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Boyz n the Hood Director John Singleton Is in a Coma After Suffering a 'Major Stroke'

Boyz n the Hood Director John Singleton Is in a Coma After Suffering a 'Major Stroke'
Director John Singleton is in a coma after he recently suffered a stroke.

Singleton’s mother, Shelia Ward, filed an application to establish a temporary conservatorship for his estate on Thursday.

In court documents, obtained by People, Ward wrote Singleton suffered a “major stroke” on April 17. “He is currently hospitalized in a coma and is unable to provide for his personal needs,” Ward said.

Ward said Singleton was involved in “several business projects and was prepared to sign a lucrative settlement agreement” at the end of the month, according to the documents.

The conservatorship would be established to prevent a “substantial financial loss.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaches $169 Million Globally After Record-Breaking Opening Day

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaches $169 Million Globally After Record-Breaking Opening Day
Avengers: Endgame” was the number one film in every international market it opened in on Wednesday, earning $169 million globally in its first day in release overseas.

TheWrap reported Wednesday that the Marvel superhero film had a record midnight screening opening in China and earned $107.5 million on its opening night, the highest ever for a Hollywood film in the region. And “Avengers: Endgame” posted similarly record-breaking figures in 25 markets in all.

“Endgame” had the highest industry opening day in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Greece and Egypt. It fell to number 3 in Singapore, Austria, Iceland and Germany, number two in Italy and was just the highest ever MCU title in France.

“Endgame” opens Thursday in the U.K., but the $169 million total did not include any midnight screening numbers from the U.K.
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Bond 25 Team Reveals Cast, Plot Details, But No Title

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Bond 25 Team Reveals Cast, Plot Details, But No Title
James Bond’s next adventure will go untitled for a little longer.

In a promotional video tied to the start of production on the upcoming 007 sequel, the filmmakers behind the movie unveiled the cast, confirmed that Oscar-winner Rami Malek will be the villain, but stopped short of sharing a moniker for the spy thriller. It will continue under its working title of Bond 25. The film’s producers and star Daniel Craig did hint at certain plot details even if many of the castings they confirmed had been widely reported.

“We’ve got quite a ride in store for Mr. Bond,” promised producer Barbara Broccoli. She also left a few breadcrumbs about what that ride might entail, telling viewers that the film will start with Bond out of active service and on holiday.

“He’s enjoying himself in Jamaica,” said Broccoli, who added that the production has built an “extraordinary
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Demian Bichir Announces Death of Wife Stefanie Sherk at Age 37

Demian Bichir Announces Death of Wife Stefanie Sherk at Age 37
Canadian actress and model Stefanie Sherk has passed away at the age of 37.

Sherk's husband, actor Demian Bichir, shared the heartbreaking news in a message to his followers on Instagram. Along with a photo of Sherk, Bichir wrote, "Dear friends, On behalf of the Sherk and the Bichir Nájera families, it is with inconceivable pain that I announce that on April 20, 2019, our dearest Stefanie Sherk, my beloved and loving wife, passed away peacefully."

"It has been the saddest and toughest time of our lives and we don't know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain," his message continued. "Stefanie's beautiful, angelical and talented presence will be immensely...
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'Warrior' Renewed for Season 2 on Cinemax

'Warrior' Renewed for Season 2 on Cinemax
Cinemax's Bruce Lee-inspired drama Warrior will fight another day.

The premium cabler has renewed the show for a second season. It's a fairly quick pickup for the series, coming after just three episodes.

The pickup is the first for Cinemax since HBO Films president Len Amato added the channel to his purview following the departure of longtime executive Kary Antholis.

"Bruce Lee's vision is alive and well," said Amato. "Warrior combines high-energy martial arts with wit and brains. We're thrilled to renew such a great show for a second season on Cinemax."

Warrior is ...
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Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actress Predictions

As always, this year’s Oscar race kicked off at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Front and center at the festival were two Amazon Studios acquisitions. Like Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s 2017 Oscar-nominated Sundance Amazon buy “The Big Sick,” Nisha Ganatra’s “Late Night” (June 7) deals with how cultures collide, this time in the New York talk-show universe. Writer and star Mindy Kaling plays the diversity hire for an all-male writers room for a woman talk-show host, played with such brio by Oscar-winner Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End”) that a Supporting Actress nomination should be in the bag, assuming that Amazon turns their $13-million pickup (Metascore: 70) into a summer hit.

Amazon plunked down another $14 million for writer-turned-director Scott Z. Burns’ post-9/11 fact-based political thriller “The Report,” a taut drama slated for fall release that imparts reams of info about CIA interrogation techniques, along the lines of post-Watergate journalism
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Amy Pascal Says Mentoring Is a 2-Way Street: ‘Find People That Are Better Than You’

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When describing her approach to mentoring, film producer and former Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal pointed to Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw’s 1986 picture book about child rearing, “Love You Forever.”

“First, you do it because you believe in somebody, then you hope they don’t ever call you again because that means they’re doing fine. Sort of like when your kid goes to college,” she said in a conversation on Thursday with DeVon Franklin, a producer, author, preacher — and also a former mentee of Pascal’s. “You invest in people and you help them become everything they want to be and if it works out right, when you’re at another point in your life, they can help you.”

Speaking at TheWrap’s Be Conference in Santa Monica, Pascal said that mentoring was a lot like the book’s description of the full circle of parenthood, where the
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Ron Howard Talks New Luciano Pavarotti Documentary

Ron Howard Talks New Luciano Pavarotti Documentary
If one is an anomaly, two are a coincidence and three are a trend, then Ron Howard might strictly become a music documentarian after “Pavarotti” hits theaters.

The documentary about the world-famous Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti comes on the heels of Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week” and “Made in America,” a look at Jay-z’s music festival of the same name.

“Look at the way music has become so important in the medium in general, whether it’s scripted or documentary. I think it’s something to rally an audience around. Technology is such that we can offer a kind of concert experience,” Howard told Variety at a screening of the film on Wednesday at CAA in Los Angeles. “Our intention was to make this as much of an opera as it a human-interest story about Pavarotti.”

The director remarked that last night’s screening was the
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star in Netflix Assassin Thriller ‘Cate’ (Exclusive)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star in Netflix Assassin Thriller ‘Cate’ (Exclusive)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is set to star in the Netflix actioner “Cate,” sources tell Variety.

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is helming from a script by Umair Aleem.

The story revolves around a female assassin, who, after being poisoned and given less than 24 hours to live, must go on a manhunt through the streets of Tokyo to take vengeance on her murderer before she dies.

The film will likely begin production this year.

The movie will be produced by Bryan Unkeless — who most recently worked with Winstead on the Harley Quinn spinoff, “Birds of Prey” — “Hobbs & Shaw” and “Deadpool 2” producer Kelly McCormick, and Patrick Newall. “Hobbs & Shaw” director David Leitch is exec producing with Scott Morgan.

Netflix landed the project in 2017 after winning an aggressive bidding war for the highly coveted property.

Winstead has gotten more and more comfortable with action-heavy roles after starring in “10 Cloverfield Lane,
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Celebrities vs. Critics: Why This Battle Has No Winners (Column)

Celebrities vs. Critics: Why This Battle Has No Winners (Column)
When actor Olivia Munn tweeted a “short essay on…ugly behaviors” late Wednesday night, she insisted that a blog had been unfairly maligning her for years. She wrote that she wanted confront the idea that baseless critiques, particularly those aimed at women, are never okay no matter how famous the target may be. On the face of it, this is an eminently reasonable statement and the kind of “you go girl!” clapback the internet loves — or at least it would be, if she hadn’t picked entirely the wrong targets.

In trying to call out “blogs…with their snarkiness and hypocrisy on full display,
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Blind Melon Frontman’s Home Movies Captivate in Tribeca Doc ‘All I Can Say’

Blind Melon Frontman’s Home Movies Captivate in Tribeca Doc ‘All I Can Say’
For a period of five years, Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon diligently chronicled his own life, videotaping himself with a Hi-8 video camera through every step of his musical journey — starting out in Indiana, through his meteoric rise to alt-rock icon, up to the day of his death in 1995. These captivating moments finally come to life, beautifully edited, in the new documentary “All I Can Say,” which premieres Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The film’s title is taken from the opening lines of Blind Melon’s instantly recognizable 1993 smash, “No Rain.” Culled entirely from Hoon’s archives, the footage is carefully crafted by Grammy-winning director Danny Clinch, along with co-directors Taryn Gould and Colleen Hennessy.

Years after Hoon’s passing, his girlfriend, Lisa Sinha, presented Clinch with a box full of tapes shot with the Hi-8 camera. What started as a different project about Blind Melon’s past
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‘Peaky Blinders’ Virtual Reality Game Will Pitch Players Into the Action

‘Peaky Blinders’ Virtual Reality Game Will Pitch Players Into the Action
Peaky Blinders” fans will be able to join the gang – virtually – in a new Vr game that will allow players to interact with characters from the hit series. Start-up immersive studio Maze Theory teamed with the show’s producers and is making the game, which will launch in 2020.

Artificial intelligence technology means characters will respond to players’ gestures, movement, voice, sound and body language in the game, and that each player will have a different experience and be totally immersed in the “Peaky Blinders” world.

Players will be tasked with infiltrating a street gang and undertaking a covert mission. They
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Film Review: ‘The Edge of Democracy’

How the hell did we get here? It’s a question that political liberals are asking themselves in many parts of the world, reeling as they are from a global tilt to the right that has yielded the tumultuous Trump presidency, the ceaseless, squabbling chaos of Brexit and, albeit less prominently in international headlines, Brazil’s submission to the oppressive ultra-conservatism of new president Jair Bolsonaro. The question tends to be asked rhetorically, with thrown-up hands and a plangent note of exasperation. Brazilian filmmaker Petra Costa, however, actually seeks to answer it. “The Edge of Democracy,” a sprawling, transfixing documentary essay on her country’s far-right takeover, painstakingly maps the chain of events that brought the previous government to its knees.

This urgent, unabashedly partisan account makes unhappy sense of the upheaval in Brazil — though aggrieved left-wing viewers in the U.S., the U.K. and beyond can hardly fail
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The Best Bookshelf Speakers

If you’re setting up your home audio system and floor space is at a premium, consider picking up a pair of bookshelf speakers. Larger than a portable speaker but more compact than floor speakers, bookshelf speakers deliver loud amplification and solid, stereo sound for small to medium-sized rooms.

Though they’re often shaped like a cube or rectangle, these speakers think outside of the box when it comes to audio quality, dynamics and efficiency, creating fuller sound and rounder textures than what a wireless unit can deliver. They don
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TV News Roundup: HBO Releases ‘Deadwood: The Movie’ Trailer

In today’s TV news roundup, HBO released the trailer for the “Deadwood” film, and CNN announced a premiere date for “Apollo 11.”

Dates

The documentary “Apollo 11” from director/producer Todd Douglas Miller will premiere on CNN Sunday, June 23 at 9 p.m. Using only archival sources, the film captures Nasa’s 1969 Apollo 11 mission.

First Looks

HBO released the trailer for the upcoming “Deadwood” film. The movie is a continuation of the HBO series of the same name that debuted 15 years ago. Stars Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant reprise their roles. The film comes to HBO May 31.

Events

The new
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Meet Nct 127: The Next Bts Hits America

A wink, a smile, a dance break. A jacket on, a jacket off. There was nothing the Korean boy band Nct 127 did onstage that didn’t elicit a frenzy of screaming, jumping, hand-clasping and stomping. On Wednesday night, the group of nine kicked off their first North American arena tour. Though the band doesn’t have any singles on the U.S. charts and they sing as many lyrics in Korean as they do in English, Nct 127 were given the Beatles’ welcome in New Jersey. The fans seemed genuine, to say the least.
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Shannon Ryan Joins Disney TV, ABC as Marketing Chief

Former Fox Television chief marketing officer Shannon Ryan has been tapped as the new president of marketing for ABC Entertainment and Disney Television Studios.

The announcement was made by Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, and Craig Hunegs, president of Disney Television Studios, to whom she will report.

Rumours had been circling for a while that Ryan would be one of the execs making the transition to Disney after its colossal $71.3 billion acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox’s film and television holdings. On the TV side, Peter Rice, Dana Walden, John Landgraf, and Gary E. Knell have all
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Shannon Ryan Joins Disney as President of Marketing, ABC Entertainment and Disney TV Studios

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Fox marketing exec Shannon Ryan has made the move to Disney, where she has been named president of marketing for ABC Entertainment and Disney Television Studios.

In her new role, Ryan will oversee all marketing, publicity and communication for the ABC broadcast network and Disney’s portfolio of TV studios, which includes ABC Studios, Fox 21 Television Studios and 20th Century Fox Television.

She will report to Karey Burke and Craig Hunegs, presidents of ABC Entertainment and Disney TV Studios, respectively.

Also Read: Lauren Corrao to Replace Karey Burke as Head of Programming at Freeform

“I can’t wait for Shannon to get here!” Burke said in a statement. “I’ve admired her innovative campaigns and fierce competitive spirit from afar for years, and I know ABC will be better in every way with her guiding our talented marketing and publicity teams. We are lucky indeed.”

Added Hunegs, “Shannon’s
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Brie Larson on Diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: ‘We Gotta Move Faster’

Brie Larson on Diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: ‘We Gotta Move Faster’
While Brie Larson is thrilled over the success of the female-led “Captain Marvel,” the actress wants more diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Larson sat down with Variety’s Marc Malkin for the first episode of Variety and iHeartMedia’s new film podcast, “The Big Ticket.”

“I’m happy to be on the forefront of the normalization of this type of content and to prove once again that representation matters. Diverse storytelling matters, the female experience matters, and these are markers,” Larson said. “So it’s something I’ve always known and I think a lot of people always knew, but this is just normalizing.”

She said having little girls come up to her and say “thank you” has made her “surprisingly emotional.” “I don’t think we think about that all the time as kids. I think we accept what we have, but to see this new generation of boys and girls,
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Does ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Does ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
With the long-awaited “Avengers: Endgame’ finally hitting theaters, fans will finally get to see how the remaining Avengers come together and assemble to fight Thanos and undo the terrible snap from “Avengers: Infinity War” that killed half of all life in the universe.

It’s a big moment for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the culmination of the first 11 years of movies and the ending of a plot that began way back in the first “Avengers” movie back in 2012. But the McU will go on after this, first with “Spider-Man: Far From Home” this July and then with two more films next year and on and on. So after “Endgame” finally ends, one of the biggest questions for fans will be, simply, “What’s next?”

It’s a tradition for McU films to include some kind of bonus scene during and/or after the credits to tease what’s coming or
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