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‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Gets Series Order At HBO Max

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‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Gets Series Order At HBO Max
Gossip Girl is making another comeback. WarnerMedia’s soon-to-launch streaming service HBO Max has ordered 10 hourlong episodes of a reimagined version of the pop culture phenomenon that made household names of stars such as Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick.

The project hails from the original series writer and executive producer, Quantico creator Joshua Safran, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. TV and CBS Television Studios.

Like the original series, the new iteration of Gossip Girl, written by Safran, is based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar. The logline: Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.
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Franco Zeffirelli: An Artist and a Paradox

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Franco Zeffirelli: An Artist and a Paradox
When popular artists pass on, it can often be a surprise to learn just how old they were. But the news of Franco Zeffirelli’s death, at 96, inspired a major double take. The extravagant Italian maestro of theater, opera and film lived to a vibrant old age. Yet for many of us, the name Zeffirelli will always conjure the spirit of youth. That’s because of what he brought to the Hollywood party in 1968. In “Romeo and Juliet,” he became the first film artist to make the counterculture swoon.

In a move that was at once audacious and indelible, Zeffirelli cast Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy with actors who were shockingly young and, at the same time, ridiculously gorgeous. Leonard Whiting, at 17, and Olivia Hussey, at 16, were closer to the stated age of Shakespeare’s protagonists than most of the actors who had played them. But, of course, it wasn’t
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Hulu in July: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

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Hulu is out with its list of new content coming in July, and highlights include the “Veronica Mars” revival and the series premiere of the new “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” We also have the list of everything that’s being removed from the streaming service at the end of July.

Season 1-3 of the original “Veronica Mars” series will be available starting July 1, so you can brush up on all the background knowledge you’ll need to fully enjoy Season 4 when it drops July 26, with Kristen Bell returning the starring role as the title character after almost 15 years. Here’s everything we know about the revival so far.

The new Mindy Kaling-produced “Four Weddings and a Funeral” series comes July 31, with “Game of Thrones” star Nathalie Emanuel in the lead role. Original star Andie MacDowell will return as a guest star.

Also Read: Summer TV Premiere Dates: Here's
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Franco Zeffirelli, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Director, Dead at 96

Franco Zeffirelli, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Director, Dead at 96
Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian director best known for his bold cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare’s work, has died at the age of 96.

The filmmaker died Saturday at his home in Rome, Italy, his son Luciano told the Associated Press. “He had suffered for a while, but he left in a peaceful way,” Luciano said of his father.

An acclaimed set designer and stage director who shifted to cinema after working under legendary Italian filmmakers like Luchino Visconti and Vittorio de Sica, Zeffirelli made his big screen debut in 1967’s The Taming of the Shrew,
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Franco Zeffirelli Dies: Famed Director Of Shakespearean Drama Was 96

Franco Zeffirelli Dies: Famed Director Of Shakespearean Drama Was 96
Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian director whose visionary interpretation of Romeo and Juliet was nominated for an Academy Award, has died. He was 96 and passed at his residence in Rome.

Zeffirelli was prolific in film, theater and opera over his long career, and was known for his epic scale in his productions. He staged more than 120 operas in his career.

Gianfranco Zeffirelli was born on February 12, 1923 on the outskirts of Florence. He was educated at the Academia di Belle Arti in Florence as an architect, but claimed later that after seeing Laurence Olivier’s Henry V, he decided on a new direction and turned to theater.

After some early acting success, Zeffirelli worked as a set designer at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence. There he met director Luchino Visconti, who became his mentor and passed along his love of opera to his young charge.

Zeffirelli devoted his time to theater
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Franco Zeffirelli, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Director, Dies at 96

Franco Zeffirelli, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Director, Dies at 96
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his 1968 big-screen version of “Romeo and Juliet,” died on Saturday at age 96.

Zeffirelli’s son Luciano told the Associated Press that his father died at home in Rome.

He earned two Oscar nominations, the first for directing the lush adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” starring a then-unknown Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, which grossed more than $52 million in the U.S. on a $1.5 million budget, according to the AP. He earned a second nomination for art and set decoration on his filmed version of the opera “La Traviata” starring Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas.

Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2019 (Photos)

Zeffirelli was also widely acclaimed as a director of theater and opera in his native Italy and won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on PBS’ “Great Performances” productions of the operas “Pagliacci” in 1985 and “Cavalleria Rusticana
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Franco Zeffirelli, Director of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ Dies at 96

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Franco Zeffirelli, Director of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ Dies at 96
Franco Zeffirelli, the stylish and sometimes controversial theater, opera and film director, has died. He was 96.

Zeffirelli, who was Oscar-nominated for his 1968 version of “Romeo and Juliet,” died at his home in Rome at noon on Saturday, his son Luciano told the Associated Press. “He had suffered for a while, but he left in a peaceful way,” Luciano said.

While Zeffirelli was fond of making films with literary antecedents such as “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” “Taming of the Shrew” and “Jane Eyre,” his legacy as director of extravagant opera and theater productions is probably more consistent and long-lasting.

He directed, co-wrote and co-produced the 1966 production of “Taming of the Shrew,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, one of the twice-married celebrated pair’s most successful co-starring assignments. Spirited and amusing, it paved the way for a youthful and sexy “Romeo and Juliet,” which was a major box office success in the U.
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Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Five Artists, Kicks Off With Sundance Hit ‘Luce’

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Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Five Artists, Kicks Off With Sundance Hit ‘Luce’
The Newport Beach Film Festival, which kicks off April 24 and continues through April 27, will honor five talented artists who will be on hand to accept their awards. The event kicks off opening night with the West Coast premiere of Sundance indie hit “Luce,” a provocative racial drama from director Julius Onah starring Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth and rising star Kelvin Harrison Jr. The fest closes with the world premiere of “Part of Water,” a documentary about local lifeguard hero Ben Carlson who lost his life saving a drowning swimmer in 2014.

Between those bookends, Nbff screens the Ted Bundy crime drama “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” starring Zac Efron as the notorious serial killer; “Official Secrets,” Gavin Hood’s political thriller starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes; and the world premiere of “The Tony Alva Story,” which chronicles the life of the skateboarding legend.

The fest and Vans
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Stars Join Lionel Richie at Keep Memory Alive's 23rd Annual Power of Love Gala

Keep Memory Alive's 23rd annual Power of Love gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, March 16 brought top artists and cultural icons Shania Twain, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Anderson, Ne-Yo, Anthony Mackie, Miguel, Leona Lewis, Bernie Williams, John O'Hurley, Pedro Capó, Greg Phillinganes, Peta Murgatroyd, and more together to honor music legend Lionel Richie and raise crucial funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Nevada.

Lionel Richie Performs With Shania Twain

Credit/Copyright: Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

Also in attendance were Raiders owner and newly appointed Keep Memory Alive board member Mark Davis, former Oakland Raiders player and coach Fred Biletnikoff, “Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer, British singer Matt Goss, jeweler Steven Lagos, singer-songwriter Clint Holmes, author Kimberly Friedmutter and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak.

After a warm welcome from Keep Memory Alive co-founders Camille and Larry Ruvo, the evening began with Siegfried Fischbacher presenting Lonnie Ali, wife of late great Muhammad Ali,
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Blumhouse Horror ‘Run Sweetheart Run’ To Star Ella Balinska, Pilou Asbaek, Clark Gregg, Aml Ameen, Betsy Brandt, More

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Blumhouse Horror ‘Run Sweetheart Run’ To Star Ella Balinska, Pilou Asbaek, Clark Gregg, Aml Ameen, Betsy Brandt, More
Exclusive: Ella Balinska (Charlie’s Angels), Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner), Dayo Okeniyi (Shades of Blue), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) and Shohreh Aghdashloo (Star Trek Beyond) have been set to star in Blumhouse horror-thriller Run Sweetheart Run.

Shoot is underway in Los Angeles on the anticipated film, which could mark genre kingpin Blumhouse’s first theatrically released horror film with a female director. Shana Feste (Endless Love) is writer-director on the pic about a blind date which turns violent.

Fast-rising star Balinska, one of the leads in Sony’s upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot, will play a woman chased on foot through Los Angeles by her psychotic date.

Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (who have previously collaborated on the Sinister and Insidious franchises) are producing with Feste for Quiet Girl Productions. Jennifer Besser, Couper Samuelson, Bea Sequeira
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Brooke Shields, Jade Payton Join CW Pilot ‘Glamorous,’ Eva Longoria to Direct

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CW’s pilot “Glamorous” has cast two key roles and found its director.

Brooke Shields and Jade Payton have been cast in the pilot, while Eva Longoria has come onboard to direct, Variety has learned.

The pilot follows a gender non-conforming recent high school graduate who lands the gig of a lifetime interning at a cosmetics company whose products they panned on YouTube.

Shields will play Madolyn, described as a former supermodel who is no stranger to the covers of Vogue or the runways of Milan. She is the founder and CEO of one of the industry’s most respected and sophisticated cosmetics company. A canny businesswoman and entrepreneur, Madolyn is at the top of the game and will stop at nothing to stay there, including making a strategic hire to be her eyes and ears within the company.

Payton will play Venetia, described as an ambitious young clotheshorse who
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Bette Midler’s best moment on the Oscars till now: Watch her make merry with the 1982 Best Original Song nominees [Watch]

Bette Midler’s best moment on the Oscars till now: Watch her make merry with the 1982 Best Original Song nominees [Watch]
The Oscars just announced that Bette Midler will step in for Emily Blunt and sing the nominated tune “The Places Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns.” This isn’t as odd a choice as you’d think when you realize the song was penned by her pal Marc Shaiman. Expect him to accompany her on piano, just like he did when Midler made that memorable appearance on “The Tonight Show” back in 1992 to say farewell to Johnny Carson.

Carson was the host of the 1982 Oscars where Midler made merry with the five tunes nominated for Best Original Song. Among her barbs with the most bit was this jab at “Endless Love,” which she noted was heard in the “endless movie ‘Endless Love,’ written by the very rich Lionel Richie.” In the video above, watch her unleash on the merits, such as they were, of the contenders before revealing the winner.
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The 3 Men Diana Ross Has Opened Her Heart to Over the Years

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The 3 Men Diana Ross Has Opened Her Heart to Over the Years
Diana Ross is known for her killer vocals and legendary hits, but she is also known for her big, modern family. The singer is mom to five children from three previous relationships. In 1965, when she was still with The Supremes, Diana began dating Motown CEO Berry Gordy. They were together for several years and even had a child together, Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein, in 1971.

When Diana was two months pregnant with Rhonda, she tied the knot with music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein, who was managing her at the time. Aside from Robert raising Rhonda as his own daughter, the couple also welcomed two children of their own, Tracee Ellis Ross and Chudney Ross, in 1972 and 1975, respectively. After nearly six years of marriage, the two divorced in 1977.

Related: It's Clear That Diana Ross's Family Has "Endless Love" For Each Other

After briefly dating Gene Simmons in the early '80s, Diana met Norwegian businessman Arne Næss Jr.
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Breaking Down the Branches of Diana Ross's Fabulous Family Tree

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Breaking Down the Branches of Diana Ross's Fabulous Family Tree
Diana Ross is one of the industry greats, with an illustrious music and film career that spans six decades. To most of the world, she's an icon. But to her big, growing family, she's a loving mom and devoted grandmother who loses her fanny pack at Marshall's like anyone else.

We got a glimpse of Diana's huge brood at the American Music Awards in 2017, where three generations stepped out to support her lifetime achievement award, and again at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade a year later. The outings fueled interest in Diana's family life - how many kids does she have? Who has she been married to? You may even be wondering how legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and legendary Autobiography singer Ashlee Simpson factor in. Don't worry, we've got you. Read on for a handy guide to the Ross family tree.

Related: It's Clear That Diana Ross's Family
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Grammys 2019: Diana Ross Performs Heartfelt Medley of Hits — Grade It!

A Motown legend returned to the Grammys stage on Sunday to remind us all of music’s true Supreme. Diana Ross appeared on the 61st annual broadcast to perform two of her most poignant songs: “The Best Years of My Life” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).”

As hard as this may be to believe, Ross has only taken home one Grammy in her decades-long career — the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. She had previously been nominated 12 times for hits like “Baby Love,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ease on Down the Road” and “Endless Love,
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Diana Ross will perform at the 2019 Grammy Awards to celebrate her career … but she has never actually won one

Diana Ross will perform at the 2019 Grammy Awards to celebrate her career … but she has never actually won one
The recording academy has announced another performer who will take the stage at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10: none other than Diana Ross. The legendary singer turns 75 this year, and she’ll be celebrating that diamond birthday with what the academy says is “sure to be an unforgettable Grammy moment,” but would you believe that the career the Grammys are celebrating doesn’t actually include a single Grammy win?

Ross’s career has spanned decades and includes 59 albums and 91 singles. For that she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys in 2013, but she never won any of her 12 competitive nominations, even though she contended for classics like “Baby Love” and “Stop in the Name of Love” with her group The Supremes, and then “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Touch Me in the Morning” and “Endless Love” as a solo artist. Her most recent nomination was
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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the mid-to-late 1980s, including ‘Take My Breath Away,’ ‘Let the River Run’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the mid-to-late 1980s, including ‘Take My Breath Away,’ ‘Let the River Run’
This article marks Part 18 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1985 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“The Power of Love” from “Back to the Future

“Surprise, Surprise” from “A Chorus Line

“Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)” from “The Color Purple

“Say You, Say Me” from “White Nights

Separate Lives” from “White Nights

Won: “Say You, Say Me” from “White Nights

Should’ve won: “Separate Lives” from “White Nights

If 1984 is a merely frustrating year of Best Original Song at the Oscars – given the lack of “Purple Rain” love and Stevie Wonder having defeated four marvelous songs with a decidedly inferior track – 1985 is a flat-out aggravating affair, a year featuring not one or two but five ho-hom pieces,
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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1980s, including ‘Fame,’ ‘Flashdance…What a Feeling’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1980s, including ‘Fame,’ ‘Flashdance…What a Feeling’
This article marks Part 16 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1980 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“People Alone” from “The Competition

“Fame” from “Fame”

“Out Here on My Own” from “Fame”

“On the Road Again” from “Honeysuckle Rose

9 to 5” from “9 to 5

Won: “Fame” from “Fame”

Should’ve won: “9 to 5” from “9 to 5”

1980 marks a refreshingly sensational year for Best Original Song at the Oscars – and that’s even in spite of voters not recognizing the memorable likes of Blondie‘s “Call Me” (from “American Gigolo”); Kenny Loggins‘ “I’m Alright” (from “Caddyshack”); Olivia Newton-John‘s “Magic” (from “Xanadu”); and Neil Diamond‘s “America” (from “The Jazz Singer”).

What voters did offer
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Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson to Star in ‘Echo Boomers’

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Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson to Star in ‘Echo Boomers’
Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson, and Alex Pettyfer are starring in the burglary drama “Echo Boomers.”

Based on a true story, the film centers around a group of disillusioned twentysomethings, who break into and steal from the homes of the rich.

Seth Savoy will be making his directorial debut on the movie and helm from his own script. Byron Wetzel, Sean Kaplan, Mike Ware, Jeff Waxman, and James Langer are attached to produce.

Fortitude International holds the foreign rights and is launching sales this week at the American Film Market. CAA Media Finance will represent the domestic rights. Production is scheduled to begin in January.

Robinson, who starred in “Love, Simon” and “Everything, Everything,” will next be seen in the thriller “Strange but True.” Shannon starred in “The Shape of Water,” and received Academy Award nominations for his roles in “Revolutionary Road” and “Nocturnal Animals.” He’s toplined all
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‘The I-Land’ Starring Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez & Alex Pettyfer Among 3 Sci-Fi Series Ordered By Netflix

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Netflix is expanding its sci-fi/genre portfolio with three new series orders, to Neil Labute’s The I-Land, starring Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez and Alex Pettyfer; October Faction, based on the Idw comics by Steve Niles, and Warrior Nun, inspired by the Manga novels.

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of October Faction, from creator/executive producer Damian Kindler, High Park Entertainment in association with Idw Entertainment; seven episodes of The I-Land, from Nomadic Pictures Entertainment, with Bosworth also producing; and 10 episodes of Warrior Nun, from creator/executive producer Simon Barry.

They join the recently picked up new sci-fi series The Order, Wu Assassins, Locke & Key, V Wars, and Another Life as Netflix is making in big push in the genre arena as is rival Amazon.

The I-Land marks Magic Mike star Pettyfer’s TV series debut. Bosworth previously did stints on The Art of More, Young Americans and BBC’s SS-bg.
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