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'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon

'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon
Amazon Studios is taking advantage of the buzz around A Quiet Place star John Krasinski.

Months ahead of its series debut, the streamer and retail giant has handed out an early second season renewal for Krasinski-fronted series Jack Ryan.

Not set to premiere until Aug. 31, the eight-episode drama is based on Tom Clancy's popular CIA books. Krasinski stars as the titular character in the drama that follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

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Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red

Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red
According to a new rumor, Disney is developing a new live-action Snow White spinoff film called Rose Red and they are looking to cast Captain Marvel star Brie Larson in the lead role. It seems like another role that she would be perfect for.

The story is a revisionist take that transposes Rose Red into the Snow White tale, making her a key player in the later moments of the classic story. When Snow White takes a bite from the iconic poison apple and falls into her Sleeping Death, her estranged sister, Rose Red, must undertake a dangerous quest with Grumpy and the other dwarfs to find a way to break the curse and bring Snow White back to life.

This is definitely an interesting and fresh cinematic approach to taking on the classic fairytale. There's no director attached to the project yet, but apparently, the studio is currently on the hunt for one.
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return
Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman confirmed at CinemaCon that the upcoming sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be released in theaters on Christmas 2019. He also confirmed that Dwayne Johnson will return to reprise his role and Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan are also expected to return but that hasn't been confirmed.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was a huge success for Sony Pictures. It's made over $956 million dollars, and it recently became Sony's highest grossing domestic release of all time beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Audiences loved this movie and the studio betting that they will all return for a sequel. The upcoming film is already in development and is being written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. There's no director attached to the film yet, but Jake Kasdan directed the Welcome To The Jungle film. I imagine the studio will try to bring the director back on board if they can.
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50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony’s Crackle

50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony’s Crackle
Updated: “The Oath,” the L.A.-set crime drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, is returning for a second season on Sony’s Crackle streaming network.

According to Sony, “The Oath” season 1 — which premiered March 8 with the bingeable release of all 10 episodes — has been Crackle’s most-watched original series ever and currently has the highest viewer-retention rate. Sony didn’t release specific metrics, however.

The Oath” explores the secret underworld of gang crime rings — in which the members who make the cut take a pledge to do whatever it takes to protect each other from their enemies. Season 1 of
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‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks

‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks
Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks and Aidy Bryant are teaming up with Hulu to adapt Lindy West’s memoir “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman” as a comedy series, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

The “SNL” star is set to lead the single-camera comedy, which is currently in development.

West’s — a comedian and blogger — book is about of a fat young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.

Also Read: Tina Fey to Host 'SNL' Season Finale

Creators West, Bryant and Ali Rushfield penned the script for the comedy, which will be produced by Andrew Singer for Michaels’ Broadway Video banner (but will be produced outside of the “SNL” boss’ home at Universal Television). Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will also executive produce via Brownstone Productions under their deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Banks first optioned the TV rights for “Shrill” back in December 2016.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

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Quentin Tarantino Teases New Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Will Be Another 'Pulp Fiction'

Quentin Tarantino Teases New Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Will Be Another 'Pulp Fiction'
Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio, taking the stage together tonight at Caesars Palace's Colosseum in Las Vegas, teased exhibitors about their controversial new movie set in the 1960s when the Manson murders rocked Hollywood.

Tatarantino promised that the film is "probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done," referring to his breakthrough 1994 film.

"Sony and myself will be coming to the theaters with the most exciting stars dynamic since Paul Newman and Robert Redford," he said of DiCaprio and co-star Brad Pitt," said Tarantino. "It's very hush hush and top secreat. But I can tell you that Once Upon a...
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Bruce Campbell Says He’s Retired as Ash, And Now We’re Sad

Bruce Campbell Says He’s Retired as Ash, And Now We’re Sad
Bruce Campbell is hanging up his chainsaw for good. According to the actor, he’s retiring from playing Ash vs Evil Dead‘s Ash Williams – a character he’s played on and off again for almost 40 years. When word broke recently that Starz was cancelling Ash vs Evil Dead, fans were understandably crestfallen, but still somewhat hopeful. In the past, […]

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Sam Rockwell Eyes Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ With Scarlett Johansson

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Sam Rockwell Eyes Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ With Scarlett Johansson
Following his Oscar-winning performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Sam Rockwell is in negotiations to reteam with Fox Searchlight and co-star with Scarlett Johansson in the World War II film “Jojo Rabbit,” sources confirm to Variety.

The project is Taika Waititi’s follow-up to “Thor: Ragnarok.” The story centers on Jojo, a young boy who longs to be part of the Hitler Youth and whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. He discovers a Jewish girl living in his attic and, after initially trying to find ways to get rid of her, begins to see her as human.

Johansson is playing Jojo’s mother, a woman who is secretly working for the resistance. Waititi is playing the imaginary Hitler.

Rockwell will play a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp.

Waititi penned the script and will produce alongside Carthew Neal and Chelsea Winstanley. Production is expected to start this spring.
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Academy Sets Key Dates for 91st Oscars

Academy Sets Key Dates for 91st Oscars
The Academy on Monday announced the key dates for the 91st Oscars, which will be broadcast by ABC on Feb. 24, 2019.

The Academy Awards, which were held on the first Sunday of March this year so as not to conflict with the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in February, will move back to the traditional late February spot on the calendar next year.

The Academy's awards season will officially kick off Nov. 18, when it holds its annual Governors Awards.

Nominations voting will begin Monday, Jan. 7, and close a week later on Monday, Jan. 14.

Nominations will be...
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Philip D’Antoni, ‘The French Connection’ Producer, Dies at 89

Philip D’Antoni, ‘The French Connection’ Producer, Dies at 89
Philip D’Antoni, who produced Oscar-winning films like “The French Connection” and “Bullitt,” died at age 89 on April 15. The producer died at his home in New York.

D’Antoni was best known for the 1971 crime drama “The French Connection,” which won three Golden Globes and five Oscars, including best picture. Gene Hackman won for best actor and William Friedkin for best director and the film also won best adapted screenplay and best film editing. Also on the late producer’s resume is the Steve McQueen action flick “Bullitt,” which won an Oscar for film editing.

TV documentaries like “Elizabeth Taylor in London,” “Sophia Loren in Rome,” and the “Proud Land” miniseries made up much of D’Antoni’s early work in Hollywood in the early 1960s. “Bullitt” marked his first feature film producing credit in 1968, and from there he went on to produce “The French Connection” before returning to TV later in life.
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Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian Welcome Baby Girl Tiana

Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian Welcome Baby Girl Tiana
Dwayne Johnson is a dad again—and even more outnumbered by girls! The 45-year-old star shared on social media Monday that his longtime partner, Lauren Hashian, recently gave birth to a baby girl named Tiana. E! News has learned Tiana was born on Tuesday, April 17. This is the couple's second daughter together and his third overall. "Skin to skin. Our mana. Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world," the actor captioned the sweet post with his baby girl. "Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar." "I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my...
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Lethal Weapon on Verge of Cancellation Due to Clayne Crawford's Behavior

Lethal Weapon on Verge of Cancellation Due to Clayne Crawford's Behavior
My recent Blind Item is a blind no more. As confirmed by our sister site Deadline, a big question mark is now hanging over Lethal Weapon‘s seemingly slam-dunk Season 3 renewal due to the behavior of co-lead Clayne Crawford.

Per Deadline, Crawford has “been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment.” The issue reportedly intensified in recent months to the point where several actors and crew members on on the Fox drama do not want to be on set with Crawford. A source tells TVLine that studio Warner Bros. is considering recasting Clayne’s
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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Premiere Ropes 2.1 Million Viewers

‘Westworld’ Season 2 Premiere Ropes 2.1 Million Viewers
Not a ton of regular “Westworld” viewers unfroze their motor functions in time to catch the Season 2 premiere “live.”

Westworld” Season 2 premiered Sunday to 2.1 million linear viewers, which is actually 100,000 audience members slimmer than the show’s Season 1 finale. Counting an encore as well as HBO Go and Now streams, last night’s sum grows to 3 million overall viewers.

That’s a bit better, but not mind-blowing.
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‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ pro Alan Bersten underwent surgery to remove neck tumor weeks before cast reveal

‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ pro Alan Bersten underwent surgery to remove neck tumor weeks before cast reveal
Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” pro Alan Bersten is one of the favorites to win, with his partner Mirai Nagasu, but the dancer almost didn’t make this season. Just weeks before the cast announcement, Bersten underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his neck.

After experiencing stomach pains while on the “Dancing with the Stars: Live” tour last month, the 23-year-old was diagnosed with a rare and potentially fatal condition called hyperparathyroidism. He had a tumor on one of this parathyroid glands that disrupted the amount of calcium in his blood.

“Just the word tumor is so frightening,” he told “People.” “I didn’t know what malignant or benign meant until I looked it up and I was like, ‘Well hopefully it’s benign — God forbid I have cancer.’ That is more stress than I could ever imagine. I think the scariest part was not knowing.”

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Chris Evans Talks ‘Infinity War,’ Broadway and His Future With Captain America

Chris Evans Talks ‘Infinity War,’ Broadway and His Future With Captain America
Is Captain America ready to hang up his shield? Chris Evans has said so in the past, and his contract with Marvel is up after “Avengers 4,” the 2019 follow-up to the imminent “Avengers: Infinity War.”

But in a recent interview with Variety, the actor hinted that he might be open to sticking with the Avengers for a bit longer.

Asked if “Avengers 4” will mark his last outing in uniform, he answered, “Tough to say.” Addressing the subject on Stagecraft, Variety‘s theater podcast, Evans discussed his current Broadway run in “Lobby Hero,” his theater-kid roots and, of course, whether there’s a future for him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Part of you almost kind of thinks: Well, if we end on the right note… and I think it really kind of does. The scripts they have are really beautiful and really well written.”

“They do such a good job,” he
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ABC Orders Reality Series ‘The Proposal’ From ‘The Bachelor’ Creator

ABC has ordered a new reality dating show from Mike Fleiss, creator of “The Bachelor.”

Titled “The Proposal,” the 10-episode series will be hosted by former NFL quarterback and Season 5 Bachelor Jesse Palmer. Each one-hour episode of the 10-episode series will follow the male or female daters as they attempt to woo the mystery suitor with their words in a first impressions round; bare their souls in a beachwear round; answer the mystery suitor’s most pressing romantic questions; and strive to receive a seal of approval from the mystery suitor’s most trusted family member in the final round.
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New 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Trailer Debuts at CinemaCon

New 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Trailer Debuts at CinemaCon
A new trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp premiered during Disney's CinemaCon presentation, focusing on the titular partnership.

"Maybe you just need a partner?" says Ant-Man's daughter daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) The trailer then launches into fight scenes between Paul Rudd's pint-sized hero and Evangeline Lily's winged newcomer.

"You go low and I go high," instructs Ant-Man. The Wasp retorts: "I have wings. Why would I go low?"

Also mentioned during the presentation was Brie Larson's Captain Marvel, but no footage was shown. The trailer has not yet popped up online, but a previous first-look was released in January. The...
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Bill Cosby Retrial: Comedian’s Attorney Shreds ‘Pathological Liar’ Andrea Constand During Closing Arguments

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Bill Cosby Retrial: Comedian’s Attorney Shreds ‘Pathological Liar’ Andrea Constand During Closing Arguments
Bill Cosby’s defense attorney tore into his client’s accuser, Andrea Constand, on Tuesday during closing arguments at the comedian’s retrial, calling her a “pathological liar.”

Speaking to the jury, Tom Mesereau said that the case has no forensic evidence, likening it to a he-said, she-said situation. Mesereau then went on to detail multiple lies that he accused Constand of telling about her relationship with Cosby, including, Mesereau said, that she was dishonest about how much she contacted Cosby after the alleged 2004 assault.

Mesereau also discussed the $3.38 million settlement Cosby paid to Constand stemming from her civil case against him, saying the comedian “thought he was paying for peace.” Adding that Constand’s parents received money as part of the settlement agreement, Mesereau characterized it as highway robbery.

Also Read: Cosby Retrial Moves Toward Closing Arguments as Defense Rests

During Tuesday’s closing arguments, Kathleen Bliss, another of Cosby’s defense attorneys, dug into multiple Cosby accusers who took the stand during the retrial, including Janice Dickinson, who Bliss painted as a “failed starlet” and “aged-out model.” When she testified, Dickinson said that she wanted to include her story of Cosby allegedly raping her in her memoir “No Lifeguard on Duty,” which ultimately did not include the accusation. During closing arguments, Bliss opined of Dickinson, “It sounds as though she slept with every single man on the planet.”

Bliss also discussed defense witness Marguerite Jackson, who worked with Constand at Temple University, who testified that Constand told her that she could get money from falsely accusing a high-profile person of assault. Bliss told the jury that, with Jackson’s testimony, the case was “over.”

During Tuesday’s arguments, Camille Cosby, the comedian’s wife of more than five decades, was in attendance.

Also Read: Bill Cosby Retrial: Comedian's Legal Team Struggles to Produce Key Witness

Cosby is being re-tried on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from former Temple University employee Constand’s accusation that the comedian molested her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia.

Cosby’s initial trial in the matter ended in a mistrial in July 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a verdict following five days of deliberations.

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Tribeca: How 'Doctor Who' Helped Matt Smith Become Robert Mapplethorpe

Tribeca: How 'Doctor Who' Helped Matt Smith Become Robert Mapplethorpe
Although he most recently played Prince Philip on The Crown, Matt Smith previously amassed a TV following when he played the Doctor on Doctor Who. And one of his young fans helped him parlay his role as the time traveler into starring as controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in a biopic of the same name that premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

Writer-director-producer Ondi Timoner, who spent 12 years working on Mapplethorpe, after optioning the rights to the artist's life story, explained that she cast Smith on the advice of her Doctor Who-loving son.

Timoner recalled, "He said,...
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