Game of Thrones season 8 episode count not set, HBO “exploring” spinoff possibilities
This summer Game of Thrones will return for its seventh and penultimate season – consisting of just seven episodes – before showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff wrap things up with an eighth season of six episodes.
However, as yet, HBO is yet to officially renew the epic fantasy series for season eight – a decision that the cable network’s programming president Casey Bloys says is down to the fact that the actual episode count is yet to be determined.
“The only thing we’re working out is how many episodes they want to do,” Bloys tells TV Line. “They’re still figuring it out because I think they’re trying to get a shape of the season. They always do what they think [will yield] the best version of the show. It’s all about how many they’re comfortable [with]. But I’ll always take more. If you’re afraid we’re not »
- Gary Collinson
‘Sherlock’ Finale Leak: BBC Investigating Possible Connection to Russia’s Channel One
The fourth season of “Sherlock” officially aired its finale last night, but many saw a leaked version of the episode a day earlier — and some believe Russia’s state-run broadcaster could be involved. As the pirated version of the 90-minute episode apparently includes a brief advertisement for Channel One — the Russian channel in question, which airs “Sherlock” in the Motherland — the BBC has launched an investigation into the matter. Sounds like a case for, well, you know.
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Sue Vertue, a producer on the series, confirmed the leak on Twitter: “Russian version of #Sherlock Tfp has been illegally uploaded,” she wrote. “Please don’t share it. You’ve done so well keeping it spoiler free.” Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the eponymous detective in the show, with Martin Freeman as his sidekick Watson. “BBC Worldwide takes breaches of »
- Michael Nordine
Flash Vet Teases (Improbable) Return: 'Now I Can Say It: I'm Coming Back'
The latter’s brutal death at the hands of Savitar may not be the only roadblock facing The Flash‘s Barry and Iris.
On Monday morning, Rick Cosnett revealed on social media that he was heading back to the hit CW series, saying, “Hate to tease you but now I can say it: I’m coming back on #TheFlash.” The news comes just days after word broke that Robbie Amell was staging a similarly unexpected comeback, as dearly departed Ronnie.
Ok, hate to tease you but now I can say »
Florence Henderson’s Friends, Co-Stars Gather for ‘Beautiful’ Memorial at TV Academy
“Brady Bunch” icon Florence Henderson was remembered by friends, family and colleagues at a memorial held at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California on Sunday. Speakers included Judge Judy Sheindlin, Carol Burnett, Maureen McCormick, Tom Bergeron and Katie Couric, according to an individual who attended the memorial, who described it as “beautiful.” Burnett shared with the gathered crowd a story of how Henderson used hypnotherapy to help Burnett’s daughter Carrie Hamilton — who died of lung cancer in 2002 — manage her pain. Also Read: Florence Henderson, Star of 'The Brady Bunch,' Dies at 82 Henderson’s children also spoke at the event, »
- Reid Nakamura
Sequel Bits: ’10 Cloverfield Lane,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2,’ ‘Pitch Perfect 3,’ ‘Annabelle 2’
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Mary Elizabeth Winstead would love to make a 10 Cloverfield Lane sequel. Zoe Kravitz talks about her expanded role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2. Hailee Steinfeld confirms that she’ll be back for Pitch Perfect 3. Check out a creepy new photo from Annabelle 2. Fright […]
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- Jacob Hall
Watch LeBron James Mocked For Flopping to Sell a Foul (Video)
Hard foul or fake flop? That was the question Monday night during the Golden State Warriors/ Cleveland Cavaliers game when LeBron James took a dramatic fall to the floor after being fouled by rival Draymond Green. James had the ball and was making a quick transition break when, mid-court, Green reached in to make a steal and they collided. Thrown backwards, James dropped. The TNT color commentator noted, “This wasn’t that hard of a foul; it’s not going to end the world…. That’s just a regular foul.” Also Read: LeBron James, Antoine Fuqua Team for Muhammad Ali »
- Rosemary Rossi
Thierry Fremaux, Marion Cotillard will be Honored at Lumiere Awards
Paris– Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director and general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival and Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard will be honored at the Lumiere Awards, France’s equivalent to the Golden Globes.
The academy of the Lumiere Awards, which is comprised of Paris-based members of the foreign press, will pay tribute and hand out honorary awards to Cotillard and Fremaux during the 22nd edition of the ceremony on Jan. 30.
Since winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Cesar and a Bafta for her role as Edith Piaf in “La vie en rose,” Cotillard has worked with some of the world’s most talented and acclaimed directors, from Michael Mann (“Public enemies”) to Woody Allen (“Midnight in Paris”), Christopher Nolan (“Inception,””Dark Night Rises”), Steven Soderbergh (“Contagion”), James Gray (“The Immigrant”) and Robert Zemeckis (“Allied”). Cotillard also starred in the Dardenne brothers’s “Two Days, One Night” and Xavier Dolan »
- Elsa Keslassy
‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”
Ads placed for the thriller, the third in the “xXx” franchise, had an estimated media value of $6.87 million through Sunday for 1,089 national ad airings across 32 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Jan. 9-15. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Paramount Pictures prioritized its TV ad budget toward sports, spending heavily on airings during NFL Football and the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Just behind “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” in second place: Paramount’s “Monster Trucks,” which saw 1,689 national ad airings across 33 networks, with an estimated media value of $6.33 million.
‘The Flash’ Alum Rick Cosnett Announces ‘I’m Coming Back’
When “The Flash” returns for its third season on Jan. 24, will Eddie Thawne come to Iris’ rescue and save her from a tragic end? That’s not without possibility, considering Rick Cosnett took to social media Monday and announced his return as Eddie on the hit CW series: “Hate to tease you but now I can say it: I’m coming back on #TheFlash.” Ok, hate to tease you but now I can say it: I'm coming back on #TheFlash Photo credit Harvey House… https://t.co/LN99TxFo7Y — Rick Cosnett (@RickCosnett) January 16, 2017 Also Read: The CW »
- Rosemary Rossi
‘The Bachelor’ Recap: Corinne Dances With Backstreet Boys, Has Existential Meltdown
The last time we saw “Beard Hunk,” he revealed to the women that he and Liz had a one night stand at Jade and Tanner’s wedding. Drama! Then, nine months later she walked out of the limo, but since she hadn’t made enough of an attempt to contact him since their hookup and didn’t have convincing answers to his questions, he sent her home. Didn’t follow that? Great news: It does not matter at all.
Something that (unfortunately?) is more relevant to the rest of the episode: Corinne (and her trench coat, which probably should have been available to draft in “Bachelor” fantasy leagues).
That’s right — Corinne decides that, despite already having a rose, she will toss on a trench coat (and only a trench coat), grab a can to whipped cream and seduce Nick. “I definitely know how to turn on the sex charm,” she »
- Seth Kelley
'The Young Pope' Recap: No Church in the Wild
"I don't know if you deserve me," the pontiff formerly known as Lenny Belardo tells the horrified crowd in St. Peter's Square at the end of his bonkers first homily. Neither do we, Lenny, neither do we. Two episodes in, and The Young Pope shines like a city on a hill – a beacon of madcap brilliance, savage humor, and go-for-broke filmmaking excess right when we need it most. It's a light in the darkness, even if it ends with its title character in a very dark place. We mean that both literally and metaphorically. »
No, Jennifer Holliday Did Not Cancel Inaugural Performance Because of Death Threats
Jennifer Holliday’s publicist is pushing back on a TMZ article in which the gossip site claims the real reason the Broadway legend canceled her performance at Donald Trump’s inauguration was because “people threatened to kill her and her family.” The report flies in the face of Holliday’s recent mea culpa, in which the Grammy and Tony winner apologized to her gay fans for what she called “a lapse in judgment.” “Her main reason for backing out was because of the hurt many in the Lgbt community felt,” her publicist Bill Carpenter told TheWrap, adding that Holliday “did »
- Itay Hod
Watch China’s Richest Man Wanda Group CEO Wang Jianlin Rock the House (Video)
Wang Jianlin, the founder and chairman of China’s Dalian Wanda Group, is the country’s richest man and one of Hollywood’s most aggressive buyers, having spent billions on entertainment companies this year alone. He’s also a showman himself, as he demonstrated at Wanda’s big bash — and it’s all on video. At Wanda’s annual gala held on Jan. 14, Wang surprised employees by breaking out in song for the second consecutive year, according to a statement released by the company that also helpfully identified the billionaire’s set list. Wang opened with a performance of “Nothing »
- Matt Pressberg
Galloway on Film: How Hollywood Failed Martin Luther King Jr.
On April 23, 1967, a small-time convict pulled off a big-time escape.
The convict, known to his jailers as Prisoner #416-j, had been held in the Missouri State Penitentiary for the past seven years and still had years to serve for armed robbery. He previously had been incarcerated for stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of postal money orders, and at age 39, he had spent a good part of his adult life behind bars. But on this spring day, he was preparing to break free.
Rising early, he took the elevator to the prison bakery, where he had worked long »
- Stephen Galloway
What Are the ‘Fang’ Stocks? A Short Explainer
CNBC’s Jim Cramer is known for his voluble stock advocacy, but the “Mad Money” host also made a key contribution to contemporary Wall Street lexicon, as he’s the one who coined “Fang” as a term for the stocks of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google parent Alphabet. And those Fang stocks had quite a bite in 2015, when they averaged a robust 83 percent increase — during a year when the S&P 500 actually finished down less than 1 percent. Netflix, which jumped 134 percent in 2015, was the top performing stock in the entire S&P 500. The four Fang companies couldn’t »
- Matt Pressberg
PBS’ ‘The Story of China’ Is ‘People’s History’ of World Superpower
The upcoming PBS documentary series “The Story of China” is not a purely academic exercise, but rather a “people’s history” of the country, series contributor Lik Hang Tsui told the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. “What I liked about the selection of material in the series is that it really brings out the voices of the people,” Tsui said. “It’s the people’s history. It’s not just rulers, dynastic histories, but also what the Chinese think about their history, their stories, their families.” The official synopsis for the series reads as follows: Travel from the »
- Joe Otterson
Erik Estrada Blasts ‘Chips’ Movie as ‘Pure Trash’
Looks like Erik Estrada might not be a big fan of the upcoming “Chips” movie. Estrada, who played Officer Frank “Ponch” Poncherello on the original NBC series, devoted a portion of his Monday sharing tweets that tore into the upcoming big-screen adaptation. One tweet which Estrada shared with his 24,000 followers criticized the film for the footage of gunplay contained in the recently released trailer. Also Read: 'CHIPs' Stars Dax Shepard, Michael Pena Debut First Trailer on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Video) “@robbyynnnnnn @ErikEstrada @LarryDWilcox saw the trailer the other day…Pure Trash…remember(not 100%sure) real CHiPs Never drew their gun, »
- Tim Kenneally
Isabelle Huppert Receives French Film Award From UniFrance
Golden Globe best actress winner Isabelle Huppert added the French Film Award to her trophy cabinet during a ceremony Monday night at the French culture ministry.
Huppert — who was said to have just returned from Los Angeles on Monday morning with her Elle trophy safely stored in her suitcase — accepted the honor from film-promotion body UniFrance. The award is fairly new and coincides with the film body’s French film festival and market.
- Rhonda Richford
Watch Chewbacca Rip Off an Arm in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Deleted Scene (Video)
Always let the Wookie win. In a newly-found deleted scene from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Unkar Plutt (Simon Pegg) confronts Rey (Daisy Ridley) for not selling him the droid Bb-8, until her new furry Bff Chewbacca steps in and rips Plutt’s arm off in self-defense. It’s kind of awesome. The scene is no less gruesome than Luke getting his hand sliced off in “The Empire Strikes Back,” but hearing Plutt’s screams of agonizing pain just off camera, perhaps it’s not hard too imagine why Disney and director J.J. Abrams axed the scene for the final film. »
- Brian Welk
Garth Brooks Explains Why He Didn’t Take Trump Inauguration Gig
Garth Brooks offered up some clarity on his role in Donald Trump’s inauguration, saying he supports the President-elect but that concert dates will keep him from the Friday festivities. Garth addressed dozens of fan questions over the inauguration during a weekly chat series on his official Facebook page, with many fans disappointed he would not grace the national stage for Trump. “We go up to do the Christmas tree lighting in D.C., and TMZ — they always stick a camera in your face — they go, ‘Hey man, what about the inauguration?’ And the response was, ‘It’s always an honor to serve. »
- Matt Donnelly
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