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‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon

‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon
Amazon is doing more clearing the decks with the cancelation of three comedy series, Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

One Mississippi was canceled after two seasons, while I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson were axed after one.

“This is part of a move towards bigger, wider-audience series,” an Amazon insider told Deadline. Notaro’s semi-autobiographical One Mississippi has garnered strong
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Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys

Antony Starr, Four More Join Cast of Amazon's Superhero Drama The Boys
Amazon’s new superhero series The Boys is adding a few boys — and one girl — to its cast.

Banshee alum Antony Starr leads a quintet of cast additions to the straight-to-series drama created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Timeless), according to our sister site Deadline. Starr will play Homelander, the leader of the show’s primary superhero collective known as The Seven. But he’s not necessarily the hero here: Based on the comic by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Happy!), The Boys is set in a world where superheroes have let fame go to their heads and gotten corrupt
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Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then you already know all about Arya Stark’s kill list. Let’s do a little backstory, just in case you’re not familiar. George R.R. Martin’s best-selling fictional book series ”A Song of Ice and Fire,” was brought to the screen by HBO, the show being named after the first book of the series, Game of Thrones. Martin’s extensive storytelling skills immerse you in the medieval fantasy epic, depicting powerful families, queens and kings, renegades and knights, honest men and liars, all playing the deadly game, all wanting control of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms,

Arya Stark has 3 New Names on her Kill List, Says Maisie Williams
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‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series

‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series
Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” is being eyed for an adaptation into a television series, Variety has confirmed.

Endeavor Content has purchased the film and television rights to the book, which goes inside the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. It largely portrays Trump as unprepared for the enormity of his office, and that he is unable to focus his attention on policy details. The book also includes quotes from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who referred to the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous.” Bannon eventually resigned his position at Breitbart News over the furor caused by his statements.

The book proved to be an immediate best-seller and was sold out at bookstores in several major cities the day it was released.

No studio is currently attached to the project. Wolff will serve as an executive producer on the project with former
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Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)

Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)
Kristen Wiig is returning to the small screen.

In a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding, Apple has landed a 10-episode comedy series executive produced by and starring the Saturday Night Live grad. The project, inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I'll Say It and produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner, is the tech giant's first scripted comedy pickup.

Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock) created the series and serves as showrunner. She will exec produce alongside Witherspoon, her Hello Sunshine topper Lauren Neustadter and Wiig. Sittenfeld is on board as a consulting producer. A studio is...
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‘The Tick’ Season 2 Greenlit by Amazon Studios, Set for 2019 Premiere

‘The Tick’ Season 2 Greenlit by Amazon Studios, Set for 2019 Premiere
Amazon Studios has ordered a second season of “The Tick,” the reboot of the offbeat superhero series based on the popular comic.

Series creator Ben Edlund (“Firefly,” “Supernatural,” “Gotham”) will return along with leads Peter Serafinowicz (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) as The Tick and Griffin Newman (“Search Party”) as Arthur, with additional casting to be announced.

The Tick” season 2 will comprise 10 episodes and will begin production in 2018. It’s expected to premiere in 2019 exclusively on Prime Video in over 200 countries. The half-hour series is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Amazon Studios.

As previously announced, Amazon will premiere the highly anticipated second half of The Tick’s first season on Feb. 23, 2018, featuring six all-new episodes of the show.

“Ben has created a resounding hit while Peter and Griffin have brought Tick and Arthur to indelible life,” Sharon Yguado, Amazon Studios head of scripted series, said in announcing the renewal. “We can’t wait to bring fans more
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TV Ratings: 'Black Lightning' Gets a Promising Premiere on CW

TV Ratings: 'Black Lightning' Gets a Promising Premiere on CW
Good news for the CW. It seems the network still hasn't exhausted its viewers' appetite for superhero shows.

Black Lightning joined the lineup on Tuesday night, making it the fifth comic book series on the network — seventh, if you're counting genre-divergent entries iZombie and Riverdale. The first hour pulled a strong 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers. Those numbers are quite sound by CW standards, especially when you consider the fact that lead-in The Flash, the CW's No. 1 series, only performed incrementally better. Black Lightning shared The Flash's score in the key demo and lost fewer...
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10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018

10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018
Studio executives flock to Park City hoping to find the next big thing in indie film. It’s a chance to get their hands on the newest “The Big Sick,” the kind of powerful movie that has what it takes to break out into the mainstream. A number of films heading to the festival are already generating heat, sight unseen. Variety runs down the movies that are most likely to spark all-night bidding wars.

Damsel

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster

Directors: David Zellner & Nathan Zellner

Sales agent: ICM

Why Buyers Are Circling:

Pattinson may have hung up the fangs, but the “Twilight” star still commands crowds (particularly overseas). This offbeat western sounds like a change of pace for the recovering tween idol.
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year
Ellen Pompeo has renewed her contract on Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy” through seasons 15 and 16, becoming the highest paid dramatic actress on TV at a record $20 million per year, according to media reports. The new deal would provide Pompeo $575,000 per episode, a seven-figure bonus, back end points on the Shondaland show, a producing credit and an executive producing credit for the upcoming firefighter spin-off, The Hollywood Reporter wrote. More to come…
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Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)

Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are reuniting in a new film.

The Help” co-stars will lead a holiday comedy for Universal.

Following a heated bidding war, the studio won the rights to the untitled pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and “Crazy Rich Asians” scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain is attached to produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for the pitch, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

The movie marks a re-team for Chastain and Spencer, who each earned an Oscar nomination for the smash hit “The Help,” with Spencer ultimately taking home the trophy for best supporting actress. Since
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Jane Fonda, Tom Selleck, Greg Berlanti Get Emotional at Tartikoff Awards

Jane Fonda, Tom Selleck, Greg Berlanti Get Emotional at Tartikoff Awards
Miami — Tom Selleck quoted Edna St. Vincent Millay. Jane Fonda thanked Ted Sarandos for giving her a new chapter of her storied career. Greg Berlanti thanked Tom Selleck for making short-shorts cool for men.

The 15th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards ceremony, held Wednesday night at the Fontainebleau Hotel as part of the Natpe conference, was an emotional affair for the five honorees. In addition to Fonda, Selleck, and Berlanti, the recipients included Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal International and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, and Kevin Reilly, president of TNT and TBS and chief creative officer of Turner.

The awards recognize executives and personalities who have made significant contributions to the industry.

Netflix chief content officer Sarandos was on hand to fete Fonda, star of the Netflix comedy “Grace & Frankie.” Sarandos hailed Fonda’s legacy as an activist and champion of the underprivileged. “In a world obsessed with celebrity, Jane Fonda has never taken hers for granted,” he said
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‘Wolf Blitzer’ Accepts Donald Trump Dishonest and Corrupt Media Award on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

‘Wolf Blitzer’ Accepts Donald Trump Dishonest and Corrupt Media Award on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’
Wolf Blitzer made a surprise appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Wednesday night, except that it wasn’t actually the CNN lead political anchor, but rather Jimmy Kimmel’s father, in a rather meta take on the supposed falsity of the news media.

“Trump continually complains that the coverage by the mainstream media is negative,” Kimmel began. “And that’s true. But of course it’s been negative — when you cover a train wreck, you don’t give equal time to the train.”

Kimmel then cited CNN as one of President Trump’s most disliked news outlets, and introduced “Blitzer,” live via satellite, to receive the Donald Trump Dishonest and Corrupt Media Award for Fake News.

“I have so many people to acknowledge,” said “Blitzer.” “First I’d like to thank our news writers, who tirelessly made up brilliant bulls— all year long. I want to thank our special effects team, who made it
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What the Hell Is ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ Actually Based On?

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FX’s follow-up to “The People vs. Oj Simpson: American Crime Story” delves into the murder of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace, and like the previous season of the series, it aims to dramatize a real true crime story. The show is largely based on a true crime book written by a journalist, which is the source for much of the information about the case. There’s just one problem: The Versace family disagrees with the book, and the show on which it is based. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” follows the story of Versace and Andrew Cunanan, a man who went on...
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‘American Crime Story’ Fact Check: Did All That Crazy Stuff Really Happen at the Gianni Versace Murder Scene?

‘American Crime Story’ Fact Check: Did All That Crazy Stuff Really Happen at the Gianni Versace Murder Scene?
(Spoilers ahead for the premiere of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) Ryan Murphy’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” has finally begun on FX, with its premiere episode starting at the end — with spree killer Andrew Cunanan’s (Darren Criss) murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) on the steps of his South Beach, Miami, mansion. The immediate aftermath of the shooting is treated by the show as kind of a circus. Versace’s boyfriend (Ricky Martin) sitting on the steps holding the body until an ambulance comes. Cunann accidentally shoots a flying bird with...
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Jerry Bruckheimer’s ‘Bad Boys’ TV Spinoff Starring Gabrielle Union Gets NBC Pilot Order

Jerry Bruckheimer’s ‘Bad Boys’ TV Spinoff Starring Gabrielle Union Gets NBC Pilot Order
Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Bad Boys” TV spinoff starring Gabrielle Union has landed a pilot order from NBC, TheWrap has learned. The drama sees Union reprise her role as DEA agent Syd Burnett from 2003’s “Bad Boys II.” In the new TV version, Burnett — who is the sister of Martin Lawrence’s Marcus Burnett from the film franchise — has a fresh start in her new job as an Lapd detective. Also Read: Gabrielle Union Shares Throwback Pic From '10 Things I Hate About You' Set (Photo) According to the announcement from NBC, she’s now partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can’t help but look at...
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Ashleigh Banfield Fires Back at Aziz Ansari Article Author Who Insulted Her Looks (Video)

Ashleigh Banfield Fires Back at Aziz Ansari Article Author Who Insulted Her Looks (Video)
Ashleigh Banfield, who earlier this week went on the offensive against a woman who accused comedian Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct on a date, has now gone after the writer of the article after she insulted Banfield’s looks and her age. Banfield went after Babe reporter Katie Way while appearing on CNN on Wednesday, reciting some “choice words” that Banfield said Way sent to her. “The reporter who wielded those very powerful words, sent some very choice words my way as well,” Banfield said. “I want to share this because I think this gives us an insight into the caliber of...
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Brigitte Bardot Slams #MeToo Movement As ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’

Brigitte Bardot Slams #MeToo Movement As ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’
Legendary French actress Brigitte Bardot denounced the #MeToo movement and the increase in Hollywood figures speaking out against sexual harassment in an interview with French magazine Paris Match.

In the interview, Bardot asserts that for actresses specifically, “not women in general,” “the vast majority of cases” are “hypocritical, ridiculous, without interest.”

The 83-year-old actress added that the topic takes away from “important themes that could be discussed,” and stated that she has never been a victim of sexual harassment. Bardot became an international sex symbol after her starring role in 1956’s “And God Made Woman.”

“I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a nice little a–,” she said. “This kind of compliment is nice.”

She went on to say that actresses “come on” to producers to get roles, “and then, so they’ll be talked about, they say they were harassed.”

“In reality,
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Film News Roundup: American Genre Film Archive Partners With Shaw Brothers (Exclusive)

In today’s film news roundup, American Genre Film Archive will distribute 30 restorations from Shaw Brothers, Skydance hires a Paramount veteran, and Xlrator buys a pair of documentaries.

Shaw Restorations

American Genre Film Archive has unveiled a partnership with Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Studio, under which it will distribute 30 new restorations from the Shaw vaults to theaters in 2018.

This is Agfa’s latest collaboration following their distribution partnerships with genre home video labels Arrow Films for “Donnie Darko,” Severin Films for “Santa Sangre,” and Vinegar Syndrome for “Dolemite.”

Founded in 1958, Shaw Brothers produced many popular Chinese-language genre films.

“It’s a dream come true to help a new generation of film lovers discover the Shaw Brothers catalog,” Agfa director Joe Ziemba said. “These movies deserve a new life on the big screen, where they can fulfill their destiny of melting as many minds as possible.”

Shaw Brothers movies are available on digital cinema package and in
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Here Are Donald Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ ‘Winners’

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After much fanfare on his Twitter feed, Donald Trump finally released his “Fake News Awards” — although it’s more a list of corrected stories than actual awards. Trump tweeted in early January that he was planning to announce his “Fake News Awards,” and that “Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media.” He pushed the release of the awards back to Jan. 17, but even White House officials didn’t seem to know if they would happen or what they would entail. The awards post went live Wednesday evening on Gop.com, but the ensuing traffic...
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Why Andrea Riseborough Could Be the Breakout Star of Sundance

Why Andrea Riseborough Could Be the Breakout Star of Sundance
With four films debuting during the opening weekend of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Andrea Riseborough is bracing for a whirlwind trip to the mountains.

“I just looked at my schedule, and it’s completely bananas,” she told Variety on the eve of the festival. “I’m not going to be able to pee for three days.”

Over the past decade, Riseborough has built up an impressive resume of work in the likes of “Battle of the Sexes” and “W.E.” without ever becoming a household name. That may be changing. At the very least, this year’s Sundance will close with the actress’ profile significantly enhanced thanks to a buzzy set of performances.

There’s “The Death of Stalin,” a savage political satire from “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci, in which Riseborough plays Josef Stalin’s daughter. Then she stars opposite Nicolas Cage in “Mandy,” a gonzo thriller that combines romance, carnage, and supernatural creatures.
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