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'MacGyver' Movie Reboot And New TV Series Pilot On The Way

9 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You can't keep old TV series from being warmed over like last week's roast quite like Hollywood can, and once again, they are trying to make "MacGyver" happen. Twice over. Earlier this week, Deadline reported that CBS ordered a pilot for a new "MacGyver" TV show, one that would focus on the exploits of young, 20-something Angus MacGyver, whose knack for using paper clips, seaweed, and pocket lint to get out of life threatening situations, lands him a sweet gig with a clandestine organization. No word yet on who will fill that title role, but the thing is, that's not all. Variety reveals that Lionsgate is now mounting a "MacGyver" movie reboot. Series creator Lee David Zlotoff and "The Fast & The Furious" mastermind Neal Moritz are working on the project, though that's about all the details for now. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Crossing $2 Billion Worldwide

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office on Friday — extending its U.S. record over “Avatar” by $140 million.

The seventh “Star Wars” film is also set to reach $2 billion worldwide on Saturday, becoming only the third film ever to do so. It joins “Avatar” at $2.78 billion and “Titanic” at $2.19 billion.

“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ such an extraordinary success,” said Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. “The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the ‘Star Wars »


- Dave McNary

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Bernie Sanders to Appear on ‘Saturday Night Live’

6 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bernie Sanders meet Bernie Sanders? The Democratic presidential candidate is set to make an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, according to ABC News. Larry David is hosting the new episode, and has drawn raves for his impersonation of Sanders in recent weeks. Also Read: Kanye West, Melissa McCarthy to Return to 'Saturday Night Live' Sanders becomes the third presidential candidate to appear on the show this election season. Hillary Clinton appeared during the season premiere episode, with Miley Cyrus hosting, while Donald Trump hosted an episode, with much controversy. Melissa McCarthy will host next week’s »


- Linda Ge

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Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Star in Musical Comedy for Universal

6 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will costar in a new musical comedy for Universal, TheWrap has learned. Marc Platt, who produced the Broadway musical “Wicked” as well as last Sunday’s “Grease: Live” on Fox, will produce alongside Adam Siegel for Marc Platt Productions. Tatum and his partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan are also producing for their Free Association company, and Gordon-Levitt is producing with hitRECord Films. Details of the project have not been disclosed. Gordon-Levitt came up with the original idea along with Michael Bacall, who will also write the screenplay. Bacall also wrote the screenplays for the »


- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly

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‘Survivor’ Alum Michael Skupin Charged With Child Porn

28 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Former “Survivor” contestant Michael Skupin has been charged with possession of child pornography, the Michigan attorney general said Friday. In all, the 54-year-old was charged with six counts of possession of child sexually abusive materials, along with five counts of larceny by conversion, and one count of racketeering- conducting a criminal enterprise. Skupin is accused of taking part in running and promoting a Ponzi scheme. Also Read: 'Law & Order' Director Jason Alexander Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges According to the attorney general, an investigation was opened on Skupin when victims from his alleged Ponzi scheme contacted a local news reporter. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Joy Behar Defends Donald Trump, Bashes Ted Cruz Over Iowa Caucus Results (Video)

40 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In a shocking turn of events, “The View” co-host Joy Behar actually agreed with Gop presidential hopeful Donald Trump on something. Behar said that the billionaire is in the right for calling out fellow candidate Ted Cruz for sending out a mailer emblazoned with the words “Voter Violation” on the front, as well as an email implying that Ben Carson was quitting the race. “I think in this case Trump is correct. He’s correct,” Behar said during an episode of “Larry King Now” on Friday. “Those kind of dirty tricks should not be tolerated. If you don’t stop that kind of behavior — nip. »


- Joe Otterson

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'Outsiders': Will Wgn's Emmy luck continue with new David Morse drama?'

54 minutes ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Last year, Wgn entered the big leagues by winning its first-ever Emmy Award (Best Main Title Design for "Manhattan"). Will their luck continue this year with the new David Morse drama "Outsiders"? Produced by Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, this rough-and-tumble drama series follows a clan of mountain men -- the Farrells -- who live on the outskirts of civilization and believe they are above the law. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Morse plays Big Foster, the next in line to be the Farrells' king and who's in an unknowing war with the town deputy played by Thomas M. Wright. Among the supporting cast, Joe Anderson portrays Foster's cousin who left the clan when he was younger, Ryan Hurst is the son of Foster who's always loyal to his dad, and Kyle Gallner is a young clansman who becomes romantically interested with one of the girls in town. »


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Thai Prison Boxing Movie ‘Champion’ in the Works at Storyscape

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Storyscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein have partnered with Robert Kravis and Karl Herrmann of Pioneer Pictures on “Champion,” an action-thriller in the world of Thai prison fighting.

Tyler Mitchell, who developed the project while working with Cooper at Landscape Entertainment, will also produce.

Gary Scott Thompson, whose credits include the original “The Fast and the Furious,” “Hollow Man” and NBC’s “Las Vegas,” wrote the original screenplay. The story, based on real events, explores a centuries-old tradition within Thailand’s prison system where inmates compete in state-sanctioned Muay Thai tournaments to win early release.

“Champion” follows the journey of an American who is locked up overseas and must learn Muay Thai in order to fight for his freedom. CAA advised MadRiver and arranged financing for deal.

Storyscape Entertainment has a first-look feature deal with Broad Green Pictures. The company is also developing “FBI Wedding” at Universal with Jason Bateman starring and directing, »


- Dave McNary

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The Monkees Announce New Album, 50th Anniversary Tour

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Hey, hey, they’re The Monkees … and they’re not monkeying around when it comes to celebrating their 50th anniversary. The group, formed for an eponymous ’60s TV show and known for hits including “Daydream Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville,” announced Friday that they’re hitting the road for a 50th Anniversary Tour — and releasing their first new album in nearly 20 years. The album, “Good Times,” features surviving Monkees Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork, along with a vintage vocal from Davy Jones, who died in 2012, on one song. Also Read: Davy Jones Appreciation: 'Monkees' Star Wore the Mantle. »


- Tim Kenneally

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