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Early Showings of ‘Aquaman’ Set for Amazon Prime Members

Early Showings of ‘Aquaman’ Set for Amazon Prime Members
Amazon is offering its Amazon Prime members an exclusive early showing of Warner Bros.Aquaman on Dec. 15 — six days before the fantasy-adventure film opens in North America.

Amazon launched the promotion Monday under which Prime members can purchase up to 10 tickets through Atom Tickets for the showing at more than 1,000 Regal, AMC, ArcLight Cinemas, and National Amusements theaters.
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George R.R. Martin Says "Game of Thrones" Prequel Pilot Won’t Involve Targaryens, TBD on Dragons

George R.R. Martin Says
George R.R. Martin has shared yet another fact about the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot — which may or may not be titled “The Long Night.”

While discussing his new book, "Fire and Blood" — which catalogs the history of Westeros before the current events of Martin’s "A Song of Ice and Fire" books and David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ fantasy series — the author teased more about the upcoming project, which is set 10,000 years before “GoT.”

And, well, if you were hoping for a lot of the same elements of “Thrones” in its prequel, you might be disappointed, as this Westeros very different from the one we know now. For one, there won’t be Targaryens and there may not even be dragons, said Martin, who is working with HBO and showrunner Jane Goldman.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Here's Everything We Know About the Series' Epic
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Maya Rudolph, Natasha Lyonne Sign First Look Deal With Amazon Studios

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Maya Rudolph, Natasha Lyonne Sign First Look Deal With Amazon Studios
Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne have signed a new first-look television deal with Amazon Studios, the company announced on Monday.

Under the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, the duo will create original series for the streamer via their Animal Pictures production banner.

“Maya and Natasha are proven talents in front of and behind the camera, and we are so excited to tap into this powerful creative brain trust and be in business with these fiercely funny and phenomenally smart women,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

“I’ve had an incredible experience working with the team at Amazon Studios on Forever, where they have given us true creative freedom,” said Rudolph. “I’m excited to extend this relationship and to have the opportunity for Natasha and myself to continue to develop new shows for a global audience.”

Also Read: Amazon Studios, Blumhouse TV Team Up for 8 Thematically-Connected Films

Lyonne added,
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FX’s "Fosse/Verdon" Sets Main Cast; Norbert Leo Butz, Margaret Qualley Join as Series Regulars

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FX has set the main cast for the eight-episode limited series “Fosse/Verdon,” Variety has learned.

The series is based on the biography “Fosse” written by Sam Wasson and tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams).

Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in the series regular role of Paddy Chayefsky, while Margaret Qually will appear in the series regular role of Ann Reinking.

In addition, the following people have been cast in recurring roles: Aya Cash as Joan Simon, Nate Corddry as Neil Simon, Susan Misner as Joan McCracken, Bianca Marroquin as Chita Rivera, Kelli Barrett as Liza Minnelli, Evan Handler as Hal Prince, Rick Holmes as Fred Weaver, Paul Reiser as Cy Feuer, Ethan Slater as Joel Grey, Byron Jennings as George Abbott, and Laura Osnes as Shirley MacLaine.

Butz is currently starring on Broadway in “My Fair Lady
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Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival

Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival
Spinal Tap, the loudest band in England, is reuniting for a 35th anniversary screening of their film This Is Spinal Tap at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and will also perform following the screening.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will turn it up to 11 again in a one-night-only concert in which they’ll perform as themselves in tribute to the fictional band Spinal Tap. So they won’t specifically be in character as Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls. But they’ll further be joined by This is Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner for a conversation to follow.

“Spinal Tap proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever,” director, co-writer and star Reiner said in a statement Monday.
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"True Blood" Creator Alan Ball Gives Details Of Musical Version In The Works

True Blood fans rejoice. You may be getting a fix of the vampire fantasy story in musical form.

Speaking at a 10th anniversary screening of the pilot episode at Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday, creator Alan Ball gave details of the rumored musical version coming from composer Nathan Barr, which Ball says he’s heard is "pretty good."

"It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet," Ball said.
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‘Twin Peaks’ Origin Story ‘Blonde, Beautiful and Dead’ Optioned by Part2 Pictures (Exclusive)

‘Twin Peaks’ Origin Story ‘Blonde, Beautiful and Dead’ Optioned by Part2 Pictures (Exclusive)
Part2 Pictures has optioned “Blonde, Beautiful and Dead: The Murder Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks,” an upcoming project from MetaBook about Hazel Drew, the young woman whose murder 110 years ago became the basis for the fictional killing of Laura Palmer.

“Blonde, Beautiful and Dead,” by David Bushman and Mark Givens, examines the death of Drew in Sand Lake, New York, home of “Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost’s grandmother, Betty Calhoun. Calhoun used to tell Frost stories about Drew, who was found dead in the waters of Teal’s Pond. Like Laura Palmer, she was said to have a double life that included multiple lovers.

Frost will write the foreword of the book, which explains how his grandmother’s stories about the killing lingered with with for decades, leading to the inception of the murder mystery at the center of his and David Lynch’s unforgettable “Twin Peaks.”

Under the deal,
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John Bluthal obituary

John Bluthal obituary
Stage and screen actor who appeared in popular sitcoms including "Never Mind the Quality," "Feel the Width" and "The Vicar of Dibley."

The actor John Bluthal, who has died aged 89, forged a long and successful acting career in Britain that began in the golden age of television in the 1960s, when he provided a foil to the comedy legends Michael Bentine, Eric Sykes, Peter Cook and, over several decades, Spike Milligan.

Bluthal soared to the top of the bill when he starred alongside Joe Lynch in the sitcom "Never Mind the Quality", "Feel the Width" (1967-71), the pair playing respectively the Jewish jacket-maker Manny Cohen and the Irish trouser-maker Patrick Kelly running a business in the East End.
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Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?

Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?
As J.K. Rowling continues to expand the “Harry Potter” universe, the generation that grew up watching onscreen adventures of the Boy Who Lived have remained a faithful bunch.

That much was clear from the opening weekend of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest installment in the seemingly endless array of “Harry Potter” sequels, prequels, spinoffs and stage shows. The umpteenth return to the fantasy series launched with $62 million at the domestic box office, a sizable and potentially problematic drop from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Like the first Fantastic Beasts installment, the audience breakdown was much older than the movies centering around the bespectacled boy wizard.

The lower than expected start displays that beyond die-hard fans, the Wizarding World has struggled to entice a new wave of Potterheads.
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Hugh Jackman Has a Message for John Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds After Twitter Roast

Hugh Jackman Has a Message for John Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds After Twitter Roast
Everyone loves a good Hollywood feud, even if it’s not exactly real.

Hugh Jackman took the opportunity at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where he was being honored, to take a shot at John Krasinski and Ryan Reynolds, who ganged up on him on social media over the weekend after a photo of Jackman cozying up to Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt at Variety’s “Actors on Actors” event hit the Internet.

“You gotta stay on your toes, John,” Jackman joked to Variety Monday night. “That’s all I’m saying.”

He went on to add that he’d have no problem taking on Krasinski in a physical altercation if it came to that.

“I’m fine to fight John, but he arrived this morning at my front door with Ryan,” he explained. “I’m like, ‘Come on, guys. One at a time. Not together.’”

Jackman admitted that
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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 27 Finale: And the Winner Is…

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 27 Finale: And the Winner Is…
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Monday’s finale of “Dancing With the Stars”)

That’s a wrap, everyone. “Dancing With the Stars” has crowned its Season 27 winners: Country music radio host Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess. The pair beat all comers to nab the Mirroball Trophy Monday night.

Coming in at second place was Milo Manheim with Witney Carson, with “Harry Potter” star Evanna Lynch with Keo Motsepe landing third, and Alexis Ren with Alan Bersten placing fourth in the season finale.

“Thank you to the people and thank you to Sharna, who made all this possible,” said Bones after his victory.

“Show up, do the work, and great things will happen. This has been #TeamBeautyAndTheGeek’s motto all season and they are now #DWTS Champions!!!” said the show’s official Twitter account soon after.

Also Read: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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Woman Seeks Restraining Order Against Michael Avenatti

Woman Seeks Restraining Order Against Michael Avenatti
An actress named Mareli Miniutti sought a restraining order Monday against attorney Michael Avenatti, best known for representing Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump.

“I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts,” Avenatti tweeted Monday evening. “I have Never abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone. Any claim to the contrary is completely bogus and fabricated. I am a target. And I will be exonerated.”

According to court records, a heating on the matter was scheduled for Dec. 10.

Also Read: Jacob Wohl Files Police Report After Michael Avenatti Tweets: 'I Am Coming for You'

Court records did not include details of the reason Miniutti sought the restraining order. She did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Miniutti’s IMDb page lists credits including “Ocean’s Eight,” and “How to Be Single.”

Avenatti was booked on felony domestic violence charges last week,
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SAG-aftra Members Ratify Television Animation Deal

Members of SAG-AFTRA have approved a three-year successor deal on its master contract covering televised animated work with 95% of those voting in support.

SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris made the announcement Monday, saying, “This was a very important negotiation for our members who work on television animation projects due to the expansive growth of streaming media. It was imperative that we ensure our members receive compensation that reflects an evolving business model. With approval of these agreements, members will continue to be fairly compensated for the work they do.”

Leaders of the union announced on Sept. 19 that they had
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David Arquette Has ‘Zero Plans’ to Be in Another Gory Wrestling ‘Death Match’

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David Arquette Has ‘Zero Plans’ to Be in Another Gory Wrestling ‘Death Match’
David Arquette said his gruesome, bloody injury from Friday night’s wrestling “death match” was because of his “lack of experience.”

“Don’t try this at home,” the actor/producer wrote in a Twitter message on Monday.

Arquette climbed in the ring on Friday night at Gcw’s Joey Janela’s L.A. Confidential with Combat Zone Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Nick Gage, who hit him over the head with a light-bulb tube. The glass shattered, with a shard cutting into Arquette’s neck, which began to bleed profusely.

Photos and video of the violent, gory match quickly went viral. You can see it by clicking here.

Also Read: David Arquette Left Bloodied in Violent Wrestling Match (Video)

Although Arquette has experience in the ring — he became the WCW World Heavyweight Champion in 2000 to promote his wrestling movie “Ready to Rumble” — he said he wasn’t prepared for how brutal the match would get.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director John M. Chu Honored by Publicists

Film News Roundup: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director John M. Chu Honored by Publicists
In today’s film news roundup, Jon M. Chu is honored by union publicists, Melissa McCarthy is honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival and the film “Ali’s Realm” gets a cast.

Publicists Honor

Hollywood publicists have selected “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu as recipient of the Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award.

He will be presented the award at the 56th Annual International Cinematographers Guild’s Publicists Awards for his unique contribution to the art of movies. The awards, which traditionally occur the week leading up to the Academy Awards, will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 22.

Steven Poster, national president of the Icg, said, “Jon M. Chu has made an extraordinary contribution to the art of filmmaking. His ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ adored by audiences throughout the world, is the first studio modern day film to feature an all-Asian cast in a quarter of a century.
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Tekashi 6ix9ine Faces 32 Years to Life in Prison on Racketeering, Firearm Charges

Tekashi 6ix9ine (real name Daniel Hernandez) is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years in prison, according to the prosecuting U.S. attorney at the rapper’s arraignment on Monday night. The rapper was arrested on Sunday night and faces federal charges including racketeering allegations stemming from Hernandez’s involvement with the Nine Trey Bloods, as well as a previously unreported armed robbery. Hernandez faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

“[Hernandez] is a member of a violent sect of the Bloods,” said Assistant Us Attorney Michael Longyear at the arraignment.
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Hear Grandaddy’s Sprawling New Song ‘Bison on the Plains’

Hear Grandaddy’s Sprawling New Song ‘Bison on the Plains’
Grandaddy have unveiled their sprawling new song “Bison on the Plains,” the band’s first new music since releasing their reunion album Last Place in March 2017.

The synth-heavy song was inspired by the Cars’ 1984 single “Drive,” frontman Jason Lytle said in a statement. “Setting out with the intent of replicating the ‘feel and vibe’ of the song ‘Drive’ which is one of my favorite Cars songs …I got a little of the way into “Bison on the Plains” (Botp) and realized I had failed,” Lytle said.

Unable to finish the
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International Emmy Awards: U.K.’s ‘Man In an Orange Shirt,’ Israel’s ‘Nevsu,’ Spain’s ‘Money Heist’ Among Winners

International Emmy Awards: U.K.’s ‘Man In an Orange Shirt,’ Israel’s ‘Nevsu,’ Spain’s ‘Money Heist’ Among Winners
The U.K. production “Man in an Orange Shirt” won the International Emmy Award for best movie/miniseries at the 46th annual ceremony in New York. The top drama series award went to Spain’s “Money Heist.”

Heist” was produced by Vancouver Media and Atresmedia Televisión. “Man in an Orange Shirt,” produced by the U.K.’s Kudos banner, starred Vanessa Redgrave and revolved around two gay love stories, one set in the present day, the other in the 1940s. The two-hour production aired on the BBC and PBS.

Hari Kondabolu, the comedian who is also known for the documentary “The Simpsons,
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‘Walking Dead': Everything We Know About Georgie Right Now

‘Walking Dead': Everything We Know About Georgie Right Now
(Spoilers ahead for the Nov. 18 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

Ever since she first popped up out of nowhere in Season 8, “The Walking Dead” fans have been speculating non-stop about what Georgie’s (Jayne Atkinson) role will be in the future. Even though she has not appeared again since, Georgie’s impact has been felt — especially this week when we discovered that Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has made her exit from the show by joining up with Georgie’s quest to bring civilization back to the world.

We still don’t actually know that much about Georgie. She first appeared, as you recall, shortly before the Saviors attacked the Hilltop last season, offering food and knowledge — a book detailing primitive technology like aqueducts and so forth — in exchange for music. Georgie claimed to be roaming around, sort of trying to rekindle civilization wherever she encountered a community worth fostering.
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Byron Allen’s Racial Discrimination Lawsuits Against Comcast and Charter to Proceed

Byron Allen’s Racial Discrimination Lawsuits Against Comcast and Charter to Proceed
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios scored legal victories on Monday as a federal appellate court ruled that his racial discrimination lawsuits against Comcast and Charter Communications will proceed.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, Calif., overturned a lower court’s decision to dismiss Allen’s claim against Comcast. The same three-judge panel also affirmed a lower court’s decision to deny Charter’s motion to dismiss Allen’s suit.

The rulings state that Allen has made a plausible case for racial discrimination being a factor in the separate decisions by Comcast and Charter to
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