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‘Family Guy’ Takes On Harvey Weinstein & Kevin Spacey Scandals In Emmy Mailer

Family Guy‘s designated Emmy pitchman, Peter Griffin, is back on duty this year with another current events reference in his blunt message to voters. Referring to a scene on the animated comedy about Kevin Spacey and a comment made by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane about Harvey Weinsetin — both years before the sexual harassment scandals involving the Hollywood heavyweights hit last fall. “We predicted Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weisntein. Open DVD to see who’s next,”… Read

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Burbank Hits Vegas As Disney Reigns With Billion-Dollar Hits & Warner Bros Brings Out The Most Stars Ever – CinemaCon

Burbank came to Vegas today, as both Disney and Warner Bros attempted to wow exhibitors in their own patented ways at CinemaCon. Disney brought the movies. Warners brought the stars. Both played well in the desert, and especially with the mom and pop theater owners who eat this stuff up. In all my years attending WB’s “The Big Show” presentations here, I have never seen the sheer numbers of filmmakers and actors who boarded the corporate jet and hit the Colosseum stage… Read

Box Office

‘Mowgli’, Warner Bros’ Long-In-Works ‘Jungle Book’ Film, Gets First-Look Teaser – CinemaCon

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Warner Bros screened a 2 1/2-minute trailer of its long-gestating Jungle Book adaptation Mowgli (formally titled Jungle Book: Origins) this evening at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Director Andy Serkis along with stars Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Rhys and Rohan Chand were present to cue up the video for the film, which began principal photography in 2015. Serkis said his take on the Rudyard Kipling classic focuses on “the journey of Mowgli of being an… Read

Box Office

‘Smallfoot’ Trailer: Warner Animation Pic Breaks The Ice At CinemaCon

Smallfoot

Warner Bros used its CinemaCon presentation this evening to unveil the first trailer from Smallfoot, its Warner Animation Group pic where a yeti (voiced by Channing Tatum) makes a wild discovery that was thought to be only a myth: a human. James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry and Jimmy Tatro also provide voices for the pic, which hits theaters September 28. Karey Kirkpatrick wrote and directed the film. WAG… Read

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‘A Star Is Born’ With Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Gets First Look – CinemaCon

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Warner Bros debuted the first look at A Star Is Born, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper alongside Lady Gaga. “It's a big swing this movie,” said Cooper, saying how he always wanted to do a love story and the best way to express that is through music. “We jumped on stage in front of real crowds,” said Cooper. Lady Gaga did not make an appearance at the studio’s CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas. In the new movie, Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a country music star on… Read

TV

‘Lethal Weapon’: More On The Incidents & On-Set Environment That Led To Fox Series’ Limbo

They had the makings of America’s next favorite TV duo — popular comedian Damon Wayans and character actor Clayne Crawford taking on the iconic Lethal Weapon roles played by Danny Glover and Mel Gibson in the popular movie franchise. But two seasons into the Lethal Weapon series, they are hardly speaking to each other. Following the quick flame-out of the Rush Hour reboot on CBS, expectations were low for Lethal Weapon.The series created by Matt Miller exceeded them and… Read

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‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Creator-Songwriter Bob Dorough Dies At 94

Bob Dorough, the jazzman who created the clever and enduring Schoolhouse Rock toons that taught grammar, math, science, and citizenship to a generation of TV-watching kids, has died. He was 94. His family told the Associated Press that Dorough died Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, PA, but did not give a cause. Born on December 12, 1923, in Cherry Hill, AR, Dorough was a jazz musician in the early 1970s when a New York ad man complained that his young sons couldn’t do… Read

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‘Travesties’ Broadway Review: Tom Stoppard’s Brainy Comedy Finds Its Heart

Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning 1974 play Travesties, stuffed thick as a English gentleman’s armchair, its ideas on art, war, patriotism and purposeful nonsense fashioned into a nonstop tourney of wit and erudition, has often been called a brainteaser, but brain tickler comes so much closer to the jubilant staging presented by Broadway’s Roundabout Theatre Company. Directed by Patrick Marber and starring Tom Hollander, this Travesties arrives at Roundabout’s American Airlines… Read

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‘Aquaman’ Work-In-Progress Teaser, Bits Of ‘Shazam!’ Shown At Warner Bros’ CinemaCon Panel

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Warner Bros didn’t waste time at its CinemaCon session today in Las Vegas and began with the DC goods, initially showing off some behind-the-scenes footage of the Shazamand Aquaman cast and James Wan introducing an Aquaman teaser with some unfinished VFX. Essentially it’s a lot of Atlantis, swimming fish people sometimes riding sea horses, and futuristic submarines. Aquaman is challenging his brother played by Patrick Wilson for the throne (sounds a lot like Black Panthe… Read

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Latest Bankruptcy Filings Reveal Extent Of Weinstein Co. Woes

The latest filings in The Weinstein Co.’s bankruptcy case draw a clearer picture of the studio’s legal and financial woes. The studio identifies nearly a dozen outstanding lawsuits filed against The Weinstein Co., many stemming from co-funder Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct. Some cases received widespread attention, such the civil rights case brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, or the class action suit filed in Los Angeles on behalf of… Read

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Prosecution Attacks Bill Cosby & His Lawyers In Closing Argument – Update

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UPDATED with prosecution’s closing argument, 4:21 PM: The more prosecutor Kristen Feden talked about Bill Cosby's accusers, the more the comedian seemed to be smirking from his seat in the courtroom. Feden noticed, too. Twice during her closing argument, she addressed Cosby directly, calling him out to the jurors for laughing as she talked about the women who had accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them. "He's laughing like it's funny," Feden said, "but… Read

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AMC Boss Adam Aron On Monthly Ticket Sub Programs, Co-Existing With Netflix & ‘Booming Industry’ – CinemaCon

For AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron, this year’s CinemaCon isn’t about MoviePass, monthly movie ticket subscriptions, rather how “the industry is booming” with $11 billion-plus domestic box office results for the third year in a row. And with Black Panther during the first quarter and Avengers: Infinity War looking to take down Star Wars: The Force Awakens record opening weekend record ($247.9M), by the end of June, 2018 will likely outclick the first six months of last… Read