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Matthew Broderick Cast as Aunt Jackie’s Love Interest on ‘The Conners’

Matthew Broderick Cast as Aunt Jackie’s Love Interest on ‘The Conners’
Aunt Jackie is in the mood for romance!

Matthew Broderick has been cast as Peter, a new love interest for Laurie Metcalf’s character, on “The Conners,” an ABC spokesperson told TheWrap on Friday. The actor will be making his debut on the “Roseanne” spinoff during the Halloween episode, which airs Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

But before Broderick comes to Lanford, another big guest star will be stopping by, and he’s bringing by a romantic partner too. Yes, Tuesday’s episode, titled “Tangled Up in Blue,” will see the previously-announced return of Johnny Galecki, Darlene’s (Sara Gilbert’s) ex David, who is coming back with new girlfriend Blue (Juliette Lewis).

Justin Long will also recur as Darlene’s new beau, so, drama, drama, drama afoot for the whole Conners family.
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A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Thursday Night Previews At $7.7M

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A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Thursday Night Previews At $7.7M
Friday AM Update after Thursday night Exclusive: Universal is calling Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween at $7.7M in Thursday night previews which began at 7PM, at 3,200 venues, still a fantastic result for a horror pic even though our estimates overshot. Last night’s take bests The Nun‘s $5.4M preview and it’s just under the $8M of Paranormal Activity 3‘s midnight previews. Given the funky, front-loaded nature of horror movies –they don’t exactly leg out like superhero ones– makes this a tricky one to peg in regards to how high it will go. Already we were hearing that advance ticket sales today are enormous, and that’s after last night’s show. We heard there were presales in certain multiplexes that are beating It‘s sales. Already, Fandango reported that Halloween is the best horror pre-seller of the year, well ahead of The Nun.

Should Halloween follow a
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020
Disney has moved “Jungle Cruise,” the Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt starring vehicle, back nine months to July 24, 2020.

Disney also unset an untitled Marvel movie that was previously set for one weekend after “Jungle Cruise’s” new date on July 31, 2020. “Jungle Cruise” was previously dated for October of 2019.

Dwayne Johnson also tweeted the announcement for the film’s new date, promising an “adventure of a lifetime.”

It’s Official – July 24th, 2020.

Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages.

My partner in crime, Emily Blunt and I, lovingly invite you to join us for The Adventure Of A Lifetime.

All aboard…????@DisneyStudios Jungle Cruise

???? ????????❤️???? pic.twitter.com/DNTnqSb3QD

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 19, 2018

Jaume Collet-Serra (“The Shallows”) is directing the film based on the Disney World ride, which takes guests on a tour of the rivers,
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"Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 10 Finally Begins Production

Well this is prettay, prettay, prettay good news: Filming has finally begun on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 10.

HBO confirmed to TheWrap production started Friday, 10 months after the premium cable network announced the Larry David-led series had been renewed. No plot details or premiere date was given for the return of the "Seinfeld" co-creator’s neuroses-laced program.

David’s comedy was renewed for a tenth season by HBO last December, with production set to begin in spring 2018 and a yet-to-be-determined debut date yet given. Obviously, something stalled filming for a bit, but hopefully that doesn’t mean you’ll be waiting six years for another season of "Curb" again.
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‘All About the Washingtons’ Canceled by Netflix

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‘All About the Washingtons’ Canceled by Netflix
Netflix has canceled “All About the Washingtons.”

The scripted comedy starred Joseph Simmons — Rev. Run of Run-D.M.C. — and real-life wife Justine Simmons playing fictionalized versions of themselves raising a family of four kids. After Joey decides to retire from a long career as hip-hop royalty, his wife Justine takes advantage of the opportunity to pursue a career of her own now that Joey is available to focus on raising the kids and keeping the house in order. The couple’s kids are portrayed by rising stars Kiana Ledé, Nathan Anderson, Leah Rose Randall and Maceo Smedley.

All About the Washingtons,” the first season of which premiered Aug. 10, was originally developed by ABC Studios and Amblin Television for the ABC television network. ABC passed on the show, which went on to land a series order from Netflix. Executive producers on the series were Joseph Simmons, Justine Simmons, Michael Lehman, Darryl Frank,
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‘Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle’: See First Trailer for Shocking Docuseries

Sundance has shared their new trailer for Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle, a two-night, four-part docuseries about Jim Jones, the cult leader who orchestrated the deaths of over 900 people in 1978.

The docuseries, co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, mixes archival footage with stirring recreations of life at the Guyana-based Peoples Temple, as well as unreleased recordings and new interviews with those who witnessed Jones prior to the “revolutionary suicide.”

The descent into madness of Jones’ cult is captured in the minute-long trailer’s voiceovers, which begin fanatically religious and ultimately end in
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DGA Accused of Bias Toward Female Directing Teams by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director

DGA Accused of Bias Toward Female Directing Teams by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writer-producer Audrey Wauchope has accused the Directors Guild of America of bias against female directing teams.

Wauchope leveled the assertions Friday in the wake of longtime partner Rachel Specter not receiving directing credit for co-directing Friday’s segment with Wauchope.

The DGA had no comment Friday, citing its policy of not commenting on internal matters. The CW, which has aired the four seasons of the comedy series, had no comment. Wauchope unveiled the accusations in a series of tweets.

“My #FemaleFilmmakerFriday goes out to my co-Director on tonight’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend episode @RachelSpecter,” she tweeted. “Rachel and I
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DGA Accused of Bias Toward Female Directing Teams by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director

DGA Accused of Bias Toward Female Directing Teams by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writer-producer Audrey Wauchope has accused the Directors Guild of America of bias against female directing teams.

Wauchope leveled the assertions Friday in the wake of longtime partner Rachel Specter not receiving directing credit for co-directing Friday’s segment with Wauchope.

The DGA had no comment Friday, citing its policy of not commenting on internal matters. The CW, which has aired the four seasons of the comedy series, had no comment. Wauchope unveiled the accusations in a series of tweets.

“My #FemaleFilmmakerFriday goes out to my co-Director on tonight’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend episode @RachelSpecter,” she tweeted. “Rachel and I are a lifelong writing/directing team but due to a decision by the DGA which completely erases her from our work, she’s not credited on tonight’s episode.”

The DGA has a longtime “one director to a film” policy aimed at protecting the director’s creative vision. It does
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‘Making a Murderer’ Prosecutor Gives 9 Reasons Steven Avery Is Guilty

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As you buckle in to watch “Making a Murderer Part 2,” there’s something Ken Kratz would like you to keep in mind: He still thinks Steven Avery is guilty as sin.

Since “Making a Murderer” made him famous nearly three years ago, the former Wisconsin prosecutor hasn’t been shy about defending his work in the 2005 murder prosecution of Avery and Brendan Dassey. Soon after the original documentary’s release, TheWrap reached out to him about suggestions in the Netflix docu-series that his office railroaded two innocent defendants.

Also Read: 'Making a Murderer' Part 2: 37 Updates Since the Series' Debut (Photos)

In an email, Kratz strongly rejected the criticisms, saying the documentary series got it wrong. He concluded by saying Netflix should “either provide an opportunity for rebuttal, or alert the viewers that this series was produced by and For the defense of Steven Avery, and contains only
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Every Marvel Comics Live-Action TV Show Ranked, from ‘Incredible Hulk’ to ‘Daredevil’

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The recent crop of hit Netflix shows aren’t the first time Marvel has taken its heroes to the small screen. Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Blade and even knock-off-ish X-Men have had a go before the current golden age. Here are all the Marvel shows you’ve seen and a few you might not have, ranked from goofiest pajama costumes to best character-driven dramas.

18. “The Amazing Spider-Man” (1977-79)

A 1977 attempt at a live-action “Spider-Man” is a fun throwback — but in a purely ironic way because Peter Parker’s wall-crawling “special effects” are pretty cringe-worthy. Watching Spider-Man fight guys using extremely hokey choreography gives the whole thing a pretty goofy vibe.

17. “Spidey Super Stories” (1974-1977)

Some days, Spider-Man takes on some super-boring villains. He goes up against The Prankster (a school principal who keeps pranking his students) and The Spoiler (who just likes to everyday things for people) in these goofy
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Danny Leiner, ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Director, Dies

Danny Leiner, ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Director, Dies
Danny Leiner, the director of stoner comedies including “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” has died.

Leiner passed away late Thursday night, an individual close to Leiner told TheWrap.

Producer Ross Putman, who produced the 2014 “The Young Kieslowski” with Leiner, announced Leiner’s passing on Facebook.

“Danny was one of the producers with me on the first real film I ever made; he was not only gracious in sharing the job with some newbies just getting their sea legs, but taught us a great deal in the process,” Putman wrote. “And we collaborated a few times after that, including on the film I just finished–which he helped champion for years.”

A graduate of Suny Purchase, Leiner’s first feature film was the 1996 comedy “Layin’ Low,” starring Jeremy Piven and Edie Falco. His next feature “Dude, Where’s My Car?” in 2000 with Ashton Kutcher
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AMC’s Charlie Collier to Become Entertainment CEO of ‘New Fox’

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AMC’s Charlie Collier will run entertainment for “New Fox” following the close of 21st Century Fox’s sale of film and TV assets to Disney.

Collier’s title will be CEO of entertainment. He had previously served as president and general manager for AMC Networks, presiding over AMC’s reinvention into a scripted drama powerhouse on the strength of Emmy darlings like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” and the striking ratings of “The Walking Dead.”

“Charlie is a singular talent, combining creative success with operational expertise to lead the AMC Network with some of television’s most memorable programming,” said “New Fox” CEO Lachlan Murdoch. “Charlie’s skills and experience will help Fox continue to transform the broadcast television business.”

Also Read: AMC Stock Shows Signs of Life After Major 'Walking Dead' Drop

Following the close of the deal, which is expected sometime early next year, Gary Newman will leave the company.
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director Says DGA ‘Completely Erased’ Her Partner’s Contributions

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director Says DGA ‘Completely Erased’ Her Partner’s Contributions
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writer Audrey Wauchope says her partner Rachel Specter will not be credited on their directorial debut due to a DGA bias against female directing teams.

“My #FemaleFilmmakerFriday goes out to my co-Director on tonight’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend episode @RachelSpecter. Rachel and I are a lifelong writing/directing team but due to a decision by the DGA which completely erases her from our work, she’s not credited on tonight’s episode,” Wauchope wrote on Twitter on Friday.

According to Director’s Guild rules, only one director can be credited on a project, with “few exceptions” made for “bona fide teams,” which a post on the DGA website defines as teams who “learned how to direct together, by actually doing it, and have, therefore, demonstrated that they perform the director’s duties as if they were actually one director.”

Also Read: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Co-Creator Talks Season 4 Premiere and Rebecca's
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Charlie Collier Named Fox Entertainment CEO; Gary Newman Exits

Gary Newman will exit his role at Fox Television Group as longtime AMC exec Charlie Collier prepares to take over as head of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting.

Collier has been named CEO of entertainment for Fox, Fox chief executive Lachlan Murdoch announced Friday in a company-wide memo. The surprise move puts an abrupt cap on Newman’s decades-long career at Fox, where he worked with counterpart Dana Walden to turn 20th Century Fox Television into arguably the most successful studio in television and more recently ran the network with Walden. It also moves Collier, who will report to Murdoch, from AMC Networks,
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TV News Roundup: Showtime Drops Official Trailer for ‘Black Monday’

In today’s TV News roundup, Showtime dropped a new trailer for its upcoming comedy “Black Monday” and Facebook Watch released a new clip from the second season of “Red Table Talk.”

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Netflix will release “Motown Magic” on Nov. 20. The children’s series inspired by the iconic music of Motown will feature original characters in a fantastical world from Josh Wakely. The show will feature 52 newly-recorded versions of songs first made famous by artists including Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gay, the Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, the Supremes, the Temptations and Stevie Wonder. Some of the contemporary artists who will be featured
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Peter Bogdanovich Says It Only Took ‘One Good Idea’ to Make His Buster Keaton Doc ‘The Great Buster’

Peter Bogdanovich Says It Only Took ‘One Good Idea’ to Make His Buster Keaton Doc ‘The Great Buster’
Almost half a century after he made a documentary about director John Ford, Peter Bodganovich is back with his second look at a classic filmmaker. “The Great Buster: A Celebration,” in which the director of “The Last Picture Show” and “What’s Up, Doc?” follows the life and career of pioneering silent comic and peerless stuntman Buster Keaton, opens on Friday at the Nuart in Los Angeles.

Featuring abundant Keaton footage, from the classic boulder chase in “Seven Chances” to television commercials he made near the end of his life, “The Great Buster” also finds Bogdanovich talking about Keaton with a potpourri of fans that includes Quentin Tarantino, Mel Brooks, Werner Herzog and Johnny Knoxville.

The film is structured chronologically, with one big exception: When it gets to 1923, when Keaton began a string of 10 landmark features that included “The General” and “Steamboat Bill, Jr.,” it jumps forward six years and
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Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘Chicuarotes’ Picked up by Cinepolis Distribution

Cinepolis Distribution, the distribution arm of Mexican exhibition giant Cinepolis, has picked up all Latin American rights to “Chicuarotes,” the second feature helmed by award-winning multi hyphenate Gael Garcia Bernal.

The film, described as a dark comedy, is produced by Garcia Bernal via his new shingle with partner Diego Luna, La Corriente del Golfo, along with Marta Núñez Puerto of Cinematográfica Amaranto.

Thomas Benski for Pulse Films and Isaac Lee for Televisa Alternative Originals (Tao) serve as co-producers. (Lee has since left his position as chief content officer of Televisa-Univision to start his own company, Exile Content)

Penned by Augusto Mendoza who also wrote Luna’s “Mr. Pig and “Abel,” “Chicuarotes” tracks two teens from Mexico City who, in their desperation to improve their lives, end up entangled in the criminal underworld.

The film stars Benny Emmanuel, Leidi Gutiérrez, Dolores Heredia and Daniel Giménez Cacho, along with a cast of non-professional actors.
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‘God Friended Me,’ ‘The Neighborhood,’ ‘Magnum P.I.’ Land Full-Season Orders From CBS

CBS has picked up “God Friended Me,” “The Neighborhood,” “Magnum P.I.” for full seasons.

God Friended Me” is averaging more than 10 million viewers per episode. The single-camera comedy stars Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie and Joe Morton. Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Marcos Siega are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.

Magnum P.I.” reaches more than nine million viewers each week. The drama series stars Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill, Tim Kang and Amy Hill. Peter Lenkov, Eric Guggenheim, Justin Lin, John Davis, John Fox and Danielle Woodrow are
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CBS Picks Up ‘God Friended Me,’ ‘The Neighborhood’ and ‘Magnum Pi’ for Full Seasons

CBS handed out a trio of full season pickups on Friday, ordering more episodes of “God Friended Me,” “Magnum Pi” and “The Neighborhood.”

The three are the latest freshman series to get the full season pickups from their broadcast networks, following “Station 19” (ABC) and “The Cool Kids” (Fox) on Friday. ABC’s “Single Parents,” CBS’s Dick Wolf procedural “FBI” and the NBC medical drama “New Amsterdam” also have been ordered for full seasons. NBC’s high-concept “Manifest” was picked up for a total of 16 episodes on Thursday.

Also Read: 'The Cool Kids' Gets Full-Season Order at Fox

God Friended Me” averaged more than 10 million viewers on Sunday nights, despite airing opposite “Sunday Night Football” on NBC. The series follows Miles Finer (Brandon Michael Hall), an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from “God” and unwittingly
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‘Halloween’ Director David Gordon Green on How He Pulled Off Michael Myers’ One-Shot Murder Scene

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‘Halloween’ Director David Gordon Green on How He Pulled Off Michael Myers’ One-Shot Murder Scene
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you haven’t seen the new “Halloween” movie yet.)

Michael Myers is back to wreak havoc in “Halloween,” and perhaps one of the scariest scenes is when Michael goes from house to house on trick-or-treat night leaving a trail of dead bodies in various houses along a suburban street — all in one long horrifying shot.

“We were prepared to fail,” director David Gordon Green told TheWrap about the scene. “We had all these exit strategies: He could exit here, we could seam two shots here, or put a clever wipe there.”

The logistical challenge was so great that the crew spent extra time to prepare. “We spent half a day with camera operators talking through it,” Green said. “When we got to the day and all the background is running around, I didn’t want to be scientifically concerned with the precision of
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