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September 25, 2018 9:30AM PT The SAG-AFTRA Foundation will present its Patron of the Artists Awards to entertainment industry leader Jeffrey Katzenberg and director-producer-writer Spike Lee. The foundation made the announcement Tuesday. It said the awards honor industry leaders who are champions of the arts and whose history of fostering creativity and creating opportunities for
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September 25, 2018 9:23AM PT Twitter is revamping its policies to include a ban of dehumanizing language. The company previewed the changes Wednesday morning, and asked its users for input to refine the policy. “Language that makes someone less than human can have repercussions off the service, including normalizing serious violence,” the company said in
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U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to Michael Rapino, CEO of Ticketmaster parent company Live Nation, about the allegations made in a CBC/Toronto Star report last week, which claims the company’s proprietary program, TradeDesk, to allow ticket scalpers to access a web-based inventory of Ticketmaster’s ticket supply in order to
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September 25, 2018 9:15AM PT Robert and Michelle King have renewed their overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Under the three-year agreement with the Kings — co creators of “The Good Fight” and “The Good Wife” — CBS will have exclusive rights to produce TV content created by the Kings across all platforms. The Kings,
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A month after his exit from Columbia Records, Joel Klaiman has a new job at Hitco Entertainment, the label founded by L.A. Reid and Charles Goldstuck that’s home to Outkast’s Big Boi, Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane and newcomer rappers SAINt JHN and Yella Beezy. Klaiman joins the Los Angeles-based company as President. He will be
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September 25, 2018 8:50AM PT Cameron Crowe’s iconic film “Almost Famous” is getting the stage treatment. On Tuesday, producers announced a musical is officially in the works. It will feature music by composer Tom Kitt, who previously scored “Next to Normal” and “Bring it On,” with lyrics by Kitt and Crowe. Crowe will pen the book
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Getty ImagesMax Mumby/Indigo The Royal Family is making Meghan Markle’s one-of-a-kind engagement ring—or at least replicas of it—available to the general, not-super-rich public via its The Royal Collection shop. Fans noticed that the shop online is now selling a Buckingham Palace ring, which looks exactly like the yellow-gold triple-diamond ring that Prince Harry designed for
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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will keynote Variety’s inaugural Music for Screens Summit, held at Neuehouse in Hollywood on Oct. 30. The day-long event, with ambient music exclusively provided by iHeartMedia, will focus on the latest trends in composing for film and television, music supervision, commercial synchs in the digital age, legacy act management, soundtracks’ enduring popularity, and
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September 25, 2018 7:30AM PT The highly-anticipated second installment of “Making a Murderer” has an official Netflix premiere date, the streaming giant announced Tuesday. Part 2 will debut on Oct. 19. The first installment of the Emmy-winning documentary series followed the journey of Steven Avery. Avery was convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder in
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September 25, 2018 7:00AM PT Kari Skogland, Emmy-nominated director of Hulu’s adaptation of the Margaret Atwood book “The Handmaid’s Tale,” perhaps best describes the zeitgeist-y effect of the show when she says, “I think ‘Handmaids’ is absolutely inextricably linked to the #MeToo movement.” So much so that the standard-issue scarlet-red robes and white-winged bonnets of
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September 25, 2018 7:00AM PT Well Go USA has bought North American theatrical rights to Bill Oliver’s science-fiction drama “Jonathan,” starring Ansel Elgort, Suki Waterhouse and Patricia Clarkson. The deal was announced Tuesday, prior the Sept. 26 West Coast premiere of “Jonathan” at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Well Go plans to release the film
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Check out the official Mid90s trailer starring Lucas Hedges! Let us know what you think in the comments below. ► Buy Tickets to Mid90s: https://www.fandango.com/mid90s-213183/movie-overview?cmp=MCYT_YouTube_Desc US Release Date: October 19, 2018 Starring: Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Sunny Suljic Directed By: Jonah Hill Synopsis: The story of a boy growing up in Los Angeles in the
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Check out the official Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer starring Johnny Depp! Let us know what you think in the comments below. ► Buy Tickets to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: https://www.fandango.com/fantastic-beasts-the-crimes-of-grindelwald-207770/movie-overview?cmp=MCYT_YouTube_Desc US Release Date: November 16, 2018 Starring: Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller Directed By: David Yates Synopsis: The second
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Warner Bros. dropped the final trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” on Tuesday. The studio teamed up with Twitter to exclusively launch the spot on the social media platform before it went live elsewhere. When the trailer debuted, electronic billboards posted in New York City, Toronto, and Tokyo flooded with real-time Twitter reactions from
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The streaming TV players are leaning hard on Halloween this year, with Hulu launching its monthly horror franchise “Into the Dark” Oct. 5 and Netflix’s “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” coming Oct. 26. While “Sabrina” comes pre-sold to its potential audience, tied in as it is to the “Riverdale” universe both through its source material
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Matteo Garrone’s gritty revenge drama “Dogman,” which won the best actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is Italy’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar. Dubbed an “urban Western,” the movie is inspired by a murder committed by a dog groomer during the late 1980s in a gang-ridden area outside Rome. The film marks Garrone’s return to
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Gyorgi Palfi’s “His Master’s Voice” will line up against Fruit Chan’s “Three Husbands” and Veit Helmer’s “The Bra” in the main competition section of the Tokyo International Film Festival. Ralph Fiennes’ “The White Crow” will also receive its Asian premiere in competition. The festival announced its full line up Tuesday in Tokyo. The festival will
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Sharon Horgan’s burgeoning shingle Merman is launching a new digital arm, Mermade, and has brought in a clutch of seasoned industry execs the run the new U.S.- and U.K.-based business. Mermade will focus on shortform series for streamers, brands, and publishers. Rene Rechtman and Dan’l Hewitt, formerly of Disney-backed Maker Studios, will be non-executive directors.
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A selection of Basque pictures, projects and productions in 2018: 70 BIG ONES Sayaka Producciones, Pokeepsie Films, La Panda Producciones and Setenta Invisibles L.P. AIE produce the next thriller from Basque genre specialist Koldo Serra (“The Backwoods”), starring Emma Suárez, Nathalie Poza and Hugo Silva. It features a desperate woman in need of $41,000, with
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