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"Game Of Thrones:" HBO Confirms April Premiere For Season 8

It’s official. The anticipated eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" will launch in April. HBO released a promotional video Tuesday morning with no specific date, but official word that the series will return for its final go-round in April 2019. The retrospective video features recycled footage with the most iconic scenes from the series so far.

An April premiere is not a big surprise, since Season 1-Season 6 launched in April or late March; Season 7 premiered in July 2017. But until today, the only official time frame for the debut came from HBO programming president Casey Bloys, who said the series would return in the first half of 2019. Star Maisie Williams was more specific, saying in an interview with the UK’s Metro in January that the series was eyeing an April 2019 premiere.

HBO previously revealed that the final episode was shot over 55 nights in three locations.
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'Godzilla vs. Kong' Synopsis Released as The Film Goes Into Production

'Godzilla vs. Kong' Synopsis Released as The Film Goes Into Production
Director Adam Wingard has assembled his cast for Godzilla vs. Kong and is now shooting the film! Legendary Pictures officially announced that production began on Twitter and the first synopsis for the film has been released giving us our first idea of what the story will entail.

Legends will collide. Production has officially begun on Godzilla vs. Kong. In theaters everywhere Summer 2020.#Godzilla pic.twitter.com/IyegYH5Agb

— Legendary (@Legendary) November 12, 2018

The cast for the film includes Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Demian Bichir (The Nun), Van Marten (The Walking Dead) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon).

As for the the synopsis, it reveals that the two iconic creatures will do
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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95

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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium when he co-created much of Marvel Comics’ vast library of characters and concepts, died Monday, according to THR. He was 95.

Working alongside fellow comics titans like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby during the 1960s, Lee was instrumental in sparking what became known as “the Marvel revolution,” a shift in superhero comics that emphasized flawed protagonists expressing humanistic values. Concepts and plots remained as colorful and weird as ever. But Marvel characters, written with complex, realistic personalities and mundane private lives, often had to resolve family, dating and even financial challenges while protecting the public from an increasingly packed roster of supervillains.

This new approach to superhero comics debuted in “The Fantastic Four,” a team of superheroes presented as a dysfunctional but loving family unit that Lee co-created with Kirby in 1961. Lee credited his wife, Joan, for
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Netflix Sets ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Holiday Special (Video)

Netflix Sets ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Holiday Special (Video)
Sabrina Spellman will return to Netflix sooner than you think — and she’s bringing a little holiday cheer with her. Kiernan Shipka and the rest of the cast of the streamer’s haunting new take on the half-teen, half-witch will be back for a holiday episode, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale,” set to drop Friday, Dec. 14.

Here’s the special installment’s official logline: The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice–the longest night of the year–when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors–both welcome and unwelcome– you never know what might come down the chimney…

Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair,
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What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained

What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained
Leave it to “Toy Story” to grapple with the big questions in life. Why are we here? Why are we alive? What is life about? And who — or what — is Forky?

That’s the question confusing many online after Disney and Pixar released the first teaser for “Toy Story 4.” The trailer features the toys prancing in a slow motion circle to the tune of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” only for a spork with googly eyes and red pipe cleaners (as voiced by “Veep’s” Tony Hale) to shriek in terror, “I don’t belong here.”

Because Forky may not be a “toy.” Director Josh Cooley explains in the announcement for the teaser that he is an actual spork-turned-craft-project. And though Bonnie, the new young girl and owner of all of Andy’s old toys, plays with Forky as though he were one, he feels he doesn’t belong.
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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires

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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires
In the wake of the devastating Southern California wildfires, Netflix has canceled its second AFI red carpet for the Sandra Bullock movie Bird Box out of respect to the victims and those battling the tragedy. The screening for the movie will go on as planned at the Tcl Chinese Theatre tonight at 7:30Pm.

Last night Netflix cancelled the red carpet for the Coen Brothers’ movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Paramount also cancelled their red carpet and after party for the Mark Wahlberg-Rose Byrne movie Instant Family yesterday due to the fires.

Below is a statement from Netflix about the cancellation of Bird Box‘s red carpet tonight.

Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires. In light of these tragedies, we will be cancelling tonight’s AFI Fest red carpet coverage for Bird Box. The screening will continue as planned.
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Playboy Walks Back Ennio Morricone Interview Trashing Quentin Tarantino as a ‘Cretin’

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Playboy’s German publisher is walking back its defense of a recent article published about Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, admitting that Morricone’s words were “reproduced incorrectly.”

The magazine apologized to Morricone after he threatened to sue Playboy in a libel lawsuit over the interview that quoted him trashing Quentin Tarantino as a “cretin.”

“Up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist. In the past, we have had no reason to doubt his journalistic integrity and skills,” Playboy’s German publisher, Hubert Burda Media, said in a statement.

“Based on the information now at our disposal, we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly. We would like to express our regret should Mr. Morricone have been portrayed in a false light. We are working
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‘Elseworlds’ First Promo: Oliver and Iris Kiss as ‘Arrowverse’ Crossover Rewrites History (Video)

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When The CW teased that The Flash and Arrow would be trading places during the upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover event, they weren’t kidding.

In the first promo for the annual three-night event, we see Iris West-Allen (“The Flash”) kissing Oliver Queen (“Arrow”). Wait, what? Yes, Oliver and Iris, locking lips — and then she calls him Barry Allen. Based on previous hints about this year’s Arrowverse crossover, we know Barry (Grant Gustin) and Oliver (Stephen Amell) are going to be swapping supersuits, and it looks like switching lives entirely.

The crossover will see the return of Tyler Hoechlin as Superman, the introduction of Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, and the debut of Ruby Rose’s out Batwoman. Other new cast members include Jeremy Davies as Dr. John Deegan, Lamonica Garrett as The Monitor, and Cassandra Jean Amell as Nora Fries, wife of Mr. Freeze.

Also Read: 'Arrowverse' Crossover: 'Supergirl
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Sturgill Simpson’s Conversation With Damien Echols: 8 Things We Learned

Sturgill Simpson’s Conversation With Damien Echols: 8 Things We Learned
It’s been seven years since Damien Echols walked out of an Arkansas prison after spending 18 years — half of his life at the time — on death row for a crime he did not commit. Now, at 43, the West Memphis Three figure (one of a trio of teenagers railroaded to convictions with no physical evidence for a shocking 1993 triple child killing during the days of satanic panic in the buckle of the bible belt) writes bestselling books, makes art, speaks as an advocate for criminal justice reform, travels the country teaching magick,
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Robyn Announces 2019 North American Tour

Robyn Announces 2019 North American Tour
Robyn will embark on a North American tour next year in support of her latest album, Honey.

The 11-date trek kicks off February 23rd at the Palladium in Los Angeles, California and includes stops in cities like Oakland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Boston. Robyn will also perform a previously-announced and already sold-out show at Madison Square Garden in New York City March 8th. The tour wraps March 14th at Rebel in Toronto, Ontario.

Tickets for Robyn’s Honey tour go on sale November 16th at 10 a.m.
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Oscars: Trio at the Top in the Lead Actress Race

Oscars: Trio at the Top in the Lead Actress Race
At this point in the Oscar race, all of the serious contenders for lead actress have been seen. So how is this year’s field stacking up?

Three performances feel like shoo-ins for nominations: Olivia Colman’s mad Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” a controversial category placement decision for a role some argue is supporting (though the film really features triple leads); Lady Gaga’s portrayal of a working-class diamond-in-the-rough in “A Star Is Born,” which could be one of two bids in the picture for the recording superstar, including original song recognition; and Melissa McCarthy’s best work yet as author/cat lady Lee Israel in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” which should make her a return contender after her first nomination seven years ago for “Bridesmaids.”

The battle for the gold likely lurks among that trio, but it will be interesting to see how the final two slots
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‘Game of Thrones’ Details Final Season Premiere

‘Game of Thrones’ Details Final Season Premiere
The final season of Game of Thrones will arrive in April. HBO shared the timetable in a dramatic new teaser that comprises a montage of some of the most memorable Game of Thrones moments. The clip is part of HBO’s new #ForTheThrone campaign, which will be unveiled in full over the coming months. The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will feature just six episodes. While the show was expected to return this year, two of the series’ stars – Sophie Turner and Liam Cunningham – hinted at the
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Ratings: ‘Manifest’ Descends From Last Week

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NBC won another Monday in primetime with “The Voice” and “Manifest.” The steady singing competition is now in its playoff rounds, though that could not keep the Robert Zemeckis drama at the same altitude it reached last week.

ABC finished second in TV ratings last night, edging CBS. That No. 2 claim could change, however, as the Disney-owned broadcast net was preempted in local markets for a particularly competition “Monday Night Football” game.

The CW also had an NFL preemption.

Also Read: Apocalypse Not Yet? First 'Walking Dead' Without Andrew Lincoln Sees Steady Ratings

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.7/7 and 9.5 million viewers. At 10, “Manifest” had a 1.1/5 and 6.1 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 7.1 million.
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‘Bird Box’ Film Review: Sandra Bullock Battles Her Fears in Thoughtful Thriller

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‘Bird Box’ Film Review: Sandra Bullock Battles Her Fears in Thoughtful Thriller
There is no shortage of post-apocalyptic thrillers in film; audiences seem to be obsessed with watching, analyzing and thinking about when and how humanity will reach its end. “Bird Box,” the upcoming Netflix sci-fi thriller adapted from Josh Malerman’s novel, offers both an interesting take on the end of the world and riveting, emotional insights on survival, parenthood, and humanity itself.

Director Susanne Bier (“The Night Manager”) uses a very intuitive and keen style that combines the wise use of environment, as well as the innate psychology of a woman facing an uncertain journey that requires her to ultimately face her biggest fear: connection. Many will be tempted to compare it to “A Quiet Place,” and while the two share many similarities, “Bird Box” differs by building its thrills on emotion rather than playing with the quiet anticipation of the unexpected.

The film opens as Malorie (Sandra Bullock) is
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Elvis Costello on His New Album, Mortality and His Musical Evolution

Elvis Costello on His New Album, Mortality and His Musical Evolution
Elvis Costello is feeling just fine, thank you very much. Reports of a “battle with cancer” were wildly exaggerated, he says — earlier this year, doctors found an isolated malignancy, and removed it without complications. He got the news three-quarters of the way into the recording of Look Now, his first album in five years, and, if anything, he just threw himself harder into the process. The album turned out to be his best-received work of this century, combining immaculate, expansively arranged pop compositions (Burt Bacharach and Carole King were collaborators
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In the New Retail World Order, Licensing Partners Become Competitors

Despite the demise of Toys R Us, which rocked sales for Hollywood’s film and TV merchandise, the death of retail stores is exaggerated.

Online commerce only accounts for around 10% of U.S. retail sales, and such brick-and-mortar mass-market retailers as Walmart and Target are still corralling two-thirds of sales in many product categories. But the pursuit of direct-to-consumer sales online by all players in the merchandise ecosystem has unleashed multi-directional competition, and that contributed to Toys R Us shuttering its stores in bankruptcy earlier this year.

“It used to be sacrosanct that studios and television networks not compete with retailers and manufacturers,” says Ira Mayer, a New York-based consultant and co-director of the Institute of Branding & Licensing at Long Island U.-Post. “Now the studios and TV networks sell direct to consumers, and the manufacturers sell direct to consumers, competing with their retailer customers. Everybody is competing with everybody.
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Hugh Jackman Remembers Stan Lee, Admits He Didn’t Know a Wolverine Was a Real Animal (Video)

Hugh Jackman Remembers Stan Lee, Admits He Didn’t Know a Wolverine Was a Real Animal (Video)
Hugh Jackman honored the legacy of Stan Lee following his death Monday, telling Stephen Colbert of the lessons he learned from the Marvel co-creator who had changed the lives of so many.

For one, Lee indirectly taught Jackman that a wolverine, his name sake hero, is in fact a real animal and not some made up character.

“Embarrassingly, I didn’t know what a wolverine was, and I had never heard of such an animal, and I presumed it was a made-up name for the comic book,” Jackman said Monday on “The Late Show.” “I had never read an X-Men comic, I’d never seen a wolverine, we don’t have them in our zoos. We have a lot of crazy animals in Australia. I presumed it was a wolf, and I did study wolves. I watched some documentaries. There was a big IMAX documentary, and I went to see it twice at the time.
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‘The Voice’ Recap: Live Playoffs Begin With 24-Singer Marathon

‘The Voice’ Recap: Live Playoffs Begin With 24-Singer Marathon
Monday night saw a two-hour marathon of music as the live playoffs of The Voice Season 15 got underway, with all 24 contestants taking the stage for a full performance. Shoes were thrown and high notes were hit as a 13-year-old phenom capped the show once again, but the field will now be cut in half as fans and the coaches cast their votes.

Blake Shelton’s team kicked the night off, with early stand outs including Nashville’s Natasia Greycloud and her gospel-inflected cover of Ariana Grande’s “God Is a Woman.
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Watch U.S. Trailer of Manolo Caro’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ (Exclusive)

Watch U.S. Trailer of Manolo Caro’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ (Exclusive)
Manolo Caro’s pan-Latin American version of movie franchise hit “Perfect Strangers” is set for a Dec. 25 release in Mexico by its producer-distributor Cinepolis, followed by a Jan. 11 U.S. bow from Pantelion. Variety has been given exclusive access to the dark ensemble comedy’s official U.S. trailer and poster.

Perfect Strangers” revolves around a circle of friends who decide to lay bare all their secrets at a dinner, placing their smartphones on the table to share any incoming messages or calls that evening. What starts as a parlor game takes an unexpected, disastrous turn.

“The premise cleverly zeroes in on a fear few want to even contemplate: Being found out,” said Variety critic Jay Weissberg in his review. “Once upon a time secrets were shared between friends, but now the cell has become the repository of our illicit behaviors, and the moment that’s exposed, all is laid bare,
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‘Insecure,’ ‘Smilf,’ ‘Vida’ Among Series Awarded with Inaugural ReFrame TV Stamp (Exclusive)

ReFrame and IMDbPro have awarded 62 television and streaming series their first-ever ReFrame Stamp for Television, Variety has learned exclusively.

The ReFrame Stamp was created by ReFrame, a coalition of industry professionals founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, to recognize projects that have demonstrated success in gender-balanced hiring. Productions that receive the stamp are those that hire female-identifying people in four out of eight critical areas of production, including writing, directing, showrunning, producing, lead acting roles, season regular acting roles, department heads and crew members. Those series must reflect diversity across all of the season, not just specific episodes.
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