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Golden Globe Nominations by the Numbers: ‘Marriage Story,’ ‘Chernobyl,’ ‘Unbelievable’ Land on Top

Golden Globe Nominations by the Numbers: ‘Marriage Story,’ ‘Chernobyl,’ ‘Unbelievable’ Land on Top
The 2020 Golden Globes nominations are officially out.

Netflix reigned supreme with 34 total nominations across both the film and television categories. The streamer, which broke into the television awards race less than 10 years ago, distributed three of the five most nominated films — “Marriage Story” (6 noms), “The Irishman” (5 noms), and “The Two Popes” (4 noms). All three of those films were also nominated for best drama film. On the television side, Netflix shows “Unbelievable” and “The Crown” both tied HBO’s “Chernobyl” as the most-nominated shows of the year with four nominations each.

For films, in addition to the Netflix nominees, Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…
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'Wonder Woman' Director Patty Jenkins Considering Amazon Spinoff

'Wonder Woman' Director Patty Jenkins Considering Amazon Spinoff
After years of anticipation, the world got its first major look at Wonder Woman 1984 this weekend as the first trailer for the 2020 release was released. With the twin threat of Barbara Ann Minerva and Maxwell Lord now known, the two women behind the movie are finally ready to reveal a little bit more about what one of next summer’s biggest movies has to offer.

Talking to press ahead of Sunday’s Wonder Woman 1984 panel at Comic Con Experience in São Paulo, Brazil, director Patty Jenkins noted she and Gadot already have a story for Wonder Woman 3,...
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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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‘Richard Jewell': Atlanta Journal-Constitution Threatens Legal Action Over ‘Malicious Fabrication’

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‘Richard Jewell': Atlanta Journal-Constitution Threatens Legal Action Over ‘Malicious Fabrication’
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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'Wonder Woman' Director Patty Jenkins Considering Amazon Spinoff

'Wonder Woman' Director Patty Jenkins Considering Amazon Spinoff
After years of anticipation, the world got its first major look at Wonder Woman 1984 this weekend as the first trailer for the 2020 release was released. With the twin threat of Barbara Ann Minerva and Maxwell Lord now known, the two women behind the movie are finally ready to reveal a little bit more about what one of next summer’s biggest movies has to offer.

Talking to press ahead of Sunday’s Wonder Woman 1984 panel at Comic Con Experience in São Paulo, Brazil, director Patty Jenkins noted she and Gadot already have a story for Wonder Woman 3,...
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2020 Golden Globes Nominees React: From ‘Beyond Excited’ to ‘Truly Blessed’

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2020 Golden Globes Nominees React: From ‘Beyond Excited’ to ‘Truly Blessed’
The nominations are in for the 77th annual Golden Globe awards — and so are the reactions from those who were lucky enough to get a nod.

As per usual, there are many “honored,” “grateful,” “thrilled” and “proud” could-be-winners in 2020’s pool, including Martin Scorsese, Ben Platt, Saoirse Ronan, Peter Morgan, Scarlett Johansson, Kathy Bates, Emma Thompson and Sacha Baron Cohen. Actually, some are “beyond thrilled” and “beyond excited” and even “truly blessed” to have received recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this year.

See statements from them — and more overwhelmed nominees — below. Readers can find the full list of 2020 Golden Globes nominations here.

Also Read: Golden Globes 2020: The Complete List of Nominees

Martin Scorsese, Best Director – Motion Picture, “The Irishman”:

“It means so much to all of us–to me, Bob, Joe, Al, and the whole team–to be recognized with these nominations from the Hollywood Foreign
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Meryl Streep Breaks Her Own Golden Globes Record With 34th Nomination

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Meryl Streep Breaks Her Own Golden Globes Record With 34th Nomination
Meryl Streep has extended her already record-breaking Golden Globe nomination record, earning her 34th nod today for her portrayal of Mary Louise Wright in the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies.

Streep is nominated alongside Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown), Patricia Arquette (The Act), Emily Watson (Chernobyl) and Toni Collette (Unbelievable) for best actress in a series, limited series or motion picture category (read today’s full list of nominations here).

Streep previously broke her own record in 2018 with her 33rd nomination for The Post.

The three-time Oscar winner received her first Golden Globe nomination in 1979 for The Deer Hunter, and went on to win her first Golden Globe trophy the following year for best supporting actress in a motion picture for Kramer vs. Kramer. She snagged two more Golden Globes for The French Lieutenant’s Woman in 1982 and Sophie’s Choice in 1983. After a 20-year break, she landed six
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TV Ratings: ‘Arrowverse’ Crossover Propels CW to Season High, ‘Miss Universe’ Down 18%

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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 Universe” competition was down 18% on last year’s rating. The show scored a 0.9 rating and was watched by 3.8 million viewers, down from the 4.2 million who tuned in last December. Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi was crowned with the diamond tiara at the end of a night free of awkward slip-ups from host Steve Harvey.
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Peacock To Get $2B Investment In First Two Years, Turn Profit In Year 5, Comcast CFO Says

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Peacock To Get $2B Investment In First Two Years, Turn Profit In Year 5, Comcast CFO Says
Comcast’s forthcoming entry into the intensifying streaming competition, Peacock, will be profitable within five years and have $2 billion in content and marketing investment in its first two years.

The outlook on the streaming service’s launch next April was provided by Comcast CFO Mike Cavanagh in an appearance at the Ubs Global Tmt Conference in New York.

He confirmed that the ad-supported platform will be free for Comcast customers, with “various pricing tiers” for other subscribers. While he didn’t offer any guidance on pricing, he said revenue from advertising will enable Comcast to “make the price to consumers sensible.”

Peacock is joining a crowded marketplace. Disney and Apple just launched new subscription outlets, at far lower price points than Netflix, the market leader whose most popular level of service costs $13 a month. HBO Max will debut next May at $15 a month.

Cavanagh noted that a full tour through
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‘Avenue 5’ Premiere Date: HBO Sets January Liftoff For Hugh Laurie-Josh Gad Space Comedy From ‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci

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‘Avenue 5’ Premiere Date: HBO Sets January Liftoff For Hugh Laurie-Josh Gad Space Comedy From ‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci
Avenue 5, we are go for launch. One day after its Sunday night veteran Silicon Valley wrapped its run, HBO said today that its new comedy from Veep creator Armando Iannucci starring Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad will lift off at 10 p.m. Sunday, January 19.

Created and co-written by Iannucci, Avenue 5 is a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. With Hugh Laurie as the Captain, nothing can go wrong.

Laurie is Ryan Clark, the confident and suave captain of Avenue 5, a space cruise ship with luxury amenities including gourmet buffets, a spa, an observation deck and yoga classes. As the series begins, Avenue 5’s eight-week journey around Saturn is underway, and its systems are optimal. But when the ship suddenly encounters technical difficulties, it’s up to Ryan and his crew to calm the disgruntled passengers and find
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Canal Plus, beIN Sports In Exclusive Talks For Distribution Deal

Vivendi-owned pay-tv banner Canal Plus Group and Al Jazeera’s beIN Sports have started exclusive talks to sign a five-year exclusive distribution and sub-licensing deal in France. The two companies previously tried to forge a partnership in 2016 but it was denied by France’s anti-trust board.

Under the proposed deal, Canal Plus would distribute all of beIN Sports’s premium channels and content within Canal Plus’s packages. The French pay TV group would also become the exclusive distributor of beIN Sports to third-party providers across all platforms in France starting June 1.

Moreover, BeIN Sports would also sub-license exclusively
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Imagine Entertainment CEO Rich Battista Exits After 4 Months

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Imagine Entertainment’s recently appointed CEO Rich Battista has left his position overseeing the company after spending less than four months in the role.

“Rich Battista has left Imagine Entertainment,” co-founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard said in a joint statement. “We thank Rich for the time he spent working with us and the contributions he made, and we wish him the best going forward.”

Battista, a former executive at Fox and Time Inc. where he was president and CEO, was hired to run Imagine in late August and was tasked by Grazer and Howard to help expand the production company’s business.

Also Read: Imagine Entertainment Launches Kids and Family Division, Stephanie Sperber to Lead

With now seven different divisions within Imagine, including film, TV, streaming and documentary, as well as family and branded content, the company needed someone to effectively manage the disparate arms.

“It felt like we
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Steve Harvey Had Another ‘Miss Universe’ Blunder — But It Wasn’t His Fault This Time

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Steve Harvey Had Another ‘Miss Universe’ Blunder — But It Wasn’t His Fault This Time
Steve Harvey just can’t catch a break — and neither can Miss Philippines.

The “Miss Universe” host called out the correct winner of the Miss Universe 2019 costume contest Sunday night, but through no fault of his own, the wrong contestant was standing beside him to accept the award.

The result was a confusing situation that brought to mind his famous 2015 flub in which Harvey mistakenly announced that Miss Colombia was that year’s Miss Universe, when the prize was really intended to go Miss Philippines.

Well, there must be something about the Philippines, because the country’s representative was dragged into the drama again this year when Harvey rightfully announced that Gazini Ganados of the Philippines was the winner of the costume contest — but she was nowhere to be found on stage.

Instead, Miss Malaysia, Shweta Sekhon, was in position next to Harvey. “It’s not Philippines, it’s Malaysia,
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Golden Globes: 9 Things We Learned About Oscar Season From This Year’s Offbeat Nominations

We know the 90-member Hollywood Foreign Press — an old, white, and hopelessly coddled bunch — are idiosyncratic at best. The Golden Globes voters lean mainstream with their nominations, love to welcome their favorite celebs at the Beverly Hilton, and provide extra slots to play with in the Comedy or Musical categories. That’s why they always throw a few curves, like Cate Blanchett for Best Comedy Actress for long-forgotten “Where’d You Go Bernadette?,” one of several surprises from this morning’s nominations.

And distributors can seek advantages by pushing films into categories they are more likely to win, slotting dramedy “Marriage Story” and musical “Judy” into drama while leaving room in the comedy/musical categories for “Jojo Rabbit,” “Rocketman,” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Last year, Queen bio-musical “Bohemian Rhapsody” took home Globes for Best Motion Picture Drama and Drama Actor (which repeated at the Oscars), while “Green Book
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Watch Coldplay’s Globe-Trotting Video for ‘Everyday Life’

Watch Coldplay’s Globe-Trotting Video for ‘Everyday Life’
Coldplay have released the music video for “Everyday Life,” the title track and closer of their latest album.

The clip is directed by 23-year-old Karena Evans (who also helmed videos for Drake’s “Nice for What,” “God’s Plan” and “In My Feelings”) and sees the British band performing the song around the globe in locations such as the Ukraine, South Africa and Morocco. The clip premiered on South African community TV station Soweto TV and is now available worldwide on YouTube.

The intro to the video features clips of
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Bob Bakish Gives First Hints of How Viacom and CBS Will Work Together

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Newly-minted ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish spent much of his time Monday during the Ubs Global Tmt Summit in New York discussing how the two formerly-separate companies will work together.

For starters, James Corden’s “Late Late Show” on CBS will get next-day replays on Comedy Central and Viacom networks like MTV will air ancillary programming during the Grammys, which annually air on CBS.

CBS All Access is getting an infusion of programming from Viacom networks, with Bakish specifically citing Nickelodeon, while Paramount films will air on Showtime. CBS also launched three new branded channels on Pluto TV, the free, ad-supporting streaming service Viacom acquired earlier this year.

Also Read: Why ViacomCBS Is Not Diving Headfirst Into the Streaming Era

First announced in August, the merger between Viacom and CBS took effect after the closing bell on Dec. 4, with ViacomCBS Inc. will beginning trading on the Nasdaq the next morning under ticker symbols Viaca and Viac.
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What to Watch on TV This Week: ‘Watchmen’ Season Finale on HBO

What to Watch on TV This Week: ‘Watchmen’ Season Finale on HBO
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Watchmen” airs its season 1 finale on HBO, and “The Expanse” returns for season 4 on Amazon.

Michelle Wolf: Joke Show,” Netflix, Tuesday

Michelle Wolf’s latest stand-up special hits Netflix this week. Expect the comedian to tackle the differences between men and women, explore gender equality, explain why society should be a little “less” woke,
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Patty Jenkins on How ‘Wonder Woman 84’ Uses the ’80s as ‘Great Metaphor’

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Patty Jenkins on How ‘Wonder Woman 84’ Uses the ’80s as ‘Great Metaphor’
One of the biggest events of Comic-Con Experience Brazil was the global premiere of the “Wonder Woman 1984” trailer. In attendance for the event in Sao Paulo was the film’s director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot, who were respectively excited about what’s to come in the anticipated sequel.

“The easiest way for me to sum it up without giving away too much is this movie is about colliding Wonder Woman with the evil of our times, which is the excess and opulence that we have found ourselves in a position of indulging,” Jenkins said.

“We’re running Wonder Woman right into mankind at their best and their worst and the villains that are born from that,” she continued. “And it’s talking about now as much as it is the ’80s and it’s using ’80s as a great metaphor to do it because the ’80s really
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Ingrid Andress, Riley Green Set for 2020 ‘Crs New Faces’ Show

Singer-songwriters Ingrid Andress and Riley Green have been selected as performers for the 2020 New Faces showcase, an industry-only gig that closes out the annual Country Radio Seminar. Also featured on the bill are Runaway June, Morgan Evans, and Mitchell Tenpenny.

The New Faces showcase puts this group of rising artists in front of radio and music industry tastemakers who can ostensibly help move their careers to the next level with airplay. Each performer will take the stage in 2020 with some significant momentum. Green, Tenpenny, and Evans have all scored major
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ViacomCBS Will Explore Sale of Black Rock CBS Headquarters

ViacomCBS will explore the sale of the famous Black Rock building, which has served as the headquarters of CBS since the mid 1960s.

Bob Bakish, CEO of the company, which was created last week from the merger of CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc., said the newly combined entertainment conglomerate would explore the sale of sundry real-estate holdings and potentially use those proceeds to buy back company stock. As part of that effort, Bakish said, ViacomCBS would look to sell the Black Rock building, perched on Avenue of the Americas and West 52nd Street in New York.

Bakish, speaking to investors
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