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‘Rogue One’ Writer Tony Gilroy Joins Cassian Andor ‘Star Wars’ Series at Disney Plus (Exclusive)

‘Rogue One’ Writer Tony Gilroy Joins Cassian Andor ‘Star Wars’ Series at Disney Plus (Exclusive)
The planned Disney Plus series centered on “Rogue One” character Cassian Andor is bringing in the film’s co-writer, Tony Gilroy, Variety has learned exclusively.

Gilroy is set to write the pilot for the series in addition to directing multiple episodes. He will work alongside Stephen Schiff, who remains onboard as showrunner. No official premiere date has been set, but Disney had previously indicated the show would debut in 2021.

The untitled show focuses on Rebel agent Andor prior to the events of “Rogue One” in the early days of the Rebellion against the Empire. The show has been described as
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‘Matrix 4’: Neil Patrick Harris Lands Role in Latest Installment (Exclusive)

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‘Matrix 4’: Neil Patrick Harris Lands Role in Latest Installment (Exclusive)
Neil Patrick Harris is the latest addition to the ensemble cast for the upcoming fourth installment of the “Matrix” franchise.

He joins Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will be reprising their roles in the film, as well as Yahya Abdul-Mateen, who was tapped as one of the leads last week.

Plot details are currently unknown. While it was rumored a young Morpheus could appear in the movie, sources close to the film would not confirm Harris’ specific role.

Warner Bros. announced in August that a fourth “Matrix” movie is officially in the works, with Reeves and Moss returning and Lana Wachowski on board to write and direct. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film.

Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell co-wrote the script with Wachowski, who will also produce with Grant Hill. The film is expected to begin production at the beginning of 2020.

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Amanda Seyfried Joins Gary Oldman in David Fincher’s ‘Mank’

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Amanda Seyfried Joins Gary Oldman in David Fincher’s ‘Mank’
Amanda Seyfried is set to join Netflix’s “Mank,” David Fincher’s latest pic revolving around “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, with Gary Oldman tapped to play the titular role.

Lily Collins, Charles Dance, Tuppence Middleton, Arliss Howard, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Tom Burke, and Tom Pelphrey will also appear in the film.

“Mank” is based on a script by Fincher’s late father, Jack, who penned it prior to his death in 2003.

Specific plot details are vague, but sources say the story will follow Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of the script for “Citizen Kane” — which would go on to be considered one of the best films of all time — alongside director Orson Welles. Despite the “Citizen Kane’s” critical success, the script was the only part of the film to win an Oscar.

The film will also be shot in black and white,
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Grease Is Still the Word: HBO Max Orders Rydell High Spinoff Series Set in the '50s

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Grease Is Still the Word: HBO Max Orders Rydell High Spinoff Series Set in the '50s
It seems like we truly can never have too much of a good thing: several months after the Grease prequel film Summer Loving was announced, HBO Max has handed out a straight-to-series order for a spinoff musical of the classic film titled Grease: Rydell High. That's right, folks - we're heading back to the hallowed halls of Rydell High, the high school at the center of all the action.

While Summer Loving will recount the terribly romantic Summer affair between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's characters, Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, Rydell High will introduce viewers to a whole host of new faces. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will reimagine the original movie while still being set in the '50s and feature big musical numbers from the era. It'll explore the usual topics of high-school dramas, including the horrors of puberty and peer pressures of high school.
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Nick Jonas, Shawn Levy Team for Netflix YA Series

Nick Jonas, Shawn Levy Team for Netflix YA Series
Nick Jonas and “Stranger Things” producer Shawn Levy are teaming on a YA holiday series which has been ordered at Netflix.

The show in question, “Dash & Lily,” is based on the book series “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and will consist of eight 30-minute episodes, scheduled to launch sometime in 2020.

Austin Abrams (“Euphoria”) and Midori Francis (“Good Boys”) have been cast as the titular romantic couple. In the show, a whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth
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Sony Will Give Carnage A Villainous Love Interest In The Upcoming ‘Venom’ Sequel

Sony Will Give Carnage A Villainous Love Interest In The Upcoming ‘Venom’ Sequel
If you were someone that didn’t rush out of the theater the second the credits started to roll in last year’s “Venom,” then you probably know exactly who the main villain of the sequel is going to be. The end-credits scene for the film introduced Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasaday, otherwise known as Carnage, teasing an epic battle in the forthcoming sequel. However, it appears that Harrelson won’t be alone in tormenting the title hero in “Venom 2.”

According to Deadline, Carnage will be joined by the Marvel villain known as Shriek in the upcoming “Venom 2.” While only one letter separating the two, you should definitely not confuse the evil Shriek with the adorable Shrek.

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‘The Addams Family’ Sequel in the Works for October 2021 Release

‘The Addams Family’ Sequel in the Works for October 2021 Release
A sequel to the animated movie “The Addams Family” is in the works at MGM, and the studio has set a release date on Oct. 22, 2021, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The Addams Family” opened to $30.3 million at the domestic box office this weekend, finishing as the top new release and in second place behind “Joker.” It’s the first new release set for that date, and the film will open one week ahead of “Halloween Ends” from Universal.

United Artists Releasing will distribute the “Addams Family” sequel in the U.S., and Universal will release the film internationally.

Also Read: 'The Addams Family' Film Review: Creepy, Kooky Characters Live Again in Fun Animated Feature

The Addams Family” beat projections of $25 million in its opening weekend, and it’s still slated to roll out internationally beginning at the end of this month through early December.
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Amy Adams, Laura Dern Team Up for ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had’ Series in the Works at HBO

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Amy Adams, Laura Dern Team Up for ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had’ Series in the Works at HBO
Amy Adams and Laura Dern are teaming up for an adaptation of the novel “The Most Fun We Ever Had” currently in development at HBO.

Based on Claire Lombardo’s 2019 novel of the same name, “The Most Fun We Ever Had” follows four sisters, each struggling to exist in the shadow of their parents’ idyllic marriage, whose lives are complicated by the unexpected return of the son one of them gave up for adoption fifteen years earlier.

Lombardo will serve as a writer and executive producer on the adaptation, with Anya Epstein to serve as showrunner.

The new project keeps both Dern and Adams in business at HBO after scoring Emmy nominations this year for their roles on “Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects,” respectively. In addition to starring, Adams also served as an executive producer on “Sharp Objects
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Felicity Huffman Reports to Prison After College Admissions Scandal Guilty Plea

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Felicity Huffman Reports to Prison After College Admissions Scandal Guilty Plea
Felicity Huffman reported to prison on Tuesday to begin her two-week prison sentence for her role in the nationwide college admissions cheating case.

The actress was sentenced to 14 days last month by Judge Indira Talwani in a Boston federal court. Federal prosecutors had recommended a one-month sentence last week. Huffman had been ordered to report to the Bureau of Prison on Oct. 25. After her two weeks, she is sentenced to one year of probation and must pay a $30,000 fine.

“Felicity Huffman reported today for sentencing to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, CA. Ms. Huffman is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman’s actions,” a representative for the actress said in a statement. “She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed–one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of
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Film Review: ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’

In a film culture overrun by Marvel epics, wild-stunt action flicks, and other grandiose juvenilia, it is often said that the mid-budget, script-driven movie for adults is becoming a thing of the past. But don’t tell that to Kevin Smith, whose “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” a shaggy antic throwaway that premiered Tuesday in the first of two one-night shows at 600 theaters (it will travel out after that in a 65-city road-show release), stands (sort of) as a proud exception to the rule of corporate blockbuster overkill.

It’s without doubt a script-driven movie — not just because Smith, after 25 years as a filmmaker, wouldn’t know an expressive (or well-lit) camera angle if it bit him, but because he remains, in his rowdy stoner never-made-a-dick-joke-he-didn’t-like way, a furiously flowing wordsmith, one who can write the kind of spontaneous sick-comedy monologues that heat up the screen. The budget for
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Chespirito Media Universe in Development from Grupo Chespirito, Thr3 Media Group

Mexican production companies Grupo Chespirito and Thr3 Media Group have come to terms on a deal to co-produce multi-media content and create the Chespirito Media Universe based on the characters and world of Mexico and Latin America’s most iconic TV creator, director, producer and actor, Chespirito.

Thr3 Media Group was launched in January 2018 by Grupo Telefilms executives Tomás Darcyl, Ricardo Costianovsky and former Televisa vice-president Bruce Boren to create high-commercial value content for Spanish-speaking markets in film, TV, VOD and other digital platforms.

Chespirito, real name Roberto Gómez Bolaños, created, wrote, produced and starred in iconic series “El Chavo del Ocho
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2btube Adds Lacoproductora to Facebook, YouTube Originals Alliances

Cannes — Fast-driving from a huge digital media publishing base into the creation and production of premium content for global platforms and beyond, top Spanish-language digital native media group 2btube has clinched a wide-ranging production partnership with José Miguel Contreras’ Madrid-based Lacoproductora.

The deal comes fast on the heels of 2btube’s production alliance with Facebook Watch, unveiled Tuesday at Mipcom in Fw’s confirmation of a brace of European partnerships, and, via 2btube subsid Touché Films, the production of an upcoming mini series for YouTube Originals, to be released in mid-2020, which was unveiled at YouTube’s Brandcast in Mexico.
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Spain’s Fasten Films Nabs Remake Rights to Argentine Series ‘The Cleaning Lady’ (Exclusive)

Barcelona-based company Fasten Films has optioned Spanish and Portuguese adaptation rights to Argentine suspense series “La chica que limpia” (“The Cleaning Lady”).

The deal was negotiated with Argentine distributors Rm Vistar and GlowStar, who jointly handle the format’s international sales.

A Mexican remake of the series is being produced by Turner Latin America, alongside Btf Media, aimed for a 2020 release in Latin America via Space. WB also optioned English-language adaptation rights for the U.S.

Created by Córdoba-based Jaque Content and executive produced by Paola Suárez, the original series launched in 2017 on Cine.ar Play, the VOD
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Watch Kelly Clarkson and Ben Platt Cover Bob Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’

Watch Kelly Clarkson and Ben Platt Cover Bob Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’
Ben Platt joined Kelly Clarkson for a duet of Bob Dylan’s 1997 track “Make You Feel My Love” on The Kelly Clarkson Show. The pair took on an original arrangement of the song, which comes off Dylan’s album Time Out of Mind, and the performance marked the first time the pair have sung together.

In the clip, Clarkson kicks thing off with the opening lines while Platt follows on the second verse. Both give the track an emotional performance, transforming the folk rock number into an epic Broadway ballad.
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ProSiebenSat.1 Boss Max Conze Unfazed By the Invasion of the Digital Streaming Giants

Max Conze, CEO of German broadcast company ProSiebenSat.1 since June last year, appeared relatively relaxed about the prospect of the coming invasion of new digital players like Disney Plus into his territory when speaking to journalists at TV market and conference Mipcom in Cannes Tuesday.

“Disney Plus will not lock away all their content,” he said, while adding that he will retain access to Warner Bros. films and TV shows through Prosieben’s output deal with the studio. While he conceded that access to Disney blockbusters like the Star Wars franchise may become more restricted, his blunt summation was: “So what?
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Hear Animal Collective’s Epic New Track ‘Autumn Rites’

After releasing “Summer Blaze” in August, Animal Collective have shared the second track off their season-themed Ep New Psycho Actives Vol. 2. The new song, “Autumn Rites,” clocks in at 21 minutes and was created by band members Avey Tare and Geologist.

The song is a sprawling, ambient number, pairing a glittering melody with background noises that seem to be taken from a playground or park. Static laces through the instrumentals, which gives the sense that you’re hearing the song on an old radio. The musicians premiered the track on Geologist
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Amazon Prime Video takes Turner’s ‘Freitas Brothers’

Cannes — In yet another – and significant – Latin America distribution deal for the now highly active Ott giant, Amazon Prime Video has acquired Brazilian and pan-Spanish-speaking Latin American Svod rights to Turner Latin America’s highly anticipated “Freitas Brothers.”

The announcement was made late Tuesday by Turner Latin America at Cannes Mipcom TV and Ott trade fair.

Underscoring the alliance between WarnerMedia’s Turner Latin America, the No. 1 pay TV powerhouse in Latin America, with the cream of Brazil’s film world, the boxing bioseries was created by Sergio Machado (”Lower City”) and Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries”), directed by Machado
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The Biggest Moments from the Democrats’ October Presidential Debate

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The fourth Democratic debate at Otterbein University, outside of Columbus, Ohio, featured the field’s new frontrunner on the hot seat.

Elizabeth Warren was on the receiving end of barbs by an aggressive tag team of Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, with an occasional pile on by Joe Biden. The contest spoke to Warren’s perceived strength in the Democratic field. And the subject matter — contesting the virtues of Medicare for All, a wealth tax, and the merits of “dream big, fight hard” approach to politics — underscored just how much
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Nonsense Ellen DeGeneres Question Derails an Otherwise Substantive Democratic Debate (Column)

The fourth Democratic debate was dangerously close to being substantive. For almost three (3!) hours, the twelve (12!) candidates onstage tackled questions on foreign policy, reproductive rights, health care, gun control, big tech, and the opioid crisis. While the other debates — and indeed, the entire 2016 presidential campaign — have been marked by meme-able moments and gaffes, the one co-hosted tonight by CNN and “The New York Times” largely featured candidates who know where they stand and what they wanted to say in order to distinguish themselves from the crowd. For every confusing diversion or stumble, there were far more answers with some actual meat to them.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar to Endorse Bernie Sanders. Will It Matter?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is holding a rally in New York City on Saturday, less than two weeks after suffering a heart attack he initially said would force him to scale back his campaign schedule. In promoting the event, Sanders’ campaign has teased a special guest who will join him onstage. Sanders teased the guest himself during the Democratic primary debate on Tuesday, and barely an hour after he did so the Washington Post reported that the guest will be Democratic superstar Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-n.Y.), who is expected
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