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Reverend Billy Graham Dies: Leading Evangelical Figure Was 99

Billy Graham, one of 20th Century America’s towering religious figures and a pioneer in the use of television and mass communication in spreading his evangelical message, died Wednesday at 99. An advisor to presidents  – he prayed or met with leaders from Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon to Barack Obama – and comforted many Americans at times of crisis – he preached from the National Cathedral after 9/11 and to survivors of Hurricane Katrina. But among Graham’s most… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel Explains His Caught-On-Camera Reaction To Fergie’s Sultry Singing Of National Anthem

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UPDATED with video: “I feel like I need to address something that happened Sunday night at the NBA All-Star Game,” Jimmy Kimmel said on his late-night show, after he was caught on tape during Fergie’s much-mocked performance of the national anthem at the event. “Somehow, I became a part of a National Anthem fiasco. Fergie, the singer from the Black Eyed Peas, gave an unusually sultry version of our National Anthem,” he explained. And I wound up in the middle of it. I just… Read

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Oscars: Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Lin-Manuel Miranda Among Second Group Of Presenters

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the next group of presenters for the 90th Oscars telecast. They are Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran and Zendaya. They join previously announced Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone and… Read

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Serial Box, A Startup Blending E-Books With Audio, Raises $1.65M Seed Round

Serial Box, a subscription-based startup that offers serialized stories in both written and audio form, has announced a seed investment round of $1.65 million. The round was led by Boat Rocker Media, whose recent investments include CAA Creative Labs, The Outline, MarcoPolo Learning and the acquisition of Fremantle Kids & Family. Other investors include Mattias Lundgren, CEO of Word Audio Publishing in Sweden as well as Richard Sarnoff, who was co-chairman of Bertelsmann… Read

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Culture Book ‘Consider Phlebas’ Getting TV Series Adaptation At Amazon By Plan B and Dennis Kelly

EXCLUSIVE: Iain M. Banks’ classic sci-fi Culture book series is headed to television. Amazon Studios has acquired the global TV rights to the first novel in the series, Consider Phlebas, with Utopia creator Dennis Kelly set to pen the TV adaptation, Plan B Entertainment (World War Z Moonlight) slated to produce and the Estate of Iain Banks attached as executive producer. The book had been pursued by a number of top film and TV producers. The 10-book series by Scottish… Read

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‘Working With Weinstein’ Doc Secures Just Under 1M Viewers With New Revelations And Interviews

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Channel 4's documentary Working with Weinstein, which provided a number of revelations of physical and sexual assault by the disgraced movie mogul, was watched by just under 1M people in a 10pm slot on Tuesday night. The doc, which was produced by Tigerlily Films was one of the first long-form docs on the scandal, averaged 850,000 viewers in the UK between 10pm and 11pm with a share of 6.4%. This was in line with the British broadcaster's average for that timeslot. The… Read

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Gunpowder Sales; James Corden UK Deal; Fremantle/BBCW Benelux; All3M Australia – Global Briefs

British mini-series Gunpowder, which stars Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington and Liv Tyler, is blowing up around the world after distributor Endemol Shine International closed a raft of deals. It has sold the three-part series, which is produced by Kudos for BBC One and airs on HBO in the U.S., to RTL (Germany), Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (Japan), DBS Satellite (Israel), Discovery (Italy), Lightbox (New Zealand) and across a slew of BBC Worldwide-branded channels in… Read

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‘I, Tonya’, ‘The Shape Of Water’ Top Costume Designers Guild Awards — Complete Winners List

The 20th annual Costume Designer Guild Awards (CDGA) were handed out tonight and I, Tonya took home the prize of Excellence in Contemporary Film while The Handmaid's Tale won for Excellence in Contemporary TV. Hosted by Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, the ceremony also honored Kerry Washington with the Spotlight Award as well as Guillermo del Toro with the Distinguished Collaborator Award. Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston was given the Career… Read

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Study Finds “Little Progress” For Women In Percentage Of Non-Acting Oscar Nominations

A new study from Women's Media Center has found "little progress" for women nominees in this year's non-acting Oscar race, with 77% of all behind-the-scenes nominations going to men. "Despite a concerted push by women and their allies to achieve greater representation for females in all parts of the film industry," the report states, "the percentage of women barely inched up to 23% from 20% last year in the 19 major non-acting categories that feature writing, editing… Read

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The Music Inside Guillermo del Toro’s Monster: Alexandre Desplat On His Score For ‘Shape Of Water’: Crew Call Podcast

French composer Alexandre Desplat arrived on the Hollywood scene in 2003-04 with back-to-back movies Girl With the Pearl Earring and Birth. Since then, the town has only asked him for more, spellbound by his ability to canvass various distinctive melodic styles, making them intrinsic and organic to a given film on screen. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water marks the ninth original score Oscar nomination for Desplat following such great movies as The Queen, The Curiou… Read

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Stephen Colbert: Houseplant Makes Better Senator Than Marco Rubio After Florida School Shooting

Stephen Colbert, in his first Late Show broadcast since the latest school mass shooting, said he was “sickened and heartbroken” not only by the attack but by what he feared would be a complete lack of action by political leaders. Sure enough, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida gave a speech saying that “if someone has decided ‘I’m going to commit this crime’ they’re going to find a way to do it,” by way of explaining his opposition to gun control/background check measures. “If… Read

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‘Staties’: Annie Ilonzeh Cast As Lead Of ABC Drama Pilot

Annie Ilonzeh (Empire) has been cast as the lead in ABC's drama pilot Staties, from Matt Partney & Corey Evett, Maniac Productions and ABC Studios. She joins previously cast male lead Andy Karl and co-star David Zayas. Written by Partney and Evett and directed by Rob Bowman, Staties centers on Eliza Cortez (Ilonzeh), a hard-charging NYPD detective who's banished to the boonies after a high-profile mistake and is paired with a new partner, Oregon State Trooper Sam King… Read