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Fox Orders ‘Fantasy Life’ Pilot Starring Kevin Connolly, Rivers Cuomo Comedy

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Matthew Berry’s fantasy has come to life, and now its coming to Fox.

The broadcast network has ordered a pilot for “Fantasy Life,” starring “Entourage’s” Kevin Connolly.

The multicamera hybrid comedy comes from writer Tim McAuliffe, who will also executive produce with Connolly. Other executive producers include Michael Rotenberg, Jonathan Berry, Greg Walter and Troy Zien from 3 Arts, as well as fantasy football personality Berry, who the show is based on.

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Based on Berry’s best-selling book of the same title, “Fantasy Life” follows a »


- Tony Maglio

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Suge Knight Involved in Fatal Car Crash at Compton Commercial Shoot (Report)

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Hip-hop mogul Suge Knight reportedly ran over a man with his vehicle at a Compton commercial film shoot Thursday, according to media reports. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has just arrived on the scene and confirmed to TheWrap that there was an incident “involving a vehicle versus pedestrian” at the corner of Rosecrans and Central avenues.

“Investigators are on the scene trying to determine what happened,” a sheriff’s department spokesperson confirmed.

According to TMZ, a fight broke out between Knight and two film crew members. Knight returned to his car, put the vehicle in reverse and ran over a bystander, »


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Disney’s Bob Iger: ‘Star Wars: Episodes VIII, IX’ Coming in 2017, 2019

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Disney Chairman/CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that Rian Johnson‘s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will hit theaters in 2017 and that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will arrive in 2019, according to Get Your Geek On.

Gygo’s David Gremillion, who is a Disney stockholder, received an annual report from the company which included Iger’s statement about the “Star Wars” release dates.

Also Read: 21 Burning Questions for 2015: ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Avengers’? Can Johnny Depp, J. Lo Break Slump? Where’s M. Night?

“As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming… and one of the fewer »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Lovers Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson Line Up Co-Stars for New Projects

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Fifty Shades of Grey” stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson have found new co-stars for their upcoming projects, TheWrap has learned.

Guillaume Canet (“The Beach”) will join Dornan in Richie Smyth’s “Jadotville,” while Johnson has joined Alison Brie in New Line’s romantic comedy “How to Be Single,” which has also added Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens and Leslie Mann.

Kevin Brodbin (“Constantine”) wrote “Jadotville,” which is a geopolitical thriller set against the backdrop of war that Alan Moloney is producing under his Parallel Films banner.

Also Read: Golden Globes Awards: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson Are ‘Fifty Shades’ of Awkward »


- Jeff Sneider

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Sony Classics Acquires Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone

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Sony Pictures Classics announced it has acquired all North American rights to Woody Allen’s upcoming film “Irrational Man” from Gravier Productions.

Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone star alongside Jamie Blackley and Parker Posey.

The film was produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson.

“Sony Classics and I have a good working relationship. I like the way they handle my movies, very special, very classy and I always hope my films live up to their expectations,” said Allen.

Woody Allen‘s new movie ‘Irrational Man,’ his latest annual gift to moviegoers everywhere, is as fresh and winning as ever, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins CBS’s ‘Extant’ as Series Regular

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan is ready to play bad cop for CBS.

Morgan (“Watchmen,” “Magic City”) has joined the network’ drama for its second season, which will premiere in summer 2015.

Also Read: ‘Extant’ Review: Halle Berry Series Shoots for the Moon, but Does It Aim Too High?

The series stars Halle Berry as female astronaut Molly Woods, who discovers that she has unwittingly put the human race on a path of destruction, but who may be the only hope for survival, along with a mysterious stranger.

Morgan will play Jd Richter, who’s described as a roguish womanizer and a cop »


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Eddie Murphy Confirms He’s Returning to ‘SNL’ for First Time in 30 Years

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Could Gumby be making a triumphant return to “Saturday Night Live,” dammit?

Maybe, maybe not. But it appears that Eddie Murphy, the man who parodied the iconic bendy toy on the late-night show, will be back.

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Murphy, who appeared as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1980 to 1984 before rocketing to stardom with a film career, confirmed Thursday that he will once again appear on “SNL” for its 40th anniversary special, airing Feb. 15 on NBC.

The return will mark the first time he’s appeared on »


- Tim Kenneally

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NBC Orders Comedy Pilot Based on ‘Problem Child’ Movie

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NBC has greenlit a pilot based on the hit 1990 film “Problem Child.”

The comedy follows the cat-and-mouse relationship between a set of parents and their brilliant but mischievous child.

Also read: ‘True Detective’ Villain Cast in NBC’s ‘Hannibal’

Produced by Universal Television, Tbd Entertainment and Imagine TV, the pilot will be written by Scot Armstrong (“Hangover II”) who’s also an executive producer. Bob Simonds, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan and “A Beautiful Mind” producer Brian Grazer will also executive produce.

Directed by Dennis Dugan, the film “Problem Child” starred the late John Ritter, Michael Oliver, Amy Yasbeck and Gilbert Gottfried. »


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Gavin Smith Murder: Convicted Drug Dealer Charged With Killing Fox Executive

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A convicted drug dealer was charged Thursday with the murder of Gavin Smith, a 20th Century Fox distribution executive, whose body was found in October.

The suspect, John Lenzie Creech, is currently serving an eight year jail sentence after pleading no contest to one count of sale or transportation for the sale of a controlled substance in September 2012, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement issued to TheWrap.

The 42-year-old Creech is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in connection with Smith’s May 2012 killing. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in state prison.

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Amazon Beats Earnings Expectations, Increases Sales in Q4 2014

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Good news for Amazon: The company handily beat analyst expectations with its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014.

The online retailer-entertainment company reported earnings of 45 cents a share — a far cry better than the 17 cents per share that Wall Street had predicted.

The news follows Amazon Studios’ groundbreaking wins at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month for original series “Transparent” and its star Jeffrey Tambor and announcements that Amazon would be the home for movie auteur Woody Allen’s first TV project and that the company intends to release 12 original films a year.

Also Read: Amazon to Release 12 Movies a Year, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Sets Mike Huckabee Straight on ‘Trashy’ Women Comments (Video)

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly took a friendly parting shot at former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who appeared on “The Kelly File” Wednesday, to explain inflammatory comments he made about women who dare to be profane in the workplace.

“Well, I do have news for you before I let you go,” she said. “We are not only swearing, we’re drinking, we’re smoking, we’re having premarital sex with birth control before we go to work and sometimes boss around a bunch of men.”

Also Read: Cable News Ratings: CNN Surges, MSNBC Struggles in January

“I don’t want to hear that. »


- Travis Reilly

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Sundance: Movie-Loving Teens Documentary ‘The Wolfpack’ Bought by Magnolia Pictures

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Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Crystal Moselle’s documentary “The Wolfpack,” which follows a group of movie-loving brothers in New York City who live isolated from the rest of society, an individual with knowledge of the deal has told TheWrap.

Known as “the Wolfpack,” the mostly-teenage Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through Hollywood movies like “Reservoir Dogs” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” They transcribe a film’s dialogue and pare down the script to re-enact the movies in their apartment. Things change when one of the brothers escapes into the real world.

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‘Access Hollywood’s’ Kit Hoover, Billy Bush Talk Justin Timberlake vs. Taylor Swift Super Bowl Shockers, Clooney’s Flask (Video)

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A viral archival clip of Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric wondering “What is the internet, anyway?” on the Today Show in 1994 is the centerpiece of a BMW Super Bowl ad drawing buzz in advance of the big game on Sunday.

That is not the only eerie clip from the grunge era experiencing a cultural renaissance.

Another NBC-family he-and-she morning talk show duo, “Access Hollywood LiveKit Hoover and Billy Bush, were tested on another archival piece of footage that suggests Hoover coined an a version of “turnt up” back in 1995 to mean the same thing: getting rowdy. She made the »


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Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ to Be Directed by ‘John Wick’ Filmmakers

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John Wick” director David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are in early talks to co-direct Chris Pratt’s action movie “Cowboy Ninja Viking” for Universal Pictures, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Based on a graphic novel written by A.J. Lieberman and drawn by Riley Rossmo, the film will star “Guardians of the Galaxy” hero Pratt as a man who suffers from multiple personality disorder and enters a government program to become a super-soldier with the attributes of a cowboy, a ninja and a viking.

Also Read: Chris Pratt-Chris Evans Super Bowl Feud, Part 2: Who Is Really Captain America? »


- Jeff Sneider

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Ernie Hudson Changes Tune on All-Girl ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast, Calls It ‘Phenomenal’

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Ernie Hudson has come around on Paul Feig‘s upcoming all-girl “Ghostbusters” reboot, after previously slamming the idea of the remake and more recently offering up a cryptic “no comment.”

“Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts … phenomenal,” Hudson tells TheWrap.

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But when Hudson spoke to the Telegraph in October he offered vastly different sentiments, going so far as to call the idea of a female-focused cast “bad idea,” especially if it meant he wasn’t offered up a part.

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Karl Urban to Replace Michael C. Hall in Disney’s ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Remake (Exclusive)

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Star Trek’s” Karl Urban has joined the cast of Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon,” replacing Michael C. Hall, TheWrap has learned.

Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and Wes Bentley are set to star alongside newcomer Oakes Fegley, who will play the title character.

Hall was forced to exit the project due to a scheduling conflict, though it remains unclear which role Urban is taking over. A representative for the actor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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David Lowery is directing from a script he wrote with Toby Halbrooks. »


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‘Marvel’s Aka Jessica Jones’ Casts Rachael Taylor

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Jessica Jones has found a best friend. And “Marvel’s Aka Jessica Jones” has found its Hellcat.

The upcoming Netflix series “Marvel’s Aka Jessica Jones” has cast Rachael Taylor (“Crisis,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “666 Park Avenue”) as Trish Walker, the best friend of the titular Jessica Jones (who’ll be played by “Breaking Bad” alum Krysten Ritter).

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Trish is described as a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as “Patsy” Walker. As Jessica Jones’ closest friend, »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘American Sniper’ Blowout Boosts Hopes for Record 2015 Box Office

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Hollywood’s hopes for a record 2015 box office have received a shot in the arm from the electrifying run of “American Sniper,” which has driven one of the biggest January hauls in history.

Going into the weekend, overall domestic box office grosses for January were at nearly $900 million, of which Warner Bros.’ Iraq War saga had contributed $213 million, a little less than a quarter of that. Only January of 2010, when James Cameron’s “Avatar” was dominating with 30 percent of $924 million, has been bigger.

Also Read: 21 Burning Questions for 2015: ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Avengers’? Where’s M. Night?

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‘Modern Family’s’ Aubrey Anderson-Emmons Signs With Abrams Artists Agency

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Abrams Artists Agency has signed Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays Cameron and Mitchell’s daughter on “Modern Family,” TheWrap has learned.

Anderson–Emmons made history at the age of four by becoming the youngest-ever nominee and recipient of a SAG Award for her performance as Lily Tucker-Pritchett on ABC’s hit show “Modern Family.” Last season, she added a third SAG Award to her shelf. Now, at the tender age of seven, she’s working on her fourth year as a series regular.

Also Read: ‘Modern Family’s’ Ty Burrell Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox to Write, Create Comedy »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Girlhood’ Review: Coming-of-Age Movie’s Empathy for Impoverished Teen Girls Curdles Into Pity

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It takes only a look to unsettle, even undo, a teenage girl. A look can be so many things at once: an ogling, a scrutiny, a provocation, a form of surveillance and control. In “Girlhood,” the roving eyes of older boys transform a throng of rowdy female athletes into a flock of disconcertingly meek mademoiselles, their heads sunk as low as they’ll go without dislocating any vertebrae. Those same girls can’t bear the aggressive stares of other girls, either. The hostile female gaze transfigures them into raving lunatics, suddenly seized by the urgent need to slam their knuckles into an enemy’s sneering, »


- Inkoo Kang

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