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

  • Deadline
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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Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars

  • Variety
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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Queen and Adam Lambert to perform on the 2019 Oscars; Kacey Musgraves, Serena Williams added as presenters

Queen and Adam Lambert to perform on the 2019 Oscars; Kacey Musgraves, Serena Williams added as presenters
Queen will rock the Oscars this Sunday night. The classic rock band featured in the blockbuster film “Bohemian Rhapsody” is presumed to be the opening act for the 91st annual Academy Awards slated for this Sunday, February 24, on ABC. Original members Brian May and Roger Taylor along with front-man Adam Lambert will take to the stage. Rami Malek is nominated as Best Actor for playing legendary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991. The news was confirmed Monday on the Twitter accounts of @adamlambert and @TheAcademy.

Over the weekend, two-time Oscar nominee Bette Midler confirmed on her own Twitter page (@bettemidler) that she will be performing Best Original Song nominee “Where the Lost Things Go.” The tune from “Mary Poppins Returns” was originally sung by Emily Blunt in the film.
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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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Why the Marvel-Netflix TV Partnership Disintegrated

  • The Wrap
In 2015, the Netflix/Marvel Television partnership appeared to have a long future ahead. The shared setting that kicked off with “Daredevil” was supposed to be the television equivalent of the hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has produced some of the highest-grossing films of all time.

But four years later, it’s over. On Monday Netflix canceled both “The Punisher,” whose second season premiered last month, and “Jessica Jones,” whose third season will stream later this year. They were Marvel’s last remaining live-action Netflix shows — “Daredevil” was cancelled in November, and “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” both got the ax in October.

So, what happened? Put simply, Disney and Netflix have turned from partners into rivals.

Also Read: Hulu Is Open to 'Daredevil' or 'Luke Cage': Originals Boss Cites 'Good Creative Relationship' With Marvel

In 2017, Disney announced that its exclusive licensing agreement with Netflix would
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‘High Flying Bird,’ Colin Kaepernick and ‘The Revolt of the Black Athlete’

  • The Wrap
‘High Flying Bird,’ Colin Kaepernick and ‘The Revolt of the Black Athlete’
Stephen Soderbergh’s “High Flying Bird” imagines black pro athletes bypassing mostly white team owners to finally reap the profits of their own athleticism. Is it just a dream, or could Colin Kaepernick’s fight with the NFL be the start of something like the nascent revolt in the film? We talk it out on the latest “Low Key” podcast, which you can check out on Apple or right here:

On every episode of “Low Key,” co-host Keith Dennie, Aaron Lanton and me talk about aspects of pop culture we think others are missing. This week, Aaron finally gets to use his boundless sports knowledge to explain what was going on in “High Flying Bird,” and whether it could happen in real life.

Also Read: Is 'Black Panther' About Survivor's Remorse? (Podcast)

The film imagines what would happen if the mostly black athletes in the NBA discovered a
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Mandy Moore Opens Up About Her Marriage to Ryan Adams: ‘I Was So Sad’

Mandy Moore Opens Up About Her Marriage to Ryan Adams: ‘I Was So Sad’
Mandy Moore opened up about her marriage to Ryan Adams on Monday’s episode of Marc Maron’s “Wtf” podcast. While the interview was taped before the publication of the Feb. 13 New York Times report in which multiple women, including Moore, accuse Adams of sexual misconduct or emotionally abusive behavior, she speaks freely about the “unhealthy dynamic” in the marriage, which lasted from 2009 to 2016.

“I was living my life for him,” Moore says on the show. “It [was] an entirely unhealthy dynamic. I had no sense of self.

“I felt like I was drowning,” she continues. “It was so untenable and
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‘Incredibles 2’ Director and Oscar Contender Brad Bird Believes in the Bermuda Triangle

As an animation geek who tracked Pixar ever since “Toy Story” blew my gaskets and I traveled to the Bay Area to grill the likes of John Lasseter and Pete Docter, sitting down with Brad Bird — the legendary director of “Iron Giant” and Oscar-winning auteur behind “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles” — is my idea of a good time. “The Incredibles” marked the first outside project to come into Pixar, which always gave Bird a wider berth than most.

I followed up with Bird on something I remembered from hanging with him at the Sheridan Bar at the Telluride Film Festival (he brings his family every year). When I made a reaction face of silent disgust, Bird leapt on it. “That’s an expression!” he said. He’s like a collector, capturing them for later use.

“I don’t consciously go into a room, I don’t need to observe,” he said,
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Time’s Up President Lisa Borders Resigns

Lisa Borders has resigned as president of Time’s Up, she and the organization announced on Monday.

Borders is resigning due to family issues, she said in a statement. Time’s Up COO Rebecca Goldman will now serve as interim CEO.

“As Time’s Up continues to grow, I am proud of the work I have done to shepherd its continued development,” Borders said. “Unfortunately, it is with deep regret that I must resign from Time’s Up to address family concerns that require my singular focus. I appreciate the opportunity to support this mission and I hope my efforts will continue to resonate.
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Time’s Up President Lisa Borders Resigns

Lisa Borders has resigned as president of Time’s Up, she and the organization announced on Monday.

Borders is resigning due to family issues, she said in a statement. Time’s Up COO Rebecca Goldman will now serve as interim CEO.

“As Time’s Up continues to grow, I am proud of the work I have done to shepherd its continued development,” Borders said. “Unfortunately, it is with deep regret that I must resign from Time’s Up to address family concerns that require my singular focus. I appreciate the opportunity to support this mission and I hope my efforts will continue to resonate.”

“With gratitude for her work, Time’s Up accepts and supports Lisa Borders’ decision to resign as president and CEO,” Time’s Up said in a statement. “We know that it is the right decision for Lisa as well as the organization. Our COO, Rebecca Goldman,
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‘Office Space’ Turns 20: How Mike Judge Brought Flair, Assclowns and Red Staplers to the World

‘Office Space’ Turns 20: How Mike Judge Brought Flair, Assclowns and Red Staplers to the World
Mike Judge’s workplace satire “Office Space,” which celebrates its 20th anniversary Feb. 19, was a bona fide box office flop when it grossed a measly $10.8 million in 1999. But once the comedy was discovered on DVD and cable, “Office Space” became a cult sensation, spreading concepts like “flair” and “assclown” across pop culture.

The now-classic comedy will be celebrated at the upcoming Texas Film Awards, where it will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Judge and the cast will reunite for a screening and panel March 7 in Austin.

Servers at T.G.I. Friday’s might want to raise a glass to “Office Space,” because according to a 2004 New York Magazine interview with Judge, the restaurant not only got rid of its dorky striped shirts but also the mandatory flurry of pins and buttons — known as “flair” — a few years after the film was released.

It was all
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Film Review: Keira Knightley in ‘The Aftermath’

Film Review: Keira Knightley in ‘The Aftermath’
Less widely seen (and acclaimed) than it deserved to be, James Kent’s debut feature “Testament of Youth” was one of the great recent love-in-wartime dramas, translating the intimate romance and sprawling human tragedy of Vera Brittain’s Wwi memoir with a grace and heft worthy of its David Lean allusions. Four years on, it’s not hard to see why Kent was enlisted for “The Aftermath,” which aims for a similar old-school blend of stiff-upper-lipped heartbreak and grand classical sweep amid the ruins of another world war — albeit from material a bit thinner than Brittain’s. Paring Rhidian Brook’s 2013 bestseller down to a straightforward love triangle between Keira Knightley and Jason Clarke’s troubled English married couple and the dreamy German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) whose house they’ve requisitioned in postwar Hamburg, Kent’s film settles efficiently but less enthralingly into rainy-afternoon soap territory.

The result is attractive and diverting,
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‘The Aftermath’ Film Review: Keira Knightley Stars in a Post-War Romance Lacking in Passion

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‘The Aftermath’ Film Review: Keira Knightley Stars in a Post-War Romance Lacking in Passion
From the wreckage of Allied-bombed Hamburg comes the post-World War II romantic triangle “The Aftermath,” and suddenly the problems of three little people amount to a hill of blah in this handsomely mounted, but hopelessly machine-pressed game of who are sacrificing more to escape the rubble of shattered desire and lingering grief.

Director James Kent’s adaptation of Rhidian Brook’s 2014 novel — about a ghost-like Germany, a broken British marriage, and the healing powers of a passionate thaw — has the unfortunate quality of a hot-blooded soap grafted onto rather than merged with a historical-political drama. The result exhibits little feel for how each genre’s particular needs might interfere with the other’s, or how the film’s trio of capable actors might be properly utilized.

When one considers the cinematic legacy of post-war Germany sagas alive to the colorful simmer of one-time enemies in close quarters — Billy Wilder’s “A Foreign Affair,
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Brothers Released in Jussie Smollett Investigation Deny Racism, Homophobia

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Brothers Released in Jussie Smollett Investigation Deny Racism, Homophobia
The two brothers questioned and released in the Jussie Smollett investigation said in a statement that they are not racist, homophobic, or anti-President Trump.

The statement from Ola and Abel Osundairo addressed the multitude of theories around the case that have spread in news reports and on social media. Smollett told police he was beaten on Jan. 29 at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs and referenced “Maga.”

“We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens,” Ola and Abel Osundairo said in a joint statement on Monday, first provided to CBS and then to TheWrap.

Also Read: Jussie Smollett Has 'No Plans' to Meet With Chicago Police Today

The two brothers, who are of Nigerian descent, were taken into custody by police last week, then released. Police cited new information,
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Roger Stone Shares a Photo of Judge With Crosshairs Near Her Head

Roger Stone Shares a Photo of Judge With Crosshairs Near Her Head
Update: Roger Stone has formally apologized to the court for his earlier actions. In a filed statement, Stone wrote: “Please inform the Court that the photograph and comment today was improper and should not have been posted. I had no intention of disrespecting the Court and humbly apologize to the Court for the transgression.” He’d also taken to his Instagram account to try to make excuses and other explanations for the image and its implications.

Roger Stone continued his strange post-arrest media strategy on Monday by posting an Instagram
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27 Celebrity Wines Ranked Worst to Best: Drew Barrymore’s Pinot to Fergie’s Syrah (Photos)

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27 Celebrity Wines Ranked Worst to Best: Drew Barrymore’s Pinot to Fergie’s Syrah (Photos)
The latest status symbol for many stars is launching (or buying) their own winery. But how do the wines actually stack up? We looked at the latest reviews of celeb-owned vintages by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Ciccone 2005 Madonna Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 82 points

“This wine is as intense as its namesake, the singer Madonna,” Wine Enthusiast wrote in 2009. “Not coincidentally, it is made by her father.”

Dave Matthews’ Dreaming Tree 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 82 points

“This is a dry red wine exuding bell pepper and oak that was made in large quantities in partnership with musician Dave Matthews,” the site’s critic wrote.

Dan Aykroyd Wines 2007 Discovery Series Chardonnay (Sonoma County)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 83 points

“Tart and jammy, with acidic, one-dimensional flavors of pineapples, vanilla and butterscotch,” the site writes.

Jeff Gordon 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 83 points

“This is a thin, unfussy wine that imparts bell pepper
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