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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

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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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

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.

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“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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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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TV News Roundup: Disney Channel Announces ‘Coop & Cami’ Premiere Date

In today’s roundup, Disney Channel announces October premiere dates for two new shows, and the “Clear the Shelters Day” initiative aims to encourage pet adoption.

Dates

Disney Channel is also rolling out the new family sitcom “Coop & Cami Ask the World” on Friday, Oct. 12. at 8:30 p.m. Et/Pt. The live-action comedy follows middle-school siblings Coop (Dakota Lotus) and Cami (Ruby Rose Turner) Wrather, who co-host a popular online show while balancing life, family and friendship.

Philanthropy

NBC and Telemundo stations located in over 70 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are partnering with more than 1100 animal
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Looks Like Pennywise Beat Up James McAvoy on the Set of ‘It: Chapter 2’ (Photo)

Looks Like Pennywise Beat Up James McAvoy on the Set of ‘It: Chapter 2’ (Photo)
James McAvoy has mixed it up with Pennywise the Dancing Clown on the set of “It: Chapter 2,” and apparently it didn’t go super well.

McAvoy instagrammed the aftermath of his battle with the evil shape-shifting clown (played by Bill Skarsgard) during shooting. According to the post, the result was “two pulled thighs.” The photo shows McAvoy in his chair on set, using “Compresse Froide” — to ease the pain.

Love a Compresse Froide . Pulled my thighs fighting pennywise… #oldman #gonnatakehimdowntoclowntown #itmovie???? #it2 #pennywise

A post shared by James Mcavoy (@jamesmcavoyrealdeal) on Aug 17, 2018 at 2:59pm Pdt

Also Read: James McAvoy Photos From 'It: Chapter 2' Suggest More to the Kids' Story

While McAvoy might have lost this go-round with Pennywise, he promised he wasn’t done with the fight against Pennywise via a hashtag: “#gonnatakehimdowntoclowntown.” We assume that, despite Pennywise being a clown, “Clown Town” is a euphemism for a
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2018 VMAs Will Have No Host

The VMAs are going stag this year, with no host set to lead the 2018 MTV awards show, a spokesperson for the network tells TheWrap.

“This year we opted for a tighter show,” VMAs executive producer Bruce Gillmer told Bustle Friday. “We want to let the music do the talking a little bit more. We love having a host, if it’s somebody that is pin-point and dead-on for what we’re looking for.”

“We’re just as happy [not having a host], and by the way, the show is just as vibrant, just as successful with or without. So this year, we’re happy that we have all the music that we have. The music will speak for itself.”

Also Read: 24 Most Iconic VMAs Moments, From Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' to 'Miley, What's Good?' (Photos)

This is not the first time in the show’s nearly 35 year history that the VMAs have been host-less.
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‘Star Wars Resistance’: Disney Drops Trailer for ‘The Force Awakens’ Prequel Series

“Can you imagine what it’s like to be an ace pilot?” Kazuda Xiono (“Kaz”) asks in the new trailer for Disney Channel’s upcoming animated show “Star Wars Resistance.” The adventure series will have a one-hour premiere on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney Channel VOD, with further airings on Disney Xd.

Audiences will follow Kaz and some familiar “Star Wars” faces as he does just that — become a top pilot, not to mention spying on the rising threat of the First Order for the Resistance.

In the hour-long premiere, Poe and
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Netflix Cancels Joel McHale, Michelle Wolf Talk Shows

Netflix has decided to cancel a pair of talk shows on Friday: “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” and “The Break With Michelle Wolf.”

Both shows had finished their respective runs, with “The Break” wrapping up its 13 episode order on July 31. The streamer will not order any more episodes.

The two talk shows were on the air for less than a year. “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” debuted in February, while “The Break With Michelle Wolf” premiered over Memorial Day weekend.

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Wolf’s debut for “The Break” came right after her controversial host sting during April’s White House Correspondents Dinner. “The Joel McHale Show” and “The Break” were ordered for 10 and 13 episodes, respectively. The two shows followed Netflix’s Chelsea Handler-hosted talk show, “Chelsea” which was canceled after two seasons.
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We’re Suckers for Paul Scheer’s Movie Pitch About Con Woman Bertha Heyman (Podcast)

We’re Suckers for Paul Scheer’s Movie Pitch About Con Woman Bertha Heyman (Podcast)
Long before Sandra Bullock swiped diamonds in “Ocean’s Eight” or Pam Grier laundered money in “Jackie Brown,” real-life scam queen Bertha Heyman conned men on trains, in synagogues and even in jail. On our latest “Shoot This Now” podcast, “Disaster Artist” and “The League” star Paul Scheer shares his fantastic ideas for turning her life into a movie.

Every week on “Shoot This Now,” we talk about stories that should be made into films — and Scheer’s idea is the best so far. You can listen on Apple or right here.



“She’s the confidence queen,” Scheer said of Heyman, who mastered a con known today as the Nigerian Prince scam more than 150 years ago.

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Impressively, she scammed men without the natural gifts of Bullock or Grier.

“She is this bad-ass con woman who was not conventionally attractive,
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Michelle Wolf, Joel McHale Talk Shows Canceled by Netflix

Netflix has canceled two of its talk shows, “The Break With Michele Wolf” and “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale.”

The move comes just months into both shows’ runs — with McHale’s haveing premiered in February and Wolf’s in May. It also comes as Wolf has seen her star rise, thanks in part to an appearance hosting this year’s White House Correspondents dinner, where her speaking engagement drew rave reviews from viewers but prompted the Whca to apologize for some of its content.

Netflix declines to release viewership information for its original shows, so it it unknown
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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Dumped on Just 10 Screens – Probably Not at a Theater Near You

Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Dumped on Just 10 Screens – Probably Not at a Theater Near You
Billionaire Boys Club,” a fact-based thriller whose theatrical release was thrown into doubt after the sexual misconduct accusations against star Kevin Spacey last fall, opened on Friday — but on just 10 screens nationwide.

The film, whose cast includes rising stars like Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Billie Lourd and Emma Roberts, is mostly skipping major markets for places like Solon, Ohio, Chalmette, La. and Pompano Beach, Florida.

You can see it tonight in Brooklyn at Coney Island Avenue’s Kent Theater at 10 p.m. If you live in Southern California, you missed your shot — it already played its lone Friday showing at Riverside’s Galaxy Mission Grove 18 at 9:30 a.m, according to Fandango.

Also Read: Robin Wright Breaks Silence on Kevin Spacey: 'I Didn't Know the Man, I Knew the Craftsman' (Video)

In June, indie distributor Vertical Entertainment pledged to move forward with a domestic theatrical release of the film — a
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British Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn to Deliver Edinburgh TV Festival Lecture

British Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn to Deliver Edinburgh TV Festival Lecture
British politician and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to deliver the prestigious Alternative MacTaggart lecture at this year’s Edinburgh Television Festival, which takes place next week. The Labour Party leader will participate in a Q&A with BAFTA-nominated actress Maxine Peake following his speech, as well as take audience questions, the festival announced.

Corbyn has lately been in the eye of a media storm over allegations of anti-Semitism in his party. Phil Edgar-Jones, advisory chair of the TV festival, said: “Jeremy Corbyn has a fascinating relationship with the media, stimulating controversy on a near-daily basis. With that scrutiny in mind,
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