Move over, East Coast: HBO delivered a bomb cyclone of its own on Thursday, announcing that the final six episodes of “Game of Thrones” will not air until 2019.
It’s the first time the network has confirmed that the critically acclaimed series will not conclude in 2018. Over the summer, Entertainment Weekly reported that show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss aimed to take a full year and a half to craft the eighth and final season.
The network’s statement on Thursday also included details about who will be helming the series’ last episodes.
The superhero universe is going all in for hip-hop with Marvel’s forthcoming “Black Panther” film, for which rapper Kendrick Lamar will produce the soundtrack.
Lamar and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith will curate and produce “Black Panther: The Album,” which does not yet have a release date.
Beyond selecting songs for the album, Lamar and Tiffith will oversee new recordings for the film, “the first time in Marvel Cinematic Universe history that Marvel Studios will integrate multiple original recordings created specifically for the film,” according to the announcement issued Wednesday by Walt Disney Studios.
Director Robert Rodriguez is doing some public fact-checking of Vanity Fair’s new profile of Rose McGowan, his former girlfriend and one of the women at the forefront of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.
In the piece, which appears in the February issue of Vanity Fair, contributing editor Evgenia Peretz casts the director as a Svengali whom the “Charmed” actress accused of colluding with Weinstein, the embattled producer she said raped her in 1997. (Weinstein has denied all charges of nonconsensual sex.)
Rodriguez, however, has a different take on the events, instead casting himself as her champion, “inspired to create a bad ass female action heroine” upon meeting the actress in 2005 and learning of her alleged encounter with Weinstein. He claimed that neither Peretz nor Vanity Fair’s fact checkers reached out to him for comment on or clarification of the details.
Australian actress Cate Blanchett will be president of the jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
The festival, which takes place in the south of France in May, is among the most prominent and prestigious gatherings of the international film industry. Though it often features movies that go on to relative arthouse obscurity, in recent years the festival has unveiled many top prestige titles.
"I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year's jury,” Blanchett said in a statement. “This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave."
Awards ceremonies can be tremendously dull affairs, particularly when all of the winners have been previously announced.
But leave it to rising star Tiffany Haddish to give the New York Film Critics Circle awards a welcome jolt Wednesday night with an acceptance speech that was both wise and wisecracking. (Haddish picked up the award for best supporting actress for her performance in “Girls Trip.”)
In a video uploaded by NYFCC Vice Chair Alison Willmore, Haddish spoke for 17 minutes on a variety of topics, including criticism, happiness and friendship.
Veteran saxophonist-flutist Charles Lloyd will team with acclaimed singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams for the 40th Playboy Jazz Festival, slated for June 9-10 at the Hollywood Bowl.
The Count Basie Orchestra, Ramsey Lewis Quartet and Tower of Power also will be part of the lineup.
Comedian-actor George Lopez again will emcee the event, presented for the fifth year by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn., which also has booked guitarist Lee Ritenour and pianist Dave Grusin, Afro-Cuban singer Dayme Arocena and Grammy-nominated experimentalist jazz-funk-rock group Kneebody to this year’s festival.
Ellen Page and girlfriend Emma Portner are married, the “Flatliners” actress’ reps confirmed Wednesday.
“Can’t believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife. @emmaportner,” Page said on Instagram, sharing a picture of their hands, both wearing wedding bands.
Portner, a 23-year-old dancer and choreographer from New York, and Page, 30, have been couple-y since July. That’s when they were photographed kissing in West Hollywood on the day Page’s docuseries “Gaycation” was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the outstanding unstructured reality program category.
Though the awards are primarily intended to honor the best of both film and television from the past year — “The Shape of Water” leads the film field with 14 nominations — one can likely expect Munn to take aim at the sexual harassment scandals that have roiled Hollywood in recent months.