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Ben Affleck’s Addiction Drama Set for Awards-Season Release

Ben Affleck’s Addiction Drama Set for Awards-Season Release
Warner Bros. has given Ben Affleck’s untitled addiction drama an awards-season-friendly release date of Oct. 18.

The film, which has been known previously as “The Has-Been” and “Torrance,” is directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Affleck as a former basketball player struggling with addiction, which has led to him losing his wife. As part of his recovery, he becomes the coach of a high school basketball team at his alma mater.

Affleck is a producer on the movie, along with O’Connor, Jennifer Todd, Gordon Gray, and Ravi Mehta. The script was written by Brad Ingelsby and O’Connor. The film also stars Al Madrigal as the assistant coach, Janina Gavankar, Hayes MacArthur, Brandon Wilson, and Rachael Carpani.

Affleck and O’Connor last collaborated on the 2016 drama “The Accountant,” which generated $155 million at the worldwide box office.

Warner Bros. also announced on Friday that it has moved the drama “The Goldfinch” forward to Sept.
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Supernatural to End With Season 15

Supernatural to End With Season 15
The Winchester family business is closing up shop: Supernatural will end its run with Season 15, the show’s stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins announced via Twitter on Friday.

Hey #SPNFamily here’s a little message from @JensenAckles @mishacollins and me. I’m so grateful for the family that’s been built because of the show. Excuse me while i go cry. pic.twitter.com/QDXDsAyIfK

— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) March 22, 2019

Well, it’s official. One more round for the Winchester brothers. Though nothing ever really ends in Supernatural…does it? https://t.co/zaZHJX4H9L

— Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) March 22, 2019

“Firstly,
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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night
Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” opened huge with $7.4 million on Thursday night in North America.

The figure easily topped Thursday preview numbers for “The Nun” at $5.4 million and “A Quiet Place” at $4.3 million and nearly matched “Halloween” at $7.7 million.

Projections for Universal’s “Us,” Peele’s much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Get Out,” have been in the $38 million to $45 million range for the weekend as the film widens to 3,741 sites. Some forecasts call for a launch of as much as $50 million — which would easily surpass the opening weekend haul of “Get Out,” which debuted with $33 million and ended its theatrical run with $176 million in the U.S.

Us” is also launching in 48 international markets, including France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

“Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple fighting off doppelgangers while vacationing with their children at a Northern California beach house. The movie has generated exceptional
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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s "Paradise Hotel," Reality Series Gets Spring Premiere Date

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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s
Fox has tapped reality star Kristin Cavallari to host its upcoming revival of “Paradise Hotel.”

The series will debut Thursday, May 9, with a two-hour premiere from 8 to 10 p.m. and will air three nights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the latter being a two-hour show including live elements.

“Kristin grew up on the frontlines of reality television and is the perfect host to introduce ‘Paradise Hotel’ to a new generation of viewers,” Rob Wade, president, alternative entertainment and specials, Fox Entertainment, said in a statement. “The show is a fun balance of romantic love, cutthroat competition and humor, and Kristin’s unique experience, especially with live television, makes her the best person to navigate the wild, unpredictable moments.”

Paradise Hotel,” which first aired on the network in 2003, puts a
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Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian

Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian
In the age of anti-hero TV, it’s almost surprising we haven’t gotten a Tom Ripley series yet. But Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian is on it with Deadline reporting that Zaillian plans to adapt Patricia Highsmith’s novels focusing on the sociopath anti-hero. No network has signed on yet, but sources tell Deadline that this will likely be a straight-to-series order with Zaillian writing and directing most of the first season’s episodes. Per Deadline, “Zaillian will use the five novels written by Highsmith — The Talented Mrs. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, …
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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC

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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC
It’s official — ABC has ordered a second season of Roseanne spinoff The Conners. The renewal comes after series’ producer Werner Entertainment secured new deals with the core cast of Roseanne veterans, John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner) and Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner-Healy). The size of the order has not been revealed by ABC but has been speculated to be 13 episodes, slightly bigger than last season’s 11.

While not the mega hit of the size of the Roseanne revival, The Conners has been a breakout for ABC. In its first season, the Roseanne followup averaged 9.5 million total viewers and a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating (Live+7) to rank as the season’s No. 1 new comedy in total viewers and 18-49 and ABC’s No. 1 comedy in both categories. The Conners improved its Tuesday 8 pm time period by 33% in total viewers and by 22% in adults
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Danny Trejo & Benicio Del Toro Voice A Monkey And A Fox In ‘Dora The Explorer’ Live-Action Film & Nothing Makes Sense Anymore

Danny Trejo & Benicio Del Toro Voice A Monkey And A Fox In ‘Dora The Explorer’ Live-Action Film & Nothing Makes Sense Anymore
If you’re a film fan, you’re probably very familiar with the work of actor Danny Trejo. He’s the epitome of badass, even starring in a film literally titled “Bad Ass”. He’s probably most well known for roles in films like “Machete,” “Con Air,” “Heat,” and about a million films with Robert Rodriguez.

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Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO

Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO
HBO is officially reviving Perry Mason. The pay cabler has formally ordered a limited series based on legendary fictional criminal defense lawyer, with The AmericansMatthew Rhys taking on the title role. Sopranos vet Tim Van Patten, meanwhile, has signed on as director and Ep.

As we reported back in January, Rhys — who will also serve as a producer on the aptly-titled Perry Mason — will play Mason at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He also finds himself haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.
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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix
Ryan Murphy has revealed when his first Netflix original series, “The Politician,” will premiere. Yeah, that’s the one with an insane A-list cast, including stars Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, and Lucy Boynton.

“My first Netflix show! So proud of this incredible project and the incredible cast. And I can’t wait for you to binge it in September,” Murphy captioned an Instagram post of the “The Politician’s” official poster, which noted its Sept. 27 launch date.

In addition to Platt, Paltrow, Lange, Deutch and Boynton, the cast includes Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, and Benjamin Barrett.

Here’s the official logline for the series: “Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States.
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Film Review: ‘The Dirt’

Film Review: ‘The Dirt’
A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm of vintage American catch-phrase banality, like “How’s that workin’ out for you?” And “The Dirt,” the new Netflix rock biopic about the sordid, squalid saga of Mötley Crüe, the royal hair-metal sleaze gods of the ’80s and ’90s, is a movie that reflects the new harmless status of that phrase.

The Dirt” boils over with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, whether it’s Vince Neil (Daniel Webber), the snaky leader singer of Mötley Crüe, acting like a horny jack-rabbit as he enjoys a backstage boink with every woman who comes near him,
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The Strange Story Behind ‘I Got 5 on It,’ the Secret Weapon of Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

The Strange Story Behind ‘I Got 5 on It,’ the Secret Weapon of Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’
In most movies, a fight with red-robed doppelgängers to the tune of N.W.A.’s “F— the Police” would be the showstopper. But Jordan Peele’s “Us” has an even better musical trick up its sleeve — its deft dissection of the 1995 Luniz hit “I Got 5 on It.”

“I Got 5 on It” comes from an underrated school of hip-hop that discusses low-stakes and even trivial problems with high-level musicality. The “5” refers to a five-dollar bill kicked in toward the purchase of marijuana. The song basically says, if you want to smoke some of my weed, please kick in some cash. It’s a gripe everyone’s had at some point about weed, gas, or french fries.

But the song remains such an earworm 24 years after its debut because nothing about its music sounds trivial. The music has overtones of hurt and betrayal, and may owe those qualities to its surprising and contentious origin story.
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Barbra Streisand on Michael Jackson’s Accusers: ‘It Didn’t Kill Them’

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Barbra Streisand on Michael Jackson’s Accusers: ‘It Didn’t Kill Them’
Barbra Streisand said in an interview that while she believes the two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse in the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” she also has some sympathy for Jackson.

In a wide-ranging Times of London interview published Friday, Streisand said of Jackson: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.” She also said that on the few occasions they met, Jackson, who died at age 50 in 2009, was “very sweet, very childlike.”

Streisand told The Times that she “absolutely” believes the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, and said that watching “Leaving Neverland” was “too painful.”

But she added: “You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck] say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

Also Read: Michael Jackson's Molestation Trial: 10 Bizarre
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Viacom, DirecTV Carriage Renewal Talks Continue as Blackout Looms

Updated: Viacom and DirecTV executives are going down to the wire tonight on a combative contract renewal negotiation with high stakes for both sides. Talks were still going after the midnight Et deadline passed and the channels remain up on DirecTV.

A team of Viacom executives led by Tom Gorke, exec VP and head of distribution and business development, have been parked in DirecTV’s El Segundo headquarters since Wednesday. The companies are wrangling over a carriage renewal pact for Viacom’s 23 cable channels.

On Tuesday afternoon, Viacom launched an aggressive PR campaign to warn viewers that Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central,
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New Trend in Concert Halls: Original Music by Movie Composers — No Film Required

Movie and TV composers are in greater demand than ever for, surprisingly, new music for the concert hall.

For decades, concert commissions for film composers were few and far between. The increasing popularity of John Williams’ film music, and his visibility as conductor of the Boston Pops in the 1980s and ’90s, led to his writing a number of concert works, but Williams was, for the most part, the exception to the rule.

That is changing, some composers say, because orchestra managers are reaching the belated conclusion that film music communicates immediately to audiences, and the current trend of live-to-picture concerts of movie hits (everything from “Star Wars” to “Lord of the Rings”) is bringing in big bucks. As a result, adventurous programmers are seeking new works by established film composers in hopes that audiences have developed a thirst for similarly melodic, even exciting, music by names they recognize even
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Meet the Twins Who Cheated at the Olympics (Podcast)

In 1984, twins Madeline and Margaret de Jesus pulled off one of the biggest (and funniest) cheats in the history of the Olympics. The whole story is on our latest “Shoot This Now” podcast, which you should check out on Apple or right here:

1984 was peak Los Angeles: Randy Newman had just released “I Love L.A.” Bret Easton Ellis was putting the finishing touches on “Less Than Zero.” Pasadena’s Van Halen released an album called “1984.” Glam rock was taking hold on the Sunset Strip. And the eyes of the world was on the city of freeways thanks to the Summer Games.

Also Read: Angela James' Life Story Is the Hockey Movie We Need Now (Podcast)

Brooklyn-born track star Madeline de Jesus came to the City of Angels with dreams of winning Olympic gold for Puerto Rico. But something went wrong: She was injured in the long jump, and
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Fox Employees ‘Walking on Eggshells’ as Heavy Layoffs Continue Under Disney

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When Disney executives visit the Fox lot in Century City, the home of their newly acquired TV and film studios, they’re greeted by a big new banner that says “Welcome to Fox” and doors newly painted with the word “Fox.”

It’s not so much a welcome as a way of marking territory, one Fox insider told TheWrap Friday, three days after Disney closed its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets — and two days after it started layoffs that are expected to cost as many as 4,000 Fox employees their jobs.

The insider said the banner and “Fox” logos, which went up Thursday, were a way of reminding Disney that under the new deal, it is renting the Century City property from Fox: “This is still our lot.”

Also Read: Dana Walden Pumps Up New Disney Staff in Memo: 'Overwhelmed By the Excitement' for Future
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Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in ‘Mouse Guard’

Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in ‘Mouse Guard’
Idris Elba is in negotiations to join Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Fox’s fantasy-action movie “Mouse Guard” with “Maze Runner’s” Wes Ball directing.

Fox is planning a live-action movie through performance capture technology employed in the “Planet of the Apes” films, in which Serkis starred as the ape leader Caesar. David Peterson created, wrote, and illustrated the “Mouse Guard” series, which launched in 2006 and is set in a medieval times world without humans. The stories center on a brotherhood of mice sworn to serve their fellow mice.

Fox started development on the movie, based on the “Mouse Guard” graphic novel series, in 2016. Matt Reeves, director of “War for the Planet of the Apes,” is producing “Mouse Guard” through his 6th and Idaho production company along with Ross Richie and Stephen Christy, both of Boom! Studios — the publisher of “Mouse Guard.” Joe Hartwick Jr. is also producing.

If the deal goes through,
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TV Review: ‘Abby’s’ Starring Natalie Morales

“Abby’s,” NBC’s new comedy about a cranky bartender (Natalie Morales) and her inner circle of regulars, is aware of the inevitable “Cheers” comparisons.

Created by “New Girl” writer Josh Malmuth and executive produced by uber-producer (and unabashed “Cheers” superfan) Mike Schur, “Abby’s” therefore makes a few key choices in order to differentiate itself as its own entity. The most immediately obvious difference is that “Abby’s” is the first multi-cam sitcom to be filmed outdoors. Taking advantage of Los Angeles’ generally static weather (recent rain deluge aside), the backyard setting creates a more casual, warm vibe.
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What Bruce Lee’s Biographer Thinks of That ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Brad Pitt Fight Scene

What Bruce Lee’s Biographer Thinks of That ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Brad Pitt Fight Scene
A lot of people got mad this week about a brief fight between Bruce Lee and Brad Pitt’s character in the new teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “Once a Time in Hollywood.”

But Matthew Polly, the author of “Bruce Lee: A Life,” isn’t ready to fight anyone for Bruce Lee’s honor. Not yet.

“I find the ‘controversy’ fun,” he told TheWrap. “It’s a trailer. We have no idea what actually will happen between ‘Bruce’ and Brad Pitt or if they are even fighting for real or just acting a scene.”

Also Read: Why Bruce Lee Is All Over the Teaser for Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

The criticisms of the trailer footage ranged from the logistical to the racial (“a white male power fantasy”). People took issue with Pitt’s character, Cliff Booth, disrespecting Lee (Mike Moh.)

The teaser features
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Sets Premiere Date for Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’

In today’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for Ryan Murphy’s “The Politician” series, and Kristin Cavallari will host “Paradise Hotel” on Fox.

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Reality star Kristin Cavallari will host Fox’s reboot of “Paradise Hotel,” an unscripted dating show in which a group of singles will check into a tropical resort and compete to check out with money and romance. In this revamped version, viewers can use social media to influence who stays and who goes. The new series will premiere May 9 on Fox at 8 p.m. Et/Pt.

Ryan Murphy’s new show “The Politician,” which
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