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‘Grimm’ Spinoff With A Female Lead In Works At NBC

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‘Grimm’ Spinoff With A Female Lead In Works At NBC
Grimm is eying a comeback. NBC is developing a spinoff from the supernatural series, which bowed out last year after six seasons. Like the original, the offshoot hails from Universal TV and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s studio-based Hazy Mills Prods.

Written by Melissa Glenn (Marvel’s Iron Fist), the untitled spinoff, I hear, will center on a female Grimm. Per NBC, building off the mythology of the original series, the new show will feature returning fan favorites while also introducing new characters, new dangers and epic new mysteries. I hear no actors are currently attached but the idea is for the offshoot to feature some original cast members, regular or recurring.

Glenn executive produces with Hazy Mills’ Hayes and Milliner. Grimm co-creators/showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf will serve as consulting producers.

The original series followed Portland Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovered he is a Grimm,
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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Paul Gross To Reprise Role In Netflix Revival; Full Cast Set

‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Paul Gross To Reprise Role In Netflix Revival; Full Cast Set
Netflix has rounded out cast for Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, its 10-episode limited series revival. Paul Gross returns to reprise his role as Brian Hawkins from the original miniseries, ex-husband of Mary Ann Singleton and father of Shawna Hawkins, played by previously announced Laura Linney and Ellen Page, respectively. The series is currently in production for a 2019 premiere.

Murray Bartlett (Looking) has been cast as the lovable Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver, longtime resident at Barbary Lane and Mary Ann’s best friend; Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) plays Mouse’s boyfriend Ben Marshall; newcomers Josiah Victoria Garcia plays Jake Rodriguez, a newer resident on Barbary Lane who is a transgender man and a caregiver for Anna Madrigal (previously announced Olympia Dukakis) and May Hong (High Maintenance) as Jake’s long-term girlfriend Margot Park. Previously announced Barbara Garrick also returns as DeDe Halycon Day.

Recurring cast
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‘Walking Dead’ Hits New Series Ratings Low

‘Walking Dead’ Hits New Series Ratings Low
The Walking Dead” posted a new series low in the Nielsen ratings with Sunday night’s episode.

The second episode of Season 9 of the AMC series drew a 2.0 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 4.9 million viewers in the Live+Same Day numbers. The show’s previous low in the key demo was a 2.4, which was set during Season 1. That is also very close to the show’s current low in total viewers, which is 4.7 million, also set during Season 1.

This week’s episode was also down around 20% in both measures from last week’s season premiere.

For the night as a whole,
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Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard

Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard
Martin Freeman is coming to FX. This week, the network announced they've ordered a new TV show with the Sherlock star called Breeders.

The comedy "exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there." Daisy Haggard also stars.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65
Paul Allen, who launched Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 and went on to produce documentaries, own professional sports teams and dedicate time to philanthropy, died today at age 65.

Allen died this afternoon of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern,” Allen’s sister said in a statement to CNBC. “For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

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John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)

John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)
John Cena is in final negotiations to star in the Paramount Players movie “Playing With Fire,” sources tell Variety.

The family comedy revolves around a group of rugged wildfire fighters who meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children.

Todd Garner and Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions are on board to produce “Playing With Fire.” Paramount Players bought the spec script from Dan Ewen this past February and hired Matt Lieberman to pen a rewrite. Paramount executive VP Matt Dines is overseeing for the studio.

Paramount Pictures launched Paramount Players in June, with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins at the helm. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Bet to generate projects, while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.

Cena’s latest big-screen role was alongside Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in the Universal comedy “Blockers,” which ended its theatrical run with $94 million worldwide.
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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series

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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series
Who watches the Watchmen, you ask? Apparently, it's a bunch of rabid fans who're foaming at the mouth for details, that's who. On Monday afternoon, the official Watchmen Instagram account shared a first look at the upcoming series from Lost and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof. The brief video footage, which depicts an officer of the law with their face…
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Flashback: Guns N’ Roses Play ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ in 1988

Flashback: Guns N’ Roses Play ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ in 1988
Early next month, Guns N’ Roses will kick off the 10th, and possibly final, leg of their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour. Many people thought that Slash and Axl Rose wouldn’t be able to share the stage for more than couple of weeks before the whole thing imploded, but amazingly enough it’s been well over two years and there hasn’t been even the tiniest sign of tension. They’ve also managed to be on time every night, which is somewhat of a miracle considering their history.
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All 11 ‘Halloween’ Movies in the Franchise, Ranked

Proving that you can’t kill pure evil, Michael Myers returns once again to pierce fresh victims with an assortment of cutlery in Universal’s “Halloween” reboot. Though this latest entry in the franchise ignores the events of the last nine films, enough references are included throughout it to make several of the sequels well worth revisiting. To help you plan a Myers movie marathon, here’s our ultimate Halloween ranking, from tedious trick to terrifying treat.

11) Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

At times resembling an amateur Halloween fan film that was accidentally released in theaters, the eighth entry in the slasher series finds a blasé Michael Myers stalking a group of fame-seeking college students who’ve agreed to spend a night in his childhood home as part of a ridiculous internet reality show. Clumsily interspersed with low-res video footage shot by the actors themselves, “Halloween: Resurrection” is a suspense-free disaster that wastes
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Will Trump Acknowledge Saudi Arabia’s Alleged Role in Jamal Khashoggi’s Death?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. On the table was the disappearance and death of Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, whom Turkish officials last week claimed was murdered and dismembered in Istanbul at the direction of the Saudi royal court. (Disclosure: Penske Media Corporation, which owns Rolling Stone and several other publications, reportedly received a financial investment from a Saudi Arabia investment fund earlier this year.)

Pompeo and the Saudi rulers
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The Steel Woods Announce New Album ‘Old News’

The Steel Woods Announce New Album ‘Old News’
Nashville Southern rockers the Steel Woods are gearing up to start 2019 with a bang — they’ll release their sophomore album Old News on January 18th.

Ahead of the release, the band shared the title track, a brooding ballad about the state of the nation. “Old News” finds singer Wes Bayliss contemplating a moral dilemma. “We could burn it all down on our grandpa’s TV, or quit pointing fingers and roll up our sleeves,” he sings, invoking the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell as he implores his fellow
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American Film Market Draws 70 New Buyers From 28 Countries

The American Film Market has announced that more than 70 companies from 28 countries will be attending Afm for the first time as buyers.

The new companies include nine from China; four from both Italy and South Korea; three from countries that include Canada, Germany, Spain, Taiwan, and Vietnam; and two apiece from Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

A sampling of the new buying companies for this year includes Blue Finch Film Releasing; Dreamax Media; Eagle Communication Co., Ltd.; Dynit; Elevation Pictures; High Octane Pictures; Indie Rights; Mango Films Vietnam; Sun Film Group; Tangren Cultural Film Group; Times Film Group, LLC; Vudu; Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH; and Youplanet Pictures.

Jonathan Wolf, Afm managing director, said, “Every year new distribution companies and platforms are launched, connecting independent films with audiences throughout the world. We look forward to welcoming all to their first Afm.”

Organizers of the American Film Market are limiting
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Viacom Sues Netflix for Poaching TV Production Exec

Viacom is joining the battle against Netflix’s hiring practices, filing a suit that accuses the streaming service of poaching a TV production executive.

Netflix announced last week that it had hired Momita SenGupta as vice president of physical production for its original series. SenGupta had worked for 10 years at Viacom, most recently overseeing physical production at Comedy Central, Spike, MTV, and VH1.

In the suit filed on Oct. 5 in L.A. Superior Court, Viacom alleges that Netflix induced SenGupta to breach her contract, which was not set to expire until April 21, 2020.

“Netflix has signaled that it has no intention of complying with the law,
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Pete Souza’s New Book Is a Painful Reminder of What We’ve Lost in the Trump Years

Amid the daily chaos of the Donald Trump presidency, it’s easy to forget the stability we gave up two years ago. Obama administration chief photographer Pete Souza’s new book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, serves as a brutal reminder. Souza juxtaposes his iconic portraits of the Obama presidency with some of Trump’s most insane tweets and comments to highlight the differences between the 44th and 45th presidents. It’s a striking, at times even hilarious book, but by the end it leaves the reader with a profound sense of loss.
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London Film Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’

London Film Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’
“Filmed on location on the Western Front, 1914 to 1918” claims the very final credit of “They Shall Not Grow Old,” buried in small print once a veritable army of magic-working technicians’ names has scrolled. It’s a cute throwaway detail that nonetheless defines what’s special about Peter Jackson’s path-breaking First World War documentary, composed as it is entirely from once-murky archive film and audio testimony: So dazzlingly transformative is the restoration of this footage that it may as well be the product of a movie shoot.

Plundering the vast collection of Britain’s Imperial War Museum, Jackson has applied the same digital wizardry that he used to make a reality of Tolkien’s Middle Earth to make a reality of, well, another reality, one on the verge of vanishing: the collective experience of British soldiers on the front, from the gung-ho spirit of enlistment through to the hollowing exhaustion of Ptsd.
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Michael Caine’s ‘King of Thieves’ Bought by Saban Films for U.S.

Saban Films has bought U.S. distribution rights to James Marsh’s crime drama “King of Thieves,” starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone, and Charlie Cox.

Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produced the pic alongside Michelle Wright and Ali Jafaar, with Studiocanal financing. “King of Thieves” will be released next year.

Joe Penhall wrote the script, based on source material from Vanity Fair’s Mark Seal and The Guardian’s veteran crime reporter Duncan Campbell about the 2015 Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company burglary, the biggest heist in U.K. history.

Caine portrays 76-year-old Brian Reader, who pulled together a band of misfit criminals who were mostly in their 60s and 70s. Posing as servicemen during the Easter bank holiday, they drilled a hole into the wall of the safe and escaped with allegedly over £200 million worth of stolen jewels and money. Reader
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Saban Films Acquires Us Rights to Michael Caine’s ‘King of Thieves’

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Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to James Marsh’s “King of Thieves,” starring Sir Michael Caine, Sir Tom Courtenay, Jim Broadbent and Sir Michael Gambon.

Charlie Cox and Ray Winstone also star in the film produced by Working Title FilmsTim Bevan and Eric Fellner alongside Michelle Wright and Ali Jafaar. Studiocanal financed the film.

Joe Penhall wrote the script based on source material from Mark Seal’s Vanity Fair article and The Guardian’s veteran crime reporter Duncan Campbell. The drama is about the April 2015 Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company burglary in which robbers reportedly stole over £14 million in loot, culminating in being the biggest heist in U.K. history.

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“‘King of Thieves’ is led by a stellar British ensemble cast,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley in a statement. “The pedigree of Michael,
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Mipcom: HBO Europe Takes ‘ZeroZeroZero’; All3Media Announces Deals

HBO has acquired rights Studiocanal’s high-end drama “ZeroZeroZero” for Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic markets, Studiocanal announced Tuesday in Cannes. The eight-part, English-language drama about the international cocaine trade from the team behind Italian crime series “Gomorrah” stars Gabriel Byrne, Andrea Riseborough and DaneDeHaan. Amazon has U.S. rights.

“ZeroZeroZero” was created by Stefano Sollima (pictured on set), who also directed two episodes, alongside Leonardo Fasoli and Mauricio Katz. The acquisition marks Studiocanal’s first pan-regional deal with HBO Europe.

“We are delighted to kick off our relationship with the pre-sale of such a highly-anticipated new title,
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Julián Castro Gives His Clearest Signal Yet He’s Running in 2020

Washington — Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development for President Obama whose 2012 Democratic National Convention speech transformed him into a national leader overnight, is a hard man to keep track of.

For months, the 44-year-old Castro has been hopscotching between Nevada, Florida, Arizona and other battleground states to campaign for Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterms. He dutifully trekked to the Iowa State Fair in August for a turn on the famous political soapbox. Last weekend, Castro was back in Iowa to stump for Democrat J.
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Watch T.I., Young Thug Foil Robbery in ‘The Weekend’ Video

Watch T.I., Young Thug Foil Robbery in ‘The Weekend’ Video
A crew of unassuming bandits attempt a daring heist in the new video for T.I.’s collaboration with Young Thug, “The Weekend.” The Kid Art-directed clip is staged like a quintessential party video, with T.I. and Young Thug playing host to a horde of revelers as they perform the Swizz Beatz-produced track. Amidst the festivities, however, a group of women slink around, swiping wallets, watches and jewelry from their unsuspecting victims.

The clip takes a jarring turn at the end when the ringleader pulls a gun on T.
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