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Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Taps ‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao

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Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Taps ‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao
After earning critical acclaim for her Sundance darling “The Rider,” director Chloe Zhao looks ready to step up to the big leagues as the up and coming director has been set to direct “The Eternals” for Marvel.

Matthew and Ryan Firpo are on board to pen the script with Marvel president Kevin Feige producing.

Created by Jack Kirby, the story of “The Eternals” is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered individuals as well as more villainous off-shoots known as the Deviants.

The two groups went on to battle each other throughout history to see which would eventually become the ultimate race.

Marvel sees this as the perfect transition into its next phase along with “Captain Marvel,” which released its recent trailer to huge acclaim earlier this week.

As for Zhao, the rising star in the director
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‘Doctor Sleep’ Finds Its Snakebite Andi In ‘Revenge’ Actress Emily Alyn Lind

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‘Doctor Sleep’ Finds Its Snakebite Andi In ‘Revenge’ Actress Emily Alyn Lind
Exclusive: Code Black and Revenge actress Emily Alyn Lind has boarded Warner Bros.The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep as Snakebite Andi who is a member of the nomadic psychic groups the True Knot who feed off the ‘steam’ of those children gifted with ‘the Shining’. Rose the Hat, the True Knot’s leader, has her main target in sight which is Abra Stone.

In the Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep, Andi was the first member of the True Knot to be introduced. She was sexually abused by her father, leading her to develop a hatred of all men and subsequently become a lesbian without realizing it. She’s nicknamed Snakebite because of her snake tattoo. Andi has the ability to make people fall asleep through suggestion. She’s in a relationship with fellow True Knot member Silent Sarey.

Mike Flanagan directs Doctor Sleep and adapted King’s novel. Trevor Macy and Jon Berg are producing.
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Robert Redford Backtracks On Retirement Talk As He Calls The Announcement A “Mistake”

Robert Redford Backtracks On Retirement Talk As He Calls The Announcement A “Mistake”
Robert Redford has won just about every award and accolade that can be given to someone in the entertainment industry. He’s won Oscars, Golden Globes, and a BAFTA. He’s earned lifetime achievement awards from the Academy and the Screen Actors Guild. But it appears that Redford has another accolade he’d like to add to his storied career — shortest retirement in history.

Back in August, the actor-filmmaker said that he was going to retire from acting after his latest film “The Old Man & The Gun.” He had plenty of reasons for it and seemed adamant that now was the right time to walk away from being in front of the camera.

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'House With A Clock In Its Walls' Looks to Top Soft Weekend

'House With A Clock In Its Walls' Looks to Top Soft Weekend
This weekend is looking to be one of the worst of the year with a top twelve that would be hard pressed to deliver a combined $80 million. The weekend's new crop of releases will be led by Universal's The House with a Clock in Its Walls, which will easily take the weekend's top spot. Meanwhile, Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 should manage a top ten finish while Amazon Studios's Life Itself becomes the distributor's widest debut yet, though a lack of awareness and troubling reviews won't likely help the film's debut. Looking to top the weekend is Universal and Amblin Entertainment's The House with a Clock In Its Walls. Debuting in 3,592 locations, the adaptation of John Bellairs and Edward Gorey's children's story was directed by Eli Roth and studio expectations currently peg the film at a debut around $20 million with tracking coming in at $22 million.
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Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob

Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob
Chris Evans has a lot of defending to do in his next project — but not the kind that requires a star-spangled shield.

The Captain America star will topline Defending Jacob, a limited-run drama ordered straight to series at Apple’s streaming service.

Described as a “character-driven thriller,” Defending Jacob is based on the best-selling 2012 novel by William Landay, which follows lawyer Andy Barber (Evans) in the aftermath of his 14-year-old son, Jacob, being accused of murder. The allegations have a major impact on Andy’s family, and he must reevaluate what he thinks he knows about his child.

Evans also
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‘Stargirl’ Casts Brec Bassinger as Lead in DC Universe Series

‘Stargirl’ Casts Brec Bassinger as Lead in DC Universe Series
Stargirl has been found!

Brec Bassinger will star in titular role for the upcoming “Stargirl” series for the DC Universe digital subscription service, it was announced Thursday.

Here’s her official character description: “Courtney Whitmore (aka Stargirl) is smart, athletic and above all else kind. This high school teenager’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speed bump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California, to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. ‘Borrowing’ the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.”

Also Read: 'Stargirl' Live-Action Series Coming to DC Universe From Geoff Johns

“There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl,
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‘Suits’ Spinoff: Bethany Joy Lenz Among Quartet Series Regulars Cast In USA Show

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‘Suits’ Spinoff: Bethany Joy Lenz Among Quartet Series Regulars Cast In USA Show
Exclusive: USA Network and Universal Cable Prods. have rounded out the cast of the cast of the upcoming Suits spinoff series starring Suits alumna Gina Torres.

Coming on board as series regulars are Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), who will be playing a main character in a recasting, as well as Chantel Riley (Wynonna Earp), Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) and Eli Goree (Riverdale). They join Torres and fellow series regulars Simon Kassianides and Morgan Spector. The series is starting production in Los Angeles.

Centered on powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics, the spinoff hails from Ucp and is executive produced by Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh alongside executive producer and showrunner Daniel Arkin. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic and Torres also executive produce.

The project was introduced in the Season 7 finale of Suits, which
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The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO

The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO
Here's some bittersweet news, James Franco fans. HBO has renewed The Deuce TV show for a third and final season. The early renewal follows the season two premiere, which just aired last week. Reportedly, creators George Pelecanos and David Simon had always intended The Deuce as a three season series, and the renewal was issued after the episode-count was worked out.

An HBO 1970s period piece, The Deuce stars Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe , Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, and Chris Coy. A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family, The Deuce centers on the rise of modern-day pornography in 1970s New York City. Season two picks up five years later, in 1977, during the golden age of porn, with
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Review: Willie Nelson’s Understated Standards Set ‘My Way’

Review: Willie Nelson’s Understated Standards Set ‘My Way’
It’s fitting Nelson’s latest set is named for the Frank Sinatra/Sid Vicious signature, which arrives just as far-right internet trolls are wetting themselves over his support of progressive Democrat Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke (“I can’t believe Willie Nelson’s a communist man what a heartbreak” rues one thoughtful observer on the singer’s Facebook page). And it’s doubly fitting Nelson’s reading of the song, usually oversung by half – most forgivably by Sinatra, the subject of this American Songbook collection – is a model of restraint,
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Watch Liam Payne, French Montana’s Late-Night Adventure in ‘First Time’ Video

Watch Liam Payne, French Montana’s Late-Night Adventure in ‘First Time’ Video
Liam Payne and French Montana go on a nighttime adventure through New York City in the video for “First Time.” The simmering R&B collaboration is the lead single off Payne’s debut Ep of the same name.

The simmering R&B single has Payne and French Montana in peak seduction mode, cooing sweet nothings while driving through the city’s neon lights and walking down rain-dampened streets. As they traverse busy streets and subway stations, Payne makes eyes at a shaggy-haired paramour.

Payne signed a solo deal with Republic Records
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See Fuego, Nicky Jam’s Carefree ‘Good Vibes’ Video

Reggaeton hit-maker Nicky Jam and Dominican-American Latin trap artist Fuego go on a double date in the new video for “Good Vibes,” a sweet if slight single that the pair released on Friday.

Good Vibes” relies on a bare beat co-produced by Dvlp and Gio Kings Bred, not much more than an occasional keyboard chord and programmed drums. Nicky Jam and Fuego trade lead vocal duties; the veteran’s singing is smoother, while Fuego’s voice has light, appealing rasp.

The clip opens in a hotel room where a young
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Rita Ora Dances With Stranger in Video for New Song ‘Let You Love Me’

Rita Ora Dances With Stranger in Video for New Song ‘Let You Love Me’
Rita Ora laments a self-destructive relationship on her polished new single “Let You Love Me.”

“Every time it gets too real/ And every time I feel like sabotaging/ I start running again/ And every time I push away/ I really wanna say that I’m sorry,” she sings over airy synths and rattling programmed drums. On the chorus, she ponders, “What’s the matter with me?” and admits, “I wish that I could let you love me.”

Ora promoted the song with a sleek video that finds the singer locking
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Universal TV Promotes Comedy Execs Jim Donnelly, Dan Shear

Universal Television is promoting two of its top development executives on the comedy side.

Jim Donnelly has been named executive VP of comedy development and Dan Shear senior VP, comedy development.

“The talent level at our studio is second to none and the promotions of Jim and Dan are reflective of the work they have done to help get us to where we are today,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, president, Universal Television. “Our development team has set an industry standard and looking at our array of broadcast, cable and streaming partners, the industry agrees. I am thrilled that these gifted executives
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Hear Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane’s New Solo Single ‘Bottled Up’

Hear Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane’s New Solo Single ‘Bottled Up’
Dinah Jane is the latest Fifth Harmony member to make her solo debut. On the bubbly “Bottled Up,” the 21-year-old is joined by Marc E. Bassy and Ty Dolla $ign.

On the mid-tempo tune, Jane makes references to her girl group’s massive “Work From Home” while showing her appreciate for her partner. She shirks vices like one-night stands in favor of something real, drinking and getting “high as fuck” because she’s so “bottled up,” as she delivers on the chorus.

Back in March, Fifth Harmony announced that they
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Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Taps ‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao

Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Taps ‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao
After earning critical acclaim for her Sundance darling “The Rider,” director Chloe Zhao looks ready to step up to the big leagues as the up and coming director has been set to direct “The Eternals” for Marvel.

Matthew and Ryan Firpo are on board to pen the script with Marvel president Kevin Feige producing.

Created by Jack Kirby, the story of “The Eternals” is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered individuals as well as more villainous off-shoots known as the Deviants.

The two groups went on to battle each other throughout history to see which would eventually become the ultimate race.

Marvel sees this as the perfect transition into its next phase along with “Captain Marvel,” which released its recent trailer to huge acclaim earlier this week.

As for Zhao, the rising star in the director
See full article at Variety - Film News »

PayPal Drops Alex Jones’ InfoWars for Promoting ‘Hate’

PayPal announced Friday that it would not longer work with Alex JonesInfoWars, which it said had been found to be in violation of PayPal’s “core values.”

“Our values are the foundation for the decision. We undertook an extensive review of the Infowars sites, and found instances that promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions, which run counter to our core value of inclusion,” a spokesperson for the company told TheWrap in a statement.

InfoWars, the flagship site of web conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, had used PayPal to process transactions for its online store and will now have 10 days to find a replacement.

Jones did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Also Read: Alex Jones Sees Traffic Plummet After Facebook, YouTube Ban

On Twitter, longtime critics of Jones, including “Sleeping Giants” and RightWingWatch, declared victory and claimed responsibility for the decision by PayPal.

After my reporting and request for comment,
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Universal Television Promotes Jim Donnelly to Evp Comedy Development

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Universal Television has promoted Jim Donnelly to executive vice president, the studio announced on Friday.

Donnelly has led the studio’s comedy development team since 2015 when he joined it as senior vice president.

The studio has also upped Dan Shear, who’s been vice president at Universal Television since 2014, to senior vice president.

Also Read: Tyra Banks Signs Development Deal With Universal Television

Together, Donnelly and Shear have developed a number of comedies for NBC and Universal, including “The Good Place,” “A.P. Bio,” “Superstore,” as well as the upcoming “I Feel Bad” and “Abby’s.” The duo has also developed a number of streaming series, such as “Forever” for Amazon and the upcoming “Russian Doll” for Netflix and “Little America” for Apple.

“The talent level at our studio is second to none and the promotions of Jim and Dan are reflective of the work they have done to help get
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Meet Ego Nwodim: Watch ‘SNL’s’ Newest Castmember Go ‘Full Beast Mode’ as Maya Angelou (Video)

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Meet Ego Nwodim: Watch ‘SNL’s’ Newest Castmember Go ‘Full Beast Mode’ as Maya Angelou (Video)
New “Saturday Night Live” cast member Ego Nwodim brings a fresh face to the late-night sketch show, and she has the funny comedy chops to back it up.

Nwodim graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in biology and has been a regular cast member at the Ucb Theatre in Los Angeles, where she performed her one-woman show, “Great Black Women … and Then There’s Me.” Her TV credits include episodes of “Living Biblically,” “Law & Order: True Crime,” “2 Broke Girls” and “Adam Ruins Everything.”

From the looks of some her work with Funny Or Die, Nwodin has experience with impressions — she does a pretty good Maya Angelou — and as part of an ensemble. Both are important aspects of sticking around studio 8H.

Also Read: 'Saturday Night Live' Adds Ego Nwodim to Season 44 Cast

We can trumpet her qualities until we’re blue in the face,
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Jamil Smith: Trump Reveals Himself, Again

The president of the United States is now directly attacking a woman who has come forward with allegations of sexual assault. He is quite experienced at this.

On Friday morning, after a week of media elites damning his “restraint” on the issue with faint praise, President Trump predictably used his Twitter account to debase Christine Blasey Ford and the Democrats who believe her. The Palo Alto University psychology professor came forward publicly last weekend to echo what she told Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein: That D.C.
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‘American Horror Story’s’ Leslie Grossman Teases the ‘Layers’ of Her ‘Apocalypse’ Character

‘American Horror Story’s’ Leslie Grossman Teases the ‘Layers’ of Her ‘Apocalypse’ Character
As socialite Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt in the eighth installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology drama “American Horror Story,” Leslie Grossman has drawn inspiration from a real-life socialite on a competing network: “The Real Housewives of New York” star Tinsley Mortimer.

“Tinsley is not as ruthless as Coco is, but there are definitely things I borrowed from her,” she tells Variety.

Coco started the “Apocalypse” season concerned about growing her social media following, but very quickly had to shift gears to focus on surviving as a nuclear holocaust loomed. Luckily, her father had secured her a $100-million spot in Outpost
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