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Benedict Cumberbatch Set to Star in Showtime Limited Series ‘Melrose’

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Benedict Cumberbatch will star in and executive produce the Showtime limited series “Melrose,” TheWrap has learned. Based on the acclaimed Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, Cumberbatch will play Melrose, an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior. BAFTA Award nominee David Nicholls is writing all five episodes of the television adaptation.The series is a co-production between Showtime and Sky Atlantic and will begin shooting in New York, London and the South of France in August. »


- Joe Otterson

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Watch Serena Williams Gatecrash a Late-Night Tennis Match

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What began as two buddies out for a friendly game of late-night tennis ended up as a once in a lifetime match with the queen of the court: Serena Williams. Williams and her trusty Yorkie, Chip, were out for a walk Sunday night when she spotted two guys enjoying a casual game of tennis. “I’m thinking about asking these guys if I could hit, just to see their reaction,” she laughed as she told her friend, who captured the moment on video. “I’m going to ask if I can have the winner,” she said quietly, but she was spotted. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Jimmy Kimmel Says the Oscars Suddenly ‘Turned Into a Maury Povich Paternity Test Show’ (Video)

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It seems like the whole world is still talking about the kerfuffle at Sunday night’s Oscars, and host Jimmy Kimmel had plenty to say about it in his opening monologue back at his regular job on Monday. “I don’t know if you know this, but I hosted the Oscars last night … have any of you ever hosted the Oscars before?” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host asked his audience at his Hollywood studio, which is conveniently located across the street from the Dolby Theatre. “Except for the end, it was a lot of fun,” he quipped, referring to the »


- Debbie Emery

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Academy Adds Its Own Apology for the Oscars Best Picture Mess

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On the heels of a second apology from PwC over the confusion at Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony, the Academy has added its own apology for the chaos that ensued when presenter Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope before he presented Best Picture. AMPAS apologized to the filmmakers and presenters involved, and to fans and TV viewers, and said it “determine what actions are appropriate going forward.” PwC has taken full responsibility for the error, in which its balloting leader Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed Beatty an envelope for the Best Actress category instead of Best Picture. Cullinan had tweeted a photo. »


- Steve Pond

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‘Get Out’ Perfectly Explains Racism Concepts to People Who Don’t Get It (Commentary)

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Maybe the most striking thing about the horror hit “Get Out” isn’t the film’s straight-up frights, jump scares, grisly body horror, or villains — it’s the creeping feeling of dread that lingers long after the credits roll. Particularly in the first half, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut draws slow-burn terror from casual belittlement, disregard for autonomy, and constant reminders of outsider status. As each new indignity is inflicted, the victim is forced to choose, for politeness sake, to ignore it and move on even as they stack up and become overwhelming. And even then, he’s faced with being treated like he’s. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Read the Oscar Accountants’ New, Expanded Apology: ‘Last Night We Failed the Academy’

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The accounting firm of PwC, which was responsible for the chaotic ending to Sunday’s Academy Awards when it gave the wrong envelope to Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, has issued a second apology for its mistakes. The Academy followed with its own apology and statement, in which it promised to “determine what actions are appropriate going forward.” Read the PwC and Academy statements below. Also Read: Why Did Oscars Take So Long to Fix Best Picture Flub and 7 Other Questions From Night's Epic Fail PwC statement: “PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and »


- Steve Pond

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5 Reasons Why ‘Get Out’ Scared Its Way to Box Office Success

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Oscar Sunday was a red-letter day for African American filmmakers. While “Moonlight,” Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis dominated the conversation at the Academy Awards, Jordan Peele’s provocative yet crowd-pleasing horror hit “Get Out” blew by box office experts’ expectations with an opening weekend of $33.7 million against a $4.5 million budget. Last week, the most optimistic box office projections had the Universal/Blumhouse film making $24 million, with analysts believing it was possible but not a certainty that it would pass “The Lego Batman Movie” to claim the top spot on the weekend. Instead, “Get Out” left no doubt, actually increasing its. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Bill Paxton’s Childhood Rheumatic Fever Could Have Caused Fatal Heart Damage

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Bill Paxton’s death at age 61 on Saturday could be linked to a childhood bout of rheumatic fever. The “Twister” actor, who passed away due to complications from heart surgery, revealed on a podcast earlier this month that he was bedridden for six months after contracting the inflammatory disease when he was 13. “I had been to a hockey game, and I woke up one night and I had a lot of pain in my left wrist,” Paxton told Marc Maron’s “Wtf” podcast on Feb. 6. Also Read: Bill Paxton, Star of 'Titanic' and 'Aliens,' Dies at »


- Debbie Emery

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Bill O’Reilly Admits Criticism of Guest Falsely Billed as Swedish Official Is ‘Valid’

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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly used his tip of the day segment on Monday to state that “criticism is valid” regarding Nils Bildt, who was inaccurately described as a Swedish official during an appearance on the show. On Thursday, an “O’Reilly Factor” segment on Sweden’s status as a refugee-friendly country featuredBildt, who Fox News described as a “Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor.” “After the segment, some left-wing people objected to one guest, Nils Bildt,” O’Reilly said on Monday. “The Swedish government also weighed in, saying they’ve had no contact with Mr. Bildt. Now, we »


- Brian Flood

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‘The Penitent’ Theater Review: David Mamet Finds New Ways to Present an Argument

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Have you ever been in a theater where almost no one gets up during the intermission? If you answer yes, chances are you’ve been to a David Mamet play. He’s into writing these 70-minute plays and throwing in an intermission to make people believe he’s delivered a full evening in the theater. If only he would also add more characters, plot, substance. Mamet’s new one, “The Penitent,” which opened Monday at the Atlantic Theater Company, isn’t so much a play as an argument. Mamet watchers are used to that. What makes “The Penitent” not only thinner but also phony is. »


- Robert Hofler

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‘Wakey, Wakey’ Theater Review: Will Eno Picks the Wrong Man to Die

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Despite their relative youth, a couple of new, hot playwrights have death on their minds this overly warm winter. Last week, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s “Everybody” opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center. And on Monday, also at the Center, Will Eno opened “Wakey, Wakey.” But if you have just one death play to see this season, make it “Everybody.” Michael Emerson spends most of “Wakey, Wakey” sitting up in a wheelchair, alone on stage. A caregiver (January Lavoy) arrives late in the play to chit-chat, put a wet towel on his forehead, and check his pulse. Emerson’s Guy has suffered a. »


- Robert Hofler

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USA’s ‘Queen of the South’ Casts Ryan O’Nan in Season 2 (Exclusive)

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USA drug cartel drama “Queen of the South” has added actor and writer Ryan O’Nan, both as a cast member and a story editor, in Season 2. O’Nan will recur in multiple episodes as King George, a high-rolling Texas weed smuggler who will help Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) and Camila Vargas (Veronica Falcon) build their empire. He is described as eccentric, ruthless, lethal and unpredictable — laughing with you one moment, and gutting you like a fish the next, a loose cannon who is as slippery as an eel. Additionally, O’Nan, who last wrote on Season 1 of FX’s X-Men series. »


- Linda Ge

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Why ‘Moonlight’ Oscar Win Resonates Far Beyond Hollywood (Guest Blog)

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When “Moonlight” finally received its Oscar for Best Picture Sunday night, it was an amazing win for more than the movie’s director, Barry Jenkins, or producers Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. While each artist involved rightly deserved to be commended for their tremendous talent, the film’s triumph also gave voice to so many members of the Lgbtqi community who are rarely depicted as positive subjects on film, much less recognized by the Academy. “Moonlight” gives us what we so rarely receive from media portrayals of black men: deep abiding intimacy and the challenges of wrestling with the demands of. »


- J. Bob Alotta

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Comcast’s Brian Roberts Says Company Has Become ‘Aggregator of Aggregators’

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Comcast is a massive media conglomerate that owns content producing assets ranging from Universal Studios to NBC to Telemundo. But CEO Brian Roberts spent a good part of his Q&A session at a Monday investor conference talking about — and demonstrating — how the company’s hit set-top box has made it easier to watch Netflix and YouTube. That’s what TV customers want today, Roberts said, and Comcast is prepared to deliver. “We’ve been using X1 to change your experience and merge streaming and traditional television and on-demand,” he said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Why Trump’s Skipping White House Correspondents Dinner: They ‘Make Stories Up’

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Donald Trump says he’s skipping this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner because its members “make stories up.” “Over the years you make a mistake, I fully understand when they hit you,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” scheduled to air Tuesday morning. “But when they make stories up, when they create sources, ’cause I believe that sometimes they don’t have sources, you know, the sources don’t exist.” “I do believe that a lot of the sources are made up,” he added. “A lot of the stories are made up. I believe a lot of, »


- Itay Hod

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State Department Deletes Tweet Congratulating Iranian Director for Oscar Win

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In an unexpectedly conciliatory move, last night during the 89th annual Academy Awards, someone manning the U.S. State Department’s official Persian-language Twitter account congratulated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, and the Iranian people, after his film “The Salesman” won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Then they deleted the tweet. So did rogue State Department staffers use Twitter to send a subtle rebuttal Donald Trump’s way during the Oscars? Or was it a simple mistake? Also Read: Oscars: Stars' Reactions to 'Moonlight' Best Picture Win Are The Best (Photos) Farhadi chose not to attend the 2017 Oscars, remaining »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Charlie Sheen Gushes Love for Sean Spicer After Wishing He’d ‘Asphyxiate’

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Choke on this, Sean Spicer. Or maybe not. The White House press secretary found a seemingly unlikely fan Monday in the form of Charlie Sheen, just weeks after the former “Two and a Half Men” star wished asphyxiation upon him. The source of Sheen’s dramatic change of heart? Spicer’s neckwear. Also Read: Charlie Sheen to Chuck Lorre: 'Suck My Butt' “@seanspicer your tie is now Fabulous!” Sheen tweeted Monday. “Pardon my earlier rant. If our paths do cross; drinks are on me!” Sheen finished off his social media love note to the Trump mouthpiece with, “Have a great day! »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘The Freedom to Marry’ Review: Meet the Attorneys Who Fought for Marriage Equality

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Eddie Rosenstein’s documentary “The Freedom to Marry” can be seen as a feel-good movie for a feel-bad time. It documents the struggle for gay people to marry as viewed mainly through the story of Evan Wolfson, an attorney who has made marriage equality his life’s work. This is a glib film that moves very fast through time — and it begins badly — but, as they say, it gets better. Or somewhat better. “The Freedom to Marry” was actually the title of the organization that Wolfson founded to advance marriage equality. We see him at his office in 2015 during the. »


- Dan Callahan

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‘Moana’ Star Auli’i Cravalho Joins Jason Katims NBC Pilot ‘Drama High’

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Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho has joined NBC’s Jason Katim pilot “Drama High,” TheWrap has learned. Based on the book of the same name by Michael Sokolove, and also life rights of Lou Volpe, “Drama High” centers on an extraordinary working class high school drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man, whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town. Cravalho will play the part of Lilette, one of the students. The role calls for the ability to sing so Cravalho should get to showcase her voice. Also Read: Watch »


- Linda Ge

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Inside Elton John’s $7 Million Oscars Party (Photos)

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Immediately after the Oscar telecast’s shock ending, Sir Elton got on the microphone at his annual Oscar viewing party and fundraiser to address a stunned crowd. “We wanted Warren Beatty to do the auction,” Elton deadpanned. Before he could begin the fundraising portion of the evening that led to a $7 million haul for the 25th annual event, he addressed the “La La Land” mistake. “As much I wanted ‘Moonlight’ to win, we have to feel bad for ‘La La Land’,” he continued. “So tough to give it back.” He then directed the crowd to a key figure in another »


- Mikey Glazer

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