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George R.R. Martin Developing Animated ‘Ice Dragon’ Movie With Warner Bros.

George R.R. Martin Developing Animated ‘Ice Dragon’ Movie With Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. is developing George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel “The Ice Dragon” as an animated movie with the “Game of Thrones” writer on board as a producer.

“The Ice Dragon,” first published in 1980, is the story of a young girl and the ice dragon she befriends in a mythical land of frigid snow after the death of her mother. The ice dragon was an untamed creature of legend and fear, and when it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land, but the girl was unafraid because she was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone could remember. Her friendship leads to the ice dragon defending the girl’s world from fiery dragons on a summer day.

Martin’s manager Vince Gerardis is set to executive produce. Warner Bros. Animation Group chiefs Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy are overseeing the project for the studio.
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Former ‘Bachelorette’ Star Says She Was Drugged and ‘Accosted’ During the Show

Former ‘Bachelorette’ Star Says She Was Drugged and ‘Accosted’ During the Show
Meredith Phillips, a former star of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” has come forward saying she was drugged and “accosted” during her time on the show.

Phillips, who served as the Bachelorette on the show’s second season in 2004, said in an interview on the Reality Steve podcast that a massage therapist for the show drugged and “accosted” her in the tub of the room where she was staying.

Phillips said the woman, hired by one of the show’s producers, gave her a pill that made her drowsy.

“The last thing I remember is she got naked and she was in the tub with me, rubbing my back, and rubbing areas that she probably shouldn’t have,” she said, adding that she woke up naked with little memory of what had transpired.

She did not
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‘Transformers’ Sequel Cut From Paramount’s 2019 Release Slate

‘Transformers’ Sequel Cut From Paramount’s 2019 Release Slate
Paramount announced Wednesday that it has removed next year’s planned “Transformers” installment from its release slate.

The sequel to “Transformers: The Last Knight” had been scheduled for release on June 28, 2019. The sole “Transformers” film now left on Paramount’s slate is the spinoff “Bumblebee,” which will hit theaters this Christmas.

Last year, “The Last Knight” scored the lowest box office returns of any “Transformers” installment with $605 million worldwide against a $217 million production budget, including a franchise-low $130 million domestic cume. The birth and rise of Michael Bay’s series based on the classic Hasbro toy line was one of the signature achievements of Paramount’s late former CEO Brad Grey, who passed away last year.

Also Read: 'Transformers: The Last Knight' and 'Fifty Shades Darker' Lead 2018 Razzie Award Nominations

But the decline of the once critic-proof series over the course of this decade has run parallel
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Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Sets Summer 2019 Release Date

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Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Sets Summer 2019 Release Date
Paramount Pictures has dated Taron Egerton’s “Rocketman” for May 17, 2019.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film got a finance and distribution deal last month. Egerton portrays Elton John in the various stages of his legendary life. Lee Hall wrote the script for the package, and John is producing with Marv Films and Matthew Vaughn alongside John’s Rocket Pictures partner and husband David Furnish.

Egerton is set to sing John’s songs himself, with production set to begin in August.

In 2012, John had said he wanted Justin Timberlake to play him. Then, Tom Hardy’s name was being floated by producers on the film.

Other films opening on May 17 next year include “John Wick: Chapter 3,” Yara Shahidi’s “The Sun Is Also a Star” and “A Dog’s Journey.”

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‘Outlander’s Sam Heugan Joins Vin Diesel In Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’

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‘Outlander’s Sam Heugan Joins Vin Diesel In Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’
Exclusive: Outlander’s Sam Heughan is set to join Vin Diesel in Bloodshot for Sony Pictures. The pic, which marks Diesel’s first superhero film, starts production in July with Dave Wilson directing and Neal H. Moritz producing. The film is casting up quickly.

Bloodshot is a central character in the Valiant Expanded Universe – a comic book universe composed of a diverse array of thousands of characters embodying a wide variety of genres, tones and demographic groups and over 81 million comics sold. Valiant’s superheroes are ordinary people in extraordinary situations rather than gods and demi-gods; they are complex characters that reflect contemporary society, politics, and diversity of the modern world.

Wilson is a director at Blur Studios, the VFX factory owned by Tim Miller, who directed the first Deadpool and is reviving the Terminator franchise. Pic re-teams Fast and the Furious’ Moritz and Diesel. Sony is hoping to launch
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Idris Elba Set to Direct, Star in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Netflix

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Idris Elba Set to Direct, Star in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ for Netflix
Idris Elba is set to star in, direct and produce a modern retelling of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” for Netflix, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

The film is currently untitled. Elba will also produce the music for the feature. Producers on the project include Fred Berger (“La La Land”) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Midnight Special”) for Automatik, with Elba and Ana Garantino producing for Elba’s Green Door shingle.

Michael Mitnick (“The Current War”) is writing the script.

Last month, the streaming platform announced Elba would star in “Turn Up Charlie,” a comedy in which Elba plays a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

Elba most recently starred in “Molly’s Game,
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'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Sets Streaming Date for Netflix Series 'Disenchantment'

'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Sets Streaming Date for Netflix Series 'Disenchantment'
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Netflix have scheduled their new fantasy-minded animated comedy series, Disenchantment, to debut in August.

"Viewers will be whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci," Netflix said of the show. "Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses and lots of human fools."

Broad City's Abbi Jacobson ("Bean"), Eric Andre ("Luci") and Nat Faxon ("Elfo") lead Disenchantment's voice cast.
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Kim Cattrall to Star in CBS All Access Series ‘Tell Me a Story’

Kim Cattrall to Star in CBS All Access Series ‘Tell Me a Story’
Kim Cattrall has joined the cast of the upcoming CBS All Access series “Tell Me a Story.”

The series takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of the serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an tale of love, loss, greed, revenge, and murder

Cattrall will play Colleen, an unlikely and very nontraditional grandmother. When her son moves back home, bringing with him a troubled teenager, Kayla, this former chorus girl
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'Watchmen': Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson to Star in Damon Lindelof's HBO Pilot

'Watchmen': Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson to Star in Damon Lindelof's HBO Pilot
A day after sharing a lengthy (and heartfelt) open letter about his approach to adapting Watchmen, Damon Lindelof and HBO have announced the star-studded cast of the drama pilot take on Alan Moore's beloved comic series.

The Leftovers grad Regina King will reunite with Lindelof on the HBO pilot and lead a cast that also includes Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify) and Andrew Howard (Hatfields and McCoys).

Details about their respective characters are being kept under wraps.

Lindelof's take is ...
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'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Recruits Zachary Levi for Season 2 (Exclusive)

'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Recruits Zachary Levi for Season 2 (Exclusive)
Amazon Studios' The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is expanding its family for season two.

The Golden Globe-winning drama has recruited Zachary Levi for its forthcoming second season.

Levi will recur in season two of the Rachel Brosnahan series as an eclectic Manhattan doctor who suddenly starts orbiting the Weissman/Maisel world. Additional details about his character are being kept under wraps.

The casting comes as Maisel is fresh off news that the period drama from Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino has been renewed for a third season ahead of its sophomore debut.

Levi's credits include Chuck and Shazam. He's repped by ...
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LeBron James and Channing Tatum Pitch ‘Public Enemy’ Lands at New Line

LeBron James and Channing Tatum Pitch ‘Public Enemy’ Lands at New Line
New Line has acquired the pitch “Public Enemy[/link]” with LeBron James and Channing Tatum’s production companies, SpringHill Entertainment and Free Association, on as producers.

Lucas Carter will pen the script, which is a subversive action-comedy that looks at the speed of media in our current landscape.

James and his SpringHill Entertainment partner, Maverick Carter, will produce. Spencer Beighley and Jamal Henderson will oversee for SpringHill. Michael Parets and Andrew Schneider will oversee for Free Association.

SpringHill has been active recently in setting up a strong slate, and New Line has been particularly interested in its material, as the two are currently working on a “House Party” reboot. SpringHill also recently sold a pitch to Legendary called “Hustle,” and is also exec producing the Netflix limited series “On Her Own Ground” starring Octavia Spencer.

SpringHill is repped by Wme and Ziffren Brittenham.

Carter previously sold the pitch “The Gun Show
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Philip Roth Dies at 85: James Gunn, Marc Maron, and More Remember the Iconic American Novelist

Philip Roth Dies at 85: James Gunn, Marc Maron, and More Remember the Iconic American Novelist
Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth has died at age 85. The novelist was best known for writing the books “American Pastoral,” “The Human Stain,” and “Goodbye, Columbus.” Celebrities such as “The Wire” creator David Simon and “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn took to social media following confirmation of Roth’s passing to honor the iconic author.

“This one hurts, both me and all of literature,” Gunn wrote on Twitter. “He taught me when I was at Columbia and was a huge influence, impressing upon me the importance of writing through the hard times. I have many favorite books by Roth, but [‘The Counterlife’] is one of them.”

Other celebrities honoring Roth are Marc Maron, Lena Dunham, and St. Vincent. Simon wrote on Twitter that he met Roth just a few months ago to discuss an adaptation of “Plot Against America.”

“At 85, he was more precise and insightful, more intellectually adept and
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‘9-1-1’ Adds Ryan Guzman as Series Regular

‘9-1-1’ Adds Ryan Guzman as Series Regular
Ryan Guzman has joined the cast of Fox’s “9-1-1” as a series regular for Season 2, the network announced on Wednesday.

Guzman will play a firefighter who joins the firehouse led by Peter Krause’s character on the series from executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear. He will join fellow newcomer Jennifer Love Hewitt when the new season begins in the fall.

“9-1-1” continues to fill out its cast following the exit of star Connie Britton, who recently left the series at the conclusion of her one-year deal.

Also Read: 'La to Vegas' Canceled by Fox After One Season

The drama explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters and emergency operators who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. In addition to Krause, Angela Bassett, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi and Rockmond Dunbar also star.

Guzman is best-known for his
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Gal Gadot Producing, Possibly Starring in Fidel Castro Journalism Drama

Gal Gadot Producing, Possibly Starring in Fidel Castro Journalism Drama
Wonder Woman may be headed to Cuba.

Gal Gadot is on broad to produce and possibly star in a movie based on Peter Kornbluh’s Politico article “‘My Dearest Fidel’: An ABC Journalist’s Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro.”

Warner Bros. has acquired movie rights for Sue Kroll on behalf of Kroll & Co. Entertainment through her exclusive deal. Kroll has partnered with Gadot and Jaron Varsano in developing the material. Kroll, Gadot, and Varsano will produce the film.

Gadot toplined Warner Bros.’ 2017 hit “Wonder Woman” and worked with Kroll on the project while the latter was a top studio executive. Kroll exited her post as president of worldwide marketing and distribution in January. This marks the first major film option since Kroll & Co. launched in April.

Narcos” co-creator Chris Brancato will write the adaptation of Kornbluh’s article.

The article chronicles the previously untold story of how ABC
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Michael Sheen in Talks to Join Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot’

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Michael Sheen in Talks to Join Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot’
Michael Sheen is in talks to join Vin Diesel in Sony’s “Bloodshot,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Sheen would play Dr. Emil Harting, the genius responsible for the cutting-edge nanotechnology that exists inside the human body to not only repair it, but push it further than normal human limitations. Eiza Gonzalez (“Baby Driver”) is circling the love interest role in the film.

The studio will start principal photography in July. The film will also reunite Diesel with “Fast and the Furious” mega-producer Neal Moritz, who is producing alongside Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani. This is the first time that Moritz and Diesel have worked together outside of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Also Read: Vin Diesel Closes Deal to Star in Sony's 'Bloodshot'

Dave Wilson, who is “Deadpool” director Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studios, is attached to direct.

Bloodshot” is about a
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Limbo Shows: Here’s the Status of Canceled (or Likely to Be Canceled) Series Looking for a New Home

Limbo Shows: Here’s the Status of Canceled (or Likely to Be Canceled) Series Looking for a New Home
Is there an afterlife? For all the beloved TV shows that recently got the axe, fans sure hope so.

Following a slew of cancellations doled out by broadcast networks ahead of their upfront presentations in New York City last week, studios are shopping around several axed properties in hopes they will be picked up on other platforms.

And fans are rallying to lend their support for the efforts via #Save[InsertYourFavoriteCanceledShowHere] campaigns on social media. Seeing as that actually worked for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was revived by NBC just one day after Fox cut it loose, viewers (and studios) appear more hopeful for the future of other killed-off programs.

Also Read: 'The Expanse': Amazon in Talks to Revive Canceled Syfy Series

Here the TheWrap rounds up the statuses of several canceled series (and a couple more-than-likely-to-be-canceled series) that are sitting in limbo waiting to see if they are granted new life at Netflix,
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‘Baby Driver’s’ Eiza Gonzalez, Michael Sheen, Sam Heughan Join Vin Diesel in ‘Bloodshot’ (Exclusive)

‘Baby Driver’s’ Eiza Gonzalez, Michael Sheen, Sam Heughan Join Vin Diesel in ‘Bloodshot’ (Exclusive)
Baby Driver” breakout Eiza Gonzalez, Michael Sheen, and “Outlander” star Sam Heughan are in talks to join Vin Diesel in Sony’s “Bloodshot” based on the Valiant comic, sources confirmed to Variety.

The studio had already announced it would be moving forward with its five-film shared universe plan, based on the Valiant comic books “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot.”

Bloodshot” is about a mortally wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up superpowered outcasts known as “harbingers.” “Bloodshot” was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton in 1992. The project has big franchise potential at Sony.

“Fast and the Furious'” Neal Moritz is producing alongside Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani.

Dave Wilson, who is “Deadpool” director Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studio, is attached to helm. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”) is penning the screenplay.

Following her breakout role in “Baby Driver,” the studio had been searching
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‘Show Dogs’ to Undergo Edits Amid Concerns of ‘Disturbing’ Touching Scene

Global Road Entertainment is cutting two scenes from the family comedy “Show Dogs” over concerns about a scene where a dog is comfortable with strangers touching his genitals.

“Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film ‘Show Dogs’ that some have deemed not appropriate for children,” the company said. “The company takes these matters very seriously and remains committed to providing quality entertainment for the intended audiences based on the film’s rating. We apologize to anybody who feels the original version of ‘Show Dogs’ sent an inappropriate message. The revised version of the film will be available for viewing nationwide starting this weekend.”

The undercover police dog Max is voiced by Ludacris. In the two scenes, Max is advised by a former champion dog to go to his “zen place” in order to get through
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Gal Gadot, Sue Kroll to Co-Produce Film ‘My Dearest Fidel’ for Warner Bros

Gal Gadot, Sue Kroll to Co-Produce Film ‘My Dearest Fidel’ for Warner Bros
Sue Kroll has optioned her first major film option since launching her new production company Kroll & Co. Entertainment in April.

The former Warner Bros. studio executive is teaming with Gal Gadot and Jaron Versano to develop Peter Kornbluh’s Politico article, “My Dearest Fidel: A Journalist’s Secret Liaison with Fidel Castro.” Writer Chris Brancato is set to adapt.

Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the film rights through its exclusive deal with Kroll’s company.

Gadot will co-produce and the project will be a potential starring vehicle for the “Wonder Woman” actress.

Also Read: Gal Gadot to Voice Herself in Upcoming 'The Simpsons' Episode

“When I first read Peter’s article, I was entranced by his thrilling account of a complicated, fascinating woman in the midst of a high-stakes, real-life drama,” Gadot said in a statement. “I knew immediately that I had to be involved creatively with telling Lisa Howard’s story,
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‘Summer 1993’ Film Review: Sensitive Debut Follows Motherless Girl to New Family

Childhood is so often seen as a period of unbridled promise and accumulation — of things, of knowledge, of friends and family — that the death of a parent can seem like the most confounding and terrible of erasures for a still-forming mind to process. For six-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas), the autobiographical protagonist around which Catalan filmmaker Carla Simón has crafted her touching debut feature “Summer 1993,” the loss of her mother puts her in a dizzying confluence of attention, love, discipline, freedom and pain when she’s taken from her city home to live in the Catalan countryside with her aunt and uncle.

But rather than adopt an excuse to turn this hardship material into easy sentiment, Simón treats this very personal matter with a focused, unhurried wisdom for the ways even a left-turn girlhood can still be a celebration of being young, alive and open.

Anchored by a pair of extraordinary
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