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SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film

SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film
The 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature movies directed by Harmony Korine and Olivia Colman, an untitled romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron and a concert film with comedian Kathy Griffin.

The annual gathering in Austin, Texas, which starts on March 8, will open with Jordan Peele’s “Us,” which was previously announced. The thriller stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss.

There will be 102 features and TV episodes featured over nine days.
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Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Start Casting for New Amazon Series

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Start Casting for New Amazon Series
We’re getting a few more hints about Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s top-secret fashion project for Amazon Studios.

Casting calls have gone out for designers interested in being a part of the unscripted series, which is set to shoot in Los Angeles in June and July. The casting notice mentions the “potential for additional travel for up to two weeks at a later date in 2019.” Klum made the announcement herself in a video posted to Instagram last week.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a two-to-four-minute introductory video, two photos “showing your own personal style,” and a link
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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros.’ “The Witches” adaptation.

Variety first reported that Hathaway was holding the offer for both that and “Sesame Street,” and at the time, scheduling for both films were holding up dealmaking. With those issues settled, Hathaway is now set to star in the role originally portrayed by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 classic.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a 7-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

Zemeckis will also pen the script as well as produce with his partner Jack Rapke through their banner ImageMovers, along
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Steve Carell Teaming With ‘The Office’ Creator For New Netflix Comedy Series ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell Teaming With ‘The Office’ Creator For New Netflix Comedy Series ‘Space Force’
Steve Carell is teaming up with the creator of “The Office,” Greg Daniels, for a brand-new workplace comedy series. But this time, they’re not making paper. Nope, for this new series, the actor is going to lead the cast of “Space Force,” a workplace comedy that will follow the day-to-day of the newly-created sixth branch of the military, which does…something in space.

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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)

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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)
It” star Bill Skarsgard and “Sharp Objects” breakout Eliza Scanlen will star in Antonio Campos’ adaptation of “The Devil All the Time,” which Netflix has officially acquired for distribution.

Skarsgard and Scanlen join an all-star cast that includes Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert, who attached themselves prior to the start of the Toronto Film Festival.

Campos is directing and co-wrote with Paulo Campos. Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker are producing through their Nine Stories banner along with Randall Poster and Max Born. Annie Marter and Jacob Jaffke are exec producing.

The story is based on Donald Ray Pollock’s novel and is set in a place called Knockemstiff, Ohio, a forgotten backwoods where a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews. Out of desperation to save his dying wife, Willard Russell turns to prayer which succumbs to sacrifice. This sets our protagonist Arvin,
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Les Moonves to Pursue Arbitration for $120 Million Severance Denied by CBS

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Former CBS chief Les Moonves will be pursuing arbitration to fight CBS for the $120 million severance pay he was denied last month when he was fired by the board of directors for cause.

In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Thursday, CBS stated that Moonves has informed the company of his plan: “On January 16, 2019, Mr. Moonves notified the Company of his election to demand binding arbitration with respect to this matter. The Company does not intend to comment further on this matter during the pendency of the arbitration proceedings.”

The investigation into Moonves concluded Dec. 17, with the CBS board announcing at that time the former chairman and CEO “will not receive any severance payment.”

Also Read: Former CBS Chief Les Moonves Will 'Not Receive Any' of $120 Million Severance Payment

“We have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause,” the board said in a statement, citing what they
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Happy 97th Birthday, Betty White! Watch 9 of Her All-Time Best TV Moments (Videos)

Happy 97th Birthday, Betty White! Watch 9 of Her All-Time Best TV Moments (Videos)
Betty White is so beloved at this point that younger audiences who have never seen an episode of “The Golden Girls” or “The Mary Tyler Moore” show still adore her sweet charms and warm smile before surprising with a dirty joke or a clever jab. At 97, she’s still an American treasure doing some great work. Here’s a look at some of her best moments.

“I’ve been smiling for 11 years!” As Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” we were introduced to an actress who could never not be smiling, even as she poured her heart out.

“I wouldn’t say you were dreary unless you were really dreearrryyyy,” a flamboyant Paul Lynde says to a smitten White in this sketch from “The Donny & Marie Osmond Show.” White has such a sweet glow in this scene, even when her glasses go askew and she doesn’t fix them.
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‘Mary Poppins’ Is Much Different in the Post-Brexit Era (Video)

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‘Mary Poppins’ Is Much Different in the Post-Brexit Era (Video)
Stephen Colbert’s Mary Poppins is gonna need much more than a spoonful of sugar to take this whole Brexit thing down.

The cold open to Wednesday’s “Late Show” tackled the particularly chilly topic of the U.K.’s planned withdrawal from the European Union. Leading into his monologue, Colbert presented a post-Brexit version of “Mary Poppins” — this one uses her umbrella to fly, yes, but also as a machine gun to fend off all those zombies.

“It’s every nanny for herself,” the CBS Poppins declares. “Now, let’s go fly a kite… in Hell!”

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A little later, she has an uncomfortable exchange with that cute Mr. Bluebird: Now is not the time for singing, and she’s probably going to eat him.

Watch the video above.

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Hear Molly Tuttle’s Inspiring New Song ‘Take the Journey’

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Molly Tuttle is still a couple of months away from releasing her first full-length solo LP on independent label Compass Records, yet the 25-year-old performer has already stocked up on groundbreaking industry awards. Between her expressive, crystalline voice and astounding flatpicking guitar skills, Tuttle has made history as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s first-ever female Guitar Player of the Year (in 2017 and 2018) and the only female artist to take home a member-voted prize (Instrumentalist of the Year) at 2018’s Americana Honors & Awards ceremony.

With tunes that
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Leslie Moonves to Pursue Arbitration for His $120 Million Severance From CBS

Leslie Moonves to Pursue Arbitration for His $120 Million Severance From CBS
Former CBS Corp. chairman-ceo Leslie Moonves will pursue an arbitration claim to fight CBS for the $120 million severance that he was denied last month when the company’s board of directors determined he was fired for cause.

Moonves was ousted in September after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the longtime industry leader.

In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Thursday, CBS disclosed that Moonves has informed the company of his plan to take the board’s decision to arbitration.

“On January 16, 2019, Mr. Moonves notified the Company of his election to demand binding arbitration with respect to this matter.
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Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Post Malone, More to Perform at Grammy Awards

The Recording Academy announced the first group of artists to perform on this year’s 61st annual Grammy Awards: nominees Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves.

The big show will be hosted by Alicia Keys and broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. Et 5 p.m. Pt on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Cabello received two nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance (“Havana [Live]”) and Best Pop Vocal Album (Camila). Cardi B is nominated for Record of the Year (“I Like It”), Album Of The Year (Invasion Of Privacy), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
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Playables and Double Fine Creation ‘Kids’ Chosen for Berlinale

“Kids,” a short film from Playables and Double Fine Presents, has been officially selected to screen at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, announced Thursday via press release.

The Berlin International Film Festival, commonly called the Berlinale, is one of the largest film festivals in the world. “Kids” will screen in a Berlinale sidebar called Generation.

Generation is meant to showcase groundbreaking film for young audiences and “open-minded adults,” according to the Berlinale website. For 2019, 32 short films from creators originating from 22 countries have been chosen.

“Kids” is not only a short film, but a game crossover as well, as seen at E3 last year. It will have a mobile and PC release sometime in 2019. Michael Frei is the director and animator behind the project, and Mario von Rickenbach is the game designer. The two Swiss creatives previously created “Plug & Play” together.

Berlinale section head Maryanne Redpath commented on the selections
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Watch Kimmel Tease People With Fake Self-Lacing Shoes

Earlier this week, Nike unveiled their first self-tying shoe, a slip-on with laces that can be tightened or loosened with an app. As Jimmy Kimmel cracked on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday, “This is the reality Back to the Future predicted, right down to Biff being the most powerful man in the world.”

While the Adapt BBs won’t be available until next month, Kimmel decided to test how ready the world was to no longer have to bend over and tie their shoes. The late-night host enlisted his crack “Lie
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Maren Morris Sets Dates for Headlining Girl: The World Tour

Maren Morris Sets Dates for Headlining Girl: The World Tour
Maren Morris has announced dates and venues for a headlining 2019 trek, dubbed Girl: The World Tour. The series of shows shares its name with Morris’ new single, “Girl,” set for release Thursday afternoon.

Girl: The World Tour officially launches on March 9th in Chicago, Illinois, stretching more than 40 dates and visiting venues like Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Los Angeles’ Wiltern along the way. Making good on the ‘World’ portion of its name, the tour will also take an extended trip through Europe, visiting Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
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‘Glass’ Review: M. Night’s Shyamalan’s Double Sequel Is Half Full, Half Empty

‘Glass’ Review: M. Night’s Shyamalan’s Double Sequel Is Half Full, Half Empty
What a difference a few decades makes. When M. Night Shyamalan dropped Unbreakable on an unsuspecting world back in 2000, the new Spielberg on the block was told that superhero movies were still a post-Burton/Batman novelty. As the man himself recently admitted, his what-if project about an everyman who discovers he may be a closet Superman was never to be referred to as a “comic-book movie” if he wanted to get it made. Just call it another psychological thriller. Or maybe sell it as a Bruce Willis star vehicle costarring Samuel L. Jackson.
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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Gave Jimmy Fallon the Worst – and Heaviest – Christmas Present (Video)

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Gave Jimmy Fallon the Worst – and Heaviest – Christmas Present (Video)
Better hope Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson never pulls your name in a Secret Santa situation. On Wednesday, the pro wrestler turned movie star’s holiday gift to Jimmy Fallon finally arrived. Nice gesture, but no one wants to see a 250-pound boulder branded with the “Titan Games” logo under their tree.

Nevertheless, Johnson and the “Tonight Show” studio audience convinced Jimmy Fallon to try taking the “Titan Games” Challenge, which is pretty much just trying to drag that giant rock (not to be confused with the other giant Rock) across the Finish Line.

Fallon couldn’t quite budge it by himself, but he eventually got by with a little help from his friends.

Also Read: Jimmy Fallon Freaks Out Riding 'Monster' Zip Line in Puerto Rico: 'Get Me Home!' (Video)

Watch the video above.

Catch some actual “Titans” in action when NBC’s “The Titan Games” airs each Thursday at 8/7c.
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Gladys Knight to Perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl Liii

We still don’t know who is playing in Super Bowl Liii next month, but everything else is falling into place.

On Thursday, the NFL announced that Gladys Knight will sing the national anthem before the game at Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 3. The performance will be televised live on CBS prior to kickoff.

The Empress of Soul is a seven-time Grammy winner and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Pips in 1996.

Also Read: Remember When Carol Channing Was the First Super Bowl Halftime Show Celebrity Performer?

“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” Knight said in a statement. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform ‘Inspire Change,’ and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”

Performer and deaf activist Aarron Loggins will sign in American
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Roland Joffe to Direct Mobster Drama ‘The Legitimate Wiseguy’

Roland Joffe will direct the independent mobster drama “The Legitimate Wiseguy,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Joffe received Academy Award nominations for best director for “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission,” which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986. He also helmed “The Scarlet Letter,” “The Forgiven,” “City of Joy,” “Time Traveller,” and “There Be Dragons.”

“The Legitimate Wiseguy” is based on the true coming-of-age story of veteran writer/producer Nicholas Celozzi, and centers on his relationship with Tony Spilotro, a mob enforcer who was the inspiration behind Joe Pesci’s character of Nicholas “Nicky” Santoro in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film “Casino.” Spilotro was murdered in 1986.

“Though Tony and I had a father-son relationship, I was playing checkers while he was playing chess,” Celozzi said. “He was always many moves ahead of me.”

Monaco Films is founded by Celozzi and partner Michael Sportelli, who will co-produce “The
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See Sharon Van Etten’s Cathartic Performance of ‘Seventeen’ on ‘Kimmel’

See Sharon Van Etten’s Cathartic Performance of ‘Seventeen’ on ‘Kimmel’
Sharon Van Etten performed her impassioned new song “Seventeen” on Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The singer-songwriter, decked out in a sharp red suit, stood stationary on the stage – one hand clutching the microphone, the other holding a pair of maracas that she shook on the song’s chorus. Over piano washes, whirring synthesizer and a muted tom-tom groove, she built a dynamic vocal – from soft early lines to a frantic scream in the final verse.

Van Etten also performed “You Shadow,” adopting more of a twangy tone over a
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Watch Rita Ora Bring Impassioned ‘Let You Love Me’ to ‘Fallon’

Watch Rita Ora Bring Impassioned ‘Let You Love Me’ to ‘Fallon’
Rita Ora delivered a dazzling rendition of “Let You Love Me” on The Tonight Show Tuesday, while she also sat down with Jimmy Fallon to discus her new album Phoenix and play a round of “One Word Songs.”

Ora’s performance of “Let You Love Me” opened with the British pop star moving through the song’s subdued intro with an added bit of gloom. But as Ora finished the first verse, she cut the anguish on her face with a big grin before launching into the joyous “Let You Love Me” hook,
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