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‘Westworld’ Explosive Finale Recap “The Bicameral Mind”: New Gods Will Walk

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This recap contains spoilers about tonight’s Westworld finale “The Bicameral Mind”  There are many things in life that are complicated: rocket science, film profit participation, and human relationships. Or more to Delos executive Charlotte’s (the sublime Tessa Thompson) exclamation in tonight’s finale, “This place is as complicated enough as it is.” That’s right, add Westworld to life’s list. However, that’s a positive testament to HBO. With Westworld, they’ve allowed… Read

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‘Designated Survivor’ Taps New Showrunner As Jon Harmon Feldman Exits

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Designated Survivor showrunner Jon Harmon Feldman has exited the ABC drama and will be replaced in the job by Jeff Melvoin, former Executive Producer of Lifetime’s Army Wives, Deadline has confirmed. Feldman was Designated Survivor‘s second showrunner, taking over the job from Amy B. Harris who left the series after it was picked up to series in May, due to creative differences. He’ll be departing the series after the upcoming 10th episode. Feldman isn’t out at ABC… Read

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CBS Will Continue To Broadcast Kennedy Center Honors Through 2025

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CBS and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts have announced a new agreement that will see the Eye network continue to broadcast the annual Kennedy Center Honors through 2025. The deal extends what is already one of the longest broadcast partnerships in history, as CBS has aired the Honors since it debuted in 1978. "The Kennedy Center Honors is the most prestigious award given to artists in America," said Leslie Moonves, CBS Chairman & CEO in a statement. "We… Read

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‘The Mummy’ Trailer: Watch The Franchise Rise From The Grave

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From the mists of ancient times – cinematically speaking of course – the first trailer for Universal’s reboot of The Mummy has dropped like a bag of hammers taped to explosives owned by an archaeologist, and you can watch it here now. First take? I have no idea if looks like a proper Mummy film, but it definitely looks like a proper action film. And who better to lead it than a contender for the greatest living action star? That’s Tom Cruise of course, in full-on Mission… Read

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Bests $600M WW; ‘Moana’ Mints $177M; ‘Doctor Strange’ Ices ‘Deadpool’, ‘Iron Man 2’ – Intl Box Office

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UPDATE, 5:50 PM PT: Scoring a hat trick at the international box office, Warner Bros' Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them led for the 3rd frame in a row, whipping past new benchmarks this session. Newt Scamander and his errant creatures grabbed another $60.4M in 67 markets to take the offshore total to $424.4M. Worldwide, the Beasts have amassed $608M on their way to $700M+. There's still a solid week ahead before the spinoff of another multi-billion-dollar franchise… Read

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Ben Platt Leads Powerful ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ To Broadway – Review

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The exquisite new musical Dear Evan Hansen opened Sunday on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, following runs at Arena Stage in  Washington D.C. and, last spring, at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre. In the only cast change from the Second Stage production, Michael Park has returned to the role (played off-Broadway by John Dossett) he created in Washington.) Here are updated excerpts from Deadline’s earlier review: The title character is an outsider so withdrawn and so… Read

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Alec Baldwin Says Ha! To Donald Trump, While Judd Apatow Calls ‘SNL’-Watching Prez-Elect “Terrifying Lunatic”

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Alec Baldwin gave a big “Ha” to Donald Trump’s Saturday Night Live kvetching, while director Judd Apatow had a slightly more impassioned take on the president-elect’s late-night viewing habits: “You terrifying lunatic.” As Deadline reported last night, Trump’s dislike for Saturday Night Live and Alec Baldwin isn’t mellowing with victory. Trump tweeted his anti-SNL critique before the episode was over. Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally… Read

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Los Angeles Film Critics Name ‘Moonlight’ Best Picture Of The Year

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Final, 4:30 PM If the recent past is any indication, Moonlight‘s Oscar prospects are looking extremely good, as the acclaimed drama absolutely cleaned up at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards this afternoon. The film has been heaped with accolades since its Telluride debut in September and today picked up four LAFCA Awards total, the most of any eligible 2016 film. In addition to winning Best Picture, Moonlight garnered Best Director for writer-director Barry… Read

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British Independent Film Awards: ‘American Honey’ & ‘Under The Shadow’ Glow – Full Winners List

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UPDATE: Andrea Arnold's American Honey scooped four prizes at the British Independent Film Awards tonight in London. Those include the top nod for Best British Independent Film as well as Best Director for Arnold, Best Actress for breakout Sasha Lane and the Outstanding Craft prize for Robbie Ryan's cinematography. A road movie about law-breaking teenagers chasing the American Dream, American Honey co-stars Shia LaBeouf. The pic was shot in the U.S. Midwest and won… Read

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Netflix’s ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ Gets Season 2, No Return Date Set

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Sweet Christmas! Literally as it turns out, as Netflix announced today at Comic Con Brazil that there will be a second season of Marvel’s Luke Cage. No date was set for the return – a very short teaser on the show’s Twitter page merely says “Coming Soon.” But fans should be very pleased to know there’ll be more to come from the defender of Harlem. Here’s the Season 2 teaser: Always forward. #LukeCage pic.twitter.com/4pnu52KFKr — Luke Cage (@LukeCage) December 4… Read

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Disney Sets Industry Record At Domestic Box Office; Crosses $4B Intl For First Time

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With $2,491.4M at the domestic box office through today, The Walt Disney Studios has set a new industry record. The Mouse tops the previous record of $2.45B which Universal revved up in 2015. Overseas, Disney has crossed the $4B threshold for the first time in the studio's history with $4,079.5M. Universal last year was the first studio ever to tilt past $4B, ending the year at $4.44B. Worldwide, Disney's stable of super and animated heroes has accumulated $6,570.9M to… Read

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‘Jackie’ Bows With Year’s 5th Best PTA – Specialty Box Office

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Fox Searchlight's Jackie launched with a solid start over the weekend, claiming the fifth best per theater average of the year. The Oscar-hopeful starring Natalie Portman as the iconic First Lady in the waning days of her reign in the White House grossed $275K in five locations in New York and Los Angeles. Sundance Selects had a decent start with French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve's Things To Come, opening in three cities grossing over $30K. TWC's Lion added some runs and… Read