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Wes Anderson’s Next Film Will Be Set In Post-WWII France

Wes Anderson’s Next Film Will Be Set In Post-WWII France
Wes Anderson films are truly a genre all their own. His filmography is full of wildly eclectic, and yes, whimsical films that range from stop-motion animated films like “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Isle of Dogs” to eccentric family dramas like “The Royal Tenenbaums.” While they all share a similar style and tone, Anderson’s films are definitely very different. And it looks like his next film is going to fit that mold, as well.
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‘Designing Women’ Reboot in the Works at Sony

‘Designing Women’ Reboot in the Works at Sony
Sony has yet another reboot in the works. The television studio is developing an update of the ’90s sitcom “Designing Women,” according to TVLine.

The show’s original creator, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, is attached to lead the reboot.

Designing Women” ran for seven seasons on CBS, before concluding on May 24, 1993, sharing a night with “Murphy Brown.” You know, that other classic comedy about to return to the network.

The series centers around the fictional design firm Sugarbaker and Associates, a witty bully pulpit for caustic social and political humor. The founder of the company is Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter), a sharp-tongued but elegant and surprisingly compassionate woman. Her younger sister, Suzanne (Delta Burke), is a former beauty queen who is long on charm but a bit slow on the uptake. Their associates are Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts), a recent divorcee,
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Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?

Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?
This weekend gets off to an early start with the Wednesday release of the much-anticipated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club. While Joy Luck Club didn't play in any more than 600 theaters during its run 25 years ago, Crazy Rich Asians will get its start in over 3,200 locations with plenty of buzz behind it.

Later in the week, STX will release what they hope is a franchise-starter in Mile 22 featuring Mark Wahlberg re-teaming with director Peter Berg, while Sony's Studio 8 will release Alpha.

Beginning with Crazy Rich Asians, the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name has been making headlines for some time now. Originally published in 2013, the book has found a place on Amazon Charts for the past five weeks, currently ranking as the third most sold fiction title on the site, up
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Joel Kinnaman, Sarah Jones & Michael Dorman To Star In Ron Moore’s Apple Space Series

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Joel Kinnaman, Sarah Jones & Michael Dorman To Star In Ron Moore’s Apple Space Series
Exclusive: Former The Killing and Altered Carbon star Joel Kinnaman, Patriot star Michael Dorman and Damnation co-star Sarah Jones have been tapped as the leads in Apple’s upcoming space drama series from Battlestar Galactica‘s and Outlander‘s Ronald D. Moore.

Dorman has played the lead on the Amazon Studios’ quirky genre-bending spy drama series Patriot whose second season was ordered 16 months ago but is yet to air. Because of the delay, Dorman was able to book a new series. I hear Amazon will likely not make a formal renewal decision on Patriot until Season 2 is released and should they opt to do another season, they will have to work around Dorman’s schedule on the Apple series.

Kinnamon, who played the lead, Takeshi Kovacs, on the first season of Netflix’s Altered Carbon, was recently tapped to star on the upcoming Amazon drama series Hanna in what is currently a one-year deal.
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Its Spock

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Its Spock
Ethan Peck is about to boldly go where Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto have gone before.

A veteran TV actor, Peck has been cast to play the iconic Starfleet officer Spock in season two of CBS All Access drama “Star Trek: Discovery.” Executive producer Alex Kurtzman confirmed at Comic-Con in July that Spock, one of the best-loved characters in the “Star Trek” franchise and in all of science fiction, would appear in season two of “Discovery.” Set to premiere in 2019, the new season, which takes place years before the original “Star Trek” television series, will feature an encounter between the USS Discovery and the USS Enterprise.

The child of a human mother and an alien father from the planet Vulcan, Spock serves aboard the Enterprise and is foster brother to Discovery’s second officer Michael Burnham.

Spock was created in the original “Star Trek” series by Nimoy, who also portrayed
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‘Castle Rock’ Renewed for Season 2, Hulu Boss Talks Expanding Stephen King Universe

‘Castle Rock’ Renewed for Season 2, Hulu Boss Talks Expanding Stephen King Universe
Hulu has renewed “Castle Rock” for a second season.

The anthology drama will return with a “wholly original” story in its second year, the streamer’s senior vice president and head of content Craig Erwich tells Variety.

“It was a deeply original idea from two of the world’s greatest storytellers, and it was centered around something that’s been beloved and familiar to many of Stephen King’s legion of fans, which is the town of Castle Rock. So expectations were high to begin with, but it exceeded them,” he says. “The reaction from the variety of audiences has
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Anthony Mackie Joins Amy Adams, Julianne Moore in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’ (Exclusive)

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Anthony Mackie Joins Amy Adams, Julianne Moore in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’ (Exclusive)
Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to join Amy Adams and Julianne Moore in Fox 2000’s adaptation of A.J. Finn’s bestseller “Woman in the Window,” sources tell Variety.

Joe Wright is directing with Tracy Letts adapting the screenplay. Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, and Brian Tyree Henry are also on board to star. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing “Woman in the Window.”

“Woman in the Window” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remains the best-selling adult fiction title of the year. With more than one million copies sold in the U.S., the novel has topped the bestseller charts in multiple countries and is currently in print in 38 languages.

Mackie is best known for his roles in “The Hurt Locker” and as Falcon (aka Sam Wilson) in the Captain America films. He will wrap the Netflix remake of the French thriller “Point Blank” before shooting “Woman in the Window,
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TIFF Adds ‘Boy Erased,’ & New Films By Jeremy Saulnier, Paul Greengrass, Jonah Hill & More

TIFF Adds ‘Boy Erased,’ & New Films By Jeremy Saulnier, Paul Greengrass, Jonah Hill & More
As we approach the September kick-off date, the Toronto International Film Festival is beginning to round out its already-stacked lineup with new high-profile, awards-caliber films. Earlier today, we reported that new films starring Chris Pine, Laura Dern, and Kristen Stewart were opening and closing the fest, but now we know some of the other big projects that are joining them.

Leading the way is the international premiere of the Joel Edgerton film “Boy Erased.” That film, which stars Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Lucas Hedges, is getting plenty of awards-season buzz.
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Jesse Plemons to Co-Star With Keri Russell in Scott Cooper’s ‘Antlers’ (Exclusive)

Jesse Plemons to Co-Star With Keri Russell in Scott Cooper’s ‘Antlers’ (Exclusive)
Jesse Plemons is looking to reteam with his “Hostiles” helmer Scott Cooper on the director’s next pic, “Antlers,” a supernatural horror-thriller set up at Fox Searchlight.

Guillermo del Toro is producing the project with David Goyer and Miles Dale, who produced del Toro’s Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water.”

Antlers” follows a teacher (Keri Russell) who takes an interest in a mysterious and withdrawn student. As they become closer, she discovers that the boy is harboring a secret that could have deadly consequences.

It is unknown who Plemons will be playing in the film.

Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson wrote the script, which is based on Antosca’s short story “The Quiet Boy.” Cooper did additional revisions. Kevin Turen and Antosca are exec producing.

Plemons and Cooper have a solid history, going back to Cooper’s mob movie “Black Mass” as well as the recently released western “Hostiles,” which also starred Christian Bale.
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Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’

Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’
Exclusive: Actor-writer Eric Bogosian is finalizing a deal to join Adam Sandler in the Safdie brothers’ Good Time follow-up Uncut Gems for A24. The Law & Order alum will have a key role opposite Sandler, I understand. Plot details are being kept under wraps on the movie, which has a script by the Safdies — Josh and Ben — and Ronald Bronstein. Producers are Scott Rudin and Eli Bush through Scott Rudin Produtions and Elara Pictures' Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson
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Don’t Be Surprised If ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Blows Away Box Office Expectations

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The final major release of the 2018 summer box office isn’t a tentpole blockbuster, but it is a film that Asian-Americans who have been pushing for more representation in entertainment have been waiting for.

That film is Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians,” the first film to feature an all-Asian cast since “The Joy Luck Club” was released in 1993. In an attempt to help build word of mouth heading into the weekend, WB is releasing the film on Wednesday, with projections expecting a $26 million opening over five days.

But analysts who spoke with TheWrap say that the film has a big upside, and that an opening of at least $30 million should be expected. Even though it doesn’t have the superhero pedigree of “Wonder Woman” or “Black Panther,” like those films, “Crazy Rich Asians” is fulfilling a long-standing demand for a section of the moviegoing populace to see themselves on-screen.

Also
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Colin Jost Roasted for Saying ‘Good, Fun’ Things Should Win Awards, Not Just ‘Good, Artsy’ Ones

Colin Jost Roasted for Saying ‘Good, Fun’ Things Should Win Awards, Not Just ‘Good, Artsy’ Ones
Someone actually approves of the new “Popular Film” category at next year’s Oscars: “Saturday Night Live’s” Colin Jost, one of the upcoming Emmy Awards hosts.

Jost, who will host next month’s Emmy awards with his “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che, received some push-back Tuesday after telling The Los Angeles Times about his desire to see “good, fun” things win awards rather than only “good, artsy” things.

“Remember when movies like ‘Gladiator’ won best picture? Why can’t good, fun things win and not just good artsy things? They’re both good and the fun ones are sometimes a lot harder to make,” Jost said in an interview with the paper about hosting the Emmys.

Also Read: 'SNL': Colin Jost and Michael Che Take a Lie Detector Test; Hilarity Ensues (Video)

Jost’s comments apparently struck a nerve on social media, with many coming out against his assertion
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Quentin Tarantino Finds His Bruce Lee for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood': How Mike Moh Honored Lee

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Quentin Tarantino Finds His Bruce Lee for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood': How Mike Moh Honored Lee
Quentin Tarantino has found his Bruce Lee for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” TheWrap has learned. Mike Moh, who has repeatedly paid tribute to Lee online, will play the kung-fu master in Tarantino’s film set in the era of the Manson murders.

Moh was named as a member of the cast last month, but his role was not officially released. Individuals with knowledge of the project told to TheWrap this week that Moh will play Lee. That’s fitting, because Moh has honored Lee in YouTube videos (see below) and a tweet last month on the 45th anniversary of Lee’s death.

“It’s been 45 years since this man passed,” tweeted Moh, who is best known for playing Triton on Marvel’s “The Inhumans.” “#brucelee has inspired me in so many ways… Martial arts, acting, his philosophies on life. But look at the loving way he looked at his children.
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Oscars Airdate Change May Force a Big Box Office Shift

Oscars Airdate Change May Force a Big Box Office Shift
While much of the shocked reaction to the Academy’s changes to the Oscars focused on the possibility of awards being presented during commercial breaks and the introduction of a Best Popular Film category, there was another big announcement that may change the complexion of the box office: an earlier Oscars airdate.

Starting in 2020, the Academy is planning to move Oscar Sunday out of its late February/early March airdate to the weekend following the Super Bowl on Feb. 9. The Oscar nominations announcement and voting periods will also be moved up into late December and early January, meaning that the period between nomination announcements and the night Best Picture is awarded will now take place in a movie theater landscape that will likely be dominated by popular holiday releases.

And that spells trouble for indie titles looking for an Oscar-buzz boost at the box office.

Also Read: How Alcatraz Linked Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather,
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‘Gilmore Girls’ Life and Death Brigade Reassembles! Tanc Sade to Join Matt Czuchry on ‘The Resident’

‘Gilmore Girls’ Life and Death Brigade Reassembles! Tanc Sade to Join Matt Czuchry on ‘The Resident’
Paging “The Resident”s Dr. Condrad Hawkins, you’ve got an old friend in the house.

Gilmore Girls” alum — and on-screen Life and Death Brigade member — Tanc Sade is reuniting with his “Gilmore Girls” co-star Matt Czuchry on the latter’s Fox medical drama, a spokesperson for the network tells TheWrap.

Sade played Finn, Logan’s (Czuchry) Yale buddy, on the Amy Sherman-Palladino-created CW series and reprised his role for the 2016 revival. When he stops by Czuchry’s new series for Season 2, he’ll play Josh Robinson, a professional extreme adventure guide whose story takes a highly unexpected turn when he is treated by Condrad at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital.

Also Read: 'Frasier' Alum Jane Leeves Joins Fox's 'The Resident' Season 2 as Series Regular

Sade shared the news on Instagram Tuesday, captioning a pic of him in hair & makeup, “Back on set. This time with #gilmoregirls alumni #mattczuchry for #theresident.
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John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s Sons Come Together for a Selfie (Photo)

John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s Sons Come Together for a Selfie (Photo)
Sean Ono Lennon and James McCartney, sons of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, got hopes up for a Beatles: Next Generation collaboration when they came together and snapped a selfie for Instagram on Monday.

Lennon captioned a photo of the two of them riding nowhere “Peekaboo…” as the appropriately bearded and spectacled Lennon sat with the young McCartney with a guitar on his lap.

Check out the photo below:

Also Read: How 'Yellow Submarine' Made The Beatles 'Lovable' Again

Peekaboo…

A post shared by Sean Ono Lennon (@sean_ono_lennon) on Aug 13, 2018 at 7:52am Pdt

Followers on Instagram hoped there might be another Lennon-McCartney collaboration in the near future, as both Sean Lennon and James McCartney are accomplished songwriters in their own right. Lennon is even on something of a Magical Mystery Tour of Beatles offspring, as he recently met with Dhani Harrison, George Harrison’s son,
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‘Smallville’ Alum Allison Mack Seeks Looser Bail Conditions in Nxivm Sex-Trafficking Case

‘Smallville’ Alum Allison Mack Seeks Looser Bail Conditions in Nxivm Sex-Trafficking Case
Lawyers for “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, who has been accused of sex trafficking stemming from her connection to the Nxivm organization, are asking a judge to relax the conditions of Mack’s bail.

According to papers filed Tuesday and obtained by TheWrap, Mack is seeking the relaxed conditions because she “is interested in contributing to society.”

Mack’s legal representation is asking for the home detention component of her bail conditions to be amended so that she can leave her residence without seeking the court’s permission for the purposes of “stationary and verifiable employment,” as well as to attend religious services once a week and for schooling.

Also Read: 'Smallville' Star Allison Mack Says Branding Women in Nxivm 'Sex Cult' Was Her Idea

“Prior to her arrest on the instant charges, Ms. Mack had no criminal history. She also has substantial ties to the United States, including
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That Time Omarosa Starred in the Trump-Produced Dating Show ‘The Ultimate Merger’ (Video)

We all know that former Donald Trump adviser-turned-enemy Omarosa Manigault Newman starred on the president’s NBC reality show “The Apprentice” (three times!). But did you forget that she also had her own dating show produced by Trump?

In 2010, Manigault Newman starred in the reality dating show. And if you didn’t know it was produced by Trump, you weren’t reading the title: “Donald Trump Presents: The Ultimate Merger.” The show was something of a cross between “The Bachelorette” and “The Apprentice,” with Trump himself picking the 12 suitors, who stayed at (guess where) a Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.

“The Ultimate Merger” also featured a spiritual adviser, Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, who was pastor of the Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church in Baltimore.

Also Read: Andy Cohen Takes a 'Hard Pass' on Omarosa for 'Real Housewives'

The first season ended with the last man standing, R&B singer Ray Lavender,
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Reese Witherspoon to Lead CAA Author Panel In Step with Brooklyn Book Festival

Reese Witherspoon to Lead CAA Author Panel In Step with Brooklyn Book Festival
Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon is leading an author program from talent agency CAA at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival.

Titled “Let’s Discuss Live,” the afternoon of conversation will be curated by the Hollywood and sports agency to “bring readers together with some of today’s most relevant storytellers, thought leaders, entertainers, and innovators for a series of dynamic conversations.”

DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist and host of “Pod Save the People,” as well as authors Jenny Han and Jessica Knoll will be featured in additional chats when the event takes place on September 16 in New York.

Also Read: CAA Creates Online Database for TV Writers of Color

The afternoon includes:

Witherspoon in conversation with bestselling author and comedian Mamrie Hart to discuss their Southern roots and the inspiration behind Reese’s first book, “Whiskey in a Teacup.”

Jenny Han, the New York Times bestselling-author of the “To
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Renews ‘Fastest Car,’ Greenlights Two New Automotive Shows

In today’s roundup, Netflix greenlit two original automobile-centric series, “Car Masters: Rust to Riches” and “Hyperdrive,” while Viacom appointed Brandon Yam as its new VP and Gm of Viacom Digital Studios International.

Greenlights

Netflix has approved two new original series about cars, titled “Car Masters: Rust to Riches” and “Hyperdrive,” to premiere on the streaming service Sept. 14 and in 2019, respectively. “Car Masters,” hosted by Mark Towle, is a car makeover show, while “Hyperdrive” is a competition series that pits race car drivers against one another on a giant automobile obstacle course.

Renewals

Netflix has renewed the car racing competition series,
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