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‘Roseanne’ Spinoff ‘The Conners’ Ordered by ABC

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‘Roseanne’ Spinoff ‘The Conners’ Ordered by ABC
Roseanne’ is returning, but without its namesake.

ABC has given a series order to “The Conners,” a spinoff starring original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman. Not part of the new series will be Roseanne Barr, who played the matriarch on the long running and recently revived — and more recently canceled — multi-camera comedy. Barr will, according to ABC, have no financial or creative involvement in the spinoff.

“The Conners” is slated to debut this fall and take over the 8 p.m. Tuesday time period that “Roseanne” had been slated to occupy until the show was abruptly canceled last month in response to a racist statement made on Twitter by Barr. Additional cast members and a premiere date will be announced at a later date.

Gilbert, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen, and Tony Hernandez will serve as executive producers on the spinoff,
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'Jurassic World 2' Roars into Domestic Theaters as 'Incredibles 2' Looks to Hold Strong

'Jurassic World 2' Roars into Domestic Theaters as 'Incredibles 2' Looks to Hold Strong
While it may not appear out of the ordinary, this weekend's release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and its anticipated $100+ million opening will mark only the second time ever that two different films have opened with over $100 million back-to-back at the box office.

The first and last time this happened was in 2007 when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End opened with $114.7 million following Shrek the Third's $121.6 million opening the weekend prior. In fact, the rarity of what will take place this weekend doesn't end there as only eight times following a $100+ million performance at the weekend box office has a film not repeated at #1 the following weekend. Even more rare, two films have never brought in more than $100 million over the same weekend.

Should Incredibles 2 drop 45.26% or less this weekend we'll have yet another piece of history to discuss come Sunday morning.

After debuting internationally just over two weeks ago,
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‘It Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Cast In New Line Sequel

‘It Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Cast In New Line Sequel
Exclusive: Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink have landed supporting roles in New Line Cinema’s It Chapter Two, which will once again be directed by Andy Muschietti.

The sequel portrays the kids, members of the Losers’ Club, who were tormented by Pennywise, as adults. James McAvoy plays Bill, Bill Hader is Richie, Jessica Chastain is Beverly, James Ransone is Eddie, Andy Bean is Stanley, Jay Ryan is Ben, and Isaiah Mustafa is Mike. Bill Skarsgard returns as Pennywise.

Dolan will be playing the role of Adrian Mellon. In the Stephen King novel, Mellon was a gay man living in Derry who was attacked by bullies which led to his demise at the hands of Pennywise. Beinbrink will play Tom Rogan who, the book and the 90s miniseries, was Beverly’s abusive lover.

Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee and Dan Lin return as producers. The screenplay is written by Gary Dauberman.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘Glass’ Confirmed for San Diego Comic-Con

‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘Glass’ Confirmed for San Diego Comic-Con
Just a couple days ago, we got a rundown of which movies would be heading to San Diego Comic-Con to show off the goods to the thousands of fans in attendance at one of the biggest pop culture conventions in the world. While we got confirmation of some of the big movies that will be […]

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Another ‘Breaking Bad’ Character Is Coming to ‘Better Call Saul,’ Vince Gilligan Teases

Another ‘Breaking Bad’ Character Is Coming to ‘Better Call Saul,’ Vince Gilligan Teases
Brace yourself, Albuquerque: Another “Breaking Bad” character is coming to Season 4 of “Better Call Saul,” creator Vince Gilligan says.

“There’s a very important character from the ‘Breaking Bad’ era that we’re going to meet this year,” Gilligan said during his show’s Masterclass panel, which was a part of the AMC Summit Wednesday in New York City.

He did not specify which character — but Gilligan believes fans will be pretty pleased overall when the AMC dramedy returns in early August.

“Season 4 is so good,” he said. “It gets darker, it gets richer. It’s still got funny in it, but on the Venn diagram of ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul,’ the overlap in the center is getting bigger and bigger.”

And though Jimmy McGill
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‘American Girl’ Doll Movie in the Works at Mattel, Original Film (Exclusive)

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‘American Girl’ Doll Movie in the Works at Mattel, Original Film (Exclusive)
Hold on to your bonnets, berets and other historically accurate accessories: A movie based on the beloved American Girl dolls is in the works with Mattel and Neal H. Moritz’s Original Film producing, insiders told TheWrap.

The project is currently looking for writers. The dolls were first released in 1986 and are sold with books that tell stories of American history. In 1998, Pleasant Company became a subsidiary of Mattel.

This isn’t the American Girls’ first run at Hollywood. In 2008, Abigail Breslin starred in the theatrically released film “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.”
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Charles Krauthammer Dies: Fox News Contributor & Pulitzer-Winning Columnist Was 68

Charles Krauthammer Dies: Fox News Contributor & Pulitzer-Winning Columnist Was 68
Charles Krauthammer, a conservative veteran Fox News contributor, author and syndicated columnist, died today, less than two weeks after he’d penned a letter saying he had weeks to live. He was 68.

The news was announced by his former Washington Post colleague Paul Farhi on Twitter:

Some sad news: Charles Krauthammer has died. Our obit is coming soon.

— Paul Farhi (@farhip) June 21, 2018

In a letter read on-air June 8 by Outnumbered host Sandra Smith, Krauthammer said he had undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and that it “caused a cascade of secondary complications” for which he has been hospitalized since. Recent tests have revealed that the cancer had returned.

He had been paralyzed since a diving-board accident in the early 1970s that confined him to a wheelchair.

“I don’t like when they make a big thing about it,” Krauthammer said in a 1984 Washington Post interview.
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‘Daredevil’ Ep Steven S. DeKnight Signs Netflix Deal

‘Daredevil’ Ep Steven S. DeKnight Signs Netflix Deal
Former “Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has signed an overall deal with Netflix. Under the agreement, DeKnight will develop and produce series and other projects for the streaming service.

DeKnight served as executive producer and showruner on the first season of Marvel action drama “Daredevil,” as well as on the Starz drama “Spartacus.” Among DeKnight’s other credits are “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” He was the writer and director on his first feature film “Pacific Rim Uprising,” from Legendary Pictures.

Steven S. DeKnight is a multifaceted writer, director, producer and showrunner whose daring visions have gripped audiences for years,
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Koko, Signing Gorilla Who Met Robin Williams and Betty White, Dies

Koko, Signing Gorilla Who Met Robin Williams and Betty White, Dies
Koko, the gorilla who learned more than 1,000 signs, played with Robin Williams, and was the subject of a Barbet Schroeder documentary, died on Tuesday, the Gorilla Foundation announced.

She was 46 and lived at the foundation’s headquarters in Woodside, Calif. When she appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1978, the world was stunned to learn of the western lowland gorilla’s ability to learn numerous signs from psychologist Dr. Francine “Penny” Patterson, who was working on a language project.

Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo and Patterson brought her to the foundation for her project. She also understood spoken speech.
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Amazon Sets Early Screenings of ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ (Exclusive)

Amazon Sets Early Screenings of ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ (Exclusive)
Amazon is offering its Amazon Prime members an exclusive early showing of Sony’s animated “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” two weeks before the movie’s release.

The early showings for Prime members will take place at 3 p.m. local time on June 30 at about 1,000 theaters across the country. Members can buy up to 10 tickets per showing online at Amazon.com/HotelT with ticketing powered by Atom Tickets.

“We can’t wait to welcome Prime members on this monster vacation before anyone else,” said Elias Plishner, executive VP of worldwide digital marketing for Sony Pictures. “Summer vacation has officially started, and this movie will be a perfect way for families and friends to spend quality time together.”

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” has a voice cast featuring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, and Mel Brooks.
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MTV Launches Studio, Sets ‘Daria,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals

MTV Launches Studio, Sets ‘Daria,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals
MTV has launched a new production unit, MTV Studios — and with it put in the works a batch of new shows and revivals of properties from the Viacom-owned cable channel’s extensive content library.

Among the initial MTV Studios slate is a new iteration of the animated series “Daria” from “Inside Amy Schumer” writer Grace Edwards; “Teen Wolf” creator Jeff Davis’s reimagining of sci-fi animated series “Aeon Flux” with fellow exec producer Gale Anne Hurd; a revival with Bunim/Murray Productions of reality series “The Real World”; and a new version of unscripted series “Made.”

Also in the works
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Gretchen Carlson on How Her Roger Ailes Lawsuit Affected the Cosby Case

Gretchen Carlson on How Her Roger Ailes Lawsuit Affected the Cosby Case
Gretchen Carlson is trying to change how victims of sexual assault are viewed in court, and she believes the revolution started with her $20 million sexual harassment settlement against Roger Ailes with Fox News. In a recent interview with Variety at its Cannes Lions studio, the former Fox News anchor said she believes Harvey Weinstein won’t escape a prison sentence, not after the hope the Bill Cosby trial gave her.

“I did have a lot of hope after the Bill Cosby trial. It was really emotional for me,” Carlson said. “Because every time one of these big, high-profile stories comes out, it’s really emotional for me because I have to step back and think: ‘If I hadn’t done what I did, would we be having this conversation?’ And the answer is probably no.”

Carlson said she hopes the women who will be called to testify against the disgraced
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NBCUniversal Is No Longer Making New ‘Jerry Springer’ Episodes

NBCUniversal Television Distribution is no longer making new episodes of “The Jerry Springer Show,” effectively cancelling the longrunning talk show, an insider with knowledge of production told TheWrap.

Jerry Springer” will move to The CW this fall, where it will air any remaining episodes that have been made but not aired yet, along with repeats. The show will also air repeats in traditional syndication on other TV stations that NBCUniversal already had deals with.

The insider notes that, while NBCU is not currently making any new episodes, The CW has the option to order new original episodes.

Also Read: Former 'Jerry Springer' Producer Jill Blackstone Charged With Murder in Sister's Death

“The Jerry Springer Show” debuted Sept. 30, 1991, though the show’s longtime viewers probably wouldn’t have recognized it. At first, “Springer” was meant to be more of a serious, political talk show in the same vein as “Donahue.” Before
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TV Roundup: ‘Ozark’ Season 2 Release Date, Anita Baker Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

TV Roundup: ‘Ozark’ Season 2 Release Date, Anita Baker Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
In today’s TV roundup, “Ozark” Season 2 gets a release date, LL Cool J premieres the “Story of Cool” docuseries and Anita Baker is set to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Bet Awards.

Renewals

Health-entertainment cable network Z Living announced it has acquired daytime talk show “The Doctors” and will air 150 episodes from recent seasons of the Emmy award-winning series across its programming schedule. “The Doctors” — which offers timely, topical and practical health, wellness and lifestyle information — will kick off on Z Living with a July 4 marathon running from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with additional episodes daily.
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WWE Superstar Sami Zayn Out for Rest of the Year Due to Injury

Sami Zayn is out of wrestling action for an estimated 8 months with a double rotator-cuff tear, the WWE Superstar revealed on Thursday.

Kevin Owens’ on-again, off-again partner has begun the surgical-repair process.

“I just underwent surgery for my right shoulder, a.k.a. my good shoulder,” Zayn told WWE.com. “So, I’m out for a little while with that. I guess people don’t know about this injury; I’ve been working with it for some time. I don’t know exactly when I tore it. I think I tore it, or initially injured it, on a Montreal Live Event. Which is ironic because I injured my left shoulder — now somewhat famously — in Montreal in my [“Raw”] debut against John Cena. And at a Live Event this past August wrestling Jinder Mahal, I think I injured it then.”

Also Read: Vader, WWE and WCW Legend, Dies at 63

“But then my left shoulder,
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‘The Catcher Was a Spy’ Film Review: Paul Rudd Espionage Saga Strikes Out

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‘The Catcher Was a Spy’ Film Review: Paul Rudd Espionage Saga Strikes Out
It’s easy to imagine scrappy filmmakers rummaging through the anecdotes of history, searching for amazing-but-true stories to transform into hit movies (or at least some Oscar bait). But it’s not enough merely to find a fascinating nugget of trivia; you also have to turn it into a good film. And therein lies the tragedy of “The Catcher Was a Spy.”

“Catcher” stars Paul Rudd as real-life pro baseball player Moe Berg, whose sporting career was perhaps overshadowed by his bizarre overqualifications: He graduated Princeton, Magna Cum Laude, and was fluent in multiple languages. He made regular guest appearances on highfalutin trivia shows. And to top it all off, he was a spy for the U.S. government during World War II.

It’s the sort of character description that would be wildly implausible if it wasn’t, you know, totally true. Berg’s life is a natural for the movies,
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‘Daily Show’ Anchor Trevor Noah on Crowded Time Slot: ‘We’re the Only Late-Night Show With a Host of Color’

‘Daily Show’ Anchor Trevor Noah on Crowded Time Slot: ‘We’re the Only Late-Night Show With a Host of Color’
The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah argues he stands apart in an increasingly crowded late-night space.

“We’re the only late-night show with a host of color,” Noah told TheWrap. “We are the only late-night show that has an international voice that speaks to politics,” added the South Africa native.

Noah’s tenure at the “Daily Show” has come during a time when the late-night space has undergone numerous changes. When his predecessor, Jon Stewart, was the host, late-night was dominated by the likes of Jay Leno, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, with Jimmy Kimmel joining the fray in 2003.

Also Read: Trevor Noah Tells Kirstjen Nielsen Where Else She Can't Eat Thanks to Child Detainments (Video)

But a lot has changed since then.

Both Leno and Letterman have since left the airwaves (though Letterman now has a talk show with Netflix), and the past few years have seen the debuts of John Oliver,
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Disney Has Already Made $2 Billion at Domestic Box Office This Year

2018 isn’t even halfway done, and Disney has already crossed the $2 billion mark at the domestic box office thanks to its Marvel — and Pixar — superheroes.

The milestone was passed this week when “Incredibles 2” made $253 million domestically after just six days in theaters. That puts the sequel already 32 percent ahead of the pace set by “Finding Dory,” which holds the domestic animation box office record with $486 million.

Also Read: 'Avengers: Infinity War': Every Box Office Record It Broke on the Road to $2 Billion (Photos)

Meanwhile, Disney’s two Marvel Studios releases, “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” have both grossed over $650 million in North America. “Black Panther” is less than $400,000 short of becoming just the third film ever to gross $700 million domestically. “Infinity War,” which is now one of four film to earn $2 billion worldwide,” currently has $666 million domestic. Together, the two Marvel films and “Incredibles 2” have
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‘Damsel’ Film Review: Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska Dazzle in Audacious Western

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‘Damsel’ Film Review: Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska Dazzle in Audacious Western
The label “revisionist Western” has been lobbed around for so long, and in so many movies, that it seems to have lost most of its bite.

After all, it’s pretty hard to call a Western “revisionist” if it represents the same old vision of the American frontier, stained with the blood and salty tears of prototypical masculine icons. Sure, Christian Bale feels really bad about all that genocide in a film like “Hostiles,” but only because the camera lingers on him longer than usual. It’s the same old story, the same old song and dance.

So when David and Nathan Zellner’s “Damsel” begins with a world-weary preacher, played by Robert Forster, admitting that the American west is pointless and stupid, and then strips himself naked and walks off to die in the desert, it’s a refreshing change of pace. And when the film segues into a literal song and dance,
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