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Netflix, Michael Bay, Ryan Reynolds & Skydance Set Action Franchise ‘Six Underground’

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Netflix, Michael Bay, Ryan Reynolds & Skydance Set Action Franchise ‘Six Underground’
Exclusive: In what would amount to its biggest budget feature project yet, Netflix is partnering with Skydance Media on Six Underground, an action thriller that Michael Bay will direct with Deadpool‘s Ryan Reynolds starring. Sources said the commitment here is in the $150M range, and Bay will start production this summer for 2019 release.

The project was developed by Skydance from a script by Deadpool screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Bay and Skydance announced in March their intentions to make the film together, with Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger will produce Six Underground along with Bay.

Wme reps Bay and Reynolds, the latter of whom comes off a $300 million global opening for Deadpool 2.

As for Netflix, this is the latest big project to come along even as some media and the Cannes Film Festival put out a vibe to try and marginalize its movie initiatives.
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'Cheyenne' Star Clint Walker Dead at 90

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'Cheyenne' Star Clint Walker Dead at 90
11:15 Am Pt -- Clint's daughter, Valerie, tells us Walker died from congestive heart failure.Clint Walker -- best known for playing a TV cowboy on the hit western series "Cheyenne" -- has died ... TMZ has learned. Clint died suddenly Monday in the company of his wife and daughter ... according to a source close to the family. It's still unclear what caused his death, but a family member says they believed it was a heart issue.
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Sony Announces Lord and Miller Animated Comedy ‘The Mitchells Vs the Machines’ (Exclusive)

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Sony Announces Lord and Miller Animated Comedy ‘The Mitchells Vs the Machines’ (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled the title and first details for its previously untitled Phil Lord and Chris Miller-produced Sony Pictures Animation Movie.

The Mitchells Vs. The Machines” will be an animated comedy from producers Lord and Miller, set for release on January 10, 2020.

The Mitchells are a dysfunctional, loving family whose road trip gets interrupted by a tech uprising. All around the world, devices we love like phones and self-driving cars turn on humanity, and the Mitchells have to work past their problems to save the world.

Mike Rianda is directing the film. He also wrote the screenplay with co-director Jeff Rowe. Lord and Miller produce alongside Kurt Albrecht.

Miller and Lord’s credits include “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street.” They also have an executive producing credit on the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story
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Charlize Theron is Megyn Kelly for the Untitled Jay Roach Film

Charlize Theron is Megyn Kelly for the Untitled Jay Roach Film
This casting is a stroke of genius. The crosshairs are set. After a decade of spearheading various broad comedies, Jay Roach found a new life targeting hypocritical politicians and the financial system that fuels their power. In 2008, he went after the absurd behind-the-scenes turmoil of […]

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Jet Li's manager says illness is not "life-threatening" after health scare

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Jet Li's manager says illness is not
Jet Li fans were given a bit of a scare recently when a photo of the actor began circulating around the internet of him looking thin and “unrecognizable.” The photo led people to begin speculating about Li’s condition, with many saying they were “praying” for his health. However, the movie star’s manager, Steven Chasman, has come out to say the actor is... Read More...
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Amazon in Talks to Revive ‘The Expanse’ for Season 4

Amazon in Talks to Revive ‘The Expanse’ for Season 4
The Expanse” could find new life on Amazon.

Variety has confirmed with sources that the streaming giant is in talks to pick up the sci-fi series for what would be its fourth season. The news comes after NBCUniversal-owned cable network Syfy announced they would not be picking up the show again once its third season concludes in June. The series is produced and fully financed by Alcon Television Group.

The story unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future, when two strangers become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,
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Michael Keaton’s Vulture to return in Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel

Michael Keaton’s Vulture to return in Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel
Following the news that Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play Mysterio in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Variety are reporting further developments from the world of the Sinister Six, with the story that Michael Keaton will reprise his role as The Vulture.

Last seen incarcerated during the end credits of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Adrian Toomes (Keaton) is confronted by another potential member of the Sinister Six, Mac Margan, aka The Scorpion, so this could mean that we’re getting the origin of Peter Parker’s nemesis posse.

Joining Tom Holland’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man in the sequel are the returning trio of Zendaya (The Greatest Showman), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny), and Jacob Batalon (Avengers: Infinity War).

The film, which Kevin Feige has confirmed will not be called Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, will take Peter Parker out of New York for a London adventure. Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers will once again take on writing duties,
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Wme-glaad Panel Focuses On Lgbtq Inclusion in Film, Endeavor Pledges To Boost Representation

Wme-glaad Panel Focuses On Lgbtq Inclusion in Film, Endeavor Pledges To Boost Representation
Director Kay Cannon, whose feature debut in R-rated comedy “Blockers” featured a lesbian romance, said the original script did not include a gay character.

But after considering that teenage girls may be grappling with their sexuality, Cannon said she decided to write the character into the film and was later surprised there was no push back from the studio, Universal.

“I didn’t get a note,” Cannon said. “They were incredibly progressive.”

Despite the inclusion of Lgbtq characters in recent major releases like “Blockers” and “Love, Simon,” 2017 was not a good year for Lgbtq characters in film, according to a GLAAD report released Tuesday showing fewer films featuring Lgbtq characters compared with 2016.

The report was the subject of conversation Tuesday at Wme, where the agency partnered with GLAAD to host a panel. Cannon was one of several participating in the discussion on the state of Lgbtq inclusiveness in Hollywood films.
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Damon Lindelof Gives ‘Watchmen’ Update: ‘This New Story Must Be Original’

Damon Lindelof Gives ‘Watchmen’ Update: ‘This New Story Must Be Original’
Damon Lindelof has said that the “Watchmen” pilot he is currently working on for HBO will not be a direct adaptation of the original graphic novel, but rather a completely new story set in the same world in the present day.

In a lengthy letter to fans posted to his Instagram, Lindelof addressed concerns about his potential series adaptation of the Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons classic.

“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago,” Lindelof wrote. “Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.
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Ryan Reynolds to Star in Michael Bay-Directed ‘Six Underground’ on Netflix

Netflix just added two more A-list names to its growing list of films.

Michael Bay’s next film, “Six Underground,” starring “Deadpool 2” actor Ryan Reynolds, has landed at the streaming giant, Skydance Media announced on Tuesday.

“Six Underground” is an action film based on an original idea from writers and executive producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who are best known for their work on “Deadpool” and “Deadpool 2.”

Also Read: 'Deadpool 2' Secret Weapon: Ryan Reynolds and His 2-Year Social Media Campaign

Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger will produce Six Underground along with Bay.

The film, produced by Skydance Media and Netflix, is targeting a summer start of production for worldwide release in 2019 on Netflix.

Bay, who served as a producer on the year’s hit horror film, “A Quiet Place,” last directed “Transformers: The Last Knight” in 2017.

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‘A Quiet Place’ Tops $300 Million at Worldwide Box Office

‘A Quiet Place’ Tops $300 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Paramount’s horror hit “A Quiet Place” has topped the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office.

A Quiet Place,” starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, had been forecasted to debut domestically with as much as $30 million when it opened on April 6. The film, which premiered at South by Southwest to rave reviews, instead stunned the industry by opening with $50 million.

Krasinski directed the story of an isolated family of four who must live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. Paramount said that the film would cross the $300 milestone on Tuesday, having grossed $176.5 million domestically after in less than seven weeks, along with another $122.4 million from international markets.

A Quiet Place” now ranks sixth on the all-time list of horror-thrillers, led by “It” with $327 million and followed by “The Sixth Sense,” “Jaws,” “The Exorcist,” and “Signs.” Paramount Pictures chairman-ceo Jim Gianopulos said at CinemaCon that “A Quiet Place
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'How to Talk to Girls at Parties': When Horny Punks Met Alien Sex Fiends

'How to Talk to Girls at Parties': When Horny Punks Met Alien Sex Fiends
Earth, 1977: England's dreaming, London's burning, and punk is raging as the U.K.'s youth culture du jour. Enn (Alex Sharp) spends his days writing and drawing his zine – titled Virys, because punk! – and giving polite society the two-fingered salute. At night, he and his knuckleheaded buddies hit up warehouse spaces to see first-wave bands like the Dyschords play their two-chords-and-the-truth anthems; the scene is run by elder stateswoman Queen Boadicea (viva Nicole Kidman!), who is inspiring the kids to fly their freak flags Asap and, apparently, will one
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Ryan Reynolds, Michael Bay Team for Netflix’s ‘Six Underground’

Ryan Reynolds, Michael Bay Team for Netflix’s ‘Six Underground’
Michael Bay and Ryan Reynolds are the latest A-listers headed to Netflix.

Netflix will co-finance and distribute Bay’s next film, “Six Underground” starring Reynolds, marking the first time the director and actor will be working with the streaming service.

The pic will be a co-production between Netflix and Skydance, who will help with financing.

Several suitors had lined up to distribute and co-finance the movie, including Bay’s home studio Paramount, but in the end, Netflix won out after it committed to Bay’s budget of around $125 million, making it one of the streamer’s biggest productions ever — behind Martin Scorsese’s mob epic “The Irishman” and on par with David Ayer’s “Bright.”

The deal is another milestone for Netflix and film chief Scott Stuber as the studio continues to draw major talent. Netflix has been drawing more and more actors like Will Smith and Brad Pitt, but
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NBC Wins 2017-18 Nielsen TV Season in Ratings; CBS Tops Total Viewers

The 2017-18 traditional Nielsen television season is in the books, and NBC can claim its second-straight (and fourth out of the last five years) ratings victory in a row among adults 18-49.

CBS, however, came from behind to win its 10th straight season (and 15th out of 16) among total viewers. That’s damn impressive given the circumstances. With both the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics this year, it seemed like ’17-’18 would be the season NBC could unseat CBS in terms of overall eyeballs. Instead, the Les Moonves-led network caught up and passed Bob Greenblatt’s last week, just in time for the victor to gloat at its upfront presentation.

Since we brought up “damn impressive” comebacks — how about ABC? Post-Olympics, ABC was deep in fourth place. Led by “Roseanne,” ABC has been No. 1 in the key demo ever since. All told, the Disney-owned broadcaster finished in a three-way
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‘A Quiet Place’ Passes ‘Get Out’ at Box Office; Crosses $300 Million Worldwide

‘A Quiet Place’ Passes ‘Get Out’ at Box Office; Crosses $300 Million Worldwide
A Quiet Place” will hit another big milestone for Paramount, as it is projected to reach $300 million worldwide on Tuesday. The John Krasinski-directed film will also see its domestic total reach $177 million, passing the North American run for last year’s Oscar-winning horror phenomenon, “Get Out.”

It’s a big victory for the studio’s CEO Jim Gianopulos, as this is Paramount’s first big box office hit since he took over for the late Brad Grey a year ago. While the studio has had other recent releases with higher global totals like “Transformers: The Last Knight,” none of its 2017 releases had a domestic total of above $150 million.

Also Read: 'A Quiet Place' Sequel in Development at Paramount Pictures

In fact, “A Quiet Place,” which was shot on a production budget of just $17 million, has now made more money in North America than any Paramount release since
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‘The Sinner': Elisha Henig Cast as Series Regular in Season 2

‘The Sinner': Elisha Henig Cast as Series Regular in Season 2
Elisha Henig has been cast as a series regular in Season 2 of USA’s “The Sinner,” the network said Tuesday.

The “Alex, Inc.” alum will play Julian, who is described as “a bright but peculiar young boy on the brink of adolescence who is from a sheltered, unconventional background and is now thrust into the outside world.”

Carrie Coon has already been cast in the lead role of Vera, a mysterious woman who struggles between leading her community and fulfilling her own desires. Natalie Paul (“The Deuce”) will play detective-in-training Heather and Hannah Gross (“Mindhunters”) will play Heather’s high school best friend, Marin, who disappeared years ago.

Also Read: Carrie Coon Joins USA's 'The Sinner' for Season 2

Jessica Biel, who starred in Season 1, will continue to executive produce along with Derek Simonds, Charlie Gogolak, Michelle Purple, Brad Winters and John Coles. Season 2 is set to premiere this August.
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Jason Steinberg Named Head of Post Production for Universal Television Alternative

Universal Television Alternative Studio has named Jason Steinberg as its new head of post production.

In the role, Steinberg will oversee post-production on all of the studio’s current and upcoming projects. He will report to Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative.

“Everyone in the business is constantly vying for Jason’s expert editorial eye and to have him in house is a huge coup for us,” Ahr said in a statement. “He has emerged as a leader in his field and his invaluable experience will be a boon to our studio as we continue to grow and push ourselves to produce new and innovative formats and content.”

Also Read: Fall TV 2018: 13 Stars to Watch, From Jay Hernandez to Madeleine Mantock (Photos)

Steinberg’s credits as a veteran editor include “America’s Next Top Model,” “Bachelor in Paradise,” “The Contender,” “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” “The Biggest Loser,
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‘Magnum Pi’ Reboot Ep Peter Lenkov Sets New Deal With CBS TV Studios

Peter Lenkov has signed a new multi-year deal with CBS Television Studios.

Lenkov is the executive producer behind a slew of CBS dramas, including reboots of “Hawaii Five-o,” “MacGyver,” and the recently-ordered “Magnum Pi.” Lenkov’s fourth series, the science fiction drama “Salvation,” returns for its second season this summer.

Under the deal, Lenkov will continue to serve as executive producer for all four dramas. Per CBS, Lenkov will also significantly expand his production company, 101st Street Entertainment, by developing new projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services. Additionally, Lenkov named Sean Canino co-resident of 101st Street Entertainment.

Also Read: 'Hawaii Five-0' Boss Is 'Shocked' That Cast Exits Led to Criticism of Show's Diversity

“I have had a wonderful experience working with CBS Television Studios and am thrilled to continue my incredible relationship with them,” said Lenkov. “I am also very excited to launch the next chapter of 101st
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Peter Lenkov Renews Overall Deal With CBS Television Studios

Peter Lenkov has inked a new overall deal with CBS Television Studios.

The deal keeps Lenkov at the studio which produces all four of his current shows: the reboots of “MacGyver” and “Hawaii Five-o,” the summer series “Salvation,” and the upcoming reboot of “Magnum P.I.” starring Jay Hernandez in the title role. Under the deal, Lenkov will continue to develop and create new projects for the studio.

Other producers currently set up at CBS Television Studios include Robert and Michelle King, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Alex Kurtzman.

Lenkov is repped by CAA and Del Shaw.

“Hawaii Five-o” will go into its
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‘Fox & Friends’ Corrects Story Which Falsely Said ESPN’s Jemele Hill Was ‘Unemployed’

“Fox & Friends” beat a hasty retreat Tuesday after a guest on the program insisted several times that ESPN contributor Jemele Hill was “unemployed.”

“On the show this morning a guest stated Jemele Hill was unemployed. Correction: Hill is currently employed by ESPN,” read a tweet from the program’s official account a few hours after the show wrapped.

On the show this morning a guest stated Jemele Hill was unemployed. Correction: Hill is currently employed by ESPN.

Fox & friends (@foxandfriends) May 22, 2018

Also Read: Former Fox News Host Andrea Tantaros' Wiretapping Lawsuit Against Network Dismissed

On the program, Fox News regular and Campus Reform editor-in-chief Lawrence Jones, mocked Hill repeatedly stating that she was unemployed as a result of her anti-Trump activism.

“The bottom line is that she is unemployed from hosting her own TV show. This is not something we should be promoting,” said Jones. “Now she’s unemployed.
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