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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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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020
Warner Bros. has moved Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 back seven months from Nov. 1, 2019, to June 5, 2020.

The sequel, which is set in 1984, replaces Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man, which has been taken off the schedule.

Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, said, "We had tremendous success releasing the first 'Wonder Woman' film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs."
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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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Open Road Enters $87.5 Million Agreement With Stalking Horse Bidder

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Open Road Enters $87.5 Million Agreement With Stalking Horse Bidder
Open Road, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early September, has entered into an agreement to sell its assets to a stalking horse bidder for $87.5 million, the company said in court filings on Tuesday.

The company filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 6 after failing to raise $200 million in financing necessary to fuel the mini-major studio. Open road reported at the time it had somewhere between reported $100 million and $500 million in liabilities.

Former Chinese Bear Stearns executive, Donald Tang acquired the Oscar-winning “Spotlight” distributor Open Road in August 2017 for $29 million and combined it with Im Global, a sales and production company that his firm had bought in 2016.

More to come…

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report

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Tommy Mottola Signs First-Look Deal with eOne, With First Project at Freeform

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Tommy Mottola Signs First-Look Deal with eOne, With First Project at Freeform
Tommy Mottola has signed a multi-year, first-look deal with Entertainment One (eOne) for scripted and unscripted television programming, the studio announced Tuesday.

The first project under the deal is “Harlem High,” set at Freeform, which will follow diverse students involved in a Harlem high school’s show choir. Mottola created the series, and will produce with writer Sam Laybourne with Overbrook Entertainment.

As part of the deal, Mottola will serve as an executive producer on all television projects, and will develop and produce original programming with eOne, while eOne will serve as the studio and control worldwide rights for all projects. Mottola will also act as a consultant for eOne’s music and live entertainment business.

Also Read: Entertainment One Lands TV Rights to Book About Jews Who Fled, Then Fought Hitler

“Tommy is a zeitgeist force in the global music industry as well as latino and urban entertainment and far beyond.
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‘Roma’ and ‘A Star Is Born’: Opposites Attract Early Oscar Season Love

‘Roma’ and ‘A Star Is Born’: Opposites Attract Early Oscar Season Love
At the start of a new Oscar season, two films lead the pack that could not be more different in every way.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón’s Venice prizewinner “Roma” was ripped from the director’s childhood memories, shot in beautiful black-and-white with a cast of unknowns and will be presented by Netflix, the biggest streaming company in the world. Bradley Cooper’s rousing debut crossover success “A Star Is Born,” meanwhile, builds on an 80-year-old Hollywood classic, is led by a global recording superstar and is distributed by Warner Bros., the only major Hollywood studio to win a best-picture Oscar in the last 16 years.

It’s an apt note on which to begin this year’s 91st annual proceedings, a time when a diverse range of themes is particularly prized: the foreign-born art-house delicacy from a veteran, versus the hit-soundtrack-accompanied box office smash from a movie-star-turned-director. And sure
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Hulu Adds Starz as Add-On Option to Streaming Plans

Hulu is now seeing Starz: The streamer reached a deal with the Lionsgate-owned premium TV network to offer Starz as an option to customers on any of Hulu’s subscription plans.

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 23, Hulu subscribers can add Starz for $8.99 per month, the same price it’s available for directly and through Amazon, Sling TV and YouTube TV (while At&T’s DirecTV Now charges $8 monthly for Starz).

With the Starz add-on, Hulu customers will have access to the network’s live Starz and Starz Encore channels along with their full on-demand catalogs featuring current and past seasons of original series including “Outlander,
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Kate Bornstein on Why the Gender Bullies Can’t Win

Kate Bornstein is a world renowned performance artist, and the award-winning author of Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest Of Us. She recently co-starred in the Broadway production of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men.

I was born in 1948, just under a year after Donald Trump was born. We both grew up in the Fifties, back when it seemed we all knew that America was great. World War II was over, and we’d won. The boys came back and returned to work in the factories. The
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Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports Launches ‘Why Sports Matter’ Podcast

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Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports Launches ‘Why Sports Matter’ Podcast
Religion of Sports, the media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra, announced the launch of a new podcast series on Tuesday.

“Why Sports Matter” will be available on the Cadence13 podcast network from Oct. 30. The series will explore the larger themes of tribalism, authenticity, leadership and more through compelling stories that illustrate how sports provide meaning, purpose and significance in people’s lives.

“As long as I’ve been playing sports, I’ve had to fight to overcome obstacles and adversity,” NFL legend Brady said in a press release Tuesday. “Sports are more to me than wins and losses — its emotions encompass much of my life. Being able to share stories of others like me, with similar struggles and triumphs is compelling and authentic. I couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come for Religion of Sports.”

Also Read: Why Gotham Chopra, Tom Brady
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Brothers Osborne Join Foo Fighters to Cover Tom Petty’s ‘Breakdown’

Brothers Osborne Join Foo Fighters to Cover Tom Petty’s ‘Breakdown’
Brothers Osborne joined Foo Fighters onstage in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Monday night for a performance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s 1977 debut single “Breakdown.”

Performing the penultimate show of their 2018 Concrete and Gold Tour at the Rogers Place arena, Foo Fighters opted to pay tribute to Petty, who would have turned 68 on October 20th. With singer Tj Osborne and guitarist John Osborne of the Cma Award-winning duo in attendance — the band played their own concert nearby on Sunday night — Foo leader Dave Grohl introduced Brothers Osborne to their fans.
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CBS TV Distribution President Paul Franklin to Retire

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CBS Television Distribution president Paul Franklin will retire after a 30-plus year career in the TV business.

Franklin joined CBS in 2016, overseeing all operations for CBS TV Distribution, the company’s arm that handles syndication. Before that, he spent a 28-year tenure at 20th Television and MyNetwork TV.

“I tried to retire once before, but failed,” Franklin said. “I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work at CBS and lead the top syndicator in the business. For the last few years, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my colleagues at CBS, our talented hosts and producers, and our station partners. CBS has been a highlight of my career, and I am proud to have kept us on top. I’ve worked in this industry I love for more than three decades, but now it feels like the right time to retire and finally have time to spend with my family,
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George Soros Goes From Liberal Bogeyman to Target With Explosive Device

George Soros Goes From Liberal Bogeyman to Target With Explosive Device
George Soros is a former hedge fund investor who has spent billions of his fortune on philanthropic causes. But to many conservatives, the frequent Democratic donor is a sinister liberal puppet-master who has funded everything from the protests surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation to the migrant caravan currently making its way through Mexico to the southern border. Though there is no evidence Soros has any connection to the caravan, on Monday an explosive device was found in the mailbox of his home in Bedford, New York. “An employee
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Universal in Negotiations to Option John Lennon and Yoko Ono Love Story for Jean-Marc Vallée to Direct

Universal Pictures is in negotiations to option the rights to an untitled project based on the relationship between John Lennon and Yoko Ono, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Universal will acquire the spec package from Michael De Luca Productions and Immersive Pictures which was written by Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”) for Jean-Marc Vallée to direct.

Ono will produce alongside Michael De Luca for his eponymous production company along with Immersive Pictures’ Josh Bratman and McCarten.

Also Read: John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Sons Come Together for a Selfie (Photo)

Vallée and producing partner Nathan Ross will also produce through their production company, Crazyrose. It will mark Vallée’s first film since directing all episodes of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects.”

The spec script focuses on Lennon and Ono’s love story and themes of love, courage, activism,
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Megyn Kelly Defends Wearing ‘Blackface’ on Halloween: ‘When I Was a Kid That Was Ok’ (Video)

Megyn Kelly Defends Wearing ‘Blackface’ on Halloween: ‘When I Was a Kid That Was Ok’ (Video)
Megyn Kelly defended the possible use of blackface on Halloween, saying that she didn’t see the the big deal if a white person wanted to dress up as a black person on the holiday.

“What is racist?” Kelly asked. “You get in trouble if you’re a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. When I was a kid that was Ok as long as you were dressing up as a character.”

In her defense, Kelly cited “Real Housewives” star Luann de Lesseps who darkened her appearance to more accurately portray Diana Ross — she later apologized.

Also Read: Megyn Kelly to Return to NBC Primetime in August

“People said that that was racist,” Kelly continued. “I felt like who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ to Debut on NBC in January, Terry Crews Says

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ to Debut on NBC in January, Terry Crews Says
Sgt. Terry Jeffords, reporting for duty — next January.

On Monday, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews took to Instagram Live to tell “Nine-Nine” fans to expect Season 6 of the Dan Goor-created series to hit NBC in January.

While we previously knew that fresh episodes of the critically-acclaimed comedy would be arriving on its new home network at midseason, this is the first concrete evidence we’ve had about exactly when the 99th precinct will be cracking down on crime on NBC, after being canceled by Fox in the spring.

Also Read: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Fans Mourn Chelsea Peretti's Exit With Pitch-Perfect Gina Linetti GIFs

“This is the deal, man. I’m so happy, man,” Crews says in the short clip. “‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is coming back in January on NBC.”

NBC declined TheWrap‘s request for comment on the Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher-led comedy’s sixth season premiere date.
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World Series Preview: Dodgers-Red Sox Should Draw a Big Nielsen Crowd to Fox

With the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox set to begin the World Series Tuesday night from Fenway Park, Fox is looking at a strong showing for the World Series for the third consecutive year.

Major League Baseball has been stuck with the narrative that it’s fading away from the public interest, and has trouble creating marketable stars. After all, one of the sport’s crown jewel events, the All-Star Game, has been hemorrhaging viewers, falling to a record low 8.7 million viewers this past July. And the Los Angeles AngelsMike Trout, widely regarding as the sport’s best player, is about as recognizable to American sports fans as NBA journeyman Kenneth Faried.

However, at least in the playoffs, baseball remains appointment television, though that didn’t appear to be the case a few years ago. The earlier part of this decade was a Nielsen nightmare for Fox
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George McTeague Named Senior VP of Development at Optomen Productions (Exclusive)

George McTeague has been appointed senior vice president of development for Optomen Productions, an All3Media company, Variety has learned exclusively.

In his new role, McTeague will report directly to Optomen’s president, Maria Silver. He will be based out of the New York office and work alongside Los Angeles-based senior vice president Ricky Kelehar, who relocated earlier this year to establish a West coast office for Optomen and help oversee the launch of Optomen Entertainment. The new division is focused on formats and game shows for domestic production and global distribution.

“George is a well-respected developer with a track
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