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Harry Styles in Talks to Play Prince Eric in Disney's Live-Action 'Little Mermaid'

Harry Styles in Talks to Play Prince Eric in Disney's Live-Action 'Little Mermaid'
Harry Styles is the latest actor to go under the sea.

The singer-turned-actor is in early negotiations to play the iconic role of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

The pic, which is being directed by Rob Marshall, is in the throes of casting, having recently found its Ariel with R&b singer Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle fame. Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are also in talks to be part of Disney’s world.

Eric is the human prince who catches Ariel's eye. The mermaid saves the prince from drowning and then makes a ...
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Taika Waititi Returning to Direct ‘Thor 4’

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Taika Waititi Returning to Direct ‘Thor 4’
Taika Waititi will return to write and direct “Thor 4,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The filmmaker directed the third film in the installment, “Thor: Ragnarok,” which was written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L. Yost. The first two “Thor” films were directed by Kenneth Branagh and Alan Taylor, respectively.

Waititi also starred as Korg in “Ragnarok,” which he then reprised in “Avengers: Endgame” this year. His other recent directing credits include “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “What We Do in the Shadows.” His upcoming projects include “Jojo Rabbit” and “Akira.”
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‘Game of Thrones’ Destroys Single Season Emmy Nomination Record

‘Game of Thrones’ Destroys Single Season Emmy Nomination Record
At least “Game of Thrones'” final season wasn’t a colossal disappointment with regards to Emmy nominations.

HBO’s dragon drama left its final season’s naysayers in the show’s fiery wake at the Emmy nominations, scoring a mind-boggling 32 nominations, the most nominations for a single season of any show in history.

It was unclear heading into nominations whether industry voters would be as disappointed with the final season of the fantasy behemoth as some fans were, but Tuesday’s haul definitively proved otherwise.

Beyond nabbing its eighth nomination for outstanding drama series, “Game of Thrones” earned several other notable nominations, including one for writing, three for direction, plus an astonishing 10 total acting mentions, including Kit Harington for lead actor, Emilia Clarke for lead actress, Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams for supporting actress, Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Peter Dinklage for supporting actor, and
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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Will Open London Film Festival

‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Will Open London Film Festival
Slumdog Millionaire” and “Lion” star Dev Patel toplines period Charles Dickens drama “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Armando Iannucci’s followup to “The Death of Stalin,” which will have its European premiere on opening night October 2 at the Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square at the BFI London Film Festival. This year’s festival runs October 3 to 13.

This date means the film will first play one or more stateside festivals: Telluride, Toronto, or New York, where American buyers will first check out the film. FilmNation is handling international rights, with UTA co-repping the U.S. sale.

Iannucci’s witty dialogue and the detailed Victorian setting should be catnip for BAFTA and Academy voters, along with a starry cast including Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Gwendoline Christie, and Aneurin Barnard. Shot on location in the UK, the film is produced by Kevin Loader and Iannucci; Suzie Harman
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Netflix Edits Out ’13 Reasons Why’ Graphic Suicide Scene From Season 1

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Netflix Edits Out ’13 Reasons Why’ Graphic Suicide Scene From Season 1
After two years, a graphic suicide scene has been edited out of the first season of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why.”

In a statement Monday night, Netflix said it made the decision in consultation with the show’s creator, Brian Yorkey, producers and “the advice of medical experts.”

“We’ve heard from many young people that ’13 Reasons Why’ encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help — often for the first time. As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show,” Netflix said. “So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one.”
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Amazon to Develop ‘Jack Reacher’ Series

Amazon to Develop ‘Jack Reacher’ Series
Watch out Tom Cruise, there’s going to be another Jack Reacher in town.

In a competitive situation, Amazon has won the rights to develop a series based on the protagonist from Lee Child’s novels. The series hails from “Scorpion” creator Nick Santora, who will write, showrun and executive produce.

Child’s “Jack Reacher” series has sold over 100 million copies to date, and was recently adapted into a pair of features with Tom Cruise playing the former U.S. Army Military Police Corps officer. The two films grossed nearly $400 million combined.

The series is a co-production between Amazon, Skydance Television and Paramount Television.
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‘Hill House’ Alum Oliver Jackson-Cohen Joins ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ (Exclusive)

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‘Hill House’ Alum Oliver Jackson-Cohen Joins ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ (Exclusive)
The Haunting of Hill House” alum Oliver Jackson-Cohen has joined “The Haunting of Bly Manor” in a leading role, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

Jackson-Cohen — who played Luke Crain on “Hill House” and is the second Season 1 star to join Season 2 of the Netflix horror anthology series, following Victoria Pedretti’s casting — will play Peter, described simply as “a charming fellow.”

Additional character details are being kept under wraps, but TheWrap has learned Jackson-Cohen’s character will, of course, interact with Pedretti’s, a governess named Dani “who takes care of two very unusual children.”

Also Read: 'Haunting of Hill House' Star Victoria Pedretti to Return for 'Bly Manor'

Now dubbed the “Haunting” anthology, the show’s 10-episode first season, “Hill House,” launched last October and centered around the Crain family: father Hugh, mother Olivia (Carla Gugino), and their children, Steve (Michiel Huisman), Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser), Theo (Kate Siegel), Luke (Jackson-Cohen
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‘Space Jam 2’: Malcolm D. Lee Replacing Terence Nance as Director

‘Space Jam 2’: Malcolm D. Lee Replacing Terence Nance as Director
Random Acts of Flyness” creator Terence Nance is officially out as director of Warner Bros.’ sequel to the 1996 live-action/animated sports comedy “Space Jam.” According to Deadline, Nance is being replaced by “Girls Trip” helmer Malcolm D. Lee.

Nance’s exit is said to have been an “amicable” one, with creative differences cited as the reason for his departure.

Lee might actually be the more logical choice here, given his mainstream comedy roots, and proven box office prowess, with 11 feature films on his resume. Although Nance’s surrealist, stream-of-consciousness style — as seen in his 2012 feature debut “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,” and in his vérité HBO sketch series “Random Acts of Flyness” — may have given the “Space Jam” franchise a fresh creative jolt.

This also would have been Nance’s first studio feature.

Set for a July 16, 2021 release, the live-action/animated “Space Jam 2” will star NBA superstar LeBron James
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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Will Open London Film Festival

‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Will Open London Film Festival
Slumdog Millionaire” and “Lion” star Dev Patel toplines period Charles Dickens drama “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Armando Iannucci’s followup to “The Death of Stalin,” which will have its European premiere on opening night October 2 at the Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square at the BFI London Film Festival. This year’s festival runs October 3 to 13.

This date means the film will first play one or more stateside festivals: Telluride, Toronto, or New York, where American buyers will first check out the film. FilmNation is handling international rights, with UTA co-repping the U.S. sale.

Iannucci’s witty dialogue and the detailed Victorian setting should be catnip for BAFTA and Academy voters, along with a starry cast including Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Gwendoline Christie, and Aneurin Barnard. Shot on location in the UK, the film is produced by Kevin Loader and Iannucci; Suzie Harman
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Anton Yelchin Doc Soundtrack to Feature Songs Written by Late Actor

Anton Yelchin Doc Soundtrack to Feature Songs Written by Late Actor
Upcoming documentary Love, Antosha details the life and career of late actor Anton Yelchin, who rose to fame for roles in tentpole films such as Star Trek and Terminator: Salvation as well as his various indie film performances, among them Like Crazy and Odd Thomas.

The documentary, directed by former editor Garret Price, features a look at Yelchin's journal entries, photography and original music, as well as interviews with his family and colleagues. Numerous industry peers share their experiences of him, including J.J. Abrams, Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Cage, Like Crazy director Drake Doremus, Jodie Foster, John Cho and more.

The ...
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Stephen Verona, Writer/Director of ‘The Lords of Flatbush,’ Dies at 78

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Stephen Verona, Writer/Director of ‘The Lords of Flatbush,’ Dies at 78
Stephen Verona, producer, co-writer and co-director of “The Lords of Flatbush,” died from lung cancer this past weekend in Los Angeles. He was 78.

Released in 1974, “The Lords of Flatbush” follows four Brooklyn greasers in 1958 as they steal cars and pick up girls even as the looming specter of adulthood nears. The film helped launch the careers of Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, who played two members of the gang prior to their big breaks in “Rocky” and “Happy Days.”

Also Read: Stewart, Dog Who Played Cheddar on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' Dies at 13

Stallone in particular saw his career resurrected thanks to “The Lords of Flatbush.” According to a retrospective in Ultimate Classic Rock, Stallone was considering giving up on acting when he was discovered by Verona at an acting workshop. Stallone has later said that his performance as Stanley Rosiello, a boorish greaser with a sensitive side that plans
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Stephen Verona, 'Lords of Flatbush' Writer, Director and Producer, Dies at 78

Stephen Verona, 'Lords of Flatbush' Writer, Director and Producer, Dies at 78
Stephen Verona, who co-wrote, co-directed and produced The Lords of Flatbush, the 1974 film that provided a career boost for young actors Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, has died. He was 78.

Verona died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after an 18-month battle with lung cancer, his wife, Ann, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Verona also co-wrote and directed Boardwalk (1979), a gloomy Coney Island-set drama that played at the Cannes Film Festival and starred veterans Ruth Gordon, Lee Strasberg and Janet Leigh

Verona had served for a short time as a director at Strasberg's famed Actors Studio, and ...
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‘Mrs. Maisel’ Star Alex Borstein Is Frequently Asked to Sign Plungers, And She Thinks It’s Weird

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‘Mrs. Maisel’ Star Alex Borstein Is Frequently Asked to Sign Plungers, And She Thinks It’s Weird
“That’s what people are talking about, is the plunger. The plunger has surpassed us all,” Alex Borstein, one of the stars of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” said Tuesday in the wake of her latest Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. This is her second time being nominated in the category for playing Susie Myerson — last year, she won.

“You could start an Instagram account for the plunger just to see how many followers it gets. It’s ridiculous, and yet people are absolutely obsessed with that plunger,” she told TheWrap of the inanimate object Susie carries around with her throughout the Catskills portion of Season 2, giving her credibility as she pretends to be a janitor at Steiner Resort.

As if the fact that Amazon has set up giant plungers in malls across Los Angeles and New York isn’t enough to prove the widespread fascination with Susie’s signature prop,
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Only 4 Out of 197 House Republicans Voted to Condemn Trump’s Racist Tweets

The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn President Trump’s recent string of racist attacks against four progressive congresswomen of color.

The final vote was 240 to 187. Every House Democrat voted in favor of the resolution. They were joined by only four of the 197 House Republicans. Former Republican turned independent Rep. Justin Amash (R-mi) also voted with House Democrats. The vast majority of the Republicans are now on the record as condoning the president’s tweets calling for the congresswomen to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime
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‘The Bachelor’ Creator Mike Fleiss Accused of Domestic Violence by Wife Laura

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‘The Bachelor’ Creator Mike Fleiss Accused of Domestic Violence by Wife Laura
In a court filing Tuesday, “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” creator Mike Fleiss was accused by his wife, Laura Fleiss, of emotional and verbal abuse, and of attacking her earlier this month.

In court documents obtained by TheWrap, Laura Fleiss requested an emergency domestic violence restraining, accusing Mike Fleiss of threatening her and pushing her out of a truck in an incident she says took place at the couple’s Hawaii home the weekend of July 4.

Laura, who is pregnant, also said Mike demanded she have an abortion with their 4-year-old son Ben “seated in another room nearby,” and threatened to divorce her if she refused.

Also Read: 'The Bachelor,' 'The Bachelorette' Early Seasons to Stream on Tubi

“This was not the first time he had threatened a divorce during our marriage,” the filing reads, “but now, he was using this threat as leverage to force me to have an abortion.
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Can ‘Lion King’ Remake Meet Sky-High Box Office Expectations Despite Backlash?

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Can ‘Lion King’ Remake Meet Sky-High Box Office Expectations Despite Backlash?
Aside from “Avengers: Endgame,” most box office observers pegged Disney’s CGI remake of “The Lion King” to be the biggest moneymaker of summer 2019. But as the final days tick down to its release, Jon Favreau’s movie is facing down sharply mixed reviews and social media buzz even as it is projected for a $150-180 million opening.

Three years ago, critics and audiences alike lauded Favreau’s CGI/live-action take on “The Jungle Book,” which grossed $966.5 million worldwide and took home a Best Visual Effects Oscar. But reviews for “The Lion King” are much more polarized. While some critics praised the photorealistic approach to the Pride Lands, others called the film a “soulless chimera” of the original 1994 film. Currently, the remake has a 61% score on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 95% for “The Jungle Book.”

Also Read: 'The Lion King' Divides Critics, From 'Monumental Achievement' to 'Soulless Chimera' of
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Jared Harris on How Word of Mouth Turned ‘Chernobyl’ Into a Hit

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Initially unheralded leading up to its debut, HBO’s Emmy-nominated miniseries “Chernobyl” steadily became popular the old-fashioned way: By word of mouth.

“Everyone sits around and they try their best to come up with these brilliant marketing campaigns, but at the end of the day there is nothing that’s more effective than word of mouth,” Jared Harris, who played Soviet scientist Valery Legasov, told TheWrap. “It was a secret that was being shared amongst people and then it exponentially blossomed and bloomed from those initial people who saw it.”

The five-part miniseries, which details the fallout from the 1986 nuclear accident in the Soviet Union, received 19 nominations on Tuesday morning, which led all newcomers. It was the third-most nominated show overall and bagged nods for Outstanding Limited Series, while Harris picked up a nomination in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category. Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard
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Alabama, Don Everly Set for Musicians Hall of Fame

Alabama, Don Everly Set for Musicians Hall of Fame
The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, which recognizes the contributions of performers, producers and others in rock & roll, country music and beyond, has announced its 2019 class of inductees. Alabama and Steve Wariner represent the country field, in addition to legendary producers Billy Sherrill and Owen Bradley. This year’s inductees, some of whom receive special recognition for specific musical works or other achievements, will be honored with a concert at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 22nd.

In addition to Wariner and Alabama’s Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, and Randy Owen,
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‘Mrs. Maisel’ Star Marin Hinkle Talks Emmys While Riding a Bike in Martha’s Vineyard; Tony Shalhoub Promises ‘Uncharted Territory’

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‘Mrs. Maisel’ Star Marin Hinkle Talks Emmys While Riding a Bike in Martha’s Vineyard; Tony Shalhoub Promises ‘Uncharted Territory’
As she chatted Tuesday about her first Emmy nomination, Marin Hinkle couldn’t have been more in sync with Rose Weissman, her character on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: She was riding a bike on Martha’s Vineyard, on her way to catch a ferry, but don’t worry — she had her helmet on. Rose would have approved.

“There is that scene in Season 2 when she’s trying to introduce them, and she’s pushing Benjamin, and she goes on and on and on as they’re biking together. I feel like Rose on the bike!” she said of the moment in the Catskills when Rose plays matchmaker for her daughter Midge and the charming, single doctor, Benjamin (Zachary Levi).

At the same time, her co-star and on-screen husband, Tony Shalhoub, was trying to wrap his head around the fact that this year marks his tenth Emmy nod.

His reaction,
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‘The Bachelor’ Creator Mike Fleiss Accused of Attacking Wife

‘The Bachelor’ Creator Mike Fleiss Accused of Attacking Wife
The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” creator Mike Fleiss has been accused of attacking his wife Laura Fleiss at their home in Hawaii on July 4, according to documents obtained by Variety.

The documents show that Laura Fleiss, who is currently pregnant, filed for an emergency domestic violence restraining order against her husband after he allegedly attacked her and “demanded” she have an abortion.

“While we were at our house in Kauai, Mike demanded that I get an abortion,” Laura Fleiss says in the document. “Our son Ben was in the house, seated in another room nearby. Mike told me, ‘If you have an abortion,
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