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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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‘Godzilla vs Kong': Demián Bichir in Talks to Star in Monster Movie

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‘Godzilla vs Kong': Demián Bichir in Talks to Star in Monster Movie
Legendary is in negotiations for Academy Award nominee Demián Bichir to join the upcoming “Godzilla vs Kong” film alongside previously announced cast Julian Dennison and Brian Tyree Henry.

Godzilla vs. Kong” is the fourth installment of the Legendary and Warner Bros. cinematic universe and is set to be released on May 22, 2020. “Godzilla” brought in $529 million globally after it was released in 2014. “Kong: Skull Island” was released March 10, 2017, and grossed more than $565 million worldwide. A sequel to Godzilla, titled “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” with Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown, will also be released next year.

Also Read: 'Godzilla vs Kong': Brian Tyree Henry Joins Cast of Monster Movie

Screenwriter Terry Rossio, best known for writing “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, is writing the “Godzilla vs. Kong” screenplay. In March, Legendary set a writers room to work on the script for “Godzilla vs. Kong,” with Rossio as its head.
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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’

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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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Heather Graham to Star in ‘Hypnotist’s Love Story’ Pilot at ABC

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ABC has given a put pilot commitment to an adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s “The Hypnotist’s Love Story,” starring and executive produced by Heather Graham.

The series follows Ellen, a successful hypnotherapist who, after a string of failed romances, is optimistic about her current boyfriend until he reveals a disturbing truth: a stalker ex-girlfriend who has been following him for years. She finds herself intrigued, and oddly thrilled by the stalker, entirely unaware that they’ve already met.

Graham is attached to star in the drama, but she is not expected to play Ellen.

Also Read: Power Lunch With Heather Graham: 'It's Exciting That People Are Listening to Us' (Exclusive Video)

Graham will executive produce on the ABC Studios project alongside writer Katie Wech and David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and Laurie Zaks of Mandeville Television.

Moriarty is the author of a number of bestsellers, including “Big Little Lies,” which
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Hear Amy Shark Give Wheatus’ ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ a Pixies Overhaul

This year, Amy Shark’s album Love Monster went to Number One in her native Australia. But in the United States, the indie pop singer is still unknown, which makes her cover of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” for the Spotify Singles series even more appropriately self-deprecating. And because it is her favorite song, you learn a lot about her past and present when she talks about it on the Under Cover podcast.

“The first time I heard ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ by Wheatus, I was in high school and I was crazy obsessed
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Heather Graham Sets Adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s ‘Hypnotist’s Love Story’ at ABC

Heather Graham Sets Adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s ‘Hypnotist’s Love Story’ at ABC
In a competitive situation, Heather Graham has sold an adaptation of the Liane Moriarty book “The Hypnotist’s Love Story” to ABC as a put pilot, Variety has learned.

Graham will star in and executive produce the project. In the show, after a string of failed romances, successful hypnotherapist Ellen is optimistic about her current boyfriend, until he reveals a disturbing truth: a stalker ex-girlfriend who has been following him for years. Ellen finds herself intrigued and oddly thrilled by the stalker, entirely unaware that they’ve already met. Which role Graham will play in the series is yet to be determined.
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NBC Orders 3 More Episodes of ‘Manifest’

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Don’t worry “Manifest” fans, you’ll (hopefully) get to the bottom this mystery, as NBC has ordered three more episodes of the freshman series. Those additional installments bring the network’s “full season-order” for the “Lost”-like series to 16 episodes.

The extra episode pickup comes four episodes in the Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas-led series first season, with “Manifest” currently sitting as fall’s top-rated new drama. The show is currently averaging a 3.9 rating in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic and 17.2 million total viewers, according to the “most current” Live + Seven Day data from Nielsen.

However, we need to point out here that 16 episodes does not usually a “full-season order” make, as that term is typically reserved for 22-to-24-episode seasons. But it’s true that NBC has made a habit out of giving shorter runs to its new series in recent years, with the first three seasons
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‘Manifest’ Picked Up for Three Additional Episodes at NBC

NBC has ordered three more episodes of the hit freshman drama “Manifest,” the broadcaster announced Thursday.

That brings the show’s Season 1 episode count to 16. Though shows are typically ordered for 22- or 24-episode seasons on broadcast, this is not always the case. For example, NBC’s hit drama “This Is Us” has aired 18-episode seasons throughout its run. Meanwhile, NBC’s critically-acclaimed comedy “The Good Place” runs for 13 episodes a season.

The series stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina and Parveen Kaur. Jeff Rake writes and executive produces. David Frankel directs and executive produced the pilot.
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‘Supergirl': The CW to Introduce Iconic DC Comics Villain Lex Luthor This Season

‘Supergirl': The CW to Introduce Iconic DC Comics Villain Lex Luthor This Season
Supergirl” is going to introduce one of DC Comics’ greatest villains this season: Lex Luthor.

The CW announced Thursday that the show will be adding the character this season in a recurring role, though he will not appear in the network’s upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover between “Supergirl,” “Arrow” and “The Flash.” Casting will begin shortly for the role.

“We’re beyond excited to introduce iconic villain, Lex Luthor, to ‘Supergirl’ and to weave him into our story this season,” said executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. “We’ve talked about having Lex on the show since it’s inception and we’re excited to have him finally arrive. We can’t wait for him to shake things up in National City and watch him go toe to toe with not only Supergirl, but his sister Lena Luthor.”

Also Read: CW's 'Elseworlds': Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin Will Swap
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Watch Noname’s Television Debut With Three-Song Medley on ‘Colbert’

Watch Noname’s Television Debut With Three-Song Medley on ‘Colbert’
Noname, the independent rapper from Chicago with one of the year’s most critically lauded albums, made her live television debut Wednesday night on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Instead of picking a single song from her recently released sophomore album Room 25 — a difficult task, given that the project has no obvious singles — she opted to perform a medley on the show, delivering adjusted versions of three songs from the record, backed by a live band and vocalists.

For someone whose music is known for thoughtful, complex rapping, Noname
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How Do You Defeat a Bigot?

Indicted by the feds for misusing campaign funds to pay for lavish vacations, tequila shots, and liasons with multiple women who are not his wife — Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-ca) is trying to save his San Diego-area House seat by stoking Islamophobia against his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar.

Campa-Najjar is a dashing 29-year-old endorsed by Barack Obama. “I worked at the White House for a little bit – working on those 10 letters a day that the president would read, back when we had a President who read,” he tells Rolling Stone. Campa-Najjar is half-Latino,
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Fox Executives Emma Watts, Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula to Join Disney Studio After Merger

The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday announced that Emma Watts, as well as several other Fox film executives, will make the move to Disney’s studio entertainment management team after the company’s deal to acquire a majority of Fox assets closes.

“We’re pleased that these talented executives will be joining our incredible team of studio leaders once the acquisition of 21st Century Fox is completed,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “Under Alan Horn’s leadership, Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm have reached unprecedented levels of creative and box-office success, and adding Fox’s impressive film brands and franchises to our studio will allow us to create even more appealing high-quality entertainment to delight audiences.”

Watts will report directly to Disney studio head Alan Horn and will serve as vice chairman for Twentieth Century Fox Film and president of production at Fox. Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula
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