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Lee Daniels Developing Pair of Drama Projects at Fox with Julian Breece, Peter Mattei
Lee Daniels will executive produce two drama projects currently in development at Fox, Variety has learned.
The first project, titled “Victory,” is a one-hour drama set in the world of competitive gospel choirs. It tells the story of a prodigal son and a group of forgotten young people who must rise above their personal hardships to save a church and heal a broken community through the power of song. The project has received a put pilot commitment at the network. Julian Breece will write and executive produce, with Daniels also executive producing along with Pam Williams and Kevin Donahue. This marks Breece’s second collaboration with Daniels and Fox, having recently sold the drama project “Mason Dixon.” Breece most recently served as a co-producer on Beau Willimon’s new Hulu series “The First.”
Fox has ordered a script with a penalty attached for the the second project, “East of Hope.” The »
- Joe Otterson
‘The Deuce’ Renewed by HBO for Season 2
Created by David Simon and George Pelacanos, “The Deuce” premiered Sept. 10 on the premium service. Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the series tells the story of the rise of the porn industry in New York in the 1970s.
“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “Their unique gift for immersing the audience in their dark and edgy worlds brings a brilliant verisimilitude unlike any other. With the remarkably talented Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco leading an exceptional cast, we look forward to delving deeper as this captivating story evolves.”
“Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to »
- Daniel Holloway
‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates
The sequel to 2013’s “The Croods” had been taken off the release schedule and thought to be possibly scrapped. But it is now back on track for a Sept. 18, 2020 release.
The first installment of “The Croods” made $587 million worldwide pointing towards signs of an obvious sequel. Leslie Mann is set to join the returning cast that included Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke.
Plot details are unknown at this time.
“Spooky Jack,” which will be exec produced by Jason Blum, is set to open on Sept. 17, 2021. The story follows three siblings who move into an eerie new home and discover that all the creatures we’ve been told don’t exist actually do. They must handle some unusual squatters from mischievous leprechauns and the elusive Big Foot to »
- Justin Kroll
‘Stranger Things’ Writer Justin Doble Inks Deal With Amazon Studios
Amazon announced Tuesday it closed an overall deal with Doble, who will be developing genre television projects exclusively for Prime. Doble’s other credits include working on Hulu’s “The Path” and AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” He began his career writing episodes of “Fringe” and “Almost Human.”
“We have long admired Justin’s ability to create stories and characters that stoke fans’ passion,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, »
- Carli Velocci
Matt Damon to Star as Con-Man Doctor in ‘Charlatan’ (Exclusive)
After headlining two movies that debuted on the fall festival circuit — “Suburbicon” and “Downsizing” — Matt Damon has found a new project. He’s set to star as John R. Brinkley, a real-life 20th century doctor who conned his patients into thinking that he had discovered the cure to impotence, in the drama “Charlatan,” Variety has learned.
The movie marks another collaboration for Damon as a producer with Kimberly Steward, who worked together behind-the-camera on the Oscar-winning drama “Manchester by the Sea.” Steward’s company K Period Media, which she launched in 2013 with a mandate to tell edgy stories, will co-produce the movie with Damon’s Pearl Street Films alongside Jennifer Todd.
Venice Film Review: ‘Suburbicon’
The independent film is based on a best-selling 2008 non-fiction book, “Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam,” by Pope Brock. The screenplay will be adapted by the writing team of Brian Koppelman and »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Homeland EP Teases Carrie-Keane Showdown in Season 7, Confirms [Spoiler] Is Definitely Dead
Sometimes dead is dead — even on Homeland.
At Sunday’s Emmy Awards, the Showtime drama’s longtime EP/director Lesli Linka Glatter officially confirmed that the death of Rupert Friend’s seemingly immortal Quinn in the Season 6 finale will indeed stick. “I wish he wasn’t [dead],” she lamented to me on the red carpet prior to the ceremony, where she was up for her fifth Emmy for directing Homeland (she lost out to Handmaid Tale‘s Reed Morano).
At the start of our brief Q&A — which »
Chase Goehring’s final ‘America’s Got Talent’ performance: Heartthrob raps original song ‘Mirror’ [Watch]
Singer-songwriter/guitarist Chase Goehring performed Tuesday night during the Finals episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. As one of the Top 10 “Agt” acts of Season 12, Goehring is known for the effortless way in which he blends rap into his original songs. Did the 21-year-old artist continue wowing the judges and America with his final performance […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Fans Can’t Help But Ask, ‘Why Are You Wearing Sombreros?’
(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read on if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s episode of “American Horror Story: Cult.) Three episodes in, “American Horror Story: Cult” is continuing to confuse and frighten fans. But the thing that had people talking the most wasn’t another clown cult murder or the fact that everyone on the show is officially a suspect — it was a hilarious moment in which the Wiltons (Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman) showed up at the house of Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson) wearing sombreros. Episode 2 ended with an intense moment. In the middle of a blackout and being terrorized by. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Every ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Character, Ranked by How Likely It Is That They’re a Murderous Clown (Photos)
When “American Horror Story: Cult,” kicked off on Sept. 5, fans immediately started speculating that some of the weirdness between the show’s characters could be a clown cult conspiracy. Three episodes in, we now know the clowns are real and evidence is mounting that implicates plenty of people as members of the cult. Here’s every character, ranked by how likely each might be one of them. Oz Mayfair-Richards (Cooper Dodson) Seeing as Oz is a kid, we can be pretty sure he’s not a member of the clown murder cult. Despite his mom, Ally, seemingly unsure if she’s hallucinated all those. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Trump Slams Emmys for ‘Worst Ever’ Ratings
President Donald Trump waited for nearly two days after the Emmys broadcast that repeatedly bashed his presidency to weigh in, tweeting Tuesday night how “saddened” he was by the show’s “worst ever” ratings. “Smartest people of them all are the ‘Deplorables,'” he added, apparently referencing all the Trump supporters who decided to tune out for an evening filled with Hollywood stars decrying him. I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever. Smartest people of them all are the "Deplorables." — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017 Also Read: Emmys Axed Obama. »
- Thom Geier
Jimmy Kimmel Revives Healthcare Debate and Criticizes Louisiana Senator Cassidy
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is mixing more and more serious stuff in with his comedy.
Kimmel took to the stage of his ABC late-night program and, for the second time in five months, urged viewers to push back against Republican lawmakers seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And, in a rare instance of a late-night host singling out a regional politician, he urged his viewers to reach out to one of the bill’s sponsors, Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy, to make their feelings known about the new proposed legislation, known as the Graham-CassidybBill.
“Listen. Healthcare is complicated. It’s boring. I don’t want to talk about it, and the details can be exceptionally confusing. And that’s what these guys are relying on,” Kimmel said in a monologue taped for Tuesday’s night’s broadcast of his program, “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “They’re counting on you to be so overwhelmed by all the information – you »
- Brian Steinberg
Watch Kimmel Skewer Health Care Bill Author: 'Bill Cassidy Lied to My Face'
Jimmy Kimmel called out Senator Bill Cassidy in a scathing monologue Tuesday, criticizing the politician for crafting and pushing a health care bill that does not ensure the kind of protections he previously promised during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
In May, as Republicans began their attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Kimmel delivered an emotional defense of the healthcare system after his newborn son needed immediate open-heart surgery. After the speech went viral, Cassidy appeared on CNN where he said any new health care bill would have »
Trump Says He Was ‘Saddened’ By ‘Worst Ever’ Emmy Ratings
Washington — President Donald Trump has weighed in on the Emmys, which were heavy on humor and swipes at his expense.
“I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever. Smartest people of them all are the ‘Deplorables,'” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night, two days after Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards telecast. The President is in New York, staying at Trump Tower, during the United Nations General Assembly.
I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever. Smartest people of them all are the "Deplorables."
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
The Emmys, broadcast by CBS, were about on par with last year’s ceremony in terms of total viewers. Sunday’s awards ceremony averaged 11.4 million viewers, compared to 2016’s 11.3 million, its lowest ever. The telecast also averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49, dropping below last year’s »
- Ted Johnson
American Horror Story Recap: A-Tisket, a Casket
The clowns aren’t a figment of Ally’s imagination, but what if everything else is? »
- Brian Moylan
‘American Horror Story’ Recap: Almost Everyone Turns on Ally in ‘Neighbors From Hell’
The isolation of Ally (Sarah Paulson) is in full swing. After she shot and killed her former employee Pedro at the end of the last episode, her neighbors and fellow liberals have turned against her, and by the end of “Neighbors From Hell,” she even loses the support of her wife, Ivy (Alison Pill). She still has one person on her side, though: Kai (Evan Peters), and it’s hard not to think that this is all part of his plan as he begins to earn her trust.
But before all of that happens, we meet a couple who’s seeing Dr. Rudy Vincent (Cheyenne Jackson). The woman had a fear of coffins going back to a childhood trauma, but, thanks in part to Dr. Rudy, she »
- Alex Stedman
Hillary Clinton Reviews Donald Trump’s United Nations Speech on Late Show
She has some notes on “Rocket Man.” »
- Tolly Wright
Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky Recap: Never Wrestle a Pig
We’re a long, long way from a proposal. »
- Molly Fitzpatrick
Jimmy Kimmel Tackles TrumpCare, Says Senator Bill Cassidy ‘Lied Right to My Face’ (Video)
After addressing the health care system head-on following his newborn son’s emergency open-heart surgery in July, Jimmy Kimmel blasted Senator Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham’s new health “care” act on Tuesday. Kimmel even went as far as to say Sen. Cassidy “lied right to my face,” when he appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “I know this is hard to believe but a few months ago … Senator Bill Cassidy was on my show and he wasn’t very honest,” Kimmel said in his latest opening monologue. “It seemed like he was being honest — he got a lot of credit and attention for. »
- Debbie Emery
Angelica Hale’s final ‘America’s Got Talent’ performance: 10-year-old slays Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony’ [Watch]
Child singer Angelica Hale performed Tuesday night during the Finals episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. As one of the Top 10 “Agt” acts of Season 12, Hale is considered by many to have the best voice in the competition. Did the 10-year-old girl continue wowing the judges and America with her final performance of Clean […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
‘Ray Donovan’ Star Pooch Hall Says ‘Real Bad Things Happen’ in Season 5 (Exclusive Video)
“Ray Donovan” star Pooch Hall says big things are on the horizon for his character, Daryll Donovan — but this isn’t necessarily a good thing. “This was my favorite season because I feel Daryll coming into his own and creating some dark, creating some edge, creating some pandemonium and havoc,” Hall told TheWrap about the fifth season for the Showtime drama that stars Liev Schreiber in the title role. “What’s great about my character is, I really do love my family, but this season, what’s about to happen, it’s going to cause me to make a choice, »
- Ryan Gajewski
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