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"Arrested Development": Netflix Cancels U.K. Press Trip Following Damaging New York Times Interview

As fallout from a May 23 New York Times interview that resulted in apologies from three “Arrested Development” actors continues, Netflix has canceled the cast’s promotional trip across the pond. “We had planned to have most of the ‘Arrested Development’ cast in London this week to support the launch of the new season and meet fans,” said the studio in a statement reported by Deadline and confirmed by IndieWire. “At this time we have decided not to move ahead with promotional activity in the U.K. but hope to bring the cast back at another time.”

Seven members of the fictional Bluth family spoke to the Times’ Sopan Deb ahead of next week’s season five debut. During the conversation, Jessica Walter cried while recounting verbal abuse she allegedly endured from her onscreen ex-husband, Jeffrey Tambor. In late 2017, two accusations of sexual harassment from the set of Amazon’s “Transparent
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Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Flies to $14.1 Million on Thursday

Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Flies to $14.1 Million on Thursday
Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has launched domestically with an impressive $14.1 million on Thursday night — a Memorial Day weekend record.

The tentpole has been forecast to lift off with $130 million to $150 million at 4,380 sites during the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

The preview number exceeds the previous $13.2 million record held by “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” in 2007. It’s slightly behind the $14.5 millions from “Thor: Ragnarok” which finished the three-day weekend with $122.7 million in November.

Solo” follows Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, who befriends his future co-pilot and Wookiee companion Chewbacca, and meets the gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge round out the cast.

Ron Howard directed from a screenplay by Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan. Howard replaced the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who left the project in June,
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Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to NYPD, Charged With Rape and Pleads Not Guilty — Next Court Date in July

Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself in to NYPD, Charged With Rape and Pleads Not Guilty — Next Court Date in July
Update (10:20am Et): Weinstein has surrendered his passport to show authorities he is not a flight risk. He is also being fitted with a monitoring Gps device that will track his movements. Weinstein will have to get approval from a judge if he wants to travel beyond New York or Connecticut.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the rape and sex crime charges. A court date has been set for July. His lawyer, Ben Brafman, has issued the following statement: “Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated.”

The New York judge has set a $10 million bond, or Weinstein can pay $1 million in cash.

Update (8:55am Et): Weinstein has been officially charged with rape.
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‘Parks and Recreation’ Revival: Amy Poehler Confirms the Cast ‘Would All Do’ More Episodes

‘Parks and Recreation’ Revival: Amy Poehler Confirms the Cast ‘Would All Do’ More Episodes
NBC’s beloved sitcom “Parks and Recreation” signed off the air in February 2015, but a potential revival is already on the mind of series star Amy Poehler. During a visit to “Ellen” on May 24, Poehler confirmed she’s “absolutely” on board with the idea of another season of “Parks and Recreation,” and the comedian even added that she’s certain her co-stars “would all do” more episodes and return to Pawnee, Indiana.

“Absolutely,” Poehler said when asked about a potential revival. “I know, I’ll speak for everybody and say we would all do it. I think we’d all do it someday. It would be amazing.”

Poehler was joined on “Ellen” by her “Parks and Recreation” co-star Nick Offerman, who also expressed interest in stepping back into the shoes of Ron Swanson. “Amy’s the boss of the show,” Offerman said, “so she can speak for everybody.”

“Parks and Recreation
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Bond 25 Director Confirmed as Danny Boyle, Production With Daniel Craig Begins December 2018

Bond 25 Director Confirmed as Danny Boyle, Production With Daniel Craig Begins December 2018
It’s official: MGM and Annapurna will team up to distribute Bond 25 in the U.S. on November 8, 2019. Universal Pictures has won the lucrative rights to handle the film’s international distribution. Sony previously handled Bond distribtion, but it’s rights to the franchise expired after “Spectre” and set off a bidding war among studios. The next 007 installment will open in the U.K. first on October 25, 2019.

In addition to the confirmed distributors, 007 studio Eon Productions has also confirmed Danny Boyle will direct Bond 25, which will once again star Daniel Craig as the world’s most famous spy. Boyle has been a contender for several months now, with his hiring dependent on whether or not 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli liked the script Boyle hatched with his “Trainspotting” screenwriter John Hodge.
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Harvey Weinstein Accusers Asia Argento and Rose McGowan, Others React to His Arrest: ‘What Took You So Long?’

Harvey Weinstein Accusers Asia Argento and Rose McGowan, Others React to His Arrest: ‘What Took You So Long?’
Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was formally arrested Friday morning on suspicion of rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct. Weinstein’s victims, his former industry contemporaries, and media figures flooded social media to remark on the watershed moment for the Me Too movement.

Actress Asia Argento, who accused Weinstein of rape and was one of the first of more than 80 women to go public with her allegations, tweeted throughout the morning as Weinstein surrendered to police in New York City. “Glued to the screen,” she wrote as she live-tweeted his perp walk. “What took you so long Harvey?” she said.
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Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Sex Crime Charges in New York City

Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Sex Crime Charges in New York City
Harvey Weinstein was arrested on Friday in New York City on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct stemming from a months-long investigation by the NYPD into accusations by multiple women.

Though the Hollywood mogul has been accused of misconduct by more than 80 women, the criminal charges by New York prosecutors stem from the accusations of two women. The first-degree criminal sex act charge comes from a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans, according to law enforcement officials. We do not yet know who filed the complaint that led to the rape charge.

Weinstein will be released on $1 million bail. He will have to wear a monitoring device around his ankle, and is expected to surrender his passport and have restrictions placed on his travel.

Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein’s lawyer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A rep for Weinstein said he sought
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James Mangold to Write and Direct ‘Boba Fett’ for Lucasfilm

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James Mangold to Write and Direct ‘Boba Fett’ for Lucasfilm
James Mangold is set to write and direct a “Star Wars” standalone movie based on popular bounty hunter “Boba Fett,” according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen Daldry is also in talks to direct an “Obi Wan” movie, although no writers are working on a script.

Boba Fett is a Mandalorian warrior who was trained by his father-figure Jango Fett and became a notorious bounty hunter throughout the galaxy. His travels led him to work for the Empire, collaborate with Darth Vader and take assignments from figures such as Jabba the Hutt, for whom he once captured Han Solo.

The beloved character was primarily played by English actor Jeremy Bulloch in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”

Writer-producer Simon Kinberg has been closely involved in the creative process for the “Boba Fett” movie,
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Dee Rees Reteams With Netflix for Anne Hathaway-Starrer ‘Last Thing He Wanted’

Dee Rees Reteams With Netflix for Anne Hathaway-Starrer ‘Last Thing He Wanted’
Netflix has picked up the worldwide rights to the thriller “The Last Thing He Wanted,” based on the Joan Didion novel.

Anne Hathaway will star in and Dee Rees will direct, produce, and co-write the movie.

Hathaway will portray the hardscrabble journalist Elena McMahon, who finds herself on dangerous ground as the Iran-Contra Affair’s arms for drugs plot reaches its tipping point. The film is set to begin shooting this summer.

Bloom introduced the project to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Rees, the director of Netflix’s “Mudbound,” is co-writing the script with Marco Villalobos. “Mudbound” producer Cassian Elwes is also producing “The Last Thing He Wanted.” Jamin O’Brien, Wayne Godfrey, and Robert Jones are executive producing.

Didion’s novel, published in 1996, was set in 1984. It followed McMahon as she left her job as a reporter for The Washington Post, where she covered presidential primaries,
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Hair to Be NBC's Next Live Musical

Hair to Be NBC's Next Live Musical
NBC is getting ready for the Age of Aquarius: The Peacock network has announced that the 1960s classic Hair will be its next live musical event.

Officially titled Hair Live!, the production will be broadcast in the spring of 2019 in front of a live audience. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who’ve served as executive producers on each of NBC’s previous live musical broadcasts, will be EPs on this one as well.

Hair debuted on Broadway back in 1968, and stands as one of the most iconic chronicles of the 1960s counterculture movement. (The production caused controversy for its depictions
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Arrested Development: Jason Bateman Apologizes For Excusing Jeffrey Tambor's Abusive Behavior

Arrested Development: Jason Bateman Apologizes For Excusing Jeffrey Tambor's Abusive Behavior
In a long-ranging interview with The New York Times, most of the male Arrested Development cast members repeatedly shoved their feet in their mouths when the conversation turned to the sexual assault allegations against Jeffrey Tambor, who was also present at the interview. Jason Bateman, David Cross, and Tony Hale attempted to excuse his abusive onset behavior over and over again throughout the interview, even when Jessica Walter - who plays the delightfully sardonic Bluth matriarch Lucille - broke down in tears recounting a past incident with Tambor.

When Walter began speaking about it, Bateman immediately tried to brush it off, saying that the cast "is a family and families, you know, have love, laughter, arguments - again, not to belittle it, but a lot of stuff happens in 15 years."

Walter, still crying, responded: "Let me just say one thing that I just realized in this conversation. I have to
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Harvey Weinstein Accuser Asia Argento Praises Arrest: ‘First Step on His Inevitable Descent to Hell’

Harvey Weinstein Accuser Asia Argento Praises Arrest: ‘First Step on His Inevitable Descent to Hell’
Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento is among those celebrating the disgraced Hollywood producer’s arrest in New York City this morning on sexual assault charges.

“Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell,” the Italian actress wrote on Twitter Friday. “We, the women, finally have real hope for justice.”
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Stx Fires Back at Sesame Studios’ ‘Ejaculating Puppets’ Lawsuit With a Message From ‘Fred, Esq.’

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Stx Entertainment isn’t playing around in its response to Sesame Studios’ lawsuit over its promotion for the upcoming Melissa McCarthy film “The Happytime Murders.”

Ok, so maybe they’re playing around a little bit.

On Friday, a day after Sesame filed its trademark suit, alleging that the film’s trailer “tarnishes” the Sesame brand with depictions of “explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic, violent, copulating, and even ejaculating puppets,” Stx responded with a statement from its representative in the matter, one Fred, Esq.

Also Read: Sesame Workshop Sues Over 'Happytime Murders' Trailer Featuring 'Ejaculating Puppets'

Who, it should be noted, is a puppet.

But while Fred, Esq., may be a puppet, he’s not dancing on a string for anybody. In fact, he’s very serious about pointing out that “The Happytime Murders” is directed by Muppets creator Jim Henson’s son Brian Henson, and counts The Jim Henson Company’s
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Netflix ‘Evil Genius’ Directors Weigh In: Was Murdered Pizza Guy in on the Heist?

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Netflix ‘Evil Genius’ Directors Weigh In: Was Murdered Pizza Guy in on the Heist?
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you haven’t watched “Evil Genius”)

While Netflix’s “Evil Genius” ends with unanswered questions, directors Barbara Schroeder and Trey Borzillieri have clear thoughts on who they think was behind the big heist, and who wasn’t.

Evil Genius” tells the story of the “pizza bomber heist” and the murder of Brian Wells in 2003. The 46-year-old from Erie, Pennsylvania, was a pizza delivery man who got involved in a bank robbery that included a scavenger hunt and a homemade bomb strapped around his neck. When he was arrested after robbing the bank, the bomb went off and killed Wells.

In the 15 years since the incident happened, there was been debate over Wells’ involvement and who the real mastermind was — or who the masterminds were — in the crime. Prosecutors claimed Wells was in on the heist but thought the bomb was a decoy.

Also
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TV Review: ‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 on Netflix

There’s something perfect about the fact that season 5 of “Arrested Development” picks up almost immediately where season 4 left off as if no time has passed at all, alternately ignoring and winking at the fact that its cast has aged. After all (narrator voice): it’s “Arrested Development.”

Opting to stick with the still unfolding season 4 stories instead of flashing right by them is a gutsy choice that mostly pays off. Fans will be relieved to know that season 5 makes a point of bringing the Bluth family back together after obvious scheduling issues with the cast for season 4 – the
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‘Lucifer’ Star Kevin Alejandro Tells Us About Those 2 ‘Bonus’ Episodes and Where #SaveLucifer Stands

‘Lucifer’ Star Kevin Alejandro Tells Us About Those 2 ‘Bonus’ Episodes and Where #SaveLucifer Stands
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the series finale — or possibly just Season 3 finale — of “Lucifer.”)

Kevin Alejandro was not prepared for “Lucifer” to get canceled. And no one else on the cast of the recently-axed Fox series — let alone its fans — have taken it well.

Luckily, there are two things that have Alejandro — who plays Detective Dan “Douche” Espinoza on the dramedy — in high spirits. First, it looks like the fan campaign #SaveLucifer — led by Lucifer (Tom Ellis) himself — might actually be working. And second, Alejandro will be making his TV directorial debut Monday night when two “bonus” episodes of “Lucifer” air on Fox.

Also Read: 'Lucifer' Star Tom Ellis Hints #SaveLucifer Might Be Working: 'A Conversation Has Been Sparked' (Video)

“We’re all so amazed and touched and humbled by the overwhelming response that our fans have voiced. And I think
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‘The Division’ Director David Leitch on Breaking the Video Game Movie Curse

John Wick” and “Deadpool 2” director David Leitch recently signed on to helm a movie adaptation of the online action-role-playing game “Tom Clancy’s The Division.” Video game movies are notoriously lousy. So, is Leitch worried? Yes and no, he told Collider in an interview published on Thursday.

“They’re two different experiences,” he said. “Obviously the video game, you’re telling your own story and it’s so active, and cinema is all about one person’s point of view guiding a story, you’re telling a story. I think sometimes those things are in conflict, but on a project like ‘The Division,’ again it’s like there’s these bigger themes in there that you can pull one out and attach some great characters to and you can have a compelling story, and also given the trappings of the world that people love, I think you can deliver a good movie.
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MoviePass Parent’s Stock Slides to Another Record Low

MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson Analytics’ stock has declined to its lowest closing price amid ongoing concerns on Wall Street about a cash shortage.

It slid 5 cents, or 12%, to close at 41 cents on Friday. The issue has now lost more than 80% of its value during the past three weeks and declined steadily since a May 8 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that revealed it had $15.5 million in available cash at the end of April, plus $27.9 million on deposit with merchants while monthly expenses totaled $21.7 million.

The filing also said if adequate funding did not materialize, the company could be required to reduce the scope of its growth or otherwise alter its operations. An independent auditor also raised questions in April about MoviePass’ ability to continue operations.

The stock hit a 52-week high of $38.86 a share in October, two months after it lowered its monthly subscription fee from $50 to $9.95. The
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Showtime’s Co-Head of Content Acquisitions Gary Garfinkel Dies at 55

Gary Garfinkel, co-head of content acquisitions at Showtime Networks, has died at the age of 55.

The executive passed away of an illness at his home surrounded by family, the company said in a statement on Friday.

“Gary was one of the most warm and welcoming people I’ve known, and was beloved by everyone who worked with him at Showtime over the past 25 years,” Showtime president and CEO David Nevins said in a statement.

Also Read: Showtime Orders Ben Affleck's 'City on a Hill' Starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge to Series

Along with Kent Sevener, Garfinkel was responsible for the acquisition of feature films, documentaries, stand-up comedy, specials and music programs for all of Showtime Networks’ services. During his time with Showtime, Garfinkel was responsible for a dramatic increase in stand-up comedy on the network, expanding the portfolio to 39 comedy specials in 2012, under the “Laugh Out Loud” on-air banner.
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‘Sesame Street’ Creators Sue Stx Entertainment Over Marketing for ‘The Happytime Murders’

‘Sesame Street’ Creators Sue Stx Entertainment Over Marketing for ‘The Happytime Murders’
Sesame Street” creators on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Stx Entertainment, alleging that its marketing campaign for “The Happytime Murders,” an R-rated Melissa McCarthy film featuring naughty and foul-mouthed Henson puppets, tarnishes the “Sesame Street” brand.

The film centers on the story of a puppet cast from a 1980s television show that begins to get murdered one by one, prompting a police investigation that ropes in McCarthy’s character and her puppet partner to look into the homicides.

Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, directed the picture and the Jim Henson Company also helped produce.

The trailer, released recently, and other promotional materials make clear the film is not kid-friendly, showing scenes of drug use, sex, and other foul behavior by puppets with a tagline that reads: “No Sesame. All Street.”

But “Sesame Street” creators are incensed at the reference, arguing in the lawsuit that it will confuse
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