Saturday, November 30, 2019

Roseanne Barr To Appear At “Trumpettes” Super Bowl Weekend Mar-A-Lago Gala

Controversial comedian Roseanne Barr has been booked to speak at the upcoming “Trumpettes” gala honoring President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate, according to the Palm Beach Post. Donald Trump Jr. is also scheduled to attend the event on February 1, the day before Super Bowl LIV in Miami. “Roseanne is a really loyal Trump supporter,” […]

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Bill Cosby Tweets Bash CNN, New York Times And Say “The Truth Is In The Pudding”

Despite serving time in a Pennsylvania prison, Bill Cosby has had a busy week. The comedian, or someone tasked with managing his official Twitter account, posted a Thanksgiving message urging fans to avoid the nation’s media giants and instead support black-owned outlets that “propel the truth.” Cosby’s social media musings followed his November 24 interview […]

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‘Avatar’ Sequel Marks End Of Filming For 2019 With Set Photo

That’s a wrap on filming this year for James Cameron’s forthcoming Avatar sequel. The official Avatar Twitter account shared a behind-the-scenes photo Friday to mark the end of live-action filming for the year. The picture offered a behind-the-scenes look at a craft called the “Sea Dragon.” “That’s a wrap, Na’vi Nation!” the photo was captioned. […]

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Film Review: ‘Away’

An inspirational work of do-it-yourself computer animation that suggests the sky’s-the-limit potential of the medium for anyone with big ideas and a boundless amount of time on his hands (plus access to Maya or an equivalent CG super-tool), “Away” represents more than three years of imagination and labor by 25-year-old Latvian prodigy Gints Zilbalodis, who […]

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Pete Davidson Sends Fans NDA With $1 Million Fine Ahead Of Comedy Show

Fans planning to attend a recent Pete Davidson comedy show got an unexpected surprise — a $1 million non-disclosure agreement. The comedian’s team required attendees sign the NDA before entering the Bay Area venue where the Saturday Night Live cast member performed earlier this week. In addition to signing the agreement, attendees were asked to […]

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‘Float’ Director Bobby Rubio on Unconscious Bias and Pixar’s First Filipino American Character

Bobby Rubio, who made his directorial debut with Pixar’s animated short “Float” on Disney Plus earlier this month, has worked at Pixar as a story artist since 2012, contributing to “Inside Out,” “Incredibles 2” and “Brave.” But “Float” broke new ground as the first Pixar work to feature a Filipino American animated character. The short […]

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Toby Kebbell & Lauren Ambrose Talk ‘Servant’ and Filming the Gruesome Eel Scene



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L.A. Readers: Who Wants to See ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ for Free?

I’ve got a few questions for you. Are you looking forward to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Will you be in the Los Angeles area Friday, December 20th? Are you a fan of the Collider shows on YouTube and the writers on the website? If you answered yes to these questions, I’m about to make you very happy. [caption id="attachment_841406" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Disney[/caption] On December 20th at 7pm PT at the AMC Burbank 16, Collider is partnering up with Dolby Cinema for a free screening of Star Wars: …

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Finding the Perfect Murder-Mystery Home for Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’

Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, and Toni Collette as a family of suspects under investigation by Daniel Craig’s Detective Benoit Blanc, who is convinced that patriarch and wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) didn’t commit suicide. The setting is the grand Thrombey Estate, a character in itself. […]

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition

President Donald Trump was working on Thanksgiving, visiting the troops in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Field to let them know they were not forgotten on the holiday. Today, the President is visiting another place of combat: The Mar-a-Lago Trump Golf course, where he will battle the little white ball and get some leisure moments in […]

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Roman Polanski Cancels Lecture at His Alma Mater Amid Opposition

Roman Polanski, in his native Poland to pick up an award and present his new drama, “An Officer and a Spy,” canceled a lecture Saturday at his alma mater after some students and employees at the film school in Lodz took to social media and launched an online petition against his scheduled appearance. “Like any […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Responds to Brazilian President’s Claim That He Funded Amazon Wildfires

Leonardo DiCaprio has refuted bizarre and false claims from Brazil’s right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro that the actor financed the wildfires in the Amazon, playing into a ploy by the the World Wildlife Fund to generate donations. DiCaprio posted a statement on Instagram Saturday that “while worthy of support, we did not fund the organizations targeted.” […]

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Daniel Craig and Jamie Lee Curtis Talk ‘Knives Out’ and the Donut Hole Speech



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The Best Documentaries on Disney Plus Right Now

There’s a whole lot of hot content to pick through on Disney Plus, including hours of Spider-Man cartoons of wildly variable quality and two different versions of Adventures in Babysitting. But if you’re in the mood for more educational fare, don’t worry - Disney+ has got you covered. (Although I would argue there is plenty to learn from Vincent D’Onofrio’s scene in Babysitting in which he plays an auto mechanic who may or may not be the Mighty Thor.) It’s a little clunkily organized, but there’s plenty of documentary fare available on the …

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‘Merry Happy Whatever’s Dennis Quaid & Brent Morin Discuss Their Holiday Traditions



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‘Young Sheldon’ Star Iain Armitage Joins Jane Fonda Climate Protest March In DC

Actress Jane Fonda’s ongoing climate change protests in Washington, DC this week saw support from her grandchildren, both real-life and from the movies. Fonda was joined Friday by Iain Armitage, star of CBS television’s Young Sheldon and HBO’s Big Little Lies, and her own grandchildren, Malcolm and Viva. Fonda and Armitage worked together on the […]

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‘Frozen 2’, ‘Knives Out’ to Defrost Thanksgiving Box Office

Disney’s “Frozen 2” is continuing to dominate the Thanksgiving box office with an estimated $128 million through the five-day weekend. The “Frozen” sequel took in another $34 million on Friday of its second weekend in multiplexes, lifting its cumulative domestic gross to $236 million through Friday. Should estimates hold, “Frozen 2” will top “Hunger Games: […]

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‘Frozen 2’ Wins Friday Box Office with $34 Million, ‘Knives Out’ in Second Place

The holiday moviegoing season is finally upon us and Disney's Frozen II is still in the lead at the box office. After a supremely successful opening weekend both here in the United States and abroad, Frozen II brought in $34 million domestically on Friday. The sequel to 2013's Frozen tells the story of sisters Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), who must go off the beaten path to figure out the source of Elsa's mystical icy powers. [caption id="attachment_851753" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures[/caption] Experiencing only an impressively …

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‘Rick and Morty’: Spencer Grammer on Summer’s Journey Through Season 4 and Beyond

Listen here: With Rick and Morty currently enjoying the first half of Season 4 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, I had a chance to chat with Summer herself Spencer Grammer about her character's past, present, and future. The conversation comes as part of our continuing interview series through Collider Weekly's animation podcast, Saturday Mourning Cartoons. We talked about how the role originally came to her, what Summer is currently going through on the show, and what insane surprises are in store for her in this season and future episodes. Additionally, Grammer revealed her favorite moments and episodes …

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New ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Posters Focus on the Rey & Kylo Conflict

Two beautifully-designed posters for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have been released and they tease the coming conflict between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Since it's the final installment in the Skywalker saga, Rise of Skywalker will be bringing together lots of familiar faces as well as some new ones, all of whom are present and accounted for on these new posters. Both new posters — which you can get a good look at below — put Rey and Kylo Ren at the center of the action. In the first poster, Kylo Ren looms above Rey …

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‘The Mandalorian’ Guide, Week 4: Every Question We Have After “Sanctuary”

Truly hope everyone enjoyed The Mandalorian episode 4, "Sanctuary", alternatively titled "Disney! Does! Sexual! Tension!". Of all the answers given in this episode, the biggest one was this: If you need a character to have simmering chemistry with a widow named Omera (Julia Jones) from a farming planet without ever taking off his helmet, that is why you cast Pedro Pascal. But I digress: "Sanctuary"—directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, written by Jon Favreau—was another chapter of The Mandalorian that offered big, loud, crash-bang Star Wars-themed set-pieces without offering a ton of substance other than Baby …

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‘Scales’ Saudi Feminist Film Named Best Picture in Singapore

“Scales” (aka “Sayidat Al Bahr”), directed by Saudi Arabian first-time filmmaker, Shahad Ameen, was named as the best film in the Asian feature competition at the 30th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival. The tale of a young girl who defies her village’s harsh and chauvinistic traditions to prove her worth, collected the festival’s […]

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Singapore’s MM2 to Launch Streaming Service M Play

Singapore media conglomerate mm2 Entertainment is to launch streaming service mPlay Asia. It will focus on Chinese-language short form video and launch from April 2020. At launch, mPlay will focus on four key Chinese-speaking markets – Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong – with an addressable audience size of over 40 million. The target audience […]

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SGIFF: ‘I Dream of Singapore’ Kicks off Documentary Series on NGOs

Lei Yuan Bin’s Singapore International Film Festival world premiere “I Dream Of Singapore” is the first part of a multi-volume documentary series on overlooked local non-governmental organizations. It is produced by Glen Goei’s Singapore production house Tiger Tiger Pictures (“Revenge Of The Pontianak”). The film is an observational documentary on the continuous labor flow from […]

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Kid Rock Directs Sexual Slurs at Oprah, Insists He’s Not Racist, Is Helped Off Stage

Kid Rock may not just have a thinking problem, based on footage obtained by TMZ of a sexually explicit tirade the singer went into against several female talk shows hosts on stage at his own Nashville bar this week, in a state the website described as “clearly intoxicated.” The video posted by TMZ ends with […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Accused Of Bankrolling Amazon Rainforest Fires By Brazil President

Jair Bolsonaro, the populist Brazilian nationalist president sometimes referred to as the “Trump of the Tropics,” has accused actor Leonardo DiCaprio of financially backing the fires that have torched the Amazon rainforest in that country. Bolsonaro made the claim on Friday, reportedly telling supporters: “This Leonardo DiCaprio’s a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money for […]

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‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist’s Husband Tweets Out Trending Hashtag #IStandWithMelissa

Support for Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist’s confession of past domestic abuse has now extended to an online hashtag, #IStandWIthMelissa, and a challenge from her husband, Chris Wood, who asked his online followers, “How do YOU show love?” Benoist publicly revealed earlier this week that she is domestic abuse survivor. She did not name her abuser, […]

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‘The Grand Tour’ Showrunner Andy Wilman Plans Move Into Scripted With Film Project

EXCLUSIVE: Andy Wilman, the showrunner on Amazon’s The Grand Tour, is planning to park his motoring show at some point next decade and move into scripted for the first time. Wilman is the unseen engine of The Grand Tour machine, making international stars out of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, and putting their […]

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Record Store Day Black Friday 2019: What to Hunt Down, from Lizzo to U2

It almost seems wrong to call this semi-annual installment of Record Store Day the Black Friday edition, since so many of the 182 official releases are on colored vinyl or picture disc, it’s really more like Blue, Pink, Green, Purple and Yellow Friday. But if you try, really try, you might find some actual black […]

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Marion McClinton Dies: Broadway Director Of August Wilson Plays Was 65

Stage director Marion McClinton, who staged for Broadway two of August Wilson’s plays and Regina Taylor’s Drowning Crow, died yesterday in St. Paul, Minn. He was 65. The New York Times reports that McClinton died of kidney failure. With credits in both Off Broadway and regional theater, McClinton directed the Broadway productions of Wilson’s King […]

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Nabil Ayouch, Maryam Touzani on Moroccan Oscar Entry ‘Adam,’ New Projects

Director-producer Nabil Ayouch and actor-director Maryam Touzani are attending the Marrakech Film Festival for the gala screening of Touzani’s debut feature, “Adam,” on Tuesday. The film, written by her, with the collaboration of Ayouch, and produced by the latter, is Morocco’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. “Adam” had […]

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Gary Rhodes: British TV Chef Died From Bleed On Brain

British TV chef Gary Rhodes died from a bleed on a brain during a break in filming on a new show for ITV, his family have said. In a press statement sent to Deadline, Rhodes’ family moved to end speculation around his cause of death, confirming that he suffered a subdural hematoma after a day’s […]

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Viu Streaming Platform to Carry Discovery Shows in Asia

Multinational Asian video-streaming operator Viu is to begin carrying factual and lifestyle content from Discovery Networks. Content will be sourced from Discovery, Discovery Asia, Animal Planet, Food Network, TLC, and HGTV. Lifestyle shows include: “Jason Tastes Asia”; “Family Kitchen with Sherson”; and “Cooking for Love.” Reality content includes: “Cake Boss”; “Dr. Pimple Popper”; “90 Day Fiance”; and “Iron Chef Gauntlet.” […]

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Film Review: ‘My Friend the Polish Girl’

The mock-documentary is a largely played-out genre, all too often used as vehicle for cheap satire or puffed-up intrigue. In their intriguing, intractable debut feature “My Friend the Polish Girl,” however, directing duo — and in turn, to metaphorically reflect on immigrant exploitation in Brexit-era Britain. If that sounds like a lot to take on, […]

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HBO Asia Renews ‘Halfworlds’ for Third Season, Relocates Series to Philippines

HBO Asia has given the green light to a third season of fantasy action series “Halfworlds.” The eight-part season will be directed by rising star Philippines filmmaker Mikhail Red. Production will begin from January, with the completed season to screen exclusively on HBO and HBO Go later in 2020. Season 3 is produced by HBO Asia […]

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Luxbox Rolls Out Peru’s ‘Song Without a Name’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Paris-based Luxbox has sold more new major territories on Peruvian Melina Leon’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight hit “Canción sin nombre” (“Song Without a Name”), proving sales hits can come from anywhere., especially when selected for Cannes. A standout at last year’s strong Ventana Sur Copia Final showcase, “Song Without a Name” has closed Italy with Torino.based […]

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Tallinn Black Nights Crowns Industry Winners

Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has named the winners from its Industry@Tallinn and Baltic Event industry strands. The events spotlight projects from the region but also international participants. This year’s winners include Filip Syczynski’s The Great Match, the Polish feature from producers Anna Rozalska and Aleksandra Aleksander of Match & Spark, which scooped the […]

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HBO Max to Show British True-Crime Drama Series ‘White House Farm’

HBO Max will show “White House Farm” in the U.S., having snagged the streaming rights to the upcoming British drama series. WarnerMedia has pre-bought the show, which centers on the notorious real-life murder of three generations of one family at an isolated English farmhouse in 1985. Freddie Fox (“Year of the Rabbit”), Mark Addy (“New […]

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‘Medici The Magnificent: Final Season’: ‘Reign’s Toby Regbo Joins Cast Of Rai & Netflix Drama

EXCLUSIVE: Reign’s Toby Regbo is to star in the third and final season of Italian drama Medici. The series will air over four nights in a primetime slot on Italian broadcaster Rai from December 2 with Netflix airing it after its domestic launch in early 2020. It will be branded an original Netflix series in […]

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‘Free Solo’ Star Alex Honnold Pays Tribute To Fellow Climber Brad Gobright After Fall Death

If you’ve seen this year’s Oscar-winning doc Free Solo, you’ll appreciate the life-and-death gamble that climbing can be, and that was put in sharp focus this week by the news that world-renowned American climber Brad Gobright died on Wednesday attempting to descend a cliff face. Alex Honnold, who in the film became the first person […]

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HBO Max Takes U.S. Rights To Stephen Graham-Fronted ITV Crime Drama ‘White House Farm’

HBO Max has picked the U.S. rights to British crime drama White House Farm starring The Irishman’s Stephen Graham and Black ’47’s Freddie Fox. The WarnerMedia-owned streaming service will air the six-part series in the States next year after striking a deal with All3Media International. It is the latest British title snapped up by the streamer, following deals with […]

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Federation Entertainment, Essential Media Group Team on Crime Series ‘Aftermath’

France’s Federation Entertainment and Australia’s Essential Media Group have teamed up to co-develop and co-produce “Aftermath,” an eight-part crime series created by Erin White, whose directing credits include “Sando” and “Doctor Doctor.” Set in Australia in 1992 and in the present day, “Aftermath” follows two forty-something estranged high school best friends who reunite to uncover […]

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British Celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes Died of Bleeding in the Head

British celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, who collapsed during a break in shooting a new show for ITV, died of bleeding in the head, his family said. Rhodes, 59, collapsed at his home Tuesday in Dubai, where he ran two restaurants and was filming the new program. He died shortly afterward. In a statement issued to […]

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Warner Bros. Adapts German Format ‘Cash For Trash’ For BBC One

Warner Bros. International Television Production indie Ricochet is adapting the group’s German format Cash For Trash into a BBC One show. Ricochet has been commissioned to make 30-part daytime series The Bidding Room, in which expert dealers compete to buy items presented to them by members of the public. Hosted by Chariots of Fire actor […]

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Mark Adams Steps Down as Edinburgh Film Festival Artistic Director

Mark Adams is stepping down as artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival after having overseen five editions of the event. “It’s been a real pleasure to work with the team in Edinburgh and help deliver the growth and development of EIFF over the last five festivals and to be instrumental in re-establishing its […]

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Channel 4 Gender & Diversity Pay Gap Hit By Acquisition Of The Box Plus Network

Channel 4’s gender and diversity pay gap has been hit by its acquisition of music broadcaster The Box Plus Network. The British broadcaster has published its 2019 Pay Report and has extended its reporting so that as well as the gender gap, now includes data on diverse staff, disability and LGBT+ groups. C4’s gender pay […]

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Mark Adams Steps Down As Edinburgh Film Fest Artistic Director

After serving as artistic director of Edinburgh International Film Festival for five festivals, Mark Adams is stepping down from his role on 30 November. Rod White, director of programming for EIFF’s parent charity, CMI, is set to work alongside the existing team in delivering EIFF’s 74th edition in 2020 (17 to 28 June). Recruitment for […]

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Smithsonian Channel Boards ‘Secrets of the Pyramid Builders’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Smithsonian Channel has boarded Ancient Egyptian documentary “Secrets of the Pyramid Builders” and will launch the series in the U.S. The channel has signed on as a co-producer on the six-parter from Vivendi production and distribution arm Vivendi Entertainment and Pernel Media. The 4K documentary series was commissioned by Canal Plus in France, where it […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ to Hit China Day-and-Date With US

Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will hit Chinese theaters on December 20, day-and-date with the US. While Marvel films are typically outsize hits in China, the “Star Wars” films have historically underperformed in the territory. Chinese audiences are less familiar with the franchise because the original films were never theatrically released […]

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Stepping Into China With Day-And-Date Release

Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker has been set for a December 20 China release, in step with domestic. This marks a change from the saga’s recent holiday installments which have each bowed in the Middle Kingdom in January, after initial rollout elsewhere. The official Star Wars Weibo account posted a Chinese-subtitled trailer today […]

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Distributor Filmink Presents Launches in Australia

Industry veterans, Dov Kornits and Lou Balletti have announced the launch of a new theatrical distributor operating in Australia. The company pitches itself as a one-stop shop straddling distribution and media promotion, and will begin operations with a Friday 13 December release of horror title “Wrinkles the Clown.” Kornits is publisher of Australian film magazine […]

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IDFA Film Review: ‘In a Whisper’

It’s hard to explain the cycle of emotions prompted by permanently leaving one’s home country to someone who has never had to do it. Pangs of guilt, loyalty, resentment and yearning chase each other in turn, oblivious to the fact that your motherland is returning no feelings in kind. Eventually, enough time passes that you […]

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Endemol Shine India Picks up ‘The Sane Psychopath’

Endemol Shine India has picked up screen rights to Salil Desai’s novel “The Sane Psychopath.” Inspired by a real incident, “Psychopath” is a surprising, psychological tale of a frightening murderous phenomenon. The company announced the rights deal on Thursday, but provided no further details about the adaptation, schedule or its financing. “What attracted us to the book is […]

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How To Watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade On TV & Online

It’s the fourth Thursday in November — time for turkey, football, family and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year’s 93rd annual event faces a threat from nature as severe winds are in the Gotham forecast, but that doesn’t mean the show won’t go on. Read a little more about that below as part of […]

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‘People Just Do Nothing’ Movie Adaptation Shooting In Japan & UK For Focus Features & BBC Films

Production is underway on an under-the-radar feature adaptation of BAFTA-winning BBC comedy series, People Just Do Nothing. After five seasons of the cult mockumentary series on BBC and Netflix, People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan has begun shoot in Japan and the UK for six weeks and is due be released in cinemas across […]

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Simon Fuller’s Now United Launches New Member Search in Middle East, North Africa

Now United, the international pop group formed by “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller, has initiated a search for a new member the Middle East and North Africa. The group, comprised of 14 young artists, each from different countries, was founded with the mission of “supporting emerging music artists globally.” Said Fuller: “Now United is all […]

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

‘Cats’ Casting Director Among the Jury Members for 2020 European Shooting Stars

Lucy Bevan, casting director on “Cats” and “Cruella,” is among the jury members for the upcoming edition of European Film Promotion’s annual European Shooting Stars. It selects Europe’s best young acting talent, with the roster unveiled ahead of the Berlin Film Festival in Feb. where they will receive their awards. Bevan will be joined on […]

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The Best Films on Netflix Right Now

Even with the streaming company’s sophisticated algorithms, it’s not always easy to decide what to watch on Netflix. The right mood is difficult to find and whether you’re feeling a sober classic like “Schindler’s List” or a heart-warming Disney-Pixar flick like “Coco,” there are options to fit every movie palate. Here are 20 films worth watching to […]

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‘Young Einstein’ Composer Martin Armiger Dead at 70

Martin Armiger, a musician turned record producer, academic, and film and TV composer, based in Australia has died. He was 70. Born in the U.K. as John Martin Armiger, he relocated to Australia with his family as a teenager. He is known for Australian film classics Yahoo Serious’ “Young Einstein,” and the Alex Proyas-directed “Dark […]

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Arena Football League Files For Bankruptcy, Ending A 30-Year Struggle For Acceptance

The floundering Arena Football League is tossing in the towel, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Wednesday. A statement from Arena Football League commissioner Randall Boe said the indoor football league couldn’t surmount its financial and liability issues in order to grow, and was disappointed it couldn’t figure out a solution for next season. The league […]

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MCU Timeline Explained: From Infinity Stones to Infinity War, Endgame, and Beyond

Now with Spider-Man: Far From Home updates! Any Marvel fan worth their vibranium could tell you that the MCU as we know it launched in 2008 with Jon Favreau's Iron Man. A tougher task by far is to deliver a blow-by-blow retelling of the events that occurred within the MCU, from the Jotunheim invasion of Earth, to the foundation of the Arena Club, to the next wave of technological innovations on display at the Stark Expo, and the futuristic nation of Wakanda. So with that in mind, we've put together a list of the major …

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland Accused Of Sex Misconduct By Three Women

European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland has been accused of sex misconduct by three women in a report jointly published today by ProPublica and the Portland Monthly. Sondland, who became a media figure thanks to his televised testimony during the live impeachment inquiry and Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live impersonation of him last week, is being […]

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Ventana Sur Offers a Window Into Latin American Market Trends

The Cannes Festival and Film Market’s boldest international initiative outside France, as well as Latin America’s biggest movie mart-meet, Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur runs Dec. 2-6. Co-organized by Argentina’s Incaa film-TV agency, it provides a telling window into Latin American market trends. Here are five takes for 2019: 1. Latin American Headwinds For most of […]

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‘Hollywood Superman’, A Frequent ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Guest, Will Be Buried In Costume

UPDATE:  “Hollywood Superman” Christopher Dennis will be buried in his costume, after an anonymous donor stepped up to pay for his funeral and fulfill his final wishes. A crowdfunding campaign had been started to provide funeral costs for Dennis, who was homeless and died trying to obtain clothing from a donation bin. He had told […]

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Film Review: ‘The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open’

You can tell from the title. “The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open” stands out in a field of generic, cookie-cutter dramas, not simply in terms of representation — though the female-made, indigenous-focused thriller offers a field day for intersectionality theorists — but also in the unconventional way the story unfolds. Filmed in what […]

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‘Frozen’ National Tour To Kick Off Next Week At Pantages Theatre

The national tour for Disney’s Frozen musical is opening next week just over the hill from the studio that created the animated versions. Frozen starts performances on at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on December 4, with a nine-week engagement running through February 2, 2020. The expected rush for tickets will be somewhat democratized by […]

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‘The Irishman’: Let’s Talk about That Final Shot

Spoilers ahead for The Irishman. The final hour of The Irishman shows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) in decline. The friendships he’s managed with Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) and Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) have collided and he’s forced to kill Jimmy on behalf of Russell. It turns out that Frank’s loyalty was cheap and the violent life he lived has alienated just about everyone who cared about him. He’s left sad and alone in a nursing home confessing to the audience and to a priest, and even then, Frank has trouble admitting the contrition or regret …

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Kirstie Alley To Star In ‘A Family Affair’; Ethan Cutkosky Joins ‘Alex/October’; Jay Huguley Cast In ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kirstie Alley (Cheers, Scream Queens) has signed on to star in A Family Affair, an indie film written and directed by Tim Bartell. The plot follows a professional photographer Robert, in a midlife crisis with a young wife, who falls for his tough-love mother-in-law, the actress Olivia, (Alley). Both are […]

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OC Weekly, Orange County, Calif. Alt-Weekly, Closes Its Doors After A 24-Year Run

Alternative newspaper the OC Weekly closed today, ending a 24-year run as a leading voice of Southern California culture. The free weekly made its farewell via Twitter, announcing that owner Duncan McIntosh Company was shuttering the publication. More than 20 editorial staffers and an unknown number of support staff were laid off. The closing continues […]

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15 Movies and Series to Watch on Netflix this Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving upon us and Hanukkah and Christmas right around the corner, you might find yourself with a bit more time on your hands. Maybe you’d like to sit back with family and friends and enjoy some escapist entertainment. Or maybe you’d like to evade family and friends and enjoy some escapist entertainment. Either way, there’s a lot to choose from on Netflix at the moment, whether seasonally appropriate material, classics to revisit, new stuff to catch up on, or movies and series for everyone—kids included. Here are our picks for what to watch on Netflix …

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Madonna Cancels Run of Boston Shows: ‘The Pain I’m in Right Now Is Overwhelming’

Madonna canceled her intimate “Madame X” tour dates in Boston on Wednesday, stating she was experiencing “overwhelming” pain and would not be able to perform at the Wang Theatre during her scheduled dates from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. “Please forgive this unexpected turn of events. Doing my show every night brings me so much […]

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TV Studios In Strike-Preparation Mode Ahead Of WGA Contract Negotiations With Overall Deals At Stake & Streamers As Wild Card

With the end of the WGA’s current film and TV contract with AMPTP only five months away and no talks on the horizon, the TV studios are starting to prepare for a potential strike. It has become standard procedure for the major TV companies to make arrangements for a possible work stoppage every time the […]

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‘Knives Out’ Added to FYC Screening Series at ArcLight with Rian Johnson Q&A

Have you seen Knives Out yet? If the answer is no, my knee-jerk response might be, "What are you waiting for?" But at this point, I wouldn't blame you for holding off until Monday, December 2nd at 5pm because that's when Collider will host a very special screening of the film as part of the Collider FYC Screening Series at ArcLight Hollywood. And even if you have seen the movie, it's well worth adding the event to your calendar for two reasons: first, as you well know if you've seen it, Knives Out is a …

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The Best TV Shows to Watch on Netflix Right Now

Even with the streaming company’s sophisticated algorithms, it’s not always easy to decide what to watch on Netflix. The right mood is difficult to find and whether you’re feeling a black comedy like the BAFTA-nominated series “The End of the F***ing World” or a Netflix original like Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us,” which racked […]

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‘A Very English Scandal’ Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins Sets Up ITV Studios Label

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the executive producer of A Very English Scandal, is setting up a drama production label with ITV Studios. Treadwell-Collins is starting up at ITV Studios after more than three years as the head of television at Blueprint Pictures. He started this week and will aim to create high-ended scripted series, which can be […]

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Gary Rhodes Dies: Former ‘MasterChef’ & ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Star Was 59

British TV chef Gary Rhodes has died aged 59. In a statement released to catering trade magazine The Caterer, Rhodes’ family said: “The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE. “Gary passed away last evening, Tuesday 26 November 2019, at the age of 59, […]

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‘Mystic’: British Drama Producer Slim Film + Television Teams With Neil Cross’ Libertine Pictures On Kids’ Drama Adaptation

EXCLUSIVE: British drama producer Slim Film + Television has teamed with Luther creator Neil Cross’ New Zealand-based production company on an adaptation of Stacy Gregg’s Pony Club Secrets books. Slim Film + Television, run by former Kudos Managing Director Simon Crawford Collins, has partnered with Libertine Pictures, which is behind Rose McIver-fronted feature Daffodils, on […]

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‘Blue Story’ Director Rapman Slams Cinema Chain Vue Over Ban: “Where’s The Proof Of Multiple Incidents?”

Rapman, real name Andrew Onwubolu, has hit out at UK multiplex chain Vue over its banning of his film Blue Story. The cinema said it had taken the measure after “25 significant incidents”, following an initial widely reported incident involving a machete at a Birmingham site on Saturday (November 23) during the film’s opening weekend. […]

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Quibi Loses Another Top Exec: Diane Nelson Exits as Head of Content Operations

Diane Nelson, the former president of DC Entertainment who joined Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi as head of content operations less than a year ago, is leaving the mobile subscription video startup. Nelson is the latest high-profile Quibi exec to leave the company recently — and her departure comes less than six months before the company is […]

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Former DC President Diane Nelson Leaves Short-Form Platform Quibi Ahead Of 2020 Launch

Former DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson has left Quibi ahead of its launch next year. Nelson, who was head operations at the short-form digital platform, is leaving less than a year after joining the business. Her departure comes after the exit of a number of senior executives including Janice Min, who was tasked with running […]

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Taiwanese-Canadian Actor Godfrey Gao Dies After Collapsing on Set of Reality Show

Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao died Wednesday of sudden cardiac arrest after he collapsed while shooting a Chinese sports reality show in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, the show’s official social media account said. He was 35. Gao was in the middle of a late-night shoot for Zhejiang TV’s reality show “Chase Me,” which puts contestants head-to-head […]

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‘Knives Out’ 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, Lionsgate claims the top spot in spending with “Knives Out.” Ads placed for the murder mystery had an estimated media value of $6.2 million through Sunday for 1,106 national ad airings on 34 networks. […]

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The Weeknd Drops New Single, ‘Heartless’ (Listen)

Following the new normal of teasing a new single with a cryptic social-media message, The Weeknd tonight dropped his a new single called “Heartless.” “The fall starts tomorrow night,” he wrote in an Instagram message Monday, alongside a blurry photo of himself wearing a pair thick-rimmed glasses. “Tomorrow night we start again.” A new photo accompanied the […]

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Nancy Grace Joins Fox Nation Streaming Service

Nancy Grace is teaming up with Fox News subscription streaming service, Fox Nation. The longtime legal analyst and former Fulton County, Georgia prosecutor is set to bring her SIRIUS XM show, Crime Stories to the platform. Crime Stories with Nancy Grace will debut in January and stream five days a week on Fox Nation. “I’m […]

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Stephen Colbert Unveils “Exciting” New Impeachment-Themed Holiday Tradition

The CBS Late Show rolled out a new holiday tradition Tuesday night for those fixated on the House impeachment inquiry. With Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announcing House investigators could deliver their impeachment report to the Judiciary Committee next week, Stephen Colbert said he’s ready for an impeachment-themed holiday season. “In fact, I’ve already got […]

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Beck Expresses Concern About 2008 Universal Music Fire

In an article published today under the rather alarmist headline “Beck fears most of his music has been destroyed,” the artist expresses concern that some of his early master recordings could have perished in a 2008 fire that tore through the archives of Universal Music Group, although he admits that he is unaware whether any […]

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Tom Hanks Shocked When Three ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestants Don’t Recognize Him (Watch)

According to Tom Hanks, he’ll be removing his beard — which he’s sported for some time now — following the conclusion of a role. But, as evidenced on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Tuesday night, some may not be able to recognize him without it. After Hanks and Kimmel discussed the “Sully” actor’s recent stint shooting in […]

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Netflix Cancels ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Reboot After Two Seasons

Netflix has decided to end the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot after two seasons. Host Jonah Ray broke the news to fans Tuesday on Twitter. “So, Netflix decided to not do another season of MST3K. We are off to Get Down in Lilyhammer while the OA helps us take it One Day At A Time. […]

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Facebook’s Oculus Buys VR Gaming Company Known For ‘Beat Saber’

Facebook’s Oculus unit has acquired Beat Games, a company known for the virtual-reality video game Beat Saber. Terms were not disclosed. The company will become part of Oculus Studios but will also produce games for other platforms. Beat Saber is described as a light-saber-endowed spin on the game Dance Dance Revolution. It is regarded as […]

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Musicians Union Failed To Win Streaming Residuals – Its Main Goal In Film & TV Contract Negotiations

The American Federation of Musicians failed to achieve its main goal in its recently concluded negotiations for a new film and TV contract – winning residuals for musicians’ work on episodic TV shows made for streaming services. Even so, the 80,000-member union says it will keep fighting for those payments when the contract comes up […]

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Department Of Labor Sets Date To Decide On SAG-AFTRA Election Challenges

The U.S. Department of Labor says it will decide by January 10 whether to file suit against SAG-AFTRA for alleged labor law violations in connection with the union’s recent elections. The DOL has received eight such complaints – many of which were brought by supporters of losing presidential candidate Matthew Modine and his Membership First […]

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Fear Of A WGA Strike Are Overblown, Say John August & Craig Mazin, But Warn Studios Not To Offer Guild “A Bucket Of Crap”

As the WGA prepares for its upcoming negotiations for a new film and TV contract, a possible writers’ strike is on a lot of people’s minds. Given the guild’s ongoing dispute with Hollywood’s talent agencies, which is now in its eighth month, many industry observers feel that a strike is all but certain. On their […]

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Netflix, Ava DuVernay Say ‘When They See Us’ Lawsuit Tries To “Punish” One Side In Interrogation Debate

Netflix and Ava DuVernay say that a defamation lawsuit filed over the series When They See Us should be dismissed, arguing that the litigation is an attempt to stifle speech in the debate over police interrogation techniques. John E. Reid and Associates, the developer of the interrogation technique widely used by police, sued the streaming […]

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WGA Turkey-Slapped By DOJ In Guild’s Suit Against Big 4 Agencies

The Writers Guild of America just got possibly the worst Thanksgiving guest ever in its ongoing anti-trust lawsuit against WME, CAA, UTA and ICM Patners. In an unexpecfted brief from the Department of Justice, the federal government today urged the courts to reject the WGA’s attempts to have the Big 4 agencies’ individual lawsuits against […]

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DOJ Opposes Writers Guild’s Defense in Agency Legal Battle

The Department of Justice weighed in on the high-stakes legal battle between Hollywood agencies and the Writers Guild of America on Tuesday, arguing that the guild cannot claim blanket exemption from federal antitrust law. The DOJ’s Antitrust Division said it is not taking sides on the merits of the seven-month battle between the guild and […]

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The Best Black Friday Streaming Deals

Here’s your chance to take advantage of Black Friday without adding to the clutter in your home: A number of streaming services are using the holiday shopping event to promote their fares with deep discounts, giving you a chance to watch movies, or listen to your favorite music or podcasts, for next to nothing. Here […]

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TV News Roundup: Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Bell to Appear in Quibi Series ‘Thanks A Million’

In today’s TV news roundup, Quibi has released the names of several celebrity guests slated to appear in Jennifer Lopez’s new series “Thanks A Million,” and Showtime has teamed up with Imagine Documentaries to produce “Gossip Starring Cindy Adams.”  CASTINGS Quibi has announced several of the participants for its Jennifer Lopez-produced series “Thanks A Million.” The show will see […]

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SGIFF: ‘Unteachable’ Explores New Facets of Singapore’s Education System

Singapore is renowned for its education system, which is highly successful, but also rigid and stressful. Singapore-born, Chicago-based documentarian Yong Shu Ling’s “Unteachable” explores the joy of learning through a young woman’s journey to bring empathy back into classrooms. She introduces a new teaching method aimed at empowering teenagers to overcome negatives, and rekindle a […]

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‘First Wives Club’ Renewed For Season 2 By BET+

BET+, BET Networks’ SVOD service, has ordered a second season of First Wives Club, starring Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau, Deadline has learned. Sources close to the situation have confirmed the renewal to Deadline. BET declined comment. Developed by Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver, The First Wives Club helped launch BET’s new […]

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IDFA Honoree Jorgen Leth: ‘I’ve Always Been Working With My Own Passions’

Jørgen Leth hates being called “a multimedia artist,” but the fact is that “filmmaker” doesn’t really do him justice either. Now 82, the Danish polymath has a number of strings to his bow, including poetry, journalism and a passion for sports and cycling that means he truly believes is most famous in his homeland for […]

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Korean Crime Thriller ‘Tunnel’ Heads for Indonesian Remake at Gojek’s Goplay

An Indonesian remake of South Korea’s 2017 TV series “Tunnel” will be one of the first pieces of original content for Goplay, a recently launched video streaming service backed by Indonesia’s tech giant Gojek. “We just finished production yesterday, and we are in the process of the next phase: post-production,” Tanya Yuson, chief of creative […]

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IDFA Film Review: ‘I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die’

“I’m worried, Mom,” says preschool-age Jade, as she nuzzles her mother Betty’s leg in a down-at-heel backyard. When pressed as to the source of her worry, the answer is both plain and quite troubling: “I don’t know.” Inchoate anxiety and a wild, fanciful imagination vie for space in a young girl’s psyche in “I Love […]

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IDFA: Egyptian Director Marianne Khoury on Her Personal Ties to ‘Let’s Talk’

“Let’s Talk,” which interweaves a treasure trove of archive material with cinematic conversations between four women from different generations in the family of late great Egyptian master Youssef Chahine, is a quintessentially personal project for director Marianne Khoury. Chahine, who was Arab cinema’s leading light for over half a century, was her uncle. It’s a […]

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Noah Media Group Appoints Former Universal Exec As Head Of Distribution & Marketing

UK sports doc specialist Noah Media Group has appointed Drew Masters as Head of Distribution & Marketing. Masters, who will be based in Noah’s London office, will be responsible for the company’s international distribution strategy and advertising and will continue to develop the infrastructure and data strategy for Noah’s distribution arm, Noah X. Masters was […]

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Alibaba Shares Leap on Hong Kong Trading Debut

Shares in e-commerce giant Alibaba surged by more than 5% in early Tuesday trading on the Hong Kong Stock Market. It was the first day that Alibaba stock could be traded in the Asian financial capital following a secondary listing and share sale that raised some $12 billion. After reaching an early high of over […]

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International Emmy Awards: ‘McMafia’ Wins Drama Series Prize

TV shows from the U.K., Brazil, India, the Netherlands, Turkey and Colombia scored International Emmy Awards at a gala Monday that was sort of like the Primetime Emmys but not televised and with a really nice cheese course. The Grand Ballroom at the New York Hilton was packed as host, Ronny Chieng of The Daily […]

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Telemundo Actor Alejandro Sandí Rescued Following Abduction in Mexico

Mexican actor Alejandro Sandí has been rescued by authorities after he was kidnapped by robbers who hijacked the SUV he and two other companions were driving. According to Mexico Daily News, the Telemundo actor was abducted after robbers stopped his SUV around 8:45 a.m. Sunday morning near the Nevado de Toluca, a popular tourist destination, […]

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Stephen Colbert Torches Trump For Debunked “Conspiracy Ramble” On Fox News

Stephen Colbert listened to President Trump’s Friday interview with Fox News about the impeachment hearings, Ukraine and the 2016 election. The comedian did not like what he heard. “With all the impeachment testimony last week, Trump had a ton on his plate,” Colbert said Monday night on the CBS Late Show. “But he still found […]

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Former MusiCares VP Settles Lawsuit With Recording Academy

Dana Tomarken, former vice president of MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation, has settled her wrongful termination lawsuit against the Recording Academy, her attorney Christine Adams has confirmed to Variety. A statement released by Adams, who declined to provide further details, reads: “With the assistance of a retired judge acting as a mediator, Dana Tomarken and […]

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Crowns A Season 28 Champion

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details on tonight’s season finale of Dancing With the Stars. The competition is over and Dancing With the Stars has a new champ. The latest winner of the ABC dance competition was announced Monday night during the season 28 finale. After 11 weeks of competition, the remaining celebrity competitors included Bachelorette […]

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 28 Winner Revealed (SPOILERS)

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the Season 28 finale of “Dancing With The Stars” on ABC. The winner is revealed in this post. Another season, another mirror ball trophy. The winner of the 28th season of “Dancing with the Stars” was revealed Monday night during ABC’s finale of the […]

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Johnny Depp Settles With The Attorneys He’d Hired For Jake Bloom Lawsuit

Just in time for the holidays, Johnny Depp today continued his ongoing quest to wrap up many of the legal troubles that have dogged him in recent years. Deadline confirms that the actor has reached a deal with the attorneys he’d hired for a $50 million malpractice suit that the Pirates of the Caribbean star […]

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Bill Cosby Claims His Conviction Was ‘All A Setup’ In New Interview

Bill Cosby has blasted the case that landed him in prison, claiming it was a sham orchestrated by prosecutors. In his first interview since he was sentenced last year for sexual assault, the comedian maintained his innocence and said he spends his time behind bars mentoring other inmates. “I have eight years and nine months […]

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Johnny Depp Settles Fee Dispute With Ex-Lawyers

Johnny Depp is settling old business with his former lawyers. First, Depp reached a deal with Jake Bloom, his former entertainment attorney of 18 years, whom the star had accused of pocketing more than $30 million without a written contract. Depp and Bloom reached an out-of-court deal on Oct. 30 that Depp’s side claimed was […]

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Concert Review: ‘Apollo 13’ Revisited With Live to Picture Performance

A screening of “Apollo 13,” Ron Howard’s dramatization of the “successful failure” mission to the moon in 1970, doubled as a touching tribute to the film’s late composer, James Horner. The American Youth Symphony performed Horner’s entire score, live to picture, at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Saturday. The composer died in a plane crash in […]

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International Emmy Awards: Australia’s ‘Safe Harbour’ Wins for Movie/Miniseries

Australian thriller “Safe Harbour” has won the International Emmy Award for movie/miniseries at the 47th annual ceremony recognizing programs from outside the U.S. The thriller about a disturbing trip to Indonesia for a group of friends from Brisbane beat out nominees from Brazil, India and Hungary. Matchbox Pictures’ produced the series for Australia’s SBS. “Safe […]

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Thanksgiving Family Trump Tensions? Media Organizations, Civic Groups Partner In Effort To Steer Talk To Civil Discourse

President Donald Trump and the impeachment inquiry may be pushing the country into a new level of polarization, but a group of media organizations and civic groups is trying to at least tame the talk at the Thanksgiving dinner table — beyond suggesting everyone just chat about the weather. Their effort is part of a […]

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Film News Roundup: Maya Hawke, Charlie Plummer, Andrea Riseborough Join ‘Please Baby Please’

In today’s film news roundup, Maya Hawke, Charlie Plummer and Andrea Riseborough have joined “Please Baby Please,” “Downhill” gets a release date, “Jumanji: The Next Level” will open early in China and “Bully” finds a new home. CASTINGS Maya Hawke, Charlie Plummer and Andrea Riseborough have joined the cast of romance-drama “Please Baby Please.” Amanda […]

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Josh Gad on His ‘Beauty and the Beast’ LeFou Moment: “It Was My Pitch”

In 2017, director Bill Condon contributed Beauty and the Beast to the ongoing "live action remakes of beloved Disney classics" film pantheon happening right now. The film, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as its title characters, was a smash box-office hit, helping give the studio confidence to produce both Aladdin and The Lion King adaptations in 2019. But one moment, construed and executed under the most positive of intentions, wound up generating a whole bunch of very, very, very stupid controversy. And Josh Gad, who played the offending character LeFou in the film, got into exactly what happened …

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‘Frozen 2’ To Near $284M By Next Sunday, ‘Knives Out’ Could Touch $30M – Thanksgiving B.O. Preview

It’s going to be a really rich week for Disney’s Frozen 2, so, exhibitors expect a lot of popcorn sales. Let’s start with the build of it all: Pic’s official weekend came in at $130.2M, which has we’ve been sayin’ is the best animated pic launch ever in November. Today, with 41% K-12 schools out […]

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Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures To Adapt Stormzy-Published ‘Teaching My Brother To Read’ For Television

Idris Elba’s production company Green Door Pictures is to adapt Derek Owusu’s Teaching My Brother To Read, published by Stormzy’s publishing imprint, for television. The Luther star’s firm has optioned Owusu’s forthcoming book, which comes from #Merky Books, the Penguin Random House-backed imprint launched by the British musician. The book, which was originally planned as […]

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Netflix Strikes Content Pact With Korea’s JTBC

In the second such pact announced within a week, global streaming giant, Netflix has unveiled a multi-year program supply deal with Korean producer JTBC Content Hub. JTBC and Netflix will co-develop and showcase JTBC’s prime-time TV drama globally as well as optimizing what will be presented to the world among the slate of JTBC’s upcoming […]

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China Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Makes Best China Debut Ever for Disney Animated Film

“Frozen 2” iced out all its competitors in China this weekend, skidding out in front of the pack to top the local box office with a $53.2 million debut – the best ever for a Disney animated film in the Middle Kingdom. “Frozen 2” made more in three days than the original “Frozen” made during […]

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E-Book Subscription Service Scribd Raises $58 Million

Digital reading subscription service Scribd has raised a $58 million round of funding led by Spectrum Equity. The new funding round brings the total amount of money raised by Scribd to $106 million. Scribd launched in 2007 as a hosting service for digital documents, and has since evolved into a subscription service for e-books, audio […]

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BBC Films Stands by ‘Blue Story’ as U.K. Theater Chains Pull Movie After Violent Brawl

  BBC Films has defended the new film “Blue Story” as a powerful depiction of “the futility of gang violence” after a violent mass brawl marred a weekend screening of the movie and caused at least two cinema chains to pull it from their theaters. The fight Saturday outside the Star City entertainment complex in […]

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UK Cinema Chains Pull Movie ‘Blue Story’ Following Mass Brawl At Birmingham Venue; Distributor Paramount Responds

Two major UK cinema circuits have pulled Brit movie Blue Story following a disturbance at a Vue venue in the city of Birmingham. Police officers were called to reports of youths with machetes at the Star City multiplex on Saturday evening. Officers ultimately cleared around 100 youths from the venue and recovered two machetes and […]

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Sky News Questioned By Ofcom After Wrongly Identifying A Man Who Fell From A Plane In London

EXCLUSIVE: Comcast-owned Sky News is being questioned by Ofcom after wrongly identifying the man who fell from a Kenya Airways flight as it came into land at Heathrow Airport in June. The British media regulator is assessing the report, first published on November 12, in which Sky News said it had solved the mystery of […]

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Post Malone’s Love for Grapes Explained; Billie Eilish’s Boss Moves: Backstage at AMAs

The American Music Awards brought the star power to Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Sunday night with an A-list roster of performers and plenty of action backstage. Read on for what you didn’t see on TV. A Posty Afternoon: For Post Malone, the party started during daylight hours as the artist, along with a crew […]

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‘Pedro,’ ‘Swizerland,’ and ‘Pinki’ Win Film Bazaar Prizes

Natesh Hegde’s “Pedro,” Ajitpal Singh’s “Swizerland” (spelled without a ‘t’ for reasons that become evident in the film) and Prithvi Konanur’s “Where is Pinki?” were among the winners at the Film Bazaar project market that concluded on Sunday. The three projects won free digital intermediate packages from Prasad Labs, and Qube’s Moviebuff Appreciation awards which […]

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

American Music Awards 2019: What Sizzled and What Fizzled

It was the year of the woman at the American Music Awards — and not because they had any “step up” moments of their own to atone for, but because this is the late fall of 2019, in a season when men are absolutely not killin’ it in pop music, so who else are you […]

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American Music Awards Full Winners List: Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood And Billie Eilish Among Top Honorees

Taylor Swift topped the American Music Awards, which aired on ABC Sunday night, breaking the record for most AMA wins of all time with 29, winning a total of six trophies tonight including Artist of the Decade and Artist of the Year. Carrie Underwood broke another record with the most wins in the favorite country […]

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Taylor Swift Accepts AMA ‘Artist Of The Decade’ Award Without Dragging Former Label

If you were expecting Taylor Swift to slam Scooter Braun, Scott Borchetta and Big Machine Label Group at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, then you will be disappointed. The pop sensation accepted the Artist of the Decade from music icon Carole King without dragging Big Machine — because she really didn’t need to. […]

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Taylor Swift Keeps the Digs Subtle in American Music Awards ‘Artist of the Decade’ Performance

Has there ever been so much suspense over a televised award that didn’t even involve an “envelope, please” moment? Taylor Swift’s appearance at Sunday’s American Music Awards, where she was being honored as artist of the decade, was easily the most anticipated awards show appearance of the year, both for whether she’d be able to […]

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‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner On Tonight’s Cavernous Midseason Finale, Danai Gurira’s Exit, Lauren Cohan’s Return. ‘World Beyond’ Spinoff & End Of The Comic That Started It All

SPOILER ALERT:  This post contains details of tonight’s The Walking Dead Season 10 midseason finale. “There’s more story to tell with Michonne within the season coming up, but that’s been one of the things that’s been really fun to work on,” The Walking Dead’s Angela Kang asserts of the much-anticipated departure of Danai Gurira’s sword-wielding […]

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‘The Walking Dead: World Beyond’ Casts Julia Ormond

Julia Ormond has joined the cast of the third series in “The Walking Dead” franchise, entitled “The Walking Dead: World Beyond.” Ormond will play Elizabeth a “charismatic leader of a large, sophisticated and formidable force,” AMC announced Sunday. “We are thrilled to have Julia join our merry band. I’m grateful for the talent, grace, intelligence, […]

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Assistants Unite at #PayUpHollywood Town Hall: ‘The Hollywood Chain Is Broken’

Around 120 entertainment industry assistants gathered on Sunday night to discuss the issue of low pay at the first town hall organized by #PayUpHollywood, the hashtag turned movement which is advocating for bosses in the biz to pay their assistants a living wage. Several assistants present shared horror stories of asking their bosses for a […]

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How to Watch the 2019 American Music Awards Online

The 2019 American Music Awards are taking place Nov. 24 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. The awards show, hosted by Ciara, is airing on ABC from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. ET/PT. Viewers can live stream the 2019 AMAs on ABC.com or with the ABC app by signing in with a participating TV provider. It’s also […]

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American Music Awards Winners 2019: The Complete List (Updating Live)

The American Music Awards are taking place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., with Post Malone, Billie Eilish, and Ariana Grande leading the nominees with six nods each. The lead-up to the AMAs was marred with controversy when Taylor Swift claimed on social media that her former record label Big Machine was preventing […]

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Twitter Content Chief Kay Madati Is Exiting

Kay Madati, Twitter’s global head of content partnerships, is departing the social network after two years. Madati announced in a series of tweets Sunday that his last day at Twitter will be Dec. 13. “I have made the difficult and personal decision to move on from this extraordinary and wonderful company,” he wrote. “It has […]

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Midi Z: Don’t Label ‘Nina Wu’ as a #MeToo Movie

“Before you watch ‘Nina Wu,’ do not have the mindset that you are about to watch a film about the #MeToo movement,” said “Nina Wu” director Midi Z. “Because if you do, you will be disappointed.” At a talk session held during the Singapore International Film Festival on Sunday (Nov. 24), the Taiwan-based Burmese director […]

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Kay Madati Exits Twitter As Global VP & Head of Content Partnerships

After over two years as Global VP & Head of Content Partnerships, Kay Madati is stepping down from his post, Deadline has confirmed. In a memo written by Madati, he said he made “the difficult and personal decision” to leave the social media giant. He continued to say, “It has been a fast and furious […]

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YouTuber Doug DeMuro Buys Landmarked San Diego House

What sort of house does a car-reviewing YouTuber best-known for highlighting “quirks and features” buy? Well, it’s quirky. Over the last few years, Doug DeMuro has risen to become arguably YouTube’s most successful and famous automotive reviewer, known for his obsessive attention to minute details and his appreciation for offbeat autos — he once said that […]

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Netflix Inks Multi-Year Deal With South Korean Media Company JTBC

Netflix has signed a multi-year content distribution agreement for high-quality Korean TV series with JTBC Content Hub which is the content arm of South Korean media company JTBC. The partnership, which will kick off in 2020, will give Netflix the ability to stream JTBC’s prime-time TV dramas across more than 190 countries. In addition, the […]

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British Theater Chain Pulls Gang Film ‘Blue Story’ After Mass Brawl

British-based exhibition chain Vue has pulled gang film “Blue Story” from its theaters after a brawl among dozens of moviegoers – some of them apparently wielding machetes – erupted at a cinema in central England. The fight broke out late Saturday afternoon during a screening of the film at a multiplex in Birmingham, Britain’s second-most-populous […]

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Impeachment Series ‘The I-Word’ Launched Online By ‘Circus’ Co-Host John Heilemann & Obama’s Ex-Acting Solicitor General

EXCLUSIVE: The first round of public impeachment hearings wrapped up on November 21, but today saw the debut of a new video venture examining the process to potentially extradite Donald Trump from the Oval Office. Moving in where perhaps Meet The Press fears to tread, this morning The Circus co-host John Heilemann and former Acting […]

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K-Pop Star Goo Hara Dead at 28

K-pop star, Goo Hara was found dead on Sunday at her home in Seoul, South Korea. She was 28. Goo, real name Goo Ha-ra, and also known under the single name Hara, was a former member of the five-part girl group Kara from 2008 to 2015. After that she launched a solo music career, and […]

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‘SNL’: ‘Wizard of Oz’ Sketch About Mad Munchkins Is Wicked Funny

There’s no place like home but sometimes it has unexpected shortcomings of its own. That was the lesson learned by the still-concussed Dorothy Gale (Kate McKinnon) in the black-and-white “alternate ending” to The Wizard of Oz, the celluloid artifact that was spotlighted tonight on an Saturday Night Live sketch. It was framed as another installment of […]

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‘Fat Front’ and the Battle for Plus-Size Women: ‘We Need to Love Ourselves’

Making its international premiere in the Frontlight section, Danish doc “Fat Front” came to IDFA with a fair amount of buzz from its Scandinavian homeland, where it debuted in October. Directed by Louise Unmack Kjeldsen and Louise Detlefsen, the film follows four Nordic women—Helene, Marte, Pauline and Wilde—who are tired of kow-towing to society’s ideal […]

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Mexican Journalist Carmen Aristegui, Subject of ‘Radio Silence’: ‘Documentaries Are Great Tools for Our Society’

A concrete example of IDFA artistic director Orwa Nyrabia’s definition of a Frontlight title, Juliana Fanjul’s angry political sketch film “Radio Silence” started with a much-needed moment of light relief. Entering the auditorium with a backpack, the film’s subject—pioneering Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui—matter-of-factly walked to the front and sat herself down, without fanfare, in one […]

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‘SNL’: First Thanksgiving Sketch Serves Up Paleface Illegals And Corny Ending

Politics have been ruining holiday gatherings since the First Thanksgiving it turns out. The First Thanksgiving sketch on tonight’s Saturday Night Live also revealed that homeland walls and political correctness are unexpected leftovers from the pilgrim era, as well. The sketch was a 17th century variation on Guess Who’ Coming to Dinner with Pochoantas (Melissa Villaseñor) bringing her “illegal immigrant” […]

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Larry David, Woody Harrelson, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen & Rachel Dratch Back On ‘SNL’ For Debate Skit

Saturday Night Live’s cold opens have largely followed a formula for the past few years — tackling a big political story of the week and featuring a lot of A-list cameos. Tonight, SNL stayed political in the cold open with Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump but did not feature cameos besides a brief appearance by […]

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

IDFA Film Review: ‘The Letter’

A wry, mild-mannered woman in her mid-nineties, Margaret Kamango has seen enough in life to be oddly unfazed when a letter arrives on her doorstep that effectively amounts to a death threat. When a cursory investigation suggests it has come from a family member — one of those living right within her rural homestead — […]

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‘God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya’ Wins Arab Critics’ Award for European Films

“God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya,” a satirical drama by Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska, has won the inaugural Arab Critics’ Award for European Films. The film, which positions itself as “a feminist cry against a patriarchal Macedonia in the grips of bullying machismo and hidebound religion,” according to its review in Variety, was selected […]

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Ryan Reynolds and Tracy Morgan Join Will Ferrell’s Monologue (Watch)

Will Ferrell joined the infamous “Saturday Night Live” Five-Timers Club with his Nov. 23 hosting stint. But he was far from the only big name to return to Studio 8H for the episode. Ryan Reynolds, who hosted “SNL” in 2009, was in the audience during Ferrell’s monologue and promptly distracted the former cast member, causing […]

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Maya Rudolph, Larry David, Woody Harrelson Return for Democratic Debate (Watch)

Who can beat Donald Trump in the 2020 election? “Saturday Night Live” took a crack at this tough political question in a democratic debate sketch in the Nov. 23 episode that saw the return of former cast members Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Fred Armisen (as Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bloomberg, respectively), and […]

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump Meets Will Ferrell’s Gordon Sondland

After another week of impeachment hearings that included a reenactment of a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, “Saturday Night Live” returned with its own take on the relationship between the two political figures. Alec Baldwin returned as Trump, while episode host Will Ferrell stepped into Sondland’s bald cap for the […]

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Alec Baldwin’s Trump Denies Knowing Will Ferrell’s Sondland

Saturday Night Live kicked off this weekend’s cold open with a take on the impeachment hearings and the Ukraine president’s “love” of president Trump’s assets. Alec Baldwin returned to play Trump, who addressed reporters in front of a mock version of Marine One. “I know you probably have a lot of questions for me about […]

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Tokyo Film Review: ‘A Sun’

As wrenching and resonant a cinematic experience as can be found in any country this year, Taiwanese stunner “A Sun” tells the story of two sons, one a top student poised to attend the med school of his choice, the other a raging delinquent whose latest scuffle lands him in a juvenile detention center. The […]

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Tyler Perry Announces Next Project, Star-Studded Netflix Film ‘A Fall From Grace’

Tyler Perry is teaming up with Netflix for a new thriller about a woman whose world is shattered by secrets. The writer-director-producer announced Friday on Twitter, his upcoming film A Fall from Grace will begin streaming on the platform on Jan. 17. “My next movie guys!!! This is an amazing thriller!!!” Perry captioned a poster […]

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Competing Golden Horse, Golden Rooster Awards Reveal Complex Price of Artistic Freedom in Chinese Cinema

While mainland China’s Golden Rooster Awards crowed all over social media about the star power of its attendees, the more modest Golden Horses in Taiwan this year had to make do with a red carpet full of relative unknowns and sponsors that had fled the coop. The two events collided in the wake of a […]

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Chinese Film Awards: Golden Horses and Golden Roosters Pick Contrasting Winners

Taiwanese films “A Sun” and “Detention” were the big winners of Taipei’s Golden Horse Awards on Saturday. Wang Xiaoshuai’s “So Long, My Son” was the standout title at mainland China’s rival Golden Rooster Awards, held the same evening. The two events were scheduled to collide in the wake of a pro-Taiwanese independence acceptance speech at […]

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Andrew Yang Demands MSNBC “Apologize On-Air” For Treatment At Democratic Debate

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said Saturday he refuses to appear on MSNBC, unless the cable news network issues an apology for leaving him off several on-air graphics, and only giving him a “fraction” of speaking time as other candidates at Wednesday’s debate. Yang took to Twitter Saturday to tell supporters he had declined an […]

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From First Film to Second, Singapore Directors Try to Make the Leap

The Singapore government’s support for the film industry has helped a lot of people to make their first feature. Moving on to a sophomore performance is a trickier proposition. Some of Singapore’s most recent first feature debutants, K. Rajagopal (“A Yellow Bird”), Wong Chen-Hsi (“Innocents”) and Jacen Tan (“Zombiepura”), assembled Saturday for a seminar at […]

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Sam Mendes’ ‘1917’ Plunges Into the Oscar Race

Sam Mendes’ “1917,” a gripping survival story that unfolds in the crucible of World War I, inserted itself into the awards race on Saturday with a series of well-received screenings in Los Angeles and New York. The movie, which is made with great craft and care, now faces the unenviable task of trying to elbow […]

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Singapore: Barney Burman, Make-up Ace, Aspires to Meisner-Like Authenticity

“It is always my goal to create a layer of truth for actors with my make-ups and suits,” said Academy Award winning make-up effects Artist Barney Burman. He was speaking on Saturday at an onstage event within the Singapore International Film Festival. The presentation at the Project theater was moderated by Singaporean filmmaker Kirsten Tan […]

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Friday Ratings: WWE SmackDown, Hawaii Five-0 Sit On Top Of The Demos

Fox’s WWE SmackDown battled back from last week’s upset, but CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 continued to be a strong challenger, as both tied in the ratings demos for Friday night with an 0.8. Hawaii Five-0 actually ticked up a notch in its weekly tally to pull off the demo tie, while WWE SmackDown held steady. It’s […]

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Friday, November 22, 2019

‘Fuller House’ Season 5 Trailer Debuts – Minus One Prominent Cast Member

The fifth and final season for Netflix’s Fuller House is bowing Dec. 6, and the first trailer is just out. But also out is Aunt Becky, aka Lori Loughlin, who has a more pressing matter at the moment. Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, face conspiracy charges in the elite college admissions fraud […]

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5 of the Best 2019 Movies You Can Stream on Netflix this Weekend

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving. In those quiet moments between wolfing down oily poultry and watching the Lions underwhelm on the field, you may be trapped with loquaciously challenged folks, or even family members you see but once a year. If that’s the case, it’s good to be prepared. So why not give yourself some dinner conversation fodder? Nothing lifts a lull like inane chatter about inconsequential things, and entertainment talk makes for a welcome refuge. But maybe you’re looking for more meaningful, thought-provoking new material to indulge in. If so, we’ve got you …

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‘The Maxx’ Finds A Home With Channing Tatum’s Free Association

Channing Tatum’s Free Association and Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment are going to The Maxx with their latest project. The partnership is developing the reality-bending superhero saga called The Maxx for a live-action adaptation . The title character of The Maxx is a masked hero who protects the Jungle Queen in the Outback, a realm that resembles primordial […]

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Film News Roundup: Channing Tatum, Roy Lee to Produce ‘The Maxx’ Movie

In today’s film news roundup, Channing Tatum and Roy Lee are developing “The Maxx,” Leslie Uggams has joined “The Ravine” and Safehouse Pictures is expanding. PROJECT LAUNCH Channing Tatum and Roy Lee are teaming up to produce a movie based on the Image Comics series “The Maxx.” Tatum will produce through his Free Association, along […]

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SNL ‘More Cowbell’ Sketch With Will Ferrell Continues To Haunt Christopher Walken’s Life

Christopher Walken has had many searingly memorable moments during his career. Who can forget The Deer Hunter’s “One shot” Russian roulette scene?  Or the “This watch was your birthright” monologue from Pulp Fiction? But the one everyone remembers – and wants to recite back to Walken – apparently is the “more cowbell” line from his […]

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The Ending of ‘Frozen II’ Whiffs on What Would Have Been a Powerful Conclusion

Spoilers ahead for Frozen II. Thematically, Frozen II has a really interesting subtext about what we owe to other people based on the sins of past generations. In the movie, we learn that an alliance between Arendelle and the Northuldra was violated when Elsa and Anna’s grandfather, the former king, tricked the Northuldra into using a dam and then killed their leader without provocation. This attempt at conquest was thwarted when the spirits of the forest trapped everyone inside with a magical mist. It became a piece of forgotten history until Elsa works to uncover what really happened. In …

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‘Rocketman’ Joins FYC Screening Series at ArcLight as Oscar Campaign Takes Off

The Elton John biopic Rocketman may have launched back in May, but its awards campaign is just starting to take off, and to that end, the film has been added to Collider's FYC Screening Series at ArcLight Hollywood next month. On Saturday, Dec. 7, For Your Consideration hosts Scott Mantz and Perri Nemiroff will interview director Dexter Fletcher and his leading man Taron Egerton, as well as Jamie Bell, who co-stars as songwriter Bernie Taupin. The trio will discuss all the hard work that went into bringing Elton's inspirational story to the big screen, so click here …

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Christopher Walken Told Will Ferrell the Iconic “More Cowbell” ‘SNL’ Skit Ruined His Life

Lots of actors talk about how scary it is to host SNL. What if you flub the punchline? What if you break during the broadcast? What if your monologue falls flat? But there's a flip side. Have you ever considered what might happen if your SNL stint was too good? Oscar, BAFTA, and Screen Actor's Guild award-winning actor and cultural treasure Christopher Walken appeared in one of the all-time great, most iconic SNL sketches in the show's storied history when he hosted an episode of the 25th season in April 2000. "More cowbell!" I've …

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‘The Maxx’ Movie Coming from Channing Tatum

Remember when Channing Tatum was, like, this close to playing Gambit, the famous X-Men character? Looks like he's got his sights set on making another comic book movie happen -- one a little more off the beaten path. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum will, alongside producing partner Roy Lee (Doctor Sleep), bring a movie version of cult comic The Maxx to the big screen. The Maxx, created in 1993 by Sam Kieth for Image Comics, tells two narratives simultaneously. In the real world, its title character is a suffering homeless man with a social worker named Julie Winters. …

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The Best Free Movies You Can Watch on YouTube Right Now

With the streaming wars hotter than ever, it’s hard to decide which to subscribe for. Maybe you’ve got a movie in mind, look it up, and find out it’s on HBO. But you’ve only got Netflix and Amazon Prime and Disney+ and Hulu and Starz and Showtime and CBS All Access! What’ll you do?! These are hard days we’re living in. Most of us are bored with our DVD/Blu Ray collections, and when what we want to watch is only streaming somewhere else, and forking over the four dollars to view it is …

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Is ‘Ford v Ferrari’ In The Best Picture Drivers Seat?; Will SAG Warm To ‘Avengers’?; Plus Oscar’s Biggest Longshot Ever?

A column chronicling events and conversations on the awards circuit. The big question this week that more than one person has asked me:  Could Ford v. Ferrari go all the way to Best Picture?  After a sterling opening last weekend in which it considerably outraced all its competition at the box office and received a very rare […]

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TV Anchor’s Sick Call Email Becomes A National Joke And Trending Meme

A Missouri anchorman’s email to call in sick from work has become a viral internet sensation after he accidentally sent it to about 200 television stations. Nick Vasos of Kansas City’s Fox4 was not feeling well on Thursday after some oral surgery. Like many workers, he sent his bosses an email to inform them. Perhaps […]

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Rian Johnson Talks ‘Knives Out’, Sequels, and His Brilliant Cast



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Jason Derulo Celebrates Music Career Milestone, Reveals Action Movie Ambition

Warner Records celebrated one of its own on Thursday night (Nov. 21), presenting Jason Derulo with a plaque commemorating 190 million overall sales worldwide. The event at the Argyle in Los Angeles came on the heels of his latest release, the EP “2 Sides” (Side 1)” and also marked other milestones. Variety caught up with […]

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NBC Buys Relationship Comedy ‘Falling/Apart’ From Seth Gordon & Sony TV

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has put in development Falling/Apart, a single-camera comedy from writer Steve Basilone (The Goldbergs), Seth Gordon, who is set to direct, Gordon’s Exhibit A and Sony Pictures TV where the company is based. The news comes on the heels of the launch of Apple TV+’s new Ron Moore sci-fi series For All Mankind, […]

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Matilda Lawler Joins ‘Station Eleven’ HBO Max Limited Series

EXCLUSIVE: Matilda Lawler (Flora & Ulysses) is set as a series regular in HBO Max’s Station Eleven, a 10-episode post-apocalyptic drama limited series based on the international bestseller by Emily St. John Mandel, from Maniac creator Patrick Somerville and Paramount TV. Written and executive produced by Somerville, Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic saga spanning multiple […]

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Why Laemmle Theatres Decided Not To Sell; Beverly Hills Music Hall To Reopen Under New Lessee

For the Deadline record, the Laemmle family will not be selling their 81-year old Los Angeles arthouse chain and will remain in control. We first broke the news that they were looking at suitors back in August. Today, we also exclusively learned that the Music Hall in Beverly Hills is technically not closing. Laemmle will […]

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Tim Miller Opens up on ’Dark Fate’s Box Office Bomb, Creative Squabbles with James Cameron

Despite its earning critical goodwill, especially in comparison to its predecessors, Terminator: Dark Fate will likely go down in history as a potentially franchise-killing box office bomb. How does its director, Tim Miller (Deadpool), feel about that? In an unprecedentedly candid interview with Los Angeles radio station KCRW, Miller got into his feelings about the whole affair -- and spoke about his difficulties working with Terminator creator James Cameron and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, too. "I'm sure we could write a book on why it didn't work," mused Miller on Dark Fate's financial failure. "I'm still …

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Chris Messina & Ari Graynor To Star In Paul Simms Comedy Pilot At FX, Jonathan Krisel To Direct

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Messina (HBO’s Sharp Objects) and Ari Graynor (Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here) are set to headline a single-camera comedy from Atlanta and What We Do In the Shadows executive producer Paul Simms, which has received a formal green light at FX with Baskets co-creator/executive producer Jonathan Krisel directing. Written by Simms, the untitled […]

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‘Mickey And The Bear’ Star Camila Morrone Joins Amazon Series ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’

EXCLUSIVE: Camila Morrone (Mickey and the Bear) is set as a lead alongside Riley Keough in the upcoming Amazon original series Daisy Jones & The Six, based on the best-selling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon. Daisy Jones & The Six is a musical drama detailing the spectacular rise and […]

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Forms Production Company; Options YA Novel ‘We Are Lost & Found’

EXCLUSIVE: Games of Thrones is done, but the man who brought Jamie Lannister to life is kicking up a production storm. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has joined up with scribe Joe Derrick to form Ill Kippers Productions, I’ve learned. Along with ex-PR guru Jeffrey Chassen as VP and Head of Development, the U.S and Europe-based shingle will […]

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First Look At David Tennant As Notorious Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen In ITV Miniseries ‘Des’

ITV has offered a first look at David Tennant as Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen in its newly-announced miniseries Des. The drama from Catherine The Great producer New Pictures was unveiled on Friday and ITV quickly followed up by releasing an image of Tennant as the man who murdered at least 15 men and boys […]

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‘The Sneider Cut’ Ep. 18: ‘Joker 2,’ Michael Jackson Biopic, David Fincher’s ‘Chinatown’

On the latest episode of The Sneider Cut, your esteemed host Jeff Sneider weighs in on this week's news, disputed by Todd Phillips himself, that Joker 2 is in the works, plus the Michael Jackson biopic, Noah Hawley's Star Trek movie and David Fincher's Chinatown prequel series on Netflix. Elsewhere, Jeff examines the rumors that Kathleen Kennedy isn't long for the Star Wars universe, as well as the controversies surrounding two AFI Fest premieres -- Richard Jewell and The Banker, the latter of which saw its release date spiked by Apple this week. Jeff also offers his …

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Off Broadway Review: ‘The Underlying Chris’

Will Eno, the playwright behind “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” and “The Realistic Joneses,” goes full ­­existential in his ambitious new play, “The Underlying Chris,” by following an Everyperson character named Chris/Christine/Christopher, et al, from cradle to grave. Disconcertingly at first, this protean person is alternately played by both male and female performers. But before […]

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Album Review: Coldplay’s ‘Everyday Life’

“Just because I’m losing,” Chris Martin once sang, “doesn’t mean I’m lost.” A platitude to end all platitudes, this line is a prime example of the familiar arena-rock territory Coldplay has prowled so successfully for nearly 20 years. The soliloquy framing and vague but relatable message are both present on “Lost” from 2008’s “Viva la […]

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‘A Million Little Things’ Fall Finale: Creator DJ Nash On That Smashing Ending, Its Aftermath & Who’s Buddy

SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details about the fall finale of ABC’s A Million Little Things.  Even by A Million Little Things‘ standards of heart-wrenching drama, tonight’s Season 2 fall finale packed quite an emotional punch. In it, PJ’s paternity drama came to a head, with him confronting his parents, Barbara and Mitch, over the DNA […]

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The Collider.com Podcast: Episode 233 – ‘Ford v Ferrari’ and Mailbag

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're talking about Ford v Ferrari and we've got a mailbag. We kick things off talking about why Ford v Ferrari is such a successful film, why studios don't make films like this anymore, how it's a testament to the strength of the direction and performances, and more. Then we move on to a mailbag where we talk about actors who improve movies, the way forward for the James Bond franchise, and much more. We then finish up with Recently Watched and Reader Hot Takes. Click on the respective …

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Talks About A Drug Deal That Was Breaking Bad

Something was being cooked in the Ukraine matter, according to impeachment inquiry testimony from Dr. Fiona Hill, a former official at the National Security Council specializing in Soviet, Russian and European affairs. In a segment titled Corroborating Evidence, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert broke down her testimony. Hill indicated that during a meeting, former […]

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Netflix Addresses Reports Of Imelda Staunton Being Cast In ‘The Crown’

Netflix has addressed reports that Imelda Staunton will be taking over for Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in seasons 5 and 6 of critically praised drama series The Crown. “We are currently filming season 4 of The Crown but have not commissioned any further seasons as yet, therefore any news on casting remains pure […]

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Laemmle Theatres Arthouse Chain No Longer Seeking Buyer

Los Angeles-based arthouse chain Laemmle Theatres has stopped seeking a buyer, four months after putting itself on the sales block amid slow sales. Greg Laemmle, president of the 81-year-old exhibitor, announced the development Thursday. He told Variety that discussions with an unidentified buyer had reached an advanced stage but fell apart and that there has […]

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Album Review: Leonard Cohen’s ‘Thanks for the Dance’

“But wait — there’s more!” can be a good news/bad news thing when it comes to posthumous album releases. No one, or almost no one, likes the idea of scraps from a late artist’s cutting room floor slowly being dribbled out over time, as happened with Tupac Shakur, who somehow released more studio albums in […]

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16 Fall Finale Cliffhanger: Who Has Daddy Issues?

Spoiler Alert: This recap contains details about tonight’s midseason 16 finale of Grey’s Anatomy, “Let’s All Go to the Bar” There was a lot of baby going on in tonight’s episode. There was poor Elliot Calhoun, whose wife just had a baby before he went in for a fourth aortic valve replacement. His heart stopped […]

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Donald Trump Won’t Have To Release His Tax Returns For Spot On California Primary Ballot As State Supreme Court Strikes New Law – Update

2ND UPDATE, 5:49 PM: President Donald Trump won’t have to disclose his tax returns in order to be listed on the ballot for the California primary after all. The Golden State’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously today to strike down the law enacted in July, saying it violates the California Constituion that guarantees “an inclusive open […]

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‘Power’ Unveils Guest Stars For Final Episodes; 50 Cent Teases Spinoff Casting

EXCLUSIVE: Who shot Ghost may make up the final episodes of Power next year, but there’ll be some extra firepower joining the Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton led Starz drama too. Plus, there may be some casting twists for the Mary J Blige fronted spinoff courtesy of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. First of all, sharp […]

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Film News Roundup: Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Teams With Gary Lucchesi for Production Venture

In today’s film news roundup, Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi are teaming up; Zolee Griggs, Sara Rue and Ed Quinn are cast; and “Clementine” finds a home. JOINT VENTURE Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment is teaming with former Lakeshore Entertainment president Gary Lucchesi for a joint production venture. Lucchesi will develop […]

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‘Frozen 2’ Stars Talk $100 Million Opening Weekend, Whether Elsa Could Be Bisexual (Watch)

Welcome to a special edition of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast. I’m calling it “Frozen 2” Day because the new episode features interviews with the stars of the Disney sequel, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and Evan Rachel Wood as well as co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck and […]

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‘The Crown’ Has Not Cast Imelda Staunton for Seasons 5 and 6, Netflix Says

Netflix is shooting down reports that Imelda Staunton is joining “The Crown.” “We are currently filming season 4 of ‘The Crown’ but have not commissioned any further seasons as yet, therefore any news on casting remains pure speculation,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. Staunton, known to many as the despicable Dolores Umbridge in […]

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Baby Yoda Merchandise to Debut Ahead of Holiday Shopping Season

Purchase Baby Yoda toys, you will. Fans of the breakout character from the Disney Plus series “The Mandalorian” have been surprised that there was no merchandise pegged to the character available upon the launch of the show, given that the Christmas shopping season is rapidly approaching. But according to an individual with knowledge of the […]

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Film Review: ‘When Lambs Become Lions’

“For us, ivory is worthless unless it is on our elephants,” says Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta in a televised statement, shortly before several vast hauls of severed elephant tusks — ornately piled like sacred shrines — is ceremoniously set ablaze. It’s a confiscated collection that, Kenyatta tells his audience, is worth $150 million, literally going […]

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Michael Mann Wrote Todd Phillips a Letter Praising ‘Joker’

Joker director Todd Phillips has a lot to celebrate about. His film, a hardboiled take on the popular DC Comics archvillain, recently became the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion. It received lots of praise from fans and industry members alike, especially for its central Joaquin Phoenix performance. And now, another celebrated filmmaker of dark narratives about broken men just publicly praised his work. As IndieWire reported, director Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider) wrote Phillips and his creative team an effusive letter complimenting the hell out of their work on Joker. Phillips was screening Joker in Los …

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Margo Martindale To Play Lucianne Goldberg In ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ On FX

EXCLUSIVE: Emmy winner Margo Martindale is set to star as Lucianne Steinberger Goldberg in Impeachment: American Crime Story, the third season of FX’s award-winning limited series franchise, which centers on the sex scandal that rocked the Clinton presidency. Martindale joins Clive Owen, who will play Bill Clinton, Sarah Paulson, who will play Linda Tripp, Beanie […]

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Mike Bloomberg Aiming to Launch TV Ads on Monday (EXCLUSIVE)

Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign is in the process of reserving TV ad time in the states that will vote on March 3, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The sources said the campaign is planning to begin the ad blitz on Monday. One source said the campaign was looking to book airtime in […]

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‘Rugrats’, ‘Smurfs’ And ‘Shrek 2’ Writer David N. Weiss To Receive WGA West’s Animation Award

David N. Weiss, a past WGA West VP and writer of Shrek 2 and  The Smurfs and Rugrats movie and TV franchises, has been chosen to receive the WGA West’s 2019 Animation Writers Caucus Animation Writing Award. The honor will be bestowed tonight at the annual AWC awards ceremony and member meeting at the guild’s […]

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Live Nation Productions Boards Danny Clinch-Helmed Blind Melon Doc ‘All I Can Say’

Live Nation Productions and Double E Entertainment have signed on as executive producers of “All I Can Say,” the documentary film featuring footage shot entirely by the late Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon. The film’s title is taken from the opening lines of Blind Melon’s instantly recognizable 1993 smash, “No Rain.” Culled from Hoon’s archives, the […]

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How Mr. Rogers Influenced The Pacing of ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’

Fred Rogers was an icon to many. Everyone who met him and knew him says, “He really was like that.” He spoke in a soft voice and he was kind. He believed in doing good to others. He spoke to children in “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” in a soft voice, helping them to process complicated emotions […]

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You Might Wanna Stick Around After the Credits of ‘Frozen II’

By now, people are gonna start having the chance to see Frozen II, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck's highly-anticipated sequel to their 2013 Disney modern classic. They'll have all of their questions answered, questions like: What will happen to my favorite characters? Are the songs any good? Has Olaf realized the irony of liking warm hugs? But there's still one question that remains for any folks who have yet to see it: Is there a post-credits sequence? Popularized by the MCU's Iron Man, in which Nick Fury shows up to tease the goshdarn Avengers …

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Democratic Debate #5 Review: MSNBC Moderators Bring Fire That Tired Contenders For Donald Trump’s Job Lack

Early on in tonight’s fifth Democratic debate, Senator Bernie Sanders proclaimed that for all the incumbent’s apparent sins, “we cannot simply be consumed by Donald Trump, because if we are we’re going to lose the election.” The sage from Vermont and his nine fellow contenders onstage in Atlanta may have wanted to “walk and chew […]

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Another 16% Slice of India’s Zee to be Sold by Essel

The Essel Group is to sell a further 16.5% stake in Zee Entertainment Enterprise Limited, India’s largest private sector broadcast group. The debt-reduction move comes just months after Essel auctioned off an 11% tranche of ZEEL. “The Group seeks to sell up to 16.5% stake in ZEEL to financial investors, in order to repay loan […]

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‘The Farewell’s’ China Release Delayed

The long-anticipated release of Awkwafina’s drama “The Farewell” in mainland China has been delayed. The hold-up came just two days before the film’s scheduled outing this Friday. The film, about a Chinese American family who are hiding their aging matriarch’s cancer diagnosis from her, was scheduled to be released in China some four months after […]

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Impeachment Inquiry, Dem Debates Zinged By Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers

It was a day filled with political news, ranging from the ongoing impeachment inquiry this morning through tonight’s Democratic presidential candidate debates. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert chose to do post-debate live events on broadcast television, while Late Night’s Seth Meyers posted online and focused a long […]

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Democrats Debate: Moderates Focus on Warren’s Plans, Ignore Buttigieg

Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out her two-step approach to achieving Medicare for All for the first time in Wednesday night’s debate, while the more moderate candidates continued to argue that her plans are too expensive. The fifth Democratic primary debate — hosted by the Washington Post and MSNBC — comes at a pivotal moment in […]

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Broadway Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’

Those expecting a traditional take on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday perennial may be in for a shock at the new Broadway version of “A Christmas Carol.” Or at least they might be terribly perplexed by this dour production, whose additions only subtract from the potency of the transformative tale. While there have been many adaptations […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ Broadway Review: Campbell Scott, Andrea Martin & LaChanze Raise The Spirits In Vivid Telling

There’s an abundance of treats offered by director Matthew Warchus’ staging of A Christmas Carol – like Andrea Martin dressed as a Victorian caroler mingling with the audience at Broadway Lyceum Theatre, handing out Clementines and cookies before curtain – but perhaps the best is the revelation that the Dickens chestnut can still inspire such […]

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Democratic Candidates Grilled On Impeachment At Start Of Debate

The news that dominated Wednesday — Gordon Sondland’s bombshell testimony at the impeachment hearings — overshadowed the Democratic debate, as candidates were immediately grilled on the question of removing President Donald Trump from office. Moderator Rachel Maddow asked Elizabeth Warren how she would build Republican support for Trump’s removal if impeachment passes the House and […]

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‘The Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ Turns Dem Debates Into A Laff Riot

The irreverent team at Comedy Central’s The Daily Show was at it again tonight, mining comedy gold from the earnest pronouncements from the fifth edition of the Democratic presidental candiate debate. From falling teeth and bloodshot eyes, to Kool Aid moments and sneak attacks, the online zingers should be rolling. So far, a Cats parody is […]

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TV News Roundup: Netflix Sets Premiere Date for Final Season of Fuller House

In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix announces the Fuller House’s final season premiere date, HGTV provides a Variety exclusive to the reboot of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and Freeform announces the premiere date for Josh Thomas’ new comedy “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.” DATES HGTV provided Variety with an exclusive trailer for the reboot of “Extreme Makeover: […]

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Fox Promotes Creative-Services Head Tomiko Iwata

Tomiko Iwata has been promoted to executive vice president, head of creative services at Fox Entertainment. She will be responsible for overseeing all of Fox’s creative services, including experiential marketing across divisions. In addition to overseeing her Los Angeles-based staff, she will lead a team based in New York. Her previous role was senior vice […]

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Tomiko Iwata Named EVP Head Of Creative Services At Fox Entertainment

Tomiko Iwata has been promoted to EVP, Head of Creative Services, Fox Entertainment, effective immediately. The announcement was made by Charlie Collier, CEO, Fox Entertainment. Based in Los Angeles and reporting directly to Collier, Iwata is responsible for overseeing creative services for all of Fox, including experiential marketing across Fox’s divisions. Iwata and her team […]

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Film News Roundup: Adam Driver Honored With SFFILM Award

In today’s film news roundup, Adam Driver is honored, Robocop is will be reborn and Hola Mexico Film Festival and The Montalbán Theatre are teaming for a screening series for potential Oscar nominees. HONORS SFFILM has selected Adam Driver as the recipient of the SFFILM award for acting, formerly the Peter J. Owens Award. Driver […]

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‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ Star Kiernan Shipka Signs With WME

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix’s Sabrina has new reps. Kiernan Shipka, the Mad Men alum who stars on the streaming service’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, has inked with WME in all areas. Shipka, who co-starred as Sally Draper on AMC’s Mad Men for its entire run, also stars in Netflix’s holiday rom-com film Let It Snow, which began streaming this month. Her other TV credits […]

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Yorgos Lanthimos to Direct New Miniseries Based on an Absolutely Bonkers True Story

After crafting the hermetically sealed, horrifying/hilarious original worlds of Dogtooth, The Lobster, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos took on a real story, making the Oscar-winning The Favourite. For his next project, Lanthimos will be moving to TV, but staying in the world of real stories. As reported by Deadline, Lanthimos will be directing and producing a miniseries through Searchlight TV about the true story of Clark Rockefeller. Or, should I say, "Clark Rockefeller." The Lanthimos miniseries will be an adaptation of Mark Seal's acclaimed nonfiction book The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: …

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Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ Adds ‘Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany To Fox Searchlight Flick With Cate Blanchett & Bradley Cooper

EXCLUSIVE: Holt McCallany’s Christmas looks like it’s coming a little early this year The Mindhunter star is already before the cameras on the other side of the Atlantic for Guy Ritchie’s Cash Truck with Jason Statham, as Deadline revealed last month. Now I hear that the actor is joining Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Williem Defoe […]

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ABC Nabs LA Private School Comedy ‘Valley Trash’ From Niki Schwartz-Wright & Nahnatchka Khan As Put Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has handed a put pilot commitment to Valley Trash, a single-camera family comedy from Speechless writer-producer Niki Schwartz-Wright, Fresh off the Boat creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan and Universal TV, where Khan and her Fierce Baby Productions are under an overall deal. Written by Schwartz-Wright, in Valley Trash, when 14-year-old Abby gets accepted to […]

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‘Little Monsters’ Filmmaker Abe Forsythe to Write and Direct the New ‘RoboCop’ Movie



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Alexander Vindman’s Attorney Calls On Fox News To Retract Guest’s ‘Espionage’ Claim

An attorney for Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman fired off a letter to Fox News on Wednesday, asking the network to retract an Oct. 28 segment of The Ingraham Angle in which a guest suggested that he engaged in espionage. Vindman’s attorney, David Pressman of Boies Schiller Flexner, said in the letter that the segment “created […]

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Walter Halsey Davis, Screenwriter And Playwright, Dead At 71

Emmy-winning producer, screenwriter and playwright Walter Halsey Davis, whose credits include the television movies Last Flight Out, Jane Doe, The Killing Mind, Stone Fox, and The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, has died. He was 76. Davis died on Aug. 31 after a battle with metastatic prostate cancer, according to his family and former associates. The Redondo […]

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Michael B. Jordan Posts First Look of ‘Without Remorse,’ the New Tom Clancy Flick

2019 has been the year of "male actors teasing their new, very dark films by posting cryptic clips of test footage on Instagram with only the slate showing the title of the film." Joaquin Phoenix gave it to us for Joker. Adam Sandler gave it to us for Uncut Gems. And now, Michael B. Jordan joins the fray, offering an unsettling first look at his image for the upcoming Tom Clancy adaptation Without Remorse on his Instagram. Directed by antihero action maestro Stefano Sollima (Sicario: Day of the Soldado) and written by antihero action maestro Taylor Sheridan (Wind River), Without …

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Maddie Hasson on ‘Impulse’ Season 2, James Wan’s ‘Malignant,’ and More



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How to Watch the Fifth Democratic Debate

The public impeachment hearings aren’t the only big viewing options for the politically inclined. Ten top Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage in Atlanta for the latest debate on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, and there are plenty of ways to follow along. MSNBC and The Washington Post are hosting the event that will […]

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How To Watch The Grammy Nominations Live

The Recording Academy is revealing it nominations for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards today, starting at 8:20 a.m. ET. You can watch the livestream here at Deadline, once it goes live. Here is a primer on where else to watch the Grammy noms live. Fifteen-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys will read the nominations for Music’s […]

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How To Watch The Fifth Democratic Debate On TV & Online