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Penny Marshall, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star, Director, Dies at 75

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Penny Marshall, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star, Director, Dies at 75
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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"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4 at Netflix

Netflix has ordered two more seasons of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

The streamer has ordered another 16 episodes of the series, which will be split into two parts like Season 1 and 2. Season 3 and 4 will begin production in 2019. Season 2 is set to premiere April 5, 2019.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft. It finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

It stars Kiernan Shipka,
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Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush

Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush
A crowded pack of year-end holiday films faces a herculean task: make up for their being no Star Wars film for the first Christmas since 2014. By all accounts, Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns, in particular, appear up to the task as the North American box office heads for a record year.

Directed by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns takes flight on Wednesday in order to get a jump on the competition. The sequel to the classic 1964 film stars Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Wishaw and Angela Lansbury. Dick Van Dyke, who starred opposite Julie Andrews ...
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'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards

'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards
Living up to its name, The Favourite has emerged as the favorite for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. 

Yorgos Lanthimos' Oscar-tipped dark comedy has snared 10 nominations, as announced Tuesday by actors Molly Wright and Lee Shone, including film of the year, director of the year and actress of the year for Olivia Colman. Roma and Cold War, also expected to be among the pack heading to the Academy Awards, were behind with five nods each. 

Elsewhere, the members of the London Critics' Circle offered some love to titles that, despite critical acclaim, have largely been shut out of the ...
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"Elementary" to End CBS Run After Season 7

"Elementary" is coming to an end on CBS, Variety has confirmed.

The procedural will wrap up following its upcoming seventh season on the broadcaster, which does not currently have a premiere date. All 13 episodes of Season 7 have been shot. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the network and producers came to the conclusion to end the show after it was renewed back in May.

More to come…
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Oscars: Academy Unveils Slew Of Shortlists

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Oscars: Academy Unveils Slew Of Shortlists
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken the very unusual step of releasing Oscars shortlists in nine categories at once. Here are the lists

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores listed in alphabetical order by film title are:

Annihilation

Avengers: Infinity War

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Crazy Rich Asians
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Black List 2018 Includes Scripts About Snapchat Founder, Matt Drudge and Williams Sisters’ Dad

Black List 2018 Includes Scripts About Snapchat Founder, Matt Drudge and Williams Sisters’ Dad
Snapchat drama “Frat Boy Genius” leads the 2018 version of the Black List — an annual ranking of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.

“Frat Boy Genius” centers on a disgruntled employee of Snapchat, who chronicles the rise of her former Stanford classmate — and “preeminent douchebag” and current boss Evan Spiegel.

The list, unveiled on Monday, was compiled by Franklin Leonard’s Black List organization from the suggestions of over 300 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to 10 favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2018 and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year. Scripts had to receive at least seven mentions to be included on the Black List.

Writer Elissa Karasik is a Mexican-Jewish writer and native Angeleno with a BA in English from Stanford University. At Stanford, she was head writer of the school’s annual musical comedy, “Gaieties.” She
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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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Terry Gilliam’s Long-Delayed ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Acquired by Screen Media

Terry Gilliam’s Long-Delayed ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Acquired by Screen Media
U.S. audiences will finally get the chance to see Terry Gilliam’s long-delayed film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” a passion project that has taken the director nearly two decades to get to the screen.

Screen Media acquired the North American rights to “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” and, barring yet another unforeseen mishap, it is planning a March 2019 theatrical release in partnership with Fathom Events, the company announced Monday.

The film stars Jonathan Pryce as the title character alongside Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko and Jordi Mollà. Driver plays a frustrated filmmaker and disillusioned advertising executive who becomes pulled into a world of time-jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler (Pryce) who believes he is Don Quixote mistakes Toby for his trusted squire Sancho Panza. Pulled further into the cobbler’s world, Toby gradually becomes unable to tell his dreams from reality.

Also Read: 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
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Penny Marshall, Director and ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Actress, Dead at 75

Penny Marshall, Director and ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Actress, Dead at 75
Penny Marshall, the influential actress and filmmaker, died Monday night at her home in California. A rep told the New York Daily News that her death was due to complications from diabetes. She was 75.

After making a name for herself with recurring roles on The Odd Couple and Happy Days, she shot to fame with Laverne & Shirley, a Happy Days spinoff that ran from 1976 to 1983. She stepped behind the camera in the Eighties, directing a string of blockbusters: Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Big, Awakenings and A League of Their Own,
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D’Angelo Fucking Loves Playing ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

D’Angelo Fucking Loves Playing ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’
There are few contemporary working artists who maintain a more idiosyncratic release schedule than D’Angelo. He’s famous for tinkering and revising his music, eating up years and hundreds of reels of analog tape on his way to an eventual album. It took him 14 years to follow up 2000’s smash hit Voodoo with his most recent album, Black Messiah. In that time, three U.S. presidents occupied the White House, Facebook was invented, and D’Angelo released precisely zero songs.

So it was a surprise when a new D’Angelo track titled “May I?
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See Lukas Nelson, Margo Price’s Swooning ‘Find Yourself’ at Wildfire Benefit

See Lukas Nelson, Margo Price’s Swooning ‘Find Yourself’ at Wildfire Benefit
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Butch Walker, Madisen Ward and new artist Desure were among the acts performing at a benefit concert on Monday night in support of first responders and low-income families affected by the November Woolsey fire in California.

Held at the Canyon Club in Augora, California, the benefit featured a headlining set by Nelson, who welcomed Price to the stage for a performance of his slow-burner “Find Yourself.” Originally appearing on Nelson’s 2017 self-titled LP and featuring Lady Gaga on background vocals, “Find
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NBC Promotes Three, Adds One New Exec in Alternative and Reality Division

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NBC has promoted three executives and added one outside hire to its leadership team in the Alternative and Reality Group, the company announced Tuesday.

Jenny Groom has been upped to lead programming and development within the group, while George Sealey will now oversee creative affairs for projects ordered into production at Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Enrique Guillen, who has been promoted to executive vice president, will continue to lead international commercial strategy, with former Electus Television president John Pollak joining NBC to fill a similar role domestically for both Universal Television Alternative Studio and the first-run syndication business.

Also Read: Meredith Ahr Promoted to Lead NBC's Alternative and Reality Group, Backfilling Paul Telegdy Role

The new appointments follow Meredith Ahr’s promotion to Alternative and Reality Group president last month,

“Jenny, Enrique and George have all helped to build this business and are major reasons for our current success at both the network and studio,
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Bron Creative Announces $100 Million Co-Financing Deal With Warner Bros.

Bron Creative has closed a multi-picture, $100 million co-financing deal with Warner Bros, the company announced on Tuesday.

Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media will co-finance several upcoming Warner Bros. films, including Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule,” the Batman villain prequel “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix, the Ben Affleck-led film “Torrance” (working title) from Gavin O’Connor, as well as New Line Cinema’s “Isn’t It Romantic” with Rebel Wilson, “The Kitchen” starring Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish and “Superintelligence,” also starring McCarthy.

Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and/or Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth will also serve as executive producers on these upcoming films.

Also Read: 'The Mule' Film Review: Clint Eastwood Drives for the Cartel in Thoughtful, Bumpy Crime Tale

The deal expands Warner’s relationship with Bron Creative, which previously co-financed New Line’s “The Good Liar,” which will be released on Nov. 15, 2019.

“I
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‘The Terror’ Season 2 Adds George Takei as Series Regular, Consultant

‘The Terror’ Season 2 Adds George Takei as Series Regular, Consultant
George Takei has boarded “The Terror” Season 2 both as a series regular and consultant.

The second season of the AMC anthology series takes place during World War II and is set, in part, in a Japanese-American internment camp. Takei himself was imprisoned in two such internment camps when he was a child. As a consultant, he will work closely with the executive producers to ensure the accuracy of historical events and storytelling. On the acting side, he will play Yamato-san, a former fishing captain and community elder.

Takei is best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in “Star Trek: The Original
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George Takei Joins ‘The Terror’ Season 2 as Series Regular, Consultant; Additional Casting Announced

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George Takei Joins ‘The Terror’ Season 2 as Series Regular, Consultant; Additional Casting Announced
Star Trek” alum George Takei has joined the second season of the Ridley Scott-produced AMC anthology series, “The Terror,” as a consultant and series regular, the cabler announced Tuesday.

Set in an intermittent camp during World War II, the second season of “The Terror” centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and young man Chester Nakayama’s (Derek Mio) journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.

Per AMC: “As a child, Takei was imprisoned in two Japanese-American internment camps after the outbreak of World War II. His personal experience and knowledge of this chapter in U.S. history led him to become a leading figure and activist for social justice. As a consultant, Takei will work closely with the executive producers to ensure the accuracy of historical events and storytelling. On the acting side, he will play Yamato-san, a former fishing captain and community elder.
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Penny Marshall, Director and ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star, Dies at 75

Penny Marshall, Director and ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star, Dies at 75
Penny Marshall, the actress known for “Laverne & Shirley” and the director of Tom Hanks in “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” has died, according to the New York Daily News. She was 75.

Marshall died on Monday in her home in the Hollywood Hills from complications with diabetes.

Marshall, born Carole Penny Marshall, was a three time Golden Globe nominee for her work on “Laverne & Shirley,” playing Laverne DeFazio for eight years on the show co-created by her brother, the late Garry Marshall. Upon directed Hanks in “Big,” Marshall made history by becoming the first woman to direct a movie that grossed over $100 million at the box office.

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Penny Marshall, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star, Director, Dies at 75

Penny Marshall, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star, Director, Dies at 75
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.
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Penny Marshall, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star, Director, Dies at 75

Penny Marshall, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star, Director, Dies at 75
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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Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Collects $2.3 Million on Monday

Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Collects $2.3 Million on Monday
Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” earned $2.3 million at 1,122 theaters in North America on Monday.

Warner Bros. released the movie five weeks after it aired on Armistice Day on the BBC. The studio partnered with Fathom Events in the U.S. for a one-day event, marking the largest single night for a Fathom documentary, a spokesman said.

Fathom — which specializes in event cinema and is jointly owned by AMC, Cinemark and Regal — will show “They Shall Not Grow Old” at about 800 locations for two shows on Dec. 27. Warner Bros. will launch a theatrical release in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, on Jan. 11 and plans to expand to 25 markets on Feb. 1.

Jackson began developing the project in 2014 and decided to use the voices of the actual British soldiers and colorize actual footage from World War I. The film was commissioned by 14-18 Now,
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