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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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Netflix Lands ‘Bodyguard,’ Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes Hit U.K. Drama

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Netflix Lands ‘Bodyguard,’ Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes Hit U.K. Drama
Bodyguard” is going global with Netflix. It has set ratings alight in the U.K., where it airs on the BBC and is the biggest new drama series for a decade, and will now launch internationally on the Svod platform.

The drama starring Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Keeley Hawes (“The Missing”) is made by ITV-owned shingle World Productions. Madden plays David Budd, a war veteran-turned-cop, assigned to protect a senior politician, Julia Montague, played by Hawes.

The opening episode on flagship channel BBC One won a 40.9% share and generated a huge consolidated viewing figure of 10.4 million. In the coveted 16-34 demographic, it won 1.2 million viewers. That made it the biggest drama launch on any network in recent memory in Britain.

Viewers have stuck with the series. The most recent installment, the fifth, went out Sunday and garnered an overnight rating of 8 million and a 38.2% peak share. Those
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Amy Winehouse: Previously Unseen Concert Highlights ‘Back to Black’ Doc DVD

Amy Winehouse: Previously Unseen Concert Highlights ‘Back to Black’ Doc DVD
A previously unseen Amy Winehouse concert highlights Amy Winehouse – Back to Black, an upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray documentary about the late singer’s acclaimed 2006 LP. The film, also available in digital format, is out November 2nd.

The recently unearthed live set, “An Intimate Evening in London,” documents a private show Winehouse hosted at Riverside Studios in London, England in February 2008 – on the night she won five Grammys, including Best Pop Vocal Album. The singer performed Back to Black tracks and several covers during the intimate show, which she arranged for family,
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Watch Nine Inch Nails Perform ‘The Perfect Drug’ Live For First Time

Nine Inch Nails‘ just-launched Cold and Black and Infinite Tour continues to provide fans with unexpected surprises as the band’s Tuesday concert at Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre featured their first-ever performance of “The Perfect Drug.”

Despite its standing as a fan-favorite from the Lost Highway soundtrack, Trent Reznor had long severed ties with the 1997 hit single that was nominated for five MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year.

“I’m not cringing about it, but it’s not my favorite piece,” Reznor said in 2005. “If they said play me,
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Scared of Firing Sessions, Trump Declares ‘I Don’t Have an Attorney General’

Scared of Firing Sessions, Trump Declares ‘I Don’t Have an Attorney General’
In an interview with the Hill on Tuesday, President Trump reiterated his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Attacks on Sessions have become Trump’s “Free Bird,” and on Tuesday he improvised the old standard, declaring, “I don’t have an Attorney General. It’s very sad.”

The president’s well-documented, frequently declared disappointment in Sessions dates back to the attorney general’s decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation more than a year and half ago. “I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me.
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‘Infinity War’ Directors Troll the Internet With Mysterious ‘Avengers 4’ Photo Tease

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‘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

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“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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‘Love, Gilda’ Film Review: Gilda Radner Lives Again in Touching Documentary

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‘Love, Gilda’ Film Review: Gilda Radner Lives Again in Touching Documentary
It’s no easy task to find a fresh way to approach a familiar face like comedian Gilda Radner, but director Lisa D’Apolito does a wonderful job ushering us through the highs and lows of the beloved icon’s life in her documentary “Love, Gilda.”

D’Apolito worked directly with Radner’s estate, and was lucky to have access to a trove of personal information. Despite the fact that this is her first feature film, she uses her archival sources with uncommon dexterity.

Home movies introduce us to a little girl who’s always mugging for the camera, a trait that continues into and after high school and college. We travel with Radner while she moves to Toronto, makes her debut in “Godspell,” and dates an equally mischievous Martin Short.

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Former Bravo Reality TV Dating Series Personality and His Girlfriend Charged With Rape

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A man who appeared on a Bravo reality series and his girlfriend have been arrested on charges of drugging and raping two women and authorities suspect more victims could be out there, according to documents obtained from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Grant William Robicheaux, a surgeon from Newport Beach, California, who appeared on Bravo’s short-lived dating show “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,” and Cerissa Laura Riley are charged with rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance, assault with intent to commit sexual offense, and possession of a controlled substance for sale. Additionally, Robicheaux is charged with firearms violations.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told reporters Tuesday that authorities had found more than 1,000 clips of women in different states of consciousness on Robicheaux’s cellphone, many of whom appear unable to consent to sexual intercourse.

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How Republicans Are Trying to Fast-Track the Kavanaugh Confirmation

Though lawmakers invited her to speak at a public hearing next Monday, Christine Blasey Ford said through her lawyers on Tuesday that she believes the FBI should investigate her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies publicly. The request makes sense; it’s also not without precedent. When Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991, the FBI investigated the claim before Hill offered testimony. But common sense and precedent seem antiquated notions as Republican senators conspire to force Kavanaugh onto
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Dylan Scott Plots 2019 Nothing to Do Town Tour

Dylan Scott Plots 2019 Nothing to Do Town Tour
Dylan Scott will start off 2019 at full speed as he launches his new headlining Nothing to Do Town Tour in January. The “My Girl” singer currently has 17 dates lined up, beginning with a January 17th show at New York’s Gramercy Theatre.

The tour marks Scott’s second outing as a headlining performer and he’ll be joined this time by Seth Ennis, who recently released the Little Big Town collaboration “Call Your Mama.” Running through February 23rd, the tour includes stops at Louisville, Kentucky’s Mercury Ballroom and Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom,
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Mark Knopfler Returns With New Solo LP ‘Down The Road Wherever’

Mark Knopfler Returns With New Solo LP ‘Down The Road Wherever’
Mark Knopfler is returning from a three-year hiatus on November 9th with the release of Down The Road Wherever, his ninth solo album. “The album features 14 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects,” reads a press release, “including Knopfler’s early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray soccer fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon diner.”

Knopfler produced the record along with former Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher,
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Kesha Calls for Universal Equality on ‘Here Comes the Change’

Kesha Calls for Universal Equality on ‘Here Comes the Change’
Kesha pushes for equal rights for all on her new acoustic ballad “Here Comes the Change.” The song will appear in On the Basis of Sex, the upcoming film about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

There’s nothing subtle about this one: Kesha wonders, “Is it a crazy thought/ That if I had a child/ I hope they live to see the day/ When everyone’s equal?” Moments later, she offers reassurance — “I know it’s hard to be the right inside the wrong.” Backing vocalists borrow from gospel
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Univision Unveils New Strategy to Drive Millennials From Their Phones to the TV (Exclusive)

Univision Communications has a new strategy to drive millennials from their phones to their TVs for the 11th season of its competition series “Nuestra Belleza Latina” (Nbl).

The company will attempt to harness the influence of its Univision Creator Network (Ucn), a group of online creators under the network’s brand, to drive conversation around the upcoming series which it hopes will lead audiences to its linear channel.

Dubbed the “Nbl Ambassador Program,” Univision is bringing together five digital influencers who will create content and attempt to build an online community with the goal of amplifying the social conversation around the series.

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The five ambassadors — Rosy McMichael, Ana Alvardo (“LipstickFables”), Vanessa “Nezza” Hernandez, Yessica Hernandez-Cruz and Roccibella Volpicella – will post original content across their various social platforms as well as Univision’s social platforms to engage with
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