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Kristen Wiig Exits Reese Witherspoon-Produced Apple TV Comedy Series

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Kristen Wiig Exits Reese Witherspoon-Produced Apple TV Comedy Series
Kristen Wiig is stepping down as star of the half-hour comedy series being developed for Apple by Reese Witherspoon, due to scheduling conflicts with the production of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The show is now on hold as Apple and the show’s producers consider their options, including finding a new lead actress.

Inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” the project from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine received a 10-episode order, and was set to become Apple’s first half-hour scripted comedy. Wiig signed onto the series when it was ordered in January, and was set to executive produce as well as star.

However, Wiig joined “Wonder Woman 1984” just two months later. That film is currently in production, with Wiig playing classic DC comics villain Cheetah. The superhero sequel’s shooting schedule,
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Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Immigrant Anthology Series From ‘The Big Sick’ Writers

Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Immigrant Anthology Series From ‘The Big Sick’ Writers
Apple has given a series order to an immigrant anthology series from creators Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriters behind “The Big Sick,” and TV producer and writer Lee Eisenberg, a person with knowledge of the deal tells TheWrap.

Apple has ordered eight episodes of “Little America,” inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, which will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America, when they’re more relevant now than ever.

Eisenberg will write, executive produce and serve as showrunner. Nanjiani and Gordon will also executive produce, along with Alan Yang under Universal Television, and Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis for Epic Magazine, alongside co-executive producer Arthur Spector.

Also Read: Oprah Winfrey Signs Multi-Year Content Partnership Deal With Apple

“Little America” will be produced for Apple by Universal Television.

The order is
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Francis Lawrence to direct Hulk Hogan vs Gawker movie Conspiracy

Variety is reporting that The Hunger Games and Red Sparrow director Francis Lawrence has signed on to direct an adaptation of Ryan Holiday’s book Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue.

The film will tell the story of the downfall of gossip blog Gawker following a $140 million judgement against the company for the publication of a sex tape featuring Hulk Hogan. The wrestling icon’s case was funded by billionaire Paypal founder Thiel, who had previously been outed as gay by Gawker.

“When I read Ryan’s extraordinary book I was totally taken with this story, such an exquisitely contemporary tale, and I immediately had a vision for it as a film,” said Lawrence. “It’s an important and meaningful story, and one I’m excited to tell. I’m thrilled to come aboard and to work with this team.”

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Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker Movie Coming From ‘Red Sparrow’ Director and ‘Big Short’ Writer

Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker Movie Coming From ‘Red Sparrow’ Director and ‘Big Short’ Writer
The Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker trial is getting the big screen treatment from Red Sparrow director Francis Lawrence and Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph. The film will dramatize wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media – a lawsuit that sent Gawker into bankruptcy, and closed down the website for good. The infamous Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker trial kicked off […]

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Francis Lawrence To Direct Gawker-Hulk Hogan Film Based On Script By ‘The Big Short’ Writer

The Gawker v. Hulk Hogan story is getting the big screen treatment, and it looks like the project is assembling a pretty good crew to spearhead the film. According to reports, filmmaker Francis Lawrence (“Red Sparrow” and three of the four “Hunger Games” films) has been signed on to direct a film based on the novel “Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue,” which details the recent case that resulted in Gawker going bankrupt and Hulk Hogan becoming an even more wealthy man, all thanks to Peter Thiel.

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‘Hunger Games’ Director Francis Lawrence to Helm Hulk Hogan-Gawker Movie

‘Hunger Games’ Director Francis Lawrence to Helm Hulk Hogan-Gawker Movie
Francis Lawrence, who directed the last three “Hunger Games” movies and “Red Sparrow,” will direct and produce “Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue.”

Charles Randolph, who won an Academy Award for his “Big Short” screenplay, is attached to write the adaptation for the project, which was unveiled in March by producer David A. Neuman, CEO and partner of Blackrock Productions.

Neuman made the announcement Monday and said he is targeting an A-list cast to play the story’s principals — Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, and Nick Denton.

Published in February, “Conspiracy” outlines the tempestuous legal battle between the pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea); Gawker Media and its founder, Denton; and Silicon Valley titan Thiel — who secretly funded Hogan’s successful lawsuit over the publication of a sex tape involving Hogan. The suit resulted in a $140 million judgment against Gawker and led to Gawker’s subsequent bankruptcy.
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Francis Lawrence to Direct Film about the Gawker/Hulk Hogan Trial

The filmmaker behind the final three Hunger Games movies and the comic book adaptation Constantine is turning his attention to the legal drama realm. It was announced today that Francis Lawrence will direct an adaptation of the Ryan Holiday book Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue. Lawrence will also produce alongside Blackrock Productions' David A. Neuman. Oscar-winning The Big Short co-writer Charles Randolph is penning the screenplay, and the film recounts the legal battle between pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media. The suit resulted in a $140 million judgment against Gawker, which …
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‘Hunger Games’ Director, ‘Big Short’ Writer Join Gawker Lawsuit Biopic

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‘Hunger Games’ Director, ‘Big Short’ Writer Join Gawker Lawsuit Biopic
The Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence and “The Big Short” writer Charles Randolph are attached to the upcoming adaptation of “Conspiracy,” Ryan Holiday’s book about Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker that forced the site to go bankrupt.

The announcement was made by Blackrock Productions. Blackrock’s CEO David A. Neuman will produce the film with Lawrence. Blackrock says it is looking for top talent to play Hogan, as well as Thiel, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who secretly funded the wrestler’s lawsuit, and Gawker founder Nick Denton.

Also Read: Gawker Slayer Peter Thiel Agrees to Drop Bid for Bankrupt Site - and Its Story Archive

“Ryan Holiday’s book and the story it tells are rare gifts for a screenwriter,” said Randolph, who won an Oscar for “The Big Short.” “These are such larger-than-life characters – strange, new volatile forces in society – and their conflict matters.”

Hogan filed
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Francis Lawrence to Direct Gawker v. Hulk Hogan Movie From 'Big Short' Writer

Francis Lawrence to Direct Gawker v. Hulk Hogan Movie From 'Big Short' Writer
Francis Lawrence will tackle the big-screen version of one of the largest and weirdest media lawsuits in recent memory.

The Hunger Games filmmaker is attached to direct the adaptation of Ryan Holiday's Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue.

The Big Short scribe Charles Randolph is attached to write the movie, which will chronicle Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media over a sex tape that the online media company published featuring the former WWE star and the wife of Tampa-area shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge. A jury ruled in Hogan's favor, resulting in a ...
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Lizzy Caplan to Star Opposite Octavia Spencer in Apple Drama ‘Are You Sleeping’

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Lizzy Caplan to Star Opposite Octavia Spencer in Apple Drama ‘Are You Sleeping’
Lizzy Caplan has a grabbed a lead role opposite Octavia Spencer in “Are You Sleeping,” Apple’s upcoming Reese Witherspoon-produced 10-episode thriller drama series, an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

The Emmy Award-nominated “Masters of Sex” alum will play twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose lives have taken very different paths. The project is co-produced by Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Chernin Entertainment.

Are You Sleeping” is created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (who will serve as showrunner) and based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, which focuses on America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts.

Also Read: Jj Abrams, Sara Bareilles Dramedy Gets Series Order at Apple

The series is executive produced by Spencer under her Orit Entertainment banner, Tramble Spellman, Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine partner Lauren Neustadter, as well as Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo for Chernin Entertainment.

Are You Sleeping
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Jj Abrams, Sara Bareilles Dramedy Gets Series Order at Apple

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Jj Abrams, Sara Bareilles Dramedy Gets Series Order at Apple
The tech giant has given a 10-episode series order to “Little Voice,” a half-hour project executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Grammy and Tony nominee Sara Bareilles, and “I Am Sam” director Jessie Nelson, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York, “Little Voice” explores the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s. Bareilles who is hosting the upcoming Tony Awards with Josh Groban, will provide original music for the fresh, intensely romantic tale of the search to find your true voice… and then the courage to use it.

Nelson (who worked with Bareilles on the Broadway musical “Waitress”) will be the showrunner for the series, as well as penning the script and directing the first episode.

Also Read: Hailee Steinfeld to Play Emily Dickinson in Apple Comedy Series

Little Voice” hails from Abrams’ Bad Robot
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Apple’s Still-Secretive TV Plans: Here’s What We Know So Far, Including a List of Shows

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It’s the biggest question in Hollywood that everyone is asking, and no one has an answer yet: What will Apple’s upcoming video offering actually look like, and how will it be delivered to viewers?

“I don’t know, and nobody knows, and it makes me nervous,” said one top Hollywood agent. “I’d sell one-off deals with Apple all day long. But I’d never do a [major, long-term talent deal] with them because I don’t know what it means to be an Apple show. How do they market it? Where’s it going to show up? How are people going to see it? It makes no sense to me.”

All is expected to be revealed later this fall, as Apple gears up to enter an already saturated marketplace in early 2019. The competition is fierce: Netflix has 125 million customers globally, while Amazon just revealed that Prime has 100 million consumers. Hulu is also in the mix,
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Red Sparrow Glides onto Sparkling 4K Ultra HD

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You can now own the Story of Russian Jennifer Lawerence cause we don't have a Black Widow movie yet.

The spy thriller featuring Academy award winner Jennifer Lawrence can now be brought to the comfort of you’re home in brilliant 4K Ultra HD. Red Sparrow is now on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Directed by Francis Lawrence and Starring Jennifer Lawrence (No relation) Red Sparrow tells the tale of a Ballerina named Dominkia (Jennifer Lawrence) forced into a Russian spy School called “Sparrow School” where they transform women into Deadly sexy spies called (You guessed it) Sparrows. Dominkia wants to leave and drama and intrigue in sues.

The Blu-Ray boasts 4k Ultra-Hd and offers a complement of 90 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes footage and bonus material. The Bonus material will go into the Author’s research into real life source material. Cast commentary, deleted scenes and more.

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Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Red Sparrow’ 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Date and Details

Jennifer Lawrence plays the espionage game in Fox's Red Sparrow, the original thriller from director Francis Lawrence that is coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on May 22nd.

Red Sparrow, which co-stars Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling and Joely Richardson, was released with an R rating and failed to find sustained legs at the domestic box office with a current haul of $46.5 million. However, international ticket sales have boosted the global gross total to $142.7 million.

The Red Sparrow 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release will feature Dolby Atmos audio and Hdr. Bonus features include:

A New Cold War: Origination and Adaptation

Agents Provocateurs: The Ensemble Cast

Tradecraft: Visual Authenticity

Heart of the Tempest: On Location

Welcome to Sparrow School: Ballet and Stunts

A Puzzle of Need: Post-Production

Director Commentary by Francis Lawrence

10 Deleted Scenes (With Optional Commentary by Francis Lawrence)

Movies Anywhere
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Apple picks up TV adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation

Last summer it was announced that Skydance Television had picked up the rights to Isaac Asimov’s classic sci-fi trilogy Foundation, tapping David S. Goyer (Da Vinci’s Demons) and Josh Friedman (Emerald City) to develop a TV adaptation.

Originally launching as a series of short stories in Astounding Magazine beginning in 1942, Foundation follows a psycho-historian living under the rule of the Galactic Empire who foresees its imminent collapse and sets out to preserve mankind’s knowledge by assembling a group of talented artisans and engineers to serve as the foundation for a new society.

Foundation becomes the latest acquisition for Apple, which has snapped up a host of original programming for its streaming service, including the Octavia Spencer-headlined drama Are You Sleeping, Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence’s See, a Damien Chazelle series, a Ronald D. Moore space drama, a morning TV show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston,
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Jennifer Lawrence Signs For Management With Lbi Entertainment’s Rick Yorn

Jennifer Lawrence Signs For Management With Lbi Entertainment’s Rick Yorn
Exclusive: Jennifer Lawrence has signed with management firm Lbi Entertainment, where she will be repped by Rick Yorn. Yorn has been the longtime rep of Leonardo DiCaprio, meaning that two of the world’s most bankable stars are in the same place. Lawrence, who is repped by CAA and lawyered by Hanson Jacobson’s Gretchen Rush and Steve Warren, is coming off the Francis Lawrence-directed action film Red Sparrow and the Darren Aronofsky-directed Mother!, and she has upcoming X…
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Apple to Develop Series Based on Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ Book Trilogy

Apple is developing a drama series based on the “Foundation” book trilogy by Isaac Asimov, Variety has confirmed.

The potential series will be written and executive produced by David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman, who will also serve as co-showrunners. Skydance Television is producing the series with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross also serving as executive producers.

The book trilogy–comprised of the novels “Foundation,” “Foundation and Empire,” and “Second Foundation”–takes place in a time when the Milky Way is under the control of the Galactic Empire. A mathematician named Hari Seldon develops a method to predict the fall of the empire,
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Why ‘Black Panther’ Saved the First Quarter Box Office From Disaster

Why ‘Black Panther’ Saved the First Quarter Box Office From Disaster
The movie business owes Ryan Coogler and his Marvel team a debt of profound gratitude.

Had Coogler and company not pulled off the massive cultural and financial success of “Black Panther,” the industry would be emerging from a long and brutal winter. As it stands, the Marvel movie about the king of Wakanda is the only new release in the past three months to achieve blockbuster status. The film’s outsize success is the sole reason that the domestic box office through the first quarter is running flat with revenues from 2017. It’s yet another illustration of the new commercial dynamics in Hollywood — the business has increasingly been propped up by a handful of record-shattering hits, while other studio releases struggle, and largely fail to secure a foothold.

“It’s a little unsettling,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “I don’t like to be all doom and gloom,
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Bob’s Burgers creator’s new series Central Park picked up by Apple

Apple TV has won a competitive bidding war for the new animated musical comedy series Central Park, which comes from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard, executive producer Nora Smith, and actor Josh Gad (Frozen).

The series has been granted a two-season, 26-episode straight to series order, and will see Gad joined in the voice cast by Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn.

The show will tell the story of a family of caretakers living and working in Central Park, who end up saving not only the park, but the entire world. The project was originally developed by 20th Century Television for Fox, and when the network passed it received interest from Apple, Netflix and Hulu.

See Also: Apple investing $1 billion in original TV and movie content

Central Park is the latest project to be picked up by Apple TV, and joins
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Apple Orders Animated Comedy ‘Central Park’ From ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Creator

Apple continues to grow it series-programming slate, adding its first animated show.

The digital giant has given a two-season series order to “Central Park,” a musical comedy from “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard and 20th Century Fox Television. Written by Bouchard, Josh Gad, and Nora Smith, the series is described as telling the story of how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park, and basically the world.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television — where Bouchard is under an overall deal — “Central Park” stars Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell,
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