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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Gemini Man' (Exclusive)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Gemini Man' (Exclusive)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has nabbed the female lead in Gemini Man, the Will Smith action thriller that Ang Lee is directing.

Skydance and Paramount are behind the project, which is eyeing a February start.

The project sees Smith playing two opposing roles: one of Henry, an aging assassin who wants to get out of the business, and that of his ultimate opponent, a clone who is 25 years younger and at the peak of his abilities that has been tasked to kill him.

Winstead, who beat out Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany for the role, will play an operative who...
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J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)

J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)
J.J. Abrams, currently immersed in the Star Wars feature film universe, is plotting his return to TV writing.

The prolific writer, producer and director is shopping a space-set spec script that, should it go to series, would be the first show he wrote and created since Fringe in 2008. Sources say Apple and HBO — where Abrams serves as an Ep on Westworld — are both in the running for the untitled drama, with producers Warner Bros. Television also open to additional bidders as the project is still being shopped. Warners, Apple and HBO all declined comment.

Sources say the Abrams...
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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3

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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3
Scoot McNairy is the latest addition to the “True Detective” Season 3 cast, a spokesperson told TheWrap Tuesday.

The “Godless” star joins Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff in the HBO drama’s upcoming run that focuses on a macabre crime in the Ozarks. The third season spans several decades and is divided into three separate time periods. McNairy will play Tom, a father with connections to state police. Ali plays state police detective Wayne Hays; Dorff plays his partner Roland West; and Ejogo plays Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher.
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9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!

9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!
Fox has a hit on its hands!!

The thrilling new first responders drama, 9-1-1, from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen & CEOs, Fox Television Group.

“With a bold concept, award-winning stars and a flawless execution, Ryan, Brad and Tim have done it again,” said Walden and Newman.
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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to Reveal How Han and Chewbacca Met

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to Reveal How Han and Chewbacca Met
This May’s Solo: A Star Wars Story will feature an important moment in the history of a galaxy far, far away — the first meeting between the eponymous Corellian rogue and his future co-pilot, Chewbacca.

In a new Disney press kit detailing the studio’s 2018 releases, Solo’s plot description is sparse, yet still revealing more information than had previously been released: “Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one...
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Sundance Film Festival 2018: Guide to Events, Parties and More

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Guide to Events, Parties and More
Hollywood is taking over Park City's Main Street for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, scheduled for Jan. 18-28. Here's a guide to the must-visit spots — from panel discussions and eco-lounges to A-list parties and VIP gifting suites — at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Sundance: Day One Press Conference

Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., 1 p.m.

Sundance Institute founder and president Robert Redford, Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam and Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper take stage in front of members of the media to discuss the 2018 event and other fest initiatives. Barbara Chai, MarketWatch entertainment editor and head of arts and culture coverage for Dow Jones Media Group will moderate.

The two versions are delivered in the same theaters and fans have been split 50-50 on whether to experience the film from the light or dark side. The vibrations, tilts, wind, fog, strobe and other effects enhance differing aspects of the on-screen action for the light and dark side of the theaters. Light saber battles create differing reverb effects for the two sides, while the atmosphere...
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Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce

Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce
Exclusive: Sony’s Superfly film is assembling a team aptly fit for its title. As Deadline previously reported, Director X is officially attached to direct the remake with Trevor Jackson confirmed to star as Youngblood Priest. In addition, Mudbound and Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell has signed on to co-star as Eddie, along with Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent (Showtime's White Famous) as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as…
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‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon

‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon
Sharon Horgan has inked a two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Amazon has also struck a first-look deal with Merman, the production company Horgan founded with Clelia Mountford.

The pair already have a relationship with Amazon, which has exclusively acquired all seasons of “Catastrophe” for the U.S. Produced by Avalon, Birdbath, and Merman, the comedy series about an unexpected pregnancy and a dysfunctional relationship was co-created by Horgan and Rob Delaney, her co-star on the show, which airs on Channel 4 in Britain.

“Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers, and directors working in television today. We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios. “Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows for our Prime members.”

Horgan earned
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‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’

‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’
Syfy has greenlit “The Outpost,” an original fantasy series for its international networks. “Stargate” producer Dean Devlin and “Stargate SG-1” showrunner Jonathan Glassner will executive produce the 10-part series.

It will bow on NBCUniversal’s Syfy channel across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, and Australia. Production got underway Tuesday, in Utah, for delivery later in 2018.

The Outpost” will star Jessica Green (“Ash vs. Evil Dead”) as Talon, the lone survivor of a race called the Blackbloods. After her village is destroyed by mercenaries, she sets out to find the killers of her family, discovering along the way that she has mysterious powers, which ultimately she must use to battle a fanatical religious dictator.
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STX President Sophie Watts Exits Over CEO Robert Simonds’ Alleged Harassment (Exclusive)

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STX President Sophie Watts Exits Over CEO Robert Simonds’ Alleged Harassment (Exclusive)
STX Entertainment President Sophie Watts is leaving her role at the entertainment company after complaining of harassment by her boss CEO Robert Simonds, according to two individuals with knowledge of the situation.

Watts has been absent from STX since at least December, but her official resignation was expected imminently.

Reached for comment, Watts said, “I can’t comment on any of this.”

TheWrap attempted to reach Simonds by email and phone, with no reply. Company spokeswoman Patti Rockenwagner also did not respond to multiple emails and phone calls
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Sony Pictures CEO Admits Need to Grow Studio Amid ‘Floodgates’ of Big Media Mergers

Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra said the company has reached its moment of truth: it’s time to grow or be bought out, per media reports of his conversation at the Natpe conference in Miami on Wednesday. “If we don’t grow, we will be somebody’s purchase,” said Vinciquerra. “I didn’t take the job to do it for a year and sell the company.” Vinciquerra told moderator Soledad O’Brien mergers will continue to rise among entertainment giants, and Sony has to be expand if it doesn’t want to become another acquisition. The exec — who took over for Michael Lynton last year...
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Arie Luyendyk Jr. on Life After ‘The Bachelor,’ Possible TV Wedding, #MeToo Movement

Arie Luyendyk Jr. on Life After ‘The Bachelor,’ Possible TV Wedding, #MeToo Movement
Arie Luyendyk Jr. is only three weeks into his journey as “The Bachelor” on ABC, but the reality star promises that his season ends with plenty of drama.

Luyendyk has previously teased that he falls in love with two women, and he stopped by Variety‘s Los Angeles headquarters to elaborate on his television journey to find love.

“You’ll have to watch and find out, but it does come with some drama,” Luyendyk said when asked by Variety if he’s unsure of the final choice he made during the finale, which will air later this year.

While he stayed mum on most details, Luyendyk did reveal that he’s not planning to start a showbiz career after “The Bachelor.” In fact, he’s not even thinking about a TV wedding, which has been the next gig for a handful of past “Bachelor” franchise alumni, who have also gone on to compete on ABC’s “[link
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Ethan Hawke on How He Survived 11 Sundance Fests: ‘You Have to Be Strong and Humble’

Ethan Hawke on How He Survived 11 Sundance Fests: ‘You Have to Be Strong and Humble’
In 1991, 21-year-old Ethan Hawke was shivering in the woods of Park City, Utah, playing a sergeant in the small World War II drama “A Midnight Clear,” when thousands of people suddenly invaded town.

“That was the first time I’d ever heard of the Sundance Film Festival,” says Hawke today. “I thought, ‘Aw, this will never work.’”

The indie film revolution hadn’t happened, but it was about to. That week, while Hawke strapped on a helmet and tromped through the slush, Richard Linklater premiered an experiment called “Slacker.” “Some wacky kid made a punk rock movie that beat the system,” says Hawke. “It was an event. You had to see it.”

Hawke was inspired to direct. “I was suspicious of my ability to sustain an acting career,” he admits. So he spent his “Dead Poets Society” salary shooting his first short, a 21-minute romance named “Straight to One,” and submitted it to the 1994 Sundance, now that he
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‘Mudbound’ Producer Cassian Elwes Inks First-Look TV Deal at Lionsgate

‘Mudbound’ Producer Cassian Elwes Inks First-Look TV Deal at Lionsgate
Producer Cassian Elwes has signed a multi-year, first-look deal with Lionsgate’s Television Group, Variety has learned.

The deal will see Elwes develop and produce scripted and unscripted series for television and streaming platforms under his newly-created Elevated TV banner.

This is the first television deal for Elwes, the producer behind a long string of critically-acclaimed hits including Lee Daniels’ blockbuster “The Butler,” the Oscar winning “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Blue Valentine,” and this year’s “Mudbound.” Elwes also executive produced ‘Margin Call” and “All is Lost” for Lionsgate’s sister company Roadside Attractions.

“We’re thrilled to extend our longstanding relationship with Cassian on the film side into scripted and unscripted series for television and streaming platforms as well,” said Lionsgate executive vice president and head of worldwide scripted television Chris Selak and executive vice president of alternative programming Jennifer O’Connell. “This is another prime example of our ‘Lionsgate 360’ cross-platform approach. Cassian has an
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Nicolas Cage’s ‘Humanity Bureau’ Set for Theatrical, Virtual Reality Releases (Exclusive)

Nicolas Cage’s ‘Humanity Bureau’ Set for Theatrical, Virtual Reality Releases (Exclusive)
Nicolas Cage’s sci-fi action-thriller “The Humanity Bureau” has been set for a March 2 release as a standalone episode of a virtual reality series “The Humanity Bureau VRevolution.”

The film, set in the near future with global warming wreaking havoc in parts of the American Midwest, will be released in standard theatrical theaters, Barco Escape format theaters and Premium Video On Demand on April 6. The title takes its name from a government agency that exiles members of society deemed unproductive and banishes them to a colony known as New Eden.

“We shot the film in three different formats, including standard theatrical, 3-screen Barco Escape theatrical, and cinematic virtual reality to provide multiple avenues for audiences to engage with and experience the story’s universe,” said producer Kevin DeWalt. “We hope to give viewers more options for alternative content within today’s new media.”

Cage plays an ambitious and impartial caseworker who sets out to save the lives
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Initiative Looks to Give European Films a Boost in U.S. Theaters (Exclusive)

European exhibitor and sales agent networks Europa Cinemas and Europa International have joined forces for a new initiative aimed at boosting the circulation and visibility of European films in U.S. theaters.

Tales of Europe, which is being funded by Creative Europe Media, will look to help European films without a U.S. distributor develop new audiences and reach fresh towns and cities, while also encouraging the networking and exchange of best practices between European and U.S. exhibitors, especially around audience development and promotional activities.

The program is set to be unveiled Wednesday by sales executives Susan Wendt (TrustNordisk) and Daniela Elstner...
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Fox News’ Brit Hume Insists He Doesn’t Have ‘Fantasies About Trump’s Penis’ – for Real

On Tuesday, Fox News anchor Brit Hume cleared up a question that few had ever raised, denying that he has ever fantasized about President Donald Trump’s penis. “You may be having fantasies about Trump’s penis, but I can assure you I am not” he tweeted Tuesday evening, responding to a “Daily Show” producer’s mocking tweet. “You’ll need to look elsewhere.” Hume’s tweet was swiftly deleted, but — as Sean Hannity can tell you — the screenshots live forever. Jesus Christ pic.twitter.com/2MBXbDZFg9 — Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) January 17, 2018 A spokesperson for Fox News did not immediately respond to request for comment. Also Read: Sean...
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Sony Pictures Chief: Studio Needs to Grow or ‘We’ll Be Somebody’s Purchase’

Miami — Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tony Vinciquerra said flatly Wednesday that Sony’s entertainment operation has reached a grow-or-sell crossroads.

Speaking at the Natpe conference here, Vinciquerra echoed the comments of numerous media and entertainment CEOs in emphasizing that the drive for global scale in creating and distributing entertainment content is forcing companies to look for ways to bulk up in market share and reach.

“If we don’t grow, we will be somebody’s purchase,” Vinciquerra told moderator Soledad O’Brien. ” I didn’t take the job to do it for a year and sell the company.”

The 45-minute Q&A with the veteran journalist marked Vinciquerra’s first major sit-down since he took the reins of Sony Pictures last June. The conversation ranged from the studio’s response to the #MeToo movement to the opportunities presented by burgeoning Vr technology to the decline in movie-going in the U.S.

Vinciquerra
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Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, U2 Added to Grammy Performers Lineup

Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, U2 Added to Grammy Performers Lineup
Variety Artist Hitmaker of 2017 Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith and U2 have been added to the lineup of performers at the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced today. Also, Miley Cyrus will join Elton John to perform one of his hits (which was not specified in the announcement), two days before “Elton John: I’m Still Standing—A Grammy Salute,” a tribute concert where John and his longtime writing partner, Bernie Taupin, will receive the Recording Academy President’s Merit Award.

Hosted by James Corden, the Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Et/4:30 p.m. Pt. Previously announced performers include Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Kesha, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Logic, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, Pink, Ben Platt, and Sza.

Lamar has seven nominations this year: Record Of The Year, Best Rap Performance
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