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Danny Aiello, ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘Moonstruck’ Actor, Dies at 86

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Danny Aiello, ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘Moonstruck’ Actor, Dies at 86
Danny Aiello, a character actor best known for his work in such films as “Do the Right Thing” and “Moonstruck,” died on Thursday night in New Jersey. He was 86.

Aiello’s literary agent Jennifer De Chiara confirmed his death to Variety.

“It is with profound sorrow to report that Danny Aiello, beloved husband, father, grandfather, actor and musician passed away last night after a brief illness,” his family said in a statement. “The family asks for privacy at this time. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.”

Aiello worked steadily in films starting in the mid-1970s, often playing cops, mobsters and other New York tough guys. He earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role as a pizza parlor owner caught up in racial tensions and a changing neighborhood in Brooklyn in Spike Lee’s 1989 hit “Do the Right Thing.” He earned praise for his work in 1987’s “Moonstruck,
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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Renewed for Season 4 at Amazon

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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Renewed for Season 4 at Amazon
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has been renewed for a fourth season at Amazon, Variety has learned.

The news comes less than a week after the third season debuted, with the whole season dropping on the streamer on Dec. 6. The move comes as now surprise, however, given the critical success the show has enjoyed since it debuted. To date, the series has won 16 Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, including wins at both awards shows for best comedy series. The series has also won two PGA Awards, a WGA Award, and a Peabody Award. It recently picked up two Golden Globe nominations for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy for series lead Rachel Brosnahan.

“’The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ has been a worldwide phenomenon, and Season 3 has been no exception, with the series’ most watched opening weekend ever,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “We’re so happy
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'Jumanji 2' Set for #1 Start Ahead of 'Black Christmas' and 'Richard Jewell'

'Jumanji 2' Set for #1 Start Ahead of 'Black Christmas' and 'Richard Jewell'
The holiday season is well underway, with Frozen II leading the charge by a wide margin, currently serving as the only holiday release to top $100 million so far. However, Ford v Ferrari should soon reach that milestone and this weekend's release of Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level will also be expected to top that figure and more. This weekend also sees the release of Universal and Blumhouse's holiday horror remake Black Christmas and Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell, the latter representing yet another adult-targeted feature as several have been released over the last month.

Looking at a #1 finish is Sony's release of Jumanji: The Next Level, the sequel to the breakout hit of 2017, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which debuted just before Christmas two years ago and went on to gross over $400 million domestically, serving as Sony's largest domestic release of all-time. This year Sony is getting an
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'The Farewell's' Lulu Wang Books Next Project: Amazon's Nicole Kidman Drama Series (Exclusive)

'The Farewell's' Lulu Wang Books Next Project: Amazon's Nicole Kidman Drama Series (Exclusive)
Lulu Wang is following up The Farewell with the Amazon original series The Expatriates.

The filmmaker behind the summer box office breakout has joined the drama as a writer and executive producer. She also will direct multiple episodes of the Hong Kong-set series. The Expatriates will see Wang teaming with exec producer Nicole Kidman, who brought the project based on Janice Y.K. Lee's 2016 novel of the same name to the streamer earlier this year.

"When I first read Janice Lee’s diasporic novel, I was immediately drawn to the rich characters and the global yet intimate exploration ...
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TV News Roundup: Natalie Martinez Joins CBS All Access’ ‘The Stand’ (Exclusive)

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TV News Roundup: Natalie Martinez Joins CBS All Access’ ‘The Stand’ (Exclusive)
In today’s TV news roundup, Natalie Martinez will guest star in CBS All Access’The Stand,” and USA announces the third season premiere date of “The Sinner.”

Casting

Natalie Martinez (“The I-Land”) will guest star in CBS All Access‘ adaptation of “The Stand,“ based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Variety has exclusively learned. Martinez began her career as the spokesmodel for Jennifer Lopez’s (“Hustlers”) fashion line and has since gone on to star in “Self/less” opposite Ryan Reynolds and Warner Bros. “Reminiscence,” which is currently filming.

Karen Fukuhara (“Suicide Squad”), Deon Cole (“Black-ish”), Coy Stewart (“Are We There Yet”), Sydney Mikayla (“The Gabby Douglas Story”) and Dee Bradley Baker (“American Dad”) have been cast in Dreamworks‘ Netflix original series “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts,“ premiering Jan. 14. The animated series follows a young girl thrust into adventure on the surface of a fantastical post-apocalyptic Earth.
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Sundance Film Festival Announces New Frontier Lineup For 2020

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Sundance Film Festival Announces New Frontier Lineup For 2020
The Sundance Film Festival announced its New Frontier Lineup for the 2020 edition, a curated collection of cutting-edge indie experimental media works by creators who are pushing artistic boundaries in various mediums including rocket travel, biotech, facial recognition, mixed reality (Mr), smartphone Ar, underwater Vr, game engines, big data, AI, the human archive, and innovative uses of SMS text & iPhone video capture.

There are two dedicated venue spaces: New Frontier at The Ray and New Frontier Central, each of which host a variety of media installations, a Vr Cinema, and panel discussions. New this year, New Frontier Central also houses the Biodigital Theatre, a cutting-edge presentation space that will feature a rotating schedule of large scale Vr theatrical works including a feature-length livestream game telecast.

Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said in statement, “Technology infuses most aspects of modern life — and is evolving at a historic pace. The
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Set HP Lovecraft Thriller Film At Warner Bros

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Set HP Lovecraft Thriller Film At Warner Bros
Exclusive: Game of Thrones creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss have set at Warner Bros an untitled thriller inspired by the graphic novel Lovecraft. Set to write the script are Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi, the scribe team behind such films as Aeon Flux, Ride Along and the Karyn Kusama-directed The Invitation and Destroyer. Kusama will be exec producer.

The filmmakers are keeping it close to the vest, but I’m told the movie asks a horrifying question: what if H.P. Lovecraft wasn’t making it up? What if the monsters he created are real? Also, the movie will be set in 1920 within the Cthulhu mythos. That’s all I got.

Benioff & Weiss have been eyeing this project and have been in discussion with Warner Bros’ Courtenay Valenti and Toby Emmerich for several years, while they were consumed with the monumental task of translating the George Rr Martin Game of Thrones novels into eight epic seasons.
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‘Cats’ Producers Respond to Twitter Trailer Backlash

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‘Cats’ Producers Respond to Twitter Trailer Backlash
The producers of “Cats” have seen the memes and read the mean tweets that greeted the first trailer for the big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage smash.

When the initial teaser was launched this past summer, social media commentators feasted on the way that an A-list cast that includes Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Judi Dench had been feline-ized with whiskers and swishing tails, calling the transformation creepy. The $100 million film is being released by Universal and produced by Working Title, the studio’s long-term partner. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, the two heads of London-based Working Title, are taking a “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” stance, noting that the online furor raised the movie’s profile.

“What does one say?” says Fellner. “The reality is that 100 million people or more saw the trailer, and, yes, there were some people that didn’t like it,
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Liverpool Soccer Legend Peter Crouch To Front Fulwell 73-Produced Live Comedy Format For BBC One

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Liverpool Soccer Legend Peter Crouch To Front Fulwell 73-Produced Live Comedy Format For BBC One
Liverpool soccer legend Peter Crouch is to front a live comedy entertainment series for BBC One tied into the Euro 2020 finals.

Crouch, a host on Amazon original Back of the Net, will front Crouch’s Euro Fest 2020, produced by The Late Late Show with James Corden producer Fulwell 73.

The show, which has been ordered for 14 episodes, will be a live post-match festival where the worlds of comedy, entertainment and football combine. In each episode, Crouch will be joined by a team of hosts and celebrity guests as they look back at the big game of the night, combined with live house band, games and VTs.

Crouch’s Euro Fest 2020 was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning. The Executive Producer for Fulwell73 is Gabe Turner and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.

Crouch said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working
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Clint Eastwood’s 5 Worst and 5 Best Movies as a Director, From ‘The Rookie’ to ‘Unforgiven’ (Photos)

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Clint Eastwood’s 5 Worst and 5 Best Movies as a Director, From ‘The Rookie’ to ‘Unforgiven’ (Photos)
[To clarify, in the best five, it’s Unforgiven as Clint Eastwood‘s best (making Bronco Billy fifth best), and on the worst list, it’s The Rookie as the worst (making Jersey Boys fifth worst)]

The Best

Unforgiven” (1992): Clint Eastwood held on to screenwriter David Webb Peoples’ revisionist western until the time was right, and the result was an Oscar-bestowed turning point. Evocatively, suspensefully detailing a desperate widower’s reckoning with his savage past, it tracked powerfully as both a pungent deflating of merrily violent western myths and a scarily tense depiction of how, as Eastwood’s killer tells a scared young man, “We all have it comin,” kid.” By the end, each gunshot is Eastwood mercy-killing a genre he loves, and knocking us to our senses about bloody movie justice.

Million Dollar Baby” (2004): A poor young female boxer (Hilary Swank) wants to fight. The trainer (Eastwood) reluctantly trains. Punches await, small, and huge. An unabashedly rich-in-feeling movie about toughness,
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Alexandre Desplat Combines Mozart and Bowie for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Score

Alexandre Desplat Combines Mozart and Bowie for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Score
There have been multiple film and TV versions of “Little Women.” But composer Alexandre Desplat and writer-director Greta Gerwig had a non-traditional idea for Sony’s 2019 version: “We wanted the music to be a duet of Mozart and Bowie,” Desplat laughs. There are no rock music touches in the score, but there is a modern sense of urgency to the music, which reflects the filmmaker’s approach to Louisa May Alcott’s classic book.

“I was very inspired by the film, because it’s so beautiful and it touched me. I wrote quickly, so I thought it would be an easy film to do, but at the end I was exhausted,” Desplat says. That’s because he worked in many innovations while composing an estimated 90 minutes of music for the film.

“I made several versions of many cues, and Greta liked them all and started playing with them,” he says.
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NBC News Digital Workers Form New Union

A group of approximately 150 editorial workers who help produce some of NBC News digital content have formed a union, citing a desire to push their employer to work more seriously through such issues as equal pay and the recent handling of sensitive stories.

Editorial employees of NBC News Digital won certification of their union after a vote count at the National Labor Relations Board in Manhattan Friday afternoon, with a vote for forming a bargaining unit prevailing 90 to 40, according to the NewsGuild of New York, which will represent the staffers. The group includes reporters, video journalists, editors, social media strategists,
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Joyner Lucas Grapples With Mental Health, Medication in New ‘Revenge Intro/Adhd’ Video

Joyner Lucas confronts his daily struggles with Adhd and the pressure to fix everything with medication in his new video for “Revenge Intro/Adhd.”

Lucas co-directed the clip with Ben Proulx, and the video opens with a jarring scene in which Lucas spits the furious bars of “Revenge Intro” while standing outside a pharmaceutical facility with a bomb strapped to his chest and a Swat team bearing down on him. The timer on the bomb hits zero as “Revenge Intro” ends and the clip jumps to find Lucas waking up
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45 Most Shocking TV Character Deaths of 2019, From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Stranger Things’ (Photos)

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45 Most Shocking TV Character Deaths of 2019, From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Stranger Things’ (Photos)
If there was one thing 2019 taught us, it’s that “shocking” is a truly relative term — and we’re not even talking about real-life instances here. Yes, it’s pretty hard to blow anyone’s mind these days, including that of TV viewers, making truly gasp-worthy small-screen character deaths few and far between. But that didn’t stop several showrunners from doing their worst — er, best, to totally kill you with these on-screen passings. Click through TheWrap’s gallery to see the 44 most shocking TV character deaths of 2019. Obviously, spoilers ahead. And yes, most of these are “Game of Thrones” characters.

The Night King – Game of Thrones

Cersei and Jaime Lannister – Game of Thrones

Sandor and Gregor Clegane – Game of Thrones

Theon Greyjoy – Game of Thrones

Melisandre – Game of Thrones

Varys – Game of Thrones

Missandei – Game of Thrones

Jorah Mormont – Game of Thrones

Dolorous Edd – Game of Thrones

Lyanna Mormont
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff ‘Appalled’ by ‘Richard Jewell’ Portrayal of Reporter, Journalism

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Kevin Riley said newspaper staffers were “appalled” after seeing Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” and its depiction of journalism and their late reporter colleague, Kathy Scruggs.

“Our employees were appalled by the scene and the treatment of our journalism in the film,” Riley told TheWrap on Friday, adding that he was particularly shocked at the film’s depiction of Scruggs trading sex for a news tip, which has no basis in fact.

“I was shocked that a filmmaker would represent a journalist and journalism in this way,” Said Riley, who attended a screening of the film for Ajc staffers on Wednesday. “To me it seems clear that Clint Eastwood doesn’t understand how journalists actually work, especially newspaper journalists.”

In the film, Kathy Scruggs (Olivia Wilde), the reporter who broke the news that security guard Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) was the FBI’s main suspect in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing,
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Washington Post’s Afghanistan Story Reveals Core Folly of American Defense Strategy

The Washington Post this week released a blockbuster expose called “The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War.”

After a lengthy legal battle, the Post got hold of documents compiled by Sigar, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction. John Sopko, the Inspector General, interviewed over 600 people connected to the Afghan war effort to prepare a series of reports called “Lessons Learned,” which purported to explain what had gone wrong since America’s invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

The “Lessons Learned” reports were critical, but “left out the harshest and
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Women in Film Has a ‘Cheat Sheet’ for Female Awards Contenders in Every Category

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When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association failed to nominate any women for Best Director at the 2020 Golden Globes, many in the industry were swift to point out a large catalog of eligible names that should’ve been up for consideration. The list is long, but if those names aren’t top of mind, we find that many voters inevitably default to the safer (read: male) options. Simply put: they need more visibility.

Women in Film is spearheading a campaign that aims to fix that. Wif’s #VoteForWomen initiative, in partnership with Women in Hollywood and New York Women in Film and Television, is meant to encourage voters to think of women when they fill out their awards ballots, but it’s also meant to show the enormous breadth of female talent that’s within the industry yet often fails to get recognized for the biggest honors in film and TV for the year.
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You Can Now Build a Baby Yoda Statue in ‘The Sims’

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Baby Yoda is coming to The Sims.

The popular Electronic Arts game announced Friday that in The Sims 4, players will be able to build a statue of the lovable, green scene-stealer from “The Mandalorian,” the live-action “Star Wars” TV show that is streaming now on Disney+. But you can’t actually use Baby Yoda as your avatar just yet.

But hope, we have.

Baby Yoda mania has hit “Star Wars” fans ever since the character, officially known as “The Child,” made his debut at the end of the premiere episode. It’s helped to resuscitate the “Star Wars” franchise under Disney’s reign, ahead of next week’s release of “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Also Read: Can Baby Yoda and 'The Mandalorian' Save the 'Star Wars' Franchise?

Last month, a Disney spokesperson told TheWrap that apparel and accessories featuring the little green guy would
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‘6 Underground’: Movie Stars, Action, Guns, Booms, T&a, Michael Bay

‘6 Underground’: Movie Stars, Action, Guns, Booms, T&a, Michael Bay
In the old days, i.e. 2017, you had to go to your local multiplex to see a Michael Bay blockbuster. You know the type of movie we’re talking about: explosions, robots, shots which last 0.003 seconds, chiseled dudes, smokin’-hot babes. (Not “men” and “women.” There are no such things as men and women in a Michael Bay movie. Only chiseled dudes and smokin’-hot babes.) Because it is currently 2019, however, we — by which we mean cinephiles to cultural pundits to guys wearing backwards baseball caps to your mom — can
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Fox Nation Tests Holiday Programming

The Fox Nation streaming-video service has long been touted as a new option for super-fans of the Fox News Channel. But some of the broadband hub’s new programming choices suggest adherents of “Fox & Friends” and Sean Hannity aren’t looking solely for chatter about politics and interviews with members of the Trump administration.

Subscribers to the service have recently been notified they can gain access to old TV holiday programs, such as a “Johnny Cash Christmas Special” or “Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank,”which appears to be video selection from the 1950s, when Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra
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