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NBC Buys Music Drama From ‘Nashville’ Alums, Milo Ventimiglia & Craig Brewer

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NBC Buys Music Drama From ‘Nashville’ Alums, Milo Ventimiglia & Craig Brewer
Former Nashville executive producers Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin are returning to the music industry scene with a new drama series project. The duo has teamed up with This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia and Craig Brewer, writer-director of music-themed series Empire and movie Hustle & Flow, for a one-hour series pitch that has landed at NBC with a script commitment plus penalty. The drama hails from Ventimiglia & Russ Cundiff’s Divide Pictures and 20th Century Fox TV, where Lavender, Ulin and Divide are under deals.

Written by Lavender and Ulin, the untitled project centers on gifted musician Madison, who fears her life in the music business is over after an epic breakdown on stage goes viral. With a new boldness she teams up with her musical prodigy sisters, to form a band that might be more than what they bargained for. Thrust into a world that is far more
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Outlander: Season Four Premiere Date Announced by Starz

Outlander: Season Four Premiere Date Announced by Starz
Outlander is headed to the New World. Today, Starz announced the TV show's fourth season will debut in November.

Based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, the historical drama follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a WWII combat nurse who finds herself mysteriously thrown back in time to 1743 Scotland. The cast also includes Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Annette Badland, Stephen Walters, and Laura Donnelly.

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‘Bourne’ Offshoot Drama ‘Treadstone’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At USA Network, In Talks For Amazon Deal

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‘Bourne’ Offshoot Drama ‘Treadstone’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At USA Network, In Talks For Amazon Deal
USA Network has given a straight-to-series order to drama Treadstone, an offshoot from the Bourne franchise, from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Universal Cable Productions.

Treadstone was originally announced as a pilot order on USA’s 2018 slate in April but will now bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series. I hear the decision stems in large part from an international distribution deal Ucp is negotiating with Amazon. In a similar fashion, Ucp’s Syfy’s pilot Nightflyers went directly to series when Netflix took international distribution under its co-licensing model.

I hear new Amazon Studios president Jennifer Salke was instrumental in starting the conversations on Treadstone as she had known the project since its inception and was in on the original pitch in her previous role as president of NBC Entertainment. Because of its Bourne ties, the project has worldwide appeal and name recognition. It also comes from a proven TV creator/showrunner,
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‘Hard Powder’ is the Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

‘Hard Powder’ is the Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Movie You’ve Been Waiting For
Who says cinema is dead? As long as someone is ready to make a Liam Neeson snowplow action movie, the medium of film will live forever. Neeson is set to star in Hard Power, a remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance. Neeson plays a snowplow driver going up against a drug cartel. If […]

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TNT Orders ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel Of Darkness’ Limited Series

TNT Orders ‘Alienist’ Sequel ‘The Angel Of Darkness’ Limited Series
TNT has ordered The Angel of Darkness, a new limited series based on the sequel to author Caleb Carr’s bestelling The Alienist, with Alienist stars Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning returning for the follow-up in an all-new storyline.

A huge critical and ratings success, TNT’s The Alienist is 2018’s top new cable series in 18-49, having reached more than 50 million people across multiple platforms. It also earned six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series.

A gripping, turn-of-the-century murder mystery amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age,” The Alienist follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies. In the first series, Kreizler was relentless in his pursuit of a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. He was joined by newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) and Sara Howard (Fanning), an ambitious secretary determined to
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Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?

Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?
The sad news about Aretha Franklin today had us thumbing through our old vinyl and wondering if we should rewatch her sass-serving cameo in 1980's The Blues Brothers for a 41st time. We were a little surprised, however, to learn on IMDb that her first non-singing screen role came not alongside a repurposed Mount Prospect, Ill., police car but in a 1972 episode of the TV series "Room 222."

Also notable about the race-related classroom drama/comedy, one of the first TV shows to feature a black lead: It's the first series created by James L. Brooks, before he co-created "Mary Tyler Moore," won a Best Director Oscar for Terms of Endearment, and developed "The Simpsons."

As of this writing, Season 3 of "Room 222" is not available on DVD or to stream (VHS to the rescue?). Perhaps that's worth changing?

Check out our gallery of Aretha Franklin photos through the years.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Dies at 76
“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, the eruptive singer who reigned atop the pop and R&B charts in the late ’60s and early ’70s with a succession of albums and singles of unparalleled power and emotional depth, has died. She was 76.

Franklin was suffering from pancreatic cancer, and had earlier undergone surgery in December 2010. Her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reported Franklin died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,” Quinn said in a statement. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

She was the most lionized and lauded female R&B vocalist of her era. Winner of 18 Grammy Awards, and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement honoree in
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Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)

Disney Stands Firm on James Gunn Not Returning to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)
After a strong push to get James Gunn back as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” following his firing from the project, Disney and Marvel are standing by their decision to not reinstate him as helmer for the next installment. The decision came following a meeting between Gunn and studio chairman Alan Horn.

Gunn was let go from the project nearly a month ago when dozens of Gunn’s tweets from nearly a decade ago came to light. The so-called joke tweets, about pedophilia and rape, were recently resurfaced by alt-right agitators. The studio acted quickly to remove Gunn from directing the third installment, believing the comments were unacceptable in the Me Too era and were not in line with Disney’s family-friendly image.

Since then, support for Gunn has been widespread, especially from the “Guardians” cast. Cast members including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana asked for Gunn
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‘The Nun’ Eyes Huge $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

‘The Nun’ Eyes Huge $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
After popcorn season comes to a close, Warner Bros. is hoping to scare moviegoers back into theaters with “The Nun.”

Early tracking suggests the fifth installment in “The Conjuring” franchise is on pace to open to more than $32 million when it opens on Sept. 7, though some estimates predict it could make as much as $37 million. That’s a promising launch given the low price tag typically attached to horror movies.

The Nun,” a spin-off to “The Conjuring 2,” stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, and Jonas Bloquet. It is set in Romania in 1951 and centers on a Catholic priest and a novice who are sent to the Vatican to investigate the mysterious suicide of a nun. The first four iterations in the “Conjuring” universe — including “Annabelle” and its sequel — have generated over $1.1 billion globally.

It won’t come close to matching the surprise success of the same weekend last September when
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Showtime on Ruth Wilson’s Exit From ‘The Affair’: ‘Everyone Agreed the Character’s Story Had Run Its Course’

Showtime on Ruth Wilson’s Exit From ‘The Affair’: ‘Everyone Agreed the Character’s Story Had Run Its Course’
Ruth Wilson stoked speculation about the reason for her departure from Showtime’s “The Affair” when she said she’s “not allowed” to talk about the situation during a TV appearance Thursday morning.

Wilson appeared on “CBS This Morning” to talk about the dramatic exit of her character, Alison, from the Showtime drama that examines the impact of an extramarital affair from multiple perspectives. There had been speculation Wilson left because she was earning less than her male co-star, Dominic West. Asked by “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King directly about the pay parity question, Wilson replied: “I’ve never
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Kenya Barris Officially Joins Netflix With Big TV Overall Deal For New Series

Kenya Barris Officially Joins Netflix With Big TV Overall Deal For New Series
It’s official: black-ish creator Kenya Barris is headed to Netflix with a rich multi-year overall deal. The pact had been rumored for months. I hear the agreement with Netflix was made awhile ago but could not be announced until Barris formalized his exit from his ABC Studios deal. Barris and ABC Studios last month announced that his overall deal there would terminate in August, a little over a year into its four-year term. I hear the date was Aug. 15, thus today’s…
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24 Most Iconic VMAs Moments, From Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ to ‘Miley, What’s Good?’ (Photos)

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24 Most Iconic VMAs Moments, From Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ to ‘Miley, What’s Good?’ (Photos)
If the MTV Video Music Awards have ever been about the awards themselves, that era is long past. The most unpredictable and frequently over-the-top awards show remains one of the last-standing watercooler TV events by delivering iconic moments year after year. Here are a few of the most legendary from the show’s nearly 35 year life.

Madonna performed her single “Like a Virgin” at the very first VMAs in 1984, donning a wedding dress for a performance that looks downright tame by modern standards but raised a few eyebrows in its day.

Looking to top her last performance when she returned to the VMAs stage in 1990, Madonna went for an elaborate 18th Century France-inspired aesthetic for her rendition of Video of the Year nominee “Vogue.”

Michael Jackson and then-wife Lisa Marie Presley shocked the audience when they locked lips for an awkwardly long and stilted kiss while introducing the 1994 VMAs.

In
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Flashback: See Aretha Franklin’s Show-Stealing Scene in ‘The Blues Brothers’

Flashback: See Aretha Franklin’s Show-Stealing Scene in ‘The Blues Brothers’
In 1980, the blockbuster film The Blues Brothers featured cameos from a bevy of musical titans, including James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway and John Lee Hooker, but it was a five-minute show-stealing scene starring Aretha Franklin that proved both memorable and pivotal.

Franklin by then was more than a quarter century into her illustrious and influential career, but the tide was turning for the established Queen of Soul with her late Seventies albums – 1977’s Sweet Passion, 1978’s Almighty Fire and 1979’s La Diva – failing to reach the commercial success of some of her previous output.
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Film Review: ‘Surfer’

There is no excuse for “Surfer,” an abysmally amateurish vanity production best described as a total wipeout. Produced, written and directed by Douglas Burke, a USC physics professor who would be well-advised not to quit his day job, it has something to do with the fulminations of a pontificating spirit who is given temporary corporeality, and something else to do with a traumatized young wave-rider who’s more or less browbeaten back into hanging ten. It is the sort of movie that sustains interest from scene to scene only because you’re constantly wondering whether it could possibly get any worse. In this regard, it seldom disappoints.

The well-nigh unendurable first half focuses on a lengthy and largely one-sided conversation between Sage, a young man who nearly drowned during a near-fatal surfing mishap a few years earlier, and Jack, the surfer’s father, who does most of the talking even
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Korean Actress Lee Ha-nee Signs with Wme, Agi for Hollywood Debut

Leading Korean actress, Lee Ha-nee has signed with Hollywood agents Phillip Sun of Wme and David Unger of Artist International Group. The deals are intended to extend the actress’ acting scope to include Hollywood, and were announced Thursday by Korean independent talent management agency Saram Entertainment.

A former Miss Korea winner in 2006 and a Miss Universe contestant in 2007, the bilingual actress has starred in films including “Tazza-The Hidden Card,” “Fabricated City” and “Blackened Heart,” and multiple TV series. She recently finished shooting Korean comedy film “Extreme Job.”

With a Masters degree in Korean traditional music, Lee appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and performed a Korean traditional court dance.

“For a long time, global representatives have shown interest in Lee as she has proven herself in many different spheres. We decided to work with partners that can be the most helpful for Lee in developing her career in Hollywood,
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‘Pretty Woman’ Broadway Review: The Hooker Julia Roberts Made Famous Is Back, and She Can Belt

Prostitutes, once a staple of the Broadway musical, have been keeping a low profile in recent years. The old fantasy of sleeping with guys and making good money yielded long ago to real horror stories of exploitation, sexism, drug addiction and human trafficking. None of which has stopped Garry Marshall and J. F. Lawton from turning their hit 1990 movie “Pretty Woman” into a Broadway musical, which opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre.

Marshall directed the movie and Lawton wrote the screenplay, and they’re credited this time around as writers of the book, which means “Pretty Woman” the musical is a too-faithful adaptation of the original.

They have made one small but important update. The heroine’s seamy occupation is acknowledged at the get-go by turning her first song into a heartfelt lament, “Anywhere but Here,” effectively delivered in country style by a strong-voiced Samantha Barks.

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Here’s What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in September

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New titles available on Amazon Prime next month include Amazon original series like “Six Dreams” Season 1, the second half of “Wishenproof” Season 2, “Pete the Cat” Season 1, “Forever” Season 1 and “King Lear” Season 1.

Some classic comedies will also become available in September, like the original “Ghostbusters,” “Jerry Maguire,” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” In more of a dramatic mood as the weather shifts? Dramas like “Sleepless in Seattle” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan should do the trick.

Other movies arriving include newer flicks “Future World,” “Beirut,” “Strangers Prey at Night,” “Pistorius,” “Stronger,” “On Chesil Beach,” “My Little Pony,” “Hot Summer Night,” “Escape Plan 2,” “Jigsaw” and “Suburbicon.”

Also Read: Amazon Explores Acquisition of Landmark Theatres (Report)

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September Tbd

*King Lear, Season 1 (Prime Original series)

Sept. 1

Series

Asylum, Season 1

The Blue Rose, Season 1

The Broker’s Man, Seasons 1-2

The Field of Blood, Seasons 1-2

Golden,
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‘The Sinner’ Star Carrie Coon on Playing the Villain: ‘I Don’t Care About Being Liked’

‘The Sinner’ Star Carrie Coon on Playing the Villain: ‘I Don’t Care About Being Liked’
We know whodunit — the question is, whydunit?

That’s a formula “The Sinner” has crafted to tremendous success. The first season of USA’s limited series scored with viewers, and landed Jessica Biel an Emmy nomination for her starring role. In Season 2, Carrie Coon steps into the spotlight as the enigmatic Vera, a woman who leads a cult-like community and the mother of a boy who has committed two heinous murders.

Everything isn’t what it seems, Coon promises. “[Showrunner] Derek Simonds has all these twists up his very well-tailored sleeves,” she reveals.

The day after shooting wrapped, Coon — a new
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Fox News Mistakenly Uses Patti Labelle Photo in Aretha Franklin Tribute

Fox News got their Queens of Soul confused on Thursday. As Twitter users were quick to recognize, the network’s tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday morning at 76, featured an image of Patti Labelle instead.

The faded photo appeared during an “America’s Newsroom” segment with hosts Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith, who were in the midst of lauding Franklin’s legacy. Hemmer said, “She sang with a smile on her face when she performed, and that is what she emitted for so many millions and for so many years.”

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— Zachary Pleat (@zpleat) August 16, 2018

Behind Franklin,
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Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in September

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Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in September
Beat the back-to-school blues with new movie titles like “13 Going on 30” and “Sixteen Candles” hitting Hulu on Sept. 1, as well as new and favorite fall TV series.

The Hulu original series “The First,” starring Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone, is about a group of astronauts attempting to be the first humans on Mars. It premieres on Sept. 14, and new episodes of Sarah Silverman’s “I Love You, America” will arrive on Sept. 6.

Fall TV also arrives next month, and you’ll be able to watch premieres of network hits like “This Is Us” on Sept. 26, “9-1-1” on Sept. 24 and “Grey’s Anatomy” on Sept. 28. New shows will also become available after they premiere, like “Manifest” on Sept. 25, “New Amsterdam” on Sept. 26 and “A Million Little Things” on Sept. 27.

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