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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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Courtney B. Vance Boards Jordan Peele’s HBO Series ‘Lovecraft Country’

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Courtney B. Vance Boards Jordan Peele’s HBO Series ‘Lovecraft Country’
HBO added a trio of new cast members — Courtney B. Vance, Elizabeth Debicki abd Aunjanue Ellis — to “Lovecraft Country,” its upcoming drama from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions.

The three will star opposite Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jonathan Majors and Wunmi Mosaku.

Lovecraft Country,” which is based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff, follows Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback, according to the series’ description.

Also Read: Jordan Peele, Jj Abrams' HBO Series Adds Yann Demange as Director, Executive Producer

Vance will portray George Black, Atticus’ (Majors) uncle and publisher of the “Safe Negro Travel Guide,” while Ellis will play George’s wife,
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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book “The Witches,” studio sources tell Variety.

Sources say a deal is expected shortly. Zemeckis will also pen the script with his partner, Jack Rapke, producing through their banner ImageMovers, along with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro had long been attached to direct, but a scheduling conflict led the Oscar winner to vacate the director’s chair.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Anjelica Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

The studio had been looking for projects in Zemeckis’ wheelhouse, having previously met
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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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ABC News Apologizes for Incorrect Paul Manafort Graphic

ABC News has issued an apology after posting an incorrect graphic stating that Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort had pleaded “guilty to 5 charges of manslaughter.”

The erroneous lower-third graphic appeared for approximately seven seconds during a special report on Wednesday on Donald Trump’s plan to sign an executive order to end his family separation policy.

Trump said “we want to solve this immigration problem that’s been going on for 40 years, more — it’s been going on forever” in light of outcry about his zero-tolerance policy at the border. During ABC News’ coverage of the announcement, the
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Film Review: ‘Loro 2’

Film Review: ‘Loro 2’
Watching “Loro 2” is a peculiar experience, because it never shakes the sense of being hurriedly edited from a much longer and better film. In some ways that’s what this is: the second part of Paolo Sorrentino’s initial Italian-release version of his highly anticipated semi-fantasy biopic of Silvio Berlusconi. Yet even if the two parts were viewed close together – they were released on the peninsula one week apart – the lack of buildup for a masterful early scene in “2” proves just how ill-considered it was to divide the movie in this way. In addition, it seems clear that a great number of scenes have been so severely cut down that they barely register. Taken as a whole, the film is a classic Sorrentino-esque tapestry about hubris woven on a grand scale, but when it’s divided and edited in this manner one is constantly aware that the effect was meant to be much greater.
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Why Chadwick Boseman, Cristiano Ronaldo, Javier Hernández and Hirving Lozano Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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Why Chadwick Boseman, Cristiano Ronaldo, Javier Hernández and Hirving Lozano Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week
Check out the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters.

A “Black Panther” fan-favorite and three soccer superstars had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement AI company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers June 13-19 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

Also Read: MTV Awards: Michael B Jordan's 'Shocked' He Won Best Villain With Roseanne Barr Out There (Video)

Of the big drivers of emotionality during the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which generated 147,644 Emotional Reactions (ERs), one standout was Chadwick Boseman. He took home two awards for his performance in “Black Panther”: Best Hero and Best Actor in a Movie. Viewers particularly loved
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TV Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Tops Tuesday

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” again proved itself the summer’s heavyweight. The broadcast competition drew a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demo Tuesday night, according to Nielsen overnight numbers, down two tenths of a point from last week. “America’s Got Talent” also averaged 11.7 million total viewers.

On Fox, “Beat Shazam” was down one tenth of a point in the demo at 0.7 and drew 2.3 million viewers. “Love Connection” at 9 p.m. was even at 0.5 in the demo and averaged 1.9 million viewers. The CW’s “The 100” drew a 0.3 and 900,000 viewers.

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “World of Dance” was
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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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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Series Finale, Controversial Storylines

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Series Finale, Controversial Storylines
Winter has at last arrived in Westeros, and Jaime Lannister has indeed filmed his final scene on “Game of Thrones.”

“I don’t think it’ll ever be gone from my life. I’m going back to Belfast next week,” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the incestuous warrior on HBO’s acclaimed series, told Variety’s New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh at Cannes Lions. “I’m not 100% done, but I’ve shot the last scene with me.”

Aside from potentially hinting that the final scene of the series might not include the one-handed heir to the Lannister line, Coster-Waldau praised
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Rachel Maddow Breaks Down on Air Reading Report of ‘Tender Age’ Shelters for Immigrant Children

Rachel Maddow Breaks Down on Air Reading Report of ‘Tender Age’ Shelters for Immigrant Children
It’s not unusual for Rachel Maddow to report breaking news in the middle of her usually nightly MSNBC broadcast, nor is it unusual for her audience to see her first thoughts and reactions.

However, on Tuesday night, the host struggled to break the news reported by the Associated Press that Trump administration officials had directed immigrant toddlers and babies to be taken to “tender age” shelters in South Texas.

Her voice choked as she mentioned the age of the children and she covered her mouth, directing her studio to put a graphic on the screen.

“Thank you, do we have it?
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