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‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order

‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order
The untitled drama series based on Gabrielle Union’s “Bad Boys” character has been ordered to pilot at NBC.

Union will star as Syd Burnett, her character from “Bad Boys 2.” In the show, she has left the DEA and now has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields. Union will also executive produce in addition to starring.

The project had received a pilot production commitment at the network in October.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
There is now a movie about to be released on the Lifetime channel about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I’m not sure whether to move on to the next article or simply say congratulations and leave it at that. On one hand it’s a blessed event that should be given a great deal of respect as people all over the globe that care about the union are overjoyed and giving their well wishes to the happy couple. But on a very different note it sounds more like a chance to glorify a couple that have already been made famous and

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
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Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90

Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90
Veteran actor Peter Wyngarde, who starred as flamboyant investigator Jason King in the iconic 1970s British police series “Department S,” has died. He was 90.

Wyngarde died in a West London hospital, his agent Thomas Bowington told Variety.

“Peter Wyngarde passed away peacefully in his sleep early evening Monday at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital,” Bowington said, adding that Wyngarde was “one of the most original and truly great actors I’ve ever seen and by far the most exceptional man I have ever met.”

Wyngarde had a long career on stage and screen but is best known as handlebar-mustachioed investigator King. He also appeared in classic series including “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” and “The Prisoner.”

The King character was an author and investigator in “Department S,” and in 1971 was given his own series, “Jason King.” The show was canceled in 1972, but Wyngarde continued to appear on stage and screen in Britain and internationally.

His movie appearances
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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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‘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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Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow

Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow
Woody Allen has released a statement following his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s interview with Gayle King on Thursday’s “CBS This Morning.” Farrow spoke out in graphic detail about a sexual assault she said she suffered at the hands of Allen when she was 7 years old. “Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother … relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator,” Allen said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “It seems to have worked — and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says.” “Even though the Farrow...
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Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview

Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview
Dylan Farrow detailed her allegations of sexual assault at the hands of her father, Woody Allen, in a lengthy interview with Gayle King that aired on Thursday’s edition of “CBS This Morning.”

Farrow, 32, recounted her story of being touched by Allen, her adoptive father, in August 1992. She also said she experienced other incidents of inappropriate behavior with her father, including him asking her to come into bed with him when he was wearing only underwear. Allen has once again strongly denied the allegations.

Farrow said she decided to give her first TV interview on the alleged assault that occurred when she was 7 because of the groundswell of public support for victims of sexual harassment and abuse. She has called on actors to shun Allen and his films.

“It was very momentous for me to see this conversation finally carried into a public setting,” Farrow said of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. “Because I have
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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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Edgar Ramirez: Homophobia 'Underlying Theme' of 'Assassination of Versace'

Edgar Ramirez: Homophobia 'Underlying Theme' of 'Assassination of Versace'
Edgar Ramirez opened up about playing the title role in Ryan Murphy's buzzed-about FX series, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, in an interview on The Tonight Show Wednesday, and the actor specifically pointed to the timeliness of the narrative.

"Ryan [Murphy, the creator of the series] has an amazing talent to identify stories that are both dramatically gripping and at the same time they're socially and culturally relevant," he told host Jimmy Fallon. "It's that combination that makes the anthology of American Crime Story so interesting."

This season's storyline chronicles events leading
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‘Will & Grace': Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner and Sara Rue to Reprise Roles

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‘Will & Grace': Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner and Sara Rue to Reprise Roles
Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner and Sara Rue are set to reprise their roles on NBC’s revived “Will & Grace.” Those three Season 1 (you know, the second time around) guest stars will be joined by a pair of newcomers to the universe: Mary McCormack and Robert Klein. Baldwin played Malcolm Widmark on the show’s original run. Danner was Will’s mom, Marilyn Truman, and Rue played Grace’s sister Joyce. These three returning and these five total upcoming guest stars follow the news of Jennifer Lopez’s own comeback to the sitcom. J. Lo. will play two roles on this version of “Will & Grace” — herself,...
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‘Party of Five’ Reboot Scores Put Pilot Order at Freeform

Freeform has given a put pilot order to a reboot of “Party of Five,” Variety has confirmed.

The new series hails from original “Party of Five” creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. The original series followed the five Salinger siblings who must band together after their parents died in a car accident. It ran for six seasons and over 140 episodes on Fox from 1994-2000.

The new series would feature an immigration twist and would follow the Buendias siblings, whose parents are unexpectedly deported to Mexico.

Keyser and Lippman will serve as writers and executive producers. Michal Zebede will write and co-executive produce. Rodrigo Garcia is set to direct and also executive produce. Sony Pictures Television Studios will produce.

More to come…

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Former Assistant’s Long Collaboration With Oscar-Winning Editor Reaches Fruition on ‘The Post’

Former Assistant’s Long Collaboration With Oscar-Winning Editor Reaches Fruition on ‘The Post’
What began as a mentor-mentee relationship has bloomed into a professional partnership that finds Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar sharing credit as the editors of Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.”

Broshar met Kahn, who has been working with Spielberg for four decades, when she was an assistant editor on the director’s “The Adventures of Tintin” (2011). She went on to work with Kahn and Spielberg on “War Horse,” “Lincoln” and “Bridge of Spies” before earning a full editor’s credit on “The Post.”

“I feel very, very lucky to have Michael as my mentor,” she says. “It’s been a really rewarding process to sit with Michael and Steven and learn the craft.”

The duo were just nominated for an Ace Eddie Award by American Cinema Editors.

At the time that Kahn and Broshar cut “The Post,” which tells the 1971-set story of how The Washington Post came to publish the Pentagon Papers, Spielberg was still
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‘Party of Five’ Reboot From Original Creators Gets Pilot Order at Freeform

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A reboot of “Party of Five” from the original series creators has been given a put pilot commitment at Freeform, TheWrap has learned. Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman are developing the reboot of the ’90s Fox drama with an immigration twist. No further details, including casting, have been announced. The news comes as the Disney-owned cable network looks to expand its original programming slate after announcing last October plans to expand to a fourth night of originals in 2018. The push was led by the network’s two new comedies which premiered this month.”Grown-ish,” the “Black-ish” spinoff starring Yara Shahidi, launched on Jan....
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Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s New Thriller Series ‘The Mechanism’ (Video)

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Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s New Thriller Series ‘The Mechanism’ (Video)
Narcos” director José Padilha is coming out with a new series “The Mechanism” this March, based on the biggest money laundering scheme in Brazilian history. The eight-episode debut season follows a group of investigators as they discover what goes on behind closed doors in the oil industry, uncovering a giant corruption scheme. “The Mechanism” is inspired by true events that happened in Brazil, and was filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Brasília, and São Paulo. Also Read: Chef David Chang's 'Ugly Delicious' Debuts on Netflix Next Month (Video) “The Mechanism” stars Selton Mello as a retired federal police deputy, Carol Abras as his mentee,...
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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Talks State of the Union

On the eve of the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris acknowledges that the spotlight is shining particularly brightly on the union’s 160,000 members.

The Jan. 21 ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium mark the first time the SAG Awards have an emcee, with Kristen Bell tapped to handle hosting duties at a show that will feature all female presenters. Carteris admits that those choices were quite deliberate at a time of profound change for women in the entertainment industry.

“Having Kristen Bell as the first host really speaks to our show evolving,” Carteris says. “She’s wonderful. And we had been starting to talk about doing all-female presenters since last year so it’s serendipity that it happened for this show.”

Carteris, who succeeded the late Ken Howard as president nearly two years ago, says current discussions with her fellow leaders have been particularly dynamic amid the need for profound change.

“Our recent
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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Talks State of the Union

On the eve of the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris acknowledges that the spotlight is shining particularly brightly on the union’s 160,000 members.

The Jan. 21 ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium mark the first time the SAG Awards have an emcee, with Kristen Bell tapped to handle hosting duties at a show that will feature all female presenters. Carteris admits that those choices were quite deliberate at a time of profound change for women in the entertainment industry.

“Having Kristen Bell as the first host really speaks to our show evolving,” Carteris says. “She’s wonderful. And we had been starting to talk about doing all-female presenters since last year so it’s serendipity that it happened for this show.”

Carteris, who succeeded the late Ken Howard as president nearly two years ago, says current discussions with her fellow leaders have been particularly dynamic amid the need for profound change.

“Our recent
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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Actress Kaya Scodelario on Playing Complicated Women

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Actress Kaya Scodelario on Playing Complicated Women
Kaya Scodelario reprises her role as Teresa, one of the heroines in “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” which opens Jan. 26. Next for the British-born actress, who also starred in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” is “Die in a Gunfight,” a modern-day action remake of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

You’ve been vocal about having been sexually harassed.

I never thought I would have an opportunity to be able to reach people like this. I’ve always believed if there was just one person who spoke out and said, “This thing has happened to me,” maybe as a young child I wouldn’t have had so much depression and felt so conflicted growing up. To know that I could perhaps do that for someone else, I feel like I owe it to myself to do that.

What inspired you to become an actor?

It was the only thing I ever felt confident doing. I
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