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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame
Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the form of WB's sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The weekend also features the debut of what looks to be a strong opening for Steve McQueen's Widows while the PG-13 comedy Instant Family hopes to begin a long holiday run. Poised to finish atop the box office is Warner Bros.'s release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and there is a chance it could come close to matching the $74 million opening for its predecessor, though WB is remaining conservative with expectations hovering around $65 million. A
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Hugh Grant To Star With Nicole Kidman In HBO Limited Series "The Undoing"

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Hugh Grant To Star With Nicole Kidman In HBO Limited Series
Hugh Grant has been cast opposite Nicole Kidman in "The Undoing," HBO’s high-profile six-episode limited series, written by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier.

An adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book You Should Have Known, "The Undoing" centers on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband (Grant) and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
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"Veronica Mars": J.K. Simmons To Recur In Hulu Revival Limited Series

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Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has signed on for a recurring role in Hulu’s revival of "Veronica Mars," from original series creator Rob Thomas. The eight-episode limited series is scheduled to premiere in 2019.

The reboot returns star Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni and Jason Dohring to the series that ran for three seasons on Upn and the CW from 2004-2007. In the revival, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Bell) is drawn into an epic mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

Simmons will play Clyde Prickett, an
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Mike Schur Says He’d Still Work With Aziz Ansari: We Have to ‘All Keep Trying’

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Mike Schur Says He’d Still Work With Aziz Ansari: We Have to ‘All Keep Trying’
Mike Schur collaborated with actor Aziz Ansari for the full seven-season run of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” And following an accusation of sexual misconduct posed against Ansari last year, “The Good Place” creator says he’d still work with him, noting “the important thing to me is that we all keep trying.”

Last year, Schur apologized for having comedian Louis C.K. — who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women — guest star on “Parks and Rec,” after having heard rumors about his behavior. The case is not the same with Ansari.

“Well, you know. (Laughs) The answer is yes, I would,” Schur told the Daily Beast, in an interview published Friday, when asked if he’d reteam with Ansari.

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“And the tricky thing about all of this stuff is this kind of national reckoning that the entertainment
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Lalo Schifrin: ‘Impossible’ Composer Receives Oscar for Jazzy Career

Lalo Schifrin: ‘Impossible’ Composer Receives Oscar for Jazzy Career
Lalo Schifrin has been writing movie and TV music for 60 years, including such iconic themes as “Mission: Impossible,” “Dirty Harry” and “Cool Hand Luke.” And while he has been nominated for six Oscars, he’s never won.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will rectify that oversight when it awards him an Honorary Oscar for his entire career at the 10th annual Governors Awards on Nov. 18 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.

Schifrin is the third composer in Academy history to receive such an award. Alex North was voted one in 1985, Ennio Morricone another in 2006.

“It’s a great honor,
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Lalo Schifrin: ‘Impossible’ Composer Receives Oscar for Jazzy Career

Lalo Schifrin: ‘Impossible’ Composer Receives Oscar for Jazzy Career
Lalo Schifrin has been writing movie and TV music for 60 years, including such iconic themes as “Mission: Impossible,” “Dirty Harry” and “Cool Hand Luke.” And while he has been nominated for six Oscars, he’s never won.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will rectify that oversight when it awards him an Honorary Oscar for his entire career at the 10th annual Governors Awards on Nov. 18 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.

Schifrin is the third composer in Academy history to receive such an award. Alex North was voted one in 1985, Ennio Morricone another in 2006.

“It’s a great honor, and an incredible surprise,” says the Argentine-born composer, now 86. His numbers alone are staggering: more than 100 film scores, nearly 90 television projects and more than 50 classical works since the late 1950s. He’s also won four Grammys and received four Emmy nominations.

“Lalo is a model film composer,” says Academy music governor Laura Karpman.
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Beatriz Seigner’s ‘Los Silencios’ Wins Stockholm Impact Award

Brazilian writer-director Beatriz Seigner’s “Los Silencios” won this year’s Impact Award at Stockholm Film Festival.

The film, which world premiered at Cannes’s Directors Fortnight, is a supernatural drama about a family torn by Colombia’s civil conflict.

Seigner’s sophomore outing, “Los Silencios” beat out strong contenders including Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux” and Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s “Birds of Passage.”

The Impact Award is meant to highlight films that are politically minded and reflect today’s world in innovative ways. This year’s theme among the nominated films was the impact of armed conflicts on lives and relationships.

The festival praised “Los Silencios” for the “strong characters portrayed — especially the mother and her son; and the way it tackles big issues in a changing country” with an “intimate” approach.

“We connect with the characters and through them we learn about the issues of refugees,
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‘Creed II’ Review: Michael B. Jordan Gets Back in the Ring

‘Creed II’ Review: Michael B. Jordan Gets Back in the Ring
Released in the middle of the prestige-movie season in 2015, Creed wasn’t just an anomaly among the Oscarbait-and-biopics circuit: It wondered whether a continuation of a dormant movie series and a comeback of sorts for its creator was in the cards. It was also an unlikely attempt to establish a side franchise, a chance for filmmaker Ryan Coogler to prove he could beat the sophomore slump and a referendum on whether Michael B. Jordan could be a movie star. Quicker than you could yell “Adrian!” we had answers. The movie became a hit,
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‘Money Heist,’ ‘Apple Tree Yard’ Among Intl. Emmy Nominees Proving Peak TV Has Gone Global

If anyone needs proof that peak TV is a global phenomenon, then a glance at the nominees for the 2018 Intl. Emmy Awards should provide enough evidence.

This year’s nominees come from all five continents — from Amazon Studios’ Indian cricketing drama “Inside Edge” and Spanish hit “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”) through to Netflix’s Mexican comedy “Club de Cuervos” (“Club of Crows”) and BBC Arabic’s Syrian war documentary “Goodbye Aleppo”.

“International television is booming,” says Bruce Paisner, president and CEO of the Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which hosts the Intl. Emmy Awards on Nov. 19.

Paisner
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Film Review: ‘Creed II’

Film Review: ‘Creed II’
In “Creed II,” Michael B. Jordan, all hardened fury and wounded tenderness, reprises the role of Adonis Creed, the ardent bruiser who’s got boxing in his blood as much as his father, Apollo Creed, ever did. The movie is a sequel to “Creed,” Ryan Coogler’s astonishingly vibrant and soulful 2015 spinoff/reboot. But you could also call it the eighth “Rocky” film. And maybe because Coogler opted out of this one, and the script was co-written by Sylvester Stallone (with Juel Taylor), “Creed II,” far more than the first film, feels like it’s drawing heavily on a 40-year-old franchise.

Taken on its own terms, the movie is a rousing and effective sequel, with a couple of surprise punches and, mostly, a lot of smooth feints and jabs you’ve seen before. But if you compare it to, say, the second and third “Rocky” sequels, with its larger-than-life villains,
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‘Creed II’ Film Review: Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone Return for Serviceable Sequel

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‘Creed II’ Film Review: Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone Return for Serviceable Sequel
How in the world did we get two spinoffs out of “Rocky IV”? Granted, it’s not the most pressing question on your mind as you watch the agreeably paint-by-numbers “Creed II,” the inevitable sequel to Ryan Coogler’s 2015 hit. “Creed” reignited the “Rocky” franchise with the story of the late Apollo Creed’s outside-of-marriage son Adonis, played by Michael B. Jordan as a brooding young man contending with the legacy of a champion he never knew.

But it is a bit of a head-scratcher that the worst entry in Sylvester Stallone’s initial series — in which Rocky Balboa’s fight against Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) was really jingoistic America versus a cartoon Soviet Union, which was really aging action star versus bulked-up newcomer, but which was Really Stallone’s terrible direction pummeling the crap out of Eisenstein’s theory of montage — also sowed the seeds for its newfound appreciation and reworked survival.
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Ken Jeong, BuzzFeed, and Sony Partner for YouTube Holiday Special

Ken Jeong, BuzzFeed, and Sony Partner for YouTube Holiday Special
Actor Ken Jeong is partnering with BuzzFeed, Sony, and YouTube to star in a 30-minute Christmas special, titled “Ken Jeong Cracks Christmas.”

Jeong and his celebrity friends will explore Christmas traditions and unexpected stories behind one of the world’s most celebrated holidays. Guest stars will include Angela Kinsey (“The Office”), Joel McHale and Harry Shum Jr (“Glee”).

“Ken Jeong Cracks Christmas” is executive produced and developed by Justin W. Hochberg. Jeong and Brett Carducci serve as executive producers, Isaac Feder as executive producer and director and Mike O’Connell as co-executive producer. The special is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Dk Entertainment and Just Entertainment, and will debut on the BuzzFeed YouTube channel on Dec. 12.

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Check out the trailer below.

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Brando’s Big Payday Helped 1976’s ‘Superman’ Fly Into Theaters

Brando’s Big Payday Helped 1976’s ‘Superman’ Fly Into Theaters
December marks the 40th anniversary of the “Superman” movie, which opened Dec. 15, 1978, and influenced generations of action films. In recent years, many people were distressed that Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for Netflix’s “The Crown,” but pay gaps are not always about sexism. Blame the star system. Back on June 30, 1976,Variety reported that Marlon Brando agreed to play the title character’s father in “Superman” for a salary that was “unprecedented.” It was eventually revealed that the actor was paid $3.7 million and an amazing 11.75% backend to play Jor-El, for 13 days work and less than 20 minutes onscreen. In comparison, Christopher Reeve earned $250,000 in the title role, dominating most of the 143-minute running time.

Brando was at the height of his power, after “The Godfather” and “Last Tango in Paris.” In 1976, exec producers Ilya Salkind & Alexander Salkind and producer Pierre Spengler needed a star to get financing. “Star Wars” hadn’t opened.
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Norah Jones Enlists Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy for New Song ‘Wintertime’

Norah Jones Enlists Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy for New Song ‘Wintertime’
Norah Jones links up with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on her breezy new song “Wintertime.”

Throughout the track, the singer croons about seeking solace in the colder months. “I know, I know I’m leaning, I’m leaning on you/ It’s hard, I know there isn’t much that you can do,” she observes over low-key piano. “I know, I know I’ll make it through/ In the wintertime, there’s a kind of light I only get from you.” Tweedy contributes twangy electric guitar leads, and his son
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‘Star Is Born’ Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Released Without Charge in Poland

‘Star Is Born’ Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Released Without Charge in Poland
A Polish judge has ordered U.S. cinematographer Matthew Libatique released from jail following an arrest on suspicion of assault in Bydgoszcz, where he was attending the EnergaCamerimage festival.

“Mr. Libatique was released from custody by court in Bydgoszcz yesterday,” his Warsaw-based attorney, Marcin Maminski, said Friday.

According to local news accounts, Libatique was arrested after he was seen staggering at the Holiday Inn early Tuesday morning and then became abusive toward a paramedic called by a concerned witness.

Maminski said Judge Monika Gorska-Makarewicz ordered the cinematographer let out of jail without a fine, but prosecutors may still argue for charges to be filed in the next week. The assault charge under consideration carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

The release came despite a prosecutor’s request for detention and a fine of 10,000 Polish zlotys, according to the main Polish daily, wyborcza.pl. It was not yet
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Hear Lady Gaga Cover ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ With Trumpeter Brian Newman

Hear Lady Gaga Cover ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ With Trumpeter Brian Newman
Trumpeter Brian Newman teams with Lady Gaga for a jazzy rendition of “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” one of the cuts that feature on the musician’s just-released new album Showboat.

Gaga’s vocal prowess and Newman’s horn skills take center stage on the powerful version of the track popularized by Nina Simone and the Animals.

Newman and Gaga previously worked together on 2014’s Cheek to Cheek, the singer’s duets album with Tony Bennett; live sets from Newman, a veteran of the New York club circuit,
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Flashback: Roy Clark Picks and Grins With Jerry Reed on ‘Hee Haw’

Flashback: Roy Clark Picks and Grins With Jerry Reed on ‘Hee Haw’
Roy Clark, who died Thursday at 85, may have been one of country music’s most revered musicians, but he found broad fame as the co-host of Hee Haw, opposite Buck Owens. The country variety series also served as a showcase for Clark’s playing though, especially its “Pickin’ and Grinnin'” segment.

The bit often featured one of the show’s musical guest stars, who, for the most part, tried to keep up with Clark, whose prowess on guitar, banjo and other instruments could certainly prove intimidating.

In the above “Pickin
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El Chapo Trial: Details Emerge About Alleged Co-Cartel Boss ‘El Mayo’

Reputed cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera has spent much of his time in court focusing on his translator, or craning his neck to get a view of his beauty-queen wife, who dutifully sits in the second row of the courtroom in Downtown Brooklyn.

But on Wednesday, as the government began to call its first witnesses in what promises to be a drawn out trial full of the macabre details of decades of drug smuggling, shootouts, and murders, El Chapo snapped to attention. Sitting in the witness stand, just feet from Guzmán,
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Rachel Maddow Quietly Tackles New Projects at MSNBC

In the offices of MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is known for the meticulous preparation she puts into the network’s signature primetime program, “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Somehow, she has found time to take on two other projects that don’t have much to do with her daily showcase.

At the end of October, Maddow and MSNBC launched “Bag Man,” the host’s first podcast series. The seven-episode serial tackles the story of former Vice President Spiro Agnew, who stepped down from the post after pleading no contest to tax evasion, and has topped recent podcast charts on iTunes. This Sunday at 9 p.
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