Monday, December 31, 2018

Madonna Gives Surprise New Year’s Eve Performance at Stonewall Inn (Watch)

People expected something a week ago when Stonewall Inn — the bar in New York’s Greenwich Village where the riots that kicked off the modern LGBTQ movement took place in 1969 — announced that Madonna had been named an ambassador for the 50th anniversary celebrations. However, they may not have expected it quite so soon. On […]

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‘Stranger Things’ Sets Season 3 Premiere Date With Creepy New Year’s Eve Countdown

There are going to be plenty of fireworks for the third season of Stranger Things. The popular nostalgia-drenched Netflix series is set to premiere on Independence Day, July 4, 2019 — and they made the announcement through an appropriate — and creepy — New Year’s Eve countdown video from 1985. True to the Stranger Things brand, the video above is filled with VHS tape tracking lines and warped audio. From Hawkins, Indiana’s local station 5 WIYZ and brought to you by…

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CBS, Nielsen Fail to Strike New Deal as Contract Lapses

CBS, which distributes some of TV’s most-watched programs, may have to use a new way to count its viewers. CBS and the media-measurement service Nielsen are without a contract after their current deal lapsed at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the matter. The situation — for now — remains fluid. Talks […]

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Netflix Announces ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Premiere Date (Watch)

The third season of “Stranger Things” will launch on Netflix July 4, 2019. The streamer made the announcement via a clip that was designed to look like the local Hawkins, Ind. television affiliate. First, Dick Clark appeared during “live” footage of his 1985 “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” special, but as the camera panned to the […]

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Tribune And Charter’s Spectrum Extend Contract Deadline, Avert New Year’s Day Blackout

Tribune Media and Charter’s Spectrum cable systems have agreed to extend the deadline for their carriage contract to 5 PM ET Wednesday, averting a blackout of 33 local TV stations that would have taken effect at 12:01 AM ET tonight. The ongoing dispute has affected some 6 million Charter subscribers, with programming in the balance including college and NFL football and holiday fare. In Los Angeles, Tribune’s KTLA broadcasts the Tournament of Roses Parade, a New Year’s…

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‘Ninja’ Is Top Twitch Streamer, More Than Doubling Nearest Competitors

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins wracked up 226.85 million streams via Twitch this year, more than doubling his nearest competitor and aggregating more views than the second and third-place finishers combined. TEO Analytics and esportsobserver calculated the total viewing hours across the top ten Twitch channels for the entire year. Ninja set new viewership and subscription records, and also recorded more views than the top three channels from last year combined. Blevins is part of…

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Donald Trump Rings In New Year Mocking Elizabeth Warren’s White House Run News

President Donald Trump celebrated New Year's Eve with a Fox News Channel phone interview, where talk naturally turned to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren official announcement earlier in the day that she had officially formed a 2020 White House race exploratory committee. "She did very badly in proving that she was of Indian heritage," Trump reminisced happy with FNC's All American New Year Special co-host Pete Hegseth. "I think you have more than she does, and maybe I…

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Tribune, Charter Avert New Year’s Day Shutdown With Contract Extension

Tribune Media and Charter Communications have averted a New Year’s Day blackout of local TV stations and WGN America with an eleventh-hour agreement on a two-day contract extension. Discussions went down to the wire on New Year’s Eve as the companies worked against at 12:01 a.m. ET contract expiration. The sides have been wrangling over […]

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Andy Cohen Goes “Jim Acosta” When Authorities Pull Umbrella During CNN New Years Eve Coverage

Andy Cohen stood up to authority about 80-minutes into CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage from Times Square, when the New York Times Alliance forced him to close up his clear umbrella in the pouring rain. “Andy has taken a turn,” co-host Anderson Cooper warned viewers of his commercial-break transformation. “It’s more than drizzling in Times Square,” Cohen complained. “I’m not putting a damper on anything, but I will say this: I had this umbrella. The lady from the Times…

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My Year of Movies, Visualized

I love keep tracking of all the movies I watch. It's the stats nerd part of me, and so I always track the movies I'm watching in Letterboxd. If I'm being entirely honest, I didn't do a great job of watching movies in 2018, or at least in expanding my knowledge of film. I saw less than 40 non-2018 titles I had never seen before, and that's just sad. When you look at all the films out there, I should be doing far better than that, and one of my resolutions in 2019 is …

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Marc Hauser Dies: Celebrity Photographer For John Mellencamp’s ‘Scarecrow’ Was 66

Marc Hauser, the Chicago celebrity photographer whose work became the cover photo of John Mellencamp’s acclaimed Scarecrow album, has died. He was 66 and passed away from multiple health complications, according to a Facebook post from his studio. Hauser was a well-known Chicago photographer who specialized in celebrity portraits. His shots of former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman was a particular favorite, capturing the transformation of the forward from workman to…

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Broadcast Networks End Of 2018 Scorecard & Look Ahead To Midseason

It’s been an OK fall for the broadcast networks with a few solid new entries, NBC’s Manifest and New Amsterdam, ABC’s The Conners, CBSFBI, Fox’s Last Man Standing and the CW’s Charmed. Besides the two NBC dramas, no other new series probably qualifies as a breakout hit but there were no outright flops either that were quickly pulled or downgraded except for ABC’s Alec Baldwin talk show. However, the performances of the new and returning series has been largely…

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Charles Fox Remembers Collaborating With Norman Gimbel on ‘Happy Days’ Theme, ‘Killing Me Softly’

Norman Gimbel, who died Dec. 19, wrote the words for hit songs like “Killing Me Softly” as well as TV themes such as “Laverne & Shirley.” His collaborator of nearly five decades, Charles Fox, remembers working with the Oscar-winner.  One of the great lyricists of the 20th century passed away on December 19 in Montecito, […]

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US Strategic Command Yanks Joke Tweet And Video About Nuclear Bombing

The US Strategic Command is catching fire for a Dr. Strangelove-ian joke it made via Twitter about using nuclear weapons. The official Twitter account of the military branch posted a video juxtaposing New Year’s Eve’s annual Times Square ball drop with their own stealth bombers and their nuclear capability. The tweet noted,  'If ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger.'  An accompanying video in the tweet cuts to a shot of a stealth fighter jet…

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Year-End Edition

It’s the last day of 2018, and the Commander-in-Tweet is busy manning the White House and reminding his opponents that he hasn’t forgotten their sins against him from the past 365 days. In a final flurry of tweets, President Donald Trump lined up the bowling pins and knocked them down, skewing the so-called fake media in particular for refusing to see the righteousness of his causes. The withdrawal from Syria, the need for a wall on the US southern border and who will be…

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How To Watch The Times Square Ball Drop On New Year’s Eve

The Times Square ball drop is one of the most enduring rituals of New Year’s Eve. Since 1907, the year the lighted ball first descended, it’s been the harbinger of a new year for millions of people. This year, journalists will be honored as the special guests by the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, the organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve. A select group of journalists will appear on stage with the Committee to Protect Journalists just before…

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Black Panther, Deadpool & Venom: 2018 Superheroes Flew In Face Of Tradition, Portend A Diverse 2019

The superhero gene went up, up and away in 2018 finishing with the year’s three top domestic box office releases (Black Panther, The Incredibles 2 and Avengers: Infinity War, with combined box office of $2 billion) and three more tentpoles ranked in the Top 10 (Deadpool 2 at No. 5, Ant-Man and The Wasp at No. 8 and Venom at No. 10). More surprisingly, the genre closes out 2018 with as a surprisingly viable contender in the Oscar race for best picture. That contender, of…

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Sandra Oh And Andy Samberg Prepare To Host Golden Globes With A Complicated Best Friend Handshake

Sandra Oh, Andy Samberg, Golden Globes — what’s not to like? The pair were announced as hosts of the annual award ceremony earlier this month, many thought it was an unlikely duo, but after the recent promos show they show that they are more than capable of handling the gig — and on top of that, they are best friends! In the video above, the two celebrate their friendship with a very awkward — but fun — best friend handshake. In the second promo, the pair teases that, as…

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Notable Hollywood & Entertainment Industry Deaths In 2018 – Photo Gallery

Amid the chaos that was 2018, the show business industry lost some major players. There were icons of the big screen (Burt Reynolds) and TV (Penny Marshall, Billy Graham, Anthony Bourdain), along with such legends as Marvel hero Stan Lee, sportscaster Keith Jackson and singer Aretha Franklin, to name just a few of the year’s high-profile passings. Hollywood also lost groundbreaking producers (Craig Zadan, Raymond Chow, Arnold Kopelson, Steven Bochco), unforgettable…

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Wall Street Performance Coach Sues ‘Billions’ Creator Andrew Ross Sorkin, Showtime For Copyright Infringement

A Wall Street performance coach who specializes in trading psychology is suing the creators of Billions, saying she was the uncredited, and uncompensated, inspiration for the character Dr. Wendy Rhoades. Denise Shull filed a copyright infringement suit today in federal district court in New York, claiming that New York Times financial columnist and CNBC Squawk Box co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin “ripped off” her character without paying her or obtaining her permission. The…

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Another IATSE Official Arrested For Embezzling From His Local Union

Yet another IATSE official has been arrested for embezzling funds from his local – the 15th local leader from across the country to be so charged or convicted since 2008. The latest to be charged is Ivar Carlson, the former business agent and treasurer of the now-defunct IATSE Local B-935 in Worchester, Ma. According to the U.S. Attorney's office in Massachusetts, Carlson embezzled more than $37,000 from the local from March 2007 through September 2016 by writing checks…

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Stand-up Comedian Bill Burr Sells Mediterranean Villa in Los Feliz (EXCLUSIVE)

Veteran stand-up comedian, actor and longtime podcaster Bill Burr, co-creator and star of the Netflix animated comedy “F Is for Family,” quickly sold his home in the affluent foothills of Los Angeles’s celeb-filled Los Feliz area for $1.65 million after just over a month on the market. The tightly wound and audaciously un-PC comic and […]

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Verizon Fios Drops Jennifer Lopez-Owned Fuse Media

Verizon Fios has decided to drop Fuse, the multicultural network partially owned by Jennifer Lopez. Fuse will disappear from Verizon’s Fios service at the end of the day, representing the second such loss of carriage in a week. Cable giant Comcast reached a similar decision yesterday. The media company put the blame solidly on Verizon, claiming it said offered terms that the telecommunications giant knew were unacceptable to Fuse. “This is another instance of one of our…

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The Top 10 Music Business Stories of 2018

While the December stock market fluctuations have made everyone take a deep breath, 2018 was another boom year for the music business. A recovery that many of us could not have hoped for in our wildest dreams during the desolate years of the late 2000s continues to take hold, thanks almost entirely to streaming. According […]

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Christopher McQuarrie Details His Rewrites on ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’

Christopher McQuarrie is a gift to cinephiles. Not just because the writer-director keeps making incredible action movies and lending his voice as a top industry screenplay doctor, but because he's so open and communicative about the whole experience. Few filmmakers engage with fan questions more actively and thoughtfully than McQuarrie does on social media, record multiple commentaries for their Blu-ray releases, and willingly jump on podcasts for hours and hours to break down their craft. Whatever the medium, the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Fallout director always discusses the nuts and bolts of making a movie with …

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Turmoil At The TV News Divisions Shows No Signs Of Ending In 2019

2018 was a wild ride in the TV news business. Shocking reports in the wake of #MeToo forced the industry to vomit out more sexual harassers. Some high-profile programs suffered ratings consequences. Meanwhile, TV news executives licked self-inflicted wounds, and, once again, viewers said so long, for now at least, to a super-successful TV news host who tried to change the daypart and network simultaneously. CBS News veteran Jeff Fager, only the second person to executive…

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What’s Coming to Hulu in January 2019

There may not be any more eggnog to drink or mistletoe to stand under, but don’t despair — Hulu is coming in clutch with over 200 new titles arriving to the streaming service next month. Ease into the new year by rewatching classics like “Beetlejuice,” “Heathers” and “Rain Man,” or snuggle up with a bowl of […]

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What’s Coming to Amazon Prime Video in January 2019

Ushering in the New Year, Amazon Prime Video is bringing in a slate of original content, with new movies and television shows including “Beautiful Boy,” the second season of “Informer,” and the new season of animated show “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle” coming to the streaming service this month. Accompanying these are classics like […]

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Kathy Griffin Claims Jeff Zucker Cut Her Salary For Hosting CNN New Year’s Eve Event

After Kathy Griffin was fired last year from hosting CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve event after holding up a fake severed, bloody head of Donald Trump, we thought everyone has moved on from the incident. However, Griffin took to Twitter to spill some tea about her gig at CNN. In a long and interesting Twitter thread, Griffin talked about hosting the event on CNN for eight years and then began to talk about her fee. “I worked my way up by the 10th year at CNN to get a fee of…

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Film review: ‘One Nation, One King’

It’s impossible to imagine a more ploddingly old-fashioned account of the French Revolution than “One Nation, One King,” a film desperate to capture the atmosphere of the time yet unable to operate outside the most formulaic depiction of momentous incidents. Trapped between a history buff’s slavish desire to be true to events and a generic […]

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The Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now

Looking for a little adrenaline jolt to your Netflix viewing? We’ve got you covered. Below we’ve curated a list of the best action movies currently available to stream on Netflix, from the more adventure-tinged playful flicks to big-budget superhero movies to straight-up kung fu films. It’s the perfect antidote to the same-old same-old, and Netflix has a pretty swell and diverse library of action films to spice up your night. So behold, below are the best action movies on Netflix.…

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The Most Notable TV Character Deaths/Exits Of 2018 – A Photo Gallery

Each year brings a raft of deaths and exits of our favorite TV characters, but 2018 saw them come at a dizzying pace. While this year's list is numbingly long, Deadline looks at some of the most high-profile and memorable characters who left us in 2018. Some we knew would be exiting, but the question was how, such as Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood in House of Cards and Danny Masterson's in The Ranch, both of whom had been fired amid sexual misconduct allegations. Of…

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The Most Notable TV Character Deaths/Exits Of 2018 – A Photo Gallery

Each year brings a raft of deaths and exits of our favorite TV characters, but 2018 saw them come at a dizzying pace. While this year's list is numbingly long, Deadline looks at some of the most high-profile and memorable characters who left us in 2018. Some we knew would be exiting, but the question was how, such as Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood in House of Cards and Danny Masterson's in The Ranch, both of whom had been fired amid sexual misconduct allegations. Of…

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Don McKay Dies: ‘West Side Story’ Actor Was 93

Don McKay, who portrayed Tony in the 1958 London premiere of West Side Story, died Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 93. His nephew, Sean McKenna, confirmed McKay’s death to Playbill. The Clarksburg, Virginia, native began his acting career on stage in the late 1940s in regional theatre productions in the Chicago area. His Broadway debut came in 1951 in the musical Make A Wish, followed by the Johnny Mercer musical Top Banana. McKay is remembered best for his portrayal of…

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From Netflix To Blockchain, 12 Storylines That Will Dominate The International Film Biz In 2019

What to watch for in the overseas film industry in 2019: 1. Staying alive One of the most common refrains I hear from independent sales and distribution companies is how tough it is just to survive these days. As Netflix soars and studios, theaters and audiences continue to gravitate toward sequels, prequels and spinoffs, independent cinema becomes more treacherous territory. The year 2018 saw significant independent film companies go out of business (Global Road), falter…

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Ryan Murphy Honors Ball Icon Hector Xtravaganza, ‘Pose’ Co-Creator Says His “Legacy Will Strut On For All Time”

Pose co-creator Ryan Murphy took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late Hector Xtravaganza, a trailblazer for the LGBTQ community, New York ball culture icon, founding member of the House of Extravaganza, and a consultant on the aforementioned critically acclaimed FX drama. Xtravangnaza died on Sunday at the age of 60 and many Murphy wrote a thoughtful and touching dedication to the legend on Instagram. “Almost two years ago, I sent Hector Xtravaganza the pilot script…

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More Story, Lore Coming to ‘Sea of Thieves’ With New Quest System

Rare is working on a new quest system, along with more story and lore, for its pirate-themed online game “Sea of Thieves,” creative director Joe Neate told Game Reactor in a recent interview. “Sea of Thieves” didn’t have much narrative when it first launched in March, and its quests were largely of the “fetch” or […]

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The Best Horror TV Shows of 2018

In every medium, across every platform, horror thrived in 2018. On the heels of a record-breaking, Oscar-winning year for the genre in 2017, horror hung on just as strong this year, with a huge presence at the box office, in print -- miracle of miracles, Fangoria is back! -- and arguably better than ever on TV. Goodness knows there's no shortage of great TV out there these days. In this our age of Peak TV, somehow quality has endured and there's suddenly more good television out there than any one person can enjoy. Across streaming broadcast, cable, and …

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Kevin Spacey Ordered To Appear In Court On Felony Groping Charge

Three days after Kevin Spacey’s lawyers moved to have him excused from appearing in court to face allegations of groping a teenage busboy, the judge in the case has made a ruling: Show up. That’s the decision made today by Nantucket District Court Judge Thomas Barrett, meaning that the disgraced actor will be present for his January 7 arraignment on the felony sexual assault charge. Prosecutors had opposed the motion, citing Massachusetts state rules of procedure for…

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How to Live-Stream Times Square New Year’s Eve 2019 Free Online

Here’s how to live-stream the Times Square New Year’s Eve festivities for free online — no TV required — including the iconic ball drop and performances by Bebe Rexha and Lovelytheband. The six-hour New Year’s Eve live-stream from New York City will be available free worldwide on mobile devices and the web, including at TimesSquareNYC.org and TimesSquareBall.net. […]

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Kevin Spacey to Plead Not Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey will plead not guilty to sexual assault of the 18-year-old son of a Boston TV news anchor at his Jan. 7 arraignment in Nantucket, Mass. District Court, according to an affidavit obtained by the Boston Globe. Spacey also requested not to appear in court. “I am requesting that this court excuse […]

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Telemundo Fined By FCC For Violating Children’s Television Act Of 1990

Telemundo parent Comcast has agreed to pay $495,000 as a result of an investigation by the FCC, which found that some of the Hispanic broadcaster’s local stations had pre-empted children’s programming in favor of sports. That action was deemed out of bounds under the federal Children’s Television Act of 1990. The FCC said it would approve applications from Telemundo for local station license renewals, provided that the company pays the fine and abides by the terms of a…

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Brooklyn Heights Penthouse Purchase by Matt Damon Sets Borough Record

In the spring of 2018 celebrity property gossip columns around the globe blossomed with unsubstantiated scuttlebutt Oscar-winning leading man Matt Damon was so fed up with Donald Trump’s presidential antics he planned to pack up and move his family to Australia. But, turns out, the “Jason Bourne” franchise star is instead ringing in the New […]

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What’s Coming to Netflix in January 2019

The holidays might be over, but Netflix has a quick fix for the back-to-work blues. Sing along to your favorite Beatles songs in “Across the Universe” or laugh along with the Joker as he tries to thwart Batman in “The Dark Knight” when both arrive to the streaming platform next month. A couple classics are […]

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The Art Of Craft: Ruth E. Carter Breaks Down Series Of Early Sketches For ‘Black Panther’ Costumes

With over 40 film credits and two Oscar nominations to her name, costume designer Ruth E. Carter took on superhero scope for the first time with Ryan Coogler's Marvel phenomenon Black Panther. Following T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman)—a superhero and King-to-be in the technologically advanced, African nation of Wakanda—the Marvel pic hinged largely on one central question. That question, for Coogler, was: What does Africa mean to me? "For Ryan, it was an exploration of his…

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Don Lusk Dies: Disney Animator On ‘Fantasia’ & ‘Bambi’ Who Later Worked At Hanna-Barbera Was 105

Don Lusk, an animator and director who worked on Disney classics including Fantasia, Bambi and Pinocchio before moving to Hanna-Barbera in the 1960s, died Sunday. He was 105. His longtime friend Navah-Paskowitz Asner, announced the news on social media. Born on October 28, 1913, in Los Angeles, Lusk was just 20 when he joined the Walt Disney Company just after the Great Depression, as its animation studio was riding high on Mickey Mouse shorts. He would work on those…

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Film Review: ‘Cronofobia’

“…the curious feeling swam through him that everything was beautiful there, that it would always stay beautiful there…” At one point in Francesco Rizzi’s coolly assured, impressive debut “Cronofobia,” which picked up a first feature competition jury prize in the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, a raspy but sonorous voice reads out Charles Bukowski’s poem “Nirvana” […]

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Don Lusk, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Pinocchio’ Animator, Dies at 105

Don Lusk, an animator behind “Alice in Wonderland,” “Peter Pan,” and many more classic animated Disney movies, died Sunday morning, according to a Facebook post by Ed Asner’s daughter, Navah Paskowitz-Asner. He was 105. Lusk’s 60-year career touched countless classic works from Disney, where his career began in 1933. There he worked his animation magic […]

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‘The Orville’ Season 2 Launch Zooms Past S1 Finale But Stops Short Of S1 Opener

The Orville's Season 2 debut (1.5, 5.6M) was no match for its first season opener (2.7, 8.558M) which also had followed a Sunday NFL overrun. But, the second season starter of Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi series on Fox ticked up a bit compared to its Season 1 average (1.2, 4.33M), and jumped 67% compared to last season's finale in the demo, and 56% in total viewers. The S2 kickoff marked Orville’s best stats in both metrics since the franchise’s second episode last…

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Watch Rappers Try to Rescue a Puppy in VR (NSFW)

A YouTube channel (unfortunately) named 88 Rising published a compilation video on Sunday of rappers attempting to save a cute puppy in virtual reality. Kotaku spotted the footage and it’s as filthy and fun as you’d expect. (Seriously, it’s filthy. Extremely NSFW. You’ve been warned.) The musicians are brought into a studio full of green […]

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Auld Lang Swift? Ten Reasons to Spend New Year’s Eve Netflixing With Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has dropped her Netflix special on New Year’s Eve, as if it were a ball. Get it? She’s sure we do — there are plenty of reasons why she’d have faith that this holiday eve is the appropriate time to unveil “Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour” as a streaming event, and why fans […]

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The Highest-Profile Executive Exits Of 2018 – A Photo Gallery

Anyone working at high levels in Hollywood or the media business understands there is always a trapdoor under their feet. In 2018, however, that door swung open with remarkable swiftness and frequency — a byproduct of how high the stakes are in terms of personal conduct and delivering value to shareholders. Larger industry currents also help explain the level of turnover. The technology sector’s volatility this year was illustrated by departures in the executive suite. Fac…

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Film Review: ‘The Distant Barking of Dogs’

There’s rueful misdirection in the title “The Distant Barking of Dogs,” even if it isn’t strictly inaccurate: For much of Danish docmaker Simon Lereng Wilmont’s stoically compassionate fly-on-the-wall wartime portrait, a steady bassline of vocal canine discontent hangs in the background, becoming as integral to the scenery as a summertime cicada chorus. Yet in the […]

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Jimmy Osmond Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke During UK Performance

Jimmy Osmond, former star of musical group The Osmonds, was taken to a hospital after suffering a stroke during a performance of Peter Pan at the Birmingham Hippodrome. The 55-year-old Osmond was performing a pantomime of Peter Pan villain Captain Hook when he was stricken. According to a statement released by his spokesperson to media outlets, “On the evening of Thursday 27 December, after pushing through the evening’s performance of Peter Pan at Birmingham Hippodrome…

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Ben Foster Communicates Powerfully Without Words In ‘Leave No Trace’

Ben Foster is pacing Manhattan trying to ignore the clamor. "Sorry about all the sirens!" he groans apologetically. He's just gotten home from starring as 14th Century general Jan Žižka in the biopic Medieval, hyped as Czechoslovakia's biggest blockbuster to date, and Foster just wanted to stroll around to appreciate the holiday lights and squirrels "and ambulances," he jokes. Foster's a long way from the Oregon forest where he shot Debra Granik's Leave No Trace, a…

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Kevin Hart Oscar Controversy Barely Diminished His Appeal, Survey Suggests

The end of 2018 may not have been as bad for Kevin Hart as it seemed. Despite the furor earlier this month over past homophobic tweets that resulted in his exiting his Academy Awards gig, the comedian’s reputation has proved remarkably resilient in the public eye, according to Spotted, a data and research provider focused […]

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Exclusive: First Image of the Thanos Legendary Scale Bust from Sideshow



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The Best Action Movies of 2018

You don't have to look far to find good action cinema these days. While studios remain firmly focused on their blockbusters, the DTV action market remains a booming industry of grizzled ass-kickers and action veterans. We got three MCU entries this year, and they all lived up to the franchise standard of stunning set pieces, Steven Spielberg returned to blockbuster filmmaking and took on his own legacy with the ambitious crowd-pleaser Ready Player One, and Christopher McQuarrie became the first director to return for a Mission: Impossible sequel and ended up delivering one of the greatest films …

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‘Celeste’ Developers Cancel Their New Metroidvania Game ‘Skytorn’

The team behind the critically-acclaimed indie platformer “Celeste” are cancelling another project, a procedurally-generated Metroidvania called “Skytorn,” developer Noel Berry said in a blog post on Saturday. “We’re no longer going to be finishing ‘Skytorn,” he said. “I’m really sorry for those of you who were excited about this game. We were too. We poured […]

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TV Shows to Watch the Week of Dec. 31, 2018: Golden Globes, ‘Titan Games’

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, the Golden Globes airs and “The Titan Games” debuts on Fox. “Dick Clark’s […]

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New Sonos Satellite Speaker Pops Up in FCC Filing

Smart speaker maker Sonos seems to be readying a satellite speaker to bring true surround sound as well s voice control to its Playbar soundbar, if a new FCC filing is any indication. A Sonos spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The heavily redacted filing, which was published by the FCC Monday, […]

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Why 2018 Was Pusha T’s Year

With his third studio album, “Daytona,” rapper, producer and GOOD Music label president Pusha T was convinced he’d made the perfect album — so much so, he all but billed it as such when it dropped on May 25. It’s not a boast if it’s true. Produced with Kanye West at Ye’s Wyoming ranch-studio facility, […]

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John Stevenson Discusses ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Revamp & Rare Case Of Gender Parity In Animation

A lifelong fan of Sherlock Holmes, director John Stevenson had a set of specific conditions for taking on the Paramount animated sequel, Sherlock Gnomes. Coming off Kelly Asbury’s 2011 feature Gnomeo & Juliet, the follow-up would retain key elements—namely, a band of charming garden sculptures, who get into a series of comedic misadventures. At the same time, Stevenson’s take wouldn’t be overly goofy or broad. Set in contemporary London, it would show reverence for an…

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Elizabeth Warren Launches 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee; Slams Fox News In Video

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has become the first big-name Democrat to officially stake her claim toward a 2020 presidential run. Warren announced today in a video that she has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for president in 2020. "No matter what our differences, most of us want the same thing," the 69-year-old Massachusetts senator said in a video that highlights her family's history in Oklahoma. "To be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules and…

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TV Ratings: ‘The Orville’ Season 2 Premiere Down From Season 1

Live viewership of Seth MacFarlane’s Fox sci-fi dramedy “The Orville” fell sharply in its second season premiere on Sunday despite the lead-in boost provided from Fox’s NFL coverage earlier in the day. But “Orville” still delivered a credible number and posted improvements on its first season averages. The show got a special post-football sendoff and […]

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Ariana Grande Posts, Quickly Deletes New Mac Miller Tribute; Says ‘Farewell 2018, ‘You F—‘

Ariana Grande has posted a number of tributes to her longtime boyfriend Mac Miller in the months since his death in September from an apparent drug overdose. She posted another on her Instagram story Sunday night — a shot of his hands playing a keyboard — but deleted it soon afterward without explanation. Early Monday, […]

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Atlus Teases ‘Persona 5 R,’ Promises More Details in March

Atlus is reportedly working on a new version of its 2016 PS4-exclusive role-playing game “Persona 5” called “Persona 5 R,” it revealed on Sunday. The publisher released a short teaser video and accompanying website, but didn’t give any details. It will talk more about what it’s working on in March. The teaser does contain the […]

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Emily Blunt to Receive Creative Impact Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

Variety will honor actress Emily Blunt at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 4 as part of their annual brunch with the festival at the Parker Palm Springs. The brunch is presented by AT&T. The “Mary Poppins Returns” star will receive the annual Creative Impact in Acting Award. Previous recipients of this […]

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The Top 50 ‘Parks and Recreation’ Episodes, Ranked

Just because Pawnee, Indiana, isn’t a real place doesn’t mean you can’t live there. Over seven incredibly consistent seasons of Parks and Recreation, creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur—along with an A-list creative team and one of the best ensemble casts in sitcom history—founded a living, breathing community of oddballs and eccentrics, a town where the breakfast food is to die for if you can make it past the raccoon packs. What started as an offshoot of The Office with a Midwestern twist quickly turned into a live-action cartoon, a carousel of recurring …

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New Year’s Eve: Countdown To 2019 With Live TV Specials

Editors’ Note: This story first ran on December 26. If you’re planning on ringing in the New Year with some familiar TV faces you’ll have plenty to choose from. New Year’s Eve regulars Ryan Seacrest, Carson Daly, Steve Harvey, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will be among those hosting countdown specials that will air live New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, across the country. Seacrest returns to host Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for the 13th year on ABC. Joining…

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Watch Celine Dion Rock Out During Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas Show

Lady Gaga’s “Enigma” Las Vegas residency has racked up some adulatory reviews since it premiered on Friday night — including a rave recap from Variety’s Chris Willman and a fevered tweetstorm from Ramin Setoodeh, who wrote our recent Gaga cover story — but few are quite as memorable as footage of Vegas residency queen Celine […]

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Trump To Talk Government Shutdown On Fox News’ New Year’s Eve Special; Slams Dems & “Fake News” Media In AM Tweets

No big surprise here, but Fox News will wrap up 2018 with an exclusive interview with POTUS Donald Trump. It will air as part of Fox News Channel's All-American New Year, co-hosted by Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery and Pete Hegseth tonight live from Times Square in New York City. According to FNC, Trump will discuss the government shutdown and reveal his New Year’s resolutions for 2019, with what he hopes to accomplish in the coming year. FNC's Griff Jenkins and Carley…

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Habanero Film Sales Scores Bolivian Dramas ‘Pseudo’ and ‘The Goalkeeper’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Alfredo Calvino’s Habanero Film Sales has snapped up two dramas by Bolivia’s Gory Patiño, “The Goalkeeper” and “Pseudo,” after spotting them at Ventana Sur. “Habanero’s motto is ‘Awesome stories from Latin American & Caribbean filmmakers.’ We are always looking for films anchored in great storytelling; fresh and unusual perspectives that touch on important issues that […]

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Director Jon S. Baird on ‘Stan & Ollie’ and How Martin Scorsese’s Advice Impacted the Film

From director Jon S. Baird and screenwriter Jeff Pope, the biographical dramedy Stan & Ollie follows the great comedy team of Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly), as they set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. With their golden era behind them and an uncertain future, the two funnymen quickly reconnect with their adoring fans and the tour becomes a hit, but that doesn’t dissolve the tension between them or cure Oliver’s failing health, leaving the two men wondering just how much they mean to each other. During this 1-…

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2018 New Year’s Eve TV Marathon Roundup

This New Year’s Eve, kick back on your couch with absolutely no fear of FOMO on the wild parties. The networks have got you covered with a long list of TV shows marathoning on TV for your binge watching pleasure. Classic shows like “The Twilight Zone,” “Friends” and “Sex in the City,” as well as newer […]

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Almodovar-Backed ‘The Silence of Others’ Gets International Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID —  “I was six-years-old when they came for my mother. People from the town, Franco supporters,” narrates an old lady, the white-haired, black-dressed Maria Martín, nearly 80 years later, as she is filmed at the beginning of “The Silence of Others” laying simple flowers by the side of a country road. Executed during Spain’s […]

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The 10 Best Fight Scenes of 2018

End-of-the-year lists are a beautiful time to look back at the television and film that most moved you, most inspired you, most defined the promise of a moving picture. Well, never mind all that nonsense, let's talk about characters trying to beat the absolute shit out of each other. A good fight scene is a bloody work of art, the backbone of any action storytelling worth watching. With blockbusters getting bigger, special effects getting better, and the fate of the entire universe constantly at stake, it's harder than ever to stand out from the pack …

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The Collider.com Podcast: Episode 178 – 2018 in Review

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're looking back on the year in movies. We start off with January 2018 and work our way through films both big and small, calling out titles that surprised us, disappointed us, and more often than not, films that flew under the radar that you shouldn't overlook. We then finish up by talking about our individual Top 5 lists. Listen to the latest episode of The Collider.com Podcast below; click here for the previous episode ("Aquaman"); and click here to find us on iTunes. And if you have any movie …

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Soulja Boy’s Emulator Consoles Pulled From Online Store

The SouljaGame has met its quick and inevitable end. Rapper DeAndre Cortez Way, aka Soulja Boy, pulled his new line of emulator consoles from his website less than a month after he began selling them. Links to their product pages on SouljaWatch.com now result in a 404 error. “I had to boss up. I didn’t […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ Rated By Atom Tickets As Most Anticipated 2019 Film Releases

Avengers: Endgame came out on top in Atom Tickets’ ranking of the most anticipated 2019 film releases. The survey by the social movie ticketing app, whose backers include Lionsgate, Disney and Fox, placed Captain Marvel and Toy Story 4 second and third, respectively. Endgame, though, finished on top of several lists (for most anticipated overall movie, ensemble cast and superhero movie) by “wide margins,” the company said. The preview list follows a forecast last week…

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Matt Goldberg’s Top 10 Films of 2018

Well, here we are again. The year has come to a close, and I’m here with my annual Top 10 movies list. According to my Letterboxd, I saw 135 new releases in 2018, so I feel like I’ve done my due diligence in trying to whittle that down to my favorite ten movies. As always, the point of this list is for recommendations. If it’s not your job to see over 100 new releases every year, then you might need some guidance on what’s worth seeing. That’s where a list like this comes in. This …

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Walk Off the Earth Keyboardist Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor Dies

Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor, keyboardist and singer in the Canadian band Walk Off the Earth, died Sunday from natural causes, the group confirmed in a statement. pic.twitter.com/TZCWGeGSAT — Walk off the Earth (@WalkOffTheEarth) December 31, 2018 “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother and band member, Mike ‘Beard […]

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Louis C.K. Inflames Twitter With Leaked Stand-Up Jokes About Parkland Shooting Survivors, Gender Non-Binary People

In a stand-up set that leaked online, disgraced comedian Louie C.K. delivered an extended riff about 20-somethings that included pokes at the survivors of the Parkland High School shooting and those who identify as gender non-binary. The comedian, who left the scene a year ago after admitting to masturbating in front of several female comedians without their consent, was quickly torched on Twitter for what was perceived as a sharp turn toward a right-wing world view…

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Elizabeth Warren Launches Committee for 2020 Presidential Bid With Video That Bashes Fox News

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced the formation of an exploratory committee to run for president in 2020, with plans to formally announce a bid for the Democratic nomination early next year. Warren made the reveal in a four-and-a-half-minute video, in which she said, “no matter what our differences, most of us want the […]

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Most Influential in Video Games 2018: Esports Stars, Union Leaders, Iconic Indies

This year was not one for consensus. That’s true politically – the country is entering its fourth consecutive year of tearing itself apart at the seams – but even in the proxy battlefields, like video games, or movies, or music, it was difficult to suss out a dominant critical trend or a cultural movement. That […]

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Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Tale ‘All Is True’ Connects The Myth To The Man

Kenneth Branagh's All is True felt like a surprise. Released on December 21 with no festival play running up to it, preceded by a trailer launch not for this film but for Branagh's upcoming big-budget adaptation of Artemis Fowl, it seemed to emerge from nowhere; an extra treat in a season that appeared to be already locked in. In a way it was; shot in no time at all in between Branagh's Hollywood commitments, simply because he could not resist the story's lure. And yet it…

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Louis C.K. Stirs Outrage With Jokes About Parkland Shooting Survivors, Gender Identity Issues

Disgraced comedian Louis C.K. has stirred more outrage after taking aim at Parkland shooting survivors and gender identity concerns in a recent set at a comedy club on Long Island. A 48-minute audio recording of C.K. surfaced late Sunday on YouTube. It was described as a set delivered Dec. 16 at Governor’s Comedy Club in […]

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China Box Office: Local Titles Outshine Hollywood, Aamir Kahn Efforts

New local Chinese titles beat Hollywood heavyweights “Aquaman” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” at the box office this weekend, with a remake and a panned sequel leading the pack. Meanwhile, expensive Bollywood flop “Thugs of Hindostan” failed to redeem itself in China, with a weak opening weekend marking the first Aamir Khan flop in China […]

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Hector Xtravaganza Dies: New York Ball Culture Icon And ‘Pose’ Consultant Was 60

Hector Xtravaganza, a founding member of the House of Xtravaganza, one of the most recognizable houses in New York’s ball and vogueing scene died Sunday. He was 60. Also known as the house Grandfather, the news of his death was announced on the official House of Xtravaganza Facebook page: “It is with profound sadness the House of Xtravaganza family announce the passing of our beloved Grandfather Hector. He was a friend to everyone he met, a source of inspiration for all…

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Hector Xtravaganza, Ball Icon and ‘Pose’ Consultant, Dies

Hector Xtravaganza, “grandfather” of the House of Xtravaganza and consultant for Ryan Murphy’s “Pose,” has died. The House of Xtravaganza announced his death in an Instagram post. “It is with profound sadness the House of Xtravaganza family announce the passing of our beloved Grandfather Hector,” the post reads. “He was a friend to everyone he […]

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‘Outlander’ Producer on Importance of Portraying On-Screen Father-Daughter Reunion as in the Novels

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Birds and the Bees,” the ninth episode of “Outlander” Season 4. The latest episode of “Outlander” finally put on screen a scene book readers have been looking forward to for years. In the episode “The Birds and the Bees,” Brianna (Sophie Skelton) managed to […]

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‘Outlander’ Recap: A Tearful Reunion and Confession in ‘The Birds and the Bees’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Birds and the Bees,” the ninth episode of “Outlander” Season 4. The latest “Outlander” episode continued to be quite the emotional roller coaster for poor Brianna (Sophie Skelton), who was just raped by Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers), then met her birth father and […]

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Tribune And Charter At Odds As Carriage Deal Deadline Looms

Tribune Media and Charter Communications have had an exchange of words Sunday as the deadline for a new carriage deal that expires at 12:01 am ET on New Year’s Day. If a deal is not reached to renew the contract 33 Tribune stations in 24 markets could go dark across Spectrum systems. The Tribune’s Gary Weitman said in a statement given to Deadline: “Despite our best efforts, Charter-Spectrum has not engaged in meaningful negotiations with us, and we have not heard from…

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Tribune and Charter Spar as New Year’s Eve Contract Deadline Approaches

Tribune Media is accusing Charter Communications of dragging its feet in negotiations as the clock ticks down on the New Year’s Eve contract renewal deadline covering 33 Tribune stations and cabler WGN America in New York, Los Angeles and other markets. Tribune asserts that Charter has not been in touch with the Chicago-based TV station […]

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Comcast Drops Fuse After A Decade, Says Decision Is “Suprising And Troubling”

Comcast has announced today that they have decided to drop Jennifer Lopez’s Fuse, which focuses on multicultural programming. The news was announced today by Michael Schwimmer, President and CEO of Fuse Media. "Despite Comcast's publicly-stated commitment to support diverse and independently operated networks, Comcast has elected to drop Fuse, a multicultural-focused television network, on December 31, after more than a decade of carriage. This decision is both surprising…

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Comcast to Drop Jennifer Lopez-Owned Fuse Music Channel

The future of Fuse, the music cabler owned in part by Jennifer Lopez, is in doubt now that Comcast is dropping the channel as of the new year. Fuse blasted the cable giant on Sunday for the decision, asserting that it “met Comcast’s financial demands and no other requirements were ever communicated to us.” Comcast said […]

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CNN ‘State Of The Union’ Anchor Dana Bash Draws Expletive From Sen. Lindsay Graham

CNN anchor Dana Bash was told her line of inquiry was “a bunch of bullshit” by Sen. Lindsey Graham during an interview on violence in the Middle East. Graham, appearing on CNN’s State of the Union today, was exasperated by Bash’s leading questions on the recent decision by President Donald Trump to pull US troops out of Syria. Bash asked Graham whether Trump would be to blame if the Islamic State terrorist group became more powerful after troops left. Graham initially…

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The 20 Best Classic Soundtrack Reissues of 2018

Film-score buffs had a bonanza of riches to choose from in 2018 — notwithstanding the fact that the soundtrack business is almost unrecognizable from what it was even a decade ago. Instead of farming out their new scores to the traditional soundtrack labels, most studios now retain them for their own in-house labels and generally […]

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‘Capernaum’ Director Nadine Labaki on Her Golden Globe Nomination and the ‘Secret Code Between Women’

With its jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” made history, and with its current Golden Globes nod for best foreign language motion picture, the film is on its way to marking further milestones. “Capernaum” is on Oscar’s shortlist for foreign-language film, with nominations to be unveiled Jan. 23. The Globes ceremony […]

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Animal Planet Global President Susanna Dinnage To Stay At Discovery After Premier League Soccer U-Turn

Animal Planet's Global President Susanna Dinnage is set to stay at Discovery after deciding not to take up the position of CEO of the English Premier League. Dinnage has reportedly changed her mind as to take up the role, which she secured in November, and stay at the international factual giant. It's not clear whether she will continue in her current role or take on another position within the company, although it is a rare move to eschew such a high profile promotion…

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Facebook Rescinds Ban On Evangelist Franklin Graham Post And Apologizes

Social media giant Facebook has apologized to evangelist Franklin Graham for its 24-hour ban related to his 2016 post on North Carolina’s controversial law that restricted same-sex bathroom use, among other issues. A member of Facebook’s content review team banned Graham, the son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, because the post was determined to violate Facebook's policy on "dehumanizing language" and excluding people based on sexual orientation, race and other…

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‘Aquaman’ Holds No. 1 Spot Overseas, Nears $750 Million Globally

“Aquaman” continues to leave competitors in its wake, ruling the global box office for the fourth consecutive week. Warner Bros.’ DC superhero film — directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa — amassed another $85.4 million in 78 international territories this weekend, taking its overseas tally to a massive $560 million. The tentpole also […]

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‘On The Basis of Sex’ Best of Slow Holiday Weekend Start for Newcomers; ‘Beale Street’ Decent with Added Runs: Specialty Box Office

It won't be a holiday week to remember for the specialties, unfortunately. Q4 of 2018 has generally not mirrored last year's burst of audience excitement, save for a few titles (at best), and this holiday week and weekend has not given much of a boost. Focus Features/Participant's Ruth Bader Ginsburg narrative, On The Basis of Sex, which came on the heels of the documentary box office champ, RBG from earlier this year, took the weekend's best opening per-theater…

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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Review: Paralyzed by Choice

Rumors have swirled for quite some time now about a “choose your own adventure”-style episode of Black Mirror. It made sense. After all, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones’ buzzworthy series is all about telling unique sci-fi stories with some kind of social relevance—usually the kind that makes you feel like garbage at the end of an episode. At long last, this “choose your own adventure” installment of Black Mirror has been unveiled courtesy of Netflix. It’s called Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, and it’s predictably twisted. But is it good? Is it satisfying? Well that depends on …

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

The master of nicknames – who can forget such classics as “Crooked Hillary” and “Little Marco” – has a new one for the partial government closure: it’s now the “Schumer Shutdown,” complete with hashtag, reflecting President Donald Trump’s belief that Democratic leadership intransigence is the main cause of 800,000 federal workers not receiving their regular paychecks. The Commander-in-Tweet rubbed it in during his early Sunday Twitter messages, accusing his rivals of not…

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Disney And Verizon Reach New Carriage Deal For Fios, Avoiding Blackout

Verizon Communications and the Walt Disney Co. have reached a new agreement that will keep ESPN and ABC-TV on the Fios service. The deal replaces one that expires tomorrow and comes following Verizon warning its customers last week that they were in danger of losing Disney-owned properties on the service. Disney also ran ads warning of the possible blackout. News of the new agreement did not offer specifics. “Verizon and The Walt Disney Company have reached a…

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Nears $750 Million Worldwide, Passing ‘Justice League’ and ‘Suicide Squad’

Aquaman ruled the high seas of the box office for the second weekend in a row. The Warner Bros. superhero film brought in an estimated $51.6 million this weekend, falling only 24% from its opening weekend to shore up a domestic total of $188.8 million thus far. That’s the best showing of a new release for this holiday season by a significant amount. The week-to-week drop (or lack therof) is particularly notable, as Batman v Superman fell 69%, Suicide Squad fell 67%, and Man of Steel fell 64% in their respective second weekends. Granted, opening …

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Mrinal Sen Dies: Acclaimed Director Won India’s Top Film Honor, Was 95

Mrinal Sen, the filmmaker who won India’s highest film honor, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, has died. He was 95 and passed from natural causes at his home in Kolkata. Sen is known for his contributions to Bengali parallel cinema, a movement originating in West Bengal that took a serious approach to filmmaking, rejecting  mainstream Indian commercial cinema and its dance-and-song routines. The movement was known for serious content, realism and the sociopolitical climate of…

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Disney, Verizon Strike New Carriage Agreement

Walt Disney and Verizon have struck a new carriage agreement, avoiding a showdown that might have taken popular ESPN college-football games away from subscribers of Verizon’s Fios service in the first days of 2019. “Verizon and The Walt Disney Company have reached a broad-based distribution agreement. Details will be released in the coming days,” the […]

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Christina Radish’s Best TV of 2018: From ‘Homecoming’ to ‘Lost in Space’

With so many TV shows to choose from, on broadcast networks, cable channels and various streaming services, there is no shortage of dramas and comedies, and those that are a mixture of the two, which means that there are also a lot of great ones. Since I watch a fair amount of those TV shows, all over the map, I like to highlight the stand-outs for me, every year, that rise above. And just because something isn’t on this list, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve to be. It just means that because of the …

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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Stays Strong With $51.5 Million in Second Weekend

“Aquaman” easily retained its reign in North American for the second weekend in a row, dominating box office charts with $51.5 million from 4,125 locations. That marks a decline of just 24% from its opening weekend of $72 million and brings the DC superhero tentpole past $188 million in the states. Since it’s a busy time […]

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Upcoming Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2019 to 2022

Last Updated: December 30th There’s no denying that the most popular genre around these days is the superhero movie. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero films in droves. With nearly every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, and with Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. plotting …

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‘Into the Dark’ Director Sophia Takal on “New Year, New You”, Blumhouse, and Female Voices

As part of the 12-episode Blumhouse Television anthology series Into the Dark (available to stream at Hulu), in which there’s a new installment released each month that’s inspired by a holiday, the fourth episode, called “New Year, New You,” follows a group of friends who gather for a girls’ night reunion on New Year’s Eve. Alexis (Suki Waterhouse), Danielle (Carly Chaikin), Kayla (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) and Chloe (Melissa Bergland) are high school friends who have drifted apart, so playing a round of the party game “Never, Have I Ever,” when tensions are already high and it …

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John Krasinski & Emily Blunt Reflect On ‘A Quiet Place’ And The New Perspective Of Its Sequel

Though they started dating a decade ago, John Krasinski & Emily Blunt had never worked together before this year, when the Krasinski-directed A Quiet Place cast them as husband and wife and tapped into the unspoken language they've come to share. Krasinski was nervous to approach Blunt to star, but on screen, as they navigate a world in which the slightest sound could mean instant death, it's that real-life connection that telegraphs everything another movie might wrap up…

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Mrinal Sen, Veteran Indian Director, Dies at 95

Legendary Indian filmmaker, Mrinal Sen died of a cardiac failure in Kolkata on Sunday. He was 95. Sen was born in 1923 in Faridpur, British India (now Bangladesh). He debuted in 1955 with “Raat Bhore” and found local acclaim with “Neel Akasher Neechey” (1959) and “Baishey Shravana” (1960). He won India’s national awards for best […]

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Basketball Comedy ‘Uncle Drew’ Nets China Theatrical Release

American sports comedy, “Uncle Drew” has netted itself a theatrical release in mainland China, where basketball is a major sport. It will be released in Chinese cinemas on Jan. 11, 2019. Starring hoops legend Kyrie Irving in the title role, the film delivers a story about a team of old-time ball players who pull together […]

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Cyberattack From Outside US Disrupts Distribution of LA Times, Other Papers

What was initially described as a computer virus and subsequently as an organized cyberattack led to delays in the printing and deliveries of the Saturday edition of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and several other major newspapers that operate on a shared production platform as they all were — and some still are — part of Tribune Publishing. Also disrupted was distribution of the West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York…

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Abby Lee Miller To Return To ‘Dance Moms’

She’s baaaaack! Abby Lee Miller is coming back to crack the whip on Dance Moms. Miller took to Instagram to confirm the news that she will be returning to the popular Lifetime reality series. “OMG! Can you believe I'm going to film Season 8 of Dance Moms!” she wrote. “Yes, it's official! We begin the end of Jan! #dancemoms #aldcalways #abbyleemiller #season8 #ALDC #thebestisyettocome #aldcla.” The news comes after the reality star had a turbulent year. She was released…

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Cyberattack Prevents Distribution Of Major U.S. Newspapers – Report

Many newspaper subscribers all over the country were without copies of their papers on Saturday after a cyberattack causes some major problems with printing and delivery of several newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun as well as the San Diego Union-Tribune. According to the Los Angeles Times, the cyberattack came from outside the United States and also affected the distribution of the West Coast editions of the Wall Street Jour…

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NYPD Drones To Fly Over Times Square During New Year’s Eve Celebration

Security will be taking to the air in Times Square during this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration. The NYPD will deploy drones in the popular New Year’s Eve destination in an effort to fight against potential terror attacks. This is a first for the celebration. The will fly overhead and join more than 1,200 cameras which will be in place during the event. Other drones will not be allowed to fly. As a safety measure, the drones will be tethered to a building to prevent them…

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Der Spiegel Editors Suspended Amid Investigation Of Fabricated Articles

The plot of Der Spiegel‘s reporting scandal continues. After the German magazine fired award-winning journalist Claas Relotius after he admitted to writing fabricated stories, an investigation was launched and now two senior editors have been suspended. The weekly German news publication said that the editors Matthias Geyer and Ullrich Fichtner have been suspended in amid the investigation that Relotius invented stories in at least 14 articles that were published in print…

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The Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now



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Dame June Whitfield, ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ and ‘Terry and June’ Actress Dies at 93

Dame June Whitfield, known for her work on “Terry and June,” the “Carry On” movies and “Absolutely Fabulous” has died. The BBC is reporting that Whitfield passed peacefully on Friday night, she was 93. Whitfield’s career touched just about every part of the entertainment industry from early radio comedies, acting in the “Carry On” films, […]

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What Each Possible 2018 Best Picture Winner Would Mean

One of the many fun things about the Academy Awards race is that it’s an animal that mutates — the mutations being shifts in perception, which have a way of turning into reality. This is supposed to be the winner, and then that suddenly zooms ahead, creating a momentum of expectation that becomes self-fulfilling. (Or […]

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New Year’s Eve Celebration In Times Square Dedicated To Freedom Of Press

In a time when the term “fake news” is being thrown around and the United States has been added to the list of one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist, it’s nice to know that there is one silver lining: this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square will be dedicated to the freedom of press. Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, will initiate the ball drop on Monday in Times Square while yet-to-be-named journalists…

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Dame June Whitfield Dies: Actress In ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Was 93

Dame June Whitfield, best known for her role in Absolutely Fabulous, died at her home on Friday night, according to her agent. She was 93. Made an OBE in 1985 and given a damehood in 2017 for services to drama and entertainment, Whitfield had a long and varied show business career, including starring in 12 BBC Radio 4 Agatha Christie adaptations as Miss Marple from 1993 to 2001. She was best known for her roles in Take It From Here, Terry And June and Absolutely Fabulous

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Ringo Lam Dies: Hong Kong Director Of ‘City On Fire’ Was 63

Influential Hong Kong film director, producer, and screenwriter Ringo Lam died Saturday. He was 63. Lam was found unconscious and unresponsive in his bed on Saturday, according to the Hong Kong publication Apple Daily. When the officials arrived, he was already dead. No foul play was suspected and no further details were released. Born Ringo Lam Ling-Tung in Hong Kong in 1955, Lam studied acting and then went on to film school in Canada. His first films were comedies and…

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‘Bird Box’ Spoiler Review: The Highs and Lows of Netflix’s Twisty Thriller

Netflix's latest big-budget thriller is all the rage this holiday season. The memes are roaring, the hashtags are trending and the viewers are raving; Bird Box is the streaming giant's latest bonafide sensation. Wisely debuted in the thick of the holiday season, Bird Box wracked up more than 45 million views within a week, according to Netflix, and if you're one of the folks who settled in for a scare over the break, then you're probably eager to dig into the film, spoilers and all! Bird Box stars Sandra Bullock as Malorie, a woman who …

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Hong Kong Director Ringo Lam Dies at 63

Hong Kong-born action director Ringo Lam, who directed the influential crime film “City on Fire,” has died. Hong Kong media outlets reported the director, who was born Lin Lingdong, was found unresponsive in bed on Saturday by his wife. The 1986 “City on Fire” is considered a landmark film about Hong Kong triads, and won […]

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Concert Review: Lady Gaga Kicks Off a Very Good Romance With Vegas

Some Oscar campaigns are way better than others. Mind you, it’s probably just the luck of the clock that “Lady Gaga Enigma,” the highly spectacular, long-in-the-works show that opened Friday night in Las Vegas, happens to be kicking off in the heart of awards season. Gaga did blurt out toward the close of opening night […]

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Friday Ratings: ‘Midnight, Texas’ Series Finale Holds The Fort On Rerun-Filled Slate

The series finale of NBC’s Midnight, Texas was the highlight of a rerun-filled Friday night of programming, and the supernatural drama went out by holding on to its audience, scoring an 0.4/2 and 2.42 million viewers. Following that farewell, NBC’s America's Got Talent rose a bit from last week’s holiday special, ticking up a tenth to 0.5/3, 3.29. Rounding out the NBC evening, Dateline was also up, scoring strongly with an 0.6/4 and 4.13 million. Fox’s Last Man Standing

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‘The Punisher’ Season 2: Ben Barnes & Floriana Lima on Billy Russo’s Fractured Mind (and Face)

The Punisher season two picks up right where the blood-soaked first season quietly left off, with human war machine Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) suddenly finding himself without a war to fight and all out of people to shotgun in the face as vengeance for his family's death. Earlier this year, Netflix invited Collider and a few other journalists to the show's Brooklyn set to get a look at a sophomore season that is—if you can believe it—darker, more violent, and more bullet-riddled than before. In addition to getting a glimpse of Frank's junkyard …

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L.A. Readers: Win Free Tickets to Our ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ IMAX Screening and Q&A

Kicking off our screening series in the New Year, Collider and IMAX are really excited to bring fans a long-awaited screening of one of 2018’s biggest films featuring the smallest super hero from the MCU… Yes, you guessed it. We are really happy to announce that schedules have aligned and director Peyton Reed will join us for a special screening of Ant-Man and the Wasp. On January 9th at 7pm in the Los Angeles area, Collider is partnering up with IMAX for the screening and after the film ends, I’ll be moderating an extended Q&…

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New ‘Captain Marvel’ TV Spot Offers a Closer Look at Brie Larson’s Superhero

Disney has released a new TV spot for Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated new film Captain Marvel. The superhero origin story stars Brie Larson as the titular hero, but it’s unique in the MCU for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it’s their first film with a female protagonist as Oscar-winner Larson takes on the role of the MCU’s most powerful hero. Secondly, it’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first prequel, as Captain Marvel takes place in the 1990s. This new TV spot mostly features footage we’ve seen previously from the first two trailers, …

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‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Cites Scientology As Defense In Federal Court Case

Lawyers for accused Nxivm sex-slave cult leader and former Smallville star Allison Mack are arguing that she isn’t guilty of inducing forced labor if the Church of Scientology isn’t guilty of the same charge. In court papers filed yesterday in Brooklyn Federal Court, Mack's lawyers argued that Mack’s threat to release naked photos and disparaging statements made by cult members against their relatives doesn't rise to the threat of "serious harm" required to prove…

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‘Aquaman,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Power Year-End North American Box Office

Powerful holdovers “Aquaman” and “Mary Poppins Returns” are leading the way as the 2018 domestic box office finishes the year on a record-setting note. “Aquaman” will repeat as the winner of the final weekend of the year with about $52 million at 4,125 North American sites, according to Saturday estimates. That’s a smallish decline of […]

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Friday Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Holds on Strong with $17.1 Million

The depths of Aquaman’s success know no bounds. After debuting slightly below tracking estimates last weekend, the Warner Bros. DC film performed well throughout Christmas week, easily crossing $130 million domestic. Now in its second weekend, it appears Aquaman won’t be suffering the sort of catastrophic drop that can plague superhero films in their second outings. Instead, James Wan’s colorful high seas adventure pulled in $17.1 million on Friday and is on track for a weekend gross of at least $52 million. If that estimate holds, the drop would be a mere 22% from its first …

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Andrew Zimmern Sparks Outrage With Chinese Restaurant Comments

The man who eats strange foods for a living now has to eat some humble pie. Bizarre Foods host and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern has caused a firestorm in the Asian-American and foodie communities over his comments that Chinese food in the Midwest is served in "horseshit restaurants." Zimmern made the comments to promote his own Midwest Chinese restaurant chain, Lucky Cricket, in an interview with Fast Company. The first outlet for Lucky Cricket just opened in a…

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The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: December 29th The element that most viewers tend to gravitate toward when it comes to documentaries is the essence of real life that one gleans from the assemblages of historical footage, photographs, talking heads, pre-recorded audio, and sequences of physical excursion or simple quotidian tasks. There's an undeniable feeling of authenticity even when you're watching something clearly biased, such as a Michael Moore joint. Even in cases where the film's overall focus is narrowed to fit a pre-conceived narrative, there's an unmistakable feeling of intimacy, of being let into a filmmaker's …

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition

It’s a holiday weekend, and President Donald Trump undoubtedly has a light schedule. That leaves plenty of time for tweeting, and the Commander-in-Tweet is off to an early start. So far, the President has rounded up a few of the usual suspects for his broadsides: the Mueller investigation and their apparent mishandling of some evidence; and the Democrat opposition, which apparently are fiddling while the government burns, at least according to Trump. We’ll update as more…

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John C. Reilly on ‘Stan & Ollie’, His Reluctance to Take the Role, and ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

From director Jon S. Baird and screenwriter Jeff Pope, the biographical dramedy Stan & Ollie follows the great comedy team of Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly), as they set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. With their golden era behind them and an uncertain future, the two funnymen quickly reconnect with their adoring fans and the tour becomes a hit, but that doesn’t dissolve the tension between them or cure Oliver’s failing health, leaving the two men wondering just how much they mean to each other. During this 1-…

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Stan Lee’s Legacy: Ranking The Hollywood Heroes Created By The Marvel Comics Icon

It was a melancholy milestone on Friday: Marvel Comics pioneer Stan Lee would have been celebrating his 96th birthday and likely basking in the achievement of Black Panther and The Avengers: Infinity War, which are about to finish 2018 as the year’s two top-grossing films. Both movies were (like so many superhero movies) based on Lee’s creations. The publishing icon died Nov. 12 in Los Angeles as the comic book medium’s greatest ambassador and as Hollywood’s long-reigning…

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Kevin Spacey Attorneys Ask Judge If Their Client Can Skip Sex Assault Arraignment

Kevin Spacey wants to skip his upcoming arraignment next month on sex assault charges. Lawyers for Spacey have filed a motion asking that his presence at a scheduled Jan. 7 hearing in Nantucket District Court be excused. No reason was disclosed. The motion was opposed by prosecutors. The judge did not immediately rule. Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Michael Giardino has written that Spacey’s appearance is required under Massachusetts state rules for…

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TV Review: ‘The Masked Singer’

At first glance, Fox’s “The Masked Singer” sure seems like confirmation that TV’s finally strayed too far from the eyes of God and may S/He have mercy on our souls. In the palpably strained words of host Nick Cannon, the competitive singing show’s “not just a whodunnit, it’s a who SUNG it.” Celebrities hide their identities […]

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Oscars: Few Surprises Reflected In Foreign Language Shortlist During “Exceptionally Strong” Season

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Academy's decision last week on the nine films it will advance to Oscar voting in the Best Foreign Language Film category is how few surprises there are. In contrast to recent years, the field largely reflected films the prognosticators saw coming. But that doesn't mean the ever-present whiff of controversy was missing, or that some folks' favorites weren't overlooked. In what was one of the richest rosters in recent memory, the…

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Gaga In Vegas; Richard E. Grant In Oscar Wonderland; Has Dick Cheney Seen ‘Vice’ Yet?

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit As usual the town, joined this particular year by the U.S. Government,  has shut down for the week between Christmas and New Years, and we can assume Oscar voters are busily watching screeners wherever they are for the break, from holiday destinations spanning A to Z (Aspen to Zihuatanejo, and of course Maui in between). That doesn’t mean there has been any kind of similar break for awards campaigners…

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Richard Strayton Calls It Quits After 20 Years As Editor Of WGA West Magazine

Richard Stayton, editor-in-chief for the last 20 years of Written By, the WGA West's monthly magazine, has resigned to return to his first love – playwriting. Leaving, he says, was a difficult decision. "No one is pushing me out the door," he writes in the magazine's latest issue. "But I sense that this is the right time for my decision. The thrill isn't gone, but my focus is no longer totally on this magazine, which has consumed me, willingly. I've never been able to…

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Ariana Grande Cancels Las Vegas Concert, Cites “Health Issues” Via Instagram

A case of bronchitis is apparently causing pop star Ariana Grande to cancel her planned Dec. 29 performance at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. The singer took to Instagram to apologize to her fans, who had paid more than $1,000 for the privilege of seeing her at her first appearance since breaking up with comedian Pete Davidson in October. Tickets for the performance will be refunded, and no makeup dates have been determined. "Vegas, I'm currently working through…

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TV Review: ‘Black Monday’ on Showtime

It’s possible to nail all the details but miss the feeling entirely. Showtime’s new comedy “Black Monday” — which dropped its first episode online for free Dec. 28 ahead of a Jan. 20 premiere — is crammed with references to its late-1980s setting, from graffiti-choked subway cars to distressed denim to jokes about Nancy Reagan […]

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Mister Rogers In, Aretha Franklin Out As Academy’s Documentary Branch Cuts Oscar Contenders To 15

Four of the most successful documentaries of recent years remain in contention for a prize beyond box office glory—the kind that comes with an Oscar trophy.  Won't You Be My Neighbor?, RBG, Three Identical Strangers and Free Solo all made the Oscar documentary shortlist as the Academy culled the list of 166 eligible nonfiction films down to an exclusive 15. Morgan Neville's Neighbor, which explores the work of children's television pioneer Fred Rogers, has become the…

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Oscar-Shortlisted Doc ‘On Her Shoulders’ Reveals “Tightrope” Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad Walked To Win Help For Imperiled Yazidis

As 2018 comes to a close, Yazidi human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad continues her relentless efforts advocating for her people, an ethnic minority in Iraq targeted for annihilation by ISIS. She has been aided in that campaign not only by earning the Nobel Prize but by the acclaimed documentary On Her Shoulders, a film about Murad that demonstrates in telling detail just what it can take to compel the world to action. Alexandria Bombach directed…

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Dave Matthews Sings Praises Of Montreal IATSE Local 56

Members of IATSE Stagehands Local 56 got a shout-out from the Dave Matthews Band for their show-must-go-on attitude that saved the day after the band's trucks and crew were delayed at the Canadian border en route to a concert in Montreal. "I wanted to write a letter to commend the work of the members of IATSE Local 56, Bobby Nagorney, Michael Deslauriers, and all department heads," Matthews wrote in a letter dated Dec. 17. The band, he said, had a concert scheduled at the…

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Norman Gimbel Dies: Grammy And Oscar Winning Songwriter For Film, TV Was 91

Songwriter Norman Gimbel,  whose works won him an Oscar, Grammy and admission to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, has died. He passed on Dec. 19 at his home in Montecito, Calif. at age 91, according to a tribute posted by BMI. Gimbel’s lyrics to Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly and Jim Croce’s I Got A Name were just some of the highlights of a catalog that reads like a compilation of 20th century hits. His lyrics graced the English language version of the The Girl from Ipane…

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Fox and Amazon Rock, Lionsgate and Facebook Sink in Topsy Turvy Year for Media Stocks

A year of consolidation and consternation for traditional media giants took a toll on showbiz stock prices during 2018. Most major entertainment players saw share prices decline over the course of the year — from Jan. 2 through Dec. 28 — with the exception of Discovery and 21st Century Fox, the latter of which is […]

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Thandie Newton, Sophie Okonedo & ‘His Dark Materials’ Author Philip Pullman Score New Year Honors

Thandie Newton, His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman and Hotel Rwanda star Sophie Okonedo are among the Brits to pick up a prestigious award as part of the New Year Honours List. The distinguished awards are handed out once a year and recognize the outstanding achievements of 1,148 people across the United Kingdom. CBEs – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – have been awarded to Okonedo, who is set to star as Lady Hatton in the forthcoming Hell…

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‘Bird Box’ Viewed By 45 Million-Plus Subscriber Accounts, Netflix Says, In Best First Week For Any Of Its Original Films

Netflix, which is notoriously strict in refusing to reveal data about its platform, lifted the veil on Sandra Bullock thriller Bird Box by revealing in a tweet that 45,037,125 accounts streamed the film during its first seven days. That tally was the highest for any Netflix original film in its first week, according to the streaming giant, and shows the global reach of Netflix. Bird Box is among a batch of the company’s highest-wattage film efforts to date, coming on the…

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Norman Gimbel, Oscar, Grammy-Winning Lyricist, Dies at 91

Norman Gimbel, an Oscar and Grammy-winning composer whose lyrics graced hit songs such as Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and Jim Croce’s “I Got a Name,” died at the age of 91 on December 19 at his longtime home in Montecito, Calif. His death was confirmed by BMI, which paid tribute on […]

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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...