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        ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sets New Series High With Staggering 19.3 Million Viewers

        ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sets New Series High With Staggering 19.3 Million Viewers
        The “Game of Thrones” series finale ratings are here and they are — as you’d expect — staggering.

        Across HBO, HBO Go, and HBO Now, the conclusion of the megahit fantasy series drew 19.3 million viewers, overtaking the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers that was set just last week. In addition, 13.6 million people watched 9 p.m. telecast on HBO alone, breaking the record for the biggest single telecast in HBO history. The previous record holder was the Season 4 premiere of “The Sopranos” in 2002, which drew 13.4 million.

        Game of Thrones” also once again lifted up the Bill Hader-led comedy “Barry,” whose Season 2 finale drew 2.7 million viewers
        See full article at Variety - TV News »

        Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Thriller ‘7500’ Sells to Amazon Studios

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        Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Thriller ‘7500’ Sells to Amazon Studios
        Amazon Studios has acquired global rights to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s terrorist drama “7500.”

        The deal, announced Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, excludes Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Universum will distribute the film in Germany.

        In “7500,” Gordon-Levitt plays the co-pilot of a plane that has been hijacked by terrorists. The title references the code 7500, which a pilot uses in the event of a hijacking. The code is designed to silently alert air traffic controllers of the situation without tipping off the hijacker. German director Patrick Vollrath wrote the screenplay with Senad Halilbasic.

        Gordon-Levitt came on board and Vollrath began shooting starting in the fall of 2017 in Cologne and Vienna. “7500” is Vollrath’s full-length feature debut following his 2015 Academy Award-nominated short, “Everything Will Be Okay.”

        Jonas Katzenstein and Maximilian Leo of Augenschein Filmproduktion are producing, while Novotny’s Franz Novotny and Alexander Glehr are co-producers. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lindsay Williams of the
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        Netflix Again Blows Past HBO, Others as No. 1 Pick for ‘Best Original Programming,’ Survey Finds

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        Netflix Again Blows Past HBO, Others as No. 1 Pick for ‘Best Original Programming,’ Survey Finds
        Netflix continues to wear the crown as having the “best original programming” among premium TV and over-the-top subscription services, according to new research from Morgan Stanley.

        About 40% of consumers surveyed said the streamer is the No. 1 outlet on this front, up from 39% last year. The next highest scoring service was HBO, at 11%, which was down from 14% on the firm’s 2018 survey. The research comes out a day after HBO aired the series finale of “Game of Thrones” — which has rekindled questions about how much momentum HBO may lose now that its most popular show in recent years has concluded.

        On Morgan Stanley’s latest survey, after Netflix in second place was “don’t know” with 32% of responses, indicating that many consumers don’t have a strong opinion about which network or Ott service has the best originals.

        About 6% of respondents said Hulu has the “best original programming” (up from 4% a year ago),
        See full article at Variety »

        ‘Humans’ Canceled After Three Seasons at AMC, Channel 4

        ‘Humans’ Canceled After Three Seasons at AMC, Channel 4
        Humans' is no more.

        Writer and executive producer Sam Vincent announced the news on Twitter that the show, which aired on AMC and the U.K.’s Channel 4, would not be returning for a fourth season.

        “In this age of unprecedented choice and competition, we can have no complaints,” he wrote, adding that he and fellow exec producer Jonathan Brackley felt “gutted of course, but we were so lucky.”

        “We got to make the show we wanted to make, for 24 episodes. The Humans cast and crew were and are the best, and we wouldn’t have got a 2nd season without their talent and dedication, let alone a 3rd.
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        Joshua Jackson to Star Opposite Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon in Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’

        Joshua Jackson to Star Opposite Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon in Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’
        Joshua Jackson has been cast as the male lead on Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere.”

        Jackson will play Bill Richardson, described as “a Shaker Heights attorney who hails from modest means, Bill is the perfectly-suited counterweight to his energetic and strong-willed wife, Elena. But when Bill agrees to represent their friends in a fiery custody battle, the couple begin to fight about more than just their challenging youngest daughter, Izzy.”

        The series is based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller of the same name, and follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

        Jackson joins a cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Rosemarie DeWitt.

        The project is from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and ABC Signature Studios.
        See full article at The Wrap »

        "Game of Thrones": Plastic Water Bottle Spotted in Series Finale

        • Variety
        Two weeks after a rogue coffee cup made its way into an episode of “Game of Thrones,” another modern-day refreshment popped up in Westeros, this time in the form of a plastic water bottle.

        During one of the most important scenes in Sunday’s farewell episode, in which “The Iron Throne” was decided, a water bottle can be seen tucked behind Sir Samwell Tarly’s foot.

        The coffee gaffe, which occurred during the fourth episode of season 8, was later edited out of future broadcasts. HBO also issued a mock apology:

        “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake,” HBO said in a statement. “Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”

        It’s unclear if the mistaken water
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        "Game of Thrones" Series Finale: What the Critics Are Saying

        [This story contains spoilers for the series finale of HBO's Game of Thrones, "The Iron Throne."]

        Game of Thrones has closed the book on its series, wrapping with a super-sized episode that saw a new ruler ascend to the now-metaphorical throne of Westeros. The eighth and final season was contentious for both fans and critics, with many taking issue with the introduction of certain plot elements and the breakneck pacing of the season, which consisted of just six episodes.

        But after eight years, epic battles and plenty of death and destruction, a new monarch was crowned: King Bran the Broken....
        See full article at The Hollywood Reporter »

        ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Begs Cannes Crowds to Avoid Spoilers

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        ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Begs Cannes Crowds to Avoid Spoilers
        Quentin Tarantino wants Tuesday’s Cannes Film Festival premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” to be a spoiler-free zone. The director took to Twitter on the eve of the red carpet debut to implore media and others attending the hot-ticket event to avoid giving away too much about the film.

        “I love cinema, You love cinema,” Tarantino wrote on Instagram and Twitter. “It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time.”

        “The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way,” he added.

        Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is set during the late-60’s and is said to include Charlie Manson and Sharon Tate as characters. It’s unclear if Tarantino (who offed Hitler in “Inglourious Basterds” in a machine
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        Sony Interactive Launches Unit to Adapt Games for Film, TV (Exclusive)

        Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched PlayStation Productions, a production studio that will mine the company's extensive catalog of video game titles for film and television. The new enterprise, headed by Asad Qizilbash and overseen by chairman of Worldwide Studios at SIE, Shawn Layden, is already in production on its first slate of projects and has set up shop on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City.

        "We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories," Layden tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We feel that now ...
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        TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Finale Easily Tops Network Charts

        TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Finale Easily Tops Network Charts
        The season finale of American Idol led Sunday's broadcast ratings pretty easily, although its early numbers are off some vs. a year ago. Broadcast ratings on the whole were steady despite a likely huge audience tuning in for the Game of Thrones series finale on HBO.

        The three-hour finale posted a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and about 7.7 million viewers. That's down from 1.6 and 8.63 million viewers in 2018 (on a Monday night); Sunday's show may adjust up some as the final ratings account for the live nationwide broadcast.

        Idol was up ...
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        China’s Huanxi Media Picks Up ‘Snowpiercer’ TV Show From ITV Studios

        China’s Huanxi Media Picks Up ‘Snowpiercer’ TV Show From ITV Studios
        China’s Huanxi Media Group Limited has bought the exclusive broadcasting right in the mainland for the forthcoming sci-fi TV series “Snowpiercer” from ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The show is based on South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s film of the same name and is set to debut on TBS in the U.S. in the spring of 2020. Netflix has licensed the international Svod rights outside of China and the U.S.

        The series stars Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”) and Tony Award-winner Daveed Diggs, and is produced by Tomorrow Studios, a joint venture between its CEO, Marty Adelstein, and ITV Studios. WarnerMedia announced last week that it has already ordered a second season even before the first season has hit screens.

        The Huanxi deal covers both seasons. The Chinese company also recently secured the mainland rights to terror thriller “Bodyguard,” produced by World Productions, an ITV Studios company.
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        China’s Huanxi Media Picks Up ‘Snowpiercer’ TV Show From ITV Studios

        China’s Huanxi Media Picks Up ‘Snowpiercer’ TV Show From ITV Studios
        China’s Huanxi Media Group Limited has bought the exclusive broadcasting right in the mainland for the forthcoming sci-fi TV series “Snowpiercer” from ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The show is based on South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s film of the same name and is set to debut on TBS in the U.S. in the spring of 2020. Netflix has licensed the international Svod rights outside of China and the U.S.

        The series stars Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”) and Tony Award-winner Daveed Diggs, and is produced by Tomorrow Studios, a joint venture between its CEO, Marty Adelstein,
        See full article at Variety - TV News »

        Greta Bellamacina, Rileigh McDonald to Star in Jaclyn Bethany’s ‘Thomasina’ (Exclusive)

        Greta Bellamacina, Rileigh McDonald to Star in Jaclyn Bethany’s ‘Thomasina’ (Exclusive)
        Greta Bellamacina will star in “Thomasina,” an upcoming horror movie from Jaclyn Bethany. Rileigh McDonald (“The Sinner”) has also signed on for the movie, which is set in the underbelly of L.A.

        Director and actress Bellamacina has been in the news at Cannes after being refused entry to the Marche with her baby son, then being told she needed to pay an accreditation fee for the infant, a procedure that would take 48 hours to process. The organizers said there was a mix-up on the ground and that it had fixed the situation, but it was an embarrassing incident at a moment when gender equality is firmly in the spotlight.

        The “Thomasina” announcement and casting is more regular Cannes news. McDonald, who has been starring in “Matilda” on Broadway, plays the titular character in the picture, a mysterious, down-on-her-luck teenager whose life begins to spin out of control after her mother’s murder.
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        New Abortion Ban Laws Take Center Stage at Moca Gala

        Forty years ago in Los Angeles, the decision to invest millions in a museum dedicated exclusively to contemporary art — not to mention its formerly desolate downtown location, where the vibe was more apocalyptic than artsy — was a risky proposition. But now that the city’s cultural heart has shifted south of Hollywood, it seems visionary.

        And thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s new director Klaus Biesenbach, what once seemed bound to be a big flop was buzzy on Saturday night, with the Moca Benefit gala attracting an eclectic crowd that included punk rockers (Patti Smith) and politicians (Mayor Eric Garcetti) as well as pop stars (Katy Perry and Ricky Martin) and leading men (Keanu Reeves and Orlando Bloom) to its benefit.

        “I’m excited about Klaus leading the museum because he has a vision and he’s someone who is willing to take risks,” said the Mayor of
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        New Abortion Ban Laws Take Center Stage at Moca Gala

        Forty years ago in Los Angeles, the decision to invest millions in a museum dedicated exclusively to contemporary art — not to mention its formerly desolate downtown location, where the vibe was more apocalyptic than artsy — was a risky proposition. But now that the city’s cultural heart has shifted south of Hollywood, it seems visionary.

        And thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s new director Klaus Biesenbach, what once seemed bound to be a big flop was buzzy on Saturday night, with the Moca Benefit gala attracting an eclectic crowd that included punk rockers (Patti Smith) and politicians (Mayor
        See full article at Variety - TV News »

        Watch DJ Khaled Take Meek Mill, Lil Baby to Church in ‘Weather the Storm’ Video

        Watch DJ Khaled Take Meek Mill, Lil Baby to Church in ‘Weather the Storm’ Video
        DJ Khaled has been dropping music videos left and right since the release of his new album Father of Asahd. In his latest, the rapper is joined by Meek Mill and Lil Baby in a black and white clip for “Weather the Storm.”

        In the video, directed by Eif Rivera, the musicians are surrounded by gospel singers in white robes, who make prayer hands and sway as Khaled and his collaborators rap. The look is grainy, like footage coming out of an old projector, and the music video overall has a low-key production vibe.
        See full article at Rolling Stone »

        ‘I Lost My Body’ Director Jeremy Clapin On His Critics’ Week Breakout

        Cannes — Jeremy Clapin’s feature debut “I Lost My Body” follows Naoufel, a young man who moves to France, falls in love and tries to create a new life. Then in a parallel storyline, it follows Naoufel’s severed hand, which runs, jumps and rolls across Paris in an attempt to find the rest of its body. The fact that these timelines are not quite simultaneous creates a tension that escalates as the film goes on – and pays off in unexpectedly emotional ways.

        Launching out of Critics’ Week (where it is the sole French title in competition), the film will next travel to Annecy, and will likely play more festivals after that.

        The film has a unique narrative structure: One strand follows Naoufel’s hand as it tries to find the rest of its body, while the other strand follows Naoufel before losing the appendage.

        The idea was not to
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        Watch Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Return in ‘Full House Lannister’ on ‘Kimmel’

        Watch Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Return in ‘Full House Lannister’ on ‘Kimmel’
        Jaime Lannister may have bitten the dust on Game of Thrones, but Jimmy Kimmel is proposing a new spin-off series for the character. On Full House Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is back in his armor alongside real Full House stars Dave Coulier and Bob Saget.

        In the clip, Coster-Waldau, with Jaime’s signature gold hand and sword, joins Coulier’s Joey and Saget’s Danny in the Full House kitchen as “Uncle Jaime.” Things are both comedic and dramatic as Joey asked Jaime to help open a jar of pickles. Jaime quips “You got it,
        See full article at Rolling Stone »

        Watch James Corden and Céline Dion Recreate ‘Titanic’ in ‘Carpool Karaoke’

        Watch James Corden and Céline Dion Recreate ‘Titanic’ in ‘Carpool Karaoke’
        Céline Dion joined James Corden for a special Las Vegas edition of “Carpool Karaoke” on The Late Late Show. The singer, who is currently performing in Caesars Palace, went through a series of her classic songs, including “My Heart Will Go Home,” and took the opportunity to learn everyone’s favorite children’s tune “Baby Shark.”

        In the clip, Corden pulls up to Caesars Palace and ask Dion to show him around town. “Well I just have a day off once a year and you called me on that day,
        See full article at Rolling Stone »

        Writers Guild Expands Suit Against Agencies With New Fraud Allegations

        The Writers Guild of America has bulked up its lawsuit with additional fraud allegations against Hollywood’s four biggest talent agencies.

        The WGA amended its suit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court with the claim that CAA, Wme, UTA and ICM partners have engaged “constructive fraud” by allegedly placing their own interests ahead of their clients and by concealing facts about how packaging works.

        The amended complaint alleges “failure of a fiduciary to disclose a material fact to his principal that might affect the fiduciary’s motives or the principal’s decision constitutes constructive fraud, regardless of whether the fiduciary acted with fraudulent intent.”

        The amended complaint also alleged that agencies are operating in a conflicted position because their interests in negotiating packaging fees for themselves are at odds with the interests of writer clients.

        The Association of Talent Agents, which serves as the negotiating arm for the agencies, brushed off the amended complaint.
        See full article at Variety - Film News »
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