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Johnny Galecki Will Appear on ‘The Conners’ – and Juliette Lewis Will Play His Girlfriend

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Johnny Galecki Will Appear on ‘The Conners’ – and Juliette Lewis Will Play His Girlfriend
Johnny Galecki is coming back for more “Roseanne” — er, “The Conners.” And this time he’s bringing Juliette Lewis with him — as his girlfriend!

“Here’s The Big News!! Look what I’m doin!!” Lewis wrote on Instagram Tuesday, alongside a picture of her with Galecki and Sara Gilbert, as well as an image of her holding a script from the show.

A spokesperson for ABC confirmed Galecki’s return as David, an ex of Sara Gilbert’s Darlene, for the spinoff and said that Lewis will be playing Blue — his girlfriend who was referenced on the first (and last) season of the “Roseanne” revival last spring.

The romantic interest casting might give some “Christmas Vacation” fans a chuckle, as the two played brother and sister, Audrey and Russell Griswold, on the Chevy Chase-led 1989 comedy.
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"Jack Ryan" Star Dina Shihabi Visits IMDb Live on Twitch on Wednesday

Dina Shihabi of the Prime Video series "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" joins "The IMDb Show" host Tim Kash and Ian de Borja live at 9 a.m. EDT/12 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Sept. 26, on IMDb's Twitch channel to talk about the show and more.

Watch the interview live and submit questions at twitch.tv/IMDb as well as on Facebook.com/IMDb, where IMDb will be streaming the chat live from its page.

On "Jack Ryan," Shihabi plays Hanin — the wife of Islamic terrorist Ali Suleiman and mother of their son. In Season 1 of the series, which hit Amazon on Aug. 31, she deals with the impact of her husband's actions and the ensuing pursuit from CIA financial analyst Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) and his supervisor, James Greer (Wendell Pierce).

Prior to "Jack Ryan," the Saudi Arabia-born Shihabi starred in the 2017 movie 'Cigarette Soup' and appeared in the CBS drama "Madam Secretary," among other roles. Earlier in September, she signed a development deal with Propagate for a TV series based on her time living in Los Angeles.

"The IMDb Show" caught up with Shihabi earlier this year, as well, to talk more about her character. Watch the video here.

IMDb's Twitch channel broadcasts live on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years, Deemed "Sexually Violent Predator"

Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years, Deemed
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.

Cosby was taken straight to prison following the sentencing, with Judge Steven O’Neill denying Cosby’s lawyer’s motion to allow him to remain free on bail pending an appeal.

Earlier in the day, O’Neill deemed Cosby a "sexually violent predator," which
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‘Making a Murderer': Season 2 of Netflix’s True-Crime Series to Premiere Next Month

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‘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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WWE’s Big Show to Recur on Season 2 of Syfy Series ‘Happy’

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.

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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‘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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Elton John Adds New North American Dates to Farewell Tour

Elton John Adds New North American Dates to Farewell Tour
Elton John added 25 additional North American dates to his massive, three-year farewell tour. The new 2019 leg launches September 4th in Salt Lake City, Utah and concludes November 16th in Long Island, New York.

Tickets for these newly announced dates go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10 a.m. local time. An American Express pre-sale runs Thursday, September 27th at 10 a.m. local time through Monday, October 1st at 10 p.m. local time. A limited number of exclusive VIP packages will be available on Thursday, September 27th at 10 a.m. local time.
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Stephen Colbert Relishes Trump’s Laughingstock Moment During Un Speech

Stephen Colbert Relishes Trump’s Laughingstock Moment During Un Speech
Stephen Colbert relished the moment the leaders of the world united to openly laugh at President Trump on Tuesday’s Late Show. Colbert first noted that Trump showed up late to the Un assembly; the president was scheduled to speak second, but Ecuador’s president went to the podium in place of the tardy Commander-in-Chief.

“Once we actually made it to the U.N., he jumped right into his favorite talking: Himself,” Colbert said before a clip of Trump’s laugh-inducing boast, “In less than two years my administration has accomplished
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‘Night School’ Film Review: Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish Comedy Earns a Passing Grade

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Theatrically released in the summer of 2017, Andrew Cohn’s heart-rending documentary “Night School” is a compassionately observed account of the onerous ordeal a group of underprivileged adults in Indianapolis weathers to obtain their GEDs. Cohn’s film is a stirring demonstration of the power of second chances.

Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee’s newest comedy, also called “Night School” and boasting a nearly identical premise, is similarly persuasive in its quest to preach the gospel of never giving up. The core distinction between these two effective approaches is that Lee’s uses laugh-our-loud gags in its delivery. Tonally different but thematically synced, the movies’ intentions are thoughtful.

2018’s “Night School” brings Kevin Hart back to high school as a grown man with unfinished business from his teenage past, not unlike his character in “Central Intelligence.” As Teddy, Hart is leaning onto the slightly maniacal and humorously vulnerable trope we
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Film Review: Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in ‘Night School’

Film Review: Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in ‘Night School’
You expect a movie starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish to have its share of highly combative verbal fireworks. And given that “Night School” was directed by Malcolm D. Lee, whose last picture, the deliriously raunchy and spirited “Girls Trip,” showcased Haddish as a one-woman comic hurricane (her character was a gale force of pithy obscene truth-telling), you’re more than primed to sit back and watch the fusillade of low-down insults fly. The first time Hart and Haddish share a scene, that’s just what happens. They pull up to a stoplight in separate convertibles, and he rags on her for being such a loudmouth, and she comes back at him, and the lines get tossed like kitchen crockery hitting the walls, and around the time she assaults him with the word “leprechaun” the two devolve into literal snarls. If this is what vandalistic screwball banter sounds like in 2018, I’m all for it.
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Nat Geo Takes Michael Palin’s North Korea Special to the U.S. (Exclusive)

Amid glimpses of possible progress in U.S.-North Korea relations, National Geographic has picked up U.S. rights to Monty Python star Michael Palin’s documentary special shot inside the secretive Asian country.

Nat Geo plans to air “North Korea From the Inside With Michael Palin” in the U.S. on Sunday. The two-hour special will also play on Nat Geo’s international channels.

Nat Geo scooped the special from ITN Productions, which made the revealing two-hour documentary for Viacom’s U.K. network Channel 5. In Britain, the show is running in two one-hour installments under the title “Michael Palin in North Korea,
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Watch Dillon Francis Talk Panic! at the Disco Obsession, Ambitious New Album

Edm producer Dillon Francis was in the Dominican Republic working on new music when he heard that one of his favorite artists, the reggaeton star Arcángel, was staying nearby. After a friend approached Arcángel at the gym, he invited Francis over to his hotel to hang out, even though the power had gone out, to see if they clicked. “We stayed there three to four hours before we went to the studio,” says Francis. “He was drinking beer after beer. I was just sitting, a nerdy white dude.”

It was
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Tucker Carlson Mocks Kavanaugh Accusers With Footage From ‘The Crucible’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson let his viewers know what he thought of the women who have come forward to accuse Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, suggesting on set that Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination had turned into a witch hunt.

On Tuesday evening, Carlson mocked Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez by comparing their accusations to those from Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” — and played footage from the 1996 film on air.

“Tonight there are more allegations, consistent in many ways with the allegations we have already heard,” he said.

“Leading Democrats are calling these claims powerful, compelling and highly credible,” Carlson continued, setting up the moment. “They are all but daring Republicans to question the new accusers. The victims, they say, must be believed.”

Also Read: Tucker Carlson Hits Nato: 'Why Should My Son Go to Montenegro to Defend It From Attack?'

Carlson then played footage from the famous Miller-penned drama,
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TV Ad Tracker iSpot.tv Raises $30 Million in Funding

Riding a growth curve in TV advertising analytics, iSpot.tv announced an additional $30 million of investment capital.

The Series C round in iSpot, founded in 2012, was led by existing investors Insight Venture Partners and Madrona Venture Group. It brings the total investment in the company to $57.8 million to date.

Sean Muller, iSpot’s founder and CEO, told Variety the company will use the new funding to expand hiring across all areas of the business, including engineering, data science, product, customer services and consulting, and sales and marketing. The Bellvue, Wash.-based company has 155 employee today, with plans to grow headcount
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What Does Sky Look Like With Comcast at the Controls? (Analysis)

With its takeover of highly successful pay-tv service Sky now almost assured, Comcast is not expected to do anything to upset its new golden goose. But a change in culture seems inevitable, and possibly in management.

Comcast sees enough to like in Sky to shell out $40 billion and is expected to retain much of the team that has built the business. It would also be a PR misstep to make wholesale changes. “It wouldn’t be a good look if they have taken over one of the biggest TV companies in Europe and take out the European management,” said Tim Westcott,
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Starline Boards Igor Voloshin’s Thriller ‘The Cellar’ (Exclusive)

Starline has taken international rights to “The Cellar,” the crime thriller from Russian filmmaker Igor Voloshin (“Bedouin”).

The picture is a three-way co-production between Slovakia’s Furia Film, Russia’s Gate Film, and the Czech Republic’s 8Heads Production. It was largely filmed in the Slovak Republic, where it will be released this week through Italfilm.

“The Cellar” stars French-American actor Jean-Marc Barr (“The Big Blue”) as a jobbing musician in a failing marriage who decides to take the law into his own hands when his teenage daughter goes missing. Voloshin regular Olga Simonova (“Bedouin”) stars alongside Barr, with Milan Ondrik (“Eva Nova”), John Robinson (“Elephant”) and newcomers Simoneta Hladka and Dalibor Stofan providing support.

U.K.-based sales outfit Starline has been building a lineup of world cinema titles that sit alongside its roster of feature documentaries. It recently acquired Tom Collins’ Irish-language period drama “Penance.”

Starline’s director
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Alliance Entreprendre Becomes Shareholder in About Premium Content

Paris-based private equity firm Alliance Entreprendre (Natixis Groupe) has taken a minority stake in About Premium Content (Apc) to allow the company to fast-track its growth.

Apc’s current drama slate includes Movistar Studios’s Spanish-language drama “Gigantes” (pictured), Vox Pictures’s English-language hit series “Keeping Faith,” Dutch crime thriller “Fenix” and the returning Swedish crime thriller “Alex.”

With Alliance Entreprendre becoming a key investor and financial partner, Apc will be expanding its business into the development, financing and distribution of upscale TV shows across drama, kids and documentary. The company will also be co-producing more international drama and scripted series as well as grow its portfolio of English-language series.

Apc’s founders and managers, Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel, will remain majority shareholders in Apc. Nevision also remains a shareholder. Besides Alliance Entreprendre, the company is backed by a pool of financial investors.

“Our aim from inception has been
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Sky, Foxtel Order ‘The End,’ Starring Harriet Walter, Frances O’Connor

Sky, Foxtel Order ‘The End,’ Starring Harriet Walter, Frances O’Connor
Harriet Walter, who appeared in “The Crown” and “Black Earth Rising,” and Frances O’Connor, who was Golden Globe nominated for “Madame Bovary” and “The Missing,” are set to star in “The End,” a co-production from pay-tv companies Sky in the U.K. and Foxtel in Australia.

The 10-part show is produced by the TV arm of See-Saw, which produced Jane Campion’s Emmy-nominated series “Top of the Lake,” and whose recent movies include Steve McQueen’s heist thriller “Widows.” See-Saw’s past movies include “The King’s Speech,” which won four Oscars, including best picture.

The End,” described as “thought-provoking,
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Seth Meyers Rips Kavanaugh’s Virgin Defense: ‘You Are Being Accused of Sexual Assault, Not Sexual Intercourse’ (Video)

The Brett Kavanaugh situation isn’t going away any time soon, as it looks like the battle over his nomination by Donald Trump to the Supreme Court is really just getting started in earnest. And that story took a weird turn when Kavanaugh went on Fox News Monday and claimed that accusations of sexual assault were false because he was a virgin during those years — an idea that Seth Meyers mocked pretty hard on “Late Night” Tuesday.

“Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his wife sat down last night for an interview on Fox News, during which he claimed that he was a virgin in high school and for many years after. This brings us to a segment called Couple Things,” Meyers said to set up the segment after his monologue.

“First thing: it does not matter if you are a virgin. You are being accused of sexual assault, not sexual intercourse.
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Zurich Film Festival Beefs Up TV Focus With Small-Screen Competition

Zurich Film Festival Beefs Up TV Focus With Small-Screen Competition
Four years ago, Zurich was one of the first film festivals to embrace the small screen, launching the TVision sidebar to showcase innovative TV productions. So it should come as no surprise that, for its 2018 edition, Zurich has elevated TV to star status, creating a stand-alone competition section for series.

"We wanted to focus more attention on television and also, with a competition, give the producers an opportunity to use the festival for promotion," says festival co-founder Karl Spoerri, explaining the move.

The Zff Series section will include six international world premieres, including Hackerville, a crime drama from ...
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