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Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson to Star in Late-Night Talk Show Film (Exclusive)
In what is sure to become one of the hottest packages in town, Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are set to star in an untitled movie Kaling also wrote revolving around a veteran late-night talk show host.
The story follows a venerated late-night talk show host, played by Thompson, who’s in danger of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer, played by Kaling. Sources describe the film as “The Devil Wears Prada” meets “Broadcast News.”
No studio is currently attached, but sources say a bidding war for the package is expected to be heated with several bidders already in the mix.
Kaling has quickly become one of the biggest triple threats in the world of comedy. She is creator, writer, and star of “The Mindy Project,” which aired for three seasons on Fox before heading over to Hulu, »
- Justin Kroll
Viola Davis to Star in Steve McQueen Heist Thriller ‘Widows’ (Exclusive)
Based on the 2002 British miniseries about a caper gone wrong, the story follows four armed robbers who get killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the job.
The film will be produced by McQueen, and Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films, who teamed with McQueen on “Shame” and also produced the best picture Oscar winner “The Kings Speech.” Film 4 is co-financing with New Regency.
The movie marks McQueen’s first feature since winning the best picture Academy Award for “12 Years a Slave.” McQueen has since been working on the HBO limited series “Codes of Conduct,” also penned by Flynn.
HBO recently shelved “Codes of Conduct,” allowing McQueen to focus all his energy on “Widows. »
- Justin Kroll
Producer Claims NBC’s ‘Timeless’ Infringes on Spanish Series
The Spanish producer of a time travel series claims in a federal copyright infringement lawsuit that NBC’s upcoming “Timeless” is a ripoff of their show.
The series is set to debut on Oct. 3. A press screening of one of the episodes is scheduled on the Sony lot on Wednesday.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday, claims that Onza Partners, producers of the Spanish series “El Ministerio del Tiempo” contend that their storyline was stolen for “Timeless,” in which a trio travels through time to try to stop a criminal trying to alter the course of history.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages as well as a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting the “production and/or distribution (in any form or medium whatsoever) of any episodes” of “Timeless,” including the pilot. But the producers are not filing a separate application for a temporary restraining order to immediately halt the series »
- Ted Johnson
"This Is Us" Scores Full-Season Pickup
That was fast: After just one airing, This Is Us has snagged a full(ish)-season pickup of 18 episodes, NBC announced Tuesday.
Enthused executive producer Dan Fogelman in a statement: “This order for a complete first season of 18 episodes is exactly what we’d wanted and hoped for. We’d carefully mapped out an 18-chapter story for the first year of the show, and this allows us to follow through with our exact initial intent. And to get the order so early on is a tremendous show of confidence and a boost for our entire cast and crew.”
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Kiersey Clemons to Star in Marc Webb’s Next Film Opposite Callum Turner
Allan Loeb penned the script, which tells the tale of a young man who learns that his overbearing father is having an affair. The son tries to stop it, but ends up becoming involved with the woman as well. Details about Clemons’ role are unknown.
Although Clemons is currently working on several projects, this is likely to be the next one released since production is expected to start this fall. She was recently »
- Justin Kroll
‘The Strain’ to End After Season 4 on FX
“The Strain” has been renewed for a fourth and final season, Variety has learned.
Currently in the midst of its third season, “The Strain” will return with Season 4 in summer 2017, marking the final set of episodes for the thriller from Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse.
Ending the series after four seasons was a creative decision made by the producers, according to a statement released on Tuesday by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, presidents of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, and another statement from Cuse, who said the original intent was for “The Strain” to last only three seasons.
“We sincerely thank Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and their creative team as well as the fantastic cast for three exciting seasons of ‘The Strain.’ Though we’re sad to see it go, we fully support the way in which they are crafting the fourth season’s dramatic conclusion,” said »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
‘Edge of Seventeen’ Named as Centerpiece Selection at Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has announced that the Stx coming of age-comedy “Edge of Seventeen” will screen as the centerpiece selection on Oct. 17.
James L. Brooks will attend the screening of the pic, on which he is a producer.
“Edge of Seventeen” centers around lonely high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) who forms an unlikely friendship with awkward admirer Erwin Kim (Hayden Szeto). The film also stars Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s history teacher.
Writer-director Ben Younger will also be present in Austin for a screening of his film “Bleed for This,” which stars Miles Teller as struggling boxer Vinny Paz and Aaron Eckhart as his coach. The film is based on the story of Paz, who went on to become world champion. »
- Will Thorne
Difficult Chapter, Tough Choices for Oscar Voters
Another film awards season dawns. But before the early festivals in Venice, Telluride, and Toronto could even define the day, storm clouds had already gathered.
The controversy surrounding Fox Searchlight’s Sundance acquisition “The Birth of a Nation” — with director and star Nate Parker falling under heavy scrutiny in the wake of resurfaced rape allegations from a 1999 incident at Penn State University — has been a consistent point of discussion and deliberation for weeks. Everyone who covers this beat was immediately asked how the allegations might affect the film’s awards hopes. It’s a query at which one can only cringe.
A woman is dead. Who cares about a Hollywood bauble in the face of that?
But Oscar optics are noteworthy. Many outside the business view the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a monolith that makes singular decisions, not as a body whose nominations result from the views of a wide-ranging collective. »
- Kristopher Tapley
HBO Inks Overall Deal With Danny McBride’s Rough House Pictures (Exclusive)
HBO is staying in business with one of its proven hit-makers.
Under the new two-year pact, Rough House Pics will develop new series for the premium cabler, which is already home to “Vice Principals” and “Eastbound & Down,” both of which hail from the company.
“Vice Principals,” which was created by McBride and Hill and stars McBride, aired its first season finale on Sunday. Its second season will debut in 2017. “Eastbound & Down,” which also starred McBride, aired for four seasons from 2009 to 2013. Both comedies were created under Rough House’s prior first look deal with HBO.
The new deal keeps Rough House in the HBO family past 2017, as “Vice Principals” has an unusual and quick format — the comedy will only be on the air for two seasons, as »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Nate Parker Gets Warm Reception at Virginia ‘Birth of a Nation’ Appearance
Norfolk, Va. — Nate Parker got a rapturous reception on Tuesday at Norfolk State University, a historically black college half a mile from the housing project where he lived during his early years.
“I’m home,” he told the packed theater, to a huge ovation.
The appearance was “The Birth of a Nation” director’s first on a college campus since controversy erupted last month over his acquittal on rape charges 17 years ago.
Parker did not mention the controversy, nor was he asked about it. Instead, he stuck to the themes of the film. The audience of about 350 people — almost entirely African-American — greeted him like a returning hero.
He had a confession, he said. The first time he was on the campus he was three years old in campus care as his mother, Carolyn, attended classes. But not for long. “I actually got kicked out,” he said. “I think it was for biting. »
- Jim Morrison
Once Upon a Time Season 6: Sean Maguire Returning as Robin Hood for Multi-Episode Arc
The people of Storybrooke won’t be dealing with Hades or the Underworld in Once Upon a Time Season 6, but that isn’t stopping a fan-favorite character, who was killed off last season, from returning. As first revealed by EW.com, Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood will be back on the ABC series this season for a multi-episode arc. However, before Regina and Robin fans get too excited, Maguire’s return does not mean Robin Hood will be coming back from the dead. In fact, Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have confirmed that the character will remain dead and are keeping how Robin
Once Upon a Time Season 6: Sean Maguire Returning as Robin Hood for Multi-Episode Arc »
- Chris King
Jimmy Kimmel Sets Oct. 1 ‘Yard Sale’ to Aid Homeless Youth [Video]
The ABC late-night show will host a yard-sale event on Oct. 1 at the Hawthorn Avenue parking lot facility for Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater, where Kimmel tapes. Proceeds from the event will benefit for Kimmel’s Uncle Frank’s Helping Hand Foundation, which will earmark the funds for My Friend’s Place. The latter org helps about 1,500 homeless youth in Hollywood every year with a range of support services.
The sale items will include various set props, wardrobe and memorabilia used on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ over the show’s 14-year run to date. The sale will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Kimmel fans can also bid on various items via Ebay.
Kimmel’s yard sale event is the final event in ABC’s larger “Summer of Service” campaign that has provided »
- Variety Staff
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Rips Fox News for ‘Awkward’ Donald Trump Interview About Ex-Miss Universe (Video)
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski ripped “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning for the way it handled a Donald Trump phone interview about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Brzezinski lost it following a clip of Trump calling into the Fox News morning show on Tuesday morning to double down on controversial comments that Hillary Clinton used against him during Monday’s presidential debate. “That person was a Miss Universe person, and she was the worst we ever had. The worst. The absolute worst,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” hosts about Machado. “She gained a massive amount of weight. And it was a. »
- Brian Flood
Jon Favreau to Direct ‘Lion King’ Live-Action Remake
Having become king of the jungle, Jon Favreau is heading to the African Savannah.
Disney has tapped the filmmaker to oversee its upcoming live-action remake of “The Lion King.” Favreau already had success modernizing “The Jungle Book” for the studio. He’s also the director of “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2.” Disney has been busy delving into its vaults, and modernizing classic animated fare like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cinderella” with flesh and blood actors, and, in the case of “The Jungle Book,” pixilated critters. Barring tremendous advances in lion taming, presumably real animals won’t be used in this one either. They’ll be of the digital variety.
“The Lion King” has already been turned into a Tony-winning Broadway musical, that continues to draw crowds. The 1994 version was one of the studio’s most successful films, earning $968.8 million globally. The story centers on a young lion whose »
- Brent Lang
James Corden Joins Backstreet Boys for One-Time, 6-Man Performance (Video)
Backstreet’s back? Alright. (Fine.) James Corden is bringing boy bands back — one cute one, one funny one, one nice one, one “other” one, and one maverick at a time. The CBS “Late Late Show” host misses the old days of *Nsync, O-Town, 98 Degrees — heck, maybe even you, Lfo. (Not so fast, 5ive.) “I want matching outfits, synchronized dancing and Way over-budget music videos,” Corden explained last night. Also Read: Usain Bolt Smokes Owen Wilson, James Corden and Entire Show Staff in Race (Video) So he swung for the fences on Tuesday, welcoming the top-selling boy band of all time to his. »
- Tony Maglio
Amy Schumer Named Most Dangerous Celebrity Online
Amy Schumer is many things — funny, smart, and fearless — but now she can be described with one more adjective: dangerous. Schumer topped the 10th annual list of most dangerous celebrities online, compiled by Intel Security. According to the official release, the list tracks “which celebrities, musicians and TV hosts generate the most dangerous search results, potentially exposing consumers to malware.” Schumer knocked Edm DJ Armin van Buuren off the top spot this year, with 16.11 percent of searches for her name leading to sites that could infect your computer with viruses or expose personal information. Also Read: Amy Schumer, Blake Lively Slam. »
- Joe Otterson
Trump Supporter Flips Out on CNN Reporter at Rally: ‘You Don’t Have a Heart!’ (Video)
A Donald Trump supporter was caught on camera flipping out at CNN reporter Randi Kaye at a Florida rally on Tuesday, calling the media “vultures” and “cowards.” The enraged Trump supporter tried to force Kaye to interview a military mom. “If you’re not here to interview military, leave,” the Trump supporter said. “You’re here about Hillary Clinton. We’re here about Trump and our military. Leave.” Also Read: Did Donald Trump Admit to Not Paying Federal Taxes? 'I Never Said That' Kaye tried to explain that she was there to cover Trump, but the woman repeatedly told her to “leave” the rally. »
- Brian Flood
Lin-Manuel Miranda to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’
The Broadway star — who has recently gotten involved in a number of film projects including Disney’s “Moana” and the upcoming “Mary Poppins” sequel with Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep — will be joined on the comedy sketch show by musical guest Twenty One Pilots.
Miranda recently appeared on the cover of Variety‘s Gotham issue, and spoke about how his life has changed since the cultural and critical force of “Hamilton” launched him to fame.
“When I wake up in the morning, I feel the same,” he told Variety’s Gordon Cox. “It’s really when I leave the house that’s the measure of how different the world is, coming out here and being a selfie magnet in the streets of New York City.”
In addition to “Hamilton,” Miranda is also known for creating the Tony award »
- Seth Kelley
Jon Favreau to Direct Disney’s Live Action ‘Lion King’
After the success of Jon Favreau‘s “The Jungle Book,” the director is teaming up with Disney to create a live-action version of “The Lion King,” the studio announced Wednesday. No release date has been announced yet for “The Lion King” or the sequel to “The Jungle Book,” which was announced in April. 1994’s “The Lion King” is one of the biggest animated films of all time, having grossed $968.8 million globally over its lifetime. It won an Academy Award for the original song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” as well as its original score by Hans Zimmer. Also Read: Robert Downey. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Andrea Tantaros Refuses ‘Seven Figure’ Settlement Offer from Fox News to Drop Harassment Case
The attorney for former Fox News Channel personality Andrea Tantaros said Wednesday the host had turned down a settlement offer in the “seven figures” and would continue to press her case alleging harassment by senior executives at the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet.
The legal development threatens to fan the flames of a controversy that the network and its parent hope to extinguish: Roger Ailes, the leader of the network and architect of its popular and influential programming, was ousted in July in the wake of a lawsuit filed by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson alleging sexual harassment by the executive. He has denied the charges, but multiple female Ailes employees both current and former stepped forward alleging similar charges of unwelcome and sexually charged behavior by Ailes.
“As has been widely reported, Fox News previously offered Ms. Tantaros seven figures to renounce her harassment claims against Ailes (and others) in exchange for her eternal silence »
- Brian Steinberg
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