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Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88

Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88
Jorn Winther, the director on the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews that kept television and radio audiences transfixed over four consecutive nights in 1977, has died. He was 88.

Winther was identified as a man killed Nov. 9 in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs, the Riverside County Coroner's Office reported.

In the 1960s, Winther directed for the ABC music showcase Shindig! and worked on variety shows hosted by the likes of Jonathan Winters, Sonny & Cher and Barbara McNair.

He later spent more than five years as an executive producer and director ...
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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‘The Good Place’ Stars Tease the Aftermath of Janet’s Big Move and Her Future With Jason

‘The Good Place’ Stars Tease the Aftermath of Janet’s Big Move and Her Future With Jason
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Good Place” Season 3, Episode 9, “Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By.”]

The Good Place” continues to explore ideas and go to realms that no other show can even conceive. This time, Michael (Ted Danson) and his four human pals will enter Janet’s void after a run-in with demons leaves the Soul Squad no choice but to escape into the unknown.

“I think I can take you in to my void,” Janet says in the last minutes of Thursday’s episode “Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By.” “I don’t know if you can survive in my void, but either way, you will definitely die on Earth when I do this, so look around and say goodbye.” In the next second, she whisked everyone away.

IndieWire spoke with D’Arcy Carden, who plays the omniscient being/personal assistant Janet, and Manny Jacinto, who plays her human love interest Jason,
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Alfonso Cuarón’s Black-and-White ‘Roma’ Was a Cinematic Master Stroke

Alfonso Cuarón’s Black-and-White ‘Roma’ Was a Cinematic Master Stroke
Without the availability of Alfonso Cuarón’s go-to cinematographer, three-time Oscar winner, Chivo Lubezki, he was truly left to his own devices when shooting his childhood memory film, “Roma.” But it turned out to be a blessing because it forced the director to confront the past by himself. And Cuarón made the bold, experimental choice of shooting in color with the Alexa 65, but then sculpting in black-and-white like a photo-realistic painter.

Read More: ‘’Roma’: Here’s How Alfonso Cuarón Can Really Disrupt the Oscar Race

The result was a cinematic masterstroke, as the director meticulously recreated the past through stream of consciousness recollections of his family, his house, and his neighborhood during the turbulent ’70s in Mexico City. “There is a tendency to use digital to create a filmic look, and I have done this, but, on this one, we didn’t want to emulate film, we wanted to embrace digital,
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Criterion Channel to launch as free-standing streaming service

WarnerMedia unveils service after announcing closure of FilmStruck.

Following a backlash over the closure of streaming service FilmStruck from Hollywood figures like Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Barbra Streisand, and Guillermo del Toro, WarnerMedia is launching The Criterion Channel as free-standing streaming service in spring 2019.

FilmStruck offered Criterion Collection content, and now the acclaimed film library will get its own platform and form part of WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer service scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019.

WarnerMedia said The Criterion Collection streaming service will include filmmaker spotlights, actor retrospectives, commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage and original documentaries, and guest programmer series Adventures in Moviegoing.
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Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia to Launch Streaming Service in Spring 2019

The Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia announced today a new chapter for the beloved collection of Criterion films. In the Spring of 2019, through a special arrangement with WarnerMedia, the Criterion Channel will launch as a free-standing streaming service. Additionally, the popular library of films will be part of WarnerMedia's recently announced direct-to-consumer platform that is planned to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019. Today's announcement ensures that fans will have access to these films from the Criterion Collection as well as films from WarnerMedia's deep and extensive library in what will be a …
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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Renewed for a 7th Season at ABC

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., one of network television’s most criminally underrated series, has been renewed for a seventh season at ABC. The network has given the Marvel series a season 7 order ahead of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s sixth season, which is set to premiere in next summer. For much of its run, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has remained on […]

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‘Supergirl’ Casts ‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor

Many DC Comics fans were shocked when Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but that’s nowhere near as shocking as who The CW series Supergirl has cast in the iconic villain role. Supergirl executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller have announced Two and a Half Men, […]

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Channing Dungey Out, Karey Burke in As ABC Entertainment Makes Big Switch

Channing Dungey Out, Karey Burke in As ABC Entertainment Makes Big Switch
As Dana Walden prepares to take over Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment, she’s found a new network lieutenant. Channing Dungey is out after nearly three years in the job; Karey Burke will serve as president of entertainment.

Burke was already inside Disney as head of original programming at Freeform; she takes over the ABC job immediately. Once Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox production assets is completed, Burke will report to Walden, the chairman of Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment.

The news isn’t a surprise, as Walden was expected to make changes to the Disney/ABC structure. It’s understood that Walden and Dungey aren’t close, and it wasn’t likely that they’d be working together. ABC said it was Dungey’s decision to step down from the role, and insiders noted that Dungey’s contract was coming up, and the exec was ready to try something new.
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'The Biggest Little Farm' wins AFI Fest audience award feature prize

'The Biggest Little Farm' wins AFI Fest audience award feature prize
Festival concluded on Thursday with world premiere of Mary Queen Of Scots.

John Chester’s documentary The Biggest Little Farm has won the AFI Fest 2018 presented by Audi audience award feature prize.

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles eight years in the life of Chester and his wife as they move out of Los Angeles to build a sustainable farm.

Rayka Zehtabchi’s Period. End Of Sentence won the audience award for best short and examines the impact on feminine hygiene in a village in northern India when a machine that creates low-cost biodegradable sanitary pads is installed. Awards consultant Lisa Taback served as producer.
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Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored

When last Tilda Swinton and Wes Anderson collaborated, it was for the former to lend a voice to the latter's stop-motion animated creation of Oracle in the awards-contender Isle of Dogs. When next they work together, Swinton might end up with a more musical role. It seems as if the Oscar-winning actor has joined Anderson's latest, an untitled French musical set just after World War II. Charante Libre (via The Playlist), which previously brought us some insider info on the secretive project, now reports that Swinton has signed on in earnest. We'll stop short …
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‘The Saint’ Remake on the Way, Chris Pratt in Talks to Play the Master of Disguise

Before he became James Bond, Roger Moore graced the small screen as The Saint, aka Simon Templar, a thief and master of disguise who originated in a series of books in the 1920s and quickly expanded into the world of radio, comics, TV, and movies. Val Kilmer played the character in a film in 1997, and […]

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Heading to $75 Million Opening

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Heading to $75 Million Opening
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is ready to cast a powerful spell on the box office.

Warner Bros.’ tentpole is heading for a domestic opening weekend in the $75 million range, early estimates showed Friday.

The North American figure could wind up matching the $74.4 million opening for 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

The sequel is dominating the other openers — Fox/New Regency’s “Widows” and Paramount’s comedy “Instant Family,” with both heading for the $11 million to $13 million range. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” conjured $9.1 million in Thursday night previews, while “Widows” made $600,00 in previews and “Instant Family” took in $550,000.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has been projected by the studio to earn $65 million from 4,163 domestic locations this weekend, though industry estimates showed that number could be closer to $75 million and as much as $250 million worldwide. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros.
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Armie Hammer Apologizes For Stan Lee Tweet After Being Called An “Asshat” By ‘Walking Dead’ Actor

Unless you somehow avoid social media (I envy you!), you probably noticed that upon news of Stan Lee’s passing earlier this week, people from all walks of life posted pictures they took with the Marvel Comics legend. While a great deal of those people posting pictures are outside of the entertainment industry, there were quite a few celebrities that also shared pictures with Lee. And that really perturbed actor Armie Hammer.

Continue reading Armie Hammer Apologizes For Stan Lee Tweet After Being Called An “Asshat” By ‘Walking Dead’ Actor at The Playlist.
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‘Devil May Cry’ Series in the Works as Part of Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Multiverse”

Adi Shankar made good on his promise to deliver "the best fucking video game adaptation ever made to date" with Castlevania, now enjoying its bloody run of two seasons on Netflix. Now, Shankar is upping the ante by taking on not just another video game adaptation, but one from a completely different gaming company and one that will exist under his umbrella of properties in the newly minuted "Bootleg Multiverse." Next up: Capcom's Devil May Cry. Shankar's Bootleg Universe, a banner that showcases his imaginative and ballsy approaches to pop culture mash-ups and reimaginings of popular franchises, …
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Rumor: Marvel Studios Eyeing ‘Kubo’ Director Travis Knight For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’

While Marvel Studios has stayed noticeably mum about anything happening with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” after the unceremonious firing of writer-director James Gunn, it appears that the folks behind the scenes could be looking to get the franchise going again soon.

According to a new rumor from DisInsider, Marvel Studios and Disney have their sights set on Travis Knight as a possible replacement for the ousted Gunn.

Continue reading Rumor: Marvel Studios Eyeing ‘Kubo’ Director Travis Knight For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’ at The Playlist.
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The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise

The Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia have announced the launch of The Criterion Collection as a new independent streaming service. That’s great news for cinephiles that have been mourning the demise of FilmStruck, the niche but well-beloved movie subscription service that WarnerMedia unceremoniously axed last month. However, this happy news for movie lovers seems like it translates […]

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The Next Cinematic Universe is…General Mills’ Cereal Monsters?

For years, every studio in Hollywood has wanted to cash in on the cinematic universe craze. Now that fervor has spread beyond Hollywood and reached…the cereal industry? General Mills, the food company behind ubiquitous brands like Cheerios and Cocoa Puffs, wants to launch the cinematic universe you’ve been craving all this time: a General Mills […]

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: ‘Instant Family’ Star Isabela Moner

Instant Family star Isabela Moner is Collider's Up-and-Comer of the Month but to be honest, it's a bit of a cheat. See, Moner has been up-and-coming for a while. In fact, she has already arrived, having caught her big break in 2014 with the Nickelodeon show 100 Things to Do Before High School, followed by a much bigger break when Michael Bay hand-picked her to star in last year's blockbuster Transformers: The Last Knight, for which she earned a Teen Choice Award nomination. Since then, Moner hasn't looked back. She starred …
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Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?

Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?
The nominations for Film Independent’s 34th Independent Spirit Awards are in. The always-idiosyncratic nominations committees steer toward low-budget indie American movies (there’s supposedly a $20-million budget cap), which explains why ineligible titles include too-expensive “Vice,” Belgian-directed “Beautiful Boy,” French-directed “The Sisters Brothers,” and British movie “Mary Queen of Scots,” among others, and how Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” wound up in the stellar international film category which also includes likely Oscar-contenders “Burning”, “The Favourite”, and Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters”.

Spirit nominations do offer some guidance for other awards shows, from the Screen Actors Guild to the Oscars: back in March, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell all landed Spirit wins in the blustery white tent in Santa Monica the day before accepting their inevitable Oscars. Original Screenplay Oscar winner Jordan Peele took home the Best Feature Indie Spirit for “Get Out”; before that, the previous four winners
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