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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…

Read original story ‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom Jr. Joins ‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ At TheWrap
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The Roots’ ‘Captain’ Kirk Douglas Previews Debut Solo LP With Heavy New Song

“I’ve always worked on my own music outside of the Roots,” “Captain” Kirk Douglas tells Rolling Stone. The guitarist has been a member of the influential hip-hop group since 2003. But on May 24th, he’ll release his first solo album, Turbulent Times, under the moniker Hundred Watt Heart. “Releasing it now comes from just wanting to finish what I started and frankly overcoming my fears of what people are going to think about it. Occasionally people have asked if I would ever do my own record,” the 46-year old says.
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MPAA Takes Victory Lap Over Record $41.1 Billion Box Office in 2018 Report

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The Motion Picture Association of America released its annual Theme report Thursday, and the numbers lay out what industry observers already know: 2018 was a very good year for movies both at home and in cinemas.

The global box office reached a record $41.1 billion last year, with growth primarily driven by the $11.9 billion earned in domestic theaters from hits like “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” and critical favorites like “A Star Is Born.” Home entertainment, meanwhile, saw an even bigger growth of 16 percent year-over-year to $55.7 billion, bringing the total global entertainment market to $96.8 billion.

That surge for home entertainment is thanks in large part to a 27 percent increase in streaming/online video service subscriptions, which passed cable subscriptions for the first time ever with 613 million worldwide. The MPAA also found that Americans now spend 52 percent of their media time on a digital platform.

Also Read: 'Captain Marvel' Scores
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Global Box Office Flat in 2018, Netflix and Subscription Services Rise in Popularity

Global Box Office Flat in 2018, Netflix and Subscription Services Rise in Popularity
The domestic box office rebounded in 2018 in a recovery fueled by blockbusters such as “Black Panther” and “Incredibles 2.” Ticket sales in the U.S. climbed 7% to top out at a record $11.9 billion, according to a new report by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). That helped off-set declines in overseas markets in Europe and Latin America, pushing the global box office to $41.1 billion, a year-over-year improvement of a percentage point.

The MPAA study is produced by the entertainment industry trade group and is intended to provide a comprehensive look at the overall state of the film business.

In addition to box office revenues, the report found that the global home entertainment business increased by 16% to reach $55.7 billion last year. This was driven primarily by the rise of digital rentals, sales, and subscriptions to streaming services such as Netflix. Digital home entertainment spending in the U.S. increased 24% to
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Showbiz Marketers Look to Netflix’s Data Expertise as They Build Their Own Campaigns

Netflix’s ability to profit from its secret sauce of granular consumer data has made it the envy of Hollywood. Now, with Disney, Warner Media and others prepping their own ambitious services to challenge the streaming insurgents, entertainment marketers will face more competitive pressures than ever. But at the same time, new marketing tools are emerging that will help them challenge the competition.

This is the brave new world that will be examined at Variety’s Entertainment Marketing Summit presented by Deloitte, which takes place at Neuehouse Hollywood on Match 21. It’s a world where marketers plumb data from consumer interaction with content, buzz from social media, past purchases and other online activities for insights to help them craft campaigns and build brands.

It’s not an easy task. “Data is critical but data can be overwhelming,” says summit speaker Shabnam Mogharabi, who is co-founder and general manager of digital entertainment shop SoulPancake.
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Reggae Stalwarts Steel Pulse Preview First Album in 15 Years With ‘Cry Cry Blood’

Reggae Stalwarts Steel Pulse Preview First Album in 15 Years With ‘Cry Cry Blood’
British reggae outfit Steel Pulse unveiled the lead single, “Cry Cry Blood,” for their first album in 15 years, Mass Manipulation, out May 17th via Rootfire Cooperative and the band’s own imprint, Wiseman Doctrine.

“Cry Cry Blood” is a meditative rocker with deftly placed horns, guitars and strings bubbling up above the song’s thumping groove. Singer David Hinds’ lyrics touch on injustice and violence, but end with a revolutionary call as he sings, “The whole world’s taking advantage/While we stand aside and look/It was prophesied we
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Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt Set for New Asbury Park Scene Documentary

Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt Set for New Asbury Park Scene Documentary
Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt and more recount their Jersey Shore roots in a new documentary, Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘n’ Roll, which will screen in movie theaters globally on May 22nd.

Directed by Tom Jones, Asbury Park examines the history of the seaside resort and how an unemployment crisis led to riots that decimated the town’s predominately black westside, including its fabled jazz and blues scene. The film will then trace the aftermath and the rise of Springsteen and the Jersey sound, with a particular focus on the famed venue,
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Grime Star Stormzy Joins Roc Nation Exec Produced BBC Drama ‘Noughts & Crosses’

Grime Star Stormzy Joins Roc Nation Exec Produced BBC Drama ‘Noughts & Crosses’
“Noughts and Crosses” just added another musical heavy hitter with grime supremo Stormzy set to star in the adaptation of the Malorie Blackman novels for the BBC. Jay-z’s Roc Nation is already on board and will exec produce, as will Participant Media.

Stormzy has an on-screen role and will play Kolawale, a newspaper editor and character created for the series. “As a diehard fan of Malorie’s novels, being a part of this important show is a dream come true,” he said.

“The first time I met Stormzy he informed me he was a huge fan of my ‘Noughts & Crosses’ series of books,
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Global Box Office Revenue Hits Record $41B in 2018, Fueled By Diverse U.S. Audiences

A boom at the U.S. box office saw worldwide ticket sales hit a record $41.1 billion in 2018, a slight year-over-year gain of 1 percent, according to the Motion Picture Association of America's annual report released Thursday.

Revenue from North America and Canada came in at best-ever $11.9 billion, a mammoth 7 percent spike over 2017, while attendance was up 5 percent. The foreign box office collected $29.2 billion, a 1 percent dip from the prior year that marked the first decline in recent memory offshore, even if slight. The flattening out internationally is due ...
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Online Video Subscribers Outnumber Cable Subs for First Time

The number of global subscriptions to online video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime surpassed cable TV for the first time in 2018, according to data released Thursday by the MPAA.

Worldwide, the streaming services added 131.2 million new subscribers for a total of 613.3 million. Comparatively, cable subscriptions fell 2 percent to 556 million.

Despite the larger number of subscribers, cable remains the highest revenue generator in worldwide video, followed by satellite TV then streaming, with digital terrestrial television and Internet protocol TV bringing up the rear.

Also, the MPAA said sales of DVDs and Blu-ray discs ...
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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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Watch Daddy Yankee Perform Electrifying Dance Hit ‘Con Calma’ on ‘Corden’

Watch Daddy Yankee Perform Electrifying Dance Hit ‘Con Calma’ on ‘Corden’
Daddy Yankee brought the nightclub to the stage at The Late Late Show with his vibrant rendition of single “Con Calma.” The Puerto Rican singer’s lively performance, which was accompanied by a group of jumpsuit-clad dancers, marked the first time a Spanish language artist has been featured as James Corden’s musical guest.

In the clip, Daddy Yankee transforms Corden’s studio with a video screen backdrop that scrolls neon lights as the singer sings the spit-fire lyrics. His dance crew, who keep the quick beat, don Daddy Yankee masks midway through,
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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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