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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night

Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night
Director Tamara Jenkins has always been interested in the family dynamic. The indie classic “Slums of Beverly Hills” was about failed upward mobility in the late 1970s. “The Savages” was about disinterested siblings who need to solve the problem of an ailing father.

After a ten-year break, Jenkins returned to open the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night with “Private Life,” about a reproductively-challenged couple who need to start a family before they eviscerate the two-person unit they’ve already got.

Kathryn Hahn plays Rachel, a 41-year-old novelist who...
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Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews

Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews
Den of Thieves nabbed $950,000 in Thursday preview screenings.

STXfilms' R-rated heist movie stars Gerard Butler as a cop who's pitted against a crew looking to rob the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O'Shea Jackson Jr. are also among the cast of the thriller, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Christian Gudegast. It screens in 2,432 theaters, and could pull in $7 million-$8 million.

12 Strong earned $900,000 in preview screenings on Thursday night. The Warner Bros. release follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Chris...
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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was reported that Jones stepped away from the project early on after an unwanted advance from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave of...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform

Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform
Another day, another reboot! Party of Five is the latest series staged to make a TV comeback, as Freeform is set to reboot the the beloved '90s drama, E! News has confirmed. The network has handed a pilot order to the original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who will be modernizing the drama by tackling immigration. Similar to the original series, the reboot will follow five siblings, the Buendias, who struggle to keep their family together after their parents are deported back to Mexico.  The original Party of Five, which ran from 1994-2000, starred Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert (and various actors who played the youngest, Owen) as siblings...
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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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Netflix Buys Chrissy Metz, Shannon Purser Comedy ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’

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Netflix Buys Chrissy Metz, Shannon Purser Comedy ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’
Two stars from some of the biggest shows on TV — Chrissy Metz of “This Is Us” and Shannon Purser of “Stranger Things” — are headed to Netflix with a feature film. The streaming giant has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a modern-day telling of Cyrano de Bergerac set in high school. Ian Samuels directs from Lindsay Beer’s script. Rj Cyler (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), Kristine Froseth (“Let The Right One In”), Noah Centineo (“The Fosters”) and Lea Thompson costar. Also Read: Robert Redford Says #MeToo Will Help Women in Hollywood (Video) The rom-com centers on Sierra (played by Purser),...
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TV Ratings: Tgit Lineup Returns Strong on ABC

ABC’s Tgit lineup returned mostly up on Thursday night, according to Nielsen overnight data.

At 8 p.m., “Grey’s Anatomy” kicked things off with a 2.2 and 8.2 million viewers, up nearly 20 percent in the demo compared to its last new episode in November. “Scandal” drew a 1.3 and 5.2 million viewers, up over 10 percent in the demo from its last original episode. “How to Get Away with Murder” averaged a 1.0 and 3.8 million, approximately even with its last new episode.

On CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” (2.9, 14.7 million) and “Young Sheldon” (2.4, 13.2 million) were even and were the top-rated and most-watched shows of the night. “Mom” (1.6, 9.3 million), “Life in Pieces” (1.2, 6.8 million), and “Swat” (1.0, 6 million) were even.

For NBC, “Superstore” (1.0, 3.7 million) and “The Good Place” (1.0, 3.1 million) were even. “Will and Grace” (1.3, 4.5 million), “Great News” (0.7, 2.5 million), and “Chicago Fire” (1.0, 5.7 million) were up in the demo.

On Fox, “The Four” (1.2, 3.5 million) ticked up in the demo on Fox.

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Grammy Awards Producer Ken Ehrlich on the Show’s Big (and Expensive) Return to New York, and This Year’s ‘Woke’ Factor

Grammy Awards Producer Ken Ehrlich on the Show’s Big (and Expensive) Return to New York, and This Year’s ‘Woke’ Factor
What a year to be producing the Grammy Awards.

Not only are they being held in New York for the first time in 15 years, the world is crazy and something memorable or mind-boggling has happened on the stage of nearly every awards show in the past year, from Oprah’s rousing speech at the Golden Globes to the jaw-dropping envelope mix-up at the Oscars. And with a lineup that includes Kendrick Lamar, U2, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars with Cardi B, Elton John with Miley Cyrus, Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, Kesha, Khalid, Little Big Town, Logic, Patti LuPone, P!nk, Ben Platt, Sam Smith and Sza, several somethings are bound to happen this year.

Executive producer Ken Ehrlich has been helming the Grammy Awards — which air live from Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28 — since 1980 and last year extended his contract into yet another decade, carrying him into the 2020 show. It’s a ludicrously
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Starz Petitions FCC to End 3-Week Blackout for 4.9 Million Optimum Subscribers

Starz wants its New York fans of “Outlander” to see the show in 2018 — and its petitioning the Federal Communications Commission for Altice to make it happen. The second-biggest premium network filed a complaint with the FCC on Friday, aiming to force the provider to restore its flagship station — along with Starz Encore and Movieplex — to its 4.9 million Optimum customers in New York for the 30-day notice time mandated by FCC rules. All 16 Starz channels went dark on Jan. 1 after failing to reach a new licensing deal with Altice. Since then, Starz’s petition added “Altice...
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‘Loveling’ Film Review: Brazilian Drama Examines Class, Family Conflicts

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‘Loveling’ Film Review: Brazilian Drama Examines Class, Family Conflicts
Director Gustavo Pizzi wastes no time opening up the intimate and economical “Loveling” to its audience. The film is not alienating; it does not obfuscate its intentions. Pizzi knew what he wanted to make, and what he has made is a touching yarn about the pangs of familial maturation. Set on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Irene (Karine Teles, “The Second Mother”) is essentially a domestic superhero. On top of raising four boys, she’s letting her recently divorced sister (Adriana Esteves) crash while her husband Klaus (Otávio Müller) struggles with some financial woes. Oh, and she’s in the process...
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TheWrap Presents Live Interviews, Photos at the Acura Studio At Sundance 2018

TheWrap Presents Live Interviews, Photos at the Acura Studio At Sundance 2018
For Immediate Release Park City, Utah–January 19,2018–The Wrap is pleased to announce its annual live interview studio during the Sundance Film Festival 2018 welcoming top talent including Octavia Spencer, Peter Dinklage, Claire Danes, Idris Elba and many others for four days of news-making conversations about independent film. The space will be headquartered at the Acura Studio located in Park City where the 10-day festival takes place. TheWrap’s editorial team will conduct four days of video interviews and photography with the leading actors and directors appearing in competition at the festival. They include: Octavia Spencer (A Kid Like Jake), Keira Knightley (Colette), Elle...
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‘The Graduate’ Soundtrack Turns 50: How ‘Mrs. Roosevelt’ Became No. 1 Hit ‘Mrs. Robinson’

‘The Graduate’ Soundtrack Turns 50: How ‘Mrs. Roosevelt’ Became No. 1 Hit ‘Mrs. Robinson’
After the soundtrack album for Mike Nichols’ comedy/drama “The Graduate” was released on Jan. 21, 1967, it quickly vaulted to No. 1 on the American LP charts, where it established itself as something distinctly new and different.

It was not the soundtrack for a movie musical like “West Side Story,” whose 54-week reign at the top of the chart remains an all-time record. Nor did it accompany a feature film by pop’s previous soundtrack champs, the Beatles (three No. 1 albums, including late 1967’s “Magical Mystery Tour”) and Elvis Presley (three chart-toppers between 1957-61).

Instead, “The Graduate” deployed the New York folk-pop duo Simon & Garfunkel’s music as a tool to underscore and comment on the emotion in its oft-caustic, satirical narrative.

It was an uncommon, and uncommonly effective, movie-making gambit – albeit one that employed scarcely any new material by its marquee musicians. Its most memorable song arrived as little more than a minute-long wisp of a tune.

Nichols
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‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Staffer Fired After Complaining About Producers’ ‘Abusive’ Off-Air Behavior

‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Staffer Fired After Complaining About Producers’ ‘Abusive’ Off-Air Behavior
A writer for “Megyn Kelly “Today” was fired this week after lodging a formal complaint about what he called the show’s “toxic and demeaning” workplace culture. Kevin Bleyer, a former “Daily Show” writer and speechwriter for Barack Obama, sent an email to NBC’s human resources department and NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim accusing co-executive producers Jackie Levin and Christine Cataldi of bullying behavior toward staffers. A person familiar with the matter tells TheWrap the email was sent on Monday shortly after Bleyer learned he was being let go. According to the Daily Mail, which obtained a copy of the email, Bleyer said...
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Joel McHale Announces Netflix’s ‘The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale’ (Video)

Joel McHale Announces Netflix’s ‘The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale’ (Video)
Joel McHale is here to give you more Joel McHale with a little help from Netflix.

The former “Community” star announced on Friday his new unscripted series, “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale,” will hit the streaming service on Feb. 18. McHale will executive produce the series with “Bridesmaids” and “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig. The first season will consist of 13 half-hour episodes to be rolled out weekly.

Of course the comedian — who will, obviously, act as host — had to reveal the new series in the most “Joel McHale” way possible.
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Joel McHale to Host Weekly Netflix Unscripted Series

Joel McHale to Host Weekly Netflix Unscripted Series
Joel McHale is set to host a new unscripted series for Netflix, the streaming giant announced Friday.

Titled “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale,” the show will be a half-hour topical series that will skewer the latest events in pop culture and news from across the globe. It will feature celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and video clips from the worldwide realms of TV, sports, politics, celebrity culture, and every corner of the internet. The 13-episode first season launches globally Feb. 18 with new episodes dropping every week.

McHale will executive produce in addition to hosting. Paul Feig, Kp Anderson, Jessie Henderson, Brad Stevens, and Boyd Vico will also executive produce. The series is produced by Pygmy Wolf Productions, Free Period Productions, and Feigco Entertainment in association wit Lionsgate Television.

The series marks a return to form for McHale, who hosted the unscripted E! series “The Soup” from 2004-2015. McHale is also known for starring in the sitcom
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‘Blue Planet II’ Team on New Characters, New Technology, Same Inspiring Ocean

In 2001 BBC America launched “The Blue Planet” to explore the inner depths of the world’s oceans and introduce audiences to a number of “characters” in the sea creatures that call those oceans their home. The world sat up and took notice — from England’s prime minister, who tweeted about the show, to the United Nations, who started a task force to tackle marine plastics. The show was nominated for five Emmys and won two. And now, more than a decade and a half later, BBC America is back at it again with “Blue Planet II.”

“Ninety-percent of the ocean is unexplored, so there’s so much more to do,” producer Mark Brownlow tells Variety.

This time around, Brownlow and fellow producers James Honeyborne and Orla Doherty set out with the explicit goal of looking for stories that were new and exciting and perhaps even pioneering.

“A year before we had our entire team out there talking
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