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Idris Elba’s Daughter Named 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador

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Idris Elba’s Daughter Named 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has named Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba, as its 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador. She will assist with the distributing of trophies during the 2019 Golden Globe Awards ceremony and work with a nonprofit organization to raise awareness for the cause of her choosing.

“I feel honored to hold this title and use this role to not only further educate people on the work of the HFPA, but also shine a light on issues that I care about,” said Elba.

“Mental health, specifically among African Americans and my peers in particular, is something I really want to be more vocal about,” added Isan Elba. “There’s this perceived stigma and I’ve seen friends struggle. We need to empower young people to not be afraid to ask for help.”

The HFPA changed the title of
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"Doctor Who" New Year’s Day Special Set On BBC America

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BBC America is going to ring in 2019 with "Doctor Who." Breaking away from the traditional Christmas Day time slot, the popular series will have its first-ever “Who Year’s Day” which will include a marathon of all the Christmas specials that will pave the way to the aforementioned New Year’s Day special

The marathon will begin 12pm ET/PT on December 24 and lead into Christmas Day. After that, it will be a celebratory marathon of all the Doctors tarting with Peter Capaldi, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading straight into the New Year’s special on January 1.

The all-new episode is written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip. As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh
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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)

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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)
Newcomer Ella Jay Basco is in negotiations to land the last major role, Cassandra Cain, in Warner Bros.' Harley Quinn spinoff, Birds of Prey.

Margot Robbie is back as Quinn with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on board as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. Ewan McGregor will play the film’s villain and Rosie Perez will portray Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

Cathy Yan is directing the pic with Robbie producing, along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

In the new film, Robbie, Winstead, and Smollett-Bell team up to protect Cain’s character when she comes across a diamond belonging to McGregor’s Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.
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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies

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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies
Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive production deal with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television for a eight thriller genre features which will all be connected thematically.

The movies will debut on the Amazon Prime Video service which reaches over 200 territories around the globe. The movies will be made by a diverse group of filmmakers.

Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said in statement: “Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spinetingling. He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares. Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy. We can’t wait to see the nightmares he brings direct to service for our Prime Video global audience.”

“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills
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James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production

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James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production
This just in from Pandora: James Cameron says the Avatar sequels have reached a major milestone with the completion of all principal photography involving main cast members.

In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017.

“Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me you can see our performance-capture stage. Today we’re capturing some stunt scenes filming some stunt scenes but our principal cast are all wrapped: Sam [Worthington], Zoe [Saldana], Sigourney [Weaver], Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker added: “They’re done now but they gave us incredible performances. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they did on these films.”
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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In

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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In
It's hard to imagine Jackson Maine being played by anyone other than Bradley Cooper. And yet, the battered lead of 2018's A Star Is Born could have very easily been portrayed by an entirely different person. Apart from the initial, and well-reported, back-and-forth on who would direct and star in the remake, it was recently revealed that Cooper had Jack White in mind to portray Maine.

Before Lady Gaga was officially attached to the project, Cooper was interested in casting a real-life musician. "I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician," he told Variety. "But [the studio] wouldn't make the movie with him." The publication later learned the musician in mind was the former White Stripes singer and guitarist.

Though Cooper would go on to deliver an impassioned performance, in his defense, White wasn't an entirely out-there casting idea. In fact, he previously acted
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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series "The Mandalorian"

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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series
Gina Carano has been cast in “The Mandalorian,” Variety has confirmed with sources.

The exact nature of the actress and former mixed martial arts (MMA) star’s role in the “Star Wars” series is being kept under wraps. She joins Pedro Pascal in the series, whom Variety reported earlier this week was in negotiations to star.

Carano first came to national attention for her MMA prowess, compiling a professional record of 7-1 while competing in organizations like Strikeforce and EliteXC. She also appeared in the 2008 reboot of “American Gladiators.” As an actress, she starred in the Steven SoderberghHaywire” and has also starred in films like “Deadpool,” “Fast & Furious 6,” and “Kickboxer: Vengeance.”

She is repped by Gersh and The Syndicate.

Jon Favreau penned “The Mandalorian,” which is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. It follows the travails of a
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Amazon Renews "Bosch" For Sixth Season; Streamer’s Longest Running Series

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Amazon Renews
Michael Connelly fans rejoice, "Bosch" is coming back!

With a fifth season currently in production and set to launch next year, Amazon today announced that the Titus Welliver-led series of Connelly’s beloved and hardboiled ex-LAPD detective will be back for a Season 6 too.

“I’m on the set where we are wrapping up the filming of season 5, and now this great news that we get to do it again with a sixth season,” said best selling author and producer Connelly from L.A. today of the streamer’s long running series’ extension. “Can’t wait!”

“Bosch is a customer and critical favorite and Amazon Prime members are fans of this long-running series that delivers strong storytelling, complex characters, and exceptional performances,” added Amazon Studios co-Head of Television, Albert Cheng, on Wednesday too of the Fabrik Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company, produced one-hour drama. “We are happy
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Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’

Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’
While the world still reacts to the passing of Stan Lee, one of the biggest questions amongst fans is whether or not the Marvel Comics legend was able to shoot cameos for upcoming films before his death. We’ve already heard that Avengers 4 will have the requisite cameo from Lee, but apparently, there’s one 2019 Marvel movie that doesn’t have a cameo from the writer.

According to a report from EW, Lee never filmed a cameo for the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix. While it’s unclear if this was a matter of timing or if he was never set to appear in the film, Dark Phoenix, will mark the first X-Men film to not have Lee appear in a cameo.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix
Netflix has picked up Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the story of a real-life Malawian boy named William Kamkwamba who built a windmill that helped save his village from famine.

The streamer acquired global rights to the film excluding Japan, China and U.K. free TV rights, and plans to launch the film worldwide next year — including in select theaters in the U.S. and U.K.

Ejiofor, the Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, also co-stars and wrote the script, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The film follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he
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Migration Drama "1899" Is New Netflix Project From Creators of"‘Dark"

Migration Drama
The creators of supernatural series “Dark,” which helped put German drama on the international TV map, have set their next Netflix project, “1899,” a drama that follows European migrants on a fright-filled journey to the U.S.

Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar inked an overall deal with Netflix in June – the first of its kind for the streamer in Europe – following the success of “Dark.” “1899” is the first fruit of that agreement. The show revolves around a migrant steamship heading from London to New York. When the passengers discover another migrant boat adrift, their journey takes an unexpected twist.

“What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare,” Netflix said in a statement.
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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate
J.J. AbramsBad Robot production banner has acquired six new projects from a number of rising filmmakers.

Among the titles is a feature on hip-hop artist Bobby Hall, known by his stage name Logic. His song “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for two Grammys. His movie, Everything Must Go, is described as Clerks for a new generation. Hall will star and co-write with “Blackish” scribe Lisa McQuillan.

Other storytellers involved on the new slate include Hell Fest writer Blair Butler, “The Good Place” executive producer Megan Amram, The Good Time Girls director Courtney Hoffman, Ben Shiffrin, writing team Dylan Meyer and Peter Glanz, and first-time director Stan Grube, who had previously served as an editor on the Bad Robot sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The news comes following the release of Bad Robot’s war horror film “Overlord,” which opened with $10 million last weekend. The production company is also involved
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Watch Kacey Musgraves, Luke Combs Read Mean Tweets on ‘Kimmel’

Following the 52nd Cma Awards on ABC, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel offered up a special country edition of his recurring “Mean Tweets” segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live that featured Kacey Musgraves, Luke Combs, Midland and more.

Jake Owen, who performed a pair of songs on Kimmel’s Tuesday night show, gets to take the first punch: “Jake Owen can lick a fat, pimple covered d-ck. And so can all you fake f-cking ‘country’ people with your boots and flannels.” “Ah, thanks, man,” he responds with a smile.

One tweeter gives
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‘Escape at Dannemora’: Why Ben Stiller Decided to Make the Prison Drama Series

‘Escape at Dannemora’: Why Ben Stiller Decided to Make the Prison Drama Series
Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette spent enough time at prisons while filming Showtime’s upcoming limited series “Escape at Dannemora” to know at least two things.

The first seems obvious enough: prison is terrifying. The second was that these institutions are in dire need of some restructuring.

“It’s a really broken system, and everyone knows it,” Stiller told Variety at the premiere of “Escape at Dannemora” at Lincoln Center in New York City. “There are so many factors. It’s a very complicated problem.”

Stiller directed and executive produced “Escape at Dannemora,” the stranger than fiction account of Richard
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‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Review: Sequel’s Strictly for the Pottermores

‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Review: Sequel’s Strictly for the Pottermores
So where were we?

When we left off in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a Harry Potter prequel from J.K. Rowling herself, Hogwarts magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) — the dude who keeps a menagerie of fantastic beasts in his enchanted suitcase — helped capture the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) who’d been running amok in New York. But the bad guy doesn’t stay imprisoned for long. For this sequel, set in 1927, the evil shape-shifter is up to his old tricks trying to ensure the dominance
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The Struts, Kesha Team for Rowdy ‘Body Talks’ on ‘Fallon’

The Struts, Kesha Team for Rowdy ‘Body Talks’ on ‘Fallon’
The Struts recruited Kesha for a rowdy version of their “Body Talks” remix on Wednesday’s Tonight Show. The two singers, Kesha and the Struts’ Luke Spiller, performed the song like a dialogue, staring into each others’ eyes. Kesha stomped and clapped, at one point unleashing a blood-curdling scream; Spiller bounced around and struck some Mick Jagger-like poses.

The two acts released their collaboration in late August, later including the song on the Struts’ October-issued second album, Young & Dangerous. In a statement paired with the single and its colorful video,
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Review: Cupcakke Stays on a Roll with ‘Eden’

Yet another lean and excellent project – her sixth in three years – from still-unsigned, still under-the-radar, still not-on-Rap-Caviar Chicago pottymouth Cupcakke. Her style should be irresistible for anyone who’s a fan of vintage cassettes with Parental Advisory stickers or modern bloody-shoe boast badasses, a mix of 2 Live Crew’s over-the-top raunch with solid bars full of punchlines and reflection. Eden certainly doesn’t shy away from her unique, occasionally weird filth – one evocative sex rap has the chorus “Finger me like a typo” – but, like January’s Ephorize, she does
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CNN Van Jones Praises Trump on Prison Reform: ‘You Got to Give Him Some Credit’

CNN contributor Van Jones offered what he called a “salute” to President Trump after the White House’s new push to pass prison reform legislation, with Jones saying that — differences aside — he would give credit where it was due.

“President Trump said, ‘listen, if this is going to make the streets safer, if it’s going to give people a fairer chance, some of these forgotten men and women, some of them are in Appalachia, as well, let’s do something,'” said Jones during an interview with Don Lemon Wednesday evening. “I think you got to give him some credit.”

Jones compared his view-point to Republicans during the Obama administration who obstructed a Democratic president because of politics even when he did things they agreed with.

Also Read: Don Lemon: 'Biggest Terror Threat in This Country Is White Men' (Video)

“On this one, I’ll give him a salute and applause,
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WarnerMedia Streaming Service Will Launch Domestically First

The streaming service WarnerMedia plans to introduce next year will launch domestically first, followed by a potential international rollout, and could feature content from outside providers, according to a company insider.

WarnerMedia is hoping that its direct-to-consumer offering will enable it to become a major player in a space currently dominated by Netflix. Unveiling those plans last month, CEO John Stankey said the platform would be in place by the end of 2019. That would pit the company against not just Netflix, Amazon and other existing Ott services but also Disney, which intends to debut its own streaming service, Disney+, late next year.

To compete, WarnerMedia appears to be taking a more expansive view in terms of sourcing its content. The insider said that WarnerMedia would be open to licensing shows and movies from outside the company stable, which currently includes brands such as Warner Bros. and HBO. The goal is
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John Turturro on ‘The Name of the Rose’ Series and Investigating Umberto Eco

John Turturro on ‘The Name of the Rose’ Series and Investigating Umberto Eco
John Turturro hadn’t read Umberto Eco’s thriller “The Name of the Rose” or seen the 1986 movie when he was approached in spring of last year about a new TV adaptation. After reading the novel, one of the best-selling of all time, Turturro agreed to sign on – if the producers agreed to honor the original, he says.

“I read the book and I loved it. I started writing to [director] Giacomo [Battiato] to say, ‘Why isn’t there more Eco, this is eight hours, you don’t have to reduce it,” Turturro says. “I said, ‘If you put more of Eco in,
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