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TV News Roundup: Amazon’s ‘Sneaky Pete’ Releases Season 3 Trailer

  • Variety
In today’s TV news roundup, Amazon Prime Video releases a trailer for Season 3 of “Sneaky Pete,” and “Red Table Talk” with Jada Pinkett Smith sets a return date on Facebook Watch.

First Looks

The official trailer for the third season of “Sneaky Pete” on Amazon Prime Video has been released, showing off the new lies and danger that con man Marius Josipovic (Giovanni Ribisi) finds himself in. Marin Ireland, Shane McRae, Libe Barer, Peter Gerety and Margo Martindale also perform in the new season, which premieres on May 10.

Dates

Jada Pinkett Smith will return with more than 20 episodes of “Red Table Talk” on Facebook Watch, starting on May 6. Smith is joined by her daughter, Willow Smith, and mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, for the multi-generational talk show, which was nominated for a Daytime Emmy. In the first season of the show, the women were joined by Will Smith, Gabrielle Union,
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Showtime Sets Four-Part Docuseries on L.A.’s Comedy Store for 2020

  • The Wrap
Showtime Documentary Films has announced an upcoming docu-series on the history of The Comedy Store, the Los Angeles landmark where some of the world’s biggest comics got their start.

The four-part series will featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with veteran comedians including Judd Apatow, David Spade, Martin Lawrence and Bob Saget.

Expected to debut on Showtime in 2020, Comedy Store alum Mike Binder (“Black or White”) will direct. Binder will also executive produce along with Mike Tollin (“The Franchise”), Jon Weinbach, Peter Shore and Paul Young. The Comedy Store’s creative director Adam Eget will produce, and Jonathan Vogler will also produce for Mandalay Sports Media.

Also Read: Bel Powley to Star With Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy at Universal

Per Showtime, the series “brings to life the legends, heartbreak and history created at The Comedy Store, which over the past 47 years has launched the careers of a breathtaking array of stars.
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Lies, Abuse & Trauma: The Biggest Bombshells About Michael Jackson from Leaving Neverland

Lies, Abuse & Trauma: The Biggest Bombshells About Michael Jackson from Leaving Neverland
Ten years after Michael Jackson‘s death, the singer is the subject of a new HBO documentary that has received buzz — and backlash — from those who knew and idolized the pop star.

Leaving Neverland follows the story Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who came to know “Bad” singer from a young age — as young as 5 in Robson’s case — and who now claim Jackson sexually molested both of them at separate times when they were children.

In late February, Jackson’s estate filed a lawsuit against HBO claiming the documentary violates a non-disparagement clause in which the network agreed to
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The Least-Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Performances in History

  • Variety
The Least-Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Performances in History
After the power, presence and flash of Prince, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performances — not to mention the controversy of this weekend’s Maroon 5-Travis Scott spot — it’s hard to believe that the big game’s intermission show used to consist of college marching bands along with performers like the lily-white singing/dancing troupe Up with People and the late, great Carol Channing.

In retrospect, it’s surprising that it took 26 Super Bowls for people to realize the marketing potential a 12-minute show with an audience that is now estimated to be 100 million people — the single biggest audience for any musical performance on Earth. As the Stones, McCartney, Gaga and others have learned, it might be the best possible way to promote an upcoming tour.

The turning point came on Jan. 31, 1993, with Super Bowl Xxvii, when Michael Jackson stood silently at center-stage for
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Flashback: The Lost ‘Weird Al’ Song That Michael Jackson Rejected

Flashback: The Lost ‘Weird Al’ Song That Michael Jackson Rejected
Were it not for Michael Jackson, it’s quite possible that “Weird Al” Yankovic would have gone down in history as the oddball that sang “Another One Rides the Bus” on The Tom Snyder Show and then faded into complete obscurity. It was his 1984 Jackson parody “Eat It” that introduced “Weird Al” to much of America when MTV began playing the video, and it was the “Bad” parody, “Fat,” four years later that made him an even bigger star.

Jackson approved both of those songs, but when he approached him
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Disney Takes Stand Against "Overzealous Copyright Holders"

Disney won't be shamed out of standing its ground in the face of "overzealous copyright holders" like the Michael Jackson Estate. On Monday, the entertainment giant and its broadcast subsidiary ABC filed an answer to the copyright lawsuit over the two-hour documentary The Last Days of Michael Jackson, which used excerpts from This Is It and other works including music videos for "Thriller" and "Black or White."

The lawsuit came in California federal court in May and pointed to just how seriously Disney takes its own intellectual property. The complaint gave examples: Disney threatened to sue childcare ...
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Michael Jackson’s Estate Sues Disney, ABC Over ‘The Last Days’ Special

Michael Jackson’s Estate Sues Disney, ABC Over ‘The Last Days’ Special
The estate of deceased music legend Michael Jackson has filed a lawsuit against ABC and Disney over the special “The Last Days of Michael Jackson.”

The suit, filed in federal court in California on Wednesday, alleges copyright infringement.

The suit says that the plaintiffs — identified as “various companies that comprise a part of the Estate of Michael Jackson –were “genuinely shocked” when they watched the special on March 24.

Also Read: Michael Jackson Estate Calls ABC News Special 'Another Crass and Unauthorized Attempt to Exploit' His Legacy

Calling the special “a mediocre look back at Michael Jackson’s life and entertainment career,” the suit accuses Disney of swiping the estate’s intellectual property.

“Unable to make a compelling presentation about Michael Jackson on its own, Disney decided to exploit the Jackson Estate’s intellectual property without permission or obtaining a license for its use. After all, there is always a healthy
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No, Macaulay Culkin Won’t Do the ‘Home Alone’ Face for You (Video)

  • The Wrap
No, Macaulay Culkin Won’t Do the ‘Home Alone’ Face for You (Video)
It’s been 28 years since “Home Alone” was released, and Macaulay Culkin still won’t do “the face” for you when you ask him to.

“No,” he told Ellen DeGeneres when asked what he says when he’s asked to do the face. “I’ve already been there, done that. I’m 37 now, okay mom?”

“Everybody wants me to do it,” he added.

See Video: Watch Macaulay Culkin Use 'Home Alone' Moves in Wrestling Match

During his interview with DeGeneres, Culkin also says it’s been a “curse and a blessing” to have been so famous at such a young age. He says he can get any reservation he wants but will be stared at during the entire duration of his meal. And around Thanksgiving and Christmas, when the “Home Alone” films get played over and over again on TV, he tends to go out less and less.

“It’s Macaulay season,” he jokes.

Culkin starred in the films “My Girl,” the “Home Alone” movies, “Richie Rich,” “The Good Son,” “The Pagemaster” and in 2003, “Party Monster.” He stopped working at 14 and didn’t see his money until the age of 18 when he realized that he had made enough money working as a kid that he could do the rest of the things he does these days as just “a hobby.”

Also Read: Macaulay Culkin Plays Crucified Kurt Cobain in New Music Video (Video)

“I do nothing for my dinner nowadays,” the actor revealed.

He also told DeGeneres about his time on “Saturday Night Live” alongside Mike Myers in 1991. While everyone, still to this day, uses cue cards on the show, Culkin’s dad didn’t allow it.

“I had to do a whole episode without cue cards,” Culkin said. “My father was quite insistent.”

Also Read: Macaulay Culkin Live-Tweeted the Oscars, 'Bummed' He Was 'Left Out of the In Memoriam'

When DeGeneres pointed out that everyone uses cue cards, he responded, “Not the 9-year-old, I guess!”

DeGeneres also showed the audience various photos of Culkin’s career, including a photo of him with Michael Jackson for the “Black or White” music video, and a picture of him with Will Smith and Steve Urkel.

“That is the most ’90s photo I’ve ever seen!” Culkin said.

Watch the two interviews above and below.

Read original story No, Macaulay Culkin Won’t Do the ‘Home Alone’ Face for You (Video) At TheWrap
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Interview: The Shape Of Water Director Guillermo del Toro on the Truth of Monsters and Making the Movies Nobody Else Will Make

  • DailyDead
I’ve been struggling to write my review, because I want to make sure I do the movie justice, but I’ll go ahead and just say here that Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is my favorite film of 2017, and I’m so excited for everyone to see it and hear what you guys think. Thankfully, the wait is over soon, as del Toro’s latest arrives in theaters in New York City on December 1st, and then subsequently rolls out in other cities beginning December 8th.

A love letter to Universal’s iconic monster “The Creature,” The Shape of Water is a gorgeously crafted tribute to cinema of yesteryear that delivers a poignant and timeless romance about two beings who meet under the most unusual of circumstances, and how their unique love helps them persevere in the most dire of circumstances.

At a recent press day,
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'Annabelle' Sequel Eyes $30+ Million Opening as Summer Slow Down Continues

'Annabelle' Sequel Eyes $30+ Million Opening as Summer Slow Down Continues
Saturday Am Update: WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation is off to an excellent start, bringing in an estimated $15 million on Friday (including $4 million from Thursday previews) on its way to a weekend around $35 million if not more. It's also great news for director David F. Sandberg who helmed last year's hit Lights Out for WB. That film went on to gross nearly $150 million worldwide on a budget under $5 million. The film received a "B" CinemaScore, matching the score for the first film. Open Road's The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is performing even worse than expected, delivering an estimated $3 million on Friday. This is already shaping up to be the lowest opening for a film playing in over 4,000 theaters by a wide margin. Currently the worst opening for an opening that size belongs to The Emoji Movie with $24.5 million, but with the $9 million or so Nut Job 2 is
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Here Are the 7 Most Expensive Music Videos of All Time

Here Are the 7 Most Expensive Music Videos of All Time
When video killed the radio star in 1981 with the launch of MTV, music videos became a vital part of promotion for artists.

From Madonna to Michael Jackson, some stars went all out, with budgets rivaling million-dollar blockbuster movies.

Thanks to a video from Coinage, Time Inc.’s new personal finance video franchise, we now know exactly how much cash went into creating some of the most expensive music videos of all time.

Here is the top 7:

7. “Make Me Like You” by Gwen Stefani (2016)

Gwen Stefani made history when she filmed the first live music video in TV history at the Grammys.
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Every Movie and TV Show Expiring on Netflix in March

  • BuzzSugar
The time has come to say goodbye to some of your favorite movies and shows on Netflix. While there are plenty of titles in store for next month, classics like Jaws and romantic comedies like The Nanny Diaries are about to disappear forever. You better start watching now before they're gone! Related:33 New Movies and TV Shows to Watch on Netflix in February Expiring March 1 Jaws Justice League: War Jaws 2 Jaws 3 Jaws: The Revenge Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Keeping Up Appearances Monarch of the Glen, Seasons 1-7 National Lampoon's Animal House Robin Hood, Seasons 1-3 Survivors, Series 1-2 Expiring March 2 Black or White Sweetwater Expiring March 3 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Misfire Web Junkie Expiring March 4 Entertainment I Dream of Wires Otto the Rhino Seashore The Discoverers The Nanny Diaries Expiring March 5 Food Chains Jail Caesar The Days to Come Two Hundred Thousand Dirty Expiring March 6 Pit Stop
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Hidden Figures Fun Facts

Hidden Figures Fun Facts
Since its release late last year, Hidden Figures has captured audiences and critics with its award-winning performances and ultra-inspiring plot.

The film, which is up for a Best Picture Oscar, tells the story of three African-American mathematicians working at Nasa — Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan — whose research helps John Glenn become the first American astronaut to orbit Earth.

In honor of Hidden Figures‘ many accolades this awards season, we rounded up a bevy of fun facts and set secrets to hold you over until the Academy Awards this Sunday night.

1. While the three leading roles ultimately went to Octavia Spencer,
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Kevin Costner Returns: How the ‘Hidden Figures’ Star Tackled a Fictitious Role in Fact-Based Crowdpleaser — Consider This

Kevin Costner Returns: How the ‘Hidden Figures’ Star Tackled a Fictitious Role in Fact-Based Crowdpleaser — Consider This
The crowd-pleasing “Hidden Figures” might be based on a true story in an unknown chapter of American history, but not every detail was drawn from real life. The film follows a trio of Nasa mathematicians and engineers during the early sixties “Space Race” era, including Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughn and Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson, but it also required the invention of at least one crucial character.

To create the fictional role of Space Task rroup director Al Harrison, screenwriter Allison Schroeder used three different Nasa past chiefs – including two of Johnson’s own bosses – to round out the character. She gave special attention to the inclusion of personality traits from John Stack, a lauded Nasa aeronautical engineer who Schroeder billed as “kind of this perfect chauvinist feminist,” a forward thinker who was compelled by finding the best person for the job, no matter their race or gender.
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Telluride Movie Review: Moonlight

It is a common (and undoubtedly accurate) complaint that whenever Hollywood dares make movies about gay men, the characters tend to be overwhelmingly white and, more often than not, privileged or rich. Enter Moonlight, which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, and which is anything but that unfortunately stereotype. It is a tender poem about growing up, and about dealing with adversity, and it may be thought of as setting the bar for queer cinema (black, brown, or white) for years to come.

A24, the company that made this film possible, is not exactly a Big Five studio. It’s hardly the case that mainstream Hollywood is ready to embrace this type of project. But A24 a sizeable player in the indie film market and it ventured into production as opposed to simply distribution with this film for the first time. It is encouraging, for the good of quality cinema,
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Movie Review: From the writer of Sicario comes the terrific, flavorful Hell Or High Water

Hell Or High Water is the kind of movie that makes you fall in love again with the lost art of dialogue, getting you hooked anew on the snap of flavorful conversation. Whenever one of its characters opens their mouth, you’re reminded of how flatly expositional or distractingly florid so much movie dialogue is, even (or perhaps especially) when it’s aiming for the wiseguy patter of Tarantino or Mamet. But in Hell Or High Water, everyone speaks with a plainspoken wit that provides even the most functional of scenes—say, an interview with a bank teller who’s recently been robbed—a charge of pleasure. “Black or white?” asks the officer investigating. “Their skins or their souls?” the victim retorts. These are cops, robbers, and struggling wage slaves, not poets or philosophers. But they all have a way with words, and hearing them exercise it is like guzzling
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Paris Jackson Gets Another Tattoo As Tribute To Dad Michael Jackson

Paris Jackson debuted a new tattoo on her arm on Instagram in tribute to her late father and the king of pop, Michael Jackson. The new tattoo is a portion of the cover of her father’s 1991 mega-hit, muti-platinum album Dangerous. The album includes one of Jackson’s biggest hits, “Black or White.” The tattoo entails a […]

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Win a DVD bundle and T-shirt from Hooligan Legacy

To celebrate the release of slick British crime movie Hooligan Legacy, we have a Gritty DVD bundle up for grabs featuring Hooligan Legacy, Rise of the Krays, The Loft, War Pigs, Into the Grizzly Maze, Extraterrestrial, Badland: Road to Fury and Black or White, plus a Merc ‘Broadwell’ t-shirt. Get ready for a visceral story of friendship, betrayal and revenge […]

The post Win a DVD bundle and T-shirt from Hooligan Legacy appeared first on HeyUGuys.
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The Current Debate: Beyoncé’s "Lemonade"

It would be insufficient, writes Carrie Battan, to call Beyoncé’s Lemonade an album: “The project is also a piece of spoken word, a narrative film, a map of cultural reference points, and a window into the soul of an icon whose inner life has always seemed just out of reach.” Battan’s description hints at what has so excited the Internet in the week and a half since Lemonade’s release: it’s not only a new Beyoncé album—it’s also her most personal work yet, and one that, as Ash Sarkar notes at the London Review of Books, is uniquely political:“How has this happened? How has Beyoncé engendered such a deep sense of solidarity among women and the marginalised? Most reviewers have pointed out that Lemonade is Beyoncé’s most personal and political work to date, but few have interrogated how the album moves between the two.
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Criminal review

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Kevin Costner leads the impressive cast of the unimpressive Criminal...

When you think of how best to describe Criminal, the new body swap action thriller starring Kevin Costner, it wouldn't be by that name. As a title, Criminal is so hopelessly vague that it could apply to anything from Goodfellas to Les Misérables. The premise of this one isn't anywhere near that bland, but the film is not a whole lot better than it sounds either.

Seemingly flowing from the same vein of Euro-trash action films that Liam Neeson opened up with Taken, the film is driven by what CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) knows, or rather what he knew, before a deal in London with a hacker known as the Dutchman (Michael Pitt) went awry and he was tortured to death by Spanish anarchist Xavier Heimdahl, (Jordi Mollà.)

His handler, Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman), needs
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