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The Hollywood Reporter has released its sixth and final Cannes Film Festival daily issue, which includes a look at activists protesting restrictive abortion laws at the palais, why buyers deem this year's market as one of the best and Paramount nabbing worldwide rights to an action comedy starring Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish

"This is a Pushback"

Cannes' red carpet continued its political streak Saturday, with a pro-choice demonstration on the red carpet ahead of the premiere of Argentine director Juan Solanas' abortion documentary Let It Be Law (Que Sea Ley). The demonstration brought together 60 women ...
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Cannes Film Business Is Buoyant — If Films Are Made for a Price

  • Variety
Cannes Film Business Is Buoyant — If Films Are Made for a Price
“The dead don’t die,” Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz joked on Thursday afternoon on Cannes’ Grand Hotel terrace, one of the Cannes Film Festival’s favorite industry haunts.

Moszkowicz wasn’t just quoting the title of Jim Jarmusch’s Festival Cannes opening movie, a zombie film set in small-town America. He was also implying that there are more movies coming to Cannes with commercial potential. And the good news for distributors like Moszkowicz is that these movie are cheaper to buy. To be sure, that’s not such a positive development for producers hoping to make a big profit on their latest projects.

After several years of cautious dealmaking at Cannes, there are signs that a larger number of movies are being sold at this year’s festival. Whether that points to full market rebound, however, is questionable. The larger picture is mixed. You could almost hear the industry collectively
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Tiffany Haddish Is Hosting a Revival of Kids Say the Darndest Things, So This Should Be Fun

  • Popsugar
Kids Say the Darndest Things is making a comeback on ABC, and it looks like the network has found the perfect comedian to host. According to Variety, Tiffany Haddish will be the Mc for the series in its new iteration, and she'll also serve as an executive producer on the show.

"When I was dreaming of stars I wanted to bring to ABC, Tiffany Haddish was top of my list," ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said in a statement. "Tiffany starring in and producing this iconic series is everything I hoped for." Kids Say the Darndest Things will center on Haddish as she interacts with children in a variety of ways and listens in to all of the hilarious things they say.

"I'm excited to hear what kids have to say these days because I can't understand what they are saying on social media."

"I'm excited to hear what kids
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Cannes Report, Day 4: Amazon and Paramount Open Their Wallets, Mariah Carey Sings!

  • The Wrap
More premieres and more acquisitions were the name of the game at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, with Amazon Studios and Paramount making big movie deals and Pedro Almodóvar‘s “Pain & Glory” showing to acclaim.

Plus, a surprise performance from Mariah Carey!

See below for the highlights of Cannes, day four:

Les Miserables 2019

Amazon Acquires ‘Les Miserables’ for $1.5 Million

Amazon Studios on Friday acquired U.S. rights to writer and director Ladj Ly’s French-language “Les Misérables,” following the film’s world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Les Misérables” is Ly’s first feature and the only debut in the competition section at the festival. The film premiered Wednesday evening to great fanfare. An individual with knowledge of the deal said it was likely around $1.5 million.

Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ly’s César-nominated short film of the same name, “Les Misérables” takes a provocative look into
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‘Too Old to Die Young’ Review: Miles Teller Embraces Slow Nihilism in Nicolas Winding Refn Series

‘Too Old to Die Young’ Review: Miles Teller Embraces Slow Nihilism in Nicolas Winding Refn Series
The genre of violence for its own sake has been deeply explored in American cinema over the past 50 years, and adopted for better or worse by the most stylish of filmmakers who have followed in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino.

But at this stage, it’s fair to ask what is the point when a talented filmmaker like Nicolas Winding Refn delivers an indulgent dive into nihilistic violence in “Too Old to Die Young,” an Amazon 10-part TV series whose first two episodes screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend?

What are we discovering here? Miles Teller plays Martin, a cop turned contract killer with a suitably chiseled profile but no discernible motivation for blithely shooting random people from the criminal underworld for pay.

Also Read: Miles Teller Plays a Cop Turned Bad in 'Too Old to Die Young'
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Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish $50 Million Comedy ‘Down Under Cover’ Picked Up by Paramount

  • The Wrap
Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish $50 Million Comedy ‘Down Under Cover’ Picked Up by Paramount
Paramount Pictures has bought the worldwide rights to the Tiffany Haddish, Chris Hemsworth buddy cop comedy “Down Under Cover,” an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Down Under Cover” is one of the hottest sales titles of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and the Russo Brothers have teamed up again with their “Avengers” star Hemsworth to produce the film under their Agbo production banner. According to the individual, Paramount committed to a budget of $50 million for the comedy.

Peter Hoare wrote the screenplay for “Down Under Cover,” which will star Hemsworth as a detective who goes undercover to investigate a group of male, Australian erotic dancers who he suspects are involved in a series of casino heists.

Haddish will play a lone-wolf cop who Hemsworth reluctantly accepts as a partner.
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Paramount pounces on hot Cannes market title 'Down Under Cover' with Chris Hemsworth, Tiffany Haddish

Acquisition continues impressive week on Croisette for studio.

In the first giant on-site studio acquisition, Paramount Pictures is understood to be closing a deal in the $40m-$50m region for worldwide rights to the Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish action comedy Down Under Cover.

Peter Hoare’s screenplay pitches the Marvel Cinematic Universe star as an undercover cop who teams up with Haddish’s lone wolf to crack a string of casino heists in which the prime suspects are a troupe of Australian male erotic dancers.

According to reports, the studio is lining up a first quarter 2020 production start. FilmNation
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Film News Roundup: Paramount Buys Chris Hemsworth-Tiffany Haddish Cop Comedy

  • Variety
In today’s film news roundup, Paramount wins a Chris Hemsworth-Tiffany Haddish project, “Wallflower” gets bought, Valeria Cotto gets cast and Roger Corman receives an honor.

Acquisitions

Paramount Pictures has bought worldwide rights to “Down Under Cover,” a buddy comedy starring Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish in a deal worth an estimated $40 million.

Paramount came out on top of the auction conducted by CAA and Filmnation at the Cannes Film Festival. Lionsgate, Sony, Netflix, Miramax and Stx were also in the running.

Producers include Hemsworth and Haddish along with “Avengers: Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo and Mike Larocca, and Thematic Entertainment partners John Finemore, James Hoppe and Ben Grayson.

Hemsworth will play a detective who goes undercover to crack a series of casino heists in which the suspects are a troupe of Australian male erotic dancers. Haddish will portray his partner. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
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Paramount Wins World On Hot Cannes Package ‘Down Under Cover’ With Chris Hemsworth & Tiffany Haddish

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures is nearing a world rights deal and a budget commitment of more than $40 million for the hottest Cannes package, Down Under Cover, the mismatched buddy cop comedy that stars Avengers: Endgame‘s Chris Hemsworth and Girls Trip‘s Tiffany Haddish, from a script by Peter Hoare. It’s one of the largest Cannes deal ever struck by a studio for a package.

Paramount’s Wyck Godfrey and Elizabath Raposo were driving forces behind the deal, and the pic is now eyeing a February 2020 production start. Others who made bids include Lionsgate, Sony, Netflix, Miramax (to finance) and Stx. With gross, the commitment is close to $50M, sources said.

It has been a one-two punch on the Croisette for Paramount chairman Jim Gianopulos, there to unveil the Dexter Fletcher-directed Rocketman with Taron Egerton starring as Elton John and the two of them rocking out with an outdoor
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Cardi B, Drake, Beyoncé Lead Bet Awards Nominations

  • Variety
Cardi B, Drake, Beyoncé Lead Bet Awards Nominations
Nominations for the 2019 Bet Awards were announced today with Cardi B leading with 7 nods, followed by Drake (5), Beyonce, Travis Scott and J. Cole, each with four. Bruno Mars, 21 Savage, Childish Gambino, H.E.R. and Ella Mai also received multiple nominations. The show, which is in its 19th year, airs live from downtown Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 23.

In a year when Cardi B has dominated, it’s no surprise that her “Invasion of Privacy” is up for album of the year. She’ll be competing against Travis Scott’s “Astroworld,” Meek Mill’s “Championships,” Ella Mai’s self-titled debut and “Everything Is Love” by The Carters.

The Bet Awards recognize winners across 20 categories. Among the acting nominees are Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Tiffany Haddish and Viola Davis in the best actress race and Anthony Anderson, Chadwick Boseman, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Michael B. Jordan and Omari Hardwick.
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2019 Bet Award Nominations: Cardi B Leads, Nipsey Hussle Posthumously Nominated

2019 Bet Award Nominations: Cardi B Leads, Nipsey Hussle Posthumously Nominated
Cardi B leads the nominations for the 2019 Bet Awards, with seven nominations total.

The Bronx rapper’s nods include two nominations for Video of the Year – “Money” and “Please Me” with Bruno Mars – as well as Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Best Collaboration (for both “Please Me” with Mars and “I Like It” with Bad Bunny and J. Balvin), the Viewers’ Choice Award (“I Like It”) and Album of the Year for Invasion of Privacy. The latter won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in February, beating out albums by Nipsey Hussle,
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Srk thrilled, honoured to share story with Letterman

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who engaged in a candid interview with American talk show host David Letterman, says he was thrilled and honoured to share his story with one of the most famous talk show personalities.

"I've watched David Letterman's late-night talk show for years and I'm a huge fan of his style of interviewing. I'm thrilled, and honoured to share my story with him.

"That this is on Netflix is even more special - I'm working with the team on various projects and it's always been exciting partnering with them," Shah Rukh, who will make his appearance on Letterman's show "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction", said in a statement issued on Friday.

Shah Rukh took to Twitter, where he shared a photograph of himself along with Letterman. He thanked the talk show host for making him feel like himself.

"No more footprints... this is The Abominable Snowman!! Before Batman and Spiderman,
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Jonathan Van Ness on the End of 'Gay of Thrones': "I'm Not Ready to Say Goodbye"

Jonathan Van Ness on the End of 'Gay of Thrones':
Jonathan Van Ness clutches a comb and a pair of scissors as a groomer carefully readjusts the crown perched jauntily on the side of his head. Seated in a chair in front of him, Tiffany Haddish practices her lines for an upcoming scene. 

It's a Monday morning in May and the duo are shut inside an office-turned-set at Funny or Die's West Hollywood headquarters, putting the finishing touches on the latest episode of comedy web series Gay of Thrones, which recaps HBO's Game of Thrones each week. Moments later, Haddish nails the take. "Everyone on fire, Ok,...
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2019 Bet Awards Nominations: Cardi B and Drake Among Top Nominees

2019 Bet Awards Nominations: Cardi B and Drake Among Top Nominees
The nominees for the 2019 Bet Awards were announced today and, needless to say, we're in for one epic show. Okurrr? Cardi B leads the pack with seven nods—including Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Album of the Year—followed by Drake, who has five opportunities to win big. Beyonce, Travis Scott and J.Cole are also among the top nominees, with each being recognized in four categories. As far as movies and television go, Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Tiffany Haddish and Viola Davis are up for the coveted Best Actress title. Meanwhile, Anthony Anderson, Chadwick Boseman,...
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Ego Nwodim Talks First Year on 'SNL', Leslie Jones' Mentorship and Leaving L.A. for N.Y.

Ego Nwodim Talks First Year on 'SNL', Leslie Jones' Mentorship and Leaving L.A. for N.Y.
Alongside her impressions of Lupita N'yongo's character in Us, Tiffany Haddish and "L'evanka" Trump, Ego Nwodim's "Rae Rae" may go down as one of her most memorable roles on her first season of Saturday Night Live.

A difficult Millennial with a smothering father, Rae Rae is a guest on Tracy, a familial conflict-focused daytime talk show à la Jerry Springer that's hosted by an Ellen DeGeneres lookalike (Kate McKinnon). Upon entering the show's set, Nwodim's Rae Rae, clad in sneakers and hoop earrings, encounters a wave of boos from the audience. She gives it back to ...
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The Secret Life of Pets 2 gets a new poster and final trailer

With just a week to go until the UK release of The Secret Life of Pets 2, a poster and the final trailer have arrived online for Universal Pictures and Illumination Pictures’ upcoming animated sequel which you can check out here…

See Also: Watch the character trailers for Max, Chloe, Snowball, Daisy, Gidget and Rooster

Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max’s anxiety. Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster, who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom.
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‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Outrunning ‘Dark Phoenix’ With $65 Million Opening

  • Variety
‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Outrunning ‘Dark Phoenix’ With $65 Million Opening
Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” is heading for a North American opening of as much as $65 million during the June 7-9 frame, topping Disney-Fox’s “Dark Phoenix” at about $50 million, early tracking showed Thursday.

The Secret Life of Pets” opened in 2016 with $104.3 million domestically and wound up with $368.3 million in North America and $875 million worldwide.

The voice cast of the Illumination film includes returnees Kevin Hart as Snowball, Chloe the tabby cat (Lake Bell) and Gidget the Pomeranian (Jenny Slate), as well as newcomers Daisy the Shih Tzu (Tiffany Haddish) and Rooster the sheepdog (Harrison Ford). Patton Oswalt replaces original star Louis C.K. as Max. Chris Renaud returns as the director, along with screenwriter Brian Lynch.

An opening in the expected range will makes “The Secret Life of Pets 2” one of the highest grossing animated openings since Illumination’s own “Dr. Suess’ The Grinch” with $67.6 million.
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2019-2020 Fall Broadcast Schedule

  • Variety
The 2019-2020 broadcast season will be here before we know it, and the schedule for the season has several compelling match ups to offer.

The final seasons of multiple shows will bow this fall, while several freshman shows will find themselves facing stiff competition in their timeslots. Likewise, some returning shows have been shuffled to slots that do not portend well for their futures.

Check out the full schedule below.

NBC’s new legal drama “Bluff City Law” is getting the choice post-“Voice” timeslot, putting it up against ABC powerhouse “The Good Doctor” and CBS’ own legal drama, “Bull.” “Bull” has seen steep declines in its ratings during its third season, however, with the accusations of sexual misconduct against series lead Michael Weatherly not helping matters.

Fox will use its hit drama “9-1-1” to launch the serial killer profiler drama “Prodigal Son.” CBS will then use returning comedy “The Neighborhood
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TVLine Items: Amazon Cancels Tick, Rick and Morty's Return and More

Amazon is squashing The Tick: The comic book adaptation has been cancelled after two seasons, creator Ben Edlund revealed on Twitter.

“I’m sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with @TheTickTV,” Edlund wrote. “I’m not sorry to say I love this show, its cast, its story, and its message. Destiny demands that my compatriots and I now seek a new home for this series.”

Read Edlund’s full message to fans of the show, which starred Peter Serafinowicz as the titular hero:

I'm sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with @TheTickTV I'm not
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Tiffany Haddish Wears Famous Alexander McQueen Dress for 5th Time During David Letterman Sit-Down

Tiffany Haddish Wears Famous Alexander McQueen Dress for 5th Time During David Letterman Sit-Down
Tiffany Haddish is really getting some bang for her buck!

The Night School star has made a habit out of rewearing her $4,000 white Alexander McQueen gown — and she’s not done yet!

In the season 2 trailer for Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, the 39-year-old actress and comedian can be seen wearing the now-iconic, sleeveless dress for a fifth time.

Haddish previously wore the gown, which she bought herself, on four separate occasions, first rocking it at the Girls Trip premiere in July 2017, and then going on to wear it on Saturday Night Live that November,
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