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Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell to Star in Musical Remake of ‘A Christmas Carol’

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Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell to Star in Musical Remake of ‘A Christmas Carol’
Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are teaming up for yet another filmed adaptation of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” this time a musical take on the classic story, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Reynolds and Ferrell will star in the film from the team behind “Daddy’s Home” and “Instant Family,” director John Morris and writer Sean Anders. However, there’s no word on which roles Reynolds and Ferrell are expected to play.

Currently the new “Christmas Carol” is a package with the two stars that is being shopped and does not yet have a studio attached.

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The project is a joint production of Ferrell’s Gloria Sanchez Productions, Reynolds’ Maximum Effort and Mosiac. Anders and Morris are also producing.

There have already been countless adaptations of “A Christmas Carol” about the
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‘Lost’ 15th Anniversary: Daniel Dae Kim Has an Interesting Theory About the Smoke Monster

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‘Lost’ 15th Anniversary: Daniel Dae Kim Has an Interesting Theory About the Smoke Monster
15 years after the series premiere of “Lost,” Daniel Dae Kim, who played series regular Jin-Soo Kwon, still remembers his first encounter with the smoke monster. He didn’t know what it was, but he was directed to treat it like “the scariest thing you’ve ever seen.”

“We were all supposed to gather around the wing of the plane and look off into the jungle,” Kim told TheWrap. “The note was ‘There’s something out there, and you don’t know what it is — but it’s the scariest thing you’ve ever heard.’ That was my introduction to the smoke monster.”

Though he and his castmates had “a lot of questions” about that infamous column of smoke, the writers kept them in the dark about any explanations until “season five or six,” he recalled. “It was as big a mystery to us as it was to the audience.”

So,
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The Best Violins for Beginners

The Best Violins for Beginners
Beethoven and Bach may be the OGs when it comes to using violins in their music, but don’t chalk up the four-stringed instrument to a relic of the past. These days, everyone from U.K. dance act Clean Bandit, to rapper Kanye West employ the use of violins in their songs, whether to guide the melody or to help drop the beat.

For John Sinclair, the violinist and lead singer of the dreamy pop act Saint Claire, a violin may not be the first instrument people pick up, but once they do,
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Costa-Gavras and Cast on Nationality, Identity, and Cinema

Costa-Gavras and Cast on Nationality, Identity, and Cinema
San Sebastian — Though he’s been based in Paris since 1955 and came up through the French film industry, director Costa-Gavras has never forgotten his roots.

“Those who are born Greek,” said the Peloponnese-born filmmaker at a Saturday press conference, “stay Greek all their lives.”

The once-and-always Greek was not just in San Sebastian to present his latest film “The Adults in the Room,” a ripped-from-the-financial pages docudrama about one-time Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis; the filmmaker was also due to receive the festival’s Donostia Award, which he will accept at a ceremony on Saturday evening.

And so the conference assumed a fittingly career-spanning scope, as the 86-year-old filmmaker took questions about his filmography, his collaborators and his views on the current geopolitical climate.

“We need a Charlie Chaplin to make a movie about that Brazilian guy,” Gavras replied when asked about the situation in South America, indicating his disdain
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Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Goes to Court (Again) on Monday

The music business will experience collective déjà vu next week when Led Zeppelin goes back to court facing claims that it ripped off its signature “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s “Taurus.” But this time, the stakes are much higher.

After being tossed through years of flip-flopping decisions, the “Stairway to Heaven” case — in which Michael Skidmore, a trustee representing the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, is accusing Led Zeppelin of stealing its 1971 song’s opening guitar riff from Spirit’s 1968 instrumental track — will come before the U.S.
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‘Queer Eye’s’ Jonathan Van Ness Reveals He Is HIV+, That Drug Addiction Led Him to Sell Sex Online

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‘Queer Eye’s’ Jonathan Van Ness Reveals He Is HIV+, That Drug Addiction Led Him to Sell Sex Online
Jonathan Van Ness, the TV personality and grooming expert on Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” opened up about his HIV-positive diagnosis in an interview with the New York Times on Saturday.

“When ‘Queer Eye’ came out, it was really difficult because I was like, ‘Do I want to talk about my status?,'” he told the Times. “And then I was like, ‘The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the L.G.B.T. community thrive around me.’ … I do feel the need to talk about this.”

The conversation comes in advance of the Sept. 24 release of Van Ness’ memoir, “Over the Top,” which he said will reveal more insight into “the effervescent, gregarious majestic center-part-blow-dry cotton-candy figure-skating queen” that viewers have come to know him as from “Queer Eye.”

Also Read: 'Queer Eye' Star Jonathan Van Ness Worried That He Peaked
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‘American Horror Story: 1984’ – Here Are the Biggest Questions We Have After the Premiere

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‘American Horror Story: 1984’ – Here Are the Biggest Questions We Have After the Premiere
(This post contains spoilers for the season premiere of “American Horror Story: 1984.” You have been warned.)

American Horror Story: 1984” wasn’t too secretive coming in, at least not by “Ahs” standards. We knew it would be a sendup of ’80s slasher movies and that it would involve a summer camp and a killer who escaped from a mental institution, but we didn’t know how that premise would lend itself to a ten-episode season.

But “Ahs: 1984” finally kicked off this week and it revealed that, of course, there’s more going on here than we knew. Of course, now that we know more, we actually feel like we know less — but that’s “American Horror Story” for you.

See below for our list of questions and check back next week to find out which ones have — and haven’t — been answered.

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Prince Andrew ‘Knows the Truth’ About What He Did to Me, Says Accuser in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking Ring

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Britain’s Prince Andrew “knows the truth” of what he did, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a woman who has said she was trafficked as a “sex slave” and sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein, told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on Friday evening.

In an interview with Guthrie on “Dateline,” Giuffre — who has accused Prince Andrew of having sex with her when she was 17 years old in court filings — shared more details about their multiple interactions at a time when she said she was being trafficked by Epstein and his ex-girlfriend and accused “madam,” Ghislaine Maxwell.

Maxwell has denied the allegations against her.

Also Read: Two Women Sue Jeffrey Epstein's Estate, Employees for $100 Million

“Ghislaine woke me up in the morning, excited, and she said, ‘You’re gonna meet a prince today,” Giuffre said of her first encounter with the Duke of York in London. But after a dinner and a night out at an elite night club,
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San Sebastian: Spain’s Svod Players Debate Competition, Brand, Talent

San Sebastian — Executives from HBO, Netflix, Amazon and Movistar+ and “Elite” co-creator Darío Madrona took to the stage to field questions on the Global Impact of Spanish Series. Here, briefly, are five takeaways:

1.Spain First

“La Casa de Papel” was watched by 34,355,956 Netflix accounts over its first seven days, after a July 19 global launch. According to a Parrot Analytics study, “Elite” Season 2, released Sept. 6, was more popular in the U.S. than Spain. That said, all operators insisted their Spanish original series are made first and foremost for their home market. Madrona went even further. “The trick is managing to
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‘Hustlers’ Director Lorene Scafaria: ‘We Wanted to Treat It Like a Sports Movie’

‘Hustlers’ Director Lorene Scafaria: ‘We Wanted to Treat It Like a Sports Movie’
The star-studded cast of “Hustlers” didn’t just become strippers in the empowering female-helmed blockbuster — they also became athletes.

When speaking to “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast, at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month, “Hustlers” director Lorene Scafaria explained the extreme athleticism required of the movie’s leading actresses, who all had to learn how to pole dance for convincing performances. “We wanted to treat it like a sports movie,” Scafaria said, noting the grueling training that the girls, and especially Jennifer Lopez, had to go through to prepare for the role.

In the film, Lopez stars as Ramona, a scheming stripper who brings “new girl” Destiny (Constance Wu) under her wing to start ripping off money from their rich clientele. Also in their girl gang are Annabelle (Lili Reinhart) and Mercedes (Keke Palmer), each based off of real-life strippers that inspired the story.

“[The girls] are
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Black Keys Respond After Third-Party Ticket Buyers Denied Entry to Fan Club Show

Hundreds of fans who purchased tickets for the Black Keys’ fan club-only concert at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Thursday were barred from entering the venue due to the gig’s ticket policy.

The Los Angeles Times reported that fans spent upwards of 800-percent over ticket price on third-party sites like StubHub and Seatgeek for tickets to the “Let’s Rock” tour warm-up gig, only to be prevented from entering the venue, even if their tickets were legitimate and not counterfeit.

In a statement, the Black Keys defended the ticket policy. “Last
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Professional Climbers Are Laughing at Trump’s ‘Impenetrable’ Wall Claims

President Donald Trump is so proud of his big, beautiful wall, which he claims is unscalable. “This wall can’t be climbed. This is very very hard, and what the panel does at the top, as I said, it’s structural but it’s also very hard to get by that panel. Plus it’s designed to absorb heat, so it’s extremely hot. The wall is, you won’t be able to touch it, you can fry an egg on that wall,” Trump told reporters at a ceremony unveiling
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Does ‘It Chapter Two’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Does ‘It Chapter Two’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
“It Chapter Two.” “Pet Sematary.” “Doctor Sleep.” “In the Tall Grass.” Season 2 of “Castle Rock.” 2019 is a banner year for modern Stephen King adaptations, harkening back to the late ’80s and early ’90s when we’d get so many of these every year.

Based on the adult-focused parts of Stephen King’s iconic novel, “It Chapter Two” takes place 27 years after the first film. The Losers Club, now adults who have gone their separate ways, reluctantly reunite in Derry to fulfill the blood oath they made to each other and finish off the evil Pennywise once and for all. Director/writer pair Andy Muschietti and Gary Dauberman return, with James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone and Andy Bean playing the older versions of the Losers Club members.

With this being the end of the epic story and all that, you might wonder what could
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Everything You Need to Know About the Messy ‘X-Men’ Timeline After ‘Dark Phoenix’

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Everything You Need to Know About the Messy ‘X-Men’ Timeline After ‘Dark Phoenix’
(We spoil the entire ending of “Dark Phoenix” here and have spoilers for the rest of the “X-Men” movie franchise as well)

It’s been a crazy journey for the main series of “X-Men” movies over the past two decades, with seven films and one in-universe reboot of the continuity in “Days of Future Past” that made the whole thing get really, really weird. And now we’re at “Dark Phoenix,” which would appear to be the end of this story now that Disney owns the rights to these characters and can bring them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Despite the fact that we know that “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is the last one of these, it ends on a somewhat ambiguous note. Yes, the spinoff “New Mutants” is in the works. And yes, a third “Deadpool” film starring Ryan Reynolds is a virtual certainty. But the “Deadpool” films are pretty much their own thing,
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Jonathan Van Ness Reveals HIV Diagnosis, Former Drug Addiction

Jonathan Van Ness Reveals HIV Diagnosis, Former Drug Addiction
“Queer Eye’s” Jonathan Van Ness is getting vulnerable in his new memoir “Over the Top.”

In a preview of his book with the New York Times, Van Ness opened up about his early struggles with sex and drug addiction as well as his experience with sexual assault, revealing that he was abused by an older boy from his childhood church.

“For a lot of people who are survivors of sexual assault at a young age, we have a lot of compounded trauma,” he said.

That trauma, Van Ness revealed, led to a series of other “self-destructive” behaviors, including spending hours in AOL chat rooms, which he used to meet up with older men for sex in his teens. Later on, Van Ness started college at the University of Arizona in Tucson where he began doing cocaine. And after spending his monthly allowance on the drug, he began advertising sex for more money.
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Warren Blasts Congress as ‘Complicit’ With Trump as He ‘Continues to Commit Crimes’

Following reports that President Donald Trump may have pressured the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren took to Twitter and called out Congress for not proceeding with impeachment.

“After the Mueller report, Congress had a duty to begin impeachment. By failing to act, Congress is complicit in Trump’s latest attempt to solicit foreign interference to aid him in Us elections. Do your constitutional duty and impeach the president,” Warren wrote.

The senator from Massachusetts also wrote
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California Appeals Court Denies Parole for Manson Family Member Leslie Van Houten

California Appeals Court Denies Parole for Manson Family Member Leslie Van Houten
A California appeals court rejected Manson family member Leslie Van Houten’s latest bid for release from prison.

In January, a parole board recommended the now-70-year-old Van Houten’s release for a third time. However, California Governor Gavin Newsom denied the parole board’s request in June. That decision was brought to an appeals court Friday, with two of the three appellate judges upholding the governor’s denial.

“The Governor’s determination that Van Houten has not taken full responsibility for her role in the crimes, and continues to
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Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Dominating ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Rambo’ With $31 Million Opening

Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Dominating ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Rambo’ With $31 Million Opening
Downton Abbey” is heading for a positively brilliant opening weekend after scoring $13.8 million in domestic ticket sales on Friday.

If estimates hold, the feature film version of the popular British television show should take home approximately $31 million come Sunday, marking the biggest opening ever for distributor Focus Features and beating previous record holder “Insidious: Chapter 3” ($22.7 million). The new numbers are also well above previous expectations, which placed the film’s opening somewhere in the $20 million range.

Downton Abbey” comes three years after the ITV series of the same name aired in the U.S. as part of PBS’ Masterpiece Classics. Directed by Michael Engler, the film continues its focus on the Earl of Grantham and his family with the added twist of a visit from the King and Queen of England. Original cast members Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville all returned for the movie.

Ad Astra
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‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: Is the Situation With Bill Tench’s Son Based on a True Story?

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‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: Is the Situation With Bill Tench’s Son Based on a True Story?
(Some major spoilers ahead for season 2 of “Mindhunter” on Netflix)

Back in season 1 of Netflix’s “Mindhunter,” Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) was unequivocally the main character. The show spent far more time with him outside all the murder stuff than it did with his FBI teammates Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany). But season 2 reversed that, giving those personal scenes to Wendy and Bill instead.

For Bill, his personal story revolves around an incident with his son, Brian (Zachary Scott Ross), which threatens to tear the Tench family to pieces. Early in the season, the corpse of a toddler is found in a house that is being sold by Bill’s wife Nancy (Stacey Roca), who has started working as a realtor. After a fairly short investigation, the local police discover that the toddler was accidentally killed by some local boys — and Brian was present when it happened.
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‘Downton Abbey’ Surprises Box Office With New Opening Record for Focus Features

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‘Downton Abbey’ Surprises Box Office With New Opening Record for Focus Features
Focus Features/Carnival’s “Downton Abbey” is blowing by opening weekend expectations after grossing $13.8 million on Friday and is now expected to take No. 1 with a $31 million opening weekend.

To the surprise of box office trackers, moviegoers have accepted Lord Grantham’s invitation en masse. Released on 3,079 screens — Focus’ widest release since “Atomic Blonde” in 2017 — “Downton Abbey” is now on pace to set a new opening weekend record for Universal’s indie wing, topping the $22.7 million made by “Insidious: Chapter 3” in 2015.

With a passionate fanbase of the hit ITV/PBS TV series to draw from, “Downton Abbey” was expected by analysts to be a hit. However, a more modest opening in the $18-20 million range was expected with a strong hold in later weeks thanks to support from older moviegoers.

Also Read: 'Downton Abbey' Film Review: Adorable PBS Aristocrats Win the Class War, Again

Sure enough, Postrak polls
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