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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76
“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, the eruptive singer who reigned atop the pop and R&B charts in the late ’60s and early ’70s with a succession of albums and singles of unparalleled power and emotional depth, has died. She was 76.

Franklin was suffering from pancreatic cancer, and had earlier undergone surgery in December 2010. Her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reported Franklin died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,” Quinn said in a statement. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

She was the most lionized and lauded female R&B vocalist of her era. Winner of 18 Grammy Awards, and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement honoree in
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Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)

Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)
After a strong push to get James Gunn back as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” following his firing from the project, Disney and Marvel are standing by their decision to not reinstate him as helmer for the next installment. The decision came following a meeting between Gunn and studio chairman Alan Horn.

Gunn was let go from the project nearly a month ago when dozens of Gunn’s tweets from nearly a decade ago came to light. The so-called joke tweets, about pedophilia and rape, were recently resurfaced by alt-right agitators. The studio acted quickly to remove Gunn from directing the third installment, believing the comments were unacceptable in the Me Too era and were not in line with Disney’s family-friendly image.

Since then, support for Gunn has been widespread, especially from the “Guardians” cast. Cast members including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana asked for Gunn
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Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment

Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment
Darren Aronofsky’s three-part virtual reality series Spheres will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which also will mark the debut of the final chapter of the series, narrated by actress Millie Bobby Brown.

Brown, who received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Eleven on the Netflix series Stranger Things, lends her voice to the actual first installment in the trilogy, Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos, which explores the sounds of the…
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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)

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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)
Thanks to strong test screenings, Lionsgate is moving its Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy “Flarsky” to back four months to the summer season. It will now premiere on June 7, 2019.

Studio executives are feeling bullish about the film after recent audience test screenings gave it scores above 95% — indicating that “Flarsky” can perform as a major summer comedy. “Ocean’s 8” launched on the same weekend this year with $41.7 million and is on its way to a solid $138 million domestically.

Flarsky” had been set to open Feb. 8. Rogen stars as Fred Flarsky, a down on his luck journalist, who through a string of comedic circumstances catches the attention of the world’s most powerful woman, Charlotte Field, (Theron). Much to the chagrin of her handlers, he becomes an important part of her inner circle in her globe-trotting journey to become the first female president of the United States.

Test audiences are comparing
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Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Pocket $5.3 Million on Wednesday

Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Pocket $5.3 Million on Wednesday
Crazy Rich Asians” is on track for a dazzling debut.

Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated romantic comedy is expected to generate $5.3 million on Wednesday, according to early estimates. If projections hold, “Crazy Rich Asians” is heading for a weekend total of $19 million and a five-day tally of $27.5 million-plus. Some tracking predicts the movie, which carries a $30 million price tag, could top $30 million over the five-day period.

That should easily be enough to top the domestic box office over fellow weekend openers, Mark Wahlberg’s “Mile 22” and Sony Pictures Releasing-Studio 8’s “Alpha.”

Jon M. Chu directed the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestselling book of the same name. It stars Constance Wu as an NYU professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend (Henry Golding) for his best friend’s wedding. While overseas, she meets his parents and finds out his family is, you know, crazy rich. Gemma Chan,
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Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince

Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince
A film about a woman in a small cowboy town that wins a date with one of the biggest rock stars in the world sounds like a seriously contrived work of fiction, right? Well, not only is it true, it happened in 1986 with a woman who won an MTV contest to go out on a date with Prince. Not “a prince,” but actual, purple-clad, guitar-toting rock star Prince. And according to Deadline, Elizabeth Banks has signed on to bring this incredible true story to the big screen.

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‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie

‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie
Tony Kaye is making a dramatic casting move for his upcoming feature “2nd Born.” According to Deadline, the “American History X” filmmaker is using an artificial intelligence robot to play one of the lead roles in his new movie. The idea to cast a real robot came from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze. The filmmaker does not want to cast a human actor in makeup or have to rely on computer-generated effects.

According to Deadline, the robot will be trained in different acting methods and techniques prior to filming. Kaye and Khoze are hoping to get the robot SAG recognition.

“2nd Born” is the sequel to Ali Atshani’s “1st Born,” an indie film starring Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, William Baldwin, and Denise Richards. The original film is being released this year by Lotus Entertainment and centers on a married couple whose first pregnancy forces their families to find common ground.
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Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes

Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes
Changes are afoot on the upcoming production of the highly-anticipated American remake of “Toni Erdmann.” The film, which was set to star Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson, as the father-daughter duo at the center of the story, is in the middle of some big changes as the film moves forward towards production, according to The Wrap.

First, and probably foremost in the minds of film fans, Jack Nicholson has left the production for an unknown reason.

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Neill Blomkamp Hints That Actor Peter Weller Could Return In His Upcoming ‘RoboCop’ Film

Neill Blomkamp Hints That Actor Peter Weller Could Return In His Upcoming ‘RoboCop’ Film
There are two words that will make any “RoboCop” fan, like me, suddenly have faith in the upcoming Neill Blomkamp reboot/sequel — Peter Weller.

For those not familiar with one of the greatest films of all time (you read that right), “RoboCop” stars actor Peter Weller as the titular character, aka Alex Murphy. And if you consider every remake, spin-off, and sequel to the original Paul Verhoeven classic, the quality of the film is equal to the amount of Peter Weller on display.

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The Special Bond Between Aretha Franklin and Barack Obama

Three years ago at the Kennedy Center Honors, a 73-year-old Aretha Franklin took the stage in a floor-length fur coat, sat down at the piano and brought President Obama to tears. Her performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” was so rousing that it elicited a standing ovation a full minute before she was even done singing. It would last for just as long after she lowered her mic and bowed. Obama was among the thousands standing for the first lady of soul, and as she sang,
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Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez on Resuming ‘The Amory Wars’

“What we’re doing is weird,” Claudio Sanchez admits with a belly laugh. He’s referring to “The Amory Wars,” the gargantuan sci-fi saga that his band, prog-rock quartet Coheed and Cambria, have unfurled over the last 16 years. “Concept records in themselves are not weird, but for a band to continue a concept over their discography can be a little intimidating to somebody on the outside. It’s like a monthly issue comic book, like, ‘I don’t want to get invested into this 10 issues in. I need to know where to start.
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John Carpenter Plots New ‘Halloween’ Soundtrack for Reboot

John Carpenter Plots New ‘Halloween’ Soundtrack for Reboot
Filmmaker and composer John Carpenter will release the soundtrack for the upcoming Halloween reboot. It will feature music he created along with his regular collaborators, his son Cody, and Daniel Davies. The film, which David Gordon Green directed, marks the first time Carpenter has attached himself to the franchise he created since 1982’s Halloween III. Both the film and the soundtrack will come out October 19th.

The soundtrack features new versions of the film’s creepy theme, along with various instruments that span sounds from the original, and ones made from more modern instruments.
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‘Fox & Friends’ Co-Host Remembers U.S. Defeat of ‘Communist Japan’ in World War II

“Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt had a bit of historical amnesia on Thursday as she recalled great moments in U.S. history like our defeat of “communist Japan” in World War II.

“We defeated communist Japan, radical Islamists. We ask our men and our women to go overseas to fight for our country and sacrifice so much for this great country so we can be the land of the free, the land of the brave,” she said.

“We’re the most generous country in all of the world. Yes, we have our faults, but because of this country, our world is definitely a better place. We are great.”

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Unfortunately for Earhardt, her classification of Japan is incorrect. World War II Japan was not a Communist country but was a fascist military dictatorship presided over by Emperor Hirohito.
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‘Hunt for the Trump Tapes’ Trailer: Even the Easter Bunny Has Something for Tom Arnold (Video)

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‘Hunt for the Trump Tapes’ Trailer: Even the Easter Bunny Has Something for Tom Arnold (Video)
Tom Arnold swears he’s gonna get to the bottom of this whole “Trump tapes” thing, even if he has to take unusual routes. That includes hitting up Peter Cottontail to find out what he’s got on Potus, in the first look at the actor’s new Viceland series, “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes.”

“I’m going to dig as deep as I have to, to expose the ugly truth about the ugly man,” Arnold says in the minute-long trailer.

Viceland’s new series “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold,” will see Arnold doing some “citizen journalism” to find out the truth behind the rumored recordings of Donald Trump. It will begin with Arnold’s appearance on the “Howard Stern Show” and continues to follow the comedian as he meets with figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penn Jillette, Judd Apatow and Rosie O’Donnell. And, apparently,
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Hear Camila Cabello Revamp ‘Real Friends’ With Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee

Hear Camila Cabello Revamp ‘Real Friends’ With Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee
Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee adds an auto-tuned guest spot to Camila Cabello’s newly remixed single “Real Friends.”

The guest’s confident cameo serves as a counterpoint to Cabello’s melancholy vibe. “I pack more than suits in my suitcases/ All this cash, that’s friendly faces,” he sings over the song’s jazzy, fingerpicked electric guitar. “Been movin’ fast, I’m racin’/ Get up, you’re going places.”

The original version of “Real Friends” appears on Cabello’s debut LP, Camila, which Rolling Stone named one of the 50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far.
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Flashback: Aretha Franklin Owns ‘A Natural Woman’ Alongside Mariah Carey and Others

In 1998, VH1 launched one of its most memorable franchises: an annual special called Divas that features multiple generations of iconic vocalists singing their hits as well as each other’s on the same stage. Of course, you can’t debut a series called Divas without including Aretha Franklin, who was joined by Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Carole King at that year’s festivities.

The concert was stacked with larger-than-life vocal moments from each singer, as the participants took the stage for both solo and duet moments.
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Watch Kurt Vile Dodge Parking Cops in New ‘Loading Zones’ Video

Watch Kurt Vile Dodge Parking Cops in New ‘Loading Zones’ Video
Kurt Vile outsmarts the ticket-happy parking cops in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the video for his new song, “Loading Zones.”

In the breezy indie rock tune, Vile muses about riding around town and living life by the simple creed, “I park for free.” The Drew Saracco-directed clip complements the track perfectly as Vile runs errands around Philadelphia, flouting the authority of two meter maids, played by actor Kevin Corrigan and Pissed Jeans’ frontman Matt Korvette. At one point, Vile even takes a ticket and casually scrawls his signature on it,
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Could Steve Bannon’s New Trump Movie Win That New Oscar Category?

Since being booted from the White House and pushed out of Breitbart, Steve Bannon has devoted his time to boosting candidates like Roy Moore and, apparently, producing a new film, Trump @ War. President Trump’s former chief strategist debuted the trailer for his forthcoming “documentary” on Axios Thursday morning.

The clip features cameos from fellow ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowksi, ex-White House aide Sebastian Gorka, Fox NewsPete Hegseth and ex-Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam, as well as footage of Antifa violence spliced with sound bites from Democrats like Tim Kaine,
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Toronto Player ‘One Last Deal’ Picked up by Sales Outfit LevelK (Exclusive)

Scandinavian sales outfit LevelK has picked up “One Last Deal,” Finnish director Klaus Härö’s follow up to Golden Globe nominated film “The Fencer.”

Set to world premiere at Toronto in the Contemporary World Cinema section, “One Last Deal” follows Olavi, an elderly art dealer on the verge of retirement who has always put business and art before everything, and embarks on a journey to sell an unmarked painting found at an auction. The film was written by Anna Heinämaa, and it stars Heikki Nousiainen, Amos Brotherus and Pirjo Lonka.

One of Finland’s most successful filmmakers, Härö made his feature debut with “Elina” which won the Berlin Crystal Bear in 2003, while his latest film “The Fencer” was shortlisted for an Oscar and nominated for a foreign-language Golden Globe in 2016.

“One Last Deal” is produced by Kai Nordberg and Kaarle Aho at Making Movies whose credits include “The Fencer” and
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Aretha Franklin: Her 6 Best Country Performances

Aretha Franklin: Her 6 Best Country Performances
Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul, but she was also an interpreter of songs from all genres, including country and folk music. Franklin died Thursday at 76 after a bout with pancreatic cancer, leaving behind a catalog that showcased her diverse range. Here are six of her best country renditions.

“Gentle on My Mind” (1969)

Written by John Hartford, “Gentle on my Mind” was one of the most omnipresent songs of the late Sixties. Glen Campbell popularized it. Dean Martin turned it into an easy-listening hit. But it was Aretha Franklin
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