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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76
“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, the eruptive singer who reigned atop the pop and R&B charts in the late ’60s and early ’70s with a succession of albums and singles of unparalleled power and emotional depth, has died. She was 76.

Franklin was suffering from pancreatic cancer, and had earlier undergone surgery in December 2010. Her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reported Franklin died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,” Quinn said in a statement. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

She was the most lionized and lauded female R&B vocalist of her era. Winner of 18 Grammy Awards, and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement honoree in
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Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)

Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)
After a strong push to get James Gunn back as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” following his firing from the project, Disney and Marvel are standing by their decision to not reinstate him as helmer for the next installment. The decision came following a meeting between Gunn and studio chairman Alan Horn.

Gunn was let go from the project nearly a month ago when dozens of Gunn’s tweets from nearly a decade ago came to light. The so-called joke tweets, about pedophilia and rape, were recently resurfaced by alt-right agitators. The studio acted quickly to remove Gunn from directing the third installment, believing the comments were unacceptable in the Me Too era and were not in line with Disney’s family-friendly image.

Since then, support for Gunn has been widespread, especially from the “Guardians” cast. Cast members including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana asked for Gunn
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Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment

Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment
Darren Aronofsky’s three-part virtual reality series Spheres will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which also will mark the debut of the final chapter of the series, narrated by actress Millie Bobby Brown.

Brown, who received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Eleven on the Netflix series Stranger Things, lends her voice to the actual first installment in the trilogy, Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos, which explores the sounds of the…
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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)

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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)
Thanks to strong test screenings, Lionsgate is moving its Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy “Flarsky” to back four months to the summer season. It will now premiere on June 7, 2019.

Studio executives are feeling bullish about the film after recent audience test screenings gave it scores above 95% — indicating that “Flarsky” can perform as a major summer comedy. “Ocean’s 8” launched on the same weekend this year with $41.7 million and is on its way to a solid $138 million domestically.

Flarsky” had been set to open Feb. 8. Rogen stars as Fred Flarsky, a down on his luck journalist, who through a string of comedic circumstances catches the attention of the world’s most powerful woman, Charlotte Field, (Theron). Much to the chagrin of her handlers, he becomes an important part of her inner circle in her globe-trotting journey to become the first female president of the United States.

Test audiences are comparing
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Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Pocket $5.3 Million on Wednesday

Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Pocket $5.3 Million on Wednesday
Crazy Rich Asians” is on track for a dazzling debut.

Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated romantic comedy is expected to generate $5.3 million on Wednesday, according to early estimates. If projections hold, “Crazy Rich Asians” is heading for a weekend total of $19 million and a five-day tally of $27.5 million-plus. Some tracking predicts the movie, which carries a $30 million price tag, could top $30 million over the five-day period.

That should easily be enough to top the domestic box office over fellow weekend openers, Mark Wahlberg’s “Mile 22” and Sony Pictures Releasing-Studio 8’s “Alpha.”

Jon M. Chu directed the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestselling book of the same name. It stars Constance Wu as an NYU professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend (Henry Golding) for his best friend’s wedding. While overseas, she meets his parents and finds out his family is, you know, crazy rich. Gemma Chan,
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Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince

Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince
A film about a woman in a small cowboy town that wins a date with one of the biggest rock stars in the world sounds like a seriously contrived work of fiction, right? Well, not only is it true, it happened in 1986 with a woman who won an MTV contest to go out on a date with Prince. Not “a prince,” but actual, purple-clad, guitar-toting rock star Prince. And according to Deadline, Elizabeth Banks has signed on to bring this incredible true story to the big screen.

Continue reading Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince at The Playlist.
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‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie

‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie
Tony Kaye is making a dramatic casting move for his upcoming feature “2nd Born.” According to Deadline, the “American History X” filmmaker is using an artificial intelligence robot to play one of the lead roles in his new movie. The idea to cast a real robot came from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze. The filmmaker does not want to cast a human actor in makeup or have to rely on computer-generated effects.

According to Deadline, the robot will be trained in different acting methods and techniques prior to filming. Kaye and Khoze are hoping to get the robot SAG recognition.

“2nd Born” is the sequel to Ali Atshani’s “1st Born,” an indie film starring Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, William Baldwin, and Denise Richards. The original film is being released this year by Lotus Entertainment and centers on a married couple whose first pregnancy forces their families to find common ground.
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Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes

Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes
Changes are afoot on the upcoming production of the highly-anticipated American remake of “Toni Erdmann.” The film, which was set to star Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson, as the father-daughter duo at the center of the story, is in the middle of some big changes as the film moves forward towards production, according to The Wrap.

First, and probably foremost in the minds of film fans, Jack Nicholson has left the production for an unknown reason.

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Neill Blomkamp Hints That Actor Peter Weller Could Return In His Upcoming ‘RoboCop’ Film

Neill Blomkamp Hints That Actor Peter Weller Could Return In His Upcoming ‘RoboCop’ Film
There are two words that will make any “RoboCop” fan, like me, suddenly have faith in the upcoming Neill Blomkamp reboot/sequel — Peter Weller.

For those not familiar with one of the greatest films of all time (you read that right), “RoboCop” stars actor Peter Weller as the titular character, aka Alex Murphy. And if you consider every remake, spin-off, and sequel to the original Paul Verhoeven classic, the quality of the film is equal to the amount of Peter Weller on display.

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‘Hunt for the Trump Tapes’ Trailer: Even the Easter Bunny Has Something for Tom Arnold (Video)

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‘Hunt for the Trump Tapes’ Trailer: Even the Easter Bunny Has Something for Tom Arnold (Video)
Tom Arnold swears he’s gonna get to the bottom of this whole “Trump tapes” thing, even if he has to take unusual routes. That includes hitting up Peter Cottontail to find out what he’s got on Potus, in the first look at the actor’s new Viceland series, “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes.”

“I’m going to dig as deep as I have to, to expose the ugly truth about the ugly man,” Arnold says in the minute-long trailer.

Viceland’s new series “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold,” will see Arnold doing some “citizen journalism” to find out the truth behind the rumored recordings of Donald Trump. It will begin with Arnold’s appearance on the “Howard Stern Show” and continues to follow the comedian as he meets with figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penn Jillette, Judd Apatow and Rosie O’Donnell. And, apparently,
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Toronto Player ‘One Last Deal’ Picked up by Sales Outfit LevelK (Exclusive)

Scandinavian sales outfit LevelK has picked up “One Last Deal,” Finnish director Klaus Härö’s follow up to Golden Globe nominated film “The Fencer.”

Set to world premiere at Toronto in the Contemporary World Cinema section, “One Last Deal” follows Olavi, an elderly art dealer on the verge of retirement who has always put business and art before everything, and embarks on a journey to sell an unmarked painting found at an auction. The film was written by Anna Heinämaa, and it stars Heikki Nousiainen, Amos Brotherus and Pirjo Lonka.

One of Finland’s most successful filmmakers, Härö made his feature debut with “Elina” which won the Berlin Crystal Bear in 2003, while his latest film “The Fencer” was shortlisted for an Oscar and nominated for a foreign-language Golden Globe in 2016.

“One Last Deal” is produced by Kai Nordberg and Kaarle Aho at Making Movies whose credits include “The Fencer” and
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Aretha Franklin: Her 6 Best Country Performances

Aretha Franklin: Her 6 Best Country Performances
Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul, but she was also an interpreter of songs from all genres, including country and folk music. Franklin died Thursday at 76 after a bout with pancreatic cancer, leaving behind a catalog that showcased her diverse range. Here are six of her best country renditions.

“Gentle on My Mind” (1969)

Written by John Hartford, “Gentle on my Mind” was one of the most omnipresent songs of the late Sixties. Glen Campbell popularized it. Dean Martin turned it into an easy-listening hit. But it was Aretha Franklin
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Opens to $5 Million Wednesday at Box Office

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Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians” has taken off at the box office, opening Wednesday on 3,303 screens and earning $5 million.

That total includes preview screenings that were held on 350 screens last week, many of which were reportedly sold out. The film is expected to post a five-day opening of $27 million, with some analysts telling TheWrap that the final figure could be pushed over $30 million. If so, it would have the highest opening for a romantic comedy since the $31 million three-day opening of “Trainwreck” in 2015.

Also Read: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Opens to $5 Million Wednesday at Box Office

Directed by Jon M. Chu, “Crazy Rich Asians” follows an NYU professor named Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), who is invited by her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to meet his family in Singapore during his cousin’s wedding. What Nick conveniently leaves out is that he is the heir to the biggest fortune in
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Estonia Selects ‘Take It or Leave It’ as Foreign-Language Oscar Entry

Estonia has selected drama “Take It or Leave It” as its submission for the Oscar for best foreign-language film – the third time in five years that the country has put forward a movie from producer Ivo Felt, whose 2014 “Tangerines” received Estonia’s only Academy Award nomination.

“Take It or Leave It” beat six other contenders under consideration by a selection committee led by Edith Sepp, CEO of the Estonian Film Institute, which announced the selection Thursday. Five members of the seven-person panel picked “Take It or Leave It” as their choice for submission to the Academy.

Director Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo’s film tackles themes of responsibility, single parenthood and economic inequality. It tells the story of a 30-year-old construction worker who suddenly finds himself a single parent when his ex-girlfriend, whom he hasn’t seen for six months, has a baby girl and informs him that she’ll put the child
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See Donovan Woods’ Raw ‘Next Year’ Video

Canadian singer-songwriter Donovan Woods closed out his 2018 album Both Ways with “Next Year,” a straightforward, urgent message about the myriad ways we tend to put things off until its too late. In the song’s new video, there’s no distraction from that message — just Woods performing straight to the camera without any smoke and mirrors.

“The idea for this video felt right. Even for someone like me, who wants to appear in a music video for about seven seconds, tops,” says Woods. “We felt like it should be a plain performance of the song,
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A Deep Dive Into the Deep State: Unpacking the Summer of Trump Conspiracy Theories

There was never any collusion, and if there was, that’s not a crime. What there was, in fact, were two FBI agents, high off malice and the malodorous fumes of their illicit sexual affair, sending thousands of texts that show them conspiring to clear Hillary Clinton of criminal charges, in a desperate attempt to get her elected, and then, when that failed, turning their efforts towards framing Donald Trump. And not just two FBI agents: the broader intelligence community made sure that Trump entered office with an albatross strapped firmly around his neck.
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Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Dead at 76

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Dead at 76
It was a small moment that would reverberate for decades. On January 24th, 1967, Aretha Franklin was struggling to record “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” her first project for Atlantic after several years recording more conventional material for Columbia. As Franklin would recall, something with the studio musicians wasn’t clicking until someone said, “Aretha, why don’t you sit down and play?” Taking a seat at the piano, Franklin quickly cut the smoldering track that would become her first No. 1 R&B hit. “It just happened,
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‘Iron Fist': Danny and Colleen Enlist Misty Knight to Help Stop Davos in Season 2 Trailer (Video)

‘Iron Fist': Danny and Colleen Enlist Misty Knight to Help Stop Davos in Season 2 Trailer (Video)
Danny Rand didn’t ask for trouble… but what’s a billionaire-turned-Immortal Iron Fist to do?

Danny (Finn Jones) is “just trying to keep the peace” in the Season 2 trailer, but it’s clearly affecting his sleeping habits, much to the chagrin of Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), his partner in more ways than one.

“What are you fighting for?” she asks Danny in the trailer. “Trying to do what’s right,” he says.

Also Read: 'Iron Fist' Season 2: Alice Eve's Character Revealed as Typhoid Mary

But it looks like that’s much easier said than done, as just after that Davos (Sacha Dhawan) appears, wanting the power of the Iron Fist for himself, and clearly still angry about Danny getting the honor for himself (then then running off to New York).

“Do you feel that you can just walk through this world as if it belongs to you?
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Julia Roberts TV Series ‘Homecoming’ to World Premiere at Toronto Film Festival

The Amazon series “Homecoming,” starring Julia Roberts and directed by “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, will have its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Thursday.

Homecoming,” a psychological thriller created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, is one of the five series that will be included in the festival’s Primetime program, which is devoted to TV from around the world.

Also included in the Toronto Primetime program: “Sorry for Your Loss,” a Facebook Watch series created by Kit Steinkellner and directed by James Ponsoldt, Jessica Yu and Allison Anders; the French sci-fi series “Ad Vitam,” directed by Thomas Cailley; the Asian horror anthology series “Folklore: A Mother’s Love & Pob,” from showrunner Eric Khoo; and David Syrkin’s Israeli comedy “Stockholm.”

Also Read: Sam Esmail Takes Credit for 'Finally' Making Julia Roberts-Dermot Mulroney an On-Screen Couple

Toronto also announced some of the
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‘America’s Got Talent': Darci Lynne and Petunia Return, as Entertaining as Ever (Video)

Darci Lynne, the 13-year-old singing ventriloquist who won Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent,” returned to the “Agt” stage Wednesday on NBC. And yes, she brought along her rabbit puppet Petunia, who handled the heavy lifting of “Show Off.”

It was awesome — America and the judges clearly got it right last year.

Watch the video above, and be sure the stick around for the encore.

Also Read: 'America's Got Talent': 13-Year-Old Courtney Hadwin Slays Some James Brown (Video)

Speaking of incredible 13-year-old singers: Did you catch Courtney Hadwin on Tuesday’s show? If not, watch her crush “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” here.

Here’s another question about Hadwin: Have we (already) found our Season 13 winner? Let us know in the comments section.

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