Friday, May 31, 2019

Taylor Swift Urges Passage of Pro-LGBTQ Equality Act: ‘I Reject the President’s Stance’

Taylor Swift literally did not let a minute of Pride Month go by without taking a strong stand on LGBTQ right. The pop superstar took to Instagram as the calendar turned over into June on the east coast to post an open letter to her Tennessee senator urging passage in the U.S. Senate of the […]

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Variety’s Claudia Eller Accepts National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Honor

The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association honored Variety editor-in-chief Claudia Eller with the Lisa Ben Award for achievement in features coverage at its benefit on Friday. Media veterans and LGBTQ allies gathered at the Los Angeles LGBT Center on Friday night to celebrate Eller’s achievements as a longtime Hollywood journalist. Marc Malkin, Variety’s senior […]

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Post-Credits Scene, Explained

Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Godzilla: King of the Monsters just yet. One thing that a good number of fans knew going into their screening of Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters is that the title titan would live to stomp and roar again in the 2020 film Godzilla vs Kong, from director Adam Wingard (Death Note). So while the tension of a pivotal plot point in G:KotM was undercut a bit by the mere existence of this already-announced follow-up film, there was plenty of mystery left as to just what Godzilla and …

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Bill Maher On GOP’s Advantage: “Republicans Win For Two Reasons: Teamwork & Cheating”

The namesake host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher has some advice for the Democratic Party as they ramp up for a 2020 rematch with President Donald J. Trump. “I want all Democrats to memorize these two words: Message Discipline,” Maher said as if he were a weary teacher addressing a remedial class of underachievers. “Republicans […]

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Jussie Smollett Prosecutor’s Office Releases 2,000 Pages Of Shifting Justifications

The Cook County prosecutor’s office released 2,000 pages of documents on Friday regarding the Jussie Smollett fake hate crime. The move comes shortly after Chicago police released their documents in the case, and offers a counterpoint to the allegations that the prosecutor’s office appeared to show favoritism toward Smollett. Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx […]

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‘Jeopardy!’ Earnings Record Now Less Than $60k Away For James Holzhauer

Another day, another win for Jeopardy! savant James Holzhauer, as the professional sports gambler is now just $58,484 away from the game show’s record for earnings. Holzhauer won again on Friday, adding $79,663 to his winnings in a run that has captivated the nation. He now has won $2,462,216 and has victories in 32 straight […]

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‘Blindspot’ Ends Its Season Four With Huge Questions, But Promises A Season Five Resolution

SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE SEASON FOUR FINALE: First, the good news: Blindspot will be returning for a fifth and final season. Fans fretted that the show’s long hiatus in May meant trouble. But now that the final season has been green-lighted for 13 more episodes, all will be […]

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Frank Lucas Dies: Inspiration For Denzel Washington Character In ‘American Gangster’ Was 88

The inspiration for Denzel Washington’s drug-dealing mogul in the 2007 film American Gangster has died. Frank Lucas was 88 and died while being transported to a New Jersey hospital. Lucas and his wife, Julianna Farrait-Rodriguez, were once referred to as the black Bonnie & Clyde for their close alliance. She was portrayed as “Eva” by […]

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Writers Guild Warns of More Legal Action Against ‘Bad Behaviors’ of Some Agents

The Writers Guild of America is warning of more legal action against non-franchised talent agencies in another sign of the deepness of the WGA-agency dispute. The guild directed its nearly 15,000 members on April 12, when negotiations collapsed, to terminate relations with agents who refused to sign its new Code of Conduct, which bars agencies […]

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State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Offers New Explanation for Jussie Smollett Recusal

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx changed her explanation on Friday for her recusal from the Jussie Smollett case, as her office released more than 2,000 pages of documents on the case. Foxx said she was advised to withdraw from the case based on unfounded rumors that she was related to the “Empire” actor, who […]

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WME At 10: John Ferriter Recounts Behind-the-Scenes Drama At William Morris That Led To Endeavor Merger

June 1, 2019 marks the official 10-year anniversary of the William Morris Agency-Endeavor merger. As part of Deadline’s coverage of the milestone, we reached out to John Ferriter, former WMA EVP/Worldwide Head of Non-Scripted TV, who was the only board member in either company who voted against the merger. He was let go from WME, […]

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Film News Roundup: Miramax Partners on ‘Pulp Fiction’ Consumer Products

In today’s film news roundup, “Pulp Fiction” consumer products are coming, HollyShorts will offer a production deal, Sundance makes a FilmFreeway deal and “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” gets a release date. CONSUMER PRODUCTS Miramax has partnered with White Space Entertainment to manage its film portfolio in the consumer product space starting with “Pulp […]

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Glenda Jackson’s ‘King Lear’ Ending Broadway Run On June 9

Many a true word hath been spoken in jest, but this is legit: Glenda Jackson’s King Lear will end its Broadway run on June 9. It originally was pegged to run through July 7. Producer Scott Rudin announced the pending final curtain today. Two-time Oscar winner Jackson starred as Shakespeare’s famous king of England who divides […]

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Master Tapes of Beastie Boys’ Classic ‘License to Ill’ Have Disappeared, Mike D Says

Is the original recording of the Beastie Boys’ “License to Ill” lost forever? On Sunday night’s episode of his Beats 1 show “Echo Chamber,” Beastie Boys member Mike D revealed to Q-Tip that no one can find the masters to the hip-hop group’s debut album. “No, ‘License to Ill,’ we don’t have. ‘License to Ill,’ […]

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WGA Blasts “Bad Behaviors” Of Unfranchised Agents, Lawyers and Managers On Package Fees & Commissions

The WGA says that it’s received reports that unnamed non-franchised agencies are trying to commission or take package fees on deals negotiated after the guild’s franchise agreement with the Association of Talent agents expired on April 12. That’s when all WGA members were ordered to fire their agents who refuse to sign the guild’s new […]

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WME At 10: Where The Top William Morris Agents Are Now

June 1, 2019 marks the official 10-year anniversary of the William Morris Agency-Endeavor merger. It wasn’t a marriage of equals, with 14-year-old Endeavor, then valued at $100 million-plus, joining forces with a Hollywood royalty, the 111-year-old WMA valued at more than twice as much. But, in one of the most shocking Hollywood takeovers, it was […]

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WME At 10: The Merger That Made Endeavor A Power Player

Saturday marks the official 10-year anniversary of the William Morris Agency-Endeavor merger into WME. Coincidentally, WME is marking the anniversary with the declaration its parent Endeavor filing for an IPO, an illustration of how far the company has gone in a decade. In 2009, Endeavor was a”client-rich” mid-size agency with big ambitions. It set its […]

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Writers Guild Agrees to June 7 Date to Resume Talks With Agents

The Writers Guild of America has agreed to resume stalled talks with Hollywood agents on June 7 at an unspecified location, Variety has learned. The WGA negotiating committee told members on May 29 that the agencies had proposed that date, but didn’t say then that the guild had agreed to the meeting, which has left […]

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Summer Goes Pop as Katy, Miley, Cardi Drop New Songs

What’s the cutoff for putting in a bid for the song of the summer? Apparently, the date is officially May 31, judging from how seemingly every notable diva decided this was the day to reenter the marketplace. Miley Cyrus, Cardi B and Katy Perry simultaneously released their first solo singles of the year, with Bebe […]

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Universal Shifts Damon Lindelof’s ‘The Hunt’ Up Three Weeks To September – Update

2nd UPDATE, 5:18 PM: Universal has moved the release date for The Hunt up by three weeks, from October 18 to September 27. Damon Lindelof-penned political thriller now will open against STX’s Chadwick Boseman actioner 21 Bridges, The Universal/DreamWorks Animation feature Abominable, Entertainment Studios’ drama All Rise and an untitled Blumhouse film from Universal. UPDATED, 11:12 AM: Universal has moved […]

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Tony Soprano’s TV Home On The Market In North Jersey – You Gotta Problem With That?

A bit of television history is now available, as the house prominently featured on HBO’s The Sopranos is for sale. The North Caldwell, NJ home portrayed on TV as the Soprano home for Tony, Carmela, AJ and Meadow is listed at a “starting price” of $3.4 million. The home was featured weekly on the intro to […]

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Kirstie Alley Slashes Price on Opulent Los Angeles Palazzo

Perhaps it’s an indication of a slowing high-end market, reflective of a more realistic real estate headspace or some other far more benign reason entirely, but Kirstie Alley has dramatically cut the asking price of her Los Angeles estate in one fell swoop by more than 10%. Too optimistically saddled with an elephantine $11.97 million […]

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Five Studios Launch ‘Ultimate Movie Weekend’ Rental Sale Across U.S. Digital Services

A group of Hollywood studios wants to remind consumers that they can rent movies — including recent releases not available on Netflix — from a wide array of digital providers, through a four-day promo offering discounts on titles starting at 99 cents. Dubbed the “Ultimate Movie Weekend,” the special sale runs May 31-June 3 and […]

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Broadway Review: ‘Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune’

A sentimental reading would mean death for this surprisingly delicate two-hander about the tentative one-night stand of two restaurant workers in Hell’s Kitchen during the plague years of the AIDS epidemic. (“Are we really killing each other?” one asks the other, after they’ve done the dangerous deed.) But helmer Arin Arbus (associate director of Theater […]

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Film News Roundup: Jesse Metcalfe Joins Indie Biopic ‘Latin From Manhattan’

In today’s film news roundup, Jesse Metcalfe joins “The Latin From Manhattan,” Judith Light is honored and Franklin Leonard and Hayden Schlossberg are added to the speakers list for the Produced By Conference. CASTING Jesse Metcalfe will portray a federal agent in the independent biopic “The Latin From Manhattan,” joining Esai Morales, Drea De Matteo […]

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‘Sicko Mode’ Soundtracks Nike Ad Created by 22-Year-Old Newcomer Gibson Hazard

Travis Scott’s bombastic “Sicko Mode” soundtracks a new Nike commercial created by 22-year-old newcomer Gibson Hazard. The director and filmmaker, who recently launched animation studio House of Hazard, has made intricate attention to detail his signature. In the past, he’s built elaborate clips on a broken 2012 13-inch Macbook. “Before this video, I shot, edited […]

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How ‘Echo,’ the ’60s Rock Doc of the Moment, Gets Lost in the Canyon (Opinion)

Too much echo… not enough Canyon. That’s at the core of the imbalances in the celebrated new rock doc “Echo in the Canyon”: It’s a movie with too much Beach Boys and Beatles — as strange as it seems to make a complaint of that — and not enough of the people who really lived in […]

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How Drake Helped the Toronto Raptors Make the NBA Finals

There’s arguably no bigger celebrity hoops fan right now than the rapper Aubrey Drake Graham, whose beloved Toronto Raptors square off with the NBA defending champion Golden State Warriors tonight in Toronto, for the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals. Known for his courtside seat near the scorer’s table, Drake has developed a reputation […]

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First Trailer for ‘Onward’ Reveals Pixar’s Next Original Film

Disney-Pixar has released the first teaser trailer for the new film Onward, which will mark the studio’s first non-sequel release in nearly three years when it hits theaters next spring. Directed by Monsters University filmmaker Dan Scanlon, the original story takes place in a suburban fantasy world and revolves around two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out in the world. For Scanlon, this story was inspired by his relationship with his own brother, and the film reunites him with Monsters University producer Kori …

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Michael Dougherty and Ken Watanabe on ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ & the Essential ‘Godzilla’ Movies



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Adam Sandler to Star in Creepy Comedy ‘Hubie Halloween’ for Netflix

Adam Sandler is moving from Murder Mystery to Halloween hijinx, as sources tell Collider that he's set to star in the Netflix movie Hubie Halloween, which he'll also produce via his Happy Madison banner. A representative for the streaming service did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Frequent Sandler collaborator Steven Brill is set to direct the creepy comedy from a script that Sandler co-wrote with Tim Herlihy (The Wedding Singer). Brill is slated to start shooting Hubie Halloween in July in Boston. The director goes way back with Sandler, having directed his theatrical features …

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Get Your Freak on with the Weirdest Movies on Netflix

There's a fine line to walk when it comes to the quality of weird movies. If they're bad enough, the negatives will outweigh the films' quirkiness, but if they're popular enough, they move out of the realm of "weird" and into the avant-garde and ground-breaking categories. (This is why neither Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant nor Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind made this list, since they're at opposite ends of the quality spectrum.) But if you're looking for something on the weird side of the streaming service, we have a …

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Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run Review: What’s It Like to Fly the Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Ship?

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly the Millennium Falcon? If you're a Star Wars fan of any kind, be it a franchise-long diehard, a recent convert inspired by the new trilogy or ongoing animated works, or even a casual enthusiast, the answer to that question is a certain yes (if not an outright "duh"). With the arrival of Galaxy's Edge, the Star Wars-themed park expansion arriving at Disneyland on May 31 and Disney World on August 29, Disney and Lucasfiilm are giving you the opportunity to step inside your own Star Wars story …

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Matthew Vaughn Reveals Scuttled Plans for His ‘X-Men’ Trilogy Following ‘First Class’

Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn has been plenty busy building out his own Kingsman franchise over the last few years, but once upon a time he was poised to direct multiple X-Men movies. The first X-Men film he was attached to was X-Men: The Last Stand, but he backed out before production began. He eventually directed 2011’s X-Men: First Class, which successfully rebooted the series and introduced a new, younger ensemble, but while he was originally set to helm the follow-up, he backed out and Bryan Singer returned to spearhead X-Men: Days of Future Past …

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The Best Thrillers on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: May 30th Sometimes you want Netflix to provide comfort food, and other times you want it to give you a jolt to the system. When it's the latter, you'll want a good thriller that may not go heavy on the blood and gore, but still manages to rattle you to your core. The streaming service has a solid selection of picks from the genre, but they've also got a lot of other movies labeled under "thriller" that wouldn't be the best use of your time (looking at you, The Imitation Game; you're a …

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The Best Animated Movies on Netflix Right Now | May 2019

Last Updated May 30th The phrase “best animated movie” means different things to different people. Some will automatically think of classic Disney movies or similar family-friendly feature-length cartoons from their childhood, while others will automatically gravitate toward adaptations of their favorite comic-book stories. Others still may consider the exotic appeal of anime or the avant-garde style of artists outside of the mainstream as the “best” animation has to offer. The only thing these disparate features have in common is that they’re devoid of live-action components; anything else goes. With this broad range of animated …

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‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ Gets a Season 3 Order, Maximum Venom & a Spring 2020 Premiere

Disney XD has ordered a third season of the Emmy Award-nominated animated series Marvel's Spider-Man for a spring 2020 premiere. The web-slinging series follows Peter Parker, who is learning to navigate life as the teenage superhero Spider-Man. In the third season, titled Marvel's Spider-Man: Maximum Venom, Spider-Man is pushed to his breaking point when Venom summons an earth-shattering threat from its home planet. The series stars Robbie Daymond as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Scott Menville as Doctor Octopus, Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales, Melanie Minichino as Anya Corazon, Laura Bailey as …

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Marc Webb in Talks to Direct Live-Action ‘Snow White’ Movie for Disney

Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) is in talks to direct a live-action Snow White movie for Disney, reports Variety. A representative for Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Erin Cressida Wilson (The Girl on the Train) is writing the script, which will expand upon the story and music from the 1938 animated classic. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will head "off to work" and write new songs for the movie, which will be produced by Marc Platt. Pasek and Paul previously partnered with Platt (now there's a tongue-twister) on both La La …

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The Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: May 30th Science-fiction is arguably the best genre in the entire cinematic arena. It’s an incredibly flexible and encompassing field that allows writers, filmmakers, and actors to show off their creativity without being hampered by the confines of other genres. All sci-fi films can have elements of action, drama, romance, adventure, and mystery (with the best ones having a mixture of sub-genres) without blurring the lines; the same cannot always be said the other way around. In essence, science-fiction is a genre that offers something for everyone. With that in mind, we’ve …

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New Promo Posters for ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ and ‘Dune’ Tease the Titanic 2020 Titles

With the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters in theaters tomorrow, now's a pretty good time to stir up some interest in the franchise's next installment: Godzilla vs Kong. Sure, the mere existence (and title) of the follow-up film might take some of the tension out of the current picture, but that little wrinkle hasn't stopped mega movie franchises like the MCU from seeing record-breaking turnouts. (Interestingly, the promo poster teases that "One Will Fall.") In fact, Godzilla vs Kong might just be the biggest movie in Legendary's Monsterverse when it arrives on …

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‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ Trailer and Details Revealed

Activision has released the reveal trailer for the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game, along with details of what players can expect from the franchise relaunch. It’s been nearly 12 years since 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare transformed the popular video game franchise and vaulted it to a whole other level, but the series has arguably never been able to regain that level of acclaim and replayability since. The Modern Warfare branch of Call of Duty games went dark after 2011’s third installment, but Activision hopes to lure players back with this whole new …

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The Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix

The romantic comedy can be such a delightful genre when it’s done well. Yes, we know the rules and how they play out, but there’s something comforting in their familiarity and their good heartedness. While the movies may be more cute than they are sexy (if you’re looking for those recommendations, I suggest heading over to Best Netflix and Chill), they’re still lovely in their own way. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the best romantic comedies currently streaming on Netflix. So grab a bowl of ice cream and your favorite blanket and snuggle up …

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New Promo Poster for ‘Masters of the Universe’ Teases the Big-Screen Adaptation

A new promo poster for Sony and Mattel's live-action Masters of the Universe adaptation reminds us that, yes, this movie is still in the works. Doubling down on the March 2021 release date, the poster doesn't do much else. It's not really meant to. It's a promo poster from the upcoming Licensing Expo which features studios putting their upcoming projects on display in order to strike deals with big name brands from all sorts of industries. For the He-Man fans out there, though, it's a nice reminder that we'll be getting another …

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Jon Favreau Explains How His ‘The Lion King’ Remake Was Shot Like a Live-Action Movie

Back in 2017, I got to step into The Lion King. OK, not quite. But a quick journey across Los Angles to the Playa Vista Production Facility took me to the "set" of Disney's latest remake, where I stepped inside the world of the beloved story thanks to the immersive digital technology used by filmmaker Jon Favreau and his production crew. As you might expect, the so-called set of the film was more like a compound of offices and computer banks, where animators, VFX artists, story teams, and the expansive filmmaking crew brought the movie to life. But …

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‘The Lion King’ Character Posters and TV Spot Offer New Looks at the Ensemble

Disney has released a series of character posters for the highly anticipated new film The Lion King. The movie is, of course, based on the iconic 1994 Disney animated film, but this time around director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, Iron Man) is utilizing cutting-edge technology to present a world full of photoreal characters. That means the African animals that populate the film are all made to look completely real, to the point that you’d be forgiven for mistaking this for a “live-action remake” even though it’s mostly animated. The screenplay by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me …

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

How Cinematographers Are Embracing Small-Screen Advances

Lisa Wiegand grew up obsessed with television. “It’s how I learned to tell time,” she laughs. “If my mom was going out for three hours, I’d ask, ‘How many “Gilligan’s Islands” is that?” Now, as a director of photography on series like “Mayans M.C.” and “Chicago Fire” and a member of ASC, she has a […]

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Xavier Dolan on ‘Matthias & Maxime’, ‘IT 2’, and Why He Wants to Act More in His 30s

As French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan hits 30, he wants to reflect on his coming of a certain age. In Matthias & Maxime—which screened as part of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival—he has assembled a group of friends as they make a short film. When his character Max is required to kiss his best friend they realise their long suppressed feelings for each other. Max is, however, about to embark on a two-year trip to Australia and audiences are kept enthralled as to whether he might stay and pursue the relationship. It’s a very romantic story …

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Meghan McCain Addresses News Family Name Obscured On Ship To Prevent Trump Trigger In Tokyo

“The president is obsessed with the fact he’s never going to be a great man” like the late Sen. John McCain, The View panelist/John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain said at the top of the ABC News program Thursday morning. The night before the broadcast, Wall Street Journal reported the name on the side of USS […]

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Steve Michaels’ Asylum Entertainment Group Launches Drama Label Clovis Entertainment With Former Sony Exec Derek Stoops

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Michaels’ Asylum Entertainment Group has launched drama label Clovis Entertainment and has brought in Sony Pictures Television exec Derek Stoops to run the division. The company will develop and produce one-hour drama, particularly focusing on character-driven English language dramas as well as local language dramas for international channels and platforms. It will aim to […]

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‘Project Runway’ Producers Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz Launch Alfred Street Industries After Magical Elves Exit

Project Runway producers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz have launched their new content venture Alfred Street Industries. It comes after the pair exited Magical Elves, the company they set up in 2001, in February. The company will produce Nat Geo’s forthcoming reboot of Brain Games, hosted by Keegan-Michael Key, and they expect to have a […]

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CBS Board Planning New Round Of Merger Talks With Viacom In June – Report

CBS and Viacom are hoping the third time is the charm for their potential reunion, setting a new round of merger talks for mid-June, according to a report by CNBC. The news outlet said the board of CBS — whose directors were re-elected on Wednesday at the company’s annual meeting — is preparing to hold […]

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Jessica Brown Findlay To Star In ‘Brave New World’ TV Series From UCP & Amblin

Downton Abbey alumna Jessica Brown Findlay is set as the female lead opposite Alden Ehrenreich and Harry Lloyd in Brave New World, a series adaptation of the Aldous Huxley novel, from UCP and Amblin Television. Originally developed at Syfy and given a straight-to-series pickup at USA Network in February, the big-scope drama, whose budged is rumored to […]

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‘Sweet Magnolias’: Monica Potter, Brooke Elliott & Heather Headley To Headline Netflix Series

EXCLUSIVE: Monica Potter (Parenthood), Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva) and Heather Headley (Chicago Med) are set as the leads of Netflix’s upcoming series Sweet Magnolias. Netflix last fall made a push into the romance drama space, giving 10-episode series orders to Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias, both based on best-selling novels with female protagonists. Sweet Magnolias, based […]

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Reality Producers Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth Launch New Company

Less than three months after exiting their Magical Elves banner, “Top Chef” and “Project Runway” producers Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth are setting up shop once again. The longtime business partners have launched new media and content company Alfred Street Industries, named for the house on the West Hollywood street where Magical Elves was formed. […]

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‘The Good Fight,’ ‘Murphy Brown,’ ‘Good Trouble’ Allow Actresses to Revisit Roles

Television’s full commitment to the reboot-revival-remake-repackaging way of life means that audiences have the chance to spend even more time with their favorite characters. Actresses from Candice Bergen (CBS’ “Murphy Brown”) to Sara Gilbert (ABC’s “The Conners”) to Christine Baranski (CBS All Access’s “The Good Fight”) have had the opportunity to step back into roles […]

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Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Eyes Huge $100-150 Million Opening Weekend

The box office will head to infinity and beyond when Disney’s “Toy Story 4” hits theaters on June 21. According to early tracking, the latest installment in Pixar’s animated franchise is on pace for an opening weekend between $100 million and $150 million. Those number could fluctuate as the studio ramps up marketing efforts over […]

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CISAC Suspends Spanish PRO SGAE Over Corruption Claims

The General Assembly of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, has voted for the temporary expulsion of Spanish society SGAE, the organization announced today. The move comes about after a sanction procedure brought against SGAE, which is essentially Spain’s performing rights organization, by CISAC late last year following claims by publishers […]

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“Charismatic, Ruthless”: Director Alex Gibney On Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes, Focus Of Emmy-Contending Doc ‘The Inventor’

Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced Silicon Valley entrepreneur once touted as the next Steve Jobs, will be portrayed in two upcoming fictionalized projects, one starring Jennifer Lawrence and the other with Kate McKinnon. Lawrence’s big screen dramatization and McKinnon’s Hulu miniseries won’t be out for a while, but no waiting is required to see a nonfiction […]

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Why It’s Good Godzilla Is a Chonk

Godzilla: King the Monsters is already proving to be divisive among critics, with the general consensus being that the Big Boi monster fights are mind-blowing but the human characters might as well be sock puppets for all the impact they make. Having seen the flick, I generally agree with this take, but the one thing director Michael Dougherty, creature designer Ken Barthelmey, and a veritable army of VFX artists unequivocally nailed is just the look of these massive titans; the way they move, the way they hold themselves, the way they interact with their environment. King Ghidorah is sheer …

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Hollywood Cinematographers Lead Way for the Rest of the World

As the largest and oldest cinematographer society, the ASC has long been a source of inspiration — and guidance — for overseas artists and international groups similarly dedicated to the craft. “On a global scale, the ASC is respected as the first organization to elevate the work of the cinematographer in the eyes of the […]

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Milo Ventimiglia on How His Fashion Style Relates to His ‘This Is Us’ Character

“This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia considers his character Jack Pearson to be “the dad we all had, or wanted to have” because “Jack inspires people on how they could possibly live their lives.” The two-time Emmy nominee relates most to Pearson’s simplicity — something evident in his own wardrobe. “Some people take bolder approaches […]

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Netflix, Amazon Generate Twice as Much Revenue in U.K. as Broadcasters’ Streamers

The combined revenues for Netflix and Amazon Prime in the U.K. amounted to more than double the total revenue generated by the streaming services of Britain’s five biggest broadcasters in 2018, a new report has found. Meanwhile, fellow online giants Google and Facebook dominated the British online advertising landscape, accounting for nearly two thirds of […]

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Rosie O’Donnell on Resonating With ‘SMILF’ Character’s Rage

Rosie O’ Donnell has long cemented her place in the comedy world, becoming a household name with her own wildly successful daytime talk show and two long stints as a co-host on “The View.” But with her recent role as Tutu in Showtime’s “SMILF,” the comic was able to embody her most complex character to […]

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‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’: DisneyXD Orders Season 3 For Spring 2020

Disney XD has ordered a third season of the Emmy Award-nominated animated series Marvel’s Spider-Man with a Spring 2020 premiere. In the third season, titled Marvel’s Spider-Man: Maximum Venom, Spider-Man is pushed to his breaking point when Venom summons a global threat that hails from its home world, . according to Marc Buhaj, senior vice president, […]

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American Society of Cinematographers Celebrates Centennial With Eye Trained on Future

A century ago, a group of 15 filmmakers gathered for camaraderie, to exchange ideas and solve technical issues. They were members of the Cinema Camera Club and the Static Club of America, the latter group named after the cause of mysterious white flashes showing up on exposed film. Movies were silent then, the cameras were […]

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Jane Fonda to Receive BAFTA L.A. Britannia Award for Excellence in Film

Jane Fonda is set to receive a Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles. The award, named after director Stanley Kubrick, marks out cinema legends whose work has left an indelible mark on the industry and is the Britannia Awards’ highest honor. Kathryn Busby, chair […]

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‘Fortnite’ Season Nine, Week Four Challenges Guide

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

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Sacha Baron Cohen Blasts Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for Enabling Trump’s Presidency

Sacha Baron Cohen doesn’t think Donald Trump would be president without Twitter. The “Who Is America?” creator and star sat down with “Black Monday’s” Don Cheadle to discuss his Showtime series, which saw the actor going undercover and interviewing Americans around the country, including notable politicians, for Variety‘s Actors on Actors. Baron Cohen called out […]

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The Atlantic, Anonymous Content Sign First-Look Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

The Atlantic and Anonymous Content have signed a first-look agreement, Variety has learned. Under the pact, Anonymous, the producer of movies and shows such as “Spotlight” and “True Detective,” will have the initial crack at developing and making scripted and unscripted content from the Atlantic’s past and present articles and content. Both companies share a […]

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Sigourney Weaver To Narrate Nature Docuseries For Red Rock Films

EXCLUSIVE: Sigourney Weaver is set to narrate a nature-based documentary series for wildlife-film company Red Rock Films. She also will serve as executive producer on the working-titled Wild World project, which will feature a range of wildlife narratives aimed at the entire family. Weaver narrated the U.S. version of the BBC’s Emmy-winning Planet Earth, which is among Discovery […]

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Darren Criss, Tina Fey, Regina King Among First Round Of Presenters For James Corden-Hosted Tony Awards

Darren Criss, Tina Fey, Sutton Foster, Samuel L. Jackson and Laura Linney are among the presenters set for Broadway’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards ceremony on June 9. The just-announced presenters, which also include To Kill A Mockingbird‘s LaTanya Richardson Jackson and The Boys in the Band‘s Andrew Rannells, among others, join the previously announced (and […]

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From ‘The Twilight Zone’ to ‘Modern Love,’ TV Anthologies Move Toward Episode-Long Stories

When Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” premiered in 2011, FX wasn’t just gambling on TV’s return to horror; it was also taking a risk by revisiting the abandoned anthology structure first popularized in the 1950s and ’60s. When that one-two punch resonated with viewers and forged the path for such awards-circuit favorites as “Fargo” and […]

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Singer Leon Redbone Dies at 69

Singer-songwriter Leon Redbone, who specialized in old-school vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley-style music, died earlier today, his family confirmed. He was 69. A post on his website reads, with a deadpan tone and humor characteristic of his music: “It is with heavy hearts we announce that early this morning, May 30th 2019, Leon Redbone crossed […]

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BAFTA To Hand Jane Fonda Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award For Excellence In Film

Jane Fonda is to receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards. The actress, author and activist is to receive the honor from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Los Angeles. The British Academy Britannia Awards are held on October 25 at the […]

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‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Bosses Break Down ‘Contemporary’ Adaptation

John le Carré’s 1983 espionage tale “The Little Drummer Girl” follows an English actress named Charlie who is recruited by an Israeli spymaster and ends up working as a double agent. But the story revolves around more than spycraft, dissecting morality, power, love and how to forge a path through the patriarchy. In order to […]

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John Hawkes on the ‘Deadwood’ Movie and Wanting to Spend More Time With These Characters

From series creator David Milch and director Daniel Minahan, Deadwood: The Movie continues the story that first began in the critically acclaimed TV series that debuted 15 years ago. Celebrating South Dakota’s statehood has its own share of problems, when it comes to the inevitable changes that come with progress, and alliances are tested while rivalries are reignited and old friends are reunited. The movie stars Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes, Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, William Sanderson, Kim Dickens and Gerald McRaney. During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, …

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‘Rambo: Last Blood’: First Trailer Reveals John Rambo’s Last Ride

After trippin' all 'round the world in the last four movies, Vietnam veteran and PTSD sufferer John Rambo is back again for a final fight in Rambo: Last Blood. The title comes full circle from the first film, First Blood, which arrived way back in 1982 as an adaptation of David Morrel's novel. Since then, the rough-and-tumble one-man army has waged one-sided wars against small town thugs, Soviet soldiers in Vietnam and Afghanistan, and brutal members of the Burmese Army, the Tatmadaw. Now, having returned to his Arizona family ranch in the last film, Rambo …

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Gina Rodriguez to Star in Netflix Movie ‘Awake’ From ‘Kodachrome’ Director

Fresh off working with Netflix on the romantic comedy Someone Great and the animated series Carmen Sandiego, Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez is set to star in the streamer's post-apocalyptic thriller Awake, Collider has learned. In Awake, a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep. As chaos begins to consume the world, only Jill (Rodriguez), an ex-solider with a troubled past, holds the key to a cure -- her own daughter, Matilda. Can Jill save the world and her daughter before she loses her mind? Mark Raso (Kodachrome) is set …

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‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Trailer Reveals the Netflix Prequel Series

Netflix has released the first epic teaser trailer for The Dark Crystal prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which is based on the iconic 1982 film from pioneer Jim Henson. The series consists of 10 one-hour episodes and returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure, as three Gelfing discover the horrifying secret behind Skeksis’ power and set out on a journey to ignite the fires of rebellion to save their world. Spearheaded by director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Now You See Me), Age of Resistance maintains the puppets that made Henson’s …

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Peleton Taps TV Vets Jennifer Cotter, Kevin Chorlins to Lead Content Team

Peleton is bulking up its programming muscle with the hire of two television and digital-media execs to lead the fitness-tech company’s original content division: Jennifer Cotter, most recently with HSN, is its new chief content officer, and longtime Scripps exec Kevin Chorlins joins as senior VP of content. The duo will lead Peleton’s content and production […]

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‘Creepshow’: David Arquette, Tricia Helfer & Dana Gould Join Shudder Series; Tom Savini To Direct

Creepshow, Shudder’s first long-form original, has announced three new editions to the anthology series casting. Joining the cast are actors David Arquette (Scream franchise), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer) and Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil). Shudder also revealed the three new Creepshow stories in which they will appear, and announced Tom Savini (Dawn […]

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Gina Rodriguez To Star In Mark Raso-Directed ‘Awake’ Fox Netflix

Gina Rodriguez is set to star in Awake, a Netflix film that Mark Raso will direct from a script he wrote with Joseph Raso and Greg Poirer. Raso prevously directed Kodachrome, the Ed Harris-starrer which Netflix acquired after it premiered at 2017 Toronto. Rodriguez, who followed Jane The Virgin with the Sony remake of Miss […]

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‘Fast N’ Loud’ Producer Pilgrim Media Group Ties With Isle of Man TT Racer Conor Cummins As Lionsgate-Backed Producer Develops Race Programming

EXCLUSIVE: Fast N’ Loud and American Chopper producer Pilgrim Media Group is getting back on its bike by sponsoring Isle of Man TT racer Conor Cummins and his team Padgetts Racing ahead of this year’s race. The event, which is often called the most dangerous motorsports race in the world, is clocking up its 100th races starting this week and […]

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Canada’s Global Buys ‘Prodigal Son’, ‘The Unicorn’ & ‘Carol’s Second Act’ – LA Screenings

The Canadian buying spree continues with Fox’s Prodigal Son, Walton Goggins’ The Unicorn and Carol’s Second Act heading to Global. The commercial broadcaster is launching 12 new series including eight new primetime series, one new daytime talk show and one new late-night series. Robert and Michelle King’s Evil, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, featuring […]

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MSNBC’s Kamala Harris Town Hall Bags 2020 Election Cycle’s Second Biggest Crowd

MSNBC’s town hall with Sen. Kamala Harris becomes the second most watched of this election cycle, behind only Sen. Bernie Sanders on Fox News Channel, in April. Delivering 2.209 million total viewers including 307K in the 25-54 “news demo,”  Wednesday’s Lawrence O’Donnell-moderated town hall, bests all 21 of CNN’s town halls to date in total […]

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‘The Kitchen’ Trailer: McCarthy, Haddish and Moss Take on the Mob

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the upcoming crime drama The Kitchen, which is based on the DC Vertigo comic book series of the same name. The film is set in 1978 Hell’s Kitchen and revolves around three housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. They're then forced to take matters into their own hands by assuming control of the Irish mafia. The catch, here, is the film stars a pair of unlikely actresses for such a violent, gritty story: Melissa McCarthy and Girl’s Trip breakout Tiffany Haddish. They star alongside …

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‘Toy Story 4’ Looking To Unseat ‘Incredibles 2’ Animation Pic Opening Record With Potential $200M; Presales Already Afire

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 hit tracking this morning and box office analysts are already buzzing that the fourthquel has a great shot at setting a new opening record for an animation film, besting Incredibles 2‘s 3-day last year of $182.6M. A $200M opening is not out of the question, and in the wake of Disney pulling out all […]

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‘Bluff City Law’, ‘Perfect Harmony’ & ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’ Head To Canada’s Citytv – LA Screenings

Bluff City Law, Perfect Harmony and Four Weddings and A Funeral are among the new series heading to Canada’s Citytv. The Rogers Media-backed broadcaster has unveiled its fall schedule and its recent shopping purchases from the LA Screenings. The network has picked up Fox’s animated comedy Bless The Harts, Jimmy Smits legal drama Bluff City […]

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CBS, Viacom Shares Spike on Report of Merger Talks in June

CBS and Viacom shares shot up at the start of trading Thursday following a CNBC report that the companies are expected to begin long-awaited merger talks by the middle of next month. CNBC’s David Faber cited sources indicating that talks to recombine the two halves of the Redstone family’s media empire will begin in mid-June. […]

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Review: In Godzilla We Trust; Humans Not So Much

Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla was divisive, but I liked that it made strong choices. Yes, the characters and plotting were secondary to Godzilla, but the film was very focused on holding the tension and making the payoff worth the wait. But some audiences weren’t too crazy about the whole waiting thing, and you can see how Kong: Skull Island, the next movie in Legendary’s “monsterverse”, is a bit of a course correction as it doesn’t shy away from showing the monsters and piling on the mayhem. Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, tries to split …

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Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg And DAZN Set Production Partnership, ’40 Days’ Outing

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas and Peter Berg’s Film 45 have set a multi-series partnership with rising sports streaming outlet DAZN. The pair, both avid boxing fans, are beginning the venture by teaming for an edition of DAZN’s 40 Days that is pegged to Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin’s fight with Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden […]

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YouTube’s ACE Family Signs With Univision Creator Network (EXCLUSIVE)

Univision will dramatically expand the size of its YouTube creator network with the addition of the ACE Family, a fast-growing channel run by L.A.-based couple Austin McBroom and Catherine Paiz. The ACE Family launched in 2016 with prank videos before turning to vlogging about their family life. McBroom, a former NCAA basketball player, and Paiz, […]

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Variety’s International Music Impact Report: The Power Players Across the World

Streaming has literally changed the world — it’s bringing music and the businesses around it to previously under-optimized territories, and the results are already in full effect. Latin America has become a streaming powerhouse, China and India are well on their way, and the major labels are moving aggressively into Africa, the Middle East and […]

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Despite Uptick, Female Film Critics Remain Outnumbered By Men

Women who review films for mainstream media inched closer to gender parity last year, but continued underrepresentation is damaging to their employment numbers and a disservice to moviegoers, a new study finds. At the close of this spring, 34% of film reviewers who were counted on aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and working for print, broadcast, and […]

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Kanye West Talks About His ‘Sprained Brain’ in New David Letterman Preview

Kanye West talks about mental health and his bipolar condition in a third clip released today from his forthcoming interview with David Letterman. The host asks, “What is the mechanism that is malfunctioning in your brain — do you know?” West’s response is similar to many descriptions of a manic state. “I wouldn’t be able […]

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Bruce Springsteen Drops New Song and Video, ‘Tucson Train’

This morning Bruce Springsteen released “Tuscon Train,” a third song from his forthcoming album, “Western Stars.” The clip was directed by Thom Zimny, who helmed the Netflix special of “Springsteen on Broadway” and other projects with the Boss over the years. The black-and-white video features many of the musicians who appear on his new album, including […]

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ATTN: Hires Vox Media Exec Mike Hadgis as Chief Business Officer, Promotes Taryn Crouthers to COO

ATTN: hired Mike Hadgis, a seven-year veteran of Vox Media, as the digital-media start-up’s first chief business officer and promoted Taryn Crouthers to chief operating officer. In the newly created role, Hadgis will oversee all of the company’s business and revenue operations, including ATTN:’s ad sales, branded content, consulting, international and experiential deals. He starts […]

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Microsoft Brings Xbox Game Pass to PC as it Expands PC Gaming Support

Microsoft is bringing the all-you-can-play subscription service Xbox Game Pass to Windows PC as part of its continuing effort to build out its long-dormant support of gaming on computers, Phil Spencer, vice president gaming at Microsoft announced in a blog post Thursday. The service will give PC players unlimited access to a curated library of over […]

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Korea’s BiFan Fantasy Festival to Focus on Sci-Fi

Sci-fi will be center stage at South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Asia’s largest genre film event. The ten-day film festival will run from Jun. 27 through Jul. 7. Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” inspired the festival’s official artwork this year. The film will also play in special program ‘Robots: Future Beyond the Human Race’ […]

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Marvel Teams Up With Dreamscape Media for Superhero Audiobooks (EXCLUSIVE)

Audiobook publisher Dreamscape Media has struck a deal with Marvel Entertainment to distribute a few dozen of the Marvel’s iconic comic books as read‐to‐me style audiobooks. The titles will be made available for sale, and also added to the free library lending app Hoopla, starting in September. Some of the comic books covered by the […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Lillian’

In 1926, Polish-born immigrant Lillian Alling decided either that she was done with New York City or it was done with her, and set out to take the long way home. Traveling on foot, she crossed into Canada at Niagara Falls, headed for Alaska, and continued her epic solo trek along the Bering Strait toward […]

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Playtime, Kino Intl. Board Naomi Kawase’s ‘Comes Morning’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Paris-based company Playtime and Japanese outfit Kino Intl. have boarded “Comes Morning” (“Asa ga Kuru”), the next project by revered Japanese director Naomi Kawase. The film started shooting last month in Tokyo. Penned by Kawase and based on Mizuki Tsujimura’s bestselling novel of the same name, “Comes Morning” tells the story of a young couple, […]

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‘Patrick Melrose’: Creative Team In Talks To Bring Back Showtime & Sky Limited Series For Second Season

EXCLUSIVE: The creative team behind Patrick Melrose, the BAFTA-winning Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted drama, are in active discussions about bringing the limited series back for a second run. Patrick Melrose was originally set up as a five-episode order with each episode of the show based on one of Edward St Aubyn’s novels. Although all of the novels […]

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ITV Reboots ‘The Price Is Right’, ‘Strike It Rich’ & ‘Play Your Cards Right’ In Alan Carr-Hosted ‘Epic Gameshow’

A trio of American gameshows including The Price Is Right, Strike It Lucky and Play Your Cards Right are being rebooted by ITV in a seven-part series hosted by Alan Carr. The British commercial broadcaster has ordered Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, which will see the classic gameshows supersized and brought together. Classic British formats Take […]

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SVOD Service Acorn TV Partners With Ireland’s RTÉ On Period Mystery Drama ‘Dead Still’

Acorn TV has partnered with Irish broadcaster RTÉ on its latest drama co-production – period mystery Dead Still. The U.S. SVOD service will launch the six-part series in 2020. It comes from Irish producer Deadpan Pictures, Toronto-based Shaftesbury and Germany’s ZDF Enterprises. Set in 1880s Ireland in the Victorian era heyday of postmortem photography, the […]

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Acorn TV and Ireland’s RTE Team for Morbidly Comic Drama ‘Dead Still’

SVOD service Acorn TV and Irish pubcaster RTE are joining forces for “Dead Still,” about memorial photographer who investigates the murders of his recently deceased subjects in 1880s Ireland. Michael Smiley (“Luther”), Kerr Logan (“Game of Thrones”) will star alongside Eileen O’Higgins (“Mary Queen of Scots”) and Aidan O’Hare (“Jackie”) in the six-part series. “Dead Still” will be an Acorn TV’s […]

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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Wins Tops Honors At Golden Trailer Awards

Lionsgate and AV Club’s trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum won the marquee Best of Show category on Wednesday night at the 20th annual Golden Trailer Awards. The event, which recognizes the best of the best in worldwide film and TV marketing, bestowed trophies in 107 categories in a ceremony hosted by Marlon […]

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‘The Daily Show’ And Trevor Noah Try To Parse Robert Mueller’s Confusing Speech

Robert Mueller has been in the news for two years, but as the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah noted, we never heard from him. In fact, Noah said, we don’t even know what his voice sounds like. “For all we (knew), he could talk like a Minion,” riffing off the famed Sony characters and their chittering […]

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Debuts To Gushing Praise From ‘Star Wars’ Legends

The Disney livestream of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge launch at Disneyland brought out a host of Star Wars legends to launch its new Galaxy’s Edge attractions. Before a live and enthusiastic crew, Disney CEO Bob Iger launched the night before bringing out a parade of the film series’ greatest. “Isn’t this fantastic?” Iger said […]

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Kahli Small Dies: Worked On ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ And TV Productions, Was 53

Kahli Small, who worked on the films Bohemian Rhapsody and Milk, died on Sunday. She was 53. She began her career with Focus Features, joining in 2003 as a production executive who contributed to the creation of the films Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Milk and Eastern Promises, among 20 films. She spent her last four years there […]

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‘Jeopardy’ Juggernaut Rolls On, As James Holzhauer Takes 30th Straight Win

James Holzhauer moved closer tonight toward the all-time record for total Jeopardy! winnings. The professional sports gambler scored his 30th victory in a row, bringing his earnings to $2,343,971. That total is just $196,729 from the winnings of Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings, who had $2,520,700 earned during 2004 play. But Jennings still holds the consecutive […]

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Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger Says It’s “Very Difficult” To Do Georgia Business With New Abortion Law

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger said it would be “very difficult” for the company to do business in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect. Speaking to Reuters, Iger said many people would not want to work in the state if the so-called “heartbeat” law, which is being challenged in court after being […]

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Ava DuVernay Teams With ‘Batman’ Comic Book Scribe Tom King For Warner Bros./DC’s ‘The New Gods’

Ava DuVernay announced on Twitter today that Batman writer Tom King is coming aboard to write The New Gods with her, the DC film project she has set up at Warner Bros. Deadline reported last year that DuVernay is attached to direct a big screen adaptation of the Jack Kirby comic. The New Gods was the Genesis […]

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Moby Cancels UK Book Tour, Says He’s “Going To Go Away For Awhile”

Moby has decided to cancel his UK book tour for Then It Fell Apart as he battles the fallout from his claims to have dated Natalie Portman, a misunderstanding for which he subsequently apologized. Before the apology, Moby claimed on social media he had received “anonymous threats of violence from (Portman’s) fans, and it’s affecting my business […]

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ATA Launches “Agents For Artists” Website As Battle With WGA Continues

The Association of Talent Agents has launched a new “Agents for Artists” website to serve as a dedicated information portal for agencies and writers as the ATA’s battle with the WGA nears the end of its seventh week. The two sides have agreed to return to the bargaining table on June 7. They haven’t met […]

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‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Expands Universe In Disneyland With Millennium Falcon, Wildly Immersive Experiences — And Blue Milk

Disneyland is leaping into hyperspace to a galaxy far, far away with its new attraction Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Spanning 14 acres and opening May 31 in the Anaheim park (and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida on August 29), the new land is not only the park’s hottest new attraction but a wildly immersive experience […]

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DGA “Ramping Up” Plans For Next Year’s Film And TV Contract Negotiations

The DGA is already gearing up for next year’s film and TV contract negotiations. “This is the most important thing we do as a guild,” DGA president Thomas Schlamme said at the guild’s recent annual membership meeting. “It’s where we exert our collective bargaining strength and leverage on this business. While our major contracts expire […]

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IATSE Offers Aid To Members Affected By Recent Spate Of Tornadoes

IATSE is offering assistance to members affected by the recent spate of tornadoes that have struck eight states in the high Plains and the Ohio River Valley. “Our hearts go out to the affected communities, and we thank the first responders and emergency volunteers for their continued efforts,” the union said today. Financial relief is […]

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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Wins Top Prize at Golden Trailer Awards

AV Squad and Lionsgate have won the “Best of Show” prize for the “Conversation” trailer for “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” at the 20th Annual Golden Trailer Awards. The awards were handed out Wednesday night at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles and drew more than 1,000 attendees. A total of […]

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Film Review: Netflix’s ‘Always Be My Maybe’

Society, and relentless commercial campaigns, constantly bombard women with messages about matrimony: Score a big, sparkly diamond. Obsess over a fancy white dress. And definitely marry your best friend. That latter cliché has been espoused by countless Hollywood comedies, from “My Best Friend’s Wedding” to “Made of Honor,” where one party resorts to outlandish shenanigans […]

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Film Review: ‘Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground’

New York’s avant-garde art and film scene of the early 1960s may have been dominated by the likes of Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol, but “Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground” offers a fascinating recontextualization of that history, focusing on young Barbara Rubin’s integral role in shaping the era’s blossoming counterculture. Chuck Smith’s […]

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‘Rocketman’ Team Celebrates Elton John’s Legacy at New York Premiere

Welcome to the whimsical, sometimes tragic, wholly musical world of Sir Elton John. On Wednesday, fans lined up at Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan’s Lincoln Center donning their “rock and roll” star-shaped sunglasses and colorful wigs to celebrate the U.S. premiere of Elton John’s musical biopic “Rocketman.” Before the film, actors and filmmakers gathered on […]

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Japan’s Naomi Kawase Starts Shooting ‘Morning’

Leading Japanese auteur director, Naomi Kawase has begun production on her latest film, “Asa ga Kuru” (translation:  Comes Morning). It is based on a 2015 novel by Mizuki Tsujimura about a woman who adopts a child, but is contacted by its birth mother out of the blue. Principal photography began on April 16 at six […]

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Elton John to Celebrate ‘Rocketman’ With Hourlong iHeartRadio Special

In advance of Friday’s release of “Rocketman,” the “fantasy musical” celebrating the life and music of Elton John, the man himself will be on an hourlong iHeartRadio special Thursday (May 30) at 5 p.m. ET/PT. According to the announcement, Elton will “personally introduce his favorite hits of all time and share captivating stories” across more […]

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Watch Disneyland’s ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Opening Ceremony Livestream

The opening ceremony for the much anticipated new attraction, “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” is taking place at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., with appearances from George Lucas, Disney CEO Bob Iger, and more. Lucasfilm head Kathy Kennedy and “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill will also speak at the dedication. Batuu, a remote trading outpost that will […]

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Huayi Tencent Invests in Korean Sci Fi Film ‘The Victory’

Huayi Tencent Entertainment has invested a total of $4.2 million in “The Victory,” South Korea’s first space sci fi film mainly backed by Korean company Merry Christmas. T investment gives Huayi Tencent Entertainment an ownership position in the film and distribution rights in mainland China. China and South Korea have had frosty political relations for […]

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Jennifer Lopez Signs With L.A. Reid’s Hitco

Jennifer Lopez has signed with L.A. Reid’s Hitco, Variety has confirmed with sources close to the singer. Lopez was signed to Epic Records when Reid ran the label — he exited in May 2017 following an accusation of sexual harassment by a former employee — though it never materialized in a full album under his […]

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Disney Likely to Leave Georgia if Anti-Abortion Legislation Becomes Law, Says Bob Iger

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger says his film and TV studios are likely to vacate Georgia as a production hub if the state’s controversial heartbeat abortion bill becomes law. Speaking with Reuters at Disney’s theme park in Anaheim, Calif., Iger said it would be “very difficult” for the content giant to remain in the […]

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Watch Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Grand Opening Ceremony Live

Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens in just two days! The long-awaited Star Wars-themed addition to the Disney parks finally lands in California's Disneyland on Friday, May 31 (and later this year at Orlando's Disney World). But in the tradition of the opening scroll, it wouldn't be a proper Star Wars moment without a grand opening. What exactly is Galaxy's Edge? Well, stay tuned in the days to come as we roll out plenty of content here and on Collider Video about the best tips and must-visit attractions. But in general, …

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‘Batman’ Comic Scribe Tom King Will Co-Write ‘The New Gods’ Movie With Ava DuVernay

Much hullabaloo was made last week when comic book writer Tom King announced he'd be leaving DC's weekly Batman book after issue #85 after previously stating he'd be on until #100. Whelp, it looks like he had a Darkseid-sized reason for doing so: According to The Wrap, King will co-write the script for Warner Bros.' The New Gods movie alongside Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay. King, a legit counterterrorism CIA officer turned comic book writer, is one of the most talented storytellers in the medium working today. Getting his start with DC's Grayson series, …

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Taron Egerton on Why He Wanted to Do His Own Stunts in ‘Rocketman’



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‘Game of Thrones’: Isaac Hempstead Wright Says Bran’s Ending Is the Same in the Books

The pop culture world still hasn't quite recovered from Game of Thrones' divisive series finale, which came to a close with—*spoilers*, I suppose—Bran "The Three-Eyed Raven" Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) as King of the Six-ish Kingdoms based on the idea he had the "best story," despite the pint-sized assassin who saved literally all of mankind sitting just to his right. Some loved it, some hated it, many were simply meh, but the real unanswered question facing long-time Thrones fans is whether George R.R. Martin's still-unfinished A Song of Ice and …

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Will Director Josh Boone Return for ‘The New Mutants’ Reshoots?



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‘Final Space’ Season 2 Trailer Sees the Return of Olan Rogers’ Epic Animated Sci-Fi Series

Adult Swim has released two trailers for Final Space season 2, the follow-up to creator Olan Rogers' animated intergalactic odyssey. This season marks the series' jump from TBS to Adult Swim, where it'll occupy the 11:30 PM slot starting June 24. The first season was sneakily one of the best, most inventive new animated series of 2018. Although I'm no expert on animation I found it to be consistently gorgeous in its art, packed with the sort of endlessly colorful background details that make shows like Bojack Horseman such a joy to just look at. Collider'…

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The Young Stars of ‘When They See Us’ on What Angered and Inspired Them about the Story

Created, co-written and expertly directed by Ava DuVernay, the four-part Netflix limited series When They See Us chronicles the notorious case of the five teenagers of color from Harlem – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise – who became labeled the Central Park Five, after being accused of a violent rape in New York in the spring of 1989. After being questioned as teenagers and pressured to confess, they were convicted and sentenced and served between 6 and 13 years in prison before their exoneration in 2002, and watching their journey will break your heart, …

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’47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ Trailer Reveals an Underwater City of Sharks



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The Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: May 29th So you’re browsing through Netflix, looking for something to watch, but you’re in the mood for something light. Netflix’s massive library can be intimidating, especially when you’re looking for a good comedy amidst a sea of subpar entries in the genre. Not to fear, though, because we here at Collider have you covered. Below, we’ve curated a list of the very best comedies on Netflix right now. We’ve got everything from silly buddy comedies, big splashy commercial comedies, more esoteric indies, and even a couple of films that toe the …

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New ‘Legion’ Teaser Reveals the X-Men Connection You’ve Been Waiting For

The third and final season of Legion, Noah Hawley's mind-bending TV series creation inspired by Marvel Comics' X-Men universe, is almost upon us. Now's as good a time as any to watch the previous two seasons to try to figure out just what happened in those episodes before more installments arrive to throw a wrench in the works again. But one thing seems to be certain: Season 3 will pay off with a mighty big connection to the greater X-Men universe. As was previously teased in a trailer for the series' return, we now get …

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The Collider.com Podcast: Episode 201 – ‘Aladdin’

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're talking about the new live-action adaptation of Aladdin. We talk about how it compares to the 1992 animated original, how the live-action versions are answering questions that didn't need answering, how the film fits with Disney's live-action strategy, the lack of authorship from director Guy Ritchie, and much more. We then finish up with Recently Watched. Listen to the latest episode of The Collider.com Podcast below; click here for the previous non-miniseries episode ("Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones"); and click on …

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‘The New Mutants’ Aims to Complete Reshoots This Year for a 2020 Release

If you thought The New Mutants movie came and went and you somehow missed it in theaters, don't worry; you have almost a year to wait before the oft-delayed-and-rescheduled film arrives in earnest. Some good news for New Mutants fans comes courtesy of producer Simon Kinberg, who confirms that the plan is to finish out the movie's reshoots ahead of its new (and fourth) release date next spring. In a chat with Digital Spy, Kinberg laid it out there: The reshoots had to be figured out and they have to get the cast back together; …

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Best Movies on Hulu Right Now

Last Updated: May 10th Hulu had some rough patches in its early days, but it's quietly become a serious streaming player. While Netflix is still ahead of the pack, and Amazon loops you in because you're already signed up for their Prime service, you'd be wise to give Hulu a look. The streaming service isn't just amassing quality TV series like The Handmaid's Tale and Castle Rock; it also has a surprisingly robust selection of movies. So if you feel like nothing on Netflix or Amazon is catching your fancy, or if you just want …

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James McAvoy Says ‘Dark Phoenix’ Ending Was Reshot Due to Similarities to Another Superhero Movie

When Dark Phoenix hits theaters next month, it’ll be with an ending that’s significantly different from the one writer/director Simon Kinberg originally intended. We learned last summer that the X-Men movie was going back to Montreal for reshoots, but sources told us at the time that contrary to reports of a whopping three months of additional photography, they were simply going back for two and a half weeks of reshoots to work on the third act. While at the time sources told us these reshoots weren’t extensive, it appears that may not have been exactly …

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Paul Blackthorne on ‘The InBetween’ and His Character’s Fate on ‘Arrow’

From show creator Moira Kirland (Arrow, Castle, Madam Secretary), the NBC drama series The InBetween follows Cassie Bedford (Harriet Dyer), a woman with the rare ability to see events that have previously occurred or will happen in the future and to speak to unsettled spirits who need her help. That unusual gift often crosses paths with her father, Detective Tom Hackett (Paul Blackthorne), helping him solve some of the more challenging and puzzling cases that come his way. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Paul Blackthorne talked about how he came to be a part of …

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‘Death Stranding’ Trailer Reveals Gameplay & Release Date, Looks Absolutely Insane

The first trailer to reveal gameplay for Hideo Kojima's mysterious new video game title Death Stranding is here ... and we still have a lot of questions. Maybe more than we did before its arrival. But at least we have our first good look at how some of the gameplay will work in this highly anticipated adventure, from exploring the world(s) with extendable ladders and rappel lines, to engaging in combat whether on foot or astride a futuristic motorcycle. And as the newly revealed release date confirms, this one will be out just in time for the holiday season …

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

‘Deadwood’ Cast, Creator Look Back at the Long Road to the HBO Western’s Return

A few days into shooting the “Deadwood” movie, David Milch had the show’s cast and crew in tears. On most mornings at the film’s Melody Ranch set in Santa Clarita, Calif., Milch would start the day by giving a pep talk. But this one was extra wistful. “It was the third day of shooting when […]

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Boy George Movie in the Works From Director Sacha Gervasi

Boy George is the latest musician getting the movie treatment. MGM is developing an untitled film based on the life of the Culture Club singer, with Sacha Gervasi attached to write and direct. Producers are Kevin King Templeton, a producer on MGM’s two “Creed” movies, and Paul Kemsley. George and Jessica de Rothschild will executive […]

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Lynn Nottage Play ‘Intimate Apparel’ To Get Opera Treatment At Lincoln Center Theater

Lincoln Center Theater will stage a new opera next year based on Lynn Nottage’s 2004 play Intimate Apparel. Nottage will write the libretto, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon, to be directed by To Kill A Mockingbird director Bartlett Sher. The opera will be staged at Lincoln Center’s Off Broadway venue, the Mitzi E. Newhouse […]

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‘Manhunt: Lone Wolf’: Carla Gugino To Star In Spectrum Series About Atlanta Bombing

EXCLUSIVE: Carla Gugino has been tapped as the female lead opposite Jack Huston and Cameron Britton in season 2 of Spectrum Originals’ anthology series Manhunt, from Lionsgate Television. Spectrum parent Charter Communications last year made a deal with Lionsgate for new seasons of the Manhunt anthology series whose first installment, Manhunt: Unibomber, ran on Discovery […]

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Amazon Introduces New $90 Echo Show, Adds Privacy Controls to Alexa

Amazon just made smart displays even more affordable: The e-commerce giant introduced a new version of its Echo Show smart display Wednesday that costs just $89.99. The new Echo Show 5, as it is being called by the company, features a 5.5-inch display, which is about half the size of the company’s full-sized Echo Show […]

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Jimmy Fallon Explains Why He Dropped ‘The Tonight Show’s’ Opening Credits (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” fans may have noticed that house band The Roots have a lot less to perform at the start of the nightly program now. The NBC late-night show quietly dropped its opening credits a few months ago, squeezing the cold open down to a quick intro from announcer Steve Higgins, […]

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Stan Lee’s Last Project: Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Star In ‘Superhero Kindergarten’ Series

Arnold Schwarzenegger will star as Captain Courage in Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, a new animated series aimed at preschoolers and produced by Genius Brands International, POW! Entertainment, and Schwarzenegger’s Oak Productions. Schwarzenegger is an executive producer of the series, which he and others are describing as the final project worked on by Lee, the Marvel […]

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First ‘Onward’ Images Show Pixar Going Elvish

After seeming like they’ve spent the majority of the decade on sequels, Pixar is returning back to original properties with their latest picture, Onward. Directed by Dan Scanlon (Monsters University), the upcoming feature follows two elvish brothers, Barley and Ian, (voiced by Chris Pratt and Tom Holland, respectively) who “go out on an adventure to see if there’s a little magic left in that world.” Pratt will voice the boisterous older brother while Holland will voice the gawky, more reserved sibling. Julia Louis-Dreyfus co-stars as the teenage elves mother. Surprisingly, Pratt and Holland managed to do …

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‘The Hot Zone’ Bosses Break Down Writing About Ebola and Not Depicting the Monkeys as Villains

Richard Preston’s 1994 book “The Hot Zone” reflects on the origins of Ebola and the 1980s outbreak that saw the fatal disease hit U.S. soil, and follows the journeys of many individuals who were touched by it at the time. But Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders’ limited series adaptation honed in more specifically on one […]

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CBS Shareholders Re-Elect 11 Members Of Board Of Directors At Annual Meeting

By a nearly unanimous vote, CBS shareholders re-elected 11 members of the board of directors during the company’s annual meeting Wednesday, continuing the company’s ongoing effort to stabilize itself after a turbulent 2018. The board has been overhauled as a key part of the makeover that has followed the ouster last fall of former CEO […]

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Andrea-Rachel Parker Joins ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’; Joslyn DeFreece To Recur On ‘Strange Angel’

EXCLUSIVE:  Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga has added Andrea-Rachel Parker to the cast of the 10-episode drama from Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA, writer Alex Tse (Superfly) and Imagine Television. Parker will portray the role of witty, sarcastic and fun-loving Mama Ganga. The series is based on one of the most influential groups in hip-hop and […]

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“Case Closed!’ Donald Trump Crows In Tweet After Robert Mueller Breaks Silence On Obstruction Probe

President Donald Trump spun Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement Wednesday morning, insisting “there was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent.” “The case is closed! Thank you,” Trump concluded. Except Mueller said no such thing in his stunning statement at DOJ, announcing he was stepping down as Special Counsel and returning […]

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‘All That’: Cast Set For Nickelodeon’s Sketch-Comedy Series Revival: Watch First-Look Video

Nickelodeon today unveiled the cast of All That, its sketch-comedy series revival that premieres next month. The new kids on the Nick are Ryan Alessi, Reece Caddell, Kate Godfrey, Gabrielle Green, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin and Chinguun Sergelen. Watch an introductory video above, and read their bios and see a cast photo below. The new All […]

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Eric Lange on Using ‘Austin Powers Teeth’ to Perfect ‘Escape at Dannemora’ Performance

For his role as the real-life Lyle Mitchell, husband to the woman who helped two Clinton Correctional Facility, N.Y., inmates escape in Showtime’s limited series “Escape at Dannemora,” Eric Lange gained 40 pounds and wore a wig and a set of fake teeth. The physical transformation helped him get inside the mind of the man […]

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‘The Goldfinch’ Trailer: Ansel Elgort Leads Prestige Adaptation Shot by Roger Deakins

Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios have released the first The Goldfinch trailer for the highly anticipated upcoming adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Directed by Brooklyn helmer John Crowley, the film stars Ansel Elgort as a boy whose life was upended when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when he was 13 years old. The star-studded ensemble is anchored by Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Barbour, and the film was shot by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, who chose The Goldfinch as his next project after finally …

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Adria Arjona Talks Michael Bay’s ‘6 Underground’ and Working with Jared Leto on ‘Morbius’



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‘Good Omens,’ ‘Killing Eve,’ ‘Dead to Me’ Co-Stars Vie for Same Emmys

As the volume of original scripted series has continued to grow, the number of central characters, often embodied by big name talent, has increased as well. This is causing an influx of co-stars seeing their names alongside each other’s on the lead acting nomination ballots at the Emmys. “The volume of original programming now and […]

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Film Review: Octavia Spencer in ‘Ma’

As the title character of “Ma,” Octavia Spencer goes at the role of a friendly-on-the-outside, crazy-on-the-inside desperate stalker-pest in a way that befits a world-class actress who has chosen to star in a pumped-up B-movie. She does all she can to play the character as a real human being, and that accomplishes two things: It […]

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Showtime’s Desus & Mero to Host This Year’s TV Critics Association Awards

Desus & Mero are on deckington to host this year’s Television Critics Association Awards. The duo, who launched their new Showtime talk show in February (and expanded it to twice a week earlier this month) will take the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom as the 35th annual TCA Awards takes place on Saturday, […]

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New ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay And Release Date Revealed In New Trailer

Hideo Kojima’s enigmatic “Death Stranding” received a new trailer on Wednesday in addition to its hotly-anticipated release date. “Death Stranding” will arrive as a PlayStation 4 exclusive on Nov. 8, 2019. The official PlayStation synopsis for the game reads “Sam Bridges must brave a world transformed by the Death Stranding. Carrying the remnants of our […]

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Rolling Stones Top StubHub’s Top U.S. Summer Tours (EXCLUSIVE)

The Rolling Stones rescheduled North American tour topped ticket marketplace StubHub’s fifth annual summer preview of the most in-demand acts of the season. Tickets for their forthcoming jaunt across the continent — which was delayed for several weeks by Mick Jagger’s heart surgery — topped last summer’s most in-demand tour, Taylor Swift, by 45%, and […]

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Broadway’s Beth Leavel: All Dressed Up For ‘The Prom’ Of Her Life – Tony Watch Q&A

It might be a bit much to say that Beth Leavel’s roster of Broadway credits – The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf, Young Frankenstein, among many others – has been leading inexorably to the show for which she’s again been Tony nominated, but neither could anyone doubt that the The Prom is anything but a big, fluffy […]

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Desus & Mero To Host TCA’s 35th Annual Awards Ceremony In August

Desus & Mero are going to emcee the 35th annual TCA Awards. The invitation-only event takes place on Saturday, August 3, at the Beverly Hilton in the midst of the Television Critics Association’s summer get together to chat with cast and creators of all those new series for next season that Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva detailed […]

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TV Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Premieres Low, Wins Tuesday

Despite new judge Gabrielle Union issuing her first ever Golden Buzzer to 22-year-old singer Kodi Lee in a heartwarming moment, “America’s Got Talent” season 14 delivered one of the series’ slowest ever starts in the ratings. The premiere won Tuesday night with a 1.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 9.74 million total viewers, […]

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Robert Mueller Ends Silence On Russia Probe, Says He Can’t Assure President Did Not Commit Crime

“If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so,”  Special Counsel Robert Mueller said in a stunning statement at the DOJ announcing he was stepping down as special counsel and returning to private life. In this morning’s substantial statement, Mueller also signaled the degree to […]

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Twitch Prime and Riot Games Team Up For 4 Months of ‘League of Legends’ Goodies

Twitch Prime and Riot Games are offering Prime members four months of free loot for “League of Legends” as part of a new promotion. Twitch Prime members can currently claim a Rift Herald’s Capsule, which comes with two random Skin Shards, a random Legendary Skin Shard, and an exclusive emote. Once that capsule has been […]

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Emmys 2019: Reflecting on TV’s Most Memorable, Eligible Moments

Variety selects memorable, Emmy eligible moments from the 2019-20 television season. The Act (Hulu) “Teeth” Season 1, Episode 2 Gypsy (Joey King), a Munchausen by proxy victim, knows on some level that she doesn’t need all the medical assistance she’s been getting. But to live without it is a betrayal of her mother, and a […]

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Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt Return for ‘Jungle Cruise’ Reshoots in New Images

Dwayne Johnson does not. stop. working. The actor is coming off a marathon run of shooting Disney’s Jungle Cruise, Hobbs & Shaw, and the next Jumanji sequel back-to-back-to-back (which is why he had to turn down hosting the Oscars), and weeks after wrapping on the untitled Jumanji sequel, Johnson is already back in front of cameras for some additional photography on Jungle Cruise. A couple of behind-the-scenes snaps of Johnson and co-star Emily Blunt in costume offer us a new look at their characters, courtesy of producer Hiram Garcia (who’s also …

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Emmys: To Host or Not to Host?

It’s now the most dangerous job in television. Celebrities used to clamor to host major awards shows such as the Emmys, but those were clearly simpler times. As evidenced by the recent Oscars hosting debacle — in which this year’s show finally had to go host-free after a series of unfortunate events — it’s not […]

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Funimation Acquires UK-Ireland Anime Distributor Manga Entertainment

Animie company Funimation said Wednesday it has acquired Manga Entertainment Ltd, the leading distributor of anime in the UK and Ireland. The deal between the companies, which already had a long-term partnership, will make London-based Manga a Funimation subsidiary, and the largest distributor of anime Blu-rays/DVDs in the territory. Most Manga titles including Fullmetal Alchemist: […]

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Robert Mueller Breaks Silence on Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller broke his silence on Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first time since delivering his report in March on Russian interference in the 2016 election. In his remarks, Mueller stressed that he did not wish to testify before Congress, as Democrats are requesting, while also seeking to explain his decision not to […]

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‘Barry,’ ‘Good Place,’ ‘Kominsky Method’: How Death Became TV’s Laughing Matter (Column)

There’s a common thread that ties together most of this year’s comedy actor contenders, and it’s pretty morbid. For a category that’s supposed to be all about chuckles, there sure is a lot of death. On “Barry,” Bill Hader plays a hit man — and although he’s struggling to move past his murderous profession, he’s […]

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Universal Buys ‘Don’t Go In The Water;’ Spec Is Verve’s First Sale Since Signing WGA Deal

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has paid mid to high six figures for Don’t Go in the Water, a Peter Gaffney spec script that has 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine and Lit Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner producing with Adam Rodin. Script, a suspenseful monster movie in the vein of The Shallows and Meg, is the first […]

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NBC Dives Into Streaming News With NBC News Now

NBC is joining the streaming news fray. Its free service, NBC News Now, formally launches today with eight regular hours of programming on weekday afternoons and evenings. Originating from 30 Rock, the network’s ad-supported offering joins rivals CBSN, ABC News Live and Fox Nation in the streaming video news platform. NBC News Now will stream […]

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Boy George’s Life Getting Movie Treatment; MGM Sets Sacha Gervasi To Write & Direct Story Of Culture Club Leader

EXCLUSIVE: MGM will produce a feature film based on the life of iconic singer Boy George with Sacha Gervasi (My Dinner with Herve, Anvil: The Story of Anvil), set to write and direct. The biopic will be produced by Kevin King Templeton (Creed I & II) and Paul Kemsley. George and Jessica de Rothschild will […]

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‘In Fabric’ Trailer Reveals a Killer Dress Horror Movie from A24

A24 has released the first trailer for the upcoming horror movie In Fabric, which in truth is a spooky tale about a killer dress. The film stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Homecoming, Broadchurch) as a recently separated lonely woman who visits a Londo department store in search of a dress that will change her life. She gets one, courtesy of a very strange shopkeeper, but it turns out to unleash a malevolent curse. In Fabric hails from director Peter Strickland, and he certainly has a strong, singular vision here just as he did with his previous films The Duke of Burgundy …

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Featurette Spotlights Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah

Warner Bros. has released a new Godzilla: King of the Monsters featurette. The upcoming sequel takes place five years after 2014’s Godzilla and has titans rising up around the world. When King Ghidorah is awakened and becomes the new alpha, it’s up to Godzilla to challenge the three-headed beast and claim his rightful place as the king of the monsters. This featurette is a good primer if you’re completely unfamiliar with any Godzilla lore headed into King of the Monsters. While fans will instantly know the names of Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan, casual moviegoers will probably …

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Lucy Dickins, Agent for Adele, Joins WME as Head of U.K. Music Division

WME today announced that veteran agent Lucy Dickins is joining the agency as head of its UK Music division. Dickins joins from ITB (International Talent Booking), and will formally start with WME in June. Dickins’ clients include Adele, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, James Blake and Mabel, whom WME will now represent globally. Dickins also […]

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‘The Good Fight’ Expected to Air on CBS This Summer

The CBS All Access drama “The Good Fight” is expected to have an encore run on CBS this summer as the Eye looks to ramp up consumer promotion for its subscription streaming service. CBS president and acting CEO Joe Ianniello disclosed Wednesday that CBS was strongly considering give the third season of “Good Fight” a […]

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BET Awards Host Regina Hall Talks ‘Shaft’ Remake, Cardi B and Abortion

Actress and comedian Regina Hall is set to host the 2019 BET Awards. The show, which is in its 19th year, airs live from downtown Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on June 23 and recognizes winners across 20 categories. Cardi B leads with 7 nominations, followed by Drake with five, and Beyonce, Travis Scott and J. […]

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Emmys 2019: Who’s In, Who’s Out of Nomination-Round Eligibility

What a difference a year can make when it comes to Emmy eligibility. In the 12 months since the window opened for series to compete at the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards, quite a number of once heavy-hitters opted to sit on the bench, while multiple-time champ “Veep” returned for one final Emmy ceremony. Out […]

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‘Ma’ Interview: Meet Your New Favorite Rising Star, Diana Silvers



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‘Archer: 1999’ Review: In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream “Danger Zone!”

Season 10 of Archer, FXX's fantastic animated series that has reinvented itself a number of times over the years, arrives today with another one-off, this time ... in spaaaaaaaaace! Dubbed Archer: 1999, likely a nod to date-focused sci-fi movie titles like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner 2049, this season continues the genre-skewering adventures of the titular super-spy and his team, now acting as the crew aboard the salvage spaceship Seamus. And our early preview of Archer: 1999 suggests the show is once again going to deliver the laughs, just tinged with space madness …

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Luc Besson’s Embattled EuropaCorp May Find Savior With Pathé

Pathe distribution is in talks with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp for a majority stake and potential cash infusion. Since the French director’s $177M-plus costing opus Valerian, his studio has been mired in financial problems. “The group Pathé has expressed interest in a potential stake acquisition in the capital of the company. This expression of interest, non-binding, […]

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Alex Trebek Reports Good Response To Chemotherapy In Cancer Battle

Alex Trebek might be on a winning streak of his own: His stage 4 pancreatic cancer is responding well to chemotherapy, the longtime Jeopardy! host reports. In a People magazine cover story, Trebek says his doctors report he’s in “near remission” of the cancer that typically has a 9 percent survival rate. “It’s kind of […]

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Is Spanish Flamenco Singer Rosalia the Next Global Music Superstar?

It is safe to say that no artist has attempted to conquer America in quite the same way as Rosalia. Over the past few weeks, the 26-year-old powerhouse Spanish singer suddenly seemed to be everywhere — albeit a carefully curated everywhere — via high-profile performances and appearances in the Latin, alternative, film and mainstream worlds, […]

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How the MCU Was Made: ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ and How That Thanos Scene Happened

First, there was an idea. While press surrounding 2008’s Iron Man brought up the notion of an Avengers movie as a possibility, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige downplayed it a bit, noting that these first few movies had to work in order to get to The Avengers. Well, they worked. And they worked considerably well. Iron Man was a huge success; Iron Man 2 was a huge financial success; and Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger launched franchises for new heroes. Only The Incredible Hulk felt like something of a failure, but even then it was quickly brushed …

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Pathé in Talks to Acquire Stake in EuropaCorp

Pathé, France’s most successful independent distribution outfit, is in discussions to acquire a stake in Luc Besson’s financially ailing EuropaCorp, which revealed the negotiations Wednesday. The two companies have already been collaborating on domestic distribution of EuropaCorp movies in France. “The group Pathé has expressed interest in a potential stake acquisition in the capital of […]

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Ralph Murphy, Veteran Songwriter and Music Publishing Exec, Dies at 75

Ralph Murphy, a veteran songwriter, musician, producer and publishing executive whose life and career spanned the U.K., Canada and Nashville, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 75. Murphy was born in England and emigrated to Canada with his mother at the age of 6. Mesmerized by the Beatles, he began playing in […]

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Saudi Prince Snags $52 Million Bel Air Lair

The seemingly endless stream of spec-built Los Angeles mega-mansions — several pop up for sale nearly every week — has sparked fears of a market oversupply, particularly since billionaires’ enthusiasm for residential splurges has tempered. L.A. has not seen a brand new manse sell for above $35 million in nearly a full year. But lo, […]

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’13 Reasons Why’ Star Devin Druid Leads Cast In Horror-Western ‘The Pale Door’, Shoot Under Way In Oklahoma

EXCLUSIVE: 13 Reasons Why star Devin Druid has been set to lead cast in horror-western The Pale Door, which is executive-produced by Cold In July novelist and co-producer Joe R. Lansdale. Production is under way in Oklahoma on the feature, which is repped for world sales by AMP International. Author Lansdale is also a creative […]

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Comedian Jacqueline Novak Sets Off Broadway Run With Comedy World On Its Knees

EXCLUSIVE: Comedian Jacqueline Novak will launch a new Off Broadway comedy at The Cherry Lane Theatre in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village this summer, and if the title and subject matter don’t get your attention, the comedy world support certainly will. Executive produced by Mike Birbiglia and presented by Natasha Lyonne, Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees […]

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PlayStation Days of Play Sale Dated For June, New Limited Edition PS4 Announced

PlayStation’s Days of Play event is back for 2019, as confirmed via the official PlayStation Blog. The promotional event is set to take place from June 7 through June 17, during which time PlayStation fans can take advantage of a variety of deals on games like “God of War” and “Marvel’s Spider-Man.” In addition, a […]

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Italy’s Mediaset Takes 9.6% Stake in Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1

In a move to expand its pan-European reach, Italy’s Mediaset has acquired a 9.6% stake in Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Media, which is Europe’s second-largest TV group in terms of TV home penetration. Mediaset is Italy’s top commercial free-to-air broadcaster. Its purchase of a stake in ProSiebenSat.1, for a reported $368 million, comes amid a wave of consolidation […]

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ABC And Univision To Host Third Debate With Dem 2020 Hopefuls In September

ABC has won the right to broadcast this year’s third Dem primary debate, in partnership with Univision, scheduled for September 12 and 13, DNC announced. The primetime debate will be seen live on ABC and on Univision with Spanish translation, as well as on ABC News Live streaming channel. Location was not announced. NBC/MSNBC/Telemundo are […]

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Windows Mixed Reality Headsets Get Viveport Infinity, the Netflix for VR

HTC’s Viveport Infinity VR subscription service will be coming to Windows Mixed Reality headsets next month. VR headsets powered by Microsoft’s platform will have access to the service starting June 5, the company announced Wednesday. Viveport Infinity offers subscribers access to an unlimited number of VR games and apps for a monthly fee of $12.99. […]

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Courvoisier Cognac and Def Jam Announce New Partnership

Courvoisier, the cognac celebrated in many a hip-hop song, and iconic label Def Jam Recordings today announced their first-ever partnership. As part of the collaboration, Courvoisier will become Def Jam’s exclusive spirits partner to establish a music platform, “Amplified: Icons on the Rise,” that includes high-profile activations designed to highlight key cultural moments and an […]

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Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in Animated Series ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’

Genius Brands International has launched a new animated TV series, “Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger attached to star. “It is an honor and privilege to work with Genius Brands and POW! Entertainment on this new series and help carry on Stan’s creative legacy by introducing this new group of superheros to preschool children […]

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Jay-Z and Tidal to Host Release Events for Prince’s ‘Originals’ Album

Tidal has announced a series of listening events across the globe for members to experience the forthcoming album from Prince’s estate, “Originals.” The 15-track album features 14 previously unreleased Prince recordings of songs he composed that were made famous by other artists, including “Nothing Compares 2 U,” “Manic Monday” and “The Glamorous Life.”. The tracks […]

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McG’s Sci-Fi Feature ‘Rim of the World’ Crashes Into Netflix UK Top Spot With ‘Dead To Me’ Holding Steady In Second

McG’s sci-fi adventure movie Rim of the World has crashed into top spot for Netflix’s UK top ten list, while CBS Studios’ Dead To Me stays steady in second. Rim of the World, which follows four teenagers attending summer camp when aliens attack, was released on May 24 and goes straight into the SVOD service’s […]

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Sky Italia Orders Latin-Language Origin of Rome Drama Epic ‘Romulus’

Sky is building its slate of originals in Italy with “Romulus,” a 10-part series about the origin of Rome from Cattleya, the Italian producer that makes “Gomorrah.” Non-English-language drama is in vogue, but “Romulus” takes that a step further by having the characters speak in archaic Latin. Matteo Rovere, known for his movie work, is […]

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Sony’s Funimation Acquires U.K. Anime Distributor Manga Entertainment

Funimation, as part of its expansion push under Sony Pictures Television’s ownership, acquired Manga Entertainment, a London-based distributor of anime titles in the U.K. and Ireland. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Funimation will merge Manga’s business with the Funimation U.K. home entertainment business and will begin distributing many shows in the Manga catalog […]

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Italy’s Mediaset To Pay $380M For 9.6% Stake In Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has acquired a stake in German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1. The Italian company, which is owned by ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Fininvest, has bought a 9.6% stake in the business. It has paid $380M for the stake. “The friendly acquisition of a stake in ProSiebenSat.1 is a long-term choice, aimed at creating value with […]

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ITV Studios Lures ‘The Eddy’ & ‘Fortitude’ Exec Producer Patrick Spence Away From Endemol Shine Group

Patrick Spence, exec producer of Netflix’s forthcoming Damien Chazelle drama The Eddy, is leaving the Endemol Shine Group for ITV Studios. Spence, who runs ESG-backed Fifty Fathoms, will launch a new scripted studio at the production arm of the British broadcaster. He will produce premium drama for the UK and international market and will look […]

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Netflix Replaces Burberry To Promote BAFTA Breakthrough Brits Scheme & Plans Global Expansion

Netflix is partnering with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on its young talent scheme Breakthrough Brits. The SVOD service replaces fashion house Burberry, which has sponsored the scheme since 2013. The scheme showcases and supports the next generation of creative talent across film, games and television and has helped young stars […]

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NBC Joins TV’s Streaming-News Wave With ‘NBC News Now’

NBC is serving up the video news for which it is known  – but doesn’t mind if you don’t get it through your TV. NBC hopes a rising generation of news junkies will turn to its new streaming-video service for the long and short of it all. The new offering, NBC News Now, provides minutes-long […]

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Netflix Partners on BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits, Initiative Expands Internationally

Netflix has signed on as a partner on BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits, the program that supports up-and-coming U.K. talent. BAFTA said that the partnership with Netflix will help facilitate expansion of the ‘Breakthrough’ initiative globally, and the partners will work to identify overseas talent in new territories such as India and the U.S. Netflix is deepening […]

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Lionsgate Takes U.K. Rights to Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’ With Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman

Lionsgate U.K. has taken theatrical rights to “The Father,” Florian Zeller’s movie adaptation of his hit stage play of the same name, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. Embankment Films, which executive produces the film, is handling worldwide sales (ex-France) and did the U.K. deal. Principal photography started in the U.K. earlier this month on […]

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Lionsgate Takes UK Rights To Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’ With Anthony Hopkins & Olivia Colman

Lionsgate has taken the UK rights to Florian Zeller’s movie adaptation of his stage play The Father starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. The company took the rights from Embankment Films, which is handling international sales and launched in Cannes. It is Lionsgate’s latest UK deal after it also picked up Liam Neeson-starrer Made In Italy. Hopkins stars […]

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‘Gomorrah’ Producer Cattleya Producing Latin-Language Drama ‘Romulus’ For Sky Italia

Gomorrah producer Cattleya is making a TV drama about Romulus, the founder and first king of Rome, in archaic Latin for Sky Italia. The ITV-owned producer is producing Romulus, created by Matteo Rovere, who directed The First King feature. It marks Rovere’s television debut. The ten-part series is co-produced by Rovere’s Groenlandia and will start […]

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Foreign-Language Drama Service Walter Presents Takes U.S. & UK Rights To French Thrillers ‘Crimson Wedding’ & ‘Mother Is Wrong’

Walter Presents, the foreign-language drama service backed by the UK’s Channel 4, has taken the U.S. and UK rights to a pair of French thrillers. The digital platform has acquired Crimson Wedding and Mother Is Wrong from France TV Distribution. The multi-territory deals also includes rights to the six-part series in Italy and Australia. Crimson […]

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‘Good Omens’: Amazon Highlights European Ambitions With The First Ever Glitzy World Premiere Of A TV Series In London’s Leicester Square

Amazon Studios showcased its first major entry into British television by making Good Omens the first TV series to receive a glitzy world premiere in Leicester Square – a feat usually reserved for big-budget superhero movies. The A-list cast and crew of the supernatural drama, which is based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s book […]

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Kim Dickens on Returning for the ‘Deadwood’ Movie, Reuniting with the Cast, and David Milch

From series creator David Milch and director Daniel Minahan, Deadwood: The Movie continues the story that first began in the critically acclaimed TV series that debuted 15 years ago. Celebrating South Dakota’s statehood has its own share of problems, when it comes to the inevitable changes that come with progress, and alliances are tested while rivalries are reignited and old friends are reunited. The movie stars Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes, Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, William Sanderson, Kim Dickens and Gerald McRaney. During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, …

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Homeward’

Visually striking, but narratively undernourished, the father-and-son-bonding drama “Homeward” unfolds against the backdrop of a fraught road trip from Kyiv to Russia-annexed Crimea and marks a flawed debut from young Ukrainian helmer-writer Nariman Aliev, a Crimean Tatar. Indeed, the plight of Crimean Tatars (both historically and currently) forms an important element of the plot. While […]

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Alibaba Pictures Cuts Losses in Year of Adjustment

Losses tumbled at Alibaba Pictures, the film unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. The improvements mostly came in its ticketing and distribution operations. The company changed its year end from December to March, and this time reported a 15-month period stretching from January 2018 to the end of March 2019. Net after tax losses amounted […]

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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “The Secret Life of Pets 2.” Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $7.12 million […]

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The Pokemon Company Wants to Make Sleeping Fun

The Pokemon Company introduced “Pokemon Sleep” during its press conference on Tuesday, a new app intended to make sleep more fun. The “Pokemon Sleep” app and game tracks a user’s sleeping patterns and the gameplay then adjusts based on their sleeping pattern. The game is also compatible with a new Pokemon Go Plus + device […]

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Pokemon Home Bringing Trading to the Cloud in 2020

Pokemon Home, a cloud platform for Pokemon video games is coming 2020, as announced during the Pokemon 2019 Press Conference on Tuesday. With this new cloud platform, Pokemon trainers can share their progress in a place “where all pokemon can gather.” Regardless of device used, Pokemon Home will be a way to trade pokemon between […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Land of Ashes’

The English title suggests a desiccated, gray wasteland, but Sofía Quirós Ubeda’s “Land of Ashes” — surely one of the most entrancing first features of the year — teems with verdant, ungovernable life, made somehow more magically intense by the constant, hovering proximity of death. An expansion of the Argentine-Costa Rican filmmaker’s short film “Selva,” […]

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Warner Records Rebranding Elicits Visceral Reaction Among Music Biz Insiders

If there’s one thing the music industry takes very seriously, it’s an iconic logo. So when Warner Bros. Records announced a major rebranding earlier today — complete with a new name, Warner Records —  the biz responded swiftly and viscerally on social media. The new black and white logo replaced the WBR shield, which has […]

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Film News Roundup: ‘Aladdin’ Star Marwan Kenzari Joins Charlize Theron’s ‘Old Guard’

In today’s film news roundup, Marwan Kenzari joins Charlize Theron in a new movie, Darby Camp is starring in “Clifford, the Big Red Dog,” Vic Armstrong will direct thriller “Sons of the Cross” and Doc Society selects six documentaries for its Good Pitch program. CASTINGS “Aladdin” star Marwan Kenzari has been cast opposite Charlize Theron […]

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Ariana Grande Postpones Tour Dates Due to Illness

Ariana Grande has postponed two Florida tour dates due to illness, the singer announced on social media today. The shows originally scheduled for tonight (May 28) at Tampa’s Amalie Arena and May 29 at Orlando’s Amway Center will be postponed to November 24 and November 25, respectively. Grande shared on her Instagram story, “I woke […]

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Oculus Quest Sold Out Across Multiple Retailers

Facebook’s new Oculus Quest virtual reality (VR) headset seems to be a hit with early adopters, causing inventory shortages at a number of retailers. A week after its official launch, the headset was sold out at Amazon, Walmart and Newegg Tuesday. A Facebook spokesperson acknowledged the inventory issues in a statement sent to Variety: “We’re […]

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‘Star’ Update: Lee Daniels Indicates Canceled Fox Series Could Find A New Home Soon

Star co-creator Lee Daniels took to Instagram Tuesday night to provide an update on the music drama series, which has been looking for a new home since Fox canceled it earlier this month after three seasons. “Fighting guys! Will know this week… or top of next! 💫💫.” Daniels wrote next to a clip from the […]

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BET Sets Premiere Date, Co-Hosts For Marc Lamont Hill Talk Show ‘Black Coffee’

Former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill is set to host a morning digital talk show titled Black Coffee for BET. After revealing last month at Viacom’s NewFronts presentation that the series would debut sometime this year, the cable network announced Tuesday it will launch on Monday, June 3 at 10 a.m. ET, across YouTube, Facebook […]

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European Film Awards: ‘The Favourite’ Dominates First Winners

The Favourite has scooped four of the the first eight 2019 European Film Awards, which were unveiled this morning ahead of next month’s offi...