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Amazon Studios Signs ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano to Exclusive Overall TV Deal

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.

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‘Infinity War’ Directors Troll the Internet With Mysterious ‘Avengers 4’ Photo Tease

‘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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Loki, Scarlet Witch, Other Marvel Heroes to Get Own TV Series on Disney Streaming Service (Exclusive)

Loki, Scarlet Witch, Other Marvel Heroes to Get Own TV Series on Disney Streaming Service (Exclusive)
Disney is enlisting Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the company prepares to launch its upcoming streaming service. The entertainment giant is in early development on an ambitious plan for a number of limited series centered on popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These series will likely include shows centered on Loki and the Scarlet Witch, along with other beloved superheroes who have yet to appear in their own standalone movies.

Marvel and Disney had no comment.

There’s an important distinction from other Marvel small screen efforts, however. The actors who portrayed these heroes and villains in the Avengers films and their spin-offs, such as Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, are expected to play them in the streaming shows. Moreover, though sources close to the production are staying mum on the cost of the programming, the budgets are expected to be hefty rivaling those of a major studio productions.
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Can ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Become the Fall’s First Family Box Office Hit?

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Can ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Become the Fall’s First Family Box Office Hit?
The second half of September will be a slow period for the box office, as studios are expecting that “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” will take up most of the audience interest when they arrive in October. That said, Universal and Amblin are sending in an interesting contender in the form of “The House With a Clock in its Walls,” the first PG-rated film from gory horror director Eli Roth.

Based on John Bellairs 1973 Ya novel of the same name, “Clock” is a film that takes several pages from the classic Amblin dark fantasy films of the 1980s, like “Gremlins” and “The Goonies,” designed to give kids a good scare. Compared to the other Halloween titles that will be on offer next month, the film’s fright factor sits somewhere between the sillier “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” and the very much not-for-kids “Halloween” sequel.

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‘Sesame Street’ Reminds Everyone Bert and Ernie Are Not Gay or Straight Because They’re Friggin’ Puppets

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‘Sesame Street’ Reminds Everyone Bert and Ernie Are Not Gay or Straight Because They’re Friggin’ Puppets
Updated 1:38 p.m. PT: Frank Oz shot down former “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman’s remarks about Bert and Ernie’s sexual orientation in his own statement, tweeted Tuesday.

“It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay,” Oz, a longtime Muppets veteran and Bert’s creator, wrote. “It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.”

It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It's fine that he feels they are. They're not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There's much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.

— Frank Oz (@TheFrankOzJam
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Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding to Star in Paul Feig’s ‘Last Christmas’

Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding to Star in Paul Feig’s ‘Last Christmas’
Emilia Clarke and “Crazy Rich Asians” star Henry Golding will star in Paul Feig’s next film “Last Christmas,” Universal Pictures announced on Tuesday.

The film will see Golding and Feig reunite after the two collaborated on the thriller “A Simple Favor,” which opened in theaters this past weekend. While project details are being kept under wraps, “Last Christmas” is a holiday romance set in London, with the screenplay written by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings.

Feig will produce through his Feigco Entertainment banner, alongside Thompson, Jessie Henderson, and David Livingstone. Executive Vice President of Production Erik Baiers will oversee the project for Universal.

Clarke, who appeared in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” this past summer, will return for the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” next year. Golding, who has found mainstream success over
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A24 Picks up British Horror Dress Film ‘In Fabric’

A24 Picks up British Horror Dress Film ‘In Fabric’
A24 announced on Tuesday that it has acquired North American rights to Peter Strickland’s acclaimed new horror flick “In Fabric.”

The film, which debuted as part of the Midnight Madness program in the Toronto International Film Festival, will make its U.S. premiere Thursday as part of Opening Night of Fantastic Fest.

Directed and written by Strickland, “In Fabric” is about a woman who buys a cursed gown from a strangely sinister department store outside of London, continues in the vein of the British filmmaker’s earlier psychological work.

A24 plans to release the film domestically in 2019.

“Peter Strickland is one of the most exciting and original filmmakers working today. He has a unique talent for making horror films that burrow deep into the back of your mind, films that
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Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt Are All In For the ‘Mad About You’ Reboot

Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt Are All In For the ‘Mad About You’ Reboot
Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser are still mad about each other, because the duo met just last week to discuss the potential “Mad About You” reboot. And the former on-camera couple are all in.

During the Emmys red carpet Monday, “Mad About You” creator and star Reiser told Variety that he discussed resurrecting the popular NBC sitcom with Hunt just last Tuesday.

“For a long time we discussed never doing it, and then we said, ‘You know what, it could be actually fun.’ And we’ve kind of actually said sure,” Reiser told Marc Malkin. “And now the studio needs
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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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Chevy Chase Slams Current ‘SNL': ‘Generation of S—heads Laughs at the Worst F—ing Humor’

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Chevy Chase Slams Current ‘SNL': ‘Generation of S—heads Laughs at the Worst F—ing Humor’
Chevy Chase did not mince words when he described his feelings on the current state of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which is readying for its 44th season.

“I don’t want to put down Lorne [Michaels] or the cast, but I’ll just say, maybe off the record, I’m amazed that Lorne has gone so low. I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t f—ing believe it,” Chase told the Washington Post during a lengthy interview. The reporter noted that he was very much on the record here. “That means a whole generation of s—heads laughs at the worst f—ing humor in the world,” he said. “You know what I mean? How could you dare give that generation worse s— than they already have in their lives? It just drives me nuts.”

The current cast of “SNL” will return for season
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‘The Sisters Brothers’ Film Review: John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix Saddle Up for an Extraordinary Western

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‘The Sisters Brothers’ Film Review: John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix Saddle Up for an Extraordinary Western
The Sisters Brothers” gallops on screen with a lot of ambitions, and it fulfills them all. It’s a sprawling Western that’s also an intimate character piece; it has moments of wit but also devastating tragedy; it delves into larger themes like the impact of fathers upon sons, and how greed and industrialization lead to environmental devastation, and yet it offers the hope of redemption.

In the pantheon of English-language debuts from international filmmakers — it’s directed by Jacques Audiard, the Frenchman behind “A Prophet,” “Rust and Bone,” “Dheepan” and “The Beat My Heart Skipped” — it’s a notable one. And it’s also a reminder that while the Western may never regain the massive cinematic popularity it once enjoyed, it’s also a genre that will never die so long as talented artists still find ways to use it to tell new and interesting stories.

It’s got
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Ashley Judd Can Move Forward With Defamation Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein, Judge Says

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Ashley Judd Can Move Forward With Defamation Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein, Judge Says
A California judge on Wednesday granted Harvey Weinstein’s request to dismiss actress Ashley Judd’s claims of sexual harassment, but Judd was empowered to continue her lawsuit against Weinstein, claiming defamation and blacklisting.

Judd’s sexual harassment claim was brought under a California state statute that prohibits sexual harassment by a defendant who is in a “business, service, or professional relationship” with the plaintiff. Weinstein argued that at the time of the hotel room encounter, during which Judd said he sexually harassed her, the two of them were not in a business, service, or professional relationship.

The judge disagreed with Judd’s argument that her relationship with Weinstein at the time was “substantially similar” to the business or professional relationships expressed in the statute.

“For the foregoing reasons, [Weinstein’s] motion to dismiss is granted in part and denied in part,” U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez wrote in a court filing.
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LeBron James, ‘Black Panther’s’ Ryan Coogler Team Up for ‘Space Jam’ Sequel

LeBron James, ‘Black Panther’s’ Ryan Coogler Team Up for ‘Space Jam’ Sequel
Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler has come on board as a producer on Warner Bros.’ “Space Jam” sequel, starring LeBron James.

Coogler’s attachment comes in the wake of the blockbuster success of “Black Panther,” which grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide. He also directed “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station,” and is an executive producer on the upcoming “Creed II.”

Terence Nance, creator of the HBO show “Random Acts of Flyness,” is directing the untitled sequel. Nance’s credits include “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,” “Swimming in Your Skin Again,” and “Univitillen.”

The movie marks James’ first major acting role. He played himself in the 2015 Amy Schumer-Bill Hader comedy “Trainwreck.”

Rumors of a “Space Jam” follow-up first emerged in 2015 when James and his company, SpringHill Entertainment, signed a deal with Warner Bros. Justin Lin was in talks to direct in 2016, but that deal did not go through.

SpringHill announced Coogler
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Why Flea Is Taking Someone to a Lakers Game for a Good Cause

“Everyone coming together to do something cool,” Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea tells Rolling Stone about the annual Silverlake Conservatory of Music fundraiser, “it’s fuckin’ awesome.”

On September 29th, the Los Angeles music education and community outreach center that Flea co-founded in 2001 will hold its annual fundraiser and art auction, hosted by comedian Marc Maron and featuring performances by k.d. lang, Lindsay Buckingham and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The art auction will feature works by Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, Ed Ruscha, Raymond Pettibon, Cecily Brown, Kenny Scharf and more,
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Old 97’s Leader Rhett Miller Announces New Solo Album ‘The Messenger’

Old 97’s Leader Rhett Miller Announces New Solo Album ‘The Messenger’
Old 97’s leader Rhett Miller is at his most messed up best on the new hard luck song “Total Disaster,” the first track to be released from his upcoming solo LP, The Messenger.

Miller, who celebrated his 48th birthday earlier this month, finds himself in a familiar predicament on “Total Disaster,” mulling over of his Irish whiskey-induced hardships and wondering when he’ll ever grow up. Aided, perhaps, by the intoxicating thump on the lean, lunging backbeat, he manages to look on the bright side of things, telling himself, “There
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Ryan Coogler Teams With LeBron James to Produce ‘Space Jam 2’ for Warner Bros.

Ryan Coogler Teams With LeBron James to Produce ‘Space Jam 2’ for Warner Bros.
LeBron James is hitting the ground running since making Hollywood his new home. The NBA player is teaming up with “Black Panther” helmer Ryan Coogler, tapping the director to produce the follow-up to Michael Jordan’s beloved “Space Jam.”

James’s production company, SpringHill Entertainment tweeted out a photo confirming the addition of Coogler to the “Space Jam 2” team.

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— SpringHill Ent. (@SpringHillEnt) September 19, 2018

TheWrap previously exclusively reported that Terence Nance, the filmmaker behind HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness,” will direct.

Bringing Coogler, who’s been a hot commodity on the heels of “Black Panther,” on board is a big get for the project.

Space Jam 2” has been rumored for a while, with a number of names attached to the project. “Fast and Furious” director Justin Lin was previously in talks to direct. Andrew Dodge (“Bad Words”) wrote the script. Charlie Ebersol developed
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Brother Ali Plots ‘Shadows on the Sun’ 15th Anniversary Tour

Brother Ali will celebrate the 15th anniversary of his acclaimed breakthrough LP, 2003’s Shadows on the Sun, with a U.S. fall tour. The 13-date trek launches November 1st in Washington, D.C. and wraps December 22nd in Denver, Colorado.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 21st at 9 a.m. local time.

The Minnesota rapper reflects on the record’s legacy in a track-by-track breakdown at the website for his record label, Rhymesayers Entertainment. “I’ll still put it up with anything that was released around that time, anything from the early 2000s,
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