Sunday, June 30, 2019

Variety Best Website and Entertainment Journalist of the Year at SoCal Journalism Awards

Variety picked up nine prizes at the Los Angeles Press Club’s SoCal Journalism Awards Sunday at the Biltmore Hotel, including entertainment journalist of the year for chief film critic Owen Gleiberman and best website, traditional news organization, for Variety.com. Gleiberman also won for his memorial tribute “Burt Reynolds: A Movie Star Who Refused to Take […]

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Madonna Closes World Pride With Message About Gun Violence in America

“Fifty years, people,” Madonna ad-libbed on Sunday night in Manhattan to a crowd of 7,000 rapturous, mostly shirtless fans. The setting for this 30-minute concert? River Island stage on Pier 97 in Manhattan, better known as “Pride Island.” Madonna’s performance of four songs closed a week of festivities for World Pride, which included the June […]

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Lara’

Of all the ways to begin a movie, few are more cruel than presenting a character such as Lara Jenkins and, before the audience has even gotten the chance to know her, showing her wearily open the window to her depressing German flat, position a chair and prepare to jump. It is Lara’s 60th birthday […]

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Podcasts From Lesley Arfin & Margaret Cho Lead Debut Slate Of Earios, Network Co-Founded By Former WME Comedy Agent Priyanka Mattoo

Podcasts from talent including Love creator Lesley Arfin, Margaret Cho, Glow’s Kimmy Gatewood and The Good Place’s Rebecca Delgado form the inaugural slate for female-focused podcast network Earios. Earios was set up by former UTA and WME comedy agent Priyanka Mattoo, who also ran Electric Dynamite with Jack Black, Maria Blasucci, star of HBO’s Family […]

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‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Talks How Jared Kushner’s Middle East Peace Plan Focuses On “Not Doing Terrorism”

John Oliver kicked off Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight taking us on the ongoing saga that is the Donald Trump presidency before digging into Jared Kushner’s Middle East peace plan. Oliver talked about Trump’s “big week in diplomacy” as he visited with various authoritarians around the world. He joked about election meddling with […]

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Cast From ‘Pose’, ‘The L Word: Generation Q’ And More Let Their Rainbow Flags Fly At WorldPride In New York

New York City was a beacon of love as it played host to WorldPride, one of the biggest celebrations of Pride month which celebrates members of the LGTBQIA+ community. June is marked as Pride month considering it was the month when there was an uprising between members of the gay community and the police at […]

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Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta Fires Back at Taylor Swift, Reveals Deal Memos

Scott Borchetta, the founder of Big Machine Label Group, which this morning announced a deal to be acquired by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings, has fired back at Taylor Swift for insinuating that she was not able to purchase back rights to her master recordings. A key point in the documents that he posted may refute […]

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Netflix Nears Deal With Warner Bros. TV For ‘Sandman’ Series

It’s not a dream — Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is finally coming to television. After being stuck in development limbo for decades, Netflix is nearing a deal with Warner Bros. TV for a series order of an adaptation of the popular comic book series from DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy) is slated […]

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Keanu Reeves, Francis Ford Coppola And Other Film Stars Condemn Violence Against Cinema Collective

Keanu Reeves, Francis Ford Coppola, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee, and others are voicing support for Italian cinema collective Cinema America, which had four members of its organization physically attacked by an alleged alt-right organization following a screening of Paul Schrader’s First Reformed. Cinema America, also known as Piccolo America (little America), is based in the […]

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Two Women Charged With Theft From Mouseketeer Dennis Day

SECOND UPDATE:  Two Oregon women allegedly stole a car and jewelry that belonged to Mouseketeer Dennis Day, whose body was discovered in his home in April. Wanda Garcia and Lori Declusin face felony charges for stealing Day’s white 1990s Ford Escort station wagon, the Mail Tribune reported.  Garcia also is accused of selling a brooch […]

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Filmmaker Victor Moreno on Underground Documentary ‘The Hidden City’

Victor Moreno’s “The Hidden City” is an underground doc – literally – years in the making. The film had help in finding its light at the end of a tunnel with awards at the Abycine Lanza independent film market and the inaugural European Council Eurimages Lab Project Award in 2016, and competed at the Seville […]

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‘The Little Mermaid’ Live Action Reboot Now Has Lizzo Bidding For Ursula

Move over, Melissa McCarthy. There’s another contender for the role of Ursula in the live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo, made her pitch for the role on Twitter today. The singer/rapper/presenter made her bid with a vocal rendition of the song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from the film. […]

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Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings Acquires Big Machine Label Group 

Ithaca Holdings LLC., a media holding company led by SB Projects founder Scooter Braun, has acquired Big Machine Label Group, the independent record label founded by Scott Borchetta, the cpmanies announced today. The acquisition encompasses all aspects of BMLG’s business, including its client roster, distribution deals, publishing sides and owned artist masters. Borchetta will join the Ithaca board, acquire a […]

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Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Dominates Overseas With $111 Million

Tom Holland’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is ruling the international box office head of its release in North America. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” collected a huge $111 million this weekend when it launched in China, Japan and Hong Kong. Most of that haul came from China, where the superhero tentpole earned $98 million, marking the fourth-best […]

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Dominates, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Doesn’t Break All-Time Record

Toy Story 4 came to life in its second weekend, dominating the competition with another $57 million haul that brought its domestic total to $237 million. To give you a sense of the skewed expectations for major tentpoles, this actually flies under the expectations for the movie's second weekend, which initially hovered around the $64 million mark. Worldwide, the Disney Pixar film directed by Josh Cooley has now notched $360 million. Toy Story 4's second-weekend success comes at the expense of another, extremely different toy story. Annabelle Comes Home debuted in second place with a $20.3 …

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Newcomers Flat; ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ Crosses $2M: Specialty Box Office

The dog days of summer have arrived early for the specialties, which have only had some success in peeling away audiences from studio fare. New limited release titles landed slowly this weekend, with Sony Pictures Classics Toronto ’18 documentary Maiden topping the few titles reporting numbers Sunday. The Alex Holmes-directed feature about a competitive all-female sailboat crew […]

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Takes Off With $111M Overseas; ‘Toy Story 4’ Nears $500M WW – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home came swinging into China, Japan and Hong Kong this weekend to nab an early $111M at the international box office. The launch sets the webslinger 45% over Spider-Man: Homecoming and 21% above Captain Marvel in the like-for-likes. The opening result is slightly higher than what the industry […]

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Daniel Craig Returns To Set For New James Bond Film After Injury

The name is Craig. Daniel Craig. The 51-year-old actor has returned to the set of his new James Bond film after rehab for an injury to his ankle ligaments. Craig underwent surgery after falling during filming in Jamaica in May. The film continued production during Craig’s two-week rehabilitation and is still set for an April […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Inches Toward ‘Avatar’ Box Office Record With Re-Release

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are still doing whatever it takes to beat “Avatar’s” all-time box office record. Disney’s re-release of “Avengers: Endgame” brought in another $5.5 million in its 10th weekend in theaters, marking a 200% increase in ticket sales from its previous outing. “Avengers: Endgame,” which originally opened April 26, has generated $2.76 billion worldwide, […]

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White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Brawls With North Korean Guards

New White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham today showed she will fight for freedom of the press, getting into a brawl with North Korean security guards. Throwing the publicist’s adage that you should not become the story to the winds, Grisham dove into action after North Korean guards attempted to bar the White House press […]

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

President Donald Trump stepped across the stone curb separating South Korea from North Korea today. By doing so, he became the first sitting US president to visit the Hermit Kingdom. As anticipated, the meeting was more than a grip-and-grin. The two sides agreed to resume talks toward denuclearization of North Korea. The last attempt in […]

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Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Bests ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ and ‘Yesterday’

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Forky are still ruling the box office. Despite solid debuts from newcomers “Annabelle Comes Home” and “Yesterday,” Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” easily dominated North America. The fourth chapter in the animated series collected another $58 million, boosting its domestic haul to a huge $237 million. After two weekends in […]

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‘American Princess’ Creator Jamie Denbo on Ren Faires & Bringing Her Story to Lifetime

From show creator Jamie Denbo and executive producer Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black), the Lifetime dramedy series American Princess follows runaway bride Amanda (the delightful Georgia Flood) as she impulsively joins a Renaissance Faire after her dream wedding becomes less of a dream, after all. Suddenly finding herself in an unexpected situation leads the Upper East Side socialite to realize that Ren Faire life and the eclectic group of characters that she finds there will help her re-evaluate everything she thought she knew about happiness, friendships, romance and family. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with …

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Monsoon’

Displacement, grief, the generation gap and gay relationships characterized by cultural difference — Cambodian-British filmmaker Hong Khaou’s second film swims in similar thematic waters to his acclaimed first, “Lilting.” But while “Monsoon” broaches these subjects with Khaou’s already trademark, borderline tremulous sensitivity, it comes from the opposite direction, tracking the hesitant attempts of a Vietnamese-born […]

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Documentarian Patricio Guzman On Chilean Soul And Mountains

Renowned Chilean documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán (“The Battle of Chile,” “The Pearl Button”) has returned to the country to shoot “The Cordillera of Dreams,” 46 years after he was exiled under Augusto Pinochet’s regime of terror. The feature screens at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this week. Sold by Paris’ Pyramide International, “The Cordillera of Dreams,” […]

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Donald Trump Meets Kim Jong-un in North Korea

SEOUL — U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday took the historic step – literally – of crossing border between the two Koreas to shake hands with Kim Jong-un in the Demilitarized Zone. The unscheduled encounter took place following the Twitter suggestion just a day earlier by President Trump of such a meeting. But it was […]

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TV Review: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3

The debut of “Stranger Things” in 2016 marked the first real, huge streaming TV phenomenon. Other Netflix shows had made an impression before: “House of Cards” in 2013 and “Orange Is the New Black” shortly thereafter proved that streaming was coming for cable’s gig, hard. But it was the nostalgia grabs and exhilarating monster chases […]

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Julianne Moore On Her Passion for Story, the Power of Empathy

Oscar winner Julianne Moore praised the power of film to promote empathy and warned against the danger of history repeating itself Saturday at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where she was promoting her latest film, “After the Wedding,” alongside the film’s director, her husband Bart Freundlich, and co-star Billy Crudup. Moore received the festival’s Crystal […]

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Popular Joe Biden Website Reportedly Started By Trump Operative

A popular website dedicated to 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden was apparently created by a Republican operative to mock the former vice president. At first glance, JoeBiden.info looks like a pro-Biden site, and even sells T-shirts with his face on them. But on closer inspection, the posts on the site make fun of the Democrat […]

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Idris Elba “Disheartened” By Racially-Charged Bond Casting Backlash

Idris Elba has been in the James Bond conversation for years, but the actor says he’s bothered by some of the racial references that pop up when he’s mentioned as the next 007. In fact, the Luther star finds it troubling that some people don’t think he could play the suave super spy because he’s […]

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Democratic Presidential Candidates Defend Kamala Harris Amid “Racist And Ugly” Attacks

A growing number of 2020 presidential candidates are voicing support for Sen. Kamala Harris amid racists attacks claiming the California Democrat doesn’t represent African-Americans because her father was born in Jamaica. These latest attacks began to flood Twitter on Thursday night, following Harris’ breakout performance on the second night of the Democratic debate, after she […]

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Korean Actress Jeon Mi-seon Dead in Apparent Suicide

Well-known South Korean actress Jeon Mi-seon was found dead around midday local time on Saturday in a hotel in Jeonju. She was 48. Her manager, who raised the alarm after Jeon had gone missing for two days, said that Jeon had been suffering from depression. Local media reported that she was found hanged in the […]

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‘Stranger Things 3’ Takes Over Santa Monica High School And Pier For World Premiere, Cast Members Say Expect “Darker” Season

The Upside Down came to Santa Monica High School and the Santa Monica Pier on Friday night when Netflix hosted the world premiere of Stranger Things 3. The streaming giant went all-out to give an immersive experience by transforming Santa Monica High into the fictional Hawkins High School from the series created by Matt Duffer and Ross […]

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Podcaster Wondery Banks $10 Million, Taps NatGeo Vet Declan Moore for International Push

Wondery, the three-year-old podcast publisher headed by former Fox International Channels chief Hernan Lopez, this week announced the closing of $10 million in Series B financing. With the funding, the company plans to expand internationally and has hired Declan Moore, most recently CEO of National Geographic Partners, the joint venture between National Geographic Society and […]

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Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media Shuts Down Topic Magazine, Ends Funding for The Nib Political Cartooning Site

In a pair of cost-cutting moves, Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media is shuttering the Topic Magazine digital publication dedicated to nonfiction storytelling and is dropping its funding for political cartoon site The Nib. Topic Magazine, launched two years ago, is ceasing publication as First Look plans to put more resources toward Topic.com’s original video content […]

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Film Review: ‘The Other Side of Heaven II: Fire of Faith’

Despite such melodramatic flourishes as a near-disaster on a storm-tossed sea, a violent attack on an apostate by a group of religious zealots, and a startling (albeit not entirely convincing) death by lightning bolt, Mitch Davis’ “The Other Side of Heaven II: Fire of Faith” is as tedious as rush-hour traffic and as bland as […]

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Bill Maher: Forget Mars, Try To “Find Water in Flint, Michigan”

Space may be the final frontier but, according to Bill Maher, it’s the last place the United States needs to be going right now. The realpolitik host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher mocked,  minimized, and maligned the Trump administration’s extraterrestrial ambitions on Friday night’s show while also taunting the “nerd” citizenry who clutch to the […]

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‘Lucifer’ Executive Producer Tells Fans That Season Five Marks The End Of The Series

Lucifer executive producers Ildy Modrovich wants fans to accept the fact that their beloved TV show is entering its final season. In a Twitter post, Modrovich tried to head off efforts by fans who are already contemplating lobbying for a sixth season of the show. Netflix picked up a fourth and fifth season of the […]

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Concert Review: Raconteurs Pull Out All the Stops at Surprise L.A. Club Show

It’s too late to save rock ‘n’ roll, probably. But God bless the Raconteurs for trying. Their impromptu L.A. club show Thursday at an off-the-beaten-track spot down on Pico Blvd. called Jewel’s Catch One was thrill-ride enough to turn even the most dedicated post-guitar-nation popists among us back into rockists, if just for a night. […]

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‘Prism’ NBC Pilot Releases Cast As Talks With Netflix Continue

I have learned that Universal Television has let the options on the entire cast of its NBC’s drama pilot Prism lapse while the studio continues conversations with Netflix about picking up the project to series. The move is not a surprise. As Deadline reported previously, Netflix intends to retool the Rashomon-Inspired project and shoot a […]

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Sees Kamala Harris Admit Impeachment Is Unlikely

Senator Kamala Harris proved to be one of the biggest winners of this week’s Democratic debates. Her memorable line about food fights not being what the American people wanted – which shut down a shouting scrum – brought order to chaos and stamped her presence among those unfamiliar with her style. Now, she’s taking a […]

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‘The Lost Boys’ Picks Up Options On 2 Actors For New Pilot, ‘Glamorous’ Not Going Forward At the CW

EXCLUSIVE: The CW in May opted not to pick up pilot The Lost Boys to series but authorized a retooling, including recastings. As part of that, producing studio Warner Bros. TV  has released the entire cast of the pilot with the exception of Medalion Rahimi and Dakota Shapiro whose options have been extended. The duo will […]

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Sophia Bush Drama Pilot ‘Surveillance’ Not Going Forward At CBS

When CBS made its new series pickups last month, the network passed on all remaining pilots with the exception of conspiracy thriller drama Surveillance, starring Chicago PD alumna Sophia Bush. After further deliberation, the network has decided not to proceed with a series order. CBS was considered the only viable home for the project, which is now dead as […]

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CBS Passes on Sophia Bush-Led Drama Pilot ‘Surveillance’

CBS is officially not moving forward with “Surveillance,” a much-buzzed-about spy drama pilot starring Sophia Bush. Sources had previously told Variety that the show had support within the network, but that it was not seen as a good fit for CBS. The drama had tested “through the roof,” they said. The series is described as […]

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Verve Lands A Big Fish: SuperScribe & WGA Negotiating Committee Member John August

Big Fish scribe and WGA activist John August has just signed with Verve. August had been with UTA most of his career. He has just tweeted out that despite expressing the sentiment he would give his agent his kidney and still would, he still made the move. August’s most recent credit is the Disney event […]

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Film News Roundup: Michael Moore’s Traverse City Festival Drawing Kathy Griffin, Lily Tomlin

In today’s film news roundup, Michael Moore’s film festival will include appearances by Kathy Griffin and Lily Tomlin, a gerrymandering documentary gets sold and pop singer Meredith O’Connor gets cast. FILM FESTIVAL Kathy Griffin and Lily Tomlin have signed on to appear at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, now in its 15th year. Griffin […]

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Screenwriter and WGA West Board Member John August Signs With Verve

“Big Fish” screenwriter John August has signed with Verve talent agency, marking a high-profile recruit for the agency that is the first among the established Hollywood literary players to agree to the Writers Guild of America’s new rules governing talent agents. August is a veteran screenwriter an an influential voice among writers as co-host with […]

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Lady Gaga Surprises Crowd With Impassioned Speech at Stonewall Day Concert

Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance Friday at Pride Live’s Stonewall Day Concert, an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. The event is part of a weekend of Pride events, culminating with Sunday’s march. Gaga, a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights, delivered an impassioned speech to the New York crowd. “Look around […]

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‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee’ Offers Dems A “Dropping Out Party” On Her Show

It’s a crowded field of Democratic party presidential contenders at the moment. With 24 candidates already on board and several rumored to be waiting in the wings for a possible entry later, it’s inevitable that some will have to toss in the towel at some point and concede that the top of the mountain is […]

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‘One Day At A Time’s Justina Machado To Produce & Direct An Episode In Season 4

Justina Machado is expanding her role on the upcoming fourth season of One Day At A Time on its new network Pop. In addition to reprising her starring role of Penelope, Machado will receive a producer credit and will direct one episode in Season 4. Pop has ordered a 13-episode fourth season of the Norman […]

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‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ Digs Deep On Democrat Debate Performances

Seth Meyers took a closer look at the second night of the first Democratic presidential debates. The Late Night host found much to enjoy in the scrum between contenders and in President Trump’s reactions to them. First, Meyers wondered why reporters bothered asked Trump how he thought the Dem debaters would do. “Don’t ask him […]

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Laurie Luhn Drops $750 Million Suit Over ‘Loudest Voice’

Laurie Luhn, the former Fox News staffer who made sexual abuse allegations against Roger Ailes, has dropped a $750 million lawsuit against Showtime over the forthcoming miniseries “Loudest Voice.” Luhn filed suit in January, accusing Showtime, Blumhouse and journalist Gabriel Sherman of violating her right to privacy. The suit alleged that Sherman was “cashing in” […]

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President Donald Trump Offers To Meet North Korean Chairman Kim At DMZ For Handshake

President Donald Trump today offered to run for the North Korean border and reach across the demilitarized zone to shake hands in a grip and grin session with Chairman Kim Jong-un. Trump will be stopping in Korea as he returns from the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. He previously tried to visit the DMZ in […]

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Mez Talks J. Cole’s Clout, Dr. Dre’s Influence and Seeing Nipsey Hussle at Whole Foods

Imagine directing your first music video ever — and it’s J. Cole’s “Middle Child.”  Mez has a hard time calling himself a rapper because he feels the term is limiting. He states, “I love rapping but that’s not where it’s going to end for me. I see so much for myself as a creative.” Creative […]

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How Absent Fathers Are at the Core of Far-Right Drama ‘Let There Be Light’

“Let There Be Light,” a contender for the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, takes on troubling issues confronting Eastern Europe as a Slovak father, pushed to work abroad in the hopes of buying his family a better life, discovers his absence has allowed his eldest son to drift into a dangerous political […]

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Film Review: ‘The Chambermaid’

Eve works as a maid at the upscale Hotel Presidente Intercontinental in Mexico City. Every room she enters is a chore — changing linens, scrubbing toilets and so on — but also a window into lives more luxurious than her own. Left alone with the affairs of the hotel’s rich guests, Eve indulges her curiosity. […]

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Eccho Rights Boasts Development, Sales Team with Hiring of Lisa Widén

Eccho Rights, a leading sales company in Sweden, is set to ramp up its executive team with the hiring of Lisa Widén, a former head of production at Film Capital Stockholm whose co-production credits include “Before We Die” and “Jordskott.” At Eccho Rights, Widén will be handling sales and acquisitions for Scandinavia. She will continue […]

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Helena Trestikova on the Making of Her Milos Forman Documentary

Czech documentarian Helena Trestikova has won accolades worldwide for her decades-long chronicles of ordinary subjects struggling through life as seen in “Rene” and “Mallory.” With her portrait of Milos Forman’s life, work and philosophy, “Forman vs. Forman,” she takes on a different kind of target, working to find new insights from archival materials. Working with […]

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s ‘Farming’ Wins at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s “Farming” has scooped the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s acting credits include “The Bourne Identity,” and “Suicide Squad.” “Farming,” about a black member of a white skinhead gang in 1980s Essex, is his directorial debut. The winner was chosen by jury members Antonia […]

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Edinburgh Film Festival: Winners Include Race & Identity Drama ‘Farming’, Finnish Pic ‘Aurora’& Documentary ‘Sakawa’

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has revealed the winners for this year’s 73rd edition. The winner of the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film went to British filmmaker Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje for his directorial debut Farming, which received its UK premiere at the festival. The winner was chosen by the Michael Powell jury […]

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Album Review: Kim Petras’ ‘Clarity’

If Kim Petras ever decides to detour from music into academia, she could teach a master class on the art of rebooting your public narrative. The German singer-songwriter was born Tim Petras in 1992 and at age 16, made headline news around the world as one of the youngest people ever to undergo gender-reassignment surgery. […]

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Digs Into Democratic Debates Food Fight

In his Late Show monologue, Stephen Colbert joined the chorus of those who scored the debate a win for California Sen. Kamala Harris. He must have been distracted by her rhetorical mastery, though, because the lines he and his writers came up with were not especially effective. “I believe in global warming because Kamala Harris was on […]

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Democratic Debate Night 2 Review: Joe Biden Takes A Beating But Keeps On Tickin’, Kamala Harris Comes Out Swinging On NBC Stage

Joe Biden wasn’t mentioned at all by Elizabeth Warren and the nine Democratic dwarfs last night at the first debate, but today the former Vice-President and clear 2020 frontrunner was center stage in Miami and the man to beat. Even with Biden, near breakout Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Bernie Sanders, the booster rocket shedding Pete […]

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Kamala Harris On The Money: Hollywood Fundraiser Announced Mid-Debate

One of the most memorable moments in the spirited second Democratic debate was when California Sen. Kamala Harris shut-down all nine of her rivals with her “food fight” zinger. Minutes later, in a bit of deft timing, an email pinged out across Hollywood announcing a July 21st fundraiser for the fiery longtime prosecutor and former State Attorney […]

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Dems Debate: Joe Biden Takes Arrows From All Sides

Sen. Kamala Harris took aim at frontrunner Joe Biden over his opposition to school busing in the 1970s and his favorable statements about segregationist senators during Thursday night’s Democratic debate. In a heated exchange, Harris said it was hurtful to hear the former vice president talk fondly about his relationships with Sens. James Eastland and […]

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Kamala Harris Confronts Joe Biden About Segregation During Democratic Debate (Watch)

Kamala Harris called out former vice president Joe Biden’s history with segregation during Thursday’s democratic debate “It’s personal and it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country. It was not only that, but you […]

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Donald Trump Can’t Use ‘Crazy Train’ Or Other Ozzy Music, Says Sharon Osbourne

UPDATE:  Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, wasn’t laughing at Donald Trump’s “Crazy Train” video joke. She fired off the following tweet: “Based on this morning’s unauthorized use of @OzzyOsbourne’s “Crazy Train,” we are sending notice to the Trump campaign they are forbidden from using Ozzy’s music in political ads. Maybe @KayneWest (“Gold Digger”), […]

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President Trump Trolls Dem Debaters: “That’s The End Of That Race!”

The second Democratic debate in as many nights featured another 10 presidential hopefuls on stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, and like the previous night it was clear the NBC broadcast audience included the current occupant of the White House. “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions […]

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Film News Roundup: AMC Theatres Launching Artisan Films for Non-Blockbusters

In today’s film news roundup, AMC starts Artisan Films, Gravitas buys “Boy Genius,” Nesta Cooper gets cast opposite Salma Hayek and Rebel Road launches P12 as a distributor. MARKETING MOVE AMC Theatres is launching a new program, AMC Artisan Films, as a programming-marketing effort to put a spotlight on character and narrative driven movies as […]

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Album Review: Thom Yorke’s ‘Anima’

Thom Yorke is obsessed with sleep, rest, REM and dreams: the hope, outward process and inward psychology of it all. Perhaps that ongoing concern is a Jungian reaction to the constant churn of low level anxiety that’s made up the Radiohead man’s existence since 1983’s “Pablo Honey,” or the deeper panic lived out through solo […]

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Concert Review: Khalid Brings Emo-Soul and Casual Fridays to Staples Center

Khalid’s dancers went through a good number of costume changes during Wednesday night’s Staples Center show, but the star himself took just one. During a mid-show video montage, he disappeared from the stage wearing shiny basketball shorts and a Gucci T-shirt. When he reemerged, he was wearing shiny basketball shorts and one of his own […]

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‘The Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ Zings Round II Of The Democrat Debates

Round two of the Democrat debates took flight tonight, with a lot of sniping between candidates making it resemble a food fight at times, as Sen. Kamala Harris said at one point. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah continued its zinging of the field, finding much ammunition in the foibles and stumbles of the people […]

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WGA Offers Talent Agencies One-Year Respite From Proposed Ban On Packaging Fees

The WGA has made a new offer to Hollywood’s talent agencies – they can continue packaging and taking packaging fees on films and TV shows for one more year before switching over to a 10% commission model – a business model that hasn’t existed in decades. The WGA last week had declared an impasse in […]

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Writers Guild Pushes for Talks With Individual Agencies Amid Uncertainty

Amid growing uncertainty over the Writers Guild of America’s standoff with agents, the WGA has asked the nine biggest individual agencies to begin bargaining. The WGA’s negotiating committee made the announcement in a message to members Thursday on the heels of UTA suing the guild for alleged abuse of its collective bargaining authority and engaging […]

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Slam Trump for Unauthorized Use of ‘Crazy Train’

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have condemned President Donald Trump for playing the song “Crazy Train” in a video posted to his Twitter account teasing the 2020 Democratic candidates. The doctored video clip, which Trump posted Thursday morning, incorporates footage of the first round of primary Democratic debates that took place Wednesday night, and shows Trump […]

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‘The View’ Co-Host Meghan McCain On Democrat Debates: “I Would Like Subtitles”

The View’s Meghan McCain wants future political debates to have subtitles if the candidates are going to be speaking Spanish. The topic came up during a general discussion on The View of the Wednesday night Democrat debates, as a large field of candidates vied for attention in a venue that allowed few opportunities to make […]

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‘Player vs. Player’: Assemble Media’s New IP Play Scores A Win With Bloomsbury Deal

EXCLUSIVE: Assemble Media has scored its first win in the IP creation game with Player vs Player. The New York company just sold the book rights to Bloomsbury after a heated auction that concluded with a two-book, six-figure deal in place for the YA project described as “a modern take on Romeo and Juliet set in […]

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Inside World Pride’s Opening Ceremony: An LGBTQ Celebration With a Tinge of Politics

World Pride officially kicked off on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. About 8,000 people packed into the arena for a three-hour show that began with Cyndi Lauper singing her hit “True Colors.” The performance ended with a gaggles of dancing drag queens as well as Lauper turning the train of her dress […]

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Zaps The ‘Español-Off’ Of Dem Debates

Stephen Colbert, who has more live shows under his belt than any other late-night host, offered a low-key, sardonic monologue recapping the night. He said the lineup on stage could be boiled down to “Beto, Corey Booker, Elisabeth Warren … and seven people angling for MSNBC shows.” The host picked up on the flare-ups of […]

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FuboTV Launches Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Sports Network

FuboTV, one of the players duking it out in the competitive internet pay-TV arena, is dropping into the free streaming-video market with a network it wants to distribute as widely as possible — off its own platform. On Thursday, the company is soft-launching the Fubo Sports Network: a live, free-to-consumer TV network for U.S. sports […]

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The Messy NBC Democratic Debate Proves the Need for a Tier System (Column)

The opening night of the first debates of the 2020 Democratic Party primaries brought — even by the standards of such way-far-out confrontations between candidates for whom the election remains a far-off dream — vastly more empty drama than new information. But then, that may have been by design. NBC News’s organization of the debates, […]

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Democratic Debate Night 1 Review: Elizabeth Warren Sticks To Her Guns, But Donald Trump’s Got Nothing To Worry About

Ronald Reagan used to quip that the 11th Commandment was “thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican,” but Wednesday the Democrats seeking the Great Communicator’s old job generally appropriated the notion for themselves in a debate that was mainly characterized by its policy wonk approach and being the most polite circular shooting squad […]

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Hollywood Reacts To Night One Of Democratic Debates

Like the final installment of a YA novel movie adaptation, the first Democratic debate of the 2020 presidential primary was split up into two parts. The first part, which was tonight, included Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke,  Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and John Delaney. Members […]

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‘Alf’ Actor Max Wright Dies at 75

Max Wright, best known for playing patriarch Willie Tanner on the sitcom “Alf,” died Wednesday. He was 75. Wright’s family confirmed his death to TMZ. The actor died in his home in Hermosa Beach, Calif., after years of battling cancer. Wright was diagnosed with Lymphona in 1995. Wright is most famous for his role as […]

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‘The Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ Zings Dems Debate Follies

The Democratic presidential candidate debate was comedy gold for The Daily Show and Trevor Noah, as the long lineup of hopefuls provided enough memorable moments to fill a ballot. Or, in this case, a program, via Noah’s Votegasm 2020, a live show that followed the Democratic scrum. Some of the choice bits posted so far via […]

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Adam Scott Decries Use Of His Image To Promote Mitch McConnell Social Media Post

Actor Adam Scott has asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reps to stop using his image in their social media posts. Scott was chagrined to find out that an image of him as his Sir. Benjamin Walker Wyatt character from the TV show Parks and Recreation winking in apparent approval of an article on President […]

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Greyson Chance, ‘Idol’ Alums Gabby Barrett and Alejandro Aranda Sign Major Label Deals

Two “American Idol” alumni — Gabby Barrett and Alejandro Aranda — as well as viral star Greyson Chance all announced new major label recording contracts this week. Barrett, who finished in third place of the first season of the rebooted ABC version of “Idol,” has joined the roster of Warner Music Nashville. The singer had […]

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BTS World Mobile Game From K-Pop Group Rockets to No. 1 Spot on App Charts Worldwide

BTS, the biggest K-pop group in the world, now has the biggest app in the world. “BTS World,” a mobile simulation game that lets fans virtually become the South Korean pop stars’ manager, quickly rose to the top of Apple’s App Store charts in multiple countries just hours after its release on Wednesday, June 26. […]

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MSNBC Hit With Technical Issues at Democratic Debate (Watch)

MSNBC was left red-faced during Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debates when audio issues plagued moderators Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow. The incident happened as Todd was about to ask Sen. Elizabeth Warren about gun control in the United States. “We are hearing our colleague’s audio,” Todd said as voices could be heard offscreen in the […]

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Donald Trump Backpedals, Tweets About Democratic Debate And Technical Difficulties; Trevor Noah Responds

After Donald Trump said he wouldn’t be tweeting about tonight’s Democratic debate, his thumbs couldn’t help themselves. Almost an hour into the debate, the former Celebrity Apprentice host took to Twitter to give his two cents — and Trevor Noah responded. “BORING!” Trump tweeted. This may have come from Air Force One as he is on his […]

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Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Set 2020 Awards Date

The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild said Wednesday that it will hold its 2020 awards ceremony on Saturday, January 11. That’s more than a month earlier than this year’s awards show honoring achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials, and live theater, owing to the compressed movie awards season fueled by the Oscars’ own move […]

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’s’ Zach Barack Opens Up About Being Marvel Studios’ First Openly Transgender Actor

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” marks a number of firsts for actor Zach Barack – it’s his first major movie role, his first red carpet premiere and his debut as the first out transgender actor to appear in a Marvel Studios film. Variety spoke to the newcomer over the phone as he prepared to watch the finished […]

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UCLA Unveils 2019 Professional Programs Winners In Writing & Acting

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Professional Programs has revealed winners of its 2019 Feature Screenplay, Television Pilot and Acting for the Camera Pitch competitions. The awards were bestowed at the just-ended spring quarter certificate ceremony acknowledging the 236 students who completed the yearlong Screenwriting, Writing for Television Professional and Acting for the […]

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Democratic Debate: Contenders Seek to Break Out of the Pack (Updating Live)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren faces off against nine other candidates in the first 2020 presidential debate Wednesday night, amid growing furor over the treatment of migrant children. Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar both paid visits on Wednesday afternoon to a migrant detention center at Homestead, Fla., about 30 miles from the Miami debate location. Several other […]

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‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Plagued By Free Souvenir Hunters, eBay Resellers

The Star Wars film universe had the Trade Federation. But Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge apparently has the Theft Federation, as customers flocking to the major attraction are apparently helping themselves to anything branded from the park to sell as ersatz souvenirs. Barely open a month, and only recently opened to the public, Galaxy’s Edge […]

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Donald Trump Says No Democratic Debate Tweets Tonight, Tells Fox “It Just Seems Very Boring”

One would think Donald Trump would have lots to tweet about tonight’s Democratic debate — and he probably does. Unfortunately, we will not be graced with his eloquent commentary. Trump sent out a tweet saying he would be absent from tonight’s debate festivities because he is off to Japan for the G20 Summit to “save […]

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Film News Roundup: Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Sets Awards Show for Jan. 11

In today’s film news roundup, the 2020 awards season schedule gets finalized; AFM will cover immersive content; “Murderous Trance” and “7 Days to Vegas” get acquired. AWARDS DATE The Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild has set Jan. 11 as the date for its seventh annual awards show, four weeks and a day ahead of […]

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YouTube Head of Scripted Jon Wax in Talks to Join Amazon Studios

YouTube’s head of scripted programming, Jon Wax, is in talks to join Amazon Studios, according to an individual with knowledge of the matter. Wax is said to be in discussions for head of genre programming at Amazon, a position held by Sharon Tal Yguado until recently. Variety reported on her exit in early May. The […]

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Max Wright Dies: Father On ’80s Sitcom ‘Alf’ Was 75

Veteran actor Max Wright, best known as the father in 1980s sitcom ALF, died today after a long cancer battle. He passed away in his Hermosa Beach, Calif. home at age 75. Wright played Willie Tanner on the puppet-driven sitcom, which ran for four seasons on NBC. But Wright had a long resume in other venues, […]

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Bryan Marshall Dies: ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, ‘Neighbours’ Actor Was 81

British actor Bryan Marshall, known for his portrayal of Commander Talbot in The Spy Who Loved Me, and for his starring role in Australian daytime soap Neighbours, died Tuesday. He was 91. Marshall’s agent, ECA’s Esta Charkham, confirmed the news on Twitter Wednesday. “So sad that my dear old chum Bryan Marshall has gone on […]

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Tony DiSanto’s Allyance Media Taps Verizon Veteran Shawn Strickland as President (EXCLUSIVE)

Shawn Strickland, a veteran of Verizon and Complex Media, has joined Tony DiSanto’s Allyance Media Group as president. In the role, Strickland is heading up business operations and spearheading partnerships for the multiformat media and production company. DiSanto and financier Matthew Bruderman formed Allyance Media Group last year. The New York-based company encompasses DIGA Studios, […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams to Star in Sky Comedy ‘Two Weeks to Live’

“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams will play a misfit on the run from a murderous gangster and the police in “Two Weeks to Live,” a new comedy series for Sky in the U.K. Williams will star as Kim Noakes, who was a young girl when her father died in murky circumstances. Following his death, […]

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Netflix’s ‘Undercover’ Gets Second Season, With a Story on Illegal Arms Sales

A second season of Netflix’s first Benelux original, “Undercover,” is in production, and the story will move from focusing on the illicit drugs trade to the illegal arms business. Non-English-language drama is finding a global audience on streaming platforms, and “Undercover” has ranked as one of Netflix’s most popular series in that category in the […]

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Golden Horse Awards To Hit Same Day As China’s Golden Rooster Awards

The Golden Horse Awards, known as Asia’s Oscars, will be held this year on the same day as mainland China’s Communist Party-backed Golden Rooster Awards, the festival announced Wednesday. The timing ever-so-conveniently more or less assures that no major Chinese talent will attend the Taiwan-based event. Hong Kong director Johnnie To will act as chairman […]

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Maisie Williams To Lead Sky Original Comedy ‘Two Weeks To Live’ For ‘The Tunnel’ Outfit Kudos

Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams is set to lead cast in Sky Original comedy series Two Weeks To Live (W/T). Written by Gaby Hull (Cheat), the six-part UK series will be produced by The Tunnel and Humans outfit Kudos and revolve around Kim Noakes (Williams), a young misfit who lives a secluded country life. […]

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Key Berlin Film Festival Venue Set to Close – or Is It?

The announcement that German exhibitor CineStar would close its multiplex at Berlin’s famed Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz has thrown the cinema’s participation as a key venue for the Berlin Film Festival into doubt. Whether it actually shutters, however, remains to be seen. British-based Vue International is awaiting approval from German antitrust officials on its […]

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Nahnatchka Khan, Hasan Minhaj, ‘Just Mercy’ Cast Talk Inclusion

“Always Be My Maybe” was “satisfying” to create because it gave focus to two characters that wouldn’t typically be portrayed as romantic leads, said director Nahnatchka Khan of her Netflix film at the CAA Amplify conference in Ojai, sitting on a panel with comedian Hasan Minhaj and NBA star Chris Paul. “We’re all big fans […]

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Netflix Adds Sion Sono, Ridley Scott and ‘Grudge’ Films to Japan Originals Slate

Netflix unveiled its lineup of original programming from Japan. It includes major local and international names. Among the most highly anticipated entries is “Ai-naki Mori de Sakebe” (literal translation: Shout in the Loveless Forest), a three-part series inspired by a real multiple murder case set to stream this summer. The director is international cult favorite […]

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Sebastian Maniscalco to Host MTV VMAs

MTV has announced that comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco will host the 2019 “VMAs” live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Monday, Aug. 26. Last year, Maniscalco published his best selling book “Stay Hungry,” followed by a stand up tour of the same name. The comedian has also sold out […]

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Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Set To Host MTV’s 2019 VMAs

Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco will host the 2019 Video Music Awards, MTV has announced. The announcement is expected to be made tonight on NBC’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Named Billboard’s 2018 Comedian of the Year, Maniscalco will host the VMA event live on Monday, August 26, from the Prudential Center in Newark, […]

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Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert Torch Trump’s ‘She’s Not My Type’ Assault Denial

Late-night hosts unloaded on President Trump once again Tuesday, this time for his poorly-worded denial of advice columnist E. Jean Carroll’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her 20 years ago in a New York department store. Trump told The Hill Carroll was “totally lying” about the alleged attack. “I’ll say it with great respect: Number […]

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‘Euphoria’ Ratings Steady In Week 2, ‘City On a Hill’ Slips, ‘Big Little Lies’ Viewership Continue To Grow

While the lion share of Euphoria’s viewership is coming from delayed/on-demand viewing, HBO’s provocative new series starring Zendaya also held up well in its linear ratings. The second episode of the teen drama averaged 574,000 viewers at 10 PM on Sunday, in line with the premiere’s 577,000. Meanwhile, Euphoria’s lead-in, Big Little Lies, continued to […]

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Robert Mueller Agrees To Testify Publicly About Trump-Russia Report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly before the two house committees on July 17 about his report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Democrats announced on Tuesday. On July 17, Mueller is scheduled to sit down before the House Judiciary and intelligence committees after both panels issued subpoenas saying “the […]

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‘Stuber’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Stuber.” Ads placed for the comedy had an estimated media value of $4.91 million through Sunday for 1,325 national ad airings on 42 networks. […]

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Robert Mueller Agrees To Publicly Testify to Congress

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 17, the committee chairmen announced on Tuesday. Mueller has resisted testifying, saying the special counsel’s report on Russian election interference and obstruction ought to speak for itself. In a public statement on May 29, he said that any […]

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‘When They See Us’ Watched By More Than 23 Million Netflix Accounts Worldwide

Netflix already said that When They See Us was one of the most popular series on the streaming platform. Now the numbers are out, showing more than 23 million accounts worldwide have watched the four-part drama about the so-called Central Park Five. On Tuesday, Ava DuVernay, who produced, directed and co-wrote the miniseries, took to […]

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Universal Fire Plot Thickens as New York Times Uncovers List of Affected Artists

Lawsuits have been filed asking the Universal Music Group to come up with a complete accounting of recordings lost in the 2008 fire on the studio lot that destroyed untold thousands of master recordings, and UMG is unlikely to comply with those requests soon, for any number of practical or legal reasons. But the New […]

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Angler Is L.A.’s Major New Seafood Destination

San Francisco transplant Angler is set to make a major splash in Los Angeles, as Joshua Skenes’ innovative seafood-focused restaurant opens in the somewhat unlikely location of the Beverly Center. Angler is the latest and the most ambitious restaurant to join a fresh crop of spots, including Cal Mare and Yardbird, on the recently refurbished […]

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BTS’ ‘Bring the Soul: The Movie’ Gets Global Theatrical Release

BTS will be back on the big screen this summer. The Korean pop group announced today that their latest feature film, “Bring the Soul: The Movie,” will have a global release on August 7. It arrives just six and a half months after the septet’s last film release, “Love Yourself in Seoul.” “Bring the Soul” […]

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Cardi B Pleads Not Guilty to New Charges Stemming From Bar Fight

Cardi B and two co-defendants pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges Tuesday in regards to a Queens bar fight in August of last year. Originally only charged with misdemeanors, the rapper (whose original name is Belcalis Almanzar) was later indicted with two felony counts of attempted assault on Friday after denying a plea […]

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Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Destin Daniel Cretton, And ‘Just Mercy’ Author Bryan Stevenson Talk Narrative Influence On Social Change, WB’s Film Adaptation

Lawyer, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy took the stage at CAA Amplify to talk about the Warner Bros. film based on his book. But before he was joined by the film’s stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx and director and writer Destin Daniel Cretton, he talked about what he hopes Just […]

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Bill Cosby Goes MAGA In Launching Another Appeal To Get Out Of Jail; Wants New 2004 Rape Trial

The latest appeal from Bill Cosby contends that if five other women at his retrial hadn’t been allowed to give testimony about being assaulted and drugged by him, the man once known as “America’s Dad” wouldn’t have been sentenced to up to 10 years behind bars last fall for the 2004 rape of Andrea Constand. […]

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Bette Midler Set for Special Performance at New York Pride (EXCLUSIVE)

Bette Midler is set to appear at New York’s Pride Main Event this Saturday (June 29) at the Javits Center. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, she’ll perform a song accompanied by composer Marc Shaiman, of “Hairspray” and “Mary Poppins Returns” fame. Her stage time is set for 11 p.m. Also scheduled to […]

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Tough Competition in Spa Town Festival

When the curtain rises June 28 on the 54th edition of the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, there will be a conspicuous absence among the 12 titles selected for the main competition: Czech directors. It’s just the second time this decade that the host country has failed to field a single entry in competition, a […]

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Banijay Germany Acquires Local Production Company Good Times

Banijay Germany, part of the hungry Banijay Group, has bought Cologne-based TV production outfit Good Times, known locally for making day-time formats, factual programming and docu-soaps. Good Times founder Sylvia Fahrenkrog-Petersen will continue as managing director. and continue to oversee the slate and all operations. The independent label will sit alongside Banijay Productions and Brainpool. […]

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Michael Jackson Estate Issues Statement of Support on 10th Anniversary of His Death

Michael Jackson’s estate issued a statement Monday in support of the late pop star on the 10th anniversary of his death amid an ongoing battle over his reputation and legacy. The statement described Jackson as a “gifted artist and extraordinary humanitarian” whose continued influence in dance, fashion, music and art has made him “more important […]

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‘Roma’ Wins 10 Prizes Including Best Film At Mexico’s Ariel Awards

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma swept the boards at Mexico’s Ariel Awards last night in Mexico City. The black-and-white period drama scored ten wins at the country’s leading film awards, bestowed by the Mexican Academy, including best film, director, cinematography and original screenplay. Muchas gracias por acompañarnos en la sexagésima primera entrega del Ariel. ¡Hasta el próximo […]

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Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp Join Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” has rounded out its cast, with veteran actors Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp among the stars signing on for the latest movie from the “Baby Driver” director. Stamp can currently be seen in Netflix hit “Murder Mystery” with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. Rigg’s recent roles include Olenna Tyrell […]

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Zhang Zhao, Chief of Le Chuang (Formerly Le Vision Pictures), Resigns

Zhang Zhao, the chairman and CEO of Le Chuang Entertainment, formerly known as Le Vision Pictures, has resigned for “personal reasons,” the firm said.    Zhang’s resignation was announced in a statement posted to the firm’s official social media account Monday, which thanked him for his service. “Le Chuang will carry on as before, using […]

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Wattpad Enters First Look Deal With Italy Entertainment Company Mediaset

Once again, Wattpad is continuing its global reach. This time the storytelling platform has announced that they have entered a first look deal with Mediaset, Italy’s leading entertainment company. As part of the deal, they will partner to develop and co-produce TV shows in Italy. The deal is Wattpad’s first Italian language deal and will […]

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Hero Nation Index: Jordan Peele, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Chris Rock

So many comedy stars have now invaded the horror genre that it’s not even funny. This month, it was Orion Pictures pouncing on a Scandinavian slasher pitch by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.  Last month, Lionsgate trumpeted Chris Rock as the idea man and executive producer who can pump new lifeblood into the studio’s rusty Saw franchise. […]

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Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert Take On Trump’s “Cocked And Loaded” Claim

TV’s late-night hosts had plenty of material for tonight’s episodes following President Trump’s decision to call off a strike against Iran. POTUS said Friday on Twitter the U.S. was “cocked & loaded” to use military force against Iran for downing a U.S. drone earlier in the week. But he told the nation he called off […]

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Bob Berney to Leave Amazon Studios’ Head of Marketing and Distribution Position

Bob Berney, Amazon Studios’ head of marketing and distribution, is stepping down, Variety has confirmed. Berney was hired by Amazon in 2015 and recently reached the end of his four-year contract. His last day will be Friday. During his time at amazon, the film veteran oversaw a number of successful films including “Manchester by the […]

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LGBTQ Stars Honored at Variety’s Power of Pride Celebration

New York City felt the full power of pride on Monday, as Variety celebrated its inaugural issue devoted to the annual recognition of LGBTQ people worldwide. At an intimate gathering at lower east side Manhattan hotel The Orchid, rooftop bar Mr. Purple hosted Variety’s cover stars and luminaries for cocktails and the unveiling of the […]

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WWE and PP Sports Extend China Partnership

WWE and PP Sports have signed a new multi-year agreement that will keep WWE programming airing live in Mandarin in China. In the past three years of the partnership, PP Sports has delivered more than 300 episodes of WWE programming. PP Sports will offer, “Raw,” “Smackdown, and the WWE Network as a subscription VOD service […]

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‘Shazam!’s Zachary Levi to Star in Lonely Island’s Action Comedy ‘Spy Guys’

When Zachary Levi was announced to star in DC's Shazam!, I'll admit, I was skeptical. But the Chuck star proved me and the rest of the doubters wrong, as Shazam! grossed $366 million worldwide. Not a home run, but a modest hit nonetheless, and one that should become profitable once it hits Blu-ray in just a few weeks. With that in mind, it's no surprise that New Line has tapped its heroic leading man to star in the action comedy Spy Guys, Collider has confirmed. Levi is in negotiations to play a super spy along the …

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Joel Silver Exits Silver Pictures

Top Hollywood producer Joel Silver has exited his production company Silver Pictures, Variety has confirmed. “Joel Silver recently indicated that he intends to leave Silver Pictures and go out on his own,” Hal Sadoff, a former ICM Partners agent who joined Silver Pictures several years ago as CEO, said in a statement. “We are working […]

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Bob Berney Exiting As Amazon Studios Head Of Marketing/Distribution

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran indie distribution executive Bob Berney is leaving Amazon Studios, sources said. It was his decision and came at the end of his four-year contract, which just ended last week. Berney was hired in mid-2015 to oversee distribution and marketing for Amazon’s original films. Much has happened at the company since then, as Roy […]

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‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Only Does Fraction Of ‘Pokémon Go’ Sales

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite isn’t conjuring up the same sales magic as Pokémon GO. The new mobile game from Niantic, which allows players to experience the wizarding world of Harry Potter through their mobile devices, arrived in the U.S. and U.K. on Friday, June 22. While it debuted at #1 in the iOS app store, […]

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Lady Gaga Talks Importance of Pronouns, Gay Pride During Rousing Speech

Lady Gaga was all about pride during her SiriusXM show at Harlem’s Apollo Theater Monday night. In between songs, the “Born This Way” pop star gave a rousing speech about the importance of asking people’s pronouns and the necessity of gay pride. She also referenced transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson who was widely credited with […]

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Russell T. Davies Breaks Down Balancing Global Politics and a Multi-Year Family Saga in ‘Years and Years’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the first episode of “Years and Years.” Russell T. Davies’ “Years and Years” begins with the members of a seemingly average family in the U.K. being drawn into a televised interview with entrepreneur Vivenne Rook (played by Emma Thompson) who admits she doesn’t “give […]

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Joel Silver Out At Silver Pictures, CEO Hal Sadoff To Steer Ship

EXCLUSIVE: A shakeup has occurred that leaves Joel Silver exiting Silver Pictures, the production company named for him and which he founded. Silver resigned from the company today. There will likely be more to this, but tonight, Deadline confirmed the exit through Hal Sadoff, the former ICM Partners agent who joined Silver several years ago […]

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Billy Eichner on Taylor Swift’s ‘Calm Down’ Backlash

When Taylor Swift released her “You Need to Calm Down” music video, it seemed like every member of the LGBTQ in Hollywood was included — except for Billy Eichner. “I’m still not gay enough for Taylor Swift — or too gay — I don’t know what it is,” Eichner joked at Variety’s Power of Pride […]

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‘The Loudest Voice’ & ‘Years And Years’ Review: It’s Rupert Murdoch’s World, Past & Semi-Fictional Future

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details of Showtime’s The Loudest Voice & HBO’s Years And Years. The former premieres on June 30 & the latter debuts tonight. The initial round of voting for the 2019 Emmys ends today, but the opening salvos of the 2020 Emmys start tonight with the debut of Years And Years […]

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Jason Aldean Concert Cancelled Due to Severe Lightning (Watch)

A Saturday night performance by Jason Aldean at the Country Stampede Festival in Topeka, Kansas was canceled due to a major lightning storm. According to local news, inclement weather troubled the three-day country music gathering. Rainstorms delayed the concert on multiple occasions, until eventually organizers called off Aldean’s headlining June 22 show. Watch video below […]

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TV News Roundup: ‘Highwire Live in Times Square’ Tops Sunday Night Ratings

In today’s TV news roundup, ABC’s “Highwire Live in Times Square” tops Sunday night ratings, and “Total Bellas” has been renewed for a fifth season. DATES FX will air the special event “Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year” on July 7. The program will showcase the issues honored at the 78th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony […]

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Prince’s ‘Batman’ at 30: How the Film Saved His Career From ‘Horrible’ Financial Straits

As the movie that ushered in both the modern-day superhero genre and a new peak in the art of saturation marketing, Tim Burton’s “Batman” has a legacy that’s hard to overstate. Virtually everything associated with the 1989 comic-book adaptation became a cultural phenomenon, from Burton’s mischievous, mainstream-goth aesthetic to the meta-narrative of the film’s record-breaking […]

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Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel Named Venice Jury President

Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel has been named the president of the jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the event’s 76th edition. Venice chief Alberto Barbera praised Martel as “Latin America’s most important female director and one of the top female directors worldwide,” adding that she had achieved this status with just “four feature films […]

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Viacom Partners With Tyler Perry for BET Plus Streaming Service

Viacom’s BET Networks has teamed with Tyler Perry to create a subscription streaming service that combines the prolific auteur’s library of movies and TV shows with BET’s programming vault. The service dubbed BET Plus will bow in the fall with a handful of original series and productions and a deep library offering that will be […]

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Chinese Drama ‘Better Days,’ Yanked From Berlin Lineup, Has Its China Release Canceled

Better days may be a long way off yet for the embattled Chinese drama “Better Days,” which has canceled its mainland China release just three days before the film was to hit theaters. The movie was also pulled at the last minute from the Berlin Film festival lineup in February amid tightening control by China’s […]

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China Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Beaten by Old Animated Film ‘Spirited Away’

Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” has debuted to record-breaking opening weekends all over the world – but not in China, where it was soundly beaten by a nearly 20-year-old Japanese anime classic, Ghibli Studios’ “Spirited Away.” While “Toy Story 4” made film history in territories around the world with the largest-ever three-day opening for […]

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Keeley Hawes to Star in and Produce Honor-Killing Drama for ITV

Keeley Hawes will star as a detective attempting to bring a group of killers to justice in the wake of a so-called honor-killing in “Honour.” The two-part drama is based on the real-life case of Banaz Mahmod, a young Londoner murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man. It is […]

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Shanghai Film Festival Crowns Iranian Drama ‘Castle Of Dreams’ With Trio Of Prizes

China’s leading film festival crowned Iranian drama Castle Of Dreams with three prizes on Sunday evening. The Shanghai International Film Festival handed Reza Mirkami’s film the Golden Goblet for best film, best director and a joint best actor award for Hamed Saberi Behdad. The familial drama charts the aftermath of a mother’s death. The unusual […]

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‘Bodyguard’s Keeley Hawes To Star & Produce ITV Crime Drama ‘Honour’ From ‘Vanity Fair’s Gwyneth Hughes

Bodyguard’s Keeley Hawes is to star in a British crime drama written by Our Girl and Vanity Fair writer Gwyneth Hughes for ITV. Honour is to be exec produced by Peter Kosminsky. The two-parter will see Hawes star as the real-life detective who brought five killers to justice in the true story of Banaz Mahmod, […]

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Love Nature Teams with Arte, BBC, Smithsonian on Natural History Series ‘Stormborn’

Love Nature has greenlit “Stormborn,” a wildlife series about animals living in the wildlands of countries on the edge of the North Atlantic. The three-parter will bow on Love Nature’s 4K linear channel and streaming service and then play on Arte in France and Germany, BBC Scotland and Smithsonian Channel. Love Nature is the natural […]

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Barcroft Studios Hires John Farrar as Creative Director, Ups Two Execs (EXCLUSIVE)

John Farrar, whose credits include “The Imposter,” has joined U.K. producer and digital content specialist Barcroft Studios. The company has also upped two senior staffers, with Alex Morris elevated to chief creative officer and Caspar Norman to chief operating officer. The new recruit joins Barcroft from Nerd TV, the U.K. shingle he co-founded with Jago […]

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‘Narcos’ Producer Gaumont Hires ‘El Chapo’ EP Christian Gabela To Lead Lat Am Co-Pro Push

Narcos producer Gaumont has hired El Chapo exec producer Christian Gabela as part of a push to bolster international co-productions in Latin America. This comes as its first Latin American co-production, El Presidente, is currently in production for Amazon Prime. The company has hired Gabela as VP, International TV Co-Productions. He joins from Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision, where he […]

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John Oliver Takes Jab At HBO Owner AT&T For “Absolutely Terrible” Wireless Network

Going for the proverbial biting the hand that feeds you, John Oliver took aim at AT&T on the latest edition of his HBO program The ‘Last Week Tonight. He skewered HBO’s new corporate parent, telecommunications giant AT&T (aka “Business Daddy”) over its “terrible” phone service during the main segment of tonight’s broadcast, which examines the […]

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

‘CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell’ Gets Premiere Date

The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will debut Monday, July 15 from New York, the network announced Sunday. It will air daily on CBS at 6:30 PM ET and on CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service, at 10 PM ET. When O’Donnell was officially unveiled as ratings-challenged CBS Evening News’s new anchor in […]

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BET Awards Full Winners List: Cardi B, ‘BlacKkKlansman’, Regina King, Michael B. Jordan Among Honorees

The 19th Annual BET Awards took place today at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Regina Hall took the stage and showed off her hosting (and dancing) skills as the show celebrated Black excellence in music, movies and sports. Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman took the award for Best Movie while Regina King and Michael B. […]

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Nipsey Hussle Gets Moving Tribute At BET Awards

The 2019 BET Awards paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle by honoring the late rapper with its Humanitarian Award and a star-studded musical tribute. Heading into the ceremony, the stars walked a blue carpet in his memory. Near the end of Sunday night’s nearly four-hour show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, rapper T.I. introduced […]

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‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ Addresses How Donald Trump Almost Brought Us To The “Brink Of War With Iran”

Donald Trump had quite a week and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver examined his rough journey that included a horrifying assault accusation, ICE raids and how he brought us “right to the brink of war” with Iran, which is just the latest in escalating tensions with the country. This week, Iran shot down a […]

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Tyler Perry Tells BET Awards Audience To Create Their Own Opportunities: “Own Your Stuff!”

In one of the most impactful speeches at Sunday night’s BET Awards, Tyler Perry talked about creating opportunities and taking control of his own destiny. The writer, producer, director was honored with BET’s Ultimate Icon Award. Taraji P. Henson, who appeared in Perry’s 2018 film Acrimony and his 2009 film I Can Do Bad All […]

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Rihanna Presents Mary J. Blige With BET Lifetime Achievement Award

Rihanna took the Microsoft Theater stage on June 23 to present Mary J. Blige with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Hailing the legendary singer for her style and sound, Rihanna also made mention of Blige’s history-making two Oscar nominations in the same year, for best actress and original song for “Mudbound.” Accepting the trophy, Blige […]

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Ari Emanuel Briefly Considered For Trump White House Post Just After 2016 Election; Superficial Vetting Docs Leaked

Ari Emanuel wasn’t looking at the Chief of Staff position that his brother held in the Obama administration but the WME boss was certainly considered for a gig in Donald Trump’s White House after his Celebrity Apprentice client was elected in 2016 to almost everyone’s surprise. Vetting documents leaked to political news site Axios were […]

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BET Awards’ Carpet Colored Blue in Honor of Late Nipsey Hussle

The 2019 edition of the BET Awards doubled as a celebration of late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in March outside of his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles. In honor of the man affectionately known as “Nip,” the carpet was colored blue. “The marathon continues” was a common refrain on the carpet (as […]

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BET Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List (Updating)

The 2019 BET Awards kicked off with a performance by Cardi B, who came into the night leading with 7 nominations. Other top nominees included Drake with 5, and Beyonce, Travis Scott and J. Cole, each with four. Bruno Mars, 21 Savage, Childish Gambino, H.E.R. and Ella Mai also received multiple nominations. The show, which […]

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Quality Control’s Coach K Says Abortion Ban Has Already Impacted Business in Atlanta

A who’s who of black entertainment and tech filled the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom on June 22 for the 4th annual Culture Creartors Innovators and Leaders Awards brunch. Honorees included Byron Allen, who received the Icon Award; actress and executive producer Marsai Martin, who was named Innovator of the Year; and Quality Control Music founders […]

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Mubi Streaming Service Launches in South East Asia (EXCLUSIVE)

Art-house streaming platform, Mubi is to launch in South East Asia. The service kicks off with operation in Malaysia, and has plans to quickly scale up in another half dozen territories in the fast-developing region. Mubi will retain its highly curated approach of offering one new film title per day and retaining each for just […]

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Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Launches Overseas With $120 Million, ‘Aladdin’ Clears $800 Million

Disney’s summer box office slate continues to dominate over other studios as “Toy Story 4” launches overseas with a solid $120 million and “Aladdin” crosses $800 million in ticket sales. Disney and Pixar’s latest “Toy Story” entry led international box office charts when it debuted in 37 foreign territories. It also dwarfed the competition in […]

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‘A Bigger Splash’ Tops Quiet Weekend; ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

The 4K restoration of 1974 semi-fictionalized documentary A Bigger Splash edged out with the top per theater average among the specialties this weekend, playing an exclusive run at the Metrograph Theater in Manhattan. Directed by Jack Hazan, the Metrograph Pictures release grossed $18K. This is the second release for Metrograph Pictures, following fellow doc, The Raft. Noted Artistic […]

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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2: James Tupper on Recapturing the Magic & Working With Meryl Streep

The HBO drama series Big Little Lies is back for a second season, as the lies that were told last season come back to haunt the Monterey Five. With the death of Celeste’s husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) even more present now that his mother, Mary Louise (Meryl Streep), seems to be staying in town indefinitely, the friendship between Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Renata (Laura Dern) and Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) is tested, pushing their husbands to the edge. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor James Tupper (who plays Nathan, the …

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Director Sharon Grimberg On Her Big Top Historical Doc ‘The Circus’: “It Was Transgressive In All Sorts Of Ways”

Traditional circuses still crisscross the country, but on a much-reduced scale from when they ruled America as the undisputed “greatest show on earth.” Sharon Grimberg’s two-part documentary The Circus rewinds to that era of big tops and big crowds that exploded more than 100 years ago. The circus helped knit together a diverse populace spread […]

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Upcoming Marvel Movies: Here’s What’s Next After ‘Endgame’

With the release of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios capped off a 22-film saga. The story began with 2008’s Iron Man, and since that time we’ve seen new heroes introduced, compelling combinations of characters intermingled, and even a few characters bite the dust. And while previous team-up movies like The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron had a sense of finality to them, Avengers: Endgame was a true, genuine ending to the 21 movies that have come before it. Nothing will be the same after Endgame. To that end, Marvel Studios has tried to keep a tight …

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When Comedy Fails, The New York Times Promos Always Entertain

When other forms of comedy fail—and they’ve failed a lot lately, with the box-office splat of films like Booksmart and Long Shot—the New York Times subscription blitz is usually good for a stray laugh. At least 41 times since March 19 (and I probably missed some), the Paper of Record has peppered my in-box with […]

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Debuts to Franchise-Best $118 Million

What a strange summer at the box office this has already been. Toy Story 4 easily took the weekend with a $118 million debut. This marks the highest opening in the franchise by a wide margin—topping Toy Story 3's $110.3 million—but still falls below the $122 million the movie was estimated to rake in, and well below the $140-165 million mark that Disney was originally expecting. The trend continues of big franchise tentpoles underperforming, although Toy Story 4's premiere isn't nearly as tragic as Dark Phoenix or Men in Black: International. The film'…

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Alice Cooper Claims He And Wife Have Death Pact: “We Are Going To Go Together”

Musician/actor/radio host Alice Cooper, most recently seen as Pontius Pilate in the live TV version of Jesus Christ Superstar, claims he and his wife have made a death pact. “We are going to go together,” Cooper said in an interview with the Mirror, a UK media outlet. “There is no way of surviving without each other.” Cooper’s […]

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‘Meet The Press’ Interview With President Trump: Iran “Cannot Have A Nuclear Weapon”

President Trump said he doesn’t want war with Iran during a one-on-one interview with Meet The Press host Chuck Todd that aired this morning. Confronting one of his frequent critics, Trump said he wouldn’t place pre-conditions on talks with Iran, although he noted that the country cannot obtain nuclear weapons. He also addressed the problems […]

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Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Dominates With $118 Million Debut

Disney’s domination over the box office only seemed to strengthen this weekend as “Toy Story 4” easily dominated box office charts. The fourth entry in Pixar’s animated series collected $118 million in ticket sales when it debuted in 4,575 North American theaters. While that haul is significantly below expectations, which anticipated a start near $140 […]

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‘Jessica Jones’ Season 3: Eka Darville on Malcolm’s Journey and Saying Goodbye to the Series

Executive produced by showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Jessica Jones (available to stream at Netflix) is back for a third season, as Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) crosses paths with a highly intelligent and very deadly killer. At the same time, Jessica has cut the newly powered Trish (Rachael Taylor) out of her life, as she struggles to live up to her mother’s expectations for being a hero, but in order to survive the madman who wants to put an end to the super-powered, the two must find a way to …

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

An upbeat President Donald Trump headed into Sunday’s tweetstorm with some wind at his back. He has an agreement with Mexico to control illegal immigration. He didn’t pull the trigger on an Iran war. And he had a huge rally to kick off his 2020 campaign. Today, he praised the system of tariffs that built […]

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Mumford and Sons, Sting, Ciara, Bebe Rexha Light Up Cannes Lions

There was no shortage of excellent music at the 2019 edition of Cannes Lion. The international gathering of creatives drew top music brands – among them: Spotify, Live Nation, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM/Pandora, VEVO and Universal Music Group – and a slew of well-known acts to stages across the Croissette, to villas above the city and onto […]

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Iran’s ‘Castle of Dreams’ Sweeps Shanghai Golden Goblet Award Ceremony

Iran’s “Castle of Dreams” a drama about family, separation and keeping one’s promises, collected a trio of prizes on Sunday night at the Shanghai International Film Festival. It won the Golden Goblet prize for best film, saw Reza Mirkarimi collect the best director prize, and Hamed Saberi Behdad share the best actor award. The almost […]

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How To Watch The 2019 BET Awards

The 19th Annual BET Awards take place today at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The show, which celebrates African-American achievement in music, movies and sports, will be hosted by Girls Trip and Black Monday actress Regina Hall. Cardi B leads with seven nominations, including best female hip-hop artist and album of the year. […]

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

BET Awards Add Fantasia, Meek Mill And More To Performers List

The BET Awards have added more performers to the lineup for Sunday’s show. This week, BET Networks announced the addition several popular hip hop, R&B and gospel artists, including Meek Mill, Fantasia, DaBaby, Jeremih, Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, Kelly Price, Jonathan McReynolds and James Funk of Rare Essence. They join the previously announced lineup of […]

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Thomas Schlamme Re-Elected DGA President

Thomas Schlamme was reelected president of the Directors Guild of America by acclamation today by the delegates to the guild’s biennial convention. The Emmy-winning West Wing director was first elected in 2017. “It is my honor to once again accept the position of President of the Directors Guild of America,” he said. “It’s a privilege […]

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Thomas Schlamme Re-Elected President of Directors Guild

Veteran TV director Thomas Schlamme has been re-elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term. Schlamme was selected by the acclamation of 255 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles. DGA presidents typically serve for two two-year terms, as did Schlamme’s predecessor Paris Barclay. The […]

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Tom Holland Angers Marvel Fans With ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Spoiler

Oops. Tom Holland did it again. The Spider-Man: Far From Home star, who’s known for letting spoilers slip, has now revealed a major death in Avengers: Endgame. During an appearance Friday night on The Graham Norton Show, Holland let it slip that a beloved character dies at the end of Endgame. “The film is a […]

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Jill Soloway, Margaret Cho, Alia Shawkat And More Talk Shift In LGBTQ+ Representation In Hollywood At YEA Event

Having just launched earlier this year, Young Entertainment Activists (YEA) is already making waves in the industry when it comes to its advocacy. The non-profit organization is a huge network of 1000+ entertainment professionals organizing young Hollywood to use their industry skills and resources to create local and national impact. YEA held an LGBTQ+ panel […]

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Album Review: Fruit Bats’ ‘Gold Past Life’

Who says nostalgia ain’t what it used to be? It’s back and better than ever, as they say, in Fruit Bats’ terrific seventh album, “Gold Past Life,” which, as the title would suggest, has a lot to say about the bittersweet pull of memories of simpler and easier times. Nearly every song is its own […]

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Taiwan’s ‘Your Name Engraved Herein’ Moves With Changing Times

The recent decision to legalize gay marriage in Taiwan – the first place in the Chinese world to do so – caused a stampede of people to rush to registry offices across the island. It may open the way to more LGBT films as well. One movie that clearly acknowledges the historic moment is “Your […]

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Trump Threatens Time Magazine Journalist With Prison Time For Taking Photo

President Trump apparently threatened a Time magazine journalist with prison time for taking a picture of a private letter without permission. The incident happened Monday, June 17, when a group of Time staffers visited the Oval Office for a story about Trump’s re-election campaign, according to a transcript posted online this week by the magazine. […]

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Alabama Shakes Front-Woman Brittany Howard Talks Finding Success as a Woman of Color and #SeeHerHearHer Campaign

Like many women in the music industry, Alabama Shakes front-woman Brittany Howard was told consistently throughout her career that she didn’t have a shot at success due to her gender. But as the leading guitarist and vocalist in the iconic Alabama-based rock band — and with four Grammys to her name — Howard knows that […]

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Friday Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Easily Wins Battle of the Toys Over ‘Child’s Play’

Whelp, all those vaguely threatening posters feel a bit silly now. After bringing in the second largest Thursday preview for an animated film ever, Toy Story 4 is headed to a massive $122+ million opening weekend. The film flew to first on Friday night with $47.4 million, trouncing its R-rated toy-focused foe Child's Play, which fell short of expectations on Friday with just $6.1 million. The horror reboot featuring Mark Hamill as the voice of the homicidal doll Chuckie is likely to end its first weekend around $14 million. Funny enough, Toy Story 4's …

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TV Review: ‘Years and Years’

Give HBO’s latest drama six hours of your time, and it’ll tell you the story of the 21st century. That’s the promise made by “Years and Years,” which airs on the cabler starting June 24 after a run on BBC One in the United Kingdom. The first episode begins in May 2019, and subsequent installments […]

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition

It’s the best June ever if you’re a stock holder. Not so good if you were ordered to be deported and haven’t complied. President Donald Trump took out the hammer today in his early tweetstorm. He praised the rising stock market, which just set a new all-time record and is on track for its best […]

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Ally Maki on ‘Toy Story 4’, Giggle McDimples, and Her Character’s Friendship with Bo Peep

Audiences were first introduced to the world of Toy Story in 1995, and nine years after we last saw them in the third installment of the franchise, the toys are back with an all-new adventure in Toy Story 4, as they take a road trip that leads them on their own journey of self-discovery and helps them find their purpose. With Andy off at college, the toys are now with Bonnie, whose apprehension about starting kindergarten leads her to create Forky (voiced by Tony Hale), a craft-project-turned-toy that’s struggling to understand how and why …

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Shanghai: Sonthar Gyal Says Festival Jury has Talent Discovery Role

Director Sonthar Gyal has a long history with the Shanghai International Film Festival, where he is a jury member this year. His directorial debut, “The Sun Beaten Path,” participated in the Asian New Talents section in 2011, as did his second film, 2015’s “River.” His third, last year’s “Ala Changso,” won the grand jury and […]

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How BAFTA Breakthrough Aims to Foster U.K-China Cultural Exchange

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts this week extended its growing “Breakthrough” talent initiative to China. It teamed with financier Yu Holdings to launch BAFTA Breakthrough China at the Shanghai International Film Festival, with British actor Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “The Night Manager”) set as an ambassador for the scheme. BAFTA chief executive […]

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Will WGA Election Become Vote Of Confidence In Guild’s Leadership Over Agency Campaign Strategy?

The late summer 2019 timing of the WGA election for new president, officers and eight board seats was considered perfectly timed for the membership to select leaders they feel would best fight for their interests in the crucial 2020 negotiations with the AMPTP. But while the battle with the studios is still looming on the […]

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‘Toy Story 4’ Lines Up Biggest Promo Push For Disney Animation Title At $150M With Chrysler, Go RVing, McDonald’s & More

When it comes to Disney churning out a $1 billion global grossing film at the box office, some may think that the studio’s brands of Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm simply do all the lifting. Slap Marvel on any deeper universe title like Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange, and moviegoers just show up, right? […]

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Rolling Stones With Fully Recovered Mick Jagger Kick Off ‘No Filter’ Tour In Chicago

Looking fully recovered from his recent heart surgery, Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones finally kicked off a postponed tour tonight in Chicago. The sold-out show was the first of 17 shows in 15 cities across the US and Canada, running through Aug. 31 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The tour was originally […]

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Bill Maher: Oprah Winfrey Is The Only “Sure-Thing Winner” For Dems In 2020

Bill Maher closed out the 500th episode of his HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher with a bruising appraisal of the Democratic Party’s feckless options for 2020 and a point-by-point explanation of why there is one (and only one) “sure-thing winner” to oust the GOP incumbent: Oprah Winfrey. With a bitter tone, Maher explained that […]

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Explores Democratic Field’s Comfort Foods

The Democratic presidential candidate field is large at this early stage, and getting to know much about the people running can be a chore. So tonight, Stephen Colbert presented his “Doin’ It Donkey Style,” a segment looking at a recent New York Times survey of the candidate field, which raised an important question in his […]

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California Vaccination Bill Opposed By Jessica Biel Is Passed

A California legislative committee has voted to tighten the state’s school immunization requirements, a move that has drawn criticism from anti-vaccination advocates. The state Assembly Health Committee passed a much-amended Senate Bill 276 by a 9-2 vote. Actress Jessica Biel was among those who have lobbied against the measure, but to no apparent avail. She […]

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Soundgarden, Tupac and Tom Petty Estates Sue Universal Music Over Fire Damage

Soundgarden, Hole, Steve Earle and the estates of Tupac and Tom Petty today filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group over the master recordings destroyed in a 2008 fire, the extent of which was revealed last week in a New York Times article. The fire, which destroyed an estimated 500,000 master recordings by artists ranging […]

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‘The Affair’: First Teaser Out For Fifth And Final Season Of Showtime Drama

The first look at the upcoming season five of Showtime drama The Affair teases the aftermath of last season’s horrific events and find the characters coming to terms with the consequences of their choices – as they make the realization that if they really want to change their futures, they must first face the past. […]

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Elliot Roberts, Neil Young’s Longtime Manager, Dies at 76

Elliot Roberts, who worked as Neil Young’s manager since 1967 in what may be the longest-standing manager/client relationship in rock ‘n’ roll, has died at 76, his longtime publicist Michael Jensen confirmed to Variety. No immediate cause of death was given. Roberts was also instrumental in the early career of Joni Mitchell, whom he managed […]

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‘The Affair’: First-Look Teaser Out For Fifth And Final Season Of Showtime Drama

A first look at the upcoming season five of Showtime drama The Affair teases the aftermath of last season’s horrific events and find the characters coming to terms with the consequences of their choices – as they make the realization that if they really want to change their futures, they must first face the past. […]

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Cailee Spaeny In Talks To Topline ‘The Craft’ Remake From Sony & Blumhouse

Pacific Rim: Uprising actress Cailee Spaeny is in talks for the lead role in Blumhouse/Sony’s The Craft remake, Deadline has confirmed. Zoe Lister-Jones is attached to write and direct the project, which is based on the 1996 original, which followed a newcomer at a Catholic prep high school who falls in with a trio of […]

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‘The Craft’ Reboot at Blumhouse Finds Its First Witch in ‘Pacific Rim’s Cailee Spaeny

Up-and-coming actress Cailee Spaeny is in negotiations to play one the lead in Sony and Blumhouse's reboot of the 1996 cult classic The Craft, Collider has confirmed. Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid) has been tapped to write and direct a contemporary reboot, which, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will follow Hannah, a teenager who feels like an outcast at school until she befriends three young women who encourage her to join them in experimenting with witchcraft. They unleash a power that seems to solve all their problems at first, until it begins to consume them, with unforeseen …

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The Best TV Shows on Right Now

We here at Collider know that Peak TV makes it hard to figure out what shows are worth watching, especially in the middle of this deluge of new fall shows. Sometimes you just sit there and look at a lackluster DV-R list and think, "What's that series on HBO about the historical woman who dresses like a man or something?" (It's Gentleman Jack, and Suranne Jones is a gift) -- we're here to help. Each month, we’re polling our Collider staffers to pick our favorite shows on TV right now. Every show is submitted with a …

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President Donald Trump Plans To Be Around For A While, Twitter Video Indicates

Democrats are already vowing to stop four more years of Donald Trump. But are they ready for 20 more years?  30 more years?  How about a Trump influence lasting forever? Liberal heads exploded today as President Donald Trump teased the possibility that his political dynasty may go on well beyond the term limits of eight […]

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Fox News Host Sean Hannity Defends Texts To Ex-Trump Manager Paul Manafort

Fox News host Sean Hannity had a close working relationship with former Donald Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort, according to a court filing that was released on Friday. The messages between the two were initially filed under seal as an attachment to a government sentencing memo in February. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, […]

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Shanghai: Lightchaser Seeks More Chinese Animation Talent

There is huge potential market for animation films in China. But Chinese companies are struggling to make the content to fulfil that demand, said Lightchaser Animation Studios’ co-founder Yuan Ye in Shanghai.  “Although animation education in China has improved, when it comes to character effects or other technical skills, they don’t teach any of it in […]

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Film Review: ‘Nightmare Cinema’

Writer, producer, director and horror mega-fan Mick Garris assembles a cadre of like minds to create “Nightmare Cinema.” This anthology feature is basically a two-hour, big-screen version of the several macabre TV anthology series he’s been involved with since the mid-’80s “Amazing Stories.” Comprising five directors’ tales linked by the inimitable Mickey Rourke as a […]

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‘Toy Story 4’ Seeing Second-Best Preview Night For Animated Pic With Around $12M – Early Look

EXCLUSIVE: Disney continues to build movies this summer, and audiences continue to come. Industry sources –not Disney– inform us that Pixar’s Toy Story 4 is clocking around $12M tonight, which will make it the second best preview night for an animated pic after the record $18.5M notched by Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 last year. Toy Story 4 kicked […]

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WGA To Host Panel On Gun Violence In Popular Culture

The WGA West will host a panel discussion on gun violence and “the responsibility of the entertainment community to ‘pull the veil’ and expose the realities of gun violence as it affects our communities.” The panel, called Flipping the Switch on Gun Violence, will be held June 27 at the guild’s headquarters. MacGyver executive producer […]

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New Freddie Mercury Video Of “Time Waits For No One” Released By UMG

Universal Music Group has unearthed a brand new video from Queen singer Freddie Mercury and released it on Thursday. “Time Waits For No One” sees Mercury on stage at the Dominion Theatre in London, accompanied by keyboardist Mike Moran on piano. The song was originally recorded in April 1986 as part of a concept album […]

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper Pays Heartfelt Tribute To Mother Gloria Vanderbilt

CNN host Anderson Cooper paid tribute today to his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, who passed away on Monday at age 95. Anderson said his mom would be stunned by the outpouring of condolences upon her death, telling an anecdote about her joining Instagram at age 92. “My mom found out June 8 that she had cancer,” […]

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Album Review: Mark Ronson’s ‘Late Night Feelings’

He’s won seven Grammys and an Oscar, he’s tall and handsome, and “Uptown Funk” was his song — yet Mark Ronson remains one of the most low-key stars in the business. Picture him playing guitar or standing at a podium, flashy award in hand, next to Amy Winehouse or Gaga or Miley and you might […]

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MSNBC Contributor Mistakes Rep. Joaquin Castro For His Brother Running For President

MSNBC contributor Noah Rothman didn’t get his Castros straight in an interview today on Morning Joe. The segment in question starts at 25:22 of the video. Rothman asked Rep. Joaquin Castro about a Fox News town hall statement. “Congressman, I wanted to ask you briefly — you had said on a Fox News town hall […]

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‘Child’s Play’: Aubrey Plaza & Gabriel Bateman Reveal Their Weirdest Wrap Gifts



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‘The Daily Show’ With Trevor Noah, ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Take On Drones

The political talk shows today focused on Iran’s shooting down of an unmanned US drone, an act which could be seen as a provocation toward war akin to a gunboat being attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah claimed both sides have their stories. The US is trying for sympathy by […]

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Fox News Host Sean Hannity And CNN’s Jim Acosta Spar On Twitter

Fox News host Sean Hannity is back to social media warring with CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta. This time, the subject is book sales. Hannity tweeted out about the new book from conservative talk show host Mark Levin this morning, in the process taking a swipe at Acosta (or #FakeNewsAcosta, as he hashtagged it) […]

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Netflix Releases Action-Packed ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer (Watch)

Two weeks out from the premiere, Netflix has released a darker trailer for “Stranger Things” season 3. The three-minute long clip almost feels like it’s promoting an action movie, with things clearly set to take a more harrowing turn in the town of Hawkins. All the gang are back once more: Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), […]

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Randall Christensen, Emmy-Winning Costume Designer, Dies at 60

Randall Christensen, the Emmy-winning costume designer best known for his work on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” died Sunday after a long fight with carcinoid cancer. He was 60. Christensen’s work on the beloved reality show, which spanned 11 seasons since his start in 2006, earned him the moniker “the next Bob Mackie,” given to […]

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Kamala Harris Was Top Hollywood Draw In Q1

Before Joe Biden entered the 2020 presidential race, Kamala Harris was the clear favorite of Hollywood’s big spenders. First-quarter Federal Election Commission filings show that through March 31, she led all rivals in contributions from industry movers and shakers. That dynamic might  have changed when Biden joined the race on April 25 – after the […]

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Sydney Film Review: ‘Hearts and Bones’

Time spent in a modern war zone can be traumatic for participant and observer alike, yet across continents and cultures, the shared experiences of living and loving in the wake of such experiences can be startlingly similar. This is multi-faceted and overarching theme woven throughout Ben Lawrence’s sensitive and affecting new Australian drama “Hearts and […]

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Netflix Goes Down Briefly In Afternoon, Cites “Technical Issues” For Outage

Netflix experienced a brief outage of about an hour Thursday afternoon. The streaming service’s website indicated the problem was unspecified “technical issues” that the company was working to correct. The outage happened around 6:30 ET/3:30 PT according to the monitor Downdetector.com. The most- reported problems were with the website (51%) and getting no connection (31%).  Netflix […]

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Film News Roundup: Elizabeth Banks Honored as Pioneer of the Year by Will Rogers Foundation

In today’s film news roundup, Elizabeth Banks will receive the Pioneer of the Year Award, “The Great Hack” launches a festival, Women In Media launch the CAMERAderie Initiative and UCLA, University of Michigan and USC are receiving $50 million. BANKS HONORED The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation has selected Elizabeth Banks as the recipient […]

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Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Adds Ray Winstone

Marvel’s standalone Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson has added The Departed star Ray Winstone. His role is under wraps with production shooting in London, and as we’ve heard also Norway. Cate Shortland is directing the pic off Jac Schaeffer’s script, with Kevin Feige producing. Winstone joins Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, Florence Pugh and O.T. Fagbenie who have […]

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Shanghai: Chinese Film Industry Needs to Focus on Quality After Wobbly 2018

The economics of China’s film industry is no longer an unbroken story of double digit growth. Nor was 2018 quite as bad many companies have portrayed. A major report on the business, published in Shanghai this week by the China Film Association, in partnership with the Motion Picture Association, showed the number of cinemas grew […]

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Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Recruits Ray Winstone to Join Scarlett Johansson

Ray Winstone, the rugged star of such classic crime films as The Departed and Sexy Beast, has signed on to join Scarlett Johansson in Marvel’s Black Widow movie, Collider has confirmed. Oscar winner Rachel Weisz will co-star alongside David Harbour (Stranger Things), Florence Pugh (Midsommar) and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid's Tale). Cate Shortland is in the midst of directing the film in London. Marvel boss Kevin Feige is producing the film, which was written by Jac Schaeffer. [caption id="attachment_684654" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Marvel Studios[/caption] Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, made her …

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Disney Publicity Vets Stephanie Kluft & Andrew Bernstein, Fox EVP Int’l PR Katherine Willing Exit Studio

EXCLUSIVE: We have unfortunately learned that Disney VPs of Global Publicity Stephanie Kluft and Andrew Bernstein, as well as Fox EVP of International Publicity Katherine Willing were part of yesterday’s cuts at the studio. All three were veteran PR executives with significant relationships in the industry. Anecdotally speaking, Kluft and Bernstein will be missed as we’ve […]

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Batman, Julia Roberts, Spike Lee Among 2020 Walk of Fame Honorees

Batman, Julia Roberts and Spike Lee are among the names selected to be inducted into the 2020 Walk of Fame. The full list of honorees was announced by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Walk of Fame Selection Committee via an exclusive livestream by Variety. Chosen from hundreds of nominees during a selection meeting in June, […]

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Randall Christensen Dies: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Costume Designer Was 60

Randall Christensen, Emmy-winning costumer designer for his work on Dancing With The Stars, has died. Christensen died Sunday from complications of cancer, his talent agent confirmed to Deadline. He was 60. Christensen worked on Dancing With The Stars for eleven seasons beginning in 2006. He won the Emmy that year for outstanding costume design for […]

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Brian Taggert Dies: TV And Film Writer For ‘Poltergeist III’ Was 81

Brian Taggert, the screenwriter for Poltergeist III&nbs