‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child': Rowling Says Boy Wizard is ‘Done’
As J.K. Rowling celebrates the London opening of the stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” — and its publication in script form — she’s aware of the hope she’s given fans of the blockbuster series for a new collection of stores. But finally, she swears, no, really, Harry Potter the character is on the shelf. “No. No,” Rowling told Reuters. “He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, »
- Rosemary Rossi
‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Will Be the Last, HBO Confirms
It’s official: Season 8 will be the last for “Game of Thrones.” Casey Bloys, the new programming chief at HBO, told reporters Saturday morning that, as expected, the smash fantasy series based on the novels of George R.R. Martin will be gone after two more seasons. “If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 seasons,” Bloys told reporters at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills. Also Read: How Many Seasons of 'Game of Thrones' Are Left? Fans had long speculated that the show might end after season 8. But the network had not confirmed the. »
- Scott Collins
Box Office: Matt Damon’s ‘Jason Bourne’ Rules with $61 Million
That’s more than double its closest rival, raunchy comedy “Bad Moms” with about $27 million and as much as $30 million at 3,215 locations.
Universal’s fifth film in its sturdy Bourne franchise is performing well above forecasts with an opening day taking in about $23 million at 4,026 sites. Stx’s “Bad Moms” grossed $9.6 million on Friday at 3,215 locations.
Lionsgate’s thriller “Nerve,” which opened Wednesday, took in $3.2 million on Friday at 2,538 theaters for a weekend of up to $9 million and a five-day total of about $15 million.
“Jason Bourne” is Damon’s fourth film as a former CIA assassin dealing with memory loss. The franchise launched with 2002’s “The Bourne Identity,” followed by 2004’s “The Bourne Supremacy” and 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum.” Damon did not appear in 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” which starred Jeremy Renner. »
- Dave McNary and Seth Kelley
Your favorite 'Stranger Things' star wants a chance at a Marvel movie role
Stranger Things has been a critical hit for Netflix but one of its stars is ready to move onto bigger things. For instance, the Marvel cinematic universe. Note: I'm not going to discuss Stranger Things spoilers here so please do your fellow viewers a favor and resist doing so in the comments. We've certainly got some other posts for that on the site. The Netflix series has definitely referenced superheroes but the character Shannon Purser, who plays our beloved Barb on the show, would want to play hadn't even been invented during the show's time period. It's Squirrel Girl! So who do I talk to about being Squirrel Girl? — Shannon Purser (@ShannonPurser7) July 24, 2016 Fans seemed enthusiastic about the news if her replies are any indication and a Marvel editor already invited her to stop by their headquarters in New York if she's ever in town. Thank you ???? Big Marvel fan since forever! »
- Jill Pantozzi
‘Westworld,’ ‘Divorce,’ ‘Insecure’ Set HBO Premiere Dates
“Westworld” is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
Co-creator Jonathan Nolan explains, “Building on the incredibly evocative concept of the original film, we wanted to pose the question: If you could be completely immersed in a fantasy, one in which you could do whatever you wanted, would you discover things about yourself that you didn’t want to know?”
Fellow co-creator Lisa Joy adds, “We also wanted to explore what it means to be human from the outside in – through the eyes of the ‘hosts’: the »
- Laura Prudom
Jon Stewart’s HBO Show Will Be Animated Cable-News Parody
Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Saturday, HBO programming president Casey Bloys discussed the multiplatform project that Stewart is working on for the premium cable channel.
“The idea is it will be an animated parody of a cable news network with an Onion-like portal,” Bloys said. The project will be structured to allow Stewart to release multiple pieces of short-form content — video and text — through HBO’s digital platforms, but will also include a linear-television element, likely in the form of a half-hour series.
“He is establishing an animation studio,” Bloys said of Stewart. He added that he is hoping that Stewart could begin releasing content as soon as September or October, though »
- Daniel Holloway
Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ Renewed by HBO Through 2018
Bill Maher has extended his HBO contract through 2018, which will take “Real Time” through an impressive Season 16. Additionally, the pay-tv network unveiled premiere dates for the upcoming “Westworld,” “Divorce” and “Insecure.” The first is set for Sunday, Oct. 2, the latter two will debut one week later. “Westworld,” inspired by the 1973 film of the same title written by Michael Crichton, is about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings. The HBO version stars Ben Barns, Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Ed Harris, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Clifton Collins Jr. Also Read: Bill Maher Tells Hillary Clinton to Embrace Gop Stereotypes, Become 'Notorious Hrc'. »
- Tony Maglio
Muslim Soldier’s Parents Slams Donald Trump’s Diss of DNC Speech: ‘Shame on Him’ (Video)
The Virginia parents of slain U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan on Saturday denounced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments about them, telling ABC News that “running for president is not an entitlement to disrespect Gold Star families.” In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that will air on Sunday’s “This Week,” Trump refuted the allegations of Khizr Khan in his emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention that the Gop candidate “sacrificed nothing” for his country and had little understanding of the U.S. Constitution. “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, »
- Thom Geier
Saturday Nightmare: Netflix Website Down in Us, Over a Dozen Other Countries
Web customers for streaming service Netflix were greeted with technical difficulties on Saturday night when trying to login to the service — breaking the hearts of “Stranger Things” fans and tired parents worldwide. While Apple TV customers in the U.S. saw no immediate disruptions, Netflix users slinging their web players to TV or simply using their laptops could not access accounts. Same for territories in Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Switzerland and New Zealand, per Twitter. Additional outages were soon reported in the United Kingdom, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Panama City and Norway, per Down Detector Also Read: 5 Reasons Critics. »
- Matt Donnelly
Nick Nolte Rips Ronald Reagan: Not a Good President, ‘A Bad Actor’
Nick Nolte is not a fan of Ronald Reagan — either as a politician or an actor. The “Graves” star set TV critics straight on Saturday, explaining that contrary to easy assumption, he did not base his Epix character on the 40th Commander-in-Chief of the United States. Lbj, maybe — a little bit, at least. The 75-year-old Nolte said he didn’t think Reagan was a good President, and added, “He was a bad actor.” Also Read: Norman Lear on Racial Inequality: 'It Amazes Me That We Haven't Moved Faster' Nolte plays an ex-potus on the upcoming comedy, and the thespian possesses strong opinions on how to. »
- Tony Maglio
The Most Memorable Monsters at Guillermo del Toro’s Lacma Exhibit
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then Guillermo del Toro’s new exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is sure to please viewers with an eye for the macabre. Titled “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters,” the show runs from August 1 until November 27, and will travel to co-organizing museums in Minneapolis and Ontario next year. Containing almost 600 eerie objects from the filmmaker’s private collection — including sculptures, paintings, costumes and books — the exhibition reflects his lifelong obsession with monsters.
“You can see my movies over and over again, and you will see that I adore monsters. I absolutely love them,” del Toro said at Saturday’s preview, adding “I think humans are pretty repulsive!”
Though he doesn’t consider himself a horror filmmaker these days, del Toro’s Lacma exhibit is filled with the type of ghoulish artifacts most often associated with a Fangoria convention. »
- Matthew Chernov
NFL Denies Sending Donald Trump Letter About Debate Schedule
An NFL spokesperson Saturday denied that the league had contacted Donald Trump to complain about the schedule for the upcoming presidential-election debates between Trump and Hillary Clinton. The statement contradicted Trump’s assertion that he had received a letter from the NFL bemoaning the fact that the debate dates overlap with scheduled games.
“While we’d obviously wish the Debate Commission could find another night, we did not send a letter to Mr Trump,” NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy tweeted Saturday in response to Politico’s Alex Weprin and the Associated Press’ Mike Sisak.
Trump complained on Twitter Saturday about the debate schedule, writing, “As usual, Hillary & the Dems are trying to rig the debates so 2 are up against major NFL games. Same as last time w/ Bernie. Unacceptable!”
In footage from an ABC interview scheduled to be broadcast Sunday, Trump again voiced the complaint, saying that the NFL shared his agitation. “I »
- Daniel Holloway
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