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Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Tracking for Heroic $140M-Plus Debut

Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' Tracking for Heroic $140M-Plus Debut
Disney and Pixar's The Incredibles 2 is tracking for a huge box-office debut of $140 million-plus in North America, according to early tracking.

The animated film opens in theaters on June 15, nearly 14 years after The Incredibles hit the big screen and turned into an instant classic.

Incredibles 2 is directed by Brad Bird, who also wrote and helmed the first film. Along with Bird, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson and John Ratzenberger reprise their roles. New additions to the voice cast include Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini.

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‘Code Black’ Canceled After Three Seasons at CBS

‘Code Black’ Canceled After Three Seasons at CBS
CBS has pulled the plug on medical drama “Code Black” after three seasons.

Series creator and showrunner Michael Seitzman first broke the news on Twitter.

“Dear #CodeBlack fans, the sad news came today that we were cancelled,” he wrote. “It’s been a true joy to make this show and watch your response every week. Thank you for all of your passion. Truly, our best episodes have yet to air. We hope you’ll watch and enjoy them. We made them for you.”

The series takes place in the fictional Angels Memorial Hospital, where the high number often outnumbered the
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‘Queer Eye’ Season 2 Gets Premiere Date at Netflix – and It’s Really Soon

‘Queer Eye’ Season 2 Gets Premiere Date at Netflix – and It’s Really Soon
The new Fab Five are coming back to Netflix really, really soon.

The streaming service announced Thursday that it has set a June 15 premiere date for “Queer Eye” Season 2, just two months after the reboot was renewed for a second installment.

The new “Queer Eye” hit Netflix earlier this year, introducing us to the new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion).

Here’s the official logline for the next batch of episodes: This season, the Queer Eye Fab Five return to the Georgia heartland, forging connections with communities from a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from self-love and faith, to immigration and how to make the perfect homemade poke bowls and more!

“These series
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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

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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

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‘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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J.K. Simmons Teases James Cromwell on ‘Counterpart,’ ‘Howards End’ Team Talks #MeToo at Fyc Event

J.K. Simmons Teases James Cromwell on ‘Counterpart,’ ‘Howards End’ Team Talks #MeToo at Fyc Event
If “Counterpart” fans were excited about the news of James Cromwell joining the cast of Starz’s sci-fi espionage drama, it’s nothing compared to how series lead J.K. Simmons felt when he heard the news.

“I was so excited. As they were talking about casting, I was hoping it would be [Cromwell],” Simmons told Variety on the red carpet at the Starz Fyc event on Wednesday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “I just finished shooting the first half of the season, basically all of my scenes with him. It was a great for a number of reasons because James is great,
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Ronan Farrow Answers Brother Moses Farrow’s Defense of Woody Allen: ‘Smear Campaign’

Ronan Farrow Answers Brother Moses Farrow’s Defense of Woody Allen: ‘Smear Campaign’
Ronan Farrow has said his brother Moses Farrow’s defense of Woody Allen is part of a “smear campaign.”

Moses Farrow wrote in a lengthy blog post Wednesday saying that Allen, his adopted father, has been “condemned for a crime he did not commit.” Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter with ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow, has said Allen sexually assaulted her in an attic at Mia Farrow’s Connecticut home on Aug. 4, 1992. Moses Farrow, whom Allen and Farrow also adopted, said he was at the house that day and that nothing happened.

Ronan Farrow took the side of his mother and sister in a Twitter post Thursday.

Also Read: Woody Allen's Son Moses Farrow Defends Dad: 'Condemned for a Crime He Did Not Commit'

“Not worth saying much to dignify the repeated campaign to discredit my sister, often by attacking our mother. This happens every time Dylan speaks, so this is
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Team on Novel Inspiration for Their ‘Enchanted Chiller’

When writer Beatrix Christian and director Larysa Kondracki first set out to adapt Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” there was a sense of “Is it necessary to tell this story again?” In fact, Kondracki says, “the press protested me and were constantly saying, ‘Why do this?'”

After all, the story about four schoolgirls who disappear during a picnic in the 1900s was legendary among the Australian audience, and it had already been turned into a story for the screen by Peter Weir (in 1975) — a project both women say was “perfect on its own.”

But after reading the book again,
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Morgan Freeman: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Him (Photos)

Morgan Freeman: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Him (Photos)
Morgan Freeman is quite possibly the most well known actor around and if you haven’t seen him you’ve definitely heard him.

In honor of his 80th birthday, here are eight facts about the Academy Award winning actor that you may not have known.

Military Service

Morgan Freeman joined the Air Force in 1955, right after graduating from high school. He worked as a radar technician until 1959.

He Was a Dancer

Freeman’s first paid show business job was a dancer in the 1964 World’s Fair.

He Owns a Club

The Academy Award winning actor co-owns a blues club and restaurant with his friend Bill Luckett. The bar is called Ground Zero and it’s in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

He performed on Broadway

Morgan Freeman made his Broadway debut in an all-black cast of “Hello, Dolly” in 1967 alongside Pearl Bailey.

He Worked as a Clerk Typist

When Freeman was still trying
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Morgan Freeman Fallout: Vancouver Public Transport Suspends Use of Actor’s Voice

Morgan Freeman Fallout: Vancouver Public Transport Suspends Use of Actor’s Voice
Morgan Freeman will no longer be the voice heard on Vancouver public transportation, the city’s transit authority said on Thursday.

As an immediate response to sexual harassment accusations against the actor that surfaced on Thursday, the city’s transit system, TransLink, said it has paused the use of Freeman’s voice for transit announcements.

“In light of information we’ve learned this morning of allegations regarding actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a Visa ad campaign on our transit system,” TransLink said in a statement. “We will be reaching out to Visa to discuss further.”

Also Read: 79 Hollywood and Media Heavyweights Accused of Sexual Misconduct Since Harvey Weinstein

Freeman was accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, including allegations of “unwanted touching” and harassment, in a report published Thursday by CNN.

The actor put out a statement apologizing to “anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected.
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‘Baskets’ Renewed by FX for Season 4

FX has renewed Zach Galifianakis’ “Baskets” for a fourth season.

“Baskets continues to deliver thanks to the dream creative team led by Jonathan Krisel and Zach Galifianakis, and we couldn’t be happier to order a fourth season to air next year,” said Eric Schrier FX co-president of original programming. “Each season brings us closer to the Baskets family and their pursuit of life, love and clowning glory. Our thanks to the producers and the cast for making Baskets such a joy to watch.”

“Baskets” is exec produced by Jonathan Krisel, Galifianakis, Marc Gurvitz, Andrea Pett-Joseph, and Anna Dokoza. The
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Cmt Orders ‘Bachelorette Weekend’ Reality Show From ‘Jersey Shore’ Producers

Cmt has unveiled its summer programming slate, which includes the new series “Bachelorette Weekend” from the producers of “Jersey Shore” and “Party Down South.”

The series, premiering Thursday, August 2, follows the employees of the Nashville-based party-planning company Bach Weekend as they work to create once-in-a-lifetime bachelor/bachelorette experiences for would-be brides and grooms celebrating their final fling before the ring.

“Bachelorette Weekend” is produced by SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions.

Also Read: Cmt Ups Morgan Selzer to Svp, Program Development

Cmt has also scheduled another season of the long-running “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” to premiere the same night, serving as the lead-in for “Bachelorette Weekend.”

As previously announced, the final run of episodes for the scripted music drama “Nashville” will premiere on June 7. Watch the trailer here.

See the full schedule:

June

“2018 Cmt Music Awards” Live from Nashville – premieres Wednesday, June 6 at 8pm Et/Pt

“Nashville” Final Episodes – premieres Thursday,
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Checco Varese Becomes Go-to Cinematographer for Launching TV Shows

Checco Varese Becomes Go-to Cinematographer for Launching TV Shows
Shooting TV pilots isn’t for everyone. They require extensive prep work and the ability to think on one’s feet. But those are the kinds of things at which Checco Varese has become expert.

After starting as a camera assistant for National Geographic Films in Peru and getting a couple of dozen NatGeo documentaries under his belt, he became a news cameraman for NBC, CNN and BBC. For 14 years he filmed in war-torn areas under sensitive circumstances — an occupation that required him to be a fixer as well as a gatherer of images. He would drop into a location
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