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No News Blackout on Total Eclipse Coverage By TV, Online Outlets

Monday’s solar eclipse is a cosmically big show, and the media is giving the celestial phenomena the star treatment. The eclipse will allow everyone in the continental US an opportunity to see at least a partial blockage of the sun by the moon, cloud cover permitting. The full 73-mile wide lunar shadow will take one hour and 33 minutes to travel from Oregon to South Carolina. If you can’t get outside to see the first US total eclipse in nearly 40 years – or if you’re not… Read

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‘Mary Kills People’: Rachelle Lefevre & Ian Lake Join For Season 2 Of Lifetime Series

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Rachelle Lefevre Under the Dome and Ian Lake (Rookie Blue) have joined the cast of Lifetime’s euthanasia-themed drama series Mary Kills People as series regulars for the upcoming second season. Mary Kills People centers on Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas), a single mother who is an ER doctor by day — but by night, she and her partner, a former plastic surgeon, moonlight as underground angels of death helping terminally ill patients slip away on their own terms. Lefevre… Read

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BBC Sets Harry Styles Special; Omnia Options ‘Sarong Party Girls’ – Global Briefs

BBC One has set 60-minute entertainment special Harry Styles At The BBC for this fall. The One Direction singer branched out as a solo artist earlier this year and will perform tracks from his first album. Styles also recently made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan's epic Dunkirk, and will discuss his burgeoning screen career with BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. The show will be filmed in front of a live studio audience in Manchester later this month. A BBC Studios… Read

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‘White Sun’ Is Nepal’s Foreign-Language Oscar Submission

Nepal has selected Deepak Rauniyar's social drama Seto Surya (White Sun) as its entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards. Exec produced by Danny Glover (via his Louverture banner), the film is set after the Nepalese civil war, a conflict that raged from 1996-2006, and centers on a former Maoist rebel who struggles to reintegrate with his community and family. The picture world premiered in the Venice Horizons section last year and went… Read

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Oliver Stone To Lead Jury At The Busan International Film Festival

Oliver Stone has been announced  as the head of the jury at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. The Academy Award-winning director will lead four jurors for the New Currents, a competitive section in Asia’s largest film festival, that introduces the works of up-and-coming Asian directors. Joining Stone on the jury will be world-famous director Bahman Ghobadi (No One Knows About Persian Cats) from Iran, renowned French cinematographer Agnès Godard (Bright Sunshine I… Read

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John Oliver: Steve Bannon Ouster Unsatisfying While “Panderer To White Nationalists” He Worked For Still There

Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon became the White House flotsam, John Oliver noted at the top of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. Like various TV news programs before him, Oliver showed that infamous Oval Office photo of Trump talking on phone to Russian ruler Vladimir Putin while surrounded by his team of Reince Priebus, Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Bannon and Veep Mike Pence – all now gone, save Pence. The truly depressing thing about Chief White House Strategist Steve… Read

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Scott Rudin Will Bring Denzel Washington Back To Broadway For ‘The Iceman Cometh’ Staged By George C. Wolfe

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington is set to star as Theodore Hickman, AKA Hickey, in Eugene O’Neill’s acclaimed play The Iceman Cometh on Broadway next spring. Five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, who staged last season’s Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, will direct the revival, which begins a 14-week run March 22, 2018 with opening night on April 26 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Kevin Spacey… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Director On Tonight’s Game Changing Icy Episode & Season 8

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's penultimate episode of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season. EXCLUSIVE: Whatever Game of Thrones is cooking up for next week’s Season 7 finale, it's going to have to be big to beat tonight’s penultimate episode where the Night King acquired the ultimate weapon in a dragon of his own and a barely alive but besotted Jon Snow acquiesced to eventually bend the knee to Daenerys Targaryen. "Part of my episode was doing the… Read

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Broadway Will Dim The Lights For ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Book Of Mormon’ Co-Producer Stuart Thompson

UPDATE Sunday evening: The marquees of Broadway theaters in New York will be dimmed Tuesday evening in memory of producer and manager Stuart Thompson, who died August 17. Theaters will go dark 6:45 PM. "Stuart Thompson was a committed industry leader and an extraordinary producer with a sincere passion for theatre. He championed work that made a difference to both artists and audiences. He was a gem and will be greatly missed," said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the… Read

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Universal $3B+ As ‘Despicable’ Franchise Takes Ani Crown; ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ Bests ‘Avatar’ Record – International Box Office

UPDATED 5:50 PM from 9:44 AM write-thru: While Universal Pictures crossed $3B at the international box office Friday, marking the second time in the studio's 105-year history that it has reached this milestone, Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman crossed $800M globally and Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight topped $600M worldwide. The Despicable Me franchise just leapfrogged past Ice Age to grab an ani crown. And, in no small feat, Wolf Warrior 2 has surpassed Avatar to… Read

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Apple Music’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Rocks To New ‘Game Of Thrones’ Opening

Apple Music’s new Carpool Karaoke: The Series jumped on the Game of Thrones highway today with a special opening title sequence set to Ramin Djawadi's stirring GoT score. The apparently temporary intro heralds the arrival of this Tuesday’s Karaoke episode featuring Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. This first look at the intro (watch it above) reveals a note-perfect parody of the Thrones opening credit sequence, but replaces all those pop-up Westeros and King’s Landing… Read

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Hollywood Remembers Jerry Lewis: Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Sandra Bernhard Honor King Of Comedy

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Refresh for updates Hollywood lost one of its greats today, and the tributes arrived with the precision of the The Nutty Professor‘s perfect comic timing. From Brett Ratner and Michael Eisner to one-time co-star Robert De Niro and MDA Telethon sidekick Tony Orlando, Lewis’ friends, colleagues and fans offered their thoughts. De Niro, who costarred with Lewis in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant The King of Comedy in 1982, said in a statement: “Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and… Read