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Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)

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Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)
Leonardo DiCaprio is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s “Nightmare Alley,” Guillermo del Toro’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning film “The Shape of Water.”

Del Toro will direct the pic and co-wrote the script with Kim Morgan. “Nightmare Alley” is being produced and financed by del Toro and J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment, with Fox Searchlight acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the film.

While there is a 1947 Fox pic, this film will be more based on the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name. The 1947 movie starred Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the tables on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.

The film shoots this fall as del Toro fills out the remaining roles.

After “The Shape of Water
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‘Shazam!’ Star Zachary Levi to Host 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards

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‘Shazam!’ Star Zachary Levi to Host 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards
“Shazam!” star Zachary Levi will be suiting up next for the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards in June.

Levi will emcee the award show on June 17 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Nominees will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fresh off DC Comics’ latest blockbuster, Levi is no stranger to superhero pics, having first appeared in “Thor: The Dark World” as the Asgardian hero Fandral. He also helped take home a SAG Award for the ensemble cast in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” in which he plays a new love interest for Rachel Brosnahan’s titular character in the second season. Previously, the actor was best known for portraying the reluctant CIA spy Chuck Bartowski on the NBC series “Chuck.”

Viewers might be treated to some musical numbers and performances as Levi is also a singer. In 2016, he earned a Tony nomination for best leading man in the Broadway production of “She Loves Me.
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Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct World War II Caper ‘Ghost Army’

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Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct World War II Caper ‘Ghost Army’
Ben Affleck will star in and direct the Universal Pictures caper “Ghost Army,” based on the book “The Ghost Army of World War II,” written by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, as well as the documentary “Ghost Army.”

It’s unclear when the movie will go into production as it’s still in development and Affleck is expected to rework the screenplay. The latest script was written by Nic Pizzolatto (HBO’s “True Detective”), with an earlier draft by Henry Gayden (“Shazam!”).

The film tells the true story of a squadron of recruits from art schools, ad agencies and other creative businesses who were tasked with fooling the Nazis into thinking the U.S. had larger troop numbers than it actually did. The book follows a group of young GIs, including fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelly, artist Arthur Singer, photographer Art Kane, and others, who conduct a secret mission.
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James Wan, Gary Dauberman Tackling Stephen King's Vampire Tale 'Salem's Lot'

James Wan, Gary Dauberman Tackling Stephen King's Vampire Tale 'Salem's Lot'
Stephen King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot is heading to the big screen.

James Wan and Gary Dauberman, the respective producer and writer collaborators behind many of the biggest hits of the Conjuring horror universe, are teaming to adapt the novel for New Line.

Dauberman will write the script and serve as executive producer. Wan will produce, along with Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.

Published in 1975, King’s book centers on an author who returns to his hometown in order to write about an abandoned mansion in the small town. As he discovers the home has been bought by ...
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‘Deadwood’ Creator David Milch Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s

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‘Deadwood’ Creator David Milch Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s
David Milch, the creator of “Deadwood,” revealed his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in an interview published Tuesday.

“As best I understand it, which is minimally, I have a deterioration in the organization of my brain,” Milch told Vulture. “And it’s progressive. And in some ways discouraging. In more than some ways — in every way I can think of.”

Beginning five years ago, people around him noticed instances of “imperfect recall and tardy recall and short temper,” Milch said. “I became more and more of an acquired taste.”

He also struggled with his writing process, which was characterized by “a generalized incertitude and a growing incapacity.” About a year ago, Milch finally underwent a brain scan and received the diagnosis.

Milch created the acclaimed HBO Western series “Deadwood,” which aired from 2004 to 2006. He also wrote “Deadwood: The Movie,” which is a continuation of the original series and will see most of the original cast return,
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does "Not Endorse" Upcoming Fox Searchlight Biopic

J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does
With less than a month to go before the release of Tolkien, Fox Searchlight's biopic starring Nicholas Hoult as the famed author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, the subject's family has said it does "not endorse" the movie. 

In a statement issued Tuesday, the J.R.R. Tolkien family and the Tolkien estate said they wished to "make clear that they did not approve of, authorize or participate in the making" of the film, which recounts the years of toil and imagination that gave the novelist the inspiration for his storytelling in ...
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‘The Good Fight’ Renewed for Season 4 at CBS All Access

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‘The Good Fight’ Renewed for Season 4 at CBS All Access
The Good Fight” has been renewed for a fourth season at CBS All Access, Variety has learned.

The legal drama, executive produced and run by Michelle King and Robert King, is currently streaming its third season on the Eye’s digital network.

The show “continues to be a flagship original series for the service,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content at CBS All Access. “Its visionary creators Robert and Michelle King and the extraordinary cast continue to explore the cultural climate with insight, humor and courage, and we can’t wait to see where these indelible characters go next.”

In the current third season, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) is trying to figure out whether one can resist a crazy administration without going crazy one’s self, while Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with “a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells
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Terry Rawlings, Film Editor on 'Alien,' 'Blade Runner' and 'Chariots of Fire,' Dies

Terry Rawlings, Film Editor on 'Alien,' 'Blade Runner' and 'Chariots of Fire,' Dies
Terry Rawlings, who received an Oscar nomination for best picture winner Chariots of Fire and edited the Ridley Scott films Alien, Blade Runner and Legend, has died. He was 85 or 86.

Rawlings died Tuesday at his home in Hertfordshire, England, the Guild of British Film and Television Editors told The Hollywood Reporter.

The London native also cut Barbra Streisand's and David Fincher's directorial debuts on Yentl (1983) and Alien 3 (1992), respectively, and worked on Pierce Brosnan's first outing as James Bond with GoldenEye (1995).

His other work included Michael Winner's The Sentinel (1977) and Bullseye! (1990); Phillip Noyce's The Saint (1997); The ...
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‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 2 Posts Huge Rating, Dips from Season 8 Premiere

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‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 2 Posts Huge Rating, Dips from Season 8 Premiere
With 10.29 million viewers, the second episode of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” is the fourth-largest episode in the history of the show in terms of linear audience, according to Nielsen’s preliminary figures.

This represents a dip of 12.5 percent from the premiere which drew 11.76 million in the same category. HBO has yet to release the multi-platform figures for the episode.

Only the final season premiere, the season seven finale (which garnered 12.07 million viewers), and the seventh episode of season seven (10.72 million) had more viewers that Sunday’s offering.

Across all platforms, the season 8 premiere drew 17.4 million viewers. Last Sunday also accounted for largest night of streaming activity ever for HBO, and the premiere was also the most-tweeted episode in “Thrones” history with more than 5 million tweets on the day it aired.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records
Avengers: Endgame” has its sights set on world domination.

Disney and Marvel’s upcoming superhero epic should light the box office on fire when it launches this weekend, with the hopes of setting domestic, international, and global records. In North America alone, “Avengers: Endgame” is expected to earn between $250 million and $268 million in its first three days of release. If it hits the higher part of that range it would qualify as the biggest domestic debut of all time, a distinction currently held by 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the precursor to “Endgame,” which launched with $257.7 million.

Advance ticket sales have been sky high for “Endgame,” so box office watchers are confident the grand conclusion to the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be one for the record books. At the very least, the opening weekend of “Endgame” will position itself as one of the best launches ever. Disney
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Marisa Tomei Joins Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy (Exclusive)

Marisa Tomei Joins Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy (Exclusive)
Marisa Tomei, the Oscar winner who plays Aunt May in the current Spider-Man movies, will star opposite Pete Davidson in Universal’s untitled comedy being made by Judd Apatow.

Apatow will direct the feature, which is set to shoot this summer in New York City, and he also is producing with Barry Mendel, his collaborator on such comedies as Bridesmaids, This Is 40 and The Big Sick.

Universal’s senior executive vp production Erik Baiers will oversee for the studio.

Details on the logline are being kept under lock and key, but it is known to be a coming-of-age comedy set ...
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Doug Liman’s $100M ‘Chaos Walking’ Undergoes Reshoots After First Cut Deemed ‘Unreleasable’ — Report

Doug Liman’s $100M ‘Chaos Walking’ Undergoes Reshoots After First Cut Deemed ‘Unreleasable’ — Report
When Lionsgate picked up the distribution rights to Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking” trilogy in 2011, it seemed that the home of such blockbuster adaptations as “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games” was lining up their next Ya-leaning smash hit. That market has, of course, changed in the intervening years — by the time the fourth film in the Jennifer Lawrence-starring “Hunger Games” series ended, each film’s box office had declined precipitously from the previous film; Lionsgate and Summit didn’t even make a final film in the similar “Divergent” series — and few studios are attempting the same multi-film treatment that ruled the box office just a decade ago.

It didn’t help that with “Chaos Walking” the film went through a few iterations on its way to the big screen, the kind that would slow down any film, let alone one arriving a touch too late. Robert Zemeckis was
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Hannelore Elsner, German Film and TV Star, Dies at 76

Hannelore Elsner, German Film and TV Star, Dies at 76
Hannelore Elsner, a German actress who moved easily between art house cinema and mainstream television without losing her edge, or her army of local fans, has died. She was 76.

Matthias Prinz, a lawyer for the family, confirmed Elsner died peacefully on Sunday after a short and sudden illness.

While not well known outside continental Europe, Elsner was a major star in Germany, one of the country's most famous actors and a regular in both film and television. She was also one of the last great originals, a larger-than-life personality who seemed fearless in her choice of roles and ...
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At&T Expects DirecTV to Keep NFL Sunday Ticket Exclusively

At&T believes it will hang on to DirecTV’s exclusive rights for the NFL Sunday Ticket, even as the league has said it’s considering ending the satellite operator’s exclusivity to extend the out-of-home games package to streaming platforms.

“The exclusivity [of Sunday Ticket] should remain as we go forward on DirecTV,” At&T CFO John Stephens said on the company’s Q1 earnings call Wednesday. “We’re heavily invested in the NFL on DirecTV.”

Sunday Ticket first launched 25 years ago on DirecTV, and it’s the only place to (legally) watch all of the NFL’s regular-season Sunday daytime match-ups. The
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Review: The McU’s Long Goodbye Is an Emotional Wipeout

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Review: The McU’s Long Goodbye Is an Emotional Wipeout
Thanos demands my silence. So if you expect a lot of specific “who lives, who dies” spoilers in this review, snap out of it. However, it is fair to say that Avengers: Endgame, directed by the Russo brothers — Anthony and Joseph — with a fan’s reverence for all that came before, is truly epic and thunderously exciting. You probably won’t care that at three hours, it’s bloated, uneven and all over the place, flitting from character to character like a bird that doesn’t know where to land.
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Tribeca Film Festival: 10 Music Docs We’re Excited to See

While the Tribeca Film Festival usually has strong music entries, this year has such a bounty that narrowing our top picks down to 10 was a challenge. This year’s offerings range from documentaries on the legendary Apollo Theater, the Wu-Tang Clan and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman to music-adjacent films like Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday” (about a world with no Beatles), and anniversary editions of ‘90s classics “Say Anything,” “Reality Bites” and “This Is Spinal Tap” — all three of which have special Q&As with castmembers after the screenings. Covering Tribeca’s 2019 music offerings alone, it’s possible to spend upwards of 30 hours in movie theaters over the next few days — be sure to check back for Variety’s reviews of many of these films.

All I Can Say [Shannon Hoon documentary]. The unofficial chief cinematographer for this documentary about the late Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon is: Shannon Hoon.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Drove Record HBO Now Subscriptions in Week Before Premiere

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Drove Record HBO Now Subscriptions in Week Before Premiere
That mountain-sized “Game of Thrones” Season 8 premiere audience just got more Mountain-sized.

At&T CFO John Stephens said Wednesday morning that Episode 801 has now been watched by more than 27 million people. He also told media analysts and reporters that the week ahead of the fantasy drama’s final-season return led to the most subscriber adds in HBO Now history.

Those customer additions will be reflected in WarnerMedia’s second-quarter 2019.

Also Read: At&T Misses Q1 Revenue Target as Premium TV, DirecTV Now Lose Subscribers

On premiere night, the “Game of Thrones” premiere was viewed by 17.4 million people across multiple platforms, a series record. Episode 2 declined 9% from that impressive starting point.

Read about At&T’s Q1 financial performance here.

More to come…

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Ozzy Osbourne ‘Getting Back on His Feet’ After Tour-Postponing Injury

Ozzy Osbourne ‘Getting Back on His Feet’ After Tour-Postponing Injury
Ozzy Osbourne is “getting back on his feet” after undergoing surgery to repair a previous leg injury that he aggravated in a recent fall, his son Jack Osbourne said Wednesday. During a pair of interviews to promote his new Travel Channel show Portals to Hell, Jack offered a health update on his father, who postponed all 2019 concerts as he recovers from his injury.

“He’s doing good. He’s back to being his cynical old self, so always a good sign,” Jack told People of Ozzy. “When he’s complaining about mundane things,
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Mediapro Buys Tri-Lite TV, Sets 2019 Roadmap

Furthering its expansion in North America, Spain’s Mediapro has purchased Canadian services company Tri-Lite TV.

Put through by Mediapro Canada, the deal comes days after Mediapro confirmed the acquisition of 10-year rights to the Canadian Premiere League, a new soccer competition to launch April 27 across the country.

Mediapro has also announced global revenues for 2018 of €2.0 billion ($2.2 billion), up 19% on 2017, and its strategic objectives for 2019. These take in cross-the-board continuing growth, “both organic and inorganic,” the latter by acquisition of companies – of all its divisions, it said in a recent statement.

Tri-Lite TV will give Mediapro Canada a production center with a 5,400 square-foot soundstage,
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At&T Misses Q1 Revenue Target as Premium TV, DirecTV Now Lose Subscribers

At&T’s first-quarter 2019 financials were a mixed bag. Now parent to Time Warner, the telco company met media analysts’ earnings per share number, but fell short of revenue expectations.

Wall Street had forecast earnings per share (Eps) of 86 cents on $45.11 billion in revenue, per a Yahoo Finance consensus estimate. At&T hit that 86-cent mark with some adjustments, but came in a little low on revenue, posting $44.8 billion.

“Our first-quarter results show that we’re delivering on what we promised,” chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said. “We’re on plan to meet our de-leveraging goals with strong free cash flow and asset sales. We grew entertainment group Ebitda in the quarter and are confident we’ll meet or exceed our full-year target.”

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Dips From Season 8 Premiere, Reaches Nearly 16 Million Multiplatform Viewers

Q1 concluded on March 31, 2019. HBO’s marquee series, “Game of Thrones,” premiered
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