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Lena Dunham Joins ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7

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

American Horror Story” Season 7 is adding a new “Girl” to its cast.

Lena Dunham is joining the FX horror anthology, co-creator Ryan Murphy announced in a tweet on Wednesday evening.

“Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the American Horror Story family,” he wrote. “Always wanted to work together, and now we r!”

Additional details about Dunham’s role have not yet been revealed. The title of “Ahs” Season 7, which Murphy previously revealed will be inspired by the 2016 presidential election, will be announced on Thursday.

Previously announced cast members include “Ahs” veterans Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, as well as franchise newcomers Billie Lourd (who worked with Murphy on “Scream Queens”) and “Billy on the Street’s” Billy Eichner. Beyond that, however, Murphy and FX have unsurprisingly revealed little about the upcoming season, with Murphy most recently dropping a clue in the form of a nightmarish bee-filled photo on his Instagram.

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Sandra Bullock to Star in Netflix Thriller ‘Bird Box’

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

Netflix has landed the post-apocalyptic thriller “Bird Box,” and attached Sandra Bullock to star, sources tell Variety.

Susanne Bier is directing from a script by “Arrival” scribe Eric Heisserer.

The story follows a woman and a pair of children who are blindfolded, and make their way through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river. Dylan Clark is producing with Chris Morgan and Clayton Townsend. The film was developed by Scott Stuber at Universal, before he moved to Netflix to head its feature film division.

When Stuber left Universal, the movie became one of the first films he wanted to bring over to add to Netflix’s ever-growing slate, which already includes the upcoming supernatural thriller “Bright” starring Will Smith and “Outlaw King” starring Chris Pine.

Production on the film is expected to start this fall.

Bullock recently wrapped production on “Ocean’s Eight” and was most recently seen in “Our Brand is Crisis.” Bier »


- Justin Kroll

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'Game of Thrones' Bosses Reteam With HBO for War Drama 'Confederate'

17 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

With the end of Game of Thrones in sight, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have set their sights on their next TV project.

The award-winning duo will re-team with HBO for the drama series Confederate, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama chronicles the events leading to the third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of »


- Kate Stanhope

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Director Jon Watts in Talks for Sequel

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

Jon Watts seems to have found a new home at Sony and Marvel.

The studios are in talks with the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” director to return for the sequel to the hit film, which has already grossed $472.8 million worldwide.

The second installment, which will again star Tom Holland, will hit theaters on July 5, 2019.

More to come. »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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'Homecoming' Series Starring Julia Roberts Lands at Amazon with Two-Season Order

22 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Homecoming has found a home.

The podcast turned drama series starring Julia Roberts has landed at Amazon with a two-season pickup. The Universal Cable Productions drama comes from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, who will direct and executive produce the show.

Based on the fictional podcast of the same name, Homecoming is a political thriller that centers on a caseworker at a secret government facility. Roberts is set to play the caseworker's supervisor.

The podcast's creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg will write the adaptation and executive produce with Anonymous Content's Chad Hamilton, Alicia Van Couvering and Chris Giliberti, Alex Blumberg »


- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Evan Helmuth Dies: ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor Was 40

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Updated: Evan Helmuth, the film and TV actor who played a priest in William Brent Bell’s 2012 horror movie The Devil Inside, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 40.  Also among his film credits, he appeared opposite Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore in the Farrelly Brothers’ Fever Pitch, and was in Joshua Michael Stern’s 2013 Steve Jobs biopic Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. On the TV side his credits spanned the likes of Alias, NCIS, Bones, Rizzoli & Isles and… »


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Red West, Actor, Songwriter and Longtime Elvis Presley Confidant, Dies at 81

13 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Red West, a boyhood friend and member of Elvis Presley's "Memphis Mafia" who appeared in many of the singer's movies as well as in Road House, Black Sheep Squadron and Goodbye Solo, has died. He was 81.

West died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis after suffering an aortic aneurysm, his wife, Pat, told The Commercial Appeal newspaper.

West appeared as a stuntman/actor on dozens of episodes of CBS' futuristic Western series The Wild Wild West in the 1960s and a decade later had a regular role as Sgt. Andy Micklin on another Robert Conrad-starrer, NBC's Black »


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‘Westworld’ Comic-Con Experience Lets Fans Live Without Limits

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“Westworld” arrived at its first San Diego Comic-Con in fine style, with a fan experience that is sure not to disappoint anyone who follows the HBO drama series.

Of course, this experience will not be open to everyone. From Thursday, July 20, through Sunday, July 23, attendees with a valid 2017 Comic-Con badge who are 21 and older who want to journey to Westworld will have to make an appointment with a Delos representative at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. All appointments are on a first come, first served basis, with the representative taking appointments beginning at 9:30 a.m. until all appointments for that day are filled. All appointments for Sunday will be booked on Saturday.

If you are able to get in though, you are in for a treat. You will be sent to an offsite location, which HBO asks not to be revealed. There, you are greeted by two white-clad Delos hosts who play the parts of »


- Joe Otterson

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Watch Conan's Goofy 'Wonder Woman' Spoof at Comic-Con

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Conan set up shop at Comic-Con this week, and the show celebrated on Wednesday by airing an amusing spoof of the summer blockbuster Wonder Woman. The skit plays as one long joke about Conan's lack of macho male attributes.

The preamble is dispensed with quickly: following the path of Wonder Woman's male star Chris Pine, Conan gets lost flying an antiquated biplane, crash-lands in the ocean and swims ashore on "Themyscira, the hidden island of the Amazons." The Amazon warriors are instantly puzzled by their guest's puny physique and blindingly pale skin. »


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Watch Samantha Bee Dismantle Trump's Suspect Voter Fraud Commission

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Samantha Bee scrutinized the people in charge of President Donald Trump's dubious Voter Integrity Commission and their long track records of race-baiting and voter suppression on Full Frontal Monday. Trump launched the commission in an effort to root out the millions of people he falsely claims have been voting illegally.

Heading up the Voter Integrity Commission is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whom Bee noted spent his college years writing an anti-divestment thesis under the tutelage of a professor who also advised the white South African apartheid regime. »


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‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ features President Barack Obama reading ‘Mean Tweets,’ Will Ferrell as Harry Caray [Exclusive Emmy Episode]

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Gold Derby can exclusively reveal that “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is entering the episode featuring guests Barack Obama and Will Ferrell as its Emmy submission for Best Variety Talk Series. This installment is the October 24 episode of the 14th season for the ABC show. In this segment, the former President read a series of “Mean […] »


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Olivia Wilde Says She's "Honored" Jennifer Lawrence Vomited During Broadway's '1984'

42 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jennifer Lawrence threw up while watching the Broadway play 1984 — and its star Olivia Wilde says she's "honored."

The visually unsettling adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel — set in a future when critical thought is suppressed by a totalitarian regime, ostensibly overseen by a party leader known as Big Brother — includes extreme torture scenes, as well as special effects like strobe lights, sudden blackouts and jackhammer sounds. It has caused multiple audience members to become sick since its opening last month, and upon attending Monday night's performance, Lawrence left her seat to vomit in the lobby, reports »


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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle': New Red Band Trailer Brings the Pain (Video)

42 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ahead of its Hall H panel at Comic-Con on Thursday, 20th Century Fox has released a new red-band trailer for “Kingman: The Golden Circle.” And like Matthew Vaughn’s original hit, his sequel looks to be a bloody good time. The follow-up to the 2015 spy thriller sees newly minted Kingsman Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Roxy (Sophie Cookson) travel with their tech advisor Merlin (Mark Strong) to the U.S. after their headquarters is destroyed by Poppy (Julianne Moore), a criminal mastermind who holds connections to the shadowy organization known as The Golden Circle. Also Read: Julianne Moore's 'Kingsman' Sequel Villain Is Like 'Martha. »


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Comic-Con: New 'Kingsman' Trailer Has More Lassos Than You'd Expect

46 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cowboy hats meets bespoke suits in the new red-band trailer for Kingsman: Golden Circle.

The new spot debuted ahead of Fox's Hall H presentation, which will include a look at Kingsman and possible showings from the likes of Deadpool 2 and The Predator.

Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges' U.S. equivalent of the Kingsmen, the Statesmen, is on full display in the trailer-- complete with bourbon, lassos and a "fuck" or two.

The action-heavy trailer features bullets coming out of cars, umbrellas, suitcases and, of course, actual guns. All of this action is set to a slowed down very The Who's "My Generation."

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This Is Everything Ryan Seacrest Does in a Week (Photos)

49 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Now that Ryan Seacrest has added “Live with Kelly and Ryan” to his list of seemingly never-ending jobs, we decided to look at a week in the life of the broadcaster, TV host, producer, philanthropist, fashion designer and dog-lover. Ryan has said in interviews that he wakes up around 5 a.m. His radio show, “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” airs at 6 a.m. and goes until 10 a.m. on weekdays “Live with Kelly and Ryan” airs at 9 a.m. Est (then it’s replayed at 9 a.m. Pst). Along with “On Air” and “Live,” Seacrest is sure to schedule in workouts for himself. »


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Box-Office Preview: Can 'Dunkirk' Battle Past $40M in U.S. Debut?

54 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

While Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is expected to win this weekend's box-office battle, the big question is whether the critically acclaimed World War II epic can clear $40 million in its U.S. landing.

War dramas have never been known for big openings, although Nolan — the mastermind behind the blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy — is a powerful brand unto himself.

Warner Bros., Nolan's home studio, is projecting a domestic debut in the $35 million-$40 million range. Most box-office observers believe Dunkirk will come in on the higher end, while some think it has a shot of doing more, thanks »


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Meet the Most Famous Hollywood Writer You've Never Heard Of

54 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

When Michael Green first started out as a screenwriter, he read every script he could get his hands on. When he finished a screenplay, he'd toss it into one of two piles. There was a pile for scripts he thought were better than what he himself was writing and another for scripts he believed were worse. "I thought I could start to tell where I ranked as a writer," he recalls. "But back then, the 'better than me' stack was a lot higher than the 'worse than me' stack."

Twenty years later, there's a third stack — his own produced »


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How an Actor's Rare Genetic Disorder Launched a Career Playing Scary Monsters

54 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In 2013, a strange and creepy screen test started making the rounds in Hollywood. It showed an extremely tall and very lean figure in a long black wig and white face mask crawling on the floor, contorting freakishly long limbs and fingers in ways human skeletons aren't supposed to bend. A lot of people thought it was a puppet. Others figured it was CGI. It turned out to be Javier Botet, a Spanish actor who has since become the most in-demand monster man since Boris Karloff stomped around the Universal lot with bolts sticking out of his neck.

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Ray Nutt Named CEO of Fathom Events

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

Ray Nutt has been named CEO of Fathom Events, the company announced on Thursday. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group, Fathom Events is a domestic distributor of event cinema, including live performances, sporting events and classic films. In addition to his new role as Fathom CEO, Nutt will also sit on the company’s board of directors. “As CEO of Fathom Events, I look forward to growing Fathom’s existing program verticals and identifying programming opportunities that will bring new and exciting cinematic experiences to the big screen for our Fathom fans and benefit our content providers, »


- Reid Nakamura

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How to Watch the Oj Simpson Parole Hearing

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

TV viewers might feel like it’s 1995 all over again on Thursday, when O.J. Simpson is set to dominate the news cycle once more with wall-to-wall coverage of his parole hearing in Carson City, Nevada. How can TheWrap readers watch the whole thing unfold live? Well, you’ve got a myriad of options. For starters, check the live stream at the top of this post, which will be active when it’s “go”-time. If that alone doesn’t satisfy your thirst for the Juice, then perhaps extended coverage across broadcast and cable will! Check out the coverage plans for specific networks below. »


- Brian Flood and Tony Maglio

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