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Lil Rel Howery, Paul Reiser, & Deborah Ayorinde Join Sony’s Kevin Hart-Led ‘Fatherhood’ Film

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Lil Rel Howery, Paul Reiser, & Deborah Ayorinde Join Sony’s Kevin Hart-Led ‘Fatherhood’ Film
Exclusive: Lil Rel Howery, Mad About You alum Paul Reiser, and Nigerian-British actress Deborah Ayorinde have been added to the cast of Fatherhood, the Sony Pictures comedy-drama that stars Kevin Hart. The film is currently in production with Paul Weitz directing from a screenplay he wrote based on an original version by Dana Stevens.

The pic is an adaptation of Matthew Logelin’s book Two Kisses for Maddy. It’s a true account of a father who is forced to raise a child on his own and finds himself wholly unprepared for the challenge.

Previously announced cast includes Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard, Anthony Carrigan, and Melody Hurd. Marty Bowen, David Beaubaire, Peter Kiernan, and Hart (HartBeat) are producing.

Howery is coming off of starring in his eponymous Fox series, Rel, and will next be seen in Sundance darling Brittany Runs A Marathon. In addition, his forthcoming slate includes Universal’s Good Boys,
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‘Yesterday’ Review: Dir. Danny Boyle (2019) [Eiff]

Imagine if The Beatles never existed. A world where no young piano student ever sat down to play the opening notes of ‘Let It Be’ and no group of tipsy friends belted out ‘Yellow Submarine’ on a Friday night. You might be thinking this is the beginning of a parallel-universe horror film, however really it’s the premise of a new comedy from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle.

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) has struggled over a decade to make his voice and songs heard. Despite the support from his childhood friend Ellie (Lily James), the farthest he has come is playing an empty tent at Latitude Festival. However, his luck begins to turn after a freak accident during a mysterious worldwide blackout leaves Jack as the only person in the world that can remember The Beatles.

A chance discovery by Ed Sheeran plucks Jack from his sleepy English hometown and throws him into the limelight.
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Drama ‘Dicks’ From ‘iZombie’ Team & Susanna Fogel In Works At USA Network

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Exclusive: Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas is shepherding another drama about female PIs. USA Network has put in development Dicks, from writer Heather V. Regnier (iZombie), director Susanna Fogel (The Spy Who Dumped Me), iZombie co-creatorThomas/exec producer and his Spondoolie Productions, and Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

Written by Regnier and to be directed by Fogel, Dicks is described as The Big Lebowski meets Broad City. It centers on Phyllis Roarke, who returns home to Los Angeles after she is fired from her job at the White House, only to have her government-issued cell phone stolen by a gang at a house party. To get it back, she must reconnect with her two estranged best friends from high school, and as de facto private investigators — aka, dicks — they stumble into a citywide conspiracy involving a notorious mobster, a washed-up screenwriter, and a lemur named Darwin. Dicks is described by Regnier
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MGM and Bron Creative Enter $100 Million Co-Financing Deal

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Bron Creative and MGM have entered a multi-picture, co-financing deal worth more than $100 million, for titles including the upcoming “The Addams Family” and “Legally Blonde 3.”

The deal also includes MGM’s “Candyman,” “Respect,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Robocop Returns” and Orion Pictures’ “Child’s Play,” “Bad Trip” and “Gretel and Hansel.”

Bron Creative is the the joint venture between Bron Studios, led by Aaron L. Gilbert, and Creative Wealth Media, led by Jason Cloth. Gilbert and Cloth will serve as executive producers on the films.

“We are excited to partner with MGM on this highly anticipated slate of films, all driven by talented filmmakers. This is another important step forward in Bron’s growth model,” said Gilbert and Cloth in a joint statement.

Some of Bron’s production credits include “Fences,” “Roman J. Israel Esq.,” “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” “A Simple Favor” and the upcoming “Queen & Slim” written by Lena Waithe.
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Hungary’s Film Business Grapples With Life After Late Producer Andy Vajna

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When the producers of Lionsgate’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me” were struggling to get a permit for a key location on the streets of Budapest several years ago, they knew exactly where to turn. “I called Andy,” says Adam Goodman, whose Mid Atlantic Films serviced the shoot. “I said, ‘Look, we need your help.’”

Goodman might have expected Hungarian film commissioner Andy Vajna to pick up the phone and call in a favor. But on the day of Mid Atlantic’s pitch, a black minivan pulled up to the stairs of the mayor’s office. “Andy steps out with the mirrored sunglasses, the suit, smoking a cigar,” Goodman recalls recently in Budapest. “As we walked into the mayor’s offices, it was like the parting of the Red Sea.” Vajna’s presence gave a winning presentation added weight, according to Goodman. Within days of the meeting, he had the permit he needed.
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What’s Coming to Amazon Prime in June 2019

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Trying to escape the dog days of summer by staying inside and streaming a movie or two? This June, Amazon Prime has you covered. Catch a five punch knockout with a quintuplet of “Rocky” movies, get groovy in the summer of ’69 with the time traveling “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” or enjoy “Silence of the Lambs” with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

Amazon Prime’s original Jonas Brothers documentary, “Chasing Happiness,” will also hit the streamer.

See the full list below.

June 3

District 9

Jackass 3D

June 4

Chasing Happiness

Creative Galaxy: Season 3

June 7

Home Again

June 13

No Strings Attached

June 14

Absentia: Season 2

Law Abiding Citizen

June 17

Suits: Season 8


June 21

Documental: Season 3

Final Life: Season 1

Tokyo Alice: Season 1

June 24

Juliet, Naked

June 28

The Spy Who Dumped Me

June 29


True Grit

June 30

14 Women

A Texas Funeral


Air: The Musical

Airplane II: The Sequel


All American Zombie
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What’s Coming to Hulu in June 2019

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If you’re not already, Hulu should get you in the summer mood with its June releases. Go to summer camp with the slasher flick “Friday the 13th” — and seven sequels. Listen to the breezy tune “Stuck in the Middle With You” from “Reservoir Dogs.” Compare thee to a summer’s day with “Shakespeare in Love” and “Hamlet.” Go surfing with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze with “Point Break.” Or if for some reason summer is getting you in a nihilistic mood, go on a Bret Easton Ellis binge with “American Psycho” and “Less Than Zero.”

And if that wasn’t enough, Hulu is bringing back its original series “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a third season.

See the full list of titles below.

June 1

Ask Dr. Ruth: Documentary Premiere

100 Things to do Before High School

The 13th Warrior

A Brilliant Young Mind

Along Came a Spider

American Loser

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The Best Movies New to Every Major Streaming Platform in June 2019

Netflix may get most of the attention, but it’s hardly a one-stop shop for cinephiles who are looking to stream essential classic and contemporary films. Each of the prominent streaming platforms — and there are more of them all the time — caters to its own niche of film obsessives. From chilling horror fare on Shudder, to the boundless wonders of the Criterion Channel, and esoteric (but unmissable) festival hits on the newly launched, IndieWire’s monthly guide will highlight the best of what’s coming to every major streaming site, with an eye towards exclusive titles that may help readers decide which of these services is right for them.

Here’s the best of the best for June 2019.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime isn’t offering its subscribers much in the way of exclusives this month, and — for reasons that aren’t entirely clear — the brunt of the platform
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Amazon Prime Video schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in June 2019

Amazon Prime Video has confirmed that five original shows will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in June including the third season of the animated hit “Creative Galaxy”; the sophomore season of the thriller “Absentia; and the first installment of the Japanese drama “Final Life.” There will also be two new movies this month: the documentary “Chasing Happiness,” which chronicles the rise to fame of the Jonas Brothers; and the Idris Elba crime drama “Yardie.”

Likewise, there will be plenty of films making their first appearances on Amazon Prime Video in June including the first five films in the “Rocky” franchise and several entries in the “Rush Hour” series.

Below is the full schedule of everything that is coming to Amazon Prime Video in June 2019. Unlike Netflix, Amazon does not disclose the shows and movies leaving the service in any given month. We’ve done some digging and
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‘Booksmart’ Film Review: Debut Director Olivia Wilde Delivers Witty Coming-of-Age Comedy

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‘Booksmart’ Film Review: Debut Director Olivia Wilde Delivers Witty Coming-of-Age Comedy
How do you begin describing the movie you have been unknowingly waiting for your entire life? Do I start by telling you how incredibly hilarious “Booksmart” is? Or do I tell you how first-time feature film director Olivia Wilde created a resoundingly smart, inclusive, modern and revolutionary film for today’s teens?

How about this: “Booksmart” is, by far, one of the most perfect coming-of-age comedies I have ever seen.

Ride-or-die best friends and academic overachievers Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are a day shy of their high school graduation. Molly belatedly discovers that while she and Amy solely focused on homework, studying, and getting a fake ID solely for the purposes of using an all-night college library throughout high school, her partying peers are somehow also heading to Ivy League schools. Determined to have one last blast of hedonism before high school ends, she convinces Amy to
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How ‘Booksmart’ Writer Katie Silberman Turned a Beloved Years-Old Script Into the Movie of the Moment

When Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins’ “Booksmart” landed on the Black List of best-liked unproduced scripts back in 2009, it promised a tantalizing twist on the high school comedy: “Two overachieving high school seniors realize the only thing they haven’t accomplished is having boyfriends, and each resolves to find one by prom.” Despite the heat of a Black List endorsement, the screenplay languished, eventually getting a 2014 rewrite from filmmaker Susanna Fogel (best known for her appropriately female friendship-powered films “Life Partners” and “The Spy Who Dumped Me”). And then… nada, not for whole years.

But you can’t keep a good idea down.

Hot off the production of what would become a smash hit for Netflix, the charming rom-com “Set It Up,” rising screenwriter Katie Silberman was tapped to draft her own version of the “Booksmart” script in the spring of 2018. No, really, she was very hot off the production:
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Here’s Everything New Coming to Amazon Prime Video in June

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Amazon Prime Video is out with its list of new titles coming in June, and it includes the new Jonas Brothers movie, “Chasing Happiness.” Featuring never-before-seen footage of the brothers’ younger years, the film offers long-time JoBros fans a personal look at Nick, Joe and Kevin’s journey to success, from a family struggling to make ends meet to their ascent to pop stardom. The Amazon Original is out June 4, just ahead of the band’s comeback album, “Happiness Begins,” out June 7.

Another June highlight is “Yardie,” which is directed by Idris Elba and set in ’70s Kingston, Jamaica and ’80s Hackney, London. “Yardie,” which will be released on June 17, centers on the life of a young Jamaican man named D who has never fully recovered from the murder of his older brother Jerry Dread. Dispatched to London where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne and his daughter who
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Glenn Close and Mila Kunis to Star as Mother and Daughter in Drama ‘Four Good Days’

Glenn Close and Mila Kunis to Star as Mother and Daughter in Drama ‘Four Good Days’
Glenn Close is teaming up again with her “Albert Nobbs” director Rodrigo Garcia for the drama “Four Good Days,” in which she and Mila Kunis will star as mother and daughter, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

In the film, Close will play Deb, a mother helping her daughter Molly (Kunis) overcome a substance addiction by trying to nurse her through four good days that will be crucial to her road to recovery.

Capstone is launching sales on the film at the Cannes Film Festival, now underway.

Also Read: Glenn Close Joins Ron Howard's 'Hillbilly Elegy' With Amy Adams

Garcia will direct “Four Good Days” from a script he co-wrote with Eli Saslow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Washington Post who based the screenplay on his own article. Principal photography is expected to begin in September in Los Angeles, and Productivity Media and
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‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ Catches $103M In Overseas Bow; ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Assembles $2.486B Ww – International Box Office

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Sunday Update, writethru: Legendary Entertainment/Warner Bros’ Pokemon Detective Pikachu took the No. 1 spot at the international box office this weekend with a $103M start in 62 markets, just edging the third frame of Avengers: Endgame per today’s estimates. Along with the early release in Japan, Pikachu‘s offshore cume is $112.4M through Sunday, and the global total with the strong domestic bow is $170.4M.

By a hair of his lightning tail, Pikachu topped the third overseas session of Disney/Marvel’s Endgame which added $102.3M in 55 material markets (globally the McU pic won the weekend with $165.4M to the little critter’s $161M). Last session, Endgame sailed past Titanic to become the No. 2 movie of all time both offshore and worldwide. Its cumes currently sit at $1.762B international and $2.486B global. Endgame remains the No. 2 film of all time behind Avatar with about $302M now separating them on a worldwide basis.
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Netflix Reveals Just How Much British People Love ‘Our Planet’ With Top 10 List

Netflix is famously tight-lipped when it comes to revealing how many people are tuning in to its endless supply of movies and TV series, though the streaming giant does occasionally toot its own horn when one of its titles does especially well. Now the company is experimenting with a weekly list of its most-watched offerings in the UK, with nature docuseries “Our Planet” topping the first edition.

In a Twitter thread, the company announced that it will be releasing such lists on a weekly basis from here on out. To compile them, “we look at the most-watched individual season of a show, film or special (regardless of when it launched). ‘Watched’ means members finished at least 70% of one episode.”

“It’s a test as we want to make sure this information is useful for you,” Netflix added. “So we may tweak it in the weeks ahead. eg. we’re not including kids right now.
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‘Our Planet’ & Zombie Drama ‘Black Summer’ Lead Netflix’s First Top Ten List Experiment In The UK

Netflix has launched its first top ten list in the UK with David Attenborough’s documentary Our Planet topping the charts and zombie apocalypse drama Black Summer becoming its most popular scripted series.

At its recent first quarter financials, the Svod service revealed it was experimenting with the top ten list in the UK to give subscribers the chance to find out which of its shows are most popular in their region. It revealed the data on its social media channels.

Our Planet was its most-watched show in April, followed by teen rom-com The Perfect Date, Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson’s The Highwaymen, horror film The Silence, Black Summer, Ricky GervaisAfter Life, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Bear Grylls’ You vs. Wild.

To compile the list, it looked at the most-watched individual season of a show, film or special and watched means
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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon is a comedian and actress who was born in New York on January 6, 1984. She began her career in the entertainment industry in 2007, and she is best known for being a regular cast member in ‘The Big Gay Sketch Show’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’, and for her celebrity impressions. She is also known for her work in films, some of which have included ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’, ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Rough Night’, and ‘Office Christmas Party’. Although she is quite a well-known celebrity, there are many things that people do not know about her. Here are 20

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Kate McKinnon
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Dan Lin’s Rideback, Mrc Announce First Class of Writers and Mentors for TV Incubator

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Dan Lin’s Rideback, Mrc Announce First Class of Writers and Mentors for TV Incubator
Rideback, Dan Lin’s production company, and Mrc have announced the inaugural class of writers and mentors for their TV incubator.

The new TV writers residency program, which was launched in February, offers a paid, eight-month residency program to a group of writers who have each previously been staffed on series and want to create their own drama series for cable and streaming. The writers are paired with experienced showrunners and/or executive producers who act as mentors.

The goal of the new venture is to creatively and financially support TV writers from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and for each participant to generate a market-ready, straight-to-series project.

The first class writers of will be comprised of Iden Baghdadchi (“Marvel’s Agents of Shield”), Brian Buccellato, Jalysa Conway & Rebecca Murga, Desta Tedros Reff (“Sorry For Your Loss”), Jovan Robinson (“The Code”), Susan Cohen & Sydnie Suskind (“How to
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Rideback TV Incubator Sets Writers And Mentors For Kickoff Year

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Rideback TV Incubator Sets Writers And Mentors For Kickoff Year
The Rideback TV Incubator, the new inclusion-focused writers program launched in February by Dan Lin’s Rideback and Mrc, has selected its writers and mentors for the inaugural 2019 session.

The incubator, whose core mission is to creatively and financially support writers from different backgrounds as they create their own series for cable or streaming services, is an eight-month paid program aimed at TV writers who have previously been staffed on series and want to create their own dramatic show.

The goal is to create a market-ready, straight-to-series project, which if they go forward will be produced by Rideback with financing and other support by Mrc, which is providing funding for the program. Rideback and Mrc will jointly bring projects to market, with an option of adding other elements. The writers will be set as executive producer/writers and mentors as non-writing executive producers.

This year’s list of writers: Iden Baghdadchi
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Why Lionsgate Needs ‘Hellboy,’ ‘John Wick 3’ and a Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen Rom-Com to Work

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Why Lionsgate Needs ‘Hellboy,’ ‘John Wick 3’ and a Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen Rom-Com to Work
Liongate’s hopes for 2019 rest largely on shoulders of “Hellboy,” John Wick and the two unlikely lovers of “Long Shot.”

Last year was the studio’s worst year at the box office since 2011. It pulled in just $389 million in 2018, according to Box Office Mojo.

But Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told investors in February that three upcoming films — “Hellboy,” “Long Shot” and “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” will be a “return to form” for the company’s motion picture business. Last year’s disappointments included “Robin Hood,” which pulled in $30.8 million domestically, “The Spy Who Dumped Me” ($33.6 million) and “The Commuter” ($36.3 million).

Also Read: Lionsgate Sets Holiday Release Date for Charlize Theron's Roger Ailes Scandal Film

“John Wick 3” comes out next month and is the first film greenlit by new motion picture group co-chairman Joe Drake. The franchise has a devout fan base: the second film in the series earned $171.5 million in worldwide box office,
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