Marvel to Shutter Television Division

Marvel’s television division is officially winding down.

Variety has learned that Marvel Television will no longer be developing any new series beyond the shows that are currently in production. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, Marvel will eliminate a number of positions in the near future as a result of the cessation of development at the division. Karim Zreik, senior vice president of current programming and production and members of his team will now join the Marvel Studios group. Zreik will lead the current projects in production. Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb will remain with the division during the transition.

The move to close up shop on Marvel Television was not altogether unexpected, as Variety reported in September that there was a growing perception in the industry that Loeb’s division was on its way out given that Marvel movies boss Kevin Feige was set to produce a number of big budget live-action shows for Disney Plus featuring character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that Feige had been promoted to chief creative officer of Marvel and has taken over the Disney-owned company’s storytelling across mediums, including publishing, film, TV, and animation. It was widely believed at that time that Loeb would exit the company within the next few months.

The only Marvel Television live-action show currently in the works is “Helstrom” at Hulu. Hulu had previously ordered a live-action “Ghost Rider” series starring Gabriel Luna as well, but that project was scrapped in September.

Marvel also has four animated shows at Hulu: “Howard the Duck,” “Hit Monkey,” “Tigra & Dazzler,” and “M.O.D.O.K.” All four shows are expected to debut separately before crossing over with “The Offenders” event series. However, news broke last week that the showrunner and writing staff of “Tigra & Dazzler” had departed the show over creative differences. The search for a new showrunner is ongoing.

Fellow Marvel-Hulu series “The Runaways” will end with its upcoming third season, while “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” will end after seven seasons on ABC this spring. All of Marvel Television’s other live-action shows have been canceled in the past year.

Feige’s division — part of the Walt Disney Studios feature-film operation — is currently working on shows centered on characters like Hawkeye, Falcon and Winter Soldier, as well as Loki, and Vision and Scarlet Witch, with shows based on She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight also in the works.

According to sources, multiple Marvel Television and Home & Family Entertainment executives at the vice president level and above outside of Zreik’s team will be replaced as a result of the move. In addition, sources say that Brian Crosby, creative director of Marvel Themed Entertainment, will no longer be working on Marvel projects as part of the Disney parks division, though he will remain with the company.

Also exiting the company is family entertainment chief Cort Lane. A Marvel veteran in charge of television animation, Lane has deep relationships with counterparts in Disney’s corporate-franchises, parks and consumer-products arms, as well as with licensees such as Hasbro and Lego. He is believed to be staying on through January as part of the transition, as Marvel gears up for its first major TV entry in the preschool space, “Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends.”

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‘Dolittle’ star Robert Downey Jr. ‘auditions’ fuzzy friends

These adorable beasts are ready for their close-up.

In a new trailer for “Dolittle,” starring Robert Downey Jr., a string of animated furry beasts, big and small, audition with the “Iron Man” star for roles by re-enacting scenes from movies including “Jaws,” “Notting Hill” and “Despicable Me.”

In the retelling, Downey, 54, stars as famed British physician Dr. John Dolittle, who sets sail for an island with some animal friends to find a cure for a gravely ill member of the royal family.

During the two-minute teaser, released Tuesday by Universal Pictures, a parrot named Polynesia (a k a Polly, voiced by Oscar winner Emma Thompson) takes on a scene from the action flick “The Fast and the Furious,” clearing her throat and declaring with her best Vin Diesel swagger, “I live my life a quarter-mile at a time.” She then recklessly peels away, squawking, in a miniature red sports car and plows through a pile of cardboard boxes nearby on the studio floor.

“We need her,” says Downey, adding, “and a medic.”

A squirrel named Kevin (Craig Robinson) tries his hand at “Scarface,” sneering Al Pacino’s line, “Say hello to my little friend.” After Downey tells him to be more “threatening,” Kevin lets out a string of Mafia-appropriate profanities. “OK, stop — this is a family movie,” Downey scolds him.

In another scene, Yoshi, a cuddly polar bear played by John Cena, playfully reclines on the ground and asks, “I have nipples, Greg; can you milk me?” — a classic line uttered by Robert De Niro to Ben Stiller in the rom-com “Meet the Parents.”

And Barry the tiger (Ralph Fiennes) lets out his best dinosaur roar that proves a reasonable facsimile for any ferocious beast in “Jurassic Park.”

“Do I have the role? Put me in the movie, or it’s Downey for dessert,” he threatens, as Downey quickly caves in, saying to the unseen cameraman, “Gotcha. He’s perfect.”

Other animals and all-star voices who made the cut include a gorilla named Chee Chee (Rami Malek), Dab-Dab the duck (Octavia Spencer), Plimpton the ostrich (Kumail Nanjiani), a pooch who goes by Jip (Tom Holland), Tutu the fox (Marion Cotillard) and a giraffe named Betsy (Selena Gomez).

“Dolittle” is based on a series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting. The character was previously portrayed by Rex Harrison in 1967’s “Doctor Dolittle” and Eddie Murphy in a 1998 reboot and 2001 sequel. A series of three spinoffs starred Kayla Pratt (“Recovery Road”) as Maya Dolittle, the doctor’s daughter who follows in his footsteps.

“Dolittle” premieres Jan. 17.


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This New Year’s Eve Dress Is Sequin and Velvet Perfection — Sale Ends Soon!


New Year’s Eve is all about the sparkle, the shine and living the luxe life. Whether we’re going to a friend’s party, a bar or club, a family member’s house or hanging out at home, we want the night to feel special. We made it through yet another year, so why shouldn’t we celebrate by getting a little dressed up to commemorate the occasion?

The top two must-haves for NYE outfits are sequins and velvet, of course. We usually choose and commit to one or the other — but this year, we’re doing it big. This is a new decade we’re talking about, so why not both? We found the absolute perfect dress for you to slay in as the clock strikes midnight — and don’t worry, because unlike Cinderella’s, we can keep this one as long as we want!

Get the INC Velvet & Sequin Dress (originally $120) for just $72 at Macy’s! Sale ends December 11, 2019.

We may be able to wear this dress for as long as we want, but grabbing it at 40% off is only a limited-time opportunity. Macy’s famous One Day Sale is back, but as always, we need to act fast to nab our favorites while they’re marked down. That means, like, now!

Shoppers say this short-sleeve dress is “a total beauty” and that the mixed-media style is “just perfect.” Its base is a soft black velvet, and there are shimmery, strategically-placed gold sequins adorning the piece from crew neckline to the hem that hits just above the knees. This dress has a sheath silhouette and an easy on-and-off, with an exposed zip closure in the back — the hardware matching the sequins!

Get the INC Velvet & Sequin Dress (originally $120) for just $72 at Macy’s! Sale ends December 11, 2019.

One common issue with sequined dresses is a noticeable lack of comfort. Sequins are pretty, but they don’t have quite the same feel on our skin as shearling or chenille. They can poke and irritate, turning a fun night into a night of endless adjusting and scratching. That’s why we love the fact that this INC dress is lined — rightfully keeping the sequins as the visual star of the show and nothing more!

The savings on this dress during Macy’s One Day Sale are no joke. We’re not talking five or 10 dollars off — this dress is almost a full $50 off! That’s huge. Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother may have had some fashion sense, but we’re heading into 2020 here. If you want to be the belle of the ball, this dress will guarantee you the spot! And some fabulous photos to look back on, of course.

Get the INC Velvet & Sequin Dress (originally $120) for just $72 at Macy’s! Sale ends December 11, 2019.

Not your style? Check out more from INC International Concepts here and other New Year’s Eve dresses available at Macy’s here!

 

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‘Mrs. Maisel’ Season 3 Epitomizes The One Thing That Will Always Separate Midge & Susie

Spoilers for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3. Money looms large in the world of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and that holds especially true for the women, who struggle against the limited amount of financial freedom granted to them in the ’60s. Season 3 forces Midge and her family, for the first time, to confront the cost of their exorbitant lifestyle — and their inability to now afford it. But it’s through Midge and Susie’s relationship that issues of income and class ring clearest. Though their spats are often smoothed over, Season 3 fully demonstrates how much more difficult life is for Susie, and how Midge is still unable to truly empathize with Susie’s lived reality.

As star Rachel Brosnahan tells Bustle, Midge is someone who’s "accustomed to being the center of everyone’s universe," and that undercuts her entire dynamic with Susie, the first friend she made outside of her upper class enclave. Their relationship is genuinely loving — Mrs. Maisel often portrays them as a squabbling old couple, and Midge even bought Susie a ring in Season 2 — but it’s defined by a distinct and unequal power dynamic. Despite Susie being a manager to a rising star, she still lives in poverty, and she’s often at the mercy of Midge’s moods and whims (like when she disappeared to the Catskills for a month, forcing Susie to sneak in as a resort worker).

This imbalance is most exemplified in Season 3 when, in the middle of a USO dance they’re attending at the start of Shy Baldwin’s tour, Midge becomes furious at Susie for managing Sophie Lennon. A talent agent taking on several clients is not unusual — Susie herself is based on Sue Mengers, who managed stars like Barbra Streisand, Michael Caine, Cher, and Joan Collins — and Susie makes it very clear that she’s only working with Midge’s nemesis because she’s literally impoverished.

"My apartment is $40 a month, and I have to sublet it to Jackie," Susie tells Midge desperately. "There’s no choice there. I can’t afford not to." (We learn later that Susie made all of $20 on Midge the prior year.)

She then explains that when Midge makes $4000, she makes only $400 — something Midge doesn’t seem to have even considered. Midge responds with a pointed "f*ck you" before joining a conga line of similarly well-dressed, affluent women, while Susie has to leave to catch a late flight to New York for Sophie.

Midge continues to punish Susie for her decision — to look out for her own well-being, really — in the next episode. She shows up early to a meeting, blames Susie for being late, and leaves before Susie can discuss plans for Shy’s tour. Susie, meanwhile, reaches over and eats from Midge’s leftover soup.

"It’s like she abandoned me … I shouldn’t have to share her," Midge fumes to Imogene in her aerobics class. Though Imogene peppers Midge with several logical questions — Susie makes enough off just you, right? Susie must have savings then? Susie must be making half of the cut of the tour? — Midge never fully realizes that she’s ensuring this unequal relationship continues. Imogene ultimately coddles Midge, agreeing that despite all that, Midge "should be enough" for Susie.

"If Susie wants to become a real manager, she’s going to have to look further than Midge," Susie’s actor Alex Borstein tells Bustle, likening Midge to a petulant child. "I think Midge can’t help but feel like she’s getting less attention. When a mommy has a second kid, no matter how much you dote on number one … they’re still going to feel the pull of the new kid."

Mrs. Maisel is honest in depicting Midge’s childish nature, but it’s ultimately disappointing that even when they make up, Midge never offers to give Susie more of a cut. Sure, Midge’s father lost his job, Rose lost her inheritance, and Midge is shown hustling with radio work, but the Weissmans still have savings, as well as a network of upper class acquaintances who they can fall back on for help, like the Maisels. In comparison, Susie has absolutely no safety net, and she destroys her one liquid asset — her deceased mother’s house — to collect the insurance and make up her gambling debt. (Which likely wouldn’t have even that have arisen if she weren’t so desperate for cash.)

Similarly, though Sophie is disgusted by Susie’s small apartment, she never follows through with her promises to upgrade Susie’s living situation. It’s in this way Mrs. Maisel shows how Midge and Sophie are really just two sides of the same coin: two upper-class, privileged women who don’t understand that their daily frustrations and setbacks are small fry compared to Susie’s, who’s always on the verge of being homeless.

Its ultimately only Sophie who’s punished though; her play backfires spectacularly, and Susie dramatically reprimands her in the streets before reaffirming that Midge is "not her competition" and is "gonna be a goddamn legend" one day. Susie leaving Sophie is meant to be a triumphant moment, but what it really means is Susie’s other reliable source of income is gone, and she’s back to being with just Midge, her dear friend who won’t give her more than 10% of the profits.

It remains to be seen if a fourth season will truly interrogate Midge’s selfishness — particularly in the wake of her getting fired from Shy’s tour — or if Midge will continue to find ways to ignore the issue. The third season ends with Susie breaking down over her newfound gambling problem, while Midge approaches Moishe to buy back her old Upper West Side apartment, with money that it’s implied Susie gambled away.

That’s undoubtedly going to cause a major confrontation, but it’s a necessary one: will Midge finally acknowledge the limits she’s pushed Susie to and do right by her? Midge is at turns loveable, witty, and kind, but her actions towards Susie make it sometimes difficult to sympathize with or even like her. Will Midge finally grow in Season 4, or is she ultimately doomed to become a Sophie: elegant, rich, and cheerfully unbothered by the people who carried her to stardom?

Additional reporting by Brad Witter.

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Sports Illustrated model Brooks Nader shocks fans as she wears see-through dress to awards show – The Sun

SPORTS Illustrated model Brooks Nader shocked fans after she appeared at an awards show in a see-through dress.

The 23-year-old turned up at the mag's Sportsperson of the Year bash in New York last night in a practically transparent gown and high-heels.

She posed on the red carpet with her whole body – and the nude pants she was wearing underneath the dress – visible.

Many fans pointed out that she was wearing so little she may as well have been naked, with one asking: "Why bother with the 'dress?'"

Another wrote online: "That's not a dress, that is a clear shower curtain."

A third said: "An amazing body but would have been sexier in a modest dress, sorry."



However, plenty of her followers were delighted, posting the likes of "SLAYYYY🔥" and "You look SO BOMB ❤️🙌🏻" on her social media accounts.

Brooks won a modelling career through Sports Illustrated magazine after she was "hand-picked" during a search, becoming its 2020 'rookie'.

The prestigious Sports Illustrated sportsperson of the year award was won last night by US women’s World Cup star Megan Rapinoe, 34.

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UK weather forecast – SNOW and 80mph gales hit Britain as Met Office warns of flash floods – The Sun

SNOW and gales of up to 80 mph are hammering the UK as the Met Office warns of flash floods.

The weather forecaster issued four warnings across most of northern England and Scotland as the UK braces itself for a battering before Thursday's election.


Up to 100mm of rain will fall across parts of the Northern England in just nine hours – two thirds of the monthly average –  with the bad weather causing travel chaos.

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson told Sun Online: "It is going to be pretty windy.

"We would advise people to take care and be aware of windy conditions.

"There will be some disruption to transport."

WHIRL WIND

The highest wind recorded today was 78mph in Capel Curig, Wales as the Met Office warned of flooding to homes and business in Scotland.

And the blustery conditions are expected to continue into Wednesday, with winds hitting up to 55mph in northern Scotland.

The south coast of England and the west coast of Wales could see winds hit as high as 40mph.

And there is a risk of up to 5-10cm of snow in parts of northern England and Wales.


Rain is also expected to drench voters heading to the polls for Thursday's general election.

And winds are also set to hit Brits on polling day, with gusts of 45-50mph in the south west of the country.

It comes after Storm Atiyah pounded Britain when it make landfall this week, with power lines knocked down and trees felled.


Forecasters have also warned that Christmas decorations could become dangerous projectiles in the stormy weather and homeowners should secure ornaments as wind speeds pick up, after Storm Atiyah made landfall earlier this week.

Tuesday's driving winds hit commuters in parts of the UK today with two lorries blown as bad weather swept across Scotland on Tuesday morning.

The HGVs were travelling along the A1 between Innerwick and Skateraw in East Lothian when they toppled over at around 7.45am, leaving the road blocked in both directions.

The Tay Road Bridge was only open to cars and the central walkway was closed because of the high winds and heavy rain, which also hit rail services.

Waves coming over the sea wall at Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, hit railway power lines, causing trains between Kilwinning and Largs and Ardrossan to be cancelled.

Flooding closed the line between Craigendoran and Helensburgh.

A wind warning was also issued for eastern parts until 5pm as well as an ice warning across the Highlands from 10pm on Tuesday to 10am on Wednesday.

The weather caused Edinburgh's Christmas market and rides to remain closed.


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Elizabeth Shatner: 5 Things To Know About William Shatner’s Wife As He Files For Divorce

After 18 years, it’s over between William Shatner and his wife, Elizabeth Shatner. Here’s five fast facts you should know about the horseback rider, who married the actor in 2001.

William Shatner, 88, and his wife of 18 years, Elizabeth Shatner, 59, are calling it quits. The Star Trek legend, 88, filed divorce documents on December 10, ending his fourth marriage, according to TMZ. The soon-to-be exes, who married in 2001, reportedly had a prenup, and neither party will seek spousal support per the agreement, the outlet reports; the actor is worth $100 million. The couple don’t have any kids, and the divorce process is apparently “running smoothly.” It’s unclear why the actor filed for divorce. In the meantime, find out more about Elizabeth, who’s not an actress like her husband, but famed in her own field.

1. William Shatner is her second husband. This wasn’t Elizabeth’s first marriage. She married husband Michael Gleen Martin in 1983; he passed away in August 1997. She met William two years later and began a romance, ultimately marrying in 2001. Elizabeth is actually the actor’s fourth wife. He was previously married to Gloria Rand, Marcy Lafferty, and Nerine Kidd. He has four children from his previous relationships: Melanie, 55, Lisabeth, Leslie, 61, and Daniel Shatner.

2. She’s a famed horsewoman. Elizabeth is a passionate horseback rider and instructor who’s won awards for her work in the field. She started riding at the age of five, and started teaching horseback riding at 14, while also judging Indiana Arabian Club competition. She went on to win several awards, as well as a prestigious scholarship. Eventually, she became a professional horse trainer, and got a degree from Perdue University in equine and animal science.

3. She’s a photographer and digital artist. Elizabeth is a talented artist who calls her digital and photography work “Flowrosophy.” As she explains on the site for her Art By Nature business, ” A photo safari trip in Israel was the spark that ignited her passion for art and photography. She discovered that the image of something as simple as a flower opened the mind’s eye to the beauty and the messages sometimes hidden in nature. There is a healing synergy in the combination of light and color present in nature, especially flowers.”

4. She’s a philanthropist. Elizabeth and William run a charity show together called Hollywood Charity Horse Show. Proceeds from the annual event go toward helping children in need. She also founded the All Glory Project, “a non-profit campaign of consciousness to thank our wounded heroes, human and animal alike, as well as their families.”

5. She’s appeared in documentaries with her husband, and wrote one of his most famous songs. Elizabeth was featured in a 2002 episode of E! True Hollywood Story, and later appeared in films likeLife Beyond Trek: William Shatner in 2004, Gonzo Ballet in 2009, and The Shatner Project in 2014. She also co-wrote the song “Together” on William’s album, Has Been.

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Fox Developing Empty Nesters Comedy ‘Kidless’ From ‘Single Parents’ Writer & Jamie Tarses

Fox has put in development Kidless, a single-camera comedy executive produced by Jamie Tarses.

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Written and co-executive produced by Single Parents co-producer Mnelik Belilgne, Kidless is loosely based on his own parents and their lives post-kids. It is an ensemble comedy that follows two married couples, a widow and a single dad, who must reimagine their lives now that their kids have left the nest.

20th Century Fox TV co-produces with Fox Entertainment.

Belilgne started his career on ABC’s The Mayor and YouTube’s Champaign ILL, both executive produced by Tarses. Prior to joining ABC/20th TV’s Single Parents, he did a stint on the upcoming Apple TV+ animated series Central Park, also from 20th TV.

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‘The Matrix 4’: ‘Sense8’ & ‘Empire’ Actor Toby Onwumere Joins Sequel

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Toby Onwumere will be reuniting with Sense8 co-creator Lana Wachowski in the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow sequel The Matrix 4, which is expected to begin filming in 2020.

Onwumere will be joining franchise returnees Keanu Reeves (Neo), Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe) as well as newcomers Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris,  and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who is rumored to be playing young Morpheus.

Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell are writing the script. Wachowski is producing with Grant Hill.

Onwumere joined the second season of Netflix’s Sense8 in the role of Capheus. He also recurred on Season 5 of Fox’s Empire as the love interest and eventual husband of Jamal Lyon.

He’s repped by Innovative and Howard Green Entertainment.

 

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Kris Bryant’s complicated trade rumors link Cubs star to Nationals, Phillies

The Kris Bryant trade whispers come with an asterisk, but the whispers are starting all the same.

A Bryant trade from the Cubs will not come at the winter meetings as they await to find out the result of the third baseman’s service time grievance. If Bryant and agent Scott Boras are victorious in proving the Cubs manipulated his service time in 2015 then the slugging infielder would become a free agent after next season.

A decision from an arbitrator is not expected for a couple of weeks, but when there is one we are getting an early indication as to who might be interested in acquiring him if Chicago opts to deal him.

“We’re fairly confident in what the outcome is going to be but the timing is a bit frustrating,” Cubs president Theo Epstein told ESPN.com. “It would be nice to know. We’re at the winter meetings and there hasn’t been a ruling. I understand these things take time. It’s not going to be more than a couple weeks away but it would be nice to have that final confirmation.”

The Nationals (via MLB.com) and Phillies (via WSCR) have both been linked to the 27-year-old, who has 138 career home runs in the better part of five seasons with the Cubs. The MLB report indicated that there is a better chance of the Cubs trading Bryant than the Indians trading Francisco Lindor.

The Nationals agreed with pitcher Stephen Strasburg on a seven-year, $245 million deal on Monday, but are not expected to bring back third baseman Anthony Rendon.

Rendon is the top position player in free agency and The Post’s Joel Sherman reported on Monday that the Rangers are a slight favorite to sign him. The Angels and Dodgers have also been linked to him.

The Phillies have already added Zach Wheeler this offseason, but more moves are expected after last offseason’s Bryce Harper commitment.

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