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Film News Roundup: Jon Bernthal Joins Williams Sisters’ Tennis Drama ‘King Richard’

In today’s film news roundup, Jon Bernthal is cast in “King Richard,” FilmFreeway sets a Toronto Film Festival deal and “Phoenix, Oregon” gets distribution.CastingJon Bernthal is in talks to star as tennis coach Rick Macci in Warner Bros.’ “King Richard” opposite Will Smith.Reinaldo Marcus Green is directing the drama, written by Zach Baylin, about Richard […]

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HBO Adds Mental Health Awareness Disclaimers Before ‘Euphoria’, ‘Barry’, and ‘Sopranos’

Starting October 10 — World Mental Health Day — HBO is adding mental health awareness disclaimers, called “bumpers”, to select episodes of its programming, including from shows like “Euphoria”, “Barry”, and “The Sopranos”. These bumpers will specifically occur before episodes that feature scenes of mental illness, as well as provide the phone number for a […]

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Michael Gandolfini Says He Never Watched His Late Father’s HBO Series ‘The Sopranos’ Before Joining The Prequel ‘Newark’

When it was announced that Michael Gandolfini was cast as Tony Soprano in “Newark” (formerly titled “The Many Saints of Newark”), fans of the HBO series “The Sopranos” were ecstatic, as the actor is the son of the late James Gandolfini, who was the iconic lead for that show. As you might expect, the younger […]

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Jennifer Lopez eyes possible directorial debut on Stx’s ‘The Godmother’

Company places faith in frequent collaborator after difficult run.Jennifer Lopez is understood to be eyeing a possible directorial debut on STXfilms’ The Godmother, about Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco.Lopez will star in the project – her third collaboration with Stx after Second Act and the upcoming Tiff selection Hustlers – based on a screenplay by […]

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Jennifer Lawrence Will Become a ‘Mob Girl’ for ‘The Young Pope’ Director

The criminal underworld of the mafia has always been dominated by men. You need only look at the likes of The Godfather, Goodfellas, The Sopranos and countless other mob movies and TV shows to see that. But as actresses start getting more significant leading roles in Hollywood, we’re starting to see women taking part in […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Midseason Review: Season 8 Can’t Fail, Even as It Falters

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8, through Episode 3, “The Long Night.”]In the end, “Game of Thrones” can’t fail. D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s HBO epic isn’t like other prestige dramas facing high expectations for its final season. It’s not “The Sopranos,” or “Mad Men,” or even the […]

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Episode 8.2: ‘A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms’ Is The Calm Before The Storm [Recap]

With its single location, this week’s “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is the “Game of Thrones” version of a bottle episode. Sure, it takes place all over the castle of Winterfell, rather than in just a single space à la “Pine Barrens” on “The Sopranos” or “Fly” on “Breaking Bad,” but this is as […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer: At Long Last, Winter Is Finally Here

It’s pretty difficult to estimate just how big an impact “Game of Thrones” has had on television since its debut eight years ago; much like “The Sopranos” introduced a distinct level of prestige to television dramas, HBO’s fantasy juggernaut has firmly established that series can be as big, bold, and effective as big-budget films, and […]

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