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Writers Guild Says Over 7,000 Members Have Fired Agents

Writers Guild Says Over 7,000 Members Have Fired Agents
Over 7,000 members of the Writers Guild of America have fired their talent agents, the Hollywood union said on Monday.

As promised, the guild delivered a first round of termination letters to agents in a show of support for the WGA’s full-on war with the Association of Talent Agents.

“Today the Guild delivered a first batch of over 7,000 termination letters from WGA members to the non-franchised agencies,” a memo to members obtained by Variety said.

The mass firing comes a week after the WGA sued the big four agencies — CAA, UTA, WME and ICM — for allegedly violating state and federal
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Armando Iannucci Space Comedy ‘Avenue 5’ Ordered to Series at HBO

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Armando Iannucci Space Comedy ‘Avenue 5’ Ordered to Series at HBO
HBO has given a series order to the comedy “Avenue 5” from creator Armando Iannucci.

The series is described as a space tourism comedy set forty years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. Hugh Laurie stars as Ryan Clark, the captain of the space cruise ship Avenue 5. The series also stars Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Nikki Amuka, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, Suzy Nakamura, and Ethan Phillips.

Iannucci created the series and will serve as executive producer. Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, and Will Smith will also executive produce. Iannucci also directed the show’s pilot episode.

News of the series order comes as HBO is currently airing the seventh and final season of “Veep,” the political comedy series that Iannucci created. He served as showrunner on “Veep” up until the end of its fourth season, after which he departed to work on other projects.
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Jake Lacy Joins Zoe Kravitz on Hulu’s ‘High Fidelity’ Series

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Jake Lacy Joins Zoe Kravitz on Hulu’s ‘High Fidelity’ Series
Jake Lacy is joining Hulu’s “High Fidelity” series adaptation, a Hulu spokesperson and a representative for Lacy told TheWrap on Monday. Lacy will be a series regular alongside previously announced lead Zoë Kravitz.

The series recently moved to Hulu from Disney+, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox assets, which included a 60% stake in Hulu. The project comes from writers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka, as well as Midnight Radio and ABC Signature.

A retelling of the 1995 novel by Nick Hornby and the 2000 feature film starring John Cusack, the new iteration will flip the script by telling the story from a female point of view through Kravitz’s character.

Lacy will play Clyde, who is described as effortlessly cute, if not the coolest guy in the room. A recent N.Y. transplant from L.A., he’s still trying to figure out how to navigate the city. Despite his lack of interest in music,
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Both 'NCIS' Spinoffs Renewed at CBS

Both 'NCIS' Spinoffs Renewed at CBS
The more things change, the more things stay the same.

After NCIS star and exec producer Mark Harmon inked a new deal to return for a 17th season of the flagship drama, CBS has handed out 11th and sixth season renewals for spinoffs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.

That all three series are returning could mark a sign of how little things may change for the network following the ouster of CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, with the veteran executive always typically having a say in both new and returning series.

"Both shows have been key pillars ...
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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’
[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”]

Do you like shows featuring a lot of fireside chats and talking about battles soon to be fought? Well, the second episode of “Game of Throne’s” eighth season totally delivered for you. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” keeps bringing together so many of the show’s established characters that the few left out are likely feeling a bit of Fomo. But what matters isn’t their absence but the tragic lack of action as various characters confronted foes from seasons past… and basically made their peace with each other.

It’s honestly bizarre. This episode was packed with answers to the generic fan question, “Oh man, what will happen when [Blank] sees [Blank] again?” But while one might have expected “Game of Thrones” to make more of the “reunion” between Bran Stark and Jaime Lannister — especially given Daenerys’ family
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Summer Box Office: Five Weekends to Watch

Summer Box Office: Five Weekends to Watch
Popcorn season is upon us, and it’ll be up to comic-book heroes, a wise-cracking genie, and a lion who would be king to ensure movie theaters are still the hottest place to spend the summer.

Last summer, blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Ocean’s 8,” and “The Meg” drove moviegoers to their local multiplex in record numbers. This year could be equally impressive. At the very least, Disney will be a force to be reckoned with as the studio unveils highly anticipated titles, including “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Lion King,” and “Toy Story 4.”

As the dog days approach, Variety took a look five weekends that should have the summer box office sizzling.

April 26: “Avengers: Endgame

Summer is getting off to an earlier start with “Avengers: Endgame” debuting at the end of April, and Marvel’s epic superhero mashup couldn’t arrive at a better time.
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Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Its Lineup

Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Its Lineup
Lorcan Finnegan’s science-fiction thriller “Vivarium” with Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, Jérémy Clapin’s fantasy-filled animated feature “I Lost My Body,” and Hlynur Pálmason’s Icelandic drama “A White, White Day” are among the 11 films set to compete at Critics’ Week, the section dedicated to first and second films that runs parallel with the Cannes Film Festival.

Vivarium,” described by Critics’ Week’s artistic director Charles Tesson as reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone” and “The Truman Show,” follows a young couple (Eisenberg and Poots) who have just moved into a new housing development and find themselves in a maze of identical homes and a surreal world.

“A White, White Day” marks Pálmason’s follow up to his 2017 feature debut, “Winter Brothers,” which won three prizes at Locarno and played at a flurry of festivals. “A White, White Day” stars Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) as
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Disney Makes Big Play to Stay in NFL’s TV-Football Game

Disney Makes Big Play to Stay in NFL’s TV-Football Game
Robin Roberts is moving this week from mornings on ABC to primetime. And while the shift is temporary, the business machinations behind it are likely to continue.

Roberts, best known for her regular appearances on “Good Morning America,” will serve this Thursday and Friday as an important presence during two nights of ABC’s coverage of the NFL Draft, an annual highlight for pigskin fans that will also be broadcast on ABC’s sister, ESPN. Both networks are part of the Walt Disney Company, which looks to be making its best play for NFL football as discussions about broadcast rights
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Adam Lambert Back to ‘Idol’ to Mentor Finalists Through Queen’s Catalog

Adam Lambert Back to ‘Idol’ to Mentor Finalists Through Queen’s Catalog
Adam Lambert famously launched his career on “American Idol” a decade ago performing a brilliant audition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He wrapped that amazing eighth season performing with the band on the season finale, and years later earned his current spot as the front man touring as Queen + Adam Lambert.

On April 28, Lambert comes full circle as he steps into the mentor role guiding the top eight “Idol” finalists as they each perform a song from the Queen catalog.

Viewers will get a bonus dose of Lambert, as on May 19 as he is set to perform on the season finale of the ABC show.
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China Box Office: ‘Wonder Park’ Fails to Impress While ‘P Storm’ Rages On

China Box Office: ‘Wonder Park’ Fails to Impress While ‘P Storm’ Rages On
Even on one of the quietest weekends of the year, new U.S. animated release “Wonder Park” failed to inspire Chinese audiences as much as Hong Kong and Indian movies already in their third weekend in theaters.

Starring the voice talents of Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, and Ken Jeong, among many others, the film tells the story of a young girl who has adventures when the amusement park she thought only existed in her imagination comes to life. It is the directorial debut of Dylan Brown, an animator who had worked on films like “Monsters Inc.,” but who was fired by Paramount in January 2018 due to allegations of inappropriate conduct with women and is thus uncredited.

Wonder Park” came in third with just a $3.3 million debut weekend, according to figures from consultancy Artisan Gateway. The film opened March 15 in the U.S.

With movie choices made up of holdovers and weak new releases,
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Jennifer Lopez Reteams With STXfilms on Romantic-Comedy Co-Starring Owen Wilson

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Jennifer Lopez Reteams With STXfilms on Romantic-Comedy Co-Starring Owen Wilson
Jennifer Lopez is reteaming with STXfilms on the upcoming romantic-comedy “Marry Me.”

Kat Coiro is directing the film and Owen Wilson is in final negotiations to join the pic, which will likely shoot this fall. The script was written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill.

Lopez and Wilson both appeared in 1997’s actioner “Anaconda.”

The movie will mark the third collaboration between STX, Lopez and producers Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina following 2018’s “Second Act” and the upcoming “Hustlers,” which is currently in production. The film was originally set up at Universal.

The movie is based on a graphic novel by Bobby Crosby and centers on a pop star (Lopez), who, moments before marrying her rockstar fiance at Madison Square Garden, finds out that he cheated on her with her assistant. She breaks down on stage and picks a random man (Wilson) out of the crowd to marry instead.
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Directors’ Fortnight Will Bring 16 Directors to Cannes for the First Time

Directors’ Fortnight Will Bring 16 Directors to Cannes for the First Time
New films from Lav Diaz, Bertrand Bonello, Johnny Ma, Takashi Miike, Rebecca Zlotowski and nearly two dozen other directors have been chosen for the 2019 lineup of Directors’ Fortnight, an independent section that runs concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival.

The lineup brings 16 directors to Cannes for the first time, according to Directors’ Fortnight organizers.

Seven of the films are from France and three from the United States. Those three are Babak Anvari’s “Wounds,” Robert Egger’s “The Lighthouse” and Kirill Mikhanovsky’s “Give Me Liberty.”

Also Read: Cannes Debuts Childcare and Breastfeeding Stations for Working Parents

Additional countries represented in the selection include Belgium, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, China, Japan, the Philippines, Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina and Peru.

“The Staggering Girl,” a short film from “Call Me by Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino, will also screen as part of the sidebar.

Additional short films are listed on the Directors’ Fortnight website.
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Cannes Festival: Media Luna Takes ‘We Had It Coming,’ ‘The Friendly Man’ (Exclusive)

In the run-up to next month’s Cannes Festival, Cologne-based Media Luna New Films has acquired international rights to “We Had It Coming,” starring Natalie Krill and Brazil’s “The Friendly Man,” one of the standouts at Ventana Sur’s strong Copia Final showcase of near-finished Latin American movies.

MK2 Mile End will distribute “We Had It Coming” in Canada; O2 Play, the theatrical, TV and DVD distribution company of Fernando Mereilles’ O2 Filmes production house, will release “The Friendly Man,” now in advanced post-production, in Brazil.

Media Luna will introduce both titles to buyers at next month’s Cannes Film Market.

“We Had It Coming,” the English-language debut of Montreal based Paul Barbeau, and “The Friendly Man,” with Brazilian rock star Paulo Miklos as its male lead, tackle issues which are liable of becoming trending topics at this year’s Cannes Film Market: Women fighting back; men questioning their
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Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Finally Joins Spotify and Apple Music

Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Finally Joins Spotify and Apple Music
Three years after its release, Beyonce’s Lemonade album has been added to streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music. Previously, in order to hear the album or watch the accompanying film fans to be subscribers to Tidal, the music service co-owned by Beyonce and Jay-z.

The streaming version of the 13-track, Grammy-winning album includes an original demo version of “Sorry.” Lemonade, which dropped exactly three years ago, features guest appearances by The Weeknd, James Blake and Kendrick Lamar.

Last week Beyonce released her Netflix concert film Homecoming, which showcases
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France Televisions to Sub-License Olympic Games for Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024 From Discovery

France Télévisions has signed a deal with Discovery to sub-license exclusive free-to-air French broadcasting rights to the Olympic Games for Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024 from Eurosport, Discovery’s leading sports brand.

Under the deal, France Télévisions will broadcast the 2022 and 2024 Olympic Games, as well as extended coverage, including dedicated streams covering every sport, event and gold medal across all screens. France Televisions previously sub-licensed the broadcasting rights for the 2018 and 2020 Games from Discovery.

Discovery, Eurosport and France Télévisions will be working closely with the Paris 2024 Organising Committee and its leadership to support the delivery and promotion of the Olympic Games.

The
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Make Emotional Speeches at Historic Marvel Premiere

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Make Emotional Speeches at Historic Marvel Premiere
If more than twenty worldwide blockbusters over ten years sounds like a big undertaking, try locking up the cell phones and smartwatches of Hollywood’s most important people for four hours.

Only a franchise with the cache of the “Avengers” series could have A-list talent, celebrity fans, agents and executives gladly turn over their gadgets for a chance to watch the dazzling spectacle of this caped assemblage four days before it opens — the end of three phases of comic book films kicked off in 2008 by unwitting dice-rollers Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jon Favreau on the first “Iron Man.”

“It’s been an amazing ride and so moving, I love all of you guys so much. It’s been the trip of a lifetime, and what you did up there tonight was so beautiful. My brother and sister Avengers, I love you so much,” gushed Mark Ruffalo, who
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Watch ‘Avengers’ Cast Sing ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ on ‘Fallon’

Watch ‘Avengers’ Cast Sing ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ on ‘Fallon’
Jimmy Fallon tapped the cast of Avengers: Endgame to create a new take on Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” themed to the new Marvel movie. In the video, which aired on The Tonight Show, everyone from Robert Downey Jr. to Chris Evans offered lyrics about the history of The Avengers onscreen to Joel’s iconic melody.

The clip, fashioned like a moving comic books, recounts each of the past Avengers films, starting with Iron Man, as well as the many villains and the background of the infinity stones.
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does "Not Endorse" Upcoming Fox Searchlight Biopic

J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does
With less than a month to go before the release of Tolkien, Fox Searchlight's biopic starring Nicholas Hoult as the famed author of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, the subject's family has said it does "not endorse" the movie. 

In a statement issued Tuesday, the J.R.R. Tolkien family and the Tolkien estate said they wished to "make clear that they did not approve of, authorize or participate in the making" of the film, which recounts the years of toil and imagination that gave the novelist the inspiration for his storytelling in the early 20th ...
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ First Reactions: ‘Most Emotional, Most Epic McU Film’

‘Avengers: Endgame’ First Reactions: ‘Most Emotional, Most Epic McU Film’
The end is finally here.

Avengers: Endgame” had its world premiere Monday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center and reactions on social media from fans, journalists and critics are already pouring in.

The reaction has so far been almost universally positive, with several commentors warning fans of the movie’s emotional elements.

Brandon Davis wrote that he “cried so hard” during the film, and called it the “perfect culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

#AvengersEndgame is an astonishing, amazing film. I’ve never seen anything like it. This movie is everything I wanted to be and So much more. Amazing.

— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 23, 2019

While watching #AvengersEndgame, I laughed so loud, I clapped with so much force, and I cried so hard. The movie exceeds every expectation and is the perfect culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 23, 2019

Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Joel Meares kept
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The First ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reactions Are in and People Love It: ‘Fans Are Going to Go Apesh–‘

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The First ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reactions Are in and People Love It: ‘Fans Are Going to Go Apesh–‘
Most of us have to wait until “Avengers: Endgame” hits theaters Thursday night to find out how Earth’s Mightiest Heroes bounce back from Thanos’ finger-snap in “Infinity War,” but not the lucky bastards who were invited to the Film’s gala premiere Monday night in Los Angeles.

That premiere ended at 10 p.m., and so did the social media embargo, so you know what that means: Twitter is now flooded with reactions. So what did they think? Are people who saw it happy and satisfied with what appears to be the conclusion of the original Avengers’ story? Do they hate it? Don’t worry everyone, if the word out of the premiere is anything to go on, you’re going to love “Avengers: Endgame.” (Whew!)

Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' After Dark: Some Theaters Will Run Round-the-Clock Screenings

For the most part, reactions are ecstatic. Peter Sciretta of
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