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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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Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton Launch New Record Label with 'Blaze' Star

Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton Launch New Record Label with 'Blaze' Star
Filmmaker and actor Ethan Hawke, musician-actor Charlie Sexton and Louis Black, co-founder of the Austin Chronicle and South by Southwest festival, have announced the launch of SexHawkeBlack, a label based in Austin and an imprint of the Nashville-based music company Dualtone.

As their first artist, the founders have signed actor and musician Ben Dickey, who portrayed singer Blaze Foley in Blaze, the critically acclaimed, Hawke-directed biopic released earlier this year. Black served as an executive producer on the film and Sexton appeared as another Texas music legend, Townes Van Zandt.
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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.
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Harvey Weinstein in Early Talks to Settle Civil Lawsuits (Report)

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Harvey Weinstein in Early Talks to Settle Civil Lawsuits (Report)
Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein are working with insurance companies and the New York attorney general’s office in negotiations that could lead to settling civil lawsuits brought against Weinstein and The Weinstein Co., according to multiple individuals who spoke with The Wall Street Journal.

Weinstein’s lawyers are meeting for two days in early November with women, who have accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexual misconduct, to resolve more than a dozen sexual misconduct cases against Weinstein, including certain legal filings in which lawyers for Bob Weinstein have been named as defendants, according to the Journal.

A restitution fund for the alleged victims is being discussed, though the talks are still in early stages, the Journal reported.

Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Criminal Case: Manhattan Prosecutor Drops 1 of 6 Counts

The New York attorney general’s office said in a statement obtained by TheWrap, “Our lawsuit remains active and our investigation remains ongoing.
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‘Evolution': WWE Reveals Almost All-Women Announce Team for First-Ever All-Women PPV

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WWE has named the announce team for its first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view event, “WWE Evolution.” As you might expect, the mic’d up lineup is also pretty much all-female — save one dude.

Michael Cole, who is considered the voice of WWE, will join Renee Young and Beth Phoenix at the announce table on Sunday. Young, Phoenix (left) and “SmackDown Live” general manager Paige (right) will handle the Kickoff Show festivities.

Charly Caruso and Kayla Braxton will tackle the evening’s red carpet, with Dasha Fuentes, Cathy Kelley and Sarah Schreiber grabbing one-on-one interviews backstage. Ring announcers at “Evolution” include Lilian Garcia, JoJo and Kayla Braxton.

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The historic PPV will feature a battle royale and two championship matches. For the red brand, “Raw” Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Nikki Bella.
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Tokyo: ‘Wushu Orphan’ Strikes First Sales (Exclusive)

Newly-launched sales outfit, Autumn Sun Company has closed sales on “Wushu Orphan” ahead of the film’s world premier this week at the Tokyo International Film Festival. It will play in the festival’s Asian Future section.

The film is a high school martial arts drama directed by Huang Huang, and produced by China’s Alibaba Pictures and Dadi Century. It was licensed to MovieCloud for Taiwan and to Viswass films for India.

Autumn Sun, which is headed by veteran seller and producer Elliot Tong, also closed a sale on India’s “The Man Who Feels No Pain” to Japan’s Hakuhodo Dy Music and Pictures, ahead of the film’s India release. The film was directed by Vasan Bala and recently won the People’s Choice Award at Toronto’s Midnight Madness strand. It was produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s Indian outfit RSVP.

“There is a huge buzz now for Indian films in Asia,
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Tiffcom: Shochiku Doubles up on Keigo Higashino Adaptations

Fans of Japanese novelist Keigo Higashino are in for a double treat in the next few months, as two more of his books make it to the big screen. Rights to both are being offered for sale by Shochiku at the Tiffcom market this week.

First in cinemas will be “The House Where The Mermaid Sleeps,” a drama about an already estranged couple who torment each other further when their daughter is put on to a new-tech life support system. The film is directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi and stars Ryoko Shinohara and Hidetoshi Nisjijima. Its world premiere is on Monday as a gala at the Tokyo International Film Festival. It releases in Japanese theaters on Nov. 16.

The book was written to commemorate Higashino’s 30th year as a novelist. And became an instant bestseller, with 270,000 copies sold in the first month alone. Prolific, Higashino has seen more than 20 of his books adapted as Japanese films,
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Nikkatsu Unveils Youth-Driven Slate at Tokyo Film Market

Japan’s Nikkatsu is poised to be one of the busiest sales companies at the Tiffcom market this week. In addition to local hit “One Cut of the Dead” and festival favorite “Killing,” the company has a slate of titles in post-production that it is pitching at the autumn festivals and markets.

Youth drama, “We Are Little Zombies” is set for an early summer release in 2019. Written and directed by Makoto Nagahisa, who last year won a grand prize at Sundance for his short film “And So We Put Goldfish in The Pool,” the film is a story of four youngsters who all lose their parents around the same time. Realizing that they are devoid of emotion, they put together a kick-ass band to try to recover their ability to feel.

Written and directed by Indonesia’s Kimo Stamboel – one half of the so-called Mo Brothers – “Dreadout: Tower of Hell
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Jim Bell in Talks to Lead NBC’s ‘Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’

Jim Bell in Talks to Lead NBC’s ‘Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” may soon have a new leader.

Jim Bell, who currently helms the network’s Olympics coverage, is in talks to lead the “Tonight Show,” multiple insiders told TheWrap.

Bell, who also previously ran “Today” as an executive producer, would take over as showrunner for the NBC late night franchise, which had been run by a trio of executives for the past two years. Bell has been president of NBC Olympics production & programming since 2017. Bell would still remain involved with the network’s Olympics coverage, which has the 2020 Summer Games from Tokyo up next.

NBC declined to comment.

Also Read: 'Tonight Show': Producer Mike Dicenzo to Exit Late-Night Series

On Monday, Mike Dicenzo, one of the trio of producers overseeing the show, announced his departure after a decade in late night television. Dicenzo’s departure had been long in the works. Following the departure of
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‘Shirkers’ Review: Autopsy of Long-Lost Film Project Is One Personal Exorcism

‘Shirkers’ Review: Autopsy of Long-Lost Film Project Is One Personal Exorcism
Sandi Tan wanted to make a movie. She was 19 and living in Singapore, the sort of misfit teen who worshipped at the altar of late Eighties/early Nineties underground culture. She obsessed over Jarmusch and The Catcher in the Rye, with a side helping of American blues and the French New Wave; while most kids had been at school studying for midterm exams, she was already writing for the local alt-weekly The Big O and starting a fanzine called The Exploding Cat with her “nemesis”-turned-best-friend Jasmine Ng. But the
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Rollercoaster ‘Raw’ Hits 5-Week Ratings High as Roman Reigns Reveals Cancer Battle

WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” delivered a 5-week viewership high last night, when Universal Champion Roman Reigns opened the show with some terrible real-life news. Reigns, whose real name is Joe Anoa’i, revealed to the USA Network audience that his leukemia has returned.

Last night’s three-hour “Raw” drew an average of 2.54 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, which was 6 percent better than the prior episode.

Monday marked the third-straight week of “Raw” audience growth.

Also Read: Roman Reigns Reveals 11-Year Leukemia Battle, Relinquishes WWE Universal Championship (Video)

Anoa’i, a leader in the locker room and the face of the pro-wrestling company, stunned the crowd by revealing an 11-year battle with cancer. The disease had been in remission until a recent diagnosis.

Reigns surrendered the top “Raw” title at the very top of the show.

Monday’s “Raw” ended with Reign’s brothers in wrestling faction The Shield
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NBC to Develop Comedy ‘All Together Now’ From Bradley Whitford

NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a new church choir comedy, “All Together Now,” from executive producer Bradley Whitford. The “West Wing” and “Handmaid’s Tale” alum may also star in the series.

All Together Now” is a single-camera comedy about a rural church choir that gets the gift it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy league professor becomes its director, according to the official logline from NBC.

Lesley Wake Webster writes and executive produces, as will Jason Winer and Jon Radler, in addition to Whitford. The project comes from 20th Century Fox Television.

Also Read: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' to Debut on NBC in January, Terry Crews Says

In other news from the Peacock Network Tuesday, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” fans can look forward to a January premiere date — at least, according to star Terry Crews, who took to Instagram Live to tell “Nine-Nine” fans to expect
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‘Funan’ Wins Top Prizes at Animation Is Film Festival

“Funan,” the story of a young mother trying to reunite her family during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia of the 1970s, won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the Animation Is Film Festival, held Oct. 19-21 in Los Angeles. The film, directed by Denis Do, made its North American debut at the event.

“’Funan’ reminds us that animation can tell any kind of story. This versatile medium is by no means limited to fantastical or extraordinary subjects, but is in fact uniquely suited to incredibly personal ones as well,” said Peter Debruge, jury chairman and Variety’s chief film critic. “With ‘Funan,’ Do explores what his Cambodian mother experienced at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime, finding unexpected beauty within the horror of the situation. The jury agreed that the profound result actually feels more powerful by virtue of being made in animation.”

In addition,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Film Review: Queen Bio Won’t Exactly Rock You

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Film Review: Queen Bio Won’t Exactly Rock You
An object example of how a film can be entertaining and even exhilarating without being particularly good, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has the driving energy of a stadium anthem and the fizzy meaninglessness of a bubblegum pop song.

As a biopic of flamboyantly theatrical gay frontman Freddie Mercury, the movie frequently falls short, but it does provide interesting origin stories for many of the hits created by Mercury’s band Queen. Wisely, the movie wraps everything up with a rousing recreation of Queen stealing the show at 1985’s Live Aid, providing the equivalent of a band making you forget a mediocre set by performing a dazzling encore. The end of “Bohemian Rhapsody” marks the first (and no doubt last) time that I was brought to tears by “Radio Gaga.”

Very much an “authorized” biopic — band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are credited as “Executive Music Producers” — the film is a rather
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Film Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Film Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Freddie Mercury was the most majestically debauched of all rock stars. A bad-boy diva with a famous overbite that made him look not just sexy but libidinous, he strutted around onstage with the come-hither flamboyance of a leering vampire prince. And, of course, no one in rock history had pipes like his. In his heyday as the lead singer of Queen, during the mid-to-late 1970s, Mercury crooned and wailed, but more than that he soared, like Robert Plant fused with the spirits of Cher and Tina Turner. He was as down-and-dirty as any rock ‘n’ roller, but his melodic glide could lift you to the heavens. Queen’s iconic anthem “We Will Rock You” was written as a call-and-response between the band and its fans, but the way Mercury sang it, with his snaky grandiloquence the song came off as his unholy credo. The message was: He will rock you.
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Louis C.K. Accuser Responds to Sarah Silverman’s Comments

Louis C.K. Accuser Responds to Sarah Silverman’s Comments
Earlier this week, Sarah Silverman told Howard Stern that she used to let disgraced comedian Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, in a statement that has drawn criticism from one of the women who accused C.K. of sexual misconduct last year.

“I’ve known Louis forever, I’m not making excuses for him, so please don’t take this that way,” Silverman told Stern. “We are peers. We are equals. When we were kids, and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go,
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Frankie Negrón Join ‘Respeta Mi Gente’ Campaign to Mobilize Latinx Voters

In an effort to ramp up Latinx voter participation for the 2018 midterm elections, Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and Grammy-nominated salsa singer Frankie Negrón announced their support of a new voter mobilization coalition titled Respeta Mi Gente, or Respect My People. By partnering with nonprofit groups Hispanic Federation and Alianza for Progress, the stars are lending special attention to Puerto Rican communities in Central Florida, in hopes to rally them to the polls by November 6th.

“There was such a massive influx of Puerto Ricans to the mainland after Hurricane Maria,
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