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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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‘The Stand’: Heather Graham Joins CBS All Access’ Stephen King Adaptation

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‘The Stand’: Heather Graham Joins CBS All Access’ Stephen King Adaptation
Exclusive: Heather Graham has joined the cast of The Stand, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel at CBS All Access.

Graham will play Rita Blakemoor, a wealthy woman who is ill prepared for the end of the world and attempts to escape superflu-infested New York City.

Graham joins previously announced cast members James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, Eion Bailey, Katherine McNamara, Hamish Linklater, Alexander Skarsgård and Whoopi Goldberg.

Written by Josh Boone and Ben Cavell, The Stand is King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Goldberg) and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man (Skarsgård
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mipcom Roundup: E4 Buys ‘Star Trek: Discovery’; All3Media Sells Drama Package

In Variety’s fourth Mipcom roundup, E4 buys U.K. linear rights to “Star Trek: Discovery,” All3Media sells drama package to Pickbox Now, African broadcasters buy 800 hours of content from BBC Studios, France’s Serieclub acquires offbeat Norwegian comedy, Zdf and Red Balloon team for young adult book adaptation, and Viacom and Youku partner on kids’ animation.

E4 Buys U.K. Linear Rights to ‘Star Trek: Discovery

The U.K.’s E4 has acquired the linear television rights to “Star Trek: Discovery” from CBS Studios International. “Star Trek: Discovery,” which has aired on Netflix in the U.K. since
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SAG-aftra Leaders Approve Music Video Agreement for Performers

SAG-AFTRA’s national board has approved unanimously an agreement with major record labels on a three-year successor contract to their music video agreement.

The new agreement is effective retroactively from May 1, 2019, through April 30, 2022. The major labels party to the agreement are Warner Records, Atlantic Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Capitol Records and Hollywood Records (Disney).

“I am proud to be part of the team that helped achieve this contract, which includes new set minimums, protections against sexual harassment and better wages for background performers,” said Negotiating Committee Chair and National Vice Chair of the Dancer Committee Danielle Towne.
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Democratic Debate No. 4: Who Is the Current Frontrunner to Beat Trump?

Live from Ohio, a dozen contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination squared off in their fourth debate on Tuesday. Who emerged as the current frontrunner to go up against President Trump?

Hosted by CNN and the New York Times, the debate was moderated by CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett along with New York Times national editor Marc Lacey. The 12 candidates that qualified (by having more than 130,000 individual donors and at least two percent support in at least four DNC-approved polls) were Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota senator), Cory Booker (New Jersey senator), Pete Buttigieg (mayor of South Bend, Indiana
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Ronan Farrow on Matt Lauer’s Letter, Tom Brokaw & NBC: ‘Internal Investigations Are Not Investigations’

Ronan Farrow on Matt Lauer’s Letter, Tom Brokaw & NBC: ‘Internal Investigations Are Not Investigations’
Ronan Farrow responded to Matt Lauer’s letter in defense of rape accusations, for the first time, on Tuesday night at the very first stop for his “Catch and Kill” book tour.

“I think the most compelling response is Brooke Nevils’ and her own letter that she published afterwords,” Farrow said, when asked to comment on Lauer’s open letter in which he aggressively denied a rape allegation by the former NBC News employee last week. In Nevils’ response, she slammed the former newsman for “victim blaming,” stating, “the shame in this story belongs to him.”

At the Tuesday night event,
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Will & Grace Final Season Promo Reveals Grace Is Pregnant

Mere moments after NBC announced it was bringing Will & Grace off the bench early, the network revealed the big twist at the center of the sitcom’s farewell season: Grace is pregnant.

As we reported late Thursday, Will & Grace‘s 11th and final season — which was originally slated to premiere at midseason — will now launch on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 9:30 pm, filling the void left by ill-fated rookie sitcom Sunnyside. A subsequent promo announcing the new, earlier return date contained the pregnancy bombshell and teased the ensuing fallout (basically Grace is freaking out about being a first-time mom so
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Here's What's Coming to Amazon in November

As the star of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, John Krasinski takes all the stuff we loved about Jim on The Office and adds in a lot of breathless running, leaping and shooting. The end result is a highly anticipated second season full of espionage, secrets and thrills surrounding Venezuela's volatile ...

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NBC Pulls Sunnyside and Moves Up Will & Grace Season 11 Premiere Date

NBC has pulled freshman comedy Sunnyside from its schedule, and we all know what that means: the low-rated show has been canceled. The Kal Penn-fronted series lasted fewer than a handful of episodes (and brought in the lowest Live+Same Day ratings of all freshman series across the big four broadcast

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This Is Us Recap: Randall and Beth's Malik-Related Freakout Begins

This Is Us Recap: Randall and Beth's Malik-Related Freakout Begins
In this week’s This Is Us, You can’t swing a dead possum without hitting a Pearson family sore spot. (And in one instance, the aforementioned deceased creature is the Pearson family sore spot.)

Kate and Toby have a fight about a toy, but it’s really about CrossFit. Kevin wants to buy Nicky a new Rv, but Jack’s bro wants nothing to do with his nephew’s “Hollywood douchebag” money. And on the day Beth opens her dance studio, a stinky possum carcass — as well as Randall’s realization that Deja’s crush has a kid of
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Arrow's Stephen Amell Reacts to Tommy Merlyn's Shocking Reveal in Season 8 Premiere

It's not often that a TV show decides to blow up the entire world in its final season, but Arrow is apparently looking to boldly go where few series' have gone before. In its Season 8 premiere, Arrow decided to do the one thing we never expected -- destroy Earth 2.

The entire episode, which took place

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Arrow Boss on Final Season Premiere: The Flash Team Was 'Very Gracious' About Letting Us Destroy [Spoiler]

Arrow Boss on Final Season Premiere: The Flash Team Was 'Very Gracious' About Letting Us Destroy [Spoiler]
The following contains spoilers from Arrow‘s final season premiere.

For Oliver Queen, it was a whole new — if very familiar — world as Arrow opened its final season. And as Oliver carried out his first task for the mysterious Monitor, he eventually came to realize, quite tragically, what exactly is at stake with the coming Crisis.

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