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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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'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son

'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son
Creed has found his opponent.

German-Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu will square off against Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2, MGM and Warner Bros.’ sequel to the 2015 hit that updated Rocky for a new generation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Steven Caple will direct the movie, which is set to begin shooting in March in Philadelphia.

Creed starred Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa, who mentors Adonis Johnson (Jordan), the son of his rival, Apollo Creed.

The new pic also features a blast-from-the-past update: Munteanu will play the son of Ivan Drago, the ruthless Soviet boxer from Rocky IV, which...
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund

Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund
Timothée Chalamet announced on Instagram Monday night that he will be donating his salary from his work on the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to three charities: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization.

"I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer ... What I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary," Chalamet said in his...
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Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office

Daniel Day-Lewis’ ‘Phantom Thread’ Scores at MLK Weekend Box Office
Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion drama “Phantom Thread” has performed impressively in its expansion with $1.4 million at 62 locations during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Phantom Thread” posted an impressive $22,984 per-screen average — by far the highest average on the domestic chart as Focus Features expanded the run from six screens. Focus plans to screen the film in more than 500 locations next weekend.

Phantom Thread,” which opened Christmas Day, has now grossed a total of $2.5 million. The awards contender is expected to be Day-Lewis’ final film. The movie — set in 1950s post-war London — follows Day-Lewis’ character, a renowned dressmaker at the center of British fashion. His life is disrupted by a strong-willed woman, played by Vicky Krieps, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

“Phantom Thread” earned director Paul Thomas Anderson the National Board of Review’s best screenplay award and Day-Lewis a Golden Globe nomination. It received four BAFTA nominations,
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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo

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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo
Paramount Network’s “Heathers” is technically an adaptation of the 1988 cult comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, but series creator Jason Micallef said the show will still find ways to put a new spin on the story. “It’s 2018, it’s not 1988,” Micallef told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. “No one’s going to want to watch a girl for 10 episodes follow a guy around, murder people and then whine about it.” So Micallef said he created some “very, very major character changes” for the lead character Veronica Sawyer, played by Ryder in the original movie...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger "Shocked and Saddened" by Eliza Dushku's 'True Lies' Assault Claims

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Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is "shocked and saddened" to learn of Eliza Dushku's alleged sexual assault during the filming of True Lies.

The action star, who toplined James Cameron's 1994 action thriller, tweeted on Monday evening that had he known about the incident at the time "you bet your ass all of us would have done something." Schwarzenegger also tweeted his support to and expressed his pride in Dushku, who played his daughter in the film, for coming forward.

Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I’m shocked and...
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Jason Mitchell Joins 'Superfly' Remake, Future Set to Produce

Jason Mitchell Joins 'Superfly' Remake, Future Set to Produce
Jason Mitchell has joined Sony's Superfly remake from Director X. 

Alex Tse (Watchmen) penned the screenplay for the re-imagining of the '70s cult classic that follows a cocaine dealer who tries to secure one more deal before getting out of the business.

Trevor Jackson, who can currently be seen in the Freeform comedy Grown-ish, will lead the cast as Youngblood Priest. Mitchell will play his business partner, Eddie.

Also joining the production is rapper Future, who will produce alongside Joel Silver. Steven R. Shore, Matthew Hirsch, Hal Sadoff and Aaron Ausch will serve as exec producers.

Mitchell, whose breakout performance came as Eazy-e in Straight...
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‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Lost City of Z,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Among USC Scripter Finalists

‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Lost City of Z,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Among USC Scripter Finalists
Finalists have been unveiled for the 30th annual USC Scripter Awards, celebrating adaptations of the written word.

Due to a three-way tie, there were seven nominees on the film side this year.

Chaired by USC professor and past president of the Writers Guild of America, West, Howard Rodman, the 2018 Scripter selection committee* selected the finalists from a field of 91 film and 28 television adaptations.

Nominees for film are:

Author André Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory for “Call Me by Your Name

Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for “The Disaster Artist,” and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,’ the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”

Screenwriters Scott Frank, Michael Green, and James Mangold, and authors Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita, Sr., for “Logan”

Screenwriter James Gray and author David Grann for “The Lost City of Z

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and author Molly Bloom for “Molly
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‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Lost City of Z,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Among USC Scripter Finalists

Finalists have been unveiled for the 30th annual USC Scripter Awards, celebrating adaptations of the written word.

Due to a three-way tie, there were seven nominees on the film side this year.

Chaired by USC professor and past president of the Writers Guild of America, West, Howard Rodman, the 2018 Scripter selection committee* selected the finalists from a field of 91 film and 28 television adaptations.

Nominees for film are:

Author André Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory for “Call Me by Your Name

Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for “The Disaster Artist,” and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,’ the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”

Screenwriters Scott Frank, Michael Green, and James Mangold, and authors Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita, Sr., for “Logan”

Screenwriter James Gray and author David Grann for “The Lost City of Z

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and author Molly Bloom for “Molly
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Prince Concert: Unreleased Audio and Video From Late Rocker to Play in 1-Night Show

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Prince’s Paisley Park Museum announced Tuesday a one-night concert event featuring never-before released audio and video of the icon. On the two-year anniversary of his death, April 21, Prince will grace the Target Center stage in Minneapolis, Mn, accompanied by a ” super-group of musicians who performed alongside Prince throughout his legendary career,” the Target Center said on Instagram. The post also promised “special guests” at the performance. Also Read: A History of 'Saturday Night Live' F-Bombs, from Paul Shaffer to Sam Rockwell (Photos) ???? Prince's Paisley Park Museum announces Prince: Live on the Big Screen, Backed by his All-star Band Live...
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TV Ratings: ‘Bachelor,’ ‘Good Doctor’ Lead Strong Night on Broadcast

“The Bachelor” and “The Good Doctor” led ABC to a win on Monday, a night that saw most of broadcast’s primetime lineups grow in both key measures.

According to Nielsen overnight data, “The Bachelor” drew a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers, up significantly in both measures from last week. At 10 p.m., “The Good Doctor” drew a 1.7 and 9.3 million viewers, up slightly in total viewers from last week.

CBS’ entire Monday comedy lineup improved this week. The numbers are: “Kevin Can Wait” (1.3, 7.1 million), “Man with a Plan” (1.2, 6.7 million), “Superior Donuts” (1.1, 5.9 million), “9Jkl” (1.0, 5.1 million). “Scorpion” (0.9, 5.6 million) was up slightly in the demo.

On NBC, “The Wall” (1.2, 5.8 million), “Better Late Than Never” (1.0, 5.5 million), and “The Brave” (0.7, 3.9 million) all saw significant improvements.

On Fox, the two-part finale of “The Gifted” was up significantly in the first hour (1.0, 3.4 million), and held even in its second hour (1.0, 3.4 million).

On The CW, “Supergirl” (0.6, 2.2 million) was up in both measures, while
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Steve Bannon Subpoenaed in Russia Investigation

Former White House Chief Strategist and ex-Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon has been formally subpoenaed by Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in the special counsel’s ongoing probe into ties between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign. The New York Times reported the news on Tuesday citing, a person “with direct knowledge of the matter.” On Tuesday Bannon testified on the matter before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed door hearing. Bannon and Trump have been on the outs since the publication of Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” In the book, Bannon made several...
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Natpe Roundup: Sony Pictures TV Teams With Tegna, Telemundo Nabs Nicky Jam Series

Miami — Day One of the Natpe conference always brings a flurry of deals, partnerships, and pickups.

Sony Pictures TV on Tuesday unveiled a distribution pact with station group owner Tegna to handle distribution of Tegna’s growing roster of original series. Sony will also handle national barter advertising sales for Tegna shows, including the Internet buzz series “Daily Blast Live.”

“It’s a one-of-a-kind agreement, where Tegna and Sony Pictures Television each bring distinct strengths to the new partnership,” said Robert Sullivan, Tegna’s senior VP of programming. Tegna’s other in-house shows including the talk show “Sister Circle” and singing competition “Sing Like a Star.”

“Tegna is a first-class broadcasting company with forward-thinking, digital and programming initiatives,” said John Weiser, Sony’s president of U.S. distribution.

Endemol Shine Boomdog, a newly formed Mexico-based production unit, has sold a drama series about the life of Reggaeton star Nicky Jam to Telemundo in the U.S. and Netflix
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Upright Citizens Brigade Marches in to Help Madison Avenue

Madison Avenue is populated by ad firms with names that remind one of alphabet soup: Ddb. Jwt. Bbdo. Y&R. Now these agencies are about to be joined by a three-letter organization that evokes quite a different reaction: Ucb.

Since 1990, the improv troupe known as Upright Citizens Brigade has primarily been in the business of making people laugh. Original members, after all, include people like Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Horatio Sanz. But the organization has also developed a specialty in helping people unlock creativity on the quick – and hopes to bring some of that talent to the advertising industry.

“We have a lot in common with ad agencies,” says Deidre Sullivan, director of brand strategy at Ucb, in an interview. “We are both making creative product and dealing with creative people.”

Under the terms of a new partnership, The 4As, a trade organization that represents the nation’s advertising and marketing agencies, will begin offering
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Robert Pattinson Travels With a Miniature Horse in 'Damsel' (Exclusive Images)

Robert Pattinson Travels With a Miniature Horse in 'Damsel' (Exclusive Images)
Robert Pattinson is taking on the Wild West in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive images of Damsel.

Directed by the Zellner Brothers (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter), the movie stars Pattinson as Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer who ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). He traverses the Wild West with a drunkard and a miniature horse named Butterscotch; however, their once-simple journey grows treacherous.

Directors David and Nathan Zellner also wrote, produced and appear in the humor-filled film, which is being described as "a loving reinvention of the Western genre."

Damsel makes its world premiere at...
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Facebook Orders New Series ‘Sacred Lies’ From Blumhouse, ‘True Blood’ Team

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Facebook Orders New Series ‘Sacred Lies’ From Blumhouse, ‘True Blood’ Team
Former “True Blood” executive producer Raelle Tucker and director Scott Winant have signed on with Blumhouse Television and Facebook Watch to venture into the land of fairy tales, Ricky Van Veen, Facebook’s Director of Development, announced Tuesday at Natpe. The duo will producer a half-hour dramatic series for the VOD with the working title “Sacred Lies,” based on the classic Brothers Grimm tale, “The Handless Maiden” and the novel, “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” by Stephanie Oakes. Tucker, who will serve as executive producer and showrunner, has adapted the story to be about a handless teen who escapes from a cult...
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Logan Paul: ‘Everyone Deserves Second Chances, Bro’ (Video)

Logan Paul: ‘Everyone Deserves Second Chances, Bro’ (Video)
You won’t confuse his remarks with the Dalai Lama or Nelson Mandela, but disgraced YouTube star Logan Paul has a message of compassion, following his widely-denounced video that showed the body of a suicide victim in Japan. “Everyone deserves second chances, bro,” said Paul, as he walked past a TMZ reporter at Lax on Tuesday (see video below). The 22-year-old has been under heavy scrutiny since posting a video titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese suicide forest” that showed a corpse hanging from a tree in Aokigahara forest near Mt. Fuji. Paul took down the clip a day later, after...
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