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Johnny Depp to Play War Photographer W. Eugene Smith in 'Minamata'

Johnny Depp to Play War Photographer W. Eugene Smith in 'Minamata'
Johnny Depp is set to play celebrated war photographer W. Eugene Smith in upcoming drama Minamata.

Based on the book by Smith and his wife Aileen Mioko Smith, and adapted for screen by David K. Kessler, the film is being directed by Andrew Levitas, and is being billed as a "real life David versus Goliath story," pitting Smith against a powerful corporation responsible for poisoning the people of Minamata, a Japanese fishing village, in 1971.

With the glory days of World War II far behind him, Smith has become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career....
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When Does Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Premiere on NBC? January, According to Terry Crews

When Does Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Premiere on NBC? January, According to Terry Crews
Attention all Brooklynites! The return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine isn't as far off as you might think.

After being canceled by Fox, beloved comedy series was saved by NBC and revived for a sixth season. That means we'll get to see what happens after Jake and Amy's wedding, and check in with the rest of the gang. Plenty of reasons to be excited, no? Fortunately for all of us, star Terry Crews revealed exactly when we can expect our favorite detectives back on our TV screens: January.

The actor, who plays human teddy bear Terry Jeffords, dropped the news during an Instagram live video in which he was clearly on set and dressed as his character.

Video | Terry Crews just announced on instagram live that Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be back with season 6 in January!! pic.twitter.com/85C2lj8Znm

- Brooklyn 99 Updates (@UPDATESB99) October 22, 2018

Although costars like Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher,
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Willy Wonka Actress Diana Sowle, Who Played Charlie's Mom, Dies At Age 88

Willy Wonka Actress Diana Sowle, Who Played Charlie's Mom, Dies At Age 88
The actress who played golden ticket-winner Charlie Bucket’s mom in the beloved 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie has died.

Diana Sowle died early on Friday, her representative confirmed to the BBC. She was 88. A cause of death for the actress has not been revealed.

“She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, and will be deadly missed,” the rep said in a statement, adding that Sowle died “with family by her side.”

Sowle is best remembered for her role in the 1971 film, her first-ever screen credit, where she memorably sang “Cheer Up Charlie.”

Her only other film
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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020
Warner Bros. has moved Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 back seven months from Nov. 1, 2019, to June 5, 2020.

The sequel, which is set in 1984, replaces Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man, which has been taken off the schedule.

Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, said, "We had tremendous success releasing the first 'Wonder Woman' film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs."
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Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She Once Dated Will Smith's Fresh Prince Costar Alfonso Ribeiro

Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She Once Dated Will Smith's Fresh Prince Costar Alfonso Ribeiro
Will Smith isn’t the only The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Jada Pinkett Smith has romanced.

Before Alfonso Ribeiro helped Smith meet his now-wife Pinkett Smith, it turns out he and the actress went out.

“I actually think I dated Alfonso,” Pinkett Smith, 47, said on Monday’s episode of her Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk featuring Smith, their daughter Willow and Pinkett Smith’s mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones. “I think I went one date together.”

This didn’t come as a shock to Smith, though. “And he, like, took you on a motorcycle or something,” the actor, 50, added.

She continued,
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Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports Launches ‘Why Sports Matter’ Podcast

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Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports Launches ‘Why Sports Matter’ Podcast
Religion of Sports, the media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra, announced the launch of a new podcast series on Tuesday.

“Why Sports Matter” will be available on the Cadence13 podcast network from Oct. 30. The series will explore the larger themes of tribalism, authenticity, leadership and more through compelling stories that illustrate how sports provide meaning, purpose and significance in people’s lives.

“As long as I’ve been playing sports, I’ve had to fight to overcome obstacles and adversity,” NFL legend Brady said in a press release Tuesday. “Sports are more to me than wins and losses — its emotions encompass much of my life. Being able to share stories of others like me, with similar struggles and triumphs is compelling and authentic. I couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come for Religion of Sports.”

Also Read: Why Gotham Chopra, Tom Brady
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CBS TV Distribution President Paul Franklin to Retire

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CBS Television Distribution president Paul Franklin will retire after a 30-plus year career in the TV business.

Franklin joined CBS in 2016, overseeing all operations for CBS TV Distribution, the company’s arm that handles syndication. Before that, he spent a 28-year tenure at 20th Television and MyNetwork TV.

“I tried to retire once before, but failed,” Franklin said. “I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work at CBS and lead the top syndicator in the business. For the last few years, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my colleagues at CBS, our talented hosts and producers, and our station partners. CBS has been a highlight of my career, and I am proud to have kept us on top. I’ve worked in this industry I love for more than three decades, but now it feels like the right time to retire and finally have time to spend with my family,
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Universal In Negotiations to Option John Lennon and Yoko Ono Love Story for Jean-Marc Vallée to Direct

Universal Pictures is in negotiations to option the rights to an untitled project based on the relationship between John Lennon and Yoko Ono, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Universal will acquire the spec package from Michael De Luca Productions and Immersive Pictures as written by Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”) for Jean-Marc Vallée to direct.

Ono will produce alongside Michael De Luca for his eponymous production company along with Immersive Pictures’ Josh Bratman and McCarten.

Also Read: John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Sons Come Together for a Selfie (Photo)

Vallée and his producing partner Nathan Ross will also produce through their production company, crazyrose. This will be Vallée’s first film since directing all episodes of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects.”

The spec script focuses on Lennon and Ono’s love story and themes of love, courage, activism, and peace–both inner and outer.
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Megyn Kelly Defends Wearing ‘Blackface’ on Halloween: ‘When I Was a Kid That Was Ok’ (Video)

Megyn Kelly Defends Wearing ‘Blackface’ on Halloween: ‘When I Was a Kid That Was Ok’ (Video)
Megyn Kelly defended the possible use of blackface on Halloween, saying that she didn’t see the the big deal if a white person wanted to dress up as a black person on the holiday.

“What is racist?” Kelly asked. “You get in trouble if you’re a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. When I was a kid that was Ok as long as you were dressing up as a character.”

In her defense, Kelly cited “Real Housewives” star Luann de Lesseps who darkened her appearance to more accurately portray Diana Ross — she later apologized.

Also Read: Megyn Kelly to Return to NBC Primetime in August

“People said that that was racist,” Kelly continued. “I felt like who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ to Debut on NBC in January, Terry Crews Says

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ to Debut on NBC in January, Terry Crews Says
Sgt. Terry Jeffords, reporting for duty — next January.

On Monday, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews took to Instagram Live to tell “Nine-Nine” fans to expect Season 6 of the Dan Goor-created series to hit NBC in January.

While we previously knew that fresh episodes of the critically-acclaimed comedy would be arriving on its new home network at midseason, this is the first concrete evidence we’ve had about exactly when the 99th precinct will be cracking down on crime on NBC, after being canceled by Fox in the spring.

Also Read: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Fans Mourn Chelsea Peretti's Exit With Pitch-Perfect Gina Linetti GIFs

“This is the deal, man. I’m so happy, man,” Crews says in the short clip. “‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is coming back in January on NBC.”

NBC declined TheWrap‘s request for comment on the Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher-led comedy’s sixth season premiere date.
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World Series Preview: Dodgers-Red Sox Should Draw a Big Nielsen Crowd to Fox

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With the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox set to begin the World Series Tuesday night from Fenway Park, Fox is looking at a strong showing for the World Series for the third consecutive year.

Major League Baseball has been stuck with the narrative that it’s fading away from the public interest, and has trouble creating marketable stars. After all, one of the sport’s crown jewel events, the All-Star Game, has been hemorrhaging viewers, falling to a record low 8.7 million viewers this past July. And the Los Angeles AngelsMike Trout, widely regarding as the sport’s best player, is about as recognizable to American sports fans as NBA journeyman Kenneth Faried.

However, at least in the playoffs, baseball remains appointment television, though that didn’t appear to be the case a few years ago. The earlier part of this decade was a Nielsen nightmare for Fox
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George McTeague Named Senior VP of Development at Optomen Productions (Exclusive)

George McTeague has been appointed senior vice president of development for Optomen Productions, an All3Media company, Variety has learned exclusively.

In his new role, McTeague will report directly to Optomen’s president, Maria Silver. He will be based out of the New York office and work alongside Los Angeles-based senior vice president Ricky Kelehar, who relocated earlier this year to establish a West coast office for Optomen and help oversee the launch of Optomen Entertainment. The new division is focused on formats and game shows for domestic production and global distribution.

“George is a well-respected developer with a track
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Hear Ben Stiller’s Punk Band Capital Punishment Remake Their Old Song ‘Confusion’

Hear Ben Stiller’s Punk Band Capital Punishment Remake Their Old Song ‘Confusion’
Ben Stiller’s teenage punk band Capital Punishment unveiled a remake of one of their earliest tracks, “Confusion,” which will appear on their upcoming Ep, This Is Capital Punishment. The record will be released physically November 23rd, while a digital version arrives December 7th, via Captured Tracks.

The new version of “Confusion” opens with a mix of razor-sharp guitars and gurgling synths that fill the space between Stiller’s crisp drum hits. Capital Punishment vamp on this groove until suddenly the song transforms into a blistering rush of post-punk and noise.
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Hear Beach House’s Glistening New Song ‘Alien’

Dream-pop purveyors Beach House have unveiled new song, “Alien.” An outtake from their 7 recording sessions, it was previously available on tour only and is now being released as a limited edition B-side to 7 track “Lose Your Smile” on “slime green vinyl”.

In the song’s accompanying video directed by San Charoenchai, a kaleidoscope of black-and-white undulating patterns enhances the hypnotic vibe of “Alien.” “Sorry, sometimes, I get carried away,” Victoria Legrand gauzily sings over glistening melodies. The tune culminates in luscious vocal round-robin layers as Legrand and Alex Scally’s
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Flashback: Billy Joel Plays ‘Movin’ Out’ on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’

Flashback: Billy Joel Plays ‘Movin’ Out’ on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’
Billy Joel recently announced the first 2019 date of his Madison Square Garden residency, which will mark his 60th concert at the New York arena since his began his monthly residence there five years ago. He’s played to capacity crowds at every single concert, and he’s tried to make each one unique by reviving songs he hasn’t touched for decades and bringing out surprise guests like Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Jimmy Fallon, Paul Simon and Miley Cyrus. Joel turns 70 in May, but he says he has absolutely no
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Exclusive: In Leaked Audio, Brian Kemp Expresses Concern Over Georgians Exercising Their Right to Vote

Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State and the Republican nominee for Georgia governor, expressed at a ticketed campaign event that his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams’ voter turnout operation “continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote,” according to audio obtained by Rolling Stone.

An attendee of the “Georgia Professionals for Kemp” event says they recorded 21 minutes and 12 seconds of the evening, held last Friday at the Blind Pig Parlour Bar near Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. As proof of their attendance, the source shared with
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Megyn Kelly Sparks Backlash With ‘Blackface’ Comments

Megyn Kelly Sparks Backlash With ‘Blackface’ Comments
Megyn Kelly sparked social-media backlash Monday in a discussion on her “Megyn Kelly Today” about Halloween celebrants wearing black or white face makeup.

Kelly wondered aloud during a conversation about universities putting pressure on students not to wear costumes that might be deemed offensive. “What is racist?” she asked a panel that included Jenna Bush Hager, Jacob Soboroff and Melissa Rivers. “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long
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Claypool Lennon Delirium Preview New LP ‘South of Reality’ With Psychedelic Song

Primus bassist Les Claypool and multi-instrumentalist Sean Lennon have united for their second collaborative album as the Claypool Lennon Delirium. The self-produced South of Reality – out February 22nd, 2019 via Ato Records and available for pre-order now – follows their 2016 debut, Monolith of Phobos, and proggy 2017 covers Ep, Lime and Limpid Green.

The experimental psych-rock duo previewed the LP with the six-and-a-half-minute “Blood and Rockets,” a sprawling epic that finds Lennon and Claypool crooning and snarling, respectively, over spacey synths and chiming guitars. “How high does your rocket fly?” Lennon sings on the chorus,
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Italian Hit ‘Perfect Strangers’ Set for Arabic Remake

Italian Hit ‘Perfect Strangers’ Set for Arabic Remake
Smash hit Italian concept movie “Perfect Strangers” is set to be adapted for the Arab world, following a flurry of remakes worldwide.

Dubai-based Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment and sister company Kuwait National cinema have acquired Arabic remake rights from Italy’s Medusa Film to director Paolo Genovese’s 2016 ensemble dramedy involving smartphones and personal secrets.

Front Row will co-produce the Arabic version with prominent Egyptian shingle Film Clinic, whose latest titles include Cannes competition entry “Yomeddine,” and with Lebanese distributor Empire International.

The deal was negotiated by Front Row’s Gianluca Chakra with sales agent Faruk Alatan for Medusa. Besides Chakra, Film Clinic chief Mohamed Hefzy, Kuwait National’s Hisham Alghanim, and Empire’s Mario Haddad Jr. are also attached to produce and finance.

Chakra told Variety that the plan is for the adaptation to be ready in 2019 and have pan-Arabic elements that can appeal to Egyptian
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Mariah Carey to Join ‘The Voice’ as a Key Advisor for Knockout Rounds

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Mariah Carey to Join ‘The Voice’ as a Key Advisor for Knockout Rounds
Mariah Carey is headed to “The Voice.”

The Grammy-winning recording artist will join the NBC reality competition series as a key adviser for the knockout rounds, beginning Oct. 29. Carey will work with and mentor the remaining 32 contestants with coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

The Voice” continues with the battle rounds on Tuesday nights. The coaches enlist the help of top recording artists to offer their knowledge and skills as advisors. Kelly Clarkson teams up with Thomas Rhett; Jennifer Hudson with Halsey; Adam Levine with Cee Lo Green; and Blake Shelton with Keith Urban.

Also Read: 'The Conners' Premiere Slips 35 Percent From 'Roseanne' Return in Early Ratings

In the next phase of the competition, the knockout rounds, the remaining 32 hopefuls will be paired against a teammate once more, but this time they will select their own songs to perform individually while their direct competitor watches and waits.
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