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Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’

Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’
Jane,” “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts” and “Cries From Syria” have been nominated as the best nonfiction film of 2017 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Monday.

Earth: One Amazing Day,” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” and “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” were also nominated in the Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures category.

For the first time, the category was expanded from five to seven nominees.

The winner will be revealed at the Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 20, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)

'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)
After first taking the train, Twentieth Century Fox is now readying to hop on a riverboat cruise.

On the heels of Murder on the Orient Express, Fox is staying in the Agatha Christie business by putting into development Death on the Nile, its next Hercule Poirot mystery.

Michael Green, who adapted the screenplay for Orient Express, is penning the script, and while there is no deal currently in place, five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh is expected to return as director and reprise his role as Poirot.

Death on the Nile, first published in 1937, saw the detective on a vacation...
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Lizzy Caplan Joining Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit’ (Exclusive)

Lizzy Caplan Joining Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit’ (Exclusive)
Lizzy Caplan is in talks to join the cast of “Gambit,” Variety has learned. The “Masters of Sex” star will play the female lead in the superhero movie. Details of her part are being kept under wraps.

The X-Men spinoff stars Channing Tatum as Gambit, a ragin’ Cajun whose ability to control kinetic energy enables him to weaponize playing cards and other projectiles. He’s also pretty handy with a bō staff. In the comics, Gambit was a member of the Thieves Guild before joining the X-Men. “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski will slide behind the camera on the film. It’s eyeing a Feb. 14, 2019 debut. Fox is releasing the film as part of its continued expansion of the cinematic mutant universe.

Caplan is an Emmy nominee for “Masters of Sex,” the acclaimed Showtime drama about sex researchers that aired from 2013 to 2016. Her film credits include “Cloverfield,” “127 Hours,” “Now You See Me 2,” and “Allied
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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option

The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option
Jeffrey Tambor has quit “Transparent” in advance of Season 5, and it’s unclear what the show — which was renewed for a fifth season in August, before the fourth season even aired — might look like without its trans parent.

Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning Amazon series was inspired by her own parent’s transition and has been largely constructed around Tambor’s Pfefferman family matriarch, Maura. The show needs Maura, even if it does not need Tambor, so the most obvious solution might also be the best one: Recast the role. More specifically, recast the role with a trans actress.

Though imagining a new figure stepping into the show’s close-knit family dynamic may sound jarring, there’s plenty of precedent: Just look to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show” or even “Pretty Little Liars.
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees

‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees
Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Detroit” and “Mudbound” are among the top film nominees for the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards.

On the TV side, Netflix and OWN dominate the race with multiple noms for “Dear White People,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Queen Sugar” and “Greenleaf.”

In music, Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z grabbed five nominations apiece. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay landed a nomination in the entertainer of the year category alongside Bruno Mars, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Issa Rae, and Jay-Z.

The motion picture nominations went to “Detroit,” “Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Marshall,” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” “Detroit” also landed a slot in the indie film category alongside “Last Flag Flying,” “Mudbound,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” and “Wind River.”

Greenleaf” and “Queen Sugar” are nommed for drama series, vying with Starz’s “Power,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and WGN’s now-canceled “Underground.” The bids for best comedy series went to HBO’s “Ballers,” ABC’s “Black-ish,” “Dear White People,” HBO’s “Insecure,” and Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse.”

“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson is set to host the Jan. 15 ceremony, to air live on TV One.
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Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86

Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86
Della Reese, the vocal powerhouse who later starred as heaven-sent Tess on the television series Touched By an Angel, died Sunday evening at age 86.

She leaves behind children James, Franklin, and Dominique, as well as husband Franklin Lett. She was predeceased by daughter Deloreese.

“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through
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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards

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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 2017 International Emmy Awards on Monday, awarding “Wallander” star Kenneth Branagh and “Marcella’s” Anna Friel in the top acting categories. The awards ceremony was held at the New York Hilton on Monday night and was hosted by comedian Maz Jobrani. Among the 12 awards handed out on Monday was the International Emmy Directorate Award, which went to Grupo Televisa President, CEO and Chairman Emilio Azcárraga Jean. Other winners included the Steve Coogan’s “Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle,” the Norwegian crime drama “Mammon II” and the documentary “Exodus: Our Journey to Europe.
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Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Eight Women

Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Eight Women
Television icon Charlie Rose has become the latest media star to be accused of sexual misconduct, with eight women telling the Washington Post that the longtime PBS newsman made unwanted sexual advances towards them while they were employees or sought work. “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” Rose told the Post. “I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that,” he said, adding: “I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too.
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Melissa Gilbert Says Oliver Stone ‘Humiliated’ Her at Audition for ‘The Doors’ (Audio)

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Melissa Gilbert Says Oliver Stone ‘Humiliated’ Her at Audition for ‘The Doors’ (Audio)
Melissa Gilbert spoke out against director Oliver Stone during an interview on Andy Cohen’s satellite radio show on Monday, saying the director sexually harassed her when she auditioned for a role in his 1991 movie “The Doors.” Gilbert says Stone wanted her to do a scene he said he wrote just for her which involved saying, “Do me, baby,” repeatedly while on her hands and knees. Gilbert refused to do it and left the audition room in tears. Also Read: Jeffrey Tambor: ‘I Don’t See How I Can Return to ‘Transparent” While recounting the incident, Gilbert said she was reluctant to identify.
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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill
Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet – and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940, when France and Belgium are a whisper away from surrendering to Hitler and Great Britain may be next. (How I'd love to see Oldman's take on the Fuhrer).

The British actor, 59, has played real people before, from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy) to Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK). But his Churchill is something different.
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'The Mist' Is Still Relevant for Unfortunate Reasons

'The Mist' Is Still Relevant for Unfortunate Reasons
Director Frank Darabont knows Stephen King, or at least that was the idea sold by the marketing of 2007’s The Mist. Known for directing two of the best King adaptations, 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption and 1999’s The Green Mile, the thought of Darabont doing another King feature implied awards and critical acclaim would follow. But when The Mist debuted Thanksgiving weekend in 2007, audiences were perplexed. The film’s Twilight Zone-esque take on a mysterious event that turns a small town into chaos was dark and contained one of the bleakest (and most divisive) endings on record.

In short, audiences...
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FCC Announces Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality in December

Chairman Ajit Pai said on Tuesday the Federal Communications Commission will vote to repeal its net neutrality rules next month. The current guidelines — put in place in 2015 under President Obama — prevent internet service providers from creating “fast lanes” or slowing down content from certain outlets. “In 2015, the prior FCC bowed to pressure from President Obama. On a party-line vote, it imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulations upon the Internet,” said Pai in a statement. “That decision was a mistake. It’s depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation.” Pai said he’ll lay out his proposal on Wednesday,
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Charlie Rose Denies ‘Wrongdoings’ Despite Apology for Past Conduct to Women

Charlie Rose Denies ‘Wrongdoings’ Despite Apology for Past Conduct to Women
Disgraced journalist Charlie Rose says he didn’t commit any “wrongdoings.” Rose made the claim to a reporter from TMZ as he walked back to his New York city apartment Monday evening, responding to a question about multiple allegations of wrongdoing toward women who worked on his PBS talk show . “It’s not wrongdoings,” he said shortly before entering his building. Also Read: Megyn Kelly on Charlie Rose: Now I Get Why He Grilled Me on Sexual Harassment at Fox News The moment, while small, is Rose’s first on-camera remarks since the Washington Post published eight allegations from
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Emilia Clarke Is Starting to Get ‘Really Annoyed’ by Fans’ Obsession With ‘Game of Thrones’ Nudity

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Emilia Clarke Is Starting to Get ‘Really Annoyed’ by Fans’ Obsession With ‘Game of Thrones’ Nudity
Emilia Clarke has stripped down for her role as the Mother of Dragons on “Game of Thrones” more times than there are kingdoms in Westeros. However, the actress, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, says she’s sick and tired of people focusing on the nude scenes that are part of the hit HBO series — even if they are a big chunk of the plot. In her interview for Harper’s Bazaar’s December/January 2018 cover, Clarke went over how she thinks it’s ridiculous that fans (and naysayers) have such a serious obsession with the show’s sex scenes. Also Read:
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Bob Weinstein Personally Paid Off Two of Harvey’s Accusers in 1990s, According to New Yorker

Bob Weinstein Personally Paid Off Two of Harvey’s Accusers in 1990s, According to New Yorker
A New Yorker expose details the secret settlements that allegedly allowed Harvey Weinstein to cover up sexual assault and harassment allegations dating back decades.

Ronan Farrow reports that Bob Weinstein, who has repeatedly said he was unaware of his brother’s alleged sexual misconduct, personally paid £250,000 — about $600,000 today — to settle two claims against his brother in the 1990s during their time running Miramax. The money was supposed to be split between Harvey’s former assistant Zelda Perkins and another female employee in England alleging sexual harassment and assault.

Bob Weinstein confirmed the personal payout during he New Yorker interview, but insisted that his brother misled him about what the money was being sued for.

“Regarding that payment, I only know what Harvey told me, and basically what he said was he was fooling around with two women and they were asking for money,” he told the New Yorker. “And he didn’t want his wife to find
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Does 'Valerian' Deserve a Second Act?

Does 'Valerian' Deserve a Second Act?
If we boil down Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets to a single word, “bananatown" might do. But even that jam-packed word can’t capture the sheer joy of watching a movie where Rihanna plays a shape-shifting, burlesque dancing alien, where Ethan Hawke plays her good ol’ boy pimp, where finding your lost partner in space law enforcement is as easy (and as gross) as shoving your head up a psychic scyphozoan’s keister, and where you can shop for useless bricabrac across dimensions so long as you remember your plane-shifting helmet. Losing yourself in Valerian’s varied array of space...
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'Coco': Meet the Voices Behind the Animated Characters

'Coco': Meet the Voices Behind the Animated Characters
Following his solo directorial debut (Toy Story 3), Pixar veteran Lee Unkrich brings Coco to the big screen this fall. With an exclusively Latino cast, Coco incorporates themes from the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos.

The animated adventure follows Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), an aspiring musician born into a family with a longtime ban on music. When Miguel is transported to the Land of the Dead, he encounters Hector (Gael García Bernal), a trickster who joins Miguel on his journey to unveil the truth behind his family history and return home. 

Coco hits theaters Nov. 22. Read on to find out more about...
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Google Deals Blow to Russian Propaganda Sites With ‘Derank’ Decision

Google doesn’t have time for Russian propaganda. The search monolith is going to start “deranking” sites Russia Today and Sputnik — Kremlin-funded media outlets that have come under fire in the wake of the 2016 U.S. election — company Chairman Eric Schmidt said at the Halifax International Security Forum on Tuesday. The move would bump the outlets down on Google’s search results, making it tougher for the sites to grab eyeballs. Schmidt added Google’s decision isn’t a matter of free speech versus censorship. Also Read: Stephen Colbert Weighs in on Trump's Weird Feud With Lavar Ball (Video) “I
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‘Justice League’ Star Jason Momoa ‘Bummed’ by Movie’s Weak Reception

‘Justice League’ Star Jason Momoa ‘Bummed’ by Movie’s Weak Reception
Congratulations, critics — you done pissed off Khal Drogo. “Game of Thrones” alum Jason Momoa says he’s “kind of bummed” by the reception of his new movie “Justice League.” “I try to stay the f— away from what people say,” the actor behind Aquaman told EW. “Some of my friends said, ‘”Justice League” isn’t doing well’ and it kind of bummed me out. But I didn’t want to look it up. I don’t want to look up the bad and the negativity. I don’t think that’s useful; it doesn’t help.” Momoa, who has seen the movie twice,
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36 Female ‘SNL’ Staffers Support Al Franken Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

36 Female ‘SNL’ Staffers Support Al Franken Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations
Senator Al Franken may not be getting support from a lot of the female population right now, but at least 36 women have got his back. Over three dozen women who worked with Franken on “Saturday Night Live” on Tuesday signed a letter of support for the former cast member, who has recently been accused of sexual misconduct by at least two women. Franken spent 15 years on the series as a writer and performer, and it looks like made a positive impact on many of the women on the show, as they are willing to go to bat for him...
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