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Johnny Galecki to produce National Lampoon’s Vacation series The Griswolds for HBO Max

Johnny Galecki to produce National Lampoon’s Vacation series The Griswolds for HBO Max
The Griswolds are heading to HBO Max, with Deadline reporting that the WarnerMedia-owned streaming service has ordered a single-camera half hour comedy series based upon National Lampoon’s Vacation series. Written by Tim Hobert (The Middle) and produced by The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki, the series will explore daily life in the Chicago suburbs […]

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The 10 Best Netflix Movies of 2019

The 10 Best Netflix Movies of 2019
This time last year, Netflix estimated that it would release 90 original movies in 2019. At the time, the number seemed outrageous: That’s more than four times the number Warner Bros. made in the same 12-month period — and more than any human would ever care to watch. Guess what: Turns out that 90 was a conservative estimate, as Netflix unloaded nearly that many original features and series (one estimate pegged the number at 73) last month alone.

Overwhelmed? Netflix employees refer to all those movies as “content,” but to quote “The Irishman” director Martin Scorsese, “But that’s not cinema.” Scorsese was dismissing Marvel movies when he said that — albeit with his face pressed to the window of his shiny new glass house. Cinema, it would seem, isn’t something one sees in the cinema anymore, and no one’s doing more to expand that experience than Netflix, including buying up a few
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‘The Blacklist’ Bosses on Delivering the ‘Really Intense Family Drama That We’ve Been Promising for Seven Years’

‘The Blacklist’ Bosses on Delivering the ‘Really Intense Family Drama That We’ve Been Promising for Seven Years’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Katarina Rostova,” the midseason seventh season finale of “The Blacklist.”

Since “The Blacklist” began it has been building towards a confrontation between Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) and her biological mother, Katarina Rostova (Laila Robbins). That promised confrontation was front-and-center in the seventh season premiere when Katarina moved in next door to Liz and befriended her, and it took a dramatic turn in Friday night’s midseason finale, “Katarina Rostova.”

The episode opened with Liz tied up and Katarina interrogating Red Reddington’s “friend,” (Brett Cullen). Katarina then revealed
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The Jonas Brothers, Lizzo, and More Artists Bring Down the House at Jingle Ball in NYC

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The Jonas Brothers, Lizzo, and More Artists Bring Down the House at Jingle Ball in NYC
iHeartRadio's Z100 Jingle Ball in NYC was a star-studded affair. On Friday night, Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers, Lizzo, Camila Cabello, Niall Horan, and more artists hit the stage at Madison Square Garden for an electrifying concert. The Jonas Brothers performed jams, such as "Only Human," "Sucker," "Burnin' Up," and their new holiday single, "Like It's Christmas." Lizzo also sang some of her best tunes, including "Good as Hell," "Cuz I Love You," and "Truth Hurts." During her set, the songstress even paused to take in the moment. "I've always dreamed of performing at Madison Square Garden," she said. "You made my dream come true tonight."

The show also marked Swift's 30th birthday, which she made sure to call out during her opening performance. "Where would I want to spend my 30th birthday?" she said. "The answer is: you're looking at it. This is the first show of my 30th year of life.
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Danny Aiello, ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘Moonstruck’ Actor, Dies at 86

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Danny Aiello, ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘Moonstruck’ Actor, Dies at 86
Danny Aiello, a character actor best known for his work in such films as “Do the Right Thing” and “Moonstruck,” died on Thursday night in New Jersey. He was 86.

Aiello’s literary agent Jennifer De Chiara confirmed his death to Variety.

“It is with profound sorrow to report that Danny Aiello, beloved husband, father, grandfather, actor and musician passed away last night after a brief illness,” his family said in a statement. “The family asks for privacy at this time. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.”

Aiello worked steadily in films starting in the mid-1970s, often playing cops, mobsters and other New York tough guys. He earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role as a pizza parlor owner caught up in racial tensions and a changing neighborhood in Brooklyn in Spike Lee’s 1989 hit “Do the Right Thing.” He earned praise for his work in 1987’s “Moonstruck,
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Lesbian Couple Kissing Is Too Much for Hallmark Channel, So It Canceled Ads

Yielding to a conservative group’s objections, the Hallmark Channel has decided to drop four commercials for the wedding planning website Zola because they showed brides kissing each other.

Hallmark told the New York Times that they do not allow ads “that are deemed controversial” and that the women showing “public displays of affection” violated the channel’s policies, even though commercials showing a bride and groom kissing are still allowed to run on the channel.

The channel pulled the ads after One Million Moms, a conservative group that is
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10 Worst Movies of 2019, From ‘Yesterday’ to ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ (Photos)

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10 Worst Movies of 2019, From ‘Yesterday’ to ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ (Photos)
Some members of the film industry have spoken out against Worst lists in recent years, deriding them as being merely snarky and negative. But I think they’re part of the yin and yang of good movies and terrible ones, laudatory criticism and constructive criticism. If, as a creator, you’re going to revere and appreciate a good review, then you also have to acknowledge that a negative review has equal merit. And without exploring our mistakes, we are doomed to make them again and again. Here’s hoping we don’t get a repeat of these low points of the year just past:

10. “Yesterday

Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle, each talented in his own right, seemed on paper like a strange team, and their resultant collaboration indicates they should have quit when it was still on paper. The alternate-timeline notion of a world without The Beatles gets subsumed into
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Hallmark Faces Holiday Controversy After Rejecting Ad With Same-Sex Couple

Hallmark Channel this week delivered a sentiment very different from the ones found in its parent company’s greeting cards when its executives questioned an ad showing two women getting married — and barred the commercial from running on its schedule.

Zola, a company that offers online wedding registries and wedding planning services, had been running commercials in recent days that feature a lesbian couple contemplating whether their wedding might have gone better if they had used Zola’s products. A spokeswoman for Zola said the company would remove all of its advertising from Hallmark “for the forseeable future” after being
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Pardons by Former Kentucky Governor Spark Outrage and Calls for Investigation

Former Republican governor of Kentucky Matt Bevin issued at least 419 commutations and 161 pardons while exiting office this week, setting off a firestorm of criticism that has now turned into calls for an investigation.

One of the pardons that has drawn scrutiny went to murderer Patrick Baker who was convicted of reckless homicide and sentenced to 19 years for a 2017 home break-in where prosecutors say Baker and an accomplice shot and killed a man in front of his wife. Baker’s family raised $21,500 last year for Bevin at a political fundraiser, the The Courier Journal reported.
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Zola Cuts Ties with Hallmark Channel After Ads of Lesbian Brides Kissing Are Pulled

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The wedding planning website Zola says it will pull all of its advertising from the Hallmark Channel “for the foreseeable future” after the network told the company it would no longer air four of six its commercials that feature a lesbian couple celebrating their nuptials with a kiss.

Hallmark made the decision to pull the ads, which were first seen on the channel on Dec. 2, after a conservative group called for a boycott of the network.

“We stand behind this commercial 150%,” a representative for Zola said in a statement. “We want all couples to feel welcomed and celebrated and we will always feature all kinds of love in our marketing.”

Also Read: Delta to Restore Same-Sex Love Scenes to 'Booksmart' And 'Rocketman' On Its Flights

A spokesperson for Hallmark told The New York Times the two women’s “public displays of affection” in the ad violates the channel’s policies.
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10 Best Narrative Films of the 2010s, From ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ to ‘Moonlight’ (Photos)

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To begin with, a disclaimer: There are practically no 2019 titles on my Best of the Decade list, not because there weren’t a lot of great films this year, but because I haven’t had the opportunity to live with them for all that long. My Best of 2019 list was its own challenge to write, but this year’s movies are just too new for them to have knocked around in my central nervous system the way these earlier titles have. Film historians can debate the major movie-related events of the decade — the rise of streaming, the dominance of Disney — but these are the films took up residency with me and refuse to move out:

11-30 (alphabetically): “Anomalisa,” “Before Midnight,” “Bernie,” “Bridesmaids,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Certain Women,” “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Ex Machina,” “Force Majeure,” “The Great Beauty,” “The Handmaiden,” “Happy Hour,” “Holy Motors,” “Leave No Trace,
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‘Grease’ Reunion: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Dress in Character for First Time in 41 Years

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‘Grease’ Reunion: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Dress in Character for First Time in 41 Years
I got chills and they’re multiplying! Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta reunited Friday dressed as their characters Sandy and Danny from their classic, 1978 musical “Grease.”

Newton-John shared a behind-the-scenes photo to her Instagram of the iconic, on-screen lovebirds both in costume as they attended a Meet n’ “Grease” sing-along event at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday.

“First time in costume since we made the movie! So excited,” Newton-John said on Instagram, where she can be seen in a Sandy-like yellow cardigan and matching skirt alongside Travolta in all black with a leather jacket, the favorite duds of Danny Zuko himself. She later ditched her good girl outfit and dressed up to match Travolta with her own leather jacket, just as it happens at the end of the film.

Also Read: 'Grease' Spinoff Musical Series Set at HBO Max

Newton-John recently auctioned
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Will Baby Yoda Be in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’?

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Will Baby Yoda Be in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’?
We’re just days away now from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” a film that Disney has been pushing as the culmination of the main numbered saga of “Star Wars” movies. The films are going on hiatus after that, before returning in a few years as some kind of cinematic universe that may or may not be freed from the constraint of the numbered episodes. But it’s really “The Mandalorian” that is ushering in the new era for the franchise, as the first live-action “Star Wars” TV show, the source of the beloved Baby Yoda, and a new and different way for the franchise to tell its stories.

So as we try to make guesses about what’s in store for us next week as the big screen story allegedly comes to an end, I can’t help but ponder the release schedule for episodes of “The Mandalorian
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‘The Mandalorian': What Character Was That at the End of Episode 5?

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‘The Mandalorian': What Character Was That at the End of Episode 5?
(Spoilers ahead for the fifth and sixth episodes of the “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” on Disney Plus)

At the end of last week’s episode, “The Mandalorian” on Disney Plus gave us a mystery to ponder by introducing a new character but not showing us who it was. The logical thinking, based on the evidence we’ll discuss below, is that this is a character we already know from elsewhere in the “Star Wars” universe. Was this new character just a fun Easter egg or will they actually be a part of this story? It’s tough to tell right now because this week’s Chapter 6 did not even acknowledge that this little tease or cliffhanger or whatever-you-wanna-call-it happened. In any case, let’s talk about it.

So in the episode, the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) meets another bounty hunter named Toro (Jake Cannavale) on Tatooine, and decides to help
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Trump Sycophant Lindsey Graham: ‘I Will Do Everything I Can to Make Impeachment Die Quickly’ in Senate

“This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said of the coming senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump during an interview with CNN.

When asked if expressing an opinion on the matter beforehand is appropriate, Graham said, “Well, I must think so because I’m doing it.”

The South Carolina senator went on to explain that he’s all about honesty, “I am trying to give a pretty clear
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Megyn Kelly Calls ‘Bombshell’ an ‘Incredibly Emotional Experience’

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Megyn Kelly Calls ‘Bombshell’ an ‘Incredibly Emotional Experience’
Megyn Kelly said that watching the new film “Bombshell” was an “emotional experience” and that she would’ve provided edits for the movie had she been given the chance.

“While the movie ‘Bombshell’ is loosely based on my experience during the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, I have nothing to do with this film,” Kelly said in an Instagram post Friday. “I did not sell the rights to my story or book and only got my first look at the film once it was past the point of any possible edits, though there are certainly some I would have made.”

The former Fox News host continued: “Watching this picture was an incredibly emotional experience for me, and for those with whom I saw it. Sexual harassment is pervasive in this country; it can leave scars that do not heal. My heart goes out to those who’ve gone through it,
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Does ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Disney’s complete domination of pop culture isn’t ending any time soon, but we do get a brief break from it for this week with “Jumanji: The Next Level” taking the box office crown from “Frozen 2.” Yes, Disney will be back on top next week with a new “Star Wars” movie but hey, we’ll take whatever variety we can get these days.

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

So unless the new flick straight up bombs, which is unlikely, it looks like this franchise will be with us for a while. Which begs the question: does “Jumanji: The Next Level” follow in the footsteps of so
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‘American Gods’ Actor Orlando Jones Says He Was Fired Because Mr. Nancy Is ‘Wrong Message for Black America’

‘American Gods’ Actor Orlando Jones Says He Was Fired Because Mr. Nancy Is ‘Wrong Message for Black America’
American Gods” actor Orlando Jones, who played fan favorite Mr. Nancy on the Starz series, has revealed in a Twitter video that he was fired back in September and, without directly naming him, slammed showrunner Charles “Chic” Eglee for the move.

In the fiery post, Jones says that “the new Season 3 showrunner is Connecticut-born and Yale-educated, so he’s very smart, and he thinks that Mr. Nancy’s angry, get s— done is the wrong message for black America. That’s right, this white man sits in that decision-making chair and I’m sure he has many black BFFs
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Hear Ja Rule’s New Fyre Festival-Inspired Song ‘Fyre’

Hear Ja Rule’s New Fyre Festival-Inspired Song ‘Fyre’
Ja Rule has shared a new track titled “Fyre” that is inspired by the rapper’s role in the disastrous Fyre Festival.

Released Friday to Ja Rule’s Instagram page, the song is an acronym for “For Your Real Entertainment.” Ja Rule details the disaster behind the now-infamous Bahamas festival on the track, which samples the backdrop of the instrumental portion of Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s 1985 song, “The Show.” The single’s artwork also boasts a drawing of the festival’s viral cheese sandwich.

“The fest—the
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‘American Gods’ Actor Orlando Jones Says He Was Fired, Told That Mr. Nancy Was ‘Wrong Message for Black America’

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‘American Gods’ Actor Orlando Jones Says He Was Fired, Told That Mr. Nancy Was ‘Wrong Message for Black America’
A spokesperson for “American Gods” and for showrunner Charles Eglee rebutted actor Orlando Jones’ comments Saturday that he was fired, saying that Jones was let go because his character is not featured in the portion of the book they are focusing on in the upcoming season.

In a video message posted Saturday, Jones said he was fired from “American Gods” on Sept. 10 because the new showrunner Eglee felt Jones’ character Mr. Nancy sent the “wrong message for black America,” adding that he was treated as a “2nd class citizen” at production company Fremantle.

“The storylines of ‘American Gods’ have continually shifted and evolved to reflect the complex mythology of the source material. Mr. Jones’ option was not picked up because Mr. Nancy, among other characters, is not featured in the portion of the book we are focusing on within season three,” a spokesperson for the show said in a statement.
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