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Scarlett Johansson Is Easily 2018’s Highest-Paid Actress Thanks To ‘Avengers’ Films

Scarlett Johansson Is Easily 2018’s Highest-Paid Actress Thanks To ‘Avengers’ Films
It pays good money saving (or not saving…) the universe from Thanos, apparently.

Forbes has recently come out with its list of the 10 highest-paid actresses for 2018. And vaulting into the #1 spot, after not even making the top 10 in 2017, is none other than Black Widow, aka Scarlett Johansson, with a whopping $40.5 million.

And believe it or not, if you look at her output over the last year, it’s mostly coming from her role in “Avengers: Infinity War” and the upcoming “Avengers 4.” Not too shabby at all, especially considering her very limited screentime in the aforementioned ‘Infinity War.’ Johansson has become a highly sought-after actress, commanding big paydays and spearheading productions.

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‘Watchmen’ Ordered to Series at HBO

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‘Watchmen’ Ordered to Series at HBO
Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” has officially been ordered to series at HBO.

The series is based on the DC graphic novel from Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins. It is set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws. The series is slated to debut in 2019.

The cast includes: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.

Lindelof will write and executive produce, with Nicole Kassell directing the pilot and executive producing. Stephen Williams will also direct and executive produce, with Joseph Iberti and Tom Spezialy also executive producing. “Watchmen” is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC. HBO’s official description of the series says, “‘Watchmen’ embraces
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Christian Slater Says ‘Mr Robot’ Will End After Season 4: ‘I Believe That Will Be the Last Season’

Christian Slater Says ‘Mr Robot’ Will End After Season 4: ‘I Believe That Will Be the Last Season’
USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” may be powering down after its upcoming fourth season, if what Christian Slater says is true.

The actor, who plays the deceased father of Rami Malek’s Elliot Alderson who appears only to Alderson as the eponymous Mr. Robot, told Collider that he expects the fourth season to be the hacker drama’s last.

“Yeah, Season 4, and I believe that will be the last season. [Show creator] Sam [Esmail] always said it was going to be somewhere in that zone, and he didn’t want to go further than what he could creatively contribute to that storyline,” Slater told Collider in an interview. “So, I think that Season 4 will be it.”

Despite his comments, there has been no official word on the fate of the show after the fourth season. A rep for USA Network declined to comment.
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Renee Zellweger Sets First Major TV Role as Lead in Netflix Series ‘What/If’

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Renee Zellweger Sets First Major TV Role as Lead in Netflix Series ‘What/If’
Renée Zellweger has been cast to star in Netflix’s new drama series “What/If,” the streamer announced Friday.

The 10-episode anthology series will explore what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things, and each season will look at a different morality tale. Zellweger will play a woman named Anne, though further details about the character have not yet been announced.

Revenge” and “Swingtown” creator Mike Kelley will act as showrunner and write the series. He will also executive produce with Melissa Loy for Page Fright, Alex Gartner, Charles Roven for Atlas Entertainment, Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke for Compari Entertainment. Jackie Levine of Compari Entertainment will be co-executive producer.

The role marks the “Bridget Jones” alum and Academy Award winner’s first major foray into television since her acting debut in the 1992 made-for-tv movie “A Taste for Killing” on USA.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.
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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

‘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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How Hulk Hogan Apologized to WWE Locker Room for N-Word Use (Audio)

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In his first interview since being reinstated by WWE, Hulk Hogan explained how he apologized to the WWE locker room for audio that captured him using the N-word years ago.

Speaking to his old friend and pro-wrestling photographer Bill Apter on the new wrestling podcast “The Apter Chat,” Hogan said he began his “nervous” address to the current WWE roster ahead of July pay-per-view event “Extreme Rule” with a simple “Thank you guys for the time.”

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, continued, saying he told the other wrestlers: “The first thing I want to do is tell you guys, 12 years ago I said something. About three years ago it just came to light. And I want to apologize for everything I said. I could give you the ‘woe is me’ story, I could tell you all the things, all the reasons why I was in this space I was in — a very dark,
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': Santino Fontana Has Texted His Replacement Skylar Astin About Playing Greg

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': Santino Fontana Has Texted His Replacement Skylar Astin About Playing Greg
Skylar Astin has been getting some tips ahead of his debut as a “reimagined” Greg Serrano ahead of the upcoming final season of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

Santino Fontana, who played Greg in Seasons 1 and 2, says that he and Astin are friends and have been texting about the role.

“I love Skylar! He’s a buddy of mine,” the actor said recently to Vulture. “We’ve been texting, we’ve got a whole back-and-forth going. We’re brothers from the same mother. That’s what I’m calling it. Brothers from the same mother.”

Also Read: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': Skylar Astin to Play 'Reimagined' Version of Greg in Season 4

The recasting was announced at this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour by showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna and creator and star Rachel Bloom.

“Rachel and I had always been exploring bringing back that character and sort of trying to figure out
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Aidy Bryant on Her Emmy Rivalry With Officemate Kate McKinnon

‘Saturday Night Live’ Aidy Bryant on Her Emmy Rivalry With Officemate Kate McKinnon
A version of this story about Aidy Bryant first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Aidy Bryant is the latest entry in one of the most robust groups of Emmy nominees in television history: “Saturday Night Live” performers who’ve been nominated over the course of the show’s 43 seasons on the air.

“SNL” is the most-nominated series of all time, with 252 total nominations, 80 of them for its performers. Of its 21 nominations this year, nine are for performers, equaling the record total it set last year. In fact, over the last decade it has amassed 53 acting nominations, making this the golden age for “SNL” performers in the eyes of Emmy voters.

“There is an uncertainty on ‘SNL’ that can be kind of jarring and can shake you up,” said Bryant, who received her first acting nomination on the show this year. (She was
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HBO Picks Up ‘Watchmen’ Series From ‘Lost’ Co-Creator

HBO has ordered an adaptation of the beloved graphic novel Watchmen that will be written and executive produced by Damon Lindelof, Variety reports. Lindelof is known for his work on acclaimed TV series (Lost, The Leftovers) as well as blockbuster films (Star Trek Into Darkness).

As opposed to the divisive Zack Snyder-directed big screen adaptation in 2009, HBO said its Watchmen will “embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.” The cast features Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson and more.
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Aretha on Screen: What’s the Fate of Jennifer Hudson Biopic and Embattled ‘Amazing Grace’ Doc?

Aretha on Screen: What’s the Fate of Jennifer Hudson Biopic and Embattled ‘Amazing Grace’ Doc?
The Queen of Soul was never the queen of the big screen. At least when it came to playing someone other than herself, Aretha Franklin’s acting appearances were limited to her performance in “The Blues Brothers” and its sequel and an episode of “Room 222.” But in death, if not life, she may yet become a movie star, of sorts, if the producers of two long-gestating projects get their way. But it remains to be seen whether her death Thursday might accelerate or further bog down the path either project faces on the way to theaters.

One is a long-planned, authorized biopic now in the hands of MGM, which would star Jennifer Hudson as a young Aretha, and which Franklin was discussing on the phone with her collaborators up through last week. The other is a legendarily long-shelved documentary/concert film, “Amazing Grace,” that was filmed and abandoned in 1972, rescued
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‘The Affair’s’ Ruth Wilson Stays Mum on Controversial Exit

‘The Affair’s’ Ruth Wilson Stays Mum on Controversial Exit
The buzz at the New York premiere of “The Little Stranger” was all about the film’s star Ruth Wilson.

But the noise wasn’t just about the movie — questions surrounding her abrupt departure from Showtime’s “The Affair” continue to grow more pitched.

On the red carpet, Wilson only consented to being interviewed by a pool of reporters, with each journalist limited to asking her one question.

Just hours before, Showtime pushed back on speculation that Wilson asked to leave the show because she was paid less than her male co-stars.

“We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading
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‘The Affair’s’ Ruth Wilson Stays Mum on Controversial Exit

‘The Affair’s’ Ruth Wilson Stays Mum on Controversial Exit
The buzz at the New York premiere of “The Little Stranger” was all about the film’s star Ruth Wilson.

But the noise wasn’t just about the movie — questions surrounding her abrupt departure from Showtime’s “The Affair” continue to grow more pitched.

On the red carpet, Wilson only consented to being interviewed by a pool of reporters, with each journalist limited to asking her one question.

Just hours before, Showtime pushed back on speculation that Wilson asked to leave the show because she was paid less than her male co-stars.

“We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into season four everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course,” the network said in a statement. “Ultimately, it felt like the most powerful creative decision would be to end Alison’s arc at the moment when she had finally achieved self-empowerment. The impact of her loss will
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‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Star Lana Condor on Bringing More Diversity to Movies

‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Star Lana Condor on Bringing More Diversity to Movies
With temperatures in the mid 80s outside Arclight Culver City on Thursday night, the cast of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” were fighting some unfortunate sweat marks while on the red carpet.

“Who brought a fan? What was I thinking, wearing all black!” joked Susan Johnson, the director of Netflix’s latest rom-com.

Based on the 2014 novel of the same name, the film tells the story of Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), a meek high school student whose life gets turned upside-down when she finds out the five love letters she’s written and kept stashed away have inadvertently been mailed out.

Casting Condor as the lead was an easy choice for Johnson, especially as she and author Jenny Han insisted the role be filled by an Asian-American (keeping true to the book). “When you see the film, you’ll know just as quickly as I did,
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Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ Proves That Trap Is the New Pop

Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ Proves That Trap Is the New Pop
Like nearly every modern pop star, Ariana Grande has flitted from genre to genre over the course of her career, easily collapsing the distance between the steroidal Edm of “Break Free” and the relaxed reggae of “Side to Side,” the clipped Eighties pop of “Love Me Harder” and the storming house of “Into You,” the hip-hop soul of “The Way” and the retro-soul of “Dangerous Woman.”

But with her new album Sweetener, she set her sights on conquering trap, the Southern hip-hop variant defined by sludgy, savage basslines and jittery swarms of drum programming.
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Layoffs Hit AwesomenessTV 3 Weeks After Acquisition By Viacom

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Viacom will cut some of the staff at AwesomenessTV, just three weeks after media giant bought the millennial-skewing digital entertainment company.

“As we begin to integrate Awesomeness and streamline the organization within Viacom, a number of positions were impacted yesterday,” said a Viacom spokesperson. “We are grateful for the many contributions of each individual and continue to work diligently to ensure a smooth transition.”

It had already been announced that AwesomenessTV CEO Jordan Levin would depart after a transition period. The company would not say how many jobs were being cut, but an insider familiar with the situation told TheWrap it’s more than 20 staffers.

Also Read: Viacom Acquires AwesomenessTV

Viacom acquired the company last month in a deal that valued Awesomeness at a significant discount compared to its 2016 valuation of $650 million, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap. Viacom did not share terms of the buyout in its announcement.
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Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn to Play Nashville Benefit Concert

Several current and former artists on the Arista Nashville label, including superstars Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and Brooks & Dunn, will come together to assist one of people responsible for some of their biggest hits getting played at country radio.

On Tuesday, September 25th, Nashville’s historic War Memorial Auditorium will host “Music for Mike,” a benefit concert in support of former Arista radio promotion manager Mike Owens. In 2014, Owens was diagnosed with end stage renal disease and has been placed on dialysis while he awaits a donor kidney. His ongoing
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5 Takeaways From Elon Musk’s Melodramatic ‘NY Times’ Interview

5 Takeaways From Elon Musk’s Melodramatic ‘NY Times’ Interview
Elon Musk seems to be having a difficult time. In a new interview with The New York Times, the chairman and chief executive of the electric-car maker Tesla is described as “struggling to maintain his composure,” “choked up,” alternating “between laughter and tears” and “overcome by emotion.” Calling the past year the “most difficult and painful” one of his career – “excruciating,” in fact – Musk spent over an hour emoting to Times’ reporters about the recent professional and personal flare-ups that have captured headlines (which was reminiscent of his emotional interview
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Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce Examine Secrets and Lies in ‘The Wife’

Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce Examine Secrets and Lies in ‘The Wife’
Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce make such a convincing onscreen couple, it’s hard to believe that their first time working together is in director Björn Runge’s “The Wife,” opening this week.

Both broke into Hollywood about the same time; Close with her Oscar-nominated film debut in 1982’s “The World According to Garp” and Pryce as the embodiment of evil in 1983’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” Both have enjoyed heralded stage careers, scooping up Tony Awards — three for Close, two for Pryce.

Based on a novel by Meg Wolitzer, “The Wife” is an intimate and searing portrait of a long-term marriage in all its secrets and compromises. The pair portray Joan and Joe Castleman, who are forced to confront some tough truths when Joe is awarded a Nobel Prize for his latest novel. The pair spoke recently after a screening of the film, before Close had to return
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