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"Luther" Creator Neil Cross Working on Show’s Movie Version, Idris Elba Says

  • Variety
A movie version of crime series “Luther” is moving forward, with writer-creator Neil Cross working on the script, the show’s star Idris Elba confirmed at the launch of Season 5 in London.

“We are really advancing on getting a movie version [of the show] up on the screen,” Elba said. “Neil is beavering away on writing this thing, and I think the remit for the film is to scale it up.”

Elba added: “‘Luther’ has all the ingredients to echo those classic [neo-noir] films of the 90s like ‘Seven’ and ‘Along Came a Spider,’ and I think what we would like to do is use that blueprint to create ‘Luther’ the film.”

He continued: “It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther… essentially we just want to try to take it to a much bigger audience and scale, and perhaps international as well.”

Asked where else the show could travel to, beyond its native London,
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'Aquaman' Looks to Lead Long, Christmas Weekend at the Box Office

'Aquaman' Looks to Lead Long, Christmas Weekend at the Box Office
The upcoming weekend offers up a much different release landscape than we have seen in some time with Christmas falling on a Tuesday. The last time that happened was 2012 and before that 2007, and the holiday positioning opens things up for several ways of looking at, and evaluating, the crop of upcoming releases over the next several days. That being said, we'll be looking at a seven-day release for Disney's Mary Poppins Returns and a five-day release for this Friday's debuts for Aquaman, Bumblebee, Second Act and Welcome to Marwen as each looks to take advantage of Christmas Day, which is consistently the largest movie-going day of the year. Expected to easily top the holiday frame is Warner Bros.'s release of Aquaman, the latest addition in the studio's DC Extended Universe and it is already off to an excellent start after a massive launch in China two weeks ago,
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"Queer as Folk" Reboot in Development at Bravo (Exclusive)

A new version of “Queer as Folk” is currently in the works at Bravo, Variety has learned exclusively.

Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original UK series, is onboard the new project as an executive producer. Stephen Dunn is attached to write and executive produce. Nicola Shindler of Red Productions, who executive produced the original show, will also executive produce along with Lee Eisenberg of Quantity Entertainment. Digital Rights Group will also produce. Emily Brecht of Quantity is co-executive producing. Universal Cable Productions is the studio.

The original “Queer as Folk” ran for 10 episodes between 1999 and 2000 in the UK.
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Penny Marshall, "Laverne & Shirley" Star, Director, Dies at 75

  • Variety
Penny Marshall,
Penny Marshall, who starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley” and then became a successful director, died on Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, Variety has confirmed. She was 75.

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million, the first woman to direct two films that grossed more than $100 million, and she was only the second woman director to see her film Oscar nominated for best picture.

Laverne & Shirley” ran from 1976-1983 and proved an enormous success for ABC. It was the No. 3 show on television in 1975-76, No. 2 in 1976-77, and No. 1 in 1977-78 and 1978-79, spawning ancillary revenue in the form of merchandising, a record album and an animated series based on the show.

Marshall began her directing career by helming several episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.” With little experience, she
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"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4 at Netflix

Netflix has ordered two more seasons of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

The streamer has ordered another 16 episodes of the series, which will be split into two parts like Season 1 and 2. Season 3 and 4 will begin production in 2019. Season 2 is set to premiere April 5, 2019.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft. It finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

It stars Kiernan Shipka,
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Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush

Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush
A crowded pack of year-end holiday films faces a herculean task: make up for their being no Star Wars film for the first Christmas since 2014. By all accounts, Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns, in particular, appear up to the task as the North American box office heads for a record year.

Directed by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns takes flight on Wednesday in order to get a jump on the competition. The sequel to the classic 1964 film stars Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Wishaw and Angela Lansbury. Dick Van Dyke, who starred opposite Julie Andrews ...
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'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards

'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards
Living up to its name, The Favourite has emerged as the favorite for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. 

Yorgos Lanthimos' Oscar-tipped dark comedy has snared 10 nominations, as announced Tuesday by actors Molly Wright and Lee Shone, including film of the year, director of the year and actress of the year for Olivia Colman. Roma and Cold War, also expected to be among the pack heading to the Academy Awards, were behind with five nods each. 

Elsewhere, the members of the London Critics' Circle offered some love to titles that, despite critical acclaim, have largely been shut out of the ...
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"The Terror" Season 2 Adds George Takei as Consultant and Series Regular

AMC announced today that renowned actor, producer, author and activist George Takei will join the second season of the critically acclaimed, Ridley Scott-produced anthology series, The Terror, as a consultant and series regular. The network previously announced actor Derek Mio will star in the series as Chester Nakayama; Josef Kubota Wladyka (Narcos) will direct the first two episodes. Production is scheduled to begin in January in Vancouver. Season two will air on AMC in 2019 with ten episodes. Set during World War II, the second season of The Terror centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a …
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"Making a Murderer" Detective Sues Netflix for Allegedly Framing Steven Avery

A retired Wisconsin sheriff’s detective, Andrew Colborn, is suing Netflix for defamation, alleging that the hit docu-series Making a Murderer falsely claims he planted evidence to frame Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for murder, Variety reports.

The suit, filed in Manitowoc County Circuit Court in Wisconsin, alleges that the series and its filmmakers “omitted, distorted, and falsified material and significant facts in an effort to portray [Colborn] as a corrupt police officer who planted evidence to frame an innocent man. Defendants did so with actual malice and in order to
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Many Malibu Areas Still Off-Limits for Filming After Fire

The California Film Commission has maintained its ban on filming in several Malibu areas hit by the massive Woolsey fire in Southern California last month.

The commission announced Tuesday that due to continued clean-up and repair work along Pacific Coast Highway, permits for filming on the highway are not being issued at this time. Pch is part of State Route 1, the longest highway in California.

Other areas that are still closed include the Leo Carrillo State Park campground, its backcountry trails/roads and its day use areas and Malibu Creek State Park’s campground. Some of the Malibu streets still closed by the city for filming include Bonsall Drive, Busch Drive, Calpine Drive, Corral Canyon, Decker Canyon Road, Dume Drive, Encinal Canyon, Harvester Road, Kanan Road, Puerco Cayon, Ramirez Canyon, Sea View, Selfridge Drive, Tapia Drive, Via Cabrillo, Via Cataldo and Zuma View. The City of Malibu is allowing filming southeast of Malibu Canyon Road.
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Pj Harvey Doc ‘A Dog Called Money’ to Premiere at Berlin Film Fest

Pj Harvey Doc ‘A Dog Called Money’ to Premiere at Berlin Film Fest
A new documentary about Pj Harvey and the making of her 2016 album The Hope Six Demolition Project will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, Stereogum reports.

A Dog Called Money was directed by photographer and filmmaker Seamus Murphy. The film chronicles the recording of The Hope Six Demolition Project in London, as well as Harvey and Murphy’s travels in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington D.C.

“Polly and I know and trust each other,” Murphy said in a statement. “Enough for her to travel with me to Afghanistan and other challenging places,
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‘Aquaman,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Lead Crowded Field in First ‘Star Wars’-Free Box Office in 3 Years

‘Aquaman,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Lead Crowded Field in First ‘Star Wars’-Free Box Office in 3 Years
This weekend, the box office total for 2018 is expected to beat the all-time record set in 2016 with $11.3 billion, and it will do so with an overwhelming flurry of films on both the wide and limited release fronts.

Between this Wednesday and Christmas Day, seven films will open wide in movie theaters, five major specialty titles will get a limited release, and four more specialty films already in theaters will expand. Instead of “Star Wars” driving the overwhelming majority of box office business as has been the case for the past three years, a menagerie of movies will try to combine to replicate the impact that “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” and “The Last Jedi” have had on the end-of-year charts.

And of the seven wide releases, three are expected to take center stage, starting with:

“Mary Poppins Returns”

The past two holiday seasons have yielded two hit musicals: “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman.
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Film News Roundup: Andy Garcia’s Spy Thriller ‘Against the Clock’ Bought by Gravitas

Film News Roundup: Andy Garcia’s Spy Thriller ‘Against the Clock’ Bought by Gravitas
In today’s film news roundup, Andy Garcia’s spy thriller is sold, “Battlestar Galactica” gets a screenwriter, and Brooklyn Decker gets an award.

Acquisition

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to spy thriller “Against the Clock,” starring Andy Garcia, Dianna Agron (“Glee”), and Justin Bartha, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, formerly titled “Headlock,” is written and directed by Mark Polish and produced by Benaroya Pictures. “Against the Clock” will be available in theaters and on demand Jan. 11, 2019.

Polish plays a CIA agent who is seriously injured during a mission, and Agron portrays his wife, a former CIA operative who becomes determined to find out what happened — a truth the CIA director, played by Garcia, wants concealed at all costs.

“Mark has fused a mind-bending premise with stylish visuals and a strong female protagonist, delivering an experience that is both ahead of its time and of the moment,
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‘Young and the Restless': Mal Young Departs as Head Writer and Exec Producer

Mal Young is leaving “The Young and the Restless” as head writer and executive producer, an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap.

Young, whose departure was first reported by Daytime Confidential, has been with CBS’ long-running soap opera since 2016. He was named head writer and executive producer in 2017 after the the departure of Sally Sussman and Kay Alden. Young’s prior credits include British series “EastEnders” and “Brookside,” and he co-created “And The Beat Goes On” for Channel 4 in the U.K..

No replacement has been named.

Also Read: 'The Young and the Restless': Hunter King's Role Temporarily Recast

Young’s departure is not the only to befall the long-running daytime series. In October, star Doug Davidson said he’ll exit the CBS soap after 40 years.

When asked by a fan if he’d been let go from the daytime soap, the actor replied, “It seems so.
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Does ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
More than five decades after the original “Mary Poppins” hit theaters, the magical nanny is returning in the aptly-titled “Mary Poppins Returns,” with Emily Blunt taking over the role originated by Julie Andrews. You gotta imagine the folks in charge over at the Mouse House are at least considering the possibility of turning “Mary Poppins” into an honest-to-god franchise. Emily Blunt has even suggested she’d be happy to return for more.

If there are “Mary Poppins” movies on the horizon, it would be understandable to wonder if, in the modern franchise tradition, whether or not “Mary Poppins Returns” has a post-credits scene to tease the future of the series. Using bonus scenes after the credits was popularized by the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has since become a staple of franchise films in general. So why not “Mary Poppins Returns” as well?

So, given that line of thought which no
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‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross Working on Show’s Movie Version, Idris Elba Says

‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross Working on Show’s Movie Version, Idris Elba Says
A movie version of crime series “Luther” is moving forward, with writer-creator Neil Cross working on the script, the show’s star Idris Elba confirmed at the launch of Season 5 in London.

“We are really advancing on getting a movie version [of the show] up on the screen,” Elba said. “Neil is beavering away on writing this thing, and I think the remit for the film is to scale it up.”

Elba added: “‘Luther’ has all the ingredients to echo those classic [neo-noir] films of the 90s like ‘Seven’ and ‘Along Came a Spider,’ and I think what we would like to do is
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John Boyega in Talks to Star in Legal Drama ‘A Naked Singularity’

John Boyega in Talks to Star in Legal Drama ‘A Naked Singularity’
“Star Wars” actor John Boyega is in talks to star in the legal drama “A Naked Singularity” with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions on board to produce.

The movie is based on Sergio De La Pava’s debut novel, which centers on a successful New York public defender whose life begins to unravel after he loses his first case. Attorney De La Pava self-published the book in 2008 and won the Pen/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction after it was re-published in 2012.

Chase Palmer, one of the co-writers of the “It” screenplay, is on board to direct from a script by David Matthews. Scott Free and Tony Ganz are producing, while 3311 Productions is financing.

Boyega starred as the rebel Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and will be seen in the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX.” The British actor’s credits include “Detroit,
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Here Are 2018’s 15 Highest-Rated Broadcast Shows Among Millennials (Photos)

  • The Wrap
TV advertisers may be in love with adults 18-49, but within that demo is a more narrow group of tastemakers broadcasters covet: millennials. Yes, when the 22-37 range isn’t streaming something, they are (occasionally) watching shows on CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC. Here TheWrap rounds up 2018’s 15 highest-rated shows among that group, according to the “most current” data set from Nielsen through Dec. 9. This ranking excludes news, sports, repeats, specials and awards/pageants. It includes one week of delayed viewing where available.

Fun fact: Where this list cuts off, Thursday and Wednesday broadcasts of CBS’ “Big Brother” tie for 16th place among millennials, with the Sunday night show landing the next highest-rated slot.

Rank: 13 (tie)

Show: “New Amsterdam”

Net: NBC

Rating 22-37: 1.9

Rank: 13 (tie)

Show: “Ellen’s Game of Games”

Net: NBC

Rating 22-37: 1.9

Rank: 13 (tie)

Show: “The Bachelorette

Net: ABC

Rating 22-37: 1.9

Rank: 9 (tie)

Show:
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TV News Roundup: NBC Announces Midseason Premiere Dates

In today’s roundup, NBC reveals midseason premiere dates for six shows, including “The Voice.”

Dates

NBC has announced midseason premiere dates for four returning and two new series. “The Voice” will air Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m., and March 5 at 8 p.m. It will return April 23 at 8 p.m. The third season of “World of Dance” will air Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. and return to its regular timeslot on March 3 at 8 p.m. Season 2 of “Good Girls” returns March 3 at 10 p.m, and comedy series “A.P. Bio” comes back March 7 at 8:30 p.m.
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Remembering Penny Marshall, Who Forged Her Own Path and Paved the Way for Others

Remembering Penny Marshall, Who Forged Her Own Path and Paved the Way for Others
She was a natural comedian — fearless and funny, willing to trade on her natural Bronx brogue to craft a sassy and street-wise character that was tailor-made for sitcoms. But Penny Marshall, who died Monday night at the age of 75, proved throughout her long career that she had so much more in the way of talent and ambition.

After her 1976-1983 run on ABC’s “Laverne & Shirley” made her a household name, Marshall used her skills and her connections to segue into directing. There was no roadmap in the early 1980s for a female TV star to make such a 90-degree turn, but Marshall found the path. She undoubtedly endured skepticism and snickers as she earned her DGA card, starting by directing several later episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.”

Variety’s coverage of Marshall’s early years in showbiz makes clear the obstacles she faced in her effort in stepping
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