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

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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CAA’s Adam Berkowitz Fired After Groping Accusation by Bad Robot TV Executive

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Former CAA TV agent Adam Berkowitz was fired by the agency after being accused of groping a Bad Robot executive’s crotch at an Emmys party, TheWrap has learned.

According to an individual familiar with the situation, the incident occurred at the agency’s party following the Emmy Awards last week. Berkowitz was accused of groping Ben Stephenson, the head of the TV department at J.J. Abrams’s production company Bad Robot.

“Bad Robot has a policy to respect the confidentiality of all of our employees and therefore will do everything within our power to ensure their safety and protect their privacy,” a representative for Bad Robot said in a statement, declining to comment any further.

Also Read: Adam Berkowitz Out as CAA's Co-Head of Television

CAA declined to comment.

Berkowitz has been at the agency since 1997, most recently overseeing the television department alongside Sonya Rosenfeld. His client list
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‘Walking Dead:’ Andrew Lincoln Eyes Directing Season 10 Episode: ‘I’m Going Back’

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‘Walking Dead:’ Andrew Lincoln Eyes Directing Season 10 Episode: ‘I’m Going Back’
Andrew Lincoln may be departing AMC’s “The Walking Dead” this upcoming season, but the actor is already planning his return, at least behind the camera.

“I’m going back,” Lincoln told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m going back to shadow a director, and my intention is to direct next year.”

AMC did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

If Lincoln were to man the camera during season 10, he would become the third “Walkign Dead” franchise actor to do so, following Colman Domingo, who recently helmed a “Fear the Walking Dead” episode and Michael Cudlitz, who himself is making a return to “Walking Dead” this season to direct this season’s seventh episode, “Stradivarius,” which will air on Nov 18.

Also Read: 'The Walking Dead' Teases Rick Grimes' Final Episodes in New Season 9 Trailer (Video)

Lincoln, one of the last remaining original castmembers, is set to
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Can the Team Behind ‘Girls Trip’ Land Another Box Office Hit With ‘Night School’?

Can the Team Behind ‘Girls Trip’ Land Another Box Office Hit With ‘Night School’?
A year after finding big box office success with “Girls Trip,” Tiffany Haddish, director Malcolm D. Lee, and producer Will Packer are teaming up with Kevin Hart for “Night School,” another comedy that Universal hopes will see long-lasting success thanks to the star power of its two leads.

Last year, “Girls Trip” launched Haddish into mainstream stardom and earned $140 million worldwide against a $19 million budget, becoming yet another flagbearer for Hollywood’s ongoing diversity push. “Night School,” which is slightly more expensive with a $29 million budget after tax incentives, is projected by Universal for an opening around $25 million from 2,900 screens, while independent trackers expect the film to match the $31 million start earned by “Girls Trip.”

Also Read: How 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Stacks Up on Michael Moore's Box Office Record

The big challenge for “Night School” will be to stay on the radar of general audiences as the box office heads
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Richard Parsons Named Interim Chairman of CBS’ Board of Directors

Richard Parsons, former head of Time Warner, has been named interim chairman of CBS’ board of directors.

The newly configured CBS board had its first formal meeting via teleconference on Tuesday after the shakeup that began Sept. 9 with the forced resignation of longtime CEO Leslie Moonves amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Parsons was appointed to the CBS board earlier this month along with four other new members. He’ll be tasked with leading the board at a time of great transition for CBS.

Also on Tuesday, two more long-serving CBS board members, Bruce Gordon and William Cohen, confirmed that they have resigned from the board.
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CBS Names Richard Parsons Interim Board Chairman

CBS Corp. has named Richard Parsons interim chairman of the Board of Directors.

The Company also announced that Bruce Gordon and William Cohen, who have served on the Board of Directors since CBS became a stand-alone public company in 2006, have decided to step down from their posts to focus on other personal and professional priorities.

The Board unanimously approved the appointment of Parsons, which was recommended by the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee.

Also Read: CBS Board Shakeup: 6 New Independent Directors In and 6 Out as Les Moonves Exits Company

Dick Parsons has a combination of deep industry knowledge and unmatched corporate and board experience,” said Candace Beinecke, chair of CBS’ Nominating and Governance Committee. “We are fortunate to have Dick in this leadership role.”

The move comes a few weeks after a shakeup on the CBS board of directors that saw five independent directors and one National Amusements Inc.
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‘Train to Busan’ Remake: James Wan and Gary Dauberman in Talks at New Line

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New Line Cinema is in negotiations to acquire a “Train to Busan” remake that will be produced by James Wan and written by Gary Dauberman, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The original 2016 film was directed by Sa-ho Yeon and follows passengers on a train stuck between Seoul and Busan that are trying to survive while a massive zombie virus breaks out around them.

The South Korean film grossed $85 million overseas and $2 million in the United States.

Also Read: 'The Nun' Got a Big Box Office Boost From Latinos

James Wan’s Atomic Monster is producing, along with Gaumont — who is the rightsholder. For Atomic Monster, producers are James Wan and president of production Michael Clear. Gary Dauberman will be a producer and will also adapt the screenplay.

Atomic Monster’s current release “The Nun,” from the “Conjuring” Universe, is the box office smash. The
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Universal Reveals ‘Happy Death Day’ Sequel Title

Blumhouse and Universal Pictures are throwing another slasher birthday rager following the success of 2017’s “Happy Death Day.”

The film’s original lead, Jessica Rothe, will return in the newly titled “Happy Death Day 2U” when it hits on the previously announced date of Valentine’s Day 2019.

Christopher Landon is back as writer and director with Jason Blum producing. Angela Mancuso, John Baldecchi, and Samson Mucke (“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”) serve as executive producers.

Plot details are under wraps, though a synopsis said Rothe will discover that “dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.”

The first followed young co-ed Tree (Rothe) who awakens from a one-night stand and slinks off into a daylong birthday celebration, only to be brutally murdered at a party that evening. Instead of the afterlife, however, she reawakens once again the stranger’s bed and is forced to
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WWE Superstar Liv Morgan Suffers Concussion During ‘Raw’ Match, Re-Enters to Take Suplex (Video)

WWE wrestler Liv Morgan got legit knocked out Monday night on “Raw,” when one of Brie Bella’s “Yes!” kicks inadvertently caught her in the head. Morgan suffered a concussion, a WWE insider told TheWrap, and she is currently going through the protocol under WWE’s wellness program.

When Morgan collapsed on the canvas, Bella went for the cover to seemingly end the live-tv match early. Morgan appeared to instinctively — and weakly — kick out of the pin.

Bella then pulled Morgan to the opposing Riott Squad corner, where teammates Ruby Riott tagged herself in and Sarah Logan pulled Morgan out of the ring. Morgan could not stay on her feet.

Also Read: WWE Superstar Sasha Banks Injured, Will Be Replaced in Facebook's 'Mixed Match Challenge' (Video)

The announcers briefly commented on Morgan’s apparent injury as the referee showed concern for her.

A dazed Morgan made her way back
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’: Focus Features’ Royal Drama Closes AFI Fest

‘Mary Queen of Scots’: Focus Features’ Royal Drama Closes AFI Fest
Hollywood’s AFI Fest comes in November, at the end of the fall festival season, and offers an opportunity to launch late-breaking films right where the most Academy voters live, from Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” to Ava DuVernay’s “Selma.” Last year, the AFI gave the opening-night stage to Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” on its way to earning four Oscar nominations.

Focus Features, after debuting Joel Edgerton’s conversion therapy drama “Boy Erased” at Telluride and Toronto, now world premieres two of its late-year openings at AFI Fest. On November 8 “On the Basis of Sex”, Mimi Leder’s biopic starring Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”) as Ruth Bader Ginsberg, will open the festival.

Closing the festival on November 15 will be Josie Rourke’s “Mary Queen of Scots”, starring Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) and Margot Robbie as squabbling royal cousins.

Both could be factors in this year’s Oscar race.
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Amazon’s ‘Cold War’ and Netflix’s ‘Roma’: The Oscar Drama Behind 2 Black-and-White Contenders

Amazon’s ‘Cold War’ and Netflix’s ‘Roma’: The Oscar Drama Behind 2 Black-and-White Contenders
As expected, Poland submitted Oscar-winner Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” for Best Foreign Language Feature. Pawlikowski won that Oscar in 2015 with “Ida,” and now the Cannes 2018 Best Director-winner will go up against Best Director Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”), whose Mexican submission, “Roma”, also wowed audiences and critics at Telluride and Toronto, after taking home the Golden Lion in Venice.

Both films play the upcoming New York Film Festival. Both films are shot on Alexas in black and white, and both are their distributors’ best hopes for Oscar glory.

In August 2017, Amazon acquired “Cold War” via France’s MK2 Films and U.K’s Protagonist Pictures. The star-crossed romance (inspired by Pawlikowski’s parents) follows a Stalin-era Polish musician and pianist (Tomasz Kot) and headstrong singer-dancer Zula (Joanna Kulig) on tour with their folk-dance troupe. The lovers separate and reunite in France, Yugoslavia, and Poland as they try to find their authentic selves,
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CAA Fired Adam Berkowitz for Allegedly Groping TV Executive

Former CAA agent Adam Berkowitz was fired over an incident in which he allegedly groped a top executive at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Variety has learned.

According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, Berkowitz is said to have grabbed the crotch of Bad Robot’s head of TV, Ben Stephenson, at the Governors Ball last Monday after the Emmy Awards ceremony. CAA reps Bad Robot, who were at the Emmys in support of their HBO drama “Westworld.” After the incident was reported to CAA, they investigated and Berkowitz was subsequently let go.

Both CAA and reps for Berkowitz declined to comment.
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‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Gets Valentine’s Day 2019 Release Date

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‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Gets Valentine’s Day 2019 Release Date
“Happy Death Day 2U,” the sequel to Blumhouse’s “Happy Death Day,” will hit theaters on Feb. 14, 2019, Universal announced Tuesday.

Jessica Rothe will return as the film’s lead actor. This time, Tree discovers that dying over and over again was easier than the dangers in her future. Jason Blum will once again produce while Christopher Landon will return to write and direct the second installment.

Happy Death Day” executive producers Angela Mancuso and John Baldecchi are joined by executive producer Samson Mucke.

Also Read: 'Happy Death Day' Star Jessica Rothe on Dying 11 Times in New Horror Movie

In August, Landon tweeted that the sequel would bear the genius title of “Happy Death Day 2U.” A sequel was announced in May after the film grossed $26 million its opening weekend last year. Since then, it has earned $55.7 million domestically and $122.7 million worldwide.

The only other projects currently stated for
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Fox Orders ‘Bless The Harts’ Animated Series Starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph

Fox has handed out a straight-to-series order for animated comedy “Bless the Harts” starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, from the “Last Man on Earth” trio of Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Emily Spivey.

In addition to Wiig and Rudolph, the voice cast includes Jillian Bell and Ike Barinholtz. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Lord Miller and is slated to air during the 2019-2020 season. The order is for 13 episodes.

“Bless the Harts” follows a group of Southerners who are always broke as a joke, and struggling for the American dream of status and wealth. What they don’t realize is that they’re already rich, in friends, family and laughter. Wiig and Seth Cohen are executive producers, along with Lord & Miller, and Spivey, who created the series.

Also Read: Ratings: '9-1-1' Season 2 Premiere up 44 Percent From Fox Series' Debut

“Emily
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Songs for Screens: How an ‘All the Boys’ Hot-Tub Scene Turned ‘Lovers’ Into a Hit

Songs for Screens: How an ‘All the Boys’ Hot-Tub Scene Turned ‘Lovers’ Into a Hit
A year ago, Scandinavian pop singer Anna Lotterud, frontwoman of duo Anna of the North, was on her way to quietly becoming Norway’s answer to Bebe Rexha, appearing on buzzy tracks with Frank Ocean, G-Eazy and Tyler, the Creator while carving out her own name with debut album “Lovers,” released last September via Honeymoon/+1 Records.

But it took another co-sign, in the form of Netflix’s viral rom-com “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” for Lotterud’s music to really catch fire stateside. The cult hit’s pivotal hot tub scene between lead characters Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo
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