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Robert Redford Confirms Retirement from Acting

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The Old Man & the Gun will feature the stars final big-screen role after a 60-year career but he may carry on directing

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Robert Redford has confirmed he will retire from acting with the completion of his forthcoming film, The Old Man & the Gun.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Redford, 81, said: Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [Ill] move towards retirement after this cause Ive been doing it since I was 21. I thought, Well, thats enough. And why not go out with something thats very upbeat and positive?

In 2016 Redford had suggested he had two more acting roles in the works, after which he would quit. Our Souls at Night, a romance in which he starred opposite Jane Fonda, was released on Netflix in September 2017, while The Old Man & the Gun, a crime comedy directed by A Ghost Storys David Lowery, in which Redford plays career criminal and veteran escape artist Forrest Tucker, is due for release in September after a premiere at the Toronto film festival.

Redford has been acting since 1960, when he appeared in a string of TV shows and gained a small role in basketball drama Tall Story. His profile steadily increased through the decade in films such as The Chase and Barefoot in the Park, before scoring a huge hit opposite Paul Newman in 1969s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His second collaboration with Newman, 1973s The Sting, remains his biggest box-office success, and brought his only Oscar nomination for acting to date. (He lost to Jack Lemmon for Save the Tiger.) He was given an honorary Oscar in 2001.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 premiere breaks massive ratings record

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Drogon and Rhaegal joined 17.4 million viewers in watching Dany and Jon get it on.

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If it felt like everyone and their mother (of dragons) was watching Game of Thrones onSunday night, it’s because they were.

According to HBO, a staggering 17.4 million viewers across cable, HBO Go, and HBO Now tuned into the Game of Thrones: Season 8 premiere on Sunday — surpassing Thrones‘ previous ratings record from the finale of Season 7, which brought in 16.9 million viewers in July 2017.

The debut of Thrones’ final season marked the largest night of streaming activity in HBO’s history, and that means great things for the service’s other series.

Barry, a tense dramedy starring Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader, followed Thrones and saw its best night ever with 2.2 million viewers.

Similarly, HBO’s long-running comedy VEEP, which followed Barry, experienced its best night since June 2016 with 1.5 million viewers.

And then Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which followed VEEP (which followed Barry, which followed Thrones), championed its best night since August 2016, bringing in an audience of 1.7 million.

As fans play catch up on Sunday’s Thrones premiere — and dive into the five remaining Thrones episodes in the coming weeks — viewership is likely to continue climbing for HBO programming across the board.

Ultimately, Game of Thrones: Season 7 averaged 32.8 million viewers per episode. Season 8 is sure to burn that record right up. (Er… sorry, little Ned.)

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/game-of-thrones-season-8-premiere-ratings-record/

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HBO finally sets a date for the return of ‘Deadwood’

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“15 years after HBO’s acclaimed and award-winning series Deadwood premiered, the cable network has finally shared a teaser for its movie revival.

The two-hour film picks up 10 years after finale, which aired in 2006. It stars returning actors Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcolmson, Anna Gunn, Robin Weigert, and Gerald McRaney among others.

Deadwood will premiere on May 31, cutting it just in time for Emmy eligibility this year.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/deadwood-revival-teaser-date/

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Jordan Peele explains the significance of the Michael Jackson imagery in ‘Us’

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“It’s 1986 and a little girl wearing a Michael Jackson T-shirt is at a fun fair with her mum and dad. That’s the opening scene we’re met with in Jordan Peele’s new movie Us. 

The choice of T-shirt is a striking one given that the movie is being released just weeks after the airing of HBO’s documentary Leaving Neverland. In the documentary, Wade Robson and James Safechuck gave an account of the alleged sexual abuse they survived at the hands of Michael Jackson.

But this detail isn’t the only nod to Michael Jackson in Us. Subtle nods to Jackson can be found in the outfits worn by the nightmarish doppelgängers that appear in the movie — like the single glove that they wear, and their “Thriller”-red jumpsuits.

Creator and director Jordan Peele told Mashable that the inclusion of this imagery is no accident.

‘Everything in this movie was deliberate, that is one thing I can guarantee you. Unless you didn’t like something and that was a complete accident,’ he said.

Without giving away the entire plot, this movie’s central theme is duality and the danger that lies therein.

‘Michael Jackson is probably the patron saint of duality,” said Peele. “The movie starts in the ’80s — the duality with which I experienced him [Jackson] in that time was both as the guy that presented this outward positivity, but also the “Thriller” video which scared me to death.’

Jackson’s duality obviously extends beyond the horror-inspired ‘Thriller’ video, too……………………………………………………..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/jordan-peele-michael-jackson-us-movie/

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