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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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‘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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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Adds Nat Faxon, Chris Pang (Exclusive)

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Adds Nat Faxon, Chris Pang (Exclusive)
Crazy Rich Asians” actor Chris Pang and Nat Faxon have joined the ensemble of Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels” reboot.

Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska will portray the film’s titular Angels. Jonathan Tucker, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, and Luis Gerardo Mendez are also on board.

Elizabeth Banks is directing and starring as one of the Bosley characters. Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou will play the other two Bosleys.

The latest draft of the script is written by Jay Basu and Banks, based on earlier versions by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas. Banks and Max Handelman will produce under their Brownstone Productions banner, along with Doug Belgrad, who is also co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon.

The film will focus on the next generation of Angels working for the mysterious Charlie. The Townsend Agency has grown considerably and gone global, providing security and intelligence services to a wide variety of private clients.
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‘Flipping Out’ Star Lawsuit Over Filming of Surrogate Birth Will Go to Trial

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‘Flipping Out’ Star Lawsuit Over Filming of Surrogate Birth Will Go to Trial
Alexandra Trent’s lawsuit against “Flipping Out” star Jeff Lewis and his partner Gage Edward will go to trial, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap on Tuesday.

Trent, who says she was a surrogate mother for the couple, filed the lawsuit in June against Lewis, Edward and Bravo, which airs “Flipping Out,” accusing the reality show’s producers of filming the birth without her permission.

“Defendants filmed Trent’s genitalia without her knowledge — and against her express prohibition — while she gave birth, then made crude and disgusting jokes about her genitalia and grooming in the pursuit of ratings,” said the original lawsuit, which was filed at Los Angeles Superior Court.

Also Read: Bravo, 'Flipping Out' Couple Sued by Surrogate Mother, Accused of Filming Birth and Joking About Genitalia

During the episode that aired in last August, Lewis says in a clip: “If I was a surrogate, and
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‘The Passage': Fox Sets Premiere Date for Mark-Paul Gosselaar Drama, Unveils Extended Trailer (Video)

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The Fall TV season may have just started, but Fox is already looking ahead at midseason, setting a premiere date for “The Passage.”

The drama, which stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, will debut Monday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m., in the timeslot currently occupied by Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1.”

Based on Justin Cronin’s novel trilogy of the same name, “The Passage” focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl (Saniyya Sidney) is chosen to be a test subject, a federal agent (Gosselaar) is tasked with bringing her in, but ultimately, becomes her surrogate father, determined to protect her at any cost – even as Project Noah’s work threatens to unleash an unimaginable apocalypse.

Also Read: Mark-Paul Gosselaar Tells Young
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Steve Carell to Star in Apple Morning-Show Drama With Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston

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Steve Carell to Star in Apple Morning-Show Drama With Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston
Steve Carell has joined the cast of Apple’s untitled morning show drama starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

The “Beautiful Boy” star will play Mitch Kessler, a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape.

The series, based partly on CNN media reporter Brian Stelter’s book “Top of the Morning,” provides an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual. Stelter is a consultant on the series, with his 2013 book serving as additional background material for the writers.

Also Read: Chris Evans to Star in 'Defending Jacob' Limited Series at Apple

Kerry Ehrin, who is under an overall deal at Apple, will write and serve as showrunner on the series, which is set
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‘Terminator’ Reboot to Face ‘Charlie’s Angels’ in November 2019

Paramount has moved the sixth “Terminator” movie back two weeks to Nov. 1, 2019. It will open against Sony’s revamped “Charlie’s Angels.”

The two films are filling the slot left vacant by on Monday after Warner Bros.’ pushed “Wonder Woman 1984” back to June 6, 2020. Sony moved “Charlie’s Angels” into the slot later that day.

Earlier this year, Paramount changed the release date of the untitled “Terminator” film from July 26, 2019 to Nov. 22, 2019. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as governor of California from 2003-2011, is reprising the role of his iconic cyborg, while Linda Hamilton will be returning as Sarah Connor.

The sequel will be produced by Skydance and series creator James Cameron. The upcoming installment will mark the first time that Hamilton, Schwarzenegger, and Cameron will be working together on the franchise since 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

Plot details are being kept under wraps, although Cameron has said that the
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Stars Talk Family as ‘Heart’ of Show Steeped in Feminism

From the classic comics, to the ’90s comedy, to the more recent chilling adventures in a demon-ridden world, Sabrina Spellman has always relied on her roots to guide her through the angsty years of being a teenaged witch. This means that when Netflix’s take on the famous Archie character drops on Oct. 26, her aunties Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda (Miranda Otto) — along with her cousin Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) — are an integral part of the (broomstick) ride.

“The heart of the show is those kitchen scenes, where Ambrose is making some kind of witty comment and Zelda is freaking out,
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Steve Carell Joins Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston in Apple Morning Show Drama

Steve Carell Joins Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston in Apple Morning Show Drama
Steve Carell is set to join Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston the cast of Apple’s upcoming morning-show drama. The role will be Carell’s first as a series regular since he left “The Office,” the NBC single-camera comedy that elevated him to stardom.

In the still;-untitled Apple series, Carell will play play Mitch Kessler, a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape.

Announced last year, the project was the first drama series to be ordered by Apple as the tech giant began to execute on its designs to into the television-series space.
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Review: Will Oldham Flips Through His Backpages on ‘Songs of Love and Horror’

This unplugged set is the audio companion to Oldham’s new book of the same name – a compendium of lyrics to over 200 songs he’s written for Palace Brothers, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and other recording projects over the past 25 years. If he’s not a household name, he’s an indie rock icon and touchstone for 21st century folkies of a certain slant; he’s covered by Johnny Cash, written for soul vet Candi Staton, collaborated with Bjork, and sung backup with numerous top-shelf singer-songwriters. And like other song-poet heavyweights,
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Ben Stassen Set to Direct 3D Animated Sequel ‘Bigfoot Superstar’ (Exclusive)

Ben Stassen of nWave Studios is set to direct his next 3D animated feature, “Bigfoot Superstar,” the sequel to “Son of Bigfoot,” which was released internationally in 2017 and grossed more than $50 million worldwide.

Paris-based company Charades, which successfuly pre-sold Stassen’s “The Queen’s Corgi” worldwide, is re-teaming with Stassen on “Bigfoot Superstar” and has acquired worldwide sales rights to the feature outside of France, Benelux, Russia and Cis. Charades will introduce the project to buyers at the American Film Market.

Budgeted at more than $20 million, “Bigfoot Superstar” is based upon an original story by Stassen, and was written by Bob Barlen and Cal Brunker.

Stassen and Jérémie Degruson will direct the film, delivery of which is scheduled for summer of 2020.

In “Bigfoot Superstar,” the complete family is now together at home, and Adam, a teenager with superpowers, has become an in-demand star. Hoping to use his celebrity status to serve his greatest cause,
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Jason Isbell Launches 2018 Ryman Residency With Triumphant Opening Night

Jason Isbell Launches 2018 Ryman Residency With Triumphant Opening Night
As Jason Isbell eases into another run of sold-out shows at the Ryman, it’s tempting to take the songwriting hero — whose Ryman residencies stretch back to 2014 — for granted.

He’s driven. He’s dependable. And ever since Southeastern relaunched his solo career five years ago, he’s rarely stumbled, releasing three award-winning albums that find him embracing fatherhood, singing the praises of wife (and muse) Amanda Shires and attempting to negotiate some sort of peace with today’s politically pointed world. Rarely has Americana music sounded so consistent and compelling.
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Song You Need to Know: Specter, ‘Not New to This’

Andres Ordonez, the Chicago-based artist who goes by Specter, has been DJing for over two decades and releasing his own productions for almost as long. But he didn’t release his debut album, Built to Last, until August.

The second side of Built to Last‘s second half is taken up entirely by “Not New to This,” a magnificent, luxurious piece of house music. This is a dancefloor-ready exercise in accretion. “Not New to This” opens with a throb on the congas; more than 30 seconds passes before a wafting synth line enters,
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‘What Really Happened’ Podcast to Explore the ’27 Club’ Theory

‘What Really Happened’ Podcast to Explore the ’27 Club’ Theory
This week’s episode of What Really Happened, a popular podcast hosted by documentarian Andrew Jenks, is set to explore the concept of the “27 Club,” which posits that artists die with improbably frequency at the age of 27. The term emerged from the deaths of musicians such as Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. While it appears to be a simple statistical anomaly, Jenks claims that there’s more to the story.

“Some say this is nothing more than a media-manufactured term,” he says in a trailer for the episode.
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Rock Revivalists Greta Van Fleet on Their Quest for ‘Musical Honesty’

Rock Revivalists Greta Van Fleet on Their Quest for ‘Musical Honesty’
Critical derision, like musical trends, is cyclical. In a now-infamous pan of Led Zeppelin’s debut, Rolling Stone slammed guitarist Jimmy Page as a “very limited producer and a writer of weak, unimaginative songs.” Decades later, Rs named Led Zeppelin the 29th-greatest album of all time. Enter Greta Van Fleet, a Michigan-bred hard-rock quartet with a penchant for greasy “Moby Dick” riffs and wailing vocal bombast. Fittingly, even the response to their first record, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, mirrors what the Golden Gods encountered close to 50 years ago: rabid
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