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‘Making a Murderer': Season 2 of Netflix’s True-Crime Series to Premiere Next Month

‘Making a Murderer': Season 2 of Netflix’s True-Crime Series to Premiere Next Month
The highly-anticipated second season of its true-crime doc “Making a Murderer” will premiere Oct. 19, Netflix announced Tuesday.

Per Netflix, the second season will see filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to Wisconsin and follow the post-conviction process for Steve Avery and his co-defendant and nephew, Brendan Dassey. Earlier this month, Avery was denied a new trial for the second time by Sheboygan County Circuit Court judge Angela Sutkiewicz.

“Part 2” will introduce Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s hard-charging post-conviction lawyer, in her fight to prove that Avery was wrongly convicted and to win his freedom. Ricciardi and Demos follow Zellner, who has righted more wrongful convictions than any private attorney in America, as she works the case and uncovers unexpected evidence about what may have happened to Teresa Halbach and about how and why the jury convicted Steven of her murder.

Also Read: 'Making a Murderer': Steven Avery Denied New Trial,
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Mel Gibson To Co-Write & Direct 'Wild Bunch' Remake At Warner Bros.

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Mel Gibson To Co-Write & Direct 'Wild Bunch' Remake At Warner Bros.
Exclusive: Mel Gibson has been set by Warner Bros to direct The Wild Bunch, a new version of the 1969 Sam Peckinpah-directed classic Western. Gibson is writing the script with Bryan Bagby. Gibson will be executive producer.

In The Wild Bunch, an aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the traditional American West is disappearing around them and the industrial age is taking over. They are pursued by a posse led by a former partner they double crossed. Peckinpah wrote the script with Walon Green. The original starred Wiliam Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez and Ben Johnson.

The film was originally considered exceptionally violent, but it later came to be considered a stylistic masterpiece. Warner Bros has tried several times to mount a remake, but it seems in good hands with Gibson. From Best Picture winner Braveheart to films
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Bill Cosby To Get Less Than Three Years Behind Bars For 2004 Rape, Says Judge

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Bill Cosby To Get Less Than Three Years Behind Bars For 2004 Rape, Says Judge
Despite heartfelt pleas in victims impact statements and sharp words from lawyers on both sides, Bill Cosby will see the inside of a prison cell for the 2004 rape of Andrea Constand for less than three years, the judge in the Cosby criminal case told a Pennsylvania courtroom Monday.

“All I am asking for is justice as the court sees it,” a confident Constand said Monday in a short stint on the stand, looking directly at Judge Steven O’Neill. Referring the court and the nearby Cosby to her detailed testimony in both the original 2017 mistrial and the retrial this spring, the former Temple University employee was followed on the stand by her mother, also a witness in the two trials.

In April, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. With each count carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years, the 81-year-old actor could have been hit with a three-decade sentence behind bars.
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'Run': Domhnall Gleeson To Star In HBO Comedic Thriller Pilot

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'Run': Domhnall Gleeson To Star In HBO Comedic Thriller Pilot
In his first major TV series commitment, Domhnall Gleeson, known for his roles in the Star Wars and Harry Potter movie franchise and in Ex Machina, has been tapped to star opposite Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Run, a romantic comedic thriller pilot from Killing Eve creator Waller-Bridge and her frequent collaborator Vicky Jones. Waller-Bridge has a recurring role in the project, which hails from Entertainment One, Jones and Waller-Bridge’s DryWrite and Wigwam Films.

Written by Jones, Run centers on Ruby, a woman living a humdrum existence, who one day gets a text, inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact promising true love and self-reinvention, by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame.

Gleeson will play Billy Johnson, a successful life guru from a wealthy Irish family. Born with the gift of the gab, he deftly combines a boatload of charisma with a boundless need for approval.
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"Better Call Saul's" Bob Odenkirk Joins Greta Gerwig’s 'Little Women' Remake

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Exclusive: Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated "Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk is set for Sony PicturesLittle Women, the remake which is being written and directed by Greta Gerwig. The previously announced cast includes Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlon, James Norton, and Louis Garrel.

The pic will reunite Odenkirk and Streep, both of whom starred in the Oscar-nominated feature, The Post. Odenkirk’s recent credits include "Girlfriend’s Day" for Netflix, which he also wrote, The Disaster Artist, and Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2.

The film is based on the classic story by Louisa May Alcott. Amy Pascal is producing the project, along with Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord, while Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production via Sony’s label Columbia Pictures.
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Zoë Kravitz To Topline 'High Fidelity' Series Reboot For Disney OTT Service

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Zoë Kravitz To Topline 'High Fidelity' Series Reboot For Disney OTT Service
After lengthy negotiations, Zoë Kravitz ("Big Little Lies") has been tapped to star and executive produce "High Fidelity," the reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and the 2000 feature starring John Cusack with a female point of view, which had been in development at Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service.

With Kravitz on board, the project has received a formal 10-episode order. The "High Fidelity" reboot hails from writers Veronica West & Sarah Kucserka, the Midnight Radio producing team and ABC Signature Studios (Smilf), and the cable/streaming division of ABC Studios. Midnight Radio is comprised of Scott Rosenberg — who co-wrote the High Fidelity feature — Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

Kravitz will play the ultimate music fan, a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists, a female take on the character played in the movie by Cusack.
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‘Almost Famous’ Stage Musical in the Works

‘Almost Famous’ Stage Musical in the Works
Move over, Bruce Springsteen. The rock gods known as Stillwater may be playing Broadway soon.

On Tuesday, producers announced plans for a stage musical version of Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning 2000 film “Almost Famous.”

Crowe, who won the Academy Award for his original screenplay on the semiautobiographical film, will write the script and co-write the lyrics with Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), who will write the original score.

Also Read: Cameron Crowe Pays Tribute to His 'Almost Famous' Star Philip Seymour Hoffman

Jeremy Herrin (“Wolf Hall”) has signed on to direct the production, though the timing remains unclear.

The producers inlcude Lia Vollack on behalf of Columbia Live Stage, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner and John Johnson.

The 2000 film starred Patrick Fugit as a high school music geek who lands a dream assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to follow an up-and-coming rock band on tour. The film earned four Oscar nominations,
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Aliens Actor and Vietnam War Veteran Al Matthews Found Dead in Spain at 75

Aliens Actor and Vietnam War Veteran Al Matthews Found Dead in Spain at 75
Al Matthews, the actor who portrayed Sergeant Apone in Aliens, was found dead in his home in Spain. He was 75.

The actor and Vietnam War veteran was found by a neighbor in his bedroom on Saturday at about 10 p.m., according to Spanish newswire Efe. Details about his death were not immediately available Monday. He lived in the Spanish Mediterranean province of Alicante.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 21, 1942. Matthews was based in the United Kingdom and retired to Spain in 2005, according to El Pais. His film roles extended to Superman III, The Fifth Element and Tomorrow Never Dies.
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Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston To Star In ’12 O’Clock Boys’; Angel Manuel Soto Directing Film From Sony & Overbrook

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Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston To Star In ’12 O’Clock Boys’; Angel Manuel Soto Directing Film From Sony & Overbrook
Exclusive: Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston, and Will Catlett are attached to star in the dirt-bike drama, 12 O’Clock Boys, with Puerto Rican filmmaker Angel Manuel Soto at the helm. Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins wrote the initial draft for the script, while Sherman Payne did the rewrites.

Jada Pinkett Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, Marc Bienstock, and Clarence Hammond of Overbrook Entertainment are producing the pic with Sony serving as the studio. Filming will begin next month.

The film is based on the Lotfy Nathan-directed documentary of the same title. It follows Mouse, a young boy who wants nothing more than to be a part of the Midnight Clique, a tough group of Baltimore bike riders who rule the summertime streets. As he navigates the challenges of coming of age in a complicated world,
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Bill Cosby’s Career Achievement Award Rescinded by TCA

The Television Critics Association (TCA) has voted overwhelmingly to rescind the Career Achievement Award given to Bill Cosby in 2002, the group announced Tuesday.

This marks the first time the TCA has ever taken away one of its awards. The revocation of the honor will be noted in the organization’s official online records.

“Since the inaugural TCA Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to Grant Tinker in 1985, this is the first time there has been a groundswell to vacate an honor,” TCA president Daniel Fienberg said. “It was essential that the entire membership have the opportunity to vote and the results were decisive.
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David Decker to Head Domestic TV Sales for Warner Bros.

David Decker has been promoted to oversee domestic TV sales for Warner Bros. following the retirement of longtime domestic TV distribution chief Ken Werner.

A 15-year studio veteran, Decker will take on oversight of local TV station sales with Werner’s departure. Decker already spearheaded sales to cable, streaming and on-demand outlets. Rick Merill, who heads local TV syndication sales, will now report to Decker. Earlier today, Werner disclosed his plan to step down as president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution at year’s end.

“David has done a great job of dramatically growing our multiplatform business over the last three years,
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‘Basquiat’ Musical Planned by ‘Late Show’ Bandleader Jon Batiste

‘Basquiat’ Musical Planned by ‘Late Show’ Bandleader Jon Batiste
Jon Batiste, the jazz and R&B multi-instrumentalist who heads up the band on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, has begun work on a stage musical about the life of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. He will write the as-yet-untitled show’s music and lyrics, with John Doyle, who won a Tony for his 2005 production of Sweeney Todd, directing.

Basquiat’s younger sisters, Lisane and Jeanine, have given the production the blessing of the artist’s estate, allowing the production to use Basquiat’s artwork; when the artist’s life was
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Amazon Picks First All-Female NFL Broadcast Team to Call ‘Thursday Night Football’

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Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm are set to make history later this week, with Amazon Prime Video announcing Tuesday that the sports media veterans will become the first all-female NFL broadcast team for this week’s “Thursday Night Football” matchup.

Starting with this week’s Vikings-Rams clash, Kremer and Storm will call 11 Thursday games this season for Amazon. The Kremer-Storm team adds another option for Prime streamers — with the service already offering Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman broadcast, along with a Spanish-language and an often-candid British broadcast.

“NFL fans will hear history made this season – bringing two female announcers together to call an entire NFL game has never been done before,” Greg Hart, vice president of Prime Video, said in a statement. “Our customers around the world love to stream football – we are thrilled to have Andrea and Hannah bring their extensive knowledge of the game to fans on Prime Video.
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Brett Kavanaugh’s Fox News Interview Spoke Only to His Supporters (Column)

In an interview with Fox NewsMartha MacCallum on Monday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told the anchor that “America’s about fairness, and hearing from both sides.”

It was a point he hit on again and again: That the same people who’d given a fair hearing to the women accusing him of assault and harassment ought to listen to him — and, indeed, to believe him. But the setting and the tone of the interview guaranteed that viewers skeptical of Kavanaugh wouldn’t be hearing him at all. Kavanaugh’s choice of the network that sits at the center
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‘Men on the Dragon’ Invigorates Hong Kong’s Indie Scene

‘Men on the Dragon’ Invigorates Hong Kong’s Indie Scene
Upbeat Hong Kong stories that bring audience laughter and optimism rather than highly stylized dramas about heavy subjects could be the antidote for an industry struggling with its identity in the post-handover era, according “Men on the Dragon” director Sunny Chan.

The local drama has garnered more than Hk$9.5 million ($1.2 million) since its Aug. 2 release. Produced by One Cool Picture, and directed Chan, a long-time screenwriter making his directorial debut, “Men on the Dragon” is the best-performing Hong Kong movie locally this summer.

“Men on the Dragon,” a seemingly ordinary story about middle-age men taking part in a company dragon boat race to avoid being sacked, has received strong word-of-mouth among not only critics but general audiences who have complimented the movie on social media for its positive message amid the ongoing political turmoil in Hong Kong.

Compared with recent successful examples by new Hong Kong directors such as “Mad World
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Hollywood Talent Drawn East to Big Projects

Hollywood Talent Drawn East to Big Projects
More Hollywood actors are expected to appear in starring roles in Chinese films as China’s film industry continue to expand, with bigger productions looking to meet international standards and feed the growing appetite for domestic blockbusters.

So far, however, the top Hollywood stars joining the ensemble casts of these blockbusters have almost all been men. Opportunities for Hollywood actresses in China still remain largely unavailable because of the lack of suitable roles and limited genres. Agencies have been pushing for female starring roles, however, and Milla Jovovich has a role in upcoming action-thriller “The Rookies.”

According to Jonah Greenberg, who left his role as head of CAA China in February to launch a Beijing-based development and production company called Salty Pictures, the agency helped Jovovich get the role, originally written as a male. Such a successful gender-switch of a role in a Chinese film to accommodate a Western actress is a first.
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How Maggie Rose Bucked Music Row Conventions With Soulful New Album

Maggie Rose had heard it one too many times, that phrase that makes her skin crawl: “We love her. But we just don’t know what to do with her.”

“It’s really disheartening,” says Rose, sitting at a café in East Nashville in a studded denim jumpsuit. She always knew what people meant by the phrase anyway: that it was less about not knowing what to do with her, and more about how they didn’t want to try. Growing up outside of Washington, D.C., and moving to
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Adding Anschutz to Injury: Sharon Osbourne Blasts Aeg Over Ozzy Lawsuit

Adding Anschutz to Injury: Sharon Osbourne Blasts Aeg Over Ozzy Lawsuit
Sharon Osbourne has penned a scathing open letter to Philip Anschutz, founder of concert promoter Aeg, after her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, dropped his antitrust lawsuit against the company. The filing claimed that Aeg had a requirement that if Ozzy were to play the O2 Arena in London, that he must also play the Staples Center in Los Angeles; Osbourne said he preferred to play the Forum, operated by Aeg’s competitor, Madison Square Garden Entertainment.

Although Aeg claimed a “victory” in their statement about the dismissal of the lawsuit, which
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Ryan Reynolds Wants to Take Over Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic (Video)

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Ryan Reynolds Wants to Take Over Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic (Video)
Ryan Reynolds has set his career ambitions sky high — at 35,000 feet on Virgin Atlantic’s fleet of planes, to be exact.

The “Deadpool 2” star has partnered with Sir Richard Branson’s U.K.-based airline to have his Aviation American Gin served on its flights and in Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses.

But Reynolds thinks the deal goes much deeper than that and proposes a merger between the two companies.

“I think it is safe to say that today, Sir Richard, we’re making corporate history,” Reynolds boasts in the announcement video, taking the British business mogul by surprise.

Also Read: Ryan Reynolds to Star in Michael Bay-Directed 'Six Underground' on Netflix

But Reynolds wasn’t done. “We’re pleased to announce that Virgin Atlantic and Aviation Gin are merging.” Cue slow clap.

“Actually, this is more of a partnership announcement,” Virgin Group founder Branson corrects, but Reynolds is more
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