 Jacksonville Shootings – First Lawsuit Filed By Victim

The first lawsuit in the Jacksonville, Florida Madden NFL 19 tournament shooting last Sunday has been filed. Gamer Jacob Mitich has filed suit against tournament sponsor Electronic Arts, the game’s manufacturer, plus the mall and restaurant where the event was held. The shooting occurred at a qualifying event for a Madden NFL 19 video gaming tournament at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville. The shooting broke out as the event was being live-streamed on the video gaming…

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Ronan Farrow Weinstein Story Was Killed By “Very Highest Levels Of NBC” – Report

UPDATE: NBC News has issued the following statement in response to the New York Times story and accusations that it tried to stifle the Harvey Weinstein story by Ronan Farrow. “The assertion that NBC News tried to kill the Weinstein story while Ronan Farrow was at NBC News, or even more ludicrously, after he left NBC News, is an outright lie. In August of 2017, after NBC News assigned Ronan Farrow to investigate Weinstein and supported his reporting efforts for eight…

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California Net Neutrality Bill Clears Major Hurdle

The California Assembly voted to enshrine net neutrality in state law, a major step forward for advocates of the open internet. The state’s lawmakers today approved a bill that would restore Obama-era protections that the Federal Communications Commission abolished earlier this year, in yet another challenge to the Trump administration’s policies. The legislation would prohibit internet providers from blocking or slowing down websites and video games or charging fees for…

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Spirit Awards Keeps Its Pre-Oscar Saturday Slot In 2020

Spirit Awards organizer Film Independent said today that it has set a Saturday, February 8 date for its 2020 ceremony. That keeps it in line with the indie film gala’s usual day-before-the-Oscars slot after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences moved up the date of its 2020 ceremony by two weeks to February 9. That move, voted on by the Academy’s board of governors earlier this month, has sent the other major guild on a bit of a mad dash to reset their own 2020…

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Neil Simon Remembered As Broadway’s Lights Go Dim In Tribute

The lights on Broadway dimmed tonight for a minute as a tribute to playwright Neil Simon, who died Sunday at age 91. Simon, the creator of Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple and so many other Broadway staples, was remembered earlier in the afternoon by a gathering of friends and family at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel. Attendees included Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick (who appeared in The Odd Couple), Christine Baranski, Sarah Jessica Parker, Marsha Mason…

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Colin Kaepernick Scores Big Win Over NFL In Collusion Case Before Season Starts

The NFL's Hail Mary hope that it could get Colin Kaepernick's collusion lawsuit against the league and team owners tossed off the field has floundered with a week to go before the new season kicks-off. In what can only be viewed as the legal equivalent of a touchdown for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and instigator of protests by players over social injustice in America, the league and NFL Players Association appointed arbitrator has rejected the Roger…

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‘Morning Joe’ Host Mika Brzezinski Defends Boss Andy Lack Against Trump Tweets

Mika Brzezinski has risen to defend NBC News chairman Andrew Lack, whom President Trump attacked in a tweetstorm this morning. Trump, apparently reacting to a New York Post Page Six report that Lack was about to be dismissed, tweeted out that Lack “is about to fired (?) for incompentence, and much worse.” Brzezinski responded on her MSNBC Morning Joe show. “Not only is he attacking NBC's chairman Andy Lack, our boss, with stupid rumors, but also he's going after the…

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‘The Boys’: Jennifer Esposito Cast In Amazon’s Superhero Drama Series

NCIS alum Jennifer Esposito has been cast in a key role on Amazon's straight-to-series superhero drama The Boys. Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson and created by Supernatural creator and Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke, The Boys is set in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame. It revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as "the Boys" who set out to take down corrupt…

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Venice-Premiering ‘One Nation, One King’ Pre-Sells for Studiocanal

Studiocanal has nearly sold out Pierre Schoeller’s epic French Revolution drama “One Nation, One King” (“Un Peuple et son roi”) ahead of its world premiere in an out of competition slot at the Venice Film Festival. Unfolding in 1789 Paris, “One Nation, One King” is told from the perspectives of revolutionaries and is headlined by […]

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Netflix, Amazon Flock to Venice Production Bridge in Deal-Making Mode

The Venice Film Festival’s market kicked off Thursday with the distinction this year of being the place to be for online giants Netflix and Amazon — not just to launch movies, but also to do business. Netflix, which has six films premiering in Venice, has the largest contingent of executives on the Lido — about […]

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Le Pacte Boards ‘Phil Tippett, Mad Dreams and Monsters’ Documentary (EXCLUSIVE)

Le Pacte has acquired international sales and French distribution rights to “Phil Tippett, Mad Dreams and Monsters,” a documentary directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet, the pair behind the critically acclaimed documentary “The Frankenstein Complex.” “Mad Dreams and Monsters” charts the sprawling career of Tippett, the animator and vfx artist who won two Oscars […]

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Venice: Golden Lion Honoree Redgrave Continues to Tackle Artistic Challenges and Social Ills

At the age of 81, Vanessa Redgrave has no qualms about arriving on the Lido to collect a Golden Lion celebrating 60 years on stage and screen. Not because she feels it’s time to rest on her laurels and bathe in the glow of past achievements, but because her career is still very much in […]

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Eminem Drops New Album ‘Kamikaze’

Eminem has dropped the follow-up to 2017’s “Revival.” The rapper surprise-released his latest album, “Kamikaze,” on Thursday night (midnight on the east coast). With album art featuring the rear end of a fighter plane with the tail marker “FU-2” (and bearing an uncanny resemblance to the cover of Beastie Boys’ 1986 album “Licensed to Ill”), the […]

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Tencent Shares Hurt as Chinese Government Weighs In on Games and Health

Shares in social media and games giant Tencent slipped by more than 5% in early trading on Friday, after the Chinese government outlined moves to crimp the games industry. More than $20 billion was wiped off the company’s valuation, as shares declined 4.6% to HK$341, at 11:30 a.m. Friday local time. The reaction followed an […]

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Oscar-Winner Ewa Puszczyńska Sets Up NEM Corp. With Klaudia Śmieja, Jan Naszewski

Ewa Puszczyńska, the producer behind Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winner “Ida” and the director’s Cannes best director award winner and Toronto Film Festival entry “Cold War,” is setting up a new production company, NEM Corp., with Klaudia Śmieja, the producer of Claire Denis’ Toronto film “High Life” and Agnieszka Holland’s upcoming “Gareth Jones,” and sales agent Jan […]

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ABS-CBN Broadcast Deal Heralds Asia Push by Karate Combat (EXCLUSIVE)

Karate Combat, a global, professional sports league promoting the Japanese martial art of karate, has signed The Philippines ABS-CBN as its first broadcaster in Asia. The company’s ABS-CBN Sports + Action channel has begun showing the initial three fight events that Karate Combat has produced. The first of its multi-part broadcasts, “Karate Combat: Genesis,” began […]

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Disneyland to Sell Booze at Star Wars Attraction, a First for the Park

Disneyland will sell alcoholic beverages next year for the first time since opening in 1955 through a Star Wars-themed Oga’s Cantina. The landmark theme park in Anaheim, Ca., revealed in a blog post Thursday that Oga’s will serve “libations for adults,” which will include pre-mixed cocktails. The cantina is part of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s […]

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NBC News Pushes Back on Accusations It Blocked Ronan Farrow Report

NBC News generates dozens of news items each day, but there’s one story that the NBCUniversal unit simply can’t bring to an end. NBC News’ handling of allegations of sexual harassment against powerful men is once again under scrutiny after a the unit’s former supervising producer of investigative reporting lambasted top management for failing to […]

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Alan Alda Tapped for Hamptons Film Festival Honor

Alan Alda will be awarded the Hamptons International Film Festival’s Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award. The festival established the award in 2017, honoring Cavett himself. The HIFF, now in its 26th year, opens Oct. 4 with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Kindergarten Teacher” and closes Oct. 8. “Alan Alda is one of those now rare actors who […]

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Nintendo’s ‘Dragalia Lost’ Has Multiplayer, Microtransactions

Nintendo revealed a ton of new details about its upcoming mobile role-playing game “Dragalia Lost” in a livestream late Wednesday night. Co-developed by “Granblue Fantasy” studio Cygames, it comes out on iOS and Android on Sept. 27 in the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. “Dragalia Lost” takes place in a fantasy world where […]

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Exclusive ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Character Cards Reveal Team Fireball, BB-8, and More

As part of our ongoing, family-friendly Collider Kids segment, we're thrilled to bring you an exclusive look at characters from Disney's upcoming new animated series, Star Wars Resistance. From Star Wars franchise veteran Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), this series takes place prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and follows Kazuda Xiono ("Kaz"), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. But Kaz won't be expected to go it alone! And we've …

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Breaking Glass Acquires ‘Call Her Ganda’, Mounts Oscar Campaign For Politically-Charged Tribeca Docu

EXCLUSIVE: Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired the North American rights to the PJ Raval-directed human rights documentary Call Her Ganda. In addition to mapping out an Oscar campaign for the politically-charged documentary, Breaking Glass is announced that Call Her Ganda will hit theatres in New York on Sept. 21 and will roll out to theaters in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, San Francisco on Oct. 5 and then nationwide rollout in the fall to coincide with awards season. The…

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Los Angeles Man Charged With Threatening Boston Globe Employees Whom He Called “Enemy Of The People”

A Los Angeles man is facing federal charges for threatening to shoot Boston Globe employees whom he called an "enemy of the people", words used frequently by President Donald Trump to describe the news media. Robert D. Chain was arrested Thursday at his Encino home and charged with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts. The threat was in retaliation for the…

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TV Ratings: ‘Big Brother,’ ‘America’s Got Talent’ Tie on Wednesday

“Big Brother” and “America’s Got Talent” tied each other in the key demo in the Wednesday overnight ratings. Both shows drew a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, though “AGT” was ahead in total viewers on NBC with 9.8 million. “Big Brother” drew 5.7 million viewers for CBS. Both shows were approximately even with their performance last […]

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MoviePass Board Member Quits, Claims Company Withheld Information And “Interfered” With His Ability To Do His Job

Economist Carl Schramm has resigned from the board of directors of MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics, claiming that management withheld financial information and made important decisions without the board’s knowledge. The board member said his concerns have grown substantially over the last eight weeks, as the company’s management made corporate decisions and executed “significant transactions” without the board’s knowledge or approval, offered…

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Seven Bucks Productions President Hiram Garcia on Dwayne Johnson, ‘Hobbs and Shaw’, and Much More

Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest movie stars in the world, but he doesn’t do it alone. In 2012, fresh off the success of Fast Five, Johnson co-founded his own production company with Dany Garcia called Seven Bucks Productions. Johnson and Garcia both serve as co-founders and co-CEOs of the company, but when it comes to actually running the development and production of the specific film and TV projects that get made, Hiram Garcia is the man with the plan. Hiram Garcia has known Johnson since he was a teenager, and began collaborating creatively with …

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CBS Corp. Names Hearst, Sony Alum Philip Wiser as Chief Technology Officer

Digital media veteran Philip Wiser has been named chief technology officer for CBS Corporation. He’s tasked with steering strategy and development across all CBS divisions as it relates to technology. Wiser reports to CBS chief operating officer Joe Ianniello and Jim Lanzone, who is CBS’ chief digital officer and president of CBS Interactive. He replaces […]

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‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack Details Announced – Album Features New Songs From Lady Gaga

Interscope has released the tracklist for the soundtrack to “A Star Is Born,” which features new music from six-time Grammy Award-winner Lady Gaga and first-time director Bradley Cooper, who are also the film’s stars. The album is due on Oct. 5, the same day the film opens. The album features 19 new songs, including new compositions from both Gaga and Cooper, […]

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Amazon Scrambles to Improve Coverage of U.S. Open After Flood of Complaints

Amazon is scrambling to improve its coverage of the U.S. Open in the U.K. after being deluged with complaints. The online giant bought U.K. rights to the tournament in April as part of its new gambit of offering live sports to Amazon Prime Video customers. It already streamed the Queen’s Club tournament, a Wimbledon warm-up […]

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On ‘The Deuce,’ Maggie Gyllenhaal Is Among TV’s Very Best (Column)

If Maggie Gyllenhaal wasn’t, somehow, on the list of the very best actresses on television at a time of near-unprecedented openness to half the population’s stories, the second season of “The Deuce,” premiering Sept. 9, ought to put her there. Gyllenhaal does something miraculous, mashing together a familiar character type with a pulsating, ever-present intelligence; […]

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Telluride Film Festival Lineup Includes ‘First Man’, ‘Roma’, and ‘The Favourite’

The Venice Film Festival got underway yesterday, and the Telluride Film Festival kicks off tomorrow—which means Telluride has now finally announced which films will be playing in the Colorado mountains. Telluride is a key stop on the awards circuit, as the last six Best Picture Oscar winners in a row all screened at Telluride. The odds are extremely good that our eventual Best Picture winner will be screened at either Venice, Telluride, or TIFF (or a combination of the three) within the next two weeks, so Oscar prognosticators keep a keen eye out on buzz from these fests, especially …

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DC Universe Announces Launch Date, Reveals New ‘Titans’ Images

Welcome to another round of news about DC's upcoming streaming service, DC Universe, I believe we should start with a nice, angsty "fuck Batman." Thank you. Recently, the comic book company revealed that the digital subscription service will launch on September 15—Batman Day, funny enough—and dropped a few new looks at Titans and Young Justice: Outsiders in the process. The new Titans images aren't going to do much to comfort anyone who might've been dismayed by that first trailer. I don't want to pile on to the poor DC street misfits—and I do …

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Mountain’

A near-hypnotic pall of strangeness, so opaque as to be genuinely menacing, shadows and disrupts the pristine surfaces of “The Mountain” — and that’s before Denis Lavant shows up to take its derangement into the stratosphere. The fifth and most austerely polished feature to date from American outlier Rick Alverson, this troubling fable about a shiftless young […]

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‘Doctor Sleep’ Finds Its Abra Stone In Kyliegh Curran

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. Stephen King The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep has tapped young actress Kyliegh Curran in the role of Abra Stone, a girl who has the gift of ‘The Shining’ and in King canon she’s the granddaughter of Jack Torrance (who Jack Nicholson played in the classic Stanley Kubrick film). Mike Flanagan co-wrote and directs Doctor Sleep. Ewan McGregor stars as the grown up Danny Torrance, and the film also has Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe and Zarn McClarnon in key…

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CBS Taps Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Philip Wiser As CTO

CBS has named Philip Wiser chief technology officer, overseeing the media company’s technology platforms and divisional technology initiatives. Wiser brings experience as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technologist who holds 13 patents for his pioneering work in online digital music and video streaming technology. As chief technology officer at Hearst for the last six years, Wiser worked with cable networks such as ESPN and A&E, more than 30 broadcast television…

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California Man Charged With Violent Threats Against Boston Globe Over Coordinated Free Press Editorials

A 68-year-old California man was charged with making multiple violent threats against employees of the Boston Globe as it coordinated calls for hundreds of newspapers to write editorials supporting the free press. The man, Robert Chain of Encino, was charged with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce. Federal prosecutors said that he will […]

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‘Battlefield V’ Launch Delayed Until November

“Battlefield V” has a new launch date. The first-person shooter is being delayed by one month, and will now come out on Nov. 20, developer DICE announced on Thursday. DICE wants to make some “meaningful improvements” to the core gameplay experience, general manager Oskar Gabrielson said in a statement on the “Battlefield V” website. These […]

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10 Facts About ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ Film as the Book Turns 20

It’s been nearly 20 years since J.K. Rowling’s magical novel “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” hit U.S. bookshelves on Sept. 1, 1998, and since then, Rowling’s story of the boy who lived has inspired a film franchise, touring exhibits, concerts, and amusement parks. But the first reimagining of the Wizarding World came in the […]

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‘Star Trek’ To Receive Governors Award from Television Academy

“Star Trek” is going to live long and prosper. The classic television franchise will receive the 2018 Governors Award from the Television Academy, in recognition of its storied legacy in advancing science, society and culture.​ The Governors Award, which debuted in 1978, honors an individual or organizational achievement in the television arts and sciences that […]

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‘The Front Runner’ Trailer Finds Hugh Jackman Caught in a Political Sex Scandal

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming film The Front Runner. Co-written and directed by Jason Reitman (Juno), the political drama is a chronicle of the true story of Gary Hart, a politician who was the front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination until he dropped out over allegations of an extramarital affair. Hugh Jackman fills the role of Hart here, and while Reitman has deftly traversed various genres over the course of this career, this very much looks to be in the vein of Up in the Air—a film that’s somewhat funny …

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The 6 Best Things to Do at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Orlando

Every Harry Potter superfan wants to go to Hogwarts. To get an owl. To be chosen by a wand. To sit under the sorting hat. Author J.K. Rowling’s book series is a genuinely iconic work of literature, and Warner Bros.’ feature film adaptations brought the world of Harry Potter to life in vivid fashion. But of course none of it’s real. You can’t go to Hogwarts. You’ll never get lost in the Forbidden Forest. And you’ll never fly on a broom. But with the arrival of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal …

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Exclusive: David Fincher’s ‘Mindhunter’ Casts Same Charles Manson Actor as Quentin Tarantino

Two days ago, TheWrap broke the news that Quentin Tarantino had cast Australian actor Damon Herriman as Charles Manson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but sources say he wasn't the first auteur to have that idea, as Collider has exclusively learned that David Fincher already cast Herriman as Manson in the upcoming second season of Netflix's Mindhunter. A representative for Netflix declined to comment. Sources say that while Herriman will appear as a 1969-era Manson in the Tarantino film, his appearance in Mindhunter will be in the '80s, when Manson was already behind bars. That …

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‘Star Trek’ Beams Up TV Academy’s 2018 Governors Award

“Bridge to engineering — what’s that, Scotty?” “Ach, it’s the Governors Award, Captain — comin’ right at us!” “Mister Spock?!” “It seems that Star Trek has been selected to receive that honor from the TV Academy next month, Captain.” The award to Star Trek recognizes “the visionary science-fiction television franchise and its legacy of boldly propelling science, society and culture where no one has gone before,” as the Academy put it. The honor will be beamed up September…

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‘The Front Runner’ Trailer: Hugh Jackman & Jason Reitman Get To Heart Of Gary Hart

Fresh off setting its world premiere slot at the Tellruide Film Festival this weekend that will launch it into awards season comes the official trailer for The Front Runner, the Hugh Jackman and Jason Reitman team-up about Colorado Sen Gary Hart’s 1988 Presidential run. Jackman plays Hart, the presumed Democratic nominee until he was forced to resign when his extramarital affair was exposed. Sony has set up the pic to open in limited release November 7, expand the next…

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‘God Friended Me’ To Hit Social Media And Digital Platforms Ahead Of Broadcast Premiere

In the spirit of its social media spin, the CBS drama God Friended Me will have a special premiere across multiple platforms including Twitter, Facebook Premieres, Instagram’s IGTV, CBS All Access, and CBS.com beginning Aug. 31 ahead of its Sept. 30 premiere. The new series will also be available on the CBS app as well as multiple EST platforms including iTunes, Vudu, Google and Sony starting Aug. 31 at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT. “This is a show that deserves advance…

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‘Operation Finale’ Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend Early With $1M Wednesday

MGM’s Mossad spy thriller Operation Finale opened yesterday to $1M at 1,818 locations, a solid start for a political thriller aimed at adults and in sync with similar titles that have played the last weekend of summer. Yesterday’s results are ahead of the opening day of the 2011 Labor Day weekend political thriller, Focus Features’ The Debt ($970K which went on to a $8.2M 3-day, $12.8M 4-day) and ahead of Oscar-winner The Constant Gardener ($929K opening day, $8.6M 3-day…

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Busy AGBO Sets India Kidnap Drama ‘Dhaka’ At Netflix: Chris Hemsworth Stars & Sam Hargrave Helms Joe Russo Script

EXCLUSIVE: For a couple of guys whose summer entry Avengers: Infinity War became only the fourth ever to top $2 billion in worldwide ticket sales, and — at least until their sequel next summer — wiped out a good portion of the signature characters of the Marvel universe, Joe and Anthony Russo have been extreme multi-taskers, moving in overdrive to get their AGBO studio up and running. They’ve just firmed with Netflix plans for an India and Thailand shoot for Dhaka, a…

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Stand Up To Cancer Sets Live Digital Pre-Show With Max Greenfield, Tyler Posey, Brenda Song & More

Stand Up To Cancer will kick off its biennial fundraising special with its first live digital pre-show on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and iHeartMedia's social platforms. Co-hosted by Max Greenfield, Tyler Posey and Brenda Song, #Up2Us: Stand Up To Cancer | The Digital Live Show will begin at 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT on Friday, September 7, leading into the 2018 televised roadblock special, which airs live from 8-9 PM ET/PT / 7 PM CT across the Big Four networks and more than 60…

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Alfonso Cuaron, David Linde Assure That Netflix Will Release ‘Roma’ in Global Theaters

Five years after opening Venice with 3D space thriller “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron was back on the Lido Thursday with “Roma,” his much more personal film shot in black and white and based on growing up in Mexico City in the 1960s and ’70s. The director and producer David Linde, CEO of film’s backing shingle Participant […]

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MoviePass Board Member Resigns, Claiming Financial Information Was Withheld

Carl J. Schramm has resigned from the board of MoviePass’s parent company, claiming the struggling ticketing service did not provide important information about key business decisions. In a letter dated Aug. 25, 2018, Schramm writes that over the past several months, he was unable to obtain important details about the financial status, operations, and strategy […]

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Songs for Screens: Watch Elton John and Boogie Host a Rap Battle in New Snickers Ad

Songs For Screens is a Variety column sponsored by music experiential agency MAC Presents, based in NYC. It is written by Andrew Hampp, founder of music marketing consultancy 1803 LLC and former correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs that we […]

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Trump Accuses NBC’s Lester Holt of ‘Fudging’ Russia Interview Tape

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claimed that NBC News anchor Lester Holt got caught “fudging my tape on Russia,” an apparent reference to an interview he gave in May 2017, in which he said that his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey was linked to the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 […]

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ITV Chief Executive Carolyn McCall To Give Keynote Address At Mipcom

ITV Chief Executive Carolyn McCall is set to give a keynote address at Mipcom in October. The boss of the British commercial broadcaster will speak as part of the Cannes event's Media Mastermind line-up and will address delegates on Monday October 15 at 11:30am. The former Easyjet boss will outline ITV's new 'More than TV' strategy and explain how the company is looking to grow UK and international productions. In her first appearance at Mipcom, she will also explain how…

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Alfonso Cuaron On ‘Roma’, Netflix & “Reality” Of Distribution – Venice

Alfonso Cuaron returned to the Lido today with Roma, a highly personal black-and-white drama that’s based on recollections from his childhood. The Mexican epic largely centers on Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), an indigenous maid working for a middle class family in the 1970s. She, Cuaron said, “started from my memory” as he looked at growing up from a different point of view. Another difference this time around for the Oscar winning Gravity director is the distribution model. Ne…

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EA Establishing Fund, Livestream For Jacksonville Shooting Victims

“Madden NFL” publisher Electronic Arts is making a $1 million contribution to support the victims of the Jacksonville shooting, and it’s starting a fund so others can donate as well, the company announced Wednesday evening. The shooting occurred on Sunday during a Madden Classic qualifier event at the GLHF Bar in the Jacksonville Landing complex. […]

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Indonesia Ready to go Crazy for ‘Wiro Sableng’

Indonesian cinema is poised for a major shot in the arm on Friday when local fantasy action film “Wiro Sableng” takes over close to a third of the country’s movie screens. If the heaving crowds at Monday night’s premiere are any indicator, the film has strong prospects. That is important as “Wiro Sableng” (aka “Crazy […]

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FandangoNOW Offering VOD Binge Bundles (EXCLUSIVE)

A decade or so ago, families used to make a Blockbuster run to pick up several of the latest movies to watch over the course of a weekend. The video store chain is now a distant memory and with its extinction, a way of renting movies has largely disappeared. That may be changing. FandangoNOW, an […]

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Yahoo Sports to Kick Off Martellus Bennett-Hosted Live NFL Show This Season

Former NFL tight end Martellus Bennett will start in a new position next week with Yahoo Sports as host of live internet talk show “Mostly Football.” Martellus, who won a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots, will bring his knowledge of the game and his own creative touch to the hour-long show about […]

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Songs of Hope to Honor Composer Stephen Schwartz

The cancer research and treatment center City of Hope today announced that composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, whose credits include the musicals “Godspell,” “Pippin,” and “Wicked,” will receive the Warner/Chappell Music “Icon of Hope” Award at the 14th annual Songs of Hope event presented by Spotify to be held on Sept. 13. Warner/Chappell’s Chief Operating Officer Carianne Marshall and […]

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Stand Up to Cancer Sets Live Pre-Show to Air Across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (EXCLUSIVE)

Stand Up to Cancer is expanding its biennial TV fundraising special with a live pre-show that will air Sept. 7 in a roadblock across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and iHeartMedia’s social platforms. Max Greenfield, “Teen Wolf” alum Tyler Posey, and actress Brenda Song will co-host the hourlong program, “It’s #Up2Us: Stand Up To Cancer | Digital […]

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‘First Man,’ ‘Front Runner’ and ‘Roma’ Among 2018 Telluride Film Festival Selections

The 45th annual Telluride Film Festival will play host to the world premieres of new films from Joel Edgerton (“Boy Erased”), David Lowery (“The Old Man & the Gun”), Jason Reitman (“The Front Runner”) and Ed Zwick (“Trial by Fire”), programmers announced Thursday. Also scheduled are new titles from Oscar-winning filmmakers Damien Chazelle, Alfonso Cuarón […]

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TV Review: ‘The Purge’ on USA

The “Purge” movies — of which there have been four so far — make for an appealing morality play. They depict an America in which all criminal impulses are expiated during twelve hours during which all crime is legal, a state of affairs whose illogic is practically the point. It’s not meant to be believable, […]

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Freedom Bridges Gap Between ‘Metro Exodus’’ Linear, Open World Missions

Earlier this year at E3, 4A Games revealed that “Metro Exodus’” script was going to be more than twice the size of “Metro 2033,” “Last Light,” and all other DLC packs combined. Its maps were going to have far more room to explore with some being bigger than two square kilometers, a departure from the […]

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Venice Film Festival Set to Sign Gender-Parity Protocol (EXCLUSIVE)

The Venice Film Festival’s parent organization, the Venice Biennale, is set to sign the same protocol on gender parity that the Cannes, Locarno and Sarajevo festivals have recently agreed to. Initiated at Cannes by French organization 5050×2020, the protocol involves pledges to practices that Venice officials say are already in place at their event: issuing […]

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Why Alec Baldwin Has Walked Away From The Joker Movie

It was just a couple days ago that we learned from reports that Alec Baldwin was signing up to play Thomas Wayne in Todd Phillips' upcoming Joker movie... but now that news has gone ahead and reversed itself.



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Top Gun 2 Has Been Delayed

In the last few month it's seemed like Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the beloved 1986 original, has been right on track... but there's been an issue.



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‘Carmine Street Guitars’: Naked City’s Bill Frisell Talks Fender Mustangs In Trailer For Ron Mann-Directed Doc

Bill Frisell, a member of John Zorn's Naked City and the man who provided the music for the TV version of Gary Larson's The Far Side, talks Fender Mustang guitars and The Astronauts in this exclusive clip of doc Carmine Street Guitars, which premieres next week in Venice. The doc, which has its world premiere in Venice on 3 September before airing in Toronto and New York, was instigated by filmmaker and guitarist Jim Jarmusch and tells the story of the fabled Greenwich…

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Jackman, McConaughey, Redford, Kidman, McCarthy Movies Set For World Premieres In Rockies – Telluride Film Festival

It will be a star-studded Telluride Film Festival this year as awards hopefuls starring Robert Redford, Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, and Ryan Gosling are going to make the trek to the Colorado Rockies for the 45th edition of the Labor Day weekend fest that has increasingly become a major stop and Oscar season launch pad. Holding their hand close to the vest  until this morning , Telluride announced an…

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Donald Trump Rips TV News Chiefs, Accuses Lester Holt Of “Fudging” 2017 Interview

President Donald Trump set aside his complaints about tech companies and foreign leaders, at least for the moment, to return to his comfort zone of blasting the TV news business. In three morning tweets (which followed a re-tweet of a Breitbart News post explaining Kanye West’s loyalty to Trump, the president said the “hatred and extreme bias of me by @CNN has clouded their thinking and made them unable to function.” The tweets cast a wide net, including “fake books&#8221…

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Producer Frank Doelger To Adapt Frank Schaetzing’s Eco-Thriller ‘The Swarm’ Into TV Drama

Game of Thrones exec producer Frank Doelger is adapting environmental sci-fi thriller novel The Swarm into an English-language TV drama. The project is the first drama to emerge from Doelger's nascent Intaglio Films. The series is being adapted into an eight-part big-budget series for German broadcaster ZDF. Uma Thurman had previously been attached to adapt the book into a feature film with The Silence of the Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally. The Swarm, based on Frank Schaetzi…

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Banijay Rights Acquires First Spanish Drama ‘Hierro’ for International Distribution

Banijay Rights has taken international distribution rights to Movistar+ original Spanish crime drama “Hierro,” the company announced Thursday. The eight-part series marks the first Spanish-language drama acquired by Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group. Currently in production in the Canary Islands, “Hierro” is a Spanish-French-German co-production, produced by Portocabo, Atlantique Productions and ARTE […]

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AMC’s ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Sets World Premiere at London Film Festival; Full Lineup Unveiled

The world premiere of Chan-wook Park’s first television series, “The Little Drummer Girl,” will take place at the BFI London Film Festival, alongside U.K. premieres for the latest films from acclaimed filmmakers Luca Guadagnino, Alfonso Cuaron and the Coen brothers. The festival will also feature an increased representation of female filmmakers, with three of its […]

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Netflix To Launch Chinese Drama ‘The Rise Of The Phoenixes’ On September 14

Netflix is getting further into business in the Middle Kingdom – premiering Chinese drama The Rise of the Phoenixes. The SVOD service will premiere the series, which is loosely based on Tianxia Guiyuan's Huang Quan novel, on September 14 around the world. The Mandarin series stars Chen Kun and Ni Ni and is directed by Shen Yan and Liu Haibo (Chinese Style Relationship) and art directed by William Chang (The Grandmaster). The Rise of Phoenixes is a 70-episode series…

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London Film Festival Full Line-Up: Bros Doc ‘After The Screaming Stops’, Simon Amstell’s ‘Benjamin’ & ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Score World Premieres

Bros documentary After The Screaming Stops and Simon Amstell's Benjamin are among the 21 world premieres at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. The festival has announced its full line-up for the festival, which runs 10 – 21 October, including nine international premieres and 29 European premieres. There will be onstage Q&As with talent including Alfonso Cuaron, Keira Knightley, Lee Chang-dong and Sir David Hare. In addition to the already announced opener and closer…

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Oscars: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s ‘Never Look Away’ Set As Germany’s Foreign-Language Entry

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's psychological thriller Never Look Away has been chosen as Germany's official entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The film, which has its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, was recently picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for the U.S. Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of art student Kurt Barnert, played by Tom Schilling, who falls in love with his fellow student Ellie Seeband, played by…

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Australia Celebrates 25 Years of Indigenous Screen Culture

Guests from Canada’s ImagineNATIVE festival and the U.S.’s Sundance Institute were on hand Thursday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department. A ceremony was held in Redfern, a suburb of Sydney that is the setting for “Redfern Now,” one of the program’s most enduring small screen triumphs. The unit (originally set up […]

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Film Review: ‘Kin’

A radical expansion of their well-received 2014 short “Bag Man,” siblings Jonathan and Josh Baker’s debut feature “Kin” returns to the earlier film’s gritty, somewhat downbeat juvenile character study, while expanding the fantasy action it deployed as a surprise ending. The results are, in artistic terms, a modest success. In commercial terms, it’s a dicier […]

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Oscars: Germany Selects ‘Never Look Away’ as Foreign Language Entry

Germany has selected Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Venice-premiere title “Never Look Away” as its entry for best foreign language film at this year’s 91st Academy Awards. German Films, the local body for the promotion of German cinema worldwide, announced the choice Thursday. It is the second time the director has had a film chosen as […]

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Banijay Rights Moves Into Spanish Drama With Canary Islands Crime Drama ‘Hierro’

Spanish drama is going through a renaissance in recent years, helped by a multi-million dollar drive by pay-TV operator Movistar+. Banijay Rights is now getting in on the action, picking up the rights to crime thriller Hierro. The distributor will sell the eight-part drama internationally, marking the company's first Spanish-language drama acquisition. It takes all rights outside of Spain, France and Latin America. The series is produced by Portocabo and Atlantique…

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Baobab Studios to Release 2D-Animated Version of VR Short ‘Crow: The Legend’ (EXCLUSIVE)

VR content creator Baobab Studios has created a 2D-animated version of its VR short “Crow: The Legend,” which has been playing as a VR experience at various festivals around the world this year. It’s currently playing at the Venice Film Festival. The project is inspired by a Native American tale about the origin of the […]

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Film Review: ‘Sibel’

Three years ago, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s handsomely made yet exoticizing “Mustang” reinforced a Western idea of rural Turkish life and was received with general acclaim away from home, proving that a filmmaker’s local origins don’t exclude an internalized brand of orientalism. That’s even truer with “Sibel,” Çagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s third feature, the first […]

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Release Date Delayed a Year

You’re gonna have to wait a bit longer to kick the tires and light the fires. Paramount Pictures has pushed the Top Gun 2 release date back by a full year, opting to release the sequel on June 26, 2020 instead of its originally planned July 12, 2019 bow. Pre-shoots took place this past May, before Tom Cruise went off to conduct Mission: Impossible – Fallout press duties. Principal photography is now about to get underway as casting has heated up, but hitting that July 2019 release date would have been a bit difficult given the technical nature of …

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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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‘A Quiet Place 2’ Release Date Set for 2020

It’s official: The A Quiet Place sequel is happening. Paramount Pictures announced today a Quiet Place 2 release date for May 15, 2020, which firmly puts the horror follow-up on the studio’s calendar, making it a priority. The first film was an original story scripted by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, and when John Krasinski was offered the film as a starring vehicle, he pitched a few changes to the screenplay and his intention to direct. Paramount sparked to the idea, Krasinski starred alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt, and the film was a massive success …

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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Showrunner Jack Bender on Season 2 and Earning the Approval of Stephen King

From the mind of Stephen King, Season 2 of the AT&T Audience Network (available on DirecTV) drama series Mr. Mercedes picks up a year after the attempt Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) made to commit a second mass murder in the community of Bridgton, Ohio, landing him in a vegetative state in the hospital. Retired Detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) has done his best to move on from his obsession with the psychopath, by trying to keep himself busy with work, but when unexplainable occurrences begin to happen among the hospital staff, Hodges begins to wonder if there’s …

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Alec Baldwin Exits ‘Joker’

Two days ago, Alec Baldwin was poised to be joining Warner Bros.’ highly curious Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix. Now that’s no longer the case. At the time, it was widely reported that Baldwin had signed on to play the role of Thomas Wayne, a part that was previously offered to Viggo Mortensen, who declined. Additionally, THR cited sources who revealed that this version of Thomas Wayne would be a “cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump.” Suddenly the casting of Baldwin made more sense, as Baldwin famously portrays the U.…

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‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’s Alex Borstein Goes Commando As She Urges Women To “Step Out Of Line” – Emmy Awards

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Alex Borstein caused a stir last year when she revealed she picked up her Emmy for best supporting actress in a ...