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Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix

Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix
Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut. Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy. He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it.

The film will be set in Italy during the 1930s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country. Production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall. Del Toro previously set “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” against a totalitarian backdrop, although he placed those stories in Franco’s Spain.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single
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Shea Whigham Shares Character Details on Joaquin Phoenix ‘Joker’ Movie

Shea Whigham Shares Character Details on Joaquin Phoenix ‘Joker’ Movie
Boardwalk Empire” and “Fargo” star Shea Whigham has shared some character details for his role on the upcoming “Joker” movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Short of some images from the set and a curious cast that also includes Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, Frances Conroy and Glenn Flesher, there hasn’t been much info leaked from Todd Phillips’s superhero origin story. In an interview with Collider, Whigham, however, revealed that he and Bill Camp are playing two cops in Gotham P.D. in 1981 when “the city was tough.”

“We’re investigating something that’s just happened, at the start of the piece. We’re trying to get to the bottom of it, and it leads to where it leads to,” Whigham said of the role.

That description may not be so clear,
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'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening

'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening
With a staggering, $77.5 million debut, Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween topped the weekend with the second largest October opening weekend of all-time. The horror film headlined a massive weekend overall weekend, that saw the top twelve combine for over $160 million, making this the second largest October weekend ever. As already mentioned, Halloween's $77.5 million three-day debut was the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, coming less than $3 million shy of the record set by Venom earlier this month. That said, Halloween did deliver the largest October opening day of all-time, topping Venom's $32.5 million. The film's opening is also the second largest ever for an R-rated horror, topping the $53.8 million opening for The Nun a month ago and behind It's $123.4 million debut last September. The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release,
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‘Shameless’ Mid-season Finale: Goodbye To All That

‘Shameless’ Mid-season Finale: Goodbye To All That
Tonight’s mid-season finale of Showtime’s Shameless was all about goodbyes – and not just until the season picks up again.

Warning: This article contains spoilers on the mid-season finale of Shameless. Proceed at your own risk….

The year was 2010. Barack Obama was finishing his first term as the nation dug out of the worst recession since the 1920s. Apple unveiled the iPad, Bp’s Deepwater Horizon oil pipeline exploded in the Gulf, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was Time’s Man of the Year.

And Cameron Monaghan was cast as an ensemble player on Showtime’s Shameless, playing Ian Gallagher, a gay, bipolar teenage son of a large Chicago family where dysfunction was the rule. He quickly drew raves for his performance.

But all good things must end, and Monaghan announced earlier via Instagram that he would be leaving the series at mid-year, joining the previous announcement by castmate Emmy Rossum,
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NYPD Blue sequel series gets a pilot order from ABC

NYPD Blue sequel series gets a pilot order from ABC
It looks like the classic 90s police procedural series NYPD Blue could be set for a return, with Variety reporting that ABC has granted a pilot production commitment to a sequel from original series writers and executive producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton, along with Jesse Bochco, the son of NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco.

The potential series will follow Theo Sipowicz, the son of Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), as he looks to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating the murder of his father.

Created by Bochco and David Milch (Deadwood) and premiering on ABC in 1993, NYPD Blue ran for 261 episodes across twelve seasons and was the network’s longest running primetime drama until it was surpassed by Grey’s Anatomy in 2016. During its critically acclaimed run, it won 20 Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globe Awards.

In addition to Franz, who was a regular for all 12 seasons,
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‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Tempers Flare as Alliances Begin to Crumble (Spoilers)

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‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Tempers Flare as Alliances Begin to Crumble (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Episode 3 of Season 9 of “The Walking Dead,” titled “Warning Signs”

The Walking Dead” continued it’s strong forward momentum in Season 9, with this week’s episode continuing to show the deterioration of the fragile alliance that has been forged.

The episode opens with Justin (Zach McGowan)–the Savior who raised the ire of Daryl (Norman Reedus) in the first two episodes of the season–lying dead on the ground near a brick building. Soon, he reanimates as a walker and rises back to his feet.

The next morning, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) walks through Alexandria in the early morning and visits Carl’s grave. He leaves a freshly grown tomato from the community’s gardens near the grave as a sign of the future Carl helped inspire. Back at home, he and Michonne (Danai Gurira) talk about the bridge building project and her charter.
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‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide

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‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide
“Venom” remains a force to be reckoned with overseas as the Tom Hardy superhero movie topped the foreign box office for the third weekend in a row.

Sony’s “Venom” secured the No. 1 spot abroad with $32 million from 65 markets, taking its international total to $290.7 million. It earned $18.1 million in North America for a worldwide total of $460.2 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” continues to do monster business of its own. The acclaimed musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga generated an impressive $22.8 million from 75 overseas markets, bringing its tally to $74.7 million overseas and $201 million globally. “A Star Is Born” opened in Australia with $4.7 million in 536 venues, as well as Hong Kong with $629,000 in 58 locations. Top holdovers include the United Kingdom ($3.9 million on 846 screens), Italy ($1.5 million on 614 screens), and France ($1.5 million on 353 screens). It debuts next in Japan on Dec. 21.

Though Universal’s “Halloween” topped the domestic box office,
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BBC Names New ‘Top Gear’ Hosts to Succeed Matt LeBlanc

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BBC Names New ‘Top Gear’ Hosts to Succeed Matt LeBlanc
Comedian Paddy McGuinness and former cricket player Freddie Flintoff will replace Matt LeBlanc as presenters on “Top Gear,” the BBC announced Monday. The duo will join driver Chris Harris on the popular motoring show, while Rory Reid is stepping down from the main presenting lineup.

Season 27 of the series, which airs on BBC Two, will begin production in early 2019, with broadcast expected later in the year.

“This is a thrilling maneuver from the ‘Top Gear team,’ and I’m relishing what this trio will deliver,” said Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two. “Both Paddy and Freddie love their cars, but more than that, they’ll bring a new energy and competitive spirit to ‘Top Gear.'”

LeBlanc’s departure from the show was announced in May, paving the way for yet another reboot for “Top Gear” amid tumbling ratings. The “Friends” star and Chris Evans formed the first team that replaced longtime hosts Jeremy Clarkson,
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Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
“Simpsons” creator Matt Groening’s adult animated fantasy series, “Disenchantment,” has been renewed for a second season by Netflix, with the remainder of Season 1 (which premiered in August) streaming in 2019 and 20 episodes from the second installment rolling out in 2020 and 2021.

“We’re excited to continue this epic journey with Netflix,” creator and executive producer Groening said. “Stay tuned for more cranked-up suspense, infuriating plot twists, and beloved characters getting knocked off.”

Per Netflix, in “Disenchantment,” viewers are whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson), her feisty elf companion Elfo (Nat Faxon), and her personal demon Luci (Eric Andre). Along the way, the oddball trio encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.

The voice cast includes Jacobson,
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Johnny Depp to Produce and Star in ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ in Production Partnership with Andrea Iervolino

Johnny Depp to Produce and Star in ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ in Production Partnership with Andrea Iervolino
Johnny Depp has set his next project, forming a production deal with producer Andrea Iervolino to develop and produce digital content.

Their first project is “Waiting for the Barbarians,” in which Depp will star alongside Mark Rylance and Robert Pattinson. Depp will produce via his Infinitum Nihil banner, and Iervolino through his new blockchain platform TaTaTu.

Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent”) directs the film scheduled to begin production later this month in Morocco.

Also Read: Johnny Depp Says Jk Rowling 'Knows' He Was 'Falsely Accused'

Alongside TaTaTu, the movie is being produced by Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group, as well as Michael Fitzgerald and Olga Segura.

“Johnny has the ability to conceptualize material in a way that few can, and is unburdened of conventional industry formulas that dictate the projects that get made, traditionally,” Iervolino said in a statement. “As we make strides to embrace disruptiveness,
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See Julia Roberts Revisit Dark Past in Mysterious New ‘Homecoming’ Trailer

See Julia Roberts Revisit Dark Past in Mysterious New ‘Homecoming’ Trailer
Julia Roberts is a former caseworker forced to revisit her years working with returning soldiers in the mysterious new trailer for Homecoming, the new Amazon drama from the creator of Mr. Robot.

“Homecoming is a safe space for you to process your military experience and think about what comes next,” Roberts’ character says in flashback.

In addition to the tense new preview, Amazon Prime also provided a more detailed synopsis of the series’ plot: “Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts) is a caseworker at Homecoming, a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition to civilian life,
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‘Inside North Korea’s Dynasty,’ About Ruling Kim Family, Set for National Geographic (Exclusive)

With relations between North Korea and the West in the spotlight, National Geographic is launching a series looking at the ruling Kim family, which has controlled the secretive East Asian state for three generations.

U.K.-based 72 Films is producing the four-part factual series, titled “Inside North Korea’s Dynasty,” which has been a year in the making. Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, the directors of acclaimed Nat Geo documentary “La 92” on the L.A. riots, were consultants on the series.

The meeting in June between current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump made global headlines.
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YouTube Comes Out Strong Against Europe’s Copyright Directive

It would be an understatement to say that YouTube is not happy with the European Parliament right now. Last month, the EU’s legislative group gave a green light to a bundle of controversial copyright reform aimed at updating creative rights protection for the digital age — and one particular facet of it, called Article 13, has drawn ire from user-generated content websites because it would require them to filter or remove copyrighted material. Such a potential change in policy has been as lauded by rights-holders (major artists and songwriters from the
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‘Wife Swap’ Son Jacob Stockdale Charged With Killing His Mother and Brother

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‘Wife Swap’ Son Jacob Stockdale Charged With Killing His Mother and Brother
Jacob Stockdale, who appeared on an episode of “Wife Swap,” has been charged with killing his mother and younger brother, according to multiple media reports.

Per TMZ, the 26-year-old is being charged with shooting his mom, Kathryn, and younger brother, James. Stockdale had plead not guilty to the two murder charges. TMZ reported that Stockdale will not face the death penalty, but does face life in prison if convicted.

TheWrap has been unable to reach prosecutor’s office for Stark County in Ohio, where Stockdale was arraigned.

Also Read: 'Wife Swap' Family Rocked by Double Homicide

Responding to a 911 call on June 15, 2017, deputies found Kathryn and her son James dead on the scene. Jacob was transported to a Cleveland hospital for treatment of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to TMZ, the episode aired in 2008.

The Stockdale family is known for playing bluegrass in Ohio under the moniker The Stockdale Family Band.
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Despite Trump’s Wishful Thinking, Andrew Gillum Won the Florida Debate

The race to become the next governor of Florida is among the most heated contests of the upcoming midterms. It may also be the most emblematic of the national political climate in 2018. Democrat Andrew Gillum is an unabashed progressive, supporting universal healthcare, higher corporate taxes and abolishing Ice “in its current form.” Republican Ron DeSantis has built his entire campaign around his allegiance to President Trump, right down to the xenophobia. On Sunday night, they debated for the first time, and as expected, it was pretty contentious. Gillum, the current mayor of Jacksonville,
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Why the New ‘Halloween’ Is the Final Word on the Series

Why the New ‘Halloween’ Is the Final Word on the Series
The original Halloween plot was pretty simple: a masked psycho offs a bunch of unwitting babysitters in a small town. “It was basically a good, old-fashioned haunted house movie,” director John Carpenter, who co-wrote the screenplay, once said. “There’s something awful in this dark house and these poor people are walking around not paying attention.” The victims were random — Michael Myers just happened upon these three young women — and the idea that something like this could happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime made it terrifying. At the end of the movie,
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Nancy Pelosi ‘Pretty Comfortable’ That She’ll Return as House Speaker: ‘I Am a Great Legislator’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was coy about whether she planned to return as speaker of the house if Democrats won next month’s midterm elections, saying she was “pretty comfortable” with the idea while lauding her qualities as a politician.

“I feel pretty comfortable,” she told CNN anchor Dana Bash during an interview in New York City on Monday. “But I am a great legislator and one of the reasons I am is because I recognize the contributions of others.

“Self-promotion is a terrible thing, but clearly somebody has to do it,” the California Democrat said. “I have usually been very shy about my own thing. None of us are indispensable but everyone has something to offer for the time and I think I am that person.”

Also Read: Nancy Pelosi Clarifies 'I'm Lgbtq' Comment

Pelosi told Bash that if the election were held today, she was confident that
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Ratings: ‘The Alec Baldwin Show’ Ticks Up From Rough Premiere

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ABC’s “The Alec Baldwin Show” is hanging tough in week two, ticking up in overnight Nielsen numbers after a rough debut last Sunday. Of course, it probably didn’t hurt that his guest for the 10 p.m. talk show was Kim Kardashian West.

Meanwhile, a 35-point blowout “Sunday Night Football” showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals on NBC leveled the primetime-playing field a bit among the other broadcasters. Due to the nature of live sports, however, the below fast-national Nielsen numbers for NBC, CBS and Fox and are subject to adjustment.

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.8 rating/15 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 12.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. The Chiefs’ win and its pregame show filled up primetime, combining for those Nielsen numbers.

Also Read: Ratings: ABC Falls to Fourth Place Without 'Grey's Anatomy'
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Johnny Depp Partners With Andrea Iervolino on Drama ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’

Johnny Depp Partners With Andrea Iervolino on Drama ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’
Johnny Depp and producer Andrea Iervolino have formed a partnership to develop and produce film and digital content, starting with the movie “Waiting for the Barbarians.”

Depp will develop and produce through his Infinitum Nihil production banner and Iervolino will produce through his recently launched social entertainment platform TaTaTu.

“Waiting for the Barbarians,” an adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel of the same name, will star Depp, Mark Rylance and Robert Pattinson. Production begins later this month in Morocco and the film will be directed by Ciro Guerra. Alongside TaTaTu, the movie is being produced by Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group, as well as Michael Fitzgerald and Olga Segura.

Variety first reported in May at the Cannes Film Festival that Ambi would fully finance the project. “Waiting for the Barbarians” centers on the crisis of conscience of a magistrate from a small colonial town after he witnesses
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How Blumhouse Got Everything Right About Making a ‘Halloween’ Sequel

How Blumhouse Got Everything Right About Making a ‘Halloween’ Sequel
Forty years after Laurie Strode survived the wrath of deranged masked murderer Michael Myers in John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” the iconic avenging babysitter came back to the box office in a big way.

Halloween” beat expectations to earn $77.5 million in North America, slashing past the series record opening of $26 million that was previously held by Rob Zombie’s 2007 reboot. It now ranks among the best debuts for the horror genre following just “It” and its $123 million launch. For good measure, “Halloween” enjoyed the second-best October bow behind “Venom,” which opened with $80 million earlier this month. With a budget of $10 million, “Halloween” cost a tenth of what it took to produce that particular superhero film. Oh, those profit margins!

“Halloween’s” success was hardly preordained. The original film inspired 10 follow-ups, though few proved to be worthy successors to the iconic slasher film. Since so many remakes, reboots, and revisits stumbled, it
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