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Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform

Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform
Another day, another reboot! Party of Five is the latest series staged to make a TV comeback, as Freeform is set to reboot the the beloved '90s drama, E! News has confirmed. The network has handed a pilot order to the original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who will be modernizing the drama by tackling immigration. Similar to the original series, the reboot will follow five siblings, the Buendias, who struggle to keep their family together after their parents are deported back to Mexico.  The original Party of Five, which ran from 1994-2000, starred Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert (and various actors who played the youngest, Owen) as siblings...
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‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order

‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order
The untitled drama series based on Gabrielle Union’s “Bad Boys” character has been ordered to pilot at NBC.

Union will star as Syd Burnett, her character from “Bad Boys 2.” In the show, she has left the DEA and now has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields. Union will also executive produce in addition to starring.

The project had received a pilot production commitment at the network in October.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
There is now a movie about to be released on the Lifetime channel about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I’m not sure whether to move on to the next article or simply say congratulations and leave it at that. On one hand it’s a blessed event that should be given a great deal of respect as people all over the globe that care about the union are overjoyed and giving their well wishes to the happy couple. But on a very different note it sounds more like a chance to glorify a couple that have already been made famous and

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
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Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90

Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90
Veteran actor Peter Wyngarde, who starred as flamboyant investigator Jason King in the iconic 1970s British police series “Department S,” has died. He was 90.

Wyngarde died in a West London hospital, his agent Thomas Bowington told Variety.

“Peter Wyngarde passed away peacefully in his sleep early evening Monday at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital,” Bowington said, adding that Wyngarde was “one of the most original and truly great actors I’ve ever seen and by far the most exceptional man I have ever met.”

Wyngarde had a long career on stage and screen but is best known as handlebar-mustachioed investigator King. He also appeared in classic series including “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” and “The Prisoner.”

The King character was an author and investigator in “Department S,” and in 1971 was given his own series, “Jason King.” The show was canceled in 1972, but Wyngarde continued to appear on stage and screen in Britain and internationally.

His movie appearances
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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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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Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow

Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow
Woody Allen has released a statement following his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s interview with Gayle King on Thursday’s “CBS This Morning.” Farrow spoke out in graphic detail about a sexual assault she said she suffered at the hands of Allen when she was 7 years old. “Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother … relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator,” Allen said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “It seems to have worked — and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says.” “Even though the Farrow...
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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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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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CW Beefs Up Development Team Under Gaye Hirsch With Two Promotions, New Hire

The CW is building up the development team under newly-named executive vice president of development Gaye Hirsch, the network announced Thursday.

Julie Jarmon has joined The CW as vice president of scripted development. Additionally, Laura Terry has been promoted to vice president of scripted development and Cyle Zezo has been promoted to director of alternative series, specials, and digital programming. All three will report directly to Hirsch.

Jarmon previously served as executive director of scripted programming and development at Freeform, where she served as key development executive on series including “The Bold Type,” “Alone Together,” and “Siren.” Prior to Freeform, Jarmon was manager of drama development at NBC, and had served in NBC Universal’s Entertainment Associate Program. Jarmon first began her career as a media buyer and analyst with Omd in New York.

Terry joined The CW in 2016 from production company Full Fathom Five, where she was most recently vice president, developing and overseeing
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Rachel Weisz to Star in Sci-Fi Movie ‘Cloud One’ (Exclusive)

Rachel Weisz to Star in Sci-Fi Movie ‘Cloud One’ (Exclusive)
Rachel Weisz is attached to star in the indie sci-fi pic “Cloud One,” sources tell Variety.

Wristcutters: A Love Story” helmer Goran Dukic is directing the film from a script he penned. Plot details are being kept under wraps, other than it being described as a grounded sci-fi movie. “The Imitation Game’s” Bristol Automotive will produce.

The film is expected to start filming this spring.

The Oscar-winning actress has had a busy year and a half, beginning the courtroom drama “Denial” that earned her rave reviews for her portrayal of writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt, who fought David Irving over whether the Holocaust occurred.

She followed that up with the Fox Searchlight thriller “My Cousin Rachel,” which bowed last fall, as well “Disobedience,” which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and also starred Rachel McAdams.

She has two films set to release in 2018: the Lionsgate drama “The Mercy,” which also stars Colin Firth,
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Nancy Pelosi Fired Up and ‘Fabulous’ as Judge on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’

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Nancy Pelosi Fired Up and ‘Fabulous’ as Judge on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’
In case you missed it, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be guest judging on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” this season. The reality competition regularly features guest judges to help evaluate the queens each week, but the guests typically hail from the world of music or entertainment. This season will feature Pelosi, alongside Vanessa Hudgens, Tituss Burgess, Kristin Chenoweth, Shay Mitchell and others. Pelosi’s spokesperson told The Washington Post that the congresswoman already taped her appearance and had a “fabulous” time doing so. She’s also a fan of the show, according to WaPo, which pointed out that Pelosi is hardly...
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Iconic French Director Agnes Varda Sets Off to New Film Journey with MK2 (Exclusive)

Iconic French Director Agnes Varda Sets Off to New Film Journey with MK2 (Exclusive)
Rolling off an honorary Oscar and worldwide acclaim for “Faces Places,” iconic French auteur Agnes Varda is reteaming with MK2 for her next untitled documentary project which she will co-direct with Didier Rouget.

Described by MK2 as an “unpredictable documentary” from a “fascinating storyteller,” Varda’s next film will shed light on her own experience as a director, bringing a very personal insight on what she calls “cine-writing,” traveling from rue Daguerre in Paris to Los Angeles and Beijing.

Agnès Varda says curiosity and desire to create are endless and very catching. This new project really is about transmission”, explained Rosalie Varda, who is the director’s daughter and is producing the documentary at Paris-based banner Ciné Tamaris.

MK2 will start pre-selling the highly-anticipated documentary project at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema which kicks off today in Paris. MK2 recently acquired worldwide rights to the library of films helmed by Varda and Jacques Demy, and now proudly
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Natasha Leggero Joins Long List of James Toback Accusers: ‘He’s Probably Humping a Tree Somewhere’ (Video)

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Natasha Leggero Joins Long List of James Toback Accusers: ‘He’s Probably Humping a Tree Somewhere’ (Video)
Natasha Leggero joined nearly 400 other women in accusing James Toback of sexual misconduct when she shared her experience with the disgraced director to Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night. Leggero said she had experienced so much harassment over the years, she didn’t recall the incident until she saw others relaying their stories. “I saw all these women coming forward on Twitter and I was like ‘I forgot this guy sexually harassed me in New York 20 years ago,'” Leggero said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Leggero said Toback came up to her in a hotel and offered her a part in his...
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Rupert Murdoch Recovering After Suffering Back Injury While Sailing

Rupert Murdoch Recovering After Suffering Back Injury While Sailing
Rupert Murdoch is recovering at home after suffering a serious back injury. The media mogul was hospitalized after taking a fall while sailing earlier this month, Variety has confirmed.

The 86-year-old head of 21st Century Fox fell and was rushed off the boat by a helicopter, according to Vanity Fair, while vacationing on his son Lachlan’s yacht in the Caribbean earlier in January.

In a short note to senior executives, Murdoch said he would be working from home for a few weeks.

“I hope you all are having a great start to 2018. I suspect it has been better than mine,” he wrote late last week, noting he “suffered a painful back injury” as the result of a sailing accident. “While I am well on the road to recovery, I have to work from home for some weeks.” He told executives they could expect to hear from them via phone, email, and text
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Lara Croft Defies Death in New ‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer

Lara Croft Defies Death in New ‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer
A new “Tomb Raider” trailer released Thursday offers a further look at Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft and her dangerous adventure for answers about her father’s death.

Upon arrival at a mysterious island — his last-known location — she encounters a man, played by Walton Goggins, who says he was taken there by Croft’s father seven years ago. “Now I see the likeness, the intelligence, the recklessness,” he says in the trailer.

Croft also learns of Trinity, a dark organization that’s “looking to start a global genocide,” which her father tells her in a recording she must stop. A rendition of Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” plays in the clip as Croft defies death to become the Tomb Raider.

The film, directed by Roar Uthaug and co-starring Daniel Wu and Dominic West, is adapted from the popular “Tomb Raider” video game. Angelina Jolie held the role of Lara Croft in 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and 2003’s
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Golden Globes Music Sweep Is a Kraft-Engel Production

Golden Globes Music Sweep Is a Kraft-Engel Production
Last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards saw Alexandre Desplat win Best Score (for “The Shape of Water”), and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win Best Song (for “The Greatest Showman”). What do they have in common? All three are represented by Richard Kraft and Laura Engel, whose Kraft-Engel Management is one of Hollywood’s top music agencies. Kraft-Engel’s other clients include Danny Elfman, Moby, John Debney, Mark Isham, Henry Jackman, Alan Menken, Bear McCreary, Marco Beltrami, Christophe Beck and John Powell.

Kraft has been a film-music agent for more than 30 years, Engel for more than 20. They began working together in the 1980s when Engel was Elfman’s manager and Kraft was doing his film deals. Kraft started his own company in 1991; she joined him as an agent in 1996 and together they formed Kraft-Engel Management in 2005. They refer to themselves as “agents who give the attention to our clients as if we were managers.”

Variety caught
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