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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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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, also known as Canneseries, is set to launch on April 4, 2018 at the Palais des Festivals. The festival has announced that its inaugural edition will open with the world premiere of “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,” starring Patrick Dempsey, Kristine Froseth, and rising indie star Ben Schnetzer. The series pilot is directed by “Black and White in Color” helmer Jean-Jacques Annaud.

“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 France on TF1 in 2018.
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Mario Batali Apologizes for Sexual Misconduct, Includes Holiday Recipe

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Mario Batali Apologizes for Sexual Misconduct, Includes Holiday Recipe
Mario Batali takes the cake -- or, in this case, pizza dough -- for most tone deaf response to sexual battery allegations. Batali sent out an email blast Friday evening to his fans in which he acknowledged "some news coverage about some of my past behavior." Multiple women have accused the celeb chef of groping, exposing himself and other forms of sexual misconduct, and ABC canned him from "The Chew." In the email, he apologized to fans and admitted,
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Rob Lowe to Star in, Direct Lifetime's Remake of Horror Classic The Bad Seed

Rob Lowe to Star in, Direct Lifetime's Remake of Horror Classic The Bad Seed
Rob Lowe is about to play the father of literally the most evil girl on the planet.

The Parks and Rec and West Wing alum is set to star in a remake of the classic horror film The Bad Seed for Lifetime, according to our sister site Deadline. (Lowe is also attached to direct the project, which isn’t confirmed yet, as Lifetime is still working to acquire the rights.) Lowe will play the dad of Emma, a demonic young girl who he learns is responsible for a terrible tragedy at her school. This version flips the gender of the original film,
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‘The Trade’: Morgan Spurlock Dropped As Executive Producer Of Showtime’s Sundance-Bound Docu Series

‘The Trade’: Morgan Spurlock Dropped As Executive Producer Of Showtime’s Sundance-Bound Docu Series
The fallout from Morgan Spurlock’s public confession of sexual misconduct earlier this week continues. The documentary maker has been dropped as an executive producer of Showtime’s upcoming five-episode docu-series The Trade, which will have a world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a Feb. 2 debut on Showtime. The move follows Spurlock’s exit from his production company, Warrior Poets, in the wake of the controversy. The Trade spotlights the opioid…
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Watergate Series from George Clooney the Works at Netflix

Watergate Series from George Clooney the Works at Netflix
Netflix is eyeing the Watergate scandal as its next high-profile miniseries.

The drama is being developed by George Clooney and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman. Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures will produce the eight-episode limited series, with the film star and his partner Grant Heslov serving as executive producers. The project also hails from Sonar Entertainment, which inked a first look deal with Smokehouse last year.

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Netflix’s ‘A Christmas Prince’ Is Just the Start of the Streaming Giant’s Quest for Christmas Dominance

Netflix’s ‘A Christmas Prince’ Is Just the Start of the Streaming Giant’s Quest for Christmas Dominance
If you haven’t watched Netflix’s “A Christmas Prince” yet, then you’re missing out. It’s not that the movie is really all that good. It’s Ok, but we’ll get back to that in a second. What matters is that this fairy tale rom-com has helped Netflix begin its mission: to steal Christmas from cable networks.

While networks like Lifetime, Freeform, Up, and Ion have been cranking out some holiday rom-coms and programming, Hallmark is the undisputed leader of Christmas fare. The channel began its new original Christmas movies back in October, ruled over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, and is still making a splash with yuletide movies like “The Christmas Train” and “Switched for Christmas.”
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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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“Hello, Clarice” – Jodie Foster Visits Stephen Colbert For Special Probe Into Lecter Ties To Trump

“Hello, Clarice” – Jodie Foster Visits Stephen Colbert For Special Probe Into Lecter Ties To Trump
Stephen Colbert says hello to special agent Clarice Starling tonight, as Jodie Foster joins him for a segment reprising her Silence of the Lambs role as the FBI novice who bonds with Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Clarice has some questions regarding Robert Mueller's probe into Trump's ties to Russia directed toward Hannibal Lecter (Stephen Colbert). — The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) December 16, 2017 &nbsp…
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TVLine Items: Clooney's Watergate, Grammys' Elton Tribute and More

TVLine Items: Clooney's Watergate, Grammys' Elton Tribute and More
George Clooney is reopening the Watergate scandal at Netflix.

The Academy Award-winning actor will executive-produce the eight-part limited series Watergate, which is currently in development at the streaming service. Per our sister site Deadline, the Rashomon-style project hails from writer Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies). Should it be ordered to series, each episode would focus on a different individual involved in the 1970s scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon, including his counsel John Ehrlichman and former Attorney General John Mitchell.

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Watergate is one of two major TV projects for the onetime ER doc.
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Agent Olivia Metzger Leaving CAA; Clients Include Jeff Glor, Hoda Kotb: Report

CAA agent Olivia Metzger, who represents some of the top names in TV news including Jeff Glor, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin and Stephanie Ruhle, is leaving the agency, according to a report in the Huffington Post. HuffPo, citing two unnamed sources, reports that Metzger intends to continue repping clients, either at another agency or by starting her own firm. According to the article, at least CBS Evening News anchor Glor, NBC/MSNBC anchor Melvin and NBC White House…
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Chicago Med Review: Scary Merry Holidays

Chicago Med got a late start this year, but has nevertheless pushed the Emergency Department into a good place to pick up in the New Year. Perhaps not good, but at the very least, compelling and authentic. I’d call it a jolly holiday, but Santa and a priest dying in the E.D. is not a good sign of things to come. Nevertheless, we do our best to be hopeful during the holidays. We can be grateful for Chicago Med‘s new relationships, for every patient healed, and for the stories that represent the struggles currently going on in the healthcare community.

Chicago Med Review: Scary Merry Holidays
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General Hospital: Drew Isn’t Ready to Bond With Jason

General Hospital fans know Drew is not ready to bond with his brother. He did learn that his brother helped him figure out how to get past the fact that he was considered deserted, but he’s not ready. He can’t just go meet with his twin and focus on his life and the things that he’s done in the few years he’s been his brother. This is all new and confusing to him, and he is appreciative of what Jason did. He’s just not ready to go there yet. Will he ever be ready? Will he ever find it in

General Hospital: Drew Isn’t Ready to Bond With Jason
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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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Five Shows You’d Like if You Like “Alaskan Bush People”

Alaskan Bush People,” is a television series that is based on the real-life struggles and challenges faced by the Brown family. This family consists of Billy, his wife Ami, and their seven adult children. According to Discovery, which is the network that distributes this show, the family is of interest because they are not like any other family in the country, due to how far removed they are from civilization. If this is a show you watch regularly, you know how easy it is to get caught up in the real-life drama that can occur. However, if you are looking

Five Shows You’d Like if You Like “Alaskan Bush People
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Hallmark's Andrew Walker Finds the Christmas Spirit on — Gasp! — Lifetime

Hallmark's Andrew Walker Finds the Christmas Spirit on — Gasp! — Lifetime
Any self-respecting fan of the Hallmark Channel’s many romance movies should be familiar with actor Andrew Walker. Perhaps you saw him woo a movie starlet in Date With Love. Or maybe he warmed your heart in Love on Ice. Or you were swept away by him in Bridal Wave. Or you watched him find A Bride for Christmas. Needless to say, Walker has starred in a lot of romantic tales for the network. But this December, you’ll have to tune into a different channel to watch the Hallmark mainstay’s latest love story.

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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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Days of Our Lives: What’s Happening with Will and Sonny?

Days of Our Lives fans are not sure they want to know what is going on with Will and Sonny. We still just don’t get what happened in the first place. You have a couple that was married, then Will cheated on Sonny, they split up, and their marriage was over when Will was allegedly killed. It’s been a very long time, and Sonny has since decided to marry Paul. He and Will weren’t even together anymore. Now Will is alive, he has no memory, and Sonny still thinks for whatever reason that he has to choose between these two.

Days of Our Lives: What’s Happening with Will and Sonny?
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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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‘Exorcist’ Finale Ratings Steady, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Dips On Slow Friday

The Exorcist (0.4/2) ended its second season and 2017 with a narrative bang last night. On a Blue Blood-less Friday that saw little movement for most shows, the bloody and unexpected death of a major character on the finale of the Fox horror drama was pretty placid among adults 18-49. Like lead-in Hell's Kitchen (0.8/4), the Ben Daniels, John Cho and Alfronso Herrera starring series was even with last week among the key demo. The "Unworthy" episode did see a 14% rise in…
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