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Guillermo del Toro Taps Scott Cooper for ‘Antlers’ and Sets New Project ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)

Guillermo del Toro Taps Scott Cooper for ‘Antlers’ and Sets New Project ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)
After Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” landed a leading seven nominations at the Golden Globes, Fox Searchlight has ramped up development on two projects with the filmmaker.

Sources tell Variety that Searchlight is in negotiations with “Hostiles” director Scott Cooper to direct the supernatural pic “Antlers,” which del Toro is producing. Del Toro has been a fan of Cooper’s for some time now, and the two were eager to work together.

Del Toro is also setting up a new directing gig, attaching himself to write and direct a remake of the 1947 Fox movie “Nightmare Alley.” Sources indicate that this will likely not be his next directing job, as he still has to pen the script, which he plans to co-write with Kim Morgan.

“I am delighted to continue the producing partnership that has been forged with Fox Searchlight during the making of ‘The Shape of Water,'” del Toro
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Ratings: The Walking Dead Fall Finale Numbers the Worst Since Season 2

Ratings: The Walking Dead Fall Finale Numbers the Worst Since Season 2
In the wake of Sunday’s fall finale of The Walking Dead, the Nielsens delivered to the AMC drama news that was as almost bad as that which Carl shared with Rick, Michonne and viewers in the episode’s last seconds: According to our sister site Variety, “How It’s Gotta Be” was the series’ lowest-rated midseason finale since Season 2 back in 2011.

The plus-sized installment — in which Negan and the Saviors struck back against the AHK (Alexandria/Hilltop/Kingdom) uprising — averaged a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers.
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Heads for $425M-Plus Global Blastoff

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Heads for $425M-Plus Global Blastoff
The Force is getting ready to strike the global box office once again.

Disney and Lucasfilms' Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins opening in select foreign markets midweek before blasting off in North America and other major territories on Friday. That excludes China, where the tentpole doesn't roll out until Jan. 5.

By all accounts, the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens should gross $425 million-plus by Sunday to secure one of the five best worldwide openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. That includes a North American take in the $200 million range, the best...
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Ari Sandel Tapped to Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel

Ari Sandel Tapped to Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel
Ari Sandel has been brought on board to direct a sequel to “Goosebumps,” Variety has learned.

It is unclear, however, if this “Goosebumps” follow up will be the next one to hit theaters or if it will even get made at all. Sony, which is backing the movie, has two versions in development. One of these scripts features original star Jack Black, and one does not. There are scheduling concerns involving the actor. The pressure is mounting, and Sony had better make a decision soon about which film it wants to make if it has a chance of hitting its September 21, 2018 release date.

The studio has tapped Rob Lieber (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) to write one of these scripts. The first “Goosebumps,” was a modest hit, having grossed $150.2 million worldwide on a reported $58 million budget. Sony is looking to trim costs on this iteration.

Sandel’s credits include “The Duff,
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Whoa! There’s ‘Serious Talk’ of a ‘Blossom’ Reboot, Joey Lawrence Says (Video)

Whoa! There’s ‘Serious Talk’ of a ‘Blossom’ Reboot, Joey Lawrence Says (Video)
In the word of Joey Russo, “Whoa.”

Someone dig the flower-bedecked hat out of the closet, because a reboot of the ’90s sitcom “Blossom” could be happening. At least, that’s the word from Joey Lawrence, who played slow-witted but well-coiffed Joey Russo on the series.

Speaking to Steve Harvey on Harvey’s talk show for an episode that aired Monday, Lawrence said that the notion of a “Blossom” reboot has been the subject of “serious talk” lately, and that he and his former costar Mayim Bialik are on board if it approaches the realm of reality.
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‘Endless Summer’ Filmmaker Bruce Brown Dies at 80

‘Endless Summer’ Filmmaker Bruce Brown Dies at 80
Documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown, known for surfing movie “Endless Summer,” died Sunday in Santa Barbara, Calif. of natural causes, his official website reported. He was 80.

Brown was born in San Francisco and grew up on Long Beach, Calif. before briefly moving to Hawaii where he began making films and worked with submarines for the U.S. Navy. Brown became a documentary filmmaker and released his first film “Slippery When Wet” in 1958. He was Oscar nominated for the 1971 motorcycle racing film “On Any Sunday,” on which Steve McQueen was a producer.

The 1966 “Endless Summer” was narrated by Brown and starring surfers and board shapers Mike Hynson and Robert August.
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Howard Gottfried, Producer on 'Network' and 'Altered States,' Dies at 94

Howard Gottfried, Producer on 'Network' and 'Altered States,' Dies at 94
Howard Gottfried, the Oscar-nominated producer who teamed with famed screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky on Network, The Hospital and Altered States, has died. He was 94.

Gottfried suffered a stroke and died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his daughter, Norah Weinstein, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Gottfried earned his Academy Award nomination for producing Sidney Lumet's Network (1976), which did not win the best picture trophy but did take four Oscars — for Chayefsky and actors Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight — amid its 10 noms.

The producer was...
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Disney-Fox Deal Expected for Thursday (Report)

Disney-Fox Deal Expected for Thursday (Report)
A mega deal between Disney and Fox will be announced on Thursday, according to a new report on CNBC.

The $60 billion-plus pact will see Disney acquire key entertainment and sports assets from 21st Century Fox, including its film and TV studio. The CNBC report follows a Monday announcement that Comcast has opted out of its pursuit for Fox.

A spokesman for Fox declined comment. A Disney spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Shares of Disney were up 0.44% in early morning trading to just over $107, while shares of Fox rose .33% to $33.37.

Not all of Fox’s assets will go to Disney. The company will retain Fox News, the Fox broadcast network, and Fox Sports 1, which will be reconstituted into a new, independent company. According to CNBC, that would be worth roughly $10 a share. As part of the deal, Fox shareholders will get a stake in the new company, along with shares of Disney.
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Judd Apatow on Hollywood’s ‘Slow Evolution’ of Support for Silence Breakers

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Judd Apatow on Hollywood’s ‘Slow Evolution’ of Support for Silence Breakers
Judd Apatow was hesitant to return to stand-up, but his new Netflix special doesn’t hold back. In the special, Apatow jokes about Bill Cosby trying to hide the newspaper from his wife so she can’t read the accusations against him, and in this post-Harvey Weinstein scandal world, the sketch is particularly resonant. Apatow thinks that way the Cosby scandal played out–it ended in a gridlocked jury and declared a mistrial–led people to have a stronger reaction to those who accused Weinstein and others. During the Cosby trial, “the whole country said wait a second, why
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Fox Business Network Beats CNBC in Full-Year Business Day Viewers for the First Time Ever

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As 2017 draws to a close, Fox Business Network (Fbn) is going to beat competitor CNBC for the first time ever in Business Day viewers. Fbn, which launched in 2007, will set internal records this year across both Business Day (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Total Day (6 a.m. – 6 a.m.) averages, in terms of overall viewers and in the key adults 25-54 demographic. The older CNBC — which has successfully overhauled primetime in recent years — delivered record lows in both of those previously mentioned time periods. In Business Day viewership, Fbn was up 27 percent in total...
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Oscar Contenders Elvis Costello, Common on Writing Songs That Leap Off the Screen (Video)

Oscar Contenders Elvis Costello, Common on Writing Songs That Leap Off the Screen (Video)
The credits start to roll, the lights come up, and as the crowd stands from their seats, they hear a song. It’s hard enough to keep an audience occupied for two hours. Now try holding their attention for just another two minutes before they’re out the door. “I was hoping I had a song I could sing for as long as people wanted to hear it,” said Elvis Costello, an artist and rocker who knows a thing or two about music made to grab you. “If a song can last just until people can get to the lobby,
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‘The Punisher’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

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‘The Punisher’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Netflix has renewed the Marvel series “The Punisher” for a second season, the streamer announced on Tuesday. The series, a spinoff of Netflix’s first Marvel series “Daredevil,” stars “The Walking Dead” alum Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, a vigilante out for revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children. No premiere date was announced for the second season, but will likely follow the second seasons of “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” and the third season of “Daredevil” slated to premiere next year, as well as the second outing of “Iron Fist” ordered in July. Also Read: Everything You Need.
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After Sam Seder Returns to MSNBC, Jeffrey Lord Asks, What About Me?

After Sam Seder Returns to MSNBC, Jeffrey Lord Asks, What About Me?
Last week MSNBC briefly parted ways with liberal contributor Sam Seder over a dumb joke about rape, only to apologize after a social media backlash. To which Jeffrey Lord replies: What about me? Lord, who once had a cozy niche taking pro-Trump stands on CNN, lost his job over his own dumb tweet in August. He said the same progressives who defended Seder’s rape joke willfully misinterpreted his tweet, a joke about Nazis. “Sam had the good fortune to be a liberal,” Lord told TheWrap. “I would totally agree that he was unfairly treated and should be reinstated, but
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The Strangest, Swankiest and Most Expensive ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Merchandise

The Strangest, Swankiest and Most Expensive ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Merchandise
Star Wars” merchandise is some of the most popular and coveted among all fandoms, and as the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” draws near, so do more goodies that fans can buy. But not all merch makes sense, and even Disney can steer an iconic brand like “Star Wars” to the Dark Side of branding.

Here are some of the most astonishing, exciting, and downright head-scratching “Star Wars” branded products you can spend your galactic credits on:

Dole

Fruit is fruit, and generally the most important criteria when stocking up on produce is ripeness and price. Dole and “Star Wars” have partnered for a “Unite for a Healthy Galaxy” sweepstakes that includes prizes and an app that allows customers to scan special packaging for access to exclusive content and recipes. Which means, “Star Wars” lettuce is now a real thing that exists.

I was willing to store that C-3POs box in my garage
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Jada Pinkett Smith Blasts ‘Antiquated’ Golden Globes for Tiffany Haddish, ‘The Big Sick’ Snubs

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Jada Pinkett Smith Blasts ‘Antiquated’ Golden Globes for Tiffany Haddish, ‘The Big Sick’ Snubs
Jada Pinkett Smith put the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on blast on Monday for snubbing “Girls Trip” and actress Tiffany Haddish, as well as “The Big Sick” in the 2018 Golden Globe nominations. “I’m not upset about @TiffanyHaddish or @GirlsTripMovie not getting a nom… I’m discouraged about the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press/@goldenglobes wouldn’t even Watch the movie,” the actress tweeted on Monday. “Girls Trip was one of the most successful films this summer & Tiff was hands down the funniest person on screen in 2017 and we couldn’t get eyes on the film or a press conference.
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Kate Bosworth Returns to CAA (Exclusive)

Kate Bosworth Returns to CAA (Exclusive)
Kate Bosworth has returned to CAA after six months at ICM Partners, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

She can currently be seen opposite Jason Ritter in National Geographic’s miniseries The Long Road Home, based on journalist Martha Raddatz’s account of the 2004 Iraq War incident known as “Black Sunday.” Next up is MGM’s post-apocalyptic survival thriller The Domestics, in which she stars alongside Tyler Hoechlin.

Earlier this year she produced the indie feature Nona alongside her husband, Michael Polish, who directed the drama about sex trafficking in Central America. The film is produced by the couple’s Make...
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Can ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Top ‘The Force Awakens’ in Box Office Debut?

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Can ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Top ‘The Force Awakens’ in Box Office Debut?
After two weeks of no wide releases, the box office is ready for the big one: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Rian Johnson’s sequel to J.J. Abrams “The Force Awakens,” which made a then-record $529 million worldwide in its opening weekend and grossed over $2 billion by the end of its theatrical run. “The Last Jedi” is expected to provide a similar final jolt to 2017 box office totals, though it’s unlikely to match the $248 million domestic opening “The Force Awakens” made off the hype of being the first new “Star Wars” film in a decade. Independent trackers currently...
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Howard Gottfried, ‘Network’ Producer, Dies at 94

Howard Gottfried, ‘Network’ Producer, Dies at 94
Howard Gottfried, who received an Oscar nomination as producer of the 1976 media satire “Network,” died of a stroke Friday in Los Angeles. He was 94.

Gottfried also partnered with “Network” writer Paddy Chayefsky on films including “Altered States” and “The Hospital.” He met Chayefsky as a regular in a New York card game, and the two started on their first project, “The Hospital.” Gottfried met the film’s lead, George C. Scott, when Gottfried served as his divorce attorney.

Chayefsky won the best screenplay Oscar for “Network,” which also won Oscars for Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and Beatrice Straight. Finch’s character, irate news anchor Howard Beale, was named for Gottfried.

Raised in the Bronx, Gottfried started his career as a lawyer and became involved in off-Broadway theater. He then went to United Artists, where he oversaw TV series such as “Gilligan’s Island,” “The Patty Duke Show” and “The Fugitive.” Gottfried later moved
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Jada Pinkett Smith Calls Out HFPA for 'Girls Trip' Golden Globes Snub

Jada Pinkett Smith Calls Out HFPA for 'Girls Trip' Golden Globes Snub
Jada Pinkett Smith is voicing her displeasure over this year's Golden Globes nominations. Taking to Twitter, the Girls Trip star called out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for looking over the film, and Pinkett Smith's costar Tiffany Haddish, in its nomination process.

"I'm not upset about @TiffanyHaddish or @GirlsTripMovie not getting a nom... I'm discouraged about the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press/@goldenglobes wouldn't even Watch the movie," Pinkett Smith tweeted. 

Girls Trip was eligible for Golden Globe nominations this year. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, HFPA members were invited to the film's premiere...
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Jim Broadbent Joins Robert Downey Jr. in Universal’s ‘Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ (Exclusive)

Jim Broadbent Joins Robert Downey Jr. in Universal’s ‘Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent has been cast in Universal Pictures’ “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role.

Dunkirk” actor Harry Collett is also on board to co-star in the pic.

Stephen Gaghan, who most recently directed Matthew McConaughey’s “Gold,” will helm the film from his own screenplay. Tom Shepherd wrote an earlier draft.

The studio acquired the project following a heated bidding war with producers Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum through their Roth Kirschenbaum Films, alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey.

British author Hugh Lofting created the Doctor Dolittle character in his 1920s series of children’s books, in which a Victorian-era physician opts to treat animals instead of humans because he’s able to speak with them. It is currently unknown what role Broadbent will be playing in the film.

Lofting’s character was portrayed by Rex Harrison in the 1967 musical “Doctor Dolittle,” which won Oscars
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