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James Corden to host 2019 Tony Awards on June 9

James Corden to host 2019 Tony Awards on June 9
Three years after making his Emmy-winning debut as the host of the Tony Awards, James Corden is returning to preside over these top theater honors. The June 9 ceremony from Radio City Music Hall will air live on CBS. These awards celebrate the best of the 2018/2019 theater season. Corden won a Tony in 2012 for his comic turn in the play “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

In 2016, Corden rode the “Hamilton” wave to the highest ratings for this awards show in a decade. This season doesn’t boast such a super-sized hit. However, Corden’s fame has grown since then and he could use his late night talker to tout the Tonys telecast.

After his success with the Tonys in 2016, CBS tapped Corden to host the Grammys in 2017 and 2018. That gig is one of of the reasons why he passed on returning to emcee the Tony Awards in those years. As he told us last year,
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"Titans": DC Universe Series Adds Deathstroke’s Son, Jericho, for Season 2

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Titans” is keeping it in the family with its latest addition to its expanded roster for season 2.

The DC Universe series is bringing in Chella Man as Joseph Wilson, better known as the hero Jericho. He’s also the son of the DC Comics villain Deathstroke, another new character joining “Titans” next season. Esai Morales was cast last week as the super assassin, whose real name is Slade Wilson.

Mute after his father failed to rescue him from having his vocal cords severed by assassins, Jericho has the unique ability to possess anyone just by making eye contact. This gentle-natured yet proud hero has proven himself a formidable Titan. Liam Hall plays a version of the character on The CW’s “Arrow.”

Along with Deathstroke, “Titans” is also adding Superboy (aka Conner Kent) for season 2.

Titans” is based on “Teen Titans,
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Paramount Reveals Official Title For 'Terminator 6'

Paramount Reveals Official Title For 'Terminator 6'
This summer, Terminator 2: Judgment Day will celebrate its 28th anniversary, but in all the years since its release, the franchise still hasn’t given us another another installment that’s been particularly worth watching. And even though most fans are approaching the next Terminator film with a fair amount of skepticism, the involvement of James Cameron as producer does bode well for it.

Since filming wrapped last November, we haven’t seen any footage from the project and though we have witnessed a little behind-the-scenes content, we’re still pretty in the dark when it comes to what we can expect. One thing we do know now, however, is the official title, as Paramount has revealed that it’ll be called Terminator: Dark Fate. Without having any plot details to dig into and no explanation from the studio, we’re unsure of what the meaning behind the moniker may be,
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Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Adds Florence Pugh

Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Adds Florence Pugh
Black Widow's web may soon be growing.

Sources tell Variety that Florence Pugh is in talks to join Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero film.

Pugh has been on the hot list for this second lead role since last fall, but Marvel wanted to open up the field to other actresses at the beginning of the year. After meeting with several candidates, the studio zeroed back in on Pugh after she drew strong reviews for the MGM comedy-drama “Fighting With My Family.”

Cate Shortland is on board to direct, with Jac Schaeffer penning the script. The film has been in development for a while, but picked up momentum last year after Schaeffer’s hire. Kevin Feige is producing the pic.

Marvel had no comment on the news.

It’s unclear whether “Black Widow” will be an origin tale or set after the next “Avengers” movie.

Fans of the character have
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"The Twilight Zone": Chris O’Dowd To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot

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Get Shorty‘s Chris O’Dowd is set to star opposite Amy Landecker in “The Blue Scorpion” episode of CBS All Access’ reboot, The Twilight Zone.

The actor joins previously announced host and narrator Jordan Peele and cast members including Ike Barinholtz, Zazie Beetz, John Cho, Taissa Farmiga, Betty Gabriel, Ginnifer Goodwin, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun.

No character details are being revealed for the series, which premieres April 1.
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Legendary Horror Director and SFX Artist John Carl Buechler Dies at 66

Legendary Horror Director and SFX Artist John Carl Buechler Dies at 66
John Carl Buechler, whose Hollywood horror makeup and special effects made movies like Hatchet, Deep Freeze and the Michael Moriarty-starrer Troll into classic frightfests, has died. He was 66. 

Buechler died Monday after a bout with stage 4 prostate cancer, New York City-based genre film and Fantasia Film Festival publicist Ted Geoghegan confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. News of Buechler's death also appeared on a GoFundMe page launched a month ago by his wife, Lynn Buechler, to help pay for medical expenses incurred as part of his treatment.

"His family is absolutely devastated as are many of his fans ...
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Filmart: Donnie Yen's 'Ip Man 4' Sells to Well Go for North America, U.K.

Hong Kong-based Mandarin Motion Pictures has sold Ip Man 4 — the latest installment in Donnie Yen's hit action series about the legendary martial arts master who trained Bruce Lee — to Well Go USA for North America and the U.K.

Various other international territories have snapped up theatrical rights to the film, which is budgeted at $52 million and set for release in Hong Kong and China this summer.

The many other deals for the title, which were unveiled during Hong Kong's Filmart content market, include German-speaking Europe (Ksm), French-speaking Europe (Program Store), Japan (Gaga), Korea (Kiarient),...
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‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Movie in the Works Based on Broadway Musical

The Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde” is getting the movie treatment from Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris.

Dinelaris, who is writing and producing the adaptation, won an Oscar for the “Birdman” script and was a co-producer on “The Revenant.” He is producing “Jekyll and Hyde” as the first project under his New York-based development company, Lexicon, which he created alongside partner Rob Quadrino.

Lexicon also signed a first-look deal with Richard Saperstein’s Bluestone Entertainment. The “Jekyll and Hyde” movie will be produced by Saperstein alongside Lexicon’s Dinelaris and Quadrino, and Fezziwig StudiosDan Angel, Brian Gott, and Marc Iannarino. Phil Kim and David Segel will serve as executive producers.

“Jekyll and Hyde” debuted on Broadway in 1997 and has been performed in 28 countries, grossing close to $1 billion. It follows the journey of Dr. Jekyll as he wrestles with his alter ego, Mr. Hyde, in a battle between good and evil.
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‘Twilight Zone': Chris O’Dowd Latest to Join Jordan Peele-Led Reboot

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Less than two weeks before its debut on CBS All Access, “The Twilight Zone” is still bringing more people into the fifth dimension.

Chris O’Dowd will star in an episode titled “The Blue Scorpion,” which also features Amy Landecker. That episode is written by Glen Morgan, who serves as showrunner on the Jordan Peele-led reboot.

The anthology series will launch its first two episodes on April 1, with new installments to be released available weekly on Thursdays, beginning April 1. Peele is executive producing and hosting the series, stepping into the role that original series creator and narrator Rod Serling made famous.

Also Read: 'Twilight Zone' Trailer: See Adam Scott, Sanaa Lathan and Tracy Morgan Enter the Fifth Dimension (Video)

You can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like here and watch the trailer here.

The anthology series’ previously-revealed cast members include Zazie Beetz, Betty Gabriel,
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake Finds Its Officer Krupke

Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake Finds Its Officer Krupke
Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James have joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s remake of the musical “West Side Story,” with d’Arcy James playing Sgt. Krupke, aka Officer Krupke, Fox announced on Tuesday

Stoll will play Lt. Schrank.

Stoll and d’Arcy James join cast members Rita Moreno (Valentina), Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo) and Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino).

Also Read: Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' Remake Adds Fresh-Faced Cast to Play Maria and the Sharks

In “West Side Story,” Stoll plays the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially-torn precinct, and dʼArcy James is the veteran cop whose beat includes the territories of the two warring street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets.

Stoll played Buzz Aldrin in “First Man,” and he recently had lead roles in “Othello” and “Julius Caesar” on stage.
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Three Six Zero Acquires Will Smith and Miguel Melendez’s Westbrook Entertainment

International entertainment and music management company Three Six Zero has acquired Westbrook Entertainment, the talent management company which represents Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Kenna and Crespo.

“Bringing Miguel, his clients and his management team to Three Six Zero is an exciting next step on our journey to expand our entertainment management and intellectual property business,” said Three Six Zero founder Mark Gillespie.

Three Six Zero has spent the last decade managing the career of Grammy Award-winning heavyweight producer and DJ Calvin Harris. Under Gillespie’s leadership, Three Six Zero also represents a number of world-class musical and entertainment clients including, among others, Tiësto, “Into the Spider-Verse” lead Shameik Moore, and “Vox Lux” writer/director Brady Corbet. Miguel Melendez will be a partner in the new venture.

“Mark’s vision for the future combined with Three Six Zero’s incredible talent roster will only enhance our
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HBO Renews ‘High Maintenance’ for Fourth Season

HBO Renews ‘High Maintenance’ for Fourth Season
Half-hour pot comedy “High Maintenance,” created by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, has been renewed for a fourth season, announced HBO.

Starring Sinclair, the premium cable comedy follows him as the Guy, a nameless drug dealer in Brooklyn whose business allows viewers a look into a cross-section of New Yorkers and their stories. HBO describes the show as a “uniquely authentic portrait of New York with empathy and insight, telling amusing, surprising, sometimes moving and always poignant tales of denizens who are usually just faces on the crowded sidewalks of Brooklyn.”

Blichfeld, Sinclair and Russell Gregory executive produce the series.
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What Did Mueller Find in Michael Cohen’s Emails?

Washington — Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation had been up and running for just two months when the special counsel set his sights on Michael Cohen, the self-described consigliere and (former) brash personal lawyer to President Trump.

According to newly released court documents, the special counsel’s office first got a search warrant to obtain emails from a Gmail account used by Cohen in July 2017 — much earlier than previously known and a mere six months into Trump’s presidency. The breadth of Mueller’s request was immense as well, seeking and receiving emails spanning January 1st,
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Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’

Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’
Focus Features is partnering with Plan B Entertainment to produce and distribute Jon Stewart’s political comedy “Irresistible,” with Chris Cooper joining stars Steve Carell and Rose Byrne.

Variety first reported in October that Stewart and Carell had boarded the project, with Stewart directing and producing with Plan B. Stewart has kept a low profile since leaving “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in 2015.

“In the age of fake news, Jon Stewart continues to be the real deal. He’s been making us laugh at the bipartisan commitment to bending the truth for years, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with him and Plan B as Jon brings his signature wit to the big screen with the incredibly versatile talents of Steve, Rose, and Chris,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Focus’ president of production Josh McLaughlin will oversee the movie.
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David Simon Rips Hollywood Agencies Over Packaging: ‘It Is Theft. It Is Fraud’

David Simon Rips Hollywood Agencies Over Packaging: ‘It Is Theft. It Is Fraud’
David Simon is urging the Writers Guild of America to file a lawsuit against the four biggest Hollywood talent agencies and the Association of Talent Agents over the practice of packaging.

“I’m for filing a civil suit against the Ata and the Big Four for an overt and organized breach of fiduciary duty in which they have effectively pretended to represent clients while taking bribes from studios to keep those clients’ salaries and benefits lowered across the board,” he said in a lengthy blog post.

“Looking not merely at civil law, but at the federal statutes against extortion and bribery,
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8 Weird Things We Learned from the HBO Elizabeth Holmes Documentary

You probably think you already know all there is to know about Elizabeth Homes, CEO/Silicon Valley wunderkind/wolf-puppy-haver who fell from grace when she was accused of building her health care company Theranos on sham science. The story of Theranos has been adapted into a book (John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood), a podcast (ABC News’ The Dropout), and is even set to be adapted for the big screen (Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly playing Holmes, natch.)

Yet to paraphrase the opening to The Real World, you think you may know the story,
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George Strait, Blake Shelton Announce Stadium Show

George Strait, Blake Shelton Announce Stadium Show
George Strait continues his “retirement,” which, rather than retreating to his Texas ranch means taking a non-traditional approach to touring, with the announcement of an upcoming summer show at Gillette Stadium just outside Boston in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Blake Shelton, Cody Johnson and Caitlyn Smith will join Strait for the concert, which takes place Saturday, August 17th. (Tickets go on sale March 29th.)

In an Instragram video accompanying the announcement, Shelton feigns incredulity, telling someone off-camera, “That’s not possible, he retired. He made a huge announcement. He said, ‘I am retiring.
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J. Cole Reveals Lineup for Inaugural Dreamville Festival With 21 Savage, Sza, Big Sean

J. Cole Reveals Lineup for Inaugural Dreamville Festival With 21 Savage, Sza, Big Sean
J. Cole has tapped Sza, Big Sean, 21 Savage, Teyana Taylor and more to perform at his inaugural Dreamville Festival, taking place April 6th at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Dreamville Festival was originally slated to debut last September, but the event was canceled over safety concerns related to Hurricane Florence. Much of the original lineup is still set to perform – including Cole, Sza, Big Sean and Taylor – though several artists, such as Young Thug, Rich the Kid and Ybn Cordae, were unable to make the rescheduled date.
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‘Penny Dreadful’ Spinoff Adds ‘Penny Dreadful’ Alum Rory Kinnear

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Spinoff Adds ‘Penny Dreadful’ Alum Rory Kinnear
Showtime is bringing back one of its “Penny Dreadful” actors for its upcoming spinoff, “City of Angels.”

Rory Kinnear, who played Frankenstein’s Monster on the original “Penny Dreadful,” will play Dr. Peter Craft, a successful German pediatrician and the head of the German-American Bund, an organization he hopes will keep the United States isolated from the growing threat of war in Europe.

City of Angels” is described by Showtime as a “spiritual descendant” of the original series. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles — from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism.

Also Read: Nathan Lane Joins Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful' Sequel, 'City of Angels'

Along with Zovatto,
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Cardi B, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles Join Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Hustlers’

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Cardi B, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles Join Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Hustlers’
Cardi B, Lili Reinhart (“Riverdale”), Keke Palmer and Julia Stiles have joined Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in the upcoming film “Hustlers,” STXfilms announced on Tuesday.

Inspired by a viral 2016 New York Magazine article, the film follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. They get their revenge on wealthy, drunk and abusive clients by maxing out their credit cards after they’ve passed out.

The film begins shooting on March 22, 2019 in New York City.

Also Read: Jennifer Lopez's 'The Hustlers at Scores' in Talks to Move to Stx Entertainment After Exiting Annapurna

Mercedes Ruehl (“Broadway’s Torch Song”) also joined the cast, and Mette Towley (“Cats”) and Trace Lysette (“Transparent”) are in negotiations to join the film.

“We could not have asked for a more exciting or talented lineup of performers to join our cast,
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