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Outlander: Season Four Premiere Date Announced by Starz

Outlander: Season Four Premiere Date Announced by Starz
Outlander is headed to the New World. Today, Starz announced the TV show's fourth season will debut in November.

Based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, the historical drama follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a WWII combat nurse who finds herself mysteriously thrown back in time to 1743 Scotland. The cast also includes Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Annette Badland, Stephen Walters, and Laura Donnelly.

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‘Bourne’ Offshoot Drama ‘Treadstone’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At USA Network, In Talks For Amazon Deal

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‘Bourne’ Offshoot Drama ‘Treadstone’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At USA Network, In Talks For Amazon Deal
USA Network has given a straight-to-series order to drama Treadstone, an offshoot from the Bourne franchise, from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Universal Cable Productions.

Treadstone was originally announced as a pilot order on USA’s 2018 slate in April but will now bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series. I hear the decision stems in large part from an international distribution deal Ucp is negotiating with Amazon. In a similar fashion, Ucp’s Syfy’s pilot Nightflyers went directly to series when Netflix took international distribution under its co-licensing model.

I hear new Amazon Studios president Jennifer Salke was instrumental in starting the conversations on Treadstone as she had known the project since its inception and was in on the original pitch in her previous role as president of NBC Entertainment. Because of its Bourne ties, the project has worldwide appeal and name recognition. It also comes from a proven TV creator/showrunner,
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‘Hard Powder’ is the Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

‘Hard Powder’ is the Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Movie You’ve Been Waiting For
Who says cinema is dead? As long as someone is ready to make a Liam Neeson snowplow action movie, the medium of film will live forever. Neeson is set to star in Hard Power, a remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance. Neeson plays a snowplow driver going up against a drug cartel. If […]

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TNT Orders ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel Of Darkness’ Limited Series

TNT Orders ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel Of Darkness’ Limited Series
TNT has ordered The Angel of Darkness, a new limited series based on the sequel to author Caleb Carr’s bestelling The Alienist, with Alienist stars Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning returning for the follow-up in an all-new storyline.

A huge critical and ratings success, TNT’s The Alienist is 2018’s top new cable series in 18-49, having reached more than 50 million people across multiple platforms. It also earned six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series.

A gripping, turn-of-the-century murder mystery amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age,” The Alienist follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies. In the first series, Kreizler was relentless in his pursuit of a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. He was joined by newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) and Sara Howard (Fanning), an ambitious secretary determined to
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Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?

Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?
The sad news about Aretha Franklin today had us thumbing through our old vinyl and wondering if we should rewatch her sass-serving cameo in 1980's The Blues Brothers for a 41st time. We were a little surprised, however, to learn on IMDb that her first non-singing screen role came not alongside a repurposed Mount Prospect, Ill., police car but in a 1972 episode of the TV series "Room 222."

Also notable about the race-related classroom drama/comedy, one of the first TV shows to feature a black lead: It's the first series created by James L. Brooks, before he co-created "Mary Tyler Moore," won a Best Director Oscar for Terms of Endearment, and developed "The Simpsons."

As of this writing, Season 3 of "Room 222" is not available on DVD or to stream (VHS to the rescue?). Perhaps that's worth changing?

Check out our gallery of Aretha Franklin photos through the years.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76
“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, the eruptive singer who reigned atop the pop and R&B charts in the late ’60s and early ’70s with a succession of albums and singles of unparalleled power and emotional depth, has died. She was 76.

Franklin was suffering from pancreatic cancer, and had earlier undergone surgery in December 2010. Her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reported Franklin died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,” Quinn said in a statement. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

She was the most lionized and lauded female R&B vocalist of her era. Winner of 18 Grammy Awards, and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement honoree in
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Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)

Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)
After a strong push to get James Gunn back as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” following his firing from the project, Disney and Marvel are standing by their decision to not reinstate him as helmer for the next installment. The decision came following a meeting between Gunn and studio chairman Alan Horn.

Gunn was let go from the project nearly a month ago when dozens of Gunn’s tweets from nearly a decade ago came to light. The so-called joke tweets, about pedophilia and rape, were recently resurfaced by alt-right agitators. The studio acted quickly to remove Gunn from directing the third installment, believing the comments were unacceptable in the Me Too era and were not in line with Disney’s family-friendly image.

Since then, support for Gunn has been widespread, especially from the “Guardians” cast. Cast members including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana asked for Gunn
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Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment

Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment
Darren Aronofsky’s three-part virtual reality series Spheres will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which also will mark the debut of the final chapter of the series, narrated by actress Millie Bobby Brown.

Brown, who received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Eleven on the Netflix series Stranger Things, lends her voice to the actual first installment in the trilogy, Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos, which explores the sounds of the…
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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)

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Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Moving to Summer (Exclusive)
Thanks to strong test screenings, Lionsgate is moving its Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy “Flarsky” to back four months to the summer season. It will now premiere on June 7, 2019.

Studio executives are feeling bullish about the film after recent audience test screenings gave it scores above 95% — indicating that “Flarsky” can perform as a major summer comedy. “Ocean’s 8” launched on the same weekend this year with $41.7 million and is on its way to a solid $138 million domestically.

Flarsky” had been set to open Feb. 8. Rogen stars as Fred Flarsky, a down on his luck journalist, who through a string of comedic circumstances catches the attention of the world’s most powerful woman, Charlotte Field, (Theron). Much to the chagrin of her handlers, he becomes an important part of her inner circle in her globe-trotting journey to become the first female president of the United States.

Test audiences are comparing
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Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Pockets $5 Million on Wednesday

Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Pockets $5 Million on Wednesday
Updated: “Crazy Rich Asians” is on track for a dazzling debut.

Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated romantic comedy generated $5 million on Wednesday, according to final numbers on Thursday. If projections hold, “Crazy Rich Asians” is heading for a weekend total of $19 million and a five-day tally of $25 million-plus. Some tracking predicts the movie, which carries a $30 million price tag, could top $30 million over the five-day period.

That should easily be enough to top the domestic box office over fellow weekend openers, Mark Wahlberg’s “Mile 22” and Sony Pictures Releasing-Studio 8’s “Alpha.”

Jon M. Chu directed the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestselling book of the same name. It stars Constance Wu as an NYU professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend (Henry Golding) for his best friend’s wedding. While overseas, she meets his parents and finds out his family is, you know, crazy rich. Gemma Chan,
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‘The Nun’ Eyes Huge $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

‘The Nun’ Eyes Huge $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
After popcorn season comes to a close, Warner Bros. is hoping to scare moviegoers back into theaters with “The Nun.”

Early tracking suggests the fifth installment in “The Conjuring” franchise is on pace to open to more than $32 million when it opens on Sept. 7, though some estimates predict it could make as much as $37 million. That’s a promising launch given the low price tag typically attached to horror movies.

The Nun,” a spin-off to “The Conjuring 2,” stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, and Jonas Bloquet. It is set in Romania in 1951 and centers on a Catholic priest and a novice who are sent to the Vatican to investigate the mysterious suicide of a nun. The first four iterations in the “Conjuring” universe — including “Annabelle” and its sequel — have generated over $1.1 billion globally.

It won’t come close to matching the surprise success of the same weekend last September when
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Showtime on Ruth Wilson’s Exit From ‘The Affair’: ‘Everyone Agreed the Character’s Story Had Run Its Course’

Showtime on Ruth Wilson’s Exit From ‘The Affair’: ‘Everyone Agreed the Character’s Story Had Run Its Course’
Ruth Wilson stoked speculation about the reason for her departure from Showtime’s “The Affair” when she said she’s “not allowed” to talk about the situation during a TV appearance Thursday morning.

Wilson appeared on “CBS This Morning” to talk about the dramatic exit of her character, Alison, from the Showtime drama that examines the impact of an extramarital affair from multiple perspectives. There had been speculation Wilson left because she was earning less than her male co-star, Dominic West. Asked by “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King directly about the pay parity question, Wilson replied: “I’ve never
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Kenya Barris Officially Joins Netflix With Big TV Overall Deal For New Series

Kenya Barris Officially Joins Netflix With Big TV Overall Deal For New Series
It’s official: black-ish creator Kenya Barris is headed to Netflix with a rich multi-year overall deal. The pact had been rumored for months. I hear the agreement with Netflix was made awhile ago but could not be announced until Barris formalized his exit from his ABC Studios deal. Barris and ABC Studios last month announced that his overall deal there would terminate in August, a little over a year into its four-year term. I hear the date was Aug. 15, thus today’s…
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Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince

Elizabeth Banks To Star In Film About The True Story Of A Woman Who Won A Date With Prince
A film about a woman in a small cowboy town that wins a date with one of the biggest rock stars in the world sounds like a seriously contrived work of fiction, right? Well, not only is it true, it happened in 1986 with a woman who won an MTV contest to go out on a date with Prince. Not “a prince,” but actual, purple-clad, guitar-toting rock star Prince. And according to Deadline, Elizabeth Banks has signed on to bring this incredible true story to the big screen.

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‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie

‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie
Tony Kaye is making a dramatic casting move for his upcoming feature “2nd Born.” According to Deadline, the “American History X” filmmaker is using an artificial intelligence robot to play one of the lead roles in his new movie. The idea to cast a real robot came from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze. The filmmaker does not want to cast a human actor in makeup or have to rely on computer-generated effects.

According to Deadline, the robot will be trained in different acting methods and techniques prior to filming. Kaye and Khoze are hoping to get the robot SAG recognition.

“2nd Born” is the sequel to Ali Atshani’s “1st Born,” an indie film starring Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, William Baldwin, and Denise Richards. The original film is being released this year by Lotus Entertainment and centers on a married couple whose first pregnancy forces their families to find common ground.
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Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes

Jack Nicholson Drops Out Of ‘Toni Erdmann’ As American Remake Sees Behind-The-Scenes Changes
Changes are afoot on the upcoming production of the highly-anticipated American remake of “Toni Erdmann.” The film, which was set to star Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson, as the father-daughter duo at the center of the story, is in the middle of some big changes as the film moves forward towards production, according to The Wrap.

First, and probably foremost in the minds of film fans, Jack Nicholson has left the production for an unknown reason.

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USA Orders ‘Bourne’ Franchise Spinoff TV Series ‘Treadstone’

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USA has given a series order to “Treadstone,” a TV spinoff of Universal’s “Bourne” film franchise.

Treadstone,” will explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone — a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins. “Treadstone” was one of the four pilots USA ordered in April, but decided to pick it up straight-to-series.

The first season, which begins production in 2019, follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.

From Universal Cable Productions, “Treadstone” is written and executive produced by Tim Kring. Ramin Bahrani, who will direct the pilot, will also serve as an executive producer. Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner will executive produce on behalf of Captivate; Justin Levy will executive produce alongside Bradley Thomas on behalf of Imperative Entertainment.

“As the #1 cable entertainment network for the past 12 years,
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Piers Morgan Goes Into ‘Twitter Detox': ‘I Can’t Stomach Any More’

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If Twitter seemed just a wee bit less combative on Thursday, there may be a reason.

British media personality and outspoken Twitter user Piers Morgan took to the social media platform on Thursday — to announce that he is sick of it, and has gone into “Twitter detox.”

Morgan offered a laundry list of topics that he had grown weary of, including “Trump Derangement Syndrome, Brexit hysteria” and “Omarosa bulls—.”

Also Read: Piers Morgan Fires Back at Stephen Colbert's 'Stupid' Jab

“I can’t stomach any more Trump Derangement Syndrome, Brexit hysteria, Omarosa bulls— or ‘Madonna inspired me to be f—ing annoying’ birthday tributes,” Morgan wrote.

“Frankly, I’m bored witless by all Your opinions…and by My opinions,” the “Good Morning Britain” personality continued. “So I’ve gone to this beach for a Twitter detox. Bye.”

Morgan included a photo of a man — it wasn’t
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‘Treadstone,’ Drama Set in Jason Bourne Universe, Lands Series Order at USA Network

USA Network has ordered the drama “Treadstone” straight to series, Variety has learned.

The series, which was originally ordered to pilot back in April, centers on the fictional CIA black ops program Operation Treadstone, which was the program that created superspy Jason Bourne. The covert program uses behavior modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. The first season follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions. The series will go into production in 2019.

“As the #1 cable entertainment network for the past 12 years, USA Network is delivering a dynamic lineup of big,
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Bonnie Raitt on Aretha Franklin: ‘The Most Influential Artist in My Life’

Bonnie Raitt on Aretha Franklin: ‘The Most Influential Artist in My Life’
Bonnie Raitt’s teenage world was transformed when she heard Franklin’s Aretha Franklin’s 1967 LP I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You). “I loved everything about her,” Raitt told Rolling Stone in 2003. “I loved the way she looked, I loved the ache in her heart, and her sass.” So Raitt was blown away when she was invited to perform with Franklin at a 1993 AIDS benefit concert, which was aired on Fox. Joined by Gloria Estefan, they delivered a fierce version of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
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