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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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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

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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Emilio Estevez: In Today’s Political Climate ‘Libraries Have Become de Facto Homeless Shelters’ (Video)

Emilio Estevez: In Today’s Political Climate ‘Libraries Have Become de Facto Homeless Shelters’ (Video)
It’s been over 30 years since Emilio Estevez has made a movie inside a library. That movie, of course, is “The Breakfast Club,” the iconic ’80s teen movie. His latest though, “The Public,” has him locked up with a different group of rebels.

“I’ve got a new club now,” Estevez told TheWrap at Toronto International Film Festival.

In “The Public” — which Estevez stars in, writes and directs — a group of homeless people stage a sit-in at a public library in downtown Cincinnati when frigid temperatures and a lack of available homeless shelters forces them to find refuge. Estevez plays a librarian who ends up getting roped into something of a hostage situation and leads a charge for homeless rights.

Also Read: 'Breakfast Club' Secrets Revealed! Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy Spill Casting and Behind-the-Scenes Stories (Video)

“Libraries have become de facto homeless shelters, and librarians have become social workers,
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Behind the Scenes of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Press Tour: J.K. Rowling and Crew Take NYC by Storm

Behind the Scenes of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Press Tour: J.K. Rowling and Crew Take NYC by Storm
You don’t say no when J.K. Rowling invites you to explore New York City.

The Harry Potter author and the cast of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” formed an armada of wizards, witches, and few lucky muggles as they traveled around the Big Apple raising awareness for the upcoming film. The event was ostensibly arranged to draw attention to a new trailer for the hotly anticipated sequel, but it was also a chance for Variety to observe the media-shy author in action.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the Potter franchise, left nothing to chance. As the actors and Rowling made the rounds from one spiffy midtown eatery to another, they were greeted at each stop by hordes of social media influencers from across the globe, selected because of their reverence for all things Hogwarts. Here’s a blow-by-blow of a day that would test the endurance of even the most seasoned Quidditch champ.
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‘One Tree Hill’ Cast Lends Support to Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

‘One Tree Hill’ Cast Lends Support to Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts
The cast of “One Tree Hill” is partnering with Random Acts to raise money for Hurricane Florence relief in Wilmington, N.C., where the show filmed for more than 10 years.

Using the hashtag #Capefearlesschallenge, cast members are encouraging direct donations from fans of the show as well as fans of any other films or television shows from the same area. Wilmington has been a popular filming site for a large number of film and television projects since it was first scouted for the film “Firestarter” in 1983. The cast is also selling a custom t-shirt with all profits going to Random Acts’ hurricane relief efforts.
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Adam Berkowitz Out as CAA’s Co-Head of Television

CAA’s co-head of television Adam Berkowitz has left the agency, TheWrap has learned.

No reason was given for his departure, and a representative for CAA declined to comment.

Berkowitz has been at the agency since 1997, most recently overseeing the television department alongside Sonya Rosenfeld. His client list included a number of top TV writers including “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon, “Entourage’s” Doug Ellin and “My Name Is Earl’s” Greg Garcia.

Also Read: Jennifer Lawrence Exits CAA

He also recently helped negotiate Kenya Barris’s exit from ABC and his subsequent new deal at Netflix.

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CAA’s Adam Berkowitz Exits Agency (Exclusive)

Adam Berkowitz, a longtime top agent in CAA’s television department, is departing from the agency, Variety has learned exclusively.

CAA declined to comment on the reason for Berkowitz’s exit. An individual familiar with the matter characterized his exit as abrupt. Berkowitz served as CAA’s co-head of television, where his client list included top TV writers like Beau Willimon, Greg Garcia, and Kenya Barris.

He was previously a long-time employee of the William Morris Agency, where he started out in the mailroom while taking law school classes at night. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1995 and joined CAA
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‘This Is Us’ Season 3: Milo Ventimiglia Hints Jack’s Little Brother Nicky Has Some Real Issues

‘This Is Us’ Season 3: Milo Ventimiglia Hints Jack’s Little Brother Nicky Has Some Real Issues
This Is Us” is giving you another Pearson to know and love and cry over in Season 3, as the NBC family drama introduces the adult version of Jack’s late little brother, Nicky.

And from what Milo Ventimiglia says, well, you’re probably going to be crying a lot over this guy (even by the NBC drama’s standards) as the Pearson family patriarch’s little brother isn’t exactly in great shape when we meet him.

“The first time we see him on camera is going to paint a pretty clear picture of what his demons are, and what his struggles in life are. But just like classic ‘This Is Us,’ we’re going to bounce around in time and see a greater look at a new Pearson,” Ventimiglia told Entertainment Weekly of Jack’s baby bro (played by “I’m Dying Up Here” star Michael Angarano), in an interview published Monday.
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