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Scarlett Johansson Is Easily 2018’s Highest-Paid Actress Thanks To ‘Avengers’ Films

Scarlett Johansson Is Easily 2018’s Highest-Paid Actress Thanks To ‘Avengers’ Films
It pays good money saving (or not saving…) the universe from Thanos, apparently.

Forbes has recently come out with its list of the 10 highest-paid actresses for 2018. And vaulting into the #1 spot, after not even making the top 10 in 2017, is none other than Black Widow, aka Scarlett Johansson, with a whopping $40.5 million.

And believe it or not, if you look at her output over the last year, it’s mostly coming from her role in “Avengers: Infinity War” and the upcoming “Avengers 4.” Not too shabby at all, especially considering her very limited screentime in the aforementioned ‘Infinity War.’ Johansson has become a highly sought-after actress, commanding big paydays and spearheading productions.

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‘Watchmen’ Ordered to Series at HBO

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‘Watchmen’ Ordered to Series at HBO
Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” has officially been ordered to series at HBO.

The series is based on the DC graphic novel from Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins. It is set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws. The series is slated to debut in 2019.

The cast includes: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.

Lindelof will write and executive produce, with Nicole Kassell directing the pilot and executive producing. Stephen Williams will also direct and executive produce, with Joseph Iberti and Tom Spezialy also executive producing. “Watchmen” is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC. HBO’s official description of the series says, “‘Watchmen’ embraces
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Christian Slater Says ‘Mr Robot’ Will End After Season 4: ‘I Believe That Will Be the Last Season’

Christian Slater Says ‘Mr Robot’ Will End After Season 4: ‘I Believe That Will Be the Last Season’
USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” may be powering down after its upcoming fourth season, if what Christian Slater says is true.

The actor, who plays the deceased father of Rami Malek’s Elliot Alderson who appears only to Alderson as the eponymous Mr. Robot, told Collider that he expects the fourth season to be the hacker drama’s last.

“Yeah, Season 4, and I believe that will be the last season. [Show creator] Sam [Esmail] always said it was going to be somewhere in that zone, and he didn’t want to go further than what he could creatively contribute to that storyline,” Slater told Collider in an interview. “So, I think that Season 4 will be it.”

Despite his comments, there has been no official word on the fate of the show after the fourth season. A rep for USA Network declined to comment.
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Renee Zellweger Sets First Major TV Role as Lead in Netflix Series ‘What/If’

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Renee Zellweger Sets First Major TV Role as Lead in Netflix Series ‘What/If’
Renée Zellweger has been cast to star in Netflix’s new drama series “What/If,” the streamer announced Friday.

The 10-episode anthology series will explore what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things, and each season will look at a different morality tale. Zellweger will play a woman named Anne, though further details about the character have not yet been announced.

Revenge” and “Swingtown” creator Mike Kelley will act as showrunner and write the series. He will also executive produce with Melissa Loy for Page Fright, Alex Gartner, Charles Roven for Atlas Entertainment, Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke for Compari Entertainment. Jackie Levine of Compari Entertainment will be co-executive producer.

The role marks the “Bridget Jones” alum and Academy Award winner’s first major foray into television since her acting debut in the 1992 made-for-tv movie “A Taste for Killing” on USA.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.
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Who Is Afraid of the Darkness? Bane Is (Probably) Coming to ‘Gotham’ for Final Season

Who Is Afraid of the Darkness? Bane Is (Probably) Coming to ‘Gotham’ for Final Season
Calm down, “Gotham” fans, ’cause we are this much closer to Batman. Well, we are this much closer to one of his biggest rivals, Bane. Probably.

TheWrap has obtained the titles for the first eight episodes of the fifth and final season of the Dark Knight prequel series and the last one is — are you ready for it? — “I am Bane.”

Ok, if that isn’t a clear indication we’ll be seeing the man who was born in the dark arrive on the Fox drama next year, we don’t know what is. Especially because when the network announced in May this would be the show’s final season, it said the installment “will focus on Bruce Wayne’s transformation into the caped crusader.” So Batman v. Bane, yes?

Also Read: 'Gotham' Renewed by Fox for Fifth and Final Season

Executive produced by Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens,
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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Opens on Just 10 Screens – Probably Not at a Theater Near You

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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Opens on Just 10 Screens – Probably Not at a Theater Near You
Billionaire Boys Club,” a fact-based thriller whose theatrical release was thrown into doubt after the sexual misconduct accusations against star Kevin Spacey last fall, opened on Friday — but on just 10 screens nationwide.

The film, whose cast includes rising stars like Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Billie Lourd and Emma Roberts, is mostly skipping major markets for places like Solon, Ohio, Chalmette, La. and Pompano Beach, Florida.

You can see it tonight in Brooklyn at Coney Island Avenue’s Kent Theater at 10 p.m. If you live in Southern California, you missed your shot — it already played its lone Friday showing in Riverside at 9:30 a.m, according to Fandango.

Also Read: Robin Wright Breaks Silence on Kevin Spacey: 'I Didn't Know the Man, I Knew the Craftsman' (Video)

In June, indie distributor Vertical Entertainment pledged to move forward with a domestic theatrical release of the film — a remake of a fact-based
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The Debate Over ‘The Affair’ Star Ruth Wilson’s Awkward Exit (Column)

The Debate Over ‘The Affair’ Star Ruth Wilson’s Awkward Exit (Column)
In an interview with “CBS This Morning” this week, Ruth Wilson created something rare for daytime talk: the sort of tense, awkward moment that reminds you that a show is unscripted, and live. Asked about the end of her role on “The Affair” — her character, Alison, was recently killed — Wilson told “This Morning” host Gayle King that “I did want to leave, but I’m not allowed to talk about why.”

This sort of mysteriousness around the decisions made by or for actors is nothing new; TV fans are still waiting, and likely will be forever, for clarity on why
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Hollywood Turns Upside Down as Pending Landmark Theatres Sale Could Be the Tip of Upcoming Exhibition Changes

A number of speculative deals are floating in the Hollywood ether, as the industry moves away from studio dominance and toward Silicon Valley. Caught in that maw is Twentieth Century Fox’s sale to Disney and At&T’s merger with Warner Bros. But eyes are also on the fate of the indie Landmark Theatres chain, which owner Mark Cuban has been eager to sell since April. Netflix has denied interest in buying the rock-and-mortar exhibitor, which makes sense, as theater distribution is not the streamer’s business model.

On the other hand, now Amazon has been named as a potential buyer. The online retail giant has among its assets Amazon Studios, which (unlike Netflix) brands its productions with robust theatrical releases before streaming them via Amazon Prime. Among the successful Amazon releases that played well at Landmark locations are Oscar players “Manchester By the Sea” and “The Big Sick.” And
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TV Review: ‘Mayans Mc’ on FX

TV Review: ‘Mayans Mc’ on FX
The promotional material makes it clear: “Mayans Mc” is set in a “post-Jax-Teller world.” That distinction may sound unusual, but it’s an important one. In this reboot-remake-reimagining TV landscape, the humble spin-off show has to make a strong decision about how it wants to frame itself. “Mayans Mc” more or less picks up where “Sons of Anarchy” left off, following a motorcycle club that was not an insubstantial part of the original series. On “Sons,” the Mayans were one-time villains who ultimately became allies in the brutal dog-eat-dog-alive fictional world of creator Kurt Sutter. In bringing them back for their own series,
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Dave Bautista Calls Out Disney Over Report James Gunn Won’t Be Rehired

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Dave Bautista Calls Out Disney Over Report James Gunn Won’t Be Rehired
Guardians of the Galaxy” star Dave Bautista has once again called out Disney over the James Gunn firing.

“Thanks ⁦@Disney⁩ !! Making America great again!” Bautista, who plays Drax in both “Guardians” movies and in “Avengers: Infinity War,” wrote on Twitter.

Thanks ⁦@Disney⁩ !! Making America great again! ???????? https://t.co/t6A4030xkS

— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 17, 2018

Bautista’s latest jab came after Disney Chairman Alan Horn had a “courtesy” meeting with Gunn on Tuesday where the filmmaker was told the studio was sticking to their decision not to reinstate him as director on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” according to a report in Variety.

Also Read: Dave Bautista Says He'll Quit 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' if Marvel Won't Use James Gunn's Script

Bautista has previously referred to the people behind the campaign to get Gunn fired as “cybernazis” in tweets, and wrote that the same sort of campaign
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Jim Carrey Takes Aim at Yemen School Bus Bombing in New Art: ‘Our Ally. Our Missile. Our Crime.’

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Jim Carrey Takes Aim at Yemen School Bus Bombing in New Art: ‘Our Ally. Our Missile. Our Crime.’
A day after paying heartfelt tribute to deceased Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Jim Carrey turned his artistic talents toward more somber matters on Friday.

Much more somber matters.

Actor/artist Carrey tackled the deadly airstrike in Yemen last week that reportedly killed 40 children on a school bus, calling the incident “Our crime.”

Also Read: Robert Mueller Meets Hemingway and 'Jaws' in Jim Carrey's Latest Artwork

“Forty innocent children killed on a bus in Yemen,” Carrey wrote in accompaniment of the art. “Our ally. Our missile. Our crime.”

The image itself was unquestionably grim, depicting a bus full of terrified children, helpless as a missile marked with the American flag and “USA” hurtles toward them.

According to USA Today, health officials in Yemen said 51 people, including 40 children, were killed in the strike last Thursday.

Also Read: Jim Carrey Blasts Off on Trump's Space Force in New Artwork: 'To Stupidity and Beyond!
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How Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ Season 2 Stayed ‘Weird’ While Confronting Success – and Trump

How Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ Season 2 Stayed ‘Weird’ While Confronting Success – and Trump
A version of this story about “Atlanta” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

The second season of the Emmy-nominated FX show “Atlanta,” which was dubbed “Robbin’ Season,” features an alligator, a gothic horror encounter with a Michael Jackson look-a-like, a spiritual journey through the woods and a drunken foot race with Michael Vick.

And yet somehow, the show’s creators think this season is a little less weird and experimental than its first.

“We knew we didn’t want to do it exactly the same way. I think by doing it with a more linear type of story line, that will subvert our weirdness a little bit,” executive producer Stephen Glover told TheWrap. “Our weirdness is still there. It was just us trying to find new ways to just be weird.”

Also Read: How 'Atlanta' and 'This Is America
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Ballin’ on a Budget: How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Made Mega-Rich World for $30 Million

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In the high-flying world of Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” book trilogy, $30 million would barely cover the couture, jewels, private jet fuel and five-star menu for a ladies’ lunch in Singapore.

But $30 million was the budget for the Warner Bros. adaptation of the bestselling novel, about the competitive world of Asia’s super-rich thrust upon an unsuspecting Constance Wu when she flies from New York to meet her boyfriend’s family

Million-dollar diamonds, penthouses in the clouds, six-figure dinner tabs and more an orgy of brand names and labels. How’d they pull it off on a mid-range studio budget?

Also Read: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Stars Dueled Over Epic Mahjong Showdown: 'No One Was Giving in'

TheWrap assembled the “Crazy Rich” filmmaking team including director Jon M. Chu, producers Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson, and production designer Nelson Coates for a lesson in balling on a budget.

Starting with
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How Hulk Hogan Apologized to WWE Locker Room for N-Word Use (Audio)

In his first interview since being reinstated by WWE, Hulk Hogan explained how he apologized to the WWE locker room for audio that captured him using the N-word years ago.

Speaking to his old friend and pro-wrestling photographer Bill Apter on the new wrestling podcast “The Apter Chat,” Hogan said he began his “nervous” address to the current WWE roster ahead of July pay-per-view event “Extreme Rule” with a simple “Thank you guys for the time.”

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, continued, saying he told the other wrestlers: “The first thing I want to do is tell you guys, 12 years ago I said something. About three years ago it just came to light. And I want to apologize for everything I said. I could give you the ‘woe is me’ story, I could tell you all the things, all the reasons why I was in this space I was in — a very dark,
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': Santino Fontana Has Texted His Replacement Skylar Astin About Playing Greg

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': Santino Fontana Has Texted His Replacement Skylar Astin About Playing Greg
Skylar Astin has been getting some tips ahead of his debut as a “reimagined” Greg Serrano ahead of the upcoming final season of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

Santino Fontana, who played Greg in Seasons 1 and 2, says that he and Astin are friends and have been texting about the role.

“I love Skylar! He’s a buddy of mine,” the actor said recently to Vulture. “We’ve been texting, we’ve got a whole back-and-forth going. We’re brothers from the same mother. That’s what I’m calling it. Brothers from the same mother.”

Also Read: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': Skylar Astin to Play 'Reimagined' Version of Greg in Season 4

The recasting was announced at this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour by showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna and creator and star Rachel Bloom.

“Rachel and I had always been exploring bringing back that character and sort of trying to figure out
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Aidy Bryant on Her Emmy Rivalry With Officemate Kate McKinnon

‘Saturday Night Live’ Aidy Bryant on Her Emmy Rivalry With Officemate Kate McKinnon
A version of this story about Aidy Bryant first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Aidy Bryant is the latest entry in one of the most robust groups of Emmy nominees in television history: “Saturday Night Live” performers who’ve been nominated over the course of the show’s 43 seasons on the air.

“SNL” is the most-nominated series of all time, with 252 total nominations, 80 of them for its performers. Of its 21 nominations this year, nine are for performers, equaling the record total it set last year. In fact, over the last decade it has amassed 53 acting nominations, making this the golden age for “SNL” performers in the eyes of Emmy voters.

“There is an uncertainty on ‘SNL’ that can be kind of jarring and can shake you up,” said Bryant, who received her first acting nomination on the show this year. (She was
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HBO Picks Up ‘Watchmen’ Series From ‘Lost’ Co-Creator

HBO has ordered an adaptation of the beloved graphic novel Watchmen that will be written and executive produced by Damon Lindelof, Variety reports. Lindelof is known for his work on acclaimed TV series (Lost, The Leftovers) as well as blockbuster films (Star Trek Into Darkness).

As opposed to the divisive Zack Snyder-directed big screen adaptation in 2009, HBO said its Watchmen will “embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.” The cast features Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson and more.
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Miss America Pageant Shoots Down 2018 Winner’s ‘Unfounded’ Accusations of Bullying

The Miss America Pageant is firing back after current Miss America Cara Mund chastised the organization for what she said amounted to bullying and silencing her in her duties.

“The Miss America Organization supports Cara,” the organization said in a Friday statement given to TheWrap. “It is disappointing that she chose to air her grievances publicly not privately. Her letter contains mischaracterizations and many unfounded accusations. We are reaching out to her privately to address her concerns.”

In a letter addressed to “Miss America Sisters,” and obtained by news outlets such as USA Today and Philly.com, Mund outlined her experience of “belittlement, and outright exclusion.” She specifically named Miss America CEO Regina Hopper and chair Gretchen Carlson — the former Fox News host who has been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement — as perpetrators.

“Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased
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Aretha on Screen: What’s the Fate of Jennifer Hudson Biopic and Embattled ‘Amazing Grace’ Doc?

Aretha on Screen: What’s the Fate of Jennifer Hudson Biopic and Embattled ‘Amazing Grace’ Doc?
The Queen of Soul was never the queen of the big screen. At least when it came to playing someone other than herself, Aretha Franklin’s acting appearances were limited to her performance in “The Blues Brothers” and its sequel and an episode of “Room 222.” But in death, if not life, she may yet become a movie star, of sorts, if the producers of two long-gestating projects get their way. But it remains to be seen whether her death Thursday might accelerate or further bog down the path either project faces on the way to theaters.

One is a long-planned, authorized biopic now in the hands of MGM, which would star Jennifer Hudson as a young Aretha, and which Franklin was discussing on the phone with her collaborators up through last week. The other is a legendarily long-shelved documentary/concert film, “Amazing Grace,” that was filmed and abandoned in 1972, rescued
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‘The Affair’s’ Ruth Wilson Stays Mum on Controversial Exit

‘The Affair’s’ Ruth Wilson Stays Mum on Controversial Exit
The buzz at the New York premiere of “The Little Stranger” was all about the film’s star Ruth Wilson.

But the noise wasn’t just about the movie — questions surrounding her abrupt departure from Showtime’s “The Affair” continue to grow more pitched.

On the red carpet, Wilson only consented to being interviewed by a pool of reporters, with each journalist limited to asking her one question.

Just hours before, Showtime pushed back on speculation that Wilson asked to leave the show because she was paid less than her male co-stars.

“We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading
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