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Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston Team Up to Star in TV Series
“House of Cards” producer Jay Carson is attached to write the script, with Steve Kloves executive producing. Witherspoon and Aniston will also executive produce, with Witherspoon producing through her Hello Sunshine production banner along with her film and television head Lauren Levy Neustadter. The project hails from HBO alum Michael Ellenberg’s newly-launched Media Res banner.
The series is expected to be shopped to networks and streaming services in the coming weeks, industry sources say.
Aniston and Witherspoon previously worked together when Witherspoon guest starred on “Friends” as Aniston’s sister. Witherspoon recently made the jump to TV with the HBO drama “Big Little Lies,” which earned her an Emmy nomination. For Aniston, it would mark her first regular TV role since the end of “Friends” in 2004.
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- Joe Otterson
Can 'Dunkirk' Hold Off 'Emoji Movie' and 'Atomic Blonde' For Second Weekend at #1?
Not since Wonder Woman seven weeks ago has a film repeat atop the weekend box office. This weekend, Dunkirk is looking to do just that. Christopher Nolan's war drama faces incoming challenges in the form of Sony's animated feature The Emoji Movie and Focus's actioner Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron. Both Sony and Focus are anticipating openings around $20 million for their new releases, which wouldn't likely be enough to top Dunkirk's sophomore session, though both could over perform against those expectations making this a weekend to watch closely. Both the new releases and holdovers alike could provide some fireworks, including Universal's Girls Trip, which returns to the fray following its $31 million opening weekend and "A+" CinemaScore. After debuting with $50.5 million last weekend, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk delivered a #1 opening and is hoping to do the same this weekend. In 2014, following a $47.5 million debut, Nolan's own Interstellar dropped »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Amazon Moves Into Self-Distribution With Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel'
Amazon Studios is moving full steam ahead into film distribution.
It's a significant step for Amazon, which has previously partnered with traditional distributors like Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate to put its films into theaters. Amazon's Bob Berney has always played a key role in the marketing of its films, but until now, the company has never had the infrastructure in place to book theaters and physically distribute movies. The company has been quietly building »
- Tatiana Siegel
Showtime Orders Boston-Set Drama Pilot from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
The cabler has picked up a drama pilot “City on a Hill” from the Oscar winners, who will executive produce the project.
Based on an original idea by Affleck and Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), who wrote the script, “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In the early ’90s, corruption and racism was the norm in Boston, until an African-American district attorney from Brooklyn arrives in the city, advocating change. He forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. The two take on a family of armored car robbers in a case that eventually upends the city’s criminal justice system.
- Debra Birnbaum
Chris Pine, Wonder Woman Director Reteam for Black Dahlia TNT Series
The six-episode drama, announced on Thursday, is inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel, who in 1949 was given up by her teenage mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino. Per the official logline, One Day will follow Hodel as she “begins to investigate the secrets to her past,” embarking down a “sinister trail” leading to notorious Hollywood gynecologist Dr. »
Box-Office Preview: 'Emoji Movie,' 'Atomic Blonde' to Battle 'Dunkirk'
If moviegoers ever wanted to hear Sir Patrick Stewart voice the poop emoji, they are about to get their chance.
This weekend, Sony Pictures Animation unfurls The Emoji Movie, based on the popular ideograms that have become their own, popular language. But it remains to be seen whether The Emoji Movie can pass up Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, which opened to $50.3 million last weekend, and win the weekend.
The Emoji Movie is tracking to debut in the $25 million-$27 million, although Sony is being more conservative in suggesting $20 million.
Tony Leondis directed the original film, about an emoji named »
- Pamela McClintock
June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99
Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”
Foray was the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among many others.
The first lady of voice acting and founder of the annual Annie Awards was instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category. »
- Terry Flores
Mark Wahlberg in Talks to Replace Ben Affleck in ‘Triple Frontier’
Mark Wahlberg is in talks to join Netflix’s “Triple Frontier,” TheWrap has learned. The “Transformers” franchise star would replace Ben Affleck in the J.C. Chandor border thriller, two individuals familiar with the project said. Affleck remains a producer on the film, which has also seen exits from actors Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum and originally-attached director Kathryn Bigelow. Also Read: Mel Gibson Is Mark Wahlberg's Womanizing Dad in 'Daddy's Home 2' Trailer (Video) Atlas Entertainment is producing the Netflix original, who inherited the project from Paramount. Wahlberg will next be seen in “Daddy’s Home 2,” and »
- Umberto Gonzalez and Matt Donnelly
Will Darth Vader Appear in Han Solo Film? A Cancelation Drives Speculation
Lucasfilm has been notoriously tight-lipped on details about upcoming “Star Wars” movies, but a cancellation by one actor at a fan convention may have accidentally revealed that cinema’s most famous villain, Darth Vader, may appear once again in next year’s untitled Han Solo movie. Spencer Wilding, who wore the Vader suit in last year’s “Rogue One” — James Earl Jones, of course, voiced the Sith Lord — was slated to appear at Fandom Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. However, on Tuesday Wilding was added to the convention’s cancellation list because he was “filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe. »
- Jeremy Fuster
True Detective Season 3 Inches Closer, Mahershala Ali Confirmed to Star
True Detective is almost back on the case. (Should we crack open a Lone Star beer to celebrate?)
A third season of HBO’s Emmy-winning crime anthology is in the works, the network confirmed during the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday. Even better news: Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) has officially signed on to star in the third installment, a casting coup that was first rumored last month.
‘Game of Thrones': HBO Says Final Season Scripts Done, Air Date Still Not Decided
There’s still more winter to look forward to, even in the midst of summer. At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Wednesday, HBO programming head Casey Bloys said that all six scripts for the final season of “Game of Thrones” are now in, but the network still hasn’t been decided whether it will air in 2018 or 2019. Bloys says HBO is currently determining the logistics of shooting the final episodes and what the production schedule will be. “It’s a big season,” he explained. “So they’re trying to get a sense of how long they »
- Jeremy Fuster
Venice Lineup: Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ Lands on the Lido, Plus Films by Clooney, Del Toro, Kechiche
Rome – Darren Aronofsky’s horror thriller “Mother!” and new films by George Clooney and Guillermo del Toro will world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, along with hotly anticipated titles from directors such as France’s Abdellatif Kechiche.
As previously reported by Variety, Clooney’s “Suburbicon” (pictured), a black comedy starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, and Oscar Isaac, will launch from the Lido. The film is one of three Paramount titles destined for Venice, along with “Mother!” and festival opener “Downsizing” by Alexander Payne. All three movies will also screen in Toronto.
In “Suburbicon,” Damon plays the father in a well-to-do suburban family that finds itself caught in a violent spiral. The actor also stars in “Downsizing,” a social satire in which his character agrees to have »
- Nick Vivarelli
Shooter Will Be Cut Short Because of Ryan Phillippe's Injury
An unusual accident off set is affecting things on set for USA's Shooter.
The second season of the thriller was originally set to air 10 episodes, but will not only last eight episodes, according to Deadline. The Season 2 finale will now air Sept. 5.
The decision comes after star Ryan Phillippe broke
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- Tim Surette
Television Academy Announces Awards Lineup for Creative Arts Emmys
The Television Academy has revealed the awards that will be presented on each night of the two-night presentation of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
As with last year, the lengthy presentation will be split into two nights, Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The Creative Arts Emmys will air September 16 at 8 p.m. on Fxx.
The Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, September 17, will present awards for outstanding comedy and drama series, limited series, reality competition, variety talk and sketch, television movie, acting, directing, and writing. The Emmys will air on CBS, hosted by Stephen Colbert.
The complete lineup is as follows:
Saturday, September 9:
Outstanding Animated Program
Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program
Outstanding Character Voice-over Performance
Outstanding Cinematography For A Nonfiction Program
Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program
Outstanding Costumes For Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Programming
Outstanding Creative Achievement In »
- Erin Nyren
Rick Ross Calls Sexist Comments About Not Signing Women to His Label ‘a Mistake I Regret’
Ross says he will now focus on signing women through his upcoming VH1 music-competition series. »
- Dee Lockett
‘Future Man’ Cast, EPs Remember Late Co-Star Glenne Headly: ‘She’s Like a Ball of Light’
The executive producers and stars of Hulu’s upcoming comedy “Future Man” fondly remembered their late co-star Glenne Headly at the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday. “It was obviously devastating to us, she was a big part of the show,” showrunner Ben Karlin said. “This is a very close-knit cast. That was tough. It’s tough in any environment, but when you’re making a comedy, it throws a wrench into things.” “She was amazing to work with,” added star Josh Hutcherson, who plays Headly’s son on the show. He also pointed »
- Reid Nakamura
Stephen Colbert Will Continue to Ride the Trump Bump All The Way to a Cartoon Trump Series for Showtime
The saga of the Trump Bump continues. »
- Ethan Sapienza
Steve Bannon’s Shadow Press Office May Violate Ethics Laws
Steve Bannon, the right-wing media mogul-turned-White House chief strategist, may be violating three federal laws with his use of a shadow press office helmed by a private PR executive, the Center for Public Integrity said Thursday. Republican media strategist Alexandra Preate has been working — for free — as Bannon’s personal spokesperson and media contact, but has also been working alongside the White House Press Office on some of its messaging and responses to reporter inquiries, which could be in violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, the center said. The act, which no one has ever been convicted of violating, says that. »
- Matt Pressberg
Tiffany Haddish Clears Up Controversial Bill Cosby Comments: ‘What I Said Was a Joke’
Tiffany Haddish is having a moment.
The breakout star of “Girls Trip,” Haddish seems to have popped into the pop culture stratosphere in record time with a hit movie in theaters, a viral interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” an upcoming Showtime stand-up special, and a starring role as Tracy Morgan’s ex-wife in his new TBS series, “The Last O.G.”
But with success, comes attention — and sometimes negative attention.
Last week, Haddish hit a bump on the road to stardom when she said in an interview that she wants to work with Bill Cosby. And since, the internet has been on the attack.
“Bill Cosby — I still want to work with Bill Cosby, I don’t care, I’ll drink the juice. I’ll drink the juice. I’ll take a nap. I don’t give a damn,” Haddish said to the Los Angeles Times when asked who she’d like to work with. “But »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Katy Perry will host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards: Will she be amazing, or will she be terrible?
MTV announced the nominees for the 2017 Video Music Awards on July 25, and now they have announced their host: Grammy nominated singer Katy Perry will emcee the event for the first time. She’ll also perform, and she could clean up when the winners are announced live from the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, August […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
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