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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sets New Series High With Staggering 19.3 Million Viewers

‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sets New Series High With Staggering 19.3 Million Viewers
The “Game of Thrones” series finale ratings are here and they are — as you’d expect — staggering.

Across HBO, HBO Go, and HBO Now, the conclusion of the megahit fantasy series drew 19.3 million viewers, overtaking the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers that was set just last week. In addition, 13.6 million people watched 9 p.m. telecast on HBO alone, breaking the record for the biggest single telecast in HBO history. The previous record holder was the Season 4 premiere of “The Sopranos” in 2002, which drew 13.4 million.

Game of Thrones” also once again lifted up the Bill Hader-led comedy “Barry,” whose Season 2 finale drew 2.7 million viewers
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Thriller ‘7500’ Sells to Amazon Studios

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Thriller ‘7500’ Sells to Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios has acquired global rights to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s terrorist drama “7500.”

The deal, announced Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, excludes Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Universum will distribute the film in Germany.

In “7500,” Gordon-Levitt plays the co-pilot of a plane that has been hijacked by terrorists. The title references the code 7500, which a pilot uses in the event of a hijacking. The code is designed to silently alert air traffic controllers of the situation without tipping off the hijacker. German director Patrick Vollrath wrote the screenplay with Senad Halilbasic.

Gordon-Levitt came on board and Vollrath began shooting starting in the fall of 2017 in Cologne and Vienna. “7500” is Vollrath’s full-length feature debut following his 2015 Academy Award-nominated short, “Everything Will Be Okay.”

Jonas Katzenstein and Maximilian Leo of Augenschein Filmproduktion are producing, while Novotny’s Franz Novotny and Alexander Glehr are co-producers. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lindsay Williams of the
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Netflix Again Blows Past HBO, Others as No. 1 Pick for ‘Best Original Programming,’ Survey Finds

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Netflix Again Blows Past HBO, Others as No. 1 Pick for ‘Best Original Programming,’ Survey Finds
Netflix continues to wear the crown as having the “best original programming” among premium TV and over-the-top subscription services, according to new research from Morgan Stanley.

About 40% of consumers surveyed said the streamer is the No. 1 outlet on this front, up from 39% last year. The next highest scoring service was HBO, at 11%, which was down from 14% on the firm’s 2018 survey. The research comes out a day after HBO aired the series finale of “Game of Thrones” — which has rekindled questions about how much momentum HBO may lose now that its most popular show in recent years has concluded.

On Morgan Stanley’s latest survey, after Netflix in second place was “don’t know” with 32% of responses, indicating that many consumers don’t have a strong opinion about which network or Ott service has the best originals.

About 6% of respondents said Hulu has the “best original programming” (up from 4% a year ago),
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‘Humans’ Canceled After Three Seasons at AMC, Channel 4

‘Humans’ Canceled After Three Seasons at AMC, Channel 4
Humans' is no more.

Writer and executive producer Sam Vincent announced the news on Twitter that the show, which aired on AMC and the U.K.’s Channel 4, would not be returning for a fourth season.

“In this age of unprecedented choice and competition, we can have no complaints,” he wrote, adding that he and fellow exec producer Jonathan Brackley felt “gutted of course, but we were so lucky.”

“We got to make the show we wanted to make, for 24 episodes. The Humans cast and crew were and are the best, and we wouldn’t have got a 2nd season without their talent and dedication, let alone a 3rd.
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Joshua Jackson to Star Opposite Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon in Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’

Joshua Jackson to Star Opposite Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon in Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’
Joshua Jackson has been cast as the male lead on Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere.”

Jackson will play Bill Richardson, described as “a Shaker Heights attorney who hails from modest means, Bill is the perfectly-suited counterweight to his energetic and strong-willed wife, Elena. But when Bill agrees to represent their friends in a fiery custody battle, the couple begin to fight about more than just their challenging youngest daughter, Izzy.”

The series is based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller of the same name, and follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Jackson joins a cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Rosemarie DeWitt.

The project is from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and ABC Signature Studios.
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"Game of Thrones": Plastic Water Bottle Spotted in Series Finale

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Two weeks after a rogue coffee cup made its way into an episode of “Game of Thrones,” another modern-day refreshment popped up in Westeros, this time in the form of a plastic water bottle.

During one of the most important scenes in Sunday’s farewell episode, in which “The Iron Throne” was decided, a water bottle can be seen tucked behind Sir Samwell Tarly’s foot.

The coffee gaffe, which occurred during the fourth episode of season 8, was later edited out of future broadcasts. HBO also issued a mock apology:

“The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake,” HBO said in a statement. “Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”

It’s unclear if the mistaken water
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"Game of Thrones" Series Finale: What the Critics Are Saying

[This story contains spoilers for the series finale of HBO's Game of Thrones, "The Iron Throne."]

Game of Thrones has closed the book on its series, wrapping with a super-sized episode that saw a new ruler ascend to the now-metaphorical throne of Westeros. The eighth and final season was contentious for both fans and critics, with many taking issue with the introduction of certain plot elements and the breakneck pacing of the season, which consisted of just six episodes.

But after eight years, epic battles and plenty of death and destruction, a new monarch was crowned: King Bran the Broken....
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Begs Cannes Crowds to Avoid Spoilers

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Begs Cannes Crowds to Avoid Spoilers
Quentin Tarantino wants Tuesday’s Cannes Film Festival premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” to be a spoiler-free zone. The director took to Twitter on the eve of the red carpet debut to implore media and others attending the hot-ticket event to avoid giving away too much about the film.

“I love cinema, You love cinema,” Tarantino wrote on Instagram and Twitter. “It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time.”

“The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way,” he added.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is set during the late-60’s and is said to include Charlie Manson and Sharon Tate as characters. It’s unclear if Tarantino (who offed Hitler in “Inglourious Basterds” in a machine
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Sony Interactive Launches Unit to Adapt Games for Film, TV (Exclusive)

Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched PlayStation Productions, a production studio that will mine the company's extensive catalog of video game titles for film and television. The new enterprise, headed by Asad Qizilbash and overseen by chairman of Worldwide Studios at SIE, Shawn Layden, is already in production on its first slate of projects and has set up shop on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City.

"We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories," Layden tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We feel that now ...
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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Finale Easily Tops Network Charts

TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Finale Easily Tops Network Charts
The season finale of American Idol led Sunday's broadcast ratings pretty easily, although its early numbers are off some vs. a year ago. Broadcast ratings on the whole were steady despite a likely huge audience tuning in for the Game of Thrones series finale on HBO.

The three-hour finale posted a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and about 7.7 million viewers. That's down from 1.6 and 8.63 million viewers in 2018 (on a Monday night); Sunday's show may adjust up some as the final ratings account for the live nationwide broadcast.

Idol was up ...
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Watch Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Return in ‘Full House Lannister’ on ‘Kimmel’

Watch Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Return in ‘Full House Lannister’ on ‘Kimmel’
Jaime Lannister may have bitten the dust on Game of Thrones, but Jimmy Kimmel is proposing a new spin-off series for the character. On Full House Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is back in his armor alongside real Full House stars Dave Coulier and Bob Saget.

In the clip, Coster-Waldau, with Jaime’s signature gold hand and sword, joins Coulier’s Joey and Saget’s Danny in the Full House kitchen as “Uncle Jaime.” Things are both comedic and dramatic as Joey asked Jaime to help open a jar of pickles. Jaime quips “You got it,
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Watch James Corden and Céline Dion Recreate ‘Titanic’ in ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Watch James Corden and Céline Dion Recreate ‘Titanic’ in ‘Carpool Karaoke’
Céline Dion joined James Corden for a special Las Vegas edition of “Carpool Karaoke” on The Late Late Show. The singer, who is currently performing in Caesars Palace, went through a series of her classic songs, including “My Heart Will Go Home,” and took the opportunity to learn everyone’s favorite children’s tune “Baby Shark.”

In the clip, Corden pulls up to Caesars Palace and ask Dion to show him around town. “Well I just have a day off once a year and you called me on that day,
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Writers Guild Expands Suit Against Agencies With New Fraud Allegations

The Writers Guild of America has bulked up its lawsuit with additional fraud allegations against Hollywood’s four biggest talent agencies.

The WGA amended its suit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court with the claim that CAA, Wme, UTA and ICM partners have engaged “constructive fraud” by allegedly placing their own interests ahead of their clients and by concealing facts about how packaging works.

The amended complaint alleges “failure of a fiduciary to disclose a material fact to his principal that might affect the fiduciary’s motives or the principal’s decision constitutes constructive fraud, regardless of whether the fiduciary acted with fraudulent intent.”

The amended complaint also alleged that agencies are operating in a conflicted position because their interests in negotiating packaging fees for themselves are at odds with the interests of writer clients.

The Association of Talent Agents, which serves as the negotiating arm for the agencies, brushed off the amended complaint.
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Writers Guild Expands Suit Against Agencies With New Fraud Allegations

The Writers Guild of America has bulked up its lawsuit with additional fraud allegations against Hollywood’s four biggest talent agencies.

The WGA amended its suit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court with the claim that CAA, Wme, UTA and ICM partners have engaged “constructive fraud” by allegedly placing their own interests ahead of their clients and by concealing facts about how packaging works.

The amended complaint alleges “failure of a fiduciary to disclose a material fact to his principal that might affect the fiduciary’s motives or the principal’s decision constitutes constructive fraud, regardless of whether the fiduciary acted with fraudulent intent.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Heroes Don’t Die’

Just when you think modern cinema has exploited the found-footage conceit from every conceivable angle, along comes a tragicomic mockumentary tracing Bosnia’s recent war-ravaged history via the travails of a young French film crew getting to the root of a reincarnated identity crisis. Aude Léa Rapin’s first narrative feature “Heroes Don’t Die” is nothing if not novel, passing its elaborate concept through a range of genre possibilities — from droll road movie to post-war trauma study to metaphysical ghost story — without settling on one in the course of 85 minutes. Yet this amount of fussing over its final form means the film’s own characters never quite come into focus, making it hard to invest much belief in their wilfully absurd meta-movie: The final result is a curio at best, given flashes of human dimension by the ever-reliable Adèle Haenel as the project’s forbearing director.

For Haenel, “Heroes
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The Mediapro Group Launches Master’s Program at Madrid’s Complutense University

Madrid-based production hub The Mediapro Studio has announced finalized details of an arrangement with Madrid’s Complutense University (Ucm) and the National Film and Television School of London (Nfts) on a new Master’s program designed to develop new screenwriting talent.

Mediapro general director Juan Ruiz de Gauna, Ucm dean of information sciences Jorge Clemente and Irene Ortega, who will fill the role of director for the new program, made the announcement at Madrid’s Matadero, an early 20th century slaughterhouse now converted into an arts center, where the course will be taught.

Ran Tellem, Daniel Burman, Maikol Sánchez Romero (“The Intermediate”), Fernando León de Aranoa (“A Perfect Day”), Iván Escobar (“Locked Up”), Fernando González Molina (“Palm Trees in the Snow”), Diego San José (“Vota Juan”) and Marc Cistaré (“Victim Number 8”), among others, will tutor or lecture in the program’s first year.

Classes will prepare the students – as many
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Argentina Joins European Co-Production Fund Eurimages

Cannes – Argentina will join the European Council’s co-production fund Eurimages as an associate member starting on October 1 2019, it was officially announced Monday at the Cannes Film Market.

The agreement was unveiled by Ralph Haiek, president of Argentine agency Incaa, Eurimages executive director Roberto Olla and the president of global producers assn. Fiapf, Luis Alberto Scalella, who was recently renewed for another four-year mandate.

Founded in 1989, Eurimages takes in 38 of the 47 member states of the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe, plus Canada. Eurimages’ annual budget is set at €25 million ($27.9 million).

A key basis for building co-productions across Europe, Eurimages kicked off its intercontinental expansion in 2015 with the inclusion of Canada.

Two new countries, one European and one non-European, are preparing a request for membership to Eurimages over the coming months, Variety learned.

Argentine producers will now be able to apply for co-production funding from the call for applications on Oct. 22, 2019.

“Fortunately,
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Chinese Director Diao Yinan Drills Down on ‘The Wild Goose Lake’

Chinese Director Diao Yinan Drills Down on ‘The Wild Goose Lake’
Diao Yinan is the only Chinese director with a film in the main competition this year at Cannes. He’s already a known entity on the arthouse circuit having won the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2014 for his hardscrabble coal-blackened detective thriller “Black Coal, Thin Ice.” Now he makes the leap to the Croisette with a bigger budget, more choreographed gangster film.

Diao had the idea for the film even before “Black Coal,” but it wasn’t until afterwards that he saw a news item so similar to his original concept that he knew he had to go ahead with the project. “My first idea — about a character wanted by the police who hopes to give the prize money for his capture to the woman he loves — was overly romantic. It was a bit too sweet and I don’t like sweet,” he laughed.

Why return again to film noir?
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Switzerland’s Blaise Harrison on Directors’ Fortnight Player ‘Particles’

Swiss filmmaker Blaise Harrison is bringing his fiction feature debut to this year’s Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

Known for his documentary work, Harrison was selected for competition at the 2013 Locarno Festival for his film “Harmony,” about a marching band in the small French town of Pontarlier.

“Particles” follows P.A., a teenager in his final year of high school in a small rural town on the French-Swiss border. Famous for little else, the town is home to Cern’s Large Hadron Collider (Lhc).

P.A.’s coming of age story, and the monumental shifts that come with the throes of growing up, are mirrored by a series of seemingly fantastic phenomena the young man observes in the world around him.

The feature is co-produced by France’s Les Films du Poisson and Bande à Part Films, the Swiss company formed in 2009 by four of its most
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Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz on a New Market Realism (Exclusive)

Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz on a New Market Realism (Exclusive)
Cannes — 2019’s Cannes hit the floor running. Even after just two days of business, major sales companies were fielding offers from much of the world on top titles. After four days, quite a few were pretty confident they’d sell much of the world. Some of those deals are now being confirmed. Martin Moszkowicz, executive chairman of Germany’s Constantin Film, the company behind the “Resident Evil” franchise and now “Monster Hunter,” and Germany’s biggest independent distributor, gave his take on this year’s Cannes Film Market before it kicked off and then for a provisional Variety industry wrap. Constantin Film has of course skin in the game, producing “Black Beauty,” with Kate Winslet voicing the horse, and “Wrong Turn,” a reimagining of its hugely successful horror film franchise, which, brought onto the market by Mister Smith Entertainment, look like two of the market hits. Europe has few, if any,
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