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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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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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‘A Son of Man’ Creators on Filming in the Jungle: Like ‘Trying to Shoot a Space Movie in Space’

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‘A Son of Man’ Creators on Filming in the Jungle: Like ‘Trying to Shoot a Space Movie in Space’
Ecuadorian director Jamaicanoproblem has spent his life looking for treasure in the Amazon. In his new documentary-drama hybrid “A Son of Man,” Jamaicanoproblem wanted to film his recent quest for both ancient Incan gold and a newfound bond with his son.

“Through the arts, I have created a relationship with my son,” Jamaicanoproblem told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at a Q&A on Monday following a screening of his film, Ecuador’s entry into the Oscar foreign language film race. “Treasure doesn’t always mean gold. Treasure can be finding the unknown.”

A Son of Man” follows both Jamaicanoproblem (real name Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador y Campodonico) and his son Pipe (Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador y Boloña) in their real-life journey to find ancient Incan gold, which legend has it is hidden in the “eye of Atahualpa.”

Producer Lily van Ghemen said shooting in the jungles of South America was like “trying
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NAACP Tells Megyn Kelly to ‘Check Herself': ‘Blackface Is Always Racist and Never Ok’

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has denounced Megyn Kelly hours after the “Today” host said “blackface” would be Ok in some situations on Halloween.

“During the slave trade, some people thought it was Ok to treat human beings as property and less than animals,” Malik Russell, a spokesperson for the civil rights organization, told TheWrap on Tuesday. “Maybe in Megyn Kelly’s world, offensive acts and racism are Ok, but I assure you for individuals of color, blackface is always racist and never Ok.

“According to most studies on implicit bias, many think they are less racist than they really are — and regardless of whether Megyn’s bias is intentional or just implicit, its still wrong,” Russell continued. “As a national public figure, she has a responsibility to check herself – or get checked by those who are tired of racism and being disrespected by individuals who just don’t get it.
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David Tennant Joins Emily Watson in Psychological Thriller ‘Quicksand’

David Tennant Joins Emily Watson in Psychological Thriller ‘Quicksand’
David Tennant is joining Emily Watson in the psychological thriller “Quicksand.”

The film, due to shoot in April on the Greek island of Crete, re-teams the British actors, who starred as a couple in 2013’s “The Politician’s Husband,” a three-episode British miniseries.

Quicksand” follows a British couple living out their dream in the Mediterranean. But their paradise comes to an abrupt end when their visiting son is tragically murdered by a local youth. The husband is offered a chance at revenge by a dangerous stranger who won’t take no for an answer, but the price of revenge is one more murder.

TV director Mark Brozel is making his feature film debut from a script by Steve Lewis & Tony Owen. Mark Lavender and Joel Scott-Halkes are producing, while Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz are executive producing for 13 Films. The executive producer is Peter Garde, in cooperation with Indigo View.
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Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special’ to Get 50th Anniversary Box Set Release

Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special’ to Get 50th Anniversary Box Set Release
For much of the Sixties, Elvis Presley’s most visible presence was on the big screen, in a seemingly endless series of films that ranged from fun (Viva Las Vegas) to forgettable (Easy Come, Easy Go). For that reason alone, the King’s December 3rd, 1968, “comeback” special for NBC was a welcome return to form. Yet, entirely on its own it remains simply one of Presley’s finest moments as an electrifying entertainer, and a landmark event that revolutionized the presentation of live music via television.

On November 30th, a comprehensive,
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Viola Davis on Interracial Kiss With Liam Neeson in ‘Widows': ‘Elusive to Me Because of the Way I Look’

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Viola Davis on Interracial Kiss With Liam Neeson in ‘Widows': ‘Elusive to Me Because of the Way I Look’
(Warning: A very light spoiler is discussed)

A deep, passionate kiss is shared by Viola Davis and Liam Neeson in the opening frames of “Widows,” immediately keying audiences into the fact that they’re not watching an ordinary crime thriller. This is a Steve McQueen crime thriller, by the director who won the Best Picture Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” and who also earned raves for his groundbreaking sex addiction drama “Shame,” starring Michael Fassbender.

“You will not see that,” Davis said of the intimate bedroom kiss between a black woman and white man depicted in the film. “I don’t care how much people say they’re committed to inclusivity — they’re not committed to that,” said the Oscar winner at a screening on the 20th Century Fox lot in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, attended by McQueen and other cast members.

It’s an opening scene that
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Richard Linklater Returns With Yet Another Anti-Ted Cruz Ad

Richard Linklater Returns With Yet Another Anti-Ted Cruz Ad
Richard Linklater and the Fire Ted Cruz Pac have now teamed up on four commercials designed to convince Texans heading to the polls on November 6th that the incumbent senator is not the man to represent their state. Each of the ads have featured nothing more than an extremely Texan man, played by Sonny Carl Davis, sitting in an extremely Texan coffee shop, expressing bewilderment over how his home state could embrace such a craven, unlikable politician. Released Tuesday afternoon, the latest offering keys in on how even Republicans find Cruz objectionable.
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NBC Aims to Bolster ‘Tonight Show’ Producing Team With Veteran Executive

NBC Aims to Bolster ‘Tonight Show’ Producing Team With Veteran Executive
Jimmy Fallon on Monday night added an unconventional twist to his “Tonight Show.” He came out from behind his usual on-screen roost — his desk — to interview actress Juliette Lewis while sitting next to her on the seats normally reserved for guests.

“That’s the way things happen here on ‘The Tonight Show,’” Fallon told the actress. “No rules.”

Even so, the NBC late-night mainstay is expected to soon have a new person helping to set, and maybe break, some of “Tonight’s” rhythms.

Negotiations have begun to bring Jim Bell, the veteran NBC News and NBC Sports executive, on board to help run “Tonight,
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‘The Voice’ Recap: Fairy Tales and Possum Praising

With Battle Rounds for Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice now in full swing, the decisions are getting tougher as the teams whittle down to their strongest competitors.

Monday night’s episode featured a double shot of battles between talented young females, with the judges forced into choosing one but dropping the other, despite their better judgment. The sweet-singing pair of 13-year-old Reagan Strange and 16-year-old Emily Hough was a prime example, with the Team Adam Levine counterparts taking on Ed Sheeran’s sensitive “Photograph.”

The patient ballad left plenty
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Hear Nao, 6lack Take Flight on New Song ‘If You Ever’

Hear Nao, 6lack Take Flight on New Song ‘If You Ever’
Rising R&B singer Nao unveiled a romantic new song, “If You Ever,” featuring rapper 6lack. The track will appear on Nao’s forthcoming album, Saturn, which arrives October 26th via Little Tokyo/Sony. Nao’s frequent collaborator Mura Masa co-produced and co-wrote the track, which boasts an atmospheric mix of synths and strings that are anchored by skipping percussion. Nao injects her vocals with a potent sense of wanderlust, while 6lack strides over the beat, spitting punchlines like, “Angelic halo on tilt, it’s a look/ Stairway to heaven,
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Live+7 Ratings for Week of Oct. 8: ‘Manifest’ Doubles In Week 3

“Manifest” continues to be the undisputed breakout of the 2018-2019 season.

The NBC mystery drama more than doubled in adults 18-49 and nearly doubled in total viewers in week 3 of the current season, which ran from Oct. 8-14. The show grew by 113% in the key demo to a 3.4 and 99% in total viewers to 14.9 million. “Manifest” and “This Is Us” were once again the top two shows of the week in both measures.

ABC’s “A Million Little Things” once again grew by a 1.1 in the key demo, or 138%. The freshman drama also grew by 96% in total viewers to 7.2 million. “The Good Doctor
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‘House of Cards’: Robin Wright on Returning to Work Without Kevin Spacey

‘House of Cards’: Robin Wright on Returning to Work Without Kevin Spacey
Robin Wright said returning to “House of Cards” after Kevin Spacey was fired when sexual misconduct allegations wasn’t as hard as one might think.

“We are all such a tight-knit family on that show and everyone was so dedicated to making the best of ‘House of Cards.’ What that meant was, we gotta close this out. Give the fans what they want,” Wright told Variety on Monday at the Los Angeles premiere of the sixth and final season of Netflix’s hit series. “Close out the story, come to the conclusion [Claire Underwood] was always meant to be the first female president.
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The Collaborative Magic of Boygenius

On their last day at Los Angeles’ Sound City Studios this past June, Phoebe Bridgers brought a half-finished song to her new bandmates, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus. She had an acoustic guitar riff, a verse and half a chorus, but not much more, and she was hesitant to share her work-in-progress.

“We’re not recording this song. This is not happening,” she told Dacus and Baker at first. But they liked it so much that they began working on it with her, tossing out ideas — “What if the lyrics said this?
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Megyn Kelly ‘Sorry’ for Defending Wearing Blackface on Halloween

Megyn Kelly ‘Sorry’ for Defending Wearing Blackface on Halloween
Megyn Kelly has apologized to her colleagues for defending wearing blackface on Halloween, an unpopular stance she took Tuesday morning during the “Today” show’s third hour.

The “Megyn Kelly Today” host said earlier today that she didn’t see the big deal if a white person wanted to darken their skin to dress up as a black person on Halloween, or vice versa.

“What is racist?” she 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.”

Also Read: Megyn Kelly Defends Wearing 'Blackface' on Halloween: 'When I Was a Kid That Was Ok' (Video)

Kelly used “Real Housewives” star Luann de Lesseps, who darkened her appearance to more accurately portray Diana Ross, as an example.
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Blumhouse Television Adds Lisa Niedenthal as Evp of Production, Four More Execs

Blumhouse Television has added five new positions to its production, development and business affairs teams, including bringing on Entertainment One vet Lisa Niedenthal as executive vice president.

Niedenthal will lead the company’s physical production team, which has also added Tevin Adelman as vice president and Alexandra Reed as manager. She will oversee productions across all scripted and non-scripted programming, including “The Purge” series at USA and the Hulu anthology “Into the Dark.”

The company has also added Anne Pedersen as senior vice president of business affairs, Kyle Chalmers as vice president of development and original programming, and promoted Sahar Vahedi to director of development.

Also Read: 'Halloween' Nears October Box Office Record With $77 Million Opening

“2018 has been an incredible year for us, with series launches on HBO, Facebook Watch, USA Network, Hulu and Netflix and award-winning documentaries at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, plus docuseries in production at FX,
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