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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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Rollercoaster ‘Raw’ Hits 5-Week Ratings High as Roman Reigns Reveals Cancer Battle

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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.

First, let’s get the Nielsen stats out of the way: Last night’s three-hour “Raw” drew an average of 2.54 million total viewers, 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 top of the show.

Monday’s “Raw” ended with Reigns
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NBC to Develop Comedy ‘All Together Now’ From Bradley Whitford

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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

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‘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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‘A Son of Man’ Creators on Filming in the Jungle: Like ‘Trying to Shoot a Space Movie in Space’

‘A Son of Man’ Creators on Filming in the Jungle: Like ‘Trying to Shoot a Space Movie in Space’
Ecuadorian director Jamaicanoproblem has spent his life looking for treasure in the Amazon. In his new documentary-drama hybrid “A Son of Man,” Jamaicanoproblem wanted to film his recent quest for both ancient Incan gold and a newfound bond with his son.

“Through the arts, I have created a relationship with my son,” Jamaicanoproblem told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at a Q&A on Monday following a screening of his film, Ecuador’s entry into the Oscar foreign language film race. “Treasure doesn’t always mean gold. Treasure can be finding the unknown.”

A Son of Man” follows both Jamaicanoproblem (real name Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador y Campodonico) and his son Pipe (Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador y Boloña) in their real-life journey to find ancient Incan gold, which legend has it is hidden in the “eye of Atahualpa.”

Producer Lily van Ghemen said shooting in the jungles of South America was like “trying
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NAACP Tells Megyn Kelly to ‘Check Herself': ‘Blackface Is Always Racist and Never Ok’

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has denounced Megyn Kelly hours after the “Today” host said “blackface” would be Ok in some situations on Halloween.

“During the slave trade, some people thought it was Ok to treat human beings as property and less than animals,” Malik Russell, a spokesperson for the civil rights organization, told TheWrap on Tuesday. “Maybe in Megyn Kelly’s world, offensive acts and racism are Ok, but I assure you for individuals of color, blackface is always racist and never Ok.

“According to most studies on implicit bias, many think they are less racist than they really are — and regardless of whether Megyn’s bias is intentional or just implicit, its still wrong,” Russell continued. “As a national public figure, she has a responsibility to check herself – or get checked by those who are tired of racism and being disrespected by individuals who just don’t get it.
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Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special’ to Get 50th Anniversary Box Set Release

Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special’ to Get 50th Anniversary Box Set Release
For much of the Sixties, Elvis Presley’s most visible presence was on the big screen, in a seemingly endless series of films that ranged from fun (Viva Las Vegas) to forgettable (Easy Come, Easy Go). For that reason alone, the King’s December 3rd, 1968, "comeback" special for NBC was a welcome return to form. Yet, entirely on its own it remains simply one of Presley’s finest moments as an electrifying entertainer, and a landmark event that revolutionized the presentation of live music via television.

On November 30th, a comprehensive,
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Viola Davis on Interracial Kiss With Liam Neeson in ‘Widows': ‘Elusive to Me Because of the Way I Look’

Viola Davis on Interracial Kiss With Liam Neeson in ‘Widows': ‘Elusive to Me Because of the Way I Look’
(Warning: A very light spoiler is discussed)

A deep, passionate kiss is shared by Viola Davis and Liam Neeson in the opening frames of “Widows,” immediately keying audiences into the fact that they’re not watching an ordinary crime thriller. This is a Steve McQueen crime thriller, by the director who won the Best Picture Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” and who also earned raves for his groundbreaking sex addiction drama “Shame,” starring Michael Fassbender.

“You will not see that,” Davis said of the intimate bedroom kiss between a black woman and white man depicted in the film. “I don’t care how much people say they’re committed to inclusivity — they’re not committed to that,” said the Oscar winner at a screening on the 20th Century Fox lot in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, attended by McQueen and other cast members.

It’s an opening scene that
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Richard Linklater Returns With Yet Another Anti-Ted Cruz Ad

Richard Linklater Returns With Yet Another Anti-Ted Cruz Ad
Richard Linklater and the Fire Ted Cruz Pac have now teamed up on four commercials designed to convince Texans heading to the polls on November 6th that the incumbent senator is not the man to represent their state. Each of the ads have featured nothing more than an extremely Texan man, played by Sonny Carl Davis, sitting in an extremely Texan coffee shop, expressing bewilderment over how his home state could embrace such a craven, unlikable politician. Released Tuesday afternoon, the latest offering keys in on how even Republicans find Cruz objectionable.
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NBC Aims to Bolster ‘Tonight Show’ Producing Team With Veteran Executive

NBC Aims to Bolster ‘Tonight Show’ Producing Team With Veteran Executive
Jimmy Fallon on Monday night added an unconventional twist to his “Tonight Show.” He came out from behind his usual on-screen roost — his desk — to interview actress Juliette Lewis while sitting next to her on the seats normally reserved for guests.

“That’s the way things happen here on ‘The Tonight Show,’” Fallon told the actress. “No rules.”

Even so, the NBC late-night mainstay is expected to soon have a new person helping to set, and maybe break, some of “Tonight’s” rhythms.

Negotiations have begun to bring Jim Bell, the veteran NBC News and NBC Sports executive, on board to help run “Tonight,
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‘The Voice’ Recap: Fairy Tales and Possum Praising

With Battle Rounds for Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice now in full swing, the decisions are getting tougher as the teams whittle down to their strongest competitors.

Monday night’s episode featured a double shot of battles between talented young females, with the judges forced into choosing one but dropping the other, despite their better judgment. The sweet-singing pair of 13-year-old Reagan Strange and 16-year-old Emily Hough was a prime example, with the Team Adam Levine counterparts taking on Ed Sheeran’s sensitive “Photograph.”

The patient ballad left plenty
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