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‘Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk Joins Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Remake

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‘Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk Joins Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Remake
Exclusive: Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk is set for Sony PicturesLittle Women, the remake which is being written and directed by Greta Gerwig. The previously announced cast includes Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlon, James Norton, and Louis Garrel.

The pic will reunite Odenkirk and Streep, both of whom starred in the Oscar-nominated feature, The Post. Odenkirk’s recent credits include Girlfriend’s Day for Netflix, which he also wrote, The Disaster Artist, and Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2.

The film is based on the classic story by Louisa May Alcott. Amy Pascal is producing the project, along with Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord, while Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production via Sony’s label Columbia Pictures.

Odenkirk can currently be seen in Season 4 of AMC’s acclaimed drama, Better Call Saul. He is also
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Zoë Kravitz To Topline 'High Fidelity' Series Reboot For Disney OTT Service

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Zoë Kravitz To Topline 'High Fidelity' Series Reboot For Disney OTT Service
After lengthy negotiations, Zoë Kravitz ("Big Little Lies") has been tapped to star and executive produce "High Fidelity," the reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and the 2000 feature starring John Cusack with a female point of view, which had been in development at Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service.

With Kravitz on board, the project has received a formal 10-episode order. The "High Fidelity" reboot hails from writers Veronica West & Sarah Kucserka, the Midnight Radio producing team and ABC Signature Studios (Smilf), and the cable/streaming division of ABC Studios. Midnight Radio is comprised of Scott Rosenberg — who co-wrote the High Fidelity feature — Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

Kravitz will play the ultimate music fan, a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists, a female take on the character played in the movie by Cusack.
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"Harlots" Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

Hulu has renewed the period drama "Harlots" for a third season, Variety has confirmed.

The series takes place in 18th century London and follows the Wells family as they try to run a successful brothel despite strong competition from their rival, Lydia Quigley. The third season will consist of 8 episodes, just as the first two have.

The renewal comes despite the fact that series lead Samantha Morton, who plays madam Margaret Wells, has been cast as the villain Alpha in the upcoming season of "The Walking Dead." It is unknown in what capacity Morton will appear in the third season, but she is expected to return.
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'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78

'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78
Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz died of cancer on Sunday, his family said in a statement. He was 78.

In addition to helping bring the Skywalker stories to the big screen, Kurtz produced American Graffiti and The Dark Crystal. His career was aligned with that of George Lucas, but the two parted ways after The Empire Strikes Back.

Kurtz had championed Star Wars through multiple drafts and helped Lucas navigate 20th Century Fox’s lack of enthusiasm for a film they dismissed as a B-picture.
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"Game of Thrones" Filming Locations in Northern Ireland to Open as Tourist Attractions

Fans of Westeros will soon be able to step into the actual locations where "Game of Thrones" has been filmed, as HBO's popular fantasy series nears the end of its run.

HBO announced plans to convert several "Thrones" filming locations in Northern Ireland into tourist attractions. The premium programmer is considering including the standing sets for iconic locations from the show such as Winterfell, Castle Black, and King's Landing alongside a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios, which will showcase material from the series spanning all seasons and settings.

HBO is tentatively targeting 2019 to open the attractions,
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'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation

'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation
One of Boomerang's original stars will help bring the film to the small screen next year. Halle Berry has boarded BET's series adaptation of the 1992 movie as an executive producer, along with "The Chi" creator Lena Waithe, TVLine has learned.

The film starred Eddie Murphy as a womanizing, chauvinistic ad exec who realizes his new boss (Robin Givens) is basically a female version of himself. BET's adaptation — which received a 10-episode series order in April — will serve as a sequel of sorts, focusing on the son of Givens’ character and the daughter of Murphy's and Berry's characters as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

"This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story," Waithe said in a statement.
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"Maniac" Season 2 Unlikely, Says Showrunner

It appears that "Maniac" will be sticking true to its "limited series" name.

The term has become rather loose lately, as shows like "Big Little Lies" and "The Alienist" have wrapped up their one-season storylines, only for their respective networks to order a second season, thus retroactively turning them into ongoing series. So whenever a limited series comes along, it arrives with the caveat that anything could happen — for better or worse. Netflix's "Maniac," however, appears to be a genuine one-and-done.
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Optimus Prime Sends Your Favorite Transformer on a Mission in New 'Bumblebee' Trailer

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Optimus Prime Sends Your Favorite Transformer on a Mission in New 'Bumblebee' Trailer
Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Bumblebee, which shows Hailee Steinfeld forming a relationship with the lovable Transformer.

Bumblebee will take the series back in time to the 1980s, thus serving as a prequel to the main series as well as a spinoff. In the trailer, Steinfeld’s character Charlie Watson finds a Vw bug in a Californian junk yard, only to discover that the yellow car isn’t just a vehicle.

Turns out, Optimus Prime (or the ghost of the Transformer) sent Bumblebee on a mission to earth to protect the humans from war — and the Decepticons.
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David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction

David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction
If reports out of TIFF about Chris Pine's nude scene are correct, the Outlaw King himself is the perfect length, but the film overall? Just a bit too long. According to Deadline, director David Mackenzie trimmed 20 minutes off his Netflix historical epic after audiences at the festival responded poorly to the film's bloated runtime.

"I could feel what the audience was like in the theater. I’m sensitive to the way they felt," Mackenzie said, noting that the decision to head back into the editing room "was entirely my decision." The film—which follows the Scottish King
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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'

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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'
With filming for the upcoming Joker film underway on the streets of New York, paparazzi are posting loads of leaks from the set online. To counter it, director Todd Phillips released the first picture of Zazie Beetz’s character in the DC film, just days after unveiling how Joaquin Phoenix will look as the Clown Prince of Crime.

"We have paparazzi all over our set, at every turn. And it bums me out that they constantly put out their bad shots," bemoaned Phillips on Instagram. "So I figure, may as well put out some good ones."

The Deadpool 2 star will play Sophie Dumond, a single mother struggling to make ends meet in Gotham City. And by the looks of Beetz in Phillips’ picture, the struggle is clear, with Sophie gripping the collar of her mutely-colored sweater while sporting unkempt hair and a distant, downtrodden gaze.
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Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for "The Goldbergs"

Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for
For the first time in 15 years, veteran horror actor Robert Englund will don the sweater and claws of Freddy Krueger. Englund will reprise the role for a Halloween episode of ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs".

No, you're not dreaming. Old Freddy has come a long way since the extra crispy child-murderer first popped up in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. Englund reprised the role over seven more movies, finally hanging up the claws for good — or so he said — after 2003's monster-mashup Freddy vs. Jason.
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Mike D, Ad-Rock Set ‘Beastie Boys Book’ Tour

Mike D, Ad-Rock Set ‘Beastie Boys Book’ Tour
Beastie Boys‘ Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz will embark on a six-date book tour in support of their upcoming tome on the legendary hip-hop trio, Beastie Boys Book.

Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct with Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond will feature a special guest moderator at each stop along with feature readings, a Q&A and a live score provided by the group’s longtime DJ Mixmaster Mike.

The U.S. leg begins October 29th at New York’s Town Hall and concludes November 5th at San Francisco’s Nourse Theater,
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Zoe Kravitz to Star in ‘High Fidelity’ TV Series at Disney Streaming Service

Zoe Kravitz to Star in ‘High Fidelity’ TV Series at Disney Streaming Service
Zoe Kravitz has been cast in the lead role in the series adaptation of “High Fidelity” at Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Variety has learned.

The series, which has received a 10-episode order, is inspired by Nick Hornby’s novel and the Touchstone film of the same name. It reimagines the story from the female perspective. Kravitz, who will executive produce in addition to starring, will play the ultimate music fan–a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists.

Interestingly, Kravitz’ mother Lisa Bonet starred in the film version opposite John Cusack as musician Marie De Salle.
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Metric Plan 2019 Tour in Support of New LP ‘Art of Doubt’

After spending the latter half of 2018 opening for the reunited Smashing Pumpkins, Metric will return to the road in 2019 for a tour in support of their just-released new album Art of Doubt.

The 27-date trek, a co-headliner venture with Mexican rock band Zoé, opens February 11th in Cleveland, Ohio and spends six weeks circling the U.S. before concluding March 25th in Detroit, Michigan.

July Talk will serve as special guest on the tour, with tickets going on sale to the general public starting September 29th. One dollar from every
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Mark Knopfler Teases Stage, Studio Life in ‘Good on You Son’ Video

Mark Knopfler Teases Stage, Studio Life in ‘Good on You Son’ Video
Mark Knopfler offers a glimpse into his recording and touring lifestyle in the new video for “Good on You Son,” the lead track from the Dire Straits frontman’s first solo LP in three years, Down the Road Wherever.

The clip plays out like one massive fly-on-the-wall-styled montage. It opens with Knopfler riding on a motorcycle on a foggy morning before cutting to the musician recording studio overdubs – from a guitar solo to group hand claps – with his live band. The visual also shows Knopfler performing live at amphitheaters and theaters,
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Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee on Songwriting Process, Alabama Roots

Earlier this month, Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield joined Rolling Stone contributing editor Rob Sheffield for a live conversation as part of Rolling Stone‘s Rs Styled New York Fashion Week event.

During the wide-ranging half-hour conversation, Crutchfield shared an in-depth chronology and personal history of her various bands (Waxahatchee, Ps Eliot, The Ackleys, Bad Banana), and offered insights into her songwriting process.

“There’s pockets of ideas and there’s melodies and there’s lyrics and there are little pieces of the puzzles that are fragmented and scattered all over the place in my life,
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TV Review: ABC’s ‘Single Parents’

TV Review: ABC’s ‘Single Parents’
In superficial terms, not much unites the shaggy group at the center of “Single Parents.” Angie (Leighton Meester) is a stressed out paralegal; Douglas (Brad Garrett) is a surly country club Republican; Poppy (Kimrie Lewis) is a frank sommelier; Miggy (Jake Choi) is a 20-year-old probable DJ. But by the time Will (Taran Killam) and his daughter join their school district, they’ve formed a single parent supergroup forged by their shared bonds of frustration and exhaustion. With heavy disdain for the chipper couples surrounding them, they share babysitting duties and horror stories with each other to keep themselves sane
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Bob Greenblatt Says Goodbye to NBC: ‘It’s Time for Me to Turn to a New Challenge’

Departing NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said goodbye Monday to the network that he led for nearly eight years.

Shortly after NBC announced Monday that veteran executives Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks would take over as heads of NBC’s entertainment division, Greenblatt sent a memo to staff thanking colleagues. “I love this network and our parent company, but since NBC is back on track and has achieved such great success I think it’s time for me to turn to a new challenge,” Greenblatt wrote.

The news that Greenblatt had decided to leave NBC, first reported by Variety Friday,
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See Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Fallon’s Spontaneous ‘Islands in the Stream’ Duet

See Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Fallon’s Spontaneous ‘Islands in the Stream’ Duet
Even when things aren’t too pretty, Carrie Underwood is still pretty damn good — as in the new video where she and Jimmy Fallon run through a rather uneven, but altogether fun, rendition of “Islands in the Stream” during a recent taping of The Tonight Show.

Recorded in Central Park for an episode that aired earlier this month, the video shows the pair taking on Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ Grammy-winning duet — which turns 35 this year — with the help of the Roots. They don’t sound particularly well rehearsed (the
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Viacom Taps Megan Ring to Lead Production for Media Networks

Viacom has named Megan Ring its executive VP of production for Viacom Media Networks.

In this newly created role, Ring will oversee domestic production for scripted, unscripted, short-form and live events across Viacom’s brand portfolio, which include Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Cmt, TV Land, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network and Bet, and the studio production units launched by Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon, as well as for Viacom Digital Studios.

“Megan is a seasoned production executive with a proven record of ensuring Viacom shows are produced at the highest quality, on time and on budget,” said Viacom Media Networks’ COO Sarah Levy. “As our brands accelerate their push into new distribution platforms and models, having someone as whip-smart and savvy as Megan at the helm of production further ensures our company’s continued success.”

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Ring most recently served as senior VP,
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