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‘American Son’ Set for Netflix Adaptation With Kerry Washington, Original Broadway Cast

‘American Son’ Set for Netflix Adaptation With Kerry Washington, Original Broadway Cast
The Broadway play “American Son” is set to be adapted for Netflix.

Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, and Eugene Lee will reprise their roles in the Netflix production. Kenny Leon returns to direct and produce, with Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold serving as producers. Washington and Pilar Savone of Washington’s Simpson Street banner will produce.

Washington made the announcement Monday on “The Tonight Show.” Hailing from playwright Christopher Demos-Brown, the story centers on interracial parents who reunite in a Florida police station to search for answers about their missing teenage son. Production is slated to begin in February in New York.
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‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture

‘Holmes & Watson’ and ‘Gotti’ Lead 2019 Razzie Nominations for Worst Picture
If their dismal reviews wasn’t punishment enough, for the 39th year, the Razzie Awards seek to recognize the achievements of the worst movies of the year. And for 2019’s crop of nominees, John Travolta’s “Gotti” and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s “Holmes & Watson” both received the “honor” of being nominated for Worst Picture of 2018.

Melissa McCarthy might be nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday morning, but on Monday morning, she scored a nomination for Worst Actress for both “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party,” and the former also landed among the five Worst Picture nominees. The box office bomb “Robin Hood” and Helen Mirren’s “Winchester” rounded out the nominees.

Even the first family found a way into the nominees, with Donald Trump and Melania Trump both getting nominated for portraying themselves in the documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” from Michael Moore. And unlike the Oscars,
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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions

Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions
Casey Affleck-directed drama Light Of My Life, starring Affleck, Elisabeth Moss and newcomer Anna Pniowsky, will get its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section. The dystopian drama, about a father and his young daughter who are trapped in the woods, is one of a raft of additions to the Panorama lineup. Scroll down for the lineup in full.

A total of 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres, will screen in the section. Panorama’s opening film will be Flatland by Jenna Bass, in which a bride and her pregnant friend make a liberating getaway across South Africa.

Among the strand’s highlights are Affleck’s first narrative feature as director, which is produced by The Imitation Game outfit Black Bear Pictures; Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul follow-up Tremblores (Tremors), about a father who tries to break free from his past after breaking the silence about
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Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’

Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’
Edgar Wright isn’t putting “Baby” in a corner just yet. The British director teased that some progress has been made on a potential sequel to “Baby Driver,” Wright’s 2017 film starring Ansel Elgort that married action, comedy, musicals and heists.

“A first draft of ‘Baby Driver 2 exists,” he told Empire in a interview. Wright added that the film will introduce new characters following the deaths of many of the characters in the original and it “takes the story further.”

In a previous interview with Empire back in July 2017, Wright said he was urged to write a sequel to his film and felt there was potential by recognizing that by the end of the movie, “Baby has got to a new place.”

“Most sequels you have to contrive something so they go back to square one,
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Amazon Launching ‘The Expanse’ Seasons 1-3 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere

Amazon Launching ‘The Expanse’ Seasons 1-3 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere
Amazon has acquired worldwide subscription-streaming rights to the first three seasons of “The Expanse,” the space thriller that originally aired on Syfy, leading up to Prime Video’s debut of season 4 later in 2019.

Seasons 1-2 of “The Expanse” are currently available in the U.S. on Prime Video. All three seasons, comprising 36 episodes in all, will become available on the service in over 200 countries and territories starting Feb. 8.

Amazon picked up the fourth season of “The Expanse” after NBCUniversal’s Syfy cancelled the show last year. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, announced that deal in May 2018 at the
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Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)

Gillian Anderson to Play Margaret Thatcher in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ (Report)
The Crown” has found its Iron Lady. Gillian Anderson is said to have signed on to play British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of the much-praised Netflix drama series.

Anderson’s casting was first reported by the Sunday Times. A Netflix rep declined to comment on the report.

Anderson is the latest notable name to join “The Crown” in the role of an iconic real-life political figure, following John Lithgow’s turn as Winston Churchill. The series is poised for a shift in its upcoming third season as Olivia Colman moves into the role of Queen Elizabeth II
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Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)

Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)
If you’re a fan of spy thrillers, and just high-quality action films in general, you’re probably psyched by the news that filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is coming back for two new “Mission: Impossible” sequels. And if you’re a fan of government lackeys, as well as men with reloading arms and controversial mustaches, then you will really love this next bit of ‘M:i’ news.

According to THR, McQuarrie is not only interested in bringing back the government guy character played by Alec Baldwin, but also Henry Cavill’s August Walker.
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Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film

Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film
We are fast approaching the five-year anniversary of the first time we reported that Channing Tatum is in line to play the “X-Men” character Gambit in a solo film. Since then, the film project has gone through constant changes, gaining directors, losing directors, getting a scheduled release date, and then, of course, losing that release date. But through thick and thin, one thing has remained the same – Tatum.
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Michael Strahan, Endemol Shine North America to Develop U.S. Version of ‘Money Drop’

Endemol Shine North America is teaming up with Michael Strahan’s Smac Entertainment to develop a U.S. version of the game show “The Money Drop.”

Originally launched in 2010 as “The Million Pound Drop Live” by Endemol UK’s Remarkable Television for Channel 4, the format has now been produced locally by Endemol Shine Group in 54 global territories, including Germany, Brazil, France and Australia. The series has aired as a daily show in France, Uruguay and in Central and Eastern Europe and multiple versions have aired weekly in Asia and Germany.

The show features a pair of contestants that are given
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How Willem Dafoe Became an ‘Extension’ of ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Director Julian Schnabel

How Willem Dafoe Became an ‘Extension’ of ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Director Julian Schnabel
Willem Dafoe has known Julian Schnabel, a famed painter and his director on “At Eternity’s Gate,” for roughly 30 years. But Dafoe, who received his fourth Oscar nomination on Tuesday morning and his first ever in the lead actor category, explained why the experience making this film made him closer to Schnabel than ever before.

“It’s a very personal kind of filmmaking. So I become his creature. I become an extension of him,” Dafoe told TheWrap. “One of the beautiful things about it was I felt like we were the same person. We had a short hand, we didn’t talk much, but we did the painting, and we were in the places where Van Gogh was. It was a very strong experience, and the film is an expression of that.”

Dafoe portrays Vincent Van Gogh in “At Eternity’s Gate,” which he describes as an unconventional biopic that
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BBC Buys Australian Psychological Thriller Series ‘Safe Harbour’

The BBC has bolstered its international drama lineup, acquiring Australian limited series “Safe Harbour,” and inking deals for new seasons of shows from Canada, France, and Iceland. The shows will all run on the U.K. pubcaster’s BBC Four channel.

Safe Harbour” is a psychological thriller that played on pubcaster Sbs in Australia. It follows a group of six friends on a yacht trip from Brisbane to Indonesia. When they come to the aid of a group of asylum seekers it leads to a series of events that change all of their lives.

The show is made by NBCUniversal
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It’s Time For Another ‘Punisher’ Video Game

Last year saw the release of the most recent iteration of a Spidey game, “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” developed by Insomniac Games. “Marvel’s Spider-Man” smashed all kinds of records. It dethroned “God of War” as the fastest-selling Sony-exclusive of all time and it achieved launch month sales 37% higher than the launch month sales of every previous Spider-Man game combined.

But success outside of comics for Marvel’s creations doesn’t need to rely on its biggest heroes. Netflix shows set in the fictional Hell’s Kitchen over the last four years have highlighted the fact that there is a
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Endeavor Content Taps Tim Robinson as Chief Operating Officer

Endeavor Content has named Tim Robinson as its chief operating officer, a newly created role.

As COO, he will helm Endeavor Content’s overall operations, including business affairs, finance, human resources and corporate development. He will also play a “key role” in the acceleration of the its growth strategy both at home and abroad, according to the company.

Most recently, Robinson was COO of talent management and production company Avalon, and prior to that served as interim COO of Elizabeth Murdoch’s digital content studio Vertical Networks. Leading up to that, he spent the bulk of his TV career at Shine Group,
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Fox Sports Goes Inside Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon Rivalry in New Doc (Exclusive Video)

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The infamous rivalry between Nascar legends Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon will be examined in a new Fox Sports documentary that premieres on Feb. 14.

“Unrivaled: Earnhardt vs. Gordon” goes under the hood of racing stars’ relationship both on and off the track, TheWrap has exclusively learned.

Seven-time champion Earnhardt and four-time champion Gordon were polar opposites in everything, from their racing style and personal backgrounds to car paint jobs and their fanbases. While they were bitter enemies behind the wheel, the two were actually close friends.

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The Fox Sports film, in collaboration with Nascar Productions and Dlp Media Group, is executive produced by Gordon, who is now a Nascar analyst for Fox, and will be inducted into the Nascar Hall of Fame later this month.

Earnhardt died in February 2001 during the final lap of the Daytona 500. His
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Endeavor Content Hires Tim Robinson as COO

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Endeavor Content has hired Tim Robinson as its new COO, in which he will assist in the company’s domestic and international growth strategy, Endeavor announced Tuesday.

In the newly created role, he will also oversee the company’s overall operations, which include business affairs, finance, Hr and corporate development.

Most recently, Robinson served as COO of talent management and production company Avalon. Before then, he was interim COO of Vertical Networks, Elizabeth Murdoch’s digital content studio.

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During his television career, Robinson also assisted in building Shine Group into an international business of 27 companies. His roles at Shine included COO of Shine Australia and Deputy CEO of Metronome Group in Stockholm, as well as global COO of Shine Group in 2012. He also previously worked in business affairs at Celador (“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”) and was
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Rami Malek on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Oscar Noms: ‘I’m on Cloud Nine’

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Rami Malek on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Oscar Noms: ‘I’m on Cloud Nine’
Rami Malek has had quite the awards season run with his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” But now, with the film landing five Oscar nominations including one for Best Actor, Malek says that he’s “on cloud nine.”

“I didn’t know [the nominations were] today, but I had a feeling it might be,” Malek told TheWrap following his nomination announcement. “I’m in Paris so I’m ahead of schedule, so I didn’t have to wake up that early. It’s everything you expect it to be — I’m walking on cloud nine. It felt otherworldly. It was snowing outside, so it already felt magical, and the nomination just added to it.”

Malek doesn’t know who he will be taking to the Academy Awards, although he imagines that the entire cast will be there given how close they grew during the making of the film.

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Makes History for Poland

Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Makes History for Poland
Alfonso Cuaron might’ve tied an Oscar record with four nods to his name for “Roma,” which scored 10 nominations overall. But another black-and-white film in a foreign language, Pawel Pawlikowski’s jazz-infused romantic drama “Cold War,” was honored with three Academy Award nominations Tuesday, the most in history for a primarily Polish-backed production.

The film will compete in the best foreign-language film and cinematography categories, while Pawlikowski earned a somewhat unexpected nomination for best director.

In a remarkable coincidence – beyond being foreign-language pics shot in black and white – both “Cold War” and “Roma” are drawn from the lives of the directors’ own families. “Cold War” is loosely based on the story of Pawlikowski’s late parents, musicians who met in post-war Poland and embarked on a tempestuous marriage.

“They’d be over the moon” with the film’s Oscar nominations, Pawlikowski told Variety in an e-mail, adding: “There’s always
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Branko Previews ‘Nosso’ Album With Propulsive ‘Hear From You’

Branko Previews ‘Nosso’ Album With Propulsive ‘Hear From You’
The Lisbon-based producer Branko released a gleaming, propulsive single titled “Hear From You” on Tuesday. The track will appear on his forthcoming album Nosso.

“Hear From You” is a continent-hopping hybrid: Sango, an American beat-maker known for placements on albums from Tinashe, Bryson Tiller and Smino, is a co-producer, and Cosima, a Swedish singer based in London, is responsible for some of the vocals.

Branko and Sango stitch together syncopated hand-claps, jabbing synths, darting bass and a squeaky, squiggly hook that races ahead of the drums. There is loneliness and
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National Review Apologizes to Covington Catholic Students

The National Review offered an apology to the students of Covington Catholic High School on Tuesday after deputy managing editor Nick Frankovich wrote that their behavior toward Omaha tribal elder Nathan Phillips had been comparable to spitting on the cross.

“In this business, all we can do is own up to mistakes when they happen. We apologize to our readers and especially to the Covington students, who didn’t need us piling on,” the magazine’s editors wrote in a piece titled “The Covington Affair.”

“Nick was operating off the best version of events he had on Saturday night, and writing as a faithful Catholic and pro-lifer who has the highest expectations of his compatriots, not as a social-justice activist,” they continued. “As soon as better evidence emerged, we deleted the post.”

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