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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Its Spock

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Its Spock
Ethan Peck is about to boldly go where Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto have gone before.

A veteran TV actor, Peck has been cast to play the iconic Starfleet officer Spock in season two of CBS All Access drama “Star Trek: Discovery.” Executive producer Alex Kurtzman confirmed at Comic-Con in July that Spock, one of the best-loved characters in the “Star Trek” franchise and in all of science fiction, would appear in season two of “Discovery.” Set to premiere in 2019, the new season, which takes place years before the original “Star Trek” television series, will feature an encounter between the USS Discovery and the USS Enterprise.

The child of a human mother and an alien father from the planet Vulcan, Spock serves aboard the Enterprise and is foster brother to Discovery’s second officer Michael Burnham.

Spock was created in the original “Star Trek” series by Nimoy, who also portrayed
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‘Castle Rock’ Renewed for Season 2, Hulu Boss Talks Expanding Stephen King Universe

‘Castle Rock’ Renewed for Season 2, Hulu Boss Talks Expanding Stephen King Universe
Hulu has renewed “Castle Rock” for a second season.

The anthology drama will return with a “wholly original” story in its second year, the streamer’s senior vice president and head of content Craig Erwich tells Variety.

“It was a deeply original idea from two of the world’s greatest storytellers, and it was centered around something that’s been beloved and familiar to many of Stephen King’s legion of fans, which is the town of Castle Rock. So expectations were high to begin with, but it exceeded them,” he says. “The reaction from the variety of audiences has
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'The Meg' Devours Competition, Debuting with a Monster $146.9M Globally

'The Meg' Devours Competition, Debuting with a Monster $146.9M Globally
It was a monstrous weekend thanks to Warner Bros.'s The Meg, which devoured everything in its path en route to a nearly $150 million global debut. As a result, the weekend box office was up 5.7% compared to last weekend and over 25% compared to last year, with the top twelve grossing over $132 million. It was also a strong weekend for Focus Features's release of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman and Screen Gems's Slender Man even over-performed against expectations, though a disappointing CinemaScore for the latter is likely to lead to short-lived theatrical run. As already said, the #1 film at the weekend box office was WB's 70-foot shark The Meg. The film brought in $45.4 million domestically, nearly double BoxOfficeMojo's weekend forecast. Heading into the weekend, the most optimistic expectations were around $30 million, which puts into perspective what a massive performance this is. The debut gives director Jon Turteltaub the largest opening of his career,
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Wait, Will Dan Stevens Be in the ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie After All?

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Wait, Will Dan Stevens Be in the ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie After All?
Dan Stevens has ignited speculation that he may return for the upcoming “Downton Abbey” movie despite his character having been killed off midway through the show’s run.

The “Legion” star posted a picture of himself with “Downton” stars Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech on Instagram on Sunday, asking his followers to vote on whether his character should have a mustache in the film.

Plot details for the movie, which was announced last month, are still unknown and Stevens’ involvement remains unclear. Focus Features, which is distributing the movie in the U.S. did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Stevens’ character, Matthew Crawley, was killed off in a car crash at the end of the show’s third season.

Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes penned the film’s script and will executive produce the movie alongside Gareth Neame,
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Netflix Sets ‘Prodigy’ As Second Comic Book Franchise From Mark Millar

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Netflix Sets ‘Prodigy’ As Second Comic Book Franchise From Mark Millar
Netflix and Millarworld have announced Prodigy, the second comic book franchise from Mark Millar since the comic book creator joined Netflix. Prodigy will be illustrated by Brazilian artist Rafael Albuquerque, with whom Millar previously worked on the popular comic book Huck. Prodigy will be available in comic book stores and online on December 5. Prodigy follows Millar’s The Magic Order, which hit stands on June 13, and became the biggest selling new comic-book franchise in nearly 20 years.

In Prodigy, the world’s smartest man isn’t content with running the world’s most successful business. His brilliant mind needs constant challenge and so he’s become the go-to guy for governments around the world when a problem arises they just can’t handle. A Nobel-Prize winning scientist, a genius composer, an Olympic-level athlete and an expert in the occult, Edison Crane is as addicted to the mysteries of
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Mark Hamill Joins History’s ‘Knightfall’ Season 2

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Mark Hamill Joins History’s ‘Knightfall’ Season 2
History has renewed the Knights Templar drama “Knightfall” for a second season, the network announced on Monday.

For the drama’s second outing, “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill will join the cast, and “The Flash” executive producer Aaron Helbing will take over showrunning duties.

Led by Tom Cullen, “Knightfall” tells the story of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics.

Also Read: That Time Mark Hamill Told Schwarzenegger to Lose the Accent

Hamill will play the role of Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for 10 years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.

Also joining the cast for Season 2 are “The Bastard Executioner” alum Tom Forbes as Prince Louis, the violent and unpredictable son of King Philip and heir to the throne,
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Slash Speaks! Inside the Guns N’ Roses Reunion and His New Album

Slash Speaks! Inside the Guns N’ Roses Reunion and His New Album
Sheep . . . sheep . . . Axl. You can see some amazing things out the window of this mansion-turned-hotel in rural England, where Slash is currently hanging out in a backward Thrasher cap and talking up his new album, Living the Dream, with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. But he and his other bandmates have traveled to this vast green estate because he’s playing the nearby Download Festival tomorrow with Guns N’ Roses — and he hasn’t, until this 90-minute interview, talked in depth about their fantastically successful reunion. He doesn’t want
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NBC, FX, CW Execs on Supporting TV’s Female Storytellers Post-#MeToo

As the #MeToo movement sweeps through Hollywood, there’s been plenty of talk about how people want to support women — that they absolutely value women’s voices and hope more can be heard to even out decades of inequality. Less clear than the requisite blanket outrage, however, is what Hollywood is actually doing to address the more entrenched practices within the system that have contributed to rampant, stubborn inequity — particularly behind the scenes, where so many crucial decisions get made.

In the TV industry, some of the most influential positions lie in producing, directing and showrunning. But according to a
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Watch Low Cut Connie Bring ‘Greasy Rock & Roll’ to ‘Seth Meyers’

Watch Low Cut Connie Bring ‘Greasy Rock & Roll’ to ‘Seth Meyers’
Philadelphia rock band Low Cut Connie gave a rollicking performance of their new song “All These Kids Are Way Too High” on Late Night With Seth Meyers. The group hyped their spot as “some greasy rock & roll” on Twitter. And singer Adam Weiner delivered on the promise bringing tons of energy and swagger to the meat-and-potatoes rocker.

“All These Kids Are Way Too High” comes off the band’s recent fifth album, Dirty Pictures (Part 2), which dropped in May. The track, like the album, expands the group’s gritty, party-fueled sound.
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WWE Hall of Famer Bubba Ray Dudley Groans Over The Revival’s ‘Raw’ Tribute to Jim Neidhart (Video)

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Bully Ray, formerly Bubba Ray Dudley of WWE, does not approve of The Revival’s “Raw” tribute to the late Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart on Monday.

The current WWE tag team, which is made up of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, borrowed The Hart Foundation’s Hart Attack finisher against Matt Hardy last night. Ray didn’t like the fact that they pulled it out mid-match, which can dilute the impact of a signature maneuver.

Below is the cool move re-done by The Revival as a means to honor Neidhart, who died earlier in the day. The Revival was in a Triple Threat match versus Hardy/Bray Wyatt and Raw Tag Team Champions the B-Team on Monday.

This one's for The Anvil.#Raw @ScottDawsonWWE @DashWilderWWE pic.twitter.com/GGolgGkUSg

— WWE (@WWE) August 14, 2018

Also Read: WWE Superstar Natalya on Dad Jim Neidhart's Death: 'He Meant the World to Us'

And
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Inside the Art of the Peak TV Overall Deal

Since sam esmail signed his first overall deal with Universal Cable Prods. in 2015, peak TV has kept peaking. That year, according to FX research, 422 adult original scripted series premiered across broadcast, cable and streaming. This year, more than 500 are anticipated. The number of original scripted series on streaming-only platforms could triple from what it was just three years ago.

With that increase in the volume of programming has come a scramble among studios to lock up top showrunning talent that can deliver quality series to help fill pipelines that are growing ever wider. Esmail likens the current moment in television
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Finds Its Spock

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Finds Its Spock
Star Trek: Discovery” has found its Spock, casting Ethan Peck in the iconic role.

The character will make his debut during the second season of the CBS All Access series, which will air in early 2019.

“Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman, who will take over as showrunner for the second season.

Also Read: 'Star Trek: Discovery' Trailer Teases Mr. Spock in Season 2 (Video)

The character was most famously played by the late Leonard Nimoy in the original “Star Trek” TV series and in the first slate of movies. Zachary Quinto took on the role — with cameos by Nimoy as an older version of Spock — in the reboot of franchise: “Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Star Trek Beyond.
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First Look at Trailer for Avi Nesher’s Toronto Entry ‘The Other Story’

First Look at Trailer for Avi Nesher’s Toronto Entry ‘The Other Story’
The trailer for Avi Nesher’s “The Other Story” has been released after it was announced Tuesday that the film will world premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the Toronto Film Festival.

The screenplay was co-written by Nesher and Noam Shpancer, the clinical psychologist and novelist. It is based on a true story. It centers on two rebellious young women, one fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism for the disciplined comforts of religion; the other desperate to escape her oppressive religious upbringing and embrace sexual and spiritual freedom.

“Both women must confront the tension between self-assertion and tribal affiliation as they negotiate dueling fundamental human desires: to be, and to belong,” Nesher said in a statement.

The film stars Tribeca Film Festival best actress award winner Joy Rieger, and European Academy best actor award winner Sasson Gabai.

Each of Nesher’s most recent four features – “The Secrets,” “The Matchmaker,
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Its Spock

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Its Spock
Ethan Peck is about to boldly go where Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto have gone before.

A veteran TV actor, Peck has been cast to play the iconic Starfleet officer Spock in season two of CBS All Access drama “Star Trek: Discovery.” Executive producer Alex Kurtzman confirmed at Comic-Con in July that Spock, one of the best-loved characters in the “Star Trek” franchise and in all of science fiction, would appear in season two of “Discovery.” Set to premiere in 2019, the new season, which takes place years before the original “Star Trek” television series, will feature an encounter between the
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Roger Stone Posts, Deletes Meme of Trump Team Wearing Swastika Space Force Logo

Roger Stone Posts, Deletes Meme of Trump Team Wearing Swastika Space Force Logo
Roger Stone on Monday posted an image that included an digitally produced image of himself, President Trump and various White House officials and Trump backers wearing Nazi swastikas on Space Force uniforms. The meme, which he subsequently deleted, also had a swastika emblazoned in its right-hand corner.

“I love this,” Stone said on his Instagram account of the meme, which had a caption reading “in space no one can hear you lie.”

“Proud to be in this crew — but the only lies being told are by liberal scumbags #maga #republican #infowars,” he added.

Stone did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

It appears that Roger Stone has deleted this photo of him and Trump as the "Space Force" wearing uniforms clearly emblazoned with swastikas. https://t.co/uracvyLxfB pic.twitter.com/dzWHoWOKro

Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 14, 2018

Also Read: Roger Stone Disses Barbara Bush as a 'Nasty Drunk'
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R. Kelly to Perform at Msg’s Hulu Theater in New York Next Month

R. Kelly to Perform at Msg’s Hulu Theater in New York Next Month
In one of the more low-profile major concert announcements in recent memory, R. Kelly is scheduled to perform at the Hulu Theatre at New York City’s Madison Square Garden next month. While the announcement of the concert, scheduled for Sept. 15, was posted on the venue’s website, ticketing platforms, and Kelly’s RCA Records artist page on Friday, few noticed until Spin published an article on it Monday.

The concert comes when Kelly’s reputation is arguably at its lowest point in years, as decades of sexual-misconduct accusations — most recently allegations that he is holding young women captive in
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Guess Whose Dad Is Coming Back to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Guess Whose Dad Is Coming Back to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Longtime no see, Thatcher Grey.

Jeff Perry — who has been busy playing “Scandal”s conniving Cyrus Beene for the seven-season run of the recently-wrapped Shonda Rhimes series — is heading back to another Shondaland drama this fall. Perry will reprise his role as Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) father on Season 15 of “Grey’s Anatomy,” an ABC spokesperson told TheWrap.

Perry hasn’t ventured to Seattle since his appearance during Season 7 of the Pompeo-led series. And for those who aren’t regularly binging old episodes of “Grey’s,” allow us fill you in on Thatcher.

Also Read: ABC Sets Fall Premiere Dates, 'The Conners' to Return Sans Roseanne in October

He had Meredith with her mother Ellis Grey, but wasn’t involved in her life as a child. He married Susan Grey (Mare Winningham) and fathered two more daughters, Lexie (Chyler Leigh) and Molly (Mandy Siegfried).

No plot details have
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How Big Boi’s ‘All Night’ Became 2018’s Most Improbable Hit

How Big Boi’s ‘All Night’ Became 2018’s Most Improbable Hit
On a recent Tuesday, comedian Seth Herzog loosened up the crowd before a taping of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “We’ll be whipped into such a crazy frenzy,” he promised, “that at the end of the show we’ll all end up nude.” This bold prediction did not come true. There was, though, a surprise of sorts during the show: The musical guest that evening was Big Boi, of OutKast fame, who was there to perform “All Night,” unexpectedly the biggest hit of his solo career at age
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‘The Romanoffs': Everyone’s a Romanoff in First Footage From Matthew Weiner’s Amazon Series (Video)

‘The Romanoffs': Everyone’s a Romanoff in First Footage From Matthew Weiner’s Amazon Series (Video)
Wait, you’re a Romanoff, too?!

The first footage from Matthew Weiner’s new Amazon series has been released and, yeah, the familial connections here are a little confusing. Basically, everyone is positive they are related to the Russian royals in some way, and, uh, is it possible they all are?

From the creator of “Mad Men,” “The Romanoffs” is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells and more.

Also Read: Matthew Weiner's 'The Romanoffs' Gets Amazon Debut Date; Teaser Reveals 20 Guest Stars (Video)

The streamer announced “The Romanoffs” would debut this fall during the Television Critics Association press tour last month. The news came as a bit of a shock,
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Watch Late Night Hosts Lampoon Trump, Omarosa’s Strange, Embarrassing Feud

Watch Late Night Hosts Lampoon Trump, Omarosa’s Strange, Embarrassing Feud
The late night circuit was, predictably, all about Omarosa Manigault Newman. After the former Trump staffer released secretly-taped conversations between her and Trump as well as Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her, the tapes – and the media circus around them – served as comedic fodder for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Late Night With Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Over the weekend, Manigault Newman appeared on Meet the Press to discuss her new book about the Trump administration called Unhinged: An Insider Account of the
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