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Mel Gibson To Co-Write & Direct 'Wild Bunch' Remake At Warner Bros.

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Mel Gibson To Co-Write & Direct 'Wild Bunch' Remake At Warner Bros.
Exclusive: Mel Gibson has been set by Warner Bros to direct The Wild Bunch, a new version of the 1969 Sam Peckinpah-directed classic Western. Gibson is writing the script with Bryan Bagby. Gibson will be executive producer.

In The Wild Bunch, an aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the traditional American West is disappearing around them and the industrial age is taking over. They are pursued by a posse led by a former partner they double crossed. Peckinpah wrote the script with Walon Green. The original starred Wiliam Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez and Ben Johnson.

The film was originally considered exceptionally violent, but it later came to be considered a stylistic masterpiece. Warner Bros has tried several times to mount a remake, but it seems in good hands with Gibson. From Best Picture winner Braveheart to films
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Bill Cosby To Get Less Than Three Years Behind Bars For 2004 Rape, Says Judge

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Bill Cosby To Get Less Than Three Years Behind Bars For 2004 Rape, Says Judge
Despite heartfelt pleas in victims impact statements and sharp words from lawyers on both sides, Bill Cosby will see the inside of a prison cell for the 2004 rape of Andrea Constand for less than three years, the judge in the Cosby criminal case told a Pennsylvania courtroom Monday.

“All I am asking for is justice as the court sees it,” a confident Constand said Monday in a short stint on the stand, looking directly at Judge Steven O’Neill. Referring the court and the nearby Cosby to her detailed testimony in both the original 2017 mistrial and the retrial this spring, the former Temple University employee was followed on the stand by her mother, also a witness in the two trials.

In April, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. With each count carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years, the 81-year-old actor could have been hit with a three-decade sentence behind bars.
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'Run': Domhnall Gleeson To Star In HBO Comedic Thriller Pilot

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'Run': Domhnall Gleeson To Star In HBO Comedic Thriller Pilot
In his first major TV series commitment, Domhnall Gleeson, known for his roles in the Star Wars and Harry Potter movie franchise and in Ex Machina, has been tapped to star opposite Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Run, a romantic comedic thriller pilot from Killing Eve creator Waller-Bridge and her frequent collaborator Vicky Jones. Waller-Bridge has a recurring role in the project, which hails from Entertainment One, Jones and Waller-Bridge’s DryWrite and Wigwam Films.

Written by Jones, Run centers on Ruby, a woman living a humdrum existence, who one day gets a text, inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact promising true love and self-reinvention, by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame.

Gleeson will play Billy Johnson, a successful life guru from a wealthy Irish family. Born with the gift of the gab, he deftly combines a boatload of charisma with a boundless need for approval.
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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.
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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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Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston To Star In ’12 O’Clock Boys’; Angel Manuel Soto Directing Film From Sony & Overbrook

Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston To Star In ’12 O’Clock Boys’; Angel Manuel Soto Directing Film From Sony & Overbrook
Exclusive: Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston, and Will Catlett are attached to star in the dirt-bike drama, 12 O’Clock Boys, with Puerto Rican filmmaker Angel Manuel Soto at the helm. Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins wrote the initial draft for the script, while Sherman Payne did the rewrites.

Jada Pinkett Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, Marc Bienstock, and Clarence Hammond of Overbrook Entertainment are producing the pic with Sony serving as the studio. Filming will begin next month.

The film is based on the Lotfy Nathan-directed documentary of the same title. It follows Mouse, a young boy who wants nothing more than to be a part of the Midnight Clique, a tough group of Baltimore bike riders who rule the summertime streets. As he navigates the challenges of coming of age in a complicated world,
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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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Neil Young Rips Trump at Farm Aid, Plays Blistering ‘Powderfinger’

Neil Young Rips Trump at Farm Aid, Plays Blistering ‘Powderfinger’
Neil Young has never held his tongue when it comes to railing against factory farms and the corporate food industry. At the 33rd Farm Aid on Saturday in Hartford, Connecticut, Young’s impassioned appeals toward activism and policy change interlaced with his nonchalant stage style and relentless sense of humor made him a highlight of the festival.

Between easy old familiars like “Field of Opportunity” and “Heart of Gold,” Young sandwiched his repeated question, “What’re ya gonna do when ya see a farmers market?” with colorful follow-ups like, “Go
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Carlos (‘Caca’) Diegues Preps Next Film, ‘The Dame’ (Exclusive)

Carlos (‘Caca’) Diegues Preps Next Film, ‘The Dame’ (Exclusive)
Brazil’s Carlos (Cacá) Diegues, whose poem-inspired drama “The Great Mystical Circus” vies for a foreign-language Oscar next year, is in pre-production on “The Dame” starring Betty Faria (“Bye Bye Brazil”) and his daughter Flora Diegues, who stars in “…Mystical Circus.”

Diegues and Faria are both in Miami for the 22nd Brazilian Film Festival of Miami (Braff) (Sept. 14-23), which is paying tribute to Diegues.

The director describes “The Dame,” which he has been writing and developing for nearly three years, as a political thriller about a group of individuals who were once involved in the armed struggle against Brazil’s dictatorship in the 1970s. One day, they receive a mysterious invitation to celebrate New Years’ Eve at one of the grand mansions on the island of Paqueta, situated in the far west of Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro. Faria plays the lady of the house.

Filming on Paqueta island
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TV Review: NBC’s ‘New Amsterdam’

“New Amsterdam,” like the mammoth hospital it’s set in, has a whole lot of enthusiasm and too many areas in which to direct it. Based on Dr. Eric Manheimer’s book on New York City’s Bellevue Hospital (“Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital”), NBC’s new medical drama paints a simultaneously promising, bleak, and (unintentionally) absurd picture of how a public hospital built on good intentions went awry. As Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) tells a roomful of skeptical employees on his first day as their latest medical director, the hospital needs to find its way back
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‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’ Gives Its Subject a Gift: Herself

‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’ Gives Its Subject a Gift: Herself
Hollywood royalty, Hank’s kid, the Girl Next Door, sex kitten, shag-haired radical, political activist, Public Enemy No. 1, movie star, Oscar-winner, aerobics queen, trophy wife — will the real Jane Fonda please stand up? There are a number of reasons to check out Jane Fonda in Five Acts, the HBO documentary that premieres on the premium-cable channel tonight. But the only one that you genuinely need to concern yourself with, the main attraction behind this two-hour-plus tour of a life that’s taken some incredible, mind-boggling detours, is that it provides
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Bill Cosby Prosecutor Seeks 5 to 10 Years in Prison

Bill Cosby Prosecutor Seeks 5 to 10 Years in Prison
Norristown, Pa. — A prosecutor urged the judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual abuse case on Monday to sentence the disgraced entertainer to five to 10 years behind bars, while Cosby’s defense lawyer said incarceration would be an “excessive hardship” for the man once known as America’s Dad.

Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill is poised to impose the sentence sometime Tuesday after hearing one defense witness and then deciding whether Cosby should be declared a “sexually violent predator” — a designation that would subject him to a lifetime of registering as a sex offender.

Cosby, 81, was found guilty in
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TV Review: ‘Valley of the Boom’

The birth of the technology industry is an interesting story, one fueled by big money, hubris and creators’ unique ability to see a world that might be overlaying the one that exists. That’s the message that comes through in about half of National Geographic’s new series, “Valley of the Boom,” which had its world premiere at the Tribeca TV Festival Sept. 21 in advance of its Jan. 13 premiere. The portion of this hybrid scripted-nonfiction show drawn from interviews with real-world tech pioneers and scenesters is light but enlightening.

By contrast, the time the show spends dramatizing the stories its
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