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Elvis Presley spy animated series ‘Agent King’ coming to Netflix

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Netflix, on the 42nd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, announced that it has ordered the adult animated action comedy series “Agent King” from Priscilla Presley and John Eddie. Authentic Brands Group, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Television are also partners on the show.

AUSTIN BUTLER TO STAY AS ELVIS PRESLEY IN BAZ LUHRMANN BIOPIC

In the forthcoming series, “Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves — all while holding down his day job as the King Of Rock And Roll,” according to the streaming platform.

“From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that,” said Priscilla Presley. “My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven’t seen before.”

TOM HANKS TO STAR AS ELVIS PRESLEY’S MANAGER IN BIOPIC

Co-creators Presley and Eddie will executive produce the series. Jerry Schilling will serve as a consultant. Mike Arnold (“Archer”) will serve as showrunner, writer and co-executive producer. Fletcher Moules will serve as supervising director and co-executive producer.

Elvis’ wardrobe for the animated series will be custom-designed by John Varvatos, who will be a consulting producer on the series.

Authentic Brands Group’s Jamie Salter will serve as executive producer, while Marc Rosen and Corey Salter will serve as co-executive producers.

ELVIS PRESLEY BIOPIC SET FOR 2021 RELEASE

Netflix’s announcement comes at the tail end of “Elvis Week,” a Graceland celebration of Elvis’ music, movies and legacy.

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Elvis Presley spy animated series ‘Agent King’ coming to Netflix

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Netflix, on the 42nd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, announced that it has ordered the adult animated action comedy series “Agent King” from Priscilla Presley and John Eddie. Authentic Brands Group, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Television are also partners on the show.

AUSTIN BUTLER TO STAY AS ELVIS PRESLEY IN BAZ LUHRMANN BIOPIC

In the forthcoming series, “Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves — all while holding down his day job as the King Of Rock And Roll,” according to the streaming platform.

“From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that,” said Priscilla Presley. “My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven’t seen before.”

TOM HANKS TO STAR AS ELVIS PRESLEY’S MANAGER IN BIOPIC

Co-creators Presley and Eddie will executive produce the series. Jerry Schilling will serve as a consultant. Mike Arnold (“Archer”) will serve as showrunner, writer and co-executive producer. Fletcher Moules will serve as supervising director and co-executive producer.

Elvis’ wardrobe for the animated series will be custom-designed by John Varvatos, who will be a consulting producer on the series.

Authentic Brands Group’s Jamie Salter will serve as executive producer, while Marc Rosen and Corey Salter will serve as co-executive producers.

ELVIS PRESLEY BIOPIC SET FOR 2021 RELEASE

Netflix’s announcement comes at the tail end of “Elvis Week,” a Graceland celebration of Elvis’ music, movies and legacy.

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Former Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy suffers heart attack

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Singer Peter Murphy was rushed to a New York hospital Tuesday evening after suffering shortness of breath that was later revealed to be a heart attack, according to his rep.

The longtime Bauhaus singer was forced to postpone Tuesday’s scheduled concert at the Greenwich Village venue Le Poisson Rouge, where he has been performing a residency comprised of his solo albums and one evening of David Bowie songs.

The concerts scheduled for Aug. 13, 15, 16, 18 and 19, have been postponed, with dates to be determined. Ticket buyers will have their tickets transferred to the corresponding rescheduled date, or can request a refund by emailing info@lprnyc.com by 5 p.m. ET on August 30, 2019.

Cardiologist Jason Song, MD of Lenox Hill Hospital, treated the singer and issued the following statement:

“Mr. Murphy was admitted for treatment of a myocardial infarction. He had two stents placed in his right coronary artery and was started on medications to manage his heart condition. Due to HIPAA regulations we cannot reveal further details of his condition. He is still in the hospital for continued monitoring of his condition.”

In a statement, Murphy’s family said: “We would like to thank the fans for their undying support and hope that Peter will be back on stage with a refreshed heart, stronger than before!”

The staff of Le Poisson Rouge said in a statement, “All of us at LPR are devastated by this news. Peter’s performance and presence over the past twelve days has been amazing – both onstage and off. We wish Peter a swift and full recovery and look forward to his successful return to LPR.”

Follow Peter Murphy and Le Poisson Rouge online for further updates on the rescheduled shows.

This story originally appeared in Variety.

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CBS, Viacom shares drop amid merger plans

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Shares of media-industry stocks fell in tandem with an overwhelmingly negative market, which offset enthusiasm for the merger of Viacom and CBS and other parts of the sector.

Shares of Viacom were off $2.49, or 8.52%, in Wednesday trading, down to $26.72 from $29.21. Shares of CBS, meanwhile, were off $4.05, or 8.32%, down to $44.65 from $47.54.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted Wednesday after investors were spooked by the bond market as well as weak economic data from Germany and China.

CBS, VIACOM AGREE TO MERGE, FORMING A $28B ENTERTAINMENT FIRM

During an investor call Tuesday, executives from both CBS and Viacom made their pitch for the power of the combined entity, which would operate the CBS television network, the Showtime pay-cable service, the Paramount movie studio and the Nickelodeon kids-media unit. They suggested the company could capture more revenue from a new emphasis on streaming video, advanced advertising and affiliate revenue.

Wall Street analysts see the rationale for the deal, but have cautioned against too much optimism about it. “Judging by the tepid and languid reaction, the new company will have to work extra hard to prove the financial merits of this combination,” said Michael Nathanson, a media analyst with MoffettNathanson. Others see a need for the combined company to keep buying more assets to stay competitive. “The firm may need to continue to bulk up via M&A to compete with its much larger peers like Disney, WarnerMedia, and NBCUniversal,” said Neil Mackler, a senior equity analyst at Morningstar.

Investor Mario Gabelli said his funds hold about 5 million preferred voting shares in Viacom, the shares that give the Redstone family, which governs both companies through its National Amusements Inc. movie-exhibition firm,  iron-clad control of both CBS and Viacom. He was not happy to see the preferred Viacom shares valued at the same rate as the non-voting shares.

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“From the big picture view, I’m glad they got it done. I need a little extra juice for the voting stock,” Gabelli told Variety on Wednesday. He said he planned to reach out to the company and explore his legal options according to Delaware law, where Viacom is incorporated.  But he said he would also be realistic about weighing the cost of litigation versus the return. “Even if they gave me $3 more a share, that’s about a quarter of the severance of the CEOs that have left. This is not anything that anybody is going to worry about,” he said.

Shares of other big media components also fell Wednesday. Shares of Fox Corp. were off 3.91%, or $1.37 a share. Shares of Walt Disney Company fell 3.04%, or $4.16 a share. Shares of Comcast, owned of NBCUniversal, tumbled 2.51%, or $1.09. And shares of AT&T, owner of WarnerMedia, fell 2.21%, or 77 cents a share.

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David Spade Offers a Refreshing A-List Attitude & New Late-Night Option for Those Tired of the Political Pounding

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In an interview published by Variety Tuesday, actor/comedian David Spade revealed just how utterly woke he is. And by “woke,” I mean awake — to the world around him.

David clearly isn’t wholly blinded by a Hollywood bubble. He knows what most civilians well realize: that America is comprised of people with all sorts of viewpoints. That both the Left and the Right are in any given audience.

Judging from comments made by many in Tinseltown, there are more than a few who fail to notice this.

Discussing his upcoming late-night talk show — which will consist of a monologue, a panel of guests, and on-location pieces — the SNL alum explained it will focus on pop culture rather than the politics which seem to rule much of contemporary night-time talkies.

To quote Revelation, “Here is wisdom:”

“I don’t want half the crowd tuning me out.”

Nicely done!

He went on to say he’s “just not that smart,” and that “there are other guys doing it better.”

“I still like to make fun of everyone and what they are doing,” Spade explained, “but it’s more good-natured.”

I like it.

And he’s right: Nothing’s wrong with a bit of ribbing of our elected leaders; but when a show turns into a national political party’s convention — as many appear to with regularity — for a portion of the butts in the seats, the train’s substantially derailed.

Joe Dirt continued:

“When people do things, I think it’s fair game to make a few jokes, and then you move on — not too personal, of course.”

He made things similarly clear to The Daily Mail recently:

“The country is going to work or not work without me involved. So I will stay away and let all the other celebrities handle fixing that. At this point, it would be just piling on.”

David wants to offer “a non-political fun show.”

Sounds fantastic.

Lights Out with David Spade debuts on Comedy Central July 29th after The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Check it out if you want something different than the regular ranting rigmarole.

-ALEX

 

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plays real-life hero as ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ premiere delayed by electrical sparks

Saturday night’s premiere of “Hobbs & Shaw” was brought to a halt following a brief electrical issue in the Dolby Theater.

Reports from inside the venue say an electrical grid toward the front of the theater started sparking about 30 minutes into the screening, causing flashes and loud popping sounds to fill the room. The sparks then moved upward from the floor in the center of the orchestra and back toward a block of seats.

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Although security did not evacuate the theater, a number of panicked guests fled from the venue, leading to widespread confusion.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” at Dolby Theatre on July 13, 2019 in Hollywood. Johnson assured audiences were safe after electrical sparks reportedly flew in the theater before the viewing. (Getty)

Before the movie resumed, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took time to address the audience, letting attendees know that he was waiting in the wings to make sure crowd was safe. However, “Jason Statham ran his a– out of here”, he added.

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The delay lasted only around 15 minutes before the film began playing again.

In “Hobbs & Shaw,” Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw only to team up and take down a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist, played by Idris Elba. “Deadpool 2” filmmaker David Leitch  is directing alongside screenwriters and series veterans Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce.

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“Hobbs & Shaw” opens across the globe in most international markets, followed by China on Aug. 23.

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Keanu Reeves condemns violence against Cinema America

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Keanu Reeves has issued his support of the Italian cinema collective Cinema America after it was attacked by an alt right organization.

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Reeves joins a number of high profile film leaders in signing a statement issued from Cinema America, which condemns the violence directed at the film collective. The organization first released the statement Thursday on its Facebook page after four people were attacked following its showing of Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed.”

According to the Guardian, the statement in Italian says: “It is unacceptable that there is still someone that thinks they can impose their view through the use of violence … We can’t accept a wound of this kind, inflicted not only to the world of art and cinema but to the whole world.”

WHY KEANU REEVES IS A PERFECT FIT FOR ‘CYBERPUNK 2077’

Directors Francis Ford Coppola, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee, Guillermo del Toro, and Stephen Frears have also signed the letter in addition to actors Willem Dafoe Jeremy Irons, Debra Winger, Richard Gere and John Malkovich.

Italian reports say that at least one of the suspects from the June 16 attack belongs to a youth wing of Italy’s neo-fascist CasaPound political party, a far-right organization that goes by the name Blocco Studentesco.

KEANU REEVES ‘BLOWN AWAY’ BY FAN REACTION TO E3 APPEARANCE

Cinema America is a seven-year collective known for organizing free outdoor movie screenings in Rome.

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Keanu Reeves condemns violence against Cinema America

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Keanu Reeves has issued his support of the Italian cinema collective Cinema America after it was attacked by an alt right organization.

‘BILL & TED’ SEQUEL ADDS NEW AND RETURNING CASTMEMBERS

Reeves joins a number of high profile film leaders in signing a statement issued from Cinema America, which condemns the violence directed at the film collective. The organization first released the statement Thursday on its Facebook page after four people were attacked following its showing of Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed.”

According to the Guardian, the statement in Italian says: “It is unacceptable that there is still someone that thinks they can impose their view through the use of violence … We can’t accept a wound of this kind, inflicted not only to the world of art and cinema but to the whole world.”

WHY KEANU REEVES IS A PERFECT FIT FOR ‘CYBERPUNK 2077’

Directors Francis Ford Coppola, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee, Guillermo del Toro, and Stephen Frears have also signed the letter in addition to actors Willem Dafoe Jeremy Irons, Debra Winger, Richard Gere and John Malkovich.

Italian reports say that at least one of the suspects from the June 16 attack belongs to a youth wing of Italy’s neo-fascist CasaPound political party, a far-right organization that goes by the name Blocco Studentesco.

KEANU REEVES ‘BLOWN AWAY’ BY FAN REACTION TO E3 APPEARANCE

Cinema America is a seven-year collective known for organizing free outdoor movie screenings in Rome.

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6 can’t-miss music festivals hitting the DMV this summer

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Music is a magical thing. The harmonic sounds of a melody or the dramatic beat drop of the bass somehow have the power to bring people together no matter your story, background or personal views. This summer, relax and enjoy the music with help from these local festivals coming to the region.

DC Jazz Fest
Through June 16, times vary
If you’re a jazz fan, then you’re in luck. This weekend, there will be musical performances by over 100 artists happening across Washington, DC. From venues on The Wharf to the classic stage of The Anthem, guests can choose their desired atmosphere for grooving out to some of the best soul music around. As this year marks the 15th anniversary of the nonprofit organization’s celebration of all things jazz, the final night of the festival will feature a special evening in the Kennedy Center. The event will honor the great masters of jazz, Quincy Jones, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson and more, through a night of musical performances that are sure to inspire the crowd. // Locations vary, Washington, DC; prices vary

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 29, noon-8:30 p.m. & June 30, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Embrace everything music has to offer through the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and this year’s chosen theme, “the social power of music.” While the festival has been a staple in DC since 1967, this year’s festivities will look a little different. Instead of the usual two-week-long celebration of all things art, this summer’s event will span across two days and feature over 12 musical performances, local food trucks, instrument workshops and presentations about the area’s music scene. So this June, head to the Nation’s capital for a weekend of shared understanding, social cohesion and love, due to the simple power of music. // The Smithsonian: 600 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC; free

Washington DC’s Immigrant & Refugee Music Festival
July 6, 4 p.m.-midnight
Honor Independence Day through this unique celebration of music that will feature solely artists of immigrant-descent. This year’s lineup features eight producers, mixers and DJs who have lineages that trace across the world, ranging from West Africa to Greece. Plus, 5% of every purchased ticket will be donated to the International Rescue Committee’s DC office, a group who works with refugees to transform and rebuild their lives. // Echostage: 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC; $29.99-$69.99

Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Festival
July 9, 1:30 p.m.
For the very first time, Rockstar Energy Drink is hosting its very own music festival that will span across 25 cities in both the United States and Canada, starting at the end of June. While most festivals feature several performances at one time, this event will give the audience the opportunity to engage with one band at a time, via one stage. The inaugural lineup heading to Bristow in July features some of rock’s biggest names, as well as newer artists who are set on making it to the big time. A few artists to note are The Used, Sleeping with Sirens and Trophy Eyes, to name just a few of the total 11 performers who will take the stage throughout the day. // Jiffy Lube Live: 7800 Cellar Drive, Bristow; $12-$171

Moonrise Festival
Aug. 10 & 11, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Grab your dancing shoes, because the annual Moonrise Festival is back in Baltimore for the sixth time since its inception. With four stages, two fully packed days of music and high-tech equipment, this weekend is sure to be a hit for the thousands of individuals who attend. Guests will have the opportunity to hear from some of the music industry’s best electronic artists, including Tiesto, Alan Walker, Slushii and so much more. // Pimlico Race Course: 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore; $105-$280

Rosslyn Jazz Fest
Saturday, Sept. 7, 1-7 p.m.
For the 29th year in a row, the free Rosslyn Jazz Fest returns. This year’s lineup features a unique blend of sounds, including everything from jazz and blues to funk and soul. Each headliner will bring their own flare to the stage, whether that be through brass instruments or a rare voice that can sing songs in French, Haitian Creole and English. While the timeline has yet to be announced, guests can expect performances by Houston-based band The Suffers, New Orleans brass band Cha Wa, singer and cellist Leyla McCalla and the District’s funky jazz ensemble JoHo Project. // Gateway Park: 1300 Lee Highway, Rosslyn; free
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Michael Douglas comes full circle with Monte Carlo Award

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“It’s a nice full circle,” says Michael Douglas, speaking exclusively to Variety ahead of the Monte Carlo Television Festival, reflecting on a career that began in TV, blossomed in film, but has seen him return to the small screen in Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method.”

Douglas is this year’s recipient of Monte Carlo’s Crystal Nymph, awarded by Prince Albert II of Monaco to a major international television actor to recognize a stellar body of work.

For Douglas to accept an award from a TV festival is, on the surface, pretty remarkable. He fought hard early on to escape being pigeon-holed as a television actor.

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While starring in the popular 1970s television series “The Streets of San Francisco,” he started his move into film, which was not an easy feat back then, producing 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” best picture Oscar winner.

“It was extremely difficult for an actor to make the transition between television and movies. It was continually thrown in your face that audiences can see you on television for free, but have to pay to see you in the movies. That was the big separation. Before me, it was only really Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen who had made the transition from TV to feature films.”

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Once Douglas found success in the movies, it seemed he would never look back at the small screen. As a producer or actor-producer, he was involved in such movies as “The China Syndrome,” “Romancing the Stone,” “Fatal Attraction” and “Traffic.” He also starred in hits such as “Basic Instinct,” “Falling Down” and “Wonder Boys” — earning an Academy Award for lead actor in “Wall Street.”

Even so, he says it wasn’t until the commercial success of “Fatal Attraction” and the critical reception for “Wall Street” that he felt truly accepted as a film actor.“Mind you, that also involved me stepping out of the shadow of my father [Kirk Douglas] as well as the transition from television to feature films. But it took a while.”

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It’s only recently that Douglas has returned to TV, starring opposite Alan Arkin in the Golden Globe-winning “The Kominsky Method,” written by Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory”).

“This is an exciting time. I never remember a time when it has been easier to go between feature films and television.”

Douglas is quick to point out that it’s important to differentiate between broadcast TV and streaming. “For me, the streaming phenomenon is wonderful.” He likes the flexibility it offers: the fact that “The Kominsky Method” “could be 20 minutes long or 40 minutes, and there are no commercials. Basically we are making a short film in six days. It is a lot of fun. You have great acting, a wonderful cast, a really good script, and we knock out eight to 10 of them in less time than it would take to do a feature film.”

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Above all, Douglas stresses that this streaming era, in which an estimated 500 scripted series are being made a year in the U.S., is a “great time for actors, writers, producers and directors. Talent is in a really good situation in 2019.”

Asked if this is a golden age for production, Douglas hesitates. “It depends how you look at it.” He sees the 1970s and early 1980s as a golden age for feature films, contrasting it with modern day tentpole pictures that are very different from the kind of character-driven dramas that he likes to make.

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Edged out of the cinemas, many of the latter have now found a home on streaming platforms. “That is why streaming is so successful,” he says. He supports the idea of streaming movies being eligible for the Academy Awards. “I saw how many independent pictures were treated poorly in their theatrical release. Streaming has allowed a lot of filmmakers to present their projects in a proper mode in terms of time and budget.”

Looking back on a career that now spans more than 50 years, he describes himself as a “story/script guy” and picks out films such as “Falling Down” and “Wonder Boys” as highlights.

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“I liked those unpredictable pictures that have left audiences not quite certain in which direction it was going — I have always liked that gray area mix of protagonist and antagonist together.”

Ahead of travelling to Monte Carlo to pick up the Crystal Nymph, Douglas says: “It’s always nice to win … I look forward to seeing Prince Albert — I have known him over the years. And it’s always a nice time being in Monaco and the South of France.”

It’s an area he knows well — he filmed “The Jewel of the Nile” at Les Studios de la Victorine just along the coast in Nice, and was a part owner of the legendary studio for a while.

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Now 74, Douglas has no plans to stop working. “I like working. I play a little golf. Other than that, the news is pretty depressing these days. So escapism is not a bad place to be. Hopefully I will keep on playing make believe as much as I can.”

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