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Family Matters: Jaleel White Reviving Urkel for New Scooby-Doo Series

Family Matters: Jaleel White Reviving Urkel for New Scooby-Doo Series
Steve Urkel is back! Jaleel White just announced he is reviving the Family Matter character for the new BoomerangTV show Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?

The animated series will see the Mystery Inc. gang “facing their toughest mysteries yet but have no fear because help is on the way! Each week, the gang is joined by a different, special celebrity guest and together, those “meddling kids” will get to the bottom of any mystery.”

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Rachel Brosnahan Signs First-Look Deal With Amazon Studios

Rachel Brosnahan Signs First-Look Deal With Amazon Studios
Rachel Brosnahan is deepening her relationship with Amazon.

The “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star has signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios, under which she and her Scrap Paper Pictures production company will develop TV series exclusively for Amazon’s streaming platform.

Brosnahan has won several awards for her performance as Midge Maisel, including an Emmy Award and two Golden Globes. She is also set to produce and star in the Amazon Studios feature “I’m Your Woman.”

“A breakout star, Rachel has infused the role of Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel with charm, wit, and a little bit of chutzpah that brings
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George Clooney To Direct & Star In Film Adaptation Of ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ Novel For Netflix

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George Clooney To Direct & Star In Film Adaptation Of ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ Novel For Netflix
Netflix is ramping up its star power. The streamer said Monday that two-time Oscar winner George Clooney is attached to direct and star in a feature based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s 2016 novel Good Morning, Midnight, which was adapted for screen by The Revenant scribe Mark L. Smith.

Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov are producing the pic under their Smokehouse Pictures banner with Anonymous Content and Syndicate Entertainment, who sourced the material. Production is slated to begin in October.

The post-apocalyptic plot follows the parallel stories of Augustine (Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to make contact with the crew of the Aether spacecraft as they try to return home to Earth.

Published via Random House in 2016, Good Morning, Midnight was named one of the best books of the year by Shelf Awareness and the Chicago Review of Books.

“Grant and I couldn’t be more
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Constance Wu to Star in ‘Goodbye, Vitamin’ Adaptation for Universal (Exclusive)

Constance Wu to Star in ‘Goodbye, Vitamin’ Adaptation for Universal (Exclusive)
Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to “Goodbye, Vitamin,” the 2017 debut novel from Rachel Khong, with Constance Wu attached to star, sources tell Variety.

Dylan Clark will produce for his Universal-based Dylan Clark Productions with Jennifer Yee McDevitt adapting the novel. Wu will also executive produce.

“Goodbye, Vitamin” follows Wu’s character, Ruth Young, who discovers that her father, a renowned history professor, has lost his job after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She decides to return home and work with her father’s former student to stage a fake class so he can continue to teach.

Khong’s novel was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, Huffington Post, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Booklist, and The Independent. It was also the winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and was also an La Times Book Prize Finalist.
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'Toy Story 4' Tops the Weekend Box Office With $118 Million

'Toy Story 4' Tops the Weekend Box Office With $118 Million
Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 topped the weekend box office and did so with the franchise's largest opening weekend yet, but even it seems to have been bitten by the summer's sequel slump as it too delivered well below studio and industry expectations. On top of that, UA Releasing's Child's Play finished in second place while also missing forecasted pre-weekend expectations while Lionsgate and Summit's Anna fell just shy of a spot in the top ten. With an estimated $118 million, Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 topped the weekend box office, though fell well short of the studio's $140+ million expectations, not to mention Mojo's lofty weekend forecast. The performance is, however, the best of the franchise, topping Toy Story 3's $110.3 million opening back in 2010 and fourth largest animated opening ever, which are hardly milestones you can ignore. It's also worth mentioning this is the third largest opening weekend of the year,
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Demi Moore joins USA Network’s Brave New World

Demi Moore joins USA Network’s Brave New World
Demi Moore has become the latest addition to the cast of Brave New World, the upcoming USA Network TV adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s classic 1931 novel.

Moore – whose recent credits include a recurring role in Empire – is set to portray Linda, the hard-living mother of protagonist John the Savage, played by Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Alden Ehrenreich.

The series has been written by written by David Wiener (Homecoming) and features a cast that also includes Jessica Brown Findlay, Harry Lloyd, Kylie Bunbury, Hannah John-Kamen, Sen Mitsuji, Joseph Morgan and Nina Sosanya. The official synopsis for the 10-episode series reads:

As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands,
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Blumhouse’s 'The Invisible Man' adds Aldis Hodge

Blumhouse’s 'The Invisible Man' adds Aldis Hodge
Hidden Figures and City on a Hill actor Aldis Hodge has signed on to the cast of Blumhouse Productions’ upcoming Universal Monsters remake The Invisible Man, Bloody Disgusting has revealed.

This latest take on the classic H.G. Wells tale is being directed by Leigh Whannell (Upgrade), and marks the first post-Dark Universe project from Universal as the studio looks to relaunch its legendary cinematic monsters for the 21st century.

Hodge joins the previously announced Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) in the film, and will plot details are being kept under wraps, previous rumors have suggested that it will revolve around Moss’ character as she receives news about her abusive ex-boyfriend’s suicide, only to come to suspect that her deceased former lover is not actually dead.

The Invisible Man is set for release on March 13th 2020.
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'Venom' producer confirms Tom Hardy return for sequel, teases future Spider-Man crossover

'Venom' producer confirms Tom Hardy return for sequel, teases future Spider-Man crossover
Last year saw the successful launch of ‘Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters’ with Venom, the Tom Hardy-headlined comic book adaptation defying critics (and early backlash against its marketing campaign) to gross an impressive $855 million worldwide.

With a hit in the bag, Sony wasted little time in setting two further Marvel movie dates – the Jared Leto-headlined Morbius the Living Vampire slated for July 10th 2020, followed by an ‘Untitled Sony/Marvel Sequel’ on October 2nd.

While we’re technically yet to get any official confirmation that the October release is Venom 2, the fact it’s described as a sequel doesn’t really leave any other alternative (assuming Sony isn’t planning to drop a surprise Morbius sequel three months after the first), and now producer Amy Pascal has confirmed that the Venom follow-up is indeed moving ahead, with Tom Hardy back as Eddie Brock.

“I can say that Tom Hardy will be back,
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‘Wild Rose’ Outpaced by Documentaries at Specialty Box Office

‘Wild Rose’ Outpaced by Documentaries at Specialty Box Office
Documentaries continue to dominate the specialized world. Among new openers, three of the four are non-fiction titles. They include “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” (Magnolia) and a reissue of David Hockney biodoc “A Bigger Splash” (Metrograph).

Wild Rose,” the top narrative release of the week from Neon, had a middling start despite strong support and good reviews for breakout Jessie Buckley. The familiar story of an aspiring singer might have limited its appeal.

Among holdovers, documentaries are holding better than the two prime Sundance titles that opened soft in recent weeks. Not showing signs of sustained growth are “Late Night” (Amazon), which dropped more than half on its second wide weekend, while “Booksmart” (United Artists) is nearing $21 million, a total the Amazon film is unlikely to reach.

Opening

Wild Rose (Neon) – Metacritic: 78; Festivals include: Toronto 2018, South by Southwest 2019

$56,183 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $14,046

Rising actress Buckley, on view in HBO’s “Chernobyl,
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‘Yellowstone’ Season 2 Premiere Ratings More Than Double in Delayed Viewing

‘Yellowstone’ Season 2 Premiere Ratings More Than Double in Delayed Viewing
The Season 2 premiere of “Yellowstone” more than doubled its Live+Same Day numbers in Live+3.

According to Nielsen data, the premiere last Wednesday rose to a 0.98 rating in adults 18-49 and just over 5 million total viewers after three days of playback. That is up 115% in the demo and 109% in viewers from the show’s Live+Same Day haul, which was a 0.45 rating and 2.4 million viewers.

With this, “Yellowstone” is the most-watched premiere in the history of the brand, including both Paramount Network and its former name, Spike TV. In addition, this season’s premiere is up 6% in total viewers and
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FX Sets Fall Premiere Dates: ‘American Horror Story’, ‘Mayans M.C.’, ‘It’s Always Sunny’, More

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FX Sets Fall Premiere Dates: ‘American Horror Story’, ‘Mayans M.C.’, ‘It’s Always Sunny’, More
FX has set September premiere dates for its Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans M.C., Mr Inbetween, the ninth installment of the American Horror Story franchise, American Horror Story: 1984, and the 14th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The ninth installment of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falhuck’s American Horror Story: 1984 debuts Wednesday, September 18 at 10 PM. Murphy previously unveiled a teaser for the season, stylized in the vein of 1980s slashed movies. Murphy has been mum on returning cast members but Emma Roberts is slated to be back.

Mayans M.C., created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, kicks off the fall season for FX, premiering its second season on Tuesday, September 3 at 10 Pm. The series stars Jd Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos, Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby, Carla Baratta, Antonio Jaramillo, Raoul Max Trujillo, Richard Cabral and Danny Pino, with Emilio Rivera recurring.

Australian drama series Mr Inbetween,
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Alan Cumming, Ed Asner Join ‘Briarpatch’ Anthology Series at USA Network

Alan Cumming, Ed Asner Join ‘Briarpatch’ Anthology Series at USA Network
Briarpatch” at USA Network has added two more big names to its cast.

Ed Asner and Alan Cumming will both appear in the anthology series in recurring roles, alongside Rosario Dawson as the lead.

The series, based on the Ross Thomas book of the same name, is currently in production in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is produced by Ucp and Paramount Television.

It follows Allegra Dill (Dawson), a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring her corrupt hometown to its knees.
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Thor & Loki Hit the Stage: Marvel Teams With Samuel French to License 1-Act Plays for High Schools

Thor & Loki Hit the Stage: Marvel Teams With Samuel French to License 1-Act Plays for High Schools
After conquering the box office, Marvel superheroes like Thor and Loki are coming to a stage near you.

Marvel Entertainment is partnering with theatrical company Samuel French to produce a collection of three different one-act stage plays featuring the Marvel comics characters of Thor, Loki, Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel.

The plays are written specifically for a high school crowd and can be purchased to be licensed and staged as part of an educational theater market. The stories will explore themes of self-image, understanding vulnerability, adjusting to change, the importance of responsibility, and being true to oneself.
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Krysten Ritter Shuts Down ‘Jessica Jones’ Revival Talk: ‘I Don’t Think So’

Krysten Ritter Shuts Down ‘Jessica Jones’ Revival Talk: ‘I Don’t Think So’
Netflix debuted the final season of “Jessica Jones” on June 14 and with it said goodbye to its long-running Marvel franchises. The streaming giant pulled the plug on every Netflix-Marvel series over the last several months, including “Daredevil,” “The Punisher,” “Iron Fist,” and “Luke Cage.” Many fans have been wondering if these shows or characters might live on, perhaps on Disney’s upcoming streaming platform Disney+, but “Jessica Jones” star Krysten Ritter says that probably won’t be the case for her superhero.

“Do I think I’ll play her again? I don’t think so,” Ritter told TVLine. “I feel like I’ve played her, you know? I feel really good about it. I feel good about closing the door.”

“Jessica Jones” showrunner Melissa Rosenberg expressed a similar thought, telling TVLine, “I feel like this is a really complete, closed chapter. I mean, never say never. But I feel ready to tell all new stories.
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Video of Jussie Smollett With Rope Around His Neck Released by Chicago Police

The Chicago Police Department released new surveillance footage and files in regards to the Jussie Smollett hoax case on Monday, including one that shows the “Empire” actor shortly after the alleged attack.

In one of the videos, police body-cam footage shows authorities entering Smollett’s Chicago apartment. Smollett is found by the officers with ropes strung around his neck, which he says were put on by the attackers. Smollett asked police to turn their cameras off when he realized they were recording.

Smollett claimed to have been assaulted by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him on Jan.
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‘The Hills’: MTV Exec on New Drama, Mischa Barton & Continuing Without the Entire Cast

‘The Hills’: MTV Exec on New Drama, Mischa Barton & Continuing Without the Entire Cast
Nearly 10 years after “The Hills” signed off the air, the reality phenomenon is back with “New Beginnings.” This revival brings cameras back to follow the lives of many original cast members, some of whom are married, have kids or have been divorced.

The original series, which was a spinoff of the high school hit “Laguna Beach,” followed Lauren Conrad as she graduated and moved to the hills of Los Angeles to pursue a career in fashion. Later on, Kristin Cavallari headlined the series, which turned no-name teenagers into pop culture sensations whose faces were constantly plastered across tabloid magazines with
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New Warner Bros CEO Ann Sarnoff on Studio’s Culture: ‘I’ll Bring My Style’

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Ann Sarnoff is walking onto a Warner Bros. lot in the midst of a major transition as it readies the launch of a new streaming service and finds its footing following AT&T’s multi billion-dollar merger. And she’ll of course have to deal with the question of the studio’s work culture.

Sarnoff, who will head to Warner Bros. from chief of BBC Studios Americas, will take the helm at Warner Bros. following the departure of Kevin Tsujihara.

Tsujihara resigned as CEO and chairman in March in the midst of an investigation into his behavior, specifically regarding a past sexual relationship with actress Charlotte Kirk and whether the actress was given roles in Warner Bros. films because of it.

Also Read: Warner Bros Names BBC Studios Americas Chief Ann Sarnoff as CEO

“It’s really too early to have a real opinion on the culture, but from what I can tell,
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New Order Announce First-Ever U.S. Residency

New Order will return to Miami for their first-ever U.S. residency. Kicking off in January 2020, the shows will take place at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater — almost exactly a year since the new wave band played a sold out show there in 2019. Supported by DJ Baker, the stint will kick off on Tuesday, January 14th and Wednesday, January 15th. After taking Thursday off, they’ll perform back-to-back nights that weekend, wrapping up on Saturday, January 18th.

These are the first shows the band have announced
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Rachel Brosnahan Signs First-Look Deal With Amazon Studios

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Rachel Brosnahan Signs First-Look Deal With Amazon Studios
Rachel Brosnahan, star of Amazon comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios.

Under the deal, she and her production company, Scrap Paper Pictures, will work with Amazon Studios to develop TV series that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

“A breakout star, Rachel has infused the role of Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel with charm, wit, and a little bit of chutzpah that brings the world of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to life,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “We are thrilled to expand our relationship with her as an actress and a producer, and I can’t wait to see what new characters and stories she creates for our Amazon Prime Video customers.”

“I have felt immensely supported professionally, personally and artistically in my time working with Amazon so far and am thrilled to be embarking on this new journey with them,” Brosnahan said.
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Film Review: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’

Film Review: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’
In a country that should probably think about renaming itself the American Entertainment State, fan culture now produces an obsessive level of pop scholasticism, one that can parse the rules and details of movies and TV shows as if they were fine points of law. In a review of a horror movie, I once called a character a zombie who was not, technically, a zombie (he didn’t have the precise credentials to be classified as the living dead), and tons of readers called me out on it. I learned my lesson, even though a stubborn part of me still thinks, “If it walks like a zombie, and talks like a zombie…”

There’s a comparable bit of pesky Talmudic niggling woven into the premise of the “Annabelle” films, of which “Annabelle Comes Home” is the third, and maybe the most hyper and generic. Annabelle is one of those creepy
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