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Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of tonight's Empire Season 3 finale on Fox. "Empire is all about conflict, the unexpected and high drama," executive producer Ilene Chaiken says of tonight's explosive Season 3 finale. Based on the episode, certainly no one can ever accuse Empire of going out on a whimper when there is a bang available, and that's what Fox’s hip hop drama created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong ended on — literally and figuratively. After a… »
Production commences in Atlanta later this month under Fred Bernstein’s Astute Films banner with Danny Strong, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Robin Bissell, and Dominique Telson producing. Rick Jackson and Jeremiah Samuels are executive producers.
Bissell, an exec producer on “The Hunger Games,” will make his directorial debut from his own script, based on Osha Gray Davidson’s book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.” The story centers on civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Henson) who battled Kkk leader C.P. Ellis (Rockwell) for a decade until 1971, when the two agreed to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree.
Searcy will play the role of the wealthy leader of the White Citizen’s Council, »
- Dave McNary
If you haven't yet watched The Exorcist TV series and you're looking to catch up before the recently announced second season, then you'll be pleased to know that Hulu is now streaming the ten-episode first season of the Fox series.
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA [May 19, 2017] – In a new licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, Hulu has acquired the exclusive subscription streaming video on-demand rights to the complete library of ABC’s hit comedy series, Fresh Off the Boat. All past episodes of the series – including the complete third season – are now available to stream exclusively on Hulu and future episodes will stream the day after they air on ABC.
Through the library deal, Hulu also becomes the exclusive streaming home to Fox’s recently-renewed thriller, The Exorcist, and gains streaming rights to past episodes of NBC’s critically-acclaimed comedy series The Carmichael Show. All episodes of both The »
- Derek Anderson
Production will start in Atlanta on May 22 under Fred Bernstein’s Astute Films banner. Henson has been attached since 2015 to star in the film, set up with “Empire” producer Danny Strong, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Robin Bissell, and Dominique Telson. The executive producers are Rick Jackson and Jeremiah Samuels.
Bissell, an exec producer on “The Hunger Games” and “Seabiscuit,” will make his directorial debut from his own script, based on Osha Gray Davidson’s book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.”
“Empire” star Henson will portray Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham, N.C., who battled Kkk leader C.P. Ellis for a decade until 1971, when »
- Dave McNary
16 May 2017 11:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The indie is being helmed by Robin Bissell — the longtime partner of filmmaker Gary Ross — who is making his directorial debut and comes with a slew of producers including Tobey Maguire and Danny Strong, the latter of whom showruns Henson’s Fox TV hit Empire. Also producing are Matt Berenson, Fred Bernstein, Dominique Telson, »
- Borys Kit
There were some serious flashback braids, a very hot mic and the appearance of Eva Longoria as a gaming commissioner on Empire (2.1/8) last night but there was also ratings pain. Back after a week off, the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong created Fox drama was down 9% among adults 18-49 from its last original to hit a brand new series low. With a few exceptions, these demo basements for the still highest rated show of the night are becoming almost commonplace in Empire's… »
Longoria’s three-episode stint on “Empire” is one of many projects she’s currently juggling, along with a Fox comedy pilot, “Type A,” which is in contention for the 2017-2018 season, and the upcoming film “Lowriders,” which hits theaters next month. Since her hit show “Desperate Housewives” went off the air, the multi-hyphenate has focused primarily on her jam-packed production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, and directing, with credits including episodes of “Black-ish” and “Jane the Virgin.”
Here, Longoria talks to Variety about her special guest role on “Empire” — plus, would she ever consider a “Desperate Housewives” revival?
Why did you want to join “Empire” and how did it come about?
I’ve been a fan of Danny Strong and of course Lee [Daniels] for a long time, and Terrence [Howard] and I have been friends for »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
There was a big birthday party on Empire (2.2/8) last night, but they probably aren't celebrating over at Fox this morning. On a night that saw only Chicago P.D. (1.3/5) moving up among adults 18-49 from last week, the hip-hop blockbuster took an 8% stumble in the key demo and 9% in viewers from its March 29 episode. The dips drag the series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong to another series low – a week after Empire fell to its previous low. All of which is… »
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Question: Any intel on the Grey’s Anatomy finale? I haven’t heard a peep! —Megan
Ausiello: That’s about to change in 3, 2… “It’s pretty dramatic and pretty intense,” Kevin McKidd teased to TVLine at PaleyFest over the weekend. “It’s pretty dark and very good. Debbie [Allen]’s going to direct it, and it’s going to be amazing.” Owen’s portayer adds that unlike previous closers, Season 13’s climax won’t be centered around a catastrophic event. »
“To be in the Lyon’s den is a lot to take on,” Serayah McNeill said during Monday night’s Q&A panel for Fox’s hit drama, “Empire.”
If the Season 3 spring premiere event, hosted at the Grove, was any indication of what’s to come this year, her critique is probably an understatement. The show was decked with plenty of hair pulling, sibling rivalry, and a star-studded cast including newcomer Rumer Willis.
“She’s just dope,” gushed Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon, about the actress. “I say this all the time; I’m not going to take credit for this, but…,” he shrugged trailing with a proud smirk.
Smollett revealed that he found Willis, who is the daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, on an Instagram video singing a rendition of an Amy Winehouse song and immediately brought his discovery to the show’s producers.
- Chelsea Battle
Grrr arggg! Into every generation an excellent TV show is born: One show in all the world. The Chosen One.
It’s been 20 years since Buffy Summers, Mr. Pointy, The Bronze, and Giles’ always-smudged spectacles graced our small screens, and the world has never been the same (mostly because she saved it… a lot).
There were plenty of quips (“Out. For. A. Walk. B**ch.”), tears (Spike’s undying devotion, sob), and frights (bunnies, plus demons and stuff), but Buffy the Vampire Slayer was so much more than that.
The Joss Whedon masterpiece created several feminist icons, spoke to addiction struggles, portrayed the first lesbian sex scene on broadcast television, showed that vampires were sexy long before Twilight and made it ok to wear pink leather pants in public… well, sort of.
Whether you were Team Angel, Team Spike or kind of just wanted Giles and Joyce to get together, the show had »
“‘Billions’ continues to be a show on the rise, growing not only in audience, but in critical buzz and cultural relevance,” said David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc. “It offers a unique mix of pure entertainment with sly commentary on our current have/have-not economy. Season 2 is off to a tremendous start, and has only whetted our audience’s appetite for what will come in Season 3.”
Season 2, currently airing, picked up immediately after the Season 1 finale. Hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) squares off against billionaire hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis), scorching the earth in a costly war for personal domination. The series explores the dynamic in the battle of law versus money, with power, sex, and the soul of New York in the »
- Oriana Schwindt
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– IFC Films has picked up North American distribution rights to the J. D. Salinger drama “Rebel in the Rye,” which stars Nicholas Hoult as J.D. Salinger. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It will receive a theatrical release in the fall of 2017.
The film was written and directed by Danny Strong, and follows the early years of Salinger’s storied career. It also stars Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson and Zoey Deutch. The news was first reported by Variety.
– Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has acquired Rob Meyer’s “Little Boxes,” with a theatrical release set for April 14. Written by Annie J. Howell, the film stars Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson, Oona Laurence and Janeane Garofalo. »
- Kate Erbland
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Joss Whedon's seminal series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 20th Century Fox Consumer Products is celebrating 20 years of slaying this year with new shirts, a board game, comics, a coloring book, a yearbook-themed contest, and more.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (March 1, 2017) – The genre-busting cult classic from Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer turns 20 years old on March 10, 2017! To celebrate Buffy Summers, the Scoobies and all the monsters that go bump in the night, 20th Century Fox Consumer Products announces exciting product launches – from board games to new books to fashion accessories to apparel -- and multiple fan-focused activities including a “Sunnydale High Yearbook Contest” offering a trip to 2017 San Diego Comic Con.
Plus, on the anniversary, fans can tune-in to relive the two-part premiere episode on Pop (to find your channel go toPoptv.com) on March 10th at 9 Am Et/Pt.
New Buffy »
- Derek Anderson
IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Rebel In The Rye, writer-director Danny Strong’s movie about the early life of J.D. Salinger. Nicholas Hoult stars as the author and the cast includes Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Zoey Deutch, Victor Garber, Hope Davis and Lucy Boynton. A fall release is in the works for the pic, which was produced and co-financed by Black Label Media and centers on the start of Salinger’s writing career while studying at Columbia under the… »
The movie, starring Nicholas Hoult as the reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. It will receive a theatrical release in the fall of 2017.
Danny Strong wrote and directed the movie, which focuses on the early years of Salinger’s writing career as he struggles to find his voice. The cast includes Kevin Spacey as a Columbia University professor, Sarah Paulson as Salinger’s first literary agent, and Zoey Deutch as the starlet Oona O’Neill, who dated Salinger before marrying Charlie Chaplin in 1943.
- Ramin Setoodeh
After years of anticipation, the sequel to 2008’s home invasion hit The Strangers is officially moving forward with Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door) directing from a screenplay co-written by Bryan Bertino, the director of the first film. Bloom has acquired international rights to the sequel, which is slated to start filming this summer and will feature the return of the killers from the first film:
Press Release: Berlin (February 4, 2017) –– Bloom has taken international rights to The Strangers 2, the sequel to the 2008 hit which grossed over $82 million worldwide. Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door, 47 Meters Down) is on board to direct from a script written by Bryan Bertino, who wrote and directed the original, and Ben Ketai. The Fyzz Facility Pictures’ Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Foreigner, The Survivalist), Robert Jones (Centurion, The Usual Suspects), Mark Lane & James Harris (47 Meters Down, I Am Not A Serial Killer) are producing, »
- Derek Anderson
Academy Award® Winner Mel Gibson (Braveheart) and Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge, Wedding Crashers) will star in Dragged Across Concrete, written and to be directed by S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk). The film will mark another production for Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and financed by the recently announced Unified Film Fund I slate, which is partnered with Look to the Sky Films. The fund, comprised of Victory Square Labs and its equity partner Fantasy 360 (Fys:cn)(Otc:fntyf)(6F6.F) along with The Fyzz Facility, was announced at the most recent Cannes. The film will also be produced by Zahler’s frequent collaborators, Dallas Sonnier under his new Cinestate banner, and Jack Heller of Assemble Media. Bloom will commence international sales on the thriller at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin, with Wme Global representing the U.S. rights.
A stolid, old guard policeman, Ridgeman (Gibson) and his volatile younger partner, »
- Melissa Thompson
Academy Award Winner Mel Gibson (Braveheart) and Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge, Wedding Crashers) will star in Dragged Across Concrete, written and to be directed by S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk). The film will mark another production for Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and financed by the recently announced Unified Film Fund I slate, which is partnered with Look to the Sky Films. The fund, comprised of Victory Square Labs and its equity partner Fantasy 360 along with The Fyzz Facility, was announced at the most recent Cannes. The film will also be produced by Zahler's frequent collaborators, Dallas Sonnier under his new Cinestate banner, and Jack Heller of Assemble Media. Bloom will commence international sales on the thriller at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin, with Wme Global representing the U.S. rights.
For his directorial debut, actor, writer and producer Danny Strong took on the daunting task of adapting part of author J.D. Salinger’s life story, specifically the struggles he faced in writing his classic novel “The Catcher in the Rye.” “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done creatively, and the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done creatively,” Strong told TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly. “I loved being in charge, the person ultimately making the decision. I’ve been the Vice President much of my career, and it was nice sitting in that chair.” “Rebel in the Rye” stars »
- Brian Welk
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