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Chris Pine joining DC universe, ‘Wonder Woman’ as Steve Trevor
Captain Kirk is jumping into the superhero craze.
Pine was rumored to be weighing an offer to play Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman or Hal Jordan in Green Lantern, but according to The Wrap, it seems like there wasn’t really a choice — Pine was always looking at this project. Now, he joins Gal Gadot in the superhero picture that will follow the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (which just had a Comic-Con trailer) and Suicide Squad (which wowed people at Comic-Con with its trailer).
- Zach Dennis
‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Probably End After Season 8, But HBO Is Open To Prequels & More
The Television Critics Association summer press tour took place today which means there’s tons of television news coming out of California this evening. HBO president Michael Lombardo dropped one of the most eye raising bits of info: their flagship show “Game Of Thrones” is looking to close up shop after season eight. According to Lombardo, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are “feeling like there’s probably two more years after [season] six.” The HBO president admitted he would “love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now”(previously, the HBO chief said he’d hoped the show would run at least a decade). Makes sense as eight years, plus development is a long time to do one project. Benioff and Weiss have probably earned the clout to do anything they want and could possibly pull off some big feature film work if they so aspired to. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Ex–Top Gear Trio Will Make a Car Show for Amazon Prime
Jeremy Clarkson has found his post-punch project: Alongside fellow ex–Top Gear hosts James May and Richard Hammond, the irascible Clarkson has signed on to host a new automotive series on Amazon Prime, which will start streaming sometime next year. It's a savvy move, contractually: The non-compete clause in the trio's old BBC contract apparently only forbade them from signing with a competing British channel for two years, and said absolutely nothing about working with the content-producing arm of an American logistics company. Meanwhile, we now know how Top Gear will hope to survive without the three ex-presenters: BBC Two has tapped Chris Evans (not that one) to host the long-running car show, with Formula 1 driver Jenson Button rumored as a potential co-host. As long as neither of them assault a producer over a lack of hot food, they should be fine. »
- Nate Jones
Tom Hardy Event TV Series Lands Director
The Tom Hardy mini-series “Taboo,” about a 19th century diamond-dealing adventurer, has landed a director. Kristoffer Nyholm, the Danish filmmaker who directed the original Scandinavian version of crime drama “The Killing,” has signed on to direct the first four episodes of the eight-part dramatic miniseries, a representative for the filmmaker told TheWrap on Thursday. The period drama will follow Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) as rogue adventurer James Keziah Delaney, who returns from Africa in 1813 with 14 ill-gotten diamonds and is bent on avenging his father’s death. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, Delaney sets out to. »
- Greg Gilman
Valerie Harper Hospitalized in Maine
Valerie Harper was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday night before a performance of her musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” in Ogunquit, Maine.
The Emmy winner, best known for her role as the brazen Rhoda Morgenstern in the ’70s sitcoms “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff, “Rhoda,” was taken by ambulance from the Ogunquit Playhouse to a local hospital.
The Ogunquit Playhouse said in a statement on Thursday that Harper was hospitalized “as a precaution” after reporting that she was not feeling well.
“She is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being,” the Playhouse said.
Harper, 75, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and told she had three months to live in January of 2013. Doctors had successfully removed a lung tumor in 2009, but the cancer cells had moved to her brain. She has continued working and competed on “Dancing With the Stars »
- Maane Khatchatourian
‘Vacation’ Sequel Hits Road With So-So $3.8 Million First Day at Box Office
“Vacation,” the raunchy sequel to the 1983 comedy road trip classic, took in $3.8 million in its first day at the box office, Warner Bros. said Thursday. There’s still a long trip ahead, but with Ed Helms and Christina Applegate in the front seat of the station wagon, the New Line update took off Wednesday in a style befitting the Griswolds. They may eventually get to the box-office Wally World this weekend — in this case the $35 million or so analysts are projection over the five days — but could lose a hubcap or two along the way. Also Read: »
- Todd Cunningham
Fuller House Plot Twist—But Is it for the Better?
Have you gotten your fill of Fuller House news yet? No? Good. And this is good news we have to share. The Full House sequel series won't be as depressing. The original premise of the show found Candace Cameron Bure's DJ Tanner-Fuller widowed and expecting her third child, much like how Full House began. But now the show is going even closer to the origins of the show and DJ will already be a mom of three. There's no bun in the oven. "We didn't start it off quite so heavy so some more time has passed than they originally intended," Cameron Bure told The Hollywood Reporter. Does this mean that it's going to be Ok for DJ to jump back into the arms of Steve (Scott Weinger)? Yes, Steve lives! »
Netflix Sets Theatrical Release Date for First Original Film ‘Beasts of No Nation’
Netflix has set a theatrical release date for its first original film. Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” will hit screens in select U.S. markets on October 16, the same day that it debuts worldwide on Netflix.
Netflix is partnering with Bleecker Street, the distribution company founded by Andrew Karpen last year, and Landmark to open the film in 19 markets served by Landmark Theatres.
“Beasts” will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego.
This allows the Africa-set drama, starring Idris Elba, to be eligible for Oscar consideration. Its awards season chances were improved earlier this week when the pic was selected to screen at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
It will go head to head with other awards hopefuls, Steven Spielberg »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Kendall Jenner & Kylie Jenner's First Footwear Collection Revealed—Plus, Sneak a Peek of Their New Apparel Line!
Given Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner's affinity for rocking sky-high heels, you know this shoe line has long been in the works. That's right: The Jenner gals are embarking on their latest foray in the fashion world with their first signature shoe line under the comprehensive Kendall + Kylie brand (previously, they collaborated with Steve Madden on a capsule collection of covetable footwear). The eponymous addition isn't just narrowed to shoes, however, with a line of still-unseen bikinis and apparel also set to hit stores spring 2016. As for that sleek new footwear, the heels are every inch as chic as the sisters themselves. Lace-up black booties, platform shoes and white closed-toed »
Meek Mill's Dis Track for Drake Is Finally Here
Although he made us wait for a response, Meek Mill did give us something (read: better late than never). The song is called "Wanna Know," and Meek is, in a word, inquisitive. He either really wanted to take advantage here of the there-are-no-dumb-questions mantra, or he really wanted to make a dis track that resembles a "Really?!?" segment from SNL. For example: "I just wanna know, if you ain't write that running through the six shit / Tell us, who the fuck Quentin out here running through the six with?" Good question. "I just wanna know / Was it Quentin Miller, was it Usher, was it Denzel where you got your flow?" Good question. "You know you fucked up, right?" Meh question. Essentially, Meek is underlining his argument that he believes Drake to be a fraud; he thinks Drake is an amalgam of the real rappers (and singers) who came before »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Caitlyn Jenner Does Her ‘Best Feminine Voice’ for Kim Kardashian in ‘I Am Cait’ Teaser (Video)
Long before Caitlyn Jenner started transitioning, the former Olympian tried to know what life would be like when the world finally accepted her as a woman. In a new sneak peek for her E! Network docu-series “I Am Cait,” Jenner told her step-daughter Kim Kardashian and family friend Malika Haqq that she’d once tried to order room service using a feminine voice. “I’d be sitting there in my little room, all by my lonesome, and I’d think, Ok! I’m going to try to get my best feminine voice and call down so they say, ‘Yes, ma’am. »
- Kathy Zerbib
Relativity TV Could Be Prime Target in Post-Bankruptcy Auction
Relativity Media’s TV division has emerged as a lean asset compared to the studio’s anemic film business, bankruptcy motions revealed on Thursday, making it a prime target for sale at the upcoming auction of the company’s assets. Documents filed by Fti Consulting’s Brian G. Kushner, Relativity’s newly named chief restructuring officer, prove how successful the TV unit has been in driving revenue — especially compared to CEO Ryan Kavanaugh’s lackluster crop of star-studded but underperforming feature films. Relativity TV brought in a $96.6 million in revenues in 2014, and counts a nimble 24 full- and part-time employees on »
- Matt Donnelly
Montage of Heck Has Added Another New Kurt Cobain Song
Fans of Kurt Cobain will have the chance to hear another as-till-now-unreleased demo if they go see Montage of Heck in theaters next week. Billboard reports that filmmaker Brett Morgen added the song (probably circa 1991) to the film's soundtrack without compromising anything from the iteration that debuted on HBO; the new track is supposed to have Cobain showing off his falsetto. Billboard had a chance to preview the song, and said it reminded them a little bit of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, but with slightly darker lyrics ("Wonder how I breathe," and "I'm a bad man," for example). Makes sense. Morgen didn't share where the untitled song pops up in the theatrical cut because he doesn't want people to bootleg it — so, yep, you'll probably have to go to find out. The movie, which has been nominated for seven Emmys and already has a slew of other »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Nickelodeon Star Victoria Justice Takes on Gregg Sulkin in Sticky ‘Lip Sync Battle’ (Video)
Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice took on a rival from across the pond as she competed against British “Faking It” actor Gregg Sulkin on Thursday’s “Lip Sync Battle.” Justice, who gained fame as a child actress on “Zoey 101” and “iCarly” went back to way before she was even born with 80s classic “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler for the Spike competition show. However, her passionate performance made even host LL Cool J feel a little uncomfortable as the 22-year-old “crawled around” the stage. “My mother is very proud me making it to ‘Lip Sync Battle,'” Sulkin then said, »
- Debbie Emery
‘Hillbilly Blood’ Star ‘Mama Gene’ Runkis Dead at 68
“Mama Gene” Runkis, who appeared on the Destination America reality series “Hillbilly Blood,” died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. She was 68. Her son, series star Eugene Runkis, announced her death via Facebook on Wednesday, writing, “Mom lost her fight with stage 4 cancer this morning at 9:25 a.m.” Runkis was born Diane Kay Runkis in Detroit in 1947. The series, which stars Runkis and Spencer “Two Dogs” Bolejack, follows life in Cold Mountain, North Carolina, as Runkis and Bolejack offer tips on backwoods survival, fashioning salvaged items into new devices. Destination America has described the show as “sort of a. »
- Tim Kenneally
Relativity Bankruptcy: The Fallout for Its Movies
Relativity, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, may be shedding films. But with an auction now pending, lenders have a vested interest in seeing the company remain in the film business. And to do that, a restructured Relativity will need to keep some product in the pipeline. With the company’s future very much in flux, Relatively remains committed to the release of at least two films, Masterminds and Kidnap, and hopes to start production on a third, The Crow, this fall, according to one insider. Masterminds, the heist comedy starring Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson, is currently slated
- Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford
Relativity Bankruptcy Filing Reveals Bleak Financial Picture
Now that Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media has filed for bankruptcy after a troubled 11-year bid to become a Hollywood mini-major, court documents are providing a clearer picture of the company’s previously opaque financial situation. According to a Thursday filing by Brian G. Kushner, Relativity’s newly named chief restructuring officer and a senior managing director of Fti Consulting, Relativity had “assets with a book value of approximately $559,973,000 and liabilities of $1,178,810,000 on a consolidated basis” for the year ending Dec. 31, 2014. Though the company generated $501 million in revenues last year, another court filing indicated that Relativity’s outstanding debt exceeded. »
- Thom Geier and Matt Donnelly
Damon Lindelof Makes ‘No Apologies’ for ‘The Leftovers’ Season 1
Damon Lindelof played his typical mums-the-word act during Thursday’s “The Leftovers” panel at the Television Critics Association Summer press tour. That said, he was a fairly good sport about recognizing some of the negative feedback surrounding Season 1 of the HBO drama starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman and Liv Tyler. “We always want the show to feel authentic, but the first season of the show we make no apologies for,” Lindelof told TV critics. “We wanted to ground the world. “To some people that may feel bleak and depressing,” he admitted. Also Read: HBO Chief Takes Shot at Starz: 'What's 'Survivor's Remorse'? »
- Tony Maglio
Sons of Anarchy's Drea de Matteo Engaged to Michael Devin—Watch the Rock 'n' Roll Proposal
It's good to be Drea de Matteo… The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy actress got popped the big question over the weekend, in the most rock 'n' roll way ever—during a concert! The 43-year-old was at Whitesnake's concert in Atlantic City over the weekend, when her longtime beau, Michael Devin, proposed. "I fell in love with a very beautiful woman a few years ago, I want to embarrass her as much as I can," he explained mid-way through the show. "I've been in love with you since the day I met you and I will for the rest of my life, and I hope that you'll marry me…I have two questions for you: One, will you make sweet passionate love to me for the rest »
Patricia Richardson Blasts Ken Howard in SAG-aftra Election Campaign
The “Home Improvement” star, in an email sent Thursday to the union’s 160,000 members, accused Howard and his Unite for Strength allies of poor performance in recent contract negotiations, spending on “lavish” offices and cloaking union operations in secret. Although the tone of the missive was cordial and did not name Howard — opting instead to attack “current leadership” — the email carried a long list of accusations of incompetence.
Richardson, who is heading the self-styled progressives on the Membership First slate, took a cordial tone in the message and said she would not make “wholesale changes” to committee chairs and members just because of party differences.
“We need the expertise of everyone we have,” she said. “However, we do feel the current leadership has been unable to deliver true gains.”
About 140,000 ballots went »
- Dave McNary
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