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'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Recruits Zachary Levi for Season 2 (Exclusive)

'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Recruits Zachary Levi for Season 2 (Exclusive)
Amazon Studios' The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is expanding its family for season two.

The Golden Globe-winning drama has recruited Zachary Levi for its forthcoming second season.

Levi will recur in season two of the Rachel Brosnahan series as an eclectic Manhattan doctor who suddenly starts orbiting the Weissman/Maisel world. Additional details about his character are being kept under wraps.

The casting comes as Maisel is fresh off news that the period drama from Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino has been renewed for a third season ahead of its sophomore debut.

Levi's credits include Chuck and Shazam. He's repped by ...
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LeBron James and Channing Tatum Pitch ‘Public Enemy’ Lands at New Line

LeBron James and Channing Tatum Pitch ‘Public Enemy’ Lands at New Line
New Line has acquired the pitch “Public Enemy” with LeBron James and Channing Tatum’s production companies, SpringHill Entertainment and Free Association, on as producers.

Lucas Carter will pen the script, which is a subversive action-comedy that looks at the speed of media in our current landscape.

James and his SpringHill Entertainment partner, Maverick Carter, will produce. Spencer Beighley and Jamal Henderson will oversee for SpringHill. Michael Parets and Andrew Schneider will oversee for Free Association.

SpringHill has been active recently in setting up a strong slate, and New Line has been particularly interested in its material, as the two are currently working on a “House Party” reboot. SpringHill also recently sold a pitch to Legendary called “Hustle,” and is also exec producing the Netflix limited series “On Her Own Ground” starring Octavia Spencer.

SpringHill is repped by Wme and Ziffren Brittenham.

Carter previously sold the pitch “The Gun Show
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Philip Roth Dies at 85: James Gunn, Marc Maron, and More Remember the Iconic American Novelist

Philip Roth Dies at 85: James Gunn, Marc Maron, and More Remember the Iconic American Novelist
Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth has died at age 85. The novelist was best known for writing the books “American Pastoral,” “The Human Stain,” and “Goodbye, Columbus.” Celebrities such as “The Wire” creator David Simon and “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn took to social media following confirmation of Roth’s passing to honor the iconic author.

“This one hurts, both me and all of literature,” Gunn wrote on Twitter. “He taught me when I was at Columbia and was a huge influence, impressing upon me the importance of writing through the hard times. I have many favorite books by Roth, but [‘The Counterlife’] is one of them.”

Other celebrities honoring Roth are Marc Maron, Lena Dunham, and St. Vincent. Simon wrote on Twitter that he met Roth just a few months ago to discuss an adaptation of “Plot Against America.”

“At 85, he was more precise and insightful, more intellectually adept and
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Richard Gere Confirmed For First Major TV Role In BBC Drama ‘MotherFatherSon’

Richard Gere Confirmed For First Major TV Role In BBC Drama ‘MotherFatherSon’
Richard Gere is confirmed to star alongside Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders) and Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach) in , Tom Rob Smith’s (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) eight-part drama MotherFatherSon for BBC Two. As we reported last month, Gere will play Max, a charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world. Helen McCrory will play Kathryn, a British heiress who has been estranged from Max…
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Liam Neeson Joins Chris Hemsworth in 'Men in Black' Spinoff

Liam Neeson Joins Chris Hemsworth in 'Men in Black' Spinoff
Liam Neeson is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in in Sony's Men in Black reboot.

Fate of the Furious filmmaker F. Gary Gray is directing the movie, written by Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. The studio has the film dated for June 14, 2019.

Hemsworth and Thompson are not playing the same alien-fighting and world-saving characters portrayed by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the initial trilogy. The new movie is set in the same on-screen world, however.

Plot details and what characters Hemsworth and Thompson are playing are being kept ...
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Michelle Williams Film About Underground Abortion Clinic Lands at Amazon

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Michelle Williams Film About Underground Abortion Clinic Lands at Amazon
Michelle Williams is set to star in and produce “This is Jane” for Amazon Studios, sources familiar with the project told TheWrap on Tuesday.

The film, based on the Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service,” will tell the true story of a Chicago woman who founded and ran Jane, an underground abortion service.

Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) will direct and John Lesher (“Birdman”) will co-produce the film.

Jane was a group in the late ’60s and early ’70s run by women who taught themselves how to perform abortions before Roe v. Wade made it legal. They helped more than 11,000 women get access to services denied by the medical community. Williams will play the role of Jenny, who founded Jane.

Williams
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'John Wick' Director, 'Colony' Creator Tackle Comic Book 'Analog' for Lionsgate (Exclusive)

'John Wick' Director, 'Colony' Creator Tackle Comic Book 'Analog' for Lionsgate (Exclusive)
John Wick director Chad Stahelski and Ryan Condal, the creator of USA’s alien invasion show Colony, are teaming up to adapt sci-fi comic Analog.

Lionsgate has won a bidding war to pick up the title, an Image Comic from writer Gerry Duggan and artist David O’Sullivan. Condal will write the script while Stahelski will direct. 87eleven, the production banner run by Stahelski and fellow action maestro David Leitch, will produce.

The package hit studios over the weekend, generating multiple offers. In the end, Lionsgate, which is behind the Wick movies, flexed its might, wanting to keep Stahelski in is ...
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‘UnReal’ Set to Move to Hulu for Fourth, Final Season

‘UnReal’ Set to Move to Hulu for Fourth, Final Season
Drama series “UnReal” is set to move from Lifetime to Hulu for its fourth and what will likely be its final season.

The streaming service and A+E Studios are close to a deal, sources tell Variety, that would see the fourth season, which has already been shot, air in its initial window on Hulu. The agreement would see Hulu pay an additional fee on top of it was already set to pay for subscription video on-demand rights for the season.

Hulu is, through a previous agreement with producer A+E Studios, the exclusive Svod home for the series, with seasons
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Jay Ryan Joins ‘It: Chapter Two’ Cast as Adult Ben Hanscom

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Jay Ryan Joins ‘It: Chapter Two’ Cast as Adult Ben Hanscom
Jay Ryan has joined the cast of “It: Chapter 2” as the adult version of Ben Hanscom, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The younger version of the character was played by actor Jeremy Ray Taylor in the first theatrical installment.

“It: Chapter Two” will star James McAvoy, Bill Hader, and Jessica Chastain as the adult versions of Stanley’s friends, Bill, Richie, and Beverly. The kids who starred in the first “It” will return for flashbacks in “Chapter Two,” including Finn Wolfhard and Jaeden Lieberher. And Pennywise himself, Bill Skarsgård, will reprise his role as the scary clown.

Also Read: 'It: Chapter Two' Casts Andy Bean as Stanley Uris

Released last September, “It” became the highest grossing horror film of all-time with $700 million grossed worldwide. Director Andy Muschietti and writer Gary Dauberman are also returning for “Chapter Two,” which will be released by Warner Bros. and New Line
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‘Terror’ Breakout Adam Nagaitis Joins HBO Miniseries ‘Chernobyl’

‘Terror’ Breakout Adam Nagaitis Joins HBO Miniseries ‘Chernobyl’
Adam Nagaitis, who recently earned rave reviews as the villainous Cornelius Hickey on AMC’s “The Terror,” has joined the ensemble of the HBO limited series “Chernobyl.”

Jessie Buckley, Adrian Rawlins, and Con O’Neill have also joined Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson, and Nagaitis’ “Terror” co-star Jared Harris, who had been previously announced.

Production on the series began last month in Lithuania. The show will debut on HBO in the U.S. and on Sky Atlantic in various territories, as well as on their streaming service Now TV.

Penned by Craig Mazin, the five-part miniseries dramatizes the true story of
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Disney-abc TV Group’s Bruce Rosenblum Steps Down as President of Business Operations

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Disney-abc TV Group’s Bruce Rosenblum Steps Down as President of Business Operations
Bruce Rosenblum, president of business operations at Disney|ABC Television Group, has stepped down after less than two years at the company.

In an internal memo on Wednesday, Datg president Ben Sherwood informed staff that Rosenblum’s departure stemmed from the recent restructuring of The Walt Disney Company, which was announced in March. The reorganization included the creation of a new direct-to-consumer division, as well as the consolidation of the company’s business operations areas.

“While this restructure is vital to the company’s future, one implication is that many of Bruce Rosenblum’s responsibilities have been dispersed within the Company,” Sherwood wrote.

Also Read: Disney Credits 'Black Panther' Success for Strong Q2 Earnings

Prior to the restructuring, Rosenblum had oversight of global distribution, ad sales, digital media strategy, media operations and consumer insights. Many of those responsibilities were shifted to the newly created direct-to-consumer and international branch, led by Kevin Mayer,
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Bruce Rosenblum Departs Post as Disney-abc TV Group Business-Operations President

Bruce Rosenblum Departs Post as Disney-abc TV Group Business-Operations President
Bruce Rosenblum is exiting Disney-ABC Television Group, where he served as president of business operations.

Rosenblum joined Disney in 2016, three years after ending a 26-year run at Warner Bros.

The Disney role positioned Rosenblum to have broad oversight of business and administrative aspects of the Disney-abc TV Group under division chief Ben Sherwood. Rosenblum led efforts to revise deal structures for Disney-abc series, including securing in-season stacking rights for digital streaming. But much of Rosenblum’s operational purview shifted to fellow executive Kevin Mayer in a March reorganization that saw Mayer take charge of a new direct-to-consumer and international division.
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Warner Bros. Re-Signs ‘It,’ ‘Lego Movie,’ ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Producer Dan Lin

Warner Bros. Pictures Group has renewed its first-look film deal with key producer Dan Lin, who has collaborated with the studio on the “It,” “Lego,” and “Sherlock Holmes” movies.

The Warner Bros. deal, announced Wednesday, continues a decade-long partnership. Lin has changed the name of his production company Lin Pictures to Rideback, which relaunched earlier this year as a next-generation production company focused on filmmaker collaboration.

“Dan’s a great producer and a great partner,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “He’s got an intuitive sense of what will work on screen and the ability to pull together the right talent and resources to build franchise movies. This relationship has already been wildly successful, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.”

Lin joined Warner Bros. as an executive in 1999 and oversaw production of Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” which won the best
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'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Sets Streaming Date for Netflix Series 'Disenchantment'

'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Sets Streaming Date for Netflix Series 'Disenchantment'
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Netflix have scheduled their new fantasy-minded animated comedy series, Disenchantment, to debut in August.

"Viewers will be whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci," Netflix said of the show. "Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses and lots of human fools." 

Broad City's Abbi Jacobson ("Bean"), Eric Andre ("Luci") and Nat Faxon ("Elfo") lead Disenchantment's voice cast.
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Ex-Telemundo CFO to Replace Randy Falco as Univision CEO

Univision is set to name former Telemundo executive Vince Sadusky as Randy Falco’s replacement at the CEO position, according to Bloomberg.

Until last year, Sadusky was chief executive officer of Media General Inc. He previously had a long run as the chief financial officer (CFO) at Univision rival Telemundo.

In March, Falco announced his plans to retire by the end of 2018. Though he’ll be 65-years-old when walking away, Falco had just signed a two-year contract extension four months earlier. At the time, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Univision board of directors was considering ousting Falco, something Chairman Haim Saban denied.

Also Read: 'Univision Is a F-ing Mess': Gizmodo Journalists Take Down Parent Company in Epic Article

Univision, which has been feeling TV ratings pressure from key competition Telemundo, laid off a few hundred employees thus far this year. A person with knowledge of the company’s
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Transilvania Film Fest Brings Tech Trends Into Focus

Virtual reality, live cinema, Instagram Stories and new forms of storytelling will take center stage at the Transilvania Intl. Film Festival during infiniTIFF, an eight-day exploration of how technology is reshaping the way we create and share our stories.

For its sophomore edition, infiniTIFF returns with a slate of screenings, workshops, and a full-day summit dedicated to “people who are actively shaping the future of this industry,” says curator Erwin M. Schmidt, founder of new film technologies company Cinemathon, and of a co-working space for film and tech entrepreneurs and creators, The FilmTech Office.

Two years ago, organizers approached long-time collaborator Schmidt about ways to “expand the profile” of the Transilvania film fest, long a champion of the off-beat and avant garde. The spotlight on new and innovative technologies was a natural complement for a festival accustomed to sharing “great stories on the big screen,” says Schmidt, while highlighting the
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Zachary Levi Joins Cast of ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Zachary Levi Joins Cast of ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
There’s a new doctor in the “Maisel” house.

“Chuck” star Zachary Levi has been cast in a recurring role in the second season of Amazon’s comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Levi will play an eclectic Manhattan doctor who suddenly starts orbiting the world of Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) and her parents, Abe (Tony Shaloub) and Rose Weissman (Marin Hinkle).

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which was recently renewed for a third season ahead of its second season premiere, chronicles the life of Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she’s ever wanted—until her
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STX Sets ‘Uglydolls’ Animated Series, Feature Streaming Deal at Hulu

STX Sets ‘Uglydolls’ Animated Series, Feature Streaming Deal at Hulu
STX Entertainment and Hulu are partnering on a streaming series based on their animated IP “Uglydolls.”

The deal will also give Hulu exclusive streaming rights to the “Uglydolls” feature film coming from the studio, set to star singer Pitbull. Currently in preproduction, STX expects to roll out the film in 2019.

“Our partners at Hulu fully embraced this opportunity and we felt confidence in their plan to realize the massive potential in what is Stx’s first animated property,” said Jada Miranda, executive vice president and head of scripted at STX TV.

Robert Rodriguez was previously announced as a producer and director on the project, though Wednesday’s announcement made no mention of the horror filmmaker. STX and Rodriguez’s reps did not immediately comment on his status.

More to come …

Read original story Stx Sets ‘Uglydolls’ Animated Series,
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EuropaCorp Stock Drops in Wake of Rape Allegation Against Luc Besson

The market value of EuropaCorp has fallen further since an actress filed a rape allegation last Friday against company founder Luc Besson, dropping 17% to just €2.31 ($2.70) a share Wednesday.

Paris-based EuropaCorp has been struggling financially for months, and is expected to report its 2017-2018 annual revenue Thursday. The company, which posted record losses of $135 million during the last financial year and has a debt load of approximately €230 million ($270 million), has been actively looking for a white knight.

That effort could now be complicated by the rape allegation against Besson, which is currently being investigated by French authorities. A French actress alleges that he assaulted her last Thursday in a Paris hotel.

“This rape accusation is catastrophic,” said a financier familiar with EuropaCorp. “It’s going to delay all the negotiations that were going on, and we fear it’s going to be a case of Weinstein redux with Besson being brought down,
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Israeli Drama ‘Fauda’ Draws Viewers From Across the Political Spectrum

Israeli Drama ‘Fauda’ Draws Viewers From Across the Political Spectrum
When season 1 of “Fauda” (“Chaos” in Arabic) premiered in Israel in 2015 on the country’s satellite channel Yes, Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, creators of the political nail-biter (Raz also stars in the series), were hardly expecting the resulting fanfare. Critics would write about it, they figured, but nobody would actually like the show. After all, this was a TV series in which an elite undercover operative unit in the Israeli army infiltrates the West Bank to catch a Palestinian terrorist. Palestinians are shown doing unconscionably horrible things — but so are Israelis. If anything, they anticipated that Israeli audiences, vociferously
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