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‘Escape From New York’ Reboot Following ‘Group’ Thinking of ‘Avengers,’ ‘X-Men,’ ‘Justice League’

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Is mega-producer Joel Silver planning to take his long-planned “Escape From New York” reboot even further in the same “team” direction as “The Avengers,” “X-Men” and the upcoming “Justice League” movie? A new report from popular sci-fi site Starlog claims that the most recent draft of the script, which has “always had a team dynamic to it,” has elevated several former supporting characters to “co-leads,” perhaps in response to the current blockbuster marketplace. The screenplay is now said to find iconic antihero Snake Plissken flanked by returning mate Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Mina, a war. »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Boxtrolls’ Venice Review: A Charmless Misfire from Laika Studios

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Even by the standards of kids’ movies about genocide and the frequent uselessness of fathers, “The Boxtrolls” isn't very much fun at all. A surprisingly charmless and aimless movie from Laika Studios, the upstart stop-motion artists who previously crafted the wonderfully dark “Coraline” and “Paranorman,” this latest venture seems destined to disturb young viewers while thoroughly boring their parents. Lacking appealing characters (or character design), this misfire will, with any luck, eventually become a forgotten footnote among the output of a production company that has, up until now, shown real promise at making films that defy the usual tropes and. »

- Alonso Duralde

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Michael Sam Cut by St. Louis Rams, Delaying Quest to Be First Openly Gay Player in NFL

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The St. Louis Rams released defensive end Michael Sam on Saturday, according to multiple league sources. Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has been cut from the St. Louis Rams before the start of the regular season, reports Espn. Sam had been competing against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on the Rams’ 53-man roster and felt extremely confident about his chances of making the team heading into the final round of cuts. Also read: Jon Stewart on Espn Shower Coverage: ‘Michael Sam Is Gay. Are We Not Over This Yet? »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Downton Abbey's’ Season 5 Trailer Promises a ‘Shaking of the Ground’

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The producers of “Downton Abbey” have released the first trailer for Season 5 online and there's no shortage of drama happening throughout the Grantham estate. The fifth season begins in 1924 as Britain gets its first-ever Labour Prime Minister — Ramsay MacDonald, whose election the Earl of Grantham takes exception to. Also read: ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 First-Look Stills, Explained By an Idiot (Photos) “Dom Hemingway” star Richard E. Grant is among the Season 5 guest stars. The fifth season of “Downton Abbey” will premiere in the U.S. on Jan. 4, 2015 on PBS Masterpiece, though overseas audiences will be able to enjoy all »


- Jeff Sneider

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Idris Elba Thriller ‘No Good Deed’ Launches Unique Social Media Campaign

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Sony Pictures and Screen Gems have launched a first-of-its-kind social media campaign on both Twitter and Instagram for their upcoming thriller “No Good Deed,” which pits Idris Elba against Taraji P. Henson. In the Twitter game #TweetToEscape, which is a modern, interactive take on the popular Choose Your Own Adventure book series, each tweet challenges you to outwit escaped killer Colin Evans (Elba) and fight back as courageous mom Terri (Henson). When a killer shows up on your doorstep, do you run or fight? Users can decide by selecting one of two options on each tweet. Also read: Idris Elba in Talks. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Imitation Game’ Steals the Show From Reese Witherspoon and Jon Stewart in Telluride

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The man who might have gotten the biggest boost from Friday's opening of the Telluride Film Festival, Benedict Cumberbatch of “The Imitation Game,” wasn't even there to enjoy his acclaim. But his ears were surely burning, because his film opened to the kind of near-universal kudos that nearly eclipsed the somewhat mixed reaction to the day's other bows. On an opening night that found Telluride hosting three Toronto-defying world premieres, Jon Stewart enjoyed newfound star power as an off-camera writer-director with the debut of “Rosewater,” while Reese Witherspoon had some festivalgoers supposing that “Wild” could have her walking a red-carpet. »


- Chris Willman

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‘November Man’ and ‘As Above’ Are No Match for ‘Guardians’ as Summer Draws to Close

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Low-budget horror flick “As Above/So Below” and Pierce Brosnan thriller “November Man” won't put up much of a fight against box-office champ “Guardians of the Galaxy” over Labor Day Weekend. Thriller “As Above/So Below” will slightly exceed analysts’ $10 million weekend estimates. On Friday, the Universal film's box office hit $3.2 million and is expected to generate a $11.3 take over the holiday for a possible fourth-place finish. “As Above” may run neck-and-neck with Warner Bros. teen weepy, “If I Stay.” The teen melodrama took in $2.6 million in box office receipts on Friday and is headed for a $11.8 million weekend »


- Gina Hall

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Venice Reviews: Al Pacino Achieves Late-Career Greatness in ‘Manglehorn'; Bogdanovich and Levinson, Not So Much

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Probably the only director of this generation who's ever going to be produced by both Terence Malick and Judd Apatow, David Gordon Green has proven time and again that he doesn't need much plot to tell a riveting story. From the kids of “George Washington” to the stoners of “Pineapple Express” to the highway workers of “Prince Avalanche,” Green allows his characters to come alive through subtle revelation and interaction, creating indelible portraits of seemingly run-of-the-mill folks. His powers serve him well in “Manglehorn,” a film that offers Al Pacino in what will be remembered among his finest latter-career performances. »


- Alonso Duralde

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Labor Day Viewing Guide: What to Binge-Watch This Weekend If You're Not Hanging Out With the President

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Labor Day weekend is an ideal time to kick back, relax, and consume digital entertainment for hours on end, but with hundreds of channels and a multitude of fully-stocked streaming services at your disposal the process can be overwhelming. So, TheWrap tag-teamed with U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to create the perfect binge-watching schedule for the holiday weekend. Secretary Perez got us started with some fantastic and intelligent suggestions, and then we went straight for “Saved by the Bell.” “Labor Day is an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, »


- Linda Ge and Travis Reilly

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‘Utopia’ Kicks Cast Member Out Before Filming Even Begins

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As viewers of the streaming live feeds already know, “Utopia” has begun. The Fox series won't premiere on the network until Sept. 9, but the social experiment is under way. Only, there's something missing. One of the announced participants, Andrea Cox, did not enter the five-acre set on Friday. Also read: Fox's ‘Utopia’ Live Feeds Are Free and Streaming Now Cox purportedly failed to live up to the confidentiality agreement she'd signed in the days leading up to the beginning of production. Her violations included attempting to contact her fellow castmates, or “pioneers” as the show is calling them, producers confirmed for TMZ. »


- Jason Hughes

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Patrick Warburton Set to Reboot ‘The Tick’ as an Amazon Pilot

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“Spoon!” Patrick Warburton may soon revive one of his most beloved, and obscure, characters. The “Rules of Engagement” and “Family Guy” star is set to reprise his role as “The Tick” in an Amazon pilot, an individual with knowledge of the deal confirmed to TheWrap. For nine episodes in 2001, Warburton brought to life Ben Edlund's lunatic superhero parody “The Tick.” Based on a comic book, “The Tick” animated series ran for three successful seasons on Fox Kids in the mid-1990s. It didn't fare as well in live-action and in prime time, despite near universal critical acclaim. Also read: Whit Stillman: ‘Cosmopolitan’ Tastes, »


- Jason Hughes

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Joan Rivers’ Daughter Melissa Thanks Fans for Support: ‘Her Condition Remains Serious’

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Joan Rivers remains in serious condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital, but “she is receiving the best treatment and care possible,” according to her daughter Melissa. “My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world,” Melissa said in a statement to E! News. “Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.” Also read: Joan Rivers Hospitalized After She Stopped Breathing During Procedure (Update) The host of E!'s “Fashion Police” was rushed. »


- Jason Hughes

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Fox's ‘Utopia’ Live Feeds Are Free and Streaming Now

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Fox's “Utopia” is a little more than a week away from its Setp. 9 premiere, but curious fans can check out the action already on the show's live feeds. Like CBS's “Big Brother,” the feeds will be available 24/7, but there is one major difference: “Utopia” offers free feeds, as well as more enhanced feeds for paid subscribers. See video: Fox Reveals 15 Inaugural ‘Utopia’ Competitors Free subscribers can view two HD live streams, as well as voting for new members of the “Utopia” society, and gaining access to select news items and videos. Fox also offers a “premium passport” for $5 »

- Jason Hughes

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Liam Neeson Would Reprise His Ra's al Ghul Role on CW's ‘Arrow’ ‘In a Heartbeat’ (Video)

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Liam Neeson remains a major Hollywood film star, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't consider television. In an interview with MTV, he said there was one role on the CW's “Arrow” he would be interested in, and it's a character he's played before. In its upcoming third season, The CW's “Arrow” will finally introduce one of the most dangerous characters in the DC Universe: Ra's al Ghul. There have been a few trailers for the upcoming season that have teased the character, but no indication yet as to who will portray him. Neeson took on the mantle of one of Batman's. »


- Jason Hughes

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Wil Wheaton's Show Cancelled by Syfy After One Season

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Wil Wheaton announced the cancellation of ”The Wil Wheaton Project” by Syfy on his blog. According to the actor, he got the call after spending several hours walking along the beach. “I'm about to make your day less great,” said an unnamed Syfy executive, according to Wheaton. He wrote that he wanted to point out that his show had ratings on par with E!'s “The Soup,” but figured there was really no point. He added that he told his wife, “I'm really okay with it.” See video: ‘Game of Thrones’ Meets ‘Brady Bunch’ in Wil Wheaton's Alternate Opening »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Casts ‘The Game's’ Miranda Mayo in Recurring Role

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Shay Mitchell's Emily gains a new adversary with this casting news from ABC Family's “Pretty Little Liars.” Miranda Mayo has been cast in a recurring role on the teen drama, a show representative told TheWrap. Also read: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Summer Finale Attracts 2.3 Million Viewers She will play Talia, a chef, who is new to Rosewood. Emily has a bad first impression with the new gal in town and then things get worse between the two from there. Bet's “The Game” fans will know Mayo as Patreece. Additionally, she recurs on soap opera “Days Of Our Lives.” She »


- Jethro Nededog

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California Senate Passes $330 Million Film and TV Tax Credit Expansion

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The California State Senate has approved legislation to expand California's movie and TV tax credit from $100 million to $330 million annually. Gov. Jerry Brown signed off Wednesday on blockbuster legislation that super-sizes California's TV and film tax credit bill to more than three times what it has been in the past. The move comes after California has lost almost $9.6 billion to film and television productions leaving the state. Also read: Why Is California Tripling Film and TV Tax Credits While Other States Slash Them? The new measure calls for $330 million in incentives to be allocated to TV and movie producers and means. »


- Jason Hughes

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‘Greatest American Hero’ Reboot by '22 Jump Street’ Team in the Works at Fox

29 August 2014 2:59 PM, PDT

Believe it or not “The Greatest American Hero” could be coming back to the air. Fox is developing a reboot of the Stephen J. Cannell series which ran from 1981-83 and starred William Katt as Raph Hinkley, a teacher who receives a suit that gives him superhuman powers. Hinkley then embarks on a trial-and-error career of do-gooding. Also read: Lifetime Orders Glen Mazzara's ‘Omen’ Reboot ‘Damien’ to Series The project, which comes from “21 Jump Street” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, has received a put pilot commitment, meaning Fox is subject to monetary penalties if the pilot doesn't air. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘The Following’ Showrunner Jennifer Johnson Exits After Only Three Months

29 August 2014 1:19 PM, PDT

Showrunner Jennifer Johnson has left “The Following” after only three months on the job, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Show writers Brett Mahoney and Alexi Hawley and director Marcos Siega are being elevated to co-showrunners under the supervision of series creator Kevin Williamson. Mahoney and Hawley have also been bumped up to executive producers. Johnson, who had only taken over day-to-day duties from Williamson in June, will now turn her attention full-time to projects from her overall development deal with Warner Bros. TV. Also read: ‘Lost’ Alum Zuleikha Robinson Joins ‘The Following’ as Series Regular Williamson handed over the reins to. »


- Travis Reilly

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A+E Networks to Buy 10 Percent Stake in Vice Media

29 August 2014 12:51 PM, PDT

A+E Networks will pay $250 million for a 10 percent stake in Vice Media, a spokesman from Vice told TheWrap. The investment means that Vice has an estimated $2.5 billion valuation. Friday morning talks between Vice and Time Warner reportedly broke down because Time Warner disagreed with the valuation number. Time Warner placed the valuation at $2 billion. The two companies were discussing a joint venture, including a potential situation where Time Warner would give Vice control of cable news channel Hln. Also read: Time Warner Ends Negotiations With Vice Media Vice, which is aiming to be the Millennial news source, is a digital. »

- Gina Hall

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