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Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Tracking for Heroic $140M-Plus Debut

Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Tracking for Heroic $140M-Plus Debut
Disney and Pixar's The Incredibles 2 is tracking for a huge box-office debut of $140 million-plus in North America, according to early tracking.

The animated film opens in theaters on June 15, nearly 14 years after The Incredibles hit the big screen and turned into an instant classic.

Incredibles 2 is directed by Brad Bird, who also wrote and helmed the first film. Along with Bird, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson and John Ratzenberger reprise their roles. New additions to the voice cast include Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini.

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‘Code Black’ Canceled After Three Seasons at CBS

‘Code Black’ Canceled After Three Seasons at CBS
CBS has pulled the plug on medical drama “Code Black” after three seasons.

Series creator and showrunner Michael Seitzman first broke the news on Twitter.

“Dear #CodeBlack fans, the sad news came today that we were cancelled,” he wrote. “It’s been a true joy to make this show and watch your response every week. Thank you for all of your passion. Truly, our best episodes have yet to air. We hope you’ll watch and enjoy them. We made them for you.”

The series takes place in the fictional Angels Memorial Hospital, where the high number often outnumbered the
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‘Queer Eye’ Season 2 Gets Premiere Date at Netflix – and It’s Really Soon

‘Queer Eye’ Season 2 Gets Premiere Date at Netflix – and It’s Really Soon
The new Fab Five are coming back to Netflix really, really soon.

The streaming service announced Thursday that it has set a June 15 premiere date for “Queer Eye” Season 2, just two months after the reboot was renewed for a second installment.

The new “Queer Eye” hit Netflix earlier this year, introducing us to the new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion).

Here’s the official logline for the next batch of episodes: This season, the Queer Eye Fab Five return to the Georgia heartland, forging connections with communities from a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from self-love and faith, to immigration and how to make the perfect homemade poke bowls and more!

“These series
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George R.R. Martin Developing Animated ‘Ice Dragon’ Movie With Warner Bros.

George R.R. Martin Developing Animated ‘Ice Dragon’ Movie With Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. is developing George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel “The Ice Dragon” as an animated movie with the “Game of Thrones” writer on board as a producer.

“The Ice Dragon,” first published in 1980, is the story of a young girl and the ice dragon she befriends in a mythical land of frigid snow after the death of her mother. The ice dragon was an untamed creature of legend and fear, and when it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land, but the girl was unafraid because she was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone could remember. Her friendship leads to the ice dragon defending the girl’s world from fiery dragons on a summer day.

Martin’s manager Vince Gerardis is set to executive produce. Warner Bros. Animation Group chiefs Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy are overseeing the project for the studio.
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Former ‘Bachelorette’ Star Says She Was Drugged and ‘Accosted’ During the Show

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Former ‘Bachelorette’ Star Says She Was Drugged and ‘Accosted’ During the Show
Meredith Phillips, a former star of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” has come forward saying she was drugged and “accosted” during her time on the show.

Phillips, who served as the Bachelorette on the show’s second season in 2004, said in an interview on the Reality Steve podcast that a massage therapist for the show drugged and “accosted” her in the tub of the room where she was staying.

Phillips said the woman, hired by one of the show’s producers, gave her a pill that made her drowsy.

“The last thing I remember is she got naked and she was in the tub with me, rubbing my back, and rubbing areas that she probably shouldn’t have,” she said, adding that she woke up naked with little memory of what had transpired.

She did not
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‘Transformers’ Sequel Cut From Paramount’s 2019 Release Slate

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‘Transformers’ Sequel Cut From Paramount’s 2019 Release Slate
Paramount announced Wednesday that it has removed next year’s planned “Transformers” installment from its release slate.

The sequel to “Transformers: The Last Knight” had been scheduled for release on June 28, 2019. The sole “Transformers” film now left on Paramount’s slate is the spinoff “Bumblebee,” which will hit theaters this Christmas.

Last year, “The Last Knight” scored the lowest box office returns of any “Transformers” installment with $605 million worldwide against a $217 million production budget, including a franchise-low $130 million domestic cume. The birth and rise of Michael Bay’s series based on the classic Hasbro toy line was one of the signature achievements of Paramount’s late former CEO Brad Grey, who passed away last year.

Also Read: 'Transformers: The Last Knight' and 'Fifty Shades Darker' Lead 2018 Razzie Award Nominations

But the decline of the once critic-proof series over the course of this decade has run parallel
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Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Sets Summer 2019 Release Date

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Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Sets Summer 2019 Release Date
Paramount Pictures has dated Taron Egerton’s “Rocketman” for May 17, 2019.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film got a finance and distribution deal last month. Egerton portrays Elton John in the various stages of his legendary life. Lee Hall wrote the script for the package, and John is producing with Marv Films and Matthew Vaughn alongside John’s Rocket Pictures partner and husband David Furnish.

Egerton is set to sing John’s songs himself, with production set to begin in August.

In 2012, John had said he wanted Justin Timberlake to play him. Then, Tom Hardy’s name was being floated by producers on the film.

Other films opening on May 17 next year include “John Wick: Chapter 3,” Yara Shahidi’s “The Sun Is Also a Star” and “A Dog’s Journey.”

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‘Outlander’s Sam Heugan Joins Vin Diesel In Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’

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‘Outlander’s Sam Heugan Joins Vin Diesel In Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’
Exclusive: Outlander’s Sam Heughan is set to join Vin Diesel in Bloodshot for Sony Pictures. The pic, which marks Diesel’s first superhero film, starts production in July with Dave Wilson directing and Neal H. Moritz producing. The film is casting up quickly.

Bloodshot is a central character in the Valiant Expanded Universe – a comic book universe composed of a diverse array of thousands of characters embodying a wide variety of genres, tones and demographic groups and over 81 million comics sold. Valiant’s superheroes are ordinary people in extraordinary situations rather than gods and demi-gods; they are complex characters that reflect contemporary society, politics, and diversity of the modern world.

Wilson is a director at Blur Studios, the VFX factory owned by Tim Miller, who directed the first Deadpool and is reviving the Terminator franchise. Pic re-teams Fast and the Furious’ Moritz and Diesel. Sony is hoping to launch
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Idris Elba Set to Direct, Star in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Netflix

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Idris Elba Set to Direct, Star in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Netflix
Idris Elba is set to star in, direct and produce a modern retelling of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” for Netflix, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

The film is currently untitled. Elba will also produce the music for the feature. Producers on the project include Fred Berger (“La La Land”) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Midnight Special”) for Automatik, with Elba and Ana Garantino producing for Elba’s Green Door shingle.

Michael Mitnick (“The Current War”) is writing the script.

Last month, the streaming platform announced Elba would star in “Turn Up Charlie,” a comedy in which Elba plays a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

Elba most recently starred in “Molly’s Game,
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'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Sets Streaming Date for Netflix Series 'Disenchantment'

'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Sets Streaming Date for Netflix Series 'Disenchantment'
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Netflix have scheduled their new fantasy-minded animated comedy series, Disenchantment, to debut in August.

"Viewers will be whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci," Netflix said of the show. "Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses and lots of human fools."

Broad City's Abbi Jacobson ("Bean"), Eric Andre ("Luci") and Nat Faxon ("Elfo") lead Disenchantment's voice cast.
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Kim Cattrall to Star in CBS All Access Series ‘Tell Me a Story’

Kim Cattrall to Star in CBS All Access Series ‘Tell Me a Story’
Kim Cattrall has joined the cast of the upcoming CBS All Access series “Tell Me a Story.”

The series takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of the serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an tale of love, loss, greed, revenge, and murder

Cattrall will play Colleen, an unlikely and very nontraditional grandmother. When her son moves back home, bringing with him a troubled teenager, Kayla, this former chorus girl
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'Watchmen': Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson to Star in Damon Lindelof's HBO Pilot

'Watchmen': Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson to Star in Damon Lindelof's HBO Pilot
A day after sharing a lengthy (and heartfelt) open letter about his approach to adapting Watchmen, Damon Lindelof and HBO have announced the star-studded cast of the drama pilot take on Alan Moore's beloved comic series.

The Leftovers grad Regina King will reunite with Lindelof on the HBO pilot and lead a cast that also includes Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify) and Andrew Howard (Hatfields and McCoys).

Details about their respective characters are being kept under wraps.

Lindelof's take is ...
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Morgan Freeman Fallout: Vancouver Public Transport Suspends Use of Actor’s Voice

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Morgan Freeman Fallout: Vancouver Public Transport Suspends Use of Actor’s Voice
Morgan Freeman will no longer be the voice heard on Vancouver public transportation, the city’s transit authority said on Thursday.

As an immediate response to sexual harassment accusations against the actor, the city’s transit system, TransLink, said it has paused the use of Freeman’s voice for transit announcements.

“In light of information we’ve learned this morning of allegations regarding actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a Visa ad campaign on our transit system,” TransLink said in a statement. “We will be reaching out to Visa to discuss further.”

Also Read: 79 Hollywood and Media Heavyweights Accused of Sexual Misconduct Since Harvey Weinstein

Freeman was accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, including allegations of “unwanted touching” and harassment, in a report published Thursday by CNN.

The actor put out a statement apologizing to “anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected.
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Cmt Orders ‘Bachelorette Weekend’ Reality Show From ‘Jersey Shore’ Producers

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Cmt has unveiled its summer programming slate, which includes the new series “Bachelorette Weekend” from the producers of “Jersey Shore” and “Party Down South.”

The series, premiering Thursday, August 2, follows the employees of the Nashville-based party-planning company Bach Weekend as they work to create once-in-a-lifetime bachelor/bachelorette experiences for would-be brides and grooms celebrating their final fling before the ring.

“Bachelorette Weekend” is produced by SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions.

Also Read: Cmt Ups Morgan Selzer to Svp, Program Development

Cmt has also scheduled another season of the long-running “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” to premiere the same night, serving as the lead-in for “Bachelorette Weekend.”

As previously announced, the final run of episodes for the scripted music drama “Nashville” will premiere on June 7. Watch the trailer here.

See the full schedule:

June

“2018 Cmt Music Awards” Live from Nashville – premieres Wednesday, June 6 at 8pm Et/Pt

“Nashville” Final Episodes – premieres Thursday,
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Checco Varese Becomes Go-to Cinematographer for Launching TV Shows

Checco Varese Becomes Go-to Cinematographer for Launching TV Shows
Shooting TV pilots isn’t for everyone. They require extensive prep work and the ability to think on one’s feet. But those are the kinds of things at which Checco Varese has become expert.

After starting as a camera assistant for National Geographic Films in Peru and getting a couple of dozen NatGeo documentaries under his belt, he became a news cameraman for NBC, CNN and BBC. For 14 years he filmed in war-torn areas under sensitive circumstances — an occupation that required him to be a fixer as well as a gatherer of images. He would drop into a location
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ ‘Coco’ Composers Honored at Ascap Screen Music Awards

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ ‘Coco’ Composers Honored at Ascap Screen Music Awards
Composers John Powell and Germaine Franco took top honors at Wednesday night’s Screen Music Awards of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Ascap) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Powell, composer of the Oscar-nominated score for “How to Train Your Dragon” and the new “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” received the Henry Mancini Award for his “outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music.”

Franco, songwriter and arranger of last year’s “Coco” who was also recently named “one of 15 Latinas who are changing the world” by Univision, received the Shirley Walker Award, given to a composer “whose achievements have contributed to the diversity of film and television music.”

Both composers spent more time talking about the composers in whose honor the awards were named, rather than about themselves or their own music. Before the ceremony, Powell told Variety that he met Mancini when
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ ‘Coco’ Composers Honored at Ascap Screen Music Awards

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ ‘Coco’ Composers Honored at Ascap Screen Music Awards
Composers John Powell and Germaine Franco took top honors at Wednesday night’s Screen Music Awards of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Ascap) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Powell, composer of the Oscar-nominated score for “How to Train Your Dragon” and the new “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” received the Henry Mancini Award for his “outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music.”

Franco, songwriter and arranger of last year’s “Coco” who was also recently named “one of 15 Latinas who are changing the world” by Univision, received the Shirley Walker Award, given
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Marlee Matlin Talks Trio of TV Roles: ‘There’s No Box I Fit Into’

Marlee Matlin Talks Trio of TV Roles: ‘There’s No Box I Fit Into’
Marlee Matlin won an Oscar for her first role (in the 1986 film “Children of a Lesser God”) but the majority of her three decade-long career has been spent on television. This year alone she has had roles on ABC’s “Quantico,” Syfy’s “The Magicians” and Sundance Now’s “This Close.” “They’re all three very, very different roles, and I’m very excited about the fact that there’s opportunity to play different characters on different outlets,” Matlin says.

Your three most recent TV projects are across the board with genres and networks. Was there a common thread to
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Morgan Freeman Apologizes Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations

Morgan Freeman Apologizes Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations
Morgan Freeman has issued an apology for making women feel “uneasy,” following a CNN report in which eight women alleged that he sexually harassed them or made inappropriate remarks.

“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” Freeman said in a statement obtained by Variety. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

CNN reported that two women alleged Freeman, 80, touched them inappropriately. One of them, a production assistant, said the actor repeatedly tried to lift her skirt.

In total, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman. Eight claimed to be the subjects of either sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, and eight said they witnessed Freeman’s alleged misconduct. The months-long investigation was sparked by comments made by Freeman to one of the CNN journalists who co-wrote the report over a year ago.
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Box Office: ‘Incredibles 2’ Tracking for Supercharged $140 Million Opening

Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” is heading for a supercharged opening weekend of at least $140 million in North America.

Early tracking released on Thursday showed that unaided awareness was at 30% and total awareness was at an impressive 96%, with “definite interest” at 61%. “Incredibles 2” was the first choice among 13% of those surveyed.

Disney’s new distribution chief Cathleen Taff noted last month at CinemaCon that the teaser trailer for “Incredibles 2” was the most-watched animated teaser ever, with more than 113 million views in the first 24 hours.

The sequel picks up right after the 2004 original, with Craig T. Nelson returning as the voice of Bob Parr, Holly Hunter as Elastigirl, and Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone. Brad Bird, who voices fashion designer Edna Mode, is back to direct. New additions to the voice cast include Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush, and Isabella Rossellini.

The sequel again deals with the Parr
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