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Amazon in Talks to Revive ‘The Expanse’ for Season 4

Amazon in Talks to Revive ‘The Expanse’ for Season 4
The Expanse” could find new life on Amazon.

Variety has confirmed with sources that the streaming giant is in talks to pick up the sci-fi series for what would be its fourth season. The news comes after NBCUniversal-owned cable network Syfy announced they would not be picking up the show again once its third season concludes in June. The series is produced and fully financed by Alcon Television Group.

The story unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future, when two strangers become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,
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Michael Keaton’s Vulture to return in Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel

Michael Keaton’s Vulture to return in Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel
Following the news that Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play Mysterio in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Variety are reporting further developments from the world of the Sinister Six, with the story that Michael Keaton will reprise his role as The Vulture.

Last seen incarcerated during the end credits of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Adrian Toomes (Keaton) is confronted by another potential member of the Sinister Six, Mac Margan, aka The Scorpion, so this could mean that we’re getting the origin of Peter Parker’s nemesis posse.

Joining Tom Holland’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man in the sequel are the returning trio of Zendaya (The Greatest Showman), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny), and Jacob Batalon (Avengers: Infinity War).

The film, which Kevin Feige has confirmed will not be called Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, will take Peter Parker out of New York for a London adventure. Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers will once again take on writing duties,
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Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join Cast For ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’

Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join Cast For ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’
Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston are joining the cast of Lionsgate’s third installment of its hit franchise John Wick: Chapter 3. It was already announced that Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane as well as Lance Reddick are returning for the Chad Stahelski-directed film, which will go through Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label for a May 17, 2019 release.

The film introduces Berry as “Sofia,” Huston as “The Director” and Dillon as “The Adjudicator” of the High Table, Dacascos as an assassin named “Zero,” and Mantzoukas as the “Tick Tock Man.”

Berry sent out an Instagram today announcing the move to her fans:

Also aboard this time around are Asia Kate Dillon (Billions), Mark Dacascos (Lucky Day), and Jason Mantzoukas (The Long Dumb Road). Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman from The Raid film franchise join as formidable professional killers that Wick has to face off against; Martial arts star Tiger Hu Chen
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President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama Head to Netflix With New Production Deal

President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama Head to Netflix With New Production Deal
There was Shonda Rhimes. Then it was Ryan Murphy. Now? Barack Obama is heading to Netflix. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have signed a multi-year agreement with Netflix to produce films and series, Netflix announced in a press release. Yes, your new favorite show may be executive produced by Obamas. "One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience," President Obama said in a statement. "That's why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix—we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote...
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Jake Gyllenhaal Is in Talks to Play the Spider-Man Sequel's Big Villain, Mysterio

Jake Gyllenhaal Is in Talks to Play the Spider-Man Sequel's Big Villain, Mysterio
The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is still in the early stages of production, but it might have already landed one of the movie's most important roles: its villain. None other than Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly in talks to play Mysterio, a classic nemesis for the titular web-slinger from the comics.

Mysterio, the brainchild of Marvel legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, made his big debut in the comics in 1964. The supervillain's alter-ego is Quentin Beck, a stunt man with an extraordinary talent for special effects and illusions, which he uses to pull off major crimes. Those abilities, partnered with his skills as an amateur chemist, help him take on Spider-Man a number of times.

While Gyllenhaal's casting isn't official just yet, we can totally see the Stronger actor playing a bad guy. He'd be joined by Tom Holland, who will be reprising his role as Peter Parker, as well as Zendaya as MJ.
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TV and ‘Peppa Pig’ Boost eOne’s Results, but Film Revenue Slumps

Healthy increases in TV and family revenues and profit at independent studio eOne helped offset sharp reverses in its film business in the last financial year, which closed at the end of March, the company said Tuesday.

“It has been a strong year for the group, as we combined our film and television operations into the film, television and digital division for FY19, completed the acquisition of the remaining stake in The Mark Gordon Co. and continued the reshaping of our film business,” eOne CEO Darren Throop said.

Overall revenues were 4% lower at £1.04 billion. Ebidta profit of £177.3 million was spurred
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TV and ‘Peppa Pig’ Boost eOne’s Results, but Film Revenue Slumps

Healthy increases in TV and family revenues and profit at independent studio eOne helped offset sharp reverses in its film business in the last financial year, which closed at the end of March, the company said Tuesday.

“It has been a strong year for the group, as we combined our film and television operations into the film, television and digital division for FY19, completed the acquisition of the remaining stake in The Mark Gordon Co. and continued the reshaping of our film business,” eOne CEO Darren Throop said.

Overall revenues were 4% lower at £1.04 billion. Ebidta profit of £177.3 million was spurred by the strong performance of the TV and family divisions.

In the family content business, “Peppa Pig” continues to be a powerhouse, and another animated series, “Pj Masks,” is gaining traction. There are eight new projects in the works, eOne said, reporting family revenue of £138.6 million, a 56% increase year-on-year, and Ebidta profit of £82.3 million,
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Netflix Signs First-Look Deal With Producer Kim Magnusson for Nordic Movies (Exclusive)

Netflix has signed an exclusive multi-year first-look deal with leading Danish producer Kim Magnusson to produce original feature films from the Nordic region. The projects, which will be produced, predominantly, in their local languages, will be released globally on the streaming platform. Magnusson will work with both established filmmakers and new talent.

Magnusson has produced or executive produced more than 125 movies and TV series, including Zoe Saldana’s “I Kill Giants,” Mads Mikkelsen’s “Men and Chicken,” J.K. Simmons’ “Worlds Apart,” “Headhunter,” “Terkel in Trouble,” Pilou Asbæk’s “R” and Nicolas Winding Refn’s three “Pusher” films. He has been Oscar-nominated in the live-action short film category six times, winning with “Election Night” and “Helium.” He received an Emmy for the film “Island on Bird Street.”

In a statement, Ian Bricke, Netflix’s director of content acquisition, said Magnusson had “incredibly strong relationships with talent in Scandinavia, and a proven
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Chris The Swiss’

The past can be a prickly thing. One of the strengths of Anja Kofmel’s part-animated documentary investigation into the death of her cousin Chris in Croatia in 1992 is that it does not attempt to sand the troubled history it explores down to smoothness. Instead, Kofmel, who was a child when 27-year-old journalist Christian Würtenberg was found strangled in a Balkan field wearing the uniform of a mercenary unit embroiled in the Yugoslav War, uses a variety of approaches — talking heads, newsreel footage, excerpts from Chris’ diaries and her own hand-drawn animation — to embody those contradictions without claiming to understand them. It’s a multicolored wreath of roses to lay against her cousin’s legacy, thorns and all.

Chris was a good-looking, Bradley Cooper-esque young man with a thrill-seeking nature that Michael, still clearly furious with his brother after many years of grief and therapy, prefers to describe as “reckless” and “irresponsible.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The State Against Mandela and the Others’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The State Against Mandela and the Others’
The last three words in the title of “The State Against Mandela and the Others” make an apparent afterthought of the nine men tried alongside Nelson Mandela for crimes against the apartheid state in the landmark Rivonia Trial of 1963-64. Even in the opening credits, they appear after a lag, as if to say, “Oh, and those guys too.” Directors Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte are quite aware that they’re reflecting general public awareness with this tongue-in-cheek sidelining, for their absorbing, surprisingly inventive documentary account of the trial makes these “others” its heroic stars. Weaving the reflections of those still alive into an artful fusion of recently excavated archive audio and atmospheric interpretive animation, the film brings emotive, enlightening perspective to a case that may be most famous for putting Mandela in prison for 27 years, but ruptured many other lives besides.

That said, ongoing international fascination with Mandela’s
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Film News Roundup: ‘The Flash’ Star Tom Cavanagh Joins Family Drama ‘Be the Light’

Film News Roundup: ‘The Flash’ Star Tom Cavanagh Joins Family Drama ‘Be the Light’
In today’s film news roundup, Tom Cavanagh books a role as a pastor, Warner Bros. is developing a prison movie, and Molly Shannon is selected for a film festival honor.

Castings

Tom Cavanagh (“The Flash”) has joined the cast of the family film “Be the Light,” portraying a pastor, Variety has learned exclusively.

Cara Santana, Dawnn Lewis, and Michael DeLorenzo lead the supporting cast. Malcolm Goodwin is starring and directing the movie, with a script from Victor Hawks.

“Be the Light,” currently shooting in Los Angeles, is produced by Hawks and Goodwin for Vision Vehicle Productions, Vanessa Goodwin, and Suwannee Wilhelm.

Santana portrays a woman who has been estranged from her father (DeLorenzo) when she discovers that he is dying from cancer. She returns home to repair their relationship and reconnects with a friend (Goodwin), who is a former gangster trying to turn the page and do some good for his community.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Dear Son’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Dear Son’
We do not live in subtle times, and of all nuance-annihilating topics, few are as dramatically divisive as jihadism. Which makes Mohammed Ben Attia’s delicate portrait of devastation, “Dear Son,” remarkable for the quietness of its approach, its rich, calm, generous characterizations, and the compassion it evokes for extremism’s more indirect victims. After his award-winning 2016 debut “Hedi,” which was, like “Dear Son,” co-produced by the Dardenne brothers, Ben Attia has confirmed himself as an unassuming auteur of ordinary life in Tunisia, in which global, block-capital concerns are writ in intimate, personal cursive.

The film is both anchored and elevated by a performance of simple, radiant decency from Mohamed Dhrif, an actor whose few credits mostly date back to the 1980s. He plays Riadh, a Tunisian dock worker married to Nazli who is the pragmatic foil to Riadh’s slightly impractical optimism. Their son, Sami (Zakaria Ben Ayed) is
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Film Review: ‘The Misandrists’

Film Review: ‘The Misandrists’
There’s an odd sense of deja vu to Bruce Labruce’s latest provocation, recalling not just some of his own prior joints (notably 2004’s “The Raspberry Reich”) but tongue-in-cheek fantasies of much earlier films featuring the overthrow of patriarchy — the nearly half-century-old likes of John Waters’ “Desperate Living” and the Warhol-Morrissey “Women in Revolt,” in particular. The absurdist tale of “The Misandrists,” about a lesbian separatist army cell threatened by the arrival of a lone male strains “The Beguiled” through a funnel of camp comedy, variably explicit sex and Godardian radical-politic sloganeering.

Like every Labruce film before it, this German-produced, English-language enterprise doesn’t boast a plot so much as a concept, one whose steam runs out well before the (laboriously prolonged) end titles. Still, that happens later than usual this time, and “The Misandrists” further benefits from technical and design contributions more polished than are its auteur’s wont.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘One Day’

Cannes Film Review: ‘One Day’
Modest drama “One Day” shows 36 hours in a disintegrating marriage from the point of view of the wife — a middle-class mother of three — who is already maximally stressed by the petty problems of her daily routine. It’s a confidently and naturalistically helmed feature debut by Zsófia Szilágyi (a former student of and assistant to Academy Award nominee Ildiko Enyedi) delivered in a precisely detailed, unhurried, hyper-real way. The film nabbed the Fipresci award from the international film critics for best first or second feature at the Cannes Film Festival. The prize should raise the profile of this intense, intimate work among festival programmers and European buyers, and marks the director as a talent to watch.

The central character, thirtysomething Anna (Zsófia Szamosi) is always forced into short-term problem-solving mode, and is so constantly on the go that she never has time to think about the big picture, let alone
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Lucia’s Grace’

In the Italian provinces, the Virgin Mary appears to a directionless woman who tries to reject her commands in Gianni Zanasi’s unremarkable “Lucia’s Grace.” Perhaps it’s cynical to suggest, but the film’s Europa Cinema Label prize in Directors’ Fortnight says more about the movie’s expected chances at the box office, where its sunny and unchallenging cuteness will translate to robust sales, rather than any intrinsic cinematic merits. Lazily constructed and stocked with familiar caricatures, “Lucia’s Grace” can generously be called a pleasant comic bauble whose extremely mild ecological message will make multiplex audiences feel good without inspiring them to action.

It’s not easy for single mom Lucia (Alba Rohrwacher) to find regular employment as a surveyor, maybe because she’s a little too nervy and a little too honest. Brash local businessman Paolo (Giuseppe Battiston) hires her and assistant Fabio (Daniele De Angelis
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‘American Idol’ Finale: ABC Reboot Names First Winner

(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read on if you haven’t watched Monday’s finale of “American Idol”)

Maddie Poppe was crowned winner of the 16th season of “American Idol” on Monday night, becoming the first winner of the singing competition at its new home on ABC.

Heading into the finale, it was down to the top three contestants, Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Poppe.

The 19-year-old from Iowa sang Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” for her last performance on Sunday night, which earned heavy praise from judge Katy Perry.

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The episode padded out its two-hour run time with a number of musical performances, including by judges Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan — accompanied by a number of this season’s finalists — as well as guests Bebe Rexha, Darius Rucker, Gary Clark Jr., Nick Jonas, Patti Labelle and Yolanda Adams.
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And the ‘American Idol’ Winner Is…

The results are in on the rebooted “American Idol” and the winning contestant is… Maddie Poppe.

From the moment 20-year old Iowa native Poppe auditioned with “The Rainbow Connection,” she was a clear frontrunner. And week after week, viewers saw her blossom into an artist. As Perry often complimented, Poppe has impeccable musical taste and a whole lot of talent. Among Poppe’s winning performances was her rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” and “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys.

Poppe’s prize includes a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Speaking to Variety last week, Disney Music Group
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Here Are the 4 Broadcast TV Shows We’re Still Awaiting Decisions On

Updated May 21 at 7:57 p.m. with “La to Vegas” canceled by Fox.

Is “Ghosted” coming back?

That’s a question on viewers’ minds as upfronts week comes to a close, with Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and The CW all having announced their fall programming schedules as of Thursday. ‘Cause some of those slates have holes in them, meaning the statuses of almost half a dozen shows on broadcast television are still up in the air.

Look, we can accept the fact that not every series will be saved like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — not every show should be. But come on, networks — minus ABC and The CW, who have already killed or renewed everything they’re going to — fans need to hear one way or another whether their favorite programs will be returning this fall, especially for ones that have a crazy-devoted fanbase.

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Fall TV 2018: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)

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Updated May 21 at 7:53 p.m. with “La to Vegas” canceled by Fox.

It’s that time of year again! As the broadcast networks prepare for their annual upfront presentations to advertisers, they’ve begun to winnow down which current shows will return next season and which will come to an end.

Below is every scripted (and a few unscripted) show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far, along with those still awaiting their fates. We’ve also included descriptions of the new shows that have been picked up so far.

Check back throughout the coming weeks for updates.

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NBC

Renewed Series: “A.P. Bio,” “Superstore,” “The Good Place,” “Good Girls,” “Will & Grace,” “This Is Us,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Law & Order: Svu,” “Blindspot,” “The Blacklist

Canceled/Ending
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‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’ Crowns Its First Champion

‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’ Crowns Its First Champion
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Monday’s finale of “Dancing With the Stars: Athletes”)

The inaugural season of “Dancing With the Stars: Athletes” named its first winner on Monday night following a nail-biting finale.

The final three sports stars left standing on the shortened series were Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding and Josh Norman — with American figure skater Rippon taking the coveted Mirrorball.

The 28-year-old Olympian can now add that to the bronze medal he won at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in January.

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The full cast of the sports-themed reality show, which was hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, included Johnny Damon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jennie Finch, Jamie Anderson, Luger Chris Mazdzer, Mirai Nagasu and Arike Ogunbowale.

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