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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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Michael Rapaport Responds to Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ by Giving Him the ‘Fake President Award’ (Video)

Michael Rapaport Responds to Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ by Giving Him the ‘Fake President Award’ (Video)
Comedian Michael Rapaport ripped into Donald Trump yet again on Wednesday night after Trump released his “Fake News Awards” on the Gop website earlier in the evening. Rapaport expressed his displeasure with Trump’s agenda in the form of a brief, 38-second video rant that he posted on Facebook that featured, in standard Rapaport style, many curse words. “Dopey ass, b—- ass, d— stain Donald Trump,” Rapaport said to start off the video. “Motherf—ing clown ass, fake ass president. Bum ass, botox in the face, corny ass, big tooth, overweight, bloated motherf—ing president. All the s— that’s going on in the world and...
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Q&A: Phillipe Le Guay Talks About ‘Normandie Nue,’ Snd Scores Major Deals (Exclusive)

Q&A: Phillipe Le Guay Talks About ‘Normandie Nue,’ Snd Scores Major Deals (Exclusive)
After depicting a dysfunctional father-daughter relationship in “Florida,” popular French director Philippe Le Guay is back with his long-gestated comedy/drama “Normandie Nue” starring Francois Cluzet as an endearing French mayor on a mission to save his village’s community of struggling farmers. The film tells the story of this modest Normandie village getting turned upside down by a famous American photographer who sets off to have the whole town pose naked for him in a field.

Mixing a few well-known actors such as Cluzet and François-Xavier Demaison with non-professionals, “Normandie Nue” is produced by Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Les Films des Tournelles and represented in international markets by Snd.

Le Guay has established himself as one of France’s most successful directors of sophisticated French comedies with films like “The Women on the 6th Floor,” a 1960’s-set tale about a conservative couple’s lives which are turned upside down by two Spanish maids in Paris, and “Cycling
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Playtime Steps Into Olivier Assayas’s ‘Non Fiction’ with Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet (Exclusive)

Playtime Steps Into Olivier Assayas’s ‘Non Fiction’ with Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet (Exclusive)
One of Europe’s leading film companies, Playtime (formerly Films Distribution) has partnered up with Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema to co-produce and handle international sales on Olivier Assayas’s anticipated tragicomedy “Non Fiction.”

“Non Fiction,” Assayas’s follow up to Kristen Stewart starrer “Personal Shopper” which earned him a best director award (along with Cristian Mungiu for “Baccalauréat”) at Cannes in 2016, is now shooting in Paris with an appealing cast headlined by Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet and Vincent Macaigne.

“Non Fiction” will mark the first collaboration between Assayas, Gillibert and Playtime.

Gillibert said “CG Cinema decided to trust the very well established sales company Playtime to take care of ‘Non Fiction,’ the latest project by Olivier Assayas, one of the most celebrated and prolific European directors in the world.”

Playtime, based in Paris, has over the years cultivated ties with major directors such as Francois Ozon, Anne Fontaine and Claire Denis, as well as
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Shaun White’s Road to Olympics After Brutal Crash Chronicled in New Documentary (Video)

Shaun White’s Road to Olympics After Brutal Crash Chronicled in New Documentary (Video)
Fans feared Shaun White may never take to the slopes again after his bloody crash while training for the 2018 Winter Olympics last November. But the two-time Olympic gold-medalist is back and heading to Pyongyang, South Korea, and his journey of his recovery is being told in the new Yahoo Sports documentary, “SnowPack: Shaun White and the U.S. Snowboard Team.” The fall into a side of a halfpipe on Nov. 24 in theAustrian Alps required 62 stitches, emergency surgery and five days in intensive care for White, who now has to attempt the dangerous cab double cork 1440 once again. Also Read: Katie...
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Harvey Weinstein Tried to Delete Computer File of Female ‘Friends’ Before NY Times Expose (Report)

Harvey Weinstein Tried to Delete Computer File of Female ‘Friends’ Before NY Times Expose (Report)
The days leading up to Harvey Weinstein’s downfall were filled with panic and last ditch attempt’s to save his reputation, according to a Vanity Fair article published Wednesday. Knowing that The New York Times and New Yorker were planning to publish exposes of his behavior and before a wave of accusations of sexual assault flooded the media, Weinstein assembled a legal dream team — including David Boies, Lisa Bloom and Charles Harderto — defend him and former intelligence operatives to investigate accusers. But along with the professionals, Weinstein also took matters into his own hands, Vanity Fair reported, spending his last days at The...
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Film Review: ‘Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story’

The provocative documentary “Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story” drills deeply into the complex question of why Australia’s beloved and iconic creature is also regarded as a dangerous pest that must be slaughtered and turned into everything from fancy fashion products to pet food and gourmet cuisine. In their examination of the kangaroo from cultural, environmental, economic and political perspectives, co-directors Mick McIntyre (“Aussie Rules the World”) and Kate McIntyre Clere (“Yogawoman”) have gathered high-quality testimony from experts and stakeholders on all sides of the issue. With glorious footage of kangaroos bounding through the Outback juxtaposed with graphic images of night-time “culling” of the marsupials, “Kangaroo” is guaranteed to prompt plenty of discussion when it hops into limited U.S. cinemas Jan. 19. Australian theatrical release is set for March 15.

Though the film does present views from farmers, kangaroo industry representatives and politicians explaining why numbers must be kept in check, there’s no doubt “Kangaroo” will be read
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Palm Springs Film Review: ‘Just to be Sure’

Moving from the teenage and pre-adolescent terrain of her prior features (“In Mom’s Head,” “The Dandelions”) to relatively grownup protagonists, Carine Tardieu’s “Just to be Sure” is nonetheless once again all about problematic parental relationships. This bright ensemble comedy ponders nature vs. nurture from several character viewpoints, principally that of Francois Damiens as a middle-aged man who suddenly discovers his biological father may be someone other than “Dad.” Cleverly written and winningly cast, it’s already opened in several territories. More should follow, and remake rights might be in demand eventually.

Bearish but generally even-tempered Erwan is in a literally explosive business: His Brittany-based firm finds, extracts and/or detonates old bombs and other buried hazards left over from wars of yore. Such work requires steady nerves. Meanwhile, Erwan’s 23-year-old daughter Juliette (Alice de Lencquesaing) seems to be all capricious impulse — she’s managed to get herself pregnant without knowing who the father is. (Much
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David, Stéphane Foenkinos on ‘Jealous,’ Breaking a French Cinema Taboo, Karin Viard’s ‘Instinctive’ Acting

David, Stéphane Foenkinos on ‘Jealous,’ Breaking a French Cinema Taboo, Karin Viard’s ‘Instinctive’ Acting
Paris — In France, there is only one Karin Viard. She is not as famous abroad as other French actresses – think Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert. But in her native land, she rates not only as France’s most popular actress, judged by her four biggest box office hits last decade – which take in “The Famille Belier,” and Dany Boon’s Nothing to Declare” – but also, by the same criteria, is a bigger box office draw that any Hollywood star, including Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.

Yet over a near 20-year film career, the 51-year-old actress has taken on roles – in Cedric Klapisch’s social-divide comedy “My Piece of the Pie,” and Maiwenn’s cop ensemble drama “Polisse” which give her a left-of-center edginess.

In a role which fits her like a glove, Viard plays role Nathalie, a mother still raw from recent divorce who suddenly conceives an all-consuming envy for her nearest and dearest, led by her
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Film Review: ‘Forever My Girl’

Film Review: ‘Forever My Girl’
Forever My Girl” is a sweet but slight romantic drama that got lost on its way to the Hallmark Channel — or, more likely, was rebuffed by that channel’s gatekeepers for being, even by their standards, entirely too predictable — and wound up in theaters instead. It resembles nothing so much as a prosaic adaptation of a second-tier Nicholas Sparks novel, and doubtless will play best with audiences who think critics are much too harsh on movies that really are spawned by Sparks’ literary output.

As it turns out, writer-director Bethany Ashton Wolf based her script on a work by another novelist, Heidi McLaughlin, which may explain the lack of a third-act intrusion by the grim reaper. The prologue primes us to expect the worst of the protagonist, even before we actually meet him, by depicting what happened when he left his fiancée at the altar back in St. Augustine, La., to pursue his musical career.
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Jane Fonda, Tom Selleck, Greg Berlanti Get Emotional at Tartikoff Awards

Jane Fonda, Tom Selleck, Greg Berlanti Get Emotional at Tartikoff Awards
Miami — Tom Selleck quoted Edna St. Vincent Millay. Jane Fonda thanked Ted Sarandos for giving her a new chapter of her storied career. Greg Berlanti thanked Tom Selleck for making short-shorts cool for men.

The 15th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards ceremony, held Wednesday night at the Fontainebleau Hotel as part of the Natpe conference, was an emotional affair for the five honorees. In addition to Fonda, Selleck, and Berlanti, the recipients included Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal International and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, and Kevin Reilly, president of TNT and TBS and chief creative officer of Turner.

The awards recognize executives and personalities who have made significant contributions to the industry.

Netflix chief content officer Sarandos was on hand to fete Fonda, star of the Netflix comedy “Grace & Frankie.” Sarandos hailed Fonda’s legacy as an activist and champion of the underprivileged. “In a world obsessed with celebrity, Jane Fonda has never taken hers for granted,” he said
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