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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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All 19 Tim Burton Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

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All 19 Tim Burton Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)
How does Tim Burton‘s “Dumbo” stack up with the offbeat auteur’s other films, like “Batman” and “Edward Scissorhands”?

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Writers Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander have established themselves as the masters of telling the story of America through the eyes of its oddballs, and their sensibility blended perfectly with Burton’s, who clearly saw a lot of himself in this story of a singular, devoted artist with a love of old monster movies and a drive to tell his stories. It’s one of the greatest movies about Hollywood, about risk, about determination, about art, ever made.

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

One of the great picaresque road movies in cinema history, this tale of Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) and his quest to recover his stolen bike marked Burton’s feature debut, yet it established so much of what he would do best in film, from spotlighting an
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Fall TV 2019: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)

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Fall TV 2019: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)
(Updated March 25 with “9-1-1” and “The Resident” both renewed for Season 3 by Fox)

It’s that time of year again! As the broadcast networks order pilots and consider new series for their fall slates, they’ve also begun to winnow down which current shows will return next season and which will come to an end.

Below is every scripted (and a few unscripted) show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far, along with those still awaiting their fates. We’ve also included descriptions of the new shows that have been picked up so far.

Check back throughout the coming months for updates. You can read our pilot guide to see what projects may soon be ordered to series here.

Also Read: 'The Simpsons' Renewed for Seasons 31 and 32 on Fox

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Renewed Series: “The Blacklist,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,
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Colin Firth-Led Children’s Classic ‘The Secret Garden’ Acquired by STXFilms

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STXfilms announced on Monday that it has acquired North American rights to “The Secret Garden,” starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters.

The Secret Garden” is a new take on the classic children’s novel of the same name written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, brought forward to a new time period in 1947 England, on the eve of Partition in India, and in the aftermath of World War II.

The film was directed by BAFTA-winner Marc Munden from a screenplay by Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child”). Dixie Egerickx will also star as Mary Lennox.

Also Read: Gerard Butler Disaster Thriller 'Greenland' Acquired by STXFilms

The Secret Garden” tells the story of Mary Lennox, a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents. When they suddenly die, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Colin Firth) on his
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Michael Lynne, Former New Line CEO and Co-Chairman, Dies at 77

Michael Lynne, Former New Line CEO and Co-Chairman, Dies at 77
Michael Lynne, a Hollywood producer who helped transform New Line Cinema into a powerhouse and served as an executive producer on Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died. He was 77.

Lynne’s passing was confirmed by a spokesperson at Unique Features in the office of his longtime partner Bob Shaye.

Lynne joined Shaye at New Line Cinema in the late 1980s and was appointed President and Co-coo at the studio, and in 2001, he was named co-chairman and co-ceo. In his time there, he worked to take New Line from an indie to a box office force. In 1994, New Line would be acquired by the Turner Broadcasting System, and eventually became a part of Warner Bros.

Shaye could not be immediately reached for comment.

In 2008, Lynne and Shaye left New Line and formed a new venture called Unique Features. He also served on the board of directors with IMAX,
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Apple Unveils First Look Footage From Its Original Shows (Watch)

At a special event in Cupertino, Apple unveiled its Apple TV+ streaming service, and with it a short clip of some footage from its slate of upcoming original shows.

One of the main originals teased was “The Morning Show,” a series which “offers an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning.” The show stars Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell in the lead roles. The teaser clip showed Aniston striding confidently towards the camera, Carell with his head bowed, and Witherspoon stepping into the late night set.

Carrell described his character as
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Oprah Reveals Topics for Apple Docs, Plans Supersized New Book Club

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Oprah Reveals Topics for Apple Docs, Plans Supersized New Book Club
Oprah Winfrey appeared on stage at Apple’s big streaming event on Monday to unveil the first two documentary projects under her production deal with the company.

Winfrey revealed two projects: “Toxic Labor,” a feature documentary looking at workplace sexual harassment and abuse, as well as a docuseries examining the effects of mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety.

“We have this unique opportunity to rise to our best selves in how we use and choose to use both our technology and our humanity,” Winfrey said from the stage, touting the ubiquity of Apple devices and the company’s reach to billions of consumers.

“The whole world’s got ‘em in their hands and that represents a major opportunity to have a major impact,” she said.

Also Read: Oprah Winfrey Signs Multi-Year Content Partnership Deal With Apple

Back in June, Winfrey signed a multi-year content partnership with Apple to produce “original
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Michael Avenatti Arrested After Alleged Extortion Attempt Against Nike

Michael Avenatti Arrested After Alleged Extortion Attempt Against Nike
Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer who recently inserted himself into the ongoing court battle against R. Kelly, has found himself in legal trouble of his own after federal investigators arrested him Monday on charges of extortion.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s complaint against Avenatti, filed Monday into the Southern District of New York, the lawyer is accused of attempting to extort between $1.5 to $25 million from Nike.

Avenatti allegedly used the backdrop of March Madness, Ncaa’s biggest basketball event, as a means to shake down Nike using one of his clients,
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Apple’s New TV and Movie Streaming Service: What You Need to Know

Apple unveiled its much-hyped video-streaming product on stage at the Steve Jobs Theater on Monday morning, introducing dozens of original, star-studded TV and film projects with it.

At the Cupertino, California media event — which Apple named “Show Time” and touted with an all-out marketing campaign complete with trailers and teasers in the days beforehand — Apple revealed two major new products around video entertainment: Apple TV+, a premium video-streaming subscription service with dozens of new original titles (referred to by executives as the “best stories ever told” and projects that “will
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Fox Renews ‘9-1-1’ and ‘The Resident’ for Season 3

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In the midst of all the chaos happening at Fox, the newly merged network has renewed two TV shows for their third seasons: “9-1-1” and “The Resident,” with new episodes of each airing tonight.

“9-1-1” — Fox’s number one drama series, averaging 15.4 million total viewers — follows the high-pressure experiences of first responders.

“‘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 Entertainment. “Kudos to Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear and their entire crew, as well as the amazing cast anchored by Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Jennifer Love Hewitt for raising the bar week after week.”

Also Read: Ratings: '9-1-1' Season 2 Premiere up 44 Percent From Fox Series' Debut

The Resident” follows Dr. Conrad Hawkins
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I. Marlene King Exits Warner Bros. TV for Overall Deal at 20th Century Fox

I. Marlene King has signed a new multi-year deal at 20th Century Fox Television, exiting her longtime studio home of Warner Bros. Television.

King will develop, write, produce, and direct new projects for network, cable, and streaming under the new deal via her Long Lake Media banner. Long Lake’s executive vice president of development Lauren Wagner will continue in that role with the company as part of the deal.

King recently launched the spinoff series “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” on Freeform, which she created and will continue to executive produce. King previously developed the series adaptation of “Pretty Little Liars,
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Journey to Antarctica: What We Learned in the Ice

This is the latest dispatch in a series from Jeff Goodell, who is aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer in Antarctica, investigating the effect of climate change on Thwaites glacier.

As I write this, I’m on the bridge of the Nathanial B. Palmer, cruising through the Strait of Magellan on our way to Punta Arenas, Chile. I’m watching black-and-white Commerson’s dolphins — they look like mini-Orcas — jump around us. Cormorants fly alongside the ship, and Magellanic penguins float nearby, grooming themselves. It is a warm and sunny afternoon, a
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Shakey Graves Talks One-Man-Band Tricks, Musical Theater With Chris Shiflett

Walking the Floor goes live this week. Recorded onsite during the annual Luck Reunion festival, the podcast finds Chris Shiflett talking with Shakey Graves in front of an audience of SXSWers and roots-music fans. The result is a quick, spirited conversation between the two songwriters, both of whom cut their teeth on harder-edged music before embracing an Americana sound during their solo careers.

As always, we’ve combed through the interview and pulled out a handful of highlights. We are also premiering the full episode, which concludes with a solo
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