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DreamWorks Pictures Makes Good On ‘Bad Cop, Bad Cop’ Spec With Fortune Feimster Attached To Star

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Exclusive: DreamWorks Pictures is looking for a few bad men. The production company just picked up the spec screenplay Bad Cop, Bad Cop written by Fortune Feimster, Brian Jarvis and Jim Freeman, with Feimster attached to star. Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films is also in talks to produce as what is being billed as an R-rated action buddy comedy about two hapless cops who stumble on a case that exposes a conspiracy of corruption in their own precinct. This marks the second… »

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‘Talking Dead’ Spinoff With Chris Hardwick Set at AMC

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

AMC is expanding “The Walking Dead” aftershow “Talking Dead” into a year-round talk franchise. The cable channel announced Wednesday “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” a new hour-long talk show that will air at 11 p.m. on Sunday nights — specifically Sunday nights when new episodes of “The Walking Dead” or “Fear the Walking Dead” are not airing. On evenings when they are, Hardwick’s long-running aftershow “Talking Dead” will air instead.

Each hour-long episode of “Talking” will feature Hardwick interviewing a single guest or cast. Unlike “Talking Dead,” which focuses on the “Walking Dead” universe, “Talking” will feature guests from across pop culture.

Chris Hardwick is just the ultimate fan guide, advocate and conversationalist. He took our desire to serve the fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ with an hour of discussion and analysis following each new episode and turned it into the #1 talk show on television, and a model that has been widely emulated but never quite duplicated, because »

- Daniel Holloway

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 24: Full Celebrity Cast Announced

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Dancing With the Stars” is returning to the ballroom next month for Season 24, and a new cast of celebrity contestants was revealed Wednesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Charo, “SNL” comedian Chris Kattan, “The A-Team” star Mr. T, “Glee” alum Heather Morris and NFL player Rashad Jennings are among the contestants who will compete for the mirror ball trophy.

As previously reported by Variety, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei, and “The BachelorNick Viall will also put on their dancing shoes.

Here’s the full rundown of the “DWTS” Season 24 celebrities and their pro partners:

Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess Charo with Keo Motsepe Chris Kattan with Witney Carson David Ross with Lindsay Arnold Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy Mr. T with Kym Herjavec Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy Rashad Jennings with »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Nicholas Hoult Joins Emma Stone And Rachel Weisz In ‘The Favourite’

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Exclusive: Nicholas Hoult has been cast in The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos' next film — a period drama The Favourite that stars the already reported Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Hoult recently wrapped production on The Current War playing Nikola Tesla opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. He also plays J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye which will be distributed through IFC this fall. In The Favourite, Hoult will play "Harley," the Tory party leader during the reign of… »

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Best Picture Winner ‘Moonlight’ to Expand to 1,500 U.S. Locations

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A24 is nearly tripling the domestic run of “Moonlight” following its best picture Academy Award with the coming-of-age drama going into at least 1,500 theaters.

Moonlight” played at 585 sites during the Feb. 24-26 weekend and grossed $591,201 in its 19th weekend, lifting the cumulative total to $22.1 million. The expansion will put “Moonlight” at its widest release, which previously had been 1,104 locations during the Jan. 27-29 weekend following the film’s eight Academy Award nominations.

Open Road expanded “Spotlight” from 685 to 1,227 sites last year following its best picture award. It took in $1.8 million in its 18th weekend to move its total gross to $41.6 million and wound up its run two months later with $45 million.


Mahershala Ali Becomes First Muslim Actor to Win an Oscar

Moonlight” became available on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday. The movie stars best supporting actor winner Mahershala Ali along with Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, »

- Dave McNary

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Universal DreamWorks Animation Announces ‘Trolls 2’; Sets for April 10, 2020

28 February 2017 10:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following the success of the first film, Universal DreamWorks Animation has announced its plans for a sequel to “Trolls” and set a release date of April 10, 2020.

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprise their roles as the eternal optimist Poppy and the curmudgeon Branch in the new musical comedy-adventure from the creators of “Shrek.”


Watch Now: Facebook Live Q&A With Justin Timberlake on Making the Oscar-Nominated Original Song From ‘Trolls

Trolls” went on to make $339 million worldwide. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” landed an Oscar nomination for best song, which Justin Timberlake performed as the opening number at this year’s Oscars.

Universal Pictures will take over as distributor following its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation Studios last year.

The first film follows Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends after the Bergens invade Troll Village.

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- Justin Kroll

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Craig Zadan, Neil Meron Developing Musical Event Series at Fox About Harlem’s Cotton Club

28 February 2017 11:33 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox is developing an event series about the Cotton Club, the hottest club in Harlem in the roaring ‘20s, Variety has learned.

Titled “Cotton Club,” the sexy, soapy music series is about the club and the interconnected lives of the black entertainers who performed there and the white gangsters who ran it.

The project hails from an A-list team. Ayanna Floyd is writer and showrunner, and will serve as executive producer with live event honchos Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Broadway vet Kenny Leon will serve as director and executive producer, and former “X Factor” judge L.A. Reid is executive music supervisor and Ep.

Sony Pictures Television and Storyline Entertainment are behind the event series, which is in early development at the script phase. Mark Nicholson, John Rice, and Joe Batteer are also co-executive producers.

“Cotton Club” follows in the footsteps of Fox’s other musical programming, including “Grease: Live” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Feud’ Season Two on FX to Tackle Charles and Diana Saga

28 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ryan Murphy has set his sights on the unhappy union of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana as the next installment of “Feud,” which has grabbed a 10-episode order from FX.

The deal comes as a big vote of confidence in Murphy and his team from FX. The first eight-episode season of “Feud” is set to premiere on Sunday, focusing on the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during the making of 1963’s “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”

Murphy is teaming with Jon Robin Baitz to write the Charles and Diana story. Dede Gardner, Plan B Entertainment and Alexis Martin Woodall will exec produce “Feud: Charles and Diana” with Murphy and Baitz for Fox 21 Television Studios. Plan B is also producing “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

Charles and Diana were married in a 1981 wedding that became a worldwide media event, turning the 20-year-old princess into a global superstar. But »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Oliver Hudson to Co-Star with Jenna Fischer in Ellen DeGeneres’ ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Splitting Up Together’

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Oliver Hudson has booked to co-lead in ABC’s comedy pilot “Splitting Up Together,” opposite Jenna Fischer, Variety has learned.

Splitting Up Together,” which hails from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres, is the story of a couple, Lena and Martin, whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. They still live in the same house, alternating weeks, with one living upstairs and doing the parenting while the other lives downstairs in the guest apartment.

Hudson will play Martin, who is described as an athletic, easy-going kind of guy, who adjusts to his suddenly divorced life with hopeful optimism, but as a newly single parent, he can’t help but wonder what went wrong in his marriage. Previously announced, Fischer will play Lena.

Splitting Up Together” is based on the original Danish series, created by Mette Heeno. The ABC adaptation was penned by Emily Kapnek, and the pilot will be directed by Dean Holland. Exec »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Scott Stuber Eyes Top Netflix Production Job, Also Pursued by Paramount

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Producer and former Universal Pictures production chief Scott Stuber is talking to Netflix about running the streaming service’s feature film unit, sources confirmed.

The producer who made films like “Ted” and “Patriots Day” has also been interviewed by Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, who is looking to find a successor to Brad Grey to top Paramount Pictures.

Stuber is said to be more interested in the Netflix job, believing that it would give him more autonomy to make movies, while the Paramount job could involved a greenlight committee that would include Bakish and others.

Both Netflix and Paramount are said to be intent to fill the top jobs as soon as possible. The Netflix production post has been open since Pauline Fischer left the position in November. Grey left after a dozen years at Paramount, a studio that is now being run by a committee of executives that includes COO Andrew Gumpert, »

- James Rainey

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Viacom’s Bob Bakish Talks Paramount CEO Search, Cable Strategy Revamp

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Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has been meeting prospective candidates to take the helm of Paramount as part of the thorough revamp of the company’s strategic approach to operations.

Bakish detailed his rationale behind the plan unveiled last month to focus most of Viacom’s TV resources on six core cable channels. And he talked up the importance of Paramount working much more closely with its cable siblings during a 40-minute Q&A Wednesday held as part of the annual Morgan Stanley Technology Media and Telecom Conference.

Bakish was asked by Morgan Stanley’s Ben Swinburne about the status of the Paramount job search following last week’s formal announcement that Brad Grey was stepping down as chairman-ceo of the studio after 12 years. But he didn’t offer much in the way of details.

“I’ve met some exciting candidates,” Bakish said. “I believe that’s actionable in the near term.”


- Cynthia Littleton

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Alicia Keys Impersonates Adele on ‘The Tonight Show’

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It’s difficult to mirror one of the most powerful voices in the music industry, but leave it to Alicia Keys to successfully fulfill the task.

On Tuesday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon invited Keys to participate in one of his popular games, “Wheel of Musical Impressions,” where she gave a masterful impersonation of Adele. The game pairs an artist with a well-known song, and asks the guest to do their best impression of the artist using that song.

After hitting the button to spin the wheel of impressions, a nervous Keys first landed on artist (and her costar on “The Voice”) Gwen Stefani, paired with “Miss Mary Mack.” To the tune of Stefani’s “Just a Girl,” Keys began the segment with a spot-on impression. With the band’s help, she quickly turned Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” into “Miss Mary Mack Girl.”

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- Sarah Ahern

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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in March

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With winter finally beginning to thaw and temperatures climbing back into clemency, it may be tempting to venture back into the outdoors and feel the sun on your skin. Resist this urge, for it is nothing more than a trap designed to distract you from all the important viewing you've got to do this month. Netflix unveils a Sundance-approved sci-fi thought experiment, a marvelous new children's program and their latest co-production with the Marvel universe. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime has laid claim to a couple under-the-radar standouts from last year, and »

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Fired Espn Analyst Suffers Heart Attack, Doctors Blame Venus Williams ‘Guerrilla’ Backlash

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Doug Adler, the  Espn tennis analyst who was let go after describing Venus Williams’ “guerrilla” tennis tactics at the Australian Open, suffered a heart attack on Tuesday, and the stress from the firing and the backlash Adler received is largely to blame, Fox Sports Radio’s “Outkick the Coverage” reports. “Outkick” host Clay Travis said that Adler called him from the hospital on Tuesday. “He had a heart attack, nearly died,” Travis said. “Doctors say that the stress of Espn firing him and being publicly branded a racist for something he did that wasn’t racist at all exacerbated his heart conditions and. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Michael Shannon and Richard Linklater Named Presenters for 2017 Texas Film Awards

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Academy Award-nominees Michael Shannon and Richard Linklater have been announced as two of the presenters at this year’s Texas Film Awards.

Shannon will present an award to his longtime-friend and collaborator, director Jeff Nichols, while Linklater, who himself has deep roots in the Texas filmmaking scene as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Austin Film Society and a member of the Texas Film Hall of Fame, will present actress and singer Shirley MacLaine with a lifetime achievement award.

Shannon starred in Nichols’ first ever feature film, “Shotgun Stories,” and the duo have since collaborated on films such as “Take Shelter,” “Mud,” and “Midnight Special.” Their most recent work together was on the Oscar-nominated “Loving,” starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as Mildred and Richard Loving, a mixed-race couple who are arrested for their marriage in Virginia and embark on a legal battle which would eventually lead them to the Supreme Court. »

- Will Thorne

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Nickelodeon Promotes Shelly Sumpter Gillyard to Executive VP, Talent, Music, and Events

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Nickelodeon Group has upped Shelly Sumpter Gillyard to executive vice president, talent, music, and events. She was most recently senior VP of talent.

In her new role, Sumpter Gillyard will oversee talent relations across all Nickelodeon brands for live TV events, music, and live-action programming, inclusive of casting for live-action and animation properties.

She will be based in Nick’s Burbank office and will continue to report to Nickelodeon Group president Cyma Zarghami.

During her 19-year tenure with Nick, she’s brought kids-favorite celebrities like Blake Shelton, Justin Timberlake, Kobe Bryant, Nick Jonas, Will Smith, Dwayne Johnson, and Mark Wahlberg into much of the studio’s programming and tentpole events, such as “The Kids’ Choice Awards” and “Kids’ Choice Sports.” She also oversees selection and curation of talent for the studio’s annual pro-social-themed concert event, “Nickelodeon Halo Awards,” which honors teens who make a difference in their communities. The 2016 event featured Nick Cannon as host and »

- Terry Flores

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Rights Available! An Immigration-Centered Tale

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The Leavers (Algonquin Books, May 2) by Lisa Ko

Agency: Gersh

Ko's debut novel (winner of the Pen/Bellwether Prize) is a timely immigration-centered tale about a boy whose undocumented Chinese immigrant mother goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. After she disappears, the boy is adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate, and change his name from Deming Guo to Daniel Wilkinson. But Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the life he left behind.

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- Andy Lewis,Rebecca Ford

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Bobby Moynihan to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Me, Myself and I’ — What About ‘SNL’?

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Saturday Night Live” veteran Bobby Moynihan will star in the CBS comedy pilot “Me, Myself and I,” Variety has learned.

Moynihan signing on to topline the broadcast comedy signals his potential exit from “Saturday Night Live,” on which he has been a staple since 2008. Should the CBS pilot go to series, Moynihan’s departure would mark the latest shake-up on “SNL,” following high-profile departures of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, who also left for other scripted series over the past year. Currently in his ninth season on “SNL,” Moynihan is one of the longest-running cast members, alongside Kenan Thompson.

Upon Variety‘s request, NBC did not comment on Moynihan’s future status on “SNL.”

“Me, Myself and I” examines one man’s life over 50 years. The show will focus on three distinct periods in his life: as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042 — Moynihan will play the present day man, Alex Riley »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 24 Cast Ranked: Is Mr. T or Simone Biles Better Bet to Win? (Photos)

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Nick Viall Age: 36 Partner: Peta Murgatroyd Viall is a former contestant on “The Bachelor,” and he’s probably hoping he’s not sent home heartbroken… again.   Erika Jayne Age: 45 Partner: Gleb Savchenko Jayne has nine No. 1 hits on the Dance Club song chart as of 2016. She may have the moves, but will she get the votes?   Mr. T Age: 64 Partner: Kym Herjavec Judging from his break dancing moves, we pity the fool who has to dance with Mr. T.   Bonner Bolton Age: 29 Partner: Sharna Burgess As a professional bull rider and country fashion icon, Bolton should have the dexterity to dance. »

- Brian Welk

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Keith Feldman Promoted to Fox Worldwide Home Entertainment President

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Fox has promoted Keith Feldman to president of worldwide home entertainment. He replaces Mike Dunn, who was promoted last year to be Fox’s president of product strategy and consumer business development.

In his new role, Feldman will oversee the sales and rental of Fox films and shows, both in their disc and digital forms. He will continue to report to Dunn.

His promotion comes as the home entertainment market is grappling with shifting consumer tastes — more people are streaming content than renting Blu-rays and DVDs. As part of that evolution, Feldman will work on new and emerging formats such as Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD and virtual reality, and will maintain relationships with retailers like Google Play, Walmart, and Amazon.

Feldman takes charge of a unit that has offices in 16 countries and that distributes products in more than 100 countries.

“Keith is an exceptional global executive that has boldly advanced our transactional businesses, »

- Brent Lang

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