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Emilia Clarke Says Ron Howard ‘Saved’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Emilia Clarke Says Ron Howard ‘Saved’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Other than Phil Lord and Chris Miller, everyone involved with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” seems pretty happy that Ron Howard ended up directing the film. That includes Emilia Clarke, who says the Oscar-winning filmmaker “saved” the production in her Vanity Fair cover story: “All hail to Kathy [Kennedy] for hiring Ron.”

She also includes what may be a subtle dig at her former directors: “I struggled with Qi’ra quite a lot,” Clarke says of her character. “I was like: ‘Y’all need to stop telling me that she’s ‘film noir,’ because that ain’t a note.’” One might reasonably assume that the “y’all” in question are Lord and Miller.

“When it comes to that amount of money, you’re almost waiting for that to happen,” Clarke adds of what went down. “Money fucks us all up, doesn’t it? There’s so much pressure. Han Solo is a really beloved character.
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Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Headed for Underwhelming Holiday Weekend Debut

Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Headed for Underwhelming Holiday Weekend Debut
Solo: A Star Wars Story” is struggling to make the kind of opening weekend impact now expected from a Star Wars film, with an estimated $114 million from 4,381 domestic sites over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. Earlier estimates had pegged the film in the $130-$150 million range.

“Solo” earned about $35.6 million through Friday, including $14.1 million from Thursday grosses, the highest Thursday for a Memorial Day opener. But a $114 million opening would have “Solo” trailing the three-day debut of the last anthology film, “Rogue One,” by $41 million — to say nothing of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s” $220 million opening.
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‘The Expanse’ Moves to Amazon for Season 4

‘The Expanse’ Moves to Amazon for Season 4
The Expanse” has officially been picked up at Amazon for a fourth season.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made the announcement at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles Friday night.

“The Expanse” is currently airing its third season on Syfy, with the cable networking having cancelled the series earlier this month. Shortly after it was cancelled, it was reported that Amazon was in talks to continue the series, which is produced and fully financed by Alcon Television Group.

“We couldn’t be more excited that ‘The Expanse’ is going to continue on Amazon Prime,” said
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Morgan Freeman 'Devastated' by Reports of Sexual Harassment: 'I Did Not Assault Women'

Morgan Freeman 'Devastated' by Reports of Sexual Harassment: 'I Did Not Assault Women'
Morgan Freeman is speaking out again amid reports of his allegedly inappropriate sexual behavior towards women.

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports,” he said in a statement. “All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.”

The actor, 80, added, “I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women — and men — feel appreciated and at ease around me. As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way. Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.
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Katherine Langford Confirms She Won't Return as Hannah on '13 Reasons Why' in Heartfelt Note

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Katherine Langford Confirms She Won't Return as Hannah on '13 Reasons Why' in Heartfelt Note
Katherine Langford is officially saying goodbye to Hannah Baker on 13 Reasons Why. On Friday, the actress posted a heartfelt note on Instagram reminiscing on the past two years. Aside from sharing how grateful she was to play the character, she also confirmed that she will not be reprising her role as Hannah if the Netflix series gets renewed for a third season.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Make “Star Wars on Acid,” Emilia Clarke Says

‘Game of Thrones’ Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Make “Star Wars on Acid,” Emilia Clarke Says
Game of Thrones will soon close out its buzzy, critically acclaimed eight-season run next year, putting an end to the zeitgeist that the HBO series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ruled over for nearly a decade. But Benioff and Weiss will soon find themselves in the cockpit of yet another beloved franchise. Lucasfilm announced the Game of
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The 'Star Wars' Universe Is Becoming More Like Marvel's

The 'Star Wars' Universe Is Becoming More Like Marvel's
[This story contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story]

There’s something about the last minute reveal at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story that feels at once inevitable and surprising. It's an unexpected lurch towards the Marvel Studios model of cinematic universes that goes beyond the Easter Eggs of earlier movies, and towards a school of thought that expects audiences to watch every movie in the series in case of unexpected crossovers. Despite its troubled production, does Solo point to the future of Star Wars movies?

For the majority of its runtime, Solo behaves like a traditional Star Wars movie of the Disney ...
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Pauley Perrette Warns Tabloids to Leave Her Alone: ‘I Will Have You Arrested’

Pauley Perrette Warns Tabloids to Leave Her Alone: ‘I Will Have You Arrested’
Pauley Perrette had a stern message for the tabloid media on Friday.

NCIS” alum Perrette, who alluded to multiple physical assaults after exiting the CBS procedural earlier this month, advised the media that there will be consequences for crossing boundaries.

In a tweet published early Friday, Perrette wrote, “Hey tabloids and ‘reporters,’ Leave me alone I Will have you arrested for trespassing on my property.”

Perrette added, “If I decide to talk, it’s on My Terms!”
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Angela Bassett on Working With Ryan Murphy, Taking on '911' and Starring in 'Black Panther'

Angela Bassett on Working With Ryan Murphy, Taking on '911' and Starring in 'Black Panther'
"There was no script, it was just an idea," Angela Bassett told The Hollywood Reporter's Drama Actress Roundtable of signing on to Ryan Murphy's new Fox series 911, "but it's the company you keep." That company included Murphy, with whom Bassett worked for four years with on American Horror Story. "That relationship extended for four years. I felt very comfortable like it was a repertory company, company of wonderful actresses and actors."

"Also being a mother, if I go away, it really has to be something I'm attracted to, because when ...
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Woody Harrelson Is Not the Typical 'Star Wars' Mentor

Woody Harrelson Is Not the Typical 'Star Wars' Mentor
[This story contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story]

Solo: A Star Wars Story holds an interesting position on the border between familiar, well-known territory and a brave new world, as the first film in the franchise not to feature any members of the Skywalker family. While Solo is easily the installment least interested in exploring the nature of the Force, there are other ways in which the film sticks closely to tried and true Star Wars narrative formulas. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the character of Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Ever since the very beginning, with Leia’s (Carrie ...
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It’s Official: Deadpool Is Now Cooler Than Han Solo

It’s Official: Deadpool Is Now Cooler Than Han Solo
It’s not every day that I feel sorry for an actor, especially one who’s lucky enough to have landed the lead role in a “Star Wars” film. But I honestly began to feel a little bad for Alden Ehrenreich in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” It was during the scene where, acting opposite Emilia Clarke, he attempts to signify the Awesome Casual Cockiness Of His Inner Being by slouching against a wall, hands on hips, his fingers spread out just so, in a John Wayne-meets-Clark Gable sort of swashbuckling cowboy-stud pose. At that moment, Ehrenreich doesn’t seem remotely like a young version of Harrison Ford’s lone-wolf space pilot; he seems like a sculpture of it. You don’t see the acting — you see the coaching.

I felt bad for Ehrenreich because it’s not his fault that some executive board meeting signed off on
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Fall TV 2018: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)

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It’s that time of year again! As the broadcast networks prepare for their annual upfront presentations to advertisers, they’ve begun to winnow down which current shows will return next season and which will come to an end.

Below is every scripted (and a few unscripted) show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far, along with those still awaiting their fates. We’ve also included descriptions of the new shows that have been picked up so far.

Check back throughout the coming weeks for updates.

Also Read: Here Are the 5 Broadcast TV Shows We're Still Awaiting Decisions On

NBC

Renewed Series: “A.P. Bio,” “Superstore,” “The Good Place,” “Good Girls,” “Will & Grace,” “This Is Us,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Law & Order: Svu,” “Blindspot,” “The Blacklist

Canceled/Ending Series: “Law & Order True Crime,” “Taken,” “The Brave,” “Great News,” “Rise

Series Awaiting Decisions: “Champions,
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Can Anyone Else Truly Be Han Solo?

Can Anyone Else Truly Be Han Solo?
In a video that seems designed to have gone viral, Alden Ehrenreich was interrupted in the middle of a recent TV interview by Harrison Ford, who jokingly told him to “get out of my life.” The gag is simple: Ehrenreich has stepped into the shoes of one of Ford’s most iconic and beloved characters for the latest Star Wars Story: he’s playing Han Solo, and while Ford hasn’t always expressed love for the character or the Star Wars franchise, it’s still one of his biggest claims to fame. This jokey moment speaks to what may have ...
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'The Fourth Estate': Inside Showtime's Docu-Series on New York Times vs. Trump

A veil is lifted in the final episode of The Fourth Estate, Liz Garbus' new Showtime docu-series about the New York Times' coverage of the Donald Trump presidency. (It premieres on May 27th.) The Washington bureau's conservative politics correspondent, Jeremy Peters, is reporting on Roy Moore's failed bid for the U.S. Senate in Alabama. He links up with Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and the Southern politician's most vocal national surrogate. It's clear the pair – a leader of the alt-right and a gay beat reporter with a book deal,
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‘Solo’ on Track for $114 Million in Less Than Stellar 4-Day Holiday Debut

‘Solo’ on Track for $114 Million in Less Than Stellar 4-Day Holiday Debut
Solo: A Star Wars Story” is on track for a $114 million four-day Memorial Day weekend opening, which, based on previous projections, is a disappointment.

Current estimates have the latest “Star Wars” making $35.8 million on Friday from 4,381 screens. That includes $14.1 million from Thursday previews, the best ever for a Memorial Day weekend release.

By Memorial Day standards, “Solo” is doing quite well. If this projection were to hold, Ron Howard’s space heist would be sitting around the $117 million four-day start made five years ago by “Fast & Furious 6” and have one of the top five best opening weekends for a Memorial Day release.

Also Read: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' - Did You Catch Han's 'Back to the Future' Reference?

But by “Star Wars” standards, “Solo” is not performing up to past installments. A four-day result of $115 million would be 25 percent down from the $155 million
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How the Kasdans Settled the Biggest Debate in ‘Star Wars’ History With ‘Solo’

How the Kasdans Settled the Biggest Debate in ‘Star Wars’ History With ‘Solo’
Spoiler Warning: If you have not seen “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and want to avoid spoilers, then you do Not want to read this story. Come back to it after you see the film.

The fascinating thing about an intellectual property as sprawling as “Star Wars” is how it can build on itself via commentary on its own internal lore. That’s unique, and only possible for a brand with generations of adulation behind it.

Case in point: Han Solo shooting first. When George Lucas altered the original “Star Wars” in 1997 to depict Harrison Ford’s scruffy-looking smuggler firing on the alien Greedo in self-defense, rather than preemptively dispensing with a threat, fans lost their minds. It was an affront, the neutering of a badass.

As recently as 2015, Lucas was still defending his decision. To him, Solo was a cowboy in the John Wayne mold, therefore honorable. The hero
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‘The Expanse’ Finds New Life at Amazon for Season 4

‘The Expanse’ Finds New Life at Amazon for Season 4
The Expanse,” the sci-fi series that Syfy canceled earlier this month, will find a new life — and a fourth season — on Amazon Prime, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced late Friday.

Series producer Alcon Entertainment had been shopping the show since its cancellation. The final episode of the third season is set to air on Syfy in July.

The series, created by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, follows a police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth’s rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

Also Read: 'The Expanse': Amazon in Talks to Revive Canceled Syfy Series

Syfy only held the rights for “The Expanse’s” first run on linear television in the U.S., which put a lot of pressure on “live” viewing. Those audiences never came despite
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What 'Solo' Should Have Kept in the Past

What 'Solo' Should Have Kept in the Past
[This story contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story]

What’s in a name? Family heritage? Self-pride? Identity? Rich, subtextual meaning intended to define a character’s nature on first introduction? If you’re a Star Wars fan, and if you’ve been wondering for years or decades about the etymology of Han Solo’s cognomen, rejoice: Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals the truth behind his surname, though after wondering for so long, the movie’s answer probably isn’t the answer you’re hoping for, a creative contrivance that’s less the former, more the latter. Nothing’s worse than ...
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Morgan Freeman on Harassment Allegations: 'I Did Not Assault Women'

Morgan Freeman on Harassment Allegations: 'I Did Not Assault Women'
Morgan Freeman has issued a second statement following allegations of sexual harassment, with the actor apologizing for his behavior but firmly denying that he assaulted women.

"I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports," Freeman wrote late Friday night.

"All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.
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Limbo Shows: Here’s the Status of Canceled (or Likely to Be Canceled) Series Looking for a New Home

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Limbo Shows: Here’s the Status of Canceled (or Likely to Be Canceled) Series Looking for a New Home
Updated May 25 at 10:13 p.m. Pt with “The Expanse” officially revived by Amazon for Season 4.

Said Alcon Entertainment Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson: “We couldn’t be more excited that ‘The Expanse’ is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show. We also want to thank Laura Lancaster, head of Alcon Television for her tireless efforts. We are fully aware that this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the staggering outpouring of support from the most creative, hardest working sci-fi fans around the world. From reddit campaigns to airplanes, we say thank you. It worked!”

Is there an afterlife? For all the beloved TV shows that recently got the axe, fans sure hope so.

Following a slew of cancellations doled out by
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