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"Luther" Creator Neil Cross Working on Show’s Movie Version, Idris Elba Says

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A movie version of crime series “Luther” is moving forward, with writer-creator Neil Cross working on the script, the show’s star Idris Elba confirmed at the launch of Season 5 in London.

“We are really advancing on getting a movie version [of the show] up on the screen,” Elba said. “Neil is beavering away on writing this thing, and I think the remit for the film is to scale it up.”

Elba added: “‘Luther’ has all the ingredients to echo those classic [neo-noir] films of the 90s like ‘Seven’ and ‘Along Came a Spider,’ and I think what we would like to do is use that blueprint to create ‘Luther’ the film.”

He continued: “It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther… essentially we just want to try to take it to a much bigger audience and scale, and perhaps international as well.”

Asked where else the show could travel to, beyond its native London,
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'Aquaman' Looks to Lead Long, Christmas Weekend at the Box Office

'Aquaman' Looks to Lead Long, Christmas Weekend at the Box Office
The upcoming weekend offers up a much different release landscape than we have seen in some time with Christmas falling on a Tuesday. The last time that happened was 2012 and before that 2007, and the holiday positioning opens things up for several ways of looking at, and evaluating, the crop of upcoming releases over the next several days. That being said, we'll be looking at a seven-day release for Disney's Mary Poppins Returns and a five-day release for this Friday's debuts for Aquaman, Bumblebee, Second Act and Welcome to Marwen as each looks to take advantage of Christmas Day, which is consistently the largest movie-going day of the year. Expected to easily top the holiday frame is Warner Bros.'s release of Aquaman, the latest addition in the studio's DC Extended Universe and it is already off to an excellent start after a massive launch in China two weeks ago,
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"Queer as Folk" Reboot in Development at Bravo (Exclusive)

A new version of “Queer as Folk” is currently in the works at Bravo, Variety has learned exclusively.

Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original UK series, is onboard the new project as an executive producer. Stephen Dunn is attached to write and executive produce. Nicola Shindler of Red Productions, who executive produced the original show, will also executive produce along with Lee Eisenberg of Quantity Entertainment. Digital Rights Group will also produce. Emily Brecht of Quantity is co-executive producing. Universal Cable Productions is the studio.

The original “Queer as Folk” ran for 10 episodes between 1999 and 2000 in the UK.
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Penny Marshall, "Laverne & Shirley" Star, Director, Dies at 75

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Penny Marshall,
Penny Marshall, who starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley” and then became a successful director, died on Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, Variety has confirmed. She was 75.

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million, the first woman to direct two films that grossed more than $100 million, and she was only the second woman director to see her film Oscar nominated for best picture.

Laverne & Shirley” ran from 1976-1983 and proved an enormous success for ABC. It was the No. 3 show on television in 1975-76, No. 2 in 1976-77, and No. 1 in 1977-78 and 1978-79, spawning ancillary revenue in the form of merchandising, a record album and an animated series based on the show.

Marshall began her directing career by helming several episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.” With little experience, she
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"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4 at Netflix

Netflix has ordered two more seasons of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

The streamer has ordered another 16 episodes of the series, which will be split into two parts like Season 1 and 2. Season 3 and 4 will begin production in 2019. Season 2 is set to premiere April 5, 2019.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft. It finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

It stars Kiernan Shipka,
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Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush

Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush
A crowded pack of year-end holiday films faces a herculean task: make up for their being no Star Wars film for the first Christmas since 2014. By all accounts, Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns, in particular, appear up to the task as the North American box office heads for a record year.

Directed by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns takes flight on Wednesday in order to get a jump on the competition. The sequel to the classic 1964 film stars Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Wishaw and Angela Lansbury. Dick Van Dyke, who starred opposite Julie Andrews ...
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'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards

'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards
Living up to its name, The Favourite has emerged as the favorite for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. 

Yorgos Lanthimos' Oscar-tipped dark comedy has snared 10 nominations, as announced Tuesday by actors Molly Wright and Lee Shone, including film of the year, director of the year and actress of the year for Olivia Colman. Roma and Cold War, also expected to be among the pack heading to the Academy Awards, were behind with five nods each. 

Elsewhere, the members of the London Critics' Circle offered some love to titles that, despite critical acclaim, have largely been shut out of the ...
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‘Rashomon’ TV Series In Development at Amblin

‘Rashomon’ TV Series In Development at Amblin
In an age of comic book adaptations and ’80s film reboots, maybe the next popular intellectual property wave is 1950s Japanese cinema. So goes the thinking for Amblin Television, which has optioned the rights to the Akira Kurosawa film “Rashomon” to develop it into a season of TV.

While the concept of showing one particular crime through the prism of a number of different perspectives has become less of a novelty in the nearly 70 years since Kurosawa’s legendary film, this new series will look to tell one crime in each of its 10 episodes, told from the point of view of a different character. With all the knowledge from those combined inputs, the audience will be able to gather the information necessary to arrive at the truth of what actually occurred.

Rashomon” was the eleventh film from the iconic filmmaker, co-written by Kurosawa and Shinobu Hashimoto. The pair based their
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"The Terror" Season 2 Adds George Takei as Consultant and Series Regular

AMC announced today that renowned actor, producer, author and activist George Takei will join the second season of the critically acclaimed, Ridley Scott-produced anthology series, The Terror, as a consultant and series regular. The network previously announced actor Derek Mio will star in the series as Chester Nakayama; Josef Kubota Wladyka (Narcos) will direct the first two episodes. Production is scheduled to begin in January in Vancouver. Season two will air on AMC in 2019 with ten episodes. Set during World War II, the second season of The Terror centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a …
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"Making a Murderer" Detective Sues Netflix for Allegedly Framing Steven Avery

A retired Wisconsin sheriff’s detective, Andrew Colborn, is suing Netflix for defamation, alleging that the hit docu-series Making a Murderer falsely claims he planted evidence to frame Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for murder, Variety reports.

The suit, filed in Manitowoc County Circuit Court in Wisconsin, alleges that the series and its filmmakers “omitted, distorted, and falsified material and significant facts in an effort to portray [Colborn] as a corrupt police officer who planted evidence to frame an innocent man. Defendants did so with actual malice and in order to
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Penny Marshall Appreciation: From Actress to Director, She Was in a League of Her Own

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Penny Marshall Appreciation: From Actress to Director, She Was in a League of Her Own
Penny Marshall was an original voice in the entertainment landscape. Literally.

She sounded and looked unlike anyone else on the air in the 1970s. That’s what landed her the role as bouncy blonde Farrah Fawcett’s plain brunette best friend in an ad for Head & Shoulders shampoo.

And years later, her thick Bronx accent, distinct charm and innate comedic chops made her a television sensation when she and Cindy Williams hit it big with the “Happy Days” spin-off “Laverne & Shirley.” It helped that the series was co-created by her brother, Garry Marshall, but nepotism is clearly not what fueled her storied career. Her considerable talents, and her ability to bring out the best in the talent around her, made her an icon.

Also Read: Penny Marshall, Director and 'Laverne & Shirley' Star, Dies at 75

Born Carole Penny Marshall, the middle child of an Italian-American family, she briefly studied at
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Production Company Fiction Riot Launches Subscription-Based Platform For Short Form Premium Videos

The short form video content sphere looks to be the next battleground for control over smartphone users, and one company is looking to be one of the first to stake land on that new frontier.

Fiction Riot, a production and streaming video company that has been operating under the radar for the past year, is officially unveiling itself to the world with the launch of Ficto, a subscription-based platform that delivers short-form premium video series.

“If television, when it had been invented, had been the size of your phone, the content would have been totally different,” says Fiction ...
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Berlin Festival Unveils First Generation Titles

The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled the first slate of titles for its 2019 Generation sidebar of children and youth movies.

Highlights of the 2019 lineup include the world premiere of Goldie, from director Sam de Jong, starring model/actress Slick Woods; the Canadian drama A Colony from director Genevieve Dulude-De Celles; Bulbul Can Sing from Indian director Rima Das; Makoto Nagahisa's debut feature We Are Little Zombies from Japan and My Extraordinary Summer With Tess, a Dutch literary adaption from first-time director Steven Wouterlood.

The Generation section is one of Berlin's most popular, and best-attended, sidebars, with most screenings quickly selling out. The ...
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Vice Swings to Profit in the U.K., Eyes International Partnerships

After a tumultuous period involving harassment scandals, job losses and restructuring, Vice has registered a small profit in the U.K., according to the company’s latest results. The uptick is welcome news for Vice as its new international boss, Dominique Delport, scopes out new production and partnership possibilities for the company’s content business.

The U.K. was the first territory of Vice’s expansion outside the U.S. and remains the company’s single largest international market as well as a hub for the Emea region. Vice’s U.K. arm reported revenue of £103 million ($130 million) for 2017, compared to £92 million a year earlier,
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Berlin Festival Unveils Playful, Female-Friendly Posters

The Berlin International Film Festival has embraced the ursine #MeToo movement with the official posters for the 2019 event, which organizers unveiled Wednesday.

As always, the posters feature the Berlinale's iconic Berlin Bear mascot enjoying the life in the German capital —hanging out in the Berlin subway, cycling past Potsdamer Platz and grabbing a nightcap. But for 2019, Berlin has unmasked its anonymous bear suit-bearers, who have removed their furry heads in the six posters to reveal the people inside.

#TimesUp supporters will be happy to note: four of the six Berlin Bears for the 2019 festival are ...
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Facebook Gave Netflix, Amazon, Spotify Secret Access to User Data (Report)

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Facebook provided “dozens” of its corporate partners with secret, privileged access to user data in deals that continued into 2017, and in some cases are still active, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

The paper said the partners, among them Netflix, Amazon, Spotify and Microsoft, were effectively exempted from Facebook’s privacy rules and received more access to user data than did Cambridge Analytica.

The report, which cites documents as well as interviews with about 50 former Facebook employees, contradicts testimony Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave to Congress earlier this year.

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During his testimony in April, Zuckerberg said that Facebook users “have complete control” over everything they share on Facebook. And since 2011, the company has been required to strengthen its privacy safeguards as part of an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission. It must report to the FTC every two years.
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Hear Jack White’s Raconteurs Return With First New Songs in 10 Years

Hear Jack White’s Raconteurs Return With First New Songs in 10 Years
Jack White’s long-dormant band the Raconteurs have returned with their first new music in 10 years, sharing two songs, “Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone.”

“Sunday Driver” boasts a rocksteady rumble of thumping drums and crunching guitars, though the song also veers into more surreal and serene spaces. During the psych-tinged mid-section, Jack White and the rest of the group sing in hypnotic harmony, “Let’s take a drive, let’s take our time/ Paying no mind to people behind/ The road stretches wide, you’re close by
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Stephen Colbert Mocks Former CBS Chief Leslie Moonves on ‘Late Show’

Stephen Colbert Mocks Former CBS Chief Leslie Moonves on ‘Late Show’
Leslie Moonves was known to take an active dislike of David Letterman making fun of him during that host’s tenure on CBS’ “The Late Show.” He probably isn’t enjoying being mentioned by Stephen Colbert either.

Colbert used his monologue on Tuesday’s broadcast to poke fun at the former CBS Corp. CEO, who yesterday learned that the board of his former company had decided not to pay him $120 million in severance after investigating claims of unwanted sexual harassment made against him by various women. Moonves has said he never engaged in non-consensual behavior.

“Every show he’s greenlit
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Rep. Dan Crenshaw Says He Reached Out to Pete Davidson After Instagram Post (Video)

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Dan Crenshaw, the Texas Republican who shared some friendly screen time with Pete Davidson after Davidson mocked Crenshaw’s war injuries during “Weekend Update,” says he reached out to the comedian in response to a disturbing Instagram message over the weekend.

On Saturday, Davidson said in an Instagram post: “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so.”

Davidson deleted his Instagram account soon after, and he appeared that night on “SNL,” but friends and fans were left worried.

Monday morning on Houston NBC affiliate Kprc, Crenshaw said he reached out to Davidson on Sunday to talk and offer support and encouragement.

Also Read: Ariana Grande Freaks Over Pete Davidson's
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‘The Voice’ Season 15 Winner Revealed

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‘The Voice’ Season 15 Winner Revealed
(Spoiler alert: Stop reading this post if you do not want to know who won Season 15 of “The Voice.”)

The Voice” has found its Season 15 winner: Chevel Shepherd from Team Kelly. Soon after her victory, the show congratulated the 16-year old singer on Twitter.

Spoiler AlERT: congratulations to #TheVoice!!! Retweet to send our winner big love! pic.twitter.com/vqy4CaqaFA

The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) December 19, 2018

Shepherd’s victory marks the second win in a row for Kelly Clarkson, following the Team Kelly victory last season for contestant Brynn Cartelli.

The other three finalists vying for the title this time around were Kennedy Holmes from Team Jennifer, and Kirk Jay and Chris Kroeze from Team Blake. They each sung for their supper — and music-industry futures — on Monday’s performance finale.

Also Read: 'The Voice' Coaches Go a Cappella With Their Hits on Fallon (Video)

In addition to crowning a new champ,
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