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Kristen Wiig’s New Lionsgate Comedy Pulls Out of Georgia Following Anti-Abortion Bill Signing

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Kristen Wiig’s New Lionsgate Comedy Pulls Out of Georgia Following Anti-Abortion Bill Signing
A feature film reunion of the creative team behind “Bridesmaids” will no longer shoot in Georgia, following the signing of anti-abortion legislation in the Hollywood-centric state.

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s new comedy, “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” has pulled out of the state in light of its so-called “heartbeat bill,” a rep for Wiig told Variety. Wiig is a co-writer and star alongside Oscar nominee Mumolo in the movie, which is produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and distributed by Lionsgate. A spokesperson for Lionsgate had no immediate comment.

The bill seeks to ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, and has become a lightning rod for protest and outcry since Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed it in early May. The state’s generous 30% tax rebate for film and TV production has made it an optimal location for shoots, contributing an estimated 92,000 jobs and
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‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Film Review: A Contemplative Quentin Tarantino Still Blows the Roof Off Cannes

‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Film Review: A Contemplative Quentin Tarantino Still Blows the Roof Off Cannes
Quentin Tarantino has loomed over this year’s Cannes Film Festival ever since the lineup was announced on April 18 and he wasn’t on it. At the press conference to reveal this year’s slate, Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux went out of his way to say that Tarantino’s film, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” was missing from the lineup simply because it wasn’t finished, and that he hoped Tarantino would complete the editing in time to bring it to Cannes.

He did finish and he did bring it. Boy, did he bring it.

Tuesday turned into Tarantino Day on the Croisette, with hordes of passholders clamoring, pushing and shoving to get into the first press screening and tickets at a premium for the official premiere. (It was also the only competition film to be excluded from the early morning press screenings restricted to a limited number of outlets.
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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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"Succession" Season 2 Adds Holly Hunter in Recurring Role

Holly Hunter is joining HBO’s “Succession.”

Hunter will recur in the second season of the drama series in the role of Rhea Jarrell, the politically savvy CEO of a rival media conglomerate. She joins a returning cast that includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Hiam Abbass, Alan Ruck, Sarah Snook, and Natalie Gold.

Hunter won the Academy Award for best actress for her performance in “The Piano.” She has also received Oscar nominations for the films “Broadcast News,” “The Firm, and “Thirteen.” On the TV side, she is known for roles in the show “Saving Grace” and in
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New Coke to Return This Summer to Make "Stranger Things 3" Even More ’80s

New Coke to Return This Summer to Make
Things are gonna get dark when “Stranger Things” returns with its third season on July 4 — and we’re not even talking about what’s happening in Hawkins, Indiana.

In was announced Tuesday that Coca-Cola is partnering with Netflix to journey back to one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history: the birth of New Coke.

The infamous soda sparked outcry when Coca-Cola changed its formula for Coke in the summer of 1985 in what is now considered the biggest marketing mistakes of all time, according to the AP. New Coke lasted just 79 days before the original recipe returned.

Per Coca-Cola: “In a first-of-its-kind partnership for Netflix, the ‘Stranger Things’ team collaborated with Coca-Cola to immerse viewers in 1980s nostalgia. Executives from Netflix visited the Coca-Cola archives in Atlanta last year to study New Coke packaging, memorabilia,
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Tiger Woods Scripted Miniseries in Development at Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse

Tiger Woods Scripted Miniseries in Development at Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse
A scripted miniseries on Tiger Woods, based on Jeff Benedict’s book about pro golfer, is in development at Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment.

Benedict reached a deal with Montgomery to set up a joint venture at Whe, with “Tiger Woods” as the first project that Benedict and Wheelhouse will take to market. The book, which Benedict co-authored “60 Minutes” correspondent Armen Keteyian, was published last year and became a New York Times bestseller.

The book begins with Woods’ 2009 car accident and subsequent martial infidelity that began the once-dominant golfer’s career downturn, which included numerous back injuries as well. During Woods’ early career, he appeared in prime position to supplant Jack Nicklaus as the record-holder for the most major tournament victories.

Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Forms New Content Company Kimmelot With Brent Montgomery

Woods won his fifth Masters championship in April, his first major tournament victory in 11 years. He
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Gwendoline Christie ‘Very Much’ Hopes for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Reunion in 10 Years

Gwendoline Christie ‘Very Much’ Hopes for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Reunion in 10 Years
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the series finale of “Game of Thrones,” titled “The Iron Throne.”)

Tyrion Lannister told Jon Snow in the “Game of Thrones” finale to wait 10 years to see if everything turns out well in Westeros — and Gwendoline Christie, who played fan favorite Ser Brienne of Tarth, thinks that’s a fine idea.

Christie told TheWrap she’d be very open to a 10-year-reunion of her (now the commander of the Kingsguard for Bran the Borken) and the handful of other surviving lead characters.

“I very much hope that might be the case,” she volunteered.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Finale Burns Up Series Record With 19.3 Million Viewers

TheWrap spoke with Christie on Tuesday about all the twists and turns in the finale, which elicited both very strong positive and negative reactions from fans who had their own ideas about how the story of the Seven — er,
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New Study Finds Cbd Could Curb Heroin Addiction

Cannabidiol, or Cbd, the non-psychoactive chemical compound found in cannabis, could be used to fight heroin addiction, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. The new study specifically focused on whether Cbd could curb craving and anxiety among heroin users. Not only did the study find that Cbd immediately helped reduce cravings among heroin users, it also noted the effects seemed to last seven days after the subjects were administered a dose of Cbd.

Speaking with CNN, Yasmin Hurd, the lead researcher on the study said,
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Julianna Margulies on CBS Not Paying Her What She Wanted to Appear on ‘The Good Fight': ‘I Wasn’t Asking for a Million Dollars’

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Julianna Margulies on CBS Not Paying Her What She Wanted to Appear on ‘The Good Fight': ‘I Wasn’t Asking for a Million Dollars’
Julianna Margulies is opening up with more details about her decision to turn down an appearance on CBS All Access’ “The Good Fight,” a spinoff of “The Good Wife,” in which she starred as Alicia Florrick.

“We live now in a world where equal pay is a very important platform for all of us women who do everything in high heels and backwards to what men do,” she told SiriusXM host Jessica Shaw while promoting her new National Geographic show “The Hot Zone.” The interview will air Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Et on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio.

“I love men, but it’s gotta stop. I am in an enviable position in that I can walk away from a job. I know how lucky I am,” she said.

Also Read: 'The Hot Zone': Julianna Margulies-Led Nat Geo Limited Series Adds 8 to Cast

Margulies first spoke about
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Gwendoline Christie Reveals What Surprised Her Most About Brienne in ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale

Gwendoline Christie Reveals What Surprised Her Most About Brienne in ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale
Spoiler Alert: Do not keep reading if you have not finished Season 8 of “Game of Thrones.”

Gwendoline Christie has been a part of “Game of Thrones” since its second season, with her Brienne of Tarth crossing paths with key characters at seemingly every turn.

Christie spoke with Variety in the wake of the series finale, which she said left her “very emotional.” She also discussed her many scenes with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and the kindness she showed him in the series finale, as well as what surprised her most about Brienne’s storyline.

Read the full interview below.

How are you today?
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‘Diamantino’ Film Review: Giant Puppies and Soccer Dominate Goofball Comedy

‘Diamantino’ Film Review: Giant Puppies and Soccer Dominate Goofball Comedy
Points for originality should go to “Diamantino,” an amusing but scattershot comedy that revolves around a world-famous Portuguese soccer star patterned in part on Cristiano Ronaldo. Co-directed and written by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, this is a film that takes a lot of chances with its tone as it moves from farcical moments to scenes with earnest political messages.

Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) is a national idol on the soccer field, and whenever he scores a goal he sees enormous fluffy puppies surrounding him. This imagery of the giant puppies is funny because they’re so obviously meant to be small and harmless pets, and here they’re seen stomping around like dinosaurs. These giant fluffy puppies are an apt symbol of Diamantino himself, a sports God who is so absurdly innocent that he can be used by anyone around him for either good or bad purposes.

Diamantino is inspired
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Kristen Wiig Comedy ‘Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar’ Pulls Out of Georgia Over ‘Heartbeat Bill’

Kristen Wiig Comedy ‘Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar’ Pulls Out of Georgia Over ‘Heartbeat Bill’
A new comedy starring the “Bridesmaids” team of Kirsten Wiig and Annie Mumolo, “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” has pulled out of filming in the state of Georgia in protest of the anti-abortion “heartbeat bill” recently signed into law.

A representative for Wiig told Time Magazine that the film pulled out of the state after the bill’s signing. Wiig and Mumolo are co-writing, and the film is produced by Jessica Elbaum of Gloria Sanchez Productions, with Lionsgate distributing.

Representatives for Wiig, director Josh Greenbaum and Lionsgate did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Also Read: 'Bridesmaids' Duo Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo Reunite for 'Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar'

The law, signed by Georgia governor Brian Kemp, is designed to prevent abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
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Quentin Tarantino, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Score Six-Minute Standing Ovation at Cannes

Quentin Tarantino, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Score Six-Minute Standing Ovation at Cannes
Twenty five years after Quentin Tarantino took Cannes by storm with “Pulp Fiction,” the maverick director returned with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” receiving a six-minute standing ovation at Tuesday’s glittering premiere. It’s one of the longest such receptions at this year’s festival, which has been building up to the moment when Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio would stand side by side on the most glamorous red carpet in the world. Indeed, the two mega-stars injected an impressive display of star-wattage at a festival that has been lacking in A-list appearances. Cameras flashed and fans screamed as DiCaprio and Pitt gamely posed for selfies and signed autographs.

Tarantino seemed to relish the attention, mouthing “I love you” to his wife Daniela Pick and whispering in the ear of Margot Robbie, one of the film’s stars. As he stood atop the stairs of the Palais, gazing
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Watching Drive-In Blaxploitation Movies From His Bedroom Window Made John Singleton Want to Direct

Watching Drive-In Blaxploitation Movies From His Bedroom Window Made John Singleton Want to Direct
The late John Singleton, in the foreword for Donald Bogle’s new book “Hollywood Black,” tells an affecting story of watching movies at the Century Drive-In in Inglewood, Calif. from his bedroom window, and how, from there, he fell in love with filmmaking and telling black stories.

“Without hearing any sound, I could see horror movies, actions films and my favorites, Blaxploitation movies right outside my bedroom window,” Singleton wrote. “I think that marked the beginning of my lifelong movie odyssey to see as many films as I could and to figure out the way that directors, writers, and actors told stories on screen.

“Because I was most affected by the black movies, I asked myself how those black people got on screen? Who put them there?” he continued. “Even then, my struggle was to make the fantasy of filmmaking become my reality.”

Also Read: John Singleton Appreciation: Pioneering Storyteller
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Jason Mitchell Exits Netflix Film After Investigation Into Off-Set Behavior, Also Dropped by ‘The Chi’

Jason Mitchell Exits Netflix Film After Investigation Into Off-Set Behavior, Also Dropped by ‘The Chi’
Actor Jason Mitchell has exited Netflix movie “Desperados” following an investigation into an accusation about off-set behavior, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap. He’s also parted ways with his agency, UTA.

Additionally, Showtime has confirmed that Mitchell will not be a part of “The Chi” Season 3. Mitchell, who played Brandon Johnson on the Lena Waithe-created series, was considered the lead of the show and this month received an MTV Movie & TV Awards nomination for Best Performance in a Show.

Showtime did not comment beyond that, but a rep for Fox 21, which produces “The Chim” said Mitchell’s option for Season 3 was not picked up. The studio had no comment or statement beyond that.

Also Read: Lena Waithe's 'Twenties' Lands Back at Bet, Finally Gets Series Order

Mitchell’s lawyer and Netflix did not immediately return TheWrap’s requests for comments. Waithe’s publicist
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Kristen Wiig’s New Lionsgate Comedy Pulls Out of Georgia Following Anti-Abortion Bill Signing

Kristen Wiig’s New Lionsgate Comedy Pulls Out of Georgia Following Anti-Abortion Bill Signing
A feature film reunion of the creative team behind “Bridesmaids” will no longer shoot in Georgia, following the signing of anti-abortion legislation in the Hollywood-centric state.

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s new comedy, “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” has pulled out of the state in light of its so-called “heartbeat bill,” a rep for Wiig told Variety. Wiig is a co-writer and star alongside Oscar nominee Mumolo in the film, which is produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and distributed by Lionsgate. A spokesperson for Lionsgate had no immediate comment.

The bill seeks to ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, and has become a lightning rod for protest and outcry since Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the bill in early May. The state’s generous 30% tax rebate for film and TV production has made it an optimal location for shoots, contributing an estimated 92,000 jobs
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Ezra Furman Rebels Against Broken Society in ‘Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone’ Video

On Tuesday Ezra Furman announced a new album, Twelve Nudes, and released its first single, “Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone.” The song is accompanied by a surreal animated video by Beth Jeans Houghton, a.k.a. Du Blonde.

“Desperate times make for desperate songs,” Furman wrote of the song in a statement. “I wrote this in the summer of 2018, a terrible time. It’s the sound of me struggling to admit that I’m not Ok with the current state of human civilization, in which bad men crush us into submission.
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Winter Is Here: Inside the Return of ‘Informer’ Rapper Snow

Winter Is Here: Inside the Return of ‘Informer’ Rapper Snow
Speaking from his home in Toronto, Snow is still baffled that his reggae-hip-hop merger “Informer” topped charts and moved millions of copies over 25 years ago. “That’s a jail song,” he says, still sounding surprised. “It’s not, ‘Baby, I love you.’ I wrote that song in jail about informers. But people didn’t know what I was singing.”

When no one was looking, “Informer” — with its pumping beat, spit-fire patois and “licky boom-boom down” hook — has refused to go away. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler danced to it in the 2015 comedy Sisters,
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