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Warrior Renewed for Season 3; Former Cinemax Series Moving to HBO Max

Warrior Renewed for Season 3; Former Cinemax Series Moving to HBO Max
Warrior is still alive and kicking. The martial arts drama, which aired its first two seasons on Cinemax, is relocating to HBO Max for Season 3, TVLine has learned.

This news comes more than a year after Cinemax confirmed that it was ceasing production on original programming.

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Warrior introduced viewers to a distinct world from the past, executed
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Laura Dern and Hugh Jackman to Star in Florian Zeller’s ‘The Son’

Laura Dern and Hugh Jackman to Star in Florian Zeller’s ‘The Son’
Florian Zeller, director of the Best Picture nominee “The Father,” has set his follow-up film based on another of his plays called “The Son,” and Laura Dern and Hugh Jackman are set to star.

Zeller will adapt the screenplay for “The Son” along with his writing partner on “The Father,” Christopher Hampton. Zeller will also produce along with Oscar winners Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, Joanna Laurie for See-Saw Films and Christophe Spadone.

Film4 is co-financing “The Son.” Cross City Films and Embankment are also launching international sales, and Cross City Films and CAA Media Finance are co-representing the U.S. rights.

The Son” follows Jackman as Peter, who has a busy life with his new partner, Emma, as they care for their newborn baby. But his life is thrown into disarray when his ex-wife, Katie, played by Dern, turns up with their teenage son Nicholas. Something is amiss from
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‘Bridgerton’ Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4 by Netflix

‘Bridgerton’ Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4 by Netflix
Netflix renewed its biggest new original series, “Bridgerton,” for seasons 3 and 4 before the second season has even finished shooting.

Season 2 of the sex-soaked show set in Regency London is currently in production and, in keeping with the novels it’s based on, tells a new romance story — that of Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest for love. Sadly for fans of the show, Season 1 star Regé-Jean Page’s character, the Duke of Hastings, will not return for the second season. The series hails from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland.

“‘Bridgerton’ swept us off our feet,” Bela Bajaria, Netflix’s VP of global TV,
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Jon Chu, Adam McKay, Barry Jenkins and More Decry Arclight Closure: ‘This Is Heartbreaking’

Jon Chu, Adam McKay, Barry Jenkins and More Decry Arclight Closure: ‘This Is Heartbreaking’
Following the surprising news Monday that Arclight Cinemas and its sister chain, Pacific Theatres, will not reopen, L.A. residents and Hollywood creatives alike mourned the movie house chain and its iconic Sunset Blvd location with profanity, shared memories, and calls for someone with money to save it.

“What sad news,” director Jon M Chu wrote. “I loved this theater. And I had my first premiere for my first movie #StepUp2TheStreets there. I snuck out of the movie early so I could cut a piece of the red carpet out and keep it. It sits on my desk. ❤️
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‘The Nevers’ Debuts to Best Ratings for Original Series on HBO Max With 1.4 Million Viewers

‘The Nevers’ Debuts to Best Ratings for Original Series on HBO Max With 1.4 Million Viewers
HBO’s newest series “The Nevers” drew 1.4 million viewers across all platforms, including HBO Max, on Sunday night. That matched the overall premiere viewership for last summer’s HBO series “Lovecraft Country.”

Those views are spread out between the linear HBO channel, including Sunday night replays, as well as streaming service HBO Max. On HBO Max specifically, “The Nevers” had the best opening for an HBO original series, surpassing both “Lovecraft Country” and “The Undoing,” the latter of which went on to be HBO’s most-watched series of 2020.

The finale of “The Undoing” drew 3 million viewers in November, HBO’s biggest audience since the Season 2 finale of “Big Little Lies” in 2019.

The Nevers” is set in Victorian England, during a time when London is beset by the “Touched” people (mostly women) who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities — some charming, some very disturbing. Among them are Amalia True (Laura Donnelly), a mysterious,
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Tucker Carlson Denies ‘Doubting’ the Vaccine a Day After Doing Just That (Video)

Tucker Carlson Denies ‘Doubting’ the Vaccine a Day After Doing Just That (Video)
Tucker Carlson was unhappy Wednesday with Dr. Anthony Fauci, after Fauci criticized comments Tucker made the night before in which he appeared to suggest that Covid vaccines aren’t safe and that this information is being concealed by the government.

What was weird however is that Carlson’s responded Wednesday by first denying that he said the things he said just 24 hours earlier, and then by essentially repeating them. You can watch his latest comments above now, but read on for the full context.

So some catch up: On Tuesday, Tucker talked about what he argued has been a severe miscommunication problem from medical science leaders regarding the vaccines, and he complained about messaging that suggests people’s lives cannot meaningfully change even after they’ve received the vaccine, which actually we’ll concede is a good point. Tucker also brought up the pause in distribution of the Johnson & Johnson
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Televisa-Univision Union Sets Stage for Spanish-Language Streaming Giant

Televisa-Univision Union Sets Stage for Spanish-Language Streaming Giant
The union of Mexico’s Televisa and Univision has been considered by both sides for decades. The impetus to finally make a deal come together was a mutual desire to create a Spanish-language streaming giant serving the U.S., Mexico and the rest of the Spanish-speaking world.

In short, the merger of Univision with most of Televisa’s content and distribution assets in a $4.8 billion deal unveiled April 13 was fueled by the same motivation that brought Disney and 21st Century Fox together in 2019 and sent Viacom and CBS Corp. back down the aisle the same year. Together, the Spanish-language stalwarts
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‘You’re in the MCU for Life': Marvel Actors Break Down Their Unexpected Returns to the Franchise

‘You’re in the MCU for Life': Marvel Actors Break Down Their Unexpected Returns to the Franchise
Kat Dennings hadn’t been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World.” Yet if she was ever going to play Darcy Lewis again, “WandaVision” would have been the last thing Dennings’ would have thought for her long-awaited return.

Disney+ has allowed Kevin Feige to significantly expand Marvel’s billion-dollar movie universe into the streaming era. The TV series are meant to put the focus on some of the key supporting players in the movies like Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff and Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, as well as introduce new characters like She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) and Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) that will appear in future films.

With more real estate than ever, anybody who has ever appeared in a Marvel Studios film is finding out they should keep that phone nearby. “Once you’re in the MCU, you’re in the MCU for life,
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‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identity of the Orca: Here’s the Star Under the Mask

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identity of the Orca: Here’s the Star Under the Mask
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 5 Episode 6 of “The Masked Singer,” which aired April 14 on Fox.

Everywhere Mark McGrath goes, people will stop and they’ll see… the Orca.

The Sugar Ray singer and former “Extra” host was the latest celebrity to be revealed on “The Masked Singer,” where he had performed as the Orca. McGrath sang “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” by Poison, for his second and final performance.

“I think it might be the only competitor in the history of ‘The Masked Singer’ whose costume is way cooler than they are in real life,
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‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals Another Contestant in ‘Wildcard’ Elimination: And the Orca Is…

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals Another Contestant in ‘Wildcard’ Elimination: And the Orca Is…
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Wednesday’s “The Masked Singer.”)

Nick Cannon made his official return as “The Masked Singer” host Wednesday after being revealed as the Bulldog in a twist elimination set off by guest host Niecy Nash last week. And his first hour back for Season 5 was the all-important Group A finals, in which Russian Doll, Seashell, Robopine (f.k.a. Porcupine) and Orca went head to head with each other and a new “Wildcard” competitor in hopes of landing a slot alongside the remaining Group B contestants in the Super 8 round. By the end of the night, only four were left standing.

Each contestant performed once more in front of panelists Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger, as well as the now-returned Cannon, who was recovering from Covid-19 earlier this season. And once the regulars had gone, it was time for the introduction of surprise competitor Yeti,
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‘The Masked Singer': Orca Says He Was ‘Never Going to Win’ Because of His ‘Tone’

‘The Masked Singer': Orca Says He Was ‘Never Going to Win’ Because of His ‘Tone’
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Wednesday’s “The Masked Singer.”)

The Masked Singer” unmasked its latest contestant tonight, revealing that Orca was “singer” Mark McGrath, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the band Sugar Ray.

We put quotation marks around “singer” there because McGrath said he puts them around the word as it applies to himself — and he explained why he was “never going to win” the Fox singing competition, despite the fact that he is a “singer.”

“I was supposed to do the show and initially I said no way. To be honest with you, it scared the heck out of me because it’s a singing competition,” McGrath told TheWrap. “Now I know you’re saying, ironically, ‘But Mark, you’re a singer?’ Now, I use the word singer in quotation marks, always, when you refer to me. I have a tone, let’s say.
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Is There a New ‘SNL’ Episode Airing This Week?

Is There a New ‘SNL’ Episode Airing This Week?
SNL” is now nearing the end of its 46th season. The most recent new episode, which aired on April 10, was hosted by “A Promising Young Woman” star Carey Mulligan, with Kid Cudi as the musical guest. It featured a cold open sketch about a local news broadcast discussing the Derek Chauvin trial, in which cast members Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim try to convince their white colleagues not to be so optimistic about how the trial will go.

There hasn’t been much in the way of celebrity cameos in the new year, and, for now, cast member Alex Moffat will continue to play Joe Biden. He played the role for a second time on April 3 in a sketch that also saw Martin Short make a surprise appearance as Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff.

Though the reception for Moffat’s Biden has not been enthusiastic thus far, it’s likely
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3 Questions Colton Underwood’s ‘GMA’ Interview Raises for the ‘Bachelor’ Franchise

3 Questions Colton Underwood’s ‘GMA’ Interview Raises for the ‘Bachelor’ Franchise
Former “Bachelor” star Colton Underwood came out as gay in an emotional interview on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, a revelation that sent shockwaves throughout the “Bachelor” fandom.

“I’ve ran from myself for a long time and I’ve hated myself for a long time, and I’m gay. I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it,” Underwood said in the interview with Robin Roberts. “The next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. I’m still nervous, but it’s been a journey for sure.”

Underwood starred on the 23rd season of “The Bachelor” in 2019, having previously appeared on “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise.” The former professional football player’s decision to remain a virgin was a core part of the narrative throughout all of his appearances to his final rose ceremony. Underwood chose Cassie Randolph to
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How 2021 Oscar Short Doc Nominees Tackled Tales of Past and Present Injustice (Video)

How 2021 Oscar Short Doc Nominees Tackled Tales of Past and Present Injustice (Video)
TheWrap has continued its annual tradition of showcasing the Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Short, gathering the filmmakers behind them to discuss how they brought their stories of injustice past and present to the screen.

Joining TheWrap awards editor Steve Pond on this year’s nominee panel were producer Alice Doyard, (“Colette”) along with directors Sophia Nahli Allison (“A Love Song For Latasha”), Skye Fitzgerald (“Hunger Ward”), Anders Hammer (“Do Not Split”) and Kris Bowers (“A Concerto Is A Conversation”).

Doyard, alongside “Colette” director Anthony Giacchino, took a great deal of time gaining the trust of the film’s subject, Colette Marin-Catherine, one of the last remaining veterans of the French Resistance. The film follows the 90-year-old Colette as she travels with teenage student Lucie Fouble for the first time to the ruins of Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp, where her brother was imprisoned as a Resistance member and was worked to
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‘Ride or Die’ Review: Miles Ahead of Japan’s Stereotypical LGBTQ Films

‘Ride or Die’ Review: Miles Ahead of Japan’s Stereotypical LGBTQ Films
In the spirit of “Thelma and Louise,” a lesbian fugitive and the woman she’d kill for hit the road with three stilettos and a blood-red BMW in “Ride or Die.” A glammed up, erotically-charged cocktail of amour fou and true romance directed by Ryuichi Hiroki and written by Nami Kikkawa, the Netflix production gives agency to full-blooded female protagonists. That’s a rarity in Japan’s studio-dominated, cookie-cutter entertainment industry, which explains its liberating, inexhaustible energy.

Based on the adult-skewing manga “Gunjo” (Ultramarine) by Ching Nakamura, the film stars actor-model Kiko Mizuhara (“Norwegian Wood”) and actor-musician Honami Sato. The two celebs’ graphic sex scenes and full-frontal nudity are bound to be a talking point in Japan, where managers usually exert such tight control over their actors’ public image they forbid anything risqué. Given such a system, the audacity and ardor Mizuhara and Sato generated on screen prove their commitment.
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Pacific Theatres Also Owns the Cinerama Technology. What Happens to It Now That the Chain Is Closing?

Pacific Theatres Also Owns the Cinerama Technology. What Happens to It Now That the Chain Is Closing?
Angelenos are still processing their grief about the closure of the ArcLight theaters. Pacific Theatres announced on Monday that it would close all of its locations, which include the ArcLight Hollywood and the historic Cinerama Dome.

Not as well known is that the theater chain also owns the Cinerama technology. The three-camera filming technique was introduced in 1952 in response to the rise of television, and was virtually obsolete by the time the Cinerama Dome opened on Sunset Boulevard in November 1963. The name lived on for a few years after that, in the form of single-camera 70 millimeter releases that were marketed as Cinerama films — including “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” the first film ever shown at the dome.

The dome itself was not outfitted with the three-camera projection technology until 2002, to coincide with the format’s 50th anniversary. The same year, David Strohmaier released the documentary “Cinerama Adventure,” detailing the history of the process.
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Is ViacomCBS ‘Blowing Smoke’ on Diversity as 4 Top Female Execs Exit? (Exclusive)

Is ViacomCBS ‘Blowing Smoke’ on Diversity as 4 Top Female Execs Exit? (Exclusive)
At least four top female executives at ViacomCBS — including three women of color — have left the company in the last month, raising questions about the network’s ability to retain women and diverse talent at a critical time of change for media companies. In addition to CBS News EVP Kim Godwin — a leading Black news executive who on Wednesday left the network to lead rival ABC NewsTheWrap has learned that Stefanie Schwartz, the EVP of ViacomCBS Digital Studios; Nathalie Bordes, the SVP of data and insights at CBS Interactive; and Sarah Jeon, the EVP of business development and strategic partnerships at ViacomCBS Digital, have all left the company in the past month. In addition to the exodus of female execs from the conglomerate’s digital unit, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky will step down from her position after two years to ink a production deal with ViacomCBS, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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Dave Bautista’s Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Universe’s Most Wanted’ Sells to STX

Dave Bautista’s Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Universe’s Most Wanted’ Sells to STX
STXfilms has nabbed rights to “Universe’s Most Wanted,” a sci-fi fantasy adventure starring Dave Bautista.

It will release the film in the United States, the United Kingdom and India. STX acquired “Universe’s Most Wanted” from AGC Studios and CAA Media Finance.

Universe’s Most Wanted” is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to begin shooting in Melbourne, Australia in late July. The movie centers on a small town that gets a big surprise when a spaceship carrying the universe’s most wanted and dangerous criminals crash lands in their backyard. Soon the sheriff and his son become heroes when they find themselves helping an intergalactic peacekeeper (Bautista) to keep the ragtag group of alien prisoners from escaping and taking over the world.

The deal reunites Bautista with the studio that backed his recent film, the family comedy “My Spy.” However, STX sold to Amazon Prime amid the pandemic so the movie didn’t play in theaters.
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The Night Jim Morrison and the Doors Saw ‘2001’ at the Cinerama Dome

The Night Jim Morrison and the Doors Saw ‘2001’ at the Cinerama Dome
The Doors’ Ray Manzarek was known as a skilled keyboardist and respected music producer (his credits include seminal albums by X), but he was also a knowledgeable movie buff, having graduated from UCLA’s film program and receiving his Mfa in cinematography in 1965. Forty days after school let out, he met Jim Morrison by chance on Venice Beach and the rest is rock ‘n’ roll history.

The Doors provided musical psychedelia that the youth of 1960s America, staring down a war in Vietnam that proved tragically futile, yearned for. And the four members — Manzarek, Morrison, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robbie Krieger — did so while espousing the use of mind-altering substances like marijuana, LSD and other hallucinogens. All of which was reason enough to include Manzarek in a book called “Reefer Movie Madness,” which this author co-wrote with Steve Bloom ten years ago to serve as a guide to “more than 420 mind-bending flicks.
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Julianne Moore, Indya Moore, Chloë Sevigny and Charlotte Gainsbourg Star in Jim Jarmusch-Directed Saint Laurent Fashion Film

Julianne Moore, Indya Moore, Chloë Sevigny and Charlotte Gainsbourg Star in Jim Jarmusch-Directed Saint Laurent Fashion Film
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Julianne Moore, Chloë Sevigny and “Pose” actor Indya Moore star in Jim Jarmusch’s “French Water,” a new fashion film for Saint Laurent.

The nine-minute movie presents a look at the French fashion house’s Women’s Summer ’21 collection. Julianne Moore and Sevigny are seen looking for Gainsbourg at the end of a party before Indya Moore joins them at the affair. Each have several wardrobe changes throughout the movie as they are served water by a waiter played by John C. Reilly’s model and actor son Leo Reilly.

Gainsbourg appears popping in and out of the party by herself, also slipping into different ensembles for each appearance.

“French Water” was also written by Jarmusch and was art directed by Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello. “The dinner party is over. A lone waiter is watching guests search for Charlotte. The echoes of their whispers multiply,” reads
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