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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Denzel Washington’s ‘Journal for Jordan’

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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Denzel Washington’s ‘Journal for Jordan’
Michael B. Jordan is in talks to star in Sony’s “Journal for Jordan,” a drama that will be directed by Denzel Washington.

The movie, penned by “Mudbound” screenwriter Virgin Williams, is based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dana Canedy’s love affair with First Sergeant Charles Monroe King. King kept a journal full of poignant life lessons for their newborn son, Jordan, while deployed overseas. He was killed in Iraq in 2006 when Jordan was just seven months old, but his spirit lives on in his messages of love to Dana and Jordan.

Jordan will also produce through his Outlier Society banner, while Washington and Escape Artist’s Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch will also produce.

Jordan garnered critical acclaim for portraying the tormented villain Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther,” the first Marvel movie to score a best picture Oscar nomination. He most recently starred in “Creed II,
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"Haunting of Hill House" Anthology Gets Season 2 as Creators Ink Big Netflix Overall Deal

While Netflix doesn't release viewership data, this is one clear indicator that The Haunting of Hill House was a massive hit for the streamer.

Haunting creator Mike Flanagan and his longtime Intrepid Pictures partner Trevor Macy have signed a big overall deal with Netflix that includes a second season of the anthology. Sources say the pact is for four or five years and worth in the low eight-figure range. Given that Hill House was the duo's first series, that sum is considered a sizable investment from the streamer that changed the overall deals space after handing out nine-figure deals to ...
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Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett Staged Attack Because He Was ‘Dissatisfied With His Salary’

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Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett Staged Attack Because He Was ‘Dissatisfied With His Salary’
Chicago Police officials asserted Thursday that actor Jussie Smollett set up a hate crime hoax on Jan. 28 because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on the Fox series “Empire.”

Police are holding a news conference to discuss the case that has made international headlines amid Smollett’s continued insistence that he was the victim of a vicious attack and he had no involvement in staging the incident. Smollett surrendered to police Thursday morning and will be charged today with filing a false police report.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Drops to All-Time Low in Ratings and Viewers

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‘The Walking Dead’ Drops to All-Time Low in Ratings and Viewers
The Walking Dead” definitely isn’t dead, but it is at an all-time low.

Sunday’s episode, titled “Omega,” averaged a 1.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, down 15 percent from the prior week’s midseason premiere and slightly below its previous all-time demo low of 1.8 last fall.

This week also marked the show’s worst-ever performance in total viewers with 4.54 million people tuned in for Sunday’s episode. That’s down 12 percent from last week and less than the previous low of 4.71 million for the show’s second episode in 2010.

The episode aired against the NBC All-Star Game on TNT and TBS, likely accounting for the week-over-week declines.

The aging series has seen steep ratings declines across the past few years, with viewership numbers for Season 9 coming in well below the previous season. And moving forward, the
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Daniel Craig reportedly set to star in Todd Field's 'The Creed of Violence'

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Daniel Craig reportedly set to star in Todd Field's 'The Creed of Violence'
Daniel Craig has been James Bond for well over a decade, but the actor is already making plans for his future without the secret agent. According to Collider, Craig's first post-Bond film will be The Creed Of Violence, an adaptation of Boston Teran's novel of the same name which will be helmed by Todd Field (In The Bedroom). The project has been in development for
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"Frasier": Kelsey Grammer Hints That a Revival Will Be Announced Soon

Is Frasier really making a comeback? Recently, star Kelsey Grammer says a revival of the NBC TV show is coming soon, Today reports.

A spinoff of Cheers, the hit sitcom followed Dr. Frasier Crane (Grammer) as he settles in his hometown of Seattle with his father and younger brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce). The cast also included Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, Moose, Enzo the Dog, Dan Butler, Tom McGowan, and Edward Hibbert. The series ran on NBC for 11 seasons before ending in 2004.

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Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic About WWE Legend's Early Days

Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic About WWE Legend's Early Days
Thor himself will be getting all tanned up to play WWE legend Hulk Hogan in a new movie.

Chris Hemsworth is set to play the wrestler in a project from The Hangover director Todd Phillips, according The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor, 35, will portray Hogan, 65, during the time his wrestling career was on the rise. According to the outlet, the biopic won’t focus on Hogan’s eventual personal struggles but will be “an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.”

Hogan’s career, which began in the 70s, hit its peak during the 80s where he was often on magazine covers and appeared on talk-shows.
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Peter Tork, The Monkees Bassist, Dies at 77

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Peter Tork, The Monkees Bassist, Dies at 77
Peter Tork, bassist, keyboardist and singer for iconic late ’60s pop-rock band The Monkees died on Thursday. He was 77.

Tork’s death was confirmed by his sister, Anne Thorkelson, to The Washington Post. Thorkelson did not share the cause of death or where Tork died. His Twitter and Facebook accounts announced his death shortly after.

“Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you, his Torkees, and one of his deepest joys was to be out in front of you, playing his music, and seeing you enjoy what he had to share,” a message attributed to the Peter Tork Facebook Team said.

Also Read: WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales Dies

It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world. As we have mentioned in the past, the Ptfb team is…
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"Halo" TV Series Will Be Directed by ‘Robin Hood’ Filmmaker Otto Bathurst

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The long road to adapt Halo to the screen (be it big or small) is almost at an end. Showtime is turning the video game franchise into a new TV series, and they’ve found their director – Otto Bathurst, the filmmaker behind the recent Robin Hood reboot. Bathurst will direct multiple episodes of the live-action series, and […]

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"Lost Boys": Tyler Posey to Star in CW Pilot, Catherine Hardwicke to Direct

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The CW has found the cast and director for its “Lost Boys” pilot.

Teen Wolf” alum Tyler Posey has signed on to star in the adaptation as Michael, one of the two sons who move to the seaside town of Santa Carla with their mother. “Kingdom” alum Kiele Sanchez will play their mother Lucy, while the role of the younger brother has not yet been cast.

Medalion Rahimi (“Still Star-Crossed”) has also been cast in the pilot as Stella, the carefree Californian who has an immediate spark with Michael. Her boyfriend David, the bad-boy leader of a vampire gang, will be played by Dakota Shapiro (“Valley of the Boom”).

Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke is also set to return to the vampire genre as director of the Warner Bros. TV pilot.

In the original 1987 film “The Lost Boys,
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Is Netflix’s $25 Million-Plus Oscar Campaign for ‘Roma’ a Game Changer?

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Netflix is betting big on the Oscar chances for Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” with an awards campaign that cost $25 million to $30 million, according to several rival Oscar strategists who spoke to TheWrap. That would be nearly twice the film’s reported budget, certainly the largest campaign ever for a foreign language film and quite possibly the largest for a Best Picture contender.

But in a year in which the Oscars race has been highly unpredictable and fluid, are Netflix’s free-spending ways an anomaly — or the start of an expensive arms race for studios and indies hoping to compete for awards in the future?

Some industry professionals at competing distributors have downplayed Netflix’s influence. “My team has never had a problem finding quality, topical films to acquire, even with streamers joining in the market,” one industry insider told TheWrap. “There’s plenty of fish in the sea, and plenty
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To Plot Mass Killing, Coast Guard Lt. Paul Hasson Studied a Mass Killer’s Manifesto, Prosecutors Say

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Prosecutors say Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson studied a manifesto by far-right Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik as he plotted the murders of prominent journalists and politicians — an especially alarming accusation because Breivik murdered 77 people in two attacks in Norway in 2011.

The Breivik attack shook the European continent, where mass shootings are rare. Breivik was sentenced to only 21 years in prison, the maximum allowable under Norwegian law. He will be eligible for release in 2033, when he will be 53, the New York Times reports.

“From early 2017 through the date of his arrest, the defendant routinely perused portions of the Breivik manifesto that instruct a prospective assailant to amass appropriate firearms, food, disguises, and survival supplies,” prosecutors said in a court filing. “Consistent with the Breivik manifesto, the defendant performed thousands of visits to websites selling firearms and tactical gear. The defendant also researched United States military technical manuals or improvised munitions and tactical handbooks.
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Thalía on Embracing Girl Power, Turning the Tables in Latin Pop

Thalía on Embracing Girl Power, Turning the Tables in Latin Pop
For the vast majority of her time on Earth, Thalía has navigated the public gaze with ease and grace. The former child prodigy first garnered global fame in the Eighties as a vocalist in Timbiriche, a teen pop supergroup that also produced internationally acclaimed stars like Paulina Rubio. In the following decade, Thalía solidified her rep as the Queen of Telenovelas for her wildly successful lead roles in timeless Mexican soap operas like Marimar, María la del Barrio, and María Mercedes. Meanwhile, her singing career skyrocketed, and songs like 1995’s
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Fred Foster, Producer of Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Dead at 87

Visionary record producer, label executive and music publisher Fred Foster, who guided the early careers of Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, among many others, died Wednesday in Nashville following a short illness. He was 87.

The founder of Monument Records, which released Parton’s first hit single, “Dumb Blonde,” in 1967, as well as Kristofferson’s early country-pop hit “Why Me” in 1973, Foster was responsible for producing a string of Roy Orbison’s best-known songs in the early Sixties, including “Only the Lonely,” “Running Scared,” “Blue Bayou,” “Crying” and the 1964 classic “Oh,
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Brooks & Dunn Preview ‘Reboot’ Album With Jon Pardi Collaboration

Brooks & Dunn are gearing to release their first recordings together since 2007 with Reboot, which pairs the superstar duo with a group of younger performers including Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves and Brothers Osborne. On Thursday, they announced the official track listing for the album, due out April 5th, and posted the new version of “My Next Broken Heart” featuring Jon Pardi.

With its stomping, two-stepping beat and sizzling Telecaster licks, “My Next Broken Heart” was made for the honky-tonks. Pardi takes the lead in the first verse, then supplies some low
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Midseason TV 2019: Complete List of Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Updating)

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The new year is well underway and so is midseason TV.

While fall brought with it the returns of your favorite broadcast shows — and the debuts of several new ones — the colder months mark the time when many of those series go into hibernation and fresh programming wakes up.

Because the Big 4 and The CW are now gearing up to launch several new shows — and bring back a lot of your faves — TheWrap has rounded up the list of 2019’s broadcast premiere dates.

Also Read: Fall TV 2019: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)

We’ve got launch days for NBC’s new series “The Enemy Within” and a new season of “The Voice.” On Fox, there are the series premiere of “Mental Samurai” and the return of Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1.” The CW will debut “In the Dark” and start up the final seasons
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Michael Jackson Estate Files $100 Million Lawsuit Over HBO’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ Doc

Michael Jackson Estate Files $100 Million Lawsuit Over HBO’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ Doc
Michael Jackson’s estate is suing HBO for more than $100 million over its controversial Leaving Neverland documentary.

The Jackson estate has been fiercely critical of the film since it premiered at Sundance in January. The film prominently features the story of two men, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who claim Jackson molested them and swore them to secrecy when they were children.

However, because Jackson’s estate cannot sue for libel or defamation – as dead individuals are exempt from such laws – the new lawsuit is centered around the claim that
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Matt Smith, ‘Leave No Trace’ Star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie Circle Edgar Wright Movie

Matt Smith, ‘Leave No Trace’ Star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie Circle Edgar Wright Movie
Matt Smith and “Leave No Trace” star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie are in negotiations to join Edgar Wright’s next film, “Last Night in Soho,” sources tell Variety.

Details are vague about the psychological horror movie, other than it being set in London’s Soho district. Anya Taylor Joy is also in the cast. Production is expected to start this summer in London.

Wright most recently directed Sony’s heist film “Baby Driver” starring Ansel Elgort, and is reportedly also working on its sequel. He is co-writing the script for “Last Night in Soho” with “Penny Dreadful” screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Focus Features and Film4 will co-finance the film.

Smith just scored an Emmy nomination for his role as Prince Philip in Netflix’s “The Crown.” He can be seen next in the biopic “Mapplethorpe,” which premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Smith is also in the New Regency movie
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Michael Cohen Will Reportedly ‘Pull the Curtain Back’ on Trump’s Crimes

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s embattled former lawyer and fixer, was set to testify before Congress on February 7th. Then, late last month, he backed out, citing fear over threats from his former boss. A day after Cohen reconsidered voluntarily appearing before Congress, the Senate Intelligence Committee left him with no choice, issuing a subpoena that effectively forced him to testify. He’ll do so next week. A lot. On Tuesday, Cohen will sit down for a private session with the Senate Intelligence Committee. On Wednesday, he’ll appear publicly before the House Oversight Committee.
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Demi Moore-Led Sundance Film ‘Corporate Animals’ Picked Up by Screen Media

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Independent film distributor Screen Media said on Thursday that it has acquired North American rights to “Corporate Animals.”

The film, which premiered in the midnight section of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, stars Demi Moore, Ed Helms, Jessica Williams, Karan Soni, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Dan Bakkedahl, Calum Worthy, Nasim Pedrad, Martha Kelly, Jennifer Kim and the voice of Britney Spears.

Corporate Animals” was directed by Patrick Brice and has been described as “The Office” meets “The Descent.” Screen Media is planning a day-and-date release for this summer.

Also Read: Bruce Springsteen-Inspired Sundance Film 'Blinded by the Light' Given Release Date by Warner Bros.

The film follows Lucy (Demi Moore) as the egotistical, megalomaniac CEO of Incredible Edible Cutlery, America’s premier provider of edible cutlery. In her infinite wisdom, Lucy leads her staff, including her long-suffering assistants, Freddie (Karan Soni) and Jess (Jessica Williams), on a corporate team-building spelunking weekend in New Mexico.
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