Monday, October 15, 2018

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  • Monday, Sep. 24, 2018
Mel Gibson to direct, co-write remake of "The Wild Bunch"
In this Nov. 16, 2017 file photo, Mel Gibson arrives at the premiere of "Daddys Home 2," in London. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Mel Gibson will co-write and direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah's classic 1969 Western "The Wild Bunch."

Warner Bros. on Monday confirmed that Gibson will helm the production, with Bryan Bagby to co-write the script with him. It will be Gibson's first time directing since his 2016 World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge," for which Gibson earned a best directing Oscar nomination.

"Hacksaw Ridge" was nominated for six Academy Awards including best picture. The Oscar reception was seen by some as a comeback for Gibson in Hollywood years after he pleaded no contest in 2011 to spousal battery of his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. In 2006, he went on an anti-Semitic tirade while being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

No production start or release date for "The Wild Bunch" was announced. Gibson is first prepping a World War II drama to star Mark Wahlberg.

  • Monday, Sep. 24, 2018
SiriusXM buying Pandora Media in $3.5 billion deal
In this Feb. 22, 2018, file photo, the Pandora logo appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK -- 

Subscription radio company SiriusXM says it's buying music streaming service Pandora Media Inc. in a stock deal valued at about $3.5 billion that'll allow it to expand its service beyond cars and into homes and other mobile areas.

SiriusXM Holdings Inc. has more than 36 million subscribers in North America, while Pandora has more than 70 million monthly active users.

Pandora stockholders will receive 1.44 newly issued SiriusXM shares for each Pandora share they own. Pandora has a "go-shop" period in which it can solicit other offers from third parties.

Both companies' boards have approved the transaction, which is expected to close in 2019's first quarter. It still needs approval from Pandora shareholders.

Shares of Pandora, based in Oakland, California, jumped more than 8 percent in Monday premarket trading. SiriusXM's stock declined 4 percent.

  • Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018
Danny DeVito receives lifetime achievement award in Spain
In this Sunday, March 25, 2012 file photo, Danny DeVito arrives for the Jameson Empire Awards at a central London venue. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) -- 

Actor Danny DeVito has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at Spain's most prestigious film festival in the northern coastal city of San Sebastian.

DeVito, 73, received the award from the San Sebastian International Film Festival during Saturday's gala. The American comic film star is promoting the animated children's film "Smallfoot" at the festival.

DeVito won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in the 1970-80's TV sitcom series "Taxi." Other career highlights include leading roles in the hit 1980s comedies "Throw Momma from the Train" and "Twins" and scores of endearing supporting parts.

He also shared an Oscar nomination for best picture as a producer of "Erin Brockovich" in 2000.

He currently stars in the TV series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

  • Friday, Sep. 21, 2018
Tribeca TV Fest: Hargitay hails impact of "SVU" as it marks 20 seasons
Mariska Hargitay attends the NBC 2018-2019 season casts party at The Four Seasons Restaurant on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Mariska Hargitay thinks "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has played a huge role in educating people on sexual violence, but believes there is still a lot of work to do.

The star of the TV drama spoke as the NBC show celebrated its 20th season Thursday (9/20) at the Tribeca TV Festival.

Hargitay has been playing Lt. Olivia Benson from the first episode. She said she was initially drawn to the show because it was tackling issues that others weren't.

"It's an incredibly progressive show, progressive idea, and really starting a conversation and taking sexual assault, domestic violence, and these issues that were traditionally swept under the carpet," Hargitay said.

"The conversation is in full swing, and that's very exciting. I think the show has really been a huge part of the cultural education on sexual violence. I think we have taken on the issues of consent and the neurobiology of trauma and created a survivor-centric show that was utterly unique."

Hargitay even created the Joyful Heart Foundation to help empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

"Being immersed in this material and learning the statistics and learning about the shame and isolation that survivors of sexual violence feel, that is what really called me to start my own foundation and to respond to the subject matter that I was being immersed in every day," she said.

Ice-T, who joined the show at the end of the first season, admits he was surprised by the impact that it has had on its audience.

"It took about a year or so of people saying 'thank you' to realize that it was therapy for a lot of people. These are survivors," he said.

The second annual Tribeca TV Festival, a spinoff of the Tribeca Film Festival, showcases dozens of series premieres. Most will be followed by panel chats with talent, writers and producers. Highlights will include the world premiere of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" season 12 and new season openers of "Empire," ''Madam Secretary" and "Ray Donovan."

The 20th season of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" kicks off Sept. 27 with a two-part episode.

  • Friday, Sep. 21, 2018
The Mill adds Texas shop 3008 to its remote color grading network
Brian Hwang
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Mill has added Dallas-based editorial company 3008 to its remote color grading network, which currently includes 20+ facilities around the world. The partnership enables clients in the Dallas area to collaborate in real-time with any of The Mill’s award-winning colorists in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The Mill’s network of virtual outposts provides state-of-the-art access and communication to its creative talent, offering the same world-class output regardless of where a client may be located. In working with 3008, which maintains technology and screens identically calibrated to match the picture a client would see in any of The Mill’s studios, it’s the first time that any Dallas-based agency, production company or brand will be able to work directly with The Mill’s colorist of their choosing as if they’re in the same room.

The Mill’s group color director Dee Allen said, “By growing our capabilities in Dallas, we’re able to offer our clients more opportunities than ever to work with us--just as they would if they were to visit any of The Mill’s studios. In 3008, we’ve found an ideal partner whose services, investment in their community, and standard of quality we trust. We look forward to many collaborations ahead.”

Brian Hwang, exec producer at 3008, added, “It’s important that we offer our clients the very best talent possible. And when it comes to color, the level of experience that The Mill provides is exceptional. Not only that; we love working with teams that share a genuine passion for developing great work. We consider the partnership to be a big asset, and particularly for our locally-based clients, who will now have access to The Mill’s award-winning color services, right in their own backyard.”

  • Friday, Sep. 21, 2018
"Pod Save America" political podcast is coming to HBO
In this July 25, 2018 file photo, Jon Favreau, from left, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor participate in the "Pod Save America" panel during the HBO Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The popular political podcast "Pod Save America" is coming to HBO for a series of four specials.

"Pod Save America" will be hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor, who worked for the Obama administration. They will provide insight and commentary on the political news of the week.

The series will debut Oct. 12 at 11 p.m. Eastern. The four episodes will be taped in front of live audiences in Miami; Austin, Texas; Philadelphia; and Irvine, California.

Midterm elections will be held Nov. 6.

  • Friday, Sep. 21, 2018
"Veronica Mars" starring Kristen Bell gets revived by Hulu
In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Kristen Bell arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Veronica Mars has another mystery to solve.

Hulu has ordered eight new one-hour interconnected episodes of the series, starring Kristen Bell, that premiered in 2004 and aired on UPN for two seasons and The CW for one. Bell announced the news Thursday on her Instagram account.

The original series centered around Bell as a whip-smart high school student named Veronica, who was a teenage detective and made the actress a star.

This isn't the first revival of "Veronica Mars."

In 2013, Bell and series creator Rob Thomas launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a "Veronica Mars" feature film that premiered in 2014 and took place 10 years after the show ended.

Hulu has also secured the streaming rights to the series.

  • Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018
Fukunaga to direct next James Bond film for release in 2020
In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 file photo, U.S. film director Cary Joji Fukunaga poses on the red carpet as he arrives as he arrives at the Monaco palace to attend the Princess Grace Foundation gala in Monaco. (AP Photo/Christian Alminana, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

American filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga is replacing Danny Boyle as director of the next James Bond movie, producers announced Thursday.

Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig said the still-untitled Bond 25 will start filming at London's Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on Feb. 14, 2020.

Release was delayed from the planned November 2019 after "Slumdog Millionaire" director Boyle left the project last month over what producers said were creative differences.

Fukunaga won an Emmy Award for the first season of TV series "True Detective" and wrote and directed gritty war movie "Beasts of No Nation," starring Idris Elba — often named as a potential successor to Craig as the suave superspy.

The new film will be Craig's fifth, and likely last, performance as 007.

Fukunaga, 41, is the first American director in the series, which began in 1962 with "Dr. No."

Wilson and Broccoli said Fukunaga's "versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure."

  • Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018
Ryan Coogler to produce LeBron James' "Space Jam 2"
This combination photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix on March 13, 2018, left, and filmmaker Ryan Coogler at the world premiere of "A Wrinkle in Time" in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

"Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler is joining LeBron James and the "Space Jam 2" team.

James' production company SpringHill Entertainment tweeted Wednesday that Coogler will produce the sequel to the 1996 movie that featured Michael Jordan alongside Warner Bros.' animated characters.

"Random Acts of Flyness" creator Terence Nance will direct James, and Bugs Bunny, in the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter which first reported the news, production is tentatively slated to being in 2019 during the NBA off season.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018
CBS' Julie Chen leaves daytime's "The Talk" in taped message
In this June 16, 2014 file photo, Les Moonves, right, president and CEO of CBS Corporation, and his wife Julie Chen pose together at the premiere of the CBS science fiction television series "Extant" in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Julie Chen announced Tuesday that she was leaving the cast of the CBS daytime show "The Talk" a week after her husband, CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves, was ousted from the company due to sexual misconduct allegations.

Chen hadn't appeared on the show during its season-opening week last week. She wasn't on the set Tuesday, either, making her announcement via a taped message from the set of "Big Brother," the prime-time CBS show that she also hosts.

She made no mention of the case involving Moonves. On one episode of "Big Brother" last week, she pointedly signed off as "Julie Chen Moonves," when she usually doesn't use her married name professionally.

"Right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and my son," she said.

She's been with the show since its inception nine years ago, along with co-hosts Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne. Chen called the trio "The Three Musketeers" in her goodbye message, played at the end of Tuesday's episode.

Chen appeared to fight back tears when thanking crew members, but quickly gathered her composure.

"I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will continue on for many, many more years to come," she said.

She appeared to endorse "Dancing With the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba as a successor. Inaba was filling in for Chen behind the show's desk on Tuesday. Chen was effectively the moderator of "The Talk," steering the show's conversation.

"The Talk" began strongly against "The View," the ABC show it is clearly modeled after, and even eclipsed its rival in the ratings four years ago. Since then, "The View" righted itself and has taken over first place.

It's the second traumatic television exit that Gilbert has endured this year. The actress who's in the "Roseanne" reboot also saw Roseanne Barr fired from that show for an offensive tweet.

"We love you, Julie," Gilbert said after the message aired.

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