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John Krasinski To Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’, Emily Blunt Returning Too

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John Krasinski To Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’, Emily Blunt Returning Too
Exclusive: Sources says John Krasinski is back to direct Quiet Place 2. He was already on board to write the sequel.

Production we hear begins in July on the Brad Fuller and Andrew Form produced film.

We also hear that Emily Blunt’s deal for the sequel is closed as well. She recently won a Screen Actors Guild best supporting actress award for her turn in the film. Today on Instagram Krasinski announced the sequel’s release date: May 15, 2020.

The $17M production made its world premiere at SXSW a year ago, where it promptly sent electricity into the audience. The pic was expected to open around $30M, and over-performed its domestic tracking with a $50.2M opening, and final stateside of $188M, $340M Ww. With Paramount struggling before Jim Gianopulos’ arrival to the studio, A Quiet Place came as a wonderful renaissance for them. Gianopulos announced the sequel to the alien thriller last spring at CinemaCon.
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Natalie Dormer Joins ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ at Showtime

Natalie Dormer Joins ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ at Showtime
Natalie Dormer has been cast in upcoming drama series “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” in a lead role, Variety has learned.

Described as a spiritual descendant of the original “Penny Dreadful,” the new series opens in 1938 Los Angeles. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega is embroiled in a story that reflects the history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism.

Dormer will play Magda, a supernatural demon who can
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Jussie Smollett Removed From Final ‘Empire’ Season 5 Episodes Following Arrest

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Jussie Smollett Removed From Final ‘Empire’ Season 5 Episodes Following Arrest
Jussie Smollett has been removed from the final Season 5 episodes of the Fox series “Empire” in the wake of his arrest Thursday morning.

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us” said series executives Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer. “Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

Fox had previously issued multiple statements in support of Smollett,
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'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note

'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note
The winter box office season is nearing an end, serving as good news for what has been a rather rough start to 2019. Fortunately, before all eyes turn to March and Captain Marvel and Us, it would appear one of the final new wide releases of the season is looking to close things out on a high note as Universal debuts How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, their first DreamWorks Animation release since acquiring the animation studio in 2016 for $3.8 billion. The film is already off to a strong start internationally since releasing overseas seven weeks ago and is now looking to keep the momentum domestically. Also going wide this weekend is MGM's Fighting with My Family, after a limited debut last weekend, and Roadside is debuting Run the Race in moderate release. At a reported $129 million, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World carries the lightest budget
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Clark Gable's Grandson, "Cheaters" Host Clark James Gable, Dies at 30

Clark Gable's Grandson,
Clark Gable‘s grandson, Clark James Gable, was found dead on Friday morning. He was 30.

The actor, who was also known as Clark Gable III, was found unresponsive, according to his sister Kayley Gable on Facebook.

“My brother was found unresponsive this morning by his fiancé and didn’t wake up,” she wrote. “I Love You Clarkie I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you my heart is broken and shattered Rip.”

His mother, Tracy Yarro Scheff, also confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, “It’s is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark.
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Luke Wilson Joins ‘Zombieland’ Sequel (Exclusive)

Luke Wilson Joins ‘Zombieland’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Luke Wilson is set to join the ensemble of the upcoming “Zombieland” sequel, sources tell Variety.

Wilson will star alongside Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in “Zombieland 2.” As previously reported, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, and Rosario Dawson are also boarding the cast.

In the sequel, the zombie slayers must face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as new human survivors. They also have to deal with the growing pains of their own makeshift family.

It’s unknown who Wilson will be playing in the pic.

Original “Zombieland” filmmaker Ruben Fleischer, who most recently helmed Sony’s “Venom,” is returning to direct the follow-up. He is re-teaming with original writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, known for their work on both “Deadpool” movies. The sequel is currently in the production and will be released this October, on the
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Vinny Vella Dies: ‘Casino’ & ‘The Sopranos’ Actor Was 72

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Vinny Vella Dies: ‘Casino’ & ‘The Sopranos’ Actor Was 72
Vinny Vella, known for his roles in the 1995 film Casino and HBO’s The Sopranos, among others, has died. His family shared the news on Vella’s Facebook page. Vella died Wednesday from liver cancer. He was 72.

“We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I’m sure that no one more saddened than himself,” the Facebook statement read. “Vinny loved life from his family to his friends and fans he was easily one of the funniest, endearing actors to have ever graced the screen. Vinny also had integrity and pride rarely seen.”

The statement continued, “Arguably the fastest on the draw, king of the comebacks. His verbal jousting was legendary but many know Vinny for his favorite saying – ‘Who’s better than you?’ Well Vinny, I think we all can agree on the answer to that, it was you, it always was you! We miss you my boy!
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Patriots Owner Bob Kraft Denies ‘Illegal Activity’ After Being Charged With Soliciting Prostitution

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft denies he “engaged in any illegal activity” after being charged Friday with two counts of soliciting prostitution in Jupiter, Florida.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr announced the charges on Friday — you can watch the video above — as part of a sting on the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, which is suspected of human trafficking and potential money laundering. Kraft is one of more than 20 people being charged with soliciting to commit prostitution, Kerr said.

“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity,” a Kraft spokesperson told CNN on Friday. “Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.” Representatives for both Kraft and the New England Patriots did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Also Read: Ben Affleck Defaced Batman Cape to Honor Tom Brady (Video)

The charges relate to “two different visits” to the spa,
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HBO’s ‘Og': Jeffrey Wright Says It Was ‘Unsettling’ How Comfortable He Became in a Real Prison Cell

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HBO’s ‘Og': Jeffrey Wright Says It Was ‘Unsettling’ How Comfortable He Became in a Real Prison Cell
Jeffrey Wright plays an incarcerated man on HBO’s “O.G.” And the actor was, for all intents and purposes, somewhat of an incarcerated man himself for the duration of filming, which was done entirely on location at an active, maximum-security prison in Indiana.

Premiering on HBO this Saturday after debuting at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, “O.G.” was shot over a five-week period in the summer of 2016 at Pendleton Correctional Facility. Several of the staff and men incarcerated at the prison are featured as first-time actors in the film, which was written by Stephen Belber and directed by Madeleine Sackler.

But Wright, who is obviously not actually imprisoned himself, tells TheWrap that he became so comfortable shooting inside a prison cell that it was a “little unsettling.”

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“It was funny, during breaks I actually went into Louis’ [Wright’s character’s] cell,
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Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha to Star in ‘Slyvie’

Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha to Star in ‘Slyvie’
Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha are set to star in the feature film “Slyvie.”

Eugene Ashe has written the screenplay and will direct with production currently underway.

The film is described as a love story set in the cool jazz era of New York City in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s. Sylvie (played by Thompson) meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (played by Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem. After a summer romance comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.

Asomugha will produce through his iAm21 Entertainment banner alongside Jonathan Baker (“The Banker”), Gabrielle Glore (“Dirty Laundry”), and Matthew Thurm (“Crown Heights”). Thompson will executive produce.

Thompson will next star in “Men in Black: International” this June, and was recently seen starring in “Creed II,” “Sorry to Bother You,
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Review: Gary Clark Jr. Fights for Freedom on ‘This Land’

Review: Gary Clark Jr. Fights for Freedom on ‘This Land’
Gary Clark Jr. has spent the better part of a decade figuring out how to translate his guitar wizardry into compelling album-length statements. His first two offerings — 2012’s Blak and Blu and 2015’s The Story of Sonny Boy Slim — were steeped in a sleek, modern blues-rock production style that mostly failed to capture the thrilling dynamics of his live show.

Clark’s third major-label LP, This Land, arrives as an ambitious corrective. This is the first time it’s felt like the singer-guitarist is embracing the possibilities of studio production
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Will 2019 Oscars Have A(nother) Record Low Audience?

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The 2019 Oscars have already been a bit of a disaster: We had a host, we lost a host. AMPAS and ABC said they were moving four previously televised awards to commercial breaks — a call that didn’t go over so well and was rather swiftly reversed.

But as per usual, Nielsen’s TV ratings will have the final say in how this year’s Academy Awards actually fared.

Is the host-less ABC special doomed to be the lowest-rated Oscars ever? Or could Sunday’s show pleasantly surprise come Monday’s Nielsen returns?

Recent history — and a pair of industry ratings experts — point(s) to either option.

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Last year’s Oscars averaged 26.5 million total viewers, which is the smallest audience for the awards show ever. Jimmy Kimmel’s second turn as Academy Awards emcee obliterated the old record-low by 17 percent.
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‘Batwoman’ Pilot Adds Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane

The CW’s “Batwoman” pilot has cast Elizabeth Anweis, Variety has learned.

Anweis will play Catherine Hamilton-Kane, the stepmother of Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman. Catherine made her fortune as a savvy, bullheaded defense contractor, and all those billions position Catherine as one of Gotham’s most powerful residents. For Catherine, it’s a matter of the bottom line: Batwoman is bad for business.

Ruby Rose is set to star as the titular lesbian DC superhero, who was first introduced in the latest DC series crossover on CW. Anweis will star with Rose along with previously announced cast members
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WWE Releases Tjp, Tye Dillinger and Hideo Itami

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WWE has released Tjp (formerly T.J. Perkins), Tye Dillinger and Hideo Itami, the pro-wrestling promotion said on Friday.

Here is all WWE had to say about the trio of roster moves:

“WWE has come to terms on the release of Theodore Perkins (Tjp).”

“WWE has come to terms on the release of Kenta Kobayashi (Hideo Itami).”

“WWE has come to terms on the release of Ron Arneill (Tye Dillinger).”

Company of few words.

Also Read: Roman Reigns Will Return to 'Raw' Monday and 'Address His Fight Against Leukemia,' WWE Says

Tjp was WWE’s first-ever Cruiserweight Champion. In his Tna days, Perkins was a Tna X Division Champion. He expressed gratitude to WWE Friday in a tweet.

“Thanks for giving me a chance and letting me play for the team I grew up watching,” Perkins wrote.

Thanks for giving me a chance and letting me play for
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How Digital Video Publishers Are Racing to Take Advantage of Connected TV’s Growth in Popularity

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Digital brands are learning that while mobile is still a great place to reach a lot of eyeballs, consumers are spending more time and longer periods of that time streaming video content on their connected TVs (CTV).

Conviva estimates that CTVs had a 148 percent growth in plays last year, outpacing mobile, which saw a more modest 94 percent growth. While mobile is still a strong choice for watching content on the go, connected TVs accounted for a 56 percent share in viewing hours for 2018 — an increase of 9 percent from 2017.

The stats aren’t surprising when looking at the number of U.S. households that own a connected TV. At the end of 2017, 210 million devices were installed in consumer homes actively delivering internet connectivity to the TV screen, and by the end of 2021 there are forecast to be 275 million, according to The Npd Group.

For digital brands like Conde Nast-owned Bon Appetit,
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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Soaring to $50 Million-Plus Launch

Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Soaring to $50 Million-Plus Launch
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is soaring toward a $53 million launch weekend at 4,259 North American locations, early estimates showed on Friday.

That estimate is well above Universal’s forecast in the $40 million range at 4,259 sites — and ahead of its predecessors, 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” which made $43.7 million for Paramount, and 2014’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which earned $49.4 million for Fox.

The third entry in the franchise is the first DreamWorks Animation title to be released by Universal since it acquired the animation studio for $3.8 billion in 2016. If the estimate holds, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will become the top three-day domestic opener of 2019, eclipsing the $40.2 million reeled in by Universal’s “Glass” on Jan. 18-20.

The final entry in the “Dragon” trilogy follows the young Viking Hiccup and his companion Toothless as they seek a dragon utopia called the Hidden World.
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Inside Motley Crue’s First New Songs Since Their Final Concert

After Mötley Crüe played what they say was their last-ever concert, on New Year’s Eve 2015, things got weird — even for them. The band had signed a “cessation of touring agreement” in 2014, swearing never to reunite onstage and, as Tommy Lee told Rolling Stone after the gig, it felt a little more final than he had hoped. Nobody said goodbye to him or went to the after party. “I think fucking Nikki unfollowed me on fucking Twitter, like, the next day,” Lee said at the time. “I was like, ‘Wow.
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Song You Need to Know: Hether Fortune, ‘Sister’

Song You Need to Know: Hether Fortune, ‘Sister’
Outlaws are often solitary figures — the stranger come to town, the loner on a long night drive. Just as often, though, the outlaw is part of a larger group, whether it’s a gang, a band or a family. It’s that second kind, cast out of society but far from alone, that comes to life in Hether Fortune’s new single, “Sister.”

This is Fortune’s first official release as a solo artist since disbanding her Oakland-based goth-pop outfit Wax Idols last year. Musically, “Sister” is all about the controlled burn,
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Dreaming of a Hollywood Ending for Actors With Disabilities (Guest Column)

Dreaming of a Hollywood Ending for Actors With Disabilities (Guest Column)
Picture a world in which an actor with a disability wins an Academy Award. Sadly, that storyline remains no more than a Hollywood fantasy.

In recent years, the #OscarsSoWhite trending hashtag campaign has shed light on the lack of diversity in the movie industry. Yet ahead of this year’s Oscars on Feb. 24, society’s definition of diversity all too often remains narrow and only encompasses race and ethnicity.

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won Best Actor in 1989 for playing a protagonist with autism in “Rain Man,” about half of the Best Actor winners have also portrayed people with disabilities or illnesses.
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Dreaming of a Hollywood Ending for Actors With Disabilities (Guest Column)

Dreaming of a Hollywood Ending for Actors With Disabilities (Guest Column)
Picture a world in which an actor with a disability wins an Academy Award. Sadly, that storyline remains no more than a Hollywood fantasy.

In recent years, the #OscarsSoWhite trending hashtag campaign has shed light on the lack of diversity in the movie industry. Yet ahead of this year’s Oscars on Feb. 24, society’s definition of diversity all too often remains narrow and only encompasses race and ethnicity.

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won Best Actor in 1989 for playing a protagonist with autism in “Rain Man,” about half of the Best Actor winners have also portrayed people with disabilities or illnesses. Yet it’s alarming that Hollywood seems to greatly value stories of disabilities without actually employing actors, directors, storytellers, or technicians with disabilities.

Year in and year out, actors without disabilities are nominated for playing characters with disabilities, most recently Sally Hawkins in “The Shape of Water” and Eddie Redmayne
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