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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix
Netflix has picked up Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the story of a real-life Malawian boy named William Kamkwamba who built a windmill that helped save his village from famine.

The streamer acquired global rights to the film excluding Japan, China and U.K. free TV rights, and plans to launch the film worldwide next year — including in select theaters in the U.S. and U.K.

Ejiofor, the Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, also co-stars and wrote the script, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The film follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he
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Migration Drama "1899" Is New Netflix Project From Creators of"‘Dark"

Migration Drama
The creators of supernatural series “Dark,” which helped put German drama on the international TV map, have set their next Netflix project, “1899,” a drama that follows European migrants on a fright-filled journey to the U.S.

Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar inked an overall deal with Netflix in June – the first of its kind for the streamer in Europe – following the success of “Dark.” “1899” is the first fruit of that agreement. The show revolves around a migrant steamship heading from London to New York. When the passengers discover another migrant boat adrift, their journey takes an unexpected twist.

“What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare,” Netflix said in a statement.
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Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch

Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch
Put your wands up, muggles. The upcoming chapter in the Harry Potter universe looks to enchant moviegoers and dominate the global box office.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is expected to earn $65 million from over 3,300 domestic locations, though industry estimates show that number could be closer to $75 million. The higher part of that range would be in line with the opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first entry in the Harry Potter spinoff series. That film debuted with $74 million on the same weekend two years ago and went on to generate $234 million in North America and $580 million overseas. The second film carries a slightly bigger budget of $200 million, while the first outing cost $175 million.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the magical movies, expects to see a similar boost from the international box office. The sequel could make as much as $250 million this weekend when including foreign markets, where it will launch day and date in nearly 48 territories.
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Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’

Hulu to Develop Shows Based on George R.R. Martin Book Series ‘Wild Cards’
Hulu is developing multiple shows based on the “Wild Cards” book series, which is edited by “Game of Thrones” scribe George R.R. Martin.

Variety has learned from sources that the streamer is set to open a writers room for two shows set in the “Wild Cards” universe. Universal Cable Productions will produce along with Hulu, with Andrew Miller set to write and executive produce both projects. Miller, who is currently under an overall deal at UCP, recently helmed the “Tremors” pilot at Syfy that saw the return of the original film’s star Kevin Bacon.

Set in the present, the “Wild Cards” books explore the aftermath of an alien virus, released over Manhattan in 1946 that killed 90% of those it infected. In the survivors, DNA was altered, creating grotesque physical deformities, except for a tiny percentage who develop super human powers instead.
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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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"Temptation Island" Reboot Officially A Go At USA; Mark L. Walberg Returns As Host

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USA Network has confirmed its upcoming reboot of the 2001 reality series "Temptation Island." The 10-episode revival, produced by Banijay Studios North America, will premiere on January 15 with Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the original, returning as host.

"Temptation Island," which had been in the works at USA for the past few months, is part of the network’s aggressive expansion into unscripted series as it is preparing for the departure of WWE Smackdown next fall.

"Temptation Island" follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives — or should go their separate ways. Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women. There, they live the “single life,” in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.
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Univision Reports Revenue Dip in Third Quarter Earnings

Adversely impacted by its carriage dispute with Dish Network, the loss of World Cup ad revenue to rival Telemundo, lower ratings, and the 2018 rate increase of its agreement with long-time primetime programming supplier Televisa, Univision has reported a 17.3% plunge in revenue to $628.2 million from $759.4 million for its 2018 3rd quarter results ending Sept. 30, 2018, compared to the same period last year.

Total core revenue dipped 8.2% to $648.9 million from $706.7 million in the same time frame. Consolidated ad revenue was down 16.6% to $378 million from $454 million in the prior period.

In an earnings call with investors Wednesday, Univision CEO Vince Sadusky said the Dish blackout was likely to be permanent.
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Sheldons Unite: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Young Sheldon’ to Cross Over on CBS

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Sheldons Unite: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Young Sheldon’ to Cross Over on CBS
Sheldon will meet Sheldon on an upcoming episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” when stars from the show’s prequel series, “Young Sheldon,” stop by.

Iain Armitage (Sheldon), Lance Barber (George) and Montana Jordan (Georgie) will make cameos in an upcoming “Bbt” episode as their “Young Sheldon” characters, a spokesperson for CBS tells TheWrap.

No further story details for the special installment are currently available — like if it will entail a flashback or incorporate the younger cast into the plot in some other way — but we do know the crossover episode will air in December.

“Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon” air back to back Thursdays at 8/7c and 8:30/7:30c, respectively, on CBS.

More to come…

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Song You Need to Know: Lizzo, ‘Bye Bitch’

Song You Need to Know: Lizzo, ‘Bye Bitch’
If you don’t love Lizzo, you must not be paying attention. Arguably the most likable pop music figure to come around in recent years, the rapper/singer/flautist has put out a consistently thrilling body of work and collaborated with legends like Prince and Big Freedia.

More recently, Lizzo has become a bit of a viral social media star. After years of playing and studying the flute, she started playing the instrument on her Instagram and during her shows. One video in particular showed her transitioning from some light
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Tee Grizzley on His Time Off Parole, Working With Chance the Rapper, Getting His Passport

Tee Grizzley on His Time Off Parole, Working With Chance the Rapper, Getting His Passport
Up-and-coming Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley is off parole. His time in prison has been the central theme of his career to date, and his biggest song — and the first to bring him national attention — was “First Day Out,” a furious, Meek Mill-reminiscent track about his first day as a free man. But, even as his career began to explode last year, his legal situation has hampered Grizzley’s ability to capitalize on the attention. When we spoke by phone last week, he had finally received a passport. “It feels great,
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Fox Searchlight Executive Cassandra Butcher Joins Bron Studios as Chief Marketing Officer

Fox Searchlight veteran Cassandra Butcher has joined Bron Studios as chief marketing officer.

In her new role, Butcher will oversee all the company’s marketing campaigns and collaborate with Bron’s distribution and sales partners.

Butcher will work alongside chief content officer Anjay Nagpal and recently appointed chief strategy officer Ashley Levinson. She will also be a part of the development and production process.

“[Co-founder] Aaron [Gibert] and I and the entire Bron team are thrilled to welcome Cassandra to the company,” said co-founder Brenda Gilbert. She will further cement our position as a strong partner to filmmakers and with distributors. She brings so much experience and vision to Bron, as well as a work-ethic and passion that’s exceptional.”

Butcher worked at Fox Searchlight for over a decade as VP of national publicity and worked on best picture Academy Award winners including “The Shape of Water” and “12 Years a Slave,
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Bron Studios Hires Former Fox Searchlight Executive Cassandra Butcher as Chief Marketing Officer

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Cassandra Butcher has been hired as Bron Studios’ new chief marketing officer, studio founders Aaron Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert announced on Wednesday.

Butcher joins Bron from Fox Searchlight where she spent more than 10 years as vice president of national publicity.

In her new role, Butcher will oversee all of the company’s marketing campaigns and liaise with Bron’s distribution and sales partners, while also serving as a part of the development and production process. She’ll work alongside chief content officer Anjay Nagpal and recently appointed chief strategy officer Ashley Levinson.

Also Read: Sony Pictures Promotes Michael Marshall to President of Studio's Business Affairs

“Aaron and I and the entire Bron team are thrilled to welcome Cassandra to the company. She will further cement our position as a strong partner to filmmakers and with distributors,” Brenda Gilbert said in a statement. “She brings so much experience and vision to Bron,
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‘The Bachelor': Colton Underwood’s Chance at Love Delivers Our First ABC Midseason Premiere Date

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ABC has handed out its first midseason premiere date to “The Bachelor,” slating Colton Underwood’s turn as the bearer of the roses to debut in January.

After having his heart broken on Becca Kufrin’s season of “The Bachelorette” and a turn on the most recent season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” fans will get to see Underwood take another shot at finding his one true love when “The Bachelor” returns on Monday, Jan. 7.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner and Nicole Woods are executive producers.

Also Read: Fans Are Not Feeling Colton Underwood as 'The Bachelor' and These GIFs Prove It

ABC has yet to reveal the rest of its midseason premiere dates, with freshman dramas “The Fix,” “Grand Hotel” and “Whiskey Cavalier” still remaining unscheduled. The
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Trump’s Refugee Appointee Is Reportedly Writing an Anti-Abortion Book

Scott Lloyd, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, had virtually no experience working with displaced populations before the Trump administration put him in charge of the agency responsible for helping tens of thousands of refugees settle in the U.S. every year, not to mention the care of the more than 10,000 children who arrive in the country alone.

And that lack of experience has shown in his job performance. Under Lloyd, the number of children in custody has reached an all time high and the number of days those
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‘Shoah: Four Sisters’ Film Review: Claude Lanzmann’s Final Holocaust Documentary Features Improbable Survivors

They aren’t sisters in a familial sense. But Ruth Elias, Ada Lichtman, Hanna Marton, and Paula Biren share a terrible kinship: They are the only people from their respective families to survive the Nazi Holocaust. In “Shoah: Four Sisters,” the latest and last film from director Claude Lanzmann — the man behind the 1985 landmark documentary “Shoah,” who died earlier this year at 92 — they speak directly, and steadily, explaining the various, harrowing routes taken to escape with their lives.

Presented in four discrete, non-chronological sections, “Four Sisters” begins with its longest interview, “The Hippocratic Oath,” in which Ruth Elias describes in exacting detail the many ways she narrowly evaded death, from hiding among girls she suspected would be spared for their looks, to removing her yellow star and posing as a non-Jewish Czech with no papers, to a horrifying encounter with Josef Mengele himself that left her newborn child dead.

Ada
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Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Finally Beat Jimmy Fallon in TV Ratings

Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Finally Beat Jimmy Fallon in TV Ratings
It was likely only a matter of time, and that time is now: Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” has officially caught up to — and even beaten — Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” in TV ratings.

Last week, the CBS late-night series topped the NBC one among adults 18-49, with a 0.5 Live + Same Day ratings average versus a 0.4. Those figures translate to 616,000 viewers aged 18-49 for Colbert and 552,000 for Fallon, per Nielsen.

The CBS “W” is a first in the post-David Letterman era.

Also Read: Stephen Colbert Reminds America Through Song That 'We're Stuck in This Together' (Video)

With the week of Nov. 5-9 in the books, Colbert and Fallon are now tied for the season in the key demo. Through seven weeks, the CBS and NBC late-night offerings are both averaging a 0.51 rating among adults 18-49, which is the group most-coveted by those advertising on entertainment offerings.

Translating those numbers into demo viewers,
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‘Green Book’ Director Peter Farrelly on His Production Crew’s Drive for Authenticity

‘Green Book’ Director Peter Farrelly on His Production Crew’s Drive for Authenticity
Green Book,” which Universal releases Nov. 16, centers on the unlikely real-life friendship between Jamaican-American classical pianist Don Shirley and his driver Tony Vallelonga, a laid-off New York nightclub bouncer, during a 1962 tour of the Midwest and the racially tense South. The film premiered at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in September and has surged to become an Oscar contender, including possible actor noms for the two leads, Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.

Director-co-writer Peter Farrelly, best known for offbeat comedies (“There’s Something About Mary”), says it was a tough production: “We had 35 days and $20 million to shoot this 120-page script — and with dozens of locations, all set in 1962.” The result looks effortless, partly because of the cast and crew: “A lot of people did a lot of work for very little money because they liked the story.”

Sean Porter, Cinematographer

“I’m a story guy, so I wanted a visual balance.
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Aretha Franklin Documentary ‘Amazing Grace’: Helping Her ‘Family to Heal and Move on’

Aretha Franklin Documentary ‘Amazing Grace’: Helping Her ‘Family to Heal and Move on’
The audience that witnessed Doc NYC’s Monday world premiere of the moving and soulful Aretha Franklin church concert doc “Amazing Grace,” captured on film by Sydney Pollack in 1972, was fortunate indeed. But for actress Gina Gershon and the late Queen of Soul’s nephew Vaughn Franklin, the screening at Manhattan’s Sva Theatre was something far more profound: a family celebration.

“When all of her siblings passed away back-to-back — our aunt Erma, and nine weeks later, my father [in 2002], she stepped in and became our surrogate mother, our rock and our foundation,” said Franklin, who attended the premiere with Sabrina Owens (Aretha’s niece and the film’s exec producer) and two other relatives. “She helped us mourn and get over our grief, so whenever I can see her now, it feels like she’s reaching out to me and telling me certain things in her music. We’re still
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Maren Morris: Country Radio Is Going to ‘Get Its Sh-t Together’

Maren Morris: Country Radio Is Going to ‘Get Its Sh-t Together’
“Eventually country radio is going to get its shit together and play everyone,” Maren Morris told the crowd gathered yesterday at Cmt’s Next Women of Country showcase at Nashville’s City Winery. There to celebrate the 2019 class and accept the annual Impact Award presented by Natalie Hemby, Morris (part of the 2015 class) peppered that “eventually” with a certain kind of punch: maybe country radio will get its shit together, and maybe it won’t. But Morris, along with Cmt’s Leslie Fram and co-host Cassadee Pope, and the new class — comprising Anna Vaus,
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‘Silicon Valley': Season 6 Production Delayed to Accommodate Alec Berg’s Work on ‘Barry’

HBO is pushing back the start of production on the sixth season of “Silicon Valley” in order to accommodate showrunner Alec Berg’s same responsibilities on “Barry.”

There is no word from HBO on when production on the new season of “Silicon Valley” will start, but TV Line reported it will likely be next summer, which could mean that the series may not return until 2020.

“As Alec Berg is a showrunner on both ‘Barry’ and ‘Silicon Valley,’ the schedule was structured to allow Alec to wrap on ‘Barry’ before starting work on ‘Silicon Valley,'” an HBO spokesperson said in a statement.

Also Read: HBO Lands David Simon's Fascism Drama 'The Plot Against America'

The move will likely take “Silicon Valley” out of contention for the Emmys, where it has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series each year. “Barry” won a pair of acting Emmys for its first season,
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