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‘Rugrats’ Gets Nickelodeon Revival, Live-Action Film From Paramount Players

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‘Rugrats’ Gets Nickelodeon Revival, Live-Action Film From Paramount Players
Nickelodeon is reviving the animated kids series “Rugrats” with a 26-episode order and a live-action film from Paramount Players.

Production has already begun on the new series, though no premiere date or cast information has been announced. Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain, creators of the original 1991 series, will return as executive producers.

The movie, which is written by David Goodman and described as a “live-action film featuring CGI characters,” is slated for a November 13, 2020 release.

Also Read: Cyma Zarghami Steps Down as President of Nickelodeon Group

Both projects will feature the original characters Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, twins Phil and Lil DeVille and Angelica Pickles, as well as introduce new ones. It becomes the latest Nick project to get a revival, following the recently announced return of “Blue’s Clues” and upcoming “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Invader Zim” specials.

Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history,
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Duncan Jones working on adaptation of Rogue Trooper comic series

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Duncan Jones working on adaptation of Rogue Trooper comic series
Last week, Duncan Jones (Mute) took to Twitter to tease that his next film would be a comic book movie. "A little nervous about this, but hell, nervous is where the fun is!" Jones said. "I’m going to be making a comic book movie next! A pretty special one." Fans began wondering just which project Jones would be taking on, but the director returned to Twitter... Read More...
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Timothée Chalamet in talks to star in Denis Villeneuve's Dune

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Timothée Chalamet in talks to star in Denis Villeneuve's Dune
Following Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve is set to take on another sci-fi epic as his next project - a new adaptation of Frank Herbert's "Dune", and Deadline has reported that Villeneuve is very close to securing his leading man.

Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) is in final talks to star in Denis Villeneuve's Dune project as Paul Atreides
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‘Birds of Prey’ Revealed: Margot Robbie Film Will Feature Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, Renee Montoya (Exclusive)

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‘Birds of Prey’ Revealed: Margot Robbie Film Will Feature Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, Renee Montoya (Exclusive)
Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Renee Montoya will join Harley Quinn’s girl gang in the Margot Robbie film “Birds of Prey,” TheWrap has exclusively learned.

Robbie will produce “Birds of Prey” and reprise her “Suicide Squad” character, Harley Quinn. The film is centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains, individuals with knowledge of thew project tell TheWrap.

In addition, TheWrap has learned that the villain in “Birds of Prey” will be a Batman comics villain who has never before appeared on the big screen.

Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Clubhouse PicturesBryan Unkeless, as well as Robbie.

Also Read: Margot Robbie Teases Harley Quinn Spinoff 'Birds of Prey' as 'R-Rated Girl Gang Film'

Here is a rundown of the “Birds of Prey” characters, who will be familiar to longtime DC comics fans:

-Black Canary,
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‘The Politician’: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Laura Dreyfuss & Rahne Jones Cast In Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Series

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‘The Politician’: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Laura Dreyfuss & Rahne Jones Cast In Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Series
Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Laura Dreyfuss and Rahne Jones have been cast as series regulars opposite Ben Platt in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix hourlong comedy series The Politician.

Gwyneth Paltrow also is expected to be in the series, while Barbra Streisand has been in talks.

The series, on which Murphy serves as writer, showrunner and executive producer and frequent collaborators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan will serve as writers and executive producers, is described as a one-hour comedy with social commentary. If Streisand and Paltrow’s deals close, Streisand will be part of the production team as well as directing, with Paltrow also expected to produce. It would be the first major TV series role for both feature actress.

Details about the plot and characters in The Politician are being kept under wraps, but according to a source close to the project, it revolves around the politician aspirations of Platt’s Payton,
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Harrison Ford Eyes ‘Call of the Wild’ (Exclusive)

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Harrison Ford Eyes ‘Call of the Wild’ (Exclusive)
Harrison Ford is in negotiations to star in “Call of the Wild,” Variety has learned.

If a deal is reached, the “Star Wars” actor will play John Thornton, a prospector braving the Yukon on the hunt for gold. The big-budget film is being adapted by 20th Century Fox from the classic 1903 Jack London novel about the Klondike gold rush of the 1890s. It has impressive cinematic as well as literary pedigree. Thornton was previously played by Clark Gable in a 1935 film version and by Charlton Heston in a 1972 version. Over the decades, “Call of the Wild” has inspired everything from a silent movie to a Snoopy TV special.

Chris Sanders (“The Croods”) is directing the film, which will have a script by Michael Green (“Logan”). Erwin Stoff is producing with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford working as co-producer. Steve Asbell will oversee the production for Fox.
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Keanu Reeves Casts Doubt on ‘Bill & Ted 3’ Actually Happening: ‘It Still Has Its Challenges’

Keanu Reeves Casts Doubt on ‘Bill & Ted 3’ Actually Happening: ‘It Still Has Its Challenges’
“Bill & Ted” fans rejoiced in May when it was confirmed a third film in the franchise was on the way with original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Returning returning. The film, entitled “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” announced it was heading into pre-production with “Galaxy Quest” and “Red 2” filmmaker Dean Parisot directing from a script by Chris Matheson and Ed Soloman, both of whom wrote the 1989 original and its 1991 sequel. Unfortunately, the third installment might not be as much of a guarantee as originally reported.

Speaking to Yahoo! Entertainment, Reeves cast doubt on “Bill & Ted Face the Music” happening by teasing some behind-the-scenes issues. The actor did not get into any of the specifics, but he did mention he’s unsure as of July 2018 if a third movie is “a reality.” Reeves said the script is ready to go but that “financing, rights, deals” are standing in the way.
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MTV Video Music Awards: Cardi B & The Carters Lead Nominations

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MTV Video Music Awards: Cardi B & The Carters Lead Nominations
The MTV Video Music Awards nominations were announced Monday with Cardi B leading the way noms in 10 categories, including Video, Song and Artist of the Year. The Carters followed with eight, including Video Of the Year, Best Collaboration and Best Hip Hop for their recent hit single “Apes**T.” Other top contenders include Childish Gambino, Drake and Bruno Mars.

Beginning today, fans can vote in eight VMA categories, including Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration, among others. Voting concludes Friday August 10, except for the Best New Artist award, which will remain open until the Vma broadcast.

The VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9 Pm.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Video Of The Year

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana
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'Hotel Transylvania 3' Tops Weekend Box Office While 'Skyscraper' Struggles

'Hotel Transylvania 3' Tops Weekend Box Office While 'Skyscraper' Struggles
Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation continued the franchise tradition of debuting atop the weekend box office and doing so with over $40 million over the three-day. The weekend also featured a strong expansion from Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You, which landed in seventh position on the weekend chart, but unfortunately for Universal's Skyscraper, the weekend's other new wide release, it struggled over its opening weekend, failing to meet the studio's expectations, delivering a third place finish. With an estimated $44.1 million, Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3 finished atop the weekend box office. While that total does include the $2.6 million the film brought in from Thursday evening previews, it doesn't include the $1.27 million from Amazon Prime showings on June 30, which bring the film's domestic cume to just over $45 million so far. The film's three-day opening tops the $42.5 million the first film in the franchise brought in back in 2012, while falling a
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Found: Stanley Kubrick’s Lost Screenplay, ‘Burning Secret’

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Found: Stanley Kubrick’s Lost Screenplay, ‘Burning Secret’
A script co-written by Stanley Kubrick has been found by a British film academic who was researching the legendary director’s last picture, “Eyes Wide Shut.” The screenplay, “Burning Secret,” is an adaptation of a 1913 novella by Austrian novelist and playwright Stefan Zweig.

It was written by Kubrick and author and screenwriter Calder Willingham (“The Graduate”) in 1956. The story follows a mother and son on a holiday and a mysterious man who befriends the young boy in an attempt to seduce his mother.

It was known that Kubrick had worked on “Burning Secret” but not to what extent, or whether there was a completed screenplay. Nathan Abrams, a film professor at Bangor University in Wales, told BBC radio Monday that he was shown the 100-plus-page screenplay by the son of one of Kubrick’s collaborators, who wants to remain anonymous. The Guardian reported the find on Sunday.

“It’s a full script: beginning,
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World Cup Final Scores Record Ratings in Tournament Champion France

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World Cup Final Scores Record Ratings in Tournament Champion France
Besides the French national team, the other champion of the 2018 World Cup tournament is TF1, France’s leading commercial network, which scored record ratings and an 82.2% market share for Sunday’s final game.

The deciding match, which saw France beat Croatia by 4-2 and take home the champion’s trophy for the first time since 1998, drew 19.3 million viewers, according to Mediametrie. That figure rose to 22.3 million people by the end of the game. It marks the seventh-most-watched TV program ever in France and the most-watched soccer match since 2002.

TF1 had exclusive free-to-air rights to 28 games, which it acquired from beIN Sports for about $82 million, while beIN Sports has all World Cup rights for France for 2018 and 2022, according to Jean-Baptiste Sergeant, an analyst at MainFirst. It’s unknown whether TF1 will be able to recoup its investment or if it will lose millions as it did during previous tournaments. Soccer is
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'UnREAL' Officially Ending as Season 4 Bows on Hulu

'UnREAL' Officially Ending as Season 4 Bows on Hulu
It's official: UnREAL will end with its fourth season on Hulu.

In a surprise move, the streamer on Monday released the entire fourth and final season of the drama starring Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, with the entire series available to watch on the platform.

The announcement comes after The Hollywood Reporter broke the news in May that UnREAL was expected to wrap with season four when first-run episodes of the series moved from Lifetime to Hulu in a new deal with producers A+E Studios. At the time, A+E Studios was leaving the door open for a potential fifth season....
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‘The Wizard of Oz’ Animated Film Will Retell the Story From Toto’s Perspective

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Animated Film Will Retell the Story From Toto’s Perspective
Ever watched The Wizard of Oz and thought: this could be better if it was told entirely from the perspective of Dorothy’s dog, Toto? Well you’re in luck because Warner Bros. is developing an animated film based on Michael Morpurgo‘s children’s book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz. Because let’s be honest, we could […]

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Ron Satlof, Director of Eight Perry Mason Telefilms, Dies at 79

Ron Satlof, Director of Eight Perry Mason Telefilms, Dies at 79
Ron Satlof, a prolific TV director and producer who helmed eight Perry Mason telefilms and worked on other crime shows including McCloud, Quincy M.E. and Diagnosis Murder, has died. He was 79.

Satlof died July 2 at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida, his family announced.

Early in his career, Satlof received an Oscar nomination for producing (and directing) a 23-minute animated short film, Frog Story (1972), and served as second assistant director on two acclaimed 1973 releases: Don Siegel's Charley Varrick and Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (he also had a bit part in the latter).

Satlof ...
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Taraji P Henson-Sam Rockwell Kkk Drama ‘The Best of Enemies’ Lands at STX

Taraji P Henson-Sam Rockwell Kkk Drama ‘The Best of Enemies’ Lands at STX
STXfilms announced Monday it has acquired domestic distribution rights to Astute Films’ “The Best of Enemies,” a fact-based story starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell as a civil rights activist and Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly worked together on a North Carolina community summit in 1971.

First-time director Robin Bissell also wrote the screenplay, which was inspired by the true events chronicled in Osha Gray Davidson’s nonfiction book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.”

Henson plays Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist who encounters C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local KKK leader battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially charged summer of 1971.

The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.
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‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Staying at Sony TV With New Three-Year Deal

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‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Staying at Sony TV With New Three-Year Deal
Vince Gilligan has signed a new three-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, where his High Bridge Production company has been set up for the past 11 years.

Gilligan is the mastermind behind AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and co-created its spinoff, “Better Call Saul” with Peter Gould. He will continue to serve as co-showrunner on “Saul,” which returns for season 4 on Aug. 6.

Along with “Mad Men,” Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad” helped AMC make its mark as a place for prestige television.

Also Read: 'Better Call Saul' Season 4 Trailer: Jimmy Is Up to No Good, Gus Has Scores to Settle (Video)

“Vince is a cornerstone of the success of Sony Pictures Television and could not be a more important member of the Sony family. He is a phenomenal talent and a true friend,” Spt president Jeff Frost and co-presidents, Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter said in a joint statement Monday.
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Paramount Network’s Shelved ‘Heathers’ Adaptation Gets International Distribution

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Paramount Network’s Shelved ‘Heathers’ Adaptation Gets International Distribution
Paramount Network’s shelved “Heathers” adaptation has secured international distribution for the show in several European and African markets.

Jason Micallef’s series adaptation of the ’80s cult classic was delayed and eventually scrapped by the fledgling Viacom network last month. Featuring suicides by several high school students and the destruction of a school building, the show was deemed too controversial to air on the ad-supported network in the weeks following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In a statement, the Viacom network said its decision to hit the pause button in the series was “right thing to do.”

It will instead air on HBO or its streaming service in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Andorra, Portugal, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome & Principe.

Also
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Matthew Rhys to Co-Star With Tom Hanks in Mr. Rogers Film ‘You Are My Friend’ (Exclusive)

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Matthew Rhys to Co-Star With Tom Hanks in Mr. Rogers Film ‘You Are My Friend’ (Exclusive)
Fresh off his Emmy nomination for “The Americans,” Matthew Rhys is moving to the big screen.

Rhys is in talks to co-star with Tom Hanks in TriStar’s Mr. Rogers pic “You Are My Friend,” sources tell Variety.

Diary of a Teenage Girl” director Marielle Heller is helming the movie from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod (Rhys). In the story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.

The film is positioning itself as an awards player by setting an Oct. 18, 2019, release date.

Big Beach Films is producing with Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf producing for the company alongside Youree Henley (“The Beguiled”). Leah Holzer of Big Beach will executive produce, along with Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster.
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Jenna Dewan Joins ‘The Resident’ Season 2 in Recurring Role

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Jenna Dewan Joins ‘The Resident’ Season 2 in Recurring Role
Jenna Dewan is set for a recurring role in the second season of the Fox medical drama “The Resident.”

Dewan will play Julian Lynn, described as a sharp and sophisticated medical device rep with an ability to connect with just about anybody. Her warmth, beauty and charisma make her highly effective at a job she loves. A former dancer, Julian got her life back with the help of a device. Now she’s passionate about helping others do the same. As the season progresses, she gradually becomes aware of the lack of transparency in her chosen field and realizes there may be dangerous issues ahead.

Dewan, a celebrated dancer in her own right, is currently the host of the NBC dance competition series “World of Dance.” She serves in that role alongside series judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo.

Her other TV roles include the first season of “Supergirl,
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Amazon, TF1 Go Behind the Scenes With French World Cup Team (Exclusive)

The coaches and players who went on to lift the World Cup trophy for France will be shown up-close in a new documentary project for Amazon and French channel TF1. Superstar soccer players such as Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, plus their now-legendary coach, Didier Deschamps, were followed around by filmmakers who embedded themselves with the soon-to-be championship team as the squad prepared for the tournament.

“Les Bleus 2018, Au Coeur de l’Épopée Russe” is the first project from a newly minted documentary division at Federation Entertainment. Already one of France’s best-known producers, the company has specialized in scripted and kids’ fare,
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