MTV’s ‘The Real World’ is being rebooted

MTV’s long-running reality show “The Real World” is going digital and international. The network announced Wednesday that its production studio will work with Facebook Watch to create new editions of the series next year for audiences in the United States, Mexico and Thailand. The series, which depicts the adventures of young strangers placed in a house together, will stream on Facebook Watch. The social media platform will also try to connect fans to participants in the show with Facebook Live, watch parties and other innovations. MTV president Chris McCarthy said…

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Finally, horror movies are starting to suck less

What a haul-o-ween! The latest “Halloween” sequel, starring a returning Jamie Lee Curtis, is set to break a franchise box-office record, taking in a projected $50 million this weekend. (It’s out in theaters on Friday.) Some reports suggest that number could end up as high as $70 million. For comparison, the last series entry — 2009’s “Halloween 2,” directed by Rob Zombie — grossed just $33 million over its entire theatrical run. Fifty million dollars is a huge debut for a movie made on the cheap (its budget was just…

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How many people watched ‘The Conners’ without Roseanne Barr?

The verdict is in, and “The Conners” is a success — for the moment, anyway. Spoilers ahead. Despite reports of lukewarm expectations from fans, ABC’s spinoff of the axed “Roseanne” — sans former star Roseanne Barr — opened Tuesday night to 10.5 million viewers, making it the season’s most-watched new series. The debut episode also beat Tuesday’s biggest competition: NBC’s consistent ratings champs “This Is Us” (with 8.86 million viewers for the night) and “The Voice” (8.8 million viewers). Although “The Conners” audience ranked far below that of last winter’s…

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‘Sesame Street’s original big bird, Caroll Spinney, retiring after 49 years

The famed puppeteer who’s been playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” since its debut in 1969 will leave the show this week. On Thursday, Caroll Spinney, 84, will lend his voice to the two iconic characters one last time before retiring. He will pass on his roles to new performers. “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” said Spinney in a statement. “And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come. After all,…

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The original Big Bird on ‘Sesame Street,’ Caroll Spinney, retiring after 49 years

The famed puppeteer who’s been playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” since its debut in 1969 will leave the show this week. On Thursday, Caroll Spinney, 84, will lend his voice to the two iconic characters one last time before retiring. He will pass on his roles to new performers. “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” said Spinney in a statement. “And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come. After all,…

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How they got rid of Roseanne on ‘The Conners’

Roseanne Conner is dead. One of TV’s best-known characters was killed off in an accidental opiod overdose in the series premiere of ABC’s “The Conners” on Tuesday night. The new series features the blue-collar family from “Roseanne” returning to the small screen five months after its namesake star and creator, Roseanne Barr, was fired and the original show was canceled over a racist tweet. In the old show, audiences saw the Conner family matriarch hiding an addiction to the pain pills she was taking for her knee. The spinoff’s pilot,…

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How Minka Kelly transformed from ‘Friday Night Lights’ sweetheart to ‘Titans’ superhero

Don’t call Minka Kelly the girl next door. Of course, she looks it — hair all caramel, beachy waves, the strap of a white camisole falling off one tan, sculpted shoulder, distressed denim jeans — as she glides toward a corner table situated in the back patio of Tribeca’s Greenwich Hotel. And her mannerisms — a Southern-inflected “Hey, sweet girl!” as a greeting and a sly smile as she recommends the pappardelle at Locanda Verde for lunch — are charming. But one conversation or casual scroll through her Instagram feed,…

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A$AP Rocky was bullied during his first orgy at 13 years old

A$AP Rocky knows how to throw a good orgy. In an interview with Esquire, the 30-year-old rapper says that he often hosts group sex events at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home — which is decorated “in the style of Tim Burton and Wes Anderson” — on a fancy custom-designed “gigantic” bed that cost about $100,000 to make. “The women that I’m around are into that free-spirited s–t like me,” he tells the mag. “And why not? Let’s smoke some good weed in the teepee and have a fun time!” It…

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It’s all ‘relatives’ for new Amazon anthology series ‘The Romanoffs’

It’s not the follow-up anyone expected. “The Romanoffs,” Matthew Weiner’s first series since the award-winning “Mad Men,” doesn’t have a magnetic-yet-enigmatic central character. But just as that show toyed with the issues of identity versus illusion — the Dick Whitman/Don Draper swap — Amazon’s “The Romanoffs,” an eight-episode anthology drama that debuted Oct. 12 (new episodes premiere each Friday), presents us with an international cast of characters who have some tenuous tie to the Russian royal family executed in 1918. For starters, we have a racist French aristocrat (Marthe Keller)…

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Ben Stiller premiers miniseries about ‘Shawskank’ prison escape

CANNES — Showtime’s limited series “Escape at Dannemora” marks a departure for Ben Stiller as a director, by design as he tackled eight hours of the stranger-than-fiction story of the 2015 prison break in upstate New York that led to a three-week manhunt. During a Q&A after Monday’s world premiere screening of “Dannemora” at Mipcom, Stiller said he sought to evoke the gritty tension of some of his favorite 1970s crime dramas a la “Dog Day Afternoon,” “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” and “Straight Time.” The drama starring…

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