• Bill Maher Returns With Backyard Monologue, Vintage Laugh Track in 1st Coronavirus Quarantine Episode
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    Bill Maher Returns With Backyard Monologue, Vintage Laugh Track in 1st Coronavirus Quarantine Episode

    In the first new “Real Time” since the coronavirus shutdown began, Bill Maher spruced up the monologue he pre-taped from his house (because like you all he’s self-quarantining) with a fake live audience — you know, so it’ll feel like a normal show.Since the shutdown began, late night hosts have tried different ways of doing their shows from home while still capturing at least the feel of the normal version. Samantha Bee for instance tapes from her woody back yard, which lets her stand the whole time as she does normally.Maher’s trick was to use canned laughter, provided via vintage film footage from the 1930s, while he delivered a monologue from his backyard.Also Read: All the Hollywood Films Arriving on Demand Early Because of the Coronavirus“We’re gonna be doing something a little different today, we’re gonna be taping the show from my backyard where I have a bar,” Maher, who was wearing a suit too, began. “What did you expect? It’s my house, I have a bar. What did you expect to see here, a child’s playpen?”Complaining about having to film using an iPhone, Maher joked “I feel like an entree at the Cheesecake Factory. I mean, I want to go out but [Los Angeles Mayor] Gavin Newsom says I’m grounded. And I am grounded and I have the blue balls to prove it. But I’m telling you. I am practicing every safe directive they say I should. I make sure I use disinfectant on every surface that has at least 60% alcohol, like judge Jeanine Pirro.”“I stay six feet away from strangers,” Maher continued. “Eight from Charlie Sheen. I’d say this is not a bad idea, this staying six feet away from people. I say next we try it with cars.”Also Read: CNN's Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive for CoronavirusMaher complained that, at least for LA residents, “the worst part of this is seeing that the highways are completely empty, but there’s nowhere to go. I mean, some people are looking at porn at home. I’m looking at photos of the 405 with no cars.”After joking that “the highlight of my day was wiping down the mailman” and that his “stalker was working from home,” he noted that he’s not suffering from any coronavirus symptoms, “unless you count s—-ing my pants every time Trump talks.”“I’ll tell you I am starting to wonder if he’s really a doctor,” Maher joked, bringing up how Trump recently made a grossly inaccurate statement about the population of Seoul, South Korea — he claimed more than 38 million people live there — in a failed attempt to show up a reporter.“Okay, there’s ten million people in Seoul, South Korea. If Trump played ‘Celebrity Jeopardy,’ cancer would go bankrupt,” Maher said. “And then he does this thing every day where he’s bragging about his ratings. I have better ratings than ‘Monday Night Football,’ ‘The Bachelor’–‘ Yes, because your viewers aren’t allowed to leave the house! What else are they gonna do, read?”“Anything less than a hundred share means people hate you more than they love life,” Maher continued.“So look, we’re going to get through this, we are,” Maher said. “And stress, it’s the worst thing for your immune system so try to think a little positive. Think about all the celebrities who have this, that we know have this, that are doing okay? Prince Charles. Tom Hanks. Jackson Browne Chris Cuomo Kevin Durant. Anybody who’s anybody is getting it.”“And you know Tom Tom Hanks, of course, was so classy when he got it. He said it’s an honor just to be contaminated. And in the movie the person who cures Tom Hanks will be played by Tom Hanks,” Maher concluded.All of these jokes, of course, were punctuated with scenes of that audience laughing.Read original story Bill Maher Returns With Backyard Monologue, Vintage Laugh Track in 1st Coronavirus Quarantine Episode At TheWrap

  • Stephen Dorff Drama ‘Deputy’ Canceled After One Season at Fox
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    Stephen Dorff Drama ‘Deputy’ Canceled After One Season at Fox

    “Deputy” has been canceled after just one season at Fox, TheWrap has learned.The Stephen Dorff-led police drama will not return for a second go at the network, with last month’s season finale now serving as the show’s final episode.The series, which debuted in January as a midseason replacement, centered on Dorff’s Deputy Bill Hollister, a career lawman who becomes acting sheriff of Los Angeles County when the previous sheriff suddenly drops dead.Also Read: Why Stephen Dorff Agreed to Star on Fox's 'Deputy' - Even Though He Hates Network TVWill Beall, former LAPD detective and showrunner on Fox’s short-lived “Training Day” adaptation, served as creator and executive producer on the drama. “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer served as director and executive producer on the series. Brian Van Holt, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Shane Paul McGhie and Yara Martinez also starred.The show averaged a 0.58 rating among adults 18-49 with 3.7 million total viewers across its 13-episode run. It joins Fox’s embattled “Almost Family” in the cancellation pile this season, leaving the animated comedy “Duncanville,” the drama “Prodigal Son,” “9-1-1” spinoff “Lone Star” and the multicam sitcom “Outmatched” as the four remaining new scripted series this season still awaiting a decision at the network.Read original story Stephen Dorff Drama ‘Deputy’ Canceled After One Season at Fox At TheWrap

  • 7 Motion Picture & Television Fund Nursing Home Residents Diagnosed With Coronavirus
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    7 Motion Picture & Television Fund Nursing Home Residents Diagnosed With Coronavirus

    Seven residents of the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) Nursing Home have been diagnosed with coronavirus, TheWrap has confirmed. The retirement community in Woodland Hills, Calif. is home to 200-plus industry veterans, including movie directors and Broadway performers.“The good news is that they’re all stable,” Bob Beitcher, MPTF president and CEO, told Deadline. “They’re alert and feisty, so with any luck, they’ll have mild cases and they’ll all get better.”Half of the cases that tested positive (the first case was reported on Tuesday) are in their 90s and all are residents of either the Mary Pickford House — the campus’ long-term care facility — or Harry’s Haven, the Alzheimer’s unit. The residents are indeed feisty and quite spirited because they don’t have a television where they’re currently quarantined. “They’re p—-d off because they’re in a wing that doesn’t have television,” Beitcher told TheWrap. “Where’s the f—ing television? So that’s the good news.”Also Read: Disney Pulls 'Artemis Fowl' From Theatrical Release, Will Debut on Disney+None of the facility’s staff and care-givers has tested positive, added Beitcher, and the facility has been on lockdown since March 6. Additionally, to prevent the outbreak, the MPTF took measures early on, including restrictions on visits from family members. Communal gatherings, including residential meals and movie screenings were also banned. Individuals entering the campus, including all employees, are scanned thermally on a daily basis.The MPTF was created by Hollywood luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith as a program to help those in the industry who didn’t know where their next paycheck would come from. According to the MPTF website, it all started with a simple coin box where entertainment workers could deposit change for fellow colleagues.Deadline first reported the news.Read original story 7 Motion Picture & Television Fund Nursing Home Residents Diagnosed With Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • HBO Docuseries Sheds New Light on Atlanta Child Murders and Why Case ‘Didn’t Smell Right,’ Filmmaker Says
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    HBO Docuseries Sheds New Light on Atlanta Child Murders and Why Case ‘Didn’t Smell Right,’ Filmmaker Says

    It’s been 40 years since 30 children and young adults were murdered in Atlanta, Georgia, sending a shock wave through what was then one of the most promising up-and-coming Southern cities. Now, the questions that have plagued the victims’ families for decades are finally being reexamined in HBO’s five-part docuseries, “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered.”To tell the complex and multi-layered story, the series dives deep into archival footage, legal documents, photographic evidence, and exclusive interviews to take a fresh look at what happened all those years ago — and it gives a voice to the tireless parents who have never stopped searching for the truth about their kids’ murders that they believe is still out there.“There was something not quite right about how the case had unfolded, and how Wayne Williams had been arrested and convicted. It didn’t smell right,” filmmaker Maro Chermayeff, who made the series along with Sam Pollard, Joshua Bennett and Jeff Dupre, told TheWrap. “There’s a lot more there, and nothing has been done on it as far as Atlanta at that time, the political issues, the race issues, the poverty issues.”Also Read: Patricia Bosworth, Hollywood Actress and Marlon Brando Biographer, Dies at 86 From Coronavirus ComplicationsThe series chronologically details the murders of at least 30 African American children that occurred over a two-year period in Atlanta in the late 1970s and early 1980s, from the initial disappearance and discovery of two murdered teenage boys and the fear that consumed the city, to the prosecution of 23-year-old Atlanta native Wayne Williams and the rush to officially shut down the case, according to HBO.It’s heavy subject matter to spend the better part of two years working on, Chermayeff said, but it’s nothing compared to what the mothers and family members of the murdered children have been tormented with for decades.Also Read: Celebrities Who Have Died From the Coronavirus (Photos)“I think they felt relieved,” she said of giving the families a voice in the docuseries. “Anthony Terrell had never spoken before. After his interview, he said, ‘That was one of the most profound and cathartic experiences of my life, to finally get to share and be heard.’ Most of them wanted to have their voice heard because they’d been so dismissed at the time.”Terrell is the brother of 10-year-old Earl Terrell, who went missing after visiting a public neighborhood swimming pool in July of 1980. His body was found the next January in a wooded area with another victim, 12-year-old Christopher Richardson.The boys’ deaths were two of several of the child murders that police pinned on Williams after he was convicted of murdering two separate men, thus allowing law enforcement to close dozens of unsolved cases. But many Atlanta citizens, including some of the victims’ families, do not believe Williams is guilty of murdering their children.Also Read: CNN's Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive for Coronavirus“I’m in the camp that he didn’t kill anybody,” said Chermayeff. Williams’ potential innocence and wrongful conviction is a debate heavily explored in the series, with former members of the Atlanta Police Department adamant in their belief that Williams is the sole killer, and others claiming that he was used by the city’s government as a scapegoat to put the murders to bed and preserve the burgeoning city’s public image.“It was a PR disaster. They were building the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport — all those things were so critical to the city, and it was just gonna go down if this didn’t stop, and it had to stop,” Chermayeff said. “Wayne Williams got caught in those crosshairs.”“Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered” premieres April 5 on HBO.Read original story HBO Docuseries Sheds New Light on Atlanta Child Murders and Why Case ‘Didn’t Smell Right,’ Filmmaker Says At TheWrap

  • ‘Hunters': Did the Government Really Bring a Bunch of Nazis to America in ‘Operation Paperclip’?
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    ‘Hunters': Did the Government Really Bring a Bunch of Nazis to America in ‘Operation Paperclip’?

    “Hunters,” the new Amazon Prime series about vigilante Nazi hunters in the 1970s, is an example of historical fiction: meaning it’s not a true story, but it uses real historical events as a backdrop. So, for example, midway through the first season there’s a citywide blackout in New York — this was a real thing that happened in 1997, but in the show it had a different cause.“Hunters” is full of things like that, taking real bits of history and recontextualizing them for the story being told. That blackout, for one, is part of a Nazi plan in the show, rather than just being an accident like it was in real life. And, of course, another example of such a thing is the United States government sweeping up a bunch of prominent Nazis after World War II and giving them important jobs in America.Though so far as the public record goes the Nazis did not make a concerted effort to establish the Fourth Reich in the US, it is true that after the war the government brought a large number of Nazi scientists to America instead of punishing them. A lot of important folks got a free pass because of their skills, most notably Wernher von Braun, who got a high placement at NASA and has lots of stuff named after him. Von Braun was just one of many Nazis who worked at NASA back in the day.This whole thing, dubbed Operation Paperclip, is the spark of the plot in “Hunters,” which is all about a squad of vigilante spies, basically, verifying these folks and taking them out. Though in this version of history those Nazis weren’t just hanging out living their lives — they were plotting to take over the country.Also Read: 'Hunters' Creator Says We're Currently Facing 'an Epidemic of Anti-Semitism' Not 'Seen in Decades'If you want to know more about Operation Paperclip, you’ve come to the right place. Below we’ll run down the basics of the real-world version of Paperclip, but we’ll avoid spoilers for the sake of those who aren’t finished with “Hunters” season 1 yet.So despite a reputation in popular culture for almost science fiction level technology, Nazi Germany actually lagged far behind its rivals in several key fields, like nuclear physics.But in some other fields, particularly rocketry, Nazi German scientists were actually ahead of the U.S. and USSR. In the latter months of World War II Germany developed the first guided ballistic missiles, which they used to attack cities in England and Belgium, among others. By contrast, the otherwise far more advanced America had to use standard issue bomber planes to deploy the first nuclear bombs.After Nazi Germany surrendered in May, 1945, the country was divided up under zones of US and Soviet control, who ended up with custody of a lot of those scientists. This is where it gets complicated.Also Read: Tiffany Boone Breaks Silence on Her Exit From 'The Chi' Following Accusations of Misconduct Against Jason MitchellThe German scientists were of course Nazis, in many cases high ranking Nazis. Which meant there was a high probability they were personally involved in Nazi atrocities like biological weapons research, concentration camp deaths, slave labor and human experimentation.This was less of a problem for the Soviets, whose zone of control included the site where Germany developed its most advanced rockets, giving them a huge advantage just as relations with the US were turning sour. The USSR reverse engineered the whole thing and rebuilt it inside Soviet borders. They also forcibly conscripted more than 2000 scientists.The situation was different for the US, who was in the process of very publicly declaring itself the defender of human rights in the postwar era. No matter — America wanted to get an advantage over the USSR, and also had real concerns that Nazi scientists might take their skills to other countries (there were several nations that didn’t participate in WWII but nonetheless were Nazi allies).In late 1946 President Truman issued a secret directive authorizing “operation overcast,” which fast-tracked immigration papers for more than a thousand former Nazi scientists. It was later renamed “Operation Paperclip” because a paper clip would be attached to someone’s file, indicating they were to be allowed in without too much scrutiny.Also Read: Here's Everything New Coming to Amazon Prime Video in MarchOnce in the US, they formed the core that developed America’s nuclear missile array during the 1950s — they also developed weapons for America that almost certainly violated international law.In 1960, they were reassigned to newly-created NASA, where they oversaw the staggering scientific and engineering advances during the space race. Among them was Wernher von Braun, Germany’s top rocket scientist during the war. He designed the rocket that sent Apollo 11 to the moon.But about those aforementioned war crimes: Operation Paperclip, ahem, papered over the records of recruited Nazi scientists, some of whom were outright monsters. Here are just a few examples:-According to Annie Jacobson in her 2014 book Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America, Walter Schreiber, a medical researcher who served as a key witness for the prosecution in the Nuremberg trials, was brought to the US under Paperclip in 1951. Just weeks later the Boston Globe exposed his ghastly human experimentation research at Ravensbrück concentration camp, and he fled to Argentina (with US military help).-Rocket scientist Arthur Rudolph was brought into the US in 1945 and for the next 40 years served US military and scientific interests. He became a US citizen and even received NASA’s highest award. Then in 1984 it came out that he made heavy use of slave labor from Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp during World War II. Rudolph renounced his US citizenship and left the country in order to avoid a war crimes trial.-Hubertus Strughold, former head of medical research for the Luftwaffe, came to the US in 1947 and through his subsequent work was honored as “the father of space medicine.” The Aerospace Medical Association even named its most prestigious award after him. Unfortunately he almost certainly conducted insidious experiments on humans, including children, at Dachau concentration camp. While he was never punished during his lifetime, the SMA retired the Strughold Award in 2013 following a Wall Street Journal expose of his crimes.-As for von Braun, there is some evidence he also participated in war crimes, and he was accused of personally selecting slave labor. And, of course, he was a card-carrying member of the Nazi Party. But he also ran afoul of Nazi authorities, who suspected him of sedition and communist sympathies. In later life he consistently denied any direct participation in Nazi war crimes and said he felt helpless to do anything about the war crimes he knew about. His complicated legacy aside, he remains a revered NASA founding father with awards, buildings, streets and even a crater on the moon named after him.So yeah, Operation Paperclip is certainly not a fictional thing that was made up for “Hunters” or the “Captain America” movies — you may recall that Hydra took over SHIELD as a result of Paperclip. The reality of it is, so far as we know, just a bit more mundane than these fictional tales.Read original story ‘Hunters': Did the Government Really Bring a Bunch of Nazis to America in ‘Operation Paperclip’? At TheWrap

  • David Spade’s ‘Lights Out’ Will Not Return to Comedy Central
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    David Spade’s ‘Lights Out’ Will Not Return to Comedy Central

    David Spade’s late-night series “Lights Out” will not return to Comedy Central and the channel’s owner, ViacomCBS, will shop it around to other platforms.Like all other late-night series, “Lights Out” halted production last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. While “Lights Out” has been putting out new digital content called “Live From the Bunker,” it’s been one of the few late-night series to not return with original episodes on TV. “The Daily Show,” for example, returned last week with full episodes from host Trevor Noah’s home.The digital version of “Lights Out” will continue for the next few weeks, an individual with knowledge of the decision told TheWrap.Also Read: How Late-Night TV Hosts Are Staying on Air While Working From Home Like the Rest of UsVariety first reported the news.“Lights Out” featured Spade’s “signature take” on the pop culture news of the day, and includes a rotating group of Spade’s comedian and celebrity friends, while also incorporating sketches and field segments.“Lights Out” was the network’s latest attempt at filling the 11:30 p.m. void left in 2014 by “The Colbert Report.” It debuted last summer and averaged 270,000 total viewers in its premiere week. Previous attempts to compliment “The Daily Show” included “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” and Jordan Klepper’s short-lived “The Opposition.”Read original story David Spade’s ‘Lights Out’ Will Not Return to Comedy Central At TheWrap

  • All the Movies Suspended or Delayed Due to Coronavirus Pandemic (Updating)
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    All the Movies Suspended or Delayed Due to Coronavirus Pandemic (Updating)

    As coronavirus continues to spread, an increasing number of movies are delaying or suspending production. As the number of impacted movies grows, TheWrap felt it would be most informative to keep a running list. The CDC as of Thursday is reporting just over 10,400 cases in the U.S. alone, with 150 people reported dead from the COVID-19 virus.“No Time To Die”“MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020.“A Quiet Place Part II”“A Quiet Place Part II” is the latest movie to shift its release plans, as director John Krasinski announced on Instagram that the film will delay its release to the horror sequel amid the growing spread of the coronavirus around the globe.“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway”Sony has pushed the worldwide release date of the family film “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” to August 7 over fears of the coronavirus after it was originally slated to start rolling out abroad at the end of this month, an individual with knowledge of the shift told TheWrap.“F9”The release of the next “Fast & Furious” installment, “F9,” has been delayed from May 22 to now opening on April 2, 2021, likely spurred by the wave of movies shifting release dates due to the spread of coronavirus.“The Love Birds”Paramount has postponed the theatrical release of the Issa Rae-Kamail Nanjiani rom-com “The Lovebirds,” that was scheduled to hit theaters April 3. The studio has not set a new release date, and made the move amid the growing spread of the coronavirus around the globe.“Blue Story”Paramount also delayed the controversial UK gang film “Blue Story,” which was set for release on March 20, and this title joins the previously announced delays for the films MGM’s James Bond film “No Time to Die” and Sony’s “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.”“The Artist’s Wife”Strand Releasing and Water’s End Productions delayed the limited release of the Bruce Dern and Lena Olin film “The Artist’s Wife.” The film was meant to open in New York on April 3 in Los Angeles on April 10 and in San Francisco on April 17. No new release date has been set.“The Truth”Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film “The Truth” from IFC Films will postpone its March 20 domestic release to now open at an unspecified date in summer 2020. The film is in both French and English starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke and has already opened in some overseas markets.“Bros”Universal has delayed production on the Billy Eichner romantic comedy “Bros” amid coronavirus concerns, TheWrap has learned exclusively. The film was set to begin production on April 13.“The Little Mermaid”The Rob Marshall directed live action musical starring Halle Bailey was supposed to start production in London next week.“Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”News broke Wednesday night that production on “Shang-Chi” would be delayed after TheWrap reported that director Destin Daniel Cretton had been tested for coronavirus and was self-isolating.“The Last Duel” “The Last Duel” starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck was scheduled to shoot in Ireland after already completing 4 1/2 weeks of shooting.“Nightmare Alley”Guillermo Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” which was supposed to star Bradley Cooper had suspended production and it is currently unknown how many weeks into production they were.“Shrunk,” the “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” sequelComedy legend Rick Moranis was set to return to the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” franchise with a new film at Disney called “Shrunk.” The film was in pre-production and postponed amid coronavirus concerns.“Home Alone” RebootProduction on the “Home Alone” reboot starring Archie Yates was suspended also suspended amid coronavirus concerns.“Peter Pan & Wendy”“Peter Pan & Wendy” is another live-action update on a Disney classic that was supposed to be directed by David Lowery. The film was pre-production and delayed till further notice.“Uncharted”Sony has postponed pre-production for six weeks on “Uncharted,” the film adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game franchise starring Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and Antonio Banderas amid coronavirus concerns.“The Climb”Sony Pictures Classics’ indie comedy “The Climb,” which played at Sundance this year, was meant to hit theaters March 20 but is now delayed until further notice, it was announced Monday.“Avatar”The sequels to James Cameron’s four “Avatar” sequels delayed shooting in New Zealand indefinitely, according to the film’s producer Jon Landau speaking to the New Zealand Herald. The executive team was to fly to Wellington, NZ on Friday but will remain in Los Angeles due to the coronavirus. Landau said he couldn’t give an answer as to when production would resume and when the local Kiwi crew could get back to work. “If I told you we are going to know something in two weeks I’d be lying. I might not be wrong – even a broken clock is right twice a day. But I would be lying because I don’t know,” Landau said. “We’re in the midst of a global crisis and this is not about the film industry. I think everybody needs to do now whatever we can do, as we say here, to flatten the curve.”“Black Widow”Marvel’s “Black Widow” starring Scarlett Johansson was moved from its May 1 release date by Disney in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation to limit public gatherings. No new release date has been set.“Tape”Deborah Kampmeier’s sexual exploitation revenge drama “Tape” will be released in a theatrical model via an online platform beginning Thursday, March 26th, Full Moon Films announced on Thursday.“The Personal History of David Copperfield”Searchlight Studios was meant to release “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on the Charles Dickens novel on May 8. No new release date has been set.“The Woman in the Window”The Amy Adams mystery thriller from director Joe Wright, “The Woman in the Window” was meant to open in theaters on May 15 from 20th Century Studios. No new release date has been set.“Bull”The theatrical release of the Annie Silverstein indie drama “Bull” was postponed from its March 20 release and will now open on VOD and digital on May 1. The film has toured the festival circuit since making its debut at Cannes in 2019.“Minions: The Rise of Gru”The latest “Minions” movie “The Rise of Gru” was postponed from its release date on July 3. Illumination Entertainment’s Paris office was forced to shut down due to the coronavirus, so the film was not able to be finished in time. The film is currently unset.“The Infiltrators”The theatrical release of Oscilloscope’s docu-thriller “The Infiltrators” has been postponed, and the film will be released on both Cable On Demand and Digital Platforms starting June 2, the company announced on Thursday.“Working Man”The March 27th theatrical release of “Working Man” has been cancelled due to the theater closures, and the film will now premiere on May 5 via Video On Demand, distributor Brainstorm Media announced on Thursday.“Wonder Woman 1984”The sequel to “Wonder Woman” starring Gal Gadot will now hit theaters on Aug. 14 after being pushed back from its June 5 release date.“Scoob!”“Scoob!,” the animated prequel film about a young Shaggy and Scooby Doo, was postponed indefinitely from its May 15 release date. No new release date has been set.“In the Heights”The movie musical based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage production “In the Heights” was postponed by Warner Bros. indefinitely from its June 26 release date. No new date has been set.“Malignant”“Malignant,” a horror film from director James Wan, was pushed indefinitely from its release date on Aug. 14 to clear the way for “Wonder Woman 1984” to open at the tail end of the summer.“Peter Rabbit 2,” “Morbius” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”In a sweeping overhaul of its release slate, Sony moved three films it had scheduled for release this summer to the first quarter of 2021. The “Peter Rabbit” sequel will now be released in January while “Morbius” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” have been moved to next March.“Greyhound”Sony has also moved a WWII drama written by and starring Tom Hanks off of its mid-June release date, though a new date has not yet been set.“Minions: The Rise of Gru” Universal pushed “Minions: The Rise of Gru” to July 2, 2021, a full year from its original release date.“Wicked”Universal has removed the movie musical adaptation of “Wicked” from its release slate from its original date on Dec. 22, 2021, and will be redated at a later time.“Sing 2”Illumination’s “Sing 2” will now open in the place vacated by “Wicked” on on Dec. 22, 2021.Read original story All the Movies Suspended or Delayed Due to Coronavirus Pandemic (Updating) At TheWrap

  • ‘Ant-Man 3': ‘Rick and Morty’ Writer Jeff Loveness to Pen Marvel Sequel
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    ‘Ant-Man 3': ‘Rick and Morty’ Writer Jeff Loveness to Pen Marvel Sequel

    “Rick and Morty” writer and co-producer Jeff Loveness has been hired to write”Ant-Man 3” for Marvel Studios, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.Peyton Reed will return to direct the third installment of the franchise. The franchise stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas. Reed directed 2015’s “Ant-Man” and 2018’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Plot details are being kept under wraps in the Quantum Realm.The third film in the franchise doesn’t have a release date and it is unclear when the third installment is supposed to shoot. The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is shifting as part of Disney’s reshuffle of its release slate due to the complications from the coronavirus, starting with “Black Widow” now taking the slot of “Eternals” on November 6, Disney announced Friday.Also Read: 'Ant-Man 3:' Peyton Reed Will Return to DirectDisney has another untitled Marvel film slated for release in October 2022 and four unspecified movies for 2023.Taking place in between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” the previous film, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” sees Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as he goes into house arrest after assisting Captain America during the events of “Civil War.” All the reluctant hero wants to do is take care of his daughter, but is forced to suit up again after a mysterious villain named Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) steals technology belonging to the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer and Tip “T.I.” Harris also star. The sequel grossed $622.6 million worldwide.Known for writing comedy, Loveness broke out on late night television and wrote for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” for several seasons. Additionally, Loveness has written for the Oscars, the Emmys, and White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He also wrote the upcoming TBS series, “Miracle Workers” and has also worked for Marvel on the publishing side writing comics featuring Nova, Groot, and Captain America amongst others.Loveness is repped by LBI Entertainment.The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.Read original story ‘Ant-Man 3': ‘Rick and Morty’ Writer Jeff Loveness to Pen Marvel Sequel At TheWrap

  • ‘Tiger King': Joe Exotic Says He’s ‘Done’ With Carole Baskin, Wants to Be ‘Free Man’
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    ‘Tiger King': Joe Exotic Says He’s ‘Done’ With Carole Baskin, Wants to Be ‘Free Man’

    Joseph Maldonado-Passage aka Joe Exotic has noticed the fame he’s gotten since the release of the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King.”“You know it would be nice if I could actually see me being famous out there,” Maldonado-Passage said during an interview from prison conducted by Netflix on March 22. He’s currently serving a 22-year sentence for his role in a murder-for-fire plot against big cat animal rights activist Carole Baskin.Maldonado-Passage added that he’s done with Baskin, who was portrayed as his main rival throughout the Netflix series, which has become one of the most popular on the streaming service.Also Read: 'Tiger King': Michael Jackson Once Owned the Alligators Burned Alive in Joe Exotic's Zoo Fire“I’m done with the Carole Baskin saga. It’s now time to turn the tables and Joe get out of jail a free man and exonerated from all these charges,” he said.Joe Exotic was interviewed from prison on March 22.Here's what he told us pic.twitter.com/ueqTeWfKxh— Netflix (@netflix) April 3, 2020For her part, Baskin has ripped the series as being “salacious and sensational.” “There are no words for how disappointing it is,” Baskin, who said she was asked to be part of “the big cat version of ‘Blackfish,'” stated.Baskin runs the Big Cat Rescue and was highly critical of Maldonado-Passage’s park. Several of the other people profiled in and interviewed for “Tiger King” do not believe Baskin to be the squeaky-clean animal rights activist that she purports to be. Maldonado-Passage has outright accused Baskin of killing her former husband and either feeding his remains to the tigers or dumping the body in a septic tank on their property. Earlier this week, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office renewed its search for Jack “Don” Lewis, citing the increased interest in the case.“Tiger King” follows (and the title refers to) Joe Exotic, the owner of a big-cat zoo in Oklahoma. Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was found to be guilty of hiring a hitman to kill Baskin, a rival of his in the animal world. He’s serving a multi-decade prison sentence for that and for animal rights crimes.Read original story ‘Tiger King': Joe Exotic Says He’s ‘Done’ With Carole Baskin, Wants to Be ‘Free Man’ At TheWrap

  • Logan Williams, ‘The Flash’ and ‘When Calls the Heart’ Actor, Dies at 16
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    Logan Williams, ‘The Flash’ and ‘When Calls the Heart’ Actor, Dies at 16

    Logan Williams, a 16-year-old actor who appeared on the CW superhero series “The Flash” as a young Barry Allen, has died, according to his family.The actor’s mother, Marlyse Williams, confirmed the news of her son’s death to the Tri-City News. No cause of death was provided, though Williams was said to have died suddenly on Thursday.Williams appeared in eight episodes of “The Flash” during its first two seasons — including the series pilot — as a younger version of Grant Gustin’s titular DC Comics hero. His other acting credits include the Hallmark series “When Calls the Heart,” as well as guest spots on “The Whispers” and “Supernatural.”Also Read: 'The Flash' Actor Rick Cosnett Comes Out as Gay: 'I've Made a Promise to Myself to Live My Truth' (Video)Gustin remembered his former co-star in an Instagram post on Thursday, praising the young actor’s ability and professionalism.“Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly,” he wrote. “This picture was early in the filming of The Flash pilot episode back in 2014. I was so impressed by not only Logan’s talent but his professionalism on set. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I’m sure an unimaginably difficult time for them.”He continued, “Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone.”View this post on Instagram Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly. This picture was early in the filming of The Flash pilot episode back in 2014. I was so impressed by not only Logan’s talent but his professionalism on set. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I’m sure an unimaginably difficult time for them. Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone. ❤️A post shared by Grant Gustin (@grantgust) on Apr 3, 2020 at 1:16pm PDTRead original story Logan Williams, ‘The Flash’ and ‘When Calls the Heart’ Actor, Dies at 16 At TheWrap

  • Former CBS CEO Joseph Ianniello Earned $125 Million Last Year
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    Former CBS CEO Joseph Ianniello Earned $125 Million Last Year

    Former CBS CEO Joe Ianniello earned $125.4 million in compensation and severance pay in 2019, according to an SEC filing on Friday.Of that $125 million, Ianniello brought in $84.7 million in severance pay. He stepped down as CEO of CBS shortly after the merger between CBS and Viacom, with former NBCUniversal executive George Cheeks replacing him.Ianniello, who took over as acting president and CEO of CBS in fall 2018 after the resignation of Leslie Moonves, was passed over for the top job in favor of Bob Bakish. Ianniello had an earlier clause in his contract with CBS, which entitled him to a hefty amount if he wasn’t named the permanent CEO. His base salary was $2.85 million and he brought in $37.4 million in stock awards.Also Read: Ratings: 'Broke' Helps to Fix CBS' Thursday With This Season's Most-Viewed Comedy DebutBakish, for his part, officially received $8.3 million for being CEO of ViacomCBS after the close of the merger last December. According to a previous SEC filing, he’s set to earn an annual $31 million.Cheeks took over as president and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group at the end of March.Earlier on Friday, ViacomCBS closed its deal to acquire a 49% stake in film and TV studio Miramax. BeIN Media Group will retain the remaining 51% stake in the company. The two said that Miramax’s current leadership team will continue in their existing roles.Read original story Former CBS CEO Joseph Ianniello Earned $125 Million Last Year At TheWrap

  • Movie Theater Seating Manufacturer VIP Cinemas Shuts Down for Good Due to Pandemic
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    Movie Theater Seating Manufacturer VIP Cinemas Shuts Down for Good Due to Pandemic

    Movie theater seating manufacturer VIP Cinemas, described as the world’s largest manufacturer of luxury reclining movie theater seats, on Friday decided to shut down for good due to the coronavirus pandemic.The company scrapped plans for a Chapter 11 restructuring after laying off 310 employees last month. On a telephone conference call on Friday, the manufacturer told Bankruptcy Judge Mary F. Walrath that, due to the pandemic’s profound impact on movie theaters worldwide, its restructuring plan was no longer feasible, according to law360.“We are truly living in an unprecedented time,” said VIP attorney Cristine Pirro Schwarzman of Ropes & Gray LLP. The board of directors made the determination that VIP’s business was no longer viable, as moviegoing has come to screeching halt and theaters will not likely open again in the immediate future, said Schwarzman.Also Read: AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Other Theater Chains Close Nationwide Amid Coronavirus Crisis (Updating)There was no way for the manufacturer to secure capital to continue operations and proceed with its restructuring plan so the decision was made to shut down operations and monetize its assets for distribution to creditors, Schwarzman told the judge. The manufacturer is expected back in court later in the month as it winds down operation and the remaining administrative matters in its Chapter 11 filing.According to the manufacturer’s website, VIP Cinemas launched in 2008 as a residential furniture manufacturer in New Albany, Mississippi, a town deeply rooted in the furniture industry for more than 160 years. In 2012, the company pivoted business strategies and launched luxury recliner seating for movie theaters. In 2015, the company expanded to a 900,000 square foot complex to become the largest manufacturer of luxury cinema seating in the world. Last year, the company opened global offices in the UK and Dubai as part of global expansion.Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.Read original story Movie Theater Seating Manufacturer VIP Cinemas Shuts Down for Good Due to Pandemic At TheWrap

  • Gizmodo and The Onion Parent Company G/O Media Lays off 14 Staffers
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    Gizmodo and The Onion Parent Company G/O Media Lays off 14 Staffers

    G/O Media laid off 14 employees Friday, becoming the latest media company to shed staffers or otherwise cut costs at the coronavirus pandemic decimates the American economy. G/O is the parent company of Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, The Onion and others.A press release on the layoffs lead with the assertion that these 14 people who lost their jobs comprised less than 5% of the company’s workforce. The release also got statistical: The decision comes amid coronavirus concerns, where the publishing industry has seen a dramatic decrease in digital advertising spend — 33% according to a recent IAB Survey (IAB, C-19 Ad Spend Impact Survey). While G/O Media has noted increased traffic and higher eCommerce revenues, these positive results have not been enough to offset the increasingly deteriorating economic environment and considerable short-term loss of direct advertising revenue.”Also Read: CNN's Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive for CoronavirusCEO Jim Spanfeller said in a statement, “Following a comprehensive financial analysis and with an understanding that the economic environment will get worse before it gets better, G/O Media has, along with other belt tightening actions, made the difficult decision to eliminate some positions.”Earlier this week, Vice reduced the workweek to cut salaries for employees who make over $100,000 per year and halted the matching of 401k contributions for 60 days while newspaper giant Gannett cut pay and implemented furloughs for journalists making over $38,000.Read original story Gizmodo and The Onion Parent Company G/O Media Lays off 14 Staffers At TheWrap

  • Sony Interactive Pushes Back ‘The Last of Us: Part II’ Release Indefinitely
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    Sony Interactive Pushes Back ‘The Last of Us: Part II’ Release Indefinitely

    The highly-anticipated video game “The Last of Us: Part II” will no longer launch as planned in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment said Thursday.“The Last of Us” game developers Naughty Dog said in a statement the development teams were “nearly done” with the sequel to the 2013 hit, but said “we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn’t launch ‘The Last of Us Part II’ to our satisfaction.”The game was originally set to sell in four tiers varying by price and add-ons — standard edition, special edition, collector’s edition and elite edition. All versions were originally set to launch Feb. 21 of this year, but were pushed back to May to handle patches and squash any remaining bugs, Naughty Dog said. Then, the pandemic hit, further delaying the release schedule.Naughty Dog also said “We want to make sure everyone gets to play (the game) around the same time, ensuring that we’re doing everything possible to preserve the best experience for everyone.”Also Read: ViacomCBS Acquires 49% Stake in MiramaxWhen the timing is right, “The Last of Us: Part II” will be released exclusively on the Playstation 4.Sony has also pushed back the release of its forthcoming “Iron Man: VR” game. “Logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve,” Sony Interactive Entertainment stated Thursday.Other games that have been forced to reconsider their releases, including Private Division and Obsidian Entertainment’s “The Outer Worlds,” which rescheduled a planned March 6 release to later this summer.Read original story Sony Interactive Pushes Back ‘The Last of Us: Part II’ Release Indefinitely At TheWrap

  • Patricia Bosworth, Marlon Brando Biographer and Former Actress, Dies at 86
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    Patricia Bosworth, Marlon Brando Biographer and Former Actress, Dies at 86

    Actress Patricia Bosworth, who later chronicled Hollywood’s Golden Age and wrote a bestselling biography of Marlon Brando, died Thursday of coronavirus complications. She was 86. Bosworth’s death was announced by the Actors Studio, of which she was a longtime member and board member.Bosworth acted alongside Audrey Hepburn in “The Nun’s Story” and had a second act writing bestselling celebrity bios. In addition to covering Brando’s life, Bosworth also wrote bestselling biographies about Montgomery Clift, Jane Fonda and Diane Arbus, for whom she had modeled in a Greyhound bus advertisement earlier in her career.“Patti was more than a great writer. She was an inspiration and a pillar of support to so many wonderful people. And she was so dear to me,” her friend Ray Leslee wrote on Facebook. “She was the youngest and most vibrant 86-year-old I know. I last spoke to her on March 10th. She had just returned from a week’s travels, researching for her new book about Paul Robeson…The deadly virus came on very quickly and she’s gone.”Born Patricia Chum in Oakland, California, Bosworth moved to New York as a teenager with her family and began modeling after graduating Sarah Lawrence College. Bosworth then studied acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio alongside Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen and Jane Fonda. Bosworth later acted on Broadway and in television shows including “The Patty Duke Show” and “Naked City.”Bosworth gave up acting in the 1960s to focus on journalism and wrote features for The New York Times and New York Magazine. She later became senior editor of McCall’s and managing editor of Harper’s Bazaar.Bosworth’s most recent book was the memoir “The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan.”Bosworth was predeceased by husbands Mel Arrighi and Tom Palumbo. She had no children.Read original story Patricia Bosworth, Marlon Brando Biographer and Former Actress, Dies at 86 At TheWrap

  • ‘Westworld': Which Host Is in Charlotte Hale’s Body?
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    ‘Westworld': Which Host Is in Charlotte Hale’s Body?

    (We’ve got spoilers ahead for “Westworld” on HBO through the episode that aired on March 29.)“Westworld” season 3 is, thankfully, not even remotely so much of a headache to deal with as season 2 was — I’m not sure many folks would be able to deal all that stuff during this whole pandemic situation. For the most part, this season has a more traditional “what’s gonna happen next?” sort of structure. It’s nice. But there are still mysteries, of course. Like that of the five host control units that Dolores took out of Westworld last season. And that of the identity of the host — who was one of those pearls — who now inhabits the Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) body.One of them is, obviously, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), who is living in his own body as Season 3 begins. But Dolores took four other “pearls” as well, and we don’t have a clue whose minds live in them. We just know she has already put at least two of them in new host bodies to take the place of real humans. One went inside a replica of Martin Connells (Tommy Flanagan), the security chief for Liam Dempsey (John Gallagher Jr), who runs Incite. And the other went inside the Charlotte Hale body that Bernard built last season.Also Read: 'Westworld' Creators on Those Massive 'Game of Thrones' Cameos and the Secrets of Park 4The mystery of those pearls has haunted us for the nearly two years that have passed since “Westworld” Season 2 ended. And while the Season 3 premiere didn’t really give us any clues about who is in either of those bodies, episode 3 let us finally spend some time with this new Charlotte. While the episode did not reveal her identity, we got some clues this week.There’s two main clues here, as I see it. First, when she and Dolores meet up this week, Dolores says she chose her to inhabit Charlotte because she trusts her, and there’s not a long list of folks who qualify there — though that could just be something she said to try to boost this new Charlotte’s confidence. And second, this Host seems to be struggling with the deception, so whoever it is might not be the smoothest character. Though that might be a bit of a stretch — Hosts are people too, and if you just tossed your mind into a completely different body I bet you’d struggle too.The problem we have at the moment is that these “clues” are so vague and open to interpretation that it’s tough to know if they mean anything. If I had to say that we knew anything for sure, it would be just that Dolores and this mystery Host clearly new each other before, and didn’t hate each other. And also that she’s not someone who made it to the Valley Beyond at the end of Season 2.Also Read: 'Westworld': What in the World Is Going On With Bernard?So that eliminates Teddy right off the bat, unless Dolores made a copy of his pearl before sending him off into that virtual sunset. And it’s not Maeve, since she’s got her own thing going on with Serac (Vincent Cassel). In terms of temperament and demeanor in the scene with Dolores, the character that the new Charlotte reminds me of the most is actually Dolores’s father. Beyond him and Teddy, the only other Host that I would think qualify for Dolores’s trust is Angela (Talulah Riley), but she blew herself up last season. But maybe they backed up her pearl before that — her whole suicide bombing thing was a little bit odd, because none of the other “awakened” Hosts made that sort of permadeath sacrifice.And beyond Angela, there just aren’t a ton of options left in general. Just maybe Hector, or Armistice, or Clementine. Nobody else really comes to mind as legitimate possibilities, though who knows what Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have up their sleeves. Season 3 has appeared entirely too straightforward thus far, and it feels like it’s only a matter of time until they pull the rug out from under us in a big way.Read original story ‘Westworld': Which Host Is in Charlotte Hale’s Body? At TheWrap

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham: ‘Why Are You on TV Again?’
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    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham: ‘Why Are You on TV Again?’

    Fox News host Laura Ingraham and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sparred on Twitter Friday, and not for the first time, either.It all started when Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on marginalized communities and communities of color, writing, “COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities. Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions. Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.”Ingraham retweeted the congresswoman’s call to action, adding, “The Doctor of Mixology will save us!” in a reference to Ocasio-Cortez’s former job as a bartender.Also Read: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Laura Ingraham After Grammar Tweet: 'You're a Neo-Nazi Fan Favorite'“Didn’t you just put a doctor on your show who faked their employment at Lenox Hill hospital and touted a COVID ‘treatment’ that you tweeted & Twitter had to remove because a man may have died trying self-administer it?” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “I’m sorry, why are you on TV again?”She followed up with a link to a report that Twitter did, in fact, remove a tweet from the primetime host that promoted the drug hydroxychloroquine as having been used by one hospital in New York with “very promising results.” Ingraham went so far as to compare the patient to the Biblical Lazarus, a man believed to have risen from the dead by Jesus.“Typical liberal,” Ingraham branded her. “Doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘admitting privileges’ versus ‘employed by’–maligning a man who has spent his life teaching and saving lives of late stage cancer patients.”The duo fought on the platform last August, too. During that interaction, Ocasio-Cortez called Ingraham a “neo-Nazi fan favorite” after the Fox News host corrected the grammar in one of her tweets.Read original story Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham: ‘Why Are You on TV Again?’ At TheWrap

  • Twitch Streams 1.1 Billion Hours of Content in March, Hitting Record High
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    Twitch Streams 1.1 Billion Hours of Content in March, Hitting Record High

    Twitch saw 1.1 billion hours of content watched in March, an increase from the previous month of 20% and the highest peak since the streaming platform launched in 2011, according to livestreaming services provider StreamElements and its analytics partner Arsenal.gg.Up from 928 million in February, Twitch’s boom is thought to be largely due to the ongoing global pandemic that is forcing people to self-isolate. Still, the habits gamers develop now could sustain past the pandemic.“While this 20% growth has gotten a huge boost by stay-at-home mandates, now that more viewers and creators are discovering the power and appeal of live social video, we expect the medium to maintain some of this new momentum beyond the current crisis,” said Doron Nir, chief executive of StreamElements.Also Read: 6 Ways Coronavirus Pandemic Will Impact Gaming IndustryNir added that he anticipates new Twitch users will have time to experiment with and grow to enjoy the platform during the quarantine, and that many of those users will continue to subscribe even when the stay-at-home orders are eventually lifted.According to earlier reports from analytics firm StreamHatchet, other platforms are also experiencing a bump. Total hours watched on YouTube Gaming went up 13% from the last quarter, and Facebook Gaming saw a 20% increase. The news comes roughly a week after The Hollywood Reporter noted Verizon saw video game usage during “peak hours” grow 75%.Twitch did not comment on the figure and declined to share specific viewer statistics with TheWrap.Read original story Twitch Streams 1.1 Billion Hours of Content in March, Hitting Record High At TheWrap

  • ‘Black Widow’ Moves to November as Other MCU Films Shift Back to 2021, 2022
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    ‘Black Widow’ Moves to November as Other MCU Films Shift Back to 2021, 2022

    The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is shifting as part of Disney’s reshuffle of its release slate due to the complications from the coronavirus, starting with “Black Widow” now taking the slot of “Eternals” on November 6, Disney announced Friday.“Eternals” is moving to February 12, 2021, with “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings” kicking off summer 2021 on May 7. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is now shifting to Nov. 5, 2021.2022 is also shaping up for the MCU, with “Thor: Love and Thunder” taking the spring slot of February, 18, 2022, “Black Panther 2” shifting to the summer on May 8, 2022, and “Captain Marvel 2,” which was not previously dated, is now set for a July 8, 2022 release.Also Read: Disney Movie Shuffle: 'Mulan' and 'Black Widow' Get Later Dates, 'Jungle Cruise' Pushed a Year to Summer 2021Disney has another untitled Marvel film slated for release in October 2022 and four unspecified movies for 2023.“Black Widow” is a standalone prequel movie about Scarlett Johansson’s character from the “Avengers” films that follows her time as a Russian assassin. The film stars David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz, and Cate Shortland is directing.“Eternals” stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh and Don Lee and focuses on the race of ancient, superpowered humans created by Jack Kirby in 1976. “The Rider” director Chloé Zhao is directing.“Shang-Chi” is another new character to the MCU and will star Simu Liu stars as the title character, a kung fu master, while Tony Leung plays the villain The Mandarin and Awkwafina co-stars in an unnamed role.Also Read: Disney Pulls 'Artemis Fowl' From Theatrical Release, Will Debut on Disney+Benedict Cumberbatch returns for “Doctor Strange 2,” which recently lost director Scott Derrickson and is billed as Marvel’s first “scary” movie. Sam Raimi was in talks to come aboard the project back in February, and “Loki” writer Michael Waldron is writing the script.“Thor: Love and Thunder” is the fourth “Thor” standalone film, which brings Taika Waititi back to the director’s chair and even reunites Natalie Portman with the franchise.“Captain Marvel 2” recently hired “WandaVision’s” writer Megan McDonnell to write the script, though directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who directed and co-wrote the original film, will not return to the sequel.The changes to the MCU are just a handful of the changes Disney made to its release slate on Friday, including bumping “Artemis Fowl” to Disney+ from its theatrical release that was meant for this May, pushing “Mulan” onto a July 24 release and making shifts to other 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures titles, including “The French Dispatch,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Free Guy.”Read original story ‘Black Widow’ Moves to November as Other MCU Films Shift Back to 2021, 2022 At TheWrap

  • Disney Pulls ‘Artemis Fowl’ From Theatrical Release, Will Debut on Disney+
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    Disney Pulls ‘Artemis Fowl’ From Theatrical Release, Will Debut on Disney+

    Disney has pulled its upcoming adaption of “Artemis Fowl” from its theatrical release and will now debut the movie exclusively on its Disney+ streaming service.The Kenneth Branagh-directed film was supposed to be released on May 29, during the summer blockbuster season (it had been earlier slated to hit theaters in August of last year before getting delayed). It is unclear when the film will become available on Disney+, but it will be sometime in the summer. On Friday, Pixar’s “Onward” became available on the platform, less than a month after it debuted at the box office and just a few weeks after it was available to buy on video-on-demand.The move of “Artemis Fowl” comes as all theatrical releases are being shuffled around and delayed — some by as long as a year — while movie theaters remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic. The film stars Ferdia Shaw as a young thief whose schemes trigger a battle against supernatural forces Colin Farrell, Josh Gad and Judi Dench also star.Also Read: New WarnerMedia CEO Predicts 'More Experiments' With Theatrical Release Windows“With audiences largely unable to attend theatres in the current environment, we are thrilled to offer the premiere of ‘Artemis Fowl’ on Disney+,” said Ricky Strauss, President, Content & Marketing, Disney+. “Director Kenneth Branagh and his spectacular cast take viewers right into the vibrant, fantasy world of the beloved book, which fans have been waiting to see brought to life onscreen for years. It’s great family entertainment that is the perfect addition to Disney+’s summer lineup.”On Friday, Disney also set new dates for several other films, including “Mulan,” “Jungle Cruise” and “Black Widow.” In fact, “Black Widow’s delayed release forced many other MCU Phase 4 films to be shuffled around.Last month, Universal moved the animated “Trolls World Tour” from theaters to video-on-demand streaming, where it will be available on April 10.Read original story Disney Pulls ‘Artemis Fowl’ From Theatrical Release, Will Debut on Disney+ At TheWrap

  • Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Remake Pushed Back 3 Months
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    Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Remake Pushed Back 3 Months

    Nia DaCosta’s “Candyman” remake is being pushed from June 12 to Sept. 25 in the wake of the coronavirus, Universal Pictures announced Friday.Universal’s film “Praise This,” previously set for release on Sept. 25, is now without a release date and will be scheduled at a later time.Jordan Peele co-wrote “Candyman” with Win Rosenfeld and DaCosta (“Little Woods”). Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris star in the movie from Universal Pictures and MGM.See Video: 'Candyman' Trailer: Jordan Peele Dares You to Say His Name in Creepy First LookPeele frames the story of the supernatural killer with a hook for a hand named Candyman as a demon that has haunted Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood for decades. But in the present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Parris), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.Anthony’s artwork of the legend unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.Also Read: Colman Domingo and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett Join Jordan Peele's 'Candyman'“Candyman” comes from Universal and MGM in association with BRON Creative, and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions. The film is produced by Ian Cooper, Rosenfeld and Peele. Peele wrote the screenplay with Rosenfeld and DaCosta.Currently, Sept. 25 houses the release of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton, Sacha Baron Cohen and Abdul-Mateen II.Read original story Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Remake Pushed Back 3 Months At TheWrap

  • DGA Members Approve Film and TV Contract By Overwhelming Margin
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    DGA Members Approve Film and TV Contract By Overwhelming Margin

    The members of the Directors Guild of America overwhelmingly approved the new collective bargaining agreement between the DGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), president Thomas Schlamme announced Friday.The three-year deal takes effect beginning on July 1, 2020 and will run through June 30, 2023. Negotiations between the DGA and the AMPTP concluded March 4.“I am proud to report that our membership overwhelmingly voted to ratify the new contract. In a time of enormous uncertainty as we’re all feeling the weight of this current pandemic, it is at least reassuring for our members to know that when the industry resumes production, a strong new agreement awaits them,” Schlamme said in a statement. “The agreement contains important gains in key areas, including dramatic improvements in SVOD residuals and coverage; a significant increase in funding for our Pension Plan to secure our retirement promises now and into the future; healthy wage increases; and significant wins in television creative rights. This was a complex negotiation, and our thanks go to our Negotiating Committee, led by negotiations co-Chairs Jon Avnet and Todd Holland, our national executive director Russell Hollander, and our excellent professional staff.”Also Read: Directors Guild Foundation Launches Coronavirus Relief FundThe new agreement increase residuals for members working on original SVOD series by 50%, bringing the three-year residual for a 60-minute series on the highest subscriber SVOD services to more than $73,000. General wage and residual base will also increase by 2.5% in the first year of the agreement and 3% in the second and third years of the agreement.There will also be increased funding for the DGA-Producer Pension Plan, with the employer contribution rate to the Pension Plan permanently increasing by 1% in the first year of the agreement from 7% to 8%.In addition, the Guild secured a commitment from the film studios to meet with the DGA twice yearly to discuss ongoing efforts to expand feature film directing opportunities for individuals from underrepresented groups.Also Read: Do You Work in Hollywood? Here's Where You Can Get (and Give) Financial AidTalks were led by negotiations committee co-chairs Jon Avnet and Todd Holland and the DGA’s chief negotiator, national executive director Russell Hollander. Television Creative Rights negotiations were chaired by Paris Barclay and co-chaired by Matthew Penn.The deal was approved by the National Board for the DGA on Mar. 7, and then voting was opened to members on Mar. 11, shortly before the coronavirus began shutting down productions industry-wide.Read original story DGA Members Approve Film and TV Contract By Overwhelming Margin At TheWrap

  • CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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    CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive for Coronavirus

    CNN’s Brooke Baldwin announced Friday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.“Hi friends,” she wrote in a statement posted on Instagram. “I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I am OKAY. It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever. I’ve been social distancing. Doing ALL the things we’re being told to do. Still — it got me. I’m healthy… no underlying conditions… Honestly, I feel like one of the lucky ones.”She is the second of the network’s daily anchors to make that announcement, following colleague Chris Cuomo earlier this week.Also Read: CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Tells Chris Cuomo to Stop Broadcasting With Coronavirus (Video)Using emojis, she expressed her excitement to be back on television “real soon” and giving a shoutout “to the doctors and nurses who are doing the real work right now.”During her hour of “CNN Newsroom,” Baldwin has been highlighting the stories of everyday people affected by the pandemic. On her Instagram, she’s been modeling social distancing on a series that features her doing video calls with the likes of U.S. Women’s National Team soccer players and nurses.If Baldwin needs advice, she can look to her colleague. Earlier Friday, a concerned viewer asked Cuomo what has been helping his symptoms. He replied, “So far…time. Chix soup. Constant fluid. This is a slog. Could be 2 weeks of low grade fever with spikes and lulls (pray for lulls – love lulls). Then real concern is if make thru do you get secondary ‘super’ infex like pneumonia. Many stories like that. Main worry for me.”Read original story CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive for Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • 15 New Midseason TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From ‘Duncanville’ to ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ (Photos)
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    15 New Midseason TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From ‘Duncanville’ to ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ (Photos)

    When it comes to broadcast TV, winter is typically no fall — but a few of this year’s new midseason shows could have made the cut for an earlier start, ratings-wise. TheWrap has ranked all of 2020’s midseason series premieres — so far — by their “live” total-viewer tallies. Spinoffs of Fox’s “9-1-1” and CBS’ “FBI” had impressive starts, The CW’s “Riverdale” offshoot did not. Scroll through our gallery for the Nielsen returns for the 15 midseason shows that have debuted this season and check back for updates as more premiere. Least-watched is first, most-watched is last. Readers can find our Fall TV version of these rankings here here.Rank:  15     Show:   “Katy Keene”   Net:  The CW   Total Viewers: 568,000 Rank:  14     Show:   “Duncanville”   Net:  Fox   Total Viewers: 1.5 million Rank:  13    Show:  “Flirty Dancing”   Net:  Fox   Total Viewers: 1.8 million* (*Time period premiere. Special post-NFL doubleheader series debut, which aired live across all timezones, earned 3.2 million viewers) Rank:   12    Show:     “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”*   Net:  NBC    Total Viewers: 2 million* (*Time period premiere. Sneak-peek preview of first episode got 2.7 million viewers) Rank:   11    Show:   “Indebted”  Net:  NBC   Total Viewers: 2.1 million Rank:   10   Show:   “For Life”   Net:  ABC   Total Viewers: 3.178 million Rank:   9    Show:   “Outmatched”   Net:  Fox   Total Viewers: 3.2 million Rank:   8   Show:   “Council of Dads”   Net:  NBC   Total Viewers: 3.9 million Rank:   7    Show:  “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector”   Net:  NBC   Total Viewers: 4.4 million Rank:   6   Show:  “Deputy”    Net:  Fox   Total Viewers: 4.6 million Rank:   5    Show:   “Tommy”   Net:  CBS   Total Viewers: 4.787 million Rank:   4    Show:   “Lego Masters”   Net:  Fox   Total Viewers: 4.837 million Rank:   3    Show:  “9-1-1: Lone Star”   Net: Fox   Total Viewers: 5.8 million* (*Time period premiere. Special post-NFC Championship series debut earned 11.5 million viewers) Rank:   2    Show:  “Broke”   Net:  CBS  Total Viewers: 7.05 million Rank:   1    Show:  “FBI: Most Wanted”   Net:  CBS  Total Viewers: 7.1 million Read original story 15 New Midseason TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From ‘Duncanville’ to ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ (Photos) At TheWrap

  • Ratings: ‘Broke’ Helps to Fix CBS’ Thursday With This Season’s Most-Viewed Comedy Debut
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    Ratings: ‘Broke’ Helps to Fix CBS’ Thursday With This Season’s Most-Viewed Comedy Debut

    Pauley Perette’s return was welcome news for CBS, as the debut of her new sitcom “Broke” was this season’s biggest comedy debut. It probably helped that everyone was stuck at home self-quarantining.Even so, “Broke” premiered to a 0.9 rating in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 7.05 million viewers, topping another CBS sitcom (“Bob Hearts Abishola”) for the most-watched new comedy this year. In the demo, “Broke” tied “Bob” and “Mixed-ish” for the top comedy debut.CBS took first among total viewers while ABC won out in the demo on Thursday.Also Read: Ratings: Supersize 'Masked Singer' Does Super Well Against CBS' 'Garth & Trisha Live' Special“Man With a Plan” matched “Broke” with a 0.9 demo rating in its fourth-season premiere, while also drawing 7.14 million viewers, its highest total in more than three years. “Tommy” (0.6 rating/5.51 million viewers), “Young Sheldon” (1.3/9.99 million) and “Mom” (1.0/7.62 million) all hit season-highs in both the demo and total viewers.For ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” also hit a season-high among total viewers with 7.14 million and a 1.4 in the demo, tying its second-best rating of the season. At 10 p.m., “How to Get Away With Murder” returns for its final run of episodes with a 0.6 rating and just over 3 million total viewers, both up from its fall average. “Station 19” posted a 1.1 in the demo and 7.29 million total viewers.On NBC, “Superstore” drew a 0.7 rating and 3.29 million viewers, with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” following at 8:30 p.m. with a 0.5 rating and 2.2 million viewers. Following a repeat “Will & Grace,” “Indebted” drew a 0.3 rating and 1.36 million viewers. At 10 p.m., “Law & Order: SVU” posted a 0.6 rating and 3.51 million viewers.For Fox, “Last Man Standing” drew a 0.7 rating and 4.11 million total viewers.Univision took third with a 0.6 rating, while Fox and NBC tied with a 0.5 each. Fox edged out NBC among total viewers, 2.67 million to 2.56 million. Telemundo (0.4) beat out The CW (0.1), which aired all repeats.Read original story Ratings: ‘Broke’ Helps to Fix CBS’ Thursday With This Season’s Most-Viewed Comedy Debut At TheWrap