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"Castle Rock" Season 2 to Pay Homage to ‘Misery’ with Lizzy Caplan as Annie Wilkes

Season 1 of Hulu's Castle Rock was a treasure trove of homages, Easter eggs, and story crossovers for fans of horror icon Stephen King. Season 2 looks to continue that trend by taking on Misery, King's 1987 psychological horror novel that centered on nurse Annie Wilkes and her deadly obsession with romance novelist, Paul Sheldon. Kathy Bates earned an Oscar for her performance as Wilkes in Rob Reiner's 1990 feature adaptation of the story, but now Emmy-nominee Lizzy Caplan gets a shot at the role. Joining Caplan to lead the Season 2 cast of Castle Rock
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"Dark Tower" Pilot at Amazon Casts Jasper Pääkkönen, Sam Strike

  • Variety
The pilot for the planned “Dark Tower” series adaptation currently in the works at Amazon has cast two lead roles.

Sources say that Jasper Pääkkönen and Sam Strike have both been cast in the pilot, which is based on the Stephen King book series of the same name. Strike will play Roland Deschain, also known as The Gunslinger, while Pääkkönen is believed to be playing The Man in Black, also known as Marten Broadcloak and Randall Flagg. The series is said to tell the story of how Roland became a gunslinger and his first encounter with the villainous Man in Black.

Amazon declined to comment.

Strike most recently starred in the Syfy series “Nightflyers,” based on the George R.R. Martin novella. His other recent credits include “Mindhunter,” “Timeless,” and “EastEnders.” He will also appear in HBO’s upcoming miniseries “Chernobyl.”

Pääkkönen recently starred in Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning film “BlacKkKlansman
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Schitt's Creek: Coming to an End!

Schitt's Creek: Coming to an End!
Schitt's Creek is coming to an end. The popular Pop comedy series will wrap with its sixth and final season in 2020, it has been announced.

Dan and Eugene Levy, who created and star in the wildly popular series took to social media to break the news.

"We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning," Daniel and Eugene Levy said.
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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)
Macon Blair has been tapped to write and direct Legendary’s reboot of the cult classic “The Toxic Avenger,” sources tell Variety.

Legendary acquired the feature film rights in December and have quickly made the project a high priority at the studio. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing for Legendary.

Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption.

The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the
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Emily Blunt In Talks To Star In ‘Not Fade Away’ At Annapurna; John Krasinski & David O. Russell Producing

  • Deadline
Emily Blunt In Talks To Star In ‘Not Fade Away’ At Annapurna; John Krasinski & David O. Russell Producing
Exclusive: Emily Blunt is in talks to star in Not Fade Away, the feature from Annapurna Pictures that has David O. Russell and John Krasinski attached as producers. It’s based on a 2015 memoir, Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found, by Rebecca Alexander who, born with a rare genetic mutation which caused her to her sight and hearing over time, beat the odds and expectations of her prognosis.

Lindsey Ferrentino is adapting the screenplay.

We hear that both Russell and Krasinski aren’t looking to direct the adaptation. Krasinski and Allyson Seeger will produce the project through their Sunday Night banner with Russell and Matthew Budman.

Krasinski’s on hand to write and direct A Quiet Place sequel for Paramount with Blunt also reprising her role in the film. That has been dated for a May 15, 2020 release.

The Golden Globe-winning actress most recently gave an enchanting
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SXSW Film Review: ‘J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius’

SXSW Film Review: ‘J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius’
Like 8mm films of 1960s “happenings” or videos of 1970s performance art, “J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius” chronicles a cultural footnote that perhaps should be filed under the heading You Had to Be There. The satirical-absurdist “religion” founded by some Texans actually caught fire among hipsters in the 1980s, influencing some of that era’s more interesting work in various media while providing a pre-Burning Man, pre-internet “secret club” to cerebral misfits of all stripes.

Sandy K. Boone’s documentary is likely to be lost on the not-previously converted, as what seemed the height of snark in the Reagan Era hasn’t dated all that well — nor is its appeal apparent as excerpted and recalled here. But those who remember the gospel of “slack” will make this diverting-enough documentary an in-demand work at genre festivals, as a streaming item and in other forums.

In
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Film Review: ‘Roll Red Roll’

“Roll Red Roll” is a piercingly relevant and disturbing documentary about an infamous high school rape case that took place in Steubenville, Ohio, on Aug. 11, 2012. Steubenville, the sort of Friday-night-lights small town that boasts signs that read “Kick off for Jesus,” is a place that’s good at keeping secrets. When the rape was first reported in a local newspaper, there was an attempt on the part of much of the community to deny the crime by simply waving it away. It was seen as the stars of the local football team, known as the Big Red, getting a little too wild in a boys-will-be-boys way. The coach didn’t even suspend his players for drinking (a rule he was generally strict about), because he didn’t want to get them in trouble.

But there are times you need an instigator to stir up a hornets’ nest, and one of
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Tame Impala Breeze Back With Summery New Single ‘Patience’

The wait is over: Four years after Tame Impala leveled up to a new tier of sparkling psychedelic pop with 2015’s Currents, the Australian act has released a new single. “Patience” takes the sleek studio advances of Currents and leapfrogs further: If that album was where Kevin Parker went from a heady bedroom artist to the kind of songwriter and producer who shows up on a Rihanna album, then “Patience” shows him fully comfortable in his expanded horizons, reaching even further toward the stars.

“Has it really been that long?
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Hear Salaam Remi’s Slick Remix of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Symphony’

Producer Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse) unveiled a new remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Symphony” that will appear on the upcoming release of the late soul legend’s lost album, You’re the Man, out March 29th.

Gaye recorded “Symphony” during the sessions for Let’s Get It On and it later appeared on his posthumous 1985 album, Dream of a Lifetime. For his remix, Remi boosted the orchestral elements of the original and anchored them with a dusty drum shuffle, all in the service of highlighting Gaye’s vocals as he sings,
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Roseanne Barr Blames Sara Gilbert for ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation: ‘She Destroyed the Show and My Life’

  • The Wrap
In an extremely unfiltered profile by the Washington Post, Roseanne Barr talked at length about the cancellation of the revival of “Roseanne” — and in part blamed her former co-star and TV daughter Sara Gilbert.

“She destroyed the show and my life with that tweet,” Barr told the Post. “She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with a fine Chianti.”

Barr was referring to remarks Gilbert made on May 29 in response to a series of early-morning tweets in which Barr insulted Valerie Jarrett and repeated slurs about Democratic donor George Soros. Roseanne ultimately deleted the tweets and apologized for them.

Gilbert later said on Twitter that the remarks were “abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.”

Also Read: Disney Keeps Key Leaders in Place After Day of Layoffs at Fox

Half an hour after Gilbert’s statement,
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CupcakKe Raps in Darkened Warehouse for Foreboding ‘Bird Box’ Video

CupcakKe Raps in Darkened Warehouse for Foreboding ‘Bird Box’ Video
CupcakKe hits a darkened warehouse-looking space, heightening her urgent, rapid-fire bars in her new video for “Bird Box.” It’s her second new single of the year, following the Chicago rapper’s previous released “Squidward Nose.”

The minimalist new visual finds the rapper, alongside a silent friend as the two groove together, inside a barebones room while red lights pulsate on and off to the beat, which enhances the foreboding vibe that’s reminiscent of the song’s horror film namesake. The low-end bass reverberates as CupcakKe adeptly intertwines pop
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‘Better Things’ Recap: Sexual Healing

‘Better Things’ Recap: Sexual Healing
A review of “Monsters in the Moonlight,” this week’s Better Things, coming up just as soon as I make you a sandwich before you start your adult meth life…

Some weeks, Better Things likes to turn the spotlight onto the supporting characters, or at least to acknowledge that Sam Fox isn’t a wholly perfect heroine. Some weeks, though, we get a tale like “Monsters in the Moonlight,” about how many indignities Sam has to endure from everyone else in Sam’s life.

The episode, named after the sci-fi movie Sam is still filming,
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Ata Sticks With Packaging Fees in Latest Counterproposal to Writers Guild

  • The Wrap
Talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents continued on Thursday, but with less than a week to go before WGA votes on a new code of conduct for agents, there’s still no resolution on the key dividing issue: packaging.

“We had an extensive dialogue with the Guild today. We presented its leadership with our formal counterproposals in a draft agreement, and we hope they will follow-up in good faith to move this process forward,” said Ata Executive Director Karen Stuart in a statement. The WGA declined to comment.

Ata’s counterprosal, posted to its official site Thursday, doesn’t differ much from the informal counterproposal made public on March 12. Talent Agencies aren’t backing down on their commitment to package deals. However, the latest document explains in greater detail how they say they will provide transparency and greater consent for writers when it comes to packaging.
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Eunetta Boone, Showrunner and Creator of ‘One on One,’ Dies at 63

Writer-producer Eunetta Boone, creator of the Upn comedy “One on One” and showrunner of Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home,” died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 63.

Boone was found dead at her home of an apparent heart attack. Boone had most recently worked as showrunner on the third season of the Disney Channel series starring Raven-Symone.

“Eunetta was a pioneer and an inspiration to everyone she met,” Raven-Symone said. “She was a masterful storyteller, an empathetic leader and a beacon of light to so many. I’m sending love and my deepest sympathies to Eunetta’s
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Writers Guild, Hollywood Agents Negotiate With Deadline Looming

The Writers Guild of America and Hollywood agents have held a sixth negotiating session with a deadline for a new deal 16 days away — and it’s uncertain whether progress is being made.

The Association of Talent Agents made counter-proposals at Thursday’s session that contain provisions for more accountability and transparency by agencies for clients including giving writers consent over whether a television show is packaged, as previously promised. But they do not eliminate agencies receiving packaging fees or having ownership interest in affiliate production companies — which are key demands from the WGA.

It’s unclear whether those proposals will be enough for the WGA leaders to reach a deal. The two sides made little progress in the five previous negotiating sessions to revamp the 43-year-old franchise agreement governing how agents represent writers.

Failure to reach a deal before April 7 means the agreement expires. That could have severe consequences because
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Fox Layoffs Leave Staffers Stunned and Saddened

Fox employees knew this day was coming. For over a year, the men and women who work at the Century City lot have talked of little else but severance packages and job searches. They knew that when Disney wrapped up its $71.3 billion acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets, thousands of jobs would be eliminated.

But, as they found out on Thursday, there is a difference between anticipating a painful future and watching that feared reality come to pass. The ax fell at the film division with brutal efficiency, wiping away much of the senior leadership at Fox’s marketing, distribution, and consumer products arms. Some staffers, who had been engaging in gallows humor for weeks, burst into tears when they received the word in one-on-one meetings with human resources reps that their positions were being terminated. Others retreated to nearby bars to host impromptu
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Recap: All the Feels

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Recap: All the Feels
A review of “The Therapist,” this week’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, coming up just as soon as Judas is the Hamburglar…

Applying math to art is always a foolhardy endeavor. But I can’t help looking at this season of Nine-Nine — one of the series’ best creative stretches ever, at an improbably advanced age — and think how much of it comes down to two versus three, or six versus seven. In previous years, the show had seven main characters to service, plus Hitchcock and Scully for jokes but rarely for story purposes.
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Watch Kevin Hart Talk Cheating, Parenting in New ‘Irresponsible’ Trailer

Watch Kevin Hart Talk Cheating, Parenting in New ‘Irresponsible’ Trailer
“It’s show time,” Kevin Hart announces in the first trailer for his forthcoming Netflix stand-up special. “Let’s just get to the shit.” From the looks of the new Kevin Hart: Irresponsible clip, “the shit” is his personal life and he appears to be forthcoming about the choices he’s made.

“Well, marriage Number Two,” he says contemplatively, before alluding to cheating on his current wife. “My first marriage, I chose to leave. That’s not fucking up, that’s me moving on. Now, this time, I fucked up.
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Disney Clarifies Film Leadership After Harrowing Day of Fox Layoffs

Following the dismissal of top executives in distribution, marketing and strategy on Thursday, new 20th Century Fox owner Disney has clarified its new top leadership.

Five distinct Fox labels and a portion of their leadership have been welcomed into the Disney fold, the company said. This includes Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Family, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000, and Blue Sky Studios.

The Elizabeth Gabler-run imprint Fox 2000 will be shuttered, Variety previously reported earlier in the day, though the late Thursday announcement from Disney noted Gabler will continue on through “the completion of the current slate.” Animation label Blue Sky Studios is expected to complete the release of two films in production, Variety reported last year, though its fate after that point is unknown.

Remaining studio leadership at labels like Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel remains unchanged. Fox Film lost a series of top leaders in marketing,
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Film News Roundup: Janelle Monae to Star in Film From Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz

In today’s film news roundup, Janelle Monae will star in a Lionsgate movie, Bill Nighy joins “Emma,” and documentaries on surfer Bethany Hamilton and Asbury Park are dated.

Castings

Janelle Monae will star in an untitled Lionsgate movie directed by the duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz.

The film will be produced by QC Entertainment’s Ray Mansfield and Sean McKittrick, along with Zev Foreman and Lezlie Wills. QC Entertainment produced “Get Out” and “BlacKkKlansman.” McKittrick also recently produced Jordan Peele’s “Us.”

Monae is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter who starred in “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight.” Bush and Renz have worked on campaigns for the Mlk Memorial Foundation and Amnesty International, in addition to directing Jay-z’s music video “Kill Jay Z” and the police brutality PSAAgainst the Wall,” starring Michael B. Jordan, Danny Glover, and Michael K. Williams. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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Bill Nighy
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