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Sebastian Stan, Jamie Dornan to Romance Shailene Woodley in New Drake Doremus Film

Sebastian Stan, Jamie Dornan to Romance Shailene Woodley in New Drake Doremus Film
Sebastian Stan and Jamie Dornan are set to compete for the affections of Shailene Woodley in an untitled new indie film from director Drake Doremus, Collider has learned. Woodley will play an artist who dumps her longtime boyfriend, but her attempt to take a break from dating ends when she quickly finds herself in two passionate romances -- one with Dornan's artsy writer, the other with Stan's passionate bad boy. Matthew Gray Gubler will co-star in the LA-set film, which Doremus co-wrote with novelist Jardine Libaire. CJ Entertainment is developing, financing and producing the movie, which …
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‘Manifest’ Gets Order For Three Additional Episodes From NBC

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‘Manifest’ Gets Order For Three Additional Episodes From NBC
NBC has picked up three episodes of breakout new drama Manifest, bringing the total freshman episode count to 16.

The size of the order, which is below full-season 22 episodes, is not surprising. Shorter-run seasons — between 13 and 18 episodes — have become the norm for heavily serialized broadcast dramas, including NBC’s This Is Us, Fox’s Empire and ABC’s How To Get Away with Murder.

So far this fall “Manifest” has averaged a 3.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 17.2 million viewers in L+7, making it television’s #1 new series in both measures. Counting all entertainment programs on broadcast and cable, “Manifest” ranks #4 in L+7 adult 18-49 averages behind only “This Is Us,” “The Walking Dead” and “The Big Bang Theory” and #2 in total viewers behind only “Big Bang.” Adding in alternate platform viewing raises the “Manifest” L+7 18-49 rating to a 5.1.

“Manifest” stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise,
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Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaughn Join Clark Duke’s Directorial Debut ‘Arkansas’

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Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaughn Join Clark Duke’s Directorial Debut ‘Arkansas’
Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn have joined Clark Duke’s feature directorial debut “Arkansas,” which Duke wrote and will also star in, Vmi Worldwide President Andre Reis announced Thursday.

“Arkansas” follows a pair of drug runners in the Dixie Mafia, whose lives get turned upside down when a drug deal goes horribly wrong.

“Arkansas” is produced by Patrick Hibler, Jeff Rice, Martin Sprock and Storyboard Media. Media Finance Capital’s David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman funded the film and will also serve as executive producers alongside Hercules Film Fund. Rhea Films’ Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti, Don Kee ProductionsJason Allison, Michael S. Smith and Franchesca Lantz, Andre Relis, Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard and Phil Kim are also executive producing.

Hemsworth’s credits include “The Hunger Games” films as well as “The Expendables” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.
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Jason Blum Apologizes for ‘Dumb Comments’ About Lack of Female Directors

Jason Blum Apologizes for ‘Dumb Comments’ About Lack of Female Directors
Jason Blum is “sorry” for his “dumb comments” about a lack of female directors available to make movies under his Blumhouse banner.

“Thank you everyone for calling me out on my dumb comments in that interview,” he said early Thursday morning on Twitter, referencing a Polygon piece that was published not 20 hours prior. “I made a stupid mistake.”

Blum then went on to point out the female-skewing demographics of both his audience and executive team. He also referenced actress Jamie Lee Curtis as the anchor of his new movie “Halloween,” which hits theaters tomorrow. In addition to starring in the film, Curtis is also an executive producer on it.

Citing his “passion” for gender parity several times, Blum said this morning that his company has “not done a good
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'Eighth Grade' Break-Out Elsie Fisher to Star in Musical 'The Shaggs' (Exclusive)

'Eighth Grade' Break-Out Elsie Fisher to Star in Musical 'The Shaggs' (Exclusive)
Elsie Fisher has booked her first starring role since breaking out in Bo Burnham's indie Eighth Grade.

Fisher will star in The Shaggs, a musical feature that is based on the real-life story of the Wiggin sisters, three musically inept teenagers from New Hampshire who, in 1968, recorded one of the most infamous rock-and-roll albums of all time, Philosophy of the World.

Ken Kwapis, whose feature credits include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and A Walk in the Woods, will direct from a screenplay by Joy Gregory. Inspired by a 1999 New Yorker article by Susan Orlean, Gregory had previously ...
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Luca Guadagnino to Direct Film Inspired by Classic Bob Dylan Album

Luca Guadagnino to Direct Film Inspired by Classic Bob Dylan Album
Luca Guadagnino’s next project is inspired by one of Bob Dylan’s most iconic albums.

The “Suspiria” director is attached to direct a film based on Dylan’s 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.” “The Fisher King” scribe Richard Lagravenese will write the screenplay, individuals with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap.

The film is based on an idea by Rt Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, who is producing with Guadagnino, reteaming with him after previously producing “Call Me By Your Name.” Rt’s Sophie Mas and Lourenço Sant’ Anna are executive producing alongside Marco Morabito.

Also Read: Tilda Swinton Says She Is That Old Man in 'Suspiria,' After All

The film will revolve around some of the central themes of Dylan’s album, which included “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Shelter from the Storm.”

“Bringing this project to life is a dream to me,
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‘NYPD Blue’ Follow-Up Series Lands Pilot Production Commitment at ABC

‘NYPD Blue’ Follow-Up Series Lands Pilot Production Commitment at ABC
A new installment of “NYPD Blue” has scored a pilot production commitment at ABC, Variety has learned.

The new series follows Andy Sipowicz’s son, Theo, as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder. Original series writers and executive producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton will write and executive produce the new show, with Jesse Bochco–son of “NYPD Blue” co-creator Steven Bocho–executive producing and directing. Dayna Bochco, Steven’s wife, will produce. ABC Studios will produce in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

Olmstead is repped by Wme and Bloom Hergott.
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Joshua Bassett to Lead High School Musical Series

Joshua Bassett to Lead High School Musical Series
Joshua Bassett has been cast in the lead role of the highly anticipated 'High School Musical The Musical,' a series for Disney's upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is set to launch in late 2019. It is based on the iconic Emmy Award-winning 'High School Musical' franchise. The series will be filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a single camera documentary style.
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‘Orange Is the New Black’ to End With Season 7

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ to End With Season 7
Orange Is the New Black” is set to end after its upcoming seventh season on Netflix. The cast of the series broke the news in a video post on Wednesday, which can be viewed below.

Netflix had renewed the Lionsgate-produced series for three seasons ahead of the Season 4 premiere in 2016. As part of the deal, series showrunner Jenji Kohan will remain in that role through Season 7. The critically-acclaimed dramedy initially followed the inmates of Litchfield Minimum Security Prison, with Season 6 seeing many of the main cast move to the Maximum Security Prison often mentioned in the series.

The series stars Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore, Elizabeth Rodriguez Michael Harney and Nick Sandow. Lionsgate produces the series for Netflix.

More to come…

Warning: This may make you cry.
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Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations

Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations
First Reformed,” a drama about a priest who questions his faith played by Ethan Hawke, scored the most nominations for the 2018 Gotham Awards, the annual ceremony in New York honoring independent film.

The movie, written and directed by Paul Schrader, landed in three categories: best feature, best actor (for Hawke) and best screenplay.

The Favourite,” Fox Searchlight’s comedy set in the 18th century court of Queen Anne, picked up two nominations for best feature and best screenplay. It will also be awarded a special jury prize for its cast of Olivia Colman (considered an Oscars favorite for playing the monarch), Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.

The Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Film Project, are decided by small committees of journalists and film critics. Nevertheless, on the mad dash to the Oscars, the ceremony has become the Iowa caucus of awards season because of its early date. Last year,
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Maisie Williams Filmed Her Final ‘Game of Thrones’ Scene Solo: ‘Arya’s Always Bloody Alone’

Maisie Williams Filmed Her Final ‘Game of Thrones’ Scene Solo: ‘Arya’s Always Bloody Alone’
Maisie Williams is done playing the girl with no name, having wrapped her role as the “Game of Thrones” vicious teen assassin, Arya Stark, back in July. Though she teased her final bow with a picture when she was done, Williams has now given some solid hints about how her face-shifting character might go out when the show’s eighth and final season airs next year — and it’s pretty sweet, if not lonely.

Williams told The Guardian in an interview published Wednesday that her last “Game of Thrones” shoot was “beautiful,” and she “ended on the perfect scene.” However, spoiler alert, the actress said it was nothing out of the ordinary in terms of who she was acting with — which was nobody.

“I was alone – shocker!” Williams said. “Arya’s always bloody alone. But I was alone and I had watched a lot of other people wrap. I knew the drill,
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Steve Earle Taps Warren Haynes, Tedeschi Trucks for John Henry’s Friends Benefit

Steve Earle Taps Warren Haynes, Tedeschi Trucks for John Henry’s Friends Benefit
Steve Earle has announced the lineup for his annual John Henry’s Friends benefit show, taking place December 3rd at Town Hall in New York City. The concert, which raises funds for children with autism, will feature Earle and his long-running band the Dukes, as well as sets by Warren Haynes, the Mastersons, and Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, offering a rare intimate duo performance. Earle just opened for the latter during the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s annual Beacon Theatre run in New York on October 9th.

Approaching its fourth straight year,
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Usher Does Not Have a Burner Account on Twitter Dedicated Entirely to Defending His New Album

Usher is not, contrary to rumors emerging on social media, operating a secret Twitter account for the purpose of defending his latest album. “Just to be clear…Usher is definitely Not behind this account and Usher does Not have a burner account @lala20548756,” a representative for the R&B star tells Rolling Stone — categorically denying one of the year’s most entertaining unfounded rumors.

Let’s back up a moment. This week, a few users on Twitter noticed an account that looked…suspicious. @Lala20548756 was created in August 2016 and, since early October,
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FiGa Films Nets ‘Fireflies’ (Exclusive)

Miami-based FiGa Films has snared all rights to “Fireflies” (“Luciernagas”), its first acquisition on the eve of the 16thMorelia Int’l Film Festival. Drama world premieres on Sunday, Oct. 21 and competes with nine others in Morelia’s official Mexican feature film category.

Written and helmed by Iranian-born Mexico City resident Bani Khoshnoudi, “Fireflies” turns on a young gay Iranian who finds himself stranded in Vera Cruz, Mexico after boarding the wrong cargo ship in Turkey. After escaping persecution in Iran, he now faces a different set of challenges, including a new language, customs and relationships. Variety has had exclusive access to the trailer and film poster.

“We are fortunate to be working with Bani; she’s a rising star,” said FiGa Films’ Sandro Fiorin, adding: “ ‘Fireflies’ is such a unique Mexican film; it’s a reflection of her background and multiple talents.”

“The particular story of Ramin was something I
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Disney and Fox Film Merger Could Be Heavy on Drama (Analysis)

Now comes the hard part.

On Thursday, the Walt Disney Company unveiled the list of 20th Century Fox film executives who scored a visa to the Magic Kingdom. Once Disney wraps up its $71.3 billion acquisition of much of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, Fox film vice-chairman Emma Watts, Fox 2000 head Elizabeth Gabler, Fox Searchlight co-heads Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley, Fox animation co-heads Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird, and Fox Family president Vanessa Morrison will all be making the move. Their new gigs have been among the worst kept secrets in Hollywood (though woe to the entertainment journalist who wrote they had deals in place!), making the news something of a meh moment.

What was interesting was how little information there was in the Disney release about what Watts, Gabler, and the rest of the Fox team would be doing under their new leaders. There were a few hints
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Fda Could Approve Opioid 10 Times Stronger Than Fentanyl

This week, an Fda panel voted 10-3 to recommend approval for a new fast-acting form of an opioid drug that’s 10 times more potent than fentanyl.

Opioid overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, with the sharpest increase in overdose deaths in 2017 connected to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Fentanyl — a highly regulated prescription drug that has been extensively counterfeited in recent years — is extremely dangerous because it’s much stronger than heroin, so drug users who either don’t realize the substance they
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Box Office: ‘Grinch’ Targets $50 Million-Plus Debut, ‘Girl in the Spider’s Web’ Aims for Mid-Teens

Box Office: ‘Grinch’ Targets $50 Million-Plus Debut, ‘Girl in the Spider’s Web’ Aims for Mid-Teens
October has proven to be a surprisingly solid month at the box office, and November releases “The Grinch” and “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” hope to keep the end of the year going strong.

Universal and Illumination are getting in on the holiday spirit early when “The Grinch” opens on Nov. 9. Early tracking shows the animated family film, based on Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas tale, is heading for a start between $50 million and $60 million.

This is the third Grinch adaptation following the 1966 TV special and the 2000 feature with Jim Carrey. Carrey’s take on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” bowed with $55 million and is still the second-highest grossing holiday movie of all time with $345 million worldwide.

Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier directed the newest version, which has Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the green grouch who threatens to destroy Christmas. The voice cast also includes Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson and Angela Lansbury.
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CBS Names Christina Spade Chief Financial Officer

CBS Corp. named Christina Spade its new executive vice president and chief financial officer, the latest move in shuffle among its executive ranks that has taken place since the company named Joseph Ianniello its acting chief executive officer.

Spade has served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and strategy, for Showtime Networks since February 2013. She has been responsible for all financial matters relating to Showtime Networks’ businesses and was instrumental in the successful scaling of Showtime’s broadband streaming platform, which launched in July 2015. CBS said she has been the key financial architect of numerous real estate deals and transactions at Showtime.
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Joe Ely on Lost ‘Lubbock Tapes’ Album, Meeting the Clash

Joe Ely on Lost ‘Lubbock Tapes’ Album, Meeting the Clash
Joe Ely and his wife, Sharon, have lived on the same ranch outside Austin, Texas, for 38 years, and in that time they’ve accumulated enough memorabilia to fill an entire building on the property. So it’s ironic that Ely’s latest “lost album,” Full Circle: The Lubbock Tapes, came not from his own personal effects but from those of his longtime pedal steel player, Lloyd Maines.

“He found this record just about a year and a half ago in a cardboard box,” says Ely, sipping a cup of coffee
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CBS Names Showtime’s David Nevins as Chief Creative Officer

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Showtime CEO David Nevins is taking on a larger role within parent company CBS Corp, as the company has named him chief creative officer.

As part of the new role, Nevins will oversee programming on CBS All Access, the company’s subscription streaming service that was launched 2014. He also adds oversight of CBS Entertainment, CBS TV Studios and the company’s stake in The CW, which is a joint venture with Warner Bros.

Additionally, Nevins will add chairman of Showtime to his existing CEO duties. He’ll also bring along a familiar face with him: In a separate announcement, CBS named Showtime’s CFO Christina Spade to the same role with CBS Corp.

Also Read: Ousted CBS Hr Head Gets $6.1 Million Golden Parachute

“We have great strength in the creative leadership across the company’s content divisions, and I am excited to get to work with the talented teams that run CBS’ programming services,
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