Friday, November 30, 2018

Republic Records Named Variety’s Hitmakers Label of the Year

Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman takes the news that his company has been named Variety’s Hitmakers Label of the Year for the second time with all the humility, reserve and diffidence that we’ve come to expect out of one of the industry’s indisputable visionaries. “I am going to get so f–king hammered,” he jokes about […]

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Exclusive Clip from ‘Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest’ Midseason Finale

This weekend, you've got one more chance to get in on the wild adventures of Marvel's Avengers: Black Panther's Quest before the action-packed Disney XD series takes a break until early 2019. Luckily, there's a pair of episodes on the way this weekend that will bring the story so far to a resolution of sorts since they act as the midseason finale. Luckier still, we have an exclusive clip from the finale to share with out ahead of its debut this weekend! These two episodes conclude the exciting four-episode "Shadow Hunt" story arc: Now …

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‘The House That Jack Built’: MPAA Says Unrated Screenings Of Lars von Trier’s Gorefest Break CARA Rules; IFC Films Disagrees – Update

UPDATED, 9:52 AM: IFC Films issued a statement this morning about the flap over Wednesday’s screenings of an unrated version of The House That Jack Built that the MPAA says broke it ratings rules. “IFC Films has not received any written notice from the MPAA regarding sanctions in connection with The House That Jack Built,” the distributor said. “It has always been IFC Films' priority to maintain the artistic vision of our filmmakers, and we do not believe that the one-day…

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Exclusive: Why Thanos Was Able to Defeat Hulk in ‘Infinity War’

In the opening of Avengers: Infinity War, Hulk takes on Thanos and it does not go well for Hulk. He’s beaten handily by the Mad Titan, and it’s a bit of a surprise since Hulk is kind of undefeated everywhere he goes. Furthermore, in the comics, he’s arguably one of the most powerful superheroes because hurting him only makes him angrier, which in turn makes him stronger. If you try to defeat Hulk through brute force, you’ll lose because he just gets bigger and more powerful. But if Hulk had been able to take down Thanos …

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Marvel Promises “More” ‘Daredevil’ “Adventures” After Netflix Cancellation

Daredevil may not be coming back to Netflix after yesterday’s sudden cancellation of the series, but there is clearly more in store for the Man Without Fear, as Marvel confirmed today A statement this morning from the home of The Avengers and Spider-man used very similar language to what the streamer signed off with to indicate that Hell’s Kitchen’s blind protector isn’t done yet on the small or perhaps big screen. “We look forward to more adventures with the Man without…

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Apple Music Is Coming to Amazon Echo Speakers

Amazon has teamed up with Apple to bring Apple Music to its Echo line of smart speakers. Echo owners will be able to access Apple Music on their devices starting December 17, Amazon announced Friday. The integration will allow users to ask for songs, artists and albums with voice commands. Apple Music is also bringing […]

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Drake Collaborator Noah ’40’ Shebib Named Variety’s Hitmakers Producer of the Year

Drake’s longtime collaborator, Noah “40” Shebib (his nickname is short for 40 days and 40 nights), has credits on three of the year’s biggest hits, “God’s Plan,” “In My Feelings” and “Nice for What.” Yet if you asked the Toronto native why these songs took 2018 by storm, his self-effacing explanation is that, “Drake’s just […]

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‘Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas’ Trailer Brings Elegance and Demons

We are truly blessed this Christmas season to be getting a Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas special, bringing us the elegance we need (nay, deserve). Or as the Netflix synopsis reads, "Sing in me muse, and through me tell the story of that elegant young man who battled demons and celebrated Christmas in the greatest city in the world, Neo Yokio." In the first full trailer for Pink Christmas, we see Kaz is battling against fellow bachelor (and nemesis) Archangelo not just for the top spot on the coveted Bachelor Board, but also in a battle of Secret Santas. Per usual, …

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Elon Musk Claims Nintendo Wouldn’t License ‘Mario Kart’ for Teslas

Elon Musk claimed that there was an attempt to include “Mario Kart” in Teslas, but that Nintendo wouldn’t license it in a tweet on Thursday. Telas have large navigational screens built in to the electric vehicles. The Tesla Model S, for example, has a 17-inch screen, which would be more than enough space to enjoy […]

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Exclusive: ‘A Quiet Place’ DP Charlotte Bruus Christensen on That Bathtub Scene, John Krasinski, and More

The longevity of the horror genre can largely be chalked up to the diversity of stories that can be told within it. Some horror films are just straight-up delivering scares, which is perfectly fine. But others toy with larger thematic ideas, like racism (Night of the Living Dead), grief (Hereditary), or, in the case of A Quiet Place, how far a parent will go to protect his or her children. A Quiet Place hit theaters back in April and was instantly a smash hit, going on to gross over $340 million at the worldwide box office. But the film …

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How ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Fed Melissa McCarthy’s Love Of Exploring The Defense Mechanisms Of Flawed People

Melissa McCarthy landed an Oscar nomination for her breakout turn in Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, which started a string of comedy blockbusters for the pair. Now she's back in the conversation with Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which may be considered one of her first dramatic turns, but only to those who have failed to catch the deftness of her talent on display even in the most outrageous comedies. She plays Lee Israel, a respected biographer struggling to pay the bills who…

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Peter Bart: Peter Guber’s New Arena Is His Latest Sports Foray

With Hollywood in a state of disruption, the town's producers face a challenge to creatively reinvent themselves. Reflecting this process, Peter Guber, long a top movie dealmaker, this week set forth plans for the grand opening in 2019 of a privately funded 18,000-seat stadium (Chase Center) that will totally transform the Mission Bay section of San Francisco. Last year, a Guber-backed $350 million soccer stadium for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club in…

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Dre London Is the Post Malone Whisperer and Variety’s Hitmakers Manager of the Year

Even in the fast-paced stream-today, gone-tomorrow economy of modern-day hit songs, Post Malone is in a league of his own. The genre-bending artist has four of the most consumed tracks of 2018, each of which feels equally at home on a hip-hop playlist as it does a pop radio station. Credit part of that mass […]

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What’s Coming to Netflix in December 2018

With the holiday season in full swing, Netflix is beefing up its cache of classic films to watch from the comfort of your couch this December. Kicking off the start of the month is a much-needed visit from The Dude in “The Big Lebowski” alongside classics “Friday” (get ready to say farewell to Felicia all […]

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Epic Games Delays ‘Fortnite’ Account Linking Feature

Epic Games is working on an account merging system for its popular battle royale title “Fortnite,” but it’s going to take a bit longer than expected, it said in an update on Thursday. Previously, the studio said the feature would be ready in November and it would let players combine multiple console-linked accounts, so they can […]

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Lin-Manuel Miranda on ‘Inheriting This Incredible Legacy’ With ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

As with anyone who gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s journey is the result of hard work and inspiration, along with influences and confluences that shaped and continue to shape his life and career. The writer, composer, lyricist and star of the mega-smash “Hamilton: An American Musical” will be honored […]

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Suspiria Ending Explained: Let’s Talk about That Bonkers Conclusion

Suspiria is a movie that loves to live in the abstract. It’s layered with subtext and themes that should have you and your friends talking afterwards about Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the 1977 horror classic. But there are times when the plot can be so abstract that it’s a bit hard to get on the same page. That’s particularly true of the film’s bloody climax where some surprising reveals are brought into play to hammer home the film’s themes about power, perversion of power, motherhood, and sisterhood. To begin, it’s important to understand …

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Orion Unleashes ‘Anna And The Apocalypse’; Colin Firth Sets Sail In ‘The Mercy’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Following last weekend's big roll out of The Favourite from Fox Searchlight, this weekend will likely see a pause for awards contenders making splashy Specialty box office numbers. Orion Pictures is giving a limited start to comedy-horror-musical Anna And the Apocalypse, starring Ella Hunt and Malcom Cumming. Timed to the holiday season, the title fits the company's strategy of releasing films that target specific audiences. Screen Media, meanwhile, has two very different…

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WBTV Opens Inquiry After Abuse Claims Against ‘Black Lightning’ EP Salim Akil

EXCLUSIVE: Less than a day after a very specific and deeply detailed domestic violence lawsuit against Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil emerged, Warner Bros TV have started an investigation on the CW series. While not saying anything publicly and taking a stance of innocent until proven guilty when it comes to EP, the studio will be conducting an inquiry with cast and crew on the Atlanta filmed show, we’ve learned. While WBTV reps had no comment when contacted by…

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AT&T May Sell 10% Stake in Hulu, Worth Up to $930 Million, Potentially Giving Disney More Control

Disney might be set to gain even more control over Hulu: AT&T said it is considering selling WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in the streaming venture — which is worth as much as $930 million — as part of shedding nonstrategic assets to pay down its massive debt load. AT&T execs made the comments at the telco’s […]

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Cary Joji Fukunaga Addresses ‘Bond 25’ Rumors Regarding the Absence of Blofeld and Q

Back in September, we learned that True Detective Season 1 director Cary Joji Fukunaga was set to helm Bond 25 after Danny Boyle dropped out of the director’s chair. Word on the movie has been pretty silent since then, but Fukunaga recently gave an interview to Inquirer.net (via DarkHorizons) about his plans for the Bond franchise. While he wouldn’t give specifics, Fukunaga did say that he sees his movie as a continuation of the events that began back in Casino Royale: “In terms of what I can bring to change the character, Bond is on a character …

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‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Hit All-Time High As Cowboys Beat Saints

The end of the New Orleans Saints' 10-game winning streak was a good night for the Dallas Cowboys and a very good Thursday Night Football for the NFL and Fox. Built around a defense first strategy, that Week 13 13-10 win for self-described America's Team puts the Jerry Jones-owned franchise into solidly in playoff contention heading towards the end of the season. It also put the Rupert Murdoch-owned network in the TV history books. With a 14.6/25 in metered market…

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Joy Behar Spanks Kid Rock, Dares Him To Appear On ‘The View’ After Calling Her “B*tch” On ‘Fox & Friends’

The View panelists spanked Kid Rock for calling panelist Joy Behar a b*tch on Fox & Friends. “This b*tch, and these b*tches would be happy to have you on the show and have a beer,” Behar dared the performer at the top of Friday’s The View. “I’m a comedian on a show. Why doesn’t he go after the big shots,” Behar added, answering her own question. “You know what’s great? Fox had to apologize for something,” she smiled, one day after celebrating her 20th anniversary on the…

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How to Get in to the ‘Anthem’ Closed Alpha

The closed alpha for “Anthem” starts next month, bringing select players the chance to try out EA’s highly anticipated multiplayer RPG. An alpha serves as a sort of community playtest of limited aspects of the game, and EA will use this opportunity to test out various elements of the game, such as matchmaking and server […]

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Channel 5 Acquisitions Chief Katie Keenan Exiting Viacom-Owned UK Business

EXCLUSIVE: Katie Keenan, one of the top execs at British broadcaster Channel 5, is leaving the Viacom-owned network. I hear that Keenan, who has worked at the broadcaster for around twelve years, will be leaving at the end of the year and is one of a handful of execs exiting the business as part of a number of changes being brought in by Channel 5's Director of Programming Ben Frow. Keenan, who is Head of Acquisitions at Channel 5 and Viacom International Media Networks…

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Sex Trafficking Drama ‘Love Sonia’, With Freida Pinto & ‘Life Of Pi’ Producer, Scores UK Deal With Modern Films

EXCLUSIVE: Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) starrer Love Sonia, from Life Of Pi and Deepwater Horizon producer David Womark, has been picked up for UK distribution by Modern Films. The U.S.-Indian drama, about a young girl’s journey to rescue her sister from the devastating world of international sex trafficking, stars newcomer Mrunal Thakur in the title role, Richa Chadda, Demi Moore, Pinto, Mark Duplass, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Anupam Kher and Adil Hussain…

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Joy Behar Invites Kid Rock on ‘The View’ After Fox News Remarks

Fox News Channel and ABC’s “The View” have interesting ties: Co-moderators Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman used to work at the 21st Century Fox-owned network. But on Friday, “View” panelists opened the program by pointing to remarks made on Fox News that troubled them. Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning, rock singer Kid Rock […]

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Box Office: ‘Possession of Hannah Grace’ Materializes $625,000 on Thursday Night

“The Possession of Hannah Grace” materialized with $625,000 at 1,866 North American locations on Thursday night. Sony’s supernatural horror film, the weekend’s only nationwide opening, is set to debut at 2,065 sites, with the studio anticipating a three-day performance of about $3 million. The sophomore weekend of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is pegged to take […]

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Exclusive: Joe Russo Teases Jon Favreau’s Unique Visual Approach to ‘The Mandalorian’

For a TV show generating this much buzz, it’s kind of impressive how little we actually know about The Mandalorian. The series is, of course, the first live-action Star Wars TV series to come out of Disney, and is intended to launch on Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+. Jon Favreau, who was in the running to direct The Force Awakens before it was The Force Awakens, created this new series, and while we know that it takes place between the events of Return of the Jedi and Force Awakens, we know practically nothing else—even casting-wise …

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First ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Trailer Reveals the Time-Bending Horror Sequel

Universal Studios and Blumhouse have released the first Happy Death Day 2 trailer, offering up our official look at the upcoming horror sequel. The follow-up to the inventive 2017 film is officially called Happy Death Day 2U and finds director Christopher Landon returning to helm with Jessica Rothe back in the lead role as a college student who gets murdered, only to find herself trapped in a Groundhog Day-like scenario where she keeps reliving the last day of her life over and over again until she finds the killer. If you haven't seen the first movie, this …

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‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Review: The Christmas Zombie Musical You Didn’t Know You Needed

Ladies and gentleman, we’ve got a new cult classic on our hands. Sometimes you can just tell; you see a movie that does something new, riles up the audience, and you know this one is destined for cult status. This time, that film is Anna and the Apocalypse, John McPhail’s jaunty, toe-tapping musical, which plays a bit like a High School Musical Christmas special violently interrupted by the zombie apocalypse. Ella Hunt stars as Anna — a knockout performance that establishes the young talent as a bonafide star in the making. Hollywood take note, this lady's got …

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Exclusive: ‘Infinity War’ Directors Explain How Thanos Wields the Soul Stone; Red Skull’s Connection

Be aware there are major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War below. It's almost quaint to think of now in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War's catastrophic ending, but for a while there, one of the biggest obsessions for MCU fans was just where exactly the Soul Stone was hiding. Over the course of their decade-long franchise build up, the creative minds at Marvel took their time revealing each of the Infinity Stones and working them into their narratives as the lead up to Thanos' big debut, but they saved the Soul Stone for last. Theories were rampant …

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Here’s Freeform’s Full 25 Days of Christmas Schedule

It’s that time of year again. Freeform has released the full 25 Days of Christmas schedule for the annual holiday programming event. Starting December 1st, a bevy of holiday films will grace the Freeform airwaves from sun-up to sun-down, albeit with a few changes this year. As we previously reported, AMC is launching its own holiday programming event in 2018 and they were able to snatch away the licenses to previous 25 Days of Christmas staples like Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and The Polar Express. So you won’t find those movies on Freeform this …

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Stephen Garrett’s Character 7 Pounces On ‘Tigers In Red Weather’; Liza Klaussmann’s Thriller To Be Event Mini

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Garrett's Character 7 has acquired the rights to produce the TV adaptation of Liza Klaussmann's bestselling psychological thriller, Tigers In Red Weather. Garrett, who executive produced The Night Manager, is collaborating on the project with independent producer Rowena Wallace, under her company Peach Pictures. The event mini will be exec produced by Garrett and Character 7 Head of Development Michele Wolkoff in association with Wallace. Set on…

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Brooke Elliott, Ben Lawson, Michele Weaver & Gerald McRaney Star In “If I Had Wings,” Part Of Dolly Parton Netflix Series

EXCLUSIVE: Gerald McRaney (This Is Us), Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva), Designated Survivor alum Ben Lawson, Michele Weaver (Love Is___), Delta Burke (Designing Women), and Tim Reid (Greenleaf) are set to star in Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: If I Had Wings, an episode of Netflix's upcoming eight-episode anthology series, which showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind Parton's most beloved songs. In the “If I Had Wings” episode, after receiving invitations…

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‘King Kong’s Leading Man: Broadway’s Eric William Morris Talks Growling Apes, Snarling Critics & Life As A Squip

When Broadway’s King Kong opened earlier this month, critics did their best to one-up Beauty on how to kill a Beast. Big, hairy gloom might have settled over the cast following the show’s Nov. 8 opening, particularly after the publication of a New York Times pan that was unorthodox, if not downright bizarre. In place of a tradition review, Times critics Ben Brantley and Jesse Green published their back and forth conversation, taking turns lobbing brickbats. (“Ugh,” said…

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‘The Possession Of Hannah Grace’ Grabs $625K In Thursday Night Previews

There’s only one new wide release this weekend and that’s Screen Gems microbudget R-Rated  horror movie The Possession of Hannah Grace from helmer Diederik Van Rooijen, and last night from 1,866 locations, the movie made $625K from shows that started at 7PM. Sony is expecting $3M for the weekend, however industry estimates think it could do $7M and that’s a great number we hear for this movie that cost under $10M and has an estimated P&A around $12M. Most of the studios…

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Listen to Alessia Cara’s New Love Song ‘Nintendo Game’

“We could grow up, but it’s no fun that way, and so we treat love like it’s a Nintendo game.” Alessia Cara’s latest album dropped Friday. Packed with 15 songs stretched across 45 minutes, “Growing Pains'” highlight might be the namesake song, but among the list is one focused entirely on Nintendo gaming. “Nintendo Game” […]

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Chance the Rapper Drops Two New Songs (Listen)

When you’re not charging money or putting out physical product, you can pretty much release your album on your own schedule, right? Months after he dropped four new songs in July, Chance the Rapper dropped two more out of a clear blue sky late Thursday, “My Own Thing” (featuring Joey Purp) and “The Man Who Has Everything.” […]

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Film Review: ‘Ghostbox Cowboy’

Wild West capitalism hits the Far East with a vengeance in documentarian John Maringouin’s adventuresome first narrative feature, “Ghostbox Cowboy.” This original if sometimes befuddling vision blurs the line between fiction and documentary elements, conventional storytelling and improvisational collage, all to oft-bracing effect. Starring indie-cinema regulars David Zellner and Robert Longstreet as Yank hustler-entrepreneurs wading […]

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Lynne Ramsay Writing an ‘Epic Environmental Horror’

After a six-year hiatus between her acclaimed 2011 Cannes entry “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and its follow-up “You Were Never Really Here” – which has eight nominations at the British Independent Film Awards and and four nominations for the Indie Spirit Awards – Scottish director Lynne Ramsay is planning to return to work […]

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‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Has Fitting Farewell To Stan Lee

When Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse arrives in theaters on Dec. 14 it will be the sixth major studio film this year to feature a cameo by Stan Lee but the first to be released since his death on Nov. 12 at age 95. For the filmmakers, the timing of their release — a mere 32 days after the publishing legend’s death — has added bittersweet poignancy to the scene, which shows an animated version of Lee as a New York merchant who offers some wry words of wisdom to…

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Trevor Noah: Donald Trump First POTUS Candidate To Run “While Working Side Hustle”

In a segment called “Mo Mueller, Mo Problems,” The Daily SHow’s Trevor Noah looked at Michael Cohen’s bombshell guilty plea to lying to Congress about Team Trump’s efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow even as President Donald Trump was running for office. It’s “a lot like The Wire,” Noah described, “long winding plot, huge list of shady characters, wiretaps, secret phone calls  – everything The Wire has except black people.” Like the heralded HBO TV series, every few…

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TV Review: ‘Nightflyers’ on Syfy

“Nightflyers” begins with a compelling sequence taken from late in its story’s action, in which Dr. Agatha Matheson (Gretchen Mol) is fighting for her life on a space journey gone horribly wrong. She’s fleeing an assailant who seems compelled by something unearthly, and goes on to send a warning to whomever out there is listening […]

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Paul Schrader On ‘First Reformed’, Martin Scorsese & Why The 1970s Produced “Better Audiences”: BAFTA Screenwriters Series

Paul Schrader, whose scripts for iconic movies such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull are synonymous with what many consider a golden era of Hollywood filmmaking, discussed why the 1970s was such a potent time for cinema, his collaborations with Martin Scorsese and his latest drama First Reformed at a BAFTA Screenwriters Series in London. Schrader, who transitioned from writing scripts for the likes of Scorsese, Sydney Pollack and Brian De Palma, to directing his own…

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Why ‘My Dinner With Hervé’ is an Important Step for Representation (Guest Column)

Awards season is upon us once again and as has appropriately been the case for the past few years, it will be dominated by talk of diversity. We have made great strides in this arena, and yet I feel one group seems to have been conspicuously left behind — the disability community. Although 20% of […]

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Donald Trump Tweets Moscow Project “Very Legal & Very Cool” After Michael Cohen Bombshell

Rising early in Buenos Aires to attend the G20 summit, President Donald Trump finally put on the Twitter record his position about longtime fixer Michael Cohen’s court appearance previous morning. Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, admitting Trump’s efforts to build a Trump tower in Moscow included contacts with the Kremlin, and continued well past January of 2016 as candidate Trump was insisting he had no dealings in Russia, arguing the U.S. should get along with…

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Hack of Marriott’s Starwood Reservations System Compromised Personal Info on Up to 500 Million Customers

Marriott International disclosed a massive security breach of the reservations system for its Starwood Hotels and Resorts brand, a hack it said Friday may have compromised private info on up to 500 million guests. According to Marriott, for around 327 million Starwood guests, the database included such personal information as name, mailing address, phone number, […]

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BBC Developing Drama Adaptation Of ‘The Spy Who Came In From The Co-Op’ With ‘Patrick Melrose’ Producer Two Cities

EXCLUSIVE: The BBC loves a spy drama from The Night Manager to London Spy and Phoebe Waller-Bridge acquisition Killing Eve. It is now working up a story about one of the most important Soviet spies of the 20th century. The British public broadcaster is developing a drama based on David Burke's book The Spy Who Came In From The Co-Op: Melita Norwood and the Ending of Cold War Espionage. Produced by Patrick Melrose producer Two Cities Television and Water and Power Productio…

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Apple Music Comes To Amazon Echo

Apple Music is coming to Amazon’s Echo smart speakers. The streaming music service will be available to Apple Music subscribers, starting the week of Dec. 17. Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their any track from Apple’s catalog of 50 million songs — or any of the playlists made by Apple Music's editors from around the world, covering many activities and moods. "Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa—since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers…

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‘A Twelve-Year Night,’ Uruguay’s Oscar Candidate, Wins Top Prize in Cairo

The rebooted Cairo Film Festival has wrapped with the event’s top prize, the Golden Pyramid, going to “A Twelve-Year Night,” Uruguay’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar. The award, presented Thursday night, came with a $20,000 check that was given to the producers of “Night,” a harrowing drama about Uruguay’s former military dictatorship. Thai auteur Phuttiphing Aroonpheng’s hypnotic “Manta […]

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Marrakech’s 11th Continent Challenges Stereotypes

As part of the Marrakech Intl. Film Festival’s reinvention for its 17th edition, artistic director Christoph Terhechte and his programming team created a section to challenge the cinematic representations of countries usually seen only through the lens of stereotypes. Looking for yet another dose of Latin American poverty porn? On the hunt for the umpteenth […]

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High Octane Pictures Picks Up North American Rights To Russian Sci-Fi Feature ‘A Rough Draft’

EXCLUSIVE: High Octane Pictures, the company behind Christian Slater's Stranded and Zombie Spring Breakers, has picked up North American rights to Russian sci-fi feature A Rough Draft. Written by Sergei Lukianenko, author of Russian blockbuster Night Watch, and directed by Protest Day director Sergey Mokritskiy, the film is set in and around the concept of open world video gaming, following a man without an identity nor memories who plays middle-man to corresponding…

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‘The King And I’ Cinema Release On Course For Record Box Office Haul

The film version of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical The King And I: From The London Palladium is on course for $2.5M box office from its global release last night [November 29] via Trafalgar Releasing. This would be the biggest box office haul for a stage play or musical released in cinemas this year. More than 135,000 moviegoers bought tickets for the screening worldwide and encore screenings are now planned for the UK and in…

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Stan Lee’s ‘The B-Team’ Being Adapted In South Korea & China Via Studio Invictus & Camsing

Stan Lee may have died earlier this month but his superhero ideas live on. The B-Team, an idea from the Marvel Comics icon, is being adapted by a South Korean production company. Studio Invictus is developing a live-action TV series based on Lee's idea of a group of B-list superheroes fighting against the mad scientist that created them. The series is expected to produce two versions, one for Korea and one for China, to launch in 2020. The company will work closely with…

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Brits Defy Brexit Blues With International Perspective

If you look to the British Independent Film Awards for a clear snapshot of, well, British independent film, this year’s otherwise sturdy list of nominations may come as a disappointment to you. A branch of cinema that once conjured images for many of stern, rain-lashed kitchen-sink drama and plucky community comedy has a far broader, […]

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Felicity Jones Isn’t Afraid to Take Risks as She Juggles Diverse Roles

It’s hard to believe that Felicity Jones has been working in the film industry for only a decade. Since her bigscreen debut in 2008’s “Flashbacks of a Fool,” the unassuming 35-yearold has gained incredible momentum over the 20 films she’s made, effortlessly moving from English period dramas to U.S. indies, studio prestige pics and Hollywood […]

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BIFAs Suggest U.K. Film Industry Is Healthy, but Producers Face Challenges

Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” is leading the field in what looks like a banner year for the British Independent Film Awards, but amid the celebrations, producers are grappling with unprecedented change. The BIFAs are a bellwether for the U.K. biz. “We see it as a health check on what things are looking like — there […]

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‘Daredevil’ Cancelled by Netflix; Are All the Marvel Netflix Shows Done?

In yet another shocking move for the streaming service, Netflix has cancelled the hit Marvel TV series Daredevil after three seasons. This comes on the heels of the not-super-surprising cancellation of Iron Fist—the least successful of the Marvel Netflix shows—which was then followed by the more surprising cancellation of Luke Cage. But with Netflix giving Daredevil the axe, I think it’s safe to say something more than ratings or views went into these decisions. Launched in 2015, Daredevil was the first of five Marvel Netflix series, which were intended as Marvel’s outlet to explore …

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‘Supernatural’ Cast on Season 14, the 300th Episode, and the Show’s Record-Breaking Legacy

Collider was in Vancouver recently to attend the red-carpet celebration of Supernatural’s upcoming 300th episode, and cast members took a few moments to talk about what makes the show so special. Warning: there are minor spoilers from the November 29th episode, "Unhuman Nature," in some of the comments. First up: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles (Sam and Dean Winchester). Collider: In bringing back departed characters by creating the Apocalypse World story arc, does that give you a thrill as an actor to play against different versions of Bobby, your Mom, Charlie, and others? JARED PADALECKI: One of the …

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Movie Talk: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Was Almost Narrated by Thanos

On today's episode of Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, John Rocha and Kim Horcher discuss the following: Exclusive: Collider's Jeff Sneider is reporting that Tom Hanks is being eyed to play Geppetto in Disney’s live-action Pinocchio movie from filmmaker Paul King. Exclusive: At Collider’s Arclight screening of Avengers: Infinity War, directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo revealed that one draft of the screenplay had Thanos narrating the film. Exclusive: Collider's Jeff Sneider has revealed that Game of Thrones star Charles Dance is in talks to join Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman prequel. The Wrap is reporting …

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Exclusive: Here’s Why ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers 4’ Didn’t Film at the Same Time



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Exclusive ‘All the Creatures Were Stirring’ Clip Teases a Very Scary Christmas

Christmas isn't always merry. For some folks out there, the holiday season is the least wonderful time of the year and so it is for Chet in the upcoming Christmas horror anthology All the Creatures Were Stirring. Co-directed by David Ian McKendry (The Dump) and Rebekah McKendry (best known for her killer work at Blumhouse and Fangoria), the film follows Chet, a true blue Christmas hater who is visited by a number of three unwelcome ghosts one Christmas Eve, who torment him with visions of his past, present and future. If a Christmas horror anthology sounds right up …

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New “Elseworlds” Crossover Images Reveal Batwoman, Nora Fries

As we get closer and closer to this year's CW crossover event (including The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl this time around), we're getting even more teases about the upcoming storyline. After revealing 20 images from the first hour of the crossover, "Elseworlds," The CW has now released eight new images from the crossover's second hour, "Part 2." Here, we are introduced to Batwoman and Nora Fries, the wife of Mr. Freeze. As for what "Elseworlds" will all be about, it seems that Arkham Asylum’s John Deegan (Jeremy Davies) has rewritten reality, as Arkham doctors are wont …

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Exclusive: Tom Hanks Eyed to Play Geppetto in Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’ Movie

Tom Hanks is being eyed to play Geppetto in Disney's live-action Pinocchio movie and the two-time Oscar winner is in early talks to take on the role, Collider has exclusively learned. Paddington filmmaker Paul King is directing and Rogue One scribe Chris Weitz is producing with his Depth of Field partner Andrew Miano. It's unclear who the script will ultimately be credited to, though sources say that Simon Farnaby has been tapped to pen the latest draft of the script after working with King on the Paddington films. Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) …

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The ‘Riverdale’ Cast Weigh in on Archie’s Shocking Choice in “Manhunter”

Warning: Spoilers for “Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter” below! The CW’s Riverdale has always set itself apart, crafting a Lynchian “teen-noir” potboiler that’s refreshingly different from the predictably angsty high school soap opera efforts on other networks. Dirty dealings, murders, fight clubs, serial killers, and a cult that uses an evil board game that causes its players to commit suicide are all part of the milieu of the bonkers thrill ride that is Riverdale. At the heart of it all, however, are the core four: Archie, Veronica, Jughead, and Betty. Jug and Betty are lovers and meddling kid …

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Marvel’s Netflix Heroes Were Considered for ‘Infinity War’, Confirm Russo Brothers

It's safe to say that Avengers: Infinity War is an unprecedented work of balancing character load in a single film. Combining casts of characters from the far reaches of the galaxy and Marvel Studio's decade-long shared universe, not to mention essentially introducing Thanos as a main character, Infinity War has to balance an ungodly amount of character work in its near three-hour runtime as it is. But you better believe there were lots of Marvel fans who were hoping to see their favorite Netflix Marvel heroes pop up in the film. Was it ever a possibility? …

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DC and Warner Bros Are Developing a Latino-Led ‘Blue Beetle’ Movie

There is a new superhero in the movie mix, and his name is Jaime Reyes, a.k.a. Blue Beetle. DC and Warner Bros. are developing a Blue Beetle movie, the first Latino-led standalone superhero feature, according to The Wrap. Mexican-born screenwriter Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer will pen the screenplay, with Zev Foreman executive producing for Warner Bros. Jaime Reyes' Blue Beetle first appeared in comic form in 2006's Infinite Crisis #3 (and makes our list of the 20 DC superheroes we still need to see on the big or small screen). Reyes has appeared on the small …

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Shay Mitchell on Spending Time in a Morgue for ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’

From director Diederik Van Rooijen, the horror thriller The Possession of Hannah Grace follows Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell), who finds herself working the graveyard shift in the morgue while trying to get her life back on track. After the delivery of a cadaver of a young woman that’s disfigured as the result of an exorcism gone wrong, Megan begins to have terrifying experiences that lead her to suspect that the body may be possessed by a demonic force driven to kill. At the Los Angeles press day, Collider got the opportunity to sit down with actress Shay Mitchell at …

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The Best Animated Movies on Netflix Right Now | November 2018

Last Updated November 29th The phrase “best animated movie” means different things to different people. Some will automatically think of classic Disney movies or similar family-friendly feature-length cartoons from their childhood, while others will automatically gravitate toward adaptations of their favorite comic-book stories. Others still may consider the exotic appeal of anime or the avant-garde style of artists outside of the mainstream as the “best” animation has to offer. The only thing these disparate features have in common is that they’re devoid of live-action components; anything else goes. With this broad range of animated …

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Exclusive: Joe Russo Reveals How Thanos Almost Narrated ‘Infinity War’

With a movie as big and complex as Avengers: Infinity War, clearly finding the final story and structure of the film was a process. But last night, at Collider’s exclusive IMAX screening of the film, co-director Joe Russo revealed just how different Infinity War might have been had they followed a very different path. Russo and his brother and co-director Anthony Russo took part in a two-hour, wide-ranging Q&A after our screening of the film, moderated by Collider’s own Steve Weintraub, and during the discussion Joe revealed that one draft of Infinity …

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‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Season 2 Trailer Shows off Hulu’s Superhero Series

The new official trailer for Season 2 of Marvel's Runaways is here to chase away the winter blues. Now personally, I dunno what the hell is going on here because this Marvel property has outstripped my superhero comics knowledge base, but the new trailer does feature a dinosaur with a nose-ring being pushed around in a shopping cart, so at least it has my attention. The series stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Annie Wersching, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, James Yaegashi, Brittany Ishibashi, …

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The Best Fantasy Shows on Netflix

In the mood to watch a genre series? Fantasy, sci-fi, superheroes, or a touch of horror? Well we (and Netflix) have you covered. From classics like The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: the Next Generation to quirky series The Magicians and Legends of Tomorrow -- not to mention great Netflix originals like Jessica Jones -- below you'll find a list of shows that might make for great discoveries or are just fun to watch again and again. Like with our list of the Best TV Dramas on Netflix, we will keep rolling out more lists of TV subgenres on the …

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‘ROMA’, Regina Hall, and Ethan Hawke Take Top Honors from New York Film Critics Circle

Three critics voting bodies have weighed in on the best of the best in 2018, and we now officially have three different Best Picture winners. The Gotham Awards—which celebrate independent film—went left-of-center with The Rider, the National Board of Review chose crowdpleaser Green Book, and now the New York Film Critics Circle—the most prestigious of the bunch so far—has named ROMA the Best Film of 2018. Alfonso Cuarón’s masterful Netflix family drama picked up three awards in total, including Best Director and Best Cinematography, both of which went to Cuarón. But …

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New ‘Welcome to Marwen’ Trailer Further Reveals Robert Zemeckis’ Ambitious Adaptation

Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for Welcome to Marwen, and if you were confused about the film before, this trailer spells it right out. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film is based on a documentary, Marwencol, by Jeff Malmberg, which tells the story of Mark Hogancamp, who loses his memories after being beaten almost to death, and as a form a therapy (because he can afford no other), he makes a replica of a tiny Belgian village and populates it with characters that represent him and those in his life—both loved ones, and his attackers. It's …

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Movie in the Works at Universal; Ben Platt May Star

The Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen is headed to the big screen. The hit Broadway show won six Tonys in 2017 including Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical, and now Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has scooped up the film rights with Marc Platt (La La Land) and Adam Siegel producing—and it should be noted that Platt’s son Ben Platt originated the lead role in the Broadway musical, winning that Best Actor Tony award. Variety notes that Ben Platt is in early talks to reprise that role in the film. The story …

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Exclusive: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Joins ‘Kingsman’ Prequel; Rhys Ifans in Talks

With appearances in Harry Potter, Spider-Man and Alice in Wonderland movies, Welsh actor Rhys Ifans is no stranger to blockbuster franchises, and now he may be tackling another, as Collider has exclusively learned that he's in talks to join Matthew Vaughn's prequel Kingsman prequel. Additionally, Captain America: Civil War actor Daniel Brühl and Game of Thrones star Charles Dance have also joined the cast, as sources say that Vaughn is focused on casting great actors rather than the kinds of major stars that populated Kingsman: The Golden Circle. While the Kingsman prequel will be the third …

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American Cinematheque Awardee Bradley Cooper Owes It To Mom And Dad

At tonight's 32nd American Cinematheque Award dinner at the Beverly Hilton, guests were seated in the ballroom by 7:30 p.m. But it was not until 10:40 p.m. that the night's honoree, Bradley Cooper, took the stage after an outpouring of affection from Hollywood colleagues, including A Star is Born co-stars Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott, Jennifer Garner, Sean Penn, and many others. The dinner and multi-media award show was a fundraiser for the American Cinematheque, a nonprofit…

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‘Daredevil’ Canceled By Netflix After 3 Seasons; Future In Other Marvel Projects

EXCLUSIVE: The ax continues to fall on Marvel’s series at Netflix. Daredevil, which launched the Marvel universe on the streaming platform, has been canceled after three seasons. The move comes on the heels of Netflix canceling Iron Fist and Luke Cage last month – but Daredevil seems to have an afterlife elsewhere. “Marvel's Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” the streamer said in a statement tonight to Deadline. “We are tremendously proud of the…

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‘Black-ish’ Casts Dara Reneé; Chad Lindberg Joins ‘Sneaky Pete’

Dara Reneé (Freaky Friday) is joining ABC's Black-ish in a recurring role. She’ll play Stunts, a friend of Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) young cousin Kyra (Quvenzhané Wallis). Created and executive produced by Kenya Barris, Black-ish tells the story of the Johnsons — an affluent African-American family struggling to raise their kids in the largely white culture of well-to-do suburbia. In addition to Anderson, Black-ish stars Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow, Yara Shahidi as Zoey…

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Film On Formative Years Of Lakers Star LeBron James Nets Director Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson has been set to direct an untitled film about the formative years in the life of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James. Juel Taylor and Tony Rettenmaier wrote the script, based on Shooting Stars, the book James wrote with Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger. James and Maverick Carter will produce for their SpringHill Entertainment alongside Terence and Rachel Winter, who will produce for Tangerine Pictures and Cold Front Productions…

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‘The Magicians’ Olivia Taylor Dudley To Star In ‘Some of Our Stallions’ Film From Director Carson Mell

EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Taylor Dudley, who currently stars in the Syfy series, The Magicians, and Al Di have signed on to topline Some of Our Stallions, an indie comedy-drama from Silicon Valley producer Carson Mell, who will also co-star. Mell, who co-wrote the Sundance film, The Long Dumb Road, will write and direct the film, which centers on two best friends struggling with mental illness while searching for the love of their lives. Underlying Tension is financing the film…

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‘Preacher’ Renewed For Season 4 By AMC

Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy will be back for a fourth go-round. AMC Networks has renewed drama series Preacher, from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, for a fourth season. The series will begin production on Season 4 in Australia early next year. "Preacher is a show unlike any other on television, said David Madden, President – Programming, Entertainment Networks, AMC Networks. “A passionate base of fans found their way to Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy and have followed along with…

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Eiza Gonzalez To Join Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham In ‘Fast And Furious’ Spinoff

Eiza Gonzalez has been set to co-star with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the David Leitch-directed Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw. Chris Morgan wrote the script and the film is produced by Johnson with his Seven Bucks Productions partners, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, along with Statham, and Morgan. Kelly McCormick, Steve Chasman, Amanda Lewis, Ainsley Davies and Ethan Smith are executive producing. Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby and Ray Donovan’s Eddie Marsan…

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Dennis Miller, On Heels Of Ninth Stand-Up Special, Signs With UTA

EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-winning comic, host and author Dennis Miller has signed with UTA in all areas. The move comes as the Saturday Night Live alum’s ninth stand-up special, Fake News, Real Jokes, bowed this month via Comedy Dynamics. Miller currently hosts his twice weekly podcast The Dennis Miller Option and has a twice-daily syndicated radio feature The Miller Minute. Miller, who for six years anchored “Weekend Update” on SNL before exiting in 1991, won five Emmys for his…

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‘Peaky Blinders’: Sam Claflin Suited Up For Season 5 – First-Look Photo

Period gangster epic Peaky Blinders today completed its 50th day of shooting for Season 5, and with that comes the first look at new cast member Sam Claflin, as well as more detail about his character. Check out the photo below. Claflin is one of a host of new recruits for the BAFTA-winning drama that’s created and written by Steven Knight. As we’ve previously reported, Brian Gleeson and Anya Taylor-Joy are also new to the mix with returning leads Cillian Murphy, Helen…

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Yalitza Aparicio’s Unlikely Journey From Aspiring Preschool Teacher To Oscar Hopeful In Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma

Yalitza Aparicio had just completed her teacher training for preschool in her hometown of Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca when she was cast to play Cleo in Alfonso Cuarón's retelling of his own childhood in Mexico City, Roma. She had no aspirations to act—her sister, in fact, was the performer of the family—but on a nationwide search of Mexico, Aparicio's physical similarity to the Cuaróns' real-life nanny Liboria "Libo" Rodríguez was undeniable. Libo had cared for Alfonso and his…

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Tom Hanks In Early Talks For The Role Of Geppetto In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

Tom Hanks is reportedly in early talks to play the puppet master and patriarch figure Geppetto in Disney’s live action Pinocchio which is being directed by Paddington‘s Paul King. Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz are producing. King, Weitz, and Simon Farnaby have written the most recent draft of the script. The original 1940 animated movie won two Oscars for best original score and the classic Disney tune, “When You Wish Upon a Star”. The movie based on the Carlo Collodi…

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CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill Over Pro-Palestine Remarks At UN

You have seen the last of Marc Lamont Hill on CNN; the cable news network has fired the Temple University professor after delivering a speech at the United Nations in which he used an expression used as a dog whistle by Hamas and other anti-Israel terror groups. "Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN," CNN said in a statement. Speaking at the United Nations, Hill said Wednesday, “We have an opportunity to not just offer solidarity in words but to commit to…

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Director Mahmoud Sabbagh on Pushing Boundaries in Saudi Arabia With His New Film

Young Saudi director Mahmoud Sabbagh’s groundbreaking romcom “Barakah Meets Barakah,” about the complexities of dating among his compatriots, made a splash at the 2016 Berlinale and became his country’s contender for the foreign-language Oscar. His new film is black comedy “Amra and the Second Marriage,” in which a 40-something housewife “feels suffocated by a very closed […]

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Reportedly Asked Staff to Research George Soros

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is under fire following a New York Times report alleging she asked Facebook staff to conduct research into philanthropist George Soros. The Times cites three sources who say Sandberg asked Facebook’s communications staff, in an email in January, to look into Soros’ financial interests after Soros spoke out against tech companies. According […]

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‘The Elder Scrolls: Blades’ Delayed to 2019

“The Elder Scrolls: Blades” won’t be released on Android and iOS devices until early 2019, according to the official Twitter page for The Elder Scrolls. The game was announced during E3 with an original release date of fall 2018. The free-to-play role-playing game is set in the Elder Scrolls universe and designed to be played […]

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‘Murphy Brown’ Boss Breaks Down Trump Rally Episode

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Beat the Press,” the 10th episode of “Murphy Brown.” Diane English, creator and showrunner of “Murphy Brown,” set out to tell the revival season of the classic 1980s and 1990s sitcom through the “prism of the press.” So it was really only a matter of […]

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Stan Lee’s ‘The B-TEAM’ to Receive Korean, Chinese Treatment

A South Korean live-action TV series is to be made based on legendary comic book creator Stan Lee’s story idea, “The B-TEAM.” The original content involves B-rated superheroes fighting against a mad scientist who created them. Renowned Korean TV screenwriter Kang Eun-kyung, who is best known for writing 2010 hit TV series “Bread, Love and […]

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‘Daredevil’ Canceled at Netflix After Three Seasons

Netflix is ready to say goodbye to Matt Murdoch. The streaming service has canceled “Daredevil” after three seasons, Variety has learned. The superhero action-drama debuted its third season in October. It’s the latest casualty in Netflix’s Defenders universe. The move to cancel the drama, produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, comes on the heels […]

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Microsoft Secures $480 Million U.S. Army HoloLens Contract

Microsoft announced it was awarded a $480 million contract to begin development on an augmented reality system for use with its HoloLens headset for the U.S. Army. Previously, the U.S. Army had been looking into pitches from both Microsoft and Magic Leap, both in a bidding war for the contract. Microsoft has emerged victorious, however, […]

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Jillian Apfelbaum Named Exec VP of Content at Village Roadshow

Jillian Apfelbaum has been named executive vice president of content at Village Roadshow Entertainment Group. As part of an internal mandate to up production volume, Apfelbaum has been tasked with finding and developing feature films, and keeping an eye on potential television and digital opportunities. She will report to Bruce Berman, CEO and chairman at Village […]

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Film Review: ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’

In theory, putting “possession” in the title of a horror movie should add to its box-office allure. But it probably won’t take long for word to trickle out that “The Possession of Hannah Grace,” after the first five minutes, is not an exorcism movie. Rather, it’s about the corpse of a girl who dies during […]

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Film News Roundup: Eric Bana to Star in Australian Police Drama ‘The Dry’

In today’s film news roundup, Eric Bana will star in Australian drama “The Dry,” Magnolia buys “Hail Satan?,” and South Africa’s Oscar entry “Sew the Winter to My Skin” gets U.S. distribution. CASTING Eric Bana will star in the Australian police drama “The Dry,” a feature adaptation of Jane Harper’s bestselling novel, with shooting starting […]

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

What’s Coming to Hulu in December 2018

While Netflix has great offerings for December, Hulu’s strong showing is putting up a good fight against the streaming titan. There’s the darkly thrilling “Killing Eve,” Hulu originals such as “Marvel’s Runaways” and “Into the Dark” anthology series, plus a plethora of wholesome holiday movies like “A Dog for Christmas.” Whatever you choose on Hulu, […]

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Viola Davis Attached To Star In ‘The Fighting Shirley Chisholm’ For Amazon Studios

EXCLUSIVE: Days after Oscar winner Viola Davis and Julius Tennon's JuVee Productions announced a first look feature production deal with Amazon Studios, the first project is moving forward: The Fighting Shirley Chisholm in which Davis will produce and star as the U.S. Representative who was both the first woman and the first person of color to seek a major American political party's nomination for President. Amazon studios acquired the title in what we understand was a…

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Kenya Barris To Receive Producers Guild’s 2019 Visionary Award

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is set to receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2019 Visionary Award. Barris will be honored at the 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards January 19, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. The Producers Guild Visionary Award recognizes television, film, or new media producers for inspiring storytelling of unique and uplifting vision or quality to our culture — and Barris does exactly that. Barris created the aforementioned Black-ish…

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SeriesFest Teams With Shondaland To Launch First-Ever Women Directing Mentorship

EXCLUSIVE: SeriesFest, a non-profit supporting the art of episodic storytelling and inspiring work of female creators, is partnering with Shonda Rhimes’ TV empire Shondaland to launch the inaugural Women Directing Mentorship. SeriesFest organizers said the initiative is an expansion of their "Featuring Women" platform. The partnership with Shondaland will include the opportunity to shadow a director for an episode of a Shondaland production. Submissions opened today on htt…

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‘Blade Runner’ Anime Series Inspired By Movie Heads To Adult Swim’s Toonami

Blade Runner – Black Lotus, an animated series inspired by the Oscar-winning movie Blade Runner 2049, is coming to Adult Swim. Alcon Television Group, a division of Alcon Entertainment, has teamed with WarnerMedia’s Adult Swim and Crunchyroll to produce and distribute the new anime series. Blade Runner – Black Lotus will feature 13 half-hour episodes produced by animation studio Sola Digital Arts (Ultraman). The series plot is being kept under wraps, but producers have…

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Gunpowder & Sky And Walden Media To Adapt Children’s Novel ‘Ms. Bixby’s Last Day’

Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the rights to John David Anderson’s popular children’s novel Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. The studio will partner with Walden Media to adapt the book into the feature film with Linsey Stewart and Dane Clark (I Put A Hit On You, Mr. D) writing the screenplay. The story follows the heartwarming story of the last day of the titular Ms. Bixby, a one-of-a-kind teacher who makes students feel like school is somehow worthwhile. When she unexpectedly…

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‘Awkwafina’ & Rory Scovel’s ‘Robbie’ Picked Up To Series At Comedy Central

Comedy Central has given series orders to two half-hour scripted comedies – the self-titled Awkwafina starring the multi-hyphenate Crazy Rich Asians star, and co-starring BD Wong, and Robbie, from Rory Scovel and Gary Sanchez Productions, with Beau Bridges. Sasheer Zamata and Mary Holland. Both had been previously ordered to pilot as part of Comedy Central’s 2018-2019 development slate announcement in April. Since then, Awkwafina’s popularity exploded with the success of C…

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Digital Publisher Mic Lays Off Much Of Its Staff As It Negotiates Sale — Report

Mic reportedly laid off the bulk of its staff this morning as it negotiates a sale to Bustle Digital Group, a publisher reaching millennial women. The millennial news outlet is in talks to sell its assets to Bustle Digital group for a reported $10 million, according to multiple published reports. That price, first reported by The Information, would represent a significant discount on Mic’s valuation when it raised $60 million from investors. Recode reported that Mic CEO…

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The Miroma Group Acquires UK Communications Firm Way To Blue

The Miroma Group, a multi-faceted marketing outfit with stakes in the media and tech sectors, announced has acquired UK communications firm Way To Blue. Terms of the all-equity deal were not disclosed, but Miroma said it was one of the biggest transactions in its history. Its most notable recent acquisition brought editorial video hub Contented into the company fold. Adding Way To Blue and its 100 global employees will help Miroma offer new digital marketing services…

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‘Blade Runner’ Anime Series Set at Adult Swim, Crunchyroll

“Blade Runner” is coming to the small screen as an animated series. Variety has learned that Alcon Television Group has partnered with Adult Swim and Crunchyroll to produce and distribute a new anime series inspired by “Blade Runner 2049.” “Blade Runner-Black Lotus,” as it will be called, will consist of 13 half-hour episodes. Details of the […]

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Comedy Central Orders Awkwafina, Rory Scovel Projects to Series

Both Awkwafina and Rory Scovel have scored series orders for projects they have set up at Comedy Central. The cabler has ordered 10 episodes of the self-titled series “Awkwafina,” which is a half-hour scripted series starring the writer, actor, and rapper. In the series, she will play a twenty-something living in Queens, striving for a larger […]

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Capcom to Hold ‘Devil May Cry’ Talk at GDC 2019

Publisher Capcom is holding a special “deep dive” on its upcoming action game “Devil May Cry 5” at the Game Developers Conference in March, it announced on Wednesday. The talk will be hosted by the game’s director, Hideaki Itsuno, along with senior producer Michiteru Okabe and producer Matt Walker.They will discuss how the game was […]

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Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland Partners With SeriesFest for Female-Director Initiative

SeriesFest has partnered with producer Shonda Rhimes’ company Shondaland to launch a new initiative supporting female television directors. The Women Directing Mentorship will be an expansion of SeriesFest’s Featuring Women platform, and will offer participants the opportunity to shadow a director for an episode of a Shondaland production. “Shondaland has long been known to defy […]

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Teacher Tale ‘Ms. Bixby’s Last Day’ in the Works as Movie

Teacher story “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day” is in development as a feature film with Gunpowder & Sky and Walden Media. Gunpowder & Sky announced Thursday that it has acquired the rights to the novel “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day,” written by John David Anderson. The adapted script has been penned by the writing team of Linsey […]

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Why Bradley Cooper Was ‘Terrified’ Before ‘A Star Is Born’s’ Venice Debut

Bradley Cooper is no stranger to a box-office hit, as the star of “The Hangover,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Sniper.” But “A Star Is Born” is his most personal work yet. He not only plays the lead, a rock star named Jackson Maine who falls for a talented singer he meets one night at […]

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Box Office: ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘Aquaman’ Eye $65 Million Opening Weekends

“Mary Poppins Returns” and “Aquaman” are both heading towards sizable opening weekends when the two films hit theaters in three weeks. It’s been 54 years since “Mary Poppins” first floated into moviegoers hearts, but nostalgia seems to be a little stronger than a spoonful of sugar and should translate into big bucks for Disney. Early […]

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The Best Oscar Movies on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: November 29th If you’re looking to put a little prestige into your viewing experience, Netflix actually has quite a few “Oscar movies” to choose from. It can be tough to find exactly what you’re looking for, however, so below we’ve assembled a list of the very best Oscar movies on Netflix right now. To whittle this list down, we relegated it to films that won at least one Oscar, so while a movie like Gangs of New York picked up a slew of nominations, it came away empty handed. But there’s still a refreshing …

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Mic Lays Off Most of Its Employees as Millennial-Focused News Startup Seeks Buyer

Mic, a New York-based digital news startup aiming at millennials, has cut the majority of its staff and is reportedly in talks to sell the company. A rep for Mic confirmed the layoffs but declined to specify how many employees were pink-slipped. The company is in talks to sell itself to Bustle Digital Group, according […]

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Sylvester Stallone Tossing Towel On Rocky Balboa? Dolph Lundgren Unconvinced

Sylvester Stallone might be tossing in the towel on Rocky Balboa: The actor, whose boxing hero has been looking tigers in the eye since the 1976 Rocky, suggests in an Instagram post that the recently released Creed II will mark his final involvement in the 42-year franchise. “I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years,” Stallone wrote in a post that accompanied a video of what seems to be a…

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Why ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Doesn’t Need an Honor System

There are loads of various gameplay mechanics at work in Red Dead Redemption 2, and not all of them are necessary. A holdover from Red Dead Redemption is the honor system. It’s fairly straightforward: Do good things like help stranded travelers or do chores around the camp and you’ll get honor points. Do bad things like rob people or trample them with your horse and you’ll get negative points. It may be more fun (and profitable) to play as a scoundrel, but if you behave you’ll get discounts at shops. The problem with a morality system …

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‘Luther’ Season 5 Trailer Teases a New Killer and the Return of Alice

It's been quite a wait since the last true season of Luther (and it's still been two years since the two-hour "Season 4" special that aired), but the first trailer for Luther Season 5 released by the BBC is a reminder of why this is a better-late-than-never scenario. Idris Elba has always been electrifying as the titular detective, finding ways to make Luther's "unorthodox cop" feel like more than a crime trope. Though the series' storylines haven't always lived up to its great first season, it's always a ride work taking …

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Exclusive: Alexandre Desplat on His ‘Isle of Dogs’ Score, Wes Anderson, and ‘Star Wars’

One of my favorite films of 2018 is director Wes Anderson's Isle Of Dogs. The stop motion animated movie is the second time Anderson has ventured into the world of animation and the fourth time Anderson has worked with Oscar-winning film composer Alexandre Desplat. The movie is very special, with a wonderful story mixed with breathtaking animation and powerful voice performances around the horn. But it is Desplat's score that really stood out to me and recently I was lucky enough to sit down with the prolific composer for an exclusive 1:1 interview in the Collider …

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How Adam McKay Literally Put His Heart Into His Dick Cheney Film ‘Vice’

EXCLUSIVE: Many directors can believe they put their hearts into their movies, but on Vice, Adam McKay can say he did it literally. Similar to Dick Cheney — whose trouble with heart attacks before he finally got a heart transplant are well known — McKay suffered a heart attack during the making of the film. And he found a way to give his close call a sly shout out by putting footage of it into the searing drama he wrote and directed about the former vice president. The…

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Disney Junior Preps ‘Mira, Royal Detective,’ Toon Series Inspired By Culture & Customs Of India

Disney Junior has launched production on Mira, Royal Detective, an animated series set for 2020 that will give young’uns a look at Indian culture and customs. With voice work by such familiar names as Freida Pinto, Kal Penn, Aasif Mandvi and Sarita Choudhury, the series follows Mira (newcomer Leela Ladnier), a brave and resourceful commoner who is appointed to the role of royal detective after solving a mystery that involves saving the kingdom’s young prince. She travels…

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Blizzard Details The Road Ahead For ‘Hearthstone’ Esports

The Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) is officially ending this spring and it’s being replaced with a new three-tiered competitive system, developer Blizzard Entertainment said in a lengthy blog post on Thursday, detailing its changes to “Hearthstone” esports in 2019. The new system includes qualifiers, live global tournaments, and an exclusive top tier, Blizzard said, with […]

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Jukin Media Brings FailArmyTV, Pet Collective TV Channels to Samsung Smart TVs (EXCLUSIVE)

Jukin Media is extending the reach of its linear OTT efforts with a new deal with Samsung that is bringing the company’s FailArmyTV and The Pet Collective TV channels to select Samsung smart TVs. “This deal puts FailArmyTV and The Pet Collective TV in millions of living rooms across the country, immediately making them more […]

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Rotten Tomatoes Donates $25K to Sundance Inclusion Initiative for Underrepresented Film Critics

Rotten Tomatoes, the web aggregator of movie reviews, has pledged $25,000 to the Sundance Institute Press Inclusion Initiative. The initiative grants stipends to “assist with travel and lodging costs for more than 50 freelance critics and journalists” attending this year’s festival in Park City, Utah, Rotten Tomatoes said. Established this year, the initiative was created […]

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11 Under-the-Radar Genre Movies to Watch For in 2019

Genre film is having a bit of a moment. On the heels of one of the most profitable years for horror in 2017, this year has served up an exceptional wave of genre films, from crowd-pleasing fare like A Quiet Place and Halloween to hardcore head trips like Annihilation, Hereditary and Suspiria, and streaming gems like The Ritual and pretty much every Shudder exclusive from Revenge to The Witch in the Window. It's been a really good year for creative genre cinema across the board, but there are a whole lot of festival films that made the rounds …

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E4 Couples Up With Reality Dating Format ‘Baewatch’; Produced By ‘Baywatch’ Owner Fremantle’s Thames Banner

EXCLUSIVE: Forget Baywatch, bring on Baewatch. Fremantle may have started discussing a reboot of the classic beach drama but in the meantime its UK production label Thames is putting its own spin on the title for its latest reality dating format. Channel 4's youth-skewing network E4 has commissioned an eight-part series from the unscripted production company, which produces series including The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, and Love Island co-producer Motion Content G…

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Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To Lying To Congress About Trump Tower Moscow Project

President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen put in a surprise appearance this morning at federal court in lower Manhattan to plead guilty to misleading Congress about his contacts with Russia, sending TV news outlets scrambling. Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney for more than a decade, now says he had discussions with Trump about the real estate developer’s effort to build Trump Tower Moscow into summer of 2016  – by which time Trump was presumptive Republican…

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London’s Focus Event Casts Spotlight on World Production Boom and Location Filming

With global production booming at a breakneck pace, execs from content companies, film commissions and location providers who will be descending from more than 60 countries on London’s Dec. 4-5 Focus show really have something about which to cheer. Scripted content spawned by streamers has grown by a whopping 680% over the past five years, […]

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New York Film Critics Circle 2018 Awards Voting Underway

The New York Film Critics Circle will be handing out year-end superlatives on Thursday morning. Critically acclaimed films expected to be in the discussion include “First Reformed,” “Hereditary,” “You Were Never Really Here,” “Eighth Grade,” and “Roma,” among others. Last year the group named Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” the year’s best film, with star Saoirse […]

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‘Aquaman’ & ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Eye $70M+ Christmas Stretch Hauls – Early Tracking

The Christmas menu of Warner Bros.’ AquamanDisney’s Mary Poppins ReturnsParamount’s BumblebeeUniversal’s Welcome to Marwen and STX’s Second Act hit tracking today, and for many of these movies, it’s about the long haul instead of the traditional 3-day weekend, and that’s because moviegoing surges after Christmas Day. Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the 1964 musical film which won five Oscars including best actress for Julie Andrews, is launching on Wednesday…

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Trevor Noah’s Self-Deportation Edition Of ‘The Daily Show’ Gets Airdate

Trevor Noah heads home to South Africa to host the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday, December 2. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Self-Deportation Edition will air Monday, December 3 at 11 PM ET/PT on Comedy Central; it will air Tuesday, December 4 at 10 PM CAT on Comedy Central Africa. During his Self-Deportation Edition, The Daily Show host will show viewers a little more about his life before becoming host of the Comedy…

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New York Film Critics Circle Awards Voting Underway (Live): ‘Eighth Grade’ Best First Film & More

Refresh for updates throughout the AM: The New York Film Critics Circle is currently voting on their 2018 winners and it’s a process that can take close to four hours with winners announced in real time. So stay with us through the morning. The first big trophy was just announced after 90 minutes of deliberation: Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade from A24 wins best first film. Though the organization’s bellwether rate for determining Oscar's best picture is reportedly over 40%…

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Golden Globe Trophy Gets New Look: Marble Crumbles To History

The Golden Globe Award trophy has had some work done just in time for the big night. Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association today released an image of the newly redesigned award, sleeker yet heavier with a bronze base replacing the old one’s marble. The new award – SEE IT BELOW – will makes its TV debut when the 76th annual Globes ceremony airs live on NBC Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at 5 pm PT/E pm ET. The most obvious change is the base: Gone is the marble, replaced…

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Head of International Game Developers Association Calls for Unified Approach to Loot Boxes

The head of the International Game Developers Association is calling for the game industry to create a unified approach to its use of loot boxes in the wake of the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to investigate the use of the randomized boxes in video games. Jen MacLean, executive director of the IGDA, urged the industry […]

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NBCU Ad-Sales Executive Alison Tarrant Departs Company

Alison Tarrant, an NBCUniversal ad-sales executive vice president known for her smart touch with weaving advertising and content together, is leaving the company a few weeks after it restructured its ad-sales operations. “It has been a privilege to be a part of the leadership team at NBCU during the transformation and creation of our portfolio […]

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Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg’s ‘Console Wars’ Now a Limited Series; Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Direct

The long-in-the-works adaptation of the Blake J. Harris book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation has taken another interesting turn, and it looks as though it might finally happen. Seth Rogen and Evan Godlberg signed on to adapt the book as a feature film back in 2014, before it was even released, but getting it off the ground has proved difficult. Console Wars goes behind the scenes of the many battles between Sega and Nintendo, which kicked off in the 1990s and transformed computer games into a global industry in and of …

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‘Fortnite’ Season 6, Week 10 Challenges Guide

Season 6’s week-ten challenges are live in “Fortnite,” and that means new ways to earn Battle Stars and experience. By collecting more Battle Stars and upping their tier, up to a season maximum of 100, players can earn limited-time rewards like cosmetic outfits and XP boosts. (Collecting 10 Battle Stars will unlock one additional tier.) Weekly […]

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Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements About Russia Deal

WASHINGTON — The drumbeat of activity surrounding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation continued on Thursday, as President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen plead guilty to making false statements to Congress about his attempts to secure a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen entered the plea in a New York federal […]

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BBC News Aims for Short-Form Substance With Facebook Series ‘Cut Through the Noise’

BBC News is taking a shot at bringing a substantive, issues-oriented program to the global social media platform that is under fire for its role in distributing fake news. Facebook Watch has ordered a weekly series for the U.S. from BBC News dubbed “Cut Through the Noise,” which bows today. The show will deliver six- […]

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‘Nightflyers’ Review: A Space Odd-yssey Where Great Ideas Meet Lackluster Execution

Earlier this year, at New York Comic-Con, Nightflyers creator Jeff Buhler ticked off a list of genre icons that influenced Syfy's haunted spaceship horrorshow. “We leaned heavily on the shoulders of the greats,” Buhler said. “We were not shy about pulling the themes and even some imagery. There’s a lot of 2001, The Shining, and Ridley Scott’s Alien.” I've seen five episodes of Nightflyers and I can confirm the series—based on the 1980 novella by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin—borrows mightily from all those things, plus a healthy dose of …

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Movie Talk: ‘Kingsman 3′ and Prequel Details Revealed

On today's episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff, and Haleigh Foutch discuss the following: Exclusive: Collider's Steve Weintraub is reporting the plot details for the next Kingsman movie and for Kingsman 3 and that Matthew Vaughn will return as director. At a Collider Q&A event, Christopher McQuarrie revealed that Tom Cruise has "really big ideas" for Mission Impossible 7. NEON released a new trailer for Vox Lux, which features a transformative performance from Natalie Portman and is written and directed by Brady Corbet. THR is reporting that a sequel to Jenny Han's …

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Stephen Colbert Vows To Sue Donald Trump, Alleging ‘Colbert Report’ Shtick Theft

Stephen Colbert opened Late Show announcing he will sue President Donald Trump after catching POTUS red-handed stealing Colbert Report character bits. The alleged theft was noticed when Trump began complaining about Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell – a Trump appointee — for raising interest rates. “I'm not happy with the Fed;  they're making a mistake because I have a gut and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's brain can ever tell me," Trump boasted…

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Joel Taylor Drops Intense Music Video for ‘Moment’s Notice’ (Watch)

Joel Taylor is an Australian-born, L.A.-based singer-songwriter who is also a hell of a piano player. It turns out that not just the ivories but also the music business are both in his blood: His grandfather learned to play boogie-woogie piano from Jerry Lee Lewis, performing with Col Joye & the Joy Boys, one of […]

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Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Don Henley, More Join Grammys’ Dolly Parton Tribute

Vince Gill, Don Henley, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Linda Perry, and Mavis Staples have joined the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton, the Recording Academy announced Thursday. Previously announced performers for the show, which takes place in Los Angeles on Feb. 8 during Grammy Week, include Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, Pink, Mark Ronson and Chris Stapleton; Parton herself will close […]

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Plex Partners With Tidal, Adds Music Service to Its Media Center App

Media center app maker Plex has struck a partnership with Tidal to add the music service to its app. Paying Tidal subscribers can use Plex to mix the service’s 60 million tracks with their own personal music library, and access it on a growing number of devices that Plex is already available on. The partnership […]

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Sansar Partners With YouTube Comedian Steve Hofstetter on VR Comedy Event Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Social VR platform Sansar has teamed up with comedian and YouTube star Steve Hofstetter to create a series of comedy nights in virtual reality. Dubbed “Comedy Gladiators: A Virtual Comedy Experience,” the event series marks the first time for Sansar to hold ticketed pay-per-view events. “Comedy Gladiators” will allow VR users to enter a virtual comedy […]

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ESRB Wasn’t Aware of Pending FTC Investigation Into Loot Boxes

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board wasn’t aware that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) was going to call for a Federal Trade Commission investigation into video game loot boxes earlier this week, a board spokesperson tells Variety. On Tuesday, Hassan called on FTC chairman Joseph Simons to investigate video game loot boxes to ensure that children are being protected […]

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‘Shoplifters’ Takes Top Prize at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Japanese social drama, “Shoplifters,” was named best film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu, the film previously won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival. The Jury Grand Prize, or second place award, went to “Burning,” by South Korea’s Lee Chang-dong. The best director prize went to Nadine Labaki for […]

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Hugh Jackman Reviving One-Man Stage Show (EXCLUSIVE)

Hugh Jackman is reviving his one-man stage show and is planning a multi-city tour, Variety has learned. To get fans in the spirit, Jackman will perform two songs on the plaza at 30 Rockefeller Center as part of the “Today” show concert series. A set list hasn’t been determined for the touring stage show, but […]

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Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winners: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Takes Best Film

Acclaimed Japanese drama Shoplifters took home the best film prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards which were held in Brisbane, Australia on Thursday night. Auteur filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film, about a family of small-time crooks who take in a child they find outside in the cold, previously won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The Jury Grand Prize went to Lee Chang-dong’s well-received drama Burning, while best director went to Nadine Labaki for Capernau…

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Netflix Drops Final ‘The Politician’ Trailer (Watch)

As Netflix is busy battling HBO on stage for Emmys supremacy, the streamer also released the final trailer for Ryan Murphy’s latest series “...