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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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Darlene Love on Aretha Franklin: ‘Being Near Her Was Like Attending a Master Class’

Darlene Love on Aretha Franklin: ‘Being Near Her Was Like Attending a Master Class’
Darlene Love first met Aretha Franklin when she came to Los Angeles in 1957 to perform with Franklin’s father, the great baptist minister and civil rights figure Clarence Lavaughn Franklin. It was the beginning of a five-decade friendship where they got to share the stage everywhere from the Obama White House to Madison Square Garden. Hours after Franklin’s death was announced, Love phoned up Rolling Stone from a tour stop in Germany to reflect on Franklin’s genius and their relationship, both personal and professional.

I met Aretha when
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Ariana Grande Belts Out Beautiful Tribute to Aretha Franklin (Video)

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Ariana Grande Belts Out Beautiful Tribute to Aretha Franklin (Video)
Ariana Grande joined Jimmy Fallon’s house band The Roots for a beautiful tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, performing “Natural Woman” on Thursday’s “Tonight Show.”

Watch the video above.

Grande has been making the late-night rounds this week. On Monday night, she and “Late Late Show” host James Corden re-did the soundtrack to “Titanic.” On Wednesday, their “Carpool Karaoke” came out.

Also Read: Ariana Grande's Celine Dion Impression Is on Point (Video)

Franklin died Thursday in Detroit. She was 76.

The legendary singer had long battled diabetes and other physical ailments, announced in February 2017 that she planned to give up touring. “I am retiring this year,” Franklin told Wdiv Local 4 in Detroit. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

During her career, Franklin won 18 Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award in 1994. She was also the first woman to
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Omarosa May Have ‘as Many as 200’ Tapes of Trump Staffers (Report)

The New York Times reported on Thursday that Omarosa Manigault Newman may have as many as 200 recordings that she put secretly together during her time working for the Trump White House and campaign.

“Mr. Trump’s aides have been concerned that they will make appearances on other tapes, of which Ms. Manigault Newman is believed to have as many as 200,” Maggie Haberman and Kenneth Vogel wrote in a summary of Manigault Newman’s latest reveal that the president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, offered her a paid gig after she was fired in exchange for her silence.

Also Read: Omarosa's Publisher Won't Pull 'Unhinged,' Calls Trump Legal Team Threats 'Hollow'

Manigault Newman has dominated the news cycle all week and has only released four tapes to date. The former reality show star has railed against Trump while also promoting her new book, “Unhinged,” which chronicled her time in the White House.
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Hear Canadian Rapper k-os Return With Feisty New Song ‘No Bucks’

Canadian rapper k-os returned with his first new song in three years on Friday, a breezy, tongue-in-cheek single titled “No Bucks.”

k-os released albums at a steady clip between 2002 and 2015, earning a pair of platinum certifications in Canada and a Grammy nomination Stateside for Best Dance Recording. But after putting out Can’t Fly Without Gravity, he took a hiatus to focus on what he described only as “real life.”

He appears energized by his time off. “No Bucks” is at once goofy — “I don’t give any bucks about it,
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It’s Never Been a Better Time to Speak Out Against Trump-Enablers

On Wednesday, the Washington Post published a story that delved inside the complicated relationship between White House spokesperson Kellyanne Conway and her husband, George. Though George once supported Trump, he has since publicly turned against the president, most notably through his Twitter account. Conway, meanwhile, remains Trump’s most loyal on-camera surrogate, defending the president’s actions at every turn. It can get a little awkward. “The Conways, like the rest of the country, have been jolted by the Trump presidency,” writes the Post’s Ben Terris. “They love each other,
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Calvin Harris Taps Sam Smith for Heated New Song ‘Promises’

Edm producer Calvin Harris has recruited Sam Smith for his club-friendly new single “Promises.”

Over a barking bassline, warbled keys and vintage house beat, the soul singer seeks out late-night romance. “Are you drunk enough not to judge what I’m doing?” he croons. “Are you high enough to excuse that I’m ruined?” The duo appear in the track’s lyric video, striking poses against grainy backdrops and disco balls.

“Promises,” co-written by Harris, Smith and emerging artist Jessie Reyez, is Harris’ third new song of 2018, following the PartyNextDoor
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See Stephen Colbert Remember Aretha Franklin: ‘She Can Never Be Replaced’

See Stephen Colbert Remember Aretha Franklin: ‘She Can Never Be Replaced’
Stephen Colbert honored Aretha Franklin on Thursday night’s The Late Show following the legendary singer’s death earlier that day from pancreatic cancer.

“The world is poorer for her not being here,” Colbert said solemnly. “There is no Queen of Soul right now, and she can never be replaced.”

Colbert remembered seeing Franklin perform live in 2015: He was handling host duties that night at the Kennedy Center when she sang “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and brought President Obama to the verge of tears. “As she started,
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Can Andrew Gillum Convince Florida Voters to Elect a Black Governor?

While Stacey Abrams’ bid to become Georgia’s first black governor has generated national headlines and set liberal hearts a-flutter, the Democrat who’s seeking to do the same in neighboring Florida has largely flown under the radar — even in parts of his own state. But Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, running like Abrams as a full-throated progressive, appears to have picked up momentum heading into a wide-open August 28th Democratic primary, thanks to big infusions of money and ground-level support from progressive donors like George Soros and Tom Steyer, and
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Cannes Prizewinner ‘3 Faces’ Bought for U.S. by Kino Lorber (Exclusive)

Cannes Prizewinner ‘3 Faces’ Bought for U.S. by Kino Lorber (Exclusive)
Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to Jafar Panahi’s critically lauded drama “3 Faces,” which won the best screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival and will have its North American premiere at Toronto.

3 Faces” marks the fourth feature from Panahi, who since 2010 has been under a 20-year ban imposed by the Iranian government. The film stars Panahi and well-known Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari (both playing themselves) as they embark on an eventful road trip to the rural northwest of Iran to help a girl whose family has forbidden her from attending a drama conservatory in Tehran. They soon discover that the local hospitality is challenged by a desire to protect age-old traditions.

Delivering a realistic portrayal of contemporary Iranian society, “3 Faces” was described by Variety’s Jessica Kiang as a “heartfelt statement of solidarity” and a “quietly fierce act of cinematic defiance.”

The acquisition reteams Panahi with Kino Lorber,
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San Sebastián Adds Films by Mendoza, Groeningen, Garrel, Strickland to the Golden Shell Race

San Sebastián Adds Films by Mendoza, Groeningen, Garrel, Strickland to the Golden Shell Race
Brillante Mendoza’s “Alpha, the Right to Kill,” Felix Van Groeningen’s Brad Pitt-produced “Beautiful Boy,” Louis Garrel’s “A Faithful Man” and Peter Strickland’s “In Fabric” will compete for San Sebastian’s Golden Seashell, the Basque festival announced Friday.

Further new main competition titles unveiled take in Liu Jie’s “Baby” and Tuva Novotny’s debut “Blind Spot.”

The six titles join 12 already-announced competition contenders. San Sebastian has yet to unveil its closing film.

Festival’s official selection – which takes in competition and out-of-competition titles – opens Sept. 21 with Ricardo Darín and Mercedes Morán-starrer “An Unexpected Love.” Playing in competition, the film represents the directorial debut by Juan Vera, Argentine producer of titles by Pablo Trapero and Lucrecia Martel.

Felix Van Groeningen won the Panorama audience award at the 2013 Berlinale with “Alabama Monroe,” Oscar-nominated for best foreign language film. In “Beautiful Boy,” his English language debut, toplining Steve Carell and Timothée Chamalet,
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