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Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob

Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob
Chris Evans has a lot of defending to do in his next project — but not the kind that requires a star-spangled shield.

The Captain America star will topline Defending Jacob, a limited-run drama ordered straight to series at Apple’s streaming service.

Described as a “character-driven thriller,” Defending Jacob is based on the best-selling 2012 novel by William Landay, which follows lawyer Andy Barber (Evans) in the aftermath of his 14-year-old son, Jacob, being accused of murder. The allegations have a major impact on Andy’s family, and he must reevaluate what he thinks he knows about his child.

Evans also
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‘Stargirl’ Casts Brec Bassinger as Lead in DC Universe Series

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‘Stargirl’ Casts Brec Bassinger as Lead in DC Universe Series
Stargirl has been found!

Brec Bassinger will star in titular role for the upcoming “Stargirl” series for the DC Universe digital subscription service, it was announced Thursday.

Here’s her official character description: “Courtney Whitmore (aka Stargirl) is smart, athletic and above all else kind. This high school teenager’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speed bump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California, to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. ‘Borrowing’ the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.”

Also Read: 'Stargirl' Live-Action Series Coming to DC Universe From Geoff Johns

“There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl,
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Michael B. Jordan to Play Tom Clancy Character John Clark in New Film Series (Exclusive)

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Michael B. Jordan to Play Tom Clancy Character John Clark in New Film Series (Exclusive)
Another Tom Clancy character is headed to Hollywood.

Paramount Pictures has tapped Michael B. Jordan to play Clancy hero John Clark in a new film series, Variety has learned.

Sources tell Variety that Paramount is developing two pics based on the Clancy books “Rainbow Six” and “Without Remorse,” both novels in which Clark is the main star. “Without Remorse” will be the first film of the two, serving as an origin story for the character.

Akiva Goldsman, who’s heading the new “Transformers” universe, will also be spearheading this endeavor as the film’s main producer with Jordan, Josh Appelbaum, and Corin Nemec also producing. Paramount is currently meeting with writers and directors for “Without Remorse.”

The news comes after Amazon and Paramount TV recently released a rebooted “Jack Ryan” series on its streaming platform, starring John Krasinski, to positive reviews.

Clark, a.k.a. John Terrence Kelly, is an
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Kristen Bell Confirms Veronica Mars Revival Is Coming to Hulu

Kristen Bell Confirms Veronica Mars Revival Is Coming to Hulu
Attention all Marshmallows: This is not a drill. Kristen Bell took to Instagram Thursday morning with a big announcement for any and all Veronica Mars fans. "This is a very important marshmallow announcement," she explained to her followers in a personal video. "Did you guys know that as of summer 2019, all the old Veronica Mars episodes will be available on Hula to stream and re-watch, which is great because you'll need to brush up since we're making another one." Say what?! According to the actress, a new Veronica Mars series is coming back on Hulu. And lo and behold, the timing is truly perfect. "Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I...
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‘The Twilight Zone’: Jordan Peele To Host & Narrate CBS All Access Reboot

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‘The Twilight Zone’: Jordan Peele To Host & Narrate CBS All Access Reboot
Academy Award winner Jordan Peele is about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound — but of mind. Peele is set as host and narrator of The Twilight Zone reboot on CBS All Access.

CBS announced last year that it would revive The Twilight Zone for streaming service CBS All Access with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films.

The Get Out director will explore similar creepy dimensions like the “sunken place” in the forthcoming CBS All Access series, which will be a modern reimagining of the original, which premiered in 1959 and continued through 1964. Creator Rod Serling also served as original host and narrator — and he had a very distinct and memorable voice. In the clip of the host announcement below, you’ll hear a mix of Serling and Peele’s voices doing the iconic opening intro.

“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary
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‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig

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‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig
Eon Productions and MGM have set Cary Joji Fukunaga as the new director who’ll mount James Bond 25 with Daniel Craig in the starring role. Filming will begin March for a worldwide release date of February 14, 2020. MGM will distribute domestically, and Universal releases the film in international territories, after it won a hotly contested auction last May.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and the studio met numerous helmers after Danny Boyle dropped out over creative differences, this after they sparked to the filmmaker’s concept and hired his Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge to write it. Sources said that it was a big creative swing, and they mutually decided it would be better to go back to the project they planned to make with venerable 007 scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

Fukunaga directed the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation for Netflix.

The producers just confirmed Fukunaga’s hire.
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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film

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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film
Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the producers announced Thursday. The 25th Bond installment will begin filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a worldwide release on Feb. 14, 2020, a few months after its original target date.

Fukunaga, who won acclaim for 2015 war film “Beasts of No Nation,” replaces Danny Boyle, who exited the project last month over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and returning star Daniel Craig.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” Broccoli and Wilson said on Twitter. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Fukunaga won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the entire first season (eight episodes) of “True Detective” and giving the crime series a cinematic look. More recently, he directed multiple episodes of Netflix’s “Maniac,” a new half-hour comedy show starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’
Exclusive: Bruce Greenwood is joining Warner Bros.Stephen King The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep in the role of Dr. John.

The description of Greenwood’s character is being kept under wraps.

Deadline exclusively broke the news about Doctor Sleep as well as its castings which Mike Flanagan wrote and is directing. Ewan McGregor stars as the grown up Danny Torrance, and the film also has Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe and Zahn McClarnon in key roles. Rebecca Ferguson plays Rose The Hat, the head of a cult that feeds on the “steam” created by young people who have a touch of the “shining” and her main target is Abra Stone. Back in August, we reported that young Broadway actress Kyliegh Curran landed the role of Abra Stone, a girl who has the gift of ‘The Shining’.

Flanagan rewrote Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel that picks up the
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NBC Buys Condo Comedy From Seth Meyers Starring His Brother Josh Meyers

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NBC Buys Condo Comedy From Seth Meyers Starring His Brother Josh Meyers
The Meyers brothers have teamed for The Exceptional, a half-hour single-camera comedy series, which has been set at NBC with a script commitment.

Starring, co-written and executive produced by actor-comedian Josh Meyers and executive produced by late-night host Seth Meyers and his producing partner Mike Shoemaker, The Exceptional hails from Universal TV and Seth Meyers and Shoemaker’s studio-based Sethmaker Shoemeyers Prods.

Co-written/executive produced by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, The Exceptional is set in Los Angeles. The Hoa board members of the Exceptional, a Los Angeles condo building, find themselves hopelessly deadlocked. That is, until a fellow resident, Justin (Josh Meyers), reluctantly agrees to join the board and, in his first meeting, stumbles into becoming its president. Now Justin has to leave his self-obsessed bubble and engage with his neighbors, finding himself knee deep not only in the issues of the building but also the personal problems of
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Marvel Female Superhero Project in the Works at ABC From ‘Wonder Woman’ Writer

Marvel Female Superhero Project in the Works at ABC From ‘Wonder Woman’ Writer
ABC has given a production commitment to a series that will feature female Marvel superheroes, Variety has confirmed.

The project hails from Allan Heinberg, who wrote the screenplay for “Wonder Woman.” The exact details of the project are being kept under wraps, so no word yet on exactly which characters from the Marvel universe will be featured. Heinberg will executive produce along with Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb, with Marvel TV and ABC Studios producing. Heinberg is working on the series under his overall deal with ABC Studios.

A veteran comic book writer for Marvel and DC, Heinberg’s television credits include “The Catch,
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‘Suits’ Spinoff: Bethany Joy Lenz Among Quartet Series Regulars Cast In USA Show

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‘Suits’ Spinoff: Bethany Joy Lenz Among Quartet Series Regulars Cast In USA Show
Exclusive: USA Network and Universal Cable Prods. have rounded out the cast of the cast of the upcoming Suits spinoff series starring Suits alumna Gina Torres.

Coming on board as series regulars are Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), who will be playing a main character in a recasting, as well as Chantel Riley (Wynonna Earp), Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) and Eli Goree (Riverdale). They join Torres and fellow series regulars Simon Kassianides and Morgan Spector. The series is starting production in Los Angeles.

Centered on powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics, the spinoff hails from Ucp and is executive produced by Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh alongside executive producer and showrunner Daniel Arkin. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic and Torres also executive produce.

The project was introduced in the Season 7 finale of Suits, which
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The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO

The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO
Here's some bittersweet news, James Franco fans. HBO has renewed The Deuce TV show for a third and final season. The early renewal follows the season two premiere, which just aired last week. Reportedly, creators George Pelecanos and David Simon had always intended The Deuce as a three season series, and the renewal was issued after the episode-count was worked out.

An HBO 1970s period piece, The Deuce stars Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe , Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, and Chris Coy. A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family, The Deuce centers on the rise of modern-day pornography in 1970s New York City. Season two picks up five years later, in 1977, during the golden age of porn, with
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Suge Knight Pleads No Contest to Manslaughter in 2015 Hit-and-Run Death

Suge Knight Pleads No Contest to Manslaughter in 2015 Hit-and-Run Death
Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter in the hit-and-run death of Terry Carter in Compton in 2015, ABC reports.

The 53-year-old Knight, who became famous helming the gangster rap institution Death Row Records, agreed to serve 28 years in prison as part of a plea deal — 22 years for voluntary manslaughter, and an additional six years because it is a third strike violation. The formal sentencing will take place on October 4th.

Knight was facing multiple charges — murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run — stemming from an incident that took place
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Chris Evans to Star in ‘Defending Jacob’ Limited Series at Apple

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Apple is getting into business with Chris Evans. The tech giant has given a straight-to-series order to the drama “Defending Jacob,” which will be executive produced by and star Captain America himself.

The limited series is described as a gripping, character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best selling novel of the same name written by William Landay.

“Defending Jacob” hails from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content and is created, written and executive produced by “Planet of the Apes” screenwriter Mark Bomback, who will also serve as showrunner. Evans will also grab an Ep credit, alongside Morten Tyldum who will direct the series. Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman will executive produce for Anonymous Content.

Also Read: James Marsden and Ed Asner Cast in Will Ferrell's Netflix Comedy 'Dead to Me'

Evans is set to reprise his role as Captain America in the yet-to-be-titled final “Avengers” film.
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SAG-aftra Calls a Strike Against Ad Agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty

SAG-AFTRA has called a strike against advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty after the union’s national board unanimously voted to issue a strike authorization.

The union instructed its 160,000 members Thursday to not accept any work for Bbh, which has been signed to SAG-aftra’s commercials contracts since 1999. The strike came two weeks after Bbh publicly announced that it had withdrawn from the contract, asserting that the agreement is outdated and accusing the union of being inflexible.

“The integrity of good business is based upon parties adhering to their mutual contracts,” said SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris. “Bbh’s decision
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Julie Chen Moonves to Remain CBS ‘Big Brother’ Host

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Julie Chen Moonves to Remain CBS ‘Big Brother’ Host
Julie Chen Moonves will remain the host of “Big Brother,” according to multiple people with knowledge of her CBS deal.

A person close to Chen told TheWrap she “will continue to work on ‘Big Brother’ and looks forward to hosting the show for years to come.” A second individual, this one on the network side, confirmed that Leslie Moonves’ wife is expected to continue hosting the popular series.

Big Brother” is not officially renewed yet for its 21st season, but the show is a summer smash hit for CBS — especially in the key adults 18-49 demographic. Season 20 of “Big Brother” concludes next Wednesday.

Chen’s reps did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on this story, nor did CBS corporate communications.

Deadline first reported that Chen would keep her gig through Fall 2019, which would encompass one season apiece of “Big Brother” and its spinoff “Celebrity Big Brother.
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Miranda Lambert Brings Deep Cuts to Country Music Hall of Fame Residency

Miranda Lambert Brings Deep Cuts to Country Music Hall of Fame Residency
“I drink a lot of Tito’s,” Miranda Lambert said early during her performance at the Cma Theatre on Wednesday night, jokingly justifying her use of what she called a “Trapper Keeper” with lyrics set up on a music stand in front of her. But even without her favorite spirit in a Yeti tumbler easily within reach, Lambert couldn’t be blamed for using a lyric sheet — the set list for the first of two concerts she’ll give in the venue as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
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Fox Developing Drama ‘Switch’ From Joby Harold

Fox is developing “Switch,” a one-hour drama from writer and executive producer Joby Harold and Warner Bros. Television.

Described as an adrenaline-fueled procedural, “Switch” asks the question. What if you could quite literally drive the body of another human being? The show details the exploits of the FBI’s newest undercover unit, the Switch Division, a task force created to allow an agent to go undercover inside the body of another human being. Or at least that’s the theory. Unfortunately, type-a Louise “Lou” Fawkes can’t find an agent insane enough to try her new technology. Enter Harry “Mac” MacAllister — a sloppy,
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Chris Evans to Star in Straight-to-Series Drama ‘Defending Jacob’ for Apple

Chris Evans to Star in Straight-to-Series Drama ‘Defending Jacob’ for Apple
Chris Evans has signed on to star in and executive produce the limited series “Defending Jacob,” which has been ordered straight-to-series at Apple, Variety has learned.

The series is based on the 2012 best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay. It tells the story of a father whose 14 year old son is accused of murder. The series was created, written, and executive produced by Mark Bomback, who will also serve as showrunner. It will be produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, with Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman executive producing for Anonymous Content. Academy Award-nominee Morten Tyldum will executive produce and direct the series.
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Cary Joji Fukunaga Can Bring the Human Factor Back to James Bond

In case you hadn’t noticed, the filmmakers chosen in recent years to direct James Bond films represent a serious break with the past. The new way all started when the series’ overseers — who tend to weigh these decisions as if they were matters of state — chose Marc Forster, the acclaimed director of “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland,” to direct “Quantum of Solace.” The trend continued when Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of “American Beauty,” was chosen to make “Skyfall,” and Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of “Slumdog Millionaire,” was chosen to helm Bond 25 (even though he left before he began).

Now, with the choice of Cary Joji Fukunaga, the trend continues. Fukunaga has no Oscars under his belt, but he is, by any standard, an audacious and celebrated filmmaker. His first feature, “Sin Nombre,” took the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. He followed that
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