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Idris Elba Set to Direct, Star in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Netflix

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Idris Elba Set to Direct, Star in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Netflix
Idris Elba is set to star in, direct and produce a modern retelling of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” for Netflix, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

The film is currently untitled. Elba will also produce the music for the feature. Producers on the project include Fred Berger (“La La Land”) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Midnight Special”) for Automatik, with Elba and Ana Garantino producing for Elba’s Green Door shingle.

Michael Mitnick (“The Current War”) is writing the script.

Last month, the streaming platform announced Elba would star in “Turn Up Charlie,” a comedy in which Elba plays a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

Elba most recently starred in “Molly’s Game,
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'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Sets Streaming Date for Netflix Series 'Disenchantment'

'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Sets Streaming Date for Netflix Series 'Disenchantment'
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Netflix have scheduled their new fantasy-minded animated comedy series, Disenchantment, to debut in August.

"Viewers will be whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci," Netflix said of the show. "Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses and lots of human fools."

Broad City's Abbi Jacobson ("Bean"), Eric Andre ("Luci") and Nat Faxon ("Elfo") lead Disenchantment's voice cast.
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Kim Cattrall to Star in CBS All Access Series ‘Tell Me a Story’

Kim Cattrall to Star in CBS All Access Series ‘Tell Me a Story’
Kim Cattrall has joined the cast of the upcoming CBS All Access series “Tell Me a Story.”

The series takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of the serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an tale of love, loss, greed, revenge, and murder

Cattrall will play Colleen, an unlikely and very nontraditional grandmother. When her son moves back home, bringing with him a troubled teenager, Kayla, this former chorus girl
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'Watchmen': Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson to Star in Damon Lindelof's HBO Pilot

'Watchmen': Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson to Star in Damon Lindelof's HBO Pilot
A day after sharing a lengthy (and heartfelt) open letter about his approach to adapting Watchmen, Damon Lindelof and HBO have announced the star-studded cast of the drama pilot take on Alan Moore's beloved comic series.

The Leftovers grad Regina King will reunite with Lindelof on the HBO pilot and lead a cast that also includes Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify) and Andrew Howard (Hatfields and McCoys).

Details about their respective characters are being kept under wraps.

Lindelof's take is ...
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'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Recruits Zachary Levi for Season 2 (Exclusive)

'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Recruits Zachary Levi for Season 2 (Exclusive)
Amazon Studios' The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is expanding its family for season two.

The Golden Globe-winning drama has recruited Zachary Levi for its forthcoming second season.

Levi will recur in season two of the Rachel Brosnahan series as an eclectic Manhattan doctor who suddenly starts orbiting the Weissman/Maisel world. Additional details about his character are being kept under wraps.

The casting comes as Maisel is fresh off news that the period drama from Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino has been renewed for a third season ahead of its sophomore debut.

Levi's credits include Chuck and Shazam. He's repped by ...
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LeBron James and Channing Tatum Pitch ‘Public Enemy’ Lands at New Line

LeBron James and Channing Tatum Pitch ‘Public Enemy’ Lands at New Line
New Line has acquired the pitch “Public Enemy” with LeBron James and Channing Tatum’s production companies, SpringHill Entertainment and Free Association, on as producers.

Lucas Carter will pen the script, which is a subversive action-comedy that looks at the speed of media in our current landscape.

James and his SpringHill Entertainment partner, Maverick Carter, will produce. Spencer Beighley and Jamal Henderson will oversee for SpringHill. Michael Parets and Andrew Schneider will oversee for Free Association.

SpringHill has been active recently in setting up a strong slate, and New Line has been particularly interested in its material, as the two are currently working on a “House Party” reboot. SpringHill also recently sold a pitch to Legendary called “Hustle,” and is also exec producing the Netflix limited series “On Her Own Ground” starring Octavia Spencer.

SpringHill is repped by Wme and Ziffren Brittenham.

Carter previously sold the pitch “The Gun Show
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Philip Roth Dies at 85: James Gunn, Marc Maron, and More Remember the Iconic American Novelist

Philip Roth Dies at 85: James Gunn, Marc Maron, and More Remember the Iconic American Novelist
Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth has died at age 85. The novelist was best known for writing the books “American Pastoral,” “The Human Stain,” and “Goodbye, Columbus.” Celebrities such as “The Wire” creator David Simon and “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn took to social media following confirmation of Roth’s passing to honor the iconic author.

“This one hurts, both me and all of literature,” Gunn wrote on Twitter. “He taught me when I was at Columbia and was a huge influence, impressing upon me the importance of writing through the hard times. I have many favorite books by Roth, but [‘The Counterlife’] is one of them.”

Other celebrities honoring Roth are Marc Maron, Lena Dunham, and St. Vincent. Simon wrote on Twitter that he met Roth just a few months ago to discuss an adaptation of “Plot Against America.”

“At 85, he was more precise and insightful, more intellectually adept and
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Richard Gere Confirmed For First Major TV Role In BBC Drama ‘MotherFatherSon’

Richard Gere Confirmed For First Major TV Role In BBC Drama ‘MotherFatherSon’
Richard Gere is confirmed to star alongside Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders) and Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach) in , Tom Rob Smith’s (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) eight-part drama MotherFatherSon for BBC Two. As we reported last month, Gere will play Max, a charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world. Helen McCrory will play Kathryn, a British heiress who has been estranged from Max…
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Liam Neeson Joins Chris Hemsworth in 'Men in Black' Spinoff

Liam Neeson Joins Chris Hemsworth in 'Men in Black' Spinoff
Liam Neeson is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in in Sony's Men in Black reboot.

Fate of the Furious filmmaker F. Gary Gray is directing the movie, written by Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. The studio has the film dated for June 14, 2019.

Hemsworth and Thompson are not playing the same alien-fighting and world-saving characters portrayed by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the initial trilogy. The new movie is set in the same on-screen world, however.

Plot details and what characters Hemsworth and Thompson are playing are being kept ...
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Michelle Williams Film About Underground Abortion Clinic Lands at Amazon

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Michelle Williams Film About Underground Abortion Clinic Lands at Amazon
Michelle Williams is set to star in and produce “This is Jane” for Amazon Studios, sources familiar with the project told TheWrap on Tuesday.

The film, based on the Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service,” will tell the true story of a Chicago woman who founded and ran Jane, an underground abortion service.

Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) will direct and John Lesher (“Birdman”) will co-produce the film.

Jane was a group in the late ’60s and early ’70s run by women who taught themselves how to perform abortions before Roe v. Wade made it legal. They helped more than 11,000 women get access to services denied by the medical community. Williams will play the role of Jenny, who founded Jane.

Williams
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'John Wick' Director, 'Colony' Creator Tackle Comic Book 'Analog' for Lionsgate (Exclusive)

'John Wick' Director, 'Colony' Creator Tackle Comic Book 'Analog' for Lionsgate (Exclusive)
John Wick director Chad Stahelski and Ryan Condal, the creator of USA’s alien invasion show Colony, are teaming up to adapt sci-fi comic Analog.

Lionsgate has won a bidding war to pick up the title, an Image Comic from writer Gerry Duggan and artist David O’Sullivan. Condal will write the script while Stahelski will direct. 87eleven, the production banner run by Stahelski and fellow action maestro David Leitch, will produce.

The package hit studios over the weekend, generating multiple offers. In the end, Lionsgate, which is behind the Wick movies, flexed its might, wanting to keep Stahelski in is ...
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‘UnReal’ Set to Move to Hulu for Fourth, Final Season

‘UnReal’ Set to Move to Hulu for Fourth, Final Season
Drama series “UnReal” is set to move from Lifetime to Hulu for its fourth and what will likely be its final season.

The streaming service and A+E Studios are close to a deal, sources tell Variety, that would see the fourth season, which has already been shot, air in its initial window on Hulu. The agreement would see Hulu pay an additional fee on top of it was already set to pay for subscription video on-demand rights for the season.

Hulu is, through a previous agreement with producer A+E Studios, the exclusive Svod home for the series, with seasons
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Michael Jackson Estate Slams ABC News Special

Michael Jackson Estate Slams ABC News Special
The estate of Michael Jackson issued a statement Wednesday decrying an upcoming ABC News special about the late singer.

“It is particularly disheartening that Disney, a company known to strongly believe in protecting its own IP rights, would choose to ignore these rights belonging to the Estate,” Jackson’s estate said via a spokesperson Wednesday.

The special, which is scheduled to air Thursday, is being promoted as having new information about the singer’s decline and ultimate death in 2009.

According to the statement from Jackson’s estate, ABC had been using copyrighted material to promote the special, including a particular silhouette image of Jackson.
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Federal Investigation Against Harvey Weinstein Launched by Prosecutors (Report)

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Federal Investigation Against Harvey Weinstein Launched by Prosecutors (Report)
Federal prosecutors in New York have launched a sex crime investigation against Harvey Weinstein, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The investigation, which was announced by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, is investigating to see if any of the accused sexual assaults committed by the disgraced movie producer involved him persuading women to “travel across state lines.” If evidence is found of this, Weinstein could face federal criminal charges.

Weinstein is already facing investigations and legal action from New York law enforcement on the state and local level. The NYPD launched an investigation in October shortly after The New Yorker and The New York Times published exposes outlining claims of sexual offenses committed by the former Weinstein Company CEO.

Since the two reports were published, over 80 women have come forward accusing Weinstein of harassment and assault, and a class action Rico lawsuit has been filed against him.
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Upfronts 2018 Social Buzz: NBC’s ‘New Amsterdam,’ CW’s ‘Charmed’ Reboot See Early Lead Among New Shows

Which series from the cavalcade rolled out at the 2018 broadcast TV upfronts are poised to pop in primetime?

NBC’s new medical drama “New Amsterdam” and The CW’s reboot of “Charmed” are among the top social-media darlings of the moment, if data about their initial reception online is any indication — although sometimes, it isn’t a terrific predictor.

This year, “New Amsterdam” is showing early signs it could be a breakout hit, according to data-analytics firm ListenFirst Media. The new series ranked in the top three among all shows presented during the 2018 TV broadcast upfronts across organic conversation, social engagement,
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TV Review: Laura Dern in HBO’s ‘The Tale’

TV Review: Laura Dern in HBO’s ‘The Tale’
The Tale” opens with a warning: “The story you’re about to see is true … as far as I know.”

What follows is a painstaking, wrenching examination into exploring what’s “true” and what’s not, what’s imagined and what’s real, the stories we create in order to protect ourselves from the potential wreckage that lies dormant inside us. As written and directed by documentarian Jennifer Fox from her own experiences, “The Tale” follows Jenny (Laura Dern) as she reevaluates the first “relationship” she had with an adult man when she was just 13 years old. Disoriented, she weaves
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2017-2018 TV Season: NBC Claims Demo Victory, ‘Good Doctor’ Top New Show

With just a few days remaining in the traditional September to May TV season, NBC has claimed the number one spot in the key adults 18-49 demographic, while CBS is once again top in total viewers.

NBC is poised to finish the season with a 2.2 rating in the key demo, according to most current numbers available through 34 weeks of the season (Live+7 for all but the last two weeks of the season). The network had the advantage of airing both the Super Bowl, which will rank as the most-watched program of 2018, and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in the same year.
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‘Deadpool 2': What is ‘Fridging’ and Why Are People Annoyed About It?

‘Deadpool 2': What is ‘Fridging’ and Why Are People Annoyed About It?
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the beginning and ending of “Deadpool 2.”)

The “Deadpool” movies might be meta, sarcastic and raunchy, but that doesn’t mean they’re not emotional, too. In fact, both “Deadpool” and “Deapdool 2” put protagonist Wade Wilson through the wringer in terms of emotions, and each time, he comes out a better man for his experiences.

One of the elements of the emotional growth Wade (Ryan Reynolds) experiences in “Deadpool 2” has some viewers annoyed, though. The trouble is a long-running story trope that’s especially prevalent in comics and superhero-type stories, one that some see as sexist, and one that’s a big part of the story of “Deadpool 2.” That trope is called “fridging,” and it’s something many have criticized as being too prevalent in stories about super dudes fighting super baddies.

Also Read: Yes, Stan Lee Did Have a Very Brief
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Idris Elba to Star in and Direct ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Netflix

Idris Elba to Star in and Direct ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Netflix
Idris Elba is set to star in, direct, and produce the currently untitled modern retelling of Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” for Netflix, sources confirmed to Variety.

Elba will also produce music for the feature film.

Based on the classic 19th century gothic romance novel, the story follows Quasimodo, a hunchback, who falls in love with the gypsy Esmeralda. Elba will play Quasimodo in the feature.

The story has been adapted various times, the most famous version being Disney’s ’90s animated classic that featured Demi Moore and Kevin Kline as voices. The film’s score was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

The Current War” scribe Michael Mitnick will write Netflix’s modern day retelling. Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones will produce for Automatik, along with Elba and Green Door’s Ana Garanito.

This is just the latest directing gig for Elba, having
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Sarah Silverman Has ‘Compassion’ for ‘Brother’ Louis Ck, Says Al Franken Has ‘No Sexuality’

Sarah Silverman Has ‘Compassion’ for ‘Brother’ Louis Ck, Says Al Franken Has ‘No Sexuality’
The downfalls of Louis Ck and former Sen. Al Franken have been hard for Sarah Silverman, who strongly supports the #MeToo movement but believes her longtime friends can still contribute to society.

“People are very sure about what is right and wrong until it comes to their front door,” she says in a new GQ profile.

As Drew Magary’s piece makes clear, Silverman has made forgiveness a person mission in recent years, and tried to understand even people whose beliefs she despises. Ck has largely disappeared from public life since admitting last year that he masturbated in the presence of women without their consent. Franken resigned from the Senate after a photo emerged of him groping an unconscious woman, Leeann Tweeden, who said he also forced a kiss on her during a rehearsal for a Uso sketch.

Also Read: Sarah Silverman Forgave a Man Who Called Her the C Word,
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