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Annapurna, Plan B Plot Spotlight-Like Movie On How NYT Reporters Broke Harvey Weinstein Sex Scandal Story

Annapurna, Plan B Plot Spotlight-Like Movie On How NYT Reporters Broke Harvey Weinstein Sex Scandal Story
Exclusive: Annapurna and Plan B have partnered to acquire the rights to give Spotlight-like treatment to the story of how The New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey worked with editor Rebecca Corbett to break the biggest scandal story Hollywood has seen in decades, the one that took down Harvey Weinstein. The stories landed the reporters a Pulitzer earlier this month. The bombshell first story ran last October 5, when Kantor and Twohey revealed an array of…
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'A Quiet Place' Sequel Moving Ahead at Paramount

'A Quiet Place' Sequel Moving Ahead at Paramount
Paramount is moving ahead with a sequel to A Quiet Place, the hit horror film that has earned more than $213 million at the worldwide box office, including $134.8 million in North America.

Studio chairman-ceo Jim Gianopulos announced the news at CinemaCon on Wednesday afternoon as the studio presented its slate of films to theater owners gathered in Las Vegas for their annual convention.

A Quiet Place was a much-needed success for the studio, which has endured a tough run at the box office for more than a year. It is the first film that went into production after Gianopulos...
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‘Westworld’s’ Shannon Woodward to Produce Series Based on Nxivm Sex Cult

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‘Westworld’s’ Shannon Woodward to Produce Series Based on Nxivm Sex Cult
Annapurna Television is developing a scripted series inspired by the alleged sex cult NXIVM, with “Westworld” actress Shannon Woodward attached to executive produce.

The potential series is based on the New York Times report about the group published last year. The report, authored by Barry Meier, featured interviews with multiple women who said the purported self-help group, led by Keith Raniere, recruited women to serve as “slaves” and branded them with Raniere’s initials.

No writer is attached yet, but Woodward will executive produce along with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg of Annapurna.

The group has come under renewed interest in recent weeks, after Raniere was arrested in Mexico last month on charges of sex trafficking. “Smallville” star Allison Mack, who was identified as Raniere’s top lieutenant in the Times report, was arrested last week.
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Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ in Development at New Line

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Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ in Development at New Line
Post “It,” New Line is staying in the Stephen King business and putting the author’s 1979 novel “The Long Walk,” into active development, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Screenwriter James Vanderbilt has written the script to adapt the book. King originally wrote the novel under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Vanderbilt will also produce the adaptation with Bradley Fischer and William Sherak via their Mythology Entertainment banner. Tracey Nyberg will exec produce.

“The Long Walk” is set in a future dystopian America and follows the contestants of a grueling walking contest, held annually by the totalitarian government of the United States of America. Contestants must maintain a pace of four miles per hour, and if they drop below it they will be executed — the race ends when only one contestant is alive.
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Alan Ball’s Drama ‘Here and Now’ Canceled By HBO After One Season

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Alan Ball’s Drama ‘Here and Now’ Canceled By HBO After One Season
Exclusive: HBO is not renewing Alan Ball’s family drama Here and Now for a second season. The news comes 10 days after the series’ Season 1 finale.

“After careful consideration we have decided not to move forward with a second season of Here and Now,” HBO said in a statement to Deadline. “We thank Alan for his dedication to innovative storytelling, and we look forward to his next endeavor.”

Here and Now, which starred Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter, stemmed from Ball’s close relationship with the previous HBO regimes. It was a rare miss for the Oscar and Emmy winner, creator of HBO’s signature series True Blood and Six Feet Under and executive producer of Cinemax’s biggest hit Banshee. In addition to a lukewarm reception from critics, Here and Now also drew modest viewership for an HBO drama series, averaging 300,000-400,000 Live+same day viewers for the premiere telecast.
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Universal Unveils First Footage of Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson in M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’

Universal Unveils First Footage of Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson in M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’
Universal impressed the nation’s exhibitors Wednesday with the first footage of M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “Glass,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy and Sarah Paulson.

Shyamalan told the audience at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that “Glass” is the “first truly grounded comic book movie.”

Jackson added, “It’s about time I got the title role in my own motherf—ing movie.”

All four stars appeared on the stage, and the footage set up Paulson as a psychologist dealing with the three other characters, who she notes all believe that they are superheroes. What followed was a series of scenes with the characters interacting with each other — with Willis’ character attempting to stop an apocalyptic outcome.

“Glass” brings together the narratives of Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” which was released in 2000 through Disney, and last year’s “Split,” from Universal. Shyamalan is self-financing. Universal, Blumhouse and
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Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna

Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna
Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis will star in an untitled new animated movie from stop-motion studio Laika for Annapurna Pictures, the companies announced Wednesday.

Chris Butler, who directed the studio’s Oscar-nominated 2012 movie “ParaNorman,” will direct the globe-trotting comedy-adventure.

The film will be the Oregon-based studio’s fifth feature, following successes like “Coraline,” “The Boxtrolls” and “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

“Our next film represents an evolutionary shift for Laika,” Laika president and CEO Travis Knight said in a statement. “It’s an exciting bridge to our future. Director Chris Butler and the wizards at Laika have crafted a moving work of art, layered with wit and imagination and soul. Plus it’s really, really funny. It’s a privilege to partner with Megan [Ellison] and her exceptional team at Annapurna to bring this beautiful original story to the world.”

Annapurna founder Megan Ellison added, “We’re excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Travis and the amazing team at Laika. We appreciate their trust and look forward to having some fun together.”

Read original story Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna At TheWrap
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George R.R. Martin Says ‘Winds of Winter’ Will Not Be Released in 2018

George R.R. Martin Says ‘Winds of Winter’ Will Not Be Released in 2018
As “Game of Thrones” fans eagerly wait for the seventh and final season the HBO drama to return in 2019, fans of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel series will have to keep waiting for the sixth installment.

The author wrote on his blog that “Winds of Winter” will not be released this year. “No, winter is not coming… not in 2018, at least. You’re going to have to keep waiting for ‘The Winds Of Winter,'” he wrote.

He did, however, reveal that he does have a book which will hit shelves this year, with
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‘Halloween’ Footage Terrifies CinemaCon, Confirms New Details About Laurie Strode and Michael Myers’ Showdown

‘Halloween’ Footage Terrifies CinemaCon, Confirms New Details About Laurie Strode and Michael Myers’ Showdown
Universal Pictures debuted the first trailer for David Gordon Green’s upcoming “Halloween” sequel at CinemaCon, and the debut footage did not disappoint when it comes to bloody horror. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the franchise as Laurie Strode, the scream queen role that made her famous, and she was on hand at CinemaCon to debut the footage and tease the project.

“I heard what they were thinking and I immediately said yes,” Curtis said. “First of all, except for ‘Star Wars,’ I can’t think of another movie that the same actor playing the same character 40 years.”

Curtin went on to promise fans the sequel is “going to scare the living shit out of you.”

“This isn’t the piece of shit we made back in the 90s and I apologize for anyone who had to endure it,” she continued. “This movie is hella scary – and you guys please tweet that I said hella.
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Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy Share First Look at Neil Armstrong Biopic 'First Man'

Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy Share First Look at Neil Armstrong Biopic 'First Man'
Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy shared the first footage of Neil Armstrong biopic First Man with theater owners at CinemaCon on Wednesday.

The film, set for release on Oct. 12, 2018 — the heart of awards season — reunites Gosling with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle, who take the stage with his two actors at CinemaCon, where First Man was one of the centerpieces of Universal's CinemaCon presentation.

First Man is described as a visceral, first-person account of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on the years 1961-1969 and Armstrong, the astronaut...
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Amy Adams to Star in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’

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Amy Adams to Star in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’
Amy Adams is set to star in the Fox 2000 film “The Woman in the Window” with Joe Wright directing.

Tracy Letts penned the screenplay with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush producing.

The pic is based on A.J. Finn’s best-selling novel, which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remains the biggest-selling adult fiction title of 2018. With more than one million copies sold in the United States, the novel has additionally topped the bestseller charts in multiple countries and is currently published in 38 languages.

Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing the project for Fox 2000.

Adams will next be seen starring in “Sharp Objects” for HBO, where she serves as an executive producer as well. She will also star as Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming Dick Cheney film opposite Christian Bale. Adams is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Wme, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
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Hank Azaria Says He’s “Willing And Happy” To Step Aside As Voice Of Apu On ‘The Simpsons’

Hank Azaria Says He’s “Willing And Happy” To Step Aside As Voice Of Apu On ‘The Simpsons’
Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of debate over the character of Apu on “The Simpsons.” After the character’s problematic nature was brought to light recently, with the help of the documentary “The Problem with Apu,” many fans have been waiting to see how the animated sitcom dealt with the issue. And when the sitcom kinda, sorta made light of the issue in a recent episode, people were less-than-pleased.
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Lauren Cohan to Return to ‘The Walking Dead’ for Season 9

Lauren Cohan to Return to ‘The Walking Dead’ for Season 9
Even after the final episode of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 8 aired, it was unclear if one of the top-rated drama's major characters would be returning for the next season. Maggie Greene, played by Lauren Cohan, has become an emotional, practical, and increasingly powerful player in the Walking Dead narrative, so it was understandable that fans were concerned for Cohan's well-being and Maggie's part to play in the story to come. The uncertainty, however, had nothing to do with plot points, Walkers, or the savage Saviors at all but rather the mundane complications …
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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Kim Possible': Sadie Stanley, Sean Giambrone to Lead TV Movie

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Kim Possible': Sadie Stanley, Sean Giambrone to Lead TV Movie
Disney Channel has cast “The Goldbergs” star Sean Giambrone and newcomer Sadie Stanley as the leads of its upcoming live-action “Kim Possible” movie, the network announced Wednesday.

An adaptation of the 2002 animated series, the movie follows a high school girl named Kim Possible (Stanley) who moonlights as a secret agent with the help of her friend/sidekick Ron Stoppable (Giambrone).

Written by original series creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley with Josh Cagan, the upcoming TV movie will be directed by Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky.
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‘Less Than Zero’ TV Adaptation in Development at Hulu

‘Less Than Zero’ TV Adaptation in Development at Hulu
Hulu is picking up a piece of the ’80s with a TV series adaptation of “Less Than Zero,” an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

The premium streaming service has a drama in the early stages of development based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1985 novel and the subsequent 1987 flick of the same name, starring Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Gertz and James Spader.

Lost” writer and producer Craig Wright is set to pen the script and executive produce the adaptation alongside author Ellis.
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John DeLorean Estate Sues Over 'Back to the Future' Royalties

John DeLorean Estate Sues Over 'Back to the Future' Royalties
If ever there was an automobile associated with a film, it's the iconic DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future. It turns out that Universal Pictures has been paying money to use the image of the car, but in a new lawsuit, the widow of automaker John DeLorean alleges not receiving a "substantial payment" from Universal.

According to a complaint in New Jersey federal court, the payment went to the DeLorean Motor Company.

Sally DeLorean previously sued the DeLorean Motor Company over intellectual property rights and settled in 2015, a decade after her husband died at age 80. The...
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Charlie Rose Faces Backlash Over Proposed #MeToo Redemption Series: ‘My Feed is Just Anger’

Charlie Rose Faces Backlash Over Proposed #MeToo Redemption Series: ‘My Feed is Just Anger’
Charlie Rose faced internet wrath after the New York Post reported Wednesday evening that someone was shopping a #MeToo redemption series which would star the disgraced CBS anchor.

Per the Post, the plan would call for Rose to interview various men who have seen their careers toppled in the sexual harassment reckoning that has whipped around media, Hollywood and politics. The Page Six report said some of the possible interview subjects included Louis C.K and Matt Lauer.

Writing for the Post, Ian Mohr said that Vanity Fair and Daily Beast alum Tina Brown had been approached to produce the potential series but had turned it down.

Also Read: Charlie Rose Makes Cryptic Return to Twitter, Gets Mobbed by Fans: 'I Miss You, the Alternatives Are S--'

Rose was ousted from his perch at CBS and PBS over several accusations of sexual misconduct, and the internet is not ready for a comeback tour.

Can Charlie do it in a thong? Because Charlie Rose in a thong, that I would tune in for. https://t.co/oHLPKTThgE

Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) April 26, 2018

"Disgraced CBS anchor Charlie Rose is being slated to star in a show where he’ll interview other high-profile men who have also been toppled by #MeToo scandals." https://t.co/f4H4Ut4sHQ

My Reaction ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/7ZvuNeWRvA

— Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) April 26, 2018

"Disgraced CBS anchor Charlie Rose is being slated to star in a show where he’ll interview other high-profile men who have also been toppled by #MeToo scandals." https://t.co/OKUrim3SV6

— Dana Rubinstein (@danarubinstein) April 26, 2018

What about the show where we hear from all the women whose careers were derailed by Charlie Rose & men like him?

…and the women who didn't pursue the careers they wanted to because of men like Charlie Rose?

…and the women whose lives were destroyed by men like Charlie Rose? https://t.co/eQHKR9h3HC

— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) April 26, 2018

We read every week, it seems like, about good reporters losing their jobs having done nothing wrong except work for a paper owned by the wrong hedge fund. That seems like a more urgent problem than whether Charlie Rose ever gets to do another interview.

Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) April 26, 2018

Charlie Rose show idea is weak sauce. I’m holding out for a TV series where Oj Simpson interviews other people who killed people and kinda-sorta got away with it and how they struggle with the stigma.

Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) April 26, 2018

Literally every woman in my entire feed is filled with massive rage over this Charlie Rose news right now. My feed is just anger and fury all up and down.

— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) April 26, 2018

I am only up for this Charlie Rose show if it is a reality competition called The Reckoning & it is hosted by the angry ghost of Frances Farmer.

Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) April 26, 2018

Elevator pitch: buddy comedy with Oj Simpson and Claus von Bulow. (Is von Bulow still alive?)

– Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) April 26, 2018

Charlie Rose interviewing Matt Lauer while both wear nothing but loosely fitting bathrobes is going to be a ratings hit https://t.co/9a10ZDjBHJ

Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) April 26, 2018

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Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Blasts Off Overseas With Massive $39M

Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War has blasted off overseas with an opening-day gross of $39 million from 21 markets, breaking records.

Directed by the Russo brothers, the mega-superhero mashup begins rolling out Thursday night in North America, where it is widely expected to score the top domestic debut of all time for a superhero pic upon unfurling in theaters this weekend and kicking off the summer box office.

Tracking suggests it will open north of $225 million, but many believe it has a shot at surpassing fellow Disney pic Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million) to land...
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Patton Oswalt Reads From Michelle McNamara’s Golden State Killer Book on ‘Late Night’ (Video)

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Patton Oswalt Reads From Michelle McNamara’s Golden State Killer Book on ‘Late Night’ (Video)
Patton Oswalt was supposed to talk about his role on NBC’s “A.P. Bio” on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Wednesday, but given the news that earlier in the day police had arrested Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspect in the Golden State Killer case, much of the discussion focused on his late wife Michelle McNamara’s book about the case.

“The bracelets are on. It feels like this thing that she wanted so badly is now done,” said Oswalt.

“I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” is a true-crime book written by McNamara, but she died before the book was published. It was finished by co-writer Billy Jensen, researcher Paul Haynes and Oswalt.

Also Read: Patton Oswalt Fires Back at Police Who Said Late Wife Didn't Help Catch Golden State Killer

Oswalt read the chilling final lines from the epilogue of the book, titled “Letter to an Old Man,” which McNamara had addressed to the Golden State Killer himself:

“One day soon you’ll hear a car pull up to your curb, an engine cut out. You’ll hear footsteps coming up your front walk like they did for Edward Wayne Edwards, 29 years after he killed Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew in Sullivan, Wisconsin. Like they did for Kenneth Hicks 30 years after he killed Lori Billingsley in Aloha, Oregon. Doorbell rings, no side gates are left open, you’re long past leaping over a fence. Take one of your hyper-gulping breaths, clench your teeth, inch timidly towards the insistent bell. This is how it ends for you. You’ll be silent forever and I’ll be gone in the dark, you threatened a victim once. Open the door, show us your face and walk into the light.”

Oswalt then added, “And that’s what he did today.”

Also Read: Golden State Killer Suspect Arrested in Cold Case Patton Oswalt's Late Wife Michelle McNamara Investigated

Police arrested DeAngelo, 72, early Wednesday morning on two counts of murder, according to the Sacramento Bee and Fox40 Sacramento. The Golden State Killer was linked by DNA and method to 12 murders, 45 sexual assaults and more than 120 burglaries from Sacramento to Orange County between 1976 and 1986.

“Because he’s been caught, now they can start linking him to all these other cases. There’s all this new evidence,” added Oswalt.

Watch the video above for more.

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Netflix Orders Gabriel Iglesias Multi-Cam Comedy, 2 Standup Specials

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Netflix is lining up even more laughs for viewers with three new projects from comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, including a multi-cam comedy series and two stand-up specials.

In the streaming service’s upcoming Iglesias-led sitcom, titled “Mr. Iglesias,” the comedian plays a good-natured public high school teacher who works at his alma mater. He takes on teaching gifted but misfit kids to not only save them from being “counseled out” by a bully bureaucrat assistant principal, but also to help them unlock their full potential.

The first of Iglesias’ two upcoming stand-up comedy specials for Netflix will be taped during “One Show Fits All,” the comedian’s current world tour. The second will be produced at a later date.

Also Read: Netflix Partners with BuzzFeed for New Documentary Series

“When I was a kid, I wanted to be either a stand-up comedian or a teacher,” Iglesias said. “Thanks to Netflix for supporting both of my career aspirations.”

Iglesias is one of the most watched stand-up comedians on YouTube with over 365,000,000 views and has over 10 million followers across his social media. He has also headlined and sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York and Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Iglesias film credits include the animated flicks “Coco,” “The Star,” “Ferdinand,” and the upcoming “Show Dogs,” and the live-action movies “Magic Mike Xxl,” “A Haunted House 2,” and a “The Fluffy Movie.” On the television, Iglesias had a recent guest spot on “Modern Family.”

Also Read: Netflix in May: What's Coming and What to Watch Before It's Gone (Photos)

His sixth one-hour comedy special, “I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry,” hit Netflix in 2016.

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