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Early Showings of ‘Aquaman’ Set for Amazon Prime Members

Early Showings of ‘Aquaman’ Set for Amazon Prime Members
Amazon is offering its Amazon Prime members an exclusive early showing of Warner Bros.Aquaman on Dec. 15 — six days before the fantasy-adventure film opens in North America.

Amazon launched the promotion Monday under which Prime members can purchase up to 10 tickets through Atom Tickets for the showing at more than 1,000 Regal, AMC, ArcLight Cinemas, and National Amusements theaters.
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George R.R. Martin Says "Game of Thrones" Prequel Pilot Won’t Involve Targaryens, TBD on Dragons

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George R.R. Martin has shared yet another fact about the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot — which may or may not be titled “The Long Night.”

While discussing his new book, "Fire and Blood" — which catalogs the history of Westeros before the current events of Martin’s "A Song of Ice and Fire" books and David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ fantasy series — the author teased more about the upcoming project, which is set 10,000 years before “GoT.”

And, well, if you were hoping for a lot of the same elements of “Thrones” in its prequel, you might be disappointed, as this Westeros very different from the one we know now. For one, there won’t be Targaryens and there may not even be dragons, said Martin, who is working with HBO and showrunner Jane Goldman.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Here's Everything We Know About the Series' Epic
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Maya Rudolph, Natasha Lyonne Sign First Look Deal With Amazon Studios

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Maya Rudolph, Natasha Lyonne Sign First Look Deal With Amazon Studios
Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne have signed a new first-look television deal with Amazon Studios, the company announced on Monday.

Under the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, the duo will create original series for the streamer via their Animal Pictures production banner.

“Maya and Natasha are proven talents in front of and behind the camera, and we are so excited to tap into this powerful creative brain trust and be in business with these fiercely funny and phenomenally smart women,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

“I’ve had an incredible experience working with the team at Amazon Studios on Forever, where they have given us true creative freedom,” said Rudolph. “I’m excited to extend this relationship and to have the opportunity for Natasha and myself to continue to develop new shows for a global audience.”

Also Read: Amazon Studios, Blumhouse TV Team Up for 8 Thematically-Connected Films

Lyonne added,
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FX’s "Fosse/Verdon" Sets Main Cast; Norbert Leo Butz, Margaret Qualley Join as Series Regulars

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FX has set the main cast for the eight-episode limited series “Fosse/Verdon,” Variety has learned.

The series is based on the biography “Fosse” written by Sam Wasson and tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams).

Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in the series regular role of Paddy Chayefsky, while Margaret Qually will appear in the series regular role of Ann Reinking.

In addition, the following people have been cast in recurring roles: Aya Cash as Joan Simon, Nate Corddry as Neil Simon, Susan Misner as Joan McCracken, Bianca Marroquin as Chita Rivera, Kelli Barrett as Liza Minnelli, Evan Handler as Hal Prince, Rick Holmes as Fred Weaver, Paul Reiser as Cy Feuer, Ethan Slater as Joel Grey, Byron Jennings as George Abbott, and Laura Osnes as Shirley MacLaine.

Butz is currently starring on Broadway in “My Fair Lady
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‘Twin Peaks’ Origin Story ‘Blonde, Beautiful and Dead’ Optioned by Part2 Pictures (Exclusive)

‘Twin Peaks’ Origin Story ‘Blonde, Beautiful and Dead’ Optioned by Part2 Pictures (Exclusive)
Part2 Pictures has optioned “Blonde, Beautiful and Dead: The Murder Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks,” an upcoming project from MetaBook about Hazel Drew, the young woman whose murder 110 years ago became the basis for the fictional killing of Laura Palmer.

“Blonde, Beautiful and Dead,” by David Bushman and Mark Givens, examines the death of Drew in Sand Lake, New York, home of “Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost’s grandmother, Betty Calhoun. Calhoun used to tell Frost stories about Drew, who was found dead in the waters of Teal’s Pond. Like Laura Palmer, she was said to have a double life that included multiple lovers.

Frost will write the foreword of the book, which explains how his grandmother’s stories about the killing lingered with with for decades, leading to the inception of the murder mystery at the center of his and David Lynch’s unforgettable “Twin Peaks.”

Under the deal,
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John Bluthal obituary

John Bluthal obituary
Stage and screen actor who appeared in popular sitcoms including "Never Mind the Quality," "Feel the Width" and "The Vicar of Dibley."

The actor John Bluthal, who has died aged 89, forged a long and successful acting career in Britain that began in the golden age of television in the 1960s, when he provided a foil to the comedy legends Michael Bentine, Eric Sykes, Peter Cook and, over several decades, Spike Milligan.

Bluthal soared to the top of the bill when he starred alongside Joe Lynch in the sitcom "Never Mind the Quality", "Feel the Width" (1967-71), the pair playing respectively the Jewish jacket-maker Manny Cohen and the Irish trouser-maker Patrick Kelly running a business in the East End.
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Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?

Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?
As J.K. Rowling continues to expand the “Harry Potter” universe, the generation that grew up watching onscreen adventures of the Boy Who Lived have remained a faithful bunch.

That much was clear from the opening weekend of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest installment in the seemingly endless array of “Harry Potter” sequels, prequels, spinoffs and stage shows. The umpteenth return to the fantasy series launched with $62 million at the domestic box office, a sizable and potentially problematic drop from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Like the first Fantastic Beasts installment, the audience breakdown was much older than the movies centering around the bespectacled boy wizard.

The lower than expected start displays that beyond die-hard fans, the Wizarding World has struggled to entice a new wave of Potterheads.
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‘Rbg,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land Producers Guild Documentary Nominations

‘Rbg,’ ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land Producers Guild Documentary Nominations
The Dawn Wall,” “Free Solo,” “Hal,” “Into the Okavango,” “Rbg,” “Three Identical Strangers” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” have been nominated as the best produced documentaries of 2018 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Tuesday.

The winner will be announced on Jan. 19 at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Rbg,” “Three Identical Strangers” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” are the three top-grossing docs of 2018 and three of the top 30 nonfiction films of all time. “Rbg” is about Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Three Identical Strangers” is about triplets who were separated at birth and reunited as adults and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is about the television host Mr. Rogers.

“Free Solo” and “The Dawn Wall” are both chronicles of attempts to climb the El Capitan peak at Yosemite, with the former film being one of
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Earl Sweatshirt’s New Album ‘Some Rap Songs’ Will Be ‘Closure’ After the Death of His Father

Earl Sweatshirt has revealed the title, artwork and release date for his third studio album. Some Rap Songs drops on November 30th and, according to a press release, the album will partially deal with the death of Earl’s father, poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile. Sweatshirt was supposed to visit Keorapetse to reconcile a month before his passing.

“Me and my dad had a relationship that’s not uncommon for people to have with their fathers, which is a non-perfect one,” Earl wrote. “Talking to him is symbolic and non-symbolic, but
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New ‘Lego Movie 2’ Trailer Sees Chris Pratt Tickle a Lego Raptor (Video)

New ‘Lego Movie 2’ Trailer Sees Chris Pratt Tickle a Lego Raptor (Video)
What more do you want from the sequel to “The Lego Movie?” How about intergalactic space horses voiced by Tiffany Haddish? Or maybe Chris Pratt voicing a new character, Rex Dangervest, “Galaxy defending archeologist, cowboy and raptor trainer” (sounds like a quick glance at Pratt’s filmography)? We even get to see his character tickle a raptor made out of legos. We bet you didn’t see that in “Jurassic World!”

Well, “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” is stacked with all of those missing pieces. The latest trailer for the film shows Emmet blasting off into space in order to rescue Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) after she’s captured by an invading alien named Sweet Mayhem.

“Emmet, did you draw stubble dots on your face,” Wyldstyle asks as Emmet tries to look tough like Dangervest.

Also Read: 'The Lego Batman Movie' Director Chris McKay to Direct 'Jonny Quest' for
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Massachusetts Mayor First In Line to Buy Legal Weed

The mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts was first in line to legally purchase marijuana at one of the town’s new dispensaries, CBS reports

“I think there’s a lot going on here in trying to bring marijuana out of the shadows,” Mayor David Narkewicz said.

Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, though it wasn’t until today, November 20th, that the first retail pot shops actually opened. Massachusetts is the seventh state to legalize marijuana and the first to open shops on the East Coast of the United States.

When
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Taron Egerton’s ‘Robin Hood’ ‘Struts and Pouts’ Through ‘Dumb,’ ‘Goofy Train Wreck,’ Critics Say

Taron Egerton’s ‘Robin Hood’ ‘Struts and Pouts’ Through ‘Dumb,’ ‘Goofy Train Wreck,’ Critics Say
“Forget history,” so says the new reboot of “Robin Hood” in the film’s opening narration. Although the critics reviewing “Robin Hood” weren’t so quick to forget previous installments of the legend, many hope to quickly erase this one.

The early reviews of “Robin Hood,” starring Taron Egerton (“Kingsman”) and Jamie Foxx in the action-adventure film opening Wednesday, have pegged Otto Bathurst’s (“Peaky Blinders”) film as a lazy retread of “Batman Begins” that borrows the worst traits from Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur” flop and the over-stylized action sequences of “300.”

“Rife with stereotypes, a terrible script, and odd ‘300’-esque cinematography that just doesn’t fit, this is not only a film nobody asked for, but also one that nobody should be forced to endure,” TheWrap’s Yolanda Machado says in her review.

Also Read: Thanksgiving Box Office Preview: 'Wreck-It Ralph,' 'Creed' Sequels Expected to Top
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Iconic Rock Instruments to Exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art

The first major art museum exhibition dedicated to the instruments of rock & roll will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art starting April 8th, 2019.

The exhibit, titled Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll, will feature more than 130 instruments that were used by artists including the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Jimmy Page, Steve Miller, St. Vincent, The Rolling Stones and more. The collection, which features instruments spanning 1939 to 2017, will explore rock & roll and the objects that made the genre possible.

Curated from 70 private
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The Band Perry on Reinvention and the Electronic Pop of New Ep ‘Coordinates’

The Band Perry on Reinvention and the Electronic Pop of New Ep ‘Coordinates’
“Ok, family,” Kimberly Perry says to her brothers with a winking smile. “Let’s have some sake and talk about how pissed we are.”

It’s been a long time since the Band Perry have been able to joke about their career, but sitting in a dark booth in an underground Manhattan sake bar earlier this fall, Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry are relaxed and eager to discuss the past several years of conflict and creation that led to Coordinates, the trio’s Rick Rubin-produced, fully electronic pop Ep
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‘Blonde on Blonde’ Photographer Jerry Schatzberg Shares Rare Dylan Photos

‘Blonde on Blonde’ Photographer Jerry Schatzberg Shares Rare Dylan Photos
On a freezing cold day in the winter of 1966, photographer Jerry Schatzberg and Bob Dylan drove over to the far West Side of Manhattan to shoot some photos for the cover of his new album Blonde on Blonde. They wound up near a brick building right off the West Side Highway and shot for about 30 minutes until Schatzberg’s hand’s were shivering and creating blurry images. “We shot a lot of sharp ones that day,” says Schatzberg. “I was delighted he picked a blurry one for the cover. If
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Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season Finale Settles for a New Low

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ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” handed out a Mirrorball on Monday, and in return it received a new low in overnight Nielsen ratings.

Let’s be very fair to “DWTS” — this was Season 27 we’re talking about. Plus, last night was still a season-best and the show’s numbers brought its home network to a tie for first place in the key adults 18-49 range and made ABC the outright winner in total viewers. Find out your winners here.

The dancing competition had set a new fall finale low in ratings last year, when it posted a 1.4 rating/5 share and had 9.2 million total viewers, per Nielsen’s fast-national ratings. This time around, it settled for a 1.3 and 8.6 million viewers.

Also Read: 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 27 Finale: And the Winner Is...

It’s important to note that ABC had NFL preemptions in both Kansas City and Los Angeles Monday night,
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Not Log Off

Since winning her seat in Congress on November 6th, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been using social media —particularly Instagram Stories —to provide a detailed, comprehensive and often humorous breakdown of her process of preparing to take office in January.

In the first post from a pinned Instagram Story titled “Congress Camp 1” Ocasio-Cortez asks, “So you get elected to Congress…now what?” She has shared images and videos from Congressional field trips and other orientation events, explained the resources provided to members-elect (including a yearbook, a swag bag and a Congressional Management
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Thanksgiving Box Office Battle: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ to Top ‘Creed II,’ ‘Robin Hood’

A boxing heavyweight champion and an outlaw with a bow and arrow will be no match for a video game baddie and his trusty sidekick as “Ralph Breaks the Internet” looks to dominate a busy Thanksgiving weekend at the domestic box office.

Disney’s animated sequel is expected to earn between $67 million and $77 million over the five-day period, which would easily best fellow newcomers “Creed II” and “Robin Hood.” The trio of wide releases are all getting a head start on the weekend by opening on Wednesday. Previews begin on Tuesday night.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the adventure that follows video game villain Ralph and his best pal Vanellope, will debut across more than 3,900 theaters, the majority of which will include 3D screens. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman are reprising their voice roles in the follow-up, which looks to get a solid head start on the first film’s $49 million launch.
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See Rare Bob Dylan Images by ‘Blonde on Blonde’ Photographer Jerry Schatzberg

See Rare Bob Dylan Images by ‘Blonde on Blonde’ Photographer Jerry Schatzberg
On a freezing cold day in the winter of 1966, photographer Jerry Schatzberg and Bob Dylan drove over to the far West Side of Manhattan to shoot some photos for the cover of his new album Blonde on Blonde. They wound up near a brick building right off the West Side Highway and shot for about 30 minutes until Schatzberg’s hand’s were shivering and creating blurry images. “We shot a lot of sharp ones that day,” says Schatzberg. “I was delighted he picked a blurry one for the cover. If
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Gary Busey Talks Buddy Holly, Almost Dying and Releasing His First Solo Song at 74

Gary Busey Talks Buddy Holly, Almost Dying and Releasing His First Solo Song at 74
“I’M Gonna Tell You How It’S Gonna Be!”

Gary Busey is pacing the studio at Rolling Stone‘s office, sing-shouting the lyrics to Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.” He will do this often, without warning, in the middle of a conversation or just randomly as he sees fit, paying tribute to the rock pioneer who Busey considers a “spirit animal.” In Holly’s voice, it’s a confident ode to his eternal lover. For Busey, who’s long dabbled in music and whose recently released single is a cover of the 1957 song,
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