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Noah Centineo in Talks to Play He-Man in Sony and Mattel Films ‘Masters of the Universe’ (Exclusive)

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Noah Centineo in Talks to Play He-Man in Sony and Mattel Films ‘Masters of the Universe’ (Exclusive)
Noah Centineo is in talks to play the lead role of He-Man in Sony Pictures and Mattel Films “Masters of the Universe,” an individual with knowledge of the project exclusively tells TheWrap.

Aaron and Adam Nee are set to direct from a script rewritten by “Iron Man” screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. The Nee Brothers also have screenwriting credit.

The project was previously written by David S. Goyer, who is also an executive producer.

Based on Mattel’s hugely successful 1980s toy line, “Masters of the Universe” follows Prince Adam, heir to the throne of planet Eternia, who uses the magical Power Sword to transform into the heroic warrior He-Man. With the help of his allies Teela, Man-at-Arms, Orko and The Sorceress, He-Man defends the kingdom from the evil wizard Skeletor (so-named because his face
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Katherine Heigl to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Our House’

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Katherine Heigl to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Our House’
Katherine Heigl is set to star in and executive produce the CBS comedy pilot “Our House,” TheWrap has learned.

The “Suits” star will play opposite Malcolm Barrett in the multi-cam from writer and executive producer Brendan O’Brien. The family comedy centers on a devoted mom and dad who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid, but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture.

Heigl’s character Bridget is described as a woman who “tries her best to be a laid-back, progressive parent like her therapist husband, but often finds herself reverting to the old school style of her parents. Now that she’s moved back into her childhood home, surrounded by her parents and crazy siblings, finding a balance between these wildly different parenting styles is going to be more difficult than she imagined.
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Mindy Kaling, Netflix Team for Comedy Series Based on Her Childhood

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Mindy Kaling, Netflix Team for Comedy Series Based on Her Childhood
Netflix has ordered a coming-of-age comedy series inspired by the life of Mindy Kaling, Variety has learned.

The untitled series, which has received a 10-episode order, was co-created by Kaling and Lang Fisher, with the latter also set to serve as showrunner. The series will follow the complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl.

Both Kaling and Fisher will executive produce along with Howard Klein and David Miner. The series was set up under Kaling’s overall deal at Universal Television, with Universal set to produce the new series. Kaling recently exited that deal for a rich new pact with Warner Bros. Television.

In a previous interview with Variety, Kaling described how the series came to be. “Netflix approached me about doing a series on young Mindy,” she said. “I wasn’t as interested in telling a period piece about an Indian girl growing up in the ’80s,
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Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Announce Bill & Ted Face The Music Will Be Released Summer of 2020!

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Announce Bill & Ted Face The Music Will Be Released Summer of 2020!
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have some exiting news for us! Orion Pictures has released a video featuring the two actors thanking the fans for the support they’ve give to them in their efforts to get Bill & Ted Face The Music off the ground and they announced that the movie will start shooting this summer in New Orleans and the it will be released on August 21st, 2020!

This long-awaited third Bill & Ted movie is actually happening! Dean Parisot will direct from a script written by the original Bill & Ted writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Here’s the synopsis:

Following 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the stakes are higher than ever for William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Reeves). Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure,
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Robert Pattinson Joins Christopher Nolan's Upcoming Film Project

Robert Pattinson Joins Christopher Nolan's Upcoming Film Project
It looks like the pieces of Christopher Nolan’s mysterious film project are starting to fall into place. Just yesterday it was announced that that BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington had joined the film. Now according to Collider, Robert Pattinson is the latest actor to join the cast.

Pattinson is a talented actor. Yeah, he did star in the Twilight franchise, but he’s gone on to take on some great acting roles since then. Mostly in the indie film circuit, so it’s pretty cool to see him land a big movie gig like this! Especially with ever other actor his age who was trying to land this role. Everyone wants to work with Nolan!

There are no details on the film or who he’ll be playing, but it has been described as “a massive, innovative action blockbuster” that will be glorified in IMAX, because Nolan sure does love the IMAX experience.
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Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series "Cherish the Day" at OWN (Exclusive)

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Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has given out a straight-to-series order for an anthology that hails from Ava DuVernay, Variety has learned exclusively.

The series is titled “Cherish the Day.” Each season, the anthology series chronicles the romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel people to hold true to the ones they love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. The show is currently slated to debut in winter 2020.

“Own is home,” DuVernay said. “I’m honored to create television for a network headed by an artist with spectacular vision and unbridled passion for the stories that we want to tell.”

This marks the second series that DuVernay has at Own. She also developed the series adaptation of the novel “Queen Sugar” for the network in addition to serving as director and executive producer on the series.
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‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom Jr. Joins ‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom Jr. Joins ‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’
“Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. has joined the cast of the “Sopranos” prequel film, “The Many Saints of Newark,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Odom’s character details were not revealed, but he’s in line for a starring role in the project. He joins a cast that includes Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro and James Gandolfini’s son Michael Gandolfini as a young Tony Soprano.

News of Odom Jr.’s casting was first reported by Deadline.

More to come…

Read original story ‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom Jr. Joins ‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ At TheWrap
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Charo Thanks Fans in Emotional First Video Since Her Husband’s Death

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Charo Thanks Fans in Emotional First Video Since Her Husband’s Death
A month after the death of her husband, Charo returned to Instagram to thank her fans, and promise she will continue performing.

Kjell Rasten, Charo’s husband of more than 40 years, died by suicide on Feb. 18. The actress, comedian and singer has been largely silent on social media since then, but on Wednesday, she posted her first video to Instagramn in more than a month.

“Hola amigos. It’s been a month since my husband died. It’s very very hard. I want to thank you with all my heart, for your help, your prayer, your support. That kept me going. Thank you, thank you, thank you very much. I’ve been meditating all this month, and I want to let you know that my husband support my music,” she said, visibly on the edge of tears.

Also Read: Félicité Tomlinson, Model and Sister of One Direction Singer Louis Tomlinson,
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Netflix Moves Lisa Nishimura to VP of Indie Film and Documentary Features

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Netflix announced Wednesday that it has moved Lisa Nishimura to Vice President of Indie Film and Documentary Features. She replaces Bela Bajaria, who is now overseeing the streaming service’s international non-English TV programming as part of an ongoing leadership shuffle.

Nishimura was previously in charge of Netflix’s comedy programming, and will continue to handle limited documentary series and shorts as well as feature-length docs. She will now report to Netflix’s VP of original film, Scott Stuber.

“Lisa blazed a trail within Netflix building our documentary and comedy initiatives, and we’re so lucky to have her expand her role into indie films,” said Stuber in a statement. “Lisa joins Matt Brodlie and Ian Bricke, who have built our indie film business over the last several years. Together they will continue to deepen our talent relationships and give diverse and unique storytellers a home to share their films.
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Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura Named Indie Film, Documentary Features Head

In the wake of Bela Bajaria’s recent move to lead Netflix’s international non-English original TV series, the online streamer is shuffling its leadership team to more clearly distinguish between development of its English and non-English language content.

As a result, Netflix has elevated Lisa Nishimura to vice president of independent film and documentary features, a shift from her prior post as VP of original documentary and comedy programming. She will now oversee independent film, English and non-English documentary features, documentary shorts and limited documentary series such as “Wild Wild Country” and “Our Planet.” Several comedy and documentary series
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Film News Roundup: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Sets Event Cinema Record

Film News Roundup: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Sets Event Cinema Record
In today’s film news roundup, “Gone with the Wind” sets a new record, “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” is acquired, and Tracy Oliver signs with Topic Studios.

Event Cinema Record

The 80th anniversary release of “Gone with the Wind” has grossed $2.23 million in six nationwide screenings on four dates — a record as the highest-grossing classic film for Fathom Events.

The previous record was set in January by Fathom’s re-release of the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” with $2 million. Fathom said its re-releases of “My Fair Lady” and “Dirty Dancing” in February have given it $5.5 million at the classic film box office in 2019.

Both “The Wizard of Oz” and “My Fair Lady” were presented as part of Fathom Events’ TCM Big Screen Classics series in partnership with Turner Classic Movies. The series continues with “To Kill a Mockingbird” in March; “Ben-Hur” in April; and “True Grit” and 1989’s “Steel Magnolias” in May.
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Hear Morrissey, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste Cover Jobriath’s ‘Morning Starship’

Hear Morrissey, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste Cover Jobriath’s ‘Morning Starship’
Morrissey and Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste have teamed for a rendition of Jobriath’s “Morning Starship.” The song appears on Morrissey’s covers album, California Son, which features his takes on Sixties and Seventies tracks. The album is the follow-up to 2017’s Low in High School.

Their cover of “Morning Starship,” stays fairly faithful to the glam rocker’s 1973 original, with added ethereal harmonized touches where Morrissey and Droste’s voices pleasingly intermingle, some dramatic vocal flourishes and a bit of a psychedelic sway that buoy Morrissey’s hallmark baritone.
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Lee Daniels Says ‘Empire’ Cast Has Felt ‘Pain and Anger and Sadness and Frustration’ Amid Jussie Smollett Scandal

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Lee Daniels Says ‘Empire’ Cast Has Felt ‘Pain and Anger and Sadness and Frustration’ Amid Jussie Smollett Scandal
“Empire” co-creator spoke out about the emotional distress affecting the show’s cast and crew amid star Jussie Smollett’s ongoing criminal case surrounding the allegedly fake attack from earlier this year.

“These past couple of weeks have been a freaking roller coaster,” Daniels said in an Instagram video posted hours before the airing of Wednesday’s episode. “Me and my cast have experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don’t know how to deal with it you know?”

Smollett appeared in court last week to plead not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct after being accused of lying to police regarding a Jan. 29 incident, in which he said he was randomly attacked by two men shouting racial and homophobic slurs in his Chicago neighborhood.

Also Read: Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to 16 Counts of Disorderly Conduct

Police have accused Smollett of paying two men to
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Fox Entertainment Lays Out Programming Slate in Post-Disney Merger Sizzle Reel (Watch)

Fox Entertainment unveiled a new sizzle reel on Wednesday night in the wake of the Disney-21st Century Fox merger officially closing, with the broadcaster touting its current series roster.

The video features both scripted and unscripted programming across Fox’s lineup. Among the shows featured are legacy series like “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” and “Empire.” In one “Empire” clip, Lucious Lyon says “The company we knew and loved is changing.” Newer scripted shows like “The Orville,” “The Passage,” and “9-1-1” appear as well. Also featured in the video are unscripted hits like “The Masked Singer” along with The
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Fox Entertainment Shows Off ‘Fresh Start’ in Promo After Sell-Off to Disney (Video)

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Fox wants viewers wary of its new slimmed-down version to know that it will be just fine after shedding most of its film and TV assets to Disney, which became official Wednesday.

In a new promo that aired Wednesday night, Fox Entertainment — the programming unit of what is now known as “Fox Corporation” — ran through the list of shows, including “9-1-1,” “Empire” and “The Simpsons,” that still air on the Fox broadcasting network, even if their studio is now owned by Disney.

On Wednesday, Disney finalized its $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets.

Also Read: Disney Closes Its $71.3 Billion Acquisition of 21st Century Fox

After the sale, the remaining assets, a portfolio of news, sports and broadcast businesses, were formed into a new company called Fox Corporation. These include Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports and its local TV stations.
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Katherine Heigl Cast as Lead in CBS Comedy Pilot

Katherine Heigl Cast as Lead in CBS Comedy Pilot
Katherine Heigl has been cast as the female lead in the CBS comedy pilot “Our House,” Variety has learned.

The show centers around a devoted mom (Heigl) and dad, who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid, but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture.

Heigl will play Bridget, who tries her best to be a laid-back, progressive parent like her therapist husband, Shawn (played by Malcolm Barrett), but often finds herself reverting to the old school style of her parents.
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Lee Daniels Reveals the ‘Empire’ Team’s ‘Anger’ and ‘Sadness’ at the Jussie Smollett Fallout

In a video posted to his Instagram Wednesday afternoon, “Empire” creator Lee Daniels has let everybody know how he feels about the Jussie Smollett “incident.”

“These past couple of weeks have been a freakin’ rollercoaster,” Daniels said in the video. “Me and my cast have experienced pain, anger, sadness and frustration, and really don’t know how to deal with it.”

Daniels was keen to stress that the episode of “Empire” airing tonight was filmed “prior to the incident.”

“This is not what the show was made for, the show was made to bring America together, to talk about the
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Film Review: ‘Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn’

It’s a Herculean effort to take a multi-volume manga like author Akihito Tsukushi’s “Made in Abyss,” adapt it into a popular anime television series, and then compress the show into a coherent feature, but the folks at Sentai Filmworks have done just that. Part one, “Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn,” will screen around the U.S. in its original Japanese on March 20 and in an English dub on March 25, to be followed at a later date by “Wandering Twilight,” which opened in Japan in January.

While the first half of director Masayuki Kojima’s cinematic cut-down hits more ebbs than flows, its character-driven escapades and colorful fantasy landscape are captivating enough to engage the uninitiated. Give or take a few tweaks to the material, this catchy premise about an adventurous tween girl and her amnesiac robot-boy companion exploring a mysterious chasm in her city adapts decently well
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Haf: ‘Assassination,’ ‘Apprenticeship’ Named Project Market Winners

Eighteen prizes were presented on Wednesday afternoon at the closing ceremony of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum. The project market sits alongside FilMart as part of the Entertainment Expo in Hong Kong.

“Wong Tai Sin Assassination” to be directed by Wong Hoi and produced by Derek Kwok Tsz-kin, was named the winner of the Haf Award for Hong Kong films. “Our Apprenticeship” to be directed by Hamaguchi Ryusuke, and produced by Yamamoto Teruhisa, won the Haf award for international projects.

In the documentary category, “Odoriko,” directed by Okutani Yoichiro, and produced by Shiobara Fumiko was named the best film.

The film project market is in its 17th edition and remains one of the most influential in the world. Albert Lee, director of the Hong Kong International FIlm Festival, called Haf: “such a useful springboard for film projects.”

Completed recent films that benefitted from Haf support include Chinese smash hit “Dying to Survive,
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WGA Leaders to Meet With Showrunners on Agency Packaging Fight (Exclusive)

WGA leaders are set to meet Wednesday night with a group of showrunners who are raising concerns about the guild’s handling of negotiations with talent agents over the issue of packaging fees and agency-affiliated productions.

The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at WGA West headquarters. WGA West president David Goodman is expected to attend. The gathering is expected to include several dozen showrunners who want to press guild leaders on their strategy for handling the negotiations and the potential disruption to the regular course of business if a deal isn’t reached.

The WGA and Association of Talent Agents
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