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Robert Downey Jr. says Avengers: Endgame ending is “the best eight minutes” of the entire McU

Robert Downey Jr. says Avengers: Endgame ending is “the best eight minutes” of the entire McU
We’re just days out from the release of Avengers: Endgame, with Marvel Studios set to deliver not only the conclusion to Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but an ending to the entire 22-movie ‘Infinity Saga’ – as well as setting the stage for the next chapter in the beloved superhero franchise.

As such, expectations for Endgame are through the roof, and Robert Downey Jr. appears to be very confident that the film will deliver, with the Iron Man star telling The Upcoming that: “The last eight minutes of [Avengers: Endgame] are maybe the best eight minutes in the entire history of the whole run of them, in a way, because everyone’s involved.”

Whether those final eight minutes will focus on the climactic battle against Thanos, or perhaps some kind of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King-style endings as the torch is passed to a
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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Leads Slow Easter Weekend at the Box Office

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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Leads Slow Easter Weekend at the Box Office
New Line’s horror pic “The Curse of La Llorona” is summoning a $25 million debut at the domestic box office, leading a quiet Easter weekend before Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” hits theaters on April 26.

The James Wan-produced “La Llorona,” playing in 3,372 theaters, was a hit with Hispanic audiences, who accounted for nearly 50% of ticket sales. The R-rated film, budgeted at only $9 million, marked the directorial debut of Michael Chaves, who will next helm Wan’s “The Conjuring 3” at Warner Bros.

Overall, Easter weekend is looking scary bad compared to last year’s Easter frame (down 22%). t’s also the worst Easter frame since 2005. Box office observers feel the low numbers are simply a result of auds holding out for the “Avengers” next weekend.

Warner Bros.’ “Shazam!” held strong in second place with a $17.2 million outing. The Zach Levi-starrer has now collected $120 million in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Fox
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Academy Responds to Roman Polanski: ‘Procedures Were Fair and Reasonable’

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Academy Responds to Roman Polanski: ‘Procedures Were Fair and Reasonable’
Update: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has responded to a lawsuit from director Roman Polanski that claimed he was unfairly expelled from the organization behind the Oscars.

“The procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate,” a spokesperson said.

The Academy’s statement comes after Polanski filed suit against the non-profit this week, demanding reinstatement after he was ousted last May.

The suit, filed in the state of California, says the Academy did not follow proper protocol in dismissing him nearly a year ago. The Academy did so “in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct,” they said at the time, adding their leadership expected members to “uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

Polanski’s suit says the Academy’s expulsion decision “is not supported by findings, and the Academy’s findings are not supported by evidence.
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John Singleton, Oscar-Nominated Director, May Have Suffered A Stroke

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John Singleton, Oscar-Nominated Director, May Have Suffered A Stroke
John Singleton, whose Boyz n the Hood remains one of the definitive movies of the 1990s, may have suffered a stroke and is hospitalized.

Social media has erupted with shout-outs and prayers for the director, who is allegedly at Cedars Sinai. His current condition is unknown.

Singleton was nominated for two Oscars – Best Director and Best Original Screenplay – for Boyz n the Hood, becoming the youngest filmmaker to be nominated in those categories.

He also directed Michael Jackson’s video for “Remember The Time.” His other credits include Rosewood, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Four Brothers.

In TV, Singleton directed “The People vs. Oj Simpson: American Crime Story,” and episodes of “Empire,” and “Billions.”
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Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton hospitalised after stroke

Family of Oscar-nominated film-maker, 51, thanked his fans and colleagues for good wishes

Oscar-nominated director John Singleton is in intensive care after suffering a stroke. The film-maker, known for movies including Boyz N the Hood, the 2000 remake of Shaft and 2 Fast 2 Furious, fell ill on Wednesday, his family said in a statement to the Press Association.

Singleton, 51, is now in hospital “under great medical care”, they said.
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‘Under the Silver Lake’ Is Turning Cinephiles Into Self-Styled Sleuths

‘Under the Silver Lake’ Is Turning Cinephiles Into Self-Styled Sleuths
Whether you’ve seen “Under the Silver Lake” or not, you might be asking yourself the same question Andrew Garfield spends most of the film pondering: What does it all mean? So are the members of a small-but-devoted subreddit, where tinfoil-hat-wearing sleuths have been theorizing about the many clues in David Robert Mitchell’s sun-baked neo-noir for months.

Not that this isn’t without a certain irony. About an unemployed man named Sam (Garfield) whose obsessive quest to decode pop songs leads him down a dangerous path, “Under the Silver Lake” is hardly an endorsement of that kind of behavior. Sam’s search for meaning among minutiae isn’t exactly a fruitful one, with much of “Under the Silver Lake” unfolding in the same vein as “The Big Lebowski” and “Inherent Vice”: There are clues and intrigue, sure, but few of them lead to anything substantive.

Perhaps these amateur
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‘Game of Thrones’: Is Jon Snow Ready to Rule Westeros?

Who should sit on the Iron Throne? If you were to ask Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) after the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere, the answer is Jon Snow (Kit Harington). It's likely Brandon Stark/The Three-Eyed Raven (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is also of this opinion as he insisted Jon learn the news that he is Aegon Targaryen, trueborn son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, and heir to the Iron Throne. Jon has certainly shown a propensity to lead in times of crisis, and after being put up by others, found his way into high ranking positions …
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Michael Che Smears Journalist Who Wrote About ‘SNL’ Co-Star Colin Jost

In response to Uproxx writer Steven Hyden penning an article titled “Why Does Everyone (Still) Hate ‘SNL’s Colin Jost?,” Michael Che defended his “Saturday Night Live” co-star the only way he knows how: by accusing Hyden of bestiality. In a series of Instagram stories embedded below, the “Weekend Update” anchor and “SNL” co-head writer (both duties he shares with Jost) pretended to have heard news stories about a “regular mediocre ass white dude, probably like a writer or something” who “had a secret life” involving rescuing dogs in order to perform lewd acts with them.

Che repeatedly brought up Hyden by name while pretending he wasn’t sure who the culprit was: “i dont [sic] think its [sic] stephen hyden, but that name is stuck in my head for some reason,” reads one example.

Che joined Jost on the “Weekend Update” desk in September 2014 and was named co-head writer of “SNL
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‘John Wick 3’ Featurette Invites You to Check Into the Continental

‘John Wick 3’ Featurette Invites You to Check Into the Continental
I know we’re all hyped for Avengers: Endgame this month, but that’s only the tip of the summer movie iceberg. Next month will bring us John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, the latest stylish action flick starring Keanu Reeves and a bunch of bullets. A new John Wick 3 featurette highlights the continued world building of the […]

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Full Frame’s 9th Annual A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy Closes with “Framing the Conversation: Stanley Nelson”

Taking place on a Saturday afternoon in the lobby of The Durham Hotel, “Framing the Conversation: Stanley Nelson” was the final panel discussion in a series of A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy chats at this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. In town to interview Nelson, the down-to-earth founder of Firelight Media, a recipient of both the MacArthur “Genius Grant” and a National Humanities Medal […]
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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering ‘Mild’ Stroke

John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering ‘Mild’ Stroke
Boyz n the Hood” writer-director John Singleton was hospitalized earlier this week for what’s being described as “mild” stoke, reports Variety. The filmmaker checked himself into the hospital after experiencing pain his leg following a flight from Costa Rica to the United States, which, also per Variety, potentially contributed to the medical incident.

Singleton burst onto the scene with “Boyz” in 1991, for which he earned Academy Award nominations for both Best Original Screenplay Best Director — the first black filmmaker to receive the latter nod, as well as the youngest at just 23 years old. Now 51, he has since directed the films “Shaft,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” and “Four Brothers,” among others, in addition to episodes of “Empire,” “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” and “Rebel.” Singleton also created the FX drama “Snowfall.”

He also supervised the production of the documentary “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later
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TV Bits: ‘Good Omens’, ‘Oklahoma!’, ‘Deadwood’, ‘Brave New World’, ‘Utopia’

In this edition of TV Bits: Check out a new behind-the-scenes look at Good Omens. Broadway musical Oklahoma! is being turned into a TV series. Timothy Olyphant talks about his hesitation to return to Deadwood. Alden Ehrenreich will star in Brave New World series. John Cusack joins Gillian Flynn’s Utopia. In the words of @NeilHimself, this behind-the-scenes look proves that […]

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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke
Updated with statements from John Singleton’s family and FX Networks

John Singleton, the Oscar nominated director and writer of “Boyz N’ the Hood,” has suffered a stroke.

Sources confirm to Variety that Singleton checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in his leg.

The stroke has been characterized by doctors as “mild.”

Singleton’s family released a statement Saturday afternoon confirming his hospitalization.

“John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care,” the family statement said. “We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues.”

Singleton most recently has been active in television. He’s creator and exec producer of the FX drama series “Snowfall,” which heads into its third season this year. He earned an Emmy nomination in 2017 for directing
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Friday Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Impresses with $11.8 Million

In a surprise to pretty much no one, a New Line Cinema horror movie performed well at the box office on Friday. The 1970s-set thriller The Curse of La Llorona—which is kinda-sorta-not-really a Conjuring-verse movie—pulled in $11.8 million on Friday at the box office and is heading for a weekend tally around $25 million. That’s above expectations for the pic, which has struggled critically and earned only a B- CinemaScore from audiences. No matter, the Conjuring-verse spinoff The Nun was a box office smash and that movie bombed with critics. …
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Terry Gilliam Recalls Finishing Heath Ledger’s Final Film Without Him

Terry Gilliam Recalls Finishing Heath Ledger’s Final Film Without Him
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” stars Heath Ledger in the title role, but it also stars Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell in the title role. The reason why is as simple as it is tragic — Ledger died before completing the film — and, with his long-delayed “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” finally in theaters, Terry Gilliam has shared his thoughts on finishing the project without his leading man.

“I was working in the art department trying to save $15,000 on a set,” the writer-director told Entertainment Weekly of the day in January 2008 when he learned of Ledger’s passing. “Amy, my daughter, came in and said ‘you’ve gotta come in the office.’ I said, ‘I’m busy.’ She said, ‘now.’ She got me into the office, and there it was on the BBC: Heath Ledger had died. We all just collapsed and lay on the floor all day long,
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Closing Season 44 with Paul Rudd and Emma Thompson as Hosts

‘Saturday Night Live’ Closing Season 44 with Paul Rudd and Emma Thompson as Hosts
Saturday Night Live is about the wrap up season 44 with a trio of exciting hosts lined up. We already know Adam Sandler is making a surprising comeback to his old stomping grounds to host the sketch show for the first time ever. But after that, the last two episodes will bring around a first-time […]

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Michelle Gomez on ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ & Madam Satan’s Rise to Power

In Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 (available to stream at Netflix), Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) is finding her place in the darker, sexier witch world, now that she’s left her human friends behind and signed the Book of the Beast, which has changed her life and her hair in noticeable ways. While Sabrina is curious to learn more about her heritage, it causes a strain on her life in the mortal world, pushing her further away from Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch) and into the arms of warlock Nicholas Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood). During this 1-on-1 phone interview …
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‘Game of Thrones’: Norwegian Police Arrest the Night King, Finally Ending His Reign of Terror

‘Game of Thrones’: Norwegian Police Arrest the Night King, Finally Ending His Reign of Terror
Whether Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen can stop the Night King remains to be seen, but we now know at least one group for whom the White Walkers’ fearsome leader is no match: Norwegian police. “Our night watch has now apprehended the man to deter any further criminal activity on his behalf,” announced the Trondheim police force in a Facebook post that has since gone viral and delighted “Game of Thrones” fans the world over.

The Night King’s crimes, like his followers, are legion: “The police have received many complaints about a man from the northern region involved in criminal activity,” reads the same post. “Complaints include animal cruelty and property damage (there have been reports of a wall being destroyed), as well as threats to lay vast areas of land desolate.”

Our friends to the north weren’t just in it for the laughs, however. “Funny posts like
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Netflix Is Experimenting With a ‘Play Random Episode’ Feature

If you have trouble choosing which episode of your favorite shows to watch on Netflix, the streaming giant may soon have a solution. The company is experimenting with an option that will allow viewers to play random episodes rather than choosing one on their lonesome, rolling out the feature on the Android app before deciding whether or not to implement it further.

“We are testing the ability for members to play a random episode from different TV series on the Android mobile app,” Netflix told Deadline in a statement yesterday. “These tests typically vary in length of time and by region, and may not become permanent.”

Netflix has many binge-friendly series, of course, and among those the new option is currently available for are “The Office,” “Arrested Development,” “New Girl,” and “Our Planet.” Shows for which the feature is available appear in a new row labeled, appropriately enough, “Play a Random Episode,
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This Week In Trailers: Pavarotti, Bliss, Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation, Grass Is Greener, Harvest Season

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]

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