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Laura Linney, Terry Chen & Hannah Gross Join Viggo Mortensen’s Directorial Debut ‘Falling’, Shoot Underway In Toronto

EXCLUSIVE: Three-time Oscar nominee Laura Linney (Kinsey), Hannah Gross (Mindhunter), and Terry Chen (House Of Cards) have joined the cast of Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut Falling, which is now underway in Toronto. Green Book star Mortensen wrote the script and leads cast alongside previously announced Lance Henriksen (Aliensand Sverrir Gudnason (The Girl In The Spider’s Web). The Captain Fantastic and Eastern Promises star will play John Peterson, a gay man whose… Read

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David Letterman Tells Ellen DeGeneres He Stayed Too Long At ‘Late Show’: “Nobody Had The Guts To Fire Me”

As Jay Leno bemoans the politically one-sided meanness of today’s late-night comedy landscape – a stance all but impossible to take seriously after John Oliver’s brilliant debunking – his former rival for wee-hour dominance is having some reflections of his own. Specifically, David Letterman thinks he stuck around too long. On today’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Letterman says he now believes he should have retired six years earlier than he did (the former host of CBS’ Late… Read

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Seth Meyers Mocks Donald Trump And Devin Nunes : “Babies” About ‘SNL’ And @DevinCow

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Seth Meyers opened Late Night’s “Closer Look” segment noting President Donald Trump likes to call people “babies.” And yet, Trump keeps whining about people he thinks are being mean to him, from Saturday Night Live to the late Sen. John McCain, to Kellyanne Conway’s conservative-lawyer husband, George who, Trump tweeted, is the “husband from hell.” Trump is the last person who should describe someone that way, being twice divorced, having paid hush money to a porn star… Read

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Global Entertainment Industry Raked In Near $97B In 2018; Home Sector Alive With $55B+, But U.S. Digital Spend Crushed Moviegoing – MPAA Annual Report

A week and a half prior to the exhibitor-distributor love-in CinemaCon, the Motion Picture Association of America has released their annual entertainment industry report, showing that the theatrical and home ancillary sectors were vibrant at a record $96.8 billion in revenues in 2018, +9% over 2017. Global box office, which has already been previously reported at record levels, was $41.1B, with domestic B.O. also notching a banner year of $11.9B.  Some of the majors might… Read

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‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’ Trailer: One Man Is On A Mission To Reclaim His Gentrified Hometown

As gentrification runs rampant across the country, it seems that San Francisco is one of the main victims with high rises, slow-drip coffee stands, tech startups, yoga studios, and cafes of the juice stand variety. Joe Talbot’s The Last Black Man In San Francisco explores one man’s journey to reclaim his hometown and his connection to his family. The A24 film follows the story of Jimmie Fails — and it is based on his real-life story as well. Fails (who stars as a version… Read

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‘Kevin Hart: Irresponsible’ Comedy Special Trailer Bows From Netflix

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We’re getting the first look at Kevin Hart’s new comedy special Kevin Hart: Irresponsible, , which is available on Netflix as of April 2. The actor/producer returns to his comedy roots following the winter’s mishigas over whether he would or would not host the Oscars, delivering the styles that launched his career in New England clubs. He has since gone on to TV and film stardom in such flicks as Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Night School, and Central Intelligence. … Read

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Samantha Bee Breaks Down List Of Dem White House Hopefuls On ‘Full Frontal’

The list of Dem White House hopefuls now includes 14 officially declared candidates, two exploratory committees, and “one Jesus Christ just make up your f*cking mind already!” (aka Joe Biden), Samantha Bee updated Full Frontal viewers. She walked them through the list. Among the highlights: -New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s announcement video: “Will brave win? Well it hasn’t always” was inspiring, if somewhat depressing, “but she really smoothed it out with her slogan,… Read

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Rapper Stormzy Joins ‘Noughts + Crosses’; Fugitive Launches Slate; Cineflix Boards ‘The Minister’ — Global Briefs

Brit musician Stormzy has joined the cast of BBC One drama Noughts + Crosses, Mammoth Screen’s adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s dystopian young adult book series currently being filmed in South Africa. The popular grime artist will play newspaper editor Kolawale, a character created for the series. Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders) stars with newcomer Masali Baduza, Helen Baxendale, Paterson Joseph and Ian Hart. The show charts the story of first love in a dangerous, alternate… Read

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Netflix Reaches Tipping Point As Originals Now Outpace Acquired Titles – Study

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Illustrating the strategy Netflix executives have long articulated — and pointing to a wider gap between the company and its rivals — a new report shows that for the first time most new releases coming to the platform are originals. Among all releases available in the U.S. that went live during the year leading up to December 2018, 51% were originals, as opposed to programs or films that had been acquired, according to a report by UK-based research firm Ampere Analysis… Read

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‘Motherland’: Lionsgate UK Re-Ups For World Sales Rights To Second Season Of Sharon Horgan-BBC Sitcom

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK is renewing its partnership with the BBC, Merman and Delightful to co-finance and sell the second series of Sharon Horgan sitcom Motherland. Shoot is recently underway on the second season of the UK show about the trials and traumas of motherhood. Starring are Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane), Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher), Diane Morgan (Alan Partridge) and Paul Ready (The Terror). Series two is written by Horgan (Catastrophe), Holly Walsh (Dead… Read

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‘The Split’: BBC One & Sundance TV Divorce Drama Begins Second Season Shoot, Donna Air Joins Cast

Production is underway in London on season two of BBC One and SundanceTV drama The Split from creator Abi Morgan (The Hour) and executive producer Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch). Set in the messy world of London's high-end divorce circuit, the legal-world series follows modern marriages and the legacy of divorce. Returning cast includes Nicola Walker, Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button, Deborah Findlay, Stephen Mangan, Rudi Dharmalingam and Barry Atsma. UK actress and… Read

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast And Creator Reveal Final Season Details, Talk Bringing Joy Through Authentic Representation – PaleyFest

As the final episode of Jane the Virgin is upon us, the cast got super emotional at the start of their PaleyFest panel. Star and executive producer Gina Rodriguez shed some tears as she and co-star Justin Baldoni remembered when they first started the show and how they had the opportunity to share their gifts with the world. The emotional moment soon turned into a fun lovefest and moderator Leanne Aguilera from Entertainment Tonight attempting to pull spoilers for the… Read