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‘The Walking Dead’ & ‘Stranger Things’ Named Most In-Demand Series In the World

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‘The Walking Dead’ & ‘Stranger Things’ Named Most In-Demand Series In the World
During the NATPE Miami international content market and conference on Jan. 22 it was revealed that The Walking Dead and Stranger Things were the most in-demand series in the world for 2018, according to Parrot Analytics

The global TV analytics firm announced the news during the inaugural Global TV Demand Awards. AMC’s undead drama The Walking Dead was the most in-demand TV series in the world while the nostalgic Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things was the Most In-Demand Digital Original Series in the World.

The Walking Dead cast members Josh McDermitt and Pollyanna McIntosh and producer Denise Huth were on hand to accept the award.

The AMC series recently aired its season 9 midseason finale in November. The third season of Stranger Things is set to debut on Netflix July 4.

The Global TV Demand Award winners were determined using Parrot Analytics’ global audience demand measurement system, which measures how much a TV series
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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List

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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List
France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma unveiled its nominations for the César Awards this morning in Paris. The races for the country’s Oscar equivalent are led by Xavier Legrand’s feature debut Jusqu’à La Garde (Custody) and Gilles Lellouche’s Le Grand Bain (Sink Or Swim) with 10 mentions each. They are followed by Jacques Audiard’s English-language western, The Sisters Brothers, and Pierre Salvadori’s En Liberté! (The Trouble With You) with nine a piece. All four are in the Best Picture and Director categories.

There’s a noticeably lighter edge to the nominations this year with Le Grand Bain a sort of Full Monty à la française that sees a group of middle-aged men form a synchronized swimming team. The movie debuted out of competition in Cannes and became the 3rd highest grossing local title of 2018 with over 5M tickets sold.

Also out of Cannes,
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‘Sopranos’ Prequel Film Finds Young Tony: Michael Gandolfini Is Chip Off Old Block

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‘Sopranos’ Prequel Film Finds Young Tony: Michael Gandolfini Is Chip Off Old Block
Exclusive: The Sopranos creator David Chase has found his Tony Soprano. Michael Gandolfini has been set to play the future New Jersey organized crime family boss in The Many Saints of Newark, the feature prequel to Chase’s groundbreaking TV series The Sopranos that Alan Taylor is directing for New Line.

He is the son of James Gandolfini, who originated the iconic role of Tony Soprano and won multiple Emmys, SAG Awards and a Golden Globe in an anti-hero role that made possible later bad guy turns like Bryan Cranston’s in Breaking Bad and future HBO series including Deadwood, Westworld and Game of Thrones. He died in 2013.

The late actor’s son has been gaining experience and had a breakout turn on the HBO drama series The Deuce. His resemblance to Tony Soprano is uncanny. The filmmakers engaged in an extensive audition process to find the young Tony before Gandolfini won the role.
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AMC and Regal Ban ‘Roma’ From Playing During Oscar Best Picture Showcase Screenings

AMC and Regal Ban ‘Roma’ From Playing During Oscar Best Picture Showcase Screenings
Per tradition, AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas will be screening this year’s nominees for Best Picture back-to-back as part of their annual Oscar showcases (Regal has its Best Picture Film Festival and AMC has its Best Picture Showcase). However, one nominee that will not be playing during these events is Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” which tied with “The Favourite” for earning the most nominations this year. Among “Roma’s” 10 Oscar nominations are Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. Deadline reports AMC and Regal are barring “Roma” from their Best Picture showcases because it is a Netflix release.

In a statement commenting on the decision, AMC said, “For more than a decade, movie-lovers have enjoyed the AMC Best Picture Showcase to catch up on the nominated films that played at AMC throughout the prior year. This year, Academy members nominated a film that was never licensed
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Russell Baker Dies: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Columnist & PBS Host Was 93

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Russell Baker Dies: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Columnist & PBS Host Was 93
Celebrated author, humorist and The New York Times columnist Russell Baker died Jan. 21 in his home in Leesburg, Va. He was 93.

In addition to his celebrated and much-lauded newspaper columns, Baker hosted PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre beginning in 1993, succeeding Alistair Cooke, and stayed in the spot until 2004, becoming one of public television’s most familiar presences.

According to the New York Times, his son Allen Baker said that he died of complications from fall. Baker was born August 14, 1925 in Morrisonville, Va. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1947. From there, he went on to become a prominent writer. He is best known for his irreverent Times column titled “Observer” which leaned into politics as well as other facets of culture. The column also ran in hundreds of newspapers for 36 years. He received his first Pulitzer Prize for his column in 1979 and then received a second for his best-selling autobiography Growing Up
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Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere

Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere
Is Sundance poised for ICE to crash its Park City party?

When the documentary/narrative hybrid The Infiltrators makes its world premiere Jan. 25 at the Library Center Theatre, at least two self-described Dreamers who are featured in the film plan to be on hand and are taunting Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to meet them there.

“I welcome any retaliation by the Trump Administration,” says Mohammad Abdollahi, an undocumented immigrant from Iran. “We've come to understand that the more out there in the open we are, the safer we are. If I were to get detained by immigration,...
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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates

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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates
Best Picture Oscar nominee Green Book has secured a China release of March 1, a handful of days after the Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood. Alibaba Pictures, which owns a stake in Amblin Partners, is a financier on the film and will be expected to lean on its popular ticketing platform Tao Piao Piao to support the movie.

Green Book scored five Oscar nominations on Tuesday and should it convert some of those to wins, could see a nice bump in the Middle Kingdom — although it is slotting in during a competitive period and is understood to be the subject of a flat sale rather than going in as a quota title. Recent pics with awards halos that have done well in China include The Revenant, La La Land, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and The Shape Of Water. Moonlight did not release in the Middle Kingdom, but that
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What Netflix’s Official MPAA Membership Means – Update

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What Netflix’s Official MPAA Membership Means – Update
Updated with Netflix officially joining: It’s official, Netflix is a member of the MPAA. The Washington, DC-based organization just dropped the following release:

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has added Netflix as a new member of the global trade association that advocates on behalf of the film and television industry.

“On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin. “All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward, in both how we tell stories and how we reach audiences. Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together.”

Netflix joins other leading producers of film and television content that make up the MPAA, including Disney, Paramount,
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Kevin Barnett, Comedian and ‘Rel’ Co-Creator, Dies at 32

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Kevin Barnett, a stand-up comedian and co-creator of Fox sitcom “Rel” has died. According to the New York Post, Barnett was 32.

“It it with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett,” Last Podcast Network, which hosts Barnett’s “The Roundtable of Gentleman” show, wrote in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. “The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’ll see them again. We love you KB.”

The cause of death is not known at this time. Representatives for Barnett did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses

Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses
This year’s Academy Award nominees proved the Oscars don’t need a popular film category to recognize movies with huge box office grosses. The 2019 crop of best picture hopefuls have generated an impressive $1.26 billion so far in North America alone.

That bounty is led by “Black Panther,” which earned a sensational $700 million at the domestic box office. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” both contributed in a big way with $202 million and $205 million, respectively in the States. “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” and “Vice” have combined for another $153 million. There is one glaring omission from this year’s best picture hopefuls — Netflix hasn’t reported any theatrical grosses for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.”

Even so, the current tally for the eight best picture nominees dwarfs the total from last year’s nine contenders, which carried the ignominious distinction as having the lowest grosses in six years. This year
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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93

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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93
Singer-comedienne Kaye Ballard, who starred alongside Eve Arden in the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law” and was among the stars of the 1976 feature based on Terrence McNally’s farce “The Ritz,” died Monday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 93.

She had recently attended a screening of a documentary about her life, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On,” at the Palm Springs Film Festival, according to the Desert Sun, and became ill soon after.

Ballard’s career spanned stage and screen, and she was a star on Broadway when she was paired with Arden as neighbors whose kids get married on “The Mothers-in-Law,” which ran on NBC from 1967-69 and later in syndication.

On the show Ballard played Katherine “Kaye” Josephina Buell, the overly emotional wife of Roger Buell (played by Roger C. Carmel) and overprotective mother of Jerry Buell (Jerry Fogel). She was an unenthusiastic housewife, frequently spoke in Italian, and
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‘Our Cartoon President’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime (Exclusive)

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‘Our Cartoon President’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime (Exclusive)
Showtime has renewed the animated comedy “Our Cartoon President” for a second season, Variety has learned exclusively.

The 10-episode second season is slated to debut later this year. Stephen Colbert executive produces along with Chris Licht and showrunner R.J. Fried. Tim Luecke serves as lead animator and co-executive producer. Matt Lappin serves as consulting producer. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios.

The series offers a satirical look at a “normal day” inside the presidential administration of Donald Trump. In addition to Trump, administration officials like Betsy DeVos, Jared Kushner, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Pence, and Ivanka Trump have all been parodied on the show in addition to many others.

The first season showed the cartoon president’s attempts at “winning” the State of the Union address, comforting disaster victims, rolling back President Obama’s accomplishments, and highlighted his relationship with the media

The show was originally picked up
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Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 4 More Men Who Were Underage At The Time

Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 4 More Men Who Were Underage At The Time
Back in October, filmmaker Bryan Singer posted a message on social media claiming that there was going to be a new article published about allegations of sexual misconduct that were false. He claimed the article would be coming from Esquire and that the piece is “reckless” and “irresponsible.” Well, the article just dropped but it didn’t come from Esquire. The Atlantic posted a new report detailing new allegations from 4 more men that claim that Singer abused them when they were underage.

Continue reading Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 4 More Men Who Were Underage At The Time at The Playlist.
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Matthew McConaughey Will ‘Swallow Up the World’ in Red-Band ‘Beach Bum’ Trailer (Video)

Matthew McConaughey Will ‘Swallow Up the World’ in Red-Band ‘Beach Bum’ Trailer (Video)
Here are just a few things that happen in the new red-band trailer for “The Beach Bum”: Matthew McConaughey steps out of a jacuzzi in a very revealing thong, an old man with glaucoma in both his eyes flies a plane while smoking the biggest joint you’ve ever seen, and Martin Lawrence feeds cocaine to a parrot.

That all sounds about right for a Harmony Korine movie, who is directing McConaughey in his follow-up to “Spring Breakers.” In the film, McConaughey plays a novelist and a rebellious stoner named Moondog who, after going on a particularly bad bender, finds himself arrested and forced to reform.

Oh, and he also promises to host a gang bang as soon as he finishes writing that Great American Novel. He’ll invite your mother, too.

Also Read: Matthew McConaughey's 'Beach Bum,' Olivia Wilde's Directorial Debut to Premiere at 2019 SXSW Film
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Hear Lucinda Williams Cover Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Ode to Billie Joe’

Hear Lucinda Williams Cover Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Ode to Billie Joe’
Lucinda Williams adds a touch of her native Louisiana grit to the Southern Gothic of Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe,” in a version of the quintessentially mysterious tune that supplements Mercury Rev’s adventurous track-by-track re-imagining of Gentry’s largely forgotten 1968 sophomore album, The Delta Sweete.

Set within darkly atmospheric production elements, Williams’ vocal is tinged with pain and echoes with hints of anger and regret throughout, deepening the classic tune’s enigmatic nature. The song — and its phenomenal success on the pop chart at a time when
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Can a Young Rustbelt Mayor Prevail in 2020? Mayor Pete Is About to Find Out

Washington — Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Democratic wunderkind mayor of South Bend, Indiana, joined the 2020 presidential fray on Wednesday morning.

Buttigieg (pronounced Boot-edge-edge) announced an exploratory committee for president, Pete for America, in the form of a minute-and-a-half long video.

I launched a presidential exploratory committee because it is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future. Are you ready to walk away from the politics of the past?

Join the team at https://t.co/Xlqn10brgH. pic.twitter.com/K6aeOeVrO7

— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg
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Kate Winslet to Star in HBO Limited Series ‘Mare of Easttown’

Kate Winslet to Star in HBO Limited Series ‘Mare of Easttown’
Kate Winslet will star in and executive produce the limited series “Mare of Easttown” for HBO, Variety has confirmed.

Winslet will play a small-town Pennsylvania detective whose life crumbles around her as she investigates a local murder.

The series is a co-production between HBO and wiip, the CAA-backed independent studio headed by Paul Lee. Brad Ingelsby created the show. He will write all episodes in addition to serving as executive producer and showrunner. Gavin O’Connor will also executive produce and direct all episodes. Lee and Mark Roybal will executive produce for wiip, while Gordon Gray will executive produce via Mayhem Pictures.
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Condé Nast to Paywall All Websites by End of 2019

Condé Nast revealed that it plans to place all of its content behind a digital paywall by the end of 2019, company CEO Bob Sauerberg wrote in a staff memo on Wednesday.

“Today we’re taking an important step in the evolution of Condé Nast and announcing our intention to launch paywalls across our U.S. portfolio of brands by the end of this year,” Sauerberg wrote, saying that the move was prompted by the success of paywalls for many of the company’s signature brands.

“This is the next phase of a strategy that was implemented with the launch of the paywall at The New Yorker in 2014,” he continued. “Since then, audiences at The New Yorker, Wired and Vanity Fair have proven that they are willing to pay for the quality content we create, and the performance of those paywalls has exceeded our expectations.”

Also Read: GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson
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Hulu Increases Live TV Price $5, Drops Ad-Supported Subscription $2 Per Month

Hulu is both increasing and lowering its subscription prices, with Hulu with Live TV raising its prices $5 to $44.99 per month, while its standard ad-supporting streaming service will move from $7.99 to $5.99 per month.

Hulu’s “no commercials” monthly plan will remain $11.99 per month, along with its $12.99 combo subscription with Spotify. The price hike on Hulu with Live TV now makes the service $5 more expensive than YouTube TV, which announced on Wednesday it now covers 98 percent of the U.S.

Hulu’s Live TV service offers cable staples like CNN, ESPN and FX, among dozens of other channels, as well as access to its original series like “The Handmaid’s Tale.” More original series, including two shows based on “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin’s “Wild Cards” books, are in the pipeline. Hulu is also the home to several classic TV shows like “Seinfel” and “30 Rock” that aren’t found on Netflix.
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Sundance Market Preview: Will Netflix and New Streamers Apple and Disney+ Go on Buying Sprees?

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As Hollywood gears up to head to Park City, Utah, for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, one of the questions on everyone’s mind is how busy prominent streamers like Netflix and burgeoning platforms like Apple and Disney+ will be on Main Street.

Two years ago, Netflix and Amazon Studios dominated the indie marketplace with big-dollar acquisitions like “Mudbound” and “The Big Sick.” Last year, however, they had a quieter festival. Netflix picked up a handful of films like “The Kindergarten Teacher,” and acquired others well after the festival, while Amazon bought zilch.

Many indie film buyers and sellers believe that Netflix and Amazon have shifted their focus to their own production as opposed to acquiring titles, but that doesn’t mean the big streamers won’t pounce on a title or two that catches its team’s fancy.

“We go into every festival with our eyes open,” Chan Phung, Netflix’s director of independent film,
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