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Pharrell Williams Joins Illumination’s Animated Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Grinch’ As Narrator

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Pharrell Williams Joins Illumination’s Animated Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Grinch’ As Narrator
Exclusive: Pharrell Williams, whose Oscar-nominated song “Happy” helped turn Despicable Me 2 into a monster hit in 2013, has rejoined with Illumination and Universal Pictures. Williams has come aboard to be the narrator of the animated The Grinch. Grammy nominee Tyler, the Creator has written an original song — “I Am The Grinch” — and will perform it for the film. Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman has written the film’s score, and Tyler, the Creator and Elfman collaborated on a re-imagined version of the classic Grinch theme “You’re A Mean One.”

The Grammy-winning Williams previously composed the score and original songs for all three films in the Despicable Me series and has been important in Illumination racking up three of the eight top-grossing animated films of all time, with Illumination’s films grossing more than $5.8 billion worldwide in the company’s 11-year run.

Benedict Cumberbatch voices the title role of The Grinch,
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Eddie Murphy, Tim Story Team For New Line Comedy Inspired By ‘Grumpy Old Men’

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Eddie Murphy, Tim Story Team For New Line Comedy Inspired By ‘Grumpy Old Men’
Exclusive: New Line has attached Eddie Murphy to star, and Tim Story to direct and produce, an untitled comedy inspired by the hit Walter Matthau-Jack Lemmon comedy Grumpy Old Men. John Davis is producing through his Davis Entertainment banner. He produced the original.

In the 1983 comedy, two lifelong neighbors who’ve been feuding since childhood find their dislike for one another exacerbated by the presence of a new neighbor who leaves each of them smitten. Ann-Margret played the neighbor and Donald Petrie directed it. They haven’t gotten as far as figuring out who’ll play opposite Murphy, but I have heard Samuel L. Jackson’s name as an inspired idea. He and Story just wrapped Shaft.

Story will produce through his The Story Company banner, and The Story Company’s Sharla Sumpter Bridgett is also producing. Story has directed eight studio features and he became the first
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Here’s Why Captain Marvel Punched That Old Lady in the Trailer

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Here’s Why Captain Marvel Punched That Old Lady in the Trailer
The first trailer for “Captain Marvel” hints at a whole lot of things, from the origin story of Carol Danvers as a superhero, to the fact that she doesn’t remember her life on Earth. It also is pretty vague about the threats she faces when she gets here.

One shot from the trailer gives a sense of what Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is up against, and at least part of the reason she’s returned to Earth, though. It’s the one that makes Carol look a little rough — when she blasts an elderly woman in the face while riding a train.

If you’re a fan of the Marvel comics on which “Captain Marvel” is based, you probably have an idea why Captain Marvel would punch a seemingly innocent human. If not, you need to know about one of the biggest,
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TV Review: A Lackluster Emmys Production, With Wonderfully Surprising Winners

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TV Review: A Lackluster Emmys Production, With Wonderfully Surprising Winners
The greatest surprise at this year's Emmys may have been two of the most powerful forces in television battling to a draw.

With a last-minute twist - "Game of Thrones" returning from a year of ineligibility to claim the Best Drama Series crown over competition including defending champion "The Handmaid's Tale” HBO knuckled its way into retaining its longstanding title as the winningest TV platform. But it shared the title with Netflix, which once again missed out on top drama or comedy honors but which picked up 23 wins - exactly as many as the longtime Emmy top dog.

It represented an odd anticlimax for a TV industry in flux, one so at odds with itself that it tended to throw off surprise wins like often-welcome sparks of inspiration. After an expected early run of comedy wins for Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" ultimately the first streaming series to have won the Best Comedy prize - the awards tended to grow more unruly.
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Emmys 2018: Oscars Director Glenn Weiss Pops the Question to Girlfriend Jan Svendsen

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Emmys 2018: Oscars Director Glenn Weiss Pops the Question to Girlfriend Jan Svendsen
Wedding bells are in the air!

During his acceptance speech for Outstanding Directing of a Variety Special for “The Oscars,” Glenn Weiss proposed to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen.

“Do you know why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend?” the director said. “Because I want to call you my wife.” The crowd inside the Microsoft Theater immediately started cheering, and Svendsen started shaking her head “yes.”

“This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago,” he continued. “And to my sisters and brothers, I didn’t swipe it. Dad knows I have it, okay? I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above. Will you marry me?”

More to come…
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Amy Sherman-Palladino Wins Emmys for Writing, Directing a Comedy Series

Amy Sherman-Palladino Wins Emmys for Writing, Directing a Comedy Series
Mrs. Maisel apparently isn’t the only one who’s marvelous.

Amy Sherman-Palladino picked up back-to-back Emmys Monday night when she won the trophies for Writing for a Comedy Series and Directing for a Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

“My panic room’s going to be so pretty!,” she quipped, a statuette in each hand, after she danced out on stage to accept her second award in just a few minutes’ time.

The wins were just two of the Amazon series’ 14 nominations; star Rachel Brosnahan walked away with the Lead Actress in a Comedy category win a few moments later.
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Patrick Stewart To Play A “Bosley” In Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ As First Plot Details Emerge

Patrick Stewart To Play A “Bosley” In Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ As First Plot Details Emerge
P-Stew meet K-Stew.

In an interesting twist that is sure to have “Charlie’s Angels” diehard fans in a tizzy, Patrick Stewart has been hired to portray Bosley in the new reboot film. Well, more like “a Bosley.” Let’s explain.

According to THR, the veteran “Star Trek” and “X-Men” actor is in final negotiations for the role that would see him join the Kristen Stewart-starring action reboot.

Continue reading Patrick Stewart To Play A “Bosley” In Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ As First Plot Details Emerge at The Playlist.
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Roseanne Barr Says ‘The Conners’ Is Killing Off Her Sitcom Character by Opioid Overdose

Roseanne Barr Says ‘The Conners’ Is Killing Off Her Sitcom Character by Opioid Overdose
Roseanne Barr has revealed the fate of her eponymous television character, Roseanne Conner. The comedian appeared on a recent episode of Brandon Straka’s YouTube show and shared the news her character will die from an opioid overdose when “Roseanne” gets rebooted as “The Conners” on ABC this fall.

“Oh ya, they killed her,” Barr confirmed about her character’s fate. “They have her die of an opioid overdose.”

Barr said the decision to have Roseanne Conner die of an opioid overdose was is an insult to the fans “who loved that family in that show.” However, Barr is no longer involved in front of or behind the camera and therefore had no say in how the new show’s creators got rid of her character.

“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Barr said. “It’s done. It’s over.”

John Goodman, who plays Roseanne’s husband Dan,
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Bryan Singer in Talks to Direct ‘Red Sonja’ for Avi Lerner’s Millennium

Bryan Singer in Talks to Direct ‘Red Sonja’ for Avi Lerner’s Millennium
Bryan Singer is in negotiations to direct “Red Sonja” for Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media, according to a spokeswoman for the producer.

The news comes three months after Singer received the directing credit for Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” despite being replaced by Dexter Fletcher during the latter stages of the shoot. Fletcher came on board to direct in December after Fox fired Singer from the project after repeated absences from the set had forced the studio to halt production.

Singer’s other directing credits include “The Usual Suspects,” “Superman Returns,” “X-Men,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.” He was also dropped as an executive producer on FX’s “Legion” in January in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Millennium Media announced in November during the American Film Market that it was rebooting “Red Sonja” and was planning to finance and produce a new movie based on the female warrior.
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Netflix Lands ‘Bodyguard,’ Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes Hit U.K. Drama

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Netflix Lands ‘Bodyguard,’ Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes Hit U.K. Drama
Bodyguard” is going global with Netflix. It has set ratings alight in the U.K., where it airs on the BBC and is the biggest new drama series for a decade, and will now launch internationally on the Svod platform.

The drama starring Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Keeley Hawes (“The Missing”) is made by ITV-owned shingle World Productions. Madden plays David Budd, a war veteran-turned-cop, assigned to protect a senior politician, Julia Montague, played by Hawes.

The opening episode on flagship channel BBC One won a 40.9% share and generated a huge consolidated viewing figure of 10.4 million. In the coveted 16-34 demographic, it won 1.2 million viewers. That made it the biggest drama launch on any network in recent memory in Britain.

Viewers have stuck with the series. The most recent installment, the fifth, went out Sunday and garnered an overnight rating of 8 million and a 38.2% peak share. Those
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‘Venture Bros': ‘Unicorn in Captivity’ Hints at Where Season 7 Is Headed

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(Note: This post contains spoilers from the Sept. 16 episode of “The Venture Bros.”)

After several episodes of “The Venture Bros.” in a row teasing at the larger plot line of Season 7, the show’s latest entry seems like a one-off episode that doesn’t contribute much to the thread. But the episode includes a few key elements that may well totally change things as the season continues.

In the seventh episode of Season 7, “The Unicorn in Captivity,” we spend a lot of time with the Monarch (Christopher McCulloch) as he becomes the last-minute addition to a heist, organized by villains in the Guild of Calamitous Intent. Though the job is to steal a potentially world-changing teleporter invented by Doc “Rusty” Venture (James Urbaniak), the Monarch isn’t super-thrilled about situation — especially because his only job is to use his butterfly wings to fly around and play lookout. While the story gains its own intrigue,
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Discovery Sued by Couple Who Say They Were Assaulted During ‘Street Outlaws: Memphis’ Shoot

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Things got a little too real during a shoot for the Discovery reality show “Street Outlaws: Memphis,” according to a married couple who are suing Discovery, alleging that they were assaulted during the filming.

According to the suit, filed Monday in federal court in Tennessee by Chad and Genny Larkin, series star Jonathan Day, aka Jj Da Boss, reached out to Chad Larkin on Sept. 17 asking him if he’d be interested in participating in a race to be filmed for the series.

The suit says that the race pitted the invited racers, including Chad Larkin, against the Memphis Street Outlaws, and Day stated that “the invited racers should do everything possible to get into the Memphis Street Outlaws heads because that is what the Memphis Street Outlaws were going to do to the invited racers.”

Also Read: Discovery Sued Over Fatal Reality TV Helicopter Crash

Heated words were exchanged,
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Eddie Murphy to Star in Comedy Inspired by ‘Grumpy Old Men’

Eddie Murphy to Star in Comedy Inspired by ‘Grumpy Old Men’
Eddie Murphy has joined New Line’s untitled comedy that is inspired by “Grumpy Old Men,” the 1983 film starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

Tim Story is directing and producing through his Story Entertainment company, along with John Davis through his Davis Entertainment company. Davis was a producer on the original 1983 movie.

Grumpy Old Men” starred Lemmon and Matthau as feuding neighbors who are competing for the attention of a college professor, played by Ann-Margret. Donald Petrie directed “Grumpy,” which grossed $70 million domestically for Warner Bros. and led to a 1995 sequel, “Grumpier Old Men.”

Story’s directing credits include the two “Ride Along” movies, the two “Think Like A Man” movies, “Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer,” “Fantastic Four,” “Barbershop,” and New Line’s upcoming reboot of “Shaft,” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher.

Murphy will appear next in the Netflix biopic “Dolemite Is My Name,” which he is also producing.
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Watch Rumer Willis, Betty Who Lip-Sync Cher’s ‘Sos’ Cover in New Video

Watch Rumer Willis, Betty Who Lip-Sync Cher’s ‘Sos’ Cover in New Video
Cher‘s video for her cover of Abba’s “Sos” pays homage to the Swedish pop group’s original with a star-studded cast. The pop diva’s Abba tribute album Dancing Queen will be released on September 28th.

Jake Wilson (Hayley Kiyoko, Dua Lipa) helmed the gorgeous video, which uses similar dramatic techniques and stylistic tones to what was featured in the original 1975 video. This time, a young, Cher-less, all-female cast is at the forefront. Rumer Willis, Betty Who, Transparent star Trace Lysette, comedian Sabrina Jalees and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend actress
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CBS TV Studios Closing on Deal to Adapt James Comey Memoir ‘Higher Loyalty’ Into Miniseries

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CBS TV Studios is final negotiations to adapt former FBI director James Comey’s memoir, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” into a miniseries, an insider with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap.

The project will be penned by “Captain Phillips” writer, Billy Ray and comes from from Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout and Shane Selerno’s The Story Factory. Kurtzman recently signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios.

More to come…

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How Instagram’s Igtv Is Redefining Long-Form Video

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In June, Instagram unveiled a new product focused on long-form vertical video — Igtv. And during a private presentation in Los Angeles last week, the company revealed early progress that Igtv has made.

Head of product Ashley Yuki shed light on the strategy behind building Igtv and where it’s headed.

Despite high enthusiasm among the team and two creators brought in to present, Instagram has a few hills to climb before the product is marked as a success for the social media giant.

But four months post-launch, here are five things about Igtv that need fixing if it wants to find success.

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Also Read: YouTube Announces Vertical Video (Watch)

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Sesame Workshop Refutes Ex-Writer’s Claim That Bert and Ernie Are Gay

Sesame Workshop Refutes Ex-Writer’s Claim That Bert and Ernie Are Gay
After a former “Sesame Street” writer said the characters Bert and Ernie were a couple, Sesame Workshop issued a statement on Twitter denying the claim.

“As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends,” said the nonprofit education organization behind the PBS series. “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics … they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

This comes after ex-“Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman said
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‘Sesame Street’ Reminds Everyone Bert and Ernie Are Not Gay or Straight Because They’re Friggin’ Puppets

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‘Sesame Street’ Reminds Everyone Bert and Ernie Are Not Gay or Straight Because They’re Friggin’ Puppets
A former “Sesame Street” writer says popular characters Bert and Ernie are a “loving couple.” Sesame Workshop says that isn’t so, because puppets “do not have a sexual orientation.”

“As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends,” Sesame Workshop, the studio behind the beloved children’s program said in a statement tweeted Tuesday.

Please see our statement below regarding Bert and Ernie. pic.twitter.com/6r2j0XrKYu

— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) September 18, 2018

Also Read: Sesame Workshop Sues Over 'Happytime Murders' Trailer Featuring 'Ejaculating Puppets'

Here are the relevant parts of the Queerty interview that Sesame Workshop was responding to:

Ok, so we have to address–that’s the big question, right? In the writer’s room, you’re all adults. Were you thinking of Bert & Ernie as a gay couple? Did that question ever come up?

I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle,
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Farming’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Farming’
What if the black protagonist of Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” was not a cop infiltrating a racist institution in order to bring it down, but a true believer finding a violent outlet for a psychological Molotov cocktail of internalized racism and pathological self-loathing? This is, roughly speaking, the extraordinary premise of British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s directorial debut “Farming,” which is based with queasy authenticity on his own experiences as a teenage member of a 1980s white skinhead gang in Tilbury, Essex.

Unremittingly, bludgeoningly bleak in its portrayal of his own degradation and humiliation, and displaying only a passing interest in his eventual rehabilitation, the film is remarkable for its lack of self-pity, but it makes the experience of “Farming” a merciless one for the audience too. The process by which a young boy can be turned inside-out against his own skin is scary; scarier still is the sense that deprogramming this mindset,
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A24 Buys Horror-Thriller ‘In Fabric’ for North America

A24 Buys Horror-Thriller ‘In Fabric’ for North America
A24 has bought North American rights to the horror film “In Fabric,” following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

The distributor plans a 2019 theatrical release for Peter Strickland’s title. Bankside Films negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Strickland directed from his own script about a lonely woman who buys a cursed gown from a sinister London department store. “In Fabric” will make its U.S. debut at Fantastic Fest on Sept. 21. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Julian Barratt, Steve Oram, and Gwendoline Christie star in the pic.

Andy Starke produced “In Fabric.” The exec producers are Rose Garnett, Lizzie Francke, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Stephen Kelliher, Hilary Davis, Andrew Boswell, Ben Wheatley, and Ian Benson. The movie was financed by BFI Film Fund, BBC Films, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology, and Twickenham Studios.

“There’s no reason a movie about a devil dress should work,
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