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Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian

Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian
In the age of anti-hero TV, it’s almost surprising we haven’t gotten a Tom Ripley series yet. But Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian is on it with Deadline reporting that Zaillian plans to adapt Patricia Highsmith’s novels focusing on the sociopath anti-hero. No network has signed on yet, but sources tell Deadline that this will likely be a straight-to-series order with Zaillian writing and directing most of the first season’s episodes. Per Deadline, “Zaillian will use the five novels written by Highsmith — The Talented Mrs. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, …
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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC

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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC
It’s official — ABC has ordered a second season of Roseanne spinoff The Conners. The renewal comes after series’ producer Werner Entertainment secured new deals with the core cast of Roseanne veterans, John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner) and Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner-Healy). The size of the order has not been revealed by ABC but has been speculated to be 13 episodes, slightly bigger than last season’s 11.

While not the mega hit of the size of the Roseanne revival, The Conners has been a breakout for ABC. In its first season, the Roseanne followup averaged 9.5 million total viewers and a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating (Live+7) to rank as the season’s No. 1 new comedy in total viewers and 18-49 and ABC’s No. 1 comedy in both categories. The Conners improved its Tuesday 8 pm time period by 33% in total viewers and by 22% in adults
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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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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)

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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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TLC ‘Long Lost Family’ Host Chris Jacobs Joins Discovery’s ‘Egypt Live’ Team (Exclusive)

Chris Jacobs is joining Josh Gates’ team for Discovery Channel’s “Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Bring a flashlight, Chris.

Also added to the squad, we’re told, is Egyptologist Ramy Romany, who has dedicated his entire career to uncovering rare artifacts using the latest technology. The team also consists of Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, and Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt.

Jacobs has a long history with Discovery live events, serving as the digital host during Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk over the Grand Canyon in “Skywire Live” and Chicago’s “Skyscraper Live.” Jacobs has also hosted “Discovery Live: Into the Blue Hole,” “Chopper Live,” “Gold Rush Live” and the live broadcast of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction for Velocity (now MotorTrend). In addition, he is the regular host of TLC’s “Long Lost Family” and serves as host of the
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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Film Review: Nervy Account of Terrorist Attack Keeps Exploitation in Check

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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Film Review: Nervy Account of Terrorist Attack Keeps Exploitation in Check
The worry regarding certain movies that recreate real-life nightmares is that the filmmaker sees the incident as a form of action-adventure tourism, a way to fake an experience so that genuine tragedy is reduced to an adrenaline boost. But the prevailing feeling watching Australian director Anthony Maras’ feature debut “Hotel Mumbai” is of heart-in-the-throat panic as it places us inside the Indian capital’s storied Taj Mahal Palace Hotel when it was besieged by a well-armed militia of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists on a citywide killing spree in November 2008.

The distinction — the thriller that terrifies, as opposed to the terror that thrills — is an important one when choosing to watch the unfolding of the worst situation imaginable, realizing that only some of the hostages you get to know are going to survive. In this age of regular mass shootings, when fear of being numbed to the steady drumbeat of such news might
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10 Things We Learned at Variety’s 2019 Entertainment Marketing Summit

Variety’s 2019 Entertainment Marketing Summit, which brought top execs to Hollywood’s NeueHouse on Thursday, covered considerable ground. From cutting through the noise in an oversaturated media landscape to welcoming exciting technology like virtual reality, industry veterans offered insight into what to expect from the marketing world in coming years.

Here are 10 things we learned from this year’s Entertainment Marketing Summit presented by Deloitte.

Facebook’s new privacy features will give consumers more control over advertisements

Facebook’s plans to implement a “clear history” feature, which will allow its 2.32 billion monthly users to erase their digital footprint, has raised
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10 Things We Learned at Variety’s 2019 Entertainment Marketing Summit

Variety’s 2019 Entertainment Marketing Summit, which brought top execs to Hollywood’s NeueHouse on Thursday, covered considerable ground. From cutting through the noise in an oversaturated media landscape to welcoming exciting technology like virtual reality, industry veterans offered insight into what to expect from the marketing world in coming years.

Here are 10 things we learned from this year’s Entertainment Marketing Summit presented by Deloitte.

Facebook’s new privacy features will give consumers more control over advertisements

Facebook’s plans to implement a “clear history” feature, which will allow its 2.32 billion monthly users to erase their digital footprint, has raised questions over how such a blockade from data-collecting will affect the media giant’s ad revenue. But Jennifer Howard, the group director for entertainment, technology, and connectivity at Facebook, doesn’t think this potential lack of data will necessarily decrease revenue made from ads. “Browsing history is really only a
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Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett Readies New Solo Album ‘Hard Lessons’

Chris Shiflett passes along some fatherly wisdom on his spiraling new rocker “Welcome to Your First Heartache,” off his newly announced solo LP Hard Lessons, which will be released June 14th.

Aptly enough given the album’s title, “Welcome to Your First Heartache” is directed toward a son experiencing his first romantic letdown. “I’ve been where you’re standing and let me tell you, son, that it gets so much better,” Shiflett sings, his reassuring tone and gentle “oohs” that appear in the coda contrasted with a scorching guitar
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Best Movies and TV to Stream in April: ‘Ramy,’ Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’

Best Movies and TV to Stream in April: ‘Ramy,’ Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’
Imagine, if you will, a month of streaming programming covering a lot of ground by tone and genre. There’s the big re-launch of The Twilight Zone under the stewardship of one Jordan Peele, and another season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been conjured. Netflix has a Swedish court procedural revolving around a mass shooting. Comedians offering vastly different perspectives on millennial life — one’s a semi-devout Muslim, the other is a gay man living with cerebral palsy — claim their own spotlight. Plus Brie Larson gets a turn in the director’s chair.
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H. Michael Croner Cast in Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Patty’s Auto’ (Exclusive)

H. Michael Croner has joined Fox’s multi-cam comedy pilot “Patty’s Auto,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Inspired by Patrice Banks’ Girls Auto Clinic – an auto repair shop with all female mechanics – the project is described as an ensemble comedy centering on Patty (Carra Patterson) and the eclectic women who work for her.

Croner will appear in the series regular role of Fisher, who works for Bill at the Muffler Men auto repair shop across the street, but hangs out at Patty’s whenever he can. Because he’s raising two little girls on his own, he is determined to
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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s ‘Paradise Hotel,’ Reality Series Gets Spring Premiere Date

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Fox has tapped reality star Kristin Cavallari to host its upcoming revival of “Paradise Hotel.”

The series will debut Thursday, May 9, with a two-hour premiere from 8 to 10 p.m. and will air three nights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the latter being a two-hour show including live elements.

“Kristin grew up on the frontlines of reality television and is the perfect host to introduce ‘Paradise Hotel’ to a new generation of viewers,” Rob Wade, president, alternative entertainment and specials, Fox Entertainment, said in a statement. “The show is a fun balance of romantic love, cutthroat competition and humor, and Kristin’s unique experience, especially with live television, makes her the best person to navigate the wild, unpredictable moments.”

Also Read: How Disney Could Shake Up Fox Film Slate, Starting With Brad Pitt's 'Ad Astra'

Paradise Hotel,” which first aired on the network in 2003, puts a
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Ann Marie Is an Insanely Popular R&B Singer Hiding in Plain Sight

Ann Marie is an R&B star in a world that’s currently low on them. Much of her style feels like an anomaly: R&B’s streaming elite are typically mysterious mush-mouthed singers who forgo longing for drug-fueled existential dread. Ann Marie, along with a new class of singers like Ella Mai and Jacquees, offers an alternative, a sound modeled on the upbeat singers of the late ’90s and early 2000s rather than the dystopian haze put forward more recently

Marie’s voice is sweet and lilting, and her lyrics balance acidity with sincerity.
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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Director and Writer Deny Film Is ‘Overly Sympathetic to Terrorists’

‘Hotel Mumbai’ Director and Writer Deny Film Is ‘Overly Sympathetic to Terrorists’
The filmmakers behind “Hotel Mumbai” have pushed back at criticism that their film is “overly sympathetic to terrorists” in the wake of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Director and co-writer Anthony Maras and co-writer John Collee clarified that they made the decision this week along with New Zealand distributor Icon Film Distribution to suspend the release of “Hotel Mumbai” from New Zealand cinemas, where it had already opened on March 14. In a joint statement given to TheWrap, Maras and Collee defended the hyper-realistic and intense film.

“The Christchurch attack was a tragic mirror image of Mumbai. We pulled the film from Nz cinemas as it’s clearly such a loaded issue in that place at that time,” Maras and Collee said. “However, we reject the idea that real life acts of violence should not be the subject of drama. If that were the case, we’d lose half
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‘The Conners’ Renewed for Season 2 at ABC

ABC has renewed its highest-rated new show, “The Conners,” for a second season, Variety has learned.

The show’s stars, including John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Ames McNamara and Laurie Metcalf, are all set to return to Lanford, after several of them signed a new deal with the network on Thursday.

“We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conner family,” said ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke in a statement. “This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves.
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Becky G Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop on New Song ‘Green Light Go’

Becky G Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop on New Song ‘Green Light Go’
Becky G refuses to slow down on her new song, “Green Light Go.” The track is centered around a grimy synth riff that pulses between big bass hits and snappy drums.

Becky G rides this beat with characteristic aplomb, peeling off brash bars with a clever sing-song flow that builds to an all-out belt: “I look like a centerfold/Good for you like vegetables/Wanna try my edibles/If you can, I’ll let you know.”

In a statement, Becky G said “Green Light Go” “represents not taking no for an answer,
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Hear Josh Ritter’s Mournful New ‘I Still Love You (Now and Then)’

Hear Josh Ritter’s Mournful New ‘I Still Love You (Now and Then)’
With the bittersweet “I Still Love You (Now and Then)” from his forthcoming LP Fever Breaks, Josh Ritter addresses a former love who still holds in her sway a piece of his shattered heart. Even as he references a new romance in the mournful ballad’s lyrics, he is simultaneously drawn to a powerful memory, singing, “I still love you now and then, when her fingers brush my skin/When the night falls over all of everything that’s been/And everything we were and cannot be again.”

Fever Breaks,
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Inside Fitz and the Tantrums’ New Single ‘123456’

Inside Fitz and the Tantrums’ New Single ‘123456’
Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick is hard on himself. Even after three successful albums with his band Fitz and the Tantrums, the indie pop singer finds the writing process challenging. “This is our fourth one, so it’s not my first time,” he says. “But it doesn’t get any easier, the journey you have to take.”

Part of the struggle has been trying to top himself — “Handclap,” the high-spirited single from the band’s 2016 self-titled album, was their biggest song yet. “It’s hard to not be crushed or suffocated by that,
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Bluegrass Great Sam Bush Calls to ‘Stop the Violence’ in Electric New Song

Sam Bush delivers a clear call to action in his rousing new song “Stop the Violence.” The amplified anthem, released as a standalone single, features the newgrass pioneer setting aside his expected fleet-fingered acoustic sound in favor of hard-charging Southern rock.

It’s an effective way for Bush to get across his message about being fed up with mass shootings, social inequality and political divisiveness. “I hate living in a world where there’s so much pain,” Bush sings in the opening line, and from there he and his backing
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Van Morrison’s Vast Catalog Shines at All-Star Carnegie Hall Tribute

Van Morrison’s Vast Catalog Shines at All-Star Carnegie Hall Tribute
“I know he doesn’t like this version,” Patti Smith said, with a grin, of Van Morrison before launching into her iconic transformation of “Gloria” for the finale of Thursday’s Carnegie Hall tribute to the Belfast singer. “But I’m thanking him anyway.”

The same could probably be said of many of the standout performances at this year’s edition of promoter Michael Dorf’s annual benefit tribute concert, which raised money to provide music education to underprivileged youth and gathered a wide, multi-generational group of artists — lifelong soul men,
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