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Gal Gadot In Talks To Join Bradley Cooper In MGM’s ‘Deeper’
Exclusive: Gal Gadot is in early talks to join Bradley Cooper in Deeper, the MGM pic that Max Landis scripted and White God helmer Kornel Mundruczo will direct. In the drama, a disgraced astronaut embarks on a mission to reach the bottom of a newly discovered oceanic trench, theorized to be the lowest point on planet Earth. He encounters an increasing level of danger, and soon finds himself in a psychological (and physical) fight against mysterious forces. Landis is… »
Linda Hamilton to Return to ‘Terminator’ Franchise
Arnold Schwarzenegger is also on board to reprise the role of the cyborg he made famous more then 30 years ago. The sequel will be produced by Skydance and series creator James Cameron. The upcoming film will mark the first time that O’Connor, Schwarzenegger, and Cameron will be working together on the franchise since the 1991 smash “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
- Justin Kroll
‘Game of Thrones’: Fifth Prequel Series in Development at HBO
A fifth “Game of Thrones” prequel series is officially in the works at HBO, Variety has confirmed.
Bryan Cogman, who has worked on “Game of Thrones” since Season 1, has been tapped to pen a potential fifth prequel project for the network. It was previously known that four prequels were in development, though George R.R. Martin said that a fifth was also in the works. When Martin first spoke of the fifth writer being recruited in May, he said that apart from himself and “Thrones” experts Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, “I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”
Cogman has worked on the show in various capacities over the years, most recently as a writer and co-executive producer. Among the episodes Cogman has written for the series are “Stormborn,” the second episode of Season 7, and “The Broken Man, the seventh episode of Season 6 which introduced the character of Lyanna Mormont »
- Joe Otterson
Jake Lamotta Dead, Real-Life 'Raging Bull' Boxer 'Fought Til the End'
Boxing legend Jake Lamotta -- the champ who was played by Robert De Niro in the movie "Raging Bull" -- died Tuesday, TMZ has learned. He was 95. Jake's wife tells TMZ, Jake died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia. Another family member tells TMZ, Jake's condition deteriorated in the last few weeks. He was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. His condition worsened considerably in the last »
- TMZ Staff
Lee Daniels Developing Pair of Drama Projects at Fox with Julian Breece, Peter Mattei
Lee Daniels will executive produce two drama projects currently in development at Fox, Variety has learned.
The first project, titled “Victory,” is a one-hour drama set in the world of competitive gospel choirs. It tells the story of a prodigal son and a group of forgotten young people who must rise above their personal hardships to save a church and heal a broken community through the power of song. The project has received a put pilot commitment at the network. Julian Breece will write and executive produce, with Daniels also executive producing along with Pam Williams and Kevin Donahue. This marks Breece’s second collaboration with Daniels and Fox, having recently sold the drama project “Mason Dixon.” Breece most recently served as a co-producer on Beau Willimon’s new Hulu series “The First.”
Fox has ordered a script with a penalty attached for the the second project, “East of Hope.” The »
- Joe Otterson
‘I Mom So Hard’ Web Series Scores Pilot Production Commitment at CBS
Popular web series “I Mom So Hard” is in development at CBS as a multi-camera comedy, Variety has learned.
The series has landed a pilot production commitment. Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, who co-created the web series, will star in and co-write the series, which will see the two moms show how their friendship gets them through being wives and mothers. Michelle Nader will also serve as a writer on the series in addition to executive producing. Rob Thomas will executive produce under his Spondoolie Productions banner, with Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge also executive producing. Spondoolie Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Hensley and Smedley are repped by UTA, Management 360, and attorney Matt Feil. Nader is repped by ICM.
Hensley and Smedley began posting funny videos of themselves discussing motherhood and family life in 2016 on Facebook and YouTube. Their YouTube channel currently has over 58,000 subscribers and over 5 million video views, while »
- Joe Otterson
‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review: True Pooh Story More Than a Run-of-the-Milne Biopic
There are any number of minefields into which “Goodbye Christopher Robin” might easily have wandered — it’s a fall-release biopic set in England between the wars, about the creation of a beloved classic of children’s literature — but the film emerges mostly unscathed as neither a hagiography nor a hatchet job on A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh. Or at least the co-creator: The film posits that Milne’s young son assembled the characters (from his collection of stuffed animals) and wandered with them through the nearby woods while dad, in a rare spate of attentiveness, took a lot. »
- Alonso Duralde
Why Donald Glover, Odell Beckham Jr and Mariah Carey Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week
Donald Glover, Odell Beckham Jr. and Mariah Carey were the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters. An Emmy-winning actor/director, a New York Giant and a pop icon had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days. The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Sept. 13-19 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV. Also Read: Donald Glover Credits Trump For. »
- Fabric Media
Film Review: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’
There was no such thing as a “Pooh” until A.A. Milne made it so, although walking, talking teddy bear Winnie’s companion, Christopher Robin, wasn’t just some character the English novelist invented, but a boy based on Milne’s own son, who grew up to resent how the success of “Winnie-the-Pooh” wrecked his childhood. That’s just one of the behind-the-scenes revelations the predictably handsome, predictably stuffy literary biopic “Goodbye Christopher Robin” has in store for those who adore Milne’s novels — consistently voted among the most popular kidlit creations of all time — but who haven’t necessarily heard how they came to be.
Milne wouldn’t be the first teller of children’s stories to be something of a brute when it came to dealing with the little nippers in person (“Alice” creator Charles Dodgson also comes to mind), although the movie doesn’t feel unreasonably tough in the way it holds Milne accountable for »
- Peter Debruge
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is 39th Best Drama Series winner in Emmy history, following ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ …
The very first Emmy Award for Best Drama Series was presented to ABC’s “Pulitzer Prize Playhouse” in 1951. It is just one of 39 programs that have been honored as television’s top dramatic series. Do you know them all? Click through our photo gallery above of every winner for Best Drama Series in Emmy history, […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Sam Waterston Returns to ‘Law & Order’ Universe
Sam Waterston is returning to the world of “Law & Order.”
The actor is set to reprise his role as prosecutor Jack McKoy in a guest appearance on NBC’s “Law & Order: Svu” later this season. Waterston played McKoy for 16 seasons on the original “Law & Order,” last appearing as the character in 2010.
“Law & Order: Svu” season 19 is scheduled to premiere Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. The air date for Waterston’s episode is not yet set. Dick Wolf, Michael Chernuchin, Mariska Hargitay, Julie Martin, Arthur W. Forney, and Peter Jankowski serve as executive producers on “Law & Order: Svu,” which stars Hargitay as Lieutenant Olivia Benson, Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins, Ice-t as Sergeant Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, Peter Scanavino as Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr., and Raúl Esparza as A.D.A. Rafael Barba.
- Daniel Holloway
‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’: Film Review
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For C. R. Milne, the real-life boy behind a beloved kids’ book character, the popularity of his father’s stories was a curse. Screenwriters Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Simon Vaughan draw upon his memoirs for Goodbye Christopher Robin, and though director Simon Curtis applies a heavy hand, he mostly avoids preciousness in the child’s-eye perspective, if not the reverse-engineered quality that infects many biopics. It's the chemistry between Domhnall Gleeson and newcomer Will Tilston, as the awkwardly matched father and son, that makes the movie more than a mélange of inept parenting and Tigger too.
It’s also a story of »
- Sheri Linden
Director of Mel Gibson Movie ‘Professor and the Madman’ Seeks to Seize and Destroy Producer’s Cut
The director of the Mel Gibson film “The Professor and the Madman” filed for a restraining order on Wednesday, seeking to force producer Voltage Pictures to turn over its cut of the movie so that it can be destroyed.
Farhad Safinia, the director and writer of the film about the Oxford English Dictionary, is accusing Voltage of violating his copyright to the screenplay. He claims he never signed away his right to the project, and never had a formal contract to direct the movie.
In an application to the court, Safinia posted his entire 126-page screenplay as an attachment.
Safinia alleges that Voltage refused to shoot sufficient scenes at Oxford University, and ultimately took the pic away from him. He says the Voltage cut of the film does not reflect his wishes.
“Defendants took the existing footage and pieced it together themselves without »
- Gene Maddaus
Rapper Mystikal Indicted on Rape, Kidnapping Charges
Michael Lawrence Tyler, who raps under the stage-name Mystikal, has been indicted by a Caddo Parish, Louisiana grand jury on one count each of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping, per Ksla News 12. His bond has been set at $3 million. Mystikal is best-known for hits “Shake Ya Ass/Shake It Fast” and “Danger (Been So Long).” Both Top 20 tunes came out in 2000. In August, Tyler turned himself in to authorities at the Caddo Correctional Center. Ksla had cameras there at the time; readers can watch that video above. Also Read: Netflix's 'Last Chance U' Football Player Brothers Charged With Criminal Homicide The. »
- Tony Maglio
What the 19 Movies to Ever Receive an ‘F’ CinemaScore Have in Common
Mother! joins a small, motley group of auteurist misses and obvious clunkers. »
- Kevin Lincoln
Melania Trump’s Anti-Bullying Speech at Un Sparks Twitter Scorn: ‘Just Twilight Zone Worthy’
Folks on Twitter are pointing our the irony once again of Melania Trump’s anti-bullying stance, considering her husband and President of the United States is a well-known bully himself. The First Lady addressed the United Nations at a luncheon Wednesday, using her platform to espouse her dedication to ending bullying. “No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn,” Melania said. “We need to step up, come together, and ensure that our children’s future is bright.” Mrs. Trump announced in November that her focus as First Lady will be to launch an anti-bullying initiative, »
- Ashley Boucher
Emmys Announcer Jermaine Fowler Responds to Backlash: ‘Some People Are Going to Resist Change’
The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards made history in a lot of ways: for Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ record wins as a performer, for the first African America female writer to win for comedy series (Lena Waithe), for the first African-American director to win for comedy series (Donald Glover) — and for the first African-American announcer. “Superior Donuts” star Jermaine Fowler landed the coveted gig, thanks to his relationship with CBS, which broadcasts both his sitcom and this year’s Emmys.
“I grew up on television. It has a connection to me, and all of those people like Lorne [Michaels] and Don [Pardo] and Cicely Tyson and Julia [Louis-Dreyfus], they played a part in my life, so being a part of the Emmys was just the most exhilarating, full-circle thing that ever happened to me,” Jermaine Fowler tells Variety.
But his animated performance drew mixed reviews online, with some applauding his enthusiasm — while others found it a bit too exuberant. After »
- Danielle Turchiano
ABC Developing Comedy About Undocumented Family With ‘New Girl’ Writer
Titled “Sanctuary Family,” the single camera comedy would follow a hard-bitten husband and empathetic wife who butt heads over the chaos created when they provide sanctuary for their undocumented nanny and her family. They come to learn, if their marriage survives, that the differences both families have aren’t as significant as their similarities.
Feeney will write and executive produce the project, with Christine Gernon also executive producing. 20th Century Fox Television will produce. Gernon previously directed several episodes of “New Girl,” and has also directed and co-executive produced the ABC comedy series “Speechless.” Her other directing credits include “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “Superstore,” “Black-ish,” and “Absolutely Fabulous.” In addition to his work on “New Girl,” Feeney has written for and produced shows like “According to Jim” and “2 Broke Girls.”
- Joe Otterson
'Game of Thrones' Writer Bryan Cogman Developing Fifth Prequel
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Cogman has been working closely with author George R.R. Martin to develop the project, which will join four prequels previously announced this past May.
Cogman has been involved with HBO's Game of Thrones series since the very first season, initially hired as an assistant to show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. He has since written numerous episodes, including several »
Judge Judy Gets Apology From National Enquirer Over Alzheimer’s, Cheating Stories
It looks like it’s case closed between Judge Judy and the National Enquirer. Television judge Judy Sheindlin has received an apology from the National Enquirer, after the Enquirer and its sister publication the National Examiner ran a story that Sheindlin was fighting Alzheimer’s disease and depression, which the Enquirer now says was not true. The Enquirer also apologized for stories claiming that Sheindlin had been unfaithful to her husband, and that her daughter Nicole faced jail time after she refused jury service, stories that also, as it turned out, were inaccurate. Also Read: Amy Schumer Shows Up on 'Judge Judy, »
- Tim Kenneally
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