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‘American Son’ Set for Netflix Adaptation With Kerry Washington, Original Broadway Cast

‘American Son’ Set for Netflix Adaptation With Kerry Washington, Original Broadway Cast
The Broadway play “American Son” is set to be adapted for Netflix.

Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, and Eugene Lee will reprise their roles in the Netflix production. Kenny Leon returns to direct and produce, with Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold serving as producers. Washington and Pilar Savone of Washington’s Simpson Street banner will produce.

Washington made the announcement Monday on “The Tonight Show.” Hailing from playwright Christopher Demos-Brown, the story centers on interracial parents who reunite in a Florida police station to search for answers about their missing teenage son. Production is slated to begin in February in New York.
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‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture

‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture
If their dismal reviews wasn’t punishment enough, for the 39th year, the Razzie Awards seek to recognize the achievements of the worst movies of the year. And for 2019’s crop of nominees, John Travolta’s “Gotti” and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s “Holmes & Watson” both received the “honor” of being nominated for Worst Picture of 2018.

Melissa McCarthy might be nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday morning, but on Monday morning, she scored a nomination for Worst Actress for both “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party,” and the former also landed among the five Worst Picture nominees. The box office bomb “Robin Hood” and Helen Mirren’s “Winchester” rounded out the nominees.

Even the first family found a way into the nominees, with Donald Trump and Melania Trump both getting nominated for portraying themselves in the documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” from Michael Moore. And unlike the Oscars,
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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions

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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions
Casey Affleck-directed drama Light Of My Life, starring Affleck, Elisabeth Moss and newcomer Anna Pniowsky, will get its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section. The dystopian drama, about a father and his young daughter who are trapped in the woods, is one of a raft of additions to the Panorama lineup. Scroll down for the lineup in full.

A total of 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres, will screen in the section. Panorama’s opening film will be Flatland by Jenna Bass, in which a bride and her pregnant friend make a liberating getaway across South Africa.

Among the strand’s highlights are Affleck’s first narrative feature as director, which is produced by The Imitation Game outfit Black Bear Pictures; Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul follow-up Tremblores (Tremors), about a father who tries to break free from his past after breaking the silence about
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Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’

Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’
Edgar Wright isn’t putting “Baby” in a corner just yet. The British director teased that some progress has been made on a potential sequel to “Baby Driver,” Wright’s 2017 film starring Ansel Elgort that married action, comedy, musicals and heists.

“A first draft of ‘Baby Driver 2 exists,” he told Empire in a interview. Wright added that the film will introduce new characters following the deaths of many of the characters in the original and it “takes the story further.”

In a previous interview with Empire back in July 2017, Wright said he was urged to write a sequel to his film and felt there was potential by recognizing that by the end of the movie, “Baby has got to a new place.”

“Most sequels you have to contrive something so they go back to square one,
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Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)

Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)
The Crown” has found its Iron Lady. Gillian Anderson is said to have signed on to play British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of the much-praised Netflix drama series.

Anderson’s casting was first reported by the Sunday Times. A Netflix rep declined to comment on the report.

Anderson is the latest notable name to join “The Crown” in the role of an iconic real-life political figure, following John Lithgow’s turn as Winston Churchill. The series is poised for a shift in its upcoming third season as Olivia Colman moves into the role of Queen Elizabeth II
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Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)

Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)
If you’re a fan of spy thrillers, and just high-quality action films in general, you’re probably psyched by the news that filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is coming back for two new “Mission: Impossible” sequels. And if you’re a fan of government lackeys, as well as men with reloading arms and controversial mustaches, then you will really love this next bit of ‘M:i’ news.

According to THR, McQuarrie is not only interested in bringing back the government guy character played by Alec Baldwin, but also Henry Cavill’s August Walker.
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Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film

Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film
We are fast approaching the five-year anniversary of the first time we reported that Channing Tatum is in line to play the “X-Men” character Gambit in a solo film. Since then, the film project has gone through constant changes, gaining directors, losing directors, getting a scheduled release date, and then, of course, losing that release date. But through thick and thin, one thing has remained the same – Tatum.
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Eric Church to Reissue First Three Albums on Vinyl

Eric Church to Reissue First Three Albums on Vinyl
When Eric Church surprise released his 2015 album Mr. Misunderstood, it appeared on fan club members’ doorsteps as a vinyl LP. It’s a throwback format that fit well with that particular album, but it wasn’t the first time Church has released his work on wax. All of his albums, including the latest, Desperate Man, appeared that way. Now Church is reissuing his first three records in a special vinyl format.

Beginning January 25th, the singer will release his 2006 debut Sinners Like Me on red-colored vinyl. His 2011 breakout record Chief arrives February 15th,
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Garth Brooks Preps New Album ‘Fun’

Garth Brooks Preps New Album ‘Fun’
Country Music Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks has revealed Fun as the title of his upcoming studio album, sharing the news with fans during his weekly Inside Studio G Facebook Live chat on Monday, January 21st.

“It’s just the ‘Fun‘ album,” Brooks said during the discussion. “It’s just been a fun process to go through, especially being off from touring where you don’t have to worry if your voice is gonna be able to go in for sessions or not.”

Brooks said he expects to finish
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Oscars 2019: 16 Major Nomination Snubs and Surprises

After weeks of hand-wringing and Twitter-screaming, the 2019 Academy Award nominations were announced, and the results were relatively predictable – Roma! A Star is Born! The Favourite! And [weary sigh] Green Book!

Naturally, this early wake-up call also held fast to one of the Oscars’ most enduring traditions: the surprise omission. Several of the darlings of the festival circuit — your Ethan Hawkes, your Timothée Chalamets, your crowd-pleasing documentaries on legendary children’s television hosts — will be left wondering how so much critical support didn’t translate to love from the Academy. Meanwhile, Bradley Cooper
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Stephen Malkmus’ Excellent Electronic Adventure

Last year, Stephen Malkmus and his band the Jicks released a great indie-rock album called Sparkle Hard, drawing some of his best reviews in years. Turns out that was only a warm-up for Groove Denied, the trippy electronic solo excursion he’s releasing in March. For longtime fans, the new LP is an exciting left-turn into weirdo pop heaven. For Malkmus, who began working on this project before Sparkle Hard, it’s a way to keep things from ever feeling too predictable. “It’s been a little bit of a journey,
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Hear Ty Segall Overhaul ‘Love Fuzz’ for New Live Album

Hear Ty Segall Overhaul ‘Love Fuzz’ for New Live Album
Ty Segall and the Freedom Band reboot and recharge the rocker’s 2012 track “Love Fuzz” on the first offering from their upcoming live album, Deforming Lobes, out March 29th via Drag City.

From its introductory back-and-forth barrage of guitars, Segall and the Freedom Band transform the original garage chug of “Love Fuzz” into a relentless hard rock blast. The performance is capped off by an extended breakdown of feedback that erupts perfectly into the song’s mammoth end, with Segall bellowing, “Your love can heal!”

Segall and the Freedom Band – which boasts Mikal Cronin,
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Pink, Muse, Chris Stapleton to Perform Intimate L.A. Shows During Grammy Week

Pink, Muse, Chris Stapleton to Perform Intimate L.A. Shows During Grammy Week
Pink, Muse and Chris Stapleton will be performing during Grammy week at Los Angeles, California’s Hollywood Palladium for Citi Sound Vault. Presented by Citi and Live Nation, the series of intimate concerts run February 7th through the 10th and tickets are exclusively available to Citi cardmembers.

Pink, whose Beautiful Trauma is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, is scheduled to perform on February 7th. Muse, who begin their North American tour in support of Simulation Theory next month, follows on February 9th. Stapleton performs on February 10th. The country
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Oscar Nominations: The Academy Often Sings to Its Own Tune

You know the annual Oscar nominations announcement is going to be a lively one when things begin to enter a lull just before they drop, and that’s what it felt like ahead of Tuesday morning’s reveal. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, ever evolving and growing as a voting body, was sure to mix things up.

The biggest jaw-dropper was one some of us had lurking in the back of our heads: Bradley Cooper’s snub as director of “A Star Is Born.” The Academy’s directors branch has unceremoniously put actors-turned-directors in their place before, whether Ron Howard for “Apollo 13” or Ben Affleck for “Argo.” Cooper took the blow this year, for a film that came into the season strong, but has come up shy in recent weeks, from the Golden Globes to the Critics’ Choice Awards.

The other movie that came into the
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Maxine Brown, Country Music Hall of Fame Singer, Dead at 87

Maxine Brown Russell, a member of the groundbreaking trio the Browns with siblings Jim Ed and Bonnie Brown, died Monday in hospice care in Little Rock, Arkansas, from complications of kidney and heart disease. She was 87.

As one of the premier vocal groups bridging the gap of pop and country music in the late Fifties, the Browns’ silky smooth harmony vocals turned the 1959 single, “The Three Bells,” based on the 1945 French tune “Les Trois Cloches,” into a 10-week Number One hit on the country chart. The trio’s version also
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Oscar Nominations Reveal Nothing About Hostless Ceremony

Oscar Nominations Reveal Nothing About Hostless Ceremony
While Tuesday brought a fresh pack of Oscar nominees, we are no closer to understanding what’s in store when the golden statues are handed out on live television come Feb. 24.

The point of the dramatic nominees announcement each year is to drum up excitement for the telecast — but this morning, the announcement didn’t feature a last-minute host, highlighted presenters, notable music acts or, honestly, much of anything besides the nominees.

Instead, viewers were treated to the pleasant banter between Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross, who doled out the first batch of nominations on a YouTube livestream at 8:20 a.m. and then a second at 8:30 a.m., cutting into ABC’s national broadcast. Jokes about the pain of waking up for the early announcement ensued, but zero information about what kind of telecast is being crafted — although some people tweeted that Nanjiani and Ross would probably
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Tamron Hall Lands ‘The View’ Co-Creator Bill Geddie as Executive Producer of Her New Daytime Talk Show

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Bill Geddie, the co-creator of “The View,” is set to executive produce Tamron Hall’s new syndicated daytime talk show.

Geddie is the former producing partner of Barbara Walters, having executive produced, wrote and directed her “10 Most Fascinating People” (and other) specials. Geddie, who was a producer on “Gma” early on in his career, ended up executive producing “The View” for 17 years.

“From our first conversation, it was clear that Bill Geddie is everything I imagine in an executive producer,” Hall said on Tuesday. “Bill’s experience and success in television make him a legend in the business. His respect for the daytime audience and his ability to bring together a strong team behind the scenes is unmatched. Bill knows, top to bottom, what it takes to bring viewers a daily show well worth their time – one that’s informative, authentic, fun and compelling. I am thrilled to have this
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Oscar Nominations: Foreign-Language Films Surprise in Major Categories

Oscar Nominations: Foreign-Language Films Surprise in Major Categories
Mexico’s “Roma,” Poland’s “Cold War,” and Germany’s “Never Look Away” provided a powerful showing for foreign-language films with a combined 15 nominations across several categories for the 91st Academy Awards.

The director category featured a number of foreign-born filmmakers: Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” Pawel Pawlikowski for “Cold War,” and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos for “The Favourite.” Cuaron won the category in 2013 for “Gravity.” Cuaron and Lanthimos also received best picture nominations.

Foreign-language titles also dominated in the cinematography category with Cuaron tapped for “Roma,” Lukasz Zai for “Cold War,” and Caleb Deschanel for German drama “Never Look Away.” It was Deschanel’s sixth Oscar nomination.

Not only was it the first time in more than three decades that two foreign-language movies were nominated for best director, it was also the first time since the Academy eliminated the black-and-white cinematography category in 1967 that two black-and-white movies were nominated.

Japan
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‘The Expanse': Amazon Sets 2019 Launch for Season 4, Will Starting Streaming Season 3 in February

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‘The Expanse': Amazon Sets 2019 Launch for Season 4, Will Starting Streaming Season 3 in February
The fourth season of “The Expanse” will launch on its new home, Prime Video, later this year, Amazon announced Tuesday.

But if you can’t wait till then for new episodes of the former Syfy series, then you can at least take comfort in the fact that Season 3 will be available to Prime members in over 200 countries and territories on Feb. 8. And Seasons 1-2 — which are currently available in the Us — will become available internationally that same day.

The series, created by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, follows a police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth’s rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

Also Read: 'The Expanse' Finds New Life at Amazon for Season 4

Prime Video rescued “The Expanse” after it was canceled by Syfy last May. Following some serious fan outcry,
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