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Ben Affleck’s Addiction Drama Set for Awards-Season Release

Ben Affleck’s Addiction Drama Set for Awards-Season Release
Warner Bros. has given Ben Affleck’s untitled addiction drama an awards-season-friendly release date of Oct. 18.

The film, which has been known previously as “The Has-Been” and “Torrance,” is directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Affleck as a former basketball player struggling with addiction, which has led to him losing his wife. As part of his recovery, he becomes the coach of a high school basketball team at his alma mater.

Affleck is a producer on the movie, along with O’Connor, Jennifer Todd, Gordon Gray, and Ravi Mehta. The script was written by Brad Ingelsby and O’Connor. The film also stars Al Madrigal as the assistant coach, Janina Gavankar, Hayes MacArthur, Brandon Wilson, and Rachael Carpani.

Affleck and O’Connor last collaborated on the 2016 drama “The Accountant,” which generated $155 million at the worldwide box office.

Warner Bros. also announced on Friday that it has moved the drama “The Goldfinch” forward to Sept.
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Supernatural to End With Season 15

Supernatural to End With Season 15
The Winchester family business is closing up shop: Supernatural will end its run with Season 15, the show’s stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins announced via Twitter on Friday.

Hey #SPNFamily here’s a little message from @JensenAckles @mishacollins and me. I’m so grateful for the family that’s been built because of the show. Excuse me while i go cry. pic.twitter.com/QDXDsAyIfK

— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) March 22, 2019

Well, it’s official. One more round for the Winchester brothers. Though nothing ever really ends in Supernatural…does it? https://t.co/zaZHJX4H9L

— Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) March 22, 2019

“Firstly,
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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night
Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” opened huge with $7.4 million on Thursday night in North America.

The figure easily topped Thursday preview numbers for “The Nun” at $5.4 million and “A Quiet Place” at $4.3 million and nearly matched “Halloween” at $7.7 million.

Projections for Universal’s “Us,” Peele’s much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Get Out,” have been in the $38 million to $45 million range for the weekend as the film widens to 3,741 sites. Some forecasts call for a launch of as much as $50 million — which would easily surpass the opening weekend haul of “Get Out,” which debuted with $33 million and ended its theatrical run with $176 million in the U.S.

Us” is also launching in 48 international markets, including France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

“Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple fighting off doppelgangers while vacationing with their children at a Northern California beach house. The movie has generated exceptional
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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s "Paradise Hotel," Reality Series Gets Spring Premiere Date

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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s
Fox has tapped reality star Kristin Cavallari to host its upcoming revival of “Paradise Hotel.”

The series will debut Thursday, May 9, with a two-hour premiere from 8 to 10 p.m. and will air three nights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the latter being a two-hour show including live elements.

“Kristin grew up on the frontlines of reality television and is the perfect host to introduce ‘Paradise Hotel’ to a new generation of viewers,” Rob Wade, president, alternative entertainment and specials, Fox Entertainment, said in a statement. “The show is a fun balance of romantic love, cutthroat competition and humor, and Kristin’s unique experience, especially with live television, makes her the best person to navigate the wild, unpredictable moments.”

Paradise Hotel,” which first aired on the network in 2003, puts a
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Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian

Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian
In the age of anti-hero TV, it’s almost surprising we haven’t gotten a Tom Ripley series yet. But Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian is on it with Deadline reporting that Zaillian plans to adapt Patricia Highsmith’s novels focusing on the sociopath anti-hero. No network has signed on yet, but sources tell Deadline that this will likely be a straight-to-series order with Zaillian writing and directing most of the first season’s episodes. Per Deadline, “Zaillian will use the five novels written by Highsmith — The Talented Mrs. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, …
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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC

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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC
It’s official — ABC has ordered a second season of Roseanne spinoff The Conners. The renewal comes after series’ producer Werner Entertainment secured new deals with the core cast of Roseanne veterans, John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner) and Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner-Healy). The size of the order has not been revealed by ABC but has been speculated to be 13 episodes, slightly bigger than last season’s 11.

While not the mega hit of the size of the Roseanne revival, The Conners has been a breakout for ABC. In its first season, the Roseanne followup averaged 9.5 million total viewers and a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating (Live+7) to rank as the season’s No. 1 new comedy in total viewers and 18-49 and ABC’s No. 1 comedy in both categories. The Conners improved its Tuesday 8 pm time period by 33% in total viewers and by 22% in adults
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Danny Trejo & Benicio Del Toro Voice A Monkey And A Fox In ‘Dora The Explorer’ Live-Action Film & Nothing Makes Sense Anymore

Danny Trejo & Benicio Del Toro Voice A Monkey And A Fox In ‘Dora The Explorer’ Live-Action Film & Nothing Makes Sense Anymore
If you’re a film fan, you’re probably very familiar with the work of actor Danny Trejo. He’s the epitome of badass, even starring in a film literally titled “Bad Ass”. He’s probably most well known for roles in films like “Machete,” “Con Air,” “Heat,” and about a million films with Robert Rodriguez.

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Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO

Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO
HBO is officially reviving Perry Mason. The pay cabler has formally ordered a limited series based on legendary fictional criminal defense lawyer, with The AmericansMatthew Rhys taking on the title role. Sopranos vet Tim Van Patten, meanwhile, has signed on as director and Ep.

As we reported back in January, Rhys — who will also serve as a producer on the aptly-titled Perry Mason — will play Mason at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He also finds himself haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.
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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix
Ryan Murphy has revealed when his first Netflix original series, “The Politician,” will premiere. Yeah, that’s the one with an insane A-list cast, including stars Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, and Lucy Boynton.

“My first Netflix show! So proud of this incredible project and the incredible cast. And I can’t wait for you to binge it in September,” Murphy captioned an Instagram post of the “The Politician’s” official poster, which noted its Sept. 27 launch date.

In addition to Platt, Paltrow, Lange, Deutch and Boynton, the cast includes Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, and Benjamin Barrett.

Here’s the official logline for the series: “Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States.
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Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in ‘Mouse Guard’

Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in ‘Mouse Guard’
Idris Elba is in negotiations to join Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Fox’s fantasy-action movie “Mouse Guard” with “Maze Runner’s” Wes Ball directing.

Fox is planning a live-action movie through performance capture technology employed in the “Planet of the Apes” films, in which Serkis starred as the ape leader Caesar. David Peterson created, wrote, and illustrated the “Mouse Guard” series, which launched in 2006 and is set in a medieval times world without humans. The stories center on a brotherhood of mice sworn to serve their fellow mice.

Fox started development on the movie, based on the “Mouse Guard” graphic novel series, in 2016. Matt Reeves, director of “War for the Planet of the Apes,” is producing “Mouse Guard” through his 6th and Idaho production company along with Ross Richie and Stephen Christy, both of Boom! Studios — the publisher of “Mouse Guard.” Joe Hartwick Jr. is also producing.

If the deal goes through,
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TV Review: ‘Abby’s’ Starring Natalie Morales

“Abby’s,” NBC’s new comedy about a cranky bartender (Natalie Morales) and her inner circle of regulars, is aware of the inevitable “Cheers” comparisons.

Created by “New Girl” writer Josh Malmuth and executive produced by uber-producer (and unabashed “Cheers” superfan) Mike Schur, “Abby’s” therefore makes a few key choices in order to differentiate itself as its own entity. The most immediately obvious difference is that “Abby’s” is the first multi-cam sitcom to be filmed outdoors. Taking advantage of Los Angeles’ generally static weather (recent rain deluge aside), the backyard setting creates a more casual, warm vibe.
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What Bruce Lee’s Biographer Thinks of That ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Brad Pitt Fight Scene

What Bruce Lee’s Biographer Thinks of That ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Brad Pitt Fight Scene
A lot of people got mad this week about a brief fight between Bruce Lee and Brad Pitt’s character in the new teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “Once a Time in Hollywood.”

But Matthew Polly, the author of “Bruce Lee: A Life,” isn’t ready to fight anyone for Bruce Lee’s honor. Not yet.

“I find the ‘controversy’ fun,” he told TheWrap. “It’s a trailer. We have no idea what actually will happen between ‘Bruce’ and Brad Pitt or if they are even fighting for real or just acting a scene.”

Also Read: Why Bruce Lee Is All Over the Teaser for Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

The criticisms of the trailer footage ranged from the logistical to the racial (“a white male power fantasy”). People took issue with Pitt’s character, Cliff Booth, disrespecting Lee (Mike Moh.)

The teaser features
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Sets Premiere Date for Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’

In today’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for Ryan Murphy’s “The Politician” series, and Kristin Cavallari will host “Paradise Hotel” on Fox.

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Reality star Kristin Cavallari will host Fox’s reboot of “Paradise Hotel,” an unscripted dating show in which a group of singles will check into a tropical resort and compete to check out with money and romance. In this revamped version, viewers can use social media to influence who stays and who goes. The new series will premiere May 9 on Fox at 8 p.m. Et/Pt.

Ryan Murphy’s new show “The Politician,” which
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us': Yes, Hands Across America Was a Real Thing in the ’80s

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us': Yes, Hands Across America Was a Real Thing in the ’80s
For those of you who just saw Jordan Peele’s “Us” and wondered where the writer-director got that ingeniously insane idea for Hands Across America in the 1980s-set portion of the film, wonder no more.

It came from history. Hands Across America was a real thing that totally actually happened in 1986. Like, for real.

The idea was hatched in 1985 by Ken Kragen, a music manager and film and TV producer. Kragen was a founding member of USA for Africa, of which Hands Across America was a part. It followed the famed charity single “We Are the World” that featured artists such as Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner and a host of other popular musicians during that era.

Also Read: The Long, Twisted Story Behind 'I Got 5 on It,' the Secret Weapon of Jordan Peele's 'Us'

USA for Africa, as the name suggests, was established to ease
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us': Are There Really Thousand of Miles of Hidden Tunnels All Across the Country?

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us': Are There Really Thousand of Miles of Hidden Tunnels All Across the Country?
Jordan Peele’s “Us” opens with an unusual piece of trivia: Across the U.S., there are thousands of miles of underground tunnels that have been long forgotten. The film says they include abandoned subway tunnels, unused sewers or old mine shafts — and many have no clear purpose at all.

If you haven’t seen “Us,” we won’t spoil why exactly that’s significant. But it’ll immediately make you wonder whether there’s a factual basis to the claim. Are there really a whole network of tunnels that people have just forgotten? Peele has had an answer for just about every other seemingly innocuous reference or image in the film, so where did he get this detail?

One person who knows first-hand that Peele isn’t just making something up is Will Hunt, the author of the just-published book “Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet.
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‘Selling Sunset’: Producer Behind Netflix’s First Docusoap on the State of Reality TV

Netflix crossed another unscripted threshold on Friday with the launch of “Selling Sunset,” an 8-episode series that follows a group of real estate agents on the Sunset Strip. The show is believed to be the streaming service’s first docusoap, the now-ubiquitous format first popularized in the early 2000s by shows like MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills.”

Adam Divello was an MTV executive who helped develop “Laguna Beach,” and he later left the network to create and executive produce its even more successful spinoff, “The Hills.” His production company, Done and Done Prods., is behind “Selling Sunset,” along with Lionsgate TV.
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How Lawmakers Are Reacting to the Final Mueller Report

How Lawmakers Are Reacting to the Final Mueller Report
After a day of speculation and writer’s block jokes by journalists, resistance-grifters and news junkies, the world learned about 5 p.m. Et Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indeed delivered his final report to Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General William Barr.

Barr, in turn, sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee confirming receipt of the report and pledging that he remains “committed to as much transparency as possible.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-ca) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-ny) released a joint statement saying,
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Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried Join Animated Scooby-Doo Film as Fred and Daphne

Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried Join Animated Scooby-Doo Film as Fred and Daphne
Zac Efron has signed on to voice Fred Jones while Amanda Seyfried will voice Daphne Blake in Warner Bros.’ animated Scooby-Doo feature film “Scoob.”

It was revealed earlier this month that Will Forte had been set to voice Norville “Shaggy” Rogers, while Gina Rodriguez would be voicing Velma Dinkley. The mystery-solving teens and their talking Great Dane Scooby-Doo first appeared half a century ago on the animated TV series “Scooby-Doo: Where Are You?,” which was created by Hanna-Barbera and first aired in 1969.

Plot details of the movie involve the Scooby-Doo characters teaming up with other characters in the Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from the evil Dick Dastardly.

Tony Cervone is directing “Scoob.” His credits include “Space Jam,” Cartoon Network’s “The Looney Tunes Show,” and “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.” Matt Lieberman (“Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief”) wrote the screenplay.

Producers are Chris Columbus, Pam Coats, and Allison Abbate.
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Discovery CEO David Zaslav Sees 2018 Compensation Soar to $129.4 Million

Discovery Inc. president-ceo David Zaslav is once again making headlines for an enormous compensation package.

Zaslav’s 2018 compensation soared to $129.44 million in 2018, fueled by stock options and grants awarded as the longtime Discovery chief signed a new employment contract last July that takes him through 2023 at the cable programming group.

Zaslav received $102 million in Discovery stock options in connection with the new contract and another $14.8 million in stock awards. He received a $9 million bonus and $3 million in regular salary.

The bulk of Zaslav’s stock compensation won’t come to fruition for years, and only if Discovery shares rise. Nonetheless,
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Dana Walden Pumps Up New Disney Staff in Memo: ‘Overwhelmed By the Excitement’ for Future

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Dana Walden Pumps Up New Disney Staff in Memo: ‘Overwhelmed By the Excitement’ for Future
Dana Walden, the newly-entrenched chairman of ABC Entertainment and Disney Television Studios, attempted to rally her new staff on Friday, amid company-wide layoffs following the close of the Disney-Fox merger.

“I am almost overwhelmed by the excitement I feel for our future,” Walden wrote in an internal memo. “We are now positioned to win, big time, and I am grateful to Bob [Iger] and Peter [Rice] for giving me this opportunity.”

Walden’s memo comes as many Fox employees — mostly on the film side — are being laid off as Disney integrates Fox into its operations. The layoffs have affected a couple of major TV executives — Twentieth Television president Greg Meidel and 20th Century Fox TV Distribution president Mark Kaner.

Also Read: Disney Keeps Key Leaders in Place After Day of Layoffs at Fox

“Please know that we are all here for you and that we too are experiencing both the exhilaration and anxiety that accompany change,
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