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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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There's a Jack Reacher TV Series in Development

There's a Jack Reacher TV Series in Development
It looks like Lee ChildJack Reacher book franchise in now being turned into a TV series. Tom Cruise played Jack Reacher in the two films produced by Paramount Pictures and while I thought he was great in the role and delivered two entertaining action-packed movies, we won’t be seeing anymore of them. The days of Cruise as Jack Reacher are over.

According to Childs, “We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.” For anyone familiar with the novels and the Jack Reacher character, then you know that Cruise didn’t fit the physicality for the role.

That doesn’t mean Childs didn’t like working with the actor, though. He told the BBC, “Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality,” and then noted that actor’s smaller size threw off some of the core fans:

“I really enjoyed working with Cruise.
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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie

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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie
Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale has joined the cast of Sony and Blumhouse’s upcoming film Fantasy Island.

Starring opposite Michael Pena, Hale will play one of the guests at a mysterious island where people can live out their fantasies — for a price. The movie is based on the television series, which ran for seven seasons from 1977 to 1984 and often dealt with dark themes and the supernatural.

Pena will portray Mr. Roarke, a role originated by Ricardo Montalban in the television series. The TV show became best known for Mr. Roarke’s sidekick Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize), who would ring a bell in a bell tower and shout “Ze plane! Ze plane!” to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the start of each episode.
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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Conjures $9.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Conjures $9.1 Million at Thursday Box Office
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” Warner Bros.’ second film in the spinoff from the Harry Potter movies, earned $9.1 million at the box office from Thursday previews on. It will open wide on over 4,000 screens this weekend.

The sequel is currently projected to open in the high $60 million range, with estimates topping out at $73 million from independent trackers, but it beat the Thursday total of the first film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” from 2016, which earned $8.75 million in Thursday previews on its way to earning $74.4 million in its opening weekend.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote the original story that’s part of a five-film prequel in the magical universe. Eddie Redmayne stars alongside Katherine Waterston, Jude Law and Johnny Depp as the film’s villain. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” has just a 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, so unlike the original film, it will be working to overcome tepid reviews.
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Steve Carell and Jimmy Fallon Make Fun of Johnny Depp’s Cologne-Ad Face (Video)

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Dapper actor Steve Carell made the front of Esquire magazine, but not the back. That side was reserved for Johnny Depp’s Sauvage ad, which was mocked last night by cover-boy Carell and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon.

“I was up for Sauvage,” Carell told Fallon, all in good fun. “Would you like to see my Sauvage face?”

They then did an impromptu Sauvage-face-off — Carell was not sold Fallon’s attempt. Neither was the cologne company, the NBC personality quipped.

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After that bit, Fallon and his Thursday guest talked about the time Carell finally met Kelly Clarkson, whose name he famously screamed while getting his chest waxed in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”

Watch the video above.

Carell is hosting “SNL” this weekend, his third turn. Carell’s “Beautiful Boy” is still out in some theaters now, and
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Lionsgate COO Brian Goldsmith Signs New Long-Term Agreement

Brian Goldsmith, a 15-year veteran of Lionsgate and its predecessors, has signed a new long-term agreement to continue as chief operating officer (COO), the company announced Friday.

Goldsmith will remain a member of Lionsgate’s senior decision-making team and executive management committee. He is responsible for a broad range of corporate management issues, M&A activities, strategic partnerships and investments, and initiatives designed to strengthen the company’s capital structure.

Goldsmith helped shepherd Lionsgate’s acquisition of Starz in December 2016, which was the largest deal in Lionsgate’s history. He also played a role in last year’s purchase of the Good Universe production and distribution company and has led business development efforts in China and India. In addition, he helped orchestrate Lionsgate’s acquisition of Summit Entertainment, its partnership with CBS in the Pop network, the launch of Celestial Tiger Entertainment in Asia, and the sale of Lionsgate’s stake in the Epix channel.
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter for ‘All the President’s Men,’ ‘Butch Cassidy,’ Dies at 87

William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter for ‘All the President’s Men,’ ‘Butch Cassidy,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, the author of the novel “The Princess Bride” and a two-time Oscar winner behind “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men,” has died. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman told The Washington Post that he passed away in his home in Manhattan Friday from complications from pneumonia and colon cancer.

Goldman was a legendary screenwriter and script doctor behind films such as “Marathon Men,” “Misery,” “Chaplin” and many more. He’s also an acclaimed novelist and playwright, and he’s even behind several iconic, non-fiction resources for contemporary writers, including “Adventures in Screen Trade” and “Which Lie Did I Tell?”

“Nobody knows anything,” Goldman wrote in “Adventures in Screen Trade.” Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Every time out it’s a guess and, if you’re lucky, an educated one.
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Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider Get Ready for ‘The Other Two’

Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider were on hand during one of the most memorable seasons in the recent history of “Saturday Night Live.” They are hoping for a repeat of sorts at Comedy Central.

When “The Other Two” debuts on Comedy Central on January 24, it won’t have impressions of President Trump or clever music videos featuring the entire female cast of “SNL,” but it will carry equally funny and bizarre elements. The comedy, the first project from the duo since they left “SNL” after serving as co-head writers during its landmark 42nd season, tells the story of a brother
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‘A Christmas Story’ at 35: How the Comedy Found Its Place in Holiday History

‘A Christmas Story’ at 35: How the Comedy Found Its Place in Holiday History
Hugh Hefner was a huge fan of the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” — so huge that he actually had a replica of the movie’s famed leg lamp in the dining room of the Playboy mansion year-round, and he would screen it at his movie night at the estate during the yuletide season.

“I think one of the reasons he liked this one is because it’s set in 1940, so it was set during the days of his youth,” said Jeremy Arnold, author of the new book “Turner Classic Movies: Christmas in the Movies,” who first saw the comedy at Hefner’s home in 2002.

The film’s star, Peter Billingsley, found himself talking about the movie with the Playboy founder at a screening. “He said, ‘We’ve seen your movie here frequently and we’re big fans.’ He was very warm and very, very welcoming.”

Hefner was far from the
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Watch Jorja Smith’s Intimate ‘Don’t Watch Me Cry’ on ‘Colbert’

Watch Jorja Smith’s Intimate ‘Don’t Watch Me Cry’ on ‘Colbert’
Jorja Smith performed an intimate version of “Don’t Watch Me Cry” on Thursday’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

The British R&B singer crooned over mournful piano chords, exploring a fractured, post-breakup headspace. “Oh, it hurts the most ’cause I don’t know the cause/ Maybe I shouldn’t have cried when you left and told me not to wait,” she sang. “Oh, it kills the most to say that I still care/ Now I’m left tryna rewind the times you held and kissed me back.”

“Don
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The Democratic Insurgents Who Want to Topple Nancy Pelosi

There’s an insurrection brewing in the House of Pelosi.

An intractable group on the Democratic Party’s center flank is working to deny Nancy Pelosi the speaker’s gavel. The leaders of the block-Pelosi effort — which roughly mirrors the right-wing Freedom Caucus’ play to oust Republican Speaker John Boehner in 2015 — include Reps. Seth Moulton (D-ma), a 40-year-old former Marine officer, and Tim Ryan (D-oh) a 45-year-old former college quarterback who ran against Pelosi for the minority leader post in 2016 and lost badly, 134–63.

Their gambit is complex; here’s a
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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

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,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Troye Sivan Taps String Quartet for ‘Revelation’ on ‘Fallon’

Troye Sivan Taps String Quartet for ‘Revelation’ on ‘Fallon’
Troye Sivan performed his tender Boy Erased ballad “Revelation” on Thursday’s Tonight Show.

The singer stood stoic on a fog-lined stage, crooning softly over piano, organ, cymbal swells and the strains of a string quartet. He utilized a minimal stage presentation, clasping the microphone with his face obscured in shadow.

Sivan co-wrote “Revelation” with Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, which he told Rolling Stone was a “dream collaboration.” The song appears on the soundtrack to Joel Edgerton’s recently released film drama Boy Erased, in which Sivan co-stars alongside Lucas Hedges,
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Karen O, Danger Mouse Team for New LP, Release First Song ‘Lux Prima’

Karen O, Danger Mouse Team for New LP, Release First Song ‘Lux Prima’
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O and producer Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton have shared a new song titled “Lux Prima,” the first offering from their upcoming collaborative album together.

Danger Mouse said of the nine-minute first single, which surrounds Karen O’s atmospheric track with a lengthy synth-laden intro and spacey outro, “With ‘Lux Prima,’ we were really looking for a place rather than a sound. It was our first shared destination so we thought we’d take our time getting there. The song itself is a bit of a journey,
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‘He’s Able’: Inside the Jonestown Cult’s Forgotten Gospel Album

‘He’s Able’: Inside the Jonestown Cult’s Forgotten Gospel Album
Serial killers’ personal effects, morticians’ instruments, human and animal skulls, autopsy photos of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, an electric chair, gruesome crime scene images — L.A.’s Museum of Death houses it all.

One particular gallery, dubbed the Suicide Hall, displays memorabilia related to the American cult groups the Branch Davidians and Heaven’s Gate. In addition to an actual bunk bed where the bodies of Heaven’s Gate members were found covered in sheets, the room features a glass-encased mini exhibit about the Jonestown tragedy, in which more than 900 people,
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TV Academy Names Frank Scherma Chairman and CEO

The Television Academy has named Frank Scherma chairman and CEO. Co-founder and president of RadicalMedia, Scherma replaces Hayma Washington, who — as Variety reported exclusively last month — is stepping down after one term as head of the organization.

“As our industry continues to evolve faster than ever, I am committed to ensuring that the Television Academy is at the forefront of this growth,” Scherma said. “Television is more exciting than ever, and I look forward to the new adventures and challenges we will face. I’m excited and humbled to take up this mantle.”

Scherma’s two-year term as head of the organization,
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