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René Auberjonois Dies: ‘Benson’ And ‘Star Trek’ Actor Was 79

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René Auberjonois Dies: ‘Benson’ And ‘Star Trek’ Actor Was 79
René Auberjonois, an actor who rose to prominence with roles on such hit television shows as Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, the Associated Press reported. He was 79.

Auberjonois was a character actor and performed in theater of the 1960s. He made the transition to cinema in the 1970s, and appeared on a string of popular television series in the 1980s and ’90s.

The actor was born in New York in 1940. He graduated from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon. Auberjonois later decided to pursue a career as a perform, joining theater companies and landing three roles on Broadway in 1968, including playing the Fool in a long-running version of King Lear.
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Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Dies at 85

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Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Dies at 85
Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for 49 years at “Sesame Street,” died Sunday in Connecticut after living with dystonia. He was 85.

Sesame Workshop announced his death, calling him an “artistic genius” whose “legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending.” Spinney’s death came on the same day “Sesame Street” is to receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, D.C.

“His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world,” the announcement continued, “and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while,” Sesame Workshop said.

Spinney was with “Sesame Street” from the beginning in 1969, and continued working as Big Bird and Oscar through 2018, though he stopped performing inside the
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HFPA President Responds to Golden Globes’ Female Director Shut-Out: ‘We Vote by Film’

HFPA President Responds to Golden Globes’ Female Director Shut-Out: ‘We Vote by Film’
Despite gains in the number of films and TV shows helmed by women, female directors were completely shut out of the Golden Globes once again this year.

The snub was immediately called out on social media, with filmmakers like “Honey Boy” director Alma Har’el tweeting, “do not look for justice in the awards system.” However, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria defended the move by saying the organization votes based on film, not gender.

“What happened is that we don’t vote by gender. We vote by film and accomplishment,” Soria told Variety’s Marc Malkin at the Globes announcement Monday morning.
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HFPA President Responds to Golden Globes’ Female Director Shut-Out: ‘We Vote by Film’

HFPA President Responds to Golden Globes’ Female Director Shut-Out: ‘We Vote by Film’
Despite gains in the number of films and TV shows helmed by women, female directors were completely shut out of the Golden Globes once again this year.

The snub was immediately called out on social media, with filmmakers like “Honey Boy” director Alma Har’el tweeting, “do not look for justice in the awards system.” However, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria defended the move by saying the organization votes based on film, not gender.

“What happened is that we don’t vote by gender. We vote by film and accomplishment,” Soria told Variety’s Marc Malkin at the Globes announcement Monday morning.

In addition to Har’el, some of the major snubs included Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”) and Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”).

Instead, the HFPA nominated Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”), Sam Mendes (“1917”), Todd Phillips
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Netflix Orders ‘Cheer’ Docuseries From ‘Last Chance U’ Director

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Netflix has ordered a new docuseries from the Greg Whitely, director of junior college football docuseries “Last Chance U.”

Titled “Cheer,” the six-episode docuseries follows the competitive cheerleaders of Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

Here is Netflix’s official description:

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“Led by Monica Aldama, the small junior college has won 14 National Championships since 2000. The stakes on the mat are high, but for these athletes, the only thing more brutal than their workouts and more exceptional than their performances are the stories of adversity and triumph behind the team members themselves. Over the course of six episodes, viewers will join the Navarro College cheerleaders as they face injuries, sacrifice, personal setbacks and triumphs, all leading up to one nail-biting and adrenaline pumping final competition at the National Championship.”

“Our new series Cheer is as much about
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Bill Hemmer Will Inherit Shepard Smith Slot at Fox News

Bill Hemmer has been the faithful morning co-anchor at Fox News Channel, boosting the profiles of time-slot partners like Megyn Kelly, Martha MacCallum and Shannon Bream. Now he’s set to step into his own solo spotlight.

Hemmer will take over the 3 p.m. timeslot previously anchored by Shepard Smith, the last stage of a much-scrutinized transition at the Fox Corp. cable-news outlet. The move was previously reported by Mediaite.

More to come….

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Santa Returns to ‘South Park’ to Ruin Christmas (Video)

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Santa Returns to ‘South Park’ to Ruin Christmas (Video)
Santa returns to “South Park” for the Comedy Central show’s season finale this week, and is bringing some good ole-fashioned Christmas cheer. Wait no, sorry, we meant the opposite of that.

Don’t believe us? Here is the logline for Wednesday’s episode, titled “Christmas Snow,” and you can watch Santa turn into Debbie Downer in the video above:

It’s a bleak Christmas Season in ‘South Park’ this year and it’s all Santa’s fault. He is single handedly stealing the joy from the holiday. The town just wants their Christmas Spirit back but that will take a Christmas miracle.

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It’s still better than last season, when Santa attempted to deliver some Christmas cheer to the citizens of South Park in the Season 22 finale. That was until he found out they kicked out his old pal Mr.
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‘Richard Jewell': Atlanta Journal-Constitution Threatens Legal Action Over ‘Malicious Fabrication’

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and editor Kevin Riley are threatening the producers and filmmakers of Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” over its accusations of “malicious fabrications” in the film, according to a legal demand sent Monday that was obtained by TheWrap.

The letter from the law offices of Lavely & Singer accused the filmmakers as acting “recklessly” and “engaging in constitutional malice” due to the film’s portrayal of the newspaper and Ajc reporter Kathy Scruggs (as played by Olivia Wilde). The paper demands that the filmmakers issue a public statement that acknowledges they took dramatic and artistic licenses with the story, and that a prominent disclaimer is added to the film.

“We’re simply asking that the producers issue a statement acknowledging that some events were imagined for dramatic purposes, and that artistic license and dramatization were used in the film’s portrayal of events and characters,” Riley said in a statement to TheWrap.
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Watch U2 Dedicate ‘Pride’ to John Lennon at First-Ever South Korea Concert

U2’s Joshua Tree 2019 tour touched down at Seoul, South Korea’s Gocheok Sky Dome on December 8th. It was the group’s first concert in South Korea, and it happened to also be the anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Early in the show, Bono paused “Pride (In the Name of Love)” to pay tribute to Lennon.

“Let’s turn this concrete sky arena into a cathedral,” Bono said. “We think about a great peacemaker we lost December 8th, 39 years ago tonight: John Lennon. We lost John Lennon, great peacemaker,
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Bruno Dumont’s ‘Joan of Arc’ Wins Louis Delluc Prize From French Critics

Bruno Dumont’s ‘Joan of Arc’ Wins Louis Delluc Prize From French Critics
Bruno Dumont’s “Joan of Arc (“Jeanne”), a semi-musical period drama that world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won a special mention in the Un Certain Regard section, has received the Louis Delluc prize from French Critics.

The jury of the Louis Delluc prize is headed by Gilles Jacob, the former president of the Cannes Film Festival.

Dumont’s film follows the journey of the young Joan (Lise Leplat Prudhomme), who believes that God has chosen her and leads the king of France’s army in the 15th century as both France and England fight for the French throne. When she is captured, the church sends her for trial on charges of heresy.

Joan of Arc,” which is a follow-up to Dumont’s 2017 film “Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc,” beat out Alain Cavalier’s “Living and Knowing You’re Alive,” Francois Ozon’s “By the Grace of God,
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Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’: Atlanta Newspaper Demands Disclaimer on Depiction of Female Reporter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is asking Warner Bros. and the makers of “Richard Jewell” to release a statement acknowledging it took dramatic license when it portrayed journalist Kathy Scruggs as trading sex for tips.

The Clint Eastwood film looks at the media circus that broke out around Jewell, a security guard who came under suspicion for orchestrating the Centennial Olympic Park bombing before being exonerated. Scruggs, an employee at the paper, broke the story that Jewell was under investigation by the FBI. The film shows Scruggs, portrayed by Olivia Wilde, sleeping with an FBI agent (Jon Hamm) to get the story. Scruggs died in 2001 at the age of 42. The paper has maintained that there is no evidence that Scruggs slept with anyone involved in the Jewell investigation.

“We hereby demand that you immediately issue a statement publicly acknowledging that some events were imagined for dramatic purposes and artistic license and dramatization
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Paul Reubens to Headline ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure’ Anniversary Tour

Paul Reubens to Headline ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure’ Anniversary Tour
Paul Reubens — creator and star of Pee-wee’s Playhouse and three Pee-wee Herman films — is going out on tour to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his 1985 breakout movie as Pee-wee, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.

Each tour date will be accompanied by a screening of the film — which marked the directorial debut for Tim Burton and the first major motion picture credit for composer Danny Elfman — followed by live behind-the-scenes stories from Reubens.

The 20-city outing kicks off February 14th in Portland, Oregon, and runs through March 29th with a final show in Washington,
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Fox’s ‘Miss Universe’ Ratings Fall 18% From Last Year’s Competition, Tying All-Time Low

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Fox’s “Miss Universe” fell 18% in TV ratings from last year’s broadcast on Sunday, tying the competition’s all-time low in the key demo.

With a 0.9 rating, the show was even with the previous low set by 2013’s “Miss Universe,” which aired on a Saturday in November. Last night’s 3.8 million total viewers tally is slightly above the 2013 telecast, which put up 3.754 million, meaning Sunday’s show marks the competition’s second smallest audience on record.

Meanwhile, “Supergirl” kicked off The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event with season highs in both the key demo (0.6) and total viewers (1.7 million), and the best numbers the Melissa Benoist-led series has seen since its episode from last year’s crossover special. It was also the networks best total viewer tally in the 8 p.m. Sunday slot since the series premiere of “Batwoman” earlier this season.

Read about the shocking twist from that episode here.
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Tame Impala Announces ‘Slow Rush’ Release Date, Tour With Perfume Genius

Tame Impala Announces ‘Slow Rush’ Release Date, Tour With Perfume Genius
Kevin Parker, aka Tame Impala, has announced that his highly anticipated album The Slow Rush will be released on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. He also shared a full North American tour schedule for next year, featuring special guest Perfume Genius. The new dates follow previously announced stops in California and Mexico in March.

The full tour kicks off March 9th at San Diego’s Pechanga Arena and concludes August 7th at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Clairo will open for Tame Impala in San Diego, San Francisco and
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Golden Globes Nominate 14 Movie Actors From Variety’s Actors on Actors

Golden Globes Nominate 14 Movie Actors From Variety’s Actors on Actors
“Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” Variety‘s biannual awards season offering, pairs actors who have delivered the best performances of the year for candid conversations about their craft.

This year, 14 actors who participated in Variety‘s movies issue received a Golden Globe nomination on Monday morning.

That list includes Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), Renee Zellweger (“Judy”), Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”), Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”), Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”), Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”), Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”), Awkwafina (“The Farewell”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”), Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”), Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) and Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”).

All of these actors were featured in Variety’s Actors on Actors movie issue, which appeared on newsstands and online in November. In addition to being part of the print publication, the conversations are also filmed. On YouTube, the Actors
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Beanie Feldstein on Golden Globe Nomination for ‘Booksmart': ‘I Get to Represent This Movie I Love’

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Beanie Feldstein on Golden Globe Nomination for ‘Booksmart': ‘I Get to Represent This Movie I Love’
Booksmart” star Beanie Feldstein received a Golden Globes nomination for her role in Olivia Wilde’s film on Monday — and she got to share that joy with best friends Kaitlyn Dever and Ben Platt, who were also nominated in other categories for different projects.

“I was in my bed in my apartment in New York, and I had been screaming because I had seen Kaitlyn’s name come up — I wasn’t watching, I was just looking at Twitter — I screamed so loud my roommate came in asking if I was okay,” Feldstein told TheWrap. “Then I FaceTimed her — I am so over the moon for her and her performance is one of the most exciting things to exist, and for her to be recognized… it’s for her whole year that she’s having. I would be nowhere without her, I was just over the moon.”

She added: “Then
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Box Office Bomb: ‘Playmobil’ Flops in Historic Fashion

Box Office Bomb: ‘Playmobil’ Flops in Historic Fashion
Playmobil: The Movie” will make box office history, but certainly not in the way it intended. Stx’s animated adventure generated less than $1 million despite launching in 2,337 North American theaters and now stands as one of the worst opening weekends of all time.

Playmobil” scraped together just $668,000 over the weekend, marking the third-lowest debut ever for a film that was playing in over 2,000 locations. The only movies to suffer worse fates were 2012’s “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” and 2008’s “Delgo”.

North American theater chains and regional venues offered the film for $5, significantly less than the average ticket price in U.S. of roughly $9. Children’s tickets can run up to $15 in major markets like New York or Los Angeles. But even heavily discounted prices weren’t enough of an incentive. Since it’s already a competitive time of year for moviegoing, the studio will struggle to hold
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Paul Rudd Isn’t Sure Which Version of Miles He Was Nominated for, But Knows Who’s More Fun

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Ant-Man was feeling 100 feet tall on Monday morning. Paul Rudd was just nominated for a Golden Globe for the first time ever, earning a nod for his dual-role on Netflix’s “Living With Yourself.”

Just a few hours after we all heard the good — and likely, overdue — news, TheWrap spoke with the actor who excellently plays Miles And Miles in the streaming service’s freshman cloning dramedy.

“You put your heart and soul — everyone does put their heart and soul into what it is that they’re working on. It’s just nice to be included. It’s a total honor,” Rudd told TheWrap. “I hadn’t really thought about it. It’s kind of a first thing for me.”

Rudd’s had some MTV Awards love, a SAG nod, and won a Critics’ Choice Awards, but this is his first major nomination.

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TV Ratings: ‘Arrowverse’ Crossover Propels CW to Season High, ‘Miss Universe’ Down 18%

Last night’s epic “Arrowverse” crossover episode “Crisis on Infinite Earths” (part one of two) propelled the CW to its highest TV rating of the season so far.

The episode came in at a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 and drew 1.67 million total viewers, the second highest viewership for any episode on the network this season, behind only the “Batwoman” premiere which drew 1.86 million. Part 1 of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” aired over an episode of “Supergirl” which, prior to last night, has been averaging a 0.2 rating and just under 1 million viewers across season 5.

Elsewhere, Fox’s broadcast of the 68th “Miss
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Taylor Swift Plans to Re-Record Her Hits. Here’s What She Might Be Facing

Taylor Swift Plans to Re-Record Her Hits. Here’s What She Might Be Facing
This time next year, Taylor Swift might sound a little different.

If you’ve been keeping up with the back-and-forth between Swift and the now-owners of her first six albums (who we’ll return to), you’ll know two things for sure: She’s not happy that she doesn’t own the recorded rights (masters) to these records; and come November 2020, she is contractually permitted to re-record her biggest hits — something she appears determined to do.

For clarity, it’s worth a quick recap on this situation, focusing on industry
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