Thursday, October 31, 2019

Film Review: ‘Badland’

Writer-director Justin Lee carves another notch on his six-shooter — or at least another credit on his IMDb page — with “Badland,” his third indie Western (after the direct-to-video titles “Any Bullet Will Do” and “A Reckoning”) to be released within the past two years. This time out, Lee is working with a budget that […]

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Tom Ford Sells Richard Neutra-Designed House to Billionaire Neighbor

Turns out that fashion icon Tom Ford is also quite the real estate savant. Earlier this month, in an off-market transaction first written up by the Hollywood Reporter, Ford sold his Bel Air home of more than two decades to his across-the-street neighbor. The Texas-born aspiring filmmaker originally purchased the sophisticated midcentury modern residence way […]

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Maria Fire: Ventura County Blaze Near Santa Paula Is At 4,000 Acres, Zero Containment – Update

UPDATED: A new wildfire has broken out just south of Santa Paula, with evacuations ordered for nearby residents. Within a couple of hours, the fire exploded to 4,000 acres, according to the Ventura County Fire Department, and the blaze is 0% contained. The Maria Fire was first reported about 6:15 p.m. atop South Mountain. Precautionary […]

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‘Are You Afraid Of The Dark?’ Reboot Scores Solidly For Nickelodeon In Its Three-Part Run

Nickelodeon is celebrating Halloween by shedding some light on the success of its three-part reboot of Are You Afraid Of The Dark? The reimagined anthology of Are You Afraid of the Dark? ran as a brand-new limited series through three hour-long episodes that premiered on Oct. 11, 18 and 25. The series introduced an entirely […]

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The Best 2019 Horror Movies You Can Stream Right Now

Happy Halloween, y'all! Sometimes the All Hallows spirit moves you towards classic horror, sometimes, it moves you towards family-friendly fare, but sometimes, you just want to see some new that you've never watched before, and you want to watch it as easily as possible. Fortunately, there's a good selection of 2019 horror movies streaming right now that you can hit play on ASAP. From Netflix to Hulu to the great horror streaming service Shudder, here are the best picks to give you all the chills and thrills you're looking for on a Halloween night without …

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Oscars: Best International Feature Category Gets New Rules With an Eye Toward Global Inclusion

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed voting protocols for one of its most complicated categories, best international feature — known until last year as best foreign language film. Announcements were sent to various branches on Thursday alerting members to a change in category rules — which will significantly open up voting […]

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Bernard Slade Dies: Creator Of TV’s ‘The Partridge Family’ And Broadway’s ‘Same Time, Next Year’ Was 89

Bernard Slade, a versatile writer who created one of Broadway’s most successful plays and several hit TV shows, has died. He passed Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. at age 89 of complications from Lewy body dementia, according to his daughter. Slade began his career as a theatrical producer and stage actor in […]

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Has Nancy Pelosi As A Halloween Guest

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi was tonight’s guest for Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, coming in after today’s legislative session that set the formal rules for the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions. Colbert asked her for first reaction to the President’s Ukraine telephone call of July 25. “The first […]

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Film News Roundup: AFM Assures Attendees Santa Monica Remains Fire-Free

In today’s film news roundup, AFM tells attendees that Santa Monica isn’t burning, the LA Film Critics honor Elaine May and MarketCast hires a Nielsen executive. AFM REASSURANCE With less than a week before the American Film Market opens in Santa Monica, AFM has assured attendees that the beachside city has not been hit by […]

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SiriusXM Posts Strong Third-Quarter Results

SiriusXM posted robust operating and financial results for the third quarter of 2019. The company’s total revenue of $2 billion was up 37% over the same period last year, seeing a considerable boost from the company’s acquisition of Pandora Media earlier this year. On a pro forma basis, revenue climbed 7% from $1.9 billion in the third quarter of […]

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‘Big Shot’: Shiri Appleby, Yvette Nicole Brown Among Cast Set For Disney+ Dramedy Series

UnReal alumna Shiri Appleby and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) are set as series regulars alongside John Stamos in Big Shot, Disney+’s new original series written and executive produced by David E. Kelley and Dean Lorey and produced by ABC Studios, a part of Disney Television Studios. 7. The 10-episode series follows a temperamental college basketball […]

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TV News Roundup: Quibi Orders ‘The Now’ With Farrelly Brothers Set to Direct

In today’s TV news roundup, Quibi greenlights a new comedy directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, and Showtime premiered the trailer for its upcoming comedy “Work In Progress.” GREENLIGHTS Quibi has commissioned “The Now,” a new comedy that will be directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly and star Dave Franco. The show will examine what […]

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‘General Hospital’ Unveils New Nikolas Cassadine – It’s Marcus Coloma

Marcus Coloma was revealed today as the new ‘Nikolas Cassadine’ on ABC’s General Hospital. The role was unveiled after much speculation on whether Nikolas Cassadine was still alive.  Today, he returned to Port Charles and appears to be the one who took Cassandra Pierce all those months ago, and has been following Ava Jerome. Coloma […]

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Live Nation Posts Robust Earnings, Revenue up 6% for the Year

Live Nation posted a robust earnings report today, with $8.7 billion in revenue for the first three quarters of 2019, a 6% increase from the same period last year. The company also delivered its highest operating income and adjusted operating income quarter to date, from July 1-Sept. 30, with $260 million and $427.1 million, respectively. […]

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‘Cuck’ Writer-Director Rob Lambert Inks With Zero Gravity; ‘All Rise’s Nadia Gray Signs With Link Entertainment

Rob Lambert, whose debut feature film is the psychosexual, politically tinged thriller Cuck that Gravitas Ventures released earlier this month, has signed with Zero Gravity Management for representation in all areas. The news comes as Cuck is going on offer to international buyers at the upcoming American Film Market in Santa Monica. The film is […]

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Catherine Herridge Joins CBS News After Long Tenure At Fox News

Catherine Herridge, who has been with Fox News since 1996, the year it launched, is joining CBS News as senior investigative correspondent. Herridge will cover national security and intelligence issues and report original investigations. She will be based in Washington, and start in November. “Catherine Herridge is a skilled investigative correspondent who has consistently brought […]

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International Growth & Streaming Boom Help AMC Networks Grow Revenue & Profit

AMC Networks delivered increases in revenue and profit across its third quarter financials – helped by the growth of its international business and streaming services. The company, which operates the eponymous network as well as BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and WEtv, saw revenue increase by 3.1% to $719M and net income of $117M, up from […]

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Catherine Herridge, Fox News Veteran, Moves to CBS News

Catherine Herridge, a Fox News Channel veteran who has been with that network since it was founded in 1996, is moving to rival CBS News. She will work as a senior investigative correspondent out of Washington, CBS News said, and will start in November. Herridge is the second long-serving Fox News journalist to leave the […]

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CBS To Remake James Corden’s Sky Gameshow ‘A League Of Their Own’

CBS is poised to remake James Corden’s longrunning Sky gameshow A League Of Their Own. Following the success of The Late Late Show with James Corden, CBS will turn to the British presenter to transform the high-octane sports quiz into a vehicle that works for U.S. audiences. The series will be produced by Fulwell 73, […]

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Hugh Grant Defends Snubbing UK Chancellor At ‘Irishman’ Premiere

A war of words has sparked between Hugh Grant and UK politician Sajid Javid over a handshake snub. In an interview with ES Magazine published today, Javid, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, claimed that Grant had refused to shake his hand when the two met at the recent London premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. In […]

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Amazon Unveils Premiere League Presenting Lineup, With Gabby Logan Scoring Hosting Role

Amazon has announced that more than 40 presenters and former professionals will be part of its English Premier League lineup, with its coverage of the soccer competition kicking-off in December. Amazon secured rights to show the Premier League in the UK last year, and will air 20 matches a season. Coverage will launch on December […]

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tencent Nabs Rights to ‘Blossoms’ Series Produced by Wong Kar-wai

Wong Kar-wai is producing a new web series called “Blossoms” for Chinese Internet giant Tencent. The project precedes a future feature film by the same name that he is still expecting to direct, Hong Kong’s Jet Tone Films told Variety on Thursday. The company issued a poster image for the series on Wednesday, featuring a […]

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Donald Trump/Barack Obama Mashup On Terrorist Deaths Is Breaking The Internet

The Jimmy Kimmel Live! show saw Donald Trump’s 48-minute speech on the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and decided there were a few moments of comedy gold to be had. So they compared and contrasted the oratorical style of the 44th and 45th Presidents as they gravely announce the deaths of some of the world’s […]

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South Park Continues To Mock China, Its President, & Takes A Shot At Harvey Weinstein

The writers of South Park continued to tweak China in its latest edition, with Randy wearing a President Xi Jinping mask in the opening credits of  tonight’s episode. The zinger recalled South Park’s earlier poke at the lion’s cage. That, too, involved Randy, who was forced to shout out an epithet against the Chinese government. South […]

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2019 World Series: Washington Nationals Beat Houston Astros 6-2 To Take Title

The Washington Nationals are the 2019 World Series champions, beating the Houston Astros 6-2 in a tense, well-played Game 7 to take the title at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Astros took the early lead, powered by the strong pitching of Zack Greinke and a second-inning home run from first baseman Yuri Gurriel. Nationals […]

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Film Review: Matthew Barney’s ‘Redoubt’

We might as well call it “Dances With Wolves”: Compared to the nightmarish vision multimedia id-tickler Matthew Barney created his epic, five-film “Cremaster Cycle” (which suggested Hieronymus Bosch by way of Busby Berkeley) and his shocking six-hour followup, “River of Fundament” (which some dubbed pornographic, while inspiring others to go ranting on Reddit), the art-world […]

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‘American Horror Story’ Recap: Lily Rabe, Dylan McDermott Return to Franchise in ‘The Lady in White’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Lady in White,” the seventh episode of “American Horror Story: 1984.” Last week’s episode of “American Horror Story” took all the “1984” characters and jumped them forward in time by five years. It seemed to be setting up a reunion back at Camp Redwood, […]

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The Best Halloween Movies Streaming on Netflix Right Now

Haunted Houses are up and running, there's a pumpkin patch on every corner, and the debate over whether candy corn is actually good is raging once again. Halloween season is in full swing! What better way to get in the spooky spirit than with a good movie, whether its a seasonal classic, a new horror gem, or a family favorite that just screams fall vibes. At the moment, Netflix doesn't have much in the way of actual Halloween-themed movies (hopefully some more will pop up as October approaches.) But no worries, the streaming service still has plenty …

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Reads From ‘Don And The Giant Impeach’

The impeachment inquiry is here to stay, declared Late Show host Stephen Colbert. “The relationship is getting serious. It’s unpacked its bags, put its toothbrush in that little cup over the sink.” The House of Representatives is setting up its procedures for the impeachment inquiry on Thursday, Colbert said, revealing that he will have an […]

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The Best Anime TV Series on Netflix Right Now

Probably the biggest change in the anime industry in the last couple of years (besides the invasion of the isekai genre) has been the rise of Netflix as a powerhouse in both anime production and also distribution. Like with the rest of their original content, Netflix is constantly releasing new anime series and movies every month, to the point where it can be overwhelming. While some of the available series are fantastic and ground-breaking, some could definitely be better. It can be difficult to comb through the many anime series available on Netflix, especially if you’re a newcomer. …

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The Best Anime Movies on Netflix Right Now

The definition of anime has long been a source for debate amongst fans. In Japan, the word "anime" is simply Japanese for animation, no matter the media or its origin. But outside of Japan, the word has come to be associated specifically to animation being produced in Japan or from Japanese creators. This gets a bit complicated since plenty of cartoons from the West like Transformers and even Animaniacs were at least partially animated by Japanese studios, and shows like The Last Airbender and movies like The Matrix were heavily influenced by anime. With Netflix now becoming a powerhouse in …

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Allen Kovac’s Eleven Seven Label Group Rebrands as Better Noise Music

Eleven Seven Music and Eleven Seven Label Group, founded by industry veteran Allen Kovac in 2006, has rebranded as Better Noise Music. The new entity is home to rock acts Five Finger Death Punch, AWOLNATION and Mongolia’s The HU; Better Noise Nashville has also signed country-rock act in Cory Marks; and Better Noise International’s roster […]

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Getty Fire: Most Evacuations Lifted As Winds Die Down; 27% Containment; Watch Video Of Flashpoint – Update

2ND UPDATE, 5:50 PM: Most of the mandatory evacuations tied to the Getty Fire in Los Angeles were lifted late this afternoon as the wild Santa Ana wind event ebbs. Here are the areas where evacs remain in place: West border: Kenter Avenue South border: Sunset Boulevard North border: Area just south of Mountain Gate […]

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Donald Passman Talks New Edition of ‘All You Need to Know About the Music Business,’ and What’s Next

On November 14, veteran music attorney Donald Passman will receive the Cedars Sinai Board of Governors 2019 Visionary Award. The award is a fitting one, not just for the work the lawyer/author has done on behalf of the hospital, but for his groundbreaking 1991 book “All You Need to Know About the Music Business,” the […]

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Edward Norton Does Not Want to Participate in James Corden’s ‘Fight Club’ Bit

Edward Norton appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden to plug his new film: Motherless Brooklyn, a twisty noir the actor also wrote and directed. But James Corden had other plans. He wanted to pop on Brad Pitt's maroon leather jacket. He wanted to gather his colleagues into a grimy old warehouse. He wanted to reenact Fight Club, Norton's 1999 cult classic made with Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, and director David Fincher. But Norton was fully not in the mood. Corden calls his makeshift get-together "Late Late Show Fight Club," which is certainly, to paraphrase …

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HBO Max vs. HBO Now vs. HBO Go: Why WarnerMedia’s Strategy May Lead to Brand Confusion

It’s not TV, it’s… well, it’s a bit confusing. WarnerMedia has finally unveiled details behind HBO Max, the company’s long-awaited direct-to-consumer offering that will compete in an increasingly crowded field starting next May. But for existing HBO subscribers, it’s still not quite clear what they’ll be getting — or when they’ll be getting it. That’s […]

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The Queen, the Dress and the American

It is no accident that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth holds such a powerful place in the fashion ethos. Like many, I’ve always been struck by her singular and flawless style that seems to defy the passing of time. Little did I know that one day I would play a very small part in this amazing […]

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Thom Yorke Debuts ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Song at Hypnotic L.A. Gig

Thom Yorke closed out the first of two sold-out shows at L.A.’s Greek Theatre on Tuesday night by performing a new song from the “Motherless Brooklyn” soundtrack. He dedicated the somber piano ballad, “Daily Battles,” to the film’s director-star Ed Norton, who stood in wonderment only a few feet from the stage. “If I f— […]

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Hilary Duff Shares First Look At Disney+ ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Revival

Lizzie McGuire is back in production. Hilary Duff shared a photo from the set Tuesday as filming got underway on the Disney+ revival of Lizzie McGuire. “Happy first LIZZIE day!!!!! NYC…..cue the rain,” Duff captioned the post. View this post on Instagram Happy first LIZZIE day!!!!! NYC…..cue the rain 😏 ✌🏻 ☺️ 🎥 #lizziemcguire A […]

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Everything Coming to HBO Max

WarnerMedia has spent the last year or so building a library of licensed and original content for its forthcoming streaming platform HBO Max, launching in May 2020 at the price point of $14.99 per month. Plenty of new additions to HBO Max’s shelves were announced at the media conglomerate’s presentation on Tuesday, including a “Game […]

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Scope Of HBO Max’s Deal For the CW Series Revealed

When HBO Max’s name was unveiled in July, WarnerMedia announced that the upcoming streamer will be the exclusive SVOD home to “a string” of new Warner Bros.- produced dramas for The CW, beginning with the 2019-20 freshmen, DC Entertainment’s Batwoman and Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene. During the HBO Max-focused WarnerMedia Day presentation Tuesday, the streamer’s […]

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HBO Max Programming: The TV & Film Titles That Will Stream On WarnerMedia’s Service

WarnerMedia spent the afternoon unveiling details about HBO Max, its streaming service that will launch in May, and now here is a roundup of the television series and feature films that will be available on the service. Watch a sizzle reel above. Note that the company did not specify which titles will be available at […]

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Deadspin Editor Fired For Ignoring ‘Stick To Sports’ Mandate

Deadspin staffers revolted Tuesday against a “stick to sports” mandate, leading to the firing of interim editor-in-chief Barry Petchesky. “Hi! I’ve just been fired from Deadspin for not sticking to sports,” Petchesky tweeted earlier in the day letting his followers know he was no longer with the popular sports news website. Petchesky’s termination came one […]

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Variety’s Music for Screens Summit Draws Filmmakers, Rockers, Scorers, Supervisors

Among the many speakers and panelists at Variety’s 2019 Music for Screens Summit, the composer for “Joker” spoke about how her score inspired Joaquin Phoenix’s performance, Robbie Robertson talked up Martin Scorsese, Cameron Crowe talked stage musicals, branding experts spoke about how synchs and Shazam increasingly work in synch, and music supervisors fought for their […]

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WarnerMedia Rolls Out Big Content Guns With HBO Max Reveal

In the streaming wars to come, WarnerMedia will rely on sheer tonnage of heavy artillery. That much was clear Tuesday as the AT&T media arm unveiled to investors its plans for HBO Max, the direct-to-consumer service that is the fruit of the telecom giant’s acquisition last year of the former TimeWarner. On a soundstage at […]

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson Concedes “Complicated” Narrative Around WarnerMedia’s HBO Max Launch, But Management Team

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who was the final executive to take the stage during WarnerMedia’s investor day on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, closed with an admission to the Wall Street analysts in attendance. “Some of you have told me this story is complicated,” he said of the company’s sprawling portfolio and emerging strategy. […]

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HBO Max Launch Date, Pricing & Design Details Revealed

HBO, Time Warner Media, and AT&T finally unveiled the details about their upcoming streaming platform HBO Max today during an industry presentation that revealed release plans, pricepoint and a first look at the unique functions and design that will set them apart in an increasingly competitive streaming market. Here are the need-to-know details: HBO Max will roll out in May 2020. The pricing is set for $14.99 a month. Existing HBO and HBO Now subscribers, as well as those subscribed through AT&T TV, mobile & broadband bundles will have access at no extra …

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HBO Max Investor Day Review: Lots Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ & Too Much Of Everything Else

Everything and the Game of Thrones sink is what HBO Max aims to be and certainly what the upcoming AT&T-owned streamer unsuccessfully poured into its unwieldy and overloaded presentation today. Or put another way, how many times can a revolving cast of executives mention or reference the Emmy winning blockbuster before it becomes a desperate […]

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HBO Max Will Feature New and Reimagined Kids & Family Classic Cartoons

As announced today at the HBO Max WarnerMedia Day presentation, HBO Max will feature a wide array of new and classic kids and family programming from Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. Included in the announcement are brand new Looney Tunes Cartoons; Jellystone, a series featuring classic Hanna-Barbera characters; new series The Fungies! and Tig ‘N Seek from Cartoon Network; and Tooned Out, a hybrid live-action / animated comedy from Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis, director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? In addition to the new projects, HBO Max will also feature selections from the vast library of classic …

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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Again 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, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Terminator: Dark Fate.” Ads placed for the sci-fi action film had an estimated media value of $7.8 million […]

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Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae, and Mindy Kaling All Bringing New Comedies to HBO Max

HBO Max announced three exciting new TV shows during WarnerMedia Day, from three of our most exciting comedy creators: Elizabeth Banks (Charlie's Angels), Issa Rae (Insecure), and Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project). Banks' show is called DC Super Hero High, Rae's show is called Rap Shit, and Kaling's show is called College Girls. "Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae and Mindy Kaling are three of the most gifted women in our industry," said Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max's head of original content, and we have to agree. So does Kevin Reilly, CCO of HBO Max: "These three incredible talents …

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Ordered Straight to Series on HBO Max

HBO will take what’s theirs with fire and blood. Game of Thrones will find new life on HBO Max in the newly announced prequel series House of The Dragons, based on Thrones author George R.R. Martin’s companion book Fire & Blood. The spinoff has been ordered straight to series, as was announced at WarnerMedia’s HBO Max presentation today. The series is co-created and executive produced by Martin and Colony creator Ryan Condal. Emmy-winning Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed favorite episodes like 'The Long Night' and 'Battle of the Bastards', will also …

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‘Rick & Morty’ to Squanch Its Way Over to HBO Max

As a wise man once said, "Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV." And while you're at it, why not watch that TV on HBO Max, which announced today it landed the rights to stream the first three seasons of animated series Rick & Morty. New episodes of the time-hopping comedy, created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, will continue to debut on Adult Swim before landing on HBO Max. (UPDATE: In what I'm sure is just a coincidence, Hulu announced it has renewed its deal to carry Rick & …

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HBO Max Lands Ridley Scott’s Serialized Sci-Fi Epic ‘Raised by Wolves’

Amid the many announcements made at WarnerMedia Day regarding a wide breadth of content to be available on HBO Max is this: Ridley Scott will make his series directing debut with Raised by Wolves, a serialized sci-fi epic. Created by writer Aaron Guzikowski, whose masterful 2013 Prisoners ranks among the best thrillers of the decade, the series will be a 10-part story. Guzikowski will also serve as showrunner. Here’s an official synopsis: The series centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be …

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Film News Roundup: Patrick Schwarzenegger Joins Amy Poehler’s Drama ‘Moxie’

In today’s film news roundup, Patrick Schwarzenegger will star in high school drama “Moxie” for Netflix with Amy Poehler directing; Blake DeLong boards a Billie Holiday movie; “Bombshell” moves up a week; and UTA topper Jeremy Zimmer heads a veterans group.  CASTING Patrick Schwarzenegger has joined the cast of Amy Poehler’s high-school drama “Moxie” for […]

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A Milestone Year for Music Supervisors, But Perception Problems Remain

For music supervisors, 2019 was arguably the field’s best year yet. Finally accepted to the Television Academy as members four years ago, they received further validation in 2017 in the form of their own Emmy category. A decade after the Guild of Music Supervisors [GMS] was established, it seems now, at long last, the music […]

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‘South Park’ Will Stream Exclusively on HBO Max Beginning June 2020

South Park, the long-running animated comedy hit, will have a new streaming home on HBO Max. The upcoming streaming platform from WarnerMedia scheduled to launch in May of 2020 will have exclusive streaming rights to the iconic series beginning in June of 2020. All 23 seasons of South Park will be available to watch immediately, followed by three brand new seasons, with each new episode debuting on HBO Max 24 hours after they air on Comedy Central. The multi-year licensing deal was completed with South Park Digital Studios, a joint venture between Viacom and South Park creators Trey …

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‘Strange Adventures’ Series in the Works at HBO Max From Greg Berlanti

Super DC producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) announced during WarnerMedia Day that he was producing a new DC anthology series called Strange Adventures for HBO Max, based on a 1950s comic book run. While the property saw several comic book revivals in the '90s, 2000s, and 2010s, this will be the first screen adaptation. [caption id="attachment_563765" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] While many of the series’ specifics were still kept under wraps, Berlanti’s brief description -- "An anthology series of cautionary tales set in a world where superpowers exist" -- made it sound like a …

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Spinoff ‘House Of The Dragons’ Gets Straight To Series Go-Ahead From HBO

One Game of Thrones prequel pilot may be dead, but another spinoff has been given the gift of life by HBO today. House of the Dragons is coming to  upcoming streamer from WarnerMedia made it official Tuesday at its news-heavy investors presentation. Jumping beyond pilot,  the House Targaryen story from George R.R. Martin and Colony […]

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TV News Roundup: Ovation Announces ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ Lineup

In today’s TV news roundup, Ovation announces its “Twelve Days of Christmas” programming lineup and Sony Pictures Television announced “The Good Dish.” DATES Ovation announced its “Twelve Days of Christmas” programming lineup will start Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. with “Eve’s Christmas.” The 13 nights of programming will feature modern classic holiday programming that also includes […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Series ‘House of the Dragon’ Ordered at HBO

The world of “Game of Thrones” will live on at HBO. A prequel series based on the “Game of Thrones” companion book “Fire & Blood” has been ordered straight-to-series at the premium cabler. The series will be titled “House of the Dragon.” Set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” the series tells […]

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Monday, October 28, 2019

David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Exit ‘Star Wars’ Deal; Duo’s Trilogy Not Going Forward

Things are apparently a bit turbulent right now in a galaxy far, far away. Hot off the heels of a brand new trailer for The Mandalorian, Deadline dropped the news that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunner duo who brought Game of Thrones to HBO, have exited their deal with Disney and Lucasfilm to create a Star Wars trilogy all their own. Until now, the first entry in Benioff and Weiss' three-movie saga was set to hit theaters in 2022. The pair released a statement: “We love Star Wars...When George Lucas built it, he built us …

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#MeToo: Ex-Fox News Employees Ask For NDAs To Be Lifted In Wake Of NBCUniversal Decision

Former Fox News staffers are clamoring for the same release from non-disclosure agreements that NBCUniversal has granted its staffers regarding sexual harassment. settlements. Coming in the wake of Rachel Maddow’s announcement Friday on her MSNBC show that parent corp. NBCUniversal would allow former staffers to get out of their non-disclosures agreements, at least six former […]

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Netflix Variable Playback Speeds Experiment Raises Some Filmmakers’ Ire

Some filmmakers reacted angrily today to Netflix’s experiment with a variable playback speed, which allows viewers to watch TV shows and movies at slower or faster speeds on the service. The streamer announced the experiment today after testing it with Android app users last week. The feature is available for Android mobile users only at […]

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‘Star Wars’: ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators No Longer Attached to Oversee Trilogy

“Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are no longer attached to helm a trilogy of Star Wars movies, Variety has confirmed. “We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too,” the pair said in a statement. “Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star […]

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‘Star Wars’ Setback: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Exit Trilogy

EXCLUSIVE: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the duo who in 2011 launched the singular screen sensation known as Game of Thrones, have walked away from their much-publicized deal with Disney’s Lucasfilm to launch a feature film trilogy in 2022. Benioff and Weiss were supposed to usher in the post-Skywalkera era of the Star Wars brand with a […]

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A Tribute to Robert Evans: The Producer Who Stayed in the Picture

The word “legend” refers to a great many people who have worked in Hollywood. But when you’re talking about a movie star or a fabled director, the essence of the legend can be found up onscreen. With a producer, the legend usually has more to do with the shadow world offscreen — with what, exactly, […]

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‘The Deuce’ Finale: Co-Creator George Pelecanos On NYC Porn Biz Series’ Fade To Black

Warning: The following contains spoilers to tonight’s series finale of HBO’s The Deuce.  In the end of the go-go 1970s-80s boogie of New York’s Times Square underbelly, and the whole rush of sex, cocaine and switchblades, George Pelecanos and David Simon’s HBO series about the rise and fall of the big screen X-rated film industry, […]

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‘Loafy’ And ‘Blark And Son’ Get Digital Series Orders From Comedy Central

Comedy Central today announced a digital series order for Bobby Moynihan’s Loafy and a new season order for Blark and Son, from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. The network ordered eight new short-form, digital episodes of each series, along with a linear pilot script for both Loafy and Blark and Son. The new digital episodes will roll out across all Comedy Central digital […]

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‘The Mandalorian’: Second Trailer for Star Wars Series Teases Bounty Hunter’s Origin

Disney has dropped the second trailer for Jon Favreau’s upcoming Star Wars series for Disney Plus, “The Mandalorian.” The trailer teases the titular bounty hunter, played by Pedro Pascal’s origin, showing him walking through a town filled with Storm Troopers’ heads on pikes. “Is the world more peaceful since the revolution?” a voice — revealed […]

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New ‘The Mandalorian’ Trailer Proves Bounty Hunting Ain’t Easy

Disney has released a new trailer for The Mandalorian, the live-action Star Wars series created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Lion King) for the streaming service Disney+. The show stars Pedro Pascal as an intergalactic gunfighter presumedly descended from the same warrior race that gave us both bounty hunters Jango and Boba Fett. The series also stars Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, and Werner Herzog. Joining Favreau behind the camera as episode directors are Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and Bryce Dallas Howard (…

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‘Lucifer’ Final Episodes To Be Released In Two Batches Of Eight Via Netflix, Says Tom Ellis

Netflix will divide the fifth and final season of Lucifer into two eight-episode segments. The first eight will arrive, then a little break of indeterminate length, then the final eight will appear, according to series star Tom Ellis. The revelation was made today during The Kelly Clarkson Show. Clarkson was giving her mom and sister […]

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Judd Apatow, Brad Bird, Aaron Paul Slam Netflix’s Testing of Variable Playback Speed

Following Netflix’s announcement that the streamer is testing faster playback speeds — allowing consumers to watch films at a higher rate than intended — various industry members including Judd Apatow, Aaron Paul, and Brad Bird have come forward to share their feelings on the possible update. Apatow was particularly displeased with the new feature. “No. […]

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Tanya Saracho, Mj Rodriguez Talk Changing the LGBTQ Narrative in Media

“Vida” creator Tanya Saracho isn’t quite used to the level of inclusion that was present at the 14th annual Outfest Legacy Awards on Sunday night.  “I do have to say that I am new to these sort of spaces and this kind of inclusion, and I’m trying to get more comfortable,” she said while accepting […]

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Stephen Colbert, Uhhhh, Congratulates Donald Trump On Killing ISIS Leader

“This the big one. This is the biggest one, perhaps, that we’ve ever captured because this is the one that built ISIS.” No, President Donald Trump was not talking about his predecessor in the Oval Office — the guy he famously branded “the founder of ISIS.” Stephen Colbert went to the tape on CBS’ The […]

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Errol Barnett Tapped As CBS News National Correspondent

Errol Barnett has been named national correspondent at CBS News, based in New York, reporting for CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell, CBS This Morning and the digital streaming service CBSN. Barnett, who joined CBS News in 2016 as a correspondent based in Washington, recently was the only network journalist to fly through Hurricane Dorian as […]

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‘Sinbad’ Remake Obtains Financing (EXCLUSIVE)

Mark Damon’s DCR Finance Corp. has signed a deal to provide $65 million in financing for a new version of “Sinbad” with production set to begin in early 2020, Variety has learned exclusively. DCR, a media financing fund headed by Damon, Adi Cohen and Jordi Rediu, will unveil details to potential buyers at the American […]

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Washington Post Back In The Crosshairs, As Judge Rules Covington High Student’s Lawsuit Can Proceed

Covington, Kentucky high schooler Nicholas Sandmann can proceed with his $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post, as a District Court judge has reversed his previous ruling dismissing the case. He will now allow three counts to proceed. Judge William O. Bertelsman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky’s new ruling […]

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Watch Paul Rudd, Most Wholesome Man Alive, Take a Paul Rudd Buzzfeed Quiz



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‘The Deuce’ Star Thaddeus Street Signs With APA

Thaddeus Street, who played the role of Black Frankie in HBO’s The Deuce for three seasons, has signed with APA. Street is best known for his performance as Verdon Coates Jr in the independent feature film DC Noir, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Urban World Film Festival. The film was written and […]

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Entertainment Industry Foundation Seeks Donations for Fire Relief Fund

The Entertainment Industry Foundation’s fire relief fund is once again collecting money to support those affected by wildfires throughout California. There are currently 16 wildfires burning in the state, including the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County and the Getty Fire in Los Angeles County. Over 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate and more than […]

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‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Maintains Box Office Reign Over ‘Joker’ After All

Angelina Jolie kept the crown away from Joaquin Phoenix over the weekend in one of the closest box office races in recent memory. Final figures released Monday showed that Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” slipped past Warner Bros.’ “Joker” with $19.37 million to $19.25 million for the Friday-Sunday weekend — or a gap of about […]

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Here’s Why Stephen Merchant Wanted to Ruin Sam Rockwell’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Takes



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Natalie Merchant to Be Honored for Humanitarian Work by ASCAP Foundation

The ASCAP Foundation will give singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant its Champion Award for her charity and humanitarian work at a ceremony being held Dec. 11 in New York City. Also being celebrated at the annual awards gala is Francisco Núñez, the founder and artistic director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and a composer/conductor. […]

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Brexit Delayed Again As EU Agrees ‘Flextension’; MPs Set To Vote On UK General Election

Brexit looks set to rumble on as news broke this morning that the European Union has agreed to a ‘flextension’ that will see the UK given an extended deadline of January 31 2020 to complete the process. The UK had been set to leave the EU on October 31, but that prospect became increasingly unlikely […]

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AT&T Loses Whopping 1.4 Million TV Customers in Q3, Telco Outlines Plan to Respond to Activist Investor Concerns

AT&T’s pay-TV business continues to be in free-fall, while WarnerMedia revenue in the third quarter dropped on a tough comparison with Warner Bros.’s stronger theatrical slate in the year-earlier period. The telco also announced a three-year capital allocation plan addressing concerns of activist investor Elliott Management. Through 2022, it pledged to make “no major acquisitions” […]

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Brexit Deadline Is Extended – Again – to End of January

Like a continually delayed movie release, Brexit has been postponed again, with the deadline for the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union pushed forward three months to Jan. 31, 2020. The other 27 member states of the trading bloc assented to another delay because the British Parliament remains unable to agree on a withdrawal bill. […]

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Spotify Hits High End of Q3 Forecast for Subscribers, CFO Barry McCarthy to Exit

Spotify kept packing on millions of listeners and subscribers for the third quarter of 2019, with the company claiming it’s growing twice as fast as chief rival Apple. The company also announced that CFO Barry McCarthy will retire from Spotify on Jan. 15, 2020, to be replaced by Paul Vogel, who is currently Spotify’s VP […]

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Tokyo Festival Opens With Heightened Sense of Japanese Tradition, Purpose

Unfolding while Japan simultaneously hosts the Rugby World Cup, recovers from the recent Typhoon Hagibis, and prepares for the upcoming Olympic Games, the 32nd edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival got under way Monday, with a strong sense of Japanese tradition and heightened conservatism compared with previous years. That feeling was reinforced by last […]

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‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’: BBC One & BBC America’s Wildlife Epic Premieres With 7M Viewers

Sir David Attenborough’s latest wildlife epic, Seven Worlds, One Planet, got off to a strong start for BBC One ahead of its premiere on BBC America next year. The globe-trotting nature show, which spotlights the natural wonders in different continents each episode, was seen by nearly 7M people at 6.15PM on BBC One. It was […]

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Sky Studios Strikes Deals With ‘Agatha Raisin’ Indie Free@Last TV & Iceland’s Sagafilm

Sky Studios has signed development and distribution deals with Free@Last TV, the indie behind the Agatha Raisin series, and Icelandic producer Sagafilm. Under the “multi-year” deals, the Comcast-owned studio will work with the companies to co-develop new drama projects for international services. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will then take them to market. Free@Last and Sagafilm can […]

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Governors Awards: The Season’s First Oscars Handed Out Sunday Night To Most Diverse Field Of Honorees Ever

It was an historic night at the Governors Awards Sunday, and not just because Lina Wertmuller wants Oscar to go through a gender change. 91year old  Wertmuller was honored in part as a groundbreaker by being the first woman director Oscar nominated in that category. Geena Davis took the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for tirelessly […]

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Sky Studios Strikes Deals With ‘Agatha Raisin’ and ‘Stella Blomkvist’ Producers

Sky Studios has inked deals with Free@Last TV, producer of “Agatha Raisin,” and Sagafilm, the Iceland-based program-maker that counts “Stella Blomkvist” among its credits. The deals cover development and distribution. The producers get money to work up their slates, Sky gets a pipeline of programming, and Sky’s sister company, NBCUniversal, will handle international sales of […]

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‘Dracula’ Trailer: BBC & Netlflix Reveal Gruesome First Look At Horror Reboot In Time For Halloween

The BBC has lifted the coffin lid on the first teaser trailer for Dracula, its co-production with Netflix from the makers of Sherlock. The three-part series, which stars Claes Bang as Count Dracula, is written by Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat and produced by Hartswood Films. The series, which finished filming in August, is […]

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‘Homeland’s Navid Negahban, ‘Iron Man’ Actor Shaun Toub & Niv Sultan Cast In Israel-Iran Spy Thriller ‘Tehran’

Homeland‘s Navid Negahban and Iron Man actor Shaun Toub have been cast in the Israel-Iran espionage thriller Tehran (working title) from Moshe Zonder, writer of Netflix’s Fauda. Negahban played Abu Nazir in the first season of Homeland and has gone on to star in movies such as Aladdin. Toub played Ho Yinsen in Iron Man, […]

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Yoshi Yatabe Says Tokyo Festival Selection is a Pragmatic and Timely Mix

Veteran programmer Yoshi Yatabe and his team have steadily steered the Tokyo International Film Festival competition away from the mediocrity of its early years, when even the winners couldn’t get distribution deals in Japan. The 14-film competition line-up for this year’s 32nd edition is a mix of seven world premieres and titles previously screened at […]

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Tokyo Festival: Crosscut Section Takes a Wild Ride With Southeast Asian Genre Cinema

An initiative of the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Crosscut Asia is a TIFF section dedicated to films from Asia, especially from emerging markets. Thematically, the sixth edition of Crosscut Asia takes a snapshot of Southeast Asian genre films. It presents eight horror, fantasy and dark future films from the region, together with two episodes from […]

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Academy’s Governors Awards Puts Spotlight on Gender Parity

Lina Wertmüller wants to see a big change for the Oscars. The 91-year-old Italian director had Isabella Rossellini acting as her translator while accepting her honorary Oscar on Sunday night at the Academy’s Governors Awards in Hollywood. “She would like to change the Oscar to a feminine name,” Rossellini said. “She would like to call […]

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Korea Box Office: Local Drama ‘Kim Ji-young’ Debuts on Top

Korean drama “Kim Ji-young, Born 1982” opened on Wednesday and landed on top of the South Korean box office. The film adaptation of a best-selling feminist novel of the same title earned $8.3 million from 1.12 million admissions over five days, including $6.31 million from 829,000 admissions earned over the weekend. Directed by Kim Do-young, […]

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“The Farewell” Says Hello to China November 22

After months in limbo, Lulu Wang’s breakout Asian-American family drama “The Farewell” is finally set to hit theaters in China on November 22, more than four months after its US release. Leading Chinese ticketing platform Maoyan bought the rights and is in distributing, out of a deal negotiated by Endeavor Content. A number of other […]

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Miles Davis Estate Inks Deal With Downtown Publishing for Entire Catalog

Downtown Music Publishing has signed a global publishing agreement to represent the entire catalog of the legendary jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis. The long-term agreement, signed with the Davis estate, covers the artist’s entire songbook of more than 250 compositions, including songs from albums such as “Jack Johnson,” “Bitches Brew,” “In a Silent Way” […]

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‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Addresses “Stupid Watergate II”, Giuliani’s Butt Dial And “Brexit Halloween”

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver dove right into the “damning revelations” Donald Trump is facing in the continuing saga of “Stupid Watergate II”, Rudy Giuliani’s butt-dialing habits as well as Boris Johnson and the looming Brexit deadline. This week, former United States ambassador to Ukraine and career diplomat Bill Taylor connected Trump to the […]

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Snoop Dogg Hails TDE as a ‘Better Version’ of Death Row at REVOLT Summit L.A.

The REVOLT Summit touched down in Los Angeles this weekend (Oct. 25 – 27), following the success of the conference in Atlanta just six weeks prior. Presented by AT&T, the confab took place at The Magic Box in downtown L.A. and featured dozens of panels and performances, bringing to the stages such hip-hop greats as […]

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YouTubers Ethan & Hila Klein Buy $9 Million Bel Air Mansion

Married 30-something YouTube stars Hila and Ethan “Papa Bless” Klein — the duo behind the popular h3h3 channel/podcast, which stands millions of subscribers strong — have officially crossed the hill, substantially upgrading their L.A. residential circumstances in the process. Earlier this month, the formerly San Fernando Valley-based couple shelled out a whopping $9 million for […]

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Donald Trump Booed At Game 5 Of World Series

As promised, Donald Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. The sold-out crowd wasn’t too happy to see him as he was met with an overwhelming chorus of boos before the Nationals took on the Astros. Trump arrived shortly after the first inning along with his wife Melania […]

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Rapper YG Gives Texas Fan the Boot for Refusing to Say ‘F— Donald Trump’

Attention, YG fans: At his shows, MAGA might as well stand for Make A Grand Adieu. It’s hardly a secret that YG is not a Donald Trump fan — “FGT,” which stands for just what you’d think it stands for, being one of his most famous songs. But he took it next-level at a concert […]

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Ronan Farrow and NBCUniversal Keep Moving in Circles

And so, here we are again. In October of 2017, Ronan Farrow made an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” at a shaky time in his relations with NBCUniversal. Farrow, who had worked as a mid-afternoon host at MSNBC and a contributor working off a contract at NBC’s “Today,” had just published a blockbuster […]

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International Box Office: ‘Maleficent’ Fends Off ‘Joker,’ ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Debuts

Though “Joker” bested “Maleficent” in North America, Angelina Jolie’s “Mistress of Evil” remained victorious at the international box office. Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” collected another $64.3 million from 56 foreign territories, boosting its overseas haul to $228 million. Globally, the dark fantasy sequel is nearing the $300 million mark with ticket sales currently at […]

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Paul Barrere Dies: Little Feat Guitarist And Soundtrack Stalwart Was 71

Paul Barrere, the singer and guitarist for Little Feat that also had tracks on ten soundtracks, has died. He passed on Saturday from complications of liver disease at UCLA Hospital at age 71. “It is with great sorrow that Little Feat must announce the passing of our brother guitarist, Paul Barrere, this morning at UCLA […]

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‘Watchmen’ Director Nicole Kassell on Creating an Exciting TV World & Working with Damon Lindelof

From show creator Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) and based on the iconic graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, the HBO drama series Watchmen is set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws and the police conceal their identities behind masks to protect themselves from a terrorist organization, known as the Seventh Kavalry. It’s a story that is equal parts challenging and thought-provoking, as it looks at so many of the modern issues that plague us today, and questions who the true heroes and villains really are. During this 1-on-…

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Kincade Fire: More Than 180,000 Evacuated From Northern California Wine Country, 79 Buildings Burned

A massive evacuation is underway in Northern California this morning, as wildfires driven by strong winds threatened lives and property in Sonoma County, the heart of the region’s wine production. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says the evacuation orders for 180,000 people affected by the Kincade Fire is the “largest that any of us at the […]

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‘Joker’ Wins Another Weekend Box Office with $18.9 Million, Total Now at $277 Million

With another weekend at the movies winding down, Warner Bros. Joker emerges victorious with another $18.9 million domestically added to it's already massive pile of earnings. The Todd Phillips-directed movie now has a whopping $277 million in domestic earnings, proving that audiences are not going fatiguing of this origin story-like approach to an infamous comic book villain. Joker has been just as popular overseas, with international box office earnings in the double digits as well. This weekend, it earned another $47 million internationally and bringing its international earnings alone to $571 million. A quick bit of …

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Networks Break Into Morning Programming for Trump’s ISIS Announcement

President Donald Trump made a rare Sunday morning address to the nation shortly after 9 a.m. ET to announce the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a two-hour US-led raid in Northern Syria. “He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s gone,” Trump said. The major broadcast networks broke into regular […]

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

As a television man, President Donald Trump knows the value of a tease. Last night, he tweeted that “Something very big has just happened,” setting off a frenzy of speculation on just what was in store. Today, the Commander-in-Tweet revealed the big news. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State, was killed during a […]

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‘Joker’ Reclaims No. 1 Spot on Box Office Charts

Put on a happy face: In its fourth weekend in theaters, Warner Bros.’ “Joker” returned to the top of domestic box office charts, narrowly defeating Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” The two villains had been in a close race for first place, but Sunday estimates show “Joker” will walk away victorious with $18.9 million in […]

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‘SNL’ Makes Fun of Your Favorite Astronaut Movie with “Space Mistakes” Fake Trailer

If there's one thing Saturday Night Live knows we're all suckers for, it's a good space movie where things go wrong. So, on the latest episode hosted by Chance the Rapper, the show made a fake trailer sketch titled "Space Mistakes" focused on spoofing all of the tropes of a good space-set drama or disaster flick. Taking aim at recent space movies like Ad Astra, First Man, and Lucy in the Sky as well as the classics like Alien and Armageddon, the "Space Mistakes" skit shows us some familiar beats of those movies it's spoofing. …

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Book Review: Prince’s Autobiography ‘The Beautiful Ones’

It wasn’t hard to be skeptical when Prince’s autobiography, “The Beautiful Ones,” was first announced earlier this year. In the rare interviews that he gave, the late artist was famously private, cryptic and confounding when it came to discussing his own life, often answering direct questions in confusing or oddly symbolic terms. The official description […]

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‘Ondog,’ ‘The Invisible Life’ Top Spain’s 64th Valladolid Festival of Arthouse Cinema

VALLADOLID, Spain – The Valladolid Intl. Film Festival (Seminci), the truest event dedicated to international arthouse cinema on Spain’s festival calendar, capped off eight days of screenings, press conferences and roundtables by handing out awards on Saturday evening at the Spanish city’s historic Calderon Theater. The evening’s big winners: Wang Quan’an’s “Öndög” and Karim Aïnouz’s […]

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Animation Is Film Review: ‘Children of the Sea’

At age 14, Ruka feels adrift in the world. At school, she doesn’t have any friends. At home, her parents are absent or distracted most of the time: Ruka’s dad works at the local aquarium, while her mother spends her days drinking beer indoors. , thanks to the splendid attention to detail and seemingly boundless […]

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Irony and Sense of Dramaturgy Distinguish Czech Documentaries at Ji.hlava

The 21 films in the Czech Joy section at the Ji.hlava docu fest represent a remarkably wide range of stylistic approaches, several representing international collaboration and taking on weighty subjects ranging from grief and loss to corruption and the destruction of the environment. Among the entries in the competitive event are three shorts and several […]

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‘The Building’ Filmmakers Ask Questions With Film About Soviet-Era ‘Palace’

A characteristic of many documentaries at Ji.hlava Intl. Documentary Film Festival, says festival director Marek Hovorka, is that they don’t necessarily provide answers but provoke questions. That’s certainly true of “The Building,” a poetic, lyrical and stunningly shot biopic of a vast, communist era building in Ukraine. “The Building” is one of nine films in […]

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Virtual Reality Grows In Sophistication But Fees Remain a Challenge, Ji.hlava’s VR Section Chief Says

The virtual reality distribution market is like a “jungle” with wildly different fees being asked for projects, says Andrea Slováková, programmer of the VR section at the Ji.hlava Intl. Documentary Film Festival. One of the big challenges in organizing Ji.hlava’s VR section, she explains, is that in the emerging VR market there are still no […]

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‘SNL’ Skit Mocking Astronaut Screens Epics Is Followed By ‘For All Mankind’ TV Spot

Tonight’s edition of NBC’s Saturday Night Live included a second-half skit that took aim at Ad Astra, The Martian, The First Man, Gravity, and other astronaut screen epics that often follow a predictable flight path on their way to outer-space drama. The skit took the form of a faux trailer for a make-believe movie called Space Mistakes, […]

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‘SNL’: Jason Momoa Makes Appearance, Host Chance The Rapper Brings Back Lazlo Holmes Character

With the launch of Apple TV+ just a couple of days away,  one of the stars of its first series, See‘s Jason Momoa, made a surprise appearance on tonight’s Saturday Night Live hosted by Chance the Rapper, who also was a musical guest. Momoa played a defendant in a First Impressions Court skit, a court […]

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin’s Trump Rally Welcomes Return Of Darrell Hammond As Clinton

After a week off, Saturday Night Live came in hot with Alec Baldwin returning as Donald Trump for a rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or as he put it, “the albacore tuna capital of the United States”. Throughout his rally, he was joined by an interesting roster of MAGA supporters — as well as some familiar faces […]

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Alec Baldwin, Darrell Hammond Reprise Presidential Roles on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Alec Baldwin has recently said he doesn’t want to play Donald Trump anymore, but that didn’t stop him from returning to the Studio 8H stage for “Saturday Night Live’s” Oct. 26 episode. This time, though, he brought with him some past “SNL” cast members: Fred Armisen and Darrell Hammond. Hammond reprised his infamous take on […]

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Time’s Up President Tina Tchen Says NBCUniversal Should Release Employees From NDAs, Calls For Independent Investigation

After Rachel Maddow confirmed that NBC News execs told Ronan Farrow to put a “pause in any new reporting” on Harvey Weinstein and following NBCUniversal’s statement about releasing former NBC News employees from non-disclosure agreements preventing them from coming forward about sexual misconduct claims, newly minted Time’s Up president Tina Tchen came forward with a statement […]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: There’s “Much More” to Do to Help LGBTQ Youth

Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, the cast and producers of CW’s “Riverdale” and Apple CEO Tim Cook gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Friday evening to be honored as advocates for LGBTQ youth at the 15th annual GLSEN Respect Awards ceremony.  Cook, leader of the first company in the world to be worth $1 […]

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Elton John Cancels Indianapolis Concert After Mother-In-Law’s Death, Says He Feels “Extremely Unwell”

Elton John took to Instagram Saturday to say that he is postponing his concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The news comes a day after the death of his mother-in-law Gladys Furnish. To my dear fans in Indianapolis, it is with the heaviest heart that I’m forced to deliver the news that I am […]

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FX Boss John Landgraf Says “Were Fighting For Our Lives” In Regards To Not Advertising On Netflix And Competing With Streaming Giant

FX Chairman John Landgraf spoke at USC’s Institute on Entertainment Law and Business candid about refusing to advertise and competing with Netflix as its parent company prepares to launch its highly anticipated streaming service Disney+. During the event hosted by USC Gould School of Law and the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Landgraf said that FX […]

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Why the Russo Brothers Added the “Baby Thanos” Question Late Into the ‘Endgame’ Post-Production



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Cary Fukunaga Celebrates ‘No Time to Die’ Filming Wrap with Daniel Craig Set Pic

That's all there is, folks. On Friday, filming officially wrapped in the next James Bond installment, No Time to Die. Considering this may be Daniel Craig's last appearance as Bond (more on that in a sec), the photos director Cary Fukunaga posted from set are even more bittersweet. The official James Bond Twitter shared a photo on Friday evening of Fukunaga and Craig from the set of No Time to Die. The two bundled-up creatives were all smiles with Craig holding a clapperboard from shooting. A caption for the photo reads, "That's a wrap on #NoTimeToDie. …

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Album Review: Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’

On Friday morning, Kanye West finally released his long-delayed ninth album, “Jesus Is King.” The album is his first since he experienced a well-publicized Christian awakening, began holding gospel-themed “Sunday Services,” and promised to have forsaken secular music for good. The album is West’s second-shortest, his least percussive, and his first to feature absolutely no […]

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‘Fantastic Four: The Animated Series’ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

Listen here: Following up on last week's revisit of the 90s animated series, Iron Man, we're doubling down on Marvel animation with the paired 90s series Fantastic Four. Will Marvel ever be able to get the First Family right? Did they manage to do so back in the 90s in animated form? Is this cartoon worth watching when it arrives on Disney+? The answers won't surprise you but they should entertain you. If you’re new to our podcast audience, Saturday Mourning Cartoons is a part of the Collider Factory podcast network under the curated Collider Weekly …

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Bond 25: ‘No Time To Die’ Officially Wraps Ahead Of April 2020 Release

No Time To Die, the 25th entry in the James Bond franchise, has wrapped its shoot. The 007 Twitter and Instagram accounts confirmed the news, releasing a pic of director Cary Joji Fukunaga and Daniel Craig on set last night (October 25) accompanied by the caption, “That’s a wrap on #NoTimeToDie. See you in cinemas April […]

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Banijay Seals Deal for Endemol Shine, Paving Way for Huge New Global Player

France-based Banijay Group has sealed a deal for Endemol Shine, in a move that will create a new pecking order in the international TV business. The merged entity will be the largest non-U.S. player in the market, with a bigger catalogue than the main U.K. players, BBC Studios and ITV Studios. Banijay is owned by […]

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Banijay Completes $2.2BN Takeover Of ‘Black Mirror’ & ‘Big Brother’ Producer Endemol Shine Group

Banijay has completed its €2BN ($2.2BN) takeover of Endemol Shine Group, marking the end of a protracted sales process for the giant production company behind shows including Black Mirror. It comes 18 months after Deadline broke the news that the Endemol Shine Group was set to go on the block. France-based Banijay emerged as the […]

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Bill Maher: Trump Might Jail His Critics, That’s ‘One Reason I Don’t Eat Pot Anymore’

Bill Maher is a famously outspoken fan of marijuana (and champion for its legalization) and he’s also notorious for his audacity (or, some would even say, his fearlessness) when it’s comes to skewering the powerful or calling out the corrupt. But on Friday night’s episode, the host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher  revealed […]

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Film Review: ‘Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound’

Among the pivotal and juicy nuggets of film history recounted in “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound,” Midge Costin’s wonkishly engaging movie-love documentary, there’s one that speaks volumes about the foundation of the New Hollywood. It’s 1967, and George Lucas, who is three years away from making his first film, is on the set […]

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NBCUniversal Employees Can Talk About Their Experiences With Sexual Harassment, Company Says

Any former NBC News employee who believes they can’t discuss their sexual harassment experience can be released from any non-disparagement or non-disclosure agreement they have with the company. Rachel Maddow broke the news on her Friday show tonight on MSNBC. Quoting a company spokesperson statement,  “Any former NBC News employee who believes that they cannot disclose their […]

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NBCU to Release Former NBC News Staffers From Confidentiality Agreements

NBCUniversal said Friday night it would release former NBC News staffers who believe they were sexually harassed from confidentiality and non-disparagement arrangements, a sign that the company continues to grapple with allegations made against it in the recent Ronan Farrow book, “Catch and Kill.” “Any former NBC News employee who believes that they cannot disclose […]

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Concert Review: The Who Wrap Up Tour at Hollywood Bowl, With Strings Attached

The Who’s three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl was marked by a nearly two-week spread between the band’s first show there Oct. 11 and their final Bowl gig Thursday night. For whatever reasons things might have been scheduled that way, it did ensure that there was plenty of time for anyone who thought they could take […]

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Netflix to Negotiate Master Contract with IATSE

Streaming giant Netflix has agreed to negotiate what would be its first master contract with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Netflix has previously signed deals with the below-the-line union through third-party companies that are signatory to IATSE’s basic film and TV agreement. IATSE international president Matthew Loeb will head negotiations. News of the upcoming […]

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The Best Halloween Movies Streaming on Netflix Right Now

Haunted Houses are up and running, there's a pumpkin patch on every corner, and the debate over whether candy corn is actually good is raging once again. Halloween season is in full swing! What better way to get in the spooky spirit than with a good movie, whether its a seasonal classic, a new horror gem, or a family favorite that just screams fall vibes. At the moment, Netflix doesn't have much in the way of actual Halloween-themed movies (hopefully some more will pop up as October approaches.) But no worries, the streaming service still has plenty …

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Landmark Theatres President Ted Mundorff: The Exit Interview

EXCLUSIVE: The independent film and theatrical space was shaken up last night when Deadline broke news that Landmark Theaters president Ted Mundorff was exiting. Mundorff was a fixture at the largest dedicated specialized theater chain in the country with 252 screens in 27 major markets, the chain that owners Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner sold […]

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‘Countdown’ Director Justin Dec on Digitizing a Demon and the Pitfalls of Tech-Horror

Look, we all know our phones are killing us -- in particular, those pesky apps we can't stop downloading. Pretty much everything you put on your phone is collecting your data and selling it to the highest bidder, and we all know what Facebook and Twitter are doing to the world. But what if your app was literally killing you? Such is the crux of Countdown the new STX Films horror movie about a mysterious app that tells you exactly how long there is until you die -- then kills you and feeds on your soul. Ah, technology, ever a wonder. …

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How the Genre-Defying NVDES Became Apple’s ‘House Band’

Traditionally, artists have struggled with the idea of selling their music to advertisers. And others, such as Arcade Fire and Adele, have steadfastly refused, citing artistic integrity. But the relationship between creatives and corporations is only getting stronger with the rise of labels like AWOL and Kobalt, and Josh Ocean, the artist who is signed to […]

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Film News Roundup: ‘Tom and Jerry’ Movie Moves Forward to 2020

In today’s film news roundup, Warner Bros. is giving an earlier date to “Tom and Jerry,” “Inside the Rain” gets distribution, and Lionsgate is launching a crime drama. RELEASE DATES Warner Bros. has moved its live-action hybrid comedy “Tom and Jerry” forward by four months to Dec. 23, 2020. The cat and mouse story, directed by […]

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Watch Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell Be BFFs on Television For Awhile

Are you feeling stressed? Tired? Ready for the weekend? Of course you are, you're a person alive in 2019. Thankfully, we've got just the late-night comedy talk show clip to soothe your troubled mind. Ostensibly there to promote his upcoming Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show, Steve Carell appeared as a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. But in their interview, they didn't mention the streaming show once. No, instead, Carell and Stephen Colbert... just kinda shot the shit. They're old friends, you know — as they figured out on-air, they've known …

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The Best Action Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now

Ready to kick back, fire up your Amazon Prime, and have a chill night at home watching a movie? No! Of course not! You’re looking to kick your eyeballs’ friggin’ asses with a pulverizing action film! Action junkies these days have a lot to pick from when it comes to streaming choices. We’ve done you a favor and cut through the clutter, cherry-picking the best action movies currently available on Amazon Prime. With 2010s South Korean revenge thrillers, 1990s American classics, 1980s Australian post-apocalyptic fantasies, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone available on …

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Netflix To Bargain With IATSE For First Companywide Film & TV Contract

Netflix has agreed to negotiate a first companywide contract with IATSE, the union representing the industry’s below-the-line workers. Up until now, the giant streaming service has dealt only with the union through third-party companies that have signed IATSE’s basic film and TV agreement. The talks are expected to begin in the next week or two. […]

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TV News Roundup: Disney Plus Teams With The Jim Henson Company on Muppet-Hosted Talk Show

In today’s TV news roundup, Disney Plus announced a new unscripted series with the Jim Henson Company and Fox released a trailer for “The Moodys.” DATES MTV’s “Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love” will premiere on Dec. 5 with Romeo Miller set to host. Ten international celeb-reality singles will gather in the mountains of […]

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Alex Wolff: Nickelodeon Boy Band Member Grows Into Indie Auteur With ‘The Cat And The Moon’ – Q&A

In show business, some child actors don’t make the jump, with the industry stalling their careers by adulthood. But not Alex Wolff. Having enjoyed early success by the time he was 10 with his brother Nat on the Nickelodeon 2007-2009 mockumentary series The Naked Brothers Band which revolved around them and their band, and created […]

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Zero Gravity Management Signs ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ Director Chris Foggin, Marvel Comics Writer Tony Lee

EXCLUSIVE: Zero Gravity Management, the LA-based management and production company, is ramping up activities in the UK and has brought in two new clients on that site of the pond. Chris Foggin, the director of 2019 UK box office hit Fisherman’s Friends, the low-budget indie project from Fred Films that took an impressive $9.7m after […]

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U.S. and SVOD Sales Drive Bumper $1.8 Billion in British TV Exports

Sales to the U.S. and to streamers, fueled especially by the popularity of British drama, helped drive the value of U.K. television content exports to a record £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) in 2018-19, a new report says. The U.K. TV Exports Report, published by producers’ trade body Pact on Friday, revealed a 7% uptick in […]

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ITV Axes Gurinder Chadha’s Period Drama ‘Beecham House’

ITV will not be commissioning a second series of Bend It Like Beckham filmmaker Gurinder Chadha’s lavish period drama Beecham House. The six-part series, produced by Chadha’s Bend IT TV, only managed to pull in an audience of 3.3M in a prestige Sunday night slot. It could not compete with other dramas in the same […]

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Danny DeVito to Receive Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting

Versatile veteran actor and multihyphenate Danny DeVito, whose memorable roles include such projects at TV’s “Taxi” and Miloš Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” will receive a Lifetime Achievement award for acting at the Camerimage International Film Festival, which runs in Toruń, Poland, on Nov. 9-16. In the awards arena, DeVito shared a best […]

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Comedian Who Called Out Harvey Weinstein: ‘It’s Better to Speak Out Than to Not Speak Out’

When Kelly Bachman stepped into Downtime Bar NYC for a night of comedy, the last person she expected to see was disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein. And yet see him she did, sitting at a reserved table in the corner of the bar, invited by, she says, the hosts of the evening’s event: Actor’s Hour. […]

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‘I’m No Longer Here’ Nabs Top Prize at 17th Morelia Int’l Film Fest

MORELIA, Mexico – In a relatively brief ceremony, the 17th Morelia Int’l Film Festival handed out the Best Film Ojo prize Thursday night to “I’m No Longer Here,” Fernando Frias’ portrait of a Monterrey urban tribe called Los Terkos who spend their days listening to Cumbia and going to dance parties until their leader is […]

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Tyler Perry’s ‘The Oval’ & ‘Sistas’ Off To Strong Ratings Start On BET

The Tyler Perry era at BET officially kicked off last night with the premieres of Tyler Perry’s The Oval and Tyler Perry’s Sistas, both created, executive produced and directed by the prolific filmmaker and entrepreneur. The Oval premiered to more than 1 million Live+Same Day viewers on BET at 9 PM. That was above the other […]

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President Donald Trump Plans World Series Appearance – But There’s A Big If

The World Series is being held in our nation’s capital for the first time since 1933, the first year of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. Although President Donald Trump is a lifelong New York Yankees fan, he said he plans to possibly attend the fifth game of the series, which pits the hometown Washington Nationals […]

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NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell Is First Woman Honored With Radio & TV Correspondents Career Award

Capitol Hill media figures took a break from ongoing impeachment coverage on Thursday evening to honor NBC News Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell with a career achievement award. O’Donnell is the first woman to receive the Radio & Television Correspondents Association’s Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress. A 25-year veteran of the network, O’Donnell quipped, […]

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China’s ‘Somewhere Winter’ to get Day-and-Date Release in North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Chinese romantic drama, “Somewhere Winter” is set to release in North America next month following a deal between China Lion Film Distribution and Tencent Pictures. China Lion will release the film day-and-date in the U.S. and Canada simultaneously with the Chinese Mainland release of Nov. 15, as well as in Australia & New Zealand. In […]

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‘Bless This Mess’ Among TV Series Whose Production Is Impacted By Latest California Wildfires

Production on ABC/20th TV sophomore comedy series Bless This Mess, which shoots at Santa Clarita’s Sable Ranch, was suspended earlier today due to the latest wildfire outbreak north of Los Angeles. Other series filming in the area, including Party Of Five, S.W.A.T. and L.A.’s Finest, are wrapping up a little early this evening out of an […]

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Critiques President Trump’s Comedic Skills

Every news site in the world had its way with President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his proclamation that the US is building a wall on the Colorado border. But what everyone missed is that the President was only kidding on the Colorado part. (Kiddingly) We’re building a Wall in Colorado”(then stated, “we’re not building […]

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Film News Roundup: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Heading for $27 Million Launch

In today’s film news roundup, early estimates are in for “Ford v Ferrari” and “Charlie’s Angels,” Jenn Murray receives an honor and the documentary “Human Nature” gets distribution. EARLY TRACKING Disney-Fox’s “Ford v Ferrari,” starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, is heading for a North American launch in the $23 million to $27 million range, […]

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Women Kicked Out of Bar For Confronting Harvey Weinstein

Several women confronted disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein at an actors event Wednesday, resulting in two of them allegedly being kicked out of the event’s Downtime Bar NYC venue. According to a Twitter recounting of the night, comedian Kelly Bachman “went after” Weinstein during her performance at an Actor’s Hour artist event, at which point she […]

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Joel Kinnaman Talks Apple’s ‘For All Mankind,’ ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

Joel Kinnaman admits that the astronaut suit he wears in “For All Mankind,” his new Apple TV Plus drama series that creates an alternate history in which the Soviets make it to the moon before the U.S., is horribly uncomfortable. “It’s a lot more fun as an idea than to actually do it,” Kinnaman, who […]

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TV News Roundup: ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Revival Adds Three Original Cast Members

In today’s TV news roundup, Disney Plus announces a McGuire family reunion and Showtime releases the trailer for “The L Word: Generation Q.”  CASTING Disney Plus has revealed that Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine and Jake Thomas will reprise their roles as Jo, Sam and Matt McGuire, respectively, alongside Hilary Duff in the new “Lizzie McGuire” […]

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Harvey Weinstein Loudly Confronted By Several Women At Manhattan Event

Harvey Weinstein was confronted Wednesday by several women at a Manhattan event, with one claiming she was kicked out for her loud denunciation of him. Actress and playwright Zoe Stuckless screamed at Weinstein’s presence at the Downtime Bar in Alphabet City. A video of her reaction was posted to her Facebook. “Nobody’s gonna say anything? […]

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New Wildfire Kicks Up In San Fernando Valley Near 101 & 405 Freeways

A new brush fire has broken out in the Sepulveda Basin near the intersection of Burbank Boulevard and Woodley Avenue. The flames are just north of the 101 Freeway and east of 405 and moving toward the southwest, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Update #BrushFire; INC#1206; 4:03PM; 5600 N Woodley Av; https://t.co/OwJ9W8GJdk; #SepulvedaBasin; […]

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Hailee Steinfeld Stays Mum on Marvel’s ‘Hawkeye’ as Talks Move Forward

Hailee Steinfeld is gearing up for her first major television role with “Dickinson” on Apple Plus, in which she stars as famed poet Emily Dickinson, but the multi-hyphenate could be gearing up for yet another leading role on television on another new streaming service: Marvel’s “Hawkeye” series on Disney Plus. Steinfeld is being eyed for […]

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Taylor Swift Wrote a New Song for ‘Cats’ with Andrew Lloyd Webber; Hear the First Snippet

Ah, Cats. Of all the ambitious, star-studded Awards contenders on the market, none has sparked the fascination, nay, the pure visceral horror that Tom Hooper's has since the fateful day the first trailer dropped online and sent the internet into a collective existential crisis. What IS this movie? Honestly, just all of the key questions -- who, what, why, when, and how? The objectively horrifying trailer aside, there's no denying that Cats has a boatload of bigtime talent attached to the project, and that includes one Taylor Swift, who doesn't just star in the film -- she co-…

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Ted Mundorff Departing as CEO of Landmark Theatres

Ted Mundorff, the longtime CEO of Landmark Theatres, has resigned from his post less than a year after the arthouse chain was bought by Cohen Media Group. Daniela Sapkar, a spokeswoman for the chain, confirmed Mundorff’s departure to Variety. In December, Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner sold the circuit to Cohen Media Group, an indie […]

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‘Succession’ Star Sarah Snook on That Shocking Season Finale and Shiv Halloween Costumes

The “Succession” season two finale took fans by surprise with its shocking cliffhanger, and even Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy) was caught off guard by the script. “Episode 10 of season two, I was reading by myself in my trailer, and no on was around but I still had my hands over my face, covering my […]

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After ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Lucy Boynton To Star in New Marianne Faithfull Biopic

In musical drama Sing Street, Lucy Boynton played the love interest to a burgeoning musician, played by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo. In musical drama Bohemian Rhapsody, Boynton played the love interest-turned-life partner of musical superstar Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek. Now, finally, Boynton gets to lead her own musical drama -- one based on the incredible story of Marianne Faithfull. As reported on by Deadline, Boynton will both star in and executive produce the as-of-yet untitled film about Faithfull, the first time Boynton has ventured into producing. If you don't know anything about Marianne Faithfull, her …

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Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci Love Story ‘Supernova’ Closes Multiple Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

“Supernova,” a romance starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci as a longtime couple on a road trip, has inked a raft of early distribution deals after having just wrapped a six-week shoot in England’s scenic Lake District. The Bureau Sales has sold Harry Macqueen’s new feature to territories including the U.K. (Studiocanal), Germany and Austria […]

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Robert Redford to Receive Career Tribute at Marrakech Film Festival

Robert Redford will receive a career tribute during the 18th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival. The Marrakech festival will take place Nov. 29 to Dec. 7. As previously announced, Tilda Swinton to preside over the jury. Redford, one of the leading figures of contemporary cinema, said it was “a great honor to be […]

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‘Nina Wu’ Heads for North American Release (EXCLUSIVE)

“Nina Wu,” a dark drama about the Asian film industry, sexual harassment, and one woman’s paranoia, will get a release in North American theaters in 2020. Rights to the Taiwanese-produced picture, which premiered at the Cannes festival in the Un Certain Regard section, were acquired by New York-based distributor Film Movement. The film was directed […]

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MUBI, Curzon Strike UK Streaming Partnership For ‘The Souvenir’, ‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’

EXCLUSIVE: Curated streaming service MUBI and UK exhibitor and distributor Curzon, which also has a VOD offering, have entered a partnership that will see the companies divide up streaming rights on an initial two titles. The first film to be covered is Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, which Curzon released day-and-date on August 30 in UK […]

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‘Salisbury’: Rafe Spall & Anne-Marie Duff Lead Cast For BBC Drama On Novichok Poisonings

The War of the Worlds star Rafe Spall and His Dark Materials actress Anne-Marie Duff have been cast in BBC Two’s dramatization of the Novichok poisonings in the historic British city of Salisbury in March 2018. Also joining the cast of Dancing Ledge Productions’ Salisbury are Game Of Thrones actor Mark Addy and Ripper Street‘s […]

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Netflix Launches Low-Cost, Mobile-Only Plan In Malaysia

Netflix has launched a low-cost, mobile only plan in Malaysia as the company eyes growth in Asia. The SVOD service has debuted a plan that costs RM17 ($4) per month to attract new audiences. The mobile plan will allow subscribers to watch all of Netflix’s content in standard definition  on one smartphone or tablet at […]

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Newen Partners With Anton to Ramp Up Global Content Slate

Newen, the Paris-based production and sales company owned by TF1 Group, has signed a strategic deal with Anton, a producer and financier of global content. Under the pact, Anton will be co-investing in Newen’s distribution rights for both in-house productions and third-party programs across fiction, documentary and animation, up to €35 million ($39 million). This […]

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Kanye West Previews ‘Jesus Is King’ in Los Angeles: A View From the Forum Floor

Fans of Kanye West know a lot about patience. Having persevered through multiple release date rumors for the rapper’s ninth studio album, “Jesus Is King” finally made it to their ears as a one-night only preview event held at the Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 23.  The listening session for 17,000 took place […]

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Anton Strikes Deal With French Production & Distribution Group Newen

Euro financier and co-producer Anton has struck a financing deal with major French production and distribution group Newen, whose subsidiaries produce shows including period drama Versailles and hit French soap Plus Belle La Vie. The strategic agreement will see Anton become a co-investor in Newen’s distribution rights for both group productions and third-party programs across […]

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China Bars Access to Nearly a Quarter of Foreign News Websites

China blocks local access to almost a quarter of the foreign news outlets accredited to report from the country with its “Great Firewall” of strict online censorship, according to a new analysis. The more than 850 million internet users in the Middle Kingdom are barred from viewing the publicly available websites of 23% of 215 […]

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Prosecutors Seek Five-Year Jail Term for Hirofumi Arai, Actor on Rape Charges

Prosecutors in the rape case against actor Hirofumi Arai have requested a five-year sentence. They made the call at a public hearing on Wednesday in the Tokyo District Court. Arai has pleaded innocent to charges that he sexually assaulted a woman dispatched to his residence from a massage service on July 1 of last year. […]

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Banjiro Uemura, Founder of Tohokushinsha, Dies at 90

Banjiro Uemura, founder of Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, one of Japan’s longest operating film companies, has died. He was 90. The company, which is listed on the JASDAQ stock market made the announcement on Thursday. It reported that he passed away on Oct. 15, 2019. Uemura established the company in April 1961, running it its president […]

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Margot Robbie Adds Striking Venice Compound to Packed Property Portfolio

Now that she’s cemented her place among the world’s top-earning female actors, Oscar-nominated Aussie producer/star Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” “Suicide Squad,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) has turned her talents to real estate investing, having recently picked up her fifth property — this one located in L.A.’s seaside neighborhood of […]

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‘American Horror Story’ Recap: ‘Episode 100’ Pushes ‘1984’ Forward in Time

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Episode 100,” the sixth episode of “American Horror Story: 1984.” One hundred episodes is a big milestone in television these days, so kudos to “American Horror Story” for getting there. Also kudos for pulling out all the stops for this big episode — it definitely […]

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New ‘Hocus Pocus’ Movie In the Works At Disney+

Disney is taking another stab at developing a new incarnation of the 1993 cult classic feature Hocus Pocus, which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. This time it’s through the Walt Disney movie studio which produced the original for the upcoming streaming platform Disney+. The new film, now in early stages of […]

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President Donald Trump Pulls A Geographic, Says We’re “Building A Wall In Colorado”

President Donald Trump is so enthusiastic that his wall on the southern border is finally taking shape that he’s naming states that don’t adjoin Mexico as places it’s being built. A few days after Trump arch-nemesis CNN admitted that Mexico is indeed paying for construction of a wall by deploying troops to slow migration, the […]

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Box Office Mojo Site Transformed by IMDbPro

BoxOfficeMojo.com has been transformed into an IMDbPro site, losing some of its free features. The Amazon-owned site, which had previously operated free of charge, was given a new look with its header reading “Box Office Mojo by IMDb Pro.” Information such as breakdowns by genre is now only available behind the IMDbPro paywall. The Box […]

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‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel in Development at Disney Plus

Disney Plus has launched development of a sequel to 1993’s fantasy comedy “Hocus Pocus” with “Workaholics” writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo on board to script. The original “Hocus Pocus” starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witch sisters who have been cursed since 1693 in Salem, Ma. The witches […]

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Variety Wins 2019 Eppy Award for Best Digital Magazine

Variety has won two Eppy Awards from Editor & Publisher, including Best Digital Magazine and Best Collaborative Investigative/Enterprise Feature for “American (In)Justice” — a collaboration with fellow PMC property Rolling Stone. “American (In)Justice” also tied with USA Today’s “Copy, Paste, Legislate” collaboration with The Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity. Variety has provided […]

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Celebrates Another Bewildering Day In America

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert was shaking his head during his opening monologue tonight, calling it “another bewildering day in America. Up is down, right is wrong, Trump is President.” Although obviously no fan of the Commander-in-Chief, Colbert noted, “You have got to hand it the guy. He is willing to call his most […]

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Kal Penn And Matt Murray Say ‘Sunnyside’ Has Found “Promising” Digital Audience As Fate Of NBC Comedy Remains in Limbo

Last week, NBC pulled its freshman comedy Sunnyside from its Thursday night schedule and will air the fourth episode on Thursday, which will be the last on the linear network. The comedy co-created by Kal Penn and Matt Murray and executive produced by Mike Schur will air its remaining seven episodes on NBC’s digital platforms, […]

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Christopher McQuarrie Has Some Tough Love for Aspiring Screenwriters

He's an Academy Award-winning screenwriter. A celebrated filmmaker of one of the most acclaimed action franchises. If there's anybody an aspiring screenwriter should be getting advice from, it's Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Mission: Impossible). Are you an aspiring screenwriter? Today's your lucky day: McQuarrie took to his Twitter account to deliver a passionate thread of advice for screenwriters looking to sell their scripts. There's just one potential problem with the advice. As McQuarrie puts it, "You won’t like the answer, but here it is: You’re asking the wrong questions." As you …

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Lakers-Clippers Opener Nets TNT’s Best Non-Playoff NBA Ratings In L.A. Since 2013

There’s lots of NBA buzz in Los Angeles this year, with both the Lakers and the Clippers adding star players during the off-season and expected to contend. So the teams’ opening-night matchup was a strong local draw Tuesday night.. Despite going against the end of a tight World Series Game 1, the second game of […]

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Ronan Farrow Teams With Pineapple Street Studios To Launch ‘The Catch And Kill Podcast’

Ronan Farrow is stepping into the podcast world with his newly released book “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators”. The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist is teaming with Radio.com’s Pineapple Street Studios to produce The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow which will be an audio companion to his bestselling book. […]

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Shaq Defends Free Speech, Says Daryl Morey Was “Right” About China

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is defending Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for his tweet voicing support for protesters in Hong Kong, which subsequently sparked controversy between the NBA and China. Appearing on TNT Tuesday night, Shaq said Morey was “right” to support the protesters. “One of our best values here in America is […]

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Ronan Farrow Inks Podcast Series Deal for ‘Catch and Kill’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Ronan Farrow is launching a podcast offshoot of his best-selling book “Catch and Kill.” Slated to premiere in November, “The Catch and Kill Podcast With Ronan Farrow” will feature new audio material and interviews with people Farrow interviewed about allegations involving sexual misconduct of media industry figures including Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer — and […]

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Will Smith, Helen Mirren Urge Fans To Sleep Outdoors For One Night To Help Fight Homelessness

Will Smith and Helen Mirren are teaming up to fight homelessness. The two stars have joined “The World’s Big Sleep Out,” which aims to help one million homeless and displaced people across the globe by raising money and awareness. “Think for a minute about what home means to you,” the Gemini Man actor says in […]

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Damon Herriman Stands Out as ‘The Nightingale’ and ‘Lambs of God’ Lead AACTA Nominations

Dark thriller, “The Nightingale” and miniseries “Lambs of God” lead the pack at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. In nominations announced on Wednesday, they picked up 15 and 18 nods, respectively. Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale” was one of six films nominated in the best film category. With others including Mirrah Foulkes’ […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Scores Best First-Day Atom Ticket Sales for a ‘Star Wars’ Film

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker” has racked up the best first day of advance ticket sales for a “Star Wars” movie ticketed by Atom. Sales launched during the half time of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” Atom’s overall first-day record was set in April by Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame.” But “Star Wars: The Rise of […]

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Stephen Colbert Tells Trump: We Finally Gotcha On ‘Quid Pro Woah’

The way Stephen Colbert sees things, today was a game changer in the House impeachment inquiry. The CBS Late Show host noted that Bill Taylor, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified on Capitol Hill and it was bad, very bad. “We just learned this afternoon, he’s just awful,” Colbert said about Trump as he introduced […]

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Off Broadway Review: Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Bella Bella’

Harvey Fierstein is one busy guy. A Broadway institution with four Tony Awards for acting (“Torch Song Trilogy,” “Hairspray”) and playwriting (“Torch Song Trilogy,” “La Cage aux Folles”), he has also written everything from teleplays (“The Wiz Live!”, “Hairspray Live!”) to an award-winning children’s book, “The Sissy Duckling.” His movie work includes “Mrs. Doubtfire” and […]

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Milo Ventimiglia on Helming ‘This Is Us’: ‘I Had To Approach Being a Director as a Guest’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Storybook Love,” the fifth episode of the fourth season of “This Is Us.” “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia is a veteran producer and director, having launched a production company (Divide Pictures) more than 15 years ago. But his first time stepping behind the camera […]

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Cardi B Joins Vin Diesel in ‘Fast & Furious 9’

Cardi B has joined the cast of Universal’s “Fast & Furious 9” in an undisclosed role. It’s the rapper’s first movie part since her role as the stripper Diamond in STX’s drama “Hustlers.” Vin Diesel disclosed the casting Tuesday in a post on his Instagram account with a video that showed him and Cardi B […]

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Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Bella Bella’ Is Classic Harvey Harvey: Off-Broadway Review

Is one hotel bathroom big enough for personalities as outsized as Harvey Fierstein and Bella Abzug? The playwright’s Bella Bella, opening tonight at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Off Broadway venue in the New York City Center, suggests a pretty tight fit. A public personality has reached true large-than-life status when a mere signifier can stand […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’: First Day Pre-Sales 2nd Best For Atom Tickets

After going on sale last night during the halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has turned out to be the second first day bestseller for mobile ticket retailer Atom Tickets, behind this year’s Avengers: Endgame. That movie literally shut down many exhibitors’ online ticket sites during their first day sales […]

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LAIKA Pulls Out All The Stops With Five Free L.A. Screenings

LAIKA will be pulling out all the stops this Sunday at The Landmark in Los Angeles with a day-long retrospective of the studio’s animated body of work. Admission is free for the event, which includes screenings of all five LAIKA feature films to date: Missing Link (2019), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014), ParaNorman […]

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Cardi B To Appear In ‘Fast & Furious 9’

After making her big-screen debut in the 100 million dollar grossing drama Hustlers, Cardi B has signed on for her next feature, one that’s sure to land in the high figures, Universal’s Fast & Furious 9. Deadline has confirmed that the multi-platinum selling rapper has landed a small role in the upcoming installment. Fans were […]

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Al Burton, ‘Jeffersons’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Producer, Dies at 91

Television producer and executive Al Burton, known for his work on “The Jeffersons” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Tuesday at his home in San Mateo, California, the Associated Press confirmed. He was 91. Burton leaves behind a six-decade legacy of hit television shows that also included “One Day at a Time,” “Silver Spoons,” “Square Pegs” and […]

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Film News Roundup: James Wan’s Horror Thriller ‘Malignant’ Gets August Release

In today’s film news roundup, James Wan’s “Malignant” gets a late-summer release, a Rita Hayworth documentary is shooting and Women in Animation have announced diversity awards winners. RELEASE DATE Warner Bros. has set an Aug. 14 release date for James Wan’s horror thriller “Malignant.” Wan will direct the movie, based on a story by Wan […]

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‘You Must Remember This’ Host Talks ‘Song of the South,’ the Disney Movie That Won’t Be Released on Disney Plus

In recent years, corporate entities with long histories like the Walt Disney Company have had to come to terms with the fact that some aspects of their classic content are no longer acceptable to audiences. In some cases, especially ones pertaining to the upcoming launch of Disney Plus, the Walt Disney Company has been relatively […]

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How Martin Scorsese Saved ‘Current War’ From Harvey Weinstein

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon finally gets to release his version of his long-in-the-making “The Current War.” The film, about the competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, was originally set to be distributed by the Weinstein Company after Harvey Weinstein recut it, much to Gomez-Rejon’s chagrin. To make matters worse, Weinstein premiered the movie at the […]

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NBC Opens Submissions For ‘Female Forward’ And ‘Emerging Director’ Programs

NBC has officially opened submissions for its 2020-21 classes of its scripted directing “Female Forward” program as well as their “Emerging Director Program”. The pipeline programs are NBC’s continuing effort to increase diverse representation in episodic directing. Female Forward looks to achieve gender parity in the director’s chair while the Emerging Director Program focuses on […]

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Johnny Depp Ordered To Release Booze & Drug Use Records In $50M Defamation Case Against Amber Heard; ‘Pirates’ Star’s Lawyer Blasts “Abuse Hoax”

If the multi-million-dollar defamation lawsuit that Johnny Depp launched against Amber Heard this spring hasn’t already gotten messy enough, a new ruling could expose a lot of dirty laundry for the Crimes of Grindelwald star and his ex-wife. Late last week, a Virginia judge agreed with attorneys for the Aquaman actor that Depp needs to […]

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‘Sweetheart’ Review: J.D. Dillard’s Ferocious Creature-Feature Is Not to Be Missed

It's extremely rare that I see something that makes me stop and think "this is just extremely my shit" as often as I did during Sweetheart, the sharply-scripted, smartly-directed creature feature from Sleight filmmaker J.D. Dillard. Produced by Blumhouse, Sweetheart is a genre-hybrid character study of Kiersey Clemons' Jenn, part survival movie, part monster movie, part relationship drama; all centered around how the young woman finally learns what she's capable of when she wakes up stranded on a small island... and soon discovers a monster lives there too. Dillard proves himself a master of …

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CBS Wants More, More, More of All Its New Shows, Including ‘Evil’

The endless glut of streaming services changed the game for many -- but not all -- traditional TV networks. Sure, most are feeling chillier than Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic. But CBS is over here spending more money on all their damn shows like Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. As reported by Variety, CBS gave a vote of confidence to all of its 2019-2020 freshmen series. The Eye Network gave a second season order to spooky crime drama Evil, and full episode orders for the first seasons of comedies The Unicorn, Bob Hearts Abishola, and Carol's Second Act. …

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Law Roach, Kiki Layne Highlight the Serious Side of Fashion at InStyle Awards

“I’m not supposed to be here,” stylist of the year honoree Law Roach told the well-heeled guests assembled Monday night for the 5th annual InStyle Awards. “Where I’m from, no one makes it to these rooms…and I stand here for two reasons right? One, that someone told me I was special; and two, that somebody […]

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Global Screen Picks Up ‘The Amazing Maurice,’ Based on Terry Pratchett’s Novel (EXCLUSIVE)

Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights, excluding North America, the U.K. and German-speaking territories, to the English-language animated feature “The Amazing Maurice,” based on a Terry Pratchett novel. The screenplay has been written by Terry Rossio, Oscar-nominated for “Shrek.” Rossio’s credits also include the animated movie “Aladdin” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” […]

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Fred Savage Upgrades to Wonderful Bel Air Modern Farmhouse

“Wonder Years” child star Fred Savage, now an accomplished TV producer and sitcom director (“Modern Family,” “2 Broke Girls,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,”) recently put his lovely Spanish-influenced Mediterranean home in L.A.’s Hancock Park up for sale. But the busy-busy showbiz polyglot is not waiting around for a buyer before making his next real […]

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John Clarke Dies: ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Actor & Lifetime Achievement Emmy Recipient Was 88

John “Jack” Shelton Clarke, who won over fans with his portrayal of “Mickey Horton” on Days of Our Lives, has died. He was 88. Clarke passed away from complications of pneumonia on October 16, in Laguna Beach, a representative for the actor told Deadline Monday. Clarke previously suffered a stroke in 2007 and had been […]

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Alicia Keys Surprises Jimmy Kimmel’s Brooklyn Audience With Rock The Vote Barclays Tickets

Jimmy Kimmel kicked off his annual weeklong residency in Brooklyn on Monday night with two of the east coast’s biggest music stars: Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. For the fifth year, Kimmel’s studio moved from Los Angeles to the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s theater where he taped his show in front of a live studio […]

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Tokyo Market: Shochiku Launches Horror, Comedy and Mystery Lineup

Major Japanese studio, Shochiku has the honor of leading off next week’s Tokyo International Film Festival with its “Tora-san, Wish You Were Here.” The film is a revival of a beloved in-house drama franchise, directed by veteran Yoji Yamada, that is set as the event’s opening night gala presentation. Before that, the company has the […]

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Stephen Colbert Touts Trump’s One-Man Broadway Show With Shoutout To ‘Fleabag’

Stephen Colbert just returned to the Late Show from a lengthy vacation, and he’s already fed up with President Donald Trump. The CBS late-night host said he was glad to get away from the dizzying developments coming out of the White House each day. “I’ve been out of the country, I mean way out of […]

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Singapore Festival to Focus on Asian Excellence for 30th Edition

For its 30th edition the Singapore International Film Festival has avoided programming novelty and instead focused on assembling excellence – mostly indie titles — from Asia and further afield. The festival, which previously announced local filmmaker Anthony Chen’s second feature “Wet Season” as its opening night gala presentation, announced the balance of its programming on […]

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‘Star Wars’ Rising: ‘Skywalker’ Pre-Sales Nearly Double ‘Avengers: Engame’

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker won’t reach theaters until December 20th but the mega-release from Disney’s Lucasfilm Ltd. was already breaking records on Monday night. The premiere of the film’s final trailer during the Monday Night Football halftime show provided the high-profile kickoff for advance tickets sales for Star Wars: The Rise of […]

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Donald Trump Tells Sean Hannity He’ll “Terminate” New York Times, Washington Post (Subscriptions, That Is)

President Donald Trump appeared on Fox News’ Hannity for an hour-long interview on Monday, and as you would expect, there was some bashing of the fake news media. One comment stuck out, when Sean Hannity suggested that the media wasn’t making a bigger story about Joe Biden and what his son, Hunter, did on the […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Images: The Resistance Rides Against the First Order

Even if you've watched that epic final trailer for Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a few times now, you may have missed some things. That's where we come in. We've taken a closer look at every frame in the new trailer to see what can be seen and find what can be found. Feel free to peruse this selection of new stills officially released by Disney, followed by spectacular shots taken from the trailer itself to see what you can deduce about the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga. Original Trilogy actors …

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New ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Trailer Previews an Epic Conclusion

Disney and Lucasfilm have released a new trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the third and final chapter of the trilogy started in 2015 with J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens and continued with Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi in 2017. Abrams returns to direct from a script he co-wrote with Oscar-winner Chris Terrio (Justice League). The breakout stars of the new trilogy will all reprise their roles, as Daisy Ridley's Rey, John Boyega's Finn, Kelly Marie Tran's Rose, and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron team up to take down—or possibly …

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Final Trailer for ‘Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker’ Brings Back Luke, Leia and Palpatine

Luke Skywalker’s epic legacy in a galaxy far, far away may be coming to an end in the final trailer for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” but it also marks the return of some of the series greatest characters. Both Luke and Leia return in the trailer, which aired during ESPN’s Monday Night Football, […]

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European Film Awards: ‘The Favourite’ Dominates First Winners

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