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Carol Burnett Returning To TV As Star Of ABC Comedy From Michael Saltzman & Amy Poehler
Exclusive: A comedy legend is coming back to television. Carol Burnett is set to topline a multi-camera comedy, which, in a very competitive situation with broadcast and streaming networks bidding, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. On the project, written/executive produced by Michael Saltzman, Burnett is paired with Amy Poehler, one of the brightest current female comedy stars whose careers were influenced by her. Poehler will executive produce through her… »
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ (Exclusive)
Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed “Frozen” with Chris Buck, is penning the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book for Disney. The story follows children as they travel through time and visit strange worlds in order to find their missing scientist father.
Duvernay has since confirmed Variety’s report on Twitter:
"Don't hope it was a dream." Thrilled to confirm that Gugu Mbatha-Raw has joined #TeamWrinkle as Dr. Murry, Meg's mom + brilliant scientist. pic.twitter.com/13VNc6vsCe
— Ava DuVernay (@Avaetc) October 20, 2016
“A Wrinkle in Time” is the first book in L’Engle’s “Time Quartet” series, which includes “A Wind in the Door,” “Many Waters,” and “A Swiftly Tilting Planet. »
- Justin Kroll
Weekend Box Office Forecast: 'Jack Reacher', Madea's 'Boo!' and 'Ouija 2'
Four new wide releases this weekend should help propel the top twelve over $100 million this weekend and, for the first time in six weeks, show improvement over the same weekend last year. This weekend is also going big with sequels, delivering three of them including Tom Cruise returning as the title star in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the horror sequel Ouija: Origin of Evil and Tyler Perry's latest outing as Madea in Boo! A Madea Halloween. Fox will also be releasing the ensemble comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses and Pure Flix is releasing the faith-based, Columbine drama I'm Not Ashamed into just over 500 theaters. Overall the weekend top twelve should come in around $100-105 million if all goes as forecasted. At the top, it would be a nice win for Paramount should they land a #1 finish with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The studio has had a rough go this year, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Adaptation Lands at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. has acquired “Crazy Rich Asians” and has fast-tracked the romantic-comedy for production. It will be one of the only major studio movies to feature an exclusively Asian cast. Rights for the project attracted a heated bidding war.
“Crazy Rich Asians” unfolds in a world of opulence, as new and old money collide among a set of Chinese families living in Singapore. It’s being pitched as a combination of “Devil Wears Prada” and “Pride & Prejudice,” and follows Rachel Chu, a Chinese-American economics professor and her boyfriend, Nick Young. When Nick invites Rachel to attend his best friend’s wedding in his home town of Singapore, he fails to mention that as the heir to a massive fortune, he is viewed as the country’s most eligible bachelor.
- Brent Lang
Tom Hiddleston Joins Aardman's 'Early Man' (Exclusive)
Nick Park's long-awaited next animated film with Aardman has added the voice of yet another British A-lister. Tom Hiddleston has now joined the cast of the prehistoric comedy adventure, Early Man, accompanying Eddie Redmayne who was announced in May. In an announcement made Thursday by StudioCanal and Aardman, The Night Manager star is set to voice the "ridiculously pompous" Lord Nooth, governor of the Bronze Age town – a "money-loving tyrant" and rival to the film’s Stone Age hero, Dug (Redmayne) "Tom is a wonderful actor and it’s so thrilling to see him bring our comic villain
- Alex Ritman
HBO, Sky Renew 'The Young Pope' for Season 2
Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino's first-ever TV show, The Young Pope, a production of HBO, Sky and Canal Plus starring Jude Law, has been picked up for a second season before its international debut. Wildside producer Lorenzo Mieli announced the news at the show's Rome premiere. The show, a Sky original, debuts on Sky Italia, Germany and Austria on its Sky Atlantic channel on Friday. It will also air on Canal Plus beginning Oct. 24, on Sky Atlantic in the U.K. and Ireland starting on Oct. 27, and on HBO in the U.S. early next year.
- Ariston Anderson
Greg Berlanti Producing Fox Comedy From ‘Super Troopers’ Writer/Actress Marisa Coughlan (Exclusive)
Greg Berlanti is adding yet another comedy to his large TV development slate.
The super producer behind the CW’s superhero shows is attached to exec produce “Pushing,” a comedy from writer/actress Marisa Coughlan that has landed at Fox, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Pushing” follows Sydney, who’s pushing 40, and decides to go back to work as a rock band manager while struggling to raise two small children and keep the passion alive with her husband, which is no problem because she’s got this — except for when she doesn’t.
The script was sold on spec from Coughlan, an actress, known for her role as Ursula in the cult favorite movie “Super Troopers.” This project marks her first major writing gig.
As a writer, Coughlan penned the TV movie “Lost and Found.” As an actress, she just reprised her role in “Super Troopers 2.” She also starred in “Freddy Got Fingered” and “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” and »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Gotham Award nominations 2016: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ leads with 4, battles ‘Paterson’ & ‘Moonlight’
“Manchester by the Sea” is one of the top contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars according to our experts’ predictions. On Thursday (Oct. 20), it reaped a leading four nominations at the 26th Annual Gotham Awards, which are presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project to honor the best in indie cinema. The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, Nov. […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Alex Kurtzman Apocalypse Event Series Lands Straight to Series Order at CBS
CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of “Salvation,” a new one-hour event series from Alex Kurtzman, TheWrap has learned. “Salvation” centers on an MIT grad student and a tech genius who deliver a low-level Pentagon official a terrifying discovery — an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. The show will air in summer 2017. “‘Salvation’ is the type of fast-paced, dramatic ride that viewers look for in a summer event series,” said Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment. “We’re excited to launch another high concept, highly promotable show with great auspices that adds to our roster of year-round, »
- Joe Otterson
Watch Facebook Live of Nancy Pelosi at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in La (Video)
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is the featurd speaker at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Los Angeles, which will be broadcast via Facebook Live on Friday starting at 8:30 a.m. Pt. From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House — the first woman to do so in American history. Now, as the Democratic Leader, she advocates for bigger paychecks and better infrastructure for America’s middle class families. The breakfast will also feature Olympic athlete Allyson Felix, a six-time Olympic gold medalist who won two gold medals and a silver in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Cher, James Corden Duet ‘I Got You Bae’ (Video)
James Corden, you got us again, babe. The “Late Late Show” host welcomed the legendary Cher on Thursday, when the two updated the lyrics to her 1965 duet with Sonny Bono, “I Got You Babe,” for a new generation. Naturally, this version was called “I Got You Bae,” and it spoke directly to the Tinder-obsessed millennials. That wasn’t the only modern-day app called out in the ditty. “When I text you/an eggplant/You send me a nude on Snapchat,” Corden sang. Also Read: James Corden Helps Tom Cruise Recreate His Entire Career (Video) “When I watch porn/when I »
- Tony Maglio
Dwayne Johnson Developing Wrestling Comedy at Fox From Seven Bucks & Gary Sanchez Prods. (Exclusive)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is going back to his beginnings for his latest project.
Fox has nabbed a hot comedy from the wrestler-turned-superstar and producer Will Ferrell, inspired by the real life experiences of Johnson and former WWE head writer Brian Gewirtz, Variety has learned.
The project, hailing from Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions and Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions, received a put pilot commitment at Fox. Andrew Gurland, who created FX’s “Married,” will write the pilot script.
The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional professional wrestling outfit and chronicles the one-of-a-kind odd couple relationship that develops between a charismatic young character, like the The Rock, and a painfully awkward comedy writer new to the world of wrestling. A fish-out-of-water among all of these alpha males, this beta former sitcom writer needs as much help as he can get navigating the extremely passionate, sometimes crazy and always unpredictable world of professional wrestling.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
RZA Says ‘Loud and Obnoxious’ Azealia Banks Started Russell Crowe Fight
Azealia Banks was the one who started the fight in Russell Crowe‘s hotel suite, according to Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. The rapper, producer and filmmaker said in a post on his Facebook page that he was meeting with Banks to discuss a potential record deal and that he invited her to a party at Crowe’s suite. “Before the night is over Azealia is insulting half the room, she becomes loud and obnoxious,” RZA said. “There was nothing funny about her behavior. I felt a little embarrassed because she was my guest.” Also Read: Azealia Banks Claims Russell Crowe Used Racial Slur in. »
- Joe Otterson
New York TV Festival Adds HBO, Jax Media, Anonymous Content as Partners (Exclusive)
When the New York Television Festival started 11 years ago, YouTube was still not much more than an experiment, the broadcast business was still mostly booming, and cable TV had yet to succumb to the laws of gravity (what goes up must come down).
More than a decade on, the TV industry is in a state of no small upheaval. YouTube is now a buyer of TV content, and every digital outlet seems to be going into scripted development. Far from making this kind of festival obsolete, Nytvf founder Terence Gray told Variety, the massive increase in distributors is just expanding the roster of festival partners looking to snap up promising pilots.
- Oriana Schwindt
Endemol Shine Launches French Banner, Nicolas Coppermann to Preside
Endemol Shine is set to launch a French bureau which will combine Endemol and Shine operations in France, where the two banners previously operated separately.
The integrated Endemol Shine France banner will launch early next year with Endemol France’s boss Nicolas Coppermann on board to preside. Thierry Lachkar, Shine France president, will step down in early 2017.
“Moving forward, we believe that combining the considerable strengths of the Shine and Endemol teams in France under Nicolas will create a local powerhouse that is best positioned to deliver channel defining content to our customers and leverage future opportunities in the fast changing marketplace,” said Sophie Turner Laing, Endemol Shine CEO, who also paid tribute to Lachkar’s work.
Coppermann said the launch of Endemol Shine France will allow the company to “unite creative, production and entrepreneurial talent” and “broaden (the outfit’s) collective reach in the marketplace and further enhance (its) ability to bring the best ideas to »
- Elsa Keslassy
Weird Al Lampoons Final Presidential Debate With a New Song Auto-tuning Candidates (Video)
With the third and final presidential debate behind us, we as a nation must turn to the only person who can restore our faith in America: “Weird” Al Yankovic. The comedic songwriter has released a new song featuring auto-tuned comments made by both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Wednesday’s debate. Yankovic was joined by The Gregory Brothers, who are known for their “Songify the News” videos. All the highlights from the debate make it into the video, like Trump’s “nasty woman” and “bad hombres” comments. Likewise for Clinton bad-mouthing Russian President Vladimir Putin and saying that Trump would be his. »
- Joe Otterson
Box Office: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Dominates ‘Ouija 2,’ ‘Madea Halloween’ on Thursday Night
Paramount’s “Never Go Back,” in which Cruise returns as the titular ex-army officer trying to avenge a wrongly-accused colleague, has been forecast to open with roughly $19 million at 3,280 locations. That would be a significant improvement from “Jack Reacher’s” $15.2 million debut in 2012.
The first film was a modest hit, grossing $218.3 million globally on a $60 million budget. The second installment also costs $60 million.
“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” opened in the same vicinity as the two most recent box office winners. Ben Affleck’s “The Accountant” took in $1.4 million on Thursday night on its way to a $24.7 million launch; Emily Blunt’s “The Girl on the Train” grossed $1.2 million on »
- Dave McNary
Vishesh Films Pact Adds to Amazon’s India Content Deals
Mumbai – Amazon India has announced a long-term licensing deal with Vishesh Films for upcoming and library titles to bow on its Prime Video streaming service.
The exclusive deal follows similar ones signed by Amazon in recent weeks with Dharma Productions and T-Series.
“Digital is the future and I am bringing it now to the Bollywood audiences worldwide. I believe this move will be a game changer for the industry,” said Vishesh Bhatt, MD of Vishesh Films. The company was formed in 1986 by Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt and has produced more than 50 films.
“Prime Video India will showcase Vishesh Films’ repertoire of films from horror to thrillers to romance, all coupled with soulful music that has become a trademark of their movies,” said Nitesh Kripalani, »
- Naman Ramachandran
‘Jack Reacher’ Fights to Top of Thursday Box Office With $1.3 Million
Tom Cruise‘s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” battled its way past a crowded field to top the Thursday night box office, taking in $1.3 million in previews. The movie from Paramount and Skydance is a follow-up to “Jack Reacher,” which opened to just $15 million in December 2012, but went on to make $218 million worldwide. “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is expected to bring in up to $23 million across 3,780 theaters, which should be enough to carry the film to the top spot this weekend, despite its subpar reviews — the movie has a 37 percent rating on critic aggregator »
- Matt Pressberg
SAG-aftra Goes on Strike Against Video Game Producers
SAG-aftra video game actors are officially on strike. The boycott went into effect Friday morning as 12:01 a.m. Pt, and is against the following video game producers: Activision Publishing, Inc.; Blindlight, LLC; Corps of Discovery Films; Disney Character Voices, Inc.; Electronic Arts Productions, Inc.; Formosa Interactive, LLC; Insomniac Games, Inc.; Interactive Associates, Inc.; Take 2 Interactive Software; VoiceWorks Productions, Inc.; and WB Games, Inc. The strike covers all games made by these companies that went into production after Feb. 17, 2015. Also Read: 5 Reasons Video Game Actors Plan to Strike on Friday Core issues are lack of secondary compensation, transparency and even basic. »
- Meriah Doty and Tony Maglio
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