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Film News Roundup: Scoot McNairy Joins Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Film News Roundup: Scoot McNairy Joins Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
In today’s film news roundup, Scoot McNairy becomes the newest cast member of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and deals close for “40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie” and “1985.”

Casting

Scoot McNairy has been cast in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

The drama, set against the backdrop of the Manson Family murders, hits theaters on Aug. 9, 2019 — the 50th anniversary of the murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others at the hands of Manson’s followers.

DiCaprio will play Rick Dalton, former star of a western TV series, while Pitt will play his longtime stunt double, Cliff Booth. McNairy will play the role of a fictional cowboy named Business Bob Gilbert, a character in the western TV series. The cast also includes Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino,
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Warner Bros. Town Hall: John Stankey Fields Bugs Bunny Question, Promises Better Cell Coverage

John Stankey, the man tasked with integrating WarnerMedia into the At&T family, tried to sell employees at the company’s film and television studio on the virtues of being part of a global telecommunications giant. He promised to enhance cellular service on Warner Bros.’s studio lot during an hour-long presentation to staffers on Wednesday, receiving sustained applause from a group of Valley-toilers who have long been frustrated by dropped calls and dodgy signals.

The meeting is one of a series of sit-downs that Stankey, the newly minted WarnerMedia CEO, is doing this week in the wake of At&T’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. The company has been rechristened WarnerMedia, but so far At&T has taken pains to stress that it wants its new employees to continue making movies, shows, and other entertainment products despite having new corporate parents.

Stankey did just promise that Warner Bros. staffers
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Ashton Kutcher and James Corden's Rap Battle Is So Savage, They Really Go There

Ashton Kutcher and James Corden's Rap Battle Is So Savage, They Really Go There
Ashton Kutcher and James Corden's rap battle was so intense, they had to bring out an impartial judge with a select set of skills to name a winner. During Tuesday night's episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden, the host went head to head with Ashton, and they slammed each other on everything from their respective movie careers to James's midsection, and so much more (they really went there). James dissed Ashton's roles in Valentine's Day, New Years Eve, and even the ability to make people "miss Charlie Sheen" on Two and a Half Men, while Ashton compared James to "the baby of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump." Watch the savage video above, and see who Diddy declared the final winner.
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21 Forgettable '00s Sitcoms Only Superfans Remember

There is no more accessible form of entertainment than the sitcom. They’ve been a fixture of television sets since the inception of the medium, but they took off in the 1960s when TV sets were commonplace in households. Since then, sitcoms have come in all manner of forms, but for the most part they provide wholesome entertainment that’s fun for the whole family.

The 2000s won’t go down in history as the best era for sitcoms, but it did deliver some gems. Shows like Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, The Office, That ‘70s Show, Arrested Development, Scrubs, and How I Met Your Mother were at the forefront of TV comedy back then. While, shows like Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, and King of Queens were still enjoying their initial runs. The decade gave us some of the best and most popular comedy in the
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Multi-Cams Are Staples of Broadcast TV — Will Streaming Follow Suit?

Heading into the fall, multi-camera comedies are poised to have their biggest season in years on broadcast television. The Big Four have ordered eight multi-cams among them for the 2018-19 season, up from just four the year before.

The format can trace its roots back to the first days of television, with some of the biggest and most celebrated series in history being multi-cams: “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Cheers,” “All in the Family,” “I Love Lucy” among many others.

Yet despite their proven track record, and the fact they are notably cheaper to produce than single-camera comedies, most networks and streaming services
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Sarah Paulson Says ‘Mommy Issues’ Have Nothing To Do With Her Romance With Holland Taylor

Sarah Paulson’s relationship with Holland Taylor has raised eyebrows due to their 32-year age difference, and the “Ocean’s 8” star says she gets it. However, the 43-year-old actress tells the Sunday Times that any armchair psychologists who theorize that she’s working out “mommy issues” by dating the former “Two and a Half Men” star, 75, are barking up the
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'Roseanne' Cast Is "Utterly Wrecked" Over Roseanne Barr's Racist Tweet (Exclusive)

In retrospect, Roseanne Barr was a ticking tweet-bomb just waiting to go off. She’d made offensive remarks on Twitter before, but when she suggested that Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett was the child of the "Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes," the reaction was swift and severe. ABC immediately canceled her show, even though the reboot of her hit 1988 to 1997 sitcom had been one of last season’s highest-rated series. The network’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said Roseanne’s remarks were "repugnant and inconsistent with our values." The move may have cost the network up to $60 million in advertising revenue — and dozens of cast and crew members lost their jobs. Still, some of Roseanne’s co-stars publicly supported the move. "I am disappointed in her actions, to say the least," wrote Sara Gilbert, who spearheaded the revival. And Sara’s TV daughter, Emma Kenney, applauded the Disney
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Could ‘Roseanne’ co-stars get a sympathy hug at the Emmys like Jon Cryer (‘Two and a Half Men’)?

Could ‘Roseanne’ co-stars get a sympathy hug at the Emmys like Jon Cryer (‘Two and a Half Men’)?
The abrupt cancellation of “Roseanne” on May 29 was a dire blow to the Emmy chances for the high-rated sitcom revival. In the eyes of Emmy voters, the whole project may be tainted by star Roseanne Barr‘s racist tweets. But the cancellation of the show also put her co-stars and crew members out of work. So is it possible that residual goodwill for John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert and company could boost their Emmy prospects even as Barr’s stock has dropped? It worked for Jon Cryer.

Cryer co-starred in “Two and a Half Men” with Charlie Sheen, but that CBS sitcom was thrown into turmoil by Sheen’s drug addiction and conflict with series creator Chuck Lorre. Sheen abruptly departed the show after seven seasons, his character was killed off, and Ashton Kutcher joined the cast in his place.

But it also led to a promotion of sorts for Cryer,
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‘Roseanne’: No Revivals, No Frankenshows — Just Let It Die

‘Roseanne’: No Revivals, No Frankenshows — Just Let It Die
The swift cancellation of “Roseanne” on Tuesday was shocking. But the stunning speed at which it happened — ABC insiders said it went from tweet to cancellation within three hours — is what made it so effective.

Even some of the people most impacted by the decision — Carsey-Werner’s Tom Werner, showrunner Bruce Helford, star and executive producer Sara Gilbert — applauded ABC’s actions.

As a matter of fact, very few outside of Roseanne Barr and her loyalists protested — even when Donald Trump finally commented, it was about himself, not about whether ABC was wrong to fire Barr.

This was a clean break. But two days later, talk of reviving “Roseanne” or building a new show around the remaining stars is muddying the waters.

Meanwhile, Barr’s early attempts at apology have been destroyed as she becomes even more indignant on Twitter — the social media tool that got her fired, despite her
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Stay tuned: Roseanne Barr will be punished at the Emmys next

Stay tuned: Roseanne Barr will be punished at the Emmys next
It hardly seems fair that the Emmy hopes of “Roseanne” collapsed so soon after its star’s Twitter meltdown. Sure, Roseanne Barr’s own racetrack odds for Best Comedy Actress dropped drastically overnight at Gold Derby – from 22/1 to 80/1 – as Experts like me and Pete Hammond pulled her from our predictions in the wake of her scandal, but now it looks like co-stars John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf will be skunked in the acting races, too.

Most tragically of all: “Roseanne” will probably fail to be nominated for Best Comedy Series just like it got shunned throughout its original nine-year run even though it was the number one-ranked TV show in America for a few years and won the Golden Globe and Peabody. Not even to be nominated!

Many Emmy pundits like me believe there’s a good chance Robin Wright will make the list again for Best Drama Actress once
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'Roseanne' Was a Good Liberal Show, Says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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'Roseanne' Was a Good Liberal Show, Says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has condemned Roseanne ... while praising her sitcom as a "very good" liberal show -- and is now questioning if canceling the program was really the right move. Kareem says his immediate reaction to Roseanne's tweets was to "punish her" by taking away her show -- and notes Disney and ABC "cut off the rotting appendage before it infected the rest of the body." But, when thinking it through, Kareem says it's important to
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Charlie Sheen Pitches ‘Two And A Half Men’ Reboot After ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation

Charlie Sheen, whose epic 2011 meltdown, complete with media rants, led to his public firing from his hit comedy Two and a Half Men, had a message for fellow sitcom star Roseanne Barr whose hit comedy was canceled Tuesday because of an offensive Twitter rant. “adios Roseanne! good riddance, hashtag Not Winning,” Sheen tweeted yesterday in his trademark poem format, including his signature “winning” catch phrase that he introduced during that infamous meltdown. “the runway…
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Charlie Sheen Says ‘Good Riddance’ to ‘Roseanne,’ Touts ‘Two and a Half Men’ Reboot

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Charlie Sheen Says ‘Good Riddance’ to ‘Roseanne,’ Touts ‘Two and a Half Men’ Reboot
Charlie Sheen has bid “Roseanne” farewell and touted a reboot for his old show, “Two and a Half Men.”

“Adios Roseanne! Good riddance,” Sheen tweeted on Tuesday along with the hashtag #CharlieHarperReturns. “Hashtag Not Winning. The runway is now clear for Our reboot.”

ABC canceled “Roseanne” early Tuesday after Barr suggested that former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”

See Video: Charlie Sheen's '9/11' Movie Trailer Blasted as 'Offensive,' 'Extremely Tasteless'

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement to TheWrap.

Barr apologized after the immediate backlash and left Twitter Tuesday morning, only to return Tuesday night for another apology.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a
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Emilia Clarke (‘Game of Thrones’) will get Emmy promotion to Best Actress race, say our All-Star Users: Long live the queen?

Emilia Clarke (‘Game of Thrones’) will get Emmy promotion to Best Actress race, say our All-Star Users: Long live the queen?
Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) has earned three Emmy nominations for Best Drama Supporting Actress for playing crusading queen-in-the-making Daenerys Targaryen. But for season seven, as Dany inches closer to the Iron Throne, Clarke is hoping for an Emmy promotion, entering as a lead actress for the first time. Will she make the cut? Our All-Star Top 24 Users think so.

Our All-Star Users got the highest scores when you combine Emmy predictions from the last two years, so their picks have greater weight when calculating our racetrack odds. But while Clark ranks seventh with 22/1 odds based on the combined predictions of all Gold Derby users who have entered their picks thus far, our All-Stars are more optimistic. They rank her among the top six likely nominees with far better odds of 12/1, with 15 out of the 24 All-Stars betting on her to make the cut.

If those All-Stars are right it wouldn
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Shazam! Star Zachary Levi is Joining Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2

First of all, if you haven't watched the Amazon Prime original series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel yet, you really need to do that! The show is a really great and entertaining series about a young woman in the late 50s who, through a series of events, becomes a stand-up comedian. According to Deadline, Zachary Levi has joined the cast.

The series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) and Executive Producer Daniel Palladino (Family Guy) and it was written and directed by Sherman-Palladino and Palladino.

The series stars Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, "a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she’s ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent — one that changes her life forever.
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John Shaffner (‘Roseanne’ production designer): Highly-rated revival is ‘just like revisiting old family’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

John Shaffner (‘Roseanne’ production designer): Highly-rated revival is ‘just like revisiting old family’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“You can’t underestimate how that story of working class America has resonated with the public,” says production designer John Shaffner about the success of the “Roseanne” revival. Before he read the first script for the reboot, which picks up 20 years after the original series ended, Shaffner thought, “Why are we bringing this show back? How is it going to be as good, how’s it going to be better?” But to his surprise the script was “on the right track,” and by the time of the first table reading with returning cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman, “it was just like revisiting family.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Shaffner above.

See ‘Roseanne’ premiere: 6 exclusive red carpet interviews with Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert and more [Watch]

The multi-cam veteran was a new addition to the “Roseanne” family. Having been longtime friends
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'Mini-Me' Actor Verne Troyer's Alcohol Abuse Played a Big Role in His Death (Report)

So sad. Earlier this week, actor Verne Troyer — who is best known for his role as "Mini-Me" in the Austin Powers trilogy — died at just 49 years old. But now that an investigation is underway, more details about what led to his death have been revealed and alcohol had played a major part. Before he died on Saturday, April 21, Verne was in distress when he called 911 and he admitted that he had been experiencing suicidal thoughts, according to TMZ. After he was rushed to the hospital, doctors found that he had three times the .08 limit that is legal for driving a car. He became unresponsive so he was transferred to another hospital, but soon after his organs started failing. He was then placed on life support and he never recovered. Verne's team took to his official Instagram page to announce his death and to share a tribue to Verne's memory. "It
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Austin Powers' Verne Troyer Dead at 49

Austin Powers' Verne Troyer Dead at 49
Verne Troyer, best known to audiences for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, died on Saturday afternoon at the age of 49.

Troyer, who has publicly battled alcoholism, was first admitted to the hospital earlier this month after authorities were made aware that he was drunk and suicidal. There, he was treated for possible alcohol poisoning, according to TMZ.

The Austin Powers actor first began working in the mid-90s, appearing as a stunt double in the 1994 film Baby’s Day Out. That was followed by small parts in Men in Black, Jingle All the Way and Dustin Checks In.
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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me Actor in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49

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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me Actor in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49
Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” films, has died. He was 49.

According to a statement posted on his Instagram account, the actor died Saturday afternoon. Troyer’s representatives did not disclose a cause of death, but the statement alluded to depression and suicide. Troyer’s reps said there would be no comment beyond the statement.

“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” read the statement. “Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help.”

It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio

A post shared by Verne Troyer (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm Pdt

Also Read: Verne Troyer Is 'Getting the Best Care Possible' After Hospitalization

The actor was hospitalized earlier this week after emergency personnel responded to a call at his North Hollywood residence. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap that there was a call regarding a medical emergency, resulting in Troyer being transported to a local hospital.

On Tuesday, a message was posted to Troyer’s Instagram account that read, “Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and resting comfortably. Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Troyer, who was diagnosed with achondroplasia dwarfism and measured 2 feet 8 inches tall, played Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” films and also starred as Griphook the goblin in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.”

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In a statement to TheWrap, “Austin Powers” costar Mike Myers said, “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”

He was born in Sturgis, Michigan, on Jan. 1, 1969 and began his Hollywood career in 1994 as a stunt double in “Baby’s Day Out.” Troyer’s other credits included “The Love Guru,” “Men in Black,” “Jingle All the Way,” “Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Scrubs” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” He also appeared on reality shows like “Celebrity Juice” and “Celebrity Wife Swap.”

Last April, Troyer said that he was entering a treatment center to combat alcohol addiction, after receiving treatment for the past week.

The statement posted to social media also asked that donations be made to either of his two favorite charities, The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies, in lieu of flowers.

Read original story Verne Troyer, Mini-Me Actor in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49 At TheWrap
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‘Pretty In Pink’ Reunion: Watch Molly Ringwald Take Down Jon Cryer With Her Rap Battle Skills on ‘Drop The Mic’

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‘Pretty In Pink’ Reunion: Watch Molly Ringwald Take Down Jon Cryer With Her Rap Battle Skills on ‘Drop The Mic’
It’s the “Pretty in Pink” sequel that no one saw coming: Andie (Molly Ringwald) and Duckie (Jon Cryer) finally resolve a few things, via sick burns on TBS’ hip-hop battle series “Drop the Mic.” On this Sunday’s episode, Ringwald and Cryer lay it all out: Cryer proclaims, “You’re not Julianne Moore, you’re Julianne less!” But Ringwald hits him back hard: “You’re 5-foot-6, weigh 110, now were you the half man in ‘Two and a Half Men’?”

Watch the full clip below!

Both stars hold their own, but it’s a bit of an unfair fight: Ringwald dated the Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock in the late 1980s, and she clearly picked up some rap skills and pointers while they were together.

Drop the Mic,” based on the segment from “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” is a bit of a celebrity roast, as stars come on and
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