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‘Will & Grace’ to Return to NBC for 10-Episode Run

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NBC is officially bringing back “Will & Grace” for a 10-episode limited run next season, the broadcaster revealed Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press event. Emmy winners Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally are all back for the 2017-2018 run, and original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will act as showrunners and executive producers. James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, is set to direct and executive produce. Universal Television will produce and distribute the new episodes. “We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC. »


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Sundance: Grateful Dead Doc 'Long Strange Trip' Goes to Amazon

17 January 2017 8:34 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Amazon is ready for a Long Strange Trip, acquiring the Grateful Dead documentary ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev, the doc charts the rise of the band from its roots in the Bay Area’s vibrant 1960s counterculture to the top of the rock and roll charts. Encapsulating the group's quintessential character and three decades of legendary concerts-cum-spiritual experiences, the film includes archival stills, film footage, audio recordings and rare live tracks — much of which has never been seen or heard. »


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‘Black-ish’ Creator and Blake Griffin to Remake ‘White Men Can’t Jump’

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Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris will develop a movie remake of the 1990s sports comedy “White Men Can’t Jump,” which will be produced by Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin and Carolina Panthers All-Pro lineman Ryan Kalil. Released in 1992, “White Men Can’t Jump” stars Woody Harrelson as Billy Hoyle, a former college basketball star who wins bets against streetballers who think they can beat him because he’s white. His hustling strategy changes when he runs into Sidney (Wesley Snipes), another baller who tricks Billy out of a huge chunk of cash. After some prodding from their significant others, »


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Tupac Biopic 'All Eyez on Me' Lands at Lionsgate (Exclusive)

17 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

All Eyez on Me, the long-gestating biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur, is finally on its way to theaters.

Lionsgate has acquired the U.S. rights to the Morgan Creek Entertainment film that follows the life of the iconic '90s rapper, and has set it for release June 16 — the day that would have marked Shakur’s 46th birthday.

The film chronicles his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and controversial time at Death Row Records. Shakur sold more than 75 million records worldwide, with his fourth studio album, 1996's All Eyez »


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Roman Polanski to Serve as President of France's Cesar Awards

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Roman Polanski will serve as president of this year’s Cesar Awards ceremony, the French Academy announced Wednesday.

Academy president Alain Terzian called the director “an insatiable esthetic,” in the announcement citing his works from Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown as “masterpieces.”

Polanski won the best director Cesar for The Pianist in 2002 and Venus in Fur in 2014. »


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Jessica Biel’s ‘The Sinner’ Anthology Series Picked Up By USA

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USA Network has picked up Jessica Biel’s “The Sinner” anthology drama to series, Variety has learned.

The Sinner,” for which Biel serves as both star and executive producer, is a crime thriller that follows Biel’s young mother after she commits a horrific act of violence she can’t explain. She and an investigator (Bill Pullman) take a long dark trip into her psyche to find that explanation, as the investigator grows more and more obsessed with uncovering the truth.

The pilot was written by Derek Simonds (“When We Rise”), based on Petra Hammesfahr’s book of the same name, and was directed by Antonio Campos.

The series comes to USA from Universal Cable Productions through Biel and producing partner Michelle Purple’s Iron Ocean shingle. Biel, Purple, Simonds, Campos, and Charlie Gogolak serve as executive producers. This is the first project picked up to series under Iron Ocean’s pod deal with Ucp.

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Politico Founders Launch Axios, Land Donald Trump Interview on Day 1

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The people behind Politico have launched a new website that aims to transform the way we consume news. And they landed an interview with President-elect Donald Trump on Day 1. “You know, I’m not really a divisive figure,” Trump told Axios. (Read the interview here.) “We’re probably the only not-yet-launched outlet to ever get a presidential interview,” Axios co-founder and president Roy Schwartz told TheWrap. “We’re super excited about that.” Mike Allen, Jim VandeHei and Schwartz changed the way politics were covered when Politico launched back in 2007 and the trio has similar expectations for Wednesday’s launch of Axios. »


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TV Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Still Strong, ‘No Tomorrow’ Finishes With a Whimper

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NBC’s “This Is Us” slipped a couple tenths from last week — though not if you don’t count the encore airing on the West Coast that NBC included in its final ratings — but still remains the best bang for one’s buck on the broadcast schedule. In the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, “This Is Us” pulled in a 2.6 rating and 9.53 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s preliminary ratings. Lead-in “The Wall,” just given another 20-episode order, drew an impressive 1.7 in the demo and 6.65 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” capped off the night with a 1.6 and 7.04 million viewers.

CBS’ usual Tuesday lineup performed within its range. “NCIS” came in with a 1.9 in the demo and 15.42 million viewers. “Bull” drew a 1.5 and 10.97 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” brought in a 1.2 and 9.16 million viewers.

On ABC, “The Middle” brought in a 1.7 and 6.6 million viewers. “American Housewife” drew a 1.5 and 5.43 million viewers. “Fresh Off the Boat” dipped to a 1.1 and 3.85 million viewers »


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‘Will & Grace’ Revival Given 10-Episode Order by NBC

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NBC has given a 10-episode order to a revival of comedy “Will & Grace,” the broadcaster announced Tuesday.

The limited series will reunite Emmy winners Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally with series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, who will serve as showrunners and executive producers. James Burrows, who directed the entire eight-season run of the original series, will serve as director and executive producer on the revival.

“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary — all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs.”

NBC had been in discussions with the cast and creators since September, when they reunited to shoot a surprise 10-minute episode related to the presidential election.

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Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ Tops ‘Luke Cage’ in TV Ratings (Exclusive)

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“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” has topped fellow Netflix Original “Luke Cage” — and a lot more shows — in its opening weekend TV ratings, according to Symphony Advanced Media. The Neil Patrick Harris show currently sits behind “Fuller House” Season 1, “Orange Is the New Black” Season 4, and the recent “Gilmore Girls” revival in terms of three-day viewership. Of course, it surely ranks behind other season starts for hits like “Oitnb,” but Symphony Am didn’t begin measuring streaming tune-in until about a year and change ago. During its opening weekend (“Live” + 3 Days), “Lemony Snicket” was »


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Burt Reynolds to Auction Off Another Trans-Am

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Mustachioed silver screen legend Burt Reynolds keeps unloading his memorabilia. The movie star is auctioning off his very own 1978 Pro-Touring Firebird Trans-Am. It’s the actor’s signature car — just like the one he drove in the late 1970s and early ’80s “Smokey and the Bandit” series. Also Read: Burt Reynolds Lays Down the Law in New 'Pocket Listing' Clip (Exclusive Video) In case you’re getting your “Bandit” Trans-Ams mixed up, this one is different than the 1977 black Pontiac Trans Am Coupe that the actor put up for auction in 2014 — which eventually sold for $500,000. He also auctioned off another Trans-Am last year. »


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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Proposes Production Incentive Extension

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a three-year extension of the state’s production incentive program.

Cuomo unveiled the extension Tuesday night as part of his proposed budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The three-year extension will take the program through 2022.

The tax credit had been set to expire in 2019, prompting recent lobbying efforts for an extension by Teamsters Local 817 and MPAA president Chris Dodd, along with New York City studio heads. The New York state film tax credit program was initiated in 2004 and provides $420 million annually in tax breaks to qualified production companies that make feature films or television series, pilots and movies.

A 2015 report by Boston Consulting Group, commissioned by New York City, said the film and TV industry contributes close to $9 billion to the local economy annually. Dodd issued a statement Wednesday praising Cuomo.

“Because of Governor Cuomo’s vision and leadership, there are now 130,000 New »


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‘The Walking Dead’ Producers Toned Down Violence After Season Premiere Backlash

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Miami — “The Walking Dead” producers toned down some of the violence in the first half of season seven after the strong viewer backlash to a gruesome killing scene in the season opener.

Walking Dead” exec producer Gale Anne Hurd acknowledged Wednesday that the negative response to the bludgeon slayings of two key characters in the premiere prompted producers to make adjustments in episodes that were still in production at the time of the Oct. 23 season premiere.

“We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence,” Hurd said during a panel session at the Natpe conference. “We did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season.”

Hurd spoke on a panel with AMC Networks president-ceo Josh Sapan and “Fear the Walking Dead” star Colman Domingo, moderated by Michael Schneider, executive editor of Indiewire and editor at large for Variety.

The season premiere closed with a lengthy scene »


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Lisa Frank Live-Action, Animation Hybrid Movie in Development

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Lisa Frank, who specializes in merchandise with colorful psychedelic designs, is in development on a feature film about her world with producer Jon Shestack.

Plans are for a live-action and animation hybrid film about the world of Lisa Frank, who has been selling a wide variety of stickers, stationery, backpacks, trapper keepers, puzzles, coloring books and activities. The project does not yet have a title.

“Lisa Frank’s world is cheerful, it’s optimistic, it’s hip, but it is without snark,” Shestack said. “It’s just sort of impossible to scowl when you’re smiling, and why would you want to? I’m so stoked to be part of this.”

Shestack recently produced “Before I Fall,” starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Jennifer Beals, Diego Boneta, and Elena Kampouris. The film will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday and is scheduled »


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Watch the Trailer for Robert Redford’s Eerie Afterlife Film ‘The Discovery’ (Video)

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Robert Redford won’t just be hosting and shaking hands at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. He has a film on the program too, and boy does it look creepy. “The Discovery,” which will be released on Netflix this spring, stars Redford as a doctor who makes the biggest scientific discovery of all time: empirical proof that the afterlife is real. After his discovery, suicide rates around the world spike as people kill themselves to reach the world beyond. “The Discovery” explores the relationship between a couple (played by Jason Segel and Rooney Mara) dealing with their tragic pasts and this. »


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First Athena List Film 'Little Pink House' to Open 2017 Edition of Female-Focused Festival (Exclusive)

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The first completed film from the Athena List, the Athena Film Festival's female-focused version of The Black List, will screen as the opening-night movie at the 2017 edition of the festival. Writer-director Courtney Moorehead Balaker's screenplay for Little Pink House was a finalist on the 2015 edition of the Athena List, a slate of unproduced screenplays with strong female protagonists.

The film, starring Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn, is based on the true story behind the Supreme Court eminent domain case of Kelo vs. City of New London. Keener plays small-town nurse Susette Kelo, who emerges as the reluctant leader »


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Lisa Frank Live-Action/Animation Hybrid Movie in Development

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Kids of the '90s, rejoice!

A live-action/animation hybrid feature based on the artwork of Lisa Frank is now in development.

The artist is partnering with Jon Shestack, who recently produced the Ya adaption Before I Fall, to develop a feature based on her colorful work.

Frank's art is a staple of back-to-school shopping, emblazoned across backpacks, binders, pencil cases and stickers. It is recognizable by it's fluorescent color palette and out-there tableaus, which often include some combination of dolphins, rainbows and bears in top hats.

"I have always wanted to do a feature film that brings the world of Lisa Frank »


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Is Ryan Reynolds Hinting at a Major 'Deadpool 2' Casting or Just Trolling?

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Ryan Reynolds is the man. Fact. And with that, he understands social media and how to stoke fan (nerd) frenzy. 

So either he dropped a hint about a major Deadpool 2 casting or he is just trolling us. Either way, we at Heat Vision approve. 

Reynolds posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday (captioned "Wolvie. Bond. Wade") of himself, Hugh Jackman and none other than James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan, hanging out, doing the ole "hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil" pose.

This led a lot of fans to jump to the conclusion that Brosnan may be playing the time-traveling badass Cable in the »


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Ratings: CW’s ‘No Tomorrow’ Finale Doesn’t Make Case for Future Seasons

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CW’s “No Tomorrow” closed with a whisper on Tuesday, when NBC won another night with “This Is Us.” CBS won primetime in total viewers, thanks in large part to “NCIS.” NBC was first in ratings with a 1.9 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Wall” at 8 p.m. had a 1.7/6 and 6.6 million viewers. “This Is Us” at 9 posted a 2.6/9 and 9.5 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” at 10 put up a 1.6/6 and 7 million viewers. Also Read: Ratings: 'Celebrity Apprentice' Recovers »


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Berlinale’s Forum Puts Spotlight on North and South American Movies

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The Forum section of the Berlin International Film Festival revealed its lineup Wednesday, with 43 films in its main program, 29 of which are world premieres and 10 are international premieres. The Special Screenings will be announced separately.

North American cinema once again has a strong presence in Forum. Alex Ross Perry’s “Golden Exits” tells the story of a young Australian woman who comes to New York for a few months, and unwittingly throws the lives of two couples into disarray.

Menashe,” the feature debut by Joshua Z. Weinstein, is set in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and is almost entirely in Yiddish. The titular Menashe fights to keep custody of his son following the death of his wife. “The Hasidic community demands he lead a more ordered life and find a new spouse, neither of which comes easily to this kind but awkward loner,” according to a festival statement.

Amman Abbasi is showing his debut feature, »


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