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January 15, 2019

Jason Reitman considers himself "the first Ghostbusters fan," and it's only fitting that he will direct and co-write a new movie set in the original universe.

"I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans," he told Entertainment Weekly. "This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the '80s happened in the '80s, and this is set in the present day." His father, Ivan Reitman, directed the original 1984 movie, and will serve as producer of his son's project.

The movie will begin filming in the next few months, and is expected to be released in the summer of 2020, Sony Pictures said. Reitman isn't sharing any information on the plot or if any of the original actors will make appearances, because he wants "the film to unwrap like a present. We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet." Catherine Garcia

December 5, 2018

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will host next month's 76th Golden Globe Awards, NBC announced Wednesday.

Both are Golden Globe winners — Oh for her performance on Grey's Anatomy, and Samberg for his work on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Oh and Samberg "are the perfect choices to host this world-class event," NBC Entertainment co-chairs Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks said in a statement. "They bring wit, charm, and style to a room filled with the very best of film and television." The ceremony will air Jan. 6, with nominations set to be announced on Thursday morning. Catherine Garcia

December 4, 2018

Kevin Hart announced on Tuesday that he will host the 91st annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

In an Instagram post, the actor and comedian said he will work hard to make the ceremony "a special one," and considers it "the opportunity of a lifetime." Late night host Jimmy Kimmel hosted the last two Oscar shows, with ratings dropping each year; the 2018 ceremony had a record low of just 26.5 million viewers. The 2019 Academy Awards will be produced by Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss, and they've promised the ceremony won't run over three hours. Catherine Garcia

October 15, 2018

The Endeavor talent firm is in discussions to return a $400 million investment from the Saudi Arabian government's Public Investment Fund, two people with knowledge of the matter told NBC News on Monday.

The move comes after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Turkey has told U.S. officials it has audio proof that he was murdered inside the consulate.

The Public Investment Fund agreed in March to buy a small stake in Endeavor. Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel said on Monday the disappearance of Khashoggi was "upsetting" and he was "really concerned." If Endeavor does cut ties with Saudi Arabia, it would be one of the most visible moves by an American company to distance itself from the kingdom in the wake of Khashoggi's disappearance. Catherine Garcia

September 17, 2018

Julie Chen is not returning to The Talk, and will announce her decision via a video message set to air on the show Tuesday, people close to Chen told CNN's Brian Stelter on Monday.

Chen's husband, Les Moonves, the former chairman and CEO of CBS, left the company last week after several women accused him of sexual misconduct. Chen released a statement after the first allegations were published in The New Yorker in July, saying she supports her husband and stands behind him; she described Moonves as "a good man and a loving father, devoted husband, and inspiring corporate leader. He has always been a kind, decent, and moral human being." Moonves has denied the allegations.

A person close to Chen told Stelter that she's decided her "main focus needs to be clearing her husband's name from accusations made 25 to 30 years ago and tending to her son." Chen, they added, will stay on as host of Big Brother. Catherine Garcia

August 20, 2018

Opening in eight theaters on Friday, Kevin Spacey's new movie, Billionaire Boys Club, didn't even crack $300 at the box office in its first two days.

On Friday, the movie made $126, and on Saturday, just $162, The Hollywood Reporter said Sunday. That's less than most people spend at Costco on the weekend, likely due to Spacey having been accused last year of sexual harassment and assault by several men. After the allegations were made public, he was fired from House of Cards and his scenes in All the Money in the World were re-shot, with Christopher Plummer taking his place.

Billionaire Boys Club is a crime drama, also starring Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton. Its distributor, Vertical Entertainment, announced it would become available on video on demand in July and then released in theaters, as to not punish everyone else who participated in making the movie. "In the end, we hope audiences make up their own minds as to the reprehensible allegations of one person's past, but not at the expense of the entire cast and crew present on this film," Vertical Entertainment said in a statement. Catherine Garcia

August 12, 2018

Sci-fi thriller The Meg had an impressive opening weekend, bringing in an estimated $44.5 million at the U.S. box office.

The Warner Bros. film about scientists trying to keep an enormous shark from causing chaos was expected to debut with $20 million domestically. It's estimated the movie brought in $141.3 million worldwide. The Meg had the biggest domestic opening for a live-action shark movie, not adjusted for inflation; The Hollywood Reporter says Jaws is still the top-grossing live-action shark film in the U.S., adjusted or not.

Mission: Impossible — Fallout dropped from the top spot to No. 2 with $20 million, followed by Christopher Robin with $12.4 million, Slender Man with $11.3 million, and Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman with $10.8 million. Catherine Garcia

August 6, 2018

NBA star LeBron James will serve as an executive producer for the three-part documentary series Shut Up and Dribble, Showtime announced Monday.

Shut Up and Dribble will focus on the modern history of the NBA, how some players are able to become cultural icons, and how athletes are now tackling politics, Variety reports. The name will be familiar to those who heard that in February, Fox News host Laura Ingraham took offense at James and Kevin Durant making critical comments about President Trump, saying the NBA stars needed to "shut up and dribble."

"LeBron James is one of many competitors whose place in the spotlight has led not to silence but perspective," Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said, adding that the series should bring fans "and fellow citizens to a higher level of discourse, rather than the dismissal satirized in the title." Shut Up and Dribble will premiere on Showtime in October. Catherine Garcia

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