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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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‘Property Brothers’ Scripted Comedy Series in Development at Fox

‘Property Brothers’ Scripted Comedy Series in Development at Fox
Fox is developing a single-camera comedy series inspired by the “Property Brothers” Jonathan and Drew Scott, Variety has learned.

The series is titled “It Takes Two,” based on the Scott brothers’ memoir of the same name. The show follows two entrepreneurial twin brothers who decide to join forces in the real estate business when they realize they are stronger together than apart. Fox has given the project a script commitment with a penalty attached.

The Scotts rose to fame with their hit TV series “Property Brothers,” which is broadcast on Hgtv in the U.S. The show proved so successful that it inspired multiple spinoffs,
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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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‘Sesame Street’ Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Retires From Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch Roles

‘Sesame Street’ Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Retires From Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch Roles
Caroll Spinney has been a television mainstay since 1969, but his face has rarely made an appearance.

Disguised beneath a frock of bright yellow feathers and an orange bill, the “Sesame Street” puppeteer was the heart and soul behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show’s premiere almost 50 years ago.

Now, at the age of 84, Spinney told the New York Times that he is retiring from “Sesame Street” after nearly half a century playing some of the show’s most iconic characters. Come Thursday, Spinney will enter the “Sesame Street” studios in Astoria, Queens for the last time
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The Legend Is Real in First Terrifying Trailer for James Wan’s ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ (Video)

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The first trailer for Michael Chaves’ directorial debut, “The Curse of La Llorona,” has dropped — and it’s terrifying.

The trailer starts with a sort of ceremony where sage is burned around a woman. Linda Cardellini’s character interrupts the ceremony, and later in the night, she witnesses a crime scene that has taken the lives of many. The same woman from earlier tells her, “It’s your fault! I tried to stop her!”

La Llorona, or The Weeping Woman, is an apparition caught between Heaven and Hell after she drowned her children and threw herself into a river and wept in pain. Now, her tears are forever, which is how she got her name. And in “The Curse of La Llorona,” she haunts the night and the children in 1970s Los Angeles.

Also Read: 'Conjuring 3' Lands Director Michael Chaves

Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez and Marisol Ramirez also star.
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Juno Dawson’s ‘Meat Market’ in Line for TV Adaptation (Exclusive)

Juno Dawson’s ‘Meat Market’ in Line for TV Adaptation (Exclusive)
Unstoppable Film & Television has landed the rights to “Meat Market,” the upcoming novel by Juno Dawson, the author of several young adult books with Lgbt themes.

Noel Clarke and Jason Maza’s burgeoning shingle will work up the book as a TV series. The production company has a deal with All3Media and is developing “Meat Market” as part of that. It will be the first time that one of Dawson’s titles has been adapted for TV.

Set in the world of modelling, the book follows Jana Novak, a 16-year-old girl of Serbian descent, as she is catapulted from her
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The 20 Best Horror Films of the Last 20 Years

The 20 Best Horror Films of the Last 20 Years
Twenty years, in terms of horror films, doesn’t sound all that long. Yet it adds up to a generation, and the list below reflects that. It’s a catalog of the cinematic fears and obsessions that define an era. The list is also destined to start a few fights. So feel free to object, and to point out the dozens of terrific films I left out.

20. The Babadook (2014)

It’s scrappy and, at times, a little short on atmosphere, but Jennifer Kent’s sinister maternal psychodrama puts you inside the head of a woman on the verge like no horror film since “Repulsion.” It’s set in Australia, where Amelia (Essie Davis) was widowed in a car crash the night she gave birth to her son (Noah Wiseman), who is now six. (Her husband was driving.) The son is deeply troubled, but not nearly so much as his mother,
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Netflix’s ‘Been So Long’ Gets U.K. Theatrical Release With Birds’ Eye View

Netflix’s “Been So Long” will receive a U.K. theatrical release as part of Birds’ Eye View’s Reclaim the Frame program. The film’s 10-theater tour will kick off during Black History Month with a preview event on Oct. 22 in London, which will be followed by a Q&A with director Tinge Krishnan, star Michaela Coel and other key members of the cast and crew. It will then tour the U.K. until mid-November; it launches globally on Netflix on Oct. 26.

Reclaim the Frame, which is supported by the British Film Institute’s Audience Fund, seeks to “grow the audience’s appetite for female-led films in the U.K.,” Birds’ Eye View said in a statement. It started as a pilot program, supporting four films in five cities over the summer. With the support of the BFI, Birds’ Eye View is extending the program for 18 months, supporting a further 12 films directed by women.
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‘What They Had’ Review: Tender Family Story Is No Disease-of-the-Week Melodrama

‘What They Had’ Review: Tender Family Story Is No Disease-of-the-Week Melodrama
At first glance, you might mistake What They Had for one of those well-meaning family dramas about what to do when your mom is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. But that would discount the exceptional accomplishment achieved by debuting director Elizabeth Chomko, enlivening her scrappy script with a cast of actors who truly are as good as it gets. You laugh as much as you cry, which means you believe in the movie’s truth.

The ever-glorious Blythe Danner excels as Ruth, a senior-care nurse who starts showing signs of dementia.
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Miranda Lambert at Cmt Artists of the Year: ‘We Have to Be There for Each Other’

The 2018 Cmt Artists of the Year special highlighted the accomplishments of country music’s biggest names while shining a light on the issue of gender equality in the genre. This was the first in the event’s eight-year history to feature an all-female list of honorees, bookmarking a year dominated by the #MeToo movement and debate over why women aren’t well represented on country radio.

Alongside the expected accolades and glamour of an awards show, honorees Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Hillary Scott, and Little Big
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See Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile’s Epic ‘Natural Woman’ at ‘Cmt Artists of the Year’

See Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile’s Epic ‘Natural Woman’ at ‘Cmt Artists of the Year’
With the 2018 Cmt Artists of the Year special Wednesday night dedicated solely to honoring female country artists, a tribute to one of the greatest women in any musical genre was, well, a natural. Aretha Franklin, who died in August after battling pancreatic cancer, influenced generations of women, transcending genres with her soul-deep voice and songs with empowering lyrics.

Brandi Carlile and Maren Morris, two artists who have infused their own genre-crossing music with dashes of country, pop, rock and soul, took the stage to pay homage to Franklin with a
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‘The Guilty’ Review: First-Time Caller, Longtime Cop-vs.-Kidnapper Thriller

In TV, it’s called a “bottle episode”: a half-hour or hour of an ongoing series that corrals a cast into a single, usually closed-off location and forces the show’s creatives/creators to work within those parameters. The Guilty, Swedish filmmaker Gustav Möller’s feature debut, sticks to a somewhat similar limited set-up. A man (Jakob Cedergren) sits in a room, behind a desk, answering a phone. His name is Asger. He didn’t always do this; once upon a time, he was a cop who worked a beat,
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New York Times Stands by Profile of Far Right Activist Gavin McInnes

The New York Times responded to critics Thursday by defending a profile of far-right activist Gavin McInnes that ran in the paper earlier this week.

“We are always open to criticism, which helps us do better work. In this case, we disagree with the main points of criticism. Our story is an unflinching look at Gavin McInnes that directly addresses his racist, sexist and xenophobic comments as well as violence perpetrated by a group he actively leads,” a spokesperson told TheWrap.

“Some critics have suggested that the subject of this story should not receive any attention. The Times’ mission is to explain what is happening in the world. McInnes and his group were at the center of a news event that gained significant attention last week — a brawl outside a prominent Republican club in Manhattan. It’s our duty to delve into what occurred, and who was involved,” the statement continued.
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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 1: It’s A Whole New Drug World in First Trailer for Spinoff Series (Video)

Netflix just gave you a hit that is sure to bump up your morning: The official trailer for “Narcos: Mexico.”

The first full look at season one of the Netflix spinoff series teases a whole new drug world for “Narcos” fans, with this drama starring Diego Luna and Michael Peña taking you to the “birth place of Mexico’s drug war.” And don’t worry, because this show is independent from “Narcos,” so you can still it enjoy it if you aren’t fully caught up on the first three seasons of the Colombia-set series.

Here’s the official logline for “Narcos: Mexico,” per Netflix:

Also Read: 'Narcos' Showrunner Eric Newman Signs Overall TV Deal with Netflix

Narcos: Mexico” will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized
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Electronic Beat Empire: Inside Ice-t’s New Edm Label

These days, Ice-t‘s résumé reads like a long biblical scroll. He’s one of the original pioneers of gangsta rap via seminal releases like “6 in the Mornin,‘” one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time. He’s hosted and produced multiple TV shows and documentary films, including The Art of Rap and the VH1 documentary Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation. That’s on top of a hefty acting filmography, which includes starring roles in films like New Jack City; his now-defunct reality TV series Ice Loves Coco,
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