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Indiana Jones 5 won’t feature Shia LaBeouf’s character

Will an Indiana Jones protege soon snatch the iconic wide-brimmed fedora from atop Harrison Ford’s head? Perhaps, but it won’t be Mutt Williams — a.k.a. Indy’s son, Henry Jones III — the character Shia LaBeouf played in 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

“Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say,” screenwriter David Koepp, who has penned a script for the fifth film in the storied Indiana Jones franchise, tells EW. “And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”

Koepp’s confirmation follows wide speculation that Ford, who originated the role of the globetrotting adventurer in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, would eventually abdicate his throne to a younger actor as the series progressed under Steven Spielberg’s direction. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull‘s ending even teased LaBeouf’s character’s potential future in the series, with a closing scene that saw the iconic headpiece ride a breeze and land at the Even Stevens actor’s feet, before Ford swooped in to grab it out of his hands and place it back on his own head.

While Mutt won’t be embarking on any perilous journeys alongside his father any time soon, Koepp says he and Spielberg are largely satisfied with the current version of the screenplay, and production could begin in the near future.

“We’re plugging away at it. In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ford,” he continues, playfully teasing that the plot will involve “some precious artifact that they’re all looking for” throughout the film. “I know we’ve got a script we’re mostly happy with. Work will be endless, of course, and ongoing, and Steven just finished shooting The Post …. If the stars align, hopefully it’ll be his next film.”

After appearing in Crystal Skull, LaBeouf, whose representatives did not return a request for comment, criticized the production in a 2010 interview with the Los Angeles Times. He told the paper he felt as if he “dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished,” and that Ford wasn’t happy with the film either. Ford later responded by calling his costar a “f—g idiot” for his comments.

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Good luck, Miranda!! Oh…and everyone else too!!

Lambert Leads Nominees For CMAs

Miranda Lambert led the pack with five nominations for Country Music Association awards on Monday, with Little Big Town and Keith Urban earning four nods each.

ambert was nominated for song and single of the year for “Tin Man,” and also earned nods for album, female vocalist and best video of the year. Nominations for the 51st annual awards were announced on “Good Morning America.” The ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 8 in Nashville.

Old friend Taylor Swift, now a pop music queen, earned a song of the year nomination for penning “Better Man,” performed by Little Big Town.

The inescapable song of the summer, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” earned nominations for top single and song. Hunt was snubbed in the best male vocalist and entertainer of the year categories.

Veteran Garth Brooks is shooting for his sixth entertainer of the year award, and his third straight since coming out of retirement. He’s competing with four other men in the category: Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Urban.

Urban, a 10-time CMA award winner, was also nominated for male vocalist and single and music video of the year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” He can even get an extra trophy because he’s also listed as a producer for the song.

Little Big Town earned nominations for single and video of the year for “Better Man,” album of the year for The Breaker and vocal group of the year.

Besides Lambert, female vocalist nominees were Kelsea Ballerini, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood. Along with Urban, male vocalist nominees were Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit earned an album of the year nomination for The Nashville Sound, unusual for an artist generally pegged in the Americana category.

Brad Paisley and Underwood will host the awards show.

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Very sad. May he rest in peace.

Walter Becker, Steely Dan Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dies at 67

Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker died Sunday at the age of 67.

News of Becker’s death was announced on his official website. Further details of his passing were not revealed.

Becker was absent at both of Steely Dan’s performances during July’s Classic West and Classic East concerts due to an unspecified illness. In August, Donald Fagen told Billboard that his bandmate was “recovering from a procedure” but didn’t elaborate.

After becoming musical collaborators as students at New York’s Bard College, Becker and Fagen went on to turn out numerous hit songs during the 1970s, including “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number,” “Deacon Blues,” “Kid Charlemagne,” “Hey Nineteen” and “My Old School.”

The Grammy-winning band split up in 1981 but reformed in the 1990s, releasing a handful of successful albums.

Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Shortly after Becker’s passing, Fagen shared a touching note about his longtime bandmate. Read his full statement below.

“Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967. We started writing nutty little tunes on an upright piano in a small sitting room in the lobby of Ward Manor, a mouldering old mansion on the Hudson River that the college used as a dorm.

We liked a lot of the same things: jazz (from the twenties through the mid-sixties), W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, science fiction, Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Berger, and Robert Altman films come to mind. Also soul music and Chicago blues.

Walter had a very rough childhood – I’ll spare you the details. Luckily, he was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny. Like a lot of kids from fractured families, he had the knack of creative mimicry, reading people’s hidden psychology and transforming what he saw into bubbly, incisive art. He used to write letters (never meant to be sent) in my wife Libby’s singular voice that made the three of us collapse with laughter.

His habits got the best of him by the end of the seventies, and we lost touch for a while. In the eighties, when I was putting together the NY Rock and Soul Review with Libby, we hooked up again, revived the Steely Dan concept and developed another terrific band.

I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.”

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Box Office: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Leads Worst Labor Day Since 1990s

For the first time in 25 years, there aren’t any new major releases on the holiday marquee.

The Labor Day box office is no picnic, capping a difficult summer that saw revenue and attendance plummet.

Revenue for the four-day holiday weekend will land between $90 million-$100 million, down more than 22 percent from 2016 and likely the worst Labor Day frame since 1998 ($78.8 million). The culprit? There weren’t any new wide releases. At the same time, it could have been much worse. Many thought it would be the slowest in 25 years or more, but traffic at the multiplex was heavier than expected. Hollywood may have abandoned Labor Day, but consumers didn’t.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Lionsgate’s action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, benefited from the lack of competition by earning as much in its third outing as it did last weekend, grossing an estimated $10.3 million for the three days domestically and $12.9 million for the four. (Revised four-day numbers will be released Monday.) Annabelle: Creation likewise benefited. The horror pic earned an estimated $7.4 million for the three days — almost as good as last weekend — for a projected four-day gross of $9.3 million.

Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, a box-office disappointment that will finish its third weekend with just over $21 million, rounded out the top five with $4.4 million for three days and a projected $5.7 million in for four.

World War II epic Dunkirk, from Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros., continued to dazzle, placing No. 6 domestically and marching past $458 million in global ticket sales. In China over the weekend, Dunkirk debuted to $30 million, a good showing for a war film.

The holiday weekend brought mixed news for Harvey Weinstein’s film shop. Specialty crime thriller Wind River earned a pleasing $5.9 million for the three days and an estimated $7.5 million for the four to place No. 3 in North America while animated family film Leap! took in an estimated $4.9 million and $7 million for a fourth-place finish, respectively.

However, TWC’s long-delayed Tulip Fever, starring Alicia Vikander, bombed in its moderate debut in 765 locations. The period drama placed No. 20 domestically with an estimated $1.2 million for the three days and $1.5 million for the four.

Sony’s rerelease of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, timed to the film’s 40th anniversary and rerelease on DVD, looks to beat Tulip Fever with a projected four-day gross of $2.3 million from 901 locations.

And the first two episodes of ABC and Marvel Television’s Inhumans in 380 Imax theaters is projected to earn $1.4 million for the four days. The comic book adaptation, which premieres in the U.S. next month, is also playing in hundreds of Imax theaters overseas, opening to an estimated $2.6 million globally.

Elsewhere, Amazon Studios and Lionsgate’s The Big Sick — summer’s most successful indie film — prospered as it returned to 1,270 locations, earning an estimated $1.8 million for the four days for a domestic total of $41.3 million.

Among other specialized offerings, Lionsgate’s Hazlo Como Hombre (Do It Like An Hombre), which did blockbuster business in Mexico earlier this year, opened to $1.4 million from 383 locations.

By the time Labor Day weekend wraps, summer box-office revenue is expected to finish at $3.8 billion, down more than 15 percent over summer 2016, according to comScore. That’s the steepest decline in modern times, eclipsing the 14.6 percent dip in 2014. Attendance also plummeted, down an estimated 18 percent. Official summer stats will be released on Monday or Tuesday.

Year-to-date, revenue is down 5.7 percent domestically. Overseas, however, international box-office revenue is up nearly 4 percent so far this year, thanks primarily to China.

Next weekend, the North American box office is expected to wake up in a big way upon the debut of It, based on the Stephen Kong novel. The horror pic is tracking to open in the $60 million-$65 million range, which would mark a record September opening. Other high-profile September titles include Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Lego Batman movie spinoff Ninjago, both of which open Sept. 22, as well a director Doug Liman’s American Made, starring Tom Cruise.

American Made — based on the real-life tale of a TWA pilot who smuggled cocaine for the Medellin Cartel in the 1980s before becoming a DEA informant — has already begun opening internationally. Over the weekend, the Universal release rolled out in an additional 14 territories, earning a so-so $9.1 million from a total of 35 markets for an early total of $19.8 million.

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Richard Anderson, Actor on ‘The Six Million Dollar Man,’ Dies at 91

He played Oscar Goldman on ‘The Bionic Woman’ spinoff as well after working in such films as ‘Paths of Glory,’ ‘Seven Days in May’ and ‘Seconds.’

Richard Anderson, who portrayed Oscar Goldman, the head of a secret scientific government organization, on the 1970s series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman, died Thursday. He was 91.

Anderson, who was mentored by nice guy Cary Grant and received a huge career boost when he was cast in Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war classic Paths of Glory (1957), died at his home in Beverly Hills, publicist Jonathan Taylor announced.

A frequent authority figure onscreen, Anderson also portrayed a colonel in another notable war film, the Rod Serling-scripted Seven Days in May (1964), and he operated on Rock Hudson, the second time much to Hudson’s dismay, in another John Frankenheimer film, the sci-fi thriller Seconds (1966).

As an MGM contract player who started out in the mailroom, Anderson appeared early in his career in such films for the studio as The Magnificent Yankee (1950), Scaramouche (1952), Escape From Fort Bravo (1953) and Forbidden Planet (1956).

He then moved to Fox and played Joanne Woodward’s mama’s-boy boyfriend in The Long, Hot Summer (1958).

In the highly rated, two-part episode that brought a thrilling end to the 1960s ABC series The Fugitive, Anderson portrayed the brother-in-law of Richard Kimble (David Janssen). He also was Police Lt. Steve Drumm on the final season of CBS’ Perry Mason and Santa Luisa Police Chief George Untermeyer on ABC’s Dan August, starring Burt Reynolds.

After three popular Six Million Dollar Man telefilms in 1973, the Universal TV property was given steady life as an ABC series in January 1974. On the show, Anderson played the chief of the fictional Office of Scientific Intelligence and the boss of Steve Austin (Lee Majors), a NASA astronaut who is injured in a crash and “rebuilt” (at a cost of about $29 million in today’s dollars), becoming a secret agent.

Anderson also is heard in the show’s action-packed introduction: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, we have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man.”

The series then spawned The Bionic Woman — starring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers, a tennis player who’s infused with machinery and brought back to life after a parachuting accident, and Anderson played Goldman on that show (which went from ABC to NBC) as well.

He was the first actor to portray the same character on two TV series running concurrently on two networks.

Both shows ended in 1978, but Universal, prodded by Anderson, made three more bionic telefilms through 1994. As an executive producer, he was instrumental in the casting of Sandra Bullock as a supercharged woman in 1989’s Bionic Showdown.

Years later, Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) had an action figure of Oscar Goldman in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

In a statement, Majors said that he first met Anderson in 1966 when he guest-starred on one of Majors’ earlier shows, The Big Valley.

“Richard became a dear and loyal friend, and I have never met a man like him,” he recalled. “I called him ‘Old Money.’ His always stylish attire, his class, calmness and knowledge never faltered in his 91 years. He loved his daughters, tennis and his work as an actor. He was still the sweet, charming man when I spoke to him a few weeks ago.”

Added Wagner: “I can’t begin to say how much I have always admired and have been grateful for the elegance and loving friendship I was blessed to have with Richard Anderson.”

His first wife was Carol Lee Ladd, the step-daughter of actor Alan Ladd; his second was Katharine Thalberg, the daughter of Oscar-winning actress Norma Shearer and famed MGM producer Irving Thalberg. Both marriages ended in divorce.

Born on Aug. 8, 1926, in Long Branch, N.J., Anderson and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was 10. After graduating from University High School and serving a 17-month stint in the Army during World War II, he studied at the Actors Laboratory in L.A.

Anderson was working on an NBC show called Lights, Camera, Action in 1949 when, out of the blue, he received a phone call from Grant. “My wife [Betsy Drake] and I saw you on television. We think you’re pretty good, particularly in comedy. Why don’t you come to the studio for lunch?” he said of the invitation in the 1991 book, Evenings With Cary Grant.

“I met him on the set of Crisis. I’ll never forget it. He said, ‘I’d like to help you. You’re a very good actor.’”

That led to a screen test and a contract at MGM, where Anderson stayed for six years and made nearly 30 films. He then appeared on a loan-out to United Artists for Paths of Glory, playing Major Saint-Auban, the heartless prosecuting attorney who wants three soldiers court-martialed for cowardice, in the acclaimed World War I drama.

“That film changed my whole career,” he said.

Anderson later portrayed a district attorney on the 1961-62 ABC adaptation of Bus Stop, a brigadier general on Twelve O’Clock High, another government guy opposite Jennifer O’Neill on Cover Up, Sen. Buckley Fallmont on Dynasty and the narrator on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.

The career-long supporting player was once a leading man — portraying a doctor in Curse of the Faceless Man, a forgettable 1958 film that took six whole days to make.

“It was a low-budget remake of The Mummy two decades earlier, featuring a stone monster rather than one wrapped in bandages,” Anderson recalled in a 2015 interview. “We spent a week filming in a big old house on the way up to Malibu — the house is still there. I really just learned my lines and tried not to bump into the furniture. The only movie poster I have hanging in my home is from that film.”

A collector of vintage cars — he had a 1936 Ford Phaeton and a 1957 Bentley Continental Flying Spur — Anderson also was dedicated to philanthropic causes like the Veterans Park Conservancy, an organization that honors military veterans by preserving, protecting and enhancing the West Los Angeles VA property, and the California Indian Manpower Consortium, which provides employment, training and other services to Native Americans across California, Illinois and Iowa.

Survivors include his daughters Ashley, Brooke and Deva, a music supervisor for film and TV at Playtone in Los Angeles.

“Our dad was always there for us and showed us by loving example how to live a full and rich life with gratitude, grace, humor and fun,” Ashley said.

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Forty More Dates For Ticketmaster To Sell To Re-Sellers.

Springsteen On Broadway Adds 40 Dates

The intimate Springsteen On Broadway show featuring The Boss solo at The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York has been expanded, with 40 new dates taking the show into February.

The initial run sold out after going on sale this morning.

The new shows are Dec. 5-9, Dec. 12-16, Dec. 19-23 Dec. 23-27, Dec. 30-31 and Feb. 1-3.

The added concerts give Bruce Springsteen fans more chances to get tickets. Although using Ticketmaster’s VerifiedFan and requiring registration and a lottery system, fans attempting to buy tickets at the Aug. 30 onsale complained about glitches while ordering, cheaper seats already being gone and tickets still appearing on secondary sites like StubHub at (of course) exorbitant prices.

StubHub was listing about 20 Springsteen On Broadway shows with tickets well beyond the $1,000 mark.

Retail ranged from $75 to $850.

Springsteen has long complained of scalpers and the secondary market but it’s not easy having the hottest ticket around.

Fans who registered for tickets already don’t need to register again for the new batch, according to Springsteen’s announcement.

The new tickets go on sale, again exclusively through Ticketmaster VerifiedFan, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. ET.

Springsteen described the show when it was announced earlier this month: “I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible,” Springsteen said. “I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind.”

Springsteen added that the 960-seat Walter Kerr Theater (on 219 West 48th Street) is “with one or two exceptions” the smallest venue he’s played in the last 40 years.

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What an awful end to a horrible Summer Movie Season.

Box Office: With No Wide Releases, Record-Low Summer Looks to End With a Whimper

No third-act plot twist here.

What is tracking to be the slowest summer box office season in over a decade looks to end in perhaps the most anticlimactic manner possible — with no new wide releases.

The most high-profile fresh launch of the weekend is TWC’s long-delayed “Tulip Fever.” The historical drama, set in 17th century Netherlands during the economic phenomena known as tulip mania, was filmed three years ago and underwent a series of release day delays. It’s directed by Justin Chadwick, who also made 2008’s “The Other Boleyn Girl,” and stars Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, and, further down the bill, his “Valerian” co-star Cara Delevingne.

There are a handful of other new releases entering limited run, including Pantelion’s “Do it Like an Hombre” (a hit in Mexico), IFC’s “Viceroy’s House” with Gillian Anderson, “I Do… Until I Don’t” (Lake Bell’s directorial followup to “In a World”), and FilmRise’s James Franco vehicle “The Vault.”

Otherwise, Sony is launching a re-release of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” at 900 locations this weekend, including 400 PLF theaters. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi endeavor was originally released in November 1977, so this coming November marks its 40th anniversary.

That all means “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “Annabelle: Creation” should once again top the domestic box office charts. Last weekend, “Hitman” won the weekend during another absurdly slow weekend with just over $10 million.

This year is currently slumping 5.7% behind 2016, and 14% behind for the summer. The month of August has been particularly slow. The biggest hits of the month are “Annabelle: Creation,” “The Dark Tower,” and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” two of which have yet to make $50 million domestically. Meanwhile, “Suicide Squad” set records for the month of August in 2016, leaving the month this year pacing over 34% behind.

After Labor Day weekend, the summer is expected to finish 15.7% behind last year’s benchmark.

As sour as domestic ticket sales have been, international and global box office sales are both pacing higher than last year — the year to date through Aug. 27 is up 2.8% internationally and 0.2% worldwide. That’s in large part due to China. The Middle Kingdom’s release “Wolf Warrior II” alone has grossed over $800 million, and almost none of that was in North America.

Perhaps the only upside to the dismal returns these past few weekends is that audiences seem eager to cash in on “It,” which comes out next weekend. Early tracking show it poised to break records, and estimates since then have — like a creepy, red, helium-filled balloon — only gone up.

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This is horrible news. Hopefully the show brings him back.

Longtime ‘Simpsons’ Composer Alf Clausen Fired

Clausen served on the show for 27 years and earned over 20 Emmy nominations for his work.

Alf Clausen, who has served as composer on Fox’s long-running hit The Simpsons for the past 27 years, has been fired.

Clausen claimed that he was told by show producer Richard Sakai that the animated sitcom was seeking a “different kind” of music for its upcoming 29th season.

Over his nearly three decades working on the show, Clausen racked up over 20 Emmy nominations, with two wins on the show in 1997 and 1998 for outstanding composition.

The Simpsons’ iconic opening theme was not written by Clausen, but by Oscar nominee Danny Elfman. The theme is expected to continue to be used for the upcoming season.

Fox refused an offer to comment on Clausen’s dismissal.

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Game of Thrones season 7 finale title and length revealed

HBO has released the title of the final episode of Game of Thrones season 7.

Sunday’s super-sized episode is called “The Dragon and the Wolf”.

The episode’s buzzed-about running time has also now been officially confirmed: 79 minutes, 43 seconds.

That makes the finale the longest episode in the HBO drama’s history. The second longest, by the way, was this week’s “Beyond the Wall,” which just edged out last year’s finale for the record.

In the episode, representatives of the Lannister, Targaryen, and Stark houses unite for a pivotal cease-fire meeting at the Dragonpit — an ancient ruin in King’s Landing where the Targaryen rulers once kept their dragons — to discuss the threat of the Night King. Characters at the meeting include Cersei Lannister, Missandei, Jon Snow, Theon Greyjoy, Ser Davos, Tyrion Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, Jaime Lannister, and others (absent from footage of the meeting: Daenerys Targaryen). So the title could refer to the meeting … or potentially Jon and Dany’s burgeoning romance … or both?

Speaking of records, Sunday’s “Beyond the Wall” came close to breaking another benchmark for the network — generating 10.2 million viewers overnight (and more than 14 million when including repeats and streaming). That ties “The Spoils of War” earlier this season as the show’s second most-watched episode. Typically, Game of Thrones finales tend to set ratings records, so we’ll have to see if the show breaks through another ceiling before our long wait for season 8 — which goes into production in October and is expected to premiere in either late 2018 or early 2019.

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It’s gonna be gold, Jerry! Gold!!

Jerry Seinfeld to Revisit Early Club Days for Netflix Special

A new, hour-long comedy special will show Jerry Seinfeld returning to one of the clubs where he cut his teeth, New York City’s the Comic Strip, for what’s being billed as an “intimate stand-up set.” The show, dubbed Jerry Before Seinfeld, will also feature a tour of the legal pads he’s kept with every joke he’s written since 1975 and footage from childhood videos. The special is set to premiere on Netflix on September 19th.

The streaming service has posted video from the special and photos of Seinfeld’s comedy notebooks to its @NetflixComedy Instagram account. One, which is a bit like a lyric video, contains audio of Seinfeld joking about moving furniture with his dad while the words are highlighted in his notebook.