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New seasons of HBO, Cinemax original series premiere

NEW seasons of four HBO and Cinemax original series — True Detective, Strike Back, Crashing, and High Maintenance — are premiering on HBO Go, HBO, and Cinemax this month.

What to make of Netflix’s big losses

WHILE YOU spent the holidays streaming Bird Box, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, and/or re-watching The Office for the hundredth time, Netflix Inc. was playing out a corporate drama of its own — poaching Activision Blizzard Inc. Chief Financial Officer Spencer Neumann to be its new CFO.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book win Globes on night of upsets

LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globes gave Queen musical Bohemian Rhapsody its top prize on Sunday in an unexpected victory over romance A Star is Born, and named 1960s segregation-era roadtrip Green Book the best comedy or musical film.

Bandersnatch: a good introduction to interactive films but not the best

A FEW days before 2018 ended, global internet streaming service Netflix and the people behind sci-fi series Black Mirror decided to release their most ambitious project yet — an interactive film called Bandersnatch, which immediately, it caught viewers’ fancy. It presents an intriguing, yet familiar, proposition, especially for those who grew up reading Choose Your Own Adventure books published by Bantam Books from 1979.

Kim, Kanye expecting 4th child; West repeats support for Trump

LOS ANGELES -- Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a fourth child -- again using a surrogate, according to multiple media reports on Wednesday.

NBC chief hints at Netflix-style service

NBC UNIVERSAL’s boss sent a holiday greeting to employees this week, and it contained an intriguing hint about the coming year.

New reality show focuses on special needs animal rescue

AMANDA GIESE was 10 years old when she found a sick stray kitten in her neighborhood. The lemon-sized kitten, whom she called Jane Doe, was covered in fleas and was feeling cold.

Cosby’s lawyers cite grounds for appealing sexual assault conviction

ATTORNEYS for Bill Cosby outlined their grounds on Tuesday for appealing his sexual assault conviction, citing what they called errors in legal procedure that may have biased the jury and warrant a new trial for the once-beloved comedian.

Nominees for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards

NOMINATIONS WERE announced on Dec. 13 for the 2019 Golden Globe awards for movies and television. The Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be presented at a gala dinner hosted by Canadian actress Sandra Oh and US comedian Andy Samberg in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 6. Following is a list of key film and television nominations.

Actress Sandra Oh, comic Andy Samberg named as Golden Globe hosts

LOS ANGELES — Canadian actress Sandra Oh and US comedian Andy Samberg will co-host the 2019 Golden Globe Awards in January, organizers said on Wednesday.

YouTube shifts to make new shows, movies free

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube plans to make all future original programing available to users for free with advertising, as the video streaming unit of Alphabet Inc.’s Google seeks a bigger audience for shows and movies that had mostly been restricted to paid subscribers.

Atwood writing her own Handmaid’s Tale sequel

CANADIAN AUTHOR Margaret Atwood said on Tuesday that she is writing a sequel to her best-selling dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.

Netflix to create animation series based on Roald Dahl books

NETFLIX INC. said on Tuesday it will adapt celebrated British children’s author Roald Dahl’s books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda as animation series.

Animals, food, cars, and more at Discovery Festival

THE Discovery Festival returns to BGC’s Bonifacio High Street on Dec. 8.

Loving Lee Jong Suk

THE Araneta Coliseum can be a daunting venue even for the biggest of stars. With a seating capacity of nearly 10,000, even foreign artists know how difficult it is to pack the Big Dome.

Satanic Temple settles lawsuit over Sabrina goat-headed deity

NEW YORK — The Satanic Temple has settled its copyright lawsuit against Netflix Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment over their alleged misuse of its goat-headed deity statue in the series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a Warner spokesman said on Wednesday.

DILG to meet with Ang Probinsyano producers over their differences on...

THE Department of Interior and Local Government will meet with the producers of the prime time television show Ang Probinsyano this week to discuss their differences over the show’s portrayal of some of its characters.

Fraternal blood makes fraternal hands unclean

A CLASSIC tale of sibling rivalry is what GMA is one of its biggest shows the network is launching this year for its prime time bloc. Cain at Abel hits the small screen on Nov. 19.

Final season of Game of Thrones to premiere in April

LOS ANGELES — HBO’s hit Emmy-winning drama Game of Thrones will debut its eighth and final season starting in April, the network announced in a trailer released online on Tuesday.

Pinoy graphic novel TRESE to become a Netflix series, but will...

TRESE, a crime/horror graphic novel about a detective of the same name who solves supernatural crimes often in connection with creatures from Philippine mythology, will be getting its own Netflix treatment as the streaming giant announced that it will be adapting the novel into an animated series. But it will take a while before it gets on the small screen.

4th season of Narcos evolves into a full show, Narcos:Mexico

ORIGINALLY intended as the fourth season of Netflix’s Narcos, Narcos:Mexico instead grew so big that executive producer Eric Newman decided to make it a companion series to the original and, as the title states, it will focus on the origins of Mexico’s drug war and its biggest drug lord, Felix Gallardo.

Frank Underwood is dead but looms large in final House of...

LOS ANGELES — In the final season of Netflix Inc.’s House of Cards, Frank Underwood is physically gone, having died unexpectedly in his sleep. But the ghost of the win-at-all-costs politician played by Kevin Spacey haunts his wife and her young presidency.

‘Crocodile hunter’ Irwin’s family launch new show

LONDON — The family of late Australian conservationist and “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin are following in his footsteps with a new television show dedicated to their wildlife conservation work.

Fox Network taps the executive behind Walking Dead and Mad Men

THE MAN who brought The Walking Dead to the world will help bring a once-slumping broadcast network back to life.

GMA casts woman in transgender role in its new afternoon drama

GMA NETWORK embarks on a journey of love and identity with its newest afternoon drama, Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko, which tells the story of a scorned wife whose rival in love is her transgender ex-husband.

After Night Manager hit, John Le Carre’s Little Drummer Girl heads...

LONDON — John le Carre fans will see a new adaptation of one of his spy novels when The Little Drummer Girl hits TV screens this month but the British author said there was huge pressure in making the series after the success of hit show The Night Manager.

Mad Men creator returns to theme of identity with new show...

LONDON — Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is back with a new television series, but while this one is set far from the 1960s world of advertising, he says the themes are much the same.

CNN founder Ted Turner says he’s suffering a form of dementia

LOS ANGELES — Ted Turner, the billionaire founder of cable news channel CNN, says he is suffering from a form of dementia that leaves him exhausted and forgetful.

HBO doesn’t need boxing to tussle with Netflix

HBO is walking out of the ring, and it’s the right move.

2nd season of OPM singing show to focus on idea of...

A YEAR after its successful season, Coca-Cola Philippines comes back with the second season of Coke Studio — the musical program which makes Filipino music artists collaborate to further the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) genre.

A small person in a big role

SOME actors can work their entire lives and never get anything bigger than a supporting role, but sometimes all it takes is one breakout role.

The veterans on the set

VETERAN performers Nora Aunor and Cherie Gil play grandmothers in the GMA drama Onanay. While this is not a new role for Ms. Aunor who essayed the role of Kris Bernal’s grandmother in another teleserye, Little Nanay, and is a grandmother in real life, this is all new for Ms. Gil.

Soap opera tackles mental disability and fatherhood

STARTING Sept. 3, GMA Network will be airing an afternoon series featuring a man with an intellectual disability who suddenly becomes a father.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ Robin Leach, 76

Los Angeles — Robin Leach, the high priest of pizzazz and an early pioneer of reality TV with hit show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, has died, family and colleagues announced on Friday. He was 76.

Goodbye Sheldon: Next season of Big Bang Theory to be its...

LOS ANGELES — Award-winning ratings smash The Big Bang Theory will end with the finale of its 12th season in May next year, CBS said on Wednesday, lavishing praise on the long-running comedy.

Gregory Peck’s grandson to play Spock in newest Star Trek

LOS ANGELES — Actor Ethan Peck — whose grandfather was Hollywood legend Gregory Peck — has been cast as iconic half-Vulcan science officer Spock in CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery.

Beyond its appearance in Sex and the City, this cupcake makes...

THIS WAS supposed to be a piece telling you how Magnolia Bakery is something to line up for so you can take a photo of yourself holding the same cupcake that Carrie Bradshaw bought in Sex and The City, Season 3, Episode 5 (“No Ifs, Ands, Or Butts”). The show’s lead, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, up to now an icon of feminine fashion, ate a vanilla cupcake with a pink buttercream swirl and a small sugar daisy. This was going to join all the other pieces extolling the influence of Sex and The City on pop culture, lost in the swirl of the internet.

With good crowd this year, History Con may expand

THE RAIN over the weekend didn’t stop crowds from flocking to the third edition of History Channel’s History Con, one of the biggest entertainment conventions in the country.

New Netflix series Insatiable faces fat-shaming, homophobia accusations

NEW YORK — Netflix’s new series Insatiable, hitting screens Friday, was touted by the streaming service as a dark comedy meant to spark debate on society’s ills.

YouTube plans original programming in India, Japan and other markets

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube is creating scripted series and other original programming for international markets including France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and India to try to draw new customers to its paid subscription service, a senior executive said on Friday.

Netflix teases ‘fitting end’ to defining series House of Cards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A Netflix Inc. executive promised on Sunday a “fitting end” to the streaming service’s acclaimed political drama House of Cards but did not divulge how the series wrote out scandal-tainted star Kevin Spacey.

Marvel, Netflix, Disney will show sneak peeks at AsiaPOP Comicon

FOR IT’S third year, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC) 2018 is bringing three content showcases from Marvel, Netflix, and Disney, promising exclusive sneak peeks of future projects alongside the presence of some of the shows’ biggest stars at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from July 27 to 29.

Director ready for backlash vs Norse mythology show

DOMINIC ZAPATA, with his two decades-long career directing film and television, is no stranger to large-scale productions with the most recent being GMA’s Alyas Robinhood (seasons 1 and 2) and Mulawin vs. Ravena in 2017, but his newest foray into fantasy series — Victor Magtanggol — is proving to be his biggest work to date.

Final Game of Thrones season to air in first half of...

BEVERLY HILLS, California — HBO will debut the final season of its international hit Game of Thrones in the first half of next year and it aims to start production on a prequel in 2019, a network executive said on Wednesday.

Documentary sheds light on Robin Williams’s joyous rise and painful fall

By Richard Roeper Television Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Directed by Marina Zenovich • July 28, 12:35 a.m., on HBO • Aug. 2, 8 p.m., on HBO Signature THE YEAR...