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"Castle Rock" Season 2 to Pay Homage to ‘Misery’ with Lizzy Caplan as Annie Wilkes

Season 1 of Hulu's Castle Rock was a treasure trove of homages, Easter eggs, and story crossovers for fans of horror icon Stephen King. Season 2 looks to continue that trend by taking on Misery, King's 1987 psychological horror novel that centered on nurse Annie Wilkes and her deadly obsession with romance novelist, Paul Sheldon. Kathy Bates earned an Oscar for her performance as Wilkes in Rob Reiner's 1990 feature adaptation of the story, but now Emmy-nominee Lizzy Caplan gets a shot at the role. Joining Caplan to lead the Season 2 cast of Castle Rock
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"Dark Tower" Pilot at Amazon Casts Jasper Pääkkönen, Sam Strike

  • Variety
The pilot for the planned “Dark Tower” series adaptation currently in the works at Amazon has cast two lead roles.

Sources say that Jasper Pääkkönen and Sam Strike have both been cast in the pilot, which is based on the Stephen King book series of the same name. Strike will play Roland Deschain, also known as The Gunslinger, while Pääkkönen is believed to be playing The Man in Black, also known as Marten Broadcloak and Randall Flagg. The series is said to tell the story of how Roland became a gunslinger and his first encounter with the villainous Man in Black.

Amazon declined to comment.

Strike most recently starred in the Syfy series “Nightflyers,” based on the George R.R. Martin novella. His other recent credits include “Mindhunter,” “Timeless,” and “EastEnders.” He will also appear in HBO’s upcoming miniseries “Chernobyl.”

Pääkkönen recently starred in Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning film “BlacKkKlansman
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Schitt's Creek: Coming to an End!

Schitt's Creek: Coming to an End!
Schitt's Creek is coming to an end. The popular Pop comedy series will wrap with its sixth and final season in 2020, it has been announced.

Dan and Eugene Levy, who created and star in the wildly popular series took to social media to break the news.

"We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning," Daniel and Eugene Levy said.
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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)
Macon Blair has been tapped to write and direct Legendary’s reboot of the cult classic “The Toxic Avenger,” sources tell Variety.

Legendary acquired the feature film rights in December and have quickly made the project a high priority at the studio. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing for Legendary.

Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption.

The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the
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Emily Blunt In Talks To Star In ‘Not Fade Away’ At Annapurna; John Krasinski & David O. Russell Producing

  • Deadline
Emily Blunt In Talks To Star In ‘Not Fade Away’ At Annapurna; John Krasinski & David O. Russell Producing
Exclusive: Emily Blunt is in talks to star in Not Fade Away, the feature from Annapurna Pictures that has David O. Russell and John Krasinski attached as producers. It’s based on a 2015 memoir, Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found, by Rebecca Alexander who, born with a rare genetic mutation which caused her to her sight and hearing over time, beat the odds and expectations of her prognosis.

Lindsey Ferrentino is adapting the screenplay.

We hear that both Russell and Krasinski aren’t looking to direct the adaptation. Krasinski and Allyson Seeger will produce the project through their Sunday Night banner with Russell and Matthew Budman.

Krasinski’s on hand to write and direct A Quiet Place sequel for Paramount with Blunt also reprising her role in the film. That has been dated for a May 15, 2020 release.

The Golden Globe-winning actress most recently gave an enchanting
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Writer-Director Dominik Moll on Series Mania Competition Contender ‘Eden’

Lille, France — “I must down to the seas again,” Amaré, an teen African illegal immigrant, reads aloud in a poetry lesson at a refugee center near the beach in Greece.

Thoughts of wander-lust seen comically out of place. Amaré has just been seen in the prolog to “Eden” leaping out of a dinghy beaching on a Greek beach, to the dumfounded puzzlement of its tourists.

He and the other immigrants in “Eden” are never, moreover, in a position to escape constraints: The wait for residence permits, menial jobs even for the highly-qualified; the pressure to make the academic grade in a new country; above all,
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John Simm Talks ‘Cold Courage’ as Lionsgate Boards International Drama (Exclusive)

John Simm Talks ‘Cold Courage’ as Lionsgate Boards International Drama (Exclusive)
John Simm plays a rabble-rousing populist politician in “Cold Courage,” and Lionsgate has stepped up and taken international rights to the series.

Based on the series of novels by Pekka Hiltunen, the drama is billed as the biggest yet out of Finland and will bow on the Viaplay streaming service in Scandinavia. With a cast from all over Europe and a shoot spanning Belgium, Finland, Ireland, and the U.K., “Cold Courage” is international in scope and ambition.

That was part of the appeal for Simm, a familiar face on British TV, playing The Master in “Doctor Who” and starring
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Cardi B Applies to Trademark ‘Okurrr’

Cardi B Applies to Trademark ‘Okurrr’
Cardi B is laying legal claim to her signature phrase “Okurrr.” The rapper has officially filed an application to trademark the word/sound via her company Washpoppin, Inc. The trademark would mostly cover merchandise, which separate filings made for paper goods (like paper cups and posters) and clothing.

According to the filing, the clothing trademark would cover “T-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, pants, shorts, jackets, footwear, headgear, namely hats and caps, blouses, bodysuits, dresses, jumpsuits, leggings, shirts, sweaters and undergarments.” The rapper also submitted an application that covers the misspelled use of the word: “Okurr.
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Watch Vampire Weekend Cover Post Malone’s ‘Sunflower’

Watch Vampire Weekend Cover Post Malone’s ‘Sunflower’
Although Vampire Weekend recently released a new single called “Sunflower,” the New York group elected to perform a cover of Post Malone’s track of the same name during their BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session. This low-key version transforms Post Malone’s pop-ready number into a vibe-y indie rock tune, stripping back the synth beats in favor of sparse piano chords.

Post Malone’s single, which appeared on the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, featured Swae Lee and was penned specifically for the animated Marvel film. The song topped
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Beijing Festival Unveils ‘Max Max,’ ‘Bourne,’ Kurosawa Screening Series

Beijing Festival Unveils ‘Max Max,’ ‘Bourne,’ Kurosawa Screening Series
The upcoming Beijing International Film Festival will give space to high profile Hollywood franchise movies with screenings of all films in both the “Mad Max” and “Bourne Identity” series. Classic Hollywood fare will also feature prominently in a line-up that, as usual, features an eclectic grab bag of titles.

The local government-backed festival opens April 13 and runs through April 20.

The list of films nominated in the festival’s competition section and jury members has not yet been released. Winners of the Tiantan (“Temple of Heaven”) Award will be announced at the closing ceremony.

Since this year is the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, the theme of both the opening and closing ceremonies will be “home and country,” the festival said on its website, so as to make the event “a birthday blessing for the motherland.”

This gift is so far scheduled to include “Mad Max” (1979), “Mad Max
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SXSW Film Review: ‘J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius’

SXSW Film Review: ‘J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius’
Like 8mm films of 1960s “happenings” or videos of 1970s performance art, “J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius” chronicles a cultural footnote that perhaps should be filed under the heading You Had to Be There. The satirical-absurdist “religion” founded by some Texans actually caught fire among hipsters in the 1980s, influencing some of that era’s more interesting work in various media while providing a pre-Burning Man, pre-internet “secret club” to cerebral misfits of all stripes.

Sandy K. Boone’s documentary is likely to be lost on the not-previously converted, as what seemed the height of snark in the Reagan Era hasn’t dated all that well — nor is its appeal apparent as excerpted and recalled here. But those who remember the gospel of “slack” will make this diverting-enough documentary an in-demand work at genre festivals, as a streaming item and in other forums.

In
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Film Review: ‘Roll Red Roll’

“Roll Red Roll” is a piercingly relevant and disturbing documentary about an infamous high school rape case that took place in Steubenville, Ohio, on Aug. 11, 2012. Steubenville, the sort of Friday-night-lights small town that boasts signs that read “Kick off for Jesus,” is a place that’s good at keeping secrets. When the rape was first reported in a local newspaper, there was an attempt on the part of much of the community to deny the crime by simply waving it away. It was seen as the stars of the local football team, known as the Big Red, getting a little too wild in a boys-will-be-boys way. The coach didn’t even suspend his players for drinking (a rule he was generally strict about), because he didn’t want to get them in trouble.

But there are times you need an instigator to stir up a hornets’ nest, and one of
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Filmart: Singapore's Potocol, Aurora Media Seal Two-Year First-Look Deal

Singapore-based film companies Potocol and Aurora Media sealed a two-year first-look deal during the closing days of Hong Kong's Filmart.

Under the agreement, which runs until 2021, Aurora has the option to invest in, co-produce and distribute the films and television series Potocol develops. The partnership also includes an option to bring in Potocol’s founder Jeremy Chua as a co-producer on Aurora’s own development slate.

The companies' first project together will be the cop thriller Raja from Nepalese writer-director Deepak Rauniyar (White Sun), scheduled to start filming in 2020 with Aurora’s group managing partner Justin Deimen co-producing....
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Tame Impala Breeze Back With Summery New Single ‘Patience’

The wait is over: Four years after Tame Impala leveled up to a new tier of sparkling psychedelic pop with 2015’s Currents, the Australian act has released a new single. “Patience” takes the sleek studio advances of Currents and leapfrogs further: If that album was where Kevin Parker went from a heady bedroom artist to the kind of songwriter and producer who shows up on a Rihanna album, then “Patience” shows him fully comfortable in his expanded horizons, reaching even further toward the stars.

“Has it really been that long?
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Hear Salaam Remi’s Slick Remix of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Symphony’

Producer Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse) unveiled a new remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Symphony” that will appear on the upcoming release of the late soul legend’s lost album, You’re the Man, out March 29th.

Gaye recorded “Symphony” during the sessions for Let’s Get It On and it later appeared on his posthumous 1985 album, Dream of a Lifetime. For his remix, Remi boosted the orchestral elements of the original and anchored them with a dusty drum shuffle, all in the service of highlighting Gaye’s vocals as he sings,
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Roseanne Barr Blames Sara Gilbert for ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation: ‘She Destroyed the Show and My Life’

  • The Wrap
In an extremely unfiltered profile by the Washington Post, Roseanne Barr talked at length about the cancellation of the revival of “Roseanne” — and in part blamed her former co-star and TV daughter Sara Gilbert.

“She destroyed the show and my life with that tweet,” Barr told the Post. “She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with a fine Chianti.”

Barr was referring to remarks Gilbert made on May 29 in response to a series of early-morning tweets in which Barr insulted Valerie Jarrett and repeated slurs about Democratic donor George Soros. Roseanne ultimately deleted the tweets and apologized for them.

Gilbert later said on Twitter that the remarks were “abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.”

Also Read: Disney Keeps Key Leaders in Place After Day of Layoffs at Fox

Half an hour after Gilbert’s statement,
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CupcakKe Raps in Darkened Warehouse for Foreboding ‘Bird Box’ Video

CupcakKe Raps in Darkened Warehouse for Foreboding ‘Bird Box’ Video
CupcakKe hits a darkened warehouse-looking space, heightening her urgent, rapid-fire bars in her new video for “Bird Box.” It’s her second new single of the year, following the Chicago rapper’s previous released “Squidward Nose.”

The minimalist new visual finds the rapper, alongside a silent friend as the two groove together, inside a barebones room while red lights pulsate on and off to the beat, which enhances the foreboding vibe that’s reminiscent of the song’s horror film namesake. The low-end bass reverberates as CupcakKe adeptly intertwines pop
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‘Better Things’ Recap: Sexual Healing

‘Better Things’ Recap: Sexual Healing
A review of “Monsters in the Moonlight,” this week’s Better Things, coming up just as soon as I make you a sandwich before you start your adult meth life…

Some weeks, Better Things likes to turn the spotlight onto the supporting characters, or at least to acknowledge that Sam Fox isn’t a wholly perfect heroine. Some weeks, though, we get a tale like “Monsters in the Moonlight,” about how many indignities Sam has to endure from everyone else in Sam’s life.

The episode, named after the sci-fi movie Sam is still filming,
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Ata Sticks With Packaging Fees in Latest Counterproposal to Writers Guild

  • The Wrap
Talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents continued on Thursday, but with less than a week to go before WGA votes on a new code of conduct for agents, there’s still no resolution on the key dividing issue: packaging.

“We had an extensive dialogue with the Guild today. We presented its leadership with our formal counterproposals in a draft agreement, and we hope they will follow-up in good faith to move this process forward,” said Ata Executive Director Karen Stuart in a statement. The WGA declined to comment.

Ata’s counterprosal, posted to its official site Thursday, doesn’t differ much from the informal counterproposal made public on March 12. Talent Agencies aren’t backing down on their commitment to package deals. However, the latest document explains in greater detail how they say they will provide transparency and greater consent for writers when it comes to packaging.
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Eunetta Boone, Showrunner and Creator of ‘One on One,’ Dies at 63

Writer-producer Eunetta Boone, creator of the Upn comedy “One on One” and showrunner of Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home,” died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 63.

Boone was found dead at her home of an apparent heart attack. Boone had most recently worked as showrunner on the third season of the Disney Channel series starring Raven-Symone.

“Eunetta was a pioneer and an inspiration to everyone she met,” Raven-Symone said. “She was a masterful storyteller, an empathetic leader and a beacon of light to so many. I’m sending love and my deepest sympathies to Eunetta’s
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