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New ‘Saw’ Movie Set for October 2023

A new movie in the “Saw” horror franchise will begin production soon and is slated to be released by Lionsgate on Oct. 27, 2023.

Kevin Greutert, who directed “Saw IV” and “Saw: The Final Chapter,” is directing the new, still-untitled film from Twisted Pictures. Greutert has been attached to the franchise from the very beginning as an editor on the first five films and “Jigsaw” in 2017.

The plot for the feature is being kept under wraps, but producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules are promising plenty of bloody and ingenious traps and a new mystery to solve.

“We have been listening to what the fans have been asking for and are hard at work planning a movie that ‘Saw’ aficionados and horror fans alike will love,” Burg and Koules said in a joint statement. “Part of that is giving the reins to Kevin Greutert, director of ‘Saw VI,’ which is still one
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Anne Heche Taken Off Life Support; ‘Another World,’ ‘Donnie Brasco’ Actor Was 53

Anne Heche, the versatile yet troubled performer who appeared in TV shows including “Another World” and “Men in Trees” and in films such as “Donnie Brasco,” “Psycho” and “Wag the Dog,” was taken off of life support on Sunday after being involved in a car crash in Los Angeles on Aug. 5, her rep confirmed. She was 53.

Heche crashed after speeding through the Mar Vista neighborhood of West Los Angeles, where she first hit a garage and then continued until colliding with a house, where her car caught fire. She was severely burned before being pulled from the car.

Heche was declared legally dead in the state of California on Friday, but she remained on life support until she was determined as a match for organ donation.

Heche had a string of significant movie roles in the 1990s and then starred in several TV series, including “Everwood,” “Hung,” “Save Me,” “Aftermath,
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Jessica Klein, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Producer and Writer, Dies at 66

Jessica Klein, an award-winning television writer and producer who was a key contributor for six seasons on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died of pancreatic cancer at her home in Beverly Hills on July 13. She was 66 years old.

Klein’s death was confirmed by her daughter, Shira Rose, who shared that her mother died “fulfilled, surrounded by her biggest fans, her family.”

After moving to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, Klein married Steve Wasserman, her writing partner. The duo collaborated as writers and executive producers on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” launching Klein’s career in prime time.

Klein collaborated on “Just Deal,
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‘Bullet Train’ Stays No. 1 as ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Returns to Top 5 at Slowing Box Office

The box office is now well and truly in a drought period, as overall totals for this weekend have sunk to an estimated 63.5 million, a low not seen since February in the weekend prior to the release of “The Batman.”

With no new wide releases cracking the top 5, Sony/Columbia’s “Bullet Train” will hold on to the No. 1 spot with a second weekend total of just 13.4 million, a 56 drop from its 30 million opening. With a 10-day total of 54.4 million, the action comedy starring Brad Pitt will likely need overseas revenue to post a theatrical profit against its reported 90 million production budget.

Sagging box office numbers also means that Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” which slid out of the top 5 for the first time last weekend, has risen all the way back to No. 2 with 7.1 million in its 12th weekend. That’s actually a two percent increase from its 7 million
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Robyn Griggs, ‘Another World’ Actress, Dies at 49

Robyn Griggs, known for her roles on soap operas Another World and One Life to Live, has died. She was 49.

The actress’ passing was announced on her Facebook page Saturday. She had been battling cervical cancer and was open about her health struggles on social media, with Griggs posting last month that she had been diagnosed with four new tumors.

Griggs debuted as Stephanie Hobart on One Life to Live in April 1991 and appeared in six episodes. In 1993, she began as Maggie Cory on Another World, a part she played for two years.

Born on April 30, 1973, in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, she got her start in children’s theater productions before appearing on Nickelodeon’s Rated K, a program that ran from 1986-88 and featured young people reviewing films.

After her soap roles, Griggs starred in such genre films as Severe Injuries (2003), Dead Clowns (2004), The
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Denise Dowse, Actress in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Insecure,’ Dies at 64

Denise Dowse, the busy character actress who portrayed Vice Principal Yvonne Teasley on Beverly Hills, 90210, Judge Rebecca Damsen on The Guardian and therapist Rhonda Pine on Insecure, has died. She was 64.

Dowse’s passing was announced Saturday on her Instagram account by older sister Tracey Dowse, who praised her sibling as “the most amazing sister, a consummate, illustrious actress, mentor and director. She was my very best friend and final family member.”

On Aug. 7, Tracey wrote on Instagram that her younger sister was hospitalized and in a coma brought on by a “virulent form of meningitis.”

On the big screen, Denise Dowse stood out as Ray Charles’ manager Marlene André in Ray (2004), starring Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, and she played another principal, this one based on a real-life educator at Richmond (California) High School, in Coach Carter (2005), starring Samuel L. Jackson.

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Ezra Miller Issues Apology, Has Entered Treatment for ‘Complex Mental Health Issues’

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Ezra Miller, the embattled star of “The Flash” who has drawn recent national headlines for a series of troubling personal events, has entered treatment and apologized in a statement to media.

“Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment,” the statement said. “I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”

Miller’s latest trouble came just last week, as Vermont State Police said the actor was facing felony burglary charges. According to police reports, law enforcement was notified May 1 of a burglar complaint, with several bottles of alcohol taken from a home in Stamford while its owners were away.

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Ezra Miller Seeking Treatment for “Complex Mental Health Issues”

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After troubling behavior that has led to charges of harassment and felony burglary, as well as allegations of assault and abuse, Ezra Miller says they are seeking treatment for “complex mental health issues.”

Miller says in the statement, sent via a representative to The Hollywood Reporter, “Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment. I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”

The statement comes after a year where Miller has been the subject of much controversy.

Miller, who uses they/ them pronouns, was arrested on two separate occasions in Hawaii, once in March for disorderly conduct
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‘Better Call Saul’ Finale Says Goodbye in Beautifully Poetic Fashion

Throughout the series finale of AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” our deeply flawed, often immoral and occasionally sympathetic protagonist keeps asking figures from his past what they’d do if they had a time machine. First, it’s Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), who rues the day he first took a bribe and began down the path that led him to become an entirely different man. Then, it’s Walter White (Bryan Cranston), who points out that the real question behind the time machine thought experiment is regret.

Saul regrets actually hurting himself while pulling a slip-and-fall scam when he was 22. “So you were always like this?” Walter snarks at him. But we, the loyal “Better Call Saul “viewers, know better than that, don’t we? The show wasn’t about a criminal lawyer who spent his life scheming and scamming to the top, only to descend far below the bottom.
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SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Studios on Actors’ Exclusivity

SAG-AFTRA announced on Monday evening that it has reached a tentative agreement with the major studios on actor exclusivity periods, an issue that has become a top priority for the union in recent years.

The issue affects actors on TV series, who can find themselves barred from working on other projects for many months or even years between TV seasons. The union has said that the issue has grown acute in the streaming era, with seasons getting shorter and with longer delays between seasons.

The union backed a bill, Ab 437, in the California legislature, which aims to eliminate exclusivity periods from actors’ contracts.
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Jenna Bush Hager and UCP to Develop Jamie Ford Novel ‘The Many Daughters of Afong Moy’

Jenna Bush Hager and UCP have teamed up and begun development on Jamie Ford’s “The Many Daughter of Afong Moy,” the division of Universal Studio Group announced Monday.

The adaptation of the New York Times best-seller follows Dorothy Moy, Washington’s former poet laureate, who navigates her own mental health struggles by channeling them into her art. When she observes her 5-year-old daughter exhibit similar behavior, she seeks help through an experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma.

Ford will consult on the project and Bush Hager and Ben Spector will executive produce.

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“I am beyond excited to be working with Jenna Bush Hager, Ben Spector, and UCP to develop ‘Many Daughters’ into a series,” Ford said. “Jenna comes from a long line of book lovers and is a tireless advocate for books,
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‘The Flash’ Star Ezra Miller Seeking Treatment for ‘Complex Mental Health Issues’ (Exclusive)

The Flash” star Ezra Miller says they are seeking treatment for “complex mental health issues.”

In a statement provided to Variety by a representative of the actor, Miller broke their silence about the troubling behavior that they have exhibited in recent years, which has led to a series of legal issues and assault and abuse allegations. Miller also apologized for their actions.

“Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment,” Miller says. “I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”

The embattled actor, who is non-binary and uses they and them pronouns, played the DC Comics character Barry Allen in 2017’s “Justice League” and its 2021 counterpart,
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‘Better Call Saul’s’ Brilliant, Emotional Finale Is ‘Breaking Bad’ in Reverse: TV Review

Spoiler alert: This review contains spoilers for “Saul Gone,” the series finale of “Better Call Saul.”

It turns out that there was one person the once and future Jimmy McGill would put ahead of his own self-interest.

In the striking and elegant finale to one of TV’s most consistently strong dramas of the past decade, Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman, to borrow a phrase, broke good. Having finally been apprehended, Saul structured a plea bargain that would have him in and out of prison in a plausibility-stretching-but-who’s-counting seven years. But then he saw and took an opportunity to
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Olivia Newton-John’s Songs Get a 614 Streaming Bump Following Her Death

She’s the one that they still want — the millions of Olivia Newton-John fans who were prompted by news of her death to revisit her hits on streaming services.

On-demand audio and video streams for Newton-John’s music amounted to 11,267,494 for the week ending Aug. 11, Luminate Data tells Variety. How big an uptick was that? It marked a 614 increase from the prior week, which ended Aug. 4.

That’s particularly impressive given that the performer’s death was announced well into the chart week, on Aug. 8, meaning the figures really represent just four days of heightened activity atop the norm. In the previous week, Newton-John had had 1,577,978 on-demand streams. That, itself, was still a considerable amount for someone who last commanded the U.S. charts in the early 1980s.

Her airplay saw a bigger percentage increase, rising 1481 from one week to the next. Her audience airplay figure in the week ending Aug.
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‘Better Call Saul’ Co-Creator Peter Gould Breaks Down the Surprising Series Finale and Jimmy and Kim’s Ending

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t watched the series finale of “Better Call Saul,” Season 6 Episode 13, “Saul Gone.”

In the end, Jimmy McGill unbroke bad. Just when it looked like Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) had finessed his way into a sweet plea agreement — just seven years at the most country club-like of correctional facilities — he reversed course and confessed all, in Monday night’s series finale of AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”

It was a finale rife with references to regret, time machines and how there’s “no shame in going back and changing your path,” as
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‘Better Call Saul’ Series Finale: How Does Saul’s Story End?

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More than seven years after “Better Call Saul” began, and 13 years after Bob Odenkirk first popped up as the sleazy lawyer in “Breaking Bad,” his story has come to a close — and Saul is behind bars.

After a little United States v. Saul Goodman legal action, the now-reformed Jimmy McGill ended up with 86 years in prison as Walter White’s “indispensable” criminal lawyer. After going down a dark path the past few seasons, Saul finally turned a corner and
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‘Better Call Saul’ Co-Creator Explains Why the Series Finale Was So Different From ‘Breaking Bad’

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[The following story contains spoilers from Better Call Saul‘s series finale, “Saul Gone.]

The word “hail” doesn’t begin to capture the onslaught of bullets that marked the end of AMC’s Breaking Bad back in 2013.

Better Call Saul was never headed for a comparable ending, and Monday’s series finale for the acclaimed prequel spinoff was a far quieter and less bloody affair, one marked by meditations on time travel, regret and personal sacrifice.

In the hour-plus series-ender, viewers saw Gene Takavic, Saul Goodman and Jimmy McGill at work, all three sides of the character played to Emmy-nominated effect by Bob Odenkirk. And the audience was meant to wonder, as they were throughout the series, which alter ego was truest to the character’s essence and to ponder whether and how much the character was capable of change.

The result maybe wasn’t a happy ending, but it was an optimistic ending,
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Amandla Stenberg Reflects on Being “Canceled So Many Times,” Prioritizing “Moving Responsibly and Ethically” in Hollywood

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Amandla Stenberg is reflecting on her experiences with “cancel culture” after being canceled “so many times” by people across the political spectrum.

The Bodies Bodies Bodies star spoke with Euphoria actress and friend Hunter Schafer for The Cut’s August cover story and got frank about how she’s navigated people’s criticisms of her career choices.

“Do I care that I have been canceled?” Stenberg asks after Schafer draws a connection between supposed cancel culture and the tone of the new A24 film, which the Euphoria star notes features characters “just trying to cancel each other in the same space.”

“I consider myself one of the lucky ones because now I don’t have to live with some perverse, distorted Catholic guilt,” Stenberg responds. She later adds, “This guilt that seems to derive from the Catholic Church around if I am a good person or not.
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WME Fashion Hires Conde Nast’s Susan Plagemann As New President

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Later this August, Susan Plagemann will join WME Fashion as president, overseeing a portfolio that includes Img Models, Img Fashion Events (the official organizer and operator of New York Fashion Week: The Shows), and the Art + Commerce and The Wall Group agencies, as announced today by global sports and entertainment parent company Endeavor.

The executive spent over a decade at Condé Nast in multiple posts including vice president/publisher of Vogue and chief business officer of the company’s style division (where she oversaw fashion, beauty, luxury, and retail revenue across Condé Nast and led the commercial sides of various titles: Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Allure, and Glamour). Before Plagemann joined Condé Nast, she was the publisher of Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Susan to WME and the Endeavor family. She brings more than three decades of experience, a robust network,
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Disney and Stuart Weitzman’s New Shoe Collection Is Ready For Your Next Hollywood Ball

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Minnie and Mickey are ready for the red carpet. Stuart Weitzman is giving the iconic Disney characters the luxury treatment with a new limited-edition fall footwear featuring styles frequently spotted on starry feet.

Available online at Stuart Weitzman and in select boutiques, the eight-piece capsule (375 to 1,500) comprises leather sneakers, sandals, booties, loafers and booties embellished with Mickey and Minnie’s silhouettes in Swarovski crystals.

There are sparkling spins on the brand’s block-heeled Nudist and Nudistcurve heels — which often peek out beneath glitzy gowns — in white satin and black or lipstick red suede, 5050 knee-high boots (worn by Dr. Jill Biden, Karlie Kloss and Angelina Jolie and many others), lace-up Sondra booties and office-friendly calf leather Palmer loafers.

Those seeking casual steppers for theme park adventures can sport the Ryan crystal-bedecked low-top sneakers or the Livvy white leather kicks featuring Disney’s Mickey & Friends; another sneaker style,
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