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Idris Elba’s Daughter Named 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador

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Idris Elba’s Daughter Named 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has named Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba, as its 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador. She will assist with the distributing of trophies during the 2019 Golden Globe Awards ceremony and work with a nonprofit organization to raise awareness for the cause of her choosing.

“I feel honored to hold this title and use this role to not only further educate people on the work of the HFPA, but also shine a light on issues that I care about,” said Elba.

“Mental health, specifically among African Americans and my peers in particular, is something I really want to be more vocal about,” added Isan Elba. “There’s this perceived stigma and I’ve seen friends struggle. We need to empower young people to not be afraid to ask for help.”

The HFPA changed the title of
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"Doctor Who" New Year’s Day Special Set On BBC America

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BBC America is going to ring in 2019 with "Doctor Who." Breaking away from the traditional Christmas Day time slot, the popular series will have its first-ever “Who Year’s Day” which will include a marathon of all the Christmas specials that will pave the way to the aforementioned New Year’s Day special

The marathon will begin 12pm ET/PT on December 24 and lead into Christmas Day. After that, it will be a celebratory marathon of all the Doctors tarting with Peter Capaldi, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading straight into the New Year’s special on January 1.

The all-new episode is written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip. As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh
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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)

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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)
Newcomer Ella Jay Basco is in negotiations to land the last major role, Cassandra Cain, in Warner Bros.' Harley Quinn spinoff, Birds of Prey.

Margot Robbie is back as Quinn with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on board as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. Ewan McGregor will play the film’s villain and Rosie Perez will portray Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

Cathy Yan is directing the pic with Robbie producing, along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

In the new film, Robbie, Winstead, and Smollett-Bell team up to protect Cain’s character when she comes across a diamond belonging to McGregor’s Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.
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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies

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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies
Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive production deal with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television for a eight thriller genre features which will all be connected thematically.

The movies will debut on the Amazon Prime Video service which reaches over 200 territories around the globe. The movies will be made by a diverse group of filmmakers.

Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said in statement: “Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spinetingling. He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares. Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy. We can’t wait to see the nightmares he brings direct to service for our Prime Video global audience.”

“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills
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James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production

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James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production
This just in from Pandora: James Cameron says the Avatar sequels have reached a major milestone with the completion of all principal photography involving main cast members.

In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017.

“Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me you can see our performance-capture stage. Today we’re capturing some stunt scenes filming some stunt scenes but our principal cast are all wrapped: Sam [Worthington], Zoe [Saldana], Sigourney [Weaver], Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker added: “They’re done now but they gave us incredible performances. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they did on these films.”
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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In

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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In
It's hard to imagine Jackson Maine being played by anyone other than Bradley Cooper. And yet, the battered lead of 2018's A Star Is Born could have very easily been portrayed by an entirely different person. Apart from the initial, and well-reported, back-and-forth on who would direct and star in the remake, it was recently revealed that Cooper had Jack White in mind to portray Maine.

Before Lady Gaga was officially attached to the project, Cooper was interested in casting a real-life musician. "I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician," he told Variety. "But [the studio] wouldn't make the movie with him." The publication later learned the musician in mind was the former White Stripes singer and guitarist.

Though Cooper would go on to deliver an impassioned performance, in his defense, White wasn't an entirely out-there casting idea. In fact, he previously acted
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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series "The Mandalorian"

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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series
Gina Carano has been cast in “The Mandalorian,” Variety has confirmed with sources.

The exact nature of the actress and former mixed martial arts (MMA) star’s role in the “Star Wars” series is being kept under wraps. She joins Pedro Pascal in the series, whom Variety reported earlier this week was in negotiations to star.

Carano first came to national attention for her MMA prowess, compiling a professional record of 7-1 while competing in organizations like Strikeforce and EliteXC. She also appeared in the 2008 reboot of “American Gladiators.” As an actress, she starred in the Steven SoderberghHaywire” and has also starred in films like “Deadpool,” “Fast & Furious 6,” and “Kickboxer: Vengeance.”

She is repped by Gersh and The Syndicate.

Jon Favreau penned “The Mandalorian,” which is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. It follows the travails of a
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Amazon Renews "Bosch" For Sixth Season; Streamer’s Longest Running Series

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Amazon Renews
Michael Connelly fans rejoice, "Bosch" is coming back!

With a fifth season currently in production and set to launch next year, Amazon today announced that the Titus Welliver-led series of Connelly’s beloved and hardboiled ex-LAPD detective will be back for a Season 6 too.

“I’m on the set where we are wrapping up the filming of season 5, and now this great news that we get to do it again with a sixth season,” said best selling author and producer Connelly from L.A. today of the streamer’s long running series’ extension. “Can’t wait!”

“Bosch is a customer and critical favorite and Amazon Prime members are fans of this long-running series that delivers strong storytelling, complex characters, and exceptional performances,” added Amazon Studios co-Head of Television, Albert Cheng, on Wednesday too of the Fabrik Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company, produced one-hour drama. “We are happy
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Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’

Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’
While the world still reacts to the passing of Stan Lee, one of the biggest questions amongst fans is whether or not the Marvel Comics legend was able to shoot cameos for upcoming films before his death. We’ve already heard that Avengers 4 will have the requisite cameo from Lee, but apparently, there’s one 2019 Marvel movie that doesn’t have a cameo from the writer.

According to a report from EW, Lee never filmed a cameo for the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix. While it’s unclear if this was a matter of timing or if he was never set to appear in the film, Dark Phoenix, will mark the first X-Men film to not have Lee appear in a cameo.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix
Netflix has picked up Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the story of a real-life Malawian boy named William Kamkwamba who built a windmill that helped save his village from famine.

The streamer acquired global rights to the film excluding Japan, China and U.K. free TV rights, and plans to launch the film worldwide next year — including in select theaters in the U.S. and U.K.

Ejiofor, the Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, also co-stars and wrote the script, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The film follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he
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Migration Drama "1899" Is New Netflix Project From Creators of"‘Dark"

Migration Drama
The creators of supernatural series “Dark,” which helped put German drama on the international TV map, have set their next Netflix project, “1899,” a drama that follows European migrants on a fright-filled journey to the U.S.

Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar inked an overall deal with Netflix in June – the first of its kind for the streamer in Europe – following the success of “Dark.” “1899” is the first fruit of that agreement. The show revolves around a migrant steamship heading from London to New York. When the passengers discover another migrant boat adrift, their journey takes an unexpected twist.

“What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare,” Netflix said in a statement.
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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate
J.J. AbramsBad Robot production banner has acquired six new projects from a number of rising filmmakers.

Among the titles is a feature on hip-hop artist Bobby Hall, known by his stage name Logic. His song “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for two Grammys. His movie, Everything Must Go, is described as Clerks for a new generation. Hall will star and co-write with “Blackish” scribe Lisa McQuillan.

Other storytellers involved on the new slate include Hell Fest writer Blair Butler, “The Good Place” executive producer Megan Amram, The Good Time Girls director Courtney Hoffman, Ben Shiffrin, writing team Dylan Meyer and Peter Glanz, and first-time director Stan Grube, who had previously served as an editor on the Bad Robot sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The news comes following the release of Bad Robot’s war horror film “Overlord,” which opened with $10 million last weekend. The production company is also involved
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Legendary Shoots Down Any Plans for $700 Million Saudi Investment

Legendary Entertainment is denying a report that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund Pif, or Public Investment Fund, is eyeing a $700 million investment in the entertainment company owned by the Chinese Dalian Wanda Group.

“Legendary Management has no interest in conducting a transaction with Pif,” a representative for Legendary told TheWrap.

The report originated from a story early Thursday in Reuters pointing to unnamed sources familiar with the matter that Pif is eyeing a $500 million to $700 million investment in Legendary, adding that the company is in talks to hire a financial adviser to assist it with the bid.

Also Read: Wanda Group Reports 11 Percent Revenue Slide, Despite Growing Film Business

The Reuters story also added that Legendary has not had any formal discussions with Pif and that plans are in early stages. According to Reuters, Pif believes however that Wanda will be open to a deal such that they can
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Ratings: Cma Awards Crumble 34 Percent From 2017 to New Low

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Sad song: ABC’s Cma Awards took a tumble(weed) on Wednesday, plummeting 34 percent in TV ratings from 2017. The special was down 30 percent year over year in total viewers.

Still, ABC easily won each half-hour of the evening.

With “Empire,” Fox finished second among adults 18-49. NBC was No. 2 in overall audience members.

Also Read: Cma Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

ABC was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. That was all CMAs.

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.3/5, but fourth in viewers with 4.3 million. “Empire” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.4/6 and 4.9 million viewers. “Star” at 9 had a 1.1/4 and 3.7 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 1.2/5 and second in viewers with 6.9 million. “Chicago Med” at 8 landed a 1.2/5 and 7.5 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” at 9 put up a 1.3/5 and 7.3 million viewers.
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See How Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie Co-Created a Youth Recording Studio in his Hometown

See How Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie Co-Created a Youth Recording Studio in his Hometown
Despite growing up in a neighborhood where he was bullied, teased and surrounded by oppressive negativity, Brendon Urie has evolved into a talented and successful musician. His passion for music was sparked thanks to the guidance he received from his childhood music teacher and mentor, Richard Matta, who identified and nurtured his musical talents. “It’s so important to have those people around you, whether they’re teachers or family or friends,” says Urie, “Everybody needs somebody to show them that the things that you’re passionate about, the things you really love to do,
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Watch the Magical First Trailer for Disney’s ‘Dumbo’

Watch the Magical First Trailer for Disney’s ‘Dumbo’
Dumbo” takes flight in the first official trailer for Tim Burton’s live-action remake of the Disney classic.

This reimagining, which uses visual effects to portray the lovable elephant, sees Danny DeVito as the owner of a faltering circus. He enlists a former star (Colin Farrell) and his children (Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins) to look after the newborn elephant who gets teased for his oversized earns. They soon find out that those ears allow Dumbo to fly, giving the circus a newfound appeal.

Before long, the peculiar pachyderm draws the attention of entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who wants Dumbo for his upcoming entertainment venture, Dreamland, that might not be such a dream.

“You have something very rare. You have wonder, you have mystique, you have magic,” Keaton’s mysteriously dark character says. “Come with me. Together we can soar on those elephant’s wings.”

Burton, best known
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‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding': Amber Is a ‘Bridezilla in Reverse’ – Whatever That Means (Video)

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You are cordially invited to the royal wedding of the century. No, not Kate and Will’s or Harry and Meghan’s. We’re talking about the Real royal wedding. The one you’ve been waiting for ever since Amber and Richard got engaged at the end of “A Christmas Prince.” Right, the only one that matters.

Yes, the official trailer for Netflix’s “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding” has dropped, giving fans of 2017’s breakout holiday TV movie their first look at Amber (Rose Iver) and Richard’s (Ben Lamb) over-the-top nuptials in the sequel.

And the 2-minute, 29-second clip has us wondering if everyone’s favorite blogger is going to be able to hack it as the queen of a small country.

Also Read: Netflix Says It's Really Not Creeping on You After It Trolled Users' Viewing Habits on Twitter

Amber is apparently experiencing “royal pains” and
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Fox Extends Its TV Deal With Major League Baseball Through 2028

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Fox will keep Major League Baseball through 2028 courtesy of a new TV rights contract that was announced on Thursday.

The current TV rights deal was set to expire following the 2021 season, along with Mlb’s two other TV partners in Turner and ESPN. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fox’s current deal pays Mlb $525 million annually.

Although it’s typical for new rights agreements to be hammered out a few years early, this early renewal has the added importance of keeping one of Fox’s major TV properties in its stable while its in the middle of selling off the bulk of its assets to Disney. The Fox broadcasting network, Fox Sports 1 and Fox News will make up “New Fox,” while the rest, including its film and TV studio and cable networks FX and Nat Geo, will move over to Disney.

Also Read: Ratings: NFL Recovers
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6 Big Questions the ‘Ahs: Apocalypse’ Finale Didn’t Answer

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6 Big Questions the ‘Ahs: Apocalypse’ Finale Didn’t Answer
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the finale of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.”)

We wondered last week how exactly Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the rest of the creative team on “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” could possibly finish up this whole thing in just one episode. And in Wednesday’s finale, we got our answer: not that well. The “Ahs: Apocalypse” season finale speeds through the resolution to what was a pretty epic tale, leaving big plot threads dangling and not really paying off on so many points the show had set up early on.

So in order to work through our frustration with the finale, let’s take a look at the parts of the episode, and the season as a whole, that just don’t make sense now that it’s finally all over.

Also Read: The Ending of the 'Ahs: Apocalypse' Finale Made Absolutely No Sense

1. What
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‘A Private War’ Goes Public With Aviron’s Word-of-Mouth Screenings

‘A Private War’ Goes Public With Aviron’s Word-of-Mouth Screenings
A Private War” is expanding this month after its Nov. 2 launch in New York and L.A. The film, starring an excellent Rosamund Pike, is the perfect calling card for the new Aviron Pictures. The film embodies what Aviron is doing, but it’s also an exception to its rules.

“Most of our films are mid-budget feature films that we believe have the ability to be wide releases,” says Aviron president David Dinerstein. “But ‘A Private War’ is a little different.”

Aviron execs knew this film would depend on word-of-mouth. It is a complex, adult drama, centering on war correspondent Marie Colvin, who reported from war zones in Africa and the Middle East for Sunday Times of London; the film covers her work for a decade, concluding in 2012.

Reviewing the film out of Toronto, Variety’s Peter Debruge praised it as an “incredibly sophisticated, psychologically immersive” film, adding that director
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