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Noah Centineo in Talks to Play He-Man in Sony and Mattel Films ‘Masters of the Universe’ (Exclusive)

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Noah Centineo in Talks to Play He-Man in Sony and Mattel Films ‘Masters of the Universe’ (Exclusive)
Noah Centineo is in talks to play the lead role of He-Man in Sony Pictures and Mattel Films “Masters of the Universe,” an individual with knowledge of the project exclusively tells TheWrap.

Aaron and Adam Nee are set to direct from a script rewritten by “Iron Man” screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. The Nee Brothers also have screenwriting credit.

The project was previously written by David S. Goyer, who is also an executive producer.

Based on Mattel’s hugely successful 1980s toy line, “Masters of the Universe” follows Prince Adam, heir to the throne of planet Eternia, who uses the magical Power Sword to transform into the heroic warrior He-Man. With the help of his allies Teela, Man-at-Arms, Orko and The Sorceress, He-Man defends the kingdom from the evil wizard Skeletor (so-named because his face
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Katherine Heigl to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Our House’

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Katherine Heigl to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Our House’
Katherine Heigl is set to star in and executive produce the CBS comedy pilot “Our House,” TheWrap has learned.

The “Suits” star will play opposite Malcolm Barrett in the multi-cam from writer and executive producer Brendan O’Brien. The family comedy centers on a devoted mom and dad who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid, but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture.

Heigl’s character Bridget is described as a woman who “tries her best to be a laid-back, progressive parent like her therapist husband, but often finds herself reverting to the old school style of her parents. Now that she’s moved back into her childhood home, surrounded by her parents and crazy siblings, finding a balance between these wildly different parenting styles is going to be more difficult than she imagined.
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Mindy Kaling, Netflix Team for Comedy Series Based on Her Childhood

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Mindy Kaling, Netflix Team for Comedy Series Based on Her Childhood
Netflix has ordered a coming-of-age comedy series inspired by the life of Mindy Kaling, Variety has learned.

The untitled series, which has received a 10-episode order, was co-created by Kaling and Lang Fisher, with the latter also set to serve as showrunner. The series will follow the complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl.

Both Kaling and Fisher will executive produce along with Howard Klein and David Miner. The series was set up under Kaling’s overall deal at Universal Television, with Universal set to produce the new series. Kaling recently exited that deal for a rich new pact with Warner Bros. Television.

In a previous interview with Variety, Kaling described how the series came to be. “Netflix approached me about doing a series on young Mindy,” she said. “I wasn’t as interested in telling a period piece about an Indian girl growing up in the ’80s,
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Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Announce Bill & Ted Face The Music Will Be Released Summer of 2020!

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Announce Bill & Ted Face The Music Will Be Released Summer of 2020!
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have some exiting news for us! Orion Pictures has released a video featuring the two actors thanking the fans for the support they’ve give to them in their efforts to get Bill & Ted Face The Music off the ground and they announced that the movie will start shooting this summer in New Orleans and the it will be released on August 21st, 2020!

This long-awaited third Bill & Ted movie is actually happening! Dean Parisot will direct from a script written by the original Bill & Ted writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Here’s the synopsis:

Following 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the stakes are higher than ever for William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Reeves). Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure,
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Robert Pattinson Joins Christopher Nolan's Upcoming Film Project

Robert Pattinson Joins Christopher Nolan's Upcoming Film Project
It looks like the pieces of Christopher Nolan’s mysterious film project are starting to fall into place. Just yesterday it was announced that that BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington had joined the film. Now according to Collider, Robert Pattinson is the latest actor to join the cast.

Pattinson is a talented actor. Yeah, he did star in the Twilight franchise, but he’s gone on to take on some great acting roles since then. Mostly in the indie film circuit, so it’s pretty cool to see him land a big movie gig like this! Especially with ever other actor his age who was trying to land this role. Everyone wants to work with Nolan!

There are no details on the film or who he’ll be playing, but it has been described as “a massive, innovative action blockbuster” that will be glorified in IMAX, because Nolan sure does love the IMAX experience.
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Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series "Cherish the Day" at OWN (Exclusive)

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Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has given out a straight-to-series order for an anthology that hails from Ava DuVernay, Variety has learned exclusively.

The series is titled “Cherish the Day.” Each season, the anthology series chronicles the romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel people to hold true to the ones they love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. The show is currently slated to debut in winter 2020.

“Own is home,” DuVernay said. “I’m honored to create television for a network headed by an artist with spectacular vision and unbridled passion for the stories that we want to tell.”

This marks the second series that DuVernay has at Own. She also developed the series adaptation of the novel “Queen Sugar” for the network in addition to serving as director and executive producer on the series.
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‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom Jr. Joins ‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom Jr. Joins ‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’
“Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. has joined the cast of the “Sopranos” prequel film, “The Many Saints of Newark,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Odom’s character details were not revealed, but he’s in line for a starring role in the project. He joins a cast that includes Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro and James Gandolfini’s son Michael Gandolfini as a young Tony Soprano.

News of Odom Jr.’s casting was first reported by Deadline.

More to come…

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Cineflix Alum Launches New Banner Fugitive, Tees Up Alex Gibney, Yolanda Ramke Shows

Anthony Kimble, formerly of Cineflix, National Geographic, and Viacom’s Channel 5, has launched Fugitive and will develop, finance, and exec produce drama and unscripted TV through the new banner.

Its first projects include “Uncanny Valley: The Truth About Thinking Machines,” which comes from producers Topic and Jigsaw. A series about A.I. and the future of mankind, it will combine non-fiction elements from Alex Gibney and scripted elements from Cory Doctorow.

Fugitive also has a female-driven World War II series, “The Line,” from Australian shingle Essential. It is written by Yolanda Ramke, the screenwriter and director of Netflix’s first Australian feature,
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Cineflix Rights Scoops Icelandic Political Series ‘The Minister’

Cineflix Rights, a leading U.K. content distributor, has acquired “The Minister,” the anticipated political drama series headlined by Icelandic star Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”).

Produced by the Icelandic company Sagafilm, “The Minister” centres on Benedikt Ríkhardsson (Ólafsson), a populist politician who becomes Iceland’s Prime Minister. However, Benedikt is suffering from an underlying bipolar disorder which progressively worsens. The Prime Minister’s team and their allies are forced to endanger both the stability of the government and their private lives to hide his illness while others abuse it.

“The charm and charisma that Ólafur
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Film Review: ‘Midnight Traveler’

Refugees rarely get to tell their own stories, which means their stories get told for them — often inaccurately and with undue hostility. Lack of resources is one issue, but a lack of stability is another: Asylum-seekers are in a frightening state of limbo, fleeing the imminent dangers of their native countries only to suffer the indifference or suspicion of potential adoptive homes. Filmmaker Hassan Fazili and his family logged three perilous years and hundreds of miles in exile from Afghanistan, where the Taliban had put out a call for his death. Shot on three mobile phones, Fazili’s “Midnight Traveler” is a documentary that feels like a modern-day message in a bottle, an urgent appeal for help from a family that’s still searching for a home. After lapping ashore at the Sundance Film Festival and other spring festivals, it should find an empathetic reception in the West.

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WGA Authorizing Managers, Lawyers to Make Deals if Agents are Fired

The Writers Guild of America has authorized managers and lawyers to negotiate deals for writers in place of agents — if the guild tells members to fire their agents on April 7.

The guild’s negotiating committee notified members of the plans in a message Wednesday. The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents having made little progress in negotiations to revamp the 43-year-old rules governing how agents represent writers. The WGA said it will require its members to fire their agents if they have not agreed to a “code of conduct,” which eliminates agency packaging fees and ownership in production companies,
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WGA Authorizing Managers, Lawyers to Make Deals if Agents are Fired

The Writers Guild of America has authorized managers and lawyers to negotiate deals for writers in place of agents — if the guild tells members to fire their agents on April 7.

The guild’s negotiating committee notified members of the plans in a message Wednesday. The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents having made little progress in negotiations to revamp the 43-year-old rules governing how agents represent writers. The WGA said it will require its members to fire their agents if they have not agreed to a “code of conduct,” which eliminates agency packaging fees and ownership in production companies, before April 7.

The two sides have held five negotiating sessions since Feb. 5 but have made little progress. “While we are working toward a swift and equitable resolution of our differences with the agencies, we must still plan for other contingencies,” the message said.

California law states that only licensed talents are allowed to procure employment.
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‘Jane The Virgin’ Team Talks Importance of Representation, Taking Final Season Back to Series Roots

‘Jane The Virgin’ Team Talks Importance of Representation, Taking Final Season Back to Series Roots
After five years, multiple time jumps and a number of timely storylines, in addition to takes on telenovela tropes, “Jane The Virgin” is coming to an end on the CW. While there may be some pressure to end the show on a positive and powerful note, it’s not a pressure that is completely foreign to series creator and showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman.

When she was first developing the show, Urman shared at the show’s final farewell Paleyfest panel in Hollywood, Calif. Wednesday, she felt “pressure to make sure the representation felt good to the actors and the writing team.
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Rachel Bloom on the ‘Beautiful Mystery’ of the ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Series Finale

Rachel Bloom on the ‘Beautiful Mystery’ of the ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Series Finale
While four seasons of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” have explored musical genres from boy bands to country, the one type of music series co-creator and star Rachel Bloom admits the show will not explore before the end is Rebecca’s own style.

“Basically the idea is that part of the music in her mind is her looking inside with all of these perceived narratives so I don’t know how her music sounds,” Bloom told Variety at the show’s Paleyfest event Wednesday. “Really there’s another show in, what is her sound? I don’t know what Rebecca’s sound is.
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Charo Thanks Fans in Emotional First Video Since Her Husband’s Death

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Charo Thanks Fans in Emotional First Video Since Her Husband’s Death
A month after the death of her husband, Charo returned to Instagram to thank her fans and promise she will continue performing.

Kjell Rasten, Charo’s husband of more than 40 years, died by suicide on Feb. 18. The actress, comedian and singer has been largely silent on social media since then, but on Wednesday, she posted her first video to Instagramn in more than a month.

“Hola amigos. It’s been a month since my husband died. It’s very very hard. I want to thank you with all my heart, for your help, your prayer, your support. That kept me going. Thank you, thank you, thank you very much. I’ve been meditating all this month, and I want to let you know that my husband support my music,” she said, visibly on the edge of tears.

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The Breeders’ Josephine Wiggs Previews First Solo LP ‘We Fall’ With New Song

The Breeders’ Josephine Wiggs Previews First Solo LP ‘We Fall’ With New Song
Josephine Wiggs, the original bassist for the Breeders who performed on the group’s 1993 breakout album Last Splash, has announced her debut solo album. We Fall will be released on May 17th via The Sound of Sinners. She announced the news via Twitter on Wednesday, where she also shared the LP’s first single, “Time Does Not Bring Relief,” with an accompanying video.

The new clip features imagery of bare trees seen from below and shot skyward and flashes by a thicket of branches as a forlorn, moody piano melody unfurls into a building,
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Netflix Moves Lisa Nishimura to VP of Indie Film and Documentary Features

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Netflix announced Wednesday that it has moved Lisa Nishimura to Vice President of Indie Film and Documentary Features. She replaces Bela Bajaria, who is now overseeing the streaming service’s international non-English TV programming as part of an ongoing leadership shuffle.

Nishimura was previously in charge of Netflix’s comedy programming, and will continue to handle limited documentary series and shorts as well as feature-length docs. She will now report to Netflix’s VP of original film, Scott Stuber.

“Lisa blazed a trail within Netflix building our documentary and comedy initiatives, and we’re so lucky to have her expand her role into indie films,” said Stuber in a statement. “Lisa joins Matt Brodlie and Ian Bricke, who have built our indie film business over the last several years. Together they will continue to deepen our talent relationships and give diverse and unique storytellers a home to share their films.
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Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura Named Indie Film, Documentary Features Head

In the wake of Bela Bajaria’s recent move to lead Netflix’s international non-English original TV series, the online streamer is shuffling its leadership team to more clearly distinguish between development of its English and non-English language content.

As a result, Netflix has elevated Lisa Nishimura to vice president of independent film and documentary features, a shift from her prior post as VP of original documentary and comedy programming. She will now oversee independent film, English and non-English documentary features, documentary shorts and limited documentary series such as “Wild Wild Country” and “Our Planet.” Several comedy and documentary series
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Film News Roundup: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Sets Event Cinema Record

Film News Roundup: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Sets Event Cinema Record
In today’s film news roundup, “Gone with the Wind” sets a new record, “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” is acquired, and Tracy Oliver signs with Topic Studios.

Event Cinema Record

The 80th anniversary release of “Gone with the Wind” has grossed $2.23 million in six nationwide screenings on four dates — a record as the highest-grossing classic film for Fathom Events.

The previous record was set in January by Fathom’s re-release of the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” with $2 million. Fathom said its re-releases of “My Fair Lady” and “Dirty Dancing” in February have given it $5.5 million at the classic film box office in 2019.

Both “The Wizard of Oz” and “My Fair Lady” were presented as part of Fathom Events’ TCM Big Screen Classics series in partnership with Turner Classic Movies. The series continues with “To Kill a Mockingbird” in March; “Ben-Hur” in April; and “True Grit” and 1989’s “Steel Magnolias” in May.
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Hear Morrissey, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste Cover Jobriath’s ‘Morning Starship’

Hear Morrissey, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste Cover Jobriath’s ‘Morning Starship’
Morrissey and Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste have teamed for a rendition of Jobriath’s “Morning Starship.” The song appears on Morrissey’s covers album, California Son, which features his takes on Sixties and Seventies tracks. The album is the follow-up to 2017’s Low in High School.

Their cover of “Morning Starship,” stays fairly faithful to the glam rocker’s 1973 original, with added ethereal harmonized touches where Morrissey and Droste’s voices pleasingly intermingle, some dramatic vocal flourishes and a bit of a psychedelic sway that buoy Morrissey’s hallmark baritone.
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