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    ‘Lord of the Rings’: Will Poulter No Longer Attached to Amazon Series (Exclusive)

    ‘Lord of the Rings’: Will Poulter No Longer Attached to Amazon Series (Exclusive)
    Will Poulter will not be appearing in Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series after all, Variety has learned exclusively.

    According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, scheduling conflicts will prevent the “Bandersnatch” and “Midsommar” actor from joining the show based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Variety had exclusively reported on Poulter’s involvement with the series back in September. The exact nature of the role Poulter was to play remains a mystery, but the search for a replacement is now underway. Other actors reportedly attached to star in the series are Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle,
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    Sundance Adds Simulated Hallucinogenic Trip and AI Noam Chomsky to New Frontier Lineup

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    The Sundance Institute has added 32 projects to its Frontier lineup for its 2020 Sundance Film Festival, including “Chomsky vs. Chomsky.”

    The Frontier selection is a curation of cutting-edge independent and experimental media works by innovators and creators across mediums that include biotech, facial recognition, AI, Ar, Vr and big data.

    The 2020 edition will return to two dedicated venue spaces at the festival, which are New Frontier at The Ray and New Frontier Central. They will host a variety of media installations. The festival takes place in Park City, Utah, and will run from Jan. 23 to Feb. 2. New Frontier alums include Doug Aitken, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Milk, Nonny de la Pe?a, Pipilotti Rist and Jennifer Steinkamp.

    Also Read: Taylor Swift, Viggo Mortensen and Tessa Thompson Lead Diverse 2020 Sundance Lineup

    “Technology infuses most aspects of modern life — and is evolving at a historic pace,” President and Founder of Sundance Institute Robert Redford said.
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    Finally, Weed Is Going to Space

    Finally, Weed Is Going to Space
    Despite what The Jetsons and your stoned conversations in college may have predicted, we are almost two decades into the 21st century, and we still don’t live in outer space. (We also don’t have flying cars, robot maids, or whatever the hell Spacely Space Sprockets are supposed to be, but let’s focus on one thing at a time here.) That doesn’t mean, however, that scientists aren’t trying to figure out how to create the conditions for various forms of life to thrive in space — and
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    ‘Queen & Slim’ Director Melina Matsoukas Claims Golden Globes Voters Refused to Watch Her Film (Exclusive)

    ‘Queen & Slim’ Director Melina Matsoukas Claims Golden Globes Voters Refused to Watch Her Film (Exclusive)
    Director Melina Matsoukas didn’t bother to set her alarm for the Golden Globes announcement Monday. When she woke up on Dec. 9 to the news that her movie, “Queen & Slim,” a powerful drama about a young black couple forced to go on the run after a fatal encounter with a racist cop, hadn’t received a single nomination, she wasn’t surprised.

    She’d already been warned by her team that the membership of Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., comprised of about 90 international journalists who vote on the Golden Globes, had skipped multiple screenings of “Queen & Slim” that had been set for them.

    “We held three screenings for the HFPA and almost no members attended,” Matsoukas told Variety. “For me, it’s reflective of their voting body. It’s not reflective of the society in which we live in or the industry as it stands today. They don’t
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    Mayor Pete to Lizzo: ‘I’m 100 Percent That Nominee’

    Mayor Pete to Lizzo: ‘I’m 100 Percent That Nominee’
    Lizzo and Pete Buttigieg found themselves breathing the same air during an appearance on CBS This Morning Thursday, during which the Democratic presidential hopeful partook in the time-honored tradition of politicians awkwardly quoting pop songs.

    When host Gayle King prompted Buttigieg with the question of whether or not he’d recently had a DNA test — an obvious reference to the famous line in Lizzo’s breakout hit “Truth Hurts” — the South Bend mayor replied, “Yes, and I am 100 percent that… nominee.” Right before he said “nominee,” though, a flustered Lizzo
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    Palpatine Engages Kylo Ren in New ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Clip (Video)

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    Lucasfilm has released a new spoiler-filled clip on Thursday, revealing that the long-dead Emperor Palpatine has been engaging Kylo Ren in a scene from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which was released on the “Star Wars” Movies Facebook page. You can watch the clip here.

    “I have been every voice you have ever heard inside your head,” the Emperor said. The voice changes from Palpatine, to Snoke (voiced by Andy Serkis), to Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones).

    Last weekend at Comic Con Experience Brazil (Ccxp), director JJ Abrams talked about the return of Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine and said, “That character, as you’ll see, he’s got such extraordinary power. I can’t wait for you to see how and why that character’s back and what it means for these characters.” Emperor Palpatine was revealed in the closing moments of the final trailer as Rey approaches him.
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    The Safdie Brothers Detail the 10-Year Journey to Make the Adam Sandler Drama ‘Uncut Gems’

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    The Safdie Brothers Detail the 10-Year Journey to Make the Adam Sandler Drama ‘Uncut Gems’
    This story about the Safdie brothers and “Uncut Gems” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

    Josh and Benny Safdie’s sixth film, “Uncut Gems,” has a bigger budget and a higher profile than the New York-based siblings’ earlier work. But in its unruly, messy energy, this adrenalized trip through the life of manic, gambling-addict jewelry salesman Howard Ratner (played by Adam Sandler) is simply a virtuoso expansion of the talent that has placed the brothers among the most exciting filmmakers of the day.

    Has the way you worked or what you’re looking for changed as you’ve gotten bigger budgets?

    Benny Safdie We were just thinking about that. In the first movie we made, “Daddy Longlegs,” there’s a scene where these kids make all these photocopies, the bags break and there’s a wind tunnel that creates this vortex of paper.
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    Revisiting the Weird World of Seventies Plant Music

    In 2019, it seems almost inconceivable that a book could heavily influence pop culture, but that’s exactly what 1973’s The Secret Life of Plants did. Written by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, the book proposed that not only are plants sentient, but it’s possible they might even enjoy music. Of course, this theory was widely criticized by scientists, but it nonetheless became a bestseller, sparking a phenomenon and opening the floodgates for the plant music genre.

    From Ann Chase’s A Chant For Your Plants to the Baroque Bouquet’s Plant Music,
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    Watch Bruce Springsteen’s Final Performance With Clarence Clemons: ‘Blue Christmas’

    Watch Bruce Springsteen’s Final Performance With Clarence Clemons: ‘Blue Christmas’
    On December 7th, 2010, about 60 lucky Bruce Springsteen fans crammed into the Carousel House on the Asbury Park boardwalk to watch a special live concert of songs from the new Darkness on the Edge of Town box set The Promise. It was the last time Springsteen would play with Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band’s saxophonist. Clemons died in of complications resulting from a stoke in 2011.

    The last song the band played was “Blue Christmas” — a sad tune about missing your loved ones at Christmas. Clemons had to sit throughout
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