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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.

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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.”

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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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Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival

Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival
Spinal Tap, the loudest band in England, is reuniting for a 35th anniversary screening of their film This Is Spinal Tap at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and will also perform following the screening.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will turn it up to 11 again in a one-night-only concert in which they’ll perform as themselves in tribute to the fictional band Spinal Tap. So they won’t specifically be in character as Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls. But they’ll further be joined by This is Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner for a conversation to follow.

“Spinal Tap proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever,” director, co-writer and star Reiner said in a statement Monday.
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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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Ellen Pompeo Calls Out Magazine Mid-Interview for Not ‘Enough Color’ in the Room (Video)

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Ellen Pompeo Calls Out Magazine Mid-Interview for Not ‘Enough Color’ in the Room (Video)
Ellen Pompeo had some bold criticisms for Porter magazine while she and fellow actresses Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez and Emma Roberts sat down for a roundtable discussion for the publication’s annual “Women in Television” issue.

The longtime “Grey’s Anatomy” star was happy to be included in the conversation, but disappointed with the lack of diversity she saw within the crew’s ranks and told the magazine as much mid-interview.

“This day has been incredible, and there’s a ton of women in the room. But, I don’t see enough color,” Pompeo said. “And I didn’t see enough color when I walked in the room today. And I had a meeting with a director of another endorsement project that I’m doing.”

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Pompeo said she told that director
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Watch Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, Tom Morello Sing ‘All You Need Is Love’

Watch Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, Tom Morello Sing ‘All You Need Is Love’
Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, the Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Sheryl Crow, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Aloe Blacc and Eric Church performed a celebratory version of the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” in a preview of the upcoming film/album Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert. Kris Kristofferson, Peter Frampton, Kevin Bacon, Chris Stapleton, Train’s Pat Monahan, Eric Church and Juanes also joined for the song, which highlights the eclectic set, out on CD and DVD on December 14th via Black Presents; the LP edition follows on January 18th,
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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Review: Cautionary Tale Sequel Crosses the Online

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Review: Cautionary Tale Sequel Crosses the Online
It’s a vast dystopic wasteland and a bright neon cosmopolis, one that puts Tokyo and Philip K. Dick’s Hell Ay and Times Square on New Year’s Eve to shame. It’s a seedy place, where a troll lurks underneath every other bridge and within the majority of your mentions. It’s busy — too busy, in fact, a 24-7 bazaar that’s constantly bustling and overwhelming. Some folks give you helpful advice; others are straight-up stranger-danger personified. (Do not go over to the “dark” side.) Everyone wants to sell you something.
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Major Lazer Goes to Africa

Years ago, some kids on Twitter said, ‘When are you gonna come to Uganda?’ and I said, ‘Man, I don’t know if I’ll ever make it there,’ ” recalls Diplo. This fall, Major Lazer — the hitmaking Edm trio of Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire — played there for the second time, performing for a huge crowd in Kampala, the capital city, as part of a weeklong African tour. They marked the occasion with a special 30-minute Afrobeats mix on streaming services, full of hot new sounds from Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa and more.
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Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Recall Their Terrifying Malibu Evacuation

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Recall Their Terrifying Malibu Evacuation
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey were getting ready to go to the gym early on the morning of Nov. 9 when the reverse-911 call came in. The message was dire: Evacuate immediately.

The couple looked around their home off Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, and saw the billowing clouds of smoke to the north. In a few seconds, they decided what to take on their way out the door. Downey, the producer and actor, grabbed her late father’s Bible and rosary. Burnett, producer and chairman of MGM Television, made a dash for some letters from his late mother.

Downey’s
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‘The Voice’ Recap: Dedication and Catharsis

The Voice’s top 13 contestants all took the stage for round two of the Live Playoffs Monday night, an episode billed as “dedication week” and featuring some emotionally-charged performances along with the knowledge that two more hopefuls will be sent home Tuesday.

The night began on a somber note with rocker Chris Kroeze, who turned the BeatlesLet It Be” into a gritty blues tribute to the family of a missing 13-year-old in his native Wisconsin. He was followed by Hawaiian folk singer Tyke James, who in turn dedicated Bryan Adams
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Robert Rodriguez Launches Vr Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez Launches Vr Action Film ‘The Limit’ Starring Michelle Rodriguez
STXsurreal, the Vr studio for Robert SimondsStx Entertainment, announced on Tuesday the launch of “The Limit,” a new Vr film from director Robert Rodriguez.

Michelle Rodriguez, Norman Reedus “and You” star in the immersive new story from Rodriguez, a 20-minute action movie captured in a new Vr format that stretches wider than 180 degrees. It’s designed to bridge the gap between traditional, large-format filmmaking and newer 360-degree video.

“The launch of ‘The Limit’ is a watershed moment in Vr, and gives fans of premium scripted entertainment a compelling reason put their headsets back on,” Andy Vick and Rick Rey, co-presidents of Virtual Reality & Immersive Entertainment at STXsurreal, said in a statement. “In keeping with Stx’s talent-driven model, we enlisted Robert, Michelle and Norman, who collectively have millions of passionate fans across the globe, to break new ground and bring this category-busting cinematic Vr film to life.”

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Why Channing Dungey’s Exit From ABC Is a Sign of the Times

Why Channing Dungey’s Exit From ABC Is a Sign of the Times
Channing Dungey’s time as president of ABC was short. But it was certainly memorable — both for moves she made and for shockwaves she and her network attempted to absorb.

As the head of the network, Dungey made several canny decisions meant to reframe ABC as the default choice for Middle America. What was until recently a network organized around the dramatic brilliance of Shonda Rhimes and the razor wit of Kenya Barris was to become the network of folksy, plainspoken conservatives (“Roseanne”), sweetly aspirational music competition (“American Idol”) and pleasant uplift (“The Good Doctor”). But big bets tended to
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‘Salvation’ Canceled at CBS After Two Seasons

CBS has canceled the drama series “Salvation” after two seasons, Variety has learned.

The series centered on Liam Cole, an MIT grad student, and Darius Tanz, a tech superstar, who bring Pentagon official Grace Barrows a staggering discovery – that an asteroid is just months away from colliding with Earth. In the second season, the secret of the asteroid got out, setting off a global panic.

The series starred Santiago Cabrera, Jennifer Finnigan, Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Melia Kreiling, Ashley Thomas, and Ian Anthony Dale. Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Stuart Gillard, Grace Gilroy and Peter Lenkov served
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‘David Bowie Is’ Exhibition Will Become Augmented Reality App

‘David Bowie Is’ Exhibition Will Become Augmented Reality App
The David Bowie museum exhibition “David Bowie Is” will be released as an augmented reality mobile app for iOS and Android devices January 8th, 2019 – what would have been the late musician’s 72nd birthday. The app will allow fans to explore the hundreds of costumes, videos, handwritten lyrics and original artwork featured in the exhibit. It will also include dozens of items not featured in the original exhibit, including some that will be exclusive to the app.

The augmented reality version of the exhibit is the reportedly the first of its kind.
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Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Pictures Inks First-Look Production Deal

Universal Pictures has inked a first-look production deal with Janelle Monáe‘s Wondaland Pictures, Deadline reports. The new teaming will focus on underrepresented voices and innovative perspectives for the multi-genre content it will develop.

The agreement furthers the company’s relationship following her starring role in Universal’s forthcoming Robert Zemeckis-directed film, Welcome to Marwin, which hits theaters on December 21st, and Universal affiliate Focus Features’ Harriet Tubman documentary, Harriet, which is expected in 2019.

“There is an exciting, artistic revolution taking place in our industry, and Janelle and the
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Amazon Among Bidders for Fox Regional Sports Networks: Report

Amazon has emerged as a bidder for the 22 Fox regional sports networks that Disney must divest as a condition of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, according to a report by CNBC.

Amazon has been steadily getting more active in the sports arena as it expands its video and entertainment operations. The retail giant has been the streaming home of the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” since 2017.

Fox’s 22 RSNs have been valued in the $20 billion-$22 billion range. One major asset in the group, New York’s Yes Network, may wind up returning to the New York Yankees, which still owns 20% of the channel.
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