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‘Alice’ Series Reboot From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot

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‘Alice’ Series Reboot  From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot
Another classic sitcom is eying a reboot. Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Alice, a multi-camera comedy based on the 1976 CBS TV series starring Linda Lavin. It comes from Diablo Cody (One Mississippi), Liz Astrof (2 Broke Girls) and Warner Bros. TV, which produced the original series and where Cody and her Vita Vera Films are based.

Written and executive produced by Cody and Astrof, Alice is based on the TV series Alice, which in turn was based on the 1974 feature film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, directed by Martin Scorsese. The Fox reboot centers on Long Island housewife Alice Hyatt, who has finally worked up the courage to leave her cheating husband. She drives cross-country to Arizona with her teenage son Tommy, and gets a job as a waitress at a roadside diner where the staff becomes their new surrogate family.

Warner Bros. TV co-produces with Vita Vera Films.
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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity

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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity
Idris Elba is in final talks to join Tom Hooper’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats. We hear Elba is playing famed feline Macavity.

The Golden Globe and two-time SAG Award winner joins Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley. The pic is currently in pre-production.

Macavity is the only real villain in the musical who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader, and attempts to abduct Demeter, one of two cats who sings about him. The character was originally portrayed by Richard Pettyfer in the original West End production, and by Kenneth Ard in the Broadway production. Macavity also has a hypnotic power. In act two, there are two songs about him: “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” sung by Demeter, Bombalurina, and female feline back-up and “Macavity Fight” performed by Macavity, Demeter, Munkustrap, and Alonzo.

Elba is currently filming Fast and Furious
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‘Grimm’ Spinoff With A Female Lead In Works At NBC

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‘Grimm’ Spinoff With A Female Lead In Works At NBC
Grimm is eying a comeback. NBC is developing a spinoff from the supernatural series, which bowed out last year after six seasons. Like the original, the offshoot hails from Universal TV and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s studio-based Hazy Mills Prods.

Written by Melissa Glenn (Marvel’s Iron Fist), the untitled spinoff, I hear, will center on a female Grimm. Per NBC, building off the mythology of the original series, the new show will feature returning fan favorites while also introducing new characters, new dangers and epic new mysteries. I hear no actors are currently attached but the idea is for the offshoot to feature some original cast members, regular or recurring.

Glenn executive produces with Hazy Mills’ Hayes and Milliner. Grimm co-creators/showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf will serve as consulting producers.

The original series followed Portland Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovered he is a Grimm,
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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Paul Gross To Reprise Role In Netflix Revival; Full Cast Set

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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Paul Gross To Reprise Role In Netflix Revival; Full Cast Set
Netflix has rounded out cast for Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, its 10-episode limited series revival. Paul Gross returns to reprise his role as Brian Hawkins from the original miniseries, ex-husband of Mary Ann Singleton and father of Shawna Hawkins, played by previously announced Laura Linney and Ellen Page, respectively. The series is currently in production for a 2019 premiere.

Murray Bartlett (Looking) has been cast as the lovable Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver, longtime resident at Barbary Lane and Mary Ann’s best friend; Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) plays Mouse’s boyfriend Ben Marshall; newcomers Josiah Victoria Garcia plays Jake Rodriguez, a newer resident on Barbary Lane who is a transgender man and a caregiver for Anna Madrigal (previously announced Olympia Dukakis) and May Hong (High Maintenance) as Jake’s long-term girlfriend Margot Park. Previously announced Barbara Garrick also returns as DeDe Halycon Day.

Recurring cast
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‘Walking Dead’ Hits New Series Ratings Low

‘Walking Dead’ Hits New Series Ratings Low
The Walking Dead” posted a new series low in the Nielsen ratings with Sunday night’s episode.

The second episode of Season 9 of the AMC series drew a 2.0 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 4.9 million viewers in the Live+Same Day numbers. The show’s previous low in the key demo was a 2.4, which was set during Season 1. That is also very close to the show’s current low in total viewers, which is 4.7 million, also set during Season 1.

This week’s episode was also down around 20% in both measures from last week’s season premiere.

For the night as a whole,
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‘Blood Ties’ Cop Drama From Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Appian Way Set At NBC

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‘Blood Ties’ Cop Drama From Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Appian Way Set At NBC
On the heels of Shades of Blue ending its run after three seasons, star/executive producer Jennifer Lopez has teamed with co-star Vincent Laresca for a new cop drama, which has been put in development by NBC. The project, Blood Ties, hails from former The Mentalist executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi, Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-ThomasNuyorican Productions, Appian Way and Universal TV, where Nuyorican is based.

Written by Szentgyorgyi, Blood Ties is a procedural crime show in the vein of NYPD Blue, which isbased on an idea by Laresca. When convicted homicide detective Steve Horvath is exonerated, he’s given his job back but finds he now has unconventional insight about the criminals he faces. Teaming up with an unexpected rookie who has a secret agenda of his own, Horvath must learn to adapt to life outside of prison while trying to figure out who framed him and why.

Szentgyorgyi executive
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Peaky Blinders: Season Five; Anya Taylor-Joy Joins Netflix Series

Peaky Blinders: Season Five;  Anya Taylor-Joy Joins Netflix Series
Anya Taylor-Joy is headed to Birmingham. BBC One just announced the Miniaturist star has joined season five of Peaky Blinders.

The period drama, which airs on the in the U.S., centers on a gang living and operating in 1920s Birmingham, England. The cast includes Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Tom Hardy, Annabelle Wallis, Sam Neill, Charlotte Riley, and Adrien Brody.

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‘This Is Us': Milo Ventimiglia Teases Jack and Rebecca’s Upcoming La Road Trip

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‘This Is Us': Milo Ventimiglia Teases Jack and Rebecca’s Upcoming La Road Trip
Tuesday night’s episode of “This Is Us” focused on how Milo Ventimiglia’s Jack and his younger brother Nicky (Michael Angarano) ended up in the Vietnam War, but the previous episode teased a period in Jack and Rebecca’s love life that we can’t wait to see on screen.

“Katie Girls” ended with Jack agreeing to go with Rebecca (Mandy Moore) to Los Angeles, where she has been dreaming of going to try and sign with the same record label as her music hero Joni Mitchell. The upcoming road trip will be a bit of a test for the young couple, Ventimiglia teased to TheWrap ahead of Tuesday’s episode.

“L.A. is a long way from Pittsburgh in 1972, so Jack and Rebecca are going to be spending a lot of time together,” the actor told TheWrap, hinting that it might not be smooth sailing the entire trip.
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Roseanne Barr Lashes Out After ‘The Conners’ Offs Her Character

Roseanne Barr Lashes Out After ‘The Conners’ Offs Her Character
Roseanne Barr’s character was killed off in Tuesday’s premiere of “The Conners,” but the former TV star took to Twitter to protest the narrative turn.

“I Ain’T Dead Bitches,” Barr tweeted. Barr and her spiritual teacher Rabbi Shmuley Boteach also released a longer statement regarding the on-screen death.

“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of ‘The Conners,’ all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel ‘Roseanne’ by killing off the Roseanne Conner character. That it was done
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Tom Arnold Says He Gave Trump ‘Elevator Tape’ Details to a ‘Real Journalist’ (Podcast)

Tom Arnold Says He Gave Trump ‘Elevator Tape’ Details to a ‘Real Journalist’ (Podcast)
Tom Arnold’s “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes” aired an episode Tuesday dedicated to a Trump “Elevator Tape” — even though there’s no proof such a tape exists.

Arnold, who cheerfully admits he has no credibility, told us on the “Shoot This Now” podcast that he’s turned over what he’s learned about the reputed tape to a “real journalist.” You can listen to it on Apple or right here.

There’s just one problem with Arnold telling a real journalist what he knows: As you’ll hear on our podcast, he’s very cagey about what, if anything, he conclusively knows.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Arnold’s show, which planned to air three episodes back-to-back Tuesday, is dedicated to tapes that have never been proven to exist, but the elevator tape may be the most elusive of all.
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Film News Roundup: 1963 U.S. Naval Academy Football Team to Get Doc Treatment

In today’s film news roundup, a documentary about the 1963 Navy football team takes shape, “Never Heard” gets a release, Tim Tebow is backing “Run the Race,” “Death on the Nile” gets a 2020 release and Martin Scorsese is honored.

Documentary Set

Michael Meredith, son of the late Dallas Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith, has signed on to direct “The President’s Team,” a documentary about the 1963 U.S. Naval Academy football team, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, based on the 2009 book of the same title by Michael Connelly, follows the story of commitment and camaraderie among a team of young athletes attempting to revive a nation wrought with grief — 10 days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy, a Navy veteran, was scheduled to initiate the 1963 Army-Navy game with a coin toss. In the days following his assassination, with the status of the major event up in the air,
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Bono, Pharrell, Michael Stipe Contribute to Artist’s Album Honoring Dead Cat

Bono, Pharrell, Michael Stipe Contribute to Artist’s Album Honoring Dead Cat
Bono, Pharrell, Michael Stipe and Laurie Anderson are among a host of musicians who have contributed to a new album from French artist Sophie Calle about her dead cat, NPR reports.

The 37-track project is named for the late feline, Souris, which translates to “mouse” in English. Souris Calle is available to stream via Spotify, while it can also be purchased on triple LP vinyl.

Souris Calle opens with a voicemail ode from Bono, who speaks over a rumbling rock groove: “She seems to hide all looks that have ever
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‘This Is Us’ Team on Jack and Nicky’s Vietnam Origin Story

‘This Is Us’ Team on Jack and Nicky’s Vietnam Origin Story
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Vietnam,” the fourth episode of the third season of “This Is Us.”

A little more of the mystery of who Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) was has been unraveled on “This Is Us.”

The family man who told his wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore) he was “only a mechanic” in the Vietnam War not only actually saw a lot of action while overseas but he also enlisted, despite a heart condition that would have legitimately kept him home, because his little brother Nicky (Michael Angarano) was drafted.

“He’s a guy who,
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Roseanne Barr on Her ‘Conners’ Character Fate: ‘I Ain’t Dead, Bitches!’

Roseanne Barr on Her ‘Conners’ Character Fate: ‘I Ain’t Dead, Bitches!’
Roseanne Barr took to Twitter to react to the premiere of ABC’s “The Conners” on Tuesday night.

The actress, who was fired from what was the network’s “Roseanne” revival after an offensive tweet, seemed to object to the way her character was killed off the show.

“I Ain’T Dead, Bitches!!!!” she tweeted, about an hour after the episode ended.

Also Read: 'The Conners': Here's How Roseanne Was Killed Off on the ABC Sitcom

An hour after that, Barr released a lengthier statement in coordination with World Values Network Founder Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that praised her former co-stars but blasted ABC for refusing to forgive her for “an inexcusable – but not unforgivable – mistake.”

“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that
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‘This Is Us’ Star on Nicky’s Life-Changing Decision in ‘Vietnam’

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‘This Is Us’ Star on Nicky’s Life-Changing Decision in ‘Vietnam’
(Warning: Spoilers ahead for “This Is Us” Season 3, Episode 4, titled “Vietnam”)

This week’s episode of “This Is Us” gave us our first good look at Jack’s little brother Nicky and his time in Vietnam — and the life-changing decision that ultimately led Jack to follow Nicky into the service.

The episode begins with Jack finding Nicky in Vietnam when they are both placed at neighboring stations. The episode unfolds backwards in time from there, showing viewers Nicky getting drafted, Jack attempting to smuggle his little brother across the Canadian border, and Nicky ultimately deciding not to dodge after all.

So what changed Nicky’s mind?

Also Read: 'This Is Us' Star Sterling K. Brown Signs Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

“Well, [Nicky’s] letter that he leaves for Jack says, thank you for always saving me, but it’s my turn to save the day,” Michael Angarano,
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How ‘The Conners’ Cast Channeled Their Real-Life Feelings About Roseanne Barr On TV

How ‘The Conners’ Cast Channeled Their Real-Life Feelings About Roseanne Barr On TV
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not seen the premiere episode of “The Conners,” which aired on Tuesday, Oct. 16 on ABC.

The Conners family returned to TV on Tuesday night without their matriarch, Roseanne.

Of course, art imitated life in the premiere episode of the reboot, which was the result of “Roseanne” being abruptly cancelled, following racially-charged remarks made earlier this year by Roseanne Barr.

“It was an emotional day for everybody,” Sara Gilbert said on Tuesday evening at the Paley Center’s annual Paley Fest in New York City, recalling the first day back on set without Barr.
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Quincy Jones ('Quincy')

"I found out a long time ago that the best position to be in — in this city [Hollywood] — is to be underestimated," says Quincy Jones, the legendary showbiz figure, as we sit down at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. Jones, who has worked as a musician, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, record producer, film composer, record label executive and film producer over a career spanning some 75 years, during which he has closely collaborated with an incredible array of the most important artists of his ...
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‘Shoplifters’ Leads Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations

‘Shoplifters’ Leads Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations
“Shoplifters,” the Japanese drama that won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, leads the race for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. It is nominated for best film and in in two other categories.

The four other films nominated for best feature film are: Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning” (Korea), Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “The Gentle Indifference of the World”, Khavn de la Cruz’s “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness” (Philippines), and Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s “Manta Ray”.

Nomination in 11 categories were announced on Wednesday. They include 46 films from 22 countries. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 29, 2018.

This year, films from Japan and China lead the tally with 7 nominations each. Films from Australia, India and Kazakhstan each received 5 nominations. Uzbekistan (actor Karim Mirkhadiyev for his role in “Fortitude”) received a nomination for the first time.

Best director nominations go to: Hirokazu Kore-eda for “Shoplifters”; Ivan Ayr for “Soni
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U.S. Girls, Tune-Yards in Conversation: Watch Live

Tonight in Los Angeles, U.S. Girls’ Meg Remy and Tune-YardsMerrill Garbus are taking part in a special Q&A on the role of art in the modern age. Presented by Rolling Stone and moderated by Rs contributor Jenny Eliscu, the conversation is happening at NeueHouse’s Hollywood location beginning at 9:30 P.M. Est / 6:30 P.M. Pst, and you can livestream it on Facebook Live.

Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls are also embarking on a joint tour later this week, kicking off this Thursday in L.A.
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