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

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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 »


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

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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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 »


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

6 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. »


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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. »


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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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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Johnny Galecki’s House Burns Down in Massive Fire; Actor Unharmed

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The Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki’s large ranch burned down on Monday night in a massive fire, Variety has confirmed with the actor’s reps.

Galecki was not at the property at the time of the fire and is unharmed.

The hideway home was in San Luis Obispo, located in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to the TMZ, who first broke the news, the 1,200 acre fire burned down the ranch and other property on the estate. As of press time, 40% of the fire had been contained.

The actor’s rep confirms the report that states Galecki has not yet seen the property, but plans to check out the scene once the fire is completely contained.

According to a statement from Galecki, no one was harmed in the fire. »


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Troy Duffy ('Boondock Saints') Returns With 'The Blood Spoon Council'

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Exclusive: The Boondock Saints creator Troy Duffy makes directing return.

Producer Scott Clayton and his Oceanside Media has signed on to produce and fully finance The Blood Spoon Council, Troy Duffy’s return to the director’s chair since The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day in 2009.

The psychological thriller centres on the eponymous vigilante group that hunts down and executes serial killers in the Us.

When the FBI commissions a rogue profiler to get inside the head of the group’s elusive leader, the investigation is derailed when the whizzkid engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with a formidable mastermind.

Duffy directed 2009’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the sequel to his 1999 crime thriller The Boondock Saints. »


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Ansel Elgort to Portray John F. Kennedy in World War II Drama ‘Mayday 109’

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Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort has signed on to play John F. Kennedy in the drama “Mayday 109,” based on the 1943 sinking of Kennedy’s PT boat during World War II.

The project has been in development since 2015, when Beau Flynn and Basil Iwanyk acquired a script by Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore. Kent Kubena and Taylor Zea will oversee for Thunder Road and Scott Sheldon will oversee for Flynn Picture Co. No director is yet attached.

Kennedy was the commander of patrol torpedo boat PT 109 in the South Pacific when it was rammed by a Japanese destroyer Amagin, killing two crewmen. With the crew presumed dead by allies, Kennedy led the 11 survivors in swimming to a deserted island, where the crew had to hide from passing Japanese barges.

Kennedy swam over two miles to two other islands in search of help and food, then led his men to Olasana Island, which »


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Gwendoline Christie Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ Drama

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Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie has joined the cast of the untitled Robert Zemeckis project opposite Steve Carell.

Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are also starring in the movie. Carell will star as a man who builds a miniature World War II village as a way to recover from a violent assault. Christie will be his caretaker.

the story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

Christie is well known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s Game of Thrones and stars opposite Nicole Kidman and Elizabeth Moss in “Top of the Lake.” She appeared as Captain Phasma in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will return for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Zemeckis directs and produces from a screenplay he wrote with Caroline Thompson. Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner also produce, alongside »


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Michael Nyqvist, ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Star, Dies at 56

27 June 2017 1:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films alongside Noomi Rapace, died on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer, his representative confirmed. He was 56.

“On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” said his rep in a statement. “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Though best known for his role in the Swedish “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, Nyqvist also broke into American film. He played the villain alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol »


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Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig

27 June 2017 12:57 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We could hardly believe it either when news arrived earlier this year that a remake of the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” was in the works. We were even more surprised that it would star Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. Well, the bombshells don’t end there.

The Tracking Board is reporting that “Girls” duo Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are in talks to write the film.

Continue reading Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig at The Playlist. »


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‘The Beguiled’ Cast Performs ‘Hamilton’ Song ‘The Schuyler Sisters’ (Video)

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The cast and crew of “The Beguiled” teamed up to make a music video for “Hamilton’s” “The Schuyler Sisters” as part of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s #Ham4All fundraising challenge. Emma Howard, Addison Riecke and Angourie Rice star in the video as the titular sisters, but most of the show’s cast shows up in the video, including Oona Laurence as Aaron Burr, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman (at the 2:47 mark), as well as director Sofia Coppola. “This was so much fun shooting this with the cast and crew of ‘The Beguiled,'” Howard wrote. “It was »


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Can ‘Zoo’ Save Its Endangered Audience?

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It’s a jungle out there in terms of Summer TV Nielsen ratings. CBS’ “Zoo” didn’t fare well in the heat last year, when the drama dropped from a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 to a 1.1. In terms of total viewers, the series sank from an average of 8.889 million per episode to 5.885 million. Those are declines of 31 percent and 34 percent, respectively, and they include one-week’s worth of delayed viewing. The numbers were enough to make “Zoo” the No. 2 scripted series of the summer, but let’s just say there aren’t many more than a few of those »

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MTV News Shifts Toward Video, Targets Younger Audience (Exclusive)

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MTV News is being restructured with an eye toward creating more video and short-form content for a younger audience, Variety has learned.

The move comes seven months after Chris McCarthy was named president of MTV, and on the heels of a reorganization of the network’s linear-programming department. The transition will see resources shift from long-form journalism to the development of short-form video pieces.

Among the most significant changes — MTV has reached an agreement with the Writers Guild of America East to represent MTV News staff members. As part of that agreement, MTV News is parting ways with fewer than a dozen staffers and several freelancers. The news division is in the process of hiring additional personnel to focus on video and short-form content.

Plans to reorganize the news division had been in the works prior to February, when the WGA East notified MTV that it would seek a contract on behalf of MTV News employees. MTV »


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The Bachelorette Recap: Viking Man of the Month

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Let’s start the #KennyForBachelor campaign right now. »

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TV Ratings: ‘World of Dance’ Ticks Up From Last Week

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This week’s episode of “World of Dance” improved slightly in the overnight ratings compared to last week, according to Nielsen data.

This week’s episode averaged a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers, airing at 10 p.m. on NBC. Last week, the freshman competition series drew a 1.8 and 7.6 million viewers, meaning it ticked up 6% week to week in the key demo and 1% in total viewers.

Earlier on NBC, “America’s Got Talent” drew a 2.5 rating and 12.1 million viewers, airing from 8-10.

On ABC, a new episode of “The Bachelorette” (1.4, 4.8 million) ticked down slightly in total viewers compared to Tuesday’s episode. The final two episodes of “Downward Dog” aired at 10 (0.5, 2.2 million) and 10:30 (0.4. 1.8 million), both of which were down compared to last week’s episode. The series was cancelled last week.

Fox and CBS aired only repeats.

The CW aired a new episode of “iZombie” (0.3, 840,000), which was even with last week.

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Netflix Animated Comedy ‘F Is for Family’ Renewed for Season 3

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Netflix has renewed the Bill Burr animated comedy “F is for Family” for a third season. “F is for Family,” co-created by Burr and Michael Price (“The Simpsons”), follows a family that lives in Middle America during the 1970s. Netflix describes the time period as one where “political correctness, helicopter parenting and indoor smoking bans weren’t part of anyone’s vocabulary.” Burr announced the series renewal on Twitter Wednesday. Netflix also confirmed the news. Really happy to announce there will be a season 3 of Fiff. Thanks to everyone for watching! @netflix #FIsForFamily #gaumontTV pic.twitter.com/YVowj4j7yE »


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Emilia Clarke on Being a Woman in Hollywood: ‘I Do Get Treated Differently’

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Emilia Clarke, Mother of Dragons, destine ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, and feminist.

Clarke opened up about experiencing sexism in Hollywood in a recent a Rolling Stone interview. She also spoke about her role on the HBO series “Game of Thrones” as Khaleesi, a dominant female character.

“I feel so naive for saying it, but it’s like dealing with racism,” she said. “You’re aware of it, and you’re aware of it, but one day, you go, ‘Oh, my God, it’s everywhere!’ Like you suddenly wake up to it and you go, ‘Wait a f—ing second, are you … are you treating me different because I’ve got a pair of tits? Is that actually happening?’ It took me a really long time to see that I do get treated differently. But I look around, and that’s my daily life.”

Even with her onscreen nudity, Clarke adds that she embraces Khaleesi’s character »


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Meet Caitriona Perry, the Irish Reporter Who Endured Trump’s ‘Nice Smile’ Weirdness

55 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Donald Trump exhibited some “bizarre” behavior on Tuesday for someone who talks so much about hating the media. Caitriona Perry, the Washington Correspondent and U.S. Bureau Chief with RTÉ News Ireland, posted a video on Twitter Tuesday afternoon of an exchange between her and the president. “Video of the bizarre moment when President @realDonaldTrump called me over during his call with Taoiseach @campaignforLeo Varadkar,” she captioned the footage. Video of the bizarre moment when President @realDonaldTrump called me over during his call with Taoiseach @campaignforLeo Varadkar. @rtenews pic.twitter.com/TMl2SFQaji — Caitriona Perry (@CaitrionaPerry) June 27, 2017 Also Read: Meet Brian J. »


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