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Lee Daniels Developing Pair of Drama Projects at Fox with Julian Breece, Peter Mattei

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Lee Daniels will executive produce two drama projects currently in development at Fox, Variety has learned.

The first project, titled “Victory,” is a one-hour drama set in the world of competitive gospel choirs. It tells the story of a prodigal son and a group of forgotten young people who must rise above their personal hardships to save a church and heal a broken community through the power of song. The project has received a put pilot commitment at the network. Julian Breece will write and executive produce, with Daniels also executive producing along with Pam Williams and Kevin Donahue. This marks Breece’s second collaboration with Daniels and Fox, having recently sold the drama project “Mason Dixon.” Breece most recently served as a co-producer on Beau Willimon’s new Hulu series “The First.”

Fox has ordered a script with a penalty attached for the the second project, “East of Hope.” The »


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‘The Deuce’ Renewed by HBO for Season 2

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HBO has renewed drama series “The Deuce” for a second season.

Created by David Simon and George Pelacanos, “The Deuce” premiered Sept. 10 on the premium service. Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the series tells the story of the rise of the porn industry in New York in the 1970s.

“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “Their unique gift for immersing the audience in their dark and edgy worlds brings a brilliant verisimilitude unlike any other. With the remarkably talented Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco leading an exceptional cast, we look forward to delving deeper as this captivating story evolves.”

Executive producers for “The Deuce” are Pelecanos, David Simon, Nina Kostroff Noble, James Franco. Richard Price is co-executive producer; Marc Henry Johnson and Gyllenhaal serve as producers.

“Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to »


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‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates

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DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods 2” and a new original feature, “Spooky Jack,” were both added to Universal’s release calendar on Tuesday.

The sequel to 2013’s “The Croods” had been taken off the release schedule and thought to be possibly scrapped. But it is now back on track for a Sept. 18, 2020 release.

The first installment of “The Croods” made $587 million worldwide pointing towards signs of an obvious sequel. Leslie Mann is set to join the returning cast that included Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke.

Plot details are unknown at this time.

Spooky Jack,” which will be exec produced by Jason Blum, is set to open on Sept. 17, 2021. The story follows three siblings who move into an eerie new home and discover that all the creatures we’ve been told don’t exist actually do. They must handle some unusual squatters from mischievous leprechauns and the elusive Big Foot to »


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‘Stranger Things’ Writer Justin Doble Inks Deal With Amazon Studios

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Justin Doble, writer and producer on Netflix’s “Stranger Things” has moved over to another streaming service.

Amazon announced Tuesday it closed an overall deal with Doble, who will be developing genre television projects exclusively for Prime. Doble’s other credits include working on Hulu’s “The Path” and AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” He began his career writing episodes of “Fringe” and “Almost Human.”

“We have long admired Justin’s ability to create stories and characters that stoke fans’ passion,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, »


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Matt Damon to Star as Con-Man Doctor in ‘Charlatan’ (Exclusive)

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After headlining two movies that debuted on the fall festival circuit — “Suburbicon” and “Downsizing” — Matt Damon has found a new project. He’s set to star as John R. Brinkley, a real-life 20th century doctor who conned his patients into thinking that he had discovered the cure to impotence, in the drama “Charlatan,” Variety has learned.

The movie marks another collaboration for Damon as a producer with Kimberly Steward, who worked together behind-the-camera on the Oscar-winning drama “Manchester by the Sea.” Steward’s company K Period Media, which she launched in 2013 with a mandate to tell edgy stories, will co-produce the movie with Damon’s Pearl Street Films alongside Jennifer Todd.

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The independent film is based on a best-selling 2008 non-fiction book, “Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam,” by Pope Brock. The screenplay will be adapted by the writing team of Brian Koppelman and »


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Light Balance’s final ‘America’s Got Talent’ performance: Neon dance crew impresses with best performance to date [Watch]

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Light-up dance group Light Balance performed Tuesday night during the Finals episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. As one of the Top 10 “Agt” acts of Season 12, Light Balance stood apart from the rest of the pack with their high-energy neon light show. Did the creative dance group continue wowing the judges and America with their […] »

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Alicia Vikander Appears to Be Cured of Tulip Fever in the Tomb Raider Trailer

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Before raiding tombs, Lara Croft was a posh bike courier with a completely normal neck. »


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Diavolo’s final ‘America’s Got Talent’ performance: Acrobatic dance group combines new and old set pieces [Watch]

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Acrobatic dance group Diavolo performed Tuesday night during the Finals episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. As one of the Top 10 “Agt” acts of Season 12, Diavolo has often been compared to successful Las Vegas act Cirque Du Soleil. Did the talented group continue wowing the judges and America with their final performance, which combined […] »

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Busan: European Industry, Talent Delegations Head for Korean Festival

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Europe’s film makers and businesses will make their presence felt at next month’s Busan International Film Festival. Some 34 film sales firms will take up position in Busan’s Asian Film Market, and 15 actors and directors are expected to make presentations.

Both delegations are part of the Europe! Goes Busan initiative which is backed by the European Union’s Creative Europe – Media Program, and organized by European Film promotion. It is the 20th time in the festival’s 22-year history that the European delegations have traveled to South Korea’s second city, and suggests continuing confidence in the effectiveness of Busan, despite the festival’s past three years of turmoil.

Belgium’s Olivier Meys will be joined by his producer Valerie Bournonville for the presentation of his feature film debut “Bitter Flowers,” about an aspiring Chinese woman who is hoping for a better life in Paris. Switzerland’s Dominik Locher and his producer Rajko Jazbec who »


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Toronto Film Review: ‘Journey’s End’

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Few stage staples from 90 years ago would easily translate to the screen today, yet R.C. Sherriff’s once near-ubiquitous “Journey’s End” proves potent as ever in this sturdy new adaptation from director Saul Dibb and writer-producer Simon Reade. While there’s little staginess about the endeavor, the preserved tight focus on a handful of British soldiers “waiting to be killed” in a trench near Wwi’s finish provides all the character and emotional involvement that was lacking in the more action-oriented recent “Dunkirk.” The latter’s success — plus next year’s centennial of the Great War’s close — could further boost a strong drama likely to benefit from solid reviews.

A captain wounded at Passchendaele himself, Sherriff drew on three years’ service experience to write his greatest triumph (which he subsequently turned into a novel, also a source here). Premiering in 1928 with 21-year-old Laurence Olivier in a breakthrough role — one he foolishly declined to repeat in »


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Kechi’s final ‘America’s Got Talent’ performance: Plane crash survivor takes on ‘Empire’ song ‘Conqueror’ [Watch]

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Plane crash survivor Kechi performed Tuesday night during the Finals episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. As one of the Top 10 “Agt” acts of Season 12, Kechi has captured America’s heart with her incredible story of survival. This time around she took on Estelle‘s “Conqueror” from Fox’s “Empire.” Was it good enough to win the $1 […] »

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Alicia Vikander Transforms Into Lara Croft for First ‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer (Video)

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Alicia Vikander is following in her father’s footsteps — literally — in the first official trailer for the upcoming “Tomb Raider” movie from Warner Bros. and MGM. Taking on the role of Lara Croft originally played by Angelina Jolie, the Swedish actress proves both her action and her acting chops in the two-minute, nine seconds teaser released Tuesday night. “If you’re listening to this, I must be dead,” her dad (played by Dominic West) says in a personal video message. “I found something, a tomb called the Mother of Death. Also Read: Alicia Vikander Swings in as Lara Croft in New 'Tomb Raider'. »


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Russia's Communist Party Demands Ban of Armando Iannucci's 'Death of Stalin'

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Russia's Communist Party, the second largest in Parliament, have called for a ban on Armando Iannucci's The Death of Stalin as the movie "discredits" the late Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

Alexander Yushchenko, the Communists' spokesman, was quoted by state-run news agency Ria Novosti as saying that the movie is "disgusting" and he hopes the culture ministry, which is in charge of issuing exhibition licenses for all movies, won't allow its release in Russia.

Sergei Obukhov, the secretary of the central committee of the Russian Communist Party, was quoted by Ria Novosti as saying that the movie is "another »


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Mandy Harvey’s final ‘America’s Got Talent’ performance: Will original song ‘This Time’ win her $1 million? [Watch]

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Deaf singer Mandy Harvey performed Tuesday night during the Finals episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. As one of the Top 10 “Agt” acts of Season 12, Harvey frequently brings the tears with her backstory and her original songs. Did the 29-year-old artist continue wowing the judges and America with her final song, titled “This Time”? Watch […] »


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Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Back in New Terminator Movie

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The original Sarah Connor is returning to the franchise for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day. »


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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

Ads placed for the action comedy had an estimated media value of $7 million through Sunday for 1,533 national ad airings across 32 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Sept. 11-17. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Twentieth Century Fox continued to target a sports-loving audience with significant budget allocated to NFL Football and College Football, as well as episodes of “South Park” and “Family Guy.”

Just behind “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” in second place: Warner Bros. Animations’ “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” which saw 1,306 national ad airings across 48 networks, with an estimated media value of $5.95 million.

TV ad placements for Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Mountain Between Us” (Emv: »


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Evie Clair’s final ‘America’s Got Talent’ performance: ‘What a Wonderful World’ makes us cry after dad’s death [Watch]

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Singer Evie Clair performed Tuesday night during the Finals episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. As one of the Top 10 “Agt” acts of Season 12, Clair’s backstory is perhaps the most emotional of all as her dad just died from cancer. Despite the tragedy, Clair was able to compose herself enough to deliver a powerful rendition […] »

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Darci Lynne Farmer’s final ‘America’s Got Talent’ performance: Child ventriloquist sings with Two puppets [Watch]

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Child ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer performed Tuesday night during the Finals episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. As one of the Top 10 “Agt” acts of Season 12, Farmer has consistently been one of the strongest performers. Did the 12-year-old continue wowing the judges and America with her final appearance, in which she sang with Two puppets? […] »

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Linda Hamilton to Return in New ‘Terminator’ Movie for Paramount, Skydance

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Linda Hamilton is set to resume her iconic “Terminator” role in Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron’s latest installment of the sci-fi series, according to an individual with knowledge of the project. The actress first played the role of Sarah Connor in the original 1984 movie and again in the 1991 sequel “Judgement Day.” The latest sequel from Skydance and Paramount, which is listed as “Terminator 3,” had been set for a June 29, 2018, release date but was later bumped. Also Read: Emilia Clarke Has No Plans to Return to the 'Terminator' Franchise “Deadpool” breakout Tim Miller is slated to direct the latest sequel, »


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Jimmy Kimmel’s Takedown of Senator Bill Cassidy’s New Health-Care Bill Gets Personal

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Senator Bill Cassidy didn’t write a bill that passed his own ” Jimmy Kimmel test” protecting children with pre-existing conditions. »


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