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TV Review: A Lackluster Emmys Production, With Wonderfully Surprising Winners

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TV Review: A Lackluster Emmys Production, With Wonderfully Surprising Winners
The greatest surprise at this year's Emmys may have been two of the most powerful forces in television battling to a draw.

With a last-minute twist - "Game of Thrones" returning from a year of ineligibility to claim the Best Drama Series crown over competition including defending champion "The Handmaid's Tale” HBO knuckled its way into retaining its longstanding title as the winningest TV platform. But it shared the title with Netflix, which once again missed out on top drama or comedy honors but which picked up 23 wins - exactly as many as the longtime Emmy top dog.

It represented an odd anticlimax for a TV industry in flux, one so at odds with itself that it tended to throw off surprise wins like often-welcome sparks of inspiration. After an expected early run of comedy wins for Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" ultimately the first streaming series to have won the Best Comedy prize - the awards tended to grow more unruly.
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Emmys 2018: Oscars Director Glenn Weiss Pops the Question to Girlfriend Jan Svendsen

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Emmys 2018: Oscars Director Glenn Weiss Pops the Question to Girlfriend Jan Svendsen
Wedding bells are in the air!

During his acceptance speech for Outstanding Directing of a Variety Special for “The Oscars,” Glenn Weiss proposed to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen.

“Do you know why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend?” the director said. “Because I want to call you my wife.” The crowd inside the Microsoft Theater immediately started cheering, and Svendsen started shaking her head “yes.”

“This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago,” he continued. “And to my sisters and brothers, I didn’t swipe it. Dad knows I have it, okay? I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above. Will you marry me?”

More to come…
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Amy Sherman-Palladino Wins Emmys for Writing, Directing a Comedy Series

Amy Sherman-Palladino Wins Emmys for Writing, Directing a Comedy Series
Mrs. Maisel apparently isn’t the only one who’s marvelous.

Amy Sherman-Palladino picked up back-to-back Emmys Monday night when she won the trophies for Writing for a Comedy Series and Directing for a Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

“My panic room’s going to be so pretty!,” she quipped, a statuette in each hand, after she danced out on stage to accept her second award in just a few minutes’ time.

The wins were just two of the Amazon series’ 14 nominations; star Rachel Brosnahan walked away with the Lead Actress in a Comedy category win a few moments later.
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Patrick Stewart To Play A “Bosley” In Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ As First Plot Details Emerge

Patrick Stewart To Play A “Bosley” In Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ As First Plot Details Emerge
P-Stew meet K-Stew.

In an interesting twist that is sure to have “Charlie’s Angels” diehard fans in a tizzy, Patrick Stewart has been hired to portray Bosley in the new reboot film. Well, more like “a Bosley.” Let’s explain.

According to THR, the veteran “Star Trek” and “X-Men” actor is in final negotiations for the role that would see him join the Kristen Stewart-starring action reboot.

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Roseanne Barr Says ‘The Conners’ Is Killing Off Her Sitcom Character by Opioid Overdose

Roseanne Barr Says ‘The Conners’ Is Killing Off Her Sitcom Character by Opioid Overdose
Roseanne Barr has revealed the fate of her eponymous television character, Roseanne Conner. The comedian appeared on a recent episode of Brandon Straka’s YouTube show and shared the news her character will die from an opioid overdose when “Roseanne” gets rebooted as “The Conners” on ABC this fall.

“Oh ya, they killed her,” Barr confirmed about her character’s fate. “They have her die of an opioid overdose.”

Barr said the decision to have Roseanne Conner die of an opioid overdose was is an insult to the fans “who loved that family in that show.” However, Barr is no longer involved in front of or behind the camera and therefore had no say in how the new show’s creators got rid of her character.

“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Barr said. “It’s done. It’s over.”

John Goodman, who plays Roseanne’s husband Dan,
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Bryan Singer in Talks to Direct ‘Red Sonja’ for Avi Lerner’s Millennium

Bryan Singer in Talks to Direct ‘Red Sonja’ for Avi Lerner’s Millennium
Bryan Singer is in negotiations to direct “Red Sonja” for Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media, according to a spokeswoman for the producer.

The news comes three months after Singer received the directing credit for Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” despite being replaced by Dexter Fletcher during the latter stages of the shoot. Fletcher came on board to direct in December after Fox fired Singer from the project after repeated absences from the set had forced the studio to halt production.

Singer’s other directing credits include “The Usual Suspects,” “Superman Returns,” “X-Men,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.” He was also dropped as an executive producer on FX’s “Legion” in January in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Millennium Media announced in November during the American Film Market that it was rebooting “Red Sonja” and was planning to finance and produce a new movie based on the female warrior.
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Gold Derby Editor Tom O’Neil’s 100% perfect, infallible, brilliant Emmy predictions

Gold Derby Editor Tom O’Neil’s 100% perfect, infallible, brilliant Emmy predictions
Pardon my braggadocio, but, hey, if you aim to give the Best Performance by an Emmy Pundit, you have to get all huffy or it’s no fun, right? You can see all of my Emmy predictions here. Explanations below. If you dare to disagree, post your comments below.

Best Comedy Series

A neck-and-neck horse race between “Atlanta” and “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Out of our 27 Experts, 14 pick “Atlanta” and 13 say “Maisel.” Both have drawbacks. “Atlanta” isn’t the kind of knee-slapping gigglefest that usually wins here, while “Maisel” is a one-hour nominee in a category usually dominated by half-hour fare. Both programs scored three victories at the Creative Arts awards last weekend. I’m going with “Atlanta” because voters tend to hold back the comedy-series crown a bit. “Veep” didn’t win until its fourth turn at bat. Now “Atlanta,” in its second year, competes against newbie “Maisel,” so it probably has the edge.
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Brett Cullen Replaces Alec Baldwin as Thomas Wayne in ‘Joker’

Brett Cullen Replaces Alec Baldwin as Thomas Wayne in ‘Joker’
The Joker movie has a new Thomas Wayne. While Alec Baldwin notably dropped out of negotiations to tackle the character within a matter of 24 hours, director Todd Phillips has filled the void with a reliable performer. ComicBook.com broke the news that Brett Cullen has been cast as Thomas Wayne in the film, which has Joaquin Phoenix filling the title role in a unique, 1970s set origin story. Cullen is no stranger to the Batman world having played a congressman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. He also had a role in Ghost Rider, but is probably …
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Angelina Jolie to Star in Revenge Thriller 'The Kept'

Angelina Jolie to Star in Revenge Thriller 'The Kept'
Angelina Jolie is attached to star in The Kept, a period revenge thriller from Imperative Entertainment, the company behind All the Money in the World.

The project adapts the searing 2014 James Scott novel newly acquired by Imperative, which has set Alice Birch, who wrote the Florence Pugh-starring period drama Lady Macbeth, to pen the screenplay.

In addition to toplining Kept, Jolie will produce, along with Imperative partners Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas.

Set in the winter of 1897 in rural New York, the story is set in motion when a woman returns to her isolated homestead to discover that her ...
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‘Captain America’s Anthony Mackie & ‘A Private War’s Jamie Dornan To Star In ‘Synchronic’ From ‘The Endless’ Directors

‘Captain America’s Anthony Mackie & ‘A Private War’s Jamie Dornan To Star In ‘Synchronic’ From ‘The Endless’ Directors
Exclusive: Captain America: Civil War star Anthony Mackie and A Private War star Jamie Dornan are in talks to topline sci-fi thriller Synchronic from The Endless directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.

The pair will play two New Orleans paramedics, whose lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

The film is produced by David Lawson Jr., who produced The Endless, along with Benson and Moorhead for Rustic Films. The script is written by Benson. Xyz Films is handling international sales, with Xyz co-repping domestic rights with UTA.

It is Benson and Moorhead’s fourth collaboration following 2012’s Resolution and 2014’s Spring. Mackie is soon to star in Fox’s The Hate U Give, based on Angie Thomas’ novel and alongside Gina Rodriguez in the remake of Miss Bala. Dornan will next be seen in Sacha Gervasi’s My Dinner with Herve,
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Emmys 2018: The Sexiest Show on Life Support, or Fonzie Wept

Emmys 2018: The Sexiest Show on Life Support, or Fonzie Wept
“It is an honor to be here sharing this night with the many, many talented and creative people who haven’t been caught yet,” co-host Michael Che announced at the beginning of the 70th Annual Emmy Awards. It set the tone for a toothless, flaccid, cramped and tedious night. What can you say about a show-biz gala where the highlight is Betty White picking up a lifetime achievement award? Or the guy who directed the Oscars dropping to his knees to ask his girlfriend to marry him? All you can
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Hilary Williams on Triumphant New Album ‘My Lucky Scars,’ Family Legacy

Hilary Williams on Triumphant New Album ‘My Lucky Scars,’ Family Legacy
Although Hank Williams’ death at age 29 on January 1st, 1953, marked a premature end to what had been a remarkable career, his legacy has survived — and thrived — not only through his classic recordings but also through the two generations of family members who have forged their own paths in country music and beyond. Williams, who was born 95 years ago on September 17th, was followed into entertainment by his two children, Hank Williams Jr. and Jett Williams, and more recently by Hank Jr.’s children Shelton (a.k.a. Hank 3), Holly and
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Hear Cat Power’s Heartfelt Cover of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’

Hear Cat Power’s Heartfelt Cover of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’
Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, has unveiled the new video for her heartfelt rendition of Rihanna’s “Stay.” It’s the third single, following “Woman” and “Wanderer,” from her forthcoming album, Wanderer.

Filmed by her frequent collaborator Greg Hunt in the Los Angeles studio of Rob Schnapf, the visual features Marshall on piano in the darkened studio framed by candlelight. She’s filmed in the round, echoing the song’s “round and around and around we go” lyrics. Her lilting vocals are buoyed by the spare melody and light backing vocals and strings.
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Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band Announce Farewell Tour

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band Announce Farewell Tour
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet’s Band upcoming U.S. tour will be their very last. The group already had a string of dates lined up to make up for the shows they postponed last year when Seger underwent back surgery, but they’ve added in several more and have said it will mark the group’s final act. The tour was originally called the Runaway Train tour, but they’ve now re-dubbed it the Travelin’ Man tour after his classic 1975 song “Travelin’ Man.”

No reason is given for
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Brie Larson Takes Flight in ‘Captain Marvel’ First Trailer

Disney-Marvel revealed the first trailer of Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” during the Oscar winner’s Tuesday appearance on “Good Morning America.”

“War is a universal language,” Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury tells Larson’s Captain Marvel in the trailer. “I know a renegade solider when I see one. It never occurred to me that one might come from above.”

Fury continues to narrate the footage: “Space invasion, big car chase — truth be told, I was ready to hang it up until I met you today.”

Captain Marvel’s real name is Carol Danvers, who was a pilot in the United States Air Force. Danvers becomes fused with alien DNA following an accident, and she is granted superhuman strength. In the clip, Danvers says she doesn’t remember her life before gaining her Captain Marvel powers.

“I keep having these memories,” she says. “I see flashes. I
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Watch Reese Witherspoon, Lenny, Zoe Kravitz Play ‘Lip Sync Charades’ on ‘Fallon’

Watch Reese Witherspoon, Lenny, Zoe Kravitz Play ‘Lip Sync Charades’ on ‘Fallon’
Reese Witherspoon, Lenny Kravitz and Zoe Kravitz joined Jimmy Fallon for a rambunctious game of “Lip Sync Charades” on The Tonight Show Monday.

The four were split into two teams – Fallon and Witherspoon versus the Kravitz’s – and for the game, one player was tasked with lip syncing and acting out a song while their teammate tried to guess the title while wearing noise-canceling headphones. Fallon went first, selecting Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” though his disco strutting confused Witherspoon into guessing tracks like “Walk This Way” and “Walk on the Wild Side.
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Emmys 2018: Inside All the Post-Show Parties

The Emmys weren’t over when the credits rolled on the NBC telecast.

In fact, the ceremony, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che for the first time, was just the beginning of what turned out for many television stars and executives to be a very long night of party hopping.

First up was the Governors Ball followed by a slew of network and streaming service soirees held from downtown to West Hollywood.

Read on to get the inside details of what was happening into the wee hours of Tuesday morning…

Netflix

NeueHouse Hollywood

There was no one having a
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‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Film Review: Eli Roth Directs a Fun, Family-Friendly Halloween Frolic

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‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Film Review: Eli Roth Directs a Fun, Family-Friendly Halloween Frolic
Eli Roth probably seems like a strange choice to direct a kids’ movie. He’s not the first horror filmmaker to make the transition, but films like “Cabin Fever,” “Hostel” and “The Green Inferno” are so astoundingly grotesque that adding a PG-rated adaptation of John Bellairs’ novel “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” to his résumé looks, at a glance, like some kind of prank.

But Roth’s films have always had a streak of immaturity about them, as though Roth was so eager to make friends that he’d do anything to get your attention, even poke a dead body with a stick. It makes sense that he could tell a good, family-friendly campfire story if he reined in his harshest storytelling impulses. But it’s impressive that, with “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” he’s connected with his own inner weirdo, found the still-beating heart inside him,
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Film Review: Jack Black in ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’

Film Review: Jack Black in ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’
“Movie magic.” That expression used to mean something quite different back when filmmakers relied on practical effects to make the impossible seem possible, and not every Ya protagonist had dormant supernatural powers just waiting to be discovered. Yet another in a pipeline of vaguely Harry Potter-esque wish-fulfillment fantasies, Universal’s clunky, but not entirely un-charming “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” makes enchantment so easy — and so ubiquitous — as to feel almost ordinary, being the all-too-familiar story of an orphan who picks up some nifty tricks when he goes to live in a house that ticks.

Looking back, Amblin Entertainment — that Steven Spielberg-hatched shingle responsible for such films as “Gremlins” and “The Goonies” — may as well have defined the concept of movie magic for a generation, only to see it watered down by all the computer-generated juvenile thrill rides that followed. The Amblin-produced “House” may as well
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Head of Italian Distributors’ Group Resigns Over Venice-Netflix Release Spat

Head of Italian Distributors’ Group Resigns Over Venice-Netflix Release Spat
Andrea Occhipinti, the head of Italy’s national distributors’ association, has resigned in the wake of a controversy prompted by the simultaneous theatrical and Netflix release last week of police-brutality drama “On My Skin,” following its Venice Film Festival premiere.

Occhipinti, chief of Rome-based production-distribution company Lucky Red, decided to step down as president of the distributors’ unit within Italy’s motion picture organization, Anica, because “On My Skin’s” release had “created plenty of tensions among exhibitors who programmed the movie (few) and those who chose not to (many),” he said in a statement.

“The film’s success [in movie theaters] increased these tensions,” Occhipinti added.

Occhipinti had come under heavy criticism from many of his peers for participating in the simultaneous release of “On My Skin” in a handful of Italian theaters and on Netflix. Occhipinti called the strategy “a big opportunity,” but many distributors and exhibitors questioned the benefits of
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