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Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice Shere Khan in Warner Bros.’ ‘Jungle Book: Origins’
The studio recently dated “Jungle Book: Origins” for Oct. 21, 2016 — a year and a week after Disney’s rival project opens.
Andy Serkis will direct along with producing with “Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves and Jonathan Cavendish, Serkis’ partner at his London-based production company The Imaginarium. Callie Kloves wrote the adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling stories about a young boy raised by wolves.
The casting of Cumberbatch is the first for “Jungle Book: Origins.” It is the first feature directing gig for Serkis, although the actor was a second unit director on two of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” movies, »
- Dave McNary
Ray J Arraigned for Sexual Battery and Resisting Arrest at Beverly Wilshire Hotel Bar
Ray J found himself in legal hot water on Tuesday. The singer and actor was arraigned on charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery of a police officer and resisting and delaying a peace officer, stemming from a May incident at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel bar during which he allegedly groped a woman. Also read: Ray J Arrested, Clashes With Cops at Beverly Hills Hotel The 33-year-old Ray J, real name Willie Jay Norwood Jr., faces four years in county jail if convicted of all counts, which are misdemeanors. Norwood pleaded not guilty through his attorney, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. »
- Tim Kenneally
FX Renews The Strain
In what could probably be considered a no-brainer type of decision, FX has picked up “The Strain” for a 13-episode second season. Based on a series of books co-written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, “The Strain” follows the Center for Disease Control’s New York-based Canary Team, consisting of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), Dr. Nora …
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- Melanie McFarland
Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide Ending After 45 Years – Internet Kills Iconic Print Paperback
Another print icon bites the dust. Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide will be the final edition of this film lovers’ guide which started in 1969 under the title TV Movies. But in recent years the annual guide, which now numbers 1,611 pages and features nearly 16,000 capsule movie reviews, has become a victim of the changing times and the way information is consumed by a new generation. The new edition, which comes out on September 2nd is the last and that will be bad news for many industry-ites and film lovers who used it religiously. “An entire generation has been raised to acquire all their information online from their mobile devices or computers. These are not the likely customers for a physical paperback reference book. Our sales have sharply declined in recent years,” Maltin told me this morning. The virtual death of bookstores likely didn’t help the cause either. “We still have a loyal readership. »
- Pete Hammond
CSI: Cyber Recruits Bow Wow as Baby-Faced Hacker Extraordinaire
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The youngster is ordered by a judge to work with Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) “on loan” to assist with a cyber case — or else he goes to prison. Nelson struggles working for the Feds while trying to keep his fingertips out of the Deep Web, where he was groomed »
Hot Mess Alert! Has Jared Leto Gone Too Far?
We're starting to get a little worried about Jared Leto. Don't get us wrong, the Dallas Buyers Club star is still smokin' hot with perfect tresses and a beard that must make the cast of Duck Dynasty crazy jealous, but his clothing choices are starting to be a little "lives in a shed in the woods." Although chances are each piece cost the 30 Second to Mars frontman more than a thousand acres of land in those woods! The pants and boots work just fine but the plaid shirt and Grandpa sweater are slightly off. Bold colors on a man are always appreciated, but this is '90s style Bill Cosby (no offense, Bill). We could get behind the cardigan with a black T-shirt or the plaid shirt with a »
Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling to Star in Off-Broadway Play
Emmy nominees Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling are heading to the stage together. The prestige TV dream-team will star in Ivan Turgenev's 19th century comedy of manners A Month in the Country, starring Schilling as a bored Russian wife named Natalya who falls in love with her son's tutor, much to the annoyance of her unrequited admirer Rakitin (Dinklage). Dinklage's wife Erica Schmidt is directing the play, which will run for a month in early 2015 at the East Village's Classic Stage Company. And then it's straight back to TV, right guys? Promise? »
- Anna Silman
Turner Plans Organizational Restructuring in Next Two Months
Turner Broadcasting System is undergoing a corporate restructuring “in the next two months,” according to a memo sent to staffers by CEO John Martin. It's just the latest step in Martin's ongoing “Turner 2020” initiative that seeks to maximize performance and trim fat by assessing each part of the company and making changes to reduce spending and increase profitability. Turner's latest memo said that Turner will “start 2015 a more streamlined, nimble and efficient company focused on driving programming, monetization and innovation, in a culture that emphasizes and rewards continuous improvement.” Also read: Turner Names Christina Miller President and Gm of Cartoon. »
- Jason Hughes
‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Premiere to Feature Live 3D Red Carpet Broadcast
Continuing its tradition of groundbreaking visual presentations, The Weinstein Company's “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is offering the world's first live 3D red carpet broadcast from the film's premiere in Los Angeles on August 19. Beginning at 9:30/8:30c, viewers will have the chance to catch the first-ever 3D red carpet event from the comfort of their homes, as long as they have an Apple TV using the NowLive player on a 3D-compatible television. Non-3D viewers will still be able to enjoy the broadcast in HD. See video: ‘Sin City’ Women Kick Ass in ‘A Dame to »
- Linda Ge
See the Pilot for ABC's My Fair Lady-Inspired Sitcom
The first episode of ABC's millennial comedy Selfie premieres September 30th, and now you can stream the first episode online. Selfie is a modern retelling of My Fair Lady, which stars Doctor Who's Karen Gillan as "Eliza Dooley" a narcissistic social media addict who hires a marketing guru, played by Harold and Kumar's John Cho, to rehabilitate her image after she accidentally stars in an unflattering viral video. Watch the pilot (or just pretend to watch the pilot while you check your Instagram) on Hulu. »
- Anna Silman
Gold Derby TV Awards: Winners will be announced live this Wednesday!
The Emmys are next Monday, but the awards that really count are tomorrow: join us on Wednesday, August 20, at 4:00 p.m. Pt; 7:00 p.m. Et, when we'll announce the winners of the 11th Annual Gold Derby TV Awards during a live webcast you can watch on our home page. -Break- The prison dramedy "Orange is the New Black," which debuted on Netflix last summer, leads all programs with a whopping 11 nominations, including Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Episode, and Ensemble of the Year. On top of those, three of the six Breakthrough Performer of the Year nominees (Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, and Taylor Schilling) are "Orange" stars. -Break- Click here for the complete history of the Gold Derby TV Awards That's well above the next top comedy: "Veep," whose eight bids are a significant leap from the its three in 2013; no other returning series showed a bigger gain. »
Terrence Jenkins, Catt Sadler and Jesse Giddings Get Soaked in Ice Bucket Challenge—Watch Now!
Challenge accepted, Mr. Jason Kennedy! Just a few short days after the E! News host challenged his co-worker to the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, Terrence Jenkins decided to man up for quite the soaking. "First of all Jason Kennedy, I hate you," Terrence joked. "There will be roaches in your dressing room when you get back [from vacation]." Unfortunately, there was no way of getting out of this icy situation as Catt Sadler began pouring the giant bucket of water onto her friend's head. Without any hesitation, Terrence nominated Marlon Wayans, Catt and Jesse Giddings to take the challenge next. And by next, he literally meant right then and there! Ken Baker »
Johnny Depp and Daughter Lily-Rose Team Up for New Film Yoga Hosers
Johnny Depp's next project is going to be a family affair. E! News has learned that the actor will be teaming up with his 15-year-old Lily-Rose for what's being called a "comic book movie," Yoga Hosers . The action-adventure movie starring the Depps will also include fellow famous father-daughter duo Kevin Smith and Harley Quinn Smith. Yoga Hosers is Smith's follow-up to Tusk, which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in next month, and is the second installment in his True North trilogy of movies that involve Canadian myths and culture. "People always ask me 'Are you ever going to make a comic book movie?'" Smith said. "This is it—but instead of yet »
Vin Diesel Poses Naked in Racy Shower Photo After Completing the Ice Bucket Challenge—Take a Look!
Vin Diesel sure knows how to turn up the heat after accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge! The Guardians of the Galaxy star took to Facebook yesterday to share a black-and-white, albeit red-hot pic of him sudsing up in a steamy shower. In the photo (that was cropped just before it became Nsfw...sorry!), the ice-free water falls on the 47-year-old actor's naked, chiseled frame while he throws his head back as if to indulge. But before teasing fans with a snapshot of his fresh-and-clean manliness, the action-film hero was doing his part to help raise awareness for Als (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). Dousing ice over his head like a champ in the back of a 4x4, »
Casey Kasem's Children Beg Norway to Deny Jean Kasem's Request to Have Radio Icon Buried in Oslo
Casey Kasem's final resting place is still being debated. Almost two months after the radio icon passed away, Casey's widow, Jean Kasem, has submitted a written request to the government of Norway asking that she be allowed to have her late husband buried in the capital of Oslo. This week, however, Casey's children are fighting back and demanding the burial happen in California, where their father called home. In a letter obtained by E! News, Kerri Kasem and other family members ask Norway's government to refuse Jean's burial request. "As beautiful as your country is, our father has never spoken of any desire to be buried in Norway either to us or to his »
NFL's Super Bowl Halftime Show to Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay: Show Me the Money!
The National Football League apparently wants future Super Bowl halftime performers to pay to play. A report in The Wall Street Journal says the NFL has asked Coldplay, Rihanna and Katy Perry if they'd be willing to offer a percentage of their future tour earnings or “some other type of financial contribution” to perform at the big game in February. The theory is that the exposure is so great, that artists should pay for some of it. See video: Dave Franco, Kevin Hart Slap and Rap in Most Annoying Madden NFL Ad Ever Created The league would neither confirm nor deny the allegations. »
- Tony Maglio
Emmys Host Seth Meyers: Jokes, Not Selfies, Will Determine Show’s Success
Less than a year into his tenure at NBC’s “Late Night,” Seth Meyers will take the stage Monday night as host of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. The job has plenty riding on it: Last year’s Neil Patrick Harris-hosted ceremony brought in the kudofest’s highest ratings in eight years, while this year’s Oscars– complete with Ellen DeGeneres’ famous selfie photo — was the highest rated of that ceremony in 14 years. Is Meyers up to the task? He recently spoke with Variety about the upcoming awards show, which airs live at at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt on NBC.
Jimmy Fallon had success when he hosted the Emmys in 2010 and “SNL” vets Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did so well at the Golden Globes. Is there something about “Saturday Night Live” that prepares you for being a good awards show host?
The “SNL” schedule certainly helps »
- Whitney Friedlander
‘Grey's Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Developing Police Drama for ABC
Ellen Pompeo is adding another project to her development slate. Under a first look deal with ABC Studios through her production company Calamity Jane, Pompeo is developing a police drama. The untitled drama project follows Keira Burke, a young woman who returns to the police precinct where she was wounded in the line of duty six years before. Now, she's a police psychologist who can join the two perspectives, but she's still an outsider. Also read: ‘Grey's Anatomy's’ Ellen Pompeo Adapting Rachel Carey's Novel ‘Debt’ for ABC Family Written and executive produced by Andy Stern, the project will also be executive-produced by Pompeo and. »
- Jethro Nededog
Joe Manganiello Admits He Practices His Magic Mike Moves on Sofía Vergara (So Jealous!)—Watch!
As if there weren't enough reasons to wish we were Sofía Vergara, this happens. The beautiful actress' ultra hunky boyfriend Joe Manganiello stopped by E! News to chat about his chiseled bod (sigh!), his male stripper documentary La Bare (ooh!) and the Magic Mike sequel (eek!)—oh, and of course, his relationship with the Colombian bombshell. And that's when our man Joe revealed that his lady reaps the benefits of having a Magic Mike star as her beau. Yes, you're gonna get so jealous that it hurts. "Well, you know, I need to practice getting ready for Magic Mike 2. So, that's all I have to say," Manganiello admitted when asked if Vergara gets a private viewing of his »
Ari Emanuel, Patrick Whitesell and Wme Complete Als Ice Bucket Challenge
The staff and chief executives of Wme completed the Als Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday. See video: Vin Diesel, American Hero, Challenges Vladimir Putin to the Ice Bucket Challenge After being challenged to philanthropic action by their client Hugh Jackman, along with the cast of the upcoming film “Pan,” CEOs Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel led the talent agency's employees outside and proceeded to get wet. As per the rules of the challenge, Whitesell and Emanuel nominated three other CEOs to follow in their soaking-wet footsteps: CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapin and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. »
- Travis Reilly
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