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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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Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield in Talks to Star in Film About Black Panther Party Leader

Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield in Talks to Star in Film About Black Panther Party Leader
Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are in negotiations to star in the historical drama “Jesus Was My Homeboy” about Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton.

The project is set up at Warner Bros. with “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler producing along with Charles King through his Marco production company. Executive producers are Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, and Macros’ Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks.

Shaka King will direct and produce from a script he wrote with Will Berson, which will focus on the death of Hampton, who was killed in 1969 while sleeping in his apartment during a raid conducted by a state tactical unit in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His death was ruled as a justifiable homicide by the inquest. A civil lawsuit resulted in a settlement of $1.85 million in 1982.

If the deals are made, Kaluuya will portray Hampton. Stanfield, who starred in “Sorry to Bother You,
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Emma Thompson Exits Skydance Animation Movie ‘Luck’ Over John Lasseter Hire

Emma Thompson Exits Skydance Animation Movie ‘Luck’ Over John Lasseter Hire
Emma Thompson has dropped out of the voice cast of Skydance Animation’s upcoming film “Luck,” a spokesperson for the actress told Variety.

The beloved British star did some recording for the project, but dropped out in January, following John Lasseter’s hire to the top animation job at David Ellison’s studio, an insider close to the film added.

Skydance Animation had no comment. Thompson had no comment beyond confirming her departure from the movie.

Lasseter’s hire made waves at the beginning of the year, as the former Disney-Pixar kingpin left his animation studio in a cloud of misconduct accusations before spending a year away from the business entirely.

At the time, Skydance CEO Ellison sent a lengthy internal memo to staff saying he’d conducted an independent investigation into the Lasseter accusations and was confident of his innocence. The studio also held a series of town hall meetings,
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‘Childrens Hospital’ Team Reunites at Netflix for Comedy Series ‘Medical Police’

‘Childrens Hospital’ Team Reunites at Netflix for Comedy Series ‘Medical Police’
The team behind the Adult Swim series “Childrens Hospital” has come back together at Netflix.

The streamer has ordered 10 thirty-minute episodes of a new scripted series called “Medical Police,” which is written and executive produced by Rob Corddry, Krister Johnson, Jonathan Stern, David Wain. In addition to his onscreen role, Corddry created “Childrens Hospital,” with Stern and Wain co-developing it for television with him. Johnson was a writer and co-executive producer on the series.

Childrens Hospital” stars Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel will star in the new series, with fellow former “Childrens Hospital” cast members Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, Corddry,
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"Luke Cage" Alum Mike Colter Joins CBS Drama Pilot "Evil"

Mike Colter has been cast in a lead role in the CBS drama pilot “Evil” from Robert and Michelle King, Variety has learned.

Colter will play David DaCosta, a Catholic priest in training, tasked by the Church to assess unexplained phenomena to see if there is a supernatural or scientific explanation.

He joins previously announced cast member Katja Herbers.

Colter most recently starred in the Marvel-Netflix series “Luke Cage” as the titular hero. That show–along with all of the other Marvel shows on Netflix–was recently cancelled. His role in “Evil” reunites Colter with the Kings, with
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Paramount Chief Jim Gianopulos Unveils Diversity Initiative

Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos has announced that all studio productions will be required to complete a plan to enhance diversity.

Wednesday’s reveal follows Paramount’s commitment to participating in Time’s Up and Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s 4% Challenge. The name is derived from women having directed only 4% of the country’s top grossing movies over the past decade. The initiative is part of the TimesUpx2 campaign to double the number of women in leadership positions.

“We recognize that we are on a journey, and we haven’t yet reached our destination,” Gianopulos said. “To continue to build on our commitment, as part of the development and green light process, our productions will be required to complete a plan designed to enhance access and opportunities for groups historically underrepresented in the media industry. Special attention will be paid to our storylines, our talent in front of and behind the camera,
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Oscar Analysts Are Sincere — but Often Totally Wrong

With Oscars arriving Feb. 24, we can expect multiple “who will win/who should win” columns. There will also be a flurry of post-show analyses about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and why members voted the way they did. Since AMPAS never releases polls or voting tallies, these pundits will never be contradicted by facts.

All of these pieces are earnest, harmless and sometimes fun, but they usually overlook the complexity of Academy voters — and human nature.

There are four key areas to expect:

1. Journalists and bloggers seem to think that there are correct and incorrect votes. The “will win/should win” is just one variation of this. On Jan. 22, the staid New Yorker sighed about “The Dismaying 2019 Oscar Nominations — and Who Should Have Made the List.” In the L.A. Times, it was “Heartbreaks, and a Few That Voters Got Right.” One international reviewer presented his choice of Oscar winners,
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Khalid Joins Kane Brown in Hazy New ‘Saturday Nights’ Video

Khalid Joins Kane Brown in Hazy New ‘Saturday Nights’ Video
Kane Brown joins up with R&B singer Khalid for the new “Saturday Nights Remix” video, which was released this morning. The duet version of the song, originally a solo cut from Khalid’s Suncity Ep, was released in January.

In the new video, a glimmering city hangs in the distance as Khalid sings from a remote spot high up on a hill. Brown joins him in several shots, singing his own verse as their mountaintop setting gets covered by a hazy pink sunset. The location matches well with the general narrative in the song,
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Watch Boogie Team With Eminem for Blood-Soaked ‘Rainy Days’ Video

Watch Boogie Team With Eminem for Blood-Soaked ‘Rainy Days’ Video
Boogie and Eminem drift through rooms filled with graffiti and dripping blood in their brooding “Rainy Days” video. The clip utilizes weather imagery to highlight the lyrics’ bleak mood — from clouds hovering overhead to lightning striking Eminem and illuminating his skeleton. “I’ve been thuggin’ through my rainy days, for days/I ain’t really tryna hang today, today,” Boogie sings on the moody chorus. “I need changes in a major way, a way/I just pray I never fade away, away,”

“Rainy Days” appears on Boogie’s recently issued debut LP,
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On Eve of Oscars, Variety’s Film Experts Answer Three Pressing Questions

We continue to live in a divided world, with the current political landscape in the United States a seemingly endless hotbed of tumult and acrimony. Issues of racism, bigotry, diversity and gender equality drive the creative players as well, with Oscar-nominated films parlaying said themes into compelling, thought-provoking cinema. To analyze 2018 in big-screen entertainment, Variety called on its top editors and critics to answer three probing questions about this past year in film:

1. How do you rate the 2018 slate against those of previous years?

2. What was the biggest scandal or most talked-about issue of the year?

3. What aspect of film this year made you stand up and cheer?

Peter Debruge

Chief Film Critic

1. Comic-book fans will almost certainly look back on 2018 as some kind of golden age. When fully half of the year’s 16 top-grossing films featured “incredibles” of some form or another, I suspect we may have reached spandex overload — or saturation point,
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Karl Lagerfeld Remembered at Costume Designers Guild Awards

Karl Lagerfeld Remembered at Costume Designers Guild Awards
The death of fashion and costume designer Karl Lagerfeld cast somewhat of a shadow over the usually jubilant Costume Designers Guild Awards — the only award show where clothes literally steal the spotlight away from actors — which was held at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday night. Here it was obvious that Lagerfeld’s impact on Hollywood went far beyond an uncredited cameo in “Zoolander.”

Glenn Close, who was being honored with the spotlight award, recalled her one and only encounter with Lagerfeld. “I’m not deep into the world of fashion, but I did meet him personally on the set of
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Karl Lagerfeld Remembered at Costume Designers Guild Awards

Karl Lagerfeld Remembered at Costume Designers Guild Awards
The death of fashion and costume designer Karl Lagerfeld cast somewhat of a shadow over the usually jubilant Costume Designers Guild Awards — the only award show where clothes literally steal the spotlight away from actors — which was held at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday night. Here it was obvious that Lagerfeld’s impact on Hollywood went far beyond an uncredited cameo in “Zoolander.”

Glenn Close, who was being honored with the spotlight award, recalled her one and only encounter with Lagerfeld. “I’m not deep into the world of fashion, but I did meet him personally on the set of ‘101 Dalmatians’ and we had this incredible photo shoot,” Close said. “He was wonderful — I got along really well with him. And the thing that I find so impressive is that he designed himself, you know? This person with the high collars and the dark glasses and the gloves. It’s like: Wow,
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‘Captain Marvel’ First Reactions: ‘The McU Feels More Complete’

‘Captain Marvel’ First Reactions: ‘The McU Feels More Complete’
Captain Marvel” is soaring following advanced press screenings on Tuesday.

Reactions from early showings have hit Twitter, and audiences are keen on Marvel’s first female-led standalone movie.

Critics are praising Brie Larson’s performance as Carol Danvers, the nostalgic ’90s setting, and the cosmic sci-fi elements. Goose, Danvers’ cat, is also getting a lot of attention from audiences. According to Kayti Burt from Den of Geek, “Cat people will love this movie.” Burt added that “the McU feels more complete now.”

Read some of the first reactions below:

Some initial #CaptainMarvel reactions:

1. Cat people will love this movie.

2. Several truly magnificent music moments for this 90s kid.

3. Carol's hero moment was very cathartic/true to the female experience, imho.

4. The McU feels more complete now that Carol is in it.

— Kayti Burt (@kaytiburt) February 20, 2019

#captainmarvel had space battles, car chases, an amazing 90s soundtrack and an Adorable ! A surprisingly fun script,
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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Flying to $40 Million-Plus Debut

Universal and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will soar to the top of the domestic box office when it debuts this weekend in over 4,000 North American theaters.

The studio anticipates an opening around $40 million, which would fall just short of the debut of its predecessors, 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon” ($43.7 million) and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” ($49.4 million). Independent tracking services, however, estimate the movie could earn as much as $50 million in its first three days of release. As the lone newcomer to the marquee, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will easily claim victory in North America.

Overseas, the animated adventure is already off to a mighty start, earning $175 million since beginning its international rollout in January. It launches in nine additional foreign markets this weekend, followed by China on March 1.

The final entry in the “Dragon” trilogy follows Hiccup (Jay Baruchel
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Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour Postponed Due to ‘Unique Challenges’

Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour Postponed Due to ‘Unique Challenges’
An Amy Winehouse hologram tour planned for later this year has been postponed following unspecified issues with the production. Base Hologram announced Wednesday that the augmented reality theatrical event has been tabled after encountering “some unique challenges and sensitivities.”

“We are putting the tour on hold until we determine the best path to a creatively spectacular production that would properly honor Amy’s legacy at its highest caliber,” Base wrote in a statement. They did not reveal specify a potential timetable for rescheduling the dates.

The company announced the trek in last October,
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Anonymous Oscar Ballot: Publicist Gives ‘Roma’ 7, ‘Vice’ 3, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ 2

With Oscar balloting at an end, we’re continuing our second annual series of interviews with Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued this year.

I take the Oscars seriously as they are a primary marketing and informative tool for the movies. The show has to be re-examined and re-imagined. Too much to go into here. The changes proposed were never thought through properly. There should be an all-members meeting at least once a year lasting a day. This is a very creative membership. The Academy is too bureaucratic and self-absorbed.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Christian Bale in “Vice

Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe in “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rami Malek in “Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book

Rami Malek was totally compelling. He transformed into Freddie Mercury, holding a mediocre movie together.
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The First ‘Captain Marvel’ Reactions Are in: ‘Well, Thanos Is F—ed’

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Hold on to your plumey helmets: Disney held the first public screenings for “Captain Marvel” Tuesday night, and just minutes after it ended, the joyous online reactions began.

Much praise was given to star Brie Larson and the film’s portrayal of Carol Danvers, the first female hero to lead a Marvel Studios film. But co-star Ben Mendelsohn was celebrated as the film’s “surprise Mvp.” Also, pretty everyone agreed that a cat named Goose is wonderful.

“#CaptainMarvel doesn’t owe us anything, but holy wow does it deliver,” said Et Now’s Meredith B. Kile.

“Carol’s hero moment was very cathartic/true to the female experience,” said Den of Geek’s Kayti Burt.

Also Read: 'Captain Marvel' Super Bowl Trailer Blasts Off Into Space (Video)

And TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez was over the moon: “Here is my reaction: Captain Marvel Absolutely Soars!”

There was a little criticism too.
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NBC Drama Pilot ‘Prism’ Adds Ramon Rodriguez

NBC Drama Pilot ‘Prism’ Adds Ramon Rodriguez
Ramon Rodriguez has joined the NBC legal drama pilot “Prism” in a lead role, Variety has learned.

Prism” is an exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different key person involved. Each new version of the facts ratchets up the mystery and the suspense, calling into question everything we have seen so far and asking if the right person is on trial. Driven by an ensemble of complicated characters, the show lets the audience ask if truth matters less than who can tell the most compelling story.

Rodriguez will play Eduardo Guaty,
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