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Steve Carell Returning to TV with Lead Role in Apple’s Aniston/Witherspoon Drama

Steve Carell Returning to TV with Lead Role in Apple’s Aniston/Witherspoon Drama
Nearly eight years after he left his iconic role on NBC’s The Office, actor Steve Carell is finally returning to television. In a testament to just how significantly the TV landscape has changed since Carell bid farewell to the classic sitcom, the actor has signed on for a lead role in an untitled drama series from Apple, which is expected to launch via the company sometime next year. This particular series revolves around the goings-on at a morning show and has been in the works for some time with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon starring and executive producing. …
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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!!

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

Although costars like Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher,
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Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton Launch New Record Label with 'Blaze' Star

Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton Launch New Record Label with 'Blaze' Star
Filmmaker and actor Ethan Hawke, musician-actor Charlie Sexton and Louis Black, co-founder of the Austin Chronicle and South by Southwest festival, have announced the launch of SexHawkeBlack, a label based in Austin and an imprint of the Nashville-based music company Dualtone.

As their first artist, the founders have signed actor and musician Ben Dickey, who portrayed singer Blaze Foley in Blaze, the critically acclaimed, Hawke-directed biopic released earlier this year. Black served as an executive producer on the film and Sexton appeared as another Texas music legend, Townes Van Zandt.
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David Tennant Joins Emily Watson in Psychological Thriller ‘Quicksand’

David Tennant Joins Emily Watson in Psychological Thriller ‘Quicksand’
David Tennant is joining Emily Watson in the psychological thriller Quicksand.

The film, due to shoot in April on the Greek island of Crete, re-teams the British actors, who starred as a couple in 2013’s "The Politician’s Husband," a three-episode British miniseries.

Quicksand follows a British couple living out their dream in the Mediterranean. But their paradise comes to an abrupt end when their visiting son is tragically murdered by a local youth. The husband is offered a chance at revenge by a dangerous stranger who won’t take no for an answer, but the price of revenge is one more murder.
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Tiffcom: Hot Japanese Titles at the Tokyo Film Market

The Tiffcom market, a sales event adjacent to the Tokyo International Film Festival, always includes the latest film launches from Japan. This year the selection is especially varied and rich. Arranged by sales company, highlights include:



Scripted and directed by Ken Ninomiya, this mystery about a 20-year-old Instagram star who ends up dead in Tokyo Bay, is based on a popular comic. It features a cast that includes the internationally known Chiaki Kuriyama (“Kill Bill”) and Tadanobu Asano (“The Third Murder”).


Festival favorite, Nobuhiro Yamashita has adapted a cult hit comic about a pair of misfits who are inseparable friends. They encounter a retro-looking robot with astonishing powers, and together embark on a bizarre hunt for long-buried treasure.

“The Antique: Secret of the Old Books”

Yukiko Mishima, director of the acclaimed 2017 drama “Dear Etranger,” has returned with a literary mystery, based on En Mikami’s best-selling novel.
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Pixar Co-Founder Ed Catmull to Retire

Pixar Co-Founder Ed Catmull to Retire
Ed Catmull, a longtime leader at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, has announced plans to retire.

Pixar president Jim Morris and Walt Disney Animation Studios president Andrew Millstein will continue in his place, as the 73-year-old transitions to an advisory role to end in summer 2019.

Morris and Millstein will report up to Walt Disney Studios President Alan Bergman and the Pixar-Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officers Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee. All roads lead to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn.

“Never in my wildest imagination could I have conceived of the path or the extraordinary people I have worked with over all of these years – the twists and turns, the ups and downs, along with exhilarating passion, talent, and dedication that have led to something extraordinary, something that has an enduring impact in the world,” Catmull said in a statement.

More to come.

Read the announcement below:

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Disney/Pixar Animation President Ed Catmull to Retire at End of 2018

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Disney/Pixar Animation President Ed Catmull to Retire at End of 2018
Ed Catmull, President of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, will retire after 40 years in the industry at the end of 2018, Disney announced on Tuesday.

Pixar President Jim Morris and Walt Disney Animation Studios President Andrew Millstein will continue to oversee operations of their respective studios, reporting to Walt Disney Studios President Alan Bergman. Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios will continue to be creatively led by Chief Creative Officers Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee, respectively, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn.

Catmull, 73, will remain on in an advisory role through July 2019.

Also Read: Animation Execs Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter to Split John Lasseter's Duties at Disney, Pixar

Catmull’s career began in 1979 at Lucasfilm, when he was hired by George Lucas to oversee the studio’s nascent computer division. Seven years later, Catmull co-founded Pixar Animation Studios with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter
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New Line Cinema Hires Former Fox Film Executive Daria Cercek

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Fox Film production executive Daria Cercek will join New Line Cinema, the production and distribution company said on Tuesday.

New Line CEO Richard Brener announced that Cercek will work on the development and production of original scripts, literary adaptations, existing IP and franchises for the company.

Cercek will report directly to Brener beginning Oct. 29.

Also Read: What's Next for Fox Film CEO Stacey Snider After Disney Closes Deal?

“Daria has built a reputation as one of the most well-regarded executives in the industry. To this day, I’ve never heard so many people speak so highly of someone,” Brener said in a statement. “In addition to her quality relationships with the creative community, Daria brings a breadth of experience and an impressive track record. She will be a tremendous asset to New Line and we’re so excited to welcome her to the team.”

Cercek joins New Line from Fox
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TV Roundup: ‘The Passage’ Sets January Premiere Date on Fox

In today’s TV News Roundup, the new Fox thriller series “The Passage” and Freeform’s “The Fosters” spinoff “Good Trouble” will premiere in January.

First Looks

Amazon has released the trailer for its latest Prime Original series from India, “Mirzapur,” streaming exclusively on Prime Video starting Nov. 16. Following the story of two brothers, the nine-episode series involves the struggle between power, drugs, and violence.

James Purefoy (“Hap and Leonard,” “Altered Carbon”) joins Matthew Goode (“The Crown,” “Downton Abbey”) for season two of “The Wine Show,” the docu-series returning to Ovation TV Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. Est/ 7 p.m. Pst.
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Shochiku Unveils Fantasy Sequel ‘Tokyo Ghoul 2’

“Tokyo Ghoul 2,” the sequel to the hit 2017 Kentaro Hagiwara dark action fantasy, started production this month, distributor Shochiku revealed. The film is set for release next year with Shochiku distributing.

Masataka Kubota stars as a college student Kaneki who becomes a “half ghoul” after being bitten by one of the flesh-eating creatures. He lives uneasily in the ghoul world, while trying to cling to his remaining humanity.

He is joined by new main cast members Shota Matsuda (“Dias Police”), who plays a sketchy ghoul, called Gourmet, and Maika Yamamoto (“Assassination Classroom”), who plays a server at a ghoul café and becomes a fighting ally.

Based on a hit comic by Sui Ichida that has sold 27 million copies worldwide in paperback edition, “Tokyo Ghoul” and its sequel are set in an alternative world where ghouls – entities who look like humans but survive on human flesh – live in hiding. Meanwhile hunters in
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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Reboot Being Explored by Disney With ‘Deadpool’ Writers

Disney is exploring a sixth iteration of its “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and has met with the “Deadpool” writing team of Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick about the pic, a source tells Variety.

Disney has no comment and no deal is in place yet. The five previous “Pirates” movies hauled $1.5 billion domestically and $3.07 billion internationally, with the North American market representing a progressively smaller share. The domestic total for 2017’s “Dead Men Tell No Tales” hit $172 million, while foreign markets delivered $622 million.

All five films have grossed more than $650 million worldwide, with “Dead Man’s Chest” and “On Stranger Tides” both topping the $1 billion mark.

“Dead Men Tell No Tales” centered on Johnny Depp’s swashbuckling Jack Sparrow battling deadly ghost sailors, led by the Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar. Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites joined the cast, with Orlando Bloom returning as Will Turner and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.
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‘Joker’ Movie Casts Alfred Pennyworth and Young Bruce Wayne

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‘Joker’ Movie Casts Alfred Pennyworth and Young Bruce Wayne
Todd Phillips’ “Joker” origin movie has added two crucial “Batman” characters: Alfred Pennyworth and Bruce Wayne.

Douglas Hodgewill play Pennyworth, Batman’s longtime butler-medic-strategist, and Dante Pereira-Olson will play a very young Bruce Wayne, years before he begins his career as the Caped Crusader.

Hodge and Olson join Brett Cullen as Batman’s father Thomas Wayne. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the man who will become the clown prince of crime.

Also Read: Shea Whigham Shares Character Details on Joaquin Phoenix ‘Joker’ Movie

While story details are being kept under wraps, TheWrap previously reported that the origin story for Batman’s nemesis will be more of a mid-budget crime thriller than a superhero blockbuster.

The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Michael Uslan, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.” The film will be released on Oct.
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Can ‘Halloween’ Become One of the Biggest Horror Hits Ever?

Can ‘Halloween’ Become One of the Biggest Horror Hits Ever?
Following a killer $76.2 million opening, “Halloween” has the opportunity to do something that no Blumhouse film — including “The Purge,” “Insidious,” or even “Get Out” — has ever done in the studio’s nine-year history: gross $200 million domestically.

Traditionally, horror films have a very front-loaded performance at the box office, dropping off by more than 60 percent from its opening in their second weekend. But as horror has become more popular in the past few years, several of the genre’s biggest hits have bucked that trend.

Get Out,” which currently stands as Blumhouse’s highest-grossing film, opened to $33 million and legged out all the way to $176 million. “It,” which posted horror’s biggest opening ever with $123 million, only dropped by roughly 51 percent in its second weekend and grossed $327.4 million in the U.S. And earlier this year, “A Quiet Place” opened to $50 million and rode a quiet April release calendar to $188 million domestic.
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Harvey Weinstein in Early Talks to Settle Civil Lawsuits (Report)

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Harvey Weinstein in Early Talks to Settle Civil Lawsuits (Report)
Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein are working with insurance companies and the New York attorney general’s office in negotiations that could lead to settling civil lawsuits brought against Weinstein and The Weinstein Co., according to multiple individuals who spoke with The Wall Street Journal.

Weinstein’s lawyers are meeting for two days in early November with women, who have accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexual misconduct, to resolve more than a dozen sexual misconduct cases against Weinstein, including certain legal filings in which lawyers for Bob Weinstein have been named as defendants, according to the Journal.

A restitution fund for the alleged victims is being discussed, though the talks are still in early stages, the Journal reported.

Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Criminal Case: Manhattan Prosecutor Drops 1 of 6 Counts

The New York attorney general’s office said in a statement obtained by TheWrap, “Our lawsuit remains active and our investigation remains ongoing.
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‘Evolution': WWE Reveals Almost All-Women Announce Team for First-Ever All-Women PPV

WWE has named the announce team for its first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view event, “WWE Evolution.” As you might expect, the mic’d up lineup is also pretty much all-female — save one dude.

Michael Cole, who is considered the voice of WWE, will join Renee Young and Beth Phoenix at the announce table on Sunday. Young, Phoenix (left) and “SmackDown Live” general manager Paige (right) will handle the Kickoff Show festivities.

Charly Caruso and Kayla Braxton will tackle the evening’s red carpet, with Dasha Fuentes, Cathy Kelley and Sarah Schreiber grabbing one-on-one interviews backstage. Ring announcers at “Evolution” include Lilian Garcia, JoJo and Kayla Braxton.

Also Read: Rollercoaster 'Raw' Hits 5-Week Ratings High as Roman Reigns Reveals Cancer Battle

The historic PPV will feature a battle royale and two championship matches. For the red brand, “Raw” Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Nikki Bella.
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Tokyo: ‘Wushu Orphan’ Strikes First Sales (Exclusive)

Newly-launched sales outfit, Autumn Sun Company has closed sales on “Wushu Orphan” ahead of the film’s world premier this week at the Tokyo International Film Festival. It will play in the festival’s Asian Future section.

The film is a high school martial arts drama directed by Huang Huang, and produced by China’s Alibaba Pictures and Dadi Century. It was licensed to MovieCloud for Taiwan and to Viswass films for India.

Autumn Sun, which is headed by veteran seller and producer Elliot Tong, also closed a sale on India’s “The Man Who Feels No Pain” to Japan’s Hakuhodo Dy Music and Pictures, ahead of the film’s India release. The film was directed by Vasan Bala and recently won the People’s Choice Award at Toronto’s Midnight Madness strand. It was produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s Indian outfit RSVP.

“There is a huge buzz now for Indian films in Asia,
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Tiffcom: Shochiku Doubles up on Keigo Higashino Adaptations

Fans of Japanese novelist Keigo Higashino are in for a double treat in the next few months, as two more of his books make it to the big screen. Rights to both are being offered for sale by Shochiku at the Tiffcom market this week.

First in cinemas will be “The House Where The Mermaid Sleeps,” a drama about an already estranged couple who torment each other further when their daughter is put on to a new-tech life support system. The film is directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi and stars Ryoko Shinohara and Hidetoshi Nisjijima. Its world premiere is on Monday as a gala at the Tokyo International Film Festival. It releases in Japanese theaters on Nov. 16.

The book was written to commemorate Higashino’s 30th year as a novelist. And became an instant bestseller, with 270,000 copies sold in the first month alone. Prolific, Higashino has seen more than 20 of his books adapted as Japanese films,
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Nikkatsu Unveils Youth-Driven Slate at Tokyo Film Market

Japan’s Nikkatsu is poised to be one of the busiest sales companies at the Tiffcom market this week. In addition to local hit “One Cut of the Dead” and festival favorite “Killing,” the company has a slate of titles in post-production that it is pitching at the autumn festivals and markets.

Youth drama, “We Are Little Zombies” is set for an early summer release in 2019. Written and directed by Makoto Nagahisa, who last year won a grand prize at Sundance for his short film “And So We Put Goldfish in The Pool,” the film is a story of four youngsters who all lose their parents around the same time. Realizing that they are devoid of emotion, they put together a kick-ass band to try to recover their ability to feel.

Written and directed by Indonesia’s Kimo Stamboel – one half of the so-called Mo Brothers – “Dreadout: Tower of Hell
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