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‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon

‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon
Amazon is doing more clearing the decks with the cancelation of three comedy series, Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

One Mississippi was canceled after two seasons, while I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson were axed after one.

“This is part of a move towards bigger, wider-audience series,” an Amazon insider told Deadline. Notaro’s semi-autobiographical One Mississippi has garnered strong
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Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys

Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys
Amazon’s new superhero series The Boys is adding a few boys — and one girl — to its cast.

Banshee alum Antony Starr leads a quintet of cast additions to the straight-to-series drama created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Timeless), according to our sister site Deadline. Starr will play Homelander, the leader of the show’s primary superhero collective known as The Seven. But he’s not necessarily the hero here: Based on the comic by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Happy!), The Boys is set in a world where superheroes have let fame go to their heads and gotten corrupt
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Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then you already know all about Arya Stark’s kill list. Let’s do a little backstory, just in case you’re not familiar. George R.R. Martin’s best-selling fictional book series ”A Song of Ice and Fire,” was brought to the screen by HBO, the show being named after the first book of the series, Game of Thrones. Martin’s extensive storytelling skills immerse you in the medieval fantasy epic, depicting powerful families, queens and kings, renegades and knights, honest men and liars, all playing the deadly game, all wanting control of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms,

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
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‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series

‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series
Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” is being eyed for an adaptation into a television series, Variety has confirmed.

Endeavor Content has purchased the film and television rights to the book, which goes inside the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. It largely portrays Trump as unprepared for the enormity of his office, and that he is unable to focus his attention on policy details. The book also includes quotes from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who referred to the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous.” Bannon eventually resigned his position at Breitbart News over the furor caused by his statements.

The book proved to be an immediate best-seller and was sold out at bookstores in several major cities the day it was released.

No studio is currently attached to the project. Wolff will serve as an executive producer on the project with former
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Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)

Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)
Kristen Wiig is returning to the small screen.

In a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding, Apple has landed a 10-episode comedy series executive produced by and starring the Saturday Night Live grad. The project, inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I'll Say It and produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner, is the tech giant's first scripted comedy pickup.

Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock) created the series and serves as showrunner. She will exec produce alongside Witherspoon, her Hello Sunshine topper Lauren Neustadter and Wiig. Sittenfeld is on board as a consulting producer. A studio is...
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‘The Tick’ Season 2 Greenlit by Amazon Studios, Set for 2019 Premiere

‘The Tick’ Season 2 Greenlit by Amazon Studios, Set for 2019 Premiere
Amazon Studios has ordered a second season of “The Tick,” the reboot of the offbeat superhero series based on the popular comic.

Series creator Ben Edlund (“Firefly,” “Supernatural,” “Gotham”) will return along with leads Peter Serafinowicz (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) as The Tick and Griffin Newman (“Search Party”) as Arthur, with additional casting to be announced.

The Tick” season 2 will comprise 10 episodes and will begin production in 2018. It’s expected to premiere in 2019 exclusively on Prime Video in over 200 countries. The half-hour series is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Amazon Studios.

As previously announced, Amazon will premiere the highly anticipated second half of The Tick’s first season on Feb. 23, 2018, featuring six all-new episodes of the show.

“Ben has created a resounding hit while Peter and Griffin have brought Tick and Arthur to indelible life,” Sharon Yguado, Amazon Studios head of scripted series, said in announcing the renewal. “We can’t wait to bring fans more
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TV Ratings: 'Black Lightning' Gets a Promising Premiere on CW

TV Ratings: 'Black Lightning' Gets a Promising Premiere on CW
Good news for the CW. It seems the network still hasn't exhausted its viewers' appetite for superhero shows.

Black Lightning joined the lineup on Tuesday night, making it the fifth comic book series on the network — seventh, if you're counting genre-divergent entries iZombie and Riverdale. The first hour pulled a strong 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers. Those numbers are quite sound by CW standards, especially when you consider the fact that lead-in The Flash, the CW's No. 1 series, only performed incrementally better. Black Lightning shared The Flash's score in the key demo and lost fewer...
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10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018

10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018
Studio executives flock to Park City hoping to find the next big thing in indie film. It’s a chance to get their hands on the newest “The Big Sick,” the kind of powerful movie that has what it takes to break out into the mainstream. A number of films heading to the festival are already generating heat, sight unseen. Variety runs down the movies that are most likely to spark all-night bidding wars.

Damsel

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster

Directors: David Zellner & Nathan Zellner

Sales agent: ICM

Why Buyers Are Circling:

Pattinson may have hung up the fangs, but the “Twilight” star still commands crowds (particularly overseas). This offbeat western sounds like a change of pace for the recovering tween idol.
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year
Ellen Pompeo has renewed her contract on Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy” through seasons 15 and 16, becoming the highest paid dramatic actress on TV at a record $20 million per year, according to media reports. The new deal would provide Pompeo $575,000 per episode, a seven-figure bonus, back end points on the Shondaland show, a producing credit and an executive producing credit for the upcoming firefighter spin-off, The Hollywood Reporter wrote. More to come…
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Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)

Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are reuniting in a new film.

The Help” co-stars will lead a holiday comedy for Universal.

Following a heated bidding war, the studio won the rights to the untitled pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and “Crazy Rich Asians” scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain is attached to produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for the pitch, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

The movie marks a re-team for Chastain and Spencer, who each earned an Oscar nomination for the smash hit “The Help,” with Spencer ultimately taking home the trophy for best supporting actress. Since
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'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance

'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance
Handmaid's Tale Emmy winner appearing in a quintet of world premieres, all shot in the past 11 months — from horror (Ari Aster's Hereditary) to crime thriller (Bart Layton's American Animals) to drama (Silas Howard's A Kid Like Jake, Christina Choe's Nancy, Sebastian Silva's Tyrel).

"I have a wonderful manager and agent, Marsha McManus and Gary Gersh, who were so generous in trying to work the schedules...
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Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Talk Stolen Picture and Their First Series, ‘Truth Seekers’ (Exclusive)

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Talk Stolen Picture and Their First Series, ‘Truth Seekers’ (Exclusive)
British film and TV stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost formed indie producer Stolen Picture last year, and with their first movie coming out this year, a TV series in the offing, and a growing development slate, they talked to Variety about their plans to take their inimitable brand of comedy and drama to the big and small screen.

Pegg and Frost are both men in demand. Frost will be seen in “Tomb Raider,” Dwayne Johnson wrestling comedy “Fighting With My Family,” and stars in AMC TV drama “Into the Badlands.” Pegg has a Paramount project in the works, will star alongside Margot Robbie in thriller “Terminal,” and is finishing the delayed “Mission: Impossible 6.”

But now the pair say they are “breaking free of our past commitments” and “eventually everything will be Stolen Picture.” At one time Frost thought he and Pegg would produce only movies, but the world has changed. “In terms of
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Brigitte Bardot Calls #MeToo Movement ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’

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Brigitte Bardot Calls #MeToo Movement ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’
French actress-turned-activist Brigitte Bardot slammed the #MeToo movement, saying the actresses who complain about sexual harassment in Hollywood are being “hypocritical and ridiculous.” In an interview with the French magazine Paris Match, the 83-year-old star also said she was never a victim in her five-decade career. Bardot emphasized that she was speaking specifically of actresses and not “not women in general.” “I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a nice little ass,” she said. “This kind of compliment is nice.” Also Read: Sundance After #MeToo: Indie Buyers and Sellers Step Up Vetting of...
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Scarborough Blasts Trump Physician: No ‘Respectable Doctor in America Would Say What He Said’ (Video)

Scarborough Blasts Trump Physician: No ‘Respectable Doctor in America Would Say What He Said’ (Video)
Joe Scarborough is skeptical of Dr. Ronny Jackson, the physician who earlier this week pronounced President Donald Trump 100 percent healthy, told the truth earlier this week when he revealed the president’s physical results. On Thursday’s “Morning Joe,” Scarborough said Dr. Jackson’s press conference from earlier this week was weirdly Trumpian — and at times, absurd. “You won’t find a reputable doctor in America that will tell you getting four hours of sleep a night is good for you. They will all say the same thing. Get four hours of sleep a night and over time your cognitive abilities start to...
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Camila Cabello Performs ‘Havana’ Using Toys With Jimmy Fallon & The Roots (Video)

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Camila Cabello Performs ‘Havana’ Using Toys With Jimmy Fallon & The Roots (Video)
Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” graphics department had a good time with this one, and we’re willing to bet you will too. On Wednesday, Camila Cabello joined the NBC late-night host and his house band The Roots to perform her hit “Havana” with classroom instruments. It was a pretty tropical performance, and the song translated surprisingly well to the children’s toys. Watch the video above, and find the band members and their individual assignments below. Also Read: Jimmy Fallon, Migos and The Roots Perform 'Bad and Boujee' With Office Supplies (Video) Jimmy Fallon – Wood Block, Bass Drum, Casio Keyboard Camila Cabello – Vocals, Lemon...
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To Win Olympics, NBCU Must Lure Big Crowds – and Small Streamers

Whenever NBCUniversal broadcasts an Olympics, the massive media company is eager to make a big splash. To succeed, however, executives must increasingly sweat the small stuff.

Yes, NBC has lined up Katie Couric to co-anchor the usual colorful primetime broadcast of the Opening Ceremonies from PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 9th. But the company will also stream the inspirational gathering live, so tech-savvy consumers who don’t want to wait until big-viewing TV hours can watch an unfiltered feed of the event earlier in the day. Yes, NBCUniversal’s various outlets will broadcast more than 2,400 hours of skiing, figure skating, snowboarding – and analysis of same. But the company will show the bulk of it – 1,800-plus hours – on NBCOlympics.com and its NBCSports app, compared with 631.5 hours on linear TV networks like NBC, Nbcsn, USA and CNBC.

“We expect that this will be the most-consumed Games across all platforms,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC
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John David Washington on Dad Denzel, Spike Lee's 'Black Klansman' and His Sundance Debut

John David Washington on Dad Denzel, Spike Lee's 'Black Klansman' and His Sundance Debut
John David Washington was 5 when he first saw his dad, Denzel, onstage in Richard III in New York's Shakespeare in the Park. "We would walk around the city and he would recite his lines," recalls the Studio City native, 33. "Then I saw him up on the stage in the park and I was blown away and I was like, 'I want to do that.'"

Following that Central Park summer came Philadelphia, Malcolm X, Training Day — and a slew of awards speeches, all of which gave the young Washington pause "because of that nepotism factor." A star running...
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Oscars on Eggshells: How Offscreen Controversies Could Impact Nominations

The Disaster Artist, the fallout began.

Several women tweeted, accusing him of sexually exploitative behavior, which then was detailed in a Jan. 11 Los Angeles Times story. While Franco disputed their claims, he told Stephen Colbert, "I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice," adding, "If there's restitution to be made, I will make it."

While Ashley Judd, in an interview with the BBC, said, "I think what James...
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Stephen Colbert’s ‘Magic School Bus’ Enters Trump to Refute His ‘Excellent’ Health (Video)

Stephen Colbert’s ‘Magic School Bus’ Enters Trump to Refute His ‘Excellent’ Health (Video)
Parents, do Not send your kids off on the “Magic School Bus” ever again. On Wednesday’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Ms. Frizzle and her cartoon class entered Donald Trump’s body to disprove his doctor’s “excellent” health claims. “The President’s overall health is excellent,” White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson told members of the media on Tuesday. Not so fast, said the day-later CBS cold open. Also Read: Colbert 'Would Love a Lawsuit' From Comedy Central Over Reprising 'Report' Character on CBS This “Magic School Bus” entered through Trump’s mouth and followed the trail of Cheetos on their way to exploring his “cavernous”...
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Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview

Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview
Dylan Farrow detailed her allegations of sexual assault at the hands of her father, Woody Allen, in a lengthy interview with Gayle King that aired on Thursday’s edition of “CBS This Morning.”

Farrow, 32, recounted her story of being touched by Allen, her adoptive father, in August 1992. She also said she experienced other incidents of inappropriate behavior with her father, including him asking her to come into bed with him when he was wearing only underwear. Allen has once again strongly denied the allegations.

Farrow said she decided to give her first TV interview on the alleged assault that occurred when she was 7 because of the groundswell of public support for victims of sexual harassment and abuse. She has called on actors to shun Allen and his films.

“It was very momentous for me to see this conversation finally carried into a public setting,” Farrow said of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. “Because I have
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