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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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Jimmy Kimmel Interviews Couple Who Got Engaged at the Emmys – in Bed (Video)

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Jimmy Kimmel Interviews Couple Who Got Engaged at the Emmys – in Bed (Video)
Jimmy Kimmel is nothing if not a true romantic. The late-night host supported love in all its glory Tuesday night when he invited Glenn Weiss, “The Oscars” director who proposed at the Emmys, and his future bride, Jan Svendsen, onto “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to have a chat with him — from their bed.

Ok, it was a set, but the late-night host feigned shock when he saw the two lovebirds sipping glasses of champagne in their PJs. Kimmel told Weiss, “no offense, but I never guessed that the Emmy winner that I would be most interested in talking to after the show would be you! I mean it’s really remarkable, you stole the show last night.”

During his acceptance speech for Outstanding Directing of a Variety Special for “The Oscars” Monday night, Weiss proposed to Svendsen, who was in the audience.

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Watch Demon Fill Heart, Lose Horns in Alt-j’s ‘Last Year’ Remix Video

A demon tries to fill the hole in his heart in the surreal, yet touching video for Alt-j’s remix of “Last Year.” The new version of the track features production from Terrace Martin and a verse from Washington D.C. rapper GoldLink, and will appear on Alt-j’s upcoming remixes album, Reduxer, out September 28th.

Martin anchors his version of “Last Year” with a steady drumbeat and sprinkles sparkling synths and saxophone throughout the cut while retaining the original’s atmospheric mood. The new beat imbues Marika Hackman’s
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Ann Coulter Warns That ‘Any White Male Can Be Accused’ Like Kavanaugh

Ann Coulter Warns That ‘Any White Male Can Be Accused’ Like Kavanaugh
Ann Coulter weighed into the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault accusation on Tuesday, telling Fox News host Tucker Carlson that Kavanaugh was the victim of a smear campaign which could affect “any white male” in America today.

“White male. White privilege,” she said. “If you fit the narrative, you are guilty and there is no coming back from that and it’s not just Democrats and the media running the country, it’s any white male can be accused with an evidence-free accusation like this.”

Coulter seemingly took a skeptical view of the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while drunk at a party in the early 1980s, invoking Rolling Stone’s infamous “Rape on Campus” story — which falsely accused several members of a University of Virginia fraternity of gang-raping a fellow student in 2014.

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Robyn Announces Long-Anticipated Eighth Album ‘Honey’

Robyn Announces Long-Anticipated Eighth Album ‘Honey’
Robyn will release her long-awaited eighth album Honey on October 26th. She began teasing her first solo LP in eight years this summer with the new single “Missing U.”

Honey shares its name with a still-unreleased song, though snippets of the track have become a bit of a fan obsession since it was used in an episode of Girls‘ final season. The track was still unfinished when it premiered during an emotionally fraught scene of the show but fans of both Robyn and Lena Dunham’s HBO series demanded its release with the hashtag #Releasehoneydammit.
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Watch John Mayer Bring Soulful ‘New Light’ to ‘Kimmel’

Watch John Mayer Bring Soulful ‘New Light’ to ‘Kimmel’
John Mayer added an extra dose of soulful electric guitar to his slick pop single “New Light” on Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The singer, decked out in a floral shirt, bounced in place on the show’s outdoor stage as he moved from jerky, palm-muted riffs to elastic, funky chords to an expanded guitar solo with searing lead lines. The performance ended with a dual-guitar stare-down between Mayer and his rhythm guitarist.

In May, Mayer released a goofy video for “New Light” that features the singer in various green screen locales.
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Ella Mai Broods in Intimate ‘Trip’ Video

Ella Mai released the video for “Trip,” the follow-up to her breakout smash “Boo’d Up,” on Tuesday.

Since “Boo’d Up” was such a big hit — Top Ten on the Hot 100, and still climbing at pop radio — Mai doesn’t mess with the formula on “Trip:” This single also builds around a simple keyboard riff and chattering drums. Mai excels at turning off-kilter streams of words into gooey hooks, and she achieves that again here. “I think that I’m done trippin’, I’m trip-trippin’, I’ve been sippin,
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Kelly Clarkson Talk Show Picked Up by NBC Stations

Kelly Clarkson Talk Show Picked Up by NBC Stations
Kelly Clarkson is venturing into the daytime-talk arena.

NBC Owned Television Station Group has picked up “The Kelly Clarkson Show” from NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. Clarkson will host. She and Brandon Blackstock will serve as executive producers.

The pickup for the show for fall of 2019 by NBC’s stations gives it a presence in markets covering nearly 30% of all U.S. households — including Wnbc New York, Knbc Los Angeles, Wmaq Chicago, Wcau Philadelphia, Kxas Dallas-Fort Worth, Kntv San Francisco, Wrc Washington DC, Wtvj Miami, Knsd San Diego and Wvit Hartford.

Clarkson, who is also a coach on NBC reality show “The Voice,
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Kelly Clarkson Heads to Daytime With New Talk Show

Kelly Clarkson Heads to Daytime With New Talk Show
A new voice is headed to daytime television.

Kelly Clarkson has landed a talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” which has been sold to the NBC Owned Television Station group for its fall 2019 debut, NBCUniversal announced Wednesday.

The one-hour show will feature the Grammy winner as host, and will act as the lead-in to “Ellen” on NBC-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego, Hartford and Boston. These 11 stations can be viewed in almost 30 percent of U.S. households, NBC said.

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“I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back to communities/organizations,” Clarkson — who is also a coach on NBC’s “The Voice” — said in a statement. “Having my own talk show where I
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See Tracy Morgan Introduce New Character ‘Ladonald Trump’ on ‘Kimmel’

See Tracy Morgan Introduce New Character ‘Ladonald Trump’ on ‘Kimmel’
Tracy Morgan, as “Ladonald Trump,” interrupted Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue Tuesday on the host’s late-night show.

Midway through Kimmel’s bit about Stormy Daniels and her upcoming book about Donald Trump, where the porn star says Trump has a “dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart,” Morgan in costume – Trump-like wig, ill-fitting suit, comically small hands and skin smothered in orange makeup – sauntered onto the stage, befuddling Kimmel.

“It’s a hilarious new character I’m doing, just go with it,” Morgan told Kimmel. “It’s good to be here,
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‘Morning Joe’ Says Kavanaugh Accuser Must Testify: ‘There Is No Other Way Around It’

‘Morning Joe’ Says Kavanaugh Accuser Must Testify: ‘There Is No Other Way Around It’
Wednesday’s set of “Morning Joe” was largely unsympathetic to news that Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford was looking to delay offering sworn testimony until an FBI investigation could review her accusations.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski — a frequent champion of MeToo causes — said Republicans would have no choice but to call for a vote if Ford did not speak on Monday.

“If she doesn’t want to speak, if she doesn’t want to testify, you have to wonder what the Republicans are supposed to do except demand a vote,” said Brzezinski. “This is something that happened in high school. This is going to need her voice. There’s no other way around it. No one can do it for her. As miserable as that may be.”

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“This is what Me Too is all about,
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Bob Bakish Says Viacom Is ‘Very Well-Positioned’ in a World of Media Mergers

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish steered clear of talk about a possible merger with CBS but was more expansive at an event with reporters Tuesday on how the mega-mergers and the rise of digital giants in the media world would work in his company’s favor.

While he would not comment on any potential merger with CBS or on whether the network’s former chief, Les Moonves, deserved a payoff, Bakish said he had spoken with acting CBS CEO Joe Ianiello. “I’ve known Joe for a long time,” the Viacom boss told journalists at a Broadcasting Press Guild session in London.
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