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Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report

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Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report
Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report, the Chicago police said Wednesday.

“Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.

Police said earlier that they were presenting evidence to a grand jury. Smollett could face one to three years in prison if convicted of the felony charge, though he could also be sentenced to probation.

Smollett told police on Jan. 29 that he had been attacked by two men, who poured bleach on him, put a rope around his neck, and used racial and homophobic slurs. Police scoured surveillance cameras in the area, and were unable to find images of the attack. They were able to track down two brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, who were in the vicinity of the event.

The brothers were arrested last week and questioned for two days.
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Daniel Craig reportedly set to star in Todd Field's 'The Creed of Violence'

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Daniel Craig reportedly set to star in Todd Field's 'The Creed of Violence'
Daniel Craig has been James Bond for well over a decade, but the actor is already making plans for his future without the secret agent. According to Collider, Craig's first post-Bond film will be The Creed Of Violence, an adaptation of Boston Teran's novel of the same name which will be helmed by Todd Field (In The Bedroom). The project has been in development for
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"Frasier": Kelsey Grammer Hints That a Revival Will Be Announced Soon

Is Frasier really making a comeback? Recently, star Kelsey Grammer says a revival of the NBC TV show is coming soon, Today reports.

A spinoff of Cheers, the hit sitcom followed Dr. Frasier Crane (Grammer) as he settles in his hometown of Seattle with his father and younger brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce). The cast also included Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, Moose, Enzo the Dog, Dan Butler, Tom McGowan, and Edward Hibbert. The series ran on NBC for 11 seasons before ending in 2004.

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Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic About WWE Legend's Early Days

Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic About WWE Legend's Early Days
Thor himself will be getting all tanned up to play WWE legend Hulk Hogan in a new movie.

Chris Hemsworth is set to play the wrestler in a project from The Hangover director Todd Phillips, according The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor, 35, will portray Hogan, 65, during the time his wrestling career was on the rise. According to the outlet, the biopic won’t focus on Hogan’s eventual personal struggles but will be “an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.”

Hogan’s career, which began in the 70s, hit its peak during the 80s where he was often on magazine covers and appeared on talk-shows.
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Jussie Smollett Officially Charged with Filing False Police Report

Update (7:55 p.m.): Multiple outlets, including the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, are now reporting that Smollett has been charged with making a false police report. IndieWire is still awaiting comment from Smollett’s representatives.



Jussie Smollett has officially been named a suspect in a criminal investigation by Chicago police for filing a false police report. Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi announced the news on Twitter, adding that “detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.” Filing a false police report is a Class 4 felony in Chicago, which means Smollett could face once to three years in prison if convicted.

Smollett has claimed he was the victim of a hate crime attack on January 29. According to the “Empire” actor, two men shouted homophobic and racial slurs at him before getting physically violent with him, which included dousing him in a chemical substance and putting a noose around his neck.
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"Nightflyers" Canceled at Syfy

"Nightflyers" will not fly again for Syfy.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has opted to cancel the expensive space drama based on the George R.R. Martin novella after one season. The cancellation arrives as one of its leads just booked a series regular role in a broadcast pilot.

Nightflyers was, without question, a big swing for Syfy. The series, based on Martin's 1980 novella and the 1987 film of the same name, followed eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system aboard The Nightflyer — a ship with a small
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Amy Poehler to Direct Punk Rock Riot Grrrl Film ‘Moxie’ at Netflix

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Amy Poehler to Direct Punk Rock Riot Grrrl Film ‘Moxie’ at Netflix
Amy Poehler is going to rock out in her next film, planning to direct “Moxie,” a story about a teenager who discovers the feminist punk rock movement Riot Grrrl and leads a feminist revolution at her high school, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Poehler will direct the film for Netflix, which will be both her second directed-feature and also her second for Netflix following “Wine Country,” which is set to debut on the streamer this May.

Tamara Chestna wrote the screenplay based on Jennifer Mathieu’s novel of the same name. Poehler’s banner Paper Kite acquired the novel last year.

“Moxie” tells the story of Viv Carter, a 16-year-old girl fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys and the belief that the football team can do no wrong.
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Rainn Wilson to Co-Star on Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Drama "Utopia"

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Rainn Wilson to Co-Star on Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Drama
Rainn Wilson will star opposite Sasha Lane on “Sharp Objects” author Gillian Flynn’s upcoming Amazon series “Utopia.”

The “Office” alum will play Michael Stearns. Once a promising virologist, Michael is now a forgotten scientist who’s lost his edge–under-appreciated and underfunded in his laboratory work. When a nationwide outbreak of a deadly flu arises, Michael offers his expertise, and soon finds he has landed smack in the middle of something much bigger.

Utopia” follows a group of young adults, who meet online, and “are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel — they discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.”
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The Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Merch to Get You Ready for the New Season

The Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Merch to Get You Ready for the New Season
We’re just weeks away from the premiere of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” and whether you’re a die-hard fan, on the hunt for a novelty gift, or a serious collector hoping to nab some memorabilia before the series signs off for good, we’ve found 10 pieces of merch that pay tribute to one of the most critically-acclaimed and beloved shows on television.

The final season of “Game of Thrones” premieres April 14 on HBO and Amazon is currently offering a 7-day free trial to HBO to let you stream all its shows for free (including the most
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‘Lost Boys': Tyler Posey to Star in CW Pilot, Catherine Hardwick to Direct

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The CW has found the cast and director for its “Lost Boys” pilot.

Teen Wolf” alum Tyler Posey has signed on to star in the adaptation, alongside Kiele Sanchez, Medalion Rahimi and Dakota Shapiro.

Twilight” director Catherine Hardwick will return to the vampire genre to direct the Warner Bros. TV pilot.

Also Read: 'Jane the Virgin,' 'Riverdale' Spinoffs Among 4 Pilot Orders at The CW

An adaptation of the 1987 vampire movie, “The Lost Boys” follows two brothers who move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up following the sudden death of their father. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.

The project, first developed for the 2016-17 season before being passed over by the network and redeveloped, is written by “Scandal” alum Heather Mitchell.
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Ryan Kadro Will Join Quibi to Oversee News Programming (Exclusive)

Ryan Kadro left CBS News several weeks ago, but he isn’t leaving the news business.

Kadro, the former executive producer of “CBS This Morning” is set to join Quibi, the company led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman that is devoted to short-form content. Kadro is expected to oversee news programming for the subscription-based service, according to a person familiar with the matter, and to have some involvement with music and sports content as well.

A spokesman for Quibi declined to comment.

Kadro was one of the founding producers of the current edition of “CBS This Morning,” and eventually
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Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report

Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report
Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report, the Chicago police said Wednesday.

“Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.

Smollett is due to appear in court for a bond hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Police said earlier that they were presenting evidence to a grand jury. Smollett could face one to three years in prison if convicted of the felony charge, though he could also be sentenced to probation.
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Coast Guard Lieutenant Targeted CNN, MSNBC Anchors and Democrats for Attacks

Anchors at CNN and MSNBC and prominent Democrats were targeted for attack by a Coast Guard lieutenant arrested Friday on a firearms charge, according to federal prosecutors in Maryland. In court documents revealed Wednesday, prosecutors describe the firearms and controlled substance charges Christopher Paul Hasson is facing as “the proverbial tip of the iceberg.”

CNN’s Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and Van Jones and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Chris Hayes and Ari Melber were among the media figures cited in a computer file that prosecutors believe was a list of public figures targeted for racially and politically motivated attacks. Hasson
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Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing a False Police Report

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Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing a False Police Report
Empire” star Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report, a felony.

“Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report. Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” Chicago Police chief communications officer Anthony Guglielmi said Wednesday.

Smollett’s attorneys and 20th Century Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

On Wednesday, Smollett was officially named a suspect in his own assault case.

Also Read: Police: Jussie Smollett Now a Suspect 'for Filing a False Police Report'

Smollett reported Jan. 29 that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs and referenced “Maga.” After releasing two former suspects over the weekend, police said they wanted to interview Smollett again — and then declared him the suspect.

Earlier on Wednesday, Fox had renewed its support of Smollett,
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‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Film Review: Third Time’s a Fire-Breathing Charm

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‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Film Review: Third Time’s a Fire-Breathing Charm
As much as we’d like the appearance of a threequel to mean, “Hey, here are all the cool ideas we couldn’t wedge into the first two,” the cold reality always starts with, “We think there’s more money to be made!” But sometimes, there are organically convincing extenders, and in the animation world, those exceptions include “Toy Story 3” — arguably that series’ crowning achievement — and now, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” writer-director Dean DeBlois’ delightful, gorgeous, and touchingly conclusive third adaptation of author Cressida Cowell’s fantastical universe of Vikings and fire-breathers.

That the third one doesn’t disappoint is hardly surprising, since over two movies so far, “Dragon” steward DeBlois’s enriching approach has been to treat the story of scrappy Viking scion Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his trusted dragon partner Toothless as a carefully seeded trilogy with the emotional contours of a coming-of-age epic.
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Kevin Costner, Diane Lane to Reunite in Suspense Thriller ‘Let Him Go’

Kevin Costner, Diane Lane to Reunite in Suspense Thriller ‘Let Him Go’
Focus Features has tapped Kevin Costner and Diane Lane to star as a husband and wife in the suspense thriller “Let Him Go.” The two also collaborated on “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Thomas Bezucha (“The Family Stone”) is set to direct his own screenplay, based on Larry Watson’s novel of the same name. Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan of the Mazur Kaplan Company will produce alongside Bezucha. Costner will executive produce with Kimi Armstrong Stein, Jeffrey Lampert, and Rod Lake.

Production is expected to start in the spring.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Josh McLaughlin, Focus Features president of production, will oversee the movie.

Costner will play a retired sheriff and Lane will portray his wife. After the loss of their son, the couple leaves their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of
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Oscars 2019: Our Predictions in All 24 Categories (Photos)

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Oscars 2019: Our Predictions in All 24 Categories (Photos)
The Oscar races usually start out wide open and narrow as the season goes along, until as the show approaches we have a pretty good idea of who’s going to win what. But this year has been a completely anomaly, with races getting harder to call as the show got closer.

And the Hollywood guild awards, which usually make things easier to call, were all over the map this year: “Green Book” won the Producers Guild, “Roma” the Directors Guild, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “Eighth Grade” the Writers Guild, “Black Panther” the Screen Actors Guild ensemble award. That kind of spread had never happened before, and it makes this the most confounding Oscar race in memory.

Still, it’s time to take a stand. At the rate this season is spinning, I’ll probably want to change my mind half a dozen times between now and Sunday evening,
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‘The Walking Dead’ Drops to All-Time Low in Ratings and Viewers

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‘The Walking Dead’ Drops to All-Time Low in Ratings and Viewers
The Walking Dead” definitely isn’t dead, but it is at an all-time low.

Sunday’s episode, titled “Omega,” averaged a 1.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, down 15 percent from the prior week’s midseason premiere and slightly below its previous all-time demo low of 1.8 last fall.

This week also marked the show’s worst-ever performance in total viewers with 4.54 million people tuned in for Sunday’s episode. That’s down 12 percent from last week and less than the previous low of 4.71 million for the show’s second episode in 2010.

Also Read: Danai Gurira to Exit 'The Walking Dead' After Season 10

The episode aired against the NBC All-Star Game on TNT and TBS, likely accounting for the week-over-week declines.

The aging series has seen steep ratings declines across the past few years, with viewership numbers for Season 9 coming in well below the previous season. And moving forward, the
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TV News Roundup: HBO Drops Trailer for ‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’ (Watch)

In today’s TV news roundup, HBO released the first official trailer for its upcoming docu-series “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” and Freeform announced three new cast members for its upcoming comedy series “Besties,” starring Jordin Sparks.

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Netflix’s upcoming docu-series “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” is set to premiere March 8 on the streaming platform. From the makers of “Senna” and “Amy,” the 10-part series will take a deep dive into the world of formula racing, following several race throughout a variety of countries including Melbourne, Bahrain, Canada, Austria, Singapore, Austin and Brazil, before culminating in the final race
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Maren Morris Enlists Brothers Osborne, Brandi Carlile for New ‘Girl’ Album

Maren Morris Enlists Brothers Osborne, Brandi Carlile for New ‘Girl’ Album
Maren Morris will have some high-profile guests on her upcoming second album Girl, as both Brothers Osborne and Brandi Carlile make appearances on the March 8th release.

Carlile guests on the previously released “Common,” which ponders the difficulty of different people trying to reach understanding. They also performed the song live during Carlile’s Girls Just Wanna Weekend in January. Brothers Osborne, on whose “Greener Pastures” Morris was a co-writer, appear on a new song called “All My Favorite People.” The 14-track album’s uplifting title cut was released as
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