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Paramount Developing Third ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie

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Paramount Developing Third ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie
Paramount has launched development of a third “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie — two years after “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” was a serious disappointment.

The studio has hired Andrew Dodge, whose credits include “Bad Words,” to write the script. Producers are Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller through their Platinum Dunes production company.

The studio is aiming to reboot the franchise through the third “Ninja Turtles” project.

Paramount’s two movies are based on the comic by Kevin Eastman and Kevin Laird about wisecracking pizza-loving turtle superheroes named after the Renaissance artists Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello, using ninja skills acquired from a radioactive New York City rat. The first movie, simply called “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” was released in 2014 and grossed $493 million worldwide while “Out of the Shadows” took in about half that.

Both films starred Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher
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Jamie Bell in Talks to Play Bernie Taupin in Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ (Exclusive)

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Jamie Bell in Talks to Play Bernie Taupin in Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ (Exclusive)
Jamie Bell is in negotiations to play Bernie Taupin, the famed songwriter who collaborated on 30 albums with Elton John, in Paramount’s biopic “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton as John.

Dexter Fletcher is attached to helm the project. Lee Hall penned the script. Paramount Pictures will finance and distribute the pic.

Taupin began collaborating on songs with John back in 1967, when the two both answered an advertisement for talent that was placed in the New Musical Express by Liberty Records A&R man Ray Williams. Though both were rejected for that job, John would stumble across Taupin’s poetry, leading to one of the greatest music collaborations for the next several decades.

The two worked on hits together that included “Crocodile Rock,” “Honky Cat,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and the title of the project, “Rocketman.”

Matthew Vaughn and his Marv Films will produce,
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‘Berlin Syndrome’s’ Cate Shortland Topping The Shortlist Of Directors For Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’

‘Berlin Syndrome’s’ Cate Shortland Topping The Shortlist Of Directors For Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’
It appears that Marvel Studios isn’t just stringing along fans who have been begging for a “Black Widow” film for years. While nothing has officially been announced, it’s been widely reported that Marvel Studios has begun the process of bringing everyone’s favorite Russian spy to the big screen. And according to Deadline, we now know that Marvel Studios is starting to narrow down its shortlist of directors, with one name popping up as a favorite.
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Exclusive: Future ‘A Star Wars Story’ Spinoffs on Hold at Lucasfilm

Exclusive: Future ‘A Star Wars Story’ Spinoffs on Hold at Lucasfilm
It may be a while before we see any more movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story out of Lucasfilm. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that Lucasfilm has decided to put plans for more A Star Wars Story spinoff movies on hold, instead opting to focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film. Sources tell us that the previously rumored Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but those who were working on the film are no longer involved. It was recently reported …
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Zachary Quinto says Star Trek 4 news expected in the next few weeks

Zachary Quinto says Star Trek 4 news expected in the next few weeks
Actor Zachary Quinto has offered an update on the future of Star Trek movies.

2009’s Star Trek brought the franchise back to the big screen in a significant way but it’s television that has been mostly dominating conversation of late. The films, however, are still integral to the franchise’s future, with several in development at Paramount, including Star Trek 4 and Quentin Tarantino’s mystery project.

Speaking during a recent interview with Andy Cohen’s Sirius FM show (via ComicBook.com), Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, says that news should be arriving very soon:

“You know, I think we’re going to know more in the next few weeks actually. There is a fourth movie that’s being developed right now. They’ve brought a director who’s actually a wonderful woman who I’ve worked with before named S.J. Clarkson into the mix to develop and to helm that project.
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George Clooney To Direct Sci-Fi Film ‘Echo’ From The Producers Of ‘Arrival’ And ‘Stranger Things’

George Clooney To Direct Sci-Fi Film ‘Echo’ From The Producers Of ‘Arrival’ And ‘Stranger Things’
George Clooney’s track record as a director is hit or miss. While he’s an A-lister actor, with numerous hits under his belt, when he steps behind the camera, things are a bit more…dicey. Last year, he released “Suburbicon,” which had all the makings of a great film, but ended up not doing much for audiences and critics. It feels like it’s been an eternity since 2002’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” put him on the map as a filmmaker to keep an eye on.
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Kristen Wiig Exits Reese Witherspoon-Produced Apple TV Comedy Series

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Kristen Wiig Exits Reese Witherspoon-Produced Apple TV Comedy Series
Kristen Wiig is stepping down as star of the half-hour comedy series being developed for Apple by Reese Witherspoon, due to scheduling conflicts with the production of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The show is now on hold as Apple and the show’s producers consider their options, including finding a new lead actress.

Inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” the project from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine received a 10-episode order, and was set to become Apple’s first half-hour scripted comedy. Wiig signed onto the series when it was ordered in January, and was set to executive produce as well as star.

However, Wiig joined “Wonder Woman 1984” just two months later. That film is currently in production, with Wiig playing classic DC comics villain Cheetah. The superhero sequel’s shooting schedule,
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Dennis Quaid to Play Ronald Reagan in New Biopic

Dennis Quaid to Play Ronald Reagan in New Biopic
Dennis Quaid has inked a deal to play President Ronald Reagan in a film expected to begin shooting in the fall, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The long-in-the works feature film will explore Reagan's life from boyhood through his presidency — of both the U.S. and the Screen Actors Guild — and he will be played as a young man by David Henrie, best known for his role as teen Justin Russo in the kid's show Wizards of Waverly Place, and as an older adult by Quaid.

The film is also expected to explore Reagan's ...
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Fran Drescher Teases ‘The Nanny’ Revival: ‘We’re Talking About It’

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Fran Drescher Teases ‘The Nanny’ Revival: ‘We’re Talking About It’
It’s been 25 years since “The Nanny” premiered on CBS, and just in time to mark that anniversary, star Fran Drescher is teasing a revival of the classic sitcom.

“We’re talking about it. Peter and I are talking about it,” Drescher told Entertainment Tonight. Peter Marc Jacobson, who co-created the sitcom with her, is also her ex-husband and collaborator.

“We’re working on a very big project,” she added. “It’s going to be very exciting for the fans, but I’m not at liberty to announce it yet. But it’s gonna be big.”

If a revival were to get greenlit, Drescher said that her character would’ve become more involved in social issues over the past 20 years.

“She would’ve maybe gotten involved in more things [that] Fran Drescher is involved with,” she said. “All kinds of things from environmental issues,
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Stephen King & J.J. Abrams’ ‘Castle Rock’ Sets Comic-Con World Premiere + More

Stephen King & J.J. Abrams’ ‘Castle Rock’ Sets Comic-Con World Premiere + More
Exclusive: Castle Rock doesn't premiere on Hulu until July 25, but San Diego Comic-Con attendees will get a lot more than a sneak peek at the psychological-horror drama. The entire opening episode of the J.J. Abrams-produced series based on Stephen King's stories will be played for fans at the confab next month, I've learned.

Additionally, the home of The Handmaid's Tale is planning a big Rock presence offscreen at SDCC.

Abrams is working on the next Star Wars movie over…
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James Cromwell, Bruce Dern & More Join Civil War-Era Drama ‘Emperor’

James Cromwell, Bruce Dern & More Join Civil War-Era Drama ‘Emperor’
Exclusive: Oscar nominees James Cromwell and Bruce Dern have signed on for Emperor, joining previously announced star Dayo Okeniyi in the Civil War-abolitionist film directed former Lionsgate exec Mark Amin. Paul Scheer, Harry Lennix, Naturi Naughton, Mykelti Williamson, Ben Robson, Keean Johnson, and Kat Graham are also attached to co-star in the film, which hails from Amin’s Sobini Films banner. Inspired by the true story, the pic follows Shields Green (Okeniyi), who in…
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Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum in Academy Board Runoff

Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum in Academy Board Runoff
The total number of women on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors is now 22, one more than last year. That’s because producer Jennifer Todd not only beat her Oscar show co-producer Michael De Luca as a finalist to represent the producers branch, but in a run-off election to resolve a tie vote, beat horror maestro Jason Blum as well.

Todd is president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films, where she produced “Live by Night” and executive produced last year’s “Jason Bourne.” Her credits also include “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Across the Universe,” “Prime,” “Memento,” “Boiler Room” and the “Austin Powers” films. Todd earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the HBO television movie, “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

Todd joins incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in representing the
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Producer Jennifer Todd Beats Out Jason Blum in Academy Governors Runoff Election

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Oscars telecast producer Jennifer Todd has won the runoff election for the open Producers Branch seat for 2018-2019. Todd and producer Jason Blum tied for the seat in the Board election last week.

This is the fourth time in Academy history that a tie occurred in the balloting. Runoff elections were also held in 2009 (Directors Branch), 2015 (Writers Branch), and 2016 (Film Editors Branch).

Todd produced the 89th and 90th Oscars telecasts along with producer Michael De Luca. She received an Emmy nomination for the former, which infamously ended in the mishandling of the best picture envelope, resulting in the wrong film being announced as the winner. Her film credits include “Memento,” “Across the Universe,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Live by Night.”

Todd joins incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in leading the branch, and will take her post on July
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How ‘One Day at a Time’ Star Justina Machado Nailed That Six-Minute Hospital Monologue

How ‘One Day at a Time’ Star Justina Machado Nailed That Six-Minute Hospital Monologue
This story about Justina Machado first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

The second season of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” goes out with a big swing. With Lydia, the family matriarch played with effortless panache by Rita Moreno, hospitalized in a coma, each member of her family takes a turn sitting at her bedside, revealing just how much she means to them in long, theater-style monologues.

The episode brings out the best in the show’s cast, evoking a stunning depth of emotion from even the younger actors on the show. But it’s Justina Machado’s fearless tour-de-force performance as Lydia’s daughter, Penelope, that will stick with viewers long after the episode ends.

Machado carries the scene for nearly six minutes, bouncing from anger to frustration to despair as she boils down a lifetime’s worth of love and resentment into a single speech.
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Mel Gibson Loses Bid to Block Release of ‘Professor and the Madman’

Mel Gibson Loses Bid to Block Release of ‘Professor and the Madman’
Mel Gibson has lost a key round in his battle for control of “The Professor and the Madman,” potentially clearing the way for the release of the star-crossed film about the origins of a dictionary.

The picture is based on Simon Winchester’s book about the collaboration between Professor James Murray and William Minor, an inmate in a mental asylum, to create the Oxford English Dictionary. Gibson has long wanted to produce the film, and in 2015 struck a production deal with Voltage Pictures.

The film was shot in late 2016, with Gibson playing the professor and Sean Penn in the role of the madman. But late in the production, shooting came to a standstill when Gibson and director Farhad Safinia insisted that certain scenes be shot in Oxford, England, instead of Trinity College in Dublin. Voltage CEO Nicolas Chartier refused, arguing that the film was already over budget and behind schedule.
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Disney vs Comcast: Why the Bidding War for Fox Has Only Just Begun

Now that the ball is back in Comcast’s court in its battle with Disney over 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets, analysts expect Comcast to submit another, more expensive bid.

Comcast’s next offer is expected to be roughly 15 percent higher than Disney’s latest $71.3 billion offer, according to analysts who spoke with TheWrap. That’s somewhere in the low-$40s per share. Disney’s new bid on Wednesday was for $38 per share, a 50-50 split between cash and stock, whereas Comcast’s $65 billion offer last week was all in cash.

Laura Martin, an analyst for Needham & Company, predicts that any new bid from Comcast would be similar to the stock-cash split that Disney offered. “I think they’ll try to make it look as much like the Disney deal as possible.”

Also Read: Disney vs Comcast Showdown: Who Needs the Fox Assets More?

The question now
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New ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Says Season 9 Will Focus on ‘Great Stories for the Women’

It looks like the next chapter in the zombie apocalypse is for the girls.

“We’re going to see some really great stories with the women on our show [in Season 9],” “Walking Dead” showrunner Angela Kang said at AMC’s “Kick-Ass Women of AMC” panel in New York Wednesday. “I think for people who are really invested in, say, Michonne [Danai Gurira], Maggie [Lauren Cohan], Carol [Melissa McBride], there’s such great material for them.”

Kang, who has been on the writing staff since Season 2 and was promoted in January, added that there’s still great material for leading men Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus), “but for people who are looking for that specifically they will really see some incredible work from our women.”

Also Read: 'The Walking Dead': Jon Bernthal Set to Appear in Season 9

With news that Lincoln will be phased out during Season 9, it’s
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Mary J. Blige to Star in Horror-Thriller ‘Body Cam’ for Paramount

Mary J. Blige to Star in Horror-Thriller ‘Body Cam’ for Paramount
Mudbound” star Mary J. Blige has come on board in a leading role in “Body Cam,” a horror-thriller set up at Paramount.

Variety first reported on March 21 that Malik Vitthal had been tapped to direct “Body Cam” for Paramount Players. The project, produced by Matt Kaplan, was the first major purchase for Paramount Players chief Brian Robbins last year.

Nick McCarthy and John Ridley have performed rewrites of the spec script originally penned by Richmond Riedel. Described as “Get Out” meets “End of Watch,” the story follows several Lapd officers who are haunted by a malevolent spirit that is tied to the murder of a black youth at the hands of two white cops — all of which was caught on a body cam video that was destroyed in a cover-up.

Blige will portray a police officer in “Body Cam” who begins seeing visions and starts to investigate the cover-up.

Blige
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The MoviePass Effect Is Here to Stay — Even if MoviePass Isn’t

The ground is shifting under the exhibition industry’s feet.

The latest evidence of the tectonic moves taking place was Wednesday’s announcement that AMC is launching its own subscription-based program, a MoviePass rival it has dubbed A-list. The move is a concession to a new reality: Moviegoers are more interested in a value proposition than a lavish night out.

It also suggests that the theatrical movie business has been Netflix-ized. People are now used to paying for content in monthly packages, and they’re sick of shelling out as much as $20 a pop to see a movie in theaters.

“The whole U.S. economy is moving towards a subscription model,” said Eric Handler, an analyst with Mkm Partners. “It’s not just Netflix or Hulu. You’re seeing all these subscription over-the top-services like CBS All Access springing up. It’s even going into video games and throughout all areas of media.
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How Smart-Speaker Maker Sonos Plans to Take on Apple, Google and Amazon

Summer has been kind so far to Sonos: The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based smart-speaker maker introduced a major new product, the Beam soundbar, earlier this month. Also in June, Ikea showed off first designs of products it is developing jointly with Sonos. But the company will be put to the test in the coming weeks when it is widely expected to file for Ipo in hopes of turning what was once a scrappy start-up into a multibillion-dollar publicly traded company.

Sonos isn’t commenting on the subject, but CEO Patrick Spence is vocal about 2018 being a defining year for the company,
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