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Craig Zadan, Producer of NBC's Live Musicals, Dead at 69

Craig Zadan, Producer of NBC's Live Musicals, Dead at 69
Craig Zadan — who, along with his producing partner Neil Meron, shepherded NBC’s recent string of live musicals — has died at the age of 69.

Zadan died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery, according to a statement from NBC’s entertainment president Robert Greenblatt, who called Zadan “my dear friend”:

It is with profound sadness that I am announcing the passing of my dear friend and colleague Craig Zadan, who died of complications following shoulder replacement surgery. On behalf of his life partner, Elwood Hopkins, and his producing partner, Neil Meron, we are stunned that the man behind so many incredible film,
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‘Veronica Mars’ Revival Series in the Works at Hulu

‘Veronica Mars’ Revival Series in the Works at Hulu
Veronica Mars” could be making its long-awaited TV return.

Sources tell Variety that a revival of the series is currently in the works at Hulu with original series star Kristen Bell poised to return as the titular detective and original series creator Rob Thomas serving as writer. Warner Bros. Television, which produced the original series, would be the studio. Sources caution, however, that the deal for the series is not yet final. It is also unknown if any other original series stars besides Bell would return or what the plot of the series would be.

Among the matters complicating the
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Barbara Harris, Actress in ‘Freaky Friday,’ ‘Family Plot,’ Dies at 83

Barbara Harris, Actress in ‘Freaky Friday,’ ‘Family Plot,’ Dies at 83
Actress Barbara Harris, known for roles in films like the original “Freaky Friday” and multiple stints on Broadway, died on Tuesday at age 83, the Chicago Sun Times reported. The actress was in Scottsdale, Ariz. when she died of lung cancer.

Harris launched her career when she co-founded the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago, Ill., later participating in the now world-renowned group’s first ever show. But her Second City performances were just the beginning of Harris’ flourishing career on the stage.

In 1967, Harris scored a best actress Tony award for her chameleon performances as Eve, Passionella, and Princess Barbara in “The Apple Tree.” She was also nominated for two other Tony awards, including a best featured actress nod for her Broadway debut in “From the Second City” and another best actress nod for her work as Daisy Gamble in 1965’s “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.”

Onscreen,
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Danny Boyle Exits As Bond 25 Director Amid Creative Differences

Danny Boyle Exits As Bond 25 Director Amid Creative Differences
Danny Boyle, who had been set as director of the next installment of the James Bond franchise, is leaving the production, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said today on Twitter.

The franchise’s official social media handle said that Wilson, Broccoli and star Daniel Craig made the annoucnement

Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25. pic.twitter.com/0Thl116eAd

— James Bond (@007) August 21, 2018

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Peter Jackson’s World War I Documentary Lands a Title and a Premiere Date

Peter Jackson’s World War I Documentary Lands a Title and a Premiere Date
Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson now has a title for his upcoming World War I documentary: They Shall Not Grow Old. In his announcement trailer for the film back in January, Jackson revealed the project, a documentary of the lives of soldiers fighting in World War I brought to life using archival historical footage restored to near high-definition standards, complete with hand-colorized updates. We also learned that the WingNut Films production, complimented with archival material provided by the BBC and London’s Imperial War Museum, would be making its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival followed by …
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Toronto Film Festival Adds Natalie Portman Drama ‘Vox Lux’

Toronto Film Festival Adds Natalie Portman Drama ‘Vox Lux’
The Toronto International Film Festival has added Brady Corbet’s drama “Vox Lux,” starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law, and Neil Jordan’s “Greta,” with Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert.

The festival also announced Tuesday a total of 46 titles in its Discovery program, which is devoted to up-and-coming filmmakers. The festival will screen 255 features and 88 shorts with 138 being world premieres, including “Greta.” The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival will begin on Sept. 6.

Vox Lux” and “Greta” have been added to the Special Presentations program. “Vox Lux,” which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival, is a musical drama about a woman who achieves success after a tragic childhood. The film also stars Jennifer Ehle, Stacy Martin and Raffey Cassidy. “Greta” stars Moretz as a young woman in New York who befriends a widow, played by Huppert, who has sinister intentions.

The Discovery program includes Belgian director Lukas Dhont’s ‘Girl,
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David Harbour Teases ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Challenge ‘More Terrifying Than Any Demogorgon’

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David Harbour Teases ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Challenge ‘More Terrifying Than Any Demogorgon’
This story about David Harbour first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

The borderline between emotion and action has been a tricky one for David Harbour, who just received his second Emmy nomination for the role of Hawkins, Indiana, sheriff Jim Hopper in “Stranger Things.”

“I’m always fascinated emotionally in the moment that someone pulls a gun, even a cop,” Harbour said of his central role in the Duffer brothers’ Netflix drama. “That action — I don’t know that I, personally, as a human being could do it. So in the action sequences, the psychology really interests me.

“And in the more emotional sequences, the behavior really interests me. Which is more of the action, I guess. It’s kind of a paradox in that way.”

Also Read: Millie Bobby Brown Speaks Out About Bullying After She Was Subject of Homophobic Memes
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MTV VMAs 2018: The Complete Winners List, From Camila Cabello to Cardi B

MTV VMAs 2018: The Complete Winners List, From Camila Cabello to Cardi B
It was a strong night for Camila Cabello at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, who took home “moon persons” for both Video of the Year and Artist of the Year.

The awards were spread out fairly evenly among the artists, with Childish Gambino taking home three, while Cabello, The Carters and Cardi B all won a pair of awards each.

Nicki Minaj won Best Rap video for her single, “Chun Li,” while Ariana Grande took home the award for Best Pop video for “No Tears Left to Cry.” Post Malone won Song of the Year for “rockstar” with 21 Savage. A pair of awards were also handed out during the pre-show, one to Cardi B for Song of Summer for her single, “I Like It” with Bad Bunny & J Balvin, and one to Hayley Kiyoko for Push Artist of the Year. As previously announced, Jennifer Lopez received the Michael Jackson
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Sony Taps Kornél Mundruczó to Direct ‘Inherit the Earth’ (Exclusive)

Sony Taps Kornél Mundruczó to Direct ‘Inherit the Earth’ (Exclusive)
Kornél Mundruczó has been tapped to direct “Inherit the Earth,” Variety has learned. The science-fiction film has been in development for several years at Sony Pictures in different iterations.

At one point, “Ouija: Origin of Evil” director Mike Flanagan had been attached to write and direct the film. “Inherit the Earth” was initially picked up as a spec script by the studio in 2011. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes was heavily involved in the project.

At the time, the film was described as centering on Earth’s last survivor, a young girl, and the group of robots who protect her from a pack of highly evolved zombies. It was inspired by a graphic novel. The project is described by insiders as being in very early stages, so it is unlikely to get a greenlight any time soon. It’s also unclear if the plot outlines will change dramatically. The initial deal
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Tiffany Haddish Sets Netflix Stand-Up Special

Tiffany Haddish Sets Netflix Stand-Up Special
Netflix continues to pad its stand-up comedy roster with a Tiffany Haddish special. The hourlong show will tape early next year and bow worldwide later in 2019.

She is just the latest big-name comic to get a Netflix special as the streamer continues to roll out performances by the likes of Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock and Kevin James along with the special Def Comedy Jam 25.

Tiffany Haddish is a force,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP Original Documentary and Comedy at Netflix. “Hilariously funny, brash and self-effacing, she’s an incredible artist who is winning over audiences while breaking barriers, and we are tremendously proud that she will showcase her formidable talent on Netflix.”

The streaming service locked up Haddish’s voice talents in February, announcing that she will star in the toon series Tuca & Bertie. Ali Wong, whose own Netflix stand-up special bowed in May, co-stars in the series.
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Natalie Portman set to direct, star in Dear Abby-Ann Landers drama

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Natalie Portman set to direct, star in Dear Abby-Ann Landers drama
It's been announced that Black Swan and Annihilation star Natalie Portman will direct and star in an upcoming drama centered around Esther and Pauline Friedman, the twin sisters responsible for writing the long-standing Ann Landers and Dear Abby advise columns. It's being said that, for the pic, Portman will portray both siblings, who for years engaged in a rather vitriolic professional... Read More...
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‘Mrs. Fletcher’: HBO Picks Up Comedy Pilot Starring Kathryn Hahn To Series

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‘Mrs. Fletcher’: HBO Picks Up Comedy Pilot Starring Kathryn Hahn To Series
HBO has given a series order to its comedy pilot Mrs. Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn and directed and executive produced by Nicole Holofcener.

Mrs. Fletcher, based on The Leftovers author Tom Perrotta’s bestselling novel, marks the third consecutive HBO pilot to get a series pickup in the past month, joining dramas Euphoria, starring Zendaya, and Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen.

Perrotta, who co-created with Lindelof the HBO series The Leftovers inspired by his book, wrote the Mrs. Fletcher adaptation and executive produces.

Jackson White plays the co-lead opposite Hahn; Casey Wilson, Owen Teague and Jen Richards co-star.

Mrs. Fletcher is a dual coming-of-age story, exploring the impact of Internet porn and social media on the lives of an empty-nest mother (Hahn) and her college freshman son (White).
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Scooter Braun to Develop Korean Pop Movie With Fox

Scooter Braun to Develop Korean Pop Movie With Fox
Fox 2000 Pictures has acquired film rights to an untitled feature film set in the world of Korean pop, or K-pop, with Scooter Braun’s SB Projects and Epic Magazine attached.

Elyse Hollander is attached to write the screenplay about an Asian American college student from the U.S. who becomes a top competitor on South Korea’s toughest k-pop competition show. Hollander’s screenplay for the Madonna biopic “Blonde Ambition” topped 2016’s Black List.

The k-pop project was announced Tuesday on the heels of an impressive opening weekend for Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians,” which underlined the appeal of Asian American stories.

“We’ve found great partners in Epic and Fox 2000 to showcase the world of k-pop,” Braun said. “We are excited to tap into Elyse’s talent to pull back the curtain on the genre at a time when it’s on the rise globally and give fans
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Filmmaker Jeff Nichols & Star Michael Shannon Team Up For New Short/Music Video ‘Long Way Back Home’

Filmmaker Jeff Nichols & Star Michael Shannon Team Up For New Short/Music Video ‘Long Way Back Home’
There’s never too much Michael Shannon in the world. No matter what project the actor signs up for, whether it’s as a stoner drug dealer in “The Night Before” or a crooked government official attempting to kill an unknown creature in “The Shape of Water,” the Academy Award-nominated actor is a welcome addition to just about every project he’s been in. And some of his best have been with filmmaker Jeff Nichols.

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‘Stranger Things’: Millie Bobby Brown Hopes for a Hopper and Joyce Romance in Season 3

‘Stranger Things’: Millie Bobby Brown Hopes for a Hopper and Joyce Romance in Season 3
It’s really beginning to sound like Jim Hopper and Joyce Byers could be headed for a romance during “Stranger Things'” upcoming third season.

Just last week, David Harbour told Variety that he would love to see his character couple up with Winona Ryder’s character. “From the very beginning, I thought that these are two tortured, messed up, beautiful people who are like puzzle pieces that can’t stand each other but actually need each other,” he explained.

And now, Millie Bobby Brown is letting fans know that she is totally “shipping Jopper.”

“I can’t say anything about this,
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Film News Roundup: Jeff Nichols Releases ‘Long Way Back Home’ Short, Starring Michael Shannon

Film News Roundup: Jeff Nichols Releases ‘Long Way Back Home’ Short, Starring Michael Shannon
In today’s film news roundup, Jeff Nichols makes his first music video with his brother’s band Lucero and the films “Brampton’s Own” and “Take Light” have gotten distribution.

Music Video

Loving” writer-director Jeff Nichols has moved into the music video world with the release of his short film “Long Way Back Home,” starring Michael Shannon, Garrett Hedlund, Scoot McNairy and Paul Sparks.

The seven-minute film, released Tuesday, is based on the eponymous track from Memphis band Lucero’s new album “Among The Ghosts.” The members of Lucero — Nichols’ brother Ben Nichols, Brian Venable, Roy Berry and John C. Stubblefield — also appear in the film.

Sarah Green, who produced Jeff Nichols’ “Loving,” “Midnight Special” and “Mud,” and Erin Freeman produced the film, which was shot by longtime Nichols collaborator Adam Stone. The video was filmed in both the band’s hometown of Memphis, Tenn. and the Nichols brothers’ home state of Arkansas.
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Hear J Mascis’ Folky ‘See You at the Movies’ From New LP

Hear J Mascis’ Folky ‘See You at the Movies’ From New LP
J Mascis will release a new solo album, Elastic Days, on November 9th via Sub Pop. The Dinosaur Jr. guitarist previewed the record with its folky lead single, “See You at the Movies,” which pairs acoustic strumming and hazy piano with a fuzz-heavy guitar solo.

The songwriter will promote the LP with a fall North American tour. The 23-date jaunt launches November 7th in Vancouver, British Columbia and wraps December 15th in Portland, Maine. Indie-folk duo Luluc, Mascis’ label mates, will open several shows.

Elastic Days is Mascis’ third album
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Dustin Lynch to Become Newest Member of Grand Ole Opry

Dustin Lynch to Become Newest Member of Grand Ole Opry
Singer Dustin Lynch’s summer just got a lot better, with an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. Trace Adkins surprised the Tullahoma, Tennessee, native while he was performing on the Opry’s Tuesday night show.

Removing his hat, Lynch was clearly overwhelmed while Adkins spoke. “All the folks at the Grand Ole Opry are very selective,” said Adkins, a 15-year member. “We think that Dustin Lynch is going to carry on in that grand tradition.”

“I can’t even talk or I’ll start crying,” said Lynch, going on to address his team.
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Hollywood Mourns Producer Craig Zadan: ‘He Had Music and Dance in His Soul’

Hollywood Mourns Producer Craig Zadan: ‘He Had Music and Dance in His Soul’
Friends and colleagues of Craig Zadan remembered the prolific producer of musicals, TV shows and movies for his talent in shepherding ambitious productions, for his loyalty and support and for his love of the industry.

Zadan’s death at 69 following complications from shoulder replacement surgery shocked the industry when the news broke Tuesday evening. Zadan and his longtime producing partner Neil Meron were among the industry’s busiest teams, steering numerous projects at any given time including NBC’s next live musical event, “Hair,” slated for 2019. The pair also produced the Oscar telecast for ABC from 2013 to 2015.

NBC Entertainment Chairman
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J.J. Abrams Creates Indie Music Label Loud Robot

J.J. Abrams Creates Indie Music Label Loud Robot
J.J. Abrams will branch into the music industry with his newly announced independent label, Loud Robot, focusing on both established and emerging artists. The director’s production company, Bad Robot, will also use the label to place music in its own films, television shows and video games (the latter via the recently announced Bad Robot Games), The Hollywood Reporter notes.

Abrams recruited two industry veterans as co-general managers: McKee Floyd is the former head of marketing at Glassnote Entertainment Group, which includes prominent artists like Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, Phoenix
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