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'It' Sequel Gets September 2019 Release Date
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again.
Since its debut earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book has shattered numerous records, including becoming the top-grossing horror film of all time, not adjusting for inflation. The Exorcist, released in 1973, made $233 million in North America and $441.3 million worldwide, but the domestic portion swells to $917.5 million when adjusting for inflation.
It has earned »
- Pamela McClintock
Leslie Abramson Won’t Watch Edie Falco Play Her in NBC’s Menendez TV Movie
Leslie Abramson, the spitfire Los Angeles defense attorney who represented one of Erik Menendez in two sensational murder trials, says she will not watch Edie Falco portray her on NBC’s “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.”
“Oh boy,” Abramson told TheWrap when asked about true-crime TV movie. “I have nothing to say. Absolutely nothing. Goodbye.”
Before she hung up, she was asked “Are you going to watch it?” “No,” she said.
NBC and Dick Wolf Productions are betting big on Falco’s performance. »
- Susan Seager
Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey Joins Scream
Well that didnt take long, at all.
The horror drama’s brand-new chapter follows Dion (played by Rj Cyler), a football player who on track to score a college scholarship… until a masked killer uses his darkest secrets against him, turning his life upside down and making him question his own sanity.
Per THR. »
‘Star Trek: Discovery': 5 of Your Biggest Questions Answered
Major spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery’s” first two episodes. “Star Trek: Discovery” always had a lot to live up to. It’s the first new “Star Trek” TV show in over a decade, so it has to be both a new take on the franchise and a tribute to the original series. There’s over 50 years of canonical history to pick and choose from, but how do you do it without outright copying a previous installment, especially when the J.J. Abrams films have been just that? As the flagship product for CBS All Access, the network’s new streaming service, »
- Carli Velocci
Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino Ink Overall Deal at Amazon Studios
The husband and wife team currently serve as executive producers on the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which is written and directed by Sherman-Palladino. The series was picked up for two seasons in April, the first multi-season order for a new series in Amazon’s history. It follows a 1950’s New York housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) who discovers a talent for stand up comedy. The pilot became available on Amazon Prime in March.
“Amy and Dan are brilliant,” said Joe Lewis, head of comedy, Drama and VR for Amazon Studios. “Everything they create has such an incredible vision behind it. On top of that, they’re wonderfully funny and smart people. Also, Amy has the best hats in show business. We’re excited about the next two seasons of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ with them and, with »
- Joe Otterson
Casey Affleck's Sea Change Media Signs First-Look Deal With Amazon
The two-year deal, covering both film and television projects, repairs Affleck with Amazon, after he won the best actor Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, which Amazon nabbed out of the Sundance Film Festival. Whitaker Lader, a Sundance Institute alum, serves as head of production and development of Sea Change, which looks to develop bold, authentic, smart content, shining a light on underrepresented voices and stories, and operating with a philosophy of inclusivity and collaboration.
"This deal with Casey exemplifies our focus in expanding Amazon Studios’ relationships »
- Ashley Lee
Jan Triska, Star of ‘Ronin’ and ‘Ragtime,’ Dies at 80 After Fall From Bridge in Czech Republic
Jan Triska, a Czech actor who starred in such Hollywood movies as “Ronin” and “Ragtime,” has died after a fall on Saturday from Prague’s iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80 years old. According to the Associated Press, Prague theater director Jan Hrusinsky confirmed the death on Monday. The actor died in Prague’s military hospital overnight from his injuries after Saturday’s fall. The circumstances of the fall are still unclear. Triska moved to the United States in 1977 after he signed a human rights manifesto against Czechoslovakia’s then-Communist government, according to The Guardian. He had been inspired by his close friend, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
'Insecure' Director to Adapt Man Booker Prize-Winning Novel for Amazon Studios (Exclusive)
Matsoukas is developing the project as a series and will executive produce as well as direct the episodes. Teaming with her is James, who will write the script as well as executive produce, while Malcolm Spellman, a writer and co-executive producer on Empire, will be the showrunner and exec produce as well.
Seven Killings begins with the attempted assassination of reggae icon Bob Marley and explores its aftermath, looking at one vital »
- Borys Kit
Wme Signs ‘The Mermaid’ Co-Writer Lu Zhengyu (Exclusive)
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Wme has signed Chinese actor-filmmaker Lu Zhengyu, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
Lu is a protégé of Hong Kong-based superstar director Stephen Chow and served on the writing team for 2013’s Journey to the West and 2016’s The Mermaid, which at $527 million was China’s all-time highest-grossing film until that record was broken by Wolf Warrior 2 last month. Lu appeared onscreen in both Journey to the West and The Mermaid and served as executive director, a position similar to first assistant director in the U.S. but described as having more responsibilities.
In the vein of Chow’s own »
- Rebecca Sun
Chance the Rapper Debuted a Poignant New Song on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
He was joined by Daniel Caesar on the track. »
- Halle Kiefer
Target, Toyota to Sponsor NBC’s ‘The Voice’
Target and Toyota Motor will speak loudly about NBC’s “The Voice” this TV season.
Target will take advertising in the musical competition series to a new level. The retailer will run ads created with NBC that feature former winners of the show – Chris Blue, Sundance Head and Alisan Porter – which will air in commercial time and also in a dedicated hub at NBC.com. The retailer will also run content touting its own brand as well as the show in brief ads that run within a Snapchat show associated with “The Voice.”
Toyota returns to the series. The automaker will support “Voice” contestants through its Toyota Music program, and its cars and messages will also appear in the program and in ad breaks via custom content that makes use of the show’s artists and talent. Toyota’s Camry will be showcased prominently, including in a piece starring host Carson Daly that aired last night. A »
- Variety Staff
Sony Executive Richard Berger Joins Motion Picture Laboratories as CEO
Motion Picture Laboratories, backed by studios as a research and development venture, has tapped industry veteran Richard Berger as president and chief executive officer.
He replaces Steve Weinstein, who was serving as interim CEO and will leave to spend more time on his entrepreneurship and teaching activities at Stanford and Uc Berkeley. Motion Picture Laboratories is also known as MovieLabs.
Berger will lead MovieLabs’ cross-industry initiatives focused on next-generation content platforms and products, automated digital workflows, content security, and digital analytics. He has over 20 years of experience in digital innovation, with more than a decade of experience leading new media and technology efforts at Sony Pictures Entertainment, most recently as senior VP of worldwide digital strategy and advanced platforms. He has worked on emerging digital platforms and formats such as UltraViolet and Uhd (4K).
“Rich brings that most unusual blend of qualities — deep technical knowledge coupled with an instinctive commercial understanding of how technology can disrupt and »
- Dave McNary
StoryFirst Takes Control of Pinewood Television
Peter Gerwe’s StoryFirst has bought Pinewood-Shepperton Studios out of their joint-venture production company, Pinewood Television. The company was set up in early 2016 as a producer of high-end TV drama for the international market. StoryFirst will now rename the business.
Helen Gregory, the co-creator and co-executive producer of Shondaland/ABC series “The Catch,” runs Pinewood Television and will stay put, as will co-production executive Christian Wikander, who joined in August 2016 from Swedish pubcaster Svt, where he was head of drama. Board members Gerwe, Michael Grade, and Premila Hoon will all also remain in place.
Pinewood Group Chairman Paul Golding said the company was moving away from developing new content but would remain in film and TV financing. “We wish StoryFirst every success in the next stage of the company’s development,” he said. “In the meantime, Pinewood will continue to finance independent screen-based content rather than developing new material.”
- Stewart Clarke
Jonas Carpignano’s ‘A Ciambra’ Is Italy’s Oscar Contender
Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, “A Ciambra” stars Pio Amato as a 14-year-old growing up in a Romani community in Calabria. The coming-of-age drama has been described as a companion piece to “Mediterranea,” Carpignano’s debut feature which played at Cannes Critics’ Week in 2015. Amato played a secondary character in “Mediterranea.”
“A Ciambra,” which harks back to Italy’s neo-realist cinematic heritage, launched from this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight, where it won the Europa Cinemas Label Award. It will be released in North America by Sundance Selects.
- Nick Vivarelli
Britain’s Channel 4 Picks Up ‘Young Sheldon’
The spinoff series has just launched on CBS in the U.S. and follows 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper, one of the central figures in “The Big Bang Theory,” which is one of the most popular American TV shows internationally.
E4 also has “The Big Bang Theory,” which is one of its top performers. Season 10 was its biggest show of the year, doubling the average viewing share in its slot on the digital channel.
“Young Sheldon,” will launch in Britain in 2018. The 13-part series stars Ian Armitage as the titular young incarnation of Sheldon, and Jim Armitage, who plays the grown-up Sheldon, narrates the series and is also an executive producer.
In its review of the series opener, Variety said that “Young Sheldon” didn’t quite gel, but added that “the premise and a few performances »
- Stewart Clarke
‘Dancing with the Stars’ Lindsey Stirling’s ‘psychedelic’ quickstep was inspired by her battle with depression [Watch]
“I’m really excited that we’re doing something with this whole butterfly motif because I’ve always loved the symbolism,” said Lindsey Stirling while preparing for her “Ballroom Night” quickstep with pro partner Mark Ballas, who flexed his conceptual muscles on a unique piece of choreography that allowed Stirling to transform. But it wasn’t just a gimmick, […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Philippines Lands on ‘Birdshot’ as Academy Awards Selection
“Birdshot,” a coming-of-age drama by 24-year-old director Mikhail Red, has been selected by The Philippines as its contender for the foreign-language section of the Academy Awards. The film is the story of a girl who accidentally shoots a rare eagle.
The choice was made by a specially-formed committee within Film Academy of the Philippines, which announced its decision Tuesday. Initially the committee was evenly split between “Birdshot” and “Sunday Beauty Queen.” That required Jose N. Carreon as chairman to cast a deciding vote.
Other titles in contention had been “Die Beautiful” by Jun Lana; “1st Sem,” by Dexter Hernandez and Allan Ibanez; “Ang Araw sa Likod Mo,” by Dominic Nuesa; “Kita Kita,” by Sigfrid Bernardo; “Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B,” by Prime Cruz; “Patay na si Hesus,” by Victor Villanueva; “Triptiko,” by Miguel Franco Micelena; and “Sunday Beauty Queen,” by Baby Ruth Villarama.
“Birdshot” has its premiere last year at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where »
- Patrick Frater
‘The Voice’ blind auditions: Jennifer Hudson turns chair for Shi’Ann Jones after one note of ‘Drown in My Own Tears’ [Watch]
On Monday’s premiere episode of “The Voice” Season 13, Shi’Ann Jones belted out “Drown in My Own Tears” with such gusto that new coach Jennifer Hudson turned her chair on the very first note. Blake Shelton also pushed his button for the 15-year-old singer, while Adam Shelton said that he was going to turn his chair, […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Zurich Festival: Danish Star Trine Dyrholm to Head International Jury
Dyrholm is the undisputed queen of Danish cinema, winner of six Bodil awards, the Danish equivalent of the Oscar, for her work as well as multiple international honors, including a best actress prize last year in Berlin for The Commune, where she played a professional newscaster in 1970s Copenhagen whose attempts to set up a commune in her own home end in disaster. She most recently appeared in Susanna »
- Scott Roxborough
‘Dancing with the Stars’: Frankie Muniz’s ‘Ballroom Night’ tango was like ‘a missile right on target’ [Watch]
“I want to work hard, I want to do so good. It’s intimidating,” said Frankie Muniz before performing a tango with pro partner Witney Carson on Monday’s “Ballroom Night” episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” This week he has had to learn two dances — one for “Ballroom Night” and another for Tuesday’s “Latin Night” […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
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