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‘Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk Joins Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Remake

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‘Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk Joins Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Remake
Exclusive: Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk is set for Sony PicturesLittle Women, the remake which is being written and directed by Greta Gerwig. The previously announced cast includes Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlon, James Norton, and Louis Garrel.

The pic will reunite Odenkirk and Streep, both of whom starred in the Oscar-nominated feature, The Post. Odenkirk’s recent credits include Girlfriend’s Day for Netflix, which he also wrote, The Disaster Artist, and Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2.

The film is based on the classic story by Louisa May Alcott. Amy Pascal is producing the project, along with Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord, while Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production via Sony’s label Columbia Pictures.

Odenkirk can currently be seen in Season 4 of AMC’s acclaimed drama, Better Call Saul. He is also
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Zoë Kravitz To Topline 'High Fidelity' Series Reboot For Disney OTT Service

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Zoë Kravitz To Topline 'High Fidelity' Series Reboot For Disney OTT Service
After lengthy negotiations, Zoë Kravitz ("Big Little Lies") has been tapped to star and executive produce "High Fidelity," the reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and the 2000 feature starring John Cusack with a female point of view, which had been in development at Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service.

With Kravitz on board, the project has received a formal 10-episode order. The "High Fidelity" reboot hails from writers Veronica West & Sarah Kucserka, the Midnight Radio producing team and ABC Signature Studios (Smilf), and the cable/streaming division of ABC Studios. Midnight Radio is comprised of Scott Rosenberg — who co-wrote the High Fidelity feature — Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

Kravitz will play the ultimate music fan, a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists, a female take on the character played in the movie by Cusack.
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"Harlots" Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

Hulu has renewed the period drama "Harlots" for a third season, Variety has confirmed.

The series takes place in 18th century London and follows the Wells family as they try to run a successful brothel despite strong competition from their rival, Lydia Quigley. The third season will consist of 8 episodes, just as the first two have.

The renewal comes despite the fact that series lead Samantha Morton, who plays madam Margaret Wells, has been cast as the villain Alpha in the upcoming season of "The Walking Dead." It is unknown in what capacity Morton will appear in the third season, but she is expected to return.
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'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78

'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78
Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz died of cancer on Sunday, his family said in a statement. He was 78.

In addition to helping bring the Skywalker stories to the big screen, Kurtz produced American Graffiti and The Dark Crystal. His career was aligned with that of George Lucas, but the two parted ways after The Empire Strikes Back.

Kurtz had championed Star Wars through multiple drafts and helped Lucas navigate 20th Century Fox’s lack of enthusiasm for a film they dismissed as a B-picture.
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"Game of Thrones" Filming Locations in Northern Ireland to Open as Tourist Attractions

Fans of Westeros will soon be able to step into the actual locations where "Game of Thrones" has been filmed, as HBO's popular fantasy series nears the end of its run.

HBO announced plans to convert several "Thrones" filming locations in Northern Ireland into tourist attractions. The premium programmer is considering including the standing sets for iconic locations from the show such as Winterfell, Castle Black, and King's Landing alongside a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios, which will showcase material from the series spanning all seasons and settings.

HBO is tentatively targeting 2019 to open the attractions,
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'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation

'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation
One of Boomerang's original stars will help bring the film to the small screen next year. Halle Berry has boarded BET's series adaptation of the 1992 movie as an executive producer, along with "The Chi" creator Lena Waithe, TVLine has learned.

The film starred Eddie Murphy as a womanizing, chauvinistic ad exec who realizes his new boss (Robin Givens) is basically a female version of himself. BET's adaptation — which received a 10-episode series order in April — will serve as a sequel of sorts, focusing on the son of Givens’ character and the daughter of Murphy's and Berry's characters as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

"This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story," Waithe said in a statement.
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"Maniac" Season 2 Unlikely, Says Showrunner

It appears that "Maniac" will be sticking true to its "limited series" name.

The term has become rather loose lately, as shows like "Big Little Lies" and "The Alienist" have wrapped up their one-season storylines, only for their respective networks to order a second season, thus retroactively turning them into ongoing series. So whenever a limited series comes along, it arrives with the caveat that anything could happen — for better or worse. Netflix's "Maniac," however, appears to be a genuine one-and-done.
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Optimus Prime Sends Your Favorite Transformer on a Mission in New 'Bumblebee' Trailer

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Optimus Prime Sends Your Favorite Transformer on a Mission in New 'Bumblebee' Trailer
Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Bumblebee, which shows Hailee Steinfeld forming a relationship with the lovable Transformer.

Bumblebee will take the series back in time to the 1980s, thus serving as a prequel to the main series as well as a spinoff. In the trailer, Steinfeld’s character Charlie Watson finds a Vw bug in a Californian junk yard, only to discover that the yellow car isn’t just a vehicle.

Turns out, Optimus Prime (or the ghost of the Transformer) sent Bumblebee on a mission to earth to protect the humans from war — and the Decepticons.
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David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction

David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction
If reports out of TIFF about Chris Pine's nude scene are correct, the Outlaw King himself is the perfect length, but the film overall? Just a bit too long. According to Deadline, director David Mackenzie trimmed 20 minutes off his Netflix historical epic after audiences at the festival responded poorly to the film's bloated runtime.

"I could feel what the audience was like in the theater. I’m sensitive to the way they felt," Mackenzie said, noting that the decision to head back into the editing room "was entirely my decision." The film—which follows the Scottish King
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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'

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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'
With filming for the upcoming Joker film underway on the streets of New York, paparazzi are posting loads of leaks from the set online. To counter it, director Todd Phillips released the first picture of Zazie Beetz’s character in the DC film, just days after unveiling how Joaquin Phoenix will look as the Clown Prince of Crime.

"We have paparazzi all over our set, at every turn. And it bums me out that they constantly put out their bad shots," bemoaned Phillips on Instagram. "So I figure, may as well put out some good ones."

The Deadpool 2 star will play Sophie Dumond, a single mother struggling to make ends meet in Gotham City. And by the looks of Beetz in Phillips’ picture, the struggle is clear, with Sophie gripping the collar of her mutely-colored sweater while sporting unkempt hair and a distant, downtrodden gaze.
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Watch Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Re-Enact ‘The Dark Knight’ Interrogation Scene (Video)

Watch Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Re-Enact ‘The Dark Knight’ Interrogation Scene (Video)
Tommy Wiseau has upped his apparent love of the Clown Prince of Crime, filming a complete scene from “The Dark Knight,” this time roping in his Best F(r)iend Greg Sestero to play opposite him as Batman.

Back in March, the “auteur” behind “The Room” threw his name into the ring to be considered for the new Joker movie. He even filmed an audition tape in full makeup. Well, Joaquin Phoenix got that part, and he only looks a little sillier than Wiseau did.

In a new video for the Nerdist, Wiseau and Sestero re-enacted the famous interrogation scene between Heath Ledger and Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.”

Check it out above.

Also Read: Tommy Wiseau Tried to Bum Oscars Tickets Off Mark Hamill on Twitter

Previously, it was Bale’s gravelly Batman voice that was a bit difficult to understand, but now that honor
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Margot Robbie’s Untitled ‘Birds of Prey’ Sets February 2020 Release Date

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Warner Bros. will release Margot Robbie’s female superhero team-up film “Birds of Prey” on Feb. 7, 2020 the studio announced Monday. Film will also be shown in IMAX.

A second round of actresses will test this week.

Originally created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Carmine Infantino in 1947, Black Canary/Dinah Laurel is a fantastic hand-to-hand combatant from a family of crime fighters — Her father, Larry Lance, was a police officer, while her mother (also named Dinah) was the original Black Canary. Since the 1960s she’s been most commonly associated with the hero Green Arrow, and has been featured heavily on The CW’s “Arrow,” where she was played for several seasons by Katie Cassidy. A new version of Black Canary is currently played by Juliana Harkavy.

Also Read: 'Birds of Prey': Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Eyed for DC's Female Superheroes Movie

Created by writer Joey Cavalieri
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Owner of YouTube Franchise Charged With Molesting Underage Performer

Since 2008, the YouTube franchise SevenAwesomeKids has been a go-to destination for tween and teen girls who want to watch video content starring their peers. The franchise’s seven channels have racked up 17 million subscribers, with the largest channel, SevenSuperGirls, alone bringing in roughly 9 million subscribers. SevenAwesomeKids has a roster of 20-plus real girls, ages eight to 18, who are paid to star in videos which are produced and directed by owner Ian Rylett, and updated daily. Or they were updated daily until mid-August, when the franchise suddenly stopped updating entirely — because Rylett,
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TV Review: FX’s ‘Mr. Inbetween’

TV and film have long been fascinated with the inner lives of spies, assassins, and people who otherwise operate underground and out of sight. Untangling the possible motivations someone might have to live such a life, not to mention carry out startling and sometimes downright horrific acts, provides so much narrative catnip that hardly a month goes by without a new variation on the same theme. 2018’s TV has already had a couple sterling examples in HBO’s “Barry” and BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” both of which manage to depict the lives of assassins in ways we’ve never seen before — which is,
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Zoe Kravitz to Star on Disney Streaming Service’s ‘High Fidelity’ Remake

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Zoe Kravitz is set to star on and executive produce the “High Fidelity” remake series for Disney’s straight-to-consumer streaming service.

The “Big Little Lies” actress will tackle John Cusack’s role of a record store owner and list-maker from the 2000 Touchstone movie, which was based on a Nick Hornsby novel. In the turn-of-the-century feature film adaptation, Rob (Cusack) recounted his Top 5 breakups, one of which was in progress at the time.

The “High Fidelity” female-p.O.V. remake has a 10-episode order at the streaming service. The small-screen versions hails from writers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka and is an ABC Signature Studios production.

Also Read: Reese Witherspoon Totally Redeems Herself in Jimmy Fallon's Post-Emmys 'Lip Sync Charades' (Video)

With Zoe Kravitz, West and Kucserka will executive produce alongside Midnight Radio’s Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg.

The Disney direct-to-consumer streaming service is scheduled
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Kate McKinnon Joins Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman in Movie About Fox News Scandal

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Kate McKinnon Joins Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman in Movie About Fox News Scandal
Kate McKinnon has joined Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in Jay Roach’s “Fair and Balanced,”an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

McKinnon is set to star as a producer — her role will not be based on a real person. The Annapurna Pictures’ film follows the ensemble of women who decided to take on the toxic male culture of Fox News and bring down network CEO Roger Ailes. Jay Roach will direct.

Margot Robbie, Allison Janney and John Lithgow also star.

Also Read: Allison Janney Joins Annapurna's Roger Ailes Harassment Film as Attorney Susan Estrich

The script is being penned by Academy Award-winner, Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”), and Annapurna is producing the film along with Theron, Beth Kono, and Aj Dix of Denver and Delilah. Roach, Randolph and Lighthouse Management and Media’s Margaret Media are also producing.

Ailes resigned from Fox News in 2016 after Gretchen Carlson
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‘Fahrenheit 11/9’: Why Michael Moore’s Trump Doc Bombed

‘Fahrenheit 11/9’: Why Michael Moore’s Trump Doc Bombed
Michael Moore’s trump card failed him this weekend.

“Fahrenheit 11/9,” Moore’s satirical takedown of President Trump and the current political landscape in America, picked up an abysmal $3.1 million when it opened 1,719 venues. It was the best start for the left-wing filmmaker since 2009’s “Capitalism: A Love Story,” but it’s a far cry from 2004, when Moore’s doc “Fahrenheit 9/11” launched with a record-breaking $23 million. At this point, “Fahrenheit 11/9” will be lucky if it matches the opening weekend of “Fahrenheit 9/11” during the course of its run.

To quote Moore: “How the f— did this happen?”

To be fair, nobody expected the same kind of result this go-round. “Fahrenheit 9/11,” still the highest grossing documentary of all time, was the rare feature to tap into the zeitgeist and spark a national conversation about the Bush administration and the war on terror. When “Bowling for Columbine” came out in 2002, it was at the
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Mike D, Ad-Rock Set ‘Beastie Boys Book’ Tour

Mike D, Ad-Rock Set ‘Beastie Boys Book’ Tour
Beastie Boys‘ Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz will embark on a six-date book tour in support of their upcoming tome on the legendary hip-hop trio, Beastie Boys Book.

Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct with Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond will feature a special guest moderator at each stop along with feature readings, a Q&A and a live score provided by the group’s longtime DJ Mixmaster Mike.

The U.S. leg begins October 29th at New York’s Town Hall and concludes November 5th at San Francisco’s Nourse Theater,
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Zoe Kravitz to Star in ‘High Fidelity’ TV Series at Disney Streaming Service

Zoe Kravitz to Star in ‘High Fidelity’ TV Series at Disney Streaming Service
Zoe Kravitz has been cast in the lead role in the series adaptation of “High Fidelity” at Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Variety has learned.

The series, which has received a 10-episode order, is inspired by Nick Hornby’s novel and the Touchstone film of the same name. It reimagines the story from the female perspective. Kravitz, who will executive produce in addition to starring, will play the ultimate music fan–a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists.

Interestingly, Kravitz’ mother Lisa Bonet starred in the film version opposite John Cusack as musician Marie De Salle.
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Metric Plan 2019 Tour in Support of New LP ‘Art of Doubt’

After spending the latter half of 2018 opening for the reunited Smashing Pumpkins, Metric will return to the road in 2019 for a tour in support of their just-released new album Art of Doubt.

The 27-date trek, a co-headliner venture with Mexican rock band Zoé, opens February 11th in Cleveland, Ohio and spends six weeks circling the U.S. before concluding March 25th in Detroit, Michigan.

July Talk will serve as special guest on the tour, with tickets going on sale to the general public starting September 29th. One dollar from every
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