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Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For "Supergirl"

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Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For
Jon Cryer, the Emmy-winning co-star of "Two and A Half Men," will return to primetime television to play the scheming, evil genius Lex Luthor as a recurring character on the CW series "Supergirl."

The plan is for Cryer to make his debut as Luthor in the 15th episode of the current season which airs in early January. The series switched to Sunday nights in October when it launched its Season Four storyline. The season’s sixth episode, titled "Call to Action," airs this Sunday.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards

‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards
If Beale Street Could Talk, You Were Never Really Here, Eighth Grade, First Reformed and Leave No Trace have been nominated as the best independent films of 2018 by the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which announced its nominees on Friday morning in Los Angeles.

To qualify for the Spirit Awards, a film must meet a variety of criteria, including a budget of less than $20 million. It must also contain “significant American content,” a requirement that can be fulfilled by having the film set and shot in the U.S. or by having U.S. citizens or permanent residents in two of the three creative positions of director, writer and producer.
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‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office

‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office
Warner Bros.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is showing magic at the international box office, grossing $31 million at 24,350 screens in its first two days.

The tentpole, which added 45 markets on Thursday, is the top movie in all but one of 55 territories. The top markets are France and South Korea, with $3.6 million each in two days.
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame
Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the form of WB's sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The weekend also features the debut of what looks to be a strong opening for Steve McQueen's Widows while the PG-13 comedy Instant Family hopes to begin a long holiday run. Poised to finish atop the box office is Warner Bros.'s release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and there is a chance it could come close to matching the $74 million opening for its predecessor, though WB is remaining conservative with expectations hovering around $65 million. A
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"Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D" Renewed For Season 7 By ABC

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Ahead of its sixth season premiere this summer, ABC has renewed Marvel’s "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." for a seventh season. It is believed to consist of 13 episodes, on par with Season 6.

The timing of the early renewal is likely tied to the cast’s option coming up. Along with picking up the actors’ options, ordering Season 7 ahead of time would allow for the two shorter seasons to be filmed back-to-back, which helps to reduces costs.

When "S.H.I.E.L.D."'s move to summer was announced in May, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey made it clear that Season 6 was not envisioned as a final one.
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See Maggie Rose’s Simmering Studio Performance of ‘I’m Yours’

See Maggie Rose’s Simmering Studio Performance of ‘I’m Yours’
Maggie Rose and her band get cooking in a new studio performance of “I’m Yours,” a song from her 2018 album Change the Whole Thing.

Wanting to capture the energy of her full-throttle live shows, Rose went into the studio with her “family band” — featuring players from her touring band and Nashville’s Them Vibes — and cut a record like she was playing a concert, while cameras rolled. With its sizzling slide guitar licks and blues-influenced piano, “I’m Yours” calls to mind the no-nonsense blues rock of Bonnie Raitt,
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William Goldman’s Best Lines

The Oscar-winning screenwriter behind “All the President’s Men,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “The Princess Bride” has died, but William Goldman’s words will live on indefinitely in his scripts and books. To remember the late screenwriter and author, here are some of his most memorable lines:

The Princess Bride (1987)

“Do you want me to follow you for the rest of your days? I will do that. Do you want me to crawl? I will crawl. I will be quiet for you or sing for you, or if you are hungry, let me bring you food, or if you have thirst and nothing will quench it but Arabian wine, I will go to Araby, even though it is across the world, and bring a bottle back for your lunch. Anything there is that I can do for you, I will do for you; anything there is that I cannot do,
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Chris Pratt in Early Talks to Star in ‘The Saint’ Movie Reboot

Paramount Pictures is in early negotiations with Chris Pratt to star in a movie reboot of “The Saint,” two decades after Val Kilmer’s thriller and 50 years after Roger Moore’s TV series.

Pratt’s deal is not closed. He became a worldwide star after headlining Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies and “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) and its upcoming sequel (2019). He also starred in “Passengers” with Jennifer Lawrence, and long-running NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.”

The studio secured a deal for book series rights in 2016 and set up producing deals with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brad Krevoy, and Robert Evans with the goal of starting an action franchise.

The Saint” is based on Leslie Charteris’ book series, which follow the debonair Simon Templar character first introduced in the 1928 novel “Meet the Tiger,” followed by “Enter the Saint” in 1930. Templar stole from corrupt politicians and warmongers, leaving a calling
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With One Line, William Goldman Taught Hollywood Everything It Needed to Know

With One Line, William Goldman Taught Hollywood Everything It Needed to Know
William Goldman, the Oscar-winning writer of screenplays for “All the President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” who died on Friday, coined the best line in the history of Hollywood, and it wasn’t even for one of his movies.

“Nobody knows anything.”

If you work in this business — and Goldman was clear-eyed about the fact that the film industry is an industry first, where art and ideas must serve the bottom line, or perish — it’s worth getting those three words tattooed on your forearm. Or cross-stitched onto a throw pillow for your agent’s couch.

They serve as a reminder to every writer in town to stand by your ideas, because you can never predict what will be a hit — “not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work” — and every time you compromise your vision
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Studios Expected to Push for Early Home Release in 2019 (Exclusive)

Hollywood may want to brace itself for another epic fight. At least two major studios — Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures — are expected to reignite discussions about early video-on-demand, sources tell Variety, a move that could lead to a protracted standoff with theater chains.

For the past decade, no issue has incited bigger battles than that of theatrical windowing, the industry term for the length of time a movie appears exclusively in cinemas. Studios argue that they need to be able to release films on home entertainment platforms earlier as a way to combat piracy and capitalize on expensive advertising campaigns publicizing a picture’s debut in theaters. Exhibitors counter that a shorter window could cannibalize ticket sales and encourage consumers to skip the multiplexes, and wait to see a movie when they can rent or buy it. As it currently stands, most theatrical releases are not available in the home
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TV Shows Each Net Is Most Thankful For: Viewers Really Gobble (Gobble) These Up

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With Thanksgiving just days away, heads of households and network chiefs alike are finalizing their family toasts. Should the execs raise a few too many glasses before it’s actually time for grace, we’re here to remind everyone of the TV shows each should be most thankful for.

All numbers in this story come from Nielsen’s “most current” ratings demographic, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.

NBC

It’s no surprise that NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” is TV’s top series again this season, with a 7.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 19.6 million total viewers. It’s also no shocker that the net’s “This Is Us” is the highest-rated (3.9) entertainment show.

What readers might not know though is that freshman series “Manifest” actually averages more total viewers (13.9 million) than does the Pearson-clan drama (13.8 million). Robert Zemeckis and the “Lost”-like series’ other
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Is Disney+ a Netflix Killer?

With the Mouse House backing it, Disney+ can clearly compete in the streaming arena (its ESPN+ service has already topped 1 million subs in less than six months). But will the new Disney-branded Ott platform be a Netflix killer?

“I don’t think they’re not going to have success,” said one industry source who asked not to be named for this article. “I just don’t think it’s going to be as quick.”

Despite its robust library of content that includes projects from Lucasfilm, Pixar and Marvel, and its massive reach that spans from the U.S. to Tokyo, many leaders in the industry…

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Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia to Launch Free-Standing Film Streaming Service

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The Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia announced today that the Criterion Channel will launch a free-standing streaming service.

The news comes in the wake of the shuttering of FilmStruck, which previously hosted the Criterion Channel. The service will launch in the spring of 2019, and the films will be part of WarnerMedia’s WarnerMedia’s recently announced direct-to-consumer platform that is planned to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Also Read: WarnerMedia to Shut Down FilmStruck Streaming Service

The Criterion Channel will be picking up where FilmStruck left off, with thematic programming, regular filmmaker spotlights, and actor retrospectives, featuring major classics and hard-to-find discoveries from Hollywood and around the world, complete with special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage and original documentaries.

As with FilmStruck, The Criterion Channel will continue to produce their guest programmer series, “Adventures in Moviegoing,” which so far has already featured such cinephile luminaries as Barry Jenkins, Guillermo del Toro,
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Fox Is Developing an Animated Comedy About ‘Immigrant Refugee’ Birds Called ‘Buffalo Wings’

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Fox has given a script commitment to “Buffalo Wings,” a new half-hour, animated comedy series about “immigrant refugee” birds, from “Nobodies” co-creators Hugh Davidson, Rachel Ramras, and Larry Dorf.

Per the logline, “Buffalo Wings” centers around two Canadian brothers who do not follow the rest of their flock when they fly south. When their hypothesis is wrong and they almost freeze to death, they must take refuge in Buffalo, NY, where they begin to live life as immigrant refugees. The series explores what it is to be a refugee and to fall in love with this country while pursuing the “American Dream” from every possible angle.

Davidson, Ramras, and Dorf will write and executive produce the in-development project, which hails from 20th Century Fox.

Also Read: Ratings: Fox Scores With Another Winning 'Thursday Night Football' Game

ICM Partners reps Davidson and Ramras, alongside Loan Dang at Del Shaw Moonves Llp.
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‘Agents of Shield’ Renewed by ABC for Season 7

ABC has renewed “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” for a seventh season.

The move comes just six months after the superhero drama was picked up for a sixth season, which has yet to premiere.

The series stars Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez.

It was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory.
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‘Agents of Shield’ Renewed for Season 7 by ABC

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ABC has handed out an early renewal to “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” picking up the series for a seventh season, the network announced on Friday.

The news comes months ahead of the drama’s sixth outing, which was pushed to Summer 2019 earlier this year. At the time, it caused some speculation about the aging show’s future, but the network was insistent that the move did not reflect a lack of confidence in the show or portend an imminent cancellation.

“By putting it in the summer, we feel like we’re going to be able to super-serve the fanbase that loves that show, and hopefully give it an opportunity to continue on longer than it would if it lived in season,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told reporters earlier this year when the news was first announced, adding that she believed the most recent
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Oscar Foreign Entry ‘Barbarians,’ About Genocide in Romania, Was Nearly Shut Down Mid-Shoot

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Oscar Foreign Entry ‘Barbarians,’ About Genocide in Romania, Was Nearly Shut Down Mid-Shoot
At just around midnight in the capital of Romania, film producer Ada Solomon got a call that threatened the life of her entire movie. Her docu-drama depicting a reenactment of one of the worst atrocities in Romania’s history was going to be shut down by the town’s vice mayor. And there was nothing she could do to stop it.

“I had, for one hour and a half, in the middle of [Revolution Square], the most horrible discussion I ever had in my life,” Solomon told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at a Q&A on Thursday following a screening of “I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History as Barbarians,” a film about the 1941 mass murder of tens of thousands of Jews on the Eastern Front by Romanian forces.

“Barbarians,” Romania’s entry into the Oscar foreign film race, follows theater director Mariana (Ioana Iacob) as she prepares a
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What Happened After Jonestown?

Roughly 900 corpses lay before the Guyanese state pathologist Dr. Leslie Mootoo, one of the first on the scene at Jonestown. Arrayed in strangely uniform rows on the ground, the bodies were rapidly decomposing, thanks to tropical heat, a rainstorm and swarms of animals and insects. Some were so lost to putrefaction that the U.S. military clean-up crew used snow shovels to pick them up, and wore facemasks to block the stench.

“Mootoo was called to a scene for which there was absolutely no precedent. They were completely overwhelmed with the crime scene they found.
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‘Supergirl': Jon Cryer Cast as DC Comics Villain Lex Luthor

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‘Supergirl': Jon Cryer Cast as DC Comics Villain Lex Luthor
Supergirl” has found its Lex Luthor, and it’s someone who is already familiar with the family.

Former “Two and a Half Men” star Jon Cryer has been cast in the recurring role of the iconic DC Comics villain on The CW drama; he’ll make his debut on the 15th episode. It’s a return to the Luthor family for Cryer, who had previously played Lex’s nephew, Lenny Luthor, in the 1987 film, “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.”

Cryer’s Luthor will not appear in the network’s upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover between “Supergirl,” “Arrow” and “The Flash.”

Also Read: 'Elseworlds' First Promo: Oliver and Iris Kiss as 'Arrowverse' Crossover Rewrites History (Video)

“We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor,” said “Supergirl” executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. “Jon is a super-talent, and
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