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Freddie Highmore to Star in ABC Pilot ‘The Good Doctor’

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Freddie Highmore has found his next project — the “Bates Motel” star has been cast in the lead role in ABC’s drama pilot, “The Good Doctor,” Variety has learned.

The Good Doctor” tells the story of Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism who relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to win over his skeptical colleagues and save the lives of the patients he deeply cares for.

Highmore will play the central character, Dr. Shaun Murphy, who is described as being awkward at the best of times, not good with social interaction, but possessed of an engaging honesty and directness. A medical savant, Shaun has survived a troubled childhood to become a talented doctor. Unable to access emotions but brilliant and intuitive when it comes to medicine, Shaun »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Captain Fantastic’s’ Matt Ross to Direct ‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ for TriStar

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After helming the Oscar-nominated “Captain Fantastic,” Matt Ross will direct an adaptation of Tom Sweterlitsch’s debut novel “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” for TriStar.

Mark Gordon will produce via The Mark Gordon Company along with Entertainment 360 and Lynette Howell Taylor.

Published in 2014, the novel is set in a near future world where humanity’s relationship with evolving virtual environments becomes isolating.

“‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ is prescient,” Ross said. “It posits a world not so dissimilar from today, a direction we are all clearly headed where technology has altered the ways in which we interact with each other and the world around us.”

He continued, “I hope to examine, following the book’s lead, the degree to which our lives are enhanced and deeply compromised by the technology that is already an inseparable part of our daily existence. Lynette and I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Hannah to translate »

- Justin Kroll

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The Batman: Matt Reeves Will Officially Direct and Produce

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After an initial rumor, then having the negotiations break down entirely, Warner Bros. has officially hired Matt Reeves to direct The Batman, which will give the newest incarnation of the Caped Crusader a standalone story.  Come inside to check out the announcement!  

The film industry, like any other business, will go back and forth.  We've seen people attached to movies drop out at the last minute, and "done deals" entirely fall apart.  A couple weeks ago, after Ben Affleck dropped The Batman directing gig, word came out that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes) was in talks to direct.  

The internet exploded at the possibility as he's a fantastic storyteller...but then last week, news came out that the negotiations had fallen apart and it looked like the WB would have to keep searching.  So imagine our surprise today when they revealed, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Lauren Graham to Star in Fox Comedy 'Linda From HR'

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

Lauren Graham is returning to broadcast television.

Fresh off Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival and NBC's gone but not forgotten family drama Parenthood, the actress has booked the lead role in the Fox comedy pilot "Linda From HR," The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The pilot was picked up pending casting, with Graham's commitment to the single-camera comedy lifting the contingency. Graham had received multiple offers this pilot season — all for comedies.

"Linda From HR" is a high-concept family comedy that explores the one bad decision that throws Linda's monotonous, unfulfilled life into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Original Cuts of ‘Star Wars’ May Finally, Possibly Be Re-Released for the 40th Anniversary

23 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Every now and then there’s a new rumor that the original, unaltered, non-Special Edition cuts of the Star Wars trilogy are on the verge of being re-released to the public. Sometimes the rumor says the original trilogy will be re-released in theaters, other times they say the movies will be available in high-definition on Blu-ray […]

The post Original Cuts of ‘Star Wars’ May Finally, Possibly Be Re-Released for the 40th Anniversary appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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‘American Gods’ Gets April Premiere Date on Starz (Photo)

23 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Starz’s “American Gods” adaptation will premiere on April 30, the premium cable network announced Thursday. Ricky Whittle stars in the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, which portrays a war between the old gods of biblical and mythological roots and a new group of gods “reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.” Emily Browning and Ian McShane also star. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller will act as showrunners and executive producers, while David Slade will direct. Also Read: 'American Gods' First Look: Kristin Chenoweth as Easter (Photo) Additionally, Starz has released a new poster for the series, »

- Linda Ge

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‘Separate Tables’ Screenwriter John Gay Dies at 92

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John Gay, known for writing movies including “Run Silent Run Deep,” “Separate Tables,” “The Hallelujah Trail” and “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” died on Feb. 4 in Santa Monica. He was 92.

Gay shared an Oscar writing nom with Terrence Rattigan for the screenplay for “Separate Tables,” a 1958 romantic drama starring Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, and David Niven.

Long active in the Writers Guild of America, Gay wrote 14 feature films and 39 miniseries and TV movies, scripting projects for John Huston, Vincent Minnelli and John Sturges. He helped lead the Writers Guild through difficult negotiations while serving on the Wgaw’s Board of Directors (1971-75, 1977-79), and as Vice President (1985-87).

Gay started out in live television starring with his wife Barbara in “Mr. and Mrs. Mystery,” and went on to write for numerous live TV dramas. Lancaster helped recruit him to Hollywood, where he wrote Clark Gable-Lancaster starring submarine film “Run Silent Run Deep.” He »

- Pat Saperstein

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Trump Uses 13 Minutes of 48-Minute Cpac Speech To Bash ‘Dishonest’ Media

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President Donald Trump spent roughly 13 minutes talking about the media during a 48-minute Cpac speech on Friday, but it surely felt like longer for journalism watchdogs monitoring the president’s near-constant attacks on the press. Trump called the media “dishonest” less than three minutes into his speech, when he mentioned that the press would report he didn’t get a standing ovation unless the crowd eventually sat down. “They are the worst,” he said, referring to the press, as chants of “USA, USA, USA” broke out. Also Read: President Trump Continues Assault on Media at Cpac: 'They Make Up Sources' (Video) Trump used the. »

- Brian Flood

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China’s Wanda Takes Equity Stake in The Weinstein Company’s ‘Lion’

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China’s Dalian Wanda Group has taken an equity stake in The Weinstein Company’s “Lion” and plans to distribute the Oscar-nominated film in China, TheWrap has learned. Wanda and TWC previously collaborated on Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw” in 2014, which the Chinese company co-produced. With the deal, TWC gets Chinese distribution for the film — turbocharged with the backing of Wanda, which is the country’s biggest cinema chain operator and hasn’t been afraid to exercise that power. Wanda-backed “Warcraft” opened on 67 percent of the country’s available screens last summer. Also Read: Alicia Vikander's 'Tulip Fever' »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Weinstein Co. Partners With Wanda for 'Lion' China Release

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Lion's journey will now continue into China.

Wanda has taken an equity stake in the Garth Davis-directed feature, with a commitment to release the film in China.

This is not the first partnership for Wanda and Weinstein. In 2014, the companies co-produced the boxing movie Southpaw.

Lion has grossed $38 million at the domestic box office, and $77 million worldwide. A Chinese release with the world's largest movie theater operator would prove very lucrative for the the best picture contender.

Dev Patel stars in the true story of Saroo Brierly, an Australian of Indian descent who was adopted by a Tasmanian »

- Mia Galuppo

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Bill Cosby Sex Assault Trial: Judge Allows Only 1 Other Accuser to Testify, Not 13

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A judge ruled Friday that only one other accuser will be allowed to testify in Bill Cosby’s upcoming sexual assault trial. Prosecutors had planned to call 13 other women to the stand to testify against Cosby on charges that he drugged and raped them, according to USA Today. The trial stems from accusations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who claims Cosby assaulted her at his estate near Philadelphia in 2004. She will testify along with the one other accuser who says she was assaulted by Cosby in 1996. Also Read: Bill Cosby Rape Accuser's Defamation Lawsuit Struck Down Parts of Cosby’s testimony. »

- Joe Otterson

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Cast and EPs Discuss the Dystopian World in New Featurette (Watch)

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Imagine if all the fertile women in the world were rounded up and enslaved by an extreme regime that takes away their rights and their families.

According to the stars and creators of Hulu’s upcoming drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, that horrible reality “seems far away, but it also seems like it could be so close.”

“It’s really a dystopian world where an extreme regime rises up and says we have a better way,” explains executive producer Warren Littlefield in an exclusive new featurette for the show.

Turns out that better way is to snatch fertile women away from their friends and families and forbid them from even speaking about their previous lives.

In one scene from the new trailer, we see the captured women being lectured on how the world has become so filled with chemical pollution and radiation, that »

- Will Thorne

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Dove Cameron Debuts New Song on ‘Liv and Maddie’ Series Finale (Exclusive Video)

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Dove Cameron will sing a new song, “My Destiny,” as part of the three-part series finale of the Disney Channel sitcom “Liv and Maddie: Cali Style.” In this exclusive first look video (above), Cameron discusses filming the scene in which her character Liv sings the song, calling it almost a live concert experience due to the multiple sets and live takes she had to do. The fourth and final season of the sitcom has followed the Rooney family as they pack up from Wisconsin and move in with some cousins in sunny California, where Liv (Cameron) has continued to pursue her. »

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Kesha Set to Star in Maker Studios’ ‘Highly Gifted’ Animated Series (Exclusive)

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Pop star Kesha is set to star in Maker Studios’ new animated series “Highly Gifted,” TheWrap has learned. The “Tik Tok” singer will be joined by Drake Bell and Ron Funches in the comedy project from the Lehrer Boys. “Highly Gifted” is a semi-autobiographical show based on the Lehrer brothers’ years of being shunted to highly-gifted programs, where they existed in a precarious intellectual bubble within the larger school — an exotic and forbidden world, where people went on dates, attended sporting events, partied, and engaged in other exotic and mysterious rites and ceremonies. Also Read: Lady Gaga Gets Dragged Into Kesha's Legal Drama With. »

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TV Ratings: ‘Blacklist: Redemption’ Off to Sluggish Start, ‘Htgawm’ Up in Finale

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As much as broadcast networks say that Nielsen’s Live+Same Day ratings are no longer of any real concern to them, there’s no denying that most midseason dramas have gotten off to a rocky start by that metric. “The Blacklist: Redemption,” the spinoff of James Spader-led “The Blacklist,” became the latest data point in that trend Thursday night. Coming out of its progenitor, “Redemption” notched a 0.8 in the 18-49 demographic and drew an average audience of 4.2 million viewers.

On the plus side for NBC, that was just one-tenth off in the demo from “The Blacklist,” which brought in a 0.9 and an audience of 4.92 million. Thursday comedies “Superstore” and “Powerless” inched down slightly from last week. “Superstore” notched a 1.1 and 3.54 million viewers, while “Powerless” drew a 0.7 and 2.3 million.

ABC cruised to its customary Shonda Rhimes-fueled victory. “Grey’s Anatomy” delivered a 2.0 in the demo and 7.61 million viewers, while »

- Oriana Schwindt

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TV Review: ‘Patriot’ on Amazon

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One of the great things about the spy genre is its elasticity: It can accommodate the cerebral melancholy of “The Americans,” the adrenalized immediacy of the Jason Bourne films, the suave adventure of the James Bond movies and the kind of delightful escapism NBC’s “Chuck” provided for five seasons.

What it can’t support, as demonstrated by the insufferable Amazon series “Patriot,” is forced whimsy gone very wrong.

Patriot” at least tries something novel: It transplants the sensibilities of a Wes Anderson film into the world of spies and their associates. Burned-out operative John Tavner (Michael Dorman) gets a job at a Milwaukee firm that is set to take care of Iran’s piping needs, but his secret mission is to prevent the country from making its nuclear program operational. His pragmatic father, Tom (Terry O’Quinn), runs the State Department’s espionage program, and his rather passive brother, Edward »

- Maureen Ryan

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Cpac Attendees Wave Donald Trump Flags That Look Suspiciously Russian (Photos)

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The day President Donald Trump addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference (Cpac), there were numerous people in the crowd waving tiny flags that bore a striking resemblance to the Russian flag. “Crowd at Cpac waving these little pro-Trump flags that look exactly like the Russian flag,” reported Peter Hamby, a former CNN reporter and current head of news for Snapchat. “Staffers quickly come around to confiscate them.” It is unclear at this time, however, if the flags were meant to be pro-Trump or distributed as a form of protest. Questions of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia have dogged the President both. »

- Joe Otterson

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Oscars: Sara Bareilles to perform ‘In Memoriam’

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Grammy and Tony nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will perform during the “In Memoriam” segment on Sunday’s Oscars. In making the announcement, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said, “Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community including familiar faces and those behind the scenes who have enriched the art of moviemaking,” To […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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Kino Lorber Buys Venice Winners ‘Woman Who Left,’ ‘Woman’s Life’ (Exclusive)

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Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to a pair of Venice Film Festival prize winners — Lav Diaz’s “The Woman Who Left” and Stéphane Brizé’s “A Woman’s Life.”

Both films are set for theatrical runs starting in May in New York City before expanding to other markets nationwide. They were both screened recently in New York at the Film Comment Selects series, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

“The Woman Who Left” won the Golden Lion award at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and “A Woman’s Life” came away with the festival’s Fipresci Prize. Judith Chemla, the lead in “A Woman’s Life, was also nominated for a 2016 César Award in the Best Actress category.

“The Woman Who Left,” directed by Lav Diaz and starring Charo Santos-Concio, is shot in black and white and set in 1997 in the Philippines and centers on a »

- Dave McNary

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Ratings: ‘The Blacklist Redemption’ Premiere Can’t Save NBC’s Night

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A healthy “Grey’s Anatomy” led ABC to TV ratings victory in the key 18-49 demographic on Thursday — and the two-hour “How to Get Away With Murder” season finale after didn’t drag the network’s primetime average down too too much. On NBC, the soft series debut of “The Blacklist Redemption” couldn’t absolve the network from a fourth place demo tie with Fox. Univision actually beat both of them handily with awards show “Premios Lo Nuestro.” CBS topped the evening in overall viewers, with the Disney broadcaster finishing as runner-up by that metric. Also Read: Ratings: CBS' 'Doubt' Is a Dud, »

- Tony Maglio

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