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‘American Son’ Set for Netflix Adaptation With Kerry Washington, Original Broadway Cast

‘American Son’ Set for Netflix Adaptation With Kerry Washington, Original Broadway Cast
The Broadway play “American Son” is set to be adapted for Netflix.

Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, and Eugene Lee will reprise their roles in the Netflix production. Kenny Leon returns to direct and produce, with Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold serving as producers. Washington and Pilar Savone of Washington’s Simpson Street banner will produce.

Washington made the announcement Monday on “The Tonight Show.” Hailing from playwright Christopher Demos-Brown, the story centers on interracial parents who reunite in a Florida police station to search for answers about their missing teenage son. Production is slated to begin in February in New York.
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‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture

‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture
If their dismal reviews wasn’t punishment enough, for the 39th year, the Razzie Awards seek to recognize the achievements of the worst movies of the year. And for 2019’s crop of nominees, John Travolta’s “Gotti” and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s “Holmes & Watson” both received the “honor” of being nominated for Worst Picture of 2018.

Melissa McCarthy might be nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday morning, but on Monday morning, she scored a nomination for Worst Actress for both “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party,” and the former also landed among the five Worst Picture nominees. The box office bomb “Robin Hood” and Helen Mirren’s “Winchester” rounded out the nominees.

Even the first family found a way into the nominees, with Donald Trump and Melania Trump both getting nominated for portraying themselves in the documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” from Michael Moore. And unlike the Oscars,
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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions

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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions
Casey Affleck-directed drama Light Of My Life, starring Affleck, Elisabeth Moss and newcomer Anna Pniowsky, will get its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section. The dystopian drama, about a father and his young daughter who are trapped in the woods, is one of a raft of additions to the Panorama lineup. Scroll down for the lineup in full.

A total of 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres, will screen in the section. Panorama’s opening film will be Flatland by Jenna Bass, in which a bride and her pregnant friend make a liberating getaway across South Africa.

Among the strand’s highlights are Affleck’s first narrative feature as director, which is produced by The Imitation Game outfit Black Bear Pictures; Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul follow-up Tremblores (Tremors), about a father who tries to break free from his past after breaking the silence about
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Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’

Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’
Edgar Wright isn’t putting “Baby” in a corner just yet. The British director teased that some progress has been made on a potential sequel to “Baby Driver,” Wright’s 2017 film starring Ansel Elgort that married action, comedy, musicals and heists.

“A first draft of ‘Baby Driver 2 exists,” he told Empire in a interview. Wright added that the film will introduce new characters following the deaths of many of the characters in the original and it “takes the story further.”

In a previous interview with Empire back in July 2017, Wright said he was urged to write a sequel to his film and felt there was potential by recognizing that by the end of the movie, “Baby has got to a new place.”

“Most sequels you have to contrive something so they go back to square one,
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Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)

Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)
The Crown” has found its Iron Lady. Gillian Anderson is said to have signed on to play British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of the much-praised Netflix drama series.

Anderson’s casting was first reported by the Sunday Times. A Netflix rep declined to comment on the report.

Anderson is the latest notable name to join “The Crown” in the role of an iconic real-life political figure, following John Lithgow’s turn as Winston Churchill. The series is poised for a shift in its upcoming third season as Olivia Colman moves into the role of Queen Elizabeth II
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Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)

Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)
If you’re a fan of spy thrillers, and just high-quality action films in general, you’re probably psyched by the news that filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is coming back for two new “Mission: Impossible” sequels. And if you’re a fan of government lackeys, as well as men with reloading arms and controversial mustaches, then you will really love this next bit of ‘M:i’ news.

According to THR, McQuarrie is not only interested in bringing back the government guy character played by Alec Baldwin, but also Henry Cavill’s August Walker.
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Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film

Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film
We are fast approaching the five-year anniversary of the first time we reported that Channing Tatum is in line to play the “X-Men” character Gambit in a solo film. Since then, the film project has gone through constant changes, gaining directors, losing directors, getting a scheduled release date, and then, of course, losing that release date. But through thick and thin, one thing has remained the same – Tatum.
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Oscar Nominations: The Academy Often Sings to Its Own Tune

You know the annual Oscar nominations announcement is going to be a lively one when things begin to enter a lull just before they drop, and that’s what it felt like ahead of Tuesday morning’s reveal. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, ever evolving and growing as a voting body, was sure to mix things up.

The biggest jaw-dropper was one some of us had lurking in the back of our heads: Bradley Cooper’s snub as director of “A Star Is Born.” The Academy’s directors branch has unceremoniously put actors-turned-directors in their place before, whether Ron Howard for “Apollo 13” or Ben Affleck for “Argo.” Cooper took the blow this year, for a film that came into the season strong, but has come up shy in recent weeks, from the Golden Globes to the Critics’ Choice Awards.

The other movie that came into the
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Oscar Nominations Reveal Nothing About Hostless Ceremony

Oscar Nominations Reveal Nothing About Hostless Ceremony
While Tuesday brought a fresh pack of Oscar nominees, we are no closer to understanding what’s in store when the golden statues are handed out on live television come Feb. 24.

The point of the dramatic nominees announcement each year is to drum up excitement for the telecast — but this morning, the announcement didn’t feature a last-minute host, highlighted presenters, notable music acts or, honestly, much of anything besides the nominees.

Instead, viewers were treated to the pleasant banter between Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross, who doled out the first batch of nominations on a YouTube livestream at 8:20 a.m. and then a second at 8:30 a.m., cutting into ABC’s national broadcast. Jokes about the pain of waking up for the early announcement ensued, but zero information about what kind of telecast is being crafted — although some people tweeted that Nanjiani and Ross would probably
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Tamron Hall Lands ‘The View’ Co-Creator Bill Geddie as Daytime Talk Show Executive Producer

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Bill Geddie, the co-creator of “The View,” is set to executive produce Tamron Hall’s new syndicated daytime talk show.

“Bill’s ability to produce captivating, informative and entertaining television is unparalleled, and his sustained success speaks for itself,” said William Burton, senior vice president of daytime, sports and syndicated development/production, ABC Entertainment. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have a trailblazer like Bill lead our team. The exciting combination of Bill’s deep knowledge and vision paired with Tamron’s vast capabilities and extraordinary talent puts the show in the best position possible to become a daily destination for viewers this September.”

“From our first conversation, it was clear that Bill Geddie is everything I imagine in an executive producer,” added Hall. “Bill’s experience and success in television make him a legend in the business. His respect for the daytime audience and his ability to bring together a
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Oscar Nominations: Foreign-Language Films Surprise in Major Categories

Oscar Nominations: Foreign-Language Films Surprise in Major Categories
Mexico’s “Roma,” Poland’s “Cold War,” and Germany’s “Never Look Away” provided a powerful showing for foreign-language films with a combined 15 nominations across several categories for the 91st Academy Awards.

The director category featured a number of foreign-born filmmakers: Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” Pawel Pawlikowski for “Cold War,” and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos for “The Favourite.” Cuaron won the category in 2013 for “Gravity.” Cuaron and Lanthimos also received best picture nominations.

Foreign-language titles also dominated in the cinematography category with Cuaron tapped for “Roma,” Lukasz Zai for “Cold War,” and Caleb Deschanel for German drama “Never Look Away.” It was Deschanel’s sixth Oscar nomination.

Not only was it the first time in more than three decades that two foreign-language movies were nominated for best director, it was also the first time since the Academy eliminated the black-and-white cinematography category in 1967 that two black-and-white movies were nominated.

Japan
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‘The Expanse': Amazon Sets 2019 Launch for Season 4, Will Starting Streaming Season 3 in February

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‘The Expanse': Amazon Sets 2019 Launch for Season 4, Will Starting Streaming Season 3 in February
The fourth season of “The Expanse” will launch on its new home, Prime Video, later this year, Amazon announced Tuesday.

But if you can’t wait till then for new episodes of the former Syfy series, then you can at least take comfort in the fact that Season 3 will be available to Prime members in over 200 countries and territories on February 8. And Seasons 1-2 — which are currently available in the Us — will become available internationally that same day.

Also Read: 'The Expanse' Finds New Life at Amazon for Season 4

More to come…

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Oscar Race Most Lgbtq Inclusive in History, GLAAD Says

This year’s crop of Oscar nominated films mark the highest to represent Lgbtq stories, according to media watchdog GLAAD.

Four of the eight best picture nominees are inclusive to queer communities, GLAAD found, including “A Star is Born,” “Green Book,” “The Favourite” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

In Bradley Cooper’s “Star is Born,” gay icon Lady Gaga works drag bars in attempts at extending her faded dream of pop stardom, honored to be included among the “gay girls” performers; “Green Book” observes the intersectional black-queer identity of musician Don Shirley; “The Favourite” follows a rare and compelling female love-and-power triangle; and “Bohemian Rhapsody” follows the life and career of queer rock icon Freddie Mercury.

“Today’s list of Oscar nominees reflect a banner year for Lgbtq inclusion in film and a signal that the Academy and its members are rightfully prioritizing diverse storytelling at a time when audiences and critics alike are calling for more,
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Oscar Nominations: The 15 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Oscar Nominations: The 15 Biggest Snubs and Surprises
In a year without a clear frontrunner for best picture, the Academy Awards nominations on Tuesday morning picked a clear favorite (or two). “Roma” and “The Favourite” led all films with 10 nominations each. “A Star is Born” and “Vice” followed with eight nominations apiece. “Black Panther,” which scored seven nods, made history by becoming the first comic book movie to land in the best picture race.

But it wouldn’t be the Oscar nominations without some surprising snubs. One of the biggest omissions was that Bradley Cooper failed to crack the directing category for “A Star is Born,” the box-office juggernaut which has grossed more than $400 million worldwide. Timothee Chalamet also missed out for his second career nomination for “Beautiful Boy.” And why weren’t any of the actors from “Black Panther” nominated?

Here are the 15 biggest Oscars snubs and surprises.

Snub: Bradley Cooper for directing “A Star is Born

Cooper got Afflecked.
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Oscar Nominations Analysis: ‘Roma,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ ‘The Favourite’ Gain Ground

Oscar Nominations Analysis: ‘Roma,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ ‘The Favourite’ Gain Ground
Oscars voters didn’t exactly embrace the concept of the “Popular Oscar,” the award the Academy briefly tried to institute for this year’s show before abandoning the effort.

Sure, they gave a Best Picture nomination to “Black Panther,” the first comic-book movie ever nominated in that category and the year’s box-office champ with grosses that have topped $700 million in the U.S. And they gave nominations to two other films that are in the 2018 box-office Top 20: “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which have both topped $200 million to sit at 12th and 13th place on the list.

In truth, the mere presence of “Black Panther” in the Best Picture race ought to be enough to bump up ratings for the Oscar telecast, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” won’t hurt either.

Also Read: Oscar Nominations 2019: The Complete List

But two films that
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Oscar Nominations Scorecard by Film and Studio

Oscar Nominations Scorecard by Film and Studio
Yorgos Lanthimos’ royal drama “The Favourite” is reigning over this year’s Oscar nominations, tying with Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” for the most nods with 10 apiece. “A Star Is Born” and “Vice” were close behind, each picking up eight nominations.

Disney dominated on the studio front, nabbing a leading 16 nominations for films like “Black Panther,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and “Incredibles 2.” Fox Searchlight trailed close behind with 15 nominations for “The Favourite,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “Isle of Dogs.” Netflix followed with 13 nods, picking up its first ever best picture nomination for “Roma.”

See the full list of Oscar nominations here. The Academy Awards will air live on Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. Pt/8 p.m. Et on ABC.

Below is a breakdown of which films and networks collected the most accolades, not including short films or documentary short subjects.

Nominations by film (two or more):

The Favourite
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‘Roma’ Nabs Netflix its First Best Picture Oscar Nomination

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Netflix has certainly not been shy about its Oscar aspirations, and with director Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” earning a nomination for Best Picture on Tuesday, the streaming service has finally reached the mountain top.

Roma” marked a number of firsts for Netflix when the nominations were read early Tuesday morning. The film nabbed 10 Oscar nominations, including Netflix’s first for director, lead actress for Yalitza Aparicio, original screenplay, foreign-language film, production design, sound editing and sound mixing.

Cuarón also received a nomination for best cinematography and Marina de Tavira earned a surprise nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Also Read: Oscars 2019: 'The Favourite,' 'Roma' Lead With 10 Nominations

The success of “Roma” is a huge step for Netflix, once seen as Hollywood’s enfant terrible. Last year, Netflix earned seven nominations behind the force of Dee Rees’s “Mudbound,” but missed out on the elusive Best Picture nomination,
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‘America’s Got Talent': Watch Angelica Hale Become First 2-Time Golden Buzzer Recipient (Video)

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‘America’s Got Talent': Watch Angelica Hale Become First 2-Time Golden Buzzer Recipient (Video)
Former “Agt” runner-up Angelica Hale just belted out her “prove I’m alright song,” scoring “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” judge Howie Mandel’s golden buzzer in the process.

Covering Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song,” young Angelica showed the NBC audience that this “small boat” still has “a lot of fight left” in her. Weirdly, Spice Girl Mel B. wasn’t totally impressed, but her fellow panelist more than made up for that lack of enthusiasm on Monday.

With one press of the big button, Hale is now headed straight to the live shows: Yes, the golden buzzer is like winning a million bucks on Mandel’s other show, CNBC’s “Deal or No Deal.”

Also Read: Susan Boyle Scores First Golden Buzzer of 'America's Got Talent: The Champions' (Video)

Hale was adorable and grateful to receive the honor; judge Simon Cowell was gleeful to rub the moment in Mel B.
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What Will Happen to ‘The Simpsons’ as Disney Takes Over Fox?

What Will Happen to ‘The Simpsons’ as Disney Takes Over Fox?
When “The Simpsons” ends its 30th and current season this spring, it will have racked up 663 original episodes — having a season ago passed “Gunsmoke” (635) as the longest-running scripted program in television history. But with the Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox pending, one of TV’s least likely institutions could prove more valuable to its new owner in retirement than as a going concern.

Sources with knowledge of negotiations tell Variety that Fbc and studio 20th Century Fox Television are near completion of a deal to renew “The Simpsons” for a 31st and 32nd season. The terms of the agreement,
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