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Richard Schickel Dies: Time Magazine Film Critic Was 84

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Richard Schickel, film critic for Time magazine, passed away on Saturday, February 19 in Los Angeles from complications after a series of strokes, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 84. Beginning his career as a critic in the 1960s, he was a film critic for Time magazine from 1965 to 2010, also writing for Life magazine, the Los Angeles Times Book Review and Truthdig. Over the course of his life, Schickel estimated that he'd seen around 22,590 movies, the first… Read


‘The Good Fight’ Premiere: Showrunners On New Streaming Setup, Deleted Trump Scene, Alicia & Eli Possibly Coming Back

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SPOILER ALERT: The story includes details about the opening two episodes of The Good Fight. The Good Fight, Robert and Michelle King’s spinoff series from their CBS legal drama The Good Wife, had a two-hour premiere tonight on CBS All Access, with the first hour also previewing on the broadcast network to drum up interest for the fledgling streaming service’s first original scripted offering. It stars Christine Baranski, reprising her role as super lawyer Diane Lockhart… Read


‘The Good Fight’ Review: Christine Baranski-Led ‘Good Wife’ Spinoff Is Very Good

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It's been more than nine months since The Good Wife came to an end after seven award-winning seasons on CBS. But fear not fans, the drought is over and The Good Fight is almost here. Debuting its pilot February 19 on both CBS and CBS All Access before making permanent port on the streaming service, the Christine Baranski-led spinoff is good TV. The strategic move by the House of Moonves aims to bring exclusivity, more than a little prestige, and new subscribers to its… Read


BBC America Launches New ‘Blue Planet’ After ‘Planet Earth II’ Debut

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BBC America has greenlit Blue Planet II, a new seven-part series presented by Sir David Attenborough that will take a deep dive into the world's oceans. The news comes a day after BBCA premiered Planet Earth II, a follow-up to BBC’s 2006 acclaimed nature docuseries. Blue Planet II will explore the latest frontiers of scientific discovery, from icy-white polar seas to vibrant blues of the coral atolls, from the storm-tossed green Atlantic coastline to the black depths of… Read


So What Happened Last Night In Sweden? Donald Trump Saw It On Fox News – Update

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Updated 2:07 pm Sunday, with Trump response President Donald Trump has explained his Sweden comment: He saw it on Fox. “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden,” he’s just tweeted. My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19… Read

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‘Fifty Shades’ Dominant With $277M WW; ‘La La’ Lands $200M+ Overseas; ‘XXX’ Tops In China – International Box Office


UPDATE, WRITETHRU 2:03 PM PT: Holdovers were the main attraction at the international box office this weekend as Universal Pictures' Fifty Shades Darker maintained its grip on the No. 1 spot with $43.7M in 59 markets. That's a 52% drop from last week when the sequel cuffed 2017's biggest offshore debut — it's also a better hold than Fifty Shades Of Grey had in its first-to-second outing in 2015. The original film opened smack astride Valentine’s weekend that year and took… Read


[PHOTOS] 2017 Oscar Nominees Part 2: Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Justin Timberlake & More

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Looking at AwardsLine’s second gallery featuring an eclectic mix of this year’s Academy Award nominees, you’ll see more first-timers than veterans, reflecting the Academy’s enthusiasm for welcoming fresh faces and new voices to their crop of elite, proven talent. Among the talents featured in our first gallery were Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Elle‘s Isabelle Huppert and La La Land helmer Damien Chazelle. On display in Awardsline’s second gallery are Lion star Dev… Read

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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Tops $3.2M, ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ Opens at $1M – Specialty Box Office


This holiday weekend’s Specialty box office is mostly quiet with debuts, while key Oscar nominees are keeping their zest. At over $3.2M, Magnolia Pictures' documentary nominee I Am Not Your Negro, in its third weekend of release, has pulled ahead in cumulative gross of all but a few 2016 non-fiction releases. Pantelion/Lionsgate's Spanish and English romantic-comedy Everybody Loves Somebody bowed with a 3-day take of $1M in 333 theaters, by far the most for a new… Read


Mark Duplass Urges Oscar Win For Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’

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Mark Duplass has a message for Academy members as Oscar voting winds down: “Think what it would mean if Moonlight won Best Picture.” Actor/director Duplass (Blue Jay, Togetherness) tweeted plea along with the poster for the Barry Jenkins-directed drama, urging Academy members to vote for Moonlight because "it's the best film this year." Dear @TheAcademy Voters. Think about what it would mean if @moonlightmov won Best Picture. Then vote for it bc it's the best film… Read

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Holdovers Reign Over Presidents’ Day Weekend, But Why Did The New Releases Tank?

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5th Update, Final Sunday AM: The Saturday over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend spelled wonders for a number of films with those in the top 10 seeing close to a 50% surge over Friday. However, the holdovers —The Lego Batman Movie, Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick: Chapter 2– are still getting richer, while the new titles get poorer, at least when you compare tickets sales against estimated combined production costs and P&As. Similar to MLK Weekend, why is there so… Read


Sen. John McCain Reassures ‘Meet The Press’ Host “We Need You”; Beltway Programs Swoon


Senator John McCain’s belated Valentine’s Day chocolate for the press – “We need you,” he told Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press – was devoured by the Sunday Beltway programs today. The Todd-McCain interview (watch it below), released in tweeted snippets over the last couple of days but aired in full this morning, included the warning that the suppression of a “free and many times adversarial press” is “how dictators get started.” Starting with a joke – seemingly… Read


‘Gunpowder’: Kit Harington, Mark Gatiss, Liv Tyler & Peter Mullan Light Up BBC Drama

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BBC One has ordered explosive three-part historical drama Gunpowder with Game Of ThronesKit Harington starring and exec producing. Harington was first mooted for the Guy Fawkes-inspired thriller back in October. He’s now confirmed with Liv Tyler, Top Of The Lake‘s Peter Mullan and Sherlock‘s Mark Gatiss rounding out cast. The series was developed by Ronan Bennett, Harington and Daniel West and written by Bennett (Top Boy, Hidden). Kudos is producing in association with… Read