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Peter Bogdanovich Dies: ‘The Last Picture Show’, ‘Paper Moon’ & ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ Director Was 82

Peter Bogdanovich Dies: ‘The Last Picture Show’, ‘Paper Moon’ & ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ Director Was 82
Peter Bogdanovich, the actor, film historian and critic-turned-director of such classics as The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, What’s Up, Doc? and Mask, died today of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 82. Family members, who were by his side, said paramedics were unable to revive him.

His daughter, writer-director Antonia Bogdanovich, said of her father: “He never stopped working, and film was his life and he loved his family. He taught me a lot.”

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While he would be best known later for his deadpan turn as the shrink’s shrink in The Sopranos, Bogdanovich exploded onto the cinematic scene in 1971 with The Last Picture Show, a box office hit he wrote and directed that drew comparisons to Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane and earned the filmmaker his only two Oscar noms — for Best Director and Adapted Screenplay. With a
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‘Don’t Look Up’ Officially Breaks Netflix Weekly Viewing Record

‘Don’t Look Up’ Officially Breaks Netflix Weekly Viewing Record
Adam McKay’s climate change satire Don’t Look Up is officially a record breaker, with the title attracting the most viewing hours for a movie in a single week in Netflix’s history.

The pic’s 152.29 million hours watched globally in the week December 27-January 2 is a new high-water mark, the streamer has confirmed to Deadline.

Figures released by Netflix show the Leonardo DiCaprio-Jennifer Lawrence pic already is its third-most-watched film (in its first 28 days) of all time, behind only Bird Box and Red Notice.

While Netflix doesn’t release day-to-day data, Don’t Look Up is likely to be encroaching on the Sandra Bullock movie and could soon take the all-time record away from the crime caper starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.

On Wednesday, director McKay tweeted that he was “straight up flabbergasted” by the viewing numbers the film was receiving.

Despite dividing critics and audiences,
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The White Lotus Books The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli for Season 2 Role

The White Lotus Books The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli for Season 2 Role
Pack your bags, Michael Imperioli… and then, uh, make sure no disgruntled hotel managers can access them.

The Sopranos vet has been tapped for a series-regular role in The White Lotus‘ upcoming second season, according to our sister site Deadline. He’ll appear in the sophomore run as Dominic Di Grasso, who is traveling with his son — a recent college graduate — and his elderly father.

Season 1 of The White Lotus focused on a group of vacationers at the swanky titular Hawaiian resort. The new installments will leave Hawaii and take place at a different White Lotus property, though the exact locale has yet to be confirmed. As TVLine exclusively reported in October, Jennifer Coolidge — who earned raves for her Season 1 work as Tanya McQuoid in the HBO series — is also set to come back for Season 2, though the premium cabler did not comment on her return.

In fact, in a poll conducted shortly after The White Lotus‘ first season finale, Coolidge’s Tanya was voted the character that TVLine readers most wanted to see reappear in Season 2, followed by Natasha Rothwell’s Belinda and Alexandra Daddario’s Rachel.

Imperioli is best known for his turn as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos, a role he reprised via voiceover in 2021 for the Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark. More recently, the actor’s TV credits have included Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0 and Californication.
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‘Yellowstone’ Season 4 Finale Wrangles Over 10 Million Viewers, Up 81% From Season 3 Finale

‘Yellowstone’ Season 4 Finale Wrangles Over 10 Million Viewers, Up 81% From Season 3 Finale
The “Yellowstone” domination of linear TV stayed consistent from its Season 4 premiere to last Sunday’s finale, wrangling over 10 million total watchers per Nielsen time-adjusted Live+Same Day stats. Viewership was up 81% compared to the previous season’s conclusion, with more than nine million of those (9.3) that tuned in were on Paramount Network alone.

“‘Yellowstone’ continues to shatter records… proving we’ve hit a cultural nerve— from the center of the country to each of the coasts —and still have lots of room to grow on linear,” said Chris McCarthy, President and CEO, ViacomCBS Media Networks, in a statement. “Our
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Vanessa Kirby to Replace Jodie Comer in Ridley Scott’s ‘Kitbag’ With Joaquin Phoenix

Vanessa Kirby to Replace Jodie Comer in Ridley Scott’s ‘Kitbag’ With Joaquin Phoenix
Vanessa Kirby is in talks to star in Ridley Scott’s Napoleon epic “Kitbag,” replacing Jodie Comer in the role, who had to exit due to scheduling conflicts, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

The “Pieces of a Woman” actress Kirby will star as Josephine to Joaquin Phoenix’s Napoleon Bonaparte in a film that focuses on Napoleon’s origins, his rise to becoming emperor and his volatile relationship with Josephine. Ridley Scott is directing, and David Scarpa wrote the screenplay. The film is set at Apple and is meant to begin filming in Europe later this month.

Comer broke the news of her exit on THR’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, explaining that she had a “rubbish” scheduling conflict because of schedules moved around due to Covid and didn’t feel she “can make ‘Kitbag’ work right now.” Comer is also set to begin rehearsals for a West End stage
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HBO and HBO Max Rounded Out 2021 With 73.8 Million Global Subscribers, Topping Estimates

HBO and HBO Max Rounded Out 2021 With 73.8 Million Global Subscribers, Topping Estimates
HBO and HBO Max rounded out 2021 with 73.8 million global subscribers, WarnerMedia parent company AT&T revealed in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.

The figure exceeds the company’s prior guidance that end-of-year subscribers would fall at the high end of the 70 million to 73 million target. It’s likely that a robust, audience-pleasing content slate on HBO and HBO Max in late 2021 — which included Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi blockbuster “Dune” (pictured) and “The Matrix Resurrections” as well as “Sex & The City” sequel “And Just Like That” — helped to draw subscribers.

Global HBO Max and HBO subscribers comprise domestic and international HBO Max and HBO subscribers,
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‘Breeder’ Review: Murky Mad-Scientist Mayhem From Denmark

‘Breeder’ Review: Murky Mad-Scientist Mayhem From Denmark
A Frankensteinian mashup of sci-fi and torture-porn horror tropes, . While there are vague pretensions toward seriousness in Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen’s screenplay and Jens Dahl’s direction, this thriller ends up discomfitingly most reminiscent of 1970s Wip (women in prison) and Nazisploitation grindhouse fare, as well as gamy mainstream serial-killer potboilers like “Kiss the Girls.” Well-made but more than a bit ick, it’s being released to stateside digital formats by Uncork’d Entertainment on Jan. 11.

Mia (Sara Hjort Ditlevsen) is an equestrian training for the Olympics. She seems more comfortable in the company of her horse than husband Thomas (Anders Heinrichsen), though the complexities of their relationship (including apparent separate sexual peccadilloes) never get more than hinted at. In any case, such nuances soon prove irrelevant when circumstances fatefully entangle his home and work life.

He’s employed as financial chief for a shadowy project by one Dr. Isabel Ruben
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Andrew Garfield Finally Spills About ‘Spider-Man’ Return and Future — and the ‘Gift’ of ‘Tick, Tick Boom!’ (Exclusive)

Andrew Garfield Finally Spills About ‘Spider-Man’ Return and Future — and the ‘Gift’ of ‘Tick, Tick Boom!’ (Exclusive)
Is anyone having a year like Andrew Garfield’s?

Following a lengthy stage hiatus (which nabbed him a Tony Award), the actor stormed the fourth quarter of 2021 with back-to-back film releases in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and “Tick, Tick … Boom!” The latter has placed him front and center for Oscar contention in the best actor category. And then came December.

The cat is, well, out of the bag that Garfield — despite sly denials — reprises his role as Peter Parker in Sony’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” alongside reigning webslinger Tom Holland and the O.G. arachnid Tobey Maguire.

Co-produced with Marvel, the latest film is approaching $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office and has deeply satisfied fans across age demographics and franchises. It also provides yet another dimension to Garfield’s skill set. In the same season, Garfield has portrayed a tortured teen hero, a morally bankrupt pastor, and
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James Corden Tests Positive for Covid-19, Cancels New ‘Late Late Show’ Episodes for the ‘Next Few Days’

James Corden Tests Positive for Covid-19, Cancels New ‘Late Late Show’ Episodes for the ‘Next Few Days’
“The Late Late Show” host James Corden has tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the third late-night host this week to announce that he had recently contracted the virus.

Corden announced the news via Instagram on Thursday, writing: “I just tested positive for covid 19. I’m fully vaccinated, boosted and because of this am fortunate enough to say I feel completely fine. The show will be off the air for the next few days. Stay safe everyone. All my love, James x.”

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What’s Driving Nexstar’s Interest in the CW Network — and Why Now?

What’s Driving Nexstar’s Interest in the CW Network — and Why Now?
A tentative “For Sale” sign is up at the CW, and Nexstar Media Group Inc. is leading the pack of potential buyers to acquire a majority stake in the broadcaster jointly owned by ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia.

Why is the nation’s largest TV station owner interested in the youngest-skewing linear broadcast network — and why now?

The simplest answer is that Nexstar, based in Irving, Texas, is the core affiliate group for “Riverdale” and “Walker” home CW in major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston and Washington, D.C. So Nexstar’s pursuit of CW is a natural
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Costume Designer Sharen Davis on Dressing Will Smith and Denzel Washington

Costume Designer Sharen Davis on Dressing Will Smith and Denzel Washington
Costume designer Sharen Davis is having a big year, having worked with both Denzel Washington, who directed “A Journal for Jordan,” now in theaters, and with Will Smith, who stars in “King Richard,” on HBO Max.

A Journal for Jordan,” based on the heartbreaking true story of a soldier deployed to Iraq who keeps a diary for his infant son, is the latest of her frequent collaborations with Washington. Davis says she worked hard to dress down “fashion icon” star Michael B. Jordan. Since the character was in the military, she decided he would have a suitcase with few items. “We want to see how he manages all these visits with five shirts and three pairs of pants,” Davis says.

The biggest costume arc in the film is for Chanté Adams, who plays Dana Canedy, their child’s mother and the New York Times editor who wrote the bestselling book
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J.K. Simmons on ‘Being the Ricardos,’ His ‘Spider-Man’ Evolution and the Truth Behind His Jacked Body

J.K. Simmons on ‘Being the Ricardos,’ His ‘Spider-Man’ Evolution and the Truth Behind His Jacked Body
J.K. Simmons seemed destined to star in an Aaron Sorkin film and he finally does in Amazon Studios’ “Being the Ricardos.” But the two actually crossed paths years earlier.

“My first Broadway play, I was an understudy replacement in ‘A Few Good Men,’” Simmons tells Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast. Simmons played the role of the Doctor (which is not in the film version) but also had the opportunity to play the role of Col. Nathan Jessup – the role Jack Nicholson made infamous in Rob Reiner’s film version.

“It remains to this day maybe the best role I’ve ever had,” Simmons says. “Television, film, stage. It was an absolute genius piece of writing. And at this point, Aaron was just some kid from Scarsdale who miraculously got a play on Broadway.”

Simmons also appeared on “The West Wing” but it was after Sorkin had left the show. But
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‘Fallout’ Series at Amazon Finds Its Showrunners, Jonathan Nolan to Direct

‘Fallout’ Series at Amazon Finds Its Showrunners, Jonathan Nolan to Direct
The “Fallout” TV series in the works at Amazon is beginning to take shape, with the series bringing on board a pair of showrunners.

Variety has confirmed that Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner are now attached to serve as co-showrunners on the video game adaptation. In addition, Jonathan Nolan will direct the first episode of the series. Nolan and Lisa Joy were previously announced as executive producers on the project under the Kilter Films banner.

Robertson-Dworet is best known for her work on the screenplays for the 2018 “Tomb Raider” film starring Alicia Vikander and for the 2019 Marvel film “Captain Marvel.
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‘Belle’ Review: A Feminist Beauty and the Beast Fable for the Digital Era

‘Belle’ Review: A Feminist Beauty and the Beast Fable for the Digital Era
With “Belle,” anime master Mamoru Hosoda has reimagined “Beauty and the Beast” for the metaverse set — that young generation of social media users who switch identities comfortably between the physical world and a more inviting online one.

Roughly half the movie takes place in the “real world”, while the fairy-tale portion is set on an ultra-popular virtual platform called “U,” where the main character appears as a slender pink Disney princess type: Belle.

In U, members assume an alternate identity/avatar (or “As”) that allows them to more fully express certain dimensions of their personalities. Here, Hosoda appears to have tapped into a central anxiety of modern adolescence: the concern that others could never truly know or accept all of one’s nuances and contradictions, just as in nearly every telling of this classic story, only Belle can see the goodness in the Beast.

For more than 20 years, Hosoda has
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Leonardo DiCaprio Gets New Tree Species Named After Him by London Scientists

Leonardo DiCaprio Gets New Tree Species Named After Him by London Scientists
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Hollywood’s most outspoken environmentalists, and those efforts have now paid off in the form of a recently-discovered tree species being named after him.

According to USA Today, Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, London honored DiCaprio this week by giving the Leo tree in Africa’s Cameroon forest the official name of “Uvariopsis dicaprio.” The BBC reports the Leo tree is “critically endangered.” The plant species is “a small tropical evergreen trees” that is a member of the ylang ylang family.

Dr. Martin Cheek of Kew told the BBC that scientists named the tree after the Oscar-winning actor because “we think he was crucial in helping to stop the logging of the Ebo Forest.” DiCaprio has used his social media platforms to advocate against opening up the Ebo Forest for logging. Per USA Today, the Leo tree is “the first plant new
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Remembering Peter Bogdanovich, a Storyteller Who Kept Old Hollywood’s Memory Alive

Remembering Peter Bogdanovich, a Storyteller Who Kept Old Hollywood’s Memory Alive
Peter Bogdanovich was born too late, but also at just the right time.

The 82-year-old film critic, historian, advocate and maker, who died Thursday, first blinked his eyes in 1939, the year Alfred Hitchcock moved to Hollywood, Mr. Smith went to Washington and John Ford made “Stagecoach.” He’d surely love to have worked during the 50-year “Golden Age” he identified as 1912-1962. And though he is most closely associated with the New Hollywood movement of the late ’60s and ’70s, his filmography feels anything but modern.

Bogdanovich’s two best films, “The Last Picture Show” (1971) and “Paper Moon” (1973) were shot in black and white decades after the format had gone out of fashion — the first a poignant elegy to a tumbleweed Texas town, as seen through the eyes of its restless teenage population, the other a Depression-era road movie about a handsome grifter (Ryan O’Neal) and his precocious traveling companion
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‘Spider-Man’ To Rule The Box Office In 4th Weekend As Spy Flick ‘The 355’ Opens

‘Spider-Man’ To Rule The Box Office In 4th Weekend As Spy Flick ‘The 355’ Opens
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and 2021 represented a tale of two box offices. On one hand, we are witnessing a dream run from Spider-Man: No Way Home, currently the eighth highest grossing film of all time in the U.S. after just three weeks, and that is despite its release coinciding with a massive wave of Covid-19 cases due to the hyper transmissible Omicron variant. Spider-Man reminded us that all time blockbuster grosses are still possible after a summer and fall season where the biggest successes all had Covid asterisks attached to them.

On the other hand, even the “good for the pandemic” successes were less prevalent than studios would have liked, and most films failed to get off the ground altogether. This was especially true for adult driven dramas and specialty box office releases, and those segments of the box office
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Ariana DeBose to Host First ‘SNL’ of 2022, Roddy Ricch Set as Musical Guest

Ariana DeBose to Host First ‘SNL’ of 2022, Roddy Ricch Set as Musical Guest
West Side Story” star Ariana DeBose will make her “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut on Jan. 15, the NBC sketch show’s first installment of the new year.

When Tony Award and Critics Choice Award nominee DeBose, who plays Anita in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the classic movie, takes the Studio 8H stage as emcee in a little over a week, she will be joined by Roddy Ricch, who will appear on “Saturday Night Live” for the first time as musical guest.

Multi-platinum artist Ricch will be promoting his sophomore album “Live Life Fast,” which debuted at No. 1 on the
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Variety Expands TV Editorial Staff With Three New Hires

Variety Expands TV Editorial Staff With Three New Hires
Variety has expanded its television editorial staff with three new hires.

Emily Longeretta, formerly senior entertainment editor for Us Weekly, has joined Variety’s Focus department as senior TV features editor, overseeing TV-related features and the 10 to Watch franchise, Impact lists and other franchises. She will work closely with senior editor, TV awards, and deputy TV editor Michael Schneider and other editors in steering TV features and awards season coverage. She will be based in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Maas, formerly a TV reporter for The Wrap, has signed on as a TV business writer, based in New York. Maas will
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SAG Award Nominations Will Be Announced on Instagram by Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens

SAG Award Nominations Will Be Announced on Instagram by Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens
The SAG Awards will once again head to Instagram to announce its nominations. Rosario Dawson (“Go-Big Show”) and Vanessa Hudgens are set to announce the nominees for the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, January 12 via the kudocast’s Instagram Live account (@sagawards).

The announcement will start off with an introduction by SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher at 9:50 a.m. Et via the SAG Awards’ Instagram Stories function. SAG Awards committee members Jason George and Elizabeth McLaughlin will then reveal nominations for the outstanding action performances by television and film ensembles — aka the stunt awards — before Dawson and Hudgens take over at around 10 a.m. Et.

After the nominations, final voting opens on Wednesday, January 19, and closes at noon on February 25. Here are the categories for the SAG Awards:

● Motion Pictures

○ Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

○ Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in
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