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FX’s "Fosse/Verdon" Sets Main Cast; Norbert Leo Butz, Margaret Qualley Join as Series Regulars

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FX has set the main cast for the eight-episode limited series “Fosse/Verdon,” Variety has learned.

The series is based on the biography “Fosse” written by Sam Wasson and tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams).

Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in the series regular role of Paddy Chayefsky, while Margaret Qually will appear in the series regular role of Ann Reinking.

In addition, the following people have been cast in recurring roles: Aya Cash as Joan Simon, Nate Corddry as Neil Simon, Susan Misner as Joan McCracken, Bianca Marroquin as Chita Rivera, Kelli Barrett as Liza Minnelli, Evan Handler as Hal Prince, Rick Holmes as Fred Weaver, Paul Reiser as Cy Feuer, Ethan Slater as Joel Grey, Byron Jennings as George Abbott, and Laura Osnes as Shirley MacLaine.

Butz is currently starring on Broadway in “My Fair Lady
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Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival

Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival
Spinal Tap, the loudest band in England, is reuniting for a 35th anniversary screening of their film This Is Spinal Tap at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and will also perform following the screening.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will turn it up to 11 again in a one-night-only concert in which they’ll perform as themselves in tribute to the fictional band Spinal Tap. So they won’t specifically be in character as Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls. But they’ll further be joined by This is Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner for a conversation to follow.

“Spinal Tap proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever,” director, co-writer and star Reiner said in a statement Monday.
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"True Blood" Creator Alan Ball Gives Details Of Musical Version In The Works

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True Blood fans rejoice. You may be getting a fix of the vampire fantasy story in musical form.

Speaking at a 10th anniversary screening of the pilot episode at Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday, creator Alan Ball gave details of the rumored musical version coming from composer Nathan Barr, which Ball says he’s heard is "pretty good."

"It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet," Ball said.
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Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?

Can ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Survive Without Enchanting New Audiences?
As J.K. Rowling continues to expand the “Harry Potter” universe, the generation that grew up watching onscreen adventures of the Boy Who Lived have remained a faithful bunch.

That much was clear from the opening weekend of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest installment in the seemingly endless array of “Harry Potter” sequels, prequels, spinoffs and stage shows. The umpteenth return to the fantasy series launched with $62 million at the domestic box office, a sizable and potentially problematic drop from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Like the first Fantastic Beasts installment, the audience breakdown was much older than the movies centering around the bespectacled boy wizard.

The lower than expected start displays that beyond die-hard fans, the Wizarding World has struggled to entice a new wave of Potterheads.
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The Original 'Frankenstein' Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years

The Original 'Frankenstein' Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years
Frankenstein isn’t the only Frankenstein. James Whale’s 1931 take on Mary Shelley’s iconic novel was beaten to the punch by the Edison Manufacturing, which in 1910 produced what a title card describes as a “liberal adaptation” of the story.

The Library of Congress purchased a collection of prints in 2014 that included a nitrate print of Frankenstein. Alois F. Dettlaff acquired it in the 1950s and brought it with him to film festivals and monster conventions for decades; a meeting with then-AMPAS president Robert Wise in 1986 failed to persuade him to let the Academy preserve and archive it.
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'Green Book' Has Successful Start at Indie Box Office Before Wide Release

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'Green Book' Has Successful Start at Indie Box Office Before Wide Release
Before hitting the road on a nationwide release, Universal's awards contender Green Book got warmed up with a limited opening on 25 screens that earned $313,000 this weekend and a per screen average of $12,250.

Stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are expected to be awards contenders for their performances as Italian-American bodyguard Tony Lip and jazz icon Dr. Don Shirley. Green Book follows the friendship that grew between the two men as Tony escorted Shirley on his tour through the Jim Crow South, using the titular Green Book to find hotels that African-Americans were allowed to stay in.
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‘House of Cards': Robin Wright-Led Final Season Draws Fewer Viewers, But Skews More Female

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Netflix drew fewer viewers for the final run of “House of Cards,” but the audience was more female for the Robin Wright-led sixth season.

According to Nielsen’s Subscription Video On Demand (Svod) Content Ratings, which measures streaming viewership, the audience makeup for the final season of “House of Cards” skewed 54 percent female, after the last season that starred Kevin Spacey was made up of 56 percent men.

But overall, viewership for the first seven days since the show’s Season 6 premiere on Nov. 2 was down compared to season five. “House of Cards” truncated eight-episode season drew an average minute audience of 1.5 million, down 21 percent from the 1.9 million that season 5 averaged for its 13 episodes within the same time frame.

Also Read: Here's How 'House of Cards' Wrote Out Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood

Netflix doesn’t publicly release viewership figures for its shows, but Nielsen last year partnered with
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Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Pictures and Universal Sign First Look Deal

Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Pictures and Universal Sign First Look Deal
Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Pictures has entered into a first-look production agreement with Universal Pictures, the studio announced today.

CEO Monáe, creative director Chuck Lightning, executive producer Nate Wonder, and managing partner Mikael Moore will develop multi-genre content along with Universal, with an emphasis on championing underrepresented voices and groundbreaking perspectives.

“There is an exciting, artistic revolution taking place in our industry, and Janelle and the talented team at Wondaland are at the forefront,” said Donna Langley, chairman, Universal Pictures in a statement. “Their forward-thinking, inclusive approach to content and storytelling make them a perfect fit for our studio.”

Also Read: Janelle Monáe Joins Voice Cast of Disney's 'Lady and the Tramp' Reboot

Monáe’s Wondaland, which expanded to Wondaland Records in 2015, is a multimedia company designed to bring more wonder to the world by telling universal stories, in unforgettable ways, and this partnership will harness Wondaland
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FX’s ‘Fosse/Verdon’ Sets Main Cast; Norbert Leo Butz, Margaret Qualley Join as Series Regulars

FX has set the main cast for the eight-episode limited series “Fosse/Verdon,” Variety has learned.

The series is based on the biography “Fosse” written by Sam Wasson and tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams).

Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in the series regular role of Paddy Chayefsky, while Margaret Qually will appear in the series regular role of Ann Reinking.

In addition, the following people have been cast in recurring roles: Aya Cash as Joan Simon, Nate Corddry as Neil Simon, Susan Misner as Joan McCracken,
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"Mr. Mercedes" Renewed for Season 3 at Audience Network

At&T Audience Network has renewed “Mr. Mercedes” for Season 3.

David E. Kelley will return to oversee the writer’s room with Jack Bender directing. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment will return as executive producers along with Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni of Sonar Entertainment, and Shane Elrod and Kate Regan of Audience Network. The series is produced by Sonar Entertainment.

The show is based on Stephen King’s book trilogy consisting of the titles “Mr. Mercedes,” “Finders Keepers,” and “End of Watch.”

Production on the new batch of 10 one-hour episodes is scheduled to begin in early 2019 in Charleston,
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FX Fills Out Cast for ‘Fosse/Verdon,’ Adds Margaret Qualley, Norbert Leo Butz as Series Regulars

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FX has rounded out the cast for its upcoming “Fosse/Verdon” limited series, adding Norbert Leo Butz and Margaret Qualley as series regulars.

The two join Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams, who will play the title characters Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Qualley will play theater actress Ann Reinking, while Butz portrays playwright Paddy Chayefsky. The eight-episode limited series is from Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail, with Steven Levenson and “The Americans'” Joel Fields producing.

FX also announced a slew of recurring roles, including “You’re the Worst’s” Aya Cash as Joan Simon, and Nate Corddry as Neil Simon. Kelli Barrett will play Liza Minnelli.

Also Read: How Will Disney Manage Hulu and Launch a Competing Streaming Service at the Same Time?

Filling out the rest of the cast are Bianca Marroquin (Chita Rivera), Evan Handler (Hal Prince), Paul Reiser (Cy Feuer), Susan Misner (Joan McCracken), Ethan Slater
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Trump’s Attacks on Admiral McRaven Have Successfully Pissed Off Everyone

President Trump loves to talk about how much he supports the military. “It is our sacred duty to support America’s Service Members every single day they wear the uniform — and every day after when they return home as Veterans,” he tweeted last Thursday. “Together we will Honor those who defend us, we will Cherish those who protect us, and we will celebrate the amazing heroes.”

But the words Trump’s staff writes for him to recite behind podiums don’t always jibe with the sentiments festering inside his head.
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ESPN, La Rams Join Forces to Support Wildfire Relief Efforts During ‘Monday Night Football’

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ESPN and the Los Angeles Rams are set to honor firefighters and help support the Southern California wildfire relief efforts during the “Monday Night Football” matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Last week, the Rams announced that first responders and those affected by the community’s recent tragedies will receive complimentary tickets for the game that is now set to be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Firefighters and other emergency services will be honored during the pre-kick events and the halftime show.

The push is part of the La Together campaign aiming to help people impacted by both the wildfires and the mass shooting on Nov. 8 in Thousand Oaks, which occurred close to where the Rams facilities are located.

Let’s come #LATogether to help rebuild + heal our community.

Proceeds from the #KCvsLA 50/50 will benefit those affected by tragedies in our area. pic.twitter.com/R3UOvGth8g
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LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Set to Film in California

LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Set to Film in California
Warner Bros.Space Jam 2, starring LeBron James and directed by Ryan Coogler, is set to film in California.

The upcoming sequel is one of 15 film projects that have been selected for the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0. Space Jam 2 received the largest conditional allocation with a $21.8 million tax credit. Mouse Guard scored the second-biggest cut ($10.2 million) of the new $73.3 million available in tax credits.

Others include Andy Samberg’s Palm Springs, Universal’s Marry Me and 24/7, Lionsgate’s Margaritaville and 20th Century Fox’s The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Four of the projects will film in the San Francisco area.
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Viggo Mortensen to Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival Honor

Viggo Mortensen to Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival Honor
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has selected Viggo Mortenson as the recipient of its American Riviera Award.

Mortensen will be presented with the award at the 34th iteration of the festival, which runs Jan. 30 through Feb. 9. He will be recognized for his work in film, which includes Academy Award nominations for “Eastern Promises” and “Captain Fantastic,” and in his recently released comedic drama “Green Book.”

“Viggo is one of the steadiest acting forces in cinema and one of its greatest chameleons,” said Roger Durling, the festival’s executive director. “As Tony Lip in ‘Green Book,’ he delivers the capstone to his remarkable career. He encapsulates the American Riviera Award. We greatly admire and love him.”

Directed by Peter Farrelly, “Green Book” is inspired by a friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. Mortensen portrays a New York City bouncer from the Bronx who is hired to drive
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VH1’s ‘Love & Hip-Hop’ Franchise Adds Second Night as ‘Miami’ Moves to Wednesdays (Exclusive)

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VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” is samba-ing to a new night.

The South Beach spinoff of hit series and franchise-sparker “Love & Hip Hop” will return to the Viacom cable channel on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8/7c. Fans of the South-Florida version of the show will want to update their DVRs from Monday recordings to Wednesdays.

The New York City-version will air on Mondays as “Miami” holds down Wednesdays. That means VH1 gets a double-dose of tune-in — and TV ratings are the strength of the reality-show universe.

Love & Hip Hop: Miami” marked VH1’s highest rated reality launch since 2014 when it debuted last January, and the various incarnations of “Love & Hip Hop” regularly rank as cable’s No. 1 unscripted show on Monday nights.

Also Read: Joe Budden and Cyn Santana to Return to VH1's 'Love & Hip Hop New York'

VH1 will look to continue on with
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Golden Horse Awards Ceremony Sparks Political Firestorm in China and Taiwan

A politically charged acceptance speech at the Golden Horse Awards has become a flashpoint for the escalating tensions between China and Taiwan, prompting even recently chastised megastar Fan Bingbing to chime in with her support for the Communist-ruled mainland.

The controversy immediately raised questions over the future of Asia’s most prestigious awards show – the Chinese-language film industry’s version of the Oscars – and over whether mainland Chinese artists will be allowed to participate. Saturday’s ceremony came just days before a key election in democratic, self-governed Taiwan.

Onstage in Taipei to receive her prize for best documentary, 36-year-old director Fu Yue told the crowd: “I really hope that, one day, our country can be treated as a truly independent entity. This is my greatest wish as a Taiwanese person.” Her award-winning film, “Our Youth in Taiwan,” follows young people involved in the 2014 Sunflower Movement, when students occupied Taiwan
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Bts Concert Movie Tops One Direction to Set Event-Cinema Admissions Record

Bts’ “Burn the Stage: The Movie” has set global cinema alight. The film of the K-Pop sensations’ 2017 Wings Tour has notched a new event cinema record, with admissions currently at 1.4 million, according to distributor Trafalgar Releasing.

That tops the previous event-cinema record held by boy band One Direction with their “One Direction: Where We Are” film, which recorded 1.2 million admissions. Almost a million of the Bts tickets were sold ahead of the Nov. 15 release of “Burn the Stage: The Movie.”

The film of the seemingly unstoppable Korean boy band’s tour has been released in 79 territories and 2,650 theaters, grossing $14 million. In the U.S., “Burn the Stage: The Movie” broke into the weekend box-office top 10, generating $3.6 million. In the U.K., it ranked No. 6 over the weekend with $830,000.

Burn the Stage: The Movie” shows Bts performing on their world tour and features behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the band. Big Hit Entertainment
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