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‘Roseanne’ Spinoff ‘The Conners’ Ordered by ABC

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‘Roseanne’ Spinoff ‘The Conners’ Ordered by ABC
Roseanne’ is returning, but without its namesake.

ABC has given a series order to “The Conners,” a spinoff starring original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman. Not part of the new series will be Roseanne Barr, who played the matriarch on the long running and recently revived — and more recently canceled — multi-camera comedy. Barr will, according to ABC, have no financial or creative involvement in the spinoff.

“The Conners” is slated to debut this fall and take over the 8 p.m. Tuesday time period that “Roseanne” had been slated to occupy until the show was abruptly canceled last month in response to a racist statement made on Twitter by Barr. Additional cast members and a premiere date will be announced at a later date.

Gilbert, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen, and Tony Hernandez will serve as executive producers on the spinoff,
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'Jurassic World 2' Roars into Domestic Theaters as 'Incredibles 2' Looks to Hold Strong

'Jurassic World 2' Roars into Domestic Theaters as 'Incredibles 2' Looks to Hold Strong
While it may not appear out of the ordinary, this weekend's release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and its anticipated $100+ million opening will mark only the second time ever that two different films have opened with over $100 million back-to-back at the box office.

The first and last time this happened was in 2007 when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End opened with $114.7 million following Shrek the Third's $121.6 million opening the weekend prior. In fact, the rarity of what will take place this weekend doesn't end there as only eight times following a $100+ million performance at the weekend box office has a film not repeated at #1 the following weekend. Even more rare, two films have never brought in more than $100 million over the same weekend.

Should Incredibles 2 drop 45.26% or less this weekend we'll have yet another piece of history to discuss come Sunday morning.

After debuting internationally just over two weeks ago,
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‘It Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Cast In New Line Sequel

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‘It Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Cast In New Line Sequel
Exclusive: Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink have landed supporting roles in New Line Cinema’s It Chapter Two, which will once again be directed by Andy Muschietti.

The sequel portrays the kids, members of the Losers’ Club, who were tormented by Pennywise, as adults. James McAvoy plays Bill, Bill Hader is Richie, Jessica Chastain is Beverly, James Ransone is Eddie, Andy Bean is Stanley, Jay Ryan is Ben, and Isaiah Mustafa is Mike. Bill Skarsgard returns as Pennywise.

Dolan will be playing the role of Adrian Mellon. In the Stephen King novel, Mellon was a gay man living in Derry who was attacked by bullies which led to his demise at the hands of Pennywise. Beinbrink will play Tom Rogan who, the book and the 90s miniseries, was Beverly’s abusive lover.

Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee and Dan Lin return as producers. The screenplay is written by Gary Dauberman.

Contrary
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‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘Glass’ Confirmed for San Diego Comic-Con

‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘Glass’ Confirmed for San Diego Comic-Con
Just a couple days ago, we got a rundown of which movies would be heading to San Diego Comic-Con to show off the goods to the thousands of fans in attendance at one of the biggest pop culture conventions in the world. While we got confirmation of some of the big movies that will be […]

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Another ‘Breaking Bad’ Character Is Coming to ‘Better Call Saul,’ Vince Gilligan Teases

Another ‘Breaking Bad’ Character Is Coming to ‘Better Call Saul,’ Vince Gilligan Teases
Brace yourself, Albuquerque: Another “Breaking Bad” character is coming to Season 4 of “Better Call Saul,” creator Vince Gilligan says.

“There’s a very important character from the ‘Breaking Bad’ era that we’re going to meet this year,” Gilligan said during his show’s Masterclass panel, which was a part of the AMC Summit Wednesday in New York City.

He did not specify which character — but Gilligan believes fans will be pretty pleased overall when the AMC dramedy returns in early August.

“Season 4 is so good,” he said. “It gets darker, it gets richer. It’s still got funny in it, but on the Venn diagram of ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul,’ the overlap in the center is getting bigger and bigger.”

And though Jimmy McGill
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‘American Girl’ Doll Movie in the Works at Mattel, Original Film (Exclusive)

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‘American Girl’ Doll Movie in the Works at Mattel, Original Film (Exclusive)
Hold on to your bonnets, berets and other historically accurate accessories: A movie based on the beloved American Girl dolls is in the works with Mattel and Neal H. Moritz’s Original Film producing, insiders told TheWrap.

The project is currently looking for writers. The dolls were first released in 1986 and are sold with books that tell stories of American history. In 1998, Pleasant Company became a subsidiary of Mattel.

This isn’t the American Girls’ first run at Hollywood. In 2008, Abigail Breslin starred in the theatrically released film “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.”
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Charles Krauthammer Dies: Fox News Contributor & Pulitzer-Winning Columnist Was 68

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Charles Krauthammer Dies: Fox News Contributor & Pulitzer-Winning Columnist Was 68
Charles Krauthammer, a conservative veteran Fox News contributor, author and syndicated columnist, died today, less than two weeks after he’d penned a letter saying he had weeks to live. He was 68.

The news was announced by his former Washington Post colleague Paul Farhi on Twitter:

Some sad news: Charles Krauthammer has died. Our obit is coming soon.

— Paul Farhi (@farhip) June 21, 2018

In a letter read on-air June 8 by Outnumbered host Sandra Smith, Krauthammer said he had undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and that it “caused a cascade of secondary complications” for which he has been hospitalized since. Recent tests have revealed that the cancer had returned.

He had been paralyzed since a diving-board accident in the early 1970s that confined him to a wheelchair.

“I don’t like when they make a big thing about it,” Krauthammer said in a 1984 Washington Post interview.
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‘Daredevil’ Ep Steven S. DeKnight Signs Netflix Deal

‘Daredevil’ Ep Steven S. DeKnight Signs Netflix Deal
Former “Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has signed an overall deal with Netflix. Under the agreement, DeKnight will develop and produce series and other projects for the streaming service.

DeKnight served as executive producer and showruner on the first season of Marvel action drama “Daredevil,” as well as on the Starz drama “Spartacus.” Among DeKnight’s other credits are “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” He was the writer and director on his first feature film “Pacific Rim Uprising,” from Legendary Pictures.

Steven S. DeKnight is a multifaceted writer, director, producer and showrunner whose daring visions have gripped audiences for years,
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Koko, Signing Gorilla Who Met Robin Williams and Betty White, Dies

Koko, Signing Gorilla Who Met Robin Williams and Betty White, Dies
Koko, the gorilla who learned more than 1,000 signs, played with Robin Williams, and was the subject of a Barbet Schroeder documentary, died on Tuesday, the Gorilla Foundation announced.

She was 46 and lived at the foundation’s headquarters in Woodside, Calif. When she appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1978, the world was stunned to learn of the western lowland gorilla’s ability to learn numerous signs from psychologist Dr. Francine “Penny” Patterson, who was working on a language project.

Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo and Patterson brought her to the foundation for her project. She also understood spoken speech.
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Amazon Sets Early Screenings of ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ (Exclusive)

Amazon Sets Early Screenings of ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ (Exclusive)
Amazon is offering its Amazon Prime members an exclusive early showing of Sony’s animated “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” two weeks before the movie’s release.

The early showings for Prime members will take place at 3 p.m. local time on June 30 at about 1,000 theaters across the country. Members can buy up to 10 tickets per showing online at Amazon.com/HotelT with ticketing powered by Atom Tickets.

“We can’t wait to welcome Prime members on this monster vacation before anyone else,” said Elias Plishner, executive VP of worldwide digital marketing for Sony Pictures. “Summer vacation has officially started, and this movie will be a perfect way for families and friends to spend quality time together.”

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” has a voice cast featuring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, and Mel Brooks.
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MTV Launches Studio, Sets ‘Daria,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals

MTV Launches Studio, Sets ‘Daria,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals
MTV has launched a new production unit, MTV Studios — and with it put in the works a batch of new shows and revivals of properties from the Viacom-owned cable channel’s extensive content library.

Among the initial MTV Studios slate is a new iteration of the animated series “Daria” from “Inside Amy Schumer” writer Grace Edwards; “Teen Wolf” creator Jeff Davis’s reimagining of sci-fi animated series “Aeon Flux” with fellow exec producer Gale Anne Hurd; a revival with Bunim/Murray Productions of reality series “The Real World”; and a new version of unscripted series “Made.”

Also in the works
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Tom Arnold Tweets Photo With Ex-Trump Attorney Michael Cohen: ‘This Dude Has All the Tapes’

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Tom Arnold has posted a photo of himself with ex-Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen, and tells NBC News that the two met in Manhattan to discuss their mutual enemy.

Roseanne Barr’s ex-husband says Cohen — who is under investigation by federal prosecutors ― talked to him for a Vice show Arnold is filming in which he searches for damning audio and video tapes of Trump. The show is expected to air later this year.

“We’ve been on the other side of the table and now we’re on the same side,” Arnold said. “It’s on! I hope he [Trump] sees the picture of me and Michael Cohen and it haunts his dreams.”

Also Read: 'The Conners': ABC Orders 'Roseanne' Spinoff Straight-to-Series for This Fall

Here’s the hopeful-nightmare photo:

I love New York pic.twitter.com/J7AJg1HiHo

— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) June 22, 2018

Cohen retweeted the photo.

Also
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Barstool Sports Defends Corey Lewandowski’s ‘Womp Womp’ Comments

Barstool Sports defended Corey Lewandowski’s widely derided “womp womp” moment. In the latest episode of the site’s show “Barstool Rundown,” Barstool’s Dave Portnoy, Sam Bozoian and Dan Katz said that regardless of what you think of what Lewandowski said, the moment was still funny.

“It’s laugh-out-loud funny when he does it,” said Portnoy. “To use the womp womp womp right there. That’s an all-time womp womp womp.”

“That is an all-time womp womp womp and the reply made me laugh even harder when the guy said ‘how dare you, how dare you. sir. Any time someone drops a sir,” added Katz. “He’s a terrible person, but you can still laugh at how ridiculously out of touch that was. “

Also Read: Seth Meyers Compares Trump to Jr Smith: 'You Have No Idea What's Going on and You Think You're Winning When You're Not'

“Funny trumps everything,
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Paul McCartney Makes James Corden Cry With ‘The Most Beautiful Story’ He’s ‘Ever Heard’ (Video)

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Paul McCartney Makes James Corden Cry With ‘The Most Beautiful Story’ He’s ‘Ever Heard’ (Video)
How do we even begin to describe Paul McCartney’s “Carpool Karaoke”? James Corden’s Liverpool installment of his recurring “Late Late Show” sketch was the longest and perhaps best version the CBS show has put out to-date.

The Beatles legend showed Corden around his native city, and the two even visited Paul’s childhood home, where he wrote music with John Lennon.

Later, McCartney and his band performed an entire set for unsuspecting patrons of a local pub. Appropriately, the whole concert — and sketch — ended with “Hey Jude.”

Also Read: Cher Eats Cow Tongue to Avoid Saying One Nice Thing About Donald Trump (Video)

Aside from the closer, the loveliest part of the episode was when McCartney told Corden the story behind “Let It Be.” Corden had a good cry over it.

Watch the video above to find out if the duo did or did not sing “The Girl Is Mine.
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Longtime Disney Executive Mark Endemano Steps Down

Mark Endemano, a longtime Disney executive who was a key figure in the international TV and film division, is leaving the company, Variety has confirmed.

Endemano’s exit comes three months after the appointment of Kevin Mayer as chairman of direct-to-consumer and international at Disney. The elimination of Endemano’s role is understood to be part of The Walt Disney Company’s global restructuring of all its segments.

The company now aims to regroup its direct-to-consumer and international business into a single division. The new division will bring together the global distribution of film and TV content with Disney’s expected direct-to-consumer streaming service, Hulu, Movies Anywhere and third-party services.

During his 14-year tenure at Disney, Endemano progressed from his first role in media distribution, heading the finance function for that division in the Emea region, to senior VP of finance and business operations for Disney Media Distribution, Disney channels
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Conecta Fiction: ’Skam’ Initiates International Roll Out

Santiago De Compostela, Spain — With remakes already launched in the U.S., France, Germany and Italy since early 2018, the international roll out of “Skam” (Shame) may be far from over.

Germany’s Beta Film and Norwegian public broadcaster Nrk, which handle international sales on the original cult short-format drama hit, have received “strong” expressions of interest in “Skam” remakes from The Balkans, Russia, India, Japan, Brazil and Colombia, Christian Gockel, Beta Film Evp international sales and acquisitions, commented at a Conecta Fiction round table.

Little wonder. Remakes released or in production involve three European public broadcasters – France Televisions, which produces
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Fox News Contributor: Black People Say Detention Centers Better Than ‘the Projects That I Grew up In’

Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy defended detention centers for undocumented migrants at the U.S. border, saying that several African-Americans told her that the centers looked better than the housing projects they grew up in.

“I spoke to some African-Americans who say, ‘Gosh, the conditions of the detention centers are better than some of the projects that I grew up in,'” Campos-Duffy said on the set of Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Thursday.

“The detention centers are far safer than the journey that these children just came on,” she added. “People aren’t stupid.”

Also Read: Laura Ingraham Just Said Child Immigrant Detention Centers Are 'Essentially Summer Camps' (Video)

Campos-Duffy did not elaborate on with who she spoke with.

This is the second time that the show has used some choice comparisons to defend the detention centers that separated undocumented migrant children from their parents. Earlier this week,
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Mariette Rissenbeek, Carlo Chatrian to Become Co-Chiefs of Berlin Film Festival

Germany’s Federal Minister of Culture and Media, Monika Grütters, confirmed Friday that Locarno Film Festival chief Carlo Chatrian will be the new artistic director of the Berlin Intl. Film Festival, and has revealed that Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films, will become the festival’s executive director, both starting in 2020.

In a statement, Grütters said: “With our two new directors, we will make sure that the Berlinale will continue beyond 2019 – the last year under [current Berlinale chief] Dieter Kosslick’s direction – to be an audience-oriented festival with a political focus and an ambitious film program, while continuing to evolve.”

She said that with Chatrian as co-chief, the leadership will be “younger, more international and open to experimentation.” She added, “He also brings the artistic and curatorial skills that many experts and filmmakers had hoped for.”

Noting that Rissenbeek will be the first woman to lead the festival, Grütters added: “She also
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New Staff Shakeup as Vice Restructures Its U.K./Emea Studios, TV Operations (Exclusive)

The staff changes at Vice continue apace. Kevin Sutcliffe has left as managing director of Vice’s U.K. studios operation, while Cj Fahey has been upped to general manager for Vice TV and Studios across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (Emea). Yonni Usiskin has been bumped up to creative director of Vice Studios U.K.

The shakeup comes amid ongoing executive and staff upheaval at Vice’s U.S., U.K., and international operations. The latest changes are an attempt to bring its U.K. studios and TV business units under one leadership team.

Sutcliffe had taken on
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