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Russell Crowe to Donate John Oliver's Auction Proceeds

Russell Crowe is really touched by John Oliver's kindness.

Recently, it was revealed Last Week Tonight purchased a number of items from the Gladiator actor's divorce auction and the show planned on donating the memorabilia to one of the last standing Blockbusters in the United States.

News got back to Crowe about the HBO host's idea to donate the items — including a leather jockstrap Crowe wore in Cinderella Man, a hood he wore in Robin Hood, and a vest he wore in Les Miserables, among other pieces — and Crowe also wanted to pay it forward, he wrote via social...
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Russell Crowe to Donate John Oliver's Auction Proceeds

Russell Crowe to Donate John Oliver's Auction Proceeds
Russell Crowe is really touched by John Oliver's kindness.

Recently, it was revealed Last Week Tonight purchased a number of items from the Gladiator actor's divorce auction and the show planned on donating the memorabilia to one of the last standing Blockbusters in the United States.

News got back to Crowe about the HBO host's idea to donate the items — including a leather jockstrap Crowe wore in Cinderella Man, a hood he wore in Robin Hood, and a vest he wore in Les Miserables, among other pieces — and Crowe also wanted to pay it forward, he wrote via social...
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Alaska Blockbuster Store Manager on John Oliver's Stunt: "It Could Be Very Big for Business"

Kevin Daymude is the general manager of the one of the last remaining Blockbuster Videos in the United States — and he believes something great is about to happen to his store.

John Oliver on Sunday revealed that his show, Last Week Tonight, bought a number of items in Russell Crowe's recent divorce auction. But instead of keeping the props and costumes for future gags on the show, Oliver said he wanted to donate it all — including a leather jockstrap Crowe wore in Cinderella Man, a hood he wore in Robin Hood, and a vest he wore in Les Miserables,...
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John Oliver Helps Save Alaska's Last Blockbuster with Russell Crowe's Jockstrap

John Oliver Helps Save Alaska's Last Blockbuster with Russell Crowe's Jockstrap
Blockbuster video went bankrupt in 2010, and ever since, nearly all of the stores in North America have shut down. There are some remaining holdouts in Oregon and Alaska, with one of the first ever Blockbusters recently shutting down in Texas. However, there is now only one of the video stores left in Alaska and it's in danger of getting shut down as well. But John Oliver and Last Week Tonight have decided to buy a bunch of movie props from the Russell Crowe divorce auction, including a $7,000 jockstrap, to give to the last remaining Blockbuster in Alaska to help save the store.

John Oliver is known for pulling off some pretty interesting publicity stunts, but this might be the best one yet. It had been rumored that the Last Week Tonight crew were behind many purchases from Russell Crowe's divorce auction over the last few days, which featured many props
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John Oliver’s HBO Show Bought Russell Crowe’s ‘Cinderella Man’ Jockstrap for $7,000 (Video)

John Oliver’s HBO Show Bought Russell Crowe’s ‘Cinderella Man’ Jockstrap for $7,000 (Video)
You guys, John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” bought Russell Crowe’s leather jockstrap from “Cinderella Man” for $7,000. Yes, that really happened — and it was only the start of their late-night spending spree.

The premium-tv talk show purchased additional killer (or “pointless,” in Oliver’s words) Crowe memorabilia from the actor’s divorce auction — and the HBO host wants to donate it all to the last remaining Blockbuster Video store in Anchorage, Alaska. All the manager there needs to do to claim this stuff is to call within 48 hours. No word on who would be on the hook for shipping costs.

Oliver also nabbed Crowe’s vest from “Les Miserables” and his hood from “Robin Hood,” among other set souvenirs. Clearly, the budget over at “Last Week Tonight” could use an audit.
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‘SNL’ Finds the Worst Possible Hollywood Reboot (Video)

‘SNL’ Finds the Worst Possible Hollywood Reboot (Video)
TV might be filled with reboots at the current moment, like “Roseanne” and “Will and Grace,” but “SNL” imagined a pretty compelling reason to skip a few.

On a Hollywood info show parody called “Hollywood Update,” Cecily Strong played a host interviewing the creator of the fictional 1980s sitcom “Switcheroo,” played by host John Mulaney. As Mulaney explained, the show is getting a reboot, even though the subject matter means it’s probably not a great idea.

During the interview, Mulaney showed a clip of the theme song and opening credits of “Switcheroo,” revealing the show’s premise. In it, a dad, played by Beck Bennett, switches bodies with his son and hijinks ensue, as the song explains, but there’s a twist.

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“Dad goes to school, son goes to work, and the son has sex with the mom,” the song explains.

The sketch cuts back to a visibly disturbed Strong, as she tries to continue the interview with Mulaney.

“The show was not popular,” Strong said. “Why do you think that is?”

“I think viewers expected us to focus on a different aspect of the switcheroo, you know?” Mulaney said. “Perhaps seeing the son trying to work at the dad’s office as an astronaut, or the dad trying to make the son’s football team. Instead we focused exclusively on the sexual ramifications of the switcheroo.”

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Strong asked if, like other modern reboots of past shows, Mulaney’s reboot of “Switcheroo” would acknowledge current politics.

“We felt we had to,” Mulaney said. “Yes, the opening shot is a closeup of a newspaper that says ‘Trump is president,’ and then we widen out and we’re, like, ‘Forget all that,’ and then the mom switcheroos with the dog, and I don’t have to tell you what happens next.”

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Mulaney explained that not everyone was available from the original cast for the reboot. “Little Andy Cunanan, who played the son, he’s left the business,” he said, with the gag seemingly going over most of the audience’s head. The joke referenced spree killer Andrew Cunanan, best known for murdering famed clothing designer Gianni Versace in 1997. Cunanan was recently the subject of the second season of the FX series “American Crime Story.” Mulaney joked that many in the audience might have had to Google.

The pair discussed where the show was filming For legal reasons, apparently stemming from its subject matter, Strong said it couldn’t be shot in St. Louis, where it takes place. Mulaney said he’d been thrown out of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, adding that it was shot in a studio on “100 Switcheroo Avenue, Jonestown, Guyana.”

Jonestown was a settlement in Guyana established by the People’s Temple cult. Its leader, Jim Jones, infamously forced hundreds of his followers to kill themselves in 1978 by drinking poisoned Kool-Aid and had many others murdered. More than 900 people died in the Jonestown Massacre. Presumably, the location wouldn’t have any laws against the sexual subject matter of “Switcheroo.”

Read original story ‘SNL’ Finds the Worst Possible Hollywood Reboot (Video) At TheWrap
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‘SNL’ Cast Saves a Diner Lobster’s Life With ‘Les Miserables’ Songs (Video)

‘SNL’ Cast Saves a Diner Lobster’s Life With ‘Les Miserables’ Songs (Video)
Never order the lobster at a diner, according to “SNL.”

Cast member Pete Davidson made that mistake in a sketch in the show’s April 14 episode, hosted by former “SNL” writer and stand-up comic John Mulaney. When Davidson and Chris Redd head to a diner for lunch, Redd orders a grilled cheese sandwich, while Davidson asks for the lobster special — much to everyone’s shock.

“Did you just order lobster in a diner?” Redd asked, incredulous.

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“Yeah, why?” Davidson replied.

“Because it’s a diner,” Redd returned. “The whole seafood section is on the menu as a joke. I mean the word seafood is in quotes!”

“I don’t see what the big deal is,” Davidson said. “It’s on the menu. I’ll have the lobster.”

“As you wish,” said Mulaney, as the diner’s waiter. “All right everyone, the time has come,” he called to the rest of the restaurant. “We’ve got an order here for one lobster.”

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A moment later, a giant lobster tank rolled out, with Kenan Thompson inside costumed as a gigantic lobster. He sang of his impending death, a riff on the “Les Miserables” song “Who Am I,” with the lobster standing in for Jean Valjean.

When the song ended, Redd and everyone in the restaurant again begged Davidson to reconsider his order.

“I mean, you can’t eat him now, man. They just sang ‘Les Mis!'” Redd said.

“I’m sorry, dude, I’m more of a ‘Mean Girls’ guy — on Broadway now,” Davidson replied with a wink at the audience.

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Kate McKinnon joined the sketch as the lobster’s daughter, Cosette, volunteering to take his place for execution with another song. But it wasn’t enough, so the entire restaurant staff hit the stage, rolling out a barricade set to sing a lobster-ified version of “Do You Hear the People Sing?” in protest of Davidson’s order. Sing-along lyrics popped up at the bottom of the screen, complete with a bouncing lobster to help viewers follow along.

The song finally got the lobster’s plight through to Davidson. In the broadcast version of the sketch, Davidson relented and ordered a tuna melt, but in the version of the sketch “SNL” uploaded to its YouTube channel, there was one last dark added.

“All right, forget the lobster,” he said to cheers from the rest of the cast. “I’ll have the veal instead.”

“All right, everybody, let’s go kill that baby cow!” Mulaney declared as the sketch ended.

Read original story ‘SNL’ Cast Saves a Diner Lobster’s Life With ‘Les Miserables’ Songs (Video) At TheWrap
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John Mulaney on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See

John Mulaney on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See
Did the entire world set ablaze when it was announced John Mulaney would host Saturday Night Live? I'm guessing no. Did I do a jig? Possibly, but there's no video so no one can prove it. As the writer of Stefon and countless other SNL sketches, Mulaney helped shape some of the finest moments during his half-decade tenure on the show. While a writer, he made a few appearances on "Weekend Update," but those were essentially stand-up routines ported into that format. Aside from his performance as Shy a few
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SNL Highlights: Mulaney's Monologue, Wild Wild Country and Lobster Les Mis

SNL Highlights: Mulaney's Monologue, Wild Wild Country and Lobster Les Mis
John Mulaney made his Saturday Night Live hosting debut this weekend, and the whole thing was just… bizarre. There was no rhyme or reason for many of the evening’s sketches — an eclectic bunch that included everything from a surprise Meet the Parents reunion to a lobster-themed Les Miserables parody.

Like most comedians, Mulaney ditched the usual monologue to tell jokes from his stand-up routine, including a particularly great bit about the world being run by computers. He was equally impressive as a performer, but that didn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, he used to write
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Canneseries, MipTV’s In Development: A Round-Up

Cannes — MipTV and the inaugural edition of Canneseries hosted a joint In Development section for promising early-stage projects from around the world, looking to team them with producers and distributors as early as possible. The event was held April 10-11, to a packed crowd of often young producers.

“It’s our opportunity to make things happen between financing and creative people at a very early stage,” said Benoit Louvet, a former key executive at TF1 Group who last year joined the Cannes International Series Festival as managing director. “We had a very tough process of selection from 344 projects from all over the world.
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Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in Netflix Limited Drama Series ‘The Spy’

Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in Netflix Limited Drama Series ‘The Spy’
Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast as Eli Cohen in Netflix’s upcoming drama “The Spy,” a spokesperson for the streaming service told TheWrap Wednesday.

Written and directed by Gideon Raff, the six-episode limited series will center around the legendary Israeli spy, who operated for the country out of Syria in the early 1960s. He managed to embed himself into Syrian high society and rise through the ranks of their politics. His actions, connections and immense sacrifice have had lasting consequences, shaping the Middle East of today.
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A Modernized “Les Miserables” Series Could be Coming to Television

Victor Hugo’s iconic novel ‘Les Miserables’ was first published in 1862. Since then, there have already been stage and film adaptations of this novel, both of which have received great critical acclaim. Now a company called Elephant is planning to pitch a modernized version of the novel for television. Elephant is a collective of creative professionals from various aspects of the entertainment industry, including digital, television, and film. This Paris-based collective will pitch their idea at Canneseries in the ‘In Development’ section. They will also pitch it at MipTV. This new adaptation is set to become the first French adaptation

A Modernized “Les Miserables” Series Could be Coming to Television
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Modern TV retelling of Les Miserables is being pitched at Cannes

Variety is reporting that Paris-based Elephant is pitching a modernized TV series retelling of Victor Hugo’s classic novel Les Miserables at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is hoping to secure co-producers and potential broadcasters.

The series, which has a bible completed with an episode-by-episode story arc, has been created and written by Marc Herpoux, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and Sheila O’Connor and will update the setting to the end of the 20th century and first two decades of the 21st century.

“All the previous adaptations have concentrated on the story of Valjean’s destiny and redemption, but Les Miserables is a lot more than that,” states executive producerGuillaume Renouil. “A series format will allow us to go deeper in others characters’ storylines: Fantine, Cosette, the Thenardier’s, Javert, Marius, Gavroche, etc. All these characters will be developed over the 20 years of the story.”

Les Miserables has been adapted
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Modernized ‘Les Miserables’ Series to Pitch at Canneseries

Modernized ‘Les Miserables’ Series to Pitch at Canneseries
Elephant, a Paris-based collective of creative professionals working in film, TV and digital, will pitch an updated re-telling of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” at this year’s In Development section for Canneseries and MipTV. It will be the first French adaptation of the story in more than two decades.

Hugo’s novel was a revelation when first published in 1862, and has been adapted for stage and screen countless times since. But, executive producer Guillaume Renouil sees a TV series as a way to expand on many of Hugo’s philosophies beyond what can be done in a two-hour film or play.
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Anne Hathaway Shuts Down Body Shamers as She Gains Weight for New Movie

Anne Hathaway Shuts Down Body Shamers as She Gains Weight for New Movie
Anne Hathaway took to social media to beat the body shamers and haters by announcing that she's gaining weight for a new movie role. The outspoken actress wanted to get ahead of the news before people start to criticize her body in the media, which seems like a pretty good idea in theory. Hathaway didn't specify which movie she was gaining the weight for, but there's a handful of new projects in the pipeline with one called Live Fast Die Hot, which is a drama about a New York woman who changes dramatically when she becomes a mom.

Anne Hathaway is no stranger to getting ahead of the press. While the 35-year old actress was pregnant with her first child, she shared a picture of herself in a bikini after noticing that the paparazzi were snapping photos of her. She figured it was best to share a picture that she was happy about,
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George Blagden on ‘Versailles’ Season 3, Louis Xiv’s ‘Extraordinary’ Madame de Maintenon

George Blagden on ‘Versailles’ Season 3, Louis Xiv’s ‘Extraordinary’ Madame de Maintenon
If anybody wants to explain the extensive, intricate and French governmental aid system for cinema and TV, they could do worse than watch “Versailles,” an English-language Canal Plus Creation Originale and one of the French pay TV operators’s most ambitious series ever, whose third and final season opens Canneseries April 4, before premiering on Canal Plus in France on April 23.

Played by George Blagden (“Les Miserables,” “Vikings”), Louis Xiv, the Sun King and still Europe’s longest-reigning monarch, built Versailles, created fashion, forged the identity of France as a byword for culture. He also created the idea, extended by Napoleon, of a central French state – centralized in his person – which oversaw everything and everyone, to the benefit and glory of France. Such was his extraordinary legacy, that both ideas – culture, the state – survive until this day.

Over 30 hours, in a career milestone, Blagden portrays the complexities of a man who
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'Peter Rabbit' holds off 'Ready Player One' at UK box office

Sony’s family animation is up to an impressive £24.3m after three weeks.

RankFilm / DistributorWeekend Gross (Fri-Sun)Running TotalWeek 1 Peter Rabbit (Sony) £5.6m £24.3m 3 2 Ready Player One (Warner Bros) £4.0m £6.7m 1 3 Isle Of Dogs (20th Century Fox) £2m £2.2m 1 4 Black Panther (Disney) £1.1m £47m 7 5 Blockers (Universal) £932,196 £1.7m 1

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Peter Rabbit became Sony Pictures’ widest ever UK release, playing in 694 locations this three-day Easter holiday weekend (the UK has roughly 760 cinemas) and staying top of the box office chart.

Boosted by Good Friday takings of £2.3m, the film was up 21% over the previous three-day weekend,
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Henri-gorges Clouzot’S Inferno – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

After several critical and financial successes, Henri-Georges Clouzot was at the top of his game as a filmmaker. Widely considered one of the greatest French filmmakers and continental Europe’s answer to Hitchcock, Clouzot had directed such genuine classics as Le Corbeau, Quai des Orfevres, The Wages of Fear, and Diabolique. By this time he was being courted by many large film companies, but it was Columbia who won out, giving him complete creative control and an unlimited budget to create what was to be his masterpiece: L’enfer (Inferno in English).

Clouzot, rightly recognizing this exceptional opportunity, set to work creating a unique slice of cinema. L’enfer was to tell the story of a newlywed couple, he a middle-aged man and she a twenty-something debutante. But soon after the nuptials, the new husband, Marcel, spirals into jealousy and paranoia, convinced his wife, Odette, is sleeping with others.
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Take A Look At Pretty Woman: The Musical Before It Premieres On Broadway

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Fans around the world are getting a first look at Pretty Woman: The Musical before its Broadway run. Related: ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ Set To Become A Broadway Musical A video from the theatrical production’s world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. The clip features Tony winner Steve Kazee as Edward and Samantha Barks (“Les Miserables”) as Vivian. Pretty Woman: The Musical‘s current run concludes
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6 Infamous Matt Lauer Interviews We’ll Never Forget (Much as We Might Want To)

Before Matt Lauer’s dismissal from NBC over a slew of sexual misconduct charges, the Today show anchor was widely respected as one of the network’s top interviewers. But some of his interviews crashed and burned on live TV, others sparked controversy immediately afterward, and yet more went viral only after his downfall. But after several decades in the 'biz, Matt, 60, is now out of a job — but he's hoping to make a big television comeback. "Matt seems to be under the impression that if he waits this news cycle out, this will go away and he can have a comeback," a source recently revealed. "He has seen a lot of people come back and hopes he will too. For right now, his friends feel that isn't realistic. His team has discussed a public apology, but agreed disappearing right now seems to be for the best." While Matt plans his return to TV,
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