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Johnny Galecki Will Appear on ‘The Conners’ – and Juliette Lewis Will Play His Girlfriend

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Johnny Galecki Will Appear on ‘The Conners’ – and Juliette Lewis Will Play His Girlfriend
Johnny Galecki is coming back for more “Roseanne” — er, “The Conners.” And this time he’s bringing Juliette Lewis with him — as his girlfriend!

“Here’s The Big News!! Look what I’m doin!!” Lewis wrote on Instagram Tuesday, alongside a picture of her with Galecki and Sara Gilbert, as well as an image of her holding a script from the show.

A spokesperson for ABC confirmed Galecki’s return as David, an ex of Sara Gilbert’s Darlene, for the spinoff and said that Lewis will be playing Blue — his girlfriend who was referenced on the first (and last) season of the “Roseanne” revival last spring.

The romantic interest casting might give some “Christmas Vacation” fans a chuckle, as the two played brother and sister, Audrey and Russell Griswold, on the Chevy Chase-led 1989 comedy.
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"Jack Ryan" Star Dina Shihabi Visits IMDb Live on Twitch on Wednesday

Dina Shihabi of the Prime Video series "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" joins "The IMDb Show" host Tim Kash and Ian de Borja live at 9 a.m. EDT/12 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Sept. 26, on IMDb's Twitch channel to talk about the show and more.

Watch the interview live and submit questions at twitch.tv/IMDb as well as on Facebook.com/IMDb, where IMDb will be streaming the chat live from its page.

On "Jack Ryan," Shihabi plays Hanin — the wife of Islamic terrorist Ali Suleiman and mother of their son. In Season 1 of the series, which hit Amazon on Aug. 31, she deals with the impact of her husband's actions and the ensuing pursuit from CIA financial analyst Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) and his supervisor, James Greer (Wendell Pierce).

Prior to "Jack Ryan," the Saudi Arabia-born Shihabi starred in the 2017 movie 'Cigarette Soup' and appeared in the CBS drama "Madam Secretary," among other roles. Earlier in September, she signed a development deal with Propagate for a TV series based on her time living in Los Angeles.

"The IMDb Show" caught up with Shihabi earlier this year, as well, to talk more about her character. Watch the video here.

IMDb's Twitch channel broadcasts live on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years, Deemed "Sexually Violent Predator"

Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years, Deemed
Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison on Tuesday for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in a widely viewed trial that #MeToo advocates said doubled as a litmus test for the progress of the movement. Cosby was facing 30 years in prison.

Cosby was taken straight to prison following the sentencing, with Judge Steven O’Neill denying Cosby’s lawyer’s motion to allow him to remain free on bail pending an appeal.

Earlier in the day, O’Neill deemed Cosby a "sexually violent predator," which
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‘Making a Murderer': Season 2 of Netflix’s True-Crime Series to Premiere Next Month

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‘Making a Murderer': Season 2 of Netflix’s True-Crime Series to Premiere Next Month
The highly-anticipated second season of its true-crime doc “Making a Murderer” will premiere Oct. 19, Netflix announced Tuesday.

Per Netflix, the second season will see filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to Wisconsin and follow the post-conviction process for Steve Avery and his co-defendant and nephew, Brendan Dassey. Earlier this month, Avery was denied a new trial for the second time by Sheboygan County Circuit Court judge Angela Sutkiewicz.

“Part 2” will introduce Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s hard-charging post-conviction lawyer, in her fight to prove that Avery was wrongly convicted and to win his freedom. Ricciardi and Demos follow Zellner, who has righted more wrongful convictions than any private attorney in America, as she works the case and uncovers unexpected evidence about what may have happened to Teresa Halbach and about how and why the jury convicted Steven of her murder.

Also Read: 'Making a Murderer': Steven Avery Denied New Trial,
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WWE’s Big Show to Recur on Season 2 of Syfy Series ‘Happy’

WWE’s Big Show to Recur on Season 2 of Syfy Series ‘Happy’
Sports entertainment fans should be happy: WWE Superstar The Big Show — real name Paul Wight — is set to recur on Season 2 of Syfy series “Happy.”

“The World’s Largest Athlete” will play Big Pink, the cellmate of Mr. Blue (Ritchie Coster), on five episodes of the upcoming run.

Happy” stars Christopher Meloni as Nic Sax, a corrupt ex-detective-turned-hitman whose life is changed forever when an imaginary and extremely positive blue-winged horse named Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) appears.

Wight’s TV and film credits include “Psych,” “Royal Pains,” “Burn Notice,” “The Waterboy,” “Star Trek: Enterprises” and “MacGruber.”

Oh, and he’s also done some professional wrestling. The six-time world champion is the first wrestler in history to capture the WWE, WCW and Ecw Championships.

Wight is repped by Apa and Sam Perlmutter Law Office.
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‘Almost Famous’ Stage Musical in the Works

‘Almost Famous’ Stage Musical in the Works
Move over, Bruce Springsteen. The rock gods known as Stillwater may be playing Broadway soon.

On Tuesday, producers announced plans for a stage musical version of Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning 2000 film “Almost Famous.”

Crowe, who won the Academy Award for his original screenplay on the semiautobiographical film, will write the script and co-write the lyrics with Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), who will write the original score.

Also Read: Cameron Crowe Pays Tribute to His 'Almost Famous' Star Philip Seymour Hoffman

Jeremy Herrin (“Wolf Hall”) has signed on to direct the production, though the timing remains unclear.

The producers inlcude Lia Vollack on behalf of Columbia Live Stage, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner and John Johnson.

The 2000 film starred Patrick Fugit as a high school music geek who lands a dream assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to follow an up-and-coming rock band on tour. The film earned four Oscar nominations,
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Film Review: Ike Barinholtz’s ‘The Oath’

Film Review: Ike Barinholtz’s ‘The Oath’
Nothing spoils a family gathering quite like politics, and no movie has captured the way such debates can turn ugly quite like Ike Barinholtz’s “The Oath,” an impressively out-there feature debut in which no-win arguments over a divisive new government policy escalate into a full-blown hostage crisis, turning what should have been a mild-mannered Thanksgiving weekend into a dark and potentially deadly misunderstanding. Part satire, part thriller — and only partway satisfying the potential of a film so boldly overt in its critique of the zeitgeist — “The Oath” kicks off with the all-too-plausible premise that the White House is encouraging all Americans to sign a statement of loyalty to the president, then flashes forward to just days before the deadline.

The administration has given citizens until Black Friday to pledge their allegiance, all but ensuring that families whose political views don’t align perfectly are in for the most awkward Turkey Day of their lives.
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‘This Is Us’ Season 3 Premiere: Showrunners Break Down Jack and Rebecca’s Awful First Date

‘This Is Us’ Season 3 Premiere: Showrunners Break Down Jack and Rebecca’s Awful First Date
(Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Season 3 premiere of “This Is Us.”)

Now that was rough to watch.

If you tuned in for the Season 3 premiere of “This Is Us,” then you know by now that Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) — the pinnacle of small-screen romantic perfection — had what may be one of the most cringeworthy first dates in the history of television.

Jack is flat broke at a carnival, Rebecca can’t stop talking about herself in a nervous fashion, and it starts raining. And we’re not talking about cute, lovey raindrops. Like, a torrential downpour that punctuates just how bad this whole thing is.

Also Read: 'This Is Us': Sterling K Brown Tells Us All About the Beth-Centric Episode You've Been Waiting For

And that’s exactly what co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger tell TheWrap they and creator/fellow co-showrunner Dan Fogelman were
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‘This Is Us:’ Sterling K Brown Tells Us Why Randall ‘Had to Seek Out Tess’ to Visit ‘Her’

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‘This Is Us:’ Sterling K Brown Tells Us Why Randall ‘Had to Seek Out Tess’ to Visit ‘Her’
(Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Season 3 premiere of “This Is Us”)

The Season 3 premiere of “This Is Us” is finally here, and sure enough, the big mystery from the Season 2 finale continues: who is the mysterious “her” that future Randall talks about to Tess? TheWrap caught up with star Sterling K. Brown and co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger at the Season 3 premiere red carpet to learn as much as we could. See below for everything we know so far about who the mystery woman might be.

She’s close to Tess, Randall and Toby

In the premiere, the final scene gives a few more clues as to who the unnamed woman might be. Tess and Randall arrive at some sort of facility, and while Tess goes to the bathroom, Randall gives a call to Toby, and asks if he’s coming downstairs. Toby says he doesn’t know, but
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San Sebastian Focus on the Baltics: Fostering Relationships Between Similar Markets

San Sebastian Focus on the Baltics: Fostering Relationships Between Similar Markets
San Sebastian — San Sebastian’s Focus On initiative, now in its fourth year, invites industry professionals from a country, or countries, to expand their networking contacts and participate in industry activities. This year’s featured Focus On region is the Baltics, and the event is hosting representatives from Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

The Baltics boast strong comparisons to the Basque Country as marketplaces. The countries have similar populations of around two-million people, around 40-50 film and TV productions a year, and similar numbers of theaters, digital screens and domestic box office market shares.

Fifteen producers from the three countries have brought projects to San Sebastian’s shores, with the opportunity to seek out partners and talk with potential co-producers from across Europe and Latin America to fulfill a range of different needs. Some projects are at early stages of development, while others represent already-finished films looking to produce Spanish-language remakes
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‘This Is Us': Sterling K Brown Tells Us All About the Beth-Centric Episode You’ve Been Waiting for

‘This Is Us': Sterling K Brown Tells Us All About the Beth-Centric Episode You’ve Been Waiting for
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the “This Is Us” Season 3 premiere.)

The Pearsons are back, baby.

The Season 3 premiere of “This Is Us” aired Tuesday, bringing fans of crying up to speed with what is going on in the past, present and future with Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), Rebecca (Mandy Moore), Kate (Chrissy Metz), Toby (Chris Sullivan), Kevin (Justin Hartley), Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson).

Of course, in typical “This Is Us” fashion, we now have even more questions than answers about everyone’s favorite NBC family. Luckily, TheWrap was in attendance at the Dan Fogelman-created drama’s third season premiere in Los Angeles Tuesday night, where we were able to get a few concrete teases out of Brown.

Also Read: 'This Is Us' Season 3 Premiere: Showrunners Break Down Jack and Rebecca's Awful First Date

The star spilled on the mysterious “her” that
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Who the Hell is Nagini, the Snake Woman in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”?

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Who the Hell is Nagini, the Snake Woman in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”?
On Tuesday morning, the final trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” dropped a huge surprise on “Harry Potter” fans: Claudia Kim’s previously unrevealed character is a witch named Nagini, who has the ability to turn into a snake.

So why is this a big deal? Because Nagini also happens to be the name of another iconic “Harry Potter” character — Lord Voldemort’s magical, extremely murderous pet snake. Well, just in case there was any doubt, “Harry Potter” creator Jk Rowling confirmed the two characters are one and the same shortly after the trailer debuted.

Wait, what?

Also Read: Johnny Depp's Wizard Is Front and Center in Final 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Trailer (Video)

Let’s back up a bit. In “The Crimes of Grindelwald,” set in 1927, Nagini is part of a traveling magical freak show, where she entertains the crowd by turning into a snake.
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Film Review: ‘Mothers’ Instinct’

Film Review: ‘Mothers’ Instinct’
A borderline impossible game of Taboo could be played if one were tasked with describing Olivier Masset-Depasse’s “Mothers’ Instinct” without using the word “Hitchcockian.” The Belgian director’s luxuriant psychological thriller is so redolent of the Master of Suspense’s style, and so gorgeously robed in Thierry Delettre’s ’60s costuming that at times one expects star Veerle Baetens (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”) to turn around and just be Tippi Hedren all of a sudden. But as much as this deliciously enjoyable, spiral-shaped descent into darkness wears that influence on its immaculately cut, three-quarter-length sleeve, it also represents a subversion of even Hitch’s most femme-centric titles. Here, the devotion, jealousy, coercion, and, indeed, “Suspicion” that underpin his conception of male-female relations are ascribed to a female friendship instead.

Basing the screenplay on the novel “Derrière la haine” by Barbara Abel, Masset-Depasse and co-writers Giordano Gederlini and François Verjans
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Indiana Man Arrested for Pistol-Whipping Friend Over Bruno Mars Song

Indiana Man Arrested for Pistol-Whipping Friend Over Bruno Mars Song
An Indiana man was taken to jail after allegedly pistol-whipping his longtime friend during an argument over a Bruno Mars song, the Indianapolis Star reports.

The incident reportedly took place last Friday at the home of 71-year-old Roger D. Washburn, who now faces charges of battery and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. According to the report, Washburn and two friends – all of whom had known each other for 50 years – had been hanging out when Washburn and one of the men began arguing over whether Mars was the singer of a certain song.
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Bali Festival Expands Support for Indonesian Film Industry Revival

Triawan Munaf, chairman of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf) was on hand on Monday for the opening of the Bali International Film Festival (Balinale). His presence was intended as a sign that Indonesia, Asia’s sleeping giant as a film player, is rousing itself.

It was also an endorsement of the indie festival which, in its 12th year, is adding industry functions and seeking relevance far away from capital city, Jakarta.

Hosted in two Cinemaxx multiplexes in Denpasar and Kuta, the festival aims to reach different strands of Bali’s population, natives, long-term resident expatriates, and passing tourists.

A showcase of films by Roland Joffe is arguably the highlight of the event. The British director was a key figure at the BalinaleX industry conference on Sunday and is on hand through the week to present his multi-Oscar winning “The Killing Fields,” and Palme d’Or winner “The Mission.
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Watch Brockhampton Belt ‘San Marcos’ With Fans in New Video

Brockhampton enlisted a dedicated group of fans to help them belt the powerful final chorus of “San Marcos” in the new video for the iridescence track.

De facto Brockhampton leader Kevin Abstract directed the clip, capturing each member of the group in an intimate close-up as they performed their part of the guitar-laded cut on a street in Melbourne, Australia. After Joba delivers the song’s final verse, the camera pans over to a group of Brockhampton fans, arms slung around each other, as they sing the “San Marcos” refrain,
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Film Review: ‘Divine Wind’

Film Review: ‘Divine Wind’
Little is known about Nour and Amine, the two young jihadists assigned to sabotage a North African oil refinery in “Divine Wind,” a bare-bones drama from veteran Algerian director Merzak Allouache. The purpose of their mission is unclear, as is the ideology that underpins it and the socioeconomic conditions that led them to this dangerous desert outpost. Allouache’s minimalism extends to the photography, an unadorned black-and-white that keeps the focus on the emotions of his characters rather than any superfluous details that might draw the eye away. Yet this simplicity also spotlights an absence of complexity, not just in the missing political context, but within the hearts of the lonely, desperate warriors who are preparing to die for the cause. Allouache has been a festival fixture since his debut in 1976, but Stateside prospects have been limited — and will likely remain so here.

Rebuking the image of a jihadist as a hardened fighter,
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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

Ads placed for the thriller had an estimated media value of $5.16 million through Sunday for 721 national ad airings on 28 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Sept. 17-23. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Twentieth Century Fox focused on reaching a male-skewing, football-loving audience, spending heavily across programming including NFL Football, College Football and South Park, and on networks such as NBC, Fox and CBS.

Just behind “Bad Times at the El Royale” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “First Man,” which saw 471 national ad airings across 24 networks, with an estimated media value of $5.02 million.

TV ad placements for Universal’s “The House With a Clock in Its Walls
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Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart in ‘Night School’: ‘No One Improvises Like They Do’

Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart in ‘Night School’: ‘No One Improvises Like They Do’
An energized crowd filled the street outside of the Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday night, awaiting the arrival of comedy’s newest dynamic duo, Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. The carpet at L.A. Live was transformed with back to school vibes, including lockers, a trophy case and the essence of a high school hallway, setting the stage for the premiere of “Night School.”

In “Night School,” Hart needs to get his Ged to keep his life on track, and finds Haddish as the no-nonsense teacher determined to make him earn it.

The high energy ensemble cast assured it was non-stop laughs throughout production, but the combination of Hart and Haddish was pure magic to film with.

For executive producer James Lopez, it was his fifth project with Hart and his second project with Haddish, coming off of last summer’s smash hit “Girls Trip.” He was
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‘This Is Us’ Team Talks Season 3 Origin Story for Jack and Rebecca, Rougher Road for Randall and Beth

‘This Is Us’ Team Talks Season 3 Origin Story for Jack and Rebecca, Rougher Road for Randall and Beth
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Nine Bucks,” the third season premiere of “This Is Us.”

The third season premiere of “This Is Us” offered another glimpse at the future lives of Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Tess (Iantha Richardson) and revealed what future Toby (Chris Sullivan) looks like — notably in a Kate-less bed — but it did not answer the question of who the “her” they were visiting was.

“I think the plan is it will come in the course of the season you’ll get a lot of answers. We’re not going to live there a lot,
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