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"Game Of Thrones:" HBO Confirms April Premiere For Season 8

It’s official. The anticipated eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" will launch in April. HBO released a promotional video Tuesday morning with no specific date, but official word that the series will return for its final go-round in April 2019. The retrospective video features recycled footage with the most iconic scenes from the series so far.

An April premiere is not a big surprise, since Season 1-Season 6 launched in April or late March; Season 7 premiered in July 2017. But until today, the only official time frame for the debut came from HBO programming president Casey Bloys, who said the series would return in the first half of 2019. Star Maisie Williams was more specific, saying in an interview with the UK’s Metro in January that the series was eyeing an April 2019 premiere.

HBO previously revealed that the final episode was shot over 55 nights in three locations.
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'Godzilla vs. Kong' Synopsis Released as The Film Goes Into Production

'Godzilla vs. Kong' Synopsis Released as The Film Goes Into Production
Director Adam Wingard has assembled his cast for Godzilla vs. Kong and is now shooting the film! Legendary Pictures officially announced that production began on Twitter and the first synopsis for the film has been released giving us our first idea of what the story will entail.

Legends will collide. Production has officially begun on Godzilla vs. Kong. In theaters everywhere Summer 2020.#Godzilla pic.twitter.com/IyegYH5Agb

— Legendary (@Legendary) November 12, 2018

The cast for the film includes Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Demian Bichir (The Nun), Van Marten (The Walking Dead) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon).

As for the the synopsis, it reveals that the two iconic creatures will do
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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95

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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium when he co-created much of Marvel Comics’ vast library of characters and concepts, died Monday, according to THR. He was 95.

Working alongside fellow comics titans like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby during the 1960s, Lee was instrumental in sparking what became known as “the Marvel revolution,” a shift in superhero comics that emphasized flawed protagonists expressing humanistic values. Concepts and plots remained as colorful and weird as ever. But Marvel characters, written with complex, realistic personalities and mundane private lives, often had to resolve family, dating and even financial challenges while protecting the public from an increasingly packed roster of supervillains.

This new approach to superhero comics debuted in “The Fantastic Four,” a team of superheroes presented as a dysfunctional but loving family unit that Lee co-created with Kirby in 1961. Lee credited his wife, Joan, for
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Amy Adams, Steve McQueen, Boots Riley Tapped for San Francisco Honors

Amy Adams, Steve McQueen, Boots Riley Tapped for San Francisco Honors
Sffilm, the San Francisco cinema society that presents the San Francisco International Film Festival every spring, has announced honorees for its second annual Sffilm Awards Night, set for Dec. 3.

Amy Adams will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for Acting, for her performance as Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice”; filmmaker Steve McQueen will receive the Irving M. Levin Award for Film Direction, for “Widows”; and Boots Riley, a favored Bay Area son, will receive the Kanbar Award for Storytelling for his zany Oakland-set satire “Sorry to Bother You.”

“San Francisco and the Bay Area have a politically active persona and an interest in diversity and inclusion that we hope to imprint on these contenders that we champion with awards,” says Sfilm Executive Director Noah Cowan.

Cowan was particularly pleased to invite Riley as an honoree. The musician-turned-filmmaker has a long history with the organization, which supported and helped
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How Steve Aoki Got Bts, Bill Nye and Blink-182 on the Same Album

Dominant just a few years ago, the electronic pop genre known as Edm has faded from the commercial mainstream — just two producers associated with it are in the Top 50 this week. So artists in this space have been forced to come up with creative ways to maintain a presence outside of the festivals and Las Vegas gigs that have long been a mainstay.

Edm producers have primarily settled on three approaches. One is to become a behind-the-scenes figure for pop acts — Skrillex, for example, has contributed to songs by Justin Bieber,
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‘The Feral Detective’: How Jonathan Lethem Wrote a Novel to Cope With Donald Trump

After years of free association, Jonathan Lethem’s idea for a new novel was finally coming together. He’d been sitting on themes like feral children, detective novels and the American West his whole career, and now it was time to bring them to a hard boil. The final touch — after much internal debate — was deciding to tell the story from the point of view of a young New York woman, someone who would be “both freaked out and fascinated” by the lost world she encountered in the California desert.
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Carlos Santana Plots Tour Coinciding With Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary

Carlos Santana Plots Tour Coinciding With Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary
Carlos Santana will embark on a North American Global Consciousness tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock.

“Fifty years went fast, but now I feel even younger and more clear, and I have more energy and more conviction than back then,” Santana said when discussing Woodstock’s upcoming landmark anniversary with Rolling Stone. “That [1969 Woodstock] was basically some of the highest I’ve been in front of so many people. To peak with LSD or peyote in front of 400,000 people, you
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Chance the Rapper and MGM to Develop Movie Musical ‘Hope’

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Chance the Rapper and MGM to Develop Movie Musical ‘Hope’
MGM announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the rights to develop a movie musical called “Hope” with musician and actor Chance the Rapper.

Told through original music to be created by Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Nico Segal and his collaborators, “Hope” will follow a group of Chicago teenagers that band together to turn art into action within their community.

Chance, a three time Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and producer has also made a name for himself as a prominent social activist, especially in his home city of Chicago, launching #SaveChicago with his father to combat gun violence; donating $1 million to local schools; and creating Social Works, an organization aimed at empowering youth through arts, education and civic engagement within the city.

Also Read: MGM Partners With Lantern Entertainment to Develop, Distribute 'Boys in the Boat'

Chance and his longtime manager Haight Films’ Pat Corcoran partnered with Tradecraft’s Scott Bernstein
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Watch Stunning First Trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’

Netflix has released the first official trailer for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” which highlights Yalitza Aparicio as a live-in housekeeper in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City.

With Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig in the Sky” scoring the black-and-white footage, Aparicio’s character named Cleo performs chores and deals with three children against a backdrop of domestic strife and political turmoil in Mexico. There’s little dialogue other than Cleo telling one of the children “buenas noches” as she tucks her in bed. Cuaron describes “Roma” as a love letter to the women who raised him.

Roma,” which won the Golden Lion after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, has been selected by Mexico as the country’s foreign-language submission for the 91st Academy Awards. The film, produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media, is also considered a strong contender for a best picture nomination.
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Why Can’t Allyson Get Ahead?

Allyson Costello stared at the two lines on her pregnancy test and knew — immediately and beyond a shadow of a doubt — that she would get an abortion. She was 21 years old. She was on the pill, taking it religiously every morning. And it had been only a few months since she’d received a Facebook message from Andy, the first boyfriend she’d ever had, back in middle school, but now virtually a stranger. She learned that he was currently living way out in the country somewhere in Kentucky, that it was beautiful there,
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Alternate Endings for ‘A Star Is Born’ Revealed

Alternate Endings for ‘A Star Is Born’ Revealed
While adapting the nearly century-old tale, Bradley Cooper mulled a variety of ways to re-do a pivotal scene of the film’s dramatic climax. Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich revealed some of them in the Variety cover story on Lady Gaga.

[Warning: Spoilers ahead]

Through all four major versions of A Star Is Born, the basic arc leading to the tragic death of the male lead remains the same. Cooper’s adaptation had his character Jackson Maine hang himself in the garage of his home after realizing that his alcoholism and
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‘Series of Unfortunate Events': Count Olaf, Lemony Snicket Set Final Season Premiere Date – Unfortunately (Video)

Netflix’s adaptation of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” will wrap up next year — and some are happier about that news than others.

In a new one-minute, 32-second promo video for the third and final season of the series, Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton) and Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) reveal the launch date for the last batch of episodes in the Baudelaire orphan’s saga — much to each other’s chagrin. While Snicket is all about bringing this gruesome story to a close, Olaf is continuing to revel in every last miserable moment.

Also Read: Yes, Patrick Warburton Commits All That Lemony Snicket Narration to Memory

The archenemies recap the first two unfortunate seasons very quickly, before declaring “we’re almost at the end.” And with those final few installments come answers, including the fate of the Baudelaires and the truth behind the letters “V.F.D.”

Fortunately — or unfortunately,
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Animal Planet Global President Susanna Dinnage to Leave for Top English Premier League Job

The English Premier League named Animal Planet global president Susanna Dinnage as its new chief executive on Tuesday.

In June, the league’s executive chairman Richard Scudamore announced he was stepping down after leading English soccer’s top tier for more than 20 years. Scudamore will leave at the end of the year. While Dinnage takes over as chief executive, the Epl will search for a non-executive chair, effectively sharing the duties that Scudamore held by himself.

“We are very pleased to appoint such a capable leader to this important role,” said Bruce Buck, Chairman of Chelsea and the Premier League’s Nominations Committee. “We had a very strong field, but Susanna was the outstanding choice given her track record in managing complex businesses through transformation and digital disruption.”

Also Read: 'Fixer Upper' Stars Chip and Joanna Gaines to Get Their Own Discovery TV Network (Video)

Dinnage was named
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How a Wisconsin Singer Got a Bob Dylan Co-Writing Credit for New Song ‘On, Wisconsin’

Wisconsin singer/songwriter Trapper Schoepp was scrolling through articles on Rolling Stone‘s website in March 2017 when he came across a piece about a long-lost Bob Dylan lyric manuscript about the state of Wisconsin that was about to hit the auction block. The article concluded with a complete transcription of the lyrics. “I just got this sinking feeling in my gut,” says Schoepp. “I knew that I needed to finish what was started.”

To Schoepp’s shock, Dylan himself signed off on the song once Schoepp added a melody to
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Julianne Moore Is Having the Time of Her Life in First ‘Gloria Bell’ Trailer (Video)

Julianne Moore Is Having the Time of Her Life in First ‘Gloria Bell’ Trailer (Video)
Julianne Moore plays a 50-something divorcée in her new film “Gloria Bell,” but she’s dancing and having the time of her life in this free-spirited romcom about middle age.

“Gloria Bell” is directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio (“A Fantastic Woman”), remaking his own 2013 film “Gloria.” Though he told TheWrap’s Steve Pond ahead of the film’s premiere at Toronto earlier this year that it’s best to forget the original and appreciate this one on its own terms.

“When the world blows up, I hope I go down dancing,” Moore’s Gloria says in the trailer with a smile.

Also Read: A24 Bumps Andrew Garfield's 'Under the Silver Lake' to April 2019

It’s a spirited, lively, colorful trailer that also includes Moore firing a paintball gun and even getting her body hair waxed. And while the plot is much the same as in the Chilean film,
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Anderson .Paak to Throw Festival in Support of New Album ‘Oxnard’

Anderson .Paak to Throw Festival in Support of New Album ‘Oxnard’
Anderson .Paak is the latest artist to launch their own festival, following the lead of Tyler, The Creator and Post Malone (if on a bit more modest a scale). On Saturday, November 17, .Paak is throwing Andy’s Oxnard Carnival at the Performing Arts & Convention Center in his hometown of Oxnard, California to celebrate the release of Oxnard, his upcoming album. The all-ages event will include rides, games, and food and starts at 2 p.m.

The Aftermath artist’s third studio album comes out on November 16 and will feature appearances from Dr. Dre,
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Pathe Loses More Than $21 Million in Internet Scam

France’s leading independent film group, Pathe, recently lost €19.2 million ($22 million) in an internet scam that targeted the mini-major’s Dutch office.

Details of the scam were contained in an Oct. 31 ruling by the District Court of Amsterdam on a lawsuit against Pathe for unfair dismissal filed by Edwin Slutter, Pathe Netherlands’ former financial director. Slutter was fired, along with Pathe Netherlands’ former CEO and managing director, Dertje Meijer, in April after the scam was discovered.

The fraud kicked off in March with several emails apparently sent from the personal account of Pathe CEO Marc Lacan to Meijer, asking her to wire up to €19.2 million in four tranches to the bank account of Towering Stars General Trading LLC in Dubai. The funds were supposedly to be used to acquire a company in Dubai.

Meijer was asked to respect the “strictest confidentiality” about the transaction and exchange emails solely with Lacan
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Tonto: The 50-Year Saga of the Synth Heard on Stevie Wonder Classics

Tonto: The 50-Year Saga of the Synth Heard on Stevie Wonder Classics
Stevie Wonder wanted to meet Tonto. He had just turned 21, was flush with cash and had all these songs and sounds in his head that he couldn’t get onto tape. A friend had loaned him a copy of an album called Zero Time that had been recorded using the world’s largest, most advanced music synthesizer: Tonto, an acronym for “The Original New Timbral Orchestra.”

The mastermind behind Tonto was an Afro’d, English bassist-turned–studio tech named Malcolm Cecil who lived above a midtown-Manhattan advertising recording studio. ““I
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‘Travelers’ Season 3 Premiere Date Set by Netflix

‘Travelers’ Season 3 Premiere Date Set by Netflix
Season 3 of “Travelers,” the time-traveling sci-fi series starring Eric McCormack, will premiere exclusively on Netflix worldwide Dec. 14.

In the series, McCormack (NBC’s “Will & Grace”) plays an FBI agent who leads a team of “travelers” — specially trained operatives who jump back in time from hundreds of years in the future to the 21st century to help prevent the collapse of civilization.

The first two seasons of “Travelers” aired on Corus Entertainment’s Showcase pay-tv channel in Canada and became available on Netflix outside of Canada starting in 2016. Netflix ordered the third season earlier this year.

In season three, special
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Jimmy Kimmel Launches Kimmelot Banner, Partners With Brent Montgomery

Jimmy Kimmel Launches Kimmelot Banner, Partners With Brent Montgomery
Jimmy Kimmel is spreading his wings as a producer with the launch of a media banner dubbed Kimmelot, in partnership with producer and former ITV America CEO Brent Montgomery.

Kimmelot will serve as a creative incubator for the longtime host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” late-night franchise. The goal is to develop scripted and unscripted content as well as apps and other forms of media.

Kimmel will also join Montgomery as a partner in Wheelhouse Entertainment, the company Montgomery launched in January following his departure from ITV America. Kimmelot will operate as part of Wheelhouse.

“Brent’s vision for
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