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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Show Limps out of 2017 With Kevin Hart at the Helm

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Show Limps out of 2017 With Kevin Hart at the Helm
It’s the last “Saturday Night Live” of 2017, and you’d think NBC’s perennial sketch show would go out with the bang. Getting Kevin Hart to host and the Foo Fighters as the musical guest is pretty much a case of busting out the big guns, after all.

Unfortunately, this episode of “Saturday Night Live” can barely be considered an extravaganza, and the holiday aspects of it aren’t even memorable or strong enough to use “it’s a holiday episode!” as an excuse.

So, what happened?

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Let’s start with the monologue. Kevin Hart goes with the standup routine monologue, which is obviously a good idea for a standup comedian — in theory. Boy, is this monologue a good idea in theory. (His execution is good too, but…
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: an ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: an ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” may be one of the most critically acclaimed entries in the franchise (IndieWire gave it an A- and called it it the most satisfying “Star Wars” film in decades), but it’s passionately dividing fans in a way most “Star Wars” films don’t. Unlike the universally beloved reception to “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” isn’t every fan’s up of tea.

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“The Last Jedi” currently holds a negative 57% Rotten Tomatoes user score after over 83,000 responses, which pales in comparison to the 88% “The Force Awakens” ended up with after over 200,000 user scores. But while the Rotten Tomatoes user score indicates a more-negative fan response, the IMDb score is currently at 8.0 (even with “The Force Awakens”) and received an ‘A’ CinemaScore (also
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher is Responsible For Writing These Emotional Final Leia Quotes

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher is Responsible For Writing These Emotional Final Leia Quotes
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is now playing in theaters around the world, and with it comes Carrie Fisher’s final turn as Princess-turned-General Leia Organa. Director Rian Johnson previously revealed back at Star Wars Celebration in April that Fisher had helped with the script, calling the actress a “brilliant writer and an incredible mind.”

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“I would go to her house. We would sit on her bed for hours and go through the scripts,” he said. “We would have these stream of consciousness jazz poetry kinda ad lib sessions. I would just scribble on my script everything she said, and at the end of six hours, there would be like a four-word line of dialogue that was the distillation of all of that that was brilliant.”

Now
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Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’

Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’
Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” television series is one of the most highly anticipated projects currently in development, with the streaming giant already signing off on a multi-season commitment. While the story for the series has not been confirmed, Ian McKellen is more than eager to step back into the wizardly shoes of Gandalf.

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British television personality Graham Norton recently brought up the new “Lord of the Rings” series to McKellen during an interview on his BBC Radio 2 talk show (via Digital Spy). When asked if it would be annoying to see another actor take on his iconic role, McKellen responded, “What do you mean, another Gandalf?”

“I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it?
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‘The Ranch’ Review: One Last Season with Danny Masterson is Too Many, So Here’s What Happens and What’s Next

‘The Ranch’ Review: One Last Season with Danny Masterson is Too Many, So Here’s What Happens and What’s Next
In case there’s any confusion over the matter, Danny Masterson is in every episode of “The Ranch” Season 4. Despite a highly-publicized controversy that ended in the series regular being fired from Netflix’s Emmy-winning sitcom, that decision took place after filming had been completed on “Part 4.” The new episodes that were released Friday, December 15 are just like the first three seasons: Masterson, as the older brother, Jameson “Rooster” Bennett, is heavily integrated into every half-hour installment.

So fans have a choice to make: Watch “The Ranch” and try to overcome the building rage of watching an alleged rapist goof around or skip 10 episodes and pick the show back up once Masterson is gone for real.

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For many, this isn’t much of a choice. With so many truly excellent TV shows out there, “The Ranch” isn’t exactly at the top of many Netflix subscribers’ must-see list.
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Jodie Foster Reprises Her Oscar-Winning ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Role to Take Down Donald Trump — Watch

Jodie Foster Reprises Her Oscar-Winning ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Role to Take Down Donald Trump — Watch
Jodie Foster finally returned to acting for the first time since 2013’s “Elysium” by making a surprise appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” in which she stepped back into the shoe’s of her most iconic character: Clarice Starling.

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Colbert debuted a Donald Trump-themed parody of Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs” during the December 15 episode, and Foster actually appeared as Clarice. The FBI agent needed Hannibal Lecter’s help to figure out how deep Donald Trump’s ties go with Russia. It only makes sense Hannibal and Trump are old friends.

Foster has stopped taking screen roles in recent years in favor of the director’s chair. Her last directorial effort, “Money Monster,” played the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and she’s directed episodes of Netflix series
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HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins Steps Down After 38 Years, 32 Emmys, and Over 1,000 Films

Sheila Nevins has announced she is stepping down from her role as president of HBO Documentary Films, a position she has held for the last 38 years. The 78-year-old has produced over 1,000 non-fiction films during her time at HBO, earning a record 32 Emmy Awards. Her projects have also earned 26 Oscars and 42 Peabody Awards. She was the recipient of the TV Academy’s lifetime achievement award in 2005.

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“There’s something exciting about leaving a job,” Nevins told The New York Times about her departure. “I can’t explain it. I have deprived my life of a life. All I did was work. I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there. If I stayed any longer, I probably would have died at my desk. I just regret that there’s so little time left.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is already making a killing at the box office as it heads to an opening weekend north of $200 million, which means thousands of “Star Wars” fans are finally learning more about what happened to Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill reprises his iconic role in “The Last Jedi” and has one of the film’s most essential storylines. The actor joined director Rian Johnson to talk about Luke’s fate in a Q&A with Entertainment Weekly.

Spoiler Warning Ahead

“The Last Jedi” ends with a major bit of misdirection on Luke’s part. During the epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order on the mineral planet of Crait, Luke finally makes his grand return and engages in a lightsaber fight with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Luke and Kylo’s duel ends up being just the distraction the Resistance needs in order to safely
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‘Star Wars’: Rian Johnson Says There Will Be “Extensive” Deleted Scenes On ‘The Last Jedi’ DVD

Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi“ has been released into the world and the bold, daring, and sometimes divisive ‘Star Wars’ movie, is just destroying at the box office. And while there was the surprise element of the film charting low on the Rotten Tomatoes audience score—some of which may have been trolling—the film earned a glowing A on Cinemascore, so there’s pretty much nothing to worry about if you’re an invested fan.

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Paul Thomas Anderson Has Never Paid for Netflix A Day in His Life and Is Using His Friend’s Password

Paul Thomas Anderson Has Never Paid for Netflix A Day in His Life and Is Using His Friend’s Password
You may not be able to make a movie like Paul Thomas Anderson can, but chances are very likely you are using streaming platforms just like the “Phantom Thread” and “There Will Be Blood” director. Anderson admitted in an interview with The Playlist that he’s never paid for Netflix a day in his life. Like so many others, Anderson streams by using a friend’s password.

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“The thing I like about Netflix is I’ve never paid for a day of Netflix in my life, I just have someone else’s account and their password. It’s free! Which is great,” Anderson said. “Which makes me wonder, how they hell are they paying for all these expensive movies? I’ve never paid them once.”

Anderson has long been a proponent of
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11 Famous Directors Explain Why They Turned Down ‘Star Wars’

11 Famous Directors Explain Why They Turned Down ‘Star Wars’
David Lynch, Steven Spielberg, and Guillermo del Toro all got very close to putting their own spin on the “Star Wars” universe.

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Cannes’ Historic First Television Festival Opens in April 2018 With ‘The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair’

Cannes’ Historic First Television Festival Opens in April 2018 With ‘The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair’
The first-ever Cannes International Series Festival has revealed its opening premiere: “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,” starring Patrick Dempsey, Kristine Froseth, and rising indie star Ben Schnetzer.

The TV festival, also known as Canneseries, is set to launch on April 4, 2018 at the Palais des Festivals. “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” pilot is directed by “Black and White in Color” helmer Jean-Jacques Annaud.

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“The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” tells the story of Harry Quebert (Dempsey), a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted in the cold-case murder of a girl who has been missing for many years. The MGM Television-backed series is based on the bestselling European novel by Joël Dicker and consists of 10 episodes. “Harry Quebert” will premiere in the U.S. on Epix and in
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‘Bad Santa’ Director Terry Zwigoff Says the Weinsteins Also Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From the Christmas Comedy

‘Bad Santa’ Director Terry Zwigoff Says the Weinsteins Also Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From the Christmas Comedy
In the over 90 sexual harassment and abuse accusations made against Harvey Weinstein, one of the most consistent claims alleged that Weinstein would threaten the careers of the actresses who refused his advances. Mira Sorvino is one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, and according to directors such as Peter Jackson and Terry Zwigoff, Weinstein and his brother did just that.

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Zwigoff worked with Miramax on the Billy Bob Thornton-starring Christmas comedy “Bad Santa,” which was produced by Bob Weinstein under the Miramax-owned Dimension Films. The director said in a tweet that he was interested in casting Sorvino for an unspecified role in the comedy, but that every time he brought up her name to Bob and Harvey Weinstein they would immediately hang up on him. Zwigoff alleges this happened numerous
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Sean Baker Responds to Sexual Harassment Allegations Against ‘The Florida Project’ Producer Andrew Duncan

Sean Baker Responds to Sexual Harassment Allegations Against ‘The Florida Project’ Producer Andrew Duncan
Sean Baker says he is “saddened” over the sexual harassment allegations made against June Pictures co-founder Andrew Duncan. Duncan and his company helped produce Baker’s acclaimed “The Florida Project,” which is currently a big contender in this year’s awards season.

Numerous employees at June Pictures say they were harassed by Duncan over the last year. One even alleges Duncan had an employee hire sex workers. The allegations also say that Duncan’s partner at June Pictures, Alex Saks, was aware of the accusations and Duncan’s behavior for over a year and never addressed the issue in an effective way. Duncan has denied the allegations, blaming them on his “rivals.”

In reaction to the allegations, “The Florida Project” director Sean Baker has issued an official statement in which he makes it very
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Peter Jackson Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blacklist Denial as ‘A Deflection From the Truth’

Peter Jackson Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blacklist Denial as ‘A Deflection From the Truth’
Peter Jackson and Harvey Weinstein are engaging in a war of words over the audition process for “The Lord of the Rings.” Jackson claims when he was working with Miramax on early development of the J. R. R. Tolkien adaptation in 1998 that Weinstein blacklisted actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from auditioning, allegedly telling Jackson that both were a “nightmare to worth with.”

Weinstein quickly responded to Jackson’s story and denied the claims were true. A publicist for the disgraced former studio executive issued a statement in which Weinstein said he has “nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson” and assured that he was not involved in casting. Weinstein noted that “Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line.”

Jackson has now responded
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What Losing Lincoln Plaza Means to the Future of Subtitled Film

What Losing Lincoln Plaza Means to the Future of Subtitled Film
It’s just one theater, with six screens. But news that the landlord for the Lincoln Plaza Theaters —on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, across the street from Lincoln Center — is not renewing the lease for its present (and only) operators, longtime exhibitors and distributors Dan and Toby Talbot, could be the biggest news in specialized film this year.

Totaling a little over 1,000 seats, Lincoln Plaza has been the most important single theater in the domestic specialized market since its opening in 1981. Though it no longer provides the biggest grosses for most independent and other arthouse releases, it remains the single most vital location for launching subtitled and other high-end titles in the U.S.

Initial reports say the Talbots — dominant forces for over 50 years in the New York specialized film business — were unable to make a deal to continue operation. The landlord, Milstein Properties — has not confirmed that it will continue as a theater.
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David Boreanaz, Primetime’s Most Valuable Player, Has Another Hit With ‘Seal Team’ — Ratings Watch

David Boreanaz, Primetime’s Most Valuable Player, Has Another Hit With ‘Seal Team’ — Ratings Watch
David Boreanaz is once again proving his primetime power. Fresh off a 12-season run on the Fox staple “Bones,” Boreanaz didn’t miss a beat: His new CBS drama, “Seal Team,” has already been given a full 22-episode first season order, and is shoo-in for a sophomore renewal.

Not many performers can brag about starring in back-to-back-to-back hits, which makes Boreanaz a TV heavy hitter on par with stars like Ted Danson and William Shatner — the rare actors who have enjoyed multiple hits on unrelated shows. Boreanaz, of course, top-lined the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spinoff “Angel” for several years (and 110 episodes) before moving on to 246 episodes of “Bones.”

Seal Team” stars Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, the leader of the Tier One team, a group deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice. The show has been consistently making the top 25 ratings among both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
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Morgan Spurlock’s Former Partners Pull ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’ from Sundance Film Festival

Morgan Spurlock’s Former Partners Pull ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’ from Sundance Film Festival
One day after Morgan Spurlock resigned from the production company he co-founded following his disclosure that a woman “believed she had been raped” by the documentarian, his remaining partners have pulled his upcoming film from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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“Due to Morgan Spurlock stepping down from Warrior Poets, we the partners have decided that this is not the appropriate time for ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’ to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival,” wrote co-founder/partner Jeremy Chilnick and partner Matthew Galkin in a statement released December 15. “Therefore, we will be removing the documentary from the festival’s slate.”

The film first screened at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, where YouTube Red paid $3.5 million for the distribution rights. It chronicles Spurlock’s decision to open a fast food restaurant in Columbus, Ohio that sold only “hormone-free,
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Manhattan’s Beloved Lincoln Plaza Cinema Will Close for Good in January 2018

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Lincoln Plaza Cinema — the first stop for much acclaimed independent and foreign fare since 1981 — will shutter next month when its New York City lease ends, according to Deadline. Occupying an Upper West Side residential building’s basement, the six-screen theater has hosted exclusive engagements of films like “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Certified Copy.” It is operated as a partnership between the founder of the former New Yorker Films distribution company, Dan Talbot; France’s Gaumont Film Company, a mini-major studio; and local real estate investment film Milstein Properties, the owner of the site.

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Talbot’s wife of 68 years, Toby, told Deadline that they “did everything we could to ask for the lease to be extended,” to no avail, as Milstein is “looking to make money” and “get everything [they] can.”

Multiple sources told IndieWire that Howard Milstein, chairman of Milstein Properties, had been seeking
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‘Live Pd’: Secrets Behind A&E’s Addictive Cop Show, and How It Almost Goes Off the Rails Each Week

‘Live Pd’: Secrets Behind A&E’s Addictive Cop Show, and How It Almost Goes Off the Rails Each Week
There’s nothing quite like “Live Pd,” the hit A&E series that follows cops and sheriffs — live, in real time, as they patrol various cities and counties across the country. The series began as an eight-episode experiment, for two hours a week, back in October 2016. But as it turned into a sensation, A&E kept expanding the show’s footprint.

Now, “Live Pd” airs twice a week, on Friday and Saturday nights, for three hours both evenings (from 9 p.m. to midnight). And other than a brief five-week hiatus in September, it’s been on the air for most of the year.

“It is by far the most frustrating, challenging, and gratifying program that I have ever been involved with,” said executive producer Dan Cesareo, whose Big Fish Entertainment is behind the series. “No two nights are the same. You could have a great show one night, where we
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