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Harvey Weinstein to Surrender to New York Authorities Following Sexual Misconduct Probe

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Harvey Weinstein to Surrender to New York Authorities Following Sexual Misconduct Probe
Harvey Weinstein is expected to be served with criminal charges by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and will turn himself in to authorities on Friday, according to the New York Daily News.

The news of an arrest comes after a months-long investigation by New York law enforcement into accusations of sexual misconduct. According to the Daily News, Weinstein faces charges in connection with accusations made by aspiring actress Lucia Evans, who said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Manhattan office in 2004.

A grand jury convened several weeks ago was also presented evidence related to crimes of financial fraud, the paper reported, though it is unclear if he will also be charged for any financial crimes.

Also Read: Federal Investigation Against Harvey Weinstein Launched by Prosecutors (Report)

The Manhattan D.A.’s office and Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, have both told TheWrap they will not comment at this time.
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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

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.”

Read original story Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Sets Summer 2019 Release Date At
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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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‘Hair’ Set as NBC’s Next Live Musical

“Hair” will be NBC’s next live musical, the broadcaster announced Thursday.

Coming on the heels of the critically-acclaimed NBC live staging of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Hair Live” is currently slated to air in spring 2019. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced each of NBC’s live musicals since “The Sound of Music,” will executive produce the telecast.

The scheduling of “Hair Live” comes as NBC’s planned staging of “Bye Bye Birdie” starring Jennifer Lopez is still awaiting a premiere date. The latter production was originally slated for a winter 2017 debut but was pushed twice, with it
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‘Fauda’ Returns: How a Show About an Israeli Counterterrorism Unit Became a Global Sensation (Video)

“Fauda,” the buzzy hit Israeli drama about a counterterrorism unit operating in the West, is back.

Season 2 of the highly-anticipated thriller drops Thursday, just in time for some hardcore binging this Memorial Day weekend.

Written by Israeli veteran journalist Avi Issacharoff and the series’ lead actor, Lior Raz, the show centers around a team of “mista’arvim,” Israeli commando soldiers who speak Arabic and operate undercover inside Palestinian territory. The high-octane drama — with both Arabic and Hebrew dialogue — tells opposite sides of the same story.

Acquired by Netflix in 2016, the “Fauda,” which means chaos in Arabic, has dazzled critics for its unvarnished portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

From the beginning, Raz and Issacharoff set out to tell a different kind of story, where both sides are portrayed equally. The plan seems to have worked. The series has been embraced by both Israelis and Palestinians, which let’s face it, don
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Harvey Weinstein to Turn Himself in to Police

Harvey Weinstein to Turn Himself in to Police
Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to authorities in New York Friday following a lengthy investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct, The New York Times reports.

While it is not yet clear what specific charges Weinstein will face, he will reportedly be charged in connection to at least one accuser, Lucia Evans, who claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.

The Manhattan district attorney's office launched an investigation into Weinstein after dozens of women accused him of sexual harassment, intimidation and rape last year.
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Mark Hamill on Working With Guillermo del Toro on Animated Series ‘Trollhunters’

Mark Hamill on Working With Guillermo del Toro on Animated Series ‘Trollhunters’
Mark Hamill is best known for playing cinema’s ultimate good guy in the “Star Wars” franchise. But as a voice actor, he’s played an impressive array of bad guys, from Batman’s complex arch-enemy the Joker to the comical Gadfly Garnett, the pink-hued thief in the Disney Junior series “Miles From Tomorrowland,” and many more in between.

Hamill’s latest villain will be back to cause trouble for Guillermo del Toro’s “Trollhunters,” when Netflix premieres part three, the final season of the animated saga, on Friday. The DreamWorks Animation series follows a teenager who becomes the protector
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Netflix in June: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)

Netflix in June: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)
Arriving June 3: “The Break With Michelle Wolf

The Daily Show” alum made waves with her White House Correspondence Dinner jokes, and now she’s landed on Netflix for a weekly show.

Arriving June 5: “Thor: Ragnarok

The third “Thor” movie from Marvel Studios Ragna-rocked our world (sorry), and now you can stream it on Netflix.

Arriving June 8: “Sense8: The Series Finale”

Find your cluster and buckle in for the much anticipated two-hour finale of “Sense8.”

Arriving June 15: “Queer Eye” Season 2

We’re not crying — you’re crying! Grab your tissues, because we were not expecting to get more heartfelt makeover this soon. But we are so ready for more of the Fab 5.

Arriving June 22: “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2

Luke is going viral in Season 2, and going up against new villain Bushmaster. Oh, yeah — did we mention he also works out with New York Jets coach Todd Bowles?
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Lionsgate Shares Rise on Positive Q4 Earnings

Lionsgate reported earnings for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter on Thursday that were above Wall Street’s expectations.

The film and TV studio reported earnings of 41 cents per share for the quarter. Adjusted earnings were 25 cents per share, up from 28 cents per share during the same quarter a year ago. Analysts were expecting the company to report a loss of 4 cents per share, according to estimates gathered by Yahoo Finance.

Revenue for the quarter was $1.04 billion, down from the $1.26 billion Lionsgate reported last year, and just above analyst’s forecasted $1.03 billion.

The company said in a release that earnings benefited from the change in U.S. federal corporate tax rates.

Also Read: Nathan Kahane Named Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President

“Our strong quarter capped a successful year in which we exceeded our internal and consensus financial expectations with significant contributions across our film, television and Starz platforms,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement.
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Lionsgate Teams With Amazon on Starz’s Expansion in Europe

In a key expansion move, Lionsgate is teaming with Amazon to expand its Starz network in Europe through its Starzplay channels in Germany and the U.K.

Lionsgate made the announcement Thursday as part of its earnings report for its fiscal year ended March 31 at the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Lionsgate chief executive officer Jon Feltheimer made the announcement.

“Our strong quarter capped a successful year in which we exceeded our internal and consensus financial expectations with significant contributions across our film, television, and Starz platforms,” he said. “We enter fiscal 2019 well positioned to continue growing our worldwide content platform,
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‘Valerian’ Boosted EuropaCorp’s Annual Revenue During Last Fiscal Year

‘Valerian’ Boosted EuropaCorp’s Annual Revenue During Last Fiscal Year
Although Luc Besson’s $180 million “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” fell short of box office expectations, the science fiction film drove the annual revenue of Besson’s company EuropaCorp to reach €223.7 million ($262.2 million), a 60% year-on-year increase.

EuropaCorp’s consolidated revenue figures for the financial year 2017-2018, which ended on March 31, were reported today by the company which is listed on the Paris stock exchange. Results have yet to be audited. EuropaCorp did not address the recent rape allegations filed against Besson in its official statement.

The company’s international sales business increased by 57.1% to €76.7 million ($90 million), representing about 34% of the total turnover for the last fiscal year.

“Valerian” boosted the company’s revenue from theatrical distribution, as well as video and VOD sales in France and in the U.S.

EuropaCorp’s TV and subscription-based VOD sales in France and the U.S. also rose by 35% to
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‘Ahs Cult': Here’s How Ryan Murphy Sold Billie Lourd on Playing a ‘Crazy Sociopath’ Babysitter (Exclusive Video)

‘Ahs Cult': Here’s How Ryan Murphy Sold Billie Lourd on Playing a ‘Crazy Sociopath’ Babysitter (Exclusive Video)
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you’re not up to date on “American Horror Story: Cult”)

Convincing Billie Lourd to play the sociopathic babysitter in “American Horror Story: Cult,” wasn’t too difficult, the actress told TheWrap.

“He called me like two months after my mom passed, and was like I have this insane role for you. It’s gonna stretch like every boundary you have — if you have boundaries — and you’re gonna love it,” Lourd, who is the daughter of “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher, said in a recent interview.

“‘It’s perfect for you,'” Lourd said Murphy told her. “And then we had dinner, and he pitched her to me and said ‘she’s a crazy sociopath grey-haired babysitter who might be murdering, might not, we don’t know yet.’ And I was like, ‘girl, I’m in!’ So that’s basically the birth of [her character] Winter.
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SAG-aftra ‘Reviewing’ Morgan Freeman’s Lifetime Achievement Award Following Misconduct Accusations

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SAG-AFTRA is “reviewing” the Lifetime Achievement Award that was given to Morgan Freeman earlier this year following sexual misconduct allegations made against the actor.

“These are compelling and devastating allegations which are absolutely contrary to all the steps that we are taking to insure a safe work environment for the professionals in this industry,” a SAG-aftra spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday. “Any accused person has the right to due process, but it is our starting point to believe the courageous voices who come forward to report incidents of harassment.”

The statement concluded, “Given Mr. Freeman recently received one of our union’s most prestigious honors recognizing his body of work, we are therefore reviewing what corrective actions may be warranted at this time.”

Also Read: Morgan Freeman Apologizes Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Earlier on Thursday, eight women told CNN that the actor made unwelcome remarks about their appearance or their clothing choices,
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SAG-aftra Considering ‘Corrective Actions’ in Response to Morgan Freeman Allegations

SAG-AFTRA is reviewing the sexual harassment allegations against Morgan Freeman — who was awarded the union’s Life Achievement Award earlier this year.

A spokesperson for the union also said Thursday that SAG-aftra may take “corrective actions” as a result of the accusations, first reported Thursday. The statement did not elaborate on the specific actions that could result.

Freeman 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.

“These are compelling and devastating allegations which are absolutely contrary to all the steps that we are taking to insure a safe work environment for the professionals in this industry,” a SAG-aftra spokesperson said. “Any accused person has the right to due process, but it is our starting point to believe the courageous voices who come forward to report incidents of harassment. Given Mr.
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