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Warner Bros. and Team Downey Set Writers’ Room for ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ (Exclusive)
Sources tell Variety that Warner Bros. and Team Downey have selected a writers’ room that includes “Guardians of the Galaxy” scribe Nicole Perlman, “Baywatch” scribe Justin Malen, “Rogue One” writer Gary Whitta and “Snowden” screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald to help shape the script and story for next installment.
The previous two films both brought in more than $500 million worldwide. The threequel has always been a priority for the studio but Downey’s schedule has been busy considering his commitment to playing Tony Stark (Iron Man) in the Marvel universe.
- Justin Kroll
‘Will & Grace’ Possible Revival in the Works at NBC
Talks are underway for a potential revival of “Will & Grace” at NBC, Variety has confirmed.
According to sources, talks over resurrecting the series surfaced last month after the cast reunited to create an election-themed video. Discussions are believed to be in very early stages.
Last month, the show’s four cast members — Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes — gathered to make 10-minute episode posted online shortly before the start of the Sept. 26 presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Messing and other castmembers teased the reunion on Twitter the day prior, posting photos from the set. The video and the teaser campaign sparked an outpouring of fan interest on social media.
“Will & Grace” aired on NBC from 1998 to 2006. Created by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, it was the recipient of 16 Primetime Emmy awards over the course of its run. It was one of the first broadcast TV shows to feature gay series regulars »
- Daniel Holloway
Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Eyes $75 Million Opening
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is on track to open to a lofty $75 million when it hits U.S. theaters next month.
The “Harry Potter” spinoff stars Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), and, though set in the world of Hogwarts, tells an entirely different story. There’s no appearance from a certain bespectacled wizard. The relative novelty of the characters and the five-year absence since the past “Potter” film has meant that Warner Bros. has had to re-introduce the project to audiences. That’s why the picture’s opening pales in comparison to the $169.2 million kickoff of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the most recent film in the wizarding franchise.
The studio has confidence in the series, though. Warner Bros. has already announced that it plans to make five films in the “Fantastic Beasts” series. It’s also possible that the opening weekend box »
- Brent Lang
J.J. Abrams’ ‘God Particle’ Is Next Film in Cloverfield Series (Exclusive)
The mysterious upcoming J.J. Abrams-produced film”God Particle” will be the latest movie connected to the producer’s cult hit “Cloverfield,” an insider familiar with the project told TheWrap. Not only will “Particle” be the third in a series of connected “Cloverfield” films, but Abrams and studio partner Paramount Pictures are quietly developing more movies for the shared universe, the individual said. Both parties hope to release a new film in the shared “Cloverfield” each year, the insider added. Paramount declined to comment on the matter. »
- Matt Donnelly
6 Mind-Bending ‘Donnie Darko’ Facts on Film’s 15th Anniversary (Photos)
Jake Gyllenhaal starred as a teenager dealing with bizarre visions of a menacing figure in a rabbit mask named Frank in writer-director Richard Kelly’s 2001 film “Donnie Darko.” It’s been 15 years since the film opened in theaters and is now considered a cult classic. With the help of IMDb’s trivia section for the film, TheWrap has amassed six fun facts about the movie: Aside from the gruesome figure in a rabbit costume that haunts Donnie, there are other rabbits in the movie: The Echo and the Bunnymen song “The Killing Moon” is featured in one scene as a Volkswagen. »
- Meriah Doty
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Loses Bryan Fuller as Showrunner
Bryan Fuller is stepping down as showrunner on “Star Trek: Discovery,” with executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts taking his place, TheWrap has learned. The new “Star Trek” series is due to start filming next month in Toronto, Canada, and will premiere in May on CBS’ streaming platform, CBS All Access. “We are extremely happy with the creative direction of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series,” CBS said in a statement. “Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of Star Trek, »
- Linda Ge
NBC Sets ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ as Next Live Musical, Jennifer Lopez to Star
Jennifer Lopez will star in NBC’s next live musical production, “Bye Bye Birdie Live!,” NBC Entertainment Chariman Bob Greenblatt announced on Thursday. Lopez will play Rosie in the production, the role originated on stage by Chita Rivera in 1960. “Bye Bye Birdie Live!” will air in 2017, following NBC’s schedule of doing one live musical per year. It will follow “Hairspray Live!,” starring newcomer Maddie Baillio and set to air on December 7. Also Read: 'Hairspray Live' First Teaser Shows Full Cast in Campy Glory (Video) “Bye Bye Birdie” is set at the height of rock ‘n’ roll in Sweet Apple, »
- Reid Nakamura
‘Bye Bye Birdie Live!’ With Jennifer Lopez Set at NBC
Lopez will executive produce with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and her company Nuyorican Productions will produce with Universal Television. Harvey Fierstein will write the television adaptation. The special will air in 2017.
The original Broadway production of “Bye Bye Birdie” won the Tony Award in 1961 for best musical. It starred Dick Van Dyke, who also won a Tony for best actor in a musical, as Albert Peterson, the manager of rock star Conrad Birdie, and Chita Rivera as Rosie Alvarez, Albert’s girlfriend and secretary. When Birdie is drafted into the Army, Albert and Rosie concoct a plan to have Birdie give “one last kiss” to a small-town high school »
- Daniel Holloway
Watch Nostalgic 'Stranger Things,' 'Peanuts' Animated Mashup
Whether viewers were reared on Peanuts characters, grew up with the Eighties vibes of Stranger Things or are just getting acquainted with that era through the Netflix hit, a new three-minute "A Stranger Things Christmas" video short offers some sweet nostalgia that should appeal to several generations.
‘Doctor Strange': What Is the Post-Credits Scene?
(Major Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you don’t want to know about the post-credits scenes Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”) We don’t even have to ask whether Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” has a post-credits scene — the movie has two, both of which were solid. Fans and media who got to see early sceenings a glimpse of one Avenger — if you don’t want to know who makes a cameo, stop reading now. In the first bonus scnes, which runs mid-credits, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) are having a drink — Thor is chugging a stein of beer that magically keeps refilling. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Lena Dunham Wants to Show Trump the Patrick Wilson Episode of ‘Girls’
The final season of “Girls” doesn’t premiere until next year, but creator Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are already quantifying their tear volume in terms of lakes and rivers. Konner, Dunham and HBO VP of original programming Kathleen McCaffrey took the stage at the New York TV Festival creative keynote at the Sva Theater in Manhattan on Thursday night to talk all things “Girls.”
Well, almost all things. The women remained tight-lipped about what’s to come on the final season, but they did reminisce some about the process of making a show that may have garnered more think pieces than viewers, but has clearly become an indelible part of our pop-cultural fabric. Here’s what we learned:
– As he must in seemingly every conversation, Donald Trump came up in the form of a question about what episode the trio would want to show him. Dunham immediately answered with “One Man’s Trash,” the »
- Oriana Schwindt
Paul Hanneman Empowerment Scholarship Fund Unveiled at Covenant House California
The homeless youth charity Covenant House California created a scholarship Thursday in honor of its chairman, Paul Hanneman, 20th Century Fox’s outgoing president of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution. Hanneman, who oversaw campaigns and strategies for hits including “Avatar,” Ice Age,” “The Revenant” and “Deadpool,” is a longtime supporter of the charity. It offers runaway youths safety, education, employment and better opportunities to become independent and self-sufficient adults. The Paul Hanneman Empowerment Scholarship will be awarded each year to a Covenant House staffer who demonstrates the values embodied by Hanneman during his years with Covenant House and 20th Century Fox. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Former E! Executive Sues NBCUniversal for Wrongful Termination After Cancer Diagnosis
Former E! casting executive Blythe Asher is suing the network for wrongful termination, according to a lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court on Thursday. The former senior vice president claims she was fired from E! News because she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer and is suing the network and NBCUniversal for discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract and wrongful termination. “Despite her pain and discomfort and despite comments from management regarding her sickly appearance, Asher persevered and continued to perform her job duties, which included public appearances, executive meetings, and meetings with celebrities,” Asher’s attorney writes in the complaint. »
- Reid Nakamura
HBO Boss Casey Bloys on Post-at&T Outlook, What’s Next for ‘Westworld,’ ‘The Night Of’
Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming, assembled the employees in the network’s Santa Monica offices Thursday in order to address the topic on many minds in Hollywood: the proposed At&T-Time Warner merger.
According to those present, he noted that At&T executives are pleased with the performances of Warner Bros., HBO and Turner and consider retaining top executives and stars at those companies a major priority. He also said that At&T executives had no plans to micromanage their new acquisition and were intent on having the three divisions stick to the kind of content creation that made the deal attractive in the first place.
Asked about the meeting, Bloys declined to comment about the merger, but said he was looking forward to meeting with his staff in the future to update them on the deal.
He did, however, discuss to address the fate of drama series “Westworld” and “The Night Of” at a »
- Maureen Ryan
Vine’s Death Won’t Kill Vine Stars
Twitter’s decision to kill Vine won’t kill the flowers that sprouted from it. Fickle fans have moved on to rival video apps like Snapchat, and Vine stars like Cameron Dallas and Nash Grier have found other places to flourish, too. Yes, they will mourn. But they will also go on with their lives. “It’s like having a sick grandmother,” said Eric Galen, who represents Vine stars including Nebraska pop-rap duo “Jack & Jack.” “You know she’s been sick for a while,” he told TheWrap. “But when she’s dead it’s still a shock.” Also Read: Twitter »
- Matt Pressberg
Paramount Teases Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence,’ ‘Ghost in the Shell’
Paramount is back! At least that was the message studio chief Brad Grey tried to convey Thursday night at a slate preview for members of the media at Viacom’s corporate headquarters in New York. It was a night that boasted sneak peeks at upcoming releases such as Denzel Washington’s “Fences,” Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” and Robert Zemeckis’ “Allied” — films that are likely to factor into this year’s Oscar race.
The presentation came after a punishing period for the film studio. Not only has Paramount suffered through a string of flops such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” “Zoolander 2,” and “Ben-Hur,” but it has also become entangled in a bitter feud for control of its parent company, Viacom. That fight, between the Redstone family and former Viacom chairman Philippe Dauman, may have unfolded in a series of legal battles, but it sent shockwaves across the company’s various divisions. »
- Brent Lang
Review: At the trade deadline, 'Pitch' has this obvious area for improvement
A few thoughts on tonight's Pitch — but really on a few problems the show could very much stand to improve — coming up just as soon as I tell you that J-Lo was one of the Fly Girls on In Living Color... For the most part, "Alfonzo Guzman-Chavez was a fun look at the trade deadline from the perspective of both management and the players. Even if the early reference to Moneyball spotlighted the fact that none of the trade discussion scenes was as entertaining as the sequence from the movie where the A's trade for Ricardo Rincon, the hour captured what a stressful time of the season this is for all involved — with Oscar getting added grief due to the arrival of a Silicon Valley bro (Kevin Connolly from Entourage, putting his inherent smarminess to good use for once) as the new head of baseball operations — and about the »
- Alan Sepinwall
‘Moonlight’ Breakout Star Ashton Sanders Still Hasn’t Met Brad Pitt
Ashton Sanders’ performance in Barry Jenkins’ indie darling, “Moonlight,” is earning high marks as the film continues to build awards season buzz. The heat on the new drama, in which Sanders plays a bullied teen in ’90s Miami, is quickly transforming the young actor into a rising star. And Sanders has only just turned 21 years old. Also Read: 'Moonlight' Illuminates Indie Box Office at Start of Awards Season “I’m taking meetings with directors and reading scripts,” he told TheWrap of new opportunities that are now opening up to him. Sanders has a small-but-growing resume, including a cameo »
- Meriah Doty
‘Falsettos’ Broadway Review: Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells Are Dreamboat Casting
It’s very unlikely that William Finn will ever get a better production of his groundbreaking musical “Falsettos” than the revival that opened Monday at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Top among its assets are leading men Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells, who play the not-always-well-matched lovers Marvin and Whizzer. Borle and Rannells have made their mark on Broadway playing outrageous musical-comedy caricatures, and doing so with true brilliance. Here, they’ve put away their alpha comics, and without losing any of our rapt attention, portray identifiable human beings. They’re amply supported by Stephanie J. Block and Brandon Uranowitz, displaying great comic chops in the. »
- Robert Hofler
'Falsettos': Theater Review
The four male characters in Falsettos, the joyously funny, shatteringly sad 1992 chamber musical forged out of two earlier one-acts by composer-lyricist William Finn and co-writer/director James Lapine, spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to be men. At a moment when election ugliness has pushed Americans of both genders to take a long, hard look at the male psyche, that might sound like more of an onerous thing. But the endearing awkwardness, the confusion and self-doubt with which this show's characters tackle that question makes it a pleasure to accompany them as
- David Rooney
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