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‘SNL’ Weekend Update Host Michael Che: Trump-Kim Jong Un Meeting Could Be ‘Greatest Episode of Scared Straight Ever’

The Weekend Update segment of this week’s “SNL” kicked off by talking about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s invitation to Donald Trump to meet and discuss his country’s potential nuclear disarmament.

Robert Rodriguez Welcomes SXSW To ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Set; Cast Explains How The Sci-Fi Movie Empowers Women

The opening night party for SXSW wasn’t your normal festival soiree that’s set in a random club where booze flows like lava whilst a DJ plays eardrum piercing EDM jams of the “untz-untz” variety. Instead, the Austin-based confab set the film festival bar high with an opening night party on the set of Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming Alita: Battle Angel (opening Dec. 21) based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga. Rodriguez was on hand to celebrate the evening alongside producer Jon Landau and stars of the film Rosa Salazar and Keean Johnson.

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ to World Premiere at SXSW

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” will have its world premiere at South by Southwest on Sunday night.
The Warner Bros. release was widely speculated to be this year’s “secret secret” at the Austin film festival, which made an official announcement about it in an email over the weekend.

Netflix, ‘Stranger Things’ Creators Respond to Verbal Abuse Claim

Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators and showrunners of “Stranger Things,” have strongly denied a crew member’s claim that she witnessed abuse by the brothers on the set of the Netflix show.
“We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set,” the Duffer brothers said in a statement.
Peyton Brown, a grip for the show, wrote on Instagram that she would not return for Season 3 of “Stranger Things” because the Duffers created a hostile work environment for women. They “sought out and verbally abused multiple women,” Brown alleged.

‘Westworld’ Unveils Sneak Peek Of Samurai World At SXSW, Champions The Normalcy Of Powerful Female Leads

HBO’s gunslinging A.I.-fest known as Westworld has taken over SXSW. First, with the fully immersive experience, and now with a panel that gave a generous peek at the season tw0, which gave a peek at the highly anticipated Samurai World (or if you prefer, Shogun World). Cast members Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, and Jeffrey Wright were joined on stage by showrunners Lisa Joy and Johnathan Nolan to talk about what to expect from the upcoming sophomore season, as well as shattering the concept of a “powerful” female character.

Oscars: Guillermo del Toro Sends Message to Young Filmmakers as ‘Shape of Water’ Wins Best Picture

Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi/fantasy romance “The Shape of Water” has been named best picture of the year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The win follows industry victories at the Producers and Directors Guild Awards for the film, which led the field overall with 13 nominations this year. Del Toro’s film also took home prizes for original score, production design, and director Sunday night.

Hillary Clinton Buys House Next Door To Her Chappaqua Home

Kate McKinnon went to the dark heart of Servergate as Hillary Clinton, addressing the nation from her comfy couch in Chappaqua. The Saturday Night Live cold open featured Hill in a series of “relatable moments” discussing her climb to power, with a Lady Macbeth-like reference to House Of Cards.

Oscar Ratings Down Double Digits, Eye All-Time Low In Early Estimates

It was an Oscar do-over last night for host Jimmy Kimmel, producers Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd and Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Following last year’s Envelopegate, which led to Beatty and Dunaway inadvertently announcing a wrong Best Picture winner, the quartet’s second go-around went without a hitch.The good news did not carry over to ratings for the 90th Academy Awards, which (correctly) crowned The Shape of Water as Best Picture.

‘Black Mirror’ Scores Season 5 Renewal at Netflix

Hold on to your creepy tech gear, “Black Mirror” fans! Charlie Brooker’s anthology series has been renewed for a fifth season at Netflix, the streaming service announced Monday.
“Be right back,” Netflix then promises us.
Well, we’ll believe that when we see it. After all, we waited over a year between seasons three and four.

Trump Pokes Fun at Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon at Gridiron Dinner

President Donald Trump and his political allies and opponents found common ground with members of the Washington press corps Saturday night, taking and giving humorous jabs at each other at the annual Gridiron Dinner.
“Nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do. It’s not even close,” said Trump, who skipped last year’s dinner. He also said: “I was very excited to receive this invitation and ruin your evening in person. That’s why I accepted.”