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In NYC, Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment Awaits You

Airbnb is renting out replica of 'Sex and the City' brownstone ahead of HBO's reboot of show

(Newser) - If you're already getting excited for HBO's Sex and the City reboot coming next month, think how excited you'll be for the chance to stay in Carrie Bradshaw's apartment, too. Well, a replica of it, at any rate. That's the offer now on the table...

Sopranos Creator Talks About Tony's Final Scene

2 years before finale, David Chase got idea for the character to be killed in a small restaurant

(Newser) - Ever since the famous cut-to-black scene in the Sopranos finale, show creator David Chase has been asked the same question over and over and over : Is Tony dead? In a new interview with the The Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter podcast, Chase all but confirms the character did indeed get whacked....

The Wire Creator Pulls Project About Texas Out of Texas

David Simon says he can't ask female cast and crew 'to forgo civil liberties'

(Newser) - Texas' abortion law banning the procedure after six or so weeks of pregnancy "has officially made its impact on the local film scene," with The Wire creator David Simon announcing he won't film an upcoming HBO project in the state, the Houston Chronicle reports. The Baltimore-based TV...

Jessica Chastain Has the Best Reaction to Oscar Isaac Kiss

The star of Scenes from a Marriage seemed to appreciate a Gomez-Morticia comparison

(Newser) - Hollywood stars are supposed to know how to make a fantasy seem tangible. It’s their job. So we don’t want to ruin your dreams by pointing out that Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac are happily married, and not to each other. Each has an impossibly attractive spouse of...

Spike Lee Edits HBO Episode After Criticism

Filmmaker cuts discussion of Twin Towers' collapse from 'NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½'

(Newser) - Spike Lee has re-edited the final episode of a four-part HBO series on the Sept. 11 terror attacks after criticism that it gave a platform to conspiracy theorists. NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½, the first episode of which aired Sunday, explores how New York City has weathered events like the coronavirus pandemic...

Sex and the City May Have Its Samantha Jones Replacement

Nicole Ari Parker looks to be filling the space Kim Cattrall used to

(Newser) - With Samantha Jones officially out, will Sex and the City's famous foursome remain a foursome? All signs point to yes. Sarah Jessica Parker posted an Instagram photo last week that is picking up steam; it shows SJP (SATC's Carrie Bradshaw) with Cynthia Nixon (Miranda), Kristin Davis (Charlotte), and...

Why Kate Winslet Objected to Sex Scene Edit

She's a middle-aged actor playing a middle-aged woman, for one thing

(Newser) - Kate Winslet plays Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan in HBO's Mare of Easttown, whose jaw-dropping finale aired Sunday. It's a role in which "there are clearly no filters," the actor tells the New York Times . It's "why people have connected with this character." It'...

He Wanted to Be a Hollywood Star. Instead, a $690M Scheme

Zachary Horwitz, aka Zach Avery, faces up to 20 years for wire fraud

(Newser) - The US Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen the assets of a Hollywood actor appearing in an upcoming movie with Olivia Munn over charges that he ran a $690 million Ponzi scheme. Zachary Horwitz—who uses the name Zach Avery in film credits—ran a company, 1inMM Capital, that claimed...

Mia Farrow: Woody Allen Will Do Anything 'to Save Himself'

Comments come from new documentary focusing on child abuse allegations

(Newser) - Mia Farrow says her biggest regret is meeting Woody Allen, and that she's "scared" of the Oscar-winning writer/director 30 years after their tumultuous split, in a new documentary, the result of a two-year investigation. Allen v. Farrow covers the better years of Allen and Farrow's relationship in...

New HBO Program 'Special, in Every Sense of the Word'

NBC's Ani Bundel reviews spoken-word adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Between the World and Me'

(Newser) - A new streaming special is definitely "a special, in every sense of the word. Special enough that HBO is working to make sure it reaches as wide an audience as possible." So writes cultural critic Ani Bundel for NBC News of Between the World and Me , a "...

Gone With the Wind Is Back, With a New Explainer

Movie returns to HBO Max with introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Jacqueline Stewart

(Newser) - Gone With the Wind is back on HBO Max, but it's now got a nearly five-minute intro for context. "Eighty years after its initial release, Gone With the Wind is a film of undeniable cultural significance," Jacqueline Stewart, an African American host for Turner Classic Movies, notes...

HBO's I Know This Much Is True Is 'Relentlessly Miserable'

At least the actors deliver

(Newser) - The HBO mini-series I Know This Much Is True will have you doing double-takes as Mark Ruffalo plays not just Dominick Birdsey, a man at the center of a possibly cursed family, but also his schizophrenic twin brother Thomas, who chops off his own hand. That's just one of...

HBO Reveals Launch Date for HBO Max

Service will join the streaming wars on May 27

(Newser) - The streaming service HBO Max will launch May 27, AT&T’s WarnerMedia announced Tuesday, signalling that the so-called streaming wars won't subside because of the coronavirus pandemic. WarnerMedia had earlier said HBO Max would debut sometime in May, and it stuck to those plans Tuesday even if some...

John Oliver Hosted a 'Definitely Weird' Show on Sunday

HBO host says this was the week coronavirus went from 'an abstraction to a very real threat' in US

(Newser) - Late-night TV shows have nixed studio audiences or canceled production altogether during the novel coronavirus outbreak, and John Oliver noted how bizarre it all was during his own Sunday night broadcast. In a special episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight—aired from an unknown studio, with its host sitting...

Friends Stars Will Be Here for You—for a Hefty Payday

Figures are ranging from between $2.5M to $4M each for hourlong 'Friends' special

(Newser) - "It's happening." That was the joint Instagram post Friday of Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc (whose post featured a slightly different twist). The happening they speak of: what Quartz describes as "an hourlong hangout session,"...

Good Place Actress: This Is Not How I Wanted to Come Out

Jameela Jamil felt forced to reveal she's queer after backlash on her role in new ballroom show

(Newser) - "This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out." Those are the words of The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil, recently announced as a judge on Legendary, HBO Max's new show on ballroom/ voguing . But it's not the news of her participation in the...

HBO: House of the Dragon Will Be Launched in 2022

Game of Thrones prequel is still being written

(Newser) - Game of Thrones fans are going to have to wait a while for more from Westeros. HBO president of programming Casey Bloys says prequel House of the Dragon is still being written, but his guess is that it will premiere "sometime in 2022." Bloys tell Deadline that there...

It's a Good Day for Michael Jackson Accusers

Appeals court tentatively says lawsuits by Wade Robson, James Safechuck can proceed

(Newser) - Looks like two of Michael Jackson's best-known accusers may have another day in court. A California appeals court has tentatively ruled that lawsuits by Wade Robson and James Safechuck—who accused Jackson in the HBO documentary Finding Neverland of molesting them as boys—should get fresh consideration by a...

On HBO's New Platform, a Possibly Huge Get

It's not a done deal, but an unscripted 'Friends' reunion may air on HBO Max: report

(Newser) - Good news for Friends fans: The original six cast members are in talks to reunite for an unscripted reunion special on HBO Max, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The deal is far from done, but the plan is to have Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry,...

HBO Confirms New Game of Thrones Prequel

But another one might be dead

(Newser) - Game of Thrones fans are definitely getting a prequel, according to HBO—although it may not be the one they were expecting. HBO president of programming Casey Bloys confirmed Tuesday that the network had ordered the series House of the Dragon, which will be set around 300 years before the...

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