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'House With A Clock In Its Walls' Looks to Top Soft Weekend

'House With A Clock In Its Walls' Looks to Top Soft Weekend
This weekend is looking to be one of the worst of the year with a top twelve that would be hard pressed to deliver a combined $80 million. The weekend's new crop of releases will be led by Universal's The House with a Clock in Its Walls, which will easily take the weekend's top spot. Meanwhile, Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 should manage a top ten finish while Amazon Studios's Life Itself becomes the distributor's widest debut yet, though a lack of awareness and troubling reviews won't likely help the film's debut. Looking to top the weekend is Universal and Amblin Entertainment's The House with a Clock In Its Walls. Debuting in 3,592 locations, the adaptation of John Bellairs and Edward Gorey's children's story was directed by Eli Roth and studio expectations currently peg the film at a debut around $20 million with tracking coming in at $22 million.
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Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob

Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob
Chris Evans has a lot of defending to do in his next project — but not the kind that requires a star-spangled shield.

The Captain America star will topline Defending Jacob, a limited-run drama ordered straight to series at Apple’s streaming service.

Described as a “character-driven thriller,” Defending Jacob is based on the best-selling 2012 novel by William Landay, which follows lawyer Andy Barber (Evans) in the aftermath of his 14-year-old son, Jacob, being accused of murder. The allegations have a major impact on Andy’s family, and he must reevaluate what he thinks he knows about his child.

Evans also
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‘Stargirl’ Casts Brec Bassinger as Lead in DC Universe Series

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‘Stargirl’ Casts Brec Bassinger as Lead in DC Universe Series
Stargirl has been found!

Brec Bassinger will star in titular role for the upcoming “Stargirl” series for the DC Universe digital subscription service, it was announced Thursday.

Here’s her official character description: “Courtney Whitmore (aka Stargirl) is smart, athletic and above all else kind. This high school teenager’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speed bump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California, to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. ‘Borrowing’ the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.”

Also Read: 'Stargirl' Live-Action Series Coming to DC Universe From Geoff Johns

“There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl,
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Michael B. Jordan to Play Tom Clancy Character John Clark in New Film Series (Exclusive)

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Michael B. Jordan to Play Tom Clancy Character John Clark in New Film Series (Exclusive)
Another Tom Clancy character is headed to Hollywood.

Paramount Pictures has tapped Michael B. Jordan to play Clancy hero John Clark in a new film series, Variety has learned.

Sources tell Variety that Paramount is developing two pics based on the Clancy books “Rainbow Six” and “Without Remorse,” both novels in which Clark is the main star. “Without Remorse” will be the first film of the two, serving as an origin story for the character.

Akiva Goldsman, who’s heading the new “Transformers” universe, will also be spearheading this endeavor as the film’s main producer with Jordan, Josh Appelbaum, and Corin Nemec also producing. Paramount is currently meeting with writers and directors for “Without Remorse.”

The news comes after Amazon and Paramount TV recently released a rebooted “Jack Ryan” series on its streaming platform, starring John Krasinski, to positive reviews.

Clark, a.k.a. John Terrence Kelly, is an
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Kristen Bell Confirms Veronica Mars Revival Is Coming to Hulu

Kristen Bell Confirms Veronica Mars Revival Is Coming to Hulu
Attention all Marshmallows: This is not a drill. Kristen Bell took to Instagram Thursday morning with a big announcement for any and all Veronica Mars fans. "This is a very important marshmallow announcement," she explained to her followers in a personal video. "Did you guys know that as of summer 2019, all the old Veronica Mars episodes will be available on Hula to stream and re-watch, which is great because you'll need to brush up since we're making another one." Say what?! According to the actress, a new Veronica Mars series is coming back on Hulu. And lo and behold, the timing is truly perfect. "Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I...
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‘The Twilight Zone’: Jordan Peele To Host & Narrate CBS All Access Reboot

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‘The Twilight Zone’: Jordan Peele To Host & Narrate CBS All Access Reboot
Academy Award winner Jordan Peele is about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound — but of mind. Peele is set as host and narrator of The Twilight Zone reboot on CBS All Access.

CBS announced last year that it would revive The Twilight Zone for streaming service CBS All Access with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films.

The Get Out director will explore similar creepy dimensions like the “sunken place” in the forthcoming CBS All Access series, which will be a modern reimagining of the original, which premiered in 1959 and continued through 1964. Creator Rod Serling also served as original host and narrator — and he had a very distinct and memorable voice. In the clip of the host announcement below, you’ll hear a mix of Serling and Peele’s voices doing the iconic opening intro.

“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary
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‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig

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‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig
Eon Productions and MGM have set Cary Joji Fukunaga as the new director who’ll mount James Bond 25 with Daniel Craig in the starring role. Filming will begin March for a worldwide release date of February 14, 2020. MGM will distribute domestically, and Universal releases the film in international territories, after it won a hotly contested auction last May.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and the studio met numerous helmers after Danny Boyle dropped out over creative differences, this after they sparked to the filmmaker’s concept and hired his Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge to write it. Sources said that it was a big creative swing, and they mutually decided it would be better to go back to the project they planned to make with venerable 007 scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

Fukunaga directed the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation for Netflix.

The producers just confirmed Fukunaga’s hire.
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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film

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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film
Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the producers announced Thursday. The 25th Bond installment will begin filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a worldwide release on Feb. 14, 2020, a few months after its original target date.

Fukunaga, who won acclaim for 2015 war film “Beasts of No Nation,” replaces Danny Boyle, who exited the project last month over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and returning star Daniel Craig.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” Broccoli and Wilson said on Twitter. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Fukunaga won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the entire first season (eight episodes) of “True Detective” and giving the crime series a cinematic look. More recently, he directed multiple episodes of Netflix’s “Maniac,” a new half-hour comedy show starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’
Exclusive: Bruce Greenwood is joining Warner Bros.Stephen King The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep in the role of Dr. John.

The description of Greenwood’s character is being kept under wraps.

Deadline exclusively broke the news about Doctor Sleep as well as its castings which Mike Flanagan wrote and is directing. Ewan McGregor stars as the grown up Danny Torrance, and the film also has Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe and Zahn McClarnon in key roles. Rebecca Ferguson plays Rose The Hat, the head of a cult that feeds on the “steam” created by young people who have a touch of the “shining” and her main target is Abra Stone. Back in August, we reported that young Broadway actress Kyliegh Curran landed the role of Abra Stone, a girl who has the gift of ‘The Shining’.

Flanagan rewrote Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel that picks up the
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‘Suits’ Spinoff: Bethany Joy Lenz Among Quartet Series Regulars Cast In USA Show

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‘Suits’ Spinoff: Bethany Joy Lenz Among Quartet Series Regulars Cast In USA Show
Exclusive: USA Network and Universal Cable Prods. have rounded out the cast of the cast of the upcoming Suits spinoff series starring Suits alumna Gina Torres.

Coming on board as series regulars are Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), who will be playing a main character in a recasting, as well as Chantel Riley (Wynonna Earp), Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) and Eli Goree (Riverdale). They join Torres and fellow series regulars Simon Kassianides and Morgan Spector. The series is starting production in Los Angeles.

Centered on powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics, the spinoff hails from Ucp and is executive produced by Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh alongside executive producer and showrunner Daniel Arkin. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic and Torres also executive produce.

The project was introduced in the Season 7 finale of Suits, which
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The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO

The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO
Here's some bittersweet news, James Franco fans. HBO has renewed The Deuce TV show for a third and final season. The early renewal follows the season two premiere, which just aired last week. Reportedly, creators George Pelecanos and David Simon had always intended The Deuce as a three season series, and the renewal was issued after the episode-count was worked out.

An HBO 1970s period piece, The Deuce stars Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe , Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, and Chris Coy. A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family, The Deuce centers on the rise of modern-day pornography in 1970s New York City. Season two picks up five years later, in 1977, during the golden age of porn, with
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‘Slow Burn’ Host Leon Neyfakh: ‘We’ve Had Some Conversations’ About Turning the Political Scandal Podcast Into a TV Show

‘Slow Burn’ Host Leon Neyfakh: ‘We’ve Had Some Conversations’ About Turning the Political Scandal Podcast Into a TV Show
The “Slow Burn” podcast, which has covered Watergate and the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, seems like a natural candidate to transition into a television show — and host Leon Neyfakh says it could happen.

On our latest “Shoot This Now” podcast, he tells us what episode of “Slow Burn” seems like the easiest to adapt to the screen. You can listen on Apple or right here:



“We’ve had some conversations with people, mostly on the TV side,” Neyfakh said. “Nothing to report yet, but I’ve always felt that there were… a bunch of different movies that could be picked out of these episodes.

Also Read: 'Better Call Saul' Boss Peter Gould Wrote a Clinton-Lewinsky Movie - With Shadow Puppets (Podcast)

He said one episode in particular, from Season 1, is “”the biggest no-brainer to me.” It involves a fascinating woman who could provide a complete different viewpoint into the Watergate
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Hallmark Channel Host Says He Was Fired for Backing Harassment Claims

A former Hallmark Channel host sued the network on Thursday, alleging that he was fired after he supported two women who made sexual harassment claims.

Mark Steines, the ex-host of “Home & Family,” says that he repeatedly complained about Woody Fraser, the 83-year-old executive producer of the show. Fraser is veteran of daytime television, having launched “The Mike Douglas Show” and “Good Morning America,” and served as an early mentor to Roger Ailes.

According to Steines, Fraser harassed and abused staffers on the show, and displayed misogynistic behavior. Steines also accuses Fraser of making lewd comments in his earpiece while he was interviewing attractive guests,
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‘Birds of Prey': Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Eyed for DC’s Female Superheroes Movie

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‘Birds of Prey': Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Eyed for DC’s Female Superheroes Movie
Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are being considered for leading roles in Warner Bros.’ female superhero team-up film “Birds of Prey,” TheWrap has learned.

Smollett-Bell is being eyed to play Dinah Lance, Aka Black Canary, while Mary Elizabeth Winstead is on the wish list for Helena Bertinelli, better known as Huntress.

Other names under consideration for the film, which will be centered around “Suicide Squad” standout Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, include Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Cristin Milioti, Sofia Boutella, Justina Machado, Roberta Colindrez, and Margaret Qualley. Mbatha-Raw is also being looked at as a possible Black Canary while Milioti, Boutella and Qualley is in the mix for Huntress. Machado and Colindrez are being looked at for Renee Montoya.

But insiders with knowledge of the project caution that it is still early in the selection process and no offers have been made. However, the actors need to be locked down for
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Mike Locke Joins Atlas Music Publishing as VP of Creative Synchronization and Marketing

Mike Locke has been named VP of Creative Synchronization and Marketing at Atlas Music Publishing, the company announced today. The Los Angeles-based Locke will oversee all sync activity, as well as contribute to business development for the five-year-old company. The Atlas catalog includes songs performed by Drake, Demi Lovato, The Band Perry, Madonna, Al Green, John Legend, Van Halen and Ed Sheeran.

Locke arrives from INgrooves, where he led the sync licensing department and secured song placements with such brands as Google, Apple, Starbucks and Royal Caribbean. Prior to INgrooves, Lockey co-founded music licensing and digital label Silver Side Productions.
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Announces ‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Premiere Date

In today’s TV News Roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date and releases a teaser for “Daredevil’s” third season.

Dates

Netflix announced the third season of “Daredevil” will launch Oct. 19. The series, based on the comic characters created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, stars Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Joanne Whalley, Wilson Bethel and Jay Ali. Erik Oleson serves as showrunner. The streamer also released a teaser for the new season, which you can watch below.

Own announced season premiere dates for several unscripted series. “Ready to Love,” hosted by Thomas “Nephew Tommy
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Former WGA East President Michael Winship Elected to Council Seat

Former WGA East President Michael Winship Elected to Council Seat
Former Writers Guild of America East president Michael Winship has won one of the seven open freelance seats on the WGA East Council.

Others elected as freelance members on the council included newcomers Monica Lee Bellais and Kaitlin Fontana along with incumbents Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, A.M. Homes, Christopher Kyle, and Kyle Bradstreet. Incumbents Gail Lee and Kathy McGee were elected to the staff seats along with newcomer Kelly Stout.

The guild, which represents about 5,000 members, announced the winners Thursday. The terms for the newly elected council members will run for two years beginning Friday.

Freelance members work in screen, television
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Former WGA East President Michael Winship Elected to Council Seat

Former WGA East President Michael Winship Elected to Council Seat
Former Writers Guild of America East president Michael Winship has won one of the seven open freelance seats on the WGA East Council.

Others elected as freelance members on the council included newcomers Monica Lee Bellais and Kaitlin Fontana along with incumbents Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, A.M. Homes, Christopher Kyle, and Kyle Bradstreet. Incumbents Gail Lee and Kathy McGee were elected to the staff seats along with newcomer Kelly Stout.

The guild, which represents about 5,000 members, announced the winners Thursday. The terms for the newly elected council members will run for two years beginning Friday.

Freelance members work in screen, television and new media; and Staff members work in television, radio, and digital news shops.

Winship was elected president of the WGA East’s governing council in 2007, less than two months before a 100-day strike that began on Nov. 5, 2007. After serving five consecutive terms — making him the second-longest tenured president in
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WGA East 2018 Council Election – Former Guild President Michael Winship Gets Seat

WGA East 2018 Council Election – Former Guild President Michael Winship Gets Seat
WGA East announced the results of its 2018 council election on Thursday, with former president Michael Winship earning a freelance seat.

Joining Winship in the freelance seats are incumbents Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, A.M. Homes, Christopher Kyle, and Kyle Bradstreet; as well as newcomers Monica Lee Bellais and Kaitlin Fontana. Gail Lee and Kathy McGee were re-elected to their staff seats, and will be joined by Kelly Stout.

Also Read: Nearly Two-Thirds of Female Writers Have Been Sexually Harassed, Wgaw Survey Finds

Freelance members work in screen, television and new media, and Staff members work in television, radio and digital news shops under the Guild’s jurisdiction. The new council’s tenure will begin on Friday and continue for two years.

Winship, a longtime writer for Bill Moyers, was president of WGA East from 2007-2017, being elected just two months before the guild initiated a writers’ strike that lasted 100 days. He chose
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Film Reviews: ‘Tea With the Dames’

Film Reviews: ‘Tea With the Dames’
There are some films that deliver with such literal-minded generosity on the promise of their titles that all you can do in response is applaud, and in that respect — if no other — “Tea With the Dames” is the new “Snakes on a Plane.” Roger Michell’s documentary offers dames and tea and pretty much nothing else. Happily, that turns out to be enough for a wholly delightful talkathon, shot on location in the rambling country pile that Plowright once shared with Laurence Olivier. For the tea in question is not so much the beverage as a warm, steady stream of gossip, spilled lavishly, as four of the pre-eminent British actors of their generation reflect mirthfully on their careers, their lives and lovers, their ongoing insecurities and some 60 years of friendship between them.

Devoid of technical fuss or ambition, “Tea With the Dames” is hardly vital cinema. In the U.K.
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