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PGA Awards: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Repeats as Comedy Series Winner

PGA Awards: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Repeats as Comedy Series Winner
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has won the first award at the Producers Guild of America’s awards show, underway at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Amazon series topped “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “Glow,” and “The Good Place” in winning the Danny Thomas award. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” won the award last year.

BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice” have been nominated for the Producers Guild’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as the top feature film of 2018. The PGA, which has about 8,200 members, has matched the Oscar for best picture in 20 of its 29 years, including “The Shape of Water” last year.

Nominees for animated films are “The Grinch,” “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

The PGA drama series nominees include the final season of “The Americans,” “Better Call Saul,”
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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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‘SNL': Alec Baldwin’s Trump Plays ‘Deal or No Deal: Government Shutdown Edition’ With Congress (Video)

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‘SNL': Alec Baldwin’s Trump Plays ‘Deal or No Deal: Government Shutdown Edition’ With Congress (Video)
Saturday Night Live” opened its first episode of 2019 with a sketch featuring the return of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, and congress’ desperate attempt to get Potus to agree to a deal that will end what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

And, as host Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson) — Howie Mandell was not available due to a germ thing — put it, the only way they could think to negotiate all of this so Trump would understand it was with a game show: “Deal or No Deal: Government Shutdown Edition.”

Members of congress (“SNL” cast members) stood with numbered cases, ready to offer Trump different. But he was not a fan of what Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (Kate McKinnon) proposal to pay for his wall, which was “$1 Billion + you say ‘Nancy’s my mommy.'” He also passed on what was in Senate Minority
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Alec Baldwin, Pete Davidson Lead ‘Deal or No Deal: Government Shutdown Edition’ (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’: Alec Baldwin, Pete Davidson Lead ‘Deal or No Deal: Government Shutdown Edition’ (Watch)
After sitting out the live sketches of the final episode of “Saturday Night Live” in 2018, cast member Pete Davidson kicked off the first episode of the new year right from the cold open.

The sketch was a “Deal or No Deal: Government Shutdown Edition” that of course put guest player Alec Baldwin front and center as Donald Trump, just hours after the real-life president went on television to tell the American people he wanted to make a deal to end the shutdown. The reason the deal came in the form of a reality show, explained host Steve Harvey (played by
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Leslie Jones Calls ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel ‘Insulting’ and ‘a D— Move’

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Leslie Jones Calls ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel ‘Insulting’ and ‘a D— Move’
Leslie Jones is not happy with Tuesday’s announcement that Sony is planning another “Ghostbusters” sequel, which will ignore the 2016 female-driven revival in which she starred.

“So insulting,” she wrote in a tweet Saturday, adding that it’s like the version she starred in “dint [sic] count.”

“It’s like something trump would do,” she tweeted. “(Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a d–k move. And I don’t give f–k I’m saying something!!”

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Also Read: Ghostbusters Are Back in First Teaser for Jason Reitman's Sequel (Video)

Jason Reitman has co-written a screenplay with Gil Kenan and will direct the new sequel to the original “Ghostbusters,” which was directed by Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman in 1984, as well as the 1989 sequel.

Described as “the next chapter” in
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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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Producers Guild Awards: Winners List (Updating Live)

Producers Guild Awards: Winners List (Updating Live)
The Producers Guild of America Awards are being handed out Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton in a slew of categories encompassing TV and film.

The 10 nominees for the guild's top film prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures, are Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, Green Book, A Quiet Place, Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice.

On the TV side, the PGA Awards nominees for outstanding producer of episodic TV, drama, include The Americans, Better Call Saul, The Handmaid's Tale, Ozark and This Is Us.

Comedy series nominees are Atlanta,...
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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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