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‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Novel From Suzanne Collins Coming In 2020, Lionsgate In Talks For Movie

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‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Novel From Suzanne Collins Coming In 2020, Lionsgate In Talks For Movie
Today, Scholastic announced that it is publishing Suzanne Collins’ new Hunger Games prequel novel, currently untitled, which will hit shelves on May 19, 2020.

The novel will be set in the world of Panem 64 years before the events of the original Hunger Games trilogy on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games.

“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie,” said Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

Lionsgate adapted four movies from Collins trilogy, splitting the final Hunger Games: Mockingjay into two parts. All in, the movies made close to $3 billion at the worldwide box office and next to Twilight is one of Lionsgate’s platinum franchises at the studio.
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Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95

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Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95
Gloria Vanderbilt, a famous model and socialite who was often a subject of fascination in the worlds of fashion and media, has died at 95, according to a report on CNN, where her son, anchor Anderson Cooper, has worked for several years.

From a young age, Vanderbilt led a tumultuous life, one marked by a heated custody battle over her and her inheritance when she was young, and filled with marriages and business ventures as she grew older. “She lived her entire life in the public eye,” Cooper said in a video obituary that aired on CNN Monday.

Vanderbilt was the only daughter of railroad magnate Reginald Vanderbilt and his second wife. As such, she and a half-sister, Cathleen Vanderbilt, each stood to inherit a share in a trust after the executive died when Gloria was just eighteen months old. Her paternal aunt would eventually win custody over the girl and her share in the trust. The trial around who would take control of young Vanderbilt’s life and finances was a tabloid sensation at the time.
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Kim Cattrall Exits British Comedy Series ‘The Cockfields’

Kim Cattrall Exits British Comedy Series ‘The Cockfields’
Kim Cattrall has pulled out of British comedy series The Cockfields due to “unforeseen scheduling issues”. The Sex and The City star, who is fronting Fox’s soapy drama Filthy Rich, had been due to star in the three-part series for UKTV’s Gold channel alongside After Life stars Joe Wilkinson and Diane Morgan.

She has been replaced by Sarah Parish, who recently appeared in ITV drama Bancroft and BBC comedy W1A as well as previous stints on Doctor Who and Atlantis.

The series, which is written by Joe Wilkinson and David Ear, also stars The Royale Family’s Sue Johnston, Chariots of Fire’s Nigel Havers and Not Going Out’s Bobby Ball. It is produced by Yellow Door Productions, the production company set up by former Sky comedy chief Lucy Lumsden.

Wilkinson plays Simon, who is taking girlfriend Donna, played by Morgan back home to the Isle of
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Box Office: ‘Men in Black: International,’ ‘Shaft’ Add to Summer Sequel Slump

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Box Office: ‘Men in Black: International,’ ‘Shaft’ Add to Summer Sequel Slump
As “Men in Black: International” and “Shaft” join the growing list of under-performing sequels this summer — an ignominious group that includes “Dark Phoenix” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” — worries of franchise fatigue are beginning to simmer in Hollywood.

“Franchises that don’t up the ante or bring anything new into the fold are suffering terrible fates at the box office of late,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “It’s not enough to throw a Roman numeral on your film, or reboot just because you can.”

It’s hardly a new phenomenon, the notion that audiences grow tired of movies after too many iterations, but one that tends to intensify over summer as pricey tentpoles debut within weeks of one another. The pileup of new releases makes it more challenging for would-be blockbusters to find their footing beyond opening weekend. That conversation was pushed to the forefront
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‘Joker': Joaquin Phoenix Isn’t Clowning Around in Creepy New Image From DC Comics Film

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‘Joker': Joaquin Phoenix Isn’t Clowning Around in Creepy New Image From DC Comics Film
Supervillains! They’re just like us! They brush their teeth, put their pants on one leg at a time, and meticulously apply their creepy makeup by hand. Or so it would seem in a new image from Warner Bros.’ upcoming supervillain origin story “Joker.

Posted by director Todd Phillips, the black and white pic shows “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix sitting in front of a vanity mirror applying the white face paint Batman’s arch nemesis is known for. Looks like this version of the clown prince of crime definitely won’t have his skin permanently dyed white.

“Finishing touches,” Phillips wrote as the photo’s caption.

Meanwhile, in case any of you out there were still unsure, Phillips says “Joker” is definitely gonna be rated R. “It will be Rated R. I’ve been asked this a lot.
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David Tennant, Hayley Atwell, Nicholas Pinnock Join Netflix's European Procedural 'Criminal'

David Tennant, Hayley Atwell, Nicholas Pinnock Join Netflix's European Procedural 'Criminal'
Netflix's format-bending procedural Criminal — a 12-episode series taking place in France, Spain, Germany and the U.K., and written and directed by talent from each country and in the local language — has found its cast.

David Tennant, Hayley Atwell and Nicholas Pinnock are set to appear in the show, which takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite and is described as a stripped-down, cat-and-mouse drama focusing on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects.

The three stars will appear in the U.K. episodes, alongside Youssef Kerkour, Clare-Hope Ashitey, ...
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Katherine Textor, ’60 Minutes’ Producer, Dies at 45

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Katherine Textor, ’60 Minutes’ Producer, Dies at 45
Katherine “Katy” Textor, a longtime ’60 Minutes’ producer who worked closely with Morley Safer during his final years, died Friday following a battle with cancer. She was 45.

“Katy Textor was a scrupulous journalist and a wonderful storyteller. Her energy and personality will be impossible to replace at ’60 Minutes,” “60 Minutes” executive producer Bill Owens said in a statement.

“Katy fought a courageous battle over the last two and a half years, but her tenacity didn’t surprise those of us who knew her at ’60 Minutes,'” said “60 Minutes” execuitve producer Tanya Simon. “We saw it in her work and in her friendships — she was whip-smart with a megawatt smile and a fierce sense of loyalty, warmth and compassion.

Born May 17, 1974 in Seattle, Texter attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1996 from the Annenberg School of Communication. Early in her career
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Trevor Noah Hires Former Red Hour Executive Haroon Saleem as President of Day Zero Productions

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Trevor Noah Hires Former Red Hour Executive Haroon Saleem as President of Day Zero Productions
Trevor Noah has hired Haroon Saleem, formerly of Ben Stiller’s Red Hour, as president of production for his Day Zero production company.

Noah and Viacom launched Day Zero last year, with Viacom gaining a first-look deal for development across TV, films, digital and short-form video fare. As part of the relationship, Paramount Players is adapting a feature film from Noah’s memoir, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” with Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o attached to star as Noah’s mother, Patricia.

Saleem is based in Los Angeles and will report directly to Noah.

Also Read: CBS and Viacom Prepare to Hold Merger Talks Next Month (Report)

“Trevor is a transformative talent, and it is a privilege to lead the charge with him,” Saleem said in a statement. “It has never felt more necessary to create sophisticated, essential content for our global audience, especially with, and for,
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United States of Weed

The country is moving forward with legalization at a record pace — but what that actually means can vary wildly from state to state. Some that are “medically legal” consider limited access to Cbd to be enough, while others allow full ­recreational use, offering all forms of Thc-rich, psychoactive products to anyone over 21. And then there’s Alabama. Here, a breakdown of what’s legal, what’s not, and where you should be looking next.

Alabama

Alabama was called out by the Southern Poverty Law Center for having “draconian” laws, including
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‘The Other Two’ Bosses on How ‘SNL’ Still Inspires Their Comedy

‘The Other Two’ Bosses on How ‘SNL’ Still Inspires Their Comedy
The Other Two” co-showrunners Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider split time between Los Angeles and New York because their writers’ room is on the West Coast where he lives, while production is back East where she lives. This means they are constantly packing and unpacking their office. But when they do settle into a new space, they surround themselves with mementos reminding them of gigs past and present.

Match Made in Studio 8H

The 37th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” in 2011 marked the first time Kelly and Schneider ever wrote together, and to commemorate the occasion they have a
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‘Jessica Jones’ Season 3 Ends With One Final Marvel Netflix Crossover

(Spoilers ahead for the season 3 finale of Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” on Netflix)

“Jessica Jones” season 3 dropped on Netflix over the weekend — and with that, Netflix’s own ground-level section of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is over.

The season finale of “Jessica Jones” season 3 can function well enough as a series finale, but since it doesn’t involve any kind of big teamup among all the different heroes we’ve seen on these shows over the years — Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Colleen Wing, Misty Knight, the Punisher, etc. — it certainly doesn’t feel like a universe finale.

And that’s especially true because of the one major crossover this last season of “Jessica Jones” has to one of the other shows.

Also Read: Krysten Ritter on 'Ambiguous' Ending for 'Jessica Jones' and 'Baby Steps of Emotional Growth'

Said crossover involved Luke Cage (Mike Coulter) popping in to check on
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Song You Need to Know: Kesha, ‘Rich, White, Straight Men’

Song You Need to Know: Kesha, ‘Rich, White, Straight Men’
At her best, Kesha can skillfully balance irreverence and savagery. Songs like “Blah, Blah, Blah,” “Sleazy” and “Woman” have shown her at the pinnacle of that talent, with the punk of pop meshing biting lyrical jabs with a brilliant sense of humor about herself and whomever or whatever she’s roasting. Her best insults have long been aimed at rich, white, straight men who have tried to woo her (“I don’t need you or brand new Benz/Or your bougie friends,” she asserts on “Sleazy”). So when she finally
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Please Stop Thinking This Will Be a Fair Election

“President Trump: 30 Hours,” the ABC News 20/20 special featuring a heavily promoted White House interview by This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos, finally aired in full Sunday night. It was alternately an absurd and harmful exercise. There are lists of five to 10 takeaways from the exchange on various news sites, but there are only two that matter: The president declared to a national audience that he is ready to betray the country, and his fellow Republicans have already taken steps to help him do it.

As journalism, the ABC special failed, letting
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How Netflix Created an Unintentional Repertory Company

Taking a cue from the theater and the old Hollywood studio system, Netflix has built up an impressive stock company of actors since getting into original programming. But interestingly, it is more coincidence than intentional creation of a repertory company.

The streaming giant does not have a dedicated casting department at the network level. Instead, Netflix originals work with a variety of casting directors, and the repetition in hiring talent is more hard work on the actors’ parts, as well as a byproduct of the seemingly never-ending river of content across a variety of genres that the service produces.

That
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‘Black Mirror': Here’s Why the ‘Striking Vipers’ Video Game Makes No Sense

‘Black Mirror': Here’s Why the ‘Striking Vipers’ Video Game Makes No Sense
(We’ve got major spoilers ahead for the “Black Mirror” season 5 episode “Striking Vipers”)

We’ve only got three episodes in this season of “Black Mirror” on Netflix, but the first one is such a doozy that it kinda makes up for the shortage on its own. And the fact that it assembles one of the best casts the show has ever had — with Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Pom Klementieff, Nicole Behari and Ludi Lin as the main players — also helps.

The premise of this episode is that two old buddies Danny (Mackie) and Karl (Abdul-Mateen) try to reconnect over the newest edition of a fighting video game they used to play back in the day, the “Striking Vipers” that gave the episode its name. The twist is that the new version is a virtual reality game, employing the same sort of “Matrix”-style immersive Vr that we’ve seen
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Lucasfilm Names Michelle Rejwan Svp of Live Action Development and Production

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Lucasfilm Names Michelle Rejwan Svp of Live Action Development and Production
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” producer Michelle Rejwan has been named as Svp of Live Action Development and Production for Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy announced on Monday.

Rejwan will oversee a new slate of feature films and episodic series for Lucasfilm and Disney+ and will continue to produce with Kennedy as “Star Wars” enters a new chapter.

“Working with Michelle over the last seven years as a producer on both ‘The Force Awakens’ and now ‘The Rise of Skywalker,’ I have seen first-hand her skills collaborating with writers and directors, and I’ve been incredibly impressed with her creative skills and her ability to manage the complexity surrounding these massive projects,” Kennedy said. “I know the importance of building a team that you trust and have fun working with – it is paramount to our success.

Also Read: After 'Rise of Skywalker,' It's Up to Disney+ to Carry the 'Star
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Lucasfilm Hires ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Producer Michelle Rejwan

Lucasfilm has hired “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” producer Michelle Rejwan as senior vice president of live action development and production.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy made the announcement Monday. Rejwan was a co-producer on 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a co-producer on JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and an associate producer on “Super 8.”

Rejwan will oversee a new slate of feature films and episodic series for Lucasfilm and Disney Plus and continue to produce with Kennedy on the “Star Wars” franchise.

“Working with Michelle over the last seven years as a producer on both ‘The Force Awakens’ and now ‘The Rise of Skywalker,’ I have seen first-hand her skills collaborating with writers and directors, and I’ve been incredibly impressed with her creative skills and her ability to manage the complexity surrounding these massive projects,” said Kennedy. “I know the importance of building a team that
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Eric Dane on Why He Used a Prosthetic Penis for ‘Euphoria’ Full-Frontal Sex Scene

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Eric Dane on Why He Used a Prosthetic Penis for ‘Euphoria’ Full-Frontal Sex Scene
Eric Dane recently opened up about playing a role entirely new to him on HBO’s “Euphoria” — and filming a full frontal nudity scene.

“Those scenes are very difficult to shoot,” Dane told EW. “It helps to have one voice in your ear. One voice that you can express your feelings to, and somebody that is an advocate for the actors. It just simplifies a lot of things and makes for a safe and comfortable environment while shooting something that is fairly uncomfortable to shoot. And certainly, the stuff that we did in the pilot is no exception. It’s a pretty intense scene.”

Dane, plays Cal Jacobs, a married man who, in the pilot episode, who commits statutory rapes a 17-year-old trans girl named Jules, played by Hunter Schafer.

Also Read: 'Euphoria' Gets June Premiere Date, Moody Teaser From HBO (Video)

He said it was a group
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Paul Simon to Play Hawaii for First Time in 50 Years

Paul Simon to Play Hawaii for First Time in 50 Years
Paul Simon announced two back-to-back concerts in Maui, Hawaii on August 13th and 14th. The performances will take place two days after Simon headlines San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival — his first concert since he poignantly ended his farewell tour in his hometown of Queens, New York last September.

In keeping with Simon’s commitment to perform sporadic benefit concerts after retirement, the Maui shows are in support of biodiversity conservation. Net proceeds will be donated to The Auwahi Forest Restoration Project and Kua‘āina Ulu ‘Auamo (Kua), while the
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Jimmy Fallon and Hasan Minhaj on When to Get Political in Late-Night

Jimmy Fallon and Hasan Minhaj on When to Get Political in Late-Night
Jimmy Fallon and Hasan Minhaj were like magnets when Variety brought them together in New York for a joint Q&a about late-night TV in the age of Trump. The two host very different shows — Fallon fronts NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” while Minhaj recently picked up a Peabody Award for his work on Netflix’s “Patriot Act” — but they immediately found common ground. In addition to trying to crack each other up, the duo studiously shared their stories and contrasted their working styles.

With sensitivity and empathy, Minhaj even steered the conversation into a candid discussion of how Fallon
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