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Michael B. Jordan Takes On Age-Less Man Thriller ‘Methusaleh’ At Warner Bros

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Michael B. Jordan Takes On Age-Less Man Thriller ‘Methusaleh’ At Warner Bros
Exclusive: Warner Bros will re-develop Methusaleh as a star vehicle for Michael B. Jordan to play a man who has managed to stay alive for over 400 years. Jordan’s Outlier Society has joined as producers Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford.

Warner Bros has been trying to get this one up and running for years, with myriad writers and leading men that at one time included Tom Cruise. It’s got a Highlander-like mythology and franchise potential. The idea is for Jordan to play a man who has managed to survive for hundreds of years, without showing the physical signs of age. In that time, he has accumulated vast intellectual knowledge, from multiple languages to the sciences, as well as survival skills. Zach Dean is among the writers who’ve written versions.

Jordan is coming off the one-two punch of Black Panther and Creed II. Since signing a deal at Warner Bros,
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William Sadler to Return as Grim Reaper in ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’

William Sadler to Return as Grim Reaper in ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’
The long-awaited third film in the “Bill & Ted” series is taking shape, as William Sadler, the actor who played the Grim Reaper in “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” is reprising his role in the sequel.

The official Twitter feed for the film announced the news in a tweet Monday following many fan questions, confirming that Sadler’s version of Death will appear in “Bill & Ted Face the Music.”

Sadler joins Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in the reunion film that follows the events of “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” in which the now middle-aged Bill and Ted set out on a new adventure to fulfill their destiny as the band Wyld Stallions to bring harmony to the universe through the power of their music. Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends and a few music legends.
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‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Renewed for Third Season at Hulu

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‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Renewed for Third Season at Hulu
Hulu has renewed “Marvel’s Runaways” for a third season.

Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Runaways” stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta as the Runaways, six teenagers from different backgrounds who unite against their parents, the Pride, portrayed by Angel Parker, Ryan Sands, Annie Wersching, Kip Pardue, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Brigid Brannagh, Kevin Weisman, Brittany Ishibashi, and James Yaegashi.

The new order is for 10 episodes, down three from Season 2, which hit Hulu in Dec. 2018.

“We are so excited to tell more ‘Runaways’ stories and are so grateful to Marvel, Hulu, our amazing cast and crew and of course our passionate audience,” said co-showrunners and executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. “Season three will be a magical time on Runaways, as we deepen our connection to the Marvel universe. We are honored to continue to play in the sandbox created
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Apple Uses Steven Spielberg, Damien Chazelle, Reese Witherspoon & More To Show Why New TV+ Service Is Netflix…But Better

Apple Uses Steven Spielberg, Damien Chazelle, Reese Witherspoon & More To Show Why New TV+ Service Is Netflix…But Better
It’s said (and proven time and again) that Apple is a company that isn’t the first to innovate with a gadget or technology, but it often does those gadgets and tech better than its competition (and often at a steeper price). And with the new Apple TV service, the company is attempting to venture into the world of streaming services by taking what Netflix has innovated and doing it…better.

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‘9-1-1’ and ‘The Resident’ Renewed for Third Seasons at Fox

‘9-1-1’ and ‘The Resident’ Renewed for Third Seasons at Fox
Both “9-1-1” and “The Resident” will be returning for third seasons on Fox, Variety has learned.

The news comes as the two shows, which are paired together on Monday nights, are on course to finish with solid ratings in their sophomore seasons.

“’9-1-1 redefined’ what a procedural series can be, consistently delivering edge-of-your-seat emergencies, mixed with emotional story arcs and incredible performances from one of the most powerful teams of actors on television,” said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment at Fox in a statement. “Kudos to Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear and their entire crew, as well
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Sophie Turner Talks Social Media Backlash After Revelation She Told Friends ‘Game Of Thrones’ Ending

Sophie Turner Talks Social Media Backlash After Revelation She Told Friends ‘Game Of Thrones’ Ending
It would appear that “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner has a love/hate relationship with social media. While the young actress has revealed previously that social media has proven crucial for her landing roles, this time the actress talks about the way that Twitter has bitten back, specifically with her role in the mega-popular HBO series.

In a recent interview, Turner revealed that she had spoken with friends about what happens at the end of the final season of “Game of Thrones” because she’s admittedly terrible about keeping secrets.

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Vanessa Kirby Joins Sci-Fi Movie ‘StarDream’ From ‘The Wife’ Director Bjorn Runge (Exclusive)

Vanessa Kirby Joins Sci-Fi Movie ‘StarDream’ From ‘The Wife’ Director Bjorn Runge (Exclusive)
The Crown” star Vanessa Kirby is swapping British royalty for outer space after signing on for “StarDream,” the upcoming sci-fi movie from “The Wife” helmer Bjorn Runge.

Kirby takes the lead role of Andreya in the Silver Reel and Bigscope Films-produced picture, which follows the story of a spaceship hastily constructed to transport hundreds of thousands of cryogenically frozen humans from a failing planet Earth. When the on-board computer malfunctions, coder Andreya develops an artificial intelligence-based solution that she calls Stephen. But Stephen develops a profound attachment to Andreya, compromising the mission and the future of the human race.

Kirby landed a BAFTA for her portrayal of Princess Margaret in “The Crown.” She left the Netflix show after it welcomed a new cast for its latest seasons, appeared in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and has since signed on for Adam Leon’s untitled New York-set feature and Mona Fastvold’s “The World to Come.
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‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Us’ Have Pushed ‘The Right Stuff’ Back Into the Spotlight

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‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Us’ Have Pushed ‘The Right Stuff’ Back Into the Spotlight
Over the past three weeks, moviegoers have flocked to see “Captain Marvel,” and this past weekend, many of them came back to theaters to see Jordan Peele’s acclaimed horror film “Us.” By sheer coincidence, both of these very different films make reference to the same classic 1980s film: “The Right Stuff.”

In “Captain Marvel,” the nod to the Best Picture Oscar nominee comes when Vers — a.k.a. Carol Danvers — crash lands on Earth and finds herself in a Blockbuster Video. As she looks around, she picks up a VHS copy of “The Right Stuff,” which was one of the inspirations behind the film.

The Right Stuff” tells the true story of the seven military pilots who were selected for the Nasa project to launch the first ever manned spaceflight. In a similar way,
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Kevin Tsujihara to Step Down From Anita Hill-Led Commission on Sexual Misconduct

A week after he resigned as CEO of Warner Bros. Kevin Tsujihara will also step down from the Anita Hill-led Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality, a representative from the commission told TheWrap.

Tsujihara resigned from Warner Bros. last week following an investigation into his past relationship with actress Charlotte Kirk. The Hollywood Reporter published texts between Kirk and Tsujihara that suggested she sought his help in obtaining acting jobs after engaging in a sexual relationship with him. Both Tsujihara and Kirk denied any wrongdoing.

“The members of the Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality are not the 26 executives who serve as Commissioners but rather the 26 studios, networks, streaming services, talent agencies, trade associations, and unions they represent. Hence, as a result of his resignation as CEO of Warner Bros Entertainment, Kevin Tsujihara cannot and will not continue to serve as a Commissioner. The
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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Warner Bros.’ ‘Methuselah’ Movie

Michael B. Jordan to Star in Warner Bros.’ ‘Methuselah’ Movie
Michael B. Jordan will produce and star in a “Methuselah” movie for Warner Bros., based on the Biblical story of a man who lived to be 969 years old.

Jordan will produce through his Outlier Society production company along with Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford.

Warner Bros. has been developing the project for many years with Will Smith and Tom Cruise interested in the project. Zach Dean wrote an early script after coming on to the project in 2014. The most recent draft was written by Tony Gilroy.

Methuselah is referenced in the Book of Genesis as the son of Enoch, who lived to be 365 years old. The scripts have focused on Methuselah’s survival skills.

Jordan is working with New Regency as a producer on an untitled monster movie from “Kong: Skull Island” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Outlier Society was founded by Jordan in 2016 and was one of the first
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases Trailer for ‘Special’

In today’s roundup, Netflix releases a trailer for “Special,” and Wrestlemania’s main event will be a women’s match, a first in WWE history.

First Looks

Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming 15-minute comedy show “Special.” Ryan O’Connell stars in the semi-autobiographical series about life as a gay man with cerebral palsy. The series is available for streaming April 12.

Danny Bonaduce will guest star in an episode of the ABC family sitcom “The Kids are Alright,” airing March 26. In the episode, which is called “Low Expectations,” the character Timmy enter a contest to appear on “The Partridge Family.
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Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping Italy’s Top Film Awards

Piera Detassis recently became the first woman to head the David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars. Since then she’s been busy overhauling the inner workings of the prizes that will be awarded on Wednesday. Detassis, also the editor of Italian film publication Ciak, spoke exclusively to Variety about the challenges she’s faced in getting “rid of some cobwebs” and improving the gender balance among voters. (The following are excerpts from the conversation.)

Rethinking the Davids radically after decades must have been a big task on several fronts. Can you talk to me about the main changes?

Change was necessary; it was inevitable. The call for it came from the entire Italian film industry. People forget that [just like the Oscars] behind the Davids there is the Italian Film Academy, comprising all industry organizations, from actors and directors to sound men. They all had demands that we tried to accommodate,
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Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’ Leads Davids Awards Race

Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’ Leads Davids Awards Race
With 15 nominations Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman” leads the pack of contenders for Italy’s David di Donatello Awards in a watershed year for the country’s top film nods that sees highbrow auteur titles reaping most of the David love just as local box-office grosses hit an all-time low.

Garrone’s gritty revenge drama is followed closely with 13 noms by Mario Martone’s “Capri Revolution,” about early 20th-century proto-hippies, and by Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” (released late in Italy), and Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi biopic “Loro,” both with 12 noms. Sorrentino however, unlike his colleagues, is not in the running for best picture or director.

Then comes Alice Rohrwacher’s pastoral fable on the ills of modernity “Happy as Lazzaro” and also police brutality drama “On My Skin” by newcomer Alessio Cremonini, both with nine noms and running in the main categories. Valeria Golino’s sibling bonding drama “Euphoria,
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What Apple TV+ Will Need to Do to Succeed

“I’ll never forget this,” Apple chief Tim Cook gushed, leaning over to thank Oprah Winfrey for closing out the company’s long-awaited unveiling of its new streaming service, Apple TV+.

To some viewers, the soundbite dripped with irony. The ceremony at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters Monday was almost entirely forgettable. Sure, there was plenty of star power, with appearances from Jason Mamoa, Steven Spielberg, Winfrey, and even Big Bird, among others.

But Apple’s presentation left more questions than answers. When will its shows arrive? We received only a vague fall release date. Why were Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carrell and Reese Witherspoon brought onstage to discuss their upcoming series — on the drama of a morning news show — without a trailer to promote it? (Though Apple did release a two-minute sizzle reel of all its shows on Monday.)

Most importantly: How much will the streaming service cost? That remains unanswered.
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Live+7 Ratings for Week of March 4: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Narrowly Tops ‘This Is Us’

Live+7 Ratings for Week of March 4: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Narrowly Tops ‘This Is Us’
The last episode of “The Big Bang Theory” before the show’s grand finale narrowly beat out “This Is Us” to top the Live+7 ratings chart for the week of March 4.

The CBS megahit, which will come to an end after 12 seasons with a double bill airing on April 4, achieved a 3.6 rating in the key 18-49 demo, with NBC’s “This Is Us” coming in just behind at a 3.5. The former saw a 71% ratings bump from a 2.1, and and the latter more than doubled its rating in delayed viewing from a 1.7.

“Bing Bang Theory” was also the most-watched show of the week,
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Judge Allows Lawsuit to Proceed Against ‘S-Town’ Podcast Makers

The producers of the 2017 podcast S-Town have lost their bid to dismiss a lawsuit against them filed on behalf of the estate of John McLemore, the protagonist of the series, Al.com reports.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler ruled against Serial Productions, LLC, the company behind S-Town, which tried to have the lawsuit dismissed on the basis of the First Amendment. McLemore’s estate is demanding profits from the podcast, as well as compensatory damages and a ban on using McLemore’s likeness.

Filed by Craig Cargile,
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Does Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Jordan Peel is back, just two years after making his directorial debut with “Get Out” and winning an Oscar for his efforts, with another, even more mindbending horror flick: “Us,” which just pulled the biggest opening weekend at the box office ever for an original — meaning not a sequel or remake — R-rated film.

But “Us” is a little bit less straightforward than “Get Out” was, offering up what appears on the surface to be a fairly simple but ingenious twist on the home invasion formula — our protagonist family of four, led by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, is forced to face off against their own evil doppelgangers. But the further you get into the film, the clearer it becomes that there is so much more going on here than you could have imagined.

So as the credits begin to roll and you’re trying to figure out what it was you just saw,
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Rs Daily News: Mueller Report; Barbra Streisand on ‘Leaving Neverland’

Rs Daily News: Mueller Report; Barbra Streisand on ‘Leaving Neverland’
In our daily news show, Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos checks in on a few of the headlines everyone is discussing. For today’s episode, watch the video to get a quick take on:

Mueller Report conclusion Barbra Streisand’s controversial comments on Michael Jackson’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ accusers ‘Dora the Explorer’ trailer Song of the Day: Jenny Lewis’s ‘Red Bull & Hennessy”

Tune in each day for a new episode.
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AMPTP Declines WGA Request to Add Anti-Packaging Fee Clause to Contract

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The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has declined a request from the Writers Guild of America to renegotiate the current writer-producer contract. The WGA wanted to add a clause that prohibited studios from working with agencies that do not agree to its proposed Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct, which WGA members will vote on this week, would require agencies to remove packaging fees from any deals involving guild members and use a 10 percent commission system instead. If passed, the Code will be enforced on April 7, with the WGA calling on its members to leave any agency that doesn’t abide by it.

The WGA had hoped to add Hollywood studios to this plan of continued pressure against Hollywood’s top agencies, but the AMPTP shut that down Monday in a letter from president Carol Lombardini to WGA West executive director David Young.

Also Read: Writers Guild
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Everything We Learned From Today’s Apple Event

After revealing new services in news, finance, and gaming, Apple CEO Tim Cook kept the biggest, most anticipated announcement until last.

Cook, along with heads of worldwide video programming Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, and a whole group of Apple’s creative talents, presented the company’s new Apple TV+ streaming service, which is slated to launch in fall 2019.

With so much information to digest, here’s what we learned from this morning’s big announcement:

Adding a “+” makes a big difference

It was hardly a secret that Apple planned to announce their streaming service at Monday’s event,
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