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J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)

J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)
J.J. Abrams, currently immersed in the Star Wars feature film universe, is plotting his return to TV writing.

The prolific writer, producer and director is shopping a space-set spec script that, should it go to series, would be the first show he wrote and created since Fringe in 2008. Sources say Apple and HBO — where Abrams serves as an Ep on Westworld — are both in the running for the untitled drama, with producers Warner Bros. Television also open to additional bidders as the project is still being shopped. Warners, Apple and HBO all declined comment.

Sources say the Abrams...
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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3

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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3
Scoot McNairy is the latest addition to the “True Detective” Season 3 cast, a spokesperson told TheWrap Tuesday.

The “Godless” star joins Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff in the HBO drama’s upcoming run that focuses on a macabre crime in the Ozarks. The third season spans several decades and is divided into three separate time periods. McNairy will play Tom, a father with connections to state police. Ali plays state police detective Wayne Hays; Dorff plays his partner Roland West; and Ejogo plays Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher.
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9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!

9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!
Fox has a hit on its hands!!

The thrilling new first responders drama, 9-1-1, from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen & CEOs, Fox Television Group.

“With a bold concept, award-winning stars and a flawless execution, Ryan, Brad and Tim have done it again,” said Walden and Newman.
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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to Reveal How Han and Chewbacca Met

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to Reveal How Han and Chewbacca Met
This May’s Solo: A Star Wars Story will feature an important moment in the history of a galaxy far, far away — the first meeting between the eponymous Corellian rogue and his future co-pilot, Chewbacca.

In a new Disney press kit detailing the studio’s 2018 releases, Solo’s plot description is sparse, yet still revealing more information than had previously been released: “Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one...
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Sundance Film Festival 2018: Guide to Events, Parties and More

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Guide to Events, Parties and More
Hollywood is taking over Park City's Main Street for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, scheduled for Jan. 18-28. Here's a guide to the must-visit spots — from panel discussions and eco-lounges to A-list parties and VIP gifting suites — at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Sundance: Day One Press Conference

Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., 1 p.m.

Sundance Institute founder and president Robert Redford, Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam and Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper take stage in front of members of the media to discuss the 2018 event and other fest initiatives. Barbara Chai, MarketWatch entertainment editor and head of arts and culture coverage for Dow Jones Media Group will moderate.

The two versions are delivered in the same theaters and fans have been split 50-50 on whether to experience the film from the light or dark side. The vibrations, tilts, wind, fog, strobe and other effects enhance differing aspects of the on-screen action for the light and dark side of the theaters. Light saber battles create differing reverb effects for the two sides, while the atmosphere...
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Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce

Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce
Exclusive: Sony’s Superfly film is assembling a team aptly fit for its title. As Deadline previously reported, Director X is officially attached to direct the remake with Trevor Jackson confirmed to star as Youngblood Priest. In addition, Mudbound and Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell has signed on to co-star as Eddie, along with Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent (Showtime's White Famous) as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as…
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‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon

‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon
Sharon Horgan has inked a two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Amazon has also struck a first-look deal with Merman, the production company Horgan founded with Clelia Mountford.

The pair already have a relationship with Amazon, which has exclusively acquired all seasons of “Catastrophe” for the U.S. Produced by Avalon, Birdbath, and Merman, the comedy series about an unexpected pregnancy and a dysfunctional relationship was co-created by Horgan and Rob Delaney, her co-star on the show, which airs on Channel 4 in Britain.

“Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers, and directors working in television today. We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios. “Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows for our Prime members.”

Horgan earned
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‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’

‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’
Syfy has greenlit “The Outpost,” an original fantasy series for its international networks. “Stargate” producer Dean Devlin and “Stargate SG-1” showrunner Jonathan Glassner will executive produce the 10-part series.

It will bow on NBCUniversal’s Syfy channel across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, and Australia. Production got underway Tuesday, in Utah, for delivery later in 2018.

The Outpost” will star Jessica Green (“Ash vs. Evil Dead”) as Talon, the lone survivor of a race called the Blackbloods. After her village is destroyed by mercenaries, she sets out to find the killers of her family, discovering along the way that she has mysterious powers, which ultimately she must use to battle a fanatical religious dictator.
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'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son

'Creed 2' Casts Boxer Florian Munteanu as Ivan Drago's Son
Creed has found his opponent.

German-Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu will square off against Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2, MGM and Warner Bros.’ sequel to the 2015 hit that updated Rocky for a new generation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Steven Caple will direct the movie, which is set to begin shooting in March in Philadelphia.

Creed starred Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa, who mentors Adonis Johnson (Jordan), the son of his rival, Apollo Creed.

The new pic also features a blast-from-the-past update: Munteanu will play the son of Ivan Drago, the ruthless Soviet boxer from Rocky IV, which...
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund

Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund
Timothée Chalamet announced on Instagram Monday night that he will be donating his salary from his work on the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to three charities: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization.

"I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer ... What I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary," Chalamet said in his...
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STX President Sophie Watts Exits Over CEO Robert Simonds’ Alleged Harassment (Exclusive)

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STX President Sophie Watts Exits Over CEO Robert Simonds’ Alleged Harassment (Exclusive)
STX Entertainment President Sophie Watts is leaving her role at the entertainment company after complaining of harassment by her boss CEO Robert Simonds, according to two individuals with knowledge of the situation.

Watts has been absent from STX since at least December, but her official resignation was expected imminently.

Reached for comment, Watts said, “I can’t comment on any of this.”

TheWrap attempted to reach Simonds by email and phone, with no reply. Company spokeswoman Patti Rockenwagner also did not respond to multiple emails and phone calls
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Arnold Schwarzenegger "Shocked and Saddened" by Eliza Dushku's 'True Lies' Assault Claims

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is "shocked and saddened" to learn of Eliza Dushku's alleged sexual assault during the filming of True Lies.

The action star, who toplined James Cameron's 1994 action thriller, tweeted on Monday evening that had he known about the incident at the time "you bet your ass all of us would have done something." Schwarzenegger also tweeted his support to and expressed his pride in Dushku, who played his daughter in the film, for coming forward.

Tom, you bet your ass all of us would have done something. I’m shocked and...
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Telemundo International Studios Unveils First Drama Series at Natpe

Miami — In a sign of Telemundo’s growing investment in scripted content, Telemundo International Studios has unveiled its first drama series production, prison thriller “El Recluso.”

Telemundo showed off the 13-episode series at a screening Tuesday evening for Latin American TV buyers held as part of the Natpe conference here.

“El Recluso” (The Inmate) stars Argentine actor Ignacio Serricchio, an alum of “Bones” and “The Young and the Restless,” as a former Marine who enters a maximum security prison on the U.S.-Mexico border to investigate the kidnapping of the daughter of an American judge. Ana Claudia Talancón, Luis Felipe Tovar, David Chocarro, Tiaré Scanda, Guy Ecker, and Isabella Castillo also star.

Telemundo International Studios was created specifically to produce scripted programs in formats other than the Spanish-language TV staple of telenovelas. Content licensing outside the U.S. is seen as a big growth arena for Telemundo.

“It is greatly rewarding to see our first production
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Dylan McDermott Meets Dermot Mulroney on ‘La to Vegas’ to End 30 Years of Confusion

Dylan McDermott Meets Dermot Mulroney on ‘La to Vegas’ to End 30 Years of Confusion
Dylan McDermott. Dermot Mulroney. Yes, we see how those names are similar, but that doesn’t mean the actors who go by them are the same person. However, the confusion surrounding these stars has gone on for decades and escalated to the point there was once a “Saturday Night Live” skit about the misconception. But that all ends on Tuesday night, when McDermott and Mulroney face off in an episode of the former’s new sitcom “La to Vegas.” Mulroney’s guest appearance as a rival airline pilot will mark the first time the two have ever shared the screen together. And trust us, no...
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TV Review: ‘Black Lightning’ on the CW

If you are familiar with CW’s comic-book shows — a family of programs that includes DC Comics’ “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” and of course the Archie Comics’ oddity “Riverdale” — then you probably know what to expect from the network’s debut “Black Lightning,” which takes the story of an embattled high-school principal and turns him into a community crusader. The superpowers in executive producer Greg Berlanti’s shows all have the same splashy, glowing quality — as do the teenage romances, whose ups and downs are irresistible even for an audience well past their teen years.

But of course “Black Lightning” is different, in one way that feels both really big and really minor: Its titular superhero is a black man. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), principal of Garfield High, is trying to keep his students safe so they can all invest in the neighborhood around them. Those students include his two daughters — Anissa (Nafessa Williams), now a teacher
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Glenn Frey’s Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Hospital

The widow of deceased Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey has filed a lawsuit against the hospital that treated the musician, alleging wrongful death. In the suit, filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court, Cindy Frey names the Mount Sinai Hospital, Icahn School of Medicine as well as physician Steven Itzkowitz. “At all times herein mentioned, the defendants each undertook and agreed to render medical care and treatment to Glenn Frey and did render certain care starting on October 19, 2015,” the suit reads. Also Read: Glenn Frey's Medication Contributed to His Death, Manager Says (Exclusive) Frey died on Jan. 18 in 2016 at age 67. The...
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Sundance: How Will Festival Tackle #MeToo, Political Turmoil, and More?

June Pictures CEO Alex Saks was having an amazing 2017. Her first three productions sold to Focus, Netflix and eOne after their Park City premieres; A24 picked up her Oscar contender “The Florida Project” in Cannes; and her latest sales title, “Wildlife,” was selected for the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

But just a month ago, after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against chairman Andrew Duncan, Saks took sole operating control of June and arrived at terms to buy out his stake.

“Unfortunately, when allegations like that exist, the place that we built is no longer a home,” Saks says. “It’s tarnished, so [taking over] felt like the necessary thing to do to protect these amazing pieces of work.” Though Duncan denied the accusations in a Dec. 15 statement, Saks says he “has very graciously chosen to take [his producer credit] off ‘Wildlife’ to give us the best opportunity for success” in Park City.

Following 2016 protests
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Film Review: ‘Maktub’

Film Review: ‘Maktub’
Successful Israeli TV duo Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon jump to the big screen with sparkling results in “Maktub,” a very funny and warmhearted comedy about two goodfellas who are jolted out of bad-guy work and into that of guardian angels. Oded Raz nimbly directs their clever script, whose array of colorful characters elicit sharp work from an excellent cast. Combining darker elements (including some jarring violence) with goofy and sentimental ones, this is a mainstream comedy with significant export as well as remake potential.

Steve (Savyon) and Chuma (Amir) are introduced flaunting their know-how as gourmands at a Jerusalem restaurant whose owner nervously awaits their approval. But their business isn’t strictly gastronomical: They are collectors of protection money for mobster Kaslassy (Itzik Cohen). When the joint’s new chef announces he’ll no longer pay such blood money, our protagonists doff their napkins and beat him to a bloody pulp. Later, feeling peckish,
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