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New ‘Matrix’ Movie In Works, Keanu Reeves & Carrie-Anne Moss Returning, Co-Creator Lana Wachowski Writing & Directing

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New ‘Matrix’ Movie In Works, Keanu Reeves & Carrie-Anne Moss Returning, Co-Creator Lana Wachowski Writing & Directing
A new Matrix movie is happening at Warner Bros. with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity and Lana Wachowski set to write and direct an all-new film set in the genre-defining world.

Warner Bros. will co-produce with the franchise’s original co-producer Village Roadshow.

Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement today. Lana Wachowski is producing with Grant Hill. Wachowski is co-writing with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell.

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”

The three previous films, created with Lilly Wachowski writing and directing—The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003)—have earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box
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‘James Bond 25’ Movie Lands a Timely Title

‘James Bond 25’ Movie Lands a Timely Title
The 25th James Bond movie officially has a title, “No Time To Die,” the official 007 Twitter account announced Tuesday.

The film starring Daniel Craig returning as Bond opens in the UK April 3, 2020 followed by April 8 in the US.

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, 007 in… No Time To Die. Out in the UK on 3 April 2020 and 8 April 2020 in the Us. #Bond25 #NoTimeToDie pic.twitter.com/qxYEnMhk2s

— James Bond (@007) August 20, 2019

More to come…
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‘The Righteous Gemstones’ TV Premiere Is HBO’s Most-Watched Comedy Debut in More Than 3 Years

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‘The Righteous Gemstones’ TV Premiere Is HBO’s Most-Watched Comedy Debut in More Than 3 Years
Hallelujah, HBO execs: The series premiere of Danny McBride’s “The Righteous Gemstones” on Sunday was the pay TV channel’s most-watched linear debut of a comedy series in more than three years.

The hour-long “Righteous Gemstones” premiere brought in 844,000 viewers across HBO’s platforms yesterday, including streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now.

The 10 p.m. airing alone averaged 593,000 viewers, making it the HBO comedy to launch with the highest linear-viewership tally since the 2016 premiere of “Vice Principals,” which also starred McBride and put up 1.2 million viewers.

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The comedy about a “televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work” stars McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Adam Devine, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Calvero, Tim Baltz and GregAlan Williams star.

The Righteous Gemstones” is created, written, executive produced and directed by McBride. Jody Hill
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'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Scores Labor Day Rerelease With 4 Minutes of New Footage

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Scores Labor Day Rerelease With 4 Minutes of New Footage
Borrowing a page from the Avengers: Endgame playbook, Sony will rerelease Spider-Man: Far From Home with four minutes of new footage over Labor Day weekend.

Far From Home became the top-grossing Sony movie of all time at the global box office over the weekend after surpassing the James Bond installment Skyfall (2012), not adjusted for inflation. Through Sunday, the superhero film's global gross stood at $1.109 billion, compared to $1.108 billion for Skyfall.

Far From Home, a sequel to 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming and starring Tom Holland as the web-slinging hero, was produced by Kevin Feige's Marvel Studios, home of Disney's blockbuster ...
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Jessica Chastain Spy Thriller ‘355’ Set for January 2021 Release

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Jessica Chastain Spy Thriller ‘355’ Set for January 2021 Release
Universal Pictures announced on Tuesday that it will release “355,” the espionage thriller starring Jessica Chastain and Lupita Nyong’o, on Jan. 15, 2021.

Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing, Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez will also star in the film, which is being directed and co-written by longtime “X-Men” producer Simon Kinberg. The film follows several women from different espionage backgrounds who come together to stop a global terrorist plot.

“355” was first pitched to potential buyers at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, triggering a bidding war for distribution rights that was won by Universal with a reported bid of over $20 million. Global Road and Amazon Studios were also among the bidders.

Filming on the project began last month in Europe. Kinberg is producing with Chastain and Kelly Carmichael and sharing writing credit with Theresa Rebeck.

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Kaley Cuoco HBO Max Series ‘The Flight Attendant’ Sets Creative Team

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Kaley Cuoco HBO Max Series ‘The Flight Attendant’ Sets Creative Team
The creative team set to bring Kaley Cuoco’s dark comedy series “The Flight Attendant” to HBO Max has taken shape.

The series, which tells the terrifying story of a flight attendant (Cuoco) who wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened, has tapped Susanna Fogel to direct and executive produce the first two episodes.

Fogel has been highly active on the feature front recently, directing 2018’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me” and earning a co-writing credit on Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut “Booksmart.”

Previously announced executive producer Steve Yockey, who co-executive produced on “Supernatural,” has been named as showrunner for the Yes, Norman Productions, Berlanti Productions and Warner Horizon Scripted Television series. “Nashville” executive producers Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin have been tapped to serve as executive producers and co-showrunners on “The Flight Attendant,” working alongside Yockey, who
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‘Succession’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

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‘Succession’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO
Succession” has scored an early Season 3 renewal at HBO.

The news comes as the critically-acclaimed drama series is just two episodes into its second season. Season 1 of the series was recently nominated for five Emmy Awards, including for best drama series.

“We are elated that ‘Succession’ and its exploration of wealth, power and family has resonated so powerfully with audiences,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Drama Programming. “We cannot wait to see how the complex characters that Jesse Armstrong has created continue to navigate this captivating, ruthless world of the uber-rich. In today’s world where the intersection of politics and media is increasingly prevalent, ‘Succession’ presents an especially piercing look behind the curtain of this elite, influential, and cutthroat community.”

Created by Jesse Armstrong, Season 2 of the series began where the first season left off. It follows the Roy family as they struggle to retain control of their empire,
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No, Apollo Crews Isn’t ‘Satisfied’ With His WWE Career – But He Hopes ‘King of the Ring’ Could Change All That

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Apollo Crews isn’t “satisfied” with where his WWE career is to this point, he tells TheWrap, but a “King of the Ring” win could change all of that.

“I wanted to come in here and shock the world, I guess you could say. I felt like I would have done much more at this moment in my career,” Crews told us ahead of Tuesday’s “SmackDown Live.” “But I’m still young — I’m about to be 32 in a couple of days — and there’s still a lot of time. I’m still very patient and understanding in how the process works. I trust the process.”

It’s worth pointing out here that we introduced the specific word “satisfied” into the conversation, which Crews was quick to say would not be a word he’d use to describe his main-roster run, which has felt like a start-and-stop since Spring
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Disney Shuffles Release of 3 Fox Films Into 2020 Slate

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Disney has once again shuffled 20th Century Fox’s release slate, moving “The Woman in the Window” from its release this October to May 2020 while two other films will be pushed back into the second half of next year.

The Woman in the Window,” a mystery thriller based on the bestselling novel by A.J. Finn, was set fo release on October 4 but will now be released on May 15. The film stars Amy Adams as an agoraphobic child psychologist who witnesses a crime while spying on her neighbors. Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, and Brian Tyree Henry also star.

Also moving is “Empty Man,” an adaptation of a Boom! Studios horror graphic novel about a former cop who witnesses a cult trying to summon an evil supernatural entity, and “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” an adaptation of the hit West End musical starring Richard E. Grant. “Empty Man” is being moved to
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‘The Walking Dead’ Star Christian Serratos in Talks to Play Selena Quintanilla in Netflix Series

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‘The Walking Dead’ Star Christian Serratos in Talks to Play Selena Quintanilla in Netflix Series
The Walking Dead” alum Christian Serratos is in talks to play Tejano music superstar Selena Quintanilla in Netflix’s upcoming biographical series, TheWrap has learned.

Written and executive produced by “American Crime” alum Moisés Zamora, “Selena: The Series” was ordered by the streaming service late last year. The project is described as a “coming of age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.”

Netflix declined to comment on the potential casting.

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The Quintanilla family was on board to assist in its development and will executive produce the project from Campanario Entertainment. Jaime Dávila, president and co-founder of Campanario Entertainment, will serve as executive producer alongside Rico Martinez, Suzette Quintanilla, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Simran A. Singh.

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‘Walking Dead’ Star Christian Serratos in Talks for Selena Series at Netflix

‘Walking Dead’ Star Christian Serratos in Talks for Selena Series at Netflix
Christian Serratos is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Netflix series based on the life of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla, Variety has confirmed with sources.

The series was announced back in December and is described as a coming of age story following Selena (Serratos) as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.

Netflix declined to comment.

Serratos is best known for her role as Rosita Espinosa on the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead.” She has been with that show since its fourth season,
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‘The Matrix 4’ Greenlit With Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss Set to Return

‘The Matrix 4’ Greenlit With Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss Set to Return
The Matrix” is returning to screens, with the fourth film in the franchise greenlit at Warner Bros, the company’s chairman Toby Emmerich announced Tuesday. Stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning in their original roles as Neo and Trinity, with Lana Wachowski set to write and direct the film.

Wachowski will also produce the film along with Grant Hill that Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and distribute globally. She is writing the screenplay for “The Matrix 4” with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” Emmerich said in a statement. “Lana is a true visionary–a singular and original creative filmmaker–and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”

Also Read: 'The Matrix' Wanted Sandra Bullock as Neo Before Keanu Reeves Took the
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‘Matrix 4’ Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski (Exclusive)

Get ready to re-enter the Matrix.

Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth film set in the world of “The Matrix,” with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday.

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”

In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski is also producing with Grant Hill. Sources say the film is eyed to begin production at the top of 2020.

Warner Bros. has been trying for the
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Kamala Harris, in Reversal, to Participate in Climate Town Hall

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris will now participate in the Climate Crisis Town Hall on September 4th, changing her prior plans to skip the event, her campaign has confirmed to Rolling Stone.

The California Senator altered her schedule less than a day after CNN reported that she had refuse their invitation to participate in the September 4th event, citing a scheduling conflict. “We were happy to change our schedule to accommodate such a critical conversation,” said Harris communications director Lily Adams. “As Senator Harris has said, this is a climate
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Australia Makes Progress on Gender Equality in Film and TV

Screen Australia, Australia’s federal film and TV funding body, has made sufficient progress in furthering gender equality that it has set more ambitious targets.

The organization has exceeded its long-term Gender Matters key performance indicator, with 56% of projects receiving production funding having at least half of the key creative roles occupied by women, based on a three-year average. The Kpi was set in December 2015, and originally aimed for 50%. The Kpi considered the key creative roles of writer, director, producer, and in the case of narrative content (drama), the protagonist.

The new target is to have 50% of the key creatives across all projects that receive Screen Australia development and production funding to be women, measured across a three-year-average. For the new Kpi, the key creatives are directors, writers and producers and the tracking period is 2019/20 to 2021/22. From August 2020, the agency will also publish the headcount breakdown of key creative roles for feature drama,
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‘Bachelor’ Star Colton Underwood Explains How Trying to Outsmart Producers ‘Backfired’ – And Why He Jumped That Fence

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‘Bachelor’ Star Colton Underwood Explains How Trying to Outsmart Producers ‘Backfired’ – And Why He Jumped That Fence
If you’ve ever wondered just how much control producers have over the results of “The Bachelor,” you may want to sit down — because Season 23 star Colton Underwood is spilling the tea.

In an interview with “This American Life,” Underwood revealed the real reason he jumped that famous fence, and how trying to outsmart the “Bachelor” producers nearly cost him the woman of his dreams.

It all started at the beginning of his season, when producers asked him to rank the 20 contestants based on who he liked the most.

“They always asked to rank the girls,” Underwood said. “And very early on, Hannah [Godwin] was up there. And she got left off of a date.”

Also Read: Ratings: 'Beat Shazam' Stays Steady in Season Finale, Still Can't Quite Make Fox Competitive

It’s important to note, as “This American Life” producer Emanuele Berry did, that Underwood is still friends with the producers.
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Songs for Screens: ‘American Horror Story’ Makes ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ Sizzle Again

FX Network’s “American Horror Story” returns for a ninth season next month, and promos for the next chapter of the anticipated series, dubbed ‘Ahs 1984,’ have been airing frequently across cable television throughout August. In the short yet effective spot (see below), the Motels’ melancholic, moody “Suddenly Last Summer” plays as aerial footage of an idyllic summer camp scene from the 1980s at fictional ‘Camp Redwood’ plays out, until things take a darker turn, quickly.

“The slightly haunting vibe of the song, and the connotation of the unexpected implied by the lyric, made it a perfect fit for the campaign,
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Pawel Pawlikowski on the Power of Making Movies With ‘Barbarians at the Gate’

Pawel Pawlikowski on the Power of Making Movies With ‘Barbarians at the Gate’
Academy Award winner Pawel Pawlikowski says he’s watching “with horror” as political developments increasingly divide countries across the globe, and admits that he’s reluctant to take a stab at documenting modern life after the success of his two critically acclaimed period dramas, foreign-language Oscar winner “Ida” and thrice-nominated “Cold War.”

“I don’t have a hook on contemporary. I don’t know how to do it, because I’m living it and watching it with horror,” he tells Variety. “Everywhere it’s the same conflict between these two parts of society which are split down the middle, and there’s less and less common ground. You don’t need to make a film about it. You just see it.”

Pawlikowski is attending the Sarajevo Film Festival, where he received the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award “for his outstanding contribution to the art of film and his lasting friendship
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Nickelodeon Hires Angelique Yen and Eddie Gamarra to Oversee Studio Business

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Nickelodeon has hired Angelique Yen and Eddie Gamarra to oversee its studio business, the company announced on Tuesday.

Yen’s title is senior vice president, physical production, Nickelodeon Movies. She will oversee production for all original long-form movie content. As vice president, studio business development, Gamarra will be in charge of developing animated and live-action content for streaming platforms and third parties.

The hires build on the Viacom brand’s efforts to shift to a studio model in which it produces content for outside services in addition to the linear channel. Both Yen and Gamarra will report to Nickelodeon’s executive vice president of animation, Ramsey Naito, and will be based in Burbank.

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“Nickelodeon’s studio business gives us the opportunity to create different stories and let our IP live on beyond the network,
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