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‘Roseanne’ Revival in the Works with Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert
The project is currently being shopped to both broadcast networks and streaming services. The original series ran for nine seasons on ABC and was widely praised for its portrayal of working class Americans.
Revivals of old shows are all the rage of late. Fox debuted “24: Legacy” in January, while a new season of “Prison Break” began airing on the network in April. Last year, Netflix debuted a four-episode continuation of “The Gilmore Girls.” In addition, NBC is producing a new 12-episode run of “Will & Grace,” which will air during the 2017-2018 season, while Showtime is preparing to launch new episodes of David Lynch’s cult classic series “Twin Peaks.”
Deadline first reported this news.
More to come…
- Joe Otterson
Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Hits $22 Million Internationally
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has blasted to $22.3 million at 29 international markets, a week ahead of its U.S. launch.
Australia is leading the way with $6.2 million, followed by France with $2.7 million and Italy with $2 million.
Germany generated a $1.5 million opening day on Thursday, the second-highest debut day of 2017 behind only “The Fate of the Furious.” Brazil opened with $1.2 million — nearly double the launch of 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which also bowed on a Thursday.
Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Blasts Off Overseas
Taiwan opened with $600,000 and a 62% market share. Netherlands launched with $500,000, the highest opening day of 2017 to date and the second-highest Marvel debut day ever, behind only “Captain America: Civil War.”
Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 »
- Dave McNary
Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ in the Works as TV Series From Paramount, Anonymous Content
Lestat is coming to television. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 11 of Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” books for adaptation, the companies announced Friday. “It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured. The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV, in a statement. “The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary. »
- Linda Ge
India Box Office: Will 'Baahubali 2' Set Records?
India is bracing for what could be a historic weekend at the box office when Baahubali: The Conclusion opens wide this Friday.
Living up to its name, the first installment of Baahubali (which means "the one with strong arms"), is estimated to have reached a muscular $100 million worldwide when it was released in 2015. While India does not report box-office numbers, Baahubali: The Beginning brought in about $77 million in the country, according to estimates, and is considered among the top three grossers of all time.
In North America, the first film had "a monster opening," New »
- Nyay Bhushan
‘How to Be a Latin Lover’ Edges Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’ at Thursday Box Office
“Latin Lover” grossed $450,000 at 925 U.S. locations, while “Circle” took in $430,000.
Both new movies are expected to trail “The Fate of the Furious” this weekend, which should land in the $15 million to $20 million range during Friday-Sunday. The eighth film in Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious” franchise has topped $171 million domestically in its first 13 days.
“The Circle,” from STX and EuropaCorp, opens at 3,163 venues, and is projected to reel in between $10 million and $15 million. The movie, which premiered on Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival, has a relatively thrifty $18 million budget.
- Dave McNary
James Gunn Says a Fourth ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Would Follow a Different Group
Before “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has even hit theaters, a third movie in the franchise was announced with the same lead characters. But if a fourth installment winds up getting made, director James Gunn said it would be completely different than the prior three movies. “I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple,” Gunn told the Toronto Sun. “I think that there could be a ‘Guardians Vol. 4,’ but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… Basically the story of this group ends with »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
'La La Land' Director Plots New Musical TV Show 'The Eddy'
La La Land director Damien Chazelle will direct a new musical TV series called The Eddy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama will center around a club in modern-day Paris, its owner, the house band and "the volatile city that surrounds them."
British screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne will write The Eddy. Thorne is known for co-writing the This Is England spin-off series with Shane Meadows and creating the supernatural BBC show The Fades. He's also written for the hit teen drama Skins and the original British version of »
‘American Gods': 14 Historical and Cultural Stories Behind the Old Gods (Photos)
Major spoilers for Season 1 of “American Gods.” The Gods of Starz’ new series “American Gods” come from across the world. They’re all immigrants: displaced from their native lands and left to find a place in a world that doesn’t always believe they exist. The novel the show is based on is packed full of mythological figures and creatures from Norse, Egyptian, Irish, pagan, and Christian histories and sometimes, the story isn’t as clear with their identities. It’s fun for the audience to put together the pieces for themselves. To help you out, we broke down brief histories of the Gods. »
- Carli Velocci
‘Heartbroken’ Ja Rule Says His Disastrous Fyre Festival ‘Not a Scam’
Fyre Festival c0-founder Ja Rule says he is heartbroken that attendees of the event billed as a luxury music festival found it to be anything but luxurious. The rapper issued a statement on Twitter saying the event was “not a scam” and that while the problems aren’t his fault, he is taking responsibility. “I wanted this to be an amazing event it was Not A Scam as everyone is reporting,” he wrote. “I don’t know how everything went so left but I’m working to make it right.” He also says everybody will be refunded. pic.twitter. »
- Carli Velocci
'Dear White People': The Story Behind Netflix's Controversial, Must-See Comedy
"Man, look at it out there,"Justin Simien says, gesturing to the window of the hotel suite he's currently holding court in. It's early February, and the city has just been hit by a blizzard that feels damn near Biblical; the streets below us, as well as the whole of Madison Square Park, are covered by an endless blanket of eye-blinding white. "It's like New York has been covered in Trump voters!"
Fyre Disaster: Festival Goers Document ‘Mass Chaos’ at Shut Down Event
A luxury music festival in the Bahamas, touted by Kendall Jenner, has been postponed amid an onslaught of complaints from attendees on social media (and those gripes are, in turn, being widely mocked on social channels). “So Fyre Fest is a complete disaster,” tweeted William N. Finley IV, who documented his experience on Twitter with a series of photos showing “mass chaos,” “no villas” and a “disaster tent city.” Alleged guests also aired complaints in a Reddit thread. Gripes ranged from being locked out of a first aid tent to overhearing what sounded like gunshots. “Is there anyone nearby who’s willing to. »
- Nigel M. Smith
Chris Messina on Returning to ‘Mindy Project,’ His Sexy New Thriller ‘Blame’
The film earned solid reviews at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and marks the feature debut of Quinn Shephard, a 22-year-old wunderkind who also edited, produced, wrote, and stars in the film as the object of Messina’s desire. Messina shot his part in the indie drama in a little over a week, as he juggled several different projects, but he wanted to do the film because he was convinced of Shephard’s talent.
The “Mindy Project” and “Julie & Julia” star keeps busy, hopping between big and small screens. He’ll next be seen in Jean-Marc Vallee’s HBO limited series “Sharp Objects” with Amy Adams. Messina spoke with Variety shortly before “Blame’s” festival premiere about working with Shephard, his openness to returning to “The Mindy Project, »
- Brent Lang
Rebel Wilson Sues Australian Publisher Bauer Media for Defamation
Rebel Wilson has filed a defamation lawsuit against Bauer Media, the Australian publisher of Women’s Weekly, Woman’s Day and Ok! magazines over a series of articles that she says portrayed her as a serial liar. The “Pitch Perfect” star, who is originally from Sydney, filed the suit against Bauer last year, accusing them of damaging her reputation by printing articles in 2015 that alleged she had used a fake name and lied about her age and upbringing in Australia. On Friday, her attorney Renee Enbom told the Melbourne Supreme Court that Wilson will give evidence that after the articles were printed, »
- Debbie Emery
How TV Has Changed Since Last Hollywood Writers Strike – And What That Means
Next week’s potential Hollywood writers strike ain’t your daddy’s WGA work stoppage. The last time the Writers Guild of America union members walked off the job was November 2007 — in a strike that lasted 100 days and majorly disrupted TV networks and movie studios. That’s not even a full 10 years ago, but it feels like a lifetime in terms of the evolving TV landscape that will face the repercussions if the WGA fails to forge a new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers when its current contract expires on May 1. Here are some of. »
- Tony Maglio
Laura Dern in the Mix for Film Academy President (Exclusive)
With current president Cheryl Boone Isaacs set to term out at the end of July, the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will soon be voting on new leadership. A handful of contenders have been bubbling up, but one particularly compelling name has just been tossed into the hat: two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern.
Sources tell Variety the actress is interested in taking the reins after being elected to the board of governors last July. If she runs and wins, it would be a splashy choice, not least of all because Dern is Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Oscar-nominated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. She would also be the fourth woman to hold the office, after Isaacs, Bette Davis and Fay Kanin — not an incidental footnote given the organization’s push for diversity as of late.
Dern did not respond to a request for comment. »
- Kristopher Tapley and Brent Lang
Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Creator Talks Picking Up Where the Film Left Off
The cast and creative team of Netflix’s “Dear White People” turned out Thursday evening for the series’ premiere at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. Creator/executive producer Justin Simien, director Barry Jenkins, and star Logan Browning were just a fraction of the stars who graced the red carpet.
Set within the posh, white-washed Winchester University, “Dear White People” explores racism — both systemic and overt — that takes place at the fictional Ivy League college, while also discussing identity politics and intersectionality. Based on the 2014 film of the same name, the show picks up right where the movie left off. According to Simien, there was “so much more to say and write” for the beloved characters.
“There was a lot of ‘Oh, I wish I had touched upon that!’ or wishing gone deeper into some plot lines after the movie wrapped,” Simien stated. “The series speaks to this time in a unique way. We »
- Arya Roshanian
Film Review: ‘Rupture’
There appears to be no onscreen torture we can invent but some producer’s first thought is “I’d like to see Noomi Rapace undergo that in a movie.” Graphic sexual violence? Niels Arden Oplev’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” Excruciating self-surgery? Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.” Strangulation by a dead woman’s identical twin? Brian De Palma’s “Passion.” And now we get “Rupture,” perhaps the sine qua non of the “let’s torture Noomi Rapace” subgenre in which she is tased, kidnapped, tied to a gurney, repeatedly drugged, forced to wear a helmet full of spiders and other things too spoilery, and too daft, to go into here.
But maybe the cruellest extreme rendition to be visited on Rapace is her ongoing, tantalizing proximity to the A-list, where despite an impressive resume, she’s never quite managed to establish herself. And that is one effort in which “Rupture” does her no favors. »
- Jessica Kiang
Tribeca Film Review: ‘Take Me’
In the history of bad ideas, entrepreneurial or otherwise, perhaps none has ever been worse than that of Ray Moody (Pat Healy), who earns his living providing kidnapping role-playing scenarios for clients interested in confronting personal issues or acting out deviant fantasies. Ray’s wannabe-therapeutic business predictably leads to trouble in “Take Me,” star Healy’s nimble directorial debut, which exploits its screwy premise for both unnerving laughs and volatile thrills. Tailor-made for a cult following, it should be eagerly snatched up by audiences after its Tribeca film festival premiere.
Having relocated from Atlantic City to Los Angeles due to a shady past incident involving his ex-wife, Ray finds banks unwilling to financially commit to his Kidnap Solutions, LLC, which he claims “helps people,” such as an early, overweight client (Jim O’Heir) who uses a seizure scenario to overcome his fast-food eating habits. Forced to secretly borrow cash from his brother-in-law, »
- Nick Schager
Twitter Mocks Fyre Festival Disaster: ‘I Never Want It to End’
Less than two days in, the high-end music weekend Fyre Festival turned out to be an unmitigated disaster, and Twitter is having a field day. “I just Googled ‘Fyre Festival’ and I can’t stop f—ing laughing,” one user wrote. “Oh, Jesus. If you live for train wrecks, Strap The F— In.” Founded by the rapper Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland, and promoted by celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski, Fyre Festival was billed a posh weekend getaway in the Bahamas. Tickets went for as much as $12,000. However, once ticket-holders arrived on the private island, what greeted them. »
- Reid Nakamura
What Happens to Daytime Soaps If Hollywood Writers Go on Strike Next Week
In the event of a Writer Guild of America (WGA) strike next week, you can expect your favorite daytime soaps to do a lot of behind-the-scenes scrambling to make sure that the onscreen saga continues without repeats or substitution. During the last two writers strikes in 1988 and 2007-08 — which each lasted at least 100 days — the production teams paused to develop a game plan on how to proceed without veterans to produce five scripts per week, according to Jill Farren-Phelps, nine-time Daytime Emmy winner for executive producing “The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital” and “Santa Barbara.” “The »
- Rosemary Rossi
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