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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!! 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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Trans Advocates Still Fighting Military Ban

The Trump administration’s anti-trans agenda has been back in the news this week after a memo outlining their plans to redefine gender in rigid, exclusionary terms was obtained by The New York Times. But in addition to going against science and the medical community to limit a person’s gender to the genitals they were born with, the administration is also still fighting to keep trans people out of the military.

Shortly after Donald Trump announced last year that he intended to block transgender people from serving in the military,
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Static-x Plot Reunion Tour, New Album ‘Project Regeneration’

Static-x Plot Reunion Tour, New Album ‘Project Regeneration’
Los Angeles metal outfit Static-x will reunite for a new album and world tour to mark the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Wisconsin Death Trip. The new record, Project Regeneration, is set to arrive in Spring 2019. The record will feature the original line-up of bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay, as well as the final vocal performances and musical compositions of late singer/guitarist, Wayne Static, who died in 2014.

Project Regeneration marks the first Static-x record since 2009’s Cult of Static. The band shared a trailer for the record,
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La Prosecutor Seeks to Use Robert Durst’s Interview for Ryan Gosling’s ‘All Good Things’ DVD at Murder Trial

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La Prosecutor Seeks to Use Robert Durst’s Interview for Ryan Gosling’s ‘All Good Things’ DVD at Murder Trial
Prosecutors in Los Angeles are seeking to admit real estate scion Robert Durst’s DVD commentary for the 2010 Ryan Gosling film “All Good Things” into evidence at Durst’s upcoming murder trial.

In paperwork filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, district attorney Jackie Lacey and others have asked that the commentary be admitted as evidence of “adoptive admission.”

Prosecutors contend that the film, while fictional, was based on Durst’s case, and that Durst told filmmakers on camera that he felt the drama “was very, very, very close in much of the ways about what, pretty much, happened.”

Also Read: Robert Durst Says He Regrets Doing HBO's 'The Jinx'

All Good Things, although a ‘fictional’ movie, was specifically based and marketed as the story of the disappearance and death of defendant Robert Durst’s (‘Defendant’) wife, the subsequent murder of his best friend, and the killing of
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Fox News Reporter Appears to Foil Illegal Border Crossing Attempt (Video)

Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins may have successfully foiled a group of migrants from Honduras trying to gain illegal entry into the United States.

“You can see they’ve got a family in a raft,” Jenkins whispered into the camera as he observed the scene from afar while hidden in the bushes across a waterway. “What we’re witnessing now is clearly a family that was being brought over.”

“This is an attempt to illegally cross and they’ve gone back over there,” Jenkins continued in a segment that aired Tuesday on Fox News. “We seem to have successfully foiled this attempt.”

Also Read: Mark Fuhrman, Racist Ex-la Cop From Oj Simpson Trial, Lands His Own Fox Nation Show

The Fox News reporter then caught up with a number of migrants and demanded answers as they marched along a muddy road.

“You know this is an illegal crossing? And you came anyway?
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Why Is Nike’s Founder Putting Millions Behind a Trump-y Republican During the Kaepernick Campaign?

Is billionaire Nike founder Phil Knight trying to buy a Republican governor? If that question sounds outlandish, so are the facts. Knight has directly given the campaign of Oregon gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler $2.5 million dollars. Knight has also given $1 million to the Republican Governors’ Association, which steered nearly that amount into Buehler’s campaign.

Knight’s backing of a member of Donald Trump’s Republican party creates dissonance at a moment when Nike has launched its new “Just Do It” campaign featuring blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Trump has maligned Kaepernick
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‘Teddy Pendergrass – If You Don’t Know Me’ Lands at BBC, Showtime, Sky (Exclusive)

“Teddy Pendergrass – If You Don’t Know Me,” the upcoming feature documentary that tells the tumultuous life story of the R&B and soul legend, will go out on Showtime in the U.S. and Sky Arts and the BBC in the U.K., where Moviehouse will also handle a theatrical release.

The film will premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival on Friday as part of a festival run that includes Doc NYC and Sound Unseen in Minneapolis. An exclusive first-look can be seen below.

Producer and director Olivia Lichtenstein made the film through U.K.-based factual TV and film banner Storyvault Films.
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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Adds Nat Faxon, Chris Pang (Exclusive)

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Adds Nat Faxon, Chris Pang (Exclusive)
Crazy Rich Asians” actor Chris Pang and Nat Faxon have joined the ensemble of Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels” reboot.

Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska will portray the film’s titular Angels. Jonathan Tucker, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, and Luis Gerardo Mendez are also on board.

Elizabeth Banks is directing and starring as one of the Bosley characters. Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou will play the other two Bosleys.

The latest draft of the script is written by Jay Basu and Banks, based on earlier versions by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas. Banks and Max Handelman will produce under their Brownstone Productions banner, along with Doug Belgrad, who is also co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon.

The film will focus on the next generation of Angels working for the mysterious Charlie. The Townsend Agency has grown considerably and gone global, providing security and intelligence services to a wide variety of private clients.
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Watch Mavis Staples Accept National Arts Award: ‘God Is Not Through With Me Yet’

Watch Mavis Staples Accept National Arts Award: ‘God Is Not Through With Me Yet’
Stephen Colbert presented Mavis Staples the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 58th annual National Arts Awards Monday night in New York City. But first he had to explain the somewhat bizarre reason he was asked to do the honors. The Late Show host said he’s a long admirer of Staples’ soulful voice — from her start performing gospel-inflected music with her father Pops and siblings as the Staples Sisters — as well as her ability to energize the minds and leaders of the Civil Rights movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Tracy Chapman Sues Nicki Minaj for Copyright Infringment

Tracy Chapman Sues Nicki Minaj for Copyright Infringment
Earlier this summer, Nicki Minaj (real name: Onika Maraj) made a plea to Tracy Chapman. In a series of since-deleted tweets, Minaj admitted she recorded a song with “one of the greatest rappers of all time,” but didn’t know the song sampled Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You.” “I’m torn, y’all help. Tracy Chapman, can you please hit me. omg for the love of #Queen,” she wrote.

Now Chapman is suing the Queens rapper for copyright infringement. In the complaint, obtained by Rolling Stone, Chapman alleges
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Damon Albarn’s the Good, the Bad & the Queen Return With First Album Since 2007

Damon Albarn’s the Good, the Bad & the Queen Return With First Album Since 2007
Eleven years ago, Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn teamed up with a few friends to make an album called The Good, the Bad & The Queen. It’s a lovely set of downbeat ballads about life in London, but after that lone 2007 LP, the impromptu supergroup’s members — Albarn, Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Verve guitarist Simon Tong and legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen — went their separate ways.

Now they’ve rejoined for a new album called Merrie Land, due out November 16th. Longtime David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti produced the LP
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‘Flipping Out’ Star Lawsuit Over Filming of Surrogate Birth Will Go to Trial

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‘Flipping Out’ Star Lawsuit Over Filming of Surrogate Birth Will Go to Trial
Alexandra Trent’s lawsuit against “Flipping Out” star Jeff Lewis and his partner Gage Edward will go to trial, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap on Tuesday.

Trent, who says she was a surrogate mother for the couple, filed the lawsuit in June against Lewis, Edward and Bravo, which airs “Flipping Out,” accusing the reality show’s producers of filming the birth without her permission.

“Defendants filmed Trent’s genitalia without her knowledge — and against her express prohibition — while she gave birth, then made crude and disgusting jokes about her genitalia and grooming in the pursuit of ratings,” said the original lawsuit, which was filed at Los Angeles Superior Court.

Also Read: Bravo, 'Flipping Out' Couple Sued by Surrogate Mother, Accused of Filming Birth and Joking About Genitalia

During the episode that aired in last August, Lewis says in a clip: “If I was a surrogate, and
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‘The Passage': Fox Sets Premiere Date for Mark-Paul Gosselaar Drama, Unveils Extended Trailer (Video)

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The Fall TV season may have just started, but Fox is already looking ahead at midseason, setting a premiere date for “The Passage.”

The drama, which stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, will debut Monday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m., in the timeslot currently occupied by Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1.”

Based on Justin Cronin’s novel trilogy of the same name, “The Passage” focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl (Saniyya Sidney) is chosen to be a test subject, a federal agent (Gosselaar) is tasked with bringing her in, but ultimately, becomes her surrogate father, determined to protect her at any cost – even as Project Noah’s work threatens to unleash an unimaginable apocalypse.

Also Read: Mark-Paul Gosselaar Tells Young
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Steve Carell to Star in Apple Morning-Show Drama With Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston

Steve Carell to Star in Apple Morning-Show Drama With Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston
Steve Carell has joined the cast of Apple’s untitled morning show drama starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

The “Beautiful Boy” star will play Mitch Kessler, a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape.

The series, based partly on CNN media reporter Brian Stelter’s book “Top of the Morning,” provides an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual. Stelter is a consultant on the series, with his 2013 book serving as additional background material for the writers.

Also Read: Chris Evans to Star in 'Defending Jacob' Limited Series at Apple

Kerry Ehrin, who is under an overall deal at Apple, will write and serve as showrunner on the series, which is set
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