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‘It Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Cast In New Line Sequel

‘It Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Cast In New Line Sequel
Exclusive: Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink have landed supporting roles in New Line Cinema’s It Chapter Two, which will once again be directed by Andy Muschietti.

The sequel portrays the kids, members of the Losers’ Club, who were tormented by Pennywise, as adults. James McAvoy plays Bill, Bill Hader is Richie, Jessica Chastain is Beverly, James Ransone is Eddie, Andy Bean is Stanley, Jay Ryan is Ben, and Isaiah Mustafa is Mike. Bill Skarsgard returns as Pennywise.

Dolan will be playing the role of Adrian Mellon. In the Stephen King novel, Mellon was a gay man living in Derry who was attacked by bullies which led to his demise at the hands of Pennywise. Beinbrink will play Tom Rogan who, the book and the 90s miniseries, was Beverly’s abusive lover.

Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee and Dan Lin return as producers. The screenplay is written by Gary Dauberman.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘Glass’ Confirmed for San Diego Comic-Con

‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘Glass’ Confirmed for San Diego Comic-Con
Just a couple days ago, we got a rundown of which movies would be heading to San Diego Comic-Con to show off the goods to the thousands of fans in attendance at one of the biggest pop culture conventions in the world. While we got confirmation of some of the big movies that will be […]

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Another ‘Breaking Bad’ Character Is Coming to ‘Better Call Saul,’ Vince Gilligan Teases

Another ‘Breaking Bad’ Character Is Coming to ‘Better Call Saul,’ Vince Gilligan Teases
Brace yourself, Albuquerque: Another “Breaking Bad” character is coming to Season 4 of “Better Call Saul,” creator Vince Gilligan says.

“There’s a very important character from the ‘Breaking Bad’ era that we’re going to meet this year,” Gilligan said during his show’s Masterclass panel, which was a part of the AMC Summit Wednesday in New York City.

He did not specify which character — but Gilligan believes fans will be pretty pleased overall when the AMC dramedy returns in early August.

“Season 4 is so good,” he said. “It gets darker, it gets richer. It’s still got funny in it, but on the Venn diagram of ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul,’ the overlap in the center is getting bigger and bigger.”

And though Jimmy McGill
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Koko, Signing Gorilla Who Met Robin Williams and Betty White, Dies

Koko, Signing Gorilla Who Met Robin Williams and Betty White, Dies
Koko, the gorilla who learned more than 1,000 signs, played with Robin Williams, and was the subject of a Barbet Schroeder documentary, died on Tuesday, the Gorilla Foundation announced.

She was 46 and lived at the foundation’s headquarters in Woodside, Calif. When she appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1978, the world was stunned to learn of the western lowland gorilla’s ability to learn numerous signs from psychologist Dr. Francine “Penny” Patterson, who was working on a language project.

Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo and Patterson brought her to the foundation for her project. She also understood spoken speech.
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Amazon Sets Early Screenings of ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ (Exclusive)

Amazon Sets Early Screenings of ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ (Exclusive)
Amazon is offering its Amazon Prime members an exclusive early showing of Sony’s animated “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” two weeks before the movie’s release.

The early showings for Prime members will take place at 3 p.m. local time on June 30 at about 1,000 theaters across the country. Members can buy up to 10 tickets per showing online at Amazon.com/HotelT with ticketing powered by Atom Tickets.

“We can’t wait to welcome Prime members on this monster vacation before anyone else,” said Elias Plishner, executive VP of worldwide digital marketing for Sony Pictures. “Summer vacation has officially started, and this movie will be a perfect way for families and friends to spend quality time together.”

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” has a voice cast featuring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, and Mel Brooks.
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MTV Launches Studio, Sets ‘Daria,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals

MTV Launches Studio, Sets ‘Daria,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals
MTV has launched a new production unit, MTV Studios — and with it put in the works a batch of new shows and revivals of properties from the Viacom-owned cable channel’s extensive content library.

Among the initial MTV Studios slate is a new iteration of the animated series “Daria” from “Inside Amy Schumer” writer Grace Edwards; “Teen Wolf” creator Jeff Davis’s reimagining of sci-fi animated series “Aeon Flux” with fellow exec producer Gale Anne Hurd; a revival with Bunim/Murray Productions of reality series “The Real World”; and a new version of unscripted series “Made.”

Also in the works
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‘Broad City’ Stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson Tease a ‘Lot of Growth’ in Final Season

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‘Broad City’ Stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson Tease a ‘Lot of Growth’ in Final Season
This story about “Broad City” first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Comedy Central’s “Broad City” is so aspirational in its narrative about two twentysomething New Yorkers, it’s hard to think of the series as anything but a bunch of beginnings. Still, creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are packing up their starter apartments, dismantling bongs, deleting Tinder accounts and heading into adulthood.

The upcoming fifth season will be their last, and it will not shy from emotion as it continues to deliver smart and absurdist comedy.

“I feel like we always try to write the funniest [story], but heading toward the ending is going to be pretty heavy, and everyone is going to know it when the season starts,” Glazer said. “There’s a lot of growth in the upcoming season.”

Also Read: 'Broad City' Creators Say They Were Forced
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‘Luke Cage’ Season 2: What Exactly Is ‘The Incident’?

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One of the key elements linking together Marvel’s Netflix series “Luke Cage” to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe is one key event that everyone knows about, but nobody talks about in detail.

That event is known as The Incident, and it informs a ton of elements in the McU. It popped up in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and has been mentioned repeatedly in “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “The Defenders.” Everybody in the McU knows about it and remembers it, and it serves as the beginning point for a lot of stories about Marvel characters — it’s sort of the point that everyone realized superheroes were a real thing.

So what is The Incident? Put simply, it’s the climax of “The Avengers” that took place in New York City.

Also Read: 'The Defenders': What is K'un-Lun? A Quick Explainer of the Heavenly, Mystical City

Specifically, The Incident is the
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Dick Van Dyke, LeAnn Rimes Salute Sherman Bros. — Writers of ‘It’s a Small World,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh’ — for Classic Film Songs

Everyone who left the Samuel Goldwyn Theater Wednesday night was humming. It might have been “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “It’s a Small World” or any of a dozen other tunes written over the past 50 years by Richard M. Sherman and his late brother Robert B. Sherman, but they were humming something.

The Motion Picture Academy’s two-and-a-half-hour salute to the songwriters, billed as “The Sherman Brothers: A Hollywood Songbook,” may have been the most joyous celebration in that theater in recent memory. Multiple standing ovations and a warm, infectious feeling of Disney-fueled happiness were the order of the evening.

The Shermans — Dick, who just turned 90, and his brother Bob, who died in 2012 — penned some of the most memorable movie songs in history, many of them for Walt Disney. As Dick Van Dyke, reminiscing about being on the set of “Mary Poppins,” put it, “there was
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Corey Lewandowski Dropped by Speech Bookers After ‘Womp Womp’ Uproar (Report)

Corey Lewandowski has been dropped by his speakers bureau, Leading Authorities, Inc., CNN reported on Thursday, noting that his name and information had been removed from the bureau’s list of speakers.

The decision represents a first sign of fallout to hit the former Trump campaign chairman since he dismissed the president’s policy of separating undocumented migrant families at the U.S. border on live television with a sad trombone “womp womp.”

Several public figures earn sizable pay days by booking speeches through groups like Leading Authorities — and the move should hit Lewandowski squarely in his pocket book.

During an interview on Fox News Tuesday, Lewandowski tried to dismiss criticism of the administration’s policy of separating immigrant families by mocking a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who had been separated from her mother after illegally crossing the border.

“I read today about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome
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Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel Credits His ‘F—ed Up Mind’ for Success Beyond the Agency Business

A conversation with Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel was the grand finale to the two-day Venues Now Conference, held at the Beverly Hilton on June 19 and June 20. During the wide-ranging interview, which was conducted by Oak View Group president of events and conferences Ray Waddell, the veteran executive and entrepreneur regaled the crowd — comprised mainly of executives and professionals in the live entertainment industry — with tales of his years as a young agent and his admiration for fellow chief executives like Disney’s Bob Iger (“a great thinker”) and Live Nation’s Michael Rapino (“one of the great executives in our business”).

He also talked about his own business, which has in the last decade expanded far beyond talent representation into media financing, distribution, sports training, league management, fashion, and much more. Emanuel emphasized repeatedly that it’s been his “crazy mind” — “It’s f—ed up in there,” he cracked
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David Ayer and Chris Long’s Cedar Park Sets First-Look Deal With eOne

Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into a two-year, first-look deal with David Ayer and Chris Long’s production co. Cedar Park Entertainment, the companies announced on Thursday. This deal will cover both scripted and unscripted content.

“David and Chris have a proven track record of creating content that engages and entertains audiences,” said Mark Gordon, president and chief content officer of film, television, and digital at eOne, and Peter Micelli, eOne’s chief strategy officer of film, television, and digital, in a joint statement. “We’re excited to support a company with two accomplished and talented principals to continue to produce world-class programming.
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‘Hell’s Princess’ Limited Series Adaptation in Works From Joseph Cross (Exclusive)

Sera Films has optioned the bestseller “Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men” with actor Joseph Cross developing and producing the limited series.

Cross will be joined by Austin Francalancia, a former film exec for Open Road Films.

Penned by Harold Schechter, the book explores the life and true story of Belle Gunness, America’s most notorious female serial killer, who lured dozens of unsuspecting men into her Indiana “murder farm.” The story recounts over 28 gruesome murders she committed at the turn of the 20th century after migrating from Norway to La Porte, Ind. In search
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DGA President Slams ‘Discriminatory Practices’ Still ‘Rampant’ in Hollywood

The push for diversity in the directors’ chair is still spinning its wheels, according to the Directors Guild of America’s new study of feature films in 2017.

The report, released on Thursday, studied all 651 films that were theatrically released last year, including those with a box office gross of less than $250,000. Even with microbudget films included, the DGA found that only 16 percent of last year’s films were directed by women. When reducing the survey pool just to films that grossed more than $250,000 at the box office, only 12 percent are directed by women with 10 percent directed by people of color.

Also Read: Hollywood Gender Gap Shocker: Women Directed Just 3 Percent of This Year's Studio Films (Exclusive)

“It’s outrageous that we’re once again seeing such a lack of opportunity for women and people of color to direct feature films. Our new study shows that discriminatory practices are still rampant
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Feature Film Director Diversity Remains Low, Directors Guild Reports

Diversity among feature film directors remained disappointingly low in 2017, the Directors Guild of America has reported in a new study.

The results, released Thursday, show the difficulty faced in achieving gains in increasing the numbers of female directors — in spite of the strong box office of Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and the awards recognition for Dee Rees on “Mudbound” and Greta Gerwig on “Lady Bird.”

The DGA said it examined an expanded data set for the 651 feature films that were released theatrically in the U.S. last year, including those that earned less than $250,000 at the box office. It noted that even though the data included hundreds of micro-budget projects with limited releases, women only accounted for 16% of directors. Of those features with a box office total of at least $250,000, only 12% of the directors were women and 10% were people of color

“It’s outrageous that we’re once again seeing
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MTV Plots 'Real World,' 'Daria' Reboots

MTV plans to revamp and reboot a slew of classic shows including The Real World and Daria as part of the launch of its new production unit, MTV Studios.

MTV Studios' initial lineup also includes an updated version of the reality make over show Made and a live-action remake of the animated sci-fi show Aeon Flux. The studio also announced two new programs: The Valley (working title), is a "coming of age docu-series" about a group of friends growing up in the border town of Nogales, Arizona, and MTV's Straight Up Ghosted,
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NFL Players Respond to Trump: ‘Handful of Pardons Will Not Address’ Systemic Injustice

A group of NFL players — Anquan Boldin, Malcolm Jenkins, Doug Baldwin and Benjamin Watson — told President Donald Trump that his offer to pardon those who received unfair treatment by the justice system “will not address” the systemic injustice they have been protesting.

“A handful of pardons will not address the sort of systemic injustice that N.F.L. players have been protesting,” they wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times. “These are problems that our government has created, many of which occur at the local level. If President Trump thinks he can end these injustices if we deliver him a few names, he hasn’t been listening to us.”

The quartet of players are all members of the Players Coalition, an advocacy group made up of former and current NFL players.

Also Read: Michael Rapaport Slams NFL's New Kneeling Ban: 'Motherf--ing Bulls--' (Video)

“The United States effectively uses prison to treat addiction,
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Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin to Star in Lulu Wang’s Family Movie

Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin to Star in Lulu Wang’s Family Movie
“Ocean’s 8” star Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, and Diana Lin are starring in Lulu Wang’s untitled family movie, which shoots this summer in New Work and China.

The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she dies. One of the granddaughters, feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family’s decision to hide the truth from her grandmother.

Wang wrote the script and is directing the feature. She wrote and narrated an episode of “This American Life,” also based on the true story. In 2014, she directed the feature film “Posthumous,” starring Jack Huston and Brit Marling.

Producers are Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, and Dani Melia of Big Beach; Chris Weitz and Andrew Miano of Depth
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Visual Effects Artist’s Miniature Sets, Dioramas Enhance ‘Hereditary’

In addition to creating prosthetics for “Hereditary,” multidisciplinary Toronto-based visual effects artist Steve Newburn designed and built the miniature house and dioramas that are key to the storytelling in writer-director Ari Aster’s supernatural horror film, now in theaters.

“To be able to get in on the miniature side, which in this day and age of computer effects is not something that’s really done as much anymore, was a lot of fun,” says Newburn, whose credits include “The Mummy,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Inception.” “If I could spend the next 10 years doing projects like this with the miniature work featured so prominently, it would be a nice 10 years.”

Miniatures are seen throughout “Hereditary” because the film’s main character, Annie Graham (Toni Collette), specializes

in that art form, drawing inspiration from her family’s everyday life, which takes a dark turn after her mother dies. “The miniatures tell
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‘Stranger Things’ Star Noah Schnapp on What Winona Ryder Taught Him About Acting (Video)

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‘Stranger Things’ Star Noah Schnapp on What Winona Ryder Taught Him About Acting (Video)
This story about Noah Schnapp first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

“Cute” probably the last word you’d use to describe a preteen kid possessed by a supernatural creature called the Shadow Monster, but that’s exactly how Noah Schnapp describes his “Stranger Things” character, Will Byers.

And despite being stuck in series creators Matt and Ross Duffer’s deadly Upside Down world for most of Season 1 and possessed by a monster for most of Season 2, Will Byers, with his bowl cut and big brown eyes, is cute. And the fact that we can feel so much for Will is a testament to 13-year-old Schnapp’s acting.

“I was kind of playing two different people in the same body, and over the season, as it progressed, I had to show that Will was disappearing and it was becoming more apparent that the monster was there,
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