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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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‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig

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‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig
Eon Productions and MGM have set Cary Joji Fukunaga as the new director who’ll mount James Bond 25 with Daniel Craig in the starring role. Filming will begin March for a worldwide release date of February 14, 2020. MGM will distribute domestically, and Universal releases the film in international territories, after it won a hotly contested auction last May.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and the studio met numerous helmers after Danny Boyle dropped out over creative differences, this after they sparked to the filmmaker’s concept and hired his Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge to write it. Sources said that it was a big creative swing, and they mutually decided it would be better to go back to the project they planned to make with venerable 007 scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

Fukunaga directed the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation for Netflix.

The producers just confirmed Fukunaga’s hire.
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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film

Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film
Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the producers announced Thursday. The 25th Bond installment will begin filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a worldwide release on Feb. 14, 2020, a few months after its original target date.

Fukunaga, who won acclaim for 2015 war film “Beasts of No Nation,” replaces Danny Boyle, who exited the project last month over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and returning star Daniel Craig.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” Broccoli and Wilson said on Twitter. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Fukunaga won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the entire first season (eight episodes) of “True Detective” and giving the crime series a cinematic look. More recently, he directed multiple episodes of Netflix’s “Maniac,” a new half-hour comedy show starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’
Exclusive: Bruce Greenwood is joining Warner Bros.Stephen King The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep in the role of Dr. John.

The description of Greenwood’s character is being kept under wraps.

Deadline exclusively broke the news about Doctor Sleep as well as its castings which Mike Flanagan wrote and is directing. Ewan McGregor stars as the grown up Danny Torrance, and the film also has Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe and Zahn McClarnon in key roles. Rebecca Ferguson plays Rose The Hat, the head of a cult that feeds on the “steam” created by young people who have a touch of the “shining” and her main target is Abra Stone. Back in August, we reported that young Broadway actress Kyliegh Curran landed the role of Abra Stone, a girl who has the gift of ‘The Shining’.

Flanagan rewrote Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel that picks up the
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NBC Buys Condo Comedy From Seth Meyers Starring His Brother Josh Meyers

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NBC Buys Condo Comedy From Seth Meyers Starring His Brother Josh Meyers
The Meyers brothers have teamed for The Exceptional, a half-hour single-camera comedy series, which has been set at NBC with a script commitment.

Starring, co-written and executive produced by actor-comedian Josh Meyers and executive produced by late-night host Seth Meyers and his producing partner Mike Shoemaker, The Exceptional hails from Universal TV and Seth Meyers and Shoemaker’s studio-based Sethmaker Shoemeyers Prods.

Co-written/executive produced by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, The Exceptional is set in Los Angeles. The Hoa board members of the Exceptional, a Los Angeles condo building, find themselves hopelessly deadlocked. That is, until a fellow resident, Justin (Josh Meyers), reluctantly agrees to join the board and, in his first meeting, stumbles into becoming its president. Now Justin has to leave his self-obsessed bubble and engage with his neighbors, finding himself knee deep not only in the issues of the building but also the personal problems of
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Marvel Female Superhero Project in the Works at ABC From ‘Wonder Woman’ Writer

Marvel Female Superhero Project in the Works at ABC From ‘Wonder Woman’ Writer
ABC has given a production commitment to a series that will feature female Marvel superheroes, Variety has confirmed.

The project hails from Allan Heinberg, who wrote the screenplay for “Wonder Woman.” The exact details of the project are being kept under wraps, so no word yet on exactly which characters from the Marvel universe will be featured. Heinberg will executive produce along with Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb, with Marvel TV and ABC Studios producing. Heinberg is working on the series under his overall deal with ABC Studios.

A veteran comic book writer for Marvel and DC, Heinberg’s television credits include “The Catch,
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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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‘Empire’ Season 5 Teaser: Lyons Are Broke in 2-Year Time Skip – and ‘Who Is in the Coffin?!?’ (Video)

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‘Empire’ Season 5 Teaser: Lyons Are Broke in 2-Year Time Skip – and ‘Who Is in the Coffin?!?’ (Video)
(This post contains spoilers for the Season 4 finale of “Empire.”)

The Lyons are back — but not better than ever.

In a sneak peek from the upcoming fifth season premiere of “Empire,” the drama continues with Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) flat broke after a two-year time jump. But before we get to that, can we please talk about who the heck is in that coffin the family patriarch is standing over?!?

Also Read: 'Empire' Season 5 Teaser: The Lyons Get Knocked Down - But They Get Up Again (Exclusive Video)

The “Empire” cast has a few theories, which they reveal in the teaser above — and yes, they wanna know “Who Is In The Coffin?!?” just as much as you do.

Everyone is really hoping it’s not them, but since multiple characters’ fates were left up in the air in the Season 4 finale, it’s gotta be someone,
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New York Times Columnist Offers Emotional Defense of Kavanaugh Accuser: ‘I Was a Victim’

New York Times columnist Charles Blow defended Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in the early 1980s, during an appearance on “Cuomo Prime Time.”

While on the CNN show, Blow said that he too was a victim of childhood sexual assault and that questions about why Ford never came forward at the time were not reasonable.

“If you have never been the victim of a childhood sexual assault everybody needs to calm down and take a step back,” he said, choking up. “Stop asking why she didn’t say anything. I was a victim of a childhood sexual assault.”

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“The first time I told somebody was 17 years later,” he continued. “It was 37 years before I told everybody in the world in a book … for us it is
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Box Office: ‘First Man’ to Blast Off With $20 Million-Plus Debut

Box Office: ‘First Man’ to Blast Off With $20 Million-Plus Debut
Damien Chazelle’s space epic “First Man” should achieve a solid liftoff when it opens on Oct. 12.

Universal’s biographical drama — starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong — is eyeing a launch of north of $20 million, though stellar reviews leading up to its opening could propel it closer to $30 million. “First Man’s” production budget was around $70 million, but when tax incentives were taken out, the cost of the film was closer to $60 million.

Josh Singer, known for his work on the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight” and Oscar-nominated “The Post,” penned the script, which is based on James R. Hansen’s book, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.” It follows Armstrong’s life and the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. Claire Foy plays Armstrong’s first wife, while Jason Clarke portrays astronaut Ed White. The cast also includes Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds,
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Keira Knightley Gives ‘Collette’ an Exhilarating Kick

Keira Knightley Gives ‘Collette’ an Exhilarating Kick
Colette was a pioneer in women’s rights, an author who was nominated for the Nobel prize in literature six years before her death in 1954. But director Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice) — working from a script he wrote with his late husband Richard Glatzer and Rebecca Lenkiewicz — has rightly refused to fashion a stuffy biopic out of Colette’s life. This is the story of Colette’s empowerment, a theme that rings timely and true in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp. This is the firebrand Colette that Knightley plays with every fiber of her being.
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France Introduces Special Subsidy for Films With Women in Charge

Europe’s biggest film industry, France is introducing a new subsidy bonus for movies with women as directors and in other key roles – one of a series of initiatives unveiled Thursday to promote gender equality.

Starting next year, movies with enough women in positions such as director, cinematographer and head of production will be eligible for a 15% bonus on top of the subsidy they receive from France’s National Film Board (Cnc). The measure was announced by French culture minister Francoise Nyssen and Cnc president Frédérique Bredin during a three-day conference co-hosted by the feminist organization 50/50 Pour 2020, a driving force behind the gender-parity pledges signed at festivals such as Cannes and Venice.

“Film mirrors society and is a vehicle to change it,” Bredin said. “It must be a pioneer [to promote] these issues of equality and diversity. It’s the role of cinema to spark an awareness and make mentalities evolve.”

She
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San Sebastian: Loco Films Boards Celia Rico’s ‘Journey to a Mother’s Room’(Exclusive)

San Sebastian — Paris-based sales agent Loco Films has acquired world sales rights outside Spain and France to “Journey to a Mother’s Room,” a flagship first feature from the Barcelona-based writer-director Celia Rico, part of a young generation of often women directors who are lending new energies and focus to Catalan cinema.

Alfa Pictures will distribute the film in Spain. “Journey to a Mother’s Room” will world premiere in competition at San Sebastian’s main sidebar, its New Directors section, a launchpad for other notable women talents such as, reaching back to just last year, Switzerland’s Lisa Brühlmann (“Blue My Mind”), Colombia’s Laura Mora (“Killing Jesús”) and France’s Marine Francen (“The Sower), its eventual winner.

Loco Films will introduce the film to buyers at the San Sebastian Festival, which starts Friday. After that, “Journey to a Mother’s Room” will segue to the BFI London Festival.
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s ‘Fast Color’ Picked Up by Lionsgate’s Codeblack

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s ‘Fast Color’ Picked Up by Lionsgate’s Codeblack
Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s “Fast Color,” directed by Julia Hart, has been acquired by Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films, the distributor announced Thursday.

La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz wrote and produced alongside Hart under their Original Headquarters label. Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon also produced and fully financed the film under their Ld Entertainment banner.

Fast Color” will hit theaters on March 29, 2019 and Codeblack will release in partnership with AMC Independent. The two companies previously partnered for the release of “Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain.”

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Fast Color” tells the story of a woman who is forced to go on a run when her superhuman powers are discovered. However, years later, the only place left to hide is her home. Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney, Christopher Denham and David Strathairn also star.
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See Lady Antebellum’s Mournful ‘Hurt’ on ‘Seth Meyers’

See Lady Antebellum’s Mournful ‘Hurt’ on ‘Seth Meyers’
Lady Antebellum made a return visit to Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday, performing the sorrowful “Hurt” from their 2017 album Heart Break.

Like the album’s title track, singer Hillary Scott takes the lead on “Hurt,” supported as usual by her bandmates Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood. She emphasizes vulnerability with her performance on Late Night, conveying the anguish of a woman who feels trapped under someone else’s powerful spell. “If you pull me close just to disappear / The chances are I’d wait for you a thousand years,
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‘Doctor Who': Here’s What Guests on Set Always Ask Jodie Whittaker to See

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‘Doctor Who': Here’s What Guests on Set Always Ask Jodie Whittaker to See
When guests visit the “Doctor Who” set, there’s one thing star Jodie Whittaker always gets asked about.

“Whenever we’ve had guest actors on, they always want to see” her sonic screwdriver, Whittaker told TheWrap in a recent interview. She added that guests usually gasp and ask, “please, can I hold the sonic?”

Whittaker added that while her sonic screwdriver might look very different from iterations in the past, it “still has all the powers and wonderful traits of the sonic. It hasn’t changed its function.”

Also Read: 'Doctor Who' Star Jodie Whittaker Tells Us Why the Doctor's Gender Is 'Irrelevant'

For those less versed in the “Who”-verse, the sonic screwdriver is a versatile piece of advanced Gallifreyan technology possessed by each iteration of the Doctor. And each Doctor has their own unique sonic screwdriver, meaning that the reveal of what the new tool will
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Sundance-Winning ‘The Guilty’ Picked by Denmark for Foreign-Language Oscar Race

Gustav Möller’s thriller “The Guilty” which won Sundance’s Audience Award in World Cinema, has been selected as Denmark’s official Oscar entry for best foreign language film.

Möller’s feature debut, “The Guilty” takes place over the course of a single night and centers on police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) who has just been demoted to desk work and answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman. The film follows Asger’s race against time to save the woman with the phone as his only tool.

On top of Sundance, “The Guilty” played at New Directors/New Films, as well as Seattle where it won Best Director and the Audience Award, and Rotterdam where it won the Audience Award. Magnolia Pictures will release the film on Oct.19 in New York and Los Angeles with a national rollout to follow.

Represented in international markets by TrustNordisk, “The Guilty
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