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George Clooney To Direct Sci-Fi Film ‘Echo’ From The Producers Of ‘Arrival’ And ‘Stranger Things’

George Clooney To Direct Sci-Fi Film ‘Echo’ From The Producers Of ‘Arrival’ And ‘Stranger Things’
George Clooney’s track record as a director is hit or miss. While he’s an A-lister actor, with numerous hits under his belt, when he steps behind the camera, things are a bit more…dicey. Last year, he released “Suburbicon,” which had all the makings of a great film, but ended up not doing much for audiences and critics. It feels like it’s been an eternity since 2002’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” put him on the map as a filmmaker to keep an eye on.
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Kristen Wiig Exits Reese Witherspoon-Produced Apple TV Comedy Series

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Kristen Wiig Exits Reese Witherspoon-Produced Apple TV Comedy Series
Kristen Wiig is stepping down as star of the half-hour comedy series being developed for Apple by Reese Witherspoon, due to scheduling conflicts with the production of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The show is now on hold as Apple and the show’s producers consider their options, including finding a new lead actress.

Inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” the project from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine received a 10-episode order, and was set to become Apple’s first half-hour scripted comedy. Wiig signed onto the series when it was ordered in January, and was set to executive produce as well as star.

However, Wiig joined “Wonder Woman 1984” just two months later. That film is currently in production, with Wiig playing classic DC comics villain Cheetah. The superhero sequel’s shooting schedule,
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Dennis Quaid to Play Ronald Reagan in New Biopic

Dennis Quaid to Play Ronald Reagan in New Biopic
Dennis Quaid has inked a deal to play President Ronald Reagan in a film expected to begin shooting in the fall, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The long-in-the works feature film will explore Reagan's life from boyhood through his presidency — of both the U.S. and the Screen Actors Guild — and he will be played as a young man by David Henrie, best known for his role as teen Justin Russo in the kid's show Wizards of Waverly Place, and as an older adult by Quaid.

The film is also expected to explore Reagan's ...
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Fran Drescher Teases ‘The Nanny’ Revival: ‘We’re Talking About It’

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Fran Drescher Teases ‘The Nanny’ Revival: ‘We’re Talking About It’
It’s been 25 years since “The Nanny” premiered on CBS, and just in time to mark that anniversary, star Fran Drescher is teasing a revival of the classic sitcom.

“We’re talking about it. Peter and I are talking about it,” Drescher told Entertainment Tonight. Peter Marc Jacobson, who co-created the sitcom with her, is also her ex-husband and collaborator.

“We’re working on a very big project,” she added. “It’s going to be very exciting for the fans, but I’m not at liberty to announce it yet. But it’s gonna be big.”

If a revival were to get greenlit, Drescher said that her character would’ve become more involved in social issues over the past 20 years.

“She would’ve maybe gotten involved in more things [that] Fran Drescher is involved with,” she said. “All kinds of things from environmental issues,
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Stephen King & J.J. Abrams’ ‘Castle Rock’ Sets Comic-Con World Premiere + More

Stephen King & J.J. Abrams’ ‘Castle Rock’ Sets Comic-Con World Premiere + More
Exclusive: Castle Rock doesn't premiere on Hulu until July 25, but San Diego Comic-Con attendees will get a lot more than a sneak peek at the psychological-horror drama. The entire opening episode of the J.J. Abrams-produced series based on Stephen King's stories will be played for fans at the confab next month, I've learned.

Additionally, the home of The Handmaid's Tale is planning a big Rock presence offscreen at SDCC.

Abrams is working on the next Star Wars movie over…
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Courtney B. Vance Boards Jordan Peele’s HBO Series ‘Lovecraft Country’

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Courtney B. Vance Boards Jordan Peele’s HBO Series ‘Lovecraft Country’
HBO added a trio of new cast members — Courtney B. Vance, Elizabeth Debicki abd Aunjanue Ellis — to “Lovecraft Country,” its upcoming drama from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions.

The three will star opposite Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jonathan Majors and Wunmi Mosaku.

Lovecraft Country,” which is based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff, follows Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback, according to the series’ description.

Also Read: Jordan Peele, Jj Abrams' HBO Series Adds Yann Demange as Director, Executive Producer

Vance will portray George Black, Atticus’ (Majors) uncle and publisher of the “Safe Negro Travel Guide,” while Ellis will play George’s wife,
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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

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Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book “The Witches,” studio sources tell Variety.

Sources say a deal is expected shortly. Zemeckis will also pen the script with his partner, Jack Rapke, producing through their banner ImageMovers, along with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro had long been attached to direct, but a scheduling conflict led the Oscar winner to vacate the director’s chair.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Anjelica Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

The studio had been looking for projects in Zemeckis’ wheelhouse, having previously met
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Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Immigrant Anthology Series From ‘The Big Sick’ Writers, Lee Eisenberg & Alan Yang

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Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Immigrant Anthology Series From ‘The Big Sick’ Writers, Lee Eisenberg & Alan Yang
Apple has picked up to series Little America, a half-hour anthology series from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the Oscar-nominated writers of indie hit The Big Sick, Smilf executive producer Lee Eisenberg, Master of None co-creator/executive producer Alan Yang and Universal Television.

Written by Eisenberg, who will serve as showrunner, Nanjiani and Gordon, Little America is inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine and described on the site as “a small, collective portrait of America’s immigrants — and thereby a portrait of America itself.” The TV series will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of immigrants in America, at a time when their stories are more relevant than ever.

Nanjiani and Yang executive produce alongside Eisenberg and Gordon. Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will executive produce for Epic Magazine; Arthur Spector will co-executive produce.
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James Cromwell, Bruce Dern & More Join Civil War-Era Drama ‘Emperor’

James Cromwell, Bruce Dern & More Join Civil War-Era Drama ‘Emperor’
Exclusive: Oscar nominees James Cromwell and Bruce Dern have signed on for Emperor, joining previously announced star Dayo Okeniyi in the Civil War-abolitionist film directed former Lionsgate exec Mark Amin. Paul Scheer, Harry Lennix, Naturi Naughton, Mykelti Williamson, Ben Robson, Keean Johnson, and Kat Graham are also attached to co-star in the film, which hails from Amin’s Sobini Films banner. Inspired by the true story, the pic follows Shields Green (Okeniyi), who in…
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'Damsel' Review: Warped Western Is Winner for Robert Pattinson

'Damsel' Review: Warped Western Is Winner for Robert Pattinson
It's hard to figure out where this whatzit Western is going exactly. David and Nathan Zellner, the brothers who wrote and directed Damsel, aren't trying to scare the horses or rattle your nerves – but they clearly like springing surprises. Their deadpan tone makes the stately pace of, say, Dead Man director Jim Jarmusch look positively manic in comparison. This warped horse opera begins with a great scene of two men talking in the desert, one of them an old-coot preacher (Robert Forster) who ends up pulling off his clothes and running for salvation.
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The Best Docu-Series to Stream This Summer

The Best Docu-Series to Stream This Summer
School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to end. Documentary series have the rare ability to make hard facts fascinating by constructing enticing visual narratives around real-world phenomena. From Oscar-winning crime documentaries like “O.J. Simpson: Made in America” to the environmental enigmas of BBC’s reboot of “Blue Planet,” documentaries on various streaming services are patiently waiting to entertain and educate viewers about the some of the world’s most mystifying circumstances. Take a look below at the list of docu-series to stream this summer. The Staircase Netflix’s “The Staircase” explores
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Disney, Pixar Sued – Again – Over ‘Inside Out’

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Disney, Pixar Sued – Again – Over ‘Inside Out’
Another day, another lawsuit filed by someone who says that the 2015 animated film “Inside Out” is a rip-off of their own idea.

Disney and Pixar have been hit with a lawsuit by a Canadian man who says that the hit film infringes on his copyright for a work bearing the same title, among numerous other similarities.

The suit, filed in federal court in California by Damon Pourshian on Monday, says that Pourshian wrote a script titled “Inside Out” in 1999 as part of a script-writing class and that the script was turned into a short film the following year.

Also Read: Disney, Pixar Hit With Lawsuit Over 'Inside Out'

According to the suit, the school where the work was created, Sheridan College, “has sent large numbers of its graduates to work at Disney and Pixar and is considered a ‘feeder’ school for Disney and Pixar.”

“When Mr. Pourshian saw Disney/Pixar’s ‘Inside Out,
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ABC News Apologizes After Falsely Reporting Paul Manafort Pleaded Guilty to Manslaughter

ABC News apologized on Monday for accidentally reporting that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had pleaded guilty to five charges of manslaughter.

“We regret and apologize for the false lower third graphic that aired during our special report,” said the network. “We are investigating how incorrect information was in our system and how and why it was allowed to air. We apologize to our viewers and to Mr. Manafort. There simply is no excuse for this sort of mistake.”

Also Read: ABC News Suspends Brian Ross for 4 Weeks Without Pay: 'Effective Immediately'

Statement from @ABC News: We regret and apologize for the false lower third graphic that aired during our special report. We are investigating how incorrect information was in our system and how and why it was allowed to air. (1/2)

— ABCNews PR (@ABCNewsPR) June 20, 2018

(cont.) We apologize to our viewers and to Mr. Manafort. There simply is no
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'The Catcher Was a Spy' Review: Secret-Agent Sports Hero Biopic Strikes Out

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, they say – and the path of good intentions, we'd wager, is liberally bricked with dull, earnest important-man biopics. An adaptation of Nicholas Dawidoff's 1994 book of the same name, The Catcher Was a Spy rewinds back to the mid-1930s, when baseball player Moses "Moe" Berg (Paul Rudd) was on the Boston Red Sox roster and keeping Fenway fans cheering on their feet. He gets a little guff for being a Jew (per Berg, he modestly characterizes himself as "Jew-ish" with
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‘Jessica Jones’ Star Janet McTeer on the Challenges of Fitting Into ‘That Comic Book World’

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‘Jessica Jones’ Star Janet McTeer on the Challenges of Fitting Into ‘That Comic Book World’
This story about Janet McTeer first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Janet McTeer never thought she’d play a Marvel Comics character — but when the opportunity arose to be in the second season of “Jessica Jones,” she found it was perfect for her.

“I thought, ‘I’m not quite sure how to do that comic book world,'” said the British stage and film actress, who received Oscar nominations for “Tumbleweeds” and “Albert Nobbs.” “It’s not really what I do, and I’m not sure how I’d do it or if I’d be any good at it. But when I watched it, I realized it was more like people with superpowers having super problems. It was very dark and twisted and real.”

McTeer said she soon understood what creator Melissa Rosenberg and the writers wanted from the character. “You need
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‘Game of Thrones’ Vet Vince Gerardis Signs Amazon Deal

‘Game of Thrones’ Vet Vince Gerardis Signs Amazon Deal
Game of Thrones” producer Vince Gerardis has signed a first look deal with Amazon Studios.

Gerardis’ deal will give the studio access to his extensive library of science-fiction and fantasy properties from authors including Larry Niven, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Heinlein, Robert Silverberg, David Brin, Greg Bear, and Jack Vance.

“Vince has his fingertips on a ‘library of worlds,’ and I’m excited about the prospects of building multiple series with him,” said Sharon Yguado, head of scripted genre programming, Amazon Studios.

Gerardis is a co-executive producer on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and will also serve as a producer
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‘Game of Thrones’ Producer Vince Gerardis Lands First-Look Deal at Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios continues its expansion into genre programming with a first-look deal with “Game of Thrones” co-executive producer Vince Gerardis, the company announced Wednesday.

The deal gives Amazon access to Gerardis’ extensive intellectual property library that includes work from science fiction and fantasy authors like Robert Silverberg, David Brin, Greg Bear and Jack Vance. The plan is to use that IP to create new original series.

“Vince has his fingertips on a ‘library of worlds,’ and I’m excited about the prospects of building multiple series with him,” said Amazon Studios Head of Scripted Genre Programming Sharon Yguado in a statement.

Also Read: Kit Harington Plans to Cut His 'Jon Snow' Hair Short After 'Game of Thrones' Ends - Like, Real Short

Gerardis added that Amazon was a good fit for him because of its book business.

“Amazon is the perfect home for my author clients
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‘Boundaries’ Star Peter Fonda’s Threatening Barron Trump Tweet Puts Sony Classics Film on Hot Seat

‘Boundaries’ Star Peter Fonda’s Threatening Barron Trump Tweet Puts Sony Classics Film on Hot Seat
Peter Fonda and Sony Pictures Classics are now facing backlash after the actor suggested in a tweet that someone “rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will stand up against the giant a-hole she is married to.”

The tweet has since been deleted, but it did not go unnoticed by the White House.

Barron Trump is of course the son of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. Donald Trump Jr. is has asked Sony to take action.

As an Fyi @SonyPictures has a movie with him dropping in a few days. I wonder if they will apply the same rules to @iamfonda that they did to @therealroseanne. I have a strange suspicion that they wont do anything. Please Rt, we deserve an answer! https://t.co/j38NnlJKn7

– Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 20, 2018

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‘Atlanta,’ ‘The Americans,’ ‘Killing Eve’ Among TV’s Showrunners’ Emmy Contenders Picks

‘Atlanta,’ ‘The Americans,’ ‘Killing Eve’ Among TV’s Showrunners’ Emmy Contenders Picks
When one is immersed in television production, there is often little time to check out what stories other series are telling. But with no shortage of prestigious programming across broadcast, cable and streaming today, those who make television are carving out more time to watch for themselves. Rather than view these shows as competition, they want to celebrate the diverse content offerings.

To that end, Variety asked a number of series creators and showrunners what series that they would award with an Emmy this year. With the landscape vast and diverse, so too were the range of answers, encompassing everything
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Univision Calls for End of Trump’s Migrant Separation Policy: ‘Devastating to See the Pain of Children’

Univision strongly criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating the families of undocumented migrants at the U.S. border. In a statement posted to a company blog, the media organization called on politicians from both parties to end the practice.

“Univision calls upon elected officials and leaders in Washington in both parties to work to resolve this situation immediately so that the separations stop and children already impacted can be reunited with their parents,” the statement read. “It is especially devastating to see the pain of children wailing for their parents; to see siblings separated from one another and put in caged enclosures.”

“America is a country built by immigrants. Indeed, immigrants have long come to the United States seeking better lives for themselves and their families,” it continued.

Also Read: Trump to Be 'Signing Something' to End Family Separations at Border

Univision becomes the latest in a long
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