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    Ron Leibman, Tony-Winning Actor Known for ‘Angels in America’ and ‘Friends,’ Dies at 82

    • Variety
    Ron Leibman, Tony-Winning Actor Known for ‘Angels in America’ and ‘Friends,’ Dies at 82
    Ron Leibman, an Emmy-winning actor who garnered a Tony for his work in Broadway’s “Angels in America” and played the father of Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green on “Friends,” died on Friday. He was 82.

    Robert Attermann, CEO of Abrams Artists Agency, confirmed the news to Variety. No further details were immediately available.

    Leibman, a native of New York, played Dr. Leonard Green on “Friends” as a no-nonsense father who gave grief to David Schwimmer’s Ross, the romantic interest of Aniston’s Rachel. He received an Emmy Award in 1979 for portraying a reformed convict who became a criminal attorney on the CBS series “Kaz.”

    Leibman won a Tony Award in 1993 for playing a fictional version of Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.”

    Leibman broke into the entertainment business in 1956 on the soap opera “The Edge of Night” and made his movie debut in the 1970 comedy “Where’s Poppa?,
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    Rachel Brosnahan Talks Perfecting Her Stand-Up Game as ‘Mrs. Maisel': ‘We’re Learning Together’

    • The Wrap
    Rachel Brosnahan Talks Perfecting Her Stand-Up Game as ‘Mrs. Maisel': ‘We’re Learning Together’
    When it comes to nailing her stand-up comedy skills for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” its star, Rachel Brosnahan, says it’s something that she and her character, Midge, are “learning together.”

    “The stand-up, in some ways it’s easier. You get a little more confident with practice,” Brosnahan told TheWrap ahead of the Amazon comedy’s Season 3 premiere on Friday. “But the audiences are getting bigger and we’re taking the show on the road. And we literally did. I performed in Miami in front of Miami locals. So just when I think I’m getting comfortable, there’s a new curveball thrown.”

    It’s been intimidating for both Brosnahan and Midge to stand in front of a crowd and try to make them laugh. During the show’s first season, Midge wasn’t a comedian; she was just a funny wife and mother who found humor in everyday life.
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    ‘Aladdin’ Spinoff With Billy Magnussen’s Character in the Works for Disney Plus

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    ‘Aladdin’ Spinoff With Billy Magnussen’s Character in the Works for Disney Plus
    Disney is developing a spinoff of its live-action “Aladdin” with Billy Magnussen reprising his Prince Anders character.

    The unnamed project is in early development for the studio’s recently launched Disney Plus streaming service. Disney has hired Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme to write a script centered on the haughty Prince Anders, one of Princess Jasmine’s suitors.

    Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, producers of “Aladdin,” are producing the spinoff through their Rideback company. Rideback’s Ryan Halprin will executive produce.

    Aladdin” became the 41st title to cross the $1 billion worldwide box office mark in July. It opened with $117 million over the Memorial Day holiday and easily outperformed Disney’s pre-opening domestic projections along with underlining the validity of the studio’s strategy of rebooting its animated classics such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Jungle Book.”

    In this case, it remade the original 1992 animated movie with Mena Massoud as Aladdin,
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    ‘Doctor Who’ To Return With Biggest Episode Ever As Showrunner Chris Chibnall Shakes Up Sci-Fi Show

    • Deadline
    ‘Doctor Who’ To Return With Biggest Episode Ever As Showrunner Chris Chibnall Shakes Up Sci-Fi Show
    Exclusive: Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall has promised fans that season 12 is going to open with the biggest and most ambitious episode ever of the BBC sci-fi drama.

    Chibnall told Deadline that Jodie Whittaker’s Tardis-travelling time lord will be thrown into action in a “movie-like” two-part curtain-raiser called Spyfall, which will premiere on BBC One and BBC America on January 1, 2020.

    “Episode one is probably the biggest episode of Doctor Who we’ve done, or has been done, I would imagine. Physically, there’s a lot of stunts, there’s a lot of locations, it’s a globe-trotting action thriller,” he said. “But you don’t want to lose sight of character and intimacy and emotion. You can’t do everything at 11.”

    Guest-starring Stephen Fry and Lenny Henry, the episode features Whittaker’s Doctor coming to the assistance of British intelligence agencies who are under attack from alien forces. It
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    #WeWantStargate Trends In Worldwide Campaign To Bring Forth New ‘Stargate’ Series

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    #WeWantStargate Trends In Worldwide Campaign To Bring Forth New ‘Stargate’ Series
    A former Stargate writer-producer has mounted an online campaign to bring out a new version of the classic science fiction series, which has been off the air since 2011, when the plug was pulled on Stargate: Universe after two seasons.

    Joseph Mallozzi, who worked on Stargate: Sg-1, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate:Universe before becoming the showrunner/writer/Ep of his own Dark Matter, has encouraged fans to take up the call for a new series via the hashtag #WeWantStargate. So far, the response is blowing up, hoping to show series owner MGM that there is a huge fanbase willing to support new episodes.

    Stargate started life as a 1994 film by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, then morphed into a television series in 1997 by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner. The series evolved into the 2004 Stargate: Atlantis and 2009’s Stargate: Universe.

    But fans felt the final TV series was prematurely ended with its story half-told.
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    ‘Saturday Night Live’ Offers Prayers for Trump

    ‘Saturday Night Live’ Offers Prayers for Trump
    Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon resumed her role as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the Dec. 7 episode to offer a few prayers for Donald Trump.

    During the “Weekend Update” segment, co-anchor and “SNL” co-head writer Colin Jost first commented on Pelosi being asked if she hated President Trump during her most recent weekly press conference. Jost noted that she fell back on her religion, saying that Catholics don’t hate anyone. Jost, though, said that if this was really being handled the way Catholics deal with things, Trump would just be quietly switched to a different Tk.
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    SNL: Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd and James Corden Are the Trump-Teasing 'Cool Kids' of Nato — Watch Video

    SNL: Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd and James Corden Are the Trump-Teasing 'Cool Kids' of Nato — Watch Video
    This week’s Saturday Night Live turned the Nato summit into the stuff of high school drama, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (played by Jimmy Fallon), French President Emmanuel Macron (Paul Rudd) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (James Corden) sitting pretty at the cool kids’ table in the summit cafeteria.

    When Alec Baldwin’s President Trump entered the room, looking for a place to eat his four hamburgers, the trio pointed him in the direction of… nerdy Latvia. “Oh, my God, I’m at the loser table!” it dawned on Trump. “I can’t believe they made me sit