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‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon

‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon
Amazon is doing more clearing the decks with the cancelation of three comedy series, Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

One Mississippi was canceled after two seasons, while I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson were axed after one.

“This is part of a move towards bigger, wider-audience series,” an Amazon insider told Deadline. Notaro’s semi-autobiographical One Mississippi has garnered strong
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Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys

Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys
Amazon’s new superhero series The Boys is adding a few boys — and one girl — to its cast.

Banshee alum Antony Starr leads a quintet of cast additions to the straight-to-series drama created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Timeless), according to our sister site Deadline. Starr will play Homelander, the leader of the show’s primary superhero collective known as The Seven. But he’s not necessarily the hero here: Based on the comic by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Happy!), The Boys is set in a world where superheroes have let fame go to their heads and gotten corrupt
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Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then you already know all about Arya Stark’s kill list. Let’s do a little backstory, just in case you’re not familiar. George R.R. Martin’s best-selling fictional book series ”A Song of Ice and Fire,” was brought to the screen by HBO, the show being named after the first book of the series, Game of Thrones. Martin’s extensive storytelling skills immerse you in the medieval fantasy epic, depicting powerful families, queens and kings, renegades and knights, honest men and liars, all playing the deadly game, all wanting control of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms,

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
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‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series

‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series
Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” is being eyed for an adaptation into a television series, Variety has confirmed.

Endeavor Content has purchased the film and television rights to the book, which goes inside the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. It largely portrays Trump as unprepared for the enormity of his office, and that he is unable to focus his attention on policy details. The book also includes quotes from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who referred to the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous.” Bannon eventually resigned his position at Breitbart News over the furor caused by his statements.

The book proved to be an immediate best-seller and was sold out at bookstores in several major cities the day it was released.

No studio is currently attached to the project. Wolff will serve as an executive producer on the project with former
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Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)

Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)
Kristen Wiig is returning to the small screen.

In a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding, Apple has landed a 10-episode comedy series executive produced by and starring the Saturday Night Live grad. The project, inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I'll Say It and produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner, is the tech giant's first scripted comedy pickup.

Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock) created the series and serves as showrunner. She will exec produce alongside Witherspoon, her Hello Sunshine topper Lauren Neustadter and Wiig. Sittenfeld is on board as a consulting producer. A studio is...
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‘The Tick’ Season 2 Greenlit by Amazon Studios, Set for 2019 Premiere

‘The Tick’ Season 2 Greenlit by Amazon Studios, Set for 2019 Premiere
Amazon Studios has ordered a second season of “The Tick,” the reboot of the offbeat superhero series based on the popular comic.

Series creator Ben Edlund (“Firefly,” “Supernatural,” “Gotham”) will return along with leads Peter Serafinowicz (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) as The Tick and Griffin Newman (“Search Party”) as Arthur, with additional casting to be announced.

The Tick” season 2 will comprise 10 episodes and will begin production in 2018. It’s expected to premiere in 2019 exclusively on Prime Video in over 200 countries. The half-hour series is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Amazon Studios.

As previously announced, Amazon will premiere the highly anticipated second half of The Tick’s first season on Feb. 23, 2018, featuring six all-new episodes of the show.

“Ben has created a resounding hit while Peter and Griffin have brought Tick and Arthur to indelible life,” Sharon Yguado, Amazon Studios head of scripted series, said in announcing the renewal. “We can’t wait to bring fans more
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TV Ratings: 'Black Lightning' Gets a Promising Premiere on CW

TV Ratings: 'Black Lightning' Gets a Promising Premiere on CW
Good news for the CW. It seems the network still hasn't exhausted its viewers' appetite for superhero shows.

Black Lightning joined the lineup on Tuesday night, making it the fifth comic book series on the network — seventh, if you're counting genre-divergent entries iZombie and Riverdale. The first hour pulled a strong 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers. Those numbers are quite sound by CW standards, especially when you consider the fact that lead-in The Flash, the CW's No. 1 series, only performed incrementally better. Black Lightning shared The Flash's score in the key demo and lost fewer...
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10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018

10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018
Studio executives flock to Park City hoping to find the next big thing in indie film. It’s a chance to get their hands on the newest “The Big Sick,” the kind of powerful movie that has what it takes to break out into the mainstream. A number of films heading to the festival are already generating heat, sight unseen. Variety runs down the movies that are most likely to spark all-night bidding wars.

Damsel

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster

Directors: David Zellner & Nathan Zellner

Sales agent: ICM

Why Buyers Are Circling:

Pattinson may have hung up the fangs, but the “Twilight” star still commands crowds (particularly overseas). This offbeat western sounds like a change of pace for the recovering tween idol.
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year
Ellen Pompeo has renewed her contract on Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy” through seasons 15 and 16, becoming the highest paid dramatic actress on TV at a record $20 million per year, according to media reports. The new deal would provide Pompeo $575,000 per episode, a seven-figure bonus, back end points on the Shondaland show, a producing credit and an executive producing credit for the upcoming firefighter spin-off, The Hollywood Reporter wrote. More to come…
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Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)

Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are reuniting in a new film.

The Help” co-stars will lead a holiday comedy for Universal.

Following a heated bidding war, the studio won the rights to the untitled pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and “Crazy Rich Asians” scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain is attached to produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for the pitch, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

The movie marks a re-team for Chastain and Spencer, who each earned an Oscar nomination for the smash hit “The Help,” with Spencer ultimately taking home the trophy for best supporting actress. Since
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Natpe: Javier Olivares, Showrunner at Globomedia, Pays Tribute to BBC Drama, Spanish Film-tv Classics (Exclusive)

One of Spain’s best-known TV showrunners, Javier Olivares has kicked-off a new stage in his professional career, inking an exclusive deal with TV giant Mediapro’s production house Globomedia to develop new TV fiction projects.

Olivares was the showrunner on pubcaster Rtve’s La 1 TV drama “Isabel,” one of the biggest Spanish fiction hits in recent times, in terms of both local TV audiences and international sales, and co-created with his late brother Pablo “The Department of Time,” a cult sci-fi series produced for Rtve, whose third season was co-financed by Netflix.

At the Mediapro Group, Olivares is joining a creative team which has been strongly reinforced, encompassing “Homeland”-creator Ran Telem as head of international development and Burman Office’s Daniel Burman, the creator, among other, of “Edha,” Netflix’s first Argentine original TV drama.

“Both my brother Pablo [who died in 2014] and I have worked on very popular series, think ‘The Serranos and ‘Paco’s Men,’ but
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‘Den of Thieves’ Film Review: Heist Caper Steals from ‘Heat,’ Pulls Off the Job

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With its loose-cannon cops, ice-cold crooks and urban Los Angeles sprawl, “Den of Thieves” wants to be “Heat” very, very badly — and it comes a lot closer than you expect. Director Christian Gudegast lacks the operatic, mid-’90s freedom than Michael Mann had, not to mention Mann’s peerless technique and moral complexity, but for a movie so conspicuously wearing its chief influence on its sleeve, the first-timer employs an appealing, restless energy that gives his homage its own life on screen. Meanwhile, Pablo Schreiber and O’Shea Jackson Jr. quietly command the screen opposite a suitably bloated, snarling Gerard Butler in...
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Film Review: ‘Den of Thieves’

Film Review: ‘Den of Thieves’
Ambition isn’t a bad quality to see in a January movie. The simplest thing to call “Den of Thieves” would be a heist thriller, but it’s a relatively elaborate one, an underworld action drama that sprawls and digresses and for a while, at least, appears to have something on its mind. The movie is set in Los Angeles, which it presents as the bank-robbery capital of the Western world, and the director, Christian Gudegast, shoots the city’s endless freeway maze with a synth-pop moodiness that’s flagrantly evocative of Michael Mann.

As it turns out, the existential drive-by atmosphere of “Den of Thieves” isn’t even the most Mann-ish thing about it. The film coasts along on parallel narrative tracks, zeroing in on a team of renegade cops, led by Gerard Butler as a sensitive bruiser, as well as a crew of robbers who are planning to break into the L.A. branch
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Bleecker Street CEO on Sundance Post-Weinstein and the Future of Indie Films

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When it comes to gaining insight on what movies play well in indie-owned movie theaters, Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen need look no further than his wife of 25 years, Pam Karpen. "She actually owns a four-screen movie theater in Bethel, Connecticut. And yes, she plays Bleecker Street films," he says with a laugh. "And no, I am not involved in any of the negotiations on what the terms are." Still, the intel on what drives increasingly distracted audiences out to a theater comes in handy when the former Focus Features co-ceo is looking to buy a film at...
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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Universal Kids Picks Up U.S. Second Window Rights on Cottonwood, Zdf Tween Series ‘Find Me in Paris’

The highly-anticipated time-traveling ballerina series for tweens, “Find Me in Paris,” co-produced by Cottonwood Media, part of France’s Federation Entertainment, and Germany’s Zdf and Zdf Enterprises, has reached a second-window broadcast deal with Universal Kids in the U.S. The show had previously been sold to Hulu in the U.S., France Télévisions in France, Disney in France and Italy, Zdf in Germany, ABC in Australia and Vrt in Belgium. Deal was closed by Federation Kids & Family, a Cottonwood Media sister company.

“Find Me in Paris” was created and is co-executive produced by Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch, creators of Nickelodeon’s hit series “Ride,” and is produced by industry veterans David Michel, co-founder of Marathon Media and Cottonwood Media and producer on “Totally Spies,” Zoé Carrera Allaix, Cecile Lauritano – who also produces on the ultra-successful animated series “The Ollie and Moon Show” – and Federation Ent. CEO Pascal Breton, along with co-executive
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Peak TV Brings New Models, Windows, Problems and Opportunities for TV’s Busiest Producers

Miami — In this Peak TV moment, the dearth of new first-run product for sale at Natpe speaks volumes about the fragmented state of the content marketplace.

Yes, it’s the best of times for producers who have no shortage at all of outlets hunting for distinctive original content. But it’s not the best of times for finding a way to make real money from new shows at a time when the cost of every aspect of production is soaring simply because there are so many players chasing talent and deals.

The first-run syndication business that was the traditional underpinning of the annual National Association of Television Program Executives conference has been in a long slump, beset by declining ratings and softness in local advertising. The two new strips that did hit the market reflected the needs of stations for plug-and-play shows that are highly cost efficient (read: no big license fees) and don’t need a
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TV Entrepreneurs Still Roam the Halls at Natpe

Miami — Dave Mech of Springfield, Mass., donned his “Potsquatch” suit and headed for Miami this week.

Mech has an idea for an unscripted TV show set in the booming cannabis business. It’s a branding initiative for the recreational marijuana dispensary he hopes to open in Springfield later this year. He figured he’d try his luck cold-pitching producers at the Natpe conference because he didn’t have much to lose. He’s already got the show’s title picked out.

” ‘Potstars,’ like ‘Pawn Stars,’ ” Mech explained. “Because we used to be a pawn shop … but now we’re a pot shop.’ ”

Mech grabbed attention at the show by walking around in a giant furry green costume bedecked with big plastic marijuana leaves. He had a lot of conversations about the show just from people who inquired about the costume, which was crafted by an artist friend.

The spirit of salesmanship that drove Mech to Miami is still
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Berlinale Sets TV Drama Series Days Lineup

Berlinale Sets TV Drama Series Days Lineup
Australian drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and AMC series “The Terror” are among the seven scripted TV projects that will feature in the Drama Series Days running alongside the Berlin International Film Festival.

The TV component of the Festival has been growing in size and importance, and Israeli series “Sleeping Bears,” German-originated drama “Bad Banks,” and “Heimebane” (“Home Ground”) out of Norway also all feature.

Hulu and Amazon’s TV adaptation of the non-fiction bestseller “The Looming Tower,” and Danish series “Liberty,” complete the 2018 lineup.

Although hailing from different parts of the world, the organizers said all of the projects selected deal, in one form or another, with power structures and resistance to them.

“The series will look into the depths of the human soul, and portray the insatiable hunger for wealth, power, and acknowledgement,” organizers said. “They depict reactionary political systems, but also turmoil and break-up in society, as well as protagonists who couldn’t be more
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Dylan Farrow Details Woody Allen Sexual Assault Claim in First TV Interview

Dylan Farrow Details Woody Allen Sexual Assault Claim in First TV Interview
In her first televised interview, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow described in graphic detail how Allen allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Speaking with CBS This Morning's Gayle King, Dylan Farrow also responded to claims that she was "brainwashed and coached" by her mother and began crying as she watched Allen deny the sexual assault claims in a 1992 interview with 60 Minutes.

Farrow explained how Allen took her into an attic crawlspace in her mother's Connecticut home and, as she said, instructed her to lie down on her stomach and play with a toy train. While she...
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