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Peter Bart: Roger Ailes Tales Taint Murdoch Legacy, But 2020 Election Might Pose Peril For Fox News’ Populist Crusades

Peter Bart: Roger Ailes Tales Taint Murdoch Legacy, But 2020 Election Might Pose Peril For Fox News’ Populist Crusades
Roger Ailes, the man who monetized vitriol while helping to elect Donald Trump, is about to become a loud presence on the screen once again, but this time he won’t be running the show. Ailes is the lead character – indeed, the heavy – in both a Showtime series that premieres next week and a star-laden new movie.

If he were alive to see these productions, Ailes surely would scream “I’m mad as hell” as loudly as Bryan Cranston’s character in Broadway’s Network. Indeed, he would have been the perfect “heavy” for that show as well.

In The Loudest Voice, which debuts June 30 on Showtime, Russell Crowe forcefully embodies the late Fox News boss who terrifies colleagues, exploits leggy blond anchors and butchers the truth in his crusade to become the Godzilla of the news business. While fostering Trump’s base, Ailes also alternately delights and infuriates his bottom-line boss,
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What It’s Like When a Relationship With a Psychiatrist Goes Terribly Wrong

The premise of talk therapy centers on giving a person the space to discuss and process their innermost feelings, fears and desires with a mental health expert in a professional setting. Though great in theory, in some situations, the uniquely intimate relationship between a therapist and their client can go very wrong. This dynamic — and its potential for abuse and undue influence — are the subject of a new true crime podcast, The Shrink Next Door.

The six-episode podcast, which launched on May 21 and is currently the number-one show on iTunes,
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ABC’s Hannah Simone Comedy Pilot Casts Alanna Ubach

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ABC’s Hannah Simone Comedy Pilot Casts Alanna Ubach
Alanna Ubach has joined the cast of the untitled single-camera comedy pilot at ABC that hails from Hannah Simone, Variety has learned.

Simone will star in, write, and executive produce the project, which is inspired by Simone’s family. In the project, Hannah (Simone) and her Indian-American immigrant father Sid have always been close, but after she admits to herself that she’s in a dead-end job and he reveals his marriage is over, they’re starting over together and each finding a new path. This new chapter will either make them crazy close or just crazy.

Ubach will portray Susan, the family’s closest friend, filled with confidence and booze, always over-the-top. Susan can be counted on to say exactly the wrong thing at all times. Ubach joins previously announced cast members Simone and Jane Leeves.

Ubach recently lent her voice to the hit Disney-Pixar film “Coco.
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Dear academy: Your Best Picture presenters at the 2019 Oscars should be Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson

Dear academy: Your Best Picture presenters at the 2019 Oscars should be Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson
The two all-time Academy Awards nominations champs (and two-time co-stars) Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson should hand out Best Picture at the Oscars on February 24. While Nicholson, who has won three of his dozen Oscar bids, has been the academy’s go-to guy for this award a record eight times, Streep — who has starred in two Best Picture champs (“Kramer versus Kramer” and “Out of Africa”) — has never been singled out for this honor.

Yes, this three-time Oscar winner has presented other awards, both honorary and competitive, but surely it is finally time for her to get the best gig of the night. We had wanted her to present this prize at last year’s Academy Awards, when she was celebrating her 21st Oscar nomination. But that one was for “The Post,” which numbered among the nine Best Picture nominees.

Nicholson has been part of three double acts to announce
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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Crosses $200 Million in North America on New Year’s Day

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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Crosses $200 Million in North America on New Year’s Day
Aquaman” started off the new year swimmingly, dominating the domestic box office and clearing the $200 million mark in North America.

DC’s superhero tentpole collected $16.78 million on Tuesday, marking the fourth best New Year’s Day haul behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($34 million), “Avatar” ($25 million), and “Meet the Fockers” ($18 million).

A healthy holiday bounty brings the aquatic adventure, directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa, to $216 million in North America and over $600 million overseas. “Aquaman” surpassed $822 million at the global box office on Tuesday, officially beating the worldwide total of “Wonder Woman,” which ended its theatrical run with $821 million in 2017. Strong ticket sales signals good news for Warner Bros., who shelled out $200 million for “Aquaman” in anticipation that the Atlantean hero could steer their unwieldy comic-book universe into clearer waters.

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” also reached a milestone, hitting $100 million at the domestic box office and $200 million globally.
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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in January

As the new year begins, Netflix is saying goodbye to a number of movies and TV shows.

While Friends fans were thrilled to learn that the sitcom would remain on the streaming service into the new year, other titles were not so lucky.

Movies leaving the platform during January include Finding Neverland, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Meet the Fockers, Love Actually, the Godfather trilogy and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is the only television series departing from the streaming service during the month, with seasons 15 through 17 leaving on Jan. 1.

While many titles are ...
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Untold Horror Announces November 30th 3D Screening of The Hole at Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theatre, John Landis to Host Q&A with Joe Dante

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Filmmaker Joe Dante is cherished in the horror community for his wonderful work on films such as Gremlins, The Howling, and The ’Burbs, but perhaps one of his more under-seen (and recent) movies is The Hole. Through their multi-media brand Untold Horror, Dave Alexander and Mark Pollesel are looking to change that by celebrating Dante's 2009 fantasy horror film with a 3D screening at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, November 30th, including a Q&A with Dante hosted by fellow filmmaker John Landis.

For more information, visit Fandango and Tcl Chinese Theatre online, and read on for the full announcement of The Hole screening and Q&A, which is expected to be the first of multiple Untold Horror events.

From the Press Release: Hollywood, CA - A rare 3-D screening of Joe Dante’s 2009 young adult horror classic The Hole will be held on November 30, 2018, at Hollywood’s legendary Tcl Chinese Theatre.
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Alanna Ubach To Play Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro In Jay Roach’s Untitled Roger Ailes Feature

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Alanna Ubach To Play Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro In Jay Roach’s Untitled Roger Ailes Feature
Exclusive: After working with Jay Roach on Meet the Fockers, Alanna Ubach is set to play Fox News spitfire host Jeanine Pirro in the filmmaker’s upcoming untitled feature about the women who battle against network boss Roger Ailes and his hostile corporate culture. Pirro was one of the Fox News hosts who defended Ailes, ripping apart Fnc colleague Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit back in July 2016.

Carlson will be played by Nicole Kidman in the movie. Pirro has known Ailes for three decades going back to her assistant Da days in NYC. At the time when Carlson’s suit hit, Pirro felt Ailes wasn’t capable of the abuse Carlson was subjecting him to.

Bron Studios is co-financing the production which is already shooting and Lionsgate is finalizing their domestic deal to distribute and co-finance; the studio is already selling foreign on the pic as Deadline exclusively reported from AFM.
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Fox News Sexual Harassment Movie Loses Producer

Tony Sokol Oct 9, 2018

Roger Ailes gets a posthumous reprieve as Annapurna Pictures drops Fox News sexual harassment movie.

The upcoming Fox News sexual harassment movie was dropped by Annapurna two weeks before production was set to begin, according to Variety. Though no official reason was given, Megan Ellison's Annapurna reportedly dropped out of the project over budgetary concerns. There is no word yet on how the move will affect the production, or whether it will be postponed. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Bron Studios, which financed Fences, will board the project. The film hopes to get a distributor in the coming weeks.

The screenplay was written by Charles Randolph, who wrote The Big Short. The project is set to be directed by Jay Roach.

The highly anticipated but as-yet-untitled ensemble drama was gathering an A-list cast. John Lithgow was set to star as media mogul Roger Ailes, Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly,
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Lady Gaga vs Barbra Streisand: Will ‘A Star Is Born’ Launch a Billion-Dollar Career at the Box Office?

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Lady Gaga vs Barbra Streisand: Will ‘A Star Is Born’ Launch a Billion-Dollar Career at the Box Office?
A Star Is Born” opens this weekend as one of the most anticipated releases of 2018. The film’s title may as well refer to its lead actress, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lady Gaga, whose previous movie experience came from brief appearances in two Robert Rodriguez films. Her reviews are rapturous and she’s a leading contender for a Best Actress Oscar nomination, all of which could make her the biggest singing crossover since Barbra Streisand.

Hollywood hasn’t seen a singer become a breakout success since Whitney Houston in 1992 — although many have tried. John Singleton’s 1993 “Poetic Justice” featured Janet Jackson opposite Tupac Shakur, which grossed $61 million. She costarred with Eddie Murphy in “The Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps” ($212 million), and was part of a Tyler Perry ensemble in two “Why Did I Get Married” films.

In 2001, Mariah Carey starred in “Glitter,” which was an embarrassing flop. The 2002 “Wise Girls” was a
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Robert De Niro Has Absolutely No Plans To Retire From Acting Anytime Soon (Exclusive)

A few days shy of his 75th birthday on Aug. 17, Robert De Niro hit the beach in Santa Monica, CA and took a dip in the Pacific. Though he’s marking his 50th year as a movie star, he’s never gone Hollywood — his hometown is where his heart is. "Hollywood is a place, an industry, and a state of mind," Robert has said. "But New York, New York is home." That’s where the most important people in his life are. "To me, family is everything," he shared. "My wife, Grace, my children, my grandkids [are] my entertainment, my art, my passion." Family has always come first for Robert, even though his parents — painters Robert De Niro Sr. and Virginia Admiral — divorced when he was only two years old. His dad came out as gay, and the family remained close; when Robert Sr. was stricken with cancer, Virginia cared for him,
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Contest: Win Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 3 on Blu-ray

Ash vs Evil Dead may have wrapped up its three-season run on Starz, but you can relive the macabre mayhem of Bruce Campbell's iconic character over and over again with Lionsgate's Blu-ray release of the third season, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers!


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Watch an Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Blu-ray Bonus Feature Clip from Ash Vs Evil Dead Episode 3.03

When you're making a show that features as many blood-spattered practical effects as Ash vs Evil Dead, unexpected things can happen while you're filming, but as executive producer Rob Tapert explains in our exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus feature clip from the upcoming season 3 Blu-ray, sometimes those accidents can be happy ones that improve the scene... even when the jaw is ripped off a decapitated head.

Below, you can enjoy our exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus feature clip from episode 3 of the Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Blu-ray, which will be released on August 21st from Lionsgate. For those who missed the initial announcement, we also have official details on the Blu-ray and DVD release of season 3, as well as the trailer for the home media release of the Starz series' final season.

Press Release: Santa Monica, CA – Legendary horror icon Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead Franchise) stars in the “truly insane, awe-inspiring, and
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Damon Wolf Named Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Marketing President

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Exclusive: Damon Wolf has been set to become president of worldwide marketing for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. Wolf is the current co-head of marketing at TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. He will make the move January 1, and will replace Tim Palen.

Palen, the longtime marketing chief and the brains behind such lauded film launch campaigns as The Hunger Games and La La Land, will continue to steer marketing for Lionsgate until early year end. Then, he’ll become Lionsgate Chief Brand Officer, overseeing the company’s franchise management and location-based entertainment, reporting to Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. Wolf will report to Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, who has been overhauling his team and who counts Wolf as a key hire after naming his longtime collaborator Nathan Kahane to the president post.

At Sony, President of World Wide Marketing and Distribution Josh Greenstein
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Deadpool 2 Is Officially The Third Marvel-Based Movie To Gross Higher Than $300M In 2018

At $304M and counting, Deadpool 2‘s domestic gross has propelled the David Leitch-directed sequel straight into the history books.

Not only did the film smash through all sorts of R-rated records upon release, but the latest figures reveal that Deadpool 2 is officially the third Marvel-based movie to gross higher than $300M at the domestic box office in 2018 – a feat also achieved by McU heavyweights Avengers: Infinity War ($667M) and Black Panther ($699M).

That North American haul is also higher than any installment in Fox’s X-Men franchise, given X-Men: The Last Stand ($234M), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($233M) and James Mangold’s Logan ($226M) all tapped out below the $250M marker – only Tim Miller’s first Deadpool movie ($363M) has grossed higher at the domestic B.O.

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Ryan Reynolds’ “Twin” Brother Mocks Deadpool 2 In New Interview

Having seen Deadpool 2 cross the half-billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office last week, you couldn’t really fault Ryan Reynolds for taking himself a wee bit more seriously these days. Thankfully, though, this is not the case, and we’ve got the unabashed advertisement to prove it.

In an endorsement for his newly purchased gin company, Aviation, the Canadian-born actor is interviewed by his “twin” brother, Gordon, who clearly has no problem mocking his much more successful sibling. The trailer-length advert, which you can check out below, isn’t short on hilarious one-liners at the expense of Ryan and his latest movie wearing the “big red body condom.”

Speaking of the David Leitch-directed, R-rated farce, which pulled in $23.6 million stateside and $56.3 million overseas last weekend, Deadpool 2 has now soared to nearly $600 million worldwide and surpassed The Hangover Part II to become the highest grossing comedy sequel of all-time.
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Deadpool 2 Cruises To A Stellar Weekend At The Box Office As It Breaks New Record

Coming just a week after one of 2018’s biggest blockbusters, Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, suffered the most disappointing debut of the year, the David Leitch-directed, R-rated farce, Deadpool 2, has now soared to nearly $600 million worldwide, with its current global haul sitting at a whopping $598.6 million.

That’s thanks to the film pulling in $23.6 million on home turf and $56.3 million overseas this weekend. For those keeping track, that gives it a domestic total of $254.6 million and an international total of $344 million, combining for that aforementioned $598.6 million. Not bad, eh? And yes, that means it’s now the highest grossing comedy sequel of all-time, surpassing The Hangover Part II‘s worldwide gross of $587 million.

It’s creeping up on another record as well, with the Merc now eyeing Meet the Fockers‘ domestic take of $279 million, which makes it the highest grossing comedy sequel in North America.
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New Deadpool 2 Hi-Res Photos Spotlight Colossus And Juggernaut

Initially slated for a June 1st release, Deadpool 2 was subsequently shuffled between Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story specifically to avoid a box office clash with the latter. Imagine the look on the face of director David Leitch, then, when he learned that his R-rated farce bested the opening weekend total of the Ron Howard-directed space western.

Well, we’ve now got the next best thing.

Earlier this week, we learned that, in addition to crossing the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office – a figure, mind you, Solo can consider a pipe dream, at best – Deadpool 2, having hauled in $125 million upon release, handily outshone the paltry $84.7 million earned by the spinoff on Memorial Day weekend.

Leitch, who was just as surprised with the upset as the respective fandoms, discussed the triumph with, and, as expected, modestly directed the praise to his cast and crew.
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Deadpool 2 Crosses $500 Million At Worldwide Box Office

Coming mere days after one of 2018’s biggest blockbusters, Solo: A Star Wars Story, suffered the most disappointing debut of the year, the David Leitch-directed, R-rated farce, Deadpool 2, has now crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office. Impressive, eh?

According to The Wrap, just eleven days after opening, the second motion picture featuring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed mercenary has managed to hit $218.5 million domestically, which brings the global total to a whopping $505 million as of this morning. Although Deadpool 2 is currently tracking about 10% behind the first film, which managed $241 million at the domestic box office by this time post-release, both of the Merc’s pics have hit the $500 million milestone in equal time.

Surprisingly, however, the second outing for Wade Wilson didn’t manage to outstrip its predecessor for highest-grossing R-rated opening, falling just short ($125M) of the $132 million record set by Deadpool in
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Deadpool 2 Drops 66% During Its Second Weekend At The Box Office

You don’t need us to tell you that the big news coming out of this weekend’s box office numbers was the tremendous disappointment that was Solo: A Star Wars Story. Pulling in a pathetic $83.3 million, it’s the franchise’s first real flop and frankly, it’s surprising just how poorly it performed. No one expected it to be a smash hit, but boy, did it bomb.

But the Ron Howard-directed Anthology pic was far from the only thing in theaters, of course. Wade Wilson is still around and giving audiences a good time and thanks to a strong second weekend, Deadpool 2 managed to bring in $42.7 million. That’s a 66% drop from last week, when it debuted with $125.5 million.

This on par with blockbusters like Godzilla (66% drop) and Alien: Covenant (70% drop), so it’s not too bad. Not to mention that the sequel only cost $110 million to make,
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