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Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton CIA Thriller ‘American Assassin’ Targets September Release

20 March 2017 4:40 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lionsgate and CBS Films have set Michael Cuesta’s “American Assassin” for a September 15 release date. Based on Vince Flynn’s spy novel series, the film will star Dylan O’Brien as Mitch Rapp, a CIA black ops recruit who undergoes deadly counter-terrorism missions. Michael Keaton will play Rapp’s instructor and Cold War veteran, Stan Hurley. The film follows Mitch and Stan as they are assigned by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a series of seemingly unrelated attacks. It turns out they are part of a plan by a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) who wants to start war in. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Insecure’ Showrunner Prentice Penny on Being in Front of the Camera for His Unscripted Series ‘Upscale’

20 March 2017 4:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Insecure” showrunner Prentice Penny swears up, down, and sideways that he never intended to be in front of the camera — the former “Happy Endings” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” writer has been very happy writing comedy behind-the-scenes. But as he explained to Variety, becoming successful meant learning how to buy things better. “Upscale with Prentice Penny,” debuting Tuesday, Mar. 21 on TruTV, is an unscripted tutorial on how to be a more conscious consumer — with an eye toward luxury, quality, good taste, and the finer things in life. In the first episode, Penny uses a (fictional) cheesy R&B music video from the ’90s as inspiration to upscale his date night, which leads him to search for better bedsheets, a nicer evening robe, quality champagne, and a couple of candles to set the mood. (He never does reveal if his wife went for his efforts, but he probably wouldn’t have been in such good spirits when we talked if »


- Sonia Saraiya

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Dave Chappelle: Watching ‘Key & Peele’ ‘Hurts My Feelings’

20 March 2017 4:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dave Chappelle has certainly never been one to shy away from controversy, and in his latest interview to promote his new comedy special on Netflix, the comedian addressed his feud with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and his departure from Comedy Central head on.

During the Roots Picnic festival last year, Chappelle took a shot at comedy duo Key & Peele, implying that they had taken the idea for his show.

“Put some respect on my name, y’all don’t know what I’ve been through … watching Key & Peele do my show the last five f—ing years,” Chappelle said at the time.

During his interview with “This Morning” co-host Gayle King on CBS, Chappelle sought to clarify his comments, insisting that he is a fan of the show, but suggesting that he should be credited for some of the show’s “conventions.”

“I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition »


- Will Thorne

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‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Review: Jessica Chastain Saves Polish Jews But Can’t Rescue the Movie

20 March 2017 4:24 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Some tales are remarkable yet true, while others are meaningful yet dull. In “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” a regrettable sense of the latter overtakes the former in telling of the Żabińskis, real-life married Polish animal caretakers who saved hundreds of Jews during their country’s Nazi occupation. “Whale Rider” director Niki Caro’s studiously rendered period epic puts a thickly accented Jessica Chastain front and center as Antonina Żabińska, since Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book culled its history (and title) from access to Antonina’s diaries. But as refreshing as it is to see a woman in an Oskar Schindler-type »


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NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ Brings Jennifer Lopez Back to Her Roots: ‘It’s the Perfect Job for Me’

20 March 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jennifer Lopez will return to the judges’ table this May on her show “World of Dance,” and the superstar says the NBC competition series is “the best thing I could have ever done.”

“It’s like a dream come true and, like, the perfect job for me. In a sense, we created literally the perfect show for me to be a part of,” Lopez said Monday at a NBC press event in Beverly Hills., California, speaking on a panel with her fellow judges Derek Hough and Ne-Yo, host Jenna Dewan Tatum and executive producers Matilda Zoltowski, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Benny Medina.

Lopez, who started as a dancer and first broke through as a Fly Girl on “In Living Color,” is a judge and executive producer on the reality show, and was integral in the development of the series. At the press event, she explained that “World of Dance” — which will feature solo artists, duos »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Michael Keaton’s ‘American Assassin’ Gets September Release Date

20 March 2017 4:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate and CBS Films have set a Sept. 15 release date for “American Assassin,” starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, and Taylor Kitsch.

Kill the Messenger” helmer Michael Cuesta directed the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing the film. Based on Vince Flynn’s novel, the movie follows Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton), who would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency actually knew of his existence.

As the story begins, Hurley’s deputy director (Lathan) tasks him with training a black ops recruit devastated by the loss of his fiancée to a terrorist attack. The pair is eventually dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent — played by actress Shiva Negar — to stop a mysterious operative (played by Kitsch) from starting World War III in the Middle East. »


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Anne Frank Center Blasts Tim Allen for ‘Deeply Offensive’ Nazi Germany Comment: ‘Have You Lost Your Mind?’

20 March 2017 4:03 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect demanded an apology from actor Tim Allen after he compared life for Hollywood conservatives to living in “’30s Germany.” That era, of course, was when Adolf Hilter rose to power and the Nazis began their campaign of mass extermination of Jews and many others they deemed undesirable. The Anne Frank Center called Allen’s comparison “deeply offensive” and said it “trivializes the horrors imposed on Jews in Nazi Germany.” The “Last Man Standing actor said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Friday: “You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get beat up if. »


- Rosemary Rossi and Tim Molloy

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Judge Says ‘Duck Dynasty’ Producers Should Be Reinstated at Gurney Productions

20 March 2017 3:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that Scott and Deirdre Gurney, the producers behind the reality show “Duck Dynasty,” should be reinstated as the heads of Gurney Productions after it granted their notion for an injunction, but ITV has appealed the ruling. So the Gurneys are still out at their namesake company, following a legal battle wherein parent company ITV America fired them based on fraud claims in Dec. 2016. Update (4:27 p.m.): Since the initial announcement of the judge’s decision, ITV America said it filed an appeal. In the decision, the judge said the Gurneys »


- Carli Velocci

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Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Sells to Lionsgate

20 March 2017 3:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has picked up worldwide rights to Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen’s comedy “Flarsky” with “50/50” director Jonathan Levine helming.

Lionsgate handled distribution on two previous Levine films — “50/50,” which starred Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and “Warm Bodies.”

Rogen will play an unemployed journalist, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue Theron’s character — his childhood crush and babysitter, who now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on earth. The script is written by veteran comedy scribe Dan Sterling. Production is expected to begin in August.

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Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures, Theron’s Denver and Delilah Films, and Good Universe are the production companies.

Producers are Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver, alongside Denver and Delilah’s Theron, Beth Kono, and A.J. Dix. Sterling will also executive produce »


- Dave McNary

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Ex-mma Fighter War Machine Found Guilty of Kidnapping, Sexual Battery of Porn Star Ex

20 March 2017 3:52 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Former Mma fighter War Machine has been found guilty of 29 counts against him stemming from an attack on his ex-girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack. The Associated Press reported that War Machine, born Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, was found guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault, along with a host of other counts, by a jury. The jury deadlocked on two attempted murder charges. Koppenhaver could face life in prison over the conviction. Also Read: Dog the Bounty Hunter Vows to Catch Mma Fighter 'War Machine' Accused of Domestic Abuse The fighter was accused of beating Mack in 2014. Mack tweeted out photos of her injuries, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Here Are the Best #JustAddZebras Memes From John Oliver’s Green-Screen Stunt

20 March 2017 3:48 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” has spawned yet another meme. The host closed out Sunday’s episode of his HBO talk show with a short segment about an initiative in La Paz, Bolivia that uses people dressed up in zebra costumes to help direct traffic and reduce accidents. “Frankly, I have needed this over the past few months. The news has been hard,” Oliver said during the segment featuring footage of zebras dancing, hugging children and participating in news interviews. Also Read: John Oliver Can't Understand Trump's Budget: 'I Don't Speak Fluent Toddler Psychopath' (Video) “If zebras can make Bolivian traffic jams better, »


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‘Bull’ Enlists Glenn Gordon Caron as Season 2 Showrunner

20 March 2017 3:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bull” is getting a new showrunner in the form of television veteran Glenn Gordon Caron, Variety has confirmed. Caron is best known for creating the series “Moonlighting,” which was an early starring vehicle for Bruce Willis, and the supernatural drama “Medium,” which starred Patricia Arquette. The shows ran for five and seven seasons respectively.

The move comes as part of a multi-year overall deal Caron has signed with CBS TV Studios, which produces the one-hour drama. Caron will join the show immediately as a consultant on the remaining episodes of Season 1. Mark Goffman will continue as showrunner for the remainder of Season 1 before transitioning out to focus on development under his own deal with CBS TV Studios. Caron was previously set up under an overall deal at 20th Television, working as an executive producer on the FX series “Tyrant.” He is repped by Wme, 3Arts and Ziffren Brittenham.

Bull” stars “NCIS” alum Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason »


- Joe Otterson

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Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen’s ‘Flarsky’ Goes to Lionsgate

20 March 2017 3:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lionsgate has acquired worldwide rights to “Flarsky,” a comedy starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, TheWrap has learned. Jonathan Levine will direct the movie from a Black List script written by Dan Sterling. Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment imprint will release the film. “Flarsky” follows an unemployed journalist (Rogen) who pursues his now-unattainable childhood crush and babysitter (Theron), who has become one of the most powerful women in the world. Also Read: Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen to Star in Romantic Comedy 'Flarsky' Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce the film alongside Denver & Delilah’s Theron, »


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TV News Roundup: Star Chris Messina to Star Opposite Amy Adams in HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’

20 March 2017 3:40 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV news roundup, Chris Messina has joined HBO’s “Sharp Objects,” Annapurna TV and Amazon are teaming up to develop an adult animated show, and more. 

Casting

Chris Messina has been cast as the male lead opposite Amy Adams in the upcoming HBO drama “Sharp Objects.” Messina will play Kansas City Detective Richard Willis, who is drafted to support to a small town Sheriff in the search for the killer of a young girl. However, he struggles with the investigation until he meets Camille (Adams), who is covering the crime for a St. Louis paper. The series is based on the book by Gillian Flynn, with all eight episodes directed by Jean Marc Vallée. Marti Noxon, who wrote the pilot, will serve as showrunner. Messina is repped by Wme. Deadline first reported the news.

NBC‘s “What About Barb?” pilot has cast Tyler Sanders as Siggy, the overly ambitious, hardworking »


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Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen Comedy 'Flarsky' Lands at Lionsgate (Exclusive)

20 March 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lionsgate has scooped up worldwide rights to the Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen comedy Flarsky, and will release it under its Summit Entertainment label.

Jonathan Levine will direct the film from a Black List script by Dan Sterling. The story centers on an unemployed journalist (Rogen), battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue his childhood crush and babysitter who now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women in the world (Theron).

Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce alongside Denver & Delilah’s Theron, Beth Kono »


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‘Shut Eye’ Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu, John Shiban to Take Over as Showrunner

20 March 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hulu has renewed “Shut Eye” for Season 2, but John Shiban will take over as showrunner for the outgoing David Hudgins, Variety has learned. Shiban joining the series will reunite him with the show’s executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, who worked with him on “Breaking Bad.”

Shiban’s most recent credits include writing and producing for the Starz drama “Da Vinci’s Demons” and AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” He has also worked on “The Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural,” and “The X-Files.” He also created the short-lived “X-Files” spinoff “The Lone Gunmen.” He is repped by ICM.

The series stars “Burn Notice” alum Jefferey Donovan as Charlie Haverford who, along with his wife Linda (KaDee Strickland), run a chain of fortune-telling parlors, one of which occupies a room in their Los Angeles home.

A lot of their time is spent chafing at the oversight of the Marks family, a Roma clan that strictly enforces its dominion »


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Judge Reinstates Gurney Productions Founders at ‘Duck Dynasty’ Company

20 March 2017 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A Los Angles Superior Court judge has reinstated Gurney Productions founders Scott and Deirdre Gurney as heads of the production company the couple ran until a legal battle erupted in December with parent company ITV America.

The Gurneys were removed in December as controlling managers of the company amid allegations of fraud and deception leveled in a lawsuit filed by ITV. On Monday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Susan Bryant-Deason granted the Gurneys’ request for an injunction against ITV’s actions while the lawsuit and the couple’s $100 million complaint against ITV proceeds.

However, ITV said it would appeal the decision and emphasized that the Gurneys will not be able to formally return to running the company while the appeal is pending.

“We are grateful that the Gurneys’ request for an injunction has been granted by the court, which reviewed the facts of the case and based on those facts agreed that the Gurneys should be »


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A Dozen Takeaways From the UCLA Entertainment Symposium

20 March 2017 3:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Did you miss this weekend’s UCLA Entertainment Symposium? Not to worry. The Hollywood Reporter has you covered with the top takeaways from the 41st annual installment of this conference, attended by seemingly every entertainment lawyer in the city, or at least 500 to 600 of them.

As usual, the event, sponsored by UCLA Law School’s Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law, covered a lot of ground. With the theme “Entertainment Madness: Keeping All the Balls in the Air,” there was something for everyone, with or without a bracket.

Chronologically, here’s the best of what you may have »

- Jonathan Handel

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Why This Season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Could be the Most Exciting Yet

20 March 2017 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dancing With the Stars” returns tonight for Season 24 on ABC.

It may be the most exciting yet given the caliber of the cast — not in terms of name recognition (Bonner Bolton, anyone?), but for their dance experience.

In recent seasons, it’s been standout performances, not big names, that have drawn viewers week after week. Who can forget Nyle Dimarco turning in memorable routines week after week, despite being deaf. Dimarco was barely known beforehand (he won “America’s Next Top Model”) before claiming the “DWTS” mirror ball trophy in 2016.

The majority of the Season 24 contestants have had some dance or performing experience, which will raise the level of competition. Here are the top contenders.

Heather Morris

The “Glee” actress was once a backup dancer for Beyonce, and not since Olympic ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White competed were contestants so heavily favored (Davis won in 2014). Morris competed on “So You Think You Can Dance” before »


- Lawrence Yee

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Colin Farrell to Star as Oliver North in Amazon Series About Iran-Contra Affair

20 March 2017 3:02 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Colin Farrell is returning to TV with a starring role in Amazon’s new limited series about the Iran-Contra affair, TheWrap has learned. Farrell will play former U.S. marine Oliver North, who was integral in the 1980s scandal involving sales of U.S. weapons to Iran through back channels and profits being distributed to Contras in Nicaragua. “The Lobster” director Yorgos Lanthimos is reteaming with Farrell on the project. Enzo Mileti and Scott Wilson are writing the script. Also Read: Colin Farrell Held Hostage by Southern Belles in Sofia Coppola's 'Beguiled' Remake (Video) “Great projects can stand out for the filmmaker, »


- Linda Ge

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