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Katherine McNamara of "Shadowhunters" Slated to Join "Arrow" Cast

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Katherine McNamara of "Shadowhunters," which Freeform has announced will not return after its third season ends, will join the cast of The CW series "Arrow" in a recurring role, according to TV Line.

McNamara, who also has appeared in 'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' and 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure,' reportedly will play a thief named Maya during the seventh season of "Arrow," which premieres on Oct. 15.

In June, IMDb broke the news that McNamara will appear in 'Replicate,' a sci-fi feature directed by John Murlowski. Calum Worthy ("American Vandal"), Joel Courtney ('Super 8'), and Andi Matichak ('Halloween') also have been added to the cast of that film, which does not yet have an official release date.

Also this summer, the "Arrow" cast teased the show's potential crossover with the upcoming "Batwoman" series while visiting the IMDboat at San Diego Comic-Con. Check out the full video.

Todd Haynes to Direct Du Pont Family Drama ‘Dry Run’ (Exclusive)

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Todd Haynes to Direct Du Pont Family Drama ‘Dry Run’ (Exclusive)
Director Todd Haynes will take on one of America’s more famous families in his next film.

The “Carol” helmer is set to direct Participant Media’s “Dry Run,” a movie loosely based on the Du Ponts.

Participant and Mark Ruffalo are producing the pic from a script by Matthew Carnahan. Sources say Ruffalo is also considering starring in the film, but negotiations have yet to begin.

The family at the center of the story is expected to be modeled after the Du Ponts, historically one of America’s richest clans. E.I. du Pont moved to America in 1799 during the French Revolution and made his fortune as a gunpowder manufacturer, later expanding into dynamite, paints, plastics, dyes, and other materials. Some of his employees went on to invent nylon, Kevlar, and Teflon, leading to the family’s large fortune, which still totals in the billions today and is shared by more then 3,500 family members.
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Kenan Thompson Single-Dad Comedy From Lorne Michaels & ‘Superstore’ EP Set At NBC With Big Commitment

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Kenan Thompson Single-Dad Comedy From Lorne Michaels & ‘Superstore’ EP Set At NBC With Big Commitment
Exclusive: As he is heading into his 16th season on NBC’s late-night staple Saturday Night Live, Kenan Thompson also is setting sights on primetime. In one of the biggest deals for a comedy project so far this season, NBC has given a production commitment to Saving Larry, a single-camera comedy starring Thompson. It hails from SNL creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels and his Broadway Video as well as Superstore executive producer Jackie Clarke.

Written by Clarke, Saving Larry centers on a dad (Thompson), who after his wife dies, has to be both mother and father to his kids. And he has to do it all with his father-in-law hovering over him.

Thompson, a married father of two, and Clarke executive produce with Michaels and Andrew Singer for Broadway Video. Universal Television, where Broadway Video has a deal, is the studio.

Thompson, who recently told Deadline that he says he
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Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Taps ‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao

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Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Taps ‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao
After earning critical acclaim for her Sundance darling “The Rider,” director Chloe Zhao looks ready to step up to the big leagues as the up and coming director has been set to direct “The Eternals” for Marvel.

Matthew and Ryan Firpo are on board to pen the script with Marvel president Kevin Feige producing.

Created by Jack Kirby, the story of “The Eternals” is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered individuals as well as more villainous off-shoots known as the Deviants.

The two groups went on to battle each other throughout history to see which would eventually become the ultimate race.

Marvel sees this as the perfect transition into its next phase along with “Captain Marvel,” which released its recent trailer to huge acclaim earlier this week.

As for Zhao, the rising star in the director
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‘Doctor Sleep’ Finds Its Snakebite Andi In ‘Revenge’ Actress Emily Alyn Lind

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‘Doctor Sleep’ Finds Its Snakebite Andi In ‘Revenge’ Actress Emily Alyn Lind
Exclusive: Code Black and Revenge actress Emily Alyn Lind has boarded Warner Bros.The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep as Snakebite Andi who is a member of the nomadic psychic groups the True Knot who feed off the ‘steam’ of those children gifted with ‘the Shining’. Rose the Hat, the True Knot’s leader, has her main target in sight which is Abra Stone.

In the Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep, Andi was the first member of the True Knot to be introduced. She was sexually abused by her father, leading her to develop a hatred of all men and subsequently become a lesbian without realizing it. She’s nicknamed Snakebite because of her snake tattoo. Andi has the ability to make people fall asleep through suggestion. She’s in a relationship with fellow True Knot member Silent Sarey.

Mike Flanagan directs Doctor Sleep and adapted King’s novel. Trevor Macy and Jon Berg are producing.
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Robert Redford Backtracks On Retirement Talk As He Calls The Announcement A “Mistake”

Robert Redford Backtracks On Retirement Talk As He Calls The Announcement A “Mistake”
Robert Redford has won just about every award and accolade that can be given to someone in the entertainment industry. He’s won Oscars, Golden Globes, and a BAFTA. He’s earned lifetime achievement awards from the Academy and the Screen Actors Guild. But it appears that Redford has another accolade he’d like to add to his storied career — shortest retirement in history.

Back in August, the actor-filmmaker said that he was going to retire from acting after his latest film “The Old Man & The Gun.” He had plenty of reasons for it and seemed adamant that now was the right time to walk away from being in front of the camera.

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Review: Richard Swift’s ‘The Hex’ Is a Gorgeous Parting Gift

Review: Richard Swift’s ‘The Hex’ Is a Gorgeous Parting Gift
Richard Swift — a prolific sideman and producer who spooned instant-vintage stardust onto records and live performances by the Black Keys, the Shins and more — completed this gorgeous solo LP just weeks before his alcoholism-related death in July. “I don’t know if I can make it through/Every color now is black and blue,” Swift sings on the sweet, lonesome “Dirty Jim,” which has lyrics that sum up the album’s deep tones of loneliness and regret. Offsetting some of that weight are Swift’s generous soul and rock arrangements,
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R&B’s Been Taking Cues From Rap for 20 Years. Now, a Few Singers Are Bringing Its Soul Back

R&B’s Been Taking Cues From Rap for 20 Years. Now, a Few Singers Are Bringing Its Soul Back
During the 50-odd years that R&B was a central force in pop culture, no other genre celebrated as many fine gradations of the human voice. Few acts could match Otis Redding’s volcanic ache; Smokey Robinson’s exquisite falsetto communicated unrivaled fragility; Aretha Franklin offered an inimitable combination of steely and combustible. These tones (and many, many others) thrived side by side, permitting R&B to embrace a breathtaking range of expression.

But when commercially dominant rappers — including Nelly, 50 Cent and, eventually, Drake — started to incorporate melody into their rapping in the 2000s,
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Tessa Thompson Heads to ‘Avengers 4’ Set in Atlanta With Chris Hemsworth

Tessa Thompson Heads to ‘Avengers 4’ Set in Atlanta With Chris Hemsworth
Perhaps the most notable superhero absence in “Avengers: Infinity War,” after actual Avengers member Hawkeye, was that of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who was one of the leads in “Thor: Ragnarok.” “Ragnarok,” notably, ended right before “Infinity War” began, so it was kind of a big deal that she wasn’t even mentioned.

Valkyrie isn’t dead, of course — that much was confirmed by the Russo brothers and “Infinity War” screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely on the “Infinity War” audio commentary. Since Thanos only killed half of the Asgardians in his ambush, that must mean that either she’s with the half that survived or she left before Thanos’ ship ambushed them.

Whatever the explanation, there is now reason to believe that Valkyrie is going to show up in “Avengers 4.” While her appearance in the film has not been confirmed officially and likely won’t be for a while, at least,
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An 'SNL' Girls Trip Inspired Amy Poehler's Netflix Movie 'Wine Country'

Shooting Wine Country for Netflix was a dream job: It had the double-whammy combo of being with great friends in a beautiful location.

The movie that Amy Poehler directed is based on a real trip a bunch of us took together two years ago for my 50th birthday. After that trip, Amy had the idea, "Oh, this could make a fun movie," and she conspired to actually do it with all the same people: Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, Paula Pell and Emily Spivey, who ended up writing the movie with Liz Cackowski.

Back with these ladies, with ...
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How 'Assassination Nation' Exploits Privacy Fears

How 'Assassination Nation' Exploits Privacy Fears
[This story contains spoilers for Assassination Nation]

Things to beware in an online world: Computer viruses, Russian saboteurs, and rickrolls. Things to genuinely fear in an increasingly online world: Bored teens and digitized secrets. Stephen Susco’s Unfriended: Dark Web, July’s lesser sequel to Leo Gabriadze’s 2014 original, Unfriended, spins horror through computer monitor, echoing modern popular anxieties about what’s real and what’s fake in a space where fact and fiction are prone to conflation and vulnerable to manipulation; the film’s basic conceit hangs on urban legend, using faceless hackers as villains toying with innocent lives for kicks....
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Colbert Clowns Trump For Refusing to Shut Up About the Border Wall (Video)

Colbert Clowns Trump For Refusing to Shut Up About the Border Wall (Video)
On Friday night’s episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert delivered some pointed words about what was somehow not the biggest story of the week — Donald Trump’s apparent threat to not sign the government funding bill because it doesn’t pay for his border wall.

“I have got great news. Our government continues to exist,” Colbert said to open his monologue. “Because this week the Senate passed a spending bill that would keep the government open until December. But no one is sure if Trump will sign it. Especially since he tweeted, “I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the Wall in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms?’

“I’m going to guess not from Mexico? The only thing Trump has been able to build so far are the eight wall prototypes that went up last year.
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What Do You Need to be a Wizard in the Movies?

Warlock, wizard, witch, even Jedi — whatever you want to call them, they are individuals with abilities that go far beyond anything possessed by us ordinary people. No two stories about magical powers treat them quite the same way — their strengths and limitations, the mechanisms through which they work, and importantly, who gets to have them.

Magical powers are rarely ever normalized. That is, stories featuring magic usually depict situations where only some people possess such powers, with the rest of civilization either being entirely oblivious to the very existence of magic or highly suspicious of it. The protagonists ...
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‘Midnight Runner’ Takes Off at San Sebastian New Directors Premiere

San Sebastian — Swiss filmmaker Hannes Baumgartner’s debut feature “Midnight Runner” headed into its San Sebastian’s New Directors world premiere on Saturday afternoon buzzing off a series of international press screenings held the week prior.

The film’s protagonist, Jonas Widmer, seems to have it all together. He’s his country’s most impressive young distance runner and Olympic hopeful; he works as a chef in a high-end restaurant; and he and his girlfriend are looking to buy their first place together.

Beneath that shiny venire, however, is an emotionally damaged, immature young man, still reeling from the recent loss of his brother. He has abandonment issues stemming back to his birth-mother and complicated relationships with women, always putting himself in impossible positions in regards to personal relationships.

As his insecurities accumulate, his training schedule amps up, and he begins experiencing insomnia bordering on night terrors, Jonas turns to
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San Sebastian/Toronto: Simon Jaquemet on ‘The Innocent,’ Frail Faith, Certainty

San Sebastian/Toronto: Simon Jaquemet on ‘The Innocent,’ Frail Faith, Certainty
World premiering in New Directors at San Sebastian in 2014, Simon Jaquemet’s first feature, “Chrieg” (War), a nuanced portrait of disaffected Swiss youth, established Jaquemet as one of the most prominent voices in a new generation of Swiss directors, questioning Switzerland’s status quo and aura of democratic civility.

Four years later, Jaquemet is back. But, in a step-up in status, his second feature, “The Innocent,” world premiered early September in Toronto’s prestige Platform competition, and, screening at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, now makes its European bow in San Sebastian, playing in main competition.

Few films this year at San Sebastian are likely to challenge audiences more. Its protagonist, Ruth, now 40something, saw her world turned upside down in her youth when her fiancé is convicted of murdering his aunt. Wracked by uncertainty as to his guilt, she has sheltered in more robust beliefs, working in a neuroscience lab
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India Rolls With ‘Village Rockstars’ as Oscar Contender

The Film Federation of India has chosen Rima Das’ “Village Rockstars” as the country’s entry to the Oscars foreign-language category. The film follows a 10-year-old growing up in straitened circumstances in a flood-prone village in the state of Assam, with ambitions of starting her own rock band.

“Rockstars’ premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. It has played the global festival circuit since and has won multiple awards including best film, best film on gender equality and the young critics award at the Mumbai Film Festival; best artistic contribution at Cairo; and best original score at Buenos Aires.

At India’s national film awards “Village Rockstars” won best film and best editing for Rima Das, best child actress for the lead Bhanita Das, and best sound for Mallika Das.

Variety reviewer, Maggie Lee wrote: “In “Village Rockstars,” tucked away in an Indian backwater, a moppet has rock ‘n’ roll dreams,
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TV Review: ‘Into the Dark: The Body’ on Hulu

TV Review: ‘Into the Dark: The Body’ on Hulu
The phenomenon of treating anthology series as collections of films is a fairly recent invention — episodes of “Sherlock” and “Black Mirror” have won the past three best TV movie Emmys, beating out genuine-article made-for-tv movies. It’s easy to be dubious about the treatment of these shows, whose episodes share a united sensibility as well as overarching themes and, in “Sherlock’s” case, characters, as stand-alone pieces of cinema. But with its first installment, debuting Oct. 5 after screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival Sept. 21, Hulu’s new anthology “Into the Dark” comes far closer to looking like a new film franchise than its contemporaries.
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Film Review: ‘A Happening of Monumental Proportions’

Film Review: ‘A Happening of Monumental Proportions’
Some projects presumably gather their own momentum heedless of whether they ought to have gotten rolling in the first place. A first directorial and screenplay feature for actors Judy Greer and Gary Lundy, respectively, “A Happening of Monumental Proportions” boasts a cast of worthy names (down to some significant cameos), no doubt each of whom were attracted by the people who’d signed on before them. Involvement surely seemed like a good idea at the time.

Yet here the film is, sneaking into an unlucky 13 U.S. theaters well after an under-radar festival premiere, and darned if anyone seeing the final result could suss why so much established talent climbed aboard a vessel doomed to sink at the dock. This is one of those mirthless ensemble comedies in which the central mistake is assuming that having a couple “normal” characters afflicted by numerous cartoonishly annoying ones will be hilarious — and somehow life-affirming in the end.
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Daryl Hannah, Ashley Judd, Lili Reinhart, More Share ‘#WhyIDidntReport’ Sexual Misconduct

Droves of people have taken to Twitter to share why they didn’t immediately report sexual misconduct at the time of the abuse — including Hollywood stars Daryl Hannah, Ashley Judd, “2 Broke Girls” creator Whitney Cummings, “Riverdale” star Lili Reinhart and more.

The hashtag “#WhyIDidntReport” trended on the platform Friday after President Trump cast doubt on Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Ford because she did not immediately report the alleged sexual assault at the time of the “attack” she said took place decades ago.

Trump tweeted: “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

Also Read: Alyssa Milano Tells Donald Trump to
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‘Capernaum’ Director Left Out ‘Shocking’ Details About Kids on the Streets That Audiences Couldn’t Handle

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‘Capernaum’ Director Left Out ‘Shocking’ Details About Kids on the Streets That Audiences Couldn’t Handle
Cannes Film Festival’s Jury Prize winner, “Capernaum,” is so “shocking” that its director Nadine Labaki was concerned “people will not be able to handle it.”

When TheWrap sat down with Labaki at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about “Capernaum” — the story of a 12-year-old boy, Zein, who takes his parents to court for giving him life in a world full of pain and suffering — she said she was reluctant to show everything that happens to these kids on the streets because the truth is just so horrible.

“It’s too shocking and people will not be able to handle it. People don’t handle the truth because it’s too much,” Labaki told TheWrap. “That’s what I’m seeing as a reaction to this film — people say it’s too much… and it’s nothing compared to what the reality is.”

Also Read: 'Capharnaum' Film Review:
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