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AMC and Regal Ban ‘Roma’ From Playing During Oscar Best Picture Showcase Screenings

AMC and Regal Ban ‘Roma’ From Playing During Oscar Best Picture Showcase Screenings
Per tradition, AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas will be screening this year’s nominees for Best Picture back-to-back as part of their annual Oscar showcases (Regal has its Best Picture Film Festival and AMC has its Best Picture Showcase). However, one nominee that will not be playing during these events is Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” which tied with “The Favourite” for earning the most nominations this year. Among “Roma’s” 10 Oscar nominations are Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. Deadline reports AMC and Regal are barring “Roma” from their Best Picture showcases because it is a Netflix release.

In a statement commenting on the decision, AMC said, “For more than a decade, movie-lovers have enjoyed the AMC Best Picture Showcase to catch up on the nominated films that played at AMC throughout the prior year. This year, Academy members nominated a film that was never licensed
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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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Kevin Barnett, Comedian and ‘Rel’ Co-Creator, Dies at 32

Kevin Barnett, Comedian and ‘Rel’ Co-Creator, Dies at 32
Kevin Barnett, a stand-up comedian and co-creator of Fox sitcom “Rel” has died. According to the New York Post, Barnett was 32.

“It it with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett,” Last Podcast Network, which hosts Barnett’s “The Roundtable of Gentleman” show, wrote in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. “The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’ll see them again. We love you KB.”

The cause of death is not known at this time. Representatives for Barnett did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses

Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses
This year’s Academy Award nominees proved the Oscars don’t need a popular film category to recognize movies with huge box office grosses. The 2019 crop of best picture hopefuls have generated an impressive $1.26 billion so far in North America alone.

That bounty is led by “Black Panther,” which earned a sensational $700 million at the domestic box office. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” both contributed in a big way with $202 million and $205 million, respectively in the States. “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” and “Vice” have combined for another $153 million. There is one glaring omission from this year’s best picture hopefuls — Netflix hasn’t reported any theatrical grosses for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.”

Even so, the current tally for the eight best picture nominees dwarfs the total from last year’s nine contenders, which carried the ignominious distinction as having the lowest grosses in six years. This year
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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93

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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93
Singer-comedienne Kaye Ballard, who starred alongside Eve Arden in the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law” and was among the stars of the 1976 feature based on Terrence McNally’s farce “The Ritz,” died Monday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 93.

She had recently attended a screening of a documentary about her life, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On,” at the Palm Springs Film Festival, according to the Desert Sun, and became ill soon after.

Ballard’s career spanned stage and screen, and she was a star on Broadway when she was paired with Arden as neighbors whose kids get married on “The Mothers-in-Law,” which ran on NBC from 1967-69 and later in syndication.

On the show Ballard played Katherine “Kaye” Josephina Buell, the overly emotional wife of Roger Buell (played by Roger C. Carmel) and overprotective mother of Jerry Buell (Jerry Fogel). She was an unenthusiastic housewife, frequently spoke in Italian, and
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‘Our Cartoon President’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime (Exclusive)

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‘Our Cartoon President’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime (Exclusive)
Showtime has renewed the animated comedy “Our Cartoon President” for a second season, Variety has learned exclusively.

The 10-episode second season is slated to debut later this year. Stephen Colbert executive produces along with Chris Licht and showrunner R.J. Fried. Tim Luecke serves as lead animator and co-executive producer. Matt Lappin serves as consulting producer. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios.

The series offers a satirical look at a “normal day” inside the presidential administration of Donald Trump. In addition to Trump, administration officials like Betsy DeVos, Jared Kushner, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Pence, and Ivanka Trump have all been parodied on the show in addition to many others.

The first season showed the cartoon president’s attempts at “winning” the State of the Union address, comforting disaster victims, rolling back President Obama’s accomplishments, and highlighted his relationship with the media

The show was originally picked up
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Amazon Launching ‘The Expanse’ Seasons 1-3 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere

Amazon Launching ‘The Expanse’ Seasons 1-3 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere
Amazon has acquired worldwide subscription-streaming rights to the first three seasons of “The Expanse,” the space thriller that originally aired on Syfy, leading up to Prime Video’s debut of season 4 later in 2019.

Seasons 1-2 of “The Expanse” are currently available in the U.S. on Prime Video. All three seasons, comprising 36 episodes in all, will become available on the service in over 200 countries and territories starting Feb. 8.

Amazon picked up the fourth season of “The Expanse” after NBCUniversal’s Syfy cancelled the show last year. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, announced that deal in May 2018 at the
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Vince Gill, Billy Strings Set for 2019 Ryman Bluegrass Series

Last summer, upstart bluegrass singer-guitarist Billy Strings received an enthusiastic standing ovation when he warmed up the audience for the Del McCoury Band at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The performance was part of the annual “Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman” series and Strings, along with his father, ended up returning to the stage with McCoury himself later in the night.

“That was a huge moment for [my dad], as well as me — a full circle thing,” Strings, who is working on the follow-up to his album Turmoil & Tinfoil, told Rolling Stone earlier this month.
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Viacom Buys Pluto TV for $340 Million in Cash

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Viacom has acquired free streaming platform Pluto TV for $340 million in cash on Tuesday, as the media giant continues to add to its digital presence under CEO Bob Bakish.

Launched in 2013, Pluto TV has 12 million monthly active users and offers more than 100 channels, which users can stream on devices like Roku and Apple TV.

“Today marks an important step forward in Viacom’s evolution, as we work to move both our company and the industry forward. Pluto TV’s unique and market-leading product, combined with Viacom’s brands, content, advanced advertising capabilities and global scale, creates a great opportunity for consumers, partners and Viacom,” Bakish said in a statement.

The popular service gives Viacom a new platform to drive viewers to its subscription products like Comedy Central Now and Noggin, while also tapping into the millions of viewers that come to Pluto TV because it’s free.

“Since our launch less than five years ago,
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FBI Says the Shutdown Is Hurting Its Ability to Fight Ms-13 and Terrorism

Though Democrats swiftly rejected President Trump’s latest “compromise” to re-open the government, Senate leaders have agreed to bring it to a vote this week, along with a Democrat-backed continuing resolution that passed through the House of Representatives earlier this year. The deal between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-ky) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-ny) is a faint sign of a pulse regarding a bipartisan compromise since the shutdown began on December 21st. The government would open immediately if either bill were to pass, but there doesn
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Metro Boomin and 21 Savage’s ’10 Freaky Girls’ Subverts Expectations In The Nsfw Category

Welcome to ‘Will I Get Fired For This?,’ an occasionally recurring column in which staff writer Charles Holmes — whose duties include but are not limited to watching and writing about music videos — watches a new music video that he fears will get him fired. Read the previous entry for City Girls’s “Twerk,” featuring Cardi B, here.

January has been a very horny time for music videos. Part of that blame is likely due to the freezing temperatures. When the Fahrenheit goes down, the thirst levels go up. The latest
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R. Kelly Hit With 66 Violations for His Sauna-Filled Recording Studio

R. Kelly Hit With 66 Violations for His Sauna-Filled Recording Studio
A judge slapped R. Kelly’s Chicago recording studio with 66 building code violations on Tuesday, totaling a potential $66,000 per day, and ordered that the studio — a space that the singer has turned into illegal living quarters, complete with kitchen, bar room and sauna — no longer be used as a residence.

“It looks like people are living there, and that’s not good,” said Cook County judge Patrice Ball-Reed after viewing photos taken during the city’s buildings inspection of Kelly’s space at 219 N. Justine last week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Oscars 2019: Gillian Welch on ‘Buster Scruggs’ Best Song Nomination

Oscars 2019: Gillian Welch on ‘Buster Scruggs’ Best Song Nomination
Gillian Welch had a brush with the Academy Awards universe back in 2000, when the Coen Brothers’ acclaimed O Brother, Where Art Thou? was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography. The blockbuster soundtrack, featuring contributions by Welch, largely consisted of rearranged old folk tunes, but didn’t net any musical nominations.

The relationship between the Coens and Welch and partner David Rawlings continued on, however, intersecting with the Oscars again nearly two decades later. On Tuesday morning, Welch and Rawlings, two of Americana music’s most revered songwriter-performers, scored
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How to Stream This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Songs and Films Online

How to Stream This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Songs and Films Online
The 2019 Academy Award nominations have been announced, and whether you want to refresh your memory, or catch up on the nominees, we’ve rounded up some easy ways to stream the nominated films, documentaries, and songs online before Oscar’s big night.

Period comedy The Favourite and Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma lead the pack with 10 nominations apiece, while A Star Is Born follows behind with eight nods. Green Book and Vice nabbed nominations in major categories as well. (See the full list here).

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony airs
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5 Tips on How to Direct a Chicken on Camera: ‘Embrace the Chaos’ (Guest Blog)

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5 Tips on How to Direct a Chicken on Camera: ‘Embrace the Chaos’ (Guest Blog)
I believe animals in film bring a sense of reality to the scene. They make us more conscious about the actions and decisions of our heroes.

There’s a beautiful scene in “Panic in Needle Park,” when Al Pacino and Kitty Winn play addicts who shoot heroin on a ferry and the puppy they just adopted appears to fall off the boat and drown. It’s tragic, and by looking at the innocent animal they just hurt, the characters finally realize the consequences of their actions. I think we all have a natural affinity to animals, so it can play on that deep emotional connection.

Animals are unpredictable and sometimes impossible to direct, but if you learn to be flexible, an animal can help make a scene feel more authentic and compelling for the audience. That’s the experience I had directing a chicken on the set of my new indie drama “Mobile Homes.
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Comedian Kevin Barnett Dies in Mexico at 32

Comedian Kevin Barnett Dies in Mexico at 32
Kevin Barnett, the comedian behind Fox comedy series “Rel,” has died while on vacation in Mexico of unknown causes. He was 32.

Barnett’s New York City-based comedy career was just taking off at the time of his death, having recently executive produced and co-created Fox TV series “Rel” alongside comedians Lil Rel Howery and Josh Rabinowitz.

Barnett and Rabinowitz had previously been head writers and appeared in TruTV’s “Friends of the People,” and as writer-producers on “The Carmichael Show.”

The up-and-coming comedian served as writer on the “House-sitting” episode of “Broad City.” He also appeared on HBO’s “Funny
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Jimi Hendrix ‘Electric Church’ Concert Film Headed to Theaters

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, which documents the legendary guitarist’s July 4th, 1970 performance at the Atlanta International Pop Festival, will be screened in select movie theaters around the world starting January 31st.

The film premiered on Showtime in 2015, and was accompanied by a live album, Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival, which contained Hendrix’s 16-song set. John McDermott directed Electric Church, which features color 16mm footage shot by Steve Rash, who later directed The Buddy Holly Story and Can’t Buy Me Love.

The limited theatrical run for Electric Church will
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Hear Dido’s Bold New Break-Up Song ‘Give You Up’

Dido unveiled an empowering new break-up ballad, “Give You Up,” off her forthcoming LP, Still On My Mind, out March 8th via BMG. “Give You Up” boasts a simple arrangement that finds Dido crooning over steady piano plunks, while an atmospheric blend of backing vocals, white noise and kick drums provides texture and warmth. While a fresh heartbreak definitely anchors the song, the lyrics and Dido’s vocal performance lend the track a delightfully bold edge as she sings, “I found a way to let you go/ It’s gonna rip your heart out.
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Future’s Lo-Fi ‘Rocket Ship’ Video Features Disturbing Chicken Cameo

Future’s “Rocket Ship” is less music video, more extended Instagram clip. In under two minutes, the rapper does what he does best: look effortlessly cool as he brags about his drug-making prowess, selling said drugs and stealing your girl in the process. While the video isn’t exactly complex, the Uncle Leff-directed visual is a little … odd. Future raps from the inside of a storage container. Why? Who knows. In another shot, he’s surrounded by two men on dirt bikes. Then, he’s in front of a brick wall.
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