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Ridley Scott’s Decision to Replace Kevin Spacey Sends the Right Kind of Message (Opinion)

Ridley Scott’s Decision to Replace Kevin Spacey Sends the Right Kind of Message (Opinion)
On Wednesday, director Ridley Scott announced a plan that is virtually unprecedented in the history of Hollywood: With his new film “All the Money in the World” already in the can and less than two weeks from its planned world premiere, he will recast Kevin Spacey’s role (as deep-pocketed oil tycoon J. Paul Getty) and reshoot the publicly disgraced actor’s scenes with 87-year old Christopher Plummer, while still attempting to adhere to the film’s Dec. 22 release date.

It’s a bold move, and one that I predict, sight unseen, could earn Scott his first best director Oscar. Not that awards had anything to do with Scott’s dramatic switch. He wanted to save the picture, which might easily have imploded by association with Spacey, who was last week accused of making sexual advances on several young men.

Spacey is just the latest domino to fall in a brisk industry-wide house-cleaning triggered by last month
See full article at Variety - Film News »

AFI Fest ‘Curates’ the Year in Film

AFI Fest ‘Curates’ the Year in Film
Over the past decade, the AFI Film Festival has grown into something of an x-factor in the thick of award season. Similar to the earlier New York Film Festival, the Hollywood event has hosted late-breaking world premieres of films that have gone on to awards berths or major box office success, from “Selma” to “The Big Short,” “American Sniper,” “Moana,” “The Fighter” and “Lincoln.” This year the festival, which runs from Nov. 9-16 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre, initially planned to close with a first screening of Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World.”

After a flood of sexual assault allegations surfaced involving Kevin Spacey — who portrayed J. Paul Getty in the film — Scott and Sony Pictures pulled the film, and now plan to reshoot it with Christopher Plummer in Spacey’s place. Yet even before this shocking sequence of events, AFI was already embracing a different approach.

“By not really focusing on premieres,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

As ‘Late Show’ Surges, Stephen Colbert Embraces Emmys, Tackles Trump and Unveils New Plans

As ‘Late Show’ Surges, Stephen Colbert Embraces Emmys, Tackles Trump and Unveils New Plans
President Trump’s itchy trigger finger has many Americans worried. But for a group of staffers clustered in a narrow office building attached to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, the fear is his antics may trigger another type of fallout: a “live show situation.”

No matter how much work goes into the jokes crafted for the monologue and other comedy bits for CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the staff knows much of it could be scrapped just before its host tapes the program before the audience. “Many’s the night when we have to throw the whole thing out after rehearsal,” explains Colbert. “There’s never a point when the show is so locked that we won’t change it — literally minutes before I go onstage.” In May, when FBI director James Comey was fired, for example, Colbert had already delivered his monologue, only to be told of the breaking news after he was
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Salary Survey 2017: A Look at Who Makes What in TV

Salary Survey 2017: A Look at Who Makes What in TV
The explosion of demand for high-end TV series and the emergence of deep-pocketed new buyers such as Netflix and Amazon has been an enormous windfall for marquee talent. Just ask Robert De Niro, or David Letterman, or Katy Perry.

Stars with brand names are more in demand than ever as dozens of competing outlets search for anything that will help a show stand out from the pack. The new business models that govern streaming services have also had the effect of raising upfront payments to top talent because traditional forms of generating a profit from a hit series — through international sales and off-network syndication — are no longer an option.

Among the winners in the past year on the drama side were Robert De Niro, who is in line to receive an eye-popping $775,00 per episode for the untitled Amazon drama series from director David O. Russell. Other big gainers include “Shameless” stars Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy and
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Comics Corner: Penny Dreadful, The Walking Dead #168, Predator: Hunters #2, Gwar: Orgasmageddon #1, Outcast #28

Today's Comics Corner kicks off with four covers and three preview pages for Penny Dreadful: The Awaking #3. We also take a look at Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #4, The Walking Dead #168, three preview pages from Predator: Hunters #2, impressions of Gwar: Orgasmageddon #1, Outcast #28, Baltimore: The Red Kingdom #5, six preview pages for Slayer: Repentless #3 , and Paper Girls #15.

Penny Dreadful: The Awaking #3: "Written By Penny Dreadful Series Co-executive Producer Chris King With Interior Art From Jesus Hervais (Sons Of Anarchy)!

Continues The Story Directly After The Shocking Events Of Penny Dreadful’S Season Three Finale!

Writer: Chris King

Artist: Jesus Hervas

Colorist: Jason Wordie

Type: Comic

Format: Softcover

Series: Penny Dreadful

Genres: Fantasy, Horror

Age: 17+

On Sale: 7 Jun 2017."

For more information on this comic sequel to the wonderful world of Penny Dreadful, visit:

https://titan-comics.com/c/968-penny-dreadful-the-awaking/

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #4: "The Twelfth Doctor,
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Joe Corallo: Is Gwar Dynamite?

Back in October, an inarguably simpler time, I got the chance to interview writer Matt Miner and editor Brendan Wright on the project they were promoting on Kickstarter, Gwar: Orgasmageddon. Since then, not only did that Kickstarter get fully funded, but it got picked up for distribution by Dynamite Entertainment. The first issue is scheduled for release next month. I got my hands on a review copy, and since I asked you all to support the Kickstarter for this comic I might as well tell you what I think.

Before I jump in there are a lot of credits to this comic, so let me get through that first. The main 18-page story is written by Gwar’s own Matt Maguire and Matt Miner, line art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer with Matt Maguire, colors by Marissa Louise and Doug Garbark, and letters and designs by Taylor Esposito. The four-page backup,
See full article at Comicmix »

‘Veep’: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and the Cast Pick Their Favorite Insults From Season 6

‘Veep’: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and the Cast Pick Their Favorite Insults From Season 6
Team “Veep” had a busy day on Thursday.

Bright and early, HBO announced the two-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series had been renewed for a seventh season. The cast and crew took to social media to celebrate.

Happy to spend another year with these clowns! Yay! https://t.co/7na2OEF4hI

Anna Chlumsky (@AnnaChlumsky) May 26, 2017

#Veep is returning for another season! pic.twitter.com/3AUwmRcEFh

Sam Richardson (@SamRichardson) May 25, 2017

But they didn’t have long. The entire squad — including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, Sam Richardson, Kevin Dunn, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, and Reid Scott — made their way to Burbank to record “Conan” for air that night. Take a look at their appearance below.

Read More: ‘Silicon Valley’ and T.J. Miller Part Ways: How Season 5 Can Survive Without Him

Conan O’Brien, citing how he’s always a bit hurt when a scripted insult aimed at his
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘Veep’: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and the Cast Pick Their Favorite Insults From Season 6

‘Veep’: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and the Cast Pick Their Favorite Insults From Season 6
Team “Veep” had a busy day on Thursday.

Bright and early, HBO announced the two-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series had been renewed for a seventh season. The cast and crew took to social media to celebrate.

Happy to spend another year with these clowns! Yay! https://t.co/7na2OEF4hI

Anna Chlumsky (@AnnaChlumsky) May 26, 2017

#Veep is returning for another season! pic.twitter.com/3AUwmRcEFh

Sam Richardson (@SamRichardson) May 25, 2017

But they didn’t have long. The entire squad — including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, Sam Richardson, Kevin Dunn, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, and Reid Scott — made their way to Burbank to record “Conan” for air that night. Take a look at their appearance below.

Read More: ‘Silicon Valley’ and T.J. Miller Part Ways: How Season 5 Can Survive Without Him

Conan O’Brien, citing how he’s always a bit hurt when a scripted insult aimed at his
See full article at Indiewire »

Smurfs & Gramps Take One Last Swing At Box Office -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Three New Movies May Have Trouble Making Much of a Mark

After a couple impressive March weekends with one new box office record, and a couple impressive openings, we’re now into April, and of the new movies, there just doesn’t seem like anything can defeat last week’s powerful duo of DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby--which exceeded all predictions with $49 million, taking the top spot from Beauty and the Beast. Ghost in the Shell didn’t even do as well as I thought it may, opening with just $19 million, those late reviews helping to kill its weekend.

Sony Pictures Animation are giving the loveable blue Smurfs a third go at American audiences with The Smurfs: The Lost Village (Sony), after two previous movies,
See full article at LRM Online »

Big Little Lies: Here's Who Really Sang Adam Scott's Elvis Cover

Before we found out who the victim is on Big Little Lies, we found out that Ed is a seriously talented singer. The finale aired on Sunday night and included several performances by Elvis-impersonating parents. The covers are a great addition to the already-packed soundtrack, but while Zoë Kravitz really sang her part, Adam Scott had a vocal stand-in. During an interview with Conan O'Brien, Scott admitted that he took singing lessons for weeks, but in the end, his voice just wasn't strong enough for the number. The director, Jean-Marc Vallée, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his choice to bring in a ringer, saying that both Scott and James Tupper, who plays Nathan, "have the worst voices ever." Harsh! "I wanted this to be emotional and beautiful so I asked Conor O'Brien, the lead singer of the Irish band the Villagers, to be Adam Scott's voice," Vallée said.
See full article at BuzzSugar »

The Office duo Amy Ryan and Steve Carell to reunite for Beautiful Boy

After playing a pair of lovers on NBC’s workplace comedy The Office over the course of roughly twenty episodes, Amy Ryan and Steve Carell will be reuniting for Amazon’s Beautiful Boy. Carell has been on board the project for about two months now, but Ryan has just recently joined the cast, according to Deadline.

The true story follows Carell’s David, a father who is severely impacted by his son Nic’s addiction to methamphetamine. Ryan will play David’s ex-wife, Vicki, who became estranged from the family after David won primary custody, but is back to help her son. Timothée Chalamet of Interstellar fame is set to portray Nic.

Beautiful Boy could break the pair back into the awards consideration in 2018/2019, as not only will Ryan and Carell surely deliver compelling performances, but they are surrounded by a slew of talented people behind the camera as well.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Producers Guild Awards: The Oscar Implications of the ‘La La Land’ Win

La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

By winning the the highest honor at the 28th annual PGA Awards on Saturday night, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, La La Land, a critically and commercially successful original musical about struggling artists in Hollywood, further solidified its status as the clear favorite to win the best picture Oscar. Not every past winner of the PGA’s top prize has gone on to claim the Academy’s top prize — just last year, The Big Short won the PGA Ward, but Spotlight won the Oscar. However, 19 of its 27 prior recipients did, and there is plenty of reason to believe that isn’t purely coincidental.

Read the rest of this entry…
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Oscars: The Landscape of the Best Adapted Screenplay Category Since 2000

Nocturnal Animals’ (Courtesy: Merrick Morton/Focus Features)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

This year’s contenders for best adapted screenplay are quite the eclectic group based on their sources — something that can never be said for those competing for best original screenplay. When looking at this category’s past since the year 2000, can history dictate which type of adapted screenplays the Academy might be leaning toward at the 2017 Oscars?

This site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, honed in on nine films considered either frontrunners (the first five) or major threats (the last four) in his latest check-in on the Oscar race: Moonlight, Lion, Fences, Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Nocturnal Animals, Sully, Silence, and Loving. The original sources for these films are as varied as the subject matter in the works they inspired, so let’s break them down.

As for frontrunners: Moonlight, written and directed by Barry Jenkins,
See full article at Scott Feinberg »

Teen Wolf Recap: Next Stop, Stiles!

Oh, how I’ve missed seeing Stiles’ face on Teen Wolf.

Tuesday’s episode (finally) transported viewers to the Ghost Riders’ domain, a nightmarish train station packed to the brim with their confused, directionless victims — including the always confused and directionless Peter Hale!

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Though Peter initially wanted nothing to do with Stiles — to be fair, has he ever played well with others? — he eventually agreed to team up and find a way back to reality. (Side note: How
See full article at TVLine.com »

Teen Wolf Recap: Jeep-ers Creepers

Tuesday’s Teen Wolf was basically just one hour-long fail for Scott, his pack, their parents — and anyone else who doesn’t identify as a Ghost Rider.

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To be fair, neither failures were technically their fault. They never stood a chance at protecting last week’s partygoers from the Ghost Riders for a few reasons: (1) They’re just too damn strong, and (2) none of the teens under the pack’s protection were being very cooperative — especially Malia’s no-good sidepiece.
See full article at TVLine.com »

Teen Wolf Sneak Peek: The Truth About Mr. Douglas Is (Sort of) Revealed

Teen Wolf Sneak Peek: The Truth About Mr. Douglas Is (Sort of) Revealed
Now here’s a shocker: The hot new teacher at Beacon Hills High School is harboring a supernatural secret.

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TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek of Tuesday’s Teen Wolf (MTV, 9/8c) finds Liam, Hayden, Mason and Corey back in Mr. Douglas’ physics class, only there’s a twist this time — and it’s not just that Corey manages to get a question right.

It seems that adding electricity to his magnet — or whatever science-y stuff he’s doing
See full article at TVLine.com »

Big Hero 6 TV show: second season ordered

Rob Leane Joseph Baxter Mar 15, 2017

Disney Xd's Big Hero 6 animated series will arrive this autumn, and a second season has already been ordered...

Disney Xd’s upcoming TV rendition of Disney’s Oscar-winning box-office smash Big Hero 6 is an exciting prospect for fans of the imaginative, action-packed and heartwarming 2014 film.

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And before season 1 of the show has even aired, Disney Xd has gone ahead and ordered a second season. The Hollywood Reporter broke this story, and shared this quote from Disney Xd's Marc Buhaj...

"[The show's creators] have delivered a dynamic adventure series that follows the Big Hero 6 superhero team, led by audience favorites Hiro and Baymax [...] We are honored to have the opportunity
See full article at Den of Geek »

A History of Brad Pitt and Plan B’s Relationship With the Best Picture Oscar Category

Brad Pitt (Courtesy: Marc Piasecki/WireImage)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Brad Pitt is already a world-renowned actor, a silver screen heartthrob, and a tabloid rumor magnet, but perhaps the 52-year-old’s biggest impact on the entertainment industry will be his wildly successful production company: Plan B Entertainment Inc. — commonly called Plan B.

Plan B was established in November 2001 and, while having gone through a few behind-the-scenes changes throughout the years, it has kept a consistent track record when it comes to churning out movies and TV shows that garner critical, audience, and awards attention. Now, after about 15 years of existence, the company has a shot at earning its fifth best picture nomination at the Oscars on February 2017 with Moonlight.

In addition to the Oklahoma native, Plan B was founded with Brad Grey and Jennifer Aniston. In 2006, Aniston left the company after a high-profile divorce with Pitt and Grey exited
See full article at Scott Feinberg »

Late-Night Hosts React to Orlando Shootings with Sadness, Rage and Disbelief: 'It's Not Normal, and It Shouldn't Be Normal'

Late-Night Hosts React to Orlando Shootings with Sadness, Rage and Disbelief: 'It's Not Normal, and It Shouldn't Be Normal'
On Monday evening, late-night talk show hosts were tasked with addressing the tragedy of the Orlando nightclub shootings - the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Here's a roundup of how the different hosts and comedians took on the topic, expressing everything from sadness to rage.Conan "I am the father of two, and I like to believe I have a shred of common sense and I simply do not understand why anybody in this country is allowed to purchase and own a semi automatic assault rifle," Conan O'Brien said. "These are weapons of war and they have no place in civilian life.
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Dynamite Pulp Heroines Rise Again in 2016

In the summer of 2015, writer Gail Simone, artist Sergio Davila, and a host of other creators, including luminaries like G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), Marguerite Bennett (Bombshells), and Leah Moore (Albion), crafted an incredibly fun crossover featuring Dynamite’s female characters called Swords of Sorrow. In Swords of Sorrow, heroes like Red Sonja, Kato, Jungle Girl, Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, and Jennifer Blood among others team up to save the multiverse from the evil Prince Charming, who happens to be huge misogynist, and his allies from the Chaos! Universe, like Purgatori and Bad Kitty. Spinning out of this success, Dynamite Entertainment has decided to redesign and relaunch the comics featuring their three most prominent female leads: Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris, and Vampirella for 2016.

The new designs by Nicola Scott (Wonder Woman), and new creative teams, including writers Marguerite Bennett, Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts), and Kate Leth (Hellcat) and artists Aneke (Legenderry:
See full article at SoundOnSight »
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