Thursday, February 28, 2019

Netflix, Sugar23 Make Screen Rights Deal On Erica Katz Novel ‘The Boys’ Club’

EXCLUSIVE: In competitive bidding, Netflix and Sugar23 landed the feature rights to Erica Katz's upcoming book The Boys' Club. Sugar23’s Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta will develop a film based on a book that will be published by the HarperCollins imprint Harper in summer 2020. The Boys' Club follows first-year female associate Alex Vogel as she navigates her way through a top Manhattan law firm. She quickly becomes seduced by the allure of NYC high-life that is offered…

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‘Arrested Development’ Season 5B Trailer: Buster Heads To Trial, Tobias As Golden Girl & More

We’re getting the first look at the second half of Netflix’s Arrested Development‘s fifth season. In S5B, pressures mount on the Bluth family as Buster (Tony Hale) heads toward a murder trial. You may recall, in the first half of season 5, Buster found himself in jail as suspect No. 1 for the murder of Lucille 2 (Liza Minnelli). After breaking out of prison in the first half’s finale, he’s back on the hot seat and ready to face the judge and jury. Also in Season 5B, the…

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WGN America Reveals ‘Pure’ Season 2 Key Art and Premiere Date

WGN America’s Pure will return for season two on May 28. The cable network unveiled key art and a teaser trailer today for the upcoming season of the Mennonite drug drama, and announced that Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, American Pie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will join the cast as a recurring guest star. Season two of the series will pick up with Anna Funk (Alex Paxton-Beesley) going it alone after Noah (Ryan Robbins) disappeared for a year. In an attempt to…

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Heads for $35 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” will probably generate around $35 million in its opening North American weekend on March 22-24, early tracking showed Thursday. “Us,” which follows a family confronted by a group of doppelgängers, stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss. Nyong’o and Duke play a couple who are taking their children (Shahadi Wright […]

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Bait’

What a difference 85 years can make. In the decades since nonfiction pioneer Robert Flaherty developed the aesthetic that is irresistibly evoked by U.K. experimental filmmaker Mark Jenkin in his 2019 feature debut, the categorization of Flaherty’s films has evolved as his fidelity to what we now accept as documentary truth has been debunked. But […]

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‘Snatchers’ Trailer: SXSW Horror Comedy Is A Cautionary Tale About Having Unprotected Sex

EXCLUSIVE: Relationships with exes can be complicated — especially when you sleep with them and wake up the next morning nine months pregnant. In the SXSW pic Snatchers, co-directors Stephen Cedars and Benji Kleiman bring us the spirit of horror comedies like Gremlins and irreverent high school humor from pics like Mean Girls to tell…

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‘Tommy’: Russell G. Jones & Olivia Lucy Phillip Cast In CBS Cop Drama Pilot From Paul Attanasio

EXCLUSIVE: Russell G. Jones (The Americans) and Olivia Lucy Phillip (Frozen) are set as series regulars opposite Edie Falco and Michael Chernus in CBS drama pilot Tommy (fka Nancy), from the Bull team of co-creator Paul Attanasio and producer Amblin TV. In Tommy, written by Attanasio and directed by Kate Dennis, Falco plays the title character, a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female Chief of Police for Los Angeles and uses her unflinching honesty…

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TV Ratings: ‘Masked Singer’ Dominates With Season Finale

The two-hour season finale of “The Masked Singer” on Fox blew away all of its broadcast competition on Wednesday night. The singing competition series nabbed a 3.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 10 million viewers over two hours, both of which represent new series highs in Live+Same Day. That is also an approximate bump of […]

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ASCAP, BMI Issue Joint Statement on Reforming Consent Decree

In recent weeks the Justice Department has been discussing reforms or even termination of the long-standing consent decrees that govern performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI, but not their competitors, SESAC and Global Music Rights. Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported that the DOJ is expected to call for public input on the […]

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Greta Van Susteren Joins Gray Television As Political Analyst

TV-news veteran Greta Van Susteren has joined Gray Television as a national political analyst who will provide news operations at the company’s TV stations with coverage of national and international political news. “After more than 20 years on cable news platforms, I am thrilled to move to broadcast news and especially excited to join Gray […]

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A24 Greenlights ‘After Yang;’ Colin Farrell To Star, Kogonada To Direct

EXCLUSIVE: A24 has come aboard and has greenlit After Yang, with Colin Farrell set to star in an adaptation of the Alexander Weinstein short story Saying Goodbye to Yang. The film was scripted and will be directed by Kogonada, the South Korean-born writer/director who debuted on the John Cho-starrer Columbus. Theresa Park and her Per Capita Productions will produce with Cinereach. After Yang follows a father and daughter as they try to save the life of their robotic…

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‘Real Housewives’ Exec Producer Lenid Rolov Inks Overall Deal With Truly Original

EXCLUSIVE: Lenid Rolov, Emmy-winning executive producer and showrunner behind such unscripted hits as The Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Real Housewives of New York City, The Hills and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, has signed an overall deal with Truly Original (The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Deal or No Deal). Rolov will work alongside Truly Original's co-presidents and CEOs Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock to develop and produce unscripted content, spanning…

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‘Trial & Error’ Star Amanda Payton Joins Sky’s British Police Comedy ‘Code 404’

EXCLUSIVE: Trial & Error star Amanda Payton has joined Sky's British police comedy Code 404. The actor, who has also recurred on Animal Kingdom and had spots on Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS and Workaholics, has booked a series regular role on the six-part series. Code 404 stars Rogue One's Daniel Mays and Boardwalk Empire's Stephen Graham. The series, which is produced by Broadchurch and Tin Star indie Kudos and Water and Power Productions, also stars Against T…

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‘Preacher’: Tyson Ritter Upped To Regular On AMC Series

EXCLUSIVE: Actor and musician Tyson Ritter has been upped to series regular for the fourth season of AMC's Preacher. The All American Rejects frontman will star in the dual role of Humperdoo and Jesus on the fourth season of the cult hit series. He has appeared in five episodes as recurring. In Season 4, it’s finally Humperdoo’s turn to take center stage as God’s Chosen One — and key to His apocalypse. Only one problem: Nobody knows where he is. The race is on — and the…

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Canneseries Sets 16 In Development Projects Including Sex Therapy Drama From ‘Blue Bloods’ Director

A sex therapy drama from Blue Bloods and Criminal Minds director Rachel Feldman is one of 16 projects being lined up for Mip TV and Canneseries' In Development event. The French TV events have joined forces to launch the second Cannes Drama Creative Forum in April where producers and creators can pitch projects to key decision-makers, including commissioning editors and co-producers. An international jury of drama experts including Carnival Films' Tara Cook and Platform…

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‘What The Constitution Means To Me’ Adds Immigration Rights Activist and Writer Jose Antonio Vargas As Producer

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas is adding his first Broadway producer credit to his resume. Vargas will join Broadway veterans Diana DiMenna, Aaron Glick, and Matt Ross to produce Heidi Schreck’s critically-acclaimed play What The Constitution Means To Me. The news comes after The Clubbed Thumb, True Love and New York Theatre Workshop announced that the play would be moving from Off-Broadway to Broadway for a 12-week li…

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Mindy Kaling’s ‘Late Night’ Gets Summer Theatrical Release Date From Amazon

Amazon Studios said Thursday it will bow Late Night in theaters nationwide on June 7, with the news coming after the streaming service made a splashy deal at the Sundance Film Festival for the comedy directed by Nisha Ganatra and written and produced by and starring Mindy Kaling. Emma Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, a legendary late-night talk show host whose world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer (Kaling). Originally intended to smooth…

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Luke Perry Hospitalized After Reportedly Suffering A Stroke

Riverdale star Luke Perry has been hospitalized in Los Angeles, Deadline has confirmed. His condition is not known, but we are told he is “currently under observation.” According to media reports, paramedics were called to Perry’s Sherman Oaks home on Wednesday morning after he suffered an apparent strokev and he was taken to a nearby hospital. Perry stars as Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews, on the CW’s Riverdale. It was just yesterday that Fox announced it had closed a deal…

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New ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff In The Works, AMC Executives Confirm

A new spinoff of The Walking Dead is in the works, AMC Networks confirmed during its quarterly earnings call with Wall Street analysts. Asked to elaborate on CEO Josh Sapan’s mention of a third zombie outing, COO Ed Carroll said the spinoff is in “active development.” He declined to offer many more specifics, including whether it would fall under an existing distribution agreement with Hulu. “We’re not at a stage where we’ll be announcing its plans to premiere,” Carroll…

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Late-Night TV Mines Michael Cohen Testimony For Monologue Gold

Late-night TV shows wallowed in the monologue riches of the House Oversight Committee hearing at which Michael Cohen warned committee Republicans their blind loyalty to President Donald Trump would wind them up jobless and jail-bound like him, to which they literally shouted back “Liar Liar Pants On Fire.” The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah noted Trump’s former fixer of 10 years revealed examples of private settings in which Trump exhibited racism. Trump once asked him to name…

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Western Arabs

a contested Gaza Strip of the soul.

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Film Review: ‘Saint Judy’

“I’m not that noble,” claims Judy Wood (Michelle Monaghan) toward the conclusion of “Saint Judy,” but by that point, Sean Hanish’s tale has long since dissuaded everyone — both in the film, and watching it — of that notion. More problematic than Wood’s holy virtue, however, is the one-note preachiness of this based-on-real-events drama, which […]

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Luke Perry Hospitalized After Reportedly Suffering a Stroke

Luke Perry has been hospitalized after reportedly suffering a massive stroke, according to TMZ. Perry’s reps confirmed to Variety that the “Riverdale” star “is currently under observation at the hospital.” Paramedics responded to a call about a stroke at Perry’s Los Angeles home on Thursday morning, TMZ reports. He was taken to a nearby hospital, and […]

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Mindy Kaling’s ‘Late Night’ Opening in June

“Late Night,” Mindy Kaling’s buzzy look at sexism and diversity, will hit theaters this summer. Amazon Studios will release the comedy nationwide on June 7, 2019. Nisha Ganatra directs the film, which Kaling wrote, produced, and stars in alongside Emma Thompson. The film scored a massive $13 million domestic distribution deal at this year’s Sundance […]

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‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Set for E3 Appearance

“Cyberpunk 2077,” the in-development game from the studio behind “The Witcher” series, will be at E3 this year, according to a tweet from developers CD Projekt Red. “Cyberpunk 2077” was first announced in 2012 and received its first teaser trailer a year later. But last year, the developers revealed a trailer, gameplay, and announced that […]

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Jonas Brothers Are Back, New Single Drops Tonight (Watch Teaser Video)

It’s official: after months of rumors, the Jonas Brothers have officially announced their return and will drop a new single, “Sucker,” tonight. The song, which arrives via the group’s new deal with Republic Records, will arrive at midnight ET.The news arrived Thursday morning in a teaser for “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” wherein the […]

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Listen: Director Dean DeBlois on Bringing the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Series to a Close

PLAYBACK is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday. DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” series is easily the best animated franchise this side of “Toy Story.” With each installment, director Dean DeBlois has heightened the stakes and broadened […]

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Daniel Craig To Star In One-Night-Only Stage Reading For Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop

Daniel Craig, the once and future James Bond, will star in a one-night-only benefit reading next month of Caryl Churchill's A Number as part of New York Theatre Workshop’s 40th anniversary. Directed by Sam Gold (Tony Award winner in 2015 for Fun Home), the reading is set for Sunday March 10 at 7 pm at NYTW. Tickets go on sale today, and the reading will benefit NYTW's Artist Workshop and Education programming. Craig, who is set for the upcoming installment of the James…

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Disney Previews ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Expansion With New Photos And Details

With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the biggest single-themed “land expansion” in Disney theme-park history just months away, the company has offered the most extensive look yet at the project. A press preview event and party for park staffers was held last night, and this morning a new blog, “Building Batuu,” provided a few additional images and fresh details. The company fed the predictable social-media frenzy by offering up some new looks at the developments…

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Lady Gaga On ‘Shallow’ Oscar Performance: “This Is A Love Song”

Oscar winner Lada Gaga appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday and shared her take of her Oscar performance of “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper. "This is a love song, 'Shallow,’" she told Kimmel. "The movie, 'A Star Is Born,' is a love story. We worked so hard, we worked all week on that performance. Bradley, who — and you know, I never relinquish control about a live stage performance and I've done a million of them — but he directed this film and he directed, obviously…

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Will Smith Won’t Return for James Gunn’s ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

Will Smith will not be back to revisit the truly iconic line, “What is this, some kind of Suicide Squad?” in Warner Bros.’ upcoming sequel The Suicide Squad. The follow-up has been in development ever since the DC movie hit theaters in 2016 and went on to gross an impressive $746.8 million worldwide—and win an Oscar for Best Makeup & Hairstyling. Reviews were unkind to writer/director David Ayer’s film, which reportedly went though serious changes in post-production as Warner Bros. tried to rework the film to fit more in line with the film’s …

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Diana Rigg to Receive Variety Icon Award at Canneseries

“Game of Thrones” and “Victoria” star Dame Diana Rigg will receive the second-ever Variety Icon Award at Canneseries. “I am deeply honored to be receiving the award and delighted that the world-wide cultural power of television is being recognized,” said Rigg in a statement. In addition to playing the implacable Olenna Tyrell on “Game of […]

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Marvel to Create Episodic Superhero Stories Based on Black Panther, Thor and Other Characters

Disney’s Marvel Entertainment is extending its superhero franchises — including Black Panther, Thor, Black Widow and Jessica Jones — into serialized fiction. Marvel inked a pact with digital book startup Serial Box, under which the companies will collaborate to create original stories designed for consumption on smartphones in either audiobook or e-book format. Thor, the […]

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‘Judgment’: Refined, Refocused ‘Yakuza’

“Judgment” isn’t just a spin-off of the open-world, Japanese-centric criminal sim “Yakuza” franchise, it plays like a more refined approach to those origin games. It is a story-driven game of criminal investigation that seems to distill the best bits of “Yakuza,” extracting the core elements of the franchise out of the bloat that has come […]

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Spatial Audio App Traverse to Launch at SXSW With Immersive Elvis Experience

Forget VR headsets: The next frontier for immersive storytelling may be your headphones, thanks to a new spatial audio platform that New York-based Vrai Pictures is set to unveil at SXSW next month. Traverse, as the platform is called, allows users to map their surroundings with the help of mobile augmented reality (AR) technology, and […]

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New York Awards Inaugural ‘Made in NY’ Grants for Female-Focused Projects

New York City has handed out its first-ever “Made in NY” grants for film, TV and theatrical projects that are driven by or focused on women. The grants administered through the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment are part of a larger initiative across the city to support women in business ventures. MOME has awarded […]

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Solange Drops New Teaser Video — Album Coming Soon

In a highly enthusiastic profile last fall, the New York Times said that Solange’s new album, the follow-up to 2016’s critically lauded “A Seat at the Table,” would “likely arrive into the world fully formed at some mysterious and unexpected moment, like a meteor cratering into the culture.” Judging by the singer’s social media posts […]

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Eyes $35M-$40M Opening – Early Look

Jordan Peele’s second movie, Us, landed on tracking this morning, and projections are pointing toward a $35M, potential $40M opening. That’s just above the $33.3M that Peele’s previous horror thriller Get Out opened to, before turning around a 5.3x multiple of $176M stateside, four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and a win for Original Screenplay. In Us, from Universal and Monkeypaw, a family’s serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begin to…

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UK Grime Artist Rapman To Direct ‘Blue Story’ For Paramount & BBC Films

UK artist/director Rapman, a.k.a Andrew Onwubolu, is set to direct Blue Story, a feature film which he also wrote based on his short video trilogy of the same name. Paramount Pictures acquired the worldwide distribution rights and is aiming to release the pic sometime this year. BBC Films developed and co-financed the project, which will film at locations in South London. Damian Jones of DJ Films and Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor of Joi Productions are producing the film, while…

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Serial Box’s New Prize: Marvel’s Black Panther, Thor, Black Widow & Jessica Jones In Weekly Content

Serial Box, the premium digital-book platform, is partnering with Marvel Entertainment to create new original stories for Black Panther, Thor, Black Widow, and Jessica Jones that will be produced by TV-style writers’ rooms, serialized in both written and audio form, and released weekly as episodes that fit the average American commute. Thor, the mighty Asgardian thunder god, will be the first of the four Marvel projects. Serial Box this morning also announced that Aaron…

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‘Pink Wall’ First Trailer: SXSW Pic Stars ‘Orphan Black’ Actress Tatiana Maslany & ‘Transparent’ Actor Jay Duplass

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a first trailer for Knightfall and Gunpowder star Tom Cullen’s feature directorial debut Pink Wall, which will gets its world premiere at SXSX on March 9. Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany and Tranparent‘s Jay Duplass lead the UK romance-drama which follows the defining moments of a six year relationship. Cullen, whose breakthrough performance came on 2011 UK hit Weekend, also scripted the movie. Producers are Maggie Monteith (Out Of Blue) for Dignity…

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‘SKAM Austin’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Date On Facebook Watch

Facebook Watch has announced that the second season of the award-winning SKAM Austin will premiere on March 15. The streaming service has also released a teaser for the transmedia teen drama. The premiere will start on March 15 at an unannounced time and it will be followed by a smattering of daily videos. On March 22 and every subsequent Friday, all of the week’s videos will be stitched together for an episode. SKAM Austin is a unique, inventive and fresh approach to…

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Netflix Unveils Trailer for Idris Elba Comedy Series ‘Turn Up Charlie’

Idris Elba is turning the tables and trying to get his life together in the new Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie. Netflix released the trailer today for the upcoming series about a struggling DJ and perennial bachelor, played by Elba, who has one last chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a “manny” to his famous best friend’s precocious young daughter, Gabby (Frankie Hervey). The little girl is wise beyond her years, but she’s been neglected by her career…

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Damian Lewis Making ‘Spy Wars’ Factual Series for A+E

“Billions” and “Homeland” star Damian Lewis is making a docu-drama series lifting the lid on the most gripping international spy operations of the last forty years. A+E Networks’ U.K. and U.S. divisions are partnering on “Damian Lewis: Spy Wars” (WT), which will be produced by U.K. indie Alaska TV. A+E will sell it internationally and […]

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Comic Book, Graphic Novel Reader Izneo Hits Nintendo Switch

Izneo, a digital platform for comic books and graphic novels, announced Thursday that it has finally come to the Nintendo Switch. One of the leading sources for European comics, Izneo offers more than 30,000 books in a wide variety of genres from top publishers, like Dark Horse, Archie, and Lion Forge Comics. As CEO Luc […]

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Michael Jackson Accusers Describe Child Sexual Abuse, Tell ‘CBS This Morning’ Pop Singer Groomed Them For Sex

Michael Jackson accuser Wade Robson countered the Jackson family’s depiction of the late pop singer as a child at heart who innocently surrounded himself with children. On CBS This Morning today, Robson said, “I find it hard to believe that he had boys around for any other reason than to sexually abuse them.” (Watch the segment above). The claims of Robson and fellow accuser James Safechuck are detailed in HBO’s upcoming documentary Leaving Neverland. The two men, who say…

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‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Game Unveil Set for Star Wars Celebration

“Star Wars Jedi: Fallout Order,” Respawn Entertainment’s long-awaited action adventure game, will be revealed in Chicago during the Star Wars Celebration in April, according to the StarWars.Com website. A special panel on April 13, will give would-be players a first look at the EA published game that centers around a Padawan who survived Order 66 […]

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New Studio Facility and Tech Advances Coming to Dominican Republic (EXCLUSIVE)

The Dominican Republic is poised to take a bold leap into the future thanks to Brooklyn-born tech and real estate titan Louis Arriola, chairman and founder of NYLA Media, whose ambitious multi-million-dollar plans include the vertical integration of a 5G broadband network, a studio facility, tech training and game development, film & TV production and […]

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‘Dark Phoenix’: Latest Instalment In ‘X-Men’ Franchise Scores New Trailer

Dark Phoenix has a new trailer; the latest instalment of the X-Men franchise has a new clip ahead of its summer release. 20th Century Fox has released a new clip for the film, which is set to be released on June 7 2019. The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. Music is composed by Hans Zimmer. Written and directed by Simon Kinberg…

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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea’

“The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea” takes place far from the eponymous body of water, and in its actual swampy locale — a glum eel-fishing community in western Greece — miracles are in distinctly short supply. But the title’s metaphorical implications of disorientation and immurement are felt in a stylish, many-stranded mystery that often casts […]

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Film Review: ‘Chained’

Judging from the first two installments of Yaron Shani’s “Love” trilogy, it’s safe to say the Israeli director has a fatalistic approach when it comes to matters of the heart. In “Stripped,” he juxtaposed a woman suffering the aftereffects of rape and a teenage boy discovering the social signifiers of masculinity. Now, with “Chained,” he […]

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MipTV Re-Calibrates as Global Market Evolves (EXCLUSIVE)

In a clear sign of the shifts in the international TV business, BBC Studios, Fox Networks Group and Endemol Shine will not have stands at this year’s MipTV market in April, but organizers of the event report an uptick in registrations from Australia, France, and China, among others. MipTV remains the second-largest TV market of […]

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Film Review: ‘The Cannibal Club’

Given the sharp rightward turn Brazilian politics has taken, “The Cannibal Club” can’t help but seem considerably more (ahem) biting than it did upon its premiere in the Rotterdam Film Festival a little over a year ago. Having a new president whose attitudes toward the underclasses are scarcely more enlightened than this horror-comedy’s protagonists certainly […]

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Wang Xiaoshuai’s ‘Chinese Portrait’ Snapped for U.S. Release

“Chinese Portrait,” the unusual 2018 film by Wang Xiaoshuai, has been picked up for Stateside release by indie outfit Cinema Guild. The picture will have its North American Premiere at Doc Fortnight, MoMA’s annual international festival of nonfiction film, and move into commercial release later this year. Wang’s most recent picture, “So Long, My Son,” […]

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Thailand’s ‘Die Tomorrow’ Heads for China Release

“Die Tomorrow,” by Thai filmmaker Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, is headed for a theatrical release in China. The film is a melancholy reflection on how people spend their last day on earth. The release will be handled by Blue Media Times, a Beijing-based global program provider. Operating since 2008 it has previousy been involved with the release […]

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Huanxi Media Strikes Two Film Deal With Double Berlin Winner Wang Xiaoshuai

Wang Xiaoshuai, the Chinese film director whose “So Long, My Son” picked up two top prizes at this month’s Berlin Film Festival, has stuck a production deal with expanding media group Huanxi Media. Huanxi, which is backed by leading Chinese talent Ning Hao and Xu Zheng, obtains priority investment rights to two films or Internet […]

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Mediapro Sells Dating Show ‘Forever Or Never’ To Red Arrow’s 44 Blue In The U.S.

In a move that suggests a rapid consolidation of its unscripted format operations for the international market, European TV giant Mediapro has sold U.S. adaptation rights to dating show “Forever or Never” to 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company. Produced and developed by Mediapro in partnership with Phileas Productions, a Madrid-based entertainment formats […]

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‘Billions’ & ‘Homeland’ Star Damian Lewis Moves Into Factual With ‘Spy Wars’ For A+E Networks UK’s History

EXCLUSIVE: Damian Lewis is doing factual; the Billions and Homeland star has signed up for an eight-part documentary series about spies for A+E Networks' UK network History. The Wolf Hall actor is to front Damian Lewis: Spy Wars (w/t), a docu-drama that will tell the true stories behind some of the most important international spy operations of the last forty years. It is produced by Alaska TV, the British production company responsible for series including BBC Earth's Fis…

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‘The Masked Singer’ Unmasks Last Three Contestants, Crowns Winner

SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details about the finale of Fox’s The Masked Singer The unexpected midseason breakout, Fox’s celebrity singing compassion The Masked Singer, came to an end Wednesday night. It came town to Bee, Monster and Peacock who delivered their final performances during the two-hour season finale with judges Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, joined by guest judge Kenan Thompson, offering their best guesses…

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Lisa Sheridan, ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Actress, Dies at 44

Lisa Sheridan, who had roles in the television series, Invasion and Halt and Catch Fire, has died. She was 44. Sheridan's manager, Mitch Clem, confirmed her death to Deadline Wednesday evening. “Lisa passed away on Monday morning. She was at home in New Orleans. Cause of death is not known at this time. We are waiting for the coroners,” Clem said in a statement. “Obviously, we were all blindsided with this devastating loss. Lisa was deeply loved. We are…

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‘Suits’ Creator Aaron Korsh Talks Game-Changing Finale Ending & Surprise Exit, Teases Marriage & Death In Final Season

SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details about the Season 8 finale of USA Network’s Suits. Last month, Suits creator Aaron Korsh told Deadline how he and the Season 8 finale co-writers ended up changing the planned ending at the last minute, writing a new final scene that would have fans talking. That may be an understatement. After eight years of will they/won’t they teases, Harvey and Donna hooked up in the last seconds on tonight’s finale. It was Harvey who ran to…

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Seth Meyers: Donald Trump Finally Went To Vietnam And Got Killed Back Home By Michael Cohen

Republicans were clearly freaking out in the walk-up to Wednesday’s televised testimony of President Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen, NBC Late Night star Seth Meyers told viewers. No one more so than GOP Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who threatened to Cohen, to try to intimidate him on Tuesday night with a tweet wondering if Cohen’s wife knows about his girlfriends and wondering if she would remain faithful to him when he’s in jail. “I didn’t think anyone could…

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Ex-NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt in Talks to Run WarnerMedia’s TV, Digital Units: Report

Longtime television executive Bob Greenblatt is in talks with AT&T to join WarnerMedia and oversee the company’s potentially combined TV units, including HBO, Turner and an upcoming streaming platform. The former NBC chairman has been in “advanced” negotiations with WarnerMedia chief John Stankey for a role in the company, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday night. News of the negotiations comes after the Court of Appeals this week rejected the Justice Department’s…

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Will Smith Will Not Return As Deadshot In James Gunn’s ‘Suicide Squad 2’

Deadline has confirmed that Will Smith will not reprise his role as Deadshoot in Warner Bros.’ James Gunn-directed Suicide Squad 2.  Word is that Smith’s exit was amicable, he wasn’t officially set to do the sequel, and it came down to scheduling in regards to his backing out. Deadline hears that Gunn is looking to start production in Atlanta in September. No cast is set as of yet, but the plan here is to, of course, have Margot Robbie return in the signature role of…

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‘L.A.’s Finest’ Co-Showrunner Has Leg Partially Amputated As Questions Mount About Horrific On-Set Accident

Brandon Sonnier’s life was forever changed last Thursday when the L.A.’s Finest executive producer/co-showrunner, along with fellow EP/co-showrunner Brandon Margolis, were injured on the set of the upcoming Spectrum/Sony Pictures TV series. Both were rushed to the hospital, but while Margolis was quickly released, Sonnier’s injury was so severe he had to have one of his legs amputated just below the knee, I have learned. He remains hospitalized, surrounded by…

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Mahershala Ali To Star In Sci-Fi Film ‘Sovereign’ From 21 Laps And eOne

Fresh off his Oscar win for Green Book, Mahershala Ali is diving into the sci-fi world in the upcoming Entertainment One film SovereignDetails about the plot are being kept under wraps, but it will be directed by Marc Munden (Utopia) and produced by eOne along with 21 Laps Entertainment's Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen. Munden will direct a screenplay from A Quiet Place scribes Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. An original draft was written by Greg Weidman and Geoff…

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Hulu Stake Among Items Under Review At AT&T As WarnerMedia Legal Clouds Part

A day after a federal appeals court backed its $81 billion acquisition of Time Warner and the Department of Justice said it would abandon its legal challenges, AT&T renewed its vow to scrutinize its balance sheet to create more financial maneuverability. Speaking today at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in San Francisco, CFO John Stephens said the company is in a newly intensified phase of its review, as it has signaled to Wall Street in recent…

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Stephen Dorff Inks Rich Deal To Star In eOne’s Fox Pilot ‘Deputy’ & Movie Project

Stephen Dorff, coming off his starring turn on True Detective, has been tapped to headline Fox’s police drama pilot Deputy from Bright helmer David AyerAquaman writer Will Beall and eOne; in what may be the biggest talent deal so far this broadcast pilot season. No one would comment, but I hear Dorff will be paid north of $200,000 an episode if the pilot goes to series and a big penalty if it doesn’t. If the show goes to a second season, I hear Dorff would become an…

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Pollyanna McIntosh Books ‘Lodge 49’; Glynn Turman Joins ‘Claws’

Pollyanna McIntosh (The Walking Dead) has booked a recurring role on the second season of AMC's Lodge 49, from creator Jim Gavin, showrunner Peter Ocko and executive producer Paul Giamatti. Lodge 49 is a lighthearted modern fable set in Long Beach, CA, starring Wyatt Russell as disarmingly optimistic local ex-surfer Sean "Dud" Dudley, who's drifting after the death of his father and collapse of the family business. McIntosh will play Clara, a British emissary who meets…

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New ‘Dark Phoenix’ Trailer Reveals 20th Century Fox’s Latest ‘X-Men’ Movie

20th Century Fox has revealed a new trailer for the upcoming X-Men movie Dark Phoenix. The film hails from writer/producer Simon Kinberg, who also makes his directorial debut on the 90s-set X-Men: Apocalypse follow-up. The sequel adapts the famous Dark Phoenix comics arc, with Sophie Turner filling the role of Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix while Jessica Chastain plays a mysterious (and perhaps otherworldly) character. Right off, this trailer really wants us to think Jean kills Mystique, between the "why did you make me do that, she was my friend" line and the classic rain-drenched …

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Ray Liotta Joins ‘The Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

At this point, if you're an actor even tangentially associated with playing a wiseguy you're sitting by your phone waiting to hear from Martin Scorsese's The Irishman or David Chase's The Many Saints of Newark. (Everyone else is getting cast in Dune so it's fine.) Ray Liotta—who you could say is a little more than tangentially associated with the mobster genre—has answered Chase's call, with Deadline reporting the Goodfellas star has joined Chase's prequel to the landmark HBO series, The Sopranos. Here's what the actor said in a statement about …

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Tracking to Beat ‘Infinity War’s Weekend Box Office Record

In news that will come as a surprise to exactly no one, Avengers: Endgame is tracking to bring home some big box office bucks when it lands in theaters this April. According to Researcher Exhibitor Relations (and common sense), Endgame is on track to best Avengers: Infinity War and set a new opening weekend record. As of right now, Endgame is tracking for a $282 million opening weekend haul, which would shatter the $258 million record set by Infinity War last year. Of course, we're still months out from the film's theatrical debut so the numbers are liable …

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‘Bond 25’ Exclusive: Rami Malek in Final Negotiations to Play Villain

Hot off his Oscar win for Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek is in final negotiations to play the villain opposite Daniel Craig in writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga's Bond 25, well-placed sources tell Collider. Variety previously reported that Malek was being eyed for the gig, but said his shooting schedule for the final season of Mr. Robot conflicted with the Bond 25 shoot, and that he was never formally offered the part by Eon. Sources tell Collider, however, that Malek's team at WME has successfully negotiated his shooting schedule to accommodate both productions. There is no deal quite …

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Renewed for Season 7 by NBC

NBC is happy to stay in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine business. After saving the show from cancellation by Fox last year, the network announced today that it has ordered Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7, renewing the show for another season. This is in stark contrast to the outlook on the show’s future at Fox, where the writers and producers were preparing for a potential Season 6 to be their last. The comedy has performed well on NBC, and the major difference here is that NBC Universal owns the show, and thus continues to reap monetary benefits from its continued …

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Live-Action Disney Villain Series ‘Book of Enchantment’ Coming to Disney+

Disney+ continues to grow by the day with enticing original content that Netflix is calling, "Totally fine, not even a problem actually." The latest: Deadline reports that Book of Enchantment, a live-action series following the House of Mouse's iconic rogues gallery, has been in development for six months from Michael Seitzman, who wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner. The show is based on the book series by author Serena Valentino, which turned the stories of Disney's greatest antagonists into standalone adventures. It's an intriguing pitch, not the least of which is because of Seitzman …

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Jodi Benson on ‘The Little Mermaid’s 30th Anniversary and Her Disney Princess Group Text

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of two-time Academy Award winner The Little Mermaid, a Walt Disney Signature Collection Blu-ray has been released, containing all-new bonus features (with the focus largely on the film’s music) and a sing-along mode. Since the film’s theatrical release in November 1989, all ages have fallen in love with the magical, musical tale of the mermaid princess Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson) and her sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, as she triumphs over the sea witch Ursula and finds her place in the world.   During this 1-on-1 phone interview …

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Adam McKay, Kumail Nanjiani Team for Spy Action Comedy ‘No Glory’

Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani is attached to play the lead in the action-comedy No Glory, which counts Will Ferrell and Adam McKay among its producers, it was announced Wednesday by Valparaiso Pictures. Sam Bain (Corporate Animals) wrote the script, which is based on an original manuscript co-written by a National Security Operative and author Scott Shephard about the operative’s time in service to the country. It's a unique account described as “The Rambunctious Patriotism and World-Wide Shenanigans of a First Generation American in the Clandestine Service of a Grateful and Mostly Unwitting Nation.” Valparaiso'…

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DC Universe’s ‘Titans’ Casts Its Superboy for Season 2

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‘Game of Thrones’: George R.R. Martin Turned Down a Cameo in the Final Season

We’ve seen and heard from the last of George R.R. Martin when it comes to HBO’s Game of Thrones. While Martin was involved with the inception of the series and even shot a cameo in the pilot (which was later cut), he’s backed away from the series in recent years as the show has moved past the books. For each of the first four seasons, Martin wrote an episode of the series, but he hasn’t been a credited writer on the show since 2015. Now, Martin reveals he was given the opportunity to shoot a …

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Exclusive: R.L. Stine’s ‘Fear Street’ Trilogy to Star Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch

Growing up, there was no series of books that I loved more than R.L. Stine's Fear Street novels, which were much scarier and more violent than the author's Goosebumps series that I read as a kid. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the latest Fear Street book as a horror-loving pre-teen, which is why as a so-called adult, I've been so eager to dig up details of the Fear Street movie -- or should I say movies -- in the works at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. And now Collider can …

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‘Patti Cake$’ Filmmaker Geremy Jasper to Direct ‘The Night Circus’ for Lionsgate

Geremy Jasper's feature debut Patti Cake$ was one of my favorite films of 2017 and it instantly marked him as a director to watch. So I watched as he inexplicably spent all of 2018 on the sidelines. No development deals, no rumors of a follow-up, nada. In fact, earlier this year, nearly every Sundance story out of the trades seemed to go out of its way to cite Patti Cake$ as a cautionary tale -- an example of a film selling for a lot of money in Park City, only to flop in theaters. Well, thank God that Hollywood …

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Watch the First Trailer for the ‘Hail Satan?’ Documentary and Prepare to Be Converted

If you're tired of the same old religion and find agnosticism/atheism a drag, you might want to give Satanism a spin. And what better way to get your feet wet than by checking out the new Penny Lane documentary, Hail Satan? The 95-minute look at America's latest and most controversial religious movement previously made its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival (before also screening at Rotterdam's International Film Festival a few days later), but now people all over the world will get to experience it thanks to the flick's first trailer. This …

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‘90210’ Cast to Reunite for Reunion Series—But They’re Playing Themselves

The Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion is officially happening, with one major twist. Fox announced today that the main stars of the iconic teen drama series are reuniting for a six-episode event series called 90210, including Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling. The twist, however, is that the conceit of the new series finds these aforementioned actors playing heightened versions of themselves who are trying to get a Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot up and running. Here’s the official description of the new event series: 90210  comes with a big twist: Priestley, …

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New ‘Hellboy’ Officially Rated R for “Strong Bloody Violence and Gore Throughout”

Well we know the new Hellboy movie will differ from Guillermo del Toro’s two previous films in one very specific regard: it’s gonna get bloody. We’ve known for a while that Lionsgate and Summit’s new adaptation of the popular comic was aiming for an R rating, and now it’s official. The MPAA has rated Hellboy R for “strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language.” That promises a hardcore Hellboy movie true to the gritty nature of the comics. The new Hellboy movie was co-written by comics creator Mike Mignola, who opted to move …

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‘Aquaman 2’ Release Date Set for 2022

Warner Bros. has announced the Aquaman 2 release date, confirming that a sequel will indeed be swimming into theaters on December 16, 2022. This was wholly expected, as director James Wan’s Aquaman surpassed all expectations and soared to a worldwide box office of over $1.1 billion. It quickly became the highest grossing film of the “DC Extended Universe”, which encompasses every movie made since Man of Steel. Yes, the fish man movie made more money than the movie starring Batman and Superman, the two most iconic characters in comics history. We learned last month that Warner Bros. was …

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Gets a Season 3 Order and a New Showrunner

CBS All Access today announced the third season renewal of its hit original series Star Trek: Discovery. It was also announced that Michelle Paradise (The Originals) will join Alex Kurtzman as co-showrunner of the show's upcoming third season. In addition to his role as showrunner of Star Trek: Discovery, Kurtzman will continue to oversee the expansion of the growing Star Trek universe for CBS Studios. Star Trek: Discovery season two cast members include Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou), Doug Jones (Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Ash Tyler), Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike), Anthony Rapp (…

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First Trailer for ‘The Tick’ Season 2 Heralds the Return of Amazon’s Big Blue Superhero

The Tick is back! Or at least he will be when Amazon's superhero series returns for Season 2 this April. To celebrate that fact, the first official trailer for the season is now here. It promises that "new villains will plunder, new heroes will rise" in the episodes to come, and it also teases a team-up between The Tick, Arthur, Dot, Overkill, and Superian with newly minted heroes who've arrived on the scene. (Still no glimpses of classics like American Maid, Die Fledermaus, or Sewer Urchin, unfortunately.) The series stars Peter Serafinowicz in the title role alongside …

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Tyler Perry on Retiring ‘Madea’ and What He Learned From David Fincher

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Kevin Feige Gives Update on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’; Confirms They’re Using James Gunn’s Script

If all had gone according to plan, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 would be filming right now. Production on the third and final film in writer/director James Gunn’s trilogy was due to get underway in early 2019, before Chris Pratt has to go off and shoot Jurassic World 3, but the entire film was put on hold when Disney decided to fire Gunn off the film after poor-taste (and, frankly, bad) jokes of his resurfaced on Twitter. That obviously put Guardians of the Galaxy 3 in flux, and while Gunn has since been hired to write and …

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Film Review: ‘Something’

Certain movie titles are better in theory than practice. “Something,” Stephen Portland’s low-budget psychological horror film about the stress brought on by caring for a newborn baby, has a title that refers to the mysterious force disrupting the lives of two young parents. (The characters, who are never named, are played by Jane Rowen and […]

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Post-Oscar Beauty Routines Get Shaken Up as Biz Sees Disruption

Now that Oscar season is over, it’s time to look forward to the Emmy campaigns ahead, not to mention upcoming important film festivals, including Cannes. Industry insiders walking the red carpet incorporate an array of beauty treatments to look and feel their most confident. It’s an exciting, disruption-filled time in the beauty industry. We chat […]

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No Deal as Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un Summit Meeting Ends Early

The summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un finished earlier than expected Thursday. The White House said that no deal had been reached. “The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts…No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to […]

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Lady Gaga Quashes Bradley Cooper Romance Rumors on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

It appears that the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga romance rumors that sprang into being after the pair’s kinetic performance at the Academy Awards can be put to bed. Lady Gaga stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday, where Kimmel was quick to bring up the Internet’s fixation on the moment at the end of the pair’s performance […]

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SXSW: Japan’s NHK Offers Pre-Olympic VR Trip Back to 1964 Tokyo

Japan’s NHK is to launch a virtual reality experience “The Time Machine” that it will unveil next month at the SXSW convention. By taking users back to 1964, the last time that the Olympic Games were held in Tokyo, it is intended as a celebration of the Japanese capital in the lead up to next […]

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Film News Roundup: Ray Liotta in Negotiations to Join ‘Sopranos’ Prequel Movie

In today’s film news roundup, Ray Liotta is in talks for “The Sopranos” movie, Paramount has taken “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” off its schedule, a View-Master movie is coming and Robert Schwartzman has launched a sales company. CASTING Ray Liotta is in talks to join “The Many Saints Of Newark,” New Line’s prequel […]

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Australia Offers Refreshing Escapes After Award Season Burnout

After award season and all of the plotting, prodding and press junkets are wrapped. After you’ve been nipped, tucked, feasted and feted — you just may need to get away. Like other-side-of-the-planet away and then a little farther. Fly to Melbourne, Australia. Then head off to the remote, rustic, yet luxurious Southern Ocean Lodge on […]

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‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Actress Lisa Sheridan Dies at 44

“Halt and Catch Fire” actress Lisa Sheridan, who also worked on numerous other series like “Invasion” and “CSI,” died in her New Orleans apartment Feb. 25. She was 44. Sheridan’s “Only God Can” co-star Donna D’Errico shared the news on Facebook. “It’s so rare to find kind, gentle souls like hers in this industry, this […]

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Film Review: ‘The Iron Orchard’

Ever since its publication in 1966, Tom Pendelton’s novel “The Iron Orchard” has been embraced as a cult favorite by many movers and shakers in the Texas oil industry — and, of course, by many more who thrill to accounts of success and excess in that storied realm — largely because of its brutally authentic […]

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WarnerMedia in Talks With Bob Greenblatt to Oversee Combined HBO, Turner

WarnerMedia is in talks with veteran television executive Bob Greenblatt for a possible role overseeing the company’s television-programming operations, including HBO and Turner. Word of Greenblatt’s possible new role comes just days after the Justice Department’s last challenge to the acquisition of the former Time Warner by AT&T was rejected by a federal appeals court. […]

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

FX Orders Lil Dicky Comedy To Series Based On Life Of Rapper-Comedian From ‘The League’ Creator & Kevin Hart

FX Networks has handed a series order to a half-hour comedy based on the life of rapper and comedian Lil Dicky. This comes after it piloted the project with the star, whose real name is Dave Burd. The Untitled Lil Dicky series is co-created by Burd and The League creator Jeff Schaffer and is exec produced by Kevin Hart, Superbad's Greg Mottola, who directed the pilot, The Big Bang Theory writer Saladin Patterson, Scooter Braun, Marty Bowen, Mike Hertz, James Shin and…

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Watch: Steve Carell Surprises Jenna Fischer on ‘Busy Tonight’

The Office reunion is here! Kinda. Okay not really, but this is fun. The Office star Jenna Fischer was the guest on Busy Phillips’ talk show Busy Tonight on E! last night, and since it was Fischer’s birthday, Phillips decided to offer up a giant surprise. The bit began with Philips having Fischer open boxes and having to guess which Office co-star sent which package, which is fun enough. But the final box had Steve Carell inside. Fischer was shocked to say the least, then she and Carell sat with Phillips for an all-too-brief interview in …

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‘Our Cartoon President’ DVD Review: An Animated Series Where Truth Is Funnier Than Fiction

One of the few benefits to mankind to come out of President Donald Trump's administration is the creation of Our Cartoon President, Showtime's cutting-edge animated series that mines news headlines and political propaganda for its brand of dark comedy. The characters are parodies of real-world politicians and news pundits, in as much as said individuals aren't already parodies themselves; the plotlines are pulled from actual policies, talking points, and tweet-storms from the President and his administration; and the revolving door of cabinet members is as insane in real life as it is on the …

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Renewed for Season 3, Michelle Paradise Upped to Co-Showrunner

“Star Trek: Discovery” has been renewed for a third season at CBS All Access. The announcement comes after the series has aired just six episodes of its second season. In addition, Variety has learned that series co-executive producer and writer Michelle Paradise has been tapped to serve as co-showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman. Kurtzman will still […]

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‘Tommy’: Michael Chernus To Co-Star In CBS Cop Drama Pilot From Paul Attanasio

EXCLUSIVE: Patriot alum Michael Chernus is set for a lead role opposite Edie Falco in CBS drama pilot Tommy (fka Nancy), from the Bull team of co-creator Paul Attanasio and producer Amblin TV. In Tommy, written by Attanasio and directed by Kate Dennis, when a former high-ranking NYPD officer becomes the first female Chief of Police for Los Angeles (Falco), she uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to navigate the social, political, and national security issues…

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Disney-Fox Deal Gets OK From Brazilian Regulators After Sports Divestiture

Brazilian regulators have approved Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox after Disney agreed to sell off Fox Sports and related sports rights in the territory. The approval is one of the last steps in the regulatory review of the industry-altering transaction, which is now expected to formally close in the first half of March. Officials at Brazilian agency CADE (whose translated full name is The Administrative Council for Economic Defense) had…

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‘Insatiable’: Arden Myrin Upped To Regular For Season 2 Of Netflix Series

Arden Myrin, who heavily recurred in the first season of Netflix's hit original series Insatiable, has been upped to series regular for Season 2. Myrin plays Regina Sinclair, a self-centered, trash-talking, ammoral pageant mom, with a thirst for power and a flair for the dramatic. She appeared in eight episodes in Season 1. Insatiable centers on Patty (Debby Ryan). For years, she has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But…

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Renewed For Season 3 At CBS All Access, Michelle Paradise Joins Alex Kurtzman As Co-Showrunner

The ongoing mission of Starfleet just got re-upped for another tour of duty: CBS All Access has renewed Star Trek: Discovery for Season Three. The streaming service has also announced that Michelle Paradise (The Originals, Exes & Ohs) will join Alex Kurtzman as co-showrunner for the third season of the sci-fi series that has found its rhythm after its bumpy inaugural season. Paradise joined the Star Trek: Discovery team as a co-executive producer in Season Two, which is…

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Pilot Exec Producer Sara Lee Hess Inks Overall Deal With HBO

EXCLUSIVE: Sara Lee Hess, an executive producer on HBO's Game Of Thrones prequel pilot from Jane Goldman and George R.R Martin, has signed a two-year overall deal with the premium cable network. Created by Goldman & Martin and written by Goldman based on a story by her and Martin, the untitled prequel takes place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. It chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one…

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Ryan Adams’ U.K. Tour Is Moving Forward as Fans Are Denied Refunds

Ryan Adams’ tour of the U.K., which was scheduled before the publication of a New York Times article containing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the singer, is moving ahead, although several disgruntled former fans have taken to social media to express their anger at being denied refunds. Most serious of the accusations against the […]

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‘A Star Is Born’ Returning to Theaters with 12 Minutes of New Footage

In an alternate universe, A Star Is Born swept the Oscars on Sunday night. Bradley Cooper hit a triple with wins for Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay, Lady Gaga won two Oscars—Best Original Song and Best Actress—and the film took the stage at the end of the night to receive Best Picture, pulling off the first “Big Five” win since The Silence of the Lambs. Alas, we do not live in that universe. I’ll never quite understand how A Star Is Born’s Oscar campaign tanked so spectacularly. The film was anointed the frontrunner …

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First Trailer for ‘The OA’ Season 2 Makes Good on Prairie’s Impossible Promise

The first official trailer for The OA: Part II is finally here! And a little over two years since the Netflix hit first arrived, the second season itself will be available to stream in just a few weeks. The mysterious first season left viewers hanging with a "WTF is going on, exactly?" vibe by the end of its eight-episode run, but this new trailer is a bit more clear on things. A bit, not a lot. Much of the appeal of The OA is in its philosophical ponderings and gauzy veneer of mysticism that coats the story, and this …

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Matthias Schoenaerts on ‘The Mustang’ and Re-Humanizing Humans through Animals

It's about time Matthias Schoenaerts becomes more widely known as a leading man. You might have caught some of his supporting performances in wide releases like Red Sparrow and The Danish Girl, but his latest project, The Mustang, is further proof that Schoenaerts is a true headliner because he delivers an unforgettable and wildly impressive performance in the film. He leads The Mustang as Roman Coleman, a convict who just got out of solitary confinement at a maximum security prison and is reentering the general population, a move that includes getting a job assignment. Roman is sent to the …

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‘The OA Part 2’ Trailer: Brit Marling Moves Into A New Dimension; Premiere Date Revealed

Netflix has released the official trailer for The OA Part II and revealed the second installment will premiere on March 22. Created by Brit Marling and Kat Batmanglij, The OA Part II follows OA (Marling) as she navigates a new dimension, one in which she had a completely different life as a Russian heiress, and one in which she once again finds herself as Hap's captive. Part II introduces Karim Washington, a private detective tasked with finding a missing teen, Michelle…

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‘Jane the Novela’: Jacqueline Grace Lopez Cast As the Lead Of the CW’s ‘Jane the Virgin’ Spinoff Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: Meet the new “Jane.” Jacqueline Grace Lopez (East Los High) has landed the lead in Jane the Novela, the CW’s Jane the Virgin spinoff pilot. The telenovela anthology series project hails from Jane the Virgin creator/executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman, star Gina Rodriguez, exec producers Ben Silverman and director Brad Silberling. as well as studio CBS TV Studios. Written by Jane scribe Valentina Garza and directed by Silberling, Jane the Novela is…

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Fox Aims To Break ‘Bones’ EP & Stars’ Profits Battle Big Bucks Arbitration Award

Almost two years after Bones ended its more than a decade run on Fox, the stars and executive producer of the crime drama have partially prevailed in their profit participation battle with  the company, for now. Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz and EP Barry Josephson have been issued a hefty award of almost $179 million in the case, it was revealed today in court filings by attorney Dale Kinsella. However, the matter looks to be far from over as Fox are appealing the…

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Sinclair Chief Coy About Fox Regional Sports Networks Amid Speculation: “We Like Our Positioning”

Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley declined to offer many new details about the company’s pursuit of Fox’s high-profile portfolio of regional sports networks during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call. But anyone listening could tell the company remains very much in the mix. In order to obtain regulatory approval for its acquisition of most of Fox, Disney has agreed to sell off the 22 RSNs, whose collective value is pegged at north of $15 billion. Fox…

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Watch the Trailer for Amy Schumer’s New Netflix Special ‘Growing’

Netflix has released the trailer for the new comedy special Growing from Amy Schumer, and she’s got a lot to say. This is Schumer’s second Netflix special after the 2017 standup The Leather Special, but in Growing she performs as a married and pregnant woman. As expected, much of the material seems to hinge on the new developments in her life, and as expected, it’s quite funny. Check out the trailer for the new Amy Schumer Netflix special Growing below, followed by the poster. It launches on Netflix on March 19th. Here’s the official synopsis for …

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Michael Jackson Estate Scrambles to Control Fallout From Bombshell Documentary

In the decade since Michael Jackson’s death, the late singer’s estate has turned what had been a financial disaster into one of entertainment’s most lucrative properties. But now, the upcoming documentary “Leaving Neverland” threatens to upend all of that — and the estate is in full-blown damage control mode. Directed by Dan Reed, “Leaving Neverland” […]

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New ‘Cartoon Network’ App Gamifies TV Viewing With Collectible Figures

A free Cartoon Network app hitting Android and iOS phones next month includes a collection of quick-hit games and the ability to collect digital cartoon figures by watching the network’s shows. “The Cartoon Network Arcade” will feature a growing library of single-button mobile games based on the breadth of the network’s shows and more than […]

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‘Captain Marvel’ Crowdfunding Campaign to Hold Free Theater Screenings for Girls Tops $60,000

A crowdfunding effort to pay for free theater screenings of “Captain Marvel” for girls and young women has now raised more than $60,000, three times its original goal. Donors to cause — to send girls to Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie — include Ellen DeGeneres’ “The Ellen Show” and NBCUniversal’s E! News, which each gave […]

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Tencent Instant Play is an Upcoming Cloud Gaming Service

Chinese gaming conglomerate Tencent is working on a new cloud gaming service, as revealed in a description for an upcoming GDC session spotted by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad Tuesday. Tencent Instant Play is the name for the new cloud service, which will be detailed in a March 20 session co-presented with Intel, the partner for […]

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Michael Cohen Testifies: POTUS Race “Always A Marketing Opportunity” For “Conman” Donald Trump (Updating Live)

President Donald Trump's former fixer came to Washington Wednesday to call Trump is a racist, a conman and a cheat who knew Roger Stone was talking with Julian Assange about a Wikileaks drop of DNC emails, and reimbursed him while in the White House for hush money paid to a porn star. "Over the past two years I have been smeared as a 'rat' by the President of the United States," Cohen said. Wednesday morning, while Trump was wooing North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un in Hanoi…

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‘A Star Is Born’ Heads Back To Theaters With Additional Footage Post Lady Gaga Oscar Win

Warner Bros. is releasing an “Encore” version of Bradley Cooper’s Oscar winner A Star Is Born this Friday which will have 12 minutes of never-before-seen footage. The special edition of the film contains extended performances of such songs as opener "Black Eyes"; "Alibi"; and Lady Gaga's Ally in her impromptu a cappella performance of "Shallow," which won the Oscar for Best Original Song last Sunday. There is also fresh footage of Ally singing to Jack "Is That Alright?"…

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Michael Cohen’s Congressional Trump Testimony – Watch Live

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and personal fixer Michael Cohen is testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee with live coverage on ABC, CBS, CNN, C-Span, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC. In an advance copy of Cohen’s testimony obtained Tuesday night by several news organizations, Cohen plans to tell Congress Trump is a "con man" and a "cheat" who knew Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone was communicating with WikiLeaks — and who implicitly instructed…

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Mattel & MGM Partner For Movie Based On View-Master Classic Toy

Mattel, Inc. and MGM will develop a live action motion picture based on Mattel's classic toy line View-Master. The toy-based film would be the second recent Mattel-MGM collaboration following the Feb. 15 announcement about a film based on Mattel’s American Girl doll brand. View-Masters are the stereoscope toys that have been a childhood staple for more than 75 years. More recently, Mattel updated the viewers with View-Master VR, a virtual reality product that brings what…

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Rep. Matt Gaetz Apologizes For Threatening Donald Trump’s Former Fixer After Nancy Pelosi Smackdown

UPDATED with Rep Michael Gaetz apology:  Hours after threatening President Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen, Florida’s GOP Rep. Michael Gaetz deleted the tweet and apologized to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had smacked him down in a statement suggesting the House Ethics Committee get involved. “While it is important 2 create context around the testimony of liars like Michael Cohen, it was NOT my intent to threaten, as some believe I did,” Gaetz tweeted.  “I'm…

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When It Comes to the Oscars, Time Is the True Arbiter of Quality

Quick, name the Best Picture Oscar winner of 1989. No, it wasn’t Field of Dreams—although that was nominated. No it wasn’t Dead Poets Society or Born on the Fourth of July either, although they too were nominated. It was Driving Miss Daisy, a feel-good race-relations drama about a wealthy widowed white woman and her relationship with her black driver. The film won four Oscars in total—including Best Adapted Screenplay—and pretty much no one talks about it today. Except in relation to the other films it beat out for the Oscars’ top award. Indeed, …

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‘Better Things’ Season 3 Review: Pamela Adlon Explores the Mundane with Bright Charm

If you have been watching FX’s Better Things from the beginning, you’ll know that each season is its own journey. That’s not to say that there is any particular throughline or theme to be spotted around which everything revolves, but you end each season with the distinct feeling of having lived a life alongside the series’ creator and star (and writer and director) Pamela Adlon. Adlon’s Sam Fox has more and more piled onto her each season, but things never feel dark or dire, except in fleeting ways. The series doesn't take a Pollyanna approach, …

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Top ‘Fortnite’ Streamer DrLupo Will Train New Junior Rogue 2019 Team

One of “Fortnite”‘s top streamers Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo will provide hands-on game tutoring to the newly announced Spring 2019 Junior Rogue team of amateur “Fortnite” players, Team Rogue announced on Tuesday. Junior Rogue is a semester-long professional gaming accelerator program for amateur gamers, offering up opportunities to move forward in eSports. In addition to studies […]

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‘A Star Is Born’ Re-Release to Feature 12 Minutes of Additional Footage

Warner Bros. has set a one-week release of “A Star Is Born” with almost 12 minutes of additional footage, including extended musical performances, on 1,150 screens in North America. The film won the Academy Award for best original song for “Shallow” for Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt. The “special encore engagement,” […]

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Studios Close Ranks as As Specter of Streaming Looms Over Oscars

At a Netflix soiree following the 91st Academy Awards, which saw the streaming titan’s best shot at Oscar glory to date — the critically acclaimed “Roma” — fall to Universal’s populist favorite “Green Book,” a prominent filmmaker waved me to a secluded spot for a quick postmortem: “What happened?” Alfonso Cuarón’s cinematic memoir had been […]

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Live Updates as Michael Cohen Testifies Before Congress

WASHINGTON — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, is testifying today before the House Oversight Committee, but much is already known about what he will say. In his opening remarks, he calls Trump a “racist,” a “conman,” and a “cheat,” and he also suggests that his client instructed him to lie about the timing […]

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Managers Wary as WGA Presses Talent Agency Battle

The WGA is looking to enlist support of Hollywood managers in its battle against the industry’s largest talent agencies. The WGA has invited a slew of top managers to attend meetings set for this week and next to explain the guild’s rationale for its bid to impose tough restrictions on talent agency packaging fees. The […]

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Why the Jussie Smollett Scandal Is ‘Tragedy No Matter What’

When Jussie Smollett’s bombshell story of being assaulted in a vicious hate crime first surfaced on Jan. 29, it encapsulated the worst aspects of an America riven by racial and ethnic tension, homophobia, intolerance, xenophobia and unchecked aggression toward perceived enemies. Now that Chicago police say they have debunked the “Empire” actor’s key claims, and […]

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Oprah Winfrey to Host ‘After Neverland’ Special With Michael Jackson Accusers

Oprah Winfrey is set to host a Q&A with Michael Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck that will air on HBO and OWN after the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which details allegations of sexual abuse by the late pop superstar. “Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland” will air at 10 p.m. March 4 immediately following the […]

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Overwatch League 2019 Opening Week Viewership Reaches 13 Million

The Overwatch League opened its 2019 season earlier this month to 13 million viewers, a 30% increase year over year, according to a press release. The opening was held on Feb. 14 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, where opening week tickets were completely sold out. For “Overwatch” fans around the world, watching online was […]

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Spotify’s Official India Debut Includes a World First: Free Mobile App Users Can Play Any Song On-Demand

Spotify is finally officially available in India, and it’s offering Indian music fans a perk available nowhere else in the world — the ability to play any song on-demand on the free version of the smartphone app. Spotify began rolling out its app in India on Tuesday, and the company announced Wednesday morning local time […]

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Oprah Winfrey Enters ‘Leaving Neverland’ Controversy With HBO & OWN Special

Oprah Winfrey will interview Michael Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck for a special to air on HBO and OWN immediately following Monday night’s HBO presentation of Dan Reed’s Leaving Neverland. The special, Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland was taped before an audience that includes survivors of sexual abuse. The one-hour special debuts simultaneously on HBO and OWN on Monday, March 4 at 10 pm ET/PT immediately following the second and final part of…

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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...