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SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film

SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film
The 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature movies directed by Harmony Korine and Olivia Colman, an untitled romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron and a concert film with comedian Kathy Griffin.

The annual gathering in Austin, Texas, which starts on March 8, will open with Jordan Peele’s “Us,” which was previously announced. The thriller stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss.

There will be 102 features and TV episodes featured over nine days.
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Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Start Casting for New Amazon Series

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Start Casting for New Amazon Series
We’re getting a few more hints about Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s top-secret fashion project for Amazon Studios.

Casting calls have gone out for designers interested in being a part of the unscripted series, which is set to shoot in Los Angeles in June and July. The casting notice mentions the “potential for additional travel for up to two weeks at a later date in 2019.” Klum made the announcement herself in a video posted to Instagram last week.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a two-to-four-minute introductory video, two photos “showing your own personal style,” and a link
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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros.’ “The Witches” adaptation.

Variety first reported that Hathaway was holding the offer for both that and “Sesame Street,” and at the time, scheduling for both films were holding up dealmaking. With those issues settled, Hathaway is now set to star in the role originally portrayed by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 classic.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a 7-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

Zemeckis will also pen the script as well as produce with his partner Jack Rapke through their banner ImageMovers, along
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Steve Carell Teaming With ‘The Office’ Creator For New Netflix Comedy Series ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell Teaming With ‘The Office’ Creator For New Netflix Comedy Series ‘Space Force’
Steve Carell is teaming up with the creator of “The Office,” Greg Daniels, for a brand-new workplace comedy series. But this time, they’re not making paper. Nope, for this new series, the actor is going to lead the cast of “Space Force,” a workplace comedy that will follow the day-to-day of the newly-created sixth branch of the military, which does…something in space.

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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)

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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)
It” star Bill Skarsgard and “Sharp Objects” breakout Eliza Scanlen will star in Antonio Campos’ adaptation of “The Devil All the Time,” which Netflix has officially acquired for distribution.

Skarsgard and Scanlen join an all-star cast that includes Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert, who attached themselves prior to the start of the Toronto Film Festival.

Campos is directing and co-wrote with Paulo Campos. Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker are producing through their Nine Stories banner along with Randall Poster and Max Born. Annie Marter and Jacob Jaffke are exec producing.

The story is based on Donald Ray Pollock’s novel and is set in a place called Knockemstiff, Ohio, a forgotten backwoods where a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews. Out of desperation to save his dying wife, Willard Russell turns to prayer which succumbs to sacrifice. This sets our protagonist Arvin,
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Julia Roberts Won't Return for 'Homecoming' Season 2

Julia Roberts Won't Return for 'Homecoming' Season 2
It's official: Julia Roberts' time in front of the cameras on Amazon's Homecoming has come to an end.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Roberts' initial deal for Homecoming — the star's first TV series regular role — was for a one-season commitment based purely on the Amazon drama's creative storyline. That said, Roberts will still remain involved as an executive producer alongside showrunner Sam Esmail on the Universal Cable Productions series that landed at Amazon with a two-season commitment.

It's unclear if there will be any other major cast departures for season two or if ...
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Fox’s ‘Masked Singer’ Reveals Third Celebrity Masked Singer: And the Deer Is… (Video)

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Fox’s oddball, already-smash-hit celebrity singing game show “The Masked Singer” returned Wednesday, revealing at the end of its third episode that the identity of one of its famous contestants — who performed Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On” disguised from head to toe in an elaborate Deer costume — was none other than football legend Terry Bradshaw.

This episode saw the return of Lion, Deer, Peacock, Unicorn and Monster. Each performed solo in succession this week, rather than in sing-offs, which was the format showrunner Izzie Pick Ibarra told TheWrap the show would be following from here on out.

Next, it was time for panelists Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke and guest panelists Joel McHale, along with the studio audience, to choose which member of the group was the “weakest performer,” who would then be eliminated and unmasked. And that ended up being poor Deer.
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See Arctic Monkeys Perform ‘The Ultracheese’ at ‘Austin City Limits’ Debut

Arctic Monkeys will make their Austin City Limits debut via PBS on Saturday. The UK rockers perform six songs during the show, which also includes a set from Austin, Texas’ Wild Child.

In a clip from the band’s Acl premiere, Arctic Monkeys deliver “The Ultracheese,” which is the final song from their 2018 album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. In line with their trademark droll approach, the performance intersperses shots from the Acl camera crew alongside scenes culled from a faux documentary team, who can be seen in red jumpsuits in the video.
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Hollywood Agent and Manager Bruce Tufeld Dies at 66

Bruce Tufeld, a Hollywood agent and manager who once repped stars like Rob Lowe, Laura Dern, and Kelsey Grammer, died Tuesday in Los Angeles as a result of complications from liver cancer. He was 66.

The son of respected television announcer Richard “Dick” Tufeld and Adrienne Tufeld, Bruce began his career as an assistant at ICM under famous agent Sue Mengers, who represented stars like Cher, Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, Brian De Palma, Faye Dunaway, Ali MacGraw, Barbra Streisand and Steve McQueen. He was promoted to agent in 1978.

He went on to take jobs at the Writers & Artists Agency and then the Artists Agency, before becoming a personal manager at Tufeld Entertainment Group, where he represented clients like Charley Robinson, Jim Beaver, Leslie Easterbrook and William Allen Young.

Tufeld was born July 28, 1952, graduated from the Rexford School in Beverly Hills, and went on to earn a bachelors degree in Television,
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Film News Roundup: Bruce Dern’s ‘The Lears’ Bought by Vertical for February Release

Film News Roundup: Bruce Dern’s ‘The Lears’ Bought by Vertical for February Release
In today’s film news roundup, Bruce Dern’s “The Lears” and “Angels Are Made of Light” are acquired, Cold War drama “Stanley Cage” is launched and a documentary about Madonna’s early music career gets a release.

Acquisitions

Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights from NeoClassics Films to “The Lears,” starring Bruce Dern in a modern-day interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film also stars Anthony Michael Hall, Sean Astin, Aly Michalka, Nic Bishop and Victoria Smurfit. Vertical is planning a day and date platform release on Feb. 15 in 10 markets.

Written and directed by Carl Bessai, “The Lears” premiered in 2017 at the Nashville Film Festival. Smurfit recently won the Irish Film & TV Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in the film.

Dern portrays a world-renowned architect nearing retirement who summons his four dysfunctional children to a weekend family retreat
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CBS Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Story of Us’ From ‘One Day at a Time’ Co-Creator Mike Royce

CBS has ordered a pilot for the comedy “The Story of Us” from writer and executive producer Mike Royce.

The hybrid comedy tells the story of how an unlikely couple becomes a family through interviews and vignettes spanning 10 years. In addition to Royce, Nick Stoller and Conor Welch will serve as executive producers. Sony Pictures Television, where Royce and Stoller are under overall deals, will produce in association with CBS Television Studios.

Royce most recently co-created the Netflix reboot of “One Day at a Time” with Gloria Calderon-Kellett, with both he and Calderon-Kellett serving as co-showrunners on the series as well.
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Mr Skin Parent Company Sued Over Miley Cyrus Easter Bunny Spanking Photo

Mr Skin Parent Company Sued Over Miley Cyrus Easter Bunny Spanking Photo
The people behind celebrity nude-scene site Mr. Skin have been accused of nakedly filching other people’s material for their own gain.

Sk Intertainment, the parent company of Mr. Skin, Egotastic, Wwtdd and other websites was slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit alleging the wrongful use of a number of photos, including a photo of “Party in the USA” singer Miley Cyrus being spanked by the Easter Bunny.

In the suit, filed in federal court in California on Wednesday, photo agency Creative Photographers, Inc. [Cpi] and photographic syndication company Lickerish allege that Sk Intertainment infringed on the copyrights of a number of photos featuring Cyrus, Nicole Kidman and “Better Call Saul” star Rhea Seehorn.

Also Read: Miley Cyrus Spanked for Posting Racy Photo of Easter Bunny Smacking Her Behind

“Defendant Mr. Skin also owns and operates the website www.egotastic.com which is the ‘leading online celebrity and entertainment destination site
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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Cast Reveals Dream Guest Stars: Oprah, Beyonce and …

‘Schitt’s Creek’ Cast Reveals Dream Guest Stars: Oprah, Beyonce and …
“Schitt’s Creek” has big dreams.

Dan Levy, who stars as David on the series, says his wish list of guest stars includes Oprah, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow. “All for different reasons, none of whom we’ll get,” he cracked at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

For those who haven’t caught on to the “Schitt’s Creek” phenomenon, the show centers around the Roses, a wealthy family who are forced to relocate to Schitt’s Creek, a small town they bought for their son as a birthday gift when he was still a child, after they lose all their money.
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Bob Costas Officially Out at NBC After Nearly 40 Years

Bob Costas Officially Out at NBC After Nearly 40 Years
Bob Costas has formally parted ways with NBC after nearly 40 years as a sportscaster for the Peacock.

Costas and NBC have been negotiating an exit agreement for months. Word surfaced last summer that he was preparing to end his tenure with the network.

Costas confirmed the news in an interview with the New York Post. “It’s all settled quietly and happily for all concerned,” Costas told the Post.

A rep for NBC Sports also confirmed the parting. His last contract was to have run through 2021. He will continue to work as a baseball announcer for Mlb Network. He is
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Here’s How ‘Supernatural’ Will Resurrect Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s John Winchester for 300th Episode

Here’s How ‘Supernatural’ Will Resurrect Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s John Winchester for 300th Episode
Ok, “Supernatural” fam. You knew Jeffrey Dean Morgan was coming back as John Winchester for the show’s 300th episode next month — and now we can tell you how he’s coming back. You know, cause he’s been dead since Season 2 of the Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles-led drama — which is now in its fourteenth season.

“Our guys are put in a position where they essentially can have a wish granted,” showrunner Andrew Dabb told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Wednesday. “They’re actually expecting something else, but [John’s return] comes from a place of want by Dean. The need for closure is really what brings John back into their lives.”

Fans have been hoping against hope the “The Walking Dead” star would return to the show for years now, and Morgan finally granted their wish in honor of the milestone episode, titled “Lebanon” — and to give Sam (Padalecki
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TV Roundup: Syfy Drops First Trailer for Season 2 of ‘Happy!’

In today’s TV News Roundup, Syfy drops the first trailer for the second season of “Happy!” and Imagine Kids & Family sets a partnership with Four M Studios.

First Looks

Syfy has dropped the first trailer for season two of “Happy!” starring Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt. The new season premieres Wednesday, March 27 at 10/9c on Syfy. The series is written and executive produced by Brian Taylor and comic book writer Grant Morrison. Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film, Meloni and showrunner Patrick Macmanus will also executive produce.

Wgn America has released the first trailer for “Gone,
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Feminist Thriller 'The Bellwether' to Be Released by Giant Pictures

Giant Pictures, the digital film distribution division of Giant Interactive, has acquired North American digital rights to writer-director Christopher Morrison’s feminist thriller The Bellwether, starring Alex Reid.

Giant Pictures will release the film digitally Feb. 12, and it will open theatrically Feb. 15 with an exclusive run at the Arena Cinelounge Sunset in Los Angeles.

In the pic, Reid plays a bookstore owner who is kidnapped by a group known as The Conspiracy, which locks her in a 13th century chapel and tries to break her.

The Bellwether was produced by Morrison with his partner executive producer Ioana ...
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Lawsuit: Purdue Pharma Blamed OxyContin Abuse on ‘Reckless Criminals’

At Purdue Pharma’s launch party for OxyContin in 1996, one of the company’s owners, Dr. Richard Sackler, told the audience to imagine a series of natural disasters — an earthquake, volcanic eruption, hurricane — before gleefully predicting that the opioid painkiller would generate “a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.” That’s according to new court documents filed on Tuesday, January 15th, as part of a lawsuit brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, which accuses the company and its owners of deceiving doctors and patients about OxyContin’s risks.
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Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard to Reunite for Comedy ‘Fairy Tale Ending’

Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard to Reunite for Comedy ‘Fairy Tale Ending’
Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard will reunite for the ensemble comedy “Fairy Tale Ending.”

Jim Hecht (“Ice Age: The Meltdown) and Tracy McMillan (“Marvel’s Runaways”) are writing the screenplay.

Howard will also produce the Universal movie through her Nine Muses Entertainment alongside Eric Carlson and Susan Carlson. Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins will produce for their production company, Fuzzy Door. Spencer will executive produce alongside Hecht and McMillan.

Howard and Spencer acted together in the 2011 drama “The Help,” for which Spencer won the supporting actress Oscar. Spencer has been nominated in the same category for the past two years for “Hidden Figures” and “The Shape of Water.”

Howard has starred in Universal’s “Jurassic World” franchise and will next be seen in the upcoming Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” portraying John’s mother, Sheila Eileen. Universal executive vice president of production Erik Baiers will oversee “Fairy Tale Endings” on behalf of the studio.
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Karen Pence Returns to Teach at School Known for Anti-lgbtq Views

Karen Pence has accepted a part-time position teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia, a private institution that does not accept gay students and demands that employees agree to define marriage as “the uniting of one man and one woman,” The New York Times reports.

Those who wish to teach at the Immanuel Christian School must sign their initials next to a number of statements. The eighth statement on the institution’s “Articles of Employment,” according to The Times, reads “I understand that the term ‘marriage’ has only one
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