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Sony Announces Lord and Miller Animated Comedy ‘The Mitchells Vs the Machines’ (Exclusive)

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Sony Announces Lord and Miller Animated Comedy ‘The Mitchells Vs the Machines’ (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled the title and first details for its previously untitled Phil Lord and Chris Miller-produced Sony Pictures Animation Movie.

The Mitchells Vs. The Machines” will be an animated comedy from producers Lord and Miller, set for release on January 10, 2020.

The Mitchells are a dysfunctional, loving family whose road trip gets interrupted by a tech uprising. All around the world, devices we love like phones and self-driving cars turn on humanity, and the Mitchells have to work past their problems to save the world.

Mike Rianda is directing the film. He also wrote the screenplay with co-director Jeff Rowe. Lord and Miller produce alongside Kurt Albrecht.

Miller and Lord’s credits include “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street.” They also have an executive producing credit on the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story
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Charlize Theron is Megyn Kelly for the Untitled Jay Roach Film

Charlize Theron is Megyn Kelly for the Untitled Jay Roach Film
This casting is a stroke of genius. The crosshairs are set. After a decade of spearheading various broad comedies, Jay Roach found a new life targeting hypocritical politicians and the financial system that fuels their power. In 2008, he went after the absurd behind-the-scenes turmoil of […]

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Jet Li's manager says illness is not "life-threatening" after health scare

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Jet Li's manager says illness is not
Jet Li fans were given a bit of a scare recently when a photo of the actor began circulating around the internet of him looking thin and “unrecognizable.” The photo led people to begin speculating about Li’s condition, with many saying they were “praying” for his health. However, the movie star’s manager, Steven Chasman, has come out to say the actor is... Read More...
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Amazon in Talks to Revive ‘The Expanse’ for Season 4

Amazon in Talks to Revive ‘The Expanse’ for Season 4
The Expanse” could find new life on Amazon.

Variety has confirmed with sources that the streaming giant is in talks to pick up the sci-fi series for what would be its fourth season. The news comes after NBCUniversal-owned cable network Syfy announced they would not be picking up the show again once its third season concludes in June. The series is produced and fully financed by Alcon Television Group.

The story unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future, when two strangers become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,
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Michael Keaton’s Vulture to return in Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel

Michael Keaton’s Vulture to return in Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel
Following the news that Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play Mysterio in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Variety are reporting further developments from the world of the Sinister Six, with the story that Michael Keaton will reprise his role as The Vulture.

Last seen incarcerated during the end credits of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Adrian Toomes (Keaton) is confronted by another potential member of the Sinister Six, Mac Margan, aka The Scorpion, so this could mean that we’re getting the origin of Peter Parker’s nemesis posse.

Joining Tom Holland’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man in the sequel are the returning trio of Zendaya (The Greatest Showman), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny), and Jacob Batalon (Avengers: Infinity War).

The film, which Kevin Feige has confirmed will not be called Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, will take Peter Parker out of New York for a London adventure. Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers will once again take on writing duties,
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‘UnReal’ Set to Move to Hulu for Fourth, Final Season

‘UnReal’ Set to Move to Hulu for Fourth, Final Season
Drama series “UnReal” is set to move from Lifetime to Hulu for its fourth and what will likely be its final season.

The streaming service and A+E Studios are close to a deal, sources tell Variety, that would see the fourth season, which has already been shot, air in its initial window on Hulu. The agreement would see Hulu pay an additional fee on top of it was already set to pay for subscription video on-demand rights for the season.

Hulu is, through a previous agreement with producer A+E Studios, the exclusive Svod home for the series, with seasons
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’13 Reasons Why’ Showrunner Defends Sexual Assault Scene: ‘It Was Worth Telling’

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’13 Reasons Why’ Showrunner Defends Sexual Assault Scene: ‘It Was Worth Telling’
“13 Reasons Why”showrunner Brian Yorkey is explaining the thought process behind the disturbing sexual assault scene in Season 2 of the Netflix show, and he said it came down to research.

“We delved into research and found story after story of cases like this — upsettingly similar stories of male high school athletes violating weaker kids with mop handles or pool cues,” he told Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday. “The number of stories we found about it were astounding and those are just the ones that got reported, and we know that sexual assault is hugely underreported.”

Season 2 was released on Netflix on Friday and many viewers voiced concern over a scene in which Tyler (Devin Druid) is violently sexually assaulted by Monty (Timothy Granaderos) with a mop handle. Yorkey said that he and the team behind the show are “interested in continuing the conversation around sexual assault in high school.”

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Producer John Wells on Potential for ‘ER,’ ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Southland’ Reboots

Producer John Wells on Potential for ‘ER,’ ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Southland’ Reboots
Producer John Wells has been cheered by the renewed appreciation for “ER” ever since the catalog of the venerable NBC/Warner Bros. TV medical drama landed on Hulu earlier this year. He’s been floored by reports that some hardcore fans binged all 331 episodes within weeks.

But Wells has no interest in returning to the Chicago-set series that he led as showrunner and executive producer during its 1994-2009 run for his John Wells Productions banner. Despite TV’s voracious appetite for reboots and sequels, Wells explained in an interview with Variety why he doesn’t want to revisit “ER,” why
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L.A. Screenings: 2018: What New Series Studios are Highlighting

It’s that time of year again when, after networks have announced their new fall schedule and new television season offerings overall at upfronts, the studios behind the shows present screenings of their hottest properties for the international television market.

Fox co-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman may have boldly declared this year that they would be focusing on programming for the American marketplace — “As other networks are focused on monetizing ownerships of their shows, they need to program with an eye to the international market,” Walden said — but their’s is an outlier approach. All other nets are still
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Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Signs First-Look Deal With Jennifer Todd

Amblin Partners has closed an exclusive first-look deal with film and television producer Jennifer Todd and her company, Jennifer Todd Pictures.

The two-year production deal, announced Tuesday, will cover film projects under the company’s Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures banners.

Todd’s credits that include “Alice In Wonderland,” its sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” as well as “Memento,” and the “Austin Powers” franchise. She is also an executive producer on Showtime’s new series, “City on A Hill,” starring Kevin Bacon. In 2017 and 2018, Todd produced the 89th and 90th annual Academy Awards with Michael DeLuca, making her only the third female producer in the history of the Oscars to produce the show.

“We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to the Amblin family,” said Holly Bario, president of production, and Jeb Brody, co-president of production. “She is a terrific producer whose creative instincts for compelling, crowd-pleasing stories perfectly complement
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‘Once Upon a Time’ Duo Replaces Bryan Fuller as Apple’s ‘Amazing Stories’ Showrunners

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Apple has set “Once Upon a Time” creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz as the new executive producers and showrunners for Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

The duo’s addition to the project comes on the heels of original showrunner Bryan Fuller and his executive producing partner Hart Hanson’s exits in February.

Fuller and Hanson left citing creative differences, though the split was said to be amicable, an insider told TheWrap at the time.

Also Read: 'Once Upon a Time' Bosses Explain Why That Series Finale Death Was the 'Happy Ending'

According to the logline, Apple’s reboot of the 1985-1987 NBC series created by Spielberg, will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers.

The anthology series received a 10-episode straight-to-series order at Apple last year
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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Economic Docuseries Headed to Amazon

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Amazon Prime has ordered a finance and economy-themed docuseries from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and NPR business journalist Adam Davidson.

The untitled series, which doesn’t have a premiere date, will be hosted by Kal Penn.

Penn, an actor and former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement, will take viewers around the world to meet the geniuses, madmen and hucksters who make the decisions — and investments — that change our lives. From cryptocurrency and money laundering to death and corruption, the series will explore how money, greed and power affect our hyper-connected world.

Also Read: 'The Expanse': Amazon in Talks to Revive Canceled Syfy Series

“Adam McKay is well known for finding the humor and absurdity in mind-blowing true stories, and we’re excited to bring that to Prime members with this series,” said Heather Schuster, head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “As with all of our unscripted series,
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Apple’s ‘Amazing Stories’ Taps ‘Once Upon a Time’ Duo as New Showrunners

Apple’s ‘Amazing Stories’ Taps ‘Once Upon a Time’ Duo as New Showrunners
Once Upon a Time” co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have signed on as executive producers and showrunners for Apple’s upcoming reboot of “Amazing Stories,” Variety has learned.

The news comes just days after “Once Upon a Time” aired its series finale on ABC after seven seasons. In addition, the duo has signed a four-year extension of their current deal at ABC Studios, which will keep them at the studio through 2022.

Horowitz and Kitsis come on board following the departure of original showrunner Bryan Fuller and executive producer Hart Hanson in February.

The pair began their careers writing for
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Comcast to Launch Epix Nationwide on Xfinity TV in June

MGM’s Epix premium network will be available to Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers across the U.S. — for the first time — starting on June 13.

Epix’s launch on Comcast comes after after the programmer finally secured a distribution pact with the cable giant last fall, eight years after Epix’s initial 2009 launch. With the addition of Comcast, Epix will be available to around 70 million homes across traditional pay-tv and over-the-top distributors. The expanded Epix footprint includes 18 of the 20 biggest U.S. markets.

Epix, which competes with HBO, Showtime and Starz, offers original series and over 2,000 feature films. The Epix lineup includes “Fences,
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‘Krypton’ Renewed for Season 2 at Syfy

‘Krypton’ Renewed for Season 2 at Syfy
Krypton” has been renewed for a second season at Syfy ahead of the show’s first season finale on May 23.

The second season is expected to air in 2019. The series is averaging 1.8 million viewers in Live+3. It is Syfy’s most-watched debut season of an original series since “Ascension” in 2014 and the most-watched season of any scripted series on the network since “Defiance” in 2015.

The show is set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s titular home planet. The series follows Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), the Man of Steel’s grandfather, as a young man who is faced with a
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Syfy Renews ‘Krypton’ for Season 2

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Syfy has renewed “Krypton” for Season 2, which is expected to arrive in 2019.

The Superman (pre-)prequel has been the NBCUniversal cable channel’s most-watched freshman show since 2014’s “Ascension,” according to Nielsen ratings. With the Season 1 finale still to come tomorrow night, this has actually been Syfy’s most-watched run for any scripted series since “Defiance” in 2015.

Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, “Krypton” follows Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, as a young man who is faced with a life and death conflict – save his home planet or let it be destroyed to restore the fate of his future grandson, per Syfy. In Season 1, with Krypton’s leadership in disarray and the House of El ostracized, Seg found himself in a difficult position: redeem his family’s honor and protect the ones he loves, while being challenged by familiar DC
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Cannes 2018: Big Movies Soar, as Independent Movie Market Contracts

Seeing worldwide sales sell-outs on “355” and “Ironbark,” from FilmNation, and Studiocanal’s “The Secret Garden,” the 2018 Cannes Film Festival proved the second big market in a row to buck, although only in part, longer-term pessimism.

After glacial-paced early trading, titles sold from Cannes first weekend both to the U.S. and abroad at a steady, though never spectacular, rate.

But if Cannes, like February’s surprisingly buoyant Berlin, suggested there is still life in the international independent film business, despite a tepid Sundance and dire American Film Market, it also delivered a sobering snapshot of new market realities.

Whichever way the 2018 Cannes Film Market is taken, heartening signs of continued market traction have to be placed in a context of a longer-term attrition in the independent theatrical market affecting both many mid-sized English-language movies and arthouse titles alike. The bottom hasn’t fallen out of either market. But their theatrical space,
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Mike Huckabee Fesses up After Trolling Obama Netflix Series: ‘I Am at the Lowest Form of Wit’ (Video)

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee didn’t think much of President Obama’s new content deal with Netflix.

During an interview on Fox Business with host Stuart Varney, Huckabee dropped some dad-level sarcasm so egregious he was forced to concede immediately afterward that he was “the lowest form of wit.”

The moment went down after Varney invited some playful speculation about what kind of content the Obama’s would produce.

Also Read: Former Fox News Host Andrea Tantaros' Wiretapping Lawsuit Against Network Dismissed

“I think it’s a wonderful idea. They’re going to create a whole series of fictional content based on all the things that President Obama did to earn to Nobel Peace Prize,” said Huckabee.

“So it’s going to be an extensive series of fiction that he will be able to tout the things that justified his getting a Nobel Peace Prize two weeks into
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'The Staircase': Netflix Reveals Chilling New True-Crime Docuseries Trailer

"There's no murder weapon, there's no motive," a voiceover says in the new trailer for Netflix's relaunch of The Staircase. But in the case of crime novelist Michael Peterson, who was charged and convicted of the murder of his wife Kathleen, things aren't always so cut-and-dry in the judicial system.

The Staircase originally aired in 2004. Director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, who was granted complete access to the case, crafted the series around crime novelist and accused killer, Michael Peterson. Lestrade chronicled Peterson's battle to clear his name after Kathleen was
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Amazon Orders Docuseries from Adam McKay, Will Ferrell Starring Kal Penn

Amazon Orders Docuseries from Adam McKay, Will Ferrell Starring Kal Penn
Kal Penn is going to solve the world economy — maybe.

Penn will star in a new documentary, as yet untitled, about the global economy for Amazon, to be produced by Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Adam Davidson (co-founder of NPR’s “Planet Money”).

The new docuseries will offer insight into the economy and its comedic eccentricities, all through a sardonic lens.

“Look, I’m terrible at math and really good at sophomoric humor, so the idea that we can explore economics around the world by visiting places like a dildo factory in California piqued my interest,” said Penn. “To have
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