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Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24

Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray are set to reunite for the first time since Murray’s Oscar-nominated turn in her 2003 film “Lost in Translation.”

The two will work together again in “On the Rocks,” which Coppola is writing and directing with Murray to star opposite Rashida Jones, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.

“On the Rocks” will also be the first film under the recently formed partnership between A24 and Apple.

Produced by Coppola and Youree Henley, “On the Rocks” follows a young mother (Jones) who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father (Murray) on an adventure through New York City. Production begins this spring on location in New York.

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Back in November 2018, Apple and A24 entered into a multi-year agreement in which the studio will produce a slate of several films for the tech giant,
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Carol Channing, Iconic Broadway Star of Hello, Dolly!, Dies at 97

Carol Channing, Iconic Broadway Star of Hello, Dolly!, Dies at 97
Carol Channing, the saucer-eyed, gravelly voiced Broadway barnstormer whose offbeat personality and marquee value fueled such Golden Age musicals as Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly!, has died, her publicist B Harlan Boll confirmed in a statement to People. She was 97.

Boll said that Channing died at 12:31 A.M. on Tuesday, at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, of natural causes.

“It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon – Miss Carol Channing,” the statement said. “I admired her before I met her, and have loved
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Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel

Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel
Danny Glover has joined the cast of Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sequel.

His role is being kept under wraps, as is the storyline. Glover will star opposite Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, all of whom are set to return.

Awkwafina is in final negotiations for a significant part in the film and Danny DeVito has also joined the cast.

Jake Kasdan returns to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Kasdan is also producing with Matt Tolmach and Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.

The untitled movie will open on Dec. 13, a week before Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” launches.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” earned $404 million domestically and $557 million internationally. After coming in second during its opening weekend to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jumanji” accomplished the unusual feat of climbing to No. 1 in its fifth weekend,
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"Veep" Star Matt Walsh to Lead ABC Comedy Pilot "Happy Accident"

Matt Walsh has been tapped for a lead role in the upcoming ABC single-camera comedy pilot “Happy Accident.”

In the series, two Pittsburgh families – a father (Walsh) with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son – are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.

Walsh currently stars in the acclaimed HBO comedy “Veep,” which will launch its final season this year. His other notable roles include appearances in comedies like “The Hangover,” “Ted,” “Role Models,” and the “Ghostbusters” reboot. He is also known for being a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade along with Matt Besser,
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DJ Khaled Joins ‘Bad Boys’ Sequel (Exclusive)

DJ Khaled Joins ‘Bad Boys’ Sequel (Exclusive)
DJ Khaled has rounded out the cast of Sony’s upcoming “Bad Boys” sequel “Bad Boys for Life,” joining returning stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

Khaled will also join series newcomers Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, and Paola Nuñez. Joe Pantoliano is on board to return as Captain Howard.

Production is currently under way.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are on hand to direct the sequel from a script by Peter Craig with Joe Carnahan also doing a rewrite. Chris Bremmer is the current writer.

Jerry Bruckheimer returns as producer. Doug Belgrad will also produce, as will Smith. Barry Waldman, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, and James Lassiter are executive producers.

The story revolves around a modern, highly specialized police unit that collides with the old school Bad Boys (Smith and Lawrence) when a new threat emerges in Miami. The pic will bow on Jan. 17, 2020.

It
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Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen Join ‘Sopranos’ Movie Prequel (Exclusive)

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Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen Join ‘Sopranos’ Movie Prequel (Exclusive)
Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen are set to join the ensemble of the “The Sopranos” movie prequel, “The Many Saints of Newark.”

They join Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, and Vera Farmiga, who had previously been added to the cast. More players from the “Sopranos” lore are expected to be coming on board.

New Line could not be reached for comment on the casting.

The film is set during the Newark riots in the ’60s.

Series creator David Chase co-wrote the script with producer Lawrence Konner. Alan Taylor is directing “The Many Saints of Newark,” while Nicole Lambert and Marcus Viscidi are executive producing. Chase has been hands on from the get-go in the casting process, hand-picking Nivola to play Dickie Moltisanti, along with Stoll and Magnussen in their mystery roles.

Stoll has been busy on both the big and small screens, most recently appearing as Buzz Aldrin in “First Man.
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Christopher McQuarrie Turned Down a Number of DC Film Projects To Direct The Next Two Mission: Impossible Films

Christopher McQuarrie Turned Down a Number of DC Film Projects To Direct The Next Two Mission: Impossible Films
Yesterday we learned the exciting news that Christopher McQuarrie would return to direct Tom Cruise in two more Mission: Impossible sequels that he would shoot back-to-back. I expected at least one more sequel, but getting the news that there would be two of them was pretty cool!

McQuarrie is obviously very committed to the franchise. He’s so committed, in fact, that he turned down several offers to direct other movies for various studios that courted him. According to THR, Warner Bros. "even tried to seduce him with DC projects." But, McQuarrie ended up choosing to turn down these opportunities so that he could continue to work on the M:I franchise, which he obviously loves!

While it would have been great to see McQuarrie take on a DC project, the DC films aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and WB will still be making DC movies when McQuarrie is done working on the M:I franchise.
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TV News Roundup: ‘Last O.G.’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Date on TBS

In today’s TV News Roundup, “The Last O.G.” announces its Season 2 return date and Variety has the exclusive first look at Fox’s new legal drama “Proven Innocent.”

First Looks

Netflix has announced its new limited series “Black Earth Rising” will launch on Jan. 25. The contemporary thriller series stars Michaela Coel as Kate Ashby, a Rwandan girl raised in London by her adoptive mother after being orphaned by genocide. She attempts to learn the truth about her past with the help of lawyer Michael Ennis, played by John Goodman.

Variety has the exclusive first look at “Proven Innocent,
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Vince Staples on Why He’s Sober: ‘Reality Hurts, But So Does Addiction’

Vince Staples on Why He’s Sober: ‘Reality Hurts, But So Does Addiction’
Vince Staples is matter-of-fact: about his music, about his upbringing in Long Beach and about his sobriety. If anything, the FM! rapper has become more direct and slightly prickly explaining his choice to avoid alcohol and drugs over his career — an understandable decision, considering how quickly outside observers tend pigeonhole sober rappers. In an interview with GQ as part of a feature on sober musicians, Staples described his reason for sobriety as a survival mechanism and, in his opinion, a different approach than the other musicians — Steven Tyler, Julien Baker,
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What Kind of Attorney General Will William Barr Be?

Washington — William Barr, President Trump’s nominee to run the Justice Department as attorney general, entered his confirmation hearing on Tuesday morning with one question looming large: Would he recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation after he blasted Mueller in a private memo last year?

Last June, Barr sent an unsolicited, 20-page critique of Mueller’s possible legal strategy to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and others in Trump’s orbit. In the memo, Barr did not mince words, arguing that a potential obstruction-of-justice case
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Flashback: Carol Channing Sings With Marty Robbins

From her Tony-winning title role in Broadway’s Hello, Dolly! to one of her signature songs, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” – sung on film by Marilyn Monroe and covered in 1983 by Emmylou HarrisCarol Channing’s effervescent presence on the stage and in film and TV roles was accompanied by an unmistakably unique voice, making her one of the most recognizable entertainers of the past half-century.

Channing, who died Tuesday at her home at age 97, made numerous appearances on both the big and small screens and, apart from
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El Chapo Trial: Witness Alleges Drug Kingpin Bribed Former President of Mexico

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, according to trial testimony provided on Tuesday by Alex Cifuentes Villa, The New York Times reports. Cifuentes, a Colombian drug trafficker, worked with Guzmán for multiple years.

This is not the first time during Guzmán’s ongoing trial that the employee’s former colleagues and employees have revealed alleged links between drug operations in Mexico and officials in government and law enforcement. However, Cifuentes alleged that Guzmán web extended even further than previously thought, entangling
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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ to Break January’s Slow Box Office Streak

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ to Break January’s Slow Box Office Streak
No plot twist here: M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “Glass” will dominate the domestic box office.

As this weekend’s lone wide release, “Glass” looks to be the de facto choice for moviegoers during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Now the only question is: how big of an opening can “Glass” pull off?

Mediocre reviews don’t seem to be holding back anticipation for the sequel to both “Unbreakable” and “Split” as “Glass” is expected to make between $60 million and $75 million during its first four days of release. Universal, the studio releasing the film in North America, is more modestly suggesting a $50 million to $55 million debut from over 3,700 theaters. Even so, that would still be a lot of coinage for a movie that only cost $20 million to produce. Shyamalan took the unusual step of self-financing “Glass,” which means more riches for M. Night if “Glass” becomes a hit. Since
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Former ‘New York Times’ Editor’s Book Reportedly Misrepresents Journalists

Photographed pages from early copies of Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts, former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson’s forthcoming book about the changing industry of journalism, circulated the internet this week, revealing several errors and inaccuracies.

There were small, easy-to-correct errors, like saying that Charlottesville is in North Carolina, rather than Virginia. But greater concern was raised about an apparent bias against so-called “new media,” especially Vice News, with facts skewed to make young, digital journalists appear inept next to their
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Mahershala Ali Reflects on ‘Moonlight,’ Oscar Win and the First Albums He Ever Bought

Mahershala Ali Reflects on ‘Moonlight,’ Oscar Win and the First Albums He Ever Bought
Mahershala Ali is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood right now. After struggling in Hollywood for about two decades, the actor won an Oscar in 2017 for Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight, and recently starred in the critical hit Green Book and the new season of True Detective.

He sat down with Rolling Stone for our ‘First Time’ series, opening up about the first albums he bought, the first time he watched Moonlight, winning an Oscar, why he feels like a fraud on his first days on the sets of movies sets.
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CBS Execs Field Staff Questions on Workplace Culture, $120 Million Marked for Moonves (Exclusive)

As CBS looks to find its footing after being rocked by a series of scandals, acting CEO Joseph Ianniello and other top executives took questions from employees on Tuesday about the company’s culture and future plans.

In the first of two planned live-blog sessions on the company’s internal employee web portal, Ianniello was asked Tuesday, “What will the company do with the $120 million it no longer has to pay out to Les Moonves?” — a reference to the amount of severance pay that had been due Moonves, ousted last year as CEO amid sexual-assault allegations, under his contract. The
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Attorney General Nominee Wouldn’t Go After Legal Marijuana

Trump’s nominee for attorney general said Tuesday that his Department of Justice would not “go after” marijuana businesses in states that have chosen to legalize and regulate the cannabis trade.

Under sharp questioning from Sen Cory Booker (D-n.J.), William Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he personally believes marijuana should remain illegal. But he added: “I’m not going to go after companies that have relied on the Cole memoranda” — referring to a Doj directive issued under the Obama administration instructing U.S. attorneys to give safe harbor to state-legal marijuana businesses.
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Iranian Film Festival New York Review: ‘Sheeple’

Iranian Film Festival New York Review: ‘Sheeple’
The cinema of Iran has often been marked by stylistic qualities of delicacy and restraint. It has found ways to speak loudly with a whisper. But “Sheeple,” the traumatically explosive closing-night selection of 1st Iranian Film Festival New York, amounts to a rather spectacular counterexample. It’s a drama set in the lower depths of society — it follows a bedraggled family of drug dealers in the south of Tehran — and it’s a violent, charged-up, attack-the-block movie that comes at you with a feverish spirit of underworld degradation that’s startling to behold.

The characters are scurrilous desperadoes and derelicts (you might have to reach back to “Pixote” to find a street drama this purged of romance), and they have a way of stepping on each other’s words that has you racing to read the subtitles. Yet there’s a larger vision at work here — an image of appetite
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Aaron Lee Tasjan Lines Up 2019 North American Tour

Aaron Lee Tasjan Lines Up 2019 North American Tour
Aaron Lee Tasjan has announced new headlining North American tour dates for spring 2019. The East Nashville-based singer-songwriter released his latest album Karma for Cheap in August 2018.

This weekend, Tasjan heads to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, for the 30A Songwriters Festival, then closes out January with a run of shows in several Scandinavian cities. Upon his return to the U.S., Tasjan will play a supporting role on seven gigs with power-pop legends Cheap Trick, as well as one night opening for Jason Isbell at the Fillmore in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Sundance Film Festival Launches Talent Forum for Indie Creators

Sundance Film Festival Launches Talent Forum for Indie Creators
The Sundance Film Festival is launching a new program to offer industry mentoring to under-represented and indie creators, the festival announced Tuesday.

Based out of Park City, Utah’s Kimball Art Center, the program will include focused mentoring for filmmakers, writers, producers, and beyond, as well as keynote events with “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and a conversation with top nonfiction filmmakers about a banner 2018 for docs.

“We’re eager to unfold this first edition and convene our vibrant community. While the Institute continues to encourage artists to find their voices, it takes the dedicated support of our industry colleagues to carry those voices out into the world,” said the Sundance Institute’s Anne Lai, Caroline Libresco, and John Nein in a joint statement.

The forum is an expansion of programming at the nonprofit institute. Members of the group’s signature artist development labs and fellowships will showcase new work to industry attendees,
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