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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dead at 91
Jerry Lewis, an actor and auteur who was one of the most influential forces in American comedy, died Sunday morning at his Las Vegas. He was 91.
"Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home with family by his side," his family said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes. No cause of death was announced.
In a career that spanned vaudeville, radio, television, film and philanthropy, Lewis established the persona of a manic, juvenile jokester, which belied darker, more self-lacerating elements below the surface, »
'Hitman's Bodyguard' Tops Weekend with $21M+ Opening as 'Logan Lucky' Falls Short
Lionsgate and Summit's action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard finished ahead of pre-weekend expectations and took the #1 spot at the weekend box office while WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation scored a second place finish over its sophomore frame. The weekend wasn't too kind, however, to Bleecker's Logan Lucky, which did manage to finish third, but was unable to crack double digits from over 3,000 locations. As for the weekend overall, the top twelve narrowly escaped becoming the worst weekend of 2017 by less than $1 million by combining for $81.5 million. As of right now, this means the month of August is currently pacing 34% behind August last year while the summer season is pacing 12.8% behind last year. With an estimated $21.6 million, Lionsgate's release of The Hitman's Bodyguard finished #1 at the box office. This outperforms Mojo's pre-release forecast and is just a shade below historical averages for a film of this size and genre from Lionsgate. »
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‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Series Will Be ‘Recognizable as a Past Event’ to Readers, Says Screenwriter
Not much is known about the different “Game of Thrones” spinoffs in development in HBO, though it has been confirmed that all four are prequels and will feature no existing characters. Courtesy of an IGN interview with Jane Goldman, who’s writing one of the proposed spinoffs, we now know that hers will be “recognizable as a past event” to those familiar with Westeros.
Though she emphasizes that she “can say absolutely nothing” in terms of plot details, the “Kick-Ass” screenwriter responds in the affirmative when asked if her spinoff will feature any magic or supernatural elements. Goldman is developing the show alongside George R. R. Martin, and says that she’s “had the pleasure of going to spend some time with him and working on things »
- Michael Nordine
Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success
So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »
‘Super Troopers 2’ Lands Spring 2018 Release Date
Fox Searchlight has set an April 20, 2018, release date for “Super Troopers 2” — 17 years after the original.
Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the comedy sequel, as he did on the original. Filmmaking team Broken Lizard raised $4.4 million in a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2015 that saw more than 50,000 contributors. It was one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a movie along with the $5.7 million raised by fans for the “Veronica Mars” movie starring Kristen Bell.
Donation incentives for “Super Tropers 2” on the first day included a producer title for $10,000, a speaking actor role for $10,000, a trip to the ballpark with the main actors for $15,000, and the patrol car to be used in the filming for $35,000. “Super Troopers 2” met the initial goal of $2 million (set by Fox Searchlight) in 26 hours.
- Dave McNary
John Boyega Hints Again at Possible Cameos by Princes William and Harry in ‘Jedi’
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program Friday morning to promote Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Boyega was asked about the rumors he fueled when last on the show – that the two royals had secret cameos in “The Last Jedi” as stormtroopers – and whether the princes had lines.
“I think they took that scene out,” Boyega said jokingly, then added: “I’ve had enough with those Prince William secrets, man. They came on set; they were there, man. Tom Hardy was there, too – I said it. I’m sick of hiding this.”
The actor, who plays former stormtrooper Finn in the sequel trilogy, said questions had dogged him ever since the rumors first began circulating in April 2016, when William and Harry visited the “Jedi” set (pictured). “Every time I get »
- Robert Mitchell
Game of Thrones Season 8 to Start Filming in October
He said as much while promoting his newest film Shot Caller in an interview with Collider, revealing, "I knew what was going to happen for the first three seasons. After
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- Amanda Bell
‘Game of Thrones’ Lore Refresher: Why Ned Stark Tried to Execute Jorah Years Ago
(Some light spoilers for the Aug. 20 episode of “Games of Thrones,” “Beyond the Wall.”) In “Beyond the Wall,” the penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 7, several of the men Jon Snow (Kit Harington) recruits to go beyond the Wall with him spend some time talking about their history. In one important moment, Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) and Jon talk about their fathers and the effects they had on the two men. Jorah’s father was Jon’s mentor in the Night’s Watch, Lord Commander Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo), and Jorah knew Jon’s father, Ned Stark (Sean Bean). In fact, »
- Phil Hornshaw
‘Game of Thrones’ Lore Refresher: That Old Battle Jorah and Thoros Were Talking About
“Game of Thrones” characters routinely reference events and history that took place long before the show started. Without a working knowledge of Westerosi history, it’s easy to get confused when the show discusses things that happened years in the past — and that’s exactly what Ser Jorah (Iain Glen) and Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) do in the Season 7 episode “Beyond the Wall.” As they’re walking beyond the Wall on their mission to find an undead wight, capture it, and bring it back to show the lords of Westeros, Jorah and Thoros discuss a battle they fought together years. »
- Phil Hornshaw
‘Game of Thrones': Here’s the Likely Reason Uncle Benjen Showed Up in the Nick of Time
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the sixth episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 7, “Beyond the Wall.”) The veritable suicide mission that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) took in the aptly named “Game of Thrones” Season 7 episode, “Beyond the Wall,” turned out to be a disaster. Though Jon and some of the best warriors in Westeros managed to capture an undead wight in order to prove the people in the South that the Night King was real, it came with some serious costs. Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) was killed during the expedition, and when Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) arrived with »
- Phil Hornshaw
‘Game of Thrones': Does the Night King Now Have an Ice Dragon?
(Spoilers ahead for the Aug. 20 episode of “Game of Thrones.”) “Game of Thrones” just dealt another devastating blow to the war effort of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in Season 7’s sixth episode, “Beyond the Wall.” At the end of the episode, Daenerys managed to save Jon and his expedition beyond the Wall from a hopeless situation. With some of the best warriors in Westeros in tow, Jon went north to capture an undead wight, one of the soldiers in the White Walkers’ army. The plan was to use the dead creature to convince the lords. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Jerry Lewis Remembered by His 'Max Rose' Director: "Unbelievably Complicated and Shockingly Self-Aware"
Jerry Lewis’s last starring role was in the 2013 drama, Max Rose, in which he played the title character, an aging Jewish jazz musician who questions his whole life when he learns that his late wife of 65 years may have been unfaithful to him. Despite no significant film credits to his name when he first approached Lewis, writer/director Daniel Noah convinced the star to join the film, which was unveiled as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and was ultimately released in 2016. Lewis, Noah explains, was looking for that one serious role that »
- Gregg Kilday
Jersey Shore Reunion Recap: Gym, Tan, Laundry, Forever
A surprisingly candid, funny, and touching half-hour of television. »
- Molly Fitzpatrick
Haugesund: ‘Small Time Killers’ Bows on AMC’s Shudder and Haugesund (Exclusive)
Haugesund, Norway — The Danish film “Small Time Killers,” directed by Ole Bornedal (“The Nightwatch”, “The Possession”), has been sold by TrustNordisk to more than 45 territories including AMC’s Network’s Shudder for North America and the U.K./Ireland.
The U.S. network’s horror-thriller centric Svod service just launched the black comedy on Aug. 17 as a Shudder Exclusive.
Starring Ulrich Thomsen, Nicolas Bro, Lene Maria Christensen and Mia Lyhne, the films turns of two tradesmen who dream of living the good life using the stash of money they have earned from years of moonlighting.
After a fight with their wives, the men hire a Russian contract killer to carry out a hit on their spouses. But, having underestimated their wives, their scheme turns into an absurd journey where Ib and Edward end up at the top of a kill list.
- Annika Pham
Twin Peaks Recap: Fear In Letting Go
An episode about how our sacredness and our evilness are our own. »
- Film Crit Hulk
Oliver Stone to Head Jury of Troubled Busan Film Festival
Director Oliver Stone will lead the jury of the Busan International Film Festival's main competition, New Currents, this coming October, organizers of the South Korean event announced on Monday. The 22nd edition of the festival will run Oct. 12-21 in the port city of Busan.
New Currents is a competition that is designed to introduce up-and-coming Asian directors. Other members of this year's jury include Bahman Ghobadi, the Iranian filmmaker known for Cannes-winning No One Knows About Persian Cats among others; Agnès Godard, the French cinematographer who has long collaborated with filmmakers such as Claire Denis and Wim Wenders; Lav »
- Lee Hyo-won
‘Game of Thrones’ recap: ‘Beyond the Wall’ is full of icy terrors and gripping action
The penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones” season 7 begins innocently enough. “Beyond the Wall” opens with familiar tension among the men of Westeros. While venturing north of the Wall, the group bicker about their differences and debate family legacies. But after the deadly confrontation with the enemy, none of these characters will ever care […] »
Everything to Know About the Night King, White Walkers, and Wights
A complete guide to the deadliest enemy on Game of Thrones. »
- Hillary Kelly
Kesha’s Rainbow Debuts at Number One on Billboard 200
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- Halle Kiefer
An Ode to Daenerys Targaryen’s Amazing Coat on Game of Thrones
It is a truly glorious piece of outerwear. »
- Kathryn VanArendonk
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