Tessa Thompson kept it chic while dropping by a local pharmacy in Sydney.
extratv.warnerbros.com | 28-Jan-2021 13:15

Comcast Q4 Boosted By Cable as NBCU Performance Slips Amid Pandemic
Comcast said fourth-quarter profit increased thanks to customer interest in broadband and wireless services, even as it grappled with a downturn in performance at its large NBCUniversal entertainment conglomerate spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. The Philadelphia cable giant said net income came to $3.38 billion, or 73 cents a share, up from $3.16 billion, or […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 13:15

Peacock Hits 33 Million Subscribers

33 million people have signed up for Peacock to date, NBCUniversal parent company Comcast revealed Thursday.

That’s up from the 26 million that NBCU CEO Jeff Shell said the the new streaming service had topped on Dec. 8. Comcast has projected Peacock will have up to 35 million subscribers by the end of 2024.

To give readers an idea of Peacock’s continued growth, in late October, Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts revealed the platform had was nearing 22 million sign-ups. Prior to that update, in mid-September, Comcast said the platform had just topped 15 million sign-ups after hitting 10 million sign-ups at the end of July.

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The Peacock ad-supported service first became available to Comcast and Cox customers on April 15, three months before its full launch on July 15. Unlike HBO Max, Peacock is still not available on Amazon Fire TV devices, a huge player in the streaming world.

Peacock, which offers originals like the “Saved by the Bell” reboot (pictured above) and library content like “The Office” (which began streaming Jan. 1) and “30 Rock,” is available in two tiers, one for free and one with two different levels of fees.

The free option, called Peacock Free, includes next-day access to current seasons of freshman broadcast series on NBC, as well as library content like “Parks & Recreation” and curated daily news and sports programming. As for Peacock originals, this option only includes “select” episodes as well as access to what Peacock is calling “streaming genre channels” like “SNL Vault,” “Family Movie Night” and “Olympic Profiles.”

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The second tier, called Peacock Premium, is available for no extra charge to Comcast and Cox subscribers. For everyone else, it cost $4.99 a month for an ad-supported option, or $9.99 a month to have no ads. The Premium tier features everything on the Free option but includes all Peacock Originals, early access to late-night series like “Tonight Show” and “Late Night” and more sports including Premier League soccer and, as of a few days ago, WWE Network.

Comcast reported the Peacock sign-ups update Thursday as it revealed its fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 earnings, which you can read more about here.

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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 13:15

Comcast Q4 Earnings: NBCUniversal Revenue Falls 18% on Lower Ratings, Delayed TV Series

Comcast reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 financial results on Thursday morning.

NBCUniversal’s Q4 revenue declined 18% year to year. TV ratings were lower and the rollout of several series was delayed due to coronavirus-induced production shutdowns.  On the film side, “The Croods: A New Age” contributed what it could from a mostly home release. There was *some* theatrical revenue, but overall the company’s box office haul dropped 70% from the comparable quarter in 2019.

Cable revenue slipped 6% from Q4 2019. Broadcast TV declines doubled that. Filmed entertainment dropped 8%.

Theme parks revenue for the segment fell 63% as the Hollywood location remained closed and Orlando and Japan operated at limited capacities.

Fortunately for Comcast, its cable-providing arm saw revenue rise 6%.

Wall Street had forecast earnings per share (EPS) of 48 cents on $26.78 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate compiled by Yahoo Finance. Comcast actually reported adjusted EPS of 56 cents on $27.708 billion in revenue.

Earlier this week, Comcast’s Peacock acquired WWE Network programming at a price tag of approximately $1 billion over the next five years.

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“Outstanding performance at Cable drove very strong fourth quarter results for our company. We added 538,000 net new broadband customers and delivered Adjusted EBITDA growth of over 12%. Our theme parks in Orlando and Osaka reached breakeven; and encouragingly, Sky returned to customer growth in all three of its markets, bringing our total customer relationships and overall revenue in Europe essentially back to 2019 levels. With the vaccines rolling out throughout the world, we are optimistic that the parts of our business that had been most impacted will soon be back on a path towards growth. This confidence is shared by our Board of Directors, which has announced an increase in the dividend for the thirteenth consecutive year. In addition, it is now our expectation that we will be in a position to begin repurchasing shares again in the back half of this year. While this is certainly the most challenging period we have faced, I could not be more proud of how our management team and employees continue to pull together and deliver. Today’s results are a testament to their commitment and dedication,” commented Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation.

Comcast stock (CMCSA) closed Wednesday at $48.42 per share. The U.S. stock markets reopen at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Comcast executives will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the quarter and full-year 2020 in greater detail.

More to come…

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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 13:15

Spotify wants to suggest songs based on your emotions
The streaming giant patents a method of suggesting songs based on a scan of your emotional state.
news.bbc.co.uk | 28-Jan-2021 12:56

Dara Ó Briain reveals search for his birth mother
The comedian, who was adopted as a child, was inspired to investigate by the film Philomena.
news.bbc.co.uk | 28-Jan-2021 12:49

‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ to Open Expanded Kerala Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)
Jasmila Zbanic’s “Quo Vadis, Aida?,” the Bosnia and Herzegovina entry in the Academy Awards’ international feature category, will open the 25th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). Mira Nair will deliver the annual G. Aravindan memorial lecture, an event named for the pioneering filmmaker from the south Indian state of Kerala who […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 12:42

Sundance: British Director Prano Bailey-Bond on Psychological Horror ‘Censor’
Prano Bailey-Bond’s psychological horror “Censor,” which opens Sundance’s Midnight section Thursday, is a twisted, bloody love letter to the low-budget horror films of the 1980s. Variety spoke to the young British helmer, who was recently named as one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch.” In “Censor,” a young woman, Enid, is seen at work as […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 12:41

Launches of Stan Sports and Disney’s Star Expand Australia’s Streaming Options
The streaming landscape in Australia is to become larger and more complicated with the imminent launches of Stan Sports, and Disney’s Star. Stan, the Australian streaming service that is now wholly-owned by Nine Entertainment, is taking the game to incumbents Optus and Foxtel with the kick-off of its add-on package Stan Sports in time for […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 12:22

European Trade Orgs Urge Government Action To Survive $7.5 Billion 2020 Box Office Drop
The Brussels-based International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), which represents European cinema’s main trade associations, is launching an appeal for more government support to face an estimated 70.6% drop in total 2020 box office grosses across Europe, which it says accounts for a loss of €6.2 billion ($7.5 billion) in theatrical revenues compared to 2019. “National […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 11:53

U.K. Phone Hacking Scandal Will Be Focus of New Drama Series ‘Thank You & Goodbye’
The story behind the U.K.’s notorious phone hacking scandal is coming to the small screen. Director Saul Dibb and writer Luke Neal are developing a multi-part series entitled “Thank You & Goodbye,” which will detail the fall of the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World. Dibb is the BAFTA-nominated director of […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 11:26

Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman dies aged 94
Leachman appeared in several TV sitcoms and won an Oscar for her role in The Last Picture Show.
news.bbc.co.uk | 28-Jan-2021 10:37

Bridgerton: Netflix says drama is its biggest series ever
The streaming giant says 82 million households watched the show in its first 28 days online.
news.bbc.co.uk | 28-Jan-2021 10:32

Sir Antony Gormley announces 'UK's biggest art exhibition'
The sculptor is encouraging the public to create new artworks and display them in their homes.
news.bbc.co.uk | 28-Jan-2021 09:04

Facebook to Extend U.S. Politics Restrictions, Expand Them Globally, Says Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday that the company is satisfied with policies regarding political and civic groups that it enacted for U.S. users during the 2020 election, and will extend them “for the long term.” In addition, Facebook intends to roll those policies out worldwide, and is also looking for ways to “reduce” how much political content users see in their news feeds.

The announcement came early on in Facebook’s fourth quarter earnings call Wednesday morning, as Zuckerberg was discussing the company’s community goals for the coming year.

Zuckerberg began by boasting that Facebook helped “4 million people register to vote” in 2020 and saw tens of millions of people join communities that, Zuckerberg said, were beneficial to them. However, pointing to what he says is “an unfortunate decline in community participation” in the real world, Zuckerberg said he believes Facebook “can help.”

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Zuckerberg added that “we need to make sure that the communities that people connect with are healthy and positive.” As part of this, he cited efforts to remove Facebook groups that violate rules against violence or hate speech, but also noted that “there are also a lot of groups that we may not want to encourage people to join even if they don’t violate our policies.”

This, Zuckerberg said, is why the company “stopped recommending civic and political groups in the U.S. ahead of the election,” a policy enacted around the same time it also banned all ads about politics and social issues.

“We’re continuing to find too now this works,” Zuckerberg said, and now, we plan to keep civic and political groups out of recommendations for the long term. And we plan to expand that policy globally.” In addition, Zuckerberg said, Facebook will also be “taking steps to reduce the amount of political content in news feeds.”

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Zuckerberg didn’t provide a potential timetable for the global rollout of that policy or the change to news feeds. But citing “grassroots movements” and people who “speak out against injustice,” he clarified that Facebook doesn’t intend to prohibit participation in political activities or the formation of political communities and groups on the service.

“We want these discussions to keep happening,” he said, adding that “one of the top pieces of feedback that we’re hearing from our community right now is that people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our services.”

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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 08:00

Colbert Capitalizes on My Pillow Woes With a Product That Makes Eggs the QAnon Way (Video)

On the latest episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert took a few minutes in his monologue to laugh about My Pillow founder Mike Lindell, who has been having some problems since he went all in on Donald Trump’s baseless conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election.

And as part of that, Colbert unveiled the perfect product to take advantage of the opening left in the market thanks to the My Pillow woes: A fancy skillet that panders directly to the QAnon conspiracy theorists and white supremacists who no longer have a consumer product aimed right at them.

So a brief catch-up: Lindell was already a big supporter of Trump but after the 2020 election was called for the actual winner, Joe Biden, Lindell became one of the chief proponents of the lies Trump and his allies spread in their attempts to steal the election. In fact, even after the deadly riot Trump incited Jan. 6, Lindell continued to advance those lies. Since then, My Pillow has been dropped by Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s, HEB Stores, the Canadian Shopping Channel and Wayfair among others. Lindell was also suspended from Twitter.

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“Oh that’s nice. No more fascist conspiracy theories to distract you from the toxic misogyny,” Colbert joked about the Twitter ban. “But with My Pillow in trouble, there’s an opening in the market for conspiracy spreading ‘as seen on TV’ products.”

Then Colbert rolled a fun parody ad for a product called “The EggWhizzard,” a skillet that “makes perfect eggs every time, and is the only kitchen product guaranteed to fight the secret cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibals who control our water supply.”

According to the commercial, “EggWhizzard” will guarantee “no more messy counters, no more sloppy plates, no more George Soros Lizard Men,” and also “makes eggs easy, as easy as it was for Mr. Rogers to fake his own death and live under an assumed name in Cuba until he receives the signal to return at the head of an army of child patriots” who will arrest Barack Obama’s dogs.

Then comes the obligatory consumer testimonial part, where a woman says that she didn’t think it was possible that “a single product can make great eggs, fluffy meringue, and stop the trilateral commission from using Ikea.com to plant DNA-gathering devices in our furniture so that Oprah can clone us for organ meet.”

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“But it can,” the woman says.

There’s more and it’s also pretty funny. Watch the whole monologue above — the discussion of My Pillow begins about 11 minutes and 30 seconds in, and the fake commercial a minute later.

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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 06:58

Australia Box Office Plunges 69% in 2020, Data Shows
Box office in Australia fell by 69% in 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak forced cinema closures, capacity restrictions, the postponement of film releases and public health concerns about attending theatres. Data published on Thursday by the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia showed nationwide annual revenues slumped from A$1.23 billion ($937 million) in 2019 to […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 06:17

Hollywood Music in Media Award Winners Include Scores for ‘Soul,’ ‘News of the World,’ ‘Minari,’ ‘Queen’s Gambit’
Songs or scores from “Soul,” “Minari,” “Tenet,” “News of the World,” “”Euphoria” and “The Queen’s Gambit” were among the winners Wednesday night at the 11th annual (and first virtual) Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Breaking down categories by genre affords the HMMAs the opportunity to cast a wide net in its awards. Film-related trophies went […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 05:12

Paramount Animation’s ‘Rumble’ Delayed to 2022
Paramount’s animated feature “Rumble” has been moved to Feb. 18, 2022, Variety has confirmed. “Rumble” had most recently been delayed to May 14 from Jan. 29, 2021. It was originally scheduled for release on July 31, 2020, and was first delayed in November 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced by Paramount Animation in partnership with Reel […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 04:49

Free anthology of black authors to be given to all primary schools in England
The initiative will provide a copy of the collection to all primary schools in England.
news.bbc.co.uk | 28-Jan-2021 04:26

Hong Kong Film Festival to Put Focus on Local Auteur Stanley Kwan
Hong Kong auteur Stanley Kwan will be featured as the filmmaker-in-focus at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. It will run a retrospective screening of 13 Kwan-directed films, including the director’s cut of “Center Stage.” “[Kwan] has developed a highly personal aesthetic style in his [portrayal] of the female psyche while capturing the nuanced transformation […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 04:25

GameStop, AMC Stocks Drop in After-Hours Trading Following Huge Reddit-Driven Spike

The stock prices for video game retailer GameStop and the parent company of AMC Theaters dropped in after-hours trading after a day of huge spikes driven by a Reddit group called WallStreetBets. But the share value for both companies remained at highs neither company has seen in ages.

As of 8:30 p.m. ET, shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings were trading for $14.60, down from a high of just above $20.00 per share at the start of business on Wednesday. And GameStop, which peaked at $347.51 during normal hours, was trading for $292.00.

But even with those declines, the companies are having a very good night so far. AMC closed on Tuesday night at just $4.96 per share, but opened above $20 per share in early trading, sparking several halts in trading as Wall Street decision makers attempted to get a handle on what was happening. As a result, AMC’s stock spike increased the company’s market cap to about $5.4 billion.

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Meanwhile, GameStop’s incredible Wednesday was the culmination of two weeks of heavy trading that has inflated the company’s value by 1,500%.

It’s almost all thanks to WallStreetBets, a subreddit founded in January 2012 as a meeting place for both new and experienced investors to network and also talk about their bets (as in, what’s good, what to hold, etc). The subreddit quickly grew into a forum for amateur — and often unvetted — wannabe financial advisors who brag about huge gains to encourage other people to play the stock market.

WallStreetBets exploded in size over the last year — partly thanks to the pandemic, which had lots of people looking for alternate ways to make money. Members started betting heavily on companies like GameStop and AMC that have been heavily shorted, or bet against, by large hedge funds. The way it works is that an investor, more usually a hedge fund or similar entity trading on behalf of multiple investors, borrows shares to sell at what they think is a high price, only to buy them back at a lower price and profit off the gap between prices.

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The practice has been heavily criticized in recent years and is cited as a reason why companies that were struggling ended up failing entirely. And as it happens, many members specifically said their goal was to do real harm to hedge funds and other entities engaging in short-selling.

See, by buying up shares in shorted companies such as GameStop or AMC, WallStreetBets investors aimed to create what is referred to as “a short squeeze.” That’s when a company’s stock price runs higher than short-sellers anticipated, forcing them to buy the shares back at the higher-than-expected prices to stave off even deeper losses.

According to NBC reporter Jo Ling Kent, short-sellers incurred $14.3 billion in losses on Wednesday alone. In fact, Melvin Capital, a hedge fund specifically targeted by WallStreetBets members, closed out its investment in GameStop entirely, though the full extent of the fund’s losses are not known at present.

This has naturally caused much freaking out among regulators, commentators and even social media companies, where members of WallStreetBets gather. The group also operated a Discord server, which was banned on Wednesday due to what Discord said was repeated examples of “hate speech” by members.

Soon after, creators of the WallStreetBets on Reddit made the sub private, explaining in a public statement that it would be more strictly policing content to avoid the same thing happening there. They also said in a separate statement that “Discord did us dirty” and that they were making an effort to get the Discord server back online.


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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 03:35

‘The Masked Dancer’ Reveals Another Celebrity Contestant: And the Hammerhead Is…

(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Wednesday’s “The Masked Dancer.”)

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The first season of Fox’s “The Masked Dancer” made it to its Super Six round Wednesday, when the remaining contestants from Groups A and B came together to perform for the first time and one competitor was eliminated and unmasked.

During the hour, Hammerhead, Tulip, Exotic Bird, Cotton Candy, Sloth and Zebra all took the stage to give their first dances since making it into the final six.

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After each of those contestants shook it all off, it was time for panelists Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green, Ashley Tisdale and guest judge Whitney Cummings to vote for their favorite dancers and, in doing so, determine the weakest performer.

The contestant who came out on the bottom was Hammerhead, who did a dance to Santa Esmeralda’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” He was unmasked and revealed to be “Jersey Shore” alum Vinny Guadagnino. Though Abdul mentioned Vinny in passing, his name was not submitted as a formal guess by any of the judges, whose picks included Pauly D, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Kevin Hart and David Dobrik.

Following the unmaskings of Guadagnino’s Hammerhead, Brian McKnight’s Cricket, Elizabeth Smart’s Moth, Bill Nye’s Ice Cube and Ice-T’s Disco Ball, five masked dancers remain. Whoever is left standing by the finale will take home “The Masked Dancer’s” grand prize: the Diamond Mask Trophy, which is an upgrade from “The Masked Singer’s” Golden Mask Trophy.

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Per Fox, between the 10 celebrities competing on “The Masked Dancer” Season 1, “they’ve amassed more than 38 million albums sold worldwide, 20 Emmy Award wins, 20 Grammy Award nominations, 10 World Dancing titles, five New York Times best-selling author titles, four Olympic gold medals and three Broadway show appearances.”

Next week, Tulip, Exotic Bird, Cotton Candy, Sloth and Zebra will return to duke it out as the competitors continue to be whittled down.

“The Masked Dancer” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.

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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 03:00

Oscars Best Picture Screening Room for Voters Hits 200 Movies – But Not ‘Tenet’

The number of films available to Oscar voters in a screening room devoted to the Best Picture category hit the 200 mark on Wednesday, which means that $2.5 million has entered the Academy coffers from films paying $12,500 each to be represented in the screening room.

The members-only Academy Screening Room hit the milestone with the addition of more than a dozen movies this week, including Fisher Stevens’ “Palmer,” Lee Daniels’ “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” John Lee Hancock’s “The Little Things,” the Russo brothers’ “Cherry,” Josh Trank’s “Capone,” the documentary “Coup 53,” the Studio Ghibli animated film “Earwig and the Witch,” the international films “Funny Boy” and “Bacarau” (neither eligible in the Oscars’ Best International Feature Film category) and some off-the-wall selections, including “Snake White – Love Endures” and “Soorarai Pottru.”

Other late additions to the screening room have included “Minari,” “Promising Young Woman,” “The White Tiger” and “Cherry,” which were not added until January.

Notable films that have yet to show up in the screening room include “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Malcolm and Marie,” “Wonder Woman 1984” and, most conspicuously, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” which was made available on Blu-Ray, DVD and VOD on Dec. 15 but has yet to arrive on the Oscars’ viewing platform.

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The films do not represent all the movies eligible for Best Picture. Unlike the screening rooms devoted to the international, documentary and animated-feature categories, inclusion in the Best Picture screening room is not automatic or free of charge; it is available only to films that pay for the placement.

The Academy is not expected to release the list of films that have qualified for Best Picture until later in February, but that list will likely be far larger than the 200 that are currently in the screening room. The documentary and international categories have already broken the all-time record for the largest number of entries, with 240 and 93, respectively.

Once nominations are announced on March 15, all nominated films will be available to Oscar voters.

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Here’s the list of films available in the Academy Screening Room for Best Picture as of Jan. 27:

“All In: The Fight for Democracy”
“All Together Now”
“American Skin”
“Another Round”
“The Artist’s Wife”
“The Assistant”
“Athlete A”

“Bad Boys for Life”
“Bad Hair”
“Bill and Ted Face the Music”
“The Billionaire”
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
“The Boys in the Band”
“Boys State”
“Broken Keys”

“The Climb”
“Charm City Kings”
“Christmas Chronicles 2”
“Come Play”
“Coup 53”
“Crip Camp”
“The Croods: A New Age”

“Da 5 Bloods”
“Dara of Jasenovac”
“Dear Comrades!”
“Demon Slayer”
“The Devil All the Time”
“Dick Johnson Is Dead”
“The Dig”

“The Dissident”

“Earwig and the Witch”
“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”

“Farewell Amor”
“The Father”
“The Fight”
“Finding Hannah”
“Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds” (documentary_
“First Cow”
“The Forty-Year-Old Version”
“Foster Boy”
“French Exit”
“Funny Boy”

“Giving Voice”
“The Glorias”

“Half Brothers”
“The Half of It”
“Happiest Season”
“The High Note”
“Hillbilly Elegy”
“His House”
“How to Build a Girl”
“The Human Factor”

“I Am Greta”
“I Carry You With Me”
“I’m No Longer Here”
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things”
“I’m Your Woman”
“The Invisible Man”

“Jingle Jangle – A Christmas Mystery”
“John Lewis: Good Trouble”

“The King of Staten Island”
“Kingdom of Silence”
“Kiss the Ground”

“La Llorona”
“Last Full Measure”
“The Last Shift”
“The Last Vermeer”
“Let Him Go”
“Let Them All Talk”
“The Life Ahead”
“The Little Things”
“Lost Girls”

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
“The Marksman”
“Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf”
“The Mauritanian”
“The Midnight Sky”
“Military Wives”
“Miss Americana”
“Miss Juneteenth”
“The Mole Agent”
“Monster Hunter”
“Mr. Jones”
“Mr. Soul!”
“My Psychedelic Love Story”

“The Nest”
“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”
“News of the World”
“Night of the Kings” (international)

“The Old Guard”
“On the Record”
“On the Rocks”
“The One and Only Ivan”
“One Night in Miami”
“Ordinary Love”
“The Other Lamb”
“Our Friend”
“The Outpost”
“Over the Moon”

“The Painter and the Moon”
“Palm Springs”
“The Personal History of David Copperfield”
“The Photograph”
“Pieces of a Woman”
“The Prom”
“Promising Young Woman”

“Rebuilding Paradise”
“The Rental”
“The Rhythm Section”
“The Rise”
“Roald Dahl’s The Witches”

“Saint Frances”
“Searching for Mr. Rugoff”
“76 Days”
“Snake White – Love Endures”
“The Social Dilemma”
“Sonic the Hedgehog”
“Soorarai Pottru”
“Sound of Metal”
“Standing Up, Falling Down”
“Stars and Strife”

“A Thousand Cuts”
“Tiger Tail”
“Tiger Within”
“Totally Under Control”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”
“The Trip to Greece”
“Trolls World Tour”
“The True History of the Kelly Gang”
“The Truffle Hunters”
“The Truth”
“Two Hearts”

“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
“Used and Borrowed Time”

“Waiting for the Barbarians”
“Wander Darkly”
“The Way Back”
“The Way I See It”
“Welcome to Chechnya”
“The White Tiger”
“Wild Daze”
“Wild Mountain Thyme”
“The Willoughbys”
“Words on Bathroom Walls”
“Working Man”
“The World to Come”
“The Wretched”

“Yellow Rose”

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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 03:00

‘Masked Dancer': Hammerhead Is Proud of ‘Misdirection’ That Made Judges Guess His Co-Stars

(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Wednesday’s “The Masked Dancer.”)

“The Masked Dancer” judges are probably kicking themselves after Wednesday’s episode, when they incorrectly guessed that the Hammerhead contestant could be Pauly D or Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from “Jersey Shore.” They were close — Hammerhead turned out to be Vinny Guadagnino, whose name had been mentioned in passing earlier in the episode, but not formally guessed.

But Guadagnino is more than OK with the judges’ blunder, because it proves his “misdirection” on the Fox dancing competition was working.

“It is a clue game — they want to give you clues so that you can kind of guess who it is eventually, right? So a lot of my clues probably led to that ‘Jersey Shore’ type of vibe and type of character,” he told TheWrap. “But I love that they didn’t know that it was me. I love that they were going for other characters on the show because that’s kind of been the story of my life. On ‘Jersey Shore,’ I’m more of the low-key kind of guy and you’ve always had the bigger characters like Pauly D and Mike and everything. So I was like the quiet little sleeper cell just lurking in the background doing my thing. And I can perform, I can be big, I just don’t really put it out there like that. So I like that misdirection that I had.”

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Guadagnino said none of his “Jersey Shore” co-stars know about his time on “The Masked Dancer,” but he can’t wait for them to find out because of how much the show has come up in their group chat.

“They keep sending in the group chat, ‘Oh, look, they think it’s me.’ Because they keep talking about Mike ‘The Situation’ or whatever,” the reality star said. “So they’ll send it in the group chat and I just stay quiet, like I don’t know what he’s talking about.”

He added: “I’m not sure if they watch the show, but I bet you now everybody will go back and watch the show and be like, ‘What is this? What is going on here?’ Because it’s such a big moment to reveal and they’re going to start analyzing my moves. I think they’ll be impressed. Look, they know me more than a lot of people do, we’re like best friends and a family, so they know that this is right in my wheelhouse. They’ll get a kick out of this.”

“The Masked Dancer” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.

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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 03:00

Paramount Animation’s ‘Rumble’ Moves to February 2022, Becomes First May Release to Get Pandemic Delay

Paramount announced Wednesday that it is moving the animated film “Rumble” from a release date on May 14 to February 18, 2022.

This makes the studio the first to move a film slated for release in May 2021, though it might not be the last as studios have been weighing whether or not to abandon hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic will subside enough for theaters to reopen nationwide in the second quarter of the year. Disney has already moved the live-action “101 Dalmatians” spinoff “Cruella” from theatrical release to Disney+ on Memorial Day weekend, but still has yet to move Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” from its theatrical release slot on May 7. Other films currently set for release in May include Universal’s “F9” and Lionsgate’s “Spiral.”

Co-produced by WWE Studios and directed by Hamish Grieve, “Rumble” stars Will Arnett and Geraldine Viswanathan as an amateur monster wrestler and an aspiring teenage human trainer who team up to become champions in a popular monster wrestling league dominated by a beast named Tentacular, played by Terry Crews. WWE wrestlers Roman Reigns and Becky Lynch also star in the film alongside Ben Schwartz, Tony Danza, Charles Barkley and Stephen A. Smith.

Currently, no other films are set for release on February 18, 2022, and “Rumble” is set to follow a pair of untitled releases from Universal and 20th Century Studios.


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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 02:57

Piers Morgan Apologizes to Liz Hurley for Calling Her ‘Creepy’
“Extra’s” Billy Bush ends the show with Piers Morgan’s apology to Liz Hurley for calling her “creepy” and “thirsty” for posting topless pics on Instagram. Watch the video for Billy’s take on the mea culpa.
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Doctor Reacts to People Cutting in Line for COVID-19 Vaccine
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extratv.warnerbros.com | 28-Jan-2021 02:23

Seth Rogen’s Mom Just Mommed Him So Hard About His First Book

Seth Rogen is about to publish his first book in May, and his mother would personally like to prepare us for the amount of “drug talk” it contains.

The book, which Seth’s mother Sandy Rogen says is not so much a memoir but more of “a bunch of funny stories,” is called  “Yearbook” and is coming out on May 11 from Penguin Random House.

Read her full take in a hilarious statement written for the book’s press release:

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“At first I was worried that Seth was writing a book, because I was like, ‘Oh no! What’s he gonna say?!’ I was actually scared to even read it. But I’m very happy I did,” Sandy wrote in a statement for the book’s press release. “It’s not really a memoir, like I thought it might be. I guess it’s more of a bunch of funny stories? Does that make sense? He talks about doing stand-up when he was a kid (I drove him to all his shows!), his grandparents, high school, moving to L.A., meeting some famous people, things like that. If I’m being honest, I really wish there wasn’t so much drug talk. Why does he need all that? It’s like ‘We get it!’ And some of the stories? I mean, they’re entertaining, but I was just shocked they happened and he never told me! Overall, I think it’s more sweet and funny than anything, so I like it, and I’m glad he wrote it, but I’d be even more glad if he called me more.”

Rogen himself described the book as “a collection of true stories that I desperately hope are just funny at worst, and life-changingly amazing at best,” adding that it’s about “grandparents, doing stand-up comedy as a teenager, bar mitzvahs, and Jewish summer camp, and tells way more stories about doing drugs than my mother would like.”

Indeed! You can pre-order “Yearbook” here from Penguin Random House.

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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 01:58

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How Zendaya & John David Washington Shot ‘Malcolm & Marie’ During COVID-19 Pandemic
“Extra’s” Cheslie Kryst spoke with Zendaya and John David Washington as they promoted their new movie “Malcolm & Marie.” Zendaya and John David filmed the movie “in a bubble” during the COVID-19 pandemic with Zendaya even doing her own makeup. For the film to move smoothly, Zendaya stressed that it was a “group effort.” “Malcolm & Marie” is streaming on Netflix on February 5.
extratv.warnerbros.com | 28-Jan-2021 01:04

Cloris Leachman Appreciation: Versatile Actress Had a Gift, and Kept on Giving

When eulogizing screen performers, we often look at an Academy Award as either the launchpad or the apex of an actor’s life. In the case of Cloris Leachman, who died Wednesday at the age of 94, her Oscar was just one milestone in the career of an exceedingly versatile character actress.

Leachman was honored over the years both for her dramatic intensity and for a comedy skillset that embraced neurotic tension and fearless physicality with equal grace. She not only lived to be a nonagenarian, but she also remained busy and in demand to the very end, with recent credits as a voice in “The Croods: A New Age” and on such shows as “Mad About You” and “American Gods.”

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1926, Leachman studied at Northwestern (where her classmates included fellow comedy legends Paul Lynde and Charlotte Rae) before competing in the 1946 Miss America pageant. She didn’t take the top prize, but she won a scholarship, which she used to study under Elia Kazan at the Actors Studio in New York City. After success on the stage in “South Pacific” and “As You Like It” (the latter opposite Katherine Hepburn), Leachman had her first big-screen breakthrough in 1955’s “Kiss Me Deadly,” where she makes an indelible impression by running alongside a busy highway wearing nothing but a trench coat.

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Like many performers of her generation, she found a foothold on the small screen, working steadily throughout the 1950s and ’60s, most notably on the classic “It’s a Good Life” episode of “The Twilight Zone,” and as a regular on half a season of “Lassie.” There were some film roles interspersed during this period as well (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” George Cukor’s “The Chapman Report”), but it wasn’t until 1971, when Peter Bogdanovich cast her in “The Last Picture Show,” that her career would receive another big jolt.

As the love-starved wife of a high-school football coach — a role that co-star Ellen Burstyn turned down — Leachman carved out moments of aching poignancy in an ensemble film already juggling multiple characters and storylines. The role of Ruth Popper won the actress a well-deserved Academy Award, just as she was appearing on what would become a decade-defining TV comedy: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” in which Leachman crafted the unforgettable Phyllis Lindstrom. Vain, judgmental, intellectually superior, and thoroughly self-serving, Phyllis was the worst, but Leachman made audiences adore her anyway. (Of her nine Emmys — eight prime-time, one daytime — two of them were for playing Phyllis.)

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Leachman also won a Golden Globe for playing the character in a spin-off show, “Phyllis,” which lasted two seasons. And while she began the 1970s being honored for a deeply dramatic role, the decade would see her winning laughs both as Phyllis and under the direction of Mel Brooks, for whom she starred as the formidable Frau Blücher in “Young Frankenstein” and Nurse Diesel in “High Anxiety.” (And take note, trivia fans: She also played Wonder Woman’s mother Queen Hippolyta on an episode of Lynda Carter’s hit series.)

For the rest of the 20th century and into the 21st, Leachman was simply never not working. Whether it was voice acting for animated films (“The Iron Giant,” “Ponyo”), celebrated sitcom appearances (two of her other Emmys came for playing Grandma Ida on “Malcolm in the Middle”), or scene-stealing film roles (“Bad Santa”), she was constantly in demand, seemingly in all corners of the industry. (In 2018, she appeared in “I Can Only Imagine” and “Lez Bomb”; rare is the performer called upon to do both faith-based movies and queer indies, let alone in the same year.) She even reprised the role of Ruth Popper for Bogdanovich’s “Last Picture Show” sequel, “Texasville.”

(Those interested in the deep cuts of Leachman’s oeuvre should seek out the short-lived sitcom “Thanks,” a hilariously dark comedy about the travails of the original Puritan settlers.)

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The old Hollywood joke is that the phases of an actor’s career are: “Who is X?” “Get me X.” “Get me a young X.” “Who is X?” If she managed to be at “Get me Cloris Leachman” for decades, it’s because of her lack of vanity as a performer. As Phyllis, or in comedies like the Disney cult favorite “The North Avenue Irregulars,” she could be stylish, chic, and glamorous, but she was also perfectly willing to put on the moles, fake noses, and fright wigs required for a Mel Brooks comedy. More and more of her later roles called upon her to be grannies and witches, but there’s a career in playing grannies and witches when they’re memorable, and beloved by audiences.

Leachman’s talent and versatility made her a legend across the years and across all media. Her work will continue to entertain audiences for generations, and her career will stand as inspiration to longevity-minded performers for years to come.

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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 01:02

The Music Maestro of the ‘Eurovision’ Film, Savan Kotecha, on Keeping a Straight Face for a Climactic Power Ballad
When it comes to comic songs at the Oscars, writing a tune with a satirical edge has generally not been the key to the Academy music branch’s heart. For the most part, the only ostensibly funny numbers to get nominated are from family films, like “Man or Muppet,” a rare winner, from 2011’s “The Muppets.” […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 00:48

Netflix Unveils ‘Shadow and Bone’ Premiere Date (TV News Roundup)
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variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 00:45

Unleash Flavor at Home with Maggi Marketplace’s Bouillon Bases! Plus, Jana Kramer Shares a Favorite Recipe

Venture into the kitchen and start your cooking journey with Maggi, the #1 culinary brand in the world, which makes the bouillon, soups, noodles, and liquid seasoning we all know and love. Maggi has been around for over 100 years helping home cooks globally.

With new and aspiring home cooks who lead busy lives in mind, Maggi launched Maggi Marketplace with the new Premium Bouillon Bases, making cooking easy and simple but deliciously flavorful! Launching in three new varieties: chicken, beef, and vegetable, Maggi Marketplace has no artificial flavors and are made with freshly roasted chicken, Beef and sautéed vegetables!

“Extra” correspondent Jana Kramer brought us into her kitchen to show us how Maggi Marketplace helped her create a drool-worthy, family-favorite Chicken Veggie Stir Fry dish. Take a look!

Chicken Veggie Stir Fry Recipe


1 tsp Maggi Marketplace Chicken Base
1 tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb. chicken breast, cubed
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 cup red pepper, sliced
1 cup zucchini, sliced
1 cup red onion, sliced
1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed


1.  Make sauce: Combine Maggi Marketplace Base, cornstarch, honey, garlic, water and soy sauce. *(cornstarch will thicken the sauce and allow it to coat the chicken and vegetables) *Optional-add 1 tsp sriracha and 1 tsp of sesame oil if desired.

2. Heat oil in wok on high heat, season chicken with salt and pepper and quickly stir fry, remove from wok.

3. Add vegetables and stir fry for a minute or 2, add the chicken back to wok.

4. Add sauce to wok and stir constantly until thickened and coating chicken and vegetables. Serve over rice and garnish with scallions and sesame seeds if desired.

Head to www.maggi.com for more information and delicious recipes!

extratv.warnerbros.com | 28-Jan-2021 00:39

How Stella Hopkins Made Her Directorial Debut with ‘Elyse,’ a Movie With a Message About Mental Illness
Elyse Bridges lives in a glamorous house in Los Angeles, with her husband and son, where she spends most of her days lost in thought. But despite an idyllic opening shot set in a postcard suburban setting, something isn’t right in Stella Hopkins’ directorial debut, “Elyse.” The black-and-white independent movie stars Lisa Pepper in the […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 00:33

‘Head of the Class’ Reboot at HBO Max Casts Katie Beth Hall (EXCLUSIVE)
Katie Beth Hall has been cast in the “Head of the Class” reboot pilot at HBO Max, Variety has learned exclusively. She joins previously announced series lead Isabella Gomez as well as cast members Jorge Diaz, Dior Goodjohn, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Brandon Severs, and Christa Miller. The rebooted series revolves around a group of overachieving high […]
variety.com | 28-Jan-2021 00:30

Cloris Leachman Remembered by Mel Brooks, Ed Asner and More: ‘Irreplaceable’

Hollywood legend Cloris Leachman died Wednesday at the age of 94, leaving behind a legacy that includes iconic roles in television (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Phyllis”) and movies (“Young Frankenstein”, “The Last Picture Show.” Tributes from Hollywood, journalists, and fans poured in after her death was announced, many remembering her memorable career and her unique personality.

Mel Brooks, who directed Leachman in “Young Frankenstein,” tweeted in memory of his friend. “Such sad news–Cloris was insanely talented. She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat. Always such a pleasure to have on set. Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher. She is irreplaceable, and will be greatly missed.”

“Cloris Leachman has passed,” tweeted actor George Takei. “The Oscar and Emmy-winning funny lady stole her way into our hearts and always left us smiling. She was 94. Rest in peace, and save a laugh for us when we get there.”

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Leachman was a powerhouse of talent, whose work spanned years across television, movies, and Broadway. Nominated 22 times for an Emmy and winning eight of those nominations. She was also an actress who was just as well known for her older roles as much as she was known for her more recent ones, thanks to shows like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” where she played Phyllis Lindstrom, a character that became so popular she eventually headlined her own sitcom.

Ed Asner shared a photo from the last time him and Leachman were together, adding the sentiment “Always beautiful. Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you. Until we meet again darling.”

PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange released a statement on Leachman’s passing, saying “Animals have lost one of their most dedicated advocates with the passing of Cloris Leachman. A vegetarian since the 1950s, she lent her timeless beauty to PETA’s “Let Vegetarianism Grow on You” ad, her charm to our “Give Thanks & Go Vegetarian!” holiday campaign, and her quirky wit to our spay/neuter public service announcement. It was our honor to present her with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her efforts to help animals great and small, from orcas at SeaWorld and elephants in circuses to caged birds in retirement homes, and we will always treasure her legacy of compassion.”

See more reactions below.

A picture from the last time I saw you. Always beautiful. Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you. Until we meet again darling. #clorisleachmanrip pic.twitter.com/9etOZo13Kb

— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 27, 2021

Such sad news—Cloris was insanely talented. She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat. Always such a pleasure to have on set. Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher. She is irreplaceable, and will be greatly missed.

— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 27, 2021

A picture from the last time I saw you. Always beautiful. Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you. Until we meet again darling. #clorisleachmanrip pic.twitter.com/9etOZo13Kb

— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 27, 2021

God I loved her. RIP #CLORISLEACHMAN pic.twitter.com/aUbEw3rj1k

— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) January 27, 2021

“Cloris, you just won the Oscar.” — Bogdonavich, on the set of THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, after she nailed this scene in one take https://t.co/LIol33y2S8

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 27, 2021

A sad day for us all. She was a treasure. Always outspoken. And so funny. I remember carrying her over my shoulder in #thebeveryhillbillies. Small but mighty #rip https://t.co/C2C1RIZcoC

— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) January 27, 2021

She was Mary's neighbor, Wonder Woman's mom, Frankenstein's right hand, and so much more. She did comedy, drama, noir, and everything between, conquering every role with the consummate aplomb of a true legend. In short, there was no one like Cloris Leachman. Rest well, icon. pic.twitter.com/5iBEFhow57

— Michael Varrati (@MichaelVarrati) January 27, 2021


— Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) January 27, 2021

RIP one of the funniest people who will ever live. We'll miss you, Cloris Leachman. pic.twitter.com/FzHPCzf1yk

— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) January 27, 2021

Rest in peace Cloris Leachman you will always inhabit my sense of humour. Thank you

— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) January 27, 2021

RIP the very funny Cloris Leachman.

[Horses neighing.] pic.twitter.com/vpUcd8ICff

— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) January 27, 2021

RIP Cloris Leachman. Thank you for the laughs.

— Lauren Holly (@LaurenHolly) January 27, 2021

Rest in Peace, Cloris Leachman, you hilarious broad. pic.twitter.com/3UM8j83gwY

— Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) January 27, 2021

God bless and Rest In Peace to the wonderful Cloris Leachman.
She was just the fucking best (she would have wanted me to swear) pic.twitter.com/alW23YIJCe

— ?????????? ???????????????? (@EliasToufexis) January 27, 2021

Cloris Leachman has passed. The Oscar and Emmy-winning funny lady stole her way into our hearts and always left us smiling. She was 94.

Rest in peace, and save a laugh for us when we get there.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 27, 2021

Cloris Leachman. Everything she did seemed like the role she was born to play. Her Oscar-winning dramatic chops. Her wild comedy swings. Her relatable roles. Her freakish roles. She was in complete control of her craft and seemed to never think twice about it. A legend.

— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) January 27, 2021

RIP #ClorisLeachman – Oscar-winning Hollywood legend best remembered for her Emmy-winning turn in The Mary Tyler Moore show. I met her some years ago and she was every bit the acerbic, old school tinsel town dame – they don’t make ‘em like that anymore. pic.twitter.com/ayWT0Tpcf4

— JONATHAN SOTHCOTT (@sothcott) January 27, 2021

I interviewed Cloris Leachman a little over 10 years ago and this was how our conversation began. Just an extraordinary talent. #RIP https://t.co/aV7jxGeuJq pic.twitter.com/YvUQvQtk5x

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 27, 2021

Cloris Leachman — Oscar and Emmy-winning screen icon — has died at the age of 94.

Hard to pick a favorite role from her legendary career. I'm partial to her work in MARY TYLER MOORE and FACTS OF LIFE, but love YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and HISTORY OF THE WORLD too.

What a loss pic.twitter.com/sFEbPApiVN

— Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) January 27, 2021

Cloris Leachman was a true comedy queen. May she rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/VwSOql0j8D

— Brandon T. Snider (@BrandonTSnider) January 27, 2021

Once had the honor to spend an afternoon with Cloris Leachman who was full of great stories. Here she is on leading man Frank Sinatra. pic.twitter.com/w09kfJE7Yv

— Jenelle Riley (@jenelleriley) January 27, 2021

Farewell, Cloris Leachman. You were wonderful.

— Jon Weisman (@jonweisman) January 27, 2021



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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 00:16

Baby News! Marie Kondo Pregnant with Baby #3

Organizing guru Marie Kondo is expecting her third child!

The Netflix star announced the news on Instagram with a photo of her baby bump.

She wrote, “I have some news! Another bundle of joy on the way.”

Kondo and husband Takumi Kawahara are already the parents of daughters Satsuki and Miko.

Kondo is known for her KonMari organizing method, which gained popularity thanks to her show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”

extratv.warnerbros.com | 28-Jan-2021 00:07

Inside AMC’s Wall Street Surge: A ‘David Vs Goliath’ Reddit Battle

In a matter of days, AMC Theatres has moved from its death bed to a penthouse suite, as the nation’s largest cinema chain continued its recent Wall Street surge on Wednesday, with its stock price skyrocketing 301%. Industry experts say there’s little reason for AMC executives to be concerned about the sustainability of the sudden spike.

What’s behind the monumental move? AMC now finds itself at the center of a trading “revolution,” according to Gerber Kawasaki financial advisor Brett Sifling, thanks to Reddit users on the popular Wall Street Bets forum throwing their collective support behind the theater chain.

Wall Street Bets has been targeting big-name companies that have fallen on hard times and are heavily shorted by hedge funds. (GameStop, which has seen its stock price run from $20 to $320 in a matter of weeks behind strong Wall Street Bets support, has been the movement’s poster child. Elon Musk sending a supportive tweet about WSB on Tuesday didn’t hurt GameStop’s momentum, either.) And AMC, which has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, certainly fits the mold.

Up until a few days ago, AMC was facing imminent demise, with the company warning it was close to running out of cash. But after announcing on Monday it had raised $917 million to avoid bankruptcy, AMC’s fortunes have dramatically changed. Now, WSB-inspired investors are piling into the company, buying up shares and call options, which has pushed AMC from $3 per share last Friday to $19.90 per share at the end of Wednesday.

This goes beyond simply buying AMC based on its financial performance. Many Wall Street Bets investors see this as a battle between the big guys — the hedge funds shorting companies like AMC and GameStop — and the little guys trying to make a buck.

“It’s definitely a David vs. Goliath type of thing,” Sifling said. “It’s really a push-back on the establishment.”

By buying up a heavily shorted company like AMC, WSB investors are looking to force a short squeeze. If you’re not familiar, let’s take a step back: When an investor holds a short position against a company, they’re betting on it performing poorly, and its stock price going down. So they borrow shares to sell, then look to buy the company back at a lower price and profit off the gap between prices. But when a company like AMC’s stock runs higher, a short squeeze can kick into gear, where investors and funds who are shorting the company still have to buy back shares, just at a higher price.

“That becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy of momentum,” Sifling explained, “because everyone who is betting against the stock needs to buy it back higher and higher and higher.”

The goal for many WSB investors is two-fold: make money, as well as screw over the hedge funds betting against AMC. If this sounds like Robin Hood, that’s because it kind of is — taking from the rich with the goal of redistributing to the poor. Individual retail investors may not have the financial might to fight billion-dollar hedge funds on their own, but collectively, behind countless rallying cries for AMC to “moon,” or continue shooting higher, on Wall Street Bets, they’re able to band together and move the market.

And for AMC, there’s little downside to becoming a popular meme stock, according to analysts and professional traders.

“It’s not bad for AMC the company in any way,” Michael Queller, a professional trader from South Florida, told TheWrap. “It has potential, with the inflated share price, that this could actually help them [AMC] get more favorable financing deals.”

One potential scenario could be AMC offering more shares at, say, $8 per share. Compared to where it’s trading on Wednesday afternoon, that’s a discount, but compared to where AMC was even a week ago, it’s a healthy premium. AMC, if it wanted, could offer more shares and bring in more money to keep the business afloat while it waits for new releases to arrive. The bet would be that investors are still willing, even after AMC’s recent run, to gobble up shares at that price.

“They definitely aren’t in dire need [following the recent $917 million infusion], but given the way their company is right now, with very few people going to the theater and bringing in very little revenue, I think it’s safe to say their business model, as of today, is unprofitable and losing money on a daily basis,” Queller said. “So if they have an opportunity to raise more capital, it’s probably a wise thing to do. It wouldn’t surprise me if they’re looking into it.”

Sifling agreed the stock spike was “great” for AMC from a business standpoint and offered the company more flexibility. AMC, if it wanted, could raise money at its new $6.75 billion valuation and reinvest in its sales department to make sure it’s ready for when Hollywood has more movies ready for the big screen, he said.

Instead, the only cause for concern is for retail investors who are piling into companies like AMC, Sifling said, without much thought. Some investors are engaged in “extremely dangerous speculation,” he said, that could lead to them buying AMC at $20 and selling it at $10 a week later. That’s a possibility for any investment, though — even those that have been sprinkled with Wall Street Bets pixie dust.

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thewrap.com | 28-Jan-2021 00:00

Brett Young & Wife Taylor Mills Expecting Baby #2

Country singer Brett Young, 39, and his wife Taylor Mills, 35, have another baby on the way!

More than a year after welcoming daughter Presley, the pair are expecting their second child, who is due in the summer. Young told People magazine, “We really wanted them to be close enough in age so they could have a lot of things in common and be best friends. Tay had her sister close in age growing up, so we both felt strongly we wanted Presley to have the same."

Brett added, "We feel very blessed!"

Brett also opened up about Taylor’s pregnancy, saying, “Unfortunately the morning sickness is real this time, which is unlike the first pregnancy. That being said, everyone is healthy and that's all that matters. Hopefully, being through the first trimester, she will start to get more comfortable."

The news comes just months after Presley celebrated her first birthday. At the time, the couple shared, “When you're in it every day, you forget sometimes how fast it goes. We have been floored, emotional and immeasurably blessed! 2020 was rough, but the time we've had with Presley has been incredible."

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a silver lining for Young. He explained, “There are so many things I would have missed during this first year of our daughter's life if I was gone working. I got to be there when she said 'Dada' for the first time. There are more examples, but I think that says it all and sums it up for me. So special."

In 2018, Brett and Taylor tied the knot in front of their close friends and family in Palm Desert, California.

extratv.warnerbros.com | 27-Jan-2021 23:54

Aidy Bryant’s ‘Shrill’ to End With Season 3 at Hulu

“Shrill” is set to end with its upcoming third season at Hulu, TheWrap has confirmed.

The Aidy Bryant-led series is set to return with its final eight-episode run later this spring.

The series, originally an adaptation of Lindy West’s “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman,” went into production on Season 3 last fall, preventing Bryant from participating in the election season episodes of “Saturday Night Live.”

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“‘Shrill ‘has been one of the most creatively satisfying experiences of my life, a true labor of love for me and everyone who worked so hard on it,” Bryant said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news. “We are incredibly proud of this upcoming third and final season and are so grateful to the audience who connected with this story. I am deeply honored to have worked so closely with the writers, cast and crew to make ‘Shrill’ while continuing my work at ‘SNL,’ it is a time I will never forget. I have endless love for our crew in Portland and I am excited to get back to NY and rejoin my other work family at ‘SNL’ in the meantime.”

In addition to starring on the series, Bryant also serves as executive producer alongside Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, Lindy West, Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman and showrunner Ali Rushfield. The series hails from Warner Bros., Broadway Video, and Brownstone Productions.

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thewrap.com | 27-Jan-2021 23:53

Hollywood Remembers Cloris Leachman: The ‘Funny Lady Stole Her Way Into Our Hearts’
Oscar winner and eight-time Emmy winner Cloris Leachman, best remembered as the delightfully neurotic Phyllis Lindstrom on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and her own subsequent sitcom, was remembered by Hollywood as an incredibly hilarious woman and “comedic genius.” She died of natural causes on Tuesday in Encinitas, Calif., and was 94. Her portrayal of […]
variety.com | 27-Jan-2021 23:52

Animated ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff in Development at HBO Max

An animated “Game of Thrones” spinoff is in early development at HBO Max, according to multiple reports.

The series, which has no writers or other talent attached, would be the third known spinoff of HBO’s popular Emmy-winning series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR added that meetings with writers for the adult-leaning series are underway, though it’s not a given it moves forward.

HBO Max declined to comment.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Prequel 'Tales of Dunk and Egg' in the Works at HBO

The series joins the already-ordered prequel series “House of the Dragon” and an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” prequel novellas “Tales of Dunk and Egg.” Additionally, HBO is listening to other pitches for “GoT” spinoffs, one of which is a prequel series based on Robert’s Rebellion, the war for Iron Throne that threw Westeros into chaos before the plot of “Game of Thrones” begins, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“House of the Dragon,” based on Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and tells the story of House Targaryen. Paddy Considine who star as King Viserys Targaryen. The cast also includes Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith and Emma D’Arcy.

“House of the Dragon” is co-created by co-created by Martin and “Colony” co-creator Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik — who directed several fan-favorite episodes of “GoT,” such as “The Long Night,” “Battle of the Bastards” and “Hardhome” — and Condal will serve as co-showrunners on “House of the Dragon” and executive produce alongside Martin, Vince Gerardis and Sara Lee Hess. Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes.

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thewrap.com | 27-Jan-2021 23:48

Trevor Noah Sets Original Feature With Paramount Animation (EXCLUSIVE)
Trevor Noah is staying in the Viacom family for his next creative endeavor, an untitled feature film with Paramount Animation, Variety has learned exclusively. The untitled project is based on an original idea from Noah. The plot is under wraps but is said to be timely, poignant and comedic. Jonathan Groff (“Black-ish”) and Jon Pollack […]
variety.com | 27-Jan-2021 23:47

‘Game of Thrones’ Animated Series in Early Development at HBO Max
An animated “Game of Thrones” series is in the very early development stages at HBO Max, Variety has confirmed with sources. There are no details available about what the focus of the potential series would be and no writers or talent are currently attached to the project. HBO Max declined to comment. Variety exclusively reported […]
variety.com | 27-Jan-2021 23:39

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