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Ben Affleck’s Addiction Drama Set for Awards-Season Release

Ben Affleck’s Addiction Drama Set for Awards-Season Release
Warner Bros. has given Ben Affleck’s untitled addiction drama an awards-season-friendly release date of Oct. 18.

The film, which has been known previously as “The Has-Been” and “Torrance,” is directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Affleck as a former basketball player struggling with addiction, which has led to him losing his wife. As part of his recovery, he becomes the coach of a high school basketball team at his alma mater.

Affleck is a producer on the movie, along with O’Connor, Jennifer Todd, Gordon Gray, and Ravi Mehta. The script was written by Brad Ingelsby and O’Connor. The film also stars Al Madrigal as the assistant coach, Janina Gavankar, Hayes MacArthur, Brandon Wilson, and Rachael Carpani.

Affleck and O’Connor last collaborated on the 2016 drama “The Accountant,” which generated $155 million at the worldwide box office.

Warner Bros. also announced on Friday that it has moved the drama “The Goldfinch” forward to Sept.
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Supernatural to End With Season 15

Supernatural to End With Season 15
The Winchester family business is closing up shop: Supernatural will end its run with Season 15, the show’s stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins announced via Twitter on Friday.

Hey #SPNFamily here’s a little message from @JensenAckles @mishacollins and me. I’m so grateful for the family that’s been built because of the show. Excuse me while i go cry. pic.twitter.com/QDXDsAyIfK

— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) March 22, 2019

Well, it’s official. One more round for the Winchester brothers. Though nothing ever really ends in Supernatural…does it? https://t.co/zaZHJX4H9L

— Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) March 22, 2019

“Firstly,
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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night
Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” opened huge with $7.4 million on Thursday night in North America.

The figure easily topped Thursday preview numbers for “The Nun” at $5.4 million and “A Quiet Place” at $4.3 million and nearly matched “Halloween” at $7.7 million.

Projections for Universal’s “Us,” Peele’s much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Get Out,” have been in the $38 million to $45 million range for the weekend as the film widens to 3,741 sites. Some forecasts call for a launch of as much as $50 million — which would easily surpass the opening weekend haul of “Get Out,” which debuted with $33 million and ended its theatrical run with $176 million in the U.S.

Us” is also launching in 48 international markets, including France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

“Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple fighting off doppelgangers while vacationing with their children at a Northern California beach house. The movie has generated exceptional
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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s "Paradise Hotel," Reality Series Gets Spring Premiere Date

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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s
Fox has tapped reality star Kristin Cavallari to host its upcoming revival of “Paradise Hotel.”

The series will debut Thursday, May 9, with a two-hour premiere from 8 to 10 p.m. and will air three nights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the latter being a two-hour show including live elements.

“Kristin grew up on the frontlines of reality television and is the perfect host to introduce ‘Paradise Hotel’ to a new generation of viewers,” Rob Wade, president, alternative entertainment and specials, Fox Entertainment, said in a statement. “The show is a fun balance of romantic love, cutthroat competition and humor, and Kristin’s unique experience, especially with live television, makes her the best person to navigate the wild, unpredictable moments.”

Paradise Hotel,” which first aired on the network in 2003, puts a
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Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian

Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian
In the age of anti-hero TV, it’s almost surprising we haven’t gotten a Tom Ripley series yet. But Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian is on it with Deadline reporting that Zaillian plans to adapt Patricia Highsmith’s novels focusing on the sociopath anti-hero. No network has signed on yet, but sources tell Deadline that this will likely be a straight-to-series order with Zaillian writing and directing most of the first season’s episodes. Per Deadline, “Zaillian will use the five novels written by Highsmith — The Talented Mrs. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, …
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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC

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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC
It’s official — ABC has ordered a second season of Roseanne spinoff The Conners. The renewal comes after series’ producer Werner Entertainment secured new deals with the core cast of Roseanne veterans, John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner) and Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner-Healy). The size of the order has not been revealed by ABC but has been speculated to be 13 episodes, slightly bigger than last season’s 11.

While not the mega hit of the size of the Roseanne revival, The Conners has been a breakout for ABC. In its first season, the Roseanne followup averaged 9.5 million total viewers and a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating (Live+7) to rank as the season’s No. 1 new comedy in total viewers and 18-49 and ABC’s No. 1 comedy in both categories. The Conners improved its Tuesday 8 pm time period by 33% in total viewers and by 22% in adults
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Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in ‘Mouse Guard’

Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in ‘Mouse Guard’
Idris Elba is in negotiations to join Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Fox’s fantasy-action movie “Mouse Guard” with “Maze Runner’s” Wes Ball directing.

Fox is planning a live-action movie through performance capture technology employed in the “Planet of the Apes” films, in which Serkis starred as the ape leader Caesar. David Peterson created, wrote, and illustrated the “Mouse Guard” series, which launched in 2006 and is set in a medieval times world without humans. The stories center on a brotherhood of mice sworn to serve their fellow mice.

Fox started development on the movie, based on the “Mouse Guard” graphic novel series, in 2016. Matt Reeves, director of “War for the Planet of the Apes,” is producing “Mouse Guard” through his 6th and Idaho production company along with Ross Richie and Stephen Christy, both of Boom! Studios — the publisher of “Mouse Guard.” Joe Hartwick Jr. is also producing.

If the deal goes through,
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Danny Trejo & Benicio Del Toro Voice A Monkey And A Fox In ‘Dora The Explorer’ Live-Action Film & Nothing Makes Sense Anymore

Danny Trejo & Benicio Del Toro Voice A Monkey And A Fox In ‘Dora The Explorer’ Live-Action Film & Nothing Makes Sense Anymore
If you’re a film fan, you’re probably very familiar with the work of actor Danny Trejo. He’s the epitome of badass, even starring in a film literally titled “Bad Ass”. He’s probably most well known for roles in films like “Machete,” “Con Air,” “Heat,” and about a million films with Robert Rodriguez.

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Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO

Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO
HBO is officially reviving Perry Mason. The pay cabler has formally ordered a limited series based on legendary fictional criminal defense lawyer, with The AmericansMatthew Rhys taking on the title role. Sopranos vet Tim Van Patten, meanwhile, has signed on as director and Ep.

As we reported back in January, Rhys — who will also serve as a producer on the aptly-titled Perry Mason — will play Mason at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He also finds himself haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.
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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix
Ryan Murphy has revealed when his first Netflix original series, “The Politician,” will premiere. Yeah, that’s the one with an insane A-list cast, including stars Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, and Lucy Boynton.

“My first Netflix show! So proud of this incredible project and the incredible cast. And I can’t wait for you to binge it in September,” Murphy captioned an Instagram post of the “The Politician’s” official poster, which noted its Sept. 27 launch date.

In addition to Platt, Paltrow, Lange, Deutch and Boynton, the cast includes Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, and Benjamin Barrett.

Here’s the official logline for the series: “Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States.
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Deadwood,’ ‘Stranger Things 3,’ New Tarantino

Trailers of the Week: ‘Deadwood,’ ‘Stranger Things 3,’ New Tarantino
So who likes “first looks” at things? This week brought them to the internet in bulk. In a nutshell: Quentin Tarantino unveiled a (somewhat controversial) peek at Once Upon a Time In Hollywood; HBO proved that yes, the Deadwood movie we’ve dreamed about for years will indeed be seen by actual human beings; and Netflix gives us an actual trailer — not a release date announcement, but a preview with footage — of Stranger Things‘ third season. Plus more Toy Story 4, more John Wick 3 and A24’s teaser for the
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Barbra Streisand Draws Criticism for Stance on Michael Jackson’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ Accusers

Barbra Streisand Draws Criticism for Stance on Michael Jackson’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ Accusers
Barbra Streisand has drawn criticism for comments the singer made about the two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse in the documentary Leaving Neverland.

Speaking to the Times UK ahead of her London concerts this summer, Streisand said she “absolutely” believed the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, but added, “You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

Streisand also said that when she met Jackson,
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Song You Need to Know: Megan Thee Stallion, ‘Sex Talk’

One of the most exciting stories in hip-hop right now is all about the women who are rising to the top of the genre’s ranks. Leading the pack is Megan Thee Stallion, a Houston rapper who’s become a phenomenon in short order thanks to not only her killer, hard-hitting songs — see “Big Ole Freak” and the rest of her breakthrough mixtape,Tina Snow — but also her similarly confident, give-no-fucks social media presence.

Since signing to 300 Entertainment, the label that brought us Migos and Young Thug, Megan has been
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Warner Music Group Signs an Algorithm to a Record Deal

One of the newest additions to Warner Music Group’s roster of artists — taking a spot alongside names like Ed Sheeran, Madonna, Coldplay and Camilla Cabello — is a bundle of code. It’s under contract to release 20 albums this year.

The creator of the algorithm is sound startup Endel, which uses artificial intelligence to make personalized audio tracks aimed at boosting people’s mood or productivity. Endel launched a little over a year ago in Europe, then became one of the up-and-coming companies chosen for Techstars Music’s startup accelerator program in 2018. Two months ago,
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From Bts to ‘NSync, These Are the Best New Music Collectibles Coming This Spring

‘NSync is getting back together – at least in figurine form. The boyband is joining fellow groups Bts, Migos and Backstreet Boys as the newest releases from pop culture collectibles site, Funko. Rock icons Kiss, and the singer/rapper Post Malone are also getting immortalized with collectible figures of their own.

The releases lead a slate of announcements from Washington state-based Funko, whose popular Funko Pop! line of vinyl figures continues to expand with artist collaborations both nostalgic and new.

For Nsync, the chance to celebrate their legacy — and their memorable
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Series Mania: First Details on Co-Pro Pitching Project ‘Capturing Big Mouth’ (Exclusive)

Lille, France — Belgian production company De Mensen, which has just been acquired by France’s Newen, has teamed with Reel One Entertainment on a new cross-continental thriller series, “Capturing Big Mouth.

The series will be pitched Monday at this year’s Series Mania Forum Co-pro Pitching section. It chronicles the unlikely rise and eventual fall of the infamous Somali pirates, based on the true story of Mohammad Abdi Hassan. For a decade Hassan helmed one of Somalia’s most successful pirate gangs, acquiring millions of dollars in ransom payments. In 2013 he declared he had retired, but authorities weren’t ready to just shrug it off,
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Looking at 'Us' Through Black Identity and Trump's America

Looking at 'Us' Through Black Identity and Trump's America
[This story contains spoilers for Us]

We can’t escape us. They’re positioned around the fireplace, flickering light and shadow obscuring their faces ever so slightly, but not enough to mask the fact that these four figures, clad in red bodysuits, are doppelgangers of the Wilson family. “Who are you?” Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) asks. “We’re Americans,” her duplicate, Red (Lupita Nyong’o), responds in a voice that sounds like a struggle against death.

Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his hit 2017 film, Get Out, offers a complex look at the duality of humanity, particularly that which ...
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Film Review: ‘The Dirt’

Film Review: ‘The Dirt’
A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm of vintage American catch-phrase banality, like “How’s that workin’ out for you?” And “The Dirt,” the new Netflix rock biopic about the sordid, squalid saga of Mötley Crüe, the royal hair-metal sleaze gods of the ’80s and ’90s, is a movie that reflects the new harmless status of that phrase.

The Dirt” boils over with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, whether it’s Vince Neil (Daniel Webber), the snaky leader singer of Mötley Crüe, acting like a horny jack-rabbit as he enjoys a backstage boink with every woman who comes near him,
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The Strange Story Behind ‘I Got 5 on It,’ the Secret Weapon of Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

The Strange Story Behind ‘I Got 5 on It,’ the Secret Weapon of Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’
In most movies, a fight with red-robed doppelgängers to the tune of N.W.A.’s “F— the Police” would be the showstopper. But Jordan Peele’s “Us” has an even better musical trick up its sleeve — its deft dissection of the 1995 Luniz hit “I Got 5 on It.”

“I Got 5 on It” comes from an underrated school of hip-hop that discusses low-stakes and even trivial problems with high-level musicality. The “5” refers to a five-dollar bill kicked in toward the purchase of marijuana. The song basically says, if you want to smoke some of my weed, please kick in some cash. It’s a gripe everyone’s had at some point about weed, gas, or french fries.

But the song remains such an earworm 24 years after its debut because nothing about its music sounds trivial. The music has overtones of hurt and betrayal, and may owe those qualities to its surprising and contentious origin story.
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Barbra Streisand on Michael Jackson’s Accusers: ‘It Didn’t Kill Them’

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Barbra Streisand on Michael Jackson’s Accusers: ‘It Didn’t Kill Them’
Barbra Streisand said in an interview that while she believes the two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse in the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” she also has some sympathy for Jackson.

In a wide-ranging Times of London interview published Friday, Streisand said of Jackson: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.” She also said that on the few occasions they met, Jackson, who died at age 50 in 2009, was “very sweet, very childlike.”

Streisand told The Times that she “absolutely” believes the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, and said that watching “Leaving Neverland” was “too painful.”

But she added: “You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck] say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

Also Read: Michael Jackson's Molestation Trial: 10 Bizarre
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