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Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For "Supergirl"

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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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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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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Review: Mark Knopfler’s ‘Down The Road Wherever’ is a Sturdy Blues-Roots Blend

Review: Mark Knopfler’s ‘Down The Road Wherever’ is a Sturdy Blues-Roots Blend
Three years after his last album, Tracker, Mark Knopfler returned with another dependable collection of Irish blues and laidback roots rock. The album’s material ranges from languid lullabys like “My Bacon Roll” and “Floating Away” to the upbeat blues funk of “Back on the Dancefloor” and “Nobody Does That.”

At this point in his career, Knopfler tends to be most affecting in the former role, as the sensitive English balladeer with a knack for writing about the haunting, pervasive effects of memory and remembrance. Indeed, as he pushes 70, Knopfler has become newly reflective,
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A$AP Nast and D33J’s ‘Dogtalk’ Is an AutoTuned Dream

A$AP Nast has found his calling. In a world where Asap Mob’s Rocky and Ferg are the group’s runaway successes, it’s nice to see one of their less regaled members shine solo. All Nast needed was someone to crank up the AutoTune, partner him with D33J, and let him croon.

“Nast and I have worked together in the studio a bunch, but I’ve usually been in the producer’s seat. This is the first song we both recorded vocals to together,” D33J told Highsnobiety.
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Travis Scott Announces Astroworld Festival Lineup One Day Before Astroworld Festival

In August, Travis Scott announced that, instead of a Houston stop on his tour in support of Astroworld, he would throw the inaugural edition of ‘Astroworld Festival.’ It made sense: Scott spent the run up to the release of his latest album talking about how much he wanted to give back to the city of Houston — it was named after a shuttered amusement park, and Scott’s intention was to attempt to bring some excitement for the kids still in his hometown. A date was given, and a location, then the $150 tickets sold out.
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‘Escape at Dannemora': Showrunners Went ‘Through the Looking Glass’ to Research Prison Break Drama

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There is age-old adage that “truth is stranger than fiction,” which can definitely can be said about Showtime’s upcoming limited series, “Escape at Dannemora.”

But when trying to craft a scripted narrative from real-life events often finds the writers and directors behind it take creative liberties for dramatic effect (as critics of the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” can attest to). But for Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin, who co-created the Showtime series that is based on a famous 2015 prison break, they didn’t have to veer too far from the real-life events.

“Once you get into the reality of the story, the pieces are just more fascinating than fiction can deliver sometimes,” Tolkin told TheWrap. “We definitely researched it a lot… Sometimes through the looking glass, in terms of research,” added Johnson.

Also Read: Showtime Launches Companion Podcast for Limited Series 'Escape at Dannemora' (Exclusive)

The limited series, which
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See Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Shannon Talk ‘Little Drummer Girl,’ Filming at Acropolis

See Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Shannon Talk ‘Little Drummer Girl,’ Filming at Acropolis
Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon, stars of AMC’s latest John le Carré adaptation The Little Drummer Girl, talked about the six-hour miniseries, director Park Chan-wook and the still-ongoing Middle East crisis in this exclusive video interview with Rolling Stone.

The Little Drummer Girl marks the first U.S. television directorial debut for Park, the filmmaker behind Oldboy and The Handmaiden. “His visual language is very unique, it’s very poetic and it’s quite different from how I’m used to working,” Skarsgård said of Park.

The 1983 le Carré
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How Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall and Netflix’s Money Saved Orson Welles’ Final Movie

How Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall and Netflix’s Money Saved Orson Welles’ Final Movie
This story about “The Other Side of the Wind” first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Peter Bogdanovich was at home on a Monday morning in 1970 when he got a call from his friend Orson Welles. “What are you doing on Thursday?” Welles said to Bogdanovich, a critic, film scholar and occasional actor just venturing into directing.

“I’m flying to Texas to make ‘The Last Picture Show,'” said Bogdanovich, whose career would explode with that classic film.

Welles was undeterred. “What time are you leaving?” he said. “Three o’clock,” Bogdanovich said. “Good,” said Welles. “Meet me on that road by the airport at noon.”

Nearly 40 years later, Bogdanovich chuckles thinking of the conversation. “I said to Orson, ‘What are you doing?'” he said. “He had read the script to ‘The Last Picture Show’ and referred to it as a dirty picture.
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Lionsgate Taps 3 Arts Roster for Two Fox Comedy Series Prospects

Lionsgate is capitalizing on its recent acquisition of 3 Arts Entertainment by setting up two multi-camera comedy series prospects for Fox from talent repped by the management-production firm.

Both projects will be co-productions with Fox Broadcasting Co. The orders for these projects and others are a sign that Fox intends to continue developing scripted series even as its parent company awaits a big transition in selling off other studio and network assets to Disney.

“Uncle Joey” stars comedian Joey Diaz as a Cuban immigrant with a troubled past who moves to an upscale suburb to raise his daughter. “King of the Hill
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Review: Rosanne Cash Excels on Ambitious ‘She Remembers Everything’

Review: Rosanne Cash Excels on Ambitious ‘She Remembers Everything’
“We pray to the God/ of collateral children,” sings Rosanne Cash in her verse of “8 Gods of Harlem,” a standout on her 14th studio album that enlists Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Costello as co-writers, each singing a verse in a narrative constellation involving a young man’s death. The song is ghosted by headlines of failed gun-safety legislation, dubious police shootings and senseless military pursuits, and it’s an object lesson in how to engage a national crisis without histrionics or mincing words.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise:
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Christopher Watts: New Developments in Colorado Murder Case

It’s been a little over a week since Christopher Watts agreed to plead guilty to the August murders of his pregnant wife Shan’ann, 34, and their two daughters, Bella, four, and Celeste, three, in order to avoid a possible death sentence. The unexpected decision signaled a remarkably quick conclusion to a horrifically tragic capital murder case, avoiding a prolonged and lengthy trial and the likelihood that any guilty verdict would spend years in limbo while under appeal. Watts’s plea agreement won’t be official until November 19th, when
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David Harbour Joins Chris Hemsworth in ‘Dhaka’ for Netflix

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David Harbour Joins Chris Hemsworth in ‘Dhaka’ for Netflix
Stranger Things” star David Harbour has joined the cast of the Chris Hemsworth action vehicle “Dhaka,” a film for Netflix, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

“Infinity War” directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are producing the movie with Mike Larocca under their Agbo Films banner. Hemsworth and Eric Gitter are producing as well. Patrick Newall and Ari Costa are executive producing. Ben Grayson is the co-producer.

Stunt coordinator turned director Sam Hargrave is making his directorial debut on the film, which is currently shooting. Hargrave previously was a stunt double for “Captain America” actor Chris Evans.

Also Read: 'Stranger Things' Star David Harbour Uses 'Jaws 2' to Explain Why You Should Vote (Photo)

The screenplay, written by Joe Russo, centers on the underworld of weapons dealers and traffickers, where a young boy becomes the pawn in a war between notorious drug lords.
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Channing Dungey Exits ABC; Karey Burke Named Network President

Channing Dungey Exits ABC; Karey Burke Named Network President
Channing Dungey, the first African American to lead a U.S. broadcast network, has departed her role as president, ABC Entertainment. Karey Burke, head of original programming for cable channel Freeform, has been tapped to replace her.

Dungey’s departure comes as corporate parent Disney prepares for a massive overhaul of its television business units tied to the pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Last month, Disney announced that Fox executive Peter Rice would take over the entirety of Disney’s non-sports TV operations, with fellow Fox veteran Dana Walden tapped to oversee ABC, Freeform, and Disney’s television-studio operations.
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Review: Mariah Carey Stays Current Without Losing Her Charm on ‘Caution’

Review: Mariah Carey Stays Current Without Losing Her Charm on ‘Caution’
Don’t get it twisted: there is not a single artist who can match Mariah Carey’s nearly three decades of consistency and resilience. Even when it seems like she’s at a career low (the underrated commercial calamity Glitter)), she comes back swinging for the next round.

Caution comes four years after Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, a solid album that lacked the vocal consistency and musical cohesion of her best work, despite re-teaming Carey with frequent collaborator Jermaine Dupri. In the four years since that album,
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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Heading to $75 Million Opening

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Heading to $75 Million Opening
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is ready to cast a powerful spell on the box office.

Warner Bros.’ tentpole is heading for a domestic opening weekend in the $75 million range, early estimates showed Friday.

The North American figure could wind up matching the $74.4 million opening for 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

The sequel is dominating the other openers — Fox/New Regency’s “Widows” and Paramount’s comedy “Instant Family,” with both heading for the $11 million to $13 million range. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” conjured $9.1 million in Thursday night previews, while “Widows” made $600,00 in previews and “Instant Family” took in $550,000.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has been projected by the studio to earn $65 million from 4,163 domestic locations this weekend, though industry estimates showed that number could be closer to $75 million and as much as $250 million worldwide. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros.
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16 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes and Specials Ever (Photos)

16 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes and Specials Ever (Photos)
Friends” – “The One With All the Thanksgivings”

The Friends gather in Monica’s apartment to reminisce about their worst Thanksgiving memories, including the time Monica accidentally cutting off Chandler’s toe and Joey getting his head stuck in a turkey.

Friends” – “The One With the Football”

Ross and Monica’s sibling rivalry comes out in full force when the Gellers go head-to-head in a touch football game that quickly grows heated.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” – “The Gang Squashes Their Beefs”

The “Always Sunny” gang attempts to make amends by meeting up with their many enemies to bury the hatchet so they can finally have their ideal Thanksgiving.

How I Met Your Mother” – “Slapsgiving”

Marshall continues one of the show’s longest running gags and delivers Barney’s third slap, while Ted and Robin struggle to remain friends after their breakup.

Fresh off the Boat” – “Huangsgiving”

Jessica gets a 5:00 a.
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