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In China’s Shifting Winds, Viacom Escapes Harm After ‘South Park’ Poke, But Others Are Not So Lucky

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A string of events this month related to China and ongoing protests in Hong Kong has tarnished major U.S. brands from the NBA to Apple to Activision Blizzard. While Hollywood usually finds itself in the thick of such controversies, it has managed this time to mostly avoid major reputational damage, at least for now.

Viacom in particular has been on the front lines after one of its signature shows, Comedy Central’s often-risqué South Park, provoked China by brazenly mocking the nation’s strict customs (and Disney’s simultaneously). Gemini Man, a Paramount release in the U.S., is being distributed in China by Fosun and made an estimated $10.8M on Friday to top the local box office chart. The fates of future Paramount releases such as Terminator: Dark Fate and next summer’s Top Gun: Maverick are unclear, but as of now it appears unlikely they would feel heat.
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5 Reasons Top Gun Has Aged Poorly (& 5 Reasons It's Timeless)

Classic movie Top Gun was not only the biggest American box-office hit of 1986, but the film also turned Tom Cruise into a bona fide movie star. The long-awaited sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, is finally set to fly into theaters next summer. Cue Kenny Rogers.

Related: 10 Movies To Watch If You Love Top Gun

In the meantime, let's assess how well the original Top Gun has held up over the past 33 years. After all, for as iconic as the movie has remained over the past three decades, there's bound to be some wear and tear. There's also bound to be some undeniably glorious '80s stylings. Here are 5 Reasons Top Gun has aged poorly and 5 why it's timeless.
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Top Gun Cast: Where Are They Now?

It has been over 30 years since Tom Cruise revved up his engine and took the highway to the Danger Zone in Top Gun. After many years of development, and a significant delay due to the death of director Tony Scott, the sequel Top Gun: Maverick will hit theaters in 2020 with Cruise returning to his iconic role as Maverick.

Related: Tom Cruise’s 10 Most Iconic Roles, Ranked

However, after 30 years, the cast of the first movie has all gone their separate ways, moving on to new projects, and only Val Kilmer will return to join Cruise as a holdover from that first film. With that said, the original Top Gun had a great cast, and here is a look at where these great actors are now.
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‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Casts Cas Anvar; Raymond Lee Joins ‘Prodigal Son’

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‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Casts Cas Anvar; Raymond Lee Joins ‘Prodigal Son’
The Expanse star Cas Anvar has booked a recurring role on the sixth and final season of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. Anvar plays Robert Hsieh, an in-house lawyer of a popular dating app who works closely with Caplan & Gold on a discrimination suit. Created by Peter Nowalk, How to Get Away with Murder‘s final season follows Professor Annalise Keating’s (Viola Davis) class through their final semester in law school – while the deception, fear and guilt binding Professor Keating to her students prove deadlier than ever. Anvar recently wrapped shooting season 4 and soon will begin work on season 5 of Amazon’s The Expanse on which he plays the lead role of Alex Kamal. He also can be seen in feature film The Operative opposite Diane Kruger. He’s repped by the Van Johnson Company and Glenn Talent.

Here and Now alum Raymond Lee is set
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Watch the First Episode of Nickelodeon’s New Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Online for Free

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"Submitted for the approval of The Midnight Society..." If those words send a nostalgic chill down your spine, then you're likely dying to watch Nickelodeon's limited series resurrection of Are You Afraid of the Dark? Thankfully, the wait is now over, as you can watch the first episode in its eerie entirety online for free.

The first episode of the new Are You Afraid of the Dark? limited series has been uploaded on the official NickRewind channel, and you can watch it below before the other two episodes premiere on October 18th and 25th, respectively.

The horror springboard for a generation of genre fans who grew up in the ’90s, Are You Afraid of the Dark? originally aired on Nickelodeon from 1992–1996 (after premiering in Canada in 1990) before being revived for new episodes in 1999–2000.

Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the return of Are You Afraid of the Dark?
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J.D. Dillard to Helm Black Label Media’s Korean War Epic ‘Devotion’ Starring Glen Powell (Exclusive)

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J.D. Dillard to Helm Black Label Media’s Korean War Epic ‘Devotion’ Starring Glen Powell (Exclusive)
J.D. Dillard has signed on to helm Korean War epic “Devotion,” starring “Top Gun: Maverick” actor Glen Powell, sources tell Variety.

The film, from Black Label Media, is an aerial war epic that tells the harrowing true story of two elite U.S. Navy fighter pilots, Tom Hudner and Jesse L. Brown, during the Korean War. Their heroic sacrifices would ultimately make them the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen.

Powell will star as Hudner, whose life — along with Brown’s — was chronicled in Adam Makos’ book “Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice,” upon which the movie is based. Jake Crane and Jonathan Stewart wrote the screenplay. Blm’s Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill will produce.

Dillard is best known for his debut feature film “Sleight,” which premiered at Sundance in 2016 and was acquired by WWE Studios and Blumhouse. His second film, “Sweetheart,” starring Kiersey Clemons,
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10 Movies To Watch If You Love Top Gun

Top Gun is one of those quintessential '80s movies, and despite some admittedly dated moments, it still holds up as an exciting action film. Tom Cruise became an A-list actor playing Maverick, a cocky Navy fighter pilot in a competition to become the best of the best.

Related: 10 Hidden Details Everyone Missed In The Original Top Gun

Cruise's charming performance, Tony Scott's stylish direction, and the intense flying sequences make the film stand out among imitators. While the long-awaited sequel Top Gun: Maverick will be hitting theaters soon, there are some other great movies that might satisfy that need for speed. Here are 10 movies to watch if you like Top Gun.
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Nycc TV News Roundup: DC Universe Announces ‘Harley Quinn’ Premiere Date

  • Variety
In today’s Nycc TV news roundup, “Harley Quinn” gets a Nov. 29 premiere date and Nickelodeon debuts the official trailer for “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”

Dates

“Harley Quinn” will premiere Nov. 29 on DC Universe, executive producers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker announced. The animated original series follows the animated blonde supervillain (Kaley Cuoco) as she sets out to become Gotham City’s criminal Queenpin.

Renewals

Rooster Teeth greenlight an additional two volumes of “Rwby.” The animated supernatural series follows four young girls training to become humanity’s only hope. Rooster Teeth also released a trailer for Volume 7 of the show. The new episodes will follow Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang as they’ve fought hard alongside their friends to bring the Relic of Knowledge to Atlas, the northernmost Kingdom in Remnant. However, the futuristic urban-sprawl may hide just as much danger as the tundra that surrounds it. Enemies
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CAA Signs ‘The Good Place’ Star Manny Jacinto

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CAA Signs ‘The Good Place’ Star Manny Jacinto
Exclusive: The Good Place star Manny Jacinto has signed with CAA.

The news comes as the NBC comedy kicked off its fourth and final season on Thursday night. Jacinto plays the lovable yet not-so-bright Jason Mendoza on The Good Place. He can also be seen in the forthcoming Top Gun: Maverick. Directed by Joe Kosinski, the sequel to the iconic Paramount classic stars Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, Monica Barbaro, Miles Teller and Glen Powell. The film is slated for a June 26, 2020 release.

His recent previous credits include Bad Times at the El Royale, Showtime’s Roadies as well as ABC’s The Good Doctor.

Jacinto continues to be repped by Principals Talent in Canada and managed by Alchemy Entertainment. His attorney is Joel McKuin at McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
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‘Hollywood’: Dylan McDermott, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, Maude Apatow & Joe Mantello Among Netflix Series Cast Additions

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‘Hollywood’: Dylan McDermott, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, Maude Apatow & Joe Mantello Among Netflix Series Cast Additions
Dylan McDermott, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, Maude Apatow, Joe Mantello, Laura Harrier and Jake Picking have joined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix limited drama series Hollywood. They join previously announced Jeremy Pope, Darren Criss, David Corenswet, Patti LuPone and Holland Taylor.

Few details are known about the series, which Murphy calls “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown.” It is believed to be set in the 1940s and centers on three lead characters — played by Pope, Criss and Corenswet.

McDermott will play Ernie; Weaving will portray Claire; Parsons will play Henry Wilson; Apatow will portray Henrietta; Mantello will play Dick; Harrier will play Camille; and Picking will play actor Rock Hudson.

Murphy co-created the series with frequent collaborator Ian Brennan. Principal photography got underway this summer, with Pope, Criss and Corenswet all exec producing in addition to starring.

Hollywood is Murphy’s third show for
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New Hollywood Podcast: Manny Jacinto Says Farewell To ‘The Good Place’; Talks Filipino Representation and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

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New Hollywood Podcast: Manny Jacinto Says Farewell To ‘The Good Place’; Talks Filipino Representation and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
Manny Jacinto is known for playing the silent monk turned “lovable dummy” DJ Jason Mendoza on NBC’s The Good Place. In real life, Jacinto is not dumb at all (he has a civil engineering degree) but is certainly lovable as he is delightful. With the fourth and final season kicking off on September 26, he visited the New Hollywood Podcast to talk about giving a fond forking farewell to the comedy.

Jacinto was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Canada before coming stateside. Before he was an actor he was a hip hop dancer (although he still probably has some moves) before going to school for civil engineering. Eventually, he landed the role of Jason on the Emmy-nominated The Good Place and now he’ll appear in the forthcoming Top Gun: Maverick.

Jacinto talked to us about Filipino representation in Hollywood, details about the Top Gun sequel and shared
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Danny Ramirez to Star in Film Adaptation of ‘Root Letter’ Video Game (Exclusive)

  • Variety
An English-language film adaptation of Japanese video game “Root Letter,” starring Danny Ramirez, is in production in the U.S. through Akatsuki Entertainment USA. Besides Ramirez, the film stars Keana Marie and Lydia Hearst.

With a screenplay by David Ebeltoft (2016 Tribeca Film Festival’s “Here Alone”), the film is intended as a gritty re-imagining of the game’s core story of a protagonist in search of a former pen pal who disappears under curious circumstances.

The underlying Kadokawa-published game has two main gameplay sequences. First, the player interrogates people who knew the missing girl. Then the player relives the missing years and makes use of clues gathered earlier.

The game was first published in 2016 and has been made available on platforms including PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, Android and iOS. It sold more than 400,000 copies in Japan and overseas, and is also available on Steam and Nintendo Switch.

The
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First Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Clip Introduces Tommy Chong as Alfred

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First Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Clip Introduces Tommy Chong as Alfred
The first official clip from Jay & Silent Bob Reboot has just been released. Jason Mewes surprised attendees and viewers of the 45th annual Saturn Awards with the footage, which features Val Kilmer and Melissa Benoist. Kevin Smith unveiled the first trailer for the highly anticipated movie back in July at San Diego Comic-Con and even jumped the gun by releasing it a few days early because he was so excited to finally share what he and Mewes had been working on.

The Jay & Silent Bob Reboot clip centers on an argument between Val Kilmer's Bluntman and Melissa Benoist's Chronic. The two characters are about to fight on the big screen as the real Jay and Silent Bob watch from the audience. Some references to marijuana show up and then the king of stoners, Tommy Chong, makes an appearance as Alfred, Bruce Wayne's righthand man. It's exactly would you would expect
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‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’ Revival Gets a Premiere Date – Meet the New Midnight Society (Video)

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Nickelodeon formally introduced its new Midnight Society from the upcoming “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” revival, and find themselves in the middle of their own scary story.

The three-episode revival follows an entirely new group of kids who tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the story come to life. It will air over three consecutive Fridays — not the original show’s Saturday night timeslot — beginning on Oct. 11.

Watch the show’s full-length trailer in the video above.

Also Read: With 'All That' and 'Are You Afraid of The Dark,' Nickelodeon Bets Its Future on Its '90s-Era Past

The new members of the Midnight Society are: Gavin, played by Sam Ashe Arnold (“Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.”); Akiko, played by Miya Cech; Louise, played by Tamara Smart; Graham, played by Jeremy Ray Taylor; and Rachel, played by Lyliana Wray. The Carnival of Doom’s ringmaster,
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I Watched Top Gun with Val Kilmer at a Military Base

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I Watched Top Gun with Val Kilmer at a Military Base
I'll just get this out of the way up top, but know that I'm going somewhere with this; I've never liked Top Gun. Naturally, those lovers of the 80s classic are welcome to sharpen those pitchforks now, but hear me out. I watched the movie once in my youth and a whole lot of mainstream 80s pop culture just missed the mark with me in my earlier years. I had never taken the time to revisit the 1986 fighter pilot flick that cemented Tom Cruise as a superstar and helped to put Val Kilmer on the map. But I recently revisited the movie in a pretty special setting and, admittedly, I get it now.

The Alamo Drafthouse recently put on one of its Rolling Roadshow experiences for Top Gun. Essentially, the theater chain picks a movie, then screens said movie at a location that ties into it and tapers an experience to tie it all together.
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Disney Television Animation Will Preview ‘The Owl House’ At New York Comic Con – Update

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Disney Television Animation will preview The Owl House on Day 2 of New York Comic Con, which runs Oct 3-Oct. 6 at Javits Center in New York City. Also, a panel featuring Disney Television Animation showrunners is scheduled for Day 3 of the pop culture expo. Details on both those panels can be found below in our building schedule of Nycc panels and presentations, check back for updates.

Update: The updated New York Comic Con programming roster as of Sept. 11:

Emergence

Date: Thursday, October 3

Time: 4-5:00 Pm

Location: Javits Room 1A06

Description: Beyond explanation…beyond understanding…lies the truth. Join the Cast and Executive Producers of ABC’s captivating new drama series Emergence for a look at a gripping new episode prior to its airing followed by an exciting panel discussion. This character-driven genre thriller follows a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of
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Paramount Rebooting John Woo’s Face/Off With New Cast

One of the most bizarre action movies of the 1990s (if not of all-time), John Woo’s Face/Off sees Nicolas Cage and John Travolta swap identities and lose their grip on reality. It’s now been reported by Deadline that Paramount Pictures are rebooting the 1997 thriller, with Oren Uziel behind the screenplay, Neal Moritz producing and David Permut executive producing. While there hasn’t been any casting or directing news yet, it’ll be difficult to see anyone topping the performances of Travolta and Cage in the original movie.

For those not in the know, Face/Off sees Travolta’s FBI agent Sean Archer going to remarkable lengths to capture Cage’s Castor Troy, the theatrical criminal who killed his son. For reasons best not explored, Archer takes on the face of Castor to take him down, only for Cage’s character to go steal Archer’s face and insinuate himself into his life.
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Paramount Putting A New Face On Action Hit ‘Face/Off’

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Exclusive: Paramount Pictures is giving a face lift to Face/Off, the 1997 John Woo-directed action thriller that starred John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. The studio will reboot the film, with new cast. Oren Uziel has been set to write the script, and Neal Moritz will produce and David Permut will be executive producer.

Given a fairly preposterous-sounding premise, the original film was a wild ride. Travolta played FBI agent Sean Archer, who is obsessed with catching a homicidal sociopath named Castor Troy, who is responsible for killing the fed’s son. The agent undergoes facial transplant surgery and takes the mug of his nemesis so he can be sent to prison to find out a bomb’s whereabouts and stop an attack. The plan goes awry when the bad guy wakes up and takes the face of the FBI agent. Soon, the new-faced Castor visits the agent with the
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Jason Bentley on His Past at Kcrw and Future With ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

  • Variety
The mid-June announcement that Jason Bentley was leaving Kcrw as music director and the host of “Morning Become Eclectic” has been the subject of much speculation. Among the unanswered questions: Where is Bentley going and who will be his replacement? Three months later, we’re not much closer to an answer.

While Bentley has lined up the music supervision job for the forthcoming “Top Gun: Maverick” movie, the nationwide search for the voice of “Morning Becomes Eclectic” continues, with hosting duties for the remainder of 2019 being handled by a revolving crew of Kcrw staples: Anne Litt, Garth Trinidad, Aaron Byrd and Raul Campos. Just ahead of Bentley’s last day, he sat with Variety to look back on his time at the station and ahead to his next adventure.

You started working as the music supervisor for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ around the same time as your Kcrw exit. Coincidence?

The
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Top Gun 2: Maverick Brings Back Original Editor

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Original Top Gun editor Chris Lebenzon is returning to work on Top Gun: Maverick. After 34 years, Lebenzon will bring some of the same editing magic he used in helping make the first installment an instant classic. Tom Cruise shocked San Diego Comic-Con last month with a surprise appearance and the first footage from the highly anticipated sequel. Long-time fans were pleasantly surprised with what they saw in the early footage, which leaned heavily on the past.

Chris Lebenzon earned his first Academy Award nomination for his work on 1986's Top Gun. Lebenzon and Billy Weber took on the editing of the first installment, which has been credited with introducing the "MTV-style editing" to movies. Tom Cruise and crew are trying to recapture as much of the original style from the first movie for Top Gun: Maverick. In addition to Lebenzon, the sequel also sees the return of Harold Faltermeyer,
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