Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Melanie Griffith Buys Villa Above Sunset Strip

A well-informed snitch and a whole lot of signposts in the digital records point to Melanie Griffith as the mysterious buyer of a modestly sized if hardly inexpensive 1930s Spanish villa just above L.A.’s Sunset Strip that has been sold for a mite more than $3.7 million. Secured behind gates, hidden by a thicket of […]

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Songs for Screens: How Aussie Newcomers The Faim Became Six-Figure Synch Stars

Rob Nassif knew he had a unique challenge when he took on management duties for quartet the Faim. Not only does the band make moody, cinematic alt-rock at a time when rock’s share of streaming activity dipped from 19% to 11% in 2018, according to BuzzAngle. Its members also hail from Perth in Western Australia, […]

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‘Ophelia’ Trailer Presents a Re-imagining of ‘Hamlet’ Starring Daisy Ridley

IFC Films has released a trailer for Ophelia. Set in the 14th century, this re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is told from the perspective of Ophelia (Daisy Ridley) as she tries to maneuver through all the intrigue that surrounds her. Re-imagining. I saw the film at Sundance 2018 (it’s been on the shelf for a while) and didn’t really care for it. From my review: Shakespeare is not holy writ. If people want to set his plays to different time periods or use the plot as the inspiration for another story (like Throne of Blood …

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Altice USA Buys Cheddar For $200M, Installs Founder Jon Steinberg As News Chief

In the latest land grab in ad-supported streaming, cable and broadband provider Altice USA is paying $200 million to acquire news network Cheddar. Cheddar’s business and news networks are available in 40 million pay-TV homes through a range of MVPD and internet bundles, including Altice, Charter and Comcast. The young-skewing networks are also available via […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Breaks Its Own Ratings Record with “The Long Night”

Hopefully you've had a chance to catch up on the latest episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, because it's just about all anyone's been talking about since Sunday night. And with good reason. Not only did the super-sized episode have a lot of ground to cover, with a massive battle sequence at its core, it also had a record number of people tuning in to watch it, either live or mere hours after it aired. How many people, exactly? On the order of 17.8 million. THR has a breakdown of the superlatives for "The …

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Marvel Studios at the Box Office: How Much Has Each Film Made?

Marvel has been a hit at the box office for almost a decade.  Ever since Iron Man won over audiences back in 2008, the studio has had a string of hits.  Their successes range from modest to overwhelming, but they've changed the game, and there's a reason other studios are chasing Marvel Studios' model.  They own the first week of the summer movie season, and they continue to turn each new film into an event, each new character into a beloved franchise. With the release of Avengers: Endgame, we're looking back at the box office of every …

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Cheddar Acquired by Cable Operator Altice USA for $200 Million

Altice USA announced a deal to buy millennial-news streaming startup Cheddar for $200 million. Altice USA was among the investors in Cheddar, which had raised $54 million in funding. Other investors included Amazon, AT&T, Comcast Ventures, Raine Ventures, Liberty Global, Goldman Sachs, the New York Stock Exchange, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. […]

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ESPN The Magazine Will Cease Regular Print Publication In September

ESPN has arrived at the same conclusion as many other magazine publishers in a challenged marketplace, deciding to halt publication of its monthly print edition in September after a 21-year run. The Disney unit did not rule out the possibility of putting out themed print issues in the future, but is moving away from monthly […]

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Donal Logue Joins Anna Kendrick In Quibi Comedy ‘Dummy’ From Cody Heller & Wiip

EXCLUSIVE: Coming off his starring role in Gotham, Donal Logue has been tapped as the male lead opposite Anna Kendrick in 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. Created by Heller, Dummy is a buddy comedy that follows an aspiring […]

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Barack & Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Sets First Netflix Slate

Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis, co-heads of Higher Ground Productions, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company in partnership with Netflix, today announced the company’s initial slate of upcoming projects. The content encompasses a wide range of fiction and non-fiction signature productions for all audiences including scripted, unscripted and documentary series, as well as […]

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‘Conan Unconquered’ Clip Shows Off 20 Minutes Of Co-op Footage

Developer Petroglyph released a new gameplay clip of upcoming real-time strategy title “Conan Unconquered,” with 20 minutes of co-op footage. “Conan Unconquered” is the first strategy game set within the world of “Conan the Barbarian” and features a full-featured co-op mode where players can work together to build up their own bases and push back […]

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‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Director Bartlett Sher On Tony’s Sorkin Snub: “I Don’t Have An Explanation For It”

Broadway doesn’t need Damon Runyon to prove yet again there’s no such thing as a sure bet: The To Kill A Mockingbird snub from the Tony Awards’ best play category today was easily the most surprising and confounding element of today’s nomination announcements. “I don’t have an explanation for it,” Mockingbird director Bartlett Sher told […]

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Paramount Network Orders Dark Comedy Series ’68 Whiskey’ From Roberto Benabib Based On Israeli Format

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of comedic drama 68 Whiskey, an adaptation of Israeli TV series Charlie Golf One, from Imagine Television Studios, the TV arm of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment, and CBS TV Studios. Written by The Brink co-creator Roberto Benabib, the adaptation follows a multicultural mix of […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: A Long Night of Pulled Punches

The break between George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones and David Benioff & Dan Weiss’ Game of Thrones has become increasingly clear as the show has left Martin’s books behind. Even if you aren’t familiar with all the lore and details Martin has packed into his novels, you can see that in Martin’s view, he’s rebelling against standard fantasy tropes. He doesn’t play nice, and one of the aspects that hooked viewers was how Game of Thrones could be unexpected. It could kill a main character in Ned Stark. It could kill heroic …

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Sony Music’s Sylvia Rhone to Be Feted by City of Hope at Fall Gala

Just one week after getting a big promotion within the Sony Music ranks, Sylvia Rhone has been tapped for a different kind of salute, with the announcement that she’ll be the honoree at this year’s City of Hope gala. The Spirit of Life Award that Rhone will pick up this fall went to Warner/Chappell veteran […]

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Slate PR Ups Elyse Weissman And Rachael Trager To VP

EXCLUSIVE: Elyse Weissman and Rachael Trager have been promoted to VP at Slate PR, elevating the veteran pair at the entertainment public relations firm. Both report to Slate PR founding partner Andy Gelb. Weissman, who joined the company in 2014, handles Slate’s campaigns for clients including the Critics’ Choice Awards, American Music Awards, GLAAD Media […]

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ Set to Film Next Year

Disney’s ill-advised decision to fire James Gunn resulted in Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which was on track for a 2020 release, getting pushed back indefinitely. Thankfully, Disney and Gunn mended fences, and he’ll return to finish his cosmic trilogy. However, during the time he was fired, he was picked up to direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., which has led to questions of when Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will actually happen. Now a new report on THR reporting on the various salaries the Avengers raked in for Endgame includes the tidbit about when future …

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ESPN Will Shut Down its Flagship Magazine

ESPN, the sports-media giant with an influence that extends across several types of media, is getting out of one particular venue: print. The Disney-controlled company said Tuesday that it would shut down ESPN The Magazine, an influential sports publication that has been on newsstands since 1998, in September. “Consumer habits are evolving rapidly, and this […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Ratings: Battle of Winterfell Draws Highest Final Season Viewership to Date

“The Long Night,” or the longest ever “Game of Thrones” episode, was watched by 12.02 million viewers during its initial broadcast. That represents almost a two million viewer bump on the previous episode, which garnered 10.29 million viewers on initial viewing, and even more than the season 8 premiere, which drew 11.8 million eyeballs on […]

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Tony Nominations: The 9 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were announced April 30 — and leave it to the nominators to upend everyone’s expectations and best-laid plans. Here are the nine biggest snubs and surprises. SNUB: “To Kill a Mockingbird” This one came early in the Tony nominations announcement, and it was a doozy. The hit adaptation […]

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Alonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Sets China Theatrical Release in May

Alfonso Cuaron’s triple-Oscar winning “Roma” is to get a theatrical release in China on May 10. The release will be handled through distributor Estars, making use of the circuit of 3,900 screens assembled by the Nationwide Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas. “Roma” was produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media and released by streaming giant Netflix […]

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What the Media’s Most Powerful Executives Were Paid in 2018

The bosses and directors of the world’s largest media companies aren’t going to win many popularity contests. They anger a lot of people, including investors, when they approve out-of-whack pay packages for their CEOs. Their lavish salaries and generous awarding of stock options to key leaders enrage politicians on the left and threaten to become […]

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Zoe Saldana Wants to Get in the Guinness Book of Records After ‘Endgame’s’ Huge Debut

Some actresses dream of winning an Oscar. For others, an Emmy or Tony. But Zoe Saldana has a different dream now that there’s a chance that “Avengers: Endgame” could eventually surpass “Avatar” — which also starred Saldana — as the highest-grossing movie of all time. “If it does, I’m so much of a geek that […]

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‘Roma’s China Theatrical Release Date Set Via Estars, Arthouse Alliance

Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-winning Roma has been confirmed for a May 10 release in China via Estars. As Deadline previously reported, the film is going out on the Nationwide Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas network which includes approximately 3,897 screens. It is not yet clear how many screens Roma will access, but the Middle Kingdom release could […]

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12 ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Moments That Also Happened in the Comics

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Battle Of Winterfell A Near Record Viewership Victory For HBO; Longest Episode Of Series Yet

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details of the third episode of Game of Thrones’ Season 8 that aired on April 28.  We don’t know yet who will sit on the Iron Throne but the third episode of the final season of Game of Thrones gave us the battle of all small screen battles and a […]

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‘Fukushima 50’ to Star Ken Watanabe and Koichi Sato|

Japan’s Koichi Sato (“Terminal,” “Whiteout,” and “Unforgiven”) and Ken Watanabe (“Inception,” “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Godzilla,” “The Last Samurai”) star in “Fukushima 50,” a forthcoming film recounting the events of the East Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown of 2011. The survival action drama is directed by Wakamatsu Setsuro (“The Unbroken,” “Whiteout”). Based on the […]

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George Gershwin Estate Signs Deal With Downtown Music Publishing

Downtown Music Publishing has signed a publishing administration and catalog marketing agreement for the George Gershwin catalog, the company announced today. The catalog is represented by the Godowsky family and Heyward Memorial Fund, respective successors to the historic American songwriter and “Porgy and Bess” authors DuBose and Dorothy Heyward. In addition to many of Gershwin’s […]

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Former Roku Execs Launch Smart TV Advertising Network

Two former Roku executives are getting ready to compete with their old colleagues in the TV advertising space: Steve Shannon, formerly senior vice president of content and services at the streaming device maker, and Jim Lombard, who headed advertising sales at Roku, came out of stealth with their new smart TV advertising startup Tetra TV […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Seven Burning Questions for the Characters’ Futures

Hulk-size spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not seen “Avengers: Endgame.”  “Avengers: Endgame” dropped a hammer on box office history, grossing a record-eviscerating $356 million in North America and setting a new benchmark for a global opening weekend at $1.2 billion. But if we’ve taken any lessons from Marvel and its cinematic […]

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‘The Chelsea Garden Show’ To Air Live In The U.S. Via BBC Studios & ITV’s SVOD Service BritBox

EXCLUSIVE: The Chelsea Flower Show is coming live to U.S. television after BritBox struck a deal to air the British Royal Horticultural Society’s annual event. This comes this year as HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has co-designed a garden at the show for the first time. The event, which highlights cutting edge garden design and […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: How Ignoring the Fantasy Lore Is Ruining the Show

First comes the obligatory disclaimer: Game of Thrones is an event series, it’s incredibly fun to watch, and the horror and tension that director Miguel Sapochnik was able to leverage in Season 8’s third episode, “The Long Night,” was absolutely outstanding. But there was one element of this epic, long-awaited battle episode written by Dan Weiss and David Benioff that felt half-baked, because the HBO series has never fully leaned in to the lore of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. What makes Game of Thrones fundamentally different from a historical …

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’: 36 Images from the Trailer Will Make You Wonder Why Sonic Has Human Teeth

On the heels of the first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog, Paramount has sent along 36 hi-res screengrabs from that trailer. For those who don’t know, the live-action/CGI adaptation of the long-running video game series stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic and has the blue hedgehog teaming up with a human, Tom (James Marsden), to stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Not to pit Sonic and Mario against each other (even though that is their corporate history), but I think Illumination is doing the right thing by making their Mario movie completely …

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Cannes Deals Begin: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Croisette-Bound Ira Sachs-Helmed ‘Frankie’

EXCLUSIVE: The Cannes Film Festival is a couple weeks out, but Sony Pictures Classics has gotten on the board with a splashy deal. SPC is acquiring Frankie before the Ira Sachs-directed film makes its world premiere in competition on the Croisette. Deal is for North America, Eastern Europe (including CIS), Scandinavia, the Middle East, South […]

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Stomps Into China on May 31, With Huahua’s Backing

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” will hit Chinese theaters on May 31, day-and-date with the U.S. The third installment of Legendary’s MonsterVerse franchise is also backed by Warner Bros. and China’s Huahua Media. In the special effects-laden extravaganza, a crypto-zoological agency faces off with Godzilla, who in turn clashes with monsters Mothra, Rodan and King […]

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Steam Now Has One Billion Accounts (And 90 Million Active Users)

Valve’s digital PC games storefront Steam got its billionth registered user on Sunday, but the actual userbase of the store is more indicated by its monthly active users statistic, as pointed out by PCGamesN. User number one billion is ‘amusedsilentdragonfly,’ according to Steam ID Finder. With the world population at more than 7 billion, it […]

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‘Boys N the Hood’ Producer Stephanie Allain on John Singleton: ‘He Changed History’

When I first met John Singleton, I was a newly promoted creative executive at Columbia Pictures under Dawn Steel and Amy Pascal. I was trying to replace myself in the story department with a reader of color. I’d heard about this kid who was coming out of USC who wanted a job as a reader. […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and More 2019 Star Salaries Revealed

Hollywood stars owe Netflix a big thank-you. The streaming service is bolstering pay packages for the most famous actors in the business at a time when studios are getting downright stingy about writing generous checks. Ryan Reynolds, for instance, is getting $27 million to star in “Six Underground,” a Michael Bay film about a billionaire-financed […]

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Ariana Grande Collaborator Tommy Brown Signs Deal With Universal Music (EXCLUSIVE)

Tommy Brown, the songwriter-producer who’s notched multiple hit songs with Ariana Grande, including “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings,” has partnered with Universal Music Group (UMG) to launch Champagne Therapy Music Group. Under the global joint venture deal, Brown will sign and develop new artists to Champagne Therapy, which Brown describes as “the next step […]

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Taylor Swift Joins the Lineup for iHeartRadio’s Wango Tango Concert

iHeartMedia today announced that Taylor Swift, who last week released her blockbuster new single “Me,” will join the lineup for the 2019 iHeartRadio Wango Tango concert. She joins a lineup that includes the Jonas Brothers, Halsey, 5 Seconds of Summer, Zedd, Ally Brooke with Special Guest Tyga, Ava Max, Fletcher and Tomorrow X Together. The concert will be […]

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Frida Kahlo Animated Feature in the Works, Paloma Baeza Set to Direct (EXCLUSIVE)

The life and work of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo will be the subject of a new animated film from U.K.-based Lupus Films and Universal Content Group. Paloma Baeza has signed on to direct the as-yet-untitled, female-led project. Salma Hayek produced and starred in a biopic of Kahlo, “Frida,” which scored six Oscar noms. The […]

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Exclusive: DrinkTV Orders Up the New Animated Comedy Series ‘Hell Den’

It's our pleasure to bring you the exclusive announcement of a new comedy series that pairs perfectly well with your favorite drink of choice. Today, DrinkTV, in conjunction with Shout! Studios and Dr. God, is announcing a new show airing exclusively on the streaming platform. Hell Den is an animated series that mixes original animation and re-dubbed cartoons in a deliciously warped and hilarious brew of social satire, musical parody, and good ol’ fashioned absurdist humor. Hell Den is a new take on old cartoons with commentary by an odd group of world-obliterating drinking buddies, one 12 …

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YouTube And Major League Baseball Set Free Streaming Pact For 13 Games

YouTube and Major League Baseball have set a groundbreaking deal that will see 13 games live-streamed for free across the Google-owned video platform in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. It is the first live game distribution partnership for the two entities and a notable pact in the percolating and capital-intensive area of sports rights. […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Let’s Talk about Black Widow

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame. After a glorified cameo in Iron Man 2, we really got to know Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in The Avengers. She was defined by “the red in my ledger”, and while that conversation was a ploy to draw out Loki’s plan, through further MCU movies we see Black Widow as someone who operates in a gray area because she’s done some really awful things in her past. She eventually gets pulled towards doing the right thing and fighting for others, but it always carries the weight of atonement. Unlike Iron Man …

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First ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Trailer Has the Need for Speed

Paramount has released the first trailer for their upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie. The film follows Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) as he tries to save the world alongside his human pal Tom (James Marsden) and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). It’s very easy to be cynical about a Sonic the Hedgehog movie, but honestly my biggest complaint is how mundane it looks. I don’t really need Sonic in the real world when his original games had such stunning environments. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see Marble Zone or Star Light Zone realized on the …

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Tony Awards Nominations: Reactions In A Year Full Of Surprises

The reactions to this year’s Tony Award nominations didn’t take long to materialize. Gayle King, who was emceeing this morning’s announcement of the noms, along with Bebe Neuwirth and two-time Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, immediately turned to her co-hosts for their reaction. “Can you believe there was no Network or To Kill a Mockingbird […]

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Udine Festival Puts China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Spotlight

China’s Belt and Road Initiative comes under the spotlight at this year’s Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. A documentary film by an Italian journalist Pio d’Emilia will tackle the controversial subject and make its international festival premiere on Friday. The premiere of “Yi Dai Yi Lu One Belt One Road” comes just a […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Spoiler Rules: When Will It Be OK to Share Online?

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy learned the hard way this weekend that spoilers carry penalties. McCoy angered fans after he posted a reaction on Twitter and Instagram to a key moment in “Avengers: Endgame,” and is now facing backlash from an angry online mob. McCoy wasn’t happy with a character’s death, and shared the […]

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‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Trailer Featuring Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnick (Watch)

We’ve all marveled at his long, long legs and tiny little mouth, now it’s time to see all of that blue brought to life in the first full trailer for the upcoming live-action adventure comedy flick “Sonic The Hedgehog.” The trailer shows off just how unsettling it is to see a gotta-go-fast blue hedgehog with […]

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Tony Awards Nominations 2019: ‘Hadestown,’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud,’ ‘Tootsie’ Dominate

“Hadestown” a scruffy take on Greek mythology, dominated the Tony Award nominations, picking up a leading 14 nods on Tuesday, including one for best musical. “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” a celebration of the music of the Temptations, and “Tootsie,” an update of the comedy classic that’s earned critical raves, were close behind with 12 […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Manic Moola Monday: 3rd Best With $37M+; Russo Brothers Pic Flying Past $400M Today In Record Time

Early morning estimates show that Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame clocked $37.6M, which makes it the third best Monday ever as we were expecting last night. Disney will file their official number later this morning. Endgame ranks behind Black Panther‘s all-time record of $40.15M (which was Presidents Day) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ ($40.1M) first Monday. Endgame‘s Monday was -58% from Sunday. […]

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Malaga Festival Goes to Cannes with Four Films in Progress

The Cannes Film Market and Spain’s Malaga Festival have teamed to host a Goes to Cannes pitching session which will allow four works in progress selected at the on-the-rise Spanish festival to pitch in Cannes. “The Festival de Malaga is aware of the need to create synergies with other markets that allow the growth of […]

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‘Because They Can’: Inside the Growing Debate on Media CEOs’ Jaw-Dropping Salaries

Since becoming president and CEO of Discovery Inc. 12 years ago, David Zaslav has consistently ranked near the top among highest-paid CEOs in media and entertainment. In 2014 and again last year, he was the top-paid CEO of a public company in the United States. His compensation package for 2018 was valued at $129,449,005, a […]

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Sundar Pichai: Game Publishers See Google’s Stadia as a ‘Point of Inflection’

Video game publishers see the coming of Google’s play-anywhere Stadia platform as a turning point for the game industry, but also note the technical challenges it faces, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told analysts during the Alphabet earnings call this week. “I think there is genuine excitement because I think they see the opportunity for a […]

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Tony Awards Nominations Announced: ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, ‘Network’ Snubbed From Best Play Category (Updating Live)

Refresh for updates The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards are being announced live by Brandon Victor Dixon and Bebe Neuwirth at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Deadline will update this post with nominees as they’re announced. Broadway productions that opened during the 2018-2019 season on or before […]

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BTS Is Google’s Most-Searched Boy Band So Far in 2019

Google has released its ranking of the most searched boy bands so far in 2019. Why now, when barely a quarter of the year has passed? Because, as *NSYNC made famous back in 2000, it’s gonna be May. (Read more about the nearly 20-year road to meme here.) So where does the group that just […]

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Tony Awards Nominations 2019 – Watch The Livestream

Two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and two-time Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon are revealing the 2019 Tony Awards nominations this morning in a live event that begins at 8:30 AM ET/5:30 AM PT from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The Tonys, presented by the Broadway League and the […]

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APOS: Viu Looks for Lead Role as Asia Streaming Gets Competitive

Original content commissioning and localization no longer sound like particularly inspired strategies for an Asian streaming service. Everyone from global giants to regional specialists appear to expound similar mantras. But the twin tracks, employed for over three years now, have turned Viu into an operation that is admired by its competitors. The company is now […]

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British Drama Beat: ‘Been So Long’ Producer Greenacre Films Beefs Up TV Slate With Mumbai-Set Literary Adaptation & Misan Sagay Project

EXCLUSIVE: Greenacre Films, the British drama production company behind Netflix’s Michaela Coel-fronted musical Been So Long, is bolstering its TV slate and has set a raft of new projects including the adaptation of Mumbai-set novels The Space Between Us and The Secrets Between Us. The company, run by Amanda Jenks, exec producer of HBO and […]

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‘Who Will Write Our History’: Warsaw Ghetto Doc Gets Encore Screenings For Holocaust Remembrance Day

EXCLUSIVE: Warsaw Ghetto documentary Who Will Write Our History is set to have around 100 encore screenings in more than 20 countries this week to coincide with Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Abramorama, Giant Pictures, Kathadin Productions, Playmount Productions and Match&Spark are behind the film from director Roberta Grossman and executive producer Nancy Spielberg. Featuring narration from Joan Allen and The […]

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‘The Crown’s Claire Foy & Matt Smith To Reunite On Stage In The Old Vic’s Environmental Play ‘Lungs’

The Crown’s Claire Foy and Matt Smith are reuniting after their royal outing – this time on stage at London’s The Old Vic Theatre. The pair are set to star in Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, an “emotional environmental rollercoaster”. The play, which is directed by The Old Vic’s Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, who previously directed Broadway musical […]

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‘Drive’ and ‘Whiplash’ Covered in Capstone Group and Bold Films Sales Pact (EXCLUSIVE)

Christian Mercuri’s Capstone Group has linked with Bold Films and will represent its catalog titles worldwide. The deal spans movies including Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive,” Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash,” and Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler.” Inked ahead of Cannes, the agreement covers 15 films in all. It was described by the Capstone team as the beginning of the […]

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How to Watch the 2019 Tony Nominations

The 73rd annual Tony Awards nominations will be announced online and on CBS Tuesday morning. Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon will read the nominees live on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday, April 30, at 8:30 a.m. ET from the Library of the Performing Arts in Manhattan. Viewers can also tune into the live stream […]

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YouTube Scores MLB 13-Game Package With Exclusive Rights in U.S., Canada

YouTube, in its biggest swing yet at the sports-media biz, landed a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 13 games during the 2019 season worldwide — free for viewers to watch and available exclusively through YouTube in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. YouTube’s first-ever exclusive live game distribution partnership with MLB will cover […]

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Pre-Viz Firm The Third Floor To Open First China Office (EXCLUSIVE)

Leading U.S. pre-visualization firm The Third Floor will open its first China office in Beijing this summer. Its local Chinese partner for the venture will be Hollywood Production Center (HPC) China, led by CEO Fan Dong, Variety has learned. “This has been like 10 years in the making. We’re very proud,” said Third Floor founder […]

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Netflix & ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Team Pact For Thai Cave Movie

Netflix is joining forces with SK Global Entertainment (Crazy Rich Asians), director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), and Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya (Bad Genius) to tell the story of the 2018 Thai soccer team cave rescue. Netflix and SK Global Entertainment have been granted the rights by the 13 Thumluang Company – the firm set […]

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Movie Talk: Every Box Office Record ‘Avengers Endgame’ Has Dusted So Far

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Perri Nemiroff, John Rocha and Clarke Wolfe discuss the following: Multiple news outlets are reporting that director John Singleton has passed away at age 51 from a stroke. The panel honors his work and his legacy. The box office returns are in for Avengers: Endgame and it has absolutely demolished numerous box office records including being the fastest movie to gross $1B. WB announced that Fantastic Beasts 3 release date has been changed to November 12, 2021. It was originally scheduled to release next year. THR is reporting that James Gunn is adding …

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Kevin Hart to Produce and Likely Star in Remake of Korean Hit ‘Extreme Job’

Kevin Hart will produce and likely star in an English-language remake of the Korean box office sensation Extreme Job for Universal Pictures, it was announced on Monday. There's no director attached yet, but Girls Trip scribe Tracy Oliver will write the script and produce alongside Hart and Francis Chung of CJ Entertainment, which produced the original film. Jerry Ko will serve as an executive producer, while CJ's Fred Lee and Ini Chung will co-produce and oversee development for the company. Carli Haney will oversee the project on behalf of Hart's HartBeat Productions. Extreme Job follows …

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‘The Society’ Trailer: The Kids Are Not Alright in Netflix’s Supernatural Thriller Series

Netflix has released the full trailer for its upcoming thriller series The Society. Written by Chris Keyser (Tyrant) and directed by Marc Webb [(500) Days of Summer], the story takes place in a world "where a group of teenagers are mysterious transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town, but without any trace of their parents or other adults. Left to their own devices, everything is fun and games until their little society starts breaking down and they must learn how to survive." There is definitely a Lord of the Flies vibe to this, as well as a …

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Here’s What’s Coming to and Leaving HBO NOW in May

HBO has revealed the list of titles arriving to and leaving its standalone streaming service, HBO NOW, in May. It's a huge month for the services' original series, mostly in the way a few of them will be gone forever. Game of Thrones' series finale will be available on May 19th, while the series finale of Veep will hit the service on May 12th. The finale of Barry's stellar season 2 will also be available on the 19th. If endings aren't your bag, there will always be more Thrones! The behind-the-scenes documentary Game of Thrones: …

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R.I.P. ‘Boyz in the Hood’ Director John Singleton Has Died at 51

We have some sad news to report today. Oscar-nominated director John Singleton has passed away at the age of 51. Singleton had suffered a stroke and was on life support, and his family made the decision to take him off that life support. Singleton is a fascinating director and one of the most important in bringing black cinematic voices to the mainstream. The influence of his breakthrough 1991 debut Boyz in the Hood can’t be understated, but Singleton never ran from telling stories with race at the forefront including Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Rosewood, the remake of Shaft, …

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‘Bond 25’ to Be Partially Shot in IMAX, a Franchise First

Bond 25 is fascinating in the way that we suddenly know a ton of details about it and yet, don't really know a whole lot about it at all. Danny Boyle was in, then he was out, and now it's the equally-hype Cary Joji Fukunaga handling directing duties. Phoebe-Waller Bridge took a pass at the script to jazz it up, as did Scott Z. Burns. As we reported, Rami Malek is playing the villain, and as we predicted, he had to be all weird about it. But what the title of the movie is—and whether …

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Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ Departing Stars Discuss Their Last Day on “The Long Night”

As expected, not everyone survived the battle at Winterfell in Game of Thrones. Season 8's Episode 3 – "The Long Night" – brought death over the gates of the Stark family ancestral home, and though the living fought valiantly, some of our favorites didn't make it. Spoiler alert! If you didn't see Sunday night's GoT, stop reading now and bookmark this link to come back to later. One of the most painful GoT deaths in the episode was Ser Jorah Mormont, played by Iain Glen. Jorah died defending his Khaleesi, Queen Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), on the battlefield, …

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ May Have Teased the Arrival of ‘Namor’

Mild spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame. With a three-hour run-time, there's plenty to mine from Avengers: Endgame. But one line of dialogue you probably missed might just tease the arrival of a long-standing Marvel Comics character: Namor the Sub-Mariner. That three-hour run-time is fairly lean, meaning that few if any lines of dialogue included in the final cut are throwaways; there's a reason they made it through the last editing rounds. And this wouldn't be the first time the MCU has dared to drop the most subtle of teasers for their …

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TV Lifeline: Which Shows Have Been Renewed or Cancelled?

Last Updated: April 29th Never get too comfy with the fates of your favorite shows -- the game is afoot! Below, you'll find the latest updates on the renewal or cancellation status of over 350 scripted broadcast and cable series for 2019 and beyond. For sanity's sake, we are not including reality shows or all scripted shows, but noteworthy ones are here (with new ones being added with each new premiere cycle). Also, we do clear out old cancellations, so if you don't see your show listed there's a good chance it's no longer running. Almost …

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‘The Suicide Squad’ Casts David Dastmalchian as Outlandish Villain

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is shaping up to be a very different beast than its predecessor. The upcoming sequel/reboot will bring back Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Amanda Walker (Viola Davis) along with adding new faces Idris Elba and John Cena for unspecified roles. But now it looks like in addition to the old gallery of villains, Gunn is really going all in with some loony picks for the cast. [caption id="attachment_480223" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Facebook[/caption] According to THR, Gunn has cast Ant-Man actor David Dastmalchian to …

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Oversee Marvel TV Universe for Sony

Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are leaving 20th Century Fox TV to set up a new overall deal at Sony Picture Entertainment, which includes overseeing a slew of TV shows based on Marvel Comics characters. Per THR, Lord and Miller have signed a five-year overall deal with Sony TV, where they will create and develop comedy and drama projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming as well as supervise other writers’ projects. As an addendum—and perhaps the most intriguing part of the deal—Lord and Miller will be involved in developing TV shows based on Sony’s universe …

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How To Watch The Tony Awards Nominations

The nominations announcement for the 2019 Tony Awards is set for this morning at 8:30 AM ET/5:30 AM PT. Brandon Victor Dixon and Bebe Neuwirth will do the honors, unveiling the noms live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The reveal will be carried live via the Tony […]

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Pete Buttigieg Causes Frenzy At Harlem Meeting With Al Sharpton

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is from Indiana, but he seems to have a major following in Harlem. The South Bend mayor, who’s been surging in the polls, met with Al Sharpton Monday in New York City. The two had lunch at Sylvia’s, a soul food institution in the city, as the White House hopeful looked […]

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‘Baby Boy’ Star Taraji P. Henson Thanks John Singleton For Recognizing Her Talent

Taraji P. Henson shared a heartfelt message Monday evening about John Singleton. The iconic filmmaker died earlier in the day from complications of a stroke. Henson and Tyrese Gibson visited him in the hospital over the weekend and urged fans on social media to “keep praying” for the director. Singleton cast the two actors in […]

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Avengers Assembled: Chris Pratt’s “Highly Illegal” Video From ‘Endgame’ Set Logs 14 Million Views

“Avengers assemble!” That battle cry has been part of Marvel Comics lore since 1964 but the 55-year-old motto may have taken on new layer of meaning thanks to a behind-the-scenes video posted Sunday night on Instagram by Marvel Studios ensemble star Chris Pratt. The video, which quickly became a viral sensation, is purported to be […]

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Trevor Noah Asks White House Hopeful Pete Buttigieg About White Male Privilege

Appearing on The Daily Show, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg got asked about his “white male privilege.” “Some people have said the reason you get so much media coverage is you’re benefiting from white male privilege, where media wants to cover you, and candidates with different skin colors wouldn’t get the same coverage,” Comedy Central […]

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Sarah Silverman Musical Based On Stand Up’s Memoir ‘The Bedwetter’ To Open Within Year – Tribeca

At a Tribeca Talks tonight with fellow stand-up comedian and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Silverman mentioned that the musical based on her 2010 memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee will premiere within the next year Off Broadway at The Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City. “It’s a musical. I’m not in it,” said […]

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Stephen Colbert: Joe Biden’s Charlottesville Ad Has Donald Trump On The Defensive

Former Veep Joe Biden kicked off campaigning today, after teeing up his 2020 race last week with a candidacy announcement video blasting President Donald Trump for his “very fine people on both sides” of the issue at the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. At that rally, neo-Nazis chanted the same bile heard in Germany […]

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Jimmy Kimmel Goes Topical – ‘Avengers: Endgame’ & ‘Game Of Thrones’, That Is

Like his late-night forebears and contemporaries. Jimmy Kimmel’s monologues always poke fun at the latest headlines, but his ABC’s late-night star knows where the pop culture zeitgeist needle pointed over the weekend. Along with making fun of Donald Trump’s past 72 or so hours, Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s opening targeted the really important stuff. Of course […]

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Milken Institute Diversity And Inclusion Panel Unpacks ‘Green Book’ Backlash; Stresses That Change Starts From The Top

The Milken Institute Global Conference hosted the panel “Advancing Inclusion and Addressing Inequality In Entertainment” which focuses on the progress that film, TV and music have made when it comes to diversity and inclusion, a conversation that remains floating on the surface of the entertainment industry. From discussing stats to the cancellation of One Day […]

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‘Snowfall’: Filming On John Singleton’s FX Drama Series Continues As Cast & Crew Honor His Memory

One of John Singleton’s last projects was the FX drama series Snowfall, which he co-created, directed and executive produced. The series about the 1980s crack epidemic in Los Angeles is in production on its third season. The drama had remained in production while Singleton was hospitalized following his April 17 stroke. Filming also has continued […]

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Hero Nation Weekly Index: ‘Avengers: Endgame’, ‘Gotham’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Supernatural’ All Tracking

Hero Nation is the new hub for the best of Deadline’s sci-fi, horror, fantasy, superhero, and animation coverage. And the Hero Nation Index is a weekly round-up of news, rumors, tidbits, and happenings in the genres sector that is dominating Hollywood’s attention in an unprecedented fashion. Marvel-ous: The Marvel Studios epic Avengers: Endgame is a runaway train. […]

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Thai Cave Rescue Film in the Works at Netflix With ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Team

The dramatic story of the 2018 Thai cave rescue is coming to Netflix. The streaming giant has partnered with SK Global Entertainment, Jon M. Chu and Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya on the story after the 13 Thumluang Company Limited granted Netflix and SK Global rights to the saga. The film will follow the true story of […]

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘American Woman’

We tend to think of the Patty Hearst affair as a chain of galvanic events, because that’s what a lot of it was. The kidnapping itself, on Feb. 4, 1974. The weeks that Hearst spent in a closet, blindfolded, subjected to death threats, which wound up (intentionally or not) as the psychological trigger for her […]

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Why ‘The Boys’ Will Tackle #MeToo and Trump

Like its comics source material, Amazon Prime Video’s new original series “The Boys” sets out to explore “what would happen it you combined the worst of celebrity with the worst of politics,” according to showrunner Eric Kripke. At the world premiere, held at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday night, Kripke explained that he took […]

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Marten Rabarts to Head New Zealand Film Festival

Marten Rabarts, current head of EYE International at the EYE Film Museum Netherlands, has been appointed Film Festival Director – Kaiurungi to lead the New Zealand International Film Festival. He starts the new position in October 2019 and will oversee the 2020 edition. The 2019 NZIFF, taking place in July and August, has been programmed […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Debra Messing Celebrate Tribeca Film Festival

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival Chanel-supported dinner brought a star-studded clan of artists together on a chilly night in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. The event, hosted at Balthazar restaurant, was a celebration of creatives from all industries and platforms. The dinner honors co-founders Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro’s Artists Awards Program which elects ten artists […]

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‘Power’ Showrunner Gary Lennon Buys in Los Feliz, Lists in Mid-Wilshire

Though he’s ping-ponged around Hollywood for more than a decade, prolific screenwriter/producer Gary Lennon (“Justified,” “Orange is the New Black”) saw his career trajectory get a twin-turbocharged upward boost last year. The newly anointed “Power” co-showrunner will helm the upcoming sixth season of Starz’s highest-rated series — plus, he sold a “darkly humorous” film script to […]

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Sarah Silverman Reveals Her ‘Bedwetter’ Musical Is Hitting the Stage Soon

Sarah Silverman is headed to the stage. Well, maybe not Silverman herself, but the story of the comedian is, at least. She gave an update on the musical based on her memoir, “The Bedwetter,” during a chat with Mike Birbiglia for the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday night. She revealed that the musical, which was […]

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Musso & Frank Bartender Ruben Rueda Dies at 67

Ruben Rueda, who worked as a bartender for 52 years at Hollywood’s famous Musso & Frank Grill, died April 26. He was 67. COO-CFO-proprietor Mark Echeverria, who made the announcement, said Rueda died of natural causes. “Ruben always knew just what a customer needed, whether it was an ear to bend, or a joke to […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Composer: Battle of Winterfell ‘Most Challenging Episode’ Yet

SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading unless you’ve seen “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 3, titled “The Long Night.” “Game of Thrones” fans waited seven and a half seasons for the full strength of the Night King and his army to descend on the living. The moment he unleashed his full power was always going […]

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Live+7 Ratings for Week of April 8: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Tops Scripted

“Grey’s Anatomy” comfortably came out as the highest-rated scripted show in Live+7 for the week of April 8. The ABC show saw an 80% increase from a 1.5 to a 2.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic after a week’s delay, beating “Modern Family,” which came in second with a 2.2 rating. Meanwhile, another ABC […]

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Monday, April 29, 2019

New ‘Borderlands 3’ Twitch Extension Rewards Viewers With In-Game Loot

“Borderlands” 3 developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K are teaming up with Twitch to launch an official extension that gives viewers the opportunity to score in-game loot by interacting with streamers, they announced on Monday. The Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Twitch Extension launches on Wednesday, May 1 alongside the game’s first worldwide gameplay reveal. Content creators […]

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Exclusive: Tyler Perry Joins Angelina Jolie in Taylor Sheridan’s Next Film

Tyler Perry is set to join Angelina Jolie in Taylor Sheridan's next pulse-pounding thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead, Collider has exclusively learned. Based on the bestselling novel by Michael Koryta, Those Who Wish Me Dead is described as a hard-boiled chase thriller set against a wildfire in the Montana wilderness. It follows a 14-year-old boy who witnesses a brutal murder and enters a federal protection program that involves teaching him survival skills. Those come in handy when the two killers come after him, with only a few people standing between them and the boy — …

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Russo Brothers Express ‘Shock and Awe’ at Record ‘Endgame’ Numbers, Credit Social Media

“Avengers: Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo spent their weekend gobsmacked over the record-obliterating opening weekend of Marvel’s biggest film to date. “We were definitely surprised. We knew the movie was good but you can never predict something like this,” said Anthony Russo, speaking at a keynote conversation with CNBC anchor Julia Boorstin at the […]

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Kendrick Lamar Signs With BMI

Pulitzer Prize and multiple Grammy Award winner Kendrick Lamar has signed a long-term worldwide deal with BMI to represent his catalog of music.  Lamar joins Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and labelmates SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad and Skiiiwalker at the performing rights organization. “We’re thrilled to welcome Kendrick to the BMI family and expand our […]

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NFL Superstar DeAndre Hopkins’ Mother to Be Subject of New Film

BRON Studios has partnered with Good Fear and Kituufu Films to develop and produce “Sabrina,” the story of NFL superstar DeAndre Hopkins’ mother, Sabrina Greenlee, as a feature film. “My mom has always put everyone before herself and sacrificed things unimaginable. Now it’s time for people to see her true value and learn that giving […]

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Russo Brothers Say Streaming War Comes Down to Netflix vs. Disney+

Fresh off the record-obliterating opening weekend of “Avengers: Endgame,” directors Joe and Anthony Russo waded into the ongoing debate about the arms race over streaming platforms. Discussing the similarities between the tentpole film business and the huge-spending streaming content marketplace, Joe Russo spoke plainly about who is leading the charge for the latter. “The closest […]

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Nicholas Hoult Joins Angelina Jolie in Thriller ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“X-Men” star Nicholas Hoult is set to join Angelina Jolie the wilderness thriller “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” sources tell Variety. Taylor Sheridan is directing the movie, which is based on Michael Koryta’s novel about 14-year-old boy who witnesses a brutal murder, is issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for […]

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Anthony And Joe Russo Talk ‘Endgame’s Global Reach; Say Streaming And Theatrical Are “Supercharging Each Other”

Fresh off a record-breaking $1.2 billion box office weekend, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, the filmmakers behind the comic book epic Avengers: Endgame made an appearance at the Milken Institute Global Conference to talk about their journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe that culminated with the appropriately titled Endgame, it’s global influence and the streaming vs. theatrical […]

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Fred Savage Spoofs Aftershows With ‘What Happened??!’ Fox Comedic Talker Set For Summer Run

The aftershow phenomenon has taken a new twist. Fox has greenlighted What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage, an actual aftershow to a fake TV show, co-created and hosted by former The Grinder star Savage. Teased on Fox’s social pages, The Flare is a fictional sci-fi thriller drama with a very-real aftershow. What Just Happened??! is […]

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‘Bones’ Stars & EPs Stunning $128M Punitive Damages Award Over Fox Punted By Judge

Just over two months after Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz and EPs Barry Josephson and Kathy Reichs were awarded $179 million in their long standing profit participation fight with 21st Century Fox, a California judge today heard arguments on the arbitrator’s hefty decision. The now-Disney owned Fox TVstudio wasn’t happy with any of […]

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Laura Linney Sets Broadway Return With ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’

Laura Linney will return to Broadway next year in the American premiere of My Name is Lucy Barton, the hit 2018 London Theatre Company production of a solo play based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout, adapted by Rona Munro and directed by Richard Eyre. The play will debut as part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s […]

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Octavia Spencer Launches Production Company, Inks Pod Deal With 20th TV

Octavia Spencer has launched Orit Entertainment, a new production company with partner Brian Clisham, which has entered an exclusive three-year pod deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, Spencer and Clisham will develop television shows, comedy and drama, across all platforms. This marks the sixth TCFTV overall deal since the studio joined the […]

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Phil Lord & Chris Miller Ink Mega Deal With Sony Pictures TV, Will Develop Spider-Man Universe TV Series

Oscar-winning writers/directors/producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed a massive five-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. None is commenting but the value of the pact but it is believed to be in the nine figures. Under the agreement, the duo will develop live-action comedy and drama series as well as animated shows through their […]

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Octavia Spencer Forms Production Company, Signs Deal With 20th Fox TV

Octavia Spencer has launched a production company, Orit Entertainment, with former WME agent and partner Brian Clisham, Variety has learned. Spencer and her new production banner have signed a three-year production deal with 20th Century Fox TV, under which Orit will develop TV shows, comedy and drama, across all platforms. The deal marks the sixth Twentieth […]

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Phil Lord, Chris Miller Sign Nine Figure Overall Deal at Sony Pictures Television

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have landed a massive new five-year overall deal at Sony Pictures Television, Variety has learned. The creative team and their Lord Miller production banner will exit their current studio home 20th Century Fox Television for the new deal with Sony, which sources say is worth nine figures. The Sony deal […]

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Cannes Announces 2019 Jury Members Including Elle Fanning and Yorgos Lanthimos

The Cannes Film Festival has announced the full jury for the 2019 edition. Joining president Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu will be Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos, Paweł Pawlikowski, Kelly Reichardt, Maimouna N’Diaye, Alice Rohrwacher, Enki Bilal, and Robin Campillo. More to come…

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Cannes Jury: Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos, Paweł Pawlikowski & More Join President Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu will preside over a Cannes Film Festival main jury comprising U.S. actress Elle Fanning, actress and director Maimouna N’Diaye from Burkina Faso, U.S. director Kelly Reichardt, Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher, French author Enki Bilal, French filmmaker Robin Campillo, helmer Yorgos Lanthimos from Greece and  Polish filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski. More to come…

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‘Avengers: Endgame’: That Black Widow/Hawkeye Scene Nearly Ended Differently

Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame follow below.  One of the most devastating moments in Avengers: Endgame comes before the big battle, when Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow sacrifices herself in an act of pure bravery to acquire the Soul Stone, which in turn gives the Avengers the chance to revive half the universe’s population. It’s a tremendously emotional moment, and one that plays out with serious tension as Black Widow and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) essentially fight each other to prevent the other from dying. A decade of character work and terrific performances layers the whole scene with a serious …

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Fox TV Stations to Test ‘Central Ave’ Newsmagazine Series From Will Packer

Producer Will Packer and Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury have teamed with Fox Television Stations for a test run of a newsmagazine focused on entertainment and pop culture. “Central Ave” is billed as targeting a multicultural audience with reporting delivered through a “provocative, socially conscious and diverse lens,” per Fox. Julissa Bermudez (BET’s “106 & Park”) and Olympic […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: Arya’s Arc, Explained

Spoilers ahead for last night’s episode of Game of Thrones. Let's talk about Arya Stark. Like most of the Stark children, she's survived untold horrors over the years/seasons on Game of Thrones, but unlike a few of them, she's alive and in good shape to survive the trials that are yet to come. Arya, and by extension actor Maisie Williams, got to play a massively important part in the story so far in the most recent episode, quite literally saving the people of the North from certain death. But how she managed to get this …

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John Singleton to Be Taken Off Life Support Today

Writer-director John Singleton, a pioneering African-American filmmaker and TV producer, will be taken off of life support today, nearly two weeks after he suffered a debilitating stroke. Singleton’s family issued a statement Monday citing the “agonizing decision” to remove him from life support at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Singleton turned 51 in […]

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HBO’s ‘True Justice’, Docu About Bryan Stevenson & Equal Justice Initiative, Gets Summer Premiere Date

For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. Now HBO Documentary Films is telling his story. Set to premiere June 26 on the premium cable channel, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s […]

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Multicultural Entertainment Newsmag ‘Central Ave’ From Will Packer & Debmar-Mercury Gets Run On Fox Stations

Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury has teamed with Night School and Girls Trip producer Will Packer for a new half-hour multicultural entertainment news magazine show Central Ave. The series will air live from Atlanta and is set to launch Nov. 4 on select Fox Television Stations for a five-week preview. Central Ave looks to deliver entertainment and pop culture […]

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John Singleton To Be Taken Off Life Support Today

John Singleton, the Oscar-nominated writer and director of Boyz N the Hood, will be taken off life support Monday, 13 days after suffering a major stroke while at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. He had been in the ICU ever since. “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, […]

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‘American Idol’ Hits 7-Week High Note As ‘Red Line’ Opens Sluggish; NBA Conference Semifinals Starter Best Since ’11

ABC’s 8-10 PM American Idol (1.4 demo rating, 7.877 million viewers) continued its run as Sunday’s top broadcast program in the demo, more than doubling NBC’s World of Dance (0.8, 3.362M) head-to-head in total viewers, and 6/10th in the demo. CBS’s 60 Minutes (0.8, 9.057M) clocked the night’s biggest crowd. ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos […]

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Why the Netflix Marvel Heroes Aren’t in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Minor spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame. Now that all the Marvel Netflix shows have been canceled, it remains this interesting little experiment that kind of flirted with being part of the MCU, but really was off in a corner so remote that the movies or other Marvel TV shows couldn’t touch it. It was basically just a collection of loosely interconnected shows that were based on Marvel comics, but really didn’t have anything to do with the larger MCU. Some fans were hoping that since Avengers: Endgame was the be-all, end-all of the MCU, the writers …

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BBC News Plans to Create Audio Versions of All Its Articles

As the popularity of podcasts continues to soar, BBC Global News is looking to get deeper into the aural action by producing automated audio versions of all BBC News’ online articles. Project Songbird, announced Monday, is BBC Global News’ initiative to build a text-to-audio commercial business across digital online platforms. The service promises to let […]

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‘Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice’ Manga Spin-Off Inbound

“Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is getting a spin-off manga in the form of “Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying.” “Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying” follows the “Sekiro” game character Hanbei the Undying as he goes up against Isshin Ashina, the Sword Saint. Ashina has world domination in his sights until he’s forced to clash […]

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Samsung Is Making a Vertical TV for Instagram, Snapchat & TikTok

Samsung unveiled its latest slate of lifestyle TVs at a press event in Seoul this week, and the company had a bit of a surprise to share: Samsung’s new Sero TV is a flat screen with a rotating display that’s meant to show off Instagram and Snapchat stories, or TikTok videos for that matter, vertically. […]

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‘The Twilight Zone’ Renewed For Season 2 By CBS All Access

On the heels of a record-setting premiere, CBS All Access has ordered a second season of The Twilight Zone anthology series. “Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg’s reimagining of The Twilight Zone is off to an amazing start on CBS All Access, driving the most viewers on its premiere day for an original series to date,” […]

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‘The Twilight Zone’ Renewed for Season 2 at CBS All Access

CBS All Access has renewed “The Twilight Zone” for a second season, Variety has learned. The series, a reboot of the timeless anthology series created by Rod Serling, features Jordan Peele as host, producer and narrator. Episodes to date have featured such thesps as Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Taissa Farmiga, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris O’Dowd, Seth […]

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Is Woodstock 50 Canceled?

Dentsu Aegis, the Japanese backers of Woodstock 50, issued a statement on Monday morning that the company had “decided to cancel the festival.”  The iconic three-day concert was set for August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York with a blockbuster lineup — but has been plagued by logistical problems from the start. In a statement […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Writers Reveal an Alternate, Longer Battle Scene

Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame follow below. The third act battle scene of Avengers: Endgame is not just one of the highlights of the movie, it’s one of the highlights of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. But an alternate, even longer battle scene was actually written and shot before being cut from the film entirely. As the Infinity War sequel approaches its, ahem, endgame, all the Marvel characters descend on Avengers headquarters, which has been decimated by a time-traveling Thanos. What ensues is a splash page come to life, as directors Joe and Anthony Russo masterfully weave in a …

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‘Game of Thrones’ Guide, Week 3: Every Question We Have After “The Long Night”

Well. folks, "The Long Night" has come to an end, and despite the fact that I went a full 26 minutes before realizing that my computer monitor just wasn't turned on, I thought this was a real mixed bag! I simply cannot sit here and tell you an episode of television in which one dragon eats another zombie dragon's face off in the sky is "bad." But I also find it hard to believe that building up a mysterious, evil ice-wizard as a series' unstoppable Big Bad only to have him go 0-1 in actual battles …

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‘Dare Me’: Chris Zylka & Taveeta Syzmanowicz To Recur In USA Network Series

Chris Zylka (The Leftovers) and Taveeta Syzmanowicz (October Faction) are set for recurring roles opposite Willa Fitzgerald, Herizen Guardiola and Marlo Kelly, on USA drama series Dare Me, from UCP and Peter Berg and Michael Lombardo’s Film 44. Based on the novel by Megan Abbott, who serves as writer and executive producer along with Gina […]

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Here’s Who Died in the Battle of Winterfell

Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3: "The Long Night." For many who watched Game of Thrones' epic Battle of Winterfell episode, officially titled "The Long Night," it was hard to see exactly what was happening. There was a lot of purposefully confusion visual chaos to simulate the horror of battle, but also, the episode was shot only at night and, well, things were dark. So it was hard to tell who was dead, or almost dead, or about to die for most of the episode. However, thankfully (or not, depending on what you wanted from this hour), …

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‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Release Date Set for 2021; Filming Delayed Again

Warner Bros. has announced the Fantastic Beasts 3 release date, letting fans know when the next installment of the Harry Potter prequel franchise will be hitting theaters. The new film is set to open on November 12, 2021, which marks nearly three years to the day that the sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opened—one year longer than the gap between the first two movies. Initially, WB had eyed a November 2020 release date for Fantastic Beasts 3, but it was previously revealed that the production start-date was being pushed back to give the filmmakers more time …

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Atlas Entertainment to Adapt Joseph Finder Novel ‘Judgment’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment has acquired the rights to Joseph Finder’s thriller “Judgment,” and plans to adapt the novel into a series, Variety has learned exclusively. The novel centers on Juliana Brody, a formidable judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts. After a one-night affair with a man she meets at a conference, Juliana quickly realizes […]

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World of ‘Alien’ Comes To Life With Upcoming Tabletop RPG

The world of “Alien” will soon be translated into an original tabletop role-playing game series, according to io9. “Tales From the Loop” creator Free League Publishing is working in tandem with 20th Century Fox to create a game set in the “Alien” universe set for release in 2019. “Alien: The Roleplaying Game” is an original […]

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Kate McKinnon Nears End of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Contract (EXCLUSIVE)

“Saturday Night Live” fans will scan the next episodes of the show for all the usual stuff: the surprise guests in the cold open and the kooky characters who pop up during “Weekend Update.” But they may want to focus on something else. Kate McKinnon, the popular “SNL” cast member who has won plaudits for […]

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‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Sets Fall 2021 Opening Date

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced the release date for the third Fantastic Beasts film on Nov. 12, 2021.  The announcement was made today by Ron Sanders, President, Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment. Production on the new film is expected to begin in Spring 2020. “J.K. Rowling created an awe-inspiring universe that has captivated people […]

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Film Society Of Lincoln Center Rebrands As Film At Lincoln Center

As it marks its 50th anniversary, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is changing its name to Film at Lincoln Center. The rebrand comes just before a Monday night anniversary gala. The event at Alice Tully Hall will feature a starry list of attendees, including Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zoe Kazan, […]

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Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus Join Diplo for ‘Old Town Road’ at Stagecoach (Watch)

The “Old Town Road” cut right through the Empire Polo Club as Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus made their first public appearance together singing the No. 1 smash at Stagecoach, providing a climax to Diplo’s festival-ending DJ set. Although heavily rumored and leaked, Cyrus and Lil Nas X popping in as the midnight […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: Maisie Williams Was Worried Fans Would Hate the Battle of Winterfell Ending

Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 follow below. The episode many fans have been waiting for since Game of Thrones began aired last night: the long-awaited showdown between the heroes of Westeros and the Night King and his Army of the Dead. The final stand played out at Winterfell and resulted in a few casualties, but all eyes were on how the episode would end. This is a show that killed off its lead character in Season 1, and continued killing off beloved characters as laid out in George R.R. Martin’s source material. But …

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Matthew Modine Running for SAG-AFTRA President

Veteran actor Matthew Modine is running for president of SAG-AFTRA as the head of the ticket for the  Membership First faction of the performers union. Modine was first elected as a member of the SAG-AFTRA national board in 2017. He’s the first candidate to announce for the presidency. Current president Gabrielle Carteris, who won a […]

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‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Scores 2021 Release

Muggles will have to wait a while before returning to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Warner Bros. announced the third “Fantastic Beasts” film will hit theaters on Nov. 12, 2021. Production on the movie is expected to begin in spring of 2020. “We are incredibly excited about and have confidence in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ […]

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Viacom Digital Studios Slate Features Tana Mongeau, Eva Gutowski, SpongeBob – NewFronts

Viacom Digital Studios, the newly created unit led by president Kelly Day announced a programming slate of new and returning titles on Monday at its NewFronts presentation. New shows in the works include AwesomenessTV’s scripted romantic comedy How to Survive: A Break-Up, starring Eva Gutowski; Black Coffee, BET’s daily morning talk show starring Marc Lamont […]

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Viacom Adds Four Flagship Channels To Pluto TV Streaming Service – NewFronts

Viacom said its flagship networks BET, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon will be added to the free, ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV, which it acquired in January. The company made the announcement and unveiled a slate of digital programming during its second annual NewFronts pitch to media buyers at the PlayStation Theater in New York’s […]

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Matthew Butler Named Travel Channel GM After Jane Latman’s Move To HGTV

Discovery veteran Matthew Butler has been named general manager of Travel Channel, effective immediately. The announcement was made by Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, and Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Destination America and American Heroes Channel. His appointment follows the move of Jane Latman to head of HGTV, which was announced […]

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Viacom Launching 14 Free Channels on Pluto TV, Sets Broad Digital Originals Slate

For Viacom, the future of television has an increasingly online sheen. The media conglomerate is bringing a slew of content from its flagship cable networks to Viacom-owned Pluto TV — launching 14 channels on the free, ad-supported internet-streaming platform starting May 1 — and outlined its newest slate of original digital programming. As its traditional […]

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World’s First VR Bumper Cars Offer Steampunk Experience

The world’s first virtual reality bumper car attraction, Steampunk VR Scooter, was unveiled in Germany earlier this month, according to a press release. The attraction came to Erlebnispark Schloss Thurn theme park in Nuremberg on April 13, a combined effort from Qualisys and HolodeckVR— the latter working with VR Coaster to make use of unique […]

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Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Debut Was Even Bigger Than Initially Reported

Everyone knows the opening for “Avengers: Endgame” was massive. But it turns out the super-team epic scored an even bigger debut than originally reported, bowing to an unprecedented $356 million in North America. Though the final tally won’t be confirmed until midday, Disney said on Monday that ticket sales surpassed Sunday estimates, which put ticket […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell Explained in 40-Minute Behind-the-Scenes Video

Spoilers ahead for last night’s episode of Game of Thrones. Hopefully you're caught up on HBO's Game of Thrones, because last night's epic episode "The Long Night" was one for the history books. While the ultimate fate of most of our favorite characters has yet to be decided, this episode went a long way towards showing off the impressive and talented crew behind the scenes of the storied production. You don't take the easy road to pull off a nearly hour-long battle sequence spread out over multiple locations, featuring hundreds of extras, and boasting …

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Every Box Office Record ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Has Dusted So Far

So, y'all remember when Thanos did his snap and half of life just blinked out of existence? That's exactly what Disney and Marvel did to box office records over the weekend when Avengers: Endgame dropped in theaters and promptly decimated the competition. There was a lot of theorizing and scrutinizing about whether Endgame would be able to top $300 Million domestically in its opening weekend -- something experts weren't even sure was mathematically possible -- but Endgame beat even the boldest of predictions with $350 Million domestic and 1.2 Billion worldwide. Endgame marks the eighth Marvel Studios film …

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Surreal Puzzler ‘Figment’ Explores Subconscious on PS4 This May

Bedtime Digital Games’ surreal action puzzler “Figment” is coming to PlayStation 4 this May. The action-adventure game is set in a colorful universe filled with “music, humor, and a multilayered narrative.” It’s a game meant to explore the subconscious, where dreams are created, by asking where dreams themselves come from and what the world of […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Clocks Fandango Record Presales Of $127M+; Opening Weekend Back At $356M+ – Monday AM

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s some proof that what we were hearing about Avengers: Endgame presales last Monday was completely true: Fandango reports that they sold more than $127M in U.S. ticket sales for the Russo Brothers directed Marvel sequel between April 2 and last night. That’s the biggest B.O. haul in the company’s history. Deadline heard that before Endgame even opened, […]

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BBC, Netflix ‘Dracula’ Series Sets Directors, Adds Cast (EXCLUSIVE)

The much-anticipated “Dracula” series from the BBC and Netflix is showing more of its fangs, with the directors now set and new cast members added. Jonathan Aris (“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”), Sacha Dhawan (“The Boy With the Top Knot”), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (“Misfits”) and Catherine Schell (“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”) will be joining the already-announced Claes […]

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Indie Sales Launches Brussels-Based Outfit Best Friend Forever (EXCLUSIVE)

Indie Sales, the French international sales boutique behind the Oscar-nominated “My Life as a Zucchini” and Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult,” is set to branch out with the launch of Best Friend Forever (BFF), a new Brussels-based outfit dedicated to festival-driven world cinema. Best Friend Forever is kicking off with the acquisition of Juris Kursietis’ sophomore […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: Go Inside “The Long Night” with a New Featurette

Spoilers ahead for last night's episode of Game of Thrones. There's a lot that went down in last night's Game of Thrones episode, the extra long, extra intense, and extra heroic "The Long Night." Some two dozen of our favorite characters stood side by side in a fight for survival, a literal battle between life and death. But while the battle itself took up the bulk of the episode, there was a lot going on in between the bloodshed and bodily reanimations. To that end, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss took a little extra time …

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Jo Sullivan Loesser Dies: Broadway Actress, Manager Of Frank Loesser Catalogue Was 91

Jo Sullivan Loesser, a Broadway actress who scored a Tony Award nomination for her performance in 1956’s The Most Happy Fella, married the show’s composer Frank Loesser in 1959 and after his death 10 years later devoted herself to the protection and promotion of his acclaimed and popular catalogue, died yesterday. She was 91, and […]

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Matthew Modine Running For SAG-AFTRA Presidency On Membership First Slate

EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Modine has thrown his hat into the ring as a candidate for president of SAG-AFTRA. Modine, a member of the union’s local and national boards of directors, is running at the top of the Membership First ticket, the self-styled progressive wing of the union that promises more democracy and transparency — which the […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: Trailer for Next Week’s Episode Teases the Aftermath

Fresh off the highly anticipated Battle of Winterfell episode—officially titled “The Long Night”—HBO has released the trailer for next week’s episode of Game of Thrones. With the Night King and his Army of the Dead defeated, it appears that all eyes are now on Cersei. As Dany puts it in this trailer, they’ve won the Great War and now they’re aiming to win the Last War. That kind of confidence—calling this the last war—surely doesn’t foretell doom, right? While many figured we’d lose a number of heroes during the massive battle …

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

Taken as a whole, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an undeniable achievement in cinema.  It began with a simple idea, thrown in after the credits of the first, risky movie: “You've become part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet.”  That idea blossomed into movies that crossed over with each other, sometimes with incredible results and other times with diminished returns.  With the latest installment in the MCU, Avengers: Endgame, now in theaters, I decided to look back at the films in the universe and rank them from worst to best.…

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How Francis Ford Coppola Struggled During the Making of ‘Apocalypse Now’

The making of “Apocalypse Now” wasn’t easy for director Francis Ford Coppola. In fact, it seemed doomed from the start. During a talk on Sunday for the Tribeca Film Festival, Coppola sat down with director Steven Soderbergh for the film’s 40th anniversary to chat about the setbacks, which started with “everybody saying it was a […]

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‘Minecraft’ Creator Excluded From Anniversary Due to ‘Comments and Opinions’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Minecraft” creator Marcus “Notch” Persson, who sold the title to Microsoft for $2.5 billion in 2014, won’t be part of 10-year anniversary plans for the game because of his “comments and opinions,” Microsoft tells Variety. “His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of ‘Minecraft,” a Microsoft […]

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‘My Brother The Devil’s Sally El Hosaini To Direct Working Title’s Yusra Mardini Biopic ‘The Swimmers’, Replaces Stephen Daldry

My Brother The Devil director Sally El Hosaini is to direct Working Title’s forthcoming Yusra Mardini biopic, which now has the working title The Swimmers. El Hosaini has replaced Stephen Daldry, who is staying on as an exec producer. The film tells the story of Syrian swimmer Mardini, the teenage Olympian refugee who dragged a dinghy of […]

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles to Sing National Anthem at Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that Grammy-winning Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles will sing the National Anthem at the 145th Kentucky Derby, presented by Woodford Reserve, on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Nettles, who attended Variety‘s Power of Women event in New York earlier this month, will also be a guest of the world-famous Barnstable Brown Derby […]

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Kino Lorber Takes North America on ‘Disappearance of My Mother’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Kino Lorber, in association with blockchain-powered TVOD platform Breaker, has acquired North American rights to Beniamino Barrese’s documentary “The Disappearance of My Mother,” which had its world premiere at the Sundance Festival earlier this year, Variety has learned exclusively. The deal was announced Monday at the Hot Docs Canadian Intl. Documentary Film Festival. It was negotiated by […]

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Hot Docs Film Review: ‘The Seer and the Unseen’

The words “away with the fairies” tend to be used pejoratively, though if you applied it to Ragnhildur “Ragga” Jónsdóttir, she’d calmly and cheerfully accept the second half of the phrase. It’s the “away” part to which she’d object: In Jónsdóttir’s view, she’s very much present with the elves, trolls and sprites who make up […]

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Gravitas Acquires U.S. Rights for ‘Inside Lehman Brothers’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Gravitas Ventures has picked up U.S. rights for the documentary “Inside Lehman Brothers,” which chronicles the story of the whistleblowers who paid the price for exposing the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis, Variety has learned exclusively. Gravitas announced the deal, which includes digital and TV rights, on Monday at the Hot Docs Canadian Intl. Documentary Film Festival. The […]

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Inside Out LGBTQ Fest Unveils 2019 Finance Forum Selection (EXCLUSIVE)

Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival, distributor, and booster of LGBTQ content, has unveiled to Variety the 10 feature projects and eight international executives participating in its third annual Finance Forum. “There’s a great variety to the projects this year,” Inside Out executive director Andria Wilson said before the official Finance Forum announcement. “We’ve got docs […]

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How the Trump Era Wrecked ‘Veep’ (Column)

“Veep” has, for most of its run, steered clear of explicit real-world references: Its characters are interviewed by fictional journalists, as opposed by CNN stars dropping by for a cameo, and never seem to reference presidents more recent than Nixon. They don’t have stated political parties. Against this backdrop of simplified surreality, the show earned […]

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali’

Muhammad Ali’s bark was as formidable as his bite, and “What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali” pays tribute to both, allowing the three-time heavyweight champ to narrate his own story via a combination of audio and video archival material. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” “The Equalizer”), this 165-minute documentary uses copious interview soundbites to highlight […]

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Hot Docs’ Slate, Industry Program Pushing Women to the Fore

Last year, for the first time in its 25-year history, the Hot Docs film festival achieved gender parity in its slate, at a time when many other large cinema organizations were just signing – or still working towards – their versions of 50/50 by 2020, the influential gender equality model for film funding launched by […]

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NFL Draft Breaks Viewership Records

Last week’s telecast of the annual NFL Draft was the most watched in the event’s history, according to statistics provided by the National Football League. More than 47.5 million TV viewers tuned in to some part of various broadcasts of the Draft, which was televised across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ABC and the NFL Network, […]

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New ‘LEGO Harry Potter’ Sets include the Knight Bus and Hagrid’s Hut

Last year, LEGO started a new line of Harry Potter sets, and they’re continuing to expand the line this August with five new sets. The sets will include the Knight Bus, Hagrid’s Hut, the front of Hogwarts, a battle between Harry’s Patronus and dementors, and the dragon from the Triwizard Tournament. Here’s a quick rundown on the individual sets: Expecto Pantronum - 121 pieces - $19.99 Transport fans of Harry Potter aged 7 and over to a magical world of wizards, Dementors and mythical creatures with this LEGO® Harry Potter 75945 Expecto Patronum building set. Kids will …

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Film Review: ‘Waiting for the Miracle to Come’

The singularly idiosyncratic casting of Charlotte Rampling and Willie Nelson as long-married ex-vaudevillians who operate a combination trailer park, horse ranch, and performance venue could be enough of a novelty factor to attract some curiosity seekers to “Waiting for the Miracle to Come.” But the movie itself, a deliberately paced fantasia of remembrance and reconciliation, […]

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Simon Pegg & Nick Frost’s Stolen Picture To Adapt Ben Aaronovitch’s Epic Fantasy Drama ‘Rivers of London’ – Interview

EXCLUSIVE: Stolen Picture, the production company set up by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, is to adapt Ben Aaronovitch’s epic fantasy drama Rivers of London. Pegg, Frost, Aaronovitch and Stolen Picture Miles Ketley tell Deadline how the deal came about, outlined their long-term plans for the adaptation and how it fits into their strategy for […]

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China Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Breaks a Host of Records

The astonishing five-day haul of $331 million (RMB2.22 billion) for “Avengers: Endgame” in China has set a record for the country’s highest-grossing opening weekend of any film, Western or local, and puts the Marvel finale on track to eclipse in about one week what its predecessor, “Infinity War,” made during its entire monthlong run in the […]

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Spotify Now Has More 100 Million Subscribers, Narrows Q1 Losses

Spotify grew its paid subscriber rolls by 32% in the first quarter of 2019 — reaching 100 million Premium customers — while the streaming-music company narrowed its loss and beat Wall Street expectations on the top line. Spotify shares were up more than 5% in premarket trading Monday on the results. The company reported total […]

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TF1 Group Joins Moviechainer’s Client Roster to Keep Track of Revenue Shares

After enrolling MK2 last year, Moviechainer, the cloud-based app allowing right-holders to model and track the legal and financial structure of their film projects, has added TF1 Group, Europe’s leading private broadcaster, to its client portfolio. MovieChainer, which was launched in 2014 by the Paris-based film company Backup (“Arctic,” “Donnybrook”), is already been used by […]

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‘Intergalactic’ Producer Moonage Pictures To Adapt Lionel Davidson’s Russian Spy Thriller ‘Kolymsky Heights’

Moonage Pictures, the UK production company set up by a handful of Peaky Blinders execs, is adapting Lionel Davidson’s Russian spy thriller Kolymsky Heights. The BBC Studios-backed firm has optioned The 39 Steps-esque novel, which was originally published in 1994 but was republished by Faber in 2015 after it became one of the most requested […]

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Netflix To Launch Korean Epic Fantasy Drama ‘Arthdal Chronicles’ Globally In June

Netflix has boarded Korean epic fantasy drama Arthdal Chronicles and will launch the series globally on June 1. The SVOD service has partnered with South Korean broadcaster TVN and its CJ E&M-backed production company Studio Dragon on the 18-episode series. It is the latest Korean series to be launched by the digital platform. Starring Song […]

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Netflix Boards Korean Fantasy ‘Arthdal Chronicles’

Global streaming giant Netflix has come on board “Arthdal Chronicles,” a Korean fantasy drama series. The show has a starry cast headed by Song Joong-ki (“A Werewolf Boy,” “Descendants of the Sun”), Jang Dong-gun (“Taegukgi”), Kim Ji-won (“Descendants of the Sun”) and Kim Ok-bin (“Thirst,” “Steal Heart”). The show was produced by Studio Dragon for […]

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Slay the Dragon’

“Slay the Dragon” is the most important political film of the year, and it may prove to be one of the key political films of the decade. It’s a documentary about gerrymandering, and offhand it would be hard to think of a subject less sexy — or a phrase less inviting to audiences than “a […]

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‘Apocalypse Now’ Director Francis Ford Coppola On Marlon Brando, ‘Damn Yankees’ And Managing Chaos – Tribeca

In a conversation at the Tribeca Film Festival with Steven Soderbergh, who said he saw Apocalypse Now 17 times as a teenager in Baton Rouge, LA, Francis Ford Coppola reminisced about working with Marlon Brando and managing though chaos. “The fuse had been blown on the circuit,” Coppola said of the 1979 film, whose 40th […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: Burning Questions After the Battle of Winterfell

(SPOILER ALERT: Do not read on unless you’ve seen Season 8, Episode 3 of “Game of Thrones,” which contained the Battle of Winterfell. Seriously, don’t do it.) The living won. In what was unarguably the biggest episode in “Game of Thrones” yet, the living of Winterfell not only held their ground against the white walkers. […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Complain About Battle of Winterfell’s Dark Cinematography

The much-anticipated third episode of “Game of Thrones'” final season aired Sunday night, titled “The Long Night.” And boy, was that an apt call. Almost as soon as the episode kicked off at 9 p.m. ET, the Internet was flooded with tweets about the lighting of the show, with complaints that it was so dark […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: A Spectacle of Fire and Ice

The so-called Battle of Winterfell was, perhaps, the culmination of the path “Game of Thrones” has trod over its past several seasons; a show that has grown relentlessly in scope, dazzle, and cruelty reached its apotheosis in some eighty-plus minutes of slaughter and dragon-flight that forced characters through a gauntlet whose punishing nature was the […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: The Battle of Winterfell’s Most Shocking Moments

SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading unless you’ve seen “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 3.  Everybody, breathe. After just under an hour and a half of sheer terror, “Game of Thrones” fans have been left with virtually no nails and only three episodes of the show to go. Here are the most shocking moments from […]

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Exclusive: Bill Hader Breaks Down Tonight’s Incredible Episode of ‘Barry’

Last year’s debut season of the new HBO comedy series Barry not only showcased Bill Hader’s talent as a performer (for which he won a Best Actor Emmy), but also as a director. The show’s pilot marked Hader’s directorial debut, and through the three episodes in total that he directed, it was clear he had a strong eye for shot-composition and motivated visual storytelling. But with Barry Season 2 Episode 5, Hader has really stretched his talent behind the camera, solidifying himself as a filmmaker with a skillset that is as multi-faceted as it …

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Film Society of Lincoln Center Celebrates 50 Years of Cinematic Passion

As with many veterans of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which is being renamed Film at Lincoln Center to mark its 50th Anniversary this week, longtime former executive director Joanne Koch has some stories to tell. “We tried to get Katharine Hepburn at the Chaplin Gala, and she wrote me and said she’d rather […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: The Best Quotes from Sunday’s Epic Battle

Actions speak louder than words, which certainly rang true on Sunday night’s epic installment of “Game of Thrones.” But it also featured some great, albeit short, exchanges between key characters as the fiery Battle of Winterfell raged on. Here were our favorite lines from Season 8, Episode 3, titled “The Long Night”: Spoilers ahead! “There’s […]

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Episode 3 Recap: Bodies Hit The Floor As The Night King Lights Up The Battle Of Winterfell

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details of tonight’s third episode of Game Of Thrones Season 8. The moment is here. It what can be considered the television event of 2019, HBO aired the Battle of Winterfell episode of Game of Thrones which finds all of our beloved Westeros characters (well, most of them) going to […]

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‘Game of Thrones” Gaze Turns South in Episode 4 Trailer

SPOILERS: Do not read on unless you’ve seen episode three of season 8 of “Game of Thrones,” which aired Sunday April 28. The Battle of Winterfell has ended and “Game of Thrones” fans were forced to say goodbye to several fan-favorites, from Theon Greyjoy to Beric Dondarrion. After the final shock-inducing moments, HBO aired the trailer […]

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‘The Simpsons’ EPs On Life With Their New Disney Boss: Fox Series Celebrates 30 Years At Tribeca

The 30th Anniversary panel of The Simpsons didn’t shy from addressing the elephant in the room at tonight’s Tribeca Talks: Their new boss, Disney. Yeardley Smith aka Lisa Simpson broached the question about Disney to the panel which included EPs James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Matt Selman and series voiceover maestro Harry Shearer. It was announced […]

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‘American Gods’ Creator Neil Gaiman Talks Tonight’s Season 2 Finale, His Favorite Episode + Teases Season 4 Plans

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s American Gods Season 2 finale. “In American Gods, as you know, one of the things that’s always been important to me is the idea that it’s set in the real world,” professes Nail Gaiman of the both his acclaimed novel and the Starz series based upon the […]

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APOS: Zee5 Streaming Platform Seeks Overseas Audiences

India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises is rolling out operations of its Zee5 streaming service in five new languages. The company is also upping its involvement in original content. The moves were announced last week at the APOS conference in Indonesia by Archana Anand, chief business officer ZEE5 Global and are a further step up for the […]

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Chicago Prosecutor Kim Foxx Subpoenaed In Jussie Smollett Case

Chicago’s top prosecutor Kim Foxx has been subpoenaed in the saga that is known as the Jussie Smollett case. Foxx has been subpoenaed to appear in court by a retired appellate judge Sheila O’Brien in regards to how she handled case involving the Empire actor. In addition to filing a petition for a special prosecutor, O’Brien […]

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Episode 3 Leaked Photos Reveal Battle Of Winterfell Scenes

Once again, someone has gone out of their way to spoil yet another episode of Game of Thrones before it airs. Photos of scenes from the much-anticipated Battle of Winterfell have made their way on to Twitter. Lucky for you, we won’t post any of them on here because we respect the GoT journey — unlike some impatient […]

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Jack de Mello Dead: Hawaiian Music Advocate, Animation Composer Was 102

Jack de Mello, a giant in native Hawaiian music and music composer for various Hanna-Barbera Productions animated series, including “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons,” has died. He passed Saturday in Las Vegas at 102. A composer, arranger, producer and recording artist, de Mello melded Hawaiian melodies with orchestral arrangements. He recored close to 160 albums, including almost […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Leak: Photos of Epic Battle of Winterfell Hit Internet

Avid “Game of Thrones” fans may be able to glean some insight into the third episode of season 8 before it even airs. Photos from the third episode of the final season of “Game of Thrones” have begun to hit the Internet ahead of the episode’s Sunday night premiere. Rest easy, however, as this post […]

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‘Mr. Robot’ Boss Says Final Season is ‘One Very Long Christmas Special’

“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail has confirmed the fourth and final season of his USA drama will come to an end in a way that will pay homage to British television series. “You know what they typically do at the end — like [in] the British ‘Office’ — they tend to do a Christmas special. […]

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Broadway’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Breaks Own Box Office Record For The Fourth Time

EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird is continuing to make waves on Broadway. Producer Scott Rudin announced today that the play based on Harper Lee’s classic novel and directed by Bartlett Sher has broken its own one-week box office record for the fourth time. It has now reached a record-breaking gross of […]

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‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Says Series Will End In Season-Long “Christmas Special’ – Tribeca Talks

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail unwrapped only one big reveal about the coming final season of his series, which is known for tense action and psychological twists and turns. “Is anybody here a fan of British television?” he asked a packed Tribeca Talks crowd at the Tribeca Film Festival. He then offered a gift he […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Domestic, Overseas & Global Box Office Records – List

Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame set a host of new box office records this weekend, opening to a jaw-dropping $350M domestic, $859M overseas and $1.2B worldwide. The list of all-time milestones is likely to grow as the Anthony and Joe Russo-helmed emotion- and action-packed pic continues play around the globe. Below, we’ve compiled a rundown of select […]

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Robert De Niro & Martin Scorsese On ‘The Irishman’, Paradise Lost In ‘Casino’, & Lessons Learned During ‘King Of Comedy’ – Tribeca

Robert De Niro joked with Stephen Colbert during his sit down on The Late Show about a week ago that when it came to his Tribeca Talk with Martin Scorsese, he’d ask a question, leave for coffee and return minutes later to ask the next question. That was hardly the case as they two went back […]

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Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro on How ‘Raging Bull’ Avoided Being Shut Down

From “Mean Streets” to their upcoming “The Irishman,” Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese have one of film’s most famous (and long-running) actor/director partnerships. The two talked about their decades of work together at the Tribeca Film Festival (which De Niro co-founded) on Sunday afternoon, touching on the dynamics of their partnership, Scorsese’s hesitance to […]

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Stagecoach Day 2: Sam Hunt Does a 2014 Oldies Set, Cam Gets Sensual and Luke Combs Gets Even

Of the three headliners at the 13th annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Sam Hunt had the greatest promise to offer some kind of much-needed surprise factor. Saturday, he was headlining the California desert gathering for the first time, and presumably with a lot of unreleased new music in the can, since he hasn’t had an album […]

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Georgetown’

What must it be like to play poker with Christoph Waltz? For all his charms, subtlety doesn’t seem to come naturally to the German actor. Granted, Waltz was a revelation as the unnervingly charming Nazi colonel in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” but in most of the roles that have followed, he’s tipped his hand with […]

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‘A Very English Scandal’ Pips ‘Killing Eve’ & ‘Patrick Melrose’ To The Post At BAFTA TV Craft Awards

A Very English Scandal, the BBC and Amazon co-production, scored three gongs at the BAFTA Craft Awards. The Hugh Grant-fronted mini-series beat two other high-profile U.S.-backed series, Killing Eve and Patrick Melrose, which both won two awards at the behind-the-scenes awards. The event was hosted by Episodes’ Stephen Mangan in London and comes ahead of […]

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Noah Wyle on the Emotional Gut-Punch of His CBS Limited Series ‘The Red Line’

From executive producers Greg Berlanti and Ava DuVernay, the eight-episode CBS limited drama series The Red Line is an emotional punch to the gut, as it follows three very different Chicago families on intersecting journeys toward healing after a tragedy. Daniel Calder (Noah Wyle) is mourning the death of his husband, an unarmed African American doctor who was shot by a white cop (Noah Fisher), and falling short on how to handle things with their grieving daughter, Jira (Aliyah Royale), while she searches for her birth mother (Emayatzy Corinealdi) to learn more about what it means to be a …

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Bruce Langley on ‘American Gods’ Season 2 and the Evolution of Tech Boy

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 Technical Boy (Bruce Langley), the one responsible for all things technology, and whose life is a daily struggle to remain relevant and on the cutting edge. During this 1-…

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‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Band Reunites At TFF For Performance, Joined By Elvis Costello

The 35th anniversary of This Is Spinal Tap, the classic mockumentary film on the fictional British rock band’s misadventures, saw the group reunite Saturday night following a Tribeca Film Festival screening. As reported by PageSix, the original cast members – Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer – performed songs from the film at the […]

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Olivia Wilde: ‘You Have to Look Beyond Resume’ to Make Casts More Diverse

Olivia Wilde didn’t have trouble finding a diverse cast for her high-school comedy “Booksmart.” “It turns out when you see all actors and you just hire the best people, you actually end up with a really representative set. The problem is most people don’t look at everyone. If we keep drawing from the same pool, […]

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‘To Kill A Mockingbird’s Gbenga Akinnagbe Is Taking New York, From Broadway To Tribeca And An Intersection In Flatbush

Every show night at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre, Gbenga Akinnagbe resurrects Tom Robinson, bringing to life that most anguished of all the mockingbirds in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. But “anguished” doesn’t fully encompass this version of the doomed, falsely accused black field hand on trial for raping the white Mayella Ewell. The Tom Robinson […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’: All the Box Office Records Broken in Debut Weekend

Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” has set more than a dozen box office records in its first five days — many by wide margins. These are some of the records the superhero tentpole is destroying on its first weekend at the box office: Biggest Worldwide Opening: “Avengers: Endgame” grossed $1.2 billion worldwide. The previous record holder was […]

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The White Crow’ Shows A Move In An ‘Avengers’ Weekend: Specialty Box Office

Some specialty distributors waded into a weekend that was all but set to be dominated by Avengers: Endgame. Sony Classics’ bio-drama The White Crow by Ralph Fiennes took the mantle with an $80,675 gross in five theaters, averaging $16,135, the highest per theater average of the weekend’s limited release newcomers.  Self-release doc Hesburgh by Patrick […]

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Composer Gabriel Yared to Receive Max Steiner Award at Vienna Gala

The city of Vienna will honor composer Gabriel Yared with the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award as part of their Hollywood in Vienna gala Oct. 19, organizers of the annual  event announced Sunday. The night before receiving the award, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning Yared is slated to perform selections from his music on piano […]

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‘The 100’ Season 6: Bob Morley and Marie Avgeropoulos on Repairing Their Sibling Bond

The CW's hit sci-fi show The 100 has a reputation for reinventing itself every year. The Season 5 finale was probably the ultimate reboot in TV history: the showrunners literally nuked the Earth, rendering it a dead world to our heroes. Undaunted, the crew boarded the spaceship Eligius IV and discovered a faraway planet to escape to but, bad news, it involved a 125-year time jump. No problem folks: just a little cryo-sleep and we’re all good. Leaders Clarke and Bellamy were awakened first, and boy did they have a surprise: Jordan, a 20-something …

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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Why A $300M+ Domestic Opening Was Always Possible

Sequelitis, a 3-hour running time, tracking projections, nor the ceilings of previous box office records were a challenge to Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame which is turning an unprecedented $350M-$354M domestic opening. Like Thanos himself, the Anthony and Joe Russo Brothers-directed movie raged and ripped up box office records, like a fingersnap made by the purple guy […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and the Power of Goodbyes

Goodbyes can be painful. But, on the big and small screen alike, they can also be enormously profitable and cathartic. The cultural dominance of “Avengers: Endgame,” the conclusion of a 22 or, depending on who is counting, 23 film* saga, and the eighth and last season of “Game of Thrones” demonstrate that audiences are hungry […]

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Crushes Opening Weekend Record

Folks, we are watching a superhero move make a bit of history. Avengers: Endgame took in a record-destroying $350 million domestically and another $859 million overseas for an absolutely astounding global debut of $1.2 billion. To compare, it took Avengers: Infinity War eleven days to reach a billion; Endgame just did it right from the jump. “From the very beginning with Iron Man, all we’ve wanted to do was tell stories that brought these characters to life onscreen the way we’ve experienced them as fans of the comics,” Marvel President Kevin Feige said in a statement. “…

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Katy Perry and Lauren Daigle Brings New Orleans Flavor to Jazzfest Sets

Considering the amount of coverage spent on who is not playing the 50th edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the fact that Katy Perry was delivering her first full-length show since August seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Even without a full production Perry created a striking spectacle, one that was largely […]

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New York Times Apologizes For Running “Offensive” Anti-Semitic Editorial Cartoon

A New York Times political cartoon featuring President Donald Trump being led on a leash held by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has caused an uproar, with the media outlet admitting the depiction was “offensive” and contained “anti-Semitic tropes.” The New York Times Opinion section issued a statement on the cartoon, which appeared in Thursday […]

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Fox News: President Donald Trump Says Southern Border Is “Like Disneyland Now”

President Donald Trump feels the border situation is “like Disneyland now,” and blames a too-humane approach to family arrivals as the root cause. Speaking via phone to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on her show Sunday Morning Futures, Trump said stopping the separation of families illegally crossing the southern border a mistake, and made the attempts […]

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‘Game of Thrones’: The Best Battles, Ranked

All men must die –– in pretty spectacular fashion. The Battle of Winterfell in this week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” will reportedly be the longest recorded battle sequence ever filmed (for both TV and movies), and it was directed by Miguel Sapochnik of “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards” fame. Last week’s calm before […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Obliterates Records With $1.2 Billion Global Debut

It’s truly the Avengers’ world. The opening weekend of “Avengers: Endgame” demolished box office records with a stunning $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide. Disney-Marvel’s fourth and final Avengers superhero movie has captivated moviegoers, accounting for more than four of every five tickets sold domestically. “Avengers: Endgame” topped the year-old “Avengers: Infinity […]

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Hillary Clinton Reads the Mueller Report (Watch)

WASHINGTON — As thousands of Beltway journalists, politicos and media executives gathered at the Washington Hilton for the White House Correspondents Association dinner, Bill and Hillary Clinton were appearing onstage across town for an event that actually did feature a comedian, Comedy Central’s Jordan Klepper. The event, at DAR Constitution Hall, was the Clintons’ latest […]

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Pink Fully Recovered From Coronavirus, Donates $1M To Pandemic Relief Efforts

Pink claims she and her son have recovered from the coronavirus after a two-week confinement. To celebrate, she is making a one million doll...