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Twilight Zone: Kumail Nanjiani to Star in Episode of Reboot

Alec Bojalad Nov 16, 2018

The Big Sick and Silicon Valley star, Kumail Nanjiani, will be starring in an episode of CBS All Access's The Twilight Zone reboot

Jordan Peele's reboot of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access continues to gain fun comedic star power.

Deadline reports that Silicon Valley star and prolific comedian Kumail Nanjiani will be headlining an episode of the upcoming anthology series. 

There is no word yet on what the episode Nanjiani is appearing in will be about or what character he'll be playing. It was previously announced that Adam Scott would be taking over William Shatner's iconic role from "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet" so it's possible that Nanjiani's episode will be another direct remake. Perhaps Kumail's character can be a touch near-sighted? The episode will be written by Alex Reubens.

CBS All Access's Twilight Zone reboot was announced last year. Jordan Peele (comedic actor turned
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‘The Twilight Zone’: Kumail Nanjiani To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot

‘The Twilight Zone’: Kumail Nanjiani To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot
Kumail Nanjiani is about to enter The Twilight Zone. Nanjiani is set to star in an episode of CBS All Access’ reboot, joining previously announced host and narrator Jordan Peele and cast members Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott.

No word on which episode Nanjiani will appear, or the storyline. The episode will be penned by Alex Rubens. Check out the casting announcement below the story.

The CBS All Access series will be a modern reimagining of the original, which premiered in 1959 and continued through 1964.

CBS announced last year that it would revive The Twilight Zone for streaming service CBS All Access with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films.

Nanjiani recently starred in The Big Sick, which he co-wrote with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. The story of their real-life relationship, the film earned the pair an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.
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‘Twilight Zone': Kumail Nanjiani Latest to Join Jordan Peele’s Reboot for CBS All Access

‘Twilight Zone': Kumail Nanjiani Latest to Join Jordan Peele’s Reboot for CBS All Access
Kumail Nanjiani will enter “The Twilight Zone.”

CBS announced on Thursday that the “Big Sick” and “Silicon Valley” actor will star in an upcoming episode of Jordan Peele’s reboot of the classic science fiction series for CBS All Access.

Nanjiani becomes the third cast member to board Peele’s “Twilight Zone,” joining Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott. Nanjiani’s episode will be written by “Key & Peele” and “Community” alum Alex Rubens. Peele is executive producing and narrating, stepping into the role that Rod Serling made famous. You can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like here.

Also Read: How CBS All Access Landed Jordan Peele for Its 'Twilight Zone' Reboot

The new series, which is eyeing a 2019 debut, will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld,
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Kumail Nanjiani Enters 'The Twilight Zone' on CBS All Access

Kumail Nanjiani Enters 'The Twilight Zone' on CBS All Access
Kumail Nanjiani is crossing over into The Twilight Zone, signing on to star in an episode of the Jordan Peele-led reboot on CBS All Access.

The Silicon Valley star and Oscar-nominated co-writer of The Big Sick is the third actor to join the series, following Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott. Executive producer Peele will introduce and narrate each episode, just like series creator Rod Serling.

Details about Nanjiani's role are being kept under wraps. The episode is being written by Alex Rubens, who worked with Peele on Key and Peele and The Last Og.

The original Twilight Zone ran from 1959-64 on CBS. The show has been redone ...
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ could become latest summer film to crash ensemble award at SAG

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ could become latest summer film to crash ensemble award at SAG
Crazy Rich Asians” may not be predicted to earn a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, but its chances of scoring the all-important ensemble bid at the Screen Actors Guild Awards are better than you might think. Almost every year this decade has included at least one unexpected SAG ensemble nominee that was released in the summer and did not go on to a Best Picture Oscar nomination. The acclaimed cast from “Crazy Rich Asians” could very well make it the film that takes that unique slot at the upcoming SAG Awards.

SEEMichelle Yeoh (‘Crazy Rich Asians’) would be first Asian actress nominated for an Oscar in 12 years

This particular slot has gone to major summer releases like “Bridesmaids” (2011), “The Butler” (2013) and “Straight Outta Compton” (2015), as well as independent films like “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2012), “Captain Fantastic” (2016) and “The Big Sick” (2017). Most of these films were runaway successes at the box office,
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Zoe Kazan Sets Record Straight On ‘Buster Scruggs’ Always Being A Movie [Interview]

2018 will probably be a very memorable year for Zoe Kazan. The 35-year-old actress is best known for her roles in films such as “The Big Sick,” “Ruby Sparks” and the HBO mini-series “Oliver Kitteridge,” but she’s also an accomplished screenwriter. Kazan wrote the screenplay for “Sparks” and co-wrote the acclaimed indie “Wildlife” with husband Paul Dano that debuted at Sundance last January.

Continue reading Zoe Kazan Sets Record Straight On ‘Buster Scruggs’ Always Being A Movie [Interview] at The Playlist.
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CBS Developing ‘Dad Vs. Father’ Family Comedy From Kurt Braunohler & Cedric The Entertainer

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CBS has put in development Dad Vs. Father, a multi-camera comedy from writer-comedian-actor Kurt Braunohler, The Neighborhood star/executive producer Cedric the Entertainer, his A Bird and A Bear Entertainment production banner and CBS TV Studios where the company has a first-look deal.

Written by Braunohler, Dad Vs. Father centers on new parents Karl and Leanne, who move in with Karl’s formerly deadbeat dad, his much younger wife, and their two 14-year-old daughters, starting an intense competition between the men to prove who is the better father.

Braunohler executive produces with Cedric the Entertainer and Eric C. Rhone for A Bird And A Bear Entertainment.

Braunohler co-starred in and was an on-set writer on the Oscar-nominated feature The Big Sick. his hour-long Comedy Central special Trust Me premiered last year. He’ll next guest star on the upcoming Showtime comedy series Black Monday, and will be seen in the Lionsgate feature Flarsky,
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Vanessa Bayer to Co-Create and Star in Showtime Comedy ‘Big Deal’

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Vanessa Bayer to Co-Create and Star in Showtime Comedy ‘Big Deal’
Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Vanessa Bayer is set to star in a comedy, “Big Deal,” at Showtime, from Annapurna Television.

The project, which Bayer has co-created with former “SNL” writer Jeremy Beiler, is a comedy in which a woman (Bayer) overcomes childhood leukemia to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming an on-air host at a home shopping network. Bayer’s character is partly based on her own personal life story as a leukemia survivor, which she was diagnosed with in her freshman year of high school.

Michael Showalter, who directed “The Big Sick” is on board to direct the pilot.

Also Read: HBO Lands David Simon's Fascism Drama 'The Plot Against America'

Bayer will pen the pilot script and executive produce with Beiler, along with former “Inside Amy Schumer” head writer Jessi Klein. Showalter and Jordana Mollick will also executive produce for Showalter Semi-Formal Productions, which has
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Vanessa Bayer To Headline & Co-Create Comedy Series In Works At Showtime From Michael Showalter & Annapurna TV

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Vanessa Bayer To Headline & Co-Create Comedy Series In Works At Showtime From Michael Showalter & Annapurna TV
Exclusive: Saturday Night Live alumna Vanessa Bayer is set to co-create and star in Big Deal, a single-camera comedy which is in development at Showtime from Annapurna Television, with The Big Sick helmer Michael Showalter attached to direct.

The project, which Bayer will co-create and co-write with former SNL writer Jeremy Beiler, is a comedy in which a woman (Bayer) overcomes childhood leukemia to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming an on-air host at a home shopping network.

Bayer’s character is inspired by the comedy actress’ own personal story as a survivor of childhood leukemia, which she was diagnosed with in her freshman year of high school.

Bayer and Beiler are teaming up for the project after working together at SNL. Their collaborations included nervous Weekend Update meteorologist Dawn Lazarus who became an instant breakout when Bayer introduced her just before her departure NBC’s venerable night sketch comedy program after seven seasons.
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Movie Review – Wildlife (2018)

Wildlife, 2018.

Directed by Paul Dano.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Bill Camp.

Synopsis:

A boy witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his mother finds another man.

When all fully goes to hell in a handbasket, Jeanette openly tells her son Joe that it’s okay if he now hates her after everything she has caused. In reality, his father Jerry is just as culpable for the familial implosion.

Joe reacts, and I’m not going to spoil what he says or does, but it sums up first-time director Paul Dano’s empathetic and observational approach to his debut feature film Wildlife. When domestic turmoil arises, it’s easy to single one person out and place the blame. To be fair, it’s easy to do that in any situation, but more so when it comes to marital issues. Still, Paul Dano has remarkably crafted a slice
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The X-Files: How To Keep Your Fandom Alive

Matt Allair Oct 29, 2018

The end is never the end on The X-Files, but this might really be the end of the franchise. How can fans get their X-Files fix now?

The X-Files has an uncertain future. Chris Carter would like to continue the series. David Duchovny has said as much. Gillian Anderson, on the other hand, has not minced words: She won’t be returning to play Dana Scully. Fox has been quiet about the status of the series meaning that, barring a miracle, The X-Files are closed.

The fans, for who so long were unable to keep the spirit of the series alive even after its initial cancellation, are beginning to cope with the idea that “new X-Files” is no more. The popular fansite X-Files News said it will be scaling back on publishing in an emotional letter. My site, The X-Files Lexicon, has been resuming it’s old school analysis of the show,
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Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan on their new creations - an acclaimed film and a baby daughter

The actors have written a film version of Richard Ford’s 1990 novel, Wildlife, with Dano directing. Here they discuss giving each other notes and navigating parenthood

As soon as the actor Paul Dano read Richard Ford’s novella Wildlife, he knew he wanted to make a film of it. More than that, it was a story that took hold, would not let him go. It may be that we all have at least one book of this sort in our lives, a story that becomes an obsession, that speaks to us in an irresistibly powerful way. It is now seven years since he read it and he has written a screenplay with his partner, the actor Zoe Kazan, and made a film – his directorial debut – in which Carey Mulligan gives the performance of a lifetime as an unravelling wife and mother, Jake Gyllenhaal plays her tormented husband, and newcomer Ed Oxenbould their bewildered teenage son.
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Mark Ruffalo to play twins in 'I Know This Much Is True' for HBO

Six-episode series centres on parallel lives of identical twin brothers in story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness.

HBO has given a green light to I Know This Much Is True, a limited series from writer/director Derek Cianfrance with Mark Ruffalo starring as twin brothers.

Cianfrance and Ruffalo will serve as executive producer on the six-episode series with Ben Browning and Glen Basner for FilmNation Entertainment, Wally Lamb, Gregg Fienberg and Anya Epstein.

The project is adapted from Lamb’s novel of the same name, a family saga following the parallel lives of identical twin brothers in a story of betrayal,
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Mark Ruffalo Limited Series ‘I Know This Much Is True’ Gets HBO Green Light

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Mark Ruffalo Limited Series ‘I Know This Much Is True’ Gets HBO Green Light
HBO has greenlighted for production I Know This Much Is True, a six6-episode limited drama series based on Wally Lamb’s bestselling book. The project hails from Mark Ruffalo, who stars in a dual role and executive produces; Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines); and FilmNation Entertainment.

I Know This Much Is True has been a priority for HBO, which fast-tracked development on the limited series last fall.

Written, directed and executive produced by Cianfrance, I Know This Much is True is a family saga that follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, both played by Ruffalo, in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness set against the backdrop of 20th century America.

Ruffalo executive produces with Lamb, FilmNation Entertainment’s Ben Browning & Glen Basner, along with Gregg Fienberg and Anya Epstein. Lynette Howell Taylor and Jamie Patricof co-executive produce.

Ruffalo is a three-time Oscar-nominee,
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Chris Hemsworth wraps filming on Men in Black

Chris Hemsworth has taken to social media to confirm that he has wrapped filming on Men in Black.

Reboots, remakes, and continuations are all the rage right now and yet another classic franchise that is being brought back to life is Men in Black.

We don’t have too much information on the film right now but we do know that it is directed by F. Gary Gray and will star Chris Hemsworth and his Thor: Ragnarok co-star Tessa Thompson.

Hemsworth is now all finished with his work on the film and announced a job well done on Instagram by posting the following along with an image of him, Gray, and Thompson:

“That’s a wrap on Mib for me!! From London to Morocco to Italy and NYC. Thank you to all the fantastic cast and crew who took part on this epic journey and our director F.Gary Gray,
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Tessa Thompson shares new Men in Black photo with Chris Hemsworth

Tessa Thompson has shared a new image from the set for the upcoming Men in Black spin-off movie which sees Thompson and her Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth’s MiB agents trekking through the desert holding black umbrellas; take a look here…

F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious) is directing from a script by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man) while the cast includes Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson alongside Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Liam Neeson (Taken), Rafe Spall (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Rebecca Ferguson (Misson: Impossible – Fallout), street dancing duo Les Twins, and sees Emma Thompson reprising her role as Agent O.

Men in Black will be released on June 14th, 2019.

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‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke on Hollywood Gender Parity: ‘There’s Still A Lot of Work to Do’

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‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke on Hollywood Gender Parity: ‘There’s Still A Lot of Work to Do’
Catherine Hardwicke became a trailblazer for female directors after leading “Twilight” to global success; however, ten years after the first film came out, she says there’s still not enough women working behind the camera.

“There’s still a lot of work to do because we’ve got to get to both sides of the camera; we’ve got to get more representation in all the categories,” Hardwicke Told Variety at the 45th Student Academy Awards ceremony held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. “We’ve got a lot to say, and we’ve had a long time where we haven’t gotten to have our voices back there.”

Hardwicke, along with Patricia Riggen, Kumail Nanjiani and Arthur Dong, presented awards at Thursday’s Student Academy Award ceremony, which highlighted some of the best student films from around the world in animation, alternative filming, documentary filming and narrative filming.
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Carey Mulligan Reflects on #MeToo Movement: ‘Things Have Irrevocably Changed’

  • Variety
Carey Mulligan Reflects on #MeToo Movement: ‘Things Have Irrevocably Changed’
As the #MeToo movement approaches its first anniversary, actress Carey Mulligan is hopeful.

“Within our industry, I think there been some concrete developments that are very encouraging,” she told Variety at the Los Angeles premiere of IFC’s family drama “Wildlife” on Tuesday. “There are structures going into place. Sadly, it appears that in the general sphere things are still moving at a glacial pace.”

Mulligan noted that attitudes in the entertainment industry have shifted since she broke into the biz as a teenager in the early 2000s. Her first film credit was in 2005’s “Pride & Prejudice” as Kitty Bennett.

“I think and I hope that some things have irrevocably changed,” she said. “I do think that women and men coming into the business have a different environment than when I started 15 years ago.”

In “Wildlife,” Mulligan portrays an American mother in Montana in 1960, who struggles to fend for
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Terms of Endearment Reading Benefits Stand Up To Cancer and Geffen Playhouse

More than $100,000 was raised at the exclusive one-night-only reading of Terms of Endearment presented by Berlanti Productions and Jessica Queller at the Geffen Playhouse.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Stand Up To Cancer and Geffen Playhouse’s New Play Development Program.

The reading took place Monday, October 1, on the Geffen Playhouse main stage with an all-star cast that included Melissa Benoist, Kate Burton (Scandal), Calista Flockhart, Willie Garson (White Collar), Alfred Molina, Kumail Nanjiani, Italia Ricci (Designated Survivor), Chris Wood and Constance Wu. Notable attendees at the event include Harrison Ford, Rebel Wilson and Odette Annable. The original Terms of Endearment cast featured Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito and John Lithgow.

“We are so grateful to Greg Berlanti, Jessica Queller and the Geffen Playhouse for their willingness to engage in the fight against breast cancer,” said Sherry Lansing, a co-founder and member of the Council
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‘Roma’: Alfonso Cuarón’s Black-and-White, Spanish-Language Movie Is Changing Netflix’s Release Strategy

Thanks to its $20 million acquisition of “Roma,” the ultimate cinephile’s delight, Netflix is in the midst of a major overhaul of its theatrical release strategy. A black-and-white, 65mm, Dolby Atmos, Spanish-language, semi-autobiographical personal journey back to 1971 Mexico City for Best-Director winner Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”), it played the New York Film Festival this week. That’s its fourth festival berth since the film’s August Venice debut, where Cuarón won the Golden Lion.

From here, Netflix is booking the film in multiple regional festivals with the best possible screens and sound, from Mill Valley, Calif. and Middleburg, Va. to the inaugural Film Fest 919 in Chapel Hill, N.C. It wants as many moviegoers as possible to watch it on the big screen — along with Netflix’s new animated logo. That’s clearly where it should be seen.

What that new release strategy will look like is a work in progress,
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