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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame
Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the form of WB's sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The weekend also features the debut of what looks to be a strong opening for Steve McQueen's Widows while the PG-13 comedy Instant Family hopes to begin a long holiday run. Poised to finish atop the box office is Warner Bros.'s release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and there is a chance it could come close to matching the $74 million opening for its predecessor, though WB is remaining conservative with expectations hovering around $65 million. A
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Hugh Grant To Star With Nicole Kidman In HBO Limited Series "The Undoing"

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Hugh Grant To Star With Nicole Kidman In HBO Limited Series
Hugh Grant has been cast opposite Nicole Kidman in "The Undoing," HBO’s high-profile six-episode limited series, written by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier.

An adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book You Should Have Known, "The Undoing" centers on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband (Grant) and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
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"Veronica Mars": J.K. Simmons To Recur In Hulu Revival Limited Series

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Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has signed on for a recurring role in Hulu’s revival of "Veronica Mars," from original series creator Rob Thomas. The eight-episode limited series is scheduled to premiere in 2019.

The reboot returns star Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni and Jason Dohring to the series that ran for three seasons on Upn and the CW from 2004-2007. In the revival, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Bell) is drawn into an epic mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

Simmons will play Clyde Prickett, an
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Rachel Maddow Quietly Tackles New Projects at MSNBC

In the offices of MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is known for the meticulous preparation she puts into the network’s signature primetime program, “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Somehow, she has found time to take on two other projects that don’t have much to do with her daily showcase.

At the end of October, Maddow and MSNBC launched “Bag Man,” the host’s first podcast series. The seven-episode serial tackles the story of former Vice President Spiro Agnew, who stepped down from the post after pleading no contest to tax evasion, and has topped recent podcast charts on iTunes. This Sunday at 9 p.
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Gina Rodriguez’s ‘Miss Bala’ Features Rare Leading Role for Latinx Actor, Diverse Crew

Gina Rodriguez’s ‘Miss Bala’ Features Rare Leading Role for Latinx Actor, Diverse Crew
Gina Rodriguez’s upcoming film “Miss Bala” is being hailed as a barrier-breaking action film. That’s the glass-half-full take on things. There’s another way of looking at the story of a beauty queen trying to escape a violent drug cartel, however. When it opens Feb. 1, “Miss Bala” will represent one of the starkest reminders of the dearth of big-studio films featuring Latinos in leading roles.

In 2017, just two of the year’s top 100-grossing films featured Latino actors in lead roles, according to USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s annual report on female and minority film representation. None of last year’s top 100 films featured a Latina actress in the lead role, and nearly 65 had speaking roles for Latinas. The release of “Miss Bala” comes at a time in Hollywood when other landmark films featuring African-American and Asian-American performers such as “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” have dominated the box office.
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‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office

Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is showing magic at the international box office, grossing $31 million at 24,350 screens in its first two days.

The tentpole, which added 45 markets on Thursday, is the top movie in all but one of 55 territories. The top markets are France and South Korea, with $3.6 million each in two days.

“Fantastic Beasts 2” launched in Russia on Thursday, with $2.1 million from 3,554 screens, and dominated the market with an 87% share of the top five films. It debuted in Brazil with $2 million on 1,474 screens, taking 60% of the top five. The film opened with $1.4 million on Thursday in Germany after reeling in $1.3 million in sneak previews. It pulled in $1.7 million in Australia, making “Grindelwald” the top Warner opening for 2018.

“Grindelwald” opens in another 24 markets on Friday, including Spain, U.K., China, and Mexico. The movie took in $9.1 million in North American previews on Thursday night and has been
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Meso-American Apocalyptic Project ‘Maya Unstoppable’ First Teaser (Exclusive)

Cancun, Mexico — Indie producer Tristen Cutler has teamed with Marvel’s “Avengers Assemble” and Nickelodeon’s “Back at the Barnyard” producer Kyle Jolly on a new apocalyptic, Meso-American-themed animated project for kids, “Maya Unstoppable.” The two met with Variety while shopping the series at Los Cabos and MipCancun, and shared an early mock-up teaser trailer.

The project features one of Mexico’s most recognizable voices in Danny Trejo as a lovable dolt who, taunted by his siblings, busts a bad-brained, lost-his-mind Apocalypse out of longtime imprisonment to prove his own greatness.

Instead, Jag ends up eternally cursed, shrunk to a kitten, and snatched up by none other then a 11 year old girl who talks to herself and might know where his champion is. Both are completely unaware she is his champion and might have to become the savior of the universe.

The young Mayan girl is voiced by newcomer Angelica Hale
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‘Roma’: Here’s How Alfonso Cuarón Can Really Disrupt the Oscar Race

‘Roma’: Here’s How Alfonso Cuarón Can Really Disrupt the Oscar Race
“You have a first image,” Alfonso Cuarón said. “You just know that it is always going to be there. You don’t question that.” For “Children of Men,” it was a pregnant woman with a baby, fighting through a parting crowd. For “Roma,” he said, “the first image that triggered everything was Cleo walking up the metal stairs to the rooftop.”

Set in 1971 in his old neighborhood in Mexico City, “Roma” is a deeply personal portrait of the filmmaker’s beloved nanny, who got pregnant out of wedlock when he was a child, and still lives in his family home to this day. As he was conjuring the movie, Cuarón told his brother Carlos (who co-wrote Oscar-nominated “Y Tu Mama Tambien”): “I want to do it. I just know that I need to do it. I don’t know if people are going to see it.”

Now, after wowing
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‘The Romanoffs’ Recap: From Russia With Love

‘The Romanoffs’ Recap: From Russia With Love
A review of this week’s The Romanoffs, “End of the Line,” coming up just as soon as I leave the tags on…

“There’s something wrong with that baby.” -Anka

After a disastrous pair of episodes — one a clunky defense of Matthew Weiner himself, the other a dramatically inert travelogue — “End of the Line,” about a couple adopting a baby from Russia, comes as something of a relief. It is perhaps the best Romanoffs installment from beginning to end, lacking the highs of some of the early stories, but
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‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Gets Post-Super Bowl Slot on CBS, ‘Late Late Show’ & ‘Magnum P.I.’ to Air After Afc Champsionship

CBS has announced that “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will air after Super Bowl Liii on Feb. 3.

The late-night show, which has recently closed the gap in the key adults 18-49 demographic with “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” will air at approximately 11:35 p.m. Et depending on when the game ends and after the late local news. As previously announced, the new CBS competition series “The World’s Best” hosted by “Late Late Show” host James Corden will air immediately after the game at approximately 10 p.m.

Additionally, following late local news on Jan. 20 at approximately 11:35 p.
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‘Magnum Pi': CBS Looks to Jumpstart Reboot With Post-afc Championship Game Time Slot

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CBS will give its freshman drama “Magnum P.I.” an NFL-sized boost, announcing Friday that a new episode will air after the Afc Championship Game on Jan. 20.

The Jay Hernandez-fronted reboot of the classic Tom Selleck series hasn’t been the ratings driver CBS has hoped for, averaging a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. That’s inclusive of a week’s worth of delayed viewing, and it places the drama in the company of Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers.”

But it should get a lot of new eyeballs when it airs after one of the most-watched TV broadcasts of the year. The last time CBS had the late window for the Afc Championship Game — it alternates this each year with Fox’s Nfc Championship Game coverage — it drew nearly 48 million viewers, which is second only to the Super Bowl. A special “Late Late Show” with James Corden will air that night as well,
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10 Best Country, Americana Songs of the Week: Kacey Musgraves, Greensky Bluegrass

10 Best Country, Americana Songs of the Week: Kacey Musgraves, Greensky Bluegrass
A new song from Greensky Bluegrass, the title track of Kacey MusgravesCma award-winning Golden Hour and a dancehall-ready entry from Mike and the Moonpies make up the songs you must hear this week.

Greensky Bluegrass, “All for Money”

The title track from Greensky Bluegrass’ upcoming seventh album, All for Money, kicks up some string-band dust for two spirited minutes, then dissolves into woozy, wobbly psychedelia. Co-produced by Jack White’s longtime bassist, this is the sound of a band firmly embracing its own weirdness.

Mike and the Moonpies, “Can
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Rip William Goldman: Ron Howard, Cary Elwes, Ben Stiller and More Pay Their Respects

Rip William Goldman: Ron Howard, Cary Elwes, Ben Stiller and More Pay Their Respects
Hollywood is paying their respects to Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman, who died Friday at age 87.

The influential writer behind “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men” and the novel “The Princess Bride” left a mark on Hollywood’s crop of modern writers and directors, who today took to Twitter to celebrate his work and the impact he left on them.

“His book on screenwriting was a touchstone for me and I always felt starstruck seeing him at Knicks games,” actor and director Ben Stiller said in a tweet.

Also Read: William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter for 'All the President's Men,' 'Butch Cassidy,' Dies at 87

“I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend,” said Ron Howard in a tweet. “Check his credits & see a William Goldman movie or read a Goldman book over the holiday & give thanks that
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William Goldman, ‘Legendary Adventurer in Screenwriting,’ Remembered by Hollywood

William Goldman, ‘Legendary Adventurer in Screenwriting,’ Remembered by Hollywood
As news broke that screenwriting legend William Goldman died on Friday in Manhattan, Hollywood figures, including prolific writers, took to social media to honor the Oscar winner. Many shared gifs with the writer’s most famous movie lines.

Goldman, whose career spanned decades, won Oscars for his screenplays for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men.” He also adapted his own novels, such as “The Princess Bride” and “Marathon Man,” to the big screen, in addition to his adaptations for the stage (including Stephen King’s book “Misery”).

“Rip #WilliamGoldman. One of the greatest most successful screenwriters ever,” Ron Howard wrote. “I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend. Check his credits & see a William Goldman movie or read a Goldman book over the holiday & give thanks that we had his voice in our world.”

Rip #WilliamGoldman. One of
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Says He Was Going to Scrap ‘Hamilton’ if the Obamas Didn’t Like It (Video)

Lin-Manuel Miranda Says He Was Going to Scrap ‘Hamilton’ if the Obamas Didn’t Like It (Video)
In Michelle Obama’s new book “Becoming,” the former first lady declares Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit “Hamilton” to be the greatest piece of art she has ever seen.

And the receiver of those praise took the compliment quite well during Thursday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” revealing that he was gonna rethink the whole thing had the Obamas not liked the first taste he gave them of the Tony-winning musical.

Miranda says Michelle and Barack invited him to an “evening of poetry and spoken word” they were hosting at the White House way before “Hamilton” was more than a working idea.

Also Read: Here Are Some Things Michelle Obama Couldn't Say as First Lady (Video)

“I met them when I first performed for them in 2009,” Miranda told Jimmy Kimmel. “It was the first time I had performed anything from ‘Hamilton,’ anywhere. They had asked me to sing something from ‘In the Heights
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Review: Mumford and Sons’ Epic Bummer ‘Delta’

Mumford & Sons became one of the most unlikely success stories of the 21st century thanks to a sound that combined the ancient authenticity of banjo-hammering folk music and the polished, anthemic pump of modern rock — like a horse and buggy designed in a Tesla factory.

But the Mums weren’t satisfied to spend life staging hoedowns in sold-out hockey arenas, so they ditched acoustic instruments and plugged in for their third LP, 2015’s Wilder Mind, an indie-rock-steeped affair recorded in Brooklyn with Aaron Dessner of the National that doubled down
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J Balvin’s (Many) Snubs Show Latin Grammys Are Still Wary of Reggaeton

J Balvin, the Colombian reggaeton star, was nominated for more awards than any other artist at the Latin Grammys on Thursday. In two separate categories, Record of the Year and Best Urban Song, he was even nominated multiple times. He deserves the attention: Behind Ozuna, he’s the second most-watched singer on the planet (thanks to his mind-bogglingly large audience on YouTube), with an intuitive grasp of melody and an already-long list of eminently hummable hooks; his Vibras album was handsome and tightly knit, but also strong enough on a
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Steve Perry Sues to Prevent Release of Unreleased Nineties Songs

Steve Perry Sues to Prevent Release of Unreleased Nineties Songs
Ex-Journey singer Steve Perry has filed a lawsuit against his former associate Phil Brown to prevent the release of music they recorded together in 1991. According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, Perry claims that the songs were mere demos they recorded on an 8-track tape recorder in Brown’s garage and were never meant for to be heard by the public.

“He did not perform them as he would if the recordings were intended for public release,” the complaint says. “[Brown is] threatening to release certain old vocal performances of Perry
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William Goldman, ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ Screenwriter, Dead at 87

William Goldman, ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ Screenwriter, Dead at 87
William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of All the President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, died Thursday in Manhattan from complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. He was 87. His daughter Jenny Goldman confirmed the news to The Washington Post.

Goldman was born August 12th, 1931 in Highland Park, Illinois. He attended Ohio’s Oberlin College with the goal of becoming a writer, but he was unable to publish any work. After graduating in 1952, he entered the U.S. army and was discharged two years later; after graduating from New
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