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Courtney B. Vance Boards Jordan Peele’s HBO Series ‘Lovecraft Country’

Courtney B. Vance Boards Jordan Peele’s HBO Series ‘Lovecraft Country’
HBO added a trio of new cast members — Courtney B. Vance, Elizabeth Debicki abd Aunjanue Ellis — to “Lovecraft Country,” its upcoming drama from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions.

The three will star opposite Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jonathan Majors and Wunmi Mosaku.

Lovecraft Country,” which is based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff, follows Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback, according to the series’ description.

Also Read: Jordan Peele, Jj Abrams' HBO Series Adds Yann Demange as Director, Executive Producer

Vance will portray George Black, Atticus’ (Majors) uncle and publisher of the “Safe Negro Travel Guide,” while Ellis will play George’s wife,
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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book “The Witches,” studio sources tell Variety.

Sources say a deal is expected shortly. Zemeckis will also pen the script with his partner, Jack Rapke, producing through their banner ImageMovers, along with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro had long been attached to direct, but a scheduling conflict led the Oscar winner to vacate the director’s chair.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Anjelica Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

The studio had been looking for projects in Zemeckis’ wheelhouse, having previously met
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Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Immigrant Anthology Series From ‘The Big Sick’ Writers, Lee Eisenberg & Alan Yang

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Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Immigrant Anthology Series From ‘The Big Sick’ Writers, Lee Eisenberg & Alan Yang
Apple has picked up to series Little America, a half-hour anthology series from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the Oscar-nominated writers of indie hit The Big Sick, Smilf executive producer Lee Eisenberg, Master of None co-creator/executive producer Alan Yang and Universal Television.

Written by Eisenberg, who will serve as showrunner, Nanjiani and Gordon, Little America is inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine and described on the site as “a small, collective portrait of America’s immigrants — and thereby a portrait of America itself.” The TV series will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of immigrants in America, at a time when their stories are more relevant than ever.

Nanjiani and Yang executive produce alongside Eisenberg and Gordon. Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will executive produce for Epic Magazine; Arthur Spector will co-executive produce.
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'Walking Dead' Creator Sets First Amazon Series: Animated Comic Book Drama 'Invincible'

'Walking Dead' Creator Sets First Amazon Series: Animated Comic Book Drama 'Invincible'
Nearly a year after moving his overall deal from AMC to Amazon Studios, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has lined up his first new series under the pact and it's a familiar one.

Amazon Studios has handed out a straight-to-series order for an hourlong animated take on Invincible, based on Kirkman's recently concluded comic book of the same name.

Like the comic, the eight-episode "adult animated" Amazon series, from Kirkman and Cory Walker, revolves around Mark Grayson, a normal teenager except for the fact that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. Shortly ...
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‘Incredibles 2’s $23.9M Monday Is Best Ever For An Animated Movie

‘Incredibles 2’s $23.9M Monday Is Best Ever For An Animated Movie
Even though the weekend is over, the momentum for Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 just won’t let up.

The Brad Bird-directed feature earned an estimated $23.9 million Monday in early morning industry reporting (Disney will report their numbers later), the best ever for an animated movie, unseating DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek 2 which has long held the record with $23.4M since May 31, 2004.

On the list of best Mondays at the box office, Incredibles 2 also ranks as the second…
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‘Killing Eve’ and ‘The Americans’ Lead TCA Awards Nominations

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‘Killing Eve’ and ‘The Americans’ Lead TCA Awards Nominations
BBC America’s “Killing Eve” crashed the TCA Awards party as the freshman series led all other programs with five nominations for the 34th annual TCA Awards.

The Television Critics Association (TCA) revealed the nominees on Tuesday. Critics also showed love for FX’s “The Americans,” which ended its six-season run in May, handing out four nominations.

With 10 nominations, FX is the No. 1 network, followed by Netflix (nine) and NBC (seven). HBO, last year’s top-nominated network, split with BBC America with six apiece. Program of the Year will come down to “Atlanta,” “Killing Eve,” “The Americans,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Good Place,” and “This Is Us.”
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Geraldo Loses It on ‘Hannity’ Over Trump Immigration Policy: ‘This Is an Obscenity’ (Video)

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Geraldo Loses It on ‘Hannity’ Over Trump Immigration Policy: ‘This Is an Obscenity’ (Video)
Normally-congenial pals Geraldo Rivera and Sean Hannity got into a huge disagreement Tuesday over the Trump administration’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant parents and children.

Trump and his administration have been widely condemned for the policy, in which the children are taken from their parents and housed in cages set up inside abandoned big box stores and other such structures. Hannity has been a vocal supporter of the policy and on Tuesday’s episode of his Fox News show, he said critics are just “playing politics.” He also admonished Democrats to “fix the law and do your jobs,” mirroring Donald Trump’s false claim that the policy is the result of a law passed by Democrats.

Also Read: Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg Blast 'Inhumane' Trump Immigration Policy

Rivera started off calmly, telling Hannity that “Politics aside, this is cruelty as policy. This is an obscenity. This is the government
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Kristen Wiig Exits Reese Witherspoon-Produced Apple TV Comedy Series

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Kristen Wiig Exits Reese Witherspoon-Produced Apple TV Comedy Series
Kristen Wiig is stepping down as star of the half-hour comedy series being developed for Apple by Reese Witherspoon, due to scheduling conflicts with the production of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The show is now on hold as Apple and the show’s producers consider their options, including finding a new lead actress.

Inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” the project from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine received a 10-episode order, and was set to become Apple’s first half-hour scripted comedy. Wiig signed onto the series when it was ordered in January, and was set to executive produce as well as star.

However, Wiig joined “Wonder Woman 1984” just two months later. That film is currently in production, with Wiig playing classic DC comics villain Cheetah. The superhero sequel’s shooting schedule,
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Kristen Wiig Will No Longer Star in Apple Comedy After ‘Wonder Woman 2’ Scheduling Conflict

Kristen Wiig Will No Longer Star in Apple Comedy After ‘Wonder Woman 2’ Scheduling Conflict
Kristen Wiig has departed Apple’s adaptation of Curtis Sittenfield’s upcoming collection of short stories, “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” Variety has confirmed.

An Apple Worldwide Video spokeswoman confirmed the exit is a result of conflicts with Wiig’s shooting schedule for “Wonder Woman 1984,” in which she plays the villain Cheetah.

The 10-episode straight to series order marked Apple’s first scripted comedy order. The role would have been Wiig’s first return to television since her 2005-2012 stint on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Sources say Apple is still eager to develop the series and that producers are regrouping.
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Disney, Pixar Tap 'Frozen,' 'Inside Out' Directors to Replace John Lasseter

Disney and Pixar announced that Frozen director Jennifer Lee and Inside Out director Pete Docter will replace chief creative officer John Lasseter, who was accused of making unwanted advances towards female employees and will leave Pixar at the end of the year, Variety reports.

Lee and Docter will split Lasseter's duties, with Lee being named chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, while Docter will serve as chief creative officer at Pixar.

"Animation is the most collaborative art form in the world, and it is with the partnership of my fellow filmmakers,
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Andrew Adamson’s ‘Shelved’ Launches China-New Zealand Production Alliance (Exclusive)

Andrew Adamson’s ‘Shelved’ Launches China-New Zealand Production Alliance (Exclusive)
New Zealand-born director of “Shrek,” Andrew Adamson has joined forces with Tim White to produce “Shelved,” a major live action-CGI fantasy film. The picture about two slacker robots who fret about being replaced by humans, is to be set up as a New Zealand-China co-production with a production budget in the range of $20-40 million.

“Shelved” is expected to be the first of several films that will be jointly-presented by Chinese fund Super Entertainment and New Zealand effects and services company Digipost, as its diversifies and expands into a role as a producer. “Shelved” was revealed on Tuesday in the margins of a New Zealand Film Commission presentation at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

The story and the movie are feature-length expansions of a 2013 award-winning short film of the same title by director James Cunningham and writer Kathryn Burnett. Cunningham and Burnett both reprise their roles on the feature.
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Chris Hardwick’s Hard Times: The Silence From Those in His Orbit Is Deafening

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Chris Hardwick’s Hard Times: The Silence From Those in His Orbit Is Deafening
When Chris Hardwick was accused of controlling behavior, emotional manipulation and sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra last week, the silence from those in his orbit was deafening.

Dykstra described a man who could be controlling and manipulative as he gained more and more success as the host of AMC shows and Comic-Con panels, as well as his own multimedia empire, Nerdist. One former employee said her accusations rang true, and that Hardwick was prone to loud confrontations with employees.

“Nobody’s surprised. Everyone can think back to incidents with Chris that line up with something in that story,” the former employee said. “You don’t see anybody saying ‘That’s not the Chris Hardwick I know,’ because that is the Chris Hardwick most people know.”

Also Read: Chris Hardwick Fallout: All the Outlets Distancing Themselves After Abuse Accusation

Dykstra wrote in a Medium post: “What I felt that
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Chris Hardwick: How Big a Ratings Draw Is the AMC and NBC Host?

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Chris Hardwick: How Big a Ratings Draw Is the AMC and NBC Host?
Is Chris Hardwick’s current bad rap enough of a reason to cut him loose — or do AMC and NBC lose more if they lose him?

That’s the question the two networks, each with Hardwick-hosted shows, are mulling over at the moment. And while they have multiple priorities to consider when making decisions like this, ratings factor into almost every move made in the TV industry.

The Nerdist co-founder’s media empire, which includes geek-friendly shows on both AMC and NBC, was dealt a significant blow after actress and former Nerdist host Chloe Dykstra posted a Medium essay last week, accusing her ex-boyfriend of “sexual assault,” “controlling behavior” and career sabotage after their breakup.

Also Read: 'Community' Alum Yvette Nicole Brown Emerges as Fan Favorite to Replace Chris Hardwick on AMC

In a carefully-worded statement, Hardwick denied that he sexually assaulted Dkystra. But AMC still took “Talking With Chris
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Fox News Defends Laura Ingraham Amid Calls for Advertiser Boycott

Fox News is defending Laura Ingraham amid calls for an advertiser boycott of her show.

“Laura Ingraham’s very personal, on-the-ground commitment to the plight of impoverished and abandoned children—specifically in Guatemala— speaks for itself,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday. “So too does her strong belief in a commonsense, legal immigration system, which will continue to be a focus of her show. Fox News will never tolerate or give in to attempts to silence diverse viewpoints by agenda-driven intimidation efforts.”

The statement came Tuesday as calls for an advertiser boycott against Ingraham grew. None of
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Fox TV vs Fox News: Seth MacFarlane and Steve Levitan Lead a Family Feud Over Family Separations

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There’s a family feud at Fox, with TV studio creatives like “Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane tweeting their fury at conservative commentators at Fox News over family separations at the U.S.-Mexican border.

21st Century Fox’s assets include the Los Angeles-based film studio, 20th Century Fox, and the Fox broadcast network that is the home to shows like “The Simpsons,” as well as the New York-based Fox News, home to conservative commentators like Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. Some of the West Coasters are loudly taking issue with the hosts’ spin on child immigration centers.

The fight comes as 21st Century Fox executive co-chairman Rupert Murdoch is selling off Fox’s TV and film assets, so they will no longer be affiliated with Fox News. That may free Levitan, whose contract is ending and whose show airs on ABC
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Robert Zemeckis to Bring Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ Back to the Big Screen

Robert Zemeckis to Bring Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ Back to the Big Screen
Twenty eight years after first bringing Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” to the big screen, Warner Bros. is close to signing Robert Zemeckis to direct a new movie based on the classic children’s novel about a coven of youth-hating witches, an individual close to the project told TheWrap.

Oscar winners Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo Del Toro will produce the film with Zemeckis through their ImageMovers banner. Zemeckis will also write the screenplay with his writing partner, Jack Rapke. Del Toro had previously been attached as director, but had to step down due to scheduling conflicts. Zemeckis has been previously reported as one of the replacement candidates.

Also Read: Robert Zemeckis' Very 'Lost'-Like Missing Plane Drama 'Manifest' Gets NBC Pilot Order

Published in 1973, “The Witches” follows an eight-year-old boy who is turned into a mouse by a group of evil witches disguised as kindly old ladies. With the help of his grandmother,
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‘Incredibles 2’ and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Face Off at Box Office This Weekend

Movie theater owners have to be licking their chops looking at the tracking numbers for this box office weekend. With “The Incredibles 2” coming off of the biggest opening in animation history, Pixar’s four-quadrant hit will go head-to-head against Universal’s big tentpole blockbuster, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

Both of these films made box office headlines in different parts of the world last weekend. In the U.S., “Incredibles 2” launched with $182.7 million, the eighth-highest opening weekend for any North American release and the third Disney film in 2018 to crack that top ten list. On Monday, the sequel had the highest opening Monday in animation history with an industry-estimated $29.6 million.

Meanwhile, “Fallen Kingdom” opened in China and improved on its predecessor’s launch with $112 million. Over 11 days, the film has grossed more than $370 million, putting the film on track to become Universal’s sixth billion-dollar hit.

Also Read: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book “The Witches,” studio sources tell Variety.

Sources say a deal is expected shortly. Zemeckis will also pen the script, with his partner Jack Rapke producing through their banner ImageMovers, along with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro. Del Tor had long been attached to direct, but a scheduling conflict led the Oscar winner to vacate the director’s chair.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Anjelica Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

The studio had been looking for projects in Zemeckis’ wheelhouse, having previously met
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As 'Gotti' Battles Critics, Its Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score Draws Questions

As 'Gotti' Battles Critics, Its Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score Draws Questions
John Travolta’s new film Gotti, which was branded with a rare zero percent Rotten Tomatoes rating when it arrived in theaters on Friday, has declared war on the critics, and that, in turn, has triggered dueling conspiracy theories.

The team behind the movie is accusing Rotten Tomatoes of suppressing good reviews, while others are suggesting that the movie’s positive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes has been inflated by a stealth campaign of phony user ratings — with the ratings site, in turn, rejecting both claims.

The Gotti offensive kicked off Monday with a tweet from the film’s ...
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TV News Roundup: Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, Elizabeth Debicki Join HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’

TV News Roundup: Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, Elizabeth Debicki Join HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’
In today’s roundup, HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” adds new cast members including Courtney B. Vance and Elizabeth Debicki, while NBC reveals its fall premiere dates.

Casting

Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, and Elizabeth Debicki have signed onto HBO‘s “Lovecraft Country,” playing George Black, Hippolyta Black, and Christina Braithwhite respectively. The series is based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff that follows Atticus Black as he travels on a roadtrip across 1950s Jim Crow America with his friend Letitia and Uncle George in search of his mother and father. Previously announced cast members include Jonathan Majors as Atticus Black,
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