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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

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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.

‘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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‘Big Brother UK’ Says Stormy Daniels Bailed on Show ‘Hours’ Before Guests Entered House

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‘Big Brother UK’ Says Stormy Daniels Bailed on Show ‘Hours’ Before Guests Entered House
“Big Brother UK” wants to set the record straight about why Stormy Daniels was not one of the 13 celebrities to enter the house on Thursday night’s premiere of “Celebrity Big Brother” on Channel 5 in the UK.

“Statement: Stormy Daniels was booked to appear on the show several months ago and hours before the show was due to go live, informed the production team that she no longer wished to enter the house as previously agreed. #CBB,” read a statement tweeted by the official “Big Brother UK” twitter account Friday.

“Producers discussed a variety of options with her but were unable to agree any acceptable conditions for her entering the house. Our focus is now on making a brilliant series with our fantastic celebrities. #CBB.”

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Statement: Stormy Daniels was booked to appear on
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How Colbert, Oliver, Kimmel and Company Became Leaders of Late-Night Resistance Against Trump

This story about the late-night resistance first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

When Jon Stewart made it onto the Pew Research Center’s list of the five most-admired journalists in America back in 2007 for offering a deliciously smart version of what he himself called “fake news” on “The Daily Show,” he could not have imagined what the next decade would bring.

That phrase, fake news, is now a catch-all epithet hurled with abandon by the President of the United States at reporting he doesn’t like. Meanwhile, Stewart’s successors on late-night television — Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Trevor Noah and now Jimmy Kimmel — provide an essential brand of sharp political humor in a mean, divisive climate desperate for it.

“It’s not like we all communicate with each other on a daily basis,” said Samantha Bee of the late-night focus on Trump.
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Why Aretha Franklin Was America’s Greatest Voice

Why Aretha Franklin Was America’s Greatest Voice
The most beautiful words ever spoken about Aretha Franklin came from her friend and producer Luther Vandross, back in 1982: “This woman ain’t entertainment. She’s done opened the books to my life and told everybody. Like Roberta Flack used to say in ‘Killing Me Softly,’ ‘I thought he found my letters and read them all out loud.’ She was the spokesperson for a lot of people and how they feel.” Aretha made countless listeners people feel that way, which is why she reigned as the greatest rock, pop or soul singer ever.
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‘Star Wars Resistance': Watch Trailer for Animated ‘The Force Awakens’ Prequel Series (Video)

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‘Star Wars Resistance': Watch Trailer for Animated ‘The Force Awakens’ Prequel Series (Video)
Ever wonder what happened in the “Star Wars” universe prior to “The Force Awakens”? Try on Disney Channel’s new animated series “Star Wars Resistance” for a fit.

The new TV cartoon follows Kazuda Xiono (“Kaz”), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.

Star Wars Resistance” is set to debut with a one-hour premiere on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 10/9c on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD, with subsequent airings on Disney Xd. Following its U.S. debut, “Star Wars Resistance” will rollout globally on Disney Channels Worldwide.

Also Read: Jj Abrams' First Ever Tweet Is About Carrie Fisher

In the first episode, titled “The Recruit,” Poe Dameron and Bb-8 assign newly-appointed spy Kaz to the Colossus, a massive aircraft re-fueling platform on an outer rim water planet, home to colorful new aliens, droids and creatures.
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TV Review: ‘America to Me’ on Starz

TV Review: ‘America to Me’ on Starz
Most documentaries aim to stun audiences by building up to revelations that will explode preconceptions wide open. Often, they focus on a single catastrophic or otherwise pivotal event — a war, a movement, a victory — in order to reveal its ripple effects. But “America to Me” succeeds by taking a quieter, slyly bruising approach in order to match the timbre of its fraught subject material, portraying how intersections of race, class and privilege become grueling everyday realities. It’s a slower burn, but it proves no less searing.

Director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and his team followed several black and biracial
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See Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky Debut Tender ‘Chewing Gum’ on ‘Kimmel’

See Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky Debut Tender ‘Chewing Gum’ on ‘Kimmel’
Blood Orange debuted a pleading new song titled “Chewing Gum” on Thursday on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where the singer was joined by Harlem rap star A$AP Rocky and Memphis stalwart Project Pat.

“Chewing Gum” melds the sugary end of Eighties pop — soft, gleaming synthesizers, sighing vocals — with the fierce drum programming that characterizes modern recordings. The hook is a simple entreaty: “Tell me what you want from me.”

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Blood Orange stood behind a keyboard at centerstage. A ring of supporters sat around him, facing the
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Nicolas Cage Joins Thriller 'Grand Isle'

Nicolas Cage Joins Thriller 'Grand Isle'
Nicolas Cage is to star in a crime thriller about a man framed for murder.

The Oscar-winning actor has been attached to star in 'Grand Isle' and will play a character named Walter, according to sources close to the production.

The story centers on a father who is framed for murder and must prove his innocence through recalling a twisted and dark sequence of events.

It is set to be directed by Stephen S. Campanelli and Iver William Jallah. Campanelli previously directed the Olga Kurylenko thriller 'Momentum' and indie drama 'Indian Horse, but is also known for his camera work on several Clint Eastwood movies, including 'Sully,' 'American Sniper,' and 'Million Dollar Baby.'

Jallah is a newcomer, who is credited alongside Rich Ronat on the script for 'Grand Isle.' The movie is being produced by Jeff Rice Films and Village Studios.

Cage has most recently been seen in genre movies 'Mom and Dad' and 'Mandy' and heard in animated features 'Teen Titans Go! To the Movies' and 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.'

How Aretha Franklin’s Jazz Beginnings Predicted Her Genre-Transcending Career

How Aretha Franklin’s Jazz Beginnings Predicted Her Genre-Transcending Career
The trappings are all there: the smattering of polite applause, the tinkling piano laying out the chord changes of a familiar tune — Erroll Garner’s “Misty,” in this case. But with the entrance of the singer, something shifts; suddenly the record isn’t jazz as usual. Aretha Franklin lands on an opening “Ooo” softly and steadily, holding the note for what from anyone else would be too long and letting it slowly expand and brighten before contracting into a perfectly even vibrato. The song’s actual first word, “Look,” goes
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Scarlett Johansson Dethrones Emma Stone as World’s Highest-Paid Actress

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Scarlett Johansson Dethrones Emma Stone as World’s Highest-Paid Actress
Scarlett Johansson is this year’s highest-paid actress, raking in $40.5 million in pretax earnings between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

According to Forbes, Johansson quadrupled her earnings from 2017 to bump Emma Stone from the No. 1 spot. Last year, Stone banked $26 million, dethroning Jennifer Lawrence, who had topped Forbes’ ranking two years in a row.

Johansson’s role as Black Widow in Marvel’s “The Avengers” has made the actress extremely profitable, especially with the recent film “Infinity War” grossing a whopping $2 billion at the global box office.

Also Read: Hollywood's Highest Paid Executives: Who Made Bank, Who Sank in 2017 (Updating)

Johansson beat Angelina Jolie (who grossed $28 million), Jennifer Aniston ($19.5 million), Lawrence, and Reese Witherspoon ($16.5 million).

Together, the world’s 10 highest-paid actresses brought in a combined $186 million in Forbes’ 12-month scoring period, before fees and taxes, up 16 percent from $172.5 million in 2017.

Also Read: Emma Stone Dethrones Jennifer Lawrence as World's Highest-Paid Actress

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Scotty McCreery Announces Headlining Seasons Change Tour

Scotty McCreery Announces Headlining Seasons Change Tour
The world has gotten to see a whole new side of Scotty McCreery in 2018, and now the former American Idol winner will round off the year with a fresh U.S. tour in support of his latest LP, Seasons Change, with support from Jimmie Allen and Heather Morgan.

Far from the deep-voiced kid who won the 10th season of the reality TV show before he’d even turned 18, the now 24-year-old McCreery reinvented himself this year with his first release since leaving Mercury Records, scoring a Number One with “Five More Minutes.
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‘El Angél’ Breaks Argentina’s Domestic Box Office Record

‘El Angél’ Breaks Argentina’s Domestic Box Office Record
The major domestic box office successes of films such as “The Clan” and “Wild Tales” have established August as the month to release a big domestic film in Argentina. This year, Luiz Ortega’s “El Angel” not only joins those ranks, but tops them with the country’s largest ever first four-day box office trail of 56 million Argentine Pesos ($1.9million), from an Aug. 9 bow.

That number is slightly misleading when considering both inflation in Argentine and the devaluation of the Argentine peso when calculated U.S. dollar earnings, but the film’s almost 453,000 admissions is still the fifth best ever for a domestic release in Argentina.

Also worth consideration is that “El Angél,” opening Chile’s Sanfic Festival on Sunday, faces stiff box office competition this year, as the Ricardo Darín vehicle “An Unexpected Love,” set to open this year’s San Sebastián festival, also hit cinemas earlier this month
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