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Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90

Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90
Veteran actor Peter Wyngarde, who starred as flamboyant investigator Jason King in the iconic 1970s British police series “Department S,” has died. He was 90.

Wyngarde died in a West London hospital, his agent Thomas Bowington told Variety.

“Peter Wyngarde passed away peacefully in his sleep early evening Monday at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital,” Bowington said, adding that Wyngarde was “one of the most original and truly great actors I’ve ever seen and by far the most exceptional man I have ever met.”

Wyngarde had a long career on stage and screen but is best known as handlebar-mustachioed investigator King. He also appeared in classic series including “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” and “The Prisoner.”

The King character was an author and investigator in “Department S,” and in 1971 was given his own series, “Jason King.” The show was canceled in 1972, but Wyngarde continued to appear on stage and screen in Britain and internationally.

His movie appearances
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon

‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon
Amazon is doing more clearing the decks with the cancelation of three comedy series, Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

One Mississippi was canceled after two seasons, while I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson were axed after one.

“This is part of a move towards bigger, wider-audience series,” an Amazon insider told Deadline. Notaro’s semi-autobiographical One Mississippi has garnered strong
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Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys

Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys
Amazon’s new superhero series The Boys is adding a few boys — and one girl — to its cast.

Banshee alum Antony Starr leads a quintet of cast additions to the straight-to-series drama created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Timeless), according to our sister site Deadline. Starr will play Homelander, the leader of the show’s primary superhero collective known as The Seven. But he’s not necessarily the hero here: Based on the comic by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Happy!), The Boys is set in a world where superheroes have let fame go to their heads and gotten corrupt
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Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then you already know all about Arya Stark’s kill list. Let’s do a little backstory, just in case you’re not familiar. George R.R. Martin’s best-selling fictional book series ”A Song of Ice and Fire,” was brought to the screen by HBO, the show being named after the first book of the series, Game of Thrones. Martin’s extensive storytelling skills immerse you in the medieval fantasy epic, depicting powerful families, queens and kings, renegades and knights, honest men and liars, all playing the deadly game, all wanting control of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms,

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
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‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series

‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series
Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” is being eyed for an adaptation into a television series, Variety has confirmed.

Endeavor Content has purchased the film and television rights to the book, which goes inside the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. It largely portrays Trump as unprepared for the enormity of his office, and that he is unable to focus his attention on policy details. The book also includes quotes from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who referred to the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous.” Bannon eventually resigned his position at Breitbart News over the furor caused by his statements.

The book proved to be an immediate best-seller and was sold out at bookstores in several major cities the day it was released.

No studio is currently attached to the project. Wolff will serve as an executive producer on the project with former
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Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)

Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)
Kristen Wiig is returning to the small screen.

In a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding, Apple has landed a 10-episode comedy series executive produced by and starring the Saturday Night Live grad. The project, inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I'll Say It and produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner, is the tech giant's first scripted comedy pickup.

Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock) created the series and serves as showrunner. She will exec produce alongside Witherspoon, her Hello Sunshine topper Lauren Neustadter and Wiig. Sittenfeld is on board as a consulting producer. A studio is...
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Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow

Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow
Woody Allen has released a statement following his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s interview with Gayle King on Thursday’s “CBS This Morning.” Farrow spoke out in graphic detail about a sexual assault she said she suffered at the hands of Allen when she was 7 years old. “Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother … relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator,” Allen said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “It seems to have worked — and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says.” “Even though the Farrow...
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Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview

Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview
Dylan Farrow detailed her allegations of sexual assault at the hands of her father, Woody Allen, in a lengthy interview with Gayle King that aired on Thursday’s edition of “CBS This Morning.”

Farrow, 32, recounted her story of being touched by Allen, her adoptive father, in August 1992. She also said she experienced other incidents of inappropriate behavior with her father, including him asking her to come into bed with him when he was wearing only underwear. Allen has once again strongly denied the allegations.

Farrow said she decided to give her first TV interview on the alleged assault that occurred when she was 7 because of the groundswell of public support for victims of sexual harassment and abuse. She has called on actors to shun Allen and his films.

“It was very momentous for me to see this conversation finally carried into a public setting,” Farrow said of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. “Because I have
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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)

Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are reuniting in a new film.

The Help” co-stars will lead a holiday comedy for Universal.

Following a heated bidding war, the studio won the rights to the untitled pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and “Crazy Rich Asians” scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain is attached to produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for the pitch, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

The movie marks a re-team for Chastain and Spencer, who each earned an Oscar nomination for the smash hit “The Help,” with Spencer ultimately taking home the trophy for best supporting actress. Since
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Tom Brokaw Slams Black Lawmakers Over ‘Sh-thole Countries’ Response – and Twitter Rises Up

NBC News icon Tom Brokaw blasted members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday, saying they should have tried to reach out and work with President Trump after his remarks about “s—hole countries.” Brokaw singled out a nameless member of the group for likening Trump to the Ku Klux Klan. “If the Black Caucus for example, which I thought made a terrible error, one of the members said right after that meeting ‘Donald Trump could lead the Ku Klux Klan,” Brokaw said. Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Disappointed After Trump Declared Mentally Fit: 'It Makes Me Feel Worse' (Video) “ Ku Klux Klan murdered...
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Ratings: Ryan Murphy’s ‘9-1-1’ Recovers, Fox Finishes First

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Ratings: Ryan Murphy’s ‘9-1-1’ Recovers, Fox Finishes First
Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1” recovered from last week’s double-digit ratings decline, and Fox again finished first among the key 18-49 demographic. Even “The X-Files” ticked up versus the prior Wednesday, though that was a much slighter increase. NBC and ABC tied for second place last night in primetime ratings, again just one-tenth of a Nielsen point behind Fox. NBC, which aired the 100th episode of “The Blacklist,” was No. 1 in terms of total viewers. CBS was a close second there. Fox was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers with...
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Grammys to Include Tribute to Victims of Concert Gun Violence

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The 2018 Grammys will take a few minutes to “honor the victims lost to gun violence and terrorism at various live music events over the course of the past year,” the Recording Academy said on Thursday. Specifically, the special tribute will reunite three of the artists who participated in the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas: Brothers Osborne (pictured above), Eric Church and Maren Morris. “Live music events have always provided a safe space for fans to gather in a shared celebration of music. Sadly, that wasn’t always the case this past year,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording...
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Amazon Studios to Shift Strategy From Indies to $50 Million-Plus ‘Commercial’ Movies (Report)

Amazon Studios is switching up its game plan: Indie movies are out, bigger projects are in. The tech behemoth will be aiming for more “commercial” films that can appeal to large audiences, according to a new report from Reuters citing unnamed sources who said that the company would target movies with budgets closer to $50 million, rather than $5 million as it has in recent years. Amazon Studios did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment. Also Read: 'The Tick' Renewed by Amazon for Season 2 The shift in strategy comes on the eve of the Sundance Film Festival, a place where Amazon...
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Casting Veteran on Diversity Push Post-#OscarsSoWhite: "Let's Get the World Right"

Casting Veteran on Diversity Push Post-#OscarsSoWhite:
Detroit), Denzel Washington (Fences), Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), find just the right actor to bring their stories to life. The Los Angeles native, who first found her love of casting while studying film at UCLA, will be honored with the Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contribution to the casting profession at the Casting Society of America's 33rd annual Artios Awards, held Jan. 18 with simultaneous events in New York and L.A.

Would you say your job has...
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Samantha Bee on #MeToo: 'If You Say You're a Feminist, F--k Like a Feminist'

Samantha Bee on #MeToo: 'If You Say You're a Feminist, F--k Like a Feminist'
On Full Frontal, Samantha Bee played sound bytes from a slew of public figures including Tucker Carlson, Condoleeza Rice, Catherine Deneuve and Liam Neeson who have suggested #MeToo has gone too far. "Now that we're finally listening to women, people are asking an important question: Should we stop listening to women?" Bee said sarcastically. 

Bee addressed two prongs of the #MeToo backlash. The first, protecting and explaining the controversial "Shitty Media Men" list, which compiled the names of men who allegedly acted inappropriately in the workplace. 

Bee defended women's decisions to share their stories.
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars': Watch the Returning Queens’ Workroom Entrances (Video)

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars': Watch the Returning Queens’ Workroom Entrances (Video)
Nine fan-favorite queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will sashay back into the workroom when the third “All Stars” season premieres on Jan. 25, but VH1 has shared a clip of their (re-)entrances early. In the sneak peek, Aja (Season 9), BenDeLaCreme (Season 6), Chi Chi DeVayne (Season 8), Kennedy Davenport (Season 7), Milk (Season 6), Morgan McMichaels (Season 2), Shangela (Seasons 2 & 3), Thorgy Thor (Season 8) and Trixie Mattel (Season 7) reveal their first looks back on the show. The network also confirmed on Wednesday that the third season of “All Stars” would retain the format from Season 2, requiring...
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'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance

'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance
The Handmaid's Tale Emmy winner Ann Dowd is appearing in a quintet of world premieres, all shot in the past 11 months — from horror (Ari Aster's Hereditary) to crime thriller (Bart Layton's American Animals) to drama (Silas Howard's A Kid Like Jake, Christina Choe's Nancy, Sebastian Silva's Tyrel).

"I have a wonderful manager and agent, Marsha McManus and Gary Gersh, who were so generous in trying to work the schedules...
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Justin Timberlake’s ‘Supplies’ Exists in Post-Weinstein, Trump, #MeToo Wasteland (Music Video)

Justin Timberlake’s ‘Supplies’ Exists in Post-Weinstein, Trump, #MeToo Wasteland (Music Video)
Justin Timberlake’s got “Supplies” — whatever that means — and he’s stockpiling them for a post-Weinstein, Trump and #MeToo landscape that music video director Dave Meyers seems to think is coming. On the pop star’s latest Vevo/YouTube release, Timberlake is consumed by more news than any one person can possibly consume. He then disappears into a dystopian future where the anger and iconography from our current climate seems to only have escalated. At the end, a dirty child in Timberlake’s wasteland shouts at us to “die already” — or at least, to “wake up.” Also Read: Justin Timberlake Slammed for Supporting #Timesup...
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