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Justin Lin to Direct ‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot Pilot for CBS

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Justin Lin to Direct ‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot Pilot for CBS
Justin Lin has signed on to direct the pilot for a CBS reboot of the hit 80’s action adventure series “Magnum P.I.,” which is being written by Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, showrunners for the successful revival of “Hawaii Five-o.” The revival will see Thomas Magnum, who was played in the original series by Tom Selleck, be reimagined as an ex-Navy Seal returning from combat in Afghanistan and repurposing his military skills as a private investigator. Alongside him are fellow military vets Theodore “Tc” Calvin and Orville “Rick” Wright and disavowed MI6 agent Juliet Higgins, with the latter character originally being...
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Shazam! Synopsis Revealed as Movie Starts Production

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Shazam! The supernatural DC character is on its way to becoming a feature film! Come inside for more!

David F. Sandburg and the rest of the Shazam! cast and crew are gearing up to film the next movie in the Dceu. While the film is supposed to be set in Philadelphia, Pa, the team will be filming primarily in Toronto, which is pretty normal for most films. What's not familiar is the synopsis for Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and his God-like counterpart, Shazam!.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—Shazam!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself
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Zachary Levi Stars In Shazam! Filming Begins In Toronto

Production is underway on New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!” David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”) directs the origin story, which stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Peter Safran (upcoming “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” films) serves as the film’s producer.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—Shazam!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them!
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‘Magnum Pi,’ ‘Cagney and Lacey’ Reboots Among Six Pilot Orders at CBS

‘Magnum Pi,’ ‘Cagney and Lacey’ Reboots Among Six Pilot Orders at CBS
CBS picked up six pilots for the 2018-2019 season, including reboots of “Cagney and Lacey” and “Magnum P.I.”

“Magnum P.I.” is described as an updated version of the original series that follows Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy Seal who, upon returning home to Hawaii from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. Tom Selleck played the mustachioed Magnum in the original series.

Peter Lenkov, the writer and producer behind current CBS reboots of “Hawaii Five-o” and “MacGyver,” will serve as the writer and executive producer on the new version of the classic 1980s series, which had previously gotten a pilot production commitment at the network. Eric Guggenheim, an executive producer and writer on Lenkov’s “Hawaii Five-o,” will also write and executive produce. John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment will also executive produce. CBS Television Studios will co-produce with Universal Television.

The original “Magnum P.I.” aired
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Connie Sawyer, Hollywood's Oldest Working Actress, Dies at 105

Connie Sawyer, Hollywood's Oldest Working Actress, Dies at 105
Connie Sawyer, the oldest working member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy, has died. She was 105.

The actress died peacefully at her home in Woodland Hills, California, according to Deadline. She had previously resided at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s residential community for entertainment industry retirees in Los Angeles.

A rep for Sawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment from People.

The Pueblo, Colorado, native, who was born on November 27, 1912, made audiences laugh since before the television was even invented, first starring in vaudeville shows when she was just a child.

She later landed
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CBS All Access is Now Available to Amazon Prime Members For $9.99 a Month

Updated: It looks like it will be a $9.99 additional charge. Not sure how I missed that, but now this whole thing isn't as exciting.

Here's the full Press Release:

CBS All Access, CBS' digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, and Amazon (Nasdaq: Amzn) today launched the ability for Amazon Prime members to add CBS All Access' commercial-free* offering to their Prime membership with Amazon Channels."CBS All Access on Amazon Channels offers a seamless way for Amazon Prime members to get all the benefits of CBS All Access, including their favorite CBS shows plus premium original series like Star Trek: Discovery, No Activity and The Good Fight," said Rob Gelick, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Platforms, CBS Interactive Entertainment. "As the first Amazon Channels partner to offer a linear feed of a subscriber's local broadcast station in addition to video on demand, we're thrilled
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CBS All Access Available to Amazon Prime Members in U.S. as Add-On Channel

CBS All Access, the broadcaster’s VOD and live-streaming subscription service, is now available for Amazon Prime members — marking the first Amazon Channels partner to offer a linear feed of local broadcast TV.

Initially, the All Access ad-free tier, priced at an additional $9.99 per month, will be available to Prime U.S. members. In the next few months, Amazon plans to also offer CBS All Access’ plan with limited commercials for $5.99 per month. Prime membership costs $99 annually in the U.S.

CBS All Access offers more than 10,000 episodes on-demand, including original series including “Star Trek: Discovery” (pictured above), “The Good Fight,” and “No Activity,” as well as upcoming originals including “$1,” “Strange Angel,” and “The Twilight Zone.”

The lineup includes current primetime, late-night and daytime CBS shows and live-streaming access to local CBS stations — including NFL games and other live programming — in most U.S. markets. Full seasons of all current CBS primetime show such as “The Big Bang Theory,” “[link
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Hawaii Five-0: James MacArthur Dies at 72; Farewell "Danno" Williams

Hawaii Five-0: James MacArthur Dies at 72; Farewell
The co-star on the original Hawaii Five-0 series, James MacArthur, has died at the age of 72. He passed away early this morning, reportedly from natural causes.

MacArthur was born in 1937 and was adopted by renowned actress Helen Hayes and scribe Charles MacArthur, best known for writing plays like The Front Page and Twentieth Century. James was raised alongside their biological daughter, Mary, until her premature death from polio in 1949 at the age of 19. Some who knew Charles MacArthur believed that event helped bring on his own death in 1956, at the age of 60.

James MacArthur got his start in the theatre with his sister in a Maryland production of The Corn Is Green. He trained in summer stock and also worked backstage, sometimes connected with productions starring his mother. At the age of 18, while still in high school,
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James MacArthur: 1937-2010

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James MacArthur: 1937-2010
James MacArthur, best known to American television audiences as "Danno" in the classic TV series "Hawaii Five-O," died of natural causes today in Florida. He was 72 years old.

As youthful Detective Danny "Danno" Williams, MacArthur became as recognizable as Jack Lord, who played the team's leader Steve McGarrett. However, it was Lord who uttered what would become the series' signature catchphrase: "Book 'em, Danno." The original "Hawaii Five-O" aired from 1968 until 1980; CBS recently premiered a modern reboot of the crime drama with Scott Caan playing Danny Williams. MacArthur, the last living member from the original series main cast, had agreed to appear in an upcoming episode, according to a statement on his personal website.

Born James Gordon MacArthur on December 8, 1937, in Los Angeles, California, MacArthur is the adopted son of playwright Charles MacArthur and his wife Helen Hayes, who was considered to be the First Lady of the American stage. He grew up in Nyack, New York, with his parents' biological daughter Mary, and was educated at Allen Stevenson School in New York, and later at Solebury School in New Hope, Pennsylvania. MacArthur would later attend Harvard but, after working in several Walt Disney films over his summer breaks, left to pursue an acting career full-time.

MacArthur also won acclaim onstage, making his Broadway debut in 1960 playing opposite Jane Fonda in "Invitation to a March." But his clean-cut looks and athletic build won him roles in the late 1950s and 60s in several Disney films, including The Light in the Forest, Third Man on the Mountain, and the classics Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson. He also played a pivotal role in the 1965 film classic Battle of the Bulge. During that period MacArthur also guest starred on a number of television series including "Gunsmoke," "Bonanza," "Wagon Train," "The Untouchables" and "12 O'Clock High." He even co-starred with Hayes in a 1968 episode of "Tarzan."

Reportedly it was his appearance in the legendary Clint Eastwood Western Hang 'Em High that would eventually lead to MacArthur winning the role on "Hawaii Five-O."

After "Hawaii Five-O" came to an end, MacArthur returned to the stage, making guest appearances on series such as "Fantasy Island," "The Love Boat," "Vega$,"and "Murder, She Wrote." He also reprised the role of Dan Williams in a 1997 attempt to resurrect "Hawaii Five-O" but the pilot, in which Williams had been made Hawaii's Governor, was never picked up. His final small-screen appearance was in the 1998 TV movie "Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister."

According to a family statement reported by People.com, MacArthur spent his time off-camera enjoying sports and played flamenco guitar. He was formerly married to actress Joyce Bulifant from 1958 to 1967, and to actress Melody Patterson from 1970 to 1975. Both unions ended in divorce.

MacArthur is survived by his wife, Helen Beth Duntz, four children and seven grandchildren.

Hawaii Five-O Actor MacArthur Dies

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Hawaii Five-O Actor MacArthur Dies
Beloved Hawaii Five-O actor James MacArthur, has died at the age of 72. MacArthur passed away on Thursday, a family representative tells People.com. Details surrounding the cause of death were not made available as WENN went to press.

The actor seemed destined for a career on the stage and screen, as the adopted son of actress Helen Hayes and her husband, American playwright Charles MacArthur, and he made his big screen debut in 1957 drama The Young Stranger.

MacArthur went on to appear in Walt Disney films Third Man on the Mountain, Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson, and in 1961 he made his Broadway debuted opposite a little-known Jane Fonda in Invitation to a March.

The stage performance won him the Theatre World Award for Best New Actor.

He won further acclaim for his roles in 1965 World War II drama, The Battle of the Bulge and Clint Eastwood's 1968 spaghetti Western, Hang 'Em High.

But he is perhaps best known for his role as Detective Dan 'Danno' Williams on the original U.S. TV crime drama Hawaii Five-O, which ran from 1968 to 1980.

MacArthur is survived by his wife of more than 25 years, Helen Beth Duntz, four children and seven grandchildren.

His first two marriages, from 1958 to 1967 to actress Joyce Bulifant, and another, from 1970 to 1975 to actress Melody Patterson, ended in divorce.

James MacArthur Dies

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James MacArthur Dies
James MacArthur, the boyish actor who became a household name in the 1970s as Danny "Danno" Williams on TV's Hawaii Five-O, died Thursday, a family representative told People. He was 72 and his family was at his side at the time of his death, according to a family statement. No further details, including a cause, were given. Born in Los Angeles on December 8, 1937, MacArthur was adopted shortly after his birth by two living legends: actress Helen Hayes, considered the First Lady of the American stage, and her husband, Charles MacArthur, who, with collaborator Ben Hecht, wrote what some consider the greatest
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James MacArthur, Original 'Hawaii Five-0' Danno, Dead at 72

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James MacArthur, Original 'Hawaii Five-0' Danno, Dead at 72
James MacArthur, who played Danno in the original 'Hawaii Five-0' -- the role now played by Scott Caan on the CBS remake -- died this morning. He was 72. The actor's agent, Richard Lewis, told the Associated Press that MacArthur died of "natural causes" in Florida, however, no other details have been given.

MacArthur was most famous for his role as Detective Danny "Danno" Williams on 'Hawaii Five-0,' which often ended episodes with the phrase "Book 'em, Danno." He was in all 11 seasons of the show, 1968 to 1980, as well as the 1997 pilot for a revamped 'Hawaii Five-0' starring Gary Busey (if you can imagine that), Russell Wong, and Steven Flynn. He played the same character, but Danno had become governor of Hawaii.

Over four decades, MacArthur racked up roles in movies and television. He starred in the 1960 version of 'Swiss Family Robinson,
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CBS TV series 'Hawaii-Five-0' casting actors and extras in Los Angeles and Hawaii

CBS TV series 'Hawaii-Five-0' casting actors and extras in Los Angeles and Hawaii
The new CBS crime drama 'Hawaii-Five-0' is currently in production and casting for principal actors, day players, extras, and stand-ins is underway. The original series aired from September 20, 1968 to April 4, 1980.

This new version of Hawaii Five-0 is set in present-day Hawaii and is spelled 'Hawaii Five-0' with the last character a zero instead of a capital letter such as the original series was spelled. The name of this television series comes from the fact that Hawaii was the 50th state to join the United States. The show will join the network's 2010–2011 fall lineup.

The series regulars and most of the guest stars are cast out of Los Angeles, and the rest of the casting is done in Hawaii. Filming began July 15, 2010 and shoots in Oahu, Hawaii.

Details on how to be considered for acting or extra work on the new show can be found on the following blog
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Pilot season does the time warp

Pilot season does the time warp
"Rockford Files" and "Hawaii Five-O" are flying high, procedurals are hotter than ever before, multicamera comedies are staging a comeback and veteran sitcom directors James Burrows and Pamela Fryman are the most sought-after helmers with three projects each.

"It feels like we're going back in time -- but in a good way," one TV lit agent said about this year's pilot season.

In addition to this dial-back to the '70s, networks are turning back time on the number of pilot orders. After a post-wga strike nosedive in the number of orders in 2008 to 61, down from 100-plus the previous three years, the tally has been edging up -- to 74 last year and 83 so far this season.

There are plenty of other surprises as well.

First, British formats are out, but British creators and personalities are in.

For the first time in a decade, there is no broadcast pilot based on a U.
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'Lost' actor joins 'Hawaii Five-o'

'Lost' actor joins 'Hawaii Five-o'
"Lost's" Daniel Dae Kim is staying in Hawaii with a lead role on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" remake.

In CBS' updated take on the classic cop series, from CBS Studios, Kim will play Detective Chin Ho Kelly, a role played in the original series by Kam Fong.

The part of Detective Steve McGarrett has not yet been cast, though "Moonlight" star Alex O'Loughlin continues to be in talks for it.

The new "Hawaii Five-0" hails from hot feature writers and "Fringe" co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and "CSI: NY" executive producer/co-showrunner Peter Lenkov.

Kim, who played Jin Kwon on "Lost" for its six-season run, is the first actor from the show's core cast to book a new series project this pilot season as the ABC mystery drama heads to its May finale.

He is repped by Apa.
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CBS books 'em: 'Hawaii Five-0' greenlighted

CBS books 'em: 'Hawaii Five-0' greenlighted
"Hawaii Five-o" is a go.

CBS has greenlighted an updated version of the classic cop series from hot feature scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and "CSI: NY" executive producer Peter Lenkov.

The project, from CBS Studios, scored a sizable commitment when it landed at CBS in October.

It is described as an updated take on the original series that is centered on an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police headed by Steve McGarrett and answerable only to the governor.

The classic procedural, created by Leonard Freeman, ran on CBS from 1968-80 and became famous for its opening music and for its staple "Book 'em, Danno" closing line.

Kurtzman and Orci co-wrote the story for the pilot with Lenkov, who penned the script under their supervision. All three are executive producing.

CBS and CBS Studios, which has the rights to "Hawaii Five-o," first took a stab at developing a
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CBS orders pilot for a new Hawaii Five-o ... again

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CBS orders pilot for a new Hawaii Five-o ... again
A little over a year ago, CBS was all a flutter with thoughts of a new Hawaii Five-o. Jane wrote about it and even allowed herself to get geeked about a new Jack Lord and company. Well, that incarnation by Criminal Minds executive producer Ed Bernero failed to make it into production. I guess it didn't have enough "Book 'em, Danno's" -- or maybe it had too many. Whatever the reason, that version died and a new one has been ordered. CBS now has a new plan for an updated Hawaii Five-o.

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CBS nabs 'Hawaii Five-o' pilot

CBS nabs 'Hawaii Five-o' pilot
Surf's up for a new "Hawaii Five-O."

CBS has given a pilot commitment to an updated version of the classic cop series from hot feature scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and "CSI: NY" executive producer Peter Lenkov.

There aren't many details on the trio's take on the classic procedural, which chronicled the workings of the fictional Hawaiian state police department led by Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord). The original series, created by Leonard Freeman, ran on CBS from 1968-80. It became famous for its opening music and for its staple "Book 'em, Danno" closing line.

Kurtzman and Orci are co-writing the story for the pilot with Lenkov, who will pen the script under their supervision. All three are executive producing.

CBS and CBS Studios, which has the rights to "Hawaii Five-o," first took a stab at developing a contemporary take last year with "Criminal Minds" executive producer/showrunner Ed Bernero.
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Producer Finnegan Loses Parkinson's Battle

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Producer Finnegan Loses Parkinson's Battle
William R. Finnegan, the man behind cult TV show Hawaii Five-0, has died, aged 80.

The revered film and television producer died on Friday after a lengthy battle with Parkinson.s disease.

Finnegan, a five-time Emmy Award nominee, ran production company Finnegan-Pinchuk with partner Sheldon Pinchuk. The firm was behind a series of hit movies and TV series.

As well as Hawaii Five-0, Finnegan helped bring The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd and Big Hawaii to TV screens, and The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Dollmaker and World War III to cinemas.

The producer retired in 2003, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tarantino Turns Down 'Hawaii Five-O' Remake

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Tarantino Turns Down 'Hawaii Five-O' Remake
Quentin Tarantino was horrified when studio bosses suggested he directs the big-screen version of cult '70s show Hawaii Five-O - he hates the series. Warner Bros. Pictures are currently developing a movie version of the Jack Lord-starring TV show, which ended in 1980 after 12 years. He says, "My producing partner at the time Lawrence Bender was hanging out with some dude from Fox or Warners or whatever, and they said I should stop working on what I was doing, because I'd be so into this. I tried to watch the old TV show, but it sucks. I don't even like Hawaii."
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