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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies

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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies
Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive production deal with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television for a eight thriller genre features which will all be connected thematically.

The movies will debut on the Amazon Prime Video service which reaches over 200 territories around the globe. The movies will be made by a diverse group of filmmakers.

Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said in statement: “Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spinetingling. He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares. Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy. We can’t wait to see the nightmares he brings direct to service for our Prime Video global audience.”

“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills
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James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production

James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production
This just in from Pandora: James Cameron says the Avatar sequels have reached a major milestone with the completion of all principal photography involving main cast members.

In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017.

“Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me you can see our performance-capture stage. Today we’re capturing some stunt scenes filming some stunt scenes but our principal cast are all wrapped: Sam [Worthington], Zoe [Saldana], Sigourney [Weaver], Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker added: “They’re done now but they gave us incredible performances. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they did on these films.”
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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In

Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In
It's hard to imagine Jackson Maine being played by anyone other than Bradley Cooper. And yet, the battered lead of 2018's A Star Is Born could have very easily been portrayed by an entirely different person. Apart from the initial, and well-reported, back-and-forth on who would direct and star in the remake, it was recently revealed that Cooper had Jack White in mind to portray Maine.

Before Lady Gaga was officially attached to the project, Cooper was interested in casting a real-life musician. "I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician," he told Variety. "But [the studio] wouldn't make the movie with him." The publication later learned the musician in mind was the former White Stripes singer and guitarist.

Though Cooper would go on to deliver an impassioned performance, in his defense, White wasn't an entirely out-there casting idea. In fact, he previously acted
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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series "The Mandalorian"

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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series
Gina Carano has been cast in “The Mandalorian,” Variety has confirmed with sources.

The exact nature of the actress and former mixed martial arts (MMA) star’s role in the “Star Wars” series is being kept under wraps. She joins Pedro Pascal in the series, whom Variety reported earlier this week was in negotiations to star.

Carano first came to national attention for her MMA prowess, compiling a professional record of 7-1 while competing in organizations like Strikeforce and EliteXC. She also appeared in the 2008 reboot of “American Gladiators.” As an actress, she starred in the Steven SoderberghHaywire” and has also starred in films like “Deadpool,” “Fast & Furious 6,” and “Kickboxer: Vengeance.”

She is repped by Gersh and The Syndicate.

Jon Favreau penned “The Mandalorian,” which is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. It follows the travails of a
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Amazon Renews "Bosch" For Sixth Season; Streamer’s Longest Running Series

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Amazon Renews
Michael Connelly fans rejoice, "Bosch" is coming back!

With a fifth season currently in production and set to launch next year, Amazon today announced that the Titus Welliver-led series of Connelly’s beloved and hardboiled ex-LAPD detective will be back for a Season 6 too.

“I’m on the set where we are wrapping up the filming of season 5, and now this great news that we get to do it again with a sixth season,” said best selling author and producer Connelly from L.A. today of the streamer’s long running series’ extension. “Can’t wait!”

“Bosch is a customer and critical favorite and Amazon Prime members are fans of this long-running series that delivers strong storytelling, complex characters, and exceptional performances,” added Amazon Studios co-Head of Television, Albert Cheng, on Wednesday too of the Fabrik Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company, produced one-hour drama. “We are happy
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Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’

Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’
While the world still reacts to the passing of Stan Lee, one of the biggest questions amongst fans is whether or not the Marvel Comics legend was able to shoot cameos for upcoming films before his death. We’ve already heard that Avengers 4 will have the requisite cameo from Lee, but apparently, there’s one 2019 Marvel movie that doesn’t have a cameo from the writer.

According to a report from EW, Lee never filmed a cameo for the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix. While it’s unclear if this was a matter of timing or if he was never set to appear in the film, Dark Phoenix, will mark the first X-Men film to not have Lee appear in a cameo.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix
Netflix has picked up Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the story of a real-life Malawian boy named William Kamkwamba who built a windmill that helped save his village from famine.

The streamer acquired global rights to the film excluding Japan, China and U.K. free TV rights, and plans to launch the film worldwide next year — including in select theaters in the U.S. and U.K.

Ejiofor, the Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, also co-stars and wrote the script, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The film follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he
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Migration Drama "1899" Is New Netflix Project From Creators of"‘Dark"

Migration Drama
The creators of supernatural series “Dark,” which helped put German drama on the international TV map, have set their next Netflix project, “1899,” a drama that follows European migrants on a fright-filled journey to the U.S.

Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar inked an overall deal with Netflix in June – the first of its kind for the streamer in Europe – following the success of “Dark.” “1899” is the first fruit of that agreement. The show revolves around a migrant steamship heading from London to New York. When the passengers discover another migrant boat adrift, their journey takes an unexpected twist.

“What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare,” Netflix said in a statement.
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Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch

Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch
Put your wands up, muggles. The upcoming chapter in the Harry Potter universe looks to enchant moviegoers and dominate the global box office.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is expected to earn $65 million from over 3,300 domestic locations, though industry estimates show that number could be closer to $75 million. The higher part of that range would be in line with the opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first entry in the Harry Potter spinoff series. That film debuted with $74 million on the same weekend two years ago and went on to generate $234 million in North America and $580 million overseas. The second film carries a slightly bigger budget of $200 million, while the first outing cost $175 million.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the magical movies, expects to see a similar boost from the international box office. The sequel could make as much as $250 million this weekend when including foreign markets, where it will launch day and date in nearly 48 territories.
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Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’

Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’
Hulu is developing multiple shows based on the “Wild Cards” book series, which is edited by “Game of Thrones” scribe George R.R. Martin.

Variety has learned from sources that the streamer is set to open a writers room for two shows set in the “Wild Cards” universe. Universal Cable Productions will produce along with Hulu, with Andrew Miller set to write and executive produce both projects. Miller, who is currently under an overall deal at UCP, recently helmed the “Tremors” pilot at Syfy that saw the return of the original film’s star Kevin Bacon.

Set in the present, the “Wild Cards” books explore the aftermath of an alien virus, released over Manhattan in 1946 that killed 90% of those it infected. In the survivors, DNA was altered, creating grotesque physical deformities, except for a tiny percentage who develop super human powers instead.
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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate
J.J. AbramsBad Robot production banner has acquired six new projects from a number of rising filmmakers.

Among the titles is a feature on hip-hop artist Bobby Hall, known by his stage name Logic. His song “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for two Grammys. His movie, Everything Must Go, is described as Clerks for a new generation. Hall will star and co-write with “Blackish” scribe Lisa McQuillan.

Other storytellers involved on the new slate include Hell Fest writer Blair Butler, “The Good Place” executive producer Megan Amram, The Good Time Girls director Courtney Hoffman, Ben Shiffrin, writing team Dylan Meyer and Peter Glanz, and first-time director Stan Grube, who had previously served as an editor on the Bad Robot sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The news comes following the release of Bad Robot’s war horror film “Overlord,” which opened with $10 million last weekend. The production company is also involved
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7-Time WWE World Heavyweight Champ Edge on Where He Ranks, Size-Wise, in the Land of ‘Vikings’

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WWE Hall of Famer Adam “Edge” Copeland left one world of giants for another one, now playing family man Kjetill Flatnose on History’s “Vikings.” But just how big of a physical presence is the “Rated-r Superstar” on his new set?

No need for a deep dive into Google Images, we just asked him.

“It’s a pretty big cast. I think, obviously, that had to be by design. You have Alexander Ludwig: He’s like 6’3”, 215. You know, he’s a big man. Gustaf [Skarsgård], who’s 6’4”, super-lean, maybe like 190 pounds,” Copeland, who was billed during his wrestling days at 6’5” and 241 pounds, told TheWrap. “In terms of stats-wise, I’m still the biggest guy.”

Also Read: WWE Hall of Famer Edge on Why Hollywood Loves to Work With Wrestlers

Copeland, who plays the close confidant to Skarsgård’s Floki, likes those odds against the more seasoned actors — or at least,
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Stacey Abrams Reups Her Fight to Count Every Vote in Georgia as Deadline Looms

The Georgia gubernatorial race won’t be decided until at least Friday evening, and Democrats are doing all they can to ensure sure every vote is counted before the results are certified. On Wednesday, Stacey Abrams partnered with the Georgia Democratic Party to release a TV commercial encouraging voters to share stories of difficulties they may have encountered while trying to cast their ballot. “This election, was your voice heard?” the ad reads. “Too many were silenced. For every voice to be heard, every vote must be counted. Share your story.
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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate
J.J. AbramsBad Robot production banner has acquired six new projects from a number of rising filmmakers.

Among the titles is a feature on hip-hop artist Bobby Hall, known by his stage name Logic. His song “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for two Grammys. His movie, “Everything Must Go,” is described as “Clerks” for a new generation. Hall will star and co-write with “Blackish” scribe Lisa McQuillan.

Other storytellers involved on the new slate include “Hell Fest” writer Blair Butler, “The Good Place” executive producer Megan Amram, “The Good Time Girls” director Courtney Hoffman, Ben Shiffrin, writing team Dylan Meyer and Peter Glanz, and first-time director Stan Grube, who had previously served as an editor on the Bad Robot sci-fi thriller “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

The news comes following the release of Bad Robot’s war horror film “Overlord,” which opened with $10 million last weekend. The production company is also involved
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Theodora Goss Book ‘Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter’ in Development as CW Series

The CW is developing a drama series based on the book “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss, Variety has learned.

The series is set in Victorian London and follows two radically different young women–one the daughter of Dr. Jekyll; the other, Mr. Hyde. They discover they’re half-sisters when a series of gruesome murders appear connected to their deceased father. They unite with other unsung but remarkable daughters of famous literary figures to rise above societal norms and unearth the mystery of their origins.

Variety alum Aj Marechal will pen the adaptation. Former CBS Entertainment
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Jj Abrams’ Bad Robot to Produce New Films by ‘black-ish’ and ‘The Good Place’ Writers

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Jj Abrams’ Bad Robot to Produce New Films by ‘black-ish’ and ‘The Good Place’ Writers
J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot has acquired six new projects to develop in house, including films by “black-ish” writer Lisa McQuillan and “The Good Place” writer Megan Amram.

Bad Robot has acquired “The Steps,” written by Blair Butler, based on an original idea by director Stefan Grube and described as a twist on a possession story; the currently untitled project by Amram, which will be a female-driven horror allegory; “The Seven Sisters of Scott County,” which will be written and directed by Courtney Hoffman; an untitled Ben Shiffrin story about time travel; “Everything Must Go,” which will star Bobby Hall and he will also co-write alongside McQuillan; and “Only the Lonely,” to be directed by Grube and written by Dylan Meyer and Peter Glanz.

Most recently, Bad Robot’s film division released the World War II horror film, “Overlord,” which grossed $10.2 million its opening weekend. Up next, Bad Robot
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Agc Studios to Produce Effie Brown’s Action-Comedy Film ‘We Real Cool’

Independent content studio Agc is financing and producing the new action-comedy film “We Real Cool.”

Focusing on a group of college-bound friends, “We Real Cool” will follow Summer, Jordan, and Aurora on their journey home from a Brooklyn party as they avoid neighborhood goons following their implication in a terrifying murder.

With veteran indie film and television producer Effie T. Brown and Sundance producing fellow alum Leah Natasha Thomas producing, the project is set to enter production early next year. Joining Brown and Thomas on the project is Melissa V. Murray, who will make her feature film writing and directorial debut alongside executive producers Stuart Ford, Greg Shapiro, and Glendon Palmer.

“So many people talk a good game about inclusion and hiring women but rarely do the really follow through,” Brown said. “Stuart Ford and Agc did just that. In fact he doubled down – not only are they giving a
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Steve Carell Might Be a Little Too Serious for ‘SNL’ These Days (Video)

Steve Carell Might Be a Little Too Serious for ‘SNL’ These Days (Video)
Steve Carell is a serious actor now. Have you seen “Beautiful Boy”? He might get an Oscar he’s so serious. So serious, in fact, that the “Saturday Night Live” cast has some reservations about letting him take over hosting this weekend.

“You’re kind of a serious actor now, are you ready to do comedy again?” Aidy Bryant asks Carell in a new promo. No, no, “The Office” alum has got this. “I wouldn’t worry, because an actor prepares, and I am an actor,” he says.

Carell then hauls himself up in his dressing room to get back into the comedic mindset. He does this by reciting lines from “Taxi Driver” and “Midnight Cowboy,” diving into a copy of “Re-Learning Comedy for Dramatic Actors,” and tearing up pages of notes.

Also Read: Steve Carell to Return as 'SNL' Host for the Third Time

Finally, his “instrument” is ready
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Btf Media, Sony Music Spain Set Isabel Pantoja, Joaquín Sabina Bioseries (Exclusive)

Cancun, Mexico — Marking one of the biggest news announcements likely to go down at this year’s MipCancun, Btf Media and Sony Music Spain have inked a strategic content production alliance.

In a first move, Sony Music Spain will board a bioseries on Spanish music legend Isabel Pantoja currently set up at Btf Media. In a second, heralding a new production, Btf Media, Sony Music Spain and Mexico’s Endemol Shine Boomdog will co-produce a bioseries on famed Spanish writer-singer Joaquín Sabina.

Both the series range over their subjects’ whole lives. The Isabel Pantoja series is conceived as a 13-episode single season,
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Google Spotlight Stories Releases Animated Short ‘Age of Sail’ on Multiple Platforms

Google Spotlight Stories Releases Animated Short ‘Age of Sail’ on Multiple Platforms
“Age of Sail,” Google Spotlight Stories’ latest and most ambitious immersive animated short, directed by Oscar-winning animator John Kahrs, launched on multiple platforms today.

The 12-minute animated short follows a lonely old sailor (voiced by Ian McShane) adrift at sea whose life is reinvigorated by a young girl he rescues after she falls from a passing ocean liner. It is the longest project by Google’s immersive storytelling-meets-tech division and is also the first short to feature dialogue.

“Age of Sail” had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and had an Academy-qualifying run in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Now the film will be available in multiple formats. The theatrical version of “Age of Sail” is available on the Google Spotlight Stories YouTube Channel and the 360-degree mobile version is available via Google Play and iTunes. Vr versions are available on Steam and Viveport.

“We were very careful
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