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James Mangold to Write and Direct ‘Boba Fett’ for Lucasfilm

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James Mangold to Write and Direct ‘Boba Fett’ for Lucasfilm
James Mangold is set to write and direct a “Star Wars” standalone movie based on popular bounty hunter “Boba Fett,” according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen Daldry is also in talks to direct an “Obi Wan” movie, although no writers are working on a script.

Boba Fett is a Mandalorian warrior who was trained by his father-figure Jango Fett and became a notorious bounty hunter throughout the galaxy. His travels led him to work for the Empire, collaborate with Darth Vader and take assignments from figures such as Jabba the Hutt, for whom he once captured Han Solo.

The beloved character was primarily played by English actor Jeremy Bulloch in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”

Writer-producer Simon Kinberg has been closely involved in the creative process for the “Boba Fett” movie,
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Dee Rees Reteams With Netflix for Anne Hathaway-Starrer ‘Last Thing He Wanted’

Dee Rees Reteams With Netflix for Anne Hathaway-Starrer ‘Last Thing He Wanted’
Netflix has picked up the worldwide rights to the thriller “The Last Thing He Wanted,” based on the Joan Didion novel.

Anne Hathaway will star in and Dee Rees will direct, produce, and co-write the movie.

Hathaway will portray the hardscrabble journalist Elena McMahon, who finds herself on dangerous ground as the Iran-Contra Affair’s arms for drugs plot reaches its tipping point. The film is set to begin shooting this summer.

Bloom introduced the project to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Rees, the director of Netflix’s “Mudbound,” is co-writing the script with Marco Villalobos. “Mudbound” producer Cassian Elwes is also producing “The Last Thing He Wanted.” Jamin O’Brien, Wayne Godfrey, and Robert Jones are executive producing.

Didion’s novel, published in 1996, was set in 1984. It followed McMahon as she left her job as a reporter for The Washington Post, where she covered presidential primaries,
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Hair to Be NBC's Next Live Musical

Hair to Be NBC's Next Live Musical
NBC is getting ready for the Age of Aquarius: The Peacock network has announced that the 1960s classic Hair will be its next live musical event.

Officially titled Hair Live!, the production will be broadcast in the spring of 2019 in front of a live audience. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who’ve served as executive producers on each of NBC’s previous live musical broadcasts, will be EPs on this one as well.

Hair debuted on Broadway back in 1968, and stands as one of the most iconic chronicles of the 1960s counterculture movement. (The production caused controversy for its depictions
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Harvey Weinstein to Surrender to New York Authorities Following Sexual Misconduct Probe

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Harvey Weinstein to Surrender to New York Authorities Following Sexual Misconduct Probe
Harvey Weinstein is expected to be served with criminal charges by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and will turn himself in to authorities on Friday, according to the New York Daily News.

The news of an arrest comes after a months-long investigation by New York law enforcement into accusations of sexual misconduct. According to the Daily News, Weinstein faces charges in connection with accusations made by aspiring actress Lucia Evans, who said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Manhattan office in 2004.

A grand jury convened several weeks ago was also presented evidence related to crimes of financial fraud, the paper reported, though it is unclear if he will also be charged for any financial crimes.

Also Read: Federal Investigation Against Harvey Weinstein Launched by Prosecutors (Report)

The Manhattan D.A.’s office and Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, have both told TheWrap they will not comment at this time.
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Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Tracking for Heroic $140M-Plus Debut

Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Tracking for Heroic $140M-Plus Debut
Disney and Pixar's The Incredibles 2 is tracking for a huge box-office debut of $140 million-plus in North America, according to early tracking.

The animated film opens in theaters on June 15, nearly 14 years after The Incredibles hit the big screen and turned into an instant classic.

Incredibles 2 is directed by Brad Bird, who also wrote and helmed the first film. Along with Bird, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson and John Ratzenberger reprise their roles. New additions to the voice cast include Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini.

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‘Code Black’ Canceled After Three Seasons at CBS

‘Code Black’ Canceled After Three Seasons at CBS
CBS has pulled the plug on medical drama “Code Black” after three seasons.

Series creator and showrunner Michael Seitzman first broke the news on Twitter.

“Dear #CodeBlack fans, the sad news came today that we were cancelled,” he wrote. “It’s been a true joy to make this show and watch your response every week. Thank you for all of your passion. Truly, our best episodes have yet to air. We hope you’ll watch and enjoy them. We made them for you.”

The series takes place in the fictional Angels Memorial Hospital, where the high number often outnumbered the
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‘Queer Eye’ Season 2 Gets Premiere Date at Netflix – and It’s Really Soon

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‘Queer Eye’ Season 2 Gets Premiere Date at Netflix – and It’s Really Soon
The new Fab Five are coming back to Netflix really, really soon.

The streaming service announced Thursday that it has set a June 15 premiere date for “Queer Eye” Season 2, just two months after the reboot was renewed for a second installment.

The new “Queer Eye” hit Netflix earlier this year, introducing us to the new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion).

Here’s the official logline for the next batch of episodes: This season, the Queer Eye Fab Five return to the Georgia heartland, forging connections with communities from a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from self-love and faith, to immigration and how to make the perfect homemade poke bowls and more!

“These series
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ – Did You Catch Han’s ‘Back to the Future’ Reference?

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ – Did You Catch Han’s ‘Back to the Future’ Reference?
(Note: This post contains light spoilers for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”)

Lucasfilm’s latest effort to fill out the backstory of well-loved characters from a galaxy far, far away, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” is full of references. The vast majority of them are to “Star Wars” in general — the original movies, the exploits of title character Han Solo, and the old Expanded Universe of comics, novels, video games and more.

You might have missed one movie reference in “Solo” that goes for something different, though. It nudges the audience to remember another classic sci-fi trilogy: “Back to the Future.”

The moment comes late in “Solo,” when Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and his crew fly through the Maelstrom, a big giant space cloud filled with ice and asteroids. As Han takes over flying the Millennium Falcon, he finally gets Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) to sit in as his co-pilot, as the
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Does ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Disney and Lucasfilm are quickly turning “Star Wars” into its own cinematic universe. The latest addition to the franchise, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” further branches out from the core tale of the three movie trilogies, filling in the backstory of Han Solo and adding a lot more to the galaxy far, far away.

“Star Wars” is fast beginning to resemble its counterpart, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is well-known for taking multiple stories and characters and slowly weaving them together into one all-encompassing, linked narrative. And a lot of the time, the McU brings stories together with its ubiquitous post-credits scenes.

So if “Star Wars” is taking a page from Marvel Studios in widening out the stories that make up its world, does that mean you should expect a post-credits scene at the end of “Solo?”

The answer to that question, in fact, is no. Like the other “Star Wars” movies before it,
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Yes, That Was That Dead Villain in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ — Here’s What It Means

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Yes, That Was That Dead Villain in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ — Here’s What It Means
(Note: This post contains massive spoilers for the end of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Just putting that out there.)

Solo: A Star Wars Story” fills in the backstory of Han Solo and quite a few other characters. The movie’s biggest twist, however, doesn’t have to do with the events that lead Han to becoming one of the greatest smugglers in the galaxy — it’s about one “Star Wars” character who turns out to be still alive, still influencing the galaxy, and still posing a threat to a lot of people.

That character is Darth Maul, and if you haven’t been keeping up with any of the ancillary “Star Wars” material surrounding the core film franchise — specifically the animated TV shows that he’s prominently appeared in — seeing him again was probably a bit of a shock. Especially since he shows up as the boss of crime
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‘Star Wars:’ A Boba Fett Movie Is in the Works

Boba Fett is getting his own spinoff.

Disney is developing a “Star Wars” standalone movie centered on the bounty hunter Boba Fett from “Logan” director James Mangold, Variety has learned from several sources.

Simon Kinberg, best known as a writer-producer on the “X-Men” movies, will collaborate with Mangold on the Bobba Fett movie, although it’s unclear what his role will be.

The untitled movie will be a part of the studio’s Star Wars Anthology films, which are being spun off as origin stories. The first anthology film was 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” followed by “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. “Solo” began opening in previews on Thursday night in North America, with forecasts of an debut weekend of $130 million to $150 million.

Variety first reported in August that Disney and Lucasfilm were in development on a spinoff movie centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi,
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‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ Cast Reunites at Paley Center

Someone managed to get Detective Frank Pembleton back in the box.

Members of the cast and production team of the critically acclaimed NBC drama “Homicide: Life on the Street” came together at the Paley Center in New York to talk about the distinctive drama that flouted many of the conventions of network TV. The main focus of the show, which ran between 1993 and 1999, was on how Baltimore police detectives passed the time while trying to solve murders. But there were few car chases, shootings or dramatic arrest scenes. “Every episode was like an affront to network television,” noted Andre Braugher,
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ — What’s the Deal With Those Gold Dice?

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ — What’s the Deal With Those Gold Dice?
(Note: This post contains spoilers for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” so read on at your own risk.)

Solo: A Star Wars Story” adds a lot of context to a pair of objects that have become a big part of the new crop of “Star Wars” movies. Those objects are a chained pair of gold dice, hanging from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

Though eagle-eyed or highly dedicated “Star Wars” fans might have been aware of them way back in “A New Hope” in 1977, the dice have only become a bigger part of the main story in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” when Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) found them in the Falcon. For your average “Star Wars” fan, the history of those dice was a bit of a mystery. “Solo” spends some time explaining their deal, and why they matter to Han Solo.

Also Read: Why Chewbacca Is the Unsung,
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Hollywood Reacts to Impending Harvey Weinstein Arrest: ‘It’s Been a Long Time Coming’

Hollywood Reacts to Impending Harvey Weinstein Arrest: ‘It’s Been a Long Time Coming’
As disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities on Friday, reactions from Hollywood have already started trickling in via social media.

Rose McGowan, who alleged last fall on Twitter that Weinstein raped her, posted on Instagram that “today we are one step closer to justice.”

Ava DuVernay also posted that “Karma Never loses an address.” The filmmaker, in addition to serving as a jury member in Cannes, participated in the 82-woman strong march at the festival alongside jury head Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, and Salma Hayek.

A friend just texted me with this: “Karma Never loses an address.” https://t.co/BOHun3cOn8

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 24, 2018

Asia Argento flew back to Cannes and stood with DuVernay at the awards ceremony, delivering a powerful address in which she stated: “In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. I was 21 years old.
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Morgan Freeman’s Comments to CNN Reporter Chloe Melas Led to Her Report on Harassment Accusations

Reporters generally try to not to become involved in the stories they cover. But CNN said reporter Chloe Melas’ experience with Morgan Freeman led directly to her investigation into his behavior with women.

Melas said that during a junket for his 2017 film “Going in Style,” when she was six months pregnant, Freeman shook and held onto her hand, looking her up and down and saying variations of the words “I wish I was there.” Melas said Freeman also told her, “You are ripe.”

Melas and co-author An Phung broke the news Thursday that several woman have accused Freeman of harassment. He quickly apologized, saying it was “never my intent” for anyone to feel uncomfortable or disrespected.

Also Read: That Time Morgan Freeman Narrated a Hillary Clinton Campaign Ad (Video)

“Chloe’s exchange, part of which was captured on tape, made her wonder if Mr. Freeman’s comments were an isolated
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Emmy Season Faces #MeToo for the First Time

Just two and a half weeks after the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards came to a close, the New York Times published its bombshell, Pulitzer Prize-winning expose on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and assault. The episode and its fallout launched the #MeToo movement, emboldening survivors to step forward with their own stories, which have brought down other high-profile names along the way.

That makes this Emmy season, and the forthcoming 70th annual ceremony on Sept. 17, the first to wrangle with the new reality of how such misdeeds are addressed in Hollywood. Already, that reality is shaping the race somewhat.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Sofia’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Sofia’
Comparisons with Tunisia’s “Beauty and the Dogs” will unfortunately hound Morocco’s “Sofia,” though if parallels must be made, it’s the latter title that comes off as the better film. Both are centered around a nightmarish eve in a young middle-class woman’s life, when mistreatment for perceived lapses in the social contract reach abusive proportions. In the case of “Sofia,” the woman surprises herself and her family when she gives birth out of wedlock and then calculatedly manipulates the situation to her own ends. Debuting writer-director Meryem Benm’barek won the best screenplay prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, though even without the award, this admirably mordant film deserves to travel widely on the festival circuit as well as art houses beyond its Francophone countries of origin.

Another comparison that springs to mind is “4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days,” both for the way Benm’barek blocks out her
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David Cross Addresses ‘Arrested Development’ Cast Interview: ‘I Will Apologize to Jessica’

David Cross Addresses ‘Arrested Development’ Cast Interview: ‘I Will Apologize to Jessica’
After taking an overnight social media thrashing, actor David Cross joined Jason Bateman in apologizing for dismissing Jessica Walter’s grievances against Jeffrey Tambor during an uncomfortable interview with the New York Times, published Wednesday.

“So I will unequivocally apologize to Jessica. I’m sorry that we behaved the way we behaved,” Cross said in an interview with Gothamist on Thursday. “Whatever the criticisms are, I will own up. I don’t even know what they are, as I said, I saw the initial thing but I jumped off [social media] at the behest of various people.”

Cross said had been off
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Maika Monroe Joins Shia Labeouf’s Drama ‘Honey Boy’

Maika Monroe Joins Shia Labeouf’s Drama ‘Honey Boy’
Maika Monroe has joined the cast of Shia Labeouf’s show business drama “Honey Boy,” opposite Labeouf, Lucas Hedges, and Noah Jupe.

The story centers on a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade and is loosely based on Labeouf’s life. “Honey Boy” was Labeouf’s childhood nickname. He broke out in 2000 when he was 14 as a star in the Disney Channel series “Even Stevens.”

Hedges will portray the young-adult version of Labeouf, while Labeouf will play his own father. “A Quiet Place” star Jupe will play the younger version of Labeouf. Monroe will play an aspiring actress named Sandra.

Alma Har’el is directing from Labeouf’s script. Producers are Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold Features, and Christopher Leggett of Delirio Films. Automatik’s Fred Berger is executive producing. Stay Gold Features will finance.
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TV News Roundup: ‘Queer Eye’ Season 2 Sets Netflix Premiere Date

In today’s roundup, Netflix announced the premiere date for “Queer Eye” Season 2, while Showtime announced an upcoming “Twin Peaks” marathon.

First Looks

On the heels of hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, comedian Michelle Wolf is heading to Netflix for her new weekly half hour variety/sketch series “The Break with Michelle Wolf” starting Sunday, May 27. The streaming service released a sneak peek video, nodding to the vague nature of “strong female leads.” Watch below.

Greenlights

CNN Films has announced their collaboration with Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams on new documentary feature, “American Jail.” The film will investigate America’s mass incarceration crisis,
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