Amazon Studios: Joe Lewis Exits As Head Of Comedy & Drama
The executive shakeup at Amazon Studios continues. Just days after studio head Roy Price was fired following a suspension over sexual harassment allegations, also out is his top lieutenant, Head of Half Hour and Drama Series Development Joe Lewis. He is in negotiations for a producing deal with the streaming company. Lewis’ departure also comes on the heels of Amazon’s Head of International Productions Morgan Wandell leaving to join rival Apple in a serious post… »
Marvel Honcho Kevin Feige Hints ‘Captain Marvel’ Will Lead to Fourth ‘Avengers’ Film
Marvel Studios President and producer Kevin Feige has offered hints long suspected in fanboy circles, suggesting the upcoming “Captain Marvel” will lead into a fourth “Avengers” film. In an interview with Indie Wire, Feige discussed the plan moving forward after the fourth “Avengers” film and how the Captain Marvel film will play a big role in bringing the current story to a close. “We’re really focusing on ‘Captain Marvel’ and the work that Anna and Ryan are doing,” said the Marvel honcho. “It’s going to be a big part of heading towards this epic conclusion and epic finale »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Uber Sexual Harassment Movie in the Works With Susan Fowler
Good Universe is teaming up with Susan Fowler, who exposed Uber’s sexual harassment problems, for a movie about her experience at the company.
Fowler disclosed the ride-share company’s problems in a Feb. 19 blog post titled “Reflecting on One Very, Very Strange Year at Uber.” The post led to an internal investigation and CEO Travis Kalanick’s resignation.
Fowler wrote in her post, “When I joined Uber, the organization I was part of was over 25% women. By the time I was trying to transfer to another eng organization, this number had dropped down to less than 6%. Women were transferring out of the organization, and those who couldn’t transfer were quitting or preparing to quit. There were two major reasons for this: there was the organizational chaos, and there was »
- Dave McNary
Ray Donovan Renewed for Season 6 — But a 'Big' Change Is In Store
Ray Donovan has been renewed — and, more importantly, relocated.
Showtime announced Monday that it is bringing the Liev Schreiber fixer drama back for a sixth season, but that’s only half the story. The more interesting news is that after five years in Los Angeles the series is shifting its setting to New York City.
The 12-episode, Big Apple-set season will begin production in early 2018 and debut later that year.
The renewal comes just days before Ray Donovan airs its Season 5 finale (Sunday, 9/8c), an episode that was partially shot in NYC. »
Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges to Star in Drama 'Ben is Back'
Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy) wrote and will direct the feature that takes place over 24 hours, following the charming-but-troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother, Holly Burns (Roberts), welcomes her beloved son, but soon learns that he is still in harm’s way.
- Mia Galuppo
Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in Drama From 'The Crown' Scribe
Pathe and Calamity Films are backing the project, based on a script by Tom Edge (The Crown, Lovesick) and to be directed by Tony nominee and two-time Olivier winner Rupert Goold, with production set to start February 2018. BAFTA winner David Livingstone (Pride) will produce for Calamity Films.
Judy will chronicle Garland's arrival in swinging 1968 London to perform in a series of sellout shows. It has been 30 years since "the »
- Alex Ritman
Ashley Judd Sets First TV Interview After Harvey Weinstein Allegation
Ashley Judd, whose sexual harassment allegation against Harvey Weinstein helped take down the disgraced power producer, will give her first television interview since the fallout to ABC News’ Diane Sawyer.
Although Judd told Variety in 2015 about her borrowing experience being sexually harassed by a mogul, she declined to name him at the time. The “Kiss the Girls” actress went public with the allegations in an Oct. 5 article in the New York Times, which led dozens of other women to come forward with their own stories about sexual misconduct. The bombshell report chronicled decades of sex harassment allegations and revealed that Weinstein reached confidential settlements with at least eight women, including Rose McGowan.
“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply »
- Maane Khatchatourian
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Renewed for Season 2 at CBS All Access
“Star Trek: Discovery” continues to live long and prosper. CBS All Access has given a second-season pickup to the latest series in the venerable sci-fi franchise, the streaming service announced Monday. The series premiered last month, and the initial six episodes are currently available to stream on CBS All Access. Season 1 has been divided into two chapters, with the final installment in the nine-episode first chapter debuting Nov. 12, and the six-episode second chapter kicking off in January 2018. Also Read: 'Star Trek: Discovery' Star Jason Isaacs Tells Us Whether Show's Klingons Reflect Trump The “Star Trek: Discovery” launch set a record. »
- Ryan Gajewski
Dora the Explorer Movie in the Works With Michael Bay Producing
Dora is setting a course for New York City — and this time, she’s going to need a much bigger backpack.
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A live-action, feature-length film based on the Nickelodeon series Dora the Explorer is in the works at Paramount Players, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie will follow teenage Dora as she moves to the Big Apple to live with her cousin Diego, the titular character in the Dora spinoff Go, Diego, Go!
Though Dora was originally introduced as an eight-year-old girl in 2000, she was »
Film Review: ‘My Generation’
There’s a tremendous amount of pleasure to be had in David Batty’s “My Generation,” a sloppy wet kiss to Michael Caine and British youth culture of the 1960s. Loaded with great footage from the era and accompanied by superbly cleaned-up music tracks from the Kinks, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many others, this love letter-as-documentary offers 85 minutes of good old fun. What it doesn’t do is posit any genuine analysis or even make a head-nod to diversity. But this is Caine’s narrative about the unapologetic working class taking over popular culture, and the writers as well as music mogul Simon Fuller, acting as top producer, have no interest in countering their star’s gleefully empowering chronicle of his youth. Voiceover interviews with such key players of the era as Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithfull, Twiggy and Mary Quant add to the overall feast, making the film an attractive offering for all platforms.
- Jay Weissberg
‘Andi Mack’ Stars Reveal Season 2’s ‘Transitions,’ Changed Relationships (Exclusive Video)
“Relationships build and change” in the second season of Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” star Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Andi) said in a video exclusive to TheWrap. “I’m really excited to see how each character matures and grows,” she added. Emily Skinner, who plays Amber, points out that viewers may continue to warm to her character, who has competed with Andi for Jonah’s (Asher Angel) affections. Also Read: 'Descendants' Star Cameron Boyce on 'Spider-Man' Role: 'It Doesn't Get Much Better' (Exclusive Video) “Lots of the characters, you’ll see more depth to them,” Skinner said. »
- Ryan Gajewski
La Times Reporter: Nearly 200 Women Have Reached Out After James Toback Expose
Nearly 200 additional women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment by director James Toback, Los Angeles Times reporter Glenn Whipp tweeted on Monday. Whipp is the reporter behind a bombshell report published Sunday detailing claims by 38 women — 31 of which were on the record — who said that Toback had sexually harassed them. One actress said Toback rubbed his crotch against her leg, while another said Toback told her he would “love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes.” Updating again: Since this story published on Sunday, 193 additional women have contacted me to »
- Jeremy Fuster
Why Did Bill O’Reilly Pay $32 Million? One Accusation May Be Key
It’s a puzzling contradiction: Fox News host Bill O’Reilly paid an eye-popping $32 million to a woman who accused him of sexual harassment and something mysteriously described as a “nonconsensual sexual relationship.” Yet he says he did nothing wrong, and settled only to shield his children from his bad publicity. Why would the fallen king of the “No Spin Zone” pay so much for something he didn’t do? The phrase “nonconsensual sexual relationship” may be key, said attorneys who spoke with TheWrap. Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Staffer Breaks Nda, Says She Was Harassed: 'I Was Furious' Lis Wiehl, »
- Susan Seager
Orion Names Kevin Shelby to Marketing, Distribution Post
Orion is MGM’s newly relaunched label, which plans to market and distribute four to six modestly budgeted films a year, both wide and limited releases, for targeted audiences.
Shelby, who will oversee day-to-day operations of Orion’s theatrical marketing and distribution, most recently served as senior vp marketing at Bh Tilt, where he also worked with Hegeman and where he oversaw the planning, development and execution of marketing, distribution and advertising for theatrical »
- Gregg Kilday
'Hunting Ground' Team Plan Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary
Co-directors Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering announced plans for their new documentary Monday, with the film set to examine how the entertainment industry covered up or ignored sexual assaults in the cases of powerful people like Weinstein, the Hollywood Reporter writes.
"Documentaries, more than any other medium, bring an intensely moving investigative lens to controversial subject matter," Dick told THR. "What our film will capture, »
Will Las Vegas Become Just Another Mass Shooting We Forget?
A.J. Schnack remembers the calm in every town. No matter how hellish the shooting, or how many news crews came, things always went back to normal. So Schnack made a film. “Every time, there’s people who think we need to do something about this violence, then the other side says, ‘Now is not the time,’ and then a few days go by and there’s just… nothing,” he said. “I wanted to make something that shows these events happening again and again and how they echo one another.” Schnack’s film, “Speaking Is Difficult,” travels to Colorado Springs, »
- Jeremy Fuster
Amazon Studios Shakeup: Joe Lewis Exits as Head of Comedy and Drama
Amazon Studios head of comedy and drama development, Joe Lewis, has exited, TheWrap has learned. Sharon Tal Yguado, who recently joined the company to handle event series, will take over his responsibilities in heading up all scripted programming. The move follows a Wall Street Journal report earlier this month that cited anonymous staffers who claimed Lewis pressured “The Tick” producers to cast his girlfriend, Yara Martinez, in the pilot and then beef up her role. Also Read: Amazon Addresses Roy Price and Harvey Weinstein: 'Sad and Very Disappointing' This is a major time of transition for Amazon Studios, as head Roy Price resigned. »
- Ryan Gajewski
‘Jesus Hopped the A Train’ Theater Review: A Prison Drama That Can’t Be Contained
They say the show must go on, and that has proven especially true of the Signature Theatre’s star-crossed revival of the 2000 Stephen Adly Guirgis prison drama “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train.” In the last few weeks, director Mark Brokaw’s production has lost both of its lead actors to medical or personal conflicts. But two remarkable actors — Sean Carvajal and Edi Gathegi — have stepped in and (mostly) hit their marks. Guirgis has written an issue play, with a capital “I,” one that touches on issues of crime and punishment, free will, religion and justice. And he’s built it on. »
- Thom Geier
Erinn Hayes Makes Dig About Auditions After ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Firing
Erinn Hayes has auditions on the mind after her exit from “Kevin Can Wait.” The actress, who co-starred with Kevin James on the CBS sitcom until she was let go over the summer, recently took to Twitter to respond to a joke about auditions, and perhaps offer a new window into her thoughts about having to leave a successful show. “Auditions are like a–holes….That’s it,” tweeted actor and writer Seth Morris, who worked with Hayes on “Children’s Hospital.” Also Read: Erinn Hayes Says She's 'Very Aware' That Scientology Is Behind 'Bashing' of 'Kevin Can Wait' Hayes replied, »
- Ryan Gajewski
Halloween Costume Ideas 2017
With Halloween around the corner, it’s only natural to look to entertainment for costume inspiration.
From Eleven’s new, curly-haired hairdo in “Stranger Things 2” to a “Game of Thrones” getup that will make you king of the night, here are 20 costume ideas inspired by every corner of pop culture. Film aficionados look no further than Pennywise from “It” or Wonder Woman herself, while music lovers can go as any version of Taylor Swift from her hit “Look What You Made Me Do” video.
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