Tuesday, December 31, 2019

BTS Rocks New Year’s Eve With Times Square Performance

Ryan Seacrest predicted that half of Times Square would be fans of South Korean boyband BTS, and judging by the volume of screams heard throughout ABC’s broadcast of  “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” the BTS ARMY was in full force. Loyal fans came early to cheer on the group — comprised of members […]

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Don Lemon Rings In New Year With Song And Dance Live On CNN

Don Lemon is always entertaining on CNN’s live New Year’s Eve coverage. With 2019 drawing to a close Tuesday night, the CNN anchor joined Brooke Baldwin in Nashville for a night of NYE punditry, drinking and overall fun. As a singer crooned, Lemon offered (unsolicited?) backing vocals. The newscaster belted out a tune — with […]

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My 2019 in Movies, Visualized

2019 is in the books. I hope it was a good year and a good decade for you. I assume that if you're a regular reader of this website, you're a big fan of movies. If that's the case, I highly recommend signing up for Letterboxd if you haven't already. This isn't a paid plug. I like promoting sites that I use frequently, and as someone who kept a movie journal before Letterboxd even existed, I adore having a place to keep my film viewing habits. The value of a movie journal is that it …

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Society Of Camera Operators To Honor Jamie Lee Curtis At 2020 Awards

Jamie Lee Curtis will be honored at the 2020 Society of Camera Operators (SOC) Awards celebration in Hollywood. The actress and philanthropist is set to receive the group’s Lifetime Achievement Awards President’s Award during a ceremony on January 18 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. “We are honored to present this award to such an iconic, […]

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As The Newseum Closes, Its Message Of Press Freedom Is More Urgent

Today was the last day for Newseum, the glassy, modernist museum on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the history and importance of the news media and the First Amendment. There are no shortage of theories as to why the museum couldn’t make a go of it. The nonprofit Freedom Forum, its creator and […]

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Mariah Carey’s Twitter Account Hacked And Filled With Inappropriate Posts

Mariah Carey’s Twitter account appeared to have been hacked on New Year’s Eve, with a series offensive tweets filling the singer’s timeline. Dozens of tweets were posted on the hacked account on Tuesday afternoon, some using the N-word, others disparaged rapper Eminem, and others referred to the Chuckling Squad, a hacker group that took control […]

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Shaun White Sells $11.8 Million Malibu House to Neighbor

Perennially itchy-footed Olympian Shaun White has wrapped up 2019 by skating out of his scenic Malibu spread, selling the ranch-style Point Dume abode for $11.8 million in a deal inked off-market. That’s a decent return for the three-time gold medalist, who bought the place six years ago from “The Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss for just […]

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Remembering Celebrities Who Died in 2019

The man inside the yellow Big Bird suit; TV’s Rhoda; and a “Beverly Hills 90210” heartthrob are just a few of the beloved entertainment figures who died in 2019. Here are some of the unforgettable stars and creators of movies, TV and music who we lost this year. Movies Several notable directors died in 2019, […]

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Notable Hollywood & Entertainment Industry Deaths In 2019 – Photo Gallery

Amid the chaos that was 2019, the show business industry lost some major players. There were icons of the big screen (Peter Fonda, Doris Day) and TV (Valerie Harper, Rip Torn, Tim Conway), along with such legends as Broadway director Harold Prince and actress Carol Channing; singers Eddie Money, Ric Ocasek and José José; musicians […]

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Adele, Taylor Swift, Drake Dominate RIAA’s Decade-End Albums Chart

Adele, Taylor Swift and Drake dominated the decade’s top 10 albums chart, accounting for some 8 of the top 10 titles of the 2010s, according to the RIAA, which tweeted out several statistics on Monday from what is apparently a forthcoming decade-end report. Adele’s “21” and “25” topped the list at No. 1 and No. […]

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France Box Office: Admissions Break 50-Year Record in 2019; Hollywood Tentpoles Rule

Even as Netflix and other platforms continued to gain ground, France’s theatrical box office broke a 50-year record with 213 million ticket sales, showing that movie-going and streaming can co-exist. Admissions increased by 6%, and the French B.O. clocked in at about €1.4 billion ($1.57 billion), a slight increase on 2018. Hollywood titles ruled the […]

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Justin Bieber Docuseries Premiere Date Set at YouTube, Trailer Released (Watch)

Documentary series “Justin Bieber: Seasons,” premiering exclusively on YouTube next month, promises fans a raw and revealing look at the making of the pop star’s first new album in over four years. “Seasons” is slated to bow Jan. 27 at 12 p.m. ET with new episodes launching each Monday and Wednesday at noon ET. The […]

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30 Great Movies You Missed in 2019

You probably didn't get a chance to see every movie that came out in 2019. That's okay, neither did we. So while 2019 is about to come to a close with a few movies on our wishlist that we still have to watch, we're looking forward to catching up with them on streaming, on-demand, or on home video releases. We've put together a handy guide of the best movies you might have missed this year to help streamline your movie-viewing. Some of these titles started off 2019 and should be easy to find on …

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‘Frozen 2’ Director Jennifer Lee On Crafting Sequel, Her Vision As Disney Animation’s Chief Creative Officer & The Opportunities Presented By Disney+

Before sitting down to pen the script for Frozen 2, director Jennifer Lee used every creative tool at her disposal to get inside the hearts and minds of her characters. Only in this way could Lee hit on a story for a sequel worth making, that would stand up to the first Frozen. Directed by […]

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How the Palpatine Twist in ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Misunderstands What Makes ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Work

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Michelle Monaghan on Netflix’s ‘Messiah’ & What to Expect from Blumhouse’s ‘The Craft’ Remake

Created by Michael Petroni, the Netflix original series Messiah follows CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan), as she uncovers information about a man (Mehdi Dehbi) who’s gaining attention all over the world because some believe him to be the Messiah. As Eva digs deeper into the origins of Al-Masih and her sole focus becomes determining whether he’s really a divine entity or a con man, his followers claim him to be a miracle worker. At the Los Angeles press day for the new series, Collider got the opportunity to sit down and chat 1-on-1 with …

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‘Ford V Ferrari’ Rounds $200M Mark At Worldwide Box Office

EXCLUSIVE: Twentieth Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment’s Ford V Ferrari has revved its engines past the $200M mark globally, accelerating to $200.6M through Monday. The split is $106.6M domestic and $94M at the international box office. Disney is handling the awards-season contender that reps the sort of movies Fox has excelled at making. Directed by James Mangold […]

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Decade Disruptors: The 10 Most Influential International TV Shows Of The 2010s, From Hyper-Local Thrillers To Euro Entertainment

The 2010s was the decade that foreign-language television broke through the global ceiling and got Hollywood to notice the quality of content coming from all corners of the world. While Danish drama The Killing (Forbrydelsen) and French thrillers Braquo and Spiral began inching the door open in the “aughties,” hyper local titles and the booming […]

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Decade Disruptors: The 10 Most Influential British TV Shows Of The 2010s

They say that we live in a golden age of television — and it’s a well-worn phrase that is certainly borne out in the quality of British shows that have landed on our screens over the past 10 years. There are standout hits to choose from across genres, and the decade culminated with UK television […]

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Steven Zaillian Eying September 2020 Start For ‘Ripley’ Series Shoot in Italy (EXCLUSIVE)

Steven Zaillian is getting ready to start shooting his “Ripley” TV series toplining Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”) in the titular role with plans for cameras to roll in September 2020 in Italy on the 8-episode Showtime series that the Oscar-winning multi-hyphenate will direct. “We are hoping to start shooting in Italy in September 2020,” Zaillian said, […]

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‘Finding Julia’ Star Ha Phuong’s Journey Proves Nothing Is Impossible

Years ago, in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, a 5-year-old girl named Ha Phuong became very ill. Her family was creative but not wealthy, so her father had to borrow money to pay her hospital bills. She recovered, but when her family couldn’t repay the loans, men came to take the family’s belongings.  “[They] took […]

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Movistar Plus Ups Production, Scale, Comedies, Non-Fiction for 2020

MADRID  —  Movistar Plus, the pay TV/SVOD arm of giant European telecom Telefonica, is upping the ante. On New Year’s Eve, it announced a first 2020 release line-up – more titles may be added – that has two big swings, more emphasis on action, and a larger number of comedy and non-fiction plays. 2020’s 14 […]

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Universal Music Sells 10% Stake to Tencent-Led Consortium for $3.6 Billion

As expected, Universal Music Group has sold a 10% stake to a consortium led by Chinese company Tencent in a deal that values UMG, the world’s largest music company and home to Taylor Swift, Drake and many others, for €30 billion (around $33.6 billion). UMG parent company Vivendi also agreed that the consortium has the option […]

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China’s Tencent Agrees To Buy 10% Of Vivendi’s Universal Music Group For $3.4B

Vivendi is to sell a 10% stake in Universal Music Group to a consortium led by China’s Tencent. The French media conglomerate has agreed a $3.4B deal that values the record label at $33.6B. This comes after months of talks between the music group, which operates the labels responsible for artists including The Beatles, Taylor […]

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Netflix’s ‘Marriage Story’ Lands China Release With Road Pictures

Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, a Netflix original feature, has secured theatrical release in China after the streamer cut a deal with Road Pictures. Starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, the pic chronicles a marriage breaking down. It premiered at Venice and Netflix gave the film an awards-qualifying release stateside. It’s up for six Golden Globes […]

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’47 Meters Down: Uncaged,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Marriage Story’ To Hit China, But Local Animation Yanked

U.S. shark survival horror film “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” will be unleashed on China January 10. Chinese reports say that three other Golden Globe nominees with Oscar buzz — “Marriage Story,” “Little Women” and “Jojo Rabbit” — are supposed to hit the country as well, but their release dates have yet to be set and […]

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Italy Box Office Up 14% in 2019 Due to Summer Releases of Hollywood Titles

Box office returns in Italy rose 14% in 2019 to €630 million ($706.5 million), a welcome uptick prompted by a joint effort made by Hollywood and the local industry this year to schedule more summer releases, after the country in 2018 had suffered its worst results in a decade in terms of movie ticket sales. Italian […]

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Carrie Underwood Steps Down As CMA Awards Host

Carrie Underwood has decided to step away from hosting the CMA Awards, the award-winning singer announced Monday on social media. After hosting for 12 years, Underwood said on Instagram “it’s time to pass the hosting torch.” During her time with the show, she most often emceed with Brad Paisley. Although this past November, she hosted […]

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Golden Globe Awards 2020: The Party List

All those Hollywood New Year’s Eve parties might as well keep the lights on, as they will be followed closely by the annual shindigs surrounding the 77th Golden Globe Awards. NBC will air them live Sunday, January 5 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT at the Beverly Hilton, with Ricky Gervais returning to host. The […]

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Carrie Underwood Says She Won’t Be Back Hosting CMA Awards in 2020

Some use the dawn of a new year to declare what they will be doing in the next 12 months, but Carrie Underwood has used this turn of the odometer to announce what she won’t. The singer took to social media Monday to tell fans that she won’t return as a co-host of the CMA […]

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Alex Trebek Admits To “Moments Of Depression” Amid Cancer Battle

Alex Trebek says fans have made him feel better as he battles pancreatic cancer. In a new interview with ABC’s Michael Strahan, the Jeopardy! host and his wife explained how the illness has affected their lives. Trebek said well-wishes from fans sometimes make him emotional. “I don’t mind getting choked up. My oncologist told me […]

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Syd Mead Dies: Visionary Futurist Who Worked On ‘Blade Runner’ & ‘Tron’ Was 86

Syd Mead, the visionary futurist who worked on such classic fantasy/sci-fi films as Tron, Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, died today in Pasadena. He was 86. His manager Roger Servick told Deadline that Mead had been in failing health due to lymphoma cancer and he was undergoing treatment at City of Hope in Duarte, […]

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Decade Disruptors: 11 Movies That Shook Up The Film Industry In The 2010s

Deadline has highlighted 11 movies that had a transformative impact on the film industry and/or the wider world in the decade of the 2010s. The non-exhaustive list includes movies from across the globe and considers their effect on box office, careers, companies, industry trends and cultural conversation. Our list includes movies released between 2010-2019. The […]

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‘Murder Mystery’, ‘Stranger Things’ Lead Netflix’s List Of Most Popular Movies, TV Series & Specials Of 2019

Netflix has released Top 10 lists of its most popular titles of 2019 — movies, TV series and specials — in various territories. Netflix What We Watched 2019 – U.S. is led by the Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston comedy feature Murder Mystery, followed by the third season of mega hit series Stranger Things, the recently released Michael […]

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Zac Efron Says He Fell Ill While Filming Quibi Show ‘Killing Zac Efron’ In Papua New Guinea

Zac Efron has confirmed that he fell ill while filming on location in Papua New Guinea for his new Quibi show Killing Zac Efron. In a post on Twitter and Instagram on Sunday, Efron said: “Very thankful to everyone who has reached out. I did get sick in Papua New Guinea but I bounced back […]

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Ten Storylines To Dominate The International Film Biz In 2020

What to watch for in the overseas film industry in 2020: International Gains Virtually every major U.S. entertainment company we speak with is thinking about how they can grow their international film and TV footprint, from Netflix to Cohen Media Group, WME to CAA, Anonymous Content to FilmNation. As content (and creatives) cross borders more […]

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Linda Ronstadt Helps CNN Carry a Different Kind of Tune

Fans of Linda Ronstadt have swooned over her voice, a powerful instrument that can blast the dust off an Everly Brothers classic and breathe new life into jazz and mariachi standards.  Yet what comes through most strongly in a recent documentary about the singer is the way she used her vocal abilities to call attention […]

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Hasbro Completes $3.8 Billion Acquisition of Entertainment One

Hasbro is poised to become a bigger player in entertainment now that the toy giant has completed its acquisition of Entertainment One. The $3.8 billion all-cash deal was unveiled in August. Entertainment One CEO Darren Throop will report to Hasbro chairman-CEO Brian Goldner. Olivier Dumont, eOne’s president of family & brands, Steve Bertram, president, film […]

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‘Monty Python’ and ‘Rutles’ Musician Neil Innes Dies at 75

Neil Innes, a British singer, songwriter and comedian known for his work with “Monty Python,” the Rutles and the madcap ‘60s outfit the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, died Sunday at the age of 75, according to the BBC and multiple news outlets. In addition to being a key member of the Bonzos — whose 1968 […]

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‘Rise of Skywalker’ Co-Writer Explains Why Rose Has Such a Limited Role

Minor spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. If you were a fan of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you were probably bummed to see that Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) is barely in The Rise of Skywalker. A major character in the previous film, Rose now has about as much to do as an unnamed Resistance technician played by Dominic Monaghan. So what happened? Why did writers J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio severely diminish Rose’s role? According to Terrio, that wasn’t their intent and they were hampered by technical difficulties. Speaking to Awards Daily […

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Superhero Movie Box Office 2019: Which Title Won the Battle of the Year?

Another year comes to a close and with it another end to the annual Box Office Battle. 2019 saw a lot of superhero movies. Whether or not you consider them cinema, they brought in billions of dollars from worldwide audiences, with only four movies tallying up for more than $6 billion on their own. So to folks who thought the Superhero Craze was slowing down, yeah, that's probably not happening anytime soon. However, you might think that the year's biggest movie, both at the box office and in the zeitgeist, was Disney/Marvel's MCU culmination, Avengers: Endgame... …

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Michelle Monaghan on ‘Messiah’ and Being Edited Out of ‘Constantine’

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Hasbro Closes $3.8 Billion Entertainment One Buy; Who’ll Spearhead Film & Live Action TV?

Hasbro has completed its acquisition of Entertainment One, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately £2.9 billion, or $3.8 billion in U.S. dollars. The announcement was made by Brian Goldner, Hasbro chairman and chief executive officer. Deal was made last summer. In the new executive configuration, Darren Throop, president and chief executive officer of eOne, […]

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Dominic Treadwell-Collins Picks Up Brit List-Winning Script, Could Remain Involved In ‘A Very English Scandal’

EXCLUSIVE: A Very English Scandal producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins is just weeks into life at his new ITV Studios production label, but he is already spinning a number of projects since leaving Sony’s Blueprint Pictures. Deadline can reveal that Treadwell-Collins has picked up a project that topped this year’s Brit List, a Black List-style ranking of […]

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‘La Casa de Papel’ (‘Money Heist’) Tops Netflix’s Charts in Key European Markets

“La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”) Part 3 was the most-watched content on Netflix in 2019 across major European markets, including France, Spain and Italy, according to information released Monday by the streaming giant. In the U.K., however, both Alex Pina’s “La Casa de Papel” and, more curiously, British royal family series “The Crown” were […]

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The Biggest Music Business Stories of the Decade

The last ten years have been among the music industry’s most celebratory, and at the same time, the decade has introduced seismic shifts in consumption, culture and technology. Only the strongest survive still holds true — witness how Universal Music Group fortified its global presence to market share leader by a mile — but so […]

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Neil Innes Dies: ‘Monty Python’ Collaborator Was 75

Neil Innes, the British comedian and musician, has died aged 75. Innes is best known for collaborating with comedy troupe Monty Python, who he wrote a number of original songs for, as well as the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and The Rutles. Innes’ agent Nigel Morton confirmed the news to Sky News and said that […]

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‘The Crown’ Fails To Make Netflix’s Lists Of Its Most Popular Shows In The UK

Netflix has provided a small insight into its most-watched shows of the year in Britain and beyond. While it did not publish any actual data, the lists provide an intriguing glimpse into viewing behavior on the streamer. Originals TV shows including The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann, Sex Education, The Witcher dominated the list of most […]

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In Asia, Local Language Content, ‘6 Underground’ Most Popular on Netflix in 2019

Netflix released lists of its most popular content in Japan, Korea, India and Malaysia on Monday, showing that a mix of American shows and local language content best captured hearts and eyeballs in Asia this year — with Michael Bay’s “6 Underground” the only title that proved a top hit in all territories. Netflix said […]

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Netflix Reveals Most Popular International Titles Of 2019: Madeleine McCann True-Crime Doc Tops UK, ‘Murder Mystery’ Leads In Australia

Netflix has unveiled its most popular titles internationally with true-crime doc The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann topping the UK list and Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston comedy Murder Mystery leading in Australia. In India, Bollywood romantic drama Kabir Singh was the most popular release, while the second season of gritty Indian crime drama, Sacred Games, […]

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Cardi B, Offset Buy Lavish Atlanta Mansion With Shooting Range

After an arduous two-year house hunt, married superstar rappers Offset of Migos fame and Cardi B have substantially upsized their residential real estate circumstances with the purchase of a bonafide mega-mansion in the suburban, decidedly posh Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Though records don’t yet reflect a transfer and it’s not publicly known how much the […]

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China Box Office: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Fizzles While ‘Ip Man 4’ Keeps Packing Punches

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” completely fizzled in its second weekend in China, setting it on track to become the least successful installment of the franchise by far in the world’s second largest film market. By Monday, “Skywalker” ranked seventh at the box office behind a pack of local Chinese action films and dramas. […]

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Mosaic’s Jimmy Miller Buys Jerry Bruckheimer’s Brentwood Estate

Though the deal actually closed last year, it’s only now that Jimmy Miller and his longtime wife Cheryl have finally moved into his dynamic new estate in the Westside L.A. neighborhood of Brentwood Park. Records show the couple paid mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and novelist Linda Sue Bruckheimer $11.5 million for the house keys, and subsequently […]

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Hollywood Hills Tours May Be Restricted If New Regulations Are Imposed

Seeing the homes and stars in the Hollywood Hills may become more difficult for tourists if new rules are implemented by the Los Angeles City Council. The council’s Transportation Committee has been studying ways to regulate the commercial vehicles, which some contend clog roads that are deemed unsafe. Under proposed new rules created by the […]

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Zac Efron Recovered and ‘Home’ After Falling Ill in Papua New Guinea

Zac Efron’s morbid title for his new reality series “Killing Zac Efron” hit dangerously close to home when the actor was forced to receive medical treatment while on location in Papua New Guinea. Efron confirmed on Instagram Sunday that he had gotten sick in Papua New Guinea, but “bounced back quick and finished an amazing […]

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Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ Surpasses $200 Million at Global Box Office

“Knives Out,” the acclaimed whodunit from director Rian Johnson, hit a notable box office milestone this weekend, crossing $100 million in the U.S. and $200 million worldwide. It’s another triumph for original content — a form of entertainment once thought to be imperiled by the ubiquity of franchise fare. “Knives Out” became the de facto […]

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This Week In Music: New Year’s Eve Lineups Feature BTS, Village People, The Chainsmokers

New Year’s Eve means celebration, and what’s a celebration without music? Whether you’re going out or staying in to watch televised celebrations, there’s plenty of top names on tap. On ABC, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest has BTS live from Time Square. The South Korean boy group will play a medley […]

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‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ Twins Dead in Apparent Suicide

Bill and Joe Smith, who appeared on Channel 4’s “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” in the U.K., have been found dead in Sevenoaks, Kent, according to numerous reports. They were 32. A spokeswoman said in a statement to Mirror Online that “Kent Police was called at 11.34am on Saturday after the bodies of two men […]

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Box Office: ‘Cats’ Declawed Overseas, ‘Jumanji’ and ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Hit Global Records

It’s back to the litter box for “Cats.” Universal’s big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical flamed out at the international box office, igniting with a dismal $13.6 million from 38 foreign territories. Those ticket sales take the global tally of “Cats” to 38 million, including $17.8 million in North America. Directed by Tom Hooper, […]

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Barack Obama Includes ‘Parasite’, ‘Marriage Story’, & ‘The Irishman’ Among Favorite 2019 Movies

Did you really think we'd enter into a new year without hearing which 2019 movies former President of the United States Barack Obama loved? In the latest installment of what's quickly becoming a yearly tradition, Obama revealed the list of his favorite 2019 movies and it is packed with audience and awards season favorites, including  Parasite, Marriage Story, and The Irishman. Obama's tweet on his favorite 2019 movies came on the heels of a tweet earlier in the weekend revealing his favorite books of the year. Ever the Renaissance Man, Obama's list of 2019 movies includes …

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Domestic Box Office Finally Clicks Past $11B Thanks To Great Holiday Stretch With ‘Rise Of Skywalker’

Well, that took some time. Finally, the 2019 domestic box office –which was loaded with mega Disney IP such as the second-highest grossing domestic title of all-time Avengers: Endgame ($858.3M), along with the Burbank, CA studio owning seven of the top ten pics of the year (all in excess of $362M-plus) –has crossed $11 billion. […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Climbs To $725M Global; ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Rocks Towards $500M WW – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker has climbed to $724.8M globally after 12 days in release. The split is $363M from the international box office and $361.8M domestic. This is after a $94.3M offshore weekend, which is above projections and reps just a 43% drop from the debut frame in 52 […]

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Adam Sandler’s ‘Uncut Gems’ Scores Box Office Record for A24

Adam Sandler’s “Uncut Gems,” a suspense thriller set in New York’s Diamond District, set a new box office benchmark for A24, the film’s indie distributor. Directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie, the movie generated a dazzling $18.8 million since opening on Wednesday. Those ticket sales bested “Midsommar” ($11 million) to become A24’s biggest five-day […]

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Upcoming Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2020 to 2022 and Beyond

Last Updated: December 28, 2019 There’s no denying that the most popular genre around these days is the superhero movie. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero films in droves. With nearly every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, and with Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. …

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’: What the Sith Is a Dyad, Anyway?

Major spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. By now, you probably know that Emperor Palpatine somehow survived his apparent death at the hands of Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi; that much was given up in the official trailers for The Rise of Skywalker. But just how and why the nefarious Darth Sidious returned is something you'll have to see the movie to find out ... or you can continue reading this spoilery explanation of just what the saga's ultimate villain planned all along. Throughout the history of Star Wars, a battle …

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

President Donald Trump kept up the drumbeat against “Crazy Nancy” Pelosi today, leading off his communications with a video spotlighting the homeless problem in the Speaker of the House’s home district of San Francisco. On Saturday, the Commander-in-Tweet chided the governors of New York and California for similar inaction on the homeless situation in those […]

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‘Cats’ Bound To Lose At Least $71M After All Ancillaries: Here’s How

EXCLUSIVE: No amount of star power from Taylor Swift, James Corden, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, etc. nor the direction of Oscar winner Tom Hooper could save Cats at the global box office. Our finance sources informed over this weekend that the Universal/Amblin/Working Title feature adaptation of the near $4 billion-grossing Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical is […]

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Barack Obama’s Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2019

Barack Obama has released his favorite movies and TV shows of 2019, which includes some top awards contenders as well as his own production company’s “American Factory.” While mostly dominated by dramas, the list also includes a few documentaries besides “American Factory,” like “Apollo 11” and “Amazing Grace,” the concert film of Aretha Franklin’s 1972 […]

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‘1917’, ‘Just Mercy’ And ‘Clemency’ Open Strong In Limited Debuts Over Busy Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office

The specialty box office space was hustling and bustling on the holiday weekend as moviegoers came out to theaters after unwrapping gifts, eating endless amounts of Christmas cookies or just wanting to take a desperate break from family fun time. A handful of limited releases performed strongly over the five-day Christmas weekend. Universal and DreamWorks […]

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Box Office: ‘Little Women,’ ‘Uncut Gems’ Start Strong as ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Remains Victorious

The holiday box office proved fruitful for a wide variety of movies as overall ticket sales reached $200 million over the weekend — a 6.3% boost from last year. Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” led the bounty, crossing $361 million in North America after this weekend’s $72 million haul. J.J. Abrams’ third […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Dominates Final 2019 Weekend with $72 Million

We are coming to the end of the final weekend of 2019 (say what?) and it looks like Disney/Lucasfilm release Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is still top dog. The final Skywalker saga movie, which was directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega (and so many other famous faces), continued to reap the rewards of crowds ostensibly looking for some thrills to revive them from their holiday hangovers. [caption id="attachment_860597" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Lucasfilm[/caption] To that end, Rise of Skywalker reeled in $72 million domestically …

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Fandango Fan Survey Says ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Among the Most Anticipated 2020 Movies

We are in the final days of 2019 and of this decade but there is truly no time like the present to look forward to the future. When it comes to the future of movies, Fandango has us covered with the most anticipated movies we need to keep on our radar for the next 12 months. Thanks to the results of a recent fan survey conducted by the iconic ticketing service, we learned which 2020 releases are hotly anticipated by fans — and the top picks are all big studio releases directed by women. Yes! So, here's the lowdown: The #…

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Who Are Rey’s Parents? ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Finally Answers the Question

Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Star Wars: The Force Awakens posed a major question: Who are Rey’s parents? In The Force Awakens, we’re told that she has no last name and that the last she saw of her parents was them flying off in rocket ship. She held out hope that they would come back for her one day, but in her heart, she knew that they were never coming back and there was nothing left for her on Jakku. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we got an answer to the question of …

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Obama Reveals His Favorite Books Of 2019

Former President Barack Obama has released the list of his favorite books of 2019, with the selections ranging from fiction to a look at the history of Native Americans. “This has become a fun little tradition for me, and I hope it is for you, too. Because while each of us has plenty that keeps […]

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‘Sweetheart’ Director J.D. Dillard Breaks Down The Ending to His Killer Creature Feature

Old-school monster action meets island survival thrills in Sweetheart, the standout new creature feature from Sleight director J.D. Dillard, which just dropped on Netflix. The Blumhouse film stars Kiersey Clemons as Jenn, a young woman who wakes up stranded on an island after an off-screen shipwreck and quickly discovers she's not alone -- she floated right to the home of a mysterious, monstrous sea creature. Sweetheart is a cleverly directed film that makes the most a modest budget with resourceful staging and one heck of a leading performance from Clemons, but it also features a stunning creature …

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‘Little Women’ Tops Chicago Indie Critics Nominations

The Chicago Indie Critics announced their nominees Saturday for the group’s fourth annual film awards, with Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women leading with eight nominations, including Best Studio Film and Best Director. Following next with seven nominations each were The Irishman, Marriage Story, 1917, and Parasite. Winners will be announced on January 4, at […]

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‘The Report’ Director Scott Z. Burns Responds To Mike Pompeo: “I Am Interested In Knowing What Part He Finds To Be Fiction”

Director Scott Z. Burns is challenging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to identify what parts of Amazon Studios’ The Report are “fiction” after Pompeo slammed the movie on Twitter. Burns also takes issue with the way that the Pompeo defended the CIA’s work as patriotic, given that included the use of enhanced interrogation, also known […]

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SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seats Up For Auction Through January 6

Fans who want to see their favorite stars walk the red carpet at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards next month can now bid on bleacher seats. The auction opened December 27 and runs through January 6 at 6 p.m. Winners will get a chance to take pictures and request autographs from celebrities entering […]

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Andrew Dunbar Dies On Christmas Eve

Actor Andrew Dunbar, the body double for Theon Greyjoy on HBO’s Game of Thrones and a frequent extra on the series, died at home in Belfast, Ireland on Christmas Eve. His death was confirmed by friends and coworkers, but no cause was given. Dunbar was in his 30s and also worked as a DJ. His […]

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‘Star Wars’ Crosses $300 Million at U.S. Box Office as ‘Little Women,’ ‘Jumanji’ Shine

Disney’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” continues to reign supreme at the holiday box office, crossing $300 million domestically over the weekend after Friday’s tally of $26.2 million.  J.J. Abrams’ third and final installment in the latest Star Wars trilogy is expected to earn over $76 million in its second weekend in North America. […]

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Filmmaker Michael Moore On 2020 Election: Trump Has Strong Chance Of Winning

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore feels that President Donald Trump is on track to win the 2020 election, claiming support in the Midwest has not declined. “If the vote were today, I believe, he would win the electoral states that he would need, because, living out there, I will tell you, his level of support has […]

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Jon M. Chu Calls for a Rose Tico Disney+ Series — & He Wants to Direct

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu said, "Justice for Rose Tico!" this week when he called for the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker character to get her own Disney+ TV series and yes, I'm all in on it. First seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and portrayed by Kelly Marie Tran, the character of Rose Tico has been unnecessarily divisive and unfairly (almost cruelly) scrutinized by a portion of the Star Wars fandom. Now, after her pitifully short amount of time onscreen in Rise of Skywalker, Chu is just one of many making their voice heard …

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition

Before heading out to the Trump National Golf Course this morning – it is Saturday, after all – President Donald Trump took some time to excoriate the leadership of California and New York. Both states face massive homeless problems that only appear to be getting worse. The Commander-in-Tweet has taken notice: “If their Governors can’t handle […]

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‘The Mandalorian’ Guide, Week 8: Every Question We Have After “Redemption”

What a Babu Frik'in weekend this is for a galaxy far, far away. Just a few short days after J.J. Abrams brought the entire Skywalker Saga to a pretty divisive close with The Rise of Skywalker, Jon Favreau and Co. closed out the first season of the first-ever live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. Now, Rise of Skywalker has the clear advantage in the amount of lines rendered unnecessarily horny by Billy Dee Williams, but I feel like The Mandalorian was the more satisfying conclusion overall; "Redemption" was an action-packed family affair directed by Taika …

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‘LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars’ Is a Terrible Way to End ‘LEGO Star Wars’ Month

https://youtu.be/viTz3EMyL98 Listen / download here: We're closing out LEGO Star Wars month with LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars ... which sounds a heck of a lot better than it actually is. In this 2018 series of animated shorts, new faces team-up with iconic heroes Young Han Solo, Chewbacca, Young Lando Calrissian, BB-8, and General Leia for adventures that span all eras of the Star Wars universe. But is it any good? Tune in to find out! This month, the Saturday Mourning Cartoons team also reviewed LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles, LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, …

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Netflix Going It Alone On Second Season Of Teen Drama ‘The A List’ After BBC Pulls Out

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is going it alone on The A List after the BBC decided against commissioning a second season of the teen drama. Produced by Lionsgate-Backed Kindle Entertainment, the 13-part first season of The A List was commissioned for the BBC’s streaming service iPlayer. It launched on iPlayer in October last year before being picked […]

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Friday, December 27, 2019

‘Richard Jewell’ To Get Limited China Release January 10

Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” will hit a portion of Chinese theaters on January 10, screening via the country’s National Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas. China has almost no dedicated art house theaters, and the Alliance seeks to rectify this by screening such films on a circuit of some 3,700 screens within commercial theaters — a small […]

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Sue Lyon Dies: ‘Lolita’ Star Was 73

Sue Lyon passed away in Los Angeles on Dec. 26. She was 73. According to the New York Times, the actress’ health had been declining for some time. Lyon was best known for her first major role. She was picked among 800 young actresses to play the title character in the controversial 1962 film Lolita when […]

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‘Lolita’ Star Sue Lyon Dies at 73

Sue Lyon, who was cast in Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita” at the age of 14, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 73. Lyon’s longtime friend Phil Syracopoulos told the New York Times she had been experiencing poor health for some time. Lyon’s acting career lasted from 1959 to 1980, with her most significant role as […]

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John Mulaney Relates How He Broke The News To Comedy Central On Dave Chappelle’s Departure

John Mulaney had an interesting way to start his career. He had to tell his network bosses that their biggest star was walking out on his career Mulaney was working as a temp assistant to the head of development at Comedy Central and revealed that he fielded the phone call where it was explained that […]

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Hollywood Sends Mixed Reactions on the Death of Don Imus

Don Imus, the long-time figure behind morning drive-time radio who died Friday at 79, inspired the biggest names in news to take to Twitter to talk about Imus’ outstanding career contributions, both negative and positive. Imus’ career spanned decades, lasting until his retirement in March 2018. His outspoken rhetoric concerning politics and pop culture earned […]

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‘Little Women’ Ending Explained: How Greta Gerwig’s Changes Improve on the Book

Spoilers for Greta Gerwig’s Little Women follow below, including changes from the book. Writer/director Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women is a masterful example of changing the book for the better. Alcott’s novel was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, with the first volume following the March sisters—Jo, Mary, Beth, and Amy—throughout their childhood growing up in Massachusetts and the second volume picking up with the characters in adulthood. Instead of presenting the story in two halves, Gerwig’s film layers the past and …

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President Donald Trump Praises Jon Voight And Kristy Swanson For Rare Hollywood Kudos

President Donald Trump had praise for a Midnight Cowboy and Vampire Slayer in his regular online communications today. Trump saluted actor Jon Voight and actress Kristy Swanson via Twitter in a rare moment of Hollywood approval. “Academy Award winning actor (and great guy!) @jonvoight is fantastic in the role of Mickey Donovan in the big […]

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Fox Tops Fall Demo Ratings For First Time In Decade; NBC Snaps CBS’ Total Viewers Streak

Fox, boosted by the addition to Thursday Night Football, is set to take the top ratings spot for the fall portion of the 2019-20 broadcast season. It marks the newly stand-alone network’s first No. 1 finish in the adults 18-49 demographic in ten years. Additionally, fueled by the success of The Masked Singer and the […]

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WGA And Big 3 Agencies Aiming At March 2021 Trial Start

The long standoff between the WGA and the Big Three talent agencies could go on much longer. The two sides in a court filing Friday have proposed a trial start date of March 2021 for their legal showdown that has already lasted more than eight months. The filing, which includes a scheduling worksheet (read it […]

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‘The Shawshank Redemption’ At 25: Frank Darabont’s Great Escape – Q&A

Twenty-five years ago, The Shawshank Redemption finished as a first-run failure that seemed sentenced to obscurity. But then Frank Darabont’s stirring cellblock epic found an unlikely reprieve and followed an unexpected escape route that led to cinema glory. Today, Shawshank is widely hailed as a classic. The Library of Congress has added the film to […]

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Cable Ratings 2019: Fox News Tops Total Viewers, ESPN Wins 18-49 Demo As Entertainment Networks Slide

Ad-supported cable business’ fortunes continue to decline unless it’s live programming – news and sports. Cable news networks Fox News and MSNBC and sports-focused ESPN repeated as 1-2-3 atop all basic cable networks in total viewers in Live+7 Nielsen ratings for 2019. That is all the more impressive because live non-entertainment programming gets very little […]

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‘Ford V Ferrari’: Read The Script For Racing Pic That Pits American Ingenuity Against Italian Mastery

EXCLUSIVE: Director James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari centers on a rivalry born of automotive history, racing lore and mutual disgust. Teaming awards-season veterans Matt Damon and Christian Bale, its star power fueled the pic’s $195 million worldwide gross, but its screenplay helped drive the action on and off the track. The script from Jez Butterworth […]

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Hip-Hop Museum Heading to the Bronx With $3.7 Million Infusion From New York State

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on a measure that will contribute $3.7 million to the Bronx’s first Hip-Hop museum, it was announced on Thursday. The funding is part of a statewide New York economic and community development package. Dubbed the Universal Hip Hop Museum, the effort was “chartered by the New York State […]

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Writers Guild and Agencies Aim for Trial in March 2021

The Writers Guild of America and three major agencies are aiming for a federal trial in March 2021, according to a court filing on Friday. Since April, the agencies — UTA, CAA and WME — have been locked in a high-stakes showdown with the writers over packaging fees and affiliate production. The two sides have […]

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‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Ending Is Emblematic of the Film’s Biggest Problem

Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The final scene of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has Rey coming to Tatooine to a home that could have been Luke’s (it’s the same kind of sand igloo). She buries both Luke and Leia’s lightsabers, and then as she prepares to leave, she runs into some random woman who asks Rey what her name is. “Rey”, she responds. The woman pushes further asking if Rey has a last name. Rey turns to the side and sees the force ghosts of Luke and Leia smiling at her (…

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‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ Continues Box Office Dominance, Crosses $550 Million Globally

“Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” continues to reign over the box office, generating another $30.5 million on Thursday, putting the tentpole on pace for a five-day haul around $155 million. To date, Disney and Lucasfilm’s blockbuster has amassed $289.7 million in North America and $282 million overseas for a global bounty of $573 million. Though […]

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‘Cats’ Pulled from Awards Contention After Negative Reviews and Dismal Box Office

Universal Pictures has quietly pulled the plug on its Oscar campaign for Cats. The big-screen musical was a sight-unseen contender given its profile and pedigree, and indeed you’d be forgiven for previously assuming it could be an awards contender. Universal mounted the big budget adaptation with a star-studded cast, a new original song co-written by Taylor Swift, and Oscar-winning The King’s Speech and Les Miserables helmer Tom Hooper in the director’s chair. But once the first trailer dropped, the film’s potential to be a massive blunder came into view. Hooper and …

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Shortlisted Emergency Healthcare Doc ‘Midnight Family’ Raises “Big Ethical Questions”

Filmmaker Luke Lorentzen is only a few years out of college, but his first major feature—the viscerally exciting Midnight Family—has made the Oscar documentary shortlist. It’s the story of the Ochoas—father Fer and sons Juan and Josué and their associate Manuel Hernández, who operate a run-and-gun private ambulance service in Mexico City. Lorentzen moved to the […]

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George Lucas Wouldn’t Have Brought Back Palpatine, Says Ian McDiarmid

One of the most controversial decisions J.J. Abrams made in crafting Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was in bringing back Emperor Palpatine. Abrams defended his choice previously by noting that Rise of Skywalker was intended to conclude not just this new sequel trilogy of Star Wars movies, but the entire Skywalker Saga. To that end, he argued, Palpatine had a presence in the Prequel Trilogy and the Original Trilogy, so it stood to reason he should have a place in this new trilogy—even if it’s tacked on at the end. But for those wondering about George …

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Broadway Stars Pay Tribute to ‘Hello Dolly!’ Composer Jerry Herman

Jerry Herman, the legendary Broadway composer and lyricist behind such hits as “Hello Dolly!,” “Mame” and “La Cage aux Folles” who died Thursday at 88, was remembered by friends and fans as a prolific writer and a reliable source of “love, trust, encouragement, support and laughter.” Herman’s career spanned decades, and his shows have enjoyed […]

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The Top 10 Animated Films of 2019, Ranked

With no clear frontrunner for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, many pundits are claiming that it was a lousy year for animation. It wasn't. There have only been a handful of films that have captured the imagination of the movie-going public in a serious way and there were a number of high profile, expensively produced bombs that littered the cinematic landscape (The Secret Life of Pets ended up as a franchise nonstarter), but these things are true every year. The fact that The Angry Birds Movie 2 narrowly missed my list is a testament to the variety and …

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Score for David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ May Use Only 1940s Instruments

It’s no surprise that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have confirmed in a new interview that they’ll be handling the score for David Fincher’s new film Mank. But it is a bit of a surprise that they’ll be doing so by greatly limiting their available instruments for the process. The musicians broke out as film composers with Fincher’s The Social Network, for which they won an Oscar for writing one of the most iconic film scores of all time. They subsequently collaborated with Fincher on his next two films, crafting an icy soundscape for The …

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Netflix’s ‘You’ Season 2: Penn Badgley on the ‘Not Terribly Enjoyable Experience’ of Playing a Stalker

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched Season 2 of “You,” streaming now on Netflix. Some actors delight in playing villainous characters. Penn Badgley is not one of them — at least, not when it comes to playing murderous stalker Joe Goldberg in Netflix’s “You.” “Playing Joe is not this terribly […]

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Masi Oka on Channeling His Inner Bond Villain for ‘Spies in Disguise’ and Keeping Improv PG-Friendly

In the animated spy comedy adventure Spies in Disguise, super spy Lance Sterling (voiced by Will Smith) finds his life taking an unexpected turn that forces him to team up with scientist Walter Beckett (voiced by Tom Holland) for the ultimate mission. In order to succeed, the otherwise suave and debonair spy must allow himself to be transformed into a pigeon, so that the duo can save the world. The film also stars the voices talents of Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled, Reba McEntire, Ben Mendelsohn and Masi Oka. At a roundtable interview during the film’s …

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‘Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker’ Running B.O. To Beat ‘Last Jedi’ This Weekend — Thursday AM Update

Another big day for Disney’s Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker with a Dec. 26 estimated gross of $30.7M, -4% from Christmas Day. Industry sources are forecasting that through the ninth-quel’s first ten days by Sunday, the J.J. Abrams directed movie will hit $380.9M, pacing 3% ahead of Last Jedi at the same point in time. Pretty impressive for […]

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From Wes Anderson’s ‘French Dispatch’ To A Kate Winslet-Saoirse Ronan Romance: 31 Movies That Could Light Up Film Festivals In 2020

To have both a Tarantino and a Scorsese in 2019 was a treat. Never fear, there’s plenty to look forward to in the year to come. Here we run down some of the undeclared movies (most of which are in post-production) that could have festivals drooling in 2020. NB: Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley doesn’t […]

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Sam Mendes’ One Shot WWI Wonder ‘1917’ Makes Limited Debut, Neon Releases Chinonye Chukwu’s Sundance Winner ‘Clemency’- Specialty B.O. Preview

Sam Mendes’ World War I drama 1917 is set to open in limited release this weekend. Moviegoers may be skeptical as they ask themselves, “Do we really need another World War I movie?” but with a Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 93%, 1917 is proving to be a must-see film, awards season or otherwise. Written […]

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Comcast Might Be Buyer Free-Video Streamer Xumo Has Been Seeking

Comcast is in advanced discussions to acquire Xumo, a free, ad-supported streaming service owned by Panasonic and Meredith Corp., the Wall Street Journal reported. Xumo has been shopping itself for months and had previously engaged in talks with prospective buyers including Sinclair Broadcast Group, Variety reported earlier this year. Comcast already has a commercial deal with […]

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Jerry Herman Dies: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ & ‘La Cage aux Folles’ Composer Was 88

Jerry Herman, the Tony Award-winning composer behind Broadway shows including Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles, has died in Miami at the age of 88. Herman’s goddaughter Jane Dorian confirmed his death to Associated Press on Friday, following pulmonary complications. He is survived by his partner Terry Marler. Born in New York in 1931, […]

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Jerry Herman, Composer of ‘Hello Dolly!,’ ‘Mame’ and ‘La Cage aux Folles,’ Dies at 88

Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, whose indelible Broadway hits included “Hello, Dolly!,” “Mame” and “La Cage aux Folles,” died Thursday in Miami. He was 88. The eternally boyish Herman may not have been regarded as highly as composer-lyricists like Frank Loesser or Stephen Sondheim, but his biggest hits rank as the most popular […]

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BBC Defends ‘Gavin & Stacey’ After It Featured Pogues Song With Homophobic Slur

The BBC has defended the decision to feature The Pogues’ Christmas song Fairytale Of New York in its festive smash-hit Gavin & Stacey — complete with homophobic slur. The comedy show, created by James Corden and Ruth Jones, was watched by an audience of 11.5M in the UK on Christmas Day, but some viewers complained […]

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“Spies in Disguise” Granted January 3 China Release

U.S. animation “Spies in Disguise,” which stars the voices of Will Smith and Tom Holland, will hit Chinese cinemas on January 3. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios, which is best known for the “Ice Age” and “Rio” franchises and has recently come under the Disney umbrella. The film is the first feature from […]

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Comcast Is In Exclusive Talks To Acquire Ad-Supported Streaming Platform Xumo – Report

Five months before launching highly anticipated streaming service Peacock, Comcast has reportedly been conducting exclusive negotiations to acquire Xumo, a notable startup player in ad-supported streaming. The Wall Street Journal reported the talks Thursday evening, but it cautioned the discussions could still fall apart before a deal is reached. Comcast and Xumo reps did not […]

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Sleepy LaBeef, Enduring Rockabilly Cult Hero, Dies at 84

Sleepy LaBeef, a rock and country performer who began his career in the mid-’50s and whose concerts continued to be a draw for the rockabilly community well into this year, died Thursday at age 84. No cause of death has been given. Although LeBeef never had any singles chart above the 60s, his legend loomed […]

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President Donald Trump Claps Back At ‘Home Alone’ Snub Via Twitter: “The Movie Will Never Be The Same!”

President Donald Trump has responded to the apparent Canadian snub of his cameo in Home Alone with two tweets. Canada’s public broadcaster cut Trump’s brief appearance in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York for its Christmas Eve airing of the 1992 holiday hit. It issued a statement denying any political maneuvering. “As is often the […]

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Madonna Cancels Final US Tour Date, But Europe Shows Still On For Next Month

Madonna has decided that she can’t go on with her “Madame X” tour in North America, but has yet to rule out upcoming European dates. The 61-year-old singer canceled her Sunday show in Miami at the last minute, and has since posted to Instagram, talking of “indescribable pain” from an injury that was not disclosed. […]

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Universal Cuts ‘Cats’ From Its ‘For Your Consideration’ Page

“Cats” has been declawed. Universal has pretty much put the final nail in the musical movie’s efforts to win awards by removing the film from its FYC page. The page lists the studio’s qualifying movies along with a guide to their individual categories and a schedule of upcoming screenings in various cities. A source also […]

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‘You’ Season 2 Review: Another Seductive, Addictive & Deliciously Depraved Descent into Psychosexual Obsession

It is a long-touted maxim, passed down through generations, that women love bad boys. Nice guys finished last. Attraction and repulsion, desire and disgust, fear and eroticism -- the parallel pleasures of toxic romance live on both sides of a razor's edge, and few screen love stories have ever captured the can't-turn-away-from-the-wreckage thrall of seductive obsession like You. The Lifetime series turned Netflix sensation surprised when it landed on the streaming service after meeting middling success on basic cable and absolutely blew up on streaming, proving its depraved delights were a perfect match …

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‘1917’ Co-Writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns on How Viewer Anxiety “Makes Me Strong”

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Claims Second-Best Christmas Day with $32 Million

In just eight days, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has managed to hit some nice, big targets while at the box office. The final installment in the Skywalker saga had the lowest opening of a Star Wars film in recent history with $177 million earned opening weekend. But The Rise of Skywalker has recovered nicely as it has gained momentum in the ensuing days. [caption id="attachment_862351" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Lucasfilm[/caption] On Thursday, December 26, Disney delivered the lowdown on The Rise of Skywalker's Christmas Day performance. The J.J. Abrams-directed pic nabbed $…

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Ari Behn Dies: Kevin Spacey Accuser, Author, Ex-Husband Of Norwegian Princess Was 47

Ari Behn, one of Kevin Spacey’s accusers, an author and former husband of Norway’s Princess Martha Louise, died by suicide on Christmas Day, according to his manager. He was 47. “It is with great sadness in our hearts that I on behalf of the very closest relatives of Ari Behn must announce that he took […]

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‘Children Of The Sea’ Director Ayumu Watanabe Discusses Message Of His Manga Adaptation: “You Are One Of Many People On This Earth, And We’re All Connected”

With Children of the Sea, director Ayumu Watanabe adapted a manga by Daisuke Igarashi, striving to retain the qualities in the source material that he’d originally responded to, while making the changes necessary to bring its characters into a new medium. The director’s Oscar-contending animated feature centers on Ruka, a young girl who finds herself […]

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TV Ratings: Clippers-Lakers Game Tops Christmas Day

The crosstown match-up between the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers — which saw the Clippers win 111-106 — scored a 1.8 rating and 5.6 million viewers, per preliminary data, taking ABC to an easy win on Christmas Day. Meanwhile, a repeat of the movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” on NBC came in […]

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Aaron Rodgers Buys $28 Million Malibu Villa from Robbie Williams

Professional sports superstars Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick treated themselves to an early Christmas present this year, quietly closing on a pedigreed Malibu estate just in time for the holidays. Records reveal the all-cash, $28 million transaction went down off-market in November, though the pair actually moved into the property months ago, leasing the house […]

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‘Birds of Prey’ Director on the Pitch That Landed Her a DC Movie

A Harley Quinn movie has been a long time coming, and after the breakout success of Margot Robbie's live-action take on the character in Suicide Squad, it was only a matter of time before the beloved antihero got her moment in the spotlight. But Robbie, who wisely built herself a producing career alongside her rising spotlight as an A-List actress, earning Oscar prestige for her production banner Lucky Chap right out of the gate with their first feature I, Tonya. In keeping, Robbie didn't wait around for her shot at a Harley movie, she pitched it …

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The Top 10 World War I Movies, Ranked

With tensions already brewing in Europe, Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s June 28, 1914 assassination proved the catalyst for a four-year global conflict that left sixteen million people dead. Hardly worthy of its “war to end all wars” designation, World War I was a brutal, bloody affair, fought in the muck and mire of the western front’s trenches, the deserts of the Middle Eastern theatre, the waters of the Black Sea, and aerial dogfights above the earth. As Hollywood has mined World War II and Vietnam to their limits, it’s largely steered clear of “The Great …

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Donald Trump Rails On “Scam Impeachment”, “Crazy Nancy”, “Radical Left” In Post-Christmas Tweetstorm

Following a few quiet and calm hours early on Christmas Day, President Donald Trump erupted on Twitter Christmas night and early this morning, continuing to slam the “Do-Nothing Democrats” and the “bogus impeachment,” among other things. “Look, the House is supposed to do all of this work on witnesses and documents BEFORE they send the […]

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In 2019, Producer Management Was a Booming Music Business

There was once a preconception that the role of a music producer was to add a coat of polish to a song or an album, but these days, producers can be the essential link to a hit project. Even with music being made on laptops, in bedrooms or on the go, no piece of technology […]

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‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ Rules Christmas Day Box Office

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” dominated the box office during Christmas, collecting $32 million on Wednesday. That bounty marks the second-best Christmas Day showing behind 2015’s “The Force Awakens” ($49 million). J.J. Abrams’ conclusion to the nine-chapter Skywalker saga could earn another $150 million to $155 million through Sunday. “The Rise of Skywalker” has hauled […]

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‘Bad Boys For Life’ To Seize $40M+ Over MLK Holiday – Box Office Forecast

Sony’s long-awaited Will Smith and Martin Lawrence re-team Bad Boys for Life arrived on tracking today with a $40M-$45M 4-day opening projection. Among action comedies launched over the holiday, that forecast is around where Ride Along ($48.6M) and Ride Along 2 ($41M) opened to. 2014’s Ride Along starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube was for a while the record opening over MLK […]

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With Directorial Debut ‘Booksmart’, Olivia Wilde Addresses Underestimated Demographic Of Young Women

After playing determined free spirits who refuse to be boxed in, like Quorra in TRON: Legacy, Devon Finestra in HBO’s Vinyl, and ambitious Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs in this season’s Richard Jewell, Olivia Wilde expanded her resume, which already included producing Meadowland and A Vigilante, to make her feature directorial debut with revisionist teen […]

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Gay Jesus Netflix Special Creators’ Brazilian Headquarters Attacked By Molotov Cocktails

The headquarters of Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos, creators of Netflix Christmas special The First Temptation of Christ which implies Jesus is gay, was attacked by molotov cocktails on Christmas Eve. The group revealed news of the attack on Twitter. “In the early morning of December 24, on Christmas Eve, the headquarters of Porta […]

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Netflix’s ‘You’ Boss on ‘Joe Being Threatened with a Reflection’ in Season 2

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “You” Season 2. Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) is going to be a dad. And that’s not even the biggest bombshell of the second season of “You.” After killing the supposed love of his life Beck (Elizabeth Lail) and pining her murder on her therapist […]

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10 Ways ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Says “F**k You” to ‘The Last Jedi’

J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a lot of movie, as it attempts to bring a satisfying conclusion to a nine-episode saga while also feeling a full experience on its own. It also, very much, tries to be a rebuke to everything that filmmaker Rian Johnson and his collaborators accomplished on the previous film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now, whether or not you love that movie (and I really, really do), The Last Jedi at least tried to continue the storyline from the previous film (Abrams' The Force Awakens) while contributing new elements to …

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David Ayer Says James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ Is a “Reinvention”, Not a Sequel

Writer-director David Ayer brought the title team to life in 2016's Suicide Squad, but plans for a sequel stalled out since then. Plus, there was a whole lot of drama behind the scenes that kind of killed any momentum the DC Comics / Warner Bros. antihero movie had. However, you can't keep a good director down, and you definitely can't turn down the opportunity to bring yet another comic book property back to the big screen. It worked out pretty well for DC/WB with Joker, so they're at it again with plans for a 2021 …

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Anya Chalotra & Freya Allan on ‘The Witcher’ & Their Original Roles for the Netflix Series

From showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and based on the best-selling fantasy books, the Netflix series The Witcher is an epic tale set in the world of the Continent and centered around famed monster hunter Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill). In a place where good and evil is not easily identified, and humans, elves, witchers, gnomes and monsters are looking to not only survive but thrive, it’s no easy task to figure out who you can trust and where you can turn, if you succeed in the battle. During this phone interview with Collider, co-stars Anya Chalotra (“Yennefer”) …

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When Will ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 1 Finale Be Released?

The end of The Mandalorian Season 1 is near. To put it mildly, it's been an interesting journey with first season of the new Disney+ original series which stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian bounty hunter who never removes his helmet and is now the adoptive father to the highly sought-after being known as "The Child" (out here in our neck of the galaxy, we call it Baby Yoda). The series has, for the most part, been a series of different adventures with no major story arc other than the fact this mysterious Child in Mando's …

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Most-Watched Television Networks: Ranking 2019’s Winners and Losers

It’s tough out there for a linear network. Even inside the major media conglomerates, the buzz is all about a company’s new digital platform, not its legacy channels. Which is a shame, as millions of Americans still watch TV the old-fashioned way: on TV.  The streaming services, of course, rely greatly on current and library […]

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The Biggest Tech and Digital Media Stories of 2019

Here are the trends that captured headlines this year — from the rise of the streaming wars and podcasting, to digital-media consolidation and the growing backlash against Big Tech. 1. Big-Media Streamers Assemble The new multibillion-dollar battle fronts in streaming video became sharply drawn in 2019. Disney roared the loudest, with the debut of Disney […]

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Gay Jesus Netflix Special Creators Suffer Molotov Cocktail Attack

The Rio de Janeiro H.Q. of Porta dos Fundos, the Brazilian comedy troupe behind the Netflix gay Jesus Christmas Special sparking outrage in Brazil, was hit by a Molotov cocktail attack in the early hours of Dec. 24. Two petrol bombs were thrown at the building. causing a fire, which was put out by one […]

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James Corden Delivers Britain’s Biggest Christmas Day TV Audience In 11 Years With ‘Gavin & Stacey’

James Corden turned into Santa Claus on Christmas Day, tieing a bow around an enormous gift for the BBC. He and writing partner Ruth Jones revived comedy Gavin & Stacey after a nine-year hiatus for a BBC One Christmas special, and the show was watched by 11.5M viewers, according to BARB figures provided by overnights.tv. […]

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

‘Dublin Murders’ Star Killian Scott on Why He Loved Playing a Difficult Detective

Adapted by Sarah Phelps from the best-selling novels by Tana French, the eight-part crime drama Dublin Murders (now airing on Starz) focuses on the seemingly unrelated murder investigations of a young, talented ballerina and a vivacious, free-spirited woman led by detectives Rob Reilly (Killian Scott) and Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene). As the Dublin police wonder whether the cases are linked and Cassie goes undercover to look for answers, past secrets threaten to derail things, both personally and professionally. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Killian Scott talked about how he came to be …

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‘Star Wars’: Still With Us, But No Longer Above Us (Column)

The Force is no longer with us. Don’t deny it. Just say it and accept it. Let go of the fear. In losing the Force, much to regain we have. Maybe even our souls. “Star Wars” is over! Long live “Star Wars”! But not, if there is a God, for too long. Have you seen […]

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‘Little Women’ Review: Greta Gerwig Crafts a Vibrant Retelling of the Classic Novel

Before watching Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women, I sat down with Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 adaptation. This was helpful in getting the plot beats of the story, but also seeing how much Gerwig leaves her own stamp on the material. Armstrong’s version is good for what it is, but it feels a bit like visiting a historical preservation site. Everything is pristine with signs off to the side saying “Do not touch.” Gerwig goes for a more immediate approach, carefully walking the line between period picture and anachronistic update. This tightrope …

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David Foster, Producer of ‘The Getaway’ and ‘The Thing,’ Dies at 90

Prolific movie producer David Foster, who collaborated with Steve McQueen on “The Getaway” and shepherded Robert Altman’s “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 90. Foster started in the business as a publicist representing McQueen along with Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Shirley MacLaine, Andy Williams and Sonny and Cher. He left […]

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The Art Of Craft: Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael Discusses Upcoming ‘Trial Of The Chicago 7’ & His Approach To Shooting ‘Ford V Ferrari’ Racetrack Action

“We’re all used to stunt movies. But to really keep your main character and his emotions as the center of the story, that’s what keeps the audience connected. If it’s just action, you tune out. It’s all spectacular and great, but if you’re not in the guy’s head… then it just becomes boring, no matter […]

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm — Christmas Day Edition

So far it’s a fairly quiet Christmas morning on the Twitter front for President Donald Trump. The president tweeted simply “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” overnight, and retweeted a Christmas greeting posted by first lady Melania Trump, along with a video message from the first couple. “Wishing you all a very #MerryChristmas! May your day be filled with […]

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‘The Getaway’ Producer David Foster Dies At Age 90

Veteran Hollywood producer David Foster died Monday. He was 90 years old. Foster’s career spanned 60 years and he produced such films as McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Getaway, and John Carpenters’ The Thing. Foster began his career as a publicist representing such talent as Steve McQueen, Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Shirley McClain, Andy Williams, […]

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‘Galaxy Quest’: 15 Lessons Fandom Learned from the Sci-Fi Comedy Classic

On Christmas Day, 1999, audiences were first introduced to the burnt-out thespians of the Star Trek-like television series, Galaxy Quest, who find new purpose when they're asked to step into their former roles in order to assist their biggest fans -- who also happen to be aliens. There's much to love about Galaxy Quest, from its hilarious dialogue, to its distinctive characters, to the way it lovingly riffs on classic Star Trek tropes, and if you haven't watched it in a while (or ever), you should probably rectify that right now. (Go on, we'll wait.) …

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The Best Movies in Theaters Right Now

While we're overwhelmed with what to watch at home with so many streaming services offering so many choices, not to mention the age of Peak TV, the theater can be somewhat forgotten. And yet we will always advocate for theaters because they're unique settings where you can truly become lost in a story, free from distraction and letting a storyteller hold your attention for a couple hours. We'll be updating this article weekly, and we've compiled the best movies that are currently in theaters. Some of these are almost on their way out while others will …

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‘The Witcher’ Showrunner on “Bathtub Geralt” and the Show’s Surprising ‘Dunkirk’ Inspiration

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The 25 Most Essential ‘Friends’ Episodes to Watch on Netflix

Nothing lasts forever, and as of January 1, 2020, the iconic sitcom Friends will no longer be on Netflix. The series will be exclusively available on the upcoming streamig service HBO Max, which launches in Spring 2020, which no doubt comes as a bummer to Netflix subscribers. So with only days left to binge one of the best TV shows ever made, it got the wheels turning about which episodes fans should watch one last time (although you could also just buy the DVD or Blu-ray set). So here are the 25 episodes we managed to come up with …

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The Best Cyberpunk Movies to Watch on ‘Akira’s 30th Anniversary

Merry Christmas, it’s Akira’s 30th anniversary! And the influential anime film, released in US cinemas December 25, 1989 has everything you need for jolly holiday viewing -- vicious gangs, telekinetic powers, the eradication of civilized society, psychic children with horrifyingly aged faces, a dystopian view on how technology will consume us all, a viscerally disgusting villain that consumes and absorbs everything in its path, and one of the scariest film scores ever composed. Uh… maybe it’s not so much a wonderful life? Akira is a chest-grabbing masterpiece, an explosive film that helped usher manga and anime into …

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‘1917’ Review: Sam Mendes Crafts an Unrelenting, Powerful Look at the Brutality of War

The “hook” of Sam Mendes’ new movie, 1917, is that it’s all shot to look like it’s done in one take. However, the most important thing to note is that this hook is no gimmick. In a story about the race against the clock, the one-take approach puts you in the psychological headspace of the lead characters and conveys the unrelenting march of war. By removing cuts, Mendes captures the cruelty and indifference of war, and how that contrasts against the humanity of those trapped inside of it. War is hell, but in 1917, Mendes is careful …

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St. Jude Hospital, Icon of Old Hollywood, Embraces a New Generation of Star Fundraisers

This past Saturday afternoon, e-sports star Benjamin Lupo set off on a mission to raise $2 million in 24 hours for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 32-year-old husband and father from Omaha, Neb. is better known as DrLupo to the 3.5 million followers that have made him one of the most popular personalities on […]

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Billionaire British Heiress Scoops up L.A. Midcentury Modern

When Academy Award-winning film editor Joe Hutshing (“JFK,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Almost Famous”) put his Los Angeles home of two decades up for sale, the $5.5 million pricetag raised more than a few eyebrows. After all, the 1968 modern home, while sleek and pristine, spans barely 3,000 square feet of […]

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Allee Willis Dies: Songwriter Of ‘Friends’ Theme Was 72

Emmy-nominated and Grammy-winning songwriter Allee Willis died Dec. 24, Christmas Eve. She was 72. Willis’ long-term partner Prudence Fenton announced her death on Instagram. “Rest In Boogie Wonderland Nov 10,1947-December 24, 2019,” he wrote next to a photo of Willis, referring to one of the Earth, Wind & Fire hits Willis had co-written. View this […]

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Edward Aschoff Dies On His Christmas Eve Birthday: ESPN College Football Reporter Was 34

Edward Aschoff, a well liked college football reporter for ESPN, died Tuesday, Christmas Eve, after a brief illness, the network announced Tuesday night. Aschoff had turned 34 that same day. “We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff,” ESPN said in […]

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Allee Willis, ‘September’ and ‘I’ll Be There for You’ Songwriter, Dies at 72

Songwriter Allee Willis, famous for her work with Earth, Wind & Fire as well as the “Friends” theme and the “Color Purple” Broadway song score, died Tuesday in Los Angeles at 72. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. Prudence Fenton, the animator and producer who has been described as Willis’ soulmate, was said to […]

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ESPN Reporter Ed Aschoff Dies at 34

ESPN reporter Ed Aschoff, who covered SEC college sports for the network, has died after a battle of pneumonia. He was 34. “We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff,” ESPN said in a statement. “He died earlier today, his 34th […]

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‘Cats’ Star James Corden Hasn’t Seen The Film – But He Heard “It’s Terrible”

James Corden says he still hasn’t seen Cats, but he’s heard a thing or two about his new movie and it’s not good. The British comedian made the admission Monday in a BBC Radio 2 interview, according to the UK’s Independent. “I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard it’s terrible,” Corden told host Zoe Ball. […]

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Celebrating Holiday Horror with ‘Into the Dark’ Director Charles Hood

Tis the season for holiday horror and Hulu's Into the Dark has you covered for Christmas, New Year's, and almost every other major holiday for that matter. Just in case you're not caught up, Into the Dark is Hulu and Blumhouse Television's horror event series where they release a brand new holiday-themed feature-length installment every month. The one you've got to watch for Christmas? Charles Hood's "A Nasty Piece of Work." The episode stars Kyle Howard as Ted, a guy working for a major corporation who was just denied the promotion he …

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The Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now

Looking for a little adrenaline jolt to your Netflix viewing? We’ve got you covered. Below we’ve curated a list of the best action movies currently available to stream on Netflix, from the more adventure-tinged playful flicks to big-budget superhero movies to straight-up kung fu films. It’s the perfect antidote to the same-old-same-old, and Netflix has a pretty swell and diverse library of action films to spice up your night. So behold, below are the best action movies on Netflix.…

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Gal Gadot Partners With Keshet For Film Adaptation Of Novel About Israeli-Palestinian Romance

Gal Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano are partnering with Keshet International for a film adaptation of controversial novel “Borderlife,” about a romance between a Jewish Israeli woman and a Palestinian man. The Wonder Woman star and Varsano will co-produce the film through their production banner  Pilot Wave in partnership with U.S.-based Keshet Studios, headed […]

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Listen: Los Angeles’ $10 Billion Gamble on SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park

When Taylor Swift takes the stage at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., next summer, it will be a first in two regards. The performance won’t just mark the beginning of the chart-topping singer’s new Lover Fest tour; she’ll also be the opening night for a heavily hyped new Los Angeles venue that will be the […]

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The Most Iconic Movie Moments of 2019

2019 was a pretty great year for movies, and by extension memorable movie moments. While cinema is greater than the sum of its parts, there are still some truly iconic scenes or sequences that bury themselves in a viewer’s mind, and a filmmaker can only hope create a lasting image long after the credits have rolled. In 2019 that ranged from epic CGI battles to shocking twists to emotional climaxes, and we here at Collider thumbed through the best of the best to cull together a list of the most iconic movie moments of 2019. Check out our picks …

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The Best Movies to Watch on Christmas

The holidays can be incredibly stressful, but there are few things better than gathering around to take in a great film on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. Whether you’ve got a belly full of delightful treats or an adult beverage in hand, sitting back with the people you love most to share in the experience of watching a great film is a swell way to de-stress. Which is why we here at Collider have compiled a list of the best films to watch on Christmas. Whether you’re looking for something family-friendly or a more non-…

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The Collider.com Podcast: Episode 239 – ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're joined by Vinnie Mancuso to talk about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Fair warning: we do go into spoilers and since none of us really enjoyed the movie, we spend a lot of time dunking on it. We talk about its various issues, J.J. Abrams' shortcomings as a storyteller, how the film relates to The Last Jedi, what it means for the future of Star Wars, and much more. We then finish up with Recently Watched. We're saving our conversation about The Rise of Skywalker for next week'…

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What’s Coming to Hulu in January 2020

Hulu is kicking off the new year with a mix of new and old movies and TV shows that will be added to the streaming service in January. Reality series including “The Bachelor,” “Project Runway” will release this month, along with “Cooks vs. Cons” and “Cutthroat: Kitchen.” On the film front, “13 Going on 30,” […]

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China’s Box Office Went Its Own Way in 2019, to Hollywood’s Detriment

It wasn’t just “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” — with its dismal $12 million opening weekend — that was a Middle Kingdom misfire for Hollywood in 2019. When year-end figures for the China box office are confirmed next week, it’s likely that only two Hollywood titles will be among the 10 top-grossing titles of […]

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‘The Grand Tour’s James May On His Japan Adventure For Amazon, The Future Of TV & Spending Less Time With Jeremy Clarkson

EXCLUSIVE: After Amazon launched the first in a series of special episodes from The Grand Tour team, the streamer is preparing to send out Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May on solo missions. May will be the first out the traps with his travel show, James May: Our Man In Japan, in which he […]

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Roberto Benigni in ‘Pinocchio’: Film Review

Enough time has passed since Roberto Benigni’s ill-starred “Pinocchio” for the actor to move more happily into the role of Geppetto in Matteo Garrone’s visually rich though oddly subdued version of the perennial tale. Given the director’s penchant for multi-strand narratives (“Tale of Tales,” “Gomorrah”), the classic story would seem a good fit, offering potential […]

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Italy’s RAI Successfully Uses Live Show to Boost Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE)

In what is being billed as a first, Italian state broadcaster RAI has scored a significant boost to its RaiPlay streaming service by using an original, live variety show hosted by a hot local entertainer to attract viewers. Rosario Fiorello’s live music and comedy show, called “Viva RaiPlay,” just wrapped a six-week run on pubcaster’s […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ Haunted By 30% Drop In Its Audience On BBC One In The UK

The BBC and FX’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol scared off nearly a third of its audience in the UK — but it still just about beat the competition on other channels. The second episode of Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker’s reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale was watched by 3.34M viewers […]

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The BFI’s Ten Biggest Production & Distribution Awards Of 2019: Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan Romance ‘Ammonite’ Tops Pile

Ammonite, the period romance pic starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan from God’s Own Country filmmaker Francis Lee, received the highest individual production award from the British Film Institue’s Film Fund this year. The pic from The King’s Speech outfit See-Saw Films was awarded $1.74m (£1.3m) in production finance. It tells the story of Mary […]

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Monday, December 23, 2019

“The Farewell” Re-Scheduled to Hit China Theaters on January 10

Beijing-born director Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” is now scheduled to hit China on January 10, a full six months after its US release and nearly two months after its originally announced China release date. This will place the film’s month-long theatrical run just ahead of the Oscars on February 10 and just after the Golden […]

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Kobe Bryant To Host ‘Just Mercy’ Screening With Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx

Kobe Bryant is teaming up with the cast of Just Mercy to help promote the critically acclaimed death row drama. The NBA champion, who won an Oscar for producing the 2017 animated short Dear Basketball, will host a screening for guild members on January 6 in Los Angeles, an individual attached to the Warner Bros. film […]

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Holiday Film ‘Rekindling Christmas’ From Rio Vista Universal Sets Main Cast

Upcoming holiday film Rekindling Christmas has cast Raini Rodriquez, Ashley Atwood, and child actor Christian Ganiere. The feature comes from Rio Vista Universal and is set to begin filming next month in Bryan, Texas. Bestselling author and screenwriter Rebekah R. Ganiere wrote the screenplay based on her romance novel by the same name. Her husband, […]

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The Best Music Boxed Sets of 2019

Physical media, we keep being told, is dead, but please don’t tell that to the companies still issuing comprehensive music boxed sets every year or the diehard fans still filling up their gift wish lists with the sometimes bulky items. The format seems to be alive and somewhat well if, in 2019, the Beatles and […]

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Jeremy Roenick Suspended By NBC Sports Over Inappropriate Comments About Colleague

Outspoken pro hockey commentator Jeremy Roenick is in NBC Sports’ penalty box. The studio analyst and former NHL player was suspended Monday over his inappropriate comments involving a colleague. In a recent edition of the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast, Roenick made a series of remarks about fellow hockey commentator NBC Sports anchor Kathryn Tappen, whi is […]

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How ‘Just Mercy’s’ Production Designer Created Death Row

Based on Bryan Stevenson’s 2014 autobiography, much of the film “Just Mercy” takes place in prisons and courtrooms. Michael B. Jordan plays Stevenson, the attorney who dedicated his life to defending minorities in the criminal justice system. Stevenson challenged over 125 cases, with the movie focusing on the Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx) trial, […]

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What’s Coming to Netflix in January 2020

What better way to celebrate the New Year than by settling into the couch with a Netflix marathon? Get nostalgic about the early ’00s with Hilary Duff in “A Cinderella Story,” or get inspired to cook with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in “Julie & Julia.” Both titles are headed to the streaming service early […]

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Broadway’s ‘West Side Story’ Postpones Opening Night Following Leading Man’s Onstage Knee Injury

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Scott Rudin is postponing the Feb. 6 Broadway opening of director Ivo van Hove’s much-anticipated West Side Story by two weeks after an onstage knee injury Friday left leading man Isaac Powell limping toward the end of the show. “We’re postponing two weeks – from February 6 to February 20 – to give […]

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TV News Roundup: Fox Sports Films’ ‘The Great Brady Heist’ Gets Premiere Date

In today’s TV news roundup, Fox Sports Films announced a premiere date for “The Great Brady Heist,” and Priyanka Bose, Taylor Napier and Emmanuel Imani have been cast in Amazon Studios’ “Wheel of Time.” DATES Fox Sports Films has announced “The Great Brady Heist,” the newest film in its Magnify series, will premiere Feb. 1. […]

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Bill Cosby’s Publicist Calls Eddie Murphy a ‘Hollywood Slave’ After ‘SNL’ Appearance

Bill Cosby’s publicist slammed Eddie Murphy’s “Saturday Night Live” opening monologue on Sunday evening. Andrew Wyatt shared his thoughts on Murphy’s joke about the incarcerated comedian via Cosby’s Instagram. View this post on Instagram Bill Cosby’s Publicist, Andrew Wyatt, responds to Eddie Murphy’s SNL Monologue: “Mr. Cosby became the first Black to win an Emmy […]

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Facebook Launches Two Exclusive Pokémon Games

A pair of Pokémon games is hopping exclusively to Facebook. The social network on Monday launched “Pokémon Tower Battle” and “Pokémon Medallion Battle” — the first time the Pokémon Company is bringing games based on the mini-monster franchise to the Facebook Gaming platform. “Pokémon Tower Battle” is available worldwide while “Pokémon Medallion Battle” is initially […]

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Mariah Carey Sued by Former Nanny, Who Claims Retaliation

Mariah Carey, whose classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is atop the music charts, was sued on Monday by a former nanny. Maria Burgues filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging she was fired in April 2018 after complaining about her pay and working conditions. Burgues says she was paid $25 an […]

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Box Office Bomb: How Creepy CGI and Bad Buzz Killed ‘Cats’

When Universal first debuted the trailer for “Cats,” social media, to put it mildly, lost its mind. Initial footage for director Tom Hooper’s big-screen adaptation gave a glimpse at the computer wizardry, a phenomenon known in popular culture as “digital fur technology,” used to transform the actors into four-legged felines. The result, an unsettling amalgamation […]

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DraftKings to Become Public Company After Merger With Harry Sloan’s Diamond Eagle

Sports betting giant DraftKings is set to become a public company after setting a merger agreement with Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp., the public acquisition vehicle headed by industry veterans Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky. The deal calls for a three-way combination between DraftKings, Diamond Eagle and SBTech, which provides betting and gaming technologies. Existing investors […]

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Matteo Garrone on Making a Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ for All Ages (EXCLUSIVE)

Matteo Garrone broke out internationally with “Gomorrah” (2008), considered one of the most realistic mob movies ever made. His English-language debut was dark fantasy/horror film “Tale of Tales” (2015), followed more recently by violent revenge drama “Dogman,” which won the best actor prize at Cannes last year. Garrone’s new live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio” – which […]

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Comcast And Starz Reach Carriage Deal With Lionsgate-NBCUniversal Content Pact

Resolving a closely tracked negotiation, Comcast and Starz said Monday they have entered into a long-term carriage deal, more than a week before the December 31 expiration date for the previous contract. Along with the pay-TV agreement, a content deal between Starz parent Lionsgate and Comcast’s NBCUniversal. The content pact will see programming from Lionsgate’s […]

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Netflix Teams With Puppet Character Abla Fahita For Second Original Series In Egypt

Netflix has commissioned its second Egyptian original series, a collaboration with satirical puppet character Abla Fahita, a star in the region. Scheduled for release in 2020, the show will be produced by OKWRD production in cooperation with ASAP Productions & EP  Amin El Masri. The comedy drama will show how Fahita’s life is turned upside […]

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Oscar-Shortlisted ‘Truth And Justice’ Producer Allfilm On Making History With Ambitious Estonian Feature & How Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Helped Local Industry

Estonia’s film industry was provided a major boost in 2019 when Christopher Nolan’s big budget thriller Tenet opted to shoot in the former Soviet Union territory, injecting capital and prominence into the local film scene. Allfilm, one of the country’s most successful and prolific producers, provided production services for the Nolan pic, and was given […]

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Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ‘Antidisturbios’ Drills Down on Riot Police, Their Human Drama

MADRID  —  Scheduled to bow in 2021, Movistar Plus’ Original Series “Antidisturbios,” from Spain’s Academy Award-nominated Rodrigo Sorogoyen (“May God Save Us,” “The Realm” “Mother”), is shaping up as one of the flagship titles on the slate of Telefonica-owned Movistar Plus, Spain’s biggest pay TV player, as well as proving indicative of deeper industry and […]

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Saudi Arabian Court Sentences Five People To Death For Murder Of Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced five people to death for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul last year. The news was first reported by Saudi Arabia’s state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV, which also noted that three people were sentenced to prison for the crime. […]

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Stats on Online Ticketing, Streaming Show Web’s Impact on China’s Film Industry

Streaming and tech firms are key to the development of the film industry in China, which is home to far more internet users than cinema-goers, Chinese tech giant Tencent and online ticketing platform Maoyan said in a joint year-end report. One statistic puts this in stark perspective: While 66 million movie tickets were sold for […]

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Saudi Arabia Sentences Five People to Death for Murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced five people to death and three more to prison for the assassination last year of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Dissident journalist Khashoggi was savagely killed by Saudi government agents last year in the country’s consulate in Istanbul. The assassination drew widespread condemnation from around the world, and sparked […]

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Hong Kong Filmart Faces Challenging 2020 Edition As Some International Sales Agents Hesitate

Filmart, the Hong Kong film and TV market that attracts a wide cohort of international sales delegates each March, is facing a challenging 2020 edition, with multiple companies telling us they are considering skipping the event. The wave of politically-charged protests that have hit the island in the last six months have caused several local […]

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‘His Dark Materials’ Ends Without Final Flourish In The UK; As ‘A Christmas Carol’ Premieres With 4.7M

His Dark Materials, the BBC and HBO’s ambitious retelling of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights novel, came to a close in the UK with just over 4M viewers, as the season struggled to maintain the audience highs of early episodes. The final installment of Bad Wolf’s drama, starring Ruth Wilson, James Mcavoy and Dafne Keen, was […]

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Korean Actor Jung Woo-sung To Exec Produce Mystery Thriller ‘The Silent Sea’ For Netflix

Korean actor Jung Woo-sung is to exec produce a mystery sci-fi thriller for Netflix. The streaming service has ordered The Silent Sea (w/t) from the Innocent Witness and Steel Rain star. The series is set in a precarious future where Earth is running out of water. It follows a group of elite scientists who set […]

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Korean Star Jung Woo-sung to Produce Netflix Original Series ‘The Silent Sea’

Streaming giant, Netflix has ordered new South Korean original series “The Silent Sea” on which Korean star Jung Woo-sung (“The King”) will serve as executive producer. “Silent Sea” is a mystery sci-fi thriller that is set in a precarious future where Earth is running out of water, Netflix said. Based on Choi Hang-yong’s 2014 short film […]

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Korea Box Office: ‘Ashfall’ Volcano Disaster Movie Dominates Weekend

Two locally-made new releases, “Ashfall” and “Start-up” topped the weekend box office in South Korea, beating “Frozen 2.” (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker releases in Korea on Jan. 8, 2020). Opening on Thursday, CJ Entertainment’s “Ashfall” debuted on top of the box office. The volcano action drama earned $18.2 million from 2.46 million admissions […]

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Bill Cosby Rep Hits Back At Eddie Murphy Over “Who Is America’s Dad Now?” Dig On ‘Saturday Night Live’

One of the top highlights from Eddie Murphy’s first hosting stint on Saturday Night Live in 35 years came in the opening monologue where he brought back his Bill Cosby impersonation while taking a shot at the disgraced comedian. “If you told me 30 years ago that I’d be this boring stay-at-home house dad and […]

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‘Ip Man 4: The Finale”: Film Review

Flat-footed storytelling meets fleet-footed choreography and sumptuous production values in the untaxingly fun “Ip Man 4: The Finale,” the last installment of director Wilson Yip and producer-star Donnie Yen’s glossy mythmaking tetralogy about the famous Wing Chun master. The insistent subtitle is there for a reason: everyone, Yen included, thought that “Ip Man 3” would […]

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‘Mr. Robot’ Series Finale: Seriously, What Just Happened To Elliot?

Warning: This recap contains spoilers from tonight’s USA Network series finale of Mr. Robot. If you thought the last season of USA Network’s Sam Esmail series Mr. Robot was becoming a little too straight forward and suspenseful sans its regular twist from the mind of Elliot Alderson, well then tonight’s 2-hour series finale and last weekend’s penultimate […]

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‘The Office’ Alums Jenna Fischer And Angela Kinsey Talk About Rebooting NBC Comedy On ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

On Monday, there will be a mini-reunion of The Office on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as Ellie Kemper fills in as guest host for the third time and welcomes guests and fellow alums of the iconic NBC comedy Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey. The pair currently co-host a podcast at Earwolf appropriately titled “Office Ladies” where they […]

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Emanuel Ungaro Dies: Legendary French Fashion Designer For ‘Gloria’ Was 86

Known for his bold choice of color & prints, tailoring skills and draping abilities as well as his work on John Cassavetes’ Gloria, iconic French fashion designer Emanuel Ungaro died on Saturday. He was 86. Details about his death are unknown, but the official Instagram account of his namesake fashion house confirmed his passing posting multiple […]

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‘Making A Murderer’ Subject Brendan Dassey Denied Clemency

It’s been about 12 years since Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison for his alleged participation in the 2005 death of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach and three years since Making a Murderer the docuseries that explored his case, was released on Netflix. Dassey’s story continues to unfold as Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin recently […]

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Concert Review: On Holiday From Queen, Adam Lambert Is Still a Killer

Ten years have passed since Adam Lambert received the only standing ovation from Simon Cowell during his entire run judging “American Idol.” Lambert is still receiving ovations, which might still all be standing even if he weren’t performing primarily in unseated venues — as he tends to nowadays on his solo tours, taking a time […]

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Universal Sends Theaters Updated Version Of ‘Cats’ With “Improved Visual Effects” After Debut

If you watched Cats on opening night, you may have seen a different version than others who saw it later in the weekend as sources tell Deadline that Universal Pictures sent out a memo to theaters saying that they will be sending out a new version of the big-screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Weber Broadway musical […]

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‘Uncut Gems’ Crosses $1 Million In Second Limited Weekend, ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Hops Past $20 Million, ‘Invisible Life’ Debuts Low – Specialty Box Office

As we enter the holiday week, A24’s Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler has a solid weekend in its second limited weekend on five screens in New York and Los Angeles. The Safdie Brothers crime thriller was the biggest per-screen average opening ever for A24 and, despite dropping from its limited opening last week, the film earned an […]

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China Box Office: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Beaten By Martial Arts Finale ‘Ip Man 4’

Martial arts spectacular “Ip Man 4: The Finale” was the no-contest winner at the Chinese box office over the weekend. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” while doing great business in the rest of the world, limped into third spot in China. The Wilson Yip-directed historical action film “Ip Man 4” sees Donnie Yen as […]

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The Force Is Strong as ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Gets $176 Mil Opening

Even though its early critical reception was less than warm, Disney/Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had a heck of an opening weekend. The final film in the Skywalker saga had a promising Friday box office performance with $90 million earned, including more than $40 million in early showings. As the J.J. Abrams-directed flick moves into its first theatrical week — and it'll be a prime week with the Christmas holidays encouraging bigger-than-normal crowds over the next five days — it will benefit from the heat of crossing the $100 million domestic mark from …

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How ‘Cats’ Became A Calamity At The Box Office With $6.5M Opening

The atrocious response from audiences and critics toward the feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats has no doubt upset execs at Universal and Working Title this weekend. The movie wound up opening below its $10M-$15M projections to $6.5M, and while you can’t expect much business-wise from adult-skewing movies outside of Star Wars before Christmas Day, the audience […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Awakens With $198M Overseas, $374M WW – International Box Office

SUNDAY UPDATE, Refresh for latest…: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker has come in below industry projections, and predecessor Star Wars: The Last Jedi in its offshore bow. The international box office total this debut weekend is $198M in 52 material markets. That’s about 16% off The Last Jedi at today’s rates, and lower […]

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The Best Music Books of 2019 (a Lot of Them, Anyway)

Reviewing music is a walk in the park compared with reviewing books, which must be the most time-consuming occupation in entertainment apart from being parents of budding baseball players. For a similar reason, this best-music-books-of-the-year list is hardly a definitive one — there was a veritable avalanche of them released this year, utterly hopeless to […]

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Box Office: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Soars to $176 Million, ‘Cats’ Bombs

Despite mixed reviews and concerns of franchise fatigue, the force is still strong with “Star Wars.” “The Rise of Skywalker” turbocharged the box office this weekend as the ninth installment generated a massive $176 million in domestic theaters. Those ticket sales didn’t come close to matching the opening weekend of its trilogy predecessors, 2015’s “The […]

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Robbie Amell on the Long Road to Getting ‘Code 8’ Made & If He’d Return to ‘The Flash’

The sci-fi drama Code 8 is set in a world where the 4% of the population who are born with different supernatural abilities face discrimination and live in poverty, pushing them to resort to crime to survive. When a power-enabled young man named Connor (Robbie Amell) is lured into a lucrative criminal world by Garrett (Stephen Amell), in an effort to help pay for his ailing mother’s health treatment, he quickly ends up being in over his head and fighting for his own survival. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Robbie Amell (who’…

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Watch: Eddie Murphy Reprises Gumby & Other Classic Characters on ‘SNL’

Eddie Murphy was in fine form during his return to Saturday Night Live last night. After more than 30 years away from the show that helped make him a household name, Murphy was back — and honestly, truly better than ever. Any doubts about Murphy losing his touch as his cooled down in recent years should be eased after seeing him host SNL. From what we hear, 2020 is going to be big for Murphy so, if anything, last night's show was a helluva preview which also confirmed he's ready to return to the spotlight in a major way. …

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Adam’s Ranking of Every ‘Star Wars’ Movie Thus Far

The Star Wars saga is the most iconic film franchise of all time. Everyone knows what Star Wars is. It’s pervaded our public consciousness for nearly 40 years now—you have to try really hard not to be aware of this franchise, whose humble beginnings lie in a young filmmaker trying to make a Flash Gordon ripoff. Little did George Lucas know that with the original Star Wars, he was jumpstarting not only a widely beloved feature film franchise, but also originating an entire universe that folks would pore over, debate, and expand upon for years to come. While …

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‘SNL’: Eddie Murphy Roasts Bill Cosby, Welcomes Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock & Dave Chappelle In Monologue

Eddie Murphy teased during an interview this week that he may bring back his Bill Cosby impersonation in his return as Saturday Night Live host after 35 years, and he did during his monologue. “If you told me 30 years ago that I’d be this boring stay-at-home house dad and Bill Cosby would be in […]

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

‘Saturday Night Live’: Eddie Murphy Reprises Buckwheat, Gumby & Velvet Jones – Video

Eddie Murphy made his first Saturday Night Live appearance since 1984 tonight, and he reprised a quartet of his most memorable characters from that 1980-84 stint as a castmember in new sketches. First up was “Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood”; watch that one here. And it probably wouldn’t be an Eddie Murphy return to Studio 8H if there wasn’t […]

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Adam Driver To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ In January

Adam Driver, who helped kick off Season 44 of Saturday Night Live as host of the season premiere in Sept. 2018, will now help usher in 2020 as host of the first new SNL episode of the new year. During the Christmas-themed Dec. 21 installment of SNL hosted by Eddie Murphy with musical guest Lizzo, […]

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‘The Hottest August’: Film Review

These days, when someone sets out to make a documentary, they typically have a pretty clear idea of what they’re expecting to find. Not Brett Story, who approaches “The Hottest August” like some kind of anthropologist from the future, interviewing New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds, as if any one of them might hold […]

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‘SNL’: Eddie Murphy Revives ‘Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood,’ Buckwheat, Gumby, Velvet Jones (Watch)

When Eddie Murphy stepped back into Studio 8H for the first time in three-and-a-half decades, he brought with him some classic characters from Mister Robinson to Velvet Jones. Murphy’s first sketch in the Dec. 21 episode of “Saturday Night Live” was “Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood.” After so many years away, he was still living in his […]

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Casa Systems CEO Pays $15.3 Million for Striking La Jolla Mansion

One of the San Diego area’s most visually dramatic homes recently sold for just over $15 million, placing it among the biggest local transac...