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"Game Of Thrones:" HBO Confirms April Premiere For Season 8

It’s official. The anticipated eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" will launch in April. HBO released a promotional video Tuesday morning with no specific date, but official word that the series will return for its final go-round in April 2019. The retrospective video features recycled footage with the most iconic scenes from the series so far.

An April premiere is not a big surprise, since Season 1-Season 6 launched in April or late March; Season 7 premiered in July 2017. But until today, the only official time frame for the debut came from HBO programming president Casey Bloys, who said the series would return in the first half of 2019. Star Maisie Williams was more specific, saying in an interview with the UK’s Metro in January that the series was eyeing an April 2019 premiere.

HBO previously revealed that the final episode was shot over 55 nights in three locations.
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'Godzilla vs. Kong' Synopsis Released as The Film Goes Into Production

'Godzilla vs. Kong' Synopsis Released as The Film Goes Into Production
Director Adam Wingard has assembled his cast for Godzilla vs. Kong and is now shooting the film! Legendary Pictures officially announced that production began on Twitter and the first synopsis for the film has been released giving us our first idea of what the story will entail.

Legends will collide. Production has officially begun on Godzilla vs. Kong. In theaters everywhere Summer 2020.#Godzilla pic.twitter.com/IyegYH5Agb

— Legendary (@Legendary) November 12, 2018

The cast for the film includes Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Demian Bichir (The Nun), Van Marten (The Walking Dead) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon).

As for the the synopsis, it reveals that the two iconic creatures will do
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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95

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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium when he co-created much of Marvel Comics’ vast library of characters and concepts, died Monday, according to THR. He was 95.

Working alongside fellow comics titans like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby during the 1960s, Lee was instrumental in sparking what became known as “the Marvel revolution,” a shift in superhero comics that emphasized flawed protagonists expressing humanistic values. Concepts and plots remained as colorful and weird as ever. But Marvel characters, written with complex, realistic personalities and mundane private lives, often had to resolve family, dating and even financial challenges while protecting the public from an increasingly packed roster of supervillains.

This new approach to superhero comics debuted in “The Fantastic Four,” a team of superheroes presented as a dysfunctional but loving family unit that Lee co-created with Kirby in 1961. Lee credited his wife, Joan, for
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Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Vow to Perform "Shallow" at Oscars If Nominated

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Vow to Perform
Could we be getting a real-life Jackson Maine and Ally concert?

Due to the massive success of “Shallow”, the duet performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga‘s characters in A Star is Born, many expect it to be nominated for Best Original Song at the upcoming Academy Awards.

In a new Variety cover story, Gaga confirmed she and her costar and director Cooper would perform the song live at the Oscars if it were indeed nominated: “One hundred percent,” she vowed.

Traditionally, all five songs nominated for Best Original Song are performed live on the Academy Awards broadcast,
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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader

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Kiersey Clemons to Produce, Star in Film About Youngest Female NY Stock Exchange Trader
AGC Studios announced on Tuesday that it’s acquired the life rights for the story of Lauren Simmons, they youngest female trader to work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The studio has set the project up for Kiersey Clemons to produce and star in the film.

Simmons, in addition to being the youngest woman ever on the trading floor, is currently the only woman at the NYSE and only the second African American female to trade full-time on the floor of the Exchange.

Simmons moved to New York from Georgia with a degree in genetics, but ultimately decided to put that career on hold and answered a posting on LinkedIn for a job with a Wall Street company.

Despite no formal financial background and only a month of preparation,
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See Billie Eilish-Soundtracked Promo Video for Wilder-Fury Boxing Match

Ahead of the highly-anticipated December 1st boxing match between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, Showtime has released a new promotional video that features Billie Eilish’s single “You Should See Me in a Crown.”

In the clip, both Fury and Wilder are scene in gilded thrones between footage of their training and past fights. The competition for heavyweight champion matches perfectly with the teenaged pop star’s song, creating an alternate music video for the 2018 single.

The Wilder-Fury match will take place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on December 1st and air on Showtime.
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Review: the Glands’ ‘I Can See My House From Here’ is a Wonderful Tribute to an Indie-Rock Genius

When Athens, Georgia singer-guitarist Ross Shapiro passed away in 2016 at 53, indie-rock fans and peers mourned a uniquely talented artist who didn’t record much but really made it count when his did. As frontman for the Glands, Shapiro helmed two LPs, 1997’s promising Double Thriller and its fantastic 2000 follow-up The Glands – albums that kept coming at you with ebullient hooks, hot, hazy guitars and diagonal epiphanies like “I wanna live but not be found,” which Shapiro managed to render as if that line would have made perfect sense bouncing out
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Stormy Daniels Considering Suing Columbus, Ohio Police Over July Arrest

Stormy Daniels Considering Suing Columbus, Ohio Police Over July Arrest
When Stormy Daniels was arrested at a strip club in Ohio earlier this year, her attorney Michael Avenatti suggested that the arrest was politically motivated, and an attempt to intimidate her. Now, he may be proven right with the help of a leaked document related to the Columbus police department’s internal investigation.

Daniels, who famously claims to have had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 shortly after he married Melania, and recently had her defamation lawsuit against Trump dismissed, was arrested at Sirens Gentlemen’s Club in Columbus, Ohio,
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Judges Are Doing All They Can To Keep Brian Kemp From Stealing the Georgia Election

Federal judges have been a thorn in the side of Brian Kemp.

The Friday before the midterm elections, U.S. District Judge Eleanor L. Ross ruled that the Georgia secretary of state’s controversial “exact match” voting law was discriminatory, ordering him to change it after expressing “grave concerns” about the “differential treatment inflicted on a group of individuals who are predominantly minorities.” As expected, Kemp’s gubernatorial race the following Tuesday against Democrat Stacey Abrams was too close to call, and as officials continue to sort through provisional ballots and otherwise unaccounted for votes,
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Whose Boat Is This Boat? We Found Out

Whose Boat Is This Boat? We Found Out
In September, as Donald Trump toured New Bern, North Carolina, a neighborhood hit hard by Hurricane Florence, the president became distracted by a shiny object: a lovely yacht, washed up in a backyard. “Is this your boat?” Trump asked a resident, according to the Washington Post. “Or did it become your boat?… At least you got a nice boat out of the deal!”

Stephen Colbert turned the incident into a running joke on The Late Show; his staff produced a faux children’s book — Whose Boat Is This Boat?:
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Valerie Bertinelli to Host ‘Family Food Showdown’ Under New Multi-Series Deal With Food Network

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Valerie Bertinelli to Host ‘Family Food Showdown’ Under New Multi-Series Deal With Food Network
Valerie Bertinelli is extending her relationship with Food Network.

As part of what has been described to TheWrap as a new multi-series deal, the actress will host “Family Food Showdown” for the Discovery-owned cable channel, overseeing a pair of competing families in what is described as a “fast-paced, action-packed culinary competition that unfolds over three rounds of cooking challenges in which earned advantages, team strategy and family dynamics up the ante in the final round of the contest.” Each episode, the winning family will be awarded with a $10,000 prize.

Set to launch in 2019, production on the show’s first 13 episodes will begin next month.

Also Read: Allison Page Promoted to Run Hgtv, Food Network

“With ‘Family Food Showdown’ we are excited to showcase talented families cooking and coming together in a creative, competitive series that will also spotlight the role of family dynamics in how these teams work together,
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Amazon Orders Hispanic TV Comedy Pilot From ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ Director

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Amazon has ordered a pilot for a bilingual scripted show from “Everybody Loves Somebody” director Catalina Aguilar Mastretta.

The untitled comedy project is, per Amazon’s description, a bilingual (Spanish) romantic comedy about family – the one you choose and the one you’re born into, set in Los Angeles. Sara has been the matriarch of her chosen family since her parents moved back to Mexico City in her late teens. She and her diverse group of friends and family attempt to master their careers and romantic entanglements while living together in Sara’s Hollywood Hills compound. Now, Sara’s mother, Ines, is moving back in and shedding a new light on the life Sara built for herself, pushing everyone towards a late-in-life coming of age.

Lorenza Izzo will play Sara, “a self-described Mexican American Jew who works as a professional photographer” per Amazon. The project also stars Georgie Flores, Giancarlo Vidrio,
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See Margo Price’s Moving Depiction of Struggle in ‘All American Made’ Video

See Margo Price’s Moving Depiction of Struggle in ‘All American Made’ Video
Margo Price isn’t afraid to ruffle some feathers in voicing her political beliefs, but she takes a distinctly inclusive and humane approach in the heartfelt new music video to her song “All American Made.”

Shot on location in a total of eight different cities including Detroit, Nashville, New Orleans, and small-town Indiana, “All American Made” — the title track from Price’s 2017 LP — paints an evocative portrait of what it means to live, or at least to get by, in the American heartland. Created by the Little Ugly production company,
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San Francisco Film Society Awards Night Led by Amy Adams, Steve McQueen, and Boots Riley

This year, the San Francisco Film Society’s (Sffilm) annual awards night will unfold December 3 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Center with honorees including Oscar hopefuls Amy Adams (Annapurna’s “Vice”), Steve McQueen (Fox’s “Widows”) and Bay area rising star Boots Riley (Annapurna’s “Sorry to Bother You”). The annual celebration honors achievement in filmmaking craft – it’s also a fundraiser that benefits Sffilm’s youth education programs.

Amy Adams will be on hand to accept the Peter J. Owens Award for Acting; Steve McQueen will receive the Irving M. Levin Award for Film Direction; and emerging breakthrough talent Boots Riley will take home the Kanbar Award for Storytelling.

“These artists were selected because their work embodies the values of the Bay Area,” stated Sffilm Executive Director Noah Cowan, “in particular their role in championing innovative cinema, making the industry more diverse and inclusive, and
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How Trump Accidentally Helped Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Flip Jeff Flake’s Arizona Senate Seat

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema has officially captured a Republican-held Senate seat in Arizona. Sinema, who at 41 is one of the youngest women ever elected to the Senate, will be the first openly bisexual senator in U.S. history. (She also happens to be the first Arizona Democrat elected to the Senate in over 30 years.) The results, which took almost a full week to tabulate, will come as a disappointment to the president, who bragged the day after the election when Republican Martha McSally was still leading that he personally “retired” Republican Sen.
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Amy Adams, Steve McQueen, Boots Riley Tapped for San Francisco Honors

Amy Adams, Steve McQueen, Boots Riley Tapped for San Francisco Honors
Sffilm, the San Francisco cinema society that presents the San Francisco International Film Festival every spring, has announced honorees for its second annual Sffilm Awards Night, set for Dec. 3.

Amy Adams will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for Acting, for her performance as Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice”; filmmaker Steve McQueen will receive the Irving M. Levin Award for Film Direction, for “Widows”; and Boots Riley, a favored Bay Area son, will receive the Kanbar Award for Storytelling for his zany Oakland-set satire “Sorry to Bother You.”

“San Francisco and the Bay Area have a politically active persona and an interest in diversity and inclusion that we hope to imprint on these contenders that we champion with awards,” says Sfilm Executive Director Noah Cowan.

Cowan was particularly pleased to invite Riley as an honoree. The musician-turned-filmmaker has a long history with the organization, which supported and helped
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How Steve Aoki Got Bts, Bill Nye and Blink-182 on the Same Album

Dominant just a few years ago, the electronic pop genre known as Edm has faded from the commercial mainstream — just two producers associated with it are in the Top 50 this week. So artists in this space have been forced to come up with creative ways to maintain a presence outside of the festivals and Las Vegas gigs that have long been a mainstay.

Edm producers have primarily settled on three approaches. One is to become a behind-the-scenes figure for pop acts — Skrillex, for example, has contributed to songs by Justin Bieber,
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‘The Feral Detective’: How Jonathan Lethem Wrote a Novel to Cope With Donald Trump

After years of free association, Jonathan Lethem’s idea for a new novel was finally coming together. He’d been sitting on themes like feral children, detective novels and the American West his whole career, and now it was time to bring them to a hard boil. The final touch — after much internal debate — was deciding to tell the story from the point of view of a young New York woman, someone who would be “both freaked out and fascinated” by the lost world she encountered in the California desert.
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Carlos Santana Plots Tour Coinciding With Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary

Carlos Santana Plots Tour Coinciding With Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary
Carlos Santana will embark on a North American Global Consciousness tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock.

“Fifty years went fast, but now I feel even younger and more clear, and I have more energy and more conviction than back then,” Santana said when discussing Woodstock’s upcoming landmark anniversary with Rolling Stone. “That [1969 Woodstock] was basically some of the highest I’ve been in front of so many people. To peak with LSD or peyote in front of 400,000 people, you
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Chance the Rapper and MGM to Develop Movie Musical ‘Hope’

Chance the Rapper and MGM to Develop Movie Musical ‘Hope’
MGM announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the rights to develop a movie musical called “Hope” with musician and actor Chance the Rapper.

Told through original music to be created by Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Nico Segal and his collaborators, “Hope” will follow a group of Chicago teenagers that band together to turn art into action within their community.

Chance, a three time Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and producer has also made a name for himself as a prominent social activist, especially in his home city of Chicago, launching #SaveChicago with his father to combat gun violence; donating $1 million to local schools; and creating Social Works, an organization aimed at empowering youth through arts, education and civic engagement within the city.

Also Read: MGM Partners With Lantern Entertainment to Develop, Distribute 'Boys in the Boat'

Chance and his longtime manager Haight Films’ Pat Corcoran partnered with Tradecraft’s Scott Bernstein
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