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Scarlett Johansson Is Easily 2018’s Highest-Paid Actress Thanks To ‘Avengers’ Films

Scarlett Johansson Is Easily 2018’s Highest-Paid Actress Thanks To ‘Avengers’ Films
It pays good money saving (or not saving…) the universe from Thanos, apparently.

Forbes has recently come out with its list of the 10 highest-paid actresses for 2018. And vaulting into the #1 spot, after not even making the top 10 in 2017, is none other than Black Widow, aka Scarlett Johansson, with a whopping $40.5 million.

And believe it or not, if you look at her output over the last year, it’s mostly coming from her role in “Avengers: Infinity War” and the upcoming “Avengers 4.” Not too shabby at all, especially considering her very limited screentime in the aforementioned ‘Infinity War.’ Johansson has become a highly sought-after actress, commanding big paydays and spearheading productions.

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‘Watchmen’ Ordered to Series at HBO

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‘Watchmen’ Ordered to Series at HBO
Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” has officially been ordered to series at HBO.

The series is based on the DC graphic novel from Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins. It is set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws. The series is slated to debut in 2019.

The cast includes: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.

Lindelof will write and executive produce, with Nicole Kassell directing the pilot and executive producing. Stephen Williams will also direct and executive produce, with Joseph Iberti and Tom Spezialy also executive producing. “Watchmen” is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC. HBO’s official description of the series says, “‘Watchmen’ embraces
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Christian Slater Says ‘Mr Robot’ Will End After Season 4: ‘I Believe That Will Be the Last Season’

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Christian Slater Says ‘Mr Robot’ Will End After Season 4: ‘I Believe That Will Be the Last Season’
USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” may be powering down after its upcoming fourth season, if what Christian Slater says is true.

The actor, who plays the deceased father of Rami Malek’s Elliot Alderson who appears only to Alderson as the eponymous Mr. Robot, told Collider that he expects the fourth season to be the hacker drama’s last.

“Yeah, Season 4, and I believe that will be the last season. [Show creator] Sam [Esmail] always said it was going to be somewhere in that zone, and he didn’t want to go further than what he could creatively contribute to that storyline,” Slater told Collider in an interview. “So, I think that Season 4 will be it.”

Despite his comments, there has been no official word on the fate of the show after the fourth season. A rep for USA Network declined to comment.
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Renee Zellweger Sets First Major TV Role as Lead in Netflix Series ‘What/If’

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Renee Zellweger Sets First Major TV Role as Lead in Netflix Series ‘What/If’
Renée Zellweger has been cast to star in Netflix’s new drama series “What/If,” the streamer announced Friday.

The 10-episode anthology series will explore what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things, and each season will look at a different morality tale. Zellweger will play a woman named Anne, though further details about the character have not yet been announced.

Revenge” and “Swingtown” creator Mike Kelley will act as showrunner and write the series. He will also executive produce with Melissa Loy for Page Fright, Alex Gartner, Charles Roven for Atlas Entertainment, Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke for Compari Entertainment. Jackie Levine of Compari Entertainment will be co-executive producer.

The role marks the “Bridget Jones” alum and Academy Award winner’s first major foray into television since her acting debut in the 1992 made-for-tv movie “A Taste for Killing” on USA.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.
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Who Is Afraid of the Darkness? Bane Is (Probably) Coming to ‘Gotham’ for Final Season

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Who Is Afraid of the Darkness? Bane Is (Probably) Coming to ‘Gotham’ for Final Season
Calm down, “Gotham” fans, ’cause we are this much closer to Batman. Well, we are this much closer to one of his biggest rivals, Bane. Probably.

TheWrap has obtained the titles for the first eight episodes of the fifth and final season of the Dark Knight prequel series and the last one is — are you ready for it? — “I am Bane.”

Ok, if that isn’t a clear indication we’ll be seeing the man who was born in the dark arrive on the Fox drama next year, we don’t know what is. Especially because when the network announced in May this would be the show’s final season, it said the installment “will focus on Bruce Wayne’s transformation into the caped crusader.” So Batman v. Bane, yes?

Also Read: 'Gotham' Renewed by Fox for Fifth and Final Season

Executive produced by Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens,
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Aretha’s Greatest Albums: ‘Love All the Hurt Away’ (1981)

Aretha’s Greatest Albums: ‘Love All the Hurt Away’ (1981)
Aretha Franklin, who died on August 16th at age 76, recorded more than 40 full-length albums in her six-decade career. It’s a deep catalog, crowded with indisputable classics and hidden gems. Rolling Stone’s music staff is paying its R.E.S.P.E.C.T.s to the Queen with tributes to our favorite Aretha LPs. Next up: David Browne on Aretha’s glide into the synth-happy 1980s.

The early ’80s and the dawn of the MTV takeover weren’t always kind to singers and bands from the previous two decades,
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5 Artists Who Could Win Future Vma Video Vanguard Awards

5 Artists Who Could Win Future Vma Video Vanguard Awards
The Video Vanguard Award has existed for as long as the MTV Video Music Awards have been around. At the first VMAs ceremony in 1984, David Bowie, Richard Lester and the Beatles were honored for their early, pioneering work in the pre-MTV days of the art form. The rest of the Eighties saw various pop heavyweights get their due, including Madonna, David Byrne and Michael Jackson, whose name was attached to the award the year after his sister Janet won it in 1990.

Video Vanguard presentations were much less frequent during the Nineties,
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Watch Chromeo, Lizzo, James Bay Play Pictionary Backstage at Lollapalooza

Watch Chromeo, Lizzo, James Bay Play Pictionary Backstage at Lollapalooza
Chromeo, Lizzo, James Bay and more were among the Lollapalooza acts to visit Rolling Stone backstage to challenge other artists in a game of Pictionary.

In this exclusive video from the recent Chicago festival, we asked each musician to draw a picture, which the next artist had to identify. Lauv kicked off the game with an inscrutable “tomato on a cone,” which Lizzo interpreted as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Bay then followed with impressive cartoon rendition of the Christmas character.

Jessie Reyez, Bazzi, Morgxn and others also partook in the Pictionary challenge,
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Watch Janet Jackson Debut ‘Made for Now’ With Daddy Yankee on ‘Fallon’

Watch Janet Jackson Debut ‘Made for Now’ With Daddy Yankee on ‘Fallon’
Janet Jackson delivered her debut performance of new single “Made for Now” with Daddy Yankee Friday night on The Tonight Show, the singer’s first late-night appearance in 14 years.

Jackson and Yankee turned the Tonight Show studio into their own personal music video shoot with elaborate set pieces to accommodate over a dozen dancers, drummers enmeshed in the audience and handheld camerawork.

Like the actual music video, Jackson’s “Made for Now” performance was a celebratory dance party featuring an international dance crew that hail from Ghana, Nigeria, Grenada, Trinidad and the U.
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Harry Hudson on New Album, Tour, Surviving Cancer

Harry Hudson stopped by Rolling Stone’s Morning Sessions during his first Lollapalooza weekend as a performer. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter released his debut album Yesterday’s Tomorrow Night earlier this year.

While in conversation with Rolling Stone‘s Jerry Portwood, Hudson talked about the road to releasing his new album and his love for music. Having started out making more hip-hop leaning tunes, he’s started to pivot to what’s been deemed “Americana-pop.” Hudson credits his early turn from rapping to singing to a chance meeting with John Atterberry
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Gavin Newsom’s California Dream

“Fourteen people came up to me and said you should be president,” says Melissa Murray, the interim dean of the Berkeley Law School. She is talking to Gavin Newsom, who just delivered the school’s commencement address. Newsom has been the mayor of San Francisco, and he’s currently lieutenant governor of California, an elected position that’s basically a glorified understudy for governor. Yet to see the mob scene of cooing law students around the 50-year-old candidate for governor — who stands six feet three with a full head of
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Mark Wahlberg and the Art of Nationalistic Action Cinema

Mark Wahlberg and the Art of Nationalistic Action Cinema
[This story contains spoilers for Mile 22]

In their recent collaborations, star Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg have made the Funky Bunch rapper turned cinematic leading man into a bluecollar hero. There's always an element of macho tragedy to Wahlberg's characters, who all suffer through realistic or real-life tragedies: he helps stop terrorists at  a fictionalized version of the Boston Marathon Bombing in Patriots Day; he rescues many but not all of his fellow oil rig workers during the Deepwater Horizon mining explosion in Deepwater Horizon; and he's rescued from the Taliban by the skin of his teeth ...
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Film Review: ‘Running for Grace’

Film Review: ‘Running for Grace’
It’s difficult to offer a detailed synopsis of “Running for Grace” without making it sound like something adapted from a young adult novel of recent vintage. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, you understand, but this pleasantly well-crafted period drama actually plays more like a throwback to youth-skewing entertainment of an earlier era. Imagine a Troy Donahue-Sandra Dee teen romance of the early ‘60s with an inoffensive undercurrent of social consciousness, and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from director David L. Cunningham’s thoroughly predictable but lightly enjoyable tale of love and prejudice in 1920s Hawaii.

During this period in the Kona Coffee Belt, the lines between Japanese immigrant laborers and members of the mostly-white power structure are rigidly maintained. Jo (played as a child by Cole Takiue), an orphan of mixed-race lineage, finds himself ostracized by both groups until
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Sarajevo Film Review: ‘Love 1. Dog’

Sarajevo Film Review: ‘Love 1. Dog’
When an isolated forest ranger rescues a mysterious young woman he finds beaten and unconscious, his long-suppressed emotions surge out of control in Romanian multi-hyphenate Florin Şerban’s third feature “Love 1. Dog.” Set in some indeterminate time during the 20th century, this enigmatic but engrossing drama may look completely different from Şerban’s 2010 Berlinale prize-winner, “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle,” or his 2015 sophomore outing, “Box,” but like these films, “Love 1” has at its core a battle of wills between a male and a female. Further festival travel is likely, with potential longer shelf life as the first of an announced trilogy.

Middle-aged Simion lives rough in a remote cabin built by his grandfather, high on a pine-forested mountain. His only companions are a fierce shepherd-mix dog that he has never bothered to name and a donkey to haul fuel for his fire. As he patrols the woods with his rifle,
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Eric Clapton Readies First Christmas Album ‘Happy Xmas’

Eric Clapton Readies First Christmas Album ‘Happy Xmas’
Eric Clapton has announced his first Christmas album Happy Xmas, a collection of seasonal songs that arrives this October.

“I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals,” Clapton told Billboard.

“I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.'”

The 14-track album boasts popular seasonal
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‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Author Picked Only Producer Who Wouldn’t Whitewash Lead

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Jenny Han, who wrote the book “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” said in a New York Times column on Friday that nearly every producer she met with to adapt it into a film wanted to cast an actress not Asian-American in the lead role. She choose the only one who didn’t.

“One producer said to me, as long as the actress captures the spirit of the character, age and race don’t matter,” Han wrote in her piece. “I said, well, her spirit is Asian-American. That was the end of that.

Also Read: How 'Crazy Rich Asians' Director Reappropriated a Racial Slur With a Coldplay Song

“I ended up deciding to work with the only production company that agreed the main character would be played by an Asian actress. No one else was willing to do it. Still, I was holding my breath all the way
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Rosamund Pike Says She Was Asked to Strip for 'Die Another Day' Audition

Rosamund Pike Says She Was Asked to Strip for 'Die Another Day' Audition
Rosamund Pike says that she was asked to strip down to her underwear during an audition for the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day, in which she was eventually cast as femme fatale Miranda Frost.

The Hostiles actress says that, as just a 21-year-old actress, she refused and eventually won the producers' respect as a result. The interview appeared in an "Audible Session" to promote an audiobook of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility that Pike narrated.

“My first audition was for a Bond film and I remember them saying I was to drop my dress and appear in my underwear,...
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Jeffrey Katzenberg on Oscars’ New Popular Film Category Controversy

Jeffrey Katzenberg on Oscars’ New Popular Film Category Controversy
Jeffrey Katzenberg is keeping a safe distance from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ recent controversial shakeup of the Oscars.

“I’m wishing them well,” the media mogul told Variety on Thursday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s NextGen party at Paramount Studios. “I love the Academy. I want it to work out for them.”

He smiled, “I’ll be sitting in the 15th row with my popcorn and soda. It’s above my pay grade.”

In a message to its membership on Aug. 8, Academy president John Bailey and its CEO Dawn Hudson said the Oscar broadcast—starting next year at the 91st Oscars—will now include a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film.

The new category was met with outcry and many unanswered questions. The Academy later issued a statement clarifying that can be nominated for both outstanding achievement in popular film and for
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Fall Movie Preview 2018: ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Halloween’

Fall Movie Preview 2018: ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Halloween’
With a Harry Potter follow-up, a Spider-Man spinoff, and a new take on “Mary Poppins” among the bounty of movies opening in theaters, the rest of 2018 has plenty to offer filmgoers.

A Simple Favor

Release Date: Sept. 14

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

Why we want to see it: The gossip girl goes gone girl in this suspense drama, with Lively hiding behind her trademark blonde waves as a mysterious femme fatale and Kendrick as her blissfully ignorant best friend — until, of course, Lively’s character goes missing after asking Kendrick’s for a “simple favor.” Oh, and a special shout out to whomever decided to feature the ever-debonair Golding in love scenes with both.

— Christi Carras

“Colette”

Release Date: Sept. 21

Stars: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw

Why we want to see it: Stately period dramas are basically catnip for Knightley, and who doesn
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Aretha Franklin’s Family Set Public Viewing, Private Funeral in Detroit

Aretha Franklin’s Family Set Public Viewing, Private Funeral in Detroit
Aretha Franklin‘s family has announced a public viewing and private funeral for the singer to be held later this month in the Queen of Soul’s native Detroit.

The public viewing will take place Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th at the city’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, with viewing hours spanning from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both days.

On the morning of August 31st, Franklin’s family and friends will attend a private funeral service for the singer at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple.
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