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Disney+ to Launch a Week Early Across Western Europe

Disney+ to Launch a Week Early Across Western Europe
The Walt Disney Company's new streaming service Disney+ will launch in the biggest Western European countries on March 24, a week earlier than originally planned, with much of the rest of western Europe to follow in the summer.

Disney on Tuesday updated its roll-out plans for the direct-to-consumer service, saying that Disney+ will now bow in the U.K. and Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and across German-speaking Europe on March 24 instead of March 31. Further Western European territories, including Belgium, the Nordics and Portugal, will follow this summer.

Disney+ is currently only available in Europe in the Netherlands,...
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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Directors Offer an Update on ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’

‘Bad Boys for Life’ Directors Offer an Update on ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’
The Bad Boys, it is safe to say, ain't going nowhere. The newest feature in the franchise, Bad Boys for Life, dropped in theatres after a 17 year delay after the second one. Stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence came back, mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer came back, but original director Michael Bay did not. Instead, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, known for acclaimed Belgian crime thrillers like Black, made their Hollywood feature film debut on the threequel. And their debut went swimmingly, earning serious bank at the box office and positive notices from critics. Surely, the world is …
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‘Arrow’ Series Finale Images Reveal the Return of Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak

‘Arrow’ Series Finale Images Reveal the Return of Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
After eight seasons, The CW's Arrow will come to a close with next week's episode, titled "Fadeout", directed by James Bamford and written by Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz. While it's certainly a time to say goodbye, some new images from the finale reveal it's also time to say hello, again, to Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak. Rickards left Arrow back in season 7, with the longtime Team Arrow tech wizard Felicity Smoak departing with the all-powerful Monitor (Lamonica Garrett) to a place she can be with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). But that hypothetical …
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Shia LeBeouf Already Wrote His Follow-Up To ‘Honey Boy,’ And It’s Based On The Life Of Rapper Kevin Abstract

Shia LeBeouf Already Wrote His Follow-Up To ‘Honey Boy,’ And It’s Based On The Life Of Rapper Kevin Abstract
We’re living in an age of actors renaissances, Matthew McConaughey, Keanu Reeves, and now Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy are getting the praise they haven’t had in a while, or that simply a different kind of praise than before. Though missing from most end-of-year lists and the award season conversation, Shia LeBeouf also experienced a bit of a comeback last year with his first feature-length script, “Honey Boy.”

The biographical fiction based on his own life was a critical darling out of the Sundance film festival last year, with critics and audiences praising both the script, Alma Har’el’s direction, and the performances by Shia Labeouf as his father, and Noa Jupe’s role as a young Shia.
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No, Jared Harris is Not Playing Doctor Octopus in Marvel’s ‘Morbius’

No, Jared Harris is Not Playing Doctor Octopus in Marvel’s ‘Morbius’
The first-ever trailer for Marvel and Sony’s next Spider-man spinoff “Morbius” left comic book fans reeling with theories. While the plight of the main character, Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) – a scientist dying of a rare blood disease who accidentally turns himself into a vampire – seemed ripped right out of the comics, the role of one Jared Harris remained unclear.

Fans speculated that Harris, who appeared as a concerned friend trying to help Morbius see the light (without killing him) was actually classic Spider-Man villain, Doc Ock.

Dr. Otto Octavius aka Doctor Octopus or Doc Ock, as the fans call him, is yet another genius in the Spider-verse. The engineer-turned-villain is best known by the giant mechanical arms attached to his torso that he controls telepathically. This character was previously played by Alfred Molina in “Spider-Man 2.”

So is Harris the next Doc Ock? We asked at the 2020 SAG Awards,
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NBCUniversal’s Peacock Gets an Enthusiastic Reception From Wall Street

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NBCUniversal’s Peacock Gets an Enthusiastic Reception From Wall Street
You’d think that the steady drumbeat of streaming services being launched might dull the senses, but Wall Street is rather eager to embrace Peacock. NBCUniversal’s new over-the-top entertainment platform sent shares of corporate parent Comcast to an all-time high after its unveiling at the company’s Jan. 16 investor day. The service brought to you by one of America’s oldest traditional broadcasters, it turns out, might be setting a new inflection point for the streaming industry with its innovative use of … advertising.

“Across the three major launches — Disney Plus, HBO Max and Peacock — we thought Peacock stood out in terms of uniqueness of the product and the underlying drivers of value,” wrote Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar.

The service comes in three varieties: free and ad-supported for 7,500 hours of content, including current-season TV, library programming, curated daily news, sports and Spanish-language programming; $4.99 a month for Peacock Premium, which offers twice as much content,
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Sundance 2020: Will the Market Be Colder After Last Year’s Spree?

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Sundance 2020: Will the Market Be Colder After Last Year’s Spree?
When it comes to big acquisition deals for independent movies, Sundance is the room where it happens, to borrow a lyric from “Hamilton.” So it’s a lucky coincidence that Lin-Manuel Miranda will be a guest at this year’s film festival.

For the first time, Miranda will hit the slopes in Park City, Utah, to rub shoulders with film aficionados and industry executives. He’s attending the festival as an interview subject in three documentaries, including “Siempre, Luis,” about his father, Luis Miranda, a dogged political consultant who helped organize a series of “Hamilton” performances in Puerto Rico to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts.

“We now have video proof that I’m the slacker of my family,” Miranda says with a laugh. The documentary, directed by John James, took three years to make. Miranda considers himself a fan of the movie — and the genre. “What’s exciting is
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Netflix Nabs Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Drama

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Netflix Nabs Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Drama
Netflix will back Bradley Cooper’s upcoming drama about Leonard Bernstein, the legendary conductor and musical maestro behind “West Side Story” and “Candide,” Variety has confirmed.

The film was initially set up at Paramount. It has an A-list lineup of producers, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Todd Phillips. Kristie Macosko Krieger from Amblin will also produce.

However, the project doesn’t sound like a commercial slam-dunk, at least not on paper. Younger generations likely draw a blank when Bernstein’s name comes up (if it comes up at all), and Spielberg’s re-make of “West Side Story” is already scheduled to come out in 2020. There’s also a Broadway revival of the show, signaling that we may have entered an era of peak-Bernstein. Having the project launch on a streaming service could help it avoid being judged merely on its box office performance. Netflix will give
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Netflix Commits To Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Film; Scorsese, Spielberg, Todd Phillips Producing

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Netflix Commits To Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Film; Scorsese, Spielberg, Todd Phillips Producing
Exclusive: After launching two Oscar Best Picture nominees in The Irishman and Marriage Story, Netflix is re-stocking its star-driven prestige film arsenal with a big one. Netflix has acquired all rights to the untitled Leonard Bernstein film that Bradley Cooper will direct, star in and produce from the script he co-wrote with Oscar-winning Spotlight scribe Josh Singer. The project exits Paramount, which set the film as a priority project in May 2018. Amblin remains firmly part of the drama that spans over 30 years in telling the beautifully complex story of the marriage between Bernstein and his wife, Felicia Montealegre.

Netflix will make the film with a enviable roster of top producers: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Cooper and his Joint Effort producing partner (and Joker director) Todd Phillips, Kristie Macosko Krieger, The Irishman and Joker double Oscar-nominated producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Fred Berner and Amy Durning. The latter duo shepherded this
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‘The First Purge’ Actor Mo McRae To Direct ‘A Lot Of Nothing’ Dark Comedy With David Oyelowo Attached As Exec Producer

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‘The First Purge’ Actor Mo McRae To Direct ‘A Lot Of Nothing’ Dark Comedy With David Oyelowo Attached As Exec Producer
Exclusive: Mo McRae has set his feature directorial debut with A Lot Of Nothing, a darkly comedic thriller he co-wrote with Sarah Kelly Kaplan. Golden Globe-nominated actor David Oyelowo will serve as an executive producer for the project, which is being produced by McRae, Inny Clemons, Anonymous Content, Mansa Productions founder Kellon Akeem, and Jason Tamasco of Bad Idea.

Slated to begin shooting this spring, the pic follows a couple living in a Los Angeles suburb who is compelled to take dangerous actions when they discover their next-door neighbor is the police officer that just murdered an unarmed motorist

“I feel incredibly honored to be telling this story with such a phenomenal group of artists,” said McRae. “The themes and dynamics in this film have been in my heart and on my mind for many years. I’m extremely excited to embark on this journey and share something electric and timely.
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Cmt Pledges Gender Parity on Video Airplay

Cmt announced on Tuesday that it will institute 50/50 gender parity for video airplay on both Cmt and Cmt Music channels, effective immediately. Women artists will now account for half of Cmt’s total airplay, an increase from the previous 40/60 ratio between women and men.

Leslie Fram, Cmt’s Senior Vice President of Music & Talent, appeared on a segment of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee last week to discuss gender inequity in the country music industry, particularly in both radio and video airplay.

“There are a lot of myths out there
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Flashback: Rush Resurrect 1975’s ‘Anthem’ at Kickoff of Final Tour

Flashback: Rush Resurrect 1975’s ‘Anthem’ at Kickoff of Final Tour
The news that Neil Peart died of brain cancer on January 7th is still sending waves of shock and grief throughout the rock community. Nobody but his tightest circle of friends knew he was sick, making this one of the more unexpected rock deaths in recent memory. The outpouring of sorrow from his fans has been immense, causing Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to release a statement thanking them.

“Our most heartfelt thanks go out to family, friends, musicians, writers and fans from around the globe for the incredible outpouring
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Flashback: David Olney Sings the Character Study ‘Jerusalem Tomorrow’

Flashback: David Olney Sings the Character Study ‘Jerusalem Tomorrow’
David Olney was a unique breed of songwriter, one who rarely revealed himself directly through his songs. Instead, the intimate details that emerged in his remarkable works focused on the emotional being of characters he himself seemed to be learning about as the stories unfolded. Yet because he knew their lives, their motivations, and their failings so instinctively, the details painted with his words were often startling. Olney, who died Saturday at age 71 from an apparent heart attack following a performance at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach,
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‘Kung Fu’ Movie Remake in the Works at Universal From David Leitch

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Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to the ’70s TV series “Kung Fu” and will develop it as a feature film remake. “John Wick” and “Deadpool 2” filmmaker David Leitch is attached to direct, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

David Carradine starred in the original ABC series that ran from 1972-75. Universal will move quickly to set a writer on the film.

Kelly McCormick and Leitch will produce “Kung Fu” for their Universal-based 87North Productions alongside Stephen L’Hereaux. Ed Spielman, the creator of the TV series, will executive produce.

Also Read: 'Hobbs & Shaw' Director David Leitch on Those Epic Surprise Cameos and Post-Credit Scenes

The original series starred Carradine, a white actor, as a Shaolin Monk who traveled the American West while armed with his training in the Chinese martial art of Kung Fu. Carradine once said in an interview that Bruce Lee was at
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Rammstein Announce First-Ever North American Stadium Tour

Renowned for their forward-thinking sounds and pyromanic spectacles, German metal titans Rammstein will finally bring their explosive stadium act to North America this summer.

The highly anticipated tour will kick off August 20th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, span across eight U.S. stadiums, then close out in Mexico City’s Foro de Sol on September 27th. The tour will be produced by Aeg Presents.

The group made headlines in 2019 after guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe shared an onstage kiss while performing in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. The kiss
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Alicia Keys Plots New Album, Summer Tour

Alicia Keys Plots New Album, Summer Tour
Alicia Keys will release her new album, Alicia, March 20th via RCA Records then kick off a North American tour in support later this summer.

Alicia marks Keys’ seventh studio album and follows her 2016 effort, Here. The album announcement comes in the wake of her new single, “Underdog,” which was released earlier this month. Last year, Keys shared two additional new songs, “Time Machine” and “Show Me Love,” a duet with Miguel (a full tracklist for Alicia has yet to be released).

Keys will kick off her world tour in
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The Grammys and Black Music: A Timeline of Snubs and Embarrassments (Photos)

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The 2018 Grammy nominations were a triumph for diversity, with far more hip-hop and R&b nominees in the top categories than ever before.

In a way, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that an organization devoted to supporting and honoring music would recognize the current ascendance of hip-hop as the dominant popular music form. But it is something of a delicious shock, because since they began in the 1950s, the Grammys have not exactly been inclusive.

No hip-hop song, for instance, has ever won Record of the Year or Song of the Year. You could argue that they’ve been shortsighted when it comes to rock music and Latin music and jazz and other genres, too, that there’s an inevitable conservatism that comes from having a huge body of voters considering such a vast musical landscape.

But the decades worth of snubs and oversights are not pretty. A timeline:

1959

At the first Grammys,
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‘We Can’t Have All Our Artists Die’: How the Music Industry Is Fighting the Mental-Health Crisis

In 2009, Anders Osborne found himself at rock bottom. He was bankrupt, his house was in foreclosure, his wife had kicked him out, and he couldn’t see his two young kids. His livelihood was playing gigs, but he couldn’t even do that — he’d often show up too drunk or high to perform. “For close to a year, I’d [either] try to find a friend’s couch to sleep on I lived in the park,” says Osborne, a New Orleans-based singer-songwriter who’s collaborated with everyone from Phil Lesh to Tim McGraw.
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New Doc on Inxs’ Michael Hutchence: 12 Things We Learned

New Doc on Inxs’ Michael Hutchence: 12 Things We Learned
Twenty-two years have passed since Inxs frontman Michael Hutchence died, and while songs like “Never Tear Us Apart,” “New Sensation,” and “Need You Tonight” remain staples on classic-rock radio and at karaoke clubs, the band has had a difficult time moving forward. Despite putting out two records with different singers and launching a TV competition to find a new vocalist (Rock Star: Inxs aired in 2004), Hutchence’s shadow has loomed large over the band. That’s because the singer boasted an unmistakable voice and a unique presence, not to mention
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Robert Earl Keen Talks Enduring Nature of ‘The Road Goes on Forever’ With Chris Shiflett

The road goes on forever, and the podcasts never end.

On this week’s episode of Walking the Floor, Chris Shiflett kicks off a new year of biweekly podcasts by sitting down with Robert Earl Keen, whose 18 albums have cemented his status as a modern-day godfather of Texas country. The pair’s conversation was taped during AmericanaFest 2019, with a live audience shouting its approval in the background. Filled with anecdotes about Steve Earle, the Texas dancehall circuit, and the backyard songwriting session that spawned Earl’s signature song, “The Road Goes on Forever,
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