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‘Making a Murderer': Season 2 of Netflix’s True-Crime Series to Premiere Next Month

‘Making a Murderer': Season 2 of Netflix’s True-Crime Series to Premiere Next Month
The highly-anticipated second season of its true-crime doc “Making a Murderer” will premiere Oct. 19, Netflix announced Tuesday.

Per Netflix, the second season will see filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to Wisconsin and follow the post-conviction process for Steve Avery and his co-defendant and nephew, Brendan Dassey. Earlier this month, Avery was denied a new trial for the second time by Sheboygan County Circuit Court judge Angela Sutkiewicz.

“Part 2” will introduce Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s hard-charging post-conviction lawyer, in her fight to prove that Avery was wrongly convicted and to win his freedom. Ricciardi and Demos follow Zellner, who has righted more wrongful convictions than any private attorney in America, as she works the case and uncovers unexpected evidence about what may have happened to Teresa Halbach and about how and why the jury convicted Steven of her murder.

Also Read: 'Making a Murderer': Steven Avery Denied New Trial,
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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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‘Almost Famous’ Stage Musical in the Works

‘Almost Famous’ Stage Musical in the Works
Move over, Bruce Springsteen. The rock gods known as Stillwater may be playing Broadway soon.

On Tuesday, producers announced plans for a stage musical version of Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning 2000 film “Almost Famous.”

Crowe, who won the Academy Award for his original screenplay on the semiautobiographical film, will write the script and co-write the lyrics with Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), who will write the original score.

Also Read: Cameron Crowe Pays Tribute to His 'Almost Famous' Star Philip Seymour Hoffman

Jeremy Herrin (“Wolf Hall”) has signed on to direct the production, though the timing remains unclear.

The producers inlcude Lia Vollack on behalf of Columbia Live Stage, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner and John Johnson.

The 2000 film starred Patrick Fugit as a high school music geek who lands a dream assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to follow an up-and-coming rock band on tour. The film earned four Oscar nominations,
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Aliens Actor and Vietnam War Veteran Al Matthews Found Dead in Spain at 75

Aliens Actor and Vietnam War Veteran Al Matthews Found Dead in Spain at 75
Al Matthews, the actor who portrayed Sergeant Apone in Aliens, was found dead in his home in Spain. He was 75.

The actor and Vietnam War veteran was found by a neighbor in his bedroom on Saturday at about 10 p.m., according to Spanish newswire Efe. Details about his death were not immediately available Monday. He lived in the Spanish Mediterranean province of Alicante.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 21, 1942. Matthews was based in the United Kingdom and retired to Spain in 2005, according to El Pais. His film roles extended to Superman III, The Fifth Element and Tomorrow Never Dies.
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Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston To Star In ’12 O’Clock Boys’; Angel Manuel Soto Directing Film From Sony & Overbrook

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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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Ex–Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing on Helping to Define Heavy Metal

Ex–Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing on Helping to Define Heavy Metal
Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing recalls having a revelation at some point in the mid-Seventies. “I looked across at my bandmates and thought, ‘What the hell are they wearing?'” he tells Rolling Stone with a hearty laugh. At the time, the group was decking themselves out in frilly, silken pastel outfits, even though frontman Rob Halford was singing about classic heavy-metal tropes like death, destruction and rising above adversity. The look didn’t jibe with the message.

“I went to a shoemaker in London and had white, over-the-knee leather boots made,
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Eddie Vedder Inspired Bradley Cooper’s ‘Star Is Born’ Character: ‘He Was Like, What? Bro, Don’t Do That’

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Eddie Vedder Inspired Bradley Cooper’s ‘Star Is Born’ Character: ‘He Was Like, What? Bro, Don’t Do That’
Earlier this year in Philadelphia, Bradley Cooper, Eddie Vedder and their significant others watched an Eagles playoff game together. On the surface, it seemed like a simple case of two super famous people hanging out. But they were working on something else.

Cooper confirmed at the premiere of “A Star Is Born” in Los Angeles on Monday that he channeled elements of the Pearl Jam singer’s mannerisms into his portrayal of Jackson Maine.

Apparently the sleuths on Reddit and elsewhere were correct.

Also Read: 'A Star Is Born' Film Review: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Reinvigorate a Classic

“I went up to Seattle and spent four or five days with him and I asked him 9,000 questions,” Cooper told Yahoo Entertainment. “And he gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings.”

Vedder, apparently, was nonplussed by the whole movie thing,
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Jeff Tweedy Reveals Reasons Behind Solo Album and Wilco’s ‘Extended Break’

Jeff Tweedy Reveals Reasons Behind Solo Album and Wilco’s ‘Extended Break’
Jeff Tweedy just announced he will be putting out a solo album, Warm, on November 30th, and released a new video for his jangly new song “Some Birds.” The video raises questions about Tweedy’s hair, and whether he’s wearing a wig or if he really did cut his hair. But the album announcement raised a bigger question: why is Tweedy, who has never done a proper solo album, doing one now, rather than releasing the songs with Wilco?

In an interview this month with Rolling Stone, Tweedy revealed
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WWE’s Big Show to Recur on Season 2 of Syfy Series ‘Happy’

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WWE’s Big Show to Recur on Season 2 of Syfy Series ‘Happy’
Sports entertainment fans should be happy: WWE Superstar The Big Show — real name Paul Wight — is set to recur on Season 2 of Syfy series “Happy.”

“The World’s Largest Athlete” will play Big Pink, the cellmate of Mr. Blue (Ritchie Coster), on five episodes of the upcoming run.

Happy” stars Christopher Meloni as Nic Sax, a corrupt ex-detective-turned-hitman whose life is changed forever when an imaginary and extremely positive blue-winged horse named Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) appears.

Also Read: WWE Superstar Liv Morgan Accidentally Knocked Out During 'Raw' Match, Re-Enters to Take Suplex (Video)

Wight’s TV and film credits include “Psych,” “Royal Pains,” “Burn Notice,” “The Waterboy,” “Star Trek: Enterprises” and “MacGruber.”

Oh, and he’s also done some professional wrestling. The six-time world champion is the first wrestler in history to capture the WWE, WCW and Ecw Championships.

Wight is repped by Apa and Sam Perlmutter Law Office.
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Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3-10 Years in Sexual Assault Case

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Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3-10 Years in Sexual Assault Case
Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three-to-ten years in a state correctional institution, after being found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault in April, which stemmed from the accusation of former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who said that the comedian drugged and molested her at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.

“Evidence is overwhelming that it was planned predation,” said Judge Steven O’Neill in making his ruling. “This is a serious sexual assault.”

O’Neill also ruled that Cosby fit the definition of a “sexually violent predator.” That classification means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities. His name will also appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims.

Also Read: Bill Cosby Found Guilty in Andrea Constand Sexual Assault Retrial

The initial trial ended in a mistrial in July 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a verdict following five days of deliberations.
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Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years, Deemed ‘Sexually Violent Predator’

Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years, Deemed ‘Sexually Violent Predator’
Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison on Tuesday for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in a widely viewed trial that #MeToo advocates said doubled as a litmus test for the progress of the movement. Cosby was facing 30 years in prison.

Earlier in the day, Judge Steven O’Neill deemed Cosby a “sexually violent predator,” which will require Cosby to register his name on a sex-offender list and attend monthly counseling for the rest of his life. “It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this
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Garry Trudeau on Trump, Satire and ‘Doonesbury’ at 50

Garry Trudeau on Trump, Satire and ‘Doonesbury’ at 50
Garry Trudeau marked Donald Trump as a con man early on. The Pulitzer Prize winning writer and illustrator of Doonesbury has mocked Trump relentlessly since the 1980s, homing in on the then real-estate mogul’s insatiable appetite for attention and penchant for lying, a body of work that was anthologized in Trudeau’s 2016 bestseller, Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump. This month, Trudeau is out with a sequel, #Sad!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump, a tragic comedy collection about the first 500 days of Trump’s presidency.

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Bill Cosby Scandal Timeline: From First Accusation to Jail Sentence (Photos)

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Bill Cosby Scandal Timeline: From First Accusation to Jail Sentence (Photos)
Bill Cosby starts his retrial today in Norristown, Pa. of regarding sexual assault charges of Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Cosby faces 10 years in prison if convicted. Below is a timeline ranging from the first accusation against Cosby through his initial mistrial to today.

1965

In 2014, Kristina Ruehli accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her when she was 22 years old.

July 1997

Cosby admits to paying $100,000 to a woman named Shawn Berkes to keep secret an extramarital affair they had in the 1970s. But he denied he was the father of her 22-year-old daughter.

March 2000

Lachele Covington files police report claiming Cosby touched her inappropriately. No charges were brought against Cosby.

May 2004

Cosby delivers his famous “Pound Cake” speech at NAACP Awards, criticizing too-permissive parenting by African Americans. A judge later cited the moralizing speech when unsealing Cosby’s deposition in 2015.

January 13, 2005

Former Temple University student Andrea Constand files a police report accusing Cosby of sexual assault.
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‘Southern Charm’ Star Thomas Ravenel Arrested on Assault and Battery Charge

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‘Southern Charm’ Star Thomas Ravenel Arrested on Assault and Battery Charge
Thomas Ravenel, who announced his exit from the Bravo reality series “Southern Charm” following an accusation of sexual assault earlier this year, has been arrested on a charge of second-degree assault and battery, according to inmate records from the Charleston County Sheriff’s office.

According to the records, Ravenel, 56, was booked at 10:11 a.m. on Tuesday.

It’s unclear if the arrest is related to the previous accusation against Ravenel. TheWrap has reached out to a representative of the sheriff’s office for further information.

Also Read: 'Southern Charm' Star Thomas Ravenel to Exit After Sexual Assault Accusation

In May, news broke that the Charleston Police Department was investigating rape accusations against Ravenel.

In the document filed with the Charleston Police Department, an unidentified Caucasian woman accuses the Bravo reality TV star of “sex offense/forcible rape” during the second week of January 2015.

The investigation came around
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AFI Fest to Open With Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biopic ‘On The Basis of Sex’

Participant Media’s “On the Basis of Sex” is set to open the 32nd AFI Fest, the American Film Institute announced Tuesday.

Directed by AFI alumna Mimi Leder, the film follows a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she negotiates one of her earliest cases, Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld, before her time on the Supreme Court. The film also stars Felicity Jones as Ginsburg, alongside Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston and Kathy Bates.

“As one of the first women ever admitted to the AFI Conservatory, it is particularly meaningful to me that “On the Basis of Sex” will open AFI Fest 2018. My time at the Conservatory was a life-changing experience and informed my creative journey. I am forever grateful,” Leder said. “The origin story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in this 25th anniversary year of her appointment to the Supreme Court, couldn’t come at a more important
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Drama ‘On the Basis of Sex’ to Open AFI Fest 2018

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Drama ‘On the Basis of Sex’ to Open AFI Fest 2018
On the Basis of Sex,” the drama that tells the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will open the 2018 AFI Fest, the American Film Institute announced Tuesday.

The film will have its world premiere at the festival’s opening night gala that is taking place at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 8. AFI Fest will run until Nov. 15.

Felicity Jones stars as Ginsburg, and Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston and Kathy Bates also star. Mimi Leder directs while Daniel Stiepleman wrote the screenplay.

Robert Cort will produce, while Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant Media will executive produce.

AFI was founded to celebrate excellence in the art form and to ensure it for future generations,” said Bob Gazzale, president & CEO of AFI.
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