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Danny Leiner, ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Director, Dies

Danny Leiner, ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Director, Dies
Danny Leiner, the director of stoner comedies including “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” has died.

Leiner passed away late Thursday night, an individual close to Leiner told TheWrap.

Producer Ross Putman, who produced the 2014 “The Young Kieslowski” with Leiner, announced Leiner’s passing on Facebook.

“Danny was one of the producers with me on the first real film I ever made; he was not only gracious in sharing the job with some newbies just getting their sea legs, but taught us a great deal in the process,” Putman wrote. “And we collaborated a few times after that, including on the film I just finished–which he helped champion for years.”

A graduate of Suny Purchase, Leiner’s first feature film was the 1996 comedy “Layin’ Low,” starring Jeremy Piven and Edie Falco. His next feature “Dude, Where’s My Car?” in 2000 with Ashton Kutcher
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Matthew Broderick Cast as Aunt Jackie’s Love Interest on ‘The Conners’

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Matthew Broderick Cast as Aunt Jackie’s Love Interest on ‘The Conners’
Aunt Jackie is in the mood for romance!

Matthew Broderick has been cast as Peter, a new love interest for Laurie Metcalf’s character, on “The Conners,” an ABC spokesperson told TheWrap on Friday. The actor will be making his debut on the “Roseanne” spinoff during the Halloween episode, which airs Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

But before Broderick comes to Lanford, another big guest star will be stopping by, and he’s bringing by a romantic partner too. Yes, Tuesday’s episode, titled “Tangled Up in Blue,” will see the previously-announced return of Johnny Galecki, Darlene’s (Sara Gilbert’s) ex David, who is coming back with new girlfriend Blue (Juliette Lewis).

Justin Long will also recur as Darlene’s new beau, so, drama, drama, drama afoot for the whole Conners family.
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A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Thursday Night Previews At $7.7M

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A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Thursday Night Previews At $7.7M
Friday AM Update after Thursday night Exclusive: Universal is calling Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween at $7.7M in Thursday night previews which began at 7PM, at 3,200 venues, still a fantastic result for a horror pic even though our estimates overshot. Last night’s take bests The Nun‘s $5.4M preview and it’s just under the $8M of Paranormal Activity 3‘s midnight previews. Given the funky, front-loaded nature of horror movies –they don’t exactly leg out like superhero ones– makes this a tricky one to peg in regards to how high it will go. Already we were hearing that advance ticket sales today are enormous, and that’s after last night’s show. We heard there were presales in certain multiplexes that are beating It‘s sales. Already, Fandango reported that Halloween is the best horror pre-seller of the year, well ahead of The Nun.

Should Halloween follow a
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020
Disney has moved “Jungle Cruise,” the Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt starring vehicle, back nine months to July 24, 2020.

Disney also unset an untitled Marvel movie that was previously set for one weekend after “Jungle Cruise’s” new date on July 31, 2020. “Jungle Cruise” was previously dated for October of 2019.

Dwayne Johnson also tweeted the announcement for the film’s new date, promising an “adventure of a lifetime.”

It’s Official – July 24th, 2020.

Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages.

My partner in crime, Emily Blunt and I, lovingly invite you to join us for The Adventure Of A Lifetime.

All aboard…????@DisneyStudios Jungle Cruise

???? ????????❤️???? pic.twitter.com/DNTnqSb3QD

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 19, 2018

Jaume Collet-Serra (“The Shallows”) is directing the film based on the Disney World ride, which takes guests on a tour of the rivers,
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"Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 10 Finally Begins Production

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Well this is prettay, prettay, prettay good news: Filming has finally begun on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 10.

HBO confirmed to TheWrap production started Friday, 10 months after the premium cable network announced the Larry David-led series had been renewed. No plot details or premiere date was given for the return of the "Seinfeld" co-creator’s neuroses-laced program.

David’s comedy was renewed for a tenth season by HBO last December, with production set to begin in spring 2018 and a yet-to-be-determined debut date yet given. Obviously, something stalled filming for a bit, but hopefully that doesn’t mean you’ll be waiting six years for another season of "Curb" again.
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Rome: Cate Blanchett Defends Straight Actors Playing Gay Characters

Rome: Cate Blanchett Defends Straight Actors Playing Gay Characters
Cate Blanchett came to the Rome Film Festival on Friday to participate in a “Close Encounter” discussion with the fest’s artistic director Antonio Monda.

Blanchett talked about her life’s work, joking that she had to act to find Brad Pitt sexy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and admitting that she was so nervous to receive a phone call to work with Martin Scorsese in The Aviator, that she accepted the role without even understanding that she had committed to play Katharine Hepburn.

When looking at footage from Todd Haynes’ Carol, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel about ...
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Colbert: If Trump Wants Women to Vote Republican He Should Maybe Stop Insulting Them (Video)

Colbert: If Trump Wants Women to Vote Republican He Should Maybe Stop Insulting Them (Video)
Stephen Colbert began his monologue on “The Late Show” Friday night by reminding viewers that the show will be doing a rare live broadcast on the night of the midterm elections on Nov. 6, before sliding into a look at what exactly might be the downfall of Republicans in the House of Representatives.

“Everybody is excited the midterms are 18 days away. Eighteen days away right now. I am giddy with deep concern, because this is America’s first real chance to wash the taste of Trump’s victory out of our mouths,” Colbert joked, grimly. “It’s dark. It’s a dark, earthy taste. It’s mushroom-y, even. It’s really not a great taste. Rinse twice.”

Colbert then noted why things look optimistic for the Democrats.

Also Read: Seth Meyers Returns to 'SNL' Weekend Update, Colin Jost Blames Him for Trump Presidency (Video)

“If the Republicans do lose the House of Representatives,
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Wide Rolls Out Jean-Luc Godard Classics, Takes ‘Versus,’ ‘La Mala Noche’ (Exclusive)

Wide Rolls Out Jean-Luc Godard Classics, Takes ‘Versus,’ ‘La Mala Noche’ (Exclusive)
Jean-Luc Godard, the subject of a film showcase at this year’s Lumière Film Festival in Lyon that includes his latest film, “The Image Work,” remains a hot commodity for Paris-based sales group Wide.

The company, which is attending the fest’s International Classic Film Market with a strong heritage film lineup, recently signed a number of new deals for Godard’s 1962 drama “Vivre sa vie” in major markets in Asia. Wide sold the newly restored 4K version of “Vivre sa vie,” which stars Anna Karina, to Japan’s Zazie Film and Alto Media in South Korea as well as to the China Film Archive.

“We see that the Asian market is really looking into the classics,” said Maxime Montagne, Wide’s head of business affairs and acquisitions, noting that China in particular is looking to put together a catalog of important classics.

The China Film Archive also picked up
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With ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Iron Fist’ Canceled, Is Netflix’s Marvel TV Universe Falling Apart? (Commentary)

Friday was a big day for Netflix and Marvel with the 12 a.m. release of the third season of their flagship series, “Daredevil.” But the mood was soured somewhat when it was announced before the day had even ended that “Luke Cage” would not be returning for a third season.

That’s huge news, since Luke and Iron Fist make up half of Marvel and Netflix’s ambitious attempt to do on the small screen with “The Defenders” what it did on the big one with “The Avengers.” And it leaves me wondering a lot about the future — and fate — of the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

First, there’s the matter of timing — the frankly wild decision to make this announcement on the launch day for “Daredevil” season 3.

Also Read: Wilson Fisk Gives a Very Trump-esque Speech in 'Daredevil' Season 3

It’s been four months
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Film Review: ‘Hunter Killer’

Film Review: ‘Hunter Killer’
It’s no trick for even the most ham-fisted global action thriller to achieve a ripped-from-the-headlines “topicality.” Just throw in a terrorist from the right enemy nation, or an American president with the right haircut. So it’s a weird and musty Twilight Zone indeed that one enters to watch “Hunter Killer,” a grindingly ponderous and bombastic neo-Cold War submarine thriller — how ponderous is it? It stars Gerard Butler, and he’s the most lighthearted thing about it — that in every relevant detail seems three years, if not two decades, behind the times.

Consider its take on the U.S. president. The character, played by Caroline Goodall, is transparently modeled on Hillary Clinton. As a result, one watches her scenes utterly removed from the drama (I use the term loosely) and preoccupied, instead, with thoughts like, “Was this film really shot that long ago?” It was. Principal photography on “Hunter Killer
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‘Luke Cage’ Canceled by Netflix

Netflix has canceled “Luke Cage.”

News of the cancellation comes four months after the superhero action drama from Marvel Television debuted its second season on the streaming service — and just days after Netflix pulled the plug on another Marvel show, “Iron Fist.”

“Unfortunately, ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series,” Netflix and Marvel Television said in a joint statement.
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‘Luke Cage’ Canceled After Two Seasons on Netflix

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Looks like the Heroes for Hire have closed up shop. Netflix announced Friday that “Luke Cage” won’t be getting a third season, just one week after the cancellation of “Iron Fist.”

The news also came on the same day “Daredevil” Season 3 premiered on the streaming service.

“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series,” Netflix said in a statement provided to TheWrap.

Netflix didn’t say why the superhero series starring Mike Coulter got the axe, but an individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap that the decision came down to creative differences, and an inability to reach terms on a deal for a third season.
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Bruce Dern Hospitalized With Possible Hip Fracture

Bruce Dern Hospitalized With Possible Hip Fracture
Update – Bruce Dern has suffered a possible fractured hip after collapsing while jogging in Los Angeles and has been released after being hospitalized.

The news was first reported late Friday afternoon by TMZ, which reported that the incident took place at 3:45 p.m. The site posted a photo taken by a bystander of a shirtless Dern on the ground as he was being treated and said the incident occurred at Runyon Canyon, a popular and rugged hiking area in the Hollywood Hills.

Dern’s manager Alan Somers told Variety that the accident took place after he slipped on gravel while jogging.

Dern’s publicist Lee Wallman told Variety that Dern jogs every day. “He was in good spirits,” she added.

Wallman said that Dern had recently completed filming his role as George Spahn in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Dern, 82, was cast in the part
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‘Daredevil': Here’s What the Doctors Were Doing to Poindexter’s Spine at the End of Season 3

(Spoilers for the ending of Marvel’s “Daredevil” season 3 on Netflix)

As is often the case with these Marvel TV seasons on Netflix, the very last scene is teasing some big future development. And in the case of “Daredevil” season 3, that final scene goes to Benjamin Poindexter (Wilson Bethel), aka Bullseye, who is having spinal surgery after Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) slammed him into the corner of a wall in the climactic fight scene of the season finale.

This scene is actually Poindexter actually becoming Bullseye. I’ll explain in a moment. Here’s the dialogue between the surgeons who are performing the procedure.

Also Read: Wilson Fisk Gives a Very Trump-esque Speech in 'Daredevil' Season 3

Surgeon 1: “Doctor, if this fails he’ll be permanently paralyzed. T8 and T9 are falling apart. Even using cadaver material, reconstruction is hopeless.”

Surgeon 2: “I disagree. The Cogmium steel
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‘Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle’: See First Trailer for Shocking Docuseries

Sundance has shared their new trailer for Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle, a two-night, four-part docuseries about Jim Jones, the cult leader who orchestrated the deaths of over 900 people in 1978.

The docuseries, co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, mixes archival footage with stirring recreations of life at the Guyana-based Peoples Temple, as well as unreleased recordings and new interviews with those who witnessed Jones prior to the “revolutionary suicide.”

The descent into madness of Jones’ cult is captured in the minute-long trailer’s voiceovers, which begin fanatically religious and ultimately end in
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DGA Accused of Bias Against Female Directing Teams by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director

DGA Accused of Bias Against Female Directing Teams by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writer-producer Audrey Wauchope has accused the Directors Guild of America of bias against female directing teams.

Wauchope leveled the assertions Friday in the wake of longtime partner Rachel Specter not receiving directing credit for co-directing Friday’s segment with Wauchope.

The DGA had no comment Friday, citing its policy of not commenting on internal matters. The CW, which has aired the four seasons of the comedy series, had no comment. Wauchope unveiled the accusations in a series of tweets.

“My #FemaleFilmmakerFriday goes out to my co-Director on tonight’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend episode @RachelSpecter,” she tweeted. “Rachel and I
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DGA Accused of Bias Against Female Directing Teams by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director

DGA Accused of Bias Against Female Directing Teams by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writer-producer Audrey Wauchope has accused the Directors Guild of America of bias against female directing teams.

Wauchope leveled the assertions Friday in the wake of longtime partner Rachel Specter not receiving directing credit for co-directing Friday’s segment with Wauchope.

The DGA had no comment Friday, citing its policy of not commenting on internal matters. The CW, which has aired the four seasons of the comedy series, had no comment. Wauchope unveiled the accusations in a series of tweets.

“My #FemaleFilmmakerFriday goes out to my co-Director on tonight’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend episode @RachelSpecter,” she tweeted. “Rachel and I are a lifelong writing/directing team but due to a decision by the DGA which completely erases her from our work, she’s not credited on tonight’s episode.”

The DGA has a longtime “one director to a film” policy aimed at protecting the director’s creative vision. It does
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‘Making a Murderer’ Prosecutor Gives 9 Reasons Steven Avery Is Guilty

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‘Making a Murderer’ Prosecutor Gives 9 Reasons Steven Avery Is Guilty
As you buckle in to watch “Making a Murderer Part 2,” there’s something Ken Kratz would like you to keep in mind: He still thinks Steven Avery is guilty as sin.

Since “Making a Murderer” made him famous nearly three years ago, the former Wisconsin prosecutor hasn’t been shy about defending his work in the 2005 murder prosecution of Avery and Brendan Dassey. Soon after the original documentary’s release, TheWrap reached out to him about suggestions in the Netflix docu-series that his office railroaded two innocent defendants.

Also Read: 'Making a Murderer' Part 2: 37 Updates Since the Series' Debut (Photos)

In an email, Kratz strongly rejected the criticisms, saying the documentary series got it wrong. He concluded by saying Netflix should “either provide an opportunity for rebuttal, or alert the viewers that this series was produced by and For the defense of Steven Avery, and contains only
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Every Marvel Comics Live-Action TV Show Ranked, from ‘Incredible Hulk’ to ‘Daredevil’

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The recent crop of hit Netflix shows aren’t the first time Marvel has taken its heroes to the small screen. Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Blade and even knock-off-ish X-Men have had a go before the current golden age. Here are all the Marvel shows you’ve seen and a few you might not have, ranked from goofiest pajama costumes to best character-driven dramas.

18. “The Amazing Spider-Man” (1977-79)

A 1977 attempt at a live-action “Spider-Man” is a fun throwback — but in a purely ironic way because Peter Parker’s wall-crawling “special effects” are pretty cringe-worthy. Watching Spider-Man fight guys using extremely hokey choreography gives the whole thing a pretty goofy vibe.

17. “Spidey Super Stories” (1974-1977)

Some days, Spider-Man takes on some super-boring villains. He goes up against The Prankster (a school principal who keeps pranking his students) and The Spoiler (who just likes to everyday things for people) in these goofy
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