Sunday, March 31, 2019

HKIFF: ‘First Farewell’ and ‘You Have The Night’ Win Firebird Prizes

Xinjiang-set “A First Farewell” was named the best film in the Chinese section of the Hong Kong International Film Festival’s Firebird awards competition for young film makers. Montenegro-based Ivan Salatic’s “You Have The Night’ won the equivalent award in the rest of the world section. Prizes were awarded at a ceremony on Sunday evening. The […]

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‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Addresses Mueller Report Fallout And Slams WWE Boss Vince McMahon

John Oliver came back Sunday night with a brand new Last Week Tonight and did not waste any time with unpacking the news of the week. From the woman in the swamp creature mask during the David Bernhardt confirmation hearing to the Mueller report fallout to how Vince McMahon failed the wrestlers of the WWE, Oliver came flying in with the vengeance of an elbow drop from the top turnbuckle. He started off by pointing out how during oil lobbyist-turned-acting Interior…

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New LEGO Sets for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Are Ready to Take on Thanos

A new Marvel movie is almost here, which means it’s time to break out the new LEGO sets. LEGO has announced five new sets for Avengers: Endgame. While some may want to over-analyze these sets for clues about the plot of the upcoming film, keep in mind that these sets aren’t necessarily drawn from the story, but rather are just ways of mixing and matching the characters to create fun playsets. I’m not saying there won’t be a battle against Thanos at the Avengers compound, but I wouldn’t count on it either. Here are …

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Korea Box Office: ‘Us’ Opens on Top, ‘Dumbo’ Lands in Fourth

American horror thriller “Us” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The UPI release opened on Wednesday (Mar. 27), and earned $6.98 million from 936,400 admissions over five days. The previous weekend’s winner, Korean crime drama “Money” slipped to second place. The Showbox release earned $4.73 million from 601,900 admissions between Friday and […]

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‘SMILF’s Frankie Shaw On Tonight’s Series Finale, Carl Jung & Dusting Off Her Boots

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains details of tonight's SMILF series finale "I do feel like we accomplished like a big feat in SMILF, you know?" says Frankie Shaw of the Showtime series that ended tonight after two acclaimed seasons. "I went from making some short films, paying for them out of pocket to this giant responsibility and this huge job," the Golden Globe nominated creator, showrunner, sometimes director and star of the Boston-set series with Rosie O'Donnell and…

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Exclusive: Bill Hader Breaks Down the ‘Barry’ Season 2 Premiere

Spoilers for Season 2 Episode 1 of Barry follow below. If you’re a frequent reader of Collider, you may recall that last year, Bill Hader was kind enough to speak to us at length about the final four episodes of his HBO series Barry each week as they aired. And despite the fact that Barry is now an Emmy-winning hit series, and Hader is now a Directors Guild of America Award-winning director, the SNL veteran was gracious enough to not only speak with us again this year, but for all eight episodes of Barry Season 2. Each …

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Top Leaders of Media-Measurement Firm Comscore Leave Abruptly

Comscore, one of the media industry’s best-known sources of audience measurement, is recalibrating itself yet again after the departure of two of its top executives. The company, which for several years has vied with Nielsen in the business of chronicling audiences for video across several different platforms, said Sunday night that both Bryan Wiener and […]

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‘The Walking Dead’ Showrunner Talks Tonight’s Season 9 Finale, Rick Grime’s Fate, Maggie’s Return & Season 10

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains details of tonight's The Walking Dead Season 9 finale "That's part of the thing for our characters who don't have full closure on Rick," declares The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang on tonight's Season 9 finale and where the now Andrew Lincoln-less zombie apocalypse series could go next. "That is something that remains an open question and may play into the story going forward in certain ways," the EP adds of the fate of ex-leading…

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The Best Happy Movies on Netflix Right Now

Trying to find a good movie to watch on Netflix is hard enough, but trying to find, specifically, a happy movie to watch on Netflix can be extra difficult. Sometimes you just need a pick-me-up, and the right film at the right time can do wonders to improve your mood. That’s the power of storytelling, especially on a feature-length scale, and Netflix isn’t lacking in films that make you happy without forsaking quality. Below, we’ve assembled a curated list of the very best happy movies to watch on Netflix, from comedies to blockbusters to …

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Drake Pays Tribute to Nipsey Hussle as Music Industry Reacts to Rapper’s Death

News of the death of Nipsey Hussle hit the music industry hard on Sunday afternoon, with fellow artists like Drake and Rihanna jumping on social media to pay tribute. Drake, who wrote that he saw Hussle “as a man of respect and a don,” also revealed that the two had planned to do a song […]

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SAG-AFTRA Stands With WGA In Its “Struggle” With Talent Agents

The WGA has a new ally in its ongoing feud with Hollywood's talent agents – SAG-AFTRA. "We congratulate the Writers Guild of America on their successful membership vote and applaud the guild for taking steps in the best interests of their members," the actors' union said today. "We stand with our sister union in the ongoing struggle to protect members in the entertainment industry." Earlier today, the WGA's new Agency Code of Conduct was overwhelmingly approved by the…

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle Killed In South Los Angeles Shooting

Rapper Nipsey Hussle is said to have died after a shooting outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Times, Hussle was shot multiple times and was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead. Two others were wounded, but their names have not been released. Earlier today the LAPD HQ tweeted out a report saying, “At approximately 3:20 pm there was a shooting reported in the area of Slauson Ave and Crenshaw Blvd. 3 victims were transported to…

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SAG-AFTRA Backs WGA Fight Against Agents

SAG-AFTRA has announced support for the Writers Guild of America in its acrimonious battle to tighten restrictions on talent agents. “We congratulate the Writers Guild of America on their successful membership vote and applaud the Guild for taking steps in the best interests of their members,” SAG-AFTRA said. “We stand with our sister union in […]

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SAG-AFTRA, Ad Industry Extend Commercials Contract Expiration

SAG-AFTRA and the ad industry have agreed to extend the commercials contract expiration for two days until the end of April 2 while both sides negotiate a successor deal. Terms and conditions of the 2016 commercials contract — which generates about $1 billion a year for members of the performers union — will remain in […]

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Broadway Review: ‘What The Constitution Means To Me’

Call it stealth theater. In the disarming introduction to her play “What the Constitution Means to Me,” Heidi Schreck holds forth in an American Legion hall in her hometown of Wenatchee, Wash., an “abortion-free zone” where her 15-year-old self is competing in the regional semifinals of a Legion oratory contest. The debate topic, of course, […]

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Tania Mallet Dies: Model And ‘Goldfinger’ Actress Was 77

Tania Mallet, who is known for her modeling career and her role in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger has died at the age of 77. The official James Bond Twitter account confirmed her death Sunday saying, “We are very sorry to hear that Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in GOLDFINGER has passed away. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.” No further details have been revealed about her death. Mallet was born in Blackpool May 19, 1941. She is…

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‘What The Constitution Means To Me’ Broadway Review: Heidi Schreck’s Brilliant Lesson In Life & Civics

The impulse to tear down and start over, as ancient as we are, occasionally makes a bigger noise of itself than usual. World War I, that was a loud one. Sacco and Vanzetti, loud. The Sex Pistols, really loud. The noise was so loud in 2016 it handed the earth’s most important job to a reality TV host who’d distilled the impulse into a catchphrase, and just might get so loud in 2020 that “You’re Fired!” comes back to haunt him. All of which is to say, Heidi Schreck has…

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle Shot Outside His South Los Angeles Store

Rapper Ermias Davidson Ashedom, better known by his stage name Nipsey Hussle, has been shot multiple times outside his store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Times, Ashedom was shot multiple times and then transported to a hospital. It is unclear what his current condition is. No suspects […]

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Kanye West Sets “Sunday Service” For Coachella

Whether you like him or not, Kanye West is heading to Coachella in April to serve the world his brand of dragon energy. The musician/rapper/artist/fashion designer/social media raconteur is set to bring his “Sunday Service” sessions to the popular music festival of jorts, kerchiefs and cultural appropriating headdresses. West’s “Sunday Service” is appropriately set for Easter Sunday April 21. He joins a lineup that includes Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame…

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Film Review: ‘Slut in a Good Way’

For more than a century, movies as a medium have served to reinforce a certain view of female sexuality that served to benefit … whom? Not the female sex, really, but men — or a male-dominated culture that wanted women to be more receptive to their advances, on one hand, even as it reinforced the […]

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How ‘Veep’ Would Be Different If It Debuted Under Trump

The Season 7 premiere of “Veep” will mark the first-ever episode of the HBO series to air that was written while President Trump has been in office. The Emmy-winning comedy debuted in 2012, during President Obama’s first term, and five seasons of the show aired while Obama was in office. The series’ sixth season aired […]

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Dodgers Stadium Parking Lot Fight Leaves Man On Life Support

A fight between two men at Dodgers Stadium on Friday night has left one fan on life support. The Dodgers have said they are cooperating with the police investigation. The incident is reminiscent of a 2011 incident involving San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, who suffered permanent disability and brain damage when he was assaulted in the Dodgers Stadium parking lot. Stow’s assailants received prison sentences and the Dodgers sustained an $18 million judgment. After the…

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Shelley Lazar, Founder of SLO Ticketing, Dies at 69

Shelley Lazar, founder of SLO Ticketing and a pioneer of premium ticketing and VIP programs for including the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and The Who, died Sunday morning after a battle with cancer, a rep for her company confirmed. She was 69. Affectionately known as “The Ticket Queen” — or “MFTQ,” as she was dubbed […]

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‘The OA’ Star Kingsley Ben-Adir on Working with Brit Marling & Filming Those Crazy Scenes

Be aware there are spoilers for The OA Season 2. Anyone who watched the wild, unpredictable first season of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's hyper-bingeable Netflix series The OA knew to expect surprises in the second season. Boy did it deliver with robots, tree internet, and a telekinetic octopus, just to name a few. But the most welcome surprise of the new season is the addition of Kingsley Ben-Adir as a new co-load, Karim Washington, a private detective with a dark past who gets tangled up in OA's (Marling) world of interdimensional travel and metaphysical …

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 5 Trailer Sees the Return of Some Familiar Faces

AMC has released the first trailer for Fear the Walking Dead season 5, which shuffles its way on to AMC on June 2. It's a lengthy trailer with some legitimate reveals, but boiled down the gist seems to be that doing genuinely kind and good things in the zombie apocalypse will most likely get you killed. Sound advice! But no, the trailer also reveals the return of two familiar faces. First, Rubén Blades' Daniel Salazar, not seen since the dam explosion that closed out season 3's finale, "Sleigh Ride." And then there's Austin Amelio's Dwight …

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The Best Standup Comedy Specials on Netflix

We all need a laugh sometimes and when it comes to standup comedy, Netflix has amassed a spectacular library of specials for just about every sense of humor under the sun. We all know the streaming network has been busy buffing up their movies and tv shows in recent years, but Netflix has also become a giant in the world of comedy specials, curating an impressive lineup from the biggest and best names in comedy right now and launching some undersung gems to stardom in the process. While their library of classic standup is a bit slim, if you're …

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SAG-AFTRA Extends Commercials Contract Talks Until Midnight Tuesday

SAG-AFTRA, whose commercials contract was set to expire today, has extended its negotiations with advertisers and ad agencies until Tuesday night. "The parties will continue to negotiate, remaining under a media blackout," the union and the ad industry's Joint Policy Committee said today in a joint statement." In the meantime, all terms and conditions of the guild's 2016 Commercials Contracts – including all waivers and provisions that might otherwise sunset – have been…

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Kanye West Bringing His ‘Sunday Service’ to Coachella

Kanye West boosted interest in the traditionally slower second weekend of Coachella by revealing that he will bring his gospel-inspired “Sunday Service” to the festival’s second weekend, with a performance slated for Easter Sunday, April 21, at 9 a.m. West made the announcement at today’s service, which was tweeted by the festival. “We were out in […]

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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Trailer: Season 5 Promises High Body Count And Familiar Faces

After announcing the June 2 premiere date of the fifth season of Fear the Walking Dead on Saturday at WonderCon, AMC chased the news with a brand new trailer that gives a look at the new — and bloody — season of zombie series. A little over three minutes, the trailer gives a generous look at the new season of The Walking Dead spinoff. The body count of walkers is very high as we are treated to a lot of stab-the-undead-in-the-eye action, but at the very end of the trailer…

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Fox News Mistakenly Labels Three Central American Nations As “Mexican Countries”

Fox News has apologized for referring to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras as “Mexican countries” in a graphic this morning. The gaffe occurred during this morning’s Fox & Friends show during a discussion of President Donald Trump’s plan to cut aid to the three countries. The graphic underneath read: “Trump cuts US aid to 3 Mexican countries.” Naturally, social media had a field day with the error. Later, Fox News issued its apology. "We want to clarify and correct…

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

If there’s any doubt that Round Two of the Russian collusion story is underway, that was dispelled today by President Donald Trump’s first two posts of the Sunday tweetstorm. The Commander-in-Tweet is clearly gearing up for a post-Mueller jihad on the sources of the FISA warrants, railing against the issue from his online bully pulpit. It promises to be a wild few weeks if he follows-up and institutes yet another special investigation on the issue, which could uncover…

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WGA Outplays Talent Agencies as Precursor to Next Year’s Tough Studio Talks (Column)

The 95%-vote majority in the WGA’s referendum on imposing a tough new code of conduct for talent agents sends a clear signal to the industry. The WGA is gearing up for tough negotiations in the coming year with the major studios on the master film and TV contract that expires May 1, 2020. During the […]

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‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Rides To $500M+ Global Box Office

Universal/DreamWorks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has passed $500M globally. Hiccup and Toothless rode across the half-a-billion threshold with this weekend's figures included. Domestically, the Dean DeBlois-directed charmer has grossed $152.97M while the international box office stands at $348.9M through Sunday. The worldwide total on the adventure epic is $501.9M, taking the three films in the series combined to just over $1.6B. The Viking and…

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‘American Gods’ Season 2: Kahyun Kim on Becoming the New Media

In Season 2 of the Starz series American Gods, the battle between the Old Gods, or the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world, and the New Gods, who reflect society’s modern devotions (i.e. money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs), is really heating up, and Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is on his own path to figuring out exactly what he believes. One of those New Gods is New Media (Kahyun Kim), who has evolved from the Media (Gillian Anderson) of Season 1 into this goddess of global content and master of manipulation who will stop at …

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“I Know Kung-Fu”: How ‘The Matrix’ Made It Cool For Action Heroes to Be Uncool

There's a video going around the internet of Keanu Reeves, stranded in Bakersfield, California thanks to an emergency flight landing, not only taking charmingly dad-like control of the situation but treating his fellow grounded passengers to Bakersfield trivia on the impromptu bus ride. It's sort of the perfect encapsulation of the Great Innate Goodness of Keanu Reeves; the man is kind of a goober, but if he tells you to get on the bus, you get on the bus. It's the natural, easy affability that gave him the ability to play loveable lunkhead Ted Logan in …

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WGA, Talent Agents On Brink Of All-Out War: How We Got Here

Now that the WGA's membership has overwhelmingly approved a new Agency Code of Conduct, the guild and the Association of Talent Agents are expected to return to the bargaining table this week for one last try to work out a new franchise agreement before the April 6 deadline. After that, guild leaders could order their members to fire their agents en masse if they refuse to sign the Code. This is how they got to the brink of all-out war. A look…

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WGA Members Overwhelmingly Approve New Agency Code

WGA members have voted overwhelmingly – 95.3% to 4.7% – to approve the unilateral imposition of a new Agency Code of Conduct, just six days before the guild's existing franchise agreement with the Association of Talent Agents is set to expire. The final vote by the combined members of the WGA East and West was 7882 in favor to 392 opposed. The one-sided vote, though not unexpected, should bolster the WGA's bargaining position by letting the agencies know that writers…

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WGA Members Vote to Tighten Talent Agency Rules

Members of the Writers Guild of America have voted overwhelmingly to support tightened restrictions on their agents — setting up a potentially chaotic scenario a week from now. The vote was 7,882 in favor of creating a new “Code of Conduct” for agents representing WGA with 392 voting against — that’s more than 95% supporting. […]

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Concert Review: Maren Morris Enlists JoJo for Even More Genre-Blending (Watch)

You might hesitate to too narrowly pin down a demographic, but Maren Morris’ two sold-out shows at the Wiltern over the weekend — her first headlining gigs in L.A., soon to be followed by a summer Greek date — definitely had a predominant one: ‘90s babies, with or without the ‘80s Mercedeses mentioned in her […]

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Ruth Wilson on ‘Mrs. Wilson’ and The Surreal Experience of Playing Her Own Grandmother

The two-part, true-life mini-series Mrs. Wilson (airing on Masterpiece on PBS) tells the story of Alison McKelvie (Ruth Wilson) who fell in love with Major Alexander Wilson (Iain Glen) after meeting him while working a secretarial job with the Secret Intelligence Service. During the years of their marriage, Alison believed that her husband was a popular author of spy novels who was also doing real intelligence work for the war effort, only to find out that he actually had other wives and other families, making her wonder whether she ever really knew him, at all.   During this …

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Anti-Abortion Pic ‘Unplanned’ Battles To $6.1M; 2nd Best Opening For Faith-Based Studio Pure Flix

After having its TV spots shut out by my most mainstream cable networks and its Twitter account frozen for two-three hours yesterday, PureFlix’s anti-abortion feature Unplannedwhich was slapped with an R rating by the MPAA, opened to $6.1M at 1,059 theaters, making it the second-best opening for the faith-based studio’s self-distributed titles after God’s Not Dead 2 ($7.6M). While not a huge win by major studio standards, for the indie label which produced the $5M-$6M…

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Newcomers Bow Mostly Flat; ‘No Manches Frida 2’ at $8M & ‘Gloria Bell’ at $4M: Specialty Box Office

IFC Films drama Diane starring Mary Kay Place is leading a crowded pack of specialty newcomers this weekend, with no debut limited release title breaking even above a five-figure per theater average as of the initial Sunday morning averages. Diane by writer-director Kent Jones grossed $27,043, averaging $9,014.  PBS Films opened its first narrative feature, The Chaperone, starring Elizabeth McGovern and Haley Lu Richardson in two New York theaters. The title, by…

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‘Dumbo’ Flies In Low With $71M Overseas; ‘Captain Marvel’ Nears $1B Global – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Disney's Dumbo, the live-action adaptation of the beloved 1941 classic, grossed $71M at the international box office this weekend. Liftoff is below pre-opening projections which sources pegged in the $80M-$90M range for the Tim Burton-directed pic. The main issue here, which we noted in our preview would be a swing factor, is that Asia didn't significantly prick up its ears for the little fellow. Domestic also flew in lower with $45M for a $116M

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Mark Hamilll Will Voice Chucky in the ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot

They did it. The madmen really did it. MGM went and made the Child's Play reboot something I might support by adding Mark Hamill as the new voice of Chucky, the homicidal doll. The man himself made the announcement over social media. "I can't wait to bring such an iconic character to life, and present him in a way you've never seen him before," the Star Wars legend said. This is a twisty situation! I'm a fan of the seven-movie Chucky franchise—which I genuinely don't think has an outright "bad" entry—and always …

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J.C. Chandor on ‘Triple Frontier’, Netflix, and the Future of Movie Distribution

If you watch a lot of Netflix films, you may have noticed the original movies they’ve been producing have been getting a lot better. This trend continues with director J.C. Chandor’s Triple Frontier. Loaded with some fantastic actors – Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal – the action-thriller, written by Chandor and Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), centers on a group of former Special Forces operatives that decide to steal a South American drug lord’s money. while you’ve seen a ton of movies about big heists, what’s …

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Box Office: ‘Dumbo’ Leads Overseas With $71 Million, ‘Captain Marvel’ Nears $1 Billion

“Dumbo” took flight this weekend, landing atop both domestic and international box office charts. Overseas, the high-flying elephant generated $71 million when it debuted in 53 foreign territories. “Dumbo” launched below expectations in North America with $45 million for a global start of $116 million. The film saw the best start in China ($10.7 million), […]

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Kim Dickens on ‘The Highwaymen’ and Finally Making the ‘Deadwood’ Movie



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‘Heathers’ Turns 30: Why Winona Ryder’s Agent Begged Her Not to Do the Subversive Teen Movie

Director Michael Lehmann was shocked when he looked at the New York Times and Los Angeles Times entertainment sections and saw there were no ads for the second week of dark high school comedy “Heathers.” When the film opened on March 31, 1989, the indie film studio New World had taken out ads for the […]

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Dumbo’ Stays Grounded with $45 Million Debut

For an elephant that can fly, Dumbo sure is having a hard time getting off the ground. Tim Burton's live-action reboot—or "reimagining" if you're nasty—officially nabbed $45 million in its debut weekend, flying below the $50 million mark that early predictions pointed to. This isn't anywhere close to a home run, especially for a Disney project. Dumbo now sits toward the bottom of the Disney live-action bracket, beating out the openings of Pete's Dragon ($21.5 million) and Alice Through the Looking Glass ($26 million), but well below the loftier numbers of …

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Eva Green on Trapeze Artist Training for Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’



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‘SNL’: Weekend Update Welcomes Judge Jeanine Back From Exile

Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment welcomed a special guest – Judge Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong), who was returning from a two-week enforced absence to talk about her motivations with host Colin Jost. Returning because “someone from Fox News said my name into a mirror three times,” Pirro quickly launched into an attack on the Mueller report, which she insisted “completely exonerated” President Donald Trump. She also requested that the report be burned before…

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip With Host Sandra Oh, Tie Demo Season Low

Last night's telecast of Saturday Night Live on NBC with host Sandra Oh and musical guest Tame Impala averaged a 4.1 Live+Same Day household rating in the metered markets, and a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local people meters. That was down from SNL's most recent original hosted by Idris Elba, musical guest Khalid (4.5, 1.7). Last night’s show, which also featured Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, tied for season low in…

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‘SNL’: Sketch On Discover Card Takes An ‘Us’ Turn For The Worse

Saturday Night Live presented a different kind of take on credit card problems, offering up a parody of Discover Card from the mind of Jordan Peele, the director of ‘Us.” In the sketch, Ego Nwodim discovers some strange unauthorized charges on her Discover card, and calls the company to resolve the problem. So far, it’s a take on the regular Discover commercials that have real people talking about their finances to themselves. The twist here is that Nwodim reaches her ‘Us…

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‘Justice With Judge Jeanine’ Returns To Fox, Calls For Mueller Probe Revenge

Judge Jeanine Pirro was back on Fox News Saturday night after a two-week absence, calling on those who concocted the Russian collusion investigation to get “behind-the-bars justice.” Pirro had been off the air after questioning whether Rep. Ilhan Omar was more loyal to Muslim Sharia law than to the US Constitution. She was yanked after Fox and others condemned the remarks. Despite the enforced vacation, Pirro’s opening statement held nothing back, as she asked for…

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Kamala Harris, Cory Booker Stump for the LGBTQ Vote at Human Rights Campaign Gala

Trump took a lot of hits at this year’s Human Rights Campaign dinner in Los Angeles. The advocacy group’s annual gala, which took place at the downtown JW Marriott on Saturday night, celebrated the triumphs of the LGBTQ community and its stand-out allies.  But much of the night’s talking points centered around the Trump administration’s […]

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The Top 5 Virtual/Simulated Characters and How They Foretold the Future

Sunday, March 31 marks the 20th anniversary of landmark film “The Matrix,” a movie about a multitude of ideas all wrapped around the singular notion that the reality humans know is, in fact, an incredibly elaborate simulation run by computers, a sort of video game if you will. In honor of the movie’s anniversary, Variety […]

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Box Office: ‘Dumbo’ Lands at No. 1 With Soft $45 Million

Disney’s “Dumbo” had an underwhelming liftoff at the domestic box office. Tim Burton’s live-action remake debuted with $45 million from 4,259 North American theaters, below expectations heading into the weekend. While that was easily enough to top the domestic box office, it marks the lowest start among the studio’s recent live-action remakes of Disney classics. […]

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‘The Matrix’ 20 Years Later: The Artificial Intelligence Lives in Us (Column)

The term “artificial intelligence” was coined in 1956, but one way or another it has been the subject of just about every great science-fiction movie, from “Metropolis” to “Frankenstein,” from the paranoid fables of the ’50s (about brainy robots and aliens with giant noggins who were like “advanced” versions of ourselves) to “2001: A Space […]

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Night School’s ‘Afterparty’ Makes Going to Hell Look Fun

It’s only been five years since Adam Hines and Sean Krankel opened Night School Studio. In that time, the team released the award-winning “Oxenfree,” signed a deal with Skybound to make a movie based on the game, and teamed up with Telltale Games for a “Mr. Robot” tie-in. The studio’s next title builds on everything […]

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Obsidian’s Creative Team Talks ‘The Outer Worlds,’ ‘Fallout,’ More

It’s been a busy few years for Obsidian Entertainment. Originally founded in 2003 by a slew of industry vets, Obsidian spent its early years working mostly on licensed content, like the fan-favorite “Fallout” spinoff “New Vegas,” released in 2010. After a spat of financial troubles, the studio launched a 2012 crowd-funding campaign for an original […]

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AI Ethics, Computer With Souls, Self-Playing Games

From Galatea to GLaDOS, our cultural fascination with not-quite-human consciousness and intelligence has spanned thousands of years. At PAX East on Saturday, Dr. Tyr Fothergill and Dr. Catherine Flick reflected on the place of AI in video games – both how it’s depicted in series like “Mass Effect” and how the technology is increasingly used […]

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What is a Video Game?

In 1970, the British mathematician John Conway devised a fascinating set of rules for infinite pattern generation. These rules, when enacted on a two-dimensional grid of cells, each of which is either “populated” or “unpopulated,” can produce a staggering array of algorithmically interesting “organisms.” A universe of black and white creatures that seem to spontaneous […]

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Game Creation Magic Is More Science Than Smoke and Mirrors

People who play and enjoy games were shocked to learn this month that the fabricated realities of their play spaces aren’t always completely honest with them. Sometimes games need to sidestep the truth of a gamer’s abilities to deliver the thrilling experiences they hope to achieve. This game development truism came to light for the uninitiated after […]

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There’s No Such Thing as a Hard Game (Or an Easy One)

I was seven years old when I first cheated in 1993’s classic “DOOM.” The game came on a floppy drive, and the label said “DOOM – IDDQDIDKFA”. It took me a while to realize the string of letters was actually two separate cheat codes: IDDQD for invulnerability, IDKFA for every key, weapon, and ammo. With […]

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‘Some Beasts’ Sweeps Toulouse’s Films in Progress

Maintaining Chile’s protracted awards honeymoon with international festivals, Jorge Riqeulme’s “Some Beasts,” starring Alfredo Castro and Paulina Garcia, swept Toulouse’s 35th Films in Progress, a pix-in-post competition which also serves as a traditional launch-pad for selection at the Cannes Festival. “Some Beasts” won three of the four prizes on offer: Toulouse Films in Progress Prize; […]

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Jussie Smollett Skewered By ‘Saturday Night Live’ After Dropped Charges With ‘Empire’ Firing Skit

Following the surprising decision by Chicago prosecutors to drop all charges against Empire co-star Jussie Smollett, Saturday Night Live weighed in with a skit and a couple of one-liners during Weekend Update.  Earlier this month, SNL aired a Shark Tank parody featuring SNL's Chris Redd as Smollett shortly after the actor-singer had been charged with filing a false police report for allegedly faking the assault on him, originally perceived to be a hate crime. Tonight…

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Beyonce Wins Entertainer of the Year at NAACP Awards

Beyonce was named Entertainer of the Year, and “Black Panther” nearly swept the film categories at the 50th NAACP Awards on Saturday night. During her speech at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Beyonce graciously thanked her fellow nominees in the category, including NBA superstar LeBron James, “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and star Chadwick Boseman, […]

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Chris Rock Mocks Jussie Smollett at Image Awards: ‘What a Waste of Light Skin’

Yes, Chris Rock went there. After saying he was told to avoid Jussie Smollett jokes, Chris Rock brushed off the warning and mocked the embattled Empire actor after taking the stage Saturday Night at the NAACP Image Awards. “I have to present an award,” Rock began. “They said no Jussie Smollett jokes. Yeah, I know, I know. What a waste of light skin. You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be outta here. I would be f–king running Holl…

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Follows Up on Jussie Smollett Scandal

Just days after the state charges were dropped against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for filing a false police report after a vicious attack in Chicago, Ill., “Saturday Night Live” weighed in on the thesp.’s troubles. Although Fox has stood behind their star, releasing a statement earlier this week that said “Jussie Smollett has always maintained […]

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Parodies Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ (Watch)

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Ego Nwodim encountered her “Us”-esque doppelganger on the Mar. 30 episode of the late-night NBC sketch comedy series. In a parody commercial for Discover Card, Nwodim found some unusual activity on her account and called the customer service center. Although Kenan Thompson warned her she’d just be talking to a […]

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Sandra Oh Celebrates U.S. Citizenship Anniversary on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Watch)

“Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh marked her one-year anniversary of becoming an American citizen by hosting the Mar. 30 episode of “Saturday Night Live.” The Canadian-born actress announced the special occasion during the monologue of the NBC late-night sketch series, saying, “I love Americans. You are confident and direct. And now that I am an […]

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open: Robert De Niro’s Mueller Fails to Find Trump Guilty of Collusion

Robert De Niro and Alec Baldwin took center stage in the cold open on Saturday Night Live, for a take on special counsel Robert Mueller’s collusion investigation into the Trump administration. De Niro’s Mueller lamented that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove President Trump was guilty of collusion, but suggested POTUS wasn’t off the hook. “After two years… our investigation is finally over,” he said. “Overall there is an abundance of circumstantial evidence.” He…

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Robert De Niro Reads from the Mueller Report (Watch)

After Robert Mueller finally released his report, “Saturday Night Live” still had some things to say. Returning with a new episode on Mar. 30, the late-night NBC series started with a cold open sketch dedicated to the experience. Robert De Niro was back to play Mueller, reading from the report, while Aidy Bryant played William […]

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Jeanine Pirro Makes Return to Fox News Channel After Two-Week Absence

“Judge Jeanine” is back in session on Fox News Channel. Outspoken opinion host Jeanine Pirro returned to her Saturday-night program “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on the cable-news outlet after a two-week absence, saying nothing about her time away from the program or the apparent controversy she sparked before she left. The Fox Corp.-owned outlet had […]

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Chris Rock Calls Out Jussie Smollett: ‘What the hell was he thinking?’

Although Chris Rock was told to steer clear of the Jussie Smollett case at the NAACP Awards, the comedian couldn’t help but toss a couple barbed jokes towards the “Empire” actor. “They said no Jussie Smollett jokes. I know. What a waste of white skin. You know what I could do with that light skin? […]

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First ‘NOS4A2’ Trailer Has Demon Kids, Magic Cars, and Zachary Quinto as a Christmas Vampire

AMC has released the first trailer for NOS4A2, the horror series based on the novel by Joe Hill. If you had trouble with that title—it's Nosferatu, as in this bat-eared homie right here—just wait until you get a load of the footage, which features demon kids, a magic motorbike, and Zachary Quinto playing a Christmas vampire(?) named Charlie Manx who abducts the souls of children and brings them to his nightmarish winter wonderland. A lot going on here, and I almost wish the trailer did a more coherent job summing it up (Hill's book is …

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Chadwick Boseman Among Early NAACP Image Awards Winners (Updating)

The 50th annual NAACP Image Awards were held Saturday in Hollywood, with Black Panther leading the nominations with 14 nods. The star-studded ceremony took place the Dolby Theatre with Us actress Lupita Nyong’o, This Is Us actor Sterling K. Brown, Boomerang co-creator Lena Waithe and Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross among those attending. Ross’ Black-ish co-star Anthony Anderson hosted the ceremony, which was televised live on TV One. Below is the updating list of winne…

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‘Child’s Play’: Mark Hamill Will Be The Voice Of Chucky In Killer Remake

After decades as a heroic action figure, Mark Hamill is going to be Hollywood’s most demonic doll. The Star Wars stalwart who has portrayed Luke Skywalker in four feature films to date will provide the voice of the iconic horror character Chucky in the Orion Pictures revival of the Child’s Play franchise. Hamill joins a cast that includes Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, and Brian Tyree Henry in the “contemporary re-imagining” of the 1988 horror hit that follows the…

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‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Trailer Reveals the ‘Conjuring’ Universe’s Biggest Crossover

New Line Cinema has released the first trailer for Annabelle Comes Home, the third installment of the evil demonic doll corner of James Wan's Conjuring Universe. Gary Dauberman, writer on the first two Annabelle films as well as The Nun, takes over director's chair duties in his feature-directing debut. The Annabelle movies have usually been pretty hit or miss, but I'm super into this premise. It's basically a crossover event movie for the modern-day horror genre, pitting Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) against the dead-eyed doll. It's like …

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‘Karate Kid’: Ralph Macchio Waxes On About “Soulful Magic” Of 1984 (And ‘Cobra Kai’ Reunion)

Here’s a real kick in the head: It’s been 35 years since Columbia Studios released The Karate Kid. Fathom Events is marking the anniversary by bringing the 1984 classic back to the big screen Sunday and this Tuesday at more than 600 theaters nationwide. The special screenings are more than memory-lane matinees, they will be accompanied by a Season 2 preview of Cobra Kai, the acclaimed YouTube hit series (50 million views) that rekindles the Reagan Era rivalry between…

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Writers Guild Leaders Double Down on Threat to Sue Talent Agencies

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have repeated a threat to sue the major Hollywood talent agencies for alleged conflicts of interest. The leaders issued the threat Saturday during a members-only meeting at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif., attended by about 300, according to an attendee. The meeting was the fourth […]

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‘Dumbo’ Costume Designer Colleen Atwood on Helping Tim Burton Create Disney Magic

From visionary director Tim Burton, the live-action telling of the beloved classic Dumbo celebrates differences while also exploring the importance of family, both by blood and by circumstance. When circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) appoints former horse-riding star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children (Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins) as the caretakers for the newborn elephant with the oversized ears, he has no idea that what initially makes him a laughingstock to audiences will also change their lives forever.  While at the film’s Los Angeles press day, Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood spoke 1-…

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Series Mania 2019 Festival Announces Winners, With UK Drama ‘The Virtues’ Picking Up Top Prizes

The international TV event Series Mania unveiled its 2019 winners Saturday during the closing ceremony in France. Taking place in Lille, this year's festival ran from March 22-30, and included masterclasses from Uma Thurman, Freddie Highmore, Charlie Brooker and Sharp Objects creator Marti Noxon who will also serve as president of the Official Competition jury. Also on the jury were The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies, French actress Audrey Fleurot, French writer…

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The Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now



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LeBron James Out For Final Six Games Of Year With Injury, Lakers Announce

A Lakers season that was already bad got worse on Saturday, as the team announced star attraction LeBron James would sit out its remaining six games to nurse a strained groin injury. Already eliminated from the playoffs and beset by injuries to other key players, the Lakers now head into an off-season in which Coach Luke Walton is also expected to depart. “After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the…

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‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ ‘Nos4a2’ Premiere Dates Announced

AMC has announced premiere dates for two of its summer series, Season 5 of “Fear the Walking Dead” and Zachary Quinto vampire series “Nos4a2.” The two series will premiere back-to-back on AMC Sunday, June 2 at 9 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET. “‘Fear’ remains one of the most successful dramas on cable with a […]

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‘Unplanned’ Anti-Abortion Film Has Twitter Troubles, But Account Now Restored

Continuing its somewhat haphazard and opaque policy of banning some controversial things while ignoring others, Twitter today briefly suspended the account for the anti-abortion movie Unplanned. The account was later restored, but not before igniting an uproar. Pro-life advocates argued that the account was taken down during the movie’s opening weekend to suppress turnout. They flooded Twitter support and the company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, with complaints, and shortly…

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‘Arrow’: Emily Bett Rickards Won’t Return as Felicity Smoak For Final Season

We gather here today to mourn the loss of Olicity, 2012 - 2019. This ship, as the say, has finally sailed. Emily Bett Rickards, who has played Felicity Smoak on Arrow since season one, episode three, announced that she would not be returning for The CW series' eighth and final season. "Felicity and I are a very tight two," the actress wrote in her announcement post. "But after one through seven we will be saying goodbye to you." Rickards first appeared as Smoak—the comic characters' first live-action adaptation—in the season 1 episode "Lone Gunmen." The IT-worker-turned-…

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‘Arrow’ Actress Emily Bett Rickards Announces Exit Ahead Of Final Season

Arrow star Emily Bett Rickards is leaving the superhero drama ahead of its eighth and final season, Deadline has confirmed. The actress made the announcement Saturday on social media. Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak, said in a statement on Instagram saying it was time to say goodbye to the character. "Felicity and I are a very tight two, but after one through seven we will be saying goodbye to you," she wrote in the post. I thank you all for the time we've shared. The…

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‘The Virtues,’ ‘Just for Today,’ ‘Mytho’ Take Top Honors at Series Mania

Three series from strong creative voices – Shane Meadows’ “The Virtues,” Nir Bergman’s “Just for Today” and the Fabrice Gobert-directed, and Netflix-backed, “Mytho” – shared  major honors at an enlarged, hectic 10th Series Mania, now firmly established in festival, industry and discussion forum terms as one of the major TV events in Europe. A story […]

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Elton John Joins George Clooney’s Call To Boycott Sultan Of Brunei’s Hotels Over Anti-Gay Laws

Elton John has joined George Clooney’s call for a boycott of nine hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, after the Southeast Asian leader’s nation enacted new laws where homosexual acts will be punishable by death starting April 3. “I believe that love is love and being able to love as we choose is a basic human right. Wherever we go, my husband David and I deserve to be treated with dignity and respect – as do each and every one of the millions of LGBTQ+ people around the…

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‘Fear The Walking Dead’: AMC Sets Date For Season 5 Premiere

Be ready, Fear returns on June 2. AMC announced today that Fear the Walking Dead will return June 2 (at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT) for its Season 5 premiere and that it will lead into the new supernatural horror drama, NOS4A2 (at 10:00pm ET/9:00pm CT), which is based on Joe Hill’s namesake 2013 novel. The trailer for Season 5 will be released Sunday after it is screened for fans at WonderCon, the pop culture expo at Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. The brand is making a…

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‘NOS4A2’: AMC Releases Trailer And Premiere Date For Supernatural Horror Drama

The horror of NOS4A2 was unleashed in Anaheim today as fans gave a rousing reception to the first trailer for the supernatural horror series based on surreal and gruesome namesake novel by author Joe Hill. AMC also announced that NOS4A2 , which stars Ashleigh Cummings and Zachary Quinto, will premiere on June 2 right after the Season 5 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. The entire first season of the new series will also be available in its entirety on that same Sunday…

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WGA Members Meet On Eve Of Voting Deadline For Agency Code Of Conduct

The WGA held its final membership meeting today before the last ballots will be cast tomorrow for a new Agency Code of Conduct – and one week before next Saturday's expiration of the guild's franchise agreement with the Association of Talent Agents – and a possible mass walkout by writers on their agents. “I’m sure the Code will pass,” said a writer leaving the meeting at the Writers Guild Theater. “My sense is that it’s going to be an overwhelming yes.” “Absolutely,&#8221…

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‘Screwball’ Review: A-Rod’s Steroids Scandal Makes for One of the Best Baseball Documentaries Ever

If you’re a fan of the writings of Carl Hiassen or Elmore Leonard, the interconnected stories of Pulp Fiction, and Keystone Cops-style humor, boy, do I have a documentary for you. Screwball, which comes out this weekend in twelve select cities and on VOD on April 5th, tells the absolutely unbelievable yet insanely true story of the Biogenesis scandal that rocked Major League Baseball and sports fans across the country in 2013. Billy Corben, whose previous documentaries include Cocaine Cowboys, The U, Broke, and Dawg Fight, brings us this sordid South Florida tale of fake doctors, narcissistic baseball …

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Anti-Abortion Film’s Twitter Account Reinstated After Brief Suspension

Christian-focused production company Pure Flix’s latest release, “Unplanned,” had its Twitter account restored Saturday after it was briefly suspended. “Thank you everyone for your support in letting Jack & Twitter know when our Unplanned movie account was recently suspended without cause,” the film’s account tweeted Saturday. “We are back and excited for the great response […]

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Friday Ratings: NCAA Men’s Basketball Sweet 16 Slam-Dunks The Competition

It’s crunch time in men’s college basketball, as the NCAA tournament’s “Sweet 16” face off for some dynamic confrontations on the road to the Elite 8, Final Four and ultimate championship game. It’s a time when Cinderella teams find the clock striking midnight, the blue bloods of the sport assert themselves, and premier athletes like Duke’s Zion Williamson take over the big stage. Thus, it’s no surprise that the NCAA tournament once again topped the ratings demographics…

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NCAA Tournament: How to Watch Online

The Elite Eight have arrived. March Madness is entering its last stages, with No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 3 Texas Tech facing off at 6:09 p.m. ET on TBS on Mar. 30 and No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 3 Purdue taking place at 8:40 p.m. ET on TBS. Gonzaga is the favorite to win its […]

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition

After an epic Friday tweetstorm in which President Trump attacked the media, the Federal Reserve, Democrats, Mexico and its border policies, and radical leftists opposed to his policies, he opted for a different cause in a relatively quiet online Saturday morning. The Commander-in-Tweet has taken up the cause of Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward "Eddie" Gallagher, who is awaiting a court-martial trial in San Diego for allegedly stabbing to death an Islamic State…

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‘Romancing the Stone’ at 35: How Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner Survived Gators, Rain, and Studio Expectations

“Romancing the Stone” looks like a fun adventure romp onscreen, but making the Michael Douglas-Kathleen Turner movie that turns 35 this week was no stroll through the jungle. There were alligators, mud and plenty of back-and-forth with the studio — not to mention a tragedy after it opened. The romantic comedy adventure opened March 30, […]

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Backstage at Rock Hall of Fame: Stevie Nicks Looks Ahead, Duran Duran Talk Early Days

The 34th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony returned to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Friday night to honor the class of 2019: Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, The Zombies, Roxy Music, The Cure, Radiohead and Janet Jackson. While there was no shortage of action onstage during the five-hour-long show — including duets Stevie Nicks […]

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Jussie Smollett Skips Image Awards, Loses In Bid For Supporting Actor Honors

Jussie Smollett will not take home an Image Award. The controversial Empire actor, who recently saw hate hoax charges dropped against him in a decision that roiled politicians and the media, lost to fellow nominee Jesse Williams of Grey’s Anatomy in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category in the non-televised portion of the awards on Friday, according to ABC News. Smollett was not in attendance at the Friday awards dinner, but was believed to be in the Los Angeles…

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Rolling Stones Singer Mick Jagger Needs Medical Treatment – Tour Postponed

Mick Jagger, age 75, has been ordered to undergo medical treatment by his doctors, leading the Rolling Stones to postpone a major US stadium tour. Details on Jagger’s condition were not made public. The septuagenarian has maintained a fitness regimen that allows him to keep up frenzied stage activity and retain a lean frame, allowing the Stones to continue touring at an advanced age. "Mick has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs…

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Def Leppard Shed Tears, Stevie Nicks Is Hilarious at Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

Even more than most awards shows, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finds itself boxed in by standing on ceremony. Realistically, there’s only so much you can do with a template that can rarely veers from performance / induction speech / acceptance speech: At best, you’ll have mind-blowing performances and touching speeches of genuine […]

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Friday Box Office: ‘Dumbo’ Leads with Disappointing $15 Million

It's time for this strong month at the movies to officially become the March of the Elephants, as Tim Burton's Dumbo has lumbered its way into theaters. Right out of the gate, things are...not spectacular for the live-action remake, which flew to $15.3 million on Friday night. (Only $2.6 million coming from Thursday previews.) Early estimates had Dumbo soaring past $50 in its debut weekend, but it's looking now like the baby flying pachyderm might have trouble clearing that bar. Burton's film is a reimagining of the 1941 animated classic, which puts …

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Rolling Stones Postpone North American Tour

The Rolling Stones today announced the postponement of the North American leg of their “No Filter” tour, which had been scheduled to kick off in Miami on April 20. According to the announcement, Mick Jagger “has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time as he needs medical treatment.” The doctors have advised Mick […]

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‘Victor and Valentino’ Review: Mischievous Brothers Lead Cartoon Network’s Mythological Adventure

I've seen quite a few cartoons over the years but Cartoon Network's new animated series Victor and Valentino is a rare title that offers up something new. Created by Diego Molano, the supernatural adventure comedy follows two half-brothers living with their grandma in Monte Macabre, a small and mysterious town where the myths and legends of Mesoamerican folklore come to life. That logline alone should tell you why Vic & Val are worth getting to know and why their adventures are worth watching, and I'm happy to say that the show's early run of episodes …

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Valve Teases New VR Headset Valve Index

Valve’s teasing what appears to be a new virtual reality headset called the Valve Index with an image and the note to “upgrade your experience May 2019.” While there have been leaks about a Valve-designed virtual reality headset, the page for the Valve Index only features an image and those words. The headset appears to […]

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James Gunn Returns To Twitter With ‘Brightburn’ Trailer Tout

Life is slowly returning to normal for writer/director James Gunn. After vanishing from Twitter last summer in the midst of a controversy over his past tweets, Gunn has apparently resumed regular social media activity now that he’s been reinstated by Disney for Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Although Gunn resurfaced on Twitter March 15 after coming back to Disney by posting a thank-you note, today he did his first “normal” post since then, promoting his forthcoming Brightburn…

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George Clooney Trashed For Brunei Hotel Boycott On ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’

While right-wingers usually take the worst punishment in a typical one-hour episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, tonight it was noted progressive George Clooney’s turn in the barrel. Maher and guests SE Cupp and Andrew Sullivan all criticized the star for calling for a boycott of the Beverly Hills and Bel-Air hotels. The luxe properties are owned by the sultan of Brunei, the nation that is about to pass legislation that would sentence to death anyone who is gay or…

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‘The Blacklist’ Bids Farewell To A Series Regular In Two-Hour Episode

NBC’s The Blacklist is losing a series regular, as Friday’s two-hour episode clearly spelled the end for Mozhan Marno, aka Agent Samar Navabi, who has been with the show since Season 2. Her departure has been confirmed by sources, and Marno posted about the decision on Instagram, noting that tonight’s episode was her last on the show. “Five years ago, I got a call from my manager telling me I got the role of Samar on The Blacklist. Almost overnight, my life changed. It…

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Fox’s ‘Dark Phoenix’ Brightens Expectations With WonderCon Win

Just before the WonderCon panel, featuring the filmmakers and cast members of Dark Phoenix, the latest X-Men film from Fox, a message over the public address system informed the crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center’s Arena that no time would be allotted for audience questions. There was an amused murmur from the crowd that seemed to say: That figures. Dark Phoenix won’t open in theaters until June 7 but the film’s reputation has taken a beating for months with some of…

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‘Swamp Thing’ Gets DC Universe Spring Premiere Date

Aquaman director has emerged as the go-to-guy for DC Comics heroes, especially if they like things wet and now his Swamp Thing has a debut date. It was announced at WonderCon today that Crystal Reed, Derek Mears and Andy Bean-led original live action series will premiere on the increasingly packed DC Universe streaming service on May 31. With 90210 and Sharknado star Ian Ziering on-board too, the Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman-penned Swamp Thing follows Reed’s Abby…

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DC Universe’s ‘Stargirl’: First Look At Courtney Whitmore’s Super Suit

The DC Universe streaming service was in the spotlight on Day 1 of WonderCon on Friday, with a panel about the streaming service unveiling the first look at the supersuit to be worn by Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl (Brec Bassinger) on the series that will launch in early 2020. Check out the photo below. Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter, and Melissa Carter are executive producers of Stargirl, which is based on the DC Comics character created by Johns in 1999 as a…

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Stanley “Sandy” Glass Dies: Writer For ‘The Last Flight Of Noah’s Ark’ Was 90

Writers Guild of America member Stanley (Sandy) Glass, who was active in the 1970s and early 1980s, has died. He was 90 and the cause of death was not available. Glass’s most notable work was on the Disney family film The Last Flight Of Noah’s Ark, which starred Elliott Gould, Genevieve Bjold, Ricky Schroder and Vincent Gardenia. The film depicted a plane carrying various animals forced to make a landing on a deserted island. The only chance to escape was to convert the…

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S&S Imprint Atria Lands U.S. Pub Rights To Rebecca Serle Novel ‘In Five Years’

EXCLUSIVE: The Simon & Schuster imprint Atria preemptively landed North American rights to the Rebecca Serle novel In Five Years. The novel went to publishers last week at auction and Atria Editorial Director Lindsay Sagnette took it off the table. Foreign publishers are now bidding and film/TV rights are next to be shopped. The novel tells the story of 28 year old Danielle Kohan, a Type-A Manhattan attorney who is in a happy and loving relationship and has a very…

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Georgia’s “Heartbeat Bill” Passes House, Heads To Governor’s Desk With Hollywood Watching

The Georgia House of Representatives narrowly passed a piece of legislation Friday known as the “Heartbeat Bill” that, if signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp, would ban abortions in the state after a fetal heartbeat is detected, or about six weeks. The 92-78 “yes” vote (91 votes were needed for passage) on HB 481 comes as several members of the Hollywood film and TV industry — which generated $2.7 billion in direct spending in Georgia over the past year — have been calling…

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CBS Employees Credit Union Shuts Down As Manager Charged With Embezzling $40 Million

The longtime manager the CBS Employees Federal Credit Union has been arrested and charged with embezzling more than $40 million from his employer over the past 20 years. Edward Rostohar faces felony counts of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. In conjunction with the arrest, the National Credit Union Administration — a federal agency that regulates credit unions — announced Friday that it has liquidated the CBS Employees Federal Credit Union and shut down its…

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Anna Kendrick To Headline & EP Quibi Comedy ‘Dummy’ From Cody Heller & Wiip

EXCLUSIVE: Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick is set to topline and executive produce Dummy , a comedy for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form video platform Quibi from Deadbeat co-creator Cody Heller and independent studio wiip. Tricia Brock (The Walking Dead) has come on board to direct the project, created by Heller. Dummy is a buddy comedy that follows an aspiring writer (Kendrick) and her boyfriend's sex doll. It will be a serialized movie-length story told…

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Anonymous Writer #2: Skeptical That WGA Is Going After The Lannisters As The White Walkers Approach

While WGA members have rallied around their union in a brass-knuckle battle to dismantle agency packaging and end agencies' forays into producing through affiliated companies, not every writer is in step with their union’s take-it-or-leave-it stance. Here is a second writer, who like the last one Deadline featured questions the wisdom of forcing writers to make a Sophie's Choice between union loyalty and their agents. It presents a different and thoughtful side of the…

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Read Trent Reznor’s Rock Hall of Fame Speech Praising The Cure’s ‘Gigantic Impact’

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor isn’t always a fan for awards ceremonies, but he made an exception for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Brooklyn tonight (March 29) where he introduced the Cure. Also inducted into the 2019 class were Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, Def Leppard and the Zombies. During his speech, […]

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Stevie Nicks Is Still Learning Her Boy Bands, Mistakes One Direction for *NSYNC (Watch)

Stevie Nicks enchanted fans at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Friday night (March 29) with a set that included surprise appearances by Harry Styles and Don Henley. Nicks, dressed in a flowing black ensemble which included lace gloves and her trademark shawl, performed the hits “Stand […]

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Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway Accept Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Honor

It was no surprise that Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke didn’t show up to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony tonight at Barclays Center. In January, told Variety, “We don’t really understand it [the Hall of Fame], as English people. … We don’t really know what to make of it.” Guitarist Jonny Greenwood […]

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Country’s Zac Brown Band Signs With WME

Country music’s Zac Brown Band has signed on for representation with WME, as the highly successful touring unit looks toward finishing their “Down the Rabbit Hole Live” tour before following with a separate “Owl Tour” in conjunction with a new album this summer. The move is one of several major ones the country music act […]

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Film Review: ‘The Chaperone’

When you watch the silent-screen star Louise Brooks in one of the films that made her a legend, most spectacularly the glittering femme-fatale drama “Pandora’s Box” (1929), it’s shocking to see how contemporary she looks. Haircuts that were once cutting edge — punk spikes, a ’50s ducktail, Jane Fonda’s “Klute” shag — look, almost inevitably […]

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CBS Employees’ Credit Union Shutters Amid $40 Million Embezzlement

A credit union that served CBS employees has been shut down following the discovery of a $40 million embezzlement, federal officials announced Friday. The CBS Employees’ Federal Credit Union, based in Studio City, served about 2,800 members. Federal authorities announced that the credit union has been liquidated, and all members have been transferred to the […]

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Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer in Talks for Netflix’s ‘Thunder Force’

Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy are in negotiations to star as women who obtain superpowers in Netflix’s “Thunder Force.” The film will be written and directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone. “Thunder Force” will be produced by Marc Platt, Falcone and McCarthy. Plot details are under wraps. Spencer was an executive producer on best picture […]

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Fox Nearly Made a Promo With Lisa Simpson as a Disney Princess, Says Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson may be the newest Disney princess. With Disney finally completing its purchase of 21st Century Fox assets, the company could technically add Lisa Simpson to its ranks of iconic princesses like Snow White, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. Lisa’s voice actor, Yeardley Smith, told Variety at the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday that Fox nearly […]

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Film News Roundup: AMC Sets Free Screenings of Martin Luther King Documentary

In today’s film news roundup, AMC sets free screenings of a Martin Luther King documentary, Participant comes on board “Monos,” and David Glasser’s 101 Studios hires three execs. SCREENINGS AMC Theatres will honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with free showings at 100 locations of the documentary “King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis.” […]

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Is HBO’s Michael Jackson Doc Why Janet Jackson Isn’t Performing at Rock Hall of Fame?

Don’t expect a Janet Jackson performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony tonight. While the 52-year-old singer is in attendance to receive the honor, along with fellow honoree Stevie Nicks and members of Roxy Music, Duran Duran and Def Leppard, a source tells Variety she declined to participate in a customary […]

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Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer to Star in Netflix Superhero Movie ‘Thunder Force’

Superheroes. Disney has 'em. Warner Bros. has 'em. Hell, even Sony has 'em. And Netflix? Well, Netflix wants 'em. That's why they signed Mark Millar, the creator of Kingsman and Kick-Ass, to a major deal, and that's why they're getting into business with Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer. The duo are closing deals to play super-powered individuals in a Netflix comedy titled Thunder Force, per Deadline. Ben Falcone will direct from his own screenplay and he'll also produce alongside McCarthy, his wife and longtime collaborator, as well as Marc Platt. While I haven't …

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Jordan Peele Explains Why the Big ‘Us’ Twist Had to Happen

Major spoilers for Us follow below. If Get Out proved that Jordan Peele is an explosive new talent behind the camera, his second film Us showed that this was no fluke—Peele is the real deal, and he’s creating stories that provoke serious discussion. Us opened in theaters last weekend to box office records and critical acclaim, but it also sparked a conversation. As opposed to some box office blockbusters that are simply fine and easy to forget a day (or even hours) after you’ve seen them, Us is a film that demands discussion and further thought after …

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Cillian Murphy Joins Emily Blunt in John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel

Spoiler Alert! John Krasinski may have died a hero at the end of A Quiet Place, but thankfully he's still coming back to write and direct the untitled sequel, which is adding an intriguing new name, as Irish actor Cillian Murphy is in talks to join Emily Blunt in Paramount's horror-thriller. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the exciting news, Murphy will play "a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit." This raises plenty of questions. Why would Blunt allow a strange man around her children? Does she need his help to survive? Does …

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The Sexiest Movies on Netflix Right Now

Sometimes you need just the right movie to spice things up and set the mood. They don't call it Netflix and Chill for no reason. With that in mind, we combed through the Netflix catalog so you don't have to in order to find the best hot, steamy, and downright sexy movies on Netflix. OK, so some of these may not be considered conventionally sexy, or maybe they start off hot and heavy before descending into tragedy and trauma, but all of these films confront and explore the spectrum of human sexuality in cinema. Romantic comedies, erotic thrillers, …

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Jai Courtney Says Captain Boomerang Will Return for ‘The Suicide Squad’

Here's a little late-breaking good news to send you into the weekend: Jai Courtney says Captain Boomerang is coming back for The Suicide Squad. Hell yeah. Recently reinstated Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn penned the script and is gearing up to helm the semi-sequel to David Ayer's 2015 film, and as we previously reported, the filmmaker is expected to bring in a boatload of new characters to carry the franchise, including Peacemaker and King Shark. In terms of returning characters, Idris Elba will reportedly take over the role of Deadshot for Will Smith …

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Alison Brie, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox Join Carey Mulligan Thriller ‘Promising Young Woman’

Yesterday, I wrote a story about Ilana Glazer's new A24 horror movie False Positive that mentioned a story I've been working on about films with capital-C Crazy premises. False Positive was going to be the first film on that list, and the second film was going to be Focus Features' upcoming Carey Mulligan thriller Promising Young Woman, whose supporting cast was just announced. I'll fill you in on those names in a second, but first we have to talk about this plot, since Focus' announcement walks right up to the line before chickening out. From Focus: "…

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The 75 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now (March 2019)



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New ‘Brightburn’ Poster and Extended Trailer Tease a Superhero Horror Story

What if Superman, but evil? Well, you're probably pretty much effed, that's what. At least that's the gist in the new extended trailer Sony Pictures has debuted for Brightburn. Produced by James Gunn and written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn, Brightburn sees director David Yarovesky at the helm of what the studio is calling “a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre.” Superheroes and horror? Yeah, you bet I'm into it. Elizabeth Banks stars as a mother who discovers an extraterrestrial child (Jackson A. Dunn) who has crash-landed on Earth and takes him …

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The Best Series and TV Shows on Netflix



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‘Pet Sematary’: Stephen King on the Real-Life Inspiration for His Acclaimed Horror Story

Pet Sematary is one of Stephen King's most beloved horror tales, and it almost never came to be. Because of a combination of "too close to home" story elements and some rather prickly contract negotiations, in an alternate universe, Pet Sematary could still be locked up in one of King's desk drawers at this point. Instead, the 1983 novel was adapted as a TV movie in 1989 and is due to arrive on the big screen this April through Paramount Pictures. In a chat with EW, King talked about the hype surrounding Pet Sematary, both the original novel …

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‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ Remake in the Works at Paramount

Once upon a time in the land of Hollywood (back in the '50s and '60s), Westerns were the superhero movies of their day. They featured larger-than-life heroes overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds and fighting evil villains who wreaked havoc on the innocent townsfolk. The filmgoing public ravenously consumed these movies, kids cosplayed as their favorite Western heroes, and movie studios relied on them as consistent money makers. A select few of these even became classics by breaking the clichéd rules of the genre and confronting viewers with uncomfortable moral quandaries. One of these classics is John Ford's …

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Danny Elfman on ‘Dumbo’, His Relationship with Tim Burton, and Why Sad Music Makes Him Happy

From visionary director Tim Burton, the live-action telling of the beloved classic Dumbo celebrates differences while also exploring the importance of family, both by blood and by circumstance. When circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) appoints former horse-riding star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children (Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins) as the caretakers for the newborn elephant with the oversized ears, he has no idea that what initially makes him a laughingstock to audiences will also change their lives forever. While at the film’s Los Angeles press day, music composer Danny Elfman spoke 1-on-1 to …

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Italy Lures Filmmakers With Its Climate, Locations and a 30% Tax Credit

With its long Mediterranean coastline and temperate seasonal climates, Italy offers multiple advantages for filmmakers. They’re also drawn to the country by its plethora of historical and picturesque cities (Rome, Venice, Naples, Milan), its classic countryside vistas (Tuscany, the Dolomites, Sicily) and, last but not least, the nation’s 30% tax credit. That credit has a […]

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The Best Movies in Theaters Right Now

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

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NAACP Image Awards Celebrates 50 Years of Heralding Artists of Color

Perception matters. This is why the NAACP Image Awards has heralded the artistic achievements of people of color for 50 years. The award show’s milestone celebration airs March 30 on TV One with “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson hosting for the sixth consecutive time. As for the emphasis on imagery, it’s a concept Frederick Douglass embraced […]

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Facebook Cuts MLB Live-Streaming Schedule to Just Six Games for 2019

Facebook is bringing live Major League Baseball games back to its video-streaming platform for a third straight year — but is coming to the plate with a much lighter schedule. Under the social network’s 2019 one-year renewal with the league, Facebook will carry six live, regular-season games (one per month) globally on Facebook Watch, excluding […]

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NAACP Image Awards Fetes ‘Milestone’ Year a Month After the Oscars

It’s no coincidence that the NAACP Image Awards are taking place a lot later than usual this year. Trumpeting its 50th anniversary, the organizers behind the broadcast say they wanted this year’s show to bask in its own spotlight away from other awards-season mainstays. This is worth noting because in past years, the Image Awards […]

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‘Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted’ Features More Detailed Frights

It’s most frightening the first time. That isn’t to say that one every adjusts to the scares while playing through the 40 mini-games of “Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted” with the PlayStation 4’s virtual reality headset. But that first moment when one of the creepy people-sized animatronics lurches into your face screaming as […]

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Garrett Brown’s Steadicam Breakthrough Continues to Grow 50 Years Later

In the history of motion-picture technology, few operators have had a more profound effect on camera movement than Garrett Brown. While dollies and cranes were Hollywood’s go-to platforms into the late ’60s, Brown’s ingenious camera rig — dubbed the Pole and later renamed Steadicam — started a photographic breakthrough that’s still growing 50 years later.  […]

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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Renewed for Record 21st Season at NBC

“Law & Order: SVU” is set to become the longest-running primetime live-action series in TV history. NBC has announced it is renewing the show for a 21st season, meaning “SVU” will overtake the 20-season record it previously shared with the original “Law & Order” and the legendary CBS Western “Gunsmoke.” It now trails only “The […]

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Both Movies And The News Media Need The Next ‘Absence Of Malice’

Will there ever be another great journalism film? Given the chaos in both movies and the news media—audiences polarized, anonymous sourcing resurgent, Twitter rampant, prevailing narratives debunked (or not)—the temptation is to say, no, probably not. But common sense says the next great media movie is bound to happen, sooner or later. And when it does, that film will probably look a lot more like Absence Of Malice than All The President's Men. Other films—Broadcast News

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‘Pennyworth’ Teaser Trailer: Alfred’s Origins and … a Seductive Queen Elizabeth?

Epix has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming drama series Pennyworth, which will give Bruce Wayne's butler his own origin story. The 10-episode hourlong series will pick up with Alfred (Jack Bannon, The Imitation Game), fresh out of the British SAS, forming his own security agency in 1960s London -- an agency that catches the attention of a young American billionaire named Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge, Fleabag). The series comes from Gotham alumni Bruno Heller (serving as an EP and writer) and Danny Cannon (also executive producing as well as directing), so you know it's going …

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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Renewed For Record-Breaking 21st Season By NBC As Dick Wolf & Mariska Hargitay Write TV History

Law & Order: SVU and its star Mariska Hargitay have cemented their places in television history. NBC has renewed Dick Wolf’s series for a record-setting 21st season, making it TV’s longest-running primetime live-action series, surpassing the previous mark of 20 seasons set by mothership series Law & Order (1990-2010) and Gunsmoke (1955-75). The renewal also marks a milestone for Hargitay’s Lt. Benson as the longest-running character in a primetime live-action series…

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‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Season 3’s Delicious Delights Confirm It’s the Best Horror Comedy on TV

The Hammonds are back, baby, and per usual, they're up to their necks in blood, body parts, and pesky law enforcement. Netflix's uproarious zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet returns for its third season in fine form, leaning into its identity as a next-level weirdo while finding new layers to excavate in the endearing marriage between Shiela (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant). Santa Clarita Diet has always been a strange and unpredictable show, a potent combination of creator Victor Fresco's signature carnal-meets-cerebral sense of humor, his cast's phenomenal delivery, and some of the …

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These Art-House Theaters Help to Build, Support Local Cinephile Communities

In a market where big screens for indies and foreign films are few and far between, these art houses are developing and serving local cinephile communities: AFS Cinema (Austin) Director Richard Linklater founded the Austin Film Society in the mid-’80s as an excuse to screen obscure classics. This two-screen venue gives such films — plus […]

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Serial Swatter Sentenced to 20 Years Prison

Tyler Barriss, the 26-year-old California man responsible for making a hoax 911 call that led to the 2017 death of a Wichita, Kan. man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday, the Associated Press reports. An argument between two “Call of Duty” players over a $1.50 bet led to the fake call after […]

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Under Pressure, Google Removes Gay Conversion Therapy App

Google has removed a controversial app from Texas-based Living Hope Ministries that advocated for gay conversion therapy after coming under pressure from civil rights groups and the public. The app suggested that users could “pray away the gay,” and disparaged homosexuality as a “destructive lifestyle.” “After consulting with outside advocacy groups, reviewing our policies, and […]

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‘Utopia’: Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton To Star In Amazon Series

EXCLUSIVE: Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton has been cast as one of the four leads in Utopia, Amazon's adaptation of the British series, written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn. Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online — one of them played by Walton — that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic's pages, they discover the conspiracy…

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Matthew Mcconaughey’s ‘The Beach Bum’ Was Inspired by Two Jimmy Buffett Songs

Director Harmony Korine may have been wastin’ away again in Margaritaville when he came up with the idea for “The Beach Bum.” According to Jimmy Buffett, his songs “Margaritaville” and “A Pirate Looks at Forty” inspired the stoner comedy, and his friendship with Korine landed him a role in the film. “He was telling me […]

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‘Fortnite’ Creator Sees Epic Games Becoming Next Facebook, Google

The company behind “Fortnite” wants to become the next Facebook or Google, said Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. The idea isn’t much of a stretch. While “Fortnite” began life as a relatively mundane game it continues to evolve, first by adding a battle royale mode, and then by leaning on the game’s massive install base […]

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Cox Adds Tubi Free, Ad-Supported Movie, TV Show VOD Service

Tubi inked a deal with Cox Communications, giving customers of the cable operator’s Contour service access to more than 12,000 movies and TV shows for no additional charge. Tubi’s partnership with Cox Contour marks its second pay-TV deal after launching on Comcast Xfinity X1 last fall. Apart from YouTube, Tubi is the only ad-supported video-on-demand […]

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Trailer for Netflix’s ‘The Silence’ Is Not Ripping off ‘A Quiet Place’ Somehow, I Guess

After the success of A Quiet Place and ostensibly (no way to prove it) Bird Box, it’s no surprise that Netflix went and made The Silence. Based on the novel by Tim Lebbon, the apocalyptic thriller is set in a world where creatures hunt their prey by sound, and a family must seek refuge in a remote location only to find a sinister cult that wants to exploit the daughter’s heightened senses. So A Quiet Place plus generic cult movie. On the one hand, I like the actors in this like Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka, but I …

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Upcoming Horror Movie Release Dates

The great thing about being a horror fan is that it's always your season. Of course, Halloween time is the annual horror bonanza, but the release calendar is always packed with new additions, which means that whether you're in the thick of summer blockbuster territory or the peak of awards season, there's always a new horror movie release just around the corner. The only downside is that all that content can be hard to keep up with. That's where we come in! Below you'll find a regularly updated horror release date calendar. We'll update …

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Joe Russo Explains Why ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Is So Long

It’s not a surprised that Avengers: Endgame will be long. Avengers: Infinity War was two hours and 29 minutes, and that movie ends with the superheroes beaten down and scattered. It will take a follow-up probably at least an hour just to get everyone back together before they can start working to strike back at Thanos. When rumors started popping up that the film was three hours long, I didn’t really blink since that sounded about right, and while three-hour movies are rare, they don’t really phase folks who happily went to three-hour Lord …

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Joel Kinnaman on Reuniting with His ‘The Killing’ Co-Star for the Amazon Series ‘Hanna’

Based on the 2011 film, the Amazon Prime Original series Hanna, written and produced by David Farr (The Night Manager), who co-wrote the original feature, follows a young woman (Esmé Creed-Miles) raised in total seclusion in the remote woods of Eastern Europe by her mercenary father (Joel Kinnaman). After having spent her life training to fight the very dangerous and deadly individuals that are hunting them, including CIA operative Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos), Hanna becomes determined to figure out what they want from her. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon, …

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‘Mrs. Wilson’ Review: Ruth Wilson’s Series on Her Grandfather’s Con Is a Slow-Burn Mystery

The 1947 novelty tune “I’m My Own Grandpa” has become shorthand for Jerry Springer-style family intrigue, but I mean to evoke the exact opposite when I say that Ruth Wilson is her own grandmother in the fascinating Mrs. Wilson. The 3-part series, airing in the U.S. on PBS, is a lightly fictionalized account of a scandal within Wilson’s own family that only became known after her grandfather’s death in the mid-1960s. It was then that his wife, Alison (portrayed by Ruth Wilson) began to unexpectedly unravel her husband’s mysteries when another woman …

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Lynn Shelton’s ‘Sword Of Trust’ Acquired By IFC Films After SXSW Bow

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Lynn Shelton’s Sword of Trust, coming off the comedy’s world premiere earlier this month at SXSW. Marc Maron, Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins and Jon Bass star. The distributor plans a summer theatrical release. Co-written by Shelton and Mike O'Brien, the plot centers on Cynthia (Bell) and Mary (Watkins) who show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather. The only item she's received is an antique…

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Writer, Producer Dish Details on Sex Pistols Film ‘Only Anarchists Are Pretty’ (EXCLUSIVE)

The new Sex Pistols film-in-the-making, news of which has punks young and old abuzz, has a name: “Only Anarchists Are Pretty.” The writer and producer of the project tell Variety that they are setting about getting the picture financed ahead of casting their Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten et al. Producer Ayesha Plunkett is making the […]

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In Defense of Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ by Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley (Guest Column)

Earlier this week, Jezebel published an op-ed in which Tracy Clark-Flory says that Alanis Morissette’s iconic, multiple Grammy-winning 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill,” which she loved when she was younger, is “actually very bad.” Letters to Cleo singer-songwriter and activist Kay Hanley disagrees, and explains why in the column below … “Would she go down […]

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Izzy Diaz Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘From Riches’

Telenovela alum Izzy Diaz is set as a series regular opposite Jaime Camil, Natasha Leggiero and Pauley Perrette in CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot From Riches (fka, Broke, the Untitled Jennie Snyder Urman/Alex Herschlag Project). It hails from Jane the Virgin creator/executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman, Will & Grace executive producer Alex Herschlag, CBS TV Studios and Propagate. Written by Herschlag and directed by Victor Gonzalez, From Riches centers on Miguel…

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Emmy Opening Problems Solved? Homer Simpson, Anthony Anderson & Bryan Cranston Do Their Best

Did they really solve it this year? Though Emmy producers had suggested there would be no opening monologue or traditional production number...