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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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Karl Lagerfeld Remembered at Costume Designers Guild Awards

Karl Lagerfeld Remembered at Costume Designers Guild Awards
The passing 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 last 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 the legendary diva. “I’m not deep into the world of fashion, but I did meet him personally on the set
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Karl Lagerfeld Remembered at Costume Designers Guild Awards

Karl Lagerfeld Remembered at Costume Designers Guild Awards
The passing 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 last 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 the legendary diva. “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.
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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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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 Gonzales 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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Stars Like Lena Waithe, Rachel Brosnahan Support Issues Through Fashion

Stars Like Lena Waithe, Rachel Brosnahan Support Issues Through Fashion
On a Sunday morning in November 2017, Oscar-nominated costume designer and stylist Arianne Phillips pulled up to CAA for a meeting to which she’d been invited without receiving any other information.

Reese Witherspoon was there at that meeting, and I know her because we worked together on ‘Walk the Line,’” says Phillips, who’s also worked on “Nocturnal Animals,” “W.E.” and “A Single Man,” as well as with Madonna for more than 20 years. “She told me at that time, it hadn’t been announced, that the actresses were going to wear black in solidarity [to the 2018 Globes], and would I create a pin or something for the men who’d be supporting to wear?”

The black and white Time’s Up pin that Phillips designed became a pervasive red-carpet statement for both men and women, at the Globes and other awards shows throughout the year.

Though the “blackout” organized in protest of sexual
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Lionsgate Taps Gerard McMurray to Write, Direct Michael B Jordan Film ‘The Silver Bear’

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Lionsgate Taps Gerard McMurray to Write, Direct Michael B Jordan Film ‘The Silver Bear’
Gerard McMurray, who directed last year’s “The First Purge,” will write and direct Lionsgate’s “The Silver Bear,” starring Michael B. Jordan.

The film, a potential franchise launch for Lionsgate, is expected to be a high-octane action thriller, which reunites the “Creed” and “Black Panther” star with McMurray, who served as a producer on “Fruitvale Station,” the winner of the 2013 Sundance Grand Jury/Audience Award.

Jordan is producing through his Outlier Society production company alongside Nickel City Pictures.

Also Read: Inside Black Filmmakers' Record $1.5 Billion Year at the Box Office, From 'Black Panther' to 'First Purge'

“‘Fruitvale Station’ changed our lives. Six years later I’m reuniting with Michael in 2019 and directing him in one of the most exciting and intelligent kick-ass action projects Hollywood and Lionsgate has cooking. It’s beyond dreams,” McMurray said in a statement. “Michael is an amazing, one-of-a-kind talent. He will bring a chilling and unnerving edge,
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Rob Lowe Talks About Life in Boston (England) and His New British Cop Show ‘Wild Bill’

Rob Lowe Talks About Life in Boston (England) and His New British Cop Show ‘Wild Bill’
Before shooting his new series “Wild Bill” for Britain’s ITV, Rob Lowe had no idea there was a Boston in England – which the U.S. city in Massachusetts is actually named after. “Wild Bill” is currently in production in the original Boston, in eastern England, and Lowe, appropriately enough, plays a fish out of water as Bill Hixon, an American cop who relocates to the U.K. after being appointed chief constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force.

Lowe’s starry presence in a part of Britain unused to hosting Hollywood celebrities has stirred up interest in the local media.
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Is it Time for Oscars to Add a Stunt Category?

Is it Time for Oscars to Add a Stunt Category?
Every movie nominated this year for a best picture Oscar employed a stunt coordinator. Yet not one of these individuals will have the opportunity to receive Academy Award recognition.

The Oscars acknowledge categories ranging across multiple disciplines that support a film’s story and visual dynamics. But the stunt department’s contributions remain unsung. This might be due to misperceptions about what stunt performers actually do these days. Stunt coordinator Melissa R. Stubbs (“Tully”) has been a voting member of the Academy since 2007. When she began her career, stunt actors were viewed as adrenaline junkies with “Kodak courage” — her term for the desire to do the biggest, most dangerous stunt sequences just for the glory of having it captured on film.

In a world of pricey digital effects, stunt departments present themselves differently now. Their mission: to advance the narrative by means of repeatable, safe sequences that are also budget-friendly.
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ABC to Launch Oscars Live Play-Along Game With $50,000 Grand Prize

ABC is hoping to drive viewers to its host-less telecast of the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday by dangling the promise of cold, hard cash to one lucky winner.

The broadcaster on will launch “The Official Oscar Game,” a live game that will let viewers play along in real time during the awards presentation. The game’s interactive ballot will allow fans to earn points by predicting Oscar winners in each category and will also pose trivia questions — with the top players eligible to win $50,000 in the grand prize drawing.

To play, users can sign up starting Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.
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‘How to Make Love to a Black Woman’ From Lena Waithe Gets Pilot Order at Showtime

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‘How to Make Love to a Black Woman’ From Lena Waithe Gets Pilot Order at Showtime
Showtime has given a pilot order to a half-hour comedy anthology series from Lena Waithe and “The Chi” writer Casallina “Cathy” Kisakye, the network announced on Wednesday.

Titled “How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Sh*t),” the series is described as a set of multi-part episodes centered on a “collection of characters in an authentic world, telling stories about connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing – and harrowingly comic – sexual secrets.”

Kisakye, who has written on both seasons of Waithe’s “The Chi” at Showtime, will write and executive produce the pilot. Waithe and Rishi Rajani of her Hillman Grad banner will serve as executive producers on the project.

Also Read: 'The Chi' Sets Season 2 Premiere Date - See 'Joys of Living Life on the Southside' in First Trailer (Video)

“Cathy’s script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable
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