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Wes Anderson’s Next Movie Confirmed As A 1950s-Set Musical Comedy In A Fictional French City

Wes Anderson’s Next Movie Confirmed As A 1950s-Set Musical Comedy In A Fictional French City
We’ve been hearing rumblings about Wes Anderson’s next film for a few weeks now. First, we heard that it might be filming in France, where Anderson has called home for quite a while now. Then came rumors of the film potentially being some sort of musical. But now, it appears that we can confirm all that information, and round it out with a better idea of what we might expect. Suffice to say, Anderson appears to be pushing the boundaries of his whimsical comfort zone.

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‘Infinity War’ Directors Troll the Internet With Mysterious ‘Avengers 4’ Photo Tease

‘Infinity War’ Directors Troll the Internet With Mysterious ‘Avengers 4’ Photo Tease
The directors of “Avengers: Infinity War” just shared a photo on social media that’s presumably a tease about “Avengers 4” — and fans are freaking out.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo published the photo through their joint Twitter account, @RussoBrothers, and on their Marvel-laden Instagram account, therussobrothers. The dark, black-and-white photo shows Joe Russo seated on what appears to be a studio sound stage, looking at a laptop. Nothing about the photo seems especially out of place or even particularly mysterious, but then there’s the caption.

Look hard… pic.twitter.com/NxI8RFh4f6

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) September 19, 2018

Also Read: How Will 'Captain Marvel' Play Into That Wild 'Avengers: Infinity War' Ending?

“Look hard….” reads the tweet that goes with photo. So, of course, fans have been looking very hard at their computer and smartphone screens ever since. Still, nobody is quite sure what
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Loki, Scarlet Witch, Other Marvel Heroes to Get Own TV Series on Disney Streaming Service (Exclusive)

Loki, Scarlet Witch, Other Marvel Heroes to Get Own TV Series on Disney Streaming Service (Exclusive)
Disney is enlisting Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the company prepares to launch its upcoming streaming service. The entertainment giant is in early development on an ambitious plan for a number of limited series centered on popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These series will likely include shows centered on Loki and the Scarlet Witch, along with other beloved superheroes who have yet to appear in their own standalone movies.

Marvel and Disney had no comment.

There’s an important distinction from other Marvel small screen efforts, however. The actors who portrayed these heroes and villains in the Avengers films and their spin-offs, such as Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, are expected to play them in the streaming shows. Moreover, though sources close to the production are staying mum on the cost of the programming, the budgets are expected to be hefty rivaling those of a major studio productions.
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Can ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Become the Fall’s First Family Box Office Hit?

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Can ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Become the Fall’s First Family Box Office Hit?
The second half of September will be a slow period for the box office, as studios are expecting that “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” will take up most of the audience interest when they arrive in October. That said, Universal and Amblin are sending in an interesting contender in the form of “The House With a Clock in its Walls,” the first PG-rated film from gory horror director Eli Roth.

Based on John Bellairs 1973 Ya novel of the same name, “Clock” is a film that takes several pages from the classic Amblin dark fantasy films of the 1980s, like “Gremlins” and “The Goonies,” designed to give kids a good scare. Compared to the other Halloween titles that will be on offer next month, the film’s fright factor sits somewhere between the sillier “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” and the very much not-for-kids “Halloween” sequel.

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‘Sesame Street’ Reminds Everyone Bert and Ernie Are Not Gay or Straight Because They’re Friggin’ Puppets

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‘Sesame Street’ Reminds Everyone Bert and Ernie Are Not Gay or Straight Because They’re Friggin’ Puppets
Updated 1:38 p.m. PT: Frank Oz shot down former “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman’s remarks about Bert and Ernie’s sexual orientation in his own statement, tweeted Tuesday.

“It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay,” Oz, a longtime Muppets veteran and Bert’s creator, wrote. “It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.”

It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It's fine that he feels they are. They're not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There's much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.

— Frank Oz (@TheFrankOzJam
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Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding to Star in Paul Feig’s ‘Last Christmas’

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Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding to Star in Paul Feig’s ‘Last Christmas’
Emilia Clarke and “Crazy Rich Asians” star Henry Golding will star in Paul Feig’s next film “Last Christmas,” Universal Pictures announced on Tuesday.

The film will see Golding and Feig reunite after the two collaborated on the thriller “A Simple Favor,” which opened in theaters this past weekend. While project details are being kept under wraps, “Last Christmas” is a holiday romance set in London, with the screenplay written by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings.

Feig will produce through his Feigco Entertainment banner, alongside Thompson, Jessie Henderson, and David Livingstone. Executive Vice President of Production Erik Baiers will oversee the project for Universal.

Clarke, who appeared in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” this past summer, will return for the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” next year. Golding, who has found mainstream success over
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A24 Picks up British Horror Dress Film ‘In Fabric’

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A24 Picks up British Horror Dress Film ‘In Fabric’
A24 announced on Tuesday that it has acquired North American rights to Peter Strickland’s acclaimed new horror flick “In Fabric.”

The film, which debuted as part of the Midnight Madness program in the Toronto International Film Festival, will make its U.S. premiere Thursday as part of Opening Night of Fantastic Fest.

Directed and written by Strickland, “In Fabric” is about a woman who buys a cursed gown from a strangely sinister department store outside of London, continues in the vein of the British filmmaker’s earlier psychological work.

A24 plans to release the film domestically in 2019.

“Peter Strickland is one of the most exciting and original filmmakers working today. He has a unique talent for making horror films that burrow deep into the back of your mind, films that
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Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt Are All In For the ‘Mad About You’ Reboot

Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt Are All In For the ‘Mad About You’ Reboot
Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser are still mad about each other, because the duo met just last week to discuss the potential “Mad About You” reboot. And the former on-camera couple are all in.

During the Emmys red carpet Monday, “Mad About You” creator and star Reiser told Variety that he discussed resurrecting the popular NBC sitcom with Hunt just last Tuesday.

“For a long time we discussed never doing it, and then we said, ‘You know what, it could be actually fun.’ And we’ve kind of actually said sure,” Reiser told Marc Malkin. “And now the studio needs
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Pharrell Williams Joins Illumination’s Animated Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Grinch’ As Narrator

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Pharrell Williams Joins Illumination’s Animated Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Grinch’ As Narrator
Exclusive: Pharrell Williams, whose Oscar-nominated song “Happy” helped turn Despicable Me 2 into a monster hit in 2013, has rejoined with Illumination and Universal Pictures. Williams has come aboard to be the narrator of the animated The Grinch. Grammy nominee Tyler, the Creator has written an original song — “I Am The Grinch” — and will perform it for the film. Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman has written the film’s score, and Tyler, the Creator and Elfman collaborated on a re-imagined version of the classic Grinch theme “You’re A Mean One.”

The Grammy-winning Williams previously composed the score and original songs for all three films in the Despicable Me series and has been important in Illumination racking up three of the eight top-grossing animated films of all time, with Illumination’s films grossing more than $5.8 billion worldwide in the company’s 11-year run.

Benedict Cumberbatch voices the title role of The Grinch,
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Eddie Murphy, Tim Story Team For New Line Comedy Inspired By ‘Grumpy Old Men’

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Eddie Murphy, Tim Story Team For New Line Comedy Inspired By ‘Grumpy Old Men’
Exclusive: New Line has attached Eddie Murphy to star, and Tim Story to direct and produce, an untitled comedy inspired by the hit Walter Matthau-Jack Lemmon comedy Grumpy Old Men. John Davis is producing through his Davis Entertainment banner. He produced the original.

In the 1983 comedy, two lifelong neighbors who’ve been feuding since childhood find their dislike for one another exacerbated by the presence of a new neighbor who leaves each of them smitten. Ann-Margret played the neighbor and Donald Petrie directed it. They haven’t gotten as far as figuring out who’ll play opposite Murphy, but I have heard Samuel L. Jackson’s name as an inspired idea. He and Story just wrapped Shaft.

Story will produce through his The Story Company banner, and The Story Company’s Sharla Sumpter Bridgett is also producing. Story has directed eight studio features and he became the first
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Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry in Talks to Star in ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot

Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry in Talks to Star in ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot
MGM's Child's Play reboot has found its leads on FX, apparently, as Aubrey Plaza (Legion) and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) are in negotiations to star in the killer doll movie, Collider has exclusively learned. Lars Klevberg, who directed the as-yet-unreleased horror movie Polaroid, is set to direct from a script by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury 2). It producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith will produce via their KatzSmith Productions banner, while Aaron Schmidt will serve as an executive producer. Production will start soon in Vancouver. The contemporary reboot is believed to follow a group …
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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Gets 2019 Release Date

‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Gets 2019 Release Date
Focus Features will release the “Downton Abbey” movie on Sept. 20, 2019, in North America and Universal Pictures International will debut it overseas a week earlier on Sept. 13, 2019.

“Since the series ended, fans of ‘Downton’ have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of ‘Downton’ to the big screen next September.”

Production began in late August. The companies had announced on July 13 that the original principal cast from the television series — including Michelle Dockery,
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Pot Cafes Could Soon Be Legal in New Jersey

Ever since Democrat Phil Murphy was elected to fill Chris Christie’s seat as Governor of New Jersey, it’s seemed like pot legalization in the Garden State is inevitable. During his inauguration speech in January, Murphy declared that a “stronger and fairer New Jersey … includes a process to legalize marijuana.” Since then, New Jersey lawmakers have be going back and forth over new legislation — and according to NJ.com, the latest version of The New Jersey Marijuana Act (S-2703) just might have what it takes to pass the State Senate.
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2 Chainz, Drake, Quavo’s Kid Doppelgängers Run School in ‘Bigger Than You’ Video

2 Chainz, Drake, Quavo’s Kid Doppelgängers Run School in ‘Bigger Than You’ Video
The school-aged doppelgängers of 2 Chainz, Drake, MigosQuavo and producer Murda Beatz break out of detention and stir up chaos in their lighthearted “Bigger Than You” video.

The clip opens with the rappers’ child proxies strutting around the school and throwing papers around a classroom. After restraining their teacher with duct tape, the quartet rap on library tables, party in the hallways and dance with teachers. Director Nathan R. Smith captures the scenes with a childlike zeal, utilizing forced perspective and swaying camera movements.

2 Chainz is expected to release his fifth LP,
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Brothers Osborne Talk Angering Fans at Democrat Fundraiser for Karl Dean

Brothers Osborne Talk Angering Fans at Democrat Fundraiser for Karl Dean
On Tuesday night in Nashville, Brothers Osborne did what no major-label mainstream country artist has done this midterm season: publicly support a Democratic candidate. In this case, Tennessee gubernatorial hopeful Karl Dean. Playing an acoustic set at Dean’s fundraiser at Center 615 in East Nashville, Tj and John Osborne took the stage after an introduction from Dean’s son, Roscoe, and a speech from the candidate himself, who spoke strongly about the need for sensible gun laws, education reform and voter turnout. “If the turnout happens,” Dean told the crowd,
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How the South’s New Progressives Are Taking On the Gop

If you’re a progressive who hasn’t been paying keen attention to the three marquee races in the South this fall, you’re depriving yourself of a daily dose of Gop schadenfreude. In Georgia, Florida and Texas, straight-talking liberals are topping the Democratic tickets for the first time in history — and Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum and Beto O’Rourke are campaigning circles around the race-baiting greed-heads who have dominated Southern politics with no meaningful resistance from feckless Democrats for four long and destructive decades.

Long accustomed to running against
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Grand Ole Opry to Host All-Star Ray Charles Concert With Chris Young, Boyz II Men

Grand Ole Opry to Host All-Star Ray Charles Concert With Chris Young, Boyz II Men
The genre-defying legacy of Ray Charles will be celebrated next month on one of the stages where the late entertainer felt most at home. During a special Monday night presentation of the Grand Ole Opry on October 8th, artists will gather for “An Opry Salute to Ray Charles.” Hosted by Opry member Darius Rucker, the evening will feature Chris Young, Boyz II Men, Brett Eldredge, Cam, Travis Tritt, Lukas Nelson, and others performing songs popularized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame icon.

The event will be filmed for a
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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Sets Fall 2019 Release Date

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Sets Fall 2019 Release Date
Focus Features has set the release date for the upcoming “Downton Abbey” film for September 2019, the studio announced Wednesday.

The big screen debut of the Crawley family will hit international screens on Sept. 13, 2019, with a U.S. release one week later on Sept. 20.

Also Read: Julian Fellowes' 'Gilded Age' Premiere to Be Directed by Michael Engler, Staging 'Downton Abbey' Reunion on NBC

“Since the series ended, fans of ‘Downton’ have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski in a statement. “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of ‘Downton’ to the big screen next September.”

Downton Abbey” became one of the most acclaimed TV shows of this decade, winning 15 Emmys from 69 nominations — more than any non-American show — on top of three Golden Globes.
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How Lil Peep and XXXTentacion’s Posthumous Collaboration ‘Falling Down’ Came Together

How Lil Peep and XXXTentacion’s Posthumous Collaboration ‘Falling Down’ Came Together
Lil Peep and XXXTentacion’s “Falling Down” — which came out on Wednesday — is a controversial, convoluted and potentially cathartic release, depending on your vantage point. The song is the first collaboration between two rappers both passed away young, and never worked together while they were alive. The John Cunningham-produced track features the two musicians singing about watching “the rain as it’s falling down” over a guitar-led beat.

In August, Portland-based rapper and singer iLoveMakonnen announced that a song from the two deceased artists was imminent. Last year, Makonnen
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Hear Avril Lavigne Recount Lyme Disease Battle on New Song ‘Head Above Water’

Hear Avril Lavigne Recount Lyme Disease Battle on New Song ‘Head Above Water’
Avril Lavigne recounts her battle with Lyme disease on “Head Above Water,” her first new song in five years.

The power ballad finds Lavigne belting over a steady-building mix of piano, strings, synths and thunderous drums. In the lyrics, Lavigne searches for hope and faith while her body fights the disease, and she injects a potent urgency into her voice as she sings, “God keep my head above water/ I lose my breath at the bottom/ Come rescue me, I’ll be waiting/ I’m too young to fall asleep.
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