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'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son

'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son
Creed has found his opponent.

German-Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu will square off against Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2, MGM and Warner Bros.’ sequel to the 2015 hit that updated Rocky for a new generation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Steven Caple will direct the movie, which is set to begin shooting in March in Philadelphia.

Creed starred Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa, who mentors Adonis Johnson (Jordan), the son of his rival, Apollo Creed.

The new pic also features a blast-from-the-past update: Munteanu will play the son of Ivan Drago, the ruthless Soviet boxer from Rocky IV, which...
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund

Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund
Timothée Chalamet announced on Instagram Monday night that he will be donating his salary from his work on the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to three charities: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization.

"I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer ... What I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary," Chalamet said in his...
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Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office

Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office
Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion drama “Phantom Thread” has performed impressively in its expansion with $1.4 million at 62 locations during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Phantom Thread” posted an impressive $22,984 per-screen average — by far the highest average on the domestic chart as Focus Features expanded the run from six screens. Focus plans to screen the film in more than 500 locations next weekend.

Phantom Thread,” which opened Christmas Day, has now grossed a total of $2.5 million. The awards contender is expected to be Day-Lewis’ final film. The movie — set in 1950s post-war London — follows Day-Lewis’ character, a renowned dressmaker at the center of British fashion. His life is disrupted by a strong-willed woman, played by Vicky Krieps, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

“Phantom Thread” earned director Paul Thomas Anderson the National Board of Review’s best screenplay award and Day-Lewis a Golden Globe nomination. It received four BAFTA nominations,
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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo

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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo
Paramount Network’s “Heathers” is technically an adaptation of the 1988 cult comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, but series creator Jason Micallef said the show will still find ways to put a new spin on the story. “It’s 2018, it’s not 1988,” Micallef told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. “No one’s going to want to watch a girl for 10 episodes follow a guy around, murder people and then whine about it.” So Micallef said he created some “very, very major character changes” for the lead character Veronica Sawyer, played by Ryder in the original movie...
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Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries Dead at 46

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries Dead at 46
Dolores O’Riordan, the Irish musician who fronted ’90s superstars The Cranberries, has reportedly died at the age of 46.

“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time,” O’Riordan’s publicist said in a statement to the BBC. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

O’Riordan is survived by her three children, 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly and 12-year-old daughter Dakota.

“The best time in my life was the years
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Arnold Schwarzenegger "Shocked and Saddened" by Eliza Dushku's 'True Lies' Assault Claims

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is "shocked and saddened" to learn of Eliza Dushku's alleged sexual assault during the filming of True Lies.

The action star, who toplined James Cameron's 1994 action thriller, tweeted on Monday evening that had he known about the incident at the time "you bet your ass all of us would have done something." Schwarzenegger also tweeted his support to and expressed his pride in Dushku, who played his daughter in the film, for coming forward.

Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I’m shocked and...
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Tyler Perry Studios President Ozzie Areu Exits, Forms New Studio

Tyler Perry Studios President Ozzie Areu Exits, Forms New Studio
Ozzie Areu is leaving his position as president of Tyler Perry Studios to form Areu Bros., a studio venture with his brother Will Areu.

The new company is also purchasing Tyler Perry’s former studio space in southwest Atlanta, with the aim of transforming it into a multifaceted media campus encompassing music, tech, motion pictures and television operations. Since Ozzie and Will Areu are first-generation Cuban-Americans, they will be the first Latinos to run and own a major film and television studio in the U.S. While Ozzie launches the venture, Will is staying on at Tyler Perry Studios as the president of production.

Ozzie spent...
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Ratings: ‘The Bachelor’ Dumps Fox’s ‘Gifted’ Finale

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Ratings: ‘The Bachelor’ Dumps Fox’s ‘Gifted’ Finale
The Bachelor” and “The Good Doctor” carried ABC to another Monday win in primetime, with the reality dating show dropping Fox’s two-hour finale of “The Gifted” (and pretty much everything else) along the way. ABC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. CBS was second in ratings with a 1.1/4 and in viewers with 6 million. More to come…
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Rotten Tomatoes Apologizes After Mistakenly Killing Off the Very Much Alive John Carpenter

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Rotten Tomatoes Apologizes After Mistakenly Killing Off the Very Much Alive John Carpenter
In a tweet honoring John Carpenter’s 70th birthday, Rotten Tomatoes accidentally killed off the legendary filmmaker — but don’t worry, he’s alive and well. “John Carpenter would have been 70 years old today! We celebrate his birthday by looking back at his five favorite films,” Rotten Tomatoes wrote in the now-deleted tweet, captured by Bloody Disgusting writer John Squires. “Rotten Tomatoes celebrates John Carpenter’s birthday by letting the very much alive John Carpenter know that John Carpenter is actually dead,” Squires wrote alongside the screenshot. Rotten Tomatoes celebrates John Carpenter's birthday by letting the very much alive John Carpenter know that John...
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History Channel Sets Global Soccer Programming Extravaganza in Run-Up to World Cup (Exclusive)

History Channel Sets Global Soccer Programming Extravaganza in Run-Up to World Cup (Exclusive)
The History channel is capitalizing on the global appeal of soccer with “History of Football,” two weeks of worldwide and localized programming celebrating the beautiful game in the run-up to this year’s World Cup. It’s the channel’s biggest-ever programming initiative.

David Villa – a World Cup winner with Spain and former Barcelona player – will feature in some of the original programming and will also serve as global ambassador for the event, promoting it to his 28 million social media followers. Considered a student of the game, the Spanish former player said of “History of Football”: “It gives my fellow players, coaches, and myself an opportunity to talk about what the game means to us and also to relive so many incredible memories.”

A+E Networks International’s executive managing director, Patrick Vien, is behind “History of Football,” which will run soccer-related programs across the channel’s schedule from May 28 to June 10, with the World Cup kicking
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Fox News to Launch Documentary Series ‘Scandalous’ That Will First Examine Clinton Impeachment Process

With so many critics and pundits envisioning a potential impeachment of President Donald Trump, Fox News Channel will examine the congressional effort to impeach President Bill Clinton in 1998 and 1999 with a seven-part weekend documentary series.

The 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet said it would launch “Scandalous,” a “historical documentary series” meant to chronicle the sequence of events around Clinton’s impeachment. The first installment of the series will debut on Sunday, January 21, and will examine the investigations of then-President Bill Clinton by the Office of the Independent Counsel. The one-hour program will be presented for seven consecutive weeks at 8 p.m. on Sundays, where it will go up against “CNN Newsroom” on CNN and Kasie Hunt’s “Kasie DC” on MSNBC.

A person familiar with the program said the network hopes the program will become a potential franchise and examine other moments in history.

The House of Representatives started an impeachment process against Clinton in December
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Visual Effects Society Awards: 'Apes,' 'Blade Runner 2049' Lead Feature Nominees

Visual Effects Society Awards: 'Apes,' 'Blade Runner 2049' Lead Feature Nominees
War for the Planet of the Apes and Blade Runner 2049 lead the feature nominees for the Visual Effects Society Awards, with seven nominations apiece.

This includes the top category of outstanding VFX in a photoreal feature, where those films are nominated alongside Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The outstanding supporting VFX category includes Dunkirk, along with Darkest Hour, Downsizing, mother! and Only the Brave.

In six of the last 10 years, the winner in the top Ves category went on to win the VFX Oscar. Once, in 2011, the winner...
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10 Things We Learned From Four Top Media Analysts at Natpe

Miami — There will be more un-bundling, and there will be re-bundling. There will be a push for stronger regulation of tech giants. And for sure there will be more big paychecks for content providers.

Those were among the predictions and observations offered Tuesday morning by four top Wall Street media and tech analysts — MoffettNathanson’s Michael Nathanson, Morgan Stanley’s Ben Swinburne, Jp Morgan Securities’ Alexia Quadrani, and Maquaries’ Amy Yong — who gathered for the opening session of the Natpe conference, which runs through Jan. 18.

Here are 10 things we learned from the discussion, moderated by Lionsgate investor relations chief James Marsh.

The dizzying pace of change in media and particularly television has Wall Street just as confused as everyone else. “Wall Street is mirroring what is going on in the industry. There’s a lot of convergence and a little bit of confusion of how investors should look at the landscape,” Yong said.

The
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‘Black Lightning’ Boss on Telling a Tale of ‘African-American Paranoia’

The CW’s latest superhero team-up with Warner Bros. Television and DC Comics is “Black Lightning,” helmed by Salim Akil. But although his show shares its origins in comics with the others already established on the network slate, he isn’t interested in having his show exist in a shared universe at this time.

“I kind of feel like the broader audience doesn’t really know who Black Lightning is. They know the name now, but I wanted them to really get to know Jefferson and his family first,” Akil tells Variety, although he recognizes that “down the line” the network might want “Black Lightning” to be a part of their annual crossover events.

Instead, Akil is focusing on introducing Jefferson (Cress Williams), his powers, and his family to a new audience. Calling Jefferson a “community-based superhero,” Akil points out that the show is steeped in his experiences growing up in Richland, Calif. and is
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Selma Blair Reveals James Toback Threatened to "Gouge" Her Eyes Out

Selma Blair Reveals James Toback Threatened to
Selma Blair opened up about her decision to come forward and reveal the harassment she allegedly endured from director James Toback, as well as what she hopes will happen to the disgraced director, who once threatened to kill her and gouge her eyes out, and how she feels about the power of the #MeToo movement.

Toback’s years of allegedly engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior during auditions was first reported by an exposé in The Los Angeles Times, where 38 women detailed the harassment they endured from the director. Blair, who was one of the original Hollywood accusers to come...
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Seal ‘Vehemently Denies’ Tracey Birdsall’s Misconduct Accusation

Seal ‘Vehemently Denies’ Tracey Birdsall’s Misconduct Accusation
British singer Seal has “vehemently” denied Tracey Birdsall’s accusation of sexual misconduct. On Saturday, the actress filed a battery complaint with Malibu police against the “Kiss From a Rose” singer. “Seal vehemently denies the recent accusations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct of more than a year ago,” his reps told TheWrap in a statement. “He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations.” TMZ first reported news of the battery complaint. TheWrap did not immediately hear back from local authorities with regards to the filing. Also Read: Seal Slammed for Oprah Post, Goes Off on 'Double...
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Sarah Sanders: If Trump’s a Racist, ‘Why Did NBC Give Him a Show for a Decade?’

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that President Trump is a racist after being cornered by reporters near the White House on Tuesday morning. If Trump was a racist, Sanders said, “why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV? Why did Chuck Schumer and all of his colleagues come and beg Donald Trump for money?” Sanders was specifically responding to a question from a reporter off-camera about comments from Schumer suggesting Trump could prove he wasn’t a racist by passing a Daca deal. Also Read: Wh Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Spars With CNN's Jim Acosta: Trump...
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Natpe: Brazil’s Globo Unveils Its Drive into Diversity, New Generation Talent

By Tuesday at 10 am Miami time, in one of Natpe most extensive presentations, Brazil’s Globo, Latin America’s biggest broadcast network, will have talked up one of the weightiest line-ups of any international company at this year’s TV trade fair.

Led by “The Edge of Desire,” written by Gloria Perez, the reigning queen of Brazilian’s TV creators, the series represent the current flagships of the Latin American broadcaster which has arguably fared best in recent audience results as it faces off with ever-increased competition from both digital platforms and the rapidly ramping production slates of established U.S. players – Turner, Fox, HBO Latin America, Sony, to name just a few – and is now angling to become a production partner of international dramas.

The presentation comes two months after Globo Group director Roberto Marinho Neto and Globo CEO Carlos Henrique Schroder gave a presentation on Nov. 19 on the eve of the Intl. Emmy Awards
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Philip Roth Emerges From Retirement to Rip ‘Megalomaniac’ Trump: ‘Massive Fraud’

Philip Roth Emerges From Retirement to Rip ‘Megalomaniac’ Trump: ‘Massive Fraud’
Novelist Philip Roth has emerged from his retirement to slam President Donald Trump a “massive fraud” and “megalomaniac.” In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times in which he wrote out his answers, the author of “Portnoy’s Complaint” and “The Human Stain” slammed Trump as a “massive fraud, the evil sum of his deficiencies, devoid of everything but the hollow ideology of a megalomaniac.” Roth addressed comparisons to Trump and “The Plot Against America,” his 2004 novel that presents an alternative history in which the famed pilot and fascist sympathizer Charles Lindbergh defeated Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential...
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