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Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored

Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored
When last Tilda Swinton and Wes Anderson collaborated, it was for the former to lend a voice to the latter's stop-motion animated creation of Oracle in the awards-contender Isle of Dogs. When next they work together, Swinton might end up with a more musical role. It seems as if the Oscar-winning actor has joined Anderson's latest, an untitled French musical set just after World War II. Charante Libre (via The Playlist), which previously brought us some insider info on the secretive project, now reports that Swinton has signed on in earnest. We'll stop short …
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Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot

Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot
Chris Pratt is eyeing a new franchise to call his own. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star is in early talks to lead a relaunch of Paramount Pictures action franchise The Saint. Deadline broke the news Friday, noting that sources caution discussions are still early on, but the project has been in the works for a while now. Paramount scooped up the book rights for The Saint back in 2016 with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on board to produce and it seems the studio is now starting to circle in on the lead. In the realm of IP, …
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Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For "Supergirl"

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Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For
Jon Cryer, the Emmy-winning co-star of "Two and A Half Men," will return to primetime television to play the scheming, evil genius Lex Luthor as a recurring character on the CW series "Supergirl."

The plan is for Cryer to make his debut as Luthor in the 15th episode of the current season which airs in early January. The series switched to Sunday nights in October when it launched its Season Four storyline. The season’s sixth episode, titled "Call to Action," airs this Sunday.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards

‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards
If Beale Street Could Talk, You Were Never Really Here, Eighth Grade, First Reformed and Leave No Trace have been nominated as the best independent films of 2018 by the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which announced its nominees on Friday morning in Los Angeles.

To qualify for the Spirit Awards, a film must meet a variety of criteria, including a budget of less than $20 million. It must also contain “significant American content,” a requirement that can be fulfilled by having the film set and shot in the U.S. or by having U.S. citizens or permanent residents in two of the three creative positions of director, writer and producer.
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‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office

‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office
Warner Bros.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is showing magic at the international box office, grossing $31 million at 24,350 screens in its first two days.

The tentpole, which added 45 markets on Thursday, is the top movie in all but one of 55 territories. The top markets are France and South Korea, with $3.6 million each in two days.
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The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise

The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise
The Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia have announced the launch of The Criterion Collection as a new independent streaming service. That’s great news for cinephiles that have been mourning the demise of FilmStruck, the niche but well-beloved movie subscription service that WarnerMedia unceremoniously axed last month. However, this happy news for movie lovers seems like it translates […]

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‘Devil May Cry’ Series in the Works as Part of Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Multiverse”

‘Devil May Cry’ Series in the Works as Part of Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Multiverse”
Adi Shankar made good on his promise to deliver "the best f*cking video game adaptation ever made to date" with "Castlevania," now enjoying its bloody run of two seasons on Netflix. Now, Shankar is upping the ante by taking on not just another video game adaptation, but one from a completely different gaming company and one that will exist under his umbrella of properties in the newly minuted "Bootleg Multiverse." Next up: Capcom's "Devil May Cry." Shankar's Bootleg Universe, a banner that showcases his imaginative and ballsy approaches to pop culture mash-ups and reimaginings of popular franchises, …
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"Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D" Renewed For Season 7 By ABC

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Ahead of its sixth season premiere this summer, ABC has renewed Marvel’s "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." for a seventh season. It is believed to consist of 13 episodes, on par with Season 6.

The timing of the early renewal is likely tied to the cast’s option coming up. Along with picking up the actors’ options, ordering Season 7 ahead of time would allow for the two shorter seasons to be filmed back-to-back, which helps to reduces costs.

When "S.H.I.E.L.D."'s move to summer was announced in May, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey made it clear that Season 6 was not envisioned as a final one.
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Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88

Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88
Jorn Winther, the director on the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews that kept television and radio audiences transfixed over four consecutive nights in 1977, has died. He was 88.

Winther was identified as a man killed Nov. 9 in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs, the Riverside County Coroner's Office reported.

In the 1960s, Winther directed for the ABC music showcase Shindig! and worked on variety shows hosted by the likes of Jonathan Winters, Sonny & Cher and Barbara McNair.

He later spent more than five years as an executive producer and director ...
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See Stephen Colbert Get Supreme Court Ruling From Sonia Sotomayor: ‘Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?’

See Stephen Colbert Get Supreme Court Ruling From Sonia Sotomayor: ‘Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?’
After Stephen Colbert pumped iron with Ruth Bader Ginsburg earlier in the year, the Late Show host returned to Washington, D.C. to spend some quality time with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

“I worked out with Rbg, she can throw the big steel, so I was delighted when another Supreme Court Justice – this time, Sonia Sotomayor – agreed to sit down with me,” Colbert said on Friday’s Late Show. “She has an amazing life story which she’s telling in two new children’s books.”

Colbert and Sotomayor’s
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How the ‘Serial’ Podcast Exposes Epic Dysfunction in Cleveland’s Criminal Justice System

How the ‘Serial’ Podcast Exposes Epic Dysfunction in Cleveland’s Criminal Justice System
The first season of Serial, the explosively popular podcast from host Sarah Koenig and co-creator Julie Snyder, told the story of Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee, the 18-year-old high school student murdered and left in the woods of Maryland. Syed, her ex-boyfriend, was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life plus 30 years. After the series aired, he succeeded in getting a retrial. That’s set to commence in December. In the second season, Koenig and Snyder took on the bizarre case of Bowe Bergdahl, the army private
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Toy Story 4,’ ‘Detective Pikachu,’ ‘Dumbo’

There’s a whole heapin’ helping of cuteness that hit us this week, starting with the first glimpse of the Pokemon Detective Pikachu movie that sent millennials into a frenzy. We also got: a high-concept teaser for Woody, Buzz and the gang’s new adventure; an underdog story involving small-town beauty pageants and taking on body-shaming haters; expanded looks at a manga adaptation and a live-action take on a Disney classic; and what may be the trailer of the year for the best movie of the year. Here’s your
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See Mariah Carey Perform ‘The Distance,’ Talk ‘Glitter’ Justice on ‘Fallon’

See Mariah Carey Perform ‘The Distance,’ Talk ‘Glitter’ Justice on ‘Fallon’
Mariah Carey visited The Tonight Show Friday, the same day her new album Caution arrived, to perform “The Distance” and discuss the Glitter resurgence with Jimmy Fallon.

To celebrate the release of her 15th studio album, Carey delivered a show-stopping rendition of “The Distance” alongside the single’s featured guest Ty Dolla $ign.

During the interview, Fallon asked Carey, the singer behind of the greatest Christmas songs of all time, when it was an appropriate time to begin listening to “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and other seasonal songs.
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Weed and Pregnancy: How Cannabis Laws Are Hurting Mothers

Shakira Kennedy was 27 years old and living in Brooklyn when she found out she was going to have twins. While many women experience morning sickness in their first trimester, Kennedy’s unrelenting cycle of nausea and vomiting was so severe that she ended up in the emergency room multiple times throughout her pregnancy. She was treated for a slew of health issues, including dehydration and an inability to keep food down.

“I must have lost over 30 to 40 pounds in my first trimester,” says Kennedy.

Her body was completely depleted, so
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'Harry Potter: A History of Magic' Exhibit Finds New Home in New York

Though the Harry Potter series first hit bookshelves twenty years ago, the magic-centered franchise has continued to cultivate a loyal fanbase ever since. So much so, that after making its rounds at the British Library, the famed exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic has traveled over the pond to New York, offering visitors an inside look at the magical world created by J.K. Rowling

The exhibit, which opened its doors in October, combines the real-life history of folklore and magic that influenced the creation of Potter's world with over 100 artifacts displayed. Visitors can witness old ...
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Idfa Film Review: ‘Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World’

Remember when the words “breaking news” used to refer to the thrill of hearing about world events as they happened? These days, it has become the daily sport of autocrats and elected officials alike, who have realized that discrediting once-reputable journalistic sources — quite literally, attempting to break the news — is an effective strategy in not being held accountable to facts. While it can be scary to realize that such misinformation games occur — and often even originate — at the highest levels of government, there is hope in the form of citizen journalists such as those profiled in Hans Pool’s “Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World,” an exciting look at one such group of self-appointed fact-finders that presents their innovative research techniques as a kind of cutting-edge spy thriller.

When Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine, sparking vehement denials that Russia had any involvement, Bellingcat went to
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Paramount Ranch, Destroyed by Malibu Fire, to Be Rebuilt Within 2 Years

Standing amid the charred foundations and burned-out movie sets of Paramount Ranch, officials from the National Park Service said Friday that they plan to rebuild and reopen the site that holds decades of movie history and still hosts a steady stream of Hollywood productions within the next two years.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Superintendent David Szymanski announced the plan Friday as he guided reporters through the twisted metal and ashes that once made up the ranch's "Western Town," most of which burned shortly after a huge wildfire broke out Nov. 8 and swept through the ...
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Paul Schrader Says Creating, Writing Is "A Form of Therapy"

Paul Schrader Says Creating, Writing Is
Paul Schrader has a lot to say about the creative moviemaking process.

"I feel strongly that the additive process is much more creative than the subtractive one. If you can have a first draft that works at 70 pages, you know you're going to have a draft that works at 90 pages, and it's just going to get better," Paul Schrader told the Writer Roundtable.

"And the same thing with the editing process. At some point you say to the editor, 'Let's make a cut of the film with just the stuff that'...
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'Young Sheldon' Writer: William Goldman Was My Pen Pal for 40 Years (Guest Column)

'Young Sheldon' Writer: William Goldman Was My Pen Pal for 40 Years (Guest Column)
For my 12th birthday, my cousin Nancy gave me a paperback. She might as well have given me underwear, that's how disinterested I was.

But as it happened I had a book report due in English and this one wasn't especially thick so I gave it a read.

I loved it.

The book was The Princess Bride, and when I finished it I not only crushed the report, I wrote a letter to the author William Goldman to tell him how much I enjoyed it (and to complain that the back cover promised sex parts that weren’t, in ...
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'Fantastic Beasts,' 'Last Jedi' and the Cost of Fan Service

'Fantastic Beasts,' 'Last Jedi' and the Cost of Fan Service
[This story contains minor spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald]

This weekend sees the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second in J.K. Rowling and director David Yates’ five-part Fantastic Beasts series. While the first film offered up a relatively straightforward plot concerning Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and a bevy of characters new to Rowling’s Wizarding World, at least until the third act, this second installment goes all in on the lore of Rowling’s universe and taps into Dumbledore’s (Jude Law) struggle against Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) – a backstory briefly highlighted in the Harry Potter ...
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