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‘Black Panther’ Star Winston Duke to Star in Apple’s Basketball Drama ‘Swagger’ From Kevin Durant

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‘Black Panther’ Star Winston Duke to Star in Apple’s Basketball Drama ‘Swagger’ From Kevin Durant
Apple has tapped “Black Panther” and “Us” star Winston Duke to lead its basketball drama “Swagger,” from NBA superstar Kevin Durant.

Duke will star as Ike, a youth basketball coach and former star player. The series will go into production this month.

Swagger” is inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences, and explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption.

The series is written, directed and executive produced by Reggie Rock Bythewood who also serves as showrunner. “Swagger” comes from Imagine Television, Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures, and CBS Television Studios. Other executive producers include Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Durant, and his manager, Rich Kleiman. James Seidman is the
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‘Death on the Nile’: Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie Sequel Snags Annette Bening, Gal Gadot, and Armie Hammer

‘Death on the Nile’: Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie Sequel Snags Annette Bening, Gal Gadot, and Armie Hammer
Kenneth Branagh’s first foray into the rich world of Agatha Christie murder mysteries, the 2017 surprise hit “Murder on the Orient Express,” boasted a starry cast of big names, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Lucy Boynton, and Daisy Ridley, so it’s no surprise that his imminent sequel is just as star-studded. As production commences on “Death on the Nile,” based on Christie’s novel of the same name, the full cast has been announced, and it’s a doozy.

Branagh returns as both director and star, slipping back into the famed mustache that makes his hairy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot so hard to miss. He’ll be joined by a motley assortment of potential murderers, including Tom Bateman (who reprises the role of Bouc from “Murder on the Orient Express”), Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey,
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‘Jersey Shore’ Duo DJ Pauly D and Vinny to Star in Las Vegas-Set Docuseries for MTV

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‘Jersey Shore’ Duo DJ Pauly D and Vinny to Star in Las Vegas-Set Docuseries for MTV
Following the success of “Double Shot at Love,” the “Jersey Shore” duo of Paul Delvecchio (DJ Pauly D) and Vinny Guadagnino will star in a new docuseries for MTV set in Las Vegas.

“DJ Pauly and Vinny’s Vegas Pool Party” (working title) follows the two as they take over Las Vegas and give their friends a shot at the Vegas life.

Deadline first reported the news.

More to come…
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‘Claws’ Renewed for 4th and Final Season at TNT

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‘Claws’ Renewed for 4th and Final Season at TNT
Claws” is coming to an end. TNT renewed the drama series for a fourth and final season Tuesday.

“For the past three seasons, Claws has handled delicate and culturally relevant themes like race, class, gender, age and sexual orientation with grace and humor via superb storytelling,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS and truTV. “Fans cherish the over-the-top Clawsian moments that have defined its run, and we will do them justice as we wrap up the tale of Desna and her crew.”

A premiere date for Season 4 has not yet been set. Season 3 recently finished airing in August.

The series is described as following the queenly rise of Desna Simms (Niecy Nash), who, alongside her crew of manicurists from the Nail Artisans of Manatee County salon, rises to power in the crime world
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Ava DuVernay Teams With HBO Max For ‘DMZ’ Pilot; DC Comic Depicts New American Civil War

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Ava DuVernay Teams With HBO Max For ‘DMZ’ Pilot; DC Comic Depicts New American Civil War
Hot off a big Emmy win for When They See Us, Ava DuVernay is set to launch her second project based on a DC Comics property

Already primed to directed a big screen adaptation of Jack Kirby’s New Gods, as Deadline reported last year, Oscar nominee DuVernay is now getting behind the camera for HBO Max with the DMZ pilot the soon-to-be streamer has ordered.

Adapted from the Vertigo imprint published and Brian Wood written comic of a second American Civil War in the near future, the A Wrinkle in Time helmer will direct the project with showrunner and EpP Roberto Patino writing. Prophetically well timed if yesterday’s tweetstorm by Donald Trump is any roadmap, the Manhattan set DMZ will be produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.

“DMZ is a special project to me as it marks a key collaboration with my company Array Filmworks,
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Stephen Colbert Tries to ‘Explainsley’ the Ukraine Scandal to Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt

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Stephen Colbert Tries to ‘Explainsley’ the Ukraine Scandal to Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt
The Late Show” debuted an “Explainsley to Ainsley” segment Tuesday night in response to Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt’s statements that Americans want someone to “connect the dots” for them when it comes to President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry.

CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert said Earhardt is “sincerely ignorant,” then rolled the clip of her saying, “I think this is too much in the weeds. First, they are going after the president with impeachment, then they are going after Rudy Giuliani. Now it’sBill Barr and Americans are saying, ‘What? How are they all connected? Connect the dots for us. What are you talking about?’ It’s so much information.”

Also Read: Fox News Tops Cable's Impeachment Inquiry Coverage, While CNN Sees Biggest Ratings Spike

“Ainsley’s right! It’s so much information! How are we supposed to remember up to three people? It’s just confusing!” Colbert exclaimed,
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Hear Big Thief’s Caring New Song ‘Forgotten Eyes’

Hear Big Thief’s Caring New Song ‘Forgotten Eyes’
Big Thief have released their second — and final — pre-release single from their second album this year, Two Hands, out October 11th.

The song, called “Forgotten Eyes,” offers up the band’s trademark introspection and raw lyrics, reminding us to care for those around us: “Forgotten eyes are the ones which we lose/Forgotten hands are the ones which we choose…The wound has no direction/Everybody needs a home and deserves protection.”

Two Hands follows up Big Thief’s May release, U.F.O.F, and lead singer/songwriter Adrianne Lenker
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BFI London Film Festival Chief Tricia Tuttle Amps Up Festive Atmosphere

This year’s edition of the BFI London Film Festival, which starts today, marks Tricia Tuttle’s first in an official capacity as artistic director after she stood in last year while her predecessor was on sabbatical. So what does she have planned?

Tuttle looks back at last year’s performance with satisfaction when, with a total audience of more than 200,000, per screen attendance rose by 12% to an average paid occupancy of 72%, and overall capacity of 84%. This she ascribes to “a strong year for films driving audience interest,” which she believes she’s matched this year with, among 229 feature films, “The Personal History of David Copperfield” opening the festival, and “The Irishman” closing it, and gala screenings including “Knives Out,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “The King” and “Jojo Rabbit.”

Among the festival’s world premieres are Wash Westmoreland’s “Earthquake Bird,” starring Alicia Vikander, Gerard Johnson’s “Muscle,” Michael Caton-Jones’ “Our Ladies,
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why the 'Joker' Gun Violence Protests Miss the Mark

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why the 'Joker' Gun Violence Protests Miss the Mark
In Alan Moore’s brilliant graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke, the Joker justifies his psychopathic behavior by philosophizing that every human being is just "one bad day away" from rejecting the polite veneer of civilization’s morality in the face of an indifferent universe. To him, we are all amoral sleeper agents awaiting the secret code word to awaken us to selfish violence.

Yet, even if the universe is indifferent, most people are not.

We share each other’s grief and try to lighten each other’s burdens caused by that "one bad day." And so we ...
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Hear Carly Rae Jepsen Cover No Doubt’s Classic Song ‘Don’t Speak’

Hear Carly Rae Jepsen Cover No Doubt’s Classic Song ‘Don’t Speak’
Carly Rae Jepsen has released a cover of No Doubt’s 1995 hit “Don’t Speak.” The singer recorded the song at Electric Lady Studios in New York City along with a rendition of her own single “Want You in My Room,” which comes off her latest album Dedicated, for the Spotify Singles series.

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Kew Media Distribution Signs Distribution Deal With Participant

Kew Media Distribution has signed a multi-year distribution agreement with Participant, the L.A.-based company behind “Spotlight,” “Green Book” and “Roma,” to start handling global television and digital rights on some new projects from Participant.

As part of the deal, Kew Media will distribute Participant’s socially and politically engaged documentaries and narrative feature films, as well as content from Participant’s library.

Some titles listed in the deal include the Sundance Award winners “3-1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” and “Circumstance,” the Oscar-nominated documentary “Food, Inc.,” the Emmy-nominated “Pressure Cooker,” and the SXSW Festival winner “The Great Invisible” and “The World According to Sesame Street.”

“We do all we can to ensure that our programming combines the power of a good story, well-told, with opportunities for real world impact,” said David Linde, the CEO of Participant. “Reaching audiences around the world is central to the success of our work, and
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Kew Media Distribution Signs Distribution Deal With Participant

Kew Media Distribution has signed a multi-year distribution agreement with Participant, the L.A.-based company behind “Spotlight,” “Green Book” and “Roma,” to start handling global television and digital rights on some new projects from Participant.

As part of the deal, Kew Media will distribute Participant’s socially and politically engaged documentaries and narrative feature films, as well as content from Participant’s library.

Some titles listed in the deal include the Sundance Award winners “3-1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” and “Circumstance,” the Oscar-nominated documentary “Food, Inc.,” the Emmy-nominated “Pressure Cooker,” and the SXSW Festival winner “The Great Invisible” and “The World According to Sesame Street.
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Patriotic Films Squeeze Out Hollywood Fare as China Celebrates National Holiday

A parade of patriotic films is set to march into Chinese cineplexes this month, crowding out Hollywood fare in a display of how firmly the entertainment industry remains under the control of the government. China may be the world’s second-biggest movie market after the U.S., but as far as its Communist rulers are concerned, politics trump economics.

The National Day holiday, which extends from Oct. 1-7, is one of the country’s peak moviegoing periods, and typically marks a time when authorities impose an unofficial blackout on foreign titles so that local ones get a boost. This year, the holiday has thundered in with even greater fanfare — and censorship — because 2019 marks a key milestone for the Communist Party: the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic after a bloody civil war. That has resulted in a theatrical lineup stocked with overtly nationalistic films approved by
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‘Paddington’ Producers to Bring Pippi Longstocking to the Big Screen

‘Paddington’ Producers to Bring Pippi Longstocking to the Big Screen
Pippi Longstocking is coming to the big screen. Studiocanal and Heyday Films, who partnered on the successful “Paddington” features, have joined forces with the Astrid Lindgren Company to work up the project.

Longstocking, with her iconic red hair, freckles, strength and free spirit, is the main character in an eponymous series of children’s books by legendary Swedish author Lindgren. Pippi is the strongest girl in the world and totally independent. She is also generous and kind, and she loves to have fun, qualities the producers said are more relevant than ever.

The first three Pippi chapter books were published from 1945 to 1948, followed by three short stories and a number of picture book adaptations. They have been translated into 77 languages and sold more than 65 million copies.

“In David Heyman, with his impressive track record of bringing great literary works to the screen, together with Studiocanal, we are confident that we
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Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Perform with ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ Cast on ‘Fallon’

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Perform with ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ Cast on ‘Fallon’
Lin-Manuel Miranda joined the cast of Broadway show Freestyle Love Supreme for a completely improvised rap performance on The Tonight Show. Their song, titled “Tonight Show Pet Peeves,” used audience suggestions, commenting on problematic issues like bunions, open-plan seating and higher education.

Miranda takes on open-plan seating, spitting, “Open-plan seating is not the move/ I’m trying to do some work/ I don’t have anything left to prove.” Later he adds, “Karen comes over/ Looks like a case of the Mondays/ Go away Karen!/ Can I have my own office?
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New York Film Review: ‘Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’

The title of the new documentary “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” bounces off the title of the essay that Sacks published in The New York Times on Feb. 19, 2015 (“My Own Life”), days after he’d received a diagnosis of terminal cancer. It‘s a deceptively plain title. For Sacks, in his impish way, was suggesting that his own life, if you looked at it closely enough, might bear more than a passing resemblance to the idiosyncratic and richly freakish lives he chronicled in his case-study portraits that were really a form of wide-eyed literary biography.

Sacks wrote about people in extreme states — of sensory and neurological damage, of awareness and sheer being. And “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” directed by the redoubtable Ric Burns (“Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film”), is a portrait at once tender and thrilling, a movie that presents us with a man who led an eccentrically defiant,
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Pippi Longstocking Film in Works From StudioCanal, Heyday Films

StudioCanal and David Heyman's Heyday Films, which together produced the hugely successful features Paddington and Paddington 2, are reuniting for another iconic children's figure.?

The two have teamed with the Astrid Lindgren Company on a feature based on Pippi Longstocking, the famously super-strong, energetic and kind girl with the red pigtails.?

First seen in print in 1945 and based on bedside stories Swedish author Astrid Lindgren would tell her daughter, Pippi Longstocking books have since been translated into 77 languages with more than 65 million copies sold worldwide. There have already been several TV and film adaptations.?...
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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Pop-Up Experience Coming to La, NYC

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Hold on to your wigs, “Schitt’s Creek” fans.

Pop TV is sending off the Emmy-nominated sitcom with two “Schitt’s Creek” pop-up experiences this holiday season in Los Angeles and New York City.

According to a network statement, fans will be able to immerse themselves in “Schitt’s Creek” locations including the Tropicale Cafe, Rose Apothecary, and of course, the Rosebud Motel where the Rose family resides (no word yet if Moira Rose’s wigs will adorn the walls). There will be interactive photo experiences, takeaways and merchandise.

The Canadian show is shot at Pinewood Studios in Toronto, Ontario, and wrapped production on its sixth and final season over the summer.

Also Read: 'Schitt's Creek' Co-Creator Dan Levy Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios

“We are constantly asked by fans if ‘Schitt’s Creek’ is a real place they can visit, and it is beyond exciting to finally be able to say ‘Yes!
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'Lucky Day': Film Review

'Lucky Day': Film Review
Is it 2019 or 1995?

That’s the question viewers may ask when watching Roger Avary’s total throwback of a gonzo action comedy, Lucky Day, which feels very much like a project the Pulp Fiction co-writer and Killing Zoe director dusted off the shelf a few decades too late.

Familiar for anyone who basked in the work of Avary and his former cohort, Quentin Tarantino, when they hit movie gold in the mid-'90s, this tale of an ex-con, his girlfriend, their adorable daughter and the nutso hit man trying to take them all out is eye-rollingly recognizable, from the retro rock '...
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Joaquin Phoenix Cusses Out Crew Member on ‘Joker’ Set in ‘Kimmel’s’ Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Joaquin Phoenix Cusses Out Crew Member on ‘Joker’ Set in ‘Kimmel’s’ Behind-the-Scenes Footage
Joaquin Phoenix joined host Jimmy Kimmel on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Tuesday night to discuss the actor’s upcoming turn in “Joker,” but Phoenix appeared to get a bit more than he bargained for after Kimmel aired some apparent behind-the-scenes footage from the set of the film.

In the clip, Phoenix can be heard complaining about a cinematographer named Larry for whispering on set and calling him Cher: “The constant whispering, just shut the [ bleep ] up dude. I’m trying to like find something real. [ bleep ] dude. [ bleep ]. Sorry, [ bleep ]. It’s not a big deal. It’s not a big deal. Yeah, it kinda is. [ bleep ]. I know you started the [ bleep ] Cher thing, Larry. [ bleep ] making fun of me. Like I’m a [ bleep ] diva. It’s not even an insult. Cher, really? Singer, actor, dancer, fashion icon — how’s that a [ bleep ] insult? [ bleep ] I can’t do this, man.” It’s unclear if Phoenix’s reaction is real,
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