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'House With A Clock In Its Walls' Looks to Top Soft Weekend

'House With A Clock In Its Walls' Looks to Top Soft Weekend
This weekend is looking to be one of the worst of the year with a top twelve that would be hard pressed to deliver a combined $80 million. The weekend's new crop of releases will be led by Universal's The House with a Clock in Its Walls, which will easily take the weekend's top spot. Meanwhile, Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 should manage a top ten finish while Amazon Studios's Life Itself becomes the distributor's widest debut yet, though a lack of awareness and troubling reviews won't likely help the film's debut. Looking to top the weekend is Universal and Amblin Entertainment's The House with a Clock In Its Walls. Debuting in 3,592 locations, the adaptation of John Bellairs and Edward Gorey's children's story was directed by Eli Roth and studio expectations currently peg the film at a debut around $20 million with tracking coming in at $22 million.
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Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob

Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob
Chris Evans has a lot of defending to do in his next project — but not the kind that requires a star-spangled shield.

The Captain America star will topline Defending Jacob, a limited-run drama ordered straight to series at Apple’s streaming service.

Described as a “character-driven thriller,” Defending Jacob is based on the best-selling 2012 novel by William Landay, which follows lawyer Andy Barber (Evans) in the aftermath of his 14-year-old son, Jacob, being accused of murder. The allegations have a major impact on Andy’s family, and he must reevaluate what he thinks he knows about his child.

Evans also
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‘Stargirl’ Casts Brec Bassinger as Lead in DC Universe Series

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‘Stargirl’ Casts Brec Bassinger as Lead in DC Universe Series
Stargirl has been found!

Brec Bassinger will star in titular role for the upcoming “Stargirl” series for the DC Universe digital subscription service, it was announced Thursday.

Here’s her official character description: “Courtney Whitmore (aka Stargirl) is smart, athletic and above all else kind. This high school teenager’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speed bump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California, to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. ‘Borrowing’ the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.”

Also Read: 'Stargirl' Live-Action Series Coming to DC Universe From Geoff Johns

“There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl,
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Michael B. Jordan to Play Tom Clancy Character John Clark in New Film Series (Exclusive)

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Michael B. Jordan to Play Tom Clancy Character John Clark in New Film Series (Exclusive)
Another Tom Clancy character is headed to Hollywood.

Paramount Pictures has tapped Michael B. Jordan to play Clancy hero John Clark in a new film series, Variety has learned.

Sources tell Variety that Paramount is developing two pics based on the Clancy books “Rainbow Six” and “Without Remorse,” both novels in which Clark is the main star. “Without Remorse” will be the first film of the two, serving as an origin story for the character.

Akiva Goldsman, who’s heading the new “Transformers” universe, will also be spearheading this endeavor as the film’s main producer with Jordan, Josh Appelbaum, and Corin Nemec also producing. Paramount is currently meeting with writers and directors for “Without Remorse.”

The news comes after Amazon and Paramount TV recently released a rebooted “Jack Ryan” series on its streaming platform, starring John Krasinski, to positive reviews.

Clark, a.k.a. John Terrence Kelly, is an
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Kristen Bell Confirms Veronica Mars Revival Is Coming to Hulu

Kristen Bell Confirms Veronica Mars Revival Is Coming to Hulu
Attention all Marshmallows: This is not a drill. Kristen Bell took to Instagram Thursday morning with a big announcement for any and all Veronica Mars fans. "This is a very important marshmallow announcement," she explained to her followers in a personal video. "Did you guys know that as of summer 2019, all the old Veronica Mars episodes will be available on Hula to stream and re-watch, which is great because you'll need to brush up since we're making another one." Say what?! According to the actress, a new Veronica Mars series is coming back on Hulu. And lo and behold, the timing is truly perfect. "Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I...
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‘The Twilight Zone’: Jordan Peele To Host & Narrate CBS All Access Reboot

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‘The Twilight Zone’: Jordan Peele To Host & Narrate CBS All Access Reboot
Academy Award winner Jordan Peele is about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound — but of mind. Peele is set as host and narrator of The Twilight Zone reboot on CBS All Access.

CBS announced last year that it would revive The Twilight Zone for streaming service CBS All Access with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films.

The Get Out director will explore similar creepy dimensions like the “sunken place” in the forthcoming CBS All Access series, which will be a modern reimagining of the original, which premiered in 1959 and continued through 1964. Creator Rod Serling also served as original host and narrator — and he had a very distinct and memorable voice. In the clip of the host announcement below, you’ll hear a mix of Serling and Peele’s voices doing the iconic opening intro.

“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary
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‘Suits’ Spinoff: Bethany Joy Lenz Among Quartet Series Regulars Cast In USA Show

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‘Suits’ Spinoff: Bethany Joy Lenz Among Quartet Series Regulars Cast In USA Show
Exclusive: USA Network and Universal Cable Prods. have rounded out the cast of the cast of the upcoming Suits spinoff series starring Suits alumna Gina Torres.

Coming on board as series regulars are Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), who will be playing a main character in a recasting, as well as Chantel Riley (Wynonna Earp), Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) and Eli Goree (Riverdale). They join Torres and fellow series regulars Simon Kassianides and Morgan Spector. The series is starting production in Los Angeles.

Centered on powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics, the spinoff hails from Ucp and is executive produced by Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh alongside executive producer and showrunner Daniel Arkin. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic and Torres also executive produce.

The project was introduced in the Season 7 finale of Suits, which
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The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO

The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO
Here's some bittersweet news, James Franco fans. HBO has renewed The Deuce TV show for a third and final season. The early renewal follows the season two premiere, which just aired last week. Reportedly, creators George Pelecanos and David Simon had always intended The Deuce as a three season series, and the renewal was issued after the episode-count was worked out.

An HBO 1970s period piece, The Deuce stars Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe , Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, and Chris Coy. A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family, The Deuce centers on the rise of modern-day pornography in 1970s New York City. Season two picks up five years later, in 1977, during the golden age of porn, with
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Ramones Reveal Rare ‘She’s the One’ Video

Ramones Reveal Rare ‘She’s the One’ Video
Ramones unearthed a previously unseen video for their surging love song “She’s the One.”

The punk icons presumably filmed the bare-bones clip during the same 1978 session that yielded their visual for “Don’t Come Close.” Throughout the video, the quartet perform with their trademark manic energy, singer Joey Ramone tilting the microphone forward and guitarist Johnny Ramone thrashing his axe as his bangs flail wildly.

The clip promotes the Ramones’ newly issued 40th anniversary edition of their fourth LP, Road to Ruin, available as a remastered single album and
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Stephen Colbert Criticizes Chuck Grassley’s Attempts to Strong-Arm Kavanaugh Accuser

Stephen Colbert Criticizes Chuck Grassley’s Attempts to Strong-Arm Kavanaugh Accuser
Stephen Colbert criticized Iowa senator Chuck Grassley and his attempts to strong-arm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser into testifying during Thursday’s Late Show.

“Kavanaugh’s confirmation has been thrown into turmoil since he was accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,” Colbert said. “Now Dr. Ford’s willing to testify, but she wants an FBI investigation first, an idea that was shot down by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and geriatric meerkat Chuck Grassley.”

Instead, the committee itself has pledged to look into Ford’s allegations.
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Why Hgtv’s ‘My Lottery Dream Home’ Host David Bromstad Doesn’t Play the Lotto

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Why Hgtv’s ‘My Lottery Dream Home’ Host David Bromstad Doesn’t Play the Lotto
David Bromstad is genuinely happy for his “My Lottery Dream Home” winners. But let’s be real: We’re all jealous of the Hgtv subjects’ windfall.

That doesn’t mean the host partakes in the dollar-and-a-dream gamble, however.

“You’d think I would, especially rubbing elbows with all of these really rich, really lucky people,” Bromstad told us ahead of Friday’s Season 5 premiere. “No, I do not play the lottery because I’ve already won the lottery. I won ‘Design Star’ and that was my lottery. I’m generally not a very lucky person. So I’m good. I’ve won it, that’s my win. It’s hard for me to spend $30 on a scratcher, or $20, or even $10 on a few scratchers. I just don’t play enough. I’d rather buy canoes.”

Also Read: Hgtv's 'House Hunters,' 'Island Life' Suspend North Carolina Productions Due to
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Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know

Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know
In February 1993, Nirvana made their way to the secluded Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, to begin work on their third album. The last time they had stepped foot in a studio, they were a little known Seattle band that had just left Sub Pop for David Geffen’s Dgc. Now, with a multiplatinum album that knocked Michael Jackson off the charts and turned them into one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, they were under immense pressure to follow it up. “If there was a Rock Star 101 course,
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Soon-Yi Previn NY Magazine Profile Writer Calls Critics of Piece ‘Sexist’ and ‘Racist’

Daphne Merkin, the author of that much-discussed profile of Soon-Yi Previn, spoke out Thursday accusing critics of her piece of being “sexist” and “racist.”

“My intention was to let a silenced woman’s voice be heard. Far from seeing the piece as anti-feminist, I think the attacks on it are sexist (even — or especially — when made by women) and more than a tad racist,” she told the New York Post in an email.

“I felt I was opening the door on their townhouse and showing us an odd but affecting couple,” Merkin continued. “It’s strange how critics don’t think Soon Yi deserves to be heard, that the abuse she suffered, because it was at the hands of a woman and not a man, is somehow less valid.”

Merkin did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

Also Read: 'Shameful': Ronan Farrow Denounces Soon-Yi Previn Story by
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Inaugural North Carolina-Staged Film Fest 919 to Open With Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’

Inaugural North Carolina-Staged Film Fest 919 to Open With Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’
The first-annual Film Fest 919 (FF919) will open with Alfonso Cuarón’s award-winning film “Roma,” organizers revealed Friday. The festival, which was announced last year at a Chapel Hill, North Carolina event and screening of Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” is scheduled to run Oct. 4-7 at Silverspot Cinema at University Place in Chapel Hill.

Boasting the slogan: “Catch the films before they catch on,” FF919 — named for the North Carolina Research Triangle area code — aims to bring rich offerings from the festival circuit to the area’s film-loving audience. “Roma,” which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, will bookend with closer “Wildlife,” Paul Dano’s directorial debut and Sundance entry.

Other screenings will include Toronto People’s Choice Award winner “Green Book,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ Venice prize-winner “The Favourite,” Cannes Palme d’Or champ “Shoplifters,” David Lowry’s “The Old Man & the Gun” with Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek,
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Alec Baldwin Will Return to Play Donald Trump on ‘SNL’

Alec Baldwin Will Return to Play Donald Trump on ‘SNL’
Alec Baldwin will reprise his impression of President Donald Trump in the 44th season of “Saturday Night Live,” the actor revealed during the “Origins” podcast with author James Andrew Miller, a longtime “SNL” chronicler.

“Trump is insane. I think most people know, the guy – he is insane. We have a man who is president who is insane” Baldwin said during the program. “You can’t go far enough with this idiot. You can’t go far enough. You can’t go far enough.”

The 44th season of “Saturday Night Live” is slated to kick off on Saturday, September 29.

Lorne Michaels,
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Alec Baldwin Teases Return as Donald Trump on ‘SNL’

Alec Baldwin Teases Return as Donald Trump on ‘SNL’
Alec Baldwin teased that his likely return as Donald Trump on this season’s “Saturday Night Live.”

“Oh, I think he’ll be back,” show producer Lorne Michaels said of the possibility that Baldwin would return for the show’s upcoming 44th season. “I think there is probably no other actor who is looking to take that and follow Alec. And I think, for a new cast member to come in and try that would be a really tough thing to do.”

Michaels’ comments came on the latest episode of James Andrew Miller’s “Origins” podcast, which also featured interviews with Baldwin himself and a number of the sketch comedy show’s writers, stars and producers.

Also Read: Alec Baldwin Drops Out of Playing Thomas Wayne in 'Joker'

“Trump is insane. I think most people know, the guy — he is insane. We have a man who is president who is insane,
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Celebrated Hollywood Horse Trainer at Center of Bizarre Animal Abuse Claims

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In July 2017, a private investigator arrived at a 22-acre ranch in rural Tehachapi, two hours north of Los Angeles. He'd brought a drone pilot to fly over the property, in search of a horse his client believed had been stolen from her and which she now thought to be in ill health. The unmanned vehicle slowly surveilled the property.

It never found the horse, Dexter, among the 11 steeds that were spotted that Saturday morning. But the drone did stumble onto something else. Beside a dry creek bed lay the rotting carcasses of a pair of horses, arranged ...

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Colbert Rips Senate for Setting ‘Totally Artificial Deadline’ for Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony

The story that won’t go away this week — or, really, this month — is that of Donald Trump’s attempt to put another conservative judge on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. And on Thursday’s episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert had some mean things to say about how badly the Republican-controlled Senate has been at handling the sexual assault allegation leveled at Kavanauh by Christine Blasey Ford.

“Kavanaugh’s confirmation has been thrown into turmoil since he was accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,” Colbert said to lead off his monologue. “Dr. Ford is willing to testify, but she wants an FBI investigation first. That idea was shot down by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and geriatric meerkat Chuck Grassley, who said it is not the FBI’s role to investigate a matter such as this.

“Of course not, it’s right there in their
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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to Open with Tom Lowe's 'Awaken'

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to Open with Tom Lowe's 'Awaken'
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Awaken, the feature debut of Tom Lowe.

"We hope to electrify the nation of Estonia on November the 16th with the world premiere of Awaken, a film six years in the making," Lowe said in a press release. "It would be impossible to find a more perfect festival for this debut. The plurality of locations and actors in our film are Estonian. I fell in love with Estonia through a camera lens and across time."

"It is a great honor to present the world premiere of an ...
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Movistar + Has a Very Good Year for Scripted Productions

Movistar + Has a Very Good Year for Scripted Productions
Starting with the launch of high-fashion melodrama “Velvet Collection” on Sept. 22 last year, followed by seven more scripted productions to date, the launch of original series from Spain’s Movistar Plus has helped stem the company’s loss of pay-tv subscribers. In 2016, pay-tv clients dropped 0.4% year on year. But in 2017, pay-tv accesses were up 5%, or 92,100 customers, to 3.848 million by year-end. It remains to be seen, after Movistar Plus renewed Champions League and La Liga Spanish league soccer rights, how much subs may grow this September. Most to the point, however, average revenue per subscriber of Movistar Plus’ bundled broadband-tv-mobile customers
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