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"The Punisher" & "Jessica Jones" Canceled By Netflix

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Exactly a month after the launch of its second season on Netflix, Marvel’s The Punisher has had to bite the bullet as has Jessica Jones.

As the only two series from the TV arm of the comic giant still left on the streamer, there will be no Season 3 of the Jon Bernthal led vigilante series, I’ve learned. The completed third season of the Krysten Ritter starring Jessica Jones will still appear on the streamer but will be put on ice for good after that.

This marks the end of the multi-series, big bucks and big ambitions relationship between Marvel and Netflix that started in 2013 with the announcement of four series and a The Defenders limited series.

“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix,” Netflix confirmed today to Deadline. “Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal,
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Fox's 'Alita' Leads Worst President's Day Weekend in 15 Years

Fox's 'Alita' Leads Worst President's Day Weekend in 15 Years
The three-day President's Day weekend last year saw the top twelve gross over $270 million, the bulk of which was due to the over $202 million three-day opening for Black Panther, accounting for nearly 74% of the combined top twelve gross. This year didn't have such a monster release, and while expectations were muted, the top twelve's combined $109.1 million makes for the worst three-day President's Day weekend since 2004. Leading the charge was Fox's Alita: Battle Angel, delivering $27.8 million for the three-day. Elsewhere, while Universal's release of Blumhouse's Happy Death Day 2U fell short of expectations, it has already grossed more than its production budget and WB's release of New Line's Isn't It Romantic took advantage of Valentine's Day leading into the weekend and delivered a third place finish. Fox's Alita: Battle Angel topped the weekend box office with ease, outperforming expectations and delivering an estimated $27.8 million over the three-day weekend
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WGA Awards 2019: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Wins Comedy Series Award

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WGA Awards 2019: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Wins Comedy Series Award
The 71st annual Writers Guild Awards are underway at dual ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the comedy series award for Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman Palladino. The series won the Emmy for best comedy series last year.

Bill Hader and Alec Berg won the episodic comedy award for the opening segment of HBO’s “Barry,” “Chapter One: Make Your Mark” (“Barry”).

Stephanie Gillis won the animated award for the “Bart’s Not Dead” episode and Alex Gansa took the episodic drama award for the “Paean To The People” segment of “Homeland.”

Chelsea Peretti hosted the West Coast ceremonies while Roy Wood Jr. was the emcee in New York

Original screenplay nominees are Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”; Adam McKay’s “Vice”; Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade”; Bryan Woods,
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Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars

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Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars
Bette Midler will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” at the Oscar ceremonies on Feb. 24, Variety has learned.

Midler, a longtime friend of composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman, will sing the song originally performed by Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns.” The song, by Shaiman and his lyricist partner Scott Wittman, is one of five nominees for best original song.

The Academy teased this on Jan. 31 by tweeting, “Spoiler Alert: It will be performed by a surprise special guest.”

This was in the aftermath of a Variety report about the original plan, which was to perform only two of the five nominated songs (“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” and “All the Stars” from “Black Panther”). The backlash resulted in the Academy’s decision to perform all five nominated songs, including the one from “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Shaiman is expected to accompany Midler on piano.

“As a child of the ’60s,
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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Say ‘Empire’ Star Didn’t Play “Role In His Own Attack”

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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Say ‘Empire’ Star Didn’t Play “Role In His Own Attack”
As Chicago police declare a significant shift in “the trajectory of the investigation” of the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett nearly three weeks ago, the attorneys for the Empire star has come out swinging tonight in his defense.

“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” said defense lawyers Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson in a statement obtained by Deadline.

He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack,” the Chicago-based attorneys add of the supposed assault in the early hours of January 29. “Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.” (Read The Full Statement Below)

Earlier Saturday, a law enforcement official close to the Chicago
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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever

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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever
It’s a wrap on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Dwayne Johnson shared the news Friday on Instagram, saying production just ended on the “most challenging film” he’s ever done.

“Hobbs & Shaw is officially wrapped,” Johnson wrote. “Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however based on the fans’ insanely hyped ‘break the internet’ reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding.”

The wrestler-turned-box office heavyweight went on to praise co-star Jason Statham for joining him on the adventure.

“A Huge bald and brotherly Mahalo to the man who trusted me and our chemistry and ‘pushed all his chips in’ to make something bad ass and fun for the fans. My uso @jasonstatham,” he added.

The spinoff, directed by David Leitch is set two years after the events of The Fate of the Furious,
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Scott Z. Burns Hired To Rewrite ‘Bond 25’ For Director Cary Fukunaga [Exclusive]

Scott Z. Burns Hired To Rewrite ‘Bond 25’ For Director Cary Fukunaga [Exclusive]
Reports surfaced last night: the 25th James Bond movie is being delayed. Pushing off from its intended Valentine’s Day 2020 release date, MGM will now open the movie two months later on Easter, April 8, 2020. ‘Bond 25’ is looking down the barrel of a gun: an impending April start date and a script that no one is entirely happy with.

Sources close to the project tell us that Scott Z. Burns
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Looks Like Harley Quinn Will Be in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad After All

Looks Like Harley Quinn Will Be in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad After All
Last week it was reported that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad would be a complete overhaul of the franchise and would not tie into the first film. It was also said that Harley Quinn would not appear in the movie.

Well, Forbes has offered an update on their previous report and in the update that say that Harley Quinn is, in fact, expected to be in The Suicide Squad. She is part of the most recent draft of the script. They also report that the movie will start shooting sooner than expected:

"I have learned from sources close to production that in fact, the information about Harley Quinn being absent from the new Suicide Squad movie is no longer up to date -- she is indeed expected to appear in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which is expected to begin production later this year."

What isn’t made clear
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Ai Weiwei Was Cut From 'Berlin, I Love You' Because Backers Feared a China Backlash

Ai Weiwei Was Cut From 'Berlin, I Love You' Because Backers Feared a China Backlash
A segment of the ensemble drama Berlin, I Love You, directed by and starring Chinese dissent artist Ai Weiwei, was cut from the final version of the movie because some of the producers and financiers of the film feared a backlash from China.

The romantic drama — featuring 10 short films from 10 different directors all set in the German capital and centered on the subject of love — was released Feb. 8 in the U.S. by Saban Films. Berlin, I Love You is the latest installment in the City of Love series created by Emmanuel Benbihy, which also features Paris, je t'...
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11-Year-Old Florida Student Arrested After Clashing With Teacher Over Pledge

An 11-year-old Florida student was arrested last week and charged with a misdemeanor after exchanging words with a teacher who took issue with the child’s refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The Lawton Chiles Middle Academy sixth-grader told substitute teacher, Ana Alvarez, that he would not stand because the flag and the national anthem were “racist” against black people.

According Bay 9 News, the teacher then seemed to escalate the situation by asking the child why he didn’t go somewhere else if America was so bad.

The student responded saying,
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Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s ‘Wedding Album’ to be Reissued

Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s ‘Wedding Album’ to be Reissued
Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s Wedding Album will be reissued this spring. Originally released in 1969, it was the couple’s third collaborative LP. Announced on Monday, which marks Ono’s 86th birthday, Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album will be released via Secretly Canadian in partnership with Chimera Music on March 22nd, two days after Ono and Lennon’s 50th wedding anniversary.

Crafted by graphic designer John Kosh, the original packaging housed a box that commemorated the couple’s nuptials – they were married on March 20th, 1969 in Gibraltar. Photographs,
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TV Shows to Watch the Week of Feb. 18, 2019: Academy Awards, ‘Desus & Mero’

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, the Academy Awards air and Desus & Mero make their debut on Showtime.

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” NBC, Monday, 8 p.m.

The first season of the competition series concludes as the winner is chosen from among the remaining competitors.

Manifest,” NBC, Monday, 10 p.m.

In the Season 1 finale, Ben and Michaela must
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North American Box Office Declines From Last Year With Weak Presidents Day Weekend

North American Box Office Declines From Last Year With Weak Presidents Day Weekend
Alita: Battle Angel” easily won a tepid Presidents Day weekend with a $34.2 million at 3,790 North American locations, estimates showed Monday.

Overall domestic moviegoing for 2019 has plunged 22.1% to $1.24 billion as of Monday, according to Comscore. That’s $350 million below the same date a year ago and the lowest figure at this point of the year since 2011.

The decline stems from the lack of a major hit so far this year — and the fact that “Black Panther” had grossed $202 million in its first three days a year ago and $242 million during the Presidents Day weekend.

By comparison, 2019 racked up the worst Presidents Day weekend in 15 years. Fox’s “Alita” performed slightly above expectations, but the $170 million sci-fi tentpole will have to depend on international performance to become profitable. The James Cameron production, starring Rosa Salazar, generated 47% of its total from 3D locations.

Warner Bros.’ second weekend of “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
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D-Generation X to Be Inducted Into WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019

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D-Generation X has three words for you: Hall of Fame. Dx, the legendary WWE faction, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019. They are the first inductees to be announced for the honor this year.

For the purposes of their group induction, Dx consists of Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, X-Pac and Chyna. The 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is set to take place on Saturday, April 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. WrestleMania 35 takes place the next night at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

With the nod, Michaels becomes a two-time inductee, just like his idol Ric Flair. Chyna posthumously takes her rightful place in the Hall.

“Ravishing” Rick Rude was a periphery member of Degeneration-x, referred to as the original lineup’s “insurance policy.” He’s not included here, but perhaps Rude will get a shoutout during the acceptance speech.
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Queen to Perform at Oscars

Queen to Perform at Oscars
Queen will perform at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, the Motion Picture Academy announced on social media today. The move, which is not completely a surprise, comes in the wake of the blockbuster success of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about the band and its late singer, Freddie Mercury.

The band now performs under the name Queen + Adam Lambert, with two of the four original members, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, fronted by former “American Idol” star Adam Lambert, who has won critical applause in his role as the group’s frontman over the past few years. Bassist John Deacon has not performed with Queen for many years.

As previously reported by Variety, the telecast’s producers were known to have reached out to reps for the film and the band early in the planning process to try to procure Queen for the opening slot of the show.
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No More Gary From Chicago: This Year’s Oscars Won’t Feature ‘Everyday People’

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The Academy has tried — and mostly failed — in its attempts to cut down the runtime of the Oscars, but they did manage to find one way to shorten the lengthy ceremony: Get rid of the everyday folk.

In an interview with the New York Times, lead producer Donna Gigliotti said next Sunday’s show won’t feature non-famous people getting to bump elbows with Hollywood starlets, something Jimmy Kimmel had popularized during his two-year hosting stint.

“I love everyday people,” Gigliotti said. “I ride the subway with them every day in New York. Everyday people don’t get me ratings.”

Also Read: Oscars Will Air All Award Categories Live on TV, Reversing Course

During his two hosting stints, Kimmel did a number of vignettes that featured Hollywood celebrities mingling with just plain old people in Hollywood. Last year, this included bringing Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill and Margot Robbie to a
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Lydia Loveless Alleges Sexual Misconduct by Domestic Partner of Record Label Head

Chicago alt-country label Bloodshot Records has issued a statement in response to allegations made this weekend by Bloodshot artist Lydia Loveless. In her posts, Loveless claimed she was sexually harassed by Mark Panick, the domestic partner of the label’s co-president Nan Warshaw. Panick is not an employee of the label.

Loveless, the singer-songwriter who has been one of Bloodshot’s premier artists since signing with the label in 2011 at 19, wrote on Instagram: “Nan Warshaw’s domestic partner Mark Panick has long been a source of strife for me
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Richard E. Grant on How to Survive Awards Season With Flair

Richard E. Grant on How to Survive Awards Season With Flair
An Oscar would certainly be nice, but Richard E. Grant doesn’t need a golden statue to walk away from this awards season as a winner.

The 61-year-old actor landed his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jack Hock, the loyal accomplice of author-turned-literary forager Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) in the biopic “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Unlike most actors who become jaded by the grind that comes with awards season — its punishing schedule of screenings, interviews on late night shows, and grip and grins — Grant isn’t taking a single moment for granted.

Instead, the veteran is fully embracing the ride, using the long hours spent at industry events as a chance to mingle with his favorite celebrities and meet fans. His social media platforms have become an endearing window into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, one that lets his 200,000 followers accompany him as he navigates
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Pug Almost Passes Out Playing Ellen DeGeneres’ Latest ‘Masked Singer’ Ripoff (Video)

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Pug Almost Passes Out Playing Ellen DeGeneres’ Latest ‘Masked Singer’ Ripoff (Video)
Clearly Ellen DeGeneres didn’t put as much thought into her “Masked Dancer” ripoff of Fox’s show “The Masked Singer” as they did with their costumes … like how someone hopes to breathe in those ridiculous masks.

“Since we haven’t been sued yet,” DeGeneres said on Monday, she decided to play another round “The Masked Dancer,” bringing out “Masked Singer” judge Ken Jeong and DJ tWitch to help guess who was disguised as a Pug wearing a Two Face suit. Yes, like the Batman villain.

The performance had the mystery guest gasping for air and quite literally panting on the ground after some goofy gyrating and even a famous move popularized by Curly on “The Three Stooges.” The dancer found themselves unable to breathe after the mouth to the rubber pug mask had closed up. Jeong then asked him, “What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
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29 Stars Who Need Only an Oscar to Egot, From Hugh Jackman to Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photos)

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29 Stars Who Need Only an Oscar to Egot, From Hugh Jackman to Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photos)
The Egot — an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony — is the greatest honor in entertainment. These stars are (or were) close to achieving it.

A select group of entertainers can round out their trophy cases with a competitive win from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Harry Belafonte (1927 – )

Emmy: Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series, “The Revlon Revue” (1960).

Grammys (2): Folk Performance, “Swing Dat Hammer” (1960); Folk Recording, “An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba” (1965).

Tony: Supporting Actor in a Musical, “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” (1954).

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Emmy: 7 individual wins, including for “Omnibus” (1957 and 1958); “Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic” (1961); “New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts” (1965); “Beethoven’s Birthday” (1972); and “Carnegie Hall: The Grand Reopening” (1987).

Grammy: 16 wins, most for best classical album.

Tony: Best Musical, “Wonderful Town” (1953).

Jerry Bock

Martin Charnin

Cy Coleman

Fred Ebb

Cynthia Erivo (1987 – )

Daytime Emmy: On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program,
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