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Peter Tolan, Norman Lear Developing NBC Comedy With Production Commitment

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Peter Tolan and Norman Lear are developing a new comedy series with NBC, Variety has learned.

The network has given the new single-camera series, currently titled “Guess Who Died,” a pilot production commitment. Based on Lear’s personal experience of working well into his 90’s, the series is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges people experience at any stage of life.

Lear and Tolan will serve as executive producers and writers, with Brent Miller also executive producing. Lear’s Act III Productions and Tolan’s Cloudland Company will produce along with Sony Pictures Television. Cloudland is set up under an overall deal at Sony.

Lear is a television legend, having created, produced, and written classic shows such as “Good Times,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “All in the Family,” and “One Day at a Time.” He has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards during his storied career, winning »


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‘Stranger Things': Duffer Brothers Say Season 3 Is a Go, Show Might End After Season 4

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Season 2 of “Stranger Things” hasn’t even been released yet, but the Duffer Brothers have teased that Season 3 of the Netflix series is a go and that they plan to do one — but just one — more after it. “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” co-creator Ross Duffer told Vulture, explaining that they can’t have their protagonists constantly running through the Upside-Down. “We just have to keep adjusting the story,” brother Matt Duffer added. “Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.” »


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Common to Lead Starz ‘Black Samurai’ Series From RZA, Jerry Bruckheimer

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Common is set to play the lead role in a new Starz series based on the “Black Samurai” book series with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Jerry Bruckheimer executive producing, the network announced Tuesday.

The series, which is currently in development, will follow Robert Sand (Common), a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai. After his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand is thrust on a worldwide journey of both revenge and self-discovery.

“We cannot wait for the world to meet Robert Sand – part Jason Bourne, part James Bond, and 100% the hero we need today,” said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz. “‘Black Samurai’ promises to be an action-packed ride and with the Bruckheimer team, Common, RZA and Andre at the helm, we can feel certain this will be exceptional storytelling.”

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Asghar Farhadi Begins Filming ‘Everybody Knows’ With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz in Spain

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Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning Iranian director of “A Separation” and “The Salesman,” has kicked off principal photography on “Everybody Knows” (“Todos Lo Saben”), his psychological thriller starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin.

Budgeted at 10 million euros ($11.8 million), the Spanish-language film is being produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy at Paris-based Memento Films Production and Alvaro Longoria at Spanish outfit Morena Films.

Written by Farhadi, “Everybody Knows” follows the journey of Carolina as she travels with her family from Buenos Aires to her hometown in Spain for a celebration. Meant to be a brief visit, the trip is disturbed by unforeseen events that will completely change the lives of Carolina and her family. »


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The Hellboy Reboot Has Added A Deadpool Star

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It's hard to believe it, but a new Hellboy project is becoming more of a reality as time goes on. Even better is the fact that the Neil Marshall directed film is pulling in a fantastic cast, with genre favorites like Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, and David K. Harbour all playing important parts in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. But hold on, because a new fan favorite character is joining the B.P.R.D., and he's being played by Deadpool's Ed Skrein. Prepare for the big screen debut of Major Ben Daimio. »


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‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Scrapped by NBC

16 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Xena’s sword is going back in the sheath.

NBC’s planned reboot of “Xena: Warrior Princess” is not moving forward following the recent departure of writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. The network considers the project to be dead in its current iteration, although it remains possible that a new “Xena” revival could be developed down the road.

Rob Tapert (the original co-creator of “Xena”) and Sam Raimi had been heading up the project for Ghost House Pictures in association with NBC International Television Studios. »


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Amazon Studios Buys ‘Cold War’ From Oscar Winner Paweł Pawlikowski (Exclusive)

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Amazon Studios has acquired “Cold War,” a period romance from Oscar-winning director Paweł Pawlikowski.

The film takes place across Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, and is set in the 1950s — a time when the forces of democracy and communism were clashing throughout Europe. The terms of the deal are being kept under wraps, but it has been in the works for months. The movie was first presented to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival. »


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‘Narcos’ Star Pedro Pascal to Play Villain in ‘Equalizer 2’ Opposite Denzel Washington (Exclusive)

21 August 2017 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to play the antagonist in Sony and Escape Artists’ “The Equalizer 2” starring Denzel Washington.

Antoine Fuqua is returning to direct. Todd Black is producing.

Plot details are currently scarce, other than that Washington will reprise his role as Robert McCall, a former special ops agent who now helps those who can’t defend themselves. Details on Pascal’s character are unknown. »


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Bryan Singer's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Casts Queen Bandmates (Exclusive)

21 August 2017 11:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer's biopic about the seminal rock band Queen, has cast Joe Mazzello, Ben Hardy and Gwilym Lee at the band members.

Mazzello will play bass guitarist John Deacon, Hardy will play drummer Roger Taylor and Lee will play lead guitarist Brian May.

Rami Malek already is attached to portray legendary frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, which is produced by Graham King's GK Films banner for 20th Century Fox and New Regency. Justin Haythe (Red Sparrow, Revolutionary Road) penned the script with Graham King, Jim Beach and Singer producing. Denis O'Sullivan, Arnon Milchan and Jane »


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Tucker Carlson: I Trolled ‘Slow,’ ‘Humorless’ Liberals With Trump ‘Impressive’ Joke

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Tucker Carlson says he mocked liberals and media members who took him seriously when he joked that President Trump was “impressive” for looking at the sun without glasses during the Monday’s eclipse. “It was a test to see if liberals are really as slow and humorless as people claim. Turns out they are,” Carlson said in a statement when asked about his comment. Many news organizations, including TheWrap, covered comments that Carlson made on Monday night. He spoke in a tone that only a regular viewer of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” would have realized wasn’t to be taken seriously — but that. »


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Emmy experts predict Best Drama Actress: Elisabeth Moss (‘Handmaid’s Tale’) or Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) for the win

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According to our Emmy experts from major media outlets, the hard-fought battle for Best Drama Actress will be won by either Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) or Claire Foy (“The Crown”). Moss plays an enslaved handmaid named Offred on the Hulu hit, who tries to survive in the male-dominated regime of Gilead. And Foy takes on […] »


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Watch Louise Linton’s First Marie Antoinette Moment From 2007 ‘CSI: NY’ Episode (Video)

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Louise Linton, the actress wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin who has come under fire this week for her “Let them eat cake”-like online tirade over her designer-tagged Instagram photo, is no stranger to Marie Antoinette moments. One of the Scottish-born actress’ very first Hollywood roles was in a 2007 episode of “CSI: NY” in which she played a French tutor who meets an untimely end at a charity costume party where she dresses as — you guessed it — Marie Antoinette. Her character, Simone DeLille, is led to a decidedly not-fake guillotine by her teenage student — played by »


- Thom Geier

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MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show to Feature Khalid, Bleachers, Lil Yachty and More (Exclusive)

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The MTV Video Music Awards are set to kick off on Aug. 27 with a pre-show concert to be broadcast live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Khalid, Bleachers, and Cardi B are due to take the stage at 3 p.m. Pt, two hours before the main event kicks off at 8 p.m. Et, while Lil Yachty will co-host the pre-show alongside MTV’s Terrence J, Charlamagne Tha God, and Gaby Wilson.

Bleachers will perform their track “Don’t Take the Money,” while Khalid will deliver a medley of hits, including “Location” and “Young Dumb & Broke,” and a rendition of Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.”

The outdoor performance will be streamed live on MTV.com and on Twitter and continue throughout the multiplatform simulcast.

Among the artists on the bill for the primetime broadcast are Katy Perry, who also hosts; Kendrick Lamar; the Weeknd; Miley Cyrus; Ed Sheeran; Lorde; Fifth Harmony; Thirty Seconds to Mars; and Shawn Mendes. »


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Emmy Episode Analysis: Michael Kelly (‘House of Cards’) has his loyalty questioned in ‘Chapter 64’

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House of Cards” fans rejoiced when Michael Kelly was nominated as Best Drama Supporting Actor at the 2017 Emmys. It’s his third consecutive bid for playing Doug Stamper, the fiercely loyal Chief of Staff to President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). He has submitted the fifth season episode “Chapter 54” for Emmy consideration. In the episode, Frank is […] »


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’Heartstone,’ ‘Sami Blood ’ among 2017 Nordic Council Film Prize Contenders

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Haugesund, Norway — Icelandic director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson first feature ”Heartstone” (”Hjartasteinn,” pictured) and Swedish director Amanda Kernell’s ”Sámi Blood” (”Sameblod”) are among the nominees for the Nordic Council Film Prize, the prestigious Dkk 350,000 ($55,000) Nordic film award which will find its owner on Nov. 1 during the Council’s session in Helsinki, Finland.

Their competitors are Danish director Christian Tafdrup’s ”Parents” (”Forældre”), Finnish director Selma Vilhunen’s ”Little Wing” (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu”) and Norwegian director Izer Aliu’s ”Hunting Flies” (”Fluefangeren”), the Nordisk Film & TV Fond announced Tuesday night at the opening of the New Nordic Films market at the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival at Haugesund.

Scripted by Guðmundsson, and produced by Anton Máni Svansson, Lise Orheim Stender, Jesper Morthorst and Guðmundsson, “Heartstone” is set in a small, remote Icelandic fishing village and follows two teenage boys, Þór and Kristján, who are close friends – one is trying to win the heart of a girl, while »


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The Defenders Recap: Black Sky Rising

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“Ashes, Ashes” serves up the show’s most dramatic cliff-hanger yet. »

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Jerry Seinfeld to Revisit Early Club Days for Netflix Special

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A new, hour-long comedy special will show Jerry Seinfeld returning to one of the clubs where he cut his teeth, New York City's the Comic Strip, for what's being billed as an "intimate stand-up set." The show, dubbed Jerry Before Seinfeld, will also feature a tour of the legal pads he's kept with every joke he's written since 1975 and footage from childhood videos. The special is set to premiere on Netflix on September 19th.

The streaming service has posted video from the special and photos of Seinfeld's comedy notebooks to its @NetflixComedy Instagram account. »


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Netflix’s ‘Strong Island’ Investigates How a Teacher Became Prime Suspect in His Own Murder (Video)

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Netflix has released its first trailer for its new crime series, “Strong Island,” which chronicles the murder of school teacher William Ford, Jr., and the way it shaped the victim’s family. “You stumble out of the garage and into the yard, where you fall,” the trailer begins. “You lie on the ground, bullet through your heart, and know you will never see your sisters again, your mother, your father. That was the beginning.” According to the synopsis, in April 1992, Ford, a black 24-year-old teacher, was killed by Mark Reilly, a white 19-year-old mechanic. Ford was unarmed, but became the prime. »


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Industry Leaders, New York Legislators Urge Governor to Sign Diversity Tax Credit Bill

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Leaders of New York’s film and TV production community and local legislators called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the TV diversity tax credit bill that would earmark $5 million in state incentives in an effort to open doors for more women and people of color as writers and directors.

Robin Thede, creator and host of Bet’s upcoming “The Rundown with Robin Thede” and “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon were on hand for the news conference in Manhattan. Thede, Willimon and others made the case for implementing the tax credit to help spur more diverse hiring practices throughout the industry.

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New York Legislators Approve Groundbreaking TV Diversity Tax Credit

“I am this bill,” Thede said. “I am living proof that something like this would be beneficial for many people.”

Thede ranks as the first and only woman of color to head the writers room of a late-night TV series, from »


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Industry Leaders, New York Legislators Urge Governor to Sign Diversity Tax Credit Bill

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Leaders of New York’s film and TV production community and local legislators called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the TV diversity tax credit bill that would earmark $5 million in state incentives in an effort to open doors for more women and people of color as writers and directors.

Robin Thede, creator and host of Bet’s upcoming “The Rundown with Robin Thede” and “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon were on hand for the news conference in Manhattan. Thede, Willimon and others made the case for implementing the tax credit to help spur more diverse hiring practices throughout the industry.

“I am this bill,” Thede said. “I am living proof that something like this would be beneficial for many people.”

Thede ranks as the first and only woman of color to head the writers room of a late-night TV series, from her tenure at Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” She »


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