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Whoa! There’s ‘Serious Talk’ of a ‘Blossom’ Reboot, Joey Lawrence Says (Video)

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Whoa! There’s ‘Serious Talk’ of a ‘Blossom’ Reboot, Joey Lawrence Says (Video)
In the word of Joey Russo, “Whoa.”

Someone dig the flower-bedecked hat out of the closet, because a reboot of the ’90s sitcom “Blossom” could be happening. At least, that’s the word from Joey Lawrence, who played slow-witted but well-coiffed Joey Russo on the series.

Speaking to Steve Harvey on Harvey’s talk show for an episode that aired Monday, Lawrence said that the notion of a “Blossom” reboot has been the subject of “serious talk” lately, and that he and his former costar Mayim Bialik are on board if it approaches the realm of reality.
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‘Endless Summer’ Filmmaker Bruce Brown Dies at 80

‘Endless Summer’ Filmmaker Bruce Brown Dies at 80
Documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown, known for surfing movie “Endless Summer,” died Sunday in Santa Barbara, Calif. of natural causes, his official website reported. He was 80.

Brown was born in San Francisco and grew up on Long Beach, Calif. before briefly moving to Hawaii where he began making films and worked with submarines for the U.S. Navy. Brown became a documentary filmmaker and released his first film “Slippery When Wet” in 1958. He was Oscar nominated for the 1971 motorcycle racing film “On Any Sunday,” on which Steve McQueen was a producer.

The 1966 “Endless Summer” was narrated by Brown and starring surfers and board shapers Mike Hynson and Robert August.
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‘Creed 2’ Lands Director Steven Caple Jr.; Stallone Sits Out This Round

‘Creed 2’ Lands Director Steven Caple Jr.; Stallone Sits Out This Round
Though Sylvester Stallone was previously reported as being onboard to direct MGM/Warner Bros.' Creed 2, we now have word that Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) will be handling those duties. Stallone, who won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Rocky Balboa in Ryan Coogler's Creed, will return to star alongside fighter Adonis Johnson, played by Michael B. Jordan. Caple will direct from a script by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage). Variety reports that Caple Jr. was hand-picked by both Stallone and Jordan following the original Rocky's discussions with …
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Seth Rogen To Play Walter Cronkite In David Gordon Green’s ‘Newsflash’

Seth Rogen To Play Walter Cronkite In David Gordon Green’s ‘Newsflash’
You can’t pin down David Gordon Green, who loves to zig and zag between pictures. This year, he released the Boston marathon bombing pic “Stronger,” and he’s following it next year with the “Halloween” rebootquel. True to form, the filmmaker is pivoting yet again, with another project that finds him turning in a different direction.

Deadline reports that Green will direct “Newsflash,” but perhaps the most remarkable thing about the movie is that it will star Seth Rogen as legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite.
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Disney/Fox Deal Won’t Lure Hugh Jackman Back To Play Wolverine

Disney/Fox Deal Won’t Lure Hugh Jackman Back To Play Wolverine
By Christmas, it’s expected that Disney will officially announce their acquisition of Fox‘s movie and tv divisions, in a deal that’s reportedly worth north of $70 billion dollars. Fanboys are already starting to dream about the ways in which the X-Men can leap into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, the changed landscape won’t convince Hugh Jackman to return.

The actor hung up the claws as Wolverine — for real, finally — in this year’s gritty, R-rated sendoff, “Logan.” James Mangold‘s film gave Jackman and the character he’s played for years, in multiple films, the farewell they deserved.

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Kumail Nanjiani Doubles Down On ‘The Big Sick’ Snub Tweet – Update

Kumail Nanjiani Doubles Down On ‘The Big Sick’ Snub Tweet – Update
So a famous director is doubling down on the veracity of Kumail Nanjiani’s instant-classic Golden Globes snub reaction tweet. Deadline is convinced the tweets do indeed come from a famous director. The to-and-fro began earlier today with the Golden Globes’ snubbing of Nanjiani’s terrific The Big Sick, prompting this tweet from Nanjiani’s page: “Hey gang. This is Steven Spielberg tweeting from Kumail's phone. My fave movie this yr was The Big Sick. It's avail on Amazon…
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Conrad Brooks, Actor in 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' and Other Ed Wood Films, Dies at 86

Conrad Brooks, Actor in 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' and Other Ed Wood Films, Dies at 86
Conrad Brooks, the actor whose résumé of rotten movies includes Plan 9 From Outer Space and five other collaborations with cult writer-director Ed Wood, has died. He was 86.

Brooks died Wednesday after a series of health problems at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, family spokesman Edward Hopf told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Baltimore, Brooks first met Wood in 1947 while on a trip to Hollywood with his brothers. He then played four characters in the cross-dressing/transsexual docudrama Glen or Glenda (1953), which marked Wood's directorial debut.

The pair went on to work together in
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'Coco' Threepeats, 'Disaster Artist' Soars and WB Tops $2 Billion

'Coco' Threepeats, 'Disaster Artist' Soars and WB Tops $2 Billion
Disney and Pixar's Coco topped the weekend box office for the third week in a row. In fact, the only shake-up in the weekend top five compared to the last two weeks is to see A24's The Disaster Artist landing in fourth position as it expanded into 840 theaters this weekend following its strong limited bow last week. As for the weekend's only new wide release, Broad Green's release of Just Getting Started struggled to finish over $3 million, barely eking into the top ten. With an estimated $18.6 million, Disney and Pixar's Coco topped the weekend box office as its domestic gross climbs to $135.5 million domestically. While the film's opening weekend was closer to that of 2000's Tangled, it has since started playing closer to Disney's Moana, which also topped the weekend box office for three straight weeks last year following its Thanksgiving debut prior to ceding the #1 spot to Rogue One.
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Mario Batali Exits 'The Chew' Amid Sexual Misconduct Probe

Mario Batali Exits 'The Chew' Amid Sexual Misconduct Probe
Mario Batali has stepped down as co-host of ABC’s The Chew after four women accused the celebrity chef of sexual misconduct.

According to Vox Media’s Eater, four women say Batali touched them inappropriately in a pattern of behavior that allegedly spanned two decades. In response to the report, ABC has asked Batali to step away from The Chew “while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention,” per a spokesperson.

Batali’s exit marks the second recent big departure from The Chew
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Female Directors Shut Out of Golden Globes Nominations

Female Directors Shut Out of Golden Globes Nominations
Despite a best picture, comedy or musical nomination for “Lady Bird” and widespread acclaim for its first-time director, Greta Gerwig, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. stuck with an all-male group for the 2018 best director nominations.

In a year in which Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” also received universal praise — and in the case of “Wonder Woman,” massive box office as well, the slight was seen as significant.

Gerwig, who has acted in numerous films, had never directed a feature before “Lady Bird.” She did, however, score a screenplay nom for her original “Lady Bird” script. The Globes combine both adapted and original screenplays into one category.

The push to hire and recognize female directors has intensified in the wake of the Academy’s efforts to improve diversity and the massive sexual harassment scandals that are gripping Hollywood.

Instead, the HFPA nominated Guillermo del Toro, whose “The Shape of Water” had the most noms overall
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Hulu Original Comedy ‘Battleground’ Remade As Podcast For Season Two

Hulu Original Comedy ‘Battleground’ Remade As Podcast For Season Two
Political comedy drama Battleground, which marked Hulu's first foray into original programming, is returning for a second season, over five years after its launch. However, it is not returning to the small screen, but rather has been adapted into a British podcast. There have been a raft of podcast-to-TV adaptations, including Amazon's forthcoming Julia Roberts-fronted, Sam Esmail-directed remake of Homecoming, but this is thought to be the first TV series that has moved…
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10 Best TV Episodes of 2017: 'I Love Dick'

10 Best TV Episodes of 2017: 'I Love Dick'
This year, we've asked 10 writers to pick some of their favorite TV episodes from 2017 and weigh in on why they were great stand-alone eps and the highlights of our viewing year. Today: Rob Sheffield on I Love Dick's "A Short History of Weird Girls."

Let's hear it for the boy. "Dear Dick: I've been horny since I was six," Kathryn Hahn announces at the beginning of "A Short History of Weird Girls," the standout episode from I Love Dick. The Amazon drama is Jil Soloway's brilliant satire of the masculine mystique,
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Gabrielle Carteris on Changing the Culture Post-Weinstein: "It Begins With Collaboration" (Guest Column)

Gabrielle Carteris on Changing the Culture Post-Weinstein:
As I write this, it has been just over two months since the first allegations about Harvey Weinstein surfaced. And it appears that there are new allegations of sexual improprieties with each day that passes. Every time I think it cannot get worse, it does.

As shocking as so many of these allegations are I am nearly as shocked that these issues are being spoken of as if they are new, not just to our industry but to our society as a whole. Sexual harassment has been endemic throughout history, not just in our industry but all industries, not just...
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THR Critics Pick the Best Films of 2017

THR Critics Pick the Best Films of 2017
It was looking pretty grim there for a while. Sundance gave us Call Me by Your Name last January, but by the end of June, people whose job it is to speculate about what other films might be up for year-ends awards and critics' lists were weighing the chances of good genre entries like War for the Planet of the Apes, Get Out, Wonder Woman and Baby Driver — not normally the kind of stuff of which Oscar dreams are made.

Nor the did Cannes Film Festival in May yield much of potentially enduring value. Yes, there was a wonderful...
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Fox News Host Rakes Roy Moore Spox Over Yearbook: ‘We Have to Be Factual’

Roy Moore spokeswoman Janet Porter came in for some tough questions from an unusual source — Fox News. Monday, the night before the Alabama special Senate election, anchor Martha Maccallum grilled Porter on her candidate’s insistence that he did not write an inscription in Beverly Young Nelson’s yearbook or sign it. Nelson, one of several women now accusing Moore of sexual misconduct, says the inscription and signature prove she knew Moore. He had said he has never met his accusers. “That yearbook was shown to be a fraud, for those who missed it, the woman who said that he signed it,
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See Harry Styles Kiss James Corden in Christmas-Themed 'Carpool Karaoke'

See Harry Styles Kiss James Corden in Christmas-Themed 'Carpool Karaoke'
James Corden and Late Late Show bandleader Reggie Watts drive around L.A. in Santa hats and ugly Christmas sweaters belting "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" in the latest episode of Carpool Karaoke. With help from some slick editing, the pair are joined by a who's who of stars: Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Usher, Bruno Mars, the Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, Pink, Sam Smith, Fifth Harmony, Ed Sheeran and Kelly Clarkson.

The result is a short, sweet holiday mash-up. Pink plays vigorous air-drums, Usher fakes a saxophone solo, Katy Perry mimes "making a list,
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Harry Potter Mobile Game Will Turn Users Into Hogwarts Students

An entire generation of Harry Potter fans who dreamed of attending Hogwarts will now have a chance to enroll at the school of witchcraft and wizardry through a new mobile game.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will give fans the opportunity to forge their own path at the famed school by taking courses in Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Dueling Club and more. The game takes place in the 1980s — which in the Harry Potter timeline means it is set well before Harry, Ron, Hermione and their classmates began their studies — but it will feature such characters as Dumbledore,...
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European Parliament Rejects Key Proposed Digital Single Market Regulation

In a decision sure to spark relief in the European film and TV industry, the European Parliament voted Tuesday morning to reject most of the European Commission’s so-called Sat Cab proposal threatening territory-by-territory licensing of films and TV shows across the E.U.

Details of the vote, and views on where the issue goes from here, largely remain to be seen. The vote tally was 344-265 to reject most of the EC’s proposals.

In one early reaction, Italian motion picture association Anica, which had been lobbying intensely against the proposal, issued a statement after the vote saying that it proves “that the majority [of the European Parliament] wants a Europe made up of major players in the audiovisual sector; a strong and competitive creative content industry; and a digital market that is dynamic and not made up of passive consumers.”

The result appears to be a major setback in the push by the European Commission, the executive
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Gaumont’s French Christmas Comedy ‘Santa & Cie’ Set for Massive Roll-Out in China

Gaumont’s French Christmas Comedy ‘Santa & Cie’ Set for Massive Roll-Out in China
After smashing the French B.O. with an estimated €3.5 million grossed in 5 days, Alain Chabat’s fantasy-filled Christmas comedy “Santa & Cie” will be getting a wide release in China on Dec. 15.

Hishow Entertainment is partnering up with China Film Group to give “Santa & Cie” a massive roll out across 8000 screens.

Co-produced and repped worldwide by Gaumont, “Santa & Cie” will mark the second French-language film to be released in China this year, following Dany Boon’s “Raid Dingue;” and the second French-language pic to be distributed nearly simultaneously with the release in Gaul. Another Gaumont movie, the animated feature “Ballerina,” was released in China by Hishow and sold more than 1.3 million tickets.

Hishow Entertainment is aiming to bank on the growing popularity of Christmas, which Gaumont says has become the second most celebrated holiday in China after the Chinese New Year. It turns out that two-thirds of the Christmas decorations consumed worldwide are made near Singapour, in Yiwu, a
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Tom Hooper Appointed to Board of Britain's Channel 4

British media regulator Ofcom on Tuesday unveiled the addition of four non-executive directors to the board of U.K. public service broadcaster Channel 4, including The King's Speech director Tom Hooper.

The Oscar winner's films also include The Danish Girl and Les Miserables. His first professional short, Painted Faces, aired on Channel 4 in 1992.

"His film and television work has received a number of industry awards and nominations – including Emmys and Golden Globes for Elizabeth I and Longford, both of which he directed for Channel 4," the announcement also highlighted.

Also named to Channel 4 board roles were Uzma Hasan, a...
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