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Early Showings of ‘Aquaman’ Set for Amazon Prime Members

Early Showings of ‘Aquaman’ Set for Amazon Prime Members
Amazon is offering its Amazon Prime members an exclusive early showing of Warner Bros.Aquaman on Dec. 15 — six days before the fantasy-adventure film opens in North America.

Amazon launched the promotion Monday under which Prime members can purchase up to 10 tickets through Atom Tickets for the showing at more than 1,000 Regal, AMC, ArcLight Cinemas, and National Amusements theaters.
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George R.R. Martin Says "Game of Thrones" Prequel Pilot Won’t Involve Targaryens, TBD on Dragons

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George R.R. Martin has shared yet another fact about the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot — which may or may not be titled “The Long Night.”

While discussing his new book, "Fire and Blood" — which catalogs the history of Westeros before the current events of Martin’s "A Song of Ice and Fire" books and David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ fantasy series — the author teased more about the upcoming project, which is set 10,000 years before “GoT.”

And, well, if you were hoping for a lot of the same elements of “Thrones” in its prequel, you might be disappointed, as this Westeros very different from the one we know now. For one, there won’t be Targaryens and there may not even be dragons, said Martin, who is working with HBO and showrunner Jane Goldman.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Here's Everything We Know About the Series' Epic
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Maya Rudolph, Natasha Lyonne Sign First Look Deal With Amazon Studios

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Maya Rudolph, Natasha Lyonne Sign First Look Deal With Amazon Studios
Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne have signed a new first-look television deal with Amazon Studios, the company announced on Monday.

Under the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, the duo will create original series for the streamer via their Animal Pictures production banner.

“Maya and Natasha are proven talents in front of and behind the camera, and we are so excited to tap into this powerful creative brain trust and be in business with these fiercely funny and phenomenally smart women,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

“I’ve had an incredible experience working with the team at Amazon Studios on Forever, where they have given us true creative freedom,” said Rudolph. “I’m excited to extend this relationship and to have the opportunity for Natasha and myself to continue to develop new shows for a global audience.”

Also Read: Amazon Studios, Blumhouse TV Team Up for 8 Thematically-Connected Films

Lyonne added,
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FX’s "Fosse/Verdon" Sets Main Cast; Norbert Leo Butz, Margaret Qualley Join as Series Regulars

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FX has set the main cast for the eight-episode limited series “Fosse/Verdon,” Variety has learned.

The series is based on the biography “Fosse” written by Sam Wasson and tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams).

Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in the series regular role of Paddy Chayefsky, while Margaret Qually will appear in the series regular role of Ann Reinking.

In addition, the following people have been cast in recurring roles: Aya Cash as Joan Simon, Nate Corddry as Neil Simon, Susan Misner as Joan McCracken, Bianca Marroquin as Chita Rivera, Kelli Barrett as Liza Minnelli, Evan Handler as Hal Prince, Rick Holmes as Fred Weaver, Paul Reiser as Cy Feuer, Ethan Slater as Joel Grey, Byron Jennings as George Abbott, and Laura Osnes as Shirley MacLaine.

Butz is currently starring on Broadway in “My Fair Lady
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Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival

Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival
Spinal Tap, the loudest band in England, is reuniting for a 35th anniversary screening of their film This Is Spinal Tap at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and will also perform following the screening.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will turn it up to 11 again in a one-night-only concert in which they’ll perform as themselves in tribute to the fictional band Spinal Tap. So they won’t specifically be in character as Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls. But they’ll further be joined by This is Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner for a conversation to follow.

“Spinal Tap proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever,” director, co-writer and star Reiner said in a statement Monday.
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‘Twin Peaks’ Origin Story ‘Blonde, Beautiful and Dead’ Optioned by Part2 Pictures (Exclusive)

‘Twin Peaks’ Origin Story ‘Blonde, Beautiful and Dead’ Optioned by Part2 Pictures (Exclusive)
Part2 Pictures has optioned “Blonde, Beautiful and Dead: The Murder Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks,” an upcoming project from MetaBook about Hazel Drew, the young woman whose murder 110 years ago became the basis for the fictional killing of Laura Palmer.

“Blonde, Beautiful and Dead,” by David Bushman and Mark Givens, examines the death of Drew in Sand Lake, New York, home of “Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost’s grandmother, Betty Calhoun. Calhoun used to tell Frost stories about Drew, who was found dead in the waters of Teal’s Pond. Like Laura Palmer, she was said to have a double life that included multiple lovers.

Frost will write the foreword of the book, which explains how his grandmother’s stories about the killing lingered with with for decades, leading to the inception of the murder mystery at the center of his and David Lynch’s unforgettable “Twin Peaks.”

Under the deal,
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John Bluthal obituary

John Bluthal obituary
Stage and screen actor who appeared in popular sitcoms including "Never Mind the Quality," "Feel the Width" and "The Vicar of Dibley."

The actor John Bluthal, who has died aged 89, forged a long and successful acting career in Britain that began in the golden age of television in the 1960s, when he provided a foil to the comedy legends Michael Bentine, Eric Sykes, Peter Cook and, over several decades, Spike Milligan.

Bluthal soared to the top of the bill when he starred alongside Joe Lynch in the sitcom "Never Mind the Quality", "Feel the Width" (1967-71), the pair playing respectively the Jewish jacket-maker Manny Cohen and the Irish trouser-maker Patrick Kelly running a business in the East End.
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Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?

Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?
As J.K. Rowling continues to expand the “Harry Potter” universe, the generation that grew up watching onscreen adventures of the Boy Who Lived have remained a faithful bunch.

That much was clear from the opening weekend of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest installment in the seemingly endless array of “Harry Potter” sequels, prequels, spinoffs and stage shows. The umpteenth return to the fantasy series launched with $62 million at the domestic box office, a sizable and potentially problematic drop from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Like the first Fantastic Beasts installment, the audience breakdown was much older than the movies centering around the bespectacled boy wizard.

The lower than expected start displays that beyond die-hard fans, the Wizarding World has struggled to entice a new wave of Potterheads.
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Jorge Gutierrez Shares First Details on Netflix Series ‘Maya and the Three’

Among the most exciting and ambitious of the six original animated projects announced by Netflix earlier this month is Jorge Gutierrez’s Mesoamerican fantasy epic, “Maya and the Three.” The filmmaker recently talked with Variety about the series’ origins, inclusive casting and new ways that studios look for talent.

Gutierrez only ever pitched “Maya and the Three” one time, and only when the people at Netflix pushed him to share his dream project that he didn’t believe anyone would let him make.

“So I sat down on Jan. 25th of this year and that was the first time I ever pitched ‘Maya,
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Nielsen Names Ibm Exec David Kenny CEO

Nielsen has picked its new CEO: David Kenny, previously head of Ibm’s artificial-intelligence unit and former chief exec of the Weather Company.

Kenny succeeds 22-year Nielsen veteran Mitch Barns, who as previously announced is retiring from the media-measurement company. Barns, who had been CEO since 2013, will step down as chief executive officer on Dec. 3, and will remain with the company until Dec. 31 in an advisory capacity to Kenny.

In a statement, Nielsen exec chairman James Attwood said Kenny’s “decades of experience in Big Data, artificial intelligence, cloud technologies, and media make him perfectly suited to lead Nielsen at this critical time.
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How Focus Features Rediscovered Its Knack for Making Award-Winning Films

Nearly three years ago, in February 2016, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley decided that her studio's specialty division, Focus Features, needed to, well, refocus. Created in 2002, the unit, known for Oscar winners like The Pianist and Brokeback Mountain, had taken a detour into genre movies, giving their artier fare short shrift, with less-than-stellar results. So, explains Langley, "We all made a decision to redouble our efforts in the specialty field and not confuse the Focus brand or the marketplace with trying to do elevated genre films." She urged Focus to concentrate "on director-led films that have strong ...
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Greek Producers of 'Wasted Youth' Win Eurimages Co-Production Award

Greek producers Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas, whose credits include Wasted Youth, The Harvesters and Son of Sofia, are the winners of this year's Eurimages Co-Production Award.

Kontovrakis and Karnavas first came together on the sleeper success Wasted Youth, from directors Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, which opened the 2011 Rotterdam film festival and went on to become a cross-over arthouse hit.

The pair founded Athens-based production company Heretic, whose credits include Elina Psykou's Son of Sofia, which premiered in Tribeca last year, and Etienne Kallos' South African drama The Harvesters, which bowed in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section this year. The two also run ...
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Hong Kong Star Donnie Yen Sues Producers Behind Flop 'Frozen Hero II' for Defamation

Hong Kong Star Donnie Yen Sues Producers Behind Flop 'Frozen Hero II' for Defamation
Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen is suing the backers of the critically slammed flop The Frozen Hero II for defamation. 

The Frozen Hero II, headlined by Yen, debuted in China on Nov. 2. It has one of the lowest ratings of this year's releases on review aggregation website Douban, scoring 2.7 out of 10. With a budget of $28.8 million (RMB200 million), it has grossed $4.94 million (RMB34.3 million) in two weeks.

The saga is unveiling some of the more unconventional film promotion tactics in China.

A post appeared in early November on the ...
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K-Pop Stars Bts Beat One Direction to Claim Biggest Event-Cinema Release

K-Pop Stars Bts Beat One Direction to Claim Biggest Event-Cinema Release
Burn the Stage: The Movie, the first film from South Korean K-Pop band Bts, has broken the global event-cinema record, claiming the crown from fellow boy-band megastars One Direction. 

According to Trafalgar Releasing, the film has landed 1.4 million admissions since launching on Thursday. One Direction: Where We Are claimed 1.2 million admissions back in 2014. 

Burn the Stage: The Movie has been seen across 79 territories, with a global box office haul of an estimated $14 million.

Over the weekend it reached the No. 10 box office spot in the U.S., where it averaged $5,900 ...
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Colbert Clears Up Trump’s Confusion About California Town Devastated by the Camp Fire (Video)

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Colbert Clears Up Trump’s Confusion About California Town Devastated by the Camp Fire (Video)
On Saturday, Donald Trump visited Paradise, California, the town ravaged by the ongoing Camp Fire, which he mistakenly referred to as “Pleasure,” before California Gov. Jerry Brown corrected him. So on Monday’s episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert offered a helpful clarification he thinks Trump could understand.

“Pleasure, Paradise, it’s easy to get them mixed up,” Colbert joked. “Just remember Mr. President, ‘Pleasure’ is the dancer. ‘Paradise’ is where she works.”

While visiting the site of California’s deadliest-ever wildfire over the weekend, Trump said: “You don’t see what’s going on until you come here. And what we saw at Pleasure, what a name, right now.”

“We just left Pleasure,” he continued.

Also Read: Camp Fire Update: More Than 1,000 People Missing, 71 Dead in California's Deadliest Wildfire

Colbert also noted Trump’s response when asked if the devastation in California has changed his mind about whether
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Hugh Jackman Has a Message for John Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds After Twitter Roast

Hugh Jackman Has a Message for John Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds After Twitter Roast
Everyone loves a good Hollywood feud, even if it’s not exactly real.

Hugh Jackman took the opportunity at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where he was being honored, to take a shot at John Krasinski and Ryan Reynolds, who ganged up on him on social media over the weekend after a photo of Jackman cozying up to Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt at Variety’s “Actors on Actors” event hit the Internet.

“You gotta stay on your toes, John,” Jackman joked to Variety Monday night. “That’s all I’m saying.”

He went on to add that he’d have no problem taking on Krasinski in a physical altercation if it came to that.

“I’m fine to fight John, but he arrived this morning at my front door with Ryan,” he explained. “I’m like, ‘Come on, guys. One at a time. Not together.’”

Jackman admitted that
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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 27 Finale: And the Winner Is…

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 27 Finale: And the Winner Is…
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Monday’s finale of “Dancing With the Stars”)

That’s a wrap, everyone. “Dancing With the Stars” has crowned its Season 27 winners: Country music radio host Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess. The pair beat all comers to nab the Mirrorball Trophy Monday night.

Coming in at second place was Milo Manheim with dancing pro Witney Carson, with “Harry Potter” star Evanna Lynch and pro Keo Motsepe landing third, and model Alexis Ren with pro Alan Bersten placing fourth in the season finale.

“Thank you to the people and thank you to Sharna, who made all this possible,” said Bones after his victory.

“Show up, do the work, and great things will happen. This has been #TeamBeautyAndTheGeek’s motto all season and they are now #DWTS Champions!!!” said the show’s official Twitter account soon after.

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Woman Seeks Restraining Order Against Michael Avenatti

Woman Seeks Restraining Order Against Michael Avenatti
An actress named Mareli Miniutti sought a restraining order Monday against attorney Michael Avenatti, best known for representing Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump.

“I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts,” Avenatti tweeted Monday evening. “I have Never abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone. Any claim to the contrary is completely bogus and fabricated. I am a target. And I will be exonerated.”

According to court records, a heating on the matter was scheduled for Dec. 10.

Also Read: Jacob Wohl Files Police Report After Michael Avenatti Tweets: 'I Am Coming for You'

Court records did not include details of the reason Miniutti sought the restraining order. She did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Miniutti’s IMDb page lists credits including “Ocean’s Eight,” and “How to Be Single.”

Avenatti was booked on felony domestic violence charges last week,
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SAG-aftra Members Ratify Television Animation Deal

Members of SAG-AFTRA have approved a three-year successor deal on its master contract covering televised animated work with 95% of those voting in support.

SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris made the announcement Monday, saying, “This was a very important negotiation for our members who work on television animation projects due to the expansive growth of streaming media. It was imperative that we ensure our members receive compensation that reflects an evolving business model. With approval of these agreements, members will continue to be fairly compensated for the work they do.”

Leaders of the union announced on Sept. 19 that they had
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David Arquette Has ‘Zero Plans’ to Be in Another Gory Wrestling ‘Death Match’

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David Arquette Has ‘Zero Plans’ to Be in Another Gory Wrestling ‘Death Match’
David Arquette said his gruesome, bloody injury from Friday night’s wrestling “death match” was because of his “lack of experience.”

“Don’t try this at home,” the actor/producer wrote in a Twitter message on Monday.

Arquette climbed in the ring on Friday night at Gcw’s Joey Janela’s L.A. Confidential with Combat Zone Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Nick Gage, who hit him over the head with a light-bulb tube. The glass shattered, with a shard cutting into Arquette’s neck, which began to bleed profusely.

Photos and video of the violent, gory match quickly went viral. You can see it by clicking here.

Also Read: David Arquette Left Bloodied in Violent Wrestling Match (Video)

Although Arquette has experience in the ring — he became the WCW World Heavyweight Champion in 2000 to promote his wrestling movie “Ready to Rumble” — he said he wasn’t prepared for how brutal the match would get.
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