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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies

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Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies
Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive production deal with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television for a eight thriller genre features which will all be connected thematically.

The movies will debut on the Amazon Prime Video service which reaches over 200 territories around the globe. The movies will be made by a diverse group of filmmakers.

Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said in statement: “Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spinetingling. He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares. Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy. We can’t wait to see the nightmares he brings direct to service for our Prime Video global audience.”

“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills
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James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production

James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production
This just in from Pandora: James Cameron says the Avatar sequels have reached a major milestone with the completion of all principal photography involving main cast members.

In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017.

“Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me you can see our performance-capture stage. Today we’re capturing some stunt scenes filming some stunt scenes but our principal cast are all wrapped: Sam [Worthington], Zoe [Saldana], Sigourney [Weaver], Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker added: “They’re done now but they gave us incredible performances. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they did on these films.”
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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In

Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In
It's hard to imagine Jackson Maine being played by anyone other than Bradley Cooper. And yet, the battered lead of 2018's A Star Is Born could have very easily been portrayed by an entirely different person. Apart from the initial, and well-reported, back-and-forth on who would direct and star in the remake, it was recently revealed that Cooper had Jack White in mind to portray Maine.

Before Lady Gaga was officially attached to the project, Cooper was interested in casting a real-life musician. "I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician," he told Variety. "But [the studio] wouldn't make the movie with him." The publication later learned the musician in mind was the former White Stripes singer and guitarist.

Though Cooper would go on to deliver an impassioned performance, in his defense, White wasn't an entirely out-there casting idea. In fact, he previously acted
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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series "The Mandalorian"

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Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Series
Gina Carano has been cast in “The Mandalorian,” Variety has confirmed with sources.

The exact nature of the actress and former mixed martial arts (MMA) star’s role in the “Star Wars” series is being kept under wraps. She joins Pedro Pascal in the series, whom Variety reported earlier this week was in negotiations to star.

Carano first came to national attention for her MMA prowess, compiling a professional record of 7-1 while competing in organizations like Strikeforce and EliteXC. She also appeared in the 2008 reboot of “American Gladiators.” As an actress, she starred in the Steven SoderberghHaywire” and has also starred in films like “Deadpool,” “Fast & Furious 6,” and “Kickboxer: Vengeance.”

She is repped by Gersh and The Syndicate.

Jon Favreau penned “The Mandalorian,” which is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. It follows the travails of a
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Amazon Renews "Bosch" For Sixth Season; Streamer’s Longest Running Series

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Amazon Renews
Michael Connelly fans rejoice, "Bosch" is coming back!

With a fifth season currently in production and set to launch next year, Amazon today announced that the Titus Welliver-led series of Connelly’s beloved and hardboiled ex-LAPD detective will be back for a Season 6 too.

“I’m on the set where we are wrapping up the filming of season 5, and now this great news that we get to do it again with a sixth season,” said best selling author and producer Connelly from L.A. today of the streamer’s long running series’ extension. “Can’t wait!”

“Bosch is a customer and critical favorite and Amazon Prime members are fans of this long-running series that delivers strong storytelling, complex characters, and exceptional performances,” added Amazon Studios co-Head of Television, Albert Cheng, on Wednesday too of the Fabrik Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company, produced one-hour drama. “We are happy
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Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’

Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’
While the world still reacts to the passing of Stan Lee, one of the biggest questions amongst fans is whether or not the Marvel Comics legend was able to shoot cameos for upcoming films before his death. We’ve already heard that Avengers 4 will have the requisite cameo from Lee, but apparently, there’s one 2019 Marvel movie that doesn’t have a cameo from the writer.

According to a report from EW, Lee never filmed a cameo for the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix. While it’s unclear if this was a matter of timing or if he was never set to appear in the film, Dark Phoenix, will mark the first X-Men film to not have Lee appear in a cameo.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix
Netflix has picked up Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the story of a real-life Malawian boy named William Kamkwamba who built a windmill that helped save his village from famine.

The streamer acquired global rights to the film excluding Japan, China and U.K. free TV rights, and plans to launch the film worldwide next year — including in select theaters in the U.S. and U.K.

Ejiofor, the Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, also co-stars and wrote the script, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The film follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he
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Migration Drama "1899" Is New Netflix Project From Creators of"‘Dark"

Migration Drama
The creators of supernatural series “Dark,” which helped put German drama on the international TV map, have set their next Netflix project, “1899,” a drama that follows European migrants on a fright-filled journey to the U.S.

Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar inked an overall deal with Netflix in June – the first of its kind for the streamer in Europe – following the success of “Dark.” “1899” is the first fruit of that agreement. The show revolves around a migrant steamship heading from London to New York. When the passengers discover another migrant boat adrift, their journey takes an unexpected twist.

“What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare,” Netflix said in a statement.
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Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch

Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heads for $250 Million Global Launch
Put your wands up, muggles. The upcoming chapter in the Harry Potter universe looks to enchant moviegoers and dominate the global box office.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is expected to earn $65 million from over 3,300 domestic locations, though industry estimates show that number could be closer to $75 million. The higher part of that range would be in line with the opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first entry in the Harry Potter spinoff series. That film debuted with $74 million on the same weekend two years ago and went on to generate $234 million in North America and $580 million overseas. The second film carries a slightly bigger budget of $200 million, while the first outing cost $175 million.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the magical movies, expects to see a similar boost from the international box office. The sequel could make as much as $250 million this weekend when including foreign markets, where it will launch day and date in nearly 48 territories.
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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate
J.J. AbramsBad Robot production banner has acquired six new projects from a number of rising filmmakers.

Among the titles is a feature on hip-hop artist Bobby Hall, known by his stage name Logic. His song “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for two Grammys. His movie, Everything Must Go, is described as Clerks for a new generation. Hall will star and co-write with “Blackish” scribe Lisa McQuillan.

Other storytellers involved on the new slate include Hell Fest writer Blair Butler, “The Good Place” executive producer Megan Amram, The Good Time Girls director Courtney Hoffman, Ben Shiffrin, writing team Dylan Meyer and Peter Glanz, and first-time director Stan Grube, who had previously served as an editor on the Bad Robot sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The news comes following the release of Bad Robot’s war horror film “Overlord,” which opened with $10 million last weekend. The production company is also involved
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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Casts Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)

Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Casts Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)
Newcomer Ella Jay Basco is in negotiations to land the last major role, Cassandra Cain, in Warner Bros.’ Harley Quinn spinoff, “Birds of Prey.”

Margot Robbie is back as Quinn with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on board as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. Ewan McGregor will play the film’s villain and Rosie Perez will portray Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

Cathy Yan is directing the pic with Robbie producing, along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

In the new film, Robbie, Winstead, and Smollett-Bell team up to protect Cain’s character when she comes across a diamond belonging to McGregor’s Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.

In DC Comics, Cain is the daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva, and is deprived of speech and human contact during her childhood as conditioning to become the world’s greatest assassin. She
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Why James Conner, Yair Rodriguez and Lyrica Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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TheWrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement AI company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Nov. 7-13 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

A Steelers running back, a mixed martial artist and a cast member of “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Fox and NFL Network broadcast of the game between the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers generated 71,374 Emotional Reactions (ERs), with Steelers running back James Conner driving a critical mass of emotional conversation. Conner has been playing in place of Le’Veon Bell, who didn’t sign the franchise tender and is thus ineligible to play at all this season — and many fans don’t seem to mind,
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TV News Roundup: ‘The Bachelor’ Sets Season 23 Premiere Date

In Today’s TV News Roundup, ABC announced the premiere date for the 23rd season of “The Bachelor” while “The Conners” hit a new low in the ratings.

Dates

The 23rd season of “The Bachelor” is set to premiere Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. Et on ABC. Former NFL player Colton Underwood is returning for the season following his first franchise appearance on “The Bachelorette” season 14. After professing his love for bachelorette Becca Kufrin, Underwood won over America with his discussion about virginity before ultimately being sent home in episode eight.

The podcast “This is Love” is returning Nov. 14 with a new episode about Martine Rothblatt,
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Cma Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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Cma Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
Country music royalty gathered in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night for the 52nd annual Cma Awards.

For the 11th straight year, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the show, broadcast live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, with a list of performers including Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, Kacey Musgraves and Thomas Rhett.

Chris Stapleton, who led this year’s pack with five nominations, is also set to take the stage alongside Maren Morris and Mavis Staples. Stapleton is up for male vocalist of the year, single of the year, album of the year, song of the year and the night’s big prize, entertainer of the year.

Also Read: American Music Awards 2018: Taylor Swift Wins Artist of the Year

Early winners, announced on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday morning, included Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy’s song
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‘Doctor Who’ Annual Christmas Special Moves From Christmas to New Year’s Day

‘Doctor Who’ Annual Christmas Special Moves From Christmas to New Year’s Day
Hold on to your sonic screwdrivers, “Doctor Who” fans, because we have some Earth-shattering news: The annual Christmas special is being moved from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day. So, a New Year’s Day special — or “Who Year’s Day” special, if you will.

Yes, the long-running BBC America series is shifting the highly-anticipated installment from its traditional Dec. 25 slot to Jan. 1. The all-new episode — which is going by the moniker “Who Year’s Day,” by the way — is written by series showrunner Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip.

Here’s the logline for the special, which will be the first featuring the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker: As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor, Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) be able to overcome this threat to Planet Earth?
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‘Rebecca’ Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer Goes to Netflix

Netflix and Working Title confirm that British director Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic romantic thriller.

Lily James (Working Title’s “Baby Driver” and “Darkest Hour”) stars as a young married woman (played by Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic) who arrives at Manderley, the bleak English coast estate of her new husband Maxim DeWinter (“On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer takes on the Laurence Olivier role). There she battles the shadow of his dead first wife Rebecca, as well as her imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

More details to come. James most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster “Momma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while Hammer is coming off the acclaimed “Call Me By Your Name.”

This is not Working Title’s first foray with the streaming giant. They are currently shooting Netflix’s “Tales of the City
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‘Jack Reacher’ Is Being Adapted Into a TV Series, Author Says

‘Jack Reacher’ Is Being Adapted Into a TV Series, Author Says
“Jack Reacher” is moving from the big screen to the small screen for the character’s next adventure, according to Lee Child, whose eponymous books were turned into a pair of big screen films starring Tom Cruise.

But the TV version will swap out Cruise for a different actor, says Child, who told BBC Radio on Wednesday: “Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality.” In his books, Child frequently describes Jack Reacher as being 6 feet 5 inches tall, with hands “the size of dinner plates” — they have also been described as the size of “a supermarket chicken,” or “Thanksgiving turkeys.” Cruise is listed at 5 feet, 7 inches.

The two movies — “Jack Reacher” and “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” — were produced by Skydance and Cruise/Wagner and distributed by Paramount. Both Skydance and Paramount TV declined to comment, but an individual with knowledge confirms that a TV version of Jack
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Kim Kardashian Says Kanye West Liked Trump’s ‘Personality,’ but Didn’t Know His Policies

Kim Kardashian Says Kanye West Liked Trump’s ‘Personality,’ but Didn’t Know His Policies
Kim Kardashian West is perfectly fine disagreeing politically with her husband, Kanye West. That being said, she doesn’t think his recent visit to the White House to converse with President Donald Trump was particularly political, at least for West. Rather, it was something that came from his heart.

At Variety and Rolling Stone’s Criminal Justice Reform Summit, when CNN commentator Van Jones implied that Kardashian West and her husband have different politics, the reality TV star objected.

“I feel like he’s very misunderstood and the worst communicator,” Kardashian West said. “But, when we talk about it, we have very similar politics.
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Lily James, Armie Hammer to Star in Daphne du Maurier Adaptation ‘Rebecca’

Lily James, Armie Hammer to Star in Daphne du Maurier Adaptation ‘Rebecca’
Lily James and Armie Hammer are set to star in Netflix and Working Title’s “Rebecca,” directed by Ben Wheatley.

Jane Goldman is writing the screenplay, adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel of the same name. The story follows a newly married young woman who, upon arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his deceased first wife, the mysterious Rebecca, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce along with Nira Park. The film is expected to go into production in the spring.

James most recently starred in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and can next be seen in an untitled Danny Boyle pic. Her previous credits include “Baby Driver” alongside Ansel Elgort, “Darkest Hour,” and “Cinderella.”

Hammer will next appear in Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis of Sex,
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Armie Hammer, Lily James to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Rebecca’ for Netflix

Armie Hammer, Lily James to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Rebecca’ for Netflix
Lily James and Armie Hammer are set to star in British director Ben Wheatley’s “Rebecca,” a new gothic romantic thriller for Netflix.

The film is an adaptation of English author Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 classic of the same name. Jane Goldman will write the screenplay.

“Rebecca” tells the story of a newly-married young woman who, on arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his dead first wife, the mysterious titular character, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

Also Read: Armie Hammer to Join Agatha Christie's 'Death on the Nile' Adaptation

Du Maurier’s work has been adapted for the big screen several times, most-notably when Alfred Hitchcock won the 1940 Best Picture Oscar for his version, which starred Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

James starred earlier this year in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,
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