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Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix

Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix
Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut. Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy. He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it.

The film will be set in Italy during the 1930s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country. Production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall. Del Toro previously set “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” against a totalitarian backdrop, although he placed those stories in Franco’s Spain.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single
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Shea Whigham Shares Character Details on Joaquin Phoenix ‘Joker’ Movie

Shea Whigham Shares Character Details on Joaquin Phoenix ‘Joker’ Movie
Boardwalk Empire” and “Fargo” star Shea Whigham has shared some character details for his role on the upcoming “Joker” movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Short of some images from the set and a curious cast that also includes Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, Frances Conroy and Glenn Flesher, there hasn’t been much info leaked from Todd Phillips’s superhero origin story. In an interview with Collider, Whigham, however, revealed that he and Bill Camp are playing two cops in Gotham P.D. in 1981 when “the city was tough.”

“We’re investigating something that’s just happened, at the start of the piece. We’re trying to get to the bottom of it, and it leads to where it leads to,” Whigham said of the role.

That description may not be so clear,
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'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening

'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening
With a staggering, $77.5 million debut, Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween topped the weekend with the second largest October opening weekend of all-time. The horror film headlined a massive weekend overall weekend, that saw the top twelve combine for over $160 million, making this the second largest October weekend ever. As already mentioned, Halloween's $77.5 million three-day debut was the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, coming less than $3 million shy of the record set by Venom earlier this month. That said, Halloween did deliver the largest October opening day of all-time, topping Venom's $32.5 million. The film's opening is also the second largest ever for an R-rated horror, topping the $53.8 million opening for The Nun a month ago and behind It's $123.4 million debut last September. The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release,
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‘Shameless’ Mid-season Finale: Goodbye To All That

‘Shameless’ Mid-season Finale: Goodbye To All That
Tonight’s mid-season finale of Showtime’s Shameless was all about goodbyes – and not just until the season picks up again.

Warning: This article contains spoilers on the mid-season finale of Shameless. Proceed at your own risk….

The year was 2010. Barack Obama was finishing his first term as the nation dug out of the worst recession since the 1920s. Apple unveiled the iPad, Bp’s Deepwater Horizon oil pipeline exploded in the Gulf, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was Time’s Man of the Year.

And Cameron Monaghan was cast as an ensemble player on Showtime’s Shameless, playing Ian Gallagher, a gay, bipolar teenage son of a large Chicago family where dysfunction was the rule. He quickly drew raves for his performance.

But all good things must end, and Monaghan announced earlier via Instagram that he would be leaving the series at mid-year, joining the previous announcement by castmate Emmy Rossum,
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NYPD Blue sequel series gets a pilot order from ABC

NYPD Blue sequel series gets a pilot order from ABC
It looks like the classic 90s police procedural series NYPD Blue could be set for a return, with Variety reporting that ABC has granted a pilot production commitment to a sequel from original series writers and executive producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton, along with Jesse Bochco, the son of NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco.

The potential series will follow Theo Sipowicz, the son of Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), as he looks to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating the murder of his father.

Created by Bochco and David Milch (Deadwood) and premiering on ABC in 1993, NYPD Blue ran for 261 episodes across twelve seasons and was the network’s longest running primetime drama until it was surpassed by Grey’s Anatomy in 2016. During its critically acclaimed run, it won 20 Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globe Awards.

In addition to Franz, who was a regular for all 12 seasons,
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‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Tempers Flare as Alliances Begin to Crumble (Spoilers)

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‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Tempers Flare as Alliances Begin to Crumble (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Episode 3 of Season 9 of “The Walking Dead,” titled “Warning Signs”

The Walking Dead” continued it’s strong forward momentum in Season 9, with this week’s episode continuing to show the deterioration of the fragile alliance that has been forged.

The episode opens with Justin (Zach McGowan)–the Savior who raised the ire of Daryl (Norman Reedus) in the first two episodes of the season–lying dead on the ground near a brick building. Soon, he reanimates as a walker and rises back to his feet.

The next morning, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) walks through Alexandria in the early morning and visits Carl’s grave. He leaves a freshly grown tomato from the community’s gardens near the grave as a sign of the future Carl helped inspire. Back at home, he and Michonne (Danai Gurira) talk about the bridge building project and her charter.
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‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide

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‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide
“Venom” remains a force to be reckoned with overseas as the Tom Hardy superhero movie topped the foreign box office for the third weekend in a row.

Sony’s “Venom” secured the No. 1 spot abroad with $32 million from 65 markets, taking its international total to $290.7 million. It earned $18.1 million in North America for a worldwide total of $460.2 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” continues to do monster business of its own. The acclaimed musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga generated an impressive $22.8 million from 75 overseas markets, bringing its tally to $74.7 million overseas and $201 million globally. “A Star Is Born” opened in Australia with $4.7 million in 536 venues, as well as Hong Kong with $629,000 in 58 locations. Top holdovers include the United Kingdom ($3.9 million on 846 screens), Italy ($1.5 million on 614 screens), and France ($1.5 million on 353 screens). It debuts next in Japan on Dec. 21.

Though Universal’s “Halloween” topped the domestic box office,
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Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
“Simpsons” creator Matt Groening’s adult animated fantasy series, “Disenchantment,” has been renewed for a second season by Netflix, with the remainder of Season 1 (which premiered in August) streaming in 2019 and 20 episodes from the second installment rolling out in 2020 and 2021.

“We’re excited to continue this epic journey with Netflix,” creator and executive producer Groening said. “Stay tuned for more cranked-up suspense, infuriating plot twists, and beloved characters getting knocked off.”

Per Netflix, in “Disenchantment,” viewers are whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson), her feisty elf companion Elfo (Nat Faxon), and her personal demon Luci (Eric Andre). Along the way, the oddball trio encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.

The voice cast includes Jacobson,
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Nancy Pelosi ‘Pretty Comfortable’ That She’ll Return as House Speaker: ‘I Am a Great Legislator’

Nancy Pelosi ‘Pretty Comfortable’ That She’ll Return as House Speaker: ‘I Am a Great Legislator’
U.S. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi was coy about whether she planned to return as Speaker of the House if Democrats proved triumphant in next month’s midterm elections, saying she was “pretty comfortable” with the idea and lauding her qualities as a politician.

“I feel pretty comfortable,” she told CNN anchor Dana Bash during an interview in New York City Monday. “But I am a great legislator and one of the reasons I am is because I recognize the contributions of others.

“Self-promotion is a terrible thing, but clearly somebody has to do it,” the California Democrat said. “I have usually been very shy about my own thing. None of us are indispensable but everyone has something to offer for the time and I think I am that person.”

Pelosi told Bash that if the election were held today, she was confident her party would retake control of the House from Republicans.
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Ratings: ‘The Alec Baldwin Show’ Ticks Up From Rough Premiere

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ABC’s “The Alec Baldwin Show” is hanging tough in week two, ticking up in overnight Nielsen numbers after a rough debut last Sunday. Of course, it probably didn’t hurt that his guest for the evening hour was Kim Kardashian West.

Meanwhile, a blowout “Sunday Night Football” contest on NBC leveled the playing field a bit elsewhere.

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.8 rating/15 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 12.2 million, according to preliminary numbers.

Also Read: Ratings: ABC Falls to Fourth Place Without 'Grey's Anatomy'

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.0/8 and in viewers with 11.4 million.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.0/4 and fourth in viewers with 2.5 million.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 4.1 million.

Also Read: Ratings: CW's 'All American' Is Mostly Steady With Last Week's Soft Premiere
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Johnny Depp Partners With Andrea Iervolino on Drama ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’

Johnny Depp Partners With Andrea Iervolino on Drama ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’
Johnny Depp and producer Andrea Iervolino have formed a partnership to develop and produce film and digital content, starting with the movie “Waiting for the Barbarians.”

Depp will develop and produce through his Infinitum Nihil production banner and Iervolino will produce through his recently launched social entertainment platform TaTaTu.

“Waiting for the Barbarians,” an adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel of the same name, will star Depp, Mark Rylance and Robert Pattinson. Production begins later this month in Morocco and the film will be directed by Ciro Guerra. Alongside TaTaTu, the movie is being produced by Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group, as well as Michael Fitzgerald and Olga Segura.

Variety first reported in May at the Cannes Film Festival that Ambi would fully finance the project. “Waiting for the Barbarians” centers on the crisis of conscience of a magistrate from a small colonial town after he witnesses
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How Blumhouse Got Everything Right About Making a ‘Halloween’ Sequel

How Blumhouse Got Everything Right About Making a ‘Halloween’ Sequel
Forty years after Laurie Strode survived the wrath of deranged masked murderer Michael Myers in John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” the iconic avenging babysitter came back to the box office in a big way.

Halloween” beat expectations to earn $77.5 million in North America, slashing past the series record opening of $26 million that was previously held by Rob Zombie’s 2007 reboot. It now ranks among the best debuts for the horror genre following just “It” and its $123 million launch. For good measure, “Halloween” enjoyed the second-best October bow behind “Venom,” which opened with $80 million earlier this month. With a budget of $10 million, “Halloween” cost a tenth of what it took to produce that particular superhero film. Oh, those profit margins!

“Halloween’s” success was hardly preordained. The original film inspired 10 follow-ups, though few proved to be worthy successors to the iconic slasher film. Since so many remakes, reboots, and revisits stumbled, it
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How to Watch the Giants-Falcons Game on ‘Monday Night Football’ for Free Online

With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a face-off between the New York Giants and the Atlanta Falcons. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Pt at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

Also Read: Amazon Picks First All-Female NFL Broadcast Team to Call 'Thursday Night Football'

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV,
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Review: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s ‘Live From the Ryman’

Review: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s ‘Live From the Ryman’
These recordings from Isbell’s recent run at country music’s Mother Church add up to a kind of live greatest-hits, a collection wrought from exacting attention to writing craft and the sort of soul-searching that couldn’t have always been comfortable.

Sure, it’d be nice to have included “Decoration Day,” his signature song for Drive-By Truckers, about revenge and the intractability of inherited hate, a topic that certainly has plenty of current resonance. Otherwise, these are Isbell’s most potent songs to date, to a one, including the cancer narrative “Elephant,
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Review: Dominic Fike’s Intriguing Major-Label Debut, ‘Don’t Forget About Me’

The rumors suggested that the bidding war for singer Dominic Fike was not like the others: Usually the major labels throw piles of cash at rappers, but Fike’s tracks are guitar-based, and believe it or not, could only be described as rock music. And while labels typically start to hurl their money after an act has already proven his or her ability to amass streams, the 22-year-old Fike didn’t have a viral hit.

What’s more, instead of letting Fike’s music continue to percolate as the singer built his name,
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Watch Ruston Kelly Figure Skate in Moving ‘Son of a Highway Daughter’ Video

The jump from figure skating to country singer is a rare one, but Ruston Kelly uses skills from his competitive skating days to dramatic effect in the beautiful new music video for his song “Son of a Highway Daughter.”

Kelly and a female companion, both of whom are dressed in black, skate in tandem around a dimly lit ice rink, their movements tracked by a spotlight. The opening two-thirds of the song, done a capella with Kelly’s autotuned, layered vocals, are matched by some particularly expressive and interpretive dancing,
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Jared Kushner Calls on Saudi Crown Prince to Be ‘Fully Transparent’ on Khashoggi Death

Jared Kushner Calls on Saudi Crown Prince to Be ‘Fully Transparent’ on Khashoggi Death
Jared Kushner warned Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman on Monday that it was critical he come clean about the kingdom’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Bin Salman should “be fully transparent,” Kushner said during an interview with CNN contributor Van Jones on Monday, repeating advice he said he told his royal counterpart.

“The world is watching,” said the White House adviser and husband of President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. “This is a very serious accusation and a very serious situation and take this very seriously.”

Also Read: Kanye West to Meet With Trump and Jared Kushner in White House This Week (Report)

Beyond that, Kushner stuck closely to the Trump administration’s wait-and-see approach to the unfolding bipartisan furor over murdered Washington Post columnist, saying repeatedly that President Trump was still assessing all the facts. Kushner — like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — took pains to cite the importance of U.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Gets Roasted, Burns Back at Mark Twain Prize Ceremony

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Gets Roasted, Burns Back at Mark Twain Prize Ceremony
Julia Louis-Dreyfus became just the sixth woman in a 20-year history to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday, following in the footsteps of Tina Fey, Carol Burnett and Ellen DeGeneres.

The “Seinfeld” and “Veep” star accepted the award with style, delivering some sick burns at the expense of all the prior honorees.

“Tina was honored with the Mark Twain Prize, too. You know, before they got real serious about [it],” Louis-Dreyfus said during a ceremony at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in New York City.

Fey, who won the prize in 2011, applauded Louis-Dreyfus for being a performer who in “Seinfeld” didn’t feel the need to show a bare midriff in order to get attention.

“Julia’s not afraid to be unlikable — not onscreen and not in person. Just try sharing an elevator with her,
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Review: Jessie Reyez’s Swaggering, Shape-Shifting ‘Being Human In Public’

Review: Jessie Reyez’s Swaggering, Shape-Shifting ‘Being Human In Public’
Canadian-Colombian singer Jessie Reyez broke through in 2016 with the spare breakup ballad “Figures,” a song that showed off her wide vocal range and deeply emotional delivery; its verses showcased her caustic yowl, shape-shifting into a wounded, yet airborne “you-ou-ou-ouuu” on the chorus. Her second Ep, which collects singles she’s released over the course of this year, further stakes out her musical range, with her singular voice and smoldering passion tying together delicate balladry, boastful trap-pop and sorrowful synth malaise.

Reyez’ swagger is matter-of-fact, as the opening of “Fuck Being Friends,
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Mariah Carey Announces North American Leg of 2019 Caution World Tour

Mariah Carey Announces North American Leg of 2019 Caution World Tour
Mariah Carey has outlined the North American leg of her Caution World Tour, a 2019 trek in support of the her upcoming 15th studio album Caution. The 22-city run begins February 27th at Dallas, Texas’ the Pavilion and works its way through the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada before the leg closes in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on April 6th.

Tickets for the trek, which Live Nation calls Carey’s “most intimate tour yet,” will first be available to the singer’s Honey B. Fly fan community starting October 23rd,
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