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Lee Daniels Developing Pair of Drama Projects at Fox with Julian Breece, Peter Mattei

6 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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‘The Deuce’ Renewed by HBO for Season 2

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HBO has renewed drama series “The Deuce” for a second season.

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.”

Executive producers for “The Deuce” are Pelecanos, David Simon, Nina Kostroff Noble, James Franco. Richard Price is co-executive producer; Marc Henry Johnson and Gyllenhaal serve as producers.

“Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to »


- Daniel Holloway

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‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates

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DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods 2” and a new original feature, “Spooky Jack,” were both added to Universal’s release calendar on Tuesday.

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

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‘Stranger Things’ Writer Justin Doble Inks Deal With Amazon Studios

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Justin Doble, writer and producer on Netflix’s “Stranger Things” has moved over to another streaming service.

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

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Matt Damon to Star as Con-Man Doctor in ‘Charlatan’ (Exclusive)

10 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

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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 »


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Homeland EP Teases Carrie-Keane Showdown in Season 7, Confirms [Spoiler] Is Definitely Dead

18 September 2017 6:28 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

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 »


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See Melissa McCarthy's Slapstick Genius Shine in 'Cook Off!' Trailer

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Melissa McCarthy bumbles through a cooking competition in the wild new trailer for the long-gestating mockumentary, Cook Off! The film premiered at the Comedy Arts Festival in 2007 – long before McCarthy's breakout turn in Bridesmaids – and will finally receive an on-demand and limited theatrical release November 17th.

Cathryn Michon and Guy Shalem co-directed Cook Off!, which centers around the Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest, a reality competition with celebrity judges, a $1 million prize and a giant muffin mascot. Along with McCarthy, the film's cast boasts an array of seasoned improvisors including Michon, »


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Taikia Waititi In Talks To Direct Akira For Warner Bros.

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Can WB keep this director on board? »

- Jordan Crucchiola

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NFL Star Chris Long Donates His Paycheck for First 6 Games to Charlottesville Scholarships

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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long is putting his money where his mouth is by donating his pay for the first six games of the NFL season to fund scholarships in Charlottesville, Virginia. Long, who is from Los Angeles but played high school football for St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, has been one of the most vocal sports stars in the wake of the violent protests at a rally for white supremacists in the city last August. The scholarships will provide two students with a seven-year all-expenses-paid school program at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, according to Sports Illustrated. In addition, »


- Debbie Emery

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Kathy Griffin Called a ”C–t’ and ‘Bald D–e’ by Her Neighbor, the CEO of Kb Home

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Kathy Griffin has attracted the wrath of not just open Trump supporters. “My Life on the D-List” alum Griffin, who earlier this year angered many by posing for a photo with what appeared to be the bloody, decapitated head of President Trump, has also invoked the ire of her neighbor, Kb Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger, according to the Huffington Post, which published audio of the reported incident. In the audio, which was captured by security cameras on Saturday and provided to the Post by Griffin’s boyfriend Randy Bick, who lives with Griffin in the gated community they share with Mezger and. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Mother! Is Attempting to Use Its Bad Press to Attract More Movie Goers

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A new ad uses divisive responses to the Darren Aronofsky film as a selling point. »


- Tolly Wright

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Beau Willimon Says He’ll Push Diversity Initiatives, Organizing Efforts as WGA East Leader

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Beau Willimon has an ambitious new drama series launching next year on Hulu, and he has a Broadway play opening in late November. But a busy schedule has not deterred him from taking the reins of the WGA East at a tumultuous time for the film and TV biz.

In assuming the presidency of the WGA East as of Wednesday, Willimon said his goal was to build on the progress that executive director Lowell Peterson and his predecessor, Michael Winship, have made in fostering diversity initiatives for writers, organizing in the area of unscripted TV and continuing to improve relations between the WGA East and WGA West.

Willimon said his experience in serving on the WGA negotiating committee for the master film and TV contract deal reached in May was eye-opening. The guilds went down to the wire and were ready to walk if the studios hadn’t budged on key deal points.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Hulu’s Craig Erwich on What ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Emmys Mean for Streaming Service

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With a win for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Sunday night, Hulu became the first streaming service to win a best drama series Emmy — beating to the punch larger competitors Netflix and Amazon.

“Handmaid’s,” based on the feminist dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, dominated the drama categories, taking eight Emmys this year, including best actress for Elisabeth Moss. Hulu senior VP of content Craig Erwich, who greenlit and shepherded development of the series, spoke with Variety about the history-making Emmy run and what it means for the company.

What was your reaction Sunday night when you won series?

Numbness, surprise, and then just elation, because we’ve just been working toward this for three-and-a-half years since I got here. It was a profound moment for us and for the show.

Were you really surprised?

Yes, I was really, really surprised. When you sit in that auditorium and you look at the reel of shows, every »


- Daniel Holloway

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Jamie Lee Curtis Funeral Home Comedy in the Works at CBS

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Jamie Lee Curtis is attached to star in and executive produce the multi-camera comedy “Quality of Life,” which has been put into development at CBS. A multi-camera comedy, the project centers on a family-run funeral business and is described as “a show about life and marriage and sibling rivalry and the unique perspective that growing up in a funeral home gives you.” “Till Death” alum Janis Hirsch serves as writer and executive producer on the multi-camera comedy alongside Curtis. Also Read: CBS Boss Fires 'Must-See TV' Shot at First-Place NBC: '90s Ad Slogan 'Doesn't Fit Anymore' The project hails from CBS Television Studios. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale: Darci Lynne Farmer Dishes on the Toughest Part of Show

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As “America’s Got Talent” heads into its two-part Season 12 finale this week, Darci Lynne Farmer remains one of the finalists still standing. So who will win, and can the 12-year-old fan favorite pull off the victory? The singing ventriloquist told TheWrap that the most challenging aspect to her remarkable run has been saying goodbye to her fellow contestants. “The tough part is results because you just become such good friends with everyone, it’s hard to see them leave,” Farmer said. “We’re just all so supportive of each other, and we’ve just become super close, and we’re kind of like family. »

- Ryan Gajewski

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Mulleavy Sisters Debut First Film at 'Woodshock' Premiere

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New York Fashion Week may have ended over the weekend, but there was a sequel of sorts in Los Angeles on Monday night when stylish sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy — co-founders of the fashion label Rodarte — rocked looks from their collection at the premiere of their directorial debut, Woodshock.

Similarly clad in head-to-toe Rodarte (in a preview of spring-summer 2018) and accessorized with a baby’s breath floral garland in her hair, the movie’s star, Kirsten Dunst, joined them on the red carpet outside the ArcLight Hollywood. Vogue’s Lisa Love was also on hand to dispel assumptions that the »


- James Patrick Herman

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Hillary Clinton Blasts Trump’s ‘Very Dark, Dangerous’ Un Speech on North Korea (Video)

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hillary Clinton just totally destroyed Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly. On Tuesday, after Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “Rocket man” who’s “on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Clinton sat down for an interview with “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert and slammed the speech as “dark” and “dangerous.” “I thought it was very dark, dangerous, not the kind of message that the leader of the greatest nation in the world should be delivering,” Clinton said of the speech. Also Read: James Woods Defends Dolly. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Beau Willimon Elected WGA East President

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Beau Willimon, the playwright and showrunner who launched Netflix’s “House of Cards,” has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America East, following an unopposed campaign to succeed Michael Winship.

The results were announced Tuesday evening in New York. Incumbent vice president Jeremy Pikser and secretary-treasurer Bob Schneider were also re-elected after running unopposed.

Winners of the six open Freelance seats are incumbents Bonnie Datt, Susan Kim, and Courtney Simon along with Amy Sohn, Tracey Scott Wilson, and David Simon. Andrea Ciannavei, the runner-up for the six open Freelance Council seats, was elected to a one-year term on the council to fill the vacancy created by  Willimon’s election as president.

Incumbent Phil Pilato was re-elected for an open Staff seat along with Kim Kelly and Hamilton Nolan.

Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats last year. He »


- Dave McNary

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Beau Willimon Elected WGA East President

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Beau Willimon, the playwright and showrunner who launched Netflix’s “House of Cards,” has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America East, following an unopposed campaign to succeed Michael Winship.

The results were announced Tuesday evening in New York. Incumbent vice president Jeremy Pikser and secretary-treasurer Bob Schneider were also re-elected after running unopposed.

Winners of the six open Freelance seats are incumbents Bonnie Datt, Susan Kim, and Courtney Simon along with Amy Sohn, Tracey Scott Wilson, and David Simon. Andrea Ciannavei, the runner-up for the six open Freelance Council seats, was elected to a one-year term on the council to fill the vacancy created by  Willimon’s election as president.

Incumbent Phil Pilato was re-elected for an open Staff seat along with Kim Kelly and Hamilton Nolan.

Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats last year. He »


- Dave McNary

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‘House of Cards’ Creator Beau Willimon Elected President of Writers Guild of America, East

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon was elected president of the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) on Tuesday as a result of its 2017 Council election. Vice President Jeremy Pikser and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider both won reelection. Incumbents Bonnie Datt, Susan Kim and Courtney Simon, along with new members David Simon, Amy Sohn and Tracey Scott Wilson, were elected to the Freelance Council. Also Read: Writers Guild of America West Blasts Trump Charlottesville Comments: 'Disgraces Our Nation' Incumbent Andrea Ciannavei, runner-up to the six open Freelance Council seats, was elected to a one-year term on the Council to fill the »


- Ryan Gajewski

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