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Dwayne Johnson's DC Villain Black Adam Getting His Own Movie

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New Line and DC Entertainment are doubling down on comic book hero Shazam!

New Line, which has been for over a decade developing a movie on the long-time DC character, will develop concurrently a movie centering on Black Adam, with Dwayne Johnson attached to star as Shazam’s arch-nemesis.

The move stems from last week’s high level meeting with Johnson and DC Films co-head and comics author Geoff Johns, after which Johnson took to social media to promise “hope, optimism & fun.”  

But on a deeper level, the meeting led to a reconfiguring of the Shazam! movie. Johnson has been »


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Neil Gaiman to Adapt Novel ‘Good Omens’ as Amazon Series

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Amazon Studios will adapt Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel “Good Omens” into a six-episode limited series, the studio announced on Thursday. The 2006 novel takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. Set to debut in 2018 on Prime Video, “Good Omens” will consist of six one-hour episodes entirely written by Gaiman, who will also serve as showrunner. (Veteran fantasy writer Pratchett died in March 2015.) See video: Watch 'American Gods' First Trailer From Comic-Con This marks the latest Gaiman novel to get turned into a TV series. Starz will premiere its adaptation of the. »


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Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide

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The annual trek to Park City, Utah has already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19 until Jan. 29. Peter Dinklage, Larry Wilmore, and Gael Garcia Bernal are among those named to the juries in this year’s competition. The awards will be handed out on Jan. 28 in a ceremony hosted by “The Daily Show” alum Jessica Williams.

In between all of the prizes and premieres, stars and film aficionados endure the cold temperatures with help from the city’s pop-up party scene, featuring swag, drinks and exclusive dinners.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Après Ski Festival Kick-off Rooftop Party – 4 to 8 p.m.

An Artist at the Table – 8 p.m.

The annual benefit kicks off the first day of the festival with director Jeff Orlowski set as keynote speaker. The private cocktail reception and dinner follows the premiere of “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Eccles Theatre.

Friday, Jan. 20

Village at the Lift

AtTT takes over this year’s village that runs from Jan. 20-22, showcasing DirecTV in the Cabin, Audience in the Café and Jeff Vespa’s WireImage Studio. This year’s winter escape from the cold features beverages and light fare from notable Japanese restaurant Nobu, along with high-speed internet. »


- Mannie Holmes

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‘This Is Us’ Renewed For Second & Third Seasons By NBC

18 January 2017 12:17 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC has ordered two minimum 18-episode seasons of its Tuesday night drama sensation This Is Us. "We all got our wish that this is a hit show," said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. "'This Is Us' is as good as anything we've ever had, we're thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there's no doubt it will have a long life on NBC. On behalf of everyone at NBC, we're grateful for the artistry of the cast, crew, and producers assembled by our gifted creator, Dan… »


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Announcing the 2017 People's Choice Awards Winners!

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As award season rolls on, the 2017 People's Choice Awards have also wrapped and rewarded TV, movies, and stars that you, aka the people, chose. Of the nominees, we saw Tom Hanks, Dwayne Johnson, Blake Lively, and record-breaker Ellen DeGeneres take home awards and have a good time. There are a ton of awards, so check out the full list below. Movies Favorite Movie Finding Dory Favorite Movie Actor Ryan Reynolds Favorite Movie Actress Jennifer Lawrence Favorite Action Movie Deadpool Favorite Action Movie Actor Robert Downey Jr. Favorite Action Movie Actress Margot Robbie Favorite Animated Movie Voice Ellen DeGeneres Favorite Comedic Movie Bad Moms Favorite Comedic Movie Actor Kevin Hart Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Melissa McCarthy Favorite Dramatic Movie Me Before You Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor Tom Hanks Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress Blake Lively Favorite Family Movie Finding Dory Favorite Thriller Movie The Girl on the Train Favorite Movie Icon Johnny Depp »


- Maggie Pehanick

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Stephen Gaghan to Write and Direct Video Game Adaptation ‘The Division’

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Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind “Traffic” and “Syriana,” will write and direct video game adaptation “The Division,” Ubisoft Motion Pictures announced Thursday. The film will star Jake Gyllenhaal, who is also producing, and Jessica Chastain. Based on Ubisoft’s hit game “Tom Clancy‘s The Division,” the film is set in the aftermath of a small pox pandemic in dystopian New York. In the game, which set the Ubisoft record for highest first-day sales in company history, players attempt to rebuild, investigate and fight crime in the city. Plot details of the big-screen adaptation have been kept under wraps. »


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Amazon Renews Bryan Cranston’s ‘Sneaky Pete’ for Season 2

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Giovanni Ribisi’s “Pete” will sneak on for at least another season: Amazon has renewed “Sneaky Pete.”

The renewal comes less than a week after the full first season debuted on Amazon’s Prime streaming service. Amazon claims “Sneaky Pete” had the second-biggest premiere day streaming audience of its originals thus far. (“The Man in the High Castle” holds the record.)

Bryan Cranston and Graham Yost have done a masterful job of steering the cast to fantastic performances,” said Joe Lewis, Amazon Studios’ head of comedy and drama. “Both the critical response and our customers’ engagement with the series are key factors in our enthusiasm to bring our audience a second season of ‘Sneaky Pete.’”

The series follows con-man Marius (Ribisi) as he takes on the identity of Pete, a fellow prisoner (Ethan Embry) who wowed Marius with tales of his idyllic childhood. However, the family, headed up by Margo Martindale’s Audrey, is »


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‘Sneaky Pete’ Renewed by Amazon for Season 2

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Amazon has renewed “Sneaky Pete” for a second season, less than one week after Season 1 actually arrived. “Sneaky Pete” just premiered on Friday, January 13, when it became the platform’s second most-streamed original scripted series on an opening day, behind only “The Man in the High Castle.” The series was co-created and is executive produced by Bryan Cranston and showrunner Graham Yost. Michael Dinner, Fred Golan and James Degus also executive produce the Giovanni Ribisi show. Also Read: Martin Scorsese-Produced Grateful Dead Documentary Goes to Amazon In addition to the “Boiler Room” alum, the ensemble cast also features Marin Ireland, »


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Hollywood Animal Trainer Reveals What ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Did Wrong

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Veteran Hollywood animal trainer Bill Berloni said it was “gut-wrenching” to watch the leaked footage from the set of “A Dog’s Purpose” showing a German shepherd named Hercules being forced into turbulent water — and that the trainers didn’t act properly to get the shot. “If an animal isn’t willing to perform, you have to stop there … for whatever reason,” Berloni told TheWrap. That’s not what appeared to happen on the set of “A Dog’s Purpose,” which prompted an insider to expose the footage and PETA to call for a boycott of the Amblin Entertainment feature, »


- Tony Maglio

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All 55 Terms Defined on Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and the Definitions Given

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The meanings of words play an integral part of Netflix’s adaptation of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Words that mean more than one thing cause misunderstandings that can lead to everything from inconveniences to disasters, usually for the unlucky Baudelaire children. Words matter so much that characters in “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” as well narrator Lemony Snicket himself (Patrick Warburton), are constantly defining them — sometimes with useful definitions, and sometimes with hilarious ones. Here’s every term, saying, idiom or word defined in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” Season 1, along with the definitions that were. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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What 14 Stars Will Do Instead of Watch Trump’s Inauguration (Photos)

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Judd Apatow is among the artists, musicians, and actors taking part in a “Love-a-thon” on Facebook Live  to raise $500,000 to raise money for progressive causes. Beau Willimon, creator of “House of Cards,” will spend part of inauguration day taking part in TheWrap and Politico’s Inauguration Hub event in Washington, DC — a day of issue-oriented discussions. “Absolutely Fabulous” actress Mo Gaffney told TheWrap: “I’ll be in NYC girding my loins, figuratively (and literally because…well Trump and grabbing) to head to the Women’s March on Washington. Plus some mourning of democracy and common decency in the U. »


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Berlinale: Cinema Management Group Boards Peruvian Animated Feature ‘Ainbo’

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Beverly Hills-based Cinema Management Group (Cmg) has acquired international sales rights to 3D animation feature “Ainbo,”produced by Lima-based Tunche Films and a standout animated feature project at Ventana Sur’s new  Animation! film-tv market in early December.

Cmg will introduce “Ainbo” to buyers at next month’s Berlinale European Film Market.

Picking up “Ainbo,” Cmg continues to drive into select world cinema animation movies as animators in emerging markets seek to populate the minds of their young audiences with indigenous elements – rites, mythological characters, lush landscapes – which can complement highly popular Hollywood toon blockbusters, avidly consumed by local audiences.

International animation also aims often highlights key issues – ecology, diversity – whose importance doesn’t end at national borders.

A consequence is that the animated movies produced around the world can also command an audience outside their country of origin precisely because their local elements have large international appeal offering fresh, »


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Celine Dion to Perform New Song for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Remake

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Celine Dion will perform an original song for the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The song, titled “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” is written by Alan Menken, the Oscar-winning composer who wrote all the songs from the original “Beauty and the Beast” with the late Howard Ashman, Disney announced on Thursday. The song will be featured in the end credits of the film. Dion was also featured in the end credits of the original film, as she performed a duet of the movie’s famous ballad with Peabo Bryson. Dion and Bryson’s version won an Academy. »


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‘Confirmation’ Writer Susannah Grant to Receive WGA West’s 2017 Paul Selvin Award

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Screenwriter Susannah Grant, who recently penned HBO’s “Confirmation,” is set to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2017 Paul Selvin Award, the guild announced Thursday. Grant, whose other credits include “Erin Brokovich” and “In Her Shoes,” recently earned a WGA nomination for Long Form Original for “Confirmation,” and will be honored at the Wgaw 2017 Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 19. “Confirmation” stars Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, the woman who accused then Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her in the workplace years earlier. Also Read: Emmy Quickie: Zoe Lister-Jones Danced Between Takes of 'Confirmation' (Exclusive Video) “From ‘Erin. »


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Trump Inauguration Chair: Kanye West Not ‘Traditionally American’ Enough to Perform (Video)

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Tom Barrack, who chairs Trump’s Inaugural Committee, explained to  CNN on Wednesday why Kanye West wasn’t asked to perform at this week’s inauguration — and the rapper probably won’t like it. “We haven’t asked him. I mean, he’s been great,” the chairman of Colony Capital told the network. “He considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it’s not the venue. The venue we have for entertainment is filled out; it’s perfect.” But then Barrack went on to describe why West wasn’t asked to join the inauguration festivities: “It’s going to be typically and traditionally American. »


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Paramount Taps Chinese Investors for $1 Billion Infusion

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Paramount Pictures has received a $1 billion cash investment for co-financing from Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media over the next three years.

Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO Brad Grey, Shanghai Film Group Chairman Ren Zhonglun, and Huahua Media Chairman Wang Kefei made the joint announcement Thursday. The trio met in Shanghai in November to finalize terms of the deal.

The three entities said they will work closely together in a spirit of cooperation and will actively seek opportunities for co-productions.  Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media will open and jointly maintain an office on the Paramount lot starting later this year.

Shanghai Film Group’s long and successful history as a prolific studio, coupled with Huahua’s strong track-record in the Chinese market and its growing reach globally, make this a natural and powerful move for Paramount,” said Grey. “We look forward to working with these two highly-respected entertainment industry leaders, »


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Sundance Under Trump? Robert Redford Says ‘We Stay Away From Politics’

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Robert Redford said the Sundance Film Festival won’t change its mission under the presidency of Donald Trump. Instead, the non-profit organization that puts on the gathering will remain committed to supporting and nurturing young artists, not in making political points.

“We stay away from politics,” said Redford at the opening press conference at this year’s film festival. He added, “We stay focused on the stories being told by artists…we don’t play advocacy.”

Trump’s inauguration takes place Friday, in the second day of this year’s festival. A protest march is planned on Saturday in Park City, Utah, but the Sundance Institute is not playing a role in organizing that event. Still the incoming president looms large at the indie film gathering. Trump and the entertainment industry have maintained a hostile posture. Major stars have refused to perform at his inauguration ceremony and Trump has lashed »


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Paramount Strikes $1 Billion Deal With Shanghai Film Group, Huahua Media

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Paramount Pictures has closed a three-year deal, valued at $1 billion with the Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media to co-finance the studio’s full slate of films, the studio announced today. Under the terms of the deal, Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media will finance at least 25 percent of each film on the studio's slate, and it also includes an option for a fourth year.

The agreement was announced today by Paramount chairman and CEo Brad Grey, Shanghai Film Group chairman Ren Zhonglun and Huahua Media hairman Wang Kefei.

The deal, which was finanalized in Shanghai in November, will cover »


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Playback: Damien Chazelle on ‘La La Land,’ ‘First Man’ and Daring to Dream

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On this week’s episode, Jenelle Riley and I welcome back Variety Senior VP and Features Awards Editor Tim Gray to bat around some final predictions thoughts with Oscar nominations right around the corner next week. How will the actress race pan out? Was “Silence” seen by enough voters to have a presence? There are a lot of questions remaining as we head into the final phase one weekend.

Later on (27:50) I’m talking to the man of the hour, “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle. His film is fresh off a record-breaking sweep of the Golden Globes and sits poised to net the most Oscar nominations next week.

For more, listen to the latest episode of “Playback” below. Check back next week for a new episode, and be sure to subscribe!

Note: We had a few audio issues on this episode. Apologies in advance.

We start by digging »


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Dwayne Johnson’s DC Villain Black Adam to Get His Own Spinoff

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After announcing plans to make a “Shazam” movie with Dwayne Johnson attached to play the antagonist Black Adam, New Line and DC have now decided to expand the property with a second film.

New Line first announced the project in the fall of 2014 with Johnson on board to star and Darren Lemke set to pen the script. After a successful meeting with Johnson, the studio has decided to add a spinoff film to the universe that will focus on Johnson’s character.

The DC comics character Shazam, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, is the alter ego of a boy named Billy Batson. By saying the word “Shazam,” Batson can transform into a superhero. Black Adam is Shazam’s arch nemesis, and is a character that Johnson has been eyeing for some time.

New Line has not named a writer or director for the spinoff.

Johnson is currently filming “Ballers” Season »


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