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Netflix Sets ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Holiday Special (Video)

Netflix Sets ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Holiday Special (Video)
Sabrina Spellman will return to Netflix sooner than you think — and she’s bringing a little holiday cheer wither. Kiernan Shipka and the rest of the cast of the streamer’s haunting new take on the half-teen, half-witch will be back for a holiday episode, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale,” set to drop Friday, Dec. 14.

Here’s the special installment’s official logline: The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice–the longest night of the year–when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors–both welcome and unwelcome– you never know what might come down the chimney…

Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair,
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What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained

What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained
Leave it to “Toy Story” to grapple with the big questions in life. Why are we here? Why are we alive? What is life about? And who — or what — is Forky?

That’s the question confusing many online after Disney and Pixar released the first teaser for “Toy Story 4.” The trailer features the toys prancing in a slow motion circle to the tune of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” only for a spork with googly eyes and red pipe cleaners (as voiced by “Veep’s” Tony Hale) to shriek in terror, “I don’t belong here.”

Because Forky may not be a “toy.” Director Josh Cooley explains in the announcement for the teaser that he is an actual spork-turned-craft-project. And though Bonnie, the new young girl and owner of all of Andy’s old toys, plays with Forky as though he were one, he feels he doesn’t belong.
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People’s Choice Awards: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Shadowhunters’ Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List

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People’s Choice Awards: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Shadowhunters’ Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List
The People’s Choice Awards made its debut on the E! channel Sunday night to “For the People, By the People” fanfare, announcing the winners of the annual ceremony. Marvel conquered the film side with Avengers: Infinity War winning Movie of 2018 while Shadowhunters topped TV, winning Show of 2018.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe saw multiple wins with Scarlett Johansson winning Female Movie Star of 2018 and Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira winning Male Movie Star and Action Movie Star of 2018 respectively.

Shadowhunters stars Harry Shum Jr. and Katherine McNamara won for their roles on the Freeform drama. Riverdale won Drama of 2018 while Orange is the New Black nabbed Comedy of 2018.

This year’s ceremony (which didn’t have a host) kicked off with a performance by Nicki Minaj as well as a touching tribute by John Legend to honor The People’s Champion award recipient Bryan Stevenson. The ceremony
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‘Bachelor’ Mansion Remains “Unscathed” By California Wildfires – Update

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‘Bachelor’ Mansion Remains “Unscathed” By California Wildfires – Update
Update Sunday, 5:27 p.m.: After the fate of the Agoura Hills mansion that plays host to the Bachelor and Bachelorette was in question, it is safe to say that the mansions have not burned down despite their proximity to the fire.

The mansion seems to be intact and unharmed by the fires according to a tweet from USA Today’s Chris Woodyard. The tweet includes a photo of him and the mansion which shows no signs of damage.

“The house from ABC’s The Bachelor survived the fire unscathed,” he wrote. However, he said: “House next door burned to the ground.”

The news comes a day after Mike Fleiss, the creator and executive producer of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette tweeted: “I still don’t know exactly what condition #TheBachelor Mansion is in. But I do know that the beautiful community of Malibu — and the surrounding areas— are struggling. Good thoughts for all…
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Netflix Cancels 'Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Red Carpet at L.A.'s AFI Fest Amid Fires

Netflix Cancels 'Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Red Carpet at L.A.'s AFI Fest Amid Fires
Netflix on Sunday said it was canceling the red carpet portion of its premiere for the Coen brothers' new movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs amid the fires raging through California.

The screening of the film was set to take place as planned Sunday night at AFI Fest, which said it supported Netflix in its decision.

"Our hearts are with the victims and families of the Borderline shooting and of the California wildfires," Netflix said in a statement. "In light of the tragedies this week, we will be cancelling tonight's AFI Fest red carpet coverage for The ...
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Douglas Rain, Voice of Hal 9000 in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Dies at 90

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Douglas Rain, Voice of Hal 9000 in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Dies at 90
Douglas Rain, who voiced the soft-spoken Hal 9000 robot that went rogue in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” has died. He was 90.

The Stratford Festival, which Rain, who was a dedicated Shakespearean actor, co-founded in 1952, said that Rain had died of natural causes in Stratford, Ont. in Canada.

The festival said Rain performed at the festival for more than 45 years.

“Canadian theatre has lost one of its greatest talents and a guiding light in its development,” the festival’s artistic director, Antoni Cimolino, said in a press release Sunday, according to CTV.

“Douglas Rain was that rare artist: an actor deeply admired by other actors.”

Rain was born in Winnipeg, Man. in 1928, studied at the Old Vic in London, and performed at theaters and festival across Canada. He received a Tony nomination in 1972 for his role in Robert Bolt’s production of “Vivat! Vivat! Regina!”

All of Rain’s
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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires

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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires
In the wake of the devastating Southern California wildfires, Netflix has canceled its second AFI red carpet for the Sandra Bullock movie Bird Box out of respect to the victims and those battling the tragedy. The screening for the movie will go on as planned at the Tcl Chinese Theatre tonight at 7:30Pm.

Last night Netflix cancelled the red carpet for the Coen Brothers’ movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Paramount also cancelled their red carpet and after party for the Mark Wahlberg-Rose Byrne movie Instant Family yesterday due to the fires.

Below is a statement from Netflix about the cancellation of Bird Box‘s red carpet tonight.

Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires. In light of these tragedies, we will be cancelling tonight’s AFI Fest red carpet coverage for Bird Box. The screening will continue as planned.
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Ennio Morricone Denies Making ‘Hateful’ Quentin Tarantino Comments, Threatens to Sue Playboy Germany

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Ennio Morricone Denies Making ‘Hateful’ Quentin Tarantino Comments, Threatens to Sue Playboy Germany
Ennio Morricone has denied participating in an interview with Playboy Germany magazine in which he was quoted as saying Quentin Tarantino was a “cretin,” who made nothing but “trash” films.

“This is totally false,” the 90 year-old composer said in a statement released Sunday. “I have not given an interview to Playboy Germany and even more, I have never called Tarantino a cretin and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action.”

Morricone, who won an Oscar for composing Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” was quoted in the December issue of the German-language magazine as saying Tarantino was a “chaotic” director on set and lacked originality.

But Morricone claims the remarks were a fabrication.

“In London, during a press conference in front of Tarantino, i clearly stated that I consider Quentin one of the greatest directors of this time.
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The CW Sets Midseason Premiere Dates, Moves Final Season of ‘Jane the Virgin’ to Wednesdays

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The CW has set its midseason schedule, including the premiere date for freshman drama “Roswell, New Mexico,” as well as a new night for the final season of “Jane the Virgin.”

The “Roswell” reboot is set to debut on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at 9 p.m., with “Black Lightning” moving to Mondays after “Arrow” beginning the following week. “Jane” will return on Wednesday nights in the spring, following the season finale of “All-American.”

See the full schedule below.

Friday, January 11, 2019

9:00-10:00pm Crazy Ex-girlfriend (Midseason Return)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

8:00-9:00pm The Flash (Midseason Return)

9:00-10:00pm Roswell, New Mexico (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

8:00-9:00pm Riverdale (Midseason Return)

9:00-10:00pm All American (Midseason Return)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

8:00-9:00pm Supernatural (Midseason Return)

9:00-10:00pm Roswell, New Mexico (Encore of Premiere)

Friday, January 18, 2019

8:00-9:00pm Dynasty (Midseason Return
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‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Is an Adorable Spark of Energy

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‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Is an Adorable Spark of Energy
Ryan Reynolds is finally playing the role he always knew he would, which was on display in the first trailer for the film “Detective Pikachu.”

In the live-action Pokémon film, Reynolds voices a Pikachu that only Justice Smith’s character, who aspired to be a Pokémon trainer, can understand.

I think we all knew I'd wind up as a miniature detective repeatedly saying the same two words. Just didn't think it'd be this soon. #PikaPika #DetectivePikachu pic.twitter.com/L4iB760fJO

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018

In the trailer, Reynolds’ Pikachu meets Smith, who appears to be a significant life and professional change in his life. They connect, come to terms with one another and help each other, seemingly, to achieve their goals.

In the live-action film, a mix of human actors and CGI Pokémon, humans and Pokémon co-exist. It’s a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle,
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‘Leave No Trace,’ ‘Greyhound’ Illustrate Cost of War at Home and Abroad

‘Leave No Trace,’ ‘Greyhound’ Illustrate Cost of War at Home and Abroad
Since the earliest days of cinema, filmmakers have been telling military stories to both pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the troops and explore greater human truths. Whether fact- or fiction-based, from 1927’s Oscar-winning “Wings” to upcoming projects including “Greyhound” and “The Outpost,” war has served as a backdrop for rich, memorable character studies, illuminating details about veterans’ lives that do not merely resonate cinematically but intersect with universal themes, and spark important real-life conversations.

Aaron Schneider, who is directing “Greyhound” for star and screenwriter Tom Hanks, says military characters and their experiences satisfy almost foundational needs for storytellers.

“It was [author William] Faulkner who said that the pillars of story are love, pity, pride, compassion, honor and sacrifice, and a war story comes with all of the above,” Schneider says. “So right from the start, if you’re telling a war story, you’re starting with about the purest protagonist you can start with,
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TV Shows to Watch the Week of Nov. 12, 2018: ‘Escape at Dannemora,’ ‘Narcos’

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, “Escape at Dannemora” debuts on Showtime and “Narcos” premieres its fourth season on Netflix.

“Mars,” National Geographic Channel, Monday, 9 p.m.

Season 2 of this series, which mixes scripted and documentary elements, picks up five years after the conclusion of Season 1, following the successful maiden mission to the Red Planet when the original International Mars
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Netflix Series ‘Medal of Honor’ Spotlights Historical Scenes of War

Netflix’s original docuseries “Medal of Honor,” which debuts globally Nov. 9, focuses on the lives of eight recipients of the nation’s highest military honor for valor. The honor has been presented to fewer than 3,600 Americans since Abraham Lincoln signed it into law in 1861.

Produced by Allentown Productions and Compari Entertainment, the series is executive produced by Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Jacqueline Levine and Brandon Birtell, with Oscar-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning filmmaker James Moll (“The Last Days”) directing the project.

“James Moll is a talented storyteller, and we were looking for the right project to work with him on,” says Zemeckis.
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Michael B Jordan on Why He’s Taking a ‘Color-Blind’ Approach to Choosing New Roles

Michael B Jordan on Why He’s Taking a ‘Color-Blind’ Approach to Choosing New Roles
Michael B. Jordan says that as his star rises, he’s taking a more color-blind approach to the parts he chooses, finding himself in a position to turn down roles specifically for black actors in period pieces or biopics in favor of more diverse parts, even those originally written for white men.

In a new GQ profile of the “Creed II” star, Jordan says that by age 19 after starring in “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights” and before landing “Fruitvale Station,” he was frustrated by the parts he was offered like that of thugs or drug dealers, which he often considered stereotypical for a young black actor. He further disliked competing with every other actor of color for the handful of good parts available.

“You feel like you’re pitted against each other, in hindsight. I was like, ‘Damn! Everybody should be able to, like, work and grow and eat together.
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What Happens When the Walls Finally Close in on Trump?

Following a slew of tweets after the midterm elections congratulating himself on losing control of the House to Democrats, Trump had one clear-eyed, honest promise to Americans: “If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!”

Never mind that it was unclear what “Classified Information” he might be referring to, he ran
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Spotify’s New Show Lives Inside Its Playlists

Spotify is quietly moving further into original video, dropping on Monday a new series about the hip-hop industry called “The Break” — which plays from inside RapCaviar and other signature playlists on the music-streaming service’s platform, living among songs rather than other videos. It marks the latest push from the company to reorganize its video strategy, after stopping and starting different original series several times in the last few years.

The first episode of “The Break” features Tierra Whack, who talks about how her mentors have helped her experiment with
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‘Detective Pikachu’ Seems to be Channeling Deadpool in New Trailer

We get our first look at Legendary Entertainment’s live-action “Detective Pikachu” Monday and the furry little ball of lightning sounds and acts a lot like Deadpool. No surprise there, since Ryan Reynolds is voicing the role, but it’s still a little bizarre to see in action.

The film is based on the video game of the same name, which in turn is a spin-off of the wildly popular “Pokemon” games.” The story for the film, which is set for a May 10, 2019, release, has the father of the teen played by Justice Smith being kidnapped, forcing Smith to team up with the glib Pikachu in a hunt to find him.

The film stars Reynolds, Smith, and Kathryn Newton.

Legendary bought the movie rights in 2016, shortly after the Pokemon Go app game was released and became a worldwide phenomenon, so much so that it led to a 25% jump in the stock of part-owner Nintendo.
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Whitney Cummings Slams Malibu Winery for Not Evacuating Stanley the Giraffe in California Wildfires

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Whitney Cummings Slams Malibu Winery for Not Evacuating Stanley the Giraffe in California Wildfires
Actress and comedian Whitney Cummings is calling out Malibu Wines, accusing the winery of not evacuating the animals from its property during the California wildfires currently plaguing the area.

The “2 Broke Girls” co-creator took to Instagram this weekend and shared multiple photos and video of Stanley the Giraffe — a popular fixture of Malibu Wine Safaris — still on the property, after she said that she was informed he and the other animals were safe.

As of Monday morning, Cummings posted this statement, informing her followers she is in “communication” with the winery’s owners and asking that news crews stay away from the area:

Also Read: Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler and More Stars Thank Firefighters After Losing Malibu Homes to Blaze

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Her previous posts indicate she had gone to check on Stanley herself,
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‘SNL’ Alum Luke Null on His Single Season on Show: ‘Lowest Man on the Totem Pole’

‘SNL’ Alum Luke Null on His Single Season on Show: ‘Lowest Man on the Totem Pole’
Luke Null may have had a short-lived tenure on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” lasting just one season. But it wasn’t for a lack of trying to get screen time.

“I was getting cut at dress rehearsal. No one gets to see or hear about that,” Null told Vulture. “So it was hard to leave and not think I didn’t get much of an at bat.” Null was part of the Season 43 cast, but appeared only sparingly. When he was hired, Null thought he’d get to do some musical stuff, since that’s what he auditioned with.

And though he says he tried over and over to get a chance to showcase his guitar skills, a la Adam Sandler on “Weekend Update” he could never make it past dress rehearsal. “I have to absolutely be one of the best people to pitch that week, but a lot
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Trumpy Bear Is the Year’s Worst (Best?) Holiday Gift, and Fox News Is On It

Americans tuning into Fox & Friends Monday morning may have borne witness to a commercial for a product called the “Trumpy Bear,” a stuffed bear with a white collar, white cuffs, red tie and Trump’s “trademark” coif. You can also pull an American flag out of the bear’s ass.

“God bless America, and God bless Trumpy Bear,” declares an elderly woman holding the bear in front of an inflatable American flag. The setting is appropriate. Trumpy Bear was “born” on Flag Day.

I can't believe this commercial that just
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