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Ian McKellen Wants to Reprise Gandalf for Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series

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If Amazon is planning to cast Gandalf for their upcoming “Lord of the Rings” TV show, Sir Ian McKellen wants first dibs. In November, the studio made a deal to adapt to series J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novels, a franchise that many associate first and foremost with McKellen’s badass wizard. During an appearance on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday, McKellen was asked if it will bother him if another actor puts on his wizard hat. He responded, “What do you mean, another Gandalf?” “I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked,” McKellen added. »


- Jennifer Maas

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Mario Batali Issues Sexual Misconduct Apology… Along With a Tasty Holiday Recipe

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Here, enjoy this apology for sexual assault with a side of sugary breakfast treats. Mario Batali issued an apology for the sexual misconduct accusations recently posed against him via an online newsletter sent out on Friday, but it was accompanied by an odd attachment: a link to his recipe for Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls. Following his termination from “The Chew,” the celebrity chef acknowledged his “many mistakes” and apologized for disappointing “my friends, my family, my fans and my team.” Also Read: Mario Batali Out at 'The Chew' After Review of Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Him “My behavior was wrong and there are. »


- Jennifer Maas

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‘SNL': Is There a New Episode Airing This Week?

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SNL” is back with a fresh December episode this week as it closes in on the Christmas holiday. “Saturday Night Live” returned last week with a bit of a Christmas theme, with a cold open in which Kenan Thompson played Santa Claus trying to answer kids’ questions about current politics. But what it didn’t have was Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Donald Trump. There’s the possibility that Baldwin will be back this week, though. The Dec. 16 episode is set to be hosted by Kevin Hart, with the Foo Fighters serving as musical guests. James Franco served as host of last. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Jason Priestley Says He Punched Harvey Weinstein at a Golden Globes Party in the ’90s

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Jason Priestley says he has done what many in Hollywood probably wish they had: punched Harvey Weinstein in the face. Following the accusations rolling in about Weinstein’s attempt to blacklist Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd – two actresses who have recently accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexual misconduct and threats to derail their careers if they spoke up — a friend of Priestley’s took to Twitter to recall a rather heated encounter between the disgraced mogul and the former star of “Beverly Hills 90210.” “Heartbreaking….wouldn’t be surprised if this happened to my good friend @Jason_Priestley who punched »


- Jennifer Maas

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Here’s How ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Sets Up ‘The Last Jedi’

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for the video game “Star Wars: Battlefront II” and the beginning scene of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”) “Star Wars” fans have waited as patiently as possible for December to roll around, and with it, the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” But for fans who want a little more, there’s another “Star Wars” story that’s not a novel or a comic book. “Star Wars: Battlefront II,” a video game in which players take part in some of the biggest battles in the “Star Wars” films as soldiers in the two opposing armies, »


- Phil Hornshaw

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HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins to Step Down

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HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins is leaving the cable network after 38 years, the New York Times reported. Nevins revealed the news in an in-depth interview with Maureen Dowd that went live on Saturday. “There’s something exciting about leaving a job. 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,” Nevins tells Dowd. “If I stayed any longer, I probably would have died at my desk. I just regret that there’s so little time left. »


- Jennifer Maas

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Blasts to $200 Million-Plus Opening After $104 Million Opening Day

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As expected, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is sending the 2017 box office out with a bang, joining its predecessor “The Force Awakens,” as only the second film to make over $100 million on its opening day with $104.7 million from 4,232 screens. Industry estimates currently have Rian Johnson’s sequel making around $215 million for the weekend, making it the second-highest opening of all-time and the fourth $200 million-plus opening alongside “Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Avengers.”$45 million of that opening day total came from Thursday preview screenings, also the second-highest in box office history behind “The Force Awakens.” Also »


- Jeremy Fuster

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12 Christmas Movies That Definitely Aren’t for Kids (Photos)

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10 Christmas Movies That Definitely Aren’t for Kids (Photos) Sure, Christmas is a time of joy for children of all ages, but that doesn’t mean that grown-ups can’t have the cinematic equivalent of a spiked egg nog. After you’ve packed the little ones off to bed, enjoy these movies, from the hilarious to the horrifying, that are aimed at adult audiences. A Bad Moms Christmas (2017): The bad moms just want to have fun, even when their own bad moms come rolling into town to celebrate the season. Santas will strip, and the egg nog will be spiked. »


- Alonso Duralde

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‘Bad Santa’ Director: The Weinsteins Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From My Movie Too

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Bad Santa” director Terry Zwigoff stepped forward to say that Harvey and Bob Weinstein asked him not to even consider Mira Sorvino for his 2003 dark comedy. “I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I’d hear a Click,” Zwigoff wrote on Twitter. “What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! I guess we all know what type of person now.” He added, “I’m really sorry Mira.” I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the. »


- Thom Geier

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Stephen Colbert Is Hannibal Lecter to Jodie Foster’s Clarice in ‘Silence of the Trumps’ (Video)

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Being locked up with a flesh-eating serial killer is a whole lot less scary than being free to wander the streets with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, according to a “Silence of the Lambs” parody on Friday night’s “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Jodie Foster reprised her Oscar-winning role as FBI trainee Clarice Starling, who pays the imprisoned Hannibal Lecter (Colbert) a visit to ask for help with the Bureau’s Russia investigation in a spoof titled “Silence of the Trumps.” Hannibal tells Clarice that he and Trump were golfing buddies who dined with their caddy once… actually… »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Paul Haggis Accused of Rape in Lawsuit; Filmmaker Denies Claim in Separate Suit

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Filmmaker Paul Haggis was accused of rape in a lawsuit filed Friday by publicist Haleigh Breest. Haggis denied the accusation and responded with a lawsuit against Breest that claims he was the victim of a $9 million extortion attempt. In the lawsuit, obtained by Variety and Deadline, Breest says the rape occurred in 2013 after Haggis offered her a ride home from a movie premiere. She says that Haggis forced her to come up to his apartment for a drink and “almost immediately began to make unwanted sexual advances and to forcibly kiss her.” “Eventually, Mr. Haggis succeeded in getting Ms. Breest. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Terry Crews Accuses Wme of Spying on Him and His Family Over Sexual Assault Case

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Terry Crews took to Twitter on Friday to accuse Wme of “retaliation” in his ongoing legal battle with the agency. Last month, Crews accused the then-head of Wme’s Motion Picture Department, Adam Venit, of groping him at a party. Now, he’s accusing the agency of hacking his son’s computer and possibly bugging his family. “I believe my family is being tracked and possibly bugged,” Crews said in a series of tweets, “Someone hacked into the computer my son and I built together. I have to shut it down and replace the hard drive.” Also Read: Terry Crews Signs With UTA After Sexual. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Bob Iger, Kathleen Kennedy Form Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Commission Chaired by Anita Hill

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Hollywood top executives — including Disney CEO Bob Iger, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Wme’s Ari Emanuel — have formed and are funding a special commission to combat sexual misconduct in the industry. The commission is chaired by Anita Hill, who made headlines with sexual harassment accusations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during Thomas’ confirmation hearings in the early 1990s. During the meeting — which was convened by Kennedy, Nike co-chair Maria Eitel, attorney Nina Shaw and social policy philanthropist Freada Kapor Klein –leaders emphasized that safe and inclusive work environments result in stronger and more successful businesses. Also Read: Did Minnie. »


- Itay Hod

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Did Minnie Driver Drag Matt Damon Over Sexual Misconduct Comments?

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Among the many people unhappy about Matt Damon’s ABC interview about sexual misconduct on Friday was his “Good Will Hunting” co-star and former girlfriend Minnie Driver. “God God, Seriously?” Driver tweeted in response to a quote from the interview. “There are so many men I love who do Not frame the differentiation between sexual misconduct assault and rape as an excuse or worse- our problem,” she later said in reply to another user. “Such bollocks..” Damon came under fire after commenting on the steady stream of sexual misconduct allegations being made against men in Hollywood in a Thursday ABC News interview. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Former Publicists for ID, 42West Launch Narrative Public Relations

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After high-profile exits from their respective firms, top Hollywood publicists Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon, Bryna Rifkin and Heidi Lopata are forming their own company Narrative Public Relations. Coming from ID and 42West, the group has collectively represented talent like Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Josh Brolin, Marion Cotillard, Emilia Clarke and Chris Evans. “We have the utmost esteem for our colleagues at ID and 42West and are deeply appreciative of the wisdom, guidance, and mentorship from industry leaders,” a statement from the group said. Also Read: Liz Mahoney, Megan Pachon Exit PR Firm ID The release specifically shouted out ID heads Kelly Bush Novak. »


- Matt Donnelly

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11 TV Shows and Movies That Retroactively Changed Their Continuity (Photos)

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Sometimes shows and movies write themselves into a corner — hard. That’s not a problem if the series or franchise is pulling the plug for good. But with so many revivals and sequels happening today (not to mention programs that get picked up for an additional season after airing a “fauxnale”) it’s becoming more common to totally retcon plot points to make things work. Here are some famous examples of writers turning back the clock, calling it “all a dream” and just literally pretending like nothing happened. Check out a random sample below; click through our gallery for all »

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Watergate Series From George Clooney in the Works at Netflix

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Netflix is developing an eight-part limited series about the Watergate scandal from executive producer George Clooney, TheWrap has learned. Matt Charman, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated “Bridge of Spies” with Joel and Ethan Coen, will serve as the series writer, with Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures and Sonar Entertainment producing. The Watergate scandal centered around a 1972 break in at the Democratic National Committee offices, located at the Watergate building in Washington D.C. The ensuing investigation implicated several high-ranking member’s of President Richard Nixon’s administration, culminating in Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Also Read: 'Love' to End With Season 3 on Netflix »


- Reid Nakamura

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Harvey Weinstein Fires Back at Peter Jackson Over Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Blacklisting (Update)

15 December 2017 4:19 PM, PST

Update: A spokesperson issued a statement on behalf of Harvey Weinstein on Saturday in response to Peter Jackson’s accusations that Weinstein was denying blacklisting actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from being cast in the “Lord of the Rings.” Weinstein claims to have “had nothing to do with ‘Lord of the Rings.'” The disgraced movie mogul also denies being involved in casting decisions for “Bad Santa,” following director Terry Zwigoff’s claims Weinstein blacklisted Sorvino from that film as well. Below is Weinstein’s statement in full. As Peter Jackson explained in his own statement, Bob and Harvey Weinstein »


- Jennifer Maas

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Fear, Anxiety Sink In at 20th Century Fox After Disney Takeover News

15 December 2017 3:54 PM, PST

Fear and uncertainty are sinking in on the 20th Century Fox lot now that Hollywood has had a night to sleep on Disney’s $52.4-billion bid to acquire the media company’s prime assets. Employees at 20th Century’s film and TV studios are wracked with anxiety over the prospect of layoffs — which analysts said are a forgone conclusion — according to nearly a dozen staffers and collaborators TheWrap spoke with on Thursday and Friday. Some factions of the business have gone radio silent to partners and vendors in response to the gravity of the situation. For the Fox businesses that will remain. »

- Matt Donnelly and Itay Hod

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Kevin Hart Admits He Cheated on His Wife: ‘Not the Finest Hour of My Life’ (Video)

15 December 2017 3:22 PM, PST

After previously claiming he was being extorted, Kevin Hart has admitted he cheated on his pregnant wife, Eniko Parrish, earlier this year. “That’s Kevin Hart in his dumbest moment. That’s not the finest hour of my life. With that being said, you make your bed, you lay in it,” he said on New York’s Power 105.1 morning show “The Breakfast Club.” The “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” star said that the incident happened when he went to Las Vegas on a whim. “I’m guilty, regardless of how it happened and what was involved and sh– I can’t talk about, »


- Ashley Boucher

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