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The Joker Origin Story On Deck: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Martin Scorsese Aboard WB/DC Film

2 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Warner Bros and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, this one telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and… »


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‘Han Solo’ Cuts Michael K Williams’ Role

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michael K. Williams’ role has been cut from the still untitled “Star Wars” Han Solo film because his schedule won’t free him up for reshoots.

The actor told Deadline that the Han Solo film’s production schedule was conflicting with his commitment to “The Red Sea Diving Resort,” which is now shooting in South Africa with Ben Kingsley and Chris Evans.

New director Ron Howard, who took over the film from fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller in June, is handling the reshoots. “When Ron Howard got hired to finish out the film, there were some reshoot issues »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale to Be Longest Episode Yet

4 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For many fans, the latest “Game of Thrones” episode, “Beyond the Wall,” was an emotional roller coaster. It’s teased deaths, major plots developments, and hinted at budding romances that left social media reeling.

Unfortunately, though, Season 7 is shorter than the usual 10 episodes, but fans can take solace in one thing: the finale, airing this Sunday, will be the longest episode of the HBO hit yet, clocking in at 79 minutes and 43 seconds, the networks confirmed on Tuesday.

Ravens tell us that the #GoTS7 finale will be 79 minutes and 43 seconds.

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HBO also revealed the episode’s name: “The Dragon and the Wolf.” The Season 7 finale will feature a meeting of the warring forces of Westeros, houses Lannister, Stark, and Targaryen, in order to discuss how to deal with the threat of a White Walker invasion, as »


- Matt Fernandez

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Peter Tolan, Norman Lear Developing NBC Comedy With Production Commitment

6 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Tolan and Norman Lear are developing a new comedy series with NBC, Variety has learned.

The network has given the new single-camera series, currently titled “Guess Who Died,” a pilot production commitment. Based on Lear’s personal experience of working well into his 90’s, the series is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges people experience at any stage of life.

Lear and Tolan will serve as executive producers and writers, with Brent Miller also executive producing. Lear’s Act III Productions and Tolan’s Cloudland Company will produce along with Sony Pictures Television. Cloudland is set up under an overall deal at Sony.

Lear is a television legend, having created, produced, and written classic shows such as “Good Times,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “All in the Family,” and “One Day at a Time.” He has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards during his storied career, winning »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Stranger Things': Duffer Brothers Say Season 3 Is a Go, Show Might End After Season 4

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Season 2 of “Stranger Things” hasn’t even been released yet, but the Duffer Brothers have teased that Season 3 of the Netflix series is a go and that they plan to do one — but just one — more after it. “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” co-creator Ross Duffer told Vulture, explaining that they can’t have their protagonists constantly running through the Upside-Down. “We just have to keep adjusting the story,” brother Matt Duffer added. “Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.” »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Common to Lead Starz ‘Black Samurai’ Series From RZA, Jerry Bruckheimer

7 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Common is set to play the lead role in a new Starz series based on the “Black Samurai” book series with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Jerry Bruckheimer executive producing, the network announced Tuesday.

The series, which is currently in development, will follow Robert Sand (Common), a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai. After his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand is thrust on a worldwide journey of both revenge and self-discovery.

“We cannot wait for the world to meet Robert Sand – part Jason Bourne, part James Bond, and 100% the hero we need today,” said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz. “‘Black Samurai’ promises to be an action-packed ride and with the Bruckheimer team, Common, RZA and Andre at the helm, we can feel certain this will be exceptional storytelling.”

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- Joe Otterson

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Asghar Farhadi Begins Filming ‘Everybody Knows’ With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz in Spain

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning Iranian director of “A Separation” and “The Salesman,” has kicked off principal photography on “Everybody Knows” (“Todos Lo Saben”), his psychological thriller starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin.

Budgeted at 10 million euros ($11.8 million), the Spanish-language film is being produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy at Paris-based Memento Films Production and Alvaro Longoria at Spanish outfit Morena Films.

Written by Farhadi, “Everybody Knows” follows the journey of Carolina as she travels with her family from Buenos Aires to her hometown in Spain for a celebration. Meant to be a brief visit, the trip is disturbed by unforeseen events that will completely change the lives of Carolina and her family. »


- Elsa Keslassy

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The Hellboy Reboot Has Added A Deadpool Star

11 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's hard to believe it, but a new Hellboy project is becoming more of a reality as time goes on. Even better is the fact that the Neil Marshall directed film is pulling in a fantastic cast, with genre favorites like Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, and David K. Harbour all playing important parts in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. But hold on, because a new fan favorite character is joining the B.P.R.D., and he's being played by Deadpool's Ed Skrein. Prepare for the big screen debut of Major Ben Daimio. »


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‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Scrapped by NBC

22 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Xena’s sword is going back in the sheath.

NBC’s planned reboot of “Xena: Warrior Princess” is not moving forward following the recent departure of writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. The network considers the project to be dead in its current iteration, although it remains possible that a new “Xena” revival could be developed down the road.

Rob Tapert (the original co-creator of “Xena”) and Sam Raimi had been heading up the project for Ghost House Pictures in association with NBC International Television Studios. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Thomas Meehan, Writer of ‘Annie,’ ‘Hairspray’ and ‘The Producers,’ Dies at 88

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Thomas Meehan, the Tony Award-winning writer of “Annie,” “Hairspray” and “The Producers,” has died at the age of 88. Meehan’s collaborator Martin Charnin confirmed the news to Playbill on Tuesday. “It’s a great loss. It’s incalculable. I have a huge hole in my heart right now,” he said. Meehan holds the distinction of being the only writer to have written three Broadway shows that ran for more than 2,000 performances. He earned Tonys for all three of those works, “Annie” in 1977, “The Producers” in 2001 and “Hairspray” in 2002. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) His other credits include “Young Frankenstein, »


- Reid Nakamura

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Thomas Meehan, Tony-Winning Writer of Annie and Hairspray, Dead at 88

17 minutes ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Meehan wrote the book for several Broadway musicals including The Producers, Cry Baby and Elf. »

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China Wins by Making Movies For China – Should the U.S. Make More Movies for Americans?

30 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

How strong the August box office looks depends on which side of the Pacific Ocean you’re on. In the U.S., ticket sales are down 35 percent from August 2015, and the May-August summer season is down 14 percent, according to ComScore. But in China, the patriotic “Wolf Warrior 2” is giving the box office a record-breaking boost. With $772 million, the “Rambo”-like action film about a Chinese soldier has made more money in China than “Avatar” — history’s highest-grossing film — made in the U.S. In fact, the only movie that has made more in a single market is “Star Wars: The. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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WWE Star Dana Brooke Mourns the Death of Her Boyfriend Dallas McCarver: ‘You Were My Life’

37 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

WWE wrestler Dana Brooke took to social media Tuesday, hours after news broke that her boyfriend, bodybuilder Dallas McCarver, had died, to pay tribute to him. In a heartfelt message, Brooke called McCarver “the best individual I have ever met.” “So here it goes, I’ll try & be short– aug 22 the lord received another angel, who happens 2 be my Life- My Dallas the one Who Only Understood Me! I can speak on the behalf of his family– the love and support you all are showing for him & us is Overwhelming!!” Brooke began. Also Read: Watch WWE Superstar John Cena »


- Tim Kenneally

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Can Ross Levinsohn Fix the Broken La Times?

37 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ross Levinsohn, newly named as the publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, is the latest executive to promise a turnaround of the long-declining newspaper, which has lurched from years of bankruptcy to new leadership that has so far failed to reverse its declining fortunes, even as competitors like the New York Times and Washington Post are thriving. Michael Ferro, the swashbuckling tech millionaire who 18 months ago bought a controlling stake in Tribune and renamed it tronc — to widespread ridicule — has not yet delivered on a year-old promise to pivot the company to an aggressive video »

- Matt Pressberg

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