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Penny Marshall, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star, Director, Dies at 75

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Penny Marshall, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star, Director, Dies at 75
Penny Marshall, who starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley” and then became a successful director, died on Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, Variety has confirmed. She was 75.

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million, the first woman to direct two films that grossed more than $100 million, and she was only the second woman director to see her film Oscar nominated for best picture.

Laverne & Shirley” ran from 1976-1983 and proved an enormous success for ABC. It was the No. 3 show on television in 1975-76, No. 2 in 1976-77, and No. 1 in 1977-78 and 1978-79, spawning ancillary revenue in the form of merchandising, a record album and an animated series based on the show.

Marshall began her directing career by helming several episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.” With little experience, she
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"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4 at Netflix

Netflix has ordered two more seasons of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

The streamer has ordered another 16 episodes of the series, which will be split into two parts like Season 1 and 2. Season 3 and 4 will begin production in 2019. Season 2 is set to premiere April 5, 2019.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft. It finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

It stars Kiernan Shipka,
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Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush

Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush
A crowded pack of year-end holiday films faces a herculean task: make up for their being no Star Wars film for the first Christmas since 2014. By all accounts, Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns, in particular, appear up to the task as the North American box office heads for a record year.

Directed by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns takes flight on Wednesday in order to get a jump on the competition. The sequel to the classic 1964 film stars Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Wishaw and Angela Lansbury. Dick Van Dyke, who starred opposite Julie Andrews ...
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'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards

'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards
Living up to its name, The Favourite has emerged as the favorite for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. 

Yorgos Lanthimos' Oscar-tipped dark comedy has snared 10 nominations, as announced Tuesday by actors Molly Wright and Lee Shone, including film of the year, director of the year and actress of the year for Olivia Colman. Roma and Cold War, also expected to be among the pack heading to the Academy Awards, were behind with five nods each. 

Elsewhere, the members of the London Critics' Circle offered some love to titles that, despite critical acclaim, have largely been shut out of the ...
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"Elementary" to End CBS Run After Season 7

"Elementary" is coming to an end on CBS, Variety has confirmed.

The procedural will wrap up following its upcoming seventh season on the broadcaster, which does not currently have a premiere date. All 13 episodes of Season 7 have been shot. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the network and producers came to the conclusion to end the show after it was renewed back in May.

More to come…
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Oscars: Academy Unveils Slew Of Shortlists

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Oscars: Academy Unveils Slew Of Shortlists
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken the very unusual step of releasing Oscars shortlists in nine categories at once. Here are the lists

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores listed in alphabetical order by film title are:


Avengers: Infinity War

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Black Panther


Crazy Rich Asians
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Black List 2018 Includes Scripts About Snapchat Founder, Matt Drudge and Williams Sisters’ Dad

Black List 2018 Includes Scripts About Snapchat Founder, Matt Drudge and Williams Sisters’ Dad
Snapchat drama “Frat Boy Genius” leads the 2018 version of the Black List — an annual ranking of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.

“Frat Boy Genius” centers on a disgruntled employee of Snapchat, who chronicles the rise of her former Stanford classmate — and “preeminent douchebag” and current boss Evan Spiegel.

The list, unveiled on Monday, was compiled by Franklin Leonard’s Black List organization from the suggestions of over 300 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to 10 favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2018 and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year. Scripts had to receive at least seven mentions to be included on the Black List.

Writer Elissa Karasik is a Mexican-Jewish writer and native Angeleno with a BA in English from Stanford University. At Stanford, she was head writer of the school’s annual musical comedy, “Gaieties.” She
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"Making a Murderer" Detective Sues Netflix for Allegedly Framing Steven Avery

A retired Wisconsin sheriff’s detective, Andrew Colborn, is suing Netflix for defamation, alleging that the hit docu-series Making a Murderer falsely claims he planted evidence to frame Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for murder, Variety reports.

The suit, filed in Manitowoc County Circuit Court in Wisconsin, alleges that the series and its filmmakers “omitted, distorted, and falsified material and significant facts in an effort to portray [Colborn] as a corrupt police officer who planted evidence to frame an innocent man. Defendants did so with actual malice and in order to
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Terry Gilliam’s Long-Delayed ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Acquired by Screen Media

Terry Gilliam’s Long-Delayed ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Acquired by Screen Media
U.S. audiences will finally get the chance to see Terry Gilliam’s long-delayed film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” a passion project that has taken the director nearly two decades to get to the screen.

Screen Media acquired the North American rights to “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” and, barring yet another unforeseen mishap, it is planning a March 2019 theatrical release in partnership with Fathom Events, the company announced Monday.

The film stars Jonathan Pryce as the title character alongside Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko and Jordi Mollà. Driver plays a frustrated filmmaker and disillusioned advertising executive who becomes pulled into a world of time-jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler (Pryce) who believes he is Don Quixote mistakes Toby for his trusted squire Sancho Panza. Pulled further into the cobbler’s world, Toby gradually becomes unable to tell his dreams from reality.

Also Read: 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
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‘Rashomon’ TV Series in the Works From Amblin Television

Amblin Television has acquired the rights to Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed film “Rashomon” with plans to develop it as an anthology series.

Each season of the 10-episode series would focus on a singular event told from multiple points of view where each of the main characters provides a unique and different perspective of the event based on their specific and subjective point of view. Only by watching each of the episodes, and seeing the differing character’s perspectives, will the audience come away with the truth behind the mystery.

Amblin TV’s Co-Presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, will executive
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‘Veep’ Alum Timothy Simons to Develop and Star in New HBO Comedy ‘Exit Plans’

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When “Veep” ends its run on HBO next year, one of its stars won’t be leaving the network.

The pay cable network has put in development a half-hour dark comedy, “Exit Plans,” that will be written, executive produced and star Timothy Simons.

Here is the logline, per HBO: When assisted suicide is legalized in 2019, a man from California opens a small business helping people transition into death peacefully while struggling to keep ahold of his crumbling personal life. In short, he’s trying to figure out his life while ending yours. Will Graham of Field Trip Productions will also executive produce.

Also Read: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Gets Roasted, Burns Back at Mark Twain Prize Ceremony

Simons is best known for his role as Jonah Ryan on “Veep,” which will wrap up this spring with its seventh season. Simons is represented by UTA, Daylight Media and Myman Greenspan.

The network is
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‘Veep’ Star Timothy Simons to Develop Assisted-Suicide Comedy at HBO

Timothy Simons is staying in business with HBO.

Variety has learned that the “Veep” star is developing a half-hour comedy at the premium cabler titled “Exit Plans.” In the series, when assisted suicide is legalized in 2019, a man from California opens a small business helping people transition into death peacefully while struggling to keep ahold of his crumbling personal life. In short, he’s trying to figure out his life while ending yours.

Simons will write, executive produce, and star in the series with Will Graham also executive producing under his Field Trip Productions banner.

Simons has played Jonah Ryan on “Veep” throughout its run.
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Warner Bros., Bron Strike $100 Million Co-Financing Deal

Warner Bros. and Bron Creative have closed a $100 million co-financing deal for five movies, including Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” and Rebel Wilson’s “Isn’t It Romantic.”

The deal, announced on Tuesday, also covers the “Joker” origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix; crime drama “The Kitchen,” with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish; action-comedy “Superintelligence,” toplined by McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, and James Corden; and the tentatively titled “Torrance.” It expands Warner’s relationship with Bron Creative, which previously co-financed New Line’s “The Good Liar, directed by Bill Condon and starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, to be released on Nov. 15, 2019.

Bron Creative is a joint venture between Bron Studios, led by Aaron L. Gilbert, and Creative Wealth Media, led by Jason Cloth. Gilbert and/or Cloth will serve as executive producers on these upcoming movies.

“Aaron and the team at Bron have been great partners with us on ‘The Good Liar
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Adam McKay Explains the ‘Vice’ Musical Number He Left on the Cutting Room Floor

Adam McKay Explains the ‘Vice’ Musical Number He Left on the Cutting Room Floor
Adam McKay’s “Vice” has clearly divided critics, with some calling it a bold and daring analysis of one of the most pivotal figures in American politics, and others mincing no words in labeling it, full stop, the worst film of the year. But, as a filmmaker friend confides, “Divisive is always better. Otherwise, you go gently into that good night.”

Both fan and hater alike can at least agree that McKay at times breaks form in drastic fashion with the film. Shakespearean pillow talk from Christian Bale and Amy Adams might not work for you, but you sure as hell weren’t expecting it in a Dick Cheney biopic.

One outrageous sequence (which actor Steve Carell mentioned earlier today) was left behind on the cutting room floor, and it had achieved a level of lore even before the film first started screening over a month ago. “Is the musical number still in there,
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‘Rashomon’ Series Adaptation in the Works at Amblin Television

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Amblin Television has begun development on a television adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 classic “Rashomon,” the company announced on Tuesday.

Described as a “dramatic mystery thriller series,” the project is planned as a 10-episode season using the film’s signature format, in which a singular event is told from multiple characters’ distinct and sometimes contradictory points of view.

Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will executive produce alongside Atmosphere’s Mark Canton and David Hopwood and Opus 7’s Leigh Ann Burton. No network is attached.

Also Read: Here's How to Watch 400 Criterion Collection Films Online, From 'Modern Times' to 'Rashomon'

“We couldn’t be more excited to adapt this extraordinary film as the foundation for a new dramatic mystery thriller series,” Frank and Falvey said in a joint statement. “It will explore the boundaries of truth and how different perspectives don’t often reveal the same reality.
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‘The Innocent Man’: Inside Murder Cases in Netflix’s New True-Crime Show

The Innocent Man, Netflix’s new binge-worthy true-crime series, is a six-part examination of two seemingly unrelated murder cases that occurred in Ada, Oklahoma, during the 1980s. Without giving too much away, here’s what you need to know about the murders of Debbie Carter and Denice Haraway, and the four men whose claims of innocence were overshadowed by questionable witness testimony, “dream” confessions and other dubious evidence.

There 1982 rape, strangulation and murder of Debbie Carter, 21, and the 1984 disappearance and murder of Denice Haraway, 24, share more than a few common threads.
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‘Conan': TBS Sets Premiere Date for New Half-Hour Format

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TBS has a set a premiere date for the new 30-minute format of its late-night series with Conan O’Brien.

Conan,” which has been off the air since October, has O’Brien and Turner retool the show into its new format, will make its half-hour debut on Monday, Jan. 22, where it will now air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Et/Pt. The show’s new format will continue to feature celebrity guests and Conan’s “signature brand of comedy,” per TBS.

“My three-month absence can only mean one thing – radical cosmetic surgery. Tune in January 22nd for a true freak show,” O’Brien said.

Also Read: Conan Chokes up as He Bids Farewell to the One-Hour Format and His Basic Cable Band (Video)

TBS decided earlier this year to scale back “Conan” just a year after the longest-tenured late-night host signed a four-year deal to remain with the Turner network.
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Tucker Carlson Comes Under Advertiser Scrutiny After Immigration Remarks

A group of advertisers say they are pulling their commercials from Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson’s 8 p.m. program, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” after remarks he made last week about immigration.

The passel of sponsors includes SmileDirectClub, Nautilus Inc’s Bowflex,, NerdWallet, and Pacific Life Insurance.

Carlson sparked the controversy during last Thursday’s broadcast, noting that he felt immigration was responsible for making the United States “dirtier.” On his broadcast Monday, Carlson said he would not be threatened by the threat of sponsors backing out of his show. “The enforcers scream ‘Racist!’ on Twitter
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NBC Wins Calendar Year in Viewers for First Time in 16 Years

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NBC has won 2018 in total viewers, making it the network’s first such calendar-year victory in 16 years. It also snapped CBS’ nine-year winning streak.

Below are the calendar-year primetime total-viewer averages through Dec. 16, 2018.

NBC: 7.821 million CBS: 7.367 million ABC: 5.350 million Fox: 4.442 million

The last time CBS did not finish No. 1 in overall-eyeball averages was when Fox triumphed back in 2008. All good things must come to an end — and it makes sense that this one did in a year NBC had both the Super Bowl and a Winter Olympics.

Also Read: NBC Sets 'Good Girls,' 'AP Bio' Returns, Premiere Dates for 'The Enemy Within,' 'The Village'

Oh yeah, and NBC also won 2018 among adults 18-49 — that’s the demographic most coveted by companies that advertise on primetime entertainment programming.

As a matter of fact, in that metric, it wasn’t even a contest. NBC’s +38% margin (a 1.8 average vs.
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Penny Marshall, Director and ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Actress, Dead at 75

Penny Marshall, Director and ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Actress, Dead at 75
Penny Marshall, the influential actress and filmmaker, died Monday night at her home in California. A rep confirmed the entertainer’s death to Rolling Stone, adding that her death was due to complications from diabetes. She was 75.

“Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall.” Marshall’s family said in a statement.

After making a name for herself with recurring roles on The Odd Couple and Happy Days, she shot to fame with Laverne & Shirley, a Happy Days spinoff that ran from 1976 to 1983. She stepped behind the camera in the Eighties,
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