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"Luther" Creator Neil Cross Working on Show’s Movie Version, Idris Elba Says

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A movie version of crime series “Luther” is moving forward, with writer-creator Neil Cross working on the script, the show’s star Idris Elba confirmed at the launch of Season 5 in London.

“We are really advancing on getting a movie version [of the show] up on the screen,” Elba said. “Neil is beavering away on writing this thing, and I think the remit for the film is to scale it up.”

Elba added: “‘Luther’ has all the ingredients to echo those classic [neo-noir] films of the 90s like ‘Seven’ and ‘Along Came a Spider,’ and I think what we would like to do is use that blueprint to create ‘Luther’ the film.”

He continued: “It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther… essentially we just want to try to take it to a much bigger audience and scale, and perhaps international as well.”

Asked where else the show could travel to, beyond its native London,
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'Aquaman' Looks to Lead Long, Christmas Weekend at the Box Office

'Aquaman' Looks to Lead Long, Christmas Weekend at the Box Office
The upcoming weekend offers up a much different release landscape than we have seen in some time with Christmas falling on a Tuesday. The last time that happened was 2012 and before that 2007, and the holiday positioning opens things up for several ways of looking at, and evaluating, the crop of upcoming releases over the next several days. That being said, we'll be looking at a seven-day release for Disney's Mary Poppins Returns and a five-day release for this Friday's debuts for Aquaman, Bumblebee, Second Act and Welcome to Marwen as each looks to take advantage of Christmas Day, which is consistently the largest movie-going day of the year. Expected to easily top the holiday frame is Warner Bros.'s release of Aquaman, the latest addition in the studio's DC Extended Universe and it is already off to an excellent start after a massive launch in China two weeks ago,
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"Queer as Folk" Reboot in Development at Bravo (Exclusive)

A new version of “Queer as Folk” is currently in the works at Bravo, Variety has learned exclusively.

Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original UK series, is onboard the new project as an executive producer. Stephen Dunn is attached to write and executive produce. Nicola Shindler of Red Productions, who executive produced the original show, will also executive produce along with Lee Eisenberg of Quantity Entertainment. Digital Rights Group will also produce. Emily Brecht of Quantity is co-executive producing. Universal Cable Productions is the studio.

The original “Queer as Folk” ran for 10 episodes between 1999 and 2000 in the UK.
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Penny Marshall, "Laverne & Shirley" Star, Director, Dies at 75

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Penny Marshall,
Penny Marshall, who starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley” and then became a successful director, died on Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, Variety has confirmed. She was 75.

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million, the first woman to direct two films that grossed more than $100 million, and she was only the second woman director to see her film Oscar nominated for best picture.

Laverne & Shirley” ran from 1976-1983 and proved an enormous success for ABC. It was the No. 3 show on television in 1975-76, No. 2 in 1976-77, and No. 1 in 1977-78 and 1978-79, spawning ancillary revenue in the form of merchandising, a record album and an animated series based on the show.

Marshall began her directing career by helming several episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.” With little experience, she
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‘Rashomon’ TV Series In Development at Amblin

‘Rashomon’ TV Series In Development at Amblin
In an age of comic book adaptations and ’80s film reboots, maybe the next popular intellectual property wave is 1950s Japanese cinema. So goes the thinking for Amblin Television, which has optioned the rights to the Akira Kurosawa film “Rashomon” to develop it into a season of TV.

While the concept of showing one particular crime through the prism of a number of different perspectives has become less of a novelty in the nearly 70 years since Kurosawa’s legendary film, this new series will look to tell one crime in each of its 10 episodes, told from the point of view of a different character. With all the knowledge from those combined inputs, the audience will be able to gather the information necessary to arrive at the truth of what actually occurred.

Rashomon” was the eleventh film from the iconic filmmaker, co-written by Kurosawa and Shinobu Hashimoto. The pair based their
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"The Terror" Season 2 Adds George Takei as Consultant and Series Regular

AMC announced today that renowned actor, producer, author and activist George Takei will join the second season of the critically acclaimed, Ridley Scott-produced anthology series, The Terror, as a consultant and series regular. The network previously announced actor Derek Mio will star in the series as Chester Nakayama; Josef Kubota Wladyka (Narcos) will direct the first two episodes. Production is scheduled to begin in January in Vancouver. Season two will air on AMC in 2019 with ten episodes. Set during World War II, the second season of The Terror centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a …
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"Making a Murderer" Detective Sues Netflix for Allegedly Framing Steven Avery

A retired Wisconsin sheriff’s detective, Andrew Colborn, is suing Netflix for defamation, alleging that the hit docu-series Making a Murderer falsely claims he planted evidence to frame Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for murder, Variety reports.

The suit, filed in Manitowoc County Circuit Court in Wisconsin, alleges that the series and its filmmakers “omitted, distorted, and falsified material and significant facts in an effort to portray [Colborn] as a corrupt police officer who planted evidence to frame an innocent man. Defendants did so with actual malice and in order to
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Inside CNN’s Formal, Frenzied and Sometimes Freaky New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is the night on which most CNN anchors let their hair down. Well, except for Anderson Cooper.

Cooper has been CNN’s on-air host for New Year’s Eve since 2002, and his most memorable moments from the stint typically surface as he tries to rein in others who appear with him – hoping Kathy Griffin will tone down her antics, reacting to Don Lemon in New Orleans, and, most recently, trying to keep current co-host Andy Cohen from going overboard with visitors.

“I just try to keep the trains running on time,” says Cooper during a recent interview.
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Corden, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Actually Pulled off 22 Musicals in 12 Minutes (Video)

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Corden, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Actually Pulled off 22 Musicals in 12 Minutes (Video)
They said it couldn’t be done, but James Corden, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda just performed 22 musicals in just 12 minutes. The “Late Late Show” host and “Mary Poppins Returns” stars got a little help from Kermit the Frog.

Here is their set list:



La La Land

Beauty and the Beast

Guys and Dolls


“Singin’ in the Rain”

Mary Poppins Returns

The Muppet Movie

The Wizard of Oz




Fiddler on the Roof

Into the Woods

Little Shop of Horrors

Les Miserables

Moulin Rouge



Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

“Mamma Mia!”

Yep, 22.

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Watch the video above.

Mary Poppins Returns” opens in theaters today.

Read original story Corden, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Actually Pulled off 22 Musicals in 12 Minutes (Video) At TheWrap
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Halo Head Bonnie Ross Named 2019 Aias Hall of Fame Inductee

“I don’t think I would still be at Microsoft or in technology if I hadn’t found gaming.”

Bonnie Ross, Microsoft Corporate vice president and head of 343 Industries, will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in February 2019 for her work in video games, in helping to expand the reach of the Halo franchise, and the time she spends promoting diversity efforts across the game industry.

But Ross says that it’s gaming that helped her, and she’s just working to make sure others see its power and influence.

“I think a lot
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Colbert Steals ‘Price Is Right’ Sound Effect to Mock Les Moonves’ $120 Million Severance Loss (Video)

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Have you heard the news yet? Ok, if not, Spoiler Alert: The investigation into former CBS chief Les Moonves concluded Monday, and the company’s board of directors says he “will not receive any severance payment.”

And on Tuesday night, “Late Show” host and current CBS employee Stephen Colbert realized the network “has the perfect sound effect” for this occasion: “The Price Is Right” losing horn.

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Moonves was accused of sexual misconduct by six women in a New Yorker article written by Ronan Farrow in July. Six more women later came forward, and Moonves resigned as CEO of CBS in September following a two-month investigation but has denied all accusations.

Colbert played the “womp womp” noise Tuesday night to punctuate the news that Moonves — or as Colbert calls him, “the reason we all have to
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See Dave Grohl Portray Satan Alongside Billy Crystal’s God on ‘Kimmel’

See Dave Grohl Portray Satan Alongside Billy Crystal’s God on ‘Kimmel’
Dave Grohl portrayed a heavy metal-loving Satan alongside Billy Crystal’s God in a Jimmy Kimmel Live segment Tuesday. Following the debate over a Satanic Temple of Chicago statue in the Illinois state capital, Kimmel takes the issue “straight to the top” by asking for a ruling from God, with Crystal’s Kangol-wearing deity admitting that he’s “cool” with the statue because he is buddies with Satan now. Grohl’s Satan then appeared in heaven.

Crystal’s God said of his budding friendship with Satan, “We get together like once a week,
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Rush’s Geddy Lee: ‘Neil Peart Retired From Drumming’

In a new interview with SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk, Rush’s Geddy Lee revealed that not only is drummer Neil Peart done playing with Rush, but he’s done playing period.

“Neil is retired,” he said. “He hasn’t just retired from Rush; he’s retired from drumming. He’s not drumming anymore, and he’s living his life. Which is fine — Alex [Lifeson] and I are cool with it. We’re all still total pals. In fact, Alex and I were there just a few weeks ago visiting him, and we stay in touch.
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George Lucas, Steven Spielberg Top Forbes List of 10 Richest Celebrities

George Lucas, Steven Spielberg Top Forbes List of 10 Richest Celebrities
George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey have topped Forbes’ annual list of America’s richest celebrities. And with a net worth estimated by Forbes of $5.4 billion, mainly thanks to selling Lucasfilm to Disney, “Star Wars” creator Lucas is in a galaxy far, far away from anyone else on the list.

Though his peer Steven Spielberg comes in at second place, with a net worth of $3.7 billion. This year, sci-fi fantasy “Ready Player One” was one of his highest grossing movies in years, and in April, Comcast and NBC acquired his DreamWorks Animation.

New to the list is Kylie Jenner, who Forbes says is now on track to be the youngest self-made billionaire ever at just 21-years-old, in part because of her company Kylie Cosmetics. She’s valued at $900 million currently, and tied with Jay-z for the fifth spot, who Forbes adds was also the biggest earner in 2018 with him adding $90 million to his pocketbook.
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Gwen Stefani Gives Rocking Rendition of Christmas Song on ‘Corden’

Gwen Stefani Gives Rocking Rendition of Christmas Song on ‘Corden’
Gwen Stefani appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden with a buoyant performance of her holiday single “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.” Accompanied by a lively band, as well as several glittering Christmas trees, the singer impressed with her powerhouse vocals and energetic onstage moves. The punchy tune took on a party vibe with the rock & roll aesthetic of the rendition.

The single, which features Blake Shelton (who didn’t appear for the live performance), comes off Stefani’s Christmas album of the same name. The album dropped last fall,
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Jimmy Kimmel Mashed Up All 38 of 2018’s Hallmark Christmas Movies to Make One Terrible One (Video)

Hallmark Channel made 38 new Christmas movies this year — ain’t nobody got time for that. Jimmy Kimmel was kind enough to mash all of them up into one sure-to-be holiday classic.

It’s titled “Reunited at Christmas at the Palace on Christmas in Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Your Mom’s Dead at Christmas.”


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Yes, Chad Michael Murray and Happy the Dog are accounted for. As are LeAnn Rimes and like half the cast of “Fuller House.”

Watch the super-trailer via the video above.

Read original story Jimmy Kimmel Mashed Up All 38 of 2018’s Hallmark Christmas Movies to Make One Terrible One (Video) At TheWrap
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See Dan and Shay, Chevel Shepherd Sing ‘Speechless’ on ‘Voice’ Finale

Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice came to a close Tuesday night with 16-year-old country singer Chevel Shepherd earning the win, and alongside her victory came a euphoric performance with Dan + Shay.

Standing between the duo in a flowing, burgundy gown to deliver their latest Number One single, “Speechless,” the country vocalist added a female perspective to the smitten tune, taking two verses and joining in for the song’s high-flying chorus to rousing cheers from the crowd.

Later, Shepherd became the season’s champ – securing coach Kelly Clarkson
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‘Shark Tank’s’ Current Season Features a Virtual Set Built by Sony’s Innovation Studios (Exclusive)

‘Shark Tank’s’ Current Season Features a Virtual Set Built by Sony’s Innovation Studios (Exclusive)
When “Shark Tank” producers were getting ready to record the show’s current 10th season earlier this year, they were dealing with a dilemma: There simply wasn’t enough sound stage space on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, Calif, available to record all of the show’s scenes.

“We’ve had some very busy times here,” said Sony Pictures Television alternative & syndication programming executive vice president Holly Jacobs, who oversees unscripted programming for the studio. “Shark Tank” needed 2 sound stages in close proximity, and there simply wasn’t enough capacity left on the lot. That’s when the
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Relax, Everyone – Will Smith Says His ‘Aladdin’ Genie Is ‘Gonna Be Blue’

Relax, Everyone – Will Smith Says His ‘Aladdin’ Genie Is ‘Gonna Be Blue’
Chill, chill, chill: Will Smith says his “Aladdin” Genie is “gonna be blue.”

That first-look photo on the new Entertainment Weekly cover is just the live-action remake’s character in his “Human / Disguise Form,” Smith said on Instagram.

Here’s Smith’s Instagram post revealing the EW cover:

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Bam!! First look at the Genie ????‍♂️, Princess Jasmine, and #Aladdin! Check Me Rockin’ the Top Knot Ponytail Vibes in @entertainmentweekly ????

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“Bam!! First look at the Genie ????‍, Princess Jasmine, and #Aladdin!” he captioned the image on Wednesday morning. “Check Me Rockin’ the Top Knot Ponytail Vibes in @entertainmentweekly ????”

He added: “(and yes, I’m gonna be Blue!
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Why ‘Rams’ Director Gary Hustwit Doesn’t Want Studios to Buy His Films

Most filmmakers dream of scoring a big studio deal, but not Gary Hustwit. The “Helvetica” director applies a “do it yourself” model to the release of his movies. “Rams,” his recent documentary about German industrial designer Dieter Rams, is Hustwit’s latest venture into self-distribution.

“I don’t want to be paying someone else’s overhead,” said Hustwit. “I can reach our core audience better than anyone else can, and I don’t have to share the profits. A lot of filmmakers have this illusion that if you sign with a distributor they’ll do all the work, and that’s just not the case.”

Instead, Hustwit serves as his own marketer and booker. He rents the theaters that play his films, and the filmmaker often shows up in person to do a Q&A following a showing.

In the case of “Rams,” Hustwit hosted some 40 events. Most of the engagements were sellouts.
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