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There's a Jack Reacher TV Series in Development

There's a Jack Reacher TV Series in Development
It looks like Lee ChildJack Reacher book franchise in now being turned into a TV series. Tom Cruise played Jack Reacher in the two films produced by Paramount Pictures and while I thought he was great in the role and delivered two entertaining action-packed movies, we won’t be seeing anymore of them. The days of Cruise as Jack Reacher are over.

According to Childs, “We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.” For anyone familiar with the novels and the Jack Reacher character, then you know that Cruise didn’t fit the physicality for the role.

That doesn’t mean Childs didn’t like working with the actor, though. He told the BBC, “Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality,” and then noted that actor’s smaller size threw off some of the core fans:

“I really enjoyed working with Cruise.
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Idris Elba’s Daughter Named 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador

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Idris Elba’s Daughter Named 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has named Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba, as its 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador. She will assist with the distributing of trophies during the 2019 Golden Globe Awards ceremony and work with a nonprofit organization to raise awareness for the cause of her choosing.

“I feel honored to hold this title and use this role to not only further educate people on the work of the HFPA, but also shine a light on issues that I care about,” said Elba.

“Mental health, specifically among African Americans and my peers in particular, is something I really want to be more vocal about,” added Isan Elba. “There’s this perceived stigma and I’ve seen friends struggle. We need to empower young people to not be afraid to ask for help.”

The HFPA changed the title of
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"Doctor Who" New Year’s Day Special Set On BBC America

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BBC America is going to ring in 2019 with "Doctor Who." Breaking away from the traditional Christmas Day time slot, the popular series will have its first-ever “Who Year’s Day” which will include a marathon of all the Christmas specials that will pave the way to the aforementioned New Year’s Day special

The marathon will begin 12pm ET/PT on December 24 and lead into Christmas Day. After that, it will be a celebratory marathon of all the Doctors tarting with Peter Capaldi, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading straight into the New Year’s special on January 1.

The all-new episode is written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip. As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh
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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)

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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)
Newcomer Ella Jay Basco is in negotiations to land the last major role, Cassandra Cain, in Warner Bros.' Harley Quinn spinoff, Birds of Prey.

Margot Robbie is back as Quinn with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on board as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. Ewan McGregor will play the film’s villain and Rosie Perez will portray Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

Cathy Yan is directing the pic with Robbie producing, along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

In the new film, Robbie, Winstead, and Smollett-Bell team up to protect Cain’s character when she comes across a diamond belonging to McGregor’s Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.
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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies

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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies
Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive production deal with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television for a eight thriller genre features which will all be connected thematically.

The movies will debut on the Amazon Prime Video service which reaches over 200 territories around the globe. The movies will be made by a diverse group of filmmakers.

Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said in statement: “Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spinetingling. He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares. Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy. We can’t wait to see the nightmares he brings direct to service for our Prime Video global audience.”

“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills
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James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production

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James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production
This just in from Pandora: James Cameron says the Avatar sequels have reached a major milestone with the completion of all principal photography involving main cast members.

In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017.

“Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me you can see our performance-capture stage. Today we’re capturing some stunt scenes filming some stunt scenes but our principal cast are all wrapped: Sam [Worthington], Zoe [Saldana], Sigourney [Weaver], Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker added: “They’re done now but they gave us incredible performances. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they did on these films.”
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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In

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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In
It's hard to imagine Jackson Maine being played by anyone other than Bradley Cooper. And yet, the battered lead of 2018's A Star Is Born could have very easily been portrayed by an entirely different person. Apart from the initial, and well-reported, back-and-forth on who would direct and star in the remake, it was recently revealed that Cooper had Jack White in mind to portray Maine.

Before Lady Gaga was officially attached to the project, Cooper was interested in casting a real-life musician. "I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician," he told Variety. "But [the studio] wouldn't make the movie with him." The publication later learned the musician in mind was the former White Stripes singer and guitarist.

Though Cooper would go on to deliver an impassioned performance, in his defense, White wasn't an entirely out-there casting idea. In fact, he previously acted
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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series "The Mandalorian"

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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series
Gina Carano has been cast in “The Mandalorian,” Variety has confirmed with sources.

The exact nature of the actress and former mixed martial arts (MMA) star’s role in the “Star Wars” series is being kept under wraps. She joins Pedro Pascal in the series, whom Variety reported earlier this week was in negotiations to star.

Carano first came to national attention for her MMA prowess, compiling a professional record of 7-1 while competing in organizations like Strikeforce and EliteXC. She also appeared in the 2008 reboot of “American Gladiators.” As an actress, she starred in the Steven SoderberghHaywire” and has also starred in films like “Deadpool,” “Fast & Furious 6,” and “Kickboxer: Vengeance.”

She is repped by Gersh and The Syndicate.

Jon Favreau penned “The Mandalorian,” which is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. It follows the travails of a
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Amazon Renews "Bosch" For Sixth Season; Streamer’s Longest Running Series

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Amazon Renews
Michael Connelly fans rejoice, "Bosch" is coming back!

With a fifth season currently in production and set to launch next year, Amazon today announced that the Titus Welliver-led series of Connelly’s beloved and hardboiled ex-LAPD detective will be back for a Season 6 too.

“I’m on the set where we are wrapping up the filming of season 5, and now this great news that we get to do it again with a sixth season,” said best selling author and producer Connelly from L.A. today of the streamer’s long running series’ extension. “Can’t wait!”

“Bosch is a customer and critical favorite and Amazon Prime members are fans of this long-running series that delivers strong storytelling, complex characters, and exceptional performances,” added Amazon Studios co-Head of Television, Albert Cheng, on Wednesday too of the Fabrik Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company, produced one-hour drama. “We are happy
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Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’

Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’
While the world still reacts to the passing of Stan Lee, one of the biggest questions amongst fans is whether or not the Marvel Comics legend was able to shoot cameos for upcoming films before his death. We’ve already heard that Avengers 4 will have the requisite cameo from Lee, but apparently, there’s one 2019 Marvel movie that doesn’t have a cameo from the writer.

According to a report from EW, Lee never filmed a cameo for the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix. While it’s unclear if this was a matter of timing or if he was never set to appear in the film, Dark Phoenix, will mark the first X-Men film to not have Lee appear in a cameo.
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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie

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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie
Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale has joined the cast of Sony and Blumhouse’s upcoming film Fantasy Island.

Starring opposite Michael Pena, Hale will play one of the guests at a mysterious island where people can live out their fantasies — for a price. The movie is based on the television series, which ran for seven seasons from 1977 to 1984 and often dealt with dark themes and the supernatural.

Pena will portray Mr. Roarke, a role originated by Ricardo Montalban in the television series. The TV show became best known for Mr. Roarke’s sidekick Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize), who would ring a bell in a bell tower and shout “Ze plane! Ze plane!” to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the start of each episode.
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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate
J.J. AbramsBad Robot production banner has acquired six new projects from a number of rising filmmakers.

Among the titles is a feature on hip-hop artist Bobby Hall, known by his stage name Logic. His song “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for two Grammys. His movie, Everything Must Go, is described as Clerks for a new generation. Hall will star and co-write with “Blackish” scribe Lisa McQuillan.

Other storytellers involved on the new slate include Hell Fest writer Blair Butler, “The Good Place” executive producer Megan Amram, The Good Time Girls director Courtney Hoffman, Ben Shiffrin, writing team Dylan Meyer and Peter Glanz, and first-time director Stan Grube, who had previously served as an editor on the Bad Robot sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The news comes following the release of Bad Robot’s war horror film “Overlord,” which opened with $10 million last weekend. The production company is also involved
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Flashback: The Who’s John Entwistle Sings ‘Boris the Spider’ With Ringo’s All Starrs

Flashback: The Who’s John Entwistle Sings ‘Boris the Spider’ With Ringo’s All Starrs
Ringo Starr recently announced the details of his 30th anniversary tour with the All Starr Band, which will feature Men At Work’s Colin Hay, Santana’s Gregg Rolie, Toto’s Steve Lukather and Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart. “It’s become what I do — I go on tour,” Starr recently told Rolling Stone‘s Rob Sheffield. “So we’re starting in Japan in March, then in the summer we do America. I’ve got plenty of time so I love to play. And of course, being the drummer,
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See Kane Brown’s Soulful ‘Good as You’ on ‘Kimmel’

See Kane Brown’s Soulful ‘Good as You’ on ‘Kimmel’
A presenter on Wednesday night’s Cma Awards telecast in Nashville, Kane Brown was seemingly in two places at once when he performed a couple of songs from his new LP Experiment on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the same night. With the soul-baring, romantic ballad, “Good as You,” Brown fully engaged the crowd on the chorus, in which he praises his significant other with ready-made wedding vows set to a slow-jam soundtrack. Not coincidentally, the singer married girlfriend Katelyn Jae last month.

Brown opened his pre-taped segment with his current Top Five single,
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Katy Perry Unwraps New Holiday Song ‘Cozy Little Christmas’

Katy Perry Unwraps New Holiday Song ‘Cozy Little Christmas’
Katy Perry unveiled a new holiday song, “Cozy Little Christmas,” that’s available exclusively via Amazon Music. The track can be purchased for $1.29, while it’s also available to stream for Amazon Music subscribers.

A 30-second preview of the track is available and finds Perry crooning over an upbeat blend of pianos, shuffling drums and, of course, sleigh bells. “Nothing lights my fire or warms me up baby like you do,” Perry sings, “Just want a cozy, cozy little Christmas here with you.”

“Cozy Little Christmas” marks Perry’s first
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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie

Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie
Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale has joined the cast of Sony and Blumhouse’s upcoming film “Fantasy Island.”

Starring opposite Michael Pena, Hale will play one of the guests at a mysterious island where people can live out their fantasies — for a price. The movie is based on the television series, which ran for seven seasons from 1977 to 1984 and often dealt with dark themes and the supernatural.

Pena will portray Mr. Roarke, a role originated by Ricardo Montalban in the television series. The TV show became best known for Mr. Roarke’s sidekick Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize), who would ring a bell in a bell tower and shout “Ze plane! Ze plane!” to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the start of each episode.

Truth or Dare” filmmaker Jeff Wadlow is directing and penning the script with his “Truth or Dare” co-writers, Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs.
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Mara Brock Akil, Bob Greenblatt, Henry Winkler, Rita Moreno Among 2019 Tartikoff Award Honorees

Showrunner Mara Brock Akil, former NBC Entertainment and Showtime chief Bob Greenblatt, actors Henry Winkler, Rita Moreno and Betty White and comedian-entrepreneur Byron Allen have been selected as the recipients of the 16th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards.

The group of six will be feted at the ceremony set for Jan. 23 as part of the annual Natpe conference in Miami. The Tartikoff kudos, named for the legendary NBC programming chief, aim to recognize executives and creatives who have made a significant contribution to the TV industry.

Here are biographies of each of the honorees:

Byron Allen – Byron Allen is the founder,
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Sean Cohan to Leave A+E Networks, Run Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment

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Sean Cohan will leave A+E Networks, where he serves as president of international and digital media, to run Brett Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment as president.

Cohan will remain with A+E Networks through the end of 2018 to manage a smooth transition for the company and its global leadership team. He will officially join Wheelhouse Entertainment in late January 2019.

Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel announced he is launching a new media company with Montgomery — dubbed Kimmelot — which will exist under the Wheelhouse Entertainment umbrella. Under the terms of the pact, Kimmel will also become a partner in Wheelhouse, which Montgomery launched in January after stepping down as CEO of ITV America.

Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel's Country Music Mean Tweets: Thomas Rhett May or May Not Bedazzle His Jeans (Video)

“At a time of seismic change in media and entertainment, to say that hiring Sean Cohan is a major win for us would be an understatement.
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Hear Zayn, Nicki Minaj on New Edm-Pop Song ‘No Candle No Light’

Hear Zayn, Nicki Minaj on New Edm-Pop Song ‘No Candle No Light’
Nicki Minaj and Zayn explore romantic frustration on their new Edm-pop song “No Candle No Light.”

The duo exchange soulful lines about a doomed relationship over pulsating synths and gleaming electronics. “Hand on your hand, chest on your chest/ Tangled in bed, but I’m feeling you less,” Minaj croons. “You know my love ain’t free/ Why do you make believe? Why do you sell me dreams?” On the chorus, they sing in unison, “I woke up on the wrong side of ya,” building to a breakdown of pitch-shifted vocal samples.
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TV Ratings: Cma Awards Down Over 30 Percent From 2017, Hit All-Time Low

The 2018 Cma Awards posted a new all-time low in the overnight ratings, shedding a massive chunk of the show’s audience from last year.

Airing from 8-11 p.m. on ABC, the awards telecast is currently at a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers. Last year’s telecast drew a 3.2 rating and 14.3 million viewers, meaning this year is down a whopping 34% in the demo and 29% in total viewers.

This is the latest in a long line of live programming that has suffered serious ratings erosion over the years. Back in September, for example, the 2018 Emmy Awards hit a new viewership low as well,
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