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Michael Keaton’s Vulture to return in Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel

Michael Keaton’s Vulture to return in Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel
Following the news that Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play Mysterio in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Variety are reporting further developments from the world of the Sinister Six, with the story that Michael Keaton will reprise his role as The Vulture.

Last seen incarcerated during the end credits of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Adrian Toomes (Keaton) is confronted by another potential member of the Sinister Six, Mac Margan, aka The Scorpion, so this could mean that we’re getting the origin of Peter Parker’s nemesis posse.

Joining Tom Holland’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man in the sequel are the returning trio of Zendaya (The Greatest Showman), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny), and Jacob Batalon (Avengers: Infinity War).

The film, which Kevin Feige has confirmed will not be called Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, will take Peter Parker out of New York for a London adventure. Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers will once again take on writing duties,
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Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join Cast For ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’

Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join Cast For ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’
Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston are joining the cast of Lionsgate’s third installment of its hit franchise John Wick: Chapter 3. It was already announced that Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane as well as Lance Reddick are returning for the Chad Stahelski-directed film, which will go through Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label for a May 17, 2019 release.

The film introduces Berry as “Sofia,” Huston as “The Director” and Dillon as “The Adjudicator” of the High Table, Dacascos as an assassin named “Zero,” and Mantzoukas as the “Tick Tock Man.”

Berry sent out an Instagram today announcing the move to her fans:

Also aboard this time around are Asia Kate Dillon (Billions), Mark Dacascos (Lucky Day), and Jason Mantzoukas (The Long Dumb Road). Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman from The Raid film franchise join as formidable professional killers that Wick has to face off against; Martial arts star Tiger Hu Chen
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President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama Head to Netflix With New Production Deal

President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama Head to Netflix With New Production Deal
There was Shonda Rhimes. Then it was Ryan Murphy. Now? Barack Obama is heading to Netflix. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have signed a multi-year agreement with Netflix to produce films and series, Netflix announced in a press release. Yes, your new favorite show may be executive produced by Obamas. "One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience," President Obama said in a statement. "That's why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix—we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote...
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Jake Gyllenhaal Is in Talks to Play the Spider-Man Sequel's Big Villain, Mysterio

Jake Gyllenhaal Is in Talks to Play the Spider-Man Sequel's Big Villain, Mysterio
The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is still in the early stages of production, but it might have already landed one of the movie's most important roles: its villain. None other than Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly in talks to play Mysterio, a classic nemesis for the titular web-slinger from the comics.

Mysterio, the brainchild of Marvel legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, made his big debut in the comics in 1964. The supervillain's alter-ego is Quentin Beck, a stunt man with an extraordinary talent for special effects and illusions, which he uses to pull off major crimes. Those abilities, partnered with his skills as an amateur chemist, help him take on Spider-Man a number of times.

While Gyllenhaal's casting isn't official just yet, we can totally see the Stronger actor playing a bad guy. He'd be joined by Tom Holland, who will be reprising his role as Peter Parker, as well as Zendaya as MJ.
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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Complete Winners List

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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Complete Winners List
Kendrick Lamar dominated in the early stages of Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, picking up six awards, including top rap artist.

Ed Sheeran took home four prizes, including Top Artist. Also earning four awards: Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee for their mega-hit with Justin Bieber, “Despacito.”

Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners are based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners.

The awards are based on the chart period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018.
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Bill Gold, Iconic Master of the Movie Poster, Dies at 97

Bill Gold, Iconic Master of the Movie Poster, Dies at 97
Bill Gold, who revolutionized the art of the movie poster over a seven-decade career that began with Casablanca and included A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and dozens of Clint Eastwood films, has died. He was 97.

Gold died at his home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, on Sunday, according to family spokeswomen Christine Gillow.

The Brooklyn native began at Warner Bros. in the early 1940s and had a hand in more than 2,000 posters during his iconic career, working on films for everyone from Alfred Hitchcock (1954's Dial M for Murder), Elia Kazan (1955's East of Eden) and ...
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MGM Revives Orion Classics With Kate Bosworth Thriller ‘The Domestics’

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One year after resurrecting Orion Films, MGM is bringing back its specialty offshoot, Orion Classics, with their first release set to be the Kate Bosworth thriller “The Domestics.”

Written and directed by Mike P. Nelson, “The Domestics” stars Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin (“Supergirl”) as Nina and Mark, a couple struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by warring gangs. The film will be released in theaters on June 28 with a VOD and digital release the following day, MGM announced Monday.

Also Read: MGM to Relaunch Orion Pictures, Sets February Release for Maria Bello's 'Every Day'

Orion Classics was launched in 1983 as a distributor of foreign and indie fare. It released several films from major names in cinema including Pedro Almodovar’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and Richard Linklater’s “Slacker.” The label’s run came to an end in 1996 when Metromedia acquired
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Lena Waithe Joins GLAAD, Wme Panel on Lgbtq Inclusion in Hollywood

Lena Waithe Joins GLAAD, Wme Panel on Lgbtq Inclusion in Hollywood
Emmy-winning actor and producer Lena Waithe on Tuesday will join a GLAAD and Wme panel to discuss the state of Lgbtq inclusion in film and television, the media-advocacy organization said Monday.

The panel will also feature director and producer Kay Cannon and actor Nico Santos, GLAAD said. The discussion, to be held at Wme’s headquarters in Beverly Hills, Calif., coincides with the annual release of GLAAD’s Studio Responsibility Index, which rates quality, quantity, and diversity of Lgbtq characters in films by the major film studios.

Tuesday’s panel and unveiling of the report is a first for GLAAD,
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Lena Waithe Joins GLAAD, Wme Panel on Lgbtq Inclusion in Hollywood

Lena Waithe Joins GLAAD, Wme Panel on Lgbtq Inclusion in Hollywood
Emmy-winning actor and producer Lena Waithe on Tuesday will join a GLAAD and Wme panel to discuss the state of Lgbtq inclusion in film and television, the media-advocacy organization said Monday.

The panel will also feature director and producer Kay Cannon and actor Nico Santos, GLAAD said. The discussion, to be held at Wme’s headquarters in Beverly Hills, Calif., coincides with the annual release of GLAAD’s Studio Responsibility Index, which rates quality, quantity, and diversity of Lgbtq characters in films by the major film studios.

Tuesday’s panel and unveiling of the report is a first for GLAAD, which will be releasing its sixth report Tuesday morning.

“We are honored to host this inaugural forum in partnership with GLAAD, who continue to be at the forefront of the conversation about inclusion and media,” said Endeavor Content co-president Graham Taylor in a statement. “We are committed to finding solutions
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Jeffrey Tambor Talks Leaving ‘Transparent,’ Starting ‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 (Watch)

In an interview with Sirius Xm’s Jessica Shaw posted to YouTube Monday, Jeffrey Tambor addressed his firing from “Transparent,” as well as his return to “Arrested Development.”

“I sent an email around and said apologies to these people I love so much for the distraction,” Tambor said, referencing his “Arrested Development” cast mates. “‘You’ll be asked questions,’ and things like that.”

The actor, who received multiple accolades for portraying Maura Pfefferman, a transgender character on the Amazon comedy, came under fire in November after his former assistant, Van Barnes, accused him of sexually harassing her. After an investigation into the allegations by Amazon,
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WWE Stock Skyrockets on Huge ‘SmackDown’-to-Fox Deal

WWE just laid the smackdown on the New York Stock Exchange: Shares in Vince McMahon’s publicly traded pro-wrestling promotion have soared nearly 15 percent today, or more than $7 apiece.

The instantaneous upward mobility comes about as a result of a mega-deal with Fox Sports, first reported by TheWrap, for the TV rights to its weekly “SmackDown” show.

The popular series, which currently airs on USA Network, will move to Fox’s broadcast channel in Fall 2019. The over-the-air network will shift the show from Tuesday to Friday.

Also Read: WWE 'SmackDown' Sweepstakes: Fox Scores Pro Wrestling Show, Will Shift It to Fridays (Exclusive)

Here’s a snapshot of Monday’s movement:

Also Read: WWE 'Greatest Royal Rumble': Watch This Atrocious Jeff Hardy-Jinder Mahal Fail (Video)

Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal and thus USA Network, will maintain the WWE’s Monday series “Raw.”

The pricey rights to the two most popular
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'Twin Peaks' Cosplay and Lots of Meditation: 20 Things We Learned at David Lynch's Festival

'Twin Peaks' Cosplay and Lots of Meditation: 20 Things We Learned at David Lynch's Festival
A horde of David Lynch devotees descended on New York venue Brooklyn Steel this weekend to drink Log Lady Lager, watch Blue Velvet with an intro by its stars and soak in some avant-garde ambiance via a stacked lineup of musical performances.

The first New York–based, Lynch-curated Festival of Disruption featured talks with Lynch-approved actorsKyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini and Naomi Watts, a keynote speech by thefilmmaker himself and performances by Animal Collective (who used a psychedelic, biology-inspiredbackdrop), My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Flying Lotus (whoperformed a Lynch-themed DJ set) and Rebekah del Rio,
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Delayed Viewing Ratings: ‘Roseanne’ Returns on Top

Delayed Viewing Ratings: ‘Roseanne’ Returns on Top
Roseanne” returned from a two-week break to the top of the delayed viewing charts for week 32 of 2017-2018 broadcast season, which began on April 30.

In adults 18-49, “Roseanne” grew from a 2.6 to a 4.6 rating, an increase of 77% in Live+7. Its nearest competition in that measure was “The Big Bang Theory,” which grew 71% to a 4.1 rating for the week. “Roseanne” was also the biggest gainer in total viewers, growing by 5.7 million to 16.2 million total. “The Big Bang Theory” was again number two in the measure, thought it ultimately had the bigger viewership total. “Big Bang” grew to 17.7 million viewers after seven days,
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Amber Heard to Receive Maui Film Festival’s Shining Star Award

Amber Heard to Receive Maui Film Festival’s Shining Star Award
Amber Heard will receive this year’s shining star award at the 19th annual Maui Film Festival.

“We are thrilled to add Amber Heard to this year’s collection of highlights as the recipient of the Maui Film Festival’s shining star award for her ever-evolving, revelatory, and ascending film career,” festival founder and director Barry Rivers said.

The award honors actors “who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time that opportunity knocks.” Previous winners include Adam Driver, Zac Efron, Andrew Garfield, Jake Gyllenhaal, Freida Pinto, Emma Roberts, and Olivia Wilde.

The prize will be presented at the Celestial Cinema during the festival, which runs from June 13 to June 17 at the Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii.

Heard will reprise her role as Mera opposite Jason Momoa in James Wan’s “Aquaman,” a character she initially played in Zack Snyder’s “Justice League.” She
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Orion Classics Re-Launching With Kate Bosworth-Tyler Hoechlin’s ‘Domestics’

Orion Classics is relaunching with the thriller “The Domestics” on June 28 in theaters, followed by a video on demand release the next day.

MGM made the announcement Monday, saying the MGM label will focus on multiplatform and specialized releases as well as acquisitions utilizing “emerging and innovative” alternative distribution strategies worldwide. The label will release between eight and 10 films per year across genres.

Mike P. Nelson directed “The Domestics,” starring Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin. The story, written by Nelson, is set in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by murderous gangs divided into deadly factions as Bosworth and Hoechlin’s characters race desperately across the lawless countryside in search of safety. The film’s world premiere is set for opening night at the Cinepocalypse film festival in Chicago on June 21.

The Domestics” also stars Lance Reddick, Sonoya Mizuno, Dana Gourrier, Thomas Francis Murphy, and David Dastmalchian. The movie was produced by
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WWE Stock Climbs as Fox Nears Deal for ‘SmackDown’

WWE stock rose on Monday as reports surfaced that Fox had closed in on a massive five-year, $1 billion deal for the sports-entertainment company’s “SmackDown” franchise.

As of 2 p.m. Et, WWE stock was up more than 12% from its opening price, trading at $57.75.

ESPN on Monday first reported that Fox was near a deal to secure broadcast rights to “SmackDown,” which currently airs Tuesday nights on NBCUniversal’s USA Network. ESPN did not cite numbers, but described Fox’s offer for “SmackDown” as “massive.”

NBCUniversal currently holds television rights to the WWE’s two main franchises — “Raw,” which airs Monday nights on USA,
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Royal Wedding Draws 29.2 Million U.S. Viewers Across Networks

Royal Wedding Draws 29.2 Million U.S. Viewers Across Networks
An estimated 29.2 million people in the United States tuned in to see the royal wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday, according to Nielsen data.

Coverage varied by network, though the wedding ceremony was carried live from approximately 7:00 a.m. Et to 8:15 a.m. Et on 15 networks. The networks carrying live coverage of the ceremony included ABC and a simulcast on Freeform, BBC America, CBS, CNN, CNNe, E!, Fox News, Hln, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, TLC, and Univision. For comparison, an estimated 22.8 million people watched the wedding of Prince William and Kate
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'13 Reasons Why': Compelling Teen Drama or Just Hot-Topic Exploitation?

Depending on who you ask, Netflix's hit Ya drama 13 Reasons Why is either tremendously irresponsible television or an incredibly bold and vital work. Like a lot of things geared toward The Youth, there is a compulsion to litigate its existence in public forums, condemn it alongside Tide Pods and/or declare it a Good Way to Talk to Your Teen. And because the show's second season premiered over this past weekend, you'll see many trying to sort this out once more and in disproportionately severe terms: Is 13 Reasons Why dangerous?
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Amazon Studios Names NBC Vet Vernon Sanders Co-Head of TV

Amazon Studios Names NBC Vet Vernon Sanders Co-Head of TV
Veteran TV exec Vernon Sanders has joined Amazon Studios as co-head of television. He will oversee creative and production units for Amazon Prime Video.

Sanders will work alongside Albert Cheng, who was named co-head of TV in a reorganization of Amazon’s entertainment division under new top executive Jennifer Salke in April. At the time, sources told Variety that Salke was in the process of looking for another executive with a creative background to lead the digital company’s television efforts with Cheng, who also serves as Amazon Studios COO.

“I’m thrilled to announce Vernon Sanders’ appointment to Co-Head of Television for Amazon Studios,
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Amazon Studios Names Vernon Sanders Co-Head of TV

Amazon Studios Names Vernon Sanders Co-Head of TV
Vernon Sanders is joining Amazon Studios — and Albert Cheng — as its new co-head of Television. Overseeing the creative and production units of the streaming studio’s television operations with Cheng, Saunders will report to Jen Salke, the head of Amazon Studios.

“I’m thrilled to announce Vernon Sanders’ appointment to Co-Head of Television for Amazon Studios,” Salke said in a Monday statement. “Vernon’s undeniable expertise in nurturing talent and creative material will be a huge asset to our studio. Having worked side-by-side with him for seven years at NBC Entertainment, I can speak first-hand to his talents as a leader and creative force. I know Vernon and Albert Cheng will be a formidable team as we continue to build Amazon Studios.”

“I am tremendously excited to be joining Jennifer Salke, Albert Cheng and the forward-thinking team at Amazon Studios as they build an incredible destination for high-quality, compelling content,
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