Sunday, September 30, 2018

John Oliver Pounds ‘Unhinged” Brett Kavanaugh And Senators Standing By Him

John Oliver devoted almost all of this week’s Last Week Tonight to Thursday’s norm-shattering Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to determine the next associate justice on the Supreme Court. A “composed” Christine Blasey Ford came to testify she had been sexually assaulted in high school by top-court wannabe Brett Kavanaugh. An “unhinged partisan” Kavanaugh, did not behave like a man who hopes one day to have the honor of serving on the Supreme Court, but instead like…

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Bruce Springsteen Sits In for Surprise Set With Social D at Asbury Park Fest (Watch)

Attendees of Asbury Park’s inaugural Sea. Hear. Now. Festival were treated to a surprise guest during Social Distortion’s set Sunday night (Sept. 30) — none other than local legend Bruce Springsteen. Social D singer Mike Ness set the mood by introducing that a guest would join the group to “sing a song or two.” “Do […]

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California Toughens Sexual Harassment Laws, Launches Gender Parity Push for Corporate Boards

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sundayfour bills designed to toughen the state’s enforcement of sexual harassment laws and make it easier for victims to pursue civil claims. The Golden State also enacted a law mandating that public companies based in California have at least one female board member by the end of next […]

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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Finale: A Hopeful End To A Rough Season

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about the season 4 finale of Fear the Walking Dead. After a season of flashbacks, flashforwards, flashbacks within flashbacks, flashforwards within flashforwards and more time jumps than a DeLorean could handle, the season 4 finale of Fear the Walking Dead ended on a hopeful note that maybe — just maybe — this Walking Dead spinoff can get back on track after a season of struggle. When we begin the season ender titled “…I Lose…

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WGA West Responds To Gov. Jerry Brown Signing “Landmark” Net Neutrality Law

Shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the country’s strongest law that restores Obama-era open-internet rules in the state of California, the Writers Guild of America West praised his decision. “We applaud Governor Brown and the California Legislature for once again proving that if our federal government fails to protect its citizens, California will step in and lead the way,” said the WGA West in a statement given to Deadline. “Once enacted, this landmark net neutrality

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Talent Agencies Required To Address Sexual Harassment Under New California Law

With the current landscape of sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault in the film and television industry, it was only a matter of time before a bill would be introduced to combat this. Enter AB 2338, a new law that would require a talent agency to provide educational materials on sexual harassment prevention, retaliation, and reporting resources to their clients. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2338 Sunday. The new legislation also requires agencies to provide…

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As California’s Net Neutrality Bill Becomes Law, Justice Department Sues to Block It

WASHINGTON — California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the the country’s strongest net neutrality bill protections, a move that will be met by a legal challenge from the Trump administration. The Justice Department announced on Sunday that it filed a lawsuit against the law, arguing that only the federal government can dictate such a […]

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China Box Office: Celina Jade’s ‘Mrs Money’ Wins Pre-Holiday Weekend

On a pre-holiday weekend, in which new releases unusually came to market on Sunday instead of the normal Friday, “Hello Mrs Money” topped the Chinese box office. Zhang Yimou’s “Shadow” took second spot. Their single day of release gave “Mrs Money” $16.8 million, and “Shadow” $10.4 million, according to data from Ent Group. They were […]

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Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Nation’s Strongest Net-Neutrality Law

Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a measure that restores Obama-era open-internet rules in California, a move that represents a direct rebuke of the Trump Administration’s rollback of these regulations. The California legislature approved a bill that is regarded as the strongest net-neutrality provisions in the nation. The legislation forbids internet providers from blocking legal websites, intentionally slowing down internet traffic or demanding fees for faster service. The…

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Matthew Weiner Addresses Sexual Harassment Claims, Says “I Really Don’t Remember Saying That”

After former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon accused series creator Matthew Weiner of sexual harassment, he has denied the claims numerous times. The allegations came to light again in a recent interview with Vanity Fair and Weiner, once again, had to stand his ground. In a report from The Information in November 2017, Gordon alleges that Weiner told her that she owed it to him to let him see her naked. Gordon told the website her confidence was shaken by the incident and she…

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Casey Affleck and David Lowery on ‘The Old Man & the Gun’ and Future Projects



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Kanye West Clarifies “Abolish The 13th Amendment” Tweet; Celebs And Media React

Kanye West continues to be Kanye West. After making a pro-Trump speech during Saturday Night Live, the MAGA cap-wearing rapper sent a “message of love” suggesting that we “abolish the 13th amendment.” If he was looking for more attention, he certainly got it. In his initial tweet, West said that his hat “represents good and America becoming whole again.” He added, “We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will…

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

Just in time for Sunday brunch, Donald Trump fired off a couple of tweets after praising Kanye West for spreading his MAGA rhetoric on Saturday Night Live. He took the opportunity to pat himself on the back for lowering the unemployment rate for the black community and then dragging Democrats for doing nothing but “talk.” He tweeted: “So if African-American unemployment is now at the lowest number in history, median income the highest, and you then add all of the other…

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Season Opener: The Skits People Are Talking About

Saturday Night Live began its 44th season with a lengthy cold open featuring Matt Damon as embattled, embittered Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and let fly from there. Hosted by Star Wars baddie Adam Driver and featuring polarizing performances by Kanye West — including a show-ending pro-Donald Trump sermon that drew some boos from the Studio 8H crowd but a rave from POTUS — the episode had plenty of talked-about moments. Check out a few below. Teenagers and those…

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Concert Review: Norah Jones Rocks Out Amid Jazz Comeback in L.A.

Thank heaven Norah Jones ditched jazz… and thank the stars she came back. Not that she ever entirely went away, or probably cares about our genre distinctions much anyway, but her sold-out show at L.A.’s Theatre at Ace Hotel this week felt like a sort of homecoming, making good live on what she’d delivered on […]

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‘Kidding’ Creator Dave Holstein on Landing Jim Carrey and the Dark Comedy’s Incredible Cast

From creator Dave Holstein (Weeds, Raising Hope) and director/executive producer Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the Showtime series Kidding follows Jeff (Jim Carrey, in a brilliant performance that’s his first series regular role in more than two decades), who’s also known as Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television. Although Mr. Pickles is supposed to be a beacon of kindness and wisdom for America’s youth, Jeff is finding it increasingly difficult to deal with his imploding personal life while his grief over a family tragedy causes a slow meltdown of his own …

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‘The Nun’ Continues Heavenly Streak at Foreign Box Office With $16 Million

“The Nun” is in the habit of dominating the international box office. If estimates hold, the Warner Bros.’ thriller will notch the No. 1 spot overseas for the fourth weekend in a row. It generated another $16.2 million in 80 markets this weekend, bringing its internationally tally to $221 million. With $330 million globally, “The […]

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Watch: Matt Damon Popped Up on ‘Saturday Night Live’ to Play Brett Kavanaugh

For those who didn't turn on the TV, look at a computer, or exist on this astral plane for the past week, the world is in a bit of an uproar right now over the impending confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. It's a controversial, soul-draining story for everyone...except the writing staff of Saturday Night Live, who must be counting every blessing available to be returning to TV during a time so depressingly rich in material. NBC's long-running sketch comedy series returned for its 44th season this weekend—with Adam Driver hosting, …

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Concert Review: Crowd Panic Mars Global Citizen Festival in New York

Saturday’s 7th Annual Global Citizen Festival in Central Park nearly turned into a catastrophe when attendees, thinking that gunshots were fired at 7:35 p.m., stampeded away from the stage. It was actually a security barrier that toppled over, creating a sound that reverberated and scared many in the crowd. Global Citizen reported seven injuries. New […]

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‘The Nun’ Now The Most Almighty ‘Conjuring’ Title Ever With $330M Worldwide – Box Office

New Line’s The Nun officially became the highest-grossing title in The Conjuring universe this weekend with a running global total of $330M, besting the $320M worldwide haul of The Conjuring 2 which previously owned that record. With a net production cost of $22M, The Nun is bound for at least a $100M-plus profit after all ancillaries when you consider that The Conjuring 2 minted close to that figure off a production cost that was close to double that plus $100M P&A…

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Night School’ Graduates With $28 Million

Class is in session, my friends. Night School opened with full marks this weekend, earning $28 million from 3,010 locations. Director Malcolm D. Lee's comedy—which stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish—topped the opening of Jon M. Chu's Crazy Rich Asians, which you may remember went on to absolutely dominate the box office for several weeks on its way to $200 million globally. Night School reteams Lee with producer Will Packer and Universal, the minds behind the surprise hit—and Haddish's breakout role—Girls Trip. Night School isn't earning nearly the amount of critical …

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Donald Trump Trashes ‘SNL’ As “Just A Political Ad For The Dems”, Praises Kanye West

President Donald Trump says he didn’t watch last night’s season premiere of Saturday Night Live but felt the need to weigh about it on Twitter anyway. POTUS trashed the late-night NBC staple — “even though I past hosted it” — as being “no longer funny, no talent or charm. It’s just a political ad for the Dems.” But he did praise musical guest Kanye West’s pro-Trump, MAGA hat-wearing sermon that wrapped the episode. To wit: Like many, I don't watch Saturday Night Live…

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‘This Is Us’ & ‘Lethal Weapon’ Lead Premiere Tuesday Live+3 Ratings Gains

After the delayed viewing fireworks for the Monday series where two shows, NBC’s Manifest and ABC’s The Good Doctor, added more than 5 million viewers to their premiere tallies in three days of playback, we have a more run-of-the-mill Live+3 results for Premiere Tuesday. The Season 2 premiere of NBC’s This Is Us led the pack with the largest absolute L+3 lifts: +1.28 rating points in 18-49 (3.0 to 4.3) and +4.0 million viewers overall (10.6 million to 14.6 million). The…

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Kellyanne Conway On CNN: “I’m A Victim Of Sexual Assault”

Kellyanne Conway went on CNN’s State of the Union this morning to defend the nomination and confirmation-hearing performance of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh but ended up making a headline of her own. The counselor to President Donald Trump revealed to Jake Tapper on his Beltway show that she is a survivor of sexual assault. “I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape. That” — Conway paused, cleared her throat and continued…

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‘Free Solo’ Documentary Climbs Indie Box Office With Best Screen Average of 2018

“Free Solo,” National Geographic’s exhilarating adventure documentary about the first free solo rock climb of Yosemite’s El Capitan, notched the best screen average of the year to date. It picked up $300,804 when it debuted this weekend on four screens, translating to $75,201 per location. That distinction previously belonged to Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade.” The […]

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‘Free Solo’ Ascends To 2018’s Best Per-Theater Average; Redford’s ‘Old Man & The Gun’ Solid – Specialty Box Office

Telluride/Toronto documentary Free Solo ascended to some of the best opening box office stats of the year and even scaled new peaks in the nonfiction realm. Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the National Geographic Film/Greenwich Entertainment release grossed a massive $300,804 in just four theaters, averaging $75,201, the best opening-weekend PTA of 2018, climbing over previous title holder, Eighth Grade. The bow for the film about Alex Honnold's…

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Ethan Hawke on ‘Blaze’, ‘First Reformed’s Ambiguous Ending and Those ‘Logan’ Quotes

Ethan Hawke is having quite a year. The Oscar-nominated actor kicked things off with a buzzy performance in Paul Schraeder’s thriller First Reformed, which is on track to pick up some serious attention as awards season draws near, he earned more critical acclaim as a famous rock star in the romantic comedy Juliet, Naked, and now, his directorial feature Blaze is in theaters across the nation Hawke’s third directorial feaure is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, a songwriting legend in devoted country music circles whose life was cut tragically short after a violent confrontation in …

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MAGA Hat-Sporting Kanye West Booed For Pro-Trump Remarks On ‘SNL’

Kanye West performed three times on the season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, but his clothes appeared to upstage his songs — at least until the end. The rapper, who has been outspoken about his support fort President Donald Trump, first appeared as a Perrier bottle but later hit the stage with MAGA hat. During his show-ending performance of “Ghost Town,” West delivered a sort of stump speech that reiterated his backing of POTUS 45 and that he plans to run for…

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Otis Rush, Chicago Blues Guitarist, Dies at 84

Otis Rush, a legendary Chicago blues guitarist whose work influenced the likes of Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton, has died. He was 84. Rush’s manager Rick Bates confirmed his death to the Associated Press. He said it was as a result of complications from a 2003 stroke. Rush, who began playing guitar when he moved […]

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Premiere Ratings Up From 2017 With Host Adam Driver

Saturday Night Live‘s 44th season premiere, hosted by Adam Driver with musical guest Kanye West, drew a 4.8 rLive+Same Day household rating in the  markets metered and a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating in the 25 markets with local people meters. The show, which featured Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh, was up from last fall’s opener hosted by Ryan Gosling with musical guest Jay-Z and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump (4.5, 2.1) by 7% in households and 10% in the demo. Last night’s…

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Kathy Griffin Self-Financing New Comedy Special to Be Shot in Santa Monica

Kathy Griffin is back in America, and this time she’s creating her own comedy special. “It’s a different kind of show than I’ve ever done,” she told Variety at Saturday’s LA Equality Awards in Downtown Los Angeles. “I’m still scary to all of the 60 year-old, white, male dinosaurs that are afraid to put me […]

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Blondie Is Heading to Cuba and Wants You to Come Along

One of America’s most iconic bands is paying a visit to Cuba this spring for a special music and art “cultural exchange.” Blondie unveiled details this week for Blondie in Havana, a historic, four-day event set for March 14 to March 18 in Havana. The trip will feature two concerts from the band, along with performances […]

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Laverne Cox Slams Jeff Sessions for ‘Rolling S— Back,’ Urges Young People to ‘Go and Vote!’

Laverne Cox, Rosario Dawson and Yara Shahidi have one thing to ask of young adults this election season: Go out and vote. “Elections have consequences. Transgender lives are on the line,” Laverne Cox said in a speech at the We Vote Next Summit, held at the TOMS Headquarters in Los Angeles on Saturday. “Go and […]

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Collider Kids: New Episodes of ‘Peppa Pig’ Coming to Nickelodeon This October

Here at Collider, we cover a lot of stuff, be it Star Wars, superheroes, or cinephile fare, and everything from movies and TV, to video games and web series. There’s something for everyone. But there’s so much stuff out there that sometimes our younger audience members get left out. So every once in a while, we’d like to shine a spotlight on some family-friendly content that parents and caregivers can confidently watch with the little ones. One example is the exclusive clip from DIRECTV's family-friendly holiday movie Legend of Hallowaiian we posted just this …

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Box Office: Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart’s ‘Night School’ Squashed ‘Smallfoot’ With $28 Million

Even an adorable Yeti was no match for the comedic team of Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart. Universal’s comedy “Night School” topped the domestic box office with $28 million from 3,010 locations. Fellow newcomer “Smallfoot,” Warner Bros.’ animated family film, came in close behind with $23 million when it launched in 4,100 venues. Though “Night […]

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Collider Kids Exclusive: Meet the Fire Goddess in Our Clip from ‘Legend of Hallowaiian’

October is right around the corner, bringing with it all sorts of Fall festivities that ultimately culminate in holidays like Day of the Dead and Halloween. But this holiday season will bring a different sort of mischievous adventure to the Big Island of Hawai'i in DIRECTV's Legend of Hallowaiian. We're pleased to bring you an early look at the new animated feature, courtesy of an exclusive clip. Featuring Vanessa Williams as the Fire Goddess, this clip sees the fiery island deity helping Kai and his friends defend their home against the evil demon Pineapple Head. Directed by …

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Film Review: ‘A Private War’

From Vietnam to the Iraq War, Hollywood has struggled to find the appropriate way to depict ongoing wars, typically taking years, if not decades, to put the proper perspective on modern political quagmires. In the case of such conflicts as the Arab Spring and the Syrian civil war — front and center in “A Private […]

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Kanye West Underwhelms on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Anyone seeking a great musical performance from Kanye West didn’t get it on “Saturday Night Live” tonight. Musically speaking, the three performances the show generously gave him varied between mediocre and flat-out bad. In the opening spot, West performed “I Love It” with Lil Pump, with the pair dressed as bottles of Perrier and Fiji […]

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‘SNL’: Matt Damon Opens Season & A Beer As Judge Brett Kavanaugh

A perfectly wigged and furiously shouting Matt Damon made for an appropriately sputtering and sobbing Brett Kavanaugh for Saturday Night Live‘s season premiere cold open tonight. (Watch a clip below). “I went to Yale!,” Damon said repeatedly as SNL re-created this week’s Senate hearings. “I worked my butt off to get here! I lifted weights! Every day with Tobin and PJ and Squee and Donkey Dong Doug and had a couple thousand beers along the way.” The sketch gave just about…

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Matt Damon Appears as Brett Kavanaugh in ‘Saturday Night Live’ Premiere (Watch)

“Saturday Night Live” returned for its 44th season Sept. 29 and wasted no time diving back into political sketches, with Matt Damon appearing as Brett Kavanaugh and Rachel Dratch returning as Senator Amy Klobuchar for a cold open sketch about his hearing. Mysteriously absent from the top of the hearing, as Alex Moffat’s Chuck Grassley […]

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‘Designated Survivor’ Seasons 1 & 2 Move From Hulu To Netflix Ahead Of Season 3 Release

After being resurrected from its cancellation at ABC, Designated Survivor has officially packed its briefcase and is moving seasons 1 and 2 to Netflix from its home at Hulu. The move comes after it was announced the political drama would get a third season at the streaming giant. The news is ahead of the release of season 3. Originally, Hulu had U.S. SVOD rights to the first two seasons of Designated Survivor, which was originally on ABC. With the new Netflix deal…

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John Legend Takes Global Citizen Stage To “Preach” About Senate’s Wrongful Treatment Of Sexual Abuse Accusers

Recent EGOT winner John Legend has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind. During his performance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park, Legend took the opportunity to call out the Senate in regards to this week’s events surrounding Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. Before performing his yet-to-be-released song “Preach”, Legend said, “In the song we talk about how frustrating it can be to look at your phone, read the news, see…

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Donald Trump Continues Kavanaugh Support In West Virginia, Says Democrats “Dont Care Who They Hurt To Get Power”

Donald Trump pulled out a lot of his MAGA greatest hits at his rally in Wheeling, W. Va., but while supporting Sen.  Patrick Morrisey and reminding everyone he won the election in 2016, he continued to stand by his choice for SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh amidst the hearings from the past two days. Walking on to the stage to John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, Trump checked all the boxes of his usual rally talking points. He talked about how the “economy is…

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‘Level 16′ Review: YA Dystopia Done Right, with a ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Twist | Fantastic Fest

Nobody Wants an Unclean Girl. After all, cleanliness is a virtue. And all the girls of the Vestalis Academy must adhere to the virtues if they ever hope to find a good home. Set in a grey and weathered industrial building out of place and time, the dystopian thriller Level 16 is a timely feature about feminine power that follows the teenage girls of the Academy through the years of their mysterious schooling, each year bringing them to a new level, where they’re dressed in matching drab gowns and taught with an iron fist to adhere to the virtues …

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition

Donald Trump didn’t have time to tweet much on Saturday as he is headed to Wheeling, W. Va. for one of his rallies, but he did manage to squeeze some tweets in before he took off. It seemed appropriate that Trump would address Brett Kavanaugh considering this week’s hearings where he and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett…

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Lindsay Lohan “Rescue” Attempt Of Refugee Children Backfires In Bizarre Instagram Video

In what started as Lindsay Lohan’s attempt at a philanthropic act to help a homeless Syrian refugee family turned into accusations of children trafficking and a scuffle with Lohan ending up on the ground crying. The Mean Girls actress documented all of this in a very strange Instagram Live video where she was insisting she help a Syrian family of four she spotted on the street. Throughout the video, she speaks to them in a combination of English and Arabic and offers them…

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: ‘Assassination Nation’ Star Hari Nef

On January 22, following a screening of Assassination Nation at the Sundance Film Festival, I tweeted, "Hari Nef really impressed me in this film." Well, it turns out, I wasn't the only one. Sam Levinson's femme-powered revenge movie left Park City with the biggest deal of the festival ($10 million to NEON), while Nef emerged as the film's breakout star. That has little to do with the fact that she's transgender, and everything to do with her talent, which is evident to anyone who sees Assassination Nation. The film follows four teenage girls whose small …

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Elon Musk To Step Down As Tesla Chairman After SEC Settlement

After three years, Tesla chief executive will bow out as chairman and pay a $20 million fine after a deal was struck with the Securities and Exchange Commision in regards to a securities fraud case. The deal comes just two days after the SEC filed a lawsuit against Musk for fraud and misleading investor investors about a buyout of the popular electric car company when he tweeted “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” In the new deal, Musk will…

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Elon Musk to Step Down as Tesla Chairman as Part of SEC Settlement

Elon Musk has agreed to step down as chairman of Tesla’s board for three years as part of an agreement with the SEC to resolve a securities fraud case. He will also pay a $20 million fine, the New York Times reported. Tesla and Musk became the subject of an SEC lawsuit for fraud and […]

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Tom Hardy on the Jekyll and Hyde Dynamic of ‘Venom’



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San Sebastian Festival:Isaki Lacuesta’s ‘Between Two Waters’ Wins Golden Shell

SAN SEBASTIAN — Isaki Lacuesta’s “Between Two Waters” won big at San Sebastian Saturday night, taking its top Golden Shell, the second time the Catalan director has won the award, after 2011’s “The Double Steps.” Otherwise the other big winner of the night was Benjamin Naishtat’s covert violence thriller “Rojo,” which took director, actor (Dario Grandinetti) and […]

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Pop Culture Review: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Gets a Trailer, WB Finds Its ‘Birds of Prey’, and More

Welcome to the first installment of The Pop Culture Review, in which Collider's weekend editor Vinnie Mancuso wakes up only slightly hungover on a Saturday to rate the week's biggest stories in film and television on a scale from 1 to 10. (1 is soul-crushingly bad, 10 is mind-blowingly incredible.) This week: Dark Phoenix explodes on to the scene, we get some Gambit "news" (lol), J.K. Rowling is de-fanging her own canon, and a lot more.     …

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Hollywood’s First Pay Equity Summit Addresses Underpaid Women Amidst Kavanaugh Hearings

The Brett Kavanaugh hearings hung like a dark cloud over Hollywood's first ever Pay Equity Summit, held today in Burbank. More than 300 attended. “The hearings were exhausting, emotional and sometimes I was so angry I wanted to throw things at the television,” said summit moderator Tema Staig, executive director of Women in Media. Even so, she said, "It was a week that saw that those who attempt to diminish women are dinosaurs, and we all know what happened to…

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Exclusive: J.A. Bayona on ‘Fallen Kingdom’ and Why the Blu-ray Doesn’t Have Any Deleted Scenes

With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom now available on Blu-ray, I recently got on the phone with director J.A. Bayona for an extended wide-ranging interview about the making of the film. Unlike our interview at the junket where we had just a few minutes to talk, this time I had almost an hour with him and we went into extreme detail about the making of the sequel. Since the interview was so long and covered so many subjects, I decided to break it up into two parts. If you’re curious how Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was made, …

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Harvey Weinstein On Hook For $45 Million Loan, Again

After months of legal purgatory, Harvey Weinstein is once again battling a multi-million dollar loan lawsuit. Put on hold due to the bankruptcy proceedings of The Weinstein Company, the $45 million loan by AI International Holdings, is now once again on the docket of the New York Supreme Court and the disgraced producer may have to put serious money on the table, according to court documents filed Friday (read here). AI International Holdings sued Weinstein last November…

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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Review: A Clever Crime Thriller with Heart | Fantastic Fest

Nearly ten years after filming his feature debut Cabin in the Woods (and about six years since it finally hit theaters), Drew Goddard makes his long awaited return to the director’s chair with Bad Times at the El Royale. The Lost and Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum hasn’t exactly been taking it easy in the years since, keeping busy as a producer on TV hits like Daredevil and The Good Place, and earning an Oscar nomination for his writing on The Martian, but fans who’ve waited to see the filmmaker step back behind the camera will find …

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‘Manifest’ & ‘The Good Doctor’ Lead Premiere Monday Live+3 Ratings Gains

Following an impressive Live+same day debut, NBC's new drama Manifest was even more impressive in its Live+3 delivery. After three days of playback, the missing plane series’ L+SD viewership increased by a whopping  +5.7 million viewers (from 10.4 million to 16.1 million, +55%). That was the second largest absolute gain for a broadcast series premiere ever, behind only ABC's How To Get Away with Murder (+5.9 million on 9/25/14). Manifest edged the L3 lifts of last fall’s…

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Stephen Colbert Selling Trump-Skewering Children’s Book To Benefit Hurricane Victims

Stephen Colbert, who hilariously mocked Donald Trump following his bizarre wrecked boat comments in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence on his Late Show, is now using Trump’s actual words to help storm victims. Quick refresher: During Trump’s tour of the Carolinas to assess damage from Hurricane Florence earlier this month, the President told one resident whose home was destroyed and who had a wrecked boat marooned in his yard, “At least you got a nice boat out of the…

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New L.A. Restaurants and Updated Favorites for Fall 2018: Maude, Tom Tom and More

Curtis Stone opened Maude in Beverly Hills with the idea of focusing on one ingredient per month. This year, he refreshed the concept by centering the tasting menu and beverage pairing around one of the world’s great wine regions. For October through December, that region is Piedmont, Italy — home to the Barolo and Barbaresco […]

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Samuel L. Jackson Reacts To Viral ‘Pulp Fiction’ Kavanaugh Hearing Video Mashup

Samuel L. Jackson has responded to a viral video mashup of his Pulp Fiction hitman character Jules Winnfield “grilling” Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The video is a mix of Winnfield’s (Jackson) iconic monologue at the beginning of Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 classic pic with footage of Kavanaugh’s testimony Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s earlier testimony that he sexually assaulted her when…

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‘Minecraft’ Meets ‘Diablo’ in Developer Mojang’s “Minecraft: Dungeons’

Mojang, creators of massive global hit “Minecraft,” are working on its first new major game in more than a decade: “Minecraft: Dungeons.” The game is a dungeon crawler a bit like Blizzard’s “Diablo” titles but starring the blocky creatures, characters, and creations of “Minecraft.” The game, due out on PC in 2019, will support up […]

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Next Major ‘Minecraft’ Update Populates Villages, Then Attacks Them

“Minecraft” launched nearly seven years ago, and with 144 million copies sold, still shows no sign of slowing down both in terms of sales and development. During this weekend’s Minecon Earth 2018 event, Mojang announced the coming of another major update to the game. The Village and Pillage update will populate the villages of the […]

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Film Review: ‘Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes’

Roger Ailes — presidential media consultant, creator and guru of Fox News, serial sexual harasser brought low by his ruthless appetites — may have been the most revolutionary image maker in the history of American politics. His legacy is there every time someone in the political arena or the media kaleidoscope tells a lie so […]

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Friday Box Office: ‘Night School’ Teaches the Competition a Lesson

It looks like Night School shot straight to the top of its class this weekend, taking in $9.5 million Friday night on its way to an estimated $26 million. Night School stars Kevin Hart as part of a group of adults forced to attend—you guessed it—night school to earn their GEDs, with sky-rocketing comedian Tiffany Haddish playing their teacher. Director Malcolm D. Lee reunited with both producer Will Packer and Universal for the project, the same trio behind 2017's surprise smash Girl's Trip. Probably unsurprising for a Hart-Haddish combo, the film garnered a …

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‘Last Man Standing’ Returns To Strong Ratings On Fox, ‘The Cool Kids’ Are Alright

Snapshot: New-ish series premiere: Fox' Last Man Standing (1.8 in 18-49 Live+Same Day rating, 8.0 million viewers), Fox’s Cool Kids (1.5, 6.8 million) Between the two revivals this fall — of a comedy with a liberal central character and tone, the Trump-bashing Murphy Brown, and a conservative one, Last Man Standing, it’s the latter that netted strong ratings in its return. The Season 7 premiere of Last Man Standing on a new network, Fox, drew a 1.8 in adults 18-49…

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‘The Favourite’: Female-Led Film Resonates During #MeToo and Times Up

Although “The Favourite” was in the works for long before the #MeToo and #TimesUp, it feels especially timely to have a film with three female leads right now. In the film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, set in 18th-century England, Olivia Colman plays Queen Anne, while cousins Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone fight for her attention […]

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‘Night School’ to Top Box Office Over ‘Smallfoot’

“Night School” is kicking off its box office run with top marks. The Universal film starring Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart is on its way to an estimated $26 million from 3,010 North American sites to land at No. 1, though the debut of Warner Bros.’ animated “Smallfoot” is close behind with $23 million from […]

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Yara Shahidi on ‘Smallfoot’ and Her Love of Podcasts



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TV Ratings: ‘Last Man Standing’ Surges in Fox Debut

“Last Man Standing” debuted on Fox Friday night, with the Tim Allen-led sitcom rocketing past its previous season numbers on ABC. The series averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 8 million viewers, airing at 8 p.m. By comparison, the Season 6 premiere on ABC drew a 1.1 and 6 million viewers, while that […]

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How a Family-Owned Winery Ended Up Getting Namechecked in Mariah Carey’s New Song

Mariah Carey may be known best for her five-octave voice, but the “Elusive Chanteuse” also knows her way around a clever lyric. Carey, who was a co-writer on 17 of her 18 Billboard #1 hits, namechecks a Napa winery in her latest single, and the inspiration may have been decades in the making. The owners […]

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Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane: 5 Defining Musical Moments

As far as rock’s elder statesmen goes, Marty Balin (pictured above, at left), who died Sept. 27 at age 76, was one of its rarest birds. While helping to create the freewheeling San Francisco psychedelic scene and sound that gave rise to his Jefferson Airplane, he possessed a richly fluid and romantic tenor unusual for rock’s […]

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This Week in Animation: ‘RWBY Vol. 6’ Premiere Arrives in Theaters This October

In This Week in Animation News, I’ll take a look at the previous week in the world of animation news in order to get you caught up on everything you might have missed. It’s your one-stop shop for news regarding cartoons, anime, and animated web series. We’re talking movies, TV shows, digital shorts, and everything in between! For the latest animation stories we’ve already covered on the site this week, take a look at the following links. Then, check out a selection of new stories below. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in …

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San Sebastián Film Review: ‘Angelo’

Markus Schleinzer is a filmmaker who knows how to wait for a payoff: Take the dry in-joke, for example, of waiting seven years to follow his 2011 debut “Michael” with a film called “Angelo.” His tartly brilliant second feature is awash with slow-building irony, though as with his first, there’s precious little mirth in its […]

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Steve Bannon And Bill Maher Discuss To A Draw On ‘Real Time’

Bill Maher tonight began the way he always does when introducing conservatives who come on Real Time. This time, though, that guest was Steve Bannon, the former advisor to President Donald Trump and the architect behind the campaign that got Trump elected. Despite those credentials helping Maher’s Public Enemy No. 1, the thank-you set the tone for a mostly cordial interview. Mahar said conservatives like Bannon appearing in hostile territory “said volumes why the…

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‘Blue Bloods’ Season 9 Debut Teases Details Of Amy Carlson’s Character Death

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details about tonight’s Blue Bloods Season 9 premiere on CBS. In a bloody season opener tonight bookended by murdered headless bodies, the return of Blue Bloods also cut deeper into what really happened in the abrupt death of Amy Carlson's character last year. “First your house burns upm and then a chopper goes down — that’s some pretty bad mojo you carry around," the Lou Diamond Phillips-portrayed ruthless Mexican mafia member Louis…

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Donald Trump Seems To Mock FBI’s New Brett Kavanaugh Probe – Hours After He Ordered It

We know how Donald Trump feels about flippers, but he apparently has no trouble being a flip-flopper. The president of the United States tonight deployed his usual method of talking to the world — via Twitter — to seemingly mock the newly launched FBI investigation into claims of sexual assault against his Supreme Court nominee. Yes — the probe he ordered Friday afternoon. Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He will someday be…

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‘Kinky Boots’ To End Broadway Run In The Spring After Five Years & Six Tonys

These boots were made for Broadway, and that’s just where they’ll be — until the spring. Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig said today that Kinky Boots, which won six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2013, will close on April 7. When the final curtain falls, it will have played 2,507 regular performances and 34 previews — good for the 25th-longest-running show in Main Stem history. "When we first set out to make this show, we never could have imagined the success it…

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Samantha Bee Calls Out “Super-Powerful White Dudes Who Yelled At Rape Survivors”

Samantha Bee doesn’t have a Full Frontal show to do tonight, but that didn’t stop her from weighing in about Thursday’s wild SCOTUS confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh. You know, the one where Christine Ford testified before the Judiciary Committee that Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. “I don’t have a show tonight,” a robe-clad Bee says in the video posted to social media, “but yesterday a bunch of super-powerful…

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Film Review: ‘Brian Banks’

The timing could hardly be worse for “Brian Banks,” a well-meaning and emotionally engaging movie about the California Innocence Project’s incredible battle to exonerate a Long Beach football player who lost 11 years of his life to prison and parole after a high school classmate falsely accused him of rape. Independently made and still seeking […]

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Bravo Suspends Michael Darby From ‘Real Housewives of the Potomac’ Amid Sexual Assault Allegation

Bravo has suspended one of the personalities from its “Real Housewives of the Potomac” reality series amid allegations of sexual harassment from a crew member. Michael Darby, husband of series regular Ashley Darby, is facing misdemeanor charges in Potomac, Md., for improper contact with a crew member who accuses Darby of groping him while the […]

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Kevin Spacey Sued by Anonymous Masseur for Sexual Battery

A lawsuit was filed against Kevin Spacey in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, detailing alleged sexual crimes the actor is accused of committing against an anonymous masseur in October, 2016. The actor, who was dropped from Netflix’s “House of Cards” in November 2017 following previous accusations of sexual harassment, now faces legal action concerning allegations […]

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Will Ferrell Comedy ‘Holmes and Watson’ Premieres New Trailer (WATCH)

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are back to their usual absurd antics in a new trailer for Colombia Picture’s latest comedy “Holmes and Watson,” released Friday. The film marks the the third time that the “Stepbrothers” stars have acted alongside each other; however, this time they’ll be taking on one of Britain’s greatest literary […]

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Beatles’ White Album Outtakes Get Hollywood Premiere at Giles Martin-Hosted Event

Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin, previewed his 50th anniversary remix of “The Beatles,” the two-LP opus better known as the White Album, at an invitational event at Capitol Records’ Studio A in Hollywood on Friday. Unlike last year’s private playback of the younger Martin’s “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” remix, in […]

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‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Canceled After Two Seasons at Showtime

Showtime has canceled “I’m Dying Up Here” after two seasons. The drama series, which boasted Jim Carrey among its executive producers, followed a fictionalized group of stand up comedians in LA in the ‘70s. The cast was led by Oscar winner Melissa Leo, who played tough as nails comedy club owner Goldie. The cast also […]

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Another Insurer Refuses to Pay for Harvey Weinstein’s Defense

Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. has become the fourth insurer to refuse to pay for Harvey Weinstein’s civil and criminal defense. The insurer filed suit on Friday in New York Supreme Court, seeking a declaration that it is not obliged to pay based on a series of policies issued to the Walt Disney Co. in […]

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‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Proposes to Girlfriend Mid-Show

“What is… yes!” Luckily, that was what Maria Shafer said to her now-fiancé, “Jeopardy!” contestant Michael Pascuzzi, when he proposed to her mid-show. “Now ladies and gentleman, normally when I interview the contestants I base my conversation on little bits of information they’ve supplied us, but with regard to Michael Pascuzzi from Orlando, Fla., I […]

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Hugh Jackman and Emily Blunt Among Honorees at SCAD Savannah Film Festival

The Savannah College of Art and Design has announced honorees to be recognized at the 21st annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3. The event will honor Hugh Jackman with the Legend of Cinema Award, and the recognition caps off his recent achievements in film, from reprising his role as Wolverine […]

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Marty Balin, Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder, Dies at 76

Marty Balin, a co-founder of Jefferson Airplane and a member of its later incarnation Jefferson Starship, whose high and soulful voice defined many of both groups’ songs, died Thursday, his rep confirmed. He was 76; the cause of death was not announced. His wife, Susan Joy Balin, was “by his side,” according to the announcement. […]

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Kevin Spacey Hit With Sexual Battery Suit By Masseur Over “Extreme” 2016 Incident

WARNING: There is graphic content in this story and the linked legal document. Little more than a month since Kevin Spacey saw claims of another sexual assault case handed over the Los Angeles County District Attorney, the former House of Cards actor has been sued for sexually battery and false imprisonment. “Spacey assaulted and battered plaintiff by forcing plaintiff to touch his scrotum, testicles, and penis, grabbing plaintiff’s shoulders and pulling him in for an…

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Actress Fiona Xie Inks With Gersh; Luber Roklin Management Signs ‘The Outpost’s Anand Desai-Barochia

Fiona Xie (Crazy Rich Asians) has inked with the Gersh Agency. The Singaporean actress plays gold-digging social climber Kitty Pong in the summer hit Crazy Rich Asians. She was with Singapore media conglomerate Mediacorp from 2001-09 and won Best Newcomer at the 2001 Star Awards. Her credits also include miniseries Serves You Right! and features The Golden Couple and Fist of Dragon, and Xie also has done ad campaigns for the likes of YSL Beauty, Cartier and Tom Ford. She…

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‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Canceled By Showtime After 2 Seasons

Showtime has opted not to proceed with a third season of dark comedy series I’m Dying Up Here, executive produced by Jim Carrey. I’m Dying Up Here had difficulty attracting a wide audience from the get-go. Yet, Showtime brass gave the show another  chance with a Season 2 renewal and shortly thereafter greenlighted Kidding, a new series starring Carrey. That series recently launched to so-so linear ratings but has been driving subscriptions to the Showtime digital service…

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Animated Alaska Comedy From ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Trio Gets Fox Presentation Order; Nick Offerman & Jenny Slate Lead Cast

EXCLUSIVE: Fox has ordered a presentation for animated comedy The Great North, from Bob Burgers creator/executive producer Loren Bouchard and the Emmy-winning Fox animated series’ writers/co-executive producers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux. The project has assembled a voice cast that includes Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Jenny Slate (Bob’s Burgers), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Paul Rust (Love), Aparna Nancherla (Bojack Horseman), Will Forte (The Last Man…

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L.A. Film Festival Pic ‘Ashes In The Snow’ Acquired By Vertical; Cinedigm Rocks ‘Dead Ant’

Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Ashes in the Snow, the narrative directorial debut of Marius Markevicius that stars Bel Powley. The coming-of-age drama set in 1941 during Stalin's brutal dismantling of the Baltic region just had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Vertical is eyeing an early 2019 theatrical release. Powley plays Lina, a young Lithuanian artist arrested by the Soviet secret police and deported with her mother…

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‘Holmes & Watson’ Trailer: Elementary, My Dear Ricky Bobby

There’s plenty of room inside the Sherlock Holmes tent, with the canon easily available to everything from those fantastic gravel-crunching British movies, to teenage (Barry Levinson’s Young Sherlock Holmes) and elderly (Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes) takes, Guy Ritchie’s action-hero versions and, most recently, a simply stunning modern adaptation pulled off by the BBC, Masterpiece Theater, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. So add to that the…

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Sony Taps Joe Whitmore To Co-Run TriStar, Screen Gems & SPWA Marketing With Danielle Misher

EXCLUSIVE: Joe Whitmore is joining Sony Pictures Entertainment effective Dec. 10 as Co-Head of Marketing for the studio’s specialty labels, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. He’ll serve alongside Danielle Misher, who is also Co-Head of Marketing. Both will report to Josh Greenstein, Sony Pictures’ President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution. Whitmore will be arriving from Paramount Pictures where he served as EVP Worldwide…

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Gregory Plotkin Talks ‘Hell Fest’ and Shares New Details on His Villain, The Other

Gregory Plotkin is carving out quite the place for himself in the horror genre. He's probably best known for his extensive work on the Paranormal Acitvity franchise - having edited almost all of the movies and directing Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension - but you also might have caught his name in the credits of smash hits like Get Out and Happy Death Day as well because he edited those, too. Now this weekend Plotkin could continue to make his mark on the genre with his second feature directing effort, Hell Fest. [caption id="attachment_730738" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via …

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John David Washington on His Thought-Provoking Police Brutality Drama ‘Monsters and Men’

From writer/director Reinaldo Marcus Green, the indie drama Monsters and Men takes the all too familiar story of the shooting of an unarmed black man during an altercation with police officers and divides the narrative into three sections – a witness to the incident who captured the violent act on camera (Anthony Ramos), a conflicted cop who is a witness to racism on his own force (John David Washington), and a high school athlete who is inspired to activism by the shooting (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). While the three men don’t know each other, this one incident affects them all …

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First ‘Holmes & Watson’ Trailer Features Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as a Bumbling Detective Duo

Sony Pictures has released the first Holmes & Watson trailer. The upcoming comedy stars Will Ferrell as Sherlock Holmes and John C. Reilly as his trusty sidekick John Watson. The twist is, unsurprisingly, is that both Holmes and Watson are kind of stupid, but that simple premise seems to work surprisingly well here. The plot has the duo racing to stop Professor Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes) or else he’ll kill the Queen. Although Ferrell and Reilly’s previous collaborations were with director Adam McKay, this new movie has Ferrell reteaming with his Get Hard director Etan Cohen, who also wrote …

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The Best Movies on Netflix Right Now (September 2018)



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‘Sesame Street’ Movie Hires ‘Portlandia’ Co-Creator Jonathan Krisel to Direct

I’m not exactly sure that we need a Sesame Street movie, but when has need ever been a consideration on whether or not a movie gets made? Warner Bros. is moving ahead with their Sesame Street movie, and Variety reports that Portlandia director and co-creator Jonathan Krisel has been hired to direct. The film will reportedly be a musical. Per Variety, “Mike Rosolio penned the first draft, while Chris Galletta wrote the most recent version, which he’s polishing.” When we last spoke with Shawn Levy and his fellow producers as 21 Laps back in 2016, they told …

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The Best TV Shows on Netflix Right Now



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New ‘Deadpool’ Movie Coming This December; Will Feature ‘Princess Bride’ Star Fred Savage

Christmas is coming a few days early this year for Deadpool fans, as 20th Century Fox has just announced it will release an Untitled Deadpool Movie in theaters on Dec. 21. No other details were given, with the studio encouraging the press to "guess away." So here goes nothing. As you can see above, Ryan Reynolds released a photo on Friday morning featuring himself reading a bedtime story to Fred Savage. This is an obvious ode to The Princess Bride, which featured Peter Falk reading a story to a much younger Savage, and skipping over the scary parts that were …

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‘Dark Phoenix’ Bumped Back to Summer 2019; ‘Gambit’ Gets New Release Date

The X-Men franchise keeps churning at Fox (at least for the time being; that hard reboot is coming once Disney finishes its purchase), but that also means titles are inevitably pushed back. You may recall that that Dark Phoenix was originally slated for November of this year. However, it was then pushed back to February 14, 2019. Fox even released a new trailer and poster yesterday touting that release date. But now it looks like they’ll need to update they’re marketing materials as the superhero saga has been pushed back again, this time to the summer movie …

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Kathleen Kennedy Renews Contract at Lucasfilm for Another Three Years

Kathleen Kennedy has been a controversial figure as head of Lucasfilm as anyone would be if they were in charge of overseeing a massive franchise like Star Wars. And yet it’s hard to argue that she hasn’t been moderately successful in that role. The Force Awakens was the jolt the franchise needed after the disappointing prequels, and The Last Jedi is a truly great film that challenged fans rather than just giving them what they wanted. Yes, there have been missteps, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was also a hit with a surprising ending. The only …

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Exclusive ‘SuperMansion’ Clip Reveals Minnie Driver’s Mysterious Character

Suit up, superheroes (and supervillains, we don't judge); it's time for another round of stop-motion adventures! It's with great delight that we bring you an early look at an upcoming episode of Sony Crackle’s Emmy-nominated animated comedy series SuperMansion, which premieres with all-new episodes Thursday, October 4th. Minnie Driver joins the cast in a recurring role as Debbie Devizo, Dr. Devizo’s (Chris Pine) ex-wife and former League of Freedom team member, and she factors into the clip we have to share with you today. In it, Titanium Rex (Bryan Cranston) and …

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead on Playing a Stand-Up Comic in ‘All About Nina’

From writer/director Eva Vives, the indie dramedy All About Nina follows up-and-coming comedian Nina Geld (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, in the best work of her career so far), whose undeniable talent has helped her build a career for herself in the male-dominated world of stand-up. Off the stage, Nina’s life is a mess, and that’s most evident when it comes to romantic relationships, including one with an abusive married man (Chace Crawford) that she leaves behind in New York City to go out to Los Angeles for a huge opportunity. While finding her footing …

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Exclusive ‘Bravest Warriors’ Clip Finds Danny Embracing His Destiny as “The One”

It's our pleasure to bring you some good news today: an exclusive clip from the new episode of Bravest Warriors! Created by Pendleton Ward, the mind behind Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors is an exclusive show only on VRV on the multi-platform streaming provider's Cartoon Hangover Channel. It follows four teenaged heroes-for-hire as they warp through the universe to save adorable aliens and their worlds using the power of their emotions. In the latest episode, airing on VRV today, Danny and Chris get into trouble when they venture to an uncharted territory and …

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Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Movie ‘Vice’ Gets a Holiday Release Date

Academy Award-winner Adam McKay's latest film, formerly referred to as Untitled Dick Cheney Project, is now titled Vice, Annapurna Pictures announced today. Vice explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. The film's ensemble cast includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, Justin Kirk, Lisagay Hamilton, Shea Whigham and Eddie Marsan. An official first trailer for …

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‘First Man’: Download a Free Screening Ticket for NASA’s 60th Anniversary

The only thing better than going to see a new movie is to see that movie for free. And folks, you may just get that chance when it comes to First Man. Universal Pictures will be honoring NASA's 60th Anniversary with 60 free screenings across the country on Monday, October 1st for the film, which tells "the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight." First Man stars Ryan Gosling and is directed by Damien Chazelle (the two last worked with each other …

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Simon Kinberg Says ‘Gambit’ to Have a “Romantic or Sex Comedy” Vibe

White, male "hustlers" and "womanizers" are all the rage right now, so 20th Century Fox's Marvel Comics producer Simon Kinberg is going to double down on the trend by accentuating those aspects of the Cajun X-Men team member Gambit in the long-in-development solo film. Rather than focus on, say, the character's troubled history with the thieves' guild, his conflicts with the assassins' guild and Mr. Sinister, his fan-favorite and earnest romantic relationship with fellow X-Men member Rogue, or his mutant heritage that sets him apart as a minority, Gambit will now have a "…

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‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Review: Robert Redford Shines in Romance and Robbery



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Friday, September 28, 2018

San Sebastian Festival 2018: Deals, Co-pros, Female Directors, Mulling the Digital Future

SAN SEBASTIAN — San Sebastian, the highest-profile festival and biggest movie event in the Spanish-speaking world, wraps Saturday after nine days of sun, some festival hits, deals and intense business discussions about gender parity and the future for Spanish-film-making in a future ever more dominated by digital platforms or vast and fast consolidating conglom-studio combos. […]

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Universal Sets Film Comedy Vehicle For ‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gina Rodriguez

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures acquired an untitled original comedy pitch from Jessica St. Clair & Lennon Parham, which is will be a starring vehicle for Gina Rodriguez. Studio is keeping the plot specifics close to the vest. Rodriguez broke out starring as the title character in the series Jane The Virgin, and her first major studio starring role will be for Columbia Pictures in the Catherine Hardwicke-directed remake of Miss Bala, the 2011…

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‘Annabelle’ Sequel Casts ‘Captain Marvel’ & ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’ Star Mckenna Grace In Key Role

EXCLUSIVE: The upcoming Annabelle sequel has set Captain Marvel and Gifted star Mckenna Grace as one of its leads. Child star Grace will play Judy, the Warrens’ young daughter who becomes a target of the demonic doll, Annabelle. I understand the movie will also turn on the experiences of Judy’s two teenage babysitters. The third installment in the lucrative New Line horror franchise is gearing up to shoot next month with additional casting coming together now. The project…

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Robert Redford Takes A Bow With ‘The Old Man & The Gun’; ‘All About Nina’ Among Roll Outs – Specialty B.O. Preview

Director, producer, actor and Sundance founder Robert Redford is apparently closing out one area of his impressive resume with the opening of The Old Man & the Gun, which played at the recent Telluride and Toronto film festivals. Also starring Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek, the title by writer-director David Lowery opens in limited release this weekend en route to hundreds of locations next month via Fox Searchlight. Fellow Telluride and Toronto title, Free Solo, from…

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Exclusive Poster for ‘Chef Flynn’ Looks at the Rise of a Cooking Prodigy

Today, we’re pleased to debut the poster for the upcoming documentary Chef Flynn. Cameron Yates’ movie looks the rise of Flynn McGarry, a young chef who was establishing his own supper club at age 12 before staging at the top restaurants in major cities before the age of 16. The documentary pairs home footage from McGarry’s mother Meg along with new footage to paint a fascinating portrait of surprising culinary talent. I caught the film back at Sundance, and enjoyed it, writing: The movie finds its footing when Flynn is finally in New York City and the friction …

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Exclusive: ‘Big City Greens’ Gets a Spooky New Opening for Its Halloween Special

It's my spine-tingling pleasure to bring you an exclusive look at the spooky new intro for Big City Greens' upcoming Halloween special, "Blood Moon." The Disney Channel toon from the minds and imaginations of Chris and Shane Houghton is getting a jump on the horrifying holiday by delivering a twist on the outstanding intro sequence and theme song. Normally, this intro sums up the whimsical tale of a country family making the move to the big city, but with the Blood Moon on the rise, things have taken a dark turn for Cricket & Co. Just how spooky …

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Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy Team For ‘Free Guy’ At Fox

20th Century Fox has attached Ryan Reynolds to star in Free Guy, with Shawn Levy poised to direct the film. Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are producing alongside Reynolds’ Maximum Effort, Levy’s 21 Laps, and Adam Kolbrenner. This will be part of the multi-year film deal that Berlanti signed with Fox, where Maximum Effort and 21 Laps also have deals. Acquired as a spec in 2016, Free Guy is in the vein of The Truman Show, where a bank teller stuck…

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Greg Berlanti To Direct Jackie O-Infused ‘The Editor’ In New Overall Fox Pic Deal

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has optioned the Steven Rowley novel The Editor, and Greg Berlanti has been set to direct the film and produce it through his Berlanti Productions. Rob Weisbach will also produce.  This will be the first new project under a new multi-year first look feature deal 20th Century Fox has made for Berlanti Productions. Berlanti has developed a close relationship there with Fox 2000 chief Elizabeth Gabler, on the heels of the Berlanti-directed sleeper Love Sim…

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Def Jam to  Release ‘The Hate U Give’ Soundtrack (EXCLUSIVE)

Def Jam Recordings will issue the soundtrack for “The Hate U Give” on Oct. 12, featuring new songs by the rising stars Arlissa and Bobby Sessions (pictured above). The 20th Century-Fox film – which takes its title from Tupac Shakur’s acronym THUG LIFE, and deals with highly charged racial issues – opens a week later, […]

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Sen. Jeff Flake Confronted in Elevator by Two Tearful Women (Video)

Two women who say they have experienced sexual assault confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator at the U.S. Capitol minutes after he announced that he will vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake (R-Ariz.), considered a key swing vote, was stopped, during a CNN live shot, en route to the Senate Judiciary […]

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‘13 Reasons Why’ Creator, Anonymous Content Team on ‘What If It’s Us’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Anonymous Content has nabbed the rights to “What If It’s Us,” a young adult novel that’s attracting a lot of buzz before its publication next month. The company has tapped “13 Reasons Why” creator and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Brian Yorkey to adapt the book for the big screen. “What If It’s Us” is generating a […]

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Broadcast Networks Will Break Into Schedule for Kavanaugh Coverage

CBS News, NBC News and ABC News will a interrupt daytime programming for a special report on Friday’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote that could advance Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the Senate at large. The vote is expected to take place in Washington, D.C. at about 1:30 p.m. eastern. The move reflects the […]

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U.K.-Based Talent Agency James Grant Group Sells to Private Equity Firm Trilantic, Rebrands as YM&U

U.K.-based management firm the James Grant Group has been majority-acquired by private equity firm Trilantic Europe and rebranded as YM&U. Trilantic becomes the majority shareholder in YM&U in the wake of the deal, with the remainder held by management and employees. JGG absorbed L.A.-based music agency Deckstar in 2017 and its clients include Steve Aoki, […]

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Album Review: Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter V’

It’s impossible to separate Lil Wayne’s long-delayed “Tha Carter V” from the tortured story behind it: The seemingly endless legal battle with Birdman, his mentor and Cash Money’s label boss (a family feud which the rapper finally won in June); the five years of release dates missed and rescheduled; even the chart race with Kanye […]

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San Sebastian: Latido Continues Sales Spree: Inks Argentine Duo with China’s Lemon Tree (EXCLUSIVE)

Latido Films’ selling spree continues at San Sebastian, where the Spanish sales agent has closed with Beijing-based distributor Lemon Tree Chinese rights to two Argentine high profile titles, Mariano Cohn’s thriller “4X4” and Carlos Sorin’s drama “Joel.” Both titles head a raft of new deals clinched by Latido in San Sebastian, and come a week […]

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‘Hold the Dark’ Review: Of Wolf and Man



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Spain, Argentina Announce Co-Production Treaty at San Sebastian

SAN SEBASTIAN — The biggest regulatory deal signed at this year’s San Sebastian was a new Argentina-Spain co-production treaty, intended to encourage the development of film and TV co-productions between the two countries in order to meet the modern needs of companies and content creators in the two countries. As movies must counter the dramatic […]

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UFC Cools Down as Its Challengers Heat Up

Never one to shy away from a bold proclamation, UFC president Dana White boasted last month that the $1.5 billion pact he struck in May with ESPN to make his mixed-martial arts outfit its new TV home has contributed to boosting the company’s valuation to $7 billion. That’s nearly double the $4 billion price tag […]

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New ‘Mario Tennis Aces’ Character Birdo Gets Glamorous Trailer

Birdo doesn’t join the “Mario Tennis Aces” roster until October, but Nintendo is giving a sneak peek at the glamorous pink dinosaur’s moves in a new character trailer this week. Birdo is an All-Around character, which means she’s good at everything, whether it’s serves, technical shots, zone shots, or blocking. People can unlock her early […]

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TV Ratings: ‘Murphy Brown’ Returns to Modest Numbers

“Murphy Brown” returned to television on Thursday, with the CBS sitcom revival drawing mediocre numbers in the overnight ratings. Airing at 9:30 p.m., “Murphy Brown” averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers. By comparison, the revival of “Roseanne” on ABC stunned Hollywood with a 5.2 rating and 18.4 million viewers earlier […]

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Salma Hayek Joins Tiffany Haddish & Rose Byrne In Paramount’s ‘Limited Partners’

EXCLUSIVE: Salma Hayek will star alongside Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne in Limited Partners, the Paramount Pictures comedy that Miguel Arteta will direct from a script by Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly. Production begins in October. Haddish and Byrne play two hard charging best girlfriends who build a juggernaut company and find their relationship tested when they are made a big buyout offer. Suddenly all the differences that made them the perfect odd couple partners put…

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‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Trailer: Peter Jackson’s Vivid WWI Doc Set For UK Screenings

Promising “The Great War as you’ve never seen it,” this trailer for Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old makes good, teasing exactly how the film might carry out the boast. Jackson’s upcoming documentary about World War I – including the war’s devastating toll on New Zealand – transforms black and white hundred-year-old footage into vivid, 3-D color. This first trailer comes ahead of the film’s world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 16. That…

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First Image from ‘Rocketman’ Shows Taron Egerton Rockin’ It as Elton John

Paramount Pictures unveiled a fabulous first image of Taron Egerton all glammed up as the uber-talented Elton John from the upcoming feature film, Rocketman. Taking its name from John's world-famous 1972 single Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time")" from the "Honky Château" album, the movie goes back in time to tackle the rising stardom of the now 71-year-old, award-winning musician. No word yet on if William Shatner's rendition of the song will make it into the picture. As previous pitches for the movie have described …

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Josh Hutcherson Says He’s ‘Addicted’ to Directing After Helming His First Music Video (WATCH)

Josh Hutcherson’s first time directing a music video required filming two driving sequences, three locations and three underwater scenes in just two and a half days. “Directing is definitely something that I am very locked into,” the “Hunger Games” star tells Variety. “Acting is something that I love and something that I don’t want to stop […]

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TV Review: Netflix’s ‘Dancing Queen’

This has been the year in which Netflix finally cracked the code of unscripted TV. “Queer Eye” is a zeitgeist sensation and an Emmy winner; “Nailed It!” is a beloved and askew take on the sort of competition show the Food Network popularized. Now comes “Dancing Queen,” a series that follows a similar approach to […]

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Netflix Orders Three Sci-Fi Shows, Including Kate Bosworth Produced ‘I-Land’

Netflix has ordered three new sci-fi shows to series, the streaming giant announced Friday. The first is titled “The I-Land.” When ten people wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there, they set off on a trek to try to get back home. They soon […]

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The ‘Maniac’ Finale or: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love My Flawed Mind”

Warning: Spoilers below for all of Maniac Since time began people have been trying to unlock the secrets of the mind, whether through philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, or any other practice starting with “p.” No one has truly cracked this code as of yet, each person is different, coping mechanisms vary, and there is no magic cure to trauma. It isn’t a case of solving a Rubik’s Cube, one of the many pop culture references littered throughout new Netflix mini-series Maniac. The brainchild of Cary Joji Fukunaga and Patrick Somerville, Maniac grapples with the mysteries of the mind …

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Murdoch Family’s Compensation Doubled In Fiscal 2018, New Filing Shows

Rupert Murdoch and sons Lachlan and James saw their total compensation double in fiscal 2018 from 2017 due to restricted stock options related to Disney’s takeover of most of 21st Century Fox. According to a proxy statement filed with the SEC, Rupert Murdoch’s total compensation reached $49.2 million, up from $29.3 million in 2017. Lachlan Murdoch was at $50.7 million, up from $20.6 million, while James Murdoch reached $50.3 million, compared with $20.3 million. The huge…

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AR Content Sets Ziad Doueri To Direct Saddam Hussein Interrogation Drama ‘Debriefing The President’

EXCLUSIVE: Russian producer Alexander Rodnyansky has set Ziad Doueiri to direct an adaptation of Debriefing The PresidentDaniel Stiepleman, who scripted the upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsburg drama On the Basis of Sex will adapt former CIA analyst John Nixon's non-fiction book about his experience in being the first American to identify and interrogate Saddam Hussein following his 2003 capture. The Lebanese-born Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult was last year nominated for the Best…

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‘The I-Land’ Starring Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez & Alex Pettyfer Among 3 Sci-Fi Series Ordered By Netflix

Netflix is expanding its sci-fi/genre portfolio with three new series orders, to Neil LaBute’s The I-Land, starring Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez and Alex PettyferOctober Faction, based on the IDW comics by Steve Niles, and Warrior Nun, inspired by the Manga novels. Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of October Faction, from creator/executive producer Damian Kindler, High Park Entertainment in association with IDW Entertainment; seven episodes of The I-Land, from Nomadic…

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Bob Iger, Kristen Bell, Sarah Hyland, Tony Hale Set for ‘Mickey’s 90th Spectacular’ Special On ABC

Kristen Bell (Disney’s Frozen), Sarah Hyland (ABC’s Modern Family), Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) and Sofia Carson (Disney’s Descendants, Freeform’s upcoming Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) are set for Mickey’s 90th Spectacular two-hour television event celebrating 90 years of the beloved Disney mascot Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger will make a special appearance during the special set to air Sunday, November 4 at 8 PM on…

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Dua Lipa, Ciara and Missy Elliott Join American Music Awards Lineup

Dua Lipa, Ciara and Missy Elliott have been added to the American Music Awards lineup, Dick Clark Productions and ABC announced today. Dua Lipa will perform two songs from the her self-titled 2017 debut album, including the hit “Electricity,” while Elliott will be a featured guest on two Ciara songs: “Level Up” released earlier this […]

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Mariska Hargitay Applauds Christine Blasey Ford For Her “Courage” During Brent Kavanaugh Hearings

There’s no doubt that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brent Kavanaugh were on most people’s minds for the past 24 hours or so. So it was no surprise that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay commented on Ford’s testimony while accepting the Champion of Hope Award for her work with the Joyful […]

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Box Office: ‘Night School’ Opens to $1.35 Million in Thursday Previews

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish are proving to be an irresistible combination at the box office. The comic stars joined forces for “Night School,” a Universal Pictures comedy that picked up $1.35 million in previews on Thursday night. “Night School” is expected to top the box office charts this weekend and is eyeing a debut […]

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Merle Debuskey Dies: Theatrical Press Agent, Crucial Supporter Of New York’s Free Shakespeare Was 95

Merle Debuskey, a longtime theater press agent and one of the most significant players in providing free Shakespeare in the Park for generations of grateful New Yorkers, died Tuesday at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 95. “Merle Debuskey was one of the first champions of the New York Shakespeare Festival and what would become The Public Theater,” the Public Theater said in a statement. “He championed Free Shakespeare in the Park, and we are proud he…

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‘Superman’ Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

Amongst the total tonnage of witty exchanges and cultural criticisms that have denoted the oeuvre of Quentin Tarantino, it’s not exactly surprising that David Carradine’s speech about Superman in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 sticks out. Outside of the skeptical perspective of Mr. Tarantino, the character of Superman is largely seen as a symbol of America’s promise, a summation of our greatest faiths and toils to create a world free from murder, crime, greed, and intimidation, along with all other sorts of repression, corruption, and death. Where Batman is the symbol of the wealthy as civil-justice idealists, …

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For Your Consideration: Episode 5 – Best Director Predictions

Welcome to For Your Consideration, the Collider show that breaks down awards season with hosts Scott Mantz, Perri Nemiroff and Jeff Sneider. Today the gang examines the Best Director category, which is expected to feature some familiar names and some fresh faces this year. The three panelists were asked to rank their Top 5 contenders, and here's how things shook out. Everyone seemed to be in agreement that Alfonso Cuarón, Bradley Cooper and Barry Jenkins are the frontrunners for nominations. Roma director Cuarón seems like a lock, and was ranked #1 on both Scott's list and …

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Spencer Boldman on ‘Cruise’, His Love of Disneyland and Tom Brady, and Tokyo Cat Cafés



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New York Film Festival Showcases Lauded Venice Trio In 56th Edition

The New York Film Festival lifts the curtain on its 56th edition tonight, with its three tentpole slots devoted to Venice prize winners The Favourite, Roma and At Eternity’s Gate, surrounded by the usual array of eclectic, curated titles from near and far. Since its debut in 1963, against a backdrop of wildly fluctuating festivals jockeying for supremacy, and a downtown counterpart rising in Tribeca, the NYFF has remained remarkably consistent apart from a major…

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‘HellSign’ Is A Supernatural RPG Inspired By Monster-of-the-Week TV

Supernatural investigative role-playing game “HellSign” is launching on Steam Early Access on Nov. 7, developer Ballistic Interactive announced this week. “HellSign” has an interesting premise. Inspired by TV shows like “Supernatural” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” it offers an interactive take on the monster-of-the-week genre. The player is a freelance hunter looking to make their […]

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Michael B. Jordan Will Be the New Face of Coach

Michael B. Jordan has been tapped as the newest face of Coach. The “Black Panther” actor is the first-ever global men’s ambassador for the luxury brand, which also counts Selena Gomez as a celebrity collaborator. Jordan’s partnership with Coach will include global advertising campaigns to promote its menswear, accessories, and fragrance lines, and the first images are expected […]

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‘God Friended Me’ Review: God Bless This Mess

Since the dawn of time, human beings have been striving to answer three major questions: Does God exist? Why are we here? Who could this new CBS show possibly be for? Attempting to answer all three questions at once is God Friended Me, a new drama from creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt genetically engineered in the laboratory that used to be Les Moonves' office to be the perfect CBS show. It's heavy on the hamminess, rooted in religion and old-fashioned morality, and misunderstands the lifestyle of your average human under the age of 35 on every fundamental …

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‘Night School’ Collects $1.35M In Thursday Night Tuition

Universal’s Night School threw its doors open for session last night ringing up $1.35M at 2,500 theaters with showtimes that began at 7PM. With a projected opening weekend of $30M, the Tiffany Haddish-Kevin Hart PG-13 movie is poised to be a box office anomaly for comedies which have suffered greatly in recent months: The last big openings for a comedy were last year’s R-rated Girls Trip with Haddish ($31.2M, which was also a career record B.O. opening for Night…

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LA Rams Unbeaten & Fox’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ Debut Ratings Up From 2017 Opener On CBS

Rupert Murdoch and his now New Fox put more than $3 billion on the field for five years of Thursday Night Football earlier this year and it looks like that bet has paid off with last night's opening game. In the envious position to see the surging Los Angeles Rams get their fourth win of the season and maintain their unbeaten streak with a 38 – 31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Fox actually had a good gridiron match-up last night – unlike many a tepid Thursday game…

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The Best Halloween Movies on Hulu

With Halloween approaching, you may be looking for something spooky, frightful, or downright scary to watch as the weather cools down and sunset looms closer. Luckily, we’re here to help. Not everyone has access to the same streaming services, but we’ve dug into Hulu to pick out the most holiday-appropriate films to aid in your viewing experience. Not all of these films are Halloween-themed necessarily, but they each fill that “Halloween movie” vibe in their own way. So, without further ado, here are the best Halloween movies on Hulu that are currently available to stream.…

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Senate Judiciary Committee Poised for Possible Vote on Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee was prepared for a possible vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, after a contentious, raw, and emotional day of testimony that seemed to only solidify the partisan divide. Republicans have so far declined to delay the vote, after Democrats pressed for a delay to […]

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Studio Hopes to Deliver Church-Like Sense of Community to Video Games

Aidan Karabaich won’t say exactly what he and Singularity 6 co-founder Anthony Leung hope to create with their new game development studio, but the general concept behind the studio and unnamed first game is arresting. “Anthony and I founded the company after we found we had a shared vision for how the game industry could […]

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Rutger Hauer to Star in Snooker Film ‘Break’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Rutger Hauer will play an old-time gangster in “Break,” a London- and Beijing-set movie about an up-and-coming snooker player. The picture will also feature cameos from some of the sport’s big-name players, including Ireland’s Ken Doherty, China’s Liang Wenbo, and Britain’s Jack Lisowski. The “Break” producers have teamed with world snooker’s official association. They will […]

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European Film Awards: ‘The Favourite’ Dominates First Winners

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