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Annapurna, Plan B Plot Spotlight-Like Movie On How NYT Reporters Broke Harvey Weinstein Sex Scandal Story

Annapurna, Plan B Plot Spotlight-Like Movie On How NYT Reporters Broke Harvey Weinstein Sex Scandal Story
Exclusive: Annapurna and Plan B have partnered to acquire the rights to give Spotlight-like treatment to the story of how The New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey worked with editor Rebecca Corbett to break the biggest scandal story Hollywood has seen in decades, the one that took down Harvey Weinstein. The stories landed the reporters a Pulitzer earlier this month. The bombshell first story ran last October 5, when Kantor and Twohey revealed an array of…
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'A Quiet Place' Sequel Moving Ahead at Paramount

'A Quiet Place' Sequel Moving Ahead at Paramount
Paramount is moving ahead with a sequel to A Quiet Place, the hit horror film that has earned more than $213 million at the worldwide box office, including $134.8 million in North America.

Studio chairman-ceo Jim Gianopulos announced the news at CinemaCon on Wednesday afternoon as the studio presented its slate of films to theater owners gathered in Las Vegas for their annual convention.

A Quiet Place was a much-needed success for the studio, which has endured a tough run at the box office for more than a year. It is the first film that went into production after Gianopulos...
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‘Westworld’s’ Shannon Woodward to Produce Series Based on Nxivm Sex Cult

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‘Westworld’s’ Shannon Woodward to Produce Series Based on Nxivm Sex Cult
Annapurna Television is developing a scripted series inspired by the alleged sex cult NXIVM, with “Westworld” actress Shannon Woodward attached to executive produce.

The potential series is based on the New York Times report about the group published last year. The report, authored by Barry Meier, featured interviews with multiple women who said the purported self-help group, led by Keith Raniere, recruited women to serve as “slaves” and branded them with Raniere’s initials.

No writer is attached yet, but Woodward will executive produce along with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg of Annapurna.

The group has come under renewed interest in recent weeks, after Raniere was arrested in Mexico last month on charges of sex trafficking. “Smallville” star Allison Mack, who was identified as Raniere’s top lieutenant in the Times report, was arrested last week.
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Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ in Development at New Line

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Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ in Development at New Line
Post “It,” New Line is staying in the Stephen King business and putting the author’s 1979 novel “The Long Walk,” into active development, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Screenwriter James Vanderbilt has written the script to adapt the book. King originally wrote the novel under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Vanderbilt will also produce the adaptation with Bradley Fischer and William Sherak via their Mythology Entertainment banner. Tracey Nyberg will exec produce.

“The Long Walk” is set in a future dystopian America and follows the contestants of a grueling walking contest, held annually by the totalitarian government of the United States of America. Contestants must maintain a pace of four miles per hour, and if they drop below it they will be executed — the race ends when only one contestant is alive.
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Alan Ball’s Drama ‘Here and Now’ Canceled By HBO After One Season

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Alan Ball’s Drama ‘Here and Now’ Canceled By HBO After One Season
Exclusive: HBO is not renewing Alan Ball’s family drama Here and Now for a second season. The news comes 10 days after the series’ Season 1 finale.

“After careful consideration we have decided not to move forward with a second season of Here and Now,” HBO said in a statement to Deadline. “We thank Alan for his dedication to innovative storytelling, and we look forward to his next endeavor.”

Here and Now, which starred Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter, stemmed from Ball’s close relationship with the previous HBO regimes. It was a rare miss for the Oscar and Emmy winner, creator of HBO’s signature series True Blood and Six Feet Under and executive producer of Cinemax’s biggest hit Banshee. In addition to a lukewarm reception from critics, Here and Now also drew modest viewership for an HBO drama series, averaging 300,000-400,000 Live+same day viewers for the premiere telecast.
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Universal Unveils First Footage of Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson in M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’

Universal Unveils First Footage of Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson in M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’
Universal impressed the nation’s exhibitors Wednesday with the first footage of M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “Glass,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy and Sarah Paulson.

Shyamalan told the audience at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that “Glass” is the “first truly grounded comic book movie.”

Jackson added, “It’s about time I got the title role in my own motherf—ing movie.”

All four stars appeared on the stage, and the footage set up Paulson as a psychologist dealing with the three other characters, who she notes all believe that they are superheroes. What followed was a series of scenes with the characters interacting with each other — with Willis’ character attempting to stop an apocalyptic outcome.

“Glass” brings together the narratives of Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” which was released in 2000 through Disney, and last year’s “Split,” from Universal. Shyamalan is self-financing. Universal, Blumhouse and
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Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna

Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna
Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis will star in an untitled new animated movie from stop-motion studio Laika for Annapurna Pictures, the companies announced Wednesday.

Chris Butler, who directed the studio’s Oscar-nominated 2012 movie “ParaNorman,” will direct the globe-trotting comedy-adventure.

The film will be the Oregon-based studio’s fifth feature, following successes like “Coraline,” “The Boxtrolls” and “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

“Our next film represents an evolutionary shift for Laika,” Laika president and CEO Travis Knight said in a statement. “It’s an exciting bridge to our future. Director Chris Butler and the wizards at Laika have crafted a moving work of art, layered with wit and imagination and soul. Plus it’s really, really funny. It’s a privilege to partner with Megan [Ellison] and her exceptional team at Annapurna to bring this beautiful original story to the world.”

Annapurna founder Megan Ellison added, “We’re excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Travis and the amazing team at Laika. We appreciate their trust and look forward to having some fun together.”

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George R.R. Martin Says ‘Winds of Winter’ Will Not Be Released in 2018

George R.R. Martin Says ‘Winds of Winter’ Will Not Be Released in 2018
As “Game of Thrones” fans eagerly wait for the seventh and final season the HBO drama to return in 2019, fans of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel series will have to keep waiting for the sixth installment.

The author wrote on his blog that “Winds of Winter” will not be released this year. “No, winter is not coming… not in 2018, at least. You’re going to have to keep waiting for ‘The Winds Of Winter,'” he wrote.

He did, however, reveal that he does have a book which will hit shelves this year, with
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‘Halloween’ Footage Terrifies CinemaCon, Confirms New Details About Laurie Strode and Michael Myers’ Showdown

‘Halloween’ Footage Terrifies CinemaCon, Confirms New Details About Laurie Strode and Michael Myers’ Showdown
Universal Pictures debuted the first trailer for David Gordon Green’s upcoming “Halloween” sequel at CinemaCon, and the debut footage did not disappoint when it comes to bloody horror. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the franchise as Laurie Strode, the scream queen role that made her famous, and she was on hand at CinemaCon to debut the footage and tease the project.

“I heard what they were thinking and I immediately said yes,” Curtis said. “First of all, except for ‘Star Wars,’ I can’t think of another movie that the same actor playing the same character 40 years.”

Curtin went on to promise fans the sequel is “going to scare the living shit out of you.”

“This isn’t the piece of shit we made back in the 90s and I apologize for anyone who had to endure it,” she continued. “This movie is hella scary – and you guys please tweet that I said hella.
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Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy Share First Look at Neil Armstrong Biopic 'First Man'

Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy Share First Look at Neil Armstrong Biopic 'First Man'
Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy shared the first footage of Neil Armstrong biopic First Man with theater owners at CinemaCon on Wednesday.

The film, set for release on Oct. 12, 2018 — the heart of awards season — reunites Gosling with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle, who take the stage with his two actors at CinemaCon, where First Man was one of the centerpieces of Universal's CinemaCon presentation.

First Man is described as a visceral, first-person account of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on the years 1961-1969 and Armstrong, the astronaut...
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Amy Adams to Star in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’

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Amy Adams to Star in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’
Amy Adams is set to star in the Fox 2000 film “The Woman in the Window” with Joe Wright directing.

Tracy Letts penned the screenplay with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush producing.

The pic is based on A.J. Finn’s best-selling novel, which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remains the biggest-selling adult fiction title of 2018. With more than one million copies sold in the United States, the novel has additionally topped the bestseller charts in multiple countries and is currently published in 38 languages.

Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing the project for Fox 2000.

Adams will next be seen starring in “Sharp Objects” for HBO, where she serves as an executive producer as well. She will also star as Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming Dick Cheney film opposite Christian Bale. Adams is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Wme, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
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Hank Azaria Says He’s “Willing And Happy” To Step Aside As Voice Of Apu On ‘The Simpsons’

Hank Azaria Says He’s “Willing And Happy” To Step Aside As Voice Of Apu On ‘The Simpsons’
Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of debate over the character of Apu on “The Simpsons.” After the character’s problematic nature was brought to light recently, with the help of the documentary “The Problem with Apu,” many fans have been waiting to see how the animated sitcom dealt with the issue. And when the sitcom kinda, sorta made light of the issue in a recent episode, people were less-than-pleased.
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Lauren Cohan to Return to ‘The Walking Dead’ for Season 9

Lauren Cohan to Return to ‘The Walking Dead’ for Season 9
Even after the final episode of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 8 aired, it was unclear if one of the top-rated drama's major characters would be returning for the next season. Maggie Greene, played by Lauren Cohan, has become an emotional, practical, and increasingly powerful player in the Walking Dead narrative, so it was understandable that fans were concerned for Cohan's well-being and Maggie's part to play in the story to come. The uncertainty, however, had nothing to do with plot points, Walkers, or the savage Saviors at all but rather the mundane complications …
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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Kim Possible': Sadie Stanley, Sean Giambrone to Lead TV Movie

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Kim Possible': Sadie Stanley, Sean Giambrone to Lead TV Movie
Disney Channel has cast “The Goldbergs” star Sean Giambrone and newcomer Sadie Stanley as the leads of its upcoming live-action “Kim Possible” movie, the network announced Wednesday.

An adaptation of the 2002 animated series, the movie follows a high school girl named Kim Possible (Stanley) who moonlights as a secret agent with the help of her friend/sidekick Ron Stoppable (Giambrone).

Written by original series creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley with Josh Cagan, the upcoming TV movie will be directed by Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky.
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‘Less Than Zero’ TV Adaptation in Development at Hulu

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‘Less Than Zero’ TV Adaptation in Development at Hulu
Hulu is picking up a piece of the ’80s with a TV series adaptation of “Less Than Zero,” an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

The premium streaming service has a drama in the early stages of development based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1985 novel and the subsequent 1987 flick of the same name, starring Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Gertz and James Spader.

Lost” writer and producer Craig Wright is set to pen the script and executive produce the adaptation alongside author Ellis.
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John DeLorean Estate Sues Over 'Back to the Future' Royalties

John DeLorean Estate Sues Over 'Back to the Future' Royalties
If ever there was an automobile associated with a film, it's the iconic DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future. It turns out that Universal Pictures has been paying money to use the image of the car, but in a new lawsuit, the widow of automaker John DeLorean alleges not receiving a "substantial payment" from Universal.

According to a complaint in New Jersey federal court, the payment went to the DeLorean Motor Company.

Sally DeLorean previously sued the DeLorean Motor Company over intellectual property rights and settled in 2015, a decade after her husband died at age 80. The...
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Apos Day 2 Deals Roundup: HBO Launches ‘Folklore’ Horror Anthology

Apos Day 2 Deals Roundup: HBO Launches ‘Folklore’ Horror Anthology
Korean actress, Lee Chae-Yeon will star in HBO Asia’s new horror anthology, and original drama series, “Folklore.”

Production has wrapped for the six-part hour-long series that was shot in various locations in Asia including Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and South Korea. The series is scheduled to premiere later this year on HBO Asia’s on-air, online and on-demand platforms.

Developed by HBO Asia and created by award-winning Singaporean film maker, Eric Khoo, all six episodes take place across multiple Asian countries including Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Each episode is based on each country’s deeply-rooted superstitions and myths,
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Jimmy Kimmel Is Amused by Trump’s ‘Lovefest’ with Kanye: ‘Now Donald Trump Has Two Black Friends’

Jimmy Kimmel Is Amused by Trump’s ‘Lovefest’ with Kanye: ‘Now Donald Trump Has Two Black Friends’
Jimmy Kimmel’s week of hyping up the imminent release of “Avengers: Infinity War” continued on Wednesday night, but of course that didn’t stop him from slipping in some mean jokes at Donald Trump’s expense. Especially with the incredibly strange budding bromance between Trump and Kanye West dominating the conversation all day.

“President Trump and Kanye West are becoming quite a duo,” Kimmel said. “The President and Yeezy had a back and forth on Twitter today. Kanye got it going. He wrote: ‘You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.’ “

Kimmel suggested that Trump probably had a pretty specific reason for caring about Kanye’s profession of love — beyond, of course, just how much Trump enjoys hearing people say nice things about him.

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“And the President was so moved by Kanye’s words, he baby-thumbed this very gracious response: ‘Thank you Kanye, very cool.’ Very cool, indeed. The coolest, really,” Kimmel said, before getting to the point. “So now Donald Trump has two black friends. I hope Ben Carson doesn’t get jealous.”

The continuing Twitter exchange, Kimmel joked, then led to a very important development in the Trump administration.

“And the lovefest did not end there. Next, Kanye tweeted a photo of his Maga hat either signed by Trump or an Ekg, I’m not sure,” Kimmel said, displaying the photo below.

Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Compares Trump to an Orangutan for Brushing Dandruff off Macron's Shoulder (Video)

“The President then retweeted that with his famous acronym: ‘Maga!’ And just like that, Kanye West became our new Secretary of State. America really is great again.”

You can watch all of Wednesday night episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC.com right here.

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Equestrian Channel H&C Gallops into the U.S. (Exclusive)

Equestrian network H&C is rolling out in the U.S. The specialist sports and lifestyle channel will launch on Roku’s streaming player and smart TVs. H&C will be the exclusive live-streaming U.S. home of the Badminton Horse Trials, one of the premiere events in the equestrian calendar.

As well as the sports coverage the channel has equestrian news, docs, and lifestyle fare including a show called “Masterclass,” which will feature U.S. Olympic showjumper Laura Kraut. There will also be a U.S. version of H&C’s eventing magazine show, fronted by Jenny Oz LeRoy.

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Altitude Boards ‘Calm With Horses’ Starring Barry Keoghan, Cosmo Jarvis

Altitude Film Sales has acquired international sales rights to “Calm With Horses.” The film is based on a Colin Barrett novella from the collection of short stories “Young Skins,” and will star Cosmo Jarvis (“Lady Macbeth”), Barry Keoghan (“Dunkirk”), and Niamh Algar (“Without Name”).

Nick Rowland will helm the picture, which is set to shoot in Ireland. It is his feature directorial debut following “Slap,” his BAFTA and Bifa-nominated short film. Writer Joe Murtagh has adapted the screenplay having collaborated with Rowland since they studied together at the Nfts.

The film is set in rural Ireland and follows an ex-boxer who has become an enforcer for a crime family. He is also trying to be a father to his autistic five-year-old son. His life reaches a turning point when he is asked to kill for the first time.

Michael Fassbender, Conor McCaughan, and Daniel Emmerson’s Dmc Film developed the
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