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Carol Burnett’s Mother-Daughter Story ‘Carrie and Me’ in Development as a Movie

Carol Burnett’s Mother-Daughter Story ‘Carrie and Me’ in Development as a Movie
Carol Burnett’s bestseller “Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story” is in the works as a movie at Focus Features with Burnett, Tina Fey, Eric Gurian, and Steven Rogers producing.

Burnett will produce through her Mabel Cat Productions with Fey and Gurian under their production banner Little Stranger along with Rogers. The sibling team of Ian and Eshom Nelms (“Small Town Crime”) is tackling the screenplay. Little Stranger’s Jeff Richmond will executive produce. A director and cast have yet to be attached.

The film will follow the highs and lows of her life as a working mother, actress, and producer — all told through her relationship with her daughter Carrie Hamilton. Carrie overcame a public struggle with drug addiction as a teenager, but achieved sobriety as an adult before dying of cancer at the age of 38 in 2002. Burnett’s book was published in 2013.
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Alex Wolff to Star in Thriller 'The Line'

Alex Wolff to Star in Thriller 'The Line'
Hereditary actor Alex Wolff will star in thriller The Line.

The ensemble cast also includes John Malkovich, Scoot McNairy, Jessica Barden (The Lobster) and Lewis Pullman (Bad Times at the El Royale).

The story is being described as ‘a coming-of-age thriller at a university that encapsulates both the wild excitement of being young, and the dangers of living without fear of consequences.’

Ethan Berger and Alex Russek penned the script, with Berger set to direct. Lije Sarki is producing, alongside David Carrico and Adam Paulsen of Valparaiso Pictures. Bobby Hoppey is exec producing.

Wolff, who is set for ...
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Zoe Lister-Jones to Write, Direct ‘The Craft’ Reboot for Blumhouse, Columbia

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Zoe Lister-Jones to Write, Direct ‘The Craft’ Reboot for Blumhouse, Columbia
Zoe Lister-Jones is writing and directing “The Craftreboot for Blumhouse, Columbia Pictures and Red Wagon Entertainment, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Blumhouse’s Jason Blum is producing alongside Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher for Red Wagon Entertainment. Red Wagon’s Andrew Fleming and Lucas Wiesendanger are executive producing. Blumhouse and Columbia are co-financing the film.

The original 1996 film paved the way for an onslaught of TV series and films that were witch-themed and centered on female empowerment. The film starred Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Christine Taylor, Fairuza Balk and Skeet Ulrich, and followed a new student at a Catholic prep high school who falls in love with a trio of outcast girls who practice witchcraft.
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‘Black Widow,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Among Most Tracked Female Directed Projects, IMDb Says (Exclusive)

‘Black Widow,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Among Most Tracked Female Directed Projects, IMDb Says (Exclusive)
Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women,” Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow,” Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman 2,” and Elizabeth Banks’s “Charlie’s Angels” are among the ten most tracked projects on IMDbPro.

Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”), and Susanne Bier (“After the Wedding”) rank among the most widely followed female directors on the service.

The lists were revealed as part of the unveiling of a new feature on IMDbPro, an exhaustive database of film and television professionals and the projects they create. IMDbPro, will expand its popular IMDbPro Track feature to allow members to receive customizable notifications when the IMDb pages of people and titles they follow are updated. That includes everything from new cast or crew attachments project to changes in a project’s production status. IMDbPro Track launched in July 2018.

Top 10 Most-Tracked Pre-Release Films with Women Attached to Direct*

Black Widow (Director:
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‘Guys and Dolls’ Getting Remade at TriStar (Exclusive)

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‘Guys and Dolls’ Getting Remade at TriStar (Exclusive)
Guys and Dolls,” the venerable Broadway musical, is set to return to the big screen.

TriStar Pictures has purchased remake rights to the original Damon Runyon short stories about gamblers and gangsters that inspired the shows, as well as the rights to the Broadway musical with its book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows and its music by Frank Loesser. The studio has also acquired remake rights to the previous 1955 film adaptation from the Samuel Goldwyn company. That version of “Guys and Dolls” starred Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine, and was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also wrote the screenplay.

Movie musicals have been robust box office performers in recent years. Hit adaptations of stage shows include “Hairspray,” “Chicago,” and “Les Miserables,” and original musicals such as “The Greatest Showman” and “La La Land” have also been successes. In the case of “Guys and Dolls,
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Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped, Lawyers Say

Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped, Lawyers Say
Charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett have been dropped, his lawyers confirmed to Variety.

The actor had been indicted on 16 counts of filing a false police report, stemming from his alleged staging of a Jan. 29 hate attack.

“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him,” his legal team said in a statement to Variety. “Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as
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Toni Collette, Jessie Buckley and David Thewlis Join Charlie Kaufman’s Netflix Movie (Exclusive)

Toni Collette, Jessie Buckley and David Thewlis Join Charlie Kaufman’s Netflix Movie (Exclusive)
Toni Collette, Jessie Buckley, and David Thewlis are joining the cast of Netflix’s film “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” sources tell Variety.

Charlie Kaufman is writing and directing the movie, which stars Jesse Plemons. Based on Ian Reid’s 2016 novel, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” follows Jake (Plemons), a man going on a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm with his girlfriend (Buckley), who is thinking of terminating their relationship. When Jake makes an unexpected detour leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror ensues.

Kaufman is also producing with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman, Bob Salerno, and Stefanie Azpiazu. Reid will serve as co-producer.

The new project reunites Kaufman with his frequent collaborator Bregman, who previously produced “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Synecdoche, New York,” and “Human Nature.”

Collette most recently starred in A24’s
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"Better Things" Renewed for Season 4

Well, this news is simply the best: FX has renewed its comedy series Better Things for a fourth season, TVLine has learned.

“With every season, Better Things becomes more vital, engaging and revelatory, cementing Pamela Adlon’s status as one of the most accomplished creative forces in television today,” said John Landgraf, chairman of FX Networks. “Rarely has there been a show that is so personal and, at the same time, so thoroughly universal in the way it explores modern parenting, family and life. We are thrilled to extend the series for a fourth season and to continue this incredible partnership with Pamela,
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TV News Roundup: ‘Million Dollar Mile’ Debuts Exclusive First Look

TV News Roundup: ‘Million Dollar Mile’ Debuts Exclusive First Look
In today’s roundup, “Million Dollar Mile” releases an exclusive clip and CBS announces premiere dates for three shows.

Dates

CBS has announced premiere dates for one new series and two returning series. The new action adventure series “Blood and Treasure” will debut with a two-hour episode Tuesday, May 21 at 9 p.m. right after the season finale of “NCIS.” “Elementary” begins its seventh and final season Thursday, May 23 at 10 p.m. “Instinct” returns for its second season Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m.

First Looks

Watch the Variety exclusive clip for CBS’s upcoming “Million Dollar Mile.” Tim Tebow hosts the series,
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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi Names CAA Agent Jim Toth as Head of Content Acquisitions and Talent

Top CAA talent agent and actor-whisperer Jim Toth has made a surprise leap to content creation and acquisition, joining Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile video startup Quibi.

Toth, known for his deep stable of talent and one of the most successful in his generation of agents, will assume the title of head of content acquisitions and talent and the company. Founded by longtime Hollywood mogul Katzenberg and run by CEO Meg Whitman, Quibi has been quietly building a slate with a $1 billion content purse.

A Quibi spokesperson confirmed the hire. CAA had no immediate comment on the matter, and Toth was said to have only given notice on Tuesday. Toth enjoys a high profile thanks to clients like Matthew McConaughey (the actor credited the agent with rebuilding his career in his 2014 Best Actor Oscar speech for “Dallas Buyers Club”). Toth also worked on teams for Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jamie Foxx,
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Agents Accuse Writers Guild of Threatening to Throw ‘Industry Into Chaos’

The dealmakers appear to be getting nowhere. Negotiators for Hollywood agents and the Writers Guild of America have achieved little progress at their seventh session on Tuesday, with a chaotic scenario looming on April 7.

“When Guild leadership is ready to move on from their declared threatening phase, we stand ready to work through these issues and come to an agreement,” the Association of Talent Agents said. “We hope this happens before WGA’s proposed plan throws our industry into chaos, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable WGA members.”

The session came on the heels of WGA leaders sending members contingency plans for the possible expiration of its agency franchise agreement. The WGA is demanding the elimination of agency packaging fees and ownership interest in affiliate production companies — demands that the agencies have insisted are not feasible.

The WGA will hold five days of member voting starting on March 27 on a proposed “code of conduct.
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Agents Accuse Writers Guild of Threatening to Throw ‘Industry Into Chaos’

The dealmakers appear to be getting nowhere. Negotiators for Hollywood agents and the Writers Guild of America have achieved little progress at their seventh session on Tuesday, with a chaotic scenario looming on April 7.

“When Guild leadership is ready to move on from their declared threatening phase, we stand ready to work through these issues and come to an agreement,” the Association of Talent Agents said. “We hope this happens before WGA’s proposed plan throws our industry into chaos, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable WGA members.”

The session came on the heels of WGA leaders sending members contingency plans
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HBO President and Chief Revenue Officer Simon Sutton to Exit

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HBO has lost another top executive under its new At&T ownership, as Simon Sutton is leaving as president and chief revenue officer.

Sutton’s decision comes after Turner’s Gerhard Zeiler was named chief revenue officer for WarnerMedia, overseeing the new WarnerMedia Affiliates and Advertising Sales Group. This made Sutton’s job redundant and he decided to step down, which will happen within the next month, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.

Sutton has been with HBO since 2005. He primarily oversaw technology, broadcast operations, information-technology research, and distribution deals with TV providers.

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Sutton becomes the latest departure from HBO in the wake of At&T’s new ownership, which was finalized last month when an appeals court blocked the Justice Department’s challenge to At&T’s merger with Time Warner.
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Taraji P. Henson Responds After Jussie Smollett’s Charges Are Dropped: ‘The Truth Has Finally Been Set Free’

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Taraji P. Henson Responds After Jussie Smollett’s Charges Are Dropped: ‘The Truth Has Finally Been Set Free’
Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson expressed joy for her co-star Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, after all 16 criminal charges against the actor were dropped by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“I’m happy that the truth has finally been set free, because I knew it all along,” Henson told USA Today on Tuesday. “We’re all happy for him, and thank God the truth prevailed.”

Henson plays Cookie Lyon on “Empire,” mother to Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon.

Henson said she never doubted Smollett’s claims that he was randomly attacked by two men shouting racial and homophobic slurs in his Chicago neighborhood on Jan. 29.

Also Read: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Calls Jussie Smollett's Dropped Charges a 'Whitewash of Justice'

“When I know someone, there’s nothing you can say to make me flip on them, and that’s what we miss in this world,” Henson said. “Why
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Chicago Prosecutors ‘Stand Behind’ Jussie Smollett Investigation Despite Dropped Charges: ‘We Didn’t Exonerate Him’

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Chicago Prosecutors ‘Stand Behind’ Jussie Smollett Investigation Despite Dropped Charges: ‘We Didn’t Exonerate Him’
Chicago prosecutors dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, but the office says it stands behind the investigation and having brought the charges in the first place.

“We didn’t exonerate him,” First Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats said in an interview with New York Times on Tuesday. “We stand behind the investigation, we stand behind the decision to charge him and we stand behind the charges in the case. The mere fact that it was disposed of in an alternative manner does not mean that there were any problems or infirmities in the case or the evidence.”

Magats, the lead prosecutor on Smollett’s case and the person whose decision it was to dismiss the charges, later went even further in an interview with CBS Chicago. “I do not believe he is innocent,” he told reporter Adriana Diaz.

Also Read: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Calls
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‘Slut In a Good Way’ Film Review: Teen Girls Come of Age in Sexually Frank Comedy

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‘Slut In a Good Way’ Film Review: Teen Girls Come of Age in Sexually Frank Comedy
Sexual power plays and slut-shaming are the central themes of “Slut in a Good Way,” director Sophie Lorain’s slight but amiable story of three straight teenage girls and their romantic lives. Shot in black and white and set mostly in a retail environment, the French-Canadian film gives off a “Clerks” vibe as the trio of protagonists slack off, bitch about pay, and talk about life and love.

Catherine Léger’s story starts off in a sex shop as 17-year-old Charlotte (Marguerite Bouchard) looks for a bustier that matches one she saw in one of her boyfriend’s porn clips. What she buys doesn’t have the desired effect, though it wouldn’t have mattered what she chose: Her boyfriend tells her that he’s gay. So she gets drunk on a playground with friends Mégane (Romane Denis) and Aube (Rose Adam), lamenting that he’s “perfect” and she loves him.
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Why Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ May Not Fly Above Past Disney Remakes at the Box Office

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The first of three Disney remakes in 2019 will hit theaters this weekend, as Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” will try to take flight despite lukewarm reviews and a relative lack of audience nostalgia weighing it down.

While the other two remakes, “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” are aiming to gross more than $1 billion worldwide this summer, “Dumbo” will aim for lower heights. Independent trackers are mixed on the film’s prospects. One tracker is projecting a $50 million-plus opening, which is the target Disney is setting. Another tracker, however, is projecting a lower opening at around $40 million.

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Either way, an opening in this range would be lower than even other recent remakes of Walt Disney-era animated films. The 2015 remake of “Cinderella,” for example, opened to $67.8 million domestic from its March release slot, going on to
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‘The Craft’ Remake Finds Director in Zoe-Lister Jones

‘The Craft’ Remake Finds Director in Zoe-Lister Jones
Life in Pieces” star Zoe Lister-Jones will write and direct Sony Pictures’ remake of “The Craft” for Blumhouse and Red Wagon Entertainment.

Doug Wick, the producer of the original “The Craft,” will return in the same capacity along with partner Lucy Fisher through their Red Wagon banner. Jason Blum is also producing and his Blumhouse is co-financing. Fisher was vice chair of Columbia during the first movie.

Robin Tunney starred in the original, portraying a new arrival at a high school who’s sought out by three students, played by Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. The trio had been dabbling in witchcraft, and Tunney’s arrival enables all four to become adept at magic, but the new coven disintegrates when Balk’s character misuses her new power.

Sony’s been attempting to remake “The Craft” since 2015 when Leigh Janiak was hired to direct. Andrew Fleming directed the original film.
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Hear Sleater-Kinney/R.E.M. Supergroup’s Trump Takedown ‘November Man’

Hear Sleater-Kinney/R.E.M. Supergroup’s Trump Takedown ‘November Man’
“We don’t have no love for November Man,” Sleater-Kinney vocalist-guitarist Corin Tucker sings on the new song by Filthy Friends, her collaboration with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, whose guitar growls around her words. If it isn’t clear who she’s singing about, her label has placed an image of the White House as the image for the lyric video. Throughout the rest of the song, she sings about how Trump’s words freeze hearts, shatter dreams and undo lives. It’s a hard-rocking takedown, in the
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‘The Many Saints of Newark’ Adds Italian Actress Michela De Rossi

Italian actress Michela De Rossi has been cast in a “pivotal role” in “The Sopranos” prequel “The Many Saints of Newark” as the film begins production next week, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

De Rossi joins Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro and Michael Gandolfini in the ensemble drama set during in the Newark riots in the ’60s. She’ll play an “ambitious” Italian immigrant who comes to America to settle in Newark, New Jersey.

De Rossi is an up-and-coming Italian actress who made her cinematic debut in the 2018 film “Boys Cry,” a breakout at Berlinale that was directed by Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo. She’s never acted in the U.S., and her first trip to the States was to audition for the film.

Also Read: 'The Sopranos' Prequel Movie: Everything We Know So
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