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"link=tt0944947 auto]Game Of Thrones:" HBO Confirms April Premiere For Season 8

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It’s official. The anticipated eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" will launch in April. HBO released a promotional video Tuesday morning with no specific date, but official word that the series will return for its final go-round in April 2019. The retrospective video features recycled footage with the most iconic scenes from the series so far.

An April premiere is not a big surprise, since Season 1-Season 6 launched in April or late March; Season 7 premiered in July 2017. But until today, the only official time frame for the debut came from HBO programming president Casey Bloys, who said the series would return in the first half of 2019. Star Maisie Williams was more specific, saying in an interview with the UK’s Metro in January that the series was eyeing an April 2019 premiere.

HBO previously revealed that the final episode was shot over 55 nights in three locations.
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'Godzilla vs. Kong' Synopsis Released as The Film Goes Into Production

'Godzilla vs. Kong' Synopsis Released as The Film Goes Into Production
Director Adam Wingard has assembled his cast for Godzilla vs. Kong and is now shooting the film! Legendary Pictures officially announced that production began on Twitter and the first synopsis for the film has been released giving us our first idea of what the story will entail.

Legends will collide. Production has officially begun on Godzilla vs. Kong. In theaters everywhere Summer 2020.#Godzilla pic.twitter.com/IyegYH5Agb

— Legendary (@Legendary) November 12, 2018

The cast for the film includes Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Demian Bichir (The Nun), Van Marten (The Walking Dead) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon).

As for the the synopsis, it reveals that the two iconic creatures will do
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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95

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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium when he co-created much of Marvel Comics’ vast library of characters and concepts, died Monday, according to THR. He was 95.

Working alongside fellow comics titans like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby during the 1960s, Lee was instrumental in sparking what became known as “the Marvel revolution,” a shift in superhero comics that emphasized flawed protagonists expressing humanistic values. Concepts and plots remained as colorful and weird as ever. But Marvel characters, written with complex, realistic personalities and mundane private lives, often had to resolve family, dating and even financial challenges while protecting the public from an increasingly packed roster of supervillains.

This new approach to superhero comics debuted in “The Fantastic Four,” a team of superheroes presented as a dysfunctional but loving family unit that Lee co-created with Kirby in 1961. Lee credited his wife, Joan, for
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Netflix Sets ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Holiday Special (Video)

Netflix Sets ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Holiday Special (Video)
Sabrina Spellman will return to Netflix sooner than you think — and she’s bringing a little holiday cheer with her. Kiernan Shipka and the rest of the cast of the streamer’s haunting new take on the half-teen, half-witch will be back for a holiday episode, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale,” set to drop Friday, Dec. 14.

Here’s the special installment’s official logline: The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice–the longest night of the year–when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors–both welcome and unwelcome– you never know what might come down the chimney…

Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair,
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What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained

What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained
Leave it to “Toy Story” to grapple with the big questions in life. Why are we here? Why are we alive? What is life about? And who — or what — is Forky?

That’s the question confusing many online after Disney and Pixar released the first teaser for “Toy Story 4.” The trailer features the toys prancing in a slow motion circle to the tune of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” only for a spork with googly eyes and red pipe cleaners (as voiced by “Veep’s” Tony Hale) to shriek in terror, “I don’t belong here.”

Because Forky may not be a “toy.” Director Josh Cooley explains in the announcement for the teaser that he is an actual spork-turned-craft-project. And though Bonnie, the new young girl and owner of all of Andy’s old toys, plays with Forky as though he were one, he feels he doesn’t belong.
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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires

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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires
In the wake of the devastating Southern California wildfires, Netflix has canceled its second AFI red carpet for the Sandra Bullock movie Bird Box out of respect to the victims and those battling the tragedy. The screening for the movie will go on as planned at the Tcl Chinese Theatre tonight at 7:30Pm.

Last night Netflix cancelled the red carpet for the Coen Brothers’ movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Paramount also cancelled their red carpet and after party for the Mark Wahlberg-Rose Byrne movie Instant Family yesterday due to the fires.

Below is a statement from Netflix about the cancellation of Bird Box‘s red carpet tonight.

Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires. In light of these tragedies, we will be cancelling tonight’s AFI Fest red carpet coverage for Bird Box. The screening will continue as planned.
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Hugh Jackman Remembers Stan Lee, Admits He Didn’t Know a Wolverine Was a Real Animal (Video)

Hugh Jackman Remembers Stan Lee, Admits He Didn’t Know a Wolverine Was a Real Animal (Video)
Hugh Jackman honored the legacy of Stan Lee following his death Monday, telling Stephen Colbert of the lessons he learned from the Marvel co-creator who had changed the lives of so many.

For one, Lee indirectly taught Jackman that a wolverine, his name sake hero, is in fact a real animal and not some made up character.

“Embarrassingly, I didn’t know what a wolverine was, and I had never heard of such an animal, and I presumed it was a made-up name for the comic book,” Jackman said Monday on “The Late Show.” “I had never read an X-Men comic, I’d never seen a wolverine, we don’t have them in our zoos. We have a lot of crazy animals in Australia. I presumed it was a wolf, and I did study wolves. I watched some documentaries. There was a big IMAX documentary, and I went to see it twice at the time.
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‘The Voice’ Recap: Live Playoffs Begin With 24-Singer Marathon

‘The Voice’ Recap: Live Playoffs Begin With 24-Singer Marathon
Monday night saw a two-hour marathon of music as the live playoffs of The Voice Season 15 got underway, with all 24 contestants taking the stage for a full performance. Shoes were thrown and high notes were hit as a 13-year-old phenom capped the show once again, but the field will now be cut in half as fans and the coaches cast their votes.

Blake Shelton’s team kicked the night off, with early stand outs including Nashville’s Natasia Greycloud and her gospel-inflected cover of Ariana Grande’s “God Is a Woman.
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Watch U.S. Trailer of Manolo Caro’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ (Exclusive)

Watch U.S. Trailer of Manolo Caro’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ (Exclusive)
Manolo Caro’s pan-Latin American version of movie franchise hit “Perfect Strangers” is set for a Dec. 25 release in Mexico by its producer-distributor Cinepolis, followed by a Jan. 11 U.S. bow from Pantelion. Variety has been given exclusive access to the dark ensemble comedy’s official U.S. trailer and poster.

Perfect Strangers” revolves around a circle of friends who decide to lay bare all their secrets at a dinner, placing their smartphones on the table to share any incoming messages or calls that evening. What starts as a parlor game takes an unexpected, disastrous turn.

“The premise cleverly zeroes in on a fear few want to even contemplate: Being found out,” said Variety critic Jay Weissberg in his review. “Once upon a time secrets were shared between friends, but now the cell has become the repository of our illicit behaviors, and the moment that’s exposed, all is laid bare,
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‘Insecure,’ ‘Smilf,’ ‘Vida’ Among Series Awarded with Inaugural ReFrame TV Stamp (Exclusive)

ReFrame and IMDbPro have awarded 62 television and streaming series their first-ever ReFrame Stamp for Television, Variety has learned exclusively.

The ReFrame Stamp was created by ReFrame, a coalition of industry professionals founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, to recognize projects that have demonstrated success in gender-balanced hiring. Productions that receive the stamp are those that hire female-identifying people in four out of eight critical areas of production, including writing, directing, showrunning, producing, lead acting roles, season regular acting roles, department heads and crew members. Those series must reflect diversity across all of the season, not just specific episodes.
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Nickelodeon’s Evolved ‘Turtles,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Hamilton’ Among Licensing Innovators

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Nickelodeon’s Evolved ‘Turtles,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Hamilton’ Among Licensing Innovators
Licensing is more complex than ever, as studios and networks compete for increasingly distracted consumers. But Star Wars; Overwatch League; and Snoop Dogg’s marijuana products are among the content creators inventing products consumers covet. Here are six companies, stars or shows showing the way.

Nickelodeon Shells Out New Take on Turtles Network pulled back merchandise to reinvent and relaunch familiar characters

As long as pizza remains popular, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be ripe for reinvention.

What began as a comic book series in 1984 is now one of the most durable properties in kids’ media. In September, Nickelodeon
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Nickelodeon’s Evolved ‘Turtles,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Hamilton’ Among Licensing Innovators

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Nickelodeon’s Evolved ‘Turtles,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Hamilton’ Among Licensing Innovators
Licensing is more complex than ever, as studios and networks compete for increasingly distracted consumers. But Star Wars; Overwatch League; and Snoop Dogg’s marijuana products are among the content creators inventing products consumers covet. Here are six companies, stars or shows showing the way.

Nickelodeon Shells Out New Take on Turtles Network pulled back merchandise to reinvent and relaunch familiar characters

As long as pizza remains popular, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be ripe for reinvention.

What began as a comic book series in 1984 is now one of the most durable properties in kids’ media. In September, Nickelodeon debuted the 2D animated series “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the network’s second reboot of the property following a CGI-animated show that ran from 2012-17.

According to Pam Kaufman, Viacom/Nickelodeon’s president of consumer products, merchandise played a key role in both reboots. “Back in
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Review: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’ Turns 50 With an Ambitious Boxset Reissue

Review: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’ Turns 50 With an Ambitious Boxset Reissue
It’s hard to imagine now, but it wasn’t until Electric Ladyland that Jimi Henwas officially in charge of how his music would sound. His first two LPs had come out in 1967, a year in which he played more than 200 concerts with his trio, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He’d quickly become a guitar-wielding megastar, so with his third album he decided to slow down a little and make a statement. He lost his producer in the process and his band fell apart, but by the time Electric Ladyland was complete,
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Facebook Is Trying To Win Teens Back With More Music and Video

Over the weekend, Facebook tiptoed out the launch of a new app aimed at two specific things: competing against the massive video media app TikTok (formerly Musical.ly) and winning back teenage users. The app, Lasso, lets users share 15-second “short-form, entertaining videos” and touts, per Facebook’s pointed wording, a “massive music library” — which comes from the company’s licensing deals struck with major publishers and record labels earlier this year.

Facebook rolled out its new platform without fanfare, possibly following in the lead of TikTok/Musical.ly, which
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Awkwafina, John Mulaney, Nick Kroll Cruise New York in New Short (Watch)

Awkwafina, John Mulaney, Nick Kroll Cruise New York in New Short (Watch)
Awkwafina played chauffeur to comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll in a video released by Cadillac on Tuesday.

In the video, Mulaney and Kroll – reprise their characters from their Broadway show “Oh, Hello.” With the help of “Val the Vlogger,” played by Awkwafina, the duo goes on a tour of New York City in the first-ever Cadillac XT4. The short also features a cameo by 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model Danielle Herrington.

Awkwafina recently scored two back-to-back box office hits with the films “Ocean’s 8” as well as the rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Mulaney is coming off an Emmy
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Key and Peele Reunite as Ducky and Bunny in New ‘Toy Story 4’ Teaser

Key and Peele Reunite as Ducky and Bunny in New ‘Toy Story 4’ Teaser
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, or the comedy duo Key and Peele, have reunited in the latest teaser for Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” joining the film’s voice cast.

As cuddly carnival toys Ducky and Bunny in director Josh Cooley’s film, the two actually riff on their famous parking valet attendants characters in this latest teaser for the film, which also features the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz.

“You can’t go to infinity, dummy. It’s impossible,” Peele’s Bunny jokes about Buzz Lightyear’s famous catch phrase. “You don’t know nothing about science,” Key adds.

Also Read: 'Toy Story 4' Teaser Trailer: The Toys Are Back in Town (Video)

“Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who voice Ducky and Bunny, are two of the most brilliant minds I’ve ever seen,” director Josh Cooley said in a statement.
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GQ Magazine Slammed for Serena Williams ‘Woman of The Year’ Cover: ‘I’m Speechless’

GQ is facing heat for their “Woman of the Year” cover with Serena Williams after the magazine decided to put the word woman in quotation marks. Critics online said the decision was a swipe at Williams’ gender.

“They really put ‘Woman’ in quotes in reference to Serena and no one at the table thought it was a bad idea,” said one critic. “I’m speechless.”

They really put "Woman" in quotes in reference to Serena and no one at the table thought it was a bad idea. I'm speechless.

— King Wizard (@ChrisTheHuman_) November 12, 2018

hmm pic.twitter.com/hG4vAtTDTE

— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) November 12, 2018

It also probably didn’t help that the tennis star was the only woman selected by the magazine, which also chose to honor Michael B. Jordan, Jonah Hill and Henry Golding as their “Man of the Year” — without quotation marks.

Also Read: Billie Jean King
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Playboy Backtracks, Says Some of Ennio Morricone’s Quotes ‘Reproduced Incorrectly’

A day after saying it stood by the story, Playboy in Germany acknowledged Tuesday that its published interview with Ennio Morricone had “reproduced incorrectly” some of the quotes attributed to the legendary Italian composer.

The magazine did not specify whether the incorrect quotes included comments in which Morricone appeared to disparage Quentin Tarantino as “a cretin” who produced subpar films. But it was those alleged remarks that caused a stir over the weekend and prompted a swift denunciation by Morricone, who said that he had not made them.

Playboy said that new information had caused it to reassess the matter, and blamed the writer, Marcel Anders, for the errors. The magazine also apologized to Morricone, who turned 90 a few days ago.

“Up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist,” German Playboy editor-in-chief Florian Boitin said in a statement.
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Flashback: Ricky Skaggs Crosses the Atlantic for ‘Country Boy’

During this week’s Cma Awards, three new inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame will be recognized. Along with legendary fiddle player Johnny Gimble and singer-songwriter Dottie West, both being recognized posthumously, eight-time Cma award winner Ricky Skaggs will be honored and is also listed as a performer.

The 1982 Horizon Award winner, Skaggs was only the second artist to earn that honor, now called New Artist of the Year. Skaggs was also largely responsible for returning bluegrass music to the mainstream, a feat that earned him the Cma
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‘Roma’: Cultures Collide in Powerful Trailer for Alfonso Cuaron’s New Film

‘Roma’: Cultures Collide in Powerful Trailer for Alfonso Cuaron’s New Film
Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón examines the entwined stories of working and middle class families in Seventies Mexico in the new trailer for his upcoming film, Roma.

Like the first trailer for Roma, the new one doesn’t offer much in the way of distinct plot points, though it does create a powerful mood with the help of Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig In the Sky.” The clip juxtaposes intimate family moments with celebrations and social upheaval, while it also captures the broad scope of Mexican culture, with scenes from
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