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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Renewed for Season 4 at Amazon

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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Renewed for Season 4 at Amazon
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has been renewed for a fourth season at Amazon, Variety has learned.

The news comes less than a week after the third season debuted, with the whole season dropping on the streamer on Dec. 6. The move comes as now surprise, however, given the critical success the show has enjoyed since it debuted. To date, the series has won 16 Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, including wins at both awards shows for best comedy series. The series has also won two PGA Awards, a WGA Award, and a Peabody Award. It recently picked up two Golden Globe nominations for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy for series lead Rachel Brosnahan.

“’The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ has been a worldwide phenomenon, and Season 3 has been no exception, with the series’ most watched opening weekend ever,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “We’re so happy
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'Jumanji 2' Set for #1 Start Ahead of 'Black Christmas' and 'Richard Jewell'

'Jumanji 2' Set for #1 Start Ahead of 'Black Christmas' and 'Richard Jewell'
The holiday season is well underway, with Frozen II leading the charge by a wide margin, currently serving as the only holiday release to top $100 million so far. However, Ford v Ferrari should soon reach that milestone and this weekend's release of Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level will also be expected to top that figure and more. This weekend also sees the release of Universal and Blumhouse's holiday horror remake Black Christmas and Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell, the latter representing yet another adult-targeted feature as several have been released over the last month.

Looking at a #1 finish is Sony's release of Jumanji: The Next Level, the sequel to the breakout hit of 2017, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which debuted just before Christmas two years ago and went on to gross over $400 million domestically, serving as Sony's largest domestic release of all-time. This year Sony is getting an
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'The Farewell's' Lulu Wang Books Next Project: Amazon's Nicole Kidman Drama Series (Exclusive)

'The Farewell's' Lulu Wang Books Next Project: Amazon's Nicole Kidman Drama Series (Exclusive)
Lulu Wang is following up The Farewell with the Amazon original series The Expatriates.

The filmmaker behind the summer box office breakout has joined the drama as a writer and executive producer. She also will direct multiple episodes of the Hong Kong-set series. The Expatriates will see Wang teaming with exec producer Nicole Kidman, who brought the project based on Janice Y.K. Lee's 2016 novel of the same name to the streamer earlier this year.

"When I first read Janice Lee’s diasporic novel, I was immediately drawn to the rich characters and the global yet intimate exploration ...
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TV News Roundup: Natalie Martinez Joins CBS All Access’ ‘The Stand’ (Exclusive)

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TV News Roundup: Natalie Martinez Joins CBS All Access’ ‘The Stand’ (Exclusive)
In today’s TV news roundup, Natalie Martinez will guest star in CBS All Access’The Stand,” and USA announces the third season premiere date of “The Sinner.”

Casting

Natalie Martinez (“The I-Land”) will guest star in CBS All Access‘ adaptation of “The Stand,“ based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Variety has exclusively learned. Martinez began her career as the spokesmodel for Jennifer Lopez’s (“Hustlers”) fashion line and has since gone on to star in “Self/less” opposite Ryan Reynolds and Warner Bros. “Reminiscence,” which is currently filming.

Karen Fukuhara (“Suicide Squad”), Deon Cole (“Black-ish”), Coy Stewart (“Are We There Yet”), Sydney Mikayla (“The Gabby Douglas Story”) and Dee Bradley Baker (“American Dad”) have been cast in Dreamworks‘ Netflix original series “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts,“ premiering Jan. 14. The animated series follows a young girl thrust into adventure on the surface of a fantastical post-apocalyptic Earth.
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Sundance Film Festival Announces New Frontier Lineup For 2020

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Sundance Film Festival Announces New Frontier Lineup For 2020
The Sundance Film Festival announced its New Frontier Lineup for the 2020 edition, a curated collection of cutting-edge indie experimental media works by creators who are pushing artistic boundaries in various mediums including rocket travel, biotech, facial recognition, mixed reality (Mr), smartphone Ar, underwater Vr, game engines, big data, AI, the human archive, and innovative uses of SMS text & iPhone video capture.

There are two dedicated venue spaces: New Frontier at The Ray and New Frontier Central, each of which host a variety of media installations, a Vr Cinema, and panel discussions. New this year, New Frontier Central also houses the Biodigital Theatre, a cutting-edge presentation space that will feature a rotating schedule of large scale Vr theatrical works including a feature-length livestream game telecast.

Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said in statement, “Technology infuses most aspects of modern life — and is evolving at a historic pace. The
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Set HP Lovecraft Thriller Film At Warner Bros

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Set HP Lovecraft Thriller Film At Warner Bros
Exclusive: Game of Thrones creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss have set at Warner Bros an untitled thriller inspired by the graphic novel Lovecraft. Set to write the script are Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi, the scribe team behind such films as Aeon Flux, Ride Along and the Karyn Kusama-directed The Invitation and Destroyer. Kusama will be exec producer.

The filmmakers are keeping it close to the vest, but I’m told the movie asks a horrifying question: what if H.P. Lovecraft wasn’t making it up? What if the monsters he created are real? Also, the movie will be set in 1920 within the Cthulhu mythos. That’s all I got.

Benioff & Weiss have been eyeing this project and have been in discussion with Warner Bros’ Courtenay Valenti and Toby Emmerich for several years, while they were consumed with the monumental task of translating the George Rr Martin Game of Thrones novels into eight epic seasons.
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‘Cats’ Producers Respond to Twitter Trailer Backlash

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‘Cats’ Producers Respond to Twitter Trailer Backlash
The producers of “Cats” have seen the memes and read the mean tweets that greeted the first trailer for the big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage smash.

When the initial teaser was launched this past summer, social media commentators feasted on the way that an A-list cast that includes Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Judi Dench had been feline-ized with whiskers and swishing tails, calling the transformation creepy. The $100 million film is being released by Universal and produced by Working Title, the studio’s long-term partner. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, the two heads of London-based Working Title, are taking a “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” stance, noting that the online furor raised the movie’s profile.

“What does one say?” says Fellner. “The reality is that 100 million people or more saw the trailer, and, yes, there were some people that didn’t like it,
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Liverpool Soccer Legend Peter Crouch To Front Fulwell 73-Produced Live Comedy Format For BBC One

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Liverpool Soccer Legend Peter Crouch To Front Fulwell 73-Produced Live Comedy Format For BBC One
Liverpool soccer legend Peter Crouch is to front a live comedy entertainment series for BBC One tied into the Euro 2020 finals.

Crouch, a host on Amazon original Back of the Net, will front Crouch’s Euro Fest 2020, produced by The Late Late Show with James Corden producer Fulwell 73.

The show, which has been ordered for 14 episodes, will be a live post-match festival where the worlds of comedy, entertainment and football combine. In each episode, Crouch will be joined by a team of hosts and celebrity guests as they look back at the big game of the night, combined with live house band, games and VTs.

Crouch’s Euro Fest 2020 was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning. The Executive Producer for Fulwell73 is Gabe Turner and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.

Crouch said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working
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Hear Usher Team Up With Ella Mai on ‘Don’t Waste My Time’

Hear Usher Team Up With Ella Mai on ‘Don’t Waste My Time’
Usher has released a new song, “Don’t Waste My Time,” featuring British singer Ella Mai. The track, co-produced by Bryan-Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri, is a smooth-talking R&b pop number.

“Good lovin’, no questions,” Usher croons on the hooky track. “Reach out, and you’ll touch me/ Bad habits, don’t judge me/ Just don’t waste my time.” Mai jumps in midway through the song with her own verse as the pair trade off lyrics.

Usher’s last release was A, an eight-track album he dropped as a surprise last year.
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Secuoya, Planeta Launch Madrid Content City, Site of Netflix’s First European Production Hub

Spain’s Secuoya Studios has teamed with publishing giant the Planeta Group to expand Madrid Content City, the audiovisual complex that hosts Netflix first European Production Hub.

Madrid Content City will multiply by a factor of seven its current operating area of 22,000 square-meters. In total, Madrid Content City will span 140,000 square-meters (1.5 million square-feet), becoming the second biggest film-tv production hub in Europe after the U.K.’s Pinewood Studios.

Set in Tres Cantos, a satellite village 20 minutes’ drive north of the Spanish capital, the second-phase of Madrid Content City will be constructed by early 2021.

It will add five new soundstages -one of 2,000 square-meters; four of 1,500 square-meters- to the current five now open, alongside production services, an university campus and catering and sports areas.

Operating in the Madrid Content City since September 2018, Netflix has filmed there hit series such as “Money Heist,” “Elite” and “Cable Girls.”

Secuoya’s project represents an investment of €120 million,
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Taylor Swift Calls Out Scooter Braun During Billboard Women in Music Speech

Taylor Swift Calls Out Scooter Braun During Billboard Women in Music Speech
Taylor Swift again commented on her ongoing feud with Scooter Braun during her Woman of the Decade award speech during Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music event. Swift previously called out Braun after his company purchased Big Machine Label Group and the master rights to her first six albums and allegedly tried to prevent her from performing at the American Music Awards, to which Braun responded in a public statement on social media.

Now Swift is calling out the other parties involved, including George Soros, 23 Capital and the Carlyle Group. “This
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Hear Finneas’ ‘I Lost a Friend’ Remixed by Marian Hill

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Hear Finneas’ ‘I Lost a Friend’ Remixed by Marian Hill
Finneas has shared a new version of his song “I Lost a Friend,” remixed by Marian Hill. It dropped Thursday at midnight. The track originally appeared on Finneas’ Blood Harmony Ep.

Where the original features a contemplative piano melody, the remix opens with his emotive vocals at the fore, which also get some remix manipulations on the harmonies, and the beats and atmospheric touches lightly buoy his refrains.

Earlier this month, the 22-year-old singer and producer received five nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards, including the award for Producer of the Year,
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Hayley Kiyoko Tries to Ignore the Red Flags on Her New Single ‘Runaway’

Hayley Kiyoko Tries to Ignore the Red Flags on Her New Single ‘Runaway’
Hayley Kiyoko has dropped another song from her I’m Too Sensitive for This Shit project: “Runaway.” She launched with the song “I Wish” over the summer and the last single will come out in January.

On the catchy song, Kiyoko wants honesty from her partner. She is falling hard, feeling “nauseous” and like a “little kid.” Kiyoko is also hoping that all those red flags are not real. “If you’re not afraid/Let me hear you say/Something that won’t make/make me run away,” she sings on the chorus.
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Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Futsal Shuffle’ is the Dance That’s Gripping The Nation

Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Futsal Shuffle’ is the Dance That’s Gripping The Nation
On the first day of December, Lil Uzi Vert — a rapper who can dance but is not known to make songs about dancing — introduced a new move to the cosmos. It was called the “Futsal Shuffle,” apparently a reference to small-side Brazilian street soccer, which is played with a smaller ball and last had a global cultural moment in the run-up to the run-up to the 2014 World Cup. Lil Uzi Vert has, so far, declined to explain the reference.

In the dance’s debut, Vert is decked in a tank
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Grimes, A$AP Rocky, Run the Jewels to Soundtrack ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Video Game

Grimes, A$AP Rocky, Run the Jewels and Refused are among the artists who have been tapped to soundtrack the upcoming video game, Cyberpunk 2077, from video game studio CD Projekt Red. Gazelle Twin, Ilan Rubin, Richard Devine, Nina Kraviz, Deadly Hunta, Rat Boy and Tina Guo provided music for the game as well. The artists are featured in a behind-the-scenes video discussing their contributions.

Each artist contributing to the soundtrack created new songs for the project and each will have a fictional band/artist name in the game. Grimes will voice Lizzy Wizzy’s character.
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How ‘The Expanse’ ‘Died and Went to Heaven’ at Amazon

How ‘The Expanse’ ‘Died and Went to Heaven’ at Amazon
In the content space race currently being fought out in the entertainment industry, shows getting picked up by one platform after being dumped by another is becoming a more frequent phenomenon.

Some moves feel more like a marriage of convenience, while others feel like a more obvious fit.

Take “The Expanse” moving to Amazon Prime Video after three seasons on Syfy, for instance. Season 4 of the high-concept space series dropped Thursday on the streamer, and most involved in the story of how “The Expanse” was rescued agree that Amazon was a better fit for the galactic caper all along.

Much
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'Frozen 2' Caught in Stealth Marketing Controversy in Japan

Walt Disney Japan's social media promotion campaign for Frozen 2 has become mired in a controversy around stealth marketing after it emerged that manga artists had been commissioned to tweet about the movie, but didn't reveal they'd been paid to do so.

The episode began early in December when Twitter users noticed that seven manga artists had posted illustrations of characters from Frozen 2, all praising the film using the same phrasing.

On Dec. 5, Walt Disney Company Japan issued an apology for the tweets, but suggested the problem had arisen due to a lack of communication rather than deliberate ...
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‘Uncut Gems’ Star Adam Sandler on Being an Early Partner of Netflix: ‘I’ve Been a Genius My Whole Career’

‘Uncut Gems’ Star Adam Sandler on Being an Early Partner of Netflix: ‘I’ve Been a Genius My Whole Career’
Though A24’s “Uncut Gems” features retired Celtics player Kevin Garnett in his acting debut, avid basketball fan and star Adam Sandler said he never actually had the chance to shoot hoops with the famed center during filming.

“But he taught me two good tips and I’m not going to tell you what they are, but I hope I see you out on the court and I’m going to destroy you,” Sandler cracked to Variety on Wednesday night at the film’s Los Angeles premiere at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.

Basketball played a central role in the both the film’s story and development; Sandler’s first meeting with the writer/director brother duo Josh and Benny Safdie took place on the court. “We played a lot of basketball during this shoot,“ Sandler said. “Josh has long arms. He lucked out and blocked me one time.
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NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke to Step Down in 2020

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NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke is preparing to step down from his post once his current contract expires in August 2020, according to media reports.

A representative for NBCUniversal had no comment on the reports.

NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment chairman Jeff Shell, who was promoted to that role in January, is considered the leading contender to succeed Burke as CEO. Another potential candidate is Mark Lazarus, who currently serves as chairman of NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News.

Also Read: NBCUniversal CEO Explains Why Upcoming Streaming Service Peacock Is Not Netflix

A Comcast veteran since 1998, Burke was named chief executive of NBCUniversal shortly after Comcast acquired the media company from General Electric in a 2011 deal worth $30 billion. Prior to Comcast, Burke served in various roles at The Walt Disney Company, including as president of ABC Broadcasting.

The 61-year-old executive’s exit comes at a key moment for the company, as it looks
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Does ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Does ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
We’re heading back to the game of “Jumanji” this week as Dwayne Johnson’s “Jumanji: The Next Level” is hitting theaters.

The last “Jumanji” movie, “Welcome to the Jungle,” was a surprise huge hit back in 2017 when it opened against the first weekend of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” more than holding its own against that juggernaut as it pulled in $400 million domestic and nearly a billion dollars overall.

So unless the new flick straight up bombs, which is unlikely, it looks like this franchise will be with us for a while. Which begs the question: does “Jumanji: The Next Level” follow in the footsteps of so many franchise movies the past few years by teasing the future of the series with an extra scene during or after the credits? Does this movie have a mid- or post-credits scene?

The answer is yes — there is a bonus scene, which
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