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’Ghostbusters’ coming back, slated to hit theaters in 2020

The boys will be back in town again in 2020. Jason Reitman has announced he will be directing a new version of the classic comedy “Ghostbusters.”

Entertainment Weekly broke the news Tuesday night. Reitman, whose father, Ivan Reitman, directed the original movie, said next year’s film will be the next chapter and not a reboot of the film that starred Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis who died in 2014. 

No plot or casting details have been released, nor has there been any word on if any of the original cast will appear in the new film.

“This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present. We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet,” Jason Reitman told Entertainment Weekly.

One thing that has been released is a teaser trailer by Sony Pictures.

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Paul Feig directed a female-centric sequel of “Ghostbusters” released in 2016 starring Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. 

Sony is also working on an animated “Ghostbusters” film that is scheduled to be released after Reitman’s film, which is scheduled for release in summer 2020.

Harmony Korine's latest, Beto O'Rourke doc to debut at SXSW

Harmony Korine's "The Beach Bum," Olivia Wilde's directorial debut and a documentary on the breakout campaign of Texas politician Beto O'Rourke will premiere at the annual South by Southwest Film Festival.

The Austin, Texas-based festival announced the lineup to its 26th edition Wednesday after previously revealing that Jordan Peele's "Us" will open the festival on March 8. Among the selections are the latest from "Spring Breakers" director Korine, starring Matthew McConaughey, and Wilde's "Booksmart," about graduating high-schoolers determined to cram four years of fun into one night.

Also set to premiere at SXSW: David Modigliani's behind-the-scenes portrait of Rourke's campaign to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz and John Lee Hancock's Bonnie and Clyde manhunt drama "The Highwaymen," with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson.

The festival's full lineup is available at: www.sxsw.com/festivals/film .

Carell, 'Office' producers reteam for 'Space Force' comedy

Steve Carell is starring in a new workplace comedy that could be out of this world.

Netflix said Wednesday that Carell is re-teaming with "The Office" producers Greg Daniels and Howard Klein on the series "Space Force."

It's about the people assigned to create a sixth branch of the armed services focused on space, the streaming service said.

The premise is grounded in reality: Last year, the Trump administration directed the Pentagon to form a Space Command aimed at the creation of a Space Force branch.

Carell and Daniels are the sitcom's co-creators and will serve as executive producers along with Klein.

Daniels co-created NBC's 2015-13 "The Office," based on the original Ricky Gervais-Stephen Merchant U.K. mockumentary series.

Givenchy designer puts on debut menswear show in Paris

Designer Clare Waight Keller unveiled her first menswear collection for storied house Givenchy at Paris menswear week Wednesday as actress Laura Dern caught up with The Associated Press at Valentino's display that channeled the darkly depths of monochrome.

Dern spoke about how, as a mother of a budding model, she is taking a particular interest in the fashion industry.

Here are some highlights of the fall-winter 2019-20 shows.

GIVENCHY MENSWEAR STANDS ALONE

Keller, the house's first-ever female designer, reflected her growing confidence in menswear by holding the first standalone men's show since she ascended to the house's artistic helm in 2017.

It was an old-school presentation that harkened back to the traditions of Parisian couture.

A small group of guests climbed the neoclassical steps of Givenchy's couture salons to discover Waight Keller waiting by masses of delicate baby's breath flowers that adorned the wooden Haussmannian floor.

The beautifully constructed clothes captured the individualism of the 1990s in a contrast with the historic venue.

In an unusual touch of class, the designs were explained by the 48-year-old designer as the garments were being showcased by models.

The silhouette featured long, and sometimes flared, legs; oversized shapes; rounded shoulders; and flashes of bold color: violet, electric blue and fuchsia.

Waight Keller's mission, she said, was to take the hardness out of men's clothes.

"My woman in Givenchy has a strength to her ... but I wanted to bring a softer side to the men's. Part of that is (seen) in the flowers, but also in the feel of the roundness, softness and the fluidity of the fabrics," she explained.

Slim suits, flared check pants and soft truncated bubble jackets evoked the mix-and-match styles of the haphazard nineties.

But the acute precision that has been proven in Waight Keller's couture shows was also abundantly clear in this very strong standalone debut.

A tucked-in white shirt, for example, was constructed with a double outer panel that hung down outside softly: part-grunge, part-angel.

LAURA DERN IS A PROUD MOTHER

In a pleated red silk Valentino gown, "Blue Velvet" actress Laura Dern looked very much the part on the design house's front row alongside rapper G. Eazy.

As the mother of 17-year-old Ellery Harper — Dern said she was taking an interest in the fashion industry to help her son.

"My son is modeling now so I have a particular interest in men's fashion in a new way. I'm fascinated," she said. "You will see him very soon in Paris."

Harper has modeled for Calvin Klein under the watchful eye of designer Raf Simons, and Dern says that Valentino's designer Pierpaolo Piccioli has also been "generous" in helping his nascent career.

Dern, who came to fame via collaborations with director David Lynch, said she encourages her son to tread carefully in an industry that can be so public, but to relish the opportunities to meet "designers he loves."

"When I was his age, I met David Lynch who inspired me so much as an actor. I feel like Ellery should take it slowly and find the people that help him find his destiny."

VALENTINO GOES MONOCHROME

Valentino claimed it was bringing street attitude to the atelier.

But for fall-winter, Italian designer Pierpaolo Piccioli seemed to have lost some of his creative attitude after a run of superlatively glorious seasons since he took over the sole artistic reins in 2016.

On Wednesday, he played it pretty safe.

Blocks of monochrome — in gray, camel and black — were a key theme of the collection that was held inside an industrial-looking hall of the Grand Palais.

Round sloping shoulders, boxy torsos and baggy pants defined the silhouette.

But much of the creative work, such as contrasting textures and layering, were rendered invisible because of the monochrome.

The collection was, however, not lacking in nice quirks, such as a spaceship motif and one voluminous gray Sherlock Holmes cape coat and detective-style hat hybrid.

OFF-WHITE, OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Chaotic scenes abounded in Virgil Abloh's collection for Off-White that was held in a little-known part of the sprawling underbelly of the Louvre as many guests got lost.

The museum structure is, by quite a margin, the world's biggest.

Bewildered editors wandered in search of the show venue by pyramids, Greco-Roman statues and luxury boutiques to no avail.

Some fashion insiders even ended up following unsuspecting tourists in the wrong direction, confusing them as part of the fashion press.

Others were led up and down stairs, and above and below ground several times, before finding the proper entrance.

Inside the venue, there was little respite for the lucky guests who did eventually get in as they sweated in sweltering high temperatures in the jungle-like show decor.

VIRGIL ABLOH'S URBAN EXCESS

Big silhouettes, bold color and urban styles were behind Virgil Abloh's visually arresting fall-winter collection.

Concrete slabs were laid among overgrown creepers, grass and ferns as the show decor to evoke a sense of inner-city decay.

This was the first clue to understanding the American it-designer's urban vibe that played on excesses in color and overgrown proportion.

It's little wonder that the house has, in the recent past, attracted the likes of Jay-Z, Drake and Kanye West.

Billowing denim jeans with hanging toggles began an oversize theme, alongside a huge suit jacket and a gargantuan fanny-pack slung across the torso.

Unfortunately, these made up the most subtle part of the display.

Shredded silver ribbons then cascaded from bell-silhouette Glam Rock boots, followed by contrasting checks and a giant column bubble jacket that did away with the model's body.

Abloh later delved into eye-popping neon.

Neon oranges, reds and blues in knitted oversize scarves, tops and coats might have reflected the bold hues of urban graffiti.

The oft-unwanted street art form was more literally evoked in graffitied text reading "Public Television."

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'To Catch a Predator' host Chris Hansen arrested for bouncing checks

Chris Hansen, best known as the host of the Dateline NBC segment “To Catch a Predator,” has been arrested after he allegedly bounced checks to a vendor for marketing and promotional items and failed to pay for them.

The Stamford Advocate reported that the 59-year-old resident of Shippan, Connecticut, was arrested Monday. He was released without bond once he signed a written promise to appear in court.

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According to an arrest affidavit obtained by the publication, Hansen asked Peter Psichopaida, the owner of Promotional Sales Limited, for 288 T-shirts, 355 mugs and 650 vinyl decals for him to use at events.

Psichopaidas told police that Hansen agreed to pay $12,998.05, the total cost for the items, before they were delivered to him in September 2017.

According to police, invoices were sent to Hansen for three months. When a person on Hansen’s staff sent a check for the full amount, it bounced. 

Psichopaidas spoke to Hansen about it, and the TV journalist apologized and tried to make a partial payment. By April 2018, Psichopaidas filed a complaint with police as the payment was still not made.

Later that month, Hansen wrote a personal check for $13,200. It bounced three days later and Hansen emailed Psichopaidas.

“Peter ... I truly thought I had this covered,” Hansen wrote, the affidavit said. “I am scrambling to get it done. Please give me till the end of the day. I sold a boat to cover the rest of this and need to pick up the payment this afternoon.”

A warrant for Hansen’s arrest was sent because he never sent a payment.

Hansen has not publicly commented on his arrest. He tweeted Wednesday that he was contemplating a morning run, indicating he was in Los Angeles.

More on Hansen’s arrest can be read at Stamford Advocate.

TV journalist Chris Hansen accused of bouncing checks

A TV journalist known for confronting would-be child predators has been snared himself in a police investigation alleging he wrote bad checks for $13,000 worth of marketing materials.

Former "To Catch a Predator" host Chris Hansen was arrested Monday in his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut. He was charged with issuing a bad check and released on a promise to appear in court.

Police say the 59-year-old Hansen wrote two bad checks to a local vendor for 355 mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals he bought in the summer of 2017.

Phone and email messages were left Wednesday for Hansen. It wasn't clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

NBC's "To Catch a Predator" ran from 2004 to 2007 and included sting operations for online child predators.

Colbert, Maddow are coveted slots for presidential wanna-bes

Kirsten Gillibrand is hitting the television daily double this week. The New York senator announced her presidential candidacy on Stephen Colbert's "Late Show," following it up with an MSNBC interview Wednesday with Rachel Maddow.

Her itinerary reflects the importance of those two media figures to the expected crowd of Democrats seeking President Donald Trump's job. They are dream bookings for campaign aides.

Gillibrand followed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was interviewed by Maddow on Jan. 2. California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro have appeared with Colbert over the past month, but only Gillibrand earned a special "I announced on the 'Late Show with Stephen Colbert'" pin.

Colbert's withering comic take on Trump has taken him to the top of late-night ratings. Since targeting Trump hardly makes him unique among TV comics, his success gives the "Late Show" particular cache. So far this season he's averaging 3.76 million viewers a night, compared to 2.49 million for NBC's Jimmy Fallon and 2.07 million for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel, according to the Nielsen company.

Maddow averaged 2.8 million viewers each night during the last three months of 2018, running neck-and-neck with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity for first place in cable news. She offers a unique targeting opportunity, with an audience largely eager to see Trump go. A 2014 Pew Research Center study found that 61 percent of people who said they recently got politics news from her show were Democrats, compared to 2 percent Republicans. The rest were independent.

"She has tapped into that unique moment of energy, frustration and anger all wrapped into one," said Jen Psaki, former White House communications director for President Barack Obama. "Her show has become a form of therapy for Democrats."

The programs aren't talking publicly about their strategies for offering outlets to candidates. Just by watching him on the air, Colbert seems to relish his role. He pressed both Castro and Harris to declare their candidacies, and seemed upset with political reticence. "I might," Harris said.

"Please join us again when you may run for president," Colbert teased. "I look forward to maybe hearing about it."

Castro later made it official, while Harris hasn't yet.

The political visits are buzzworthy for "Late Show," too. Harris' Jan. 10 appearance drew the show's highest ratings since Lady Gaga was there more than three months earlier. Two of Colbert's top bookers, Emily Gettler and Anja Crowder, were hired from ABC News and the show's executive producer, Chris Licht, used to run "CBS This Morning" and "Morning Joe."

Gillibrand was clearly nervous at the beginning of her appearance, fielding basic questions about why she was running. Late-night guest shots require politicians to let their guard down and reveal personality to an audience unfamiliar with them, while still trying to get a political message across, Psaki said.

"These shows are a lot harder than people think they are," she said.

Announcing a candidacy on Colbert also reflects the growing importance of non-traditional media. Politicians can no longer be sure that people will see an announcement address from a podium in front of a majestic background. "You have to think about meeting people where they are," said Psaki, now a CNN analyst.

Gillibrand loosened up as her "Late Show" appearance went on, and took the bait when Colbert noted her penchant for swearing. He asked which word she'll miss the most on the campaign trail.

"Rhymes with duck," she replied.

The goal of late-night appearances is to create a viral moment that will live on for a few days — hopefully not one that's embarrassing — and reach far more people, said Dan Pfeiffer, a former Obama staffer and now a host of "Pod Save America."

Like with Maddow's show, Pfeiffer's "Pod Save America" could offer presidential candidates to an audience packed with party activists. It did not seek to take sides in primary fights during the 2018 midterms, so the show is still working out the details of opportunities that will be offered to 2020 candidates, he said.

More so than in previous campaigns, 2020 candidates are likely to seek ways to let voters know more about them without media filters, the political pros said.

New U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is providing a blueprint for how a younger generation of politicians can use social media to advance their message and maintain a high profile, although some of her plain-spokenness may not translate to older, more cautious candidates.

More likely, campaigns are studying how Beto O'Rourke used streaming to connect with voters during his campaign for U.S. Senate in Texas last year. O'Rourke, who's considering a presidential run of his own, recently live-streamed a visit to the dentist on Instagram and talked about border security while getting his teeth cleaned. That example seemed clearly on Warren's mind when she made an Instagram video discussing her candidacy while she cracked open a bottle of beer.

Such efforts come with a real risk if the candidates just look like they're copying someone else.

"Whatever you do, it has to be authentic to yourself," Pfeiffer said.

Sinclair debuts streaming service for its local TV stations

Sinclair Broadcast wants to "Stirr" up streaming.

The nation's largest owner of television stations launched a free, ad-supported streaming service Wednesday drawing on local news, sports and other programs from the 191 TV stations it owns in 89 U.S. markets.

Sinclair said the motivation behind Stirr is in part to help viewers "access the local news and lifestyle programming that is relevant to their everyday life."

Sinclair was admonished by media watchdogs in April after the sports news service Deadspin pieced together clips of dozens of TV anchors for Sinclair reading from the same script. The script warned viewers about "biased and false news" from other media outlets. At the time, President Donald Trump tweeted his support of the company. Sinclair defended the effort as a way to distinguish its news shows from unreliable stories on social media.

Stirr comes just months after Sinclair's $3.9 billion bid for Tribune Media collapsed because of regulatory concerns, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News.

Media companies are entering the streaming fray to gain access to valuable data about what consumers watch. For services with ad-based options, that data translates into more dollars from advertisers.

Patrice Cucinello, director at Fitch Ratings, said the service gives Sinclair another outlet for its news and general entertainment content, while paving the way for a more national footprint.

"Sinclair has always had grand ambitions to be bigger, not just as a TV broadcaster but as a source of local programming, and this is just another facet of that strategy," she said. It will also help them reach a younger audience than that which tunes into its TV stations.

Fox News launched a paid subscription service Fox Nation in November , emphasizing long-form programming and short-form commentary from conservative hosts on Fox News Channel. NBCUniversal plans to launch an ad-supported streaming service next year, while CBS already has a subscription service called CBS All Access. These join offerings from tech companies such as Netflix. On Thursday, Amazon announced a free, ad-supported service called IMDB Freedive. Media companies such as Disney are also starting streaming services.

The centerpiece of Stirr will be a digital channel called Stirr City. It will be tailored to a viewer's location and carry local news and other programs airing on that city's station. However, viewers will be free to choose a different city. Broadcasters are typically barred from doing so, particularly with sports, though Sinclair appears to be focusing on high school and other local teams for which rights wouldn't be an issue.

Sinclair, which is based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, doesn't run its own national television network, but rather carries programs from major networks such as ABC and NBC. So when network programs air on the local station, Stirr City will instead have alternate programs, such as a movie.

The Stirr service will also carry separate digital channels that Sinclair doesn't own, including Cheddar business news, NASA TV, the World Poker Tour and a tennis channel called The T. And Sinclair is developing its own digital channels such for movies, sports and lifestyles.

These channels will stream live, just like a television station, but some programs will also be available on demand. Sinclair expects more than 50 channels by year's end.

Some examples of programming will include the documentaries "Being Evil" and "The Rise of Bitcoin" and traditional TV shows such as "21 Jump Street," ''Match Game," ''Family Feud." Stirr will also have digital-only programs such as a nightly show from the British tabloid The Daily Mail and a daily poker show.

Stirr will be available through a website and apps for iPhones, Android devices and various streaming TV devices.

Theft of church painting puzzles Belgian police

It's probably not a long-lost painting by Michelangelo. It almost certainly wasn't stolen by a sophisticated gang of international art thieves. But the disappearance of a painting that a priest claimed resembled a work by the Renaissance master has Belgian investigators scratching their heads.

The wood-mounted art piece — "The Silence of Our Lady" — was snatched last Friday from the Saint Ludger Church in the town of Zele, 50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Brussels. The priest, Jan Van Raemdonck, believes it could be a Michelangelo and says an Italian art expert was due any day to come and authenticate it.

Police have obtained grainy security video of a man walking near the scene before dawn with what appears to be painting propped up against his head. A feat in itself, as the priest says it took three men to place the approximately 5 foot-by-3 foot work on an easel just before Christmas.

"He was not very smart," the priest, who was writing a book about the painting, told The Associated Press. "It was at 5:15 in the morning. Other people passed by him in their cars going to the train station, so I hope other people have seen where he has put that painting in his car, which car it is, and maybe that we can follow him."

Besides the video, police also want to talk to a man between 17 and 20 who a witness saw near the church that morning, wearing a grey hoodie and carrying a dark backpack.

While finding out where the painting has gone is a challenge, establishing where it came from is almost a mystery in itself. A Belgian lawmaker is thought to have bought it from a friend who was having financial difficulties. The lawmaker then sold it to an organization that helps the church.

Thirteen years ago, the organization gave it to the church in Zele. It languished in a corner where it couldn't be seen for 11 years, until Van Raemdonck moved it to a more prominent place. Just before Christmas, he proudly put it on display in the middle of the church.

Van Raemdonck says he told very few people about his suspicions that the painting might be a Michelangelo, but despite his enthusiasm for the painting, art experts say it's extremely unlikely the piece is a 16th-century masterpiece.

"This painting is a relatively close copy of Michelangelo's prototype," Didier Martens, an art history professor at the Free University of Brussels, told the AP on Wednesday. "Stylistically there's a clear link with Michelangelo."

Martens said he believes that the painter "only knew Michelangelo's model through an engraving" but said the artist has "succeeded in keeping enough Michelangelo elements in his work."

Whatever the painting's origins and the outcome of the investigation, Van Raemdonck has a wealth of new material for his book.

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AP writers Lorne Cook in Brussels and Mike Corder in The Hague contributed to this report.

Keith Richards reissuing 1988 solo debut 'Talk Is Cheap'

Keith Richards is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his solo debut album by reissuing it.

Richards originally released "Talk Is Cheap" in 1988 and will reissue the album on March 29. It will include six bonus tracks and will be released digitally, on CD, on vinyl and as a box set.

The box set includes unseen photos, an 80-page hardback book and rare memorabilia, including lyric sheets, posters and a guitar pick.

"Talk Is Cheap" features Maceo Parker, Patti Scialfa, Bootsy Collins and former Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Taylor.

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