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Selena Bio-Series Greenlit at Netflix

Selena Bio-Series Greenlit at Netflix
The life of Latin singer Selena will provide fodder for an upcoming Netflix bio-series, the streaming video service announced Tuesday.

"Selena: The Series" will consist of two parts, per the show’s official Netflix page. The site also seems to indicate that the project might focus on a specific period in the artist’s life : “As Mexican-American Tejano singer Selena comes of age, she must make tough choices to hold on to family, true love and music.”

Selena, whose full name was Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, rose to stardom as one of the best-selling Latin artists of the 1990s. She won
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'Young Pope' Producers Developing Audrey Hepburn Drama Series

'Young Pope' Producers Developing Audrey Hepburn Drama Series
The Italian production company behind HBO's The Young Pope and My Brilliant Friend are developing a drama series based on the life of Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn.

Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli's of Italian shingle Wildside will develop the series together with Hepburn's son, Luca Dotti and Italian journalist Luigi Spinola, authors of New York Times bestseller, Audrey At Home, Memories of My Mother's Kitchen.

The biography traces the life of the Roman Holiday and Funny Face star from her childhood in Holland during World War II, to her time in Hollywood as an actress and in Rome as a wife and ...
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Academy Considers No 2019 Oscars Host At All Following Kevin Hart Controversy

Academy Considers No 2019 Oscars Host At All Following Kevin Hart Controversy
With Kevin Hart no longer hosting the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Academy is reportedly “freaking out” as it rushes to find a replacement emcee for the 2019 ceremony. At least that’s according to a top comedy agent who spoke to Variety ahead of an Academy board meeting that’s set to discuss what to do with the hosting dilemma. Another insider told the publication there was no contingency plans in place by the Academy or broadcaster ABC, meaning there was no back-up host to fall on once Hart pulled out.

The Academy announced December 4 that Hart would be hosting the 2019 Oscars, but the confirmation was met with backlash online as homophobic jokes Hart made in the past began to resurface. Hart initially refused to apologize for the controversial jokes, but he eventually said he was sorry and announced he would not host the Oscars as to prevent the
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Kathie Lee Gifford to Exit ‘Today’ Show

Kathie Lee Gifford to Exit ‘Today’ Show
Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the “Today” show after over a decade co-hosting the fourth hour of the NBC morning staple. Her exit was announced to staff Tuesday via a memo from NBC News President Noah Oppenheim.

“It is with mixed emotions that I share the news Kathie Lee Gifford has decided it’s time to leave ‘Today,'” the NBC News chief wrote. “As we all know, Kathie Lee’s plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects, and after giving us 11 extraordinary years, she’s decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavors.”

He continued: “When we first launched this incredible hour, no one could have predicted the lightning in a bottle that is Hoda & Kathie Lee. Whether in studio or on one of their many road trips, they have delighted our audience with their distinct brand of fun, friendship and adventure.
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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)
Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories Productions have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” with Gyllenhaal attached to star.

The pic, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won the world cinema audience award and was also named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. The movie, Denmark’s foreign language film Oscar entry, is also nominated for best screenwriter and best actor at the 2018 European Film Awards.

The movie follows a police officer under investigation, who’s demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a kidnapped woman, he must battle his internal demons in order to save her.

Gyllenhaal and Marker will produce for Nine Stories, alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak, and Svetlana Metkina. Bold Films will finance the pic.
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"Sharp Objects" Alum Jean-Marc Vallee to Direct HBO’s ''Gorilla and the Bird" Adaptation

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Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects” alum Jean-Marc Vallée has re-teamed with HBO for yet another limited series.

The director has signed on to direct and executive produce the network’s upcoming adaptation of “Gorilla and the Bird,” HBO announced on Monday.

An adaptation of the memoir by former attorney Zack McDermott, the series is described as “an inspirational tale of a mother’s unconditional love for her bipolar son.” Bryan Sipe, who previously collaborated with Vallée on the 2015 Jake Gyllenhaal-led film “Demolition,” is executive producer and showrunner on the limited series.
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Gina Rodriguez-Led ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Animated Series Gets Premiere Date at Netflix

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Gina Rodriguez-Led ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Animated Series Gets Premiere Date at Netflix
Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? On Netflix in January, that’s where.

The streamer revealed Monday that its Gina Rodriguez-led “Carmen Sandiego” animated series will launch Jan. 18.

The 20-episode season will drop before the premiere of Netflix’s live-action “Carmen Sandiego” movie, which also stars Rodriguez in the titular role.
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Amazon Renews "Goliath" for Season 3

Amazon Renews
Amazon has renewed legal drama “Goliath” for a third season.

Goliath” centers on washed-up lawyer Billy McBride, played by Billy Bob Thornton, who has one shot at redemption after a client he successfully defended from a murder charge went on to slaughter a family. Thornton won a Golden Globe for his performance in 2017.

“Our Prime Video customers loved the first two seasons of Goliath, and I’m excited we can bring them a new season of this sharp and surprising legal drama,” said Vernon Sanders, co-head of television, Amazon Studios. “We have an incredible array of stars joining Billy Bob and the Goliath cast,
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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’

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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’
It appears that MGM’s film adaptation of “Metro 2033” is no longer happening because “a lot of things didn’t work,” according to VG24/7.

“Metro 2033″ is a novel by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was also adapted into a series of successful survival horror shooters from video game publisher Thq and developer 4A Games in 2010. The book and games are set in a post-apocalyptic version of Moscow where humanity lives in the tunnels of the old metro after a nuclear blast.

The movie was supposed to follow the events of the book, but MGM reportedly tried to Americanize it by setting it in Washington D.C. That idea apparently didn’t work, and the film’s rights have reverted to Glukhovsky, the author told VG24/7 in a recent interview.

“A lot of things didn’t work out in Washington D.C.,” he said. “In Washington D.C., Nazis don’t work,
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems
Constance Wu, the star of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” will be looking for love in yet another romantic comedy.

Wu is in talks to star in an untitled romantic comedy from Screen Gems, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Savion Einstein (the upcoming “The Longest Birthday”) wrote the screenplay, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing. Kimmy Gatewood, who stars as a wrestler on the Netflix show “Glow,” is in talks to make her directorial feature debut on the film. She’s previously directed a handful of shorts and several episodes of the 2016 show “Junketeers.”
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Meat Puppets’ Original Lineup Reunites, Previews New Album With ‘Warranty’

The original lineup of alt-rock stalwarts the Meat Puppets unveiled a new song, “Warranty,” off the trio’s first new album in 24 years, Dusty Notes, out March 8th via Megaforce.

“Warranty” finds the Meat Puppets filtering a quintessential Western stomp through a psychedelic haze of mesmerizing guitar lines. The fog temporarily breaks when the track hits the chorus, where Curt Kirkwood sings with sun-soaked harmonies, “What you see is what I am/ Take a look, the invisible man/ Satisfaction cannot be guaranteed/ When you don’t know just what you see.
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Bristol Palin Fumes at MTV Over Her ‘Teen Mom’ Portrayal: ‘Farrah Abraham/Jerry Springer Bs’

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Bristol Palin Fumes at MTV Over Her ‘Teen Mom’ Portrayal: ‘Farrah Abraham/Jerry Springer Bs’
Oh, baby; Bristol Palin has given birth to a Grade-a gripe session.

Palin, the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, took aim at MTV on Monday night, grousing about her portrayal on “Teen Mom Og.”

In a fiery Instagram post, Palin took issue with what she called the “fake fill-in Farrah Abraham/Jerry Springer Bs” that she feels have characterized her segments on the series.

Also Read: Farrah Abraham Strikes Plea Deal Over Hotel Arrest

Palin vented about her portrayal in a post that began, “If I cared what people thought of me, I wouldn’t be here today — let’s be real.”

The reality TV personality continued, “I’ve stood strong and held it down for my kids since day one. No matter how bad @teenmom tries to portray my ‘life’ …. my babies, my family, my close friends — they know the Truth.”

Palin went on to sum
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‘Birds of Prey:’ Ali Wong Joins Cast in Supporting Role (Exclusive)

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‘Birds of Prey:’ Ali Wong Joins Cast in Supporting Role (Exclusive)
Birds of Prey” has added Ali Wong in supporting role, an individual with knowledge of the project exclusively tells The Wrap.

Wong is playing an associate of Renee Montoya in Gotham law enforcement. Additionally, actor Robert Catrini has joined the cast. His role is being kept under wraps.

Margot Robbie, reprising her “Suicide Squad” role, will also produce “Birds of Prey.” The film is centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains, individuals with knowledge of the project tell TheWrap.

Also Read: 'Birds of Prey': Rosie Perez Cast as Renee Montoya in Superheroine Movie (Exclusive)

Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Clubhouse PicturesBryan Unkeless, as well as Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment.

Cathy Yan is set to direct. She will also be the first Asian woman to direct a DC film.

As TheWrap first reported, Christina Hodson
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‘Get Shorty’ Renewed for Season 3 at Epix

Epix has renewed “Get Shorty” for Season 3.

The loose adaptation of the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel and subsequent film stars Chris O’Dowd, Ray Romano, Lidio Porto, Megan Stevenson, Sean Bridgers, and Carolyn Dodd. In the series, O’Dowd plays a hitman from Nevada who struggles to shed his criminal past after he moves to Hollywood to become a movie producer.

The series is executive produced by Davey Holmes and Adam Arkin. The series is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM, now the sole owner of Epix.

“Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano have so thoroughly embraced their roles,
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Movies Starring Women Outperform Male-Led Titles at Box Office, Study Finds

Female-led movies outperformed male-led titles at the worldwide box office during the 2014-17 period, a study released Tuesday showed.

Creative Artists Agency and technology company Shift7 said that the analysis found that female-led films outperformed male-led films at all budget levels. The study grew out of the Time’s Up movement in a collaboration aiming to improve the portrayal of women in media and entertainment.

The group is led by producer and former Sony Pictures Chairman Amy Pascal, shift7 CEO Megan Smith and producer Liza Chasin. It includes CAA Agent Alexandra Trustman and Geena Davis.

“This is powerful proof that audiences want to see everyone represented on screen,” said Pascal. “Decision-makers in Hollywood need to pay attention to this.”

The analysis examined 350 top grossing films released between 2014 – 2017, categorized into five budget levels: under $10 million, $10 million – $30 million, $30 million – $50 million, $50 million – $100 million, and over $100 million. To be characterized as female-led, movies had pass the Bechdel Test,
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‘Aquaman’ Film Review: James Wan’s Outrageous Underwater Epic Rewrites the Superhero Rules

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‘Aquaman’ Film Review: James Wan’s Outrageous Underwater Epic Rewrites the Superhero Rules
After decades of getting treated like a pop culture punchline, thanks almost entirely to “Super Friends” (with a little help from “Entourage”), Aquaman finally has his own feature film. It’s a weird and wonderful superhero adventure that strives — and almost succeeds — to be the most epic superhero movie ever made.

Directed by James Wan (“Furious 7”), “Aquaman” ventures from a neon, “Tron”-inspired Atlantis to ancient ruins straight out of “Indiana Jones,” and then into a nightmare realm of evil swarming fish monsters. It features gigantic battles between innocent crab people and bad guys riding armored sharks. At one point, a DayGlo rave octopus plays the drums while Aquaman fights for the throne of Atlantis in an underwater gladiator arena called “The Ring of Fire.”

To call this movie “big” is an understatement. “Aquaman” has damn near everything: Amber Heard wears a dress made out of domesticated jellyfish, Julie Andrews
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Film Review: Jason Momoa in ‘Aquaman’

Aquaman isn’t like the other DC Comics superheroes, so it seems only right that his bigscreen solo show should have a personality all its own — which, in the hands of “Furious 7” director James Wan, it does. Gone is the Aryan-looking Atlantean in green-and-orange spandex, replaced with a bare-chested Hawaiian super-stud with long, shaggy surfer hair and all-over tribal tattoos. After being unveiled to the DC Comics Extended Universe as the scales of “Justice League” last year, Aquaman gets his own adventure, and it’s kind of a shock that it doesn’t suck, but only if you’re willing to sit through two hours of water-logged world-building before the movie finally takes off.

Remember, just a decade or so ago, the very idea of a standalone “Aquaman” outing seemed preposterous enough to sustain a running joke in HBO’s “Entourage” series, which poked fun at the notion that
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Selena Quintanilla Scripted Series Gets Greenlight at Netflix

Netflix has ordered a scripted drama series based on the life of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla.

The series is described as a coming of age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.

“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory,” said Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister. “With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she
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‘Detroiters’ Canceled at Comedy Central After Two Seasons

Comedy Central has canceled its Motor City series “Detroiters” after two seasons.

The scripted half-hour from Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video and Comedy Central Productions bowed in early 2017. Season two premiered in June.

The buddy comedy was created by stars Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson along with “Saturday Night Live” veterans Zach Kanin and Joe Kelly. “Detroiters” featured Richardson and Robinson as two longtime friends and local advertising executives who aim to restore the city’s luster as they hustle to make a living with local accounts. The show was generally well-received by critics.

The series featured cameos from a number
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Dick Wolf’s ‘New York Undercover’ Reboot Gets a Pilot Commitment at ABC

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Dick Wolf’s ‘New York Undercover’ Reboot Gets a Pilot Commitment at ABC
A reboot of Dick Wolf’s 1990s-era cop drama “New York Undercover” has been a given pilot production commitment at ABC.

The reboot will be written by “Hand of God” creator Ben Watkins and will be a co-production between Universal TV, where Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment is based, and ABC Studios. Wolf and Watkins will executive produce with Wolf Entertainment’s Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.

The original version, created by Wolf and Kevin Arkadie, aired on Fox for four seasons from 1994 to 1998. It starred Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo as a pair of undercover detectives in New York City’s 4th Precinct and was the first police drama on U.S. TV to feature two people of color in the lead roles.

Also Read: 'Law and Order': NBC Orders Spinoff Based on Hate Crimes Unit

If picked up, “New York Undercover” would be Wolf’s first ABC series since 2003’s “Dragnet.
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