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Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Adds Florence Pugh

Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Adds Florence Pugh
Black Widow's web may soon be growing.

Sources tell Variety that Florence Pugh is in talks to join Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero film.

Pugh has been on the hot list for this second lead role since last fall, but Marvel wanted to open up the field to other actresses at the beginning of the year. After meeting with several candidates, the studio zeroed back in on Pugh after she drew strong reviews for the MGM comedy-drama “Fighting With My Family.”

Cate Shortland is on board to direct, with Jac Schaeffer penning the script. The film has been in development for a while, but picked up momentum last year after Schaeffer’s hire. Kevin Feige is producing the pic.

Marvel had no comment on the news.

It’s unclear whether “Black Widow” will be an origin tale or set after the next “Avengers” movie.

Fans of the character have
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Miranda Richardson Cast In "Game Of Thrones" Prequel Pilot For HBO

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Miranda Richardson Cast In
Oscar-nominated Miranda Richardson has joined the ensemble cast of HBO’s Game Of Thrones prequel pilot, from writer Jane Goldman and author/Got co-executive producer George R.R. Martin.

Created by Goldman and Martin and written by Goldman based on a story by her and Martin, the untitled prequel takes place thousands of years before the events of Game Of Thrones. It chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.

She joins previously announced series regulars Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp and Toby Regbo.

Goldman serves as showrunner and
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Producer Says James Gunn’s “Total Reboot” Of ‘Suicide Squad’ Is The Director’s “Priority” & Will Hopefully End “Absurd” DC/Marvel Rivalry

Producer Says James Gunn’s “Total Reboot” Of ‘Suicide Squad’ Is The Director’s “Priority” & Will Hopefully End “Absurd” DC/Marvel Rivalry
Last week, the world of Marvel Studios experienced some massive news. First, there was the runaway success of “Captain Marvel” at the box office. Then, the studio decided to drop a surprise trailer for the little film, “Avengers: Endgame.” And finally, the week was capped off with the revelation that James Gunn was re-hired as the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.” Needless to say, the MCU was a busy place.
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Matthew McConaughey Being Eyed To Star In Park Chan-Wook’s Ultra-Violent Western From ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Writer

Matthew McConaughey Being Eyed To Star In Park Chan-Wook’s Ultra-Violent Western From ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Writer
The pairing of Park Chan-wook and Matthew McConaughey sounds too weird, but at the same time incredible, to pass up, right? One is the acclaimed director from South Korea, who has amazed fans with works like “Oldboy,” “The Handmaiden,” and most recently, his TV series “The Little Drummer Girl.” And the other is an Oscar-winning actor that continues to take interesting roles, albeit with his Southern charm positioned front and center.
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‘The Irishman’ Not Ready for Cannes; Netflix Won’t Screen at the Festival This Year

‘The Irishman’ Not Ready for Cannes; Netflix Won’t Screen at the Festival This Year
A year after Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival got into very heated public battle, the streaming service will not be participating once again. Netflix made its Cannes debut in 2017 with the films Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) playing in competition, but French theater owners were none too pleased about the decision, as France has a very strict policy when it comes to streaming films playing in theaters. According to French law, a film must wait 36 months before it can be available on a streaming service if it first wants to play in French theaters, …
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Anna Camp, Robbie Amell Join Nasim Pedrad in Netflix Comedy 'Desperados' (Exclusive)

Anna Camp, Robbie Amell Join Nasim Pedrad in Netflix Comedy 'Desperados' (Exclusive)
Pitch Perfect’s Anna Camp and former The Flash actor Robbie Amell have joined former Saturday Night Live star Nasim Pedrad and The Chi’s Jason Mitchell for Desperados, a feature comedy for Netflix.

Director LP, the work name of Lauren Palmigiano (Funny of Die), is sitting behind the camera with Mxn Entertainment’s Mason Novick, Lost City’s John Finemore and Good Universe producing.

The castings, and the imminent start of production, finally get the romantic comedy on the runway after 10 years of development. The script, by Ellen Rapoport, landed at Universal in 2009 and on the Black Script the same ...
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Richard Erdman, Actor in 'Stalag 17' and TV's "Community," Dies at 93

Richard Erdman, Actor in 'Stalag 17' and TV's
Richard Erdman, the mirthful character actor who stood out on the big screen in The Men, Cry Danger and Stalag 17 and then on the sitcom "Community," has died. He was 93.

Erdman, who as a teenager so impressed legendary director Michael Curtiz that he was quickly signed to a contract at Warner Bros., died Saturday, film historian Alan K. Rode reported. No other details were immediately available.

The Oklahoma native also is known for starring as the loutish McNulty, who's given a timepiece that can freeze time, in the memorable 1963 The Twilight Zone episode "A Kind of a Stopwatch."

Erdman excelled ...
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Anders Holm and Tika Sumpter Cast in "Black-ish" Spinoff Episode

Anders Holm and Tika Sumpter Cast in
Tika Sumpter and Anders Holm are joining the growing “Black-ish” world, Variety has learned.

They will both star in the upcoming prequel episode, which could reportedly launch into its own spinoff series. As earlier reported, ABC is in development on the prequel that would focus on Tracee Ellis Ross’ character Rainbow.

Holm will play Paul, Rainbow’s father, while Sumpter will play her mother, Alicia.

Other actors who are joining the episode include Arica Himmel, who will play the younger version of Rainbow, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica, Christina Anthony as Alicia’s sister, Denise, Gary Cole as Paul’s father,
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"Fuller House" Drops Lori Loughlin Following Her Involvement in College Bribery Scandal

Only a couple of days after Hallmark decided to cut ties with 54-year-old actress Lori Loughlin, Netflix appears to be following in its footsteps. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Loughlin has been booted from the fifth and final season of Fuller House and will not return as Aunt Becky when the show makes its last run this Fall. Production hasn't begun, but THR reports that Loughlin's absence won't have any effect on filming since there aren't plans for her to come back.

On March 12, Loughlin made headlines along with Felicity Huffman and nearly 50 others who were arrested for fraudulently getting their children admitted into elite universities such as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, and USC. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are now facing charges for paying USC $500,000 to admit their two daughters, 20-year-old Isabella Rose and 19-year-old Olivia Jade. Loughlin turned herself in to the FBI on Wednesday, was released on a $1 million bond,
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Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed

Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed
After all the talk and casting rumors, it’s official – production on “Dune” has officially begun!

Normally, hearing that another film was being made based on the Frank Herbert classic sci-fi novel would be cause for alarm. David Lynch gave the challenge a valiant effort, which is very Lynch-ian take on “Dune” back in 1984. Before that, filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried his damndest and got close to adapting the novel, and instead became the basis for a great documentary titled “Jodorowsky’s Dune.” However, this time, it just feels like all the stars are aligning and the best chance “Dune” fans will ever have at a faithful, and incredible, film based on the novel series is coming thanks to filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and his truly incredible cast.

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TV Pilot Season 2019: TheWrap’s Complete Guide

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It’s pilot season — when broadcast networks decide which of dozens of prospective shows should become full-fledged series.

TheWrap’s complete network pilot guide will keep you up to speed on the status of every project under consideration by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. In cases where they’ve already ordered a show to series, we’ll say so.

Check back often for regular updates.

ABC: Comedy / Drama

CBS: Comedy / Drama

The CW: Drama

Fox: Comedy / Drama

NBC: Comedy / Drama

ABC Comedy

Happy Accident

Writer(s): Jon Pollack, Abraham Higginbotham

Director: Kat Coiro

Studio: 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios

Logline: Two Pittsburgh families — a father with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son — are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed. (Single camera)

Cast: Matt Walsh, Joanna Garcia Swisher, Vanessa Williams, Elliot Knight, Kether Donohue, Jessie Pinnick, Robert Smith
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Female Filmmakers Are a Growing Voice in India

Female Filmmakers Are a Growing Voice in India
The Indian film industry has historically been a male-dominated one, but the winds of change are blowing across the country, albeit slowly.

Better-served than the rest of the country is the Mumbai-based Hindi-language industry, where there are several active female filmmakers including Zoya Akhtar (“Gully Boy”), Reema Kagti (“Gold”), Leena Yadav (“Rajma Chawal”), Gauri Shinde (“Dear Zindagi”), Meghna Gulzar (“Raazi”), Shonali Bose (“Margarita With a Straw”), Farah Khan (“Om Shanti Om”) and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (“Bareilly ki Barfi”), to name just a few.

“The new generation of young women directors is now making ad films, web series, corporate films, short fiction, documentaries and feature films, so it’s getting to be quite a level playing field,” says Priya Krishnaswamy, who works in Mumbai. Her Tamil Nadu set Tamil-language film “Baaram” is making the rounds at festivals.

Mumbai-based Yadav recalls being amused when a potential second assistant director thought working for
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New-Model Murdochs: Fox Corporation to Emerge Tuesday

A new era for the Murdoch clan and the media business begins with the debut of Fox Corporation on Tuesday, a day before Disney completes its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

The new-model Fox will begin trading Tuesday on the Nasdaq under the Foxa symbol. On Tuesday, 21st Century Fox will initiate a complex transfer of the Fox Corp. assets — primarily Fox News, Fox Sports, and Fox Broadcasting — to the newly created Fox Corporation. Fox Corp. will also fork over $8.5 billion in cash to 21st Century Fox prior to the separation to help Disney offset the tax bill for the transaction.
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Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Enlists Florence Pugh

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Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Enlists Florence Pugh
Fighting With my Family” star Florence Pugh is in talks to join Scarlett Johansson in the standalone “Black Widow” movie, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Cate Shortland is directing, while Jac Schaeffer wrote the previous draft of the script, and Ned Benson is rewriting. Kevin Feige is producing. The project is set to begin shooting in June.

Marvel had no comment.

Also Read: Marvel's 'Black Widow' Movie Taps Writer Ned Benson

Black Widow debuted in “Iron Man 2” and since then has appeared in both “Avengers” films, as well as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.” Interest in a standalone outing for the character has been consistently high, with a 2016 Fandago poll finding “Black Widow” as Avengers fans’ top pick for a solo film.

Pugh most recently starred in “Fighting With My Family” as WWE Superstar Paige alongside Lena Headey,
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Mira Lesmana Sets Up Indonesian Remake of Cj’s ‘Sunny’

Indonesia’s Miles Film and Korea’s Cj Entertainment are to co-produce an Indonesian remake of Korean hit “Sunny.” The film is a female-driven dramedy about a group of adult friends who reunite 20 years after high school.

Directed by Kang Hyoung-chul, “Sunny” was one of the highest-grossing movies in Korea when it was released in 2011. It secured 7.36 million admissions, for a gross of $47.7 million.

The remake reunites two of the biggest names in Indonesian filmmaking, producer and screenwriter Mira Lesmana and director Riri Riza. They have worked together on several previous films, including “The Rainbow Troops.”

The remake is produced through Lesmana’s Miles Film. It will relocate the action to Jakarta, but otherwise hew closely to the original film’s non-linear storytelling. Its local title is “Bebas,” which translates as “Free” in English.

The cast is headed by Baim Wong and Marsha Timothy. Other cast members include Agatha Priscilla,
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Here’s Who Kristin Chenoweth Wants to Cast in the ‘Wicked’ Movie (Video)

Here’s Who Kristin Chenoweth Wants to Cast in the ‘Wicked’ Movie (Video)
Kristin Chenoweth has her dream casting in mind for the upcoming film adaptation of “Wicked,” and we’re clicking our heels together three times to make sure we’re not dreaming at even the thought of it.

Chenoweth, who played Glinda the Good Witch in the “Wizard of Oz” prequel stage musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for her work, said Dove Cameron should take on her role for the film musical.

“I have done two movies with her and I’ve played her mother twice, so I would see that as passing the crown so to speak,” Chenoweth said on “The Talk.”

Also Read: Kristin Chenoweth to Star in Stage Musical Version of Meryl Streep's 'Death Becomes Her'

Cameron is the star of the Disney Channel show “Liv and Maddie.” She has featured on stage in a production of “Mamma Mia” and others, and
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Drops ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2’ Trailer (Watch)

In today’s TV roundup, Netflix has dropped the first trailer for “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2” starring Kiernan Shipka, and former “O.C.” star Rachel Bilson has been cast in Fox’s drama pilot “Lovestruck.”

Casting

Former “O.C.” star Rachel Bilson is set to play the female lead in Fox’s new drama pilot “Lovestruck.” The show, which comes from creator Tom Kapinos, takes place during a single night as a series of events unfold during the leading lady’s wedding. The show will also star Kathleen Turner, Andie MacDowell, and Richard Roxburgh.

Oakley Bull, who played
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The Internet Is Not Your Friend: MySpace and the Loss of Memories

On Monday, reports surfaced indicating what many MySpace users had long suspected: that MySpace had deleted a great deal of the content uploaded to the platform between 2003 and 2015. Over the weekend, the social networking platform put up a banner announcing that “as a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago, may no longer be available on or from MySpace.” When it comes to providing an explanation why, MySpace has been fairly tight-lipped, though some have hinted that the
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Rs Daily News: J. Cole Threatens Fans With Features; Juice Wrld top of Charts; Inside Garageband

In our daily news show, Rolling Stone’s Charles Holmes checks in on a few of the headlines everyone is discussing. For today’s episode, watch the video to get a quick take on:

Jk Rowling’s destroying her own legacy J. Cole Threatens Fans With Features if They Don’t Stop Saying ‘Platinum With No Features’ Juice Wrld is the biggest rockstar on the planet Garageband is ruling the sound of modern music, from Kendrick to Radiohead Song of The Day: Koffee, “Toast”

Tune in each day for a new episode.
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Warner Bros in Talks for ‘King Richard,’ With Will Smith as Serena Williams’ Father

Warner Bros. is in final talks to acquire “King Richard,” a biopic starring Will Smith about the life of Richard Williams, the father of tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Zach Baylin wrote the spec script for the film that has Tim White and Trevor White (“The Post”) as producers under their Star Throwers Entertainment banner, along with Smith, who is producing for his Overbrook Entertainment banner. Allan Mandelbaum and Caleeb Pinkett are executive producers on the film, and Mary Solomon and Rick Rickertsen are serving as co-producers.

“King Richard” is the story of how Williams overcame adversity and trained his two daughters on the streets of Compton, California to become among the greatest tennis players in the history of the game.

Also Read: Will Smith Plays Matchmaker in Disney's New 'Aladdin' Trailer (Video)

“King Richard” was the subject of
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