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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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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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Blumhouse Television Adds Lisa Niedenthal as Evp of Production, Four More Execs

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Blumhouse Television has added five new positions to its production, development and business affairs teams, including bringing on Entertainment One vet Lisa Niedenthal as executive vice president.

Niedenthal will lead the company’s physical production team, which has also added Tevin Adelman as vice president and Alexandra Reed as manager. She will oversee productions across all scripted and non-scripted programming, including “The Purge” series at USA and the Hulu anthology “Into the Dark.”

The company has also added Anne Pedersen as senior vice president of business affairs, Kyle Chalmers as vice president of development and original programming, and promoted Sahar Vahedi to director of development.

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“2018 has been an incredible year for us, with series launches on HBO, Facebook Watch, USA Network, Hulu and Netflix and award-winning documentaries at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, plus docuseries in production at FX,
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Rupert Friend to Star in William Brent Bell’s Supernatural Divorce Thriller ‘Separation’

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Rupert Friend to Star in William Brent Bell’s Supernatural Divorce Thriller ‘Separation’
Homeland” actor Rupert Friend will star in director William Brent Bell’s supernatural thriller “Separation,” which is inspired by “Kramer vs Kramer” and “The Sixth Sense.”

The film, being produced by Yale Productions and RainMaker Films, was written by Nick Amadeus and Joshua Braun and explores the horrifying consequences of divorce.

The production companies said additional casting will be announced at a later date, along with more details about the story.

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“As soon as I read Nick and Josh’s script I knew I found my next project,” Bell said in a statement. “It blends emotional, relatable family drama with edge-of-your-seat scares and Rupert is the ideal actor to bring both aspects to life.”

Bell is most known for his hit horror films “The Boy,” which grossed $65 million at the box office for Stx and just received a sequel with Katie Holmes,
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‘Walking Dead’ Ratings Hold Mostly Steady, Still Slips to Another Low

‘Walking Dead’ Ratings Hold Mostly Steady, Still Slips to Another Low
The third episode of Season 9 of “The Walking Dead” held about even in the Nielsen ratings with last week’s numbers.

The episode that aired this Sunday averaged a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers. That is another new low in the key demo for the AMC series, though it is down just a few percentage points from the 2.0 rating the show drew last week when it officially hit its new low. This week’s episode was also up a few percent in total viewers compared to last week, which drew 4.9 million. The series low for “The Walking Dead” in total viewers is 4.7 million.
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The Big Three Fall Film Festivals Dominate Awards Season

The Big Three Fall Film Festivals Dominate Awards Season
Once again, the Oscar race is being dominated by the Big Three fall film festivals: Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Should we congratulate this as a successful partnership between these three and Oscar? Or do we lament the fact that the fest circuit has turned into the schoolyard bully, knocking down quality movies that opened between January and August, and trying to block the path of November-December openers?

In nine of the past 10 years, the best picture winner debuted at one of the Big Three. The lone exception: “The Artist,” which had premiered at Cannes in May. In other words, by mid-September, the best picture winner has been seen, handicapped and virtually sealed.

That’s one reason why the end-of-February Oscar ceremony seems so late: It arrives more than five months after pundits have declared the winner. Fifteen of the 19 feature winners this year had also debuted at one of the Big Three fests.
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CNN Anchor Tells Audience ‘The President Thinks You’re Stupid’ (Video)

CNN anchor John King said on air Tuesday that President Trump thought his viewers were dumb.

“The president thinks you’re stupid,” King declared while wagging his finger. “The president thinks people are stupid.”

King’s mini-outburst came when his show, “Inside Politics,” played footage of former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci telling “Morning Joe” that calling out Trump’s lies may feel good, but it’s not the way to defeat him in 2020.

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“When you guys are upset about it and listing all the lies and trying to explain that you can’t get a tax cut done in 10 days, people are happy about the fact that he is a wrecking ball inside of Washington and smashing into this,” Scaramucci told Joe and Mika. “If you want to beat the president, exposing his lies or
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Oscar Games Begin: ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Green Book,’ ‘The Wife,’ and ‘The Favourite’ Place Supporting Bets

Oscar Games Begin: ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Green Book,’ ‘The Wife,’ and ‘The Favourite’ Place Supporting Bets
Hollywood Oscar campaigners earn their big bucks for figuring out the best possible way to not only gain an Oscar nomination, but actually take home a gold statue. Squadrons of reps all over town are huddled in anxious groups trying not to make any mistakes for their clients. That’s how Viola Davis ended up in supporting for Denzel Washington’s two-hander “Fences,” for which she previously earned the Best Actress Tony on Broadway, and on her third go-round at the Academy Awards, won her first Oscar.

And that’s why Fox Searchlight took so long this year to decide, finally, to campaign for British actress Olivia Colman for Best Actress for three-hander “The Favourite,” pushing her Oscar-winning costars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz into supporting.

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Studios Step Back Into the Best Picture Spotlight

After a summer during which a controversy swelled over the possibility of a “popular film” honor being included in the Academy Awards mix, a funny thing happened on Hollywood’s annual trek to the Dolby Theater: the traditional studios are making something of a best picture comeback. Acclaim for Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born,” Universal Pictures’ “First Man” and “Green Book”; Walt Disney Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Mary Poppins Returns”; 20th Century Fox’s “Widows” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as well as Sony Pictures’ “The Front Runner” have given the old guard new life in a category the studios have won only four times this century (the last being “Argo” in 2013).

Yet, Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures, preaches caution to anyone suggesting that this is somehow “their year.”

“If you look over the last few years, you’ve had movies like ‘Gravity,’ which is a big studio movie. You had ‘Lincoln,
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Netflix’s ‘Elite’ Subverts Teen Drama Tropes With Style

Spoiler alert: This review includes some (but not all!) spoilers for the first season of Netflix’s “Élite.”

The first time I heard about Netflix’s new teen drama “Élite” was from a friend was gushing about how it felt like several great shows in one. If it were a mathematical equation, he said, “Elite” would look something like, “The O.C.” multiplied by “Gossip Girl,” divided by “Veronica Mars,” to the power of “Big Little Lies” — which, to be frank, sounded overwhelming. How could it take on so many tropes at once without becoming an overstuffed Frankenstein of a show?
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Bradley Whitford to Produce Church Choir Comedy in the Works at NBC

NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a comedy series with Bradley Whitford attached as an executive producer, Variety has learned.

The project, in which Whitford may also potentially star, follows a rural church choir that gets the gift it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy league professor becomes its director. It is currently titled “All Together Now.”

The series hails from Lesley Wake Webster, who will serve as writer and executive producer. Jason Winer will also executive produce alongside Whitford. 20th Century Fox Television, where Wake Webster is under an overall deal, will produce.

This marks
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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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Keira Knightley Embraces Her Inner Tomboy, from ‘Colette’ to ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ — Career Watch

Keira Knightley Embraces Her Inner Tomboy, from ‘Colette’ to ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Keira Knightley, who plays with gender identity in the title role of fall hit “Colette,” which is focused on the early career of the flamboyant French literary star.

Bottom Line: Ever since 2002, when Keira Knightley popped at age 17 in TV’s “Dr. Zhivago” and on-screen in Gurinder Chadha’s girl-power soccer movie “Bend it Like Beckham,” the actress has picked her projects well. Still only 33, the screen beauty has earned an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and is equally capable of carrying bodice-ripping dramas and athletic action roles. Perhaps her most charming performance was in Richard Curtis’ holiday comedy “Love Actually,” juggling expressions of affection from swains Chiwetel Ejiofor and Andrew Lincoln.

Although she grew up in London as the child of two actors,
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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

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.”

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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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