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‘This Is Us’ Renewed For Second & Third Seasons By NBC

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NBC has ordered two minimum 18-episode seasons of its Tuesday night drama sensation This Is Us. "We all got our wish that this is a hit show," said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. "'This Is Us' is as good as anything we've ever had, we're thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there's no doubt it will have a long life on NBC. On behalf of everyone at NBC, we're grateful for the artistry of the cast, crew, and producers assembled by our gifted creator, Dan… »


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‘Will & Grace’ to Return to NBC for 10-Episode Run

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NBC is officially bringing back “Will & Grace” for a 10-episode limited run next season, the broadcaster revealed Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press event. Emmy winners Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally are all back for the 2017-2018 run, and original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will act as showrunners and executive producers. James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, is set to direct and executive produce. Universal Television will produce and distribute the new episodes. “We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC. »


- Tony Maglio

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Sundance: Grateful Dead Doc 'Long Strange Trip' Goes to Amazon

17 January 2017 8:34 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Amazon is ready for a Long Strange Trip, acquiring the Grateful Dead documentary ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev, the doc charts the rise of the band from its roots in the Bay Area’s vibrant 1960s counterculture to the top of the rock and roll charts. Encapsulating the group's quintessential character and three decades of legendary concerts-cum-spiritual experiences, the film includes archival stills, film footage, audio recordings and rare live tracks — much of which has never been seen or heard. »


- Ashley Lee

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Delayed Again, Casts James Frain

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Star Trek: Discovery” will likely miss its previously announced May premiere target, Variety has learned. The series has also cast James Frain as Spock’s father.

CBS released a statement regarding the possible delay:

“Production on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created.  This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show.  We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.”

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- Oriana Schwindt

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Roman Polanski to Serve as President of France's Cesar Awards

21 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Roman Polanski will serve as president of this year’s Cesar Awards ceremony, the French Academy announced Wednesday.

Academy president Alain Terzian called the director “an insatiable esthetic,” in the announcement citing his works from Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown as “masterpieces.”

Polanski won the best director Cesar for The Pianist in 2002 and Venus in Fur in 2014. »


- Rhonda Richford

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Film Review: ‘Detour’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may be tempting, and not entirely inaccurate, to describe Christopher Smith’s “Detour” as “Sliding Doors” reimagined by Quentin Tarantino, but this cleverly twisty neo-noir thriller turns out to be more substantial and surprising than such logline shorthand might suggest. Indeed, some VOD viewers likely will desire an instant replay of the film, to more fully appreciate (or at least better understand) how its parallel plotlines contrast and converge to intriguing effect. The only real downside to a rerun: A few minor gaps in logic could be more annoying the second time around.

Tye Sheridan offers an engaging variation of the prototypical noir protagonist as Harper, a Los Angeles law student who blames Vincent (Stephen Moyer), his despised stepfather, for the auto crash that left his mother comatose. While drowning his sorrows in a seedy bar, Harper makes the mistake of chatting up Johnny Ray (Emory Cohen of “Brooklyn »


- Joe Leydon

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Palm Springs Film Review: ‘Dark Skull’

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In “Dark Skull,” there’s no hint of any redeeming gray matter existing between the ears of the protagonist, who runs a short gamut between stupid, angry, violent, drunken, and unconscious. While hardly an appealing subject, he seems almost incidental to a movie that manages to be rather fascinating — even almost hypnotic — in spite of him. Director/co-scenarist Kiro Russo’s first feature is a sometimes cryptic, strikingly atmospheric drama set among the often literally subterranean lives of workers in the tin mines of Huanuni in Bolivia’s Oruro region. What might have easily become a familiar if worthy exercise in peasant miserabilism acquires an otherworldly quality via arresting imagery and enigmatic, fragmented storytelling.

What narrative specifics we can glean are that after the death of his parents, Elder Mamani (Julio Cesar Ticona) falls into the care of his remaining relatives, a duty they hardly relish. After all, this unseemly »


- Dennis Harvey

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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Star Josh Gad Is ‘Shaken and Sad’ Over ‘Disturbing’ Dog Video

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“A Dog’s Purpose” is at the center of criticism after the release of a video obtained by TMZ that showed a trainer apparently pushing a struggling dog named Hercules into a pool. Josh Gad; who stars as the voice of a dog named Bailey, has spoken out after PETA called for animal lovers to boycott the family movie to “send the message that dogs and other animals should be treated humanely, not as movie props.” In a lengthy Facebook post Wednesday night, Gad said: “I signed on for a film that truly stands out as one of the most »


- Debbie Emery

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of People’s Choice Awards 2017

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Ellen DeGeneres is officially the peopliest person, the “awardiest awardee,” in People’s Choice Awards history, after the daytime host swept the three awards she was nominated for at the 2017 edition, taking her tally to a staggering 20 wins.

As stars and fans packed the Microsoft Theater L.A. Live for the 2017 People’s Choice Awards, hosted by Joel McHale, DeGeneres and her record-breaking moment were the center of attention, trumping the upcoming presidential inauguration. And while Trump jokes and jabs were kept to a minimum, the award winners took time to speak for the power of women in Hollywood, and to express their hope that their films and TV shows might bring a little joy into the current global climate.

However, with the good of DeGeneres’ victory and Blake Lively’s “girl power” speech, there was also the bad of jokes falling flat, and the ugly of the teleprompter breaking down in the middle of Kristen Bell’s »


- Will Thorne

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Will President-elect Trump Have a ‘Designated Survivor’ for the Inauguration?

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ABC’s excellent new hit drama “Designated Survivor” has shined a light on a position that rarely received much attention in the past: that of the member of the presidential line of succession who is hidden away when a huge number of government officials are all in the same place. In most cases, its use makes perfect sense — but in the case of a presidential transition, the choice of designated survivor, and the validity of the position, becomes far more complicated than it is during the annual State of the Union address. In the show, Kiefer Sutherland plays Housing and Urban Development Secretary. »


- Phil Owen

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People’s Choice Awards 2017: Complete Winners List

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The 43rd annual People’s Choice Awards celebrated the most popular stars in film and TV on Wednesday night, and with just a few hours until Donald Trump takes office, the new president was on everyone’s minds. “2016 was a very interesting year,” said Joel McHale, hosting from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. “We all watched as a longtime government insider squared off against an egotistical billionaire. I’m speaking, of course, about ‘Captain America: Civil War.'” Also Read: History of Cute Kids at the Oscars, From Shirley Temple to Sunny Pawar (Photos) The former “Community” star also »


- Debbie Emery

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Film Review: ‘Plastic China’

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There’s novelty but not a lot of substance to Jiu-liang Wang’s documentary “Plastic China,” which serves as a thematic sequel of sorts to his 2011 “Beijing Besieged by Waste.” The description of the new film is intriguing: It portrays the lives of workers in an unnamed Chinese town entirely dedicated to the recycling of plastic. But the purist vérité approach allows almost no probing of the environmental, health, political, and other big-picture issues obviously relevant here, and the close-up focus on a few individuals provides frustratingly limited insight as well. With any random few minutes affording as much understanding as the near-structureless whole, this might have worked better as a video installation piece.

An opening title informs viewers that China is the leading importer of plastic waste from Japan, Korea, Europe, and the U.S., and later, we learn that the burg visited here boasts thousands of individual recycling operations. »


- Dennis Harvey

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Michael Flatley Set to Dance at Donald Trump’s Liberty Ball (Report)

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Michael Flatley is getting ready to dance for the future president, according to TMZ. The “Riverdance” star and his Irish dance troupe have been added to the list of performers for the Liberty Ball as part of Donald Trump’s official inauguration celebrations on Friday in Washington D.C., the website reported. This latest addition to the line-up means the “Lord of the Dance” creator will join entertainers such as Sam Moore, Travis Greene and The Rockettes. Also Read: Shhh! Chrisette Michele to Perform at Trump's Inauguration (Report) While famous for his Irish dance skills and his lightening fast feet, »


- Debbie Emery

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Why Sherri Shephard Will Watch Trump’s Inauguration: ‘I’m Very Scared’

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Many celebrities who oppose Donald Trump say they won’t even watch Donald Trump’s inauguration — but former “View” host Sherri Shepherd isn’t one of them. “I’m very scared, being a black woman and having a black boy. It’s very scary,” she told TheWrap. “But I’ve taught my son — he was praying the other day and he was like, ‘Oh God! Lord please bless the President-elect! I gotta say it.’ But that’s what I’m teaching him.” Despite her worries, Shepherd is hoping for the best. Also Read: Trump Voters Beg Him: Stop Tweeting “We »


- Joe Otterson

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Fox Names Salil Mehta President of New Gaming Division

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox is creating a new division, FoxNext, that will work with both the studio’s TV and film units to oversee video gaming, virtual and augmented reality productions and location-based entertainment like theme parks, and the company has named Salil Mehta to serve as its president.

Mehta, who most recently had served as president of content management for Twentieth Century Fox Film, will step into the new post immediately and will report to both Peter Rice, chairman and  CEO of Fox Networks Group, and Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film.

FoxNext, according to an announcement released today, »


- Gregg Kilday

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PETA Calls for Boycott of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ After Disturbing Video Surfaces

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have called for a boycott of Universal’s upcoming movie “A Dog’s Purpose” in the wake of the release of video showing a dog being forced into churning water on the set.

“PETA is calling on dog lovers to boycott the film in order to send the message that dogs and other animals should be treated humanely, not as movie props,” the group said.

The call for the boycott came on Wednesday, when TMZ released a leaked video from November, 2015, footage of a German Shepherd being forced into turbulent water during the making of the film.

Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures issued a statement saying that the dog in the video, named Hercules, had been rehearsed for the water scenes but balked on the day of the shooting so the production team did not proceed. The companies said they were reviewing the footage. »


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‘Flip or Flop’ Star Tarek El Moussa Blasts ‘Irresponsible Media’ Over ‘Fake News’

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Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa is taking aim at “irresponsible media outlets” he says are reporting “salacious gossip” and “fake news.” The reality TV star, who’s currently undergoing a divorce from his wife and co-star Christina El Moussa, took to Instagram on Wednesday to issue a strongly worded message aimed at the media, or at least certain corners of it. “No matter the lies, innuendo, salacious gossip and ‘fake news’ that is thrown at me from irresponsible media outlets via anonymous sources, I will focus on what matters most which is co-parenting our children and working hard on our. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Deepwater Horizon,’ ‘The Accountant’ Take Top Two Spots on Disc Sales Charts

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The drought of new releases is over, with no fewer than six new DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases debuting among the top 20 on the national home video sales charts for the week that ended Jan. 15.

Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” and Warner’s “The Accountant” bowed at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Deepwater Horizon” is the dramatization of the April 2010 explosion of the offshore drilling rig of the same name, which created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The film grossed $61.4 million in U.S. theaters and also debuted at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine’s top disc rentals chart.

The Accountant,” with a domestic box office gross of $86.3 million, is a crime thriller starring Ben Affleck as a forensic accountant who tracks down inside embezzlers for various criminal enterprises. »


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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Producers Say German Shepherd Was Not Forced to Complete Scene (Report)

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Amblin Entertainment defended its production tactics in the filming of “A Dog’s Purpose” after a video obtained by TMZ showed a trainer apparently pushing a struggling dog named Hercules into a pool of water. However, the production company told TMZ that despite appearances, no coercion was used, and the dog did not do anything against his will. Amblin said the dog had rehearsed the water scenes for several days, but when it was time to shoot for real, he evidently got cold paws. “On the day of the shoot, Hercules did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape. »


- Matt Pressberg

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Nick Cassavetes Going on ‘Honeymoon With Harry’

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Nick Cassavetes has come on board New Line Cinema’s drama-comedy “Honeymoon with Harry,” based on the Bart Baker novel.

Mike Karz of Karz Entertainment and Josie Rosen of Gulfstream Pictures are producing the project, which has been in development for more than a decade. Russell Hollander of Hollander Entertainment is the executive producer.

Dan Fogelman, whose screenplay credits include “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Last Vegas,” is the screenwriter. Baker’s novel focuses on a hard-living man who falls in love with a woman who literally saves him from himself — despite the best efforts of her protective father to crush the relationship. When she dies tragically just before the wedding, the men wind up going on the honeymoon together to reconcile their differences.

Robert de Niro, Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams have been attached to star in “Honeymoon with Harry” at various points and Cooper expressed interest in directing the project. »


- Dave McNary

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