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Netflix Developing New Installment of ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’

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Netflix is developing a new installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” with Working Title Television U.S. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are on board to revive the characters they played in Showtime and PBS adaptations of the landmark Lgbt-themed novel series in the 1990s.

Michael Cunningham (“The Hours”) has penned the first script for what is envisioned as a 10-part installment, although the project does not yet have a series order from Netflix. Maupin would return as an executive producer, and Alan Poul is on board to direct. Netflix declined to comment.

Prolific novelist Maupin launched the series that follows a colorful, diverse group of characters living in San Francisco as a newspaper serial in 1976. He has published nine novels in the “Tales” series, with 2014’s “The Days of Anna Madrigal” said to be the final edition of the book series.

“Tales” focuses on the residents of a boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Michelle Rodriguez Threatens to Leave ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise if it Doesn’t ‘Show Some Love to Women’

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Michelle Rodriguez is, fittingly, furious with “The Fast and the Furious” franchise for not giving enough opportunities to women.

The actress threatened to leave behind her role as Letty Ortiz, the wife of Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, if the series continues to limit its female roles.

“F8 is out digitally today,” she captioned her Instagram photo. “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & I’m grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years.”

Rodriguez, who has portrayed Letty in five of the eight installments, has previously pointed out that she’s had limited dialogue along with actress Jordana Brewster, who plays the sister of Dom, and other women who have joined the series.


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- Rebecca Rubin

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Olivia Cooke to star in 'Vanity Fair' adaptation for ITV, Amazon

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Mammoth Screen to produce seven-part series.

ITV has tied with Amazon for the first time – commissioning a seven-part adaptation of William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

Mammoth Screen, the company behind ITV’s Victoria, and Amazon Studios will co-produce the 7x60-minute drama which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and will star Olivia Cooke will star as the social climbing heroine Becky Sharp.

Thackeray’s novel, which was published as a serialisation from 1848, is to be adapted by Gwyneth Hughes.

Mammoth Screen managing director Damien Timmer will executive produce the series alongside Hughes, James Strong and Tom Mullens.

Vanity Fair was ordered by head of drama Polly Hill, who told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast earlier this month that she was open to signing more international co-production deals.

“We want to be in the market for those bigger, global facing dramas because the audience has become an international one,” she said. “What »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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‘Deadpool 2’ Adds ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Star Julian Dennison

15 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While “Deadpool” made big piles of money, and was declared the proof of concept that you could step well outside the superhero sandbox, take a risk, and have it pay off handsomely, let’s just say the movie wasn’t for me. I have very little interest in the follow-up, but now Ryan Reynolds and co. have provided one reason I might watch the sequel one day, even if it’s on an airplane.

Continue reading ‘Deadpool 2’ Adds ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Star Julian Dennison at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Box Office: ‘Baby Driver’ Races to $2.1 Million in Tuesday Night Previews

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Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” sped to $2.1 million at 2,606 North American locations in Tuesday night previews.

Sony’s R-rated action-thriller, starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway car driver, expands to 3,150 sites Wednesday to get a head start on the Independence Day weekend. The studio is projecting an opening in the $13 million to $15 million range for the five-day Wednesday-Sunday period, while other projections have been in the $20 million area.

Baby Driver,” released from Sony’s TriStar Pictures and MRC, has received strong critical support since its South by Southwest premiere in March and has a 98% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. »

- Dave McNary

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Michael Bond Dies: Paddington Bear Creator & Author Was 91

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Creator of Paddington, the marmalade-loving bear from deepest darkest Peru, Michael Bond has died. Publisher Harper Collins UK announced the news this afternoon, saying Bond passed away at home on Tuesday after a short illness. He was 91. The British author sold his first short story in 1945 and published his first Paddington book, A Bear Called Paddington in 1958. He ultimately published over 200 books for children, including dozens devoted to the trouble-prone duffel… »

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Kenneth Lonergan to Be Honored at Austin Film Festival

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Kenneth Lonergan, who won the best original screenplay Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, will be honored at the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, where he will receive the event’s 2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award.

The festival, which celebrates writers’ contributions to film, television and new media, takes place Oct. 26-29, and Lonergan will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Oct. 28.

In addition to Manchester, Lonergan wrote and directed You Can Count on Me and Margaret. He also co-wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Gangs of New York, and as a playwright, has written This Is Our »

- Gregg Kilday

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Seth Meyers Takes a Look at What’s Hiding Behind Trump’s Fake Time Magazine Covers

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The distractions and the Gop healthcare saga. »

- Tolly Wright

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R2-D2 Was Sold at Auction for $2.76 Million

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They do know he can’t actually co-pilot an X-wing, right? »

- Tolly Wright

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'Star Wars' R2-D2 Unit Sells for $2.76 Million

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R2-D2 may have weathered a lot of galaxy turmoil, from being abducted to taking fire in several attacks, but despite the droid's battle wounds, the robot was not worse for wear when it came to its worth in an auction held on Wednesday. As Associated Press reports, an R2-D2 unit that was used in multiple Star Wars films commanded $2.76 million in an auction held by Profiles in History.

It was the most expensive item available at the movie memorabilia auction. The R2-D2 buyer's name was not revealed. Prior to the event, »

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SAG-aftra Member Meeting Draws Several Hundred as Strike Vote Looms

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With a possible strike authorization vote in the offing, several hundred SAG-aftra members have attended a closed-door meeting to receive an update on contract negotiations from their leaders.

The Wednesday evening gathering, held at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, took place with the union just two days away from the expiration of its current three-year master contract. Union president Gabrielle Carteris, who’s heading the negotiating committee, greeted members as they signed in and union staffers were taping testimonials from members supporting the strike authorization.

The turnout was impressive, given that the meeting was first announced only three days earlier — on June 25 after the national board said it would seek a strike authorization vote from its membership unless a deal is reached by June 30. The two-hour meeting broke up at about 9 p.m.

“There was nothing but unity in the room,” said one member as he left.

The performers union said in a message to »

- Dave McNary

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‘Big Brother’ Season 19 premiere recap: Paul Abrahamian returns, but how’d the others react?

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A whole new group of strangers moved into the “Big Brother” house on Wednesday night to begin the battle for a half million dollars. Host Julie Chen announced at the top of the episode that the houseguests “would be enticed by more temptations and face more consequences than anyone in the history of this game.” […] »

- Denton Davidson

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Broadchurch Season-Premiere Recap: Do You Believe Me?

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The first episode of Broadchurch season three is devastating. »

- Tom Philip

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Queen Sugar Recap: The Light of Day

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“What Do I Care For Morning” is an incisive portrait of a family in healing. »

- Angelica Jade Bastién

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Stephen Colbert Fact Checks Trump’s Fake News Claims, Trolls Him Over Time Cover (Video)

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Donald Trump just keeps on handing Stephen Colbert material on a plate. Wednesday’s unmissable topics included the president’s accusations against The New York Times of publishing “fake news,” and the equally-fake Time Magazine cover that was discovered framed in a number of Trump’s golf clubs. “The New York Times is not the only media outlet that Trump is mad at,” Colbert said in his opening monologue, referring to the Washington Post discovery of the doctored Time covers. Also Read: Stephen Colbert Defends CNN: Trump Is the One 'Guilty of Fake News' (Video) The late-night host suggested that »

- Debbie Emery

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Younger Season-Premiere Recap: The Unburdening

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“Post Truth” puts Liz and Kelsey’s friendship in the spotlight. »

- Maggie Fremont

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Stephen Colbert Looks Into Trump’s Latest Attack Against Amazon

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What is this “internet tax,” and why isn’t Amazon paying it? »

- Tolly Wright

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Red Carpet Premiere (Photos)

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A look on the carpet during the La premiere of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Related storiesSpider-Man Freaks Out Starbucks Customers in Prank Video (Watch)'Transformers: The Last Knight' Once Again Tops Studios' TV Ad Spending'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Continues to Dominate Social Media »

- Jacob Bryant

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The Real Housewives of New York City Recap: Vermonsters

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The Housewives just need to chill the hell out. »

- Brian Moylan

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Aaron Sorkin Signs With CAA

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Aaron Sorkin has left his longtime agency, Wme, for CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The move comes as he is finishing up his directorial debut, Stx and eOne’s Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain. Sorkin also adapted the screenplay, based on the memoir of Molly Bloom.

Sorkin is arguably Hollywood’s most high-profile scribe, having penned The Social Network (which won the Oscar), Moneyball, Steve Jobs and A Few Good Men, which began as a 1989 stage play. He also created beloved series Sports Night and The West Wing (which won four straight Emmys for outstanding drama), as well as Studio »

- Rebecca Sun

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