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    "Dune: The Sisterhood" TV Series a Go at WarnerMedia

    WarnerMedia's forthcoming streaming service is poised to explore the world of Dune.

    The yet-unnamed platform has handed out a straight-to-series order for "Dune: The Sisterhood," a female-focused take on Frank Herbert's beloved novel. Denis Villeneuve, who wrote, produced and directed next year's new take on Dune, will helm the pilot. Jon Spaihts will pen the script for the TV series, which hails from Legendary Television. Villeneuve and Spaihts will exec produce alongside Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate. Kevin J Anderson will co-produce. Spaihts co-wrote the screenplay alongside Villeneuve.

    Production on ...
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    Sam Rockwell to Star in ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’ as Defense Attorney (Exclusive)

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    Sam Rockwell to Star in ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’ as Defense Attorney (Exclusive)
    Sam Rockwell is in final negotiations to star in Clint Eastwood’s next drama “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” sources tell Variety.

    Eastwood is directing and producing through his Malpaso production banner. Tim Moore, Jessica Meier, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s partners Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Kevin Misher are also producing.

    The film is a drama based on the real-life security guard whose world was turned upside down after law enforcement leaked to an overzealous reporter at the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Jewell was a possible suspect for the pipe-bombing at Centennial Park during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

    From that moment on, Jewell went from a hero, who first discovered the suspicious abandoned backpack and saved hundreds of lives, to one of the most hated men in America.

    As law enforcement asserted Jewell planted the bomb himself and then “found” it to make himself a hero, the city reopened the park and
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    Russo Brothers Tease Another Chris Evans/Captain America Story To Tell “One Day”

    Russo Brothers Tease Another Chris Evans/Captain America Story To Tell “One Day”
    Avengers: Endgame” has grossed an astonishing $2.730 billion worldwide. It’s the second highest grossing film of all time, and it’s just under $60 million away from beating the “Avatar” all-time worldwide record of $2.788 billion globally, though its grosses have slowed to a crawl of late. Can it beat the James Cameron film? That’s a story for another time. And speaking of potentially tantalizing stories that need to be put on hold for the moment, the ‘Endgame’ filmmakers have an intriguing story of this ilk that they would like to tease.
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    Sandra Bullock, Akiva Goldsman & John Legend To Produce Music & Dance-Flavored 1980s Dramedy For Amazon Inspired By Bullock’s College Years

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    Sandra Bullock, Akiva Goldsman & John Legend To Produce Music & Dance-Flavored 1980s Dramedy For Amazon Inspired By Bullock’s College Years
    Sandra Bullock’s college experience is the inspiration for a dramedy series set in the world of music and dance, which is in the works at Amazon. Bullock is executive producing the project with fellow Oscar winners Akiva Goldsman and John Legend executive produce the project, created by writer .

    Created and written by K.C. Perry (Constance) loosely inspired by Bullock’s college years, the show is described as a hilarious, boundary-crossing, and often soul-wrenching trek through the oppressive cultural norms of the deep south in the 1980s, where one darkly off-beat young woman defies expectations and sets out in search of love, community, and most importantly, an identity of her own. It’s a fantastical, dance-filled journey, traversing the worlds of drag-culture, mental health, and the AIDS epidemic, all while following a group of young outcasts who band together and dare to be themselves, despite the very real danger they face in doing so.
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    Geena Davis Joins "Glow" Season 3 as Former Vegas Showgirl

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    Geena Davis Joins
    Geena Davis has joined the cast of “Glow” for the Netflix wrestling comedy’s upcoming third season.

    Per Netflix, Season 3 follows the ladies of Glow as they take the Vegas strip by storm. Now headliners at the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino, the women quickly realize Sin City is much more grind than glitter. Ever the team cheerleader, Ruth’s passion for the show begins to take a backseat to her growingly complicated personal life. Debbie is making headway as a producer, but continues to be consumed with guilt over the distance between her and her son. As their residency wears on, the lines blur between performance and reality, and the cast find themselves struggling with their own identities both in and outside of the ring.

    Davis will guest star as Sandy Devereaux St. Clair, the former showgirl turned entertainment director of the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino, appearing in five of Season 3’s 10 episodes.
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    'Pets 2' and 'Dark Phoenix' Top Weekend Box Office, Though Both Underperform

    'Pets 2' and 'Dark Phoenix' Top Weekend Box Office, Though Both Underperform
    The weekend's top twelve combined to outperform the same weekend last year by more than 43%, which means the year-to-year gap continues to close, but the weekend's new releases both struggled mightily. Universal and Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2 was unable to even deliver half of the opening the first film delivered just a few years ago, while Fox's Dark Phoenix entered the weekend as the worst reviewed film in the X-Men franchise ever and, predictably, delivered the lowest opening weekend of the franchise. At the top of the box office is Universal and Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2 with an estimated $47.1 million from 4,561 locations (the second widest opening ever only to Avengers: Endgame). The performance is less than half of the original, 2016 film's $104.3 million, which remains a record opening for an original, animated feature. Heading into the weekend expectations weren't exactly meteoric, with the studio
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    James Wan Doesn’t Get Why ‘Swamp Thing’ Was Canceled

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    James Wan Doesn’t Get Why ‘Swamp Thing’ Was Canceled
    This weekend was a bummer for James Wan, who took to social media to lament the abrupt cancellation of the DC streaming series “Swamp Thing.”

    The “Aquaman” director was an executive producer on the now-dead DC Universe horror series, which followed the story of a Louisiana scientist who mutates into the monstrous protector of Marais while a Cdc doctor investigates a deadly virus that could become a threat to humanity. The show premiered one week ago, but was suddenly cancelled by DC Universe just before the release of the second episode.

    Despite this, Wan is urging DC fans to keep watching the remaining eight episodes of the show as they come out in the coming weeks, praising the cast and crew for their hard work.

    “Don’t really know or understand why ‘Swamp Thing’ was cancelled,
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    Steven Spielberg Writing “Creepy” & “Super Scary” Series For Jeffrey Katzenberg & Meg Whitman’s Quibi

    Steven Spielberg Writing “Creepy” & “Super Scary” Series For Jeffrey Katzenberg & Meg Whitman’s Quibi
    Steven Spielberg is writing a “creepy” and “super scary show” for forthcoming digital platform Quibi.

    The revelation came as Jeffrey Katzenberg, fresh from a spot at the Produced By conference, took his Quibi roadshow north of the border with an appearance at the Banff World Media Festival. It comes a day after he dropped Steven Soderbergh’s name in La.

    Katzenberg revealed that his former Dreamworks partner Spielberg is writing a series and has written “four or five chapters” of the show, which will have between 10 and 12 chapters.

    Katzenberg said, “Steven Spielberg has a super scary story. He’s actually writing it himself. Getting him to write something is fantastic.”

    The exec added that Spielberg only wanted Quibi subscribers to be able to watch it at midnight. He said that his business partner Meg Whitman came up with an idea – tagged as Spielberg’s After Dark presentation – to put a
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    Tony Awards 2019: Complete Winners List, From ‘Hadestown’ to ‘The Ferryman’

    Tony Awards 2019: Complete Winners List, From ‘Hadestown’ to ‘The Ferryman’
    The new musical “Hadestown” emerged as an early winner at Sunday’s Tony Awards, picking up eight prizes, including for director Rachel Chavkin, composer Ana?s Mitchell and featured actor André De Shields.

    Meanwhile, Jez Butterworth’s Irish-set drama “The Ferryman” earned four awards, including Best Play as well as one for director Sam Mendes.

    Glee” alum Ali Stroker made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to win the Tony Award, for her turn as the flirty Ado Annie in the Best Musical Revival winner “Oklahoma!” “This award is for every kid who has a disability, a limitation or a challenge who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” she said just minutes after belting out “I Cain’t Say No” from the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic.

    At 87, Elaine May won her first acting Tony for her lead performance in the Kenneth Lonergan revival “The Waverly Gallery,
    See full article at The Wrap »

    ‘Blair Witch’ Video Game Adaptation Announced at E3

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    ‘Blair Witch’ Video Game Adaptation Announced at E3
    Twenty years after it changed horror movies forever, “The Blair Witch Project” is being made into a video game.

    The upcoming adaptation, titled “Blair Witch,” was announced by Microsoft Sunday with a new trailer during Xbox’s annual E3 presentation in Los Angeles. Developed by Bloober Team, the creators of “Layers of Fear” and “Observer,” the new game will be a first person horror adventure title available for Xbox One and PC on Aug. 30.

    “It’s 1996. A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland,” says the official press release. “As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into an endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch, a mysterious force that haunts the woods.”

    Blair Witch
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    Netflix Pick's Up Ubisofts Film Adaptation of The Division with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain

    Netflix Pick's Up Ubisofts Film Adaptation of The Division with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain
    Netflix has picked up Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ film adaption of the Tom Clancy video game The Division. The movie is set to star Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain and it will be directed by Hobbs And Shaw and Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch.

    There’s a lot of great talent attached to this project so there’s a good chance that it’s going to turn out to be a badass action movie. They have been "persistent in making sure that it matches the tone of the video game."

    The story for The Division is set in the wake of a devastating pandemic that sweeps through New York City, basic services fail one by one, and without access to food or water, the city quickly descends into chaos. Chastain is a talented actress and this seems like it could be a fun project for her. There are no details on
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    ‘Candyman’ Producer Says Jordan Peele’s Reboot Is Inspired By Toxic Fandom, Which Is “The Most Problematic Thing Facing The Genre”

    ‘Candyman’ Producer Says Jordan Peele’s Reboot Is Inspired By Toxic Fandom, Which Is “The Most Problematic Thing Facing The Genre”
    When it was announced that Jordan Peele was producing a remake/reboot of the classic slasher film “Candyman,” many film fans were left scratching their heads. Peele, who has made a big name for himself in the horror genre with his films “Get Out” and “Us,” isn’t the first filmmaker you’d think of for a remake of a schlocky, not-so-great ‘90s horror film.

    Continue reading ‘Candyman’ Producer Says Jordan Peele’s Reboot Is Inspired By Toxic Fandom, Which Is “The Most Problematic Thing Facing The Genre” at The Playlist.
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    Tim Miller & David Fincher Are Joined By An Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker For Season 2 Of Animated Anthology ‘Love, Death & Robots’

    Tim Miller & David Fincher Are Joined By An Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker For Season 2  Of Animated Anthology ‘Love, Death & Robots’
    Depending on your sensibilities, you’re likely going to be really excited by Netflix’s latest announcement or you may groan. While most everyone can agree that Tim Miller and David Fincher are great filmmakers, it would appear that their collaboration on the adult animated anthology series “Love, Death, & Robots” seems to have divided fans. But apparently, there are enough people that enjoyed the unique series, as Netflix just announced that the studio is moving forward with a Season 2.
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    Emmys 2019: Drama Submissions Rise Alongside Final "Game of Thrones" Entry

    Emmys 2019: Drama Submissions Rise Alongside Final
    Voting for the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards is now open, and despite many heavy-hitter dramas such as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Stranger Things” and “Westworld” sitting out this year’s race, submissions have actually increased in that series category.

    Call it a sign of peak TV refusing to actually peak, but this year sees 165 entries in the drama series category (up from last year’s 159). This race has increased in competition, not only due to new series such as “Homecoming” and “Pose” being on the ballot for the first time, but also because of the rule change that saw
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    Bo Burnham Boards ‘Sesame Street’ Movie for Warner Bros.

    Bo Burnham Boards ‘Sesame Street’ Movie for Warner Bros.
    Bo Burnham is on his way to Sesame Street.

    The “Eighth Grade” director is set to contribute songs to a Warner Bros. live-action adaptation of the popular children’s show, which will hit theaters Jan. 15, 2021. “Portlandia” director and co-creator Jonathan Krisel is helming the musical, co-financed by Warner Bros. and MGM.

    Also attached to the film is star Anne Hathaway and producers Shawn Levy and Michael Aguilar. Additionally, Mike Rosolio and Chris Galletta have written drafts for the pic with Jesse Ehrman shepherding the project for Warner Bros. Sesame Workshop, which holds the rights to the show, will also be involved in the development of the movie.

    The story follows the Sesame Street characters after they are mysteriously expelled from their own neighborhood, forcing them to collaborate with history show host Sally Hawthorne to prove that Sesame Street actually exists. The educational series first premiered in 1969 with a combination of live-action puppetry and animation.
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    BET to Launch Streaming Service With Tyler Perry’s Backing

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    BET to Launch Streaming Service With Tyler Perry’s Backing
    We have another entrant into the streaming wars: BET.

    Viacom plans to launch a streaming service focused on the African-American cable network called BET+, the Wall Street Journal reports. The upcoming service, which will launch in the fall, will feature original content from Tyler Perry, who will be a financial stake-holder in the service.

    It will also house long-awaited “First Wives Club” reboot, which was initially developed for The Paramount Network but shifted over to BET, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Representatives for Viacom and BET did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

    More to come…
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    Nickelodeon Sets Cast for ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Revival – Meet the New Midnight Society

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    Nickelodeon Sets Cast for ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Revival – Meet the New Midnight Society
    Submitted for the approval of ’90s kids everywhere: Nickelodeon has found the members of its new Midnight Society for the upcoming “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” limited series.

    The three-episode revival will premiere this October and follow an entirely new group of kids who tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the story come to life.

    The new members of the Midnight Society are: Gavin, played by Sam Ashe Arnold (“Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.”); Akiko, played by Miya Cech; Louise, played by Tamara Smart; Graham, played by Jeremy Taylor; and Rachel, played by Lyliana Wray. The Carnival of Doom’s ringmaster, Mr. Tophat, is played by Rafael Casal (“Blindspotting”).

    Production on the reimagined series begins this month in Vancouver, Canada.

    When Nick first announced the project in February,it said the miniseries “will coincide with the upcoming ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ theatrical movie from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players’ and Nickelodeon Movies, in theaters October 2019.”
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    Let’s Talk ‘Black Mirror: Striking Vipers,’ Polar Bears and Men’s Feelings

    Please join us for an in-depth discussion of polar bears, the sounds produced in S&m dungeons, and the failure of many men to express their emotions in healthy ways. The latest episode of the “Low Key” podcast is about the “Black Mirror” episode “Striking Vipers,” and you can listen on Spotify or right here.

    This episode features our first-ever guests, and they’re kind of great. We snagged a few minutes with “Black Mirror” executive producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. They tell us how they cast Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the lead roles, and how Nicole Behari’s scene at the restaurant blew everyone’s mind. Brooker also tells us how playing “Tekken” used to make his home sound like an S&m dungeon, and how that helped inspire “Striking Vipers.”

    That comes at the 4:11 mark. A few other highlights:

    -My co-hosts, Aaron Lanton and Keith Dennie,
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    Agents Express Hope for More Negotiations With Writers Guild

    The lead negotiator for Hollywood agents has expressed hope for more negotiations with the Writers Guild of America following their June 7 meeting, though no new talks have been set yet.

    “Let me be clear that our second offer is a starting place for renewed negotiations – an opportunity to press reset,” said Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agents, and Ata president Jim Gosnell, in a message to Ata members on Sunday. “The guild should not subject this offer to another flat-out rejection without counter. We encourage them to sit back down with us, roll up our sleeves and together work through the issues.”

    “Your Ata eight-member-company Working Group has worked tirelessly every day on behalf of the industry to try and find a workable solution with the guild,” Stuart and Gosnell went on. “I wanted to thank them for their dedication and time. We hope the time
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    Agents Express Hope for More Negotiations With Writers Guild

    The lead negotiator for Hollywood agents has expressed hope for more negotiations with the Writers Guild of America following their June 7 meeting, though no new talks have been set yet.

    “Let me be clear that our second offer is a starting place for renewed negotiations – an opportunity to press reset,” said Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agents, and Ata president Jim Gosnell, in a message to Ata members on Sunday. “The guild should not subject this offer to another flat-out rejection without counter. We encourage them to sit back down with us, roll up our sleeves
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