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J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)

J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)
J.J. Abrams, currently immersed in the Star Wars feature film universe, is plotting his return to TV writing.

The prolific writer, producer and director is shopping a space-set spec script that, should it go to series, would be the first show he wrote and created since Fringe in 2008. Sources say Apple and HBO — where Abrams serves as an Ep on Westworld — are both in the running for the untitled drama, with producers Warner Bros. Television also open to additional bidders as the project is still being shopped. Warners, Apple and HBO all declined comment.

Sources say the Abrams...
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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3

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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3
Scoot McNairy is the latest addition to the “True Detective” Season 3 cast, a spokesperson told TheWrap Tuesday.

The “Godless” star joins Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff in the HBO drama’s upcoming run that focuses on a macabre crime in the Ozarks. The third season spans several decades and is divided into three separate time periods. McNairy will play Tom, a father with connections to state police. Ali plays state police detective Wayne Hays; Dorff plays his partner Roland West; and Ejogo plays Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher.
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9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!

9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!
Fox has a hit on its hands!!

The thrilling new first responders drama, 9-1-1, from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen & CEOs, Fox Television Group.

“With a bold concept, award-winning stars and a flawless execution, Ryan, Brad and Tim have done it again,” said Walden and Newman.
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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to Reveal How Han and Chewbacca Met

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to Reveal How Han and Chewbacca Met
This May’s Solo: A Star Wars Story will feature an important moment in the history of a galaxy far, far away — the first meeting between the eponymous Corellian rogue and his future co-pilot, Chewbacca.

In a new Disney press kit detailing the studio’s 2018 releases, Solo’s plot description is sparse, yet still revealing more information than had previously been released: “Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one...
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Sundance Film Festival 2018: Guide to Events, Parties and More

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Guide to Events, Parties and More
Hollywood is taking over Park City's Main Street for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, scheduled for Jan. 18-28. Here's a guide to the must-visit spots — from panel discussions and eco-lounges to A-list parties and VIP gifting suites — at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Sundance: Day One Press Conference

Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., 1 p.m.

Sundance Institute founder and president Robert Redford, Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam and Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper take stage in front of members of the media to discuss the 2018 event and other fest initiatives. Barbara Chai, MarketWatch entertainment editor and head of arts and culture coverage for Dow Jones Media Group will moderate.

The two versions are delivered in the same theaters and fans have been split 50-50 on whether to experience the film from the light or dark side. The vibrations, tilts, wind, fog, strobe and other effects enhance differing aspects of the on-screen action for the light and dark side of the theaters. Light saber battles create differing reverb effects for the two sides, while the atmosphere...
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Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce

Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce
Exclusive: Sony’s Superfly film is assembling a team aptly fit for its title. As Deadline previously reported, Director X is officially attached to direct the remake with Trevor Jackson confirmed to star as Youngblood Priest. In addition, Mudbound and Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell has signed on to co-star as Eddie, along with Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent (Showtime's White Famous) as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as…
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‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon

‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon
Sharon Horgan has inked a two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Amazon has also struck a first-look deal with Merman, the production company Horgan founded with Clelia Mountford.

The pair already have a relationship with Amazon, which has exclusively acquired all seasons of “Catastrophe” for the U.S. Produced by Avalon, Birdbath, and Merman, the comedy series about an unexpected pregnancy and a dysfunctional relationship was co-created by Horgan and Rob Delaney, her co-star on the show, which airs on Channel 4 in Britain.

“Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers, and directors working in television today. We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios. “Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows for our Prime members.”

Horgan earned
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‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’

‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’
Syfy has greenlit “The Outpost,” an original fantasy series for its international networks. “Stargate” producer Dean Devlin and “Stargate SG-1” showrunner Jonathan Glassner will executive produce the 10-part series.

It will bow on NBCUniversal’s Syfy channel across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, and Australia. Production got underway Tuesday, in Utah, for delivery later in 2018.

The Outpost” will star Jessica Green (“Ash vs. Evil Dead”) as Talon, the lone survivor of a race called the Blackbloods. After her village is destroyed by mercenaries, she sets out to find the killers of her family, discovering along the way that she has mysterious powers, which ultimately she must use to battle a fanatical religious dictator.
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'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son

'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son
Creed has found his opponent.

German-Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu will square off against Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2, MGM and Warner Bros.’ sequel to the 2015 hit that updated Rocky for a new generation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Steven Caple will direct the movie, which is set to begin shooting in March in Philadelphia.

Creed starred Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa, who mentors Adonis Johnson (Jordan), the son of his rival, Apollo Creed.

The new pic also features a blast-from-the-past update: Munteanu will play the son of Ivan Drago, the ruthless Soviet boxer from Rocky IV, which...
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund

Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund
Timothée Chalamet announced on Instagram Monday night that he will be donating his salary from his work on the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to three charities: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization.

"I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer ... What I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary," Chalamet said in his...
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STX President Sophie Watts Exits Over CEO Robert Simonds’ Alleged Harassment (Exclusive)

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STX President Sophie Watts Exits Over CEO Robert Simonds’ Alleged Harassment (Exclusive)
STX Entertainment President Sophie Watts is leaving her role at the entertainment company after complaining of harassment by her boss CEO Robert Simonds, according to two individuals with knowledge of the situation.

Watts has been absent from STX since at least December, but her official resignation was expected imminently.

Reached for comment, Watts said, “I can’t comment on any of this.”

TheWrap attempted to reach Simonds by email and phone, with no reply. Company spokeswoman Patti Rockenwagner also did not respond to multiple emails and phone calls
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Arnold Schwarzenegger "Shocked and Saddened" by Eliza Dushku's 'True Lies' Assault Claims

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is "shocked and saddened" to learn of Eliza Dushku's alleged sexual assault during the filming of True Lies.

The action star, who toplined James Cameron's 1994 action thriller, tweeted on Monday evening that had he known about the incident at the time "you bet your ass all of us would have done something." Schwarzenegger also tweeted his support to and expressed his pride in Dushku, who played his daughter in the film, for coming forward.

Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I’m shocked and...
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James Gunn Offers $100K to Get Donald Trump's Weight on "Accurate Scale"

James Gunn Offers $100K to Get Donald Trump's Weight on
Donald Trump's first physical assessment as president was made public on Tuesday — and filmmaker James Gunn isn't buying it.

Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters that Trump is 6-feet 3-inches tall and weighs 239 pounds, among other information released about his health. But Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director Gunn tweeted that seems off to him — and offered up some of his own money to try and find out what Trump actually weighs.

"I will give $100 thousand dollars to Trump's favorite charity if he will step on an accurate scale with an impartial medical professional, okayed by both of us. For real....
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Amazon’s ‘Electric Dreams’ Hints at What Might Have Happened to Real-Life Philip K. Dick Android

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Amazon’s “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” contains more than just a host of stories by the prolific science-fiction writer. The anthology series has a star-studded cast, and although Dick died in 1982, it includes a couple of Easter egg references to the author of “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” — the source material for “Blade Runner.” In the episode “The Father Thing,” protagonist Charlie finds himself thinking that his father has been replaced by some kind of alien look-alike. And he’s not the only one — Charlie’s teacher winds up committing suicide because he thinks the same thing about his wife. In...
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Film News Roundup: Wide Release on Christian Bale’s ‘Hostiles’ Moved Back a Week

Film News Roundup: Wide Release on Christian Bale’s ‘Hostiles’ Moved Back a Week
In today’s film news roundup, the wide release of “Hostiles” moves back a week, “Birthright: A War Story” gets special screenings and Eos World Fund backs projects from Julie Dash and Nina Menkes.

Release Strategy

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has moved back its wide release on “Hostiles,” starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, from Jan. 19 to Jan. 26.

Distribution chief Mark Borde said that Esmp wants to give itself another week to build strong word of mouth on the historical drama, which opened on Dec. 22 and has grossed $885,341 at 42 locations. It will expand into five additional markets on Jan. 19.

“It’s working very well and we are very pleased with grosses to date,” he added.

The film, directed by Scott Cooper from his own script, had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Esmp acquired the movie in October from producer Ken Kao’s Waypoint Entertainment.

The film, set
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Fox News Denies Shelving Story on Stormy Daniels-Trump Affair Before 2016 Election

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Fox News has denied a CNN report that it shelved a story about a sexual relationship between adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, and Donald Trump before the 2016 election. Citing four anonymous sources “familiar with the matter,” CNN reported Tuesday that Fox reporter Diana Falzone filed a story in October 2016 about a sexual relationship between Clifford and Trump that included an on-the-record statement from Clifford’s then-manager, Gina Rodriguez (who is not connected to the “Jane the Virgin” star of the same name). According to CNN’s insiders, Falzone saw emails about a settlement between Clifford and Trump to keep her...
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Live-Tweeting TV: How Networks Make the Most of Your Fomo

If there is one friend you need to shout “spoiler alert!” loudest at it’s probably Twitter. Fans of any show whose hashtag trends hard should know by now to stay away from social media during prime time at all costs if they can’t watch the episode live. And networks are honestly cool with that. “Our approach to Twitter is to drive conversation, support fandoms, and create a sense of tune-in urgency,” Rob Hayes, executive vice president for NBC Digital tells TheWrap. “Live-tweeting plays a key role in meeting all those objectives. We’re directly engaging with handraisers, creating content that’s inherently...
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Greta Van Susteren and Eric Bolling’s Twitter Accounts Hacked: ‘I Love Turkey’

Greta Van Susteren’s Twitter account was hacked on Tuesday afternoon — or she must’ve really enjoyed a recent trip to Istanbul. The conservative commentator started sending out several pro-Turkey tweets to her 1.2 million followers, including videos of rap songs in Turkish. She added a warm “I love Turkey” message, accompanied by a heart emoji. Fellow former Fox News host Eric Bolling was also hacked, seemingly by the same cyber attackers. A tweet sent in Turkish by Van Susteren’s account at about 6 p.m. Et said she was indeed hit by Turkish hackers. It translated to: “You are hacked by the Turkish cyber...
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