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Jean-Marc Vallee to Direct John Lennon-Yoko Ono Movie for Universal

Jean-Marc Vallee to Direct John Lennon-Yoko Ono Movie for Universal
Jean-Marc Vallee is set to direct a film about John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Universal Pictures is in negotiations to option Anthony McCarten’s script with Michael De Luca Productions and Immersive Pictures producing. News first emerged in February that De Luca was collaborating with Yoko Ono for an untitled drama about Ono and her relationship with Lennon.

Vallee is attached to direct and edit. He will also rewrite the screenplay alongside McCarten. Ono will produce with De Luca, Immersive Pictures’ Josh Bratman, and McCarten. Vallee and his producing partner Nathan Ross will also produce through their production company, Crazyrose. Bruce Kaufman of Wood Hollow Pictures will executive produce.

Ono and Lennon met in 1966 at a London art gallery, where Ono was showing abstract art while the Beatles were four years into superstardom. Lennon asked Ono about her “Painting to Hammer a Nail In” piece, and if he could hammer a nail into the painting.
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Johnny Depp to Play War Photographer W. Eugene Smith in 'Minamata'

Johnny Depp to Play War Photographer W. Eugene Smith in 'Minamata'
Johnny Depp is set to play celebrated war photographer W. Eugene Smith in upcoming drama Minamata.

Based on the book by Smith and his wife Aileen Mioko Smith, and adapted for screen by David K. Kessler, the film is being directed by Andrew Levitas, and is being billed as a "real life David versus Goliath story," pitting Smith against a powerful corporation responsible for poisoning the people of Minamata, a Japanese fishing village, in 1971.

With the glory days of World War II far behind him, Smith has become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career....
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When Does Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Premiere on NBC? January, According to Terry Crews

When Does Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Premiere on NBC? January, According to Terry Crews
Attention all Brooklynites! The return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine isn't as far off as you might think.

After being canceled by Fox, beloved comedy series was saved by NBC and revived for a sixth season. That means we'll get to see what happens after Jake and Amy's wedding, and check in with the rest of the gang. Plenty of reasons to be excited, no? Fortunately for all of us, star Terry Crews revealed exactly when we can expect our favorite detectives back on our TV screens: January.

The actor, who plays human teddy bear Terry Jeffords, dropped the news during an Instagram live video in which he was clearly on set and dressed as his character.

Video | Terry Crews just announced on instagram live that Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be back with season 6 in January!! pic.twitter.com/85C2lj8Znm

- Brooklyn 99 Updates (@UPDATESB99) October 22, 2018

Although costars like Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher,
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Willy Wonka Actress Diana Sowle, Who Played Charlie's Mom, Dies At Age 88

Willy Wonka Actress Diana Sowle, Who Played Charlie's Mom, Dies At Age 88
The actress who played golden ticket-winner Charlie Bucket’s mom in the beloved 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie has died.

Diana Sowle died early on Friday, her representative confirmed to the BBC. She was 88. A cause of death for the actress has not been revealed.

“She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, and will be deadly missed,” the rep said in a statement, adding that Sowle died “with family by her side.”

Sowle is best remembered for her role in the 1971 film, her first-ever screen credit, where she memorably sang “Cheer Up Charlie.”

Her only other film
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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020
Warner Bros. has moved Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 back seven months from Nov. 1, 2019, to June 5, 2020.

The sequel, which is set in 1984, replaces Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man, which has been taken off the schedule.

Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, said, "We had tremendous success releasing the first 'Wonder Woman' film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs."
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Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She Once Dated Will Smith's Fresh Prince Costar Alfonso Ribeiro

Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She Once Dated Will Smith's Fresh Prince Costar Alfonso Ribeiro
Will Smith isn’t the only The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Jada Pinkett Smith has romanced.

Before Alfonso Ribeiro helped Smith meet his now-wife Pinkett Smith, it turns out he and the actress went out.

“I actually think I dated Alfonso,” Pinkett Smith, 47, said on Monday’s episode of her Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk featuring Smith, their daughter Willow and Pinkett Smith’s mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones. “I think I went one date together.”

This didn’t come as a shock to Smith, though. “And he, like, took you on a motorcycle or something,” the actor, 50, added.

She continued,
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Review: Will Oldham Flips Through His Backpages on ‘Songs of Love and Horror’

This unplugged set is the audio companion to Oldham’s new book of the same name – a compendium of lyrics to over 200 songs he’s written for Palace Brothers, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and other recording projects over the past 25 years. If he’s not a household name, he’s an indie rock icon and touchstone for 21st century folkies of a certain slant; he’s covered by Johnny Cash, written for soul vet Candi Staton, collaborated with Bjork, and sung backup with numerous top-shelf singer-songwriters. And like other song-poet heavyweights,
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Ben Stassen Set to Direct 3D Animated Sequel ‘Bigfoot Superstar’ (Exclusive)

Ben Stassen of nWave Studios is set to direct his next 3D animated feature, “Bigfoot Superstar,” the sequel to “Son of Bigfoot,” which was released internationally in 2017 and grossed more than $50 million worldwide.

Paris-based company Charades, which successfuly pre-sold Stassen’s “The Queen’s Corgi” worldwide, is re-teaming with Stassen on “Bigfoot Superstar” and has acquired worldwide sales rights to the feature outside of France, Benelux, Russia and Cis. Charades will introduce the project to buyers at the American Film Market.

Budgeted at more than $20 million, “Bigfoot Superstar” is based upon an original story by Stassen, and was written by Bob Barlen and Cal Brunker.

Stassen and Jérémie Degruson will direct the film, delivery of which is scheduled for summer of 2020.

In “Bigfoot Superstar,” the complete family is now together at home, and Adam, a teenager with superpowers, has become an in-demand star. Hoping to use his celebrity status to serve his greatest cause,
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Jason Isbell Launches 2018 Ryman Residency With Triumphant Opening Night

Jason Isbell Launches 2018 Ryman Residency With Triumphant Opening Night
As Jason Isbell eases into another run of sold-out shows at the Ryman, it’s tempting to take the songwriting hero — whose Ryman residencies stretch back to 2014 — for granted.

He’s driven. He’s dependable. And ever since Southeastern relaunched his solo career five years ago, he’s rarely stumbled, releasing three award-winning albums that find him embracing fatherhood, singing the praises of wife (and muse) Amanda Shires and attempting to negotiate some sort of peace with today’s politically pointed world. Rarely has Americana music sounded so consistent and compelling.
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Song You Need to Know: Specter, ‘Not New to This’

Andres Ordonez, the Chicago-based artist who goes by Specter, has been DJing for over two decades and releasing his own productions for almost as long. But he didn’t release his debut album, Built to Last, until August.

The second side of Built to Last‘s second half is taken up entirely by “Not New to This,” a magnificent, luxurious piece of house music. This is a dancefloor-ready exercise in accretion. “Not New to This” opens with a throb on the congas; more than 30 seconds passes before a wafting synth line enters,
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‘What Really Happened’ Podcast to Explore the ’27 Club’ Theory

‘What Really Happened’ Podcast to Explore the ’27 Club’ Theory
This week’s episode of What Really Happened, a popular podcast hosted by documentarian Andrew Jenks, is set to explore the concept of the “27 Club,” which posits that artists die with improbably frequency at the age of 27. The term emerged from the deaths of musicians such as Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. While it appears to be a simple statistical anomaly, Jenks claims that there’s more to the story.

“Some say this is nothing more than a media-manufactured term,” he says in a trailer for the episode.
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Rock Revivalists Greta Van Fleet on Their Quest for ‘Musical Honesty’

Rock Revivalists Greta Van Fleet on Their Quest for ‘Musical Honesty’
Critical derision, like musical trends, is cyclical. In a now-infamous pan of Led Zeppelin’s debut, Rolling Stone slammed guitarist Jimmy Page as a “very limited producer and a writer of weak, unimaginative songs.” Decades later, Rs named Led Zeppelin the 29th-greatest album of all time. Enter Greta Van Fleet, a Michigan-bred hard-rock quartet with a penchant for greasy “Moby Dick” riffs and wailing vocal bombast. Fittingly, even the response to their first record, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, mirrors what the Golden Gods encountered close to 50 years ago: rabid
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Writers Guild Launches Campaign Against Free Work

Writers Guild Launches Campaign Against Free Work
The Writers Guild of America West has launched a campaign to urge its members not to work for free.

“All writers need jobs, and especially when it’s early in their careers, it can feel like they have to do whatever it takes to get hired,” said screenwriter and WGA West board member Michele Mulroney. “But leaving behind a treatment for a producer or executive is the equivalent of writing for free. It opens the door to what can often be months of more free work like getting notes on the treatment and revising it multiple times. Guild rules do not allow for uncompensated work and members need to know that they simply don’t have to give in to these requests.”

The WGA West said a recent survey showed that screenwriters reported that after initial meetings, they were frequently being asked by producers and executives to leave behind or submit via email written materials.
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‘The Fosters’ Spinoff ‘Good Trouble’ Gets Premiere Date (Video)

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‘The Fosters’ Spinoff ‘Good Trouble’ Gets Premiere Date (Video)
Good Trouble” will premiere on Jan. 8, 2019, Freeform announced Tuesday with a first-look clip of “The Fosters” spinoff.

The series follows Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) on their move to Los Angeles, with Callie facing the challenges of the male-dominated tech world and Callie dealing with the harsh realities of the federal legal system as a clerk for a federal judge. “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu-directed and executive produced the pilot.

The sisters learn how to depend on one another as they navigate new neighbors, new challenges and new romances in the City of Angels. In the sneak peek video, which you can see above, Callie and Mariana arrive at their new downtown La apartment building and meet their harried landlady.

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“Good Trouble” also stars Tommy Martinez as Gael,
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Hear Cardi B Rap About Morning Sex on Brazen New Song ‘Money’

Hear Cardi B Rap About Morning Sex on Brazen New Song ‘Money’
Cardi B shares a few of her favorite things on her new song, “Money.” The track marks the rapper’s first solo offering since the release of her acclaimed debut, Invasion of Privacy. “Money” boasts a stomping yet simple beat built around spitfire trap drums and stark piano strikes. Cardi rides the beat with characteristic aplomb, switching flows with ease as she unravels an array of punchlines and another instantly memorable hook: “I was born to flex/ Diamonds on my neck/ I like boarding jets/ I like morning sex/ But
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CBS Domestic TV Chief Paul Franklin to Retire

Paul Franklin is set to retire as president of CBS Television Distribution after two and a half years in the post.

CBS is expected to reorganize its content distribution arm to put oversight of domestic syndication under international sales chief Armando Nunez, who is now president and CEO of CBS Studios International. CBS declined to elaborate.

Franklin joined CBS in July 2016 after a 28-year run with 20th Century Fox’s Twentieth Television arm.

“I tried to retire once before, but failed,” Franklin said. “I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work at CBS and lead the top syndicator in the business.
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Katie Holmes to Star in Sequel to Horror Film ‘The Boy’

Katie Holmes to Star in Sequel to Horror Film ‘The Boy’
Katie Holmes will star as the lead in horror sequel “The Boy 2” from STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment.

William Brent Bell will return to direct the sequel. Principal photography will begin in Victoria, British Columbia, on Jan. 14. Foreign sales will launch at the American Film Market, which opens Oct. 31 in Santa Monica, Ca.

The story will revolve around a young family, unaware of the terrifying history of the estate into which they move, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

Stacey Menear returns to script. “The Boy 2” will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid, as well as Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee. “The Boy,” which starred Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans, was produced for under $15 million and grossed $68 million worldwide.

Lucchesi said, “Following the success of ‘The Boy,’ we are thrilled to be
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Blumhouse TV Adds Five Executives Across Production, Development, Business Affairs Divisions (Exclusive)

Blumhouse Television has added five new positions, to expand its production, development and business affairs teams, Variety has learned exclusively.

The new hires are: Lisa Niedenthal as executive vice president of production; Tevin Adelman as vice president of production; Alexandra Reed as manager of production ;Anne Pedersen as senior vice president of business affairs; and Kyle Chalmers as vice president of development and original programming. In addition, Sahar Vahedi has been promoted to director of development.

“2018 has been an incredible year for us, with series launches on HBO, Facebook Watch, USA Network, Hulu and Netflix and award-winning documentaries at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals,
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Katie Holmes to Star in Horror Film ‘The Boy 2’

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Katie Holmes to Star in Horror Film ‘The Boy 2’
Katie Holmes has joined the cast of “The Boy 2,” STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment announced Tuesday.

“The Boy 2” will be a follow up to the 2016 feature, “The Boy,” which starred Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans. William Brent Bell will return to direct the sequel.

Principal photography is set to begin in Victoria, British Columbia on Jan. 14, 2019.

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Stacey Menear will also return to write the screenplay, while Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid are producing alongside Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee.

“Following the success of ‘The Boy,’ we are thrilled to be working on the next chapter of this chilling Brahms story with Stacey and William,” Lucchesi said in a statement. “We are also delighted to be continuing our relationship with Stx, on this, our third partnership.”

Also Read: 'Halloween' Nears
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Kid Cudi Doesn’t Think Pharrell Will Work With Him Again

Kid Cudi Doesn’t Think Pharrell Will Work With Him Again
Before Kid Cudi was musically reborn as half of Kids See Ghosts with Kanye West, he was struggling to regain his momentum as a solo artist. In a new GQ interview, the Cleveland rapper joked that Pharrell might not want to work with him again after the singles he produced for Passion, Pain, and Demon Slayin’ didn’t meet his commercial expectations.

“I don’t know if Pharrell will work with me again, because those songs didn’t do what they were supposed to do,” Cudi said. “The label didn’t do the right thing.
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