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NBC Buys Music Drama From ‘Nashville’ Alums, Milo Ventimiglia & Craig Brewer

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NBC Buys Music Drama From ‘Nashville’ Alums, Milo Ventimiglia & Craig Brewer
Former Nashville executive producers Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin are returning to the music industry scene with a new drama series project. The duo has teamed up with This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia and Craig Brewer, writer-director of music-themed series Empire and movie Hustle & Flow, for a one-hour series pitch that has landed at NBC with a script commitment plus penalty. The drama hails from Ventimiglia & Russ Cundiff’s Divide Pictures and 20th Century Fox TV, where Lavender, Ulin and Divide are under deals.

Written by Lavender and Ulin, the untitled project centers on gifted musician Madison, who fears her life in the music business is over after an epic breakdown on stage goes viral. With a new boldness she teams up with her musical prodigy sisters, to form a band that might be more than what they bargained for. Thrust into a world that is far more
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Outlander: Season Four Premiere Date Announced by Starz

Outlander: Season Four Premiere Date Announced by Starz
Outlander is headed to the New World. Today, Starz announced the TV show's fourth season will debut in November.

Based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, the historical drama follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a WWII combat nurse who finds herself mysteriously thrown back in time to 1743 Scotland. The cast also includes Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Annette Badland, Stephen Walters, and Laura Donnelly.

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‘Bourne’ Offshoot Drama ‘Treadstone’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At USA Network, In Talks For Amazon Deal

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‘Bourne’ Offshoot Drama ‘Treadstone’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At USA Network, In Talks For Amazon Deal
USA Network has given a straight-to-series order to drama Treadstone, an offshoot from the Bourne franchise, from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Universal Cable Productions.

Treadstone was originally announced as a pilot order on USA’s 2018 slate in April but will now bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series. I hear the decision stems in large part from an international distribution deal Ucp is negotiating with Amazon. In a similar fashion, Ucp’s Syfy’s pilot Nightflyers went directly to series when Netflix took international distribution under its co-licensing model.

I hear new Amazon Studios president Jennifer Salke was instrumental in starting the conversations on Treadstone as she had known the project since its inception and was in on the original pitch in her previous role as president of NBC Entertainment. Because of its Bourne ties, the project has worldwide appeal and name recognition. It also comes from a proven TV creator/showrunner,
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‘Hard Powder’ is the Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

‘Hard Powder’ is the Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Movie You’ve Been Waiting For
Who says cinema is dead? As long as someone is ready to make a Liam Neeson snowplow action movie, the medium of film will live forever. Neeson is set to star in Hard Power, a remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance. Neeson plays a snowplow driver going up against a drug cartel. If […]

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TNT Orders ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel Of Darkness’ Limited Series

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TNT Orders ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel Of Darkness’ Limited Series
TNT has ordered The Angel of Darkness, a new limited series based on the sequel to author Caleb Carr’s bestelling The Alienist, with Alienist stars Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning returning for the follow-up in an all-new storyline.

A huge critical and ratings success, TNT’s The Alienist is 2018’s top new cable series in 18-49, having reached more than 50 million people across multiple platforms. It also earned six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series.

A gripping, turn-of-the-century murder mystery amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age,” The Alienist follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies. In the first series, Kreizler was relentless in his pursuit of a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. He was joined by newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) and Sara Howard (Fanning), an ambitious secretary determined to
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Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?

Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?
The sad news about Aretha Franklin today had us thumbing through our old vinyl and wondering if we should rewatch her sass-serving cameo in 1980's The Blues Brothers for a 41st time. We were a little surprised, however, to learn on IMDb that her first non-singing screen role came not alongside a repurposed Mount Prospect, Ill., police car but in a 1972 episode of the TV series "Room 222."

Also notable about the race-related classroom drama/comedy, one of the first TV shows to feature a black lead: It's the first series created by James L. Brooks, before he co-created "Mary Tyler Moore," won a Best Director Oscar for Terms of Endearment, and developed "The Simpsons."

As of this writing, Season 3 of "Room 222" is not available on DVD or to stream (VHS to the rescue?). Perhaps that's worth changing?

Check out our gallery of Aretha Franklin photos through the years.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76
“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, the eruptive singer who reigned atop the pop and R&B charts in the late ’60s and early ’70s with a succession of albums and singles of unparalleled power and emotional depth, has died. She was 76.

Franklin was suffering from pancreatic cancer, and had earlier undergone surgery in December 2010. Her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reported Franklin died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,” Quinn said in a statement. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

She was the most lionized and lauded female R&B vocalist of her era. Winner of 18 Grammy Awards, and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement honoree in
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‘The Nun’ Eyes Huge $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

‘The Nun’ Eyes Huge $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
After popcorn season comes to a close, Warner Bros. is hoping to scare moviegoers back into theaters with “The Nun.”

Early tracking suggests the fifth installment in “The Conjuring” franchise is on pace to open to more than $32 million when it opens on Sept. 7, though some estimates predict it could make as much as $37 million. That’s a promising launch given the low price tag typically attached to horror movies.

The Nun,” a spin-off to “The Conjuring 2,” stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, and Jonas Bloquet. It is set in Romania in 1951 and centers on a Catholic priest and a novice who are sent to the Vatican to investigate the mysterious suicide of a nun. The first four iterations in the “Conjuring” universe — including “Annabelle” and its sequel — have generated over $1.1 billion globally.

It won’t come close to matching the surprise success of the same weekend last September when
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Showtime on Ruth Wilson’s Exit From ‘The Affair’: ‘Everyone Agreed the Character’s Story Had Run Its Course’

Showtime on Ruth Wilson’s Exit From ‘The Affair’: ‘Everyone Agreed the Character’s Story Had Run Its Course’
Ruth Wilson stoked speculation about the reason for her departure from Showtime’s “The Affair” when she said she’s “not allowed” to talk about the situation during a TV appearance Thursday morning.

Wilson appeared on “CBS This Morning” to talk about the dramatic exit of her character, Alison, from the Showtime drama that examines the impact of an extramarital affair from multiple perspectives. There had been speculation Wilson left because she was earning less than her male co-star, Dominic West. Asked by “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King directly about the pay parity question, Wilson replied: “I’ve never
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Kenya Barris Officially Joins Netflix With Big TV Overall Deal For New Series

Kenya Barris Officially Joins Netflix With Big TV Overall Deal For New Series
It’s official: black-ish creator Kenya Barris is headed to Netflix with a rich multi-year overall deal. The pact had been rumored for months. I hear the agreement with Netflix was made awhile ago but could not be announced until Barris formalized his exit from his ABC Studios deal. Barris and ABC Studios last month announced that his overall deal there would terminate in August, a little over a year into its four-year term. I hear the date was Aug. 15, thus today’s…
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Film Review: ‘Breaking and Exiting’

Film Review: ‘Breaking and Exiting’
“Breaking and Exiting” is the first directorial feature for actor Peter Facinilli, and first produced screenplay for actor-turned-producer/star Jordan Hinson. One hopes it was a good learning experience for all, because from a viewer’s perspective, the results don’t provide much reward.

This wafer-thin seriocomedy, basically one long meet-cute between a burglar and a suicidal woman, feels padded even at just 78 minutes. Whatever the promise of that premise, very little happens in the way of narrative or character development, which leaves the film over-reliant on a central chemistry (Milo Gibson is Hinson’s co-lead) that isn’t really there.

Despite surface polish, this indie feels like a classroom exercise that checks off the basic technical and narrative-beat boxes needed to get a passing grade, yet never develops any real personality of its own or raison d’etre. Freestyle Digital Media launches the film in limited theatrical release simultaneous with VOD on Aug.
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Film Review: ‘Down a Dark Hall’

Film Review: ‘Down a Dark Hall’
Written in 1974, prolific young-adult novelist Lois Duncan’s “Down a Dark Hall” intriguingly anticipated some of the tropes of latterday Ya fantasy-fiction blockbusters. Thus “Buried” director Rodrigo Cortés’ belated screen adaptation comes off — at least in narrative terms — as something a halfway point between “Harry Potter” and “Suspiria,” as “gifted” girls at a curious, sinister private school become increasingly susceptible to supernatural forces.

Lionsgate Premiere’s Stateside launch of this Spanish-u.S. coproduction (which has already opened in several other territories) doesn’t suggest great faith, as it’s only providing very limited theatrical exposure alongside a VOD release. Still, this is a decent modern Gothic thriller handled with sufficient style and a straight face by genre ace Cortés. His efforts, and strong performances by the young female leads, make for a movie that’s fairly strong meat by juvenile fantasy standards, if probably a tad wimpy for horror-fan tastes.
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Film Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’

Film Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’
“There are no cheap parlor tricks here!” growls Locke (Armando Gutierrez), the cloak-swirling, goatee-twitching villain of Blake Harris and Chris Bouchard’s “The Little Mermaid,” providing such an easy way in for the disgruntled reviewer (and few will be gruntled) that it almost feels like a trap. Creaky visual effects, slapdash plotting and a script drunk on cliché: There’s pretty much nothing but cheap parlor trickery here.

The biggest trick of all, of course, is that though it feels like it was designed to capitalize on the confusion, this is neither the forthcoming Lin-Manuel Miranda-assisted Disney remake, nor Universal’s similarly titled, status-unknown project that formerly had Sofia Coppola and Chloë Grace Moretz attached. Nor does it bear much resemblance to the 1989 animated musical, or to the Hans Christian Andersen story that purportedly inspired all of the above. Instead it belongs to the subgenre of “imagine insert-mythical-creature-here was real” movies,
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How Peter Jackson's Low-Budget Cult Comedy 'Meet the Feebles' Inspired 'The Happytime Murders'

How Peter Jackson's Low-Budget Cult Comedy 'Meet the Feebles' Inspired 'The Happytime Murders'
When the first trailer landed in May for The Happytime Murders, STXfilms’ liquor, drugs, sex and violence-soaked puppet crime comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, one British newspaper declared it to be the “first-ever R-rated Muppets film."

Not quite.

As was quickly pointed out by Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement, that title had already been claimed.

“Ahem… No, that would be Meet the Feebles, Peter Jackson, Nz, 1989,” he tweeted, referring to only the second feature by his Oscar-winning fellow New Zealander, made back when he was a 20-something filmmaker spending his weekends putting together comedy horror splatter movies ...
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See Janet Jackson, Daddy Yankee Dance in the Streets in New ‘Made For Now’ Video

See Janet Jackson, Daddy Yankee Dance in the Streets in New ‘Made For Now’ Video
Janet Jackson, Daddy Yankee and a host of dancers from around the globe get a neighborhood dance party started in Jackson’s new video for “Made For Now.”

Produced by Harmony Samuels, Jackson’s latest single is her first new music release since she dropped her 11th studio album, 2015’s Unbreakable. In the Dave Meyers-directed visual for “Made For Now,” the artist’s uplifting song inspires a bevy of dancers to take to the streets of Brooklyn for a celebratory gathering. Jackson and her longtime creative director Gil Duldulao selected the international dance crew,
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‘We the Animals’ Film Review: Haunting Childhood Tale Earns Comparisons to Terence Malick

Justin Torres’ autobiographical debut novel “We the Animals” is told at first in the first person plural, and this film adaptation directed by Jeremiah Zagar uses this conceit for its narration.

“Look at us,” says our young narrator Jonah (Evan Rosado) on the soundtrack, as we see him playing with his two brothers. “When we were brothers, we wanted more… more volume, more muscles… us three… us kings… us brothers.” This narration gets largely abandoned as “We the Animals” goes on, which mimics what happens in Torres’s book when Jonah starts to separate himself from his brothers and his parents, and refers to them as “they.”

Zagar has smartly decided to tell this very subjective story of childhood with an expressionist visual style that favors saturated colors, and he often leans on an unusually suggestive and potent sound design that sometimes leads us seamlessly from one memory to the next.
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See Ariana Grande, the Roots’ Moving Rendition of Aretha Franklin’s ‘A Natural Woman’

See Ariana Grande, the Roots’ Moving Rendition of Aretha Franklin’s ‘A Natural Woman’
Ariana Grande performed one of her musical influences classic songs during The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Backed by the Roots, Grande sang a faithful rendition of Aretha Franklin‘s “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,” the late singer’s hit 1967 single.

In a cold open for the show, Grande delivered the heartfelt lyrics with her eyes closed, along with three backing singers as they all swayed along to the emotional song.

Following the performance, Fallon paid tribute to Franklin as well, telling a story about how she
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Ariana Grande Gets Standing Ovation for Emotional Aretha Franklin Tribute on ‘Tonight Show’

Ariana Grande Gets Standing Ovation for Emotional Aretha Franklin Tribute on ‘Tonight Show’
Ariana Grande was only scheduled to do a comedy skit on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday, but ended up bringing the house down with her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman.”

Grande, known for hits like “Side to Side” and “Love Me Harder,” was on the show to promote her new album “Sweetener,” which debuts at midnight. According to TMZ, producers asked the 25-year-old pop star to perform a song by Franklin as a tribute to the late legend, who died Thursday at the age of 76. Grande originally said she was too emotional to sing, as
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Hasan Minhaj Says Bye to ‘The Daily Show’ by Combining Obamacare and MoviePass (Video)

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Hasan Minhaj Says Bye to ‘The Daily Show’ by Combining Obamacare and MoviePass (Video)
Hasan Minhaj marked his final appearance on “The Daily Show” Thursday night with a suggestion for saving MoviePass: combine it with the Affordable Care Act.

Minhaj is leaving “The Daily Show” to host a weekly political talk show, “Patriot Act,” premiering on Netflix Oct. 28. But Trevor Noah joked that there’s another reason: “Apparently the Muslim ban is way more far reaching than we realized.”

Minhaj, greeted by a standing ovation, talked about the financial struggles of MoviePass, and the company’s recent move to limit subscribers to three movies per month. “Now what am I gonna do?” he asked. “What you could do is just buy a ticket for a movie you wanna see, like a normal person,” countered Noah.

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“We’re Millennials,” Minhaj continued. “It’s all about subscription culture.
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Jimmy Fallon, T-Mobile Will Send ‘Tonight Show’ to Central Park

Jimmy Fallon, T-Mobile Will Send ‘Tonight Show’ to Central Park
Jimmy Fallon has taken his “Tonight Show” to Los Angeles, Orlando and Minneapolis. Now he’s going to bring it to New York’s backyard.

As part of an advertising pact with T-Mobile, NBC’s “Tonight” will hold forth from Central Park in Manhattan on Thursday, September 13. Under the terms of the deal, T-Mobile will hold a nationwide sweepstakes to send fans to New York for the special event, and the broadcast will contain some content tailored for the advertiser along with surprise celebrity guests. Fallon was expected to announce the details of the agreement and the special broadcast on
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