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How Televangelists, Elvis Inspired Costumes for HBO’s ‘The Righteous Gemstones’

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HBO’s new comedy series “The Righteous Gemstones,” about a famous family of televangelists whose dysfunction runs far deeper than its Christianity, seems to exist in its own time and place. Set in present-day Texas, the inspiration for the Gemstone family — played by John Goodman, series creator Danny McBride, Edi Patterson and Adam Devine — draws on multiple eras and examples from the televangelist world that includes the likes of Joel Osteen, Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell. And their suits.

“It was a bit of a domino effect,” says costume designer Sarah Trost, who worked with McBride on his previous HBO show, “Vice Principals,” and also costumes NBC’s “A.P. Bio.” “When I first talked to Danny, we chose to keep it conservative for everybody, but then he said he wanted his character [the eldest Gemstone son, Jesse] to be flamboyant, sort of ‘country famous,’ with his cohorts surrounding him. And I said, ‘Oh, you mean
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Review: George Strait’s Old-School Country Flashback ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine’

Review: George Strait’s Old-School Country Flashback ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine’
This second LP since George Strait’s retirement from touring — his 30th studio LP — is a trip back to when country radio didn’t suck as a rule: Eighties pop shine cut with pedal steel/fiddle poetry, Texas swing, cantina blues and achingly-crooned nostalgia that generally doesn’t feel hard sell, even when things gets treacly.

Which of course, they do. But “The Weight of the Badge” is a good-cop tribute that feels legit despite a whiff of Fox News human interest story. And “God and Country Music” is a
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Hail Satan? Review: The Devil Gets Due Diligence

Penny Lane's documentary on The Satanic Temple focuses on political theater not dark arts.

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The Satanic Temple is the Merry Pranksters of this generation. No, they're not doling out acid, and they're not the carnal circus act of Anton Lavey's Church of Satan, though they have learned a few tricks from the master magician. Tst's Lucien Greaves wants to use his demonic powers for good. He believes you can spell devil without evil if you use the right spell. His group of elastically iconoclastic faithless may not believe in Satan, but are deeply committed to all his works and pomps, as Michael Corleone attests to in The Godfather. The Satanic Temple is working to take a hex off the First Amendment and Magnolia Pictures' documentary Hail Satan?, directed by Penny Lane, catches all the pomp as they ride their magic bus into town.

Like the newly
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Film News Roundup: Alan Tudyk Voicing Iago the Parrot in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’

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Film News Roundup: Alan Tudyk Voicing Iago the Parrot in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’
In today’s film news roundup, Alan Tudyk is supplying to voice of Iago in “Aladdin,” Atonement Pictures launches and Michael Keaton is narrating “Wings 3D.”

Voice Cast

Alan Tudyk has signed on to voice Iago, the scarlet macaw parrot sidekick to the villain Jafar in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin,” which opens May 24.

Tudyk has voiced characters in six different Disney animated movies, starting with “Wreck-It Ralph” in 2012, followed by “Frozen” as the Duke of Weselton, “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia” as Duke Weaselton and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” as Knowsmore. He also appeared in Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” in which he played the droid K-2So.

Gilbert Gottfried voiced Iago — named after the villain of William Shakespeare’s “Othello” — as a wisecracking and easily frustrated character, saying at one point, “Look at this! I’m so ticked off that I’m molting!”

Disney unveiled the first
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Exclusive Interview – Composer Graham Reynolds talks Sister Aimee, synthesizers, and Jimi Hendrix

Red Stewart chats with Graham Reynolds about Sister Aimee….

Graham Reynolds is an American composer who has been working in the film and television industries since the early 2000s. He is best known for his scores for movies like A Scanner Darkly, Bernie, and Before Midnight.

Flickering Myth had the chance to interview him about his work on the independent drama and Sundance selection Sister Aimee, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it:

Mr. Reynolds, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me. You’ve worked on some of my favorite movies like A Scanner Darkly.

Oh that’s awesome, yeah, very happy to.

I know it was just a couple of years ago that you said you were starting to heavily study synthesizers. You’d of course used them in your past compositions, but having done this deeper learning, have you found
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‘Hail Satan?’ Review: A Devilishly Fun Documentary About Faith in America — Sundance

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‘Hail Satan?’ Review: A Devilishly Fun Documentary About Faith in America — Sundance
An unexpected and truly bizarre thought might — no, will — occur to most viewers at during Penny “Hail Satan?,” though the lightning bolt of an idea is sure to strike different people at different points of Penny Lane’s provocative, hilarious, and latently enraging documentary about The Satanic Temple. For this critic, it happened during the opening sequence, as Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves gathers his flock on the steps of the Florida Capitol for their first rally in the winter of 2013.

Impishly protesting a bill that would allow for prayer in public schools, the group wears demonic masks and unfurls a massive banner that takes aim at the clear Evangelical Christian agenda underpinning then-Governor Rick Scott’s political agenda. It reads: “Hail Satan! Hail Rick Scott!” Greaves and his group are there in support! Kind of! Really, of course, they’re reminding people that America is not a Christian nation, nor a theocracy of any kind,
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SAG Awards 2019: In Memoriam segment will honor Penny Marshall, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin and which 50 others?

SAG Awards 2019: In Memoriam segment will honor Penny Marshall, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin and which 50 others?
Sunday’s telecast of the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards will feature a special In Memoriam segment devoted to many of the actors and actresses who have died since last year’s ceremony in late January. Sure to be among those saluted include actress and director Penny Marshall, Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Burt Reynolds and Grammy winner Aretha Franklin. Visit our own Gold Derby memoriam galleries for the year of 2018 and the newly-started gallery for 2019.

The 25th annual ceremony will be hosted by past winner Megan Mullally (“Will and Grace”) for TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 27, at 8:00 p.m. Et; 5:00 p.m. Pt. Tom Hanks will be presenting the SAG life achievement award to Alan Alda.

SEE2019 SAG Awards nominations: Full list of Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees

Over 100 people in SAG/AFTRA have passed away in the past 12 months. Which of the following 50 names will also
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Young Justice Season 3 Episode 7 Review: Evolution

A near-perfect episode of Young Justice is marred only by the real world.

This Young Justice review contains spoilers.

Young Justice: Outsiders Episode 7

Probably the biggest hurdle to the success of Young Justice: Outsiders after six years away was getting everything back together again after everyone went their separate ways, and some things have changed irrevocably. "Evolution" was a terrific episode, one of the finest Vandal Savage stories in any medium, but as good as David Kaye is in this episode voicing him, it's still a reminder that a ton of time has passed since the show was last on the air and some of their voice cast couldn't come back.

The two missing voice actors this season are Tim Curry as G. Gordon Godfrey and Miguel Ferrer as Savage, and they've both been missed so far this season. Curry's Godfrey was perfect as the frothing, barely-holding-it-together maniac talk radio host.
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Notable Hollywood & Entertainment Industry Deaths In 2018 – Photo Gallery

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Notable Hollywood & Entertainment Industry Deaths In 2018 – Photo Gallery
Amid the chaos that was 2018, the show business industry lost some major players. There were icons of the big screen (Burt Reynolds) and TV, along with such legends as Marvel hero Stan Lee, sportscaster Keith Jackson and singer Aretha Franklin, to name just a few of the year’s high-profile passings.

Hollywood also lost groundbreaking producers, unforgettable writers, and executives.

Familiar actors including Joseph Campanella, Sondra Locke, Tab Hunter, John Mahoney, Charlotte Rae, Harry Anderson, Jerry Van Dyke, David Ogden Stiers, Verne Troyer and R. Lee Ermey also left us this year.

We also said goodbye to such influential folks including physicist Stephen Hawking, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, editor Anne V. Coates, Bambi animator Don Lusk, gossip columnist Liz Smith, Blockbuster founder Wayne Huzienga,
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Facebook Rescinds Ban On Evangelist Franklin Graham Post And Apologizes

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Social media giant Facebook has apologized to evangelist Franklin Graham for its 24-hour ban related to his 2016 post on North Carolina’s controversial law that restricted same-sex bathroom use, among other issues.

A member of Facebook’s content review team banned Graham, the son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, because the post was determined to violate Facebook’s policy on “dehumanizing language” and excluding people based on sexual orientation, race and other factors.

Graham’s 2016 post focused on Bruce Springsteen canceling a North Carolina concert because of the state’s House Bill 2, which reversed a local Charlotte ordinance that had extended some rights to people who are gay or transgender, including accommodation in public rest rooms.

The 2016 Nc state law also eliminated local ordinances statewide that expanded protections for lesbians and gays, bisexual and transgender persons. The General Assembly later passed a compromise bill repealing House Bill 2 but restricting anti-discrimination ordinances across the state,
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Michelle Obama Tops Hillary Clinton As Most Admired Woman In Gallup Poll

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Michelle Obama Tops Hillary Clinton As Most Admired Woman In Gallup Poll
Hillary Clinton has lost again. For the first time in 17 years, the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate has not been named as the woman most admired in a Gallup poll of Americans, finishing third in the race.

Supplanting Clinton is former First Lady Michelle Obama, who is closing out her year on a high note with the success of her autobiography and now this poll victory. Obama had finished second to Clinton three previous times, but won top honors this year by what was deemed a “significant” margin. Oprah Winfrey was second.

Gallup’s annual survey, conducted Dec. 3-12 this year, asked in an open-ended question for Americans to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world today whom they admire most. Gallup first asked the question in 1946 and has done so every year since, except 1976.

The Obama family also had another winner in the poll,
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Emmys 2018: In Memoriam remembers Anthony Bourdain, Burt Reynolds but who was left out?

Emmys 2018: In Memoriam remembers Anthony Bourdain, Burt Reynolds but who was left out?
The special “In Memoriam” segment on the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony was tearful as beloved television legends Steven Bochco, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Guillaume, Monty Hall, John Mahoney, Jim Nabors, Charlotte Rae, Burt Reynolds, Neil Simon and Craig Zadan were part of the annual tribute.

SEEEmmy winners 2018: Full list of winners and nominees at the 70th Emmy Awards

But who was missing from the memoriam this time? Some of those surprising omissions included:

Marty Allen (actor/comedian)

Peter Baldwin (director)

Brent Briscoe (actor)

Dushon Monique Brown (actor)

Frank Buxton (writer/director)

Joseph Campanella (actor)

Olivia Cole (actor)

Vic Damone (actor/singer)

Bradford Dillman (actor)

Roy Dotrice (actor)

John Dunsworth (actor)

Harlan Ellison (writer)

Nanette Fabray (actor)

Dominic Frontiere (composer)

Michael Gershman (cinematographer)

Billy Graham (host)

Vanessa Greene (producer)

Doug Grindstaff (sound editor)

John Hillerman (actor)

Rance Howard (actor)

Tab Hunter (actor)

Earle Hyman (actor)

Anne Jeffreys (actor)

Margot Kidder (actor)

Louise Latham
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Emmys 2018: In Memoriam to honor Burt Reynolds, Anthony Bourdain, Jim Nabors and over 50 more TV legends

Emmys 2018: In Memoriam to honor Burt Reynolds, Anthony Bourdain, Jim Nabors and over 50 more TV legends
The special “In Memoriam” segment on the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony will be especially tearful this year. Beloved television legends Steven Bochco, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Guillaume, Monty Hall, John Mahoney, Jim Nabors, Charlotte Rae, Burt Reynolds, Neil Simon and Craig Zadan will certainly be just a few people honored with in a musical tribute.

Let’s take a look back at these TV icons as well as over 50 others who have died since mid-September last year. Many will be included in the memoriam for the live Emmys ceremony hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost for NBC on September 17.

SEECelebrity Deaths 2018: In Memoriam Gallery

Bochco died on April 1 at age 74. The 10-time Emmy winner was the creator of such TV classics as “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bourdain died in France on June
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Film Review: ‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’

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Film Review: ‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’
As Paul Harvey used to say: And now, the rest of the story. “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” serves as a kinda-sorta sequel to “Unbroken,” Angelina Jolie’s harrowing 2014 drama about the War II experiences of Louis Zamperini, the Olympian distance runner and Army Air Forces bombardier who survived 47 days on a life raft after his plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean, then endured two years of merciless torture in a Japanese Pow camp. This follow-up — which, like its predecessor, is taken from Lauren Hillenbrand’s nonfiction best-seller “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” — focuses on Zamperini’s postwar struggles with alcoholism, crushing disappointment (an injury prevents him from competing in another Olympics), and recurring nightmares and hallucinations triggered by Ptsd.

There is a happy ending to the story — but, unfortunately, it doesn’t arrive nearly soon enough.

It would be unfair, and not entirely accurate,
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‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’ Film Review: Low-Budget Sequel Oversells Its Message

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Gratuitously prolific director Harold Cronk keeps cranking them out. Fascinated by supposedly undamaged people who turn out to be spiritually shattered given the absence of religious submissiveness in their lives, this month alone he’s behind two faith-based releases sporting such a premise: last week’s” God Bless the Broken Road,” and now “Unbroken: Path to Redemption.”

Both follow an individual’s transformation from sinfully reproaching God to realizing their woes are punishment for straying away from Him.

Produced with meager resources, “Path to Redemption” sneakily professes itself as a sort-of sequel to Angelina Jolie’s 2014 sophomore directorial effort “Unbroken,” even though they don’t share any cast members, below-the-line crew, or screenwriters. Most importantly, they are eons apart in storytelling dexterity, technical quality, and tone. Jolie’s feature was far from glorious and earned her mixed reviews, but it’s nonetheless an incomparably superior exercise in period filmmaking.

Also
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Box Office: ‘The Predator’ to Feast on ‘A Simple Favor,’ ‘White Boy Rick’

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Box Office: ‘The Predator’ to Feast on ‘A Simple Favor,’ ‘White Boy Rick’
A familiar group of monsters are returning to invade multiplexes this weekend.

Fox’s “The Predator,” the fourth installment in the sci-fi series, looks to top a trio of fellow new offerings — “A Simple Favor,” “White Boy Rick,” and “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” — at the domestic box office. The No. 1 spot, however, could be a close call depending on the staying power of Warner Bros.’ “The Nun,” which led North America last weekend with its sizable debut. Another factor that could impact the weekend box office is Hurricane Florence, the category four storm that is targeting the east coast, specifically the Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland. It’s too soon to tell the potential damage, though storm surges and heavy winds could close theaters.

Estimates show Shane Black’s “The Predator” could earn between $25 million and $32 million when it launches in more than 3,900 venues. A debut over $25 million would rank as
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White House Flags Return to Full Staff Well Before John McCain’s Memorial Services

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Washington — The American flags flying at the White House returned to full staff on Monday, less than 48 hours after the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and well before memorial services later this week.

The flag was lowered to half staff following McCain’s death on Saturday, and President Donald Trump made a statement on Twitter.

“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” he wrote on Saturday night.

My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018

Trump has yet to issue a formal proclamation following McCain’s death, as presidents in the past have done at the passing of national political figures and military heroes. Trump issued a proclamation upon the death of the Rev. Billy Graham in
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‘Unbroken: Path To Redemption’ Moves Up Theatrical Release Date By A Month

‘Unbroken: Path To Redemption’ Moves Up Theatrical Release Date By A Month
Unbroken: Path To Redemption, the film that follows the second half of Louis “Louie” Zamperini’s life and covers the second half of the Laura Hillenbrand’s New York Times‘ best-selling book, has moved up its theatrical release date to Sept. 14 from Oct. 6. By making the move, it takes the picture off the same weekend as Sony’s Venom and Warner Bros.A Star is Born and moves it to a weekend occupied by Moses and then the wider releases of Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor and Fox’s The Predator.

The original Unbroken was released via Universal Pictures in 2014 around the Christmas holiday. The continuation of the story was directed by Harold Kronk (God’s Not Dead and its sequel) from a script by Richard Friedenberg and Ken Hixon and was produced by Matthew Baer and Mike Elliott. The film is from Universal 1440 Entertainment, The Wta Group, and Pure Flix.
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Imagine Buys Zach Dean Pitch ‘Canary’ As Ron Howard Directing Vehicle

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Imagine Buys Zach Dean Pitch ‘Canary’ As Ron Howard Directing Vehicle
Exclusive: Imagine Entertainment has pre-emptively bought the film rights to the female-driven grounded sci-fi pitch Canary from Zach Dean. Imagine chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard made the deal and will produce a project that will be developed as a directing vehicle for Howard. Imagine’s Erica Huggins and Tyler Mitchell, who brought in the project, will oversee for Imagine. Dean will also serve as an executive producer.

Dean is currently adapting Billy Graham: My Life Inside Rock and Out for Fox and Shawn Levy and the Japanese sci-fi anime Star Blazers for Skydance and director Christopher McQuarrie. Dean most recently sold his original WWII pitch Atlantic Wall to Imperative with Bradley Cooper attached to star, and Ghost Draft for director David Goyer.

Dean is repped by Wme, Madhouse and lawyer Andrew Hurwitz.
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Prince Philip's Sister Cecilie Tragically Died in a Plane Crash While Giving Birth

British royal family patriarch Prince Philip, 96, has lived a long and full life. He married Queen Elizabeth in 1947 and has since welcomed four children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. But Philip's older sister, Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark's life was tragically cut short on a foggy day in Belgium in 1937. Philip, Cecilie, and their three siblings are the children of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (son of King George I of Greece) and Prince Alice of Battenberg (great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England). The family was exiled from Greece in 1922 and settled in Paris. And in 1931, Cecilie married Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse — or "Don" for short — with whom she would raise three children. Actors portraying a young Philip and Cecilie on The Crown. (Photo Credit: R/R) Then, tragedy struck. On Nov. 16, 1937, Don and Cecilie departed Frankfurt, Germany, en route to London for the wedding of Don's younger brother Louis.
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