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Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Netflix Announces Follow Up Series; Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis Return

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Netflix Announces Follow Up Series; Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis Return
Netflix is heading to San Francisco. Today, the streaming service announced they've ordered a follow-up series to Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. Based on the novels of Maupin, the original 1993 miniseries followed a group of people living in San Francisco during the 1970s and '80s. The cast included Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Barbara Garrick, Thomas Gibson, and Billy Campbell. The series spawned two sequels, More Tales of the City (1998) and Further Tales of the City (2001).
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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]

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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]
While at CinemaCon, we had the chance to sit down and talk to director Antoine Fuqua for his upcoming sequel, The Equalizer 2 and posed the question about tackling the comic book genre after making waves in the action and crime thriller genre. Fuqua said he was approached for Morbius: The Living Vampire at Sony as he's a Spider-Man villain primarily. Here's what he had to say:
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Will Smith’s Genie Unleashed in Early ‘Aladdin’ Footage

Will Smith’s Genie Unleashed in Early ‘Aladdin’ Footage
Will Smith’s take on a beloved Disney character came into focus on Tuesday, during the studio’s presentation to U.S. movie theater owners at CinemaCon.

Disney distribution executive Cathleen Taff showed exhibitors a behind-the-scenes package from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live adaptation of “Aladdin” — the first time anyone has seen Smith step into the role made famous by the voice work of Robin Williams.

“To state the obvious, no one could replicate the iconic performance of Robin Williams,” Taff said.
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Alden Ehrenreich Has a 3-Movie Deal as Han Solo

Alden Ehrenreich Has a 3-Movie Deal as Han Solo
It looks like we may be seeing more young Han Solo showing up in the future. Alden Ehrenreich is set to portray the legendary smuggler in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which arrives in theaters next month. While there are a lot of questions marks about that movie specifically and the future of the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is prepared to bring Ehrenreich back as Han Solo, as the actor has confirmed he has a three movie deal with the studio.

Alden Ehrenreich has some very big shoes to fill. Really, it's hard to imagine bigger shoes to fill than taking up the mantle of Harrison Ford's Han Solo, but that's what the 28-year-old actor has on his shoulders. In a recent interview leading up to the release of Solo, Ehrenreich was asked about his deal with Lucasfilm. He was clearly a bit unsure if he was supposed to
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'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon

'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon
Amazon Studios is taking advantage of the buzz around A Quiet Place star John Krasinski.

Months ahead of its series debut, the streamer and retail giant has handed out an early second season renewal for Krasinski-fronted series Jack Ryan.

Not set to premiere until Aug. 31, the eight-episode drama is based on Tom Clancy's popular CIA books. Krasinski stars as the titular character in the drama that follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

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Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red

Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red
According to a new rumor, Disney is developing a new live-action Snow White spinoff film called Rose Red and they are looking to cast Captain Marvel star Brie Larson in the lead role. It seems like another role that she would be perfect for.

The story is a revisionist take that transposes Rose Red into the Snow White tale, making her a key player in the later moments of the classic story. When Snow White takes a bite from the iconic poison apple and falls into her Sleeping Death, her estranged sister, Rose Red, must undertake a dangerous quest with Grumpy and the other dwarfs to find a way to break the curse and bring Snow White back to life.

This is definitely an interesting and fresh cinematic approach to taking on the classic fairytale. There's no director attached to the project yet, but apparently, the studio is currently on the hunt for one.
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return
Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman confirmed at CinemaCon that the upcoming sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be released in theaters on Christmas 2019. He also confirmed that Dwayne Johnson will return to reprise his role and Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan are also expected to return but that hasn't been confirmed.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was a huge success for Sony Pictures. It's made over $956 million dollars, and it recently became Sony's highest grossing domestic release of all time beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Audiences loved this movie and the studio betting that they will all return for a sequel. The upcoming film is already in development and is being written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. There's no director attached to the film yet, but Jake Kasdan directed the Welcome To The Jungle film. I imagine the studio will try to bring the director back on board if they can.
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50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony Crackle

50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony Crackle
Updated: “The Oath,” the L.A.-set crime drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, is returning for a second season on Sony Crackle, the streaming network announced along with other news from its upfront presentation.

According to Sony, “The Oath” season 1 — which premiered March 8 with the bingeable release of all 10 episodes — has been Crackle’s most-watched original series ever and currently has the highest viewer-retention rate. Sony didn’t release specific metrics, however.

The Oath” explores the secret underworld of gang crime rings — in which the members who make the cut take a pledge to do whatever it takes
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‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks

‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks
Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks and Aidy Bryant are teaming up with Hulu to adapt Lindy West’s memoir “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman” as a comedy series, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

The “SNL” star is set to lead the single-camera comedy, which is currently in development.

West’s — a comedian and blogger — book is about of a fat young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.

Also Read: Tina Fey to Host 'SNL' Season Finale

Creators West, Bryant and Ali Rushfield penned the script for the comedy, which will be produced by Andrew Singer for Michaels’ Broadway Video banner (but will be produced outside of the “SNL” boss’ home at Universal Television). Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will also executive produce via Brownstone Productions under their deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Banks first optioned the TV rights for “Shrill” back in December 2016.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

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Quentin Tarantino Teases New Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Will Be Another 'Pulp Fiction'

Quentin Tarantino Teases New Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Will Be Another 'Pulp Fiction'
Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio, taking the stage together tonight at Caesars Palace's Colosseum in Las Vegas, teased exhibitors about their controversial new movie set in the 1960s when the Manson murders rocked Hollywood.

Tatarantino promised that the film is "probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done," referring to his breakthrough 1994 film.

"Sony and myself will be coming to the theaters with the most exciting stars dynamic since Paul Newman and Robert Redford," he said of DiCaprio and co-star Brad Pitt," said Tarantino. "It's very hush hush and top secreat. But I can tell you that Once Upon a...
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Bruce Campbell Says He’s Retired as Ash, And Now We’re Sad

Bruce Campbell Says He’s Retired as Ash, And Now We’re Sad
Bruce Campbell is hanging up his chainsaw for good. According to the actor, he’s retiring from playing Ash vs Evil Dead‘s Ash Williams – a character he’s played on and off again for almost 40 years. When word broke recently that Starz was cancelling Ash vs Evil Dead, fans were understandably crestfallen, but still somewhat hopeful. In the past, […]

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Sam Rockwell Eyes Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ With Scarlett Johansson

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Sam Rockwell Eyes Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ With Scarlett Johansson
Following his Oscar-winning performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Sam Rockwell is in negotiations to reteam with Fox Searchlight and co-star with Scarlett Johansson in the World War II film “Jojo Rabbit,” sources confirm to Variety.

The project is Taika Waititi’s follow-up to “Thor: Ragnarok.” The story centers on Jojo, a young boy who longs to be part of the Hitler Youth and whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. He discovers a Jewish girl living in his attic and, after initially trying to find ways to get rid of her, begins to see her as human.

Johansson is playing Jojo’s mother, a woman who is secretly working for the resistance. Waititi is playing the imaginary Hitler.

Rockwell will play a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp.

Waititi penned the script and will produce alongside Carthew Neal and Chelsea Winstanley. Production is expected to start this spring.
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Academy Sets Key Dates for 91st Oscars

Academy Sets Key Dates for 91st Oscars
The Academy on Monday announced the key dates for the 91st Oscars, which will be broadcast by ABC on Feb. 24, 2019.

The Academy Awards, which were held on the first Sunday of March this year so as not to conflict with the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in February, will move back to the traditional late February spot on the calendar next year.

The Academy's awards season will officially kick off Nov. 18, when it holds its annual Governors Awards.

Nominations voting will begin Monday, Jan. 7, and close a week later on Monday, Jan. 14.

Nominations will be...
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Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bail in Sex Trafficking Case

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Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bail in Sex Trafficking Case
Bail for “Smallville” actress Allison Mack was set at $5 million in a Tuesday hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court as she was released to serve home detention.

Mack was indicated on April 19 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in New York federal court. She appeared before Magistrate Viktor V. Pohorelsky at the Brooklyn courthouse in New York’s Eastern District.

The expectation is that Mack is cutting a deal with prosecutors to provide information against NXIUM founder Keith Raniere, who was arrested last month in Mexico and remains in federal custody. A bail hearing for Raniere is set for next week.

Her mother, Melinda Mack, was in court and put up her home in Los Alamitos, Calif. as collateral for the bail, in addition to property and a bank account owned by Allison Mack. The actress accused of helping run a secretive sex cult appeared
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend
In case you haven’t heard, “Avengers: Infinity War” is heading towards an opening weekend that could end all opening weekends.

The Marvel superhero adventure is eyeing a debut weekend of $225 million to $245 million, with a possibility of even crossing the $250 million mark. If numbers reach the end of that range, “Infinity War” could have one of the biggest debuts of all time. The hefty launch should go a long way to justify its wildly expensive price tag of somewhere from $300 million to $400 million.

As of now, the biggest opening weekend of all time belongs to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which bowed with $248 million in 2015 and went on to make over $936.6 million domestically. Only five films in history have hit the $200 million mark in their debuts.

“Infinity War” picks up two years after the events of “Captain America: Civil War” with the Avengers teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy
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Film News Roundup: Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’

Film News Roundup: Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’
In today’s film news roundup, Denis O’Hare joins the cast of Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night,” Global Road and Participant make executive hires and the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival unveils its lineup.

Castings

30West and FilmNation Entertainment have cast Denis O’Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke for Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra.

The film also stars Kaling, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott and Paul Walter Hauser. 30West and FilmNation Entertainment are financing. Kaling wrote the script and is also producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, which are also handling international sales. 30West and CAA are handling Us rights.

Thompson plays a late-night talk show host at risk of losing her long-running show right, when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life. Principal photography has commenced in New York.
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Will Olympic softball player Jennie Finch strike out the competition on ‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’?

Will Olympic softball player Jennie Finch strike out the competition on ‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’?
Jennie Finch has been the face of women’s softball since leading the USA to a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She continued with the team at the 2008 Olympics, where she added a silver medal to her collection. Now Finch is the first softball player to appear on “Dancing with the Stars.” Will she hit a home run and take home the Mirror Ball Trophy? Let’s consider the pros and cons.

Pros:

Jennie has been a role model for young girls and has been outspoken about her Christian faith and her focus on her family after retiring from softball in 2010. So she should have no problem getting support from fans, since previous conservative or Christian contestants like Bristol Palin, Candace Cameron Bure and Sadie Robertson have done extremely well in their respective seasons on the show.

In addition, Finch is already rumored to be one of the contestants to beat this season.
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‘American Idol’: On the Scene for the Show’s Emotional First Live Elimination

‘American Idol’: On the Scene for the Show’s Emotional First Live Elimination
Monday night’s “American Idol” elimination round lowered the number of contestants left on the show to just 10, but raised the level of emotions to 100.

Mara Justine and Compton resident Marcio Donaldson were sent home, as were country singer Garrett Jacobs and Johnny Brenns, who made his first official stage appearance as a musician on the show. While none of the contestants were happy to leave, it’s safe to say there were no sore losers during this round.

Justine showed her poise and maturity when she said after the show, “I feel good. What a blessing it is to
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Oscars: Academy Makes Key Changes in Documentary, Music and VFX Categories

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced updates to the organization’s rules and campaign regulations for the 91st Oscars on Tuesday. The most drastic changes come in the categories of documentary feature, original score, and original song.

For documentaries, the organization will now grant eligibility to any film that wins a “qualifying award” at a competitive film festival, regardless of distribution platform. That further opens the doors for a streamer like Netflix, or even television companies like HBO, to forgo the previously held theatrical release requirement entirely. That is, provided they win a prize from an Academy-approved list of festivals, which will be made available in the spring. It also levels the playing field for international hopefuls.

A critic review requirement is still in place for documentary features, but the list of approved outlets has expanded in New York and Los Angeles. Reviews from television critics are still not acceptable,
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Benicio Del Toro Teases ‘Sicario’ Sequel, Talks ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Benicio Del Toro Teases ‘Sicario’ Sequel, Talks ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Sicario,” a dark and violent look at the drug war, doesn’t exactly scream franchise. It’s characters are morally compromised and its outlook on a conflict that’s devastated families on both sides of the U.S. and Mexican border adds up to a bleak and unflinching drama. There’s nary a caped crusader to be found in this morass.

Despite the obstacles, the 2015 drama is getting a follow-up with this summer’s “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.” Unlike the first film, which centers on Emily Blunt’s novice agent, the sequel focuses on Alejandro Gillick, the brutally efficient hit man who oversees off-the-book operations for the CIA. Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro returns to the role, along with Josh Brolin, who once again plays the government official Matt Graver. Blunt sits this one out.

“I felt the character could be explored further,” Del Toro told Variety during an interview at CinemaCon.
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