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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

‘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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Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard

Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard
Martin Freeman is coming to FX. This week, the network announced they've ordered a new TV show with the Sherlock star called Breeders.

The comedy "exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there." Daisy Haggard also stars.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65
Paul Allen, who launched Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 and went on to produce documentaries, own professional sports teams and dedicate time to philanthropy, died today at age 65.

Allen died this afternoon of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern,” Allen’s sister said in a statement to CNBC. “For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

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John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)

John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)
John Cena is in final negotiations to star in the Paramount Players movie “Playing With Fire,” sources tell Variety.

The family comedy revolves around a group of rugged wildfire fighters who meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children.

Todd Garner and Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions are on board to produce “Playing With Fire.” Paramount Players bought the spec script from Dan Ewen this past February and hired Matt Lieberman to pen a rewrite. Paramount executive VP Matt Dines is overseeing for the studio.

Paramount Pictures launched Paramount Players in June, with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins at the helm. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Bet to generate projects, while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.

Cena’s latest big-screen role was alongside Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in the Universal comedy “Blockers,” which ended its theatrical run with $94 million worldwide.
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Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga to Star in Third ‘Annabelle’ Movie

Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga to Star in Third ‘Annabelle’ Movie
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren in New Line’s “The Conjuring” spinoff, the untitled third “Annabelle” movie.

Wilson and Farmiga starred as the real-life paranormal investigators in 2013’s “The Conjuring,” which set the franchise in motion, and “The Conjuring 2.”

The third installment in the “Annabelle” series is also the 6th film in what New Line has called the Conjuring Universe, which has seen its five movies gross over $1.56 billion worldwide. “The Nun,” the most recent release, has become the highest-grossing film in the franchise, surpassing $359 million worldwide this weekend.

That spinoff focused on the demon nun that came to life in “The Conjuring 2” from a painting by Ed Warren and later attacked Lorraine Warren. Annabelle was introduced in “The Conjuring” as a demon doll in their artifacts room.

The story in the upcoming “Annabelle” movie centers on the doll awakening the room’s evil,
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Nancy Barnes Named NPR’s Top News Executive

NPR announced Tuesday that Nancy Barnes would take over as permanent chief news of the organization, filling a year-long vacancy left after former editorial director Michael Oreskes resigned last November after past accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced.

Barnes is a longtime newspaper veteran who previously served as executive editor at the Houston Chronicle and also led Hearst’s other newspapers in the Lone Star State.

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn cited that experience while offering effusive praise of Barnes in a recent interview.

Also Read: NPR's Top Editor Michael Oreskes Forced to Resign After Sexual Harassment Allegations

“I think one of the things we need is great newsroom leadership, and I think she’s demonstrated that in the past two places she’s worked,” he said, according to NPR, which first reported the story. “She’s hopeful, ambitious. I’m very excited. I can’t wait for her to start.”

Oreskes
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La Movie Production Rises for 3rd Straight Quarter Thanks to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

La Movie Production Rises for 3rd Straight Quarter Thanks to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
FilmLA announced on Tuesday that the Los Angeles area experienced a third consecutive quarter of increased film production, rising 11 percent from the same period in 2017.

As with the second quarter, which also saw feature film production rise by 11 percent from the year before, projects either set in L.A. or those that benefited from a tax incentive program fueled the growth. Films receiving the incentive contributed to just over 15 percent of all the shoot days logged in Los Angeles this quarter.

Among those features that were incentivized included Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Susanne Bier’s “Bird Box” and the Jean Seberg biopic with Kristen StewartAgainst All Enemies.”

Also Read: La Movie Production Rises for Second Straight Quarter Thanks to 'Captain Marvel,' Tarantino Boost

“We are grateful for the continued positive impact of the California Film Tax Credit program as it continues to
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‘Kids Are Alright’ Creator Really Wants You to Watch ‘The Conners’ – for Professional and Personal Reasons

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‘Kids Are Alright’ Creator Really Wants You to Watch ‘The Conners’ – for Professional and Personal Reasons
Tonight the eagerly-anticipated “Roseanne” spinoff, “The Conners,” finally premieres on ABC — and so does Tim Doyle’s new ’70s set comedy, “The Kids Are Alright.”

While Doyle — obviously — has a vested interested in you tuning into his show, based on his childhood, he also wants you to check out the Roseanne Barr-less series, both because it’s a lead-in to his program, and because he has some “very good friends” working on the show. See, Doyle was a writer and producer on the original “Roseanne,” and has faith that while “The Conners” is a gamble, his pals can pull it off.

“Everything is a really big risk,” Doyle told TheWrap in an interview last month. “I think ABC did the right thing and reacted appropriately when they fired Roseanne from the show,” he said, noting the decision the broadcaster made to axe Barr and the “Roseanne” revival back in May,
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Kathleen Hanna Announces New T-Shirt Line Tees4Togo

Kathleen Hanna Announces New T-Shirt Line Tees4Togo
Kathleen Hanna, the singer-songwriter and activist behind Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and Julie Ruin, has announced a new T-shirt line called Tees4Togo. Featuring original portraits of music royalty — from Joan Jett and Carrie Brownstein to Chuck D and Grimes — all proceeds from the T-shirt line will go towards the non-profit organization Peace Sisters, which helps send young girls to school in the West African nation of Togo. The sweatshop-free T-shirts sell at $40 a piece, or the equivalent to a year’s worth of school tuition.

Hanna devised the concept
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AFI Fest World Cinema Lineup Boasts Seven Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders

AFI Fest World Cinema Lineup Boasts Seven Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders
The last festival on the fall calendar, AFI Fest, always offers a few late-breaking possible Oscar contenders — including opener “On the Basis of Sex” and closer “Mary, Queen of Scots” — as well as a strong World Cinema line-up packed with foreign-language Oscar submissions.

This year is no exception: Seven possible Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contenders are in the lineup of 28 titles from 27 countries, including Cannes prize-winners “Capernaum”, “Shoplifters” (Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, Magnolia), and “Dogman” (Italy’s Matteo Garrone, Magnolia), along with Cannes entry “The Wild Pear Tree”, Karlovy Vary Festival winner “I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History as Barbarians” (Romania’s Radu Jude), and two Tiff titles from Spc, “Never Look Away” (Germany’s Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) and “Sunset” (Hungary’s “Son of Saul” Oscar-winner László Nemes).

Also in the lineup are several strong festival titles not submitted by their countries for the Oscars,
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All the ‘Halloween’ Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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All the ‘Halloween’ Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)
When John Carpenter made the original “Halloween” in 1978, it was just another horror movie in a long line of horror movies. But the blockbuster success of this low-budget movie, about a masked killer murdering babysitters, made “Halloween” a cultural institution. The film spawned legions of imitators and codified the slasher genre as we still know it. And yet the official “Halloween” franchise has often struggled to meet the standard of the movie that inspired the craze.

Let’s look back at all of these classic (and not so classic) horror movies, and see how they stack up:

12. “Halloween: Resurrection” (2002)

The worst “Halloween” movie commits two cardinal sins. First, it nullifies the intense and satisfying finale of “Halloween H20” by striking Laurie Strode’s personal victory from the record; now, not only did she kill an innocent man instead of Michael Myers, but Myers destroys her instead. Second, and perhaps more laughably,
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10 Worst Reviewed Films on Rotten Tomatoes, From ‘Ridiculous 6’ to ‘Gotti’ (Photos)

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10 Worst Reviewed Films on Rotten Tomatoes, From ‘Ridiculous 6’ to ‘Gotti’ (Photos)
Flatliners” is the worst reviewed movie of the Fall so far, and one of the worst-reviewed movies of the year. But it’s not the worst reviewed film of all time. Check which ones are, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes, ranked by number of reviews.

“Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever” (2002)

Average Score: 2.59

# of Reviews: 116

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu

One Missed Call” (2008)

Average Score: 2.48

# of Reviews: 80

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, Edwards Burns

Pinocchio” (2002)

Average Score: 2.36

# of Reviews: 55

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

A Thousand Words” (2012)

Average Score: 3.18

# of Reviews: 54

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Allison Janney

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2” (2004)

Average Score: 2.17

# of Reviews: 45

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Jon Voight, Scott Baio

“National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers” (2004)

Average Score: 1.8

# of Reviews: 44

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Will Friedle, Chris Owen

“Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” (2011)

Average Score: 1.59

# of Reviews: 35

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci

The Ridiculous 6” (2015)

Average Score: 2.36

# of Reviews: 33

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Adam Sandler,
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Fox Redeveloping Mary J. Blige-Produced Music Drama Based on Famous Choreographer

Fox is taking another pass at a series inspired by the life of famed choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson.

The one-hour series, previously entitled “8 Count,” will now be called “Move.” Silvio Horta has come onboard as a writer and executive producer, taking over from Erika Johnson. It is described as a music-fueled dramedy that follows an accomplished choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world, sets her sights on creating a flawless tour for a diva pop singer. To get the coveted gig, though, she’ll have to fend off competition from her arch rival,
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Dawn Olmstead Named President, Ucp and Wilshire Studios

Dawn Olmstead has been named sole president of Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chief Bonnie Hammer announced the move Tuesday in a memo to staff. Olmstead will take over as sole head of NBCU’s cable production divisions nine months after she and George Cheeks were named co-presidents of the two studios. Cheeks last month was named co-chairman of NBC Entertainment alongside Paul Telegdy following Bob Greenblatt’s depature from the network.

Olmstead joined NBCU Cable in 2014 as executive VP of development after a long run as a producer, working on shows such as Fox’s
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Los Angeles On-Location Filming Rises 3% in Third Quarter

Los Angeles On-Location Filming Rises 3% in Third Quarter
Citing the state’s production incentives, on-location filming in Los Angeles rose 3% in the third quarter, a FilmL.A. report released Tuesday showed.

Feature film activity jumped 11.9% to 1,301 shooting days, gaining for the third consecutive quarter, and television production gained 1.8% to 4,095.

Incentivized projects brought to Los Angeles by the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program contributed 15.1%, or 197 shooting days, and included Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio; “Against All Enemies”; and “Birdbox.”

“We are grateful for the continued positive impact of the California Film Tax Credit program as it continues to
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Los Angeles On-Location Filming Rises 3% in Third Quarter

Los Angeles On-Location Filming Rises 3% in Third Quarter
Citing the state’s production incentives, on-location filming in Los Angeles rose 3% in the third quarter, a FilmL.A. report released Tuesday showed.

Feature film activity jumped 11.9% to 1,301 shooting days, gaining for the third consecutive quarter, and television production gained 1.8% to 4,095.

Incentivized projects brought to Los Angeles by the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program contributed 15.1%, or 197 shooting days, and included Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio; “Against All Enemies”; and “Birdbox.”

“We are grateful for the continued positive impact of the California Film Tax Credit program as it continues to boost employment and production in Greater Los Angeles,” said FilmL.A. president Paul Audley. “Increases in feature film, commercials, TV Pilot and TV Drama production are very good news for the region’s economy.”

TV dramas surged 21.6% for the quarter with incentivized series including “American Princess” and Netflix’s “Lucifer.
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Mary J Blige-Produced Choreographer Dramedy ‘Move’ in Development at Fox

Mary J Blige-Produced Choreographer Dramedy ‘Move’ in Development at Fox
Mary J. Blige and “Ugly Betty” co-creator Silvio Horta are bringing the story of dancing queen Laurieann Gibson to the small screen — or at least a story inspired by her life.

Fox has given a script plus penalty commitment to “Move,” a one-hour dramedy about an accomplished choreographer, not unlike Gibson.

Here’s the project’s official logline: Inspired by the life of famed choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson, “Move” is a music-fueled dramedy that follows an accomplished choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world, sets her sights on creating a flawless tour for a diva pop singer. To get the coveted gig, though, she’ll have to fend off competition from her arch rival…who happens to be her former assistant. At the same time, she must act as mother hen to her talented, but often difficult, team of dancers who depend on her.
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Oscars Give More Power in Foreign Language Voting to La Members (Exclusive)

Oscars Give More Power in Foreign Language Voting to La Members (Exclusive)
The Academy has made more changes in voting in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars, giving Los Angeles-based members who do most of the work in the first round of voting a bigger say in which films are nominated.

Larry Karaszewski, the first-year co-chair of the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee along with Diane Weyermann, announced the changes to voters on Monday night at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, where the Academy kicked off this year’s foreign-language screenings with a double bill of Japan’s “Shoplifters” and Montenegro’s “Iskra.”

AMPAS had already changed this year’s process by eliminating the requirement that L.A.-based volunteers from all branches of the Academy, the so-called “general committee,” see a specific group of films in order to qualify to vote. And it reduced the number of films that qualifies a voter from 17 or 18 down to
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