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'Downton Abbey' movie gets green light with original cast
Courtesy of © Carnival Film and Television Limited for MASTERPIECE (LONDON) -- Lords and ladies rejoice! Downtown Abbey is returning as a movie, with its original cast set to reprise their roles in the period piece. "Welcome back to Downton," the series' Twitter account posted, along with a picture of a butler holding a letter that reads, "We cordially invite you to return to Downton Abbey. Only in cinemas." Production is scheduled to begin "this summer," the tweet declares. After the series ended in 2015 with six successful seasons broadcast to over 160 countries, show creator Julian Fellowes wrote a...
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Yvette Nicole Brown to serve as interim guest host of 'Talking Dead'
Jordin Althaus/AMC (LOS ANGELES) -- AMC has given the temporary hosting reins of Chris Hardwick's AMC shows to actress, self-described geek, and popular Talking Dead panelist Yvette Nicole Brown. AMC annouced the news in a statement to Variety. “Yvette Nicole Brown will step in as an interim guest host of The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special on August 5 and Talking Dead when it returns following the premiere of Fear the Walking Deadon August 12, as we work to complete our assessment related to Chris Hardwick,” the statement read. The news comes less than two weeks after AMC announced...
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Jamie Foxx in talks to join Michael B. Jordan in legal drama 'Just Mercy'
ABC/Lou Rocco (LOS ANGELES) -- Jamie Foxx could be teaming up with Michael B. Jordan for an upcoming courtroom drama. A source tells Variety, the Oscar winner is in negotiations to star alongside Jordan in the upcoming the Warner Bros. film Just Mercy. The drama, based on the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, chronicles the real-life story of social justice activist Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative. Like Stevenson's book, the film will follow his first case, that of Walter McMillian, a young black man sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit....
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It's electrifying: John Travolta joins Foo Fighters on stage, again
Credit: Brantley Gutierrez (NEW YORK) -- Much like his chills, John Travolta's appearances at Foo Fighters concerts are multiplyin'. Back in April, the actor appeared on stage during the band's show at the Welcome to Rockville festival when they started playing the Grease song "You're the One that I Want." Over the weekend, Travolta gave a reprise performance during the Foos' gig in Wantagh, New York. Just like with the Rockville show, Travolta popped up in Wantagh when Dave Grohl and company began playing the Grease classic, though this time he showed off a few more dance moves. The Foos...
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Nathan Fillion stars in 'Uncharted' fan film
ABC/Michael Ansell (LOS ANGELES) -- For years, fans of Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion have made no secret of wanting him to star in a big-screen version of the best-selling Uncharted video game series. While the series' main character Nathan Drake is voiced and performed by video game veteran Nolan North, treasure hunter Nathan Drake is basically a spitting image of Nathan Fillion. The affable actor has teased playing the character for years, but now he's gone one further, surprising fans ahead of this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con by starring as Drake in a short "fan film" he co-produced....
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'Zombieland' stars back for sequel
Photo by Robert Marquardt/WireImage (LOS ANGELES) -- After nearly a decade, Zombieland stars Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin are reuniting for the sequel, Zombieland 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 2009 horror comedy road movie followed four strangers that meet on the road during a post-apocalyptic zombie outbreak. The sequel will reportedly find the group contending with newer, more evolved zombies, as well as new human survivors, as they deal with their own shaky relationships. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Harvey Weinstein's attorney claims mogul was misquoted in "jobs in exchange for sex" interview
Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images (NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein's lawyer has claimed the disgraced Hollywood mogul was misquoted in an interview published in the Spectator on Friday in which he appeared to admit having traded movie roles for sex. Weinsten is quoted in the interview with the Spectator's Taki Theodoracopulos, as saying, “I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere…no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood. Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone. But I...
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'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' scares up $44.1 mil #1 debut
Sony Pictures (NEW YORK) -- Hotel Transylvania: Summer Vacation topped the weekend box office, delivering $44.1 million in its debut, including Thursday-evening previews, Adding $1.27 million from Amazon Prime showings on June 30, the animated feature -- starring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg -- has earned over $45 million stateside. However, that number falls short of the $48.5 million Hotel Transylvania 2 earned in 2015. Disney/Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp landed in second place with an estimated $29.1 million. It joins Guardians of the Galaxy, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Captain America: The First...
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YouTube TV offers apologies, free week of service after World Cup outage
iStock/Thinkstock (SAN BRUNO, Ca) -- YouTube TV is apologizing for Wednesday's internet-streaming outage during the World Cup semifinal match between England and Croatia, and is now offering a free week of service to subscribers, according to an email obtained by Deadline. “We’re really sorry for the recent YouTube TV outage during the FIFA World Cup Semifinal,” Thursday's email reads. “To help make this right, we’d like to offer you a week of free service. You’ll receive another email soon, confirming your account has been credited.” The outage Wednesday afternoon lasted just over an hour, but YouTube TV told subscribers that...
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'Siberia' shows a different side of Keanu Reeves, says director Matthew Ross
Saban Films (NEW YORK) -- Keanu Reeves finds revenge is a dish served as cold as the Russian region that shares its name in his new movie Siberia. The film, which hits theaters and video-on-demand today, has the John Wick star playing an American diamond dealer who gets in over his head with some supremely unsavory clients. While John Wick would be well-equipped to deal with a deal gone bad, Reeves' character Lucas Hill has no armor -- ballistic or otherwise: although married, he falls hard for an alluring Russian woman (Ana Ularu) entangling them both in this dangerous world....
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Scarlett Johansson leaves trans role following backlash
ABC/Heidi Gutman (LOS ANGELES) -- Scarlett Johansson has apologized and announced she will no longer play a trans character in a drama called Rub and Tug, following backlash that a trans actor wasn't filling the role. The film follows the real-life story of Dante “Tex” Gill, who ran a massage parlor and prostitution ring in Pittsburgh in the 1970s and '80s. Johansson had initially been defensive about the static the casting news received, noting to the website Bustle via her rep that criticism, "can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment." The comment referred...
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'The Handmaid's Tale' creator Bruce Miller "wasn't expecting" Emmy nomination after mixed reviews
Elizabeth Moss in "The Handmaid's Tale"/Hulu (LOS ANGELES) -- The Handmaid's Tale is the current reigning best drama champ at the Emmys, but show creator Bruce Miller says he was still surprised by the 20 Emmy nominations the dystopian Hulu series received Thursday morning. "I wasn't expecting anything, because I'm terrified all the time that we did a terrible job," Miller told ABC Radio. "I'm always thrilled and surprised because I'm always expecting or preparing for the worst. So this was wonderful news." After taking home the Best Drama Series prize at last year's awards, Miller premiered the second season...
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