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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’
Exclusive: Bruce Greenwood is joining Warner Bros.Stephen King The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep in the role of Dr. John.

The description of Greenwood’s character is being kept under wraps.

Deadline exclusively broke the news about Doctor Sleep as well as its castings which Mike Flanagan wrote and is directing. Ewan McGregor stars as the grown up Danny Torrance, and the film also has Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe and Zahn McClarnon in key roles. Rebecca Ferguson plays Rose The Hat, the head of a cult that feeds on the “steam” created by young people who have a touch of the “shining” and her main target is Abra Stone. Back in August, we reported that young Broadway actress Kyliegh Curran landed the role of Abra Stone, a girl who has the gift of ‘The Shining’.

Flanagan rewrote Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel that picks up the
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NBC Buys Condo Comedy From Seth Meyers Starring His Brother Josh Meyers

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NBC Buys Condo Comedy From Seth Meyers Starring His Brother Josh Meyers
The Meyers brothers have teamed for The Exceptional, a half-hour single-camera comedy series, which has been set at NBC with a script commitment.

Starring, co-written and executive produced by actor-comedian Josh Meyers and executive produced by late-night host Seth Meyers and his producing partner Mike Shoemaker, The Exceptional hails from Universal TV and Seth Meyers and Shoemaker’s studio-based Sethmaker Shoemeyers Prods.

Co-written/executive produced by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, The Exceptional is set in Los Angeles. The Hoa board members of the Exceptional, a Los Angeles condo building, find themselves hopelessly deadlocked. That is, until a fellow resident, Justin (Josh Meyers), reluctantly agrees to join the board and, in his first meeting, stumbles into becoming its president. Now Justin has to leave his self-obsessed bubble and engage with his neighbors, finding himself knee deep not only in the issues of the building but also the personal problems of
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Marvel Female Superhero Project in the Works at ABC From ‘Wonder Woman’ Writer

Marvel Female Superhero Project in the Works at ABC From ‘Wonder Woman’ Writer
ABC has given a production commitment to a series that will feature female Marvel superheroes, Variety has confirmed.

The project hails from Allan Heinberg, who wrote the screenplay for “Wonder Woman.” The exact details of the project are being kept under wraps, so no word yet on exactly which characters from the Marvel universe will be featured. Heinberg will executive produce along with Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb, with Marvel TV and ABC Studios producing. Heinberg is working on the series under his overall deal with ABC Studios.

A veteran comic book writer for Marvel and DC, Heinberg’s television credits include “The Catch,
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Amazon Studios Signs ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano to Exclusive Overall TV Deal

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Amazon Studios Signs ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano to Exclusive Overall TV Deal
I think Reed Morano’s alone now… with Amazon Studios. The Emmy-winning director has signed an overall deal with Morano to exclusively create original series for Amazon Prime Video. Morano recently directed “I Think We’re Alone Now,” which won the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Morano made history last year when she won both the Emmy Award and DGA Award for directing the pilot to Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the first time a female director had won both prizes in the same year. She was also the first woman to win the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Emmy in 22 years.

“Reed is a creative powerhouse whose distinct point of view shines through her immersive, emotional storytelling and commanding cinematic style,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “We’re honored to partner with her to exclusively create originals for the global Prime Video audience.
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Snowfall Renewed for Season 3 at FX

Snowfall Renewed for Season 3 at FX
The forecast at FX calls for more Snowfall: The basic cable network has renewed the ’80s-set drug drama for a third season.

Word of Snowfall‘s Season 3 pick-up comes just a day ahead of its Season 2 finale. Titled “Education,” the episode finds Franklin facing the consequences of his actions, while Teddy pulls out all the stops to assist his partners. Lucia, meanwhile, makes a sacrifice to save Gustavo’s life.

“It has been great to see Snowfall‘s audience and critical acclaim grow in its second season,” Eric Schrier, FX’s co-president of original programming, said in a statement. “The
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Downton Abbey Movie Gets a Fall 2019 Release Date

Downton Abbey Movie Gets a Fall 2019 Release Date
Focus Features will release the Downton Abbey movie on Friday, September 20, 2019 in North America and Universal Pictures International will release it on Friday, September 13, 2019 internationally. Commented Focus chairman Peter Kujawski about the release.

"Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter. We're thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen next September."

The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house. Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-us television show in the history of the Emmys - even earning a Special
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Wes Anderson’s Next Movie Confirmed As A 1950s-Set Musical Comedy In A Fictional French City

Wes Anderson’s Next Movie Confirmed As A 1950s-Set Musical Comedy In A Fictional French City
We’ve been hearing rumblings about Wes Anderson’s next film for a few weeks now. First, we heard that it might be filming in France, where Anderson has called home for quite a while now. Then came rumors of the film potentially being some sort of musical. But now, it appears that we can confirm all that information, and round it out with a better idea of what we might expect. Suffice to say, Anderson appears to be pushing the boundaries of his whimsical comfort zone.

Continue reading Wes Anderson’s Next Movie Confirmed As A 1950s-Set Musical Comedy In A Fictional French City at The Playlist.
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‘Infinity War’ Directors Troll the Internet With Mysterious ‘Avengers 4’ Photo Tease

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‘Infinity War’ Directors Troll the Internet With Mysterious ‘Avengers 4’ Photo Tease
The directors of “Avengers: Infinity War” just shared a photo on social media that’s presumably a tease about “Avengers 4” — and fans are freaking out.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo published the photo through their joint Twitter account, @RussoBrothers, and on their Marvel-laden Instagram account, therussobrothers. The dark, black-and-white photo shows Joe Russo seated on what appears to be a studio sound stage, looking at a laptop. Nothing about the photo seems especially out of place or even particularly mysterious, but then there’s the caption.

Look hard… pic.twitter.com/NxI8RFh4f6

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) September 19, 2018

Also Read: How Will 'Captain Marvel' Play Into That Wild 'Avengers: Infinity War' Ending?

“Look hard….” reads the tweet that goes with photo. So, of course, fans have been looking very hard at their computer and smartphone screens ever since. Still, nobody is quite sure what
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Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry in Talks to Star in ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot

Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry in Talks to Star in ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot
MGM's Child's Play reboot has found its leads on FX, apparently, as Aubrey Plaza (Legion) and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) are in negotiations to star in the killer doll movie, Collider has exclusively learned. Lars Klevberg, who directed the as-yet-unreleased horror movie Polaroid, is set to direct from a script by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury 2). It producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith will produce via their KatzSmith Productions banner, while Aaron Schmidt will serve as an executive producer. Production will start soon in Vancouver. The contemporary reboot is believed to follow a group …
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Cary Joji Fukunaga Becomes First American Director of James Bond Franchise

Cary Joji Fukunaga Becomes First American Director of James Bond Franchise
Cary Joji Fukunaga, the American filmmaker who won an Emmy for the first season of HBO’s “True Detective,” will direct the untitled 25th film in the James Bond franchise, producers announced Thursday.

He replaces Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” director who dropped out of the project last month citing unspecified “creative differences.”

Fukunaga, whose feature credits include “Sin Nombre,” “Jane Eyre” and “Beasts of No Nation,” also becomes the first American director in the storied franchise’s decades-long history.

Also Read: Danny Boyle Leaves 'James Bond 25' Over 'Creative Differences'

He most recently directed the Netflix dark comedy “Maniac” starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.

The new film, in which Daniel Craig returns for his fifth (and presumably final) outing as secret agent 007, will begin shooting on March 4, 2019, in the U.K. for worldwide release on Feb. 20, 2020.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and
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Will Smith, LeBron James, Jon Stewart Join Dave Chappelle for All-Star Standup Show

Will Smith, LeBron James, Jon Stewart Join Dave Chappelle for All-Star Standup Show
Dave Chappelle hosted a star-studded surprise comedy show at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (Sept. 19). Joining the comic for a turn on stage was the multi-hyphenate Will Smith, basketball giant and recent L.A. transplant LeBron James, Jon Stewart, Michelle Wolf, Katt Williams, Michael Che and John Mayer, who provided background guitar work and the occasional zinger.

Few of those gathered at the private venue expected such high-wattage guests, though a mandatory lock-out of all mobile devices should have offered the first clue. Indeed, there was not a cell phone in sight as jokes delivered tackled
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China-u.S. Tariff Battle Spells Long-Term Pain for Entertainment

China-u.S. Tariff Battle Spells Long-Term Pain for Entertainment
The entertainment industry may be feeling relieved that the latest $200 billion in U.S. tariffs against Chinese imports and China’s $60 billion in retaliatory duties do little direct damage. But the pain may come in the longer term if economic relations between the world’s two largest economies continue to worsen.

Jack Ma, who was the first Chinese businessman to welcome Donald Trump’s election, now says that his e-commerce giant Alibaba is no longer planning to create a million jobs in the U.S. “The promise was made based on the premise of friendly U.S.-China partnership and rational trade relations,” Ma told China’s state news agency Xinhua on Wednesday. “That premise no longer exists today, so our promise cannot be fulfilled.”

The head of the World Trade Organization, Robert Azevedo, said he has committed the Wto to getting the two sides talking. “I don’t think it’s over.
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Visual Effects Firm Vividthree Heads for Singapore Ipo

Singapore-based digital effects company Vividthree Holdings is to float on the local stock exchange later this month. The Ipo will raise $9.50 million (S$13 million).

The firm is a subsidiary of mini-conglomerate mm2 Asia, which currently has a 49% holding. That position will fall to 42% and leading individual shareholders Charles Yeo and Jay Hong be diluted from 16% each to 13% each.

The new shares are being sold at S$0.25 apiece. At that price the enlarged company will have a market capitalization of $61.4 (S$84 million).

Vividthree has produced effects for local movies including “Ah Boys to Men,” “Ah Boys to Men II” and “Ah Boys to Men 3 – Frogmen.” It is also involved in a large-scale 360-degree dome projection mapping project, “The Future of Us,” a futuristic multi-sensory experiential exhibition.

The company say that most of the fresh cash will be used for working capital, while about a third will be deployed for purchases of
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Sky Takeover: Comcast, Fox to Duke It Out in Weekend Auction

The battle for Sky is set to go to an auction, which will be settled Saturday. Comcast and 21st Century Fox both have bids on the table for the European pay-tv giant, with Comcast’s currently the higher offer. If a “final and best” offer is not lodged by either party 5 p.m. Friday – which is not considered likely – the auction process will kick in.

The U.K.’s Takeover Panel confirmed Thursday that a financial shootout was in the offing, with the agreement of Sky, Comcast, Fox and Disney as the incoming owner of various Fox entertainment assets. “The Panel Executive has,
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The Hollywood Reporter 100: The Most Powerful People in Entertainment 2018

The Hollywood Reporter 100: The Most Powerful People in Entertainment 2018
Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger remains the most powerful person in entertainment, only adding to his empire with $71 billion of 21st Century Fox assets. But his dominance is one of the few things that hasn't changed since THR published 2017's list of Hollywood's most influential figures. Along with Disney-Fox, 2018 saw At&T win a judge's blessing to acquire Time Warner, spawning new entity WarnerMedia — whose chief, John Stankey, arrives at No. 4. There were the milestones: Filmmakers Ryan Coogler (No. 93) and Jon M. Chu (No. 97) brought inclusive movies to the multiplex, smashing ...
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LeBron James Is Already Winning Hollywood

LeBron James Is Already Winning Hollywood
It's a Wednesday in early September, and LeBron James — newly minted Los Angeles Laker, $1 billion Nike endorsement juggernaut, noted Trump repudiator — is folded into a golf cart whirring across the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. Shouts of "LaaaaaBraaaan" and "Welcome to L.A.!" pierce the air.

Here, where star sightings are routine and treated with studied indifference, the 6-foot-8, 250-pound James is a different story. Strangers ask for selfies, tell him how thrilled they are that he's in town and divulge their hopes that he'll revive what was once the NBA'...
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Bob Iger Talks on Disney's Streaming Service, 'Roseanne,' James Gunn and a Coming ‘Star Wars' “Slowdown”

Bob Iger Talks on Disney's Streaming Service, 'Roseanne,' James Gunn and a Coming ‘Star Wars' “Slowdown”
Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger remains the most powerful person in entertainment, only adding to his empire with $71 billion of 21st Century Fox assets. But his dominance is one of the few things that hasn't changed since THR published 2017's list of Hollywood's most influential figures.

Along with Disney-Fox, 2018 saw At&T win a judge's blessing to acquire Time Warner, spawning a new entity whose chief, John Stankey, arrives at No. 4. There were the milestones: Filmmakers Ryan Coogler (No. 93) and Jon M. Chu (No. 97) brought inclusive movies to the multiplex, smashing records ...
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LeBron James: 10 Projects on His Growing Hollywood Slate

LeBron James: 10 Projects on His Growing Hollywood Slate
LeBron James’ migration to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers — with a four-year, $154 million deal — puts him in the same city where his media businesses are based: production shingle SpringHill Entertainment and digital platform Uninterrupted. Since the Lakers announcement on July 2, SpringHill in particular has announced a slew of projects. But James and business partner Maverick Carter have been building a portfolio since early 2015, when they hammered out an overall deal with Warner Bros. (Warner-owned Turner Sports in mid-2015 put $15.8 million into Uninterrupted, the Bleacher Report vertical which was previously self-financed by James....
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San Sebastian: Filmax Swoops on Competition Title ‘Between Two Waters’ (Exclusive)

Madrid — Barcelona-based mini-major Filmax has secured world sales rights outside Spain to “Entre dos Aguas” (Between Two Waters), one of the two Spanish world premieres in its main competition, directed by Isaki Lacuesta who lifted the festival’s top Golden Shell in 2011 with “The Double Steps.”

BTeam Pictures, the distribution arm of BTeamProds, one of the film’s producers, will release “Between Two Waters” in Spanish theaters on Nov. 30.

Written by Lacuesta, Isa Campo, also “Between Two Waters” producer, and Fran Araujo, “Between Two Waters” reprises the two gypsy brother characters and actors Isra and Cheito of “The Legend of Time,” Lacuesta’s second feature which won him a staunch supporters among some critics, Spain’s “El Pais” calling it a “miracle.”

“Expectations are high as ‘The Legend of Time’ was deeply appreciated by the press and audience alike when released 12 years ago and Lacuesta’s latest film, Goya winner ‘The Next Skin,
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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film

Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film
Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the producers announced Thursday. The 25th Bond installment will begin filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a worldwide release on Feb. 14, 2020, a few months after its original target date.

Fukunaga, who won acclaim for 2015 war film “Beasts of No Nation,” replaces Danny Boyle, who exited the project last month over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and returning star Daniel Craig.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” Broccoli and Wilson said on Twitter. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Fukunaga won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the entire first season (eight episodes) of “True Detective” and giving the crime series a cinematic look. More recently, he directed multiple episodes of Netflix’s “Maniac,” a new half-hour comedy show starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
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