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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury
Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham King provided insight into some of the events surrounding the Golden Globe-winning film Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast, including director Bryan Singer’s departure from the film partway through production.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, with like 16, 17 days to go and Bryan Singer just had some issues, his mother was very sick, and he’s the kind of guy that he needs to have 100% focus,” King explained at the Skirball Cultural Center. “He just said, I want to hiatus the film, and deal with what he had going on in his life. And the studio wanted to finish the film. And of course, my job is to protect the film at any cost and that’s what I was there to do.”

Fox terminated Singer under the “pay or play” provision of his contract, sources indicated at the time, due to his repeated failures to show up on the set
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Riverdale Is Doing Another Musical Episode, and It's Based on an Iconic '80s Teen Movie

Riverdale Is Doing Another Musical Episode, and It's Based on an Iconic '80s Teen Movie
Riverdale is setting the stage for another musical episode! After putting on a production of Carrie: The Musical during season two, the show will be taking on Heathers: The Musical, based on the 1989 teen film, this time around. The episode will air on March 20 and feature nine songs from the off-Broadway musical.

On Thursday, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa gave a glimpse of the cast list, which includes Veronica (Camila Mendes), Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), and Betty (Lili Reinhart) as the three Heathers. "Last year, we had a blast doing Carrie," Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement. "This year, we wanted to honor another iconic teen movie. Heathers: The Musical is Big Fun, with great roles for the Riverdale kids."

And while Jughead (Cole Sprouse) didn't participate in any of the numbers last season, Aguirre-Sacasa added that "everyone is singing" this time around!

Here we go.....❤️
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‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Coco’ Director Lee Unkrich to Exit Pixar After 25 Years

‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Coco’ Director Lee Unkrich to Exit Pixar After 25 Years
Lee Unkrich, who won Academy Awards for “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is departing Pixar Animation Studios after 25 years to spend more time with his family.

Unkrich joined Pixar in 1994 after working as an assistant editor in television on “Silk Stalkings” and “Renegade.” He served as editor on Pixar’s first feature, 1995’s “Toy Story,” then co-directed “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.” He was the sole director on 2010’s “Toy Story 3” and shared an adapted screenplay Oscar nomination with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton.

Unkrich informed Pixar employees on Friday of his decision. “I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered,” he said.

Lasseter, Pixar’s co-founder, departed the company in late 2017 amid accusations of sexual harrassment and was hired earlier this month at Skydance Animation.
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‘Dirty John’ Finale Hits Highs, ‘True Detective’ Premiere Ratings Rise In L3

‘Dirty John’ Finale Hits Highs, ‘True Detective’ Premiere Ratings Rise In L3
Bravo’s Dirty John ended its run in style, with its Season 1 finale rising to 3.3 million Live+3 viewers, 1.3 million in adults 18-49 and 1.6 million in 25-54. These were season highs for the anthology series, up +10%, +15% and +13% from the penultimate episode, respectively.

Dirty John joins BBC America’s Killing Eve as the only new cable series 2018 to date to grow every week but one in total viewers. From premiere to finale, Dirty John‘s audience grew +1.2M in total viewers, +513k in P18-49 and +611k P25-54 (L3). That is encouraging news for basic cable networks that they can successfully launch and grow serialized, thriller drama series, a prospect that has been put in doubt in light of You‘s lackluster ratings performance on Lifetime before it exploded in popularity on Netflix.

During its run, Dirty John was the 2nd highest-rated scripted series basic and premium cable
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‘Glass’ Revives Box Office With Top 3 All-Time Mlk Weekend Opening

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‘Glass’ Revives Box Office With Top 3 All-Time Mlk Weekend Opening
Though it isn’t looking like it will have the opening weekend analysts expected, Universal’s “Glass” is still doing its job of reviving the box office as it moves out of the holiday season. M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film made $16 million on Friday, and is currently projected for a 4-day total of $48 million from 3,841 screens on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

While that’s below the $50 million projections set by Universal and well below the $52-65 million projection set by trackers, “Glass” is still on course to post one of the top three highest Mlk weekend openings in box office history. The all-time best opening is the $107.2 million set in 2015 by “American Sniper,” an outlier as that film went on to gross $350 million domestic. No. 2 on the list belongs to Universal’s “Ride Along,” which had a 4-day opening of $48.6 million in 2015.

The other good bit of news is that opening night audiences didn’t quite reject “Glass” as much as some critics predicted. While the film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 35 percent, audiences gave the film a B on CinemaScore. By comparison, Shyamalan’s last film, “Split,” had a 76 percent Rt score and a B+ on CinemaScore. With little competition in the next three weeks, “Glass” will have a chance to leg out into February having already made back its $20 million production budget.

In second place this weekend is Stx’s “The Upside,” which is holding remarkably well and is now poised to join the “Bad Moms” films as one of Stx’s highest grossing films ever. The film added $4.1 million on its second Friday and is expected to drop just 28 percent from its $20.5 million opening with a $14.7 million 3-day/$17.7 4-day weekend total. That would push its domestic cume to $46 million.

In third is WB’s “Aquaman,” which will cross the $300 million domestic mark in its fifth weekend with a 4-day total of $12.3 million. Completing the top five are two Sony films, “A Dog’s Way Home” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” both of which are expected to finish the weekend with a $10-11 million total. “A Dog’s Way Home” is estimated to push its cume to $24.8 million after two weekends, while “Spider-Verse” will see its cume reach $161 million after six weekends.

Outside the top five, Funimation released the shounen anime film “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” on 470 screens, and is projected to make $9.4 million over four days. Meanwhile, Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” will cross $200 million domestic after 12 weekends in theaters, adding $2.7 million this weekend from 1,177 screens.

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Frank Grillo to Star in the Thriller ‘Hell on the Border’

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Frank Grillo to Star in the Thriller ‘Hell on the Border’
Frank Grillo is set to star in the action-thriller “Hell on the Border” with Wes Miller directing.

Miller also penned the script with Curtis Nichouls, Henry Penzi, and Sasha Yelaun producing. Ron Perlman is also on board to co-star.

Plot details are unknown at this time. Production is currently underway in Birmingham, Ala.

Grillo has a slew of projects set to bow in 2019, starting with the thriller “Donnybrook,” which also stars Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley and opened at the Toronto Film Festival. It premieres in theaters on Feb. 15.

He will follow that up with the thriller “Boss Level” opposite Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts, which Grillo produced with his production company War Party.

Grillo’s “Point Blank” premieres later this year on Netflix
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NBC Orders Comedy Pilots ‘Saving Kenan’ and ‘Like Magic’

NBC Orders Comedy Pilots ‘Saving Kenan’ and ‘Like Magic’
NBC has ordered comedies “Saving Kenan” and “Like Magic” to pilot.

“Saving Kenan” is a single-camera comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” veteran Kenan Thompson as a “newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives.”

Jackie Clarke will serve as writer and executive producer. Thompson, Lorne Michaels, and Andrew Singer are on board as executive producers. Michaels’ Broadway Video is the production company behind the show.

Thompson is represented by UTA, Michael Goldman and Del Shaw. Clarke is represented by UTA and Felker Toczek. Broadway Video is repped by CAA.

Meanwhile, “Like Magic” is billed as a workplace comedy that “follows an optimistic young woman pursuing her dream to be a headlining magician in the eccentric and ego-driven world of the Magic Palace.”

Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu will write and executive produce the single-camera comedy.
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Andy Gruenberg, Veteran Film Executive, Dies at 68

Veteran film executive Andy Gruenberg, who most recently oversaw theatrical distribution at Netflix, died suddenly on Friday. He was 68.

Gruenberg worked on classic films like “Ghostbusters,” “Karate Kid” and “Silverado” while at Columbia Pictures in the 80s and 90s.

He then moved to MGM where he served as exec VP of distribution. There he watched over releases of “Get Shorty,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” and “Birdcage.”

Later, he worked at First Look Studios and Millenium Films before co-founding Film Arcade along with his longtime friend, Ted Mundorff, President & CEO, Landmark Theatres.

“I loved working with Andy and enjoyed our friendship over many years, said Mundorff. Andy was one of the smartest and most loyal guys in the business.”

Andy is survived by his wife, Linda, three brothers, and his sons, Billy, Jacob and Max.

”Andy’s whole family was in the business. He learned from his father and along with his brothers,
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Andy Gruenberg, Veteran Film Distribution Executive, Dies at 68

Andy Gruenberg, a film distribution executive who worked on films such as Ghostbusters and Karate Kid, died suddenly on Friday at the age of 68, his family confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of death is not immediately known. 

Gruenberg had a long career working at various studios and most recently was overseeing theatrical distribution for Netflix.

Born March 10, 1950 in St. Paul Minnesota, he spent his childhood years in movie theatres in Milwaukee. He started his career in distribution at Warner Bros. where he worked for many years. He then went on to work for Columbia Pictures as senior ...
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Unpaid Fyre Festival Caterer Raises Thousands in Donations on GoFundMe

As two Fyre Festival documentaries hit the airwaves, a couple who say their credit was ruined due to the Fyre Festival’s lack of payment for their services have raised $54,381 at time of publication on GoFundMe.

Elvis and Maryann Rolle wrote on their page that they catered “no less than 1000 meals per day” in April of 2017 while organizers stayed in the rooms at their Exuma Point Resort, which includes a bar and grille.

“Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach, and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place. Organizers would also visit my Exuma Point location to enjoy the prepared meals,” the page reads.

Rolle, the Bahamian woman behind the account, was featured in Netflix’s “Fyre,” where she explained that she lost at least $50,000 — likely much more — after continuing to provide meals to guests and
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What You Need to Know About Mysterio and the Elementals in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

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What You Need to Know About Mysterio and the Elementals in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’
So we got our very first look at “Spider-Man: Far From Home” — notable for a lot of reasons, the biggest probably being that it will be the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that takes place after “Avengers: Endgame.”

Now, the trailer provides no clues about how that fourth “Avengers” movie is going to play out — unless you didn’t know that this movie existed, in which case you will be surprised to discover that Spider-Man is alive again. But while this first tease for “Far From Home” doesn’t do much looking back, it does appear to give us some clues about where the McU is going once the battle with Thanos finally concludes in a couple months.

The trailer is pretty light on plot details in general, but it does introduce what we assume are most of the major players. Including five new villains: Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal
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Trump Offers a Recycled ‘Compromise’ in Speech, Democrats Reject It

President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House to present his plan for reopening the government. Trump said that his plan will “break the log jam” of the government shutdown and to “solve the crisis on the Southern border.” But early Democratic reaction to Trump’s offer, which is similar to proposals he made earlier, shows that Trump’s offer will not get bipartisan support.

The speech was similar in many ways to the president’s remarks more than a week ago on the same topic.
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained
(In case it wasn’t clear from the headline, there are spoilers here for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”)

The live-action edition of Spider-Man may be contained within the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future, but Sony can still do what it wants with animated “Spider-Man” flicks — and thank goodness for that, because “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” totally owns with the way it embraces all corners of the Spider-Canon.

But if you thought the seven Spider-People who participate in the plot in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Chris Pine), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) — represented the full breadth of the Spider-Verse, well, you are sorely mistaken.

The post-credits scene for “Into the Spider-Verse” introduces us to another important Spider-Man from the comics, and also visits a past small screen incarnation of Peter Parker.
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Does ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” may not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with a 99 percent Fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, we’re pretty much all in agreement that it’s worth your time even so.

The question, however, for this particular post is not whether you should go see this crazy thing, but whether you need to stick around after the movie is over for some kind of bonus post-credits scene. Bonus scenes after the credits have been a staple of the McU since the beginning, but not so for big-screen “Spider-Man” movies — which have often eschewed the practice.

But at this point the post-credits scene concept is so ubiquitous in comic book movies that even DC is doing it after thumbing its nose at Marvel over this for so long. And Sony even got in on the post-credits scene fun with its recent standalone “Venom” movie.
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury
Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham King provided insight into some of the events surrounding the Golden Globe-winning film Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast, including director Bryan Singer’s departure from the film partway through production.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, with like 16, 17 days to go and Bryan Singer just had some issues, his mother was very sick, and he’s the kind of guy that he needs to have 100% focus,” King explained at the Skirball Cultural Center. “He just said, I want to hiatus the film, and deal with what he had going on in his life. And the studio wanted to finish the film. And of course, my job is to protect the film at any cost and that’s what I was there to do.”

Fox terminated Singer under the “pay or play” provision of his contract, sources indicated at the time, due to his repeated
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Leslie Jones Slams New 'Ghostbusters' Film: "It's Like Something Trump Would Do"

Leslie Jones Slams New 'Ghostbusters' Film:
In response to the news that Jason Reitman's new Ghostbusters project will continue the story that began with Ivan Reitman's 1984 original and its 1989 sequel, and ignore the female reboot from director Paul Feig in 2016, Leslie Jones, a cast member from the latter, has voiced her disappointment on social media.

The comedian took to Twitter on Saturday in a post that said, "So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying. Such ...
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Review: Eric Church Is Loose, Funky in 33-Song Double Down Tour Opener

Review: Eric Church Is Loose, Funky in 33-Song Double Down Tour Opener
“Let’s funk it up,” Eric Church called out near the halfway point of his concert in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday night, the first of two shows he’ll perform in the city to launch his 2019 Double Down Tour. The band followed his lead, kicking off an especially greasy version of “Hangin’ Around,” a track off Church’s latest album Desperate Man. The freewheeling jam underscored the vibe of the tour’s opening night, one where loose, funky explorations were given just as much space as the singer’s radio hits.
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Watch Kanye West Debut New Song at Second ‘Sunday Service’

Watch Kanye West Debut New Song at Second ‘Sunday Service’
Kanye West recently hosted a second Sunday Service, the rapper’s “inspirational jam session” that features a choir delivering gospel renditions of West songs.

West sat on a stool in the middle of the performers for the majority of the session, but at the 36-minute mark of the above video (via Vulture), the rapper joined the choir for a riveting rendition of the Ye highlight “Ghost Town.”

West used an extended outro on the song to deliver a sermon of his own. “Don’t it feel to know you can never be canceled,
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Make Cameo Appearance in 'Lego Movie 2'

In addition to inspiring an abiding meme, becoming the subject of a documentary and a biopic, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will soon be able to add a new accomplishment in entertainment to her resume.

The judge will make a cameo appearance in her Supreme Court robes in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, director Mike Mitchell told USA Today on Saturday. "These movies are so full of surprises. And we were thinking, 'Who’s the last person you would think to see in a Lego film as a minifig?' Ruth Bader Ginsburg!" Mitchell told the publication. "And we’re ...
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Most Americans Support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Plan to Raise Top Marginal Tax Rate

According to a new poll, when it comes to taxing the rich, most Americans are “radical.” The majority of Americans, including 45 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Democrats, expressed support for a proposal by newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-n.Y.) to increase the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent on income over $10 million. The highest current tax rate is 37 percent.

When Ocasio-Cortez told Anderson Cooper, during a recent interview on 60 Minutes, that government programs she supports should be funded by raising the top marginal tax rate on the richest Americans,
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