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Todd Haynes to Direct Du Pont Family Drama ‘Dry Run’ (Exclusive)

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Todd Haynes to Direct Du Pont Family Drama ‘Dry Run’ (Exclusive)
Director Todd Haynes will take on one of America’s more famous families in his next film.

The “Carol” helmer is set to direct Participant Media’s “Dry Run,” a movie loosely based on the Du Ponts.

Participant and Mark Ruffalo are producing the pic from a script by Matthew Carnahan. Sources say Ruffalo is also considering starring in the film, but negotiations have yet to begin.

The family at the center of the story is expected to be modeled after the Du Ponts, historically one of America’s richest clans. E.I. du Pont moved to America in 1799 during the French Revolution and made his fortune as a gunpowder manufacturer, later expanding into dynamite, paints, plastics, dyes, and other materials. Some of his employees went on to invent nylon, Kevlar, and Teflon, leading to the family’s large fortune, which still totals in the billions today and is shared by more then 3,500 family members.
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Kenan Thompson Single-Dad Comedy From Lorne Michaels & ‘Superstore’ EP Set At NBC With Big Commitment

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Kenan Thompson Single-Dad Comedy From Lorne Michaels & ‘Superstore’ EP Set At NBC With Big Commitment
Exclusive: As he is heading into his 16th season on NBC’s late-night staple Saturday Night Live, Kenan Thompson also is setting sights on primetime. In one of the biggest deals for a comedy project so far this season, NBC has given a production commitment to Saving Larry, a single-camera comedy starring Thompson. It hails from SNL creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels and his Broadway Video as well as Superstore executive producer Jackie Clarke.

Written by Clarke, Saving Larry centers on a dad (Thompson), who after his wife dies, has to be both mother and father to his kids. And he has to do it all with his father-in-law hovering over him.

Thompson, a married father of two, and Clarke executive produce with Michaels and Andrew Singer for Broadway Video. Universal Television, where Broadway Video has a deal, is the studio.

Thompson, who recently told Deadline that he says he
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Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Taps ‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao

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Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Taps ‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao
After earning critical acclaim for her Sundance darling “The Rider,” director Chloe Zhao looks ready to step up to the big leagues as the up and coming director has been set to direct “The Eternals” for Marvel.

Matthew and Ryan Firpo are on board to pen the script with Marvel president Kevin Feige producing.

Created by Jack Kirby, the story of “The Eternals” is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered individuals as well as more villainous off-shoots known as the Deviants.

The two groups went on to battle each other throughout history to see which would eventually become the ultimate race.

Marvel sees this as the perfect transition into its next phase along with “Captain Marvel,” which released its recent trailer to huge acclaim earlier this week.

As for Zhao, the rising star in the director
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‘Doctor Sleep’ Finds Its Snakebite Andi In ‘Revenge’ Actress Emily Alyn Lind

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‘Doctor Sleep’ Finds Its Snakebite Andi In ‘Revenge’ Actress Emily Alyn Lind
Exclusive: Code Black and Revenge actress Emily Alyn Lind has boarded Warner Bros.The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep as Snakebite Andi who is a member of the nomadic psychic groups the True Knot who feed off the ‘steam’ of those children gifted with ‘the Shining’. Rose the Hat, the True Knot’s leader, has her main target in sight which is Abra Stone.

In the Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep, Andi was the first member of the True Knot to be introduced. She was sexually abused by her father, leading her to develop a hatred of all men and subsequently become a lesbian without realizing it. She’s nicknamed Snakebite because of her snake tattoo. Andi has the ability to make people fall asleep through suggestion. She’s in a relationship with fellow True Knot member Silent Sarey.

Mike Flanagan directs Doctor Sleep and adapted King’s novel. Trevor Macy and Jon Berg are producing.
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Robert Redford Backtracks On Retirement Talk As He Calls The Announcement A “Mistake”

Robert Redford Backtracks On Retirement Talk As He Calls The Announcement A “Mistake”
Robert Redford has won just about every award and accolade that can be given to someone in the entertainment industry. He’s won Oscars, Golden Globes, and a BAFTA. He’s earned lifetime achievement awards from the Academy and the Screen Actors Guild. But it appears that Redford has another accolade he’d like to add to his storied career — shortest retirement in history.

Back in August, the actor-filmmaker said that he was going to retire from acting after his latest film “The Old Man & The Gun.” He had plenty of reasons for it and seemed adamant that now was the right time to walk away from being in front of the camera.

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'House With A Clock In Its Walls' Looks to Top Soft Weekend

'House With A Clock In Its Walls' Looks to Top Soft Weekend
This weekend is looking to be one of the worst of the year with a top twelve that would be hard pressed to deliver a combined $80 million. The weekend's new crop of releases will be led by Universal's The House with a Clock in Its Walls, which will easily take the weekend's top spot. Meanwhile, Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 should manage a top ten finish while Amazon Studios's Life Itself becomes the distributor's widest debut yet, though a lack of awareness and troubling reviews won't likely help the film's debut. Looking to top the weekend is Universal and Amblin Entertainment's The House with a Clock In Its Walls. Debuting in 3,592 locations, the adaptation of John Bellairs and Edward Gorey's children's story was directed by Eli Roth and studio expectations currently peg the film at a debut around $20 million with tracking coming in at $22 million.
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Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob

Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob
Chris Evans has a lot of defending to do in his next project — but not the kind that requires a star-spangled shield.

The Captain America star will topline Defending Jacob, a limited-run drama ordered straight to series at Apple’s streaming service.

Described as a “character-driven thriller,” Defending Jacob is based on the best-selling 2012 novel by William Landay, which follows lawyer Andy Barber (Evans) in the aftermath of his 14-year-old son, Jacob, being accused of murder. The allegations have a major impact on Andy’s family, and he must reevaluate what he thinks he knows about his child.

Evans also
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ESPN+, Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five Media Partner on New Original Series ‘The Boardroom’

Like most subscription-based streaming services on the market, ESPN is looking to original content to drive membership to its subscription video on demand (Svod) service.

To help with that effort, the network announced today that it is partnering on a new original series with Thirty Five Media, a digital media company co-founded by NBA superstar Kevin Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman. The six-part project, titled “The Boardroom,” will examine the ins and outs of sports business and “illuminate the world of sports far beyond what fans ordinarily see,” according to the two companies.

ESPN’s Jay Williams will host the series with Jordan Schultz serving as a correspondent. Durant and Kleiman, who serve as the show’s executive producers, will also be featured in the series. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Also Read: ESPN+ Passes 1 Million Paid Subscriber Mark in Less Than 6 Months

“This is a
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Creator Explains Why He Did an Episode That’s Just a Long Will Arnett Monologue

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Creator Explains Why He Did an Episode That’s Just a Long Will Arnett Monologue
(Warning: This contains spoilers from Season 5’s sixth episode of “BoJack Horseman”)

There aren’t too many shows like Netflix’s animated series “BoJack Horseman,” equal parts a hilarious send-up of Hollywood and a melancholic look at depression and substance abuse.

The series, from creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, has also become known for ambitious episode formats, such as an underwater-set episode during Season 3 that featured virtually zero dialogue. In the show’s fifth season, which debuted last Friday, the sixth episode is essentially one long monologue from Will Arnett’s anthropomorphic horse.

“For a few years we’ve had this idea of: What if it’s just BoJack talking for a half-hour? With nobody else talking,” Bob-Waksberg told TheWrap. “For awhile we couldn’t figure out what that would be or why he would do that.”

Also Read: Comedy Central Grabs 'BoJack Horseman' Reruns

The episode, after a cold
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‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek Shaves His Beard to Satisfy His Wife (Video)

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‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek Shaves His Beard to Satisfy His Wife (Video)
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has ditched his beard — which apparently is a great relief to his wife.

After debuting his beard earlier this month ahead of the Season 35 premiere of the series, game-show institution Trebek unveiled a whisker-free look on Thursday. And while fans were initially allowed to vote via social media on whether Trebek should keep the beard or ditch it, he suggested that in the end only one vote really mattered — that of his wife, Jean.

“Sorry to have to tell you, folks, but voting is now closed,” Trebek said in the video. “And we’ve determined that the winner is my wife Jean.”

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Trebek continued, “She voted for me to be clean-shaven and so, that’s it.”

Trebek’s whiskers weren’t removed all in one clean shave. Video posted to the “Jeopardy!” Instagram account earlier this week showed
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Trump Administration OKs Deal to Import Pot from Canada

In the midst of a trade war that’s ensnared our northern neighbor, the Trump administration has granted a Canadian company the ability to do something American marijuana growers are forbidden from doing: Provide marijuana for American researchers to test with the government’s approval. The move has domestic marijuana advocates and growers up in arms, but it’s also riled and perplexed a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill who either view the Trump administration’s move as hypocritical or unpatriotic — or both.

“It’s just ridiculous,” Rep.
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Hear Elle King Confront ‘Naturally Pretty Girls’ in Grungy New Song

Hear Elle King Confront ‘Naturally Pretty Girls’ in Grungy New Song
“Who cares about nice complexion and perfect hair?” Elle King wonders on her biting new track “Naturally Pretty Girls,” a fist-pumping takedown of those who get to glide through life a little too easily.

The third song to be released from King’s second LP Shake the Spirit, “Naturally Pretty Girls” — cowritten by King and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard — takes aim as much at the injustices of the social order as it does at the ostensible subject of the song. Jealousy certainly isn’t what she has in mind when she growls,
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‘Tea With the Dames’ Film Review: Enjoy an Entertaining Eavesdrop on Four Living Legends

‘Tea With the Dames’ Film Review: Enjoy an Entertaining Eavesdrop on Four Living Legends
A consistently hilarious 90-minute chat that could have gone on for twice as long without ever feeling like too much of a good thing, “Tea With the Dames,” from director Roger Michell (“Notting Hill”), is as cozy and satisfying as its title suggests.

Simply, it consists of Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Eileen Atkins gathering together at Plowright’s home and talking, and the verbal volleying, interruptions, sentence-finishing, and anecdotal confirmation of a 60-plus year friendship between the four only lags when the participants themselves look into the camera to tell the filmmakers that they’re tired.

Bracketed by theater-based vocal warm-up exercises, with all four women rapidly repeating chants such as “red lorry yellow lorry” (and a closing-credits attempt at a tongue twister that won’t be spoiled here), the conversation follows a loosely chronological trajectory — Atkins shares stories of her earliest years
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Cary Fukunaga Says He Wouldn’t Return to Direct ‘Maniac’ Season 2

Netflix’s “Maniac” just premiered Friday, but director Cary Fukunaga has already said he will not return if the limited series gets a second season.

The dark comedy, which stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, is about two lost souls who search for connection when they are patients in a pharmaceutical trial. It is Fukunaga’s first directorial project in nearly four years, but he said he prefers to explore new things rather than being boxed in.

“For me, I like to do one and move onto something else,” Fukunaga told Business Insider. “I’d be very happy if another season were to happen,
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‘Modern Family’ Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson Shares Season 10 Sneak Peek (Photo)

‘Modern Family’ Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson Shares Season 10 Sneak Peek (Photo)
Way to drag out out the anticipation for the upcoming season of “Modern Family,” Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Ferguson, who plays Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom, hit up Instagram to offer a look at what’s to come when the series returns for its 10th run on Sept. 26. And it’s quite the eye-opener.

Ferguson graced fans with photos of himself and his co-star, Eric Stonestreet from what we’re guessing is a Halloween episode from the upcoming season.

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The first hint is that there are “Happy Halloween” signs and decorative bats and hanging behind Ferguson and Stonestreet.

The second hint is, well, Ferguson is dressed as Prince Harry and Stonestreet is done up as Meghan Markle, which should leave fans royally psyched for the show’s return.

“Well…the paparazzi already spilled this on the internet so…
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Todd Haynes to Direct Du Pont Family Drama ‘Dry Run’ (Exclusive)

Todd Haynes to Direct Du Pont Family Drama ‘Dry Run’ (Exclusive)
Director Todd Haynes will take on one of America’s more famous families in his next film.

The “Carol” helmer is set to direct Participant Media’s “Dry Run,” a movie loosely based on the Du Ponts.

Participant and Mark Ruffalo are producing the pic from a rewrite by Mario Correa. Matthew Carnahan penned first draft. Sources say Ruffalo is also considering starring in the film, but negotiations have yet to begin.

The family at the center of the story is expected to be modeled after the Du Ponts, historically one of America’s richest clans. E.I. du Pont moved to America in 1799 during the French Revolution and made his fortune as a gunpowder manufacturer, later expanding into dynamite, paints, plastics, dyes, and other materials. Some of his employees went on to invent nylon, Kevlar, and Teflon, leading to the family’s large fortune, which still totals in the
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Kenan Thompson Sitcom Gets Pilot Production Commitment From NBC

Kenan Thompson Sitcom Gets Pilot Production Commitment From NBC
Kenan Thompson single-camera sitcom “Saving Larry” has received a pilot production commitment from NBC.

Here’s the logline:

After his wife dies, a dad (Thompson) has to be both mother and father to his kids. And he has to do it all with his father-in-law hovering over him.

Thompson is set to executive produce and star on the project. His “SNL” boss Lorne Michaels will also executive produce.

Jackie Clarke is the showrunner, Andrew Singer also earns an executive producing credit.

Also Read: Meet Ego Nwodim: Watch 'SNL's' Newest Castmember Go 'Full Beast Mode' as Maya Angelou (Video)

Could “Saving Larry” be the reason Thompson finally leaves “Saturday Night Live” after 16 seasons? Should it be picked up to series, the answer is yes, probably — especially if it gets a hefty episode order.

But it’s not totally unprecedented for a current “SNL” player to star on a sitcom. Aidy Bryant does “Shrill” for Hulu,
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Watch Billie Eilish Reveal Style, Musical Inspiration During Nyfw Interview

While Billie Eilish was in town for her first New York Fashion Week, the 16-year-old singer-songwriter sat down to discuss her writing process, style and forthcoming projects during this year’s Rolling Stone Styled conversation series at Manhattan venue Vnyl. She’ll be touring with Florence and the Machine this fall.

Eilish greeted the packed crowd of screaming fans with warmth as she dove into her history. She began the conversation by discussing her own history with style and fashion. As a kid, she would cut up her parents’ old
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Kenan Thompson to Star in Single Dad Comedy Series in the Works at NBC

Kenan Thompson to Star in Single Dad Comedy Series in the Works at NBC
Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson has signed on to star in a comedy series that has received a production commitment at NBC, Variety has confirmed.

The series, titled “Saving Larry,” is a single-camera comedy in which Thomson would star as a dad who has to be both mother and father to his kids after his wife dies. And he has to do it all with his father-in-law hovering over him.

Thompson would also executive produce the series in addition to starring. Jackie Clarke is the writer and also executive producer, with Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer also executive producing.
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Elle Fanning Tells Us Why She Admires Her Unlikable ‘Teen Spirit’ Character (Video)

Elle Fanning Tells Us Why She Admires Her Unlikable ‘Teen Spirit’ Character (Video)
Elle Fanning describes herself as someone who is always smiling, laughing and is generally happy. It’s the way audiences have come to know her in the media and in her films. But she was surprised to learn how much she related to her character in her latest film, “Teen Spirit,” despite playing a girl who isn’t any of those things.

In “Teen Spirit,” the directorial debut of “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Max Minghella, Fanning plays a Polish, aspiring teen pop star who is tested once she enters into a singing competition. The film features original songs from a variety of indie musicians and pop stars, including Robyn, Grimes, Katy Perry and more.

But for Fanning, the part tested her as well in how she related to a character she considers unlikable.

Also Read: 'Teen Spirit' Film Review: Elle Fanning Sings - Boy, Does She Sing
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